SHARING THE PAST
A Genealogy Research column for Pulaski County, Missouri and her neighbors.
by the late Don Vincent of Tacoma, Washington
March 19, 1981
Letter from Vincent to Emma Page Hicks, columnist, published in The Pulaski County Democrat.
Dec. 4, 1980 to Mrs. Emma Page Hicks
In your Nov, 27th “Pioneer” column, you requested readers to send information about the Christeson family. I am happy to send this :
The three Christison families listed in the 1840 Census of Pulaski County were: Elisha Christison, p. 199; Joseph (Josiah?) Christison, p. 199; and Elijah Christison, p. 244. Elisha and the others arrived in Pulaski County in 1829; they appear in the 1830 Census of Crawford Co. Mo., on. pp, 181, and 179. Josiah or Joseph Christeson is lost to our view after 1840, but in 1850 census of Pulaski are :
p. 201 Elisha Christison, b Ky ca 1791 (According to Goodspeed's account of the family, Elisha was b. Maryland Dec. 15, 1790; he matured and married 1815 in Adair Co., Ky. One Jerod Christison came with him, but nothing further yet found on him. Elisha was a son of Robert Christeson,-born Md. ca 1751; died Ky. ca. 1825). In the 1880 Census of Pulaski County, Elisha said that he was born in Ky., his father and mother in Maryland. He died in Pulaski in 1884; his wife, not named, was born Virginia 1800 and died in 1873.
p. 174 Eijah Christison b. Ky. 1791 (were they twins?) Goodspeed says Elijah Jordan Christison was born Adair Co., Ky. Nov. 24, 1819 - certainly different from the, census, so this must be the son of Elisha Christison, above. To further mix things up, the 1850 Census shows that Elijah named a son of his ELISHA!
The Christeson family truly are pioneers of Pulaski County, having come to us in the very earliest days of settlement by way of Maryland and Kentucky.
Here are the complete 1850 Pulaski census entries:
House 425, p. 201: Christison, Elisha 59 M Ky.; Agnes 49, F, Va.; Robert L., 24, M., Ky.; Pamela, 22, F, Ky.; Cintha, 16, F, Mo.; Malinda, 15, F, Mo.; Artinbower, 12, M, Mo.; Walker W., 9, M, Mo.; Elzalina B., 7, F, Mo. Nearby, in House No. 428 lived Elizabeth Watson, 60, born Maryland. And in House No. 433, a third Marylander: John Hibbs, 65, who was in Ky. about 1823. It is possible that Watson, Hibbs, and Christison families are somehow related. The 1790 Census of Maryland could be consulted for this name grouping.
House 243, p. 174 Pulaski: Christison, Elijah, 59, Ky.; Elisha E., 17, Mo.; Margaret, 25, Tenn.; Cerantha, 9, Mo.; Columbus, 7, Mo.
My great-grandfather, James Lewis Vincent, Sr. was born in Pulaski Co in 1838. A son of John H. Vincent, James married Eliza Ann Musgrave in 1859; she was born in Morgan Col, Ill. in 1834. Eliza may have been a daughter of Bennett Musgrave, who established “The California House” Inn, after his return from the gold fields of California. My maternal great-grandfather was Andrew Jackson Wolfe, who was born near Nashville, Term. in 1842. He married Ruth Ann Hampleman in Parry Co., Illinois, lived for a time in Douglas Co., Illinois, then homesteaded in Texas County: His eldest daughter, Leanna Belle Wolfe born, DuQuoin, Ill. married my grandfather Lafayette Lee Vincent (“Lee”). Both are buried in Tacoma. I would welcome hearing from anyone interested in these families.
The Pulaski County Democrat, P.O. Box 578, Waynesville, MO 65583
October 8, 1981
In confirmation of Goodspeed’s History of Lawrence [cite] we have a photostat of a deed of gift given Bennett Musgrave’s sisters Nancy and Ann, It is from the legendary David Crockett. Registered in 1822, it reads in part, “I David Crockett Bot at Thomas Musgrave sale at the Instant of J. Bourelly (?) two Beeds [beds] and furniture and all his household furniture and one sow and pigs and one cow and calf which I give with my own fees will will [sic] until Nancy and Ann Musgrave.” Deed Book A, p. 57.
As most of you following this Musgrave line are aware, we have long presumed Bennett to be the father of several of our local Pulaski Musgrave folks. We don’t yet know WHY the estimable Mr. Crockett, Lawrence Co. Justice of the Peace at the time should have done this.
The local Crockett folks have not found a Crockett-Musgrave kinship. Bennett, Nancy and Anny were all in their twenties we imagine; Crockett was soon to leave Lawrence Co. fir Gibson Co. Tennessee and run for Congress and a place in history.
Bennett, Burrell, and James Musgrave (who may have somehow related to North Carolina born Jonas Musgrave (see 52 Texas 50) were in middle Illinois [county] by 1830; Watts [?] says that Eliza Ann Musgrave wife of Jim Vincent, Sr. was born “near the hamlet of Jacksonville Morgan Co. Illinois” in 1834. I surmise her to have been a child of Bennett’s first marriage; his first wife was “Anna” say Illinois land records. The 1821 Marriage Bond in Lawrence County (bondsman Manuel Keltner) omits the name of the bride! but says her surname was “Robertson.” After Anna’s death, Bennett married secondly in Pulaski County the widow of William Maxey whose maiden name was Sarah Nelson. They married in Lawrence County Tennessee February 4, 1826. I am told that Mr. Maxey established the “California House” (early tavern, inn and stagecoach stop, near present–day Laquey and Buckhorn). When Bennett married Sarah, we will presume he assisted her in its management. She died in 1871 and is buried with marker in Musgrave Hollow. Bennett, returning from California, and was buried at sea in 1864.
This [deed of gift] is the first mention made of Davy Crockett. This might imply an unsavory answer to this riddle. But, Crockett made the gift in open court, with a flourish. A humanitarian gesture? Had their husband’s died?
Bennett had preceded Crockett in a deed of gift. He came into court April 1, 1822 and in part declared, “I Bennett Musgrave...in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have for my much esteemed Sisters Nancy and Anny Musgrave...and also for divers other good causes...do give, grant and confirm unto the said Nancy and Anny one cow and calf, 3 yearlins and Eleven head of hogs...(his mark) Witnesses: Nathan McClendon and Samuel McKeny (his mark.) Lawrence County Deed Book A, p. 50...called locally “The Crockett Docket.” [Full reference: Minute Book, Court of Please and Quarter Sessions. Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1818-1822, P-Vine Press, Columbia, Tennessee. Then available from Mrs. Polly C. Warren, Route 7, Box 264, Columbia, TN 38401).
On page 219 of the 1840 Pulaski Census, the name preceding Burrell Musgrave is Jefferson Brumley. A man of this name married one Sophronia Musgrave in Pike County Missouri in 1840. Pike County is across the Mississippi River from middle Illinois; and might have been a stopping off point between the Morgan-Greene-Macoupin Co. part of Illinois and the Pulaski-Laclede-Texas Co. section of Missouri. The Brumley name appears in Lawrence County, Tennessee in the 1820’s too...I have no record of Jefferson Brumley (occasionally “Bromley”) after 1840. John Nelson, brother of already mentioned Sarah, William Maxey and Nicholas Welch married Elizabeth Maxey in Lawrence County, Tennessee March 1, 1819 are also listed on p. 219. The “Crockett Dockett” abounds with mention of names like Welch (about 50) Wisdom (ditto), Bromely (3), Crisp (about 50), Gresham-Grisham (about 60—Simeon Gresham of 1840 Pulaski does seem to be from East Tennessee, but that Eliza Ann Musgrave married first Eliot Gresham who may be part of the Lawrence Co. group), Hillhouse (about 80), Keltner (several mentions of Mannole-Emmanuel-Manuel Keltner, bondsman for Bennett’s marriage to Anna Robertson-Robinson in 1821. Others [mentioned] are Kendrick (about 30), Musgrave: Thomas, Jonas, Bennett, Nancy, Anny, nine, in all and Nelson (9).
History and Directory of Pastors of Swedebourg Baptist Church mentioned. In the late 1830’s the four Manes brothers along with their mother, moved into Missouri from Hawkins County, Tennessee. Two of the brothers, Calloway and Seth II were ordained Baptist ministers. They stopped for a time in Owens County, Indiana. There Seth II and Calloway married sisters, Rebecca and Sallie Evans. They moved into Missouri and settled in Pulaski County. In 1840, Calloway Manes organized church services which were held in homes of nearby settlers. Pastors from 1895 to 1980 are listed in the directory.
October 15, 1981
Query: Was William Day (Pulaski 1840 p. 202 with 1 male 5-10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 30-40, 2 females under 5, 3 females 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40) the parent of Thomas Day who, according to his pension, was b. 1833 in Miller County, Missouri? Thomas d. 1908 in Pulaski Co.; in 1852 he married Melvina Pemberton, daughter of Thomas M. and Dicea (Winfrey) Pemberton, born 1833 in Henry Co. Tennessee and d. 1887 in Pulaski. She is bd. Concord Christian Church Cemetery. In 1850 Thomas in (#561-561) with his future wife’s grandfather James Winfrey b. ca. 1790 in Virginia), in Glaize Twp. of Miller Co., post office was Ulmon’s Ridge. By 1860, Thomas and family were living in Twp. 38, Range 13, Humboldt, Pulaski Co. (#529-529). In 1900, Thomas was living in Pulaski with his daughter Lucinda (Day) Thornsberry. Querist is also related (in the Miller-Camden-Pulaski area) to families Keith, Davidson, Allen and Skaggs. Karen P. Neuforth, Route 4, Box 74A, Great Bend, KS 67530.
