Women in America, I feel, are awake and aware of the fact that once long-standing legal options open to them for almost five decades were taken away from them in one day because of one Supreme Court decision.
It’s September, 2022 but now women have less, bordering on no, assured legal control in place for safely handling their own reproductive health care needs than when the year began.
Further, women should be awakened to what history reveals about abortion and how it was handled in America. Our learning about the strict laws that were put in place informs us about the restrictive conditions that our female ancestors endured.
We can learn this history through reading newspaper stories from years past – going back to the middle of the 19th Century, and perhaps earlier.
It is vitally important to know and understand history because it has been known to repeat itself.
Below are only a few stories from historical newspapers that confirm abortion was happening then as it is now, and will continue to be in one form or another.
Being awake to this fact is important to understanding it.
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” is an old saying. Lets not throw the mother out with it either.Thank you.
Paying tribute to William Limes, the oldest of three Limes brothers who left the Back Creek area of Frederick County, Virginia in 1812 – 1813 to live in what was then the relatively new state of Ohio. Younger brothers Henry and Harmon, Jr. all of them first settled in Fayette County in what would later become Perry Township near New Martinsburg. A sister, Margaret Limes Bishop, married Joshua Bishop in Frederick County, Virginia and moved to Posey County, Indiana – details of their burial are unknown as of this writing.
Thus, William was the only sibling who would become a veteran. He was a veteran of the War of 1812 serving two short terms with two regiments.
Per his Muster Roll and Company’s Pay Roll – William Limes served in Captain James Crothers’ Company of Infantry, 3rd Regiment Ohio Militia War of 1812, in Colonel James Stewart’s Regiment from July 27th to August 13th 1813 and seven days travelling allowance. Term of service 21 days – The rate was $8.00 per month, however, for William’s term his amount of pay was $5.41with an additional $1.80 for his seven days of travelling allowance for a total of $7.21. William Limes was present the whole time and fit for duty.
Following these dates of service for William Limes, it is shown in a company muster roll that he next served in Captain Lemuel Connelly’s Company of Ohio Militia in the Regiment commanded by Colonel John McDonald until September 5, 1813. This record does show that his date of appointment and that he was attached August 10th and that he was present.
Below is the local Fayette County, Ohio Tribute to William Limes that was published a few days after his death:
From “The Herald” – Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio, Thursday, December 24, 1863 – Page 6.:
“Another Pioneer Has Gone” – “Mr. Wm. Limes died of palsy, at his residence in Perry Township, in this county, on the 16th inst., at the advanced age of 85 years. Mr. Limes was one of the first settlers in this county, having settled in Perry Township (then Green Township) in 1812, and has resided on the same farm where he first located, until his death – 51 years. Few men live to so ripe an old age, and fewer remain upon the same location for so many years. His son, Harrison Limes, informed us that his father helped to raise the first hewed log house that was built in this village; that he “carried up one corner.”
The old pioneers of the Paint Creek valley are silently but steadily dropping off, one by one; soon there will be none left to interest and amuse the present generation with anecdotes, history, adventure, and the privations that the early pioneers of this county were compelled to endure while “roughing in the Bush.”
William Limes’ wife was Athalia Doster Limes who predeceased him in 1854, per her grave marker. Because of this situation, there was no widow’s pension from William Limes’ War of 1812 service. It has been written that William Limes had lost his certificate of discharge.
Below are all of the names of the children of William Limes and Athaliah Doster Limes; each child’s name began with the letter “H”.:
Moving along in our examination of William Limes’ records, we learn about his daughter, Hurressa Limes McKinney Rose who married twice in her lifetime. She first married Robert McKinney and then Daniel H. Rose.
From “The Newark Daily Advocate – Saturday, September 20, 1913 – Page 5
“Mrs. Hurressa McKinney – widow of the late Robert McKinney, died Saturday morning at 3 o’clock at the home of her son, John McKinney, residing in Pearl Street at Granville. Mrs. McKinney was born in Fayette County, O., and was aged 88 years, 4 months, and 20 days. She was ill only ten days and succumbed to heart trouble. She came to Granville about ten years ago and has been a faithful member of the Christian church. The remains will be taken to Saybrook, Ill, Saturday night for interment beside the grave of husband, the funeral to occur Monday.” We learn that beginning in July of 1893, Hurressa Limes McKinney Rose wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions to inquire about her father’s service records. In her letter of December 22, 1893, Hurressa writes that her father in December of 1866, however, her father died December 17, 1863.
Moving forward in time to 1914, a great-grand niece of Hurressa Limes McKinney Rose, Estelle Irwin Davies, who also wrote regarding the War of 1812 service for her great-grandfather, William Limes. Estelle’s father was William Harvey Irwin, son of John Irwin and Hester Limes. Hester Limes Irwin and Hurressa Limes McKinney Rose were sisters. Estelle was also writing to learn about the service record of two other ancestors of hers. One was a Daniel Applegate whose connection to Estelle was on her mother’s side of the family. The other ancestor she mentioned was Harmon Limes who would have been the father of William Limes. For Harmon Limes, it appears that the abbreviation of “neg” for negative was written above his name. I can honestly state that in my efforts to locate any records in support of a Harmon Limes serving in the American Revolution, I have come up short.
For William Limes, though, we see “BLW 4793” – Bounty Land Warrant 4793.