Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for John LISLE

His name is spelled Lyle and Lysle on some records.

Records & events:


America He migrated as a lad with an older brother according to his biography.

Lancaster Co, PA, where he married Rachel.

KY He purchased a military claim but subsequently lost it when the title proved invalid.

1792 His name appeared on a list of officers and privates of the KY militia to whom money was due for their services on an expedition against the Maume (?) Towns, serving in Capt A Venable's Co, the same company as "Ornar" Powell.

10/18/1797 Lexington,Bourbon Co, KY. John was living at Col James M'Dowell's about 3 miles from town when he delivered a strayed or stolen horse to John M'Intire, who lived on Flat Creek in Montgomery Co, according to the newspaper, the KY Gazette.

1798 Ross Co, OH. Migrating again, he was one of the first settlers in what would eventually become Franklin Co at the town of Franklinton (later Columbus). One history said they followed Indian trails and John carried sons, Robert and James, in his saddlebags while Rachel carried their infant daughter. Another history said all 8 children migrated from KY but when considering dates, it was probably only the first three. During the year's stay there John farmed a piece of land belonging to Lucas Sullivant, the surveyor who laid out Franklinton.

John entered 300 acres on Whetstone Creek. He also entered 160 acres for son, Robert, and a similar tract for son, James.

1799 Moving 3 miles farther north, he took up 200 acres and settled permanently, passing the land to at least the next 3 generations. Co-pioneers and friends, Samuel McElvaine, Hugh, Robert, and John Hunter were neighbors.

1800 Clark Co, KY. John apparently never sold his land when he went north as he was still listed on the tax roll there for two pieces of land.

1/3/1801 Franklinton, Wayne Twp, Ross Co, OH, was his address when he bought Lot 68 in town from Lucas and Sally Sullivant for 33 1/3 dollars.

1803 Franklinton, Franklin Co, OH. County lines shifted, leaving John in a new county. The local history said:

"Among those who came with Sullivant into Franklinton as permanent settlers the following names have been handed down by the earlier historians: Joseph Dixon, George Skidmore, William Domigan, James Marshall. three families named Dearduff, McIlvain and Sells respectively, consisting of several persons, young and old, but not separately designated: John Lisle and family.

6/12/1804 The County Commissioners ordered that John be "allowed $2.00 for an old wolf's scalp."

2/8/1806 Clinton Twp, Franklin Co, OH. The First Presbyterian Church organized with the help of 19 families, including John's, and Rev James Hoge served as pastor. At least three of John's children were married by Rev Hoge.

1806 Franklin Co, OH. John's name appeared on the early tax lists as owning land at R18 T1 S3.

1806 He served as appraiser of Samuel McElvain's estate, along with Baltzer Hess and Arthur O'Harra. Samuel was the father-in-law of daughter Margaret.

8/3/1807 Liberty Twp, Franklin Co, OH was John's residence when he sold Lot 107 in Franklinton to Lucas Sullivant for $35.

11/21/1808 He bought land located at R22 T4 S24 from a Federal Sale.

John's will was dated 12/24/1808, just a few days before his death. It stated:

"John Lisle of the State of Ohio and Franklin County, being very sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first all I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent christian like order at the discretion of executors and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and for to wit....

First, I will to Rachel my dearly beloved wife one bed and bedding and two cows and one mare also that she be supported out of the profits of the place I now live on as long as she lives.

Second, I will that the farm that I now live the profits thereof is to be made use of for the support of my family until the youngest son John Lysle shall become of age twenty-one years old.

Thirdly, I will all that quarter section of land that lies joining William Caldwell on Walnut Creek to my oldest son Robert Lysle, also that he shall possess all the horses and cows and hogs that he has heretofore claimed, also that he shall possess one fourth part of the crop that is now laid by and likewise of the winter grain together with a rifle gun and saddle.

Fourthly, I will all that quarter section of land that lies adjoining Robert Wilson near Walnut Creek to my second son James Lisle likewise that he possess the horses and hogs that he has heretofore claimed also that he be furnished with suitable apparel for going abroad together with a saddle.

Fifthly, I will the track of land I now live on to my youngest son John Lysle at the age of twenty-one years old and if my wife should not live until he becomes of age then in that case my executors must find him a good trade.

Sixthly, I will to my oldest daughter Margaret Lisle one hundred acres of land which land lies on the waters of Whetstone joining land to Jeremiah Armstrong also all the property she has in possession also one young cow.

Seventhly, I also will that each one of my daughters that has not been mentioned shall receive four hundred dollars in property or money at the option of executors also the balance of my property to be equally divided among all my children.

I likewise constitute and make and ordain my beloved wife Rachel and my oldest son Robert to be my sole executress and executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke all and every other former testament, Wills, legacies, bequeaths and executors by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament."

John signed with his mark and witnesses were Elijah Fulton, Joseph Cowgill, and Daniel Hess.

The estate was inventoried on 3/1/1809 by Joseph Hunter, Elijah Fulton, and John Wilson. It totaled $897.20 Rachel died before final settlement of the estate and Robert, as surviving executor, finished the job.

In the file are receipts from the children which are dated anywhere from 1809 to 1824. In the final settlement in 1824 Joseph Young received the share for his deceased wife, Rebecca.

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