Saturday, June 11, 2016

You Just Never Know

A couple of weeks ago I received an email and it was from my great-grandmother's first cousin!  Now my great-grandmother was born in 1873, so you can imagine my surprise!  This first cousin of hers was born in 1928, the same year as my mother!

So she is able to fill in lots of lost information for me and also has a couple of pictures to share, one of which she said is of my great-grandmother!

I just love these kind of genealogical surprises!

Book about Civil War Missouri

 The Homefront in Civil War Missouri by James W. Ervin is a good overview of how the Civil War
affected Missouri.  I was interested in the book because of my genealogical research that involved members of the family from Missouri who fought for the Confederacy.  This book does a good job describing what it was like on the homefront for the family members left behind while their loved ones were off fighting.  There were marauders, bushwackers and guerrilla fighters everywhere and no one was safe.  Wives and mothers watched as the husbands, sons, and fathers were beaten, or worse.

Below is an example that I have found doing research on my family:

To be technical, Richard Douglass was the husband of my 2nd great granduncle's wife's niece. Richard Douglass was married to Mary Saunders. Richard was a 1st Lieutenant in Company F, 1st Missouri Regiment (CSA). He fought for the Confederacy.

In August of 1863, Richard Douglass was a prisoner at Gratiot St. Prison in St. Louis.  In the Texas County (Missouri) Heritage book it was written about Richard Douglass:

 "Was beaten to death with the fire shovel until his brains spilled out by bushwackers at his brother, Andrew's house near Union late 1863.  The women had to bury Richard since the rest of the men had to leave the area." 

 This book is an excellent resource for anyone researching in Civil War Missouri. It was well-written and easy to read, with lots of resources sited.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Who is the "Moore" ?

I have been looking for a long time to identify who the “Moore” was that married Nancy J. Adamson, daughter of Allen and Elizabeth Saunders Adamson.  At last, I may have some information.

Nancy J. Adamson was born about 1838 in Kentucky.  She was the first known daughter in the family.  She was listed with her family in the 1850 Crawford County, Missouri Census as age 12 (listing is under Allen “Adsun”). Nancy’s mother, Elizabeth Saunders Adamson, died around 1858 and soon after her father, Allen, took off for Kentucky, leaving the younger children with his wife’s relatives.

In the 1860 Upton, Texas County, Missouri Census, Nancy was listed as living with her mother’s brother, John Saunders and his family.  Nancy was listed as “Nancy More”, age 23, born in Kentucky.  She was also listed with a one month old son (first name not given).  I have not found any marriage records for Nancy.

I have not found Nancy Adamson Moore after the 1860 Census; however, it appears that she had another child.  The 1870 Upton, Texas County, Missouri Census shows a Nancy J. Moore, age 3, born in Missouri, living with CM Hill and his wife Nancy Saunders Hill. (Nancy Saunders Hill was the daughter of George W. Saunders, brother to Elizabeth Saunders Adamson)

This young Nancy was again found in the 1876 Texas County, Missouri still living with the Charles M. Hill family.  In this census, she is listed as “Nancy J. Hill”, under ten years of age. And again, in the 1880 Piney, Texas County, Missouri Census, Nancy is listed with the Mitch and Nancy Hill family.  She is again listed as “Nancy J. Hill”, age 11, born in Missouri.

I have found no records for Nancy Adamson Moore after her listing in the 1860 Census.  It appears that she had two children, a son born about 1860 and a daughter, Nancy J. Moore, born about 1867.  My best guess is that Nancy J. Adamson Moore died between 1867 and 1870.

So who is this “Moore” who apparently married Nancy J. Adamson around 1860 and fathered two children with her?  Until about a month ago, I had no clue.  I had sent for some records from the Missouri Archives Union Provost Marshal Papers for Richard Douglass.  Richard had been married to Mary Saunders, sister to Elizabeth Saunders Adamson.  When the records arrived they included a reference to a “Robert Moore”.

