Stephen Hopper (1790-1858) & Bethenia Robertson (1793-1845)

Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson are my 4X great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Susan Releabie Hopper.

Stephen Hopper was born in 1790 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. He was the son of Harmon Hopper and Sarah Cole.

Bethenia Robertson was born 1793 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of William Robertson and Violetty Lettice.

Stephen and Bethenia were married on July 27, 1811 in Adair County, Kentucky. He was about 21 and she was about 18.

On the 1830 US Census, Stephen was head of a household of 10 in Adair County, Kentucky. The household included: 1 male aged 5-9 (Thomas); 1 male aged 40-49 (Stephen was 40); 2 females under age 5 (Susan was 1); 3 females aged 5-9; 2 females aged 10-14 (Iceyphena was 12); 1 female aged 30-39 (Susan was 37). There are 6 unknown children on this Census.

On the 1840 US Census, Stephen was head of a household of 13 in Adair County, Kentucky. The household included 1 male aged 15-19 (Thomas); 1 male aged 40-49 (Stephen was 50); 2 females aged 5-9 (Nancy was 7); 2 females aged 10-14 (Susan was 11); 2 females aged 15-19; 2 male slaves under age 10; 1 female slave under age 10; 1 female slave aged 24-35; 1 female slave aged 36-54. There are 4 unknown children on this Census, and wife Bethenia wasn’t counted.

A family record available on Ancestry.com indicates that Bethenia died in 1845 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. She was about 52.

Stephen married Mary Polly Roach on November 23, 1845 in Kentucky. He was about 55 and she was 23 or 29 depending on which census you believe.

On the 1850 US Census, Stephen was 60 and wife Mary was 27. Neither could read or write. Children in the home were: Nancy, age 17; William. age 10; Stephen, age 8; Harrison, age 6; Meredith, age 4.

Stephen died in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky in 1858. He was about 68.

The children of Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson:

Iceyphena Hopper – Iceyphena was born August 18, 1818 in Kentucky. She married Clemon Hopper on October 14, 1835 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 10 children. Her son Creel reported, in a letter available on Ancestry.com, that four of her sons (along with 5 of her brothers) served for the Union in the Civil War. She died February 12, 1879 in Taney County, Missouri. She was 60. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas J. Hopper – Thomas was born sometime between 1821 & 1824 in Kentucky. He married Easther Rowe on January 7, 1841 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 8 children. He served Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War, and died in 1867 according to the Civil War Pension card reflecting Easther filing. He was between the ages of 43 & 46.

Susan Releabie Hopper – My 3x great grandmother Susan was born in about 1829 in Tennessee. She married Henry Killman in about 1851. They had 4 children. Susan died November 6, 1895. She was about 66. Read about her here.

Nancy Hopper – Nancy was born in 1833 in Kentucky according to the only record I have of her, the 1850 US Census.

William H. Harper – William was born in 1840. He married Samantha Jane Denton on August 5, 1866 in Adair County, Kentucky.  They had 6 children. The last record I have of him is the 1900 US Census when he lived in Dublin City, Erath County, Texas with his wife. He was a minister. His wife died in 1901 and she is buried in Erath County, Texas.

Stephen Alford Harper – Stephen was likely born in 1842 but his Find A Grave memorial says he was born on January 15 ,1844. He married Nancy Elizabeth Sexton on September 12, 1870 in Metcalfe, Kentucky.  They had 4 children. He married Maude Elizabeth Nelson on May 8, 1890 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 6 children. Stephen died September 29, 1914 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Harrison P. Harper – Harrison was born January 8, 1844. He enlisted in Company E, Kentucky 3rd Infantry Regiment on Oct 8, 1861. He mustered out on September 26, 1864. He transferred to Company Battery A, Kentucky Light Artillery Battery on September 26, 1864. He mustered out on June 26, 1865 at Nashville, TN. Harrison married Mary Wilson on April 2, 1864 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had at least 5 children. The last record I have of him is on the 1880 US Census, when he was 34 and lived in Leatherwood, Adair County, Kentucky with his wife and 5 children.

The children of Stephen Hopper & Mary Polly Roach:

Meredith Johnson Harper – Meredith was born December 27, 1847 in Kentucky. He married Fannie E. Gowen in 1868. They had 7 children. He died September 28, 1912 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. He was 64

Manurvia Catherine Harper – Manurvia was born in 1853. She married William E. Edwards on January 18, 1869 in Adair County, Kentucky. She died Mar. 17, 1891 in Edinburg, Christian, Illinois. She was 38. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

 

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Henry Kilman (1826-1893) & Susan Releabie Hopper (1829-1895)

Henry Killman & Susan Releabie Hopper are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Mary A. Kilman.

Henry Killman was born about 1829 in Tennessee. His year of birth varies greatly on the documents I have: 1829 on the 1850 US Census, 1824 on the 1860 US Census, 1826 on his Civil War enlistment, 1830 on the 1870 US Census and 1824 on the 1880 US Census, which also changes his birthplace to Kentucky.) His parents were Levin Killman & Mary Hendricks. Read about them here.

Susan Releabie Hopper was born in about 1829 in Tennessee. Her year of birth varies on documents I have: 1827 on the 1860 US Census, 1833 on the 1870 US Census, 1826 on the 1880 US Census. Her parents were Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson. Read about them here.

Henry was found on the 1850 US Census at age 21 in Overton, Tennessee living with parents Levin (age 55) and Mary (age 60). Also in the house was sister Milly, age 20.

Henry and Susan married in about 1851.

On the 1860 US Census, in Monroe, Kentucky, Henry is listed as 36, and Susan is listed as 33. They had 3 children: Stephen, age 8; Edna, age 4; Mary, age 3. Also in the house were boarders Luford Short, age 22, and Thomas Walker, age 21. Henry, Mary and the two boarders are marked as unable to read or write.

Henry enlisted in 1861 to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War. He served as a private in 25th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry Company G.

On the 1870 US Census, still in Monroe, Kentucky, Henry is listed as 40 and Susan is listed as 37. Stephen was 17, Edna Jane was 14, and Mary was 12.

