Looney Family

It's hard to resist saying that you are descended from the Looney family. I think most people feel that to some extent or another. However, we really are. Margaret E. Looney married Alexander Caldwell in 1778 in Craig's Creek, Botetourt County, Virginia. The Looney mill archeological site is a National Historic Landmark.

The Looney family was very colorful. At least one wife sued her husband, unheard of in pre-twentieth century America. Children sued their father. People came and went. I've included a lot of these stories in the genealogy pages for this family.

Web site with Looney stories: New River web site

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Descendants of Joseph Or John Looney
Generation No. 1
1. JOSEPH OR JOHN1 LOONEY was born Bet. 1642 - 1662 in Isle of Man, and died Unknown. He married
ELIZABETH LLEWELLEN. She was born Bet. 1642 - 1662 in Isle of Man, and died Unknown.
Children of JOSEPH LOONEY and ELIZABETH LLEWELLEN are:
i. MOSES2 LOONEY, d. Unknown.
ii. JOSIAH LOONEY, d. Unknown.
iii. JAMES LOONEY, d. Unknown.
iv. PETER LOONEY, d. Unknown.
v. JONATHAN LOONEY, d. Unknown.
vi. ADAM LOONEY, d. Unknown.
vii. JOHN LOONEY, d. Unknown.
viii. BENJAMIN LOONEY, d. Unknown.
ix. MICHAEL LOONEY, d. Unknown.
x. SAMUEL LOONEY, d. Unknown.
xi. DAVID LOONEY, d. Unknown.
xii. JOSEPH LOONEY, d. Unknown.
xiii. ABRAHAM OR ABSOLEM LOONEY, d. Unknown.
2. xiv. ROBERT LOONEY, b. Feb 1692, Ballagilley Farm, , Saint Maughold, Isle of Man; d. Bet. 14 Sep
1769 - 13 Nov 1770, Reed Creek area, Botetourt County, Virginia.
Generation No. 2
2. ROBERT2 LOONEY (JOSEPH OR JOHN1)1 was born Feb 1692 in Ballagilley Farm, , Saint Maughold, Isle of Man,
and died Bet. 14 Sep 1769 - 13 Nov 1770 in Reed Creek area, Botetourt County, Virginia. He married
ELIZABETH STOVER in Isle of Man. She was born Abt. 1696 in Sheading, Kirk Lonan, Isle of Man, and died 1770
in Reed Creek area, Botetourt County, Virginia.
Notes for ROBERT LOONEY:
First Generations in America
According to some accounts the Looneys are said to be of Scotch origin, more often they are considered to be
from Ireland where the O'Looneys were chiefs of Montir Loney, a district known as the Monter Loney Mountains
in the county of Tyrone. It is also a Munster surname found chiefly in Cork and Clare, Ireland. Variants of the
name are O'Looney; O'Lowney; Lowney; O'Luinie, Lonney, Lunney, Luna, etc.
The Looneys descended from Robert Looney of Augusta and Botetourt Counties, Virginia, and said to have come
from Ballagilley Farm about 3 miles south of Ramsey in Maughold Parish, Isle of Man; or possibly from
Ballalooney in Amogary Parish. They claim that an ancestor fought with marlborough in Flanders (ca 1708-1709)
in the reign of Queen Anne.
According to persistent tradition in these Looney families, they are descended from John and Llewellen Looney
who had 14 sons; namely, Moses, Josiah, James, Peter, Jonathan, Adam, John, Benjamin, Michael, Samuel,
Robert, David, Joseph and Abraham. Sometimes Absalom is given instead of Abraham.
The tradition of John and Llewellen and their 14 sons is widespread and has had - or received- considerable
attention. It has been considered that John and Llewellen were the parents of Robert (1) who married Elizabeth
and lived in Augusta and Botetourt Counties of Virginia. It is also suggested that it originated from the fact that
Robert (1) and Robert Jr. Had a combined total of 14 children, the births extending from ca 1718 to 1740 and
from ca 1743 to 1754 for the son. (However, only 7 names above given are on the combined list of 10 plus 4.)
The tradition has in some
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cases been traced to Judge Benjamin F. Looney of Greenville, Texas, Who states that he copied it from the Bible
(since burned) of his grandfather (who was Absalom (4) Benjamin (3) or Robert (2)Jr). Judge Looney's record
from the same source for the children of Robert (2) Looney is in agreement with information obtained from the
will of Moses (3) Looney and the will of Mary, widow of Benjamin (3) Looney. Records in Hawkins County,
Tennessee, of a lawsuit by Wm. Gardner against Mary, widow of Benjamin (3) Looney, also confirm Judge
Looney's account . Finally, it seems that the Bible of Absalom (4) Looney recorded the name of Hetty Renfo " as
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the wife of John (2) Looney. Hetty is a nickname for Hester or Esther and the Bible record named their sons John,
Stephen, Robert, and Peter. The searches made in compiling this account of the Looney family have verified the
wife's name, and the children named have (chronologically at least) permitted a reasonable interpretation of the
Looney family (John (2) Looney) that otherwise seemed impossible.
In brief, the only error that has been shown in connection with the records from the Bible of Absalom(4) Looney
is the apparent complete elimination of one generation that of Robert (1) and his wife, Elizabeth. Therefore the
compiler thinks it probable that John Looney and his wife ----Llewellen (as Judge Looney writes her name) were
the parents of 14 sons (and doubtless some daughters) of whom the 11th (as Judge Looney specifies) was Robert,
his ancestor. Of the 14 names above, only Josiah does not appear among the children ad grandchildren of Robert
(1) Looney and his wife Elizabeth.
Some attention should be given to the idea that some of Robt's brothers came to America with him or at about the
same time. Maryland muster rolls during the Revolution list John Looney ad a Thomas Looney. The 1790 census
of Maryland lists several Loneys
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and Lunees, but no indications have been found that any of them are related to Robert (1) of Augusta County,
Virginia.
If the John Lowney whose estate was appraised on 17 June 1762 (Augusta, Va., wills 5, 170) was related, it
would probable be as a brother of Robert (1), but no indication of this has been found.
Nevertheless, the descendants of Robert (1) have spelled their names in many ways and care is necessary to
eliminate the others not of the same immediate ancestry. For example, in Fayette County, Kentucky, one finds a
Thomas Lonay in the 1810 census and a Jos. Lonney marrying a Frances Simpson in 1817 with Thomas Lonay as
bondsman. Then Hugh Looney married Nancy Harris in 1837. But at the 1850 census Hugh Loney age 51 with
wife Nancy is recorded as born in Ireland. Again in Strafford County, New Hampshire, at the 1850 census there is
listed Francis Looney, 48 born in England, with wife, Rhoda A. 23, born in New Hampshire, also in the same
county was Richard Looney 25, born in New Hampshire, also in the same county was Richard Looney 25, born in
Nova Scotia.
A Thomas Looney came from the Isle of man to New York City about 1850 and had a son Alexander who was
father of Howard C. Looney of Washington, D. C. Relatives in Michigan were: Howard M. Looney and Walter
Looney, Pontiac; Robert Looney and Thomas Looney, Oakland County.
Ellenor Looney and Robert Looney, Both born in Ireland, were in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1870. Moses
Loney with wife Frances and children Amos and William were in Harford County, Md., in 1776. Lott Loney and
Kitt Loney were in nearby Maryland at the same time.
In Virginia Joseph Lunee, Tarpley Lunee, and Ellis Lunee were in Northymberland County in 1790.
No record of Robert (1) Looney in America has been found earlier than 1734 when Robert and Elizabeth Looney
were in
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Philadelphia at the time their son Peter was born. This is known only because of an interview that Peter had on 28
July 1757 at Philadelphia with a correspondent of the "London Chronicle: or Universal Evening Post." The issue
for September 6 - 8 gives an account of Peter's captivity for about a year among the French and Indians at Fort
Detroit. Peter stated that he was about 23 years of age, had been born in Philadelphia, and was on his way from
Albany to Virginia where his parents lived. (Miss Valley Hist. Rev. 13, 76, 15, 95.)
It is probable that in 1734 Robert and Elizabeth and their older children, at least 7 sons, had recently arrived in
America and that they soon moved westward through Pennsylvania. This family was one of 70 that entered the
Colony of Virginia with Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan, of the Province of Pennsylvania, according to an
agreement made as set forth in an order of the Lieutenant Governor and Council of the Colony and Dominion of
Virginia dated 25 April 1735. (Executive Journal of the Council of 4, 229. See also William and Mary Historical
Quarterly (2) 16, 617; and Hopewell Friends History. 1734-1934, p. 12.) Others among 41 who were "imported"
into Virginia at the same time were: John Mills, John Mills Jr., James Davis, Edward Davis, Evan Thomas,
Nathaniel Thomas, and Thomas Anderson.
Robert Luna (like the others who entered Virginia with Ross and Bryan) received a patent from George the
Second. Robert's was dated 12 Nov. 1735 for 294 acres on the south bank of the Cohongoronta (Upper Potomac)
River, near Samuel Owens' plantation, to be held as of the King's Manor of East Greenwich in the county of Kent,
in free and common socage, not in Capite or by Knight's services, by cultivating and improving 3 and part of
every 50 acres of land fee rent of one shilling yearly, and by
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Cultivating and improving 3 and part of every 50 acres of the tract within 3 years. This property was probably not
far from Hagerstown, Maryland, where, according to some accounts, one of the Looney children once attended
school.
Robert Looney received 1540 pounds of tobacco for 11 old wolf's heads at Orange County Court, 26 October
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1738. Robert Luney was sued by John Harrison in 1740 concerning 1 long gun. Judgment was obtained by default
in 1741 for 40 shilling and 135 pounds of tobacco (costs), but in 1742 it seems uncollectable and Robert Luney
was not found in the sheriff's bailiwick. (These several actions are recorded in order Books 1, 2, & 3, of Orange
County, Va.) The homeplace had been sold to Jeremiah Jacks before the suit. On 22 March 1739 the Orange
County Court ordered the recording of the deed from Robert Luna to Jeremiah Jacks, but it seems not to have
been done. (A second deed was made, perhaps 4 Nov. 1756, by James Jacks acting for Robert Looney of Augusta
County; David Looney et al being witnesses to the power of Attorney which was dated 13 June 1766, or possibly
merely recorded in Frederick County on that date.
Baylor's Book of Surveys in Frederick County Courthouse, shows that Robert Looney had a survey on Lunie's
Mill Creek in April 1740. The Looney family probably moved south through the Shenandoah Valley about 1739
or 1740. Robert Looney obtained a grant of 250 acres on James River and on Lunie's Mill Creek on 30 July 1742.
These lands are not far from Natural Bridge in what had become Augusta County in 1738 (but not organized as
such until 1745) and in 1769 became a part of Botetourt County. Consequently, since the Augusta County was not
organized, the suits in Orange County continued. Adam Payne sued Robert Luney of trespass in 1745, but after
several continuances it was dismissed in 1744. Francis and John Marshall
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sued Robert Luney for debt in 1744, James Patton being security for Luney. The case was tried by jury 4 August
1744 and a verdict found against Luney for 18 pounds 1 shilling 6 pence, with 1 penny damage, and so recorded 5
October 1745. (Orange Order Book 4).
The old Looney home on the James stood on the sough bank of the river and the west bank of the creek, but it was
seldom usable and the family operated a ferry at the eddy just above the creek. Robert and his sons hunted, ran
the ferry and a mill, grazed cattle and horses, and developed a nursery and orchards. (See Kegley's Virginia
Frontier, p. 163; also West Va. Blue Book 1924, and Roanoke Times 4 June 1961.) Looney's Ferry estb. 1742)
From the Augusta County Court records as abstracted in Chalkleys Records of Augusta County, Virginia, much
can be learned about Robert and Elizabeth Looney and their children. In 1745 he received some cash, probably
from the estate of Daniel Monahan. The first court for the new county was held on 9 December 1745 when Robert
Looney, John Newport, and Timothy Holdway were appointed to value improvements by Christian Zimmerman
on 400 acres. A court order of 10 Feb. 1745-6 appoints Robert Looney as an appraiser. On 20 August 1747 his
wife was excused from attendance at court, being aged and infirm, and a commission was appointed to take her
testimony. In 1750 Robert Looney and John Smith were sureties for Elizabeth Barber, administratrix of George
Barber.
On 11 October 1759 Robert Looney made an agreement with his sons Peter Looney and David Looney by the
terms of which much of his land and other property were given to these sons who were to build a house for their
parents and care for them through the infirmities of old age. There was some delay or dispute over the terms of
the agreement and meanwhile Peter died in 1760. But again an
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agreement was reached, David was even willing to move the barn in order to build the house where his parents
wanted it. Peter's widow sent for the cattle that she was to "winter" as her part of the bargain. David drew
firewood to Robert and also wintered cattle. Widow Looney sent a "hand" to cut wood for Robert, etc.
During these years both Robert and his sons furnished supplies to troops in service on the frontier. For example,
on 15 Jan. 1759 Robert Looney signed a receipt for L6, 5s, - 5d in payment for beef for the use of Colonel John
Buchanan's company. (Wisc. Hist. Publ., "Preston and Va. Papers," Calendar Series Vol. 1, 44. See also
Henning's Statutes V 11, 190.)
In 1762 Robert is mentioned as exempt from county levy, probably because of age. Yet, in an old Survey Book in
Rockingham County, there is mention of a survey of 60 acres on the south side of James River for Robert Looney,
dated 17 March 1762, of land adjoining other land of said Looney. (Augusta Surveys 2, 14.)
But on 15 November 1762 something happened that made it possible for Looney descendants to get considerable
information about Robert and his family. One this day Robert Looney and Elizabeth deeded to John Bowyer 250
acres, the land that was patented in 1742 on 30 July. This seems to have included not only the land verbally given
to sons Peter and David but also land previously given to sons Absalom and Daniel. Consequently, certain suits
were brought by the heirs of Daniel and of Peter against Robert Looney and John Bowyer, and these affairs were
taken or discussed in the court records at length. Robert (1) was active at least as late as August 1764 when he
pleaded in answer to such suits that he was drunk (intoxicated) when the instruments were signed, on 20 Nov.
1764 he deeded land, 160 acres at Sinking Springs to Joseph Looney. On 24 May 1765 it was decreed that John
Bowyer
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should reconvey to each of the interested parties their lands. The agreement of 1759 was recorded in the same
month. John Bowyer deeded the lands to David Looney, to Peter Looney Jr., son of Peter Looney, deceased and
to "Margaret" Looney, daughter and heiress of Daniel.
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In May 1768 there is recorded an account or record of settlement between Robert Looney and Irwin Patterson's
estate. From this it seems that Elizabeth Looney bought one looking glass and sundry goods on 10 May 1745-6
also that ferriage at 20 shillings per annum for 10 years was due from Patterson's estate to Looney.
Certain entries at the October term of court in 1770 indicate that Robert was living then, but his death occurred in
Oct. or Nov. before his will was proved 13 November 1770.
Robert Looney's Will
In the name of God amen September the fourteenth one thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine I Robert Looney
being very sick and weak in Body but of Perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life
and knowing that all men was worn to die once I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my Body to the
ground to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but I shall have it
again at the Resurrection. As for the worldly Estate that it has pleased God to Bless me with I give and bequeath
in manner and form the following. I leave my well beloved wife Elizabeth Luney and my beloved son Joseph
Luney to be my sole Executors. Next I leave to my beloved grandson John Luney one shilling sterling. All the
remainder of my Bodily Estate after my funeral charges and Lawful Debts are paid I give and bequeath to my well
beloved wife Elizabeth Luney to Live on and use as she pleaseth During her natural Life and then to descend to
my beloved son Joseph at her death the rest of my children having already got all that I allow to them of my
estate.
Signed Sealed and Pronounced in Presence of us
John Smith His
James Crow Robert (RL) Luney (Seal)
Elinor Crow Mark
John Burton (His Mark)
At a court held for Botetourt County the 13th of November 1770 this writing purporting to be the last will and
Testament of Robert Looney decd. was Presented in court by Joseph Looney one of the Executors herein named
and proved by the oaths of Thomas Crow, James Crow and John Smith and ordered to be recorded and on motion
of said Executor who made oath according to Law certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due
form whereupon he together with Abraham McClelland and John Looney his securities entered into and
acknowledged their bond in five Hundred pounds conditioned as the Law directs. Tests John May C.B.C.
Recorded in Will Book A, page 5; Botetourt County, Virginia. (Robert's mark was a capital R on the upper shank
of capital L.) (Probably his stock Brand)
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Abraham McClelland was a brother of the wife of David (2) Looney, and John Looney, who also acted as security
for Joseph (2) Looney, the executor, was Robert's son, about 38 years old at that time. John Looney, grandson,
was the eldest son of Robert (2) Jr. (deed).) and legal heir by right of primogeniture.
It is unfortunate that Robert (1) Looney did not name all of his children in his will. The muster roll of the Augusta
County Militia, Company 8, under Captain George Robinson includes Thomas, Dan, and Adam Looney, in the
order mentioned, and the date of this list has been fixed by Waddell as 1742. Probably Robert (1) was too old for
service at that time. This roll is here accepted as a clue to the relative ages of older sons of Robert (1) and
Elizabeth. It is surmised that no other sons were as old as 16 in 1742.
With possible exception of Samuel, the above and 6 others are established as sons of Robert (1) Looney by
reference to the Augusta County records.
According to Notable Southern Families (Vol. 2, pp. 305, 315) a Louisa Looney married Captain John Shelby of
the military organization of Washington County, Virginia. According to a D.A.R. application paper (Lineage 78,
382) John Shelby Sr. (b. 1724 - d. 1794) went to join his brother Moses in North Carolina in 1750 where he met
Louisa Looney. He established a station in the Wautauga District known as Shelby's. Their children were: John
Jr., married Elizabeth Brigham; David married Sarah Bledsoe; Eban, Thomas, Isaac; Louisa married Wm.
McCrab; and Catherine Shelby who married ____ Evan.
Also, according to D.A.R. lineage Lucy Jane Looney married 1753 Stephen Holston (1729-1776) son of Henry
Holston Sr. (Lineage 68, 301; 149, 235.) Among their children was James Henry (1754-1825) who married Lucy
Austin (1764-).
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Doubtless there were other daughters. It is not unlikely that some of them may have married men named Clark,
Crow, Mills, Rowland, or Smith who were closely associated with the Looneys.
