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Nancy Gosnell

Nancy Gosnell
b. 23 March 1872, Elwood, Madison County, Indiana, to Alexander and Martha Elizabeth (Reeder) Gosnell
d. 11 November 1948, San Francisco, California

m. 29 June 1889, Grant County, Indiana
James Oliver Clevenger
b. 20 July 1860, Greene County, Ohio, to Jonathan and Nancy (James) Clevenger
d. 13 April 1928, San Francisco, California

Children with James Oliver Clevenger:
• Gladys Cary
• Raymand A.
• Ruie Muriel
• Frank
• Ruby Madge
• Robin Mary
• Ruth Gosnell
• Dorothy Isabel
• Rudyard James
• Theodore Matt
• Charlotte Mande
• Bonnie Mae
• Martha Lens
• Lenora Ann

Nancy lived in Elwood, Madison County, and Marion, Grant County, Indiana, before emigrating in 1916.

Submitted by:
Joan Jane Yale Shields
Marion IN
E-mail: jadnard@bpsinet.com

Rebecca Ann James

Rebecca Ann James
b. 13 December 1832, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana, to William and Nancy (Doyel) James
d. 19 February 1909, Bushnell, McDonough County, Illinois

m. 4 October 1849, Putnam County, Indiana
James Hughs Wilson

Children with James Hughs Wilson:

  • William
  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • Levi Scott
  • Panetta
  • Miriam
  • Judge L.
  • Delaney E.
  • Lewis

In 1840, Rebecca, her brother Farmer and mother Nancy are found living with Grandfather Farmer Doyel. Rebecca’s father had moved to Texas. In 1848 her parents were granted a divorce in Montgomery County, Indiana. She was raised by her mother Nancy.

By autumn of 1850, Rebecca had moved with her husband and son William to Table Grove Township, McDonough County, Illinois. From 1860 until her death at age 76, Rebecca lived in Mound Township, McDonough County, Illinois. She is buried in Upper Mound Cemetery between New Philadelphia and Bushnell, McDonough County, Illinois.

Rebecca traveled in January 1876 to Van Zandt County, Texas for the division of the land she inherited from her father. Both she and her brother Farmer sold their portion to the other heirs.

Submitted by:
Yvonne James
Mineola TX
E-mail: yajames@cox.net

John A James

John A James
b. between January and July 1830, Montgomery County, Indiana, to William and Elizabeth (Turnham) James
d. 1870, Van Zandt County, Texas

m. 12 August 1852, Van Zandt County, Texas
Nancy Ann Bundy
b. to James T and Rebecca C. (Williford) Bundy

Children with Nancy Ann Bundy:

  • Nancy Ann
  • John Franklin
  • Julia F.
  • Mary Magdalene

John’s parents and brother Joseph emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana. John was born in 1830 and it is believed that his mother died in childbirth. His father remarried and had two more children. He was granted a divorce in 1841 and then returned to Shelby County, Kentucky with his sons, Joseph and John, leaving the children of his second marriage with their mother in Indiana.

In 1844, Joseph and John received their portion of their Grandfather John Turnham’s estate as heirs of Elizabeth (Betsey) Turnham. The land was sold to the other heirs before Joseph and John accompanied their father to Texas after he was mustered out of the Army.

John received a Mercer Colony Headright Certificate #553 for 320 acres in Kaufman County, Texas in 1850. John enlisted on 29 Mar 1862 and was assigned to Company J, Sweet’s Regiment, 15th Texas Cavalry. The unit was captured in Arkansas in January 1863. John and other prisoners of war were transferred to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois. After three months, John was one of 600 prisoners paroled and exchanged; he was sent by train to City Point, Virginia. Although the parolees were not supposed to fight again against the Union, after a stay in a hospital in Georgia, John returned to his unit and remained until finally surrendering at Bennett’s House in Durham Station, North Carolina, on 26 April 1865.

Submitted by:
Yvonne James
Mineola TX
E-mail: yajames@cox.net

Joseph Minor James

Joseph Minor James
b. July 1829, Shelby County, Kentucky, to William and Elizabeth (Turnham) James
d. 27 May 1911, Van Zandt County, Texas

m/1. 1 April 1853, Van Zandt County, Texas
Barbary Ann Whisenhunt
d. between 1881-1884, Van Zandt County, Texas

m/2. 1 October 1884, Van Zandt County, Texas
Amy Catherine (Arnold) Anderson

Children with Barbary Ann Whisenhunt:

  • John H.
  • Susan
  • Elizabeth
  • Joseph
  • Benjamin
  • Farmer
  • Alpha
  • Ira

Children with Amy Catherine (Arnold) Anderson:

  • Jesse Lee

Joseph emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana in 1830 with his parents. Between January and July of 1830, his brother John was born and it is believe that his mother died in childbirth. His father remarried and had two more children. He was granted a divorce in 1841 and then returned to Shelby County, Kentucky with his sons, Joseph and John, leaving the children of his second marriage with their mother in Indiana.

In 1844, Joseph and John received their portion of their Grandfather John Turnham’s estate as heirs of Elizabeth (Betsey) Turnham. The land was sold to the other heirs before Joseph and John accompanied their father to Texas after he was mustered out of the Army.

