|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1762|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1850|
Mount Auburn (Shelby County)
Revolutionary War veteran.
Service: Private 3rd Class, 2nd Battalion, 4th Company, Washington County, Peters Township, PA Militia.
He was under Capt William Fife 18 April 1782 - 15 July 1782
Proof: Penn Archives 6th Series, Vol II pages 40-63
DAR Application No 468004.
Son of Josiah Records and Susannah Tulley.
Married to Elizabeth Elrod 15 Apr 1790. They had 13 children.
Indiana magazine of history, Volume 15 (Sep 1919). By Indiana University. Dept. of History, Indiana University, Bloomington. Dept. of History, Indiana State Library, Indiana
"We arrived in Pennsylvania the last of the month. In October, Mr. Jones had a contract from the United States government to cut out a bridle path from Wheeling, Virginia, to Chillicothe. They were at work on it. We started on the path and came up with them. We were accompanied by two other men and we came upon the choppers about ten miles from Chillicothe. We then started through the woods to Chillicothe, then went home after an absence of sixty days. We were the first persons that traveled that road.
On June 24th I sold my plantation in Kentucky and my wife and I went to Pennsylvania. We traveled by land and on horse-back and arrived there September 1, 1800. Soon after our arrival, we both took sick with fever and ague. Both shook daily. Not being able to ride on horseback, we took passage home on a boat laden with apples and cider. The river was so low, we were sixty days on it, and each day we had a hard shake. When we landed, we were hardly able to ride home and had the ague about all winter. Had more than one hundred hard shakes before we missed one, and quite a good many after then and then some.
I moved to Ohio and settled in Ross county on the Sun Fish creek where I had previously bought and built a grist and saw mill, in 1803. I was, with two other men, appointed to view a road from New Market to the south Salt Works. Forty miles of this was through an unbroken forest and as the other two were not woodsmen, it became my duty to take the lead. We found a good way for a road which was afterwards cut out and became a public highway. In 1804, I was selected to be candidate for captain, to which I objected, and did not attend the election, but I was run and elected and received my commission from the governor of Ohio, which I returned to General Manson as I did not wish to serve. I bought land in Adams county on Brush creek and in April settled on it and built a grist mill.
In 1821, I sold my possessions in Ohio and settled in Indiana, Bartholomew county, six miles north of Columbus, Indiana. We suffered much with sickness and lost four of our children. January 1833 was the last year I was able to farm my land and I rented it for three years. The rent was sufficient to keep us but neither of us was able to do the work required to be done. All of our children were married and had left us. They all with one accord advised us to break up housekeeping and live with some of them, the propriety of which I was inclined to doubt. The idea of disposing of one's home and making a home with others, oftentimes is not a real home but simply a stopping place. However in November, 1836, we broke up. We went to live with our son-in-law Tunis Quick and our daughter Susannah, with whom we still reside. We had twelve children, eight living at this time, and eighty-seven grand children. We continued to live with our son-in-law until 1848 when we went to Milton Nelson's home.
In April 1848, we went to live with Rachel and Miltort Nelson. They had sold their farm at Mt. Auburn, Shelby county, intending to move to Iowa. His wife being so distressed at the thought of leaving all of her friends and relatives, parents included, began to pine away and friends expressed serious doubts whether she would be able to stand the trip which had to be made in a wagon. At that time the trip was generally made in about three weeks so owing to the urgent request of many friends they abandoned the trip to Iowa and bought a farm of Alexander Breeding about one and three-fourths miles southwest of Mt. Auburn in Shelby county, Indiana. Mr. Breeding moved to Iowa.
We in course of time had sold our farm and were depending upon the interest of the money to support us. The price we received for the land was one thousand dollars, this we turned over to M. J. Nelson and we went to make our home with him. They arranged a room for us with a fire place where we could sit and smoke our pipes to ourselves if we chose. They had a large family, mostly boys who used to often resort to our room and hear us tell of our adventures of early times.
My father departed this life on the first of June, 1809, and was buried in his own orchard in Ross county, Ohio. He was 68 years old. My mother departed this life at her daughter Mary's, 1824, and was buried by the side of my father. She was 81 years old. I was the oldest of twelve children—their names were Spencer, Nicy, Laban, Joseph, Ann, John, Elizabeth, Josiah, Sarah, Mary, Susannah and William, who have all departed this life except myself, John and William. I moved to Ross county, Ohio, in 1800."
Spencer Records, the narrator of this record, on account of hardships and trials partially lost his hearing and was bent the last twenty years of his life. He died at the age of 88 without illness. He rode on horseback 14 miles on a cold February day the day before to see his daughter Susanna Quick to arrange about returning to make their home with them. He became so chilled he died from the effects of the exposure. His wife survived him for four years, dying October 13th, 1854. He carried a hickory cane with a buck horn hand piece. He was a member of the Whig party from its earliest existence. He and his wife were members of the Regular Baptist and never failed to attend the regular monthly meetings if it was possible. His parents were Methodists but he never attached himself to that body. He always wore shoes made on a straight last and changed them every morning and maintained that it was only pride that caused people to have them right and left. He said that people's feet used to be straight but they were getting to be sprung crooked. He often told about the early settlers and told about how they lived.
Elizabeth Elrod Records (1775 - 1854)
James Records (1795 - 1823)*
Hannah Records Wilson (1797 - 1855)*
Laban Records (1799 - 1865)*
William Parker Records (1801 - 1889)*
Susannah Record Quick (1805 - 1884)*
Rachel B. Records Nelson (1810 - 1876)*
Elizabeth Records (1813 - ____)*
Lucinda Records Barnett (1815 - 1875)*
Lucy Records (1818 - 1827)*
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn (Shelby County)
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Record added: Jun 28, 2009
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