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The Aters and Goldsberrys of Ross. Co., Ohio

Updated January 31, 2009

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Eleven generations of Johann Kasper Eader (Ater, Ator).
Nine generations of William Henness (Hennessey).
Nine generations of Benjaman Goldsberry (Goldsborough, Goldsbury).
All three families settled in Pickaway/Ross. Co. Ohio, with some spreading out to the west and others traveling north.
Johan Kasper Eader was born in France and moved to Germany shortly thereafter. He married Vandelinah Ernst and had 12 children. Johan and family emmigrated to America (Maryland, Virginia and W. Virginia) in the mid 1700's.
Johan's son Johan George Sr. went to Harper's Ferry, Virginia in 1765. George had 13 children and was a soldier in the revolutionary war. After George's wife Mary died, George, with children in tow, crossed the Appalachians on foot until they reached the Deer Creek in Pickaway/Ross Co. Ohio in 1799.

William Henness (Hennessey), a farmer of Virginia, came to that part of the Northwest Territory which is known as Ohio in 1800, just a little behind the vanguard of the earliest settlers.
He began cultivation of a leased farm located in Union Township, Ross County.
He and his wife Nancy (Bernard)had eight children and lived to an old age. They are buried in the Baptist Cemetery, on the east edge of Frankfort, Ohio. There is no marker to their graves.
Zachariah Henness (son of William and Nancy) was born and raised in Ross County, Ohio.
After marriage to Sally Ann McCoy, they rented the McClintock Farm in Union Twp, Egypt Pike and lived there 27 years.
He owned the first threshing machine in Ross Co. He also learned the Cooper's trade.
They moved to Seymour, Illinios in 1867.
Zachariah and Sally are buried in Bethel Cemetery in Seymour, Illinios.

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