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B.5.c. Elizabeth Nesbit {B.5.c.}

 
     Elizabeth Nesbit was born about 1776 in Augusta County, Virginia, and spent her early years on the family farm in the northern part of the Borden Grant. In the fall of 1787, when she was about 11 years old, the Nesbit family moved to Fayette County, Virginia, and, a few years later, about 1794, the family moved to Harrison County, Kentucky. In 1799 or 1800, at the age of 23 or 24, she married Samuel Wardlow, a son of Robert Wardlaw and Martha Downey, probably in Harrison County, Kentucky. The Wardlaws were another Borden/Beverley family that had moved across the mountains after the Revolutionary War. Samuel was born in the fall of 1773 in Augusta County, Virginia. Not long after their marriage, Elizabeth and Samuel moved to the part of Adams County in southern Ohio that eventually was split off to became part of Brown County, and it was here that they spent the rest of their lives. Samuel died in the spring of 1848 in Brown County, Ohio, and Elizabeth was still alive in 1850. The date of her death is not known. Both Samuel and Elizabeth were probably buried in Brown County, Ohio.

 

Timeline of Elizabeth Nesbit and Samuel Wardlow

 

23 Nov 1773803

Wardlow Family, Brown County, Ohio. Research and Family Files of Susan Hall
Birth of Samuel Wardlow in Augusta County, Virginia

~ 1776276,804

Harrison County, Kentucky, Will Book A, page 244
1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio

Birth of Elizabeth Nesbitt in Augusta County, Virginia, one of three married daughters in Samuel Nesbitt’s 1814 will

~1799/1800804,805

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Estimated marriage date of Elizabeth Nesbitt and Samuel Wardlow, probably in Harrison County, Kentucky

~1803804,805

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Preston Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later became part of Brown County)

~1804804,805

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Levi Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later became part of Brown County)

~1807804,805

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Rainey Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later became part of Brown County)

~1810805,806

1820 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Mary Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later became part of Brown County)

~1811804,805

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Allen Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later became part of Brown County)

~1814804,805

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Henry Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later became part of Brown County)

7 Mar. 1814276

Harrison County, Kentucky, Will Book A, page 244
In the Name of God amen, I Samuel Nisbet of Harrison county & State of Kentucky, being weakly in body but in perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for his mercies & Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make & ordain this my last will & Testament by me made and first of all I do commend my soul to God who Gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried & as touching my worldly Estate that is has pleased God to bless me with I do dispose of in the following way & manner I do order all my Lawfull Debts to be paid and my funeral charges and as for the balance of my Estate I do dispose of in the following way & manner that is to say to John my son I do Give one hundred & twenty Dollars and to Robert my son I do Give ten Dollars as he had Got his Share before and to Samuel my son I do Give the piece of Land that is laid off to him adjoining Roberts line supposed to be twenty acres more or less and to James my son do Give thirty Dollars as he had Got his share before and to William my son I do Give the plantation whereon I now live with all the plantation, tools & 2 horses and the waggon to be Be---?-- [possibly between] William & Sam and Each of my Daughters now living at home is to have a horse or Mare & for my other three that is Married I do Give ten Dollars to each one & the balance of the Estate I do leave the Sole disposal of to Mary my wife and she is to have a Good Sufficient living on the place and to keep possession of the house and that three un Married Daughters to have their living on the place while un Married and I do leave Mary my wife and William my son Sole Executors of this my Last will & Testament by me made I do revoke all other wills or Testament by me made __ Given under my hand this 7th day of March 1814.
Samuel Nisbet L.S.
Test
W. Moore
A. Moore
Henry C. Moore

~1816805,806

1820 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Ann Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later became part of Brown County)

~1820804,805

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio, Washington and Scott Townships
Birth of Elizabeth Wardlow, Brown County, Ohio

