John Courtright as of 11-18-2005
1. Affy (Evje/Effie DRAKE. Born on 7 Apr 1752 in Pennsylvania. At the age of <1, Affy (Evje/Effie was baptized in Reformed Dutch Church Walpeck, New Jersey, on 24 May 1752. Affy (Evje/Effie died in Greencastle Fairfield County, Ohio, on 17 Aug 1824; she was 72. Buried in Greencastle Cemetery Greencastle Fairfield County, Ohio.1
Ca 1772 when Affy (Evje/Effie was 19, she first married Unknown DRAKE.
They had one child:
2 i. Zephamiah (1773-1840)
Ca 1777 when Affy (Evje/Effie was 24, she second married Abraham Van Kampen CORTRIGHT2, son of Johannes Corneliussen CORTRIGHT (5 Aug 1714-14 May 1783) & Anna-Margriet DENNEMARKEN (VAN DER MARK) (11 May 1712-), in Bloom Township, Pennsylvania. Born on 8 Jul 1748 in NorthHampton County, Pennsylvania. Abraham Van Kampen died in Greencastle Fairfield County, Ohio, on 12 Jan 1825; he was 76. Buried in Greencastle Cemetery Greencastle Fairfield County, Ohio.1 Served in the military. Revolutionary War.
1820-Census-PH-FF-Bloom, P-214, L-27.
The following data is taken from the Courtright History book....Abraham Van Courtright, my grandfather, came into the country and settled near now what is known as the Betzer Church, two miles south of Lockville. He did not remain there long before he bought land and moved over in the vicinity of the present village of Greencastle where he died....The Presbyterian church was built in 1861. Abram, Jacob and J.A. Whitzel were among the founders of this society. The Family emigrated to Ohio in 1803. Research indicates that Abram also served in the Revolutuonary War, 6th Battalion,4th Co, under Capt. John Van Etten of the Northhampton Co. Pa Militia and also in Capt Weisenfield’s Co. of New York, and is listed in the DAR Index.
This is a copy of the will of Abram Van Courtright copied from an original
by Dr. Dudley Van Courtright for inclusion in the Courtright family book
published by him and copied from pages 31 -35 by Charles A. McKinley in
April of 2000. Book was published 1923 by the Heer Publishing Company, Columbus Franklin County, Ohio.
This is the last will and testament of Abram Van Courtright: I direct all
my just debts, my funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied
and I charge my personally estate not herein after specially bequeathed
with the payment thereof.
I give and devise unto my loving wife Effa the use during her natural
life of the farm that I am now possessed of being a part of the west half
of Sec. No. 23 Township No. 14 in Range No. 20 Bloom Township to Wit the
East Half of said Section estimated to contain one hundred sixty-four
44/10 acres excepting such part thereof as is hereafter particularly
devised to my son Abram Van Courtright, and also I give and bequeath her
the use of two cows, a horse, saddle and bridle and them to be taken at her
election, during her natural life.
I further give to her the use of all house hold goods and furniture of
every nature and kind during her natural life and also I give her all of my
wearing apparel and such part of the crop that may be on hand or in the
ground and of the stock of provisions on hand at my death as shall be
amply sufficient for her support for one year and that to be set off to her
by my executors.
I give to my son John Courtright and his heirs 30 acres of the above
described tract of land to be taken out of same in the following manner to
wit: Beginning at the South East corner, then west twenty rods, then North
parallel with the East line of same so far that a line parallel with the
first line will be a line South parallel with the second line include the
quantity above stated, he or they to cone into the possession thereof at or
upon the death of my said wife.
I give to my son Jesse D. Courtright $550 to be paid to him by my
son Abram Van Courtright as herein afterwards specified.