Reply: Many of the families who appear on p. 202 of Pulaski 1840 are found next in 1850 Wright Co.: Abshear, Stroud, Sullins, Evans, Hensley, Moore, Hute, Briscey (Brixey), Silvey, Denney and William Day, born Va. about 1805 (#496). He is later found on 843 Webster 1860. Land entry in Webster in Twp. 28, Range 16, Section 32. Birthplaces of William’s children put him in Virginia from 1827-1834, then in Indiana from 1836 for birth of Orlenia Day and in Missouri for birth of daughter Virginia in 1840. Further, William in 1850 shows daughter Polly b. in Va. about 1833. Sorry, it seem highly unlikely William could have been Thomas’ father.
Query: Wish information of Nathan Vaughn, brother of Elizabeth Vaughn. Elizabeth b. 1819 in Kentucky; married 1836 Henry York who was b. 1814 in Tennessee. (See “Forty ‘Leven Stories” by the querist.) Nathan also b. KY married Lucinda [-?-]. Children were Sally Ann, Louisa and Bramlett. Mrs. Wm. L. York, Rt. 5, Box 142, Lebanon, MO 65536.
Reply: Nathan Vaughan, b. ca. 1818 in Ky appears with Lucinda and children on 201 Pulaski 1850 (#417). Nearby are several other Kentucky families: Larkin Bates, Elisha Christenson, James Moore (b. Va or KY and Elizabeth Watson, born Md. ca. 1790 but in Ky in 1830’s. Nathan could be allied with one of these families; studying neighbors might produce results. Bramlett is an unusual given name; another Bramlett (W.) Vaughn is on 177 Pulaski 1850 and 224 Pulaski 1860 b. ca. 1828 in Ky. In 1850, he is residing in household of Martin Mitchell b. ca. 1818 in Ky as with Nathan, a Christson family lives next door: Edward E. Christson, born Kentucky ca. 1817. Bramlett Vaughan was an interest of Dewell Bennett Musgrave an Air Force sergeant, great grandson of Fite Musgrave. We have lost touch.
Grandfather Thomas Crawford was born 1861 to Thomas Crawford (Crofford) and his wife Nancy Breeding who married in 1846 in Osage County, Missouri. Children: 1. Mary E. b. 1847 in Osage Co. m. Richard Robinson. They had children William, Emma Houston, Amanda and Mike. Lived in northwest Arkansas. 2. William C. born 1849 Osage Co. nothing further known. 3. Abel b. 1855 in Osage Co. m. Mandy Ann Miller d/o Sam Miller and Sophia Spoon. Resided in Haskell and Wheeler Co’s Texas; died 1932 bd. Shamrock, Texas. 4. Thomas C. b. 1861 in Maries Co. m. 1880 Julia Ann Wisdom at Elm Springs, Washington Co. Arkansas; d. 1936 Delaware Co. Oklahoma. bd. Southwest City, McDonald Co. Missouri. Twelve children. From Mrs. Della Catlett, 2061 S. National, Springfield, MO 65804.
Reply: We see apparent confirmation of Everett King’s History of Maries, Ramfre Press that “Thomps” Crawford married Nancy Breedin in that one of John’s probable sons, living in 1860 only a few houses away (533 Maries 1860) was named Abel. The Breedins (like the Vincents, the Rowdens the Pritchetts and MANY others) were from Roane-Rhea-McMinn Co. Tennessee vicinity. John Cansler b. ca. 1808 in South Carolina was listed 156 McMinn 1830 then 513 Maries 1860, I believe. Anne Brandon, w/o Abram Rowden, b. ca. 1807 in South Carolina appears 515 Maries 1860. Abram may have previously been listed on 358 Rhea 1830. Abram was 853 Osage 1850. Others in 1860 Maries census with S.C. mention are Clemuel (Clement?) Lawson b. ca. 1800 in S.C. p. 515; Elizabeth, w/o Nat’l Rowden, b. ca. 1814 in S.C. (p. 528) and John Capeheart b. ca. 1811 in S.C. (p. 536). Our early Pulaski McElroys in the 1780s lived in Greenville Co. S.C. before residing for a time in Allen Co. Kentucky.
October 22, 1981
Query: Seek descendants of Hugh Green Wright and wife Matilda, living in 1900 in Russell township, Camden County, Missouri. Matilda buried 1911 in Stanton Chapel Cemetery in Camden. Where is Hugh buried? Children: Ava b. 1868; Edson b. 1870; d. 1941; Emma b. 1874; Ella b. 1876; Henry b. 1878; Bertha b. 1887 and Elmer b. 1889. Jane K. Pease, 10310 West 62nd Place, No. 102, Arvada, CO 80004.
From Mrs. T.M. Heatherington, 202 Glentower Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213: Wilson Tilley was the husband of Elizabeth Tippitt who was PROBABLY a sister of half sister to James H. Tippitt. Both Tilly and Tippitt are in 1840 Pulaski census. The Tilleys remained there and Elizabeth died there in late 1890’s. William Thomas Tippitt was my ancestor, a son of James H. Tippitt. William married Louisiana Allen in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana in 1862. After the death of James H., all of their children moved to Texas except the oldest child, Moriah. She married James H. English in Missouri and is on the 1850 census in Cedar County. He was the son of Thomas English who died in Claiborne Parish in 1853. Thomas English married first a Campbell, perhaps in Tennessee and then married Mahalia Tippitt, a widow who was about thirty years younger than he. She may have been a daughter of Josiah, who was the brother of James H. Tippitt.
James was in the 1850 census of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, born Tennessee ca. 1805; Martha A. b. Tennessee ca. 1809; John W. b. Tennessee ca. 1830; James b. Missouri ca. 1837 (note gap in children’s ages) Sarah b. Missouri c. 1839; Elisha H. b. Missouri ca. 1841; William Thomas b. ca. 1843 in Missouri; Rachel b. ca. 1845 in Missouri and Thos. b. Louisiana 1850. The younger Thomas lacks explanation so far; this is his only reference.
James H. was a son of Erastus Tippitt, born St. Mary’s Co. Maryland, August 1, 1760 according to his Revolutionary War pension made in Lawrence Co. Tennessee in 1820. Erastus died in 1824. Other children listed were Ross, John Lee and Nancy. John Lee was in 1840 in Perry Co., Alabama, census and married Mary Ann Kilgore there; his is next seen in 1850 Claiborne Parish, Louisiana census, William Tippitt, brother of James H. was also in Claiborne in the 1850’s. He died there in 1858 having served in the War of 1812. He married Amanda Eiland in Perry County, Alabama in 1822. He was probably from the first wife of Erastus, an Elizabeth according to N.C. deeds. Erastus was the son of Phillip and Jane (Lee) Tippitt. Phillip left a will in Halifax Co. N.C. in 1772 naming children including Erastus. The first Phillip Tippitt was transported to Maryland in 1681. His son, Phillip was the father of Phillip who died in North Carolina.
Need the maiden name of Martha A. (Adlaid?) wife of James H. Tippitt. Her name may have been Wallace as she named her eldest son John Wallace Tippitt.
Erastus Tippit’s wife in Lawrence Co. was Judith; she appears too young to have been the same as Elizabeth in N.C., but was the mother of the children named in the pension application. Erastus in 1790 NC census had five sons; some of them have not been found. Phillip Tippitt’s N.C. children were Erasmus Lee, Erastus Lee, Mary Lee and Cloey Lee, Cloey Lee Tippitt married Solomon Isbell-Asbell; Erastus, who died in Tennessee, married Lucy Bierly. She named her oldest son Benjamin Foreman Tippitt, so her maiden name was perhaps Foreman. [End of info supplied by Mrs. Heatherington].
Josiah Tippitt was on same Pulaski page as James in 1840; he next appears on 215 Pulaski 1850 born Md. about 1788. In 1830 the same Josiah is, I’m sure, on p. 304 of Lawrence census. Checking Sistler’s index we find in West Tennessee one Ross Tippitt on p. 124 in McNairy Co. with 1 male 30-40; 1 female 20-30; one James Tippitt on p. 375 of Hardeman Co. with 1 male 10-15, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 3 females under 5, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40 and Lucy Tippitt on p. 321 of Humphreys County with 1 male 10-15, 1 female 60-70. In Middle Tennessee are John Tippitt on p. 79 of Wilson Co. with 1 male 5-10, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 2 females 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50 and John Tippet on p. 319 of Warren Co. with 1 male 20-30, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 30-40 not far from Lt. Henry Edge of Madison Co. Kentucky who married one of our Stockstill girls. None found in East Tennessee.
Leroy Singleton Tippitt of 229 Pulaski 1840 and 214 Pulaski 1850 (not far from Josiah) was born in Tennessee ca. 1811; he made Pulaski entry in 1856 in T34, R12; Pulaski land records give wife as Rebecca. one Rebecca Tippit b. Tennessee ca. 1820 appears on 275 Pulaski 1860; entry unexpectedly says all her children were born in Tennessee, tho this Rebecca certainly APPEARS to be Leroy’s widow. She made Pulaski entry in same are tot: T34 R11.
One Elihu Tippet died Pulaski intestate; bond given 1841; Administrator: Walter Durham. Security: Wm. James and John Bays.
Speaking of Wilson Tilley, would someone please relate the Civil War story about the redoubtable Mr. Tilley and his cash of gold?
October 29, 1981
Descendant Mrs. Ethel Wood Brewster, 523 Pleasant Hall, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Her grandmother Delilah Ann Bench Woods (she thinks!) Lawrence Bench, Sr. had several wives...one of which must have been the “Granny Howard” that my Uncle Will told my father was his granny. She was a Foley of Camden County and married a Bench...father of old man Uncle John Bench said Will Wood was my father’s older half-brother. On 1860 census (no county given) Narcissus Howard age 43, weaver, from Kentucky and children: Wm. P. Bench age 14 b. MO, Margaret J. Bench, age 12; Martha M. Bench, 11; Delila A. Bench 19; and Emily D. Howard 6. From this I feel the above Delila is my grandmother. I knew she was born in 1850.
