Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a meeting of the Butler County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society where the presentation was Genealogy Roadshow style. For those of you who haven’t heard of it or seen it on TV, Genealogy Roadshow is broadcast on PBS. From the website: “Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.” The Butler County Chapter put their own spin on the show’s format using Butler County families and ancestors. They announced the meeting earlier in 2015 and asked for inquiries. My 4th-great-grandparents were married there and lived there their entire lives. My 4th-great-grandfather, James A. Fowler, left property in his will to his living children in the village of Darrtown, so I sent off my inquiry as to where might that property be located. Along with four other entries, mine was also selected.
Nancy Porter, genealogist and membership chair for the Butler County chapter, handled my request. She first located the land that my ancestor had owned and then worked her way back to how it came to him, plus gave some history of the village of Darrtown. The above plat map shows the different lots Fowler owned and left in his will to his children.
The other four cases were interesting, as well. Men of the same name, a lady’s name that came up in someone’s history but the research led to no evidence of her, and a story of children raised by others as their mother died young and their father couldn’t raise them plus work.
I very much appreciate all the work that went into this project. This has given me a great starting point to get back to Butler County and further my research at the courthouse and, of course, take another trip through Darrtown!