Hi, I'm sending this to all you in the hope it will help you a little. I have been looking for parents for Aurilla Edson Larkin Bastin for years. Today I got the proof to piece it all together. It's good enough for me, but you'll have to decide for yourselves. The circumstantial evidence is lengthy, but compelling. Nicholas Larkin Sr. went to PA between 1820-1830. His son Nicholas Jr. remained with a brother in NY. The census figures show that. That brother was in Newfane NY. Also in Newfane were 3 Edson families, Abijah, Nathaniel, and James. Nathaniel did not show a daughter of the age to have been born in 1817, as Aurilla Edson was. Abijah did have one or more of that age group but by researching a lot, it is known that all his are accounted for and none of his is Aurilla. My contention is that James was the father of Aurilla. He had at least 8 children in his household that are unnamed, and 3 of these were girls of the age group to have been Aurilla. Aurilla Edson and Nicholas Larkin had a boy in 1834/5 in PA. I have not found proof of where, but likely in Crawford Co. where his father was. Aurilla and Nicholas had a girl, Laura Larkin, in 1835/6 in OH. I have not found proof of where, but likely it was what was to become Summit Co. there were other Edson and Larkin families there. The same Abijah Edson family that was in Newfane was there too. Nicholas and Aurilla moved to Vigo Co. IN by 1840, Putnam Co in 1847, and he died in a short while. Last year I found out about a cemetery of 10 or so stones that was on the Sanford Larkin farm in Vigo Co. IN. It has since been bulldozed over, and so gone. I believe it held Nicholas, that he was carried back to that farm for burial after the few weeks or months since he left. I also think his mother Lois was buried there.
In Putnam in 1853, Laura Larkin m. Hadden Smith, son of Jacob/Isaac Smith and Nancy, both b. KY. In Putnam in 1854, Aurilla Edson Larkin, widow, m. Benjamin Bastin. She had a few more children. In 1859, in Putnam, James D. Edson, m. Margaret A. Smith.
Jacob/Isaac Smith and Nancy had, in 1850, a daughter named Margaret who was 15. I thought that that was the same one that married James Edson, but in Putnam in 1853, another Margaret Smith m. Christian Crodian, and this one might have been the daughter who was 15. So I had to find out which one was Margaret Smith, daughter of Jacob/Isaac Smith married to. Today I got confirmation that she had married Edson. The death certificate for Margret Crodian stated her parents were Joseph and Mary, not Jacob and Nancy. It's far too coincidental for two complete strangers from NY to marry into the same family in IN. Everything fits for James D. Edson to be a 18 year younger brother of Aurilla. I am going to use for the parents of Aurilla the same genealogy as for James. I only research to an immigrant. Samuel Edson and Orcutt would be those. I haven't started on the secondary lines of Turner, Alden, Snow, Hancock, or Moore yet. Can any of you supply help if I can't find immigrants for them. I have recently put what I have learned on Rootsweb. You all can follow Jacob and Nancy back or Aurilla and Nicholas forward by using my database on Rootsweb Family Trees. My database is called "Write_Me". The stuff forward is factual. Nancys ancestors is a lot of research with no proof, but almost undoubtedly true, as I had at least as much evidence as for Aurilla and James. I probably didn't convince any of you, but I bet I've got you thinking. Care to discuss it? A researcher who would probably like to have this is Carole Atchley. She hates spam, so she won't accept any mail from anyone she doesn't know. I tried but she didn't answer my letter I sent to let me in her computer. If you know her, please send her this too. As an afterthought, when Margaret Smith Edson died 1880-1883 in MI, James married a second time to a Caroline. When she died in 1899, he married in 1899, Rebecca Edson, His cousin, and daughter of the one and the same Abijah Edson of Newfane NY and Summit OH.