Great grandfather Robert Jefferson Wood is supposed to have come from South Carolina to Missouri. One the way, he must have married the first time and had two children. He died in 1850 before the census was taken, as Rebecca Wood (his second wife?) was listed as head of household. She had two teenagers living with her: Carolina Wood 19, b. North Carolina and William L. Wood 17 b. MO. Rebecca’s age was given as 31, which her too young to have been the mother of these two. The other children were (all born in MO): Wm H. Wood age 9, (my grandfather), Thos J. Wood, 7; James P. Wood, 4; George D. Wood, 4; Jesse M. Wood, 1; Mary E. Wood,1; Elizabeth Morgan 65 b. Md. (Rebecca’s mother married Reuben Morgan of North Carolina.
There was a daughter Sarah Jane Wood born after her father’s death who matured and married Wm. Russell Crossland. They had at least nine children. (Microfiche at LDS). Rebecca Wood married Leroy Singleton Tippett, a close neighbor evidently, after each of them had lost their mates. There was one child, “Uncle Jack” Jackson C. Tippett, by this marriage. He, Mr. Tippitt, died 1857/1858 and Rebecca lived until 1878.
Elizabeth (Dowell) Morgan was not listed with Rebecca Tippett on the 1860 census...this info was sent by a man in California (unnamed). He said that Josiah Tippett, age 62, b. Maryland in 1788 was living in the home of a Thomas Allen Wood, wife Margaret (Tippett Wood with five Tippett children and two Vaughn children. Do you know if Thomas Allen Wood was a relative of Robert Jefferson Wood? I also would like to know how many ears Robert was sheriff-tax collector in Pulaski Co. Mo.
Robert Wood in on the 1840 Pulaski Co. census between 30-40 years old. According to Uncle Will, the original Wood came over from England and settled in colonial days in Charleston where he was a hatter—had ten children, one of whom was Robert who went to Missouri. In the Wood-Woods Magazine, there is an Aaron Wood of Loundon County, Virginia, Rev. War Soldier, who moved to Halifax Co. North Carolina, had a son Rezin Wood, who married in York Co. South Carolina and a son Robert J. b. 1811. The family is traced through its other members but no other mention of what became of Robert J. His birth date is compatible with my Robert J. Wood.
My father was James Webster Wood (1896-1977) youngest children of Dr. William Henry Wood and his second wife Delilah Ann Bench. I am the only child by my father’s first marriage. I have one half-brother James W. Wood Jr. who had James W. III and a half sister, Betty Delilah (Wood) Johnson.
Morgan, Wood and Bench were all in 1850 Pulaski Co. census within a few houses of Robinsons, Musgraves, Vincents and McElroys (p. 209-210). Ben Wood married one of my Vincent girls.
From Mrs. June Nelson, Box 621, Ogden, Iowa 50212: Rebecca Morgan married first Wood, then secondly Tippett. Estate sale dated 1878. Robert Jefferson Wood, Sr. died 1849/1850—not in Civil War as sometimes stated. Rebecca Morgan’s parents were Reuben Morgan and Elizabeth Dowell. Rebecca married Robert Jefferson Wood, Jr. The husband died before the last child was born (Sarah Jane Wood b. 1850/1851). She married Wm. Russell Crossland November 1872.
Rebecca Morgan Wood’s second husband m. 1855/56 was Leroy Singleton Tippett, son of Josiah Tippett. Singleton d. 1857, will dated 22 November. One son was issue of Rebecca and L.S. Tippett: Jackson Tippett. Emily Tippett was a child of prior marriage of Singleton Tippett. His sister was Margaret Tippett; she married Thomas Allen Wood.
Delilah Ann Bench b. 1850 d. 1925. First husband Nelson Adams; four daughters Laura, Alice, Miriam, Angeline (others?) Her second husband was Dr. Wm. Henry Wood, by whom she had five children: Emily m. Ellsworth Morehouse, George B. m. Dora (a mute) Thomas B. m. Cora Lillard?; Martha Matilda d. young; James Webster (Ethel Wood’s father) m. Ethel May Borum of Virginia.
Dr. Wood’s first wife was Nora Isabelle Adams (cousin of Nelson Adams, above) They had seven children: Silas, Robert, Mary, Rebecca, Ellen Eliza (m. Jesse Franklin Lambeth), Julia E. (m. a Morehouse) and William Lee (“Will”) Will Wood says Granny Howard was a Foley of Camden Co., married a Bench and had Jane, Tilda and Delilah Ann.
(Ed note): June deduces from information sent by Will Wood, and Mrs. Ruth Bock that Lawrence Bench, Sr. and his third wife, Narcissus Foley were parents of Delilah Ann above. Narcissus married second ? Howard and third ? Riddle. Borum is kin to Stubbs and Robbin.
November 5, 1981
From Glenda Chambers, Rt. No. 1, Pleasant Hope, MO 65725
Gene Hawkins Melancon, 527 Pine St., Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301 seeks info on Charles Humphry Stevens and wife Mary Ellen Cox. Charles b. Tennessee? Probably in Pulaski Co Missouri in 1877. Two know children: Moses b. ca. 1872 and Nancy Luvinnie Stevens b. 25 December 1877. Mary Ellen Cox’s brothers and sisters were Tom, Jess, Bill, Rafe, Jane, Elizabeth Ann, Kathryn (Kate). Also, ? Davis and ? Jones, sister of Sarah Jones and daughter of Russell Jones, Sr. were the natural parents of John Perry Hawkins. Russell Jones, Sr. of Welsh descent may have been born in Tennessee or St. Louis Co. Missouri. He d. 1885 in Phelps Co. Missouri. Elijah Jones was brother of Russell Jones, Sr.
Balaam and Mary Baker (third cousins) lived in Pulaski Co. from 1747-1864 or 1865. Samuel Baker (“Judge Baker”) Mary’s father lived in Pulaski from about 1847 until 1851. Balaam is in the 1850 and 1860 Pulaski listing. Samuel in 1850 Pulaski, house 611. Samuel Baker, born 1803 in Kentucky married 1827 Clay County, Kentucky Rachel Davidson. He probably came to Morgan Co. Indiana with his father George W. Baker in 1828. First five children were born in Indiana; several Morgan Co. land transactions for him. Fall of 1851 Samuel and his son-in-law I.N. Poston, moved from Missouri to Page Co. Iowa. Wish to contact descendants: Ralph D. Shipp 850 8th St. Boulder, CO 80302.
Creed Taylor Pruitt’s third wife was Laura Elizabeth Riddle; his first wife was Malicia Emiline Hammack; his second wife was the widow of James Williams whose maiden name was Nancy Elwisa Vincent. Creed T. Pruitt II born 4 February 1909 in Texas Co., Missouri married Mildred Francis Rhodes from Oklahoma. Laura Riddle’s parents were Andrew Jackson Riddle and Lucinda Bench. Lucinda was a daughter of Daniel Bench and Frances Admire of Bartholomew County, Indiana. Dana Pruitt, 403 E. Arlington Dr. Trenton, OH 45067.
Betty M Daniel, Route 1, Verona MO 65769 wanted contact with descendants of Rebecca (Mayberry) Hill who married Bazaleel Pirtle and lived in Webster Co., Hazelwood, MO in 1870. Family listed 1880 in Taney Co. with following children: Margaret E., Nancy A; Lewis C.; Henry W.; Delila A; (also David B. b. 1881).
November 12, 1981
About 1867 Dr. John A.J. Lee and his wife Rachel Orena (Hendrickson) Lee moved from Phelps to Pulaski Co. They remained there until their deaths, residing near Crocker, Swedesborg and Hawkeye. (Researcher: Sheryl (Mrs. Ole) Hanson, Route 1, Box 92, Troy, Idaho 83871.
Several Lee families resided in 1850 in that area of Pulaski that by 1860 became Phelps. Polly Lee (widow of Jesse of 201 Pulaski 1840 b. 1806 in Kentucky with children Hannah M., James Y., and Isabella was on 143 Pulaski 1850. Wm. J. Lee b. 1816 Kentucky (Spring Creek area) is on 156 Pulaski 1850; with him are (all born in Tennessee except Mathias): Gallein b. ca. 1829; Sarah R. b. ca. 1838; Mathias born 1838 Edmond M. Lee b. 1831, and Emaline Lee b. 1829. (Folks in this area, the Sparkmans, Millers and Arnetts, are most likely from Grainger Co. Tennessee). On p. 157 Pulaski 1850 was Joseph Lee, b. 1833 in Tennessee, living with the Martin Miller family. James A. Lee on 158 Pulaski 1850 listed with Thomas Crisham/Gresham who had a store at Spring Creek (Goodspeed, p. 592). Others with him were young and apparently unattached—was Gresham’s store also an inn? Other Lee families in cardex include Wm. born 1821 in Tennessee on 260 Laclede 1850; Alfred b. 1799 North Carolina on 270 Laclede 1850; Joseph b. 1803 in Kentucky on 478 Wright 1850; Grissum b. 1828 Illinois on 499 Wright 1850; Stephen b. 1792 in Kentucky on 500 Wright 1850 and Drury Lee b. 1819 Illinois on 501 Wright 1850. There are more Lee families in 1850 Camden Co.
Letter from Asilea Williams Bales, Route 6, Box 210, Zeigenbine Rd., Waynesville, MO 65583 sent information from Grandmother’s bible: “William Williams and Olive Manurva Musgrave was married December 2nd 1855 by James Baker at Pulaski Co. Missouri. Oliver Manurva Musgrave was born October 16th, 1837 Pulaski County, Missouri. Grandfather was married the second time to a widow who had one son, Willie Moore. I don’t know what her maiden name was. But here is what was in the Bible: William Williams and Manurva Moore, was married February the 10th 1889.” They had one son, but he died.
