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James Boyd Williams

James Boyd Williams
b. 20 July 1796, Sevier County, Tennessee, to William and Rachel (Kemp) Williams
d. 11 July 1883, Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa

m. 14 August 1817, Union County, Indiana
Hepzibah Stanton
b. 14 October 1798, Campbell County, Virginia, to Latham and Huldah (Butler) Stanton
d. 19 June 1873, Salem, Henry County, Iowa

Children with Hepzibah Stanton:
• Matilda Butler (1818-1841/42) married Hamett Graham
• Lilbern J. (b. 1820) married Emma Gilken
• Frederic S. (b. 1822) married Mary Park
• Lydia Minerva (1827-1892) married Benjamin Franklin Hord
• William Lewis (1831-1832)
• Addison Rankin (b. 1836) married Sarah J. Hord

James immigrated to Indiana in 1814, probably from Jefferson County, Tennessee. He left in 1846 for Ft. Madison, Iowa.

Because the Quaker records indicated the family moved from Chatham, Orange County, North Carolina, to Surry County, North Carolina about 1794, it was not certain whether James Boyd was born in North Carolina or Tennessee. When a copy of his death record was located in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, it stated his place of birth was “East Tennessee,” and a copy of his 1883 obituary stated he was born in “Severe” County, Tennessee.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX

Benjamin Franklin Hord

Benjamin Franklin Hord
b. 6 January 1820, Kentucky, to William Hord
d. 1855-56, Van Buren County, Iowa

m. 19 April 1846, Decatur County, Indiana
Lydia Minerva Williams
b. 23 May 1827, Decatur County, Indiana, to James Boyd and Hepzibah (Stanton) Williams
d. 22 September 1892, Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa

Children with Lydia Minerva Williams:
• Trevanian Parker (1847-1852)
• Amanda Virginia (1850-1895) married Asa Guy Lewelling
• Milton Boyd (1855-1935) married Minnie Anna Blythe

Benjamin Franklin was a wagon maker by trade. He immigrated to Indiana by 1846 when he married there. He left Indiana by 1847 for Van Buren County, Iowa. In 1852 he was one of the California gold hunters.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX

William Lewelling

William Lewelling
b. 28 September 1817, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Meshach and Jane (Brookshire) Lewelling
d. before 11 December 1847, Indiana

m. 21 February 1838, Henry County, Indiana
Cyrena “Sirena” Wilson
b. 27 November 1817, Highland County, Ohio, to Michael C. and Rebecca (Reece) Wilson
d. 19 November 1856, Henry County, Iowa

Children with Cyrena Wilson:

  • Rebecca (1839–1922) married (1) Allan Hampton, (2) [–?–] Frazier, (3) [–?–] Chantry
  • Elvina (1840–1909) married (1) Joseph H. Bond, (2) Lew Trueblood
  • Anna (b. 1842) married Norton Hockett
  • Asa Guy (1845–1941) married Amanda Virginia Hord
  • Lorenzo Dow (1846–1900) married Angeline C. Cook

In 1838 William Lewelling moved with his brothers, Henderson and John, to Henry County, Iowa.

William, a Quaker minister, was a powerful advocate of the abolition of slavery. In 1847, while lecturing either in Illinois or Indiana, “with great fervor, power, and energy” on his constant theme, William was taken ill and afterwards “took to his bed and never arose.”

At the time of this lecture, William had admonished his friends and assistant, “Thee will have to look after Cyrena and the children, Eric.” Within a short time Cyrena Lewelling became the wife of Eric Knudson. But in 1856 a fire took Cyrena’s life, and the Lewelling children became orphans.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX

Zanora Ashcraft and James R Hord

Zanora Ashcraft
b. 7 February 1869, Dresden, Greene County, Indiana, to Martin and [–?–] Ashcraft
d. 16 January 1924
m. 1 January 1896, Dresden, Greene County, Indiana

James R. Hord
b. 1872
d. 1956

Children with James R. Hord:

  • Ezra
  • Laura
  • John A.
  • Thomas Martin
  • Luther
  • a son who died in infancy

Zanora and James emigrated from Indiana to Illinois in 1898 and then moved back to Indiana. Again in 1900, Zanora and James moved to Illinois, where they lived until their deaths. Her death came after an illness of four days, which
was caused by an incision on her hand made by a fruit jar.

Submitted by
Dawne Slater-Putt from an obituary in Clay County (Illinois) Republican, 14 February 1924.