Obediah and Elizabeth Heartzel Adams
of Bedford Co., PA (Napier & St. Clair
Twp.) birthdates unknown; Obediah died in 1818. Children are
Ephraim, Ruth Anna born 1810, Elizabeth, Solomon born 1805 and
Obediah is the son of Elijah and Hannah Blair Adams.
Are there other children
of Obediah and Elizabeth Heartzel
happened to Elizabeth after her husband's death. Is there anyone
researching this particular family?
Shortly before his death
in 1818, Obediah Adams wrote his will, leaving
everything to his wife, Elizabeth. He named his wife, Elizabeth
father-in-law Conrad Heartzel to administer the estate. Witnesses to the
will were Jacob Hartzel, George Carn, Levi Lamborn. I am considering that
Jacob may be the son of Conrad.
Family tradition tells me
that their daughter, Ruth Anna Adams (Mrs. Enos
Ellis) had a sister Betsey Amick, and two brothers, Solomon and Samuel, and
that Samuel lived at Bellefontaine, Ohio.
In Bedford County orphan
court records, I find Elizabeth Adams requesting
guardians for the two yong sons, Solomon and Samuel. The Court
John Ellis, Guardian over Solomon Adams and William Blair,
Samuel Adams, minor sons of Obediah Adams dec'd. under the
age of fourteen
years. John Ellis became the brother-in-law of Ruth Anna Adams Ellis.
Also in the Orphan Court
records comes another request for a guardian for
Obediah and Elizabeth Adams' daughter , Ruth Adams by her brother
friend Ephraim Adams, who is under fourteen years of age stating
that she hath no person
to take care of her person
and estate. She was left a legacy in the last will and testament
of Edward Thomas (late of St. Clair
Twp), Dec'd., she is left $25.00. Edward's
will is dated Nov. 15, 1813,
probated April 11, 1814. Edward Thomas's wife's name
Why did Edward leave money
to Ruth Anna Adams? None of her siblings are listed.
His will is written and
he is deceased prior to the time Ruth Anna's father died.
Ruth Anna did not receive
the $25.00 until 1826, when she was 16 years of age.
Is there a relationship
between the Thomas, Adams and/or Heartzel family?
I have been unable to find
any information concerning Obediah's daughter
Elizabeth, the court case is the only record I have located for
I have found nothing regarding Samuel except the family tradition
guardianship request. Solomon does appear in the Bellefontaine,
Ohio census and I have found a small amount of information concerning
have never located a descendant.
I will appreciate any help
or suggestions regarding this family. See a
brick wall (previous page) concerning Enos and Ruth Anna Adams
(including photos of them and their children). Thanks!