Elisha Spence: Part Three–Who were Amos B. Spence (1800-bef 1850) and Mary Elizabeth Bright (1805-1872)?–The Conclusion

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WHAT???!!!”

My exclamation when I discovered something recently! My discovery compelled me to research and write this final article, adding this series’ conclusion at the end. By accident I stumbled across a host–and I mean a host–of people who think that Levi James Spence (1801-1843)–the second son of Elisha Spence and his first wife Susanna Spencer–had a wife named Mary!

He did not!

After I stopped hyperventilating, I looked at the records to see where these people were getting their inspiration. And yes, there was a Mary E. Spence, born in 1805–a widow–living in Weakley County, Tennessee, who appears on the 1850 Census!(1).  Levi Spence (1801-1843) last appears on the 1840 Census for Weakley County, Tennessee(2). So I suppose it was natural for people to assume that Levi was Mary’s deceased husband.

No, it didn’t happen that way!

I have already written about Levi Spence, so I will place a link to his article HERE! Levi James Spence had one wife and only one wife by the name of Elizabeth Gray! He followed her all the way from Tennessee to North Carolina, married her in North Carolina, lived with her in North Carolina until about 1830, and then they moved to Tennessee. They were in Madison County, Tennessee in 1830 and by 1840, they were in Weakley County, where they appear on the census. Levi died in Weakley County in 1843, and Elizabeth moved to Kentucky where she spent the rest of her life with their children. Levi did not have two families at the same time, as some people may argue. His wife was Elizabeth Gray and his children were those by her.

So who was Mary E. Spence, born 1805?

Her children’s names were quite similar to those in the Spence family, so she had to be related somewhere. In the end, I had to thank those people who mixed up Levi with Mary because they enabled me to make connections on another Spence line I have been researching for a long time.

 

Amos B. Spence (1800-bef 1850)

I mentioned Amos in my first article in this Spence series . Rather than go back and update it, I will place a link to it HERE so that people can see where I was back then and compare it with where I am now. I have wondered about Amos Spence for years after discovering him on a microfilm of the 1820 Census at the Denver Public Library. He appears on the 1820 Census for Perry County, Tennessee with Jordan Spence, whom I later determined to be his brother!(3)  I also determined, as noted in the earlier article, that Amos and Jordan were brothers of William Spence (1795-1869), who married Phoebe Forehand. Once I dove into this study, William and Jordan were easy to find. But for a long time, Amos seemed to disappear from the records. And I presumed he had died after the 1820 Census.

He didn’t!

What follows is an updated version of the story.

Amos, Jordan and William Spence were sons of Edward Spence (1764-1802) and Esther Pearce (1765-1800), grandsons of Greaves Spence (1742-1803) and his wife Elizabeth, who died in 1786; and great grandsons of James Spence (1702-1753) and Elizabeth Greaves (Graves) (1707-1755). They were second great grandsons of James Spence (1674-1740) and Esther Booth (1674-1715) and third great grandsons of David Spence (1639-1679) and Ann Roe (1640-1711). In other words, they connect with the Elisha Spence branch of the family. Elisha Spence’s father William Edward Spence (1722-1785) was a son of James Spence (1702-1753) and Elizabeth Greaves (1707-1755) and, therefore, a brother of Greaves Spence (1742-1803).

In addition, Greaves and Elizabeth Spence had another son whose family is going to be drawn into this: Edward Spence’s older brother James Spence (1761-1828). James’ wife was Rhoda McBride (1761-1850). Their children were: (a) Caleb Spence, born 1780; (b) Daniel Spence (1780-1848); (c) Caleb Spence (1800-1845); (d) Rencher Spence (1808-1868) [NOTE: Some people combine Caleb and Rencher and call him Caleb Rencher Spence]; (e) Almond Spence (1811-1872); (f) Enoch J. Spence (1813-1854).

Daniel Spence (1780-1848) married Elizabeth Betsy Koen (1792-1865). Their children were: (a) Abel Spence (1810-1884); (b) Wilson Spence (1814-1872);  (c) Daniel Baxter Spence (1817-1891) [NOTE: Daniel Baxter Spence’s story will be told later. I am introducing him here]; (d) Mary Polly Spence (1827-1850); (e) Susan Temple Spence (1830-1912); (f) Abraham (Abe) Spence–nothing else is known.

The children of Greaves Spence and Elizabeth follow:

  1. James Spence (1761-1828). James was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and he died October 1828 in Pasquotank. He has been previously discussed. His grandson, Daniel Baxter Spence (187-1891) will be discussed later.
  2. Edward Spence (1764-1802). The subject under discussion here.
  3. Mark Spence (1794-1822). Mark was born in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died in 1822, when his estate was entered for probate March 5, 1822 in Camden County(4). According to his probate file, his wife’s name was Parthenia, and his daughter’s name was Elizabeth.
  4. Noah Spence (1794-1821). Noah was born in Camden County, North Carolina in 1794, and he died in Camden County in May 1821(5). According to his probate file, he had a son named John Spence, Jr. His wife’s name is unknown.
  5. Rhoda Spence, born 1830. I have no additional information.

The children of Edward Spence (1764-1802) and Esther Pearce (1765-1800) follow:

  1. Abner Spence (1786-1865). Abner was born January 4, 1786 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died May 8, 1865 in Franklin County, Arkansas. His first wife was Nancy Amanda Burnham (1767-1820). Their children were:  (a) Edward Spence (b. 1806); (b) Charles Spence (b. 1810); (c) Margaret Spence (1820-1854). His second wife was Polly Green, who died in 1854. Their children were: (a) Lucy J. Spence (b. 1830); (b) Abner F. Spence (b. 1831); (c) Nancy A. Spence (b. 1834); (d) William A. Spence (b. 1836); (e) Esther Spence (b. 1845). According to Abner’s probate file, which was filed in Franklin County, Arkansas January 20, 1866, Abner died in Franklin County May 8, 1865(6). Abner moved around quite a bit. He married his second wife Polly Green in Madison, Alabama September 2, 1825(7). He was in Greene County, Missouri in 1833(8). He was in Polk County, Missouri in 1850(9). And he died in Franklin County, Arkansas.
  2. Rebecca Spence, who was born in 1788. I have no additional information.
  3. Jordan Pearce Spence (1792-1868). Jordan appeared in the Weakley County, Tennessee article about William Spence (1809-1858). He lived in Weakley County while exploring other options. Jordan was born in Camden County, North Carolina in 1792, and he died in 1868 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas. His wife was Delilah/Delila Duncan Bidles (1795-1870). Their children were: (a) Parthenia Spence (b.1817); (b) Elizabeth Spence (1821-1892); (c) Margaret Spence (b. 1821); (d) Harvey Byron Spence (1826-1883); (e) Abner Spence (b. 1831); (f) Wilson Spence (1834-1870); (g) Ira Jordan Spence (1837-1922). Jordan and Amos Spence were very close and traveled together. I will go more into their travels in the section below pertaining to Amos. For Jordan’s section,  I have compiled a list by year, place and location for Jordan Spence. Amos was with him through some of those experiences:

*1792–Camden County, NC: Jordan was born

*1812–Davidson County, TN: Jordan was a private in 1 Reg’t Mounted Gunmen (Williamson’s), Tennessee Volunteers. Elisha Spence was on a militia roster in Davidson County, Tennessee.

*1818–Jordan married Delila Duncan Biddles (1795-1870) in Tennessee

*1820–Jordan and Amos appear on the 1820 Census, Perry County, Tennessee

*1830–Jordan was in Kentucky. (He had a total of five Kentucky Land Grants)

*1831–Jordan was in Tennesse, where his son, Abner, was born

*1834–Jordan was in Kentucky, where his son, Wilson, was born

*1836–Earliest record for Jordan in Texas. He was no doubt exploring there.

*1837–Jordan was back in Tennessee, this time in Weakley County,  where his son–Ira Jordan was born.

*1838–Jordan was still in Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the tax records

*1840–Jordan was in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the Census.

*1846–Jordan was in Fannin County, Texas, where he appears on the Tax List

*1850–Jordan appears on the Tax List in Bonham, Fannin, Texas

*1850–Still a resident of Weakley County, Tennesse, Jordan was already buying property in Texas

*1850–Jordan was living in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee, according to the Census

*1854–Jordon bought property in Johnson County, Kentucky

*1860–Jordan appears on the Tax Records for Fannin County, Texas

*1860–Jordan moved to Texas, where he appears on the 1860 Census for Beat 14, Rusk County, Texas

*1867–Jordan appears on the Voter Lists for Fannin County, Texas

*1868–Jordan dies in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas.

4. Cary Spence (1792-1861). Cary was born about 1792 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died about 1861 in Camden County, North Carolina. His first wife was Sally Burnham, and his second wife was Polley Spence. His child by Sally Burnham was Cary Spence, born 1822. His children by his second wife were George Spence, born 1835, and Margarett Spence, born 1840. Cary’s estate was entered for probate September 9, 1861 in Camden County, North Carolina(10).

5. Sally Spence (b. 1793). Sally was born February 20, 1793 in Camden County, North Carolina. I have no additional information.

6. William Spence (1795-1869). William’s story is set out in the first article in this series. To access it, click HERE.

7. Mark Spence (1797-1865). Mark was born September 10, 1797 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died January 18, 1865 in Finley, Dyer County, Tennessee. His wife was Margaret Edney (1798-1870). Their children were: (a) Mary E. Spence (1798-1870); (b) George E. Spence (1821-1879); (c) Ann Rebecca Spence (1824-1887); (d) Penelope Elizabeth Spence (1829-1919); (e) Harriet Eleanor Spence (1831-1864); (f) E. Sophronia Spence, b. 1832; (g) John E. Spence, b. 1836.

8. Amos B. Spence (1800-1845/50). Under discussion here.

Amos B. Spence (1800-1845/50) was born about 1800 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died between 1845 and 1850 in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee. He was the youngest child of Edward and Esther Pearce. Esther probably died after giving birth to him. The records are silent about Amos until 1820. In all likelihood, he was taken into another household since his father died just two years later.  The identity of that household is open for speculation. However, given the events that take place later, I believe he was taken into the James Spence (1768-1828)-Rhoda McBride (1761-1850) household.  They were introduced previously. James was Edward’s older brother. Amos was an interesting figure to the younger Spences. They either called him Amos or Uncle Amos. And he retained a close association with his brother, Jordan Spence. Amos remained in North Carolina when Jordan and another brother William set out for Tennessee with other family members. I believe that Jordan and William were part of the Elisha Spence migration because they all appear in Davidson County, Tennessee about the same period of time. Amos joined them there about 1818 or 1819.

Amos married in Tennessee shortly after his arrival. I do not know her name, nor do I know the county where they married. It is possible he married her just before leaving North Carolina. His first act in Tennessee was to reconnect with his brothers.  William arrived in the Harpeth, Davidson County, Tennessee in 1810, and he married Phoebe Forehand (1802-1878) in Davidson County, Tennessee on October 24, 1820(11).  After that, they appear to have divided their time between Davidson and Hickman Counties. After the deaths of the parents, William went to live with Samuel Spence and Julien Gray/Gray. William bonded with their family and appears to have followed Brittain to Davidson County.  Amos reconnected with Jordan.

Jordan and Amos appear together in the 1820 Census for Perry County, Tennessee(12). [I knew they had to be brothers when I saw the two of them together on the Census!]  Amos appears with his wife and with a daughter under five, who would have been an infant in 1820. The wife and the daughter both died about 1825. Devastated, Amos returned to North Carolina, his thirst for the wilderness gone!

He probably returned to the James Spence household. Their oldest son Daniel Spence (1780-1848) had married Elizabeth “Betsy” Koen (1792-1865), and they had three sons: Abel, Wilson, and Daniel Baxter Spence (1817-1891). Young Daniel Baxter will reappear in Amos Spence’s life later. Upon his return to the Pasquotank/Camden area, Amos reconnected with another person he remembered from Tennessee: Elisha Spence’s second oldest son, Levi James Spence (1801-1843)! Levi returned to North Carolina about 1820 in pursuit of a young woman he loved. Her name was Elizabeth Gray (1804-1883), and she was the daughter of Thornton Gray (1775-1830) and Mary Frances Porter (1785-1819). As stated in the opening, Elizabeth Gray was the only wife of Levi Spence! They were married in New Hanover, Pasquotank, North Carolina in 1824.

One day, Levi invited Amos to travel down to Lenoir County with him. He wanted Amos to meet the people he lived with when he first returned to North Carolina. They were looking for someone to move into a cabin on their property, the same cabin where he lived. And that’s how Amos met the Bright family and his future wife: Mary Elizabeth Bright (1805-1872).

 

The Bright (Brite) Family

Mary Elizabeth Bright (1805-1872) was born in Tennessee in 1805. Her brother Hollowell Bright (1808-1870) was born in North Carolina after their family returned there from Tennessee. Their parents apparently died in North Carolina. I do not know their names, but Mary and Hollowell were raised by a prominent Bright family in the Lenoir/Craven/Dobbs/Pitt area. I believe Hollowell was born in Pasquotank or in Camden County, North Carolina, since a large Bright/Brite family lived there as well. The Pasquotank/Camden Brights connect with the Lenoir/Dobbs/Craven/Pitt Brights as distant cousins.

Her adoptive parents, Simon Bright III (1764-1820) and Sarah Nancy Green (1768-1818) were deceased by the time Amos met Mary. She was living with her brother in Lenoir County: Hollowell Bright (1808-1870), and he is another figure who will come back into the picture later.

The Brights (Brites) were members of an old family that had been in Pasquotank, Lenoir, Dobbs, Craven and Pitt County for some time. The spelling of the name changes between Bright and Brite. Elisha Spence’s brother, Joseph Spence (1774-1841) married a Susan Bright in Pasquotank County, North Carolina January 27, 1828. There were other Spence-Bright marriages over the years. Mary and Hollowell Bright were the orphaned children raised by Simon Bright III (1764-1820) and Sarah Nancy Green (1768-1818). Simon was the son of Capt. Simon Bright, Jr. (1734-1799) and Elizabeth Graves (1738-1799)[probably the same Graves/Greaves family that intermarried with the Spences], the grandson of Col. Simon Bright, Sr. (1699-1777) and Mary Elizabeth Graves (b. 1715), the great-grandson of John Bright, Jr. (1680-1720) and Elizabeth Hill (1680-1744); and the second great-grandson of the immigrant–John Bright (1640-1682)(13). 

John Bright “The Immigrant” was born in England in 1640, and he settled in Albemarle Precinct, North Carolina, where he died in 1682. His wife’s name was Eleanor. They had three sons: (a) Richard Bright, Sr (1670-1740); (b) Henry Bright, Sr. (1670-1737); and John Bright, Jr (1680-1720). [Note: I am beginning to understand where the names Henry and Frances originated. They were Bright names!]

Col. Simon Bright, Sr. (1699-1777), is regarded as a Revolutionary War Patriot. According to SAR Application 93084:

Simon Bright II was a member of the First Provincial Congress which met at New Bern, N.C. August 25, 1774 from Dobbs County. “Wheeler’s History” page 65, Vol. 2; Col. Records, Vol. X, p. 187. Also, of every other Provincial Congress from above date to the Constitutional Convention at Halifax, November 12, 1776 to form a Bill of Rights and Constitution for a new state (Col. Records, Vol. X; Wheeler’s History, Vol. 2 “With the names of these men of said Provincial Congress is associated the most unsullied patriotism, uncalculating resistance to oppression of chivalric daring.” Wheeler’s History, Vol. 2, p. 66.

Captain Simon Bright II was appointed Captain of Militia of 2d Reg., Richard Caswell, Commander, August 1775 and resigned one year later to attend Provincial Congress Nov. 12, 1776. In Feb. 1776 occurred the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in which Loyalists under McDonald were defeated by Caswell (Wheeler’s Hist. p. 67). The names of these officers are particularly noticeable as these were called into active service out of the state in the Continental Line (Wheeler’s Hist., p. 72). This battle (Moore’s Creek) was most important in its effects. Had the Tories affected a union with Clinton the whole country would have been at their mercy. (Wheeler’s Hist., p. 78).

Simon Bright was a signer of the Test. Oath at Hillsboro, N.C. in 1775.    Col. Records., Vol. X(14)

Simon died in Dobbs County in 1777. His will was entered for probate that same year(15).

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Amos Spence and Mary Elizabeth Bright were married in Lenoir County, North Carolina about 1827 or 1828. And about 1828, Levi Spence and Amos Spence began making plans to return to Tennessee.  Jordan Spence was still in Tennessee but was making plans to move to Kentucky. Sometime in late 1828 or in very early 1829, Amos B. Spence appears on the tax list for Davidson County, Tennessee(16). [Note: His name has been transcribed as Aries B. Spence, but when you look at the original, it definitely reads “Amos B. Spence.”]  Levi Spence appears on the 1830 Census for Madison County, Tennessee(17). Jordan Spence was in Kentucky in 1830 and moved back and forth between Kentucky and Tennessee.  From the summary above:

*1830–Jordan was in Kentucky. (He had a total of five Kentucky Land Grants)

*1831–Jordan was in Tennessee, where his son, Abner, was born

*1834–Jordan was in Kentucky, where his son, Wilson, was born

*1836–Earliest record for Jordan in Texas. He was no doubt exploring there.

*1837–Jordan was back in Tennessee, this time in Weakley County,  where his son–Ira Jordan was born.

