Monday, October 25, 2010

Jesse Stewart, Baptist Preacher - part 2

See more on Jesse Stewart here.

Jesse Stewart of Putnam county, Tennessee
 Biography, Signature and Bible Pages

Jesse Stewart Signature
From an affidavit signed 11 Oct 1832 for John Rany's Revolutionary War Pension Application.

The following copies of a family record from a Bible belonging to Jesse Stewart were sent to me years ago by J.T. Stewart.  (He did not send a copy of the title page or publication information of the Bible and this is the best copy I have.)

Jesse Stewart Bible Pages 1 & 2

Jesse Stewart Bible Pages 3 & 4

Transcription of Bible pages:
Pages 1 & 2
Jesse Stewart was borne July the 5th - 1790
Jemimah Stewart was borne November the 18th - 1795
Janey Stewart was borne Febuary the 26th - 1813
Preston Stewart was borne July the 12th 1815
Harrison Stewart was born May the 7th - 1817
Hirum Stewart was born March the 30th 1819
Enon Stewart was born May the 6th - 1821
Ceburn Stewart was born February the 10th 1823
Pages 3 & 4
Asa Stewart was born February the 19th 1825
Anthony Stewart was born January the 21 - 1827
Ervincy Stewart was born October the 22th 1829
Levashure Stewart was born October the 17th 1831
Almirminda Stewart was born January the 14th in 1834
Jemimah Stewart was born January the 19th 1836
Mary Stewart was born Febuary the 21st 1838
Ceburn Stewart was borne Febuary the tenth 10 1823
?Not sure why Ceburn is listed twice in the bible record?

The following story was also sent to me by the author, J T Stewart of Watertown, Tennessee.

Chronological Data Pertaining to Jesse Stewart 
by J. T. Stewart

Jesse Stewart came to Overton County with his father Joseph Stewart from Jefferson County, TN about 1800. He was about 10 years old at the time. By 1820, he was married and head of a family according to the 1820 Overton County census. In July 1824, Jesse Stewart bought 55 acres of land in White County on Calfkiller River from Thomas Ussery. In July 1826, he sold this 55 acres of land to Jeptha West. It is not certain that he resided on this land.

Richard F. Cook’s survey book shows that 75 acres of land on Bear Creek was surveyed for Jesse Stewart on 18 Feb 1831. The chain carriers were Richard Harris and Preston Stewart. This land was partly in Jackson and partly in Overton counties, which later became Putnam County. An affidavit dated 11 October 1832, signed by Jesse Stewart submitted in connection with John Raney’s Revolutionary War Pension application gives Jesse Stewart’s place of residence as County of White. (John Raney was his brother-in-law.) But, in census records of 1830 and 1840 Jesse Stewart was enumerated in Overton County. (White County marriage records show that Jesse’s son, Enon, was married to Sarina Cordle on 4 January 1845.)

Census records show that in 1850, Jesse Stewart was in Todd County, Kentucky with wife, Jemima, and children, Asa, Ervina, Lavisha, Almarinda, Jemima, Mary and Sarah. In 1852, Jesse Stewart along with sons, Enon, Asa and Lavasha, bought 450 acres of land in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky on Long Creek. But by 1860, Jesse was back in Putnam County again with wife, Jemima (age 64) and children, Jemima Jr. 24 and Mary 22. This was in the Double Springs community and he was shown living next door to Preston and Jane Stewart. (Preston was his oldest son.)

But, sometime after 1860 at about the time of the Civil War, he supposedly went back to Kentucky again. (This comes from J.H. Grime’s “History of Middle Tennesse Baptists”, p. 277.) Circumstantial evidence indicates that both Jesse and Jemima died in Kentucky about 1864. The two girls, Jemima (Jr.) and Mary, evidently went to live with their aunt and uncle, Sarah (West) Davis and Jacob Davis. Todd County, Kentucky marriage records show that Jemima (Jr.) Stewart was married to Francis M. Seger at the home of Jacob Davis on 11 December 1864.

Jesse Stewart was a Baptist preacher and he was involved in some of the early controversies of the church. He was probably ordained by the Roaring River Baptist Church of Overton County, of which he was a member in the early 1800’s and he was in these associations: Stockton’s Valley, Freedom Association of Kentucky, Salem Association, with Putnam County as a center, and later Johnson Association. According to Spencer’s “History of Kentucky Baptists” Jesse Stewart was excluded from Stockton’s Valley Association in 1843, after which he became affiliated with Freedom Association.

See previous post about Elder Jesse Stewart here.

Never Too Old To Learn

Sally Carr Brown

Sally Carr Brown is a fourth great-grandmother on my Baldwin Family line.  

Grandma Sally set a wonderful example of living life fully until the end.  According to a notation made in her daughter's bible, Sally learned to read late in life -- when she was 76 years old!  She proved that one is never too old to learn!

Sally was married to John Brown.  They lived in Putnam county, Tennessee.  Two of their daughters, Jane and Sarah, married brothers, Preston and Harrison Stewart, repectively.   We descend through her daughter, Sarah Brown who married Harrison Stewart.

The above copy is from the family bible of Preston and Nancy Jane Stewart.  I love the added information about Sally and Jane learning to read.  Transcript below:

"John Brown was borne 1790
Deceast this life 1858
Salley Brown was borne 1792
Deceast this life Aug 25 1868
Salley Brown lerned to read in hir 76th yeare.
Jane Stewart lerned to read when
she was about 40 years of age.
She read the new testament through
10 times & the olde scriptures
through 5 times."

Family Bible of Preston and Jane Stewart of Jackson County, Tennessee

Years ago, J.T. Stewart of Tennessee, sent me copies of the Family Bible of Preston and Nancy Jane Stewart.  (Preston Stewart was the oldest son of Rev. Jesse Stewart of Putnam County, Tennessee.)  Back then, the copies we used were not high quality scans but regular xerox copies - some of the copies seemed to be copy of a copy.  But, even if they are not the greatest copy, I thought it best to share them. The bible was printed in 1878.  The first page of the family record shown is the births, then deaths, marriages and a page with information about Jane's parents, John and Sally Brown. 

The page below has information concerning Jane Brown Stewart's parents, John and Sally Carr Brown.

