Dabbs, Harris, Hancock, Hutchinson, Worthey
Dabbs and Mary Harris
Part Two of Joseph Dabbs and Nancy Ann Hoggatt
Proposed James Dabbs Lineage
Compiled by Judy Griffin, 2007 - email address
Joseph Dabbs 1700 - 1749 + Nancy Ann Hoggatt 1716 - between 1780-1790
.... 2 Nathaniel Dabbs circa 1737-40 - 1800 + Elizabeth Haney circa 1743 - after 1820
.…... 3 James Dabbs bet. 1778-82 - 1841 + Mary Harris 1788 - 1852
............ 4 William Dabbs between 1805-06 - + Elzina Hicks, (2) Polly (Mary) Lewis
............ 4 Samuel Dabbs 1808 - 1853 + Mary Link circa 1809 - 1855
................ 5 Jane Dabbs circa 1831 - + Thomas McMinis
................ 5 Mary Dabbs 1833 - + Absolam Davenport
................ 5 William Washington Dabbs 1836 - 1917 + Leaner Catherine Worthey 1840 - 1929
.................... 6 William H. Dabbs circa 1859 - 1877
.................... 6 Elizabeth Dabbs circa 1860 -
.................... 6 John Wesley Dabbs 1862 - 1921 + Mary Reister 1865 - 1956
.................... 6 George Frank Dabbs circa 1865 - + Barbara Cable
.................... 6 Linly L. Dabbs 1867 - 1947 + Rosetta Johnson 1871 - 1938
.................... 6 Hettie E. Dabbs circa 1869 - 1893 + William Henry Hancock 1864 - 1928
........................ 7 Emma Magadeline Hancock 1889 - 1920 + Linley Otto Hills (not married), + Elvin Charles Hutchinson
.................... 6 Margaret E. Dabbs 1871 - + Fred Frazier
.................... 6 Emma E. Dabbs circa 1873 - + (1) William H. Springman, + (2) William Henry Hancock
.................... 6 Nellie Jane Dabbs 1879 - + Elmer Landon
.................... 6 William Oscar Dabbs 1880 - 1973 + Mary Alice Hutchinson 1882 - 1974
.................... 6 Mary E. Dabbs + (1) Walter Davenport, + (2) Don M. Beach
................ 5 Jacob Dabbs circa 1839 -
................ 5 Emaline Dabbs circa 1843 -
............ 4 James Dabbs 1809 - bef. 1830
............ 4 John Wesley Dabbs 1812 - 1866 + Margaret Fuller
............ 4 George Dabbs 1813 - + Eliza Jane Burton
............ 4 Susannah Dabbs 1815 - + Jonathan Watson
............ 4 Jesse E. Dabbs 1817 - 1873 + Matilda Marsh 1818 - 1865
................ 5 Mary Jane Dabbs circa 1839 - 1931 + Charles Henry Houston 1836 -
................ 5 Joshua Elias Dabbs 1841 - 1928 + (1) Susan Elizabeth Worthey 1843 - 1917, + (2) Leaner Catherine Worthey 1840 - 1929
.................... 6 Sarah E. Dabbs 1866 - 1874
.................... 6 Jasen E. Dabbs 1868 - 1868
.................... 6 Rosa Ellen Dabbs 1869 - 1959 + Ernest Wedding 1869 - 1944
.................... 6 Louis E. Dabbs 1871 - 1873
.................... 6 Emma Emmeline Dabbs 1873 - 1963 + James F. Danielson 1855 - 1929
.................... 6 Andrew Jackson Dabbs 1875 - 1951 + (1) Alice Sager 1879 - bef. 1905, (2) + Anna B. McGrew
.................... 6 Cora May Dabbs 1877 - 1954 + (1) William J. Lewis 1873 - 1905, (2) George Spangle - 1928
.................... 6 Lydia J. Dabbs 1879 - 1881
.................... 6 Bertram Leroy Dabbs 1882 - 1965 + Sophia Mae Miller 1883 - 1981
.................... 6 Pearl Spencer Dabbs 1885 - 1951 + Minnie Carter 1891 - 1982
................ 5 Amanda M. Dabbs 1843 - 1905 + Charles McDaniels 1827 - 1887
................ 5 Henry Clay Dabbs 1845 - + Letha Jane Martin 1849 -
................ 5 Sarah E. Dabbs 1847 - 1913 + James Chappee 1845 - 1932
................ 5 Charles W. Dabbs 1849 - 1865
................ 5 George W. Dabbs 1851 - 1888 + Mattie Mathilda Gilbert
................ 5 Ephriam Edwin Dabbs 1856 - 1941 + (1) Mary Jane Tucker, (2) Henrietta Bivens 1864 - 1947
Second wife of Jesse E. Dabbs, Isabel Carson Devlin or Devling
