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Information on Henry and Ester's family

This is some text on Henry and Ester's marriage, location in 1840 and money transfers from Ester's father Benedict Mellinger.

Henry and Ester were married by a justice of the peace, C. Wilson, in Wayne Co, Ohio.

Henry patented land in 1839 in IL, he was listed as living in Wayne Co, Ohio on the application papers. Henry and Ester were married in Wayne County, Ohio in 1837 and shortly after that they were given $500 by Ester's father, Benedict Mellinger. Henry and Ester are listed in the will of Benedict Mellinger as receiving $500 from him on May 9, 1840, Benedict did this for all of his married children. There was a legal dispute over the will and a case file for Henry Geines versus the estate of Benedict Melliger, and in the final accounting there is a note that Christian Mellinger, administor of the estate, paid $500 to Henry and Ester Gines. Henry and Ester remained in Lawrence County, IL till their death.

Henry and Ester Geines are first found on the 1840 census records for Lawrence Co, IL Since there were no names for family members it is difficult to determine if it was really the right Henry Geines, but it seems likely. There were no listings for Henry in Ohio at that time.

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