Samuel Houston Johnston (1826-1904) & Margaret C. Hickman (1836->1910)

Samuel Houston Johnston & Margaret C. Hickman are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Martha Josephine Johnston.

Samuel Houston Johnston was born January 17, 1826 in Monroe County, Tennessee. Sometimes he went by Samuel, and sometimes he went by Houston, but I will call him Samuel. It’s possible that his parents are Richard Johnston and Polly, as there is a Samuel born in 1826 in Tennessee  living them on the 1850 US Census in Ripley, Missouri. I can’t find record of Richard and Polly before or after this census.

Margaret C. Hickman was born in 1836 in Tennessee. Her parents are unknown. We only know her last name because Samuel’s obituary listed it.

Samuel & Margaret married February 9, 1856.

On the 1860 US Census, Samuel was 34 and Margaret was 24. They farmed in Colville, Benton County, Arkansas. They had 2 children: Martha, age 2 and James, age 8 months.

On the 1870 US Census, Samuel was 44 and Margaret was 34. They lived in Osage, Benton County, Arkansas. They had 4 children: Martha, age 12; James, age 10; Mary, age 4; Esther, age 2.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was back farming in Colville, Benton County, Arkansas. Samuel was 54 and Margaret was 44. They had 4 children: James, age 20; Mary, age 14; Esther, age 12; Annie, age 7.

The only family members I can find on the 1900 US Census are Martha in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas with husband Thomas Cowan and their children, and James in Goshen, Washington County, Arkansas with wife Nancy and their children.

Samuel died February 11, 1904, at age 78, at Martha’s house in Springdale. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

His obituary as transcribed on his Find A Grave memorial:

JOHNSTON, Samuel H. – Samuel H. Johnston was born in Monroe County, Tennessee January 17, 1826 and died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Cowan, in Springdale, February 11, 1904. He was converted at the age of twenty-one years and joined the Methodist Episcopal church, South, continuing a member of that church until his death, with the exception of a period when he did not have access to it, during which time he was a member of the Protestant Methodist church. On February 9, 1856 he was married to Margaret Hickman. This union was blessed with eight children, four of whom are dead, and the other four are left to mourn the loss of their father. His last affliction was long and trying indeed. For eight months he was confined to his room, shut up in total darkness, having lost his sight about the time he became ill. He bore his sad affliction with christian fortitude and cheerfulness and died in great peace. The remains were interred in Bluff Cemetery Friday, services being conducted by Rev. J.W. House, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, South. The bereaved family take this means of expressing their heartfelt gratitude to all who, n any way, gave assistance during the illness and death of Mr. Johnston. [The Springdale News – Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas – January 29, 1904]

On the 1910 US Census, Margaret lived in Grady County, Oklahoma. She lived with daughter Mary, age 42, Mary’s husband John H. Sidwell, age 45, and their children. Mary was 75 and said that she’d had 11 children, 6 of which were living.

I don’t know when or where Margaret died.

The children of Samuel Houston Johnston & Margaret C. Hickman:

Samuel’s obituary said they had 8 children. Margaret reported on the 1900 US Census having had 11 children. I find only 5 of them:

Martha Josephine Johnston – My 2X great grandmother Martha was born about 1858 in Arkansas. She married Thomas B. Cowan on December 25, 1876 in Benton County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. They divorced. Martha married George Skeith in Washington County, Arkansas on April 20, 1907. After he died Martha married Isaac P. Brown on February 17, 1916 in Pittsburg, Oklahoma. Martha died in 1920 at age 62, and her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about Martha here.

James H. Johnston – James was born January 22, 1860. He married Nancy Boyd and they had 6 children. He died May 27, 1907 when he was 47 and is buried in Goshen, Washington County, Arkansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary C. Johnston – Mary was born about 1866 in Arkansas. She married John H. Sidwell in about 1883 and they had 8 children. The last record I have for her is the 1910 US Census when the family lived in Chickasaw Ward 1, Grady County, Oklahoma.

Esther Caldona Johnston – Esther was born March 9, 1868. She married William Alfred Pearce and they had 9 children. Their children were born in Arkansas except for 1 born in Texas. By 1920 they were in Idaho. Esther died November 23, 1960 at age 92 and she is buried in Bannock County, Idaho. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Annie Johnston – Annie was born about 1873 in Arkansas. The only record of her is the 1880 US Census.