I give and devise to my son Abram Van Courtright and his heirs the
remainder and residue of the tract of land aforesaid he or they to come
into possession thereof at the death of my said wife, he paying to my son
Jesse D. Or his heirs the said legacy of $550 to wit $130 one year after
the death of my said wife and $140 two years and $130 three years and
$150 four years after the death and also the further sum of $60 to my
daughter as herein expressed, and it is my will that in case of my son
Abram Van or his heirs should be unfortunate and rendered unable to make
the payments as above stated and the same should not be made, then in
such case I give and devise that said land to my son Jesse D, and his heirs
he or they paying to my son Abram Van or his heirs the appraised value of
said tract of land after deducting the amount of $610 or part thereof as
shall remain unpaid, the same to be paid in four equal yearly installments,
in either case the land is to stand charged for the payment of said $610.
I give to Abram Van the immediate use of 5 acres of the improved
meadow on said tract to be designated by my said wife and 5 acres of the
plough land that he is now in possession of and the privilege to clear and
improve such other parts of the above mentioned tract of land that may be
unimproved at the time of my death as he may and shall deem proper and
during the life of my said wife except the part given to John, I give and
devise to my daughter Margaret McFarland and her heirs and equal half in
quantity of what I know own of the North East quarter of Sec. 23 Township
No. 14 in Range 20 to be taken in the Southwest corner of said quarter and
to extend to the land by me deeded (Christian Faney) and I give her $30 to
be paid to her by my son Abram Van or his heirs one year after the death of
my said wife.
I give and devise to my said executors in trust for my daughter
Christiania Cahoon and the heirs of her body begotten the other half in
quantity of the last mentioned tract by me now owned to be taken in the
Southeast corner to extend north to the land by deeded to my son JOHN and
in case she dies without heirs of her body I give and devise the said land
to my other children and their heirs and it is my will that she Christiania
shall enjoy possess and act with the said land during her coverture with
her present husband as Feme Sole, and that the same in no manner shall be
subject to his control and if she shall outlive her said husband then the
said land shall be her property, and I give to her Christiania $30 to be paid
to her by my said son Abram Van and she shall pay to her yearly after the
death of my said wife the interest of said $30 at her request and for her
own and sole use and benefit as a feme sole.
I give and devise to my said Daughters after the death of their
mother all the household goods and furniture the use of which is above
given to my said wife to be equally divided between them but in case
either should die without heirs of her body before their mother then it is
my will that survivor should have all the goods and furniture aforesaid.
But in case my wife should die before Henry Cahoon, husband of my
daughter Christiana my other said daughter living the said goods and
furniture shall be valued and the whole delivered to her, upon her giving
security to pay the amount of one-half the valuation thereof; and the
yearly interest to said Christiana upon her request for her sole benefit and
use during he present coverture and the principle to her upon the death of
her said husband.
After the death of my said wife the cow and horse the use whereof
is herein given to her and all the residue of my personal property not
herein specially bequeathed, after the payment before mentioned and
provided I give to my said Three sons equally to be divided. And whereas I
have a claim to certain land situate in Luzerne County state of
Pennsylvania which I hold a title bond which I put into the hand of Daniel
Montgomery of Columbia County state aforementioned. Now whatever
money as can be obtained for such land or claim that I will give and devise
the same shall be divided equally among my children’s share and share
alike to their heirs. I will and devise unto my two grandsons Abram, the
son of JOHN COURTRIGHT and Abram Van the son of my son Abram Van, Lot
21 in Greencastle in the County of Fairfield and in either case of them die
without lineal heirs of his body then I give and devise the same to the
survivor and his heirs and,
I further will that in case Margaret McFarland should die before her
mother then in that case my executors shall dispose of one half of the
goods and furniture willed to my two Daughters and secure to Christiana
the interest during her present coverture and the principle at the death of
her husband or the whole inc case Margaret shall die without lineal heirs
and also that my executors shall hold the share of the claim in
Pennsylvania willed to Christiana and secure to her the interest and
principle as last above provided, and
I hereby nominate my son Jesse D. and my friend Philemon Behner
executors of this my last will and testament and lastly I hereby revolke
all former wills made by me and I delare this to be my last will and
testament contained in two sheets.
In WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
several seal this the Twenty Seventh of Ocotober in the year of our Lord
Christ A.D. 1817.