For a transcript of above page, go here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Francis Marion and Mary (Sadler) Baldwin

Francis Marion Baldwin was our first ancestor to be born in Texas -- actually the Republic of Texas.
Francis Marion Baldwin
Francis Marion was born the 6th of September 1840 in the Republic of Texas.  We know his mother's name was Jane (click here for Jane's blog post) and his father was most likely William Baldwin, who died about 1849 in Grimes County.  William was enumerated on the Jasper County, Texas poll list for 1840 (along with J C Thomas, husband of Lousia Baldwin).  By  November 1844, William (along with JC and Louisa Thomas) was listed in the minutes of the Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Grimes County, Texas.  So, Francis Marion may have been born in Jasper County, Texas, but most likely spent his young childhood in Grimes County, Texas.

After his father's death in 1849, his mother Jane was left a widow to raise a large family on the Texas frontier.  Young Francis Marion then grew up without a father and with the added responsibility of helping his widowed mother.  In 1850, Francis, age 10 years, was listed with his mother, Jane Baldwin, who was listed as the head of the household, in the the 1850 Walker County, Texas Federal Census.

Move to Limestone County, Texas
Sometime in the early 1850's, the Jane Baldwin family moved to Limestone County, Texas.  The next record that can be found for Francis Marion Baldwin is the 1855 School Enumeration for  Limestone County, Texas.  Jane (listed as Jane Balden) is indicated as the Parent/Guardian of four children (3 males and 1 female) who attended school in Limestone County in the 1854-1855 school year.  The Baldwin children attending school were Francis M. along with brothers Andrew J., and James, and sister Cornelia.
1855 Limestone County School Census
Texas State Archives, Austin, Texas

In the 1860 Federal Census for Limestone County, Francis, aged 19, was living with his mother, Jane Baldwin, and his younger siblings.

In 1862, Francis M. Baldwin, was reported on the rosters for the Confederate army.  He was a Private in Texas Cavalry Baylor's Regiment Company E, Muster Roll for Oct 21 to Dec 31, 1862.  Francis enlisted 21 Oct 1862 at Centerville, Leon County, Texas by Capt Carrington for a period of 3 years in the war and received no pay.

Shortly after Francis returned home from the Civil War, he married Mary Sadler (or perhaps during the Civil War while on leave.)  Mary, who was also born in the Republic of Texas on October 1, 1845, was the daughter of John and Bathsheba (Lindley) Sadler.   Her father, John Sadler, was a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto, having fought for the independence of Texas from Mexico in 1836. Mary's uncle (her mother's brother), Jonathan Lindley, died at the Alamo.

The John Sadler family was a neighboring family to the Jane Baldwin family in Limestone County.  Both families had moved from Walker County to Limestone County at about the same time -- around 1854-1855.  Because Limestone county is a "burned county," meaning that the Court House burned down, no records exist prior to 1873.  Therefore, there is no record for the marriage between Francis Marion Baldwin and Mary Sadler on the county level.  In 1958, their daughter, Alice, stated that her parents were "married in Limestone County during the Civil War."  Their first child was born in September of 1866, so it is very likely that they married at the close of the Civil War in 1865.  Perhaps someday, a family bible will come forward with the marriage date, but no family bible for the Francis Marion Baldwin family has yet been located.  Frank Atchinson remembers seeing a family bible, when Mary Baldwin had to prove son Roscoe's birth date.

The 1870 census, shows the Francis Marion and Mary (Sadler) Baldwin family was living in Limestone County, Texas.  Mother, Jane Baldwin, was also living with the family.   Jane Baldwin was 65 years old.   Francis and Mary had three children by 1870: Lafayette, Allen (our ancestor) and Levi.

1870 Census Limestone County, Texas

By 1880, the Baldwin family, who were still living in Limestone County, had grown to include nine children.  Also in the household is 18 year old Franklin Thomas.  Franklin Pierce Thomas is the nephew of Francis Marion Baldwin.  His mother Louisa was FM's oldest sister and his father was John C Thomas -- both deceased by 1870.

1880 Census Limestone County, Texas

Move to Eliasville, Young County, Texas
In the latter part of 1883 or early in 1884, the Baldwin family moved to Eliasville, Young County, Texas.  Eliasville is tucked between the mountains and the banks of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River in the southwest corner of Young County.  The Baldwin children were listed in the Young County, June 11, 1884 School census.  The Eliasville school was a rock building located south of the business section of town on what was called "The Hill".  In 1884, the school had 115 students and was taught by Prof. A. N. Edwards, Miss Martha Elkins and Mr. W.T. Stinson.

The Baldwin family was included in the book, "Story of Eliasville" by Thomas Cunningham (see below).  We learn from the book that the Baldwin family's home was a two-room frame building with an open hall between, to which were added lean-to rooms to the rear.  The Baldwin family were faithful members of the Baptist church and never missed a service.  They often entertained visiting preachers.  Once during an Association revival, Francis plowed till ten, then shifted his team to the wagon.  With his children and visiting preachers, he went to church.  After returning from church and the noon meal, Francis bidded his minister guests to make themselves at home while he resumed his weed killing.

Photo of the Francis Marion Baldwin homestead in Young County, Texas.
All that was left standing on the Baldwin homestead when I visited in 1984 was the cistern.

"Old and Well Known Citizen"
On May 21,  1900, Francis Marion Baldwin died, at the age of 59 years.  He was buried in the Eliasville Cemetery.  His headstone has the Masonic emblem on it -- see gravestone rubbing below.

A short obituary was posted in May 1900 in the Graham Leader newspaper (Graham, Young, TX):
"F.M. Baldwin, old and well known citizen of the Eliasville country, died at his home Monday and was buried at Eliasville Tuesday. Mr. Baldwin was near sixty years old, has been a citizen of Young County for the last sixteen years. He leaves a wife, a large family of children, and numerous friends who mourn his departure."

F.M. Baldwin Headstone, Eliasville Cemetery, Young County, Texas

Since the photo of the headstone is hard to read, I've added some
headstone rubbings (didn't have the right supplies.)

Find-A-Grave Memorial Page
To view Francis Marion Baldwin's Find-A-Grave Memorial Page, click here.

Mary Sadler Baldwin
 Mary was born in Walker County, Republic of Texas on October 1, 1845.  She was the daughter of John and Bathsheba (Lindley) Sadler.  According to descendants who knew her, Mary Sadler Baldwin was a small petite lady --- only about 5 feet tall.

