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B.5.e. Isabell Nesbit {B.5.e.}

 

     Isabell Nesbit was born about 1780 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. When she was was about seven years old, the Nesbit family picked up stakes and moved to the western side of the Appalachian Mountains, eventually coming to rest in Fayette County, Virginia. The easiest access to Fayette County would have been along the road following the great valley to southwestern Virginia, thence along the Wilderness Trail to the Kentucky River. Other Berry family members could be found in Washington County, so it is probably a safe bet that this was their route of travel. The family originally removed to Fayette County in 1787, then moved to an unknown location several years later, probably Woodford or Scott County, and by 1794 were living in Harrison County, Kentucky. In the fall of 1797 Isabell married William Wardlaw in Harrison County, Kentucky. William, who was born in the late summer of 1771 in Augusta County, Virginia, was a son of Robert Wardlaw and Martha Downey, another family originally from the Bevereley/Borden area of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Their first two children wer eborn in Harrison County, but in 1800, the Wardlaw clan moved north of the Ohio River into what was then called the Northwest Territories, specifically, to the part of Adams County, Ohio that was later split off to form Brown County, and here they had five more children. While serving as a member of Capt. Jacob Boerstler's company, William was killed at the Battle of Brownstown in early August of 1812. Isabell never remarried, and spent the rest of her life in Brown County, Ohio, passing away in the late summer of 1861.
 

 

Timeline of Isabell Nesbitt and William Wardlow

 

31 Aug. 1771803

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

~1780276,803,804,805

Wardlow Family, Brown County, Ohio, Research and Family Files, Susan Hall, Miamisburg, Ohio
1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio
Birth of Isabell Nesbitt in Rockbridge County, Virginia

6 Sept 1797623

Harrison County, Kentucky Marriage Bonds, Number 126
Know all men by these presents that we William Wardlaw and Robert Nesbit are held and firmly Bound unto James Garrard Esq. Governor of Kentucky & his Successors in the ---?--- Sum of fifty Pounds Current money & for payment well and truly to be be made & done to our s.d Governor his Successors & c we bind ourselves our heirs &c jointly & severally firmly by these Presents filed with our seals & Dates this 6th day of September 1797. The Condition of the above Obligation is Such that whereas Wiliam Moore Clerk
of Harrison County hath this day issued a License for the marriage of William Wardlaw & Isabell Nisbet now should there be no lawful Cause to Obstruct s.d marriage then the aove obligation to be void else remain in full force.
Teste. W. Moore
William Wardlaw (Seal)
Robert Nisbet (Seal)

16 Sept. 1797817

Marriages, Volume I: 1794-1893, Harrison County, Kentucky
William Wardlow married Isabelle Nesbitt, Wm. Robinson, Minister VDM

1799804,805,833

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Birth of James Wardlow in Harrison County, Kentucky

1801804,805,833

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio
Birth of Samuel Wardlow in Harrison County, Kentucky

1803805,813,833

1840 Federal Census, Washington Township, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Birth of Philander Wardlow, Adams County, Northwest Territory (later Brown County, Ohio)

1805805,806,833

1820 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Birth of Jane Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later Brown County, Ohio)

1808805,806,833

1820 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Birth of Mary Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later Brown County, Ohio)

1810804,805,833

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Birth of Robert Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later Brown County, Ohio)

Oct. 1812804,805,833

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
History of Brown County, Ohio

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Birth of Matilda Wardlow, Adams County, Ohio (later Brown County, Ohio)

5 Aug. 1812815,818

History of Brown County, Ohio: Scott Township, by Robert McCall, MD
The War of 1812, The Battle of Brownstown
William Wardlow killed at Battle of Brownstown, Michigan Territory (Capt. Jacob Boerstler’s Company)
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.

16 Nov. 1812833

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

In the Matter of Wm. Wardlow
Know all men by these presents that we Isabella Wardlow Joseph Calvin & Robert Wardlow & James Ball are held and firmly bound unto Nicholus Links treasurer of Clermont County and his successors in Office in the sum of one thousand dollars to the payment of whereof we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly severally and firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals and dated at Williamsburgh this sixteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve 1812. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounden Isabella Wardlow & Joseph Calvin hath obtained Administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits which were of William Wardlow deceased. Now if the above bounden Isabella and Joseph shall well and truly perform all and singular the duties of Administrator on the Estate of the said deceased agreeably to law then this obligation to be void and of none effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Isabella (her mark) Wardlow (Seal)
Joseph Calvin (Seal)
Robert Wardlow (Seal)
James Ball (Seal)

