Title: Incidents in my life : with a family genealogy /
Author: Batchelor, Charles William, b. 1823.
In the latter part of the 17th century, DR. J. BATCHELOR arrived from Ireland, and settled in Philadelphia, Pa., where he married a widow by the name of (pg. 6) SARAH YOUNG, whose maiden name was SLEIGH.She was a Quakeress by descent.So far as I know, they had but one child, a son, named JOSEPH S., the S., is presumed to be for his mother’s maiden name.
JOSEPH S. BATCHELOR was apprenticed to the firm of Gilmore & Redsheats, to learn the trade of cabinet making. JOSEPH S. BATCHELOR, my father, and my grandmother, in 1810, when father was 22 years of age left Philadelphia in a wagon, drove across the mountains, and in October on that year, finally settled in the town of Steubenville, Ohio.He bought a lot on which was a one-story log house, which he used for a shop, and began the manufacture of furniture.It was quiet until one Sunday morning in the spring of 1812, when the good people were startled by the sound of a drum.A messenger had arrived from the frontier to warn the people that the Indians were murdering all before them, and the Government had called for volunteers.CAPT. NICHOLAS MURRAY (mother’s brother) organized a company, with JOSEPH S. BATCHELORas (pg. 7) orderly sergeant, and on the following Thursday they started on foot for the scene of action, and were mustered into service under General Harrison.As I have now left dear, good old “grandmamma” at home by herself.GRANDMAMA BROWN had been married three times; BROWN died long before father and she left Philadelphia.We are not surprised to learn that she had had three husbands, for judging from what she was in her older days, she must have been a very lovable young woman.She died at the age of 94 years, and was buried in the home graveyard lot in Steubenville.I have a passion for the sweet pink, Dianthus (pg. 8) Caryophylleous, that I have not for any other flower.Our dear old grandmother and our dear mother would start us off to Sunday school, in the old Methodist Church with a few of these flowers in our hands.I have no data to tell me of the family of SLEIGHS , from whence grandmother came, nor have I any record to show of what family of BATCHELORS grandfather came.
We have the old door plate in our family of DR. J. BATCHELOR, which tells us he was, as tradition has given it, a physician, both in Ireland and America.In giving mother’s side of the family, I have to depend much on oral reports, when I pass beyond GRANDFATHER and GRANDMOTHER MURRAY, although we have some history on which we can rely, to confirm the traditional part, to prove their parentage.We have always been taught to believe that our great-grandfather was one LORD MURRAY, who bore the title of EARL of ATHOL, and a Scotchman by parentage, who, having incurred the displeasure of the King of England, during the rebellion, had to flee his country, and came to America.Tradition tells us that he was smuggled away, by being headed up in a hogshead and taken on board a ship.I have often heard this related by my mother (pg. 8a Black silhouettes of JOSEPH S. BATCHELOR, age 40 & GRANDMOTHER BROWN, age 70) (pg. 9) and uncles and aunts.We have no records to show who his wife was, nor how many children they had, further than one, and that one is the person we are most interested in, namely, NICHOLAS MURRAY, mother’s father, our grandfather.
CAPTAIN NICHOLAS MURRAY was a sea captain, and married TEMPERANCE BOND, of Baltimore, Md., in April, 1775.The result of that union was seven children, as follows:
NICHOLAS, born April 16th, 1776; died April 10th, 1825.
BENJAMIN, born October 18th, 1778; died July, 1813.
RUTH, born October 25th, 1781; died January 8th, 1864.
WILLIAM, born March 1st, 1784; died September 4th, 1823.
CHRISTOPHER, born October 26th, 1776; went into the army, and disappeared from all knowledge.
KIZIA, born September 23d, 1789; died June 3d, 1863.
SARAH, born December 11th, 1794; died January 23d, 1852.
NICHOLAS MURRAY, SENIOR, died April 10th, 1812.
TEMPERANCE MURRAY, died April 20th, 1828.
The above brings us down to the end of the third generation.