................ 5 James Dabbs circa 1873 -
............ 4 Elias Dabbs b. 1820, Illinois + Rebecca Sackett
............ 4 Joshua Dabbs 1822 - 1864 + (1) Sarah Jane (Brown) White - 1859, (2) Sabrina L. Schaff
................ 5 Sarah Jane Dabbs circa 1860 -
................ 5 Martha W. Dabbs circa 1862 -
............ 4 Nathan Dabbs 1825 - 1850
............ 4 Mary Ann Dabbs before 1830 - + Reuben Fisher
James Dabbs (Nathaniel2, Joseph1) was born between 1778-1782, probably in North Carolina, and died December 19, 1841 in Jersey County, Illinois. He married the fourteen-year-old Mary Harris 1802 in South Carolina, probably the daughter of James Harris and Elizabeth. Mary was born in 1788 in South Carolina and died on September 8, 1852 in Jersey County, Illinois. There was only one James Harris enumerated in 1800 in Union County, South Carolina, the same county where James’ father, Nathaniel Dabbs, was living by 1795. The Dabbs family migrated to Warren or Barren County, Kentucky, where they remained until circa 1819. Mary’s father, James Harris, also settled there, he was living near James Dabbs in 1810. (1) In the 1810 census for Warren County were James Dabbs, his wife Mary and three sons under age ten (one male 26-45, one female 16-26, three males under 10). The sons were probably William, our Samuel and James, Jr. In the Harris family were James and Elizabeth and nine children or others. A James Harris is said to have married an Elizabeth Gillespie. Many members of the Harris family moved to Kentucky circa 1803 and were in Tennessee by 1825. (2)
There was a James Harris mentioned in a land record in or near Anson County, North Carolina (but in South Carolina), in 1754: (3) “James Harris ? a Plantation or tract of Land Cont’g 200 Acres situate as Supposed when run out to be in Anson County in the Province of N. Carolina on the S. Side of the Catawba river on the N. side of fishing Creek, Joining on the N. side of Wm Mills Survey ? Originally granted the 3d day of Feby 1754 to the Memorialist ? by the Hon’ble Matthew Rowan then President of N. Carolina but by a late resurvey of the boundary line between N. & S. Carolina the above tract of Land falls within the Province of S. Carolina in Craven County ? (sworn) the 1st of Decr 1772 Samuel Young, D.S. (signed) James Harris.”
Some of the first explorers in the Warren County, Kentucky area were the Long Hunters, so termed due to the long periods of time they spent away from home. (4) It was their explorations that helped open mid-Kentucky for settlers, including the Dabbs and Harris families. There is an 1806 Kentucky land grant for a James Harris in Warren County, two hundred acres on the Hanging Fork Big Buck Creek water course, surveyed March 7, 1806. (5) A survey was done as part of the land grant process.
In circa 1819 James Dabbs and his family left Kentucky for Madison County, Illinois, settling in Fosterburg Township. “. . . About the same time, James Dabbs settled on another branch [of the Wood River], a mile northwest of a man named Honeycutt. This branch has since been known as Dabbs’ creek. He left about the same time, and probably with Honeycutt. Honeycutt’s name was also given to streams.” (6)
A newspaper clipping before Jersey County was established had an interview with a Rowel Honeycutt: (7)
“This land was a paradise,” says a gentle, kindly old man of 83, known in this region as Uncle Rowell Honeycutt, “When I could stand on the bluff and look down in the river bottom and count fifty deer in sight. . . . You couldn’t get lead for making bullets short of Alton then. They were rather precious. . . .”
