Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Research Report - Bartholomew and Harrington in Geauga Co, Ohio

I got inspired by Tonia Kendrick's post about writing your research as you go and just happened to do some actual non-internet research today. (I took an extra vacation day today for a nice long weekend to celebrate my birthday.)

I wrote this in Evernote to keep it easily at hand and have pasted it into Blogger.

Date: 4 September 2012
Project: Descendants of Jonathan Richardson
Current focus: Identity of parents of David Bartholomew
Summary of known information:
     David Bartholomew was born abt.1830 in Ohio. Anna (Richardson) Bartholomew married, in 1832 in Mentor Township, Geauga Co, Ohio, Otis Harrington. I posit that Anna Richardson is the mother of David Bartholomew from her first marriage; David lived in the household of Anna and Otis Harrington in 1860 in Willoughby Township, Lake Co, Ohio.
     No probate under any Bartholomew in the correct time period in Geauga Co, Ohio. No guardianship for David Bartholomew either at the death of his father or at the remarriage of his mother.
     1830 census of Geauga county does include a Don C. Bartholomew that may be the father of David Bartholomew and husband to Anna, but this is conjecture only.
     No land purchases for either a Bartholomew or a Harrington in Geauga Co, Ohio from the BLM database website.
Research Objective: Search the 1830 and 1831 Mentor Township, Geauga Co, Ohio, tax rolls for any mention of Bartholomew or Harrington
Limitations: None
Repositories/Collections Used: Family History Library microfilm 506576 (see Bibliography)
Summary of Findings:
No data to elucidate the relationship between David Bartholomew, Anna (Richardson) Bartholomew Harrington, and Otis Harrington. Need to determine how Otis Harrington received his land by checking deed indexes)


Itemized Findings:
Each entry takes up two pages in the book. Each township includes real and personal property taxes. The first page of the year's book has the tax rates for each township and the township index. I scanned all of Mentor Township for both years. 

1830:
Mentor townships tax rates were 3.5% for state tax, 2.5% for county & school tax, 3% for road tax, and 1% for township tax, for a total of 10%.

No real or personal property tax records for Bartholomew in Mentor Township.
No real property tax records for Otis Harrington in Mentor Township

Under personal property, Otis Harrington was taxed for one "Neat Cattle" valued at 8 dollars. His tax was divided out for each type:
State tax: 2 cents, 8 milles; county tax: 2 cents; road tax: 2 cents, 4 milles; township tax: 8 milles; total tax: 8 cents 
     [1830 Geauga Co, Ohio, Property Tax Records, Mentor Township, personal property entry for "Harrington, Otis," page 11, line 16, FHL microfilm 506576]

[Money note here: mille is the equivalent of 1/1000 of a dollar; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_(currency))

Definition of neat cattle: horned oxen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle) or just regular cattle (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913 edition (http://machaut.uchicago.edu/?action=search&resource=Webster%27s&word=Neat&quicksearch=on); 1828 edition defines it (at the same page) as cattle of the bovine genus, as bulls, oxen and cows; a single cow).

Value and tax amounts in 2010 money, using the Inflation Calculator (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi): 
$8 in 1830 = $161.55 in 2010. $8 in 2010 = $0.40 in 1830.
$0.08 in 1830 = $1.62 in 2010. You could not buy anything with $0.08 in 2010! 


1831:
Mentor townships tax rates were 3.5% for state tax, 2.5% for county & school tax, 3% for road tax, and 3% for township tax, for a total of 12%, the highest in the county.

No real or personal property tax records for Bartholomew in Mentor Township.

Under real property, Otis Harrington is listed under "Harrington Otis & Augustus". The land is in Range 9, Township 10, location: Russell Lot E, and consists of 101 acres worth $582. His tax was divided out for each type:
State tax: 2 dollars 13 cents 7 milles; county tax: 1 dollar 45 cents 5 milles; road tax: 1 dollar 74 cents 6 milles; township tax: 1 dollar, 74 cents 6 milles; total tax: 6 dollars, 98 cents, and 4 milles
     [1831 Geauga Co, Ohio, Property Tax Records, Mentor Township, real property entry for "Harrington Otis & Augustus," page 5, line 1, FHL microfilm 506576]

Value and tax amounts in 2010 money, using the Inflation Calculator (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi): 
$582 in 1831 = $11752.57 in 2010; $582 in 2010 = $29.28 in 1831
1831 - $6.98.4 = $140.95 - 2010; $6.98.4 in 2010 = $0.35 in 1831

Under personal property, Otis Harrington is listed by himself and is taxed for 3 "neat cattle" valued at 24 dollars. His tax was divided out for each type:
State tax: 8 cents 4 milles; county tax: 6 cents; road tax: 7 cents 2 milles; township tax: 7 cents 2 milles; total tax = 28 cents 8 milles.
      [1831 Geauga Co, Ohio, Property Tax Records, Mentor Township, personal property entry for "Harrington Otis," page 11, line 25, FHL microfilm 506576]

Value and tax amounts in 2010 money, using the Inflation Calculator (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi):
$24 in 1831 = $484.64 in 2010; $24 in 2010 = $1.21 in 1831
$0.28.8 in 1831 = $5.65 in 2010. You might have been able to buy a gum ball from a machine with 28 cents in 2010.


Next Steps:
Current focus:
Check earlier tax records in Mentor township, specifically 1825-1829 (different microfilm rolls) for Bartholomews.
Check later tax records in Mentor township, specifically 1832-1840 (when Lake county was created from land in Geauga county) for Otis Harrington.
Check grantee/grantor index for Otis Harrington and Augustus Harrington.
Current project:
Review database for any other townships that need to be checked for related families (Rider in particular) and scan from current microfilm.


Bibliography:
Ohio, Geauga County. Tax Books, 1830 and 1831. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio. FHL microfilm 506576. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Friedman, S. Morgan. The Inflation Calculator. 2010. http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ : accessed 4 September 2012.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1828 edition, "Neat," The ARTFL Project, Chicago, Ill.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913 edition, "Neat," The ARTFL Project, Chicago, Ill.

Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com), “Mill (currency),” rev. 23 August 2012. 

Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com), “Cattle,” rev. 1 September 2012. 
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