Mary spent the first 9 years of her life living in Walker County.  Family descendants remember their Grandma Mary telling them stories about playing with the children of Sam Houston, when she was a young girl living in Walker County, Texas.  School records show that the Sadler children were attending school in Walker County in 1854.  The Sadler's moved shortly afterwards because by 1855, the children showed up in the school records for Limestone County, Texas in 1855.  (White, Gifford, TEXAS SCHOLASTICS 1854-1855, Copied from originals in the Archives Division of the Texas State LIbrary, Austin, Texas, 1979)

In 1885, both of Mary's parents died.  Her father, John Sadler, died in April of 1885 and her mother, Bathsheba (Lindley) Sadler died six months later in October.  Mary may have received a small inheritance from her parents, because in 1886 she had her own money and bought cattle from her husband, F.M. Baldwin, for $486.80.  She apparently did not want to just turn her money over to her husband, so she made him write out a legal bill of sale for cattle in exchange for her money.

After the death of her husband, Mary continued to live on the Baldwin homestead in Eliasville until her death in 1933.  No one lived in the house after she died and the house was eventually torn down -- only the cistern was left standing.  According to cemetery records, Mary is buried next to her husband in the Eliasville cemetery.  If Mary had a headstone, it no longer exists and her information is not added to the side of her husband's headstone.

"Story of Eliasville"
In 1958, Tom Cunningham interviewed daughter, Alice Baldwin Atchinson, for the information on the Baldwin family to include in his book, "Story of Eliasville."  (Cunningham, Thomas M., Story of Eliasville 1958, Denton, Texas)

The following is from the Story of Eliasville, pages 73-74:

The Baldwin Family
Francis Marion Baldwin (1840-1900) and Mary Baldwin (1845-1933) were married in Limestone County during the Civil War, and with ten children came to Eliasville in 1884, settling on the river two miles north east of town. The two youngest children were born here. They were faithful members of the Baptist church and often entertained visiting preachers. Their home was two room frame building with an open hall between, to which were added lean-to rooms to the rear. During an Association revival Mr. Baldwin plowed till ten, shifted his team to the wagon, wan with the children and preachers went to church. After their return he arose from the noon meal bidding his minister guests to make themselves at home while he resumed his weed killing. The family never missed a service at the church. Their twelve children were: Lafayette, Allen, Levi, Charlie, Bob, Willie Ann, Mittie, Walter, Lem, Alice, Roscoe, and Lena.
Lafayette married Nannie Barnes, and they had four children. By a second marriage he had six children.
Allen married Mary Stewart, and they had eight children.
Levi married Addie Johnson, and they were parents of four children.
Charlie marred Della Choate, and they had three children.
Bob married Mattie London, and their children numbered six.
Willie Ann married Pleas Hyden, an they had ten children.
Mittie married Virgil Matthews, and their son is Clayton.
Walter, single, died only a few years ago.
Lem, died in young manhood.
Alice married Charlie Atchison, and their three children are: Frank, Leroy and C.L. Frank married Rita Bell, and they have one daughter, Mary Alice. Frank Atchison is a banker in Graham. Leroy married Lois Lankford, and their three children are: Helen Catherine, Steve Roy and Ralph. C.L. is the father of one child, Lynn. C.L. owns a successful finance company in Midland. Frank and C.L. received their financial training in the Eliasville Bank under Mr. Harvey C. Brock and Mr. W.O. Cunningham.
Roscoe married Annie Belle Mills, and they have two boys: Hoyt and Hubert. Hoyt has a son, Bobby. Hubert married Wanda Sharklin. Roscoe and his family reside in Johnson County.
Lena married John Hill and they have six children: Norman, Robert, Myrtle Mae, Wayne, J. W., and Nettie Fay. This family lives at Seymour.
Father Baldwin worked oxen on his farm, and Alice recalls when she rode the oxen to the water in spite of brotherly warnings from Walter and Lem that she might get hurt. Lively as a cricket and unafraid, Alice rode them just the same. Alice, the baby when the family moved to Eliasville, claims a continuous residence in Eliasville of seventy-three years.
(On page 40)
Roscoe Baldwin got his nickname from reciting a bumble-bee poem which ended with, “it went bum, bum, bum.” We called him “Bum Baldwin” ever afterward."

The below photo of Francis Marion Baldwin was sent to me by B. R. Sadler in the 1990's.  If anyone has a better copy or the original, please scan a copy and share!  With today's technology a much better digital copy could be posted for all posterity to enjoy.

Francis Marion Baldwin
The following photo is of Mary Sadler Baldwin holding Hoyt Baldwin, her grandson.
Mary Sadler Baldwin holding grandson, Hoyt Baldwin
Any additional information on the Francis Marion and Mary (Sadler) Baldwin family would be appreciated.  
Thank you.

See new post about  FM Baldwin DNA Project. 

ALL descendants (both male and female) of Francis Marion Baldwin and Mary Sadler are encouraged to participate in autosomal DNA testing!! is a great place to test.
Direct male descendants can do Y-DNA tests through where there is a Baldwin surname group. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Anthony Leffel - "A Man of Many Moves"

Biographical sketch of the
Anthony and Mary (Miller) Leffel Family

Anthony Leffel, born on New Year's Day 1791, was the seventh child of John and Anna Margaretha (Abendschon) Leffel.  The Leffel family lived in Botetourt County, Virginia.  While living in Botetourt County, Anthony grew to manhood and met and married his sweetheart, Mary Polly Miller on 16 Sep 1811.  Mary was the daughter of Frederick and Mary (Peery) Miller.  
Anthony stated that he was a militia man in the War of 1812.  Four children were born to Anthony and Mary while they still lived in Botetourt County, Virginia. 
The family then moved to Springfield, Clark County, Ohio in 1818, along with Mary's parents and some of his family.  Some of Anthony's siblings had moved to Ohio several years earlier. Six more children were born to Anthony and Mary.

