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Abel DONHAM's other family: with Sarah Ann UNKNOWN ( - )
Elizabeth FERGUSON's parents: Isaac FERGUSON ( - ) and Elizabeth LEEDOM ( - )
Elizabeth FERGUSON's sister: Ruth FERGUSON ( - )

Family of Abel DONHAM and Elizabeth FERGUSON

Husband: Abel DONHAM (1777-1853)
Wife: Elizabeth FERGUSON (1780-1851)
Children: Sarah DONHAM (1800?- )
Mary DONHAM (1804-1897)
Keziah DONHAM (1805?- )
Elizabeth DONHAM (1806-1881)
Abel M DONHAM (1811-1892)
Hiley Ann DONHAM (1813-1900)
Permina DONHAM (1815?- )
Cynthia DONHAM ( - )
Elvira DONHAM (1822- )
Evaline DONHAM ( - )
John DONHAM ( - )
Julia Ann DONHAM (1820- )
Lewis Singleton DONHAM ( - )
Nancy DONHAM (1824- )
Marriage 1800 Ohio, USA 1

Husband: Abel DONHAM

Name: Abel DONHAM 2
Sex: Male
Father: Nathaniel DONHAM (1733-1812)
Mother: Keziah CROSLEY (1758-1820)
Birth 19 Aug 1777 Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey 1
Military fought War of 1812 3
Death 17 May 1853 (age 75) Clermont, Ohio, USA 1

Wife: Elizabeth FERGUSON

Name: Elizabeth FERGUSON 1
Sex: Female
Father: Isaac FERGUSON ( - )
Mother: Elizabeth LEEDOM ( - )
Birth 21 May 1780 Nottingham, Washington, Pennsylvania, USA 3
Death 6 Nov 1851 (age 71) Clermont, Ohio, USA 3

Child 1: Sarah DONHAM

Name: Sarah DONHAM 3
Sex: Female
Spouse: Solomon Fitz PATRICK ( - )
Birth 1800 (app) Clermont, Ohio, USA 3

Child 2: Mary DONHAM

Name: Mary DONHAM 3
Sex: Female
Spouse: William B'HYMER ( - )
Birth 1804 Clermont, Ohio, USA 3
Death 11 Feb 1897 (age 92-93) 3

Child 3: Keziah DONHAM

Name: Keziah DONHAM 3
Sex: Female
Spouse: Hugh BARKLEY ( - )
Birth 1805 (app) Clermont, Ohio, USA 3

Child 4: Elizabeth DONHAM

Name: Elizabeth DONHAM 3
Sex: Female
Spouse: Enoch TRACY ( - )
Birth 1 Aug 1806 Clermont, Ohio, USA 3
Death 27 Oct 1881 (age 75) Monroe, Clermont, OH 3

Child 5: Abel M DONHAM

Name: Abel M DONHAM 4
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Matilda REECE (1814-1871)
Spouse 2: Nancy GILBERT ( -1923)
Birth 11 Oct 1811 Ohio 5
Death 16 Sep 1892 (age 80) Clay, IN 5

Child 6: Hiley Ann DONHAM

Name: Hiley Ann DONHAM 6
Sex: Female
Spouse 1: Thomas Butler RANDALL ( - )
Spouse 2: John COX ( - )
Birth 9 Feb 1813 Clermont, Ohio, USA 3
Death 12 Nov 1900 (age 87) Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA 3

Child 7: Permina DONHAM

Name: Permina DONHAM 7
Sex: Female
Spouse 1: Timothy RARDIN ( - )
Spouse 2: Lorenzo D. BUTLER ( - )
Birth 1815 (app) Ohio 3

Child 8: Cynthia DONHAM

Name: Cynthia DONHAM 3
Sex: Female
Spouse: Isaac FERGUSON ( - )
Birth Clermont, Ohio, USA 3
Death Indiana 3

Child 9: Elvira DONHAM

Name: Elvira DONHAM 3
Sex: Female
Spouse: Unknown VERNADER ( - )
Birth 1822 3

Child 10: Evaline DONHAM

Name: Evaline DONHAM 3
Sex: Female
Spouse: Robert CHAPMAN (1812-1882)
Birth Indiana 7

Child 11: John DONHAM

Name: John DONHAM 7
Sex: Male

Child 12: Julia Ann DONHAM

Name: Julia Ann DONHAM 7
Sex: Female
Birth 1820

Child 13: Lewis Singleton DONHAM

Name: Lewis Singleton DONHAM 7
Sex: Male

Child 14: Nancy DONHAM

Name: Nancy DONHAM 7
Sex: Female
Birth 1824


1Scott T.S. Trimble, "Donham Family History" (1995-2000).
STST Genealogy,
Text From Source: Abel DONHAM Sr. was born 19 August 1777 in either Middlesex or Perth Amboy, Woodbridge County, New Jersey. He was the son of Nathaniel DONHAM Jr. and Keziah CROSLEY. At the time of Abel's birth, Nathaniel was serving in the 1st Regiment of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. He deserted on 1 August 1777 and re-mustered in May 1778. This desertion was about two weeks before Abel was born. It appears that he probably left the army to be with Keziah when their son was born.