Robert Hubbard (1800-1866) & Elizabeth Whitlock (1798-1853)

Robert Hubbard & Elizabeth Whitlock are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Elvira Hubbard.

Robert Hubbard was born about 1800 in Warren County, Tennessee. He was the son of James Hubbert and Elizabeth Anderson. (Some of the children retained the spelling of Hubbert, and some changed to Hubbard.)

Elizabeth Whitlock was born about 1798 in North Carolina. Her parents are unknown.

Robert & Elizabeth were probably married by 1817, because they had 3 children in 1820.

On the 1820 US Census, Robert was head of a household of 5 in Warren County, Tennessee: 1 male aged 16-25 (Robert was about 20); 3 females under age 10 (all unknown); and 1 female aged 16-25 (Elizabeth was about 22.)

On the 1830 US Census, Robert was head of a household of 7 in Warren County, Tennessee: 1 male under age 5 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (Robert was about 30); 1 female under age 5 (Elvira was about 1); 3 females aged 5-9 (all unknown); 1 female aged 30-39 (Elizabeth was about 32).

Between 1833 & 1836, Hubbards, Cowans and Cavenesses formed a wagon train and moved to Arkansas.

Robert is listed on the 1837 Tax List for Benton County, Arkansas.

On the 1840 US Census, Robert was head of a household of 10 in Bailey, Benton County, Arkansas: 1 male aged 5-9 (unknown); 1 male aged 10-14 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (Robert was about 40); 2 females under age 5 (Manerva was about 4, the other unknown); 1 female aged 5-9 (Martha was about 8); 1 female aged 10-14 (Elvira was about 11); 1 female ages 20-29 (unknown); 1 female aged 30-39 (Elizabeth was about 42).

On March 20, 1843, Robert purchased 80 acres of land in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

On the 1850 US Census, Robert, a farmer, was 50 and Elizabeth was 52. They lived in Osage, Benton County, Arkansas with their children Elvira, age 21; Martha, age 18; Manerva, age 14; and Susan, age 9. They were in a home with George Creager, his wife Jane Lusk Cowan, and their young children. George’s family was listed first on the census, despite being listed as having no real estate, while Robert is listed with $1600 worth of real estate. George was 35 and had no occupation. The Cowan and Hubbard families were well connected, having moved from Tennessee to Arkansas together, but I don’t know why these families were living together. The next year Elvira would marry Jane’s brother.

Elizabeth is thought to have died in 1853. She would have been about 55 years old.

On the 1860 US Census, Robert was 60 and still farming. He lived in Colville, Benton County, Arkansas with his daughter Elvira, age 30, her husband John Cowan, age 32 and a farmer, and their 4 children.

Robert is thought to have died in 1866. He would have been about 66 years old.

The children of Robert Hubbard & Elizabeth Whitlock:

There are at least 9 unknown children:
3 females under age 10 in 1820
3 females were were 5-9 in 1830, and 20 in 1840
1 male under age 5 in 1830 and aged 10-14 in 1840
1 male aged 5-9 in 1840
1 female under age 5 in 1840

Elvira Hubbard – My 3x great grandmother Eliza was born July 21, 1829 in Tennessee. She married John Gillespie Cowan in 1851 and they had 7 children. Elvira died July 11, 1918. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about Elvira and John here.

Martha Hubbard – Martha was born December 28, 1831 in Tennessee. She married William Andrewville Cowan in about 1851, and they had at least 5 children. She died May 6, 1866 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. She was 88. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Manerva Hubbard – Manerva was born in 1836 in Arkansas. On the 1870 US Census, she lived with sister Elvira’s family. She somehow ended up in Texas, and married William Guest on November 10, 1875 in Hill, Texas. They had a daughter, Elizabeth. (William was from Arkansas, and had been married and had quite a few children with his first wife Opal Phillips. He served in the Civil War and was considered to have died in the war. Opal received a widow’s pension. But he ended up in alive and well in Texas.) Manerva died prior to 1900, when William was found on the US Census with daughter Elizabeth in Washington State.