*1838–Jordan was still in Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the tax records

*1840–Jordan was in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the Census.

I have an idea that both Amos and Levi were traveling back and forth between Tennessee and Kentucky during the same period of time and that Amos and Levi both ended up in District 13 in Weakley County, Tennessee in 1840 with Jordan.

In 1841, Hollowell Bright (Mary Bright Spence’s brother) first appears on the Tennessee tax records in Haywood County, Tennessee(18). [NOTE: I should mention here that another Bright settled in Haywood County at the same time–a minister by the name of Johnston Eaton Bright (1807-1878), who was born in Norfolk, Virginia. At this point, I do not know whether he was connected with Hollowell’s family, although he may have been distantly related. His Bright family first settled in Princess Anne and moved to Kentucky. Some people think his family started out in Boston and moved to Virginia from there. That is a possibility. But there are those who also believe that they connect with the North Carolina Brights.] Hollowell Bright did not arrive in Haywood County alone. He was accompanied by his wife Mary “Polly” (1803-1881), and Daniel Baxter Spence (1817-1891)! Of course, Amos and Mary were happy to reconnect with Hollowell and Daniel and to meet Polly. Hollowell Bright appears on the 1850 Census for Haywood County as follows:

Name Hollowell Bright
Age 42
Birth Year 1808
Birthplace North Carolina
Home in 1850 District 5, Haywood, Tennessee
Gender Male
Family Number 1168
Household Members
Name Age
Hollowell Bright 42
Mary Bright 47
Daniel Spence 30 (19)

The 1860 Census for Haywood County shows the following about Hollowell Bright:

Name Holloway Bright
Age 52
Birth Year 1808
Gender Male
Birth Place North Carolina
Home in 1860 Brownsville, Haywood, Tennessee
Post Office Brownsville
Family Number 312
Household Members
Name Age
Holloway Bright 52
Polly Bright 57 (20)

Hollowell’s name has been spelled Hollowell, Hallowell, Halloway, Holloway, which has made tracing him difficult. According to his Find-a-Grave Memorial, he was born May 4, 1808 in North Carolina, and he died February 1, 1870 in Haywood County, Tennessee. He is buried in the Betts Cemetery, Haywood, Tennessee(21). His wife Mary E. “Polly” (Bright) was born May 3, 1803, and she died December 5, 1881. She is buried beside her husband in the Betts Cemetery, Haywood, Tennessee(22). It does not appear that they had any children.

The Children of Amos B. Spence and Mary E. Bright

Amos B. Spence died in Weakley County, Tennessee between 1845 and 1850 before the 1850 Census was taken. His widow Mary E. appears on the 1850 Census in Weakley County with her family in District 13. Jordan Spence still resided in Weakley; however, he was planning to move to Texas. Daniel Baxter Spence resided with Hollowell Bright in 1850, but he eventually moved in with Mary to help her with her farm.

The children of Amos B. and Mary Bright Spence follow:

  1. John Wesley Spence (1831-1863). John was born about 1831 in Tennessee, and he died about 1863 during the Civil War. John’s probate record follows:
Name John W Spence
Probate Date 5 Aug 1863
Probate Place Randolph, Arkansas, USA
Inferred Death Year Abt 1863
Inferred Death Place Arkansas, USA
Item Description Administrators bonds and letters, vol 1-3, 1852-1886
Household Members
Name Age
John W Spence (23)

 

2. Lemuel William Spence (1832-1864/5). Lemuel was born in 1834 in Kentucky, and he died 1864-1865 in the Civil War. His service record follows:

Name L W Spence
Birth Date 1834
Age 30
Enlistment Date 1864
Military Unit Nineteenth Cavalry (Burford’s Regiment) (24)

3. Nancy Spence (1834-1870). Nancy was born about 1835 in Tennessee, and she died before 1870 in Randolph County, Arkansas.

4. Levi Spence (1836-1850/9). Levi was born about 1836 in Kentucky, and he died between 1850 and 1859 in Haywood County, Tennessee.

5. Frances E. Spence (1838-1860). Frances’ story is told is the Joseph Spence (1816-1860) Click HERE for her story.

6. Henry Harvey Spence (1838-1900). Henry was born June 1838 in Tennessee, and he died after 1900 at Duck Creek, Stoddard, Missouri. He is the child who lived the longest of Amos and Mary’s children. Henry had two marriages. His first wife was Mary (last name unknown), who was born in 1850. Their children were: (a) John H. Spence (1870-1908); (b) Sophia Spence (1872-1904). His second wife was Permelia Amelia Butler (1852-1900). Their daughter was Martha Spence (1881-1931).

7. Mark Spence (1842-1861/5). Mark was born about 1842 in Tennessee, and he died between 1861-1865. His Civil War Record follows:

Name Mark Spence
Side Confederate
Regiment State/Origin Arkansas
Regiment 15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey’s)
Company G
Rank In Private
Rank Out Private
Film Number M376 roll 22         (25)

8. Elisha Spence (1843-1861/5). Elisha was born about 1843 in Tennessee, and he died between 1861-1865. His Civil War Record follows:

Name Elisha Spence
Side Confederate
Regiment State/Origin Arkansas
Regiment 8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
Company D
Rank In Private
Rank Out Private
Film Number M376 roll 22   (26)

[Note: These are not the same names as the children of Levi James Spence (1801-1843). Levi’s children moved to Kentucky with their mother Elizabeth Gray after their father’s death in Weakley County in 1843.]

In 1854, Daniel Baxter Jones (1817-1891) married Emma J. Jones (1836-1916) in Benton County, Tennessee. Their children were: (a) James Allen Spence (1855-1917); (b) Nancy Elizabeth “Lizzy” Spence (1858-1934); (c) Sarah F. Spence, born 1861; (d) Eliza J. Spence, b. 1866; (e) Richard H. L. Spence, b. 1868; (f) Henry Lee Spence (1868-1938); (g) Rhoda Spence (b. 1871); (h) Daniel B. Spence (born 1874). As yet, I don’t know the exact year they started discussing a move to Arkansas, but Daniel invited Mary Bright Spence and her children to move there with them. By 1860, both families were living at Little Black, Randolph County, Arkansas(27),(28). Daniel died October 9, 1891 at Middlebook, Randolph County, Arkansas and is buried in the Siloam Cemetery. His Find-a-Grave entry follows:

Name: Daniel Baxter Spence
Birth Date: 17 Mar 1817
Birth Place: North Carolina, USA
Death Date: 9 Oct 1891
Death Place: Middlebrook, Randolph County, Arkansas, USA
Cemetery: Siloam Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Middlebrook, Randolph County, Arkansas, USA
Has Bio?: Y
Children: Henry Lee Spence
URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-…       (29)

His wife Emma died December 13, 1916 in Maynard, Arkansas

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1870 must have been a sad year for Mary Bright Spence. All of her children were gone except Henry, and he lived in Stoddard, Missouri. She does not appear on the 1870 Census in Randolph County, Arkansas because she must have been traveling to Stoddard to visit her son and his wife.  I don’t know how long she stayed there, but she returned to Randolph County. She still had Daniel Spence in the area. But no sooner did she return to Randolph when she met a man by the name of W. J. Kollak. Their marriage license information is listed below:

Name: Mary E Spence
Gender: Female
Residence: Randolph, Arkansas
Spouse’s Name: W J Kollak
Spouse’s Gender: Male
Spouse’s Residence: Randolph, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 14 Sep 1871
Marriage County: Randolph
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1293694     (30)

For the life of me, I have not been able to discover anything about W J Kollak. Mary would have been sixty-six at the time of her marriage. I believe he was probably close to that age. They disappear from Randolph County, Arkansas and do not seem to emerge anywhere else. So I am left to speculate.

CONCLUSION

This article concludes this series. I’ve accomplished what I set out to do over a year ago: to update my Spence and related families information on my family tree. I often need to talk my way though it. That’s what I have done in this blog. And what a ride this has been! I would like to meet the people in this series. Then we could sit down and talk about all of this excitement. I’m sure they would give me an earful.

There are about five articles I saved from my old Historical Footprints website dealing with the Spences that I want to add to this collection. From time to time, I may add others to the Spence section. I’m going to shift my focus now to another family line on my father’s side of the family. I will need to update my research for the line I have chosen before I start writing the articles  because–like the Spence line–I haven’t looked at it in years. Updating my research takes time.

I will probably add those five Spence articles after I update them–one per week–and after I have them updated and added–then I will start the new line.

So, am I going to write a book? I don’t know at this point. I have my research updated now. It would be easy to do.

I will have to wait and see!

References

(1) 1850 Census for Weakley County, Tennessee about Mary E. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 9 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(2) 1840 Census for Weakley County, Tennessee about Levi Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 9 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) 1820 Census for Perry County, Tennessee about Amos Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 9 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 about Mark Spence, Camden County, North Carolina. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1993 about Noah Spence, Camden County, North Carolina. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(6) Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998, Abner Spence, Franklin County, Arkansas. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7) Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998 about Abner Spence and Polly Green, Madison County, Alabama. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) Missouri, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1830-1870 about Abner Spence in Greene County, Missouri. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(9) 1850 Census, Polk County, Missouri about Abner Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 about Cary Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015.  Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) Tennessee Marriages to 1825 about William Spence and Phoebe Forehand. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) 1820 Census, Perry County, Tennessee for Jordan and Amos Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(13) Bright Names and Dates from Photo of the Bright Obelisk, St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Grifton, Pitt County, North Carolina. Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 89349550. Find-a-Grave.com. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=89349550&ref=acom

(14) SAR Application No. 93084. Copy at Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 about Simon Bright (d. 1777). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(16) Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 about Amos B. Spence, Davidson County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(17) 1830 Census for Madison County, Tennessee for Levi Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(18) Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 for Hollowell Bright, Haywood County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(19) 1850 Census, Haywood County, Tennessee for Hollowell Bright. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(20) 1860 Census, Haywood County, Tennessee for Hollowell Bright. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(21) Find-a-Grave Index for Hallowell Bright. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(22) Find-a-Grave Index for Mary E. “Polly” (Bright). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(23) Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998 about John W. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(24) U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 About L.W. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(25) U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about Mark Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(26) U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about Elisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(27) 1860 Census, Little Black, Randolph County, Arkansas for Daniel B. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(28) 1860 Census, Little Black, Randolph County, Arkansas for Mary E. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(29) Daniel Baxter Spence Find-a-Grave Index. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(30)  Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Mary E. Spence and W. J. Kollok. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

Elisha Spence (1776-1835): Part Two–Elisha Bell Spence (1818-1840): A “Short” Story

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Elisha Bell Spence was the youngest son of Elisha Spence (1776-1835) and Jane Bell (1795-1842). He was born in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1818, and his death has been a big question mark.  For a long time I thought he was the Elisha B. Spence(r) (1818-1851) I discovered years ago in the Bedford County, Tennessee Records(1). After acquiring the book this week and discovering that the Elisha B. Spence(r) listed there was actually born in 1838–three years after Elisha Sr.’s death–I unhappily put the book aside.  Also, that man’s last name was Spencer and not Spence.

So much for that!

Back at the drawing board once again!

I decided to start with what I could prove and go from there. And I seem to have traveled In a circle!

Elisha Bell Spence was born about 1818 in Davidson County, Tennessee. He was one of two males under ten in the Elisha Spence household in Davidson County on the 1820 Census:

Name Elisha Spence
Home in 1820 (City, County, State) Davidson, Tennessee
Enumeration Date August 7, 1820
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 2  Joseph/Elisha B.
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 1
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 2
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15 2
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 1
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture 2
Free White Persons – Under 16 7
Free White Persons – Over 25 2
Total Free White Persons 10
Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other 10                            (2)

He next appears on the 1830 Census for Davidson County, Tennessee in the Elisha Spence household as the male aged 10 through 14:

Name Elisha Spense
Home in 1830 (City, County, State) Davidson, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1  Elisha B.
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 1
Free White Persons – Under 20 4
Total Free White Persons 6
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) 6                             (3)

The last census record for Elisha B. is the 1840 Census for Marshall County, Tennessee in the Jane Spence household. He is her only child living at home, and he appears to be married:

Name Jane Spence
Home in 1840 (City, County, State) Marshall, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 1 Elisha B.
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 1  Elisha B.’s Wife??
Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49 1  Jane Spence
Persons Employed in Agriculture 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write 2
Free White Persons – Under 20 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 2
Total Free White Persons 6
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves 6                          (4)

I have no idea who the other three people are. Elisha was Jane Spence’s youngest child. She may have taken in some orphans, or they may have been her daughter-in-law’s relatives. To date, I have found no marriage record for Elisha B.

According to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website, Marshall County suffered two courthouse fires: one in 1872 and the other in 1927(5), so that is no doubt the reason. Elisha B. probably married in 1840 just prior to the census. That image is undated, so I cannot approximate a date of marriage.

And this is where the evidence ends.

Some people think Elisha B. died in 1863 during the Civil War. So, I spent the morning searching through Civil War service records.  I found an E. B. Spence in Mississippi who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, but he was born in 1810 in North Carolina. To make a long story short,  I could find no record supporting military service for Elisha B. Spence during the Civil War. I think some people have confused  Elisha B. with Elisha H. Spence–his cousin–who is discussed in the previous article (Part One). That Elisha did serve in the Confederate Army, did survive the war, moved to Arkansas and received a pension. The other Elisha–another cousin– will be discussed in Part Three, and that Elisha did not survive the war.

My belief is that both Elisha B. and his wife died either late 1840 or early 1841. Jane Spence died in 1842, so I think Elisha B. and his wife died before then.

Given the fact that two major fires destroyed the courthouse in 1872 and again in 1927, we will probably never know.

 

This series concludes with Part Three: Amos B. Spence (1800-bef 1850) and Mary Elizabeth Spence (1805-1872)

References

(1) Helen Marsh and Timothy Marsh. Bedford County, Tennessee Cemetery Records.  Southern Historical Press (January 12, 1998).

(2) 1820 Census, Davidson County, Tennessee for Elisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 8 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) 1830 Census, Davidson County, Tennessee for Elisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 8 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) 1840 Census, Marshall County, Tennessee for Jane Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 8 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) “Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee: Marshall County.” From the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee Secretary of State’s Website. Date Accessed: 8 Oct 2015. Available online at http://tn.gov/tsla/history/county/lost.htm

Elisha Spence (1776-1835): The Youngest Sons–Part One: Joseph Spence (1816-1860)–Two Families Unscrambled

Joseph Spence and Mary "Polly McDaniel Marriage Record in Tennessee Marriages

Joseph Spence and Mary “Polly” McDaniel Marriage Record in Tennessee Marriages

This is the story of what happens when you have four families in one or two generations with numerous children bearing the same names! It creates a hideous phenomenon known more commonly as a Major Mess! For years, I wondered about some of the information I had acquired concerning the two youngest sons of Elisha Spence–Joseph Spence (1816-1860) and Elisha Bell Spence (1818-1840)–his last two children. But for the life of me, I could not find anything more than what I had acquired. Fortunately, with the availability of many records today, I was able to achieve some success on these lines. While unscrambling the two lines, I went on to unscramble  additional lines–something I had to do in order to prove I had unscrambled the first two! And while my original intention was to combine Joseph and his brother Elisha in one article, that proved to be impossible.

This last article will be divided into three parts: Part One dealing with Joseph Spence (1816-1860) and Mary “Polly” McDaniel (1817-1850); Part Two dealing with Elisha Bell Spence (1818-1840); Part Three dealing with another cousin family who has been snaggled up into all of this. With all of this in mind, I will now enter Part One.

In 1816, Elisha and Jane Bell Spence had a son. One of Elisha’s cousins–Brittain Spence (1791-1829)–and his wife–Jane “Jennie” Forehand (1797-1830)–also had a son in 1816. I do not know which son was born first, but they were born close together. Elisha and Jane lived in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1816. Brittain and Jennie lived either in Davidson County or in Rutherford County in 1816. By 1820, Brittain and his family relocated to Rutherford County, Tennessee, where they appear on the Census for that year(1). They were married in Davidson County May 9, 1812(2). Elisha and Jane Bell were married in Davidson two years previously on October 25, 1810(3). Jennie Forehand was a sister of Phoebe Forehand (1802-1878), who married William Spence (1795-1869)–another cousin of both Elisha and Brittain. [This William Spence is destined to return in Part Three of this article. Interesting to note that I began this entire Spence series over a year ago with an article on William Spence. I will be closing it with an article on the same line!]

My guess is that Brittain and Jennie’s son was born first since they named him Joseph Spence. “Joseph” was a common name in Brittain’s family. His parents were Samuel Spence (1760-1805) and Julian (Julia/Juliana) Gray (1760-1804)–the same Gray line that Elisha’s son, Levi James Spence (1801-1843) married into. Brittain’s grandparents were Joseph Spence (1700-1783) and Louisa Sarah Rencher (1708-1783), and his great grandparents were Alexander Spence (1669-1735) and Dorothy Truman (1672-1734). Alexander Spence was a brother of James Spence (1674-1740)–Elisha Spence’s grandfather.

Shortly after the birth of Brittain and Jennie’s Joseph, Jane Bell Spence gave birth to a boy. And the two families decided that wouldn’t it be nice if two babies bore name the same name of Joseph!  Thus begins the confusion! For clarity’s sake here, I will refer to Elisha and Jane’s son as Joseph (Elisha) and to Brittain and Jennie’s son as Joseph (Brittain). I will discuss Joseph (Brittain) first since I believe he was born first (and he is less complicated!)

