William Hubert Thigpen 
son of J.B. & Daisy
b July 22 1908
d Nov 27 1909
Sallie Thigpen 
wife of W.E.
born Apr 5 1869
d Oct 2 1905

Virgie Thigpen
son of W.E. & Sarah
b May 21 1892
d May 25 1893

Lena Terry Thigpen
dau of C.T. & F.P.
b Oct 4 1897
d May 22 1898

Charles Edward Thigpen
son of C.T. & F.P.
b Aug 8 1891
d June 1 1896



Melccmi Cook
son of R. & S.ii.
b Jan 15 1694
d Mar 1 1894

Mary Est ell Thigpen
b Jan 6 1909
d July 9 1909

Infant son Morgan
son of B.F. & E.C.
b 1899
d 1899

Eliza E. Morgan
b 1891
d 1891

Bertha Morgan
b 1889
d 1894

M.A. Thigpen
wife of Wm Sr.
b Jan 2 1829
d July 27 1881

William Thigpen
b May 27 1810
d Aug 19 1886

R.E. Thigpen
bom Jan 1 1864
d July 6 1865

Emily Thigpen
dau of W. & Mary
born 1862
d Dec 20 1862

John Thigpen
son of William
born Feb 18 1849
died May 17 1862

Emily Thigpen
wife of Willis
b June 23 1823
d July 30 1860

F.L. Thigpen
Dau of William
b June 7 1871
d Aug 21 1872

Floyd Thigpen
b June 15 1895
d Apr 11 1910

Elizabeth Thigpen
dau J.H. & C.P.
b Dec 21 1882
d Aug 15 1905

Wig Lee Thigpen
son of J.H.
b Sept 1 1902
d Sept 9 1903

Lizzie Thigpen
b May 17 1900
d Aug 28 1903

John R. Thigpen
b June 21 1889
d Oct 20 1891

Joseph Blankship
husband of Patience
b Sept 27 1840
d Feb 13 1900

Nancy Rogers
wife of Osburn
born Apr 8 1835
d Sept 11 1900

Mary A. Waites
dau of W.Y. & Lucy
b Apr 28 1877
d Aug 5 1879



Little Baby Thigpen dau of
b Jan 27 1877
d June 25 1879

Little Eddie Blankship
b Oct 22 1875
d Sept 26 1876

Suzie D. Blankship

Dau J. P.

born

died Aug 27 1880

9 months old

Joseph Scott Blankship

son J. P.

b Sept 14 1883

d Aug 1 1884

Amanda Thigpen
b Aug 12 1853
d Apr 22 1893

John Riley Courtney
son of J.W. & S.
born 19 1887 Sept
d Apr 16 1889

Hannah Hall
b Mar 4 1808
d July 12 1888

Onnie Thigpen
dau of W.B. & L.S.
b Dec 18 1884
d Mar 3 1885



C. & M.W.
Otho Duke

son of B.E. & Recca
born
died Mar 11 1877

Lula A Hall

dau of W.W. & M.J.

b Feb 9 1874

d Nov 17 1882

Margaret Thigpen
b 29 Mar 1818
d 19 July 1875

John Thigpen


1888


18377


Duck Thigpen


1897


31206


Lvelna Thigpen


1900

Gabriel Thigpen


1889

1854


10702


Benjanin Thigpen


1859


14895
65474

C Thigpen


1898

Capt John W White
Co G 8 Miss Inf
C.S.A.

Isadora Chapman
dau of T. & E.M.
b Aug 24 1850
d May 9 1858

Thomas Chapman
son of T. & E.M.
b Feb 10 1854
d Nov 14 1857
James Dudley White
b Oct 10 1906
d Oct 8 1908



Clara A White
wife of J.W.
b Apr 20 1871
d Oct 28 1895

Hugh BEnjamin White
b Mar 7 1892
d Sept 24 1899

Mary Kate White 
dau of E.A. & M.L.
b Mar 2 1890
d Feb 21 1903

1841


Ben W White

Cobby Holland
son of CM. & E.L.
b Oct 2 1898
d Aug 1 1902

Infant Hardy
dau of W.R. & Emma
b Jan 20 1901
d Jan 20 1901

Lucile Holland
b Mar 16 1896
d Sept 10 1897

Ulab Holland
b Nov 5 1893
d Sept 30 1894

Section 23:
George W Holland


1899
THIGPEN, Grace Mildred 25AP1912 6MY1996 A2-04
THIGPEN, J.M. 14SE1866 24MH1899 F1-09
THIGPEN, Jimmy 20DE1930 8JL1941 G1-06
THIGPEN, John Avery 5NO1910 30MY1993 A2-04
THIGPEN, Mattie Esther 20AP1925 16MH1966 B1-05
THIGPEN, Merrell J. 18MY1916 1DE1918 Q5-07
THIGPEN, Robert C. 13AP1922 7JA1945 B1-05
THIGPEN, Susie M. 7OC1879 26NO1918 Q5-07

 

Huskey name meaning

English (Warwickshire) and Scottish (Stirling, Lanarkshire, West Lothian): unexplained.
 

 

ROLL CALL OF THE OTRANTO DEAD FROM BERRIEN COUNTY,  GEORGIA

Thomas H. Holland, Adel, GA

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bhoman/photos/Mark%27s%20Page/Marks%27s%20Photo%20Journal.html

Norris D. Easley is 67, he is the 9th child born of Frank Wesley Easley and Ida Mae Martin. Norris seems to be a family name. I believe that Mary Norris is my husband's great-great grandmother. His family is from El Dorado, Kansas.   I had heard that Florance Littlejohn was a Native American.

John Huskey ( - )

Born.

 

Margaret's Family Members

 

Thomas Huskey (1703 - 1738)

Born in Surry, North Carolina, USA on 10 Jun 1703. Thomas married Margaret McDonald and had 5 children. He passed away on 1738 in Surry, North Carolina, USA.

 

John Frederick Huskey (1722 - 1768)

Born in North Carolina, USA on 1722 to Thomas Huskey and Margaret McDonald. John Frederick married Rebecca Washington and had 7 children. He passed away on 1768 in North Carolina, USA.

 

Peter Huskey (1753 - 1818)

Born in Frederick, Virginia, USA on 1753 to John Frederick Huskey and Rebecca Washington. Peter married Mary Mollie Miller and had 7 children. He passed away on 1818 in Missouri, USA.

 

Isaac Huskey (1772 - 1840)

Born in N Car on 23 Jan 1772 to Peter Huskey and Mary Mollie Miller. Isaac married Jane Miller and had 12 children. He passed away on 1840 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA.

 

Stephen Huskey ( - )

Born to Isaac Huskey and Jane Miller. Stephen married Anna Ogle. Stephen married Mary Ann Ogle and had 5 children. Stephen married Martha Whaley and had 4 children.

 

James Wesley Huskey (1830 - 1914)

Born in Tennessee, USA on 1830 to Stephen Huskey and Mary Ann Ogle. James Wesley married Anna Ogle and had 12 children. He passed away on 1914 in Great Smoky Mountains, Sevier, Tennessee, USA.

 

Aaron Huskey (1868 - 1922)

Born in Tennessee, USA on 1868 to James Wesley Huskey and Anna Ogle. Aaron married Nancy Catherine McCarter and had 14 children. He passed away on 31 Dec 1922 in Sevier, Tennessee, USA.

 

James F. HUSKEY to John L. HUSKEY, one seventh of 340 acres in survey
1967 350.00

Birth: 1820
Tennessee, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1871
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA


Illinois Marriage Record:

EASLEY, GEORGE W SINCLAIR, NANCY 1840-09-23 002/ 00000535 MACOUPIN [Illinois]

Illinois Marriage Record:

EASLEY, GEORGE W EDWARDS, MARY A (MRS) 1866-03-04 005/0030 00005088 MACOUPIN [Illinois]

"On the 4th day of March 1866, less than six months after Nancy's death, George married Mary Ann [Huskey] Edwards (20 May 1821, AL). The couple lived in Bird Township, Macoupin County, where they were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. George died 13 September of 1871.

According to the 1870 Census, besides George's sons, John A. and Robert, included in the family were Sarah, 15 years, Newton, 14 years and Milda, 12 years, all born in Illinois These children were probably Mary's although perhaps Sarah was actually Josephine. George's occupation was farming with real and personal property valued at $5000 and $1200. According to a 1891 Macoupin County history, Mary's children were Oliver N., who married Etta Cook; Mary J. who married Z. Loveland, Rhoda E. who married John Stokes and Rilda E. who married J. W. Parrott."

PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
MACOUPIN COUNTY ILLINOIS - 1891
Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

Page 434
MRS. MARY A. EASLEY, a resident of Bird Township, is a daughter of James and Rhoda (Regan) Huskey, natives of Tennessee, who came to Macoupin County, Ill., at a very early day and lived in Bird Township, until death ended their labors and they were buried here. they had thirteen children, of whom Mrs. Easley was the fifth in order of birth. She first saw the light in Alabama, May 20, 1821, and was about thirteen years old when her parents removed to this county. She grew to womanhood in Bird Township, which has been her home ever since she came to this State with the exception of two years which she spent in Western Mound Township.

The marriage of this lady with Isaac N. Edwards took place October 4, 1838, in Bird Township. Mr. Edwards died in December, 1860. By that marriage she had ten children, namely: Mary J., James H. and John N., deceased; Rhoda E.; Griffith A., Rachel E. and Daniel F., deceased; Oliver N., Rilda E. and Amanda M., deceased.

This lady's second marriage was solemnized March 4, 1866. Her husband, George W. Easley, lived but about six years after his marriage, when he passed away in September, 1872. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in which his widow is also active and where she has been a member since she was sixteen years old. She owns one hundred and twenty acres of rich, productive land. Mrs. Easley's surviving children have all established homes of their own. Mary J. is the wife of Z. Loveless; Rhoda E. is Mrs. John Stokes; Oliver N. married Miss Etta Cook, and Rilda E. is Mrs. J. W. Parrott. Their mother is a lady who is sincere in the discharge of her religious duties and is respected by all who know her.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Nancy Sinclair Easley (1817 - 1865)*
  Mary Ann Huskey Edwards (1821 - 1901)*
 

 

Birth: May 20, 1821
Perry County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1901
Macoupin County
Illinois, USA

Married first Isaac Nelson Edwards.