Susan Hubbard – Susan was born February 11, 1842 in Arkansas. She married Benjamin Wiley Cavness on December 30, 1866 in Benton County, Arkansas. He had served in the Civil War. They had at least 3 children. She died April 7, 1889 in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas. She was 47. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Harp (1824-186*) & Nancy Jane Hinds (1826-1886)

James Harp & Nancy Jane Hinds are my 3X great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Louisa Cumi Harp.

James Harp was born in 1824 in Tennessee. He was the son of William T. Harp & Mary Jane Workman. His middle name is unknown, but is listed as Albert on son Phillip Allen Harp’s death certificate. The 1850 US Census lists his middle initial as “P”. His wife Nancy’s grave marker says “wife of J. T. Harp.”

Nancy Jane Hinds was born December 20, 1826 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of William M. Hinds & Matilda Baker.

James & Nancy were married in about 1842 in Arkansas, when James was about 18 and Nancy was 15.

On the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Spadra, Johnson County, Arkansas. James was 26, Nancy was 24. They had 4 children: William, age 5; Julia, age 3; Sarah, age 2; Joseph, age 1.

On the 1860 US Census, the family lived in the township of War Eagle & Walnut in Benton County, Arkansas. James was 37 and Nancy was 32 – neither could read. They had 8 children: William was 16, Julia was 14, Sarah was 11, Mary was 8, Louisa was 5, John was 4, Martha was 2, and James was 1. Son Joseph had died. They had two more sons, Phillip in 1861 and Thomas in 1863.

James died sometime before 1880. I’ve seen various people online say that he was “bushwhacked in the Civil War.” It’s possible that he served, because I find a James Harp from Madison County Arkansas, age 35, enlisting in Company B, 1st Regiment Arkansas Cavalry (Union) June 24, 1862.

On the 1880 US Census, widowed Nancy was 54. She lived in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas with sons James, age 21; Phillip Allen, age 18; and Thomas, age 16.

Nancy died on October 6, 1886. She was 59. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of James Harp & Nancy Jane Hinds:

William Alexander “Alex” Harp – Alex was born in 1845 in Arkansas. He fought in the Civil War, having enlisted in Company B, Arkansas 1st Cavalry Regiment on June 24, 1862. He married Louisa Jane Evans in about 1863, and they had 6 children. Louisa died in 1887, and Alex married Matilda Holeman the same year – it was the second marriage for both, and Matilda had two sons. Together they had 5 more children. Alex died May 13, 1935 in Madison County, Arkansas. He was about 90 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Julia Ann Harp – Julia was born in April of 1845 in Arkansas. She married Christopher Columbus McDonald in 1869 in Arkansas. They had 6 children. The last record I have of her is the 1900 US Census.

Sarah M. Harp – Sarah was born January 10, 1847 in Arkansas. She married Monroe McDonald in 1868.  They had 5 children. She died May 23, 1905.  She was 58. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph R. Harp – Joseph was born in 1849 in Arkansas. The only record of him is the 1850 US Census.

Mary Harp – Mary was born about 1851 in Arkansas. The only record of her is the 1860 US Census.

Louisa Cumi Harp – My 2x great grandmother Louisa was born November 30, 1852 according to her gravestone, but I suspect she was born in 1855. She married Isaac Newton Hinson in 1870 and they had 10 children. She died April 8, 1918 in Washington County, Arkansas. She was 65. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Harp – Martha was born April 21, 1856 in Arkansas according to her gravestone, but I think she was born in 1858. She married Abraham H. Neal, probably around 1879 and probably in Texas, and they had 7 children. She married John B. Nail on October 13, 1895 in Clay County, Texas. They had a son. Martha died January 15, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was 79. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John B. Harp – John was born September 3, 1857 in Arkansas. He died October 27, 1875 in Arkansas. He was 18. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Albert Harp – James was born January 2, 1858 in Arkansas. He married Victoria Monterre Hammett in 1891. They had 9 children. He died September 8, 1935 in Arkansas. He was 77. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Phillip Allen Harp – Allen was born August 16, 1861 in War Eagle Twp, Benton County, Arkansas. He married Louise Bristol White and they had 8 children. He died July 28, 1945 in Kirkland, Childress County, Texas. He was 83. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas Burton Harp – Thomas was born January 9, 1863 in War Eagle Twp, Benton County, Arkansas. He married Delia F. Pierce on November 8, 1891 in Washington County, Arkansas. She died in 1925. He married Gertrude Whittemore Lewis on February 27, 1928 in Madison County, Arkansas. He died November 11, 1937 in Washington County, Arkansas. He was 74. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Green (1789-after 1860) & Leah Dunn (1789-1854)

I believe that John Green and Leah Dunn are my 5x great grandparents, the grandparents of my 3x great grandmother Sarah Jane Green. I don’t know who Sarah’s parents were.

