By 1810, Asa, Jr, already had one son and one girl, both under 10 years of age. We have not yet been able to find the name of this first daughter, but we believe that the first son was, Charles, born, born March 20, 1808. By 1820, the U.S. Cenus of that year shows that Asa now had 4 boys and 2 girls.

By 1825, Asa Jr, is a resident of Galen, Wayne County, New York, when he sold interest in 70 acres of land in the French Mountain tract of North Queensbury to his brother, Alanson Ripley. Our last accounting of Asa Jr, is in 1829, when he and his wife Elizabeth, signed a document with their marks, an X, in Galen, Wayne County, New York. At that time Asa Jr, was about 45 years old and we have been unable to find any further records of him after 1829. It may be that Asa and Elizabeth afterwards lived in some house other than their own, in which case that other person would have been listed as the head of household on the 1830 Census, and Asa Jr and his wife would have appeared only as a male or female of a certain age.

Whatever happened during that time, we next find Asa Jrs, children near Cleveland, Ohio, where Charles Ripley married Diana Walroth, in Cuyahoga County on December 28, 1834. At least one of Charles Ripley's brothers, John, was still back in New York State. Brother Palmer's location can't be accounted for at that time, plus the first born daughter still has not been found.

According to an historical book, " A History of Jackson County," written by historian Col Charles DeLand in 1903, Charles and family moved to Michigan sometime after the birth of their first child, Asa, in February 1835 and February 1839, when Jacob was born.

We now speculate that a possible actual time for the move may have been close to 1837 when there was a large failure of most of the nations banks. This failure was caused by many banks issuing their own paper money, which had nothing backing it. If a bank needed more money, they simply printed it. At first the system worked but when nobody could back up the paper money, banks rapidly failed and along with it all those who had used the worthless paper money were now broke. Everything failed. Those who had bought land with the worthless money, now lost their lands and other holdings. This may have been the spark that caused all the Ripley children to leave. Two went to Erie, New York and Charles ended up with his family, brother Palmer, and father-in-law Jacob Walroth who had his family.

Another Ripley, Pirum B., by name, from Livingston County, New York, had purchased 160 acres of Patent land in Jackson County on June 5, 1837, but we have been unable to determine whether there was any family connection. We do know that on November 10, 1840, Charles and his brother Palmer, both bought 40 acres of Patent land each, at the General Land Office in Detroit. Both their pieces of land were almost exactly 1 mile apart in northeastern Grass Lake Township, of Jackson County in Michigan.

Thus our line of Ripley's in Michigan got its start. In 1840, only two dwellings away from Charles, was his father-in-law Jacob Walroth and his family.

A bit of explanation about the Patent land Charles and Palmer bought. Patent land is the land that was first sold by the U.S. Government and had not previously been owned by anyone except the local indian population. Once Patent land is purchased, it is bought and sold like any other piece of privately owned land, held by the general population.

Next Page