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Johann Frederick VanTrease was born Oct. 4, 1747 in Frederick Co., MD. He was the son of Friedrich Verdries/Vertreese & Dorothy Buckin
Keziah was born before 1765. She was the daughter of unknown parents

THE FAMILY OF JOHANN FREDERICK VANTREASE & KEZIAH

Johann Frederick VanTrease & KeziahJohann Frederick VanTrease & Keziah were married about 1775, probably in Pennsylvania, and they had at least 7 children. Frederick is listed on Bedford Co., PA tax records in 1783 & 1790, and he is listed as a head of household on the 1790 census of Bedford Co., PA. At that time they had 4 male children in the household under the age of 16, and 3 females in addition to Keziah. The family emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800. Frederick Vantrece is listed on an 1800 tax list for Mason Co., KY. Frederick's daughter Elizabeth married in Fleming Co., KY in April 1803, and Frederick bought 83-1/2 acres of land in Fleming Co., KY in Sept. 1803 from Peter Hysong. Both Johann Frederick & his son James Frederick went by the name Frederick, and both lived in Fleming Co., KY, so to try to avoid confusion in this writing I will refer to Johann Frederick as Frederick Sr and to James Frederick as Frederick Jr. Frederick Sr. and Frederick (Jr) Vantrees(e) are both listed as heads of household on the 1810 census of Flemingsberg, Fleming Co., KY. On Sept 10, 1812, Frederick Sr. conveyed 40 acres of land in Fleming Co., KY to his son Frederick Jr. Frederick Sr wrote his will on Aug. 28th, 1817, and it was probated on Nov. 3, 1817 in Fleming Co., Kentucky. In the will he named his wife Keziah, 5 of his children and one of his granchildren. Keziah is listed as head of household on the 1820 census, living near the household of her married granddaughter Mary Ann (Mrs. Lawrence) Dye. There is a Fleming Co., KY marriage bond for Kesiah Vantrease & John Waggoner that is dated September 9, 1821. I do not find John or Keziah Waggoner on the 1830 census at this time.Keziah (maiden name?) Vantrease Waggoner died sometime after September 1821, probably in 1829 in Fleming Co., Kentucky. On Sept 9, 1829, Frederick Jr paid $240 to his siblings Elizabeth (Mrs. Meshack) Browning, Emanuel Vantrease, and Rachel (Mrs. Allen) Casky for their shares in the land in Fleming Co., KY that had been inherited from their father Frederick Vantrease in 1817, and which was to go to them after Keziah's death. On February 22, 1836, there is a land record that says Frederick Vantreese (Jr) paid $90 Matilda Vantreese Hinton, wife of Joshua Hinton for her "undivided interest" in the "tract of land belonging to her Father, Frederick Vantreese deceased conveyed to him by deed bearing the date 24th September 1803 from Peter Hysong and wife containing 63 1/2 acres". From later census records, Matilda was born about 1815. Since she is not listed as a child in 1817, and there is no indication that widowed Keziah had a child under 10 in her household in 1820, I do not think Keziah was her mother. I think Matilda was a child of Frederick and Keziah's daughter Dorothy VanTrease Gimble. Read the section on Matilda at the bottom of the page for more information.
Notes for Johann Frederick VanTrease
Notes for Keziah (maiden name unknown) VanTrease Waggoner
1817 Will of Johann Frederick VanTrease Page 1, Page 2.
For transcription of will, see Notes for Johann Frederick VanTrease above.
Fleming Co., KY Vantrease land records