Delivered in the present of us.
James Daniel Abraham V. Courtright
(The above is copied from the original by me (D.V.C.)
They had the following children:
3 i. John (Johannes) (1779-1863)
4 ii. Jesse Drake (1783-1825)
5 iii. Abram Van (1787-1862)
6 iv. Margaret (Peggy) M. (1792-1825)
7 v. Christena (1794-1844)
Family of Affy (Evje/Effie DRAKE (1) & Unknown DRAKE
2. Zephamiah DRAKE (Affy (Evje/Effie1). Born on 15 Jun 1773. Zephamiah died in Fairfield County, Ohio, on 2 Jun 1840; he was 66. Buried in Greencastle Cemetery Greencastle Fairfield County, Ohio.1
Zephamiah married Mary Polly (Unknown) DRAKE. Born on 4 Jan 1777 in Pennsylvania. Mary Polly (Unknown) died in Fairfield County, Ohio, on 21 Dec 1862; she was 85. Buried in Greencastle Cemetery Greencastle Fairfield County, Ohio.1
1850-Census-OH-FF-Bloom visit 1559.
They had one child:
i. Zephaniah. Born on 9 Feb 1811. Zephaniah died on 11 Jul 1841; he was 30. Buried in Greencastle Cemetery Greencastle Fairfield County, Ohio.1
Family of Affy (Evje/Effie DRAKE (1) & Abraham Van Kampen CORTRIGHT
3. John (Johannes) COURTRIGHT Sr. (Affy (Evje/Effie DRAKE1).2 Born on 26 Feb 1779 in Northumberland, Pa. John (Johannes) died in Lithopolis Fairfield County, Ohio, on 6 Apr 1863; he was 84. Resided in Lithopolis , Ohio. Buried in Lithopolis Cemetery Lithopolis Bloom Township Fairfield County, Ohio.1 Buried in OP, Lot 72, Gr-9. Occupation: Farmer.
1820-Census-OH-FF-Bloom, P-215, L-10.
1830-Census-OH-FF-Bloom, P-166, L-3,
1850-Census-OH-FF-Bloom visit 1511. Page 232.
1860-Census-OH-FF-Bloom visit 91.
Notes for John Courtright:
He and his brother, Abraham V Courtright were among the first pioneers of Fairfield County, Ohio. The following is extracted from the published work “History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties,Ohio”
John Courtright was a native of Pennsylvania, and emigrated with his family to Ohio in 1803 or 1804. They journeyed over the mountains and throught the forests in a three horse wagon, bringing with them such articles of household neccesity as they were able to convey. On their arrival he bought land near Royalton, Fairfield County and began the labor of making a home in the wilderness. Progress was necessarily slow at first, but year by year the clearing was enlarged and as prosperity followed, he added to his possessions, until he was the owner of some two thousand one hundred acres of land, the result of his own exertions, seconded by those of his sons, as they arrived at an age to assist in the smaller and larger duties of the farm.
Family history says that the family moved to Ohio in 1803 in two wagons, the five children and a cow. A comment was made, no one could remember the cow’s name.3
The data presented for the will of John Courtright Senior was provided by Marvin Courtright, a Courtright descendant and transcribed by Charles A. McKinley from pages Book 5, 281 to pages 285 and from the Will envelope in Case 3747 file at the Fairfield County Courthouse in Lancaster,
The State of Ohio Fairfield County
Be it remembered that on the 13th day of April in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Three the following paper writing purported to be the last will and testament of John Courtright Senior late of the County and State aforesaid died, was produced in the Probate Court of said County and offered for probate to wit:
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I John Courtright Senior of Bloom
Township, Fairfield County Ohio do make and publish this My last will and testament.
I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Barbara Courtright in lieu of her dower in My real estate according to an article of agreement entered into on the thirty first day of August in the year Eighteen Hundred and fifty seven (see record of said County Book no. 24 page 628) between said Barbara and Myself previous to our marriage. The use of a certain tract of land with all of the improvements so long as she shall remain unmarried and my widow (vice) the farm on now we which reside situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being a part of Section Twenty Seven, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty and is the same
tract of land purchased from Benjamin Glick which the Deed will more fully show containing Two Hundred and Eighteen acres more or less.