Joseph Spence (1816-1880), Mary Ann Fears (1817-1859), and Mary E. (Spence) (1844-1880)

Brittain and Jennie Forehand Spence’s children follow:

  1. Samuel Spence (b. 1814).  Samuel was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee. According to Brittain’s Will(4), Samuel was his oldest son. I have no additional information about him.
  2. Joseph Spence (1816-1880). Under discussion here as Joseph (Brittain).
  3. Elizabeth Spence (b. 1819). Elizabeth was born about 1819 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and she died March 3, 1899 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. She had two marriages: Eben R. (or B.) Fears, whom she married June 17, 1833 in Rutherford County, Tennessee(5) and John Evans, whom she married May 27, 1841 in Rutherford County(6). She is identified in her father’s will.
  4. Phoebe Spence (1820-1897)–named for Jennie’s sister.  Identified in her father’s will. Phoebe was born October 7, 1820 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and she died March 7, 1897 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Her husband was James Granderson Williams (1812-1898), whom she married in Rutherford County, Tennessee June 16, 1836(7). Their children were: (a) William Nelson Williams (1838-1917); (b) Elizabeth Jane Williams (1841-1914); (c) Enoch Alson Williams (1844-1864); (d) Nancy Virginia Williams (1847-1929); (e) Malissa (Mary?) Ann Williams (1850-1851); (f) Phebe Adna Williams (1854-1933); (g) Mary James Williams (1858-1862). Phebe is identified in her father’s will.
  5. Alson Spence (1822-1860).  Alson is also identified in his father’s will. He was born in Rutherford County about 1822, and he died in Rutherford County. Some people believe he lived to be almost 100! But his probate file is dated 1860 in Rutherford County(8). His wife’s name was Mary Ann Revel (1822-1860), whom he married December 23, 1840 in Rutherford County(9). Some records identify her as Mary Ann Reed (same marriage date). I believe that is a transcription error and that her name was Revel.  Their children were: (a) Francis Spence (1842-1861)–Francis may have died in the Civil War; (b) Sarah J. Spence (1844-1861)–she married William Jefferson Carlton (1837-1912) in 1860 and died the following year; (c) Kinchen R. Spence (1846-aft 1860); (d) Julia A. Spence (1850-1920)–she married John E. Mallard (1846-1918); (e) Arvie B. Spence (1852-1929)–she married John Asbury Williams (1847-1925)(10), (11).
  6. William Spence (b. 1823). William is mentioned in his father’s will. He was born in Rutherford County about 1823. He was alive when his father died in 1830, but I could find no record for him after that. He may have died young.
  7. Mary Spence (b. 1825). Mary is mentioned in her father’s will. She would have died after 1830. May have died young.
  8. Julianna Spence (1827-1854). Julianna is mentioned in her father’s will. She was born March 5, 1827 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and she died January 2, 1854 in Bedford County, Tennessee. She married John Richard Stem (1822-1878) in 1852. They had a son named Marion Luther Stem (1853-1906). She died in 1854. According to her Find-a-Grave Memorial where she is erroneously identified as Ann Sprouse, she was born March 5, 1827 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and she died January 2, 1854 in Bedford County, Tennessee(12). She is buried in the Stem Cemetery in Bedford County, Tennessee.

The second son of Brittain and Jennie Forehand Spence, Joseph Spence was born either in Davidson County, Tennessee or in Rutherford County, Tennessee in 1816. He died in Greene County, Arkansas after 1880. He is identified as the second son in his father’s will(13). Joseph had two marriages. His first wife was Mary Ann Fears (1817-1859). They had married in Rutherford County on December 4, 1833(14). Their children follow:

  1. Nancy Louisa Spence (1831/4-1909). [Note: I provide two dates of birth here. Her tombstone on Find-a-Grave indicates that she was born in 1831. However, her parents didn’t get married until 1833. More than likely, she was born in 1834 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.] She died in Marshall County, Tennessee on July 15, 1909. According to her Find-a-Grave Memorial:
Birth: Oct. 4, 1831
Death: Jul. 15, 1909

Nancy Louisa Spence Endsley
Dau of Joseph Spence & Nancy [sic] Ann Fears Spence
Wife of Alexander M Endsley
Married 30 Aug 1856 i Marshall Co TNFamily links:
Spouse:
A M Endsley (1826 – 1908)*Children:
J J Endsley (1858 – 1894)*
Julia Endsley Smith (1868 – 1913)**Calculated relationship
Burial:
Head Springs Cemetery
Lewisburg
Marshall County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: gordon
Record added: Apr 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68877718 [15]

The full list of their children follows: (a) John J. Endsley (1858-1894); (b) William M. Endsley (1859-1931); (c) Martha J. Endsley (b. 1860); (d) George A. Endsley (1864-1935); (e) Mary E. Endsley (b. 1866); (f) Julia C. Endlsey Smith (1868-1913); (g) Joseph E. Endsley (b. 1870).

2. Britton Spence (1835-1910). Britton was born in September 1835 Rutherford County, Tennessee, and he died in Arkansas in 1910. His wife was Elizabeth “Betsy” A. Cox (1840-1910). Their children were: (a) Charles Spence (b. 1858); (b) R. Spence (b. 1860); (c) Minerel Millinder Spence (1869-1939); (d) Allie B. Spence (b. 1872); (e) Eva M. Spence (b. 1880). Prior to relocating to Arkansas, Britton settled in Madison County, Tennessee, where he and his family appear on the 1860 Census(16).

3. William Spence (1837-1900). William was born in March 1837 in Tennessee, and he died in 1900 in Perry, St. Francois, Missouri. His wife was Susan M. Steele (b. 1842). Their children were: (a) John P. Spence (b. 1865); (b) Sarah F. Spence (b. 1866); (c) Eller Spence (b. 1868); (d) Londokie Spence (b. 1877); (e) Joseph C. Spence (b. 1883); (f) George Anthony Spence (b. 1887); (g) Leona Spence (b. 1889).

Mary Ann Fears died around 1859. Joseph went to Kentucky by 1860 where he married his second wife: Mary E. (Her last name is unknown.)  By 1870, Joseph moved his family to Clark, Greene County, Arkansas, where they appear on the 1870 Census(17). The children of Joseph Spence and Mary E. Spence follow:

  1. Julia Ann Spence (1865-1880). Julia was born in Tennessee about 1865, and she died after the 1880 Census in Greene County, Arkansas. I have no further information about her.
  2. Susan “Sudie” Spence (1872-1930). Sudie was born in Haliday, Arkansas in 1872, and she died in 1930 in Greene County, Arkansas. Her first husband was John Michael “Mike” Cooper (1865-1920), whom she married in 1887 in Greene County, Arkansas. Their children were: (a) Carlie C. (Charles) Cooper (1887-1943); (b) an unidentified child born 1890; (c) Pearly Cooper (1893-1920). Her second husband was James H. Ward (1880-1920),whom she  married in 1900 in Greene County, Arkansas(18).  Their children were: (a) Robert Ward (1901-1994); (b) Charles Ward (b. 1906).
  3. Charles Edward Spence (1873-1940). Charles was born February 15, 1873 in Arkansas, and he died after 1940 in Collier, Greene, Arkansas. His wife was Bertha E. Spense (b. 1885). Their son was Cletra R. Spence (b. 1914).
  4. Mary E. Spence (1877-aft 1880). Mary was born about 1877 in Arkansas, and she died after 1880 in Union and Clark, Greene County, Arkansas.

Joseph and his family appear on the 1880 Census for Greene County, Arkansas(19). They may have moved to Independence County, Arkansas by late 1880 or early 1881 because I found a probate file for Joseph Spence listed there(20).

Joseph (Brittain) will reappear in the next section.

 

Joseph Spence (1816-1860), Mary “Polly” McDaniel (1817-1850), and Frances E. Spence (1838-1860)

The Elisha Spence family and the Brittain Spence family may have traveled from North Carolina to Tennessee together. The two families were close, and the two young Joseph Spences grew up together and bonded like brothers. They kept things lively in the neighborhood, no doubt pulling tricks on other family members.

Elisha and Jane Bell Spence’s second youngest son, Joseph–noted here as Joseph (Elisha) –was born in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1816, and he died after the 1860 census in Haywood County, Tennessee. Had I not discovered his marriage record in a book of Tennessee Marriage Records at the Denver Public Library years ago, I may not have ever found him! His records have been so mixed in with Joseph (Brittain)’s, it is difficult sorting them out. However, I accepted the challenge and weathered the storm!

A young child Joseph’s age appears in the Elisha Spence household on the 1820 Census for Davidson County, Tennessee. A chart depicting the family is listed below. I included their names in the margin:

Name Elisha Spence
Home in 1820 (City, County, State) Davidson, Tennessee
Enumeration Date August 7, 1820
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 2 (Joseph/Elisha B)
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 1  (William)
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 1  (Elisha)
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 2 (Angeline/Jane)
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15 2  (Rhoda/Susan)
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 1  (Milly Catherine)
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 1  (Jane)
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture 2
Free White Persons – Under 16 7
Free White Persons – Over 25 2
Total Free White Persons 10
Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other 10                           (21)

Milly Catherine had married Lewis Jones that year and lived in Perry County, but she was helping out her family in Davidson County when this census record was taken. Samuel and Daniel were in Perry County, Tennessee. Levi James was living in North Carolina.

The 1830 Census for the Elisha Spence household in Davidson County presents the following image:

Name Elisha Spense
Home in 1830 (City, County, State) Davidson, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1  (Elisha B)
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 1  (Joseph)
Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59 1  (Elisha)
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 1  (Jane)
Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 1  (Angeline)
Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 1  (Jane)
Free White Persons – Under 20 4
Total Free White Persons 6
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) 6                         (22)

The children of the first marriage are gone. Samuel, Daniel, Milly Catherine and her husband are in Perry County, Tennessee. Levi has returned from North Carolina and is living in Madison County, Tennessee. William is now living in North Carolina. Rhoda and Susan were living in Williamson County. Shortly after this census was taken, Elisha moved his family to Madison County, where he died in November 1835(23). After her husband’s death, Jane Bell Spence moved her family to Marshall County, Tennessee, where some of them appear on the 1840 Census:

Name Jane Spence
Home in 1840 (City, County, State) Marshall, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 1 (Elisha B)
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 1 (Elisha B’s wife?)
Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49 1 (Jane)
Persons Employed in Agriculture 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write 2
Free White Persons – Under 20 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 2
Total Free White Persons 6
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves 6                        (24)

My perception of this chart has changed since my earlier examination of it. Elisha B. Spence is the only one left at home with possibly a wife? I don’t know the identities of the others living in Jane’s household. She may have taken in some orphans. The other possibility is that they were siblings of Elisha B.’s wife. (Hope to settle that issue in Part Two of this article.)

So where was Joseph?

I don’t believe he settled in Marshall County with his mother. In fact, I believe he relocated to Williamson County before his father’s death. Some of his siblings had already settled there or were in the process of settling there. He liked being close to other family members, and he renewed his close ties with his cousin, Joseph (Brittain). The distance between Williamson and Rutherford County was short, so family members visited one another frequently. And shortly after his removal to Williamson County, Joseph met his future wife.

Her name was Mary “Polly” McDaniel (1817-1850). She was the daughter of Lowery McDaniel (1774-1852) and his wife Margaret (1780-1860), who lived in Davidson County. I don’t know how Joseph became acquainted with Polly McDaniel. Lowerey McDaniel appears on an early Davidson County tax list dated July 19, 1813, so the McDaniels, like the Spence family, were early settlers there(25). No doubt, Joseph and Polly had known one another since childhood. And Polly McDaniel may have been the reason why Joseph returned to the area.

They were married July 29, 1835 in Davidson County, Tennessee(26), four months prior to Elisha Spence’s death and two years after his cousin, Joseph (Brittain)’s marriage. The couple then settled in Williamson County, where they appear on the 1840 Census:

Name Joseph Spence
Home in 1840 (City, County, State) Williamson, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – Under 5 2 (Unknown Sons)
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 1  (Joseph)
Free White Persons – Females – 5 thru 9 1  (Unknown daughter)
Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 1  (Polly)
Persons Employed in Agriculture 1
Free White Persons – Under 20 3
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 2
Total Free White Persons 5
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves 5                                (27)

By 1840, Joseph and Polly had three children–two boys and a girl. The girl was the oldest and is listed as between the ages of five through nine. She was probably born in 1836. The two boys are under the ages of five. The names of these children are unknown because they did not survive and died long before the 1850 Census. Three names of their later children are known, however, but are not without controversy. I will introduce these children by name. Then I will discuss the controversy. Then I will discuss the children individually. But I need to introduce another cousin first because she is going to impact this study. Her name was Frances E. Spence. She was born about 1838, and she was the daughter of Amos B. Spence (1800-bef. 1850) and Mary Elizabeth Spence (1805-1872). This family will be profiled in Part Three, but Frances enters the picture here. One of Joseph and Polly’s daughters would be named for her.

The names of the known children of Joseph and Polly McDaniel Spence follow:

  1. Elisha H. Spence (1841-1921)
  2. Joseph Spence (1845-1860)
  3. Frances “Fanny” A. Spence (1849-1880)–the child named after the cousin Frances, born 1838.

These children appear in the Joseph (Brittain) household on the 1850 Census for Rutherford County, Tennessee, per the following:

Name Joseph Spence
Age 34
Birth Year 1816
Birthplace Tennessee
Home in 1850 May, Rutherford, Tennessee
Gender Male
Family Number 1017
Household Members
Name Age
Joseph Spence 34
Mary A Spence 33
Nancy Spence 16
Britton Spence 14
Wm Spence 11
Elisha Spence 9
Jos Spence 4
Fanny Spence 1   (28)

For  years, people have been including Elisha, Joseph and Fanny as children of Joseph Spence (Brittain) and Mary Ann Fears when instead, they were children of Joseph Spence (Elisha) and Mary “Polly” McDaniel. I must admit I did the same thing until I started digging into it. What follows is the rest of the story.

Joseph and Polly had three children: Elisha (born 1841), Joseph (born 1845), and Fanny (born 1849). Polly never recovered from the birth of Fanny, and Joseph was beside himself. Plus they experienced the deaths of their first three children, whose names are unknown. Finally, Lowery McDaniel (Polly’s father) and Joseph (Brittain) came to the rescue. Polly would return to her parents’ house to recover there. The children would stay with Joseph (Brittain) and Mary Ann Fears until Polly recovered. The 1850 Census for Lowery McDaniel follows:

Name Lowery McDanel
Age 76
Birth Year 1774
Birthplace Virginia
Home in 1850 District 22, Davidson, Tennessee
Race White
Gender Male
Family Number 9
Household Members
Name Age
Lowery McDanel 76
Margaret McDanel 70
Polly McDanel 40
Honrles McDanel 42
John McDanel 36
Drewry McDanel 34
William McDanel 32
Lousana McDanel 12
Rebecca McDanel 27 (29)

This is another case of the census taker assuming that everyone in the household possessed the same surname. Most of them did. Polly’s surname was Spence. The census taker did provide the location of births for the people listed here. Lowery was born in Virginia.  Margaret, Polly, and Honries were born in South Carolina. The others were born in Tennessee. I believe Honries, John, Drewry and William were Polly’s brothers. Rebecca was probably a wife of one of them. Lousana was probably one of Lowery and Margaret’s grandchildren. Census takers did not designate actual relationships on these early census records.

Polly did not recover. The census record is dated November 22, 1850. Polly died shortly after that record was taken. And then Joseph really was beside himself. His grief left him powerless to do anything.  Finally, one cold blustery wintry day, he went to Rutherford County to see his children. Twelve-year old Frances Spence was staying in the household at the time, helping Mary with the children. Noting his cousin’s depression, Joseph (Brittain) made a suggestion. [The following is not an exact conversation, but a suggestion as to what could have been said.]

“Why not go out to Missouri?”

“What?” Joseph asked.

“Why not go out to Missouri and see your family? You need to get away from here.”

Joseph grew silent.

“Find someone to go with you–” Joseph (Brittain)’s eyes traveled across the room in the direction of young Frances, whose eyes were wide at the suggestion. Frances’ adoration of Joseph was well known throughout the family. “Like Frances, here!” he added.

Frances’ hand shot immediately to her mouth.

Joseph laughed. It was the first time any of them had seen him laugh in weeks.

“Are you kidding?” He said. “Mary would never let me haul Frances out to Missouri!”

“Well, all we can do is ask!”

“In this weather?”

“Go when the weather clears in the spring.”

Joseph grew silent. He hadn’t seen some of his family since their father’s funeral. It would be great seeing them again.

“Angeline lives in St. Louis,” he said. “I guess the rest of them live on the other side of the state–Jasper and Newton County. Rhoda and Dave Gill talk about moving there.”

Getting approval for Joseph to take Frances to Missouri required a trip to see her mother Mary, who was now living in Weakley County. So the following weekend, Mary Spence was surprised to see the two Josephs and her daughter standing on her porch. Amos had passed away. Mary chose to continue living in Weakley with her children. And when she heard why they were there, she could only gasp–

“You want to do–WHAT? MISSOURI!”

It took some time to persuade her, but both Josephs were expert in persuading people to do things–something they had mastered as young boys.