It’s very hard to untangle the Greens. Here’s my attempt. I would appreciate feedback from other researchers.

John Green was born about 1789 in Virginia. His parents are unknown.

Leah Dunn was born October 24, 1789 in Pennsylvania. Her parents are unknown.

John and Leah married December 28, 1808 in Mercer County, Kentucky.

There’s a John Green as head of a household in Mercer County, Kentucky on the 1910 US Census. There were 12 in the household: 1 male under age 10; 2 males aged 16-25 (John was 21); 2 females aged 16-25 (Leah was 21); 7 slaves.

In 1811, the name John Green appears on a petition to Congress by citizens of the Indiana territory complaining of the improper interference of their governor in elections.

On the 1820 US Census, John Green was head of a household in Washington, Knox County, Indiana. There were 7 in the household: 2 males under age 10; 1 male aged 10-15; 1 male aged 26-44 (John was 31); 2 females under age 10; 1 female aged 26-44 (Leah was 31).

On the 1830 US Census, John was head of a household in Washington County, Indiana. There were 14 in the household: 1 male under age 5; 1 male aged 5-9; 1 male aged 15-19; 1 male aged 40-49 (John was 41); 3 females under age 5; 1 female aged 5-9; 2 females aged 10-14; 2 females aged 15-19; 1 female aged 30-39 (Leah was 41); 1 female aged 70-79.

On the 1840 US Census, John Green was head of a household in Knox, Indiana. There were 5 in the home: 1 male aged 10-14; 1 male aged 15-19; 1 male aged 40-49 (John was 51); 1 female aged 10-14; 1 female aged 40-49 (Leah was 51).

On the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Knox County, Indiana. John and Leah were both 61. Others in the home were on Robert R. Green, age 24 and his wife Ruffina, age 26; son James J. Green, age 36; Washington Green, age 13 (son of their son William, living elsewhere with his wife and other children); Phoebe Green, age 4 (daughter of James); Thomas Green, age 1 (son of Robert & Ruffina) ; and Alfred Green, age 1 (son of James).

Leah died on March 4, 1854. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1860 US Census, John was 71 and lived in Palmyra, Knox County, Indiana. He lived with son William, age 49 and his wife and 7 children. That is the last record I have of John Green.

The children of John Green & Leah Dunn:

Based on Census reporting, they may have had 13 children. Others included on online family trees that I can’t find record of are: Samuel, born in 1808; Phoebe born in 1818; Harriet born in 1821; Eliza born in 1822. Marriages that took place in Knox County, Indiana between 1820 & 1840 include the following Greens: Solomon Green & Hannah Bray in 1832; Eliza Jane Green & Ad Scott in 1836; Phoebe Ann Green & George W. Purcell in 1836.

William E. Green – William was born about 1813 in Kentucky. He married Sarah Steffy on May 19, 1834 in Knox County, Indiana. They had a son and Sarah died shortly after. The son, Sylvester Washington Green, lived with William’s parents on the 1850 US Census. William married Sarah Palmer on March 20, 1838 in Knox County, Indiana. William and Sarah lived with his parents on the 1860 US Census with their 7 children. The last record I have of him is the 1870 US Census when he lived with his wife and 4 children in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana.