Illinois Marriage Record:
EDWARDS, ISAAC N HUSKEY, NANCY A 1838-10-04 1/ 409 MACOUPIN [Names is Mary A Huskey]

Married second George W. Easley

Illinois Marriage Record:
EASLEY, GEORGE W EDWARDS, MARY A (MRS) 1866-03-04 005/0030 00005088 MACOUPIN

PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
MACOUPIN COUNTY ILLINOIS - 1891
Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

Page 434
MRS. MARY A. EASLEY, a resident of Bird Township, is a daughter of James and Rhoda (Regan) Huskey, natives of Tennessee, who came to Macoupin County, Ill., at a very early day and lived in Bird Township, until death ended their labors and they were buried here. they had thirteen children, of whom Mrs. Easley was the fifth in order of birth. She first saw the light in Alabama, May 20, 1821, and was about thirteen years old when her parents removed to this county. She grew to womanhood in Bird Township, which has been her home ever since she came to this State with the exception of two years which she spent in Western Mound Township.

The marriage of this lady with Isaac N. Edwards took place October 4, 1838, in Bird Township. Mr. Edwards died in December, 1860. By that marriage she had ten children, namely: Mary J., James H. and John N., deceased; Rhoda E.; Griffith A., Rachel E. and Daniel F., deceased; Oliver N., Rilda E. and Amanda M., deceased.

This lady's second marriage was solemnized March 4, 1866. Her husband, George W. Easley, lived but about six years after his marriage, when he passed away in September, 1872. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in which his widow is also active and where she has been a member since she was sixteen years old. She owns one hundred and twenty acres of rich, productive land. Mrs. Easley's surviving children have all established homes of their own. Mary J. is the wife of Z. Loveless; Rhoda E. is Mrs. John Stokes; Oliver N. married Miss Etta Cook, and Rilda E. is Mrs. J. W. Parrott. Their mother is a lady who is sincere in the discharge of her religious duties and is respected by all who know her.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Huskey (1795 - 1845)
  Rhoda Reagan Huskey (1796 - 1855)
 
 Spouses:
  Isaac Nelson Edwards (1817 - 1860)
  George Washington Easley (1820 - 1871)
 
 Children:
  James Huskey Edwards (1842 - 1861)*
  Rhoda Emeline Edwards Wallen (1846 - 1916)*
  Griffith Agabus Edwards (1849 - 1865)*
  Daniel Fletcher Edwards (1854 - 1872)*
  Oliver Newton Edwards (1856 - 1932)*
  ZERILDA ELEANOR EDWARDS PARROTT (1858 - 1935)*

 

(probably Isaac Nelson Edwards,
h/o Mary A Edwards.
3rd grgrandparents of Kathleen Mirabella)
  RD  
Edwards, Manda M   Aug. 27, 1863     RD  
Edwards, Mary A May 20, 1821 Jan. 20, 1901 (Mary Ann Huskey Edwards Easley, w/o
I N Edwards; 3rd grgrandparent of
Kathleen Mirabella. Mary Ann is
d/o James and Rhoda Regan Huskey)

 

Southern English: apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place, perhaps a compound of the river name Ouse (Old English Usa, of ancient British origin, from ud- ‘water’) + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. 

Chloe Belle Ousley Easley is buried in a small crypt across the street from her ex husband John Livie Ousley and his second wife, Charity Lee Ousley./

Birth: Jan., 1892
Missouri, USA
Death: 1973
Placerville
El Dorado County
California, USA

 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  John Livie Ousley (1890 - 1970)
 
 Children:
  Eugene Vernon Ousley (1915 - 1985)*

Birth: Nov. 2, 1836
Death: Dec. 5, 1908

 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Malinda Cox Ousley (1839 - 1909)
 
 Children:
  Joseph Sherman Ousley (1865 - 1939)*
  William Pleasant Ousley (1867 - 1909)*
  Marion Houston Ousley (1870 - 1899)*
  Walter Burton Ousley (1875 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Son of Joseph Ousley and Phoebe Longmire
 
Burial:
Crawford Ousley Cemetery
Phelps County
Missouri, USA

 

Birth: Nov. 10, 1890
Spring Creek
Phelps County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1970
Placerville
El Dorado County
California, USA

 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Pleasant Ousley (1867 - 1909)
  Alice M Phillips Ousley (1871 - 1897)
 
 Spouses:
  Charity Lee Noel Ousley (1889 - 1969)
  Chloe Belle Nelson Easley (1892 - 1973)*
 
 Children:
  Eugene Vernon Ousley (1915 - 1985)*
 

 

Birth: Jun. 9, 1915
Pottsboro
Grayson County
Texas, USA
Death: 1985
Placerville
El Dorado County
California, USA

 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Livie Ousley (1890 - 1970)
  Chloe Belle Nelson Easley (1892 - 1973)
 
 Spouse:
  Beulah Juanita Battles Ousley (1918 - 1992)*
 
 Children:
  Betty Joan Ousley (1936 - 1943)*

 

Birth: Oct. 30, 1865
Death: Jun. 3, 1939

Joseph grew up on the 1000 acres more or less as the deed states that his father, Crawford Ousley, patented in Phelps and Pulaski Counties, Missouri. He was one of 19 children on the place fathered by his dad. So there were many brothers and sisters--full and half. His mother was Malinda Cox of Osage County, Missouri--cousin to Gov. John Sevier from both her grandparents, Thomas Cox and his wife Mary Dillard. Her brother, Thomas Jefferson Cox, was Sheriff of Osage County where she married Crawford Ousley, one of the Ousleys who migrated there from east Tennessee.

Joseph married Leona Yelton (Sarah Olive Leona Jane Yelton), daughter of William Riley Yelton and his wife Nancy Jane Johnson of Mill Creek, Phelps County, against her father's wishes. They bought a farm in Laclede County, Missouri, and had several children: Iva May who married Carl Payne and owned a grocery store in Raton, New Mexico; Clara Malinda who married teacher Robert Ray--then Marion Wagoner after Robert died; Eva Viola who went to California after her mother died and married first, Herbert Adams Miller and second Lewis Ralph Crain; Eva left home to live with her Uncle James Ousley in St. James, then her Uncle Neil Ousley in Redlands, California--two of her father's own brothers. She spent most of the rest of her life in Long Beach, California, owner of Miller's Cleaners and Dyers; Crawford Burr Ousley, who settled in Rosemead, California--first marriage to Harriet Snow--then after her death, second to Ollie; William Bryan Ousley, who stayed home, marrying Helena Krafczic, and eventually buying the home place from his father, Joseph, after Joseph bought it from his father, Crawford; Arthur Cecil who went as a young man to California to work on the railroad and died in a railway accident; Clella Leona who died at home age 13; John Joseph who settled in San Luis Obispo, California and was a top salesman for Crown Zellerbach Paper Company--he married Emma Tartaglia; Walter Franklin lived with his sister, Eva, while young, then married Bernadine Patton, and owned a grocery store in Whittier, California, before he built another in Montebello, and retired early to Cherry Valley, California. Leona's children were remarkable for their loving attitude to one another.

Joseph and Leona were prosperous and hard working. Joseph supervised his sons daily at their farm chores. Leona was a good cook and fine needleworker. We have some of her exquisite quilts and crochet work. Her daughters helped around the house. She was beloved by her children.

Two years after Leona died, Joe married Miss Missouri York, a few years older than his eldest daughter. They had two children, Eunice, who died as a child, and Emeral Cane Ousley, who grew to adulthood. Emeral was a gunsmith at Fort Leonard Wood and married Leona's niece, Maybel Marie Yelton.

Joe sold the homeplace to his son Bryan (William Bryan) when he and Missouri bought a small farm near Rolla so Emeral would be closer to high school. In 1927, Joe started an Ousley family reunion which was held summers by Big Piney River near the homeplace.

He and Missouri visited his children in California on their honeymoon and Joe returned for another visit in 1935. Joseph's and Leona's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were and are close to one another. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Crawford Ousley (1836 - 1908)
  Malinda Cox Ousley (1839 - 1909)
 
 Spouses:
  Missouri York Ousley (1885 - 1979)
  "Leona" Sarah Jane Leona Olive Yelton Ousley (1868 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Eva Viola Ousley Crain (1893 - 1975)*
  Arthur Cecil Ousley (1899 - 1918)*
  Clella Leona Ousley (1901 - 1913)*
  Eunice Leota Ousley (1911 - 1911)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Edgar Springs Cemetery
Edgar Springs
Phelps County
Missouri, USA

 

Birth: Feb. 20, 1875
Pulaski County
Missouri, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 1916
Redlands
San Bernardino County
California, USA

Son of Crawford and Malinda(Cox)Ousley.
Married to Minnie Emma S.(Burgett)Ousley Bulen(1866-1955)
Father of
Charles Everett Ousley (1895-1981)
Raymond Noel Ousley (1897-1982)
Edna May Ousley (1900-1989)
William Clarence Ousley 1903-1904)
Neil Marion Ousley (1904-1964)
Joseph Lerman Ousley (1907-1994)
Orville Ousley (1910-) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Crawford Ousley (1836 - 1908)
  Malinda Cox Ousley (1839 - 1909)
 
 Children:
  Raymond Noel Ousley (1897 - 1982)*
 

 

1 Floid E. Easley b: December 29, 1890 in Barry Co., Missouri d: December 24, 1965 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Mano Cemetery, Barry County, MO +Vineta May Holman b: August 16, 1894 in Barry Co., Missouri m: August 14, 1912 in Barry County, MO d: November 18, 1936 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Mano Cemetery, Barry County, MO *2nd Wife of Floid E. Easley: +Mabel Utter b: August 29, 1903 m: Aft. 1933 in Barry County, MO d: July 14, 1982 in Barry Co., Missouri

2 Gladis Genoa Easley b: January 21, 1914 in Barry County, Missouri +Kenneth Nelson b: Abt. 1914 m: June 23, 1933 in Barry Co., MO *2nd Husband of Gladis Genoa Easley: +Carol Hines b: Abt. 1914 m: Aft. 1939 in Barry Co., MO *3rd Husband of Gladis Genoa Easley:  +Kenneth Kimball b: Abt. 1914 m: Aft. 1940 in Barry Co., MO

2 Bee Edward Easley b: April 30, 1916 in Barry County, Missouri d: March 02, 1997 in Barry County, Missouri Burial: Mano Cemetery, Barry Co., MO +Opal Ombra Lorana Davidson b: December 22, 1913 m: December 06, 1936 in Barry County, Missouri d: October 17, 1998 in Barry County, Missouri Burial: Mano Cemetery, Barry Co., MO

2 Eliza Bernice Easley b: July 03, 1922 in Barry County, Missouri +Charles Redinour b: Abt. 1922 m: August 20, 1939 in Barry Co., MO  *2nd Husband of Eliza Bernice Easley: +Earl Guy b: Abt. 1922 m: Abt. 1942

2 Horace Truman Easley b: July 05, 1924 in Barry County, Missouri d: December 21, 1924 in Barry County, Missouri

2 Buford Wayne Easley b: May 15, 1926 in Barry County, Missouri d: April 22, 1934 in Barry County, Missouri

2 Freda Montella Easley b: October 27, 1930 in Barry County, Missouri d: February 14, 1931 in Barry County, Missouri

2 James Floid Easley b: January 28, 1933 in Barry County, Missouri d: June 21, 1949 in Barry County, Missouri, buried at Mano Cemetery, Barry County, MO

From Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, pub 2003:

1930 Federal Population Schedules, US Census, listed in Barry Co., MO, Roaring River Twp., census was taken April 19, 1930, and the Easley family was listed in house # 139, family 139. Listed as head of household was Floyd E. Easley, age 39. He listed that he married at age 22, and that he owned his home. He was born in MO and stated that both of his parents were born in MO. His wife was May V. age 35 and she married at age 18, and was born in MO. She listed that both of her parents were born in MO. Children were listed as Gladys G., daughter, age 16, born in MO; B. Edward, age 13, son, born in MO; Eliza B., daughter, age 7, born in MO; Buford W., son, age 3 years and 10 mos born in MO; and Freddie M., daughter, age 5 mos, born in MO and Edward Easley, father, born in MO, age 90, and he married at age 15 and was a widow. His father was born in Kentucky and his mother in the US.