Reply: Olive Manurva was a daughter of Burrell Musgrave, Sr. whose wife was Olive Robinson (see Tom Williams sketch in earlier column) and she was their sixth child. Burrell, Bennett, Calvin and possibly James were probably the sons of Thomas Musgrave of Lawrence County, Tennessee and Wayne County, North Carolina. Burrell Musgraves children were: (1) Mariah b. 1828 (Greene Co?) Illinois. She m. (1) ? Moore, (2) Wash A.P. Pool? and third Thomas Williams? (unknown sequence); (2) Elihu b. 1830 Illinois m. Susannah 3. Alexander b. 1833 in Illinois m. Mary E. Sullens who was b. 1836 in Missouri. (4) Jasper N. b. 1834/35 in Illinois m. Marcia b. 1830 in Tennessee (5) Levi b. 1837 in Missouri m. Margaret b. 1831 in Missouri (6) Olive Manurva b. 1837 m. 1855 William Williams (7) Burrell Jr. b. 1841 in Missouri; moved to Texas. (8) Calvin b. 1843 in Missouri; moved to Texas (9) Nancy M. b. 1845 in Missouri (10) James Harvey b. 1848/9 in Missouri m. 1872 in San Antonio, Texas Callie Walker. (11) Wm. H.H. b. 1851 Pulaski Co. no further information.
Calvin Musgrave, brother of Burrell Sr. was listed 1850 in Caldwell Co. Texas having resided in Tennessee until about 1849.
William Williams b. 1830/31 in Kentucky or Tennessee (censuses differ) was 261 Pulaski 1860 next to Elihu Musgrave and two entries from Burrell Sr.; with him is Olive M. Williams b. ca. 1839 in Kentucky thou it is known that the family came from Illinois before 1837 for the birth of Levi. (In 1850 and 1880 censuses her entry says Missouri also.
In 1880 Pulaski, p. 398, Roubidoux Twp. William and Olive appear with sons William W. b. 1861, Sterling P. (in honor of CSA Gen Sterling Price?) b. 1866; John M. b. 1868 and Isaac B. b. 1872. Notice the gap between ages of William and Sterling that could indicate wartime absence of husband.
In 1880, William’s birthplace is given as Tennessee, his father’s birthplace as Virginia and his mother as born in Tennessee. Olive Musgrave Williams birth place is given as Missouri and both parents as born in Tennessee. (But Olive, her mother, lived next door in 1879 and her entry gives her AND her parents birth place as South Carolina.
We know that William didn’t marry until 1855 (so he might still be living with his parents in 1850) and that he was born about 1830. His father should have been born in Virginia, and should be over sixteen years of age.
John E. Williams, Sr. of 198 Pulaski 1840 and 211 Pulaski 1850 and 273 Pulaski 1860 fulfills all the requirements for being William’s father (thought this is not absolute PROOF): born Virginia 1803-1805; in his house in 1850 resides William b. Tennessee ca. 1830. John Sr. quite probably is the father of Wm. Williams, but we need other confirmation. Bible record of this family would be the clincher. If our theory is true, the two Williams brothers, Tom and Wm. marred the Musgrave sisters, Mariah and Olive Manurva, daughter of Burrell Musgrave Sr. Births of John E. Williams children show that he lived in Tennessee from at least 1826-1830. From Tom’s sketch, we know that that Eda Stewart, his wife was born in Grainger County, Tennessee in about 1810, so the search for the Williams family in Tennessee could logical begin there.
In 1956, the Lawson McGhee Library of Knoxville, Tennessee, published the Grainger county census for 1810 and the county tax lists edited by Pollyanna Creekmore. Part of the census was missing. A search does not reveal a single Stewart name. There are two families named William Williams.
There were quite a few names in 1810 Grainger that also appear in 1840 Pulaski: Moulder, Long, Capps, Yadon, Rayl, Ray, Ivey, Breeden, Ezell, Epps, Arnett, Ousley, Sparkman, Helton, Coulter and Stubblefield.
Next to John E. Williams Sr. in 1840 Pulaski were Stephen M. Williams and William Williams. All three men were shown in Missouri alone; all three were on 198 Pulaski 1840 separated only by one Voluntine (Valentine) Johnson. William Williams MAY have been 528 Wright in 1850. Stephen was in 6 Texas Co. 1850 b. 1819 in Virginia. He is there again in 1860, house #381, b. 1818. Complete 1850 entry: Stephen M.A. Williams, age 31 b. Virginia; Milling; Mahala M. 33 b. Kentucky;’ Sarah Jane age 4 b. MO and Richard Williams 1, MO. Also in the home were Melinda and Jeremiah Odle and Wilson H. and William Walton who were in their teens. Also Samull(sic) Wilson-Watson? b. ca. 1829 in Tennessee.
In 1850 slave schedule for Texas County is one John E.N. Williams, b. ca. 1814 in Virginia, merchant. He is residing with apparently family in the home of Elisha Bowman of Kentucky in the Ellsworth neighborhood, an area that seems to include mills, blacksmiths, a bar keeper and William Gott, Ellsworth’s postmaster-storekeeper. Henry F. Ormsby who had a saw mill in Ellsworth in the 1850’s is nearby.
One Jesse Williams was present there too; 200 Pulaski 1840 and 228 Pulaski 1850. (was he also the man 417 Texas 1860?) b. 1813 in Virginia. There were additional Williams families, but I abstracted those Virginia-born.
The first census of Pulaski contained thirteen Williams, Robinson and Johnson families; twelve Davis groups; nine Robertson-Robersons; nine Miller and Fulbright families and eight apiece named Moore, Stewart-Stuart-Steward and Rippey.
November 19, 1981
Reprint of U.S. Civil Servants residing in Missouri in 1823. It is from a small, leather bound register, probably from the library of Gen Schofield and sold at a used book store in Seattle. Then in possession of Don Vincent. See October 1966 Kansas City Genealogist where it was first published.
The William Ousley (Owsley) family came from Tennessee and settled first in Osage and Gasconade Counties of Missouri before removing in the late 1860’s the Phelps and Pulaski Counties. Relationship of William, Henry, Crawford, Robert, James, and Pleasant Ousley?
Nancy Lowery Ousley was the daughter of Rev. Tom Lowery; need full data.
Reply: William Owsley on 884 Osage 1850; Mary is with him. Both were born ca. 1814 in Tennessee. Ap[parent children: Nancy b. 1835; Henry b. 1838; John b. 1840; Elizabeth b. 1841; Louisa b. 1847, all in Tennessee and Thomas Owsley b. 1849 in Missouri. Thus, William came to Missouri about 1847-1849 and records of him in Tennessee should be possible to find until his departure. Near Williams p. 883 was Emanuel Owsley, b. 1827 in Tennessee and probably wife Sarah b. 1828 in Tennessee. I found one Owsley family in 1850 Morgan County, Missouri census, p. 487: Robert b. E. Tennessee 1805 and apparent wife Nancy b. E. Tennessee 1803; they were in Indiana in 1832 and Wisconsin in about 1836 for births of children. There is no 1790 or 1800 census for Tennessee. Grainger Co. is the only left for East Tennessee in 1810 and only parts of the state are available for 1820. 1830 E. Tennessee index: Isaac, John, Matthew and Stephen Ousley, all in Claiborne County; Edward Ousley in Sumner Co. none in West Tennessee index.
There are two Thomas Lowerys in 1850 Laclede census; neither has daughter Nancy. One Malicy (Melissa?) Lowery on 271 Laclede 1850 was b. 1807 South Carolina is head of household in which Nancy E. Lowery b. Indiana about 1839 is shown. Thomas Lowry of 262 Laclede 1850 was b. N-S Carolina January 21, 1800 d. 1848 Laclede Co. His wife was Cyndarilla Breedlove b. ca. 1800 in Virginia, a daughter of Martin Breedlove who m. 1791 in Albemarle County, Virginia Elizabeth Carr, daughter of Thos and Anne Sanders Carr. This Thomas is an interest of Mrs. Daniel Byrne whose query in June 1967 E. Tennessee Historical Society Quarterly “Echoes” p. 485 is quoted here. Her list of eleven children for this Thomas does not include Nancy. Thomas R. Lowery, son of Thomas may be your man.
November 25, 1981
From Pauline Hartman Womack (Mrs Charles T. Womack, Jr., 307 E. Monroe, Greenwood, Mississippi 38930.) Mask Leake, born 1804 in Rockbridge Co. Virginia died after 1853 (not on Rutherford County, Tennessee 1860 tho had been in 1840 and 1850 census), and his wife Elizabeth Lewis married in Wilson County Tennessee in 1825. The brothers who went on to Pulaski Co. Missouri were William Leak (Leek), James Leak and sister Judith Rhea, a widow. These Leake children were from John Mask Leake born Albemarle Co. Virginia d. August 1840 Rutherford County, Tennessee. He was a Revolutionary soldier pensioner and info Hannah Luttrell.
The family came into Tennessee by way of Knox Co. Tennessee and some of the family married and stayed there; mine married in Wilson Co. and there on 1830 census. My line:
John Maske Leake (1756-1840) wife Hannah Luttrell; Mask Lake (1804-1850’s) wife Elizabeth Lewis; Elizabeth Leak (1835-1899) m. John Hartman in Rutherford Co. Tennessee and buried there; tombstones in place; John B. Hartman (1855-1946) m. Ida Buchanan in Rutherford Co. and buried there); Alonzo Bascom Hartman m. May Johnston b. Tennessee married in Mississippi; bur. there.
Reply: Goodspeed’s (p. 628) says that William Leake’s brother-in-law was John Rhea, who came with him from Tennessee possibly about 1830. William’s wife was Sarah (Sally) Dodd, born 1796 Amherst County, Virginia, d. 1850 Phelps Co. Missouri. William died in 1875 and bd. Pisgah Cemetery, Dixon, Missouri. Children: Nancy, Polly, John (m. Martha J.), Hannah (m. Cyrus H. s/o Simeon Frost and lived in Houston, Texas Co. MO); Josiah, James, Polly (again) and Cynthia b. Missouri 1832. Other children bon in Tennessee from 1812-1826. William Leake’s 1812 pension application 5C4873. Not found in 1830 Knox Co. Tennessee census nor was his marriage record there. See 201 Pulaski 1840.