I give devise and bequeath to my said wife her heirs and assigns one horse and two cows, the choice of all I may have at the time of my death, also my Buggy and harness , and also two iron Kettles, also my kitchen furniture and Stove, Three bedsteads and bedding and other household furniture, sufficient for her family and one years provisions for herself and feed for her horse and cows.
I give devise and bequeath to my son John Courtright his heirs and assigns forever in addition to what I have already deeded to him certain tracts of lands Situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio known an distinguished by being part of Section Thirty Three, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty, containing Forty Eight acres more or less and is the same tract of land purchased from Lorenzo D. Morris, also part of the South East quarter of Section Twenty Eight Township Number Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows beginning at the South West corner of said quarter Section on the Section line from thence East along said Section line five rods East of the center of said Quarter section from thence due North half the distance across said quarter from thence West ten rods thence due North to the quarter section so as to contain one half of said quarter, also Twenty Five acres of the South side of the North half of the North East quarter of Section Twenty Nine being a part of the land I purchased from Sebbas B. Custer.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Jacob G. Courtright his heirs and assigns forever in addition to what I have already deeded to him, Fifty acres of Land of the East Side of the South West quarter of Section Twenty Two, Township Fourteen, RangeTwenty joining Roller, also one undivided half of the farm on which now I Reside subject to the Dower of My wife also, Fifty Seven acres of the North side of the north half of the North East quarter of Section of Section Twenty Nine being part of the land that I purchased from Sebbas B. Custer, he paying to my son Jesse D.Courtright Twelve Hundred and Fifty Dollars one year after my Death.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Jesse D. Courtright his heirs and assigns In addition to what I have already deeded to him a certain tract of land Situate in The County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being part of Section Thirty Two, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows Beginning in the North East Corner of Said Section from thence West along the Section Line to the half Section Corner from thence South far enough to Contain Fifty Two Acres by running due East across the Quarter Section being
The same land purchased from Jonathan Glick and Lorenzo D. Morris, also the undivided
Half of the farm on which I now reside subject to the Dower of my wife also Twelve Hundred and Fifty Dollars in Money being the same, son Jacob G. Courtright is to pay to him one year after my death
I give devise and bequeath to my Grandsons William A. Custer and George D. Custer their heirs and assigns Ninety one acres of land situate in County Of Fairfield State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being a part of North East quarter of Section No. Twenty, Township, No. Fourteen, Range Twenty being the land willed to John Drake and Samantha Drake by their Father Samuel Drake deceased, also Thirty Nine acres more or less situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known as part of the North West quarter of Section No. Twenty Eight ,Township Fourteen Range Twenty and is that part or parcel of land Set to of Mary Morehart widow of John Morehart deceased as her dower.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughter Samantha Griffith her heirs and assigns Fifty Five acres of land Situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio it being a part of quarter of Section Thirty One, Township Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows beginning at the North East corner of Said Section from thence West along said Section line half the distance across Said Quarter from thence so far South to contain Fifty five acres by running due East to the Section line from thence to the place of beginning.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughter Sarah E. Custer her heirs and assigns Fifty Five acres of land Situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio, it being part of the North East quarter of Section Number Thirty One, Township Number Fourteen, Range Twenty and Bounded as follows, Beginning at the North West corner of Said Quarter Section from thence South along Said half Section line so to contain Fifty Five acres by running due East half the distance across said Quarter from thence North to the Section line from thence West to the place of beginning.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughters Hester Juliann and Mary Courtright their heirs and assigns eighty acres of land more or less situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio it being the same on which their mother now resides, Hester and Juliann to have the North half of said land.