You can read about Anthony's many moves and land transactions in the following biographical sketch was written by Samuel S. Miller (a nephew of Mary Miller Leffel):

Emory Pioneer Association Biographical Sketch of: 
Born in the state of: Virginia, County: Botetourt, Town: near Fincastle
Came to the neighborhood of Emory Chapel in the year: about 1834
Was married in Virginia
Maiden name of his wife: Mary Miller, daughter of Frederick (b. 1760 d. 1822) and Mary Peery Miller (b. 1768 d. 1844)
Names of all children: Emeline, Rebeca, Samuel, David, Joel, Daniel, Anthony
Being a militia man in the War of 1812, he drilled the pioneers big muster at Bethel in the bottom field of the Miller farm.
Occupation: In early life probably a carpenter, later on a farmer.
Incidents of his life and character:
He was a man of many moves.   About 1816 immigrated from Va. Was prominent among the early settlers of that locality, and settled on the East fork of Donnel’s Creek and built a house which farm he sold to David Miller and moved several miles eastward. Early in the 30's the writer remembers of visiting them one Sunday PM in Winter with his father and mother, he living then in a house which is still standing on the National Pike a short distance west of the junction of New Carlisle pike. We went in a farm sled. They talked about where the National would be layed out through the orchard and close to the house. Early in the 30's he moved from that place and bought what is now the Hicks farm, becoming a near neighbor to his brother Jas. P.  Selling that, he bought a farm on Mill creek not far from present Bethany town. The writer visited them here in the 1840's. At this place his first wife died. A few years afterward he married Lydia Mayne Harris and we find them on a farm a short distance south of Ebenezer chapel, Y.S. Pike, then a mud road. One cold, stormy evening in March 1854, the writer with his father and mother stopped over night with them. Her (Lydia) daughters Fannie and Addie, then in their teens were part of the household. The roaring fire of hickory, in the capacious fire place, hearty welcome and good meals, made a pleasant memory. Selling this place in a few years and retiring from farm work, he bought property on East High St Springfield, Ohio. Selling that we find them next in the old Householder property corner of Mechanic and Main, next and last move was the place where he died west of Western School house. Afterwards his widow Aunt Lydia and daughter Addie took rooms at the residence of her son-in-law J. L. Pettigrew Yellow Springs St. Second wife Aunt Lydia died ______
Mary Peery died Nov 16th 1850 aged 61 yrs.
Date of death: Anthony Leffel died Jan 28, 1870 age 79 yrs
Place where buried: At the Bethel burying ground East branch Donnel Creek
This Sketch Written by Samuel S. Miller, Date: Oct 8th 1897

 John Peery Miller, "The Genealogy of the Descendants of Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Peery Miller" (Yellow Springs, Ohio: Antioch College, 1913), p.22 & 23 Genealogy of the Descendants of Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Peery Miller compiled by their grandson John Peery Miller, Professor of History, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1913.

Anthony lost two sons during the Civil War.  Son, Joel Leffel, was serving in the Union Army and died in the Army Hospital in Louiseville, Kentucky in 1863.  Son, David Miller Leffel, who had moved his family to Texas prior to the Civil War, was hanged because of his Unionist sentiments in what is called 'The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas in October 1862.

The photo below is of the original Leffel Homestead in Clark County, Ohio.

Anthony Leffel died on 28 Jan 1870 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio.  Anthony and Mary are buried next to each other in the Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Clark, Ohio.  Mary's father, Frederick Miller, was the first burial the the Bethel Baptist Cemetery in 1822.

Find-A-Grave Memorial Pages

To view Anthony's Find-A-Grave Memorial Page, click here.
To view Mary's Find-A-Grave Memorial Page, click here.

Additional posts about Anthony Leffel:
Anthony Leffel Will #2
Anthony Leffel Will #3

Anthony and Mary Miller Leffel Family Info:
Anthony Leffel , son of John Leffel and Anna Margaretha Abendschon, was born on 1 Jan 1791 in Botetourt, Virginia. He died on 28 Jan 1870 at the age of 79 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He was buried in Bethel Cemetery, Clark, Ohio.
Anthony Leffel and (1) Mary Miller were married on 16 Sep 1811 in Botetourt, Virginia. Mary Miller, daughter of Frederick Miller and Mary Elizabeth Peery, was born on 10 Oct 1789 in Botetourt, Virginia. She died on 16 Nov 1850 at the age of 61 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. She was buried on 16 Nov 1850 in Bethel Cemetery, Bethel Twp, Clark, Ohio.  Anthony and Mary had 10 children and 48 grandchildren.
After Mary died, Anthony Leffel married (2) Lydia Ann Mayne, a widow, on 10 Jun 1851 in Clark, Ohio. Lydia Ann Mayne was born on 12 May 1807 in Frederick, Maryland. She died on 19 Aug 1879 at the age of 72 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio.

Anthony Leffel and Mary Miller children:
1. Rebecca Leffel was born on 5 Nov 1812 in Botetourt, Virginia, United States. She died on 14 Jan 1851 at the age of 38 in Clark, Ohio, United States. She was buried in Bethel Cemetary, Clark, Ohio. Rebecca Leffel and John Roller were married on 26 Jan 1837 in Clark County, Ohio. John Roller was born on 10 Dec 1815 in Virginia, United States. He died on 19 Nov 1868 at the age of 52 in Clark, Ohio. He was buried in Bethel Cemetery, Clark, Ohio. They had three children.
2. Samuel Leffel was born on 11 Aug 1814 in Botetourt, Virginia, United States. He died on 11 Mar 1889 at the age of 74 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He was buried in Enon Cemetary, Clark, Ohio. Samuel Leffel and Elizabeth Baker were married on 13 Jun 1844 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. Elizabeth Baker was born about 1819 in Clark, Ohio . She died in Sep 1892 at the age of 73 in Clark, Ohio, United States. She was buried in Enon Cemetery, Clark, Ohio. They had seven children.
3. David Miller Leffel was born on 20 Jan 1816 in Botetourt, Virginia, United States. In 1850 he was a Carpenter in Jackson, Champaign, Ohio. David died on 19 Oct 1862 as a victim of the Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas 1862. David Miller Leffel and Susan Evaline West were married on 3 May 1837 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. Susan Evaline West, daughter of Michael West and Susannah McKee, was born on 3 Jun 1817 in Mason, Kentucky. She died after 1869 in Texas. David and Susan had eight children.
4. Evaline Leffel was born on 15 Dec 1817 in Botetourt, Virginia. She was buried in Emery Chapel Cemetery, Clark, Ohio. Evaline Leffel and Robert Jones were married on 11 Sep 1836 in Clark, Ohio. Robert Jones was born in 1810 in Culpeper, Virginia. He was buried in Noblesville, Clark, Ohio. They had three children.
5. Harrison Leffel was born on 15 Sep 1819 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He died on 13 Dec 1893 at the age of 74 in Miami, Ohio. He was buried at Raper Chapel, Miami, Ohio. Harrison Leffel and Ann Martin were married on 20 Apr 1843 in Clark, Ohio. Ann Martin was born on 11 Dec 1817 in Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland. She died in 1872 at the age of 55 in Miami, Ohio. She was buried at Raper Chapel, Miami, Ohio. They had seven children.
6. Frederick Leffel was born on 28 Feb 1821 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He died on 8 Aug 1830 at the age of 9 in Clark, Ohio.
7. Joel Leffel was born on 7 Nov 1822 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He died during the Civil War on 22 Feb 1863 at the age of 40 in Army Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. He was buried in National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky. Joel Leffel and Elizabeth Sparrow were married on 17 Jun 1845 in Clark, Ohio. Elizabeth Sparrow was born on 8 Feb 1828 in Clark, Ohio. They had six children: Lewis, Joseph, Alcesta, Anthony, Emma, Eva.
8. Delila Leffel was born on 6 Aug 1824 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. She died on 30 Aug 1830 at the age of 6 in Clark County, Ohio.
9. Daniel Leffel was born on 28 Jul 1828 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He died on 6 Sep 1889 at the age of 61. He was buried in Casstown, Miami, Ohio. Daniel Leffel and Elizabeth Jolly were married on 2 Sep 1852 in Clark, Ohio. Elizabeth Jolly was born on 25 Jan 1827 in Virginia. She died on 22 Jan 1890 at the age of 62. They had six children.
10. Anthony Leffel was born on 7 Oct 1830 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio. He died in Clark, Ohio. He was buried in Emory Chapel Cemetery, Clark, Ohio. Anthony Leffel and Margaret Catharine Collison were married on 31 Jul 1855 in Clark, Ohio. Margaret Catharine Collison was born about 1837 in Clark, Ohio. They had eight children.

