Johann Ludwig and Elizabeth Maria Maurer Kammerer

In 2007, Patte Patterson Wood, a fellow Kemmerer/Camerer researcher, shared information about our mutual family line. Included was a copy of Part One of Everett R. Irwin’s book, The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin. Using some data from his book along with information gleaned from Ancestry.com, the following is a brief biographical sketch of Johann Ludwig and Elizabeth Kammerer.

Johann Ludwig Kammerer (commonly known as Ludwig) was the son of Hans Martin and Anna Maria Hoch Kammerer. He was born December 16, 1715, most likely in the Worms, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany.

Note: The surname is found spelled several ways – Kemmerer, Kammerer, Cammarrar, Cammarrar and Camerer (the most common spelling).

Records indicate that he immigrated to America, arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 1, 1736 on the ship “Harle of London. They came from Rotterdam via Cowes (Pennsylvania German Pioneers, pp. 154,158, 161).

In his colorful and well researched book, The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin, Everett R. Irwin gives a possible reason for Germans immigrating to America.

Ludwig was in a flood of miserable humanity that washed across the Atlantic from Germany to the British colonies in the half century before the Revolutionary War. The tide was unleashed by decades of wars that seesawed back and forth across the Rhineland. Soldier-marauders overran and desolated the land, leaving poverty and starvation. Invading princes and kings impressed reluctant male inhabitants into their armies. The Palatines fled overseas in search of a land of peace – Penn’s colony. Ralph B. Strassburger and William J. Hinke, writing in Pennsylvania German Pioneers, estimate that more than 65,000 German aliens landed at Philadelphia, the chief port of entry, during the 1727-1776 period.

 Sometime before 1743, Ludwig met and married Elizabeth Maria Maurer (her surname has not been documented). Following their marriage, they moved south to Monocacy, Maryland. According to Everett R. Irwin, this was the first permanent settlement of Pennsylvania Germans in Maryland. Not long after their arrival, Elizabeth gave birth to twin sons, Johannes and Adam, born August 17, 1743. (Note: John’s gravestone gives his birth date as August 29, 1742, differing from the baptismal record.)

Between the year 1744 and 1764, Ludwig and Elizabeth’s family grew by leaps and bounds. They had eleven more children – Elizabeth, Margaret, Johann Ludwig, Jr., Susannah, Johann Adam, Hannah, Daniel, Catherine, Peter, Dorothy and Henry.

Before 1745, Ludwig and his family moved northwest to Maryland’s Conococheague district about 10 miles north of Hagerstown, Maryland, and a mile west of State Line, Pennsylvania. Evidently, the Kammerer family settled and lived in this area for many years.

On September 21, 1764, “Kamerer, Ludwig of Frederick County, German, a member Lutheran, Frederick Town” was naturalized as a citizen. (Maryland Hall of Records, Naturalizations, Vol. DD-6285, p. 264)

LUDWIG’S OLD STONE HOUSE

One thing that Ludwig Kammerer wanted to do was to build a home for his family. Irwin gives the following description of how the house was built.

Ludwig had yet another dream to fashion into reality-a stone fortress home to grace Buck Spring Farm and stand off any further Indian attacks. He set to work gathering limestone for its foundation and walls. He cut down massive trees and shaped them with broad axe and adz into 6-by-16 inch timbers for the sub flooring. He built one centrally placed chimney raising the 1 ½ story height of the house above a 9-foot-wide fireplace in the basement kitchen. The fireplace was crowned by a 2 ½ foot thick arched timber chosen to withstand flame. A second basement room had its own supply of running water from a nearby spring. Ludwig Kammerer’s 18th Century home stands sturdy and still occupied a stone’s throw from a rising 20th Century data processing center…In the gable of the east wall Ludwig placed a stone plaque in which he chiseled his initials, L.K., and the date – 1774.

 A fellow Kammerer researcher shared another description of the house on Ancestry.com. It was written by Dave Cottingham and is entitled “Kamerer’s Old Stone Fortress Survives.”Ludwig Kammerer house DESPITE WIND (click link)

Ludwig’s Old Stone House

Note: There was a question whether or not the house remains standing. An article was written by Matthew Bieniek for the Hagerstown Herald News, August 8, 1998, which indicates the Kammerer house may be relocated or destroyed. Kemmerer house (click link)

However, the old stone house was destroyed as described in an article was written by John Kemmerer Ivey and posted in the Rootsweb archive,  Kemmerer – L.

