More Ostrander Heirs

Have you ever been confused by the records? My Ostrander research is confusing! I have a will for Edward Ostrander that only names Margery as his wife and grants her a lot in Waverly, Ohio.

Is this my Edward Ostrander? Records place my Edward Ostrander in Ross and Pike Counties. The will is from Pickaway county. There is a marriage record in Pickaway County between a ‘Dr (or D.) Ostrander’ and Margery Sharp in 1827.

Then with the help of the United States Wills and Deeds Experimental Search, I found deeds identifying Caroline Foster, Harriet Stufflebeam, George Ostrander and Anthony M. Ostrander as heirs of Edward Ostrander. These quit claim deeds are for the sale of land in Pike County, Ohio. I did not find similar transactions where the rest of the children sold off the land.

These deeds raised more questions.

  • How can the children be identified as Edward Ostrander heirs when the will only names a wife?
  • Why aren’t all of the children mentioned in deeds selling land?
  • Are there TWO Edward Ostranders whose families have been merged in the trees?

I recently found another deed that would indicate that there is only ONE Edward Ostrander in these records. This deed was a Sheriff’s sale due to a court case over the partition of land. Several of the daughters of Edward Ostrander are mentioned in this deed that were not mentioned in the other deeds.

Pike County, Ohio
Deeds, 1799-1877

Deeds, v. 6-7 1838-1843
Film 292733 DGS 8193136

page 174 (image 392 of 617)
Sheriff of PIke COunty
Thoms Day
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting
Whereas on the Thirty first day of August A D 1839
Thomas Day Junr of the County of Pike and State of Ohio filed
his certain peition in the court of common please within and for
the County of Pike against Allen C Davis and Eliza Da-
vis his Wife Ferry Wolf and Sarah W M his wife Jacob

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Roub and Maria Roub his wife Jemima Ball and
Ball her Husband and Margaret Ostrander Widow of
Edward Ostrander deceased demanding Partition of Certain
Real Estate hereinafter described and whereas such procee
dings where had upon said Petition that the Commissioners
appointed by said Court to make partition of said Estate made report
that Partition of the same could not be made without manifest
injury and that the value thereof was Six hundred and Fifty
five Dollars Whereon at the October Term of said Court A D 1839
the said Report of said Commissioners was approved and con
firmed by said Court and the said Thomas Day Junr electing to
take said Estate at the value of said Commissioners and having
paid to the said Allen C Davis and Eliza his Wife Perry
Wolf and Sarah his wife Jacob Roub and Maria his Wife
Ball and Jemima his Wife their respective proportions of
the approved value thereof the said Court did adjudge said
Estate to the said Thomas Day Junr and did order the
said Sheriff to execute a DEED in Fee simple for the same
to the said Thomas Day Junr all which will more fully ap
pear reference being had to the Records of said Court Now
Therefore I James Moore the Sheriff of the aforesaid in consid
eration of the Premises and by Virtue of the Powers in me Vested
by Law do by these Presents grant bargain alien and convey unto
the said Thomas Day Junr and unto his Heirs and assigns
forever the said Real Estate so adjudged as aforesaid to the
said Thomas Day Junr and which is bounded and described
as follows to wit lying in the County of Pike aforesaid and
being part of Survey Number 2463 and Two thousand Nine
hundred (2900) entered in the Name of Nathaniel Massie
lying on Wilsons Run Beginning at a White Oak South Wester
ly Corner of Samuel Corwin’s land in this same Survey thence with
his line N 9 degrees 45 W 40 poles to a White oak thence S 67 degrees W 368
poles to a black oak thence S [25] degrees E 34 poles to a Jack Oak
thence North 68 degrees East 358 poles to the Beginning except 19 acres
1 Rood and 16 29/100 poles thereof taken of the East end of said
Tract which was heretofore sold by Jacob Shepherd and Isalla
his Wife to John Hatfield and Conveyed to him by Deed
bearing date the 7th Day of August 1828 and recorded in
the Recorders office of said County in Book C Pages 167
and 168 leaving 63 Acres 2 Roods 18 ½ poles also an
other Tract containing 1[3] acres and 30 poles known
as being part of said Survey Number 2463 and 2900 and
described as follows to wit Begining at a hickory and
Gum thence North 67 degrees E 98[1/0] poles to stone thence No
37 degrees W 22 poles to a stone thence S 67 degrees W 98 poles
to a Stone thence S 37 degrees E 22 poles to the Beginning with

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all and singular the appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise
appertaining To Have And To Hold the said Premises to
him the said Thomas Day Jun and to his Heirs and assigns
forever In Testimony whereof I hereto set my hand and seal
as Sheriff as aforesaid this 28th Day of December in the year of our
Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and Forty
Executed and delivered
James Moore
Sheriff of Pike COunty
in our presence
N R Clough
John Dunham

Recd Sept 24th A D 1841
The State of Ohio
Pike County ss
Be it remembered that on the 28th
Day of December in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Eight
hundred and Forty before me one of the Justices of the Peace in
and for the County aforesaid personally came James Moore
and acknowledged the foregoing Instrument to be his free and
Voluntary act and deed as Sheriff of said County of Pike
John Dunham Jus Peace
And Whereas the said James Moore was at said Court Special Master Commissioner in Chancery to make sale
of said premises and an L Some of Chancery having issued
and been delivered to said Master Com

Ohio, Pike County. Pike County Ohio Deeds, 1799-1877. Film #292733 DGS 00819316. Ostrander Heirs Partition, 31 Aug 1839; Vol. 6: page 174-175; digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online 23 July 2023.

I’ve yet to locate the court case mentioned in the deed. Nor, have I found another will but these records would imply that such might exist.