The family moved to Missouri.

Minutes of Mincy Valley Baptist Church of Christ from October and November of 1873 indicate that Henry & Mary and their daughters Mary and Edna were baptized.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was found in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. Henry was listed as 56 and Susan was listed as 54. Daughter Mary was 23 and son William was 10. All but son William are marked as “maimed, crippled, bedridden or disabled.”

Henry died August 14, 1893. He was about 64. Susan died November 6, 1895. She was about 66.

The children of Henry Killman & Susan R. Hopper:

Stephen Alford Killman – Stephen was born February 25, 1853 in Monroe, Kentucky. He married Nancy Watson in about 1872 and they had 6 children. He married Catherine (last name unknown) in about 1897 and they had 3 children. Stephen’s applications to Eastern Cherokee (denied) lists his mother’s name as Susan Releabie Hopper, his own birthdate and birthplace, his children and their birthdates, his parents death dates, his grandparent’s names and their children’s names. He claimed his grandparents and great grandparents were driven from a reservation in Tennessee in 1835. My last record of him is on the 1930 US Census when he lived in Creek, Okfuskee, Oklahoma with his daughter Elizabeth’s family.

Edna Virginia Jane Killman – Edna was born in 1856. She married John Hiram Thomason in 1875. They had 8 children and divorced. She was listed as widowed on the 1910 and 1920 US Census, but her husband had remarried and had another child. She died in 1923. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary A. Killman – My 2x great grandmother Mary was born is September of 1858 in Kentucky. In 1883, she married Abraham Parks. They had 3 children. Read about her here.

William Killman – William was born about 1870 in Tennessee and appears only on the 1880 US Census.

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Phillip Parks (1779-1854) and Katherine White (1780-?)

Philip Parks and Katherine White are my 4X great grandparents, the parents of my 3X great grandfather Robert Huntington Parks.

Philip Parks was born in 1779 in Maryland according to the 1850 US Census. He was the son of Philip Parks and Hannah Peckon/Packcow/Packow.

Katherine White was born about 1780 in Virginia, to Christian White (perhaps born in 1750 in Prussia) and Elizabeth Stonebraker (perhaps born in 1750 in Virginia.)

Philip and Katherine married in about 1800.

Philip Parks is listed on the Tennessee Early Census Index as living in Washington, Tennessee in 1814.

On the 1830 US Census, Philip Parks was head of a household in Washington, Tennessee. There were 11 in the household: 2 males aged 10-14 (John was 11); 2 males aged 15-19 (William was 17 and Philip was 19); 1 male aged 20-29 (Robert was 20); 1 male aged 50-59 (Philip was 51); 1 female under age 5 (Katherine was 5); 1 female aged 5-9 (Rebecca was 8); 1 female aged 10-14 (Nelly was 13); 1 female aged 15-19 (Mary was 15); 1 female aged 40-49 (Katherine was 50). Daughter Sarah would have been 10, and isn’t accounted for here. There’s an extra male aged 10-14.

On the 1840 US Census, Philip Parks was again head of a household in Washington, Tennessee. There were 8 in the household: 2 males aged 5-9 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (probably Philip, age 29, though he was enumerated living alone also); 1 male aged 60-69 (Philip was 61); 1 female aged 10-14 (daughter Katherine was 15); 1 female aged 15-19 (Rebecca was 18); 1 female aged 20-29 (Sarah was 20); 1 female aged 50-59 (Katherine was 60).

Philip’s wife Katherine died between the 1840 & 1850 Census.

On the 1850 US Census, Philip Parks was in Subdivision 4, Washington, Tennessee. He was 71 and born in Maryland. He lived with son Philip Parks, age 39 and born in Tennessee; Sarah Ramsey, age 20 and born in North Carolina; and Eliza Ramsey, age 1 month, born in Tennessee.

Philip’s will, dated March 22, 1854, divided his estate as follows: to daughter Elizabeth Booth, $50 in trade if is she outlives her husband, and if not to her heirs; to daughter Nelly Nelson, $50 in trade; to daughter Nancy Tinker, $50 in trade; to son Robert Parks, $50 in trade; to son William Parks, $50 in trade; to daughter Sarah White, $50 in trade; to daughter Katherine Andes, $50 in trade; to daughter Rebecca Orr, $50 in trade; to supposed daughter of deceased son John Parks, Tilda Jane Freeman, $100 in trade at age 21; to son and executor of estate Phillip Parks, $50 in trade, and the value of a mare and mule colt detained by son-in-law Samuel Erwin (husband of daughter Mary Erwin), and balance of estate.

The children of Phillip Parks and Katherine White:

Elizabeth Parks – Elizabeth was born in 1804 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married John Booth in 1828 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had 12 children. She did outlive her husband by 10 years, so she got her inheritance. Elizabeth died in 1875 at age 71 or 72. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nancy Parks – Nancy was born about 1808 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married James Abraham Tinker and they had at least 9 children. I found mention that they helped found Shallow Ford Church in Unicoi County, Tennessee. The last record I have of her is on the 1880 US Census when she was widowed, age 74, and living in Browns, Unicoi County, Tennessee.

Robert Huntington Parks – My 3X great grandfather Robert was born about 1810 in Tennessee, probably in Washington County. He married Mary Andes on March 17, 1831 in Washington County, Tennessee and they had 4 children. He married R Andes on June 21, 1841 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had my 2X great grandfather Abraham. He married Prudence Cheek Coker in Arkansas in about 1860. They had two children. It is thought that Robert died in 1873 in Lead Hill, Boone County, Arkansas at age 63. Read about him here.

Philip Parks – Philip was born in 1811 in Washington County, Tennessee. He is found twice on the 1860 US Census, both times in Phelps County, Missouri. First he was living with the John Salt family in Rolla and two months later living next door to the John Salt family in Green. John is thought to have died in the Civil War. Philip married John’s wife, Mary Ann Scotts Salt by the 1870 US Census. The last record I have of him is the 1880 US Census when he was 68 and lived in Dillon, Phelps County, Missouri with wife Mary.

