Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameElijah Fisher
Spouses
Deathaft 1830
FatherAdam Lanehart (~1757-1828)
MotherElizabeth King (1743-1798)
Marriage13 Aug 1801, Adams Co MS754
Notes for Elijah Fisher
The Natchez District consisted of territory that now forms five Mississippi counties, Wilkinson, Adams, Jefferson, Claiborne and Warren. When the Thirteen Colonies revolted in 1776, the Natchez District remained loyal to the Crown and there was a wholesale migration of Tories from the seaboard colonies. Between 1779 and 1781, Spain took over the government of the district. By 1798, pro-American sentiment prevailed in the district and on April 7, 1798 the Mississippi Territory was created by an Act of Congress, with Natchez being the first Territorial Capital. The opening of the Mississippi River after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 brought a land boom to the Mississippi Territory, and thousands of settlers flooded into the new lands.

The first record of Elijah (Elias) Fisher was in 1797, when he made an improvement on 640 acres on Buffalo Creek in the area that became Wilkinson County in 1802.755 In December of 1800, Elijah signed a Memorial to Congress protesting the form of government that had been forced upon the inhabitants of the new Territory.756 On August 13, 1801 he married Mary Lanehart in Adams County.754 Between 1802 and 1804, Elijah lived in Adams County.757 In 1805 he is listed in Wilkinson Co MS.758

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There were clearly two Elijah Fishers in the early Mississippi Territory. Following is an analysis of the extant records:

Two Elijah Fishers, by Clayton Heathcock, December 2006

Elijah Fisher #1 was in the Mississippi Territory as early as 1797. Here are things that can reaonably be ascribed to this Elijah:

1. The first record of Elijah (Elias) Fisher was in 1797, when he made an improvement on 640 acres on Buffalo Creek in the area that became Wilkinson County in 1802.
2. In December of 1800, Elijah signed a Memorial to Congress protesting the form of government that had been forced upon the inhabitants of the new Territory.
3. On August 13, 1801 he married Mary Lanehart in Adams County. Mary Lanehart was the daughter of Adam Lanehart, who was in the Natchez District as early as 1782.
4. Between 1802 and 1804, Elijah lived in Adams County.
5. Elijah is listed in the 1805 Census of Wilkinson County, Mississippi Territory; 1 male over 21, 2 females.
6. It is not known when this Elihah Fisher died.
7. Elijah’s father-in-law Adam Lanehart died in Wilkinson Co MS 26 Feb 1828 and his estate was probated there. His daughter Mary is mentioned in the probate records, including one record in 1830 granting support to Mary for the care of Adam Lanehart’s two minor children, Amy Ann and Adam C.
8. Mary Fisher is listed in the 1850 Census of Catahoula Parish LA; Mary Fisher, 65, b MS, Adam Fisher, 31, b MS.

Elijah Fisher #2 was the husband of Elizabeth Dees of Hopkinsville, Christian Co KY. Following are possible records of this Elijah Fisher:

1. 1810 Census of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky; 1 male <10, 1 male 16-26, 2 females <10, 1 female 16-26.
2. 1816 Census of Claiborne County, Mississippi.
3. 1818 Census of Lawrence County, Mississippi; 1 male over 21, 1 female over 21, 5 females under 21, 1 slave.
4. Lawrence County tax roll (1819, 1820).
5. 1820 Census of Lawrence County, Mississippi; 3 males under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 26-45, 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45, 1 male slave 14-26.
6. In 1825, Elijah Fisher was listed as giving consent at the marriage of Penelope Fisher to Martin Stricklin in Hinds County.
7. Hinds County tax roll (1822, 1823, 1824, 1825, 1827, 1830, 1831, 1837).
8. 1830 Census of Hinds County, Mississippi; 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 30-40, 1 male 50-60, 2 females under 5, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 50-60.
9. Elijah Fisher died in Hinds County on December 14, 1838. His will, probated in March, 1839, mentions his wife Eliza Fisher, three youngest children, David D. Fisher, Ann Eliza Fisher, and Mary Jane Fisher, son Jacob F. Fisher, and son-in-law Almond Robbins (Almond Robbins married Catherine Fisher in Hinds County on March 24, 1834).
10. After Elijah's death, Elizabeth Fisher continues to be listed in the census records. In 1840 she still lived in Hinds County, with two sons and two daughters: "Elizabeth Fisher, 1 male 15-20 (probably David), 1 male 20-30 (probably Jacob), 2 females 10-15 (Anna Elizabeth and Mary Jane), 1 female 50-60 (Elizabeth).
Notes for Mary (Spouse 1)
1830 court records of Wilkinson Co MS pertaining to the probate of Adam Lanehart’s will indicate that his daughter Mary was given custody of his minor children Adam and Amy Ann Lanehart.

The 1850 census of Catahoula Parish LA includes a listing for:

Mary Fisher, 65, b MS
Adam Fisher, 31, b MS

This could very well be Mary Lanehart Fisher because nearby is listed the family of a J. P. Lanehart.
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