In trying to learn more about Hiram, I now have more questions. Here’s what I know.
Hiram was born about 1834-1836 in Ohio (based on the 1850 and 1860 census records). In the referenced 1860 census I find Hiram living in Ceredo, Wayne, Virginia. He is 24 years old and the other person in the household is Clarissa Frampton, age 20 (his wife). He is a farmer with real estate worth $21,000 and personal estate worth $970. Those are large figures for back then. In today’s money is equates to $572,807 for the real estate and $26,458 for the personal property.
Enumerated in the property next to Hiram and Clarissa are George W. Beams, his wife Marinda and children. They are Clarissa’s parents & siblings.
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I located the following information about Hiram inheriting real estate from his father, Isaac Frampton, who died in 1859. Could this be that property?
"The brick mansion, which is a land mark in Wayne county was erected in 1847 by the late Isaac Frampton, who was one of the earliest settlers in this section. Some stones composing the foundation are seventy feet long and the rock for the foundation was quarried on Gimlet Creek, named for its course, winding toward the Ohio just south of the estate.
The estate passed to Hiram Frampton, a son of Isaac, whose family was reared there, after the death of his father. Many years later, the estate was sold to a land company, which passed it to the late owner, Col. Vinson."
So, as a very young man, Hiram inherits this land and home from his father. According to some sources I have, Hiram’s brother, David Frampton, also inherited the land.
NOTE: I need to get my hands/eyes on the probate record for Isaac Frampton (father of Hiram) and see who got what.
Hiram married Marinda Clarissa Beams prior to 1860. They had two children, George, born in 1860 and Ora, born in 1864.
I located a headstone for Hiram Frampton at Burlington Greenlawn Cemetery, in Fayette, Lawrence, Ohio, when I was there in 2012.
The date of death on the headstone is Jul 1864 and his age is 31. Buried close by, with a matching headstone is his brother, David Frampton.
Here are their headstones.
Close ups of the headstones. I wish I’d known about LED flashlights to read headstones back when I was there. Now, I’ll never travel to a cemetery without one.
Here is where the questions begin to arise.
- Hiram registers for the Civil War draft in 1863. (see image 1)
- I find an H. Frampton in U.S. Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865-Confederate. (see image 2)
- Is listed as a prisoner of war with the crime of “letting the next sentry climb fence.” No date is given on this page. (see image 3)
- Signed an oath of allegiance to the United States in September 1863, including payment of a $1,000 bond. (see image) Question: Why did he have to pay a bond of loyalty? (see image 4) Was this after he was in prison as a Confederate?
- Where did Hiram die?
- Why can’t I find a probate record for him if he did indeed own or partially own all the land his father left him?
- Is there no Civil War pension record because Marinda remarried and never needed the money?
|IMAGE #3 - Hiram Frampton on another undated military record showing his crime|
Those are some of the questions I’m asking right now.
I do know that his wife, Marinda Clarissa, married again on 13 Jun 1866 in Wayne Co., West Virginia, to Levi M. Handley. More on Marinda at another time.
I would welcome any ideas you might have about this. I will continue to research this family and hopefully come across something that will finish Hiram’s story.
Oh, and one more thing. I have checked on Chronicling America, Newspapers.com and Genealogy Bank for any obituaries or death notices for Hiram. Nothing found.
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