William Parks – William was born October 23, 1813 in Washington County, Tennessee. He married Nancy Erwin on June 13, 1835 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had at least 7 children. He died December 20, 1885 at age 72. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Parks – Mary was born in 1815 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married Samuel Erwin in Washington County, Tennessee on December 19, 1832. They had 15 children. On the 1900 US Census when she was widowed and 84 years old, living with daughter Mary in Civil District 7, Unicoi County, Tennessee. She died June 13, 1909 at age 93 or 94. Her death record indicates she was a midwife.

Eleanor “Nelly” Parks – Nelly was born in 1817 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married James Berryman Nelson on May 2, 1826 in Washington County, Tennessee.  The only record I have of the family is the 1850 US Census, when Eleanor was 43 and lived with husband James and 7 children in Subdivision 4, Washington County, Tennessee. In 1860 James was living in the same area with his 2 youngest children, with his brother’s family.

John Parks – John was born in about 1819 in Washington County, Tennessee. The only record I have of John is the mention of him in his father’s will. He was deceased by the time of the will in 1854, and was thought to be the father of Tilda Jane Freeman.

Sarah Parks – Sarah was born in 1820 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married Joseph White on March 5, 1842 in Washington County, Tennessee. On the 1850 US Census she was 30, married to Joseph White, and living in Subdivision 4, Washington County, Tennessee with 4 sons. On the 1880 US Census she was 62, widowed, and living in Macon, Tennessee with her son George’s family.

Rebecca Parks – Rebecca was born in 1822. She married Henry Jackson Orr on December 9, 1847 in Washington County, Tennessee. She died in 1880 in Carter County, Tennessee at age 58 or 59. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Katherine Parks – Katherine was born in 1825 in Washington County, Tennessee. She married William Andes in about 1846, and they had at 10 children. She was a widow, age 55, on the 1880 US Census. She lived in Richland, Shelby, Illinois with 3 of her children. Katherine died on January 10, 1883 in Shelby County, Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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Robert Huntington Parks (1810-1873) and R. Andes (1824-?)

Robert Huntington Parks and R. Andes are my 3X Great Grandparents, parents of my 2X great grandfather Abraham Parks.

There is a lot of conflicting information on this family. I have sifted through it and I am posting what makes sense to me. Please do not hesitate to propose different facts – leave a comment or message me. I do not feel sure about the facts here, but I wanted to put something out to start a conversation.

Robert Huntington Parks was born about 1810 in Tennessee, probably in Washington County. He is the son of Philip Parks and Katherine White.

R. Andes was born about 1824 in Tennessee according to the 1850 US Census. But who is she? She could be Ruth Andes, daughter of William Andes and Lavina Maria Fine. William’s will of December 1856 in Washington County, Tennessee lists his children as: Mary Parks (but our Mary Andes Parks died prior to 1841), Barbary Walter, Allen Andes, Rebecca Davis, John J. Andes, Abraham Andes, Catherine Leach, William D. Andes (who married Robert’s sister Katherine Parks) and Ruth Parks.

There is a will which Robert H. Parks witnessed along with Abraham Andes (son of William and brother of Ruth) for Abraham Fine in 1843. Abraham Fine could be the brother of Lavina Maria Fine Andes, Robert H. Park’s mother-in-law if he were indeed married to Ruth Andes.

But let’s back up.

Robert married Mary Andes on March 17, 1831 in Washington County, Tennessee. My only record of her is the marriage record, so I do not know when or where she was born or who her parents were. Robert and Mary had at least 4 children, 2 born in Tennessee and 2 born in Kentucky. Mary died by 1841.

Robert returned to Tennessee and married R Andes on June 21, 1841 in Washington County, Tennessee. They had a child in 1842 in Tennessee –  my 2x great grandfather Abraham. Then the family headed west to Southern Missouri, then Northern Arkansas, back to Southern Missouri and back to Northern Arkansas.

On the 1850 US Census, Robert was 40 and his wife R was 26. The family lived in Swan, Taney County, Missouri. There were 5 children at home, all but the youngest born to his Robert’s first wife Mary: William, age 18, born in TN; Philip, age 16, born in TN; John, age 14, born in KY; Albert, age 11, born in KY; Abraham, age 8, born in TN.

R died sometime after the 1850 US Census.

On June 1, 1860, a land record shows that Robert H. Parks purchased 49.51 acres in Boone County, Arkansas (Township 21N, Range 19W, Section 26.)

Robert married Prudence Cheek in Arkansas. She was widowed by Leonard Coker and had at least 5 children.

On the 1860 US Census, Robert was 50 and wife Prudence was 34. They were farming in Sugar Loaf, Carroll County, Arkansas with Robert’s 2 youngest children, and Prudence’s 5 children. Albert was 21; Abraham was 18; Emeline (Coker) was 10, born in AR; HW (Coker) was 9, born in MO; Sarah (Coker) was 7, born in AR; James (Coker) was 4, born in AR; Malinda (Coker) was 2, born in AR.

This letter, shared with permission from Brenda Parks Smith (brendas88@comcast.net), was written to Robert Huntington Park’s son Phillip in Illinois, and obtained from his line:
“Father’s family is all well at this time. He said to tell you that he would be glad to see you once more in life for he was getting very old and was not very stout. I think you ought to come and see pap for he has him a young wife to squeeze whenever he feels like it. John and his family are well and wants to see you very bad. Write all of us and direct your letters to Lead Hill by way of Forsyth.
John Parks, PH [Phillip Henry] Parks, JR [James Robert Coker] Parks, RH [Robert Huntington] Parks and family, there is a few more names but no paper”

In 1864, Robert H. Parks of St. Charles, Missouri, in the occupation of “cider” paid $98.95 in taxes. It was 5% of the $1979 valuation.

On the 187o US Census, Robert was 60 and Prudence was 45. They were still in Sugar Loaf, Boone County, Arkansas.  There were 5 children at home, one from Robert’s first marriage, three from Prudence’s first marriage, and two they had recently had together: John, age 32; HW (Coker), age 19; Sarah (Coker), age 17; James Robert (Coker), age 14; Catherine Elizabeth, age 8 and born in Missouri; Mary Ann, age 6 and born in Missouri.

