Peter VanDolah's will of 1804

30 AUG 1804 PA, Fayette Co, Washington Township

I Peter Vandolah of Washington Township, Fayette County, State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and being desirous of settling my outward affairs do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following.

In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this Thirtieth day of August in the year of our Lord - One thousand eight hundred and four.

by Peter (his X mark) Vandolah

PA-Fayette-Washington census data

Robert Stevens: 1790: 212 (also John Sr., John Jr, Levi)
1800: 11001,21010 (also Thomas, Nathaniel and Lewis)
1810: (Robert Stephens): 23101, 10211
1820: (Robert Stephens): 011601101100, 30400010001
1830: (Robert Stephens): 0011100100000, 0000100100000

Lewis Sisley: 1790: not enumerated in Fayette
1800: 10110, 31010
1810: 10001, 32010 (also Jacob)
1820: 200101111010, 10000000000
1830 - Lewis and Jacob Sisley in Mercer County, PA

Circa 1800 Ross Township, Ohio -- Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - 1902, page 171, 189

Later a family by the name of Vandolah entered 400 acres of the same tract as Major John Stevenson. The father soon after making his entry became uneasy as to his claim being good. He discovered certain marks that someone had been there before, and meeting Major James Galloway one day he told him of his suspicions and asked Mr. Galloway's advice as to what to do under the circumstances. Mr. Galloway told him that he had recently discovered a law that anyone making an entry where someone had previously entered that the latter party could have his claim transferred to some other place. Mr. Vandolah thereupon authorized Mr. Galloway to do so with his entry. In the meantime, it appears the elder Vandolah, knowing the uncertainty of life, made a will, willing to his two sons, Peter and Jesse, the aforesaid 400 acres. In course of time Major Galloway made the requested entry of the Vandolah claim, three and a half miles northeast, and they immediately removed to their land. Some years after, the father died and it appears had failed in life to take his boys into his confidence as to his business relations. They remembered the claim where they first had lived; and the father had failed to destroy the will which he had made, and from these facts grew the trouble and the number of suits of ejectment that followed. (Compiler's note: the following excerpt, taken from a deposition of James Galloway, Jr. 10 June 1818, at Old Chillicothe or Oldtown, at the house of Abner Reid. may or may not refer to the same 400 acres discussed above). Some time in the winter of 1806, in a conversation with Joseph Vandolah respecting a survey of 400 acres of land which himself and brothers, James and Peter, claimed near the Old Chillicothe town on the little Miami River, said deponent informed said Joseph of that date and manner in which their said entry was made, and of the surveys which it interfered with, and he thinks, but is not certain, showed him copies of the said entries and surveys. The said Vandolah appeared convinced that their claim to the 400 acres aforesaid was such that they must lose the land, and talked of petitioning congress for leave to withdraw their entry and have it located elsewhere, requesting his aid in endeavoring to get their land secured to them and to make inquiry and do something for them, promising him a compensation if he could do anything to secure them their land, with their warrants that would be clear of dispute. On or about the 20th day of March, 1807, said deponent became acquainted with the law of the United States which authorized persons losing lands by interference with prior claims, although such claim might be patented, to withdraw the part of the claim so lost and enter the same elsewhere. Said deponent, upon asserting the proper method to proceed, did, on or about the 20th of May, 1807, withdraw the said Vandolah entry of 400 acres aforesaid, and entered the same elsewhere. Some time afterward this deponent, meeting with James Vandolah, informed him of what he had done with his said claim, who expressed himself satisfied therewith, and desired said deponent to give him notice when he would be going into the neighborhood of where his land had been entered, by said deponent, and he would accompany him and see it and have it surveyed. Said deponent did accordingly send word to said Vandolah a short time before he set out on a tour to the woods but he did not attend. Some time after, said deponent, returning from the woods, again met with said James Vandolah, who expressed some concern at his being disappointed. In going to see the land and upon inquiry finding that his land had not been surveyed, he wished again to have notice when it would be convenient for said deponent to survey it and he would accompany him. Notice was given him the second tie by said deponent that at such a time he might attend and accompany said deponent on another tour, when the land might be surveyed, but said Vandolah did not attend.