Mary eyed her daughter, whose eyes clearly read: “PLEASE!”

“And after all, we are pioneers!” Joseph (Brittain) closed his argument.

“Oh, I don’t know! Missouri! Oh my! What would Amos say?”

“I’m sure he would approve!” Joseph (Brittain) offered.

Finally, Joseph (Elisha) found  his voice.

“I can’t think of another person I would like to travel with me to Missouri, Mary!” He said. “I can promise you, I’ll keep her safe!”

And so when spring broke and the weather settled, Joseph and Frances traveled to Missouri. Joseph liked Frances. She was easy to talk to, and she listened. They stopped a day or so in St. Louis to see Angeline, who was a widow. Then they traveled to Jasper County and astounded everyone when they showed up on their doorsteps. A great celebration took place to welcome them. Of course, the people spent hours listening to Joseph’s stories about Polly and his children who were living with a cousin in Rutherford County. And they plied Frances with questions about her family. And then the day came for them to leave.

“Well, Joe, you oughta move here!” Samuel suggested.

“Oh, maybe,” Joseph responded. “Guess I’ll be in Tennessee for a while.”

The family watched them head down the road.

“I can see which direction this is going,” Samuel told Elizabeth. “They’ll be married in a few years.”

Joseph Spence and Frances E. Spence were married in Weakley County, Tennessee about 1853 when Frances turned fifteen. They settled in District 4 in Haywood County, Tennessee, where they appear on the 1860 Census:

Name Joseph Spence
Age 44
Birth Year 1816
Gender Male
Birth Place Tennessee
Home in 1860 District 4, Haywood, Tennessee
Post Office Belles Depot
Family Number 732
Household Members
Name Age
Joseph Spence 44
Francis E Spence 22
Elisha Spence 19
Joseph Spence 15
Francis A Spence 13  (30)

Joseph (Brittain)’s wife Mary Ann Fears had died in Rutherford County in 1859. In 1860 when Joseph (Elisha) and Francis were living in Haywood County, Joseph (Brittain) traveled to Kentucky that year where he married his second wife: Mary E (Last Name Unknown). She may have been a cousin. At this point, I don’t know. Joseph’s children by his first marriage had left home by 1860. It is unknown how long he remained in Kentucky but by 1870, he had relocated to Greene County, Arkansas. His name is erroneously recorded on the 1870 Census as Joseph Spencer:

Name Joseph Spencer
Age in 1870 54
Birth Year 1816
Birthplace Tennessee
Home in 1870 Clark, Greene, Arkansas
Race White
Gender Male
Post Office Gainesville
Household Members
Name Age
Joseph Spencer 54
Mary E Spencer 26
Julian Spencer 7
Susan Spencer (31)

Joseph (Elisha) remained in Haywood County, Tennessee. His  sister, Mary Jane, and her husband James Garrett had lived in District 10 prior to 1860. But as noted in a previous article, Jane and James Garrett and their two children died before 1860.

I wish I could say this story has a happy ending for Joseph and Frances, but it does not. Sometime after the 1860 Haywood County Census, Joseph, Frances, and Joseph’s son, Joseph, died. They either died of some disease, or they may have been casualties of the Civil War. Fighting was fierce in Western Tennessee (which was primarily Confederate) during the Civil War. People were often killed simply for being loyal to the Confederacy, or else they were caught in the crossfire. Fortunately, the other two children: Elisha H. and Fanny survived. Their stories follow.

Elisha H. Spence (1841-1921). Elisha was born in May 1841 in Williamson County, Tennessee, and he died November 1, 1921 in Sweet Home, Pulaski, Arkansas. As previously noted, Elisha, his brother Joseph, and his sister Fanny lived with Joseph (Brittain) and Mary Ann Fears Spence in Rutherford County after their mother’s death in 1850. They were reunited with their father Joseph (Elisha) after his marriage to Francis in 1855, placing them in Haywood County. In 1861, Elisha enlisted in Company G, Tennessee 27th Infantry Regiment, C.S.A(32). According to his service records, he served in both Companies C and G, and his service appears to have been long-term. He did survive the War. I believe that had his family members died of a disease or plague, Elisha and his sister would have died as well. So I think his family died in the conflict.

After the Civil War ended, Elisha went to Kentucky, where he met and married Matilda (Last Name Unknown) (1844-1900) in 1866. Between 1866 and 1876, Elisha and his family appear to move back and forth between Kentucky and Tennessee. Then he moved to Greene County, Arkansas where Joseph (Brittain) was living. Had he been a natural son of this Joseph, he would have headed to Arkansas immediately after his discharge. But he was searching for his own family members in Kentucky and Tennessee. When he discovered they were all gone, he relocated to Arkansas, where he rejoined the Joseph (Brittain) family.

The children of Elisha H. Spence and Matilda follow:

  1. Jackson W. Spence (1868-1963)
  2. Chapil N. Spence (b. 1869)
  3. Lenora Spence (b. 1872)
  4. Samuel Spence (1876-1902)
  5. Robert J. Spence (b. 1878)
  6. Francis Crice Spence (b. 1884)

Elisha H. Spence died November 1, 1921 in Sweet Home, Pulaski County, Arkansas(33). He is buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Frances “Fanny” A. Spence (1849-1880). Fanny was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, and she died after 1880 in Texas. As noted earlier, she was named for a cousin–Frances E. Spence (1838-1860)–who  eventually became her step-mother. After her parents and brother Joseph died, her other brother Elisha took her to relatives in Madison County, Tennessee, and she stayed with them until she married.  On August 14, 1869, Fanny married James H. Bray (1840-1921) in Madison County, Tennessee(34).  Their children were:

  1. Ella Bray, born 1862
  2. Lillie Bray, born 1869
  3. John S. Bray, born 1872
  4. E. H. Bray, born 1874.

James H. Bray was born in Marshall County, Tennessee April 12, 1840, and he died February 6, 1921 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. His parents were Elisha G. Bray (1804-1877) and Rachel P. McDaniel (1818-1887)–possibly a relative of Polly McDaniel.  According to his veteran’s records, he served with the Confederate Army in the Civil War and received a pension for his service:

Name J H Bray
Application Date 4 Apr 1916
Birth Year 1840
Birth Place Marshall, Tennessee
Age 76
Pension File Number 32762
Application Type Veteran
Household Members
Name Age
J H Bray 76  (35)

The Brays appear on the 1880 Census for Blossom Prairie, Lamar, Texas(36). This is the last record for Fanny. She would have died after that 1880 Census.  James H. Bray died February 6, 1921 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas(37).

 

This article continues with Part Two: Elisha Bell Spence (1818-1840)

 

References

(1) 1820 Census for Rutherford County, Tennessee about Brittain Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(2) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Brittain Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Elisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) Tennessee Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008 about Brittain Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Elizabeth Spence and Eben Fears. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(6) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Elizabeth Spence and John Evans. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7)  Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Phoebe Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) Tennessee Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(9) Tennessee Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) 1850 Census for Alson Spence, Rutherford County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) 1860 Census for Alson Spence, Rutherford County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) Find-a-Grave Memorial for Juliana Spence Stem (listed as Ann Sprouse), Find A Grave Memorial# 22971124. Find-a-Grave Website. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com

(13) Tennessee Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008 about Brittain Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(14) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Joseph Spence [Brittain]. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) Nancy L. Spence Endsley Find A Grave Memorial# 68877718. Find-a-Grave.com website. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www. ancestry.com.

(16) 1860 Census for Madison County, Tennessee about Britton Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(17) 1870 Census for Clark, Greene County, Arkansas for Joseph Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(18) Arkansas County Marriages, Index, 1837-1957 about Sudie Spence Cooper. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(19) 1880 Census for Greene County, Arkansas for Joseph Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(20) Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998 about Joseph Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(21) 1820 Census for Davidson County, Tennessee for Elisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(22) 1830 Census for Davidson County, Tennessee for Elisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 6 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(23) Elisha Spence Estate Inventory dated November 1835. Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

(24) 1840 Census for Marshall County, Tennessee for Jane Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(25) North Carolina and Tennessee, Early Land Records, 1753-1931 about Lowerey McDaniel. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(26) Tennessee State Marriage Records, 1780-2002 about Joseph Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(27) 1840 Census for Williamson County, Tennessee about Joseph Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(28) 1850 Census for Rutherford County, Tennessee about Joseph Spence (Brittain). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(29) 1850 Census for Davidson County, Tennessee about Polly McDaniel Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(30) 1860 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee about Joseph Spence (Elisha). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(31) 1870 Census for Greene County, Arkansas for Joseph Spence(r). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(32) U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 about Elisha H. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(33) U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 about Elisha H. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(34) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Frances Spence and James H. Bray. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(35) Alabama, Texas and Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958 about J H Bray. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(36) 1880 Census for Lamar County, Texas, J. H. Bray. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(37) Texas Death Certificates, 1903-1982 about J. H. Bray. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 7 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

Research–Research–Research–

calliope

 

I’m pausing!

Not really, but I am buried in research at the moment. I’m working on the last article in the Elisha Spence series. Years ago, I discovered a book at the Denver Public Library that enabled my research and gave me the information needed. And I located  the notes I had made about that book in my research notebook. However, I discovered a list of additional page numbers I had made, and I now need that book in order to complete the article.

I don’t go downtown any more, and our libraries here don’t have these books. The little Carnegie Library in Boulder was once a valuable place to go for research. They closed out their genealogy department and sent everything related to genealogy to the Denver Public Library.

So began my search for the book on the internet. And I found it! Amazon had the book and only one copy left in stock. I bought it. I won’t receive it until late in the week. They usually ship things quickly.

Meanwhile, I am working on the article concerning Elisha Spence’s youngest sons. As it turns out, four families are going to be involved in that last chapter, and I’m trying to nail all of them down. I’ve made some really interesting discoveries, and I’m looking forward to sharing them in that chapter. After that, I will write a summary and a conclusion and decide which line I want to pursue next. It will probably be a line from my father’s side of the family.

I still have some articles to add to the Spence section. I had them on my old website and want to include them here after revising them. So I will probably add those to the Spence section while researching the new line I will be focusing on.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch–

 

Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–The Second Family: Part Two–Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) and James Garrett (1806-1860)

James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence Marriage Record--Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Archives and Library

James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence Marriage Record–Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Archives and Library

 

[NOTE: This article is a major undertaking. I started it over several times before settling upon this final draft. The absence of original records destroyed by fire, floods and human hands creates a major barrier to validity. That absence also leads to frustration, and frustration leads to the creation of fiction. Fiction impedes finding the truth. My frustration here this week  has dealt with fiction writers and has led to numerous headaches. I hope that I have done justice to the people involved in this narrative. My goal is to tell their stories as accurately as possible.]

Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) and James Garrett (1806-1860)

The second daughter of Elisha Spence and Jane Bell, Mary Jane Spence (Jane Spence) was born in Williamson County, Tennessee between 1813-1815, and she died before 1860 in Haywood County, Tennessee. On September 21, 1842, she married James Garrett (1806-1860) in Williamson County, Tennessee(2). [Note: The bond was recorded September 20 and the marriage return date was recorded September 21. She is listed on one document as Jane Spence and on the other as M. Jane Spence.] They were in Haywood County, Tennessee in 1850, where they appear on the Census(3). A summary of the 1850 Census follows:

Name Jane Garrett
Age 35
Birth Year abt 1815
Birthplace Tennessee
Home in 1850 District 10, Haywood, Tennessee
Gender Female
Family Number 381
Household Members
Name Age
James Garrett 46
Jane Garrett 35
Harvey Garrett 6
Sarah Garrett 6(4)

There were three generations of “Mary Janes” in her family; her maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Boyd Bell; her mother, Mary Jane Bell Spence, and Jane–Mary Jane Spence! Young Jane followed the same tradition as  her mother: they were both known by their middle names.

She grew up in the Elisha Spence household and watched the older children disappear. She knew Samuel, Daniel and Milly Catherine but since Levi and William spent so many years in North Carolina, she wasn’t all that familiar with them. Apparently, she was a companion of the two Rhodas while they were still at home.

Her father died in November 1835 in Madison County, Tennessee(5). After his death, her mother took her children to Marshall County, where Jane Bell Spence died about 1842. She last appears on the 1840 Census for Marshall County, Tennessee(6).  The following is a summary of that census record–[Note: Jane Bell Spence is 40-49 on this record. The youngest son Elisha B. Spence is the only one at home. The female 15 through 19 is Elisha’s wife. I do not know the identities of the other three people but believe they were Elisha’s wife’s siblings. Joseph Spence had moved to Williamson County, where he married in 1835. Angeline and Mary Jane also relocated to Williamson County where other siblings were living by 1838]:

Name Jane Spence
Home in 1840 (City, County, State) Marshall, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 1 (Elisha B. Spence)
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 1 (Elisha’s Wife)
Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49 1 (Jane Spence)
Persons Employed in Agriculture 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write 2
Free White Persons – Under 20 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 2
Total Free White Persons 6
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves 6 (7)

As previously noted, after her mother’s death, young Jane had a decision to make about her own future. Samuel, Daniel and Milly Catherine were already in Missouri, and Angeline was making plans to move there. She invited Jane to go with her. But Missouri was so far away! Levi and William were in Weakley County, but she didn’t want to settle there. Eventually, she decided to remain in Williamson County, Tennessee where the two Rhodas were living as well as her own natural brother, Joseph Spence. (He will be covered in Part 3.) The youngest member of the family–Elisha Bell Spence–was still living with his mother when she died. (He will also be covered in Part 4. The Conclusion will then follow.)

And there was another reason for her choice of Williamson County, Tennessee–a man by the name of James Garrett, who was had been living in the area for a while, and who was a friend of her family.

James Garrett (1806-bef. 1860)

Finding James Garrett was no easy matter! I thought it would be a simple job. But the only two documents I have for him are the marriage document referenced above and the 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee. I could have made this a really simple story by introducing those two documents followed by a conclusion–two paragraphs at most. However, my sense of “shoveling” and “digging” prevailed, and I started doing just  that. The 1850 Census notes that James Garrett was born in North Carolina in 1804, and that he was living with his wife and children in Haywood County, Tennessee. The more I dug, the more Garretts I spaded up. And the more Garrets I spaded up, the deeper I had to dig.

What was so special about Haywood County? I wondered.

According to the Wikipedia site:

Haywood County was created from part of Madison County in 1823–24, and was named for Tennessee judge and historian John Haywood. Haywood County was part of Madison County when the Tennessee General Assembly created it in 1823–24. (Later, portions of Haywood would be carved out to create Lauderdale and Crockett Counties.) The legislature designated Brownsville as the county seat.

Farming, especially of cotton, was the basis for the local economy for much of its history. Until the Civil War, this meant a plantation system dependent upon slave labor; after the war, tenant farmers and sharecroppers took the place of actual slavery(8).

The reference to Madison County did not escape my notice. Shortly after the 1830 Census in Davidson County, Tennessee, the Elisha Spence family moved to Madison County. While shuffling through Haywood County records, I discovered a number of Garretts residing in Haywood County, the majority settling in District 10.

And that is where James and Jane lived in 1850, I thought. Those Garretts must have been related to James, and they came from North Carolina! But from where?

***

James Garrett was actually a twin born in Greene County, Tennessee in 1806. His biological parents were Jacob Garrett (1780-1838) and Barbara Jack (b. 1783), who were married in Greene County, Tennessee November 11, 1805(9). Jacob was born in 1780 in Buckingham County, Virginia, and he died before March 5, 1838 in Greene County, Tennessee. Barbara gave birth to twins in 1806: a son named John, who did not live, and James. Apparently, Barbara was ill after the double birth, an illness that lasted a long time.. The infant James went to live with his uncle and aunt in Person County, North Carolina: Samuel Garrett, Jr. (1772-1858) and Elizabeth Broughton (1778-1858). James was raised in their household with their children. I doubt that he had any contact with his natural parents. His parents were happy that he was settled in a good household. [Note: I will cover Samuel and his family after I finish with Jacob.]

Jacob and his brother Samuel came from a prominent Garrett family from Chesterfield and Buckingham Counties of Virginia. The records have been scrambled regarding that family. Everyone has a different opinion about them since so many of the original Buckingham, Virginia records are missing or destroyed(10).  Briefly, their ancestry follows:

Jacob and Samuel were the sons of John Garrett (1743-1831)  and Elizabeth Amonet/Amonett (1743-1789). I seriously doubt that Samuel was Elizabeth’s son since John and Elizabeth were married December 7, 1778 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Samuel was born in 1772, as is verified on the 1850 Giles County, Tennessee Census(11). Some people have attempted to compensate for this by changing Samuel’s birthdate to 1783 or 1785. Doing that throws everything else off, however. Since Samuel was the oldest child, I believe John had an earlier marriage and his first wife’s name is  unknown.  The children of John Garrett and Elizabeth Amonet/Amonett follow:

  • Samuel Garrett (1772-1858). About to be discussed. Probably by John’s first wife.
  • Jacob Garrett (1780-1838). Under discussion
  • Pleasant Garrett (1781-1826). Pleasant was born September 10, 1781 in North Carolina, and he died December 20, 1826 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. His wife was Margaret Peggy Brevard (1793-1876). Their children were: (a) John Garrett (b. 1810); (b) James Garrett (b. 1811); (c) John B. Campbell Garrett (1813-1891); (d) Priscilla Garrett (1814-1894); (e) William Moore Garrett (b. 1816); (f) Elizabeth Jane Garrett (b. 1820); (g) Albert Francis Marion Garrett (1822-1891); (h) Pleasant Jasper Garrett (b. 1824); (i) Margaret Jerusha Garrett, who died in 1907.
  • Elizabeth Garrett (1784-1860). She was born in Virginia, and she died in Rockcastle, Madison, Kentucky. Her records are really confusing, so I won’t extend her line. John and Elizabeth Amonett Garrett had a daughter named Elizabeth. That is the only information I can verify.
  • Margaret Garrett (b. 1789). I have no additional information.