Descendants of Zachariah & Chloe (Albritton) Haddock

and

Descendants of Charles Easley

1 Charles Easley b: March 08, 1877 in Barry Co., Missouri d: June 16, 1964 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Easley Cemetery, near Eagle Rock, Barry County, MO +Mary E. Lewis b: Abt. 1877 in Barry County, MO m: October 29, 1898 in Barry County, MO d: Abt. 1900 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Easley Cemetery, near Eagle Rock, Barry County, MO *2nd Wife of Charles Easley: +Lillie Mae Farwell b: October 29, 1881 in Barry County, MO m: January 06, 1901 in Barry County, MO d: March 26, 1920 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Easley Cemetery, near Eagle Rock, Barry County, MO

2 Avesta Arizona Easley b: October 09, 1901 in Eagle Rock, Barry County, MO d: Bef. 2001 in Anderson, California +Joseph Silas Ball b: June 20, 1904 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., MO m: May 06, 1926 in Barry County, MO d: February 1979 in Anderson, California

2 Thelma L. Easley b: May 09, 1903 d: in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO +Morris Bramsoh b: April 21, 1904 m: Abt. 1923 d: in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO d. February 10, 1986, buried Easley Cemetery, Barry Co., MO

2 Henry F. Easley b: December 05, 1904 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., Missouri d: July 22, 2001 in Claremore, Oklahoma Burial: July 26, 2001 Horner Cemetery, Barry County, MO +Marzell Bennett b: December 01, 1909 in McDowell, Barry County, MO m: October 15, 1931 in Cassville, Barry County, MO d: October 10, 2001 in Claremore, Oklahoma Burial: October 14, 2001 Horner Cemetery, Barry County, MO

2 Homer Easley b: January 16, 1906 in Barry County, MO d:  January 10, 1995 in Mano, Barry Co., Missouri Buried Horner Cemetery, Barry County, MO +Rilla Ross b: May 18, 1906 in Barry County, MO m: October 16, 1929 in Bowling Green, Ohio d: in Barry County, Missouri

2 Truda Easley b: September 22, 1908 in Barry County, MO d: Bef. 2001 in Barry Co., Missouri +Emmett Callager b: Abt. 1908 m: Abt. 1928 in Barry County, Missouri

2 Minnie M. Easley b: September 07, 1910 in Barry County, MO d: Bef. 2001 in Barry Co., Missouri +Ermal Williamson b: October 02, 1908 in Barry County, MO m: October 02, 1928 in Barry County, MO

2 Everett Morse Easley b: September 11, 1912 in Barry County, MO d: January 21, 1997 in Barry Co., Missouri Buried Horner Cemetery, Barry County, MO +Lucile Belle Brock b: June 06, 1912 in Barry County, MO m: January 23, 1932 in Mano, Barry County, MO d: December 26, 1982 in Barry County, MO Buried Horner Cemetery, Barry County, MO

2 Mandy Mae Easley b: October 28, 1916 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., Missouri d: July 30, 1917 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Easley Cemetery, Eagle Rock, Barry County, MO

2 Rayburn E. Easley b: August 14, 1917 in Barry County, MO d: May 09, 1994 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Horner Cemetery, Barry Co., MO +Frances Neeley b: Abt. 1926 in Barry County, MO m: April 11, 1940 in Barry County, MO *2nd Wife of Rayburn E. Easley: +Belva Clements Blythe b: February 13, 1920 in Barry Co., Missouri m: June 04, 1966 in Barry County, Missouri

Rayburn and Belva Easley were among the early members in the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society. At that time I was president of the organization. [Ref: Donna Cooper]

From Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, pub 2003:

In 1930 in Roaring River Twp of Barry County, MO, Lucile Brock was listed as a step-daughter in the Theodore E. Meadows household. Her mother was listed as Minnie L. and she was age 35 born in MO. Minnie listed her father born in IL and her mother in MO. Lucile was born in MO.

From Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, pub 2003:

1920 Federal Population Schedules, US Census, Barry Co., MO, Roaring River Twp., house # 18, family # 18., Charles Easley was age 42, born in MO; and he listed both his parents as born in MO. His wife was Lilly, age 32, born in MO. She listed her father born in IL and her mother in MO. Both Charley and Lilly can read and write. Children listed were Leota, age 18, born in MO; Thelma, age 16, born in MO; Homer, age 14, born in MO; Truda, age 11, born in MO; Minnie, age 9, born in MO; Everett, age 7, born in MO; Rayburn, was 2 and 1/12 old.

1930 Federal Population Schedules, US Census, Barry Co., MO, Roaring River Twp., house # 18, family # 18. Listed was Charles Easley, as head of household and he was age 52, widower, who owned his home. He was a farmer, and married at age 24. He was born in MO and listed that both of his parents as born in MO. Listed in his household was Evert M., son, age 17, born in MO; Rayburn E., son, age 12, born in MO. And also listed was son-in-law, Ermal F. Williamson, age 22, married at age 20 and he was born in MO and he listed that both of his parents were born in MO; and his wife Minnie M., was listed as the daughter of Charles and she was age 20, married at age 18 born in MO; and also in the house was grandson Wayne Williamson, 7 mos old, born in Colorado. Charles Easley lived between Finas Easley and Charles Edie.

 

William T. AYRES Oct 2, 1894

!BIRTH-DEATH-SPOUSE-MARRIAGE:This Information was received and posted with permission from Ronny O. Bodine via E-Mail: rbodine996@aol.com belonging and comprising an ongoing update to "A Genealogical History of the Owsley Family Being an Account of the Descendants of John Owsley (1757-1845), of Claiborne County, Tennessee
Notes for John Livesy Ousley:
John and Charity Ousley were buried in Westwood Hills Memorial Park, Placerville, El Dorado County. John Ousley moved to California in 1948. He was a stacker operator and worked for many years with the Placerville Lumber Company before his retirement. See his obituary in the Placerville "Mountain-Democrat Times" of 19 Nov 1970. John and Chloe Ousley were divorced 31 Dec 1924 in Pueblo County, Colorado and Chloe later remarried.

Obituary, The Mountain Democrat-Times (Placerville, Calif.) of 13 Feb 1969.
Charity Lee Ousley of Placerville died in a Placerville hospital on Feb. 8. A native of Texas, she was 79 years old at the time of death. She was a California resident for 41 years and had lived in El Dorado
county for 19 years. Her survivors are husband, John L. Ousley of Placerville, and a son Ivory M. Noel of Santa Clara, She was the sister of Harriette Torris of Huntington, Oregon. She also leaves one grandson. Funeral services were at Memory Chapel on Monday afternoon. Interment was in Westwood Hills Memorial Park. Pastor George Stephens of the Churst of Christ officiated at the services.

Obituary, the Mountain Democrat-Times (Placerville, Calif.) of 26 April 1973.
Funeral services for Chloe Bell Easley, 80, of Placerville, will be held Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at Memory Chapel. Private inurnment will be held at Westwood Hills Memorial Park. Mrs. Easley died April 25 at a local hospital. She was born in Missouri and lived 14 years in El Dorado county and California. She was a housewife. Mrs. Easley is survived by her son Eugene Vernon Ousley of Smith Flat; sister of Henry Nelson of Potsborough, Texas and Zetta Gardenhire of Denton, Texas, and two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
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Father: William Pleasant OUSLEY b: 18 FEB 1867 in , Maries, Missouri
Mother: Alice May PHILLIPS b: 6 MAR 1871 in , Phelps, Missouri

Marriage 1 Charity LEE b: 21 SEP 1889 in , , Texas
Marriage 2 Chloe Belle NELSON b: 5 OCT 1892 in Spring Creek, Phelps, Missouri
  • Divorced: Y
  • Married: 28 APR 1913 in Lebanon, Laclede, Missouri
  • Divorced: 31 DEC 1924 in , Pueblo, Colorado
Children
  1. Has Children Eugene Vernon OUSLEY b: 9 JUN 1915 in , , Texas

Sources:Title: Terry D. and Cathleen M. Smith
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Beasley, Malcolm La-Voy             2-1-1932     M     Alice  Hattey                     M. I. Beasley                    Bell
Bell, Pansy Joan 2-19-1932 F Bethel Lee Lemmons Alberr Layd Bell Bell
Bell, Wilbur Wayne Jr. 10-31-1932 M Elvina Frances Rinn Wilbur Wayne Bell Bell
Bell, James Hugh 11-3-1932 M Ina Shiplet J. R. Bell Bell
Bell, Joe Ann 12-28-1932 F Fern Bolles Oscar Bell Bell
Belz, Franklin David
Easley, Sarah                       1-10-1932    F     Lois  Morgan                      Ivan Willis Easley               Bell

 


