NameKeziah Royce261
Birth25 Mar 1768, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut262
Death18 Aug 1850, Atwater, Portage, Ohio263 Age: 82
BurialOld Rootstown Cemetery, Rootstown, Portage, Ohio
FatherSamuel Royce (1733-)
MotherSarah Evarts (1736-1772)
Birth7 Mar 1754, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut264
Death13 May 1845, Rootstown, Portage, Ohio Age: 91
BurialOld Rootstown Cemetery, Rootstown, Portage, Ohio
OccupationSoldier, farmer
FatherStephen Mix (1718-<1765)
MotherRebecca Ives (1725-1755)
Marriage2 Jan 1803, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut265
ChildrenJulia (1804-)
 Emeline (1805-1863)
 Samuel Rice (1807->1880)
 Lucy (1809-1881)
Notes for Keziah Royce
Age when died 82 years, 3 months. Her gravestone gives her age at death as 82 years. There is some question of which Mindwell and Keziah Royce married Josiah Mix. Jacobus states that Mindwell was the daughter of Timothy Royce and Abigail Teel. I note that there were no children named Timothy or Abigail from either of Josiah's marriages. He did have a daughter Sarah from his marriage to Mindwell and a son Samuel Rice from his marriage to Keziah. This suggests to me that Mindwell and Keziah are the daughters of Samuel and Sarah. This is also consistent with the date of birth for Keziah and the date of death of Timothy Royce. This led me to change the attribution of parents for "our" Keziah who married Josiah Mix.

I had her birth on 25 March 1768 at Wallingford.266 If the 82 year 3 month age is correct then she probably is the daughter of Samuel Royce and Sarah Evarts. The alternate is Jacobus' attribution to Timothy Royce & Abigail Teale. An examination of church and probate records (including siblings!) should be able to resolve this important point.

Jacobus states that she married Josiah Mix and died in Atwater, Ohio, age 82.265
Military Notes for Josiah (Spouse 1)
He served in Capt. Bunnel's Company from Wallingford, CT, 1775, Wadsworth's Brigade, Col. Douglas Regt. Served at Brooklyn in Battle of Long Island. He was with the main army at White Plains, New York. A private in Capt. Stanley's Company, 1776, Col. Gay's Bttn., raised to reinforce Washington at New York.
Misc. Notes
He lived in the house in Yalesville which was occupied by Harly Morse until about 1870. Josiah Mix came from Connecticut to settle in Portage County, Ohio in 1816. He had been there to visit earlier. His son Josiah Jr had come and settled in 1805.267

Further sources to check are: Portage Path to Genealogy, v.14(1), 192, 1992. N.S.D.A.R. Reports, 16th, p. 144, and 29th.

Barbour Collection has birth year 1757, others have 1755.

Josiah Mix's Will
Probated 24 June 1845, Ravenna, Portage Co., Ohio

"In the name of the benevolent Father of all, I, Josiah Mix of Rootstown, Portage County and State of Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say. 1^o it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid; 2^o I give, devise, and bequeath to my beloved wife Keziah Mix, during her natural life all the rents, profits, issues & emuoloments of thirty-two acres of land in the Township of Rootstown on lot No. 4 in the original survey of sd. Township: Bounded as follow, to wit: south by the highway; east by land owned by Beman & Ephraim Chapman; north by land belonging to
Francis Chapman; west by land belonging to Stephen Chapman, containing the above mentioned quantity of land be the same more or less; 3^o I give & bequeath to my said wife all my household furniture, goods and chattels and personal property that I may posess at the time of my decease to dispose of as she thinks best; 4^o I give and dives at the time of my wifes decease the above described
tract of land to my children to be equally divided between them; And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my son Samuel R. Mix Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me, ratifying and confirming this. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 13th day of November, A.D. 1838
Josiah Mix [seal]

Signed, published, and declared by the above named Josiah Mix as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request have signed as witnesses to the same ___ James Wright, S. E. Botsford,
Emily Wright ___"


We James Wright and Emily Wright being first duly sworn in open Court, depose and say that we were present at the execution of the annexed last will and testament of Josiah Mix late of Rootstown deceased, that we saw the late testator sign the same, that he was at the time of full age and sound mind & memory and not under any restraint and that these deponents attested said will in the presence of the testator and each other. James Wright, Emily Wright

Attest Horacy Y. Beebe, clerk268
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