On April 3, 1834, WILLIAM BAYNE and CAROLINE NEVILL applied for a marriage license at the courthouse in Georgetown, Brown County, OH. The document can be found on file there in Book "D." There is no separate entry for the actual marriage.
WILLIAM and CAROLINE appear in the Census records of 1850 for Jackson Township, Brown County, OH. The records show that WILLIAM was a farmer with real estate valued at $1,000. In 1853 they moved to Woodford County, Illinois. WILLIAM built one of the first houses in El Paso, which was completed in 1856. The house was at the corner of Front Street and Chestnut Street.
Even though WILLIAM had the house in town, the family was enumerated in the 1860 census in Pleasant Ridge Township, Livingston County, Illinois, about 40 miles away. WILLIAM was farming. The three youngest children were living there. Four years later WILLIAM died, and by 1870 CAROLINE and Tamsey had moved back to their home in El Paso. In 1880, CAROLINE was living alone. The house was destroyed during the elevator fire on May 1, 1890. A new house was built on South Walnut Street.
In 1898, when CAROLINE died, she left her estate to her children and J. E. Rutledge, her pastor at the Methodist Episcopalian church. The estate included her property, Lots 11 and 12 in Block 7 of the McClellan Addition. The McClellan Addition lies between South Walnut and South Summit Streets, and West Jefferson and Lincoln Streets. In 1896, the property at 198 South Walnut Street was listed as the residence of Celia Hodge.
WILLIAM and CAROLINE are buried at Evergreen Cemetery just east of El Paso. The tombstone is marked Hodge/Bayne on one side and Ferguson (second husband of Celia Ann) on the other. Celia and Thomas are also buried there, as well as one child of Celia.
Celia Ann (Bayne) Hotchkin
Celia Ann (sister of Silas) married Eber Hall Hotchkin on Nov. 3, 1857, and was in the 1870 Census of El Paso. She is listed as head of household, age 36, with two sons, Frankie 11, and Lloyd 2. A third son, Silas T., was born Aug. 15, 1861, and died Mar. 6, 1862. This infant son is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. Frank can be found in the 1880 U.S. Census working as a farmhand in Greene, Woodford, IL.
On August 6, 1862, Eber enlisted for the War of the rebellion in a Company being formed in Woodford County. The company, 96 strong, mustered at Peoria, August 27, 1862, as Company A of the 86th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Eber was captured during the "March to the Sea" and confined at the Florence Stockade in South Carolina. He died there February 20, 1865, of malnutrition.
Celia remarried twice, first to G.W. Ferguson of La Salle County, IL. Apparently Celia married a third time as she is called Hodge in 1898. She is referred to Hodge in CAROLINE's obituary (1898), probate records (1899 and later), the U.S. Census (1900), Celia's own obituary (1902), and the family monument and her tombstone at Evergreen Cemetery.
Celia was still living in El Paso in 1896, listed as the resident at 198 South Walnut Street, which was CAROLINE's residence. In the 1900 census she was living at 218 Reed Street, Peoria, IL, listed as Celia Hodge, widow. Her son Lloyd was living with her. His age was reported as 30, and his occupation, switchman. Her address used during the settlement of her mother's estate was 733 S. Adams Street, Peoria, IL.
Celia died May 22, 1902, in Madison, WI, at the home of her youngest son, Rev. R. L. Ferguson. She had been living with him since 1900 because of failing health. R. L. Ferguson may be L. R. (Leroy).
Tamsey A. (Bayne) Hogan
The legal documents at the time CAROLINE died, show Tamsey A. Hogan to be living in Cripple Creek, CO. An entry of interest in the 1900 Census for Victor (near Cripple Creek), Teller, CO, is a Kate Hogan. Her date of birth is given as April 1842. She is a widow. She was born in Ohio, while her parents were born in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her occupation is given as cook.
Parentage of WILLIAM C. BAYNE
This speculative family begins with William Bayne (c1776-1842). His marriage to Patty is documented in Marriages of Adams County, Ohio, 1797-1894, Vol. 1, 1988 - Ripley Library, and also in A History of Adams County, Ohio from Its Earliest Settlement - Nelson Evans and Emmons Stivers. It is noted that he is the son of Henry Holland Bayne. Five others in that source are also said to be children of Henry Holland Bayne. They include: John, Samuel, Rebecka, Susanna, and Priscilla. The date of the marriage of William and Patty is April 13, 1803.