16 Nov. 1812833

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

John Thornspoon President, Philip Gatch Alexander Blair & Joseph Campbell Associate Judges of the Court of Common pleas for said County of Clermont to Isabella Wardlow & Joseph Calvin Greeting. Whereas at a Court holder by us on the 16th Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Twelve at the Court house in Williamsburgh in the county aforesaid William Wardlow as is alledged lately Died intestate having while living and at the time of his Death goods & Chattles within the County & State aforesaid by means Whereof Ordering and Granting Administration of all and Singular the goods and Chattles and also the Auditing Allowing & final Discharging the Accounts thereof Doth Appertain unto us & being Desirous that the goods & Chattles of the said Deceased may be well & truly Administered Applied & Disposed of Do grant unto the said Isabella Wardlow & Joseph Calvin full power by these presents to Administer and faithfully Dispose of all & Singular the goods and Chattles to ask & Demand & recover & receive the Debts which unto the said Deceased while Living and at the time of his Death Did belong & to pay the Debts the said Deceased did Give so far as the goods and chattles will thereto Extend & the Law requires. Hereby requiring you to make or cause be made a true & perfect Inventory of all & singular the goods & chattels of the said Deceased which shall be appraised & signed by John Anderson Samuel Boyd & George Earhart under Oath or affirmation & also a true & accurate Statement of all Debts Due & owing to the said Estate so far as they come to your hands possession or the same so made to return or cause to be returned to the office of the Clerk of our said Court within three Months. And also you shall adjusted & settle up the Accounts of said Estate & Deposit the same in our Clerks Office within Twelve Months unless further time be allowed. And we Do by these presents Deputise Constitute & appoint the said Isabella Wardlow Administratrix & Joseph Calvin Administrator of all and Singular the goods & Chattles which were of the said William Wardlow.
In Testimony Whereof we have on the Day and year aforesaid at Williamsburgh caused the seal upon said Court to be hereto Affixed and Ordered these presents to be Attested.
In Witness Whereof I David C. Bryan Clerk of said Court hereunto set my hand this sixteenth Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & Twelve.
David C. Bryan Clk

22 Jan. 1813833

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Will Record A, Clermont County, Ohio Page 75, 76
An Inventory of all and singular the goods and Chattles belonging to the Estate of William Wardlow deceased appraised by Samuel Boyd, John Anderson and George Earhart agreible to Law. This twenty second day of January eighteen hundred and thirteen.

 

$ Cts

one gra horse appraised to

40. –

one gra mare “ “

40. “

one white mare “ “

22. “

one Bay Colt “ “

15. “

one Brindle Cow “ “

9. “

one Red Cow “ “

8. “

one Red Cow “ “

7.50

one Red Cow “ “

7.50

one Pied Cow “ “

6.—

one Red and white heifer “ “

4.25

one Red heifer “ “

4.—

four Cows “ “

4.75

three sheep “ “

4.50

Thirteen Hogs “ “

 6.00

Two Cittles “ “

6.00

Two Cittles “ “

6.50

One Collar two pare of chanes part of harness Blind bridle

3.75

One adds tennassee saw qinten with Sunders

4.

One Loom

4.00

One bed and bedding

19.50

One bed and bedding

14.—

A chist table

2.—

A plow log chane two axes with sunders

12.—

Dresser ware

2.50

a churio and belt

1.—

one smoothing Iron frow for harness

.62

Two pots and a trammel

3.—

A looking glass and Slate

1.50

Cherry plank

2.50

Two plains plow and greeve

2.50

A true Inventory & appraisment of the property of William Wardlow by us
John Anderson
Samuel Boyd
George Earhart
Before me William Hunter a Justice of the Peace of the County aforesaid personally appeared John Anderson and George Earhart and Samuel Boyd and took the oat accordint to Law as appraisers of William Wardlow Estate ----?---. In testimony Thereof unto set my hand & seal the 15th day of March 1813
William Hunter (Seal)

Robert Wardlow Dr. to the Estate of William Wardlow

$192.15

Thompson Arewire to the Estate

120.84

Allen Wood Dr to the Estate

9.50

George Lefrey Dr. to Estate

12.00

John Vance Dr. to Estate

5.00

Joseph Wilson Dr. to the Estate

7.00

John Florence Dr. to the Estate

142.50

John Huber Dest Dr. to Estate

2.25

State of Ohio
Clermont County
Before me William Hunter a Justice of the Peace of the County aforesaid personally Appeared John Anderson and George Earhart and Samuel C. Boyd and Took the oath According to Law as Appraisers of William Wardlow Estate Discased.
In Testimony I here unto set my hand and Seal the 15th Day of March 1813.
William Hunter (Seal)