This stone house was still standing as of March 03, 1999, on a half acre lot in the Airport Business Park owned by Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation, Inc., also known as CHIEF. Citicorp; has a large facility in the business park and was the intended buyer of the property. Under pressure from the local historical, the press and numerous Kemmerer descendants, the company finally agreed to assist with moving the historic home to another site about ½ mile away, but at the last minute they pulled the plug on the entire project and destroyed the house.

LUDWIG KAMMERER’S PART IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

As we know, the American Revolutionary War occurred from 1775-1783. Undoubtedly, the Kammerer family felt the brunt of this conflict. In his book, Everett R. Irwin does not mention Ludwig’s involvement in the war, but an ancestor, Patte Wood, found information which she used in making application for DAR membership. Though the name given was “Ludwick Cameron,” it was accepted as our Kammerer ancestor. His services are listed in Revolutionary Patriots of Washington County, Maryland, 1776-1783 by Henry C. Peden, Jr.

Cameron, Ludwick. Private, Militia, 4th Class, Capt. John Cellars’ Company, 1776/1777 [Fef: A-1146, M-246]. One of several patriots appointed by the Committee of Observation on December 30, 1776 ‘to form the county into companies (after the militia had marched) for the purpose of relieving the distressed inhabitants of said county and also to compel the Dunkards and Mennonists to give their assistance.’ [Ref: Q-345. which listed the name as ‘Ludwick Cammerer’].

Cameron, Ludwig. Rendered patriotic service by supplying wheat for the use of the military on February 7, 1780 and on April 13, 1780 for hauling wheat to the mill [Ref:W-1190, HH-72, which latter source is the original record and the named looked like ‘Ludwig Camerer’ or possibly ‘Ludwig Cameren’]Took Oath of Allegiance before the Hon. Henry Schnebley in 1778 [Ref: O-50, J-14].

Everett R. Irwin states that Elizabeth Kammerer apparently died between 1790 and 1800. In the early 1800s, Ludwig moved to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Records indicate he sold his house and the Buck Spring Farm in 1805 (Washington County Courthouse, Deed Book S, p. 160). He died January 21, 1808 at the age of 92 and was buried in the Brush Creek Cemetery in Westmoreland County.

Sources

Ancestry.com. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009.

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Bieniek, Matthew, “Kemmerer house’s fate sealed,” Herald News, Hagerstown, MD, August 8, 1998. . http://articles.herald-mail.com/1998-08-08news/25136340_1_citicorp-washington-county-historical-society-society-representatives

DAR Patriot Index, Volume II, G-O, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Gateway Press, Inc, Baltimore, MD.

Irwin, Everett R., The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin, 1992.

Peden, Henry C., Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Washington County, Maryland, 1776-1783, Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland, 1998.

Rootsweb.Ancestry.com. Archives Kemmerer-L. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/KEMMERER/2006-04/1144266793

Strassburger, Ralph B. and William J. Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1966.

Johann Ludwig Kammerer Family Group Sheet (click link) Johann Ludwig Kammerer FGS

 

 

 

 

 

Johannes “John” and Anna Margaretha “Margaret” Brumbach Kemmerer

In 2007, Patte Patterson Wood, a fellow Kemmerer/Camerer researcher, shared information about our mutual family line. Included was a copy of Part One of Everett R. Irwin’s book, The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin. Using some quotes and data from his well researched book, the following is a brief biographical sketch of the lives of Johannes “John” and Margaretha “Margaret” Brumbach Kemmerer.

Note: The surname is found spelled several ways – Kemmerer, Kammerer, Cammarrar, Cammarrar and Camerer (the most common spelling).

Being the son of German immigrants, Johannes Ludwig and Elizabeth Maurer Kemmerer, Johannes “John” was a first generation American. Irwin writes: “The name of Ludvig Kummerer was inscribed in German script in the church’s baptismal records as the father of twins born Aug. 17, 1743, and christened Oct. 17, 1743. The twins were listed as ‘son Johannes: godparents George Arnhold and frau Anna Maria’ and ‘a son Adam: godparents Georg Adam Wedel and frau Anna Maria.’  (John’s gravestone gives his birth date as Aug. 29, 1742). The twins’ mother was not identified in the baptismal record; the pastor apparently felt her role was not worthy of recognition.” (Irwin, p. 3) The twins were the first of the very large Kemmerer family which consisted of thirteen children.