Mrs. Edward Spear Atkinson of 1502 Stuart Avenue, Houston, Texas (in 1947) and Mrs. Louisa P. Bosworth of
Woodstock, Vermont (in 1945) are interested in various families of early Sullivan County, N.C. In a letter to the
compiler from Mrs. Bosworth in 1945 one finds; "Have you any record of the marriage of Abraham McClelland
to Julie Ann Looney? Mrs Atkinson says he was married twice, and Julia Ann Looney was his first wife. He
(Abraham McClelland) was very evidently the son of John and brother of William who married Barbara Walker,
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of Mary who married Bobt. (sic) Looney, and of ---(Jane) who md.... (Samuel) Gamble." (David instead of Robert
Looney was intended of course.) Then in an undated letter in February or March 1947 Mrs. Atkinson included a
list of 9 children of William McClelland who married 22 December 1768 Barbara Walker born 1741. Among
those children were:
3) Jane McClelland b. 28 Oct. 1770, married James Looney.
5) Abraham McClelland b. 1 Nov. 1776, m. Julia Ann (or Annis) Looney.
In a later letter Mrs. Atkinson reported that John Wallace born 1750 married (")-----McClelland and being left a
widow she m. (2) Captain Wm. Lowry in Blount County, Tenn. They had a son, Abraham Wallace, who married
in 1802 his first cousin Ann McClelland, only daughter of Abraham McClelland by his first wife.
The bases of these reports are not known to the compiler and their interpretation with respect to Looney is not
clear. As Mrs Atkinson observed, the Abraham McClelland, son of Wm. and Barbara, was not old enough to have
a daughter marrying in 1802; but it is plain that Abraham McClelland, brother of Mrs. David Looney was to old
to have had a first wife's only daughter that married in 1802; and
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especially so because he had a Rachel who married ca 1759 James Gregg. Thus if weight is given to the Wallace
report there remains no implication that Julis Annis Looney was one of the daughters of Robert (1) Looney. There
is some possibility that these reports may pertain to the Adam Looney Branch of this family. (See Adam Branch).
There are other questions of early date. One is the identity of Mary Looney who owned land on the south side of
Looney's Mill Creek adjacent to the 196 acres (adjoining John Mill's land) that were surveyed for John Looney on
March 4, 1768. (Rockingham County surveys 1, 137.) With reference to the 196 acres Kegley says, "line of his
own land and Mary Looney's Land." Does this indicate that a Mary Looney was married to John Mills at about
this time? Professor Taylor thought that Mary, as used here, was an error for Margaret, the widow of Robert
Looney J., but Robert Jr. died in 1756 and Margaret was called Renfro as early as 1763. On the other hand, she
and her son John (3) did not sell their 213 acres on the Looney Mill Creek until 1773. (See Robert Looney Jr.
Branch.)
There was also a Margaret Looney who had a survey of 250 acres on Looney's Mill Creek in 1755, according to
Kegley. Peter (2) Looney bought 250 acres on the Creek in 1754, but was not married until ca 1759 and died in
1760. His widow Margaret seems not to have married James McCain before 1767 and thus may have had the land
surveyed in 1765 but not in 1755.
The following is a tentative list of the children of Robert (1) and Elizabeth Looney, with Approximate and
adjusted best estimates of dates of birth, death, and marriage.
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CHILDREN OF ROBERT AND ELIZABETH LOONEY.
Thomas Looney, b. 1718-1746; d. between 1755-60, married Jane Harmon. Had one child only so far as known -
Lovice Looney m. John Brigham.
Robert Jr. Looney, b. 1721-1756; m. ca 1742/43 Margaret Rhea, who later as Robert's widow married Stephen
Renfro. (See Robt Jr. Branch)
Daniel Looney, 1723-1760, married Jane Evans.
Adam Looney, 1725-1770, m. Hannah Wright, of N. Carolina. (See Adam Looney Branch)
Samuel Looney, 1727-175- said to have been killed by Indians in 1760. His widow was Ann ---- who adm. estate
and married Elijah Cross. Looney children were Samuel Jr. and Moses. (H.H. Smith, Blountville, Tenn. is a
descendant of Elijah and Ann Looney Cross.)
Louisa Looney, 1728- married Capt. John Shelby, say 1750-51 in North Carolina.
Absalom Looney, 1729-1796; three years old when brought to the colonies. Married Margaret (Peggy), who was
not living at the time he made his will 1791, probated 1796. (See Absalom (2) Branch.)
Lucy Jane Looney, b. 1730- married in 1753 Stephen Holston-(or (Lucy had Henry Holston or Holstein)
John Looney, 1732-1817, m ca 1759 Esther Renfro. (Noah Looney was grand-nephew of John who died at
Bachelor's Retreat, S.C.
Peter Looney, b. 1734-1760; (in Philadelphia) m Margaret. In Will Book 4, p. 93 Mch 16 1768 "Margaret"
Looney is admix of husband Peter Looney estate, (Augusta County) Peter Looney Jr. was only heir, and a minor.
David Looney, b. 1735-1810, married ca 1755 Mary McClelland.
Joseph Looney, b. in Botetourt County Va. 1740-1817, married Jean (Jane) Bowen 25 June 1764 in Augusta
County Va. (license) See will of Lilly Bowan, Washington County Va. Book 2, p73.
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Thomas (2), and Daniel (2) Looney as above, seem not to have had male progeny. Brief accounts of them will be
given here and the other sons of Robert (1) and Elizabeth Looney will be considered later in separate branches,
each of which begins with the second generation in America.
Thomas (2) Looney b. 1718, died in Indian raid between 1755-60, was the first of the Looneys named on the
muster roll of Augusta County, Virginia, in 1742 and probably the eldest son and heir of Robert and Elizabeth
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Looney. (Mr. Tilton, the compiler of these records and comments, - gives death of Thomas (2) Looney as based
on an entry in Augusta Order Book 1, 26. dated 15 April 1746: Petition of Margaret Lundey -- her clothes taken
by David Logan, constable on attachment vs. her deceased husband Thomas Lundey at suit of Daniel Harriss, be
returned," (Comment by EWS: Some similarity of names, but why assume Lundey to be meant for Luney?
Perhaps there was a Thomas Lundey, decd. whose widow was Margaret. The Thomas (2) Looney (Luney) son of
Robert (1) had wife Jane Harmon, - no Margaret mentioned - though she may have been Margaret Jane Harmon.
They had daughter Lovice who married John Brigham, according to many records among descendants. Family
record of Mrs. Marvin Huff, Evansville, Ind., gives Peter Looney (H). Wife Rachael Harmon, - born in Maryland -
associated with John Brigham, husband of Lovice Looney,)
Mrs. W.C. Weaks of Terre Haute, Indiana, and his cousin Miss Mabel Weaks of New York City have a record of
the birth about 1745 or 1746 of a Louisa Looney who married James Brigham. They have considered that her
mother was Margaret Harmon, daughter of Captain Adam Harmon, and immigrant from Germany credited with
being one of the first permanent settlers on New River in the early 1740's. (Harmon Genealogy of Southern
Branch, by J.N. Harmon
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of Tazwell Va. 1925.) There may have been another child. Mary, orphan of Thomas Lundey, was ordered bound
out to William Williams who was about to remove to Carolina. (Order Book 3, 181, 28 August 1751.
Summers in his History of S.W. Virginia, page 51, mentions that the home of Adam Harmon near Englis' Ferry on
New River was visited by Indians and furs and skins stolen.
On 19 November 1760 David (2) Luney gave bond as administrator of the estate of Thomas Luney. (Wills 2,
424.) Loues Looney, grandchild of Adam Harmon, obtained judgment against Adam Harmon at November Court
1764 on his 101b. bond dated 28 February 1754 to Loues Looney with lawful interest from 29 July 1746. (Query:
Was this the date of birth of Loues Looney? Witnesses were John Crockette and Ann Crockette. Loues Looney
deposed by commission on 22 August 1766 and then on 26 December 1766 at Fort Chiswell James Brigham and
David Looney addressed the following to Mr. William Thompson at Back Creek: "We your Humble Servants
have this day met and compromised the matter in regard to the money attach'd in your hands on behalf of Louicy
Looney with Henry Harmon on his leaving Twenty pounds Virginia currency in your hands." (Document 2QQ98,
Preston and Va. Papers in Wisc. Hist. Soc.)
According to the views as outlined, Loues was about one year old when her father, Thomas, died, at age 27 about
6 when her sister Mary was bound out to Wm. Williams, about 19 when she obtained judgment against her
grandfather, and 21 when she collected her inheritance. Also one understands Why there are no records of other
heirs of Thomas Looney.
On the other hand, one may ask why, if he died before 15 Apr. 1764 was Thomas Looney cited on 19 November
1746 to work on a road from Adam Harmon's to the north branch of Roan Oak. Perhaps
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his estate was obliged to furnish a man. His name on a delinquent tax list in 1755 could refer to his estate, and
David Looney's appointment as administrator on 19 March 1760 could of course, be a replacement, perhaps, after
-Margaret's (?) death.
Louice (Looney) and James Brigham were living in lower Washington County on 6 November 1777 when the
names James Brigham and Peter Looney are adjacent on a petition protesting plans for the erection of a court
house at a location deemed inconvenient. This Peter is considered as Peter (3) (b. 24 Nov. 1755, son of Absalom
(2)) who later, with wife Rachel Harmon, settled in Sumner County, Tennessee, as did James Brigham.
James Brigham had grants form the state of North Carolina in 1779, 1781, 1782, 1787, and 1790, etc. Some of
the land was in Sullivan County near lands of David Looney, Robert Gray, George Maxwell, and David Maxwell.
According to Historic Sullivan, James Brigham operated the first tavern in Blountville, Hawkins County,
Virginia. He donated 30 acres in 1792 for the town of Blountville. He was Revolutionary soldier.
The will of James Brigham, wife Louisa, is of record in Book B.B. (1811-1815), page 77, Montgomery County,
Tennessee.
Daniel (2) Looney, (b. ca 1723, d. ca 1760) was on the muster roll of Augusta County in 1742. He patented 180
acres on Long Run on 20 August 1748, probably called the Draper Place. He lived there in 1753 or 1754 when
Robert asked Absalom (2) and his family to come home and settle because of danger from the Indians at the
outlying settlement where Absalom was living on the Bluestone, a branch of New River, Robert asked Daniel to
give the 180 acres to Absalom in exchange for some of Robert's land. Daniel made a deed to Abs. on 18
September 1754 for the 180 acres, mentioning a corner of land
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of Robert Looney Sr. A witness was Wm. Harbison. (This deed was not delivered until August 1762, but in
Chalkley's Augusta Records the grantee's name is printed ABRAHAM and no evidence of a Absalom (2) Looney
has been established.) Daniel moved across the creek onto some of Robert's land, but Robert made no deed to
Daniel.
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Jane (Evans) Looney (probably wife of Daniel) in 1760 sued Daniel Looney in chancery, but suit after several
continuances was dismissed on Plaintiff's motion. On 11 October 1759 when Robt. divided his cattle between
Peter and David, he reserved 2 horses for his son Daniel. Even as late as 24 May 1760 it is known that Daniel
Looney was living -- Jane Looney sued him on writ of scirrefacias, but his attorney obtained imparlance until the
next court. (Augusta Orders 6,218, 381.)
Very soon thereafter, however, Daniel died and on 19 November 1760 his brother David (2) Looney gave bond as
administrator of Dan's estate. The appraisement of Daniel's estate was mentioned as of 18 August 1761 and at this
time Jane Evans, late Looney, asked for the administration of her husband's estate, hitherto granted to David
Looney. It seems possible that the widow Jane Looney had married Alexander Evans who later, 2 October 1765,
purchased 140 acres from Adam (2) and Hannah Looney who were then of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
(Augusta Deeds 13, 92.)
On 18 October 1765 David Looney gave bond with James McDowell as the appointed guardian to Margaret
Looney, orphan of Daniel Looney and granddaughter of Robert
More About ROBERT LOONEY:
Emigration 1: 1724, Isle of Man to Philadelphia and then Maryland then western Virginia
Emigration 2: Bet. 1724 - 1736, Orange County, Virginia then Augusta County, Virginia, on the James River
Property 1: 1755, Built a fort around their land, at the junction of Looney Creek and the James River
Property 2: 1735, Patent for 291 acres of land near Hagerstown, Maryland on the south bank of the Potomac
Property 3: Bet. 1737 - 1740, Land grant for 250 acres on the James River in Augusta County, Virginia
Property 4: 1740, Grant for 400 more acres
More About ROBERT LOONEY and ELIZABETH STOVER:
Marriage: Isle of Man
Children of ROBERT LOONEY and ELIZABETH STOVER are:
3. i. THOMAS3 LOONEY, b. 1718, Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle of Man; d. 15 Apr 1746,
Probably Botetourt County, Virginia.
4. ii. ROBERT LOONEY, b. 1721, Isle of Man, Dumfriesshire, Ireland; d. 1756.
5. iii. DANIEL LOONEY, b. 1723, Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle of Man; d. 1769.
6. iv. ADAM LOONEY, b. 1725, Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle of Man; d. 1770.
7. v. SAMUEL LOONEY, b. 1727, Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle of Man; d. 1760, "Killed by
Indians".
8. vi. LOUISA LOONEY, b. 1728, Ireland; d. Unknown.
9. vii. ABSALOM LOONEY, b. 1729, Isle of Man, Ireland; d. Bet. 1791 - 1796, Bluefield Or Dunkard's
Spring, Botetourt County, Virginia.
viii. LUCY JANE LOONEY, b. 1730, Ireland; d. Unknown; m. STEPHEN HOLSTON.
Notes for LUCY JANE LOONEY:
Her homestead was looted by Indians.
10. ix. JOHN LOONEY SR., b. 1732, Probably Philadelphia, PA; d. 1817.
11. x. PETER GRANCER LOONEY, b. 1734, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. 13 Mar 1760, Augusta County,
Virginia.
12. xi. DAVID LOONEY, b. Bet. 1735 - 1738, Orange County, Virginia; d. 1801.
13. xii. JOSEPH B. LOONEY, b. 1740, Orange County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
xiii. JAMES JOSIAH LOONEY, b. 1745, Virginia; d. Unknown.
xiv. MARY B. LOONEY, b. 1750, Virginia; d. Unknown.
Generation No. 3
3. THOMAS3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1718 in Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish,
Isle of Man, and died 15 Apr 1746 in Probably Botetourt County, Virginia. He married MARGRET JANE HARMON
1742 in Virginia. She was born 1718.
More About THOMAS LOONEY and MARGRET HARMON:
Marriage: 1742, Virginia
Children of THOMAS LOONEY and MARGRET HARMON are:
i. LOUISA4 LOONEY, b. 1739.
ii. MARY LOONEY, b. 1742.
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4. ROBERT3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1721 in Isle of Man, Dumfriesshire, Ireland, and
died 1756. He married MARGARET RHEA 1743, daughter of ROBERT RHEA and ELIZABETH MCCAUB. She was
born 1722.
Notes for ROBERT LOONEY:
John LOONEY and son Benjamin settled in Polk County and Greene County, MO, not far from Robert
CALDWELL. John was a son of Robert LOONEY and Margaret RHEA. Robert LOONEY was a brother of
Robert CALDWELL's grandfather, Absalom LOONEY
More About ROBERT LOONEY and MARGARET RHEA:
Marriage: 1743
Children of ROBERT LOONEY and MARGARET RHEA are:
i. JOHN4 LOONEY, b. 1744, Augusta County, Virginia.
ii. MOSES LOONEY, b. 1745, Looney's Mill Creek, Augusta County, Virginia.
iii. BENJAMIN LOONEY, b. 1748, Looney's Mill Creek, Augusta County, Virginia.
iv. SAMUEL LOONEY, b. 1754, Looney's Mill Creek, Augusta County, Virginia; m. ANN LANE.
Notes for ANN LANE:
Ann Lane married Elijah Cross after Samuel Looney died.
v. MARY LOONEY, b. Jan 1756, Looney's Mill Creek, Augusta County, Virginia.
5. DANIEL3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1723 in Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle
of Man, and died 1769. He married MARGARET JANE EVANS 1743. She was born 1723.
More About DANIEL LOONEY and MARGARET EVANS:
Marriage: 1743
Child of DANIEL LOONEY and MARGARET EVANS is:
i. MARGARET4 LOONEY, b. 1765.
6. ADAM3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1725 in Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle
of Man, and died 1770. He married HANNAH WRIGHT ROWLAND 1746. She was born 1725 in Ireland.
More About ADAM LOONEY and HANNAH ROWLAND:
Marriage: 1746
Children of ADAM LOONEY and HANNAH ROWLAND are:
i. ROBERT4 LOONEY, b. 1747.
ii. JAMES LOONEY, b. 1748.
iii. MARGARET LOONEY, b. 1749.
iv. ADAM LOONEY, b. 1750.
v. MOSES LOONEY, b. 1752.
vi. JOHN LOONEY, b. 1754.
vii. PETER LOONEY, b. 1756.
viii. BENJAMIN LOONEY, b. 1757.
ix. DAVID LOONEY, b. 09 Aug 1758.
x. SARAH LOONEY, b. 1760.
7. SAMUEL3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1727 in Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle
of Man, and died 1760 in "Killed by Indians". He married ANN LANE. She was born 1725 in Baltimore,
Maryland, and died Bef. 1840 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.
Notes for SAMUEL LOONEY:
The dates for Samuel Looney and Ann Lane do not jive, but are consistently listed. Further research is required.
Notes for ANN LANE:
Ann was reportedly 1/2 Cherokee, the daughter of Nancy Ward, the "Tennessee Pocohantas"
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More About ANN LANE:
Burial: Cross Graveyard, David Looney Cross place, South fork of Holston River
Children of SAMUEL LOONEY and ANN LANE are:
i. MOSES4 LOONEY.
ii. SAMUEL LOONEY, b. 1752.
iii. JESSE LOONEY, b. 1754.
8. LOUISA3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1728 in Ireland, and died Unknown. She married
(1) JAMES BRINGHAM. She married (2) CAPTAIN JOHN SHELBY, SR. 1751 in North Carolina. He was born 1724.
More About JOHN SHELBY and LOUISA LOONEY:
Marriage: 1751, North Carolina
Children of LOUISA LOONEY and JOHN SHELBY are:
i. JOHN4 SHELBY, b. 1751.
ii. DAVID SHELBY, b. 1755.
iii. EVAN SHELBY, b. 1757.
iv. THOMAS SHELBY, b. 1759.
v. ISAAC SHELBY, b. 1761.
vi. LOUISA SHELBY, b. 1763.
vii. CATHERINE SHELBY, b. 1765.
9. ABSALOM3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)2 was born 1729 in Isle of Man, Ireland, and died Bet. 1791 -
1796 in Bluefield Or Dunkard's Spring, Botetourt County, Virginia. He married MARGARET ELEANOR MOORE
1750 in Augusta County, Virginia. She was born 1729 in Ireland Or Rockbridge County, Virginia, and died 1799
in Bluefield, Botetourt County, Virginia.