1.EASLEY : CARR : DANIELS : ESLEY : JACKSON : I am seeking obituary information about Charles/Charlie Daniels who moved to Nathalie, Halifax Co., Virginia, between 1931 and 1935. He had been born in Weldon, North Carolina, on 19 March 1891. His ...
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2.EASLEY : MONTGOMERY : I am trying to find out what happened to my great great grandparents.They came to Wise county Texas in the mid 1860s.Samuel Franklin Easley and Mary Ann Montgomery Easley.Had two children in Texas.By ...
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3.EASLEY : MCNEELEY : MCNEELY : We are searching for descendants of ROBERT P. MCNEELY, born @ 1811 in Georgia, died between 1860 and 1870 -- somewhere in "west Texas." Robert P. McNeely's father's name was Robert McNeely; and his mo ...
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4.EASLEY : ADAMS : DICKERSON : JONES : WALTON : I am looking for information about William Earnest Dickerson. He was born 21st February 1897 Father was William S Dickerson mother Isabel Walton Wikllliam Earnest was married to Susan Grace Easley bo ...
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5.EASLEY : DAVIS : MARSHALL : Found g-g-grandparents (Leroy J. Davis and Elizabeth Jane Easley were found in the 1850 Barbour Co. Al. census, with children, Mary Ann Elizabeth (our g-grandmother) Thomas, John, Carolina, Leroy. C ...
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6.EASLEY : CURLETT : Easley, Curlet I am looking for any info on William Ward EasleyI And William Ward Easley II .Also I am trying to find out when the Easley family came to Pike Co., MS .And who was the first to come ? ...
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7.EASLEY : BARLOW : CATES : GREENWOOD : HESSENFLOW : Working on Hessenflow familes, first trace of them is in Kentucky in the early 1800's. Would love to share information on any lines of Hessenflows. Corinna ...
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8.EASLEY : BOATMAN : CARNELL : CORNELL : cornell>carnell>dallas>lubock>tx Looking for info. on Mattie Cornell(Carnell) died abt. 1936 in Dallas. Owned boarding house in Dallas. ...
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9.EASLEY : HUSKEY : I'm looking for information on my grandparents... Grandfather was James F. Huskey I'm not certain of his date of birth... Around 1890's... He died the year before I was born... Around 1956... ...
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George Easley

Male Abt 1819 - 1873


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Born  Abt 1819 
Gender  Male 
_UID  8C8845BF39CDE1468241675D2088F6C52FC7 
Died  13 Sep 1873 
Buried  , MaCoupin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
Person ID  I37349  Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest
Last Modified  12 Jan 2001 

Family  Mary Ann Huskey,   b. 20 May 1821, , Perry, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1901, Bird Township, MaCoupin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
Married  Abt 1866  , MaCoupin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 

 

Please see below evidence that Mary Ann Husky married twice. First to Isaac
Nelson Edwards and second George W. Easley.

Does anyone know who the following children belong to?

"Tombstone Revelations in Macoupin County Illinois, Book II", Compiled by
Macoupin County Historical Society Committee Page 23 Hickory Grove or Joiner
Cemetery

EDWARDS:
Edgar & Earnest (s/IN & MA) June 01, 1885 July 21, 1885
May (d/IN & MA) June 02, 1881 Aug 02, 1881
Alice (d/IN & MA) June 10, 1876 Aug 05, 1876
Bertie (d/IN & MA) Oct 01, 1872 Oct 22, 1873

All of these children were born after I.N. had died and Mary Ann Edwards
would have been 51 year old when Bertie was born and 64 when Edgar & Earnest
were born. So who is "IN" and "MA" that is referred to for these children?
 


Easley,  Baby (Of Paradise),  Hawkins Funeral Home (Some are only a Top of a Page) H23-140
Easley,  C.N.,  Dr.,  Hawkins Funeral Home (Some are only a Top of a Page) H33-201
Easley,  Carrie Anna Jones,  Hawkins Funeral Home H55-155
Easley,  Donna Marie Bice,  Christian Funeral Home C01-079
Easley,  Ernest D.,  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF85-080
Easley,  Ernest D.,  Hawkins Funeral Home H84-160
Easley,  Gladys Inez,  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF90-036
Easley,  Gladys Inez,  Hawkins Funeral Home H88-254
Easley,  Grandmother (Mother of Jim),  Hawkins Funeral Home (Some are only a Top of a Page) H33-299
Easley,  Guinn E.,  Hawkins Funeral Home H61-110
Easley,  Ida Cooley Fisher,  Hawkins Funeral Home H60-061
Easley,  James Frank Hawkins Funeral Home H64-022A
Easley,  James Frank,  Hawkins Funeral Home H64-035
Easley,  Lewis Anthony,  Christian Funeral Home C42-166
Easley,  Marion Charles,  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF89-036
Easley,  Marion Charles,  Hawkins Funeral Home H88-096
Easley,  Mollie Read,  Christian Funeral Home C31-222
Easley,  Newton Gilbert,  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF73-0419
Easley,  Ruby Mae Ogle,  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF73-0420
Easley,  Samuel Andrew,  Christian Funeral Home C39-274
Easley,  Sarah Annie Gargis,  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF73-0421
Easley,  Willie,  Hawkins Funeral Home H90-169
Easly,  James Alexander,  Hawkins Funeral Home H66-032
Easly,  John H.,  Hawkins Funeral Home H53-105
Easly,  Mary Ann Barnett,  Hawkins Funeral Home H66-020
Easly,  Sitha Pauline Todd,  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF73-0422
Easly,  Willie Lee (Bill),  Hawkins Funeral File Sheet HF92-025

 

Lucinda Reffet Ousley

Sarah M Ousley ( - )

Born in Knox, Tennessee, USA to Eli Ousley and Martha Jackson.

 

Eli Ousley (1814 - 1854)

Born in Claiborne, Tennessee, USA on 1814 to Matthew Owsley and Sarah Keck. Eli married Martha Jackson and had 6 children. He passed away on 1854 in Nr Maynardville, Union, Tennessee, USA.

 

Matthew Owsley (1789 - 1862)

Born in Loudin, Virginia, USA on 1789 to John Owsley and Charity Barton. Matthew married Susannah Collins and had a child. Matthew married Sarah Keck and had 7 children. He passed away on 1862 in Union, Illinois, USA.

 


Charity Barton (1751 - 1851)

Born in North Caroline, USA on 1751 to John Barton. Charity married John Owsley and had 9 children. She passed away on 1851 in Claibourne.

 

Samantha Nancy Ann Linn Barton //Barton Morford

Isaac Owsley (1785 - 1850)

Born in Clairborne, Tennessee, USA on 1785 to John Owsley and Charity Barton. Isaac married Sarah Stephens and had 6 children. Isaac married Judith Brock. He passed away on 1850 in Tennessee, USA.

 

Frances Mary Arnold

Burton, Ambrose Seber (1853 - 1936)
2.
Burton, Nancy Arizona (1884 - 1968)
3.
Burton, Sydney (b.1882)
4.
Burton, William Leander (1823 - 1900)

 

Alfred Burton (1834 - 1918)

Born on 7 Aug 1834. Alfred married Mary Charlotte Arnold and had 5 children. He passed away on 28 Feb 1918.

 

Mary Charlotte Arnold (1848 - 1939)

Born in Monroe, Tennessee, USA on Apr 1848 to Henry Arnold and Mary Owsley. Mary Charlotte married William F Harrison. Mary Charlotte married Alfred Burton and had 5 children. She passed away on 17 Feb 1939 in Bradley, Tennessee, USA.

 


Albert Burton ( - )

Born to Alfred Burton and Mary Charlotte Arnold.

 

English: habitational name from a place name that is very common in central and northern England. The derivation in most cases is from Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

 

 

Ernest Albert Burton

Thomas Fredrick Burton ( - )

Born to Alfred Burton and Mary Charlotte Arnold.

 

Frederick Thomas Burton


Walter Lee Burton ( - )

Born to Alfred Burton and Mary Charlotte Arnold.

 

John Walter Burton

William F Harrison (1848 - 1868)

Born on 1848. William F married Mary Charlotte Arnold. He passed away on 1868 in Meigs, Tennessee, USA.

 

Mary Charlotte Arnold

Mary Hennrietta Charlotte Arnold

Agnes Julia Owsley

Sarah (Sally) Keck 

John Owsley (1752 - 1845)

Born in Goose Creek, Loudon, Virginia, USA on 1752. John married Charity Barton and had 9 children. He passed away on 18 Dec 1845 in Claibourne.

 


Mary Owsley (1820 - 1899)

Born in Clairborne, Tennessee, USA on 18 May 1820 to Isaac Owsley and Sarah Stephens. Mary married Henry Arnold and had 10 children. She passed away on 1899 in Mcminn, Tennessee, USA.

 

William Thomas Housley (1863 - 1933)

Born in Monroe, Tennessee, USA on 1863 to Samuel D Owsley and Rebecca A Mcdaniel. William Thomas married Cambley Bernice Morgan and had 11 children. He passed away on 14 Jun 1933 in Rhea, Tennessee, USA.

 

William LaFoy Housley (1884 - 1953)

Born in Tennessee, USA on 1884 to William Thomas Housley and Cambley Bernice Morgan. William LaFoy married Ethel Cooley and had 2 children. William LaFoy married Melissa Morgan and had 3 children. He passed away on 4 Mar 1953.

 


Spouses & Children
Ethel Cooley
1887-1911
  • Private
  • Private Housley
Melissa Morgan
Unknown-Unknown
  • Private Housley
  • Private
  • Private

 

Cambley Bernice Morgan (1864 - 1935)

Born on 1864 to Andrew Anderson Morgan and Flora Ann Cagle. Cambley Bernice married William Thomas Housley and had 11 children. She passed away on 2 Feb 1935 in Rhea, Tennessee, USA.

 

James Houston Housley (1887 - 1937)

Born in Tennessee, USA on 1887 to William Thomas Housley and Cambley Bernice Morgan. James Houston married Ada Harrison and had 11 children. He passed away on 25 Dec 1937 in Rhea, Tennessee, USA.

 


Spouses & Children
Ada Harrison
1888-1985
  • Private
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private
  • Private
  • Private Housley
  • Earl Housley

 

James Walter Housley

Ellen Maude Bodenheimer 

John R. Housley

Ada Harrison (1888 - 1985)

Born in Tennessee, USA on 1888 to George Melvin Harrison and Nancy Matilda Chambers. Ada married James Houston Housley and had 11 children. She passed away on Apr 1985 in Tennessee, USA.

 

Parents

Spouses & Children
  • Private Housley
  • Private
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private Housley
  • Private
  • Private Housley
  • Private
  • Earl Housley

 

Annie Kate Harrison

Annie Kate Harrison

Annie Kate Harrison

Flora Ann Cagle (1837 - 1926)

Born in Sevier, Tennessee, USA on 1837. Flora Ann married Andrew Anderson Morgan and had 6 children. She passed away on 17 Mar 1926 in Dayton, Rhea, Tennessee, USA.

 

Marion C. Morgan

Housley name meaning

English (mainly South Yorkshire): habitational name from Housley Hall in Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire, a compound of Old English hus ‘house’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

 

Morgan name meaning

Welsh: from the Old Welsh personal name Morcant, which is of uncertain but ancient etymology.
 

 

Morgan Oscar Miller 

Lucinda C. Morgan ?

Amanda C Morgan

Ethel Cooley (1887 - 1911)

Born on 1887. Ethel married William LaFoy Housley and had 2 children. She passed away on 1 Jul 1911.