It is thought that Robert died in 1873 in Lead Hill, Boone County, Arkansas at age 63.

The children of Robert Parks and Mary Andes:

William Parks – William was born February 12, 1832 in Tennessee. He married Melissa Jane Baker in about 1858 and they had a daughter, Zoe. William was killed by bushwackers on August 17, 1862 in Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas. He was 30.

 

 

 

 

Philip Parks – Philip was born April 22, 1835  in Tennessee. He married Nancy Elizabeth Holt on July 31, 1870 in Shelby County, Illinois. They had 8 children. He died February 15, 1917 in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois. He was 81. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

 

(Note: either the birthdate for Philip or the birthdate for John is wrong – very unlikely they were born 6 months apart.)

 

 

John Henry Parks – John was born November 1, 1835 in Woodford County, Kentucky. Served in Civil War. According to his tombstone, he was a 3rd Sergeant with Company C of the 3rd Texas Artillery, Confederate States of America. He married Mary Elizabeth Morris in 1873. They had 4 children. He died April 17, 1906 in Taney County, Missouri. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Here’s a story shared by Nadia Valeria Parks Martin on Ancestry.com:
“John H. Parks was born Nov. 1, 1835 in Woodford County, Kentucky.  He was the third son of Robert Huntington Parks.  His mothers name is not known to me at this time.  John’s family moved to Taney County, Missouri sometime before the Civil War.  John served in the Civil War and was paroled (discharged) on June 7, 1865.  He was injured in the war and had a small metal plate in his skull.  This piece of metal made him have bad headaches.  He lived over 41 years with this plate in his head.  He married Mary Elizabeth Morris in 1873 when he was 39 years old and she was 22 years old. Mary Elizabeth was in love with John’s younger brother, Henry.  Henry died suddenly with pneumonia and she grieved over his death.  John’s sister, Mary Ann Parks Taylor, told that Liz would go to Henry’s fathers home, take Henry’s hat off the wall where it hung, hug it and cry.  When John H. came home from the war, Mary Elizabeth (Liz) said, “Henry died and I can’t have him, but I’ll get a Parks yet: so I’ll marry John.”  She did, but it took her about 9 years to catch him. ”

I think the Henry she is speaking of was H.W. Coker Parks, born in 1851 to Prudence Cheek and Leonard Coker, who disappeared after the 1870 US Census. If this is the case, Henry was not dead when John returned from the Civil War. There is not another potential Henry on a Census with Robert Huntington Parks.

Albert A. Parks – Albert was born in about 1839 in Kentucky. The last record I have of him is on the 1860 US Census.

 

 

 

 

 

The children of Robert Parks and R Andes:

Abraham B. Parks – My 2X great grandfather Abraham was born in March of 1842 in Tennessee. He married Eady Anne Alley (maiden name Cane) on September 6, 1866 in Shelby, Illinois. They had 2 children. He married Mary A. Kilman in 1883. They had 4 children. Abraham died December 4, 1900 in Boone County, Arkansas, according to Arkansas Confederate Pension Records. He was 58. He is buried in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedarcreek, Taney County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about him here.

Infant Parks – Infant was born in August of 1849 and died in September of 1849.

The children of Robert Parks and Prudence Cheek Coker:

Catherine Elizabeth Parks – Catherine was born October 15, 1861 in Missouri. She married Thomas Stokes and they had at least 10 children. His Find A Grave memorial includes a newspaper clipping telling of Catherine and Thomas being robbed. She died October 29, 1913 and is buried in Cedarcreek, Taney County, Missouri.  She was 52. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Ann Parks – Mary Ann was born February 8, 1865 in Arkansas. She married George Washington Taylor in about 1882. They had 7 children. She died October 3, 1951 in Slaton, Lubbock County, Texas. She was 86. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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Robert Cowan (1784-1870) and Elizabeth Colville (1793-1865)

Robert Cowan and Elizabeth Colville are my 4X Great Grandparents.

Robert Cowan was born June 22, 1784 in Washington County, Virginia. He was the son of William Cowan, who served in the American Revolution, and Jane Walker.

Elizabeth Colville was born April 15, 1793 in Tennessee. She is the daughter of Joseph Colville and Sarah Lusk.

It is said that Robert and his brother James went to Tennessee with Joseph Colville. Both Cowan brothers married daughters of Joseph Colville. Robert married Elizabeth Colville in about 1808.

The book “A History of Tennessee and Tennesseeans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry, and Modern Activities” mentions that in 1809 the town of McMinnville, Tennessee chose land of Joseph Colville (my 5X Great Grandfather, father of Elizabeth Colville), John A. Wilson, and Robert Cowan for the building of a permanent courthouse.

On the 1820 US Census, Robert Cowan was head of a household in Franklin, Tennessee. There were 12 in the household: 3 males under age 10 (Larkin was 4, and the other two are unknown); 1 male aged 26-44 (Robert was 36); 2 females under age 10 (Louisa was 7 and the other two are unknown); 2 females aged 10-15 (unknown); 1 female aged 26-44 (Elizabeth was 27); 1 male slave under age 14; 2 female slaves under age 14.

On the 1830 US Census, Robert Cowan was head of a household in McMinn, Tennessee. There were 10 in the household: 2 males under age 5 (Marvel was 1 and John was 3); 1 male aged 10-14 (Larken was 14); 1 male aged 20-29 (unknown); 1 male aged 40-49 (Robert was 46); 2 females aged 5-9 (Martha was 5 and Nancy was 7); 1 female aged 10-14 (Jane was 10); 1 female aged 15-19 (Louisa was 17); 1 female aged 40-49 (Elizabeth was 37).

Members of the Cowan, Hubbard and Colville families, including three Cowan brothers – Robert, Samuel and James – came by wagon train from McMinn County, Tennessee to Benton County, Arkansas.

Robert Cowan appears on the 1836 tax list for Washington County, Arkansas.

On December 31, 1836 Robert Cowan was made Postmaster of Hubbards, Benton County, Arkansas. His brother James Cowan took over the position in May of 1844.