Notes for ABSALOM LOONEY:
http://home.flash.net/~johnsonl/index1.htm#index
"EARLY LOONEYS IN AMERICA"
by Leroy W. Tilton
Part 4
Absalom Looney Branch
(Second Generation)
Absalom 2 Looney was, almost certainly, born after 1726, because his name is not on the Augusta County muster
roll of 1742 with those of four of his older brothers. Since Absalom had a "family" in 1753 or 1754 (as we shall
see later), he was certainly older that Peter 2 Looney who was born in Philadelphia in 1734. There may be a
question as to whether Absalom or John 2 was the older because a John Looney was taxed in Augusta County in
1748. This tax, however, may have been merely for ownership of a horse, perhaps by a youth of 16 years, and
John, as we shall see, married a girl born in 1739 or 1740. Thus we estimate that Absalom 2 Looney was born
about 1729 +/- 3, before his parents came to America.
He probably lived with them on the upper Potomac River not so far from Hagerstown but on the south bank, and
the school books that are referred to by some of the descendants of Michael Looney probably belonged first to
Absalom who, rather than Michael, may have had brief schooling at Hagerstown at the age of 8 or 10 years.
Absolom Looney must have married in or very near 1750. He was living with his family on the Bluestone, a
branch of New River, in 1753 or 1754 when his father Robert sent for him because of danger from the Indians at
the outlying settlement and offered him part of the home place. Absalom and his family came and settled in the
"Draft", on Draper's place, on land where his brother Daniel
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had been living. Daniel 2 Looney made to Absalom (Abraham according to Chalkley's book) a deed dated 10
September 1754 (delivered in August 1763) for this place of 180 acres on Long Run, a branch of James River.
Absalom bought 248 acres on the south side of James River in 1754. In 1759 he may have, for a short time, been
in Carolina with his older brother Adam 2 Looney. This statement is based on the following evidence: On 11
October 1759 when Robert 1 Looney and Elizabeth agreed with their sons Peter and David, Robert 1 proposed to
buy from Absalom his claim to some of the land. Accordingly, John Buchannon testified, in August 1764, that
Robert 1 had stated that he, Robert, had paid Absalom L10 on Absalom's return from Carolina.
On 15 May 1765 Absalom and Margaret Looney deeded the 180 acres on Long Run to Peter 3 Looney, heir of
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Peter 2 Looney, and the deed recites a "corner of another tract belonging to Peter, formerly in possession of
Robert Looney, Sr. " This deed is marked delivered on 26 September 1785. (Augusta Deed Book 12, p. 185;
Chalkley II, p. 430.) In 1768 Peter Looney's executors mention cash paid to Absalom ("Abraham") Looney.
Absalom and his family probably moved from the tract on Long Run, perhaps a little further west, before or about
10 September 1767 when he patented 54 acres on Stone Run, a branch of Craig's Creek. (Augusta D.B. 37, p. 94)
He must have lived here during much of the latter part of his life, "near Ripley's reference to his ancestor. On the
same date Absalom 2 had a grant of 166 acres on Craig's Creek (according to Kegley). (Did he also
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have a grant of 60 acres on 25 January 1769 on the south side of James River? See Kegley, page 348, at seq. This
60 acres was surveyed for Robert Looney in 1762.)
Absalom Looney and Amos Potts were appointed to review and report on a road on Sinking Creek, 13 March
1771. It is stated concerning early settlements in Tazewell County, Virginia, that Absalom Looney, "the hunter",
discovered Abb's Valley on the Bluestone and settled there in the valley in 1771, but the evidence cited above
indicates that the discovery and original temporary settlement may have occurred much earlier, in the 1750's.
The Absalom Looney, assignee of Benjamin Davis, who had a grant of 114 acres on Craig's Creek 1 June 1782
might be thought identical with Absalom 3 were it not that the survey of this land was made 1 November 1754
when the land lay within the limits of Botetourt County, Virginia. (Va. Grants Bk. F, 509.)
Concerning the wife of Absalom 2 Looney, the records yield only the name Margaret from the deed of 15 May
1765 when Absalom and Margaret conveyed the 180 acre tract on Long Run to Peter 3 Looney, heir of Peter 2.
At this time 8 or 9 of Absalom's 11 children had been born.
William 6 Gaines Looney, in his manuscript on this branch of the Looney family, refers more than once to a
second marriage for Absalom 2, but not with desirable clarity. First, he states that Michael 3 was son of Absalom
2 and "Peggy" of Craig County, Virginia (out from Botetourt County). Later, after the statement: "Michael was
the eldest," he inserted a note "and 1/2 brother to all the other children." Again: "in the meantime Michael's half
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brother and sister, Benjamin (known as Big Ben) and Mrs. Priscilla (Peggy) Caldwell settled in East Tenn., Ben
in Stanley Valley, Hawking County, and Mrs. Priscilla (Peggy) Caldwell in Knox County, "
Among papers left by William Gaines Looney there is a reference to Mike as Absalom's eldest child "by
Murldeen," or something like that.
From William gains Looney's remarks it is possible to make different assumptions concerning the wives of
Absalom 2 Looney:
1. His 1st wife, mother of Michael, possibly named Murldeen, d. ca 1752. H m. (2) Margaret called "Peggy" who
became mother of all the other children.
2..He m. (1) Peggy who d. at or shortly after the birth of Ann ca 1767 (and the removal from Long Run to Stony
Run), and m. (2) the mother of Priscilla and Benjamin.
3. He m. (1) Murldeen, mother of Michael; m. (2) Peggy, mother of 8 children, Elizabeth to Ann, incl., and m. (3)
the mother of Prescilla and Benjamin.
Aside from the reports b William Gaines Looney, no evidence has been found that Absalom 2 Looney married
more than once.
Absalom 2 Looney's wife (or wives) must have died before 28 September 1791 when Absalom Looney of
Botetourt County marked his will with an A, leaving 5 sh. to each of 4 sons and 7 daughters, and all else to son
Benjamin without mention of his own wife. John Smyth and Stephen Holstine were named executors and he
witnesses were Dan'l Givens, John Summerfield, Rich's Summerfield, and Will Givens. The will was proved at
June Botetourt court 1796. (Will Book A, 426)
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A deed was made in December 1791 by an Absalom Looney to Dan'l Givens for land on Craig's Creek and same
was recorded in June 1792. An examination of Craig County records should yield something of value concerning
this transaction.
Concerning Absalom's death, William Gaines Looney says: "Later he sent for his son Michael, then in Tennessee,
to come to him, that they (meaning his son Ben's wife and her sister) were not good to him and when he got there
he found him dead and buried him there."
An inventory shows Absalom's estate was appraised 20 July 1796 by Henry Holstein, Hugh Caldwell and John
Taylor.
The children of Absalom 2 Looney were all born either on Long Run, a branch of the James River at the present
Buchanan, a few miles southwest of Natural Bridge in that part of old Augusta County that became Botetourt
County in 1770, or somewhat further west on Stone Run, a branch of Craig's Creek. The daughters, except Ruth
and Catherine, were all married when Absalom made his will. No Bible record has been fount. Michael's birth
date is known only as 1755 + or - from his listing in the 1850 census. The only complete birth date is that of
Peter, as given by the family records of his descendants. Benjamin, as listed by census enumerators in 1830 and in
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1840, was b. within the limits 1775 + or - 3. Birth dates for the other children as given below have been estimated
to agree with what is known about those above mentioned and with the order in which their names are mentioned
in their father's will.
Michael 3 Looney b. say 1751. See 3d Gen.
Elizabeth Looney b. say 1753, m. ante 1791 David Potts
(or Folk).
Peter 3 Looney b. 24 Nov. 1755. See 3d Gen.
Mary Looney b. say 1757; m. (1) ca 1776 Edwin William
Carvin who was killed by Indians in 1780 4 Mi. east
of Washborough; m. (2) 1781 by the chairman of the
Committee of the Provisional Government to Edward
Swanson. Mary Looney had 2 children, Mary (Carvin)
Rutherford and William Carvin; and then Peter, Richard,
and James Swanson. Mary is said to have died Between
1811 and 1823.
Margaret Looney b. say 1759, m. (Botetourt bond) 5 January
1778 Alexander Caldwell of Knox County, Tenn. Their dau.
Jessie Caldwell m. 18 March 1821 Benj. 4 Looney, her
1 st cousin, of Hawkins County , Tenn.
Jonathan 3 Looney b. say 1761. See 3d Gen.
Absalom 3 Looney b. say 1763. See 3d Gen
Ruth Looney b. say 1765. m. (Botetourt bond) 15 May 1790
John McCormick.
Ann Looney b. say 1767, md (Botetourt Co) 26 October 1786
m. James Harbison b. ca 1763. Ann d. ante September 1825 or
1826 when James Harbison m. (Knox County, Tenn.) Rachel
Hembree. James Harbison volunteered in the "faul" of
1780 and served until discharged on Dan River, Va. for
details see section on Absalom 3 Looney who accompanied
him. James and Ann (Looney) Harbison lived in Knox County, Tenn, in
1806 and were taxed on 315 acres. A
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Looney- Absalom Branch
descendant, T. H. Neal of Knox County, Tenn., says James d.
6 October 1841 in Dubois County, Ind. They had at least the
following children:
John Harbison.
Aaron Harbison b. 1793
Henry Harbison b. ca 1795
William Pledge Harbison b. 1797
Catherine (Katie) Looney b. say 1769, m. (Botetourt Co) 11
August 1792 John Summerfield.
Prescilla Looney b. say 1771, m. (Botetourt bond) 24 November
1789 Wm. Caldwell. In Giles county, Tenn., in
December 1815, admn. on the estate of Wm. Caldwell
was granted to John Caldwell and Joseph Looney (perhaps
of Jonathan 3 Looney).
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Benjamin 3 Looney b. ca 1774. See 3d Gen.
(Reports of a son Donellson in the Absalom 2 Looney family have not been confirmed) Reports of a son John
"killed by Indians" may have arisen because Jonathan often wrote his name Jon and Probably was killed by
Indians. However, such a John 3 Looney could have been born ca 1760 and have been the John Looney who
signed the Cumberland Compact 1 May 1780 with his paternal first cousin Peter 3 Looney, Jr. and the latter's step
relative James Cain, all three of whom may have been near the age of 20 years at that time. In any event, such a
John 3 Looney had probably died without issue before 28 Sept. 1791 when Absalom 2 Looney made his will
without mention of John or of his heirs.
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Looney - Absalom Branch
(Query: Who was the John Looney with Robert Looney, both privates in Capt. Beard's Company of Guards,
Territory south of the Ohio, in 1791?)
1785 Botetourt County, VA, tax list, ABSOLEM LUNEY, Reynolds Dist.
Absalom settled on Craig's Creek about 1770, and was about 62 when he died in 1791. From William C.
Pendleton, History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia, 1748-1920 (Richmond, VA: W. C. Hill, 1920),
p.514: "Abb's Valley. The valley in Tazewell County that has been written of and talked about most is Abb's
Valley. . . . [It] received its name from Absalom LOONEY who discovered it while on a hunting and [ginseng]-
digging expedition west of New River." From George W. L. Bickley, History of the Settlement and Indian Wars
of Tazewell County, Virginia (Cincinnati: Morgan & County, 1852; Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1974), p.55:
"[In 1771] Absalom LOONEY settled in a beautiful valley now known as Abb's valley." (p.75) "Abb's valley, so
called from Absalom LOONEY, the first white settler."
More About ABSALOM LOONEY:
Date born 2: 1729, Probably Ballagilley, Maughold Parish, Isle of Man
Died 2: 28 Sep 1791, Bluefield, Botetourt County, Virginia
Emigration: 17 miles from Bluefield, Virginia in an area called Abb's Valley
Military service: Duty under General George Washington during the Revolutionary War
Notes for MARGARET ELEANOR MOORE:
Other researchers say she was born in 1745 in Virginia.
More About MARGARET ELEANOR MOORE:
Name 2: Absalom Looney3
Name 3: Margaret Eleanor Roland Moore4
Date born 2: 1729, Is5
Died 2: 14 Jul 1786, Alternate date of death from some researchers
More About ABSALOM LOONEY and MARGARET MOORE:
Marriage: 1750, Augusta County, Virginia
Children of ABSALOM LOONEY and MARGARET MOORE are:
14. i. MICHAEL4 LOONEY, b. 1751, Augusta County, Virginia; d. 12 Nov 1827, Hawkins County,
Tennessee.
ii. ELIZABETH LOONEY, b. 1753, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryalnd; d. Unknown.
More About ELIZABETH LOONEY:
Name 2: Elizabeth Luna Looney
Date born 2: 1753, Hagerstown, Maryland
iii. PETER H. LOONEY, b. 24 Nov 1755, Botetourt County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
More About PETER H. LOONEY:
Date born 2: 24 Nov 1755
iv. MARY LOONEY, b. 1757, Botetourt County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
More About MARY LOONEY:
Date born 2: 1757
15. v. MARGARET E. LOONEY, b. 05 Jan 1758, Botetourt Augusta County, Virginia; d. Aft. 05 Nov 1830,
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Jefferson County, Alabama.
vi. JOHN LOONEY, b. Bet. 1759 - 1760; d. Unknown.
16. vii. JONATHAN LOONEY, b. 1761, Augusta County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
viii. ABSALOM LOONEY, b. 1763, Botetourt County, Virginia; d. Unknown.
ix. RUTH LOONEY, b. 1765; d. Unknown.
x. ANN LOONEY, b. 1767; d. Unknown.
xi. CATHERINE LOONEY, b. 1769; d. Unknown.
xii. PRISCILLA LOONEY, b. 1771; d. Unknown.
17. xiii. BENJAMIN LOONEY, b. 25 Aug 1775, Botetourt County, Virginia; d. 16 Nov 1859, Hawkins County,
Tennessee.
10. JOHN LOONEY3 SR. (ROBERT2 LOONEY, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1732 in Probably Philadelphia, PA, and
died 1817. He married ESTHER HETTIE RENFRO6 1759. She was born 1739 in Botetourt County, Virginia.
More About JOHN SR. and ESTHER RENFRO:
Marriage: 1759
Children of JOHN SR. and ESTHER RENFRO are:
i. STEPHEN4 LOONEY, b. 1760.
ii. JANE LOONEY, b. 1761.
iii. PETER LOONEY, b. 1763.
iv. MARY LOONEY, b. 1765.
v. ESTHER LOONEY, b. 1769; m. JOHN WALKER, Bet. 14 Jun 1802 - 24 Oct 1842, Botetourt County,
Virginia.
More About JOHN WALKER and ESTHER LOONEY:
Marriage: Bet. 14 Jun 1802 - 24 Oct 1842, Botetourt County, Virginia
vi. DAVID LOONEY, b. 1773.
vii. SARAH LOONEY, b. 1779.
viii. ELENDER LOONEY, b. 1780.
ix. JOHN LOONEY, b. 1784.
x. JOSEPH BARCLAY LOONEY, b. 04 Jan 1784.
xi. ROBERT LOONEY, b. 22 Feb 1786.
11. PETER GRANCER3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1734 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and
died 13 Mar 1760 in Augusta County, Virginia. He married MARGARET LAUDERDALE 11 Oct 1758 in Augusta
County, Virginia. She was born 1733 in Thirlstane Castle, Lauder, Scotland.
Notes for PETER GRANCER LOONEY:
Peter Looney (son of Robert Looney) gave an account in a London newspaper, stating that he was born in
Philadelphia about 1734. --Madge Looney Crane and Phillip L. Crane, Looney Book
<http://www.looneybook.com/id47.htm>
More About PETER LOONEY and MARGARET LAUDERDALE:
Marriage: 11 Oct 1758, Augusta County, Virginia
Child of PETER LOONEY and MARGARET LAUDERDALE is:
i. PETER GRANCER4 LOONEY, b. 01 Oct 1759; d. 16 Feb 1851.
More About PETER GRANCER LOONEY:
Probate: 08 Dec 1772, Joseph Looney was granted guardianship of Peter Looney, son of Peter
Looney.
12. DAVID3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born Bet. 1735 - 1738 in Orange County, Virginia, and
died 1801. He married MARY ANN MCCLELLAND Abt. 1750. She was born Abt. 1735.
More About DAVID LOONEY:
Military service: Major, North Carolina militia
More About DAVID LOONEY and MARY MCCLELLAND:
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Marriage: Abt. 1750
Children of DAVID LOONEY and MARY MCCLELLAND are:
i. ROBERT4 LOONEY, b. 1752.
ii. JOSEPH WILLIAM LOONEY, b. 1755.
iii. ANNA LOONEY, b. 1758.
iv. MARY LOONEY, b. 1761.
v. SARAH LOONEY, b. 1764.
vi. JULIA ANNIS LOONEY, b. 1767.
vii. JANIE LOONEY, b. 1770.
viii. ELIZABETH LOONEY, b. 1773.
ix. DAVID LOONEY, b. 1777.
x. ABRAHAM LOONEY, b. 18 Sep 1780.
13. JOSEPH B.3 LOONEY (ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1740 in Orange County, Virginia, and died
Unknown. He married ELIZABETH JANE BOWEN 25 Jun 1764 in Botetourt County, Virginia, daughter of JOHN
BOWEN and LILLIE LNU.
Notes for JOSEPH B. LOONEY:
In 1781 Capt. Joseph Looney, Lt. Tosh (Toch?) and Ensign Wm. McClenachan marched a company to Yorktown
and Fiatt Wyson, one of the men, states that he was present at the surrender. Capt. Joseph Looney is listed as
present at Guilford Court House.
More About JOSEPH B. LOONEY:
Elected: 1792, Justice of the Peace, Knox County, Tennessee
Emigration: Bet. 1790 - 1792, Moved to Knox County, Tennessee
Military service: Captain, Botetourt County, Virginia, militia
Probate: Jan 1818, Roan County, Tennessee
Property 1: 20 Nov 1764, Deeded by father 160 acres at Sinking Spring on the west side of the James River
Property 2: 14 Jul 1769, Patented 60 acres of land on the south side of the James River adjacent to his earlier
survey
Property 3: 13 Aug 1771, Sold Sinking Spring property to Conrad Wall
Property 4: 20 Jun 1772, Patented 85 acres on Suane Run of Craig's Creek, Botetourt County, Virginia.
Property 5: 11 Feb 1773, Deeded 60 acres south of the James River to James Gilmer
Will: 05 Nov 1816
More About JOSEPH LOONEY and ELIZABETH BOWEN:
Marriage: 25 Jun 1764, Botetourt County, Virginia
Children of JOSEPH LOONEY and ELIZABETH BOWEN are:
i. PETER4 LOONEY, b. 1768.
ii. JOSEPH B. LOONEY, JR., b. 1770.
iii. JANE LOONEY BOGARD, b. 1771.
iv. ELIZABETH LOONEY MANSFIELD, b. 1773.