(pg. 10) By the assistance of cousin CAPTAIN O. J. MURRAY, of Georgia, I am able to give the following as the family of our great-grandfather and grandmother on our mother’s side:
BENJAMIN and TEMPERANCE BOND lived in Baltimore County, Maryland.BENJAMIN BOND died in 1805.The date of the death of TEMPERANCE BOND is not given.They had six children, to wit:
BENAMIN and THOMAS.
TEMPERANCE, who married NICHOLAS MURRAY, our grandfather,
PHOEBE, who married NATHAN CROMWELL.
RUTH, who married JOSEPH OSBORN.
ELIZABETH, who married PHILEMON CROMWELL.
The BOND family of Baltimore, the parents of grandmother, is of that family of BONDS who were supposed to have a claim for a certain piece of land in Baltimore, for which suit was intended to be brought, as will more fully appear by the following circulars…(pg. 17)
The land in question is 100 acres of iron land lying on Guynn’s Falls, bequeathed by Stephen Gill, Jr., by will dated September 23, 1717, to PETER BOND, and devised by the latter at his death to his son, BENJAMIN BOND.
Our BENJAMIN BOND died about 1806, the land having been leased at some time during his minority by his mother’s second husband, for 99 years, not renewable.The lease having expired, the revision dependent thereon, and which we took not be barred, is now in the heirs-at-law of BENJAMIN BOND, their descent from where it will be no difficult matter to establish…
(pg. 18) The claimants to this property are the following, or their heirs, as near as I have been able to comprehend the different branches of the family:
1. The descendants of TEMPERANCE BOND.
2. THOMAS and RUTH CROMWELL.
3. RUTH OSBURN.
4. The descendants of BENJAMIN BOND.
5. ELIZABETH CROMWELL’S heirs.
6. __BOND.Not known.
C. W. BATCHELOR…
It is very evident that father, after he was married, continued his business with the same energy which he displayed in after years.Before he and mother were married, grandmother and he lived in the one-story house before referred to, that stood on the north-west end of the lot, about twenty feet from the front.The house was about twenty-five by fifteen feet.When he arrived from Philadelphia, (pg. 28) he had, from all accounts, brought with him some city airs always wearing his ruffled shirt, and, a few years later, wore a queue of his hair, tied at the end with a black ribbon.He then built a two-story frame house in front of the one mentioned.In this humble home, in those days, considered a very good one, he brought SARAH MURRAY, daughter of NICHOLAS and TEMPERANCE MURRAY, as his wife.Here they lived, and here all the children were born, namely:
EDWIN M. BATCHELOR, born April 28th, 1813; died May 12th, 1878.
ELIZA BATCHELOR, born January 30th, 1815; died February 11th, 1815.
ALONZO S. BATCHELOR, born September 1st, 1816.
FRANCIS Y. BATCHELOR, born November 16th, 1818; died Sept. 7th, 1876.
LEONORA N. BATCHELOR, born January 9th, 1821.
CHARLES W. BATCHELOR, born September 2d, 1823.
JOSEPH A. BATCHELOR, born Oct. 23d, 1825; died Oct. 1st. 1843.
JAMES W. BATCHELOR, born Nov. 18th, 1827; died Feb. 25th, 1829.
STANTON J. BATCHELOR, born Dec. 24th, 1831; died Feb. 17th, 1879.
MARY E. BATCHELOR, born October 1st, 1835.
When father and mother were married, GRANDFATHER MURRAY lived on a farm in Virginia, just back of Freeman’s Landing, ten miles above Steubenville.
In latter years, father built a second addition to the house, which was used as a storeroom for new furniture.He also erected a brick shop, in the rear of the log house first mentioned.As early as 1814, we find him loading his wares into flat boats, as he had difficulty disposing his goods in Steubenville…
Just then, THOMAS CARROLL, the Sheriff, uncle on my brother EDWIN’S wife, came along…Among those to whom he was indebted was his half brother-in-law, JESSE HAINES, who married father’s half-sister, BETSY YOUNG.