I found something!I have a lot of material I haven't had time to "process" yet.I just came across some good material while doing my Stephen Hungerford in 1840 research.Let me start at the beginning.
I took a look at all the Stephens/Stevens I had in my database--there were 31 of them!Most were dead and/or weren't born by 1840.There were 11 of them alive in 1840.2 were in Canada at the time.Another Stephen was one year old, two weren't married in 1840, and another was still living in his father's house--I know this from other sources.
I also took stock of all the Stephens/Stevens (or initial "S.") Hungerfords that were on the 1840 census (at least that I have found through indexes, etc.)The Stephens listed in 1840:
S.--in Lenox, Madison county, NY
Stephen--in DeWitt, Onondaga county, NY
Stephen--in Milford, Otsego county, NY(I know this one--they stayed in Otsego Co.)
Stephen--in Commerce, Oakland county, MI (We have discussed.)
Stephen--in Keeler, Van Buren county, MI(After careful study--this fellow is the son of Benjamin & Jane (Weston) Hungerford and husband of Rhoda Osborn.)
Stephen--in Centre, Williams county, Ohio.(Just South of Hillsdale County!)
This last family had:
1 under 5
1 between 10-15
1 between 15-20
1 between 20-30
1 between 40-50
1 under 5
1 between 5-10
2 between 10-15
1 between 40-50
I checked my Williams county, Ohio file and found several items of interest.From page 479 of "County of Williams, Ohio," by Weston A. Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, published by F.A. Battey & Co., Chicago, 1882, in the section entitled "Centre Township, Subsequent Settlers," is the following passage: "By the 1st of January, 1839, there had come in Alfred Church, M. G. Frock, Lorenzo Garton, John B. Kimmell, Joseph McKean, Isaac Neihart, Jacob Neihart, Thomas Punches (Purchase?), Amasa Shafer, Peter Yockey and others.A year later, there were in--Jacob Swartzcope, Jacob Bowman, John D. Martin, Robert Baird, John Dinsmore, Stephen Hungerford, John McDowell, William Prouty, Robert Smith, William Sheridan, Sr., Frederick Webber and others.
Finally, I found the following marriage in "Williams County, Ohio Marriages, Volumes I, II, and III, (December 2, 1824 - May 12, 1868)," compiled by Pamela Pattison Lash, published by the Williams County Genealogical Society, Bryan, Ohio, 1984, page 54.
Hungerford, Elizabeth (to) Purchase, James on 1 Jan 1845 (found on) Vol. I, page 79.
That's it for now.It appears we need to further research Williams county, Ohio records.
Richard W. Hungerford, Jr.