I sent for those records and found that that "Robert Moore" had his horse stolen in Uplands Township, Texas County Missouri on the 10th of September in 1862 by Peter Saunders, Richard Douglass, JP Saunders and Thomas Saunders, along with two others.  [Peter Saunders was Elizabeth Saunders Adamson’s brother and JP and Thomas Saunders were his sons. Richard Douglass was married to Mary Saunders, sister to Elizabeth Saunders Adamson]

Another statement, dated the 10th of October in 1862 reported that William Moore, Thomas Knight and AJ Moore saw the men named in the petition of Robert Moore rob him of a horse with saddle and bridle worth $98.

Since all the men named in these reports are closely related to Nancy J. Adamson Moore, I am guessing that this Robert Moore may have been the "Moore" who fathered the two children of Nancy Adamson Moore.

Some further research showed that Robert D. Moore served in the Eighth Missouri Infantry (CSA)-the same that Allen, Isaac, John Wesley and William Adamson (Nancy Adamson Moore’s brothers) served in.  Information found shows that Robert Moore enlisted in Thomasville, MO on 7 August 1862; “Eyes: gray; Hair: dark; Height: 6'; Age 27.  Serg't (October 10, 1862).  Farmer; Deserted Dec. 29, 1862 in Sebastian County, Arkansas; Captured and sent to Ft. Wyman, Rolla Mo; Probably took oath of allegiance; Released Feb. 1863.”

The 1860 Piney, Texas, Missouri Census shows a Robert More, age 25, born in Kentucky and a William More, age 21, born in Tennessee, listed as living with the RW Rodgers family. This would indicate that the Robert More listed here would be 27 years old in 1862, same as the Robert Moore listed above. And the above report named a William Moore.

So, I still have no actual proof that this Robert Moore is the “Moore” I am seeking.  Nor do I have any proof that he actually married Nancy J. Adamson (other than she was listed as Nancy More in the 1860 census).
Regardless, my speculation is that this is the “Moore” and his being attacked by Nancy’s family in September of 1862 had something to with his relationship with Nancy.  It’s interesting to note that she apparently had another child with him in 1867!

As of today, I have been unable to locate what became of this Robert Moore. I am hoping to perhaps find more military records, but records for those who served in the Missouri CSA are sparse. 

I also have not been able to find what became of Nancy Adamson’s child, Nancy J. Moore after 1880.  It may be that she continued to go by the name of Hill and I need to search for that. I have never found any additional records of references to the male Moore born in 1860.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Richard Douglass-killed by Bushwhackers in Missouri in 1863

Richard Douglass and Mary Saunders were married on the 11th of January 1855 in Texas County, Missouri, being about ages twenty-one and nineteen respectively.  Richard was born in about 1833 in Tennessee, the son of Matthew and Nancy Weaver Douglass and the fourth of ten children. Mary was the daughter of Peter and Jane Saunders, born in about 1835 in Illinois. 

Richard was listed in the 1850 Texas County, Missouri Census as age seventeen, living with his parents. He and Mary were listed in the 1860 Texas County, Missouri Census, along with their children: Thomas Randolph., age 5, Nancy Jane, age 4, and Peter Matthew, age 1.  Richard was listed as a farmer. They were living next door to Mary’s sister, Nancy Saunders Martin.

from the Houston Herald (Texas County, Missouri), August 16, 1956, page 7:

"Last week's Mystery Farm belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Elam Crawford and is familiarly known to neighbors as the Old Lundy Mill.  About nine miles southwest of Houston on the Bado mail route, this spot on Little Piney has been a favorite swimming hole for some time.  Years ago the Lundy mill and the Lundy store and the post office set on opposite sides of the road....
The farm was homesteaded by a Richard Douglas whose name appears on the patent with the date 1857....."