I give devise and bequeath to my Grandsons Adam Courtright and George Courtright and my Granddaughter Rosantha Cawthon their heirs and assigns One Hundred and Twenty Three acres of land more or less situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being part of Section No. Thirty, Township No. Fourteen, Range Twenty and bounded as follows, beginning at the North East corner of Newton Williamsons land thence West along said Williamsons line to the half Section line thence North along said half Section line so far to leave One Hundred and Ten acres in the North end of said half Section by running Due East across said half Section to the East line of said Section, Thence South to the place of beginning Said Roseantha Cawthorn to have Forty acres of the East end of the said Tract of land.
I give devise and bequeath to my Grandson Jesse Courtright and my Granddaughters Elizabeth Fritter and Hellen Fritter their heirs and assigns the following described tracts of land situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio to (Wit) A part of the North East quarter of Section No. Twenty, Township No. Fourteen, Range Twenty ,bounded as follows, Beginning at a post on the North boundary of said quarter section, Twenty Two chains and fifty links East from the north west corner of said quarter where a hickory 12 inches in diameter bears S 63' E.ninety and one half links east from the then South Eighty chains and ninety links to a post from thence West twenty two chains and fifty links to a post on the West boundary of said quarter Section from Thence South Eleven chains And eighty links to a post Thence East Thirty four chains and forty one links To a post on the West boundary of Courtright, Thence North with said line sixteen chains to a post Thence North Sixty seven and one Half degrees West Twelve chains and Sixty two links to the place of Beginning containing Forty eight acres and sixteen Hundredths of and acre, Also a part of the South East quarter of Section No, Sixteen, Township No, Fourteen, Range Twenty, bounded as follows, Beginning at a post on the South boundary line of said quarter section Fifteen chains from the South East corner of said section from thence North Twenty five chains to a Beech Twenty inches in diameter, from thence Twelve chains and Eighty three links to a post from thence South Twenty chains and Ninety five links to a post in the Columbus road, from thence 70 and one half degrees West thirteen chains and Twenty five links to the place of beginning containing Twenty nine acres.
I give devise and bequeath to my Granddaughter Jane Cole her heirs and assigns Six Silver Table Spoons.
I give devise and bequeath to George B. Custer , John Blackwood and David Crumley Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Lithopolis and their successors in office the following described property situate in the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio and known and distinguished by being in Lot Number Fifty Seven in the town of Lithopolis to be used by Said Presbyterian Church as a Parsonage So long as said Church remains old School Presbyterian But should said Church at any time be dissolve or become other than Presbyterian then said property shall revert back to My Heirs.
Now as respects the residue of My personal property, I do order and direct that a fair Valuation or appraisement thereof be made according to the Law and that the same be sold at Public Sale by any executors herein after named and the proceeds thereof together with all of the monies that May be owing to me at the time of my death as well as all Money on hand, I dispose as follows
first to the payment of my funeral Expenses and all My just debts including the expenses of Settling My Estate, Second the purchasing of Tomb Stones for My grave for which I hereby authorize My executor to pay not less than One Hundred nor more than Two Hundred Dollars and the residue if any I devise and bequeath as follows to My Wife Barbara Courtright this one fourth part thereof to My Son John Courtright or his heirs, then one fourth part thereof to My Son Jacob G. Courtright or his heirs and one fourth part thereof to My Son Jesse D. Courtright or his heirs and then one fourth part thereof. My Grandsons John C. Custer, Sebbus B. Custer, Richard Courtright and Jacob Courtright have received their Share of My estate by Deed and otherwise during their lifetime. Lastly I hereby Constitute and Appoint My sons John Courtright and Jacob G. Courtright Executors of My last Will and Testament Revoking and Annulling all former wills by Me made and Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be My Last Will and Testament.
