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T. Grant Maple sources

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This page archives some communications received by Bruce Maple regarding MAPLE genealogy and sources used by T. Grant Maple.

On 7 November 2001, T. Grant Maple wrote:

"My original information on Jasper Newton Maple (I) was from abstracts of military service and pension records assembled by John Jameson Mapel in the 1920's."

On 20 January 2003 regarding the ancestry of David Maple of Salt Creek Township, Decatur County, Indiana, T. Grant Maple wrote:

"You are right that I cannot recall all the sources. I believe the connection was based on available data.
As to who got the "old home farm", I think that is from a county history book.
The initial framework for descendants of David Maple Sr. was based on research of Miriam deHaven Page (now long deceased), of the Moody branch. Unfortunately, she labored under the misapprehension that her Jacob Maple was a son of Jacob Maple (of Coshocton C., OH) and Elizabeth Stanford, and only realized her mistake shortly before she died. Hence, she didn't give as much attention to David Sr. as she might have otherwise. She read numerous county records and carried a phenomenal amount of information in her head, but never really organized it. I have some correspondence from her, but it is difficult to follow. She tended to hop all over the place and laced it with a lot of Moody family ancestry not pertinent to the Maple family, but would be of great interest to Moody descendants today."

On 14 December 2003, with regard to deed records concerning an Elizabeth Maple who died in Decatur County, Indiana before 1857, T. Grant Maple wrote:

"As I see it, Elizabeth Maple, a widow, d. after Dec. 1, 1854, before Feb. 17, 1857, leaving these children:
Francis M. Maple
Benjamin Maple
John Maple m. Hannah_____
Jane Maple m. James Lockhart, Sept. 11, 1857.
See S4. Francis Marion Maple who enlisted July 19, 1862 at Greensburg, Decatur Co., IN.
This last is from the War Service Notes of John Jameson Mapel. According to this, the parents of Francis Marion Maple were William Maple and "Emmeline". This last may be in error and perhaps was Elizabeth.
This William Maple may be 1214. William Maple, bro. to 1211. David Maple who m. Hannah Mahan.
In my opinion, all the Decatur Co., IN Maples descend from David Maple Sr. of Carroll Co., OH, not from Jacob Maple Sr. of Coshocton Co., OH. Frequent usage of the same given names can be confusing.
Jacob Maple Sr. was something of a late-comer to Ohio. He was back in Washington Co., MD until 1804. None of his children or grandchildren were b. in PA. On the other hand, David Maple Sr. was early in Fayette Co., PA, where several grandchildren were born."

On 16 December 2013, T. Grant Maple wrote:

"After reviewing the JM notes, I do not find a clear link between William Maple and Francis Marion Maple. The notes are info copied by JJM at the National Archives, but seem to lack some important details.
I may have relied on other additional info, but it has been so long since I clobbered the William and Emmeline Maple thing together, I do not recall the reasoning. But it seems unlikely although not impossible for a man who served in the Civil War would have a brother that served in the Mexican War."

Wayne Maple, descendant of Jasper Newton Maple, was one of many people who corresponded with T. Grant Maple. On 5 February 2002, Wayne wrote:

"We lived in Morgan Hill - just south of San Jose. I crawled around the magnificent libraries of the Bay Area then and spent time at the Bancroft Library at Berkeley. I found a manuscript written by Eli Maple in 1876 describing his trip from Iowa to the Seattle area to find his dad. It was almost illegible so I studied it carefully, copied it to my WordPerfect and added a background on the family and an definition of the old words and the Indian words he used. The Bancroft accepted it and you can check it out now.
Also, at the Bancoft, I found the diaries that Adah Lee Maple kept while she lived in Paris in the early years of 20th century. In them she described her meeting with Ezra Pound and how they became lifelong friends. She also recorded the strange visits with J. J. Maple, a uncle that she never knew but who pestered her with questions about her family. His notes became the material T. Grant Maple inherited and used in his Maple Book."

Betty Kersey corresponded with T. Grant Maple about the MAPLEs of Salt Creek Township, Decatur County, Indiana. On 25 April 2002, she wrote:

"As for Grant Maple's book he has put a lot of work in it and I don't belittle his work but there are lots of mistakes in it...."


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