Goldsmith Case and Susannah Tatman are apparently
the parents of Theophilus Case. If so, it appears that Theophilus
is their first child.
Goldsmith Case and Susannah Tatman were married
23 August 1788 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Theophilus Case was born
3 September 1789.
Goldsmith Case is found in the following:
- 1791 Tax List, Kentucky, Bourbon Co.
- 1793 Tax list, Kentucky, Floyd Co., 150 acres
land, 1 Male over 21.
- 1802 Census, Ohio, Clermont Co.,
- 1810 Census, Kentucky, Bracken Co., 2 M 10-16,
1 M over 45, 1 F under 10, 2 F 10-16, 1 F over 45. (this could
be right, since Theophilus Case would have been 20 years of age,
and on his own).
- Signed petitions in Bourbon Co., KY, 1789/1790,
[Filson Club Publication, No.
27, PETITIONS OF THE EARLY INHABITANTS OF KENTUCKY to the General
Assembly of Virginia, 1769 to 1792, by James Rood Robertson, M.A.Ph.D.,
Goldsmith Case has not been found after 1810.
Theophilus Case appeared in St. Joseph Co., Indiana
between 1830 and 1840. He filed a land patent in 1837. Before that,
his records were less than certain. We know that he was in the War
of 1812, enlisting in Ohio, from 25 April 1812 to 25 Oct 1812. He
was taken prisoner at the surrender of Detroit during that war.
Upon his return, he married Sarah Skidmore, in Clermont Co., Ohio,
on the 24 December 1812.
Theophilus's family is found in the 1830 census in Wayne Co., Indiana,
only three households away from his in-laws, Ralph and Mary Skidmore.
Before that, we can only guess where they were. The earlier children
were listed with a birthplace of Ohio, but with no documentation
at all. Sarah Skidmore Case states in an affidavit (in pension papers)
that there was no family bible in which their marriage might have
been recorded, or we might hope to find a bible record which would
give us a clue.
Theophilus and Sarah had twelve children, the first and last dying
in infancy. Theophilus died 25 July 1846 in St. Joseph Co., Indiana.
He is buried in the City Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana. His tombstone
states that he died in 1845, but this is an error. When Theophilus
died without a will, there were not enough liquid assets to cover
expenses, and his land had to be sold to cover the debts. When it
was all settled, each child received $6.01.
Theophilus probably could not read and write, although it appears
that many of his children could. He signed his name with a very
which seemed to combine his initials. He was a farmer, and when
his estate was inventoried, much of it consisted of farm implements,
tools, animals, including bees.
Who were Theophilus' parents? It is thought that they were Goldsmith
Case and Susannah Tatman. If so, Theophilus was their first child,
being born on 3 September 1789. Goldsmith and Susannah were married
23 August 1788, in Bourbon Co., Kentucky, and were found in Clermont
Co., Ohio and Bracken Co., Kentucky during the next 22 years.
It is thought that Theophilus might descend from the Long Island
Cases, perhaps from Ichabod Case. The name Theophilus was used a
great deal in these lines. No concrete proof has been found at this
time; at least, not by this researcher.
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Samuel Skidmore Case was born 8 August 1815, the
son of Theophilus Case and Sarah (Skidmore) Case. He married Elizabeth
Miller, 1 July 1838, in Vermillion County, Indiana. We don't know
why Samuel was in that area, or how he met Elizabeth. Apparently
Elizabeth's family lived in Vermillion County. In 1850, the family
lived in Parke County, Indiana. Samuel was listed as head of the
family of a large boarding house; there were Samuel and Elizabeth,
three of their children, and 15 other unrelated boarders in the
About 1853, Samuel moved his family to Wisconsin, living in Green
or Lafayette County. At that time, families tended to migrate together,
and this seemed to be the case in this instance. Several of Samuel's
siblings, several of Elizabeth's siblings, and also Elizabeth's
parents moved to Wisconsin at about that time.
Samuel was 45 years old when he enlisted in Company C of the Third
Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers in the Civil War, at Monroe, Wisconsin,
on 25 February, 1862. He states that he was born in Brown County,
Ohio, is 5 feet, 7 1/2 inches tall, has sandy complexion, hazel
eyes, grey hair, and was by occupation a farmer. He was discharged
from the Army due to a disability on 27 December, 1862.
Samuel again moved his family about 1868. Family tradition says
that they came to Missouri by covered wagon, when their youngest
son, Hiram, was about a year old. Again they did not travel alone.
Samuel's brother John was in the adjacent household in Cooper County,
Missouri in the 1870 census. Their brother Theophilus came to Cooper
County a few years later.
Samuel resided in Cooper County, Missouri in 1870, and in Bates
County in 1880. Later he moved to Blackwater, Cooper County, Missouri,
where he died 15 December 1895. His wife, Elizabeth, died 30 November
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