[Note: The family information for John Garrett and Elizabeth Amonet/Amonett comes from The Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas website](12).

John Garrett was the son of Isaac Garrett (1719-1775) and Ann (Rux??). Isaac was the son of John Smith Garrett (1690-1743) and Susannah Featherstone Burton (b. 1695) of Amelia County, Virginia(13).

***

By 1808, Jacob Garrett and Barbara Jack began having additional children of their own.  I acquired a copy of Jacob’s will in order to verify them:

  • Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Garrett (1808-1851). Sally was born in Greene County, Tennessee in 1808, and she died in 1851 in Navarro, Ellis County, Texas. Her husband was Abijah Smith Gibbs (1805-1860). Their children were: (a) William Riley Gibbs (1827-1892); (b) Elisabeth Gibbs, born 1830; (c) Mary Anne Gibbs, born 1833; (d) Barbara G. Gibbs, born 1835; (e) Sarah J. Gibbs, born 1837; (f) James Patrick Gibbs (1839-1925); (g) John S. Gibbs, born 1841; (h) Martha R. Gibbs, born 1843; (I) Drucilla E. Gibbs, born 1845; (j) Lucy C. Gibbs, born 1849.
  • Elizabeth J. Garrett (1810-1870). [Note: Elizabeth’s records are often jumbled with her sister Margaret. Jacob’s will indicates they were separate individuals]. Elizabeth was born in November 1810 in Greene County, Tennessee, and she died in 1870 in Liberty, Bollinger, Missouri. Her husband was William Youngblood (1806-1870). Their children were: (a) Alfred Mory Youngblood (1827-1864); (b) Son Youngblood (1829-1829); (c) John Garet Youngblood (1831-1890); (d) Dr. James M. Youngblood (1833-1879); (e) Martin V. Youngblood (1841-1881); (f) Barbara “Barbary” Youngblood (b. 1843); (g) Mary Magdalene Youngblood (1844-1873); (h) William O. Youngblood (1846-1903); (I) Elizabeth Youngblood (b. 1851); (j) Sarah A. Youngblood (b. 1851); (k) Emma Youngblood (b. 1853); (l) Lincoln Youngblood (b. 1854).
  • Margaret Garrett (1811-bef. 1860). Margaret was born in Greene County, Tennessee in 1811, and she died before 1860 in Greene County, Tennessee. About 1825, she married a Waddell (sometimes spelled Waddle). He died before 1827. As yet, I haven’t discovered his full name. [Note: This was an interesting discovery for me since my husband Howard lived just outside Greenville, Tennessee when he was a boy, and his best friend was a Waddell. We’ve been back to Greene County on two different trips, and enjoyed the hospitality there immensely. We also toured the old town of  Jonesboro and saw Davy Crockett’s birthplace there.  I understand the Waddells were among the early pioneers in the area. Some of the Waddells, Crocketts and Garretts intermarried.  No doubt, Howard’s Waddell friends were in some way related to the Waddell who married Margaret Garrett! On July 23, 1827, Margaret Garrett Waddell married Allen Kennedy (1809-1833) in Greene County, Tennessee). Allen was born in 1809 in Greene County, and he died in Greene County April 19, 1833. According to the Greene County, Tennessee Cemetery Records:
Name Allen Kennedy
Relation husband
Relative Margaret Kennedy
Birth Date 1809
Death Date 19 Apr 1833
Age 24 Years
Comments Sacred to the Memory of Allen Kennedy
Cemetery Name Greene County Tomb Stone Records Mt. Zion Cemetery
Cemetery Description Located 9 miles southeast of Greeneville, on road connecting the John Sevier Highway and Jones Bridge roads in the 22nd Civil District of Greens County. This cemetery is on the grounds of the United Presbyterian Church at that point(14).

Allen and Margaret had the following children: (a) Jacob Martin Kennedy, born 1828–who is mentioned in his grandfather’s will as Jacob Kennedy; (b) John Wesley Kennedy (1831-1896); and (c) Martha Kennedy (1833-1850).

  • John Garrett (1813-bef 1838). John was born in 1813 in Greene County, Tennessee, and he died before 1838 in Greene County. His wife’s name is unknown, but they had a son named William Jacob Garrett, who was born before 1838 in Greene County, Tennessee, and who is mentioned in his grandfather’s will as William Jacob Garrett.
  • Magdelene Garrett (1815-aft 1838). Magdelene was born in Greene County, Tennessee, and she died after 1838 in Greene County, Tennessee. I have no additional information about her. She is named in her father’s will.

[Note:  Information about the children of Jacob Garrett and Barbara Jack is from his will dated January 26, 1838 and entered for probate March 5, 1838. His will mentions his wife Barbary; his grandson “William Jacob, son of my son John Garrett, Deceased”; daughter Sarah; daughter Elizabeth; daughter Margaret; daughter Magdalene; the fact that daughter Margaret married a Kennedy and had a child: Jacob Kennedy(15).]

Some people think Jacob had a second marriage–that he married Barbara Jack in 1805 (which he did), and that he married a Rachel Stone in Madison County, Kentucky in 1806 (which he did not). That was a different Jacob Garrett. This Jacob had only one wife–Barbara Jack. She was the mother of all of his children, and she was still alive when he died in 1838, according to his will. He settled in Greene County, Tennessee, and he stayed there!

His will  does not mention the oldest surviving twin, James Garrett (b. 1806), but James was placed in the Samuel Garrett household as an infant where he bonded with Samuel’s family. It is doubtful that there was any relationship between James and his real parents. James grew up presuming that Samuel and  Elizabeth were his real parents and that he was born in Person County, North Carolina. It didn’t bother him that one brother had the name of James. People often used the same name in the same generation; the second James was James B. Garrett. I have yet to discover James Garret’s middle name, although it may have been Harvey since his son was given that name: James Harvey Garrett.

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Samuel Garrett, Jr. was born in 1772 in Chesterfield or Buckingham County, Virginia, and he died in 1758 in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. On September 3, 1798, he married Elizabeth Broughton (1778-1858) in Amelia County, Virginia(16). After their marriage, they moved to Person County, North Carolina, where most of their children were born:

  • Parthenia Garrett (1799-1840). Parthenia was born in Person County, North Carolina about 1799, and she died in Giles County, Tennessee in 1840. On June 22, 1820, she married John Alfrod Tillman (1790-1855) in Giles County, Tennessee(10). Their children were: (a) Harriet Tilman, born 1822; (b) William Turner Tillman (1822-1892); (c) John Alexander Tillman (1825-1884); (d) James Henderson Tillman (1827-1884); (e) George Washington Tillman (1829-1919)(17).
  • Addison Broughton Garrett (1800-1874). Addison was born in Person County, North Carolina about 1800, and he died in 1874 in Giles County, Tennessee. His records are sometimes confused with his brother, James B. Garrett, who, as already mentioned, is not the James Garrett under discussion here. His wife was Elizabeth McKay (1800-1850), whom he married about 1815. Their children were: (a) James Garrett (1815-1855)–not the James Garrett under discussion here either; (b) Mary Ann Garrett (1825-1878); (c) Henry S. Garrett (1827-1875); (d) Elizabeth B. Garrett (1831-1866); (e) John Thomas Garrett (1833-1878); (f) Nancy Garrett (1836-1878); (g) Isham Stephens Garrett (1838-1863); (h) Abegale Garrett (1843-1926); (I) Ethlinda Ann Garrett (1848-1878)(18). Addison appears to have had two additional marriages: Martha Keath on October 24, 1856 in Giles County, Tennessee, and Mary Gordon on March 14, 1865 in Giles County, Tennessee(19).
  • James B. Garrett (1802-1891). James was born October 6, 1802 in Person County, North Carolina, and he died September 4, 1891 in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. His wife was Harriet Tilman (b. 1823). Their children were: (a) Martha Ann Garrett (1848-1889); (b) John Jackson Garrett (1851-1931); (c) Elizabeth Phoebe Garrett (b. 1853); (d) Samuel Garrett (b. 1860); (e) Nancy J. Garrett (b. 1861). As noted, he is not the James Garrett under discussion here  and is the other brother with the same first name. By 1836, he appears on the tax records for Haywood County, Tennessee(20). By 1850, he was back in Giles County(21). By 1880, he relocated to Lauderdale County, Tennessee, where he appears on the Census(22). James B. Garrett died September 4, 1891 in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, and he is buried in the Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee(23).
  • Henderson Alexander Garrett (1807-1860). This is one of the families who settled in Haywood County. Henderson was born in Person County, North Carolina in 1807, and he died after 1860 in Haywood County, Tennessee. His wife was Amanda Rickman, who was born in 1812 in Tennessee. [Note: The 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee shows James Garrett living next door to a large family of Rickmans. I believe they were Amanda’s relatives(24).] Their children were: (a)William Garrett (1835-1864); (b) Marcus A. Garrett (born 1838); (c) Augustus Garrett (b. 1839); (d) Elizabeth Garrett (1840-1870); (e) Mary E. Garrett (b. 1844); (f) Henderson Garrett (1846-1864); (g) James Garrett (b. 1848). Henderson and his family appear on the 1850 census for District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee(25) as well as the 1860 Census for District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee(26)
  • Mary Martha Garrett (1809-1860). Mary was born in Person County, North Carolina in 1809, and she died after 1860 in District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee. Her husband was Isaac Ishom (Isom) Rainey (1807-1853). He was born May 4, 1807 in Brunswick, Virginia, and he died January 8, 1853 in District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee(27). He is buried in the Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. [Note: A number of these people are buried in that cemetery who all died about the same period of time.11

I have an idea that James Garrett, his wife Jane Spence, and their two children are buried there without markers.] Mary Martha last appears on the 1860 Census in Haywood County with several of her children. Mary Martha and Isaac Isom’s children were: (a) William Charles Rainey (1827-1927); (b) Adolphus Rainey (1832); (c) Addison Levi (A. L.) Rainey (b. 1835); (d) Frances Rainey (b. 1836); (e) Samuel Rainey (b. 1838); (f) James W. Rainey (b. 1839); (g) Elizabeth Rainey (1844-1848); (h) Martha Rainey (1847-1856); (I) Henderson Alexander Rainey (1848-1906); (j) Amanda J. Rainey (1850-1929). Mary may have married a Hendren prior to her marriage to Isom. Her Find-a-Grave Memorial follows:

Birth: 1809 North Carolina, USA
Death: unknown Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Wife of Isom/Isham Rainey. She would have died sometime between 1860-1870 in Lauderdale County.Isom and Mary Rainey had children: William C. Rainey, b. 1830 Giles Co. A.dison L. Rainey (twin) Adolphus Rainey (twin) Delicia Frances Rainey mar. Joseph Hendren Samuel Rainey, b. 1837 Giles or Madison Co. James A. Rainey, b. 1839 Giles or Madison Co. Elizabeth Rainey, b. 1844 Madison Co. Martha Rainey, b. 1847 Madison or Haywood Co. Henderson A. Rainey, b. 1848 Haywood Co. Amanda J. Rainey, mar. William CoffmanFamily links: Spouse: Isom Rainey (____ – 1853)Children: Addison L. Rainey (1835 – 1911)* Samuel B Rainey (1837 – 1911)* James W Rainey (1839 – 1913)**Calculated relationship
Burial: Crossroads Cemetery Ripley Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Created by: Southern Roots ღ Record added: Sep 14, 2015 Find A Grave Memorial# 152316667(28)
  • Phoebe (Phebe) Garrett (1815-bef. 1860). Phoebe Garrett was born about 1815 in Person County, North Carolina, and she died before 1860 in Haywood County, Tennessee. She appears to have never married and was living with her parents in Giles County in 1850(29). Her parents both died in 1858. After her parents’ deaths, she moved to Haywood County, Tennessee, where other relatives were living.
  • Nancy Garrett (1817-1858). Nancy was born in Person County, North Carolina in 1817, and she died in Giles County, Tennessee in 1858. She does not appear on the 1850 Census in the Samuel Garrett household(29). I do not know whether she married or remained single.
  • Samuel Jackson Garrett (1818-1895). Samuel Jackson Garrett was born in Giles County, Tennessee–indicating the Samuel Garrett family had moved there by then–and he died April 6, 1895 in Gates, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. He is buried in the Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale, Tennessee. His Find-a-Grave Memorial follows:
Birth: Oct. 18, 1818 Giles County Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 1895 Gates Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Wife: Mary McColpin Garrett Father: Samuel Garrett Mother: Elizabeth Broughton Garrett Children: James Monroe, Alra R., Ira, Henderson, Letitia, Vera, Wesley
Burial: Crossroads Cemetery Ripley Lauderdale County Tennessee, USA
Created by: Christy Ball Record added: Jul 13, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 5608749(30)

Samuel’s wife was Mary McColpin (1836-1897). Their children were: (a) Monroe Garrett (b. 1862); (b) Alva Garrett (b. 1864); (c) Alra R. Garrett (1864-1906); (d) Ira Garrett (b. 1866); (e) Henderson Garrett (b. 1869); (f) Lutita Garrett (b. 1872); (g) Bera Garrett (b. 1875).

  • Elizabeth A. Garrett (1828-1858). Elizabeth was born in 1828 in Giles County, Tennessee, and she died in 1858 in Giles County. While her name appears on an accepted list of Samuel and Elizabeth’s children, I can’t help but think she was a grandchild. If her date of birth is correct, Samuel would have been seventy-eight, and Elizabeth would have been seventy-two. Likewise, a young woman named Timmantha Garrett (b. 1838) appears on the same 1850 Census in Samuel’s household(31). Timmantha disappears from the records while many people believe Elizabeth lived until 1858. Then Elizabeth disappears from the records. Unless the dates of birth are wrong, these two women were probably grandchildren. Perhaps Samuel and Elizabeth took in a number of orphaned children from the various Garrett families over the years.

The Life and Times of James Garrett

And so it seemed only natural for James Garrett to accompany the Samuel Garrett family from Person County, North Carolina to Giles County, Tennessee. The move to Tennessee occurred around 1818 when James was twelve years old. Giles County sounded like an interesting place. James was eager for excitement.

A brief history of Giles County from the Wikipedia site follows:

Giles County is named after William Branch Giles, a Senator from Virginia who sponsored the admission of Tennessee as the sixteenth state into the Union. He also sponsored the building of the city and courthouse, which has burned four times. The current courthouse was built in 1859 by the George Moore and Sons company. It cost about thirty thousand dollars to complete. Though it stood through the Civil War, it suffered much damage. One of Giles County’s local heroes is James McCallum, who served as Grandmaster of the Tennessee Masons, a member of the Confederate Congress, and mayor. He lived in Giles County for seventy years.

Until Maury County was established in November 1807, the area of the future Giles County was considered to be part of Williamson County. Two years after the formation of Maury County, Giles County was created from southern Maury County on November 14, 1809 by an act of the State Legislature. Nearly half of the new county lay in Chickasaw territory until September 1816(32)

The reference to Williamson County quickly caught my attention. Many of my Spence and related families lived in the area. Samuel Garrett often traveled to Williamson on business, as well as to Davidson County. Young James no doubt accompanied him. And it was on one such excursion where Samuel Garrett met Elisha Spence, and young James soon met the rest of the family. The two families often got together. James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence probably knew one another for some time before “romantic sparks” began to fly between them. Then in 1830, the Elisha Spence family moved to Madison County.

“If you go over there, let me know. I’d like to tag along!” James told Samuel one day.

“Hmmm! I wonder why!” Samuel Smiled.

Elisha died in 1835. His family moved from Madison to Marshall County. And by 1836, James B. Garrett appeared on the tax records for Haywood County. James accompanied him whenever he went over there, stopping by Marshall to see Jane. Then Jane’s mother died in early 1842. After the funeral, she told James she was moving to Williamson County where two of her sisters and her brother lived. James and Jane were married September 21, 1842 in Williamson County. By then, a number of the Garrett brothers were moving to Haywood County. James and Jane would move there as well.

They had two children who appear to be twins: Harvey and Sarah, born in 1844. They last appear on the 1850 Census for Haywood County in District 10(33).

James was a farmer, although I’ve read some glorious accounts focused upon who he may have been. Those accounts also include his wife Jane. She bears the McDearmon surname in some accounts, even though people making that claim use the 1842 marriage record clearly showing her surname as SPENCE. Mary Jane Spence was NEVER a McDearmon–probably the reason why I spent so much time working on this article during the week!

One wild story connects James Garrett with a Rev. James Garrett, a minister in the Anglican Church, who spent years preaching in Tasmania. (James and Jane were Baptists, Methodists, or Presbyterians, and they  stayed in Tennessee). That same story connects the daughter Sarah with two marriages: one to a Jones in Eastern Tennessee, and the other to someone in Australia where they had a number of children. Those Garretts did exist in Australia, but they were not James Garrett (1806-1860), Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) or their children Harvey and Sarah! All four members of my James Garrett family disappear in Haywood County, Tennessee before the 1860 Census.