Note: Evidently, the first son Adam died as a young child and a second son born on December 8, 1753 was named Adam.

When John and his twin brother, Adam, were born, Johannes Ludwig and Elizabeth lived in Monocacy, Frederick, Maryland. Monocacy was the first permanent settlement of Pennsylvania Germans in Maryland. It was located in the western part of the state  and was a small village consisting of a trading post, mill, blacksmith shop, tavern, a few log cabins and a tiny combination Lutheran church-schoolhouse. (Irwin, p.3)

By 1745, the Kemmerer family was living 30 miles northwest of Monocacy in Maryland’s Conococheague district across the Catoctin and Blue Ridge mountains. The family stayed in the area to raise their growing family. Irwin writes: “Most of their sons and daughters apparently were married in the Conococheague district – among them the twin named Johannes, who wed a girl named Margaretta (Margaretha).” (Irwin, p. 3)

Note: I do not have a marriage record for John and Margaretha but they probably married before 1766.

Anna Margaretha “Margaret” Brumbach was born in Borkenbach, Germany, and was the daughter of Johannes and Maria Elizabeth Brumbach.

Note: At this time, I have not found a date of immigration.

“When William Penn opened western Pennsylvania to settlement in 1769, Ludwig’s older, married sons and daughters headed for the new frontier.” (Irwin, p. 6) John and Margaret joined his brothers and sisters in moving from Maryland to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Irwin points out that it is likely all the brother and their wives did not make the mountain crossing in one party. A John Camara was listed in the 1783 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Census. According to a patent record, 1425 acres of land was granted to John by the state of Pennsylvania in 1786 in Westmoreland County. He and his brothers Ludwig and Adam also were on the county tax list of 1786. (Irwin, p. 7)

Between the years of 1766 and 1793, John and Margaret had eleven children – John, Adam, Susan, Daniel, Anna Maria “Mary”, Margaret, Ludwig “Lewis”, Jacob, Catherine, Elizabeth and Esther. All are mentioned in John’s will signed March 24, 1829.

Johannes “John” Kemmerer died February 26, 1833 at the age of 90 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and was buried in the Brush Creek Cemetery. Anna Margaretha “Margaret” Kemmerer died February 18, 1841 at the age of 94 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and was buried with her husband in Brush Creek Cemetery. Note: The birth date on tombstone (August 29, 1742) of John Kemmerer conflicts with date on his baptismal record (August 17, 1743) of Monocacy, Maryland Lutheran Church.

Johannes “John” Kemmerer Grave Marker

Sources

Irwin, Everett R., The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin, 1992.

John Kemmerer, Will Book no. 2, p. 279, Court House, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (Transcription)

Marriage and Death Notices From Weekly Newspapers, 1818-1865, Westmoreland Pennsylvania, Volume 1. Presented to the Library of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution by The Queen Alliquippa Chapter, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, 1962.

Weiser, Frederick, editor and translator, Maryland German Church Records, Volume 3, Baptismal records of the Monocacy Lutheran Congregation, and its successor, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, 1742-1779, Noodle Coosey Press, Manchester, Maryland.

Westmoreland County Pennsylvania 1783 Census, Family Lines Publications, Westminster, Maryland.

Johannes “John” Kemmerer Family Group Sheet (click link) Johannes John Kemmerer FGS

 

 

 

Ludwig “Lewis” Camerer

Ludwig “Lewis” Camerer was born June 25, 1786 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and was the seventh child of Johannes “John” and Anna Margaretha Brumbach Kemmerer. Westmoreland County is located in the rolling, heavily wooded wilderness of southwestern Pennsylvania. “When William Penn opened western Pennsylvania to settlement in 1769, Ludwig’s (Lewis’ grandfather) older, married sons and daughters headed (from Maryland) for the new frontier.” (The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin by Everett R. Irwin)

Note: The surname is found spelled several ways – Kemmerer, Kammerer, Cammarrar, Cammarrar and Camerer (the most common spelling).