18 Mar. 1813833

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

In the Matter of Samuel Wardlow (sic)*
Know all men by these presents that we Isabella Wardlow Amos Smith & Thomas Morris all of the County of Clermont and State of Ohio are held & firmly bound unto the Court of Common for said county for the use of the heirs and Representatives herein named in the sum of Eight hundred Dollars Current Money of the United States the payment whereof well & truly to be made we do bind ourselves our heirs &c &c sealed with our seals and dated at Williamsburgh the 18th day of March A.D. 1813. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas James Wardlaw aged fourteen years has chosen the said Isabella Wardlow his guardian and the said Court have this day appointed the above mentioned Isabella Guardian to Samuel Wardlow aged about twelve years Philander Wardlow aged about ten years Jane Wardlow aged about eight years Mary Wardlow aged about five years Robert Wardow aged about three years and Matilda Wardlow aged about six months all of the said Minors being heirs and Representatives of William Wardlow deceased. Now if the said Isabella shall render an accurate statement of her transactions with a Just Account of the profits arising from said Decedents Estate and deliver up the same to said Court at such times as they may require. Then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Acknowledged In open court David C. Bryan Clk
Isabella (her mark) Wardlow (Seal)
Amos Smith (Seal)
Thomas Morris (Seal)
*Clerical error – should be William Wardlow

Undated833

Wardlow Estate Documents, Clermont County, Ohio
16 November 1812 Docket No. 875, Clermont Probate Court, Clermont County, Ohio

Isabella Wardlow
Joseph Calvin
Administrators Dn to the Estate of William Wardlow
To Amount of Property as Pr Appraisement bill $253.87
To Amount of Debts acu the Estate collected by Administrators 497.74  
Total $751.61

Administrators --?—
By Paying Toote & T--? And receipted No. 1 $1.00
By Do John McBeth No. 2 $2.00
By Do Thomas Myers State Tax No. 3  
By Do Robert Wardlow No. 4 $2.00
By Do James Kais---?--- Note No. 5 $30.00
By Do David C. Bryan receipt No. 6 $2.00
By Do Robert Wardlow receipt No. 7 $4.00
By Do Thomas Morres  [inkblot] [inkblot]
By Do Robert Wardlow --?--- No. 9 $300.90
By Do J. Calvin --?-- No. 10 [inkblot]
6 pr --?—Admintrators Charges $ 45.00   [inkblot]
7 Clk --?—for balance   1.88
    $380.88
    $359.88
Fee paid Thomas Morris for ---?--- a suit in Highland On behalf of Estate   20.00
    379.88
Balance in hands of Admrs.   372.72
    751.63

[strike outs in original]

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

1820811

1820 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
Isabel Wardlow

1 male < 10 Robert (~10)
1 male 16 - 18 Philander (~18)
2 males 16 - 26 Samuel (20), Philander (~18)
1 female < 10 Matilda (~8)
2 females 10 - 16 Jane (~16) Margaret (~14)
1 female 26 - 45 Isabell (Nesbitt) Wardlow (~40)

1830812

1830 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio  
Isabella Wardlow

1 male 15 - 20 Robert (~20)
1 female 15 - 20 Matilda (~18)
1 female 40 - 50 Isabell (Nesbitt) Wardlow (~50)

1840813

1840 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
Isabel Wardlow

1 male 15 - 20 Unknown
1 female 20 - 30 Matilda Wardlow (~28)
1 female 50 - 60 Isabell (Nesbitt) Wardlow (~60)

1850814

1850 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
Dwelling Number/Family Number: 1562/1567

Name

Age Occupation Value of RE POB
Matilda Wardlow 30   $1500 OH
Isabella Wardlow 70      VA
David Wardlow 17 farmer   OH

1860819

1860 Federal Census, Brown County, Ohio
Dwelling Number/Family Number: 370/370

Name

Age Occupation Value of RE/PE POB
Matilda Wardlow 48   $4200/$500 OH
Isabella Wardlow 80      VA
David Soofe 24 farmer   OH

11 Sept. 1861803

Wardlow Family, Brown County, Ohio, Research and Family Files, Susan Hall, Miamisburg, Ohio
Death of Isabell (Nesbit) Wardlow, Brown County, Ohio

Analysis of the Timeline

 

     At this time, not much is known about the life of Isabel Nesbit and her husband, William Wardlaw. Both were born in Augusta or Rockbridge County, Virginia, and moved with their families to the western side of the Appalachian Mountains, eventually living in Harrison County, Kentucky. In 1797 Isabel and William were married in Harrison County, Kentucky, but the Wardlaw clan soon moved northward to southern Ohio, and Isabel, of course, went with them. She and William had a fairly large family, but, during the War of 1812, William was killed in the Battle of Brownstown. Isabel remained on the family farm for the rest of her life, never remarrying, passing away some 49 years later in Brown County, Ohio.

 

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