Township of Somers, Preble County O.[hio]
13th 8 mo. [August] 1825
After a long time of anxious expectation I receiv'd a few lines from under thy hand (of three several dates) about the middle of last month, in which we were truly happy to hear from our dear Parents, Brothers & Sisters once more, and as this is the only way we can converse together to make known to each other our situation as to health & welfare, while placed at so remote as distance. I sincerely hope thou wilt not be quite so remiss for the future, but write to me frequently, for it is by this our love is nourished and strenghened. I have been teaching a School this summer my quarter expires the 5th of this month and my employers do not care to send to me again because I keep but 6 hours in a day & they want me to teach 8 hours a day, which I'm not willing to do, tho, they are well satisfied as to my abilities and management. So, I leave them.
I calculate to visit Cincinnati [Ohio] in a week or two from this, and try to get in with uncle Abraham [Williams] [s/o Benjamin Williams & Sarah Marsh] to work with him at his trade, &, give up the idea of school-keeping altogether. I understood that B Dunham [perhaps Benjamin Dunham, s/o Joseph Dunham & Mary "Polly" Miller from Westfield, NJ] makes out pretty well there. I have not seen him nor Sally [Believed wife of Benjamin Dunham, and somehow related to the D'Camp family, perhaps sister of John Marsh D'Camp] since they moved there. Isaac Vadder [perhaps is the same Isaac Dodder who married Charity D'Camp. See: References below: Isaac Vadder/Vudder] moved down to Cincinnati about 3 weeks ago, they were well at that time. I am clearing my land now a days though it has been so uncommon warm for this week past that I have done but little. I have hartly bargained for 4 acres of land adjoining mine at 7 1/2 dols per acre. But if I could but raise $300. I should buy 160 acres that lie about 20 miles north of me in this county. This quarter (a section of land has 20 acres cleared and under fence and about 10 acres deadened, the man wishes to sell it and will take 300 dols for it. I have seen it, and it has the handsomest mill seat on it that I am acquainted with in this country, & very good land. I was happy to hear that Philemon [D'Camp] thinks of coming out this fall to see us. I think he will never repent of his journey, provided he keeps his health on the road. Thou mayst inform him I shall be happy to see him and tell him to bring his flute & claronet along with him as it would please his uncle Marsh & John to a nicity, as they have no such kind of music short of Cincinnati. Also tell him not to let his coming end in talk altogether. I believe that Father does not think any more on coming to this country but if you all could but think it best. I'm sure if you could sell any way to advantage, that is if you could get $4000 dollars for that property it would get each of you as much of the best land at $2.00 per acre as you'd want. If Philemon [D'Camp] comes out here this fall he may have a chance to see that land as several men from about here are going to view it this fall. I have a receipt in my possession given to me by grandfather [Andrew] Hatfield [b abt 1730; d aft 1820, m Sarah [Marsh] Williams, widow of Benjamin Williams] for the 50 dols I p'd him dated in February 1820, which I show'd to uncle John W and he say his mother told him I had p'd it when he was out there. We are all about at this time except little Anna, she has been sick for more than a week. I hope these may find you all enjoying a good state of health. Please give my love to my Father [William D'Camp 1770-1829] & Mother [Nancy Ann (Williams) D'Camp], Brothers & Sisters and to thy Partner for life and accept the same thyself. Forever
John M. D'Camp
P.S. Please be particular in directing thy letters to "John M D'Camp William's Store Butler (not Hamilton) County, Ohio
Researcher of the Joseph Dunham & Mary "Polly" Miller family from Westfield, Union Co., NJ to Hamilton Co., OH and Miami Co., OH: Audrey Shields Hancock . Wish to make contact with other DUNHAM researchers of this family.
