Is This The Right
JACOB WELLIVER?

the father of Frances (Welliver) Christian
   
From "History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania", Battle, 1887, pg. 502,

    "John CHRISTIAN, stone-mason and farmer, P.O. Mordansville. Among the early settlers of Madison Township was the CHRISTIAN family. The pioneer of the family was Valentine CHRISTIAN, who was a fifer in the war of the Revolution; his people were in this county prior to the war, and were at one time driven out by the Indians. He married a Miss ROBBINS and reared several children. The father of our subject was John CHRISTIAN, who married Frances, a daughter of Jacob WELLIVER, and to them were born four children: Mary, Rebecca, Jacob and John. John was born October 14, 1829, in this township, and moved to Pine Township with his parents when ten years of age, and when nineteen went to learn the trade of stone-mason with John RANTZ; worked at the journey work several years, then moved back to this township in 1852, where he located. In 1855 he married Sarah, daughter of William and Sabrina (TEEPLE) ROBBINS. They have two children: Clark and Boyd, both at home. In politics Mr. CHRISTIAN is a Republican."

Did you noticed the big, bold print, above? Did it mention WHICH Jacob WELLIVER is the father of Frances? NO, it didn't. Did it mention the name of Jacob's wife? NO, it didn't. So, the question is obvious. The answer isn't. Any ideas?

In the 1790 Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, there is only one Jacob WELLIVER, with only one female listed. Is this Frances's father, Jacob WELLIVER, and her unmentioned mother, before Frances was born, which was about 1790 in PA? See below

      1850 Federal Census Madison twp, Columbia Co, PA
      Jacob Christian 25 M Farmer PA
      Martha Christian 24 F PA
      Theo. Christian 1 M PA
      Thos. Smith 23 M Laborer PA (Bro.? of Martha (Smith) Christian)
      Francis Christian 59 F PA (mother of Jacob, Theo, Reb & John)
      Rebecca Christian 19 F PA
      John Christian 21 M Mason PA

 
In the Columbia County Court House, Will Book Volume 2, Page 233;
Jacob Welliver died in Madison township, in 1843.
Recorded Feb. 27, 1848.
His widow renounced named Nancy.    (Lacock?)
Here's the good part....
Administrators were; JOHN CHRISTIAN and Marshall G. Shoemaker.

 
THE PROBLEM IS....
Records show that a Jacob C. WOOLEVER married Nancy Lacock on Dec 25, 1800, in Warren Co., New Jersey....10 years after Frances was born!

Could Nancy Lacock be the 2nd wife of Frances's father, Jacob?

Until I find answers....Frances will have to remain the "temporary" daughter of Jacob C. WELLIVER "and his phantom 1st wife".

 

SOME OF MY NOTES

Sussex Co, New Jersey - VOL. Q2, PG. 409:
19 May 1819, From Jacob Woolever and Nancy, his wife, of Mansfield Twp., Sussex Co., Daniel Willever and Charity, his wife, Michale Bilhimer and Elizabeth, his wife, all of Madison Twp., Columbia Co., PA., John Thomas and Mary, his wife, of Greenwood Twp., to John Willever and Philip Willever, of Mansfield Twp., Sussex Co., NJ, and Henry Willever, of Alexandria Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ, they being heirs of Philip Willever, late of the Township of Greenwich in the County of Sussex, and State of New Jersey, deceased, 57 1/4 acres and 13 perches, no consideration mentioned - quitclaim deed.

A certain lot piece and parcel of land situate lying and being in the Township of Mansfield Being a part and parcel of the same tract of Land which the said JOHN WOOLEVER late of the Township of Mansfield in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, died legally seized thereof is known and distinguished on the map of Lotts No. 2 and is butted and bounded as follows to wit: Beginning at a stake and stones in STEPHEN PAINES line corner to Lott No. 1 thence along said line -1- north 41 degrees east 2 chains and 34 links to a stone corner thence -2- north 2 degrees west 10 cvhains and 50 links to a stone corner thence -3- north 65 degrees west 1 chain and 34 links -4- South 70 degrees west 18 chains and 70 links to a stake and stones another corner of Lot No. 3 thence along another line thereof -5- south 1 chain to a stake and stones corner to Lot No. 3 thence still along another line thereof -6- south 70 degrees west 33 chains and 20 links to a stake and stones for a corner in a line of Lot No. 4 thence along said line -7- South 14 degrees and 30 minutes east 10 chains and 12 links to a stake and stones corner to Lot No. 1 thence along a line thereof -8- north 72 degrees east 48 chains and 68 links to the place of Beginning containing 57 1/4 acres and 13 perches of land, more of less.