Possible sources are McClung Library collection by Miss Laura Luttrell; Bk 1, p. 31 by Wm. Coppedge, J.P. and Probate in Phelps County, Missouri. Mrs. Delbert Welch provides these children: Mary (Polly) b. 1812 m. 1831 Crawford Co. Missouri Nat Bates (2) Nancy-no further information (3) John b. 1817 d. Edgar springs, Missouri m. Martha Jane Frost in Crawford Co. in 1840. (4) Hannah b. 1820 - No further information; (5) Josiah b. 1822 d. 1852 (6) James b. 1826 d. 1898 at Dixon, Pulaski County, Missouri (7) Polly b. 1829 No further information; (8) Cynthia b. 1832 Pulaski County, Missouri m. Thomas A. Jones (9) William J. b. 1837 Pulaski County, Missouri d. 1922 Monett, Barry Co. Missouri m. Amanda Mathews. (10) Richard M. b. 1849 Pulaski County, Missouri d. 1931 bd. Rolla Cemetery, Rolla, Missouri. John and James, sons of William Leake are bd. Pisgah Baptist Cemetery near Dixon, Pulaski County, Missouri.
Sarah A. Dodd, wife of William Leake was b. 1796 in Amherst Co. Virginia d. 1850 Pulaski County, Missouri. She was d/o Josiah Dodd, who married before 1786 probably Amherst Co. Mary Luttrell. Josiah d. 1809-1810 Knox Co. Tennessee.
John Mask Leak d. 24 Aug. 1840 in Rutherford. Hannah Luttrell was b. 1755 Westmoreland Co. Virginia.
Abstract by Vincent of 1812 Bounty Land: April 19, 1852 William Leek, aged about 66 years...was a private in Company commanded by Captain James Stewart in 14th Regiment of Tennessee Militia commanded by Colonel John Anderson until he died at Forth Strother and thereafter commanded by Colonel Thomas Clark. He (William) volunteered at Knoxville, Tennessee ca. September 20, 1814...honorably discharged at Knoxville in (late) May 1815. His certification of discharge was sold in order to draw his pay...he had never received prior bound land. April 8, 1871 Pension application in Phelps Co. William Leek aged 85, resident of Arlington, Phelps County, Missouri was in Taylor’s Brigade...was present at taking of Gun boat at Mobile Bay, Alabama...
The brothers William and James Leek appear next to each other in 1840 Pulaski No. 90 & 91. Data on James is not nearly as satisfactory. He is 27 Texas 1850 with birth as ca. 1790 in Virginia; Jane b. 1805 in Tennessee; Elizabeth b. 1833 in Illinois; Sarah b. 1835 in Illinois; John b. 1836 in Missouri; Inda (f) b. 1838 in Missouri; Robert b. 1840 in Missouri; George b. 1847 in Missouri and Richard b. 1849 in Missouri.
So, while William seems to have removed from Tennessee to Missouri, brother James made a side-trip to Illinois before rejoining William.
Judith Rhea (in 1840 called “Judah”) is No. 92 of the study group. On 148 Pulaski 1850 (later became Phelps Co.) she was born 1780 in Virginia and resides with William J. Hawkins family. Josiah Dodd, b. Virginia ca. 1785-1787 lives next door. Josiah was the son of Josiah Dodd, whose wife was Mary Luttrell. Mrs. Welch also sent a family group sheet on Josiah Jr. saying he was also born in Amherst Co. m. 1806 in Knox Co. Tennessee Mary Finney, daughter of James Finney and Mary Aigill (Edgehill or Eghill). Josiah Dodd, Jr. died 1860 in Pulaski and is buried at Mill Creek Cemetery. Twelve children.
William Leak appears in either Wilson (p. 155) or Rutherford (p. 316) 1830 Tennessee. In 1830 Wilson Co. are these Dodd men: Richard with 1 male under 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 30-40; 1 female under 5, 2 females 5-10, 2 females 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40; John with 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 1 female under 5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 40-50 and Josiah 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 20-30 and 1 male 40-50; 1 female under 5, 2 females 5-10, 2 females 10-15, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 40-50. (The last man’s numbers match those of the Josiah Dodd who in 1840 was #778 of 224 Pulaski 1840.
In both 1830 Rutherford and Wilson entry, numbers for William Leake are 2 males under 5, 2 males 5-10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 30-40; 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40—he could have been listed in BOTH counties.
December 3, 1981
From Flora E. Lawrence, 184 Star Ave., Thousand Park, New York 13692 provided a 1915 affidavit written by her grandfather William Sylvester Elam in order to clear title to the Wrinkle-Pinkerton place.
State of Missouri, County of Pulaski:
On this 10th day of February A.D. 1915 before me personally appeared W.S. Elam, who being by me duly sworn makes oath and says: “My name is William S. Elam; I am 65 years old: i was born in the western portion of Pulaski County and have resided there all my life: I am well acquainted with the tract of land in Sec. 29, Twp. 35, Range 13 now owned by M.E. Pinkerton; a portion of said land belonged to my father...
Portion of said Section was entered by William H. Wrinkle (same man who( conveyed (portion) of said section as Wm. Wrinkle to John H. Wrinkle and Mary E. Wrinkle who were his children by his first marriage; ...he was also the father of William S. Wrinkle and S.J. Wrinkle, who were two sons by a second marriage and were half-brothers of John H. Wrinkle and Mary E. Wrinkle and the eldest of whom was born some years after the death of the said Mary E. Wrinkle.
I was also acquainted with John H. Wrinkle and Mary E. Wrinkle who received title to the...land...from their father in 1858. Mary E. Wrinkle died about 1859 or 1860 leaving as her sole heirs...John H. Wrinkle and her father William H. Wrinkle, the latter of whom died about the year 1870-1873. (Signed) W.S. Elam.
Mrs. Lawrence continues: My mother’s sister married Huston B. Wrinkle, a descendant of William Wrinkle. William is buried in the Clark Cemetery just south of the original homestead. My great-great grandfather, Lemuel Elam homesteaded the place as did my great grandfather Joseph H. Elam, in 1841-1843. Other members of the family were John H. Elam, John C. Elam, and James H. Elam. They came from Cannon Counties of Tennessee in the early 1840’s. James H. came earlier along with Wm. Adams. Joseph H. married Delila Adams, sister to David. David married Nancy Susan Sapp--we haven’t quite found the proof yet. Greenberry Sapp married Mary, daughter of Squire Morris. When Squire Morris died intestate May 28, 1848 Mary was named as an heir. Polly Sapp was Administratrix, Squire Morris’ widow, also named Mary, married Lemuel Elam in January or February of 1849. Their son James Franklin was born December 18, 1849. Mary died either at his birth or shortly after. Nancy Ellen (Morris) Montgomery raised James Franklin along with her son J.K. Polk Montgomery who was four months old when James Franklin was born. They went to Parker County, Texas in 1862 when (where) Elam died.
John H. Elam married Hannah Gerrill-Jarrell, daughter of David and Sally. David died May 13, 1842, and is buried in the Clark Cemetery also. John H. Elam died September 13, 1853. Hannah later married a Dye, and that is why Mary is listed in the census as Mary Dye—actually she was Mary Elam born February 8, 1846 to Hannah and John E. Elam. They also had another daughter Marenda, born March 26, 1837. She died March 13, 1845 and is buried in the Clark Cemetery as are Lemuel and Joseph H. Elam.
My cousins, Minnie Lambeth of Lebanon, Missouri and Juanita (Mrs. Green) Simpson of 402, College Park Drive, Kirksville, MO 63501, are daughters of Huston B. and Betty Wrinkle both deceased. Huston had sister Ida and Minnie (Mrs. P.B. Johnson) who lived adjacent to my father’s place.
My brothers Rev. Bill J. and Jesse B. Elam, still own the original family homestead. We have the original Elam records back to the 1500’s but need the connecting link between Lemuel and his parents and grandparents.
Reply: John H. Elam is number 711 in the 1840 study group, on p. 221 of 1840 Pulaski census. He was born about 1815 in Tennessee says 206 Pulaski 1850. I am researching Warren and Cannon Counties Tennessee on the Stockstill and Hull lines and notice Lemuel on the 1830 Warren Co. census. His household was 1 male 5-10, 1 male 101-5, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40 matching the man who appears on 206 Pulaski 1850 born (unknown) ca. 1794. Lt. Henry Edge, who married one of the Stockstill girls in 322 Warren and had come form Madison County Kentucky area; David and Nathan Garrell are on the same page as your Lemuel; my Elisha Stockstill of Madison County, Kentucky in on 337 Warren; and Wm. H. and Roysdon Robinson (see King: History of Maries) were on 354 Warren 1830. Roysdon may have been the husband of Drucilla (Isabella?) of 219 Pulaski 1840.
Joseph Elam born ca. 1821 in Tennessee was on 205 Pulaski 1850; his widow Delilah, born Tennessee ca. 1822 was on 268 Pulaski 1860. James Elam born Missouri ca. 1851 was listed with the John Morris family of Kentucky on 265 Pulaski 1860.
A cousin of mine, Harley Hammach of Villa Grove, Illinois says that the Daniel “Boon” listed six names away from our Richard Hull in Warren’s 1812 tax list is a nephew of the frontiersman.
A small history of Warren by Will T. Hale gives a good picture of the county’s early history although not much family information. Some of her residents came on flatboats down the Tennessee River, up the Cumberland then up Caney fork.
Query: Wish to identify Mary Susannah Musgrave who married James Thomas Bench in 1898 in Eufaula, Oklahoma. Three of her children were Hessie J., George Albert and Pearl Bench (Sissons). Mrs. Ruth Brock, Rt. 3, Box 522-H, Midland, Texas 79701.
