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Re: [OH] JONES family Greenfield, OH

Just wanted to provide an update as I have had a lot of ground gained with the search for Nancy who was angering me from the grave for many years due to frustration :) .

I knew she was married to James Edward ROBINSON in Ohio in the mid 1870s, however I was never able to find them on the 1880s census.

I visited the Newberry Library in Chicago this past summer and reviewed a book titled "Blacks in Ohio in 1880" and found an "Ed" and Nancy BOBISON (craziest spelling of ROBINSON/ROBISON/ROBSON/ROBESON/ROBERTSON I have ever seen!) in this book. They lived in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, which is where I was also born and all of their older children's names matched what I found on later census records and vital statistics information from Ohio.

On the 1880 census James Edward and Nancy lived with a woman named Mary JONES. JONES was Nancy's maiden name so I was very excited to find this entry and further research has shown that Mary JONES was Nancy JONES ROBINSON'S mother! So I added a new line of JONES' to my family tree and solved the mystery of Nancy's origins.

Further information I found after finding Mary JONES and looking her up on the 1860 and 1870 censuses showed that Mary JONES was married to John W. JONES in 1860. They had a baby on that census named Nancy who was 8 months old. They lived in Bainbridge, Ross County, Ohio, which is only 12 miles from Greenfield, Ohio and so now I know why she was always labeled as being from "Greenfield."

Also, I found out that Nancy remarried after James Edward ROBINSON died in 1910. She married a man named Stephen BAKER. Nancy did not die until 1950 at the age of 90 years old. I have since spoken with my great aunt, who I found listed on the 1940 census had lived next door to a Nancy BACKER and she confirmed that this Nancy was her great grandmother.

So a mystery is solved regarding my 3rd great grandparents that I have been searching for about 10 years.

This search, due to me finding out that Nancy JONES and her family moved to the Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio area in the 1860s also inspired me to create a blog about early black Americans in Northwest Ohio. There is practically no information online regarding the black history of this area and so I started a new blog where I am going to do more research into the black community of this area.

I have recently transcribed information regarding the black residents of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio from the 1840 and 1850 census and will also be doing the 1860 census and posting that info in the next few weeks. I am also planning on reviewing the 1820 and 1830 census records for Monroe County, MI, which is where Toledo was enumerated prior to the "Toledo War" and this area being designated as a part of Ohio versus Michigan.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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