This family, along with all their sources, can be found on  If you have a membership and are logged on to Ancestry, you can find them here: Anthony Leffel 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

John and Rebecca Haning of Grayson County, Texas

Rebecca Jane West Haning is the younger sister to our ancestor, Susan Evaline West Leffel (daughter of Michael West and Susannah McKee).  Rebecca Jane West married John Haning on 19 Jul 1842 in Vermilion County, Illinois.  In 1846, the young couple moved to Texas along her husband's family.

The above photo is of John and Rebecca West Haning in their later years.  This photo can be found in the History of Grayson County, Texas, along with the following abstract of the John and Rebecca Haning biographical story.  Notice in the above picture, that John is holding a cane.   He needed the cane because in 1870, he was blinded in a saloon fight.

"The History of Grayson County, Texas"; Grayson County Frontier Villiage, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Hunter Publishing Co., c1979; #497, pg 346. (abstract)

"John and Rebecca Haning, my great-grandparents, responding to their pioneering instincts and the promise of land came to Texas from Illinois in 1846 as members of the Peters Colony. On the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky they joined Great-great-grandparents Aaron and Rachiel Haning and their other sons, Jabes, Aaron Jr. and Henry who were enroute from Ohio to Texas, also as members of the Peters Colony. The journey to Grayson County was fraught with danger from outlaws, Indians, and the elements and disease. Great-great-grandfather Aaron died in Red River County, Texas in 1846 without reaching his destination. The Hanings continued their journey to Grayson County and prior to 1848 were granted a total of 2240 acres of land in the general area west and north of Howe, including Howe, then known as Summit. It was here they built their homesteads, cleared the lush black land, raised their families and thrived as farmers.
Of the 12 children born to John and Rebecca Haning 9 survived to maturity. Their children were: Susan Rachiel married Wilson Moore; Mary Elizabeth married James Maxwell; James Aaron married Sallie Harding; Alice May married Tom Odom; John Franklin married Betty Etchinson; Virginia Bell married Elza Harding; Louisa Francis married J.C. Page, Elza married Jane Page.  Little is known about Michael Henry except that he was born in 1851...
After the Civil War, Great-grandfather John was reputed to have become somewhat of a rought character, frequently over-indulging in the "demon rum." In 1870 he was blinded apparently in a gunfight in a Sherman saloon. It is also told that he chewed tobacco and, unable to see, he inadvertently spat on one of his grandchildren. When apprised of the fact he gave up tobacco forever.
Great-great-grandmother Rachel Haning, great-grandparents John and Rebecca Haning, Jabes and Harriet and many other Hanings are buried in Hall Cemetery just west of Howe.
Great-grandfather John, nephew Aaron and Henry were Confederate veterans, having served in Company H of the 16th Texas Cavalry."

The following brief biographical sketch is from the Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1.  The minutes of the Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1, comprising minutes of the Association, by-laws, newspaper clippings, and a register of members. The membership roster indicates nativity and the date the member came to Grayson County.  This can be found at: 
John Haning, 1846; Illinois; age 67. Red River county first; Grayson in 1848.
[This is the man who lost his eyesight in 1870 through the merciless attack of a desperado named Hous. Holt, well known to our community and now wearing stripes for murder. Mr. Haning now resides eight miles southwest of Sherman, near the head of Choctaw, his first and early home.]

The Houston Holt who attacked John Haning in 1870 and caused his blindness, was not only an "outlaw" but also an "in-law".  He was married to Rebecca Haning's niece, Sarah West, the daughter of John and Barbara Harmon West.  It would be interesting to know what the fight between John Haning and Houston Holt was about!   Hous Holt ended up in prison in 1879 for killing several men.  In a 1879 newspaper article about Holt's murder trial, the following is states: "This famous desperado, is the same who punched out the eyes, with a pistol, of a man now living in Sherman being led about by a little boy."  The "man now living in Sherman" referred to would be John Haning.
Denison Daily News, 9 Apr 1879, Portal of Texas History
John Haning was granted land through the Peters Colony in Grayson County, Texas.  According to the above county history, the Haning family (including John, his mother and brothers) were granted a total of 2240 acres.  Several members of Rebecca West Haning's West family also were granted land by the Peters Colony. The following biographical sketch for John Haning is found in book, "Peters Colony of Texas,"

Connor, Seymour V., Peters Colony of Texas, A History and Biographical Sketches of the Early Settlers, page 426

Rebecca and John Haning are buried in the Hall Cemetery in Grayson County, Texas.Below are pictures of their headstone.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Michael West Family

Michael West Family

Michael West was born on 30 May 1793 in Maryland or Kentucky. His son, James H. West, stated in a county history published in 1879, that his father was a native of Maryland. The 1850 Grayson County, Texas census gives the birthplace for Michael West as Kentucky. My feeling is that Michael was probably born in Maryland.

There is a marriage record in Adams County, Ohio for Michael West and Susannah McKee on 16 Oct 1812. Adams County is just across the Ohio River from Mason County, Kentucky. Most of Michael & Susannah West’s children are said to have been born in Mason County, Kentucky. In 1826, the family moved to Champaign County, Ohio, perhaps near the Clark County line. Michael West can be found in the 1830 Census for Mad River township, Champaign County, Ohio.