James J. Green – James was born December 15, 1814 in Kentucky. He married Mary Palmer on September 19, 1836 in Knox County, Indiana. They had a daughter in 1846 and his wife died shortly after. He married Elizabeth House on September 25, 1848 in Knox County, Indiana. They had a son in 1849 and Elizabeth died in 1850. James lived with his parents on the 1850 US Census, along with his daughter Phoebe, age 4, and son Alfred, age 1. On the 1860 US Census, son Alfred lived with widowed Charles House (relationship unknown), and I can’t find James. James died February 3, 1868. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Robert R. Green – Robert was born October 9, 1824 in Indiana. He married Ruffina Steffy in 1847. They were found living with his parents on the 1850 US Census, along with their son Thomas, age 1. They had 3 more children, and Ruffina died in 1860. Robert married Catherine Fox on September 4, 1862 in Knox County, Indiana. They had 6 children. Robert died March 23, 1897. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Decker Green – John was born in about 1827 in Indiana. He married Eliza (last name unknown) in about 1846. They had 3 children. He married Anna Maria Draper on October 25, 1855 in Knox County, Indiana. They had 8 children. John died November 15, 1898 in Vincennes, Indiana. He was 71.

A granddaughter of John Green & Leah Dunn:

Sarah Jane Green – My 3x great grandmother Sarah was born April 16, 1835 in Kentucky. She married Caleb Green on December 13, 1853 in Harrison County, Indiana. (The record indicates that her “mother” Leah Green gave consent. ) Sarah & Caleb had 10 children. Sarah died on June 27, 1913 in Oakland City, Indiana. She was 78. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Clemiel Davis (1818-1861) and Martha Priestly (1821-1885)

Clemiel Davis and Martha Priestly are my 4X great grandparents, parents of my 3x great grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Davis.

Clemiel Davis was born in about 1818 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He was the son of mother Sarah (maiden name unknown) Davis Stockstill and stepfather Austin Stockstill. Clemiel was found on the 1830 US Census living with his parents and siblings in Union, Illinois.

Martha Priestly was born July 20, 1821 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Samuel Priestley and Isabelle Hazelett. See Samuel’s Find A Grave memorial here.

Long Ago Tales of Our Family by David Carver Caldwell and Peggy Anderson Caldwell includes information on Clemiel and Martha, much of which I’ve used here.

Clemiel and Martha were married in 1835 in Benton County, Missouri. Clemiel was 17, and Martha was 14.

On the 1840 US Census, Clemiel was recorded as Clarence, head of a household in Prairie, Washington County, Arkansas. There were 3 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (Samuel was a newborn); 1 male aged 20-29 (Clemiel was about 22); 1 female aged 15-19 (Martha was 19).

On the 1850 US Census, Clemiel was 33 and Martha was 30. They were farming in Swan, Taney County, Missouri. There were 5 children in the home: Samuel, age 10; Sarah, age 8; John, age 6; MJ (unknown), age 4; J (unknown), age 1.

On the 1860 US Census, Clemiel was 40 and Martha was 39. They were in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. Clemiel was a merchant. There were 4 children at home: Sarah, age 16; John W., age 14; Martha, age 3; Clarissa, age 4 months.

Clemiel fought in the Civil War as a Captain with Company E of the Stone County Home Guard. He died September 10, 1861. He was 43. He had been taken prisoner and was killed. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1870 US Census, Martha was widowed and 48. She was in Washington, Stone County, Missouri with two children at home: Martha, age 14; Clarissa, age 11.

On the 1880 US Census, Martha was 56 and living in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. She lived with daughter Clarrissa  “Belle” and her husband Rufus Gideon.

Martha died July 23, 1885 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. She was 65. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Clemiel Davis and Martha Priestly:

Samuel Marion Davis – Samuel was born in 1840 in Prairie, Washington County, Arkansas. He married Nancy Lavina Manning on July 14, 1859 in Forsyth, Missouri. They had 9 children. He served the Union in the Civil War with Company E, Stone County Regiment, Missouri Home Guard. He was a merchant clerk (1860 in Missouri), a farmer in Kansas (1880), and a watchman at a roundhouse (1900 in Colorado). He was widowed in January of 1917, and was admitted to the U.S. Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Sawtelle, Los Angeles County, California, later in 1917 and again in 1918. In 1920 he was living in Kern County, California with a son. He died November 24, 1923 in Kern County, California. He was 82 or 83. See his Find A Grave memorial here.

Sarah Elizabeth Davis – My 3X great grandmother Sarah was born in February of 1844 in Taney County, Missouri. She married William Baker on June 21, 1860 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 8 children. Sarah died April 22, 1921 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 71. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about her here.