When you stop and think about it–I decided–a number of people disappeared in Haywood County around 1860!

While James Garrett, Jane Spence and the children disappear before 1860, the 1860 Mortality Chart for Haywood County, Tennessee lists pneumonia as  the cause of numerous deaths that year in District 10(34). The Garretts may have died of pneumonia.  Those farms were all close together and family members frequently interacted with one another. The Garretts may have even died in the early 1850s. Isom Rainey died in 1853. He and his wife were in District 10 in 1850. Neither James nor Jane nor their children appear on any 1860 Census that I have studied!

I don’t know where this family is buried. A number of the Garretts and their relatives are buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Ripley, Lauderdale, Tennessee, so I suspect these Garretts are buried there as well. Many graves are unmarked. As I recall, over 200 people are buried in Crossroads.

One thing I definitely know is this: James Garrett (1806-1860), Mary Jane Spence (1813-1860) or their children certainly aren’t buried in Tasmania!

 

This article continues with Part 3: Joseph Spence (1816-1860)

 

References

(1)  Official Copy of James Garrett and Mary Jane Spence Marriage Record. Bond posted: 20 Sep 1842. Marriage: 21 Sep 1842, Williamson County, Tennessee. Obtained from the Tennessee State Library & Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

(2) Tennessee State Marriage Records for James Garrett and Jane Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee, the James Garrett Family. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) 1850 Census for Haywood County, Tennessee, the James Garrett Family. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Elisha Spence Estate Inventory, dated November 1835, Madison County, Tennessee. Listed on the records as “Li Spens.” Official copy obtained from the Tennessee State Library & Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

(6) 1840 Census for Jane Spence, Marshall County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7)  Summary of 1840 Census for Jane Spence household, Marshall County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) Haywood County, Tennessee, from the Wikipedia site. Wikipedia.org. Article last modified 29 Aug 2015. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haywood_County,_Tennessee

(9) Tennessee State Marriage Records for Jacob Garrett and Barbary Jack, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) Early Virginia Garretts–portions on Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) 1850 Census for Samuel and Elizabeth Garrett, Giles County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) Bill Crouch (1997). Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas. Created 1997. Genweb.com. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.couchgenweb.com/family/garrett.htm

(13)Bill Crouch (1997). Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas. Created 1997. Genweb.com. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.couchgenweb.com/family/garrett.htm

(14) Greene County, Tennessee Cemetery Records about Allen Kennedy. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008 about Jacob Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(16) Virginia Marriage Records, 1700-1850 about Samuel Garrett and Elizabeth Broughton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com.

(17) The record and genealogy of the (Tilghman-Tillman-Tilman-Tilmon) family, 1225-1938 : compiled from an original mss. by James D. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(18) Bill Crouch (1997). Garrett Family of Craighead Co. and Greene County, Arkansas. Created 1997. Genweb.com. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.couchgenweb.com/family/garrett.htm

(19) Tennessee State Marriage Records about Addison Garrett and Mary Gordon. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(20) Early Tennessee Tax Records; James Garrett (1836-Haywood). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(21) 1850 Census for Giles County, Tennessee, James B. Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(22) 1880 Censes of Lauderdale County, Tennessee, James B. Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(23) Find-a-Grave Index for James B. Garrett. Ancestry.cim, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(24) 1850 Census for James Garrett, Haywood County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(25) 1850 Census for Henderson Garrett, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(26) 1860 Census for Henderson Garrett, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(27) Isaac Ishom (Isom) Rainey Find-a-Grave Memorial. Index at Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(28) Mary Garrett Hendren Rainey Find-a-Grave Memorial. Find-a-Grave.com. Created by: SouthernRoots Record added: Sep 14, 2015, Find A Grave Memorial# 152316667. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com

(29) 1850 Census for Samuel Garrett, Giles County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(30) Samuel Jackson Garrett Find-a-Grave Memorial # 5608749.  Find-a-Grave.com Website. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(31) 1850 Census for Samuel Garrett, Giles County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(32) Giles County, Tennessee from the Wikipedia Site: Wikipedia.org.  Last Updated: 29 Aug 2015. Date Accessed: 26 Sep 2015. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_County,_Tennessee

(33) 1850 Census, District 10, Haywood County, Tennessee for James Garrett. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(34) 1860 Mortality Schedule, Haywood County, Tennessee. Genealogy Trails Website. Date Accessed: 28 Sep 2015. Available online at http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/haywood/cenmort1860.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–The Second Family: Part One–Angeline Spence (1811-1860) and David Lemasters (1795-1848)

Lewis & Clark Statue, St. Charles, Missouri--along the River. (I've had this in my files for a number of years. No information about original source.)

Lewis & Clark Statue, St. Charles, Missouri–overlooking the River. (I’ve had this in my files for a number of years. No information about original source.)

 

Robert Bell came from Guilford County, North Carolina in 1783 and settled near Bledsoe’s Lick in Sumner County. Later he moved to Mill Creek, 10 miles Southeast of Nashville. He died February 1816 of small pox, aged about 85 years. He was twice married and had a total of 19 children: six by his first wife and 13  by his second wife, Mary. His first wife’s name is not known(1)

Capt. Robert Bell was born December 1736 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and he died March 26, 1816 in Davidson County, Tennessee. He was the son of John Bell (1710-1750), who was born in New York and who died in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth Fell. His first wife was Katherine Walker (1742-1773). Their children were: (1) Mary Bell (1763-1827); (2) Sarah Bell, who died in 1821; (3) Rebecca Bell, who died in 1816; (4) John Bell, who died in 1829; (5) Abraham Bell, who died in 1769; (6) Samuel Bell (1766-1836); (7) Ann Bell (1768-1860); (8) Catherine Walker Bell (1770-1857); (9) Robert Fielding Bell (1773-1853). [Note: I did not extend these lines because I am uncertain how accurate they are!]

His second wife was Mary Jane Boyd, who was born in 1754 in North Carolina, and who died in childbirth July 24, 1795 in Davidson County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of John Boyd (1720-1766) and Rebecca (1730-1758) Their children were:

  1. James Bell (1777-1823). James was born August 23, 1777 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and he died June 23, 1823 in Wilson County, Tennessee. His wife was Mary Dean (1777-1829)
  2. Hugh F. Bell (1779-1850). Hugh was born May 1, 1779 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and he died in 1850 in Pontotoc, Mississippi. His wife was Margaret McKinney (1781-1840). Their children were: (a) Caroline Bell (1802-1887); (b) Zilpha Bell (1803-1889); (c) Alfred Bell, born 1805; (d) Paris Dooley Bell (b. 1807); (e) Florence M. Bell (1812-1872); (f) Jane Bell, born 1814; (g) Robert Allen Bell (1816-1896); (h) Mary Boyd Bell (1817-1864); (I) James Daniel Bell (1818-1882); (j) Adeline Bell, born 1827.
  3. Daniel Bell (1780-1814). Daniel was born in Guilford County, North Carolina in 1780, and he died in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1814.
  4. Francis Marion Bell (1782-1866). Francis was born November 23, 1782 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and he died June 21, 1866 in Talula, Menard, Illinois. His first wife was Peggy Bails (1789-1807), and his second wife was Elizabeth Allen (1790-1835), by whom he had his children.  Their children were: (a) Margaret Patsy Bell (1809-1892); (b) Margaret Bell (1810-1885); (c) Thomas Allen Bell (1811-1870); (d) Mary Bell (1812-1902); (e) Andrew Jackson Bell (b. 1814); (f) Robert Washington Bell (1814-1845); (g) Daniel R. Bell (1815-1868); (h) Zachariah Bell (1817-1854); (I) Francis Marion Bell (1819-1879); (j) Margery Ann Bell (1822-1858); (k) John Jefferson Bell (1823-1875); (l) William Carrol bell (1826-1900).
  5. William Bell (1784-1850). William was born in Guilford County, North Carolina about 1784, and he died after 1850 in Sumner County, Tennessee.
  6. David Bell (1786-1863). David was born July 2, 1786 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and he died August 1, 1863 in Robertson County, Tennessee.
  7. Thomas Bell (1789-1879). Thomas was born September 13, 1789 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and he died in September 1879 of pericarditis in Rutherford County, Tennessee. His first was Martha Edmiston (1797-1845). Their children were: (a) George D. Bell (b. 1818); (b) Robert F. Bell (b. 1823) and (c) Lycurgus Bell. His second wife’s name was Catherine, born 1816.
  8. Nathaniel Bell (1790-1844). Nathaniel was born May 3, 1790 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and he died in 1844. His wife was Eleanor Johnston (1780-1867).
  9. Sarah “Sally” Bell (1792-1848). Sarah was born in Tennessee in 1792, and she died March 3, 1848 in Greene County, Illinois.  Her husband was John Allen (1792-18410.
  10. Mary Jane Bell (1795-1842). [The subject under discussion here.]

 

Elisha Spence (1776-1835) and Mary Jane Bell (1795-1842)

Mary Jane Bell was born July 24, 1795, probably in Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1810, her father took her to Elisha Spence’s home. The two families knew one another from their time in North Carolina, and they reunited in Davidson County, Tennessee. They lived close to one another south of Nashville. Elisha’s wife had just died in childbirth, and Elisha was in desperate need of help since he had several small children in the household. Jane became a nanny to the children; she bonded with the family. On October 25, 1810, Elisha and Jane Bell married in Davidson County, Tennessee(2). Four children were born of this marriage.

The rest of this article is devoted to those four children and their families. It has been divided into several parts. This one is devoted to the oldest daughter: Angeline Penelope Spence.

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Angeline Penelope Spence (1811-1860) and David Lemasters (1795-1848)

Angeline Penelope Spence was born about 1811 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and she died before 1860 in St. Charles, St. Louis, Missouri. She appears to have idolized her older brothers: Samuel and Daniel, and she bonded well with Milly Catherine. She also idolized Levi, but he relocated to North Carolina, so she saw little of him until later. And she became a big sister to the younger children, helping her mother manage the household. A young woman her age appears in the Elisha Spence household on the 1820(3) and 1830 Census(4). Shortly after the 1830 Census, the Elisha Spence family relocated to Madison County, Tennessee, where Elisha died in November 1835(5). After Elisha’s death, the older children began planning their move to Missouri, which they achieved by 1837(6). Angeline wanted to go with them, but her mother did not want to leave Tennessee. By 1840, Jane relocated to Marshall County, Tennessee, where she appears on the Census with her children(7).  Angeline probably moved to Marshall County with her mother; a young woman approximately her age is in the household. The 1840 Census is the last record I could find for her mother. In all likelihood, Jane Bell Spence died in 1842–the year Angeline relocated to Missouri and joined her siblings there. 1842 was also the year when Angeline met her future husband.

David Lemasters was born in 1795 in Virginia, and he died in 1848 in St. Charles, St. Louis, Missouri. His parents were Isaac Lemaster, who was born in Charles County, Maryland in 1748 and who died in St. Charles, St. Louis, Missouri in 1802,  and Nancy Ann Scott (born 1750). His paternal grandparents were Isaac Lemasters, born in Charles County, Maryland in 1728; died in 1802 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and Ann Flint (1730-1802). His paternal great-grandparents were Joseph Lemaster, born in St. Marys, Maryland in 1693; died 1730 in Charles County, Maryland, and Catherine Ward (1695-1730). David came from a large family of true pioneers, many of whom were trailblazers and over-mountain men.

The family of Isaac Lemaster and Nancy Ann Scott follow: [Note: These family records have been terribly confused. I am only including the individuals I can verify.]

  1. Mary Lemasters (1769-1837). Mary was born in Allegany County, Maryland in 1769, and she died in Pike County, Missouri in 1837. She had two husbands: Nathaniel Clark (1772-1792) and Thomas Jefferson Mackey (1774-1858), by whom she had her child: Mary Mackey (1801-1879). According to a biographical account of Thomas Jefferson Mackey:

Hon. Harrison G. Mackey, one of the old and prominent citizens of Pike County. . . .His father was Thomas J. Mackey, born in North Carolina, July 26, 1809. He in turn was the son of THOMAS Sr., also a native of the same State and of Irish ancestry. The latter was born in 1774, and came to Missouri in 1814 from Tennessee, where he had made his home for about ten years. He located in what is now St. Charles County, farming there for about two years, when he moved to what is now Pike County and Calumet Township. He had made a claim of a quarter section of land, but being prospered in his farming interests he added to this acreage until he bacame the possessor of three hundred and twenty acres. Thomas, Sr., was a very public-spirited man, helping forward all movements calculated to aid in the development of his community, and among the enterprises in which he was interested was the first grist mill in the section. He was an intimate friend of Gen. Jackson, and consequently was a strong Democrat in politics. He was a leader in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in his locality, in the faith of which he died in November, 1858, at the home of his son-in-law in Marion County. He was married to a Miss Masters, and to them were born eleven children. (note – errors noted are that his son Thomas J. was born in Tennessee not North Carolina and he married {Mary} Lemasters not Masters cs (8).

2. Benjamin Evans Lemasters (1784-1842). Benjamin was born in 1780, and he died November 10, 1842 in St. Charles, Missouri. I’m going to extend his line because some of the research I did years ago applies to Benjamin’s household and not to David Lemasters’. According to the Swearingen, Lemasters, Francis, Winfrey Family History Book under “Notes for Benjamin Lemasters:

Benjamin Evans Lemasters: Benjamin served in the military on Jun. 7,1812 in Boone’s Rangers, Missouri Territory. This statement is before the list of men in the unit: “Muster Roll of a company of mounted Rangers under the command of Captain Nathan Boone in the service of the United States commanded by him from 7th June to 31 July 1812.” Listed as a Corporal is Evan Lemasters. He appeared on the census in 1830 and 1840 in St. Charles Co., Missouri(9).

[Note: Nathan Boone was a son of Daniel Boone.]

The Lemasters, Francis, Winfrey book states that Benjamin was born in 1780 in Tennessee; other sources claim that he was born in Monongalia County, Virginia. The Lemasters book identifies his wife as Nancy Jones, who was born about 1786 in Blount County, Tennessee. Other sources identify his wife as Adria Journey (b. 1781), who may have been a second wife. The Lemasters, Francis, Winfrey book identifies the  children of Benjamin Lemasters and Nancy Jones as:

i. Isaac Lawrence  Lemasters, born Bet. 1816 – 1820 in Missouri; died Feb 2, 1857 in Carrollton, Carroll Co., Missouri.

ii. Nancy Lemasters, born Bet. 1811 -1815.

iii. Mary Lemasters, born Dec 21, 1815 in Missouri; died 1890 in Marysville, Nodaway CO., Missouri.

iv. Daughter Lemasters, born Bet. 1802- 1817.

v. Audrey Lemasters.

vi. Benjamin Franklin Lemasters, born Nov 10, 1824; died 1856 in Carrollton, Carroll Co., Missouri.

vii. Amanda “Manda” Lemasters.

viii. Martha Lemasters, born Bet. 1821 – 1825.

The two most important references for my purposes here center upon Isaac Lawrence Lemasters (b. bet 1816-1820); d. 1857) and Nancy Jane Lemasters (1815-1860).

Isaac Lawrence Lemasters was born in St. Charles, Missouri in 1817, and he died February 2, 1857 in Carrollton, Carroll, Missouri. His first wife was Jane Henry (1823-1850), by whom he had his children, and his second wife was Elizabeth Elliott, about whom nothing is known. The children of Isaac Lemasters and Jane Henry were: (a) Abraham Lemasters (1843-1858); (b) John A. Lemasters (1844-1858); (c) David Lemasters (1848-aft 1860); (d) Georgeann “Ann” Lemasters (1849-1904); (e) George W. Lemasters (1849-1912).  David, Ann and George all appear on the 1860 Census for Isaac’s sister, Nancy, in Carroll County, Missouri(10). She was a widow, since her husband had died the previous year, and she took in Isaac’s three children with her own.

Nancy was born in St. Charles, Missouri in 1815, and she died after August 29, 1860 in Sugar Tree, Carroll County, Missouri. Her husband was William H. Harrison (1815-1859). Their children were: (a) Sophia Harrison (1838-1903); (b) Andrew E. Harrison (b. 1839); (c) Audrey Elizabeth Harrison (1840-1928); (d) William H. Harrison (b. 1846); Nancy Harrison (1846-1893); and Amanda T. Harrison (b. 1849).

(When I first started doing this research, I thought David, Ann and George were David Lemasters’ children. They were not.)

Returning to the children of Isaac Lemasters and Nancy Ann Scott:

3. Nancy Ann Lemaster (1786-1860). Nancy was born in 1786. Some people think she was born in Virginia. She died in Pike County, Missouri April 27, 1860. Her husband was John Mackey (1766-1840), and their son was Thomas Mackey (1809-1876).