1 Andrew Hatfield b: Abt. 1730 d: Aft. 1820 of Westfield, NJ
.. +Unknown d: Bef. 1795 m: Aft. 1751
........ 2 Elizabeth Hatfield b: Bef. June 30, 1760
........ 2 Sarah Hatfield b: Bef. April 10, 1763
........ 2 Mary Hatfield b: Bef. June 14, 1767
........ 2 Phebe Hatfield b: Bef. September 18, 1768
........ 2 Andrew Hatfield, Jr. b: February 14, 1773
........ 2 Samuel Williams Hatfield b: July 25, 1782
*2nd Wife of Andrew Hatfield:
.. +Sarah Marsh b: October 01, 1749 Elizabethtown, New Jersey d: Aft. February 1827 New Jersey m: April 24, 1795 Presbyterian Church, Westfield, Essex Co. (now Union Co.), New Jersey; Father: Joshua Marsh; Mother: Sarah Hole
NJ Calendar of Wills 1791-1795 p. 399
1792, November 7
Williams, Benjamin of Elizabeth Twp., Essex Co., NJ
Wife Sarah [Marsh] 1/3 of personal property.
1 mare and income of real estate until eldest son, Marsh is 21.
Eldest son Marsh, 7 acres of home plantation with house and 5 acres of woodland bought of David Mills.
Sons: David, Abraham, and John, remainder of home plantation divided between, when of age. Land in the Miamies, Columbia Twp., [Hamilton County, Ohio], divided between the 4 sons. Oldest daughter, Sarah, privilege of living at home and L60 [British money used in Colonial America], Daughter Nancy DeCamp, L5, Daughters Margaret and Elizabeth Williams, each L60, when 18. Residue to the 4 sons.
Executors-friends, Ephraim Marsh and James Ross.
Witnesses- Daniel Baker, Henry Baker and David Rogers.
Proved June 25, 1793. Lib. 33, p. 193
1793, June 13, Inventory, L533.0.3; made by Jehabod Ross and Charles Clark.
In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Williams of the Township of Eliz'th and County of Essex and State of New Jersey, being in good health and of a Sound disposing Mind & Memory; Thanks be to God therefore _ Knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to die _ do this seventh day of November, in the Year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred ninety two; make and publish This my last Will & Testament in name & form following _ First it is my Will, & I do hereby ordain that all my just debts & funeral Charges be paid _ Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah my beloved Wife the one equal third part of my personal Estate, as her Right of Dowry, also I give and bequeath unto my said Wife the whole Use, income & improvement of my real Estate until my eldest son Marsh Williams arrives to the age of Twentyone years, if she remains my widow. also I give my wife one two year old Mare of a grey cloure(?) _ and further, in order to enable her the better to educate and support our Infant family, Item I give and bequeath unto my four sons, Marsh Williams, David Williams, Abraham Williams and John Williams all my real Estate, lands and tenements, to them, their Heirs & Assigns forever, to be divided when my oldest Son Marsh Williams shall arrive to the age of Twenty one years, reserving the same for the use of my Wife as above said, to be divided as followeth _ Item I give and bequeath unto my eldest Son Marsh Williams that part of my home plantation, on which I now live _ Beginning at the West corner of my plantation on which my Buildings now stand, at a Stone by the brook at the Caun??ay, being a corner between me and Ephraim Marsh Thence running a Course as the line runs along the Road that leads to Rahway, all it comes by the Barn of Daniel Baker, on as far as to take in the Orchard fronting my Barn thence till it comes to the North east corner of said orchard from thence a course parallel with the first line along the Road till it comes to the line of Ephraim Marsh; from thence along said line to where it first began, be it more or less; also the brook, field across the Road before my Door, containing six or seven acres be it more or less _ also five acres of Wood land which I bough (as written) of David Mills _ the remainder of my home Plantation to be Equally divided between my three sons, David, Abraham & John in quanity & quality when my oldest son Marsh arrives to the age of twenty one years _ But in case of either of my Sons dying before age, not leaving lawful Issue his or their part or parts to be equally divided among the survivors to be held by them their Heirs & Assigns as a sure state of Inheritance forever _ Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son John Williams all my salt marsh or Meadow in Rahway meadowes reserving the same for the use of my Wife as above said till my son Marsh Williams comes of Age _ Item _ I give and bequeath unto my four Sons Marsh Williams, David Williams, Abraham Williams and John Williams, their heirs and Assigns forever all my Right of Lands lying in the Miamies, Columbia Township to be equally divided among them _ Item I give unto my eldest Daughter Sarah Williams the privilege of living in the house which I now live in during her life _ (Except she should marry) and privilege of Five. Also, I give unto my daughter Sarah, sixty pounds lawful Money out of my moveable Estate _ Item, I give unto my daughter Nancy Decamp, the Sum of five pounds lawful Money. Item, I give unto my daughter Margaret Williams the Sum of Sixty pounds lawful Money _ Item, I give unto my daughter Betsy Williams the Sum of Sixty pounds lawful money to be paid unto each of them , as each of them shall arrive to the age of Eighteen years, _ And my Will is if either of my daughters should die before marriage, or under age leaving no lawful Issue, then in such case her, or either of them their legacies to be equally divided among the survivors. Should there be any overplus of the moveables after paying th Debts & Legacies that remainder to be divided among my four Sons equally _ And I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my truely friend, Ephraim Marsh, and James Ross Exq'r
Executors to this my last Will and Testament _ Revoking & disallowing all my other Wills Testaments & Executors, Ratifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament
In Witness where of I have here unto sett my hand and seal the Day and year for it above written _ N. B.
