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I have several old records collected from correspondents over the years, and so they must be taken with a grain of salt, though hopefully they might provide you some leads? |
I have one record noting a “Rosa Topper” thought born 1862 in Illinois with parents fem New York. This record also notes the name Rosemina and suggests that her 20-year old brother William was living in the same household for the 1880 census in Deer Creek Township of Bates County of Missouri. She’s noted as having married a Thomas B Eyman about 1875 in Bated County MO, with the Thomas thought born 1857 in Illinois whose father was thought born in Pennsylvania.
A second report disagreed in some details. It noted a Rosamina Topper born in this account in 1857 at Morris, Grundy, Illinois. Her middle name was thought to be Adelaide. In this account, Thomas Benton Eyman was estimated to have been born in 1852, and the couple was thought to have married in 1874. The account noted that she was called “Rosa” and suggested that both Thomas and Romamina were buried at Shamrock Creek of Oklahoma though not death dates were noted. The couple is thought to have had a son David “Earl” born 1891, born Audrain of Bates. A note suggested that he had been adopted with a prior ‘last name’ of Fansier. In this account, Thomas Benton was described as the son of Samuel Eyman born about 1810 (Virginia?) [my note: very likely Hardy County, now Grant of WV} and Magdalena Morgonthaler of 1827 (perhaps Germany) This couple is thought to have been married 1845 in Monroe County of Illinois and had ten named children (please write for more details - email@example.com).
Samuel Eyman was a son of Henry Iman (about 1790, Hardy of VA). His name appears on bills of sale charging items at the first store in Watereloo Illinois, according to to the finding of Pat Vaseska of the Monroe County Historical/Genealogical society. There is little proof of the connection, though it is likely that Henry was an eldest son of the Christian Iman and Catherine who appeared on the South Branch of the Potomac at it’s headwaters near 1786. Henry and a Christian Iman are noted as early farmers with stock in Monroe near 1820 where there was confusion between two census reports — one noting the head of household as Henry Iman, and another as Christian Iman. As there were both a male 26-45 and one over 45 in the same household, it appears that Henry and his parents were together (There were also two females in the same age categories.) Henry often went by “Eyman” and also appeared in 1840 and 1850 census, at Moredock Township in the latter. Some accounts for Henry have confused the father with a son Henry. Early court records from Monroe near 1840(?) described Henry as a miller who had long been working in the area when a customer accused him of misrepresenting weights on a grain shipment left at his mill for processing. Henry had married in 1811 Catherine Elizabeth Sites of Hardy. Her mother’s name was I believe Catherine, and she was likely the daughter of Jacob Sites (some attribute her to George Sites), the son of an early Hardy settler (George) on the South Branch whose property adjoined that of Christian and Catherine. Jacob somehow became owner of the land on which Elkhorn Cave remains, and late in life developed the Sites Homestead across Middle Mountain (the road long gone) near Smoke Hole which is currently a national historical site.
Please help us by sharing back the information that you have Bill. We’re not that distant in the way of cousins. Your Samuel’s uncle Christian Iman (younger son of Christian and Catherine than Henry) was the father of Felix Grundy Iman (my hg-grandfather) who migrated to the Pacific Northwest in 1852.