The children of Johann Frederick VanTrease & Keziah

Unknown Son #1 VantreaseUnknown Son #1 VanTrease was born between 1775-1790 in PA. There is a male the right age group to be this unknown son, age 0-15, in the household of Frederick Vantreece on the 1790 census of Bedford Co., PA. I do not find this son on any records after 1790, but it is difficult to tell if he died or established his own household. His parents emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800. They are on tax lists in Mason Co., KY in 1800, and purchased land in neighboring Fleming Co., KY in 1803. This son is not listed as an heir in the will of Johann Frederick VanTrease written August 28th, 1817. Unknown Son #1 Van Trease died sometime after 1790, and probably before 1817 but I don't know exactly when or where.
James Frederick VanTreaseJames Frederick VanTrease was born in 1776 in PA. There is a male the right age group to be James Frederick, age 14, in the household of Frederick Vantreece on the 1790 census of Bedford Co., PA. The family emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800. They are on tax lists in Mason Co., KY in 1800, and purchased land in neighboring Fleming Co., KY in 1803. James Frederick married Elizabeth (maiden name?) about 1800, probably in Mason or Fleming Co., Kentucky. Both James Frederick & Johann Frederick went by the name Frederick, and both lived in Fleming Co., KY, so to try to avoid confusion in this writing I will refer to Johann Frederick as Frederick Sr and to James Frederick as Frederick Jr. There is a Frederick Ventrece on the 1800 tax lists for Mason Co., KY that is probably Frederick Sr. Frederick Jr & Elizabeth settled in Fleming Co., KY by 1810, probably as early as 1803 when Frederick Sr bought land there. Frederick Sr & Frederick Jr are both listed on the 1810 census of Flemingsberg, Fleming Co., KY under the name Frederick Vantrees(e). On Sept. 10, 1812, Frederick Sr conveyed 40 acres of land in Fleming Co., KY to Frederick Jr. Frederick Sr died in 1817, and the land he owned in Fleming Co., KY was inherited in equal parts by the 5 children named in his will, including Frederick Jr. Frederick (Jr) Vantrees is listed as a head of household on the 1820 census of Fleming Co., KY. On Sept 9, 1929, three of the other children of Frederick Sr (Elizabeth, Emmanuel & Rachel) sold the land they had inherited from their father to their brother Frederick Jr. There is a Frederick Vantrese listed on the 1830 census of Western Division, Fleming Co., KY who is probably Frederick Jr - ages are correct for his children, but not for Frederick Jr or Elizabeth. They are listed on the same page as Barnet Lamar, Lawrence Dye & Eli Hinton, all of whom (with possible exception of Eli) were married to daughters of Frederick Jr. In Sept 1834 the land deed of 1929 to Frederick from his siblings was reaffirmed in court. James Frederick Van Trease died in 1837 in Fleming Co., KY. Elizabeth Van Trease emigrated from Kentucky to Illinois, probably in 1841 with several of her married children. She is listed at age 75 on the census of District No. 21, Vermilion Co., IL living next door to her married granddaughter Elizabeth (Mrs. David) Sconce. She has 2 young Vantrease children living with her in 1850, possibly children of the one son in this family who I have not been able to identify. Elizabeth (maiden name?) Van Trease died sometime after 1850, probably in Vermilion Co., IL.
The Family of James Frederick VanTrease & Elizabeth
Notes for James Frederick Van Trease
Fleming Co., KY Vantrease land records
Elizabeth VanTreaseElizabeth VanTrease was born October 2, 1777 in PA. There is a female who could to be Elizabeth, age 13, in the household of Frederick Vantreece on the 1790 census of Bedford Co., PA. The family emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800. They are on tax lists in Mason Co., KY in 1800, and purchased land in neighboring Fleming Co., KY in 1803. Elizabeth married Meshack Browning on April 12, 1803 in Fleming Co., KY. Census records indicate they had at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. I have not found them on the 1810 census at this time. Elizabeth is listed as an heir in the will of Johann Frederick VanTrease written August 28th, 1817 in Fleming Co., KY. On Sept 9, 1829, son (James) Frederick paid $240 to his siblings Elizabeth (Mrs. Meshack) Browning, Emanuel Vantrease, and Rachel (Mrs. Allen) Casky for their shares in the land in Fleming Co., KY that had been inherited from their father (Johann) Frederick Vantrease in 1817. The household of Meshac Browning is listed on the 1820 census of Fleming Co., KY. The household of Meshack Browning is listed on the 1830 census of Western Division, Fleming Co., KY. In Sept 1834 the land deed of 1929 to Frederick from his siblings was reaffirmed in court, with Elizabeth Browning, Amelia Vantrease & Rachel Casky stating when questioned separately from their husbands that they had agreed to the land sale. Elizabeth VanTrease Browning died on October 4, 1840, probably in Fleming Co., KY but that is not for sure. I have not found Meshack or Elizabeth on the 1840 census at this time. There is a Meshack Browning who was born 1801-1810 who may be a son of Meshack & Elizabeth (VanTrease) Browning. This younger Meshack Browning was married in 1828 to Maxey Wood in Kentucky, but they were living in Greene Co., IL by 1840.
