1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 13, 2021 12:20 PM by Josette Schluter

    Seeking information about the mysterious death of Noah Haskell Dean

    Douglas Dean Newbie

      Noah Haskell Dean was born January 30, 1790 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts. He died in 1821 near Owensboro, Kentucky.


      Noah and his wife, Roxellana Hammond  lived rurally where they farmed. It is reported that he was murdered while transporting crops to sell from his farm in Craig Township, Indiana. It was reported that at this same time his wife died leaving all of his children as orphans. It was reported that she died shortly after her youngest daughter, Roxelana was born.  The core family lived in Massachusetts and were unaware of how to proceed but reportedly sent money so that the children could be returned to be with family. It is unclear what happened to the money but reportedly the children ended up being raised by relatives on their mother's side. Nothing was known of what happened to them until a relative did genealogical research in 1903.

        • Re: Seeking information about the mysterious death of Noah Haskell Dean
          Josette Schluter Scout

          Dear Mr. Dean,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1790 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1800 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1810 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1820 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Noah Haskell Dean in Massachusetts, Indiana Territory, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          You may wish to search Ancestry or FamilySearch for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


          When looking for information on events that happened in the past, especially those that would have taken place in remote areas it is best to refer to newspaper accounts from that document such events. We recommend checking out the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America site which provides access to historic newspapers from the 1700’s.  An additional resource would be to contact local historical societies, libraries or museums that may have records from local governments, newspapers and/or churches that would document such events. We recommend contacting the Switzerland County Historical Society, PO Box 201, 208 E. Market St., Vevay, IN 47043 and the Daviess County Public Library, 2020 Frederica St., Owensboro, KY 42301. The FamilySearch research wiki for Switzerland County, Indiana Genealogy and Daviess County, Kentucky Genealogy also has quite a few resources that may be helpful with your research.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!