Back in January, I learned that Lyman Draper had interviewed both of these men, but I was unable to get to the University of Central Florida, which has the collection on microfilm, until May. The collection is huge, so the first thing I did was locate the library's copy of Josephine Harper's guide, discovering that these two men and their families were directly interviewed or mentioned by others in nine different series of the collection. I had limited time, so I hastily scanned the relevant pages and walked away with over 200 images. Not all of the images pertain directly to Henry Jolly or Vachel Dickerson, but all are relevant to events that affected them or other family members.
I am still transcribing these documents, but the best part was an interview with Vachel Dickerson talking about his family, including his in-laws. In one note, Lyman Draper even identifies the names and birthdates provided in Henry Jolly's handwriting!3 The notes have confirmed the following:
- Henry Jolly's parents: Peter & Martha Jolly
- Henry's birthplace: Chester County, Pennsylvania
- Henry's wife: Rachel Greist4
- Rachel's parents: John & Elizabeth Greist5
- Rachel's brother: John Greist
- The existence of three other Greist siblings, even though their first names are not provided
- Confirmed family legend that Rachel was scalped as a child, and suffered from the wound the rest of her life
- Vachel's parents: Thomas & Margaret (Davis) Dickerson6
- Vachel's birthplace: Fayette County, Pennsylvania
- Vachel's siblings: Fredrick, Joseph, Isabella, Rebecca, Ellender, Elizabeth, Thomas and Sarah
1. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 27 May 2016), entry for Henry Jolly, Pennsylvania line; citing National Archives microfilm publication Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. M804, roll 1435.
2. William H. Jennings Esq., "Marriage Record, Washington County, Ohio, July 9, 1789 - April 25, 1822," The Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly 4 (July 1901); digital images, MyHeritage (http://www.myheritage.com : accessed 6 Mar 2016).
3. "The Henry Jolly Family," Series 9S, Draper's Notes, vol. 1, pp. 79-80; Draper Manuscripts, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison.
4. Series 2E, Samuel Brady and Lewis Wentzel Papers, Draper Manuscripts. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison.
5. "The Greist Family," Series 9S, Draper's Notes, vol. 1, pp. 85-86; Draper Manuscripts, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison.
6. "The Henry Jolly Family," Series 9S, 1:79-80; Draper Manuscripts.