I have found no marriage record, but sometime before 1814, Lewis met, courted and married a woman named Catherine (surname undetermined). On June 6, 1814, their first child, Mary Ann, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Early in 1815 Lewis moved his family to Clermont County, Ohio. Land records give evidence that he purchased 142 ¾ acres of land on June 10, 1815. The Camerer family put down roots in this area and stayed for approximately fifteen years. Their family grew by leaps and bounds during that time. When the 1830 United States Federal Census was taken, they had ten children under the age of 20 years in the household. I have found the names of only nine – Mary Ann, Margaret, Daniel, Elizabeth, Rachel, Louisa, Nancy, Barbara and Lidia Catherine.

As we might expect, life in this Ohio rugged country was hard and fraught with dangers. Many of us have read true accounts of how difficult it was for settlers to build a new life while fighting the harsh elements of nature, wild animals and Indians.

On September 30, 1830, Lewis Camerer sold his Clermont County land. In mid October 1830, he purchased land in Brouilletts Creek Township, Edgar County, Illinois, and moved his family to the area.

Lewis and Catherine appear on the 1840 and 1850 United States Federal Censes. The 1840 census gives only the head of household with numbers for adults and children by ages. However, those named in the 1850 census are Lewis (64), Catherine (55), Mary A. (36), Catherine (16) and Mary E. (6). Mary E. may have been Lewis’ granddaughter but the census does not give this information. I believe Mary Ann may have been divorced and perhaps this is her daughter. As we might assume, Lewis was a farmer and the family was still located in Edgar County, Illinois.

Lewis Camerer died November 26, 1855 in Brouilletts Creek, Edgar County, Illinois. He was buried in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery aka Light Cemetery. Catherine died January 3, 1859 and was buried next to Lewis. Photographs of the grave markers were taken by Jay Kimmel, November 4, 2004. Calculation of birth dates for Lewis and Catherine was done from data on markers. Stones read: Lewis Camerer Died November 26, 1855 Aged 70 yrs 5 mos & 16 ds. Catherine Wife of L. Camerer Died Jan. 3, 1859 Aged 63 yrs 10 mos & 27 ds.

Lewis Camerer Grave Marker
Catherine Camerer Grave Marker

   Sources

Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by Family Search.

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Ancestry.com. 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by Family Search.

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Irwin, Everett R., The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin, 1986.

John Kemmerer, Will Book no. 2, p. 279, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (Transcription)

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Ludwig “Lewis” Camerer Family Group Sheet (click link) Ludwig Lewis Camerer FGS Document

 

 

 

 

Margaret Camerer Nance

Nance family history researchers believe that our ancestor Margaret Camerer was born about 1815 in either Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania or Clermont County, Ohio. Records indicate that her family moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio around the time of her birth, so it is difficult to determine the exact place. She was the second child of Lewis and Catherine Camerer. The surname is found spelled several ways – Kemmerer, Kammerer. Cammarrar, and Camerer (the most common spelling).

During the early 1800’s, the heavily wooded wilderness of Pennsylvania became home for numerous immigrant settlers and the German Kammerer family was among them. As one area became more “crowded,” people moved on west to Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. We see this pattern in the migration of Margaret Camerer’s family.

Early in 1815 Lewis moved his family to Clermont County, Ohio. Land records give evidence that Lewis purchased 142-¾ acres of land on June 10. As it turned out the Camerer family put down roots in this area and stayed for approximately fifteen years. Their family grew by leaps and bounds during that time. When the 1830 United States Federal Census was taken, they had ten children under the age of 20 years old.

Life in this Ohio rugged country was hard and fraught with dangers. All of us have read true accounts of how difficult it was for settlers trying to build a new life while fighting the harsh elements of nature, wild animals, and Indians. In the Camerer family of ten children I think it was a given that the oldest began to help in the house and on the farm very early on. More than likely Margaret and her older sister Mary Ann had to assume many household responsibilities at very young ages. Certainly all the children grew up very quickly.

On September 30, 1830, Margaret’s father, Lewis Camerer, sold his Clermont County land. In mid October 1830, he purchased land in Brouilletts Creek Township, Edgar County, Illinois, and moved his family to the area. Margaret would have been about 15 years old. A young man by the name of Edward H. Nance lived in the county and in the early 1830’s, he and Margaret met. They married October 31, 1834.