 

Parents
Unknown
Unknown

Spouses & Children
  • Private
  • Private Housley

 

Ethel Nevada Cooley

Melissa Morgan ( - )

Born. Melissa married William LaFoy Housley and had 3 children.

 

Harriet Melissa Morgan

Louisa Melissa Morgan

William Monroe Housley

William A. Housley

William A. Housley

William Asbury Housley

Samuel D Owsley (1825 - 1887)

Born in Clairborne, Tennessee, USA on 1825 to Isaac Owsley and Sarah Stephens. Samuel D married Rebecca A Mcdaniel and had 11 children. He passed away on 1887 in Monroe, Tennessee, USA.

 

Rebecca A Mcdaniel (1824 - 1888)

Born in Monroe, Tennessee, USA on 1824 to Mcdaniels. Rebecca A married Samuel D Owsley and had 11 children. She passed away on 1888 in Rhea, Tennessee, USA.

 

James Lowry McDaniel

Aulcy McDaniel

Samuel D Owsley (1825 - 1887)

Born in Clairborne, Tennessee, USA on 1825 to Isaac Owsley and Sarah Stephens. Samuel D married Rebecca A Mcdaniel and had 11 children. He passed away on 1887 in Monroe, Tennessee, USA.

 

Nancy Jane Housley (1871 - )

Born in Monroe, Tennessee, USA on 14 Feb 1871 to Samuel D Owsley and Rebecca A Mcdaniel. Nancy Jane married James Sneed.

 

Martha Jane Housley

Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Housley

Anna Nancy Loretta Housley


Nancy Chambers Housley

Anna Nancy Loretta Housley

Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Housley

Elizabeth Jane Housley

Martha Jane Housley

 

Martha Jane Housley ?


James Sneed ( - )

Born. James married Nancy Jane Housley.

 

James A Housley (1853 - 1931)

Born in Tennessee, USA on 1853 to Samuel D Owsley and Rebecca A Mcdaniel. James A married Nancy Byerly and had 4 children. He passed away on 7 Apr 1931 in Rhea, Tennessee, USA.

 

Lidda A. Housley

Edward King Owsley

Mary E Housley (1858 - 1910)

Born in Monroe, Tennessee, USA on 21 Oct 1858 to Samuel D Owsley and Rebecca A Mcdaniel. Mary E married John W Boyd. She passed away on 1910 in Rhea, Tennessee, USA.

 

or Mary Orgille Hous;ey

Elizabeth D. Ogle

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bere or bær ‘barley’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’, i.e. an outlying grange. Compare Barwick. 

John Barton (1735 - 1781)

Born in North Carolina, USA on 1735 to Benjamin Barton. He passed away on 1781 in Wilkes, North Carolina, USA.

 

Henrietta Biggs Batty ( - )

Born. Henrietta Biggs married George Simpson and had a child.

 

Austin H. Batty / see G. H. Batty

 George Simpson

Benjamin Barton (1720 - 1779)

Born in Ireland on 1720 to Isaac Barton and Sarah Vesey. Benjamin married Lydia Simpson. He passed away on 1779 in Boonesboro, Madison, Kentucky, USA.

 


Isaac Barton (1676 - 1721)

Born in Killipe, Ireland on 1676 to Christopher Barton and Dorothy. Isaac married Sarah Vesey and had 7 children. He passed away on 1721 in America.

 

Christopher Barton (1653 - )

Born in Killaloe, Munster, Ireland on 1653 to Joshua Barton and Private. Christopher married Dorothy and had a child.

 

Private (1627 - )

Born in Ireland on 1627. Private married Joshua Barton and had a child.

 

Joshua Barton
1625-Unknown
Private
1627-Unknown

Spouses & Children
Dorothy
1655-Unknown

 

Dorothy (1655 - )

Born in Killaloe, Ireland on 1655. married Christopher Barton and had a child.

 

Sarah Vesey (1681 - )

Born in Ireland on 1681 to Tobias Vesey and Anne Vewey. Sarah married Isaac Barton and had 7 children. She passed away in America.

 Immigrant

Tobias Vesey (1655 - )

Born in Limerick, Munster, Ireland on 1655. Tobias married Anne Vewey and had a child.

 

Anne Vewey (1663 - )

Born in Munster, Limerick, Ireland on 1663. Anne married Tobias Vesey and had a child.

 

Rufus Barton

Anne Cheeke

 Thomas Chandler

Edward Thurston 

 

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Demsey White, 1 poll, 100 acres Wilkes Co.
Isaac Jackson, 2 polls, 2 slaves, 350 acres Wilkes Co., 575 acres Washington Co.
William White, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
James Beasley, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co. on Ogeechee.
Holland Middleton, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 287 1/2 acres Washington Co.
James Veasey, 2 1/2 polls, 3 slaves, 300 acres Wilkes Co.
Weldon Owsley, 1 poll, 150 acres Wilkes Co.
Peter Coffee, 7 polls, 12 slaves, 287 1/2 acres Washington Co., 250 acres Wilkes Co.
Jesse Veasey, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.//Newday Ousley, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 200 acres Wilkes Co.//Silas Teasley, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.//John White, 3 polls, 4 slaves, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Daniel White, 1 poll, 400 acres Wilkes Co.
Web Kid, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Perian Farrar, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Thos. Thornton, 1 poll, 600 acres Wilkes Co.
Ralph Banks, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co., 900 acres Franklin Co.
Nathaniel Hunt, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
William Teasley, 1 poll, 400 acres Wilkes Co.//Samuel Baker, 1 poll, 400 acres Wilkes Co.
John Trimble, 1 poll, 350 acres Wilkes Co.
Charles Bond, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Wm. Wilmoth, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Absolem Jorden, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 250 acres Wilkes Co.
William Doss, 1 poll. William Bensille, 1 poll.
Thomas Jorden, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Jacob Hill, 1 poll, 100 acres Wilkes Co.
John Lovill, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Robert Selfidy, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Jos. Martin Russell, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co., 400 acres Franklin Co.
Luke Hambleton, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
William Norris, 1 poll, 750 acres Wilkes Co.
Moses Trimble, 2 polls, 2 slaves, 500 acres Wilkes Co.
John Tweedell, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co., 287 1/2 acres Franklin Co.
John Doss, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Mark Thornton, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
John Teasley, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.//George Mosley, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
John Bledsor, 4 1/2 polls, 7 slaves.
John Decker, 1 poll, 300 acres Wilkes Co.
Drury Hearn, 1 poll 250 acres Wilkes Co.
John Mobley, Sr., 1 poll, 400 acres Wilkes Co.
William Hall, 1 poll, 400 acres Wilkes Co.
John Mosely, 1 poll. Christopher Sewall, 1 poll.
Archer Burton, 1 poll, 300 acres Wilkes Co.
John Chamblin, 1 poll, 300 acres Wilkes Co.
Hilery Hendrix, 1 poll, 400 acres Wilkes Co.
James Glover, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
John Wilkins, 1 poll, 500 acres Wilkes Co.
John Glover, 1 poll, 550 acres Wilkes Co.
William Blake, 6 polls, 10 slaves, 847 acres Wilkes Co.
George Martin, 1 poll, 600 acres Wilkes Co.
David Martin, minor, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Barnabas Pace, 3 polls, 4 slaves, 800 acres Wilkes Co.
James Bell, 3 1/2 polls, 5 slaves, 700 acres Wilkes Co.//Thos. Burton, Sr., 4 1/2 polls, 7 slaves, 400 acres Wilkes Co.
Thos. Burton, Jr., 1 poll, 300 acres Wilkes Co.
Alex. McDoogall, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Henry Burton, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Robert Burton, 1 poll, Robert Giles, 1 poll.
John Coleman, 4 1/2 polls, 7 slaves, 770 acres Wilkes Co.
George Freeman, 2 polls, 2 slaves, 650 acres Wilkes Co.
John Freeman, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
William Hatcher, 2 polls, 2 slaves. Joel Adkins, 1 poll.
John Giles, 1 poll, 100 acres Wilkes Co.//Thomas Wootten, 1 poll, 350 acres Wilkes Co., 575 acres Washington Co. Oconee river.

End of Page 62 - The Early Records of Georgia, Volume II, Wilkes County - Start of Page 63

James Wootten, 1 poll, 287 1/2 acres Washington Co.
John Vanwinkle, 1 poll, 400 acres Wilkes Co.
Henry Stokes, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Michael Vanwinkle, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Absolom Holoman, 1 poll, 287 1/2 acres Washington Co., 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Exum Oneal, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 287 1/2 acres Washington Co., 250 acres Wilkes Co. on Ogeechee river.
Demsey Jorden, 1 poll, 250 acres Wilkes Co. Ogeechee river.
Samuel Harper, 1 poll, 450 acres Wilkes Co., 882 1/2 & 287 1/2 acres Washington Co. on Oconee river.
Zachariah Sheffield, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Robert Jinkins, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co., 287 1/2 acres Washington Co.
Robt. Jinkins, Trustee for John Carter, 1 poll, 500 acres Wilkes Co.//Henry Parrish, 1 poll, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Robert Tate, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 200 acres Wilkes Co.
Henry Townsend, 1 1/2 polls, 1 slave, 150 acres Wilkes Co.


Martha Jane Ousley Branson was a pioneer of Mariposa County, CA. By the time of her death in 1908 at nearly eighty years of age, she was the matriarch of a substantial clan and enjoyed the admiration of her community. Her prominence ensured that certain facts about her were well known, including such basics as these: She was a native of Tennessee who came of age in Missouri. She married John Sevier Branson, who became a 49er. In the early 1850s, she joined John in California via the Isthmus of Panama, bringing along three small sons. After settling in Mariposa County, John prospered as a gold miner and by the late 1860s he and Martha acquired a large cattle ranch north of the village of Hornitos, where they completed the raising of their ten children and where they would in the early 20th Century reach the end of their own lives.

The capsule history described above was enough for the writer of her obituary and alas, her children did not trouble themselves to add much more while they were alive to make such contributions. This phenomenon is true of most families, but that doesn’t take the frustration away, because to a great degree, the loss was irreparable. It is no longer possible to say precisely what kind of person Martha Jane Ousley Branson was, nor know all that she went through. The first attempt at even the most basic of biographies did not begin until nearly all of her children were dead, and it was not until her grandson Ivan Thorpe Branson, born in late 1901 when Martha had only slightly more than six years left to live, turned himself to genealogical work in his retirement years that anyone really grasped how much information about her was simply “not there.” The lack was especially true of her life before she married John Branson. Her origins had been almost entirely forgotten.