Generation No. 4
14. MICHAEL4 LOONEY (ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1751 in Augusta County, Virginia,
and died 12 Nov 1827 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. He married TEMPERANCE CROSS 1776 in Botetourt
County, Virginia. She was born Bet. 1750 - 1755 in Baltimore, Maryland.
More About MICHAEL LOONEY:
Date born 2: Bet. 1751 - 1754, Augusta Rockbridge County, Virginia
Emigration: Homesteaded in Tennessee after the Revolutionary War
More About MICHAEL LOONEY and TEMPERANCE CROSS:
Marriage: 1776, Botetourt County, Virginia
Children of MICHAEL LOONEY and TEMPERANCE CROSS are:
i. MARGARET5 LOONEY, b. 1779, Stanley Valley, Hawkins County, TN.
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ii. JOHN LOONEY, b. 02 Oct 1779, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
iii. MARY ANN LOONEY, b. 14 Jan 1781, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
iv. RACHEL LOONEY, b. Bet. 1782 - 1787, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
v. ANN LOONEY, b. 1783.
vi. PETER LOONEY, b. Bet. 1783 - 1789, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
18. vii. WILLIAM M. LOONEY, b. 1785, Stanley Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee; d. Apr 1846, Lawrence
County, Tennessee.
viii. MICHAEL LOONEY, b. Bet. 1787 - 1795, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
ix. ANDREW LOONEY, b. 1789, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
x. ABSALOM DAVID LOONEY, b. 05 Mar 1790, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
19. xi. BENJAMIN LOONEY, b. 1792, Stanley Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
xii. ROBERT LOONEY, b. 1795, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
xiii. COLEMAN LOONEY, b. 1797, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
15. MARGARET E.4 LOONEY (ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 05 Jan 1758 in Botetourt
Augusta County, Virginia, and died Aft. 05 Nov 1830 in Jefferson County, Alabama. She married ALEXANDER
CALDWELL 05 Jan 1778 in Craigs Creek, Botetourt, Virginia7, son of JOHN CALDWELL and JANE KENNEDY. He
was born 1755 in Knox County, Tennessee, and died Bef. 25 Sep 1833 in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Notes for MARGARET E. LOONEY:
Botetourt County was formed from Augusta and Rockbridge Counties in 1770, so the place would have been
called Augusta County when she was born and Botetourt County now.
More About MARGARET E. LOONEY:
Name 2: Margarte Looney8
Date born 2: 1758, Botetourt, VA8
Notes for ALEXANDER CALDWELL:
There are some discrepancies in their children, where 2 children are born in May and December of the same year
and so forth. These will be worked out in time.
1833 Sept. 25, Final Settlement, ALEXANDER CALDWELL estate, Knox County, TN:
ROBERT CALDWELL ($82.50), Absalom CALDWELL ($82.50), George SMITH ($29.50), John CALDWELL
($73.25), Benjamin LOONEY ($82.50), Benjamin CALDWELL ($82.50), Alexander CALDWELL ($82.50),
Benjamin LOONEY ($73.25), Jesse GALLAWAY ($73.25), William COPELAND ($55.23), and others. Note
that two Benjamin LOONEYs received an heir's share.
Sons: Robert, Absalom, John, Benjamin, Alexander. Jess Gallaway, husband of daughter Nancy. Benjamin
Looney, husband of daughter Jane Jessie. William Copeland, George Smith and second Benjamin Looney still a
mystery.
More About ALEXANDER CALDWELL:
Census: 1830, Jefferson County, Alabama with his wife next to his son Absalom.
Probate: 25 Sep 1833, Final settlement of will in Knox County, Tennessee
Will: 25 Sep 1833, Final settlement of estate
More About ALEXANDER CALDWELL and MARGARET LOONEY:
Marriage: 05 Jan 1778, Craigs Creek, Botetourt, Virginia9
Children of MARGARET LOONEY and ALEXANDER CALDWELL are:
20. i. NANCY5 CALDWELL, b. Tennessee; d. 1836, Morgan County, Indiana.
ii. JOHN CALDWELL, d. Unknown.
iii. ALEXANDER CALDWELL, d. Unknown.
Notes for ALEXANDER CALDWELL:
War of 1812, Alexander CALDWELL enlisted as a Private (promoted to Corporal) in Major John
Chiles' Battalion, Mounted Gunmen, East TN Volunteers, also known as Major John Childes'
Battalion, East TN Mounted Infantry Volunteers. Robert CALDWELL enlisted in the same Battalion
(Sept. 20, 1814 - May 1, 1815), as did Benjamin, James, and William CALDWELL, Jesse
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GALLOWAY, and Arthur Y. and Michael LOONEY. --War of 1812 Muster Rolls, NARA Record
Group 94, M602, roll 32 (Caldwell), roll 77 (Galloway), roll 128 (Looney).
1833 Sept. 25, Final Settlement, ALEXANDER CALDWELL estate, Knox County, TN:
ROBERT CALDWELL ($82.50), Absalom CALDWELL ($82.50), George SMITH ($29.50), John
CALDWELL ($73.25), Benjamin LOONEY ($82.50), Benjamin CALDWELL ($82.50), Alexander
CALDWELL ($82.50), Benjamin LOONEY ($73.25), Jesse GALLAWAY ($73.25), William
COPELAND ($55.23), and others. Note that two Benjamin LOONEYs received an heir's share.
1820 census, Giles County, Tennessee, 0000101001 That translates to 1 male 26-45, 1 female
under 10, one female 45.
21. iv. BENJAMIN CALDWELL, b. 1778, Virginia; d. Aft. 01 Jun 1850, Knox County, Tennessee.
22. v. ROBERT CALDWELL, b. 03 May 1788, Knox County, Tennessee; d. 28 Apr 1866, Grant Township,
Webster County, Missouri.
23. vi. ABSALOM CALDWELL, b. 08 Dec 1788, Knox County, Tennessee; d. 10 Feb 1863, Jefferson
County, Alabama.
24. vii. JANE JESSIE CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1796 - 1800; d. Bef. 1835, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
16. JONATHAN4 LOONEY (ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1761 in Augusta County, Virginia,
and died Unknown. He married JANE HARBERSON 17 Mar 1786 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
More About JONATHAN LOONEY and JANE HARBERSON:
Marriage: 17 Mar 1786, Lincoln County, Kentucky
Child of JONATHAN LOONEY and JANE HARBERSON is:
i. JONATHAN5 LOONEY, b. 13 Mar 1789, Virginia; d. 23 Oct 1832, Louisville, Jefferson County,
Kentucky; m. MERCY HOLSTINE, 03 Jun 1809, Botetourt County, Virginia; b. 28 May 1784,
Botetourt County, Virginia.
More About JONATHAN LOONEY and MERCY HOLSTINE:
Marriage: 03 Jun 1809, Botetourt County, Virginia
17. BENJAMIN4 LOONEY (ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)10,11 was born 25 Aug 1775 in Botetourt
County, Virginia, and died 16 Nov 1859 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. He married ELIZABETH MCCLURE 22
Jul 1793 in Botetourt County, Virginia, daughter of ABSOLUM MCCLURE. She was born 1775 in Botetourt
County, Virginia.
More About BENJAMIN LOONEY:
Date born 2: 1773, Augusta Co, VA12
Date born 3: 1773, VA13
Died 2: 1845, Hawkins Co, TN14
Burial: Michael Looney Cemetery, Hawkins County, Tennessee
More About BENJAMIN LOONEY and ELIZABETH MCCLURE:
Marriage: 22 Jul 1793, Botetourt County, Virginia
Children of BENJAMIN LOONEY and ELIZABETH MCCLURE are:
i. JULIE5 LOONEY.
ii. POLLY LOONEY.
iii. ELIZABETH LOONEY.
iv. ABSALOM LOONEY.
v. PHOEBE LOONEY, b. 1794.
vi. MARGARET LOONEY, b. 1796, Botetourt County, Virginia.
25. vii. BENJAMIN LOONEY, b. 1798, Tennessee.
viii. KATE LOONEY, b. 1799.
Generation No. 5
18. WILLIAM M.5 LOONEY (MICHAEL4, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1785 in Stanley Valley,
Hawkins County, Tennessee, and died Apr 1846 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. He married RHODA
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STUBBLEFIELD 1800.
More About WILLIAM LOONEY and RHODA STUBBLEFIELD:
Marriage: 1800
Child of WILLIAM LOONEY and RHODA STUBBLEFIELD is:
i. MICHAEL6 LOONEY, b. 12 Dec 1823; d. 07 Nov 1887; m. ARTEMICIA BAILEY, 04 Jul 1878; b. 16 Mar
1833, Washington County, Missouri; d. 16 Jan 1900.
More About MICHAEL LOONEY and ARTEMICIA BAILEY:
Marriage: 04 Jul 1878
19. BENJAMIN5 LOONEY (MICHAEL4, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1792 in Stanley Valley,
Hawkins County, Tennessee. He married JANE JESSIE CALDWELL 18 Mar 1821 in Knox County, Tennessee,
daughter of ALEXANDER CALDWELL and MARGARET LOONEY. She was born Bet. 1796 - 1800, and died Bef.
1835 in Hawkins County, Tennessee.
More About BENJAMIN LOONEY:
Date born 2: 1792
Notes for JANE JESSIE CALDWELL:
1833 Sept. 25, Final Settlement, ALEXANDER CALDWELL estate, Knox County, TN:
ROBERT CALDWELL ($82.50), Absalom CALDWELL ($82.50), George SMITH ($29.50), John CALDWELL
($73.25), Benjamin LOONEY ($82.50), Benjamin CALDWELL ($82.50), Alexander CALDWELL ($82.50),
Benjamin LOONEY ($73.25), Jesse GALLAWAY ($73.25), William COPELAND ($55.23), and others. Note
that two Benjamin LOONEYs received an heir's share.
Margaret LOONEY b. say 1759, m. (Botetourt bond) 5 January 1778 Alexander CALDWELL of Knox County,
Tenn. Their dau. Jessie CALDWELL m. 18 March 1821 Benj. 4 LOONEY, her 1st cousin, of Hawkins County,
Tenn. --Leroy W. Tilton, "Early Looneys in America," Part 4, Absalom Looney Branch (Second Generation)
http://home.flash.net/~johnsonl/p4_6_10.htm
More About BENJAMIN LOONEY and JANE CALDWELL:
Marriage: 18 Mar 1821, Knox County, Tennessee
Children of BENJAMIN LOONEY and JANE CALDWELL are:
i. MARIAH E.6 LOONEY, b. 04 Jan 1822.
ii. MINERVA ANNE LOONEY, b. 1824.
iii. MARGARET JANE LOONEY, b. 1828, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.
iv. MARY LOONEY, b. 1830.
20. NANCY5 CALDWELL (MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born in Tennessee,
and died 1836 in Morgan County, Indiana. She married JESSE GALLOWAY 31 Jul 1816 in Knox County,
Tennessee. He was born Abt. 1779 in Old Crab Orchard, Lincoln County, KY.
More About JESSE GALLOWAY and NANCY CALDWELL:
Marriage: 31 Jul 1816, Knox County, Tennessee
Children of NANCY CALDWELL and JESSE GALLOWAY are:
i. MARIAH6 GALLOWAY, b. 1817.
ii. MARGARET GALLOWAY, b. 1819.
iii. ELIZABETH GALLOWAY, b. 1821.
iv. CHARLES GALLOWAY, b. 15 Oct 1825.
v. ALEXANDER GALLOWAY, b. 1827.
vi. CAROLINE GALLOWAY, b. 1829.
vii. MARY GALLOWAY, b. 1831.
viii. UNKNOWN CHILD GALLOWAY, b. 1833.
21. BENJAMIN5 CALDWELL (MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1778 in
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Virginia, and died Aft. 01 Jun 1850 in Knox County, Tennessee. He married ?.
Notes for BENJAMIN CALDWELL:
The 5 children listed are a result of the way early censuses were done. They did not list names, just ages and
gender.
1830 Knox County, TN, census, p.366, Eastern District of TN, Thomas C. Lyon:
line 20, BENJAMIN CALDWELL, 1 M 50-60 (b. ca. 1770-1779); 1 F 40-50 (b. ca. 1780-1789); 3 M & 1 F 15-
20 (b. ca. 1810-1814); 2 M 10-15 (b. ca. 1815-1819); 1 M 5-10 (b. ca. 1820-1824); 9 total.
1833 Sept. 25, Final Settlement, ALEXANDER CALDWELL estate, Knox County, TN:
ROBERT CALDWELL ($82.50), Absalom CALDWELL ($82.50), George SMITH ($29.50), John CALDWELL
($73.25), Benjamin LOONEY ($82.50), Benjamin CALDWELL ($82.50), Alexander CALDWELL ($82.50),
Benjamin LOONEY ($73.25), Jesse GALLAWAY ($73.25), William COPELAND ($55.23), and others. Note
that two Benjamin LOONEYs received an heir's share.
1840 Knox County, TN, census, p.21, no Twp. listed:
line 13, Benj CALDWELL, 1 M 60-70 (b. ca. 1770-1779); 2 M & 1 F 20-30 (b. ca. 1810-1819); 1 F 15-20 (b. ca.
1820-1824); 1 F 5-10 (b. ca. 1830-1834); 6 total.
1850 Knox County, TN, census, p.206B, 15th Sub Division, Nov. 29, 1850, Daniel McCollum:
1609/1618, Benjamin CALDWELL, 72 M, farmer, VA; Nancy, 36 F, TN; Franklin, 31 M, TN; Oalena [sic], 15
F, TN. Nancy cannot read/write.
1860 Knox County, TN, census, C., Frank, Henry, 2 Johns, Mark, Mary, Minerva, Nancy, P., S. COLWELL,
p.146, District 4
1860 Knox County, TN, census, Alexander, Elizabeth, Harriet, Mary, Robert, William CALWELL, p.158,
District 5
More About BENJAMIN CALDWELL:
Military service: War of 1812 Private (discharged as Private) in Major John Chiles' Battalion, Mounted Gunmen,
East TN Volunteers, also known as Major John Childes' Battalion, East TN Mounted Infantry Volunteers
Children of BENJAMIN CALDWELL and ? are:
i. FIRST BOY6 CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1810 - 1814, Knox County, Tennessee.
ii. SECOND BOY CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1810 - 1814, Knox County, Tennessee.
iii. THIRD BOY CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1810 - 1814, Knox County, Tennessee.
iv. NANCY CALDWELL, b. 1814, Knox County, Tennessee.
v. FOURTH BOY CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1815 - 1819, Knox County, Tennessee.
vi. FRANKLIN CALDWELL, b. 1819, Knox County, Tennessee.
vii. UNKNOWN CHILD CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1820 - 1824, Knox County, Tennessee.
viii. OALENA CALDWELL, b. 1835, Knox County, Tennessee.
22. ROBERT5 CALDWELL (MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 03 May
1788 in Knox County, Tennessee, and died 28 Apr 1866 in Grant Township, Webster County, Missouri. He
married SARAH H. RHODES Mar 1810 in Knox County, Tennessee. She was born 14 Nov 1790 in North Carolina.
Notes for ROBERT CALDWELL:
1810 March 1, ROBERT CALDWELL and SARAH RHODES were md. at the house of Jacob Bishop in Knox
County, TN, by Beriah Frazier, a Justice of the Peace. --Affidavit of Eunice RHODES, age 80, of Bull Run P.O.,
Knox County, TN, no date (ca. 1876); Eunice was 14 years of age when she witnessed ROBERT and SARAH's
marriage.
1814-1815, ROBERT CALDWELL served in the War of 1812 (Sept. 20, 1814 - May 1, 1815) as a Private in
Captain Charles Conway's Company C, Major John Chiles' Battalion, Mounted Gunmen, East TN Mounted
Infantry Volunteers. ROBERT, age 25, was described as 5' 10" with fair complexion, black hair, and gray eyes.
ROBERT stated under oath, Dec. 1, 1851, "that he sold his discharge shortly after he left the servis of the United
States."
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Alexander CALDWELL enlisted as a Private (promoted to Corporal) in the same Battalion, as did Benjamin,
James, and William CALDWELL (Private / Private), Jesse GALLOWAY (Private / Corporal), and Arthur Y. and
Michael LOONEY (Private / Private). --War of 1812 Muster Rolls, NARA Record Group 94, M602, roll 32
(Caldwell), roll 77 (Galloway), roll 128 (Looney).
We were told when we began this history in the 1970s that ROBERT acquired 360 acres in Greene County, MO,
in 1829, but ROBERT and his family were still in Knox County, TN, in 1830. Available evidence suggests that
ROBERT did not come to Missouri until the late 1830s, and he did not own land until the 1860s when he was
taxed in 1865 for 200 acres in Webster County (Section 16, Twp. 30N, Range 19W). The exact date that he
acquired this land is not yet known.
1830 Knox County, TN, census, p.352, Eastern District of TN, Thomas C. Lyon:
line 10, ROBERT CALDWELL, 1 M 40-50 (b. ca. 1780-1789); 1 F 30-40 (b. ca. 1790-1799); 1 M 20-30 (b. ca.
1800-1809); 1 M 15-20 (b. ca. 1810-1814; 1 F 10-15 (b. ca. 1815-1819); 2 F under 5 (b. ca. 1825-1830); 7 tota
(Robert age 42; Sarah age 39; Absalom age 20; James age about 17; unknown girl; Mary age about 7; Margaret
age about 2)
1833 Sept. 25, Final Settlement, ALEXANDER CALDWELL estate, Knox County, TN:
ROBERT CALDWELL ($82.50), Absalom CALDWELL ($82.50), George SMITH ($29.50), John CALDWELL
($73.25), Benjamin LOONEY ($82.50), Benjamin CALDWELL ($82.50), Alexander CALDWELL ($82.50),
Benjamin LOONEY ($73.25), Jesse GALLAWAY ($73.25), William COPELAND ($55.23), and others. Note
that two Benjamin LOONEYs received an heir's share.
1833, personal property tax, Greene County, MO, John LOONEY and son Benjamin.
No CALDWELLs listed. http://www.rootsweb.com/~ozarksgs/1833tax.htm
John LOONEY was a grandson of Robert LOONEY and Margaret RHEA. Robert LOONEY was a brother of
ROBERT CALDWELL's grandfather, Absalom LOONEY.
