Henry James, was born 5 Nov 1800 in Ireland; He died 7 Dec 1878 in Bloomingville, Erie County Ohio, at age 78.      view grave marker    Henry's wife, Abigail Davis James, was born July 18, 1813, in Connecticut. She died Jan 20, 1887 at age 73, in Erie County, Ohio.   read obituary
Henry (1800-1878) and Abigail Davis James (1813-1887), parents of Betsy, Nathan and others. photo courtesy of Margaret Pontius.
photo courtesy of Margaret Pontius.
William T. was born in 1834 in Bloomingville, Erie County Ohio. William was killed at the battle of Corinth, Mississippi on October 4, 1862.   view casualty info. William was age 28 or 29 at the time of his death.
On February 24, 1859, William married Mary Stark. After William's death, Mary remained a widow and did not re-marry. William and Mary had one son, Elmer, born in April, 1860. Census data in 1860 shows the son's name as what appears to be "Simon", but the 1870 census clearly shows the son's name as "Elmer".
Read about William's military service in the War of Rebellion.
Mary was the sister of Lewis Stark (Lewis married Sarah Leucinda James, a sister of William). Mary died a widow at age 37 on Nov 22, 1876. The administrator of her estate was George Beatty. Mary's will was probated on Dec 5, 1876. Her obituary says that her son, Elmer, had left home a few weeks before her death and was unable to be located. Shortly after Mary's death Elmer, age 17, was given a guardian, James D Chamberlain, a local official often called on to assist in settling estates. It is speculated Elmer was given a guardian to allow the probate to be completed.
In 1877 when Henry James', Elmer's Grandfather's, estate was probated, Elmer was living near Cascase Locks, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. The Skamania County, Washington, 1910 census shows Elmer and family living at Cape Horn, a rural unicorporated area across the river from Cascade Locks, Oregon, about 25 miles east of Portland.
Elmer James married Julia Mae Warren, in Wasco County, Oregon on June 26, 1901.
Elmer met his tragic death in a 1918 accident in a construction accident during construction of a logging railroad along Tide Creek, just west of St. Helens, Oregon, a small town on the Columbia River about 30 miles downsteam from Portland.
Dec. 6, 1918 newspaper notice of the death of Elmer James in a logging railroad construction accident, near the town of St.Helens, in northwest Oregon.
1918 obituary notice for Elmer James. Note the reference to the numerous family members buried at Belle Center Cemetery in Washougal, Washington.
After Elmer's death, his son Ben lived with Julia's parents in Cape Horn, while Elmer's daughters Abigail and Mrytle lived with, and were later adopted by, Julia's sister, Maude Warren Gregg and her husband, Mark. Nathan was born April 23, 1848 in Bloomingville. He married Frances Katherine Perkins March 29, 1870. She was born in Pennsylvania to Richard and Elizabeth (Meyers) Perkins on Sept. 12, 1850. Nathan died in Coupeville on March 29, 1930, age 82. Frances died in Coupeville on May 23, 1927, at age 76.  view Frances' grave marker Nathan, Frances and their family moved from Ohio to Lincoln Nebraska around 1890. A few years later, in 1894, they followed their daughter Abbie and her husband Andrew J. Morrill to Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington, across Puget Sound and northwest of Seattle. In 1878 Nathan was the executor of his father Henry's estate.
Nathan and Frances were parents of 5 children: Read about Nathan's military service in the War of Rebellion.
Jesse died January 16, 1908, in Lincoln.
Nathan Howells James
Nathan and Frances' Children:
Abbie married Andrew James Morrill in Lincoln, Nebraska, 8-30-1892. They moved to Coupeville. Abbie died in 1932. Andrew was born 1857 in Wisconsin. He died 1924, in Coupeville. Abbie & Andrew were parents of:
Jesse married William Wilkinson in 1892, also in Lincoln and remained in Nebraska with William, known as "Whitey", her daughter Francis and her son William.
Gravestone for Jesse Wilkinson, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Nathan was born April 23, 1848 in Bloomingville. He married Frances Katherine Perkins March 29, 1870. She was born in Pennsylvania to Richard and Elizabeth (Meyers) Perkins on Sept. 12, 1850. Nathan died in Coupeville on March 29, 1930, age 82. Frances died in Coupeville on May 23, 1927, at age 76.  view Frances' grave marker
Nathan, Frances and their family moved from Ohio to Lincoln Nebraska around 1890. A few years later, in 1894, they followed their daughter Abbie and her husband Andrew J. Morrill to Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington, across Puget Sound and northwest of Seattle. In 1878 Nathan was the executor of his father Henry's estate.
Nathan and Frances were parents of 5 children:
Read about Nathan's military service in the War of Rebellion.
Jesse died January 16, 1908, in Lincoln.
Jesse and Whitey were parents of
Elva Louisa James, died in 1912 at age 20.
top left-Abbie James Morrill 1871-1932 top right-Jessie James Wilkinson 1873-1908 lower left-Richard (Harry) James b1876 lower right-Alma James 1885 center left-Francis Perkins James (, wife of Nathan James center right - Nathan Howells James,1848-1930, son of Henry & Abigail James, brother of Betsy James Cullen. not shown- Elva James Photo courtesy Margaret Pontius, Federal Way WA.
top right-Jessie James Wilkinson 1873-1908
lower left-Richard (Harry) James b1876
lower right-Alma James 1885
center left-Francis Perkins James (, wife of Nathan James
center right - Nathan Howells James,1848-1930, son of Henry & Abigail James, brother of Betsy James Cullen.
not shown- Elva James
Photo courtesy Margaret Pontius, Federal Way WA.