Notes for Elizabeth VanTrease Browning
Marriage record Mashack Browning & Elizabeth Vantreese
Dorothy VanTreaseDorothea "Dorothy" VanTrease was born about 1780 in PA. There is a female who could to be Dorothy, age 10, in the household of Frederick Vantreece on the 1790 census of Bedford Co., PA. Dorothy's parents emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800, when she was age 10-20. Her father is on tax lists in Mason Co., KY in 1800, and he purchased land in neighboring Fleming Co., KY in 1803. I have not found Dorothy on the 1810 census at this time; if I have her birth year correct she should be age 30. There is a Fleming Co., KY marriage bond for Dorotha Vantreese & Henry Gimble dated January 13, 1815, with bondsmen Frederick Vantreese & Henry Gimbel. At the time of this marriage, Dorothy would have been about age 35. Dorothy had at least one son, and probably at least two children. Dorothy and her "eldest son Lewis" are both listed as heirs in the will of Johann Frederick VanTrease written August 28th, 1817. Lewis is listed in the will as follows: "my daughter Dorothy's eldest son Lewis, provided he shall submit himself in all things to the control of his grandmother my beloved wife Keziah until he shall be of lawful age." See bottom of this page under Matilda Vantrease for records suggesting that Matilda might also be one of Dorothy's children. Dorothy VanTrease Gimble died sometime after 1817, and probably before 1829. I have not found them on the 1820 census at this time, and Dorothy is not listed in an 1829 land deed where her brother Frederick bought shares of land inherited from Johann Frederick from 3 of his siblings.
Notes for Dorothy VanTrease Gimble
Marriage bond Henry Gimble & Dorothy Vantrease
Unknown Son #2 VanTreaseUnknown Son #2 VanTrease was born about 1786 in PA. There is a male the right age group to be this unknown son, age 4, in the household of Frederick Vantreece on the 1790 census of Bedford Co., PA. The family emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800. They are on tax lists in Mason Co., KY in 1800, and purchased land in neighboring Fleming Co., KY in 1803. He is not listed as an heir in the will of Johann Frederick VanTrease written August 28th, 1817. Unknown Son #2 VanTrease died sometime after 1790 and probably before 1817 in PA or KY.
Emanuel VanTreaseEmanuel VanTrease was born September 17, 1788 in PA. The book by Robert Van Trees states that Emanuel was born near Pittsburg, PA. There is a male the right age group to be Emanuel, age 2, in the household of Frederick Vantreece on the 1790 census of Bedford Co., PA. His parents family emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800. His father is on tax lists in Mason Co., KY in 1800 (when Emanuel was age 12), and purchased land in neighboring Fleming Co., KY in 1803. I have not found Emanuel, age 22, in 1810 at this time; he is not listed with his parents in Fleming Co., KY. The Robert Van Trees book, which uses research on Emanuel by Harold W. Vantrease, states that Emanuel married Magdalene Helmic about 1812 and they had 5 children. (Of these, I only have the name of son Silas, and he is not proven to be a son of this marriage.) Emanuel is listed as an heir in the will of Johann Frederick VanTrease written August 28th, 1817. Magdalene died in 1821, and Emanuel remarried Amelia Jenkins on December 25, 1821 in Mason Co., KY. Emanuel & Amelia had 5 children, born between 1822-1830. At some time between 1821 to 1829, Emanuel & Amelia moved from Kentucky to Ohio. On Sept 9, 1829, (James) Frederick VanTrease paid $240 to his siblings Elizabeth (Mrs. Meshack) Browning, Emanuel Vantrease, and Rachel (Mrs. Allen) Casky for their shares in the land in Fleming Co., KY that had been inherited from their father (Johann) Frederick Vantrease. At that time Emanuel & wife Amelia are stated to be living in Ohio. In 1834, Amelia is listed in an 1834 land record pertaining to the same inherited land as being Emanuel's wife. Amelia probably died about 1836. Emanuel remarried for a third time to Mary Ann Hill Jenkins on June 2, 1836 in Ross Co., OH. The family is listed on the 1840 census of Union, Fayette Co., OH. They are listed on the 1850 census of Concord, Fayette Co., OH. Mary Ann died on November 2, 1855. Emmanuel VanTrease died on March 8, 1858, possibly in Fayette Co., OH or Larue Co., KY. According to the book by Robert Van Trees, Emmanuel possibly moved from Ohio to Larue Co., KY by 1856. Emmanuel's daughter Juliana married Kenneth Dye Jr, who was a son of Kenneth Dye & Jane Vanderbeck.
Notes for Emanuel VanTrease
Marriage bond Emanuel Vantrease & Amelia Jenkins
Fleming Co., KY Vantrease land records
Rachel VanTrease

