George Brittain (1813-1877) & Memory Larimore (1813-1885)

UPDATED JULY 2017

George Brittain and Memory Larimore are my 4x great grandparents, parents of my 3x great grandmother Jane Brittain.

George Brittain was born in 1813 in Barren County, Kentucky. His parents are Parks Brittain and Sarah Price. In 1820 the family was in Rockcastle, Kentucky. In 1830 the family was in Henricks, Indiana.

Memory Larimore was born in 1813 in Green County, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Richard Larimore Jr. & Mary Polly Benningfield. In 1820 the family lived in Campbellsville, Green County, Kentucky. In 1830 the family lived in Sangamon, Illinois. This story is shared on Ancestry.com and attributed to Michael Anthony Larimore:

“Richard Larimore Jr. migrated with his father and family from North Carolina to Kentucky and Missouri.  Sometime after his fathers death in 1823 he moved his family to west central Illinois.  They settled for a time in Sangamon County where his oldest daugher Elizabeth was married.  They later moved on to Henderson village just north of Galesburg.  This is where he is believed to have died between 1840 and 1850.  Also this is where the Larimore and Brittian families meet.  You can see there were three Larimore – Brittian marrieages amongst his children.  His children, their families and his widowPolly moved on to Keokuk County, Iowa in the mid 1840’s.  He did not go.”

George Brittain and Memory Larimore were married on February 11, 1838 in Knox County, Illinois. On the same day in the same county, George’s brother Frances married Memory’s sister Effemony. Earlier that month in the same county, George’s sister Jane Eliza married Memory’s brother John.

On the 1850 US Census, George and Memory were both 37. They lived in Keokuk County, Iowa with 4 of their children: Jane was 11; Eli was 9; Mary was 2; Sarah was a newborn. Also living in the house was Memory’s mother, Mary Larimore, age 68. George and Memory had 2 more sons, Harvey, age 7; and James, age 6; but I can’t find them on a census.

On the 1860 US Census, George and Memory were listed as being 45 years old. They lived in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri and had 6 children at home: Harvey was 17; James was 15; Mary was 12; Sarah was 10; Frances was 6; Melcina was 2. Their oldest children Eli and Jane were both married.

On the 1870 US Census, George and Memory were listed as being 58 years old. They lived in Clifton, Wilson County, Kansas and had 2 children at home: Frances, age 16; and Melcina, age 12.

On the 1875 Kansas Census, George and Memory were listed as age 59 and they lived in Painterhood, Howard County, Kansas. It is noted that Memory can’t read or write. Their son Frances and daughter Sarah lived nearby.

George is said to have died in 1877 or 1878 in Taney County, Missouri. This may be his Find A Grave memorial.

On the 1880 US Census, Memory was age 66 and a widow. She lived in Mound Valley, Labette County, Kansas, with daughter Sarah Catherine Brittain Gilstrap’s family.

Memory is said to have died on October 30, 1885 in Taney County, Missouri. She was 71 or 72.

The children of George Brittain and Memory Larimore:

Jane Brittain – My 3x great grandmother Jane was born January 2, 1839 in Henderson, Knox County, Illinois. She married James Henry Bly on May 31, 1854 in Caldwell County, Missouri. They had 4 children. She married Calvin Parton in May 1865. They had 4 children. Jane died October 30, 1911 in Omaha, Arkansas. She was 72. Read about her here.

Eli Brittain – Eli was born in 1841 in Henderson, Knox County, Illinois. He married Margaret Balsher, and they had a son named James Eli Brittain in 1862. Eli died on May 9, 1863 in Helena, Phillip County, Arkansas while serving Iowa in the Civil War. He was 22. Cause of death was Typhoid Fever. His brothers Harvey and James served with him. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Harvey Brittain – Harvey was born February 14, 1843 in Knox County, Illinois. He married Sarah Ellen Stanturf on October 28, 1860. They had 10 children. He served with his brothers Eli and James in the Civil War, Company F of 33rd Iowa Regiment. He died on July 6, 1904 in Idaho. He was 61. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Franklin Brittain – James was born September 13, 1844 in Knox County, Illinois. He married Ursula Olive Kirkendall on April 4, 1861 in Grundy County, Missouri. They had 3 children and divorced. He served in the Civil War with brothers Eli and Harvey. He later married Mary Jane Gaines on November 11, 1869 in Wilson County, Kansas. They had 12 children. He died on December 7, 1925 in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. He was 81. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Ethelda Brittain – Mary was born May 1, 1848. She married James Milton Hopper and they had 10 children. She died November 29, 1919 in Midvale, Washington County, Idaho. She was 71. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Catherine Brittain – Sarah was born February 10, 1850 in Iowa. She married William Henry Gilstrap on October 18, 1868 in Wilson County, Kansas. They had at least 8 children. She died May 20, 1899. She was 49. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. After her death, William married her sister Melcina.

Frances McGuire Brittain – Frances was born in about 1854 in Iowa. He married Sarah Elizabeth Hopper in about 1872. They had at least 3 children. The last record I find for him is the 1880 US Census where he lived with Sarah and the 3 children in Mound Valley, Labette County, Kansas. Sarah died in 1889 at age 36 in Taney County, Missouri.

Melcina Brittain – Melcina was born in 1858. She married William Davis in 1876. They had 6 children, and he died in 1898. She married her sister Sarah’s widow, William Henry Gilstrap, in 1900. My last record of her is the 1920 US Census, where she lived with husband William, two Davis sons and a grandson in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. William Gilstrap died in 1924.

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