From England to Indiana, Part 7

This the seventh in a series of posts reviewing a handwritten family history of Isaac Casbon and his son Thomas. I’ve been dividing it into ‘bite-sized’ chunks to keep from overwhelming myself and my readers. This post will cover Emma Scruby’s (wife of Thomas) brother James and his descendents.

James Scruby
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James Scruby came to United States of America settled in Wayne Co Ohio Married Pheobe Priest to them was born seven children
Joab William Charles Sam George are all dead excep two first named
no heirs left but George’s two boys Bennett and Olen

For a long time, I wondered why Thomas Casbon settled in Ohio before moving on eventually to Indiana. Then I read the following in the biography of Thomas’ son Charles, in History of Porter County, Indiana:

Thomas Casbon … determined to bring his family to America, which was then a land of opportunities and almost undeveloped resources…. The sailing vessel on which they all embarked encountered adverse winds that after several weeks drove it back within sight of the starting point, and it was a long voyage before the western continent appeared. The boat came down the St. Lawrence river, and from Buffalo the family continued on to Cleveland. Thomas Casbon then walked on to Wooster, Ohio, where James Scruby, a brother of his wife and a farmer, lived, and having obtained a horse and wagon returned to Cleveland for his family. [1]

This explained why he initially chose Wayne County, Ohio (Wooster is the county seat) as his destination. It’s simple: he had family there! Imagine what a relief it must have been, after leaving their home and country, enduring a difficult voyage, and arriving in a strange country, to be reunited with a family member who was already settled and could ease their transition to this new life.

This was when I first learned of Emma’s brother James.

There are relatively few records available concerning James. I haven’t found a birth or baptismal record for him in England, and he is not listed on any census in England. I eventually located him in the 1840 United States Census for Plain Township, Wayne County, Ohio. [2]

James Scruby 1840 census
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His age was listed as 30-39 (exact ages were not recorded in 1840), and his household included two males under 5 years old, one male 5-9 years, and one female 30-39.

I also found a “James Scrubby” named on a passenger list of the ship Plato which disembarked in New York June 26th, 1832. [3]

James Scruby passenger list 1832stitch
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This James was 26 years old and his occupation was listed as “Farmer.” His country of origin was listed as England. These few facts matched up with what little I knew about James, but I could not be sure that “James Scrubby” in the passenger list was MY James Scruby. My confidence was boosted considerably when I found this inquiry in the December 29, 1851 Portage Sentinel newspaper from Ravenna, Ohio. [4]

James Scruby newspaper inquiry 1851

Based on the statement that he “left England some 18 years ago,” James would have immigrated to the United States about 1833. This matches closely enough to the date of the passenger list, that I’m reasonably certain they all refer to the same person. If he was 26 years old when he arrived in 1832, his birth date would have been about 1806. This is very close to reported age of 45 when he died on October 11th, 1852, in Wayne County, Ohio. [5]

The fact that James married Phebe Priest is interesting. Recall that Thomas Casbon’s daughter Mary Ann married Elijah Priest and later migrated to Porter County, Indiana. I’m not sure whether Phebe and Elijah Priest were siblings, but they must have been related.

As to the children of James and Phebe, the manuscript says seven children were born to them but only lists five. I’ve been able to locate records pertaining to six of them. The one not listed was Catharine Scruby. She died in March 1843 when she was about 1 year old. [6]

Joab and William Scruby were the only two surviving sons at the time the manuscript was written (early 1890s, see Part 5 in this series). Joab Scruby was born 1835 in Ohio and died in 1901. [7] William Scruby was born about 1837. I haven’t been able to find a record of his death.

Charles Scruby was born about 1838 in Millbrook, Wayne County, Ohio. He enlisted in the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in August 1862 and died in April 1863 at Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana. [8]

Samuel Scruby also served the American Civil War. He was born in 1843, served in the 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and died in July 1865 shortly after mustering out of his unit. [9]

George Scruby was born about 1848. [10] He married Louisa Aylesworth in 1872. [11] Louisa was the daughter of Eliott Aylesworth and Caroline Priest, (sister of Elijah Priest, who married Mary Anne Casbon, daughter of Thomas and Emma (Scruby) Casbon). George died in 1882. [12]

Here is a chart of James Scruby and his descendants.

Descendant Chart for James Scruby.bmp
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The final statement of this section of the manuscript, “no heirs left but George’s two boys Bennett and Olen” is confusing – and incorrect. It ignores Joab’s four sons, all of whom moved to Iowa with their parents and lived well into the 20th century. That fact that the author knew about Bennett and Olin suggests that there was continued contact between the Casbons in Indiana and the surviving Scrubys in Ohio for a number of years.

[1] “Charles Thomas Casbon.” History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Lewis Publishing Company (1912) p. 458.  Indiana State Library Digital Collections [accessed 30 October 2016]
[2] “United States Census, 1840.” FamilySearch [accessed 24 August 2015]
[3] “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891.” FamilySearch [accessed 13 Aug 2016]
[4] Portage Sentinel, December 29, 1851, Image 3 (of 4). Library of Congress [accessed 13 Aug 2016]
[5] “Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index”, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center [accessed 16 Aug 2016]
[6] “Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index”, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Search on surname Scruby. [accessed 16 Aug 2016]
[7] “Joab Scruby.” Find A Grave [accessed 25 Aug 2016]
[8] Holderfield, S. “Company A, 120th OVI, Scruby, Charles.” Research report. [accessed 25 Aug 2016]
[9] “Samuel Scruby.” Find A Grave, [accessed 24 Aug 2016]
[10] “United States Census, 1880” FamilySearch [accessed 15 Aug 2016]
[11] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013.”, FamilySearch [accessed 15 Aug 2016]
[12] “Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997”, FamilySearch [accessed 15 Aug 2016]

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