Rachel VanTrease was born betwen 1791-1794 1782 in Pennsylvania or Kentucky. The family emigrated from PA to KY sometime between 1790-1800. They are on tax lists in Mason Co., KY in 1800, and purchased land in neighboring Fleming Co., KY in 1803. There is a Fleming Co., KY marriage bond for Rachel Vantreese & Allen Caskey dated July 31, 1815, with bondsmen Frederick Vantreese & Allen Caskey. At the time of this marriage, Rachel would have been age 21-24. Rachel is listed as an heir in the will of Johann Frederick VanTrease written in Fleming Co., KY on August 28th, 1817. There is a household of Allen Caskey on the 1820 census of Washington Co., KY. On Sept 9, 1829, son (James) Frederick paid $240 to his siblings Elizabeth (Mrs. Meshack) Browning, Emanuel Vantrease, and Rachel (Mrs. Allen) Casky for their shares in the land in Fleming Co., KY that had been inherited from their father (Johann) Frederick Vantrease in 1817. There is a household of Allen Caskey on the 1830 census of Washington Co., KY. In Sept 1834 the land deed of 1929 to Frederick from his siblings was reaffirmed in court, with Elizabeth Browning, Amelia Vantrease & Rachel Casky stating when questioned separately from their husbands that they had agreed to the land sale. The household of Allen Kaskey is listed on the 1840 census of Marion, Kentucky. There is an online tree on www.ancestry.com that states that Allen Caskey was the son of Robert Caskey & Jane Todd, and that he married "Rachelle Wantresse". This same tree states that Allen died July 27, 1852 in Marion Co., KY, although I have not been able to find him on the 1850 census at this time. It also states that Rachel died before 1852. Rachel VanTrease Caskey died after 1834, and probably before 1852 in Kentucky.
Notes for Rachel VanTrease Caskey
Marriage bond Allen Caskey & Rachel Vantrease
Fleming Co., KY Vantrease land records

Child of Johann Frederick VanTrease and Unknown Partner? OR MOST LIKELY his granddaughter, daughter of Dorothy VanTrease Gimble:

Matilda VanTrease

Matilda VanTrease was born about 1815 in Fleming Co., KY. She is not listed in Frederick Vantrease Sr's will as being one of his five children that would inherit after his "beloved wife Kesiah's" death. There is not a female the right age group to be Matilda, age 5, in the household of Keziah Vantreese or Frederick Vantreese Jr. on the 1820 census of Flemingsberg, Fleming Co., KY. There is a not a female the right age group to be Matilda, age 15, in the household of Fredr. (Jr) Vantreese on the 1830 census of Western Division, Fleming Co., Kentucky. I think both of those years she was living with her mother, identity unknown at this time. Matilda married Joshua John Hinton about 1832 in Kentucky, and they had ten children. On February 22, 1836, Frederick Jr paid Matilda Vantreese Hinton $90 for her "undivided share" of the land belonging to "her Father Frederick Vantreese deceased conveyed to him by deed bearing the date 24th September 1803 from Peter Hysong and wife containing 63 1/2 acres". On the 1836 Matilda Vantreese Hinton land record, I now have two possible theories to explain it.