Joseph received a Mercer Colony Headright Certificate #552 for 320 acres in Kaufman County, Texas in 1850. He fought in the C.S.A. during the Civil War and was assigned to Company I, 11th Texas Infantry, Roberts’ Regiment.

During his lifetime, Joseph was a farmer but would occasionally preach at the New Hope nondenominational church built on land donated by his father. He is buried in Rock Hill Cemetery, Van Zandt County, Texas.

Submitted by:
Yvonne James
Mineola TX
E-mail: yajames@cox.net

William James

William James
b. 1804, Kentucky
d. 1875, Texas

m/1. 25 September 1828, Shelby County, Kentucky
Elizabeth Turnham
b. about 1810, Kentucky
d. 1830, Indiana

m/2. 20 December 1831, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana
Nancy (Doyel) Laswell

m/3. Between 1847-1848
Mary Scott

Children with Elizabeth Turnham:

Children with Nancy (Doyel) Laswell:

Children with Mary Scott:

  • Sarah Eliz. (b. ca. 1848)
  • Mary Ann (b. 1850)

Sometime between July 1829 and when son John was born in 1830, William and his family immigrated to Indiana. In 1831, William purchased Town Lot #48 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and was later listed as the proprietor of the Crane House hotel in Crawfordsville in the Sugar Creek Saga.

After marrying for the second time in 1831, William moved on to Texas and received a Land Grant for 320 acres in Nacogdoches County in 1839. By 1840, Nancy, his second wife, was listed in the 1840 census as living with her father and her two children by William in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana. In 1845, William and Nancy sold the Town Lot #48 purchased in 1831 and were granted a divorce that same year. Nancy retained custody of her two children.

William enlisted on 9 June 1846 as a 2nd Corporal, Company G, 1st Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry and found in the Mexican War, mustering out at New Orleans on 7 June 1847. Shortly thereafter, he married for the third time and by 1850 was living in Kaufman County, Texas, with his new wife and the children of his first marriage as well as two additional children of his third marriage.

Between 1851 and 1853 the county boundaries for Kaufman and Van Zandt counties were realigned and where William and family were living was then considered to be Van Zandt County. He was later listed a County Commissioner for Van Zandt County and was initiated into Masonic Lodge #133 in Dallas County, Texas.

While two of William’s sons, Joseph and John fought for the C.S.A during the Civil War and William acted as a Conscription Agent, his son Farmer J. James fought for the Union Army. William’s estate was probated in January 1876, listing the surviving widow Mary and the six children from three marriages as heirs. He is buried in the New Hope Cemetery

Submitted by:
Yvonne James
Mineola TX
E-mail: yajames@cox.net

James Hugh Wilson

James Hugh Wilson
b. 11 June 1826, Fleming County, Kentucky, to Samuel and Ann (Boyle) Wilson
d. 21 July 1912, McDonough County, Illinois

m. 4 October 1849, Putnam County, Indiana
Rebecca Ann James

Children with Rebecca Ann James:

  • William
  • Mary Jane
  • Joseph A.
  • Lewis
  • Paneta
  • Mariam
  • Judge
  • Delana
  • Louis

This family immigrated to Putnam County, Indiana in the fall of 1827.

James and a cousin, P.M. Harris, left in May of 1849 for a “little tour west.” They crossed the Wabash River near Terre Haute, then to Paris, Decatur, and Sugar Grove. They crossed the Illinois River at Havana, thence to Table Grove, Macomb, and Blandinsville. The Mississippi River was crossed at Ft. Madison, Iowa, then to Ottumba, Iowa. The trip was made by buggy. The two adventurers returned home to Putnam County, Indiana, on the first of June in 1849 according to pages 982 and 931 of History of McDonough County, IL.

In October of 1850, James, Rebecca, and their son, William, moved to Table Grove, Illinois, an area James was familiar with since the trip with his cousin. James died in McDonough County, Illinois, and is buried beside his wife, Rebecca, at the Upper Mound Cemetery, New Philadelphia, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Yvonne James
Mineola TX
E-mail: yajames@cox.net

Nancy Ann Doyel

Nancy Ann Doyel
b. 1 January 1801, Shelby County, Kentucky, to Farmer and Rebeccah (Cole) Doyel
d. 23 March 1863, McDonough County, Illinois

m/1. 20 December 1821, Shelby County, Kentucky
Moses Laswell

m/2. 20 December 1831, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana
William James

Children with William James:

  • Rebecca Ann (b. 1832)
  • Farmer J. (b. 1838)

When William left Indiana for Texas in 1839, Nancy, Rebecca, and Farmer J., moved in with Nancy’s widowed father in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana. In 1845, William and Nancy divorced.

Rebecca married and moved to McDonough County, Illinois, in 1849, but Nancy and Farmer J. remained in Indiana. By 1853, Nancy moved to McDonough to be near her daughter Rebecca, but her son remained in Montgomery County, Indiana. Nancy is buried in Upper Mound Cemetery in McDonough County.

Submitted by:
Yvonne James
Mineola TX
E-mail: yajames@cox.net