Photocopies of four incomplete portions of a letter signed by JAMES CALDWELL sent to us by Marvin Tong --
top half of one page, bottom half of two more pages (with the left edge of the top half of the first page with one of
these), plus the address portion. Written in a different hand from the hand writing the letter: East Tennessee, Roan
County, Kingston Post Office, ROBERT CALDWELL (Roane County, TN, formed Nov. 6, 1801, from Knox
County; county seat, Kingston; the only CALDWELL, any spelling / any year, in Roane County was John
CALDWELL, 1830 census, p.8, S. TN River):
. . . as soon as can to me and let me know how you're
doing. I will inform you [widers] family they are
all well at present would are doing as well as [then]
can ask and has got plenty of everything that
is needed and would be glad to see you all. James
[Miliken] has grown to be very stout young man
and his common weight is from one hundred seventy
and they have lots of stock horses and hogs and cattle
and sheep and lots of wheat and corn and plenty of
everything that is need for ______ a ______
here is the last cease of the letter and how to you . . .
1840 Feb. 5, Greene County, MO, Mary COLEWELL [dau. of ROBERT CALDWELL] md. Thomas MALONE,
by Thomas Potter ECC, p.67, cert. #235. This record suggests that ROBERT was in Missouri by 1839.
1840 Greene County, MO, census, p.297, no Twp. listed:
#30, ROBERT CALDWELL, 1 M 50-60 (b. ca. 1780-1789); 1 F 40-50 (b. ca. 1790-1799); 1 M 20-30 (b. ca.
1810-1819); 2 F 10-15 (b. ca. 1825-1829).
(Robert age 52; Sarah age 49; Absalom age 30; Margaret age about 12; 2nd F 10-15 unknown because dau. Mary
md. Thomas MALONE, Feb. 5, 1840, so this girl is likely not Mary.) These three 1840 records are the earliest
evidence we have located that document when ROBERT CALDWELL came to Greene County, MO.
1840 August 1, record of stray cows taken up by Benjamin Harper living in Jackson Twp., Greene County, MO;
appraised by Stewart Warren and ROBERT CALDWELL. --Stray Records, Book 1 (1833-1842), p.192.
ROBERT CALDWELL also listed in Book 2 (1842-1847), p.26; Book 4 (1851-1853), p.86. Index to Greene
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County Stray Records 1833-1913. These are records of stray livestock. During the 19th and early 20th centuries,
Missouri statutes provided specific guidelines for individuals finding and harboring lost cattle, horses, mules and
other livestock. Before a person could take possession of the stray, he was required to post a notice of intent for at
least thirty days and pay a bond to ensure that the animal would not be disposed of in that time. After notices had
been posted in public places for thirty days, the finder was required to file a notice with a justice of the peace,
who determined if the proper procedure was followed and collected a bond equal to the appraised value of the
animal. After one year, if the animal remained unclaimed, half of the bond was returned to the finder. The justice
of the peace submitted lists which were provided to the county clerk, who posted the information in the stray
books. http://198.209.8.166/sheproom/Records/strtoc.htm
1843 Greene County, MO, tax list, ROBERT CALDWELL, 1 horse $35. (Springfield, MO: Ozarks Genealogical
Society, 1988), p.94. (note that Robert owned no land)
1846, invitation "To the Mipis Caldwell / Present"
Washington Anniversary. The pleasure of your company is respectfully solicited at a BALL, to be given at the
Union Hotel, in the Town of Springfield, on the 23d Feb. 1846, at 4 O'Clock P. M. in commemoration of the
Birth of the Father of Liberty. / Printed at the office of the Texas Democrat. --photocopy of original document,
Caldwell family papers, courtesy Marvin E. Tong, Jr.
1849 April 7, Springfield Advertiser, Springfield, Missouri. A List of Letters. Remaining in the Post Office at
Springfield, Mo., on the 31st of March, 1849, and if said letters are not taken out within three months from this
date they will be sent to the Gen'l Post Office as dead letters. [lengthy list includes] CALDWELL ROBERT [in
left column] Price T. G. -2 [in right column]. --Dorothy Ann McKinney Deck, comp., Miscellaneous Records
from the Springfield Advertiser, Springfield, Missouri, January 2, 1847 - June 16, 1849 (Springfield, MO: Rachel
Donelson Chapter, DAR), 1980-1981), 178, 180.
1849, November Term, Circuit Court, Greene County, MO. ROBERT CALDWELL and SARAH CALDWELL
were witnesses in a child abandonment case. The Grand Jury indictment stated that William J. Potter and Elias
Potter did "feloniously wickedly willfully and maliciously expose and abandon a female infant of the age of one
month. Said infant being then and there under the control and management of the said William J. Potter and Elias
Potter in an enclosure of one Marcus Boyd. Said enclosure then & there being an exposed place with intent then
and there feloniously willfully wickedly and maliciously wholly to abandon said infant by reason of which said
exposure and abandonment said infant then and there died." --ROBERT CALDWELL, Aban'd Child case, CR
Folder No. 220, Greene County, MO, Criminal Index, Volume One; SARAH CALDWELL, Grand Jury, CR
Folder No. 209, Greene County, MO, Criminal Index, Volume One.
1850 Greene County, MO, census, p.382B, Jackson Twp., Dec. 28, 1850, Wm. G. Roberts:
2032/2032, ROBERT CALDWELL, 66 M, farmer, TN; SARAH, 65 F, NC; Absolem L., 40 M, farmer, $500
real, NC; Mary MALONE, 27 F, NC; Sarah MALONE, 10 F, IL. (note that Absalom owned land, but ROBERT
did not)
1850 Dec. 13, ROBERT CALDWELL, aged 65, a resident of Greene County, MO, applied for bounty land for
his War of 1812 service.
1851 Greene County, MO, tax list, ROBERT CALDWELL, 1 horse $25; 3 cattle $18; 1 timepiece $4; money on
notes $50. (Springfield, MO: Ozarks Genealogical Society, 1988), p.22. (note that Robert owned no land)
1852 Jan. 15, ROBERT's Patent 36,997 recorded in Vol. 60, p.19, but the location of this record and the location
of the land is not known. (Another record dated Feb. 12, 1856, notes this patent for 40 acres, and also notes 120
acres, but gives no further details.)
1855, March Term, ROBERT CALDWELL served on a jury in a civil action between two men. Greene County,
MO, Circuit Court Cases, Book D, p.228. http://198.209.8.166/records/mar1855a.htm (Abstract of Circuit Court
Record Books, 1853-1856, p.80)
1855, April 26, ROBERT CALDWELL, a resident of Greene County, MO, aged 68, states "he obtained a Land
Warrant No. 36997, for 40 acres, which he having legally transferred and disposed of, is not within his power
now to return."
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1860 Greene County and Webster County, MO, censuses, ROBERT CALDWELL not yet found (wife SARAH
enumerated with son Absalom in Greene County)
(?) see 1860 Polk County, MO, census, Robert CALDWELL, p.13, Marion Twp. (and 1850 census, p.32; 1870
census, p.149, Mooney Twp.)
1861, June 9 - Aug. 20, ROBERT CALDWELL served as Private in County F, Captain Bodenhamer's Infantry
Company, Webster County, MO, Home Guards Regiment, during the Civil War. ROBERT was paid $29.20 for 2
months service, April 10, 1867. Recorded Vol. 2, p.57.
Webster County Home Guard Infantry Regiment organized July 1861; duty at Springfield, MO; mustered out
Aug. 18, 1861. --Fredrick H. Dyer, Dyer's Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Cedar Rapids, IA: Torch
Press, 1908; reprint Broadfoot Publishing, Morningside Press, 1994).
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mruddy/dyer.htm
1865 Webster County, MO, tax list, p.25, ROBERT CALDWELL, 160 acres, E2 SW4, W2 SE4, tax value $800;
40 acres, SW4 NE4, tax value $200, all in Section 16, Twp. 30N, Range 19W, total 200 acres.
1866, ROBERT was attended in his last illness by A.H. Hampton M.D. who stated in a Sept. 22, 1876, affidavit
that ROBERT "died of Senile Gangrene."
*Senile gangrene (Med.), a form of gangrene occuring particularly in old people, and caused usually by
insufficient blood supply due to degeneration of the walls of the smaller arteries. --Websters Revised Unabridged
Dictionary 1913 http://www.bibliomania.com/Reference/Webster/data/1389.html
1866, May 16 and May 24, newspaper notices that ROBERT CALDWELL's estate had been entered into the
probate court. --William Kearney Hall, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, Newspaper Abstracts, 1865-1875,
1876-1883 (Springfield, MO: Ozarks Genealogical Society, 1987), 23.
1867-1868, Webster County, MO, Circuit Court, ROBERT CALDWELL, deceased. Civil Action for Partition [of
his land]. Plaintiffs SARAH CALDWELL, his widow; A.L. CALDWELL, a son; Margaret RHODES, a daughter,
and wife of Nicholas RHODES; Mary MALONE, a deceased daughter, Sarah MALONE, her daughter.
Defendants JAMES CALDWELL, a deceased son, his children, William Jefferson CALDWELL, a non-resident
of Missouri; Eveline CALDWELL, a minor and a non-resident of Missouri; HENRY CALDWELL, a minor;
James CALDWELL, a minor; Margaret UPSHAW, wife of John UPSHAW; Mary MALONE, a deceased
daughter, Martha MALONE, her daughter, a minor. [ROBERT CALDWELL d. without a will in 1866; note that
the plaintiffs in this suit were adults while the defendants were either minors or non-residents of MO.] --Webster
County, MO, Circuit Court Record 807(b), 1865-1870, Book # unknown (spine lost), pp.199 (Spring Term
1867), 249, 261, 348-49 (August Term 1867, 10th day, Sept. 5, 1867), 395 (Feby Term 1868, 7th day, March
2nd), 433, 448 (August Term 1868, 6th day, Aug. 29th), 449.
1868 Aug. 29th, 6th day, August Term. Partition, Report of Sale. "On the 25th day of August 1868, Margaret
RHODES was the highest and best bidder, at the fair and sum of One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-five
Dollars [$1,875.00], which sum has been paid me [the Sheriff of Webster County] in U.S. Currency by the said
Margaret RHODES" and a deed executed to her. After expenses of $166.20 were deducted, the heirs of ROBERT
CALDWELL received $1,708.80 apportioned according to law -- Sarah CALDWELL, A.L. CALDWELL, and
Margaret RHODES each receiving 1/5; the children of son James dividing 1/5; and the children of Mary
MALONE dividing 1/5.
More About ROBERT CALDWELL:
Burial: Family cemetery near Strafford, Greene County, MO
More About ROBERT CALDWELL and SARAH RHODES:
Marriage: Mar 1810, Knox County, Tennessee
Children of ROBERT CALDWELL and SARAH RHODES are:
i. ABSALOM6 CALDWELL, b. 08 May 1810, Probably Knox County, Tennessee.
ii. DOCTOR JAMES CALDWELL, b. 1813, Probably Knox County, Tennessee.
iii. UNKNOWN GIRL CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1815 - 1819, Probably Knox County, Tennessee.
iv. MARY CALDWELL, b. 1823, Probably Knox County, Tennessee.
v. MARGARET CALDWELL, b. 1828, Probably Knox County, Tennessee.
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23. ABSALOM5 CALDWELL (MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)15,16 was born 08
Dec 1788 in Knox County, Tennessee17,18, and died 10 Feb 1863 in Jefferson County, Alabama. He married
HANNAH HINDS 11 Jan 1808 in Knox County, Tennessee19,20,21, daughter of LEVI HINDS and HULDAH BYRAM.
She was born Abt. 1790 in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee22,23, and died 02 Aug 1877 in Alabama24.
Notes for ABSALOM CALDWELL:
Census of 1830 shows Absalom Caldwell living next door to Alexander Caldwell,
in Jefferson County, Alabama, with the following members of his famiy: :
1 male under 5 (James)
1 male between 5 and 10 (perhaps Byram, no birth date known)
1 male between 10 and 15 (Hugh)
2 males between 15 and 20 (Benjamin James and unknown)
1 male between 40 and 50 (Absalom)
1 female under 5 (could be Dicey, no birth date known
2 females between 5 and 10 (Huldah and Margaret)
1 female between 10 and 15 (could be Dicey, no birth date known
1 female between 15 and 20 (Lydia)
1 female between 40 and 50 (Hannah)
The names next to the ages and genders are those family members that are accounted for by the census. These
children and Alexander living next door account for everyone born by 1830. There is one missing girl child.
Name: ABSALOM CALDWELL Land Office: HUNTSVILLE Document Number: 4011 Total Acres:
160.6 Signature: Yes Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: June 08, 1833 Mineral Rights Reserved: No Metes and Bounds: No Statutory Reference: 3
Stat. 566 Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820 Multiple Patentee Names: No Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries Land
Description: 1 SE HUNTSVILLE No 19S 4W 6 (This is in Jefferson County according to the Federal land
patent site)
At the Alden kindred site for John Alden, there is a genealogy list for descendents of John Alden. That list goes
down to Absalom Caldwell, confirming that this family is descended from John Alden of Plimoth, Massachusetts.
http://www.alden.org/membership/synopsis.htm
1850 census:
John Caldwell, next to Pleasant Shaw, next to John Caldwell, next to John Moses, next to Joseph Goodwin, next
to William Brock, next to Mark Goodwin Jr (husband of Absalom's daughter Lydia), next to Absalom Caldwell,
next to James Caldwell, next to Hugh Caldwell. In 1860, none of those families are together except Mark
Goodwin, but Absalom is supposed to be still living.
In the 1860 census, Melissa Caldwell is living in the home. She is 50. She is not a child of Absalom's, so I'm not
sure who she is. Isaac and Valentine may be Alexander's child, as may the others. The household is Absalom,
Hannah, Alexander, Melissa (may be Alexander's second wife), Hulda, Isaac, Valentine, Ann, Margaret. Jane,
Mary, Lovace? , Fanny
Legal description of land: SE 6/ 19-S 4-W No Huntsville AL Jefferson
More About ABSALOM CALDWELL:
Name 2: Absalom Coldwell25
Census 1: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama Roll M432_7 page 145
Census 2: 1830, Jefferson County, Alabama, Roll 1, next to Alexander Caldwell, his father.
Census 3: 1860, Elyton/Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama Roll M653_12 Page 759
Civil: AL25,25
Property 1: 08 Jun 1833, 160 acres in Huntsville land office, but the land is in Jefferson County, Alabama;
purchase not homestead
Property 2: 1850, Owns property worth $2500 according to census
Residence: 1830, Not Stated, Jefferson, Alabama26
Will: 1833, Knox County, Tennessee
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Notes for HANNAH HINDS:
Where did Hannah go when Absalom died? She outlived him by 14 years.
More About ABSALOM CALDWELL and HANNAH HINDS:
Marriage: 11 Jan 1808, Knox County, Tennessee27,28,29
Children of ABSALOM CALDWELL and HANNAH HINDS are:
i. BYRAM6 CALDWELL, b. Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Unknown.
ii. LAURENA CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1808 - 1820, Alabama.
26. iii. ALEXANDER CALDWELL, b. 1809, Knox County, Tennessee; d. 1876, Jefferson County, Alabama.
27. iv. LYDIA CALDWELL, b. 1810, Alabama; d. Bet. 1870 - 1880.
28. v. DICEY CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1810 - 1820; d. Unknown.
29. vi. HUGH CALDWELL, b. 01 Jan 1816, Alabama; d. 1891, Jefferson County, Alabama.
vii. HULDAH CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1821, Alabama30.
More About HULDAH CALDWELL:
Census: 1880, Living with Nancy Caldwell and her husband Alden Byram.
viii. MARGARET CALDWELL, b. 22 Sep 1822, Alabama; m. MASON HARTGROVES, 22 Mar 1843,
Jefferson County, Alabama.
More About MASON HARTGROVES and MARGARET CALDWELL:
Marriage: 22 Mar 1843, Jefferson County, Alabama
ix. JAMES CALDWELL, b. 1826, Alabama31; m. LUCRETIA A. BELL, 04 Sep 1849, Jefferson County,
Alabama; b. Abt. 1827, Alabama32.
More About JAMES CALDWELL:
Census: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, next to his parents
More About JAMES CALDWELL and LUCRETIA BELL:
Marriage: 04 Sep 1849, Jefferson County, Alabama
30. x. JOHN CALDWELL, b. Bet. 1828 - 1830, Alabama.
31. xi. NANCY M. CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1831, Alabama.
xii. WILLIAM W. CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1841, Jefferson County, Alabama33; d. Unknown.
Notes for WILLIAM W. CALDWELL:
The 1850 census for Absalom Caldwell lists William.
The 1860 census lists a William Caldwell in Goshen County, Texas. He is 20 years old, from
Alabama and rooms in a home. Samuel H. Caldwell, aged 15 and Maude Caldwell, aged 14 live in
the house with him. There is also a William W. Caldwell on the East Side of the Cahaba River in
Bibb County, Alabama.
More About WILLIAM W. CALDWELL:
Census: 09 Nov 1850, Living at home with his parents, aged 9
32. xiii. BENJAMIN JAMES CALDWELL, b. 1813, Alabama; d. Bef. 1860.
24. JANE JESSIE5 CALDWELL (MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born Bet.
1796 - 1800, and died Bef. 1835 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. She married BENJAMIN LOONEY 18 Mar 1821
in Knox County, Tennessee, son of MICHAEL LOONEY and TEMPERANCE CROSS. He was born 1792 in Stanley
Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
Notes for JANE JESSIE CALDWELL:
1833 Sept. 25, Final Settlement, ALEXANDER CALDWELL estate, Knox County, TN:
ROBERT CALDWELL ($82.50), Absalom CALDWELL ($82.50), George SMITH ($29.50), John CALDWELL
($73.25), Benjamin LOONEY ($82.50), Benjamin CALDWELL ($82.50), Alexander CALDWELL ($82.50),
Benjamin LOONEY ($73.25), Jesse GALLAWAY ($73.25), William COPELAND ($55.23), and others. Note
that two Benjamin LOONEYs received an heir's share.
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Margaret LOONEY b. say 1759, m. (Botetourt bond) 5 January 1778 Alexander CALDWELL of Knox County,
Tenn. Their dau. Jessie CALDWELL m. 18 March 1821 Benj. 4 LOONEY, her 1st cousin, of Hawkins County,
Tenn. --Leroy W. Tilton, "Early Looneys in America," Part 4, Absalom Looney Branch (Second Generation)
http://home.flash.net/~johnsonl/p4_6_10.htm
More About BENJAMIN LOONEY:
Date born 2: 1792
More About BENJAMIN LOONEY and JANE CALDWELL:
Marriage: 18 Mar 1821, Knox County, Tennessee
Children are listed above under (19) Benjamin Looney.
25. BENJAMIN5 LOONEY (BENJAMIN4, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)34 was born 1798 in Tennessee34.
He married ?.
