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Ambrose and Sarah (Slevin) Heskett, Thomas Heskett, Brownsville

In 1850 Belmont County Ohio Levi and Elizabeth Heskett have Thomas E. 6, Matilda E. 4, Martha M. 1, andJohn Govier 26, and Jane Govier 36.

In 1860 Brown County, Indiana they have Thomas 16, Matilda 14, Martha 11, Filena A. 9, Harriet 1 (or 7), Marcus L. 4, and Ambrose 2.

In 1870 Brown County, Indiana Levi Hesket 50 and Elizabeth 51 have Alice 18, Harriett 16, Sylvester 14, Ambrose 12, and Ida L. 8.

Ambrose W. Heskitt married Sarah Sleven Jun 22, 1879 in Brown County, Indiana.

One tree said he was Ambrose WOLFORD Heskett.

In 1880 Ambroz is 21, Sarah 19, and they have Nellie, ten months.

Ambrose  cash-claimed a quarter in 5, 2S 47W in 1891  - a mile from John GAMBILL

Thomas cash-claimed a quarter n 2, 2S 47W, also in 1891 - two miles from Ambrose's.

Nellie B. Heskett married William W. Gamble September 24, 1899 in Douglas County, Illinois.

In 1900 Douglas County Illinois, A.W. born October 1858 in Indiana and Sarah Nov 1859 Ohio have had ten children, nine living.  Mamie Jan 1885 Indiana, Fila Nov 1886 COLORADO, Lina Oct 1889 Illinois, Lawrence W. Sept 1891 Illinois, Harry L Jan 1894 Missouri, William L. Sept 1896 Illinois, and Clarence M. Jan 1898 Illinois

In 1910 they're in Oliver County, North Dakota, with Lina J. 21, Lawrence W. 19, Harry L. 16, William L. 13, Clarence M. 11, and Harold W. 9.

Fila in 1910 is in Oliver County, 23, said she was born in Illinois, and is on a homestead alone.  In 1920 McLean County, North Dakota, she's boarding with the William and Anna Slagg household, teaching in a common school. In 1930 Bismarck she's married to Elmer J. Fahlgren, a mechanic, and they have three young kids. Fila HESKETT Fahlgren  -1886-1986 is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck  52945740

In 1920 Ambrose is in Marion County, Illinois, divorced, and Harry 25 and Harold 19 are with him.

Ambrose, born October 27, 1858, died in Tonti, Marion County July 25, 1925, buried in Salem, Illinois.  Mother was Elizabeth Polton, spouse Effie M. Heskett.

Salem Illinois city records show a AW Heskett buried in Lot 59, Sec D, Space 4 in 1925.  The lot was originally purchased by Effie Ladien.  East of lot sold by OJ McMackin to Mrs. Geo Smith of Chicago.


A Sarah Slevin is in Grant County, Indiana, 62, single with nephew Paul W. Slevin 23 - but this could be another.

William L. Heskett - 1896-1986 is buried in Alma Cemetery, Marion County  86460939

Nellie July 1880 and William W. Gamble Aug 1880 are in Douglas County Illinois in 1900.  She's widowed in 1910 Oliver County, North Dakota, with Roy H. 9, and Ray W. 7.  She's on the same census page as Ambrose and Sarah.

William W. Gamble died Sept 17, 1902 and is buried in Arcola, Douglas County, 118580378

Nellie has married Andrew Johnson, and they're in Oliver County in 1920 - Roy and Ray with them. In 1930 they're still in Oliver County, with Phyllis S. 10. And in 1940 Oliver County, too.

My gr. grandfather was Harry Lea Heskett who lived in Oliver Co. while growing up. He managed a pool hall in 1917 in precinct 7, Center as stated on his WW1 draft registration. I know he was also an operator of a ferry at some point and was known for bootlegging and getting into trouble. In 1917 he had a wife and child. In the 1910 census he was living in township 143 with his parents Ambrose and Sarah Heskett. His siblings were Fila, Lina, Larry, William, Clarence, and Harold. I know one of the sisters was a teacher on a nearby reservation. Any information about the Hesketts listed here would be appreciated ! rashelbraun@aol.com

Sarah Heskett and her son Lawrence both died in 1914 and are buried in Community Cemetery in Oliver County, ND.

Heskit, Lawrence     Community                   1890         03-21-1914  
Heskit, Sarah           Community                   1859                1914          95447274


Name Lina Jane Heskett , F
Birth Date 23 Oct 1888
Birth Place Arapahoe Co., Colorado
Death Date 8 Jan 1994 Age: 105
Death Place Salem, Marion Co., Oregon  91685337
Father Ambrose Wolford Heskett , M (1858-1925)
Mother Sarah Slevin , F (1859-1914)

Married Cole H. Stetson, born 1892 in Chebanse Illinois - died Marion County OREGON January 1985.

Notes from Diana J. Wynne, Ancestry and Descendants of Ambrose W. Heskett and Sarah Slevin, 1997: Lina had beautiful red hair. She and Cole lived in Oliver County, North Dakota and by 1949, Molalla, Oregon. They were both musical: Lina played the guitar and Cole played the violin. They had no children of their own, but from time to time her nephew, Harry Arnold Heskett, a son of her brother, Harry Lee Heskett, lived with them on their farm near Hazen, North Dakota. After Harry returned to live with his mother, Lina Jane and Cole adopted a little girl named Beverly. 


Thomas married Sarah Catherine Samms December 12, 1878 in De Witt County, Illinois, and in 1880 De Witt County they have Walter, 1.

In 1900 Cass County Nebraska (same county as John LaGrange) Thomas born March 1844  Ohio has been married 22 years to Sarah April 1861 Illinois, and their eight children are still living.  With them is Daisy July 1883 Illinois, Lavile E. Oct 1886 Nebraska, William A May 1889 Nebraska, Bejamin (sic) H. Oct 1892 Arkansas, Russell Lee June 1895 Nebraska, and Willa Grace Aug 1898, Nebraska.

John W. Heskett, 22, born in Illinois, is in the Philippines in 1900, an Army private.  In 1916 J. Walter is in Portland, an actor, married to Helen A., a laundry worker.  

John registered for WWII in Garibaldi, Oregon, with a contact as Mrs. Helen A. Ryan Heskett or Garibaldi.

John W. Heskett died Nov 23, 1943 in Portland.

Sarah -1861-March 14, 1905 is buried in Wyuka, too, as are sons Russel and Benjamin.

Thomas is a gardener in a private residence in 1910 Lancaster County, Nebraska, widowed.  William 20 is a cook, Benjamin does odd jobs, Russell is a farmer. Grace I. is 11, Jesse 8, and Myrtle 5.

Thomas is in Seward County, Nebraska in 1920 - 75 with Theodore and Myrtle.

Corp Thomas E. Heskett - March 6, 1844 - July 7, 1920 is buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln. 58680764

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