Set my hand and seal this Twenty Fifth day of October the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty John Courtright Senior---Signature-Seal
At his request have signed
John E. Woods
And (xxxxxxxxxx) the of James Andrew one of said subscribing witnesses to said will was taken and in open Court reduced to writing as follows to wit:
The State of Ohio Fairfield County
I James Andrew being duly Sworn in open Court this 13th day of April A.D. 1863 depose and say that I was present at the Execution of this last will and testament of John Courtright Senior hereunto annexed that I saw the Said testator Subscribe said will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will And testament and that the said testator at the time of executing the same Was of full age and of Sound Mind and Memory and not under any restraint And that I signed the same as a witness at his request and in his presence And in the presence of John E. Woods the other subscribing witness to said Will, and I further say that John E. Woods the other subscribing witness is dead and that I saw the said John E. Woods Sign said will as witness and that his name to said will is his genuine Signature.
Sworn to me and Subscribed before me this 13th day of April A.D. 1863
Jesse Seolmer Probate Judge
And afterwards to with on the 13th day of April A.D. 1863 the following
Entry was made in the Journal of Said Court to Wit::
Aril 13th A.D. 1863
In the matter of John Courtright Seniors Will
The last will and testament of John Courtright Senior of Fairfield County Ohio Deceased was this day produced in Court and offered for Probate by John Courtright and Jacob G. Courtright the Executors in Said will, James Andrew one of the Subscribing witnesses to said will appeared
And in open Court on Oath testified to the Executors of said will and Also to the death of John E. Woods and to the signature of said John E. Woods to Said will with the other subscribing witness to said will, Which testimony was taken in open Court reduced to writing and By said James Andrew subscribed and filed with Said Will. And it appearing to the Court by said testimony that Said will wasDuly attested and Executed and that Said testation at the time of Executing The Same was of full age and of Sound Mind and Memory and not under any restrain. It is ordered by the Court that the Said will and testimony be duly recorded. And Hereupon Same John Courtright and Jacob G. Courtright the Executors Named in Said will and accepted the Trust of Executing Said Will Ordered by the Court that said Executors Give Bond in the Sum of Eight Thousand Dollars with two Sureties To the acceptance of this Court, conditioned according to law the Sum of Eight-Thousand Dollars with William L. Rigby and, Jesse D. Courtright as (Hxx) Sureties, which Bond and the same will thereof And the Sureties thereon is hereby approved and Court Approved Bateman Beaty, Jacob Solt and James Andrew appraisers of the goods And Chalets of the descendent and the said Executors being duly sworn Testifies that the Estate of said Testator for which Said will was Probated and to be administered exceeds the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars and does not exceed Fifty Thousand Dollars in Value, it is therefore Ordered that United States internal revenue stamps of the value of Five Dollars be placed on the letters to be paid to said Executors Which is accordingly done and therefore letters Testamentary Issued to Said Executors
Signed---- Jesse Seolmar Probate Judge
Abt 1800 when John (Johannes) was 20, he first married Elizabeth H GRUBBE, in Ohio. Born on 29 Apr 1780 in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth H died in Fairfield County, Ohio, on 12 Jun 1852; she was 72. Buried in Lithopolis Cemetery Lithopolis Bloom Township Fairfield County, Ohio.1 Buried in OP, Lot 72, Gr-8.
They had the following children:
8 i. Abraham (Abram) C Van (1803-1852)
9 ii. John Jacob (1805-1878)
10 iii. Jacob Grubbe (1809-1864)
11 iv. Jesse Drake (1811-1873)
12 v. Sarah G. (Sallie) (1813-1847)
On 2 Sep 1854 when John (Johannes) was 75, he second married Sarah Ann KEMP, daughter of Henry KEMP, in Fairfield County, Ohio.4 Born on 13 Mar 1813. Sarah Ann died in Fairfield County, Ohio, on 5 Feb 1857; she was 43. Buried in Lithopolis Cemetery Lithopolis Bloom Township Fairfield County, Ohio.1 Buried in OP, Lot 72, Gr-10.
On 1 Sep 1857 when John (Johannes) was 78, he third married Barbara SHADE, in Fairfield County, Ohio.4 Born ca 1810 in Pennsylvania. Barbara died in Lithopolis Fairfield County, Ohio, on 6 Apr 1863; she was 53.
A female named Mary Shade age 70 born in Pennsylvania was enmerated also with the family.