At first, Ivan found little that would address this blank area. A few scraps turned up in old correspondence. He possessed the brief genealogy written in the early 1930s by his mother Mary Simmons Branson, one of Martha’s daughters-in-law. He was able to correspond with and interview a few elderly first cousins, ones born early enough to have known Martha well. These within-the-family sources, along with such documents as her death certificate and her Mariposa Times obituary, supplied the names of Martha’s parents. They were Joseph and Phoebe Jane Ousley. But even this much was fraught with doubt. Inez Branson, Martha’s granddaughter and a very well-educated woman, was certain the last name was Housley, not Ousley. And one of Martha’s daughters had once written in a letter that Martha was named after her own mother, meaning not just Jane as the middle name, but Martha as the first name. Ivan satisfied himself that Phoebe was the correct first name, a name passed down to Martha’s very first daughter. He could not find a definitive source of the maiden last name. The best guess was Longmeyer.

Ultimately Ivan did become aware of a major piece of the puzzle. A distant cousin wrote to him mentioning the 1890 book, The Owsley Family in England and America by Harry Bryan Owsley. That volume mentioned Joseph Ousley, identifying him as a son of John Owsley, a Revolutionary War veteran. John Owsley was in turn a great-grandson of Thomas Owsley, who settled in the Colony of Virginia about 1680 and eventually served in the House of Burgess. Among other essential lore, the book disclosed that the spelling of the name was often inconsistent, with various members of the clan spelling it Owsley, Ousley, or Housley -- with some individuals, including Joseph, switching back and forth between the choices over the course of their lifetimes.

Ivan never fully followed up on this lead. He did not take the time to acquire a copy of Harry Bryan Owsley’s book and see all it contained, depending instead upon what his correspondent had quoted from it. Surely he meant to do so “someday,” but in the meantime, his research focus was on his patrilineal heritage. Since Martha had not been born a Branson, her ancestry was secondary to his goals. Ivan died before “someday” rolled around. Had he chosen to truly look at what was available, he would have encountered a cornucopia of lore. Harry Bryan Owsley is only one of the many people who have endeavored over the centuries to preserve and discover information about the Owsley family. Today, the descendants of Captain Thomas Owsley of Virginia participate in on-going genealogical activities such as publishing, conferences, tours of historic sites, erection of memorial monuments, and DNA analysis as part of the Owsley Family Historial Society, an organization established in 1979. As will be described below in the section on Martha’s ancestry, the family line goes back up through Thomas Owsley’s mother Dorothea Poyntz into European royalty. That means that ultimately Martha’s line can be documented all the way back to approximately 500 A.D., either by going back to the Byzantine emperor who founded the line that Charlemagne was part of, or by going up the line of Anglo-Saxon kings to the chieftains who invaded England after the Romans had abandoned the island.

It seems incredible such a pedigree could have been forgotten, but for a long time, Ivan Branson was the only one of Martha’s descendants who came “within spitting distance” of this knowledge. His choice not to investigate meant that the heritage went unmentioned in his 1982 book, Bones of the Bransons, which was the source most members of the Branson/Ousley clan turned to when wondering about the dead-and-gone generations. It was only with the dawn of the World Wide Web that this began to change.

Not all the blame can be laid on the modern generations. Martha herself contributed greatly to the obscuring of her story. First of all, she was probably illiterate. Consequently, she left no writings to shed light on her early life or upon her parents or grandparents. A further complication is that she may have been reluctant to discuss certain “skeletons in the closet.” Fortunately, in spite of her silence, much of her story can be pieced together. A great deal has already been revealed as part of the work Floyd Owsley, an active member of the Owsley Family Historical Society, has done upon the family of Joseph Ousley and Phoebe Jane Longmire. Floyd, who began his endeavors in the mid-1980s and continues them today, is well-positioned for this sort of study inasmuch as he is a descendant of Martha’s brother Robert Housley.

One of the prime puzzles of the Ousley/Longmire clan was confirmation that Joseph Ousley was indeed a son of John Owsley as described in Harry Bryan Owsley’s book. Some members of the O.F.H.S. had come to doubt this was the case because of a huge counter-indication. When John Owsley’s widow Charity Barton Owsley applied for government benefits in the late 1840s as the surviving spouse of a Revolutionary War veteran, she filled in a list of the children she had borne to John. That list does not contain Joseph. The list was likewise preserved in her family Bible, a book still exists today in the possession of a descendant. To any responsible genealogist, a discrepancy such as the Bible record was enough to cast doubt on the assumption that Joseph was John’s son. The debate went on for a number of years before the matter was resolved by DNA testing in 2003 and 2005 as part of an O.F.H.S. investigation spearheaded by Floyd Owsley. Male-line descendants of Joseph and of his brothers Robert, Matthew, John, Isaac, William, and Stephen submitted cheek-swab samples. Comparison of the Y-chromosome patterns in those samples confirmed all were sons of the same father.

So why was Joseph Ousley left off the list of children? That would seem to be -- and in fact is almost certain to be -- because he was not a son of Charity Barton. The list contained the names of her children, and therefore it lacked some of the children of her husband. John Owsley apparently had two families, one with Charity, and another with a woman whose identity has yet to surface. John married Charity in 1778 in North Carolina. They were spouses until his death in 1845, and had children with one another into the mid-1890s. But at the end of the 1780s John entered into a relationship with a woman in Grainger County, TN that produced a second family of at least four kids. Joseph was the eldest, born about 1790. Two daughters, Ann and Elizabeth, followed in the first half of the 1790s, and then finally Robert in about 1802. The names of Ann, Elizabeth, and Robert are similarly missing from the list in Charity’s Bible.

John Owsley did not divorce Charity. He fathered children with both women in an overlapping sequence. Presumably the unnamed woman of Grainger County was a “lady on the side,” but she appears to have been quite a bit more than a mistress. For one thing, the relationship was long-term, perhaps enduring until death. John acknowledged having fathered the second set of children and had regular contact with them, which apparently would include being the main means of financial support while they were minors. John was a cooper, and so was Joseph, indicating John taught his son the family trade. So what was the woman’s status? Was she perhaps even a second wife, i.e. was John was a bigamist? No marriage record has been found, but the possibility cannot be completely discounted, except to point out that if he did marry both women, he did not live with them on the same farm in the Mormon fashion. John and Charity spent the early 1800s in Claiborne County, TN. His second family remained in Grainger County. The two homes were not far apart in modern terms -- the two counties are adjacent to one another -- but the distance was great enough back then that we can be sure the households were not commingled.

So here is one reason why Martha may have been reluctant to get into the particulars of her heritage. Her father was technically a bastard. Martha may have been protective of her family reputation. It may, however, not have been her father’s heritage that embarrassed her, but her mother’s. Phoebe Longmire is likely to have had a substantial amount of Native American blood.

Today it is often a mark of pride to be able to claim that one’s American roots go so far back they precede the arrival of Christopher Columbus. But in Martha’s time, hatred of Indians was at its height, and Martha seems to have sided with this majority sentiment and refused to identify herself as part Indian. After her death, some of her grandchildren did say that there was Indian blood in her line “somewhere way back,” but the details had been lost, and it did not help matters when some of those descendants began tainting the credibility of those tales by embellishing them with unsupported claims. For example, during a 1970 trip to Jamestown, VA, Martha’s eighty-five-year-old granddaughter Grace Mildred Branson Warner pointed to a portrait of Pocahontas and claimed she was an ancestor!

The Indian heritage had a prominent role in one of the often-repeated tales about Joseph Ousley and Phoebe Longmire, a tale that claimed Joseph was disowned by his father. Back in the 1990s this story was accepted as true by many members of the O.F.H.S. because it explained why Joseph’s name was not in Charity Barton’s Bible. However, once it became clear that Joseph’s name was left off because he was not Charity’s son, some began wondering if the disownment scenario had been invented as a means of explaining the omission of Joseph’s name at a point when no other explanation was available.

The tale’s source is Nancy Rebecca Owsley Morris (1871-1929), a granddaughter of Robert Owsley, youngest son of John Owsley and the one full-brother of Joseph. Nancy wrote that her grandfather had been disowned by his parents -- meaning John and Charity -- because he had stopped by at a house where a dance was occurring. Nancy said that John and Charity, as strict or “primitive” Baptists, believed dancing was a sin. In a zero-tolerance response, they cast Robert out of the family for his transgression -- even though Robert claimed he had only stopped at a house where unknown to him, a dance was going on, and did not actually enter the dwelling. Nancy went on to mention that one of her grandfather’s brothers had met with similar treatment because he had had the audacity to marry a woman who was a half-breed Indian. The brother could only have been Joseph, and the wife Phoebe Longmire.

The disownment of Robert for being at a dance seems like a tall tale on its face, but the disownment of Joseph seems credible. Joseph and Phoebe were wed in the early 1810s. Anti-Indian sentiment was strong in Tennessee at that time. The Battle of Tippecanoe occurred in 1811. During that conflict, Shawnee warriors killed John Owsley III, eldest son of John and Charity. In that period of grief, for Joseph to marry a part-Indian might well have seemed unforgivable. If true, there would surely have been a rift between father and son that must have endured for good. This would, among other things, mean that Martha Jane Ousley never knew her paternal grandparents, and helps explain why she would not want to discuss her origins. And yet there are not a lot of indications such a rift existed. Joseph is known to have continued to associate with his half-siblings and remained in the same general part of Tennessee as his father throughout his father’s remaining lifetime.

Was perhaps the detail of Indian heritage concocted out of thin air in order to bolster the story of a disownment? One has to wonder if that might be the case. However, the prevailing view within the O.F.H.S. is that the Indian heritage is in fact true, though some of the specifics are not clear. Martha may have been tight-lipped about the whole business, but her youngest brother James Ousley (1838-1919) was more open. In his old age, he often related to his granddaughter Annie Berry that his mother, Phoebe Longmire, was an Indian. And James’s daughter Phoebe Owsley Alsup (1862-1942) told her descendants that her grandmother had been Cherokee. James and his slightly older brother Crawford Ousley (Crawford is shown at left, James on the right) were the youngest of Joseph and Phoebe’s kids and came of age at a point when the old couple, feeling their own mortality, may have taken more time to relate their origins to their offspring.

The Indian heritage question was addressed by two rounds of DNA testing done under the auspices of the O.F.H.S. Unlike the earlier tests, which involved Y-chromosome pattern analysis to confirm male-line ancestry, the new studies looked for the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) pattern. Mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to child without mixing with the father’s DNA, and so it remains consistent from generation to generation along the female line. (The very last descendant in the sequence can be male, though, because males are carriers of their mother’s mtDNA patterns.) A surviving female-line descendant of Phoebe Longmire (ironically with the surname Longmire) submitted a sample that was tested in September, 2005. A sample provided by another donor -- one of Martha’s descendants -- was tested in early 2006. The hope was that the resulting pattern would show a Native American mtDNA pattern, under the assumption that Phoebe Longmire’s mother or maternal grandmother was Indian. The test results unfortunately did not prove the case. The two samples matched each other, as they should have, but the pattern was of a type that originated thousands of years ago in northwestern Europe, which would suggest Phoebe was just as much a product of British Isles forebears as was her husband.