I also give the use of my Negro Joseph, unto my wife for the term of Ten Years
Sealed Signed & Delivered in the Presence of Benjamin Williams
Daniel Baker & Henry Baker Witness to the written Will being duly sworn did depose & say that they saw Benjamin Williams the Testator therein named Sign & Seal the same and heard him publish Announce & declare the written writting to be his last Will & Testament and that at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound disposing Mind & Memory as far as these deponents know & as they verily believe and that they signed their names as witness as to the said Will in the presence of this Testator & in the presence of each other.
Daniel Baker, Henry Baker
Sworn this 25th of June 1793 before me Attest ????
The foregoeing Will being proved probate was granted by his Excellency Richard Harrell ?
Ephraim Marsh & James Ross Esq'r Executors therein named they being duly sworn well and totally to perform the same, Exhibit a true & perfect Inventory and render a recent and true Account when thence _ unto Lawfully required given under the ???? Seal this Day & Year Aforesaid
Bower Reed Reg.
Williams' Store (aka Somerville), Butler Co., Ohio
"Somerville was laid out by Jacob F. ROWE, October 7, 1831. John and Marsh WILLIAMS, from New England, were the first village store-keepers, in a log house in the southern part of the town. John removed to the West, where he died. Marsh, after several years in the village, opened another store half mile west, where his son Benjamin now lives. The WILLIAMSes came to this township in 1803."
[Note: The 4 brothers (Abraham, David, Marsh, & John) were willed this land according to the above will of their father, Benjamin Williams, above. ASH]
"Williams' Store--John WILLIAMS, January 27, 1824; Jeremiah S. WAUGH, January 20, 1834. Changed to Somerville, February 28, 1834."
The WILLIAMS Brothers
(Source: Internet, 2005, 1882 History of Butler Co., OH: SOMERVILLE)
1 Benjamin Williams of Elizabeth Twp., Essex County, New Jersey
.. + Sarah Marsh
.....2 Marsh Williams b: June 01, 1775 New Jersey; d: August 21, 1853 Butler County, Ohio
....... +Nancy Corey b: October 22, 1772 Westfield, Union County, New Jersey; d: December 05, 1855 Somerville, Butler Co., Ohio; m: January 16, 1796 Presbyterian Ch., Westfield, New Jersey Father: Jonathan Cory, Mother: Martha Miller
........... 3 Mary Pierson Williams b: October 28, 1796
........... 3 Elizabeth Williams b: December 14, 1798; d: Bef. 1801
........... 3 Elizabeth Williams b: July 04, 1801
........... 3 Benjamin Franklin Williams b: September 27, 1802
........... 3 Jonathan Williams b: February 08, 1805
........... 3 Sarah Williams b: March 06, 1807
........... 3 John Augustus Williams b: April 25, 1809; d: Bef. April 25, 1837 Cincinnati, Ohio
................... 4 John Williams b: Aft. 1830; d: moved to Illinois
........... 3 Samuel Cory Williams b: February 08, 1812; d: 1837
.....2 John Williams b: 1788 New Jersey d: Aft. 1837 prob Illinois
..... +Diadania / Deidania Bourne, d: March 24, 1837 Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; m: 1814 Butler County, Ohio
[The oldest Bourne burial in the Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery) is Samuel Bourne, b. 09 Apr 1750. His wife was Diedamia/Diedema Leonard. Their children were Prince, Earl, Cynthia (m. Asa Nourse), Benjamin & Diadema (who is probably the Diadania (wf/o John Williams) d 1837.]
