Name: * Joseph AMY
Given Name: * Joseph
Birth: 20 Apr 1796 in PA
Death: 5 Jul 1874 in Harrison Co., IN
Burial: Old Pittman Cem., Harrison Co., IN
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Additional information on the Amy family.
Joseph Amy was born in Pennsylvania on 20 April 1798.1 Family tradition is that the name was originally Emigh, but was changed by one branch to Amy when two brothers quarreled. The other kept the original spelling.
Joseph had arrived in Heth Township, Harrison County, Indiana by August 1818 when he participated in an election.2 He is supposed to have gone down the Ohio River on a flatboat and landed at the site of where New Amsterdam is now. When he stepped off the flatboat his only possessions were a grubbing hoe, a bridle, and an iron kettle.3
Joseph Amy settled about one and a half miles northeast of New Amsterdam on Indian Creek, where on 1 April 1831 he acquired 80 acres of land, that being the east half of the southeast quarter of section 36 in township 4 south, range 2 east.4 Eventually he opened a blacksmith shop in New Amsterdam.
Joseph was married to Cassandra/Casindria Applegate, the daughter of Garret Applegate and Mary Johnson. She had been born on 15 January 17945 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Most likely the marriage occurred in Harrison County, although there is no record of it there.
Joseph continued his blacksmith operation, farmed some, and eventually appeared in Harrison County records as a Justice of the Peace. As he became more prosperous, he hired a maid, Mahala Mingles for his wife.6 Mahala and his son Jesse were later married.
Cassandra died on 15 January 1874 and was buried in Pittman (Applegate) Cemetery, located 1.3 miles west of Central in the extreme southwest corner of section 3, township 5 south, range 3 east.7 Joseph Amy wrote his will on 30 January 1874.8
In the Name of the Benevolent Father of all I Joseph Amy of Harrison County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and testament.
Item 1st I give and Bequeath to my two sons Jesse Amy, and George W. Amy, the farm I now reside on being the east half of the south East quarter of section 36 in township 4 south Range 2 to be Equally divided between them and to be their property during their natural Life and at Jesse Amys decease his part of the above described real estate to be given to his Lawful heirs to be heirs forever provided my son George W. Amy should die Leaving no children Lawfully begotten of his body then and in that case the Share of the above described real estate devised to my son George W. Amy is hereby devised and Bequeathed to my Grand son Ira Amy to be his property forever.
Item 2nd The personal property that may be on hand at the time of my decease after all my just Debts and funeral expenses are paid I wish disposed of in the following manner in the first place if my granddaughter Kesiah E. Amy who now resides with me stays with me and takes care of me until my decease I give and bequeath unto her one Cow, and one Bed Bedstead and Bed clothing out of my personal property, the balance that may be on hand at me decease to be divided between my two sons Jesse Amy and George W. Amy or sold as they may elect.
I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
In testimony hereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal this 30th day of January A.D. 1874
Signed and Acknowledged by said Joseph Amy as his Last Will and testament in our presence and signed by is in his presence.
John R. Baxter
The will was proved on 23 July 1874 by John R. Baxter.
Joseph Amy died on 5 July 1874 was buried beside his wife.9
1. Joseph Amy headstone, Old Pitman Cemetery (also known as Applegate Cemetery)
Located 1.3 miles west of Central, Harrison Co., Indiana on the road going to New Amsterdam.
2. The Hoosier Genealogist, 28, No. 1 (March 1988), 4.
3. Letter James R. Amy, Corydon, Indiana dated 24 March 1980.
4. Tract Book of Harrison County, Indiana.
5. Casindria Amy headstone, Old Pitman (Applegate) Cemetery, Harrison Co., Ind.
6. James Amy letter.
7. Pittman Cemetery.
8. Harrison County, Indiana will book C:574-576, FHL microfilm 1,404,687.
9. Pittman Cemetery.
* Cassandra - Casindria APPLEGATE b: 15 Jan 1794 in Allegheny Co., PA
- Mary Jane AMY b: 12 Oct 1819 in Harrison Co., IN
- Elizabeth AMY b: ABT 1821 in Harrison Co., IN
- Joseph A. AMY b: ABT 1823 in Harrison Co., IN
- * Jesse AMY b: 25 Jul 1825 in Harrison Co., IN
- George W. AMY b: 3 Mar 1827 in Harrison Co., IN
- Ira AMY b: ABT 1829 in Harrison Co., IN
- Allen AMY b: 23 Nov 1830 in Harrison Co., IN