William Darling1,2

(28 March 1812 - 22 October 1896)

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William Darling
1812-1896
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherRussell Darling3 (5 Nov 1780 - 28 Jan 1851)
MotherSarah Stafford (8 Oct 1790 - 27 May 1864)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildWilliam Darling was born on 28 March 1812, in Aurora, Erie Co., New York.3,1,4
GroomHe married Abigail Treat, daughter of Oren Treat and Nancy Thompson, on 26 November 1836.5,3
DeceasedHe died on 22 October 1896, at the home of his daughter, Ida (Mrs. Bela Cornwall), South Wales, Erie Co., New York, at the age of 84.
     His obituary states that he was survived by his wife of over 60 years, his daughter, three grandsons living in Nebraska, and four brothers (Sylvester Alleramus, Edmund I., Almond Horton, and Seth).
     He was a respected citizen of Aurora and had lived there almost 55 years.6,7,4
InterredHe was buried in Griffins Mills Cemetery, Griffins Mills, Aurora, Erie Co., New York;
     His obituary mentions that there were four generations of the Darling family interred there.7,6

Children with Abigail Treat:

Land and Property

Property AcquisitionOn 28 October 1841, William Darling bought a 70 acre lot in Colden, Erie Co., New York.
     He purchased the property, distinguished as part of Lot No. 24 in the town, for $650 from Joel and Catherine Ford.
Property AcquisitionOn 28 January 1848, William Darling bought a parcel of land containing about 33 acres in Colden, Erie Co., New York.
     This property, for which he paid $165, was part of Lot #23 abutting property owned by A. H. Darling (probably referencing William's brother Horton Almon Darling) who purchased his lot on the same date from the same sellers.8
Property AcquisitionOn 19 February 1852, William Darling bought a quarter of acre of land on the Aurora and Buffalo Plank Road in Aurora, Erie Co., New York.
     This house lot in the town of Aurora was described as "being a part of the tract of land known as the Buffalo Creek Reservation heretofore occupied by the Seneca Tribe of Indians."
     The transaction was recorded on the 16th of April, 1853.9
Property TransferOn 2 January 1871, William Darling and Abigail Darling sold 17 acres of land in Aurora, Erie Co., New York, to their son-in-law, Joseph Ohlheiser (spelled OhlHeiser) for $1,650.10

Residences and Censuses

He was probably one of the 5 males under age 10 listed in the household of his father, Russell Darling, in the 1820 Federal Census of Aurora, Niagara Co., New York.11
He appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Colden, Erie Co., New York,
     William was enumerated in the Males, 20 & under 30 column, the only male in the household. Under the Females category, Abigail is presumably the (only) Free White Person enumerated in the 20 & under 30 column. There were no other persons enumerated in the household.12
He, 38, and Abigail Darling, 33, appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Colden, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 9 August 1850.
     Their child Harriet was listed as living with them as well as Abigail's 16 year old sister Helen Treat.
     For the Agricultural Census the following day, 10 August, William and Abigail reported that they had 2 horses, 3 milch cows and 1 other cattle, and 9 sheep all animals together valued at $150. Additionally they reported having 175 bushels of oats, 9 bushels of peas and beans, 60 of Irish potatoes, 200 lbs. of butter, 20 tons of hay, and 250 lbs. of Maple Sugar. The value of Home-made Manufactures was $25 and the value of animals slaughtered was $25.
     William placed a cash value of $1700 on the 103 acres of land of which he said 40 acres was improved with the balance unimproved. Considering that he had acquired the acreage within the previous 10 years (the last 33 acres only 21/2 years before) for a total of $815, he had done quite well with his investments.
     Living "next door" is the family of Henry and Sarah Darling. Henry is possibly William's brother Albertus (whose wife was said to be named Sarah). Two entries away is the family of William's brother Horton Darling, Horton's wife Cordelia, and their son Albertus.1
William and Abigail Darling appeared on the 1855 State Census of Colden, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 3 July 1855. Their daughter Harriet was listed as living with them.
     William had lived there 20 years and Abigail 19 years... Abigail had arrived in Colden at about the time of their marriage; William shortly before that. They owned their own land; though some of their neighbors' houses were built of logs, their house was constructed of plank.13
William and Abigail Darling appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Colden, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 4 August 1860. Their daughters Hattie and Ida were listed as living with them.
     William was listed as a farmer who valued his real estate (106 acres - 60 of them improved) at $2670 and his personal estate at $800.14
William and Abigail Darling appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of South Wales Village, Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, enumerated on 11 August 1870. Their daughters Hattie and Ida were listed as living with them, along with Harriet's husband, Joseph (their last name was rendered as "Heiser") and their grandson, Willie J. Heiser, Joseph and Hattie's 4 year old son. 22 year old Martin Simmons was also part of the household, working as a farm laborer. Martin was very likely Joseph's nephew, the son of Joseph's sister Rosina and her husband Frank Simmons.
     William and Joseph were farmers and Harriet and her mother were keeping house while Ida attended school.
     William valued his personal estate at $1,000 (that $1,000 would be the equivalent of about $18,000 in 2012 dollars).Joseph valued his real estate holdings at $2,000 but did not give a personal estate value
     For the Agricultural Census taken the same day, 11 August, William and Abigail reported that they had 2 horses, 20 milch cows and 6 other cattle, and 4 swine with all animals together valued at $1250. Additionally they reported having 182 bushels of oats, 100 bushels of Indian corn, 20 of Spring Wheat and 45 of Winter wheat, 40 bushels of Irish potatoes, 300 lbs. of butter, 6,000 gallons of milk (sold), 40 tons of hay, and 20 dollars of Orchard products. The value of animals slaughtered was $240. The estimated value of all farm production was $1,500.
     William placed a cash value of $8,000 on his farm of 176 acres which he said was made up of 135 improved acres with the balance woodland. It appears that by 1870 theirs was a well established family dairy farm.15
William and Abigail Darling appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 7 July 1880,
     It appears that by 1880 William had retired from farming on a commercial scale. For the Agricultural Census taken the same day, 7 July, William and Abigail reported that their only livestock consisted of 12 farmyard chickens and he estimated value of all farm production - fruit, vegetables and eggs - was $110.
     William placed a cash value of $1,600 on his farm of 10 acres which he said was made up of 8 improved acres and 2 acres of permanent meadow..16
William, 79 years old, and Abigail, also 79 years of age, appeared on the 1892 State Census of the Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 16 February 1892. Their 18 year old grandson, George Edward (Ed) Ohlheiser was shown living with them... Ed's father (Joseph Ohlheiser) and step-mother (Aunt Nell) were living in Nebraska, as was his brother Will and his new wife Mary. Until recently Ed had also lived in Nebraska and he returned there by 1895 when Ed and Will opened the Ohlheiser Bros. hardware store in Juniata, Nebraska, backed in part with a loan from their Grandfather Darling.17,18