On the 1840 US Census, Robert Cowan was head of a household in Bailey, Benton County, Arkansas. There were 11 in the household: 1 male aged 5-9 (Walker was 7); 2 males aged 10-14 (Marvel was 11 and John was 13); 1 male aged 20-29 (Larkin was 24); 1 male aged 40-49 (Robert was 56); 1 female under age 5 (perhaps the Mary I’ve seen listed as their daughter, born in 1835); 2 females aged 15-19 (Martha was 15 and Nancy was 17); 1 female aged 20-29 (Jane was 20); 1 female aged 30-39 (Louisa was 27); 1 female aged 40-49 (Elizabeth was 47).

US General Land Office records show that Robert Cowan purchased 40 acres in Benton County, Arkansas on August 1, 1844.

On the 1850 US Census, Robert, a farmer, was 66 and Elizabeth was 57. They lived in Osage, Benton County, Arkansas. Four children were at home: John, age 22, a carpenter; Louisa, age 37; Marvel, age 20; Walker, age 17.

On the 1860 US Census, Robert was 76 and still farming. Elizabeth was 67. Living with them was 17-year-old Larkin Creager, their grandson. They lived in Colville Township, Benton County, Arkansas.

US General Land Office records show that Robert Cowan purchased an0ther 40 acres in Benton County, Arkansas on October 1, 1860.

Elizabeth died December 26, 1865 in Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Robert died in September of 1870 (according to the Federal Census Mortality Schedule) in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The known children of Robert Cowan and Elizabeth Colville:

Louisa Cowan – Louisa was born September 17, 1813 in Tennessee.  She is found at age 37 living with her parents on the 1850 US Census.

Larkin Farrell Cowan – Larkin was born January 31, 1816 in Tennessee.  He married Martha Evelyn Stroud in about 1823 in Warren County, Tennessee. On the 1850 US Census, Larkin was 34,  and Martha was 27. They had 2 sons and Larkin was a farmer. He died in 1856 in Benton County, Arkansas. On the 1860 US Census, widowed Martha lived with 4 children and farmed next to her in-laws.

Jane Lusk Cowan – Jane was born May 4, 1820. She married George Lewis Creager on November 21, 1815 in Arkansas, and they had 4 children. He died in about 1855. She married Elisha Johnson, a widower with 6 kids, in 1858. They had a son. Jane died in 1893 in Benton County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nancy Laura Catherine Cowan – Nancy was born July 14, 1823 in Tennessee. She married George McGarrah in about 1824. They had 6 children. It’s not known when she died, but her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Ann Cowan – Martha was born 24 April 24, 1825 in Warren County, Tennessee.
She married Christopher Columbus Nail in about 1849. They had 5 children. She died January 2, 1900 in Benton County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Gillespie Cowan – John was my 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Marvel Valero Cowan – Marvel was born November 30, 1829 in Tennessee. He married Margaret Peaks. They had 3 children. He was a blacksmith. He served as a Private in Company H of Gordon’s Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry. He married Mary McCall, and they had 5 children.

Walker S. Cowan – Walker was born March 16, 1833 in Benton County, Arkansas.  He married Nancy Jane Wilmoth and they had at least 2 children. He served in Confederate Army, Company A, 15th Northwest Arkansas Infantry.

Mary Elizabeth Cowan – Mary was born March 31, 1835 in Benton County, Arkansas. I have no record of her, but many genealogists list her and there’s a space for her on the 1840 census as a female under age 5.

 

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Am I related to Lana Turner on the Cowan side?

I haven’t done much genealogy lately, because I’ve gone back to college. I’m on fall break this week and conveniently a genealogy project has fallen into my lap.

My mom died 6 years ago today, and she was a big fan of all things Hollywood. She’d get a kick out of the possibility that she was related to Lana Turner.

HOPPER Carol Ann Pink Shirt

Carol Ann Cowan Hopper

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Julia Jean “Lana” Turner

I received the following comment on one of my blog posts:

“Hello, I saw your post, and would like to ask you, are you related to “Henry Arthur Cowan”, whom was married to “Julia Ann (Cullum) Cowan, as Julia was my Great Grandmother, she was born march 24, 1885, and died in July 1904, at her age of (19) yrs. old, her death was due to complications with her “RH factor blood type, and her Pregnancy, her baby girl “Mildred Frances Cowan” was born on Feb. 12, 1904, she was 4 months old when her Mother died, they lived in Arkansas. I know we were also related to some people named “Reece”, “Minnie Reece”, (her married name), and she had a son, named Oran Reece, we were also related to some people named Hinson,”

First, I checked my tree. I knew there was a Mildred Cowan, because she was my grandfather’s cousin and I have an amazing (sad, and yet also hilarious) letter she wrote to him. But, unfortunately the commenter wasn’t referring to that Mildred Cowan. My Cowans were definitely in Arkansas (and as it turns out, in the same county) and my great grandmother Cowan’s maiden name was Hinson, so I thought it was possible that we intersected somehow.

Through a quick Google search I learned that Mildred Frances Cowan, born February 12, 1904, the daughter of Julia Ann Cullum Cowan, was the mother of the famous Lana Turner. Her father’s name, however, appears to have been William Arthur Cowan or Willis Arthur Cowan, not Henry Arthur Cowan as the commenter said. Through further Googling I discovered that Mildred Frances Cowan was the only child of both parents, since her father didn’t remarry. Mildred had only one child, Julia Jean Turner, who became known as Lana Turner. It appears that Lana had only one child too, Cheryl Crane, who is still living and has no children.

I found a tree online and followed it back from William/Willis Arthur Cowan to my 5x Great Grandparents William Cowan (1750-1809) and Jane Walker (1755-1806). It seems possible that Lana Turner descends from William and Jane’s son Samuel, while I descend from their son Robert.

Soon, maybe this week even, I will work on pushing my Cowan line back two more generations, documenting back to William Cowan and Jane Walker, and see if it all connects.