Reply: Many of the Musgrave line went to Ardmore about the time Oklahoma was opened to settlement, but...I am not able to help with these folks.
Query: My maternal great grandfather was John Weaver Bryan, who settled in Crocker, Missouri about 1845 and lived there until his death about 1903. He had four wives and twelve children. I descend from the third wife Jane Roberson. John was administrator for his father’s estate who was Moses A. Bryan. (Goodspeed, p. 772). Is the hotel mentioned there the old stagecoach inn which is stilling standing in Waynesville? Mrs. Forest A. Bolding, 3216, Ridgewood Drive Midwest City, OK 73110.
Reply: You are related to John Bryan of Star Route, Crocker, MO 65452. Compare notes with him.
Query: Researching the Gaddy family which came to Missouri 1838 via East Tennessee from North Carolina. Harmon Adam Gaddy and his wife Rebecca (Ray) moved there with four chidlren and later had ten more...my grandparents left Missouri in 1899 and moved to Indian Terry near Broken Arrow. While searching in Missouri located the Green-Gaddy Cemetery on the Gasconade River toward Dixon where my great grandfather is buried. Mrs. Ruth (Gaddy) Johnston, 12505 S. Garnett, Broken Arrow, OK 74012.
Reply: Jeremiah Gaddy appears on 355 Rhea County, Tennessee (1830) census and again on 226 Meigs Co. Tennessee in 1840. (Meigs was split off Rhea in 1836). One Wm. H. Gaddy in 355 Rhea also. Both Goodspeed (p. 993) and King Hist. of Maries, p. 677) say Harmond was a son of Jermeiah Gaddy. Rebecca Ray was a daughter of Abner Ray. There was a query published in the Genealogical Helper from Jeanne Gaddy Tenan, Rt. 3, Box 310, Florence, MS 39073: Seek origin of Thomas Gaddy (ca. 1741-1814) and wife Millison (ca. 1745-1817) d. Anson Co. North Carolina—born Virginia? Need children of Jeremiah Gaddy (1775) and Celia Adams md. Anson Co. North Carolina. Need Jeremiah’s burial. One son Harmon A. Gaddy to Missouri 1838. Married 1830-1831 in Tennessee Rebecca Ray daughter of Abner Ray and Ruth Sparkman.
Harmon A. Gaddy was on 173 Pulaski 1850 and 41 Phelps 1860 born ca. 1812 North Carolina. Birthplaces of children indicate Tennessee residence from about 1832 to about 1849. No Harmon or Wm. H. on 1840 Meigs County Census. Perhaps Harmon was “in transit” between E. Tennessee and Missouri in 1840.
December 10, 1981
Query from Vincent: Addressed to Mrs. James R. Doran, 451 Ponder Place, Apt. 1013, Nashville, TN 37228 dated April 1, 1981. I notice that I also have Asa and Edmond Craddock (and the latter with a wife Elizabeth too) among the group of Missouri families I’m interested in...also Wiley Craddock b. ca. 1814 in Kentucky. Will you confirm that Asa L. and Edmond M. Craddock, born approximately 1790 and 1796 listed in the 1850 census of Laclede County, Missouri pp. 235 and 238, were born in Campbell County, Virginia?
Wiley Craddock in 1840 is listed p. 201; in 1850 he is 223 Pulaski and in 1860 13 Phelps. In 1850 his apparent wife is Clarisa E.M. born ca. 1820 in North Carolina.
Reply from Mrs. Doran: There is some connection between our Craddocks; am sending material on Pittsylvania County, Virginia later became Campbell Co. Virginia as I understand it (?)
Enclosures: Court Order 18, p. 276, Pittsylvania Co. Virginia. October 1817: “Coleman Pitts, Jno Pitts, and Betsy Pitts orphans of Richie Pitts died being of age for that purpose made (claim?) of (Suey?) Pitts as (faded and unreadable) as also Mourning Pitts another orphan (also?)...with Asa Craddock, Jess? Pitts, George Boyd and Jno Ward acko (acknowledge?) bond in the penalty of $5000..”
Second enclosure was small map with located of landowners titled: Richie Pitts, deceased, division of his land—Report of Accounts Current—No. 6, p. 88—Pittsylvania Co. Va. Lucy Pitts, widow.
Mourning Pitts, No. 2 39½ acres; James Pitts, No. 3 with 39½ acres; John Pitts, No. 4 with 39½ acres; Asa Craddock No. 5 with 39½ acres; Elizabeth Pitts No. 6, 39½ acres; Jepsie (Jesse?) Pitts No. --- acres and pays No. 4 $10.00.
Handwritten note from Mrs. Doran: Nancy E. Pitts married Asa Craddock 24 January 1815. Elizabeth Pitts married Edmond Craddock 26 February 1831. Both were daughters of Ritchie Pitts and Lucy (Brown?) Pitts.
Comment: Wiley Craddock of our 1840 group (p. 201) may not be kin to Asa and Edmond Craddock as the latter two settled at some distance from him. Asa L. on 235 Laclede 1850 born 1790 Virginia, had one child born 1830, then lived in Tennessee about 1835-1837. Edmond M. on 238 Laclede 1850 was born Virginia in 1796; was in Virginia 18287-1835 then in Tennessee for births of children about 1836-1844. Also among others, one John R. Craddock born Virginia ca. 1819 is listed on 236 Laclede 1850 and one Claborn J.(?) Craddock born Virginia ca. 1823; died September 1849 according to 1840 (sic; should be 1850) Mortality Schedule. Goodspeed, p. 748 says Lewis R. Rupard married Eliz. J. Craddock, daughter of Asa L. and Nancy Craddock—all were Virginia–born.
December 17, 1981
From Mrs. Ilene Sims Yarnell, Versailles, MO: The first county court was held in the home of Thomas M. Pollard within the corporate limits of Linn Creek. (Camden Co.) Ref: Camden Reveille, May 8 1931).
Owsley Claiborne was b. April 12, 1802 in Virginia and died August 19, 1891 in Camden County, Missouri. He was the first postmaster at Double Oak established May 4, 1850; discontinued January 10, 1853. Post office was in the living room of his old log house. The land is now owned by Dolph Ezar. The letter case in on display in Camden County Historical Society Museum at Linn Creek and loaned by Mr. Claiborn’s great grandson, Winston O. Esther.
D.A. Claiborn, Pulaski judge and schoolteacher, was born September 2, 1839 in Somber (Sumner? dv) County, Tennessee and died March 16, 1931. His parents came to area in 1842 in an ox cart. He served in the Union Army; married Jane E. Huffman. They homesteaded near Crock on Belle Creek in Pulaski Co. Leaves Ousley Claiborn, Decaturville Missouri. Ref: Camden Reveille March 27, 1931). Note: Goodspeed says Daniel A. Claiborn was born Smith County Tennessee in 1839 to Ousley Claiborne and Frances (Hunter) Robertson (b. Tennessee 1814) whose father was David Robertson. I believe the Claiborn-Cliburn family to be listed on 172 Sumner Co. 1830 census-dv.
George W. Moulder “born in three counties, but same house”. Article written by Mrs. J.R. Traw of Montreal, Missouri: “My mother, Rosina Foster told this story: Her older sister Polly Ann Moulder Allison was born in Pulaski County in 1839. Rosina Foster was born in Kinderhook County in 1842 and their brother, the late Tom H.B. Moulder was born 1845 in Camden Co—all they were born in the same house. Their father was George W. Moulder born at Cave Camp.
Jacob and Naomi Cook Capps came from Tennessee and are buried in Capps, now Miller Co., a town named for the family. They were the great grandparents of Rose Mary (Capps) Lee, 2011 S. Engineer, Sedalia, MO 65301. Her great grandparents also William and Sarah Perkins Quick, married 1860 Osage Co. Missouri; Sarah 1841-1921. Buried Dixon, Pulaski Co. (no source given).
Reuben Berry age 92 died May 15, 1883 at the hotel owned and operated by his grandson Hon. H.H. Windes. Mr. Berry was one of Camden County’s foremost Pioneers and resided in its territory 56 years. (Reveille May 22, 1931.
Townsend Estes was an early Camden Co. land entry in Jasper Twp. (T40N, R16W._ Earlier in Cooper and Morgan counties Missouri. Kin live in area of Freedom Baptist Church north of Versailles Missouri. John G. Estes’ children buried at Dodson cemetery. Their land is an area just south of where Bagnell Dam now is.
Andrew Estes, Adair township of Camden Co. was born in 1843, son of John G. and Lucy (Dodson) Estes. John G. was b. ca. 1809 in Alabama. Lucy, a native of North Carolina, was born 1816. Andrew’s paternal (grand) parents were Andrew and Mary (Gibson) Estes born in South Carolina; his maternal ancestors were Dr. James and Lucy (Davis) Dodson of Tennessee. James G. Estes d. 1862. (Goodspeed, p. 901)
John Estes will filed October 7, 1841 (Morgan County, Missouri Deed Book 4:44). Townsend Estes entered Land Entry No. 15920 in Morgan County SE corner of Sec. 20, Twp. 44, Range 18. (End of Mrs. Yarnell’s contribution).
John G. Estes says on 674 Camden 1850 he was born Tennessee 1810. He was a Baptist clergyman says Montague Directory; birth of child places him in Missouri about 1835.
