I am aware of the mortuary notice about Henry, 102, of Chillicothe. I think I have a copy somewhere. I think it was published in at least two papers, neither in OH.
I tend to agree with you. There is no proof at all for either date of 1720 to 1828 and I dont think there is any likely candidate in the 1820 census Just because they are in 200+ online databases, doesnt make it correct.
I do have several questions because I think 1720-1828 fits better in some ways. If Henry Sr was born in 1702, and the first son, Henry Jr, was born in 1747, that would mean he was 45 when he started a family.
Also, who was the Henry in the many militia records of the 1770s and 1780s? Hard to imagine a 1702-born man being the Capt. But if Henry Jr was this officer, why was this not mentioned in the many bios of him written in the 1800s, including one by a son-in-law? Nor is his grave recognized as that of a veteran And why no mention of Henry Sr in any bio of Henry Jr or Reuben, who were both respected judges in Chillicothe or nearby areas?
There is a semi-official record of Henry Sr being buried in Turkeyfoot, but it is rather vague. And his gravesite was washed away in a flood apparently.
DAR records are useless as their earlier records are just pre-Internet copy and paste jobs with no reliable sources. And their records do not distinguish between Henry Sr and Jr.
So I tend to go with the 1804 obituary notice, because thats very hard to refute, But I still have those nagging questions.
On a similiar vein, there is no proof that Henry Sr married Rhoda Spencer, Or that Thomas married Jemima Friend or that Jemima was the daughter of Andrew Friend who married Josepha Drake.
I do, however, have numerous, albeit small DNA matches to members of the Friend and Drake and other families further back. So that might be possible.
I do not have any DNA matches to any Spencers that appear to be connected to Rhoda or her larger Spencer family. That doesnt mean we are not related, only that I have yet to see any DNA evidence. Still looking
We have done extensive YDNA testing for this Abrams family, including a member of the Abrams/Monk branch. And we have several Abrams who have tested for autosomal DNA testing as well.
Through YDNA we have strongly linked Thomas to Henry Sr. And to a "fingers crossed" extent to the Friends and Drakes with autosomal DNA
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if you are interested in the DNA testing. Or you can post here. We can always use one more.