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Jacob Lamb (1798-1847) and Elizabeth Adams (about 1799-about 1831)

Jacob Lamb and Elizabeth Adams are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Jacob Lamb was born October 15, 1798. He was the son of John Lamb (who served in the American Revolution) and Elizabeth Kiplinger. John’s parents came to America from Germany. Johann Konradt Lahm and his wife  Maria Catharina Creitz arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741. They were 22 and 23 years old, and had one child born in Germany. Elizabeth’s parents Phillip Kublinger and Apollonia Ein were born in Germany but I haven’t found arrival records.

Elizabeth Adams was born about 1799, probably in Ohio. Her parents are unknown.

Jacob and Elizabeth married on April 16, 1819 in Harrison County, Ohio. They would have 8 children. (I found marriage records for Jacob Lamb in this book available through Google Books: Historical Collections of Harrison County, in the state of Ohio.)

On the 1820 US Census, Jacob was head of a household in Nottingham, Harrison County, Ohio. There were 3 in the household: 1 male under age 10; 1 male aged 16-25 (Jacob was 22); 1 female aged 16-25 (Elizabeth was about 19).

On the 1830 US Census, Jacob was head of a household in Moorefield, Harrison County, Ohio. There were 9 in the household: 3 males under age 5; 2 males aged 5-9; 1 male aged 10-14; 1 male aged 30-39 (Jacob was 32); 1 female aged 5-9; 1 female aged 20-29 (Elizabeth was 29). Elizabeth likely died in 1831.

Jacob married Mary Williams on February 2, 1832 in Harrison County, Ohio. They would have 5 children before Mary died in about 1839. (after the death of his mother, son Jacob was given over to Hiram James, who became his guardian.

On the 1840 US Census, Jacob was head of a household in Clay, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. There were 11 in the household: 1 male under age 5; 3 males aged 10-14; 2 males aged 15-19; 1 male aged 40-49; 1 female under age 5; 2 females aged 5-9; 1 female aged 10-14.

Jacob married Mary Ann Kail Barnhouse, who was widowed in 1840, and they had 2 children. Jacob died February 6, 1847 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. His will confirms the children.

The children of Jacob Lamb and Elizabeth Adams:

John Lamb – John was born about 1820 in Harrison County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Jane James in about 1844. They had at least 3 children. The last record I have of him is the 1850 US Census when he lived in Clay, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Adams Lamb – Adams was born in January of 1821 in Harrison County, Ohio. He married Margaret Parrish in about 1843 and they had 6 children. Adams is found a widower on the 1860 US Census, with a 2 month old daughter, so I wonder if Margaret died in childbirth. Adams married Lavina M. Ish, a widow with 4 children, around 1865. He died sometime after the 1910 US Census, when he’d been widowed.

Hannah Lamb – Hannah was born in about 1822 in Harrison County, Ohio. She married Hiram James in about 1845 and they had 4 children. They farmed in Tuscarawas County, Ohio and Bureau County, Illinois. She is last found on the 1885 Iowa State Census living in Marshalltown, Iowa, widowed and living with son Harry.

George B. Lamb – George was born about 1825 in Harrison County, Ohio. He married Hester. They had at least 4 children, and buried 3 of them in 1854. George died September 5, 1858 in Allen County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Hiram Lamb – Hiram is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Lawrence Lamb – Lawrence was born in 1828 in Harrison County, Ohio. He married Adaline Emma Wilkins on April 3, 1850 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had 5 children. He died 1914.

Alexander Lamb – Alexander was born about 1830 in Harrison County, Ohio. He died prior to his father’s will in February 1847.

Elizabeth Lamb  – Elizabeth was born about 1831 in Harrison County, Ohio. She died prior to her father’s will in February 1847.

The children of Jacob Lamb and Mary Williams:

Susannah Lamb – Susannah was born November 4, 1832. She married the widowed George Ross in about 1854. They had 2 children and farmed in Ohio. Sometime after the 1880 US Census, they moved to Laclede County, Missouri. She died September 15, 1895. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Margaret Lamb – Margaret was born on March 31, 1834. She married John Lawyer on December 10, 1854. They had 6 children and farmed in Ohio, Kansas and Iowa. She died on December 31, 1902. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Catherine Lamb – Catherine was born about 1836 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She is found on the 1850 US Census living with a Charles Lamb, his wife and children, in Manhattan, Lucas County, Ohio. I suspect he’s an uncle. She died at the age of 21 according to her brother Jacob’s biography linked below.

Jacob Lamb – Jacob was born September 7, 1837. He married Nancy Brown and they had 2 children. He married Mary M. Pierce on January 13, 1870 in Warren County, Iowa and they had 7 children. He died May 6, 1907. His Find A Grave memorial is here. A biography of Jacob Lamb found in a book available through Google Books helped me greatly in piecing together this family: A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa, Volume 1.

Mary Lamb – Mary was born about 1838 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married a Mr. Snodgrass according to her brother Jacob’s biography linked above. She died prior to her father’s will in February 1847.

The children of Jacob Lamb and Mary Ann Kail Barnhouse:

Lydia Lamb – Lydia was born in about 1843-1845, and she died in childhood, prior to her father’s will in February 1847.

Nancy Lamb – Nancy was born in 1847 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She died when she was about 20 years old.

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Isaac Short (1795-1858) and Susannah Combs (1798-1872)

Isaac Short and Susannah Combs are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Isaac Short was born in about 1794 in Virginia. He is thought to have been the son of Isaac Short and Dorcas.

Susannah Combs was born in about 1798 in Kentucky. Her parents are unknown.

Isaac and Susannah married around 1818.

On the 1820 US Census, Isaac was head of a household in Jefferson County, Indiana. There were 4 in the household: 1 male under age 10 (Isaac was a newborn); 1 male aged 26-44 (Isaac was 26); 1 female under age 10 (an unknown daughter); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susannah was 22).

I found two land records for purchases Isaac made in Vermillion County, Indiana. On June 1, 1831 he purchased 80 acres. On March 18, 1837 he purchased 40 acres.