There is no direct evidence of any children born to William and Patty, but several facts point to the distinct possibility that they had six children. The six children would be Silas (1806-1884) and WILLIAM C. (1811-1864), whose own families can be readily traced, and four others who apparently did not marry. William and Patty are buried at the Old Red Oak Cemetery, Russellville, Brown County, Ohio. Five of the aforementioned children are also buried there. The sixth child, WILLIAM C., moved away to Illinois, and is buried at El Paso, IL. Also, two children of Silas and his first wife are buried at Old Red Oak.
William (c1776-1842) was the oldest of eight children of Henry Holland Bayne and his wife, Sophia Duvall. William and the next three children were born in Maryland. The 1880 census for Pleasant township has an entry for Silas Bayne (b. 1806), with a birthplace of Maryland given for his father. Silas' mother would be Patty, a common nickname for Martha. Silas named his first child Martha. The second child was named Lawson, which would be for his uncle Lawson (brother of Silas). The next son of Silas was named William Henry, names of Silas' father and grandfather. This begins to tie Silas with William and Patty.
Now, what evidence is there that WILLIAM C. is also a son of William, and brother of Silas? For starters, we would have WILLIAM C. named after his own father. Also, WILLIAM C. had a son SILAS, apparently named in honor of WILLIAM C's own brother.
One final argument, though somewhat weak, should not be overlooked. After exhaustive search of every Bayne in Brown County, there is no other likely family to place these names. Also, there are near perfect fits in the 1830 and 1840 census records for Pleasant Township, for the name William Bayne. In particular, the 1840 census exludes Martha, who died in 1832.
So, we may never know. But, these facts are here to help develop proof or disproof of this family
Parentage of CAROLYN NEVILL
Unlike the speculation of the Parents of WILLIAM BAYNE, the possibilities for CAROLINE NEVILL are more elusive. We know she was born in Pennsylvania in 1810 and came to Ohio at age nine. So the search begins in the early nineteenth century in Pennsylvania.
Immediately, a family from Pittsburgh looks promising. General John Neville, was an important soldier of the Revolutionary War. He was a neighbor of George Washington and served under him. Gen. Neville was sent to Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh) where he was Commandant when the war broke out. Later, as a tax collector, he was at the center of the Whiskey Rebellion that took place in western Pennsylvania.
Gen. John Neville's only son is Gen. Presley Neville, who was aide-de-camp to Marquis de Lafayette during the war. Presley graduated from College of Philadelphia at the time his father was in command at Fort Pitt. He went on to attain the rank of General. The family was prominent in Pittsburgh, and Neville Island in the Ohio River is named for the family.
Presley married Nancy Hanks Morgan, daughter of General Daniel Morgan. They had a large family of 14 children. The last, Mortimer, was born on April 6, 1809. About 1817, the family moved to Clermont County, Ohio. Clermont County is immediately to the west of Brown County. Presley settled on the Ohio River, not more than 15 miles from Brown County. The location is now the small town of Neville, named for him. Presley died there in 1818.
Could CAROLINE be from this family? Could she have been a fifteenth child born in 1810? She could not be a first cousin of the children of Presley as he had no brothers. But she could be a second cousin, as Presley's father had six brothers, and the children of all are not known. Or is the presence of Presley Neville in nearby Clermont County just a coincidence?
Another possibility is that CAROLINE could be a granddaughter of Presley. Presley's oldest son Morgan Lafayette Neville was born in 1763 in Pittsburgh. He married Nancy Barker March 6, 1811. Their first child was born July 25, 1811. Could CAROLINE have been born the previous year? Morgan and his family moved to Cincinnati, OH, where he died in 1839.
Other Neville names in Brown County documents which some think are grandchildren of Presley include: Harrison Neville (b. 1822/1826), Alfred Neville (b. 1824), William S. Neville (b. 1834), Jeremiah (b. 1817 PA - father of William S.).
|all children born in Brown County, OH|
husband Eber Hall Hotchkin
husband G. W. Ferguson
husband _____ Hodge
husband John A. McLellan
husband _____ Hogan
SILAS TAYLOR BAYNE
wife MARY MATILDA JEWETT