Jonathan Hedrick (1798-?) & Elizabeth Travilian (1800-?)

I suspect that Jonathan Hedrick & Elizabeth Travilian are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandfather Isaac Hedrick. I explain my thoughts here. My cousin Larry Hedrick took my research and expanded it greatly. Read his account here.

Jonathan Hedrick was born in about 1798 in Garrard County, Kentucky. He was the son of Johann Jost “Joseph” Hedrick & Sarah (last name perhaps Tipton.) His siblings include:  Jacob Headrick (1783-?), Rebecca Hedrick Pulliam (1791-1871), Mary Hedrick Swope (1792-1870), Joseph Headrick (1796-1858), Isaac Headrick (1800-1882), William Hedrick (1802-?), Orpha Hedrick Head (1804-?), Sarah Headrick Brockman (1805-1873), Elizabeth Hedrick Smith (1806-?), Samuel Hedrick (1812-1857).

Elizabeth Travilian was born about 1800. I do not know who her parents were. Only one family of Travilians (or anything close to that) were on the 1800 US Census, and they were in South Carolina. On the 1810 US Census there was 1 family in North Carolina and 7 in Virginia. On the 1820 US Census was 1 family in New York, 9 in Virginia, 1 in Tennessee and 1 in Mississippi. By 1830, there were still no Travilians in the midwest. Elizabeth’s marriage record is the first record of a Travilian I can find in Missouri, and there isn’t another one for 18 years.

Jonathan and Elizabeth married on December 23, 1824 in Cooper County, Missouri. The marriage record indicates that bride and groom were both residents of Cooper County.

On the 1830 US Census. Jonathan Hedrick was head of a household of 5 in Howard County, Missouri: 3 males under age 5; 1 male aged 30-39; 1 female aged 30-39.

Jonathan died sometime after 1836 based on the ages of his children.

On the 1840 US Census, Elizabeth was widowed. She was head of a household of 10 in Moniteau, Cole, Missouri: 3 males under age 5; 1 male aged 5-9; 2 males aged 10-14; 1 female under age 5; 2 females aged 5-9; 1 female aged 30-39.

Elizabeth died prior to 1850. Jonathan’s Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Jonathan Hedrick & Elizabeth Travilian:

Mary Elizabeth Hedrick – I have no information on Mary, but it is said that she was born about 1828 in Howard County, Missouri.

Sarah Ann Hedrick – Sarah was born November 2, 1830 in Howard County, Missouri. She married Henry Jobe on June 17, 1849 in Moniteau County, Missouri. They had 6 children. She died February 18, 1867 in Moniteau County, Missouri. She was 36. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Lamanda Jane Hedrick – Lamanda was born February 12, 1832 in Howard County, Missouri. She married William Yates on September 20, 1856 in Moniteau County, Missouri. They had a daughter, and William died during the Civil War. Lamanda married John Steven Jobe on June 11, 1865 in Moniteau County, Missouri. They had at least 5 children. Lamanda died on April 9, 1886 in Miller County, Missouri. She was 54. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Isaac Hedrick – My 3x great grandfather Isaac was born in about 1835 in Tennessee. He was raised by his Aunt Mary Hedrick Swope after his parents died, and was living with her on the 1850 US Census. He married Minerva Mathes on August 12, 1858 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 2 children, and both died in late 1868/early 1869. Isaac was about 34. Read about them here.

Jonathan J. Hedrick – Jonathan was born about 1836 in Missouri. A note on his father’s Find A Grave memorial says he was under the guardianship of his Uncle Samuel when Samuel died in 1857. Jonathan married Mary Renfrow on March 21, 1858 in Moniteau, Missouri. They had a son. According to cousin Larry Hedrick of Hot Springs, Arkansas (, Jonathan “served in the Missouri State Guard (Confederate) and was captured along with several others behind Union lines during Confederate General Sterling Price’s invasion of Missouri in March of 1862.  Since he and his companions were not in uniform, they were accused of being spies.  They were tried in a military court, found guilty, and sentenced to be shot dead.  The death sentences were overturned by President Lincoln and Jonathan J. Hedrick was then held as a prisoner-of-war in Alton, Illinois where he unfortunately died, probably from disease, before the end of the war.  Perhaps he was a spy, or maybe just trying to make contact with General Price’s force.  The truth is lost in history and will never be known.”