1) The record is true as written, and Matilda was daughter of Frederick Sr. Her mother was unknown, since I do not find any record that it was Keziah. Frederick Sr was age 68 when Matilda was born, and Keziah was over 50.

2) Matilda was a daughter of Henry & Dorothy Gimble, who married in 1815. According to Frederick Vantreese Sr's will written and probated in 1817, after Keziah's death his land was to be inherited equally by his five children - Dorothy, Frederick, Emanuel, Elizabeth & Rachel, and also "my daughter Dorothy's eldest son Lewis, provided he shall submit himself in all things to the control of his grandmother my beloved wife Keziah until he shall be of lawful age." That made six heirs, who were to have equal shares of Fredrerick Sr's estate after Keziah died. Since it states that Lewis was the "eldest" son, it sounds like Dorothy probably had other children. Frederick Jr. bought out Emanuel, Elizabeth & Rachel for their shares of this land in 1829, which left the parts that had gone to Dorothy and Lewis as the only ones he did not have. On death records for Matilda's daughter Lucy Ann Hinton Balsey, it states that her mother's maiden name was Kimbal, which is close enough to Gimble to be a possibility. If Dorothy and her son Lewis were both deceased by 1836, I think the land would legally have gone to Dorothy's other children, so maybe Matilda was Dorothy's only surviiving child by 1836 and she had the land? That would mean that the 1836 land record had two errors - that Matilda Hinton, wife of Joshua Hinton was the former Matilda Gimble not Matilda Vantreese, and that she was the granddaughter, not daughter of the Frederick Vantreese, deceased who bought the land in 1803. Another possibility would be that Dorothy died when Matilda was young and Keziah raised her until she died in 1829, so they considered her to be Keziah's (and Frederick Sr's) (adopted) child and a Vantreese.

The 1817 will of Frederick Sr says their were six heirs of the 83-1/2 acres of land that Frederick Sr had bought from Peter Hysong in 1803:

"equally divided between my five children, namely Dorothy, Elizabeth, Fredericks, Emanuel & Rachel, and my daughter Dorothy's eldest son Lewis"

The 1829 record states that Frederick had been granted 40 acres of the 1803 land in 1812 by his father. He bought the shares (how many acres?) that belonged to Emanuel, Rachel and Elizabeth in 1829 for $80 each.

In 1836, Frederick Jr. paid Matilda Hinton $90 for her share (how many acres?) of the 63-1/2 (83-1/2?) acres she had of the 1803 land. I believe that Matilda had inherited the two portions that had gone to Dorothy and Lewis, which is why she was paid more than the other heirs.

When Frederick Jr died in 1836, he had 157 acres of land.

Note that in either scenario that Matilda is NOT the daughter of Frederick Jr. & Elizabeth Vantrease.

Joshua, (listed as John), Matilda and family are on the 1850 census of Mason Co., Kentucky. They moved to Vermilion Co., Illinois soon after that, however and Joshua Hinton died in 1852 in Vermilion Co., Illinois. Lawrence Dye, husband of Mary Ann Vantrease, was listed on the papers assigning Matilda as the guardian of the children after Joshua's death. I haven't found Matilda on the 1860 census, and her children that I have been able to find are in service in other peoples households. There is a Matilda Hinton listed as an aunt in the household of Simpson & Martha Powell on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Maysville, Mason Co., Kentucky who may be this Matilda, although I have not been able to figure out how she would have been aunt to either Simpson or Martha. There is also a Matilda Hinton who married a Slingsby Lynthicumb (Linthicum?) in Jasper Co., Illinois in 1853 who may be this Matilda. Matilda Van Trease Hinton died sometime after 1852, possibly after 1880, but I do not know when or where.
Notes for Matilda Van Trease Hinton
Fleming Co., KY Vantrease land records