Then in 1838, the Michael West family moved to Vermilion County, Illinois. He rented a farm from James Norris, one mile south of Oakwood Station (Illinois). Michael West is listed in the 1840 census for Vermilion County, Illinois. Michael's wife, Susannah, died before 1848, when the family moved again. This time Michael West moved to Texas. His oldest son, John W. West had previously moved to Red River County, Texas.

Land grants were offered by the Peters Colony to help colonize North Texas. Michael arrived in Texas (Peter's Colony) prior to July 1848 and was recorded as a widower with two daughters and one son. He obtained 640 acres in Grayson County, Texas. His son, Michael Perry, also obtained 320 acres in Grayson County, Texas. Daughter, Rebecca Jane Haning, moved to Texas at the same time with her husband, John Haining, and his family.  Two of Michael's sons, Joseph and James, did not move west and remained in the midwest.
Connor, Seymour V., Peters Colony of Texas, A History and Biographical Sketches of the Early Settlers, page 426.

In the 1850 Census for Grayson County, Texas, Michael West (household 13) is living between son, Michael Perry West, and daughter, Elizabeth Boyles (Boils).   Inlaws, the Page Stanley family, are also neighbors.

Texas proved to be a harsh environment for the West family. It seems that tragedy plagued Michael West and his family once they moved to Texas and the coming Civil War greatly added to their hardships.  By the end of 1862, Michael West, his sons (John W. and Michael P.) and two of his sons-in-law (David M. Leffel and William Boyles) had died.  Sometime before 1870, Michael's daughters, Susan West Leffel and Louisa Thomas, were dead, along with Louisa's family.

Son, Michael Perry West, died of unknown reasons in 1852 or 1853, losing most of his entire estate (including 320 acres) during the probate process to a neighboring land owner for a $50.00 debt and for court costs. Father, Michael believed that his daughter-in-law (wife of Michael Perry) had been unfaithful and that their daughter was not Michael Perry’s “offspring” (biological child).   How Michael died and where he is buried is unknown. 

Father, Michael West, died a few years later in 1858. He may have mistrusted the court system in Grayson County. He requested in his will that “the Probate Court nor any other court whatever shall have anything to do with my estate except to record this my will and to inventory my property.” His will is shown in an earlier post.

Oldest son, John W. West, died about 1860/1861 in Grayson County, Texas. He was only 45 years old at the time. It is not known how he died or where he was buried. His wife, Barbara, is buried on land that John donated to use as a school and later used by the Rockport Baptist Church as a cemetery. Was John and his father, Michael, also buried on this plot of land?

Later, during the Civil War, two of Michael West’s sons-in-law were killed by confederate vigilante groups as a result of their unionist sympathies. David Miller Leffel, husband of Susan Evaline West, was one of the victims killed during the Great Hangings at Gainesville, Texas. Michael's daughter,Susan was left a widow with a large family to care for. In 1869, Susan wrote that the men who killed her husband had continued to harass her and her family. Susan cannot be found after June 1869. Was she also killed by men who killed her husband, or did she die of grief and stress?  William Boyles, husband of daughter, Elizabeth West, died as a result of hiding out in the timbers after receiving a gun-shot wound that occurred during the Great Hangings. Elizabeth remarried a few years later and lived to be 66 years old.

Youngest daughter, Louisa, and her husband, Jesse Thomas, and their family disappeared after the 1860 census. Was her husband in the Civil War? Did the family die of disease or illness?  Or did they move from Texas to an unknown location?

Below is an 1879 Vermilion County, IL History article about son, James Harvey West, who stayed in Illinois.  It gives a brief history of Michael West.

Source: Beckwith, H. W.. History of Vermilion County : together with historic notes on the Northwest,... Chicago: H.H. Hill and Co., 1879, page 862.

Transcription of above:
"James H. West was born on the 15th of March 1822. His father was Michael West, who was a native of Maryland, but afterward went to Kentucky and then to Clark county, Ohio. From Clark county, the elder Mr. West rented a farm of James Norris, one mile south of Oakwood station (Illinois).
James was brought up on his father's farm in Ohio, and lived in the family in this county till grown. He then went to Ohio, and took part in the campaign of 1840. He came back to Illinois and went to New Orleans and from there across to Havana, Cuba, with a load of produce; which he sold to the inhabitants at a good profit. He went to New Orleans a second time and in 1844 was engaged in driving beef cattle to New York City. In 1846 he went to Wisconsin and from this date till 1850 dealt in horse and cattle trade to Wisconsin. In 1849, Mr. West was married to Eliza V. McGee, of this county. He then lived two years in Champaign county. After this he moved to Middle Fork. He came to the place where he now lives in 1867. Here he owns two hundred and forty acres of land. He has seven children living and three dead. Mr. West was elected supervisor in Pilot township in 1866 and served two terms; then elected justice of the peace in Oakwood for two years; he then served as supervisor for Oakwood for four year. He has always held office of some kind. He has also been successful in business."

CHILDREN of Michael West and Susannah McKee (spouse & number of known children);
Mary Ann West (1813-1847) md John W West, 8 children
John Wesley West ( 1816-1861) md Barbara Harmon, 1 child
Susan Evaline West (1817-1869) md David Miller Leffel, 8 children
Joseph J West (1819-1904) md (1) Hulda Dunkle (2) Josephine, 7 children
James Harvey West (1822-1883) md (1) Eliza V McGee (2) Lura Jane Davis, 7 children
Rebecca Jane West (1824-1890) md John Haning, 11 children
Michael Perry West (1827-1853) md Priscilla Stanley, 1 child
Elizabeth T West (1831-1898) md (1) William Boyles (2) Isaac Alpha Lee, 4 children
Louisa West (abt 1833-?) md Jesse Thomas, 3 children

There are still many unanswered questions concerning the Michael West family.  Any help would be appreciated.
What happened to Louisa West Thomas and her family??
Where and how did Susan West Leffel die and where was she buried??

This family, along with all the sources, can be found on my family tree, as well as my family trees on and  My family tree ( ) is the most complete with sources, photos, etc, but since a subscription is needed I have also placed information on which is FREE.  I am slowly adding more information into

Michael West Land in Grayson County, Texas
Will of Michael West
Susan West Leffel: "Left me in a sad and mornful condition."
John and Rebecca West Haning of Grayson County, Texas
William and Elizabeth West Boyles
Mysterious Death of Michael Perry West

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

This 4th of July remember our ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War.  To see a list, click here.

