Along the way we found some cool stuff though. Like my 5th Great Grand Uncle, James Palmer.
James Palmer was born July 26, 1760 in Middleborough, Massachusetts to parents James Palmer (1712-1778) & Meribah Nye (1726-?). At some point, he moved to Dover, Vermont. He married Ruth Bradish and they had 6 children - Hannah, Ira, Ara, Sarah, Joseph and Mary. In 1916 he and his family left Vermont and moved to Ohio.
Excerpt taken from The Descendants of John Nead and other Associated Families
"An item in the History of Dover, Vermont refers to "The Year Without a Summer" in which ten inches of snow fell on June 17th With ice and snow every month of the year, spring, summer and autumn seemed blended into a winter. There was no grain, crops, gardens or feed for the starving livestock. Farmers in New Jersey sent wagon of swamp hay for their cattle. On the 6th day of June 1817, 36 men, women and children left homes and neighbors in Dover and started for Sullivan, Ohio with one span of horses, several ox teams, and a few cows. Among those in the group was James Palmer, his wife and five children--Ira, Ara, Mary, Joseph and Sarah. They reached Sullivan on the afternoon on August 28th after a twelve week journey.
Mom also found a interesting story about James after they arrived in Ohio.
Excerpt from "The History of Ashland County, Ohio"
By A. J. Baughman
Published By The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1909
"Soon after our arrival in Sullivan, Mr. James Palmer went out to gather nuts, of which there was a great abundance. It was on the afternoon of one very pleasant day in September; but venturing out of sight of clearing, he got lost. He wandered about till dark, without finding anything from which he could judge of his direction or distance from home. Night overtook him, and in this dilemma he was obliged to give up and laid himself down by a log to rest till morning. He passed a restless, if not a sleepless night. At one time a huge bear came very near him, but fortunately was not hungry enough to attack him. His friends became quite alarmed at his prolonged absence, and at dark rallied out to find him; but their search was fruitless. Preparations were then made for search next day; two men were dispatched to Harrisville to raise men to assist them. They were fitted out with hickory torches and went this whole distance and returned before daylight - making a journey of twenty miles by torchlight. Mr. Palmer, however, by the aid of the stakes set up by the surveyors was enabled to find his way home about nine o 'clock in the morning. A messenger was instantly sent to Harrisville with the glad tidings that the lost was found."
It's good to know that my mom's lousy sense of direction is genetic. :)
James & Ruth lived out the rest of their lives in Sullivan, Ohio. James died September 6, 1839 at 79 years old.
James & Ruth Palmer - Old Sullivan Cemetery - Ashland, Ohio