Richard Douglass enlisted on June 27, 1861 in Howell County, Missouri, in Company A, 8th Missouri Infantry (CSA).  He was captured in Howell County, Missouri on the 22nd of May 1863.  At the time he was captured he was a 1st Lieutenant in Company F, 1st Missouri Regiment.  Records are conflicting/confusing about where Richard Douglass was after his capture. From records located it appears that he was taken to Springfield, Missouri for two weeks, then placed at the Gratiot Street Prison in St. Louis.  It appears that he was there from the 15th of June, 1863 to the 30th of June, 1863.  Records then indicate that he was sent to Johnson’s Island in Ohio on the 17th of August 1863, then transferred to Alton (Illinois) on the 29th of September 1863. He was also listed as being in Gratiot Prison from the 1st of October 1863 to the 5th of October 1863.

In August of 1863 Richard gave a statement that included the following information:

Richard stated that he had served under Price and McBride, and was in battles at Lexington and Wilson's Creek.  He reported that he had never furnished arms to the rebellion, and had never been with anyone taking horses, arms, etc. He stated that he was a southern sympathizer and that he had no slaves.  He also stated that he had a wife and four children, and was a farmer. He reported that he had relatives in the rebellion: his father-in-law and a brother-in-law;    

"I have been in Camp with my Regiment in Arkansas and Missouri.  I was discharged from the MO State Guard.  I went to Fulton County Ar.  What did you do there?  I did not do anything.  Sometimes and farm.  I did not think it safe for me to remain at home.  From Fulton County Arkansas I went to Howell County MO where I was captured.  I am not willing to take the oath of allegiance.  I never belonged to Freeman's ..........” 

The recommendation was that the prisoner (Richard) be tried.

From records found on, it states that Richard Douglass was a Lieutenant in Freeman’s Regiment, MO Cavalry.

Apparently, Richard was not in prison later in the year of 1863, because he was at his brother Andrew’s home late in 1863 where bushwhackers found him and he 

“was beaten to death with the fire shovel until his brains spilled out……The women had to bury Richard since the rest of the men had to leave the area.” (taken from the Texas County Heritage Book).

One can only imagine what the horror of this was.

Mary was left with either three or four young children, from ages five to eight years old.  Three children have been found on census readings, but it is noted that Richard reported in August of 1863 that he had four children.

Richard’s wife, Mary, moved to Lawrence County, Arkansas and was living there with their three children in the 1870 Census. In 1876 Mary married Richard P. Dickens in Newton County, Arkansas.  He had been married twice before and had five children.  Richard Pickens and Mary went on to have either two or three children together.

It is believed that Mary Saunders Douglass Dickens died in 1893 when she was 56 years old.  She had lived thirty years after the brutal murder of her first husband.

Dora Ann Todden-Leap Year

Dora Todden was born on Leap Day, the 29th of February 1872 in Chatsworth, Livingston County, Illinois to William and Martha Jane Cozad Todden.  Her mother died when Dora was about two years old, leaving her father with her, along with her nine year old sister, Amanda, and eight year old brother, Remington.  William Todden remarried in about 1875, abut that wife died shortly after the marriage.  He then married Sarah Redd in 1879.

In the 1880 Census for Livingston County, Illinois William and Sarah are listed with Amanda and Remington, but Dora is not living with them.  Dora was listed in the 1880 Livington County, Illinois Census with Marvill and Elizabeth Mastor as their adopted daughter.  Her name was listed as “Dora A. Toddon”. Dora’s father William and his wife, Sarah, had seven children.  It is not known if Dora ever lived with the family or not. 
Dora Ann Todden married Hubert Bischel in 1896.  William and Sarah Todden were listed as the witnesses for the marriage.  Hubert was thirty-eight years old and Dora was twenty-four years old.  It was a first marriage for both of them.
Dora and Hubert’s first child, Emma, was born the following year in Woodford County in 1897. The three of them were listed in Woodford County in the 1900 Census.  In 1901, a son, Walter, was born to Hubert and Dora.

Dora and Hubert continued to live in Woodford County during the 1910, 1920 and 1930 Census’. In 1932, Hubert died at the age of seventy-six.  Dora was listed as living by herself in 1940, still in Woodford County, Illinois.  During the war years, she lived in East Peoria next door to her daughter, Emma.

Dora died at a nursing home in 1955.  She was eighty-three years old.  Or in Leap time, she was twenty years old!