Marriage record for Edward H. Nance and Margaret Camerer
Marriage record for Edward H. Nance and Margaret Camerer

After their marriage, they continued living in Edgar County for about five or six more years. During that time Edward and Margaret started a family. A daughter, Catherine, was born in 1836. They also had a son but there is no information giving his name or birth date.

Edward Nance is found on the 1840 United States Federal Census in Clinton County, Missouri. At this time, the census recorded only the head of household and his family consisted of a male and a female, ages 20 to 30; and a male and a female both under the age of 5. The census also records one person employed in agriculture. While living in Clinton County, Edward and Margaret’s family continued to grow. A son, Lewis C., was born in 1841, and a daughter, Margaret A., was born in 1843.

Sometime before 1846 the Nance family moved back to Edgar County, Illinois. The 1850 United States Federal Census lists Edward and Margaret and their four children. A fourth child, Edward Y. Nance, was born November 4, 1846, in Illinois. Other children listed are Catherine, Lewis, and Margaret A. Note that the son born between 1834 and 1840 is not included on this census. We do not know what happened to this son. Jim Kuhlman does mention some information that might be a possible clue.

Also listed living in District Nineteen of Edgar County, Illinois in 1850 was Hugh Nance. He was eighteen years old, born in Owen County, Indiana and was working as a farm laborer for Robert Faris, an eighty-five year old farmer. Owen County, less than fifty miles east of Edgar County, also was a coal mining area. Could Hugh have been the son listed in the 1840 Census of Clinton County, Missouri? (Kuhlman, 9)

Margaret’s father, Lewis Camerer, died on November 26, 1855, and was buried at the Mt. Carmel Cemeter, also known as Carmel-Light Cemetery, in Edgar County, Illinois. Margaret inherited a 1/9 share of the estate and subsequently sold the property to her brother, Daniel Camerer, as did five of her seven sisters. The deed was executed on February 11, 1858, and a justice of peace noted that both Edward and Margaret Nance personally appeared and were delivered the deed. (Wood, 4)

The Nance family lived in Edgar County, Illinois, until after 1855 because information in later census records shows that two more daughters were born there. A daughter, Clara, was born in 1853, and another daughter, Dovey Viola, was born in 1855.

EDWARD, MARGARET AND FAMILY MOVE TO TEXAS

At some point between the birth of Viola in 1855 and the July 5, 1860 Lavaca County Census, the Edward Nance family pulled up stakes in Illinois and moved to Lavaca County, Texas. Lavaca County lies some sixty miles southeast of Austin and (is) approximately eighty miles west of Houston, Texas.

As the crow flies, the distance between Edgar County, Illinois and Lavaca County, Texas is approximately 900 miles. That’s quite a challenge to undertake with a large family and all of ones belongings. Travel most likely was by covered wagon and oxen. If they made two miles an hour they were really doing well. A hundred miles in a week was a good goal. One can only wonder why a family would move that great a distance and endure the hardships one would entail along the way. One possibility was that land was very cheap and easy to obtain in those days. (Kuhlman, 9)

Note: In light of the fact that Edward and Margaret personally appeared and were delivered the deed of sale of her inherited property on February 11, 1848, they must have moved after that time. Patte Wood commented in a private email communication that she wondered if perhaps the money from the sale of the property helped finance the Nance family move to Texas. That certainly seems likely to me.

There is an interesting occurrence that lends to more questions than answers about the Edward Nance family. Their oldest daughter Catherine M. Nance died on December 28, 1858, in Collin County, Texas. Catherine was owed $68.25 by Joseph Setter in Edgar County, Illinois. Margaret Camerer Nance’s brother, Daniel Camerer, was named administrator of Catherine’s estate on May 3, 1859. The heirs, all who were believed to be residing in Texas according to Daniel Camerer, were named as: Father: E.H. Nance. Brothers and sisters: Margaret A. Scaggs, Edward Y. Nance, Clara E. Nance, Dovey V. Nance, and Lewis C. Nance. (Wood, 4-5)

This makes me wonder why Catherine was located in a different place than her parents. Were there relatives in Collin County?