On the 1840 US Census, Isaac was head of a in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. There were 11 in the household: 2 males aged 5-9 (Elijah was 7 and Richard was 9); 1 male aged 10-14 (Amos was 11); 1 male aged 15-19 (Arthur was 12); 1 male aged 40-49 (Isaac was 46); 1 female under age 5 (Matilda was 4); 1 female aged 10-14 (Lydia was 6); 2 females aged 15-19 (Amassa was 13 and Dorcas was 17) ; 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 30-39 (Susannah was 42); 1 female aged 60-69. The ages don’t match up perfectly, but it’s close.

On the 1850 US Census, Isaac was 55 and Susannah was 52. They lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with 9 of their children: Isaac, age 30; Arthur, age 22; Richard, age 19; Amassa, age 23; Eliza, age 17; Matilda, age 14; Reuben, age 10; John, age 3; Susannah, age 1.

Isaac died September 8, 1858 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

On the 1860 US Census, Susannah was 63 and lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with son Reuben (Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather), his wife Sarah, and their daughter. Susannah’s daughter Susannah, age 11, was also in the home, along with a Nancy Lewis, age 60.

On the 1870 US Census, Susannah was 72 and lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with son Elijah, his wife and their children. Also in the home is Nancy Lewis, age 69. Since Nancy lived with Susannah in 1860 and 1870, I wonder if they aren’t sisters. This could help me figure out who Susannah’s parents are.

Susannah died October 12, 1872 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

The children of Isaac Short and Susannah Combs:

Isaac Short – Isaac was born January 1, 1820 in Hamilton, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Taylor in 1846 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 2 children. Elizabeth died in 1849, and Isaac married Mary Ann Kessler Harmon on December 7, 1851 in Vigo County, Indiana. They had 7 children. Isaac served in the Civil War with Company F, 126th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. He died April 1, 1882 in Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Dorcas Short – Dorcas was born in 1823 in Clermont, Ohio. She didn’t marry. She died in October of 1850 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Amassa Short – Amassa was born February 1, 1827 in Hamilton, Ohio. She married John Smith on December 24, 1852 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He had been widowed and had at least 4 children from his first marriage. Amassa and John had 2 daughters. John died in 1880. Amassa married Bayless Rutherford on August 29, 1889 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She died November 10, 1911 in Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amos Short – Amos was born in 1828 in Ohio. He married Mary Ann Laswell on July 29, 1849 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had at least one child. Amos’ sister Lydia was living with him on the 1850 US Census. I have no record of him after that census.

Arthur E. Short – Arthur was born in Clermont, Ohio in 1829. I have no record of him after the 1850 US Census.

Richard Short – Richard was born in May 1830 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Malinda Blakesley on October 28, 1856 in Vermillion County, Indiana. (Malinda’s sister Sarah married Richard’s brother Reuben. Richard is a widower living with his brother Reuben on the 1900 US Census.) They had a son. Richard died August 7, 1906 in Danville, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Martha Short – Martha was born about 1831 in Vermillion County, Indiana. I don’t find her listed with the family on the 1850 US Census, so she died prior to that, or was married.

Elijah Short – Elijah was born October 5, 1832 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Genette Gosnell on December 9, 1858 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 6 children. He died March 2, 1918 in Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana.

Lydia Ann Short – Lydia was born in 1834 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She is found living with her brother Amos on the 1850 US Census. She’s hard to figure out. I think she married Isaac Johnson on January 27, 1853 in Vermillion County, Indiana. I can’t find them on a census together. I think she married the widowed James Elliott Haddon after 1872. I found them on the 1880 US Census. I don’t think Lydia had children. She died in 1904 in Sullivan County, Indiana.

Matilda Short – Matilda was born in 1836 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She didn’t marry. She is found living with her sister Amassa on the 1860 and 1870 US Census. It’s possible that she had a son named Charley Beebe in about 1867, because he is listed under her name on the 1870 US Census. She died in 1874. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Reuben Levi Short – Reuben is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John Short – John was born in 1847. He is found on the 1860 US Census living with his brother Isaac, his wife and children. I don’t have record of him after that.

Susannah Short – Susannah was born in 1849. She married Wells Miller on May 31, 1866 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He had served in the Civil War. (Susannah collected a pension based on his service after his death in 1894.) I found Susannah and Wells on the 1880 US Census, with no children, living in Prairie, Edgar County, Illinois. I can’t find them after that.

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Joshua Samuel Burkhead (1813-1876) and Rachel Gray (1817-1893)

Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents, on the Perkins side.

Joshua Samuel Burkhead was born February 17, 1813. He was the son of Thomas Burkhead and Rachel Gorsuch. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Rachel Gray was born March 28, 1817. She was the daughter of John Gray and Sarah Vertis. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Joshua and Rachel married on November 20, 1834 in Guernsey County, Ohio.

On the 1850 US Census, Joshua was 36 and Rachel was 33. They lived in Salem, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had 5 children: Sarah, age 14; Mary, age 12; John, age 7; Benjamin, age 4; Thomas, age 2.

On September 6, 1850 the Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule recorded Joshua as having: 30 improved acres of land; 30 unimproved acres of land; $500 cash value of farm; $20 value of farm implements and machinery; 2 horses; 4 milk cows; 7 other cattle; 15 sheep; 10 swine; $207 value of live stock; 150 bushels of wheat; 300 bushels of indian corn.

The family moved to Iowa after their youngest child, Rosa, was born in 1862.

On the 1870 US Census, Joshua was 56 and Rachel was 52. They lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. They had 7 children at home: Wesley, age 26; Benjamin, age 23; Thomas, age 21; Frances, age 19; Jane, age 13; Lenora, age 11; Rosa, age 8. Also living in the home was Thomas Davis, age 23, a farm laborer.

On August 18, 1870 the Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule recorded Joshua as having: 200 improved acres; 20 woodland acres; $7000 value of farm; $150 value of farm implements and machinery; 8 horses; 7 milk cows; 2 other cattle; 75 sheep; 15 swine; $1650 value of live stock; 350 bushels of spring wheat; 1200 bushels of Indian corn; 200 bushels of oats; 252 pounds of wool; 100 bushels Irish potatoes; 350 pounds of butter; 10 tons of hay; 25 gallons of molasses; $200 value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter; $1310 estimated value of all farm production including betterments and additions to stock.