One Andrew Estes (clergyman) born 1807 in Tennessee in Missouri 1831 is 515 Morgan 1850. Another Andrew Estes, born ca. 1779 in Virginia in on 890 Miller 1850. Constantine Estes born ca. 1817 in Tennessee in on 446 Morgan 1850; Susannah Estes b. ca. 1780 in Virginia in on 492 Morgan 1850. Ozark Reminiscences (pp. 400 and 571) mention John C. Estes of Stone County, Missouri who married in North Carolina, then moved to Roane County, Tennessee though several of this name are found in 1830 Grainger Co. Tennessee
Excellent outline of Moulder family in Reveille of August 4, 1972. Briefly, John, Lewis and Valentine Moulder first in Pennsylvania, then to North Carolina before Revolutionary War. John died 1810 and buried “Transwell” (Tazewell in Claiborn Co. Tennessee?). George W. Moulder was a grandson of John and came west in 1837. In Alexander Hamilton’s District of 1805 Tax list of Grainger County both a Valentine and a Henry Moulder are listed (Curtis: Early E. Tennessee Tax Lists, Fort Worth, Texas, 1964, p. 71) Interestingly, this section also included Willis Capps. One Willis Capps is No. 979 in 1840 group and is near George W. Moulder in 1850 census. Goodspeed says that both Valentine and George W. Moulder married Yadon girls, both named Ann. One Thomas Yadon appears in 1840 group (No. 976) and two men of this name also appear in 1810 census of Grainger Co. Tennessee: Joseph and Jacob Yadon. William, Willis and Jacob Capps are also 1810 Grainger. Conclusion: Surely we have located the Tennessee home of Moulder, Capps and Yadon families.
December 24, 1981
Queries from Mrs. William Wood, Box 181, Chesterfield, IL 62630: (1) Need parents and birthplace of Aaron Dean Sr. b. ca. 1781. He emigrated from Davidson County, Tennessee in 1844 to Crawford County, Missouri. In 1860, in Phelps County census, he was living with James and Sarah Spencer. One wife was Vicki [-?-] who d. 1820/1821 m. 1826 Jane Binkley. Sons Moses m. Mary Binkley; Aaron Jr. m. Narcissus Binkley; William m. Minerva Gower; Robert m. Melinda Fulsome; Provit m. Melinda Proffitt or Propst. Were Sarah and Nancy daughters? Other children?
(2) Who were parents of Melinda Ellis b. 17 March 1810 in Washington County, Tennessee m. 12 April 1827 John Matlock. She d. 27 December 1898 Elk Prairie, Phelps Co. Missouri. Children were Henry Beasley, Harvey, Elizabeth Mary Dean, William, Mauree Furay, Sara Jane Dean, John W., Ellen Ball, Melinda Dewey, Lusinda Seaton, Endemil, Dean Adams, Jerome.
(3) Need date of death for Nancy Hale Matlock, wife of Isham Matlock. He d. 1874; she died between 1860-1870. They are buried north of St. James in Matlock Cemetery without tombstones. I have much Matlock, Dean and Gahr data. Maternal grandparents were George V. and Minnie (Dean) Gahr.
From Sharon Gammon, 904 S. Andrews Ave., Sherman, TX 75090: Thomas F. (Francis?) Wilcox was the husband of my third great grandmother Mary Huff d/o John and Sarah Kelsey. According to the John J. Watts papers, Thomas Wilcox and Mary Huff were married on the Nels Woods farm in Pulaski Co. in 1835. He fathered one child, son William Wilcox b. 18 June 1840 and d. Slabtown, Texas Co. between 1840 and August 1844. I have a deed signed by Harden Hiram Wilcox, J.P. of Wright Co. in August 1844. I suspect Hiram may be kin.
Reply: One William Wilcox b. ca. 1830 MO appears in 36 Texas Co. 1850; one Emanuel Wilcox, b. VA. ca. 1818 is on 635 Camden 1850; one Joseph Wilcox settled in Dallas Co. 1½ miles north of Buffalo (Goodspeed’s, p. 499)
More from Gammon: Elizabeth McElroy (1820-1894) b. Allen Co. KY d. Pulaski Co. MO d/o John W. McElroy b. 1786 in S.C. d. 1861. John was the s/o James McElroy b. 1759 N.C. d. 1848 in Allen Co. KY; James was a son of Archibald McElroy and wife Ann Alston d/o Will Alston.
John W. McElroy m. 1819 in Allen Co. Ellender Bright b. S.C. ca. 1791, d/o Tobias Bright who d. Allen Co. KY 1828. James McElroy of N.C. m. 1782 in S.C. Frances (Fannie) Langston d/o John Langston whose S.C. will was filed in 1790.
Elizabeth McElroy was w/o Alfred Brownfield (1804-1865) b. (Hardin Co.?) KY d. Pulaski co. MO who may have been a son of William Brownfield. Alfred and Elizabeth’s child was Mary Ellen Brownfield b. 1838 in Pulaski Co; d. 1919 in Musselsheel Co. Montana. m. Frances M. Padgett, Hess, James Killman, Charles M. VanGordon Sr. and fifth Thomas Stanton.
Wm. Marion Francis Hess s/o Mary Ella, b. Pulaski 1867 and d. Muskogee Co. OK in 1956. Will m. 1895 Mary Eleanor (Mollie) Judkins b. Pulaski 1875 d. at age 101 years in 1976 in Muskogee Co. OK. Mollie was d/o John Thomas Judkins b. 1847 Texas Co. MO; d. 1907 Pulaski Co. MO s/o Wm. Judkins d. 1847 MO and Mary Huff b. 1819 in Pulaski Co. KY; d. 1852 Texas Co. MO. She was d/o John and Sarah (Kelsey) Huff.
John Thomas Judkins m. 1869 Mary Denton Webb b. 1849 Warren Co. TN d. 1932 in Pulaski Co. MO. She was d/o Alexander Webb b. ca. 1810 in TN. Alexander m. before 1831 Mary E. [-?-] b. 1816 in TN. She perhaps d. in Phelps Co. MO about 1860-1870. Alexander’s will was filed in Texas Co. MO in 1859. He was a son of Townsend Webb and grandson of Jesse Webb who d. 1835 in TN.
December 31, 1981
From Dorothy Woodside, R.R. No. 1 Box 458, DuQuoin, IL 62832: From her great-grandmother’s scrapbook: Great-grandmother Gladman and family lived in Baltimore, Maryland, then moved to North Carolina, then to Goose Creek, Tennessee. Nancy Gladman married there Lish Stockstill. Their daughter Nancy m. Richard Hull on 11 April 1807. Nancy Ann Stockstill b. 1777; Richard A. Hull b. 1775.
My grandmother (Dessie Hampleman Manis) and I came to Oregon in 1921 or 1922. We spent six weeks with your grandparents Lee and Leanna Vincent. There was a George Wolf and wife [who] came while we were there. A couple of years later we went to visit Carlos Wolf and family in Monta Vista, Colorado. I believe he was brother to your grandmother, they had another sister Laura who lived in Kansas.
Reply: Before my father’s death in 1974 he related that his Uncle George Wolfe lived at one time in Chemawa, Oregon.
Lord Hampleman was the father of immigrant George Hampleman Sr. who by all accounts was a soldier with Washington at Valley forge. He settled in Clark Co. Ohio and raised a large family. He was 100 years old at his death. George Hampleman Jr. m. Hardy Co. Virginia Ruth Howell who d. 1825. George II d. 1853 and is bd. in Ohio. Henry Foster Hampleman, s/o George Jr. was b. 1814 Clark Co. Ohio and d. 1876 in Illinois m. 1842 Pickneyville, Illinois Nancy Minerva Hull b. 1822 in Warren co. TN d. 1911 near Tamaroa, Illinois. Their daughter Ruth Ann Hampleman (1843-1885) m. 1865 at Tamaroa Andrew Jackson Wolfe b. 1842 “near Nashville” (Davidson Co. Tennessee). He d. Texas Co, Mo. 1905. Said to be buried “on old Texas Co. homestead.”
Andrew Jackson Wolfe s/o George Washington Wolfe b. ca. 1811 prob. Davidson Co. Tennessee. He was s/o Philip Wolfe b. 1770-1780 who m. 1801 in Davidson Co. Elizabeth Barnes b. 1776 in North Carolina. Philip’s will filed in Davidson Co. in 1836.
Family tradition is that George Hampleman Sr. was descended from German nobility. He contracted as an indentured servant to obtain passage to this country; m. Margarett Duffy ca. 1756 in Virginia. (See Hamplemans in America updated by Rev. Glenn Hampleman of Centralia, Illinois. The original Revolutionary Grant land is still owned by descendants of George Hampleman Sr.
From Nora Wilson Lee, 20425 28th Ave. so. Sp. 18 Seattle, Washington 98188: My father Dell Wilson (1862-1916) was b. Waynesvile, Pulaski Co. m. Serentha (Cynthia Ann) d/o Columbus C. Christison (1843-1885) and Mary Jane Turpin (1844-1887) C.C. Christison’s father was Elijah Christison b. Kentucky or Maryland in 1790. He d. about 1875 in Pulaski Co.; his wife b. ca. 1821 was Sarah Jordan. Mary Jane Turpin was d/o Thomas Turpin and Nancy Jane Barnet.
My great grandfather was John Wilson m. Sarah Jane Huff. He was ambushed and shot at the end of the Civil War possibly in Thomasville, Fulton county, Arkansas. (Have not been able to locate that town; there is one of the name in Oregon Co. Missouri).
Sarah Jane Huff b. 1840 Fulton co. Arkansas d. 1897 in Pulaski Co. was d/o Alexander Huff (1810-1844) and (Eliza) Elizabeth Cornelius b. 1812 KY; d. Baldridge, Pulaski Co. in 1847. Alexander d. in Herman Franklin Co. Missouri. He was s/o John Huff b. 1781 in VA; d. 1857 probably in Wayne Co. MO. Alexander m. Eliza 1809 near Nashville, Davidson Co. TN. John Huff’s wife was Sarah Kelsey (Nelson) (Kelso). John’s father d. 1764; his mother was Elizabeth [-?-]. Eliza’s father was John(?) Cornelius b. 1793 in Virginia.
Sarah Jane m. (2) Lewis Waggner and (3) Benjamin F. Merrill. (Most of the information was given to my mother from Glen Poulson who got it from Tom Turpin).