More About BENJAMIN LOONEY:
Residence: 1860, District 18, Knox, Tennessee34
Child of BENJAMIN LOONEY and ? is:
33. i. SARAH6 LOONEY, b. 1812, Tennessee.
Generation No. 6
26. ALEXANDER6 CALDWELL (ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was
born 1809 in Knox County, Tennessee35, and died 1876 in Jefferson County, Alabama. He married (1) FRANCIS
GRIFFIN 05 Jun 1823 in Jefferson County, Alabama. She died Bef. 29 Apr 1830. He married (2) ELIZABETH
GOODWIN 24 Apr 1830 in Jefferson County, Alabama36, daughter of MARK GOODWIN and TABITHA PARSONS.
She was born Bet. 1812 - 1815 in South Carolina, and died 1858 in Jefferson County, Alabama. He married (3)
MELISSA COWARD37 25 Mar 1858 in Jefferson County, Alabama. She was born Abt. 1810 in South Carolina38,
and died Bet. 1880 - 1900.
Notes for ALEXANDER CALDWELL:
Another family researcher thought his date of death was 22 Mar 1864. In 1850, he says he is born in Alabama.
He also says he cannot read or write. In 1870, he says he was born in Tennessee.
More About ALEXANDER CALDWELL:
Burial: Alexander Caldwell Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 1: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, Roll M432_7 page 152
Census 2: 1860, Elyton/Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama Roll M653_12 Page 759, living with his parents
and his family
Notes for FRANCIS GRIFFIN:
No children are attributed to this marriage.
More About FRANCIS GRIFFIN:
Burial: Alexander Caldwell Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About ALEXANDER CALDWELL and FRANCIS GRIFFIN:
Marriage: 05 Jun 1823, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About ELIZABETH GOODWIN:
Name 2: Called Betsy
More About ALEXANDER CALDWELL and ELIZABETH GOODWIN:
Marriage: 24 Apr 1830, Jefferson County, Alabama39
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Notes for MELISSA COWARD:
Another family researcher thinks she was born in 1810, York District, SC.
In the 1860 census, she states her age as 50, so she would have been born in 1810.
In the 1880 census, she is living with her stepson, Joseph Harley Caldwell. She is not around in the 1900 census.
More About ALEXANDER CALDWELL and MELISSA COWARD:
Marriage: 25 Mar 1858, Jefferson County, Alabama
Children of ALEXANDER CALDWELL and ELIZABETH GOODWIN are:
i. ANN GRAVITT7 CALDWELL40, b. 1849.
Notes for ANN GRAVITT CALDWELL:
There is a record in Madison County for a marriage between Ann Caldwell and Thomas Robinson
in 1868.
34. ii. AUGUSTUS CALDWELL, b. 04 Sep 1831, Alabama; d. 22 Oct 1862, Tazwell, TN.
35. iii. MELISSA CALDWELL, b. 1834, Alabama; d. Unknown.
iv. SILAS CALDWELL, b. 1836, Alabama; m. RUTH A. CROTWELL41, 25 Mar 1861, Jefferson County,
Alabama42.
More About SILAS CALDWELL and RUTH CROTWELL:
Marriage: 25 Mar 1861, Jefferson County, Alabama42
v. MARGARET CALDWELL, b. 1841, Alabama.
36. vi. ISAAC CALDWELL, b. 1843, Alabama; d. Aft. 1880.
vii. MARTHA ANN CALDWELL, b. 1847, Alabama.
37. viii. JOSEPH HARLEY CALDWELL, b. 16 Sep 1854, Alabama; d. 20 Jul 1918, Peggs, Cherokee County,
Oklahoma.
ix. FANNY M. CALDWELL43, b. Abt. 1856, Alabama.
Child of ALEXANDER CALDWELL and MELISSA COWARD is:
x. MARY L.7 CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1863, Alabama44.
27. LYDIA6 CALDWELL (ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born
1810 in Alabama, and died Bet. 1870 - 1880. She married MARK GOODWIN 20 Jan 1830 in Jefferson County,
Alabama, son of MARK GOODWIN and TABITHA PARSONS. He was born Abt. 1806 in South Carolina, and died
Aft. 1880.
More About LYDIA CALDWELL:
Name 2: Lydia ?
Census 1: 1870, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 2: 1880, Her husband is living with his son, but she is not.
Notes for MARK GOODWIN:
In 1850, Absalom Caldwell is his next door neighbor.
In 1860, Augustus Caldwell lives 2 doors down, with William Bell next to Mark Goodwin.
More About MARK GOODWIN:
Census 1: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, next to Absalom Caldwell.
Census 2: 1860, Elyton/Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 3: 1870, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, with wife Lydia, next to son James. John and Mary
Elizabeth live at home, aged 38 and 28.
Census 4: 1880, Aged 74, lives with son James. Son John also lives in that household. No wife.
More About MARK GOODWIN and LYDIA CALDWELL:
Marriage: 20 Jan 1830, Jefferson County, Alabama
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Children of LYDIA CALDWELL and MARK GOODWIN are:
i. JOHN7 GOODWIN, b. 1831, Alabama.
More About JOHN GOODWIN:
Census: 1880, Living in his brother James' home, as are Mark (father) and Mary (sister)
ii. ORWIN GOODWIN, b. 1838, Alabama.
iii. HULDAH GOODWIN, b. 1840, Alabama.
iv. MARY ELIZABETH GOODWIN, b. 1842, Alabama.
Notes for MARY ELIZABETH GOODWIN:
In the 1850 census, she is called Elizabeth. In the 1860 census, she is called Mary E.
More About MARY ELIZABETH GOODWIN:
Census: 1880, Living in her brother James' house, claiming age as 35 rather than 38
v. MARTHA GOODWIN, b. 1844, Alabama.
vi. ALMARINDA GOODWIN, b. 1846, Alabama.
38. vii. JAMES GOODWIN, b. 1849, Alabama.
28. DICEY6 CALDWELL (ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born
Bet. 1810 - 1820, and died Unknown. She married JOHN GOODWIN 23 Oct 1831 in Jefferson County, Alabama,
son of MARK GOODWIN and TABITHA PARSONS. He was born 1803 in Laurens, South Carolina, and died
Unknown.
More About JOHN GOODWIN:
Census: 1850, Mud Creek Beat, Jefferson County, Alabama Roll 432_7, page 145.
More About JOHN GOODWIN and DICEY CALDWELL:
Marriage: 23 Oct 1831, Jefferson County, Alabama
Children of DICEY CALDWELL and JOHN GOODWIN are:
39. i. MARK7 GOODWIN, b. 1831; d. Unknown.
ii. SARAH GOODWIN, b. 1834.
iii. JOSEPHUS GOODWIN, b. 06 Feb 1836; d. Unknown; m. MARY E. HOWTON, 24 Jun 1860, Jefferson
County, Alabama; d. Unknown.
More About JOSEPHUS GOODWIN and MARY HOWTON:
Marriage: 24 Jun 1860, Jefferson County, Alabama
iv. ALMARINDA GOODWIN, b. 1838; d. Unknown; m. JAMES M. CARROLL, 24 Dec 1854, Jefferson
County, Alabama; d. Unknown.
More About JAMES CARROLL and ALMARINDA GOODWIN:
Marriage: 24 Dec 1854, Jefferson County, Alabama
v. MARY J. GOODWIN, b. 1838.
Notes for MARY J. GOODWIN:
This child was probably Mary I. Rice, daughter of his second wife Parzead. While some
researchers list her as John and Dicey's chld, the dates don't work for that relationship.
vi. DICEY GOODWIN, b. 1844, Alabama.
29. HUGH6 CALDWELL (ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)45 was born
01 Jan 1816 in Alabama46, and died 1891 in Jefferson County, Alabama. He married ELIZABETH PARSONS 25 Jan
1840 in Elytown, Jefferson County, Alabama. She was born 1823 in Georgia47,48, and died 1901 in Jefferson
County, Alabama.
Notes for HUGH CALDWELL:
The list of 16 children came from a list compiled by David Reed on the website of the Hueytown Historical
Society. In some cases, it seems a little impossible, for instance where a child is born in April and another in
September of the same year.
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In the 1870 census, neither Hugh nor Elizabeth can read or write.
More About HUGH CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 1: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, next to his brother James who lives next to his parents.
Census 2: 1860, Elyton/Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, next to his brother John, who lives next to his
father Absalom.
More About ELIZABETH PARSONS:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census: 1900, Living with her son Carroll Harris Caldwell
More About HUGH CALDWELL and ELIZABETH PARSONS:
Marriage: 25 Jan 1840, Elytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
Children of HUGH CALDWELL and ELIZABETH PARSONS are:
i. THOMAS7 CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1841, Alabama49; d. Unknown.
ii. BYRAM HINES CALDWELL, b. 1843, Jefferson County, Alabama50; d. Unknown.
More About BYRAM HINES CALDWELL:
Name 2: Byron Hinds Caldwell
Name 3: Hines
Census: 02 Nov 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, Roll M432_7 page 145
40. iii. JOSEPH ABSALOM CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1847, Alabama; d. Aft. 1880.
41. iv. CARROLL HARRIS CALDWELL, b. 17 Feb 1848, Alabama; d. 28 Jul 1921.
42. v. MARTHA A. CALDWELL, b. 06 Apr 1851, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 27 Jul 1903.
vi. E. VIRGINIA M. C. CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1853, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Unknown.
43. vii. ALFRED JACKSON CALDWELL, b. 10 Oct 1855, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 16 Feb 1940,
Jefferson County, Alabama.
viii. JAMES OLIVER CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1857, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Unknown; m. ELIZABETH
THOMAS WILLARD, 27 Jul 187951; b. Abt. 1862, Georgia.
More About JAMES OLIVER CALDWELL:
Name 2: Oliver
More About JAMES CALDWELL and ELIZABETH WILLARD:
Marriage: 27 Jul 187951
ix. ELVIRA CALDWELL, b. 1860, Jefferson County, Alabama.
More About ELVIRA CALDWELL:
Census: 1860, 5 month old infant
44. x. CANDANCE FRANCIS CALDWELL, b. 28 Apr 1860, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 16 Oct 1933.
45. xi. ALEXANDER S. CALDWELL, b. 28 Nov 1860, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 10 Jan 1942.
xii. M. L. B. N. CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1864, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Unknown.
xiii. H. C. CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1868, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Unknown.
30. JOHN6 CALDWELL (ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)52 was born
Bet. 1828 - 1830 in Alabama53,54. He married MANERVA ?55. She was born Abt. 1835 in Alabama56.
Notes for JOHN CALDWELL:
In the 1850 census, John is 21 and Manerva is 15. They are living in the Jonesboro census district. John cannot
read and write, but Manerva can.
this may be his death certificate: Name: John Caldwell Death Date: 01 May 1917 Death County: Jefferson
Volume: 46 Roll: 1 Page #: 315
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More About JOHN CALDWELL:
Census 1: 1860, Elyton/Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, next to Absalom Caldwell
Census 2: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama Roll M432_7 page 144
Census 3: 1880, Year: 1880; Census Place: Montevallo, Shelby, Alabama; Roll: T9_31; Family History Film:
1254031; Page: 218A; Enumeration District: 123; Image: 0122
Children of JOHN CALDWELL and MANERVA ? are:
i. GISELLE7 CALDWELL, b. Alabama.
ii. WILLIAM A. CALDWELL, b. 1860, Alabama.
iii. FRANKLIN W. CALDWELL, b. 1869, Alabama.
iv. JAMES CALDWELL, b. 1855, Alabama.
v. CORA CALDWELL.
vi. HATTIE CALDWELL.
vii. NANCY CALDWELL, b. 1853, Alabama.
46. viii. MARION C. CALDWELL, b. 1858, Alabama; d. Aft. 1920.
ix. HENRY CALDWELL, b. 1856, Alabama.
31. NANCY M.6 CALDWELL (ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was
born Abt. 1831 in Alabama57. She married ALDEN M. BYRAM 13 Oct 1853 in Jefferson County, Alabama58, son
of ALDEN BYRAM and MARY MARONEY. He was born 1831 in Alabama.
Notes for ALDEN M. BYRAM:
There is another Alden Byram who lived in Shelby County, Alabama, about the same time and was married to
Zilpha Lee. In 1880, Huldah Caldwell, Nancy's sister, is living with them. Alden says that he is temporarily
disabled by a gunshot.
More About ALDEN M. BYRAM:
Census: 08 Jul 1880, Year: 1880; Census Place: , Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T9_17; Family History Film:
1254017; Page: 526B; Enumeration District: 175; Image Township 20, range 5
More About ALDEN BYRAM and NANCY CALDWELL:
Marriage: 13 Oct 1853, Jefferson County, Alabama58
Children of NANCY CALDWELL and ALDEN BYRAM are:
i. LAURA7 BYRAM, b. 1866, Alabama.
ii. FANNIE BYRAM, b. 1868, Alabama.
iii. HULDA BYRAM, b. 1870, Alabama.
iv. JOSEPH BYRAM, b. 1872, Alabama.
32. BENJAMIN JAMES6 CALDWELL (ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)
was born 1813 in Alabama, and died Bef. 1860. He married SARAH GOODWIN 1834, daughter of MARK
GOODWIN and TABITHA PARSONS. She was born 1812 in South Carolina, and died Bef. 1860.
Notes for BENJAMIN JAMES CALDWELL:
By 1860, he and his wife are apparently dead. His children are living with Absalom and Hannah Caldwell, his
parents.
More About BENJAMIN JAMES CALDWELL:
Census: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson, Alabama Roll M432_7 Page 149
Notes for SARAH GOODWIN:
One researcher noted that she was still living. Since her parents were born in 1772 and 1775, it is unlikely that
she is living.
More About SARAH GOODWIN:
Name 2: Called Sally
More About BENJAMIN CALDWELL and SARAH GOODWIN:
Marriage: 1834
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Children of BENJAMIN CALDWELL and SARAH GOODWIN are:
i. NANCY CATHERINE7 CALDWELL, b. 1836, Jefferson County, Alabama.
ii. LEVI J. CALDWELL, b. 1838, Jefferson County, Alabama.
More About LEVI J. CALDWELL:
Name 2: Levi J Caldwell59
Date born 2: 1838, Alabama59
Census: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson, Alabama Roll M432_7 Page 14959
iii. WILLIAM W. CALDWELL, b. 1840, Jefferson County, Alabama.
iv. SARAH C. CALDWELL, b. 1845, Jefferson County, Alabama.
Notes for SARAH C. CALDWELL:
Twin of B. Valentine
In the 1860 census, she is living with Jesse and Melissa Thompson. Melissa is the daughter of
Alexander Caldwell. He is her father Benjamin's brother, so Melissa is her first cousin.
v. B. VALENTINE CALDWELL, b. 1845, Jefferson County, Alabama.
Notes for B. VALENTINE CALDWELL:
Twin of Sarah C.
vi. MARY CALDWELL, b. 10 Jan 1849.
Notes for MARY CALDWELL:
Twin of Hulda Jane.
vii. HULDA JANE CALDWELL, b. 10 Jan 1849.
Notes for HULDA JANE CALDWELL:
Twin of Mary.
33. SARAH6 LOONEY (BENJAMIN5, BENJAMIN4, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1) was born 1812 in
Tennessee. She married GEORGE ARNOLD. He was born 1803 in Tennessee.
Notes for GEORGE ARNOLD:
In the 1860 census, George Arnold, his wife Sarah and his children or grandchildren are living with Benjamin
Looney. It appears that George Arnold is a son-in-law and Benjamin has been widowed. He is a doctor.
Children of SARAH LOONEY and GEORGE ARNOLD are:
i. BENJAMIN7 ARNOLD, b. 1844, Tennessee.
ii. THOMAS ARNOLD, b. 1849, Tennessee.
iii. LOUISA ARNOLD, b. 1851, Tennessee.
iv. JUDY ARNOLD, b. 1851, Tennessee.
v. GEORGE ARNOLD, b. 1859, Tennessee.
Generation No. 7
34. AUGUSTUS7 CALDWELL (ALEXANDER6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born 04 Sep 1831 in Alabama, and died 22 Oct 1862 in Tazwell, TN. He married MARY E. COMBS
08 Nov 1849. She was born 05 Dec 1831 in Alabama, and died 1905.
Notes for AUGUSTUS CALDWELL:
Died in Civil War.
More About AUGUSTUS CALDWELL:
Census 1: 1860, Elyton/Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 2: 1850, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama, Roll M432_7 page 152, next to his brother Alexander.
More About AUGUSTUS CALDWELL and MARY COMBS:
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Marriage: 08 Nov 1849
Children of AUGUSTUS CALDWELL and MARY COMBS are:
i. ELIZA8 CALDWELL, b. 1850, Alabama; d. Unknown.
ii. MARTHA CALDWELL, b. 1852, Alabama; d. Unknown.
iii. JASPER CALDWELL, b. 1854, Alabama; d. Unknown.
iv. MELISSA CALDWELL, b. 1856, Alabama; d. Unknown.
v. GUSTUS CALDWELL, b. 1859, Alabama; d. Unknown.
35. MELISSA7 CALDWELL (ALEXANDER6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1)60 was born 1834 in Alabama, and died Unknown. She married JESSE THOMPSON61 14 Jun 1857 in
Jefferson County, Alabama. He was born 1830 in Alabama, and died Unknown.
More About JESSE THOMPSON and MELISSA CALDWELL:
Marriage: 14 Jun 1857, Jefferson County, Alabama
Children of MELISSA CALDWELL and JESSE THOMPSON are:
i. WILLIAM WHITMILL8 THOMPSON, b. 1856, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Unknown; m. LOUELLA E.
STEVENS.
ii. ELIZA THOMPSON, b. 1859, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Unknown.
36. ISAAC7 CALDWELL (ALEXANDER6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1)62 was born 1843 in Alabama, and died Aft. 1880. He married MARTHA F. ?. She was born 1849 in
Alabama.
Notes for ISAAC CALDWELL:
There are those who think he died in the Civil War, but he clearly appears in the 1880 census.
In Jefferson County Alabama Marriages, 1856-1864, there is listed
Caldwell, Isaac Arington, Eliza Ann 31 Jan 1864 531
Children of ISAAC CALDWELL and MARTHA ? are:
i. GUS8 CALDWELL.
ii. ELLIS ALEXANDER CALDWELL, b. 1870, Alabama.
iii. JOE CALDWELL.
iv. ALMEDA CALDWELL, b. 1868, Alabama; m. ? ADCOCK.
More About ALMEDA CALDWELL:
Name 2: Called Media
v. MILLIE CALDWELL, b. 1875, Alabama; m. ? BURCHETT.
vi. LEXIA CALDWELL, m. ? DIXSON.
vii. NANCY A. CALDWELL, b. 1873, Alabama; m. SHERMAN WALDEN.