By the time of the 1860 United States Federal Census the Nance family is in Lavaca County, Texas. Edward and Margaret Nance are listed along with their five children. The names, ages, occupation, and birth places are as follows.

Edward Nance, age 50, farmer, birth place Virginia.

Margaret Nance, age 45, housewife, birth place Ohio.

Margaret Nance, age 17, spinster, birth place Missouri.

Lewis, age 16, farm laborer, birth place Missouri.

Edward, age 13, birth place Illinois.

Clara, age 7, birth place Illinois.

Viola, age 5, birth place Illinois.

As we know, the United States was engaged in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. Even though Margaret’s husband Edward would have been too old to enlist, there are records indicating that their sons, Lewis C. and Edward Y., were enlisted. This was a tumultuous time in the United States. Along with all people in Texas, life for the Nance family must have been affected on many levels.

Other than census records there is little information during the next years that sheds light on Margaret’s life. Her husband Edward is not found on any more census records. However, Patte Wood found that he registered to vote in Dallas County on September 23, 1867. She also found him on 1868 tax rolls in that same county. These two bits of information about Edward indicate that sometime after 1860 he left Lavaca County and moved to Dallas County without his family. It certainly makes me ask the questions – “Why did he leave?” and “Why did Margaret stay in Lavaca County?” Did they have relatives in that area? Was there a financial reason?

When the 1870 United States Federal Census was taken, Margaret was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Thomas and Margaret Scaggs. Margaret’s children, Edward Nance and Dovey Nance, are also listed in this household.

By the time of the 1880 census, Margaret was living with her son Edward and his wife, Mary Jane. After this census, the only records found about Margaret were located by Patte Wood in the Waco Directories at the Waco City Library, Waco, Texas. Margaret was found in the residence of Joseph and Dovey Willings (son-in-law and daughter) in the following years: 1888-1889; 1890-1891; 1898-1899; 1900-1901 and 1902-1903. It is curious that she was not found living in the Willings household in the 1900 United States Federal Census. (Wood, 8-9)

Patte Wood gives this additional information about her research on Margaret Nance.

Joseph Willings was an Assistant Sexton at the Greenwood Cemetery, located directly across the road from his residence on Earle. He and his wife, Dovey Viola Nance Willings, are buried at this cemetery.

Margaret Nance was not located in the Greenwood Cemetery Association’s records. According to the Waco City Secretary’s Office, record keeping of the association was “sketchy” when the City Secretary assumed recording responsibility. Neither is Margaret listed in the Index to Early McLennan County Deaths, compiled by John M. Usry, copy in the Waco, Texas McLennan County Public Library.

There is an unknown Nance buried in the China Springs Cemetery. On 17 August 2007 I contacted the China Springs Cemetery Association. Early records recorded only the purchaser of the plot which is about 24 feet X 30 feet. There is no record of a Nance or Willings buying a plot. The association stressed that this did not preclude a Nance or Willings being buried in the cemetery. (Wood, 9)

Margaret Camerer Nance’s final years along with her date of death and burial are a mystery to us. It seems that her husband moved away leaving her in the care of her children. Considering that during some of those years the country was in the midst of war and two of her sons were enlisted in the Confederate Armay, it must have been a very difficult time for her. Undoubtedly, her family needed her help and strength as their lives were impacted by the circumstances.

I envision Margaret being a woman of strength and endurance who “played the cards as they were dealt.” At least in her last years she was surrounded by those who meant the most to her and was able to be an integral part of their lives. As she had cared for them in their early years, they in turn took care of her.

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Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

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Clermont County, Ohio, http://www.genealogytrails.com/ohio/clermont

Edgar County, Illinois, Office of Circuit Clerk, Estate Packet for Catherine Nance.

Heritage Quest Online, 1880 United States Federal Census [database online].

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD), 600 Lincoln Ave., Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, marriage record.

Kimmel, M. Jay, compiler, “Descendants of Johann Ludwig Kemmerer,” February 16, 2006.

Kuhlman, Jim W., The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch, 1996.

Wood, Patte Patterson, “Descendants of Edward H. Nance,” 2007, patteatlakeway@aol.com

Written by Lucy Ann Nance Croft, 2011.

Margaret Camerer Nance Pedigree Chart (click link) margaret-camerer-nance-pedigree-chart-scan0001