Joshua died on February 28, 1876 in Indianola, Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here. All of his children listed below, except for son William Harrison Burkhead, who was deceased, were listed in his will.

On the 1880 US Census, Rachel was widowed and 63. She lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa with daughter Rosa, age 18.

On the 1885 Iowa State Census, Rachel was 66 and lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa with married daughter Rosa, age 23 and her husband Thomas Keller and their child. In the slot for Rachel’s occupation, it says “works some.”

Rachel died on December 9, 1893 in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray:

Sarah Laura Burkhead – Sarah was Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Mary Burkhead – Mary was born April 22, 1838 in Guernsey County, Ohio. She married Leonard D. Hamilton January 1, 1861 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had 6 children. She died September 13, 1922 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Harrison Burkhead – William was born July 2, 1841 in Guernsey County, Ohio. He died August 22, 1842 in Guernsey County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Wesley Burkhead – John was born in 1843. He fought in the Civil War. He married Viola Wiley on March 5, 1871 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 6 children. He died April 23, 1930. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Smith Burkhead – Benjamin was born November 22, 1845 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Jane Weidner on November 30, 1871 in Page County, Iowa. They had at least 3 children. He died February 3, 1911. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas C. Burkhead – Thomas was born August 24, 1848. He married Caroline M. Lotts in 1875. They had 7 children. He died June 14, 1908. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Frances Malena Burkhead – Frances was born March 7, 1851. She married Francis M. Hutchins on September 19, 1871 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 8 children and farmed in Nebraska. She died April 13, 1906. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sophia Jane Burkhead – Sophia was born August 16, 1856 in Guernsey County, Ohio. She married Thomas J. Perkins on December 31, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 9 children. She died on May 12, 1937 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rachel Lenora Burkhead – Rachel was born January 31, 1859 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married Samuel Higgins on August 13, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 8 children. She died sometime after the 1930 US Census when she lived in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa with son Joshua. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rosa Belle Burkhead – Rosa was born November 4, 1861 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married Thomas Tipton Keller on November 14, 1883 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 6 children. She died July 8, 1957 in Prole, Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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Silas Blakesley (1813-after 1876) and Sally Edwards (1815-about 1850)

Silas Blakesley and Sally Edwards are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Silas Blakesley was born about 1813 in Franklin, Ohio. He is the son of Obediah Blakesley II and Adah Hart.

Sally Edwards was born about 1815 in Indiana. Her parents are unknown.

Silas and Sally married on February 16, 1837 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

On the 1840 US Census, Silas was head of a household in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. There were 4 in the household: 1 male aged 20-29; 2 females under age 5; 1 female aged 20-29.

Sally died prior to November 5, 1850 when the family was enumerated on the census, but after Mary’s birth in 1847.

On the 1850 US Census, Silas was widowed and 35 years old. Children in the home were: Malinda, age 13; Sarah, age 11; Albert, age 7; John, age 5; Mary, age 3. Silas was farming in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Silas married Mary Pearman Denton on December 11, 1853 in Edgar County, Illinois. Mary had 7 children from her first marriage.

On the 1860 US Census, the family was in Prairie, Edgar County, Illinois. Silas was 47 and Mary was 41. Children in the home were: William, age ; and Mary’s children Jonas Denton, age 21; John Denton, age 18; Samuel Denton, age 16; Thomas Denton, age 14; Sarah Denton, age 12; Elizabeth Denton, age 11; Mary Denton, age 9. Silas’ children with Sally Edwards were scattered. Oldest daughter Malinda had married, and her brother John lived with her. Daughter Sarah, Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother, was married too. Son Albert was living nearby with Silas’ brother Seth. I suspect daughter Mary had died.

Mary died in 1869.

On the 1870 US Census, Silas was 56 and had been widowed a second time. He lived with son William, age 11, in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Silas married Martha Ellen Bacon on March 22, 1873 in Vermillion County, Indiana. Silas was 60 and Martha was 24. Martha had a daughter in 1869 (and hadn’t been married.) In 1870 she appears on the census with her daughter, living next door to Silas and working as the family’s servant. I don’t find record of her daughter after that.

Silas and Martha had a son, Louis Blakesley, in 1872. They had a daughter, Olive Blakesley, in 1876.

Silas is assumed to have died in about 1878. Martha remarried in 1880 to Daniel Humerickhouse.

The children of Silas Blakesley and Sally Edwards:

Malinda Blakesley – Malinda was born in 1837 She married Richard Short (brother of Reuben Short who married her sister Sarah) on October 28, 1856 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had a son and it is said that she died in about 1876.

Sarah Blakesley – Sarah is Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Albert Blakesley – Albert was born in 1843 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. He served in the Civil War with the 54th Illinois Infantry. He married Mary Conley. They farmed in Iowa and had two children. I don’t find him after the 1870 US Census.

John Blakesley – John was born in 1845 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. He appears on the 1860 US Census living with sister Malinda. He served in the Civil War with the 54th Illinois Infantry. I can’t find record of him after that.

Mary Blakesley – Mary was born in 1847 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. The only record I have of her is on the 1850 US Census.

The children of Silas Blakesley and Mary Pearman Denton:

William Jasper Blakesley – William was born May 23, 1859 in Edgar County, Illinois. He married Margretta Ann Blakesley (daughter of Amos Blakesley and Grizella Guston) on January 15, 1881 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 5 children. He died March 17, 1912 in Lyon, Decatur County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Silas Blakesley and Martha Ellen Bacon:

Lewis Ellsworth Blakesley – Lewis was born April 14, 1873 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Bertha May Koch Thornton in June 1919 in Vigo County, Indiana. He died September 4, 1946 in Bruilletts Creek, Edgar County, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Olive Blakesley – Olive was born in July, 1876 in Indiana. She married Hugh Raupe, a real estate agent, in 1895 and they had 4 sons. They lived in Oklahoma and the last record I have of Olive is on the 1930 US Census when she was a widow.

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