The 1880 Census for Abel's son Abel DONHAM Jr. lists that the father (Abel Sr.) was born in Pennsylvania, though other records have said that Abel was born in New Jersey. Apparently, the family did move to PA while Abel was still young.

In 1800 Ohio, Abel DONHAM married Elizabeth FERGUSON, born 21 March 1780 in Nottingham, Washington County, PA, daughter of Isaac FERGUSON and Elizabeth LEEDOM. They had fourteen children. Abel fought in the War of 1812.

Abel DONHAM wrote his will on 1 January 1847 and it mentions his wife Elizabeth. But Elizabeth then died 6 November 1851 in Clermont County, OH. On 2 September 1852 in Clermont County, Abel remarried to a widow Mrs. Sarah Ann HANCOCK.75 Abel died within the next eight months as his will was probated on 23 May 1853. I do not know how that was resolved in the courts. Abel DONHAM was buried at the Love Family Cemetery, Lindale, Ohio Township, Clermont County, Ohio. The will is as follows (from Clermont County will book G, page 142. Dated 1 Jan 1847, probated on 23 May 1853.):

I Abel DONHAM of Clermont County and State of Ohio being in perfect health of body and of sound and Disposing mind memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of time thereof and being Desirious to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave the world when it shall please God to call me home, do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say First and prinsapally I commend my soul to Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be Decently interre there. I Divise and bequeath as follows, first I Give and Bequeath to Elizabeth DONHAM my wife all my real and personal Estate During her Natural life and when my wife Elizabeth ceases to be then all my property and Estate Real and personal to be sold and Divided as follows. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Penina BUTLER one hundred Dollars 2nd I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elvira VERNADER Two hundred and fifty Dollars 3rd I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Julyann WHIDDEN three hundred Dollars 4th all the balance to be equally Divided amongest the rest of my Children that is to say all the residue of my Estate. Namely John DONHAM my son, Lewis DONHAM my son, Abel DONHAM my son, and my Daughters Sarah FitzPATRICK, Mary BHYMER, Elizabeth TRACY, Cynthia FERGUSON, Highleigh RANDAL, Nancy COLE, and Evaline CHAPMAN, and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Enoch TRACY and Solomon FitzPATRICK my sons in law to be sole Executors of this my last will and Testament. In testimony whereof I Abel DONHAM have hereunto set my hand and seal this first Day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. Witnesses: George SAPP and Cyrus P. HAYFORD.
Text From Source: Abel DONHAM Jr.,69 father of Elizabeth (DONHAM) RECTOR, was born 11 October 1811 in OH, the son of Abel DONHAM and Elizabeth FERGUSON. He married on 7 April 1831 in Clermont County, OH, to Matilda REECE.70 Matilda was born 30 June 1814, the daughter of John REECE and Sarah MORDOCK. They had thirteen children. Matilda died 21 April 1871 in IN. Abel remarried 21 January 1874 in Clay County, IN, to Nancy GILBERT,71 daughter of Elisha and Eleanore GILBERT. They had one daughter. The following is a biography of Abel DONHAM Jr.:72

Abel DONHAM, born October 5, 1812, came to Perry Township from Warren County, Ohio, in 1832. He took a grant of land north of Cory on what was later known as the lower Bloomington Road, and returned to Ohio to bring back his wife, Matilda, and their son, Lemon, together with their household furnishings and livestock. They settled in their new home in 1833.

Nine children were born to Abel and Matilda, one dying in infancy. Lemon, Elizabeth, Henry S., William R., Mary Wliza, Ledam, Margaret, and Ruth grew to adulthood. Lemon died in 1853, at the age of 21, leaving two sons, Morgan Sinclair and William, who were reared by their grandfather and grandmother DONHAM.

Abel worked hard clearing and farming the land. He also dug coal from the outcroppings to sell in Terre Haute. He made trips by flatboat to New Orleans with produce.

Matilda DONHAM died in 1870 and Abel married Nancy GILBERT, daughter of Elisha and Eleanore GILBERT, in 1873. He then built a house across the road from the original homestead and there their one child was born, Sarah Etta, on April 3, 1875.

In 1890, they bought a house and moved to Cory across the street south from the Methodist Church. Abel died September 16, 1892. Nancy and daughter, Sarah Etta, lived in Cory until 1897, at which time Sarah Etta married Almon KESTER, and they moved to their farm west and north of Cory. Nancy Gilbert DONHAM lived with her daughter until her death, November 17, 1923.

Abel DONHAM died 16 Sep 1892 in Clay County, IN. He is buried at Conaway-Cade Cemetery, Clay County, IN.73 Nancy died 17 November 1923.


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