“We came in 1817. My father moved his family first into a cave in the bluff near a spring. The time of the year was May. It was pretty living. We built our fire against the back of the cave, and the smoke oozed along the roof and went out the cave door without doing any damage. The mark of the smoke’s on the cave roof yet. The country was full of game. Only six white men were here then.
“Once they had a mill raising up the river. The mill’s standing yet. It ought to stand. It was built of timbers fifteen inches square. A rope broke at the raising, and one of the timbers fell and killed nearly all the men in one county! Six men. That’s about all there were in that county.
“But Seeley’s mill over here; it was the place where everybody used to grind. Folks brought their grist from Jacksonville and Springfield. Jacksonville and Springfield haven’t been where they are very long though. I went over their sites in 1821 and there wasn’t a house.
“ . . . But some folks here in ‘23 didn’t enjoy this country. A man’s wife got a sick and wanted a pound of tea, and he walked clear to St. Louis to get it for her. He moved back East. He said it was too hard for him here. The women did have scares. This was when the British gave a bounty on scalps. Some Indians went down [to] Woodriver and killed six children and a woman and brought away their scalps – the guile of the head, you know, where the hair grows round. Major Pruitt and some more whites got on horses and chased them down. They killed an Indian, and the rest ran for twenty-four hours and bled to death at the nose they got so exhausted. Shabbona told me about their bleeding to death. He was the only one that got away. Major Pruitt took back the woman’s scalp to her husband. . . .”
There were Illinois land patents for a Rudolph Honeycutt dated April 17, 1818, and one for a James Dabbs, dated January 18, 1819, but both patents were for land in areas much further north, in present-day Fulton and McDonough counties respectively. There was an Arthel Honeycutt in Madison County in 1818. By the 1820 census, James Dabbs was in Wood River Township, Madison, County. (8)
By 1821, Greene County was formed from part of Madison County, and in 1839 Jersey County was formed from Greene. By about 1826 the Dabbs were in Greene County, finally ending up in Jersey County by 1834. There were Dabbs/Dobbs in Illinois as early as 1817 to 1819, and others in various counties in the 1830s. Whether these other early Dabbs/Dobbs were related is not known.
In this compiler’s files, there is a note by a family member stating “my Grandfather fought in this Battle,” written on a newspaper article on Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans. Unfortunately, I did not record my source for this, though I believe it is the same person who had made handwritten notes on the Dabbs family with some mentions of the Hutchinson family, the source of which I also did not record. I knew it had to be either a Dabbs or, much less likely, a Hutchinson. I now believe it was referring to the James Dabbs, who entered 160 acres in McDonough County in 1819. A soldier who served in the War of 1812, who desired to take advantage of the military land bounty in Illinois, could only obtain land in the Military tract in mid-western part of Illinois, which did not include Madison County. The present McDonough County was part of the Illinois Military Tract. A search of available records did not turn up any other James Dabbs, or name variations, in Illinois up to and including 1820 and 1830. However, it is difficult to determine why James did not decide to settle in McDonough County. This James Dabbs stated that he served as a private in Robinson’s [unreadable word] 7th Regiment of Infantry. This Regiment did serve at the Battle of New Orleans, a battle that has such an interesting history, not to mention the great 1959 song.