4. David Lemasters (1795-1848). Under discussion here.

David Lemasters was born in Virginia in 1795, and he died January 7, 1848 in St. Charles, Missouri. David was a wanderer and an adventurer. According to The Jasper County History:

The First Permanent Settlements

The honor of having made the first permanent settlement in Jasper county belongs to Thacker Vivion, an emigrant from Kentucky, who located at the spring at the foot of the hill in Sarcoxie, about a stone­s throw southwest of the railroad depot at that place. Vivion is said to have been the first white man who settled permanently in the region of country west of the Turnback River in Lawrence County. He went to Texas about thirty years ago, and at a recent date was still living in that state. About the same time came John M. Fullerton, also from Kentucky, and settled near Sarcoxie where he died about the year 1850. These settlers were undisturbed for a year or two, but other pioneers soon began to make their appearance and to occupy the beautiful and promising country. Ephraim Beasly, Hiram Hanford, Ephraim Jenkins, and Thomas Boxly all came in the Spring of 1833. Mr. Beasley settled on Centre Creek, four mileswest of Sarcoxie, on the place now owned by Stephen M. Hood. Jenkins made his home on the creek which now bears his name a mile or two from Dr. Moss. ís William and Tryon Gibson arrived a little later in the year 1833. Tryon settled on the present site of the High Hill School House five miles southwest of Carthage. Abraham Onstott, the father of Judge John Onstott arrived with his family from Indiana, and stopped where Sarcoxie is now on the 13th of November, 1833, a night made memorable by the falling of the stars. Onstott remained there two or three weeks and then settled five miles south of Carthage. He lived there till 1860, and then removed to Texas and died there. Judge Onstott, his son, is now in all probability the oldest male settler in the County, and has lived within its limits longer than any other man. In the fall of 1833 David Lemasters also came to the County, and made a location on Centre Creek, on the farm now occupied by Thomas Alexander, five miles southwest of Carthage(11).

Like his brother, Benjamin Evans Lemasters, David appears on the 1810 Census in the Louisiana and Missouri Territory in “Muster Roll of a Company of mounted Rangers under the command of Captain Nathan Boone”-rank: Private; appointment or enlistment: 18 Jun18 Jun 1812; to what time: 12 months to 18 Jun 1813…”(12)

About 1816, David married Ann Mackey (1793-bef. 1843) in the Missouri-Louisiana Territory. She was the daughter of James Mackey (1759-1834) and Rebecca Scott (1767-1818), and she came from North Carolina. They had a number of children. However, I have only been able to identify the name of one daughter. The 1830 Census for Pike County, Missouri indicates 1 m -5; 1 m 5-9; 1 m 10-14; 1 m 30-39(13). The same census indicates 1 f -5; 1 f 5-9; 1 f 10-14; 1 f 30-39. The 1840 Census for Marion, Newton County, Missouri indicates 2 m -5; 3 m 5-9; 1 m 10-14; 1 m 15-19; 1 m 20-29; 1 m 40-49. It also indicates 3 f -5; 1 f 10-14; 1 f 15-19; 1 f 20-29(14).  Ann Mackey died before 1843. It is possible the children all went to live with other relatives, with only one of them staying with their father. It is also possible that some of them died. The only known child appears below:

Jane Lemasters was born October 28, 1817 in St. Charles County, Missouri, and she died June 19, 1894 in Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri. On July 23, 1835, she married John Wesley Gibson (1815-1869) in Jasper County, Missouri. Their children follow: (a) Wesley Gibson (1836-1863); (b) Benjamin F. Gibson (1838-1861); (c) Rebecca A. Gibson (1841-1874); (d) John Wesley Gibson (1843-1875); (e) Isaac N. Gibson (1847-1881); (f) Terry W. Gibson (1850-1871); (g) Eliza M. Gibson (1852-1856); (h) Mahala E. Gibson (1854-1916); (I) Mary A. Gibson (1856-1857); (j) Sarah Elizabeth Gibson (1858-1944). There is a Gibson Cemetery between Carthage and Webb City, Missouri where all of these people are buried.

According  to the Jasper County Biographical History:

Mrs. Jane Gibson.  It is half a century this fall, 1883, since Mrs. Gibson first landed within the borders of Jasper County, Mo., where she has lived almost uninterruptedly for fifty years.  She is, therefore, almost the first white settle who came to this county, and one of a very few who still survive.  Mrs. Gibson was born in St. Charles County, Mo., Oct. 28, 1817, where she was raised until quite a young woman.  Mrs. Gibson was married July 23, 1835, to John W. Gibson, who was born in Tennessee, Nov. 10, 1815.  Their children are Wesley, Benjamin F., John W., Isaac N., T. W., Rebecca A., Martha J., Eliza M., Mahala E., Mary A., and Sarah E.  Mr. John Gibson, her husband, died in December, 1869, and with several of the family is buried near the house he built in an early day, in 1835, in which his widow still resides.  Mrs. Gibson survives all her family but  three children, and is still smart and enjoys good health.  Mr. Joh Gibson entered nearly a section of land on the banks of Center Creek, and it is unexcelled for fertility and location.  The estate has been mostly divided up among the children and heirs.  Only a small homestead is reserved by the widow during her life.  Her father (David Lemasters) and father-in-law (Tryon or John T Gibson?) used to own slaves previous to the war, and they took them to Texas for protection.  Mrs. Gibson has experienced the hardships and privations of pioneer settlement.  She has planted corn in the sod and an ax, and the only bread the first season was made from corn pounded up into coarse meal.  Indians, wild game of all kinds, and distant neighbors were the rule, with Springfield and Boonville their trading points.  She has ridden to Sarcoxie horseback, about twenty-five miles, and paid fifty cents a yard for calico, and one dollar a yard for muslin for her wedding dress.  Incidents in her life might be given indefinitely, illustrating the joys as well as toils of her early history, were there space[sic].  Mrs. Gibson is conceded to be among the oldest living settlers of the county, and its history were incomplete without a sketch of her life.  She is a lady of great force of character, decided opinions, she dares to express, whose life is an open book, historic, yet ever new(15).

David Lemasters arrived in Jasper County in 1833, and he left there ten years later.  According to the County History, he was brought up on a charge of forgery in the early days of the court:

The first circuit court was held on the 25th of February, 1841, Judge Charles S. Yancey
presiding. J. P. Osborn acted as sheriff. It is related that that gentleman took a plug of tobacco

from his mouth, stepped to the door of the log shanty about twelve by sixteen feet in size, and
proclaimed to the world at large that the Jasper county circuit court was now in session. That
simple sentence, prefaced of course with the customary “Hear ye, Hear ye,” started the wheels of
the court, which have been running since except during the years of the war, when they became
slightly clogged.

The place of the holding of the first court was at the residence of George Hornback, only a short
distance below the Gaston farm, about two miles west of where the city of Carthage is now
situated. Mr. Hornback at that time kept a small store there, where could be purchased needful
articles, as salt, tobacco and powder. The grand jury, for want of better accommodations, after
receiving their charge from the judge, retired to a large log, and there held their deliberations.
Nothing of great importance was brought before their notice, and only one indictment was found-
-against David Lemasters for forgery, and this was set aside at the subsequent term of court (16).

Angeline Penelope Spence may have arrived  when her services were needed most. David had just been acquitted of the forgery charge in 1841. His wife had died before 1843. He was in desperate need of a nanny–of someone to help organize his household. That’s when Samuel, Daniel and Milly Catherine introduced Angeline to David Lemasters. She settled into his household as his nanny.

David and Angeline bonded quickly.  Prior to Angeline’s arrive, David began making plans to move away from Jasper County, where he had been for ten years. He planned to return to St. Charles, where family members were ready to accept his children into their households.  His daughter, Jane, would remain in Jasper County since she had married and was settled there. David decided there was one more person he wanted to take with him to St. Charles. On May 7, 1843, David Lemasters and Angeline Spence were married(17). [The return date on their certificate was May 11, 1843.] Shortly after that, they left Jasper County for David’s home in St. Charles, Missouri. As far as I can tell from existing records, they did not have any children.

On January 7, 1848, David died intestate in Green, St. Charles, Missouri(18). Angeline’s name appears on his probate file dated January 17, 1848(19). On July 26, 1850, James Green was appointed Administrator to sell his personal property(20). And Angeline had no desire to return to Jasper County.

On July 14, 1853, Angeline married a Lemasters’ family friend in St. Charles by the name of David G. Hutcherson (1797-1879)(21). David Hutcherson was born in Virginia in 1797, and he died in 1879 in Arkansas City, Arkansas. He had several wives and children by all of them except Angeline:

By Sarah Butler, whom he married in Mecklenburg County, Virginia on January 28, 1828:

  1. Peter F. Hutcherson, born 1830
  2. Mary J. Hutcherson, born 1832

By Mary P. Lett, whom he married in Mecklenburg County, Virginia on February 17, 1840:

  1. Caroline S. Hutcherson, born 1840
  2. Demetrius D. Hutcherson, born 1842
  3. Susan G. Hutcherson, born 1847

Angeline died before 1860 in St. Charles, Missouri. David Hutcherson moved to Texas after her death, where he is found on the 1860 Census for Denton(22), Texas. By 1870, he moved to Guadalupe, Texas, where he appears on the Census(23). Then he died in 1879 in Arkansas City, Arkansas.

To Be Continued in Part Two

 

References

(1) Notes from an old Notebook of Compiled Tennessee History. Original Source unknown. Possibly a Davidson County, Tennessee History

(2) Tennessee State Marriage Records about Elisha Spence and Jane Bell. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) 1820 Census for Elisha Spence, Davidson County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) 1830 Census for Elisha Spence, Davidson County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Elisha Spence Estate Inventory Filed by Anderson Skillern Nov 1835, Madison County, Tennessee. Copy of original obtained from Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee, 1998.

(6) Samuel P. Spence 1837 Land Deed for Sale of Land in Perry County, Tennessee. Copy obtained from Microfilm. LDS Genealogical Library and Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah.

(7) 1840 Census for Jane Spence, Marshall County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) MARION, RALLS, & PIKE COUNTIES MISSOURI,  Portrait and Biographical Record published 1895
Page 383

(9) “Notes for Benjamin Lemasters,” Swearingen, Lemasters, Francis, Winfrey Family History Book PDF file, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) 1860 Census for Nancy Harrison, Carroll County, Missouri. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) “The First Permanent Settlements,” Copied from: Greene County Archives Bulletin Number Forty-three;
Heritage County Atlas Reprints Volume 6. An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map of Jasper County, Mo.
Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., 1876. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820 for 1810, David Lemasters, The Missouri-Louisiana Territory. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(13) 1830 Census for Pike County, Missouri, David Lemasters. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(14) 1840 Census for Marion, Newton County, Missouri, David Lemasters. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) Jane Lemasters Biography, Jasper County, Missouri Biographical History. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(16)HISTORY OF JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI 1876 Atlas Pages 2-3 Copied from: Greene County Archives, Bulletin Number Forty-three; Heritage County Atlas Reprints Volume 6, An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map of Jasper County, Mo. Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., 1876. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~judysstuff/jasper/jashist01.htm

(17) Missouri State Marriage Records, Jasper County, Missouri, for David Lemasters and Angeline P. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(18) David Lemasters Probate File, St. Charles, Missouri. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(19) David Lemasters Probate File, St. Charles, Missouri. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(20) David Lemasters Probate File, St. Charles, Missouri. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(21) Missouri State Marriage Records, St. Charles, Missouri, for David G. Hutcherson and Angeline Lemasters. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(22) 1860 Census for Denton, Texas, David G. Hutcherson. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(23) 1870 Census for Guadalupe, Texas, David G. Hutcherson. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 23 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

 

Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–Part Fourteen: Two Rhodas and a James–Part Two

Replica of meeting house, Clear Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Monticello, Kentucky. Photo shared on Ancestry.com by Carlinbrooks 16 Feb 2013.

Replica of meeting house, Clear Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Monticello, Kentucky. Photo shared on Ancestry.com by Carlinbrooks 16 Feb 2013.

In 1798, Rev. Isaac Denton, Jr. was the first preacher to enter this Transmontane Wilderness . He became a distinguished, prolific, pioneer preacher and leader in South Central Ky. and North Central Tenn. He established the first churches and first school in the frontier territory. He was Clear Fork Baptist Church’s founder and first pastor until his death in 1848. He ministered in Ky. and Tenn. for over 55 years. He and his 3 sons preached a total of about 175 years(1)

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No, he wasn’t an orphan–but he was raised by another family!

Not only did I find the family who raised James W. Denton, but I also found his real family!

 

Thomas J. Denton (1781-1833) and Francis Boring (1790-1870)

James W. Denton was the oldest son of Thomas J. Denton.  Thomas was born in Tennessee in 1781, and he died in Cocke County in 1833. The known children of Thomas J. Denton and Frances Boring (1790-1870) follow:

  1. Joseph Jefferson Denton (1810-1887). Joseph was born March 10, 1810 in Washington County, Tennessee, and he died September 9, 1887 in Cocke County, Tennessee. His wife was Charity Huff (b. 1816). They had a daughter: Margaret Denton (1841-1920).
  2. William Addison Denton (b. 1812, Washington County, Tennessee). William died in Cocke County. His wife’s name was Mary (1820-1861). They had a daughter named Frances “Fannie” E. Denton (1861-1949), who married a Hux.  William last appears on the 1880 Census for Cocke County. He is buried in the A. J. Denton Family Cemetery.
  3. Temperance Francis Denton (1815-1878). Temperance was born in Washington County, Tennessee in 1815, and she died May 30, 1878 in Cooke County, Texas. She had two husbands: John Murrell, about whom nothing is known and Henry Jackson Click, Jr., by whom she had a daughter: Mary Jane Click. In 1870, Temperance appears on the Census for Perry County, Tennessee(2). This is a connection to Perry County that I had been seeking given the fact that Samuel and Daniel Spence and Milly Catherine Spence Jones had lived there prior to their departure for Missouri. Temperance appears on the Perry County census records for 1850 and 1860 in the Samuel Denton household. (I will get to Samuel momentarily).
  4. John B. Denton (1816-1901). John was born in November 1816 in Washington County, Tennessee, and he died in Cocke County in 1901. His wife was Mary Wilson (1828-1894). They had three children: (a) James Anderson Denton (1854-1929); (b) Frances M. Denton (b. 1856); and Thomas J. Denton. Nothing else is known about Thomas.
  5. Sarah A. Denton (1818-1892). Sarah was born February 20, 1818 in Cocke County, Tennessee, and she died December 20, 1892 in Giles County, Tennessee. Her husband was Calvin Allen (1813-1870). Their children were: (a) William A. Allen, born 1836; (b) George William Allen (b) George William Allen (1839-1908); (c) Temperance Allen, born 1842; (d) George Thomas Allen (1842-1916); (e) Morris Calvin Allen (1845-1910); (f) Hiram Allen, b. 1848; (g) Louisa Allen, b. 1852; (h) Houston Allen, born 1856; (i) Rufus J. Allen (1858-1917); (j) Martha Allen (1859-1896); (k) Lewis Allen (1862-1950); (l) John Morgan Allen (1865-1946).
  6. Louisa Denton (1830-1920). Louisa was probably by Thomas J. Denton’s second wife Elizabeth. He married her October 31, 1822 in Cocke County, Tennessee(3). His first wife, Francis Boring, was still alive, so they may have divorced. Louisa was born October 1, 1830 in Washington County, Tennessee, and she died January 23, 1920 in Cocke County, Tennessee. Her husband was Houston Sisk, whowas born in 1827. Their children were: (a) James Sisk, born 1866, and (b) Dora Madeline Sisk, born 1872.

One reason why James W. Denton would be raised by another family centers upon his mother’s health after his birth. She was only sixteen when he was born, and James was her first child. He would have been born in Washington County, Tennessee in 1806–the exact month and day of his birth is unknown. Enter the Rev. Isaac Denton!

 

Rev. Isaac Denton (1768-1848) and Martha Patsy Crouch (1772-1848)

Isaac Denton was born September 1768 in Orange County, North Carolina, and he died January 26, 1848 in Clinton County, Kentucky. His wife was Martha Patsy Crouch, who was born June 3, 1772 in Henry County, Virginia, and who died in Clinton County, Kentucky. They are buried in the Clear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Clinton County, Kentucky.

Isaac Denton and Thomas J. Denton were related; their progenitors coming from New York. They both claim direct descent from Samuel Denton (1631-1713) and Mary Rock Smith (1640-1715) on the Denton line, and from William Odell (1634-1697) and Sara Vowels (1649-1697) on the Odell line.

Isaac Denton’s parents were Isaac Denton (1733-1797) and Ann Whitson (1733-1771), and his grandparents were Capt. Abraham John Denton II (1700-1774) and Mary Odell (1702-1774).  According to information submitted to Ancestry.com by rmsmith1971:

It is believed that Abraham, who was called “Captain” was a part of the militia used in defense of the settlers. He was also referred to as Doctor when living on his plantation in the Shenandoah Valley.

“Abraham, according to sources in Orange CO, NY, had some problems with local law and soon after left the county for a new home in the Shenandoah County of Virginia. This was in 1729 or 1730. Thus started the move westward, for his sons each moved in different directions into the frontier.”

Abraham’s will was written August 20, 1774 and probated September 27, 1774 in Shenandoah CO, VA. “in the County of Dunmore, Colony of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body but perfect mind and memory. First leaving my loving kind and true wife Mary Denton and William Reno Executors. I therefore will and bequesth my loving kind and true wife Mary Denton the lower part of my land and plantation during her lifetime also the legal thirds of the moveable estate. Also Ii give my well beloved son Abraham Denton my wearing clothes: two pr. boots, two coats, two vestcoats and one pr of breatches and as he has received his part of the land, I give unto him five pounds current money of Virginia to be paid to him out of my two daughters, Phebee Plumley and Martha Moore their parts of the moveable estate and the land after my wife Mary Decrees the tract of land to be equally divided between them both that is to say Phebe Plumley and Martha Moore.” Signed Abraham Denton, Senr. Witnesses: Mary Little, Dorothy (X) Clock, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Peerceson.