Image courtesy

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Nathan Cole - Patriot

Nathan Cole
Revolutionary War Veteran

Nathan and Judith (Colburn) Cole Family
(Nathan Cole is on the Wilson-Hatfield family tree)

The story of Nathan Cole begins in Freetown, Bristol County, Massachusetts when he was born on 31 Jul 1760 (or 30 Jul 1751). He was the son of William Cole and Elizabeth Luther. Although, Nathan is not included in the list of children for William & Elizabeth Cole in E.B. Cole’s book, The Cole Genealogy (pg. 62), Nathan's Revoluntionary War pension records indicate otherwise. Pension papers make the connection of Nathan to a brother William who also served in the war. William Cole's pension file also makes the connection to Nathan, and also to Gideon Cole & Royal Cole. Nathan lived next to William Cole according to the 1800 Census. Also, Nathan named three of his children after his siblings: Luther, Sabra, and William. The name of Luther could have been a namesake for his mother, Elizabeth Luther Cole’s maiden name.

Nathan served in the Revolutionary War in 1776 and 1778 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  He served from Rhode Island in 1776 for about six months. In about 1778 he moved to Hancock, MA, and again enlisted, serving at Springfield under Captain Enos Parker as one of the military stores guards. Nathan Cole appeared on a payroll for Capt. Enos Parker’s Company, detached from Berkshire Co. to guard the Springfield stores for 6 months from 1 July 1778 to 1 Jan 1779. He became sick, was sent home, and never recovered to return to service.

To see a photo of a button that was on Nathan Cole's jacket that he wore while he served in the Revolutionary War, click here.

Nathan married Judith Colburn, daughter of Joseph Colburn and Elizabeth Trask, on 15 Jan 1788 in Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut. Judith was born on 22 Jul 1767 in Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut. She was christened on 23 Aug 1767 in Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut. Judith’s application for a widow’s pension gives the following information:  According to pension papers, Judith was born Judith Colborn and married Nathan Cole in Stafford, Tolland County, CT, on 15 Jan 1788. The marriage was performed by a Justice of the Peace named Pinney, though Pinney's records were missing in 1846. She and Nathan had 8 children. Judith said she stayed 7 years in Hancock, Mass., then one year in Stephentown, NY before moving to Galway. Nathan d. 29 Dec 1826 in “Galloway,” Saratoga Co., NY.

Also in the pension file is the following affidavit from Ely Manning, which tells how Judith and Nathan met.
On 3 Oct 1846, Ely MANNING, age 65, appeared before a Cayuga Co., NY, Justice of the Peace to vouch for the marriage of Judith Colburn and Nathan Cole. Ely stated that he was born in the house where Judith Colburn lived and remained there until he was 7 years old, when his father moved them to Stephentown, NY. A few years later, his Aunt Judith Colburn’s sister, Mrs. Ward, moved to Hancock, about 9 miles from Stephentown. Ely visited there frequently, often staying several weeks. Judith Colburn came there to live for a year, when she met Nathan Cole. They were to have been married “in the fall of the year, but she was taken sick. After about a year, her father came from Stafford, CT, to take Judith back home with him. Nathan and Judith were thus married in Stafford. Ely states that he was well acquainted with the Nathan, Judith, and their 8 children.

Information from the Cole Family Bible can be found here.  The bible belonged to son, Joseph Cole.

Nathan and Judith had the following children:

1) Rev. Luther Cole was born on 22 Jun 1790 in Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts. Veteran of the War of 1812. "In the summer or fall of 1812 Luther Cole volunteered & entered the service and was gone till about March 1813 when he came back sick & was doctored by Orpha Miller Dake's father."
Luther married Mary (maiden name unknown at this time) about 1815 in New York. Mary was born on 15 Sep 1789 in Vermont.
Luther became a Baptist Preacher and was ordained in 1823 in Enosburgh, Franklin, Vermont. .He died on 9 Apr 1871 in Enosburgh. Mary died almost a year later on 2 Mar 1872. They are both buried in Enosburgh Center Cemetery, Franklin County, Vermont.
Luther and Mary had no known children.

2) Sabra Cole was born on 15 Aug 1792 in Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts. She died after 1860. Sabra married Amos H. French about 1818 in New York. Amos was born about 1780 in Connecticut.

*3) Nathan Cole Jr. (our ancestor) was born on 8 Sep 1794 in Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts. He died on 5 May 1870 in Taylor, Iowa and was buried in in the Graceland Cemetery.
Nathan married (1) Anna Margaret Goble, daughter of James Goble and Nancy Mary Pollard, on 24 May 1818 in Jersusalem, Ontario, New York. Anna was born on 27 Jan 1795 in , Wyoming, Pennsylvania. She died on 14 Jul 1850 in Parke, Indiana. She was buried on 15 Jul 1850 in Old Rockville. Nathan then married Anna's widowned sister, Abigail Goble "Abby"on 14 Aug 1850 in Parke County, Indiana. Abigail was born on 13 Apr 1808 in New York and died in 1889 in Bigelow, Holt, Missouri.

4) Joseph Cole was born on 20 Dec 1796 in Galway, Saratoga, New York. He died on 16 Oct 1871 in Nunda, Livingston, New York. Joseph Cole was a member of the Nunda Baptist Church. Joseph married Rhoda Gifford, daughter of John Gifford and Ruth Wilcox, on 21 Mar 1823 in New York. Rhoda was born on 8 Mar 1800 in White Creek, Washington, New York and died on 25 Apr 1894 in Nunda, Livingston, New York.

5) Elizabeth Cole, called Betsey, was born on 8 Jun 1799 in Galway, Saratoga, New York. She died on 4 Feb 1880 in Ira, Cayuga, New York. She was buried in Ira Hill Cemetery, Cayuga, New York. Elizabeth married Abram Phillips about 1820 possibly in Cayuga County, New York.  Abram was born on 28 Feb 1795 in New York. He died on 24 Feb 1878 in Ira, Cayuga, New York. He was buried in Ira Hill Cemetery, Cayuga, New York.

6) Judith Cole was born on 10 Jan 1802 in Galway, Saratoga, New York. She died after 1880 in , Potter, Pennsylvania. Judith married Elijah Hill about 1819 in New York. Elijah was born in 1796 in Mayfield, Fulton, New York. He was christened on 6 Sep 1796 in Reformed Dutch Church, Mayfield, Fulton, New York. He died after 1880 possibly in Potter, Pennsylvania.