.....2 David Williams
.....2 Abraham Williams
Abraham, John & Marsh Williams lived 1820 in Milford Twp., Butler County, Ohio; brother David lived in Morgan Twp., Butler County, Ohio.
The DeCAMP Brothers & Their Siblings
1 William DeCamp, b: March 07, 1770 Woodbridge, New Jersey; d: February 15, 1829 Woodbridge, New Jersey
.. +Nancy Ann Williams, b: Abt. 1774 Essex County, New Jersey; d: Bef. 1850; m: Abt. 1791; Father: Benjamin Williams; Mother: Sarah Marsh
........ 2 Caroline DeCamp, d: 1864
........ 2 Harriet DeCamp, d: 1863
........ 2 John Marsh DeCamp, b: August 25, 1792 Woodbridge, New Jersey; d: December 18, 1848 Preble County, Ohio; bur: Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]
........... +Hannah Dell Murphy, b: June 29, 1796 New Jersey; d: May 06, 1876 Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]; m: February 21, 1814 New Jersey; Father: Daniel Murphy; Mother: Lydia / Lidia Dell
..............3 Mary C. DeCamp, b: August 16, 1836 Preble County, Ohio; d: October 05, 1861; buried Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]; m: March 25, 1858 Preble County, Ohio; Father: John Marsh DeCamp; Mother: Hannah Dell Murphy
.............. +Ezra Bourne, b: December 04, 1829 d: October 03, 1906 Butler County, Ohio b: bur: Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]
..................4 John William Bourne, b: March 23, 1859 Preble County, Ohio; d: March 27, 1883; bur: Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]
..................4 Benjamin Franklin Bourne, b: September 30, 1861 Preble County, Ohio; d: Abt. March 1912; bur: Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]
........ 2 Charity R. DeCamp, b: Abt. 1796; d: 1827 Cincinnati, Ohio
............ +??? Eader
........ *2nd Husband of Charity R. DeCamp:
............ +Isaac Dodder d: Aft. 1829 probably Middletown, Ohio
........ 2 William Edgar DeCamp, b: January 16, 1798 Essex County, New Jersey; d: May 06, 1868; bur: Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]
............ +Mary B. Richards, b: March 13, 1801 Elizabethtown, New Jersey; d: March 05, 1883; bur: Somerville Cemetery (aka Old Presbyterian Cemetery & Village Cemetery), Somerville, Butler County, Ohio [1970, located behind an old red brick church]; m: Aft. 1819
........ 2 Margeret DeCamp, b: Abt. 1803; d: February 13, 1841 Rahway, Union County, New Jersey; bur: Union County Cemetery, New Jersey
........ 2 Maria DeCamp, b: Abt. 1806; d: 1832 New Jersey
........ 2 Gideon L. DeCamp, b: Bet. 1807 - 1808 New Jersey; d: 1851 Woodbridge, New Jersey
............ +Elizabeth "Betsey" Marsh, b: Abt. 1810 New Jersey; d: Aft. 1870 Essex County, New Jersey; m: January 11, 1832 Westfield Presbyterian Church, Union County, New Jersey
........ 2 Philemon E. DeCamp, b: Abt. 1820; d: November 24, 1854
[Note: Nina says, "John, wife and unmarried children, as well as Ben. F. Bourne, are buried with Wm. Edgar D'Camp, wife and their unmarried children ...this Old Presbyterian cemetery (aka Somerville Cemetery or Village Cemetery) is located behind an old unused two story red brick Presbyterian church [located in Somerville, Butler County, Ohio] [as found by Nina in 1970]. (1882 History of Butler Co., Ohio) There is an old Quaker cemetery across the road from their homestead on Devil's Backbone Rd., but none of the family is buried there."]