For now, the case is still open. Among the arguments against Indian blood are such things as Martha’s own features. Look for yourself at the close-up view of her shown at right. Martha was blessed with clean, even looks, large soulful light-toned eyes, and an aquiline nose. These features would pass down and are today enjoyed by many descendants. They do not particularly suggest she was the child of a mother who had any significant amount of native-American blood.

Another relevant tale comes from Ivan Branson, who wrote down the details in the early 1960s right after the anecdote had been freshly told by his older sister Florence. In his youth, Ivan had heard his father Alvin Thorpe Branson tell the story a number of times. Ivan eventually published a version in Bones of the Bransons. Meanwhile the unpublished, uncensored version in his surviving notes can be summarized like so: During the summers of 1892 and 1893, Alvin Branson and his second cousin Hiram Branson earned their living by making pack-mule supply runs to the hotel in Yosemite Valley. The cousins returned from one such expedition accompanied by a teenaged “nearly naked” Yosemite Indian girl and her infant daughter. The teenager’s name was Josie Allen. She was the granddaughter of a Yosemite Indian chief and had possessed some status in the surviving native Yosemite community, but changes had occurred that made her feel it was unsafe to remain in the valley. The Branson cousins had chivalrously escorted her out, but now she needed longer-term security for herself and her baby. Alvin and Hiram endorsed the idea that she stay with Hiram. Alvin’s cabin was already crowded with a family that included his wife Mary and four children. But Mary must have needed extra convincing to accept the proposition that an unmarried man and woman would be cohabitating. She must have suggested that Josie be taken to Alvin’s parents’ large estate, Grasshopper Ranch, where there would be room for her and where there would be proper chaperonage. Alvin argued otherwise, stating, “You know how much Ma hates Indians. Says they should all be killed like wild animals.”

Maybe Alvin was exaggerating his mother’s bigotry. After all, the strategy of the moment was to clear the way for Hiram and Josie to remain together -- which they did for the rest of their lives, eventually marrying and having six children together in addition to raising the baby she had arrived with. However, it is unlikely Alvin made up a convenient lie without some sort of underlying truth as inspiration. Martha undoubtedly had on occasion said hateful things about Indians. This does not sound like someone who has Indian blood in her own veins.

And yet the stories told by James Ousley and his daughter have the ring of truth. Nor are the results of the mtDNA tests a reason to declare the Indian blood to be myth. Phoebe Longmire could have been part Indian if the heritage came from, say, her father’s mother. Also, a small number of Native Americans in the Tennessee area actually do have the mtDNA pattern in question, which is believed to have originated from a forgotten migration of Europeans to North America before the time of the Viking explorations and, of course, well before the voyages of Columbus. It is quite likely the Indian blood story is true, and Martha knew it to be true. If so, we have a window on her character. It says something about her that she was willing to condemn a group of people she could be said to have belonged to. This sort of behavior is a common syndrome exhibited by members of oppressed minorities. We shouldn’t judge her too harshly, though. She was conforming to the times she lived in. The regrettable aspect is that her choice denied her descendants access to the full story of their own heritage for over a hundred years.

The Ancestry of Martha Jane Ousley

Because the Owsley family has been so well studied and because the modern research efforts are so well organized, there is no need to dwell on Martha’s extended ancestral lineage here. Anyone wishing to approach the matter comprehensively is advised to begin by looking at what is offered by the Owsley Family Historical Society, whose website can be reached by clicking here, and by consulting Floyd Owsley’s personal genealogy website. (Click here.) The O.H.F.S. publications are an excellent means to acquaint you with the details of the American generations of the Owsley Family, from Captain Thomas Owsley’s arrival in Virginia in the late 1600s through the descendants born in the mid-1800s. Earlier European forebears are historically prominent, and an even wider array of sources is to be found. If one goes back far enough, some of the relevant people will be among those included in that famous reference of England’s early Norman noble and royal families, The Domesday Book. For those who prefer a quick summary, the following paragraphs touch upon a few highlights of Martha’s pedigree.

Martha’s last royal forebear appears to have been Edward III of England -- though the way European royalty intermarried, it’s easy to miss candidates. She can claim earlier descent from Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, and many other monarchs. Many of these 9th to 13th Century figures were her progenitors through multiple branches of her lineage, not just the one flowing from Edward III. Over the next few centuries after the reign of Edward III, the descent passes through a variety of England’s high families. In brief, the sequence goes from Edward through Edmund of Langley to Constance of York to Eleanor Holand to Sir Humphrey Audley (Tuchet) to Elizabeth Audley to Sir John Sydenham to John Sydenham to Anne Sydenham to Newdigate Poyntz.

Newdigate Poyntz, through his descent from his father John Poyntz, was a scion of an old Norman house and the founder of the Poyntz family of Benefeld of Northamptonshire. Newdigate was born 1608 (christened 16 November 1608) at Reigate in Surrey. He served as a captain in the service of Charles I of England and was killed 4 August 1643 in the siege of Gainsborough by the forces of Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads -- the so-called Battle of Gainsborough. Newdigate’s name rose to the public’s attention in the early 1980s when the gossip columnists checked into the blood connection between Prince Charles and his bride-to-be, Diana Spencer. Diana was descended from Newdigate Poyntz (by his third wife Mary Parkyns), and Charles from Newdigate’s great-great grandfather Nicholas Poyntz (1528-1585).

Newdigate’s daughter Dorothea Poyntz, a child of Newdigate’s first wife Sarah Foxley, was born in late 1631 or very early 1632 (christened 3 January 1632) in Benefeld. Dorothea married John Owsley in approximately 1650. John was the son of another prominent English family whose name was derived from heritage lands along the River Ouse. In terms of caste status the match between Dorothea and John was a union of equals. John followed in his father’s footsteps and became a clergyman. (His father, also named John Owsley, was the rector of Trull parish in Taunton in Somersetshire. He was married to Edith Edwards.) John first served as a clerk at Whittlebury Church in Northamptonshire (which is probably where he became acquainted with Dorothea), then won an appointment as rector of the Stoke-Coursey parish in Somersetshire in 1652. He served there until 1660. After the Restoration following the fall of the Commonwealth, John Owsley became the rector of the parish church of Glooston in Leicestershire.

John and Dorothea lived out their lives at Glooston, John passing away 25 December 1687 and Dorothea 2 August 1705. Their union produced twelve children, the younger seven arriving after the couple were installed at Glooston. (The church is shown in the image below right. Photo taken 23 Sep 2001 by Milancie Adams and Al Tietjen. One of the reasons for the formation of the Owsley Family Historical Society in 1979 was that the parish church, founded by the early 13th Century, was falling into disrepair because the hamlet had shrunk to only a few dozen residents, and the diocese was disinclined to spend the money necessary to maintain the historic relic as a functioning house of worship. A portion of O.H.F.S. revenues go toward the upkeep of the edifice and salary of the rector.)

John and Dorothea’s fourth child, Thomas Owsley, was born in 11 June 1658. He is known to have first arrived in the Colony of Virginia by September of 1677. Over the next three years, he was engaged in some sort of enterprise that required sailing back and forth between the colony and Europe. In 1679, he was taken captive in the Mediterranean by Barbary pirates, who released him upon receiving a ransom paid by Rector John Owsley and the parishioners of Glooston. The record of names and amounts contributed has been preserved at the church. Perhaps the incarceration numbed Thomas’s enjoyment of voyages. By the following year he had settled permanently in Stafford County, VA. He led a politically prominent life, serving as a county clerk, a justice of the peace, and a captain in the county militia. He took his oath as a Burgess of Stafford County 3 March 1693 and served until his death seven years later.

Thomas wed Anne Harris, the only child of Lieutenant William Harris. It was a socially advantageous union, and their children might have followed the example had not Thomas died at the relatively young age of forty-two, passing away 10 October 1700. Thomas II, the eldest of their six children, was only about ten years old and there had not been a chance to find him a match within the highest stratum of colonial society. From his generation onward, the Owsleys no longer numbered among the movers and shakers of the colony.

However, Thomas Owsley II did well enough. Born about 1690 in Stafford County, VA, Thomas became a respected figure and like his father was a major landowner in northern Virginia. He worked as a pilot and chain carrier in some of the early surveys of the area, a duty that may sound mundane but in his time was a task entrusted to men of prominence. He was a member of Overwharton Parish, Stafford County and later a member of Hamilton Parish, Prince William county. About 1730, Thomas II married Ann Hudson. (Her birth surname was not known at the time this website went live in 2005; she was identified only recently thanks to O.F.H.S. activity.) Ann was born about 1707 in Virginia and died about 1756. The couple became parents to ten children. Thomas Owsley II died some time between 30 March 1750 and 4 July 1750 in Fairfax County, VA.

Among the ten children of Thomas Owsley II was second son John Owsley, born about 1734 in Virginia. John married Ann Stephens in about 1752. Ann had been born in the early 1730s and was a daughter of Robert and Ann Stephens. The couple lived in Loudoun County, VA, where John had inherited land from his father. John would finish his short lifetime there. Court records show John was frequently in fights, and was charged at various times in his twenties with assault, battery, and trespass. He was stabbed to death in a brawl in October 1764, when he was approximately thirty years old. Francis Kennedy was convicted of the murder, but was later pardoned and released from jail. Ann survived him by many years, dying after 1810 in Tennessee.

John Owsley has as of 2005 become the subject of a family heritage mystery. Samples of Y-chromosome DNA taken from seventeen modern-day Owsley descendants has revealed that John’s pattern does not match the pattern of his brothers, while the brothers’ pattern does match that of other Owsleys. Clearly, John could not have been the biological child of Thomas Owsley II. Among the possible explanations are that his mother cuckolded his father, or that John was an adopted son. John himself adopted his younger brother Pine Owsley (aka Pointz Owsley). John’s sister Sarah Owsley bore at least two children out of wedlock -- perhaps John was an out-of-wedlock child of his father’s sister Sarah, about whom not enough is known to be able to prove otherwise. Floyd Owsley has suggested another theory that fits the facts quite well. No one knows the origin of Ann, the wife of Thomas Owsley II. Her name is known only because in his will, he named her as one of his heirs. It could be she was his second wife. An unknown first wife might have died after bearing Thomas’s first son, Thomas III, and Ann took her place, arriving as a young widow whose baby son John had been sired by her previous husband. It makes sense that Thomas would have adopted his infant stepson and and treated him as a natural son thereafter, including giving him the Owsley name. Such a scenario -- which is not at all unreasonable to contemplate -- would explain why Thomas II’s eldest son and the younger sons all had the right Y-chromosome pattern, but John did not. Unless Ann’s heritage is discovered, we may never know the answer, and therefore Floyd’s theory remains as valid as any. In any event, John was treated as the son of Thomas Owsley II during his lifetime, and so he is treated as such here.