7) Roxena Cole was born on 30 May 1804 in Galway, Saratoga, New York. Roxena married Russell Westcott, son of Ezekiel Westcott and Lydia Forbes, about 1830 in New York. Russell was born about 1805 in Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont. He died on 5 May 1894 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

8) William A. Cole was born on 13 Mar 1810 in Galway, Saratoga, New York. William married Emaline (possibly Houten) about 1830 in New York. Emeline was born 1815 in Vermont. Both supposedly buried in Bridgeton, Parke County, Indiana.

Nathan Cole is on the Wilson-Hatfield family tree.

Nathan Cole's Revolutionary War Button

Occasionally some new find in my family history will make me very happy😊.  Receiving the following photo did just that. 

This will be the first of several posts on our direct ancestor, Nathan Cole.  Nathan Cole is on our Wilson-Hatfield family line - the third great-grandfather of Maymie Pearl Wilson Martin.

Nathan Cole was a young single man when he served in the Revolutionary War.  His wife, Judith, gives the following information of Nathan's service in the Revolutionary War in her pension application, "she stated her husband was a resident of either Swansea, Massachusetts or Freetown in Rhode Island, and that he served from RI in 1775 or 1776 for about six months. In about 1778 he moved to Hancock, MA, and again enlisted, serving at Springfield under Captain Enos Parker as one of the military stores guards. Nathan Cole appeared on a payroll for Capt. Enos Parker’s Company, detached from Berkshire County to guard the Springfield stores for 6 months from 1 July 1778 to 1 Jan 1779. He became sick, was sent home, and never recovered to return to service."

This button was passed down with the descendants of Nathan Cole.  It ended up in a local library then given to a historical society. 

Below is a photo of Nathan Cole's button, from Nathan's jacket he wore while serving in the Revolutionary War.

Other Posts about Nathan Cole:

Wilson Gathering

The photo below is of a Charles B. Wilson family gathering.  The date is unknown but was probably taken around 1942.  If anyone has an exact date, please leave the date in comments.
Back row from left to right:
Wilber, John, Inez, Buck, Maymie, Charles B, Pearl, Pat with Leroy goofing off in front, Anna with great-grandma Nancy Hatfield standing in front, Jenny, Anna's sister Mary, Mr. Graffie and Cora Rose Graffie.
Not sure who all the younger children sitting in front belong to.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

William B. Wilson Confederate Veteran

William B. Wilson is my 2nd great-grandfather. Click here to see information about the photo of William B. Wilson and here to see information on his family.
William B Wilson
William B. Wilson joined the Civil War on 12 Feb 1862 in Weston, Collin County, Texas.  He was in Company "K" 6th Texas Calvary, CSA and served for over three years or until the end of the war. Since he was living in Oklahoma when he applied for the pension, William received a small confederate pension from the state of Oklahoma, just before he died.  Several documents from the pension file are shown below.

The following information about 6th Cavalry Regiment is from the Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System website maintained by the National Park Service:
6th Cavalry Regiment [also called 2nd Regiment] was organized with 1,150 men at Dallas, Texas, in September, 1861. Many of the men were from Dallas, McKinney, Waco, Austin, and Lancaster, and Bell County. The unit skirmished in the Indian Territory, fought at Elkhorn Tavern, then moved west of the Mississippi River. It contained 803 effectives in the spring of 1862 and was dismounted during the battles at Corinth and Hatchie Bridge. Here the regiment reported 148 killed, wounded, or missing. Assigned to Ross' Brigade, it served with the Army of Tennessee during the Atlanta Campaign, was active in Tennessee, and ended the war in Mississippi attached to the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. The field officers were Colonels Lawrence S. Ross, B. Warren Stone, and Jack Wharton; Lieutenant Colonels John S. Griffith and Peter F. Ross; and Robert M. White and Stephen B. Wilson.

The following quotes are from interviews with grandchildren of William Wilson.
1. Champ Means, 29 Nov 1979:
"Grandpa did fight in the Civil War in the Cavalry. He furnished his own horse which ran away in the first battle through enemy lines and back through without injury to him or the horse. After the war he was discharged and received small pension."
2.  25 Jul 1986, grandaughter, Margaret Means Williams:
"Grandpa Wilson was in the Civil War for 4 years. When I asked him if he killed any Yankees he said, 'I killed as many Yankees as they killed me.' Grandpa Wilson is buried at Reck Cemetery, there is no headstone."
3. 14 Aug 1986 with gr-son, Joe Baily Means:
"Grandpa Wilson received a Civil War pension. He fought in 4 or 5 major battles. He never got shot at all. He lived in Georgia and Tennessee before Texas. Grandpa was called Willie."

Pension Records from the State of Oklahoma
for William B. Wilson
Note: these copies are from microfilmed copies of the pension records and are difficult to read.  There are notes or abstract below several of the documents.

Name given as William Benton Wilson

W. B. Wilson of Carter County, P.O. Reck
(First Application) 16 Aug 1915
Age: 77; Born: Tennessee;
How long in Oklahoma: 35 years;
Residence: Reck, Carter County;
Occupation: Farmer - not able to work; Physical condition: Feeble;
State served from: Texas;
How long did you serve: Feb 1862 to end of war;
Company name: Company "K" 6th Texas Cavalry
Signed W.B. Wilson, Carter Co., Texas, 16 Aug 1915

Affidavit by C. Hoff of Beckham County, Oklahoma, 17 Apr 1917
"C. Hoff ... was well acquainted with the said W. B. Wilson during the time from and since the year 1857, that he knows the said W.B. Wilson enlisted in the Confederate army, at Weston, Collin County, Texas, on or about the year of 1862, that he was in battle in the west and that he was later transferred to east of the Mississippi River, and that he returned home from the army in the spring of 1865.  Signed C. (his X mark) Hoff,  Witness: Vina Cox”
(Note: C. Hoff is the brother of Mary Pollly Wilson and so brother-in-law of William B. Wilson.  Vina Cox is the daughter of C. Hoff (Cosley Hoff).)

State of Arkansas, County of Washington, 1 Jul 1918,  Affidavit by R. F. House: He states that "he was well acquainted with applicant W.B. Wilson and have known him for about 70 years...and that he (Wilson) was a Confederate soldier in Co "K" Regiment of 6th Texas Calvary" and served from 1862 to 1865, then honorably discharged.  Signed R. F. House
(Note: Robert F. House is a cousin to William B. Wilson.)

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