There is interesting information contained in the 1820 Illinois state (territorial, not federal) census for a James Dabbs in Madison County. The entry lists a James Dabbs as head of household with one free white male over 21, eleven free white individuals and twelve free people of color. I have not been able to verify the accuracy of this information. This census appears to include information from the 1818 state (territorial) and 1820 federal censuses combined. In the 1820 federal census, James was listed, with one male and one female age 26-45 (James and Mary), four males and one female age 10-16 (William, Samuel and James Jr., one female and male unknown), and five males and one female under age 10 (John, George, Jesse, Elias and Susannah, one male unknown). There are no persons of color listed and the total household is 13, in contrast to the 12 individuals listed in the 1820 state census. James Dabbs was not listed in a check of an online 1818 Illinois census, which does agree with the information above that stated he came to Illinois in 1819. By 1824, only eleven Illinois counties were slave, Fayette, Jefferson, Wayne, Randolph, Jackson, Franklin, Hamilton, White, Gallatin, Pope, and Alexander. (9)
James Dabs [sic Dabbs] gave testimony in the county’s first murder trial, held in Edwardsville, Illinois in 1823. (10) The murder was committed on Christmas Eve, 1823, between the forks of Wood River and caused great excitement in the county, resulting in the first case of capital punishment in the county. A man by the name of Eliphalet Green, who was working at Abel Moore’s distillery, had a quarrel with another worker that ended in a fistfight. Green was badly beaten. He became enraged, got his gun and shot the other worker. Green then ran away into the forests, but returned on Christmas day and gave himself up. Court was held on January 13, 1824, and James Dabbs, among others, gave testimony. The jury returned an indictment, stating that Eliphat Green “. . . not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the Devil . . . did kill and murder, to the great displeasure of Almighty God, . . .” Green was found guilty and “hanged by the neck until he be dead, dead, dead!” on February 11, 1824. Spectators came from a distance, possibly James and his family were in the crowd.
As an aside, crimes at this early time included burglary, kidnapping, theft, larceny, forgery, vagrancy, etc. For some of these, the punishment was a public whipping, from 15 to 40 lashes on bare back, well laid on, the number of lashes determined by the crime, jury, and/or judge. This was graphically described by an observer in nearby Carrollton: (11)
By 1826 James was living in Greene County, in the area that would become Otter Creek, Jersey County in 1839. James purchased 30 acres there from the Federal Government for $50.00 on December 30, 1826. (12)
According to the county histories:
“James Dabbs settled in Section 9 in Otter Creek Township in the spring of 1826. He was a native of South Carolina and was married in that state in 1802. Several years after that event they emigrated to Barren County, KY. Jesse Dabbs, a son, died in 1875. James Dabbs and his wife Mary were worthy members of the pioneer band. He died in 1841 and his wife in 1852.” (13)
“James Dabbs settled on section 9 in this township, in the spring of 1826. He was a native of South Carolina, and was married in that state in 1802. Several years after that event they emigrated to Warren Co., KY, where they resided until 1819, when they removed to the vicinity of Wood River, Madison Co., IL from which place they came here. Jesse Dabbs , a son, was a resident of the county until 1875, when he died. James Dabbs and his wife, Mary, were members of the pioneer band. He died Dec. 19, 1841, his wife living until Sept. 8, 1852.” (14)
“James Dabbs, a native of South Carolina, moved thence to Barren county, Ky., several years after his marriage, which occurred in 1802. There he resided until 1819, when he came to Illinois and settled on Wood river, north of Upper Alton. In 1826 he came to Jersey county, and located on what is now the McAdams farm, but in 1829 or 1830 he moved on section 9 of Otter creek township, where he resided until his death, which occurred December 19, 1841. With him came his brother, Samuel Dabbs.” (15)
The 1872 biographical entry for James’ son, Jesse, gives similar information on James and Mary: (16)
“Jesse Dabbs was born in Barren county, Kentucky, December 22, 1817. He is the sixth child of James and Mary Dabbs, who were natives of South Carolina where, in 1802, they were married. They emigrated to Kentucky several years after their marriage, and resided in Barren county till the fall of 1819, when they emigrated to Illinois, and settled on Wood river, north of Upper Alton, where they remained till the spring of 1826, when they located on section 9, township 7, range 12, where they resided till their death. Mr. Dabbs had a family of ten children, eight sons and two daughters, all deceased, except Jesse and Elias. He followed farming through life. His wife was a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Dabbs died December 19, 1841, aged fifty-nine years, and his wife also died September 8, 1852, aged sixty-five years. . . .”
