I have been exploring how this matching autosomal "Family Finder" match might connect to my Garrisons. Their line descends from a Susannah Lavinia Garrison (b. 13 Feb 1758 in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, d. 1834 at Turman Creek, Sullivan Co., Indiana).
The earliest known record of my earliest known Garrison ancestor is a marriage record in Fountain Co., Indiana:
*Indiana Marriages, 1827-1839 Volume 1, Image 52 of 180
“Be it remembered that on the 7 day of March 1831 a Marriage licens issued to Paul Garrison and Cyla Snook both of this County and of lawful age and that they were legally Married as is this certified State of Indian Fountain County Jackson Township this are therefore to certify that Paul Garrison and Cyla Snookwas by me Married on the 12 day of February 1832. John Bowman, J. P. Recorded March 5 1832.”
There were 3 Garrison marriages in Fountain Co. at that early time:
Fountain County, Indiana Marriages:
Marriages in Fountain County, Indiana 1826 - 1848
Garrison, Mitchell, Jane Bland, May 14, 1829
Garrison, Paul, Cyla Snook, Jackson Township, Feb. 12, 1832
Garrison, Patsey, Isaac Manley, May 1, 1835
I took a look at the descendants of Susannah Lavinia Garrison (b. 1858), and found at least one connection to Fountain Co., Indiana, and that would be her daughter Ann Wilkes Balch (b. 17 Feb 1776 in Greenville, Tennessee, d. 12 Feb 1832 Fountain Co., Indiana) who married a William White.
Here is an exerpt from “Genealogy of the Balch Families in America” by Galusha Burchard Balch, 1897, pages 460, 461, 462
"24. Ann Wilks, daughter of Rev. James and Susannah [Garrison] Balch, was born at Greenville, Tennessee, February 17, 1776, and died in Fountain county, Indiana, February 12, 1832. In the spring of 1796 she married William, son of William and Mary White, who was born March 27, 1776, in Washington county, Virgina, and died March 21, 1873, in Fountain county, Indiana."
[Note the date of the death of Ann Wilkes (Balch) White and the date of the marriage of Paul Garrison]
It turns out that this same William White and his wife Ann were amongst the first white settlers of Fountain Co. I found several references to that same William White in this book:
From “History of Fountain County” by Hiram Williams Beckwith
“The earliest settlement in the county was made in 1823.”
“In 1822, entries were made by...William White...as ‘Trustees for the church of God.”
There was another Garrison, a James Garrison, amongst the earliest settlers to Fountain Co., Indiana:
“History of Fountain County together with Historic Notes on the Wabash Valley,” by H. W. Beckwith, pub. Chicago, 1881:
“The first settler established himself in Jackson township at a ‘time out of mind.’ Squire John Bowman came from East Tennessee in 1826, and entered the land across the creek east of Jacksonville, where Z. T. Ward lives.... the next year Richard Williams was settled on the site of Jacksonville. William Guilliams, his son-in-law, was living on the west bank of Mill creek next the town, and on the place occupied at this time by George W. Brown; and Isaac Crowder had a cabin on the farther side of the creek south of the town, where Antoine Weaver is living. This same year (1827) John Hybarger, who had left Tennessee the year before, had stopped at Russellville, arrived and entered the land where his youngest son, John, now has his house. Thomas Allen was at this time located on the county line between Park and Fountain, on the farm now owned by Henry L. Roach; and Jonathan Cunningham joined him on the east. These two men we from Virginia. William SNOOK and Joshua BLAND, from Ohio, had their homes on Sec. 16; Ephraim Dell, a young man, was here; George Low has come; and Cuthbert Harrison was living north of the present Jacksonville. James GARRISON and Ewlet came early also, and made homes near and north of Elijah Clore’s. Armstrong settled where Henry Williams lives. None of the GARRISONS, Ewlets and Armstrongs remain. Michael Hutts, Ezekiel Nelson, William Murphy and Isaac Gooding were early settlers. A little later William Hinton came, and the Myerses, Fines, Shulers, Livengoods, Grimeses, Sowers, Scotts, Clarks, Kellers, Jacon Clinard, John McSpadden, and George McLain. The country was settled rapidly after the first four or five years. Nearly the entire immigration for some twelve years at first was from North Carolina and Tennessee. A few came from Virginia, still fewer came from Kentucky, and perhaps two or three were here to represent Ohio.”
So I am wondering if my Paul Garrison, b. 1807 in Virginia (according to later census information) was a nephew to Susannah Lavinia (Garrison) Balch (b. 1858) and thus a cousin to her daughter, Ann Wilkes (Balch) White. And I am wondering if this James Garrison was brother or nephew of Susannah Lavinia (Garrison) Balch.