Betsy Jane James was born 1838, in Bloomingville. Betsy died July 28, 1918.   view grave marker  Betsy married Enos Cullen in 1855. Enos and Betsy are parents of:
For more details about Enos, Betsy and the entire Cullen family, visit Jim Cullen's Cullen Family website.
Betsy James Cullen obit, clipping courtesy Jim Cullen, Sandusky, Ohio
Lucinda James married Lewis Stark on June 11, 1859. Lewis was a brother of Mary Stark James (Mary married William T James). She was called Sarah, short for Sarah Lucinda. Sarah and Lewis lived in Bloomingville. Erie County, close by Henry & Abigail and also near the home of Nathan James, Sarah's brother. Sarah died Feb 24, 1917 and is buried at Sand Hill Cemetery, Erie County, Ohio. She was 76, almost 77 years old.   view grave marker
Lewis STARK was born Dec 24, 1836; He died April 30, 1920, at age 83. Lewis is buried in Sand Hill Cemetery in Erie County Ohio.   view grave marker   Lewis's (and Mary's) father was Aaron Stark. Their mother was Polly Hunt, both parents were born in New York.
Read about Lewis' military service in the War of Rebellion.
Lewis and Leucinda were parents of 11 or 12 children.
Caroline married Oscar Sweet. Later in their life they lived in Deerfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan; The 1860 census for Oxford township, Erie County, Ohio, lists Oscar Sweet and Caroline Sweet living at the same residence as Henry & Abigail James, along with Angeline, then 17, Harry (Nathan) age 12, Sophia, 7 and Mary, 6. Oscar is listed as 23, Caroline 18, married in March, 1860. (see census image, below). Oscar's given name was Lucian Oscar Sweet, but he went by Oscar L Sweet, except for his civil war pension and related military records.
Caroline was also known as "Kate".
Caroline died October 17, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, Michigan. She was 78; She is buried at Two Rivers Cemetery. Oscar died March 30, 1908 at age 72, in Deerfield Township, Isabella county, Michigan, and is also buried at Two Rivers Cemetery.
Read about Oscar's military service in the War of Rebellion.
It is difficult to ascertain whether Caroline is married, divorced or widowed, based on the scribble shown in the column denoting marital status (fourth column in from the right edge). Why was she living with Cordelia when Oscar was still alive? We know he applied for his civil war pension in 1895 from outside Michigan, also as an invalid, but we don't know exactly where he was located.
This census also shows that Caroline had one child but at this time that child is not living (the last two columns on the right). For example, Cordelia is shown as having given birth to two children, Ruby and Eva, and both are living at the time of this census. In the next census Caroline is shown with as having never had children.
Very little information has been discovered about Angeline.
Sophronia James married August Mielke on July 16, 1876, in Erie Co. Ohio. 1880 census records show Sophronia and August living in the house of her mother, Abigail. This would have been after the death of her father, Henry James, in 1878. Sophronia died in 1904.   view grave marker
Sophronia's husband, August Mielke, died in 1937.   view grave marker
Sophronia and August were parents of:
Click here for a summary about the family of August and Sophronia Mielke
Mary James was born in Bloomingville July 22, 1855. She married Major D Hawes in 1875. Major Hawes was born May 5, 1849, in New York. After the death of Major Hawes, Mary married Charles Skuse. She was the mother of 14 children by two husbands. Mary died May 31, 1911 and is buried at Two Rivers Cemetery, Deerfield, Isabella County, Michigan. view grave marker
Major Hawes was born in New York to Daniel Hawes and Harriet Purdy. The 1850 Census showed the family in New London township, Huron County, Ohio. Daniel 28, Harriett 22 and Major Daniel Hawes l month old. Major's siblings were Charles Wallace Hawes, b ~1850-1851, Return P Hawes, b ~1856, Daniel F Hawes, B ~1857 and Jay V Hawes, born 1862.
Major Hawes died Dec 23, 1891 in Jefferson Twp. of Brights disease, age 42y 9mo l8days. Jefferson Township, Hillsdale County is in the South-East corner of Michigan, close to the Ohio border. Hillsdale County Records for 1894 list Mary L. Hawes, widow of Major, age 39, born in Ohio. She had resided in Michigan for 9 to 20 years.
Mary was also listed on 1894 county records as married to Charles Skuse, age 37, born in Michigan, who was a farmer. Listed with them were 7 children, ages 2-15 years. Ruth, age 2, is the child of Mary and Major, born 18 days before the 1891 death of her father, Major Hawes. There were two children of Mary and Charles Skuse, Sarah and Charles Jr.
Mary was the mother of 9 living children at this time of Majors death, so two children were not living in the household. The reports also show one girl living with them, Iva, age 14, listed as the hired girl. Mary remarried, to Charley, as she lost her husband in 1891 when she was 36 and had 9 children to raise.
Mary and Major Hawes are parents of:
Mary and Charles Skuse are parents of:
Children of Cordilia and William Weatherwax:
Excerpts of Obituary notices for Cordellia and William Weatherwax:
JAMES, Part 1     JAMES, Part 2B     JAMES, Part 2C     JAMES, Part 3     JAMES, Part 4     JAMES, Part 5
BEATTY Family     BROCKWAY Family
MIELKE Family     STARK Family     WENDEL Family