John Wesley Davis – John was born July 28, 1845 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. He served in the Civil War in Company E Stone County Regiment, Missouri Home Guard. He married Alicy Catherine Melton in 1867. They had 14 children. He was a preacher, farmer and wheelwright. He died March 15, 1895 in Pueblo County, Colorado. He was 49. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

MJ – MJ was born about 1846 in Missouri. The only record of her is on the 1850 US Census.

J – J was born about 1849 in Missouri. The only record of him is on the 1850 US Census.

Martha Eveline Davis – Martha was born on September 12, 1856 in Stone County, Missouri. She married Thomas Butler on November 12, 1874 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 4 children. They farmed in Stone County, Missouri. She died May 1, 1938 in Stone County, Missouri. She was 81. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Clarissa “Belle” Isabell Davis – Belle was born about 1860. She married Rufus Gideon on January 1, 1880 in Stone County, Missouri. They farmed in Stone County, Missouri (1880) and Rufus was a car inspector on the railroad in Pueblo, Colorado (1900, 1910, 1920). They had 3 children. They moved to Los Angeles, California with son Elmer after the 1920 US Census, Belle died June 28, 1928 in Los Angeles, California. She was 67 or 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bowling Baker (1794-1864) and Mary Jane Smith (1802-1861)

Bowling Baker and Mary Jane Smith are my 4X Great Grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandfather William Baker.

Bowling Baker was born in 1794 in Campbell County, Tennessee. He was the son of Bolling Baker and Patsey Morris.

Mary Jane Smith was born December 25, 1802 in Russell County, Virginia. It is thought that she was the daughter of Ali Smith (who served in the American Revolution) and Mary Jane Denny (whose father fought in the American Revolution).

Bowling and his brothers George, James, and William, bought what became known as Baker’s Forge in 1822. It was an iron works on Grant’s Creek in Campbell, Tennessee which had been established in 1801. You can read about Baker’s Forge here.

Bowling and Mary were married in 1824 in Campbell County, Tennessee.

On the 1830 US Census, Bowling was head of a household in Campbell County, Tennessee. There were 6 in the household: 2 males under age 5 (Thomas was 3 and George was 2); 1 male aged 30-39 (Bowling was 36); 2 females under age 5 (Jane was 3 and Elizabeth was a newborn); 1 female aged 20-29 (Mary was 28).

Bowling served as Postmaster from January 7, 1834 to February 19, 1835 for the Baker’s Iron Works Post Office in Campbell County, Tennessee.

On the 1840 US Census, Bowling was again head of a household in Campbell County, Tennessee. There were 11 in the household: 3 males under age 5 (William was a newborn, Eli was 3, and Henry was 8) ; 1 male aged 5-9 (Enos was 9); 2 males aged 10-14 (Thomas was 13 and George was 12); 1 male aged 15-19; 1 male aged 40-49 (Bowling was 46); 2 females under age 5 (Nancy was 5 and Martha was 8); 1 female aged 5-9 (Elizabeth was 9); 1 female aged 10-14 (Jane was 13); 1 female aged 30-39 (Mary was 38).

They came to Missouri from Tennessee shortly after that census, in ox-driven wagons.

An April 10, 1843 land record shows that Bowling bought 40 acres in Pulaski County, Missouri (Township 34N, Range 12W, Section 10.) Pulaski is northeast of Stone County.

On the 1850 US Census, the family was found farming in Linn, Taney County, Missouri. Bowling was recorded as being 30, but was 56. Mary was 48. There were 8 children at home: George, age 24; Enos, age 19; Henry, age 16; Martha, age 16; Nancy, age 14; Eli, age 13; William, age 11; James, age 9.

A March 10, 1856 land record shows that Bowling purchased 35.44 acres in Stone County, Missouri (Township 24N, Range 23W, Section 6.)

A May 15, 1857 land record shows that Bowling purchased 40 acres in Stone County, Missouri (Township 25N, Range 23W, Section 33.)

A June 1, 1859 land record shows that Bowling purchased more 40 acres in Stone County, Missouri (Township 25N, Range 23W, Section 33.)

