First of all it should be known that this particular family line drives me crazy!  I have found so many different variations on the spelling of this surname, it sets my head to spinning!!

Linnabary, Linnaberry, Linabary, Linnebary, etc…and then, on top of that, I had someone pass along the little “tidbit” that the name could also have been at one time – LINDENBERGER.  Super.

At any rate, today’s subject of interest is my 4th great-grandfather, Henry Linnabary.  Basically, the majority of the information I have on him and his family is from his probate record.  And really, that’s not a lot.  30 pages of debts, and how the debts were settled tells me that he was a poor farmer who owed too much money…

Henry was born on 15 April 1792 in Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph and Johanna (Roberts) Linnabary.  He was married to Miss Margaret Pettigrew who is believed to have been born in 1801.  We can find Henry settled in Harlem Twp., Delaware County, Ohio by 1840, although his father was found there as early as 1817, so it’s quite possible that Henry had been there all along with his parents.

A note was located for a mortgage in which Henry had secured for a promissory note for 84 acres of land that he had purchased from John Curtis in 1853.  At the time, it was for $300 at 8% interest annually.  In May of 1864, however, we learned that Henry “has never paid any part of said promissory note secured by said mortgage or of the interest thereon…”

A look inside the probate file for Henry’s estate tells me that he died sometime before 4 March 1864, and at the time of his death, his wife, Margaret had already passed.  An interesting note, is that his wife had just died on the 28th of February.  (Making a mental note to look into this further to find out if they had died together, or literally just days apart from one another.)

There were a number of surviving children listed as his legal heirs, but there was also, unfortunately, a large debt that was left hanging over Henry’s estate.  None of his children would inherit his estate and it would be inventoried and sold at auction.

20 April 1864 – Legal notice of impending auction of his estate

May 1864 – A petition was filed for the sale of real estate – Real estate that had been under a former court order and had been appraised at a value of $2600.

26 May 1864 – A notice of auction for the real estate and personal property of Henry Linnabary appeared in the local newspaper circulation.  The auction would be held on the 24th of June.

Five pages of inventory as well as the listing of the property and belongings sold at auction show that some of his children were able to purchase some of their father’s belongings alongside the other members of the community and neighbors.  For instance, his daughter, Samantha, had bought kegs of soap (?), and his son, Joseph, paid $4 for a looking glass.  What I found interesting showed up on that last page on the sale bill…

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I’ve highlighted two portions, a molasses barrel ($1.80) and 1 Lot of pork ($4.20).  Both were sold to Rachel Blain.

Who was Rachel Blain and why does she interest me?  Simply put – she was my 3rd great-grandmother.  Her son, Charles Blain, would marry Henry Linnabary’s grand-daughter, AnnaBell, in 1882.

But that’s another story for another day. 😉


**(UPDATE: A kind fellow family researcher passed along the following – “thought you should know a couple of the other names:  J.W. Feasel was John Wesley Feasel, who was married to Louisiana Zane, Henry and Margaret’s daughter.  J.W. and Louisiana’s daughter, Caroline, married Clemuel Skinner, who mother was a Ginn, so perhaps that is a relation of the Charles Ginn also listed.”)