From The Tennessee Valley Historical Review: “Abraham Denton, Junior, became involved with the law in New York in about 1729-30. He, along with some close relatives, left that state and headed for Virginia, crossing the eastern part of Pennsylvania and the Northwestern part of Maryland. In the Valley of Virginia, then Orange County (later Augusta County) and the upper Virginia Valley, (Frederick, later Dunmore, and still later Shenandoah County) we find Abraham and his family. Also about the same time, Jonas Denton and others had reached the Virginia country. Samuel, Robert, James and John Denton begin to appear in the same general locality. The deeds in Frederick County clearly prove that the Dentons
were there as early as 1755 and became prominent citizens.”

Abraham left a deed dated August 12, 1774 which was signed by Mary Denton Little. Dorothy Clock (Clark) Elizabeth Smith and Mary Pareson (Pearson) made their marks. By this information, Mary Little was still living in 1774 and had enough education to sign her name. Abraham was a Captain in the French and Indian War in the Provincial Army
of 1766.

As the older generation died off, the younger ones became less rooted in the old lands and soon started departing for the southwest(4).

Isaac Denton Sr. was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and he died in Washington County, Tennessee in May 1795. The following is from his Find-a-Grave Memorial:

Birth: 1733
Shenandoah County
Virginia, USA
Death: May, 1795
Washington County
Tennessee, USA

Son of Abraham John Denton and Mary Sarah O’Dell.
Married Ann Whitson about 1765.He is listed as DAR #A132656 for patriotic service during the Revolutionary War.Isaac left his will in Washington CO, TN, Will Book Vol. 1, p. 34, 35. dated July 14, 1794 which lists his beneficiaries as wife Anna and children Isaac, Jeremiah, Martha, Agnes and Elizabeth.Burial is unknown.Family links:
Parents:
Abraham John Denton (1700 – 1774)
Mary O’Dell Denton (1702 – 1774)Spouse:
Ann Whitson Denton (1745 – 1802)Children:
Isaac Denton (1768 – 1848)*
Agnes Denton Crouch (1770 – 1836)*Siblings:
Abraham Denton (1726 – 1827)*
Isaac Denton (1733 – 1795)
Phoebe Denton Plumlee (1737 – 1779)***Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
Burial:
Unknown
Created by: treesandleaves
Record added: Apr 30, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 145845320(5)

The Rev. Isaac Denton was born in Orange County, North Carolina in September 1768, and he died January 26, 1848 in Clinton County, Kentucky. His wife was Martha Patsy Crouch (1772-1848). Their known children follow:

  1. Anna Denton (1804-1849). Anna was born September 14, 1804 in Cumberland, Kentucky, and she died September 29, 1849 in Moddyville, Kentucky. Her husband was Charles Reagan (1799-1879). Their daughter was Emeline Clemanza Reagan (1832-1862).
  2. Isaac Denton (1806-1893). Isaac was born December 23, 1806 in White County, Tennessee or in Clinton County, Kentucky, and he died August 23, 1893 in McMinnville, Warren, Tennessee. His first wife was Rutha Walling (1809-1840). Their children were: (a) Susannah Denton (1832-1833); (b) Emaline Denton (1834-1859); (c) Isaac Denton (1837-1866); (d) Ozias D. Denton (1838-1876); (e) George W. Denton (1840-1871). His second wife was Mary Polly Greer (1812-1883). Their children were: (a) Isaac Denton (1836)–he may be the Isaac Denton from the first marriage; (b) Sarah Ann Denton (1842-1860); (c) Ruthie Denton (1845-1873); (d) James Mordica Denton (1850-1911); (e) Joseph Evander Denton (1853-1854). I will list them here, but I do not know whether they are children of these two marriages, or foster children: (a) Phoebe Denton (1827-1855); (b) Martha Denton (1829-1855); (c) Nancy Denton (1830-1858); (d) James W. Denton (1835-1844)–he may have been named after James W. Denton–the subject matter here; (e) Shelby Walling (1844-1925)–she would have been from Ruth’s line but not her daughter; (f) Mary Denton (1847-1864).
  3. Tabitha Harriett Denton (1808-1858) Tabitha was born in 1808 in Gainesboro, Jackson, Tennessee, and she died in 1858 in Arkansas City, Arkansas. Her husband was William Proctor Welch, who was born in 1804. Their son was Turner Goodall Welch (1840-1915).
  4. George Nolan Denton (1809-1890). George was born January 31, 1809 in Clinton County, Kentucky, and he died December 27, 1890 in Lamar, Texas. His first wife was Martha “Patsey” Robinson (1808-1867). Their children were: (a) Isaac Robinson Denton (1830-1856); (b) John J. Denton, born 1838; (c) James A. Denton, born 1841; (d) Lucille Denton, born 1843; (e) George Alfred Denton (1846-1916); (f) Robert O. Denton, born 1848; (g) Cassan A. Denton, born 1849; (h) Charles R. Denton, born 1851; (i) Martha L. Denton. His second wife was Sarah Sallie R. Parrish (1806-1884).
  5. Rev. Joseph Crouch Denton (1811-1887). Joseph was born May 5, 1811 in Cumberland, Kentucky, and he died September 29, 1887 in Clinton, Kentucky. His wife was Mary “Polly” Long (1811-1901). Their children were: (a) Solloman L. Denton (1833-1836); (b) Elizabeth Denton, born 1836; (c) William L. Denton (1837-1908); (d) Samuel L. Denton (1842-1859); (e) Matilda L. Denton, born 1849; (f) Mary Denton, born 1850.
  6. Phoebe Denton, born 1811 in Kentucky
  7. Jeremiah Denton, born 1815 in Kentucky.

 

Another Cousin Connection: James W. Denton (1806-1860) and Samuel Denton (1801-1860)

Samuel Denton was born in White County, Tennessee in 1801, and he died in 1860 at Cedar Creek, Perry County, Tennessee. This is the primary Denton connection to Perry County, Tennessee. Samuel and James W. Denton would travel there together. On January 12, 1828, Samuel married Argent Coleman (1802-1860) at Cedar Creek, Perry County, Tennessee. Their children were: (a) Nancy Denton (1823-1850); (b) Sarah Sally Denton (1832-1906); (c) John F. Denton (1833-1861); (d) Benjamin Franklin Denton (1833-1861); (e) Mary Elizabeth Denton (1839-1927). He was another distant cousin in the Denton-Odell line!

Samuel’s father was Benjamin Denton, Jr. who was born in 1733 in Granville, South Carolina and who died in 1848 in Tennessee. His mother was Margaret Peggy Ann Anderson (1774-1840). His grandparents were  Benjamin Denton, Sr. (1750-1810), who was born in Granville, North Carolina, and who died in 1810 in White County, Tennessee, and Priscilla Celia Rebecca Wiggins (1755-1808); his great grandparents were Samuel Denton, who was born in1 734 in Orange, New York and who died in 1811 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and Margaret Moore (1714-1781). And his great-great grandparents were Capt. Abraham John Denton II and Mary Odell (1702-1774), who have already been discussed! These Dentons were all distant cousins!

I’ve already recounted some of James W. Denton’s activities in the Part One of this article. While he went to live with the Rev. Isaac Denton as an infant, he apparently maintained contact with his real family. In the end, he probably spent as much time with them as he did with the Isaac Denton family.

In July 1826, the Thomas J. Denton family was plagued with a partition action filed by Thomas’s brother, Samuel Denton (b. 1800), per the following newspaper notice:

State of Tennessee, Cocke County; May Sessions, 1826

Samuel Denton vs. Jonathan Denton, Jonas Denton, Thomas Denton and David Denton

PETITION FOR PARTITION

Samuel Denton filed his petition in open court, for partition of the lands therein described, and prays the court to make an order of publication, Wherefore, it is ordered that publication be made in the Knoxville Enquirer, three successive times, that he will present said petition at next term of this court, in order to have the prayer if the same granted, it appearing to the satisfaction of said Court that David Denton, one of the Defendants, resides in the State of Alabama.  W. GARRETT, July 12, 1826(6).

The partition action involved the division and settlement of lands in their father’s estate. By now, his distant cousin, Samuel Denton (1801-1860) had returned from Perry County, Tennessee for a short visit. Perry County had been recently established, per the following:

Perry County was formed in 1819 from parts of Humphreys and Hickman counties. It is named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry  (1785–1819), American War of 1812 naval officer who, after his flagship was severely damaged, continued the fight from another ship and forced the surrender of the British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. Decatur County was formed from the portions of Perry County west of the Tennessee River. The first settlements in the county were along Toms Creek near the Tennessee River, with the first known birth in the area occurring in 1818. This is the first written date involving the area that would become Perry County, but it is evident that the area had some European permanent settlement prior to this. The seat of government and courts were originally located in a small town known as Harrisburg approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the current seat of Linden. The county seat was transferred to its current location in Linden in 1848, where the current courthouse stands today. Harrisburg no longer exists as a municipal entity or recognized location(7).

James needed no further encouragement. He was looking for a place to go. The Rev. Isaac Denton family were fully settled in Kentucky and had been there for some time. He really didn’t want to go to Kentucky since he preferred Tennessee. So he returned to Perry County with his cousin, Samuel, and settled in with them for a short time. He met the Samuel Spence, Daniel Spence, Lewis and Milly Catherine Spence Jones, and it wasn’t long before he relocated to Davidson County, where he met the Elisha Spence family. And as noted in Part One, he met two Rhodas in the family. The rest is history.

So what happened to the children of the two Rhodas?

The Children by Rhoda Louisa Spence

As noted above, James W. Denton married Rhoda Louisa Spence on May 10, 1831 in Davidson County, Tennessee(8). They were divorced in 1837 or 1838. Four children were born of the marriage: two boys and two girls. Rhoda kept the girls with her and James kept the boys with him. Rhoda married Michael D. Gill while James married Rhoda’s sister, Susan Rhoda Spence. The Gill family moved to Missouri while the Dentons remained in Williamson County, Tennessee. I covered the Gill family extensively in Part One, but I will present the information I have on the Dentons here.

  1. Thomas J. Denton (1832-1862). Thomas was born in 1832 in Williamson County, Tennessee. He died in combat at Murfreesboro December 31, 1862. Thomas appeared on the 1860 Census for Union, St. Francis, Arkansas(9). However, when the War broke out, he returned to Tennessee and joined the Confederate Army. His name appears on the U.S. Confederate Army Casualty Lists and Reports, 1861-1865(10). He was named for James Denton’s biological father.
  2. Elizabeth Jane Denton (1832-1911). I have no update, but will include her information. She was named Elizabeth for Rhoda Louisa’s sister who died in North Carolina and Jane for Rhoda’s stepmother. She was born January 24, 1832 in Williamson County, Tennessee. I stated in Part One that if these birth dates are correct, Elizabeth Jane and Thomas J. were twins. She married James Mattison Buckingham (1823-1904) on March 27, 1852 in Williamson County, Tennessee(11). They had one daughter: Milly A. Buckingham (1864-1938). The Buckinghams moved to Missouri with the Gills. They first settled in Jackson Twp., Jasper County, Missouri. By 1900 they were in Benton, Newton County, Missouri.
  3. William H. Denton (1833-aft 1887). William was born in Williamson County, Tennessee in 1833, and he died after 1887 in Williamson County. On December 22, 1859, he married Sarah V. Boyd (1832-aft 1920) in Williamson County, Tennessee(12). They had a son whose name is not known. William also joined the Confederate Army. He served with the M. 2. Tennessee Cavalry. In 1864, William filed for divorce(13). They must have remarried because on November 22, 1920, Sophia filed for her widow’s pension(14). William was declared an invalid on August 17, 1887. I could find nothing further about him after that date.
  4. Milly Ann Denton (1833-bef 1860). Milly Ann was born March 16, 1833 (another set of twins if the birth dates are correct) and she died bef. 1860 in Clinton County, Kentucky. Apparently she didn’t want to move to Missouri. On October 14, 1852, she married Williamson Alexander in Dickson County, Tennessee(15). They may have eloped. Both of them do not appear on records for 1860. They may have moved to Clinton, Tennessee where a number of Milly’s Denton relatives and Williamson’s Alexander relatives were living. They may have died while traveling there, and they may have been the victims of foul play. The Dickson County marriage record plainly shows Milly’s name as Milly Ann Denton, but the recording notation on the side of the document identifies her as Milly Ann Dayton. I am inclined to believe the actual marriage license.

 

The Children of Susan Roden/Rhoda Spence

This is from the 1850 Census for Williamson County, Tennessee–the one and only record fort his family(16).

  1. Samuel Denton, born 1838 in Williamson County, Tennessee and he died before 1860 in Williamson County. He was named for Samuel Denton (1801-1860)–James’ cousin who lived in Perry County– and for Susan’s oldest brother–Samuel Perry Spence. Samuel may have died young. I could find nothing else about him.
  2. Isaac Denton (1841-bef. 1860). Isaac was named for James Denton’s benefactor–the Rev. Isaac Denton. I believe that he also died before 1860. I could find nothing else about him.
  3. Abner Denton (1845-bef 1860). Abner was a Spence and a Denton name. I could find nothing else about him and believe he also died before 1860.
  4. Susan Denton (1846-bef 1860). Named for her mother. I could find nothing else about her.
  5. James W. Denton, Jr. (1849-aft. 1880). James was named for his father. I could find nothing else about him.

So what happened to this family, including James and Susan?

James was a farmer and worked in agriculture. I have a feeling that James, Susan and all five of their children suffered the same fate as Michael D. Gill and Rhoda Louisa Spence by being struck by an epidemic. I think they were all victims of some type catastrophe and died within a few days, weeks or months of each other.  According to the Tennessee Timeline on Rootsweb, a number of catastrophes took place in Tennessee during this timeframe:

June 1850 Cholera epidemic
Apr 29 1852 Earthquake- VA, NC, and TN
Aug 28-30 1852 TN river flood
1854 Cholera Epidemic (17)

The Timeline notes additionally:

The great Cholera epidemic was spread by immigrants from Europe. The major years were 1832, 1849, 1866, and 1873. By 1890, the disease was practically controlled. –Malaria was also of epidemic proportions in the late 1800’s. The hottest summer on record was 1886, and later 1887. Mosquitoes were out of control in the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys, as well as tributaries. This went on for years. –TB was also of epidemic proportions at the time. Children ages 5-15 rarely died from the “adult” epidemics, as this is a period of “Natural Immunity.” (18)

The Timeline further notes:

In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors disappeared during a certain period in history, this might help. Epidemics have always had a great influence on people – and thus influencing, as well, the genealogists trying to trace them. Many cases of people disappearing from records can be traced to dying during an epidemic or moving away from the affected area. Some of the major epidemics in the United States are listed below: 

1850    Nationwide             Yellow Fever

1850 July 17    Gainesboro, TN             Cholera

1850-1    North America Influenza

1851 Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains, and Missouri   Cholera
1852 Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer]Yellow Fever

1854 Tennessee, Giles County              unknown epidemic

1855    Nationwide [many parts] Yellow Fever

1857-9 Worldwide [one of the greatest epidemics]  Influenza

1860-1    Pennsylvania  Smallpox

1862     Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis Yellow-fever(19)

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Thus completes the story of Elisha Spence and Susanna Spencer and the lives of their children and some of their grandchildren and other descendants.

I have one more article to write in this series which will focus on Elisha’s second marriage to Jane Bell. There were four children of that marriage. My information is limited, so they will be covered in the last article. Then I will write a Conclusion and move on from there.

 

References

(1) Rev. Isaac Denton, Jr. Gravestone Inscription, Clear Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Monticello, Kentucky. Find-a-Grave.com. Shared by Carlinbrooks 16 Feb 2013 on Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(2) 1870 Census for Perry County, Tennessee for Temperance Denton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Thomas J. Denton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) Information about Capt. Abraham Denton, Jr., submitted by rmsmith1971 10 Jul 2012, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Isaac Denton Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 145845320. Index at Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(6) Samuel Denton Partition Action, May-July 1826 from the Knoxville, Gazette. Posted on Ancestry.com by Lucinda Copeland 10 Jun 2014. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7) “Perry County, Tennessee” From the Wikipedia Site. Modified  29 Aug 2015. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Tennessee

(8) Tennessee State Marriage Records for James Denton and Rhoda Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(9) 1860 Census for Union, St. Francis, Arkansas showing Thomas J. Denton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) U.S. Confederate Army Casualty Lists and Reports, 1861-1865 for Thomas J. Denton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) Tennessee State Marriage Records for James Mattison Buckingham and Elizabeth Jane Denton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) Tennessee State Marriage Records for William H. Denton and Sophia V. Boyd. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(13) Tennessee Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965 about William H. Denton and Sophia V. Boyd. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(14) Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 about William H. Denton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) Tennessee Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965 about Williamson Alexander and Milly Ann Denton. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(16) 1850 Census for the James W. Denton Family, Williamson County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(17) Historic Timeline of Tennessee. Rootsweb.com Website. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnmcmin2/tennesseetimeline.html

(19) Historic Timeline of Tennessee. Rootsweb.com Website. Date Accessed: 21 Sep 2015. Available online at http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnmcmin2/tennesseetimeline.html