June 22, 2018 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Horton Family of Ohio, Manuscript Archive

Lot of 20+ items, featuring ledger of Horace S. (Seaver) Horton (1808-1890), Mayor of Pomeroy, Meigs Co., Ohio. Begins May 12, 1841 to April 19, 1842. Appear to be cases heard in Mayor's Court in Pomeroy, which became the county seat in 1841. Most with "Settled" at the bottom. Folio, originally 3/4 leather over marbled paper; pages unlined. Manually numbered up to 105. Most are filled out, but there are 18 blank pages, all filled in on the other side. In 1841 the Meigs County seat was moved from Chester to Pomeroy. The village of Pomeroy was established the same year. The court docket offered here was likely the first legal document produced by the new village.

Second ledger contains Horton family stories and history. Most information relates to Valentine Baxter Horton (1802-1888), Representative from Ohio in the 34th, 35th and 37th Congresses. He served on the Peace convention of 1860 that tried to prevent the impending war. He also became the father-in-law of General John Pope and Judge M.F. Force of Cincinnati. He built the first "Condor" towboat to move coal from Ohio. He married the daughter of Samuel Pomeroy, for whom the town in Meigs Co., Ohio was named.

A note tucked into the front of the ledger reads: "To my Fathers' grandchildren. I propose to write a memoir of my Father which will necessarily include also the life of my mother. My object, my dear children, is that you and your descendants may know & fully realize from what a noble pair of progenitors you are sprung, ...Should I not live to complete this memoir which I commence this day, I hope that my son Harry or some other of the grandchildren will complete it on the same lines from the letters, journals & other documents which I have collected. E.G. Horton, Flushing, NY Nov. 26th 1894." (Edwin) Filled in to about page 401.

The Horton family had a long history of service to Ohio and the nation. From family notes, they trace their presence in North America to one Thomas Horton, who immigrated in 1633, and settled in Springfield, MA. His (gr?)grandson, David Horton, fought in the French and Indian War, then later in the Revolution; he died at the Battle of Saratoga. His son, Zenas (1773-1835) would leave Massachusetts for Windsor, VT, where he married Nancy Seaver (1787-1835). They would have a couple of sons who would make names for themselves, Valentine Baxter (1800-1888) and Horace Seaver (1808-1890). Valentine married Clara Alsop Pomeroy and they would have a son, Samuel Dana (1844-1895). Samuel married Blanche Harriet Lydiard, and they had Lydiard Heneage (1879-1945). Horace Seaver married Ellen Pomeroy and they had Horace Merrill (1837-1933), who served in the 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry as 1st Lieutenant of Company I in the Civil War, as well as Eleanor, Norman and Charles. (See also Lot 235, Cowan's Auctions Fall Americana, Nov. 16-17, 2006.) Horace S. became the Mayor (first?) when the town of Pomeroy was incorporated in 1841 (see ledger 1). Horace M. married Anna Celia Remington (1844-1931), and they had daughters Edith, Lillie and Grace, and son Horace R. 

Additional highlights include:

Cabinet card credited to Geiger & Son of Pomeroy, OH, identified on verso as Horace Seaver Horton. Second cabinet card, same photographer, identification of "Horace M. Horton / Talsen May, 1896."

1p, Fayal, Azores, Apr. 5, 1881. On letterhead of Chas. W. Dabney & Sons to H.M. Horton, Pomeroy Coal Co.

1p, ANS, n.p., January 1, 1886, E.J. Horton to Horace. New Year's greetings between cousins E.J. Horton and Horace M. Horton. Mostly personal, telling him he took a big drink of whiskey to his health!

1p, ANS, Soldiers' Home, April 6, 1894. C.A. Horton (Clara Alsop Pomeroy Horton), widow of Valentine Baxter Horton, to Horace Horton (1837-1933), her nephew. The content is mostly personal.

Map, 13.25 x 14.25 in. of SW Pomeroy, subdivision of Lot 556, including 3 26/100 acres bought of V.B. Horton; deeds, three from V.B. Horton & wife to William Remington, with dates of 1875, 1878, and one undated; and deed from Samuel Wyllys Pomeroy to William Remington, 1875.

Two bonds for the West Shore Railroad Company, each $1000. Several coupons paid, July 1971 - Jan 1985 still attached. Nice graphics of train and watercraft.

Typed copies of letters from Lydiard Heneage Horton (1879-1945), son of Samuel Dana Horton (1844-1895) and Blanche Harriet Lydiard, grandson of Valentine Baxter Horton (1800-1888) and Clara Alsop Pomeroy. Lydiard was a psychologist (PhD Columbia Univ., 1922). His early work was with railroads, with in interest in fatigue and rest, which then led to research in dream psychology. Most of his letters and papers are housed at the Columbia University Library Archives.

Accompanied by original and copy photos of the Horton family, including an enlarged portrait made from a 19th century photograph of V.B. Horton, approx. 7.75 x 9.5 in., and a 7.25 x 9.5 in. photograph of the ca 1907 Ohio River Flood in Pomeroy, showing people in a rowboat outside the Grace Episcopal Church, which was designed by famed Cincinnati architect William Tinsley, as well as newspaper clippings and documents relative to family genealogy.

The archive comes with extensive documentation, including a photocopied biography of V.B. Horton from "Norwich University 1819-1911. Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor." Published by Maj. Gen. Grenville Dodge. Montpelier, VT, 1911.

Additional images of the contents of the collection are available upon request.

Provenance:Descended in the Horton Family through Grace Lillian Horton


Covers of first ledger warped, corner broken, leather spine split and corners gone. Pages toned, but very readable. Second ledger is in a bit better shape; generally readable, but the hand is a bit difficult.

Map is toned, edges a bit frayed. Deeds are well-used. Bond certificates are excellent, other than coupons removed.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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