On the 1860 US Census, Bowling was 60 and Mary was 59. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. There were 4 unmarried children at home: William, age 19; James, age 17; Eli, age 23; and Henry, age 23. A widowed daughter, Elizabeth Wooley, age 27, and her 5 children lived with them.

Mary Jane died in 1861 in Stone County, Missouri. She was 58 or 59. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bowling was shot by Bushwhackers during the Civil War. He died September 6, 1864 in Stone County, Missouri. He was 69 or 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bowling Baker and Mary Jane Smith:

Jane Baker – Jane was born December 20, 1826 in Tennessee (twin of Thomas). She married Jeremiah Kelley on December 20, 1846 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 10 children and farmed in Stone County, Missouri and Washington County, Arkansas. She died December 23, 1915 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. She was 89. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas Baker – Thomas was born December 20, 1826 in Tennessee (twin of Jane). He married Nancy Hembree on August 16, 1848 in Taney County, Missouri. They had at least 10 children and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. Thomas died on September 17, 1915 in Creek County, Oklahoma. He was 88. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

George Baker – George was born in about 1827 in Tennessee. He married Sarah Ann Hall on April 20, 1854 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 6 children. He died prior to 1870, and Sarah didn’t remarry.

Elizabeth Baker – Elizabeth was born in 1830 in Tennessee. She married Felix B. Wooley and they had 5 children. She was widowed in 1859. She married the widowed Young Bynum “Bine” Rickman on November 3, 1867 in Stone County, Missouri. Bine had served in the Civil War on the Confederate side. He had 6 children. The last record I have of them together is the 1880 US Census when they lived in Polo, Carroll County, Arkansas. Bine died in 1891. It’s possible that on the 1900 and 1910 US Census, Elizabeth was listed as Elizabeth Baker, living with brother George’s widow Sarah Baker in Stone County, Missouri.

Enos Baker – Enos was born in 1831 in Tennessee. He married Martha Stone on February 13, 1853 in Stone County, Missouri. They had at least 2 children, and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. He served in Captain Clemiel Davis’ Company of the Missouri Home Guards for the Union in the Civil War. He died November 15, 1861 in Stone County, Missouri. He was 29 or 30. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Baker – Martha was born April 29, 1832 in Tennessee. She married Francis Marion Carr on October 23, 1851 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 3 children and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. On the 1880 US Census, Francis was a hotel keeper. She died on April 21, 1916 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. She was 83. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Henry Baker – Henry was born  November 28, 1832 in Tennessee. (His birthday is too close to sister Martha’s for both to be correct. They are both listed as 16 years old on the 1850 US Census, so they may be twins, or were born in the same year.) According to the book History of Stone County, Henry married a woman named Margaret, and they had 2 children. She disappeared, and was perhaps killed for her horse. I doubt this story because I can’t find another marriage record, nor can I find the two children. Henry married Margaret Gentry on December 22, 1857. They had 7 children. He was a farmer and carpenter in Stone County, Missouri. He died February 2, 1914 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. He was 81. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nancy Baker – Nancy was born October 14, 1835 in Tennessee. She married John W. Williams on December 22, 1851 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 2 children.  She married Jonathon Jones, and they had 1 child. She married Samuel Gentry on March 3, 1869 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 2 children. They divorced in about 1890. She died June 26, 1905. She was 69. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Eli Baker – Eli was born about 1837 in Tennessee. He was murdered on October 1, 1861 in Stone County, Missouri. He was 24. Larry Wood wrote about it on an Ozarks History blog, and you can read it here.

William Baker – My 3X great grandfather William was born on May 9, 1840 in Tennessee. were married Sarah Elizabeth Davis on June 21, 1860 in Stone County, Missouri.  They had 8 children. William died on September 4, 1910 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about him here.

James Baker – James was born in 1841 in Missouri. He married Rose Ann Wilson on November 12, 1864 in Stone County, Missouri. That’s the last record I have for him.

William Baker (1840-1910) and Sarah Elizabeth Davis (1844-1921)

William Baker & Sarah Elizabeth Davis are my 3X Great Grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Mary Baker.

William Baker was born on May 9, 1840 in Tennessee. He was the son of Bowling Baker and Mary Jane “Polly” Smith.

