Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Rachel BATHE

Rachel was listed among the heirs of George Bathe, Sr, as Rachel Powell.

9/4/1839 Rachel brought suit against step-son-in-law, Sanford Green for $99.00, details were not given but she won the case and was awarded $93.00 plus court costs of $3.6 1/4 for papers, cost of swearing 4 witnesses, constables for a total of $96.6 1/4.

Also in 1839 she was listed as Rachel Patterson, plaintiff, in a court suit against the heirs of husband, John Powell, probably when she petitioned to sell his land to settle the estate.

1850 Lawrence Co, IL. Was it this Rachel and family living there? If so, Rachel was 45 years old, born in KY, and had $1000 in real estate. Children listed were the same but with different ages: Thomas, 20, Ambrose, 19, James, 17, George, 15, and Nelson, 13. Next door was George Bathe.

8/1/1860 KS Territory, Linn Co, KS. How and why Rachel moved west is unknown but at census time she was living with the young family of I. and Lucinda Cassidy there. (It is unlikely Lucinda was a daughter as she was born in RI.) At that time Rachel was 55, her property had dwindled to $30, and sons George, 24, and Nelson, 22, were still with her.

She was 20-30 years old in 1830 and assuming the 1850 census is her, she was born in 1804 in KY.

Her gravestone only states she died in her 67th year. A family note saying "Uncle Nelson was 17 when his mother died," can only apply to this lady, all other Nelsons in the family and area were much older when their mothers died. By doing some arithmetic, her approximate birth and death dates have been determined.

Buried beside her are Rachel and J.N. Martin, her daughter and

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