March 22, 2011
To the Ostrander Family Association,
I thought you might like to know about my research on Gov. Thomas Carney and Family.He was the second Governor of Kansas 1863-1865.My mother is Elizabeth Carney, and he is her great grandfather.Like many people, I couldn’t get past Governor Carney’s parents: James and “Sarah” Carney in building our family tree.So I started looking through the census records and I did find quite a number.Unfortunately the brothers of Thomas Carney seem to have died w/o leaving any death certificates.Then I looked for the half sisters Caroline Waldron, Sarah J. Waldron, and finally I researched Governor Carney’s half brother Harrison Waldron.
There finally I found a death record, this is the cut and pasted info :
Burial Date:09 Jul 1909
Death Date:07 Jul 1909
Death Place:Kingston Twp., Delaware, Ohio
Birth Date:20 Jun 1836
Father's Name:Richard Waldron
Father's Birthplace:New York
Mother's Name:Jane Ostrander
Indexing Project (Batch) Number:B01506-7
Source Film Number:1983888
Well that was new info indeed!I knew Harrison’s father was Richard Waldron, but Jane Ostrander as his mother was new to us.So I checked the 1870 census and Jane Waldron was living with her daughter Sarah J. Hendrixon.And the 1860 census showed Jane Waldron was living as the wife of Richard Waldron, then the 1850 census showed her with her husband Richard and children, Caroline, Harrison, and Sarah J.
Finally I called up the Delaware County Historical Society and they sent me the cemetery records on Jane Ostrander/Carney/Waldron and James Carney.Sure enough they were the parents of our Thomas Carney.I guess for all these years nobody has known who his mother was because of a newspaper misprint.Apparently they mixed up her name with her daughter’s name, that’s not surprising, since they were both dead, and had lived far away from Kansas.In fact it seems that Sarah Jane (Waldron) Hendrickson died before her mother Jane (Ostrander/Carney) Waldron.Jane Ostrander’s birthplace is listed above as PA, but this is not surprising.She came to PA when very young (maybe as a baby), and the census records are about evenly divided between PA and NY for Jane Ostrander’s birthplace in the census records of all of her children including Thomas Carney.
You can see her tombstone on findagrave.com by searching for “Jane Waldron” in Ohio.James Carney also has a stone online there.Interestingly BOTH of their fathers were Revolutionary War Soldiers.That means that both of Governor Carney’s grandfathers were Revolutionary Soldiers.When their widows applied for Revolutionary pensions they had to testify in court so we have more info on them.Here I have transcribed part of the testimony from Mary Eve (Bittenbender) Carney.She was the mother of James Carney (and Elijah and many others) it’s a little long, but I thought you might want to read it:
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Note: Files Retrieved February, 2011 from www.footnote.com Transcribed by Carey Barnett, March 2011.
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The State of Ohio
Delaware County Ss.} On This tenth day of January in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty nine, personally appeared before Ezra Griswold one of the associate Judges of the court of common pleas for the county of Delaware and State of the aforesd, Mary E. Carney a resident of Berkshire in the ___ county of Delaware, aged seventy eight (78) years, who being first duly sworn according to the law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed the 4th day of July 1836.
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That the said Mary E. Carney is the widow of John Carney deceased who was an officer of the Revolution.She was born near Easton, Northamton County, Pennslyvania.She thinks from the best information she has having no record of her age whatever, She was born in March of 1760.her Father John Bittenbender, removed from Easton when She was quite young perhaps one or two years old to Hamilton Township Northampton County PA.She continued to live with her Father in Said Hamilton Township up to the time of her Marriage to John Carney, which was in September of 1781.Has no record of her Marriage her Marriage certificate being lost among a number of her husbands papers appertaining to his Services was Married by Lewis Stecher Esq. of Said Hamilton Township the next thing after her Marriage She removed to the Wyoming Valley with her husband remaid there but a few months on account of difficulties that existed at that time to land titles between Pennsylvania and Connecticut returned to her Father in Hamilton Township Northhampton County PA resided there about one year removed with her husband to a place called Mount Bethel a few miles from her former place of residence.Staid there about Two years.Then removed to the Susquehanna river about thirty Miles above the Wyoming Valley to a place then called Braintrim now Washington Township Luzerne--County Pennsylvania.where she continued to live with her husband John Carney to the time of his Death which was July 24, 1826.continued to reside at the same place for about five years then removed to her present place of residence in Berkshire Delaware County Ohio--The particulars recollected of her husband Service is that he performed Several Tours of duty in the Militia after their Marriage as an officer.first & Second Lieutenant.recollects his going on a Tour of duty to the Nescopick Valley Pennsylvania with Capt Jacob Myers was in an engagement with the IndiansMany of his company being killed.They went on a Tour of Eighteen Months--recollects him being at Stroudsburgh PA two or three months guarding the frontier recollects another Tour he was called to Wyoming.does not remember what length of time he was gone.She thinks his whole amount of Services before and after their Marriage would amount to at least four years part of the time an officer and part a private Soldier.----
She further declares that she was Married to the said John Carney in September--1781 as aforesaid that her husband Died as aforesaid in July 24th 1826 and that She has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereunto annexed
Subscribed & sworn to before me this 10th day of January 1839.
E. Griswold, Associate Judge of Delaware Com. Pleas
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There are more pages of testimony that I have transcribed, and it turns out that Elijah Carney, Thomas’ uncle was a very successful and well known Physician in Ohio, and was serving in the Ohio State Legislature in the late 1840's, maybe at the very time when Thomas lived with him for six months.That would certainly have given some good connections and influence to his young nephew Thomas Carney.
The family shapes up like this:
John Carney, 1742 - 1826, PA, Revolutionary Soldier
+Mary Eve Bittenbender, 1760 - 1852 (Second wife) John and Mary had the following children:
1. John Carney, Jr, 1782-1863 PA
2. Thomas Carney, b. 1785
3. Several more, not all are known to us.
#. James Carney, 1791-1828 PA/OH
#. Elijah Carney, Youngest child, 1796 - 1869 PA/OH
And on the Ostrander Side as follows:
Thomas Ostrander, 1746 - 1816 NY, Revolutionary Soldier
+Elizabeth Smith, 1758 - NY
1. Elizabeth Ostrander b. 1785 NY
2. James Ostrander b. 1787 NY
3. Hannah Ostrander, b. 1789
4. Jane Ostrander, b. 1799
5. Sarah Ostrander, b. 1801
6-7. Sophie & Cornelia Ostrander (Twins) 1809 (?)
Second Generation for us is:
Jane Ostrander, b. 1799 NY, d. 1880, OH married James Carney, b. 1791, PA d. 1828, OH, m. about 1820 (no record has been found yet). They had following children
1. Dr. Theodore Carney, b. 1822, OH, d. during Civil War, MO
2. Gov. Thomas Carney, b. 1824, OH, d. 1888 KS
3. LeRoy Carney, b. 1826, OH, d. 1860, KS
4. Creighton Carney, b. 1828, OH
And then second marriage of Jane (Ostrander) Carney to Richard Waldron:
5. Caroline Waldron, b. @1832
6. Harrison Waldron, b. 1836
7. Sarah Jane Waldron, b. 1838
The last three are half sisters and a half brother to Governor Carney.I hope this helps to fill out the history for you.