Signatures in presence of Henry Hankinson, Peter Petty and Jacob Winters of Sussex County: Jacob Willever, by mark, Nancy Willever, by mark, Daniel Willever, by mark, Charity Willever, by mark, John Thomas, Mary Thomas, by mark, Michale Bilhimer, by mark, Elizabeth Bilhimer, by mark. Acknowledged 22 May 1819 by Jacob and Nancy Willever in Sussex County, N.J. before Henry Hankinson; 10 October 1819 by Jacob Winters in Columbia Co., PA., before George McEwin, a Justice of the Peace, that he saw Daniel Willever and Charity, his wife, John Thomas and Mary, his wife, and Michael Metherner and Elizabeth, his wife, sign seal and deliver the deed; 26 May 1820 by Jacob Winters in Sussex County, NJ, before Henry Hankinson, as above, that he saw all the grantors sign seal and deliver the foregoing quitclaim deed. Recorded 21 Feb 1821 (Note by Wayne Jones: The witness, Peter Petty was the husband of Mary Eveland, daughter of Fredrick Eveland and Anna Rosina Wolleben. It seems very likely that the witness, Jacob Winter was a son of Mary Willever Winter and her husband, Peter Winter. The deceased John Woolever, of Mansfield Twp., apparently was the father of Daniel Willever, known to have been the first settler of Jerseytown, PA., which is and was in Madison Twp., Columbia Co., PA.)

VOL. T2, PG. 375: 19 May 1819, Daniel Willever, John Thomas, Michael Bilhimer, John Willever, Phillip Willever, Henry Willever & wives to Jacob Willever, Release (no payment) 48 acres 7 perches. Know all men by these presents, that we, Daniel Willever and Charity, his wife, of the Township of Madison, John Thomas and Mary, his wife, of the Township of Greenwood, Michael Bilhimer and Elizabeth, his wife, of the Township of Madison, all in the County of Columbia and State of PA, John Willever and Mary, his wife, Phillip Willever and Catherine, his wife, of the Township of Mansfield in the County of Sussex and Henry Willever and Mary Ann, his wife, of the Township of Alexandria in the County of Hunterdon, all in the State of New Jersey, have released and for ever quit claim and by these present do for ourselves, our heirs, executrs, and administrators, forever quit claim that Jacob WILLEVER, of the Township of Mansfield, County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, all right, title...in a certain lot, piece and parcel of land situate lying and being in the township of Mansfield, being a part and parcel of the same tract of land which the said John Willever, late of the Township of Mansfield County of Sussex, and State of New Jersey, died legally seized thereof and is known and distinguished on the map of Lott No. 4, and is butted and bounded as follows, to wit: Beginning at a stake and stones for a corner thence along a line of Lotts No. 1, 2, & 3 (1) north 14 degrees and 30 minutes west 30 chains and 48 links to a corner of Lot No. 3 in Mills line thence along said line (2) south 69 degrees west 15 chains and 60 links to a stake and stones for a corner thence (3) south 21 degrees east 19 chains and 66 links to a hickory tree for a corner thence (4) south 10 degrees west 16 chains and 74 links to a dead chesnut tree thence (5) north 60 degrees east 20 chains and 60 links to the place of Beginning, Containing 48 acres and 7 perches of Land. Signed: 19 May 1819, John Willever, Mary Willever, by mark, Phillip Willever, Catherine Willever, by mark, Henry Willever, Anna Maria, by mark, John Thomas, Mary Thomas, by mark, Daniel Willever, by mark, Charity Willever, by mark, Michael Bilhimer, by mark, Elizabeth Bilhimer, by mark.

Acknowledged 22 May 1819 in Sussex County, NJ; also in Sussex County on 16 October 1819; acknowledged Jacob Winters, who said he saw all of the above sign, acknowledged 26 May 1820, Recorded 20 February 1822.

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Columbia Co, Pennsylvania - In the Will Bk. Vol. 2 Pg. 233 in Col. Co. Court House there is a Jacob Welliver who died in 1843 the residence listed as Madison Twp. It is recorded 27 Feb. 1848. His widow renounced named Nancy. His administrators were John CHRISTIAN and Marshall G. Shoemaker. I would think that Frances is his daughter. In 1790 PA Census for Northumberland Co. there is only one Jacob with only one female listed. I could not find a widowed Nancy Welliver in Madison Twp., 1850 Census, or living with a family member anywhere, or any record of property division.

(NOTE: A sketch on Adam Woolever.)

 

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