More About NANCY A. CALDWELL:
Name 2: Called Nannie
37. JOSEPH HARLEY7 CALDWELL (ALEXANDER6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH
OR JOHN1)63 was born 16 Sep 1854 in Alabama64, and died 20 Jul 1918 in Peggs, Cherokee County, Oklahoma65.
He married MARY JANE ISRAEL66 26 Sep 1874 in Jefferson County, Alabama67, daughter of LEANDER ISRAEL and
MARY ENNIS. She was born 11 Sep 1856 in Cherokee County, Alabama, and died 11 Mar 1931 in Alabama.
Notes for JOSEPH HARLEY CALDWELL:
Found in Jefferson County, Alabama 1880 census married to Mary Jane
1880 Alabama Census
Joseph H. CALDWELL Self M Mal e W 26 AL Farmer AL AL
Mary J. CALDWELL Wif e M Female W 23 AL Keeping House AL AL
Mar y M. CALDWELL Dau S Female W 5 AL AL A L
Benjamin CALDWELL Son S Male W 2 AL A L AL
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Melissa CALDWELL Mother W Female W 55 A L At Home AL AL
Fanny CALDWELL Sister S Femal e W 24 AL At Home AL AL
Mary L.CALDWELL Sis ter S Female W 15 AL At Home AL AL -------- --------------------------------------------------
--------- ---- Source Information:
Year: 1880; Census Place: , Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T9_17; Family History Film: 1254017; Page: 461A;
Enumeration District: 72; Image: .
In 1880 census, next family was Isaac Caldwell
Found on cemetery list at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~timmons/newhome.html and
ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ok/cherokee/cemeteries/nwhomefull.txt
Joseph H. Caldwell, 1853-1918, which is at variance from his date of birth in other places.
He was found by some to be peculiar. If there was a singing school, we had to be there. He liked to hunt and
fish, but sometimes would pout for a week without Grandma knowing why. Told by Martha Jane Caldwell
Payne, his daughter, to Weldon.
From handwrtten notes provided by Weldon to Linda Smith Williams (quoting Jenny Payne): Aunt Jennie
remembers being with him the day he died at home, near Locust Grove, Oklahoma. He had "leakage of the
heart." On the morning of July 20, while she and Grandma Caldwell were with him, two neighbor men stopped.
One saw that J.H. couldn't last long and stayed with him. At 11:00 a.m., Joseph Harley looked at the clock and
said " I have about one hour left." Mama says that he died at exactly 12 noon.
More About JOSEPH HARLEY CALDWELL:
Date born 2: 1854, Alabama68
Burial: 1918, New Home Cemetery, Peggs, OK
Census: 1880, Year: 1880; Census Place: , Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T9_17; Family History Film: 1254017;
Page: 461A; Enumeration District: 72; Image:
Residence: 1880, Jefferson, Alabama68
Notes for MARY JANE ISRAEL:
She told Aunt Jennie that when she was a small girl, she used to go down to the cemetery where she is buried and
read her Bible during school recess. That story comes from Martha Jane Caldwell Payne, who was her daughter.
Jenny Payne believed that she was born 9/11/1856 in Jefferson County and died March 11, 1931.
Her wedding license was issues September 16, 1874. The performing person is listed as Whifield Anthony.
After her husband died in Oklahoma, she returned to Alabama on the train. She was not feeling very well and the
preacher broughter her back. This was probably senile dementia. She went to live with her daughter Hattie.
More About MARY JANE ISRAEL:
Name 2: Mary J Israel69
Date born 2: 1856, Alabama69
Burial: 1931, Village Falls Cemetery, Mulga, Alabama
Census: 1860, Elyton Post Office, Bethlehem Precinct, Jefferson County, Alabama
Residence: 1860, Bethlahem, Jefferson, Alabama69
More About JOSEPH CALDWELL and MARY ISRAEL:
Marriage: 26 Sep 1874, Jefferson County, Alabama70
Children of JOSEPH CALDWELL and MARY ISRAEL are:
i. MARY MELISSA8 CALDWELL71, b. 10 Sep 1875, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 10 Mar 1970,
Jefferson County, Alabama; m. STEPHEN ALFORD SHOEMAKER, 01 Jul 1891; b. 11 Nov 1867; d.
13 Feb 1956, Jefferson County, Alabama.
Notes for MARY MELISSA CALDWELL:
According to Weldon and to Linda Williams , Mary ran off at 14 to marry Alf Shoemaker. They
were in Alabama when the Caldwells moved to Oklahoma, but moved later that year. MV Payne
said Alf "could lay off the straightest cotton rows of anybody I ever saw." Ruby Smith told Linda
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Williams this story.
Another family researcher has her date of death as 11 Mar 1971
Notes for STEPHEN ALFORD SHOEMAKER:
Death certfiicate: 13 feb 1956, Jefferson County, Alabama, Volume 7, Certificate 3261, Roll 6.
More About STEPHEN ALFORD SHOEMAKER:
Name 2: Called Alf Shoemaker
Name 3: Stephen Alford Shoemaker
Census: 1920, Adams Creek Township, Wagoner, Oklahoma
More About STEPHEN SHOEMAKER and MARY CALDWELL:
Marriage: 01 Jul 1891
ii. BENJAMIN ALEXANDER CALDWELL72, b. 26 Jan 1878, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 25 Jan 1953,
Jefferson County, Alabama; m. JULIA IDA WHEELER, 1900, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 24 Jun
1878, Jackson County, Alabama; d. 03 Aug 1959, West End Hospital, Birmingham, Jefferson,
Alabama73.
Notes for BENJAMIN ALEXANDER CALDWELL:
Jenny Payne says he was buried on his 75th birthday.
He married Julia Ida Wheeler before the Caldwells moved to Oklahoma. Ben and Julie rented a
house near the family, who were living in the "McNair Place," a big two-story house (with pecan
groves) owned by an Indian family named McNair. (Jenny Payne, as related to Weldon ).
In the 1900 census, Benjamin and Juie live alone (without kids), between the Goolsbys and the
Spencers. A short distance away there are Rufus Nicholson, his wife, Rufus Linus Nicholson, and
Walter Hugh Nicholson and his family. This is not the house where they lived when their
grandchildren were growing up. This house was on Pleasant Grove Road, about 3 miles away
toward Edgewater. Eventually, after they moved from the house, Ben's brother Jim and his wife
Carrie moved there. The Paynes moved into the house across the road when they came back from
Texas and Oklahoma.
In the 1910 census, the following families live all in a row:
Andrew and Mary Angeline Wheeler
Richard J. and Jennie Wheeler
Kate Wheeler Glasgow and Bascom Glasgow
Frank C. and Retha Anthony Wheeler
Joseph A. and Bessie Wheeler
He should have been back in Alabama for the 1920 census, but I can't find a record of it. He had a
child born in Alabama in 1915, so he should have been in Alabama rather than Oklahoma in 1920.
The 1930 census has Ben and Julia with son Jim and daughter Alice in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Richard Jones Wheeler is listed just before Ben and Julia. Joseph Andrew Wheeler lives nearby
on that same side. Walter Goolsby lives on the other side, then James Goolsby, then John and
Nora Anthony. Ben owns his home, which is worth $6,000. He is a carpenter for a coal and iron
company. He is not a veteran. These census pages do not list the name of the road or the house
numbers.
Death certificate: Jefferson County, Alabama, Jan 25, 1953, Volume 3, Certificate 1117, Roll 5.
More About BENJAMIN ALEXANDER CALDWELL:
Burial: 1953, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 1: 1930, Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 7, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: 22; Page: 10A;
Enumeration District: 129; Image: 381.0. next to Richard Jones Wheeler and near Joseph A.
Wheeler
Census 2: 1880, Year: 1880; Census Place: , Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T9_17; Family History
Film: 1254017; Page: 461A; Enumeration District: 72; Image: With his parents in Jefferson County,
Albaama
Census 3: 1900, Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 7, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T623 20; Page:
17A; Enumeration District: 90
Census 4: 1910, Jefferson County, Alabama
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Occupation: Carpenter, doing construction work for Tennessee Coal and Iron on their company
houses. He could fix a toof, paint, fix a wall or whatever needed doing. He worked in Edgewater
just before he retired.
Notes for JULIA IDA WHEELER:
She said that when they were in Oklahoma, the wind blew so strong that it blew the plants away as
fast as they could plant crops. She said people went crazy from the wind and its damage.
Her grand-daughter says: She did what all the pioneer women did. She sewed, kept house, kept a
garden, and cooked. Her grand-daughter says that she had such an imagination about cooking.
She knew how to take whatever was in the house and make a meal. If it was almost grocery day
and stores were low, she could still figure out a good meal. When everyone was starving and she
needed a quick meal, she would fry fatback, then cook sauerkraut in that same pan. She'd cook a
pan of cornbread while it was cooking, then put that out for lunch with buttermilk and home-made
jelly. (Her grand-daughter Julia Minerva was good at that too.) She sang "Bringing In The
Sheaves" while she mopped the kitchen floor.
Her great-granddaughter says: I remember her Folgers Coffee can. It sat next to her chair. I
guess she dipped snuff and spat into the can. As a child this fascinated me! I remember her as a
kind woman who appeared in my life every once in a while and then disappeared. I am gateful to
my mother for taking the time to write about her so we would all know something about her.
More About JULIA IDA WHEELER:
Burial: 1959, Pleaant Grove Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About BENJAMIN CALDWELL and JULIA WHEELER:
Marriage: 1900, Jefferson County, Alabama
iii. MAGNOLIA E. CALDWELL74, b. 30 Jul 1880, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 16 Sep 1967; m. WADE
HEDGECOCK, 1899, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 1888, Georgia; d. Aug 1951, Dallas, Texas75.
Notes for MAGNOLIA E. CALDWELL:
She had twins, but they could not find food to agree with them, and they died. That would be
Lawrence and Florence.
Jenny Payne told Weldon that she married Wade Hedgecock before the Caldwells moved to
Oklahoma. Wade mined and lived at Hueytown and later Carbon Hill. They finally moved to
Oklahoma. Wade died in Dallas of tuberculosis, but had been in a mental hospital.
More About MAGNOLIA E. CALDWELL:
Name 2: Nola
Notes for WADE HEDGECOCK:
Miner at Hueytown and later Carbon Hill
Lived in Hueytown.
Moved to Oklahoma in about 1890.
1920 census: Living in Choteau with his wife and 7 children. He says his father was born in
Georgia and his mother in Alabama. He is farming. Enumeration district 54, page 12A.
1930 census: Living in Hueytown Village, Jefferson County, Alabama He owns his home, which is
worth $2500. His wife and 5 children live with him. Mary Jane Israel Caldwell is not yet in his
home, but she doesn't seem to be in Oklahome either.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 40, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: 32; Page: ; Enumeration
District: 189; Image: 528.0.
More About WADE HEDGECOCK:
Cause of Death: Tuberculosis, in Dallas Texas
Census 1: 1920, Choteau, Mayes County, Oklahoma
Census 2: 1930, Jefferson County, Alabama
Occupation: 1930, Digger in a coal mine
More About WADE HEDGECOCK and MAGNOLIA CALDWELL:
Marriage: 1899, Jefferson County, Alabama
iv. HATTIE I. CALDWELL, b. 13 Mar 1883, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 26 Oct 1956, Praco,
Jefferson County, Alabama; m. THOMAS GREEN, 02 Apr, 1905; b. 06 Jan 1868; d. 1933, Praco,
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Jefferson County, Alabama.
Notes for HATTIE I. CALDWELL:
No children.
Notes for THOMAS GREEN:
According to Jenny Payne, he was a coal miner whose brother was killed in an explosion just
before Tom went on shift. This was a persuading factor in Grandma Caldwell agreeing to move to
Oklahoma, so her boys wouldn't have to work in the mines. Married (along with Zepha and Lee
Cooley) in Caldwell's front yard on Sunday before finally moving to Oklahoma.
No children
Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
More About THOMAS GREEN and HATTIE CALDWELL:
Marriage: 02 Apr, 1905
v. ZEPHARANE C. CALDWELL, b. 16 Jul 1886, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 03 Dec 1974, Jefferson
County, Alabama; m. LEE ELLINDER COOLEY, 02 Apr 1905, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 12 Nov
1870, Alabama76; d. 12 Aug 1936, Praco, Alabama.
Notes for ZEPHARANE C. CALDWELL:
She lived in Cottage Hills rest home about a half-hour from where she was born in house now
owned by “Sam” Harris, Julia Wheeler's sister..
More About ZEPHARANE C. CALDWELL:
Name 2: Zepha
Burial: Village Falls Cemetery, Mulga, Alabama
Notes for LEE ELLINDER COOLEY:
According to Jenny Payne, Lee was a coal miner who died in 1936 after being bedfast for five
years, in Praco, Alabama.
Death certificate: August 1936, Jefferson County, Alabama, Volume 39, Roll 3, Page 19148
In 1900, he is living in Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama. He is head of household, with 2
brothers, 1 sister and 1 nephew living in his home. Next to him is William E. Cooley His nephew
Arthur is 11, born in June 1889, but we don't know whose son he is. Lee is a farmer and his
brothers are day laborers. He is renting a property that is classified as a farm. Everyone in the
household can read and write. Year: 1900; Census Place: Jonesboro, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll:
T623 20; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 85
In 1920, he is living in Tuscaloosa County, with his wife and 2 children.
In 1930, he is living in Praco in Jefferson County, Alabama. He rents his home for $7.00 per
month. Arthur, Herman, Vera and Eva are at home. Which children were born in Alabama and
which in Oklahoma changes from census to census, so it is hard to tell accurately what is going on.
Lee and his son Arthur are both coal miners. He is working, and he is not a veteran. Everyone in
the family can read and write. Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 43, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll:
32; Page: ; Enumeration District: 192; Image: 666.0.
More About LEE ELLINDER COOLEY:
Name 2: Lee A Cooley77
Burial: Village Falls Cemetery, Mulga, Alabama
Cause of Death: Died after being bed-ridden for 5 years.
Census 1: 1920, Living in Parsons District, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Census 2: 1900, Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 3: 1930, Praco, Jefferson County, Alabama
Occupation: 1920, Coal miner
Residence: 1930, Precinct 43, Jefferson, Alabama77
More About LEE COOLEY and ZEPHARANE CALDWELL:
Marriage: 02 Apr 1905, Jefferson County, Alabama
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vi. JESSE LEE CALDWELL, b. 24 Dec 1888, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. Apr 1923, Locust Grove,
Oklahoma; m. IDA MAE KINSEY, 23 Nov 1910; b. McKay or Ducktown, Tennessee.
Notes for JESSE LEE CALDWELL:
His sister said he could get along with anyone.
He used to work on the railroad.
He probably had heart trouble.
Jenny Payne said that he died in a boarding house in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, which has now
been converted into a funeral home, but still stands.
More About JESSE LEE CALDWELL:
Died 2: 1923, In a boarding house in Locust Grove, OK
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
More About JESSE CALDWELL and IDA KINSEY:
Marriage: 23 Nov 1910
vii. REVEREND JAMES WARD CALDWELL, b. 11 May 1891, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 01 Nov
1978, Carrollton, Alabama; m. (1) CARRIE O. PAYNE; b. 1890, Georgia; d. 26 Dec 1960, Carrollton,
Alabama; m. (2) IRENE NOWELL.
Notes for REVEREND JAMES WARD CALDWELL:
Baptist preacher
He is probably buried in Carrollton, Alabama
More About REVEREND JAMES WARD CALDWELL:
Census: 1920, Peggs Township, Cherokee County, Oklahoma
More About CARRIE O. PAYNE:
Name 2: Carrie O. Payne Satterfield
viii. MARTHA JANE CALDWELL, b. 22 Sep 1894, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 10 Jan 1986; m.
MILLARD VERNON PAYNE, Bef. 05 Jun 1918, Oklahoma; b. 13 Mar 1889, Rising Fawn, Lafayette,
Georgia78; d. 01 Jan 1947, Jefferson County, Alabama79.
Notes for MILLARD VERNON PAYNE:
In 1900, Millard and his family apparently lived in Justict District, Johnson County, Texas. HIs
parents, Jessie and Mary, say that they were born in Georgia, but their parents were from
Tennessee.
In 1920, he is living in Oklahoma with his brother. He is married, but his wife is not living with the
family at that time.
In 1930, they are living in Johnson County, Texas. Walter Payne and his family live next door.
More About MILLARD VERNON PAYNE:
Name 2: Millard Payne80
Military service: 05 Jun 1918, Draft card completed
Moved 1: 1934, Moved from Texas to Jefferson County, Alabama
Moved 2: Abt. 1928, Thrity, Texas
Occupation 1: 1920, Census lists him as a cotton picker
Occupation 2: 1918, Self-employed farmer
Residence 1: 1920, Stephens, Tillman, Oklahoma living with his brother Paul80
Residence 2: Not Stated, Mayes, Oklahoma81
Residence 3: 1900, Justice Precinct 6, Johnson, Texas82
Residence 4: 1930, Precinct 7, Brown, Texas next to his brother Walter83
More About MILLARD PAYNE and MARTHA CALDWELL:
Marriage: Bef. 05 Jun 1918, Oklahoma
ix. WILLIAM ISAAC CALDWELL, b. 07 Jan 1897, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 11 Oct 1982; m. MARY
JANE CORDELIA FRANKLIN; b. 26 Nov 1900; d. 20 Dec 1991.
Notes for WILLIAM ISAAC CALDWELL:
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Last known address: Brentwood, California
x. JOHN RAY CALDWELL, b. 20 May 1900, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 15 Mar 1973, Locust Grove,
Mayes County, Oklahoma; m. LILLIE LITTLEFIELD; b. 1904, Oklahoma.
Notes for JOHN RAY CALDWELL:
He registered for the draft (World War I) in Peggs, Cherokee County, Oklahoma. He stated he was
18, born on May 20, 1900. He said he was a farmer employed by Mrs. Mary Jane Caldwell. He
also listed her as his nearest relative and said she was living in Peggs. He is described as medium
height, slender build, brown hair and brown eyes. It is signed on September 12, 1918.
In 1920, he is still living in Peggs, Cherokee County, Oklahoma. He is 18, living with his life Lillie
and his mother, whose name is listed as Jane. Her age is right, but she lists her place of birth as
Georgia and her parents as born in the United States. John on the other hand lists his parents
place of birth as Alabama, as well as his.
Roll: T625_1451 Page: 6A ED: 14 Image: 0831
In 1930 he is still living in Peggs. With him are his wife and 2 children.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Peggs, Cherokee, Oklahoma; Roll: 1897; Page: ; Enumeration District:
13; Image: 298.0.
The family selected his casket at the funeral home in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, where his brother
Lee had died 50 years earlier.