Who are the Parents of Isaac Hedrick (1835-1868)?

The brick wall on my Hedrick line is Isaac Hedrick, married to Minerva Mathis, the parents of my 2X Great Grandfather Sigel Hedrick.

I received a comment on my blog from a Hedrick cousin mentioning the mystery of Isaac’s parents. I decided to take a look at the information I have.

Isaac is found on the 1850 US Census at age 12 living with Jesse & Mary Swope and their children in District 68, Pettis County, Missouri. (He is listed with a middle initial, either “J” or “T.”) There’s a marriage record for Isaac & Minerva in Stone County, Missouri. They were married on August 12, 1858. By the 1860 US Census, Isaac and Minerva lived in Buchanan, Taney County, Missouri. Finally, there’s a Find A Grave memorial for Isaac.

I think the key piece to the puzzle is the 1850 US Census: Who are Jesse & Mary Swope? I decided to set up a family tree for them on, and see where it leads.

The first thing I discovered was Mary Swope’s Find A Grave memorial. From that I learned that Mary was a Hedrick, and that her parents were Johann Jost “Joseph” Hedrick & Sarah. Perhaps Mary was Isaac’s Aunt, making her parents Isaac’s paternal Grandparents. Mary’s memorial had a link to her father’s and mother’s memorials, and the memorials had a list their children. I added those children to the family tree and started researching to determine which of the 6 sons could have fathered Isaac Hedrick. (None of the daughters married a Hedrick, so I didn’t need to research Rebecca, Mary, Orpha, Sarah, and Elizabeth.)

I’m lacking reliable sources, but here’s what I found on Jacob, Joseph, Jonathan, Isaac, William and Samuel.

Jacob‘s Find A Grave memorial says he died between 1876 & 1880 in Howard County, Missouri. I don’t have any other information on Jacob. It’s unlikely but not impossible that he fathered Isaac.

Joseph was living in Holt County, Missouri on the 1850 US Census, with his wife Sarah Wilds Hedrick and many children. He died in 1859 in Nodaway County, Missouri. Again, unlikely but not impossible that he fathered Isaac. His Find A Grave memorial doesn’t list an Isaac.

Jonathan married Elizabeth Travillian on December 23, 1824 in Cooper County, Missouri. They seem the most likely parents of our Isaac Hedrick. Jonathan’s Find A Grave memorial says that he died prior to 1857, because Jonathan’s brother Samuel died in 1857 and had been serving as guardian for Jonathan and Elizabeth’s son Jonathan. (So it’s likely Jonathan and Elizabeth both died) I can’t find anything to connect children to this couple, but some family trees list them as having 3 daughters and 2 sons – Jonathan and Isaac.

Isaac, perhaps the namesake of our Isaac, was adventurous, and took his family to Oregon Territory where he is found on the 1850 US Census. He had a son named Isaac who was born 5 years before our Isaac, so he isn’t the father of our Isaac. The son is listed as “dying young” on his father’s Find A Grave memorial.

William is said to have died about 1844 according to his Find A Grave memorial. He married his (second) wife Elizabeth Bearden  in 1834, and she remarried after his death. Sometimes a second husband didn’t want to raise the children from the first marriage, so they lived with relatives. William and Elizabeth could have parented Isaac, but it seems unlikely.

The youngest brother, Samuel, was living with his mother on the 1850 US Census, in District 68, Pettis County, close to the Swope family including our Isaac Hedrick. Samuel never married, and he died in 1857. As mentioned above, it is thought that he was the guardian of his nephew Jonathan, son of his brother Jonathan.

It’s possible that Isaac is the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth, and that his parents died young. By 1850 two of their daughters had married and one is unaccounted for until the 1860 US Census. Their son Jonathan is thought to have been under the guardianship of his uncle Samuel, though he isn’t listed on the 1850 US Census as living with him. That leaves their son Isaac, who was living with Aunt Mary Hedrick Swope.

What I have is a whole lot of guessing and not much documentation. But it’s a start. Who are the parents of Isaac Hedrick (1835-1868)? If you have information, I’d love to hear from you.