The children of James Dabbs and Mary Harris purchased land in Jersey County in the 1830s, some while it was still Greene County, most just after Jersey County was formed from Greene County in early 1839. (17) In 1834 (Greene County), John purchased land in what is now Rosedale Township, just west of Otter Creek. In 1835 (Greene County) our Samuel purchased land in what are now Otter Creek and Quarry East Townships, just below Otter Creek; and John purchased land in Piasa Township, located in western edge of Jersey County. In 1836 William purchased land in Greene County. In 1839 Samuel, George and John purchased land in Piasa Township; George and Samuel purchased land in Mississippi Township, just east of Otter Creek; Jesse purchased land in Otter Creek Township. In 1840 James and George purchased land in Otter Creek Township. This last purchase is probably the father James, since his son named James had died by 1830, and this would have been just before our James, Sr. died. A Mary Dabb [sic] purchased land in Piasa Township in 1839, it is not known if this is Mary Harris.
These journal entries of a family, probably Mormon, making the trek across the plains on their way to Salt Lake City, mentions our Dabbs family: (18)
Tusday 23 May 1854. Started from Mr. G. Lindsy’s farm Jersey County Ill. for Great Salt Lake City. As soon as we got clear of the fence one of the cows turned the yoke which detained us some, by the help of Bro. & Sister Dabbs we got things right and on till we got opposite Ebe Rowden’s when the cows were again unruley, He and Bro Dabbs went with us a little farther and left us, traveled on about about five miles when we got into a deep gully the horses baulked and would not go any farther, the cows had to stand right in the mud, & sleep in the same place for the night. Rain’d all night from the time we got their, miserable, but rejoiced.
Wednesday 24. Wet morning. Cut a large tree in too to open the way better in fact we repaired the road considerable after a while some men came past with an horse teem. I requested them to hitch there horses too with mine, did so, but could not get out. Went to see Mr. Watson to trade with him for cattle and get him to hawle us on the hill which he did, but I could not trade with him because he wanted my new wagon, horses and harness for two Yoke of his cattle and his old wagon, very unreasonable. The Carr place near to us.
Thursday 25. About the same. Called on the Lord for help. Traveled over much ground to find a yoke of cattle but could not.
Friday 26. Traded my Sorrel pony for one yoke of Young cattle with Polly Dabbs and sold her harness for one horse. [Polly is another name for Mary]
James and Mary attended the Baptist services and later the church in Jersey County. Sometime after James died, Mary went to live with her son, Jesse. In the 1850 census she was living with Jesse; and, according to this census, Mary Harris could not read or write. They were said to have had ten children, eight sons, two daughters. We have found nine sons, two daughters. Their children were: (19)
William Dabbs was born between 1805-1806 in North Carolina or Kentucky (see below).
Samuel Dabbs was born in 1808 in Kentucky and died on December 12, 1853 in Jersey County, Illinois (see below).
James Dabbs was born in 1809 in Kentucky and died before 1830.
