Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Mary Ann Coe Project Meeting 10/6/2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Junkins
This week we reviewed Benjamin Junkins’ estate papers. Benjamin Junkins (abt 1795-1830) was a cabinet maker who settled in Norwalk, Huron Co., OH sometime between 14 May 1823 (when he sold property in Cadiz, Harrison Co., OH to his brother, Adam) and 15 Sep 1823 (when he purchased the front half of lot 26 in Norwalk, OH from Daniel and Nancy Tilden).
Mary Ann (Coe) Pomeroy was in Norwalk by August 1823 when she petitioned the Huron County Court for a divorce from Spencer Pomeroy as noted in the fall term of the court. On 16 Aug 1824 that petition was discontinued. On 6 Jul 1825 Mary Ann was deeded property on inlot 6 in Norwalk from Edward Pettit in consideration of $120. The exact terms of this agreement and a future deed to additional property on inlot 6 by the heirs of Edward Pettit for $75 on 28 Jul 1826 are not clear to us. Although two deeds were recorded, our research indicates that the Estate of Edward Pettit was still paying taxes on inlot 6 through 1832. We have ordered a copy of Edward Pettit’s administration papers in hopes that they will clarify the terms of the purchase of this property.
Mary Ann again petitioned the Huron County Court for a divorce from Spencer Pomeroy on 1 Mar 1826. This time her petition was dismissed by the court on 9 Aug 1827 for lack of jurisdiction (perhaps because Spencer Pomeroy lived in New York).
On 27 Oct 1827 Benjamin Junkins put a notice in the Norwalk Reporter announcing the sale of his two-story house, cabinet maker’s shop and lot on Main St, west of the Courthouse. He also asked that anyone indebted to him “please call and adjust their accounts.” On 3 Dec 1827 Benjamin Junkins was expelled from the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge Number 64 in Norwalk.
On 12 May 1828 Benjamin Junkins and wife Mary Ann deeded part of the front half of lot 26 (including Benjamin’s shop) to John V. Sharp for $175. John V. Sharp deeded that land to Benjamin for $150, as collateral on a mortgage given by Benjamin on that property dated 12 May 1828. That mortgage was endorsed as paid and recorded in the Huron County Deed book by W. Todd, Recorder 27 Dec 1842.
On 20 Mar 1829 Benjamin Junkins and wife Mary Ann deeded part of the front half of lot 26 (excluding the shop owned by John V. Sharp) to John Miller for $425. John Miller deeded that land to Benjamin for $425 as collateral on a mortgage given by Benjamin on that property dated 20 Mar 1829. That mortgage was endorsed as paid and recorded in the Huron County Deed book by W. Todd, Recorder on 6 Feb 1843.
Benjamin Junkins was enumerated as head of household in the US Federal Census of Norwalk, OH. In the household were 1 male of twenty and under 30, 1 male of thirty and under forty (believed to be Benjamin), and one female of forty and under fifty (believed to be Mary Ann). Benjamin Junkins died 23 Jun 1830 in Norwalk, aged 35, according to the Huron Weekly Reflector, dated 29 Jun 1830, “after a short, but severe illness”.
On 26 Oct 1830 Mary Ann Junkins and John G. Taylor were appointed administrators of Benjamin Junkins estate according to the Common Pleas Court Journal, Vol 3, Huron Co., OH. Daniel G. Raitt and Samuel Preston acted as sureties for the sum of $800 required by the court to appoint the above administrators. Hallet Gallup, Leverett Bradley and Frederick Forsythe were appointed appraisers of the personal property of Benjamin’s estate.
The below is transcribed from the estate papers of Benjamin Junkins, Common Pleas Court Journal Vol 3, 1824-1831.
“Inventory & appraisement of property belonging to the Estate of Ben-
jamin Junkins, Dec’d, late of Norwalk, Huron County Ohio, made
this 11th day of December, A. D. 1830.
viz. 1 Camblet Cloak $12.00
1 Frock Coat Broad Cloth 8.00
1 pr. Pantaloons do do 2.50
1 Vest do do 2.00
4 Factory Shirts .50
1 pr. Linen Pantaloons 1.00
3 pr. Old Pantaloons .38
6 Old Cravats .25
3 Old Vests .38
1 “ Coat .75
1 pr. Satinett Pantaloons .50
1 Bandanna Handkerchief .06
3 pr. Socks .75
1 pr. Old English Razors 1.75
1 Latherbox & Strap .12
1 pr. Suspenders .06
1 Hat .50
1 Trunk 1.00
1 Watch 10.50
1 pr. Boots 1.00
1 [box] 1.00
1 Looking Glass .12
1 Milch Cow 9.50
1 Calf 2.50
1 Tea Kettle .87
1 Improved Dictionary .50
1 Pocket Book .25
1 Keg .50
1 Old Trunk .25
1 [?] Bedsted 2.00
The above research begs the following questions:
1. Was Mary Ann (Coe) Pomeroy Junkins the legal wife of Benjamin Junkins? If so, when, and where, did they marry? It does not appear that Mary Ann was successful in her petitions for divorce from Spencer Pomeroy.
2. If Benjamin and Mary Ann sold Benjamin’s property on lot 26, were they living on Mary Ann’s property on inlot 6 prior to Benjamin’s death?
3. If Mary Ann was the legal wife of Benjamin Junkins wouldn’t her property (inlot 6 and the possible contents of her home) be inventoried in the appraisal of Benjamin’s property in his Estate filing?
We will be taking the following steps to try to answer the above questions:
1. Nancy will contact Henry Timman, a genealogical researcher in Norwalk, OH, with a list of research requests, including asking whether additional estate papers exist in later Common Pleas books that may show the dissemination of the estate.
2. Nancy will review the two volume “Statutes of Ohio and the Northwestern Territory”, edited by Salmon P. Chase (Cincinnati, Corey & Fairbank, 1833 and 1834) for laws regarding deeds, marriages, mortgages, courts of probate, taxes on land and wills for clarification on the questions posed above.
3. Rick will review 1833 tax records for Norwalk, OH when the microfilm comes in to our local Family History Center, and will contact the current owner of inlot 6 in Norwalk to see if his abstract contains further information regarding the early owners of this property. Rick will also contact the Ohio Court system to see if early divorces might have been filed beyond the county level.
4. Pat will make corrections to the original transcription of Benjamin Junkins’ estate papers.
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