Church

Religion"Mr. Darling spent the early part of his married life in the town of Colden, and he was at that time a very interested member of the M.E. Church. Services were then held at the Darien street school house and were principally maintained by his endeavors. Later he united with the South Wales Presbyterian church, of which he was a member at the time of his death."6

Will

William Darling prepared a will dated 22 February 1896, in Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York.
     In anticpation that his wife Abigail would out-live him (which she did by just under three months), William directed that after her death his executor was to convert his estate to money, if the executor deemed that appropriate, and to distibute one half to his daughter Ida and to evenly distribute the other half to his grandsons, William J., Oren B. and George E. Ohlheiser.2

Sources - Citations

  1. [S541] William Darling household, 1850 U.S. Census - Population and Agricultural Schedule, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Colden, dwelling 1081, family 1104. Washington: National Archives.
  2. [S526] William Darling will (20 February 1897), William Darling Last Will and Testament, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  3. [S200] Letter from Suzanne Darling (Maryland 21794) to Sean C. Tracy, 25 April 1998; Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office). Sources provided.
  4. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources.
  5. [S350] John Harvey Treat, The Treat Family: A Genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat; for Fifteen Generations, and Four Hundred Years in England and America; Containing More Than Fifteen Hundred Families in America (Salem, Massachusetts: The Salem Press Publishing & Printing Company, 1893), date of birth; pg. 69; re: Oren Treat's Family.
  6. [S692] "Obituary. - William Darling.", unknown newspaper title, Erie Co., New York, Photocopy of a corner of newspaper with obituary.
  7. [S527] William Darling Tombstone Photograph, #527-WSD2-TSPhoto, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office; photographer Sean C. Tracy, Also shows his wife, Abigail Treat Darling.
  8. [S690] Deed dated 28 January 1848; 127, pg 265, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  9. [S691] Deed dated 19 February 1852; 127, pg 523, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  10. [S693] Warranty Deed - Darling to Ohlheiser, Photo copied extract, 2 Jan 1871, TMG #693, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office; Extract by Evelyn Ohlheiser Kohl, 9 Apr 1981; Original among Papers of Robert J. Ohlheiser, jr.
  11. [S903] Russell Darling household, 1820 U.S. Census, Niagara, New York, Aurora, page no. 208A, line no. 1; Washington: National Archives.
  12. [S688] William Darling household, 1840 U.S. Census, Erie Co., New York, Town of Colden, page 6, line 7 (from top); Washington: National Archives.
  13. [S542] William Darling household, 1855 New York State Census, ErieCo., New York, population schedule, Town of Colden, Enumeration District Election District of the town, Sheet 30, dwelling 268, family 268.
  14. [S637] William Darling household, 1860 U.S. Census, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Colden, Enumeration District Colden P.O., Sheet no. 116 (written); 834 (stamped), line 31, dwelling 940, family 926; Washington: National Archives.
  15. [S615] William Darling household, 1870 U.S. Census, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Soth Wales P.O., Town of Aurora, Sheet no. 7 (written) 401 (stamped), lines 10-16, dwelling 62, family 56; Washington: National Archives.
  16. [S638] William Darling household, 1880 U.S. Census, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Aurora, Sheet No. 51, dwelling 581, family 605; Washington: National Archives.
  17. [S639] William Darling household, 1892 New York State Census, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Town of Aurora, First Election District, Sheet 5, dwelling LINE 6, family William Darling, Salt Lake City: Family Search.
  18. [S576] Ida Darling Cornwall Estate, Correspondence, 1918-1919, #576 WJO2 - Ida Darling Cornwall Estate Settlement, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  19. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com, James C. Darling 1836 - 1838 Griffins Mills Cemetery - Find A Grave Memorial # 29285807.
  20. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com, Griffins Mills Cemetery - Find A Grave Memorial # 29285807.
  21. [S526] William Darling will, William Darling - Will, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, names Ida as his daughter.
Last Edited8 Dec 2017

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