John Wesley Dabbs was born in 1812 in Kentucky and died on December 26, 1866 in Illinois. This may be the John Dabbs who made a settlement in 1831 on section 24 in Rosedale Township, which he purchased from the government the next year and was a resident there for years. (20) John married Margaret Fuller on July 5, 1833 in Greene County, Illinois. (21) He was buried in the Divernon Township Cemetery, Sangamon County, Illinois. Margaret/Martha was born circa 1819 in Tennessee. The children of John and Margaret were George W. born circa 1836, Elmina born 1840 in Jersey County, and Thomas born 1849, all born in Illinois. (22) Thomas J. is said to have been born in Sangamon County, so the family must have moved there in the 1840s. They were found there in the 1860 census, with their four children: George W., age 24; Almina J. [sic], age 20; Thomas J., age 10; and William H., age 7. John must have been a prosperous farmer, his real estate was valued at $20,000, personal estate $1,500. By 1870, after John died, Martha was still living in Sangamon County with her second husband, Benjamin Fuller and her Dabbs children George W., Thomas J., and William. Martha married a Benjamin A. Fuller on July 12, 1868. (23) In 1880 a Martha Dabbs was the head of household with George W. and William H. William H. was disabled, his condition was unreadable. There is a biography of daughter Elmina’s husband, that gives information on the family: (24)
“. . . Mr. Barnes has been married twice. In this county, April 11, 1861, he wedded Elmina Jane Dobbs, who was born and reared in Jersey county, Illinois, a daughter of John Dobbs, one of the pioneers of Illinois. Her death occurred in 1878. There were three sons and three daughters by that marriage. In 1879 Mr. Barnes wedded Mrs. Elizabeth Dayton, nee Brockman, who was born in Jersey county, Illinois, and was a cousin of his first wife. . . . The children of Mr. Barnes’ first marriage are: John; Arthur E., who is married and operates the home farm; George, who is living on the farm; Mrs. Anna Sims; Mrs. Mary Ford; and Mrs. Bertha Hoffman. . . .”
George W. Dabbs was born in 1813 in Kentucky. George married Eliza Jane Burton on November 13, 1851 in Calhoun County, Illinois. (25) George was about thirty-eight and may have married before his marriage to Eliza Burton. In 1850, just before his marriage, George W. Dabbs was listed as a farmer with real estate valued at $200 in the Newel household in Calhoun County. (26) No wife was listed. His first wife could have been a Newel. Listed next in the census record were John and Jane Burton with their daughter Eliza Jane, age 14. In 1836, George, listed as a resident of Greene County at the time (Jersey was part of Green before 1839), purchased forty acres in what was to become Otter Creek Township. (27) However, the records of the Bureau of Land Management has the date of this purchase recorded as January 1, 1840. (28) Regardless, this is the township where George’s father had settled and where George must have grown to adulthood. By December 1849 George had purchased forty acres in Calhoun County, where we seem to have found him in 1850. By 1860 a George and Eliza Dobbs were living in Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri with their son John J. Dobbs. In 1870 they were in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa with their sons John J., Everett, Ephriam W., and Erastus. They were not found in the 1880 census. They moved to Missouri in the mid-1860s, then to Iowa by about 1868 when Erastus was born. The information in these censuses (birth dates, places) indicate that this Dobbs family is the George W. Dabbs family. Just why they were listed as Dobbs is not known. One researcher has Elizabeth’s death as 1880 and George’s 1888, no children listed. (29)
Researcher Ramona Koegler stated that George Washington Dobbs was born in Warren County, Kentucky and died circa 1888 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (30) She also stated that Eliza Jane died in November 1880 in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah. She listed their children as: John James Dobbs, born September 21, 1853 in Jersey County and died 1900, married Emma Olive Allsop on November 6, 1879; Orson Dobbs; Joseph Dobbs; and Rasmus [Erastmus] Dobbs.
Susannah Dabbs was born in 1815 in Kentucky. Susannah married Jonathan Watson on May 9, 1833 in Jersey County, Illinois. They had two children, Andrew J. and Harriet. Jonathan may have died before 1850. By 1850, Susannah/Susan was living in the home of a probable sister of Jonathan, Mary W., who had just married Samuel Burdie [sic Burdick]. (31) With her were her two children, Andrew J. and Harriet. Living in the same household was Susannah’s brother, Elias Dabbs.
Jesse E. Dabbs was born December 22, 1817 in Barren County, Kentucky and died in 1873. See information on Jesse and his descendants below.
Elias Dabbs was born in 1820 in Illinois. He married Rebecca Sackett on September 18, 1850, Jersey County, Illinois. Since Elias was about thirty when he married Rebecca (about twice her age), who was born circa 1836, he may have married previously. There is a record for an Elias Dabbs who married a Celia Belcher on January 10, 1841 in Calhoun County. (32) Elias (age 40) and Rebