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John Short - Patriot, Pioneer, Patriarch

Submitted by Carol Warren Brown
In the decades following the Revolutionary War thousands of Americans pushed west onto the frontier, settling new territory as soon as it opened. Documenting our ancestor's migration during that era can be challenging. Meeting the challenge typically involves studying an ancestor's FAN club. Because beyond the bare bones of when they came, there was a reason they came. And in most cases, family or friends who either came with them or soon followed. Those individuals can be key to uncovering where their journey began.
But there was always a first. The pioneer. In my Clermont family, that person was John Short. Several clues about John's life before arriving in Clermont are found in a Revolutionary War Pension application he filed in Clermont County in 1832.
In it, John states the following: He was born 10 Sept 1759 in Maryland. Parents not named. When he was young, the family moved to Hampshire Co., VA. In 1782, near the end of the war, John enlisted in Virginia and served under the legendary General "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, father of Robert E. Lee. The following year, he returned to Hampshire County, eventually moving west to Mason Co., KY.
Using these clues, I picked up John's trail, starting in Virginia. Hampshire County personal property tax records show John taxed every year between 1783-1798 on humble holdings, typically a single horse. He was always paired in Hampshire County tax lists with both Isaac Short and Jacob Short. Particularly insightful is the 1790 tax where both John and Jacob are in the home of Isaac Short. This suggests connectedness — but what connection? The answer is found in 1791 when Jacob Short's probate distribution names legates John Short and Isaac Short.
It must be in Hampshire County 1783 that John weds Mary X. We learn her first name in John's last will. Her last name is unknown. All their children, declared in later records, were born in Virginia.
Around 1800, at the age of 40, John, Mary his wife, and children resettled further west up the Ohio River Valley in Mason, KY. Brother Isaac Short is enumerated in the 1800 census there, but not John. Just as in Hampshire, no deed records point to John owning property in Kentucky.
It is in Mason that John Short must meet neighbor John Brown who will purchase a 1000-acre 1803 land patent in Clermont from Robert Baylor. The recently created Virginia Military District in southwestern Ohio granted land to veterans who had served from Virginia. Acreage was allocated according to rank. And it was not unusual, as in this case, for the original grantee to sell their land never having set foot on it to a speculator who divides and resells it. Brown apparently had some agreement in advance of his 1810 purchase of the Baylor patent because in 1805 John Short's son 'Samuel' purchased 100 acres of the property on Ten Mile Creek in Amelia from John Brown. That deed' references "John Short's line" which is also curious since John would not officially purchase his 150 acres on Ten-Mile until 1813. It is interesting that John "occupies" his land in 1810 and Samuel settles on his by 1811. While still in Mason, John signs the 1809 marriage bond for daughter Sophia Short to wed Thornton Jackson. (It is from this couple that I descend).
Settling with John and his family on the Ten Mile property was John's brother, Isaac, and his family. Isaac and John had moved together from Hampshire to Mason, and then to Ohio. Yet, before 1813, brother Isaac is dead. His widow Dorcas, was named executor of his estate!
In 1814, John deeds the eastern 50 acres of his farm to sister-in-law, Dorcas! It would seem then that residing on John's farm are John, his wife Mary, sons Isaac and William, along with their wives and children, and John's "insane daughter" Polly. Dorcas and her children living next door, son Samuel and family on his 100 adjoining acres. Daughter Sophia Short and her husband Thornton Jackson also crossed the river and settled on Ten Mile in 1816. Both perished from cholera in 1833, years before the 1850 all-name census, leaving proof of their children speculative at best.
In 1836, the 77-year-old, John Short dies leaving a will and probate file in Clermont. Appointed as executor is son William. William is to reside on the property caring for his mother and his "insane" sister Polly. It further specifies that when they are deceased the land should be sold "undivided" and the proceeds split among John's heirs. John's wife Mary dies in 1839 triggering the sale of the property to Benjamin Frazee. This makes clear that daughter Polly is also deceased.
Thanks to the CCGS loose probate papers project, recently discovered distribution slips from John's estate papers name all the children of Sophia Short and Thornton Jackson as grandchildren and legates. This at long last proves their offspring to a genealogy-proof standard.
(Read the rest of the story and see the sources cited in Clermont County Genealogical Newsletter May 2024)

Cemetery Records

We now have 45,113 burials from 145 Clermont cemeteries on our website. Thanks to the Cemetery Committee Volunteers, Pat Dudek, Alyssa Dugan, and Mark Peterson, Chair, for continuously adding to this collection. 
The records include cemetery photos and inscriptions that had been posted on our old website. Added to these records are inscriptions for stones which could not be found by CCGS volunteers when photographing the cemetery, but are in the 1950 era book Monument Inscriptions Prior to 1900 from Cemeteries in Clermont County, Ohio, Copied by   Beech Forest Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. CCGS obtained permission from the Mariemont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (who retain the property of the   dissolved Beech Forest Chapter DAR) to include those inscriptions. Burials with the notation regarding the book where the inscription came from are also included for the all cemeteries.
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We Are Thrilled to Announce the Reprinting of

The Clermont County, Ohio 1980, A Collection of Genealogical and
Historical Writings Volume One.
Many CCGS Members submitted family histories and photos to be used in the book.
The indexed 315 page book has been out of print for many years. CCGS is collaborating with the Warren County Genealogical Society to reprint it!
Check to see if one of the surnames you are researching is in the book by searching this index
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Clermont County Genealogical Society Heritage Day Luncheon
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