This brings us to another John Owsley, the one mentioned in the first few paragraphs as the father of Joseph Ousley. In the O.F.H.S. discussions, he is often called John Owsley II. He was the third of the five children of John Owsley and Ann Stephens. He was born 6 November 1757 in Loudoun County, VA. John was only a boy of seven when his father was murdered. Undoubtedly this meant he had to “make do” for himself from an early age and did not enjoy the social prominence experienced by his grandfather and great-grandfather. An indication of his status was his eventual occupation of cooper.

John was raised in Loudoun County, and possibly did not leave the area until the upheaval of the Revolutionary War. John enlisted and fought in 1776 and 1777. His service meant he was pensioned in 1833 when Congress rewarded the surviving veterans of the conflict. Resuming his life as a civilian, he set up a new life for himself in Rowan County, NC, where his mother Ann and step-father John Adams had settled near the community of Salisbury. The relocation resulted in John meeting Charity Barton, whom he married in Rowan County on 16 August 1778. Tax rolls confirm John and Charity living in Rowan County in 1778.

In the next few years, the couple moved to Wilkes County, NC, where they lived in or near the community of Roaring River. In 1783, John served in Captain Enoch Osborn’s Company of the Virginia Militia from Montgomery County. (When John applied for his pension, he cited a service of one month guarding the frontiers of Virginia as one of his qualifications.) Two other members of that militia were John and Isaac Barton, Charity’s brothers. Montgomery County bordered Wilkes County, NC in that era. John’s mother and stepfather also came to Roaring River, arriving no later than 1784 -- deeds show that five sons of John Adams (by his first wife) owned vast amounts of land in the county.

Later in the 1780s, John was drawn to Tennessee, apparently going off without Charity, who did not follow until a new home was ready for her and the kids in Claiborne County. Charity appears as sole head of household in the 1790 census for Wilkes County, NC. While on his own, John began his relationship with his other lady in Grainger County, and then participated in the on-going life of that second household for many years, as indicated by his siring of son Robert Owsley in the early 1800s and the fact that son Joseph learned to be a cooper.

The farm in Claiborne County was in the midst of those belonging to other settlers who had come from Wilkes County. Second family or not, the home was John’s main one and remained so until his death. John and Charity’s presence in Claiborne County can be confirmed though various land transactions from 1802 into the 1840s, as well as by census records. John died 19 December 1845, and Charity 20 February 1848. Both were buried in Pleasant Point Cemetery.

And so we come back to Joseph Ousley, son of John. Much of his early life is described earlier in this document. His last decades with Phoebe, all of them spent in Tennessee, appear to have been relatively uneventful, the biggest development being a move from Campbell County to Union County in the 1850s. Joseph and Phoebe’s household appears in Union County in the 1860 and 1870 censuses. In the 1880 census, Phoebe is shown as a widow living with son John Housley back in Campbell County. Joseph’s precise death date is unknown, except that it occurred between the 1870 and 1880 census surveys. Phoebe’s death date is likewise uncertain, save that it occurred after the 1880 census.

It should be mentioned that the ancestry of Phoebe Jane Longmire actually does go back quite a ways in various genealogies. In those records, her parents are identified as John Longmire and Nancy Marshall of North Carolina, whose roots include ancestors with the surnames Clay, Britt, Connolly, Green, Mitchell, and Marston. All eight of Phoebe’s great-grandparents appear to have been born in the British Isles. However, it is still possible the Indian heritage legend is nonetheless true. It was quite common for Indian and part-Indian landholders in the early years of the United States to assume the official identities of white tenants or neighbors in order to keep control of their property. Phoebe or one of her parents may have “borrowed” some or all of the family tree just described.

Joseph and Phoebe were buried in the Cedar Creek Bridge Cemetery, but their graves were later moved to the Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery when the Tennessee Valley Authority built Norris Dam, which caused Cedar Creek Bridge Cemetery to become submerged. The TVA placed markers at the graves of Joseph and Phoebe with incorrect dates on them. A new monument for Joseph and Phoebe was placed in the Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery 8 August 2000 by the Owsley Family Historical Society.

The Life of Martha Jane Ousley

Martha was born 2 June 1828 in Tennessee, almost certainly in Campbell County. Her father (as Joseph Housley) appears on an 1813 petition filed in Campbell County to move the county seat, and he is listed on the 1823 tax list. The household he headed appears there in the 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses. It stands to reason Martha spent the whole of her childhood in Campbell County; however, no documents have been found that absolutely place her there at birth. Joseph and Phoebe did return to Grainger County for a year or so in 1816, and it is possible they might have briefly left Campbell County at other junctures.

Martha is not to be confused with her niece Martha Jane Housley (1848-1907), also of Campbell County, daughter of Robert Housley. The niece became the wife of Andrew Jackson Bratcher.

How Martha met John Sevier Branson is not certain. Though John was born in Tennessee, no records show him as ever residing in Campbell County, and John and his birth family were in Gasconade County, MO by the end of the 1820s -- perhaps reaching that locale even before Martha was born. The first encounter undoubtedly took place in Missouri. The most likely scenario is that Martha went as a teenager in the mid-1840s to join kin who had migrated earlier. Her first cousin Robert Housley Gilmore, the son of her aunt Ann/Amy Housley (one of the two full sisters with whom Joseph Ousley/Housley was raised in Grainger County) had settled in Gasconade County. Robert married Rhoda Branson there in 1841. Rhoda was John Sevier Branson’s sister, the one closest to him in age (two years older). Around this time Martha’s brother William Ousley (thirteen years her senior) was living in Crawford Township, Osage County, MO. Martha is known to have resided with William during the time she was waiting for her husband to return from the California gold fields (i.e. from the spring of 1849 to the autumn of 1850). It is quite likely she was part of William’s household as a single woman earlier in the 1840s, and at some point would have been introduced to John, her cousin’s brother-in-law.

Martha and John’s marriage occurred some time in the mid-1840s, probably the beginning of 1846 (this would agree with the information provided in the 1900 census). It was yet another mingling of the Branson and Ousley/Housley clans, something that had happened several times over the 1700s and first half of the 1800s, including the pairing of Rhoda and Robert, and would happen a number of times further, one example being in the early 20th Century when Martha’s grandson John McDonald married Josie Johnson (Josephine Samantha Johnson), the daughter of Martha’s sister, Caroline Housley.

To get a sense of the course of Martha’s life once she became Mrs. John Branson, the simplest approach is to first read the biography of her husband. Click here to go straight to John’s page. Assuming you’ve just done that and have returned to this spot, below are a few addenda specific to Martha. It’s a shame there isn’t more to offer, but in the 19th Century, the individual doings of women were not often recorded, and Martha is no exception.

Martha was obviously a hardy woman, to have ventured off across the Isthmus of Panama with three little boys in the primitive conditions endured by travellers in the Old West of the early 1850s. It is also obvious that Martha served as the nurturing and steady heart of her immediate family. Moreover, she provided for her loved ones without the benefit of female kin her own age to assist her. The stability of her household is attested to by the fact that so many of her children remained close to Grasshopper Ranch until her very last few years, and so many of the grandchildren partially grew up there.


This is the house at Grasshopper Ranch in the 1890s. Martha is the old lady in the rocking chair. The two adolescent girls are her granddaughters, Elsie and Eunice Harrington, daughters of Nancy Anne Branson.


One faint scrap of biography specific to Martha appears in Bones of the Bransons when Ivan Branson mentions that Martha was known as an accomplished midwife. Her husband’s Confederate sympathies were not enough to prevent her from lending her services to a young black woman in the late 1860s. The woman couldn’t pay Martha to help with the birth (a job which included cooking and housekeeping for the family during the post-partum phase), so Martha suggested they trade in kind, since Martha was due to have a baby herself a few months later. (Ivan Branson speculates that the resulting offspring were Louella Rogers, later a long-time postmistress of Hornitos, and John Sevier Branson, Jr. This guess is probably correct. Louella was a daughter of Moses Rodgers, who as the boss of the Washington Mine employed or would go on to employ a number of Martha’s sons and a son-in-law. (If you go to John's biography page, you will be able to see a photograph of Moses Rodgers and fifteen other Mariposa County pioneers -- one of the other fifteen being John Sevier Branson -- posing in front of the Barcroft Saloon in Hornitos in 1890.) One has to wonder if Martha would have been so tolerant of an Indian mother-to-be.

It is an open question how much Martha agreed with John when he favored the cause of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Martha’s brothers, brothers-in-law, and Tennessee-based nephews fought for the North, not the South. One would assume she would have shared the views of her birth family members. Yet perhaps she did not. There is no indication she ever saw any of her siblings in the flesh even once in her life after coming west as a young woman. She may have been the nonconformist of her family and her loyalties may have been fully in keeping with her spouse and the miners of Phillips Flat. But if she did feel in her heart that the Union cause was the right one, imagine her distress when John decided to celebrate the assassination of President Lincoln. She may have kept silent to preserve harmony within her home and community, but privately she must have been in turmoil.

Martha served as a midwife as late as 1901, when she helped daughter-in-law Mary Simmons Branson, Alvin’s wife, deliver Ivan. She was then seventy-three years old, and the two-day labor took all of her stamina. On the subject of Ivan, he was initially named Donald (a name chosen by his older sister Maude as a reward for staying home to help with the birth and post-partum period instead of leaving Mariposa County to attend business school), but Martha protested strenuously that this was an old Scots name and was therefore unsuitable. What she had against the Scottish is uncertain. She was equally unhappy when her daughter-in-law changed Donald to Ivan, declaring that name to be too Russian. She later remarked that she wished she had kept her mouth shut.

Martha died 12 January 1908 at Grasshopper Ranch and is buried in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Hornitos beside John. Pictures of this graveyard are posted on the Mariposa County Research website. Click here to go the page.


One of the rare surviving photos of Martha is this one, which surfaced in February, 2008 amid the mementoes preserved by one of her great great grandsons. It was a portrait taken in about 1903, probably at a photography studio in Merced, of four generations of the Branson/Ousley clan. Those shown are Martha herself, her daughter Nancy Anne Branson Harrington Napier at left, Nancy’s eldest daughter Mary Josephine Harrington McDonald at right, and behind them all (probably standing on a stool, as he was only four or five years old), with his hand on Martha’s shoulder, is Josephine’s son Robert Seafield McDonald. The latter was Martha’s very first great-grandchild.


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