From Edith Moyer Page (Mrs. Harry) 115 Arbor View Drive, Athens GA 30605: My great grandfather Michael Brown was b. New York 1810; living 1840 in Muskingum Co. Ohio where he m. Anna [-?-]. She d. 1847 and he m. (2) Pemelia Fleming, a widow. He was in Union Co. Ohio in 1850; Delaware Co. in 1860. He is said to have d. possibly before 1880 at the home of daughter Ludorna (?) Wells in Pulaski Co. MO.
From Mrs. Frank J. Stodden, Jr. 405 S. Autry Ave., Lafayette CO 80026: My great great great grandfather William Atwood was #289 (p. 207) in 1840 Pulaski Co. His daughter Mary m. 1842 Lebanon, Laclede Co. William Tyre-Tyree. William Atwood b. ca. 1793 in North Carolina d. after 1860 in Oakland area, Laclede Co. MO. (Estate settlement Book A, p. 163; William Tree, Administrator). William Sr.’s wife was Elizabeth Ann Miles b. 1803 in South Carolina d/o Leonard and Elizabeth [-?-] Miles. They may have had six children, including three possible sons—need help to clarify this:
i. James (possible) b. ca. 1813 d. ca. 1884 in Polk Co. MO. never married.
ii. Jacob S. (possible) b. ca. 1815 in Lincoln Co. Tennessee d. 1891 Greene Co. MO bd. Maple Park Cemetery m. Mary d/o
[-?-] Renfrow and Mary [-?-]
iii. Mary b. ca. 1818 in Lincoln Co. TN d. 1867 in Laclede Co. MO
iv. Thomas (possible) b. 1823 in Lincoln Co. TN m. there 1839 Nancy Kearn.
v. William P. b. ca. 1826 in Lincoln Co. TN m. 1848 Laclede Co. Matilda Hough d/o William and Marjorie Hough.
vi. Elizabeth Ann b. 1831 in Lincoln Co. TN d. 1878 Texas Co. MO. bd. Stubbs Cemetery 4½ miles northeast of Mountain Grove, Missouri m. 1844 in Laclede co. Lawson Harvey Wilson.
vii. Martha J. b. ca. 1834 Lincoln Co. TN m. 1855 Laclede Co. William Hough s/o William and Marjorie Hough.
viii. Sarah b. ca. 1837 in Lincoln Co. TN (?) m. 1853 in Laclede Co. Jonathan Williams s/o Samuel H. and Lucy [-?-] Williams.
ix. Francis M. b. ca. 1839 in Laclede Co; no further information.
In early 1790 Fairfield District, Edgefield Co. South Carolina and 1790-1800 Warren Co. North Carolina, Orange co. North Carolina the name was misspelled Hatwood, Haguewood, Haigwood or Holwood. Both Miles and Atwood were on same census in Fairfield District.
Reply: William Atwood’s 1840 listing was 1 male under 5, 1 male 10-15, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 2 females 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40, then on 251 Laclede Co. in 1850. Goodspeed titles him first settler on Stien (Sten’s) Creek, Webster Co. (p. 360) and as Laclede school inspector in perhaps 1852 (p. 83)
Lincoln Co. TN 1830, p. 221 shows Thomas Atwood with 1 male 20-30, 1 male 60-70; 1 female 60-70 and William Miles with 2 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 20-30, leaving us to wonder why William’s children aren’t listing tho probably demonstrating an Atwood-Miles alliance in the right county.
(Another probable Lincoln-to-Laclede traveler was Linsey Culton (Calton) of 21 Lincoln 1830 and 220 Pulaski in 1840 and 278 Laclede in 1850. Can anyone confirm this. Lois Roper Beard (Lebanon, Missouri Daily Record of June 10, 1966) states that Julia Bailey Calton wife of Joel Calton was in good standing in a Baptist Church congregation in 1832 in Giles Co. Tennessee. (Lincoln and Giles border).
George Washington Tyree may be a brother of Nathan Tyree, great great great grandfather of querist Mrs. Frank J. Stodden, Jr., 405 S. Autry Ave. Lafayette, CO 80026. Born about 1784 in Pittsylvania Co. Virginia, he died between 1860-1870 in Franklin Co., Missouri. He served in the War of 1812, married 1811 in Pittsylvania Co. Virginia Elizabeth Grigsby d/o Moses Grigsby. Issue:
i. Frances b. 18* in North Carolina d. ca. 18* in Oregon County, Missouri m. Wm. H. Caldwell.
ii. Samuel Daniel b. ca. 1830 in Virginia/North Carolina d. ca. 1864 St. Louis Co. Missouri m. 1852 Franklin Co. Missouri Francis Duckworth.
iii. David M. b. ca. 1828 North Carolina m. 1852 Franklin Co. Sarah Vest (West?)
iv. Elizabeth m. 1840 Franklin Co. Kincade Caldwell.
v. Nancy m. 1838 Franklin Co. Ross Crow
vi. Juliann (poss. child) m. 1840 in Franklin Co. John T. Mitchell.
From Alice Hargroves, Rocky Mount, Star Route, Box 19, Eldon, MO 65026: My great great great grandfather was Jacob Lawson. There are connections to an Alexander family, then by 1880’s Edward Ball Taber.
Reply: One Jacob Lawson was on 200 Pulaski 1840 and perhaps listed previously 1830 McMinn co. Tennessee, p. 138. Only his apparent wife Marian shows in 1850 in Pulaski Co. p. 153. Marian was b. ca. 1790 in Kentucky. With her in 1850 were Lawson b. ca. 1822 in Tennessee and (all born in Missouri) Delila b. ca. 1832; Hamilton b. ca. 1834 and Kizah b. ca. 1838. Next door to Marion was Isaac Lawson (son of Jacob?) b. ca. 1811 in Tennessee. He appears to have been living in Missouri as early as 1829 judging from birthplace of possible son Charles. but he was also in Illinois for a time; approximately 1833-1839. Jane, Isaac’s apparent wife was b. Kentucky ca. 1806.
One Nathan Brittain, whose age matches the man on 222 Pulaski 1840 is listed on 135 McMinn 1830; one Elkanah Rowden is on 137 McMinn 1830; one Robert Philips of 1840 McMinn may have been listed on 469 Wright in 1850. (see Goodspeed, p. 744); one John Elder of 141 McMinn 1830 was probably No. 1124 Pulaski 1840, p. 235. Jehu Carnes, a Methodist minister removed in 1838 from McMinn to Osage Co. Missouri (Goodspeed, p. 1108); Jehu’s father was Josiah Carnes of 364 Rhea Co. Tennessee 1830. Lawson Rodgers of 146 McMinn 1830 is quite probably the same man who appears 2024 Pulaski 1840—all ages match.
The preceding paragraph is intended to illustrate the strong possibility that our Jacob Lawson of Pulaski Co. is the one that is listed on 138 McMinn 1830. The family may be of Virginia origin, as two Lawson men who I suspect were related to Jacob (Nathan of 850 Miller 1850 and David b. 1785 in Virginia of 851 Miller 1850 were, I believe on 138 and 137 McMinn 1830 respectively.
Isaac Lawson’s Pulaski will is dated 1856; his daughter married into the Bradford, Kapp, Malone and Frame families.
From Kenneth T. Wilhite, 402 Ben Avenue, Lilburn, GA 30247: My interest... Jeptha and Mary West, and Lilburn Howard who married the West’s daughter Susanna; I will share information. Lilburn Howard is believed to be the brothers of Elizabeth, the wife of Judge Cyrus Colley, from whom Collie Hollow, west of Waynesville, got its name. The Howards and Colleys lived in this hollow, and the Wests lived at the head of it.
Jeptha West was born in south Carolina in 1780-1790 and d. Pulaski Co. 1844; he married Mary [-?-] b. ca. 1801 in Delaware, died Pulaski Co. 1853. Need parents and siblings.
Reply: Jeptha West was in our part of Missouri very early; he appears Crawford Co. 1830, p. 177, a portion of which by 1840 was in Pulaski. Goodspeed says he settled near Waynesville. His widow, Mary appears on 200 Pulaski 1850. He died intestate Pulaski 1844; administrators were Mary West and Cyrus Colley. Josiah Christison furnished security; heirs were Terrell West residing in Camden Co. and heirs who married John Harris; Wm. and Jane West; Rachel Dorlin(g) who married James Dornlin who all reside in Dade Co. Missouri. Others are (no punctuation given) “John Jepha and Lucinda who married Wm. D. Myers who reside in the state of Illinois. Susan who married Lilburn Howard, Malinda married Emanuel Riddle, Benjamin Francis Marian Jasper and Sarah West, all reside in Pulaski Co. Missouri.
(Woodruff, Missouri Pioneers, Volume 16, p. 11)
Susan West Howard on 197 Pulaski 1850 was born about 1821 in Tennessee; Malinda wife of Emanuel Riddle on 200 Pulaski 1850 was b. ca. 1819 in Tennessee and Benjamin b. ca. 1825 in Tennessee was on 200 Pulaski 1850 and 310 Pulaski 1860 censuses.
The Jeptha West name appears in two places in 1830 census of White co. Tennessee (p. 11, p. 30) and the ages approximate that of the man we find in Crawford and Pulaski Co. census listings.
Lilborn Howard appears on 233 Pulaski 1840 and on 197 Pulaski 1850 born ca. 1816 in Kentucky. Cyrus Colley (Goodspeed, p. 777) b. York County, South Carolina; moved early with parents to Caldwell Co. Kentucky m. 1825 Elizabeth Howard also born there ca. 1805. Cyrus lived in Caldwell Co. in 1831, then in 1832 located six miles west of Waynesville. Silas Howard was an uncle of Cyrus’ wife; her father was William Howard. Cyrus was on 224 Pulaski 1840, 197 Pulaski 1850 (where his birth place is declared to be Kentucky!) and 253 Pulaski 1860 born 1801 in South Carolina.