More About JOHN RAY CALDWELL:
Census 1: 1920, Peggs Township, Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Census 2: 1930, Peggs Township, Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Social Security Number: 446-07-5160
Notes for LILLIE LITTLEFIELD:
She says that her parents were born in Arkansas. There are a lot of Littlefields in Peggs.
38. JAMES7 GOODWIN (LYDIA6 CALDWELL, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born 1849 in Alabama. He married MARGARET ?. She was born 1854 in Alabama.
Children of JAMES GOODWIN and MARGARET ? are:
i. MARY8 GOODWIN, b. 1871, Alabama.
ii. JAMES L. GOODWIN, b. 1873, Alabama.
iii. ELLEN GOODWIN, b. 1875, Alabama.
iv. ALAER GOODWIN, b. 1877, Alabama.
39. MARK7 GOODWIN (DICEY6 CALDWELL, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born 1831, and died Unknown. He married MAHALIA GARNER 28 Dec 1847 in Jefferson County,
Alabama. She was born 1832 in Alabama, and died Unknown.
More About MARK GOODWIN and MAHALIA GARNER:
Marriage: 28 Dec 1847, Jefferson County, Alabama
Child of MARK GOODWIN and MAHALIA GARNER is:
i. LUCINDA8 GOODWIN, b. 1849, Jefferson County, Alabama.
40. JOSEPH ABSALOM7 CALDWELL (HUGH6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born Abt. 1847 in Alabama84, and died Aft. 1880. He married M. LOUIZA THOMPSON 24 Dec 186785.
She was born Abt. 1840 in Georgia, and died Aft. 1880.
More About JOSEPH CALDWELL and M. THOMPSON:
Marriage: 24 Dec 186785
Children of JOSEPH CALDWELL and M. THOMPSON are:
i. HENRY C.8 CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1868; d. Unknown.
ii. ANN CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1872; d. Unknown.
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41. CARROLL HARRIS7 CALDWELL (HUGH6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born 17 Feb 1848 in Alabama86, and died 28 Jul 1921. He married FRANCES ROSE ANN HASTY Bef.
1875, daughter of ? HASTY and ARAMENTA ?. She was born 20 Jul 1856, and died 13 Dec 1903.
Notes for CARROLL HARRIS CALDWELL:
In 1900 his mohter is living with him.
More About CARROLL HARRIS CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About FRANCES ROSE ANN HASTY:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About CARROLL CALDWELL and FRANCES HASTY:
Marriage: Bef. 1875
Children of CARROLL CALDWELL and FRANCES HASTY are:
i. NORMAN8 CALDWELL, b. 12 Nov 1875, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 21 Nov 1941; m. RUBY
TILLMAN, 22 Aug 1911, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 04 Aug 1875; d. 02 Jun 1942.
More About NORMAN CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About RUBY TILLMAN:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About NORMAN CALDWELL and RUBY TILLMAN:
Marriage: 22 Aug 1911, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
ii. NEWMAN H. CALDWELL, b. 31 Jul 1877, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 22 Nov 1952, Jefferson
County, Alabama; m. IDA PARSONS, 23 Dec 1900, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 25 Mar 1875; d.
03 Dec 1942, Jefferson County, Alabama.
More About NEWMAN H. CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About IDA PARSONS:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About NEWMAN CALDWELL and IDA PARSONS:
Marriage: 23 Dec 1900, Jefferson County, Alabama
iii. CARROLL H. CALDWELL, JR., b. 23 Jun 1879; d. 27 Feb 1901.
More About CARROLL H. CALDWELL, JR.:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
iv. JOHN DUNCAN CALDWELL, b. 03 Nov 1881; d. 16 Feb 1965, Jefferson County, Alabama; m. ROSA
A. BRIDGES, 30 Dec 1907, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 22 Aug 1888; d. 07 Jan
1975, Jefferson County, Alabama.
More About JOHN DUNCAN CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census 1: 1930, Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 51, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: 32; Page: ;
Enumeration District: 202; Image: 917.0.
Census 2: 1900, Year: 1900; Census Place: Jonesboro, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T623 20; Page:
29A; Enumeration District: 85.
Occupation: 1930, Lamphouse man? Camphouse man? Coal mines
More About ROSA A. BRIDGES:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About JOHN CALDWELL and ROSA BRIDGES:
Marriage: 30 Dec 1907, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
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v. LEILA BELLE CALDWELL, b. 19 Jun 1884, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 23 May 1959.
More About LEILA BELLE CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
vi. LULA N. CALDWELL, b. 10 Nov 1892, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 19 Apr 1966; m. FRANK A.
DAGNAN; b. 25 Jul 1885; d. 22 May 1921.
More About LULA N. CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About FRANK A. DAGNAN:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
vii. LILLY CALDWELL, b. Abt. 1896; d. Abt. 15 May 1980; m. WALTER L. ROBERTS; b. Abt. 1889; d. 19
Oct 1974.
More About LILLY CALDWELL:
Burial: Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About WALTER L. ROBERTS:
Burial: Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama
42. MARTHA A.7 CALDWELL (HUGH6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born 06 Apr 1851 in Jefferson County, Alabama, and died 27 Jul 1903. She married JAMES MARION
PARSONS 29 Sep 1876 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, son of SAMUEL PARSONS and MARY
GOODWIN. He was born 03 Nov 1855 in Jefferson County, Alabama, and died 07 Feb 1922.
More About MARTHA A. CALDWELL:
Burial: Dogwood Cemetery, near Adger, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About JAMES PARSONS and MARTHA CALDWELL:
Marriage: 29 Sep 1876, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Children of MARTHA CALDWELL and JAMES PARSONS are:
i. MEADIE MALISSA8 PARSONS, b. 02 Oct 1878, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 21 Feb 1946; m.
DANIEL TAYLOR HOGG, 02 Jun 1898, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 04 Sep 1868; d.
25 Mar 1939.
More About MEADIE MALISSA PARSONS:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About DANIEL TAYLOR HOGG:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About DANIEL HOGG and MEADIE PARSONS:
Marriage: 02 Jun 1898, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
ii. HEZZIE GARFIELD PARSONS, b. 10 May 1882; d. 22 Jul 1964; m. (1) ELLA ALEXANDER, 10 Dec
1903, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 12 Jul 1893; d. 31 Mar 1952; m. (2) PEARL
MCDOUGAL, 03 Jan 1953.
More About HEZZIE GARFIELD PARSONS:
Burial: Adger Cemetery, Adger, southwest Jefferson County, Alabama
More About ELLA ALEXANDER:
Name 2: Ella A. Alexander
Date born 2: 12 Jul 1873
Burial 1: Adger Cemetery, Adger, southwest Jefferson County, Alabama
Burial 2: Adger Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About HEZZIE PARSONS and ELLA ALEXANDER:
Marriage: 10 Dec 1903, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
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More About HEZZIE PARSONS and PEARL MCDOUGAL:
Marriage: 03 Jan 1953
iii. NANCY MARY PARSONS, b. 22 Feb 1886; d. 28 Nov 1945; m. HARVEY L. PARSONS, 05 Nov 1904,
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; b. 30 Dec 1877; d. 13 Apr 1949.
More About NANCY MARY PARSONS:
Burial: Dogwood Cemetery, near Adger, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About HARVEY L. PARSONS:
Burial 1: Dogwood Cemetery, near Adger, Jefferson County, Alabama
Burial 2: Dogwood Grove Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About HARVEY PARSONS and NANCY PARSONS:
Marriage: 05 Nov 1904, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
iv. NORA PARSONS, b. Abt. 1888; d. Unknown; m. JOE PASSEGER, 20 Apr 1920, Bessemer, Jefferson
County, Alabama; b. Abt. 1874; d. Unknown.
More About JOE PASSEGER and NORA PARSONS:
Marriage: 20 Apr 1920, Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama
43. ALFRED JACKSON7 CALDWELL (HUGH6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born 10 Oct 1855 in Jefferson County, Alabama, and died 16 Feb 1940 in Jefferson County,
Alabama87. He married MARY J. PARSONS 02 Dec 1877, daughter of JOHN PARSONS and AMANDA PHILLIPS. She
was born 31 Mar 1856, and died 21 Sep 1924 in Jefferson County, Alabama87.
More About ALFRED JACKSON CALDWELL:
Name 2: Jackson
Burial: Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About MARY J. PARSONS:
Burial: Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About ALFRED CALDWELL and MARY PARSONS:
Marriage: 02 Dec 1877
Child of ALFRED CALDWELL and MARY PARSONS is:
i. MORTIMER8 CALDWELL, b. 18 Apr 1879, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 06 Dec 1910, Jefferson
County, Alabama.
More About MORTIMER CALDWELL:
Burial: Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama
44. CANDANCE FRANCIS7 CALDWELL (HUGH6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH
OR JOHN1) was born 28 Apr 1860 in Jefferson County, Alabama, and died 16 Oct 1933. She married JOHN J.
NICHOLSON 18 Oct 1884 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. He was born 01 Jan 1861, and died 12 Dec
1916.
More About CANDANCE FRANCIS CALDWELL:
Name 2: Called Frankie
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
Census: 1880, Year: 1880; Census Place: Beat 2 And 3, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T9_17; Family History Film:
1254017; Page: 509C; Enumeration District: 76;
More About JOHN J. NICHOLSON:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About JOHN NICHOLSON and CANDANCE CALDWELL:
Marriage: 18 Oct 1884, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
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Children of CANDANCE CALDWELL and JOHN NICHOLSON are:
i. ?8 NICHOLSON, b. Aft. 1884; d. Unknown; m. ? HUFFSTUTLER; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
ii. DAUGHTER NICHOLSON, b. Aft. 1884; d. Unknown; m. ? STEPHENS; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
iii. REVEREND HUGH NICHOLSON, b. Abt. 1887; d. 03 Mar 1959; m. JOSEPHINE E. NICHOLS; d.
Unknown.
More About REVEREND HUGH NICHOLSON:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
iv. MATTIE NICHOLSON, b. 19 Mar 1893, Jefferson County, Alabama; d. 24 Feb 1986, Jefferson
County, Alabama; m. HUGH G. GLOVER; b. 1884, Alabama; d. 1951, Jefferson County, Alabama.
More About MATTIE NICHOLSON:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
More About HUGH G. GLOVER:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
45. ALEXANDER S.7 CALDWELL (HUGH6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR
JOHN1) was born 28 Nov 1860 in Jefferson County, Alabama, and died 10 Jan 1942. He married C. A.. She died
Aft. 1896.
More About ALEXANDER S. CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
Children of ALEXANDER CALDWELL and C. A. are:
i. VELMA8 CALDWELL, b. 06 Dec 1896; d. 06 Dec 1896.
More About VELMA CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
ii. ZELLA CALDWELL, b. 06 Dec 1896; d. 06 Dec 1896.
More About ZELLA CALDWELL:
Burial: Valley Creek Cemetery, Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama
46. MARION C.7 CALDWELL (JOHN6, ABSALOM5, MARGARET E.4 LOONEY, ABSALOM3, ROBERT2, JOSEPH OR JOHN1)
was born 1858 in Alabama, and died Aft. 1920. He married KATIE ? 1882. She was born 1858 in Alabama, and
died Aft. 1920.
More About MARION C. CALDWELL:
Census 1: 1880, Year: 1880; Census Place: Montevallo, Shelby, Alabama; Roll: T9_31; Family History Film:
1254031; Page: 218A; Enumeration District: 123; Image: 0122
Census 2: 1910, Montevalle, Shelby County, Alabama, Series T624, Roll 32, Part 3, Page 81A
Census 3: 1920, Wilton, Shelby County, Alabama Roll T625_40, Page 2B, ED 114, Image 0742
Notes for KATIE ?:
In the 1910 census, she states that she cannot read or write. She says that she has had 2 children and 1 is living.
In the 1920 census, she has lost 9-10 years of age.
More About MARION CALDWELL and KATIE ?:
Marriage: 1882
Child of MARION CALDWELL and KATIE ? is:
i. OLIVER R.8 CALDWELL, b. 1902, Alabama.
Endnotes
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1. website, Family Search LDS, Documents Robert and Elizabeth Looney as parts of Absalom Looney.
2. website, Family search LDS, Documents parents of Margaret Looney as Absalom Looney and Margaret Eleanor Moore.
Documents marriage on 5 Jan 1788.
3. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900.
4. website, Family Search LDS, Documents parents of Margaret Looney as Absalom Looney and Margaret Eleanor Moore.
5. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900.
6. website, http://www.mcmsys.com/~sdwillia/walker_file/georg001.htm.
7. website, Family Search LDS, Documents wedding date as 05 Jan 1778 and location as Craigs Creek, Botetourt, Virginia.
8. Family Data Collection - Births.
9. website, Family Search LDS, Documents wedding date as 05 Jan 1778 and location as Craigs Creek, Botetourt, Virginia.
10. Family Data Collection - Individual Records.
11. Family Data Collection - Births.
12. Family Data Collection - Individual Records.
13. Family Data Collection - Births.
14. Family Data Collection - Individual Records.
15. Alabama Land Records.
16. 1830 United States Federal Census.
17. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama, Jonesboro District, 1850, 62 years old, farmer, born in Tennessee.
18. website, www. ancestry.com, Entery ID: I31060.
19. website, www.ancestry.com, ID: I31060.
20. website, Family Search LDS, Shows marriage in 1808 in Alabama. This record shows Lydia as a child born in 1810.
21. website, http://www.alden.org/aldengen/pafg402.htm#26395, John Alden database says they were married about 1811.
22. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Hannah is 60, married to Absalom, born in Tennessee.
23. website, www. ancestry.com, ID: I31060.
24. website, Family Search LDS.
25. Alabama Land Records.
26. 1830 United States Federal Census.
27. website, www.ancestry.com, ID: I31060.
28. website, Family Search LDS, Shows marriage in 1808 in Alabama. This record shows Lydia as a child born in 1810.
29. website, http://www.alden.org/aldengen/pafg402.htm#26395, John Alden database says they were married about 1811.
30. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Huldah is 29, living with her parents, born in Alabama.
31. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Lives between Absalom and Hugh Caldwell. Age
supported by census claim. Born in Alabama.
32. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Married to James Caldwell and age 23, born in Alabama.
33. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, William is 9, living with parents, born in Alabama.Note
that the 1850 census did not list relationships among family members, so William could be a son of Huldah, but his last name
is shown as Caldwell.
34. 1860 United States Federal Census.
35. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama 1830, Alexander is living next door to Absalom and is married.
36. website, Marriages in Alabama, Source Information:Hunting For Bears, comp. Alabama Marriages, 1807-1902 [database
online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: Alabama marriage information taken from county courthouse
records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format,
located at the Family History Library.
37. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama, 1880, Living in the home of Joseph Harley Caldwell as a widow, age 55, with 2
daughters living with her.
38. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama, 1880, Age: 55.
39. website, Marriages in Alabama, Source Information:Hunting For Bears, comp. Alabama Marriages, 1807-1902 [database
online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: Alabama marriage information taken from county courthouse
records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format,
located at the Family History Library.
40. Weldon, Handwritten notes, As told to him by his mother, Jenny Payne.
41. website.http://www.atabney.com/jcvol3.html
42. http://www.atabney.com/jcvol3.html, Certificate 405.
43. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama 1880, She lived in the home of her brother, Joseph H. Caldwell, with her widowed
mother, Melissa. She was 24 years old.
44. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama, 1880, She lived in the home of her brother, Joseph H., with her mother Melissa.
Her age was shown as 15 in 1880.
45. Weldon, Handwritten Notes, From Jenny Payne: Another brother, Hugh, had wife, Peggy and five children: Alex, Jack,
Joe, Tom and Carol or Carroll, probably.
46. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Hugh apparently lives 2 houses down from Absalom,
separated by James Caldwell's household. He is 35, a farmer, born in Alabama.
47. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Elizabeth is 25, born in Georgia.
48. Cemetery record, dates of birth and death.
49. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Thomas is 9 years old and born in Alabama.
50. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Byram is 7 years old, born in Alabama.
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51. 1860 census at Hueytown.org.
52. Weldon, Handwritten notes, From Jenny Payne: Jack Caldwell (Alex's brother) had these children: Gazelle, Will, Frank,
Jim, Cora, Hattie.
53. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama 1830, Not shown as a family member.
54. Census, Page 144B, Jonesboro.
55. Census, 1850 Page 144B, Jonesboro.
56. Census, 1850, page 144B, Jonesboro.
57. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Nancy is 19, living with her parents and born in Alabama.
58. David Reed, 1850 census, page 145A, notes.
59. 1850 United States Federal Census.
60.
http://www.hueytown.org/historical/Federal%20Censuses/1860_Federal_Census_Jefferson_County_Alabama_Jonesboro.pdf.
61. Weldon, Handwritten notes, Lissa Thompson (ralted to Hoagtown Thompsons).
62. Weldon, Handwritten notes, From Jenny Payne: Alex's son Isaac (Ike) had these children: gus, Alex, Joe, Media
Adcock, Millie Burchett, Lexia Dixson, and Nannie (Mrs. Sherman( Walden.
63. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama 1880, Joseph H., aged 26.
64. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama 1880, Age and place of birth are conssitent.
65. website, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~timmons/newhome.html, CALDWELL, Joseph H., 1853-1918, FA=?,
MO=?, SP=?
66. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama 1880, Mary J. age 20.
67. Family Bible, Handwritten notes from Jenny Payne, Joseph Harley married Mary Jane Israel on September 16, 1874.
68. 1880 United States Federal Census.
69. 1860 United States Federal Census.
70. Family Bible, Handwritten notes from Jenny Payne, Joseph Harley married Mary Jane Israel on September 16, 1874.
71. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama 1880, Mary M., daughter of Joseph H. and Mary J., age 5.
72. Census, Jefferson County, Alabama, 1880, Son of Joseph H. and Mary J., age 3.
73. Linda Smith Williams, Linda Smith Wiliams, Personal knowledge, She remembers that her mother, Ruby and sister,
Minerva were with her grandmother when she died.
74. Weldon, Notes provided to Ruby Caldwell Smith.
75. Weldon, Noites provided to Ruby Caldwell Smith.
76. 1930 United States Federal Census, Jefferson County, Alabama.
77. 1930 United States Federal Census.
78. website, Image of draft card.
79. website, Jefferson, Volume 2, Certificate 668, Roll 2.
80. 1920 United States Federal Census.
81. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
82. 1900 United States Federal Census.
83. 1930 United States Federal Census.
84. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Joseph is 5 years old and born in Alabama.
85. 1860 census at Hueytown.org.
86. Census, Jonesboro District, Jefferson County, Alabama 1850, Carroll is 3 years old and born in Alabama.
87. Cemetery record.

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