Sarah Elizabeth Davis was born in February of 1844 in Taney County, Missouri. She was the daughter of Clemiel Davis and Martha Priestly.

On the 1850 US Census, William was 11 and his family lived in Linn, Taney County, Missouri. Sarah was 8 and her family lived in Swan, Taney County, Missouri.

On the 1860 US Census, William was 19 and his family lived in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. Sarah was 16 and her family lived in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. Both families were enumerated about two weeks before William and Sarah married.

William and Sarah were married on June 21, 1860 in Stone County, Missouri. He was 20 and she was 16.

On the 1870 US Census, William was 31 and Sarah was 22. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. There were two children in the home: Mary, age 6; and Sarah, age 6 months. Also in the home was Thomas Butler, age 22, who would marry Sarah’s sister Martha in 1874.

On the 1880 US Census, William was 38 and Sarah was 36. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. There were 5 children at home: Mary, age 16; Sarah, age 10; Ida, age 6; Eva, age 3; and Alexander, age 2 months.

On the 1900 US Census, William was 60 and Sarah was 57. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. There were 4 children in the home: Joseph, age 19; Ada May, age 17; Mandy, age 15; and Benjamin, age 12. Sarah reported that she’d had 12 children, and 7 were still living.

On the 1910 US Census, William was 70 and Sarah was 67. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. Daughters Sarah Jane Baker Hardin and Eva Florence Baker Loomis and Ida Baker Daley Stallion, and sons Benjamin and Joseph lived nearby.

William died on September 4, 1910 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1920 US Census, Sarah was widowed and 76. She lived in Washington, Stone County, Missouri with daughter Eva Florence Baker Loomis, her husband and children.

Sarah died April 22, 1921 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 71. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of William Baker and Sarah Elizabeth Davis:

Mary Baker – My 2X Great Grandmother Mary was born October 9, 1864. She married Sigel Francis Hedrick on November 6, 1881 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 9 children. Mary died on August 30, 1948 in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. She was 83. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about her here.

Sarah Jane Baker – Sarah was born December 17, 1869. She married David A. Hardin on September 27, 1896 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 6 children, but only 2 were living in 1910. In 1920 they were caring for orphaned sisters Ella and Carol Gore. She died April 30, 1938. She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ida B. Baker – Ida was born in December 1874 in Missouri. She married John Daley on August 15, 1892 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 2 children. She married Joseph Stallions on March 21, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. He had been widowed and had a daughter. They had 3 children, and Ida died in 1908. She was 33 or 34.

Eva Florence Baker – Eva was born July 28, 1877 in Stone County, Missouri. She married Hiram Loomis on January 19, 1896 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 7 children, and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. She died May 23, 1954 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 76. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph Harvey Baker – Joseph was born on February 29, 1880 in Stone County, Missouri. (He was listed as “Alex B.” age 2 months on the 1880 US Census. He indicated he was born on February 29, 1879 on his World War I Draft Registration Card, but Leap Year was 1880.) He married Jennie Verdra Scobee on November 8, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 10 children. According to his World War I Draft Registration Card, he was tall and slender with blue eyes and brown hair. He died January 4, 1969 in Sacramento County, California. He was 88. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ada Mae Baker – Ada was born on December 7, 1881 in Galena, Missouri. She married William Crabtree on July 1, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. They had at least 5 children and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. They left Missouri for California sometime after the 1930 US Census. Ada died August 22, 1950 in Colusa County, California.  She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amanda J. “Mandy” Baker – Mandy was born July 19, 1885 in Stone County, Missouri. She married Benjamin Franklin Scobee on March 24, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. Both of their fathers gave permission for the marriage and the wedding took place at the bride’s home. Amanda was 14 and Benjamin was 19.  The 191o US Census indicates that it was a 2nd marriage for both, and I found another marriage record indicating the couple was married again, at the same location, by the same Justice of the Peace, on December 24, 1904. They had at least 10 children, and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. She died May 9, 1962 in Greene County, Missouri. She was 76. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin H. Baker – Benjamin was born March 11, 1889. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates that he was tall and slender with grey eyes and black hair. He married Gertrude Hill on February 3, 1910 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 1 child and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. He died August 27, 1971 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. He was 82. His Find A Grave memorial is here.