1820811

Federal Census, Clark Township, Brown County, Ohio
Samuel Wardlow

1 male < 10 Henry (~6)
2 males 10 - 16 Rainey (~13) Allen (~11)
1 male 16 - 18  Preston (~17)
2 males 16 - 26 Preston (~17) Levi (~16)
2 males > 45 Samuel (47)
3 females < 10 Ann (~4), Unknown, Elizabeth (<1)
1 female 10 - 16 Mary (~10)
1 female > 45 Elizabeth (44)

1830812

Federal Census, Washington Township, Brown County, Ohio
Samuel Wardlow

1 male < 5  
1 males 5 - 10  
3 males 10 - 15  
1 male 50-60 Samuel (57)
2 females 10 - 15  
2 females 15 - 20  
1 female 50 - 60 Elizabeth (~54)

1840813

Federal Census, Washington Township, Brown County, Ohio
Samuel Wardlow
1 male 15-20
1 male 30-40
1 male 60-70 Samuel (67)
1 female 50-60 Elizabeth (64)

6 May 1848803,815

Wardlow Family, Brown County, Ohio. Research and Family Files of Susan Hall
Samuel Wardlow died in Brown County, Ohio

1850814

Federal Census, Washington Township, Brown County, Ohio
Dwelling Number: 1572
Family Number: 1577

Name Age Occupation Value of RE  POB
John R. Boyd   30 Farmer $600 OH
Elizabeth Boyd  30     OH
Samuel Boyd 11     OH
Martha A. Boyd  9     OH
Lydia J. Boyd 6     OH
John Boyd  4     OH
Zachariah T. Boyd  2     OH
Elizabeth Wardlaw 74     VA

1883815

History of Brown County, Ohio
Early Settlement
The first permanent settlement made in what is now Washington Township is credited to the Wardlaw family. Just prior to the dawn of the present century--in the early spring of 1800--Robert Wardlaw, with wife, Martha Downey, and a number of sons and daughters, some of whom were married and were parents themselves, emigrated from Kentucky and halted on the banks of White Oak and effected the Wardlaw settlement. The family had for some years resided in Kentucky, where the father owned considerable land, which, it is said, he traded for that on White Oak. Here he possessed 300 acres, in Survey No. 1,053, which lies on either side of White Oak Creek, in what is now the subdivisions of Washington, Scott and Pike, at a point where the three are close together. Robert's home was in Scott, but those of William and Samuel, who were men of families, were in Washington, along the North and East Forks of the creek. The family had, prior to going to Kentucky, resided in the State of Virginia. Further reference to the father will be found in the sketch of Scott Township. Other sons and daughters of Robert and wife were John, James, Josiah, Hugh, Mattie and Jane. William's wife was Isabel Nesbitt, and their children were James, Samuel, Philander, Robert, Jane, Mary and Matilda, the most of whom became permanent residents of Brown County, and the men folks assisted in the clearing and improvement of land. The father, William, was a soldier of the war of 1812, a member of Capt. Jacob Boerstler's company, and was engaged in battle with the company at Brownstown, where he was killed August 4, 1812. Samuel Wardlaw married Elizabeth Nesbitt, a sister to William's wife, and their sons were Allen, Preston, Levi, Rainey and Henry; and the daughters were Mary, Ann and Elizabeth. All remained permanent settlers in the county, and Levi and Rainey of the township, where both are now residing, on the original tract of their parents. Samuel died May 6, 1848, in the seventy-fifth year of his age.

Analysis of the Timeline

 

     At this time, not much is known about the life of Elizabeth Nesbit and her husband, Samuel Wardlaw. Both were born in Augusta County, Virginia, and moved with their families to the western side of the Appalachian Mountains, eventually living in Harrison County, Kentucky. In late 1799 or early 1800, Elizabeth and Samuel were married, probably in Harrison County, Kentucky, but the Wardlaw clan soon moved northward to southern Ohio, and Elizabeth, of course, went with them. She and Samuel had a large family. Samuel passed away in the late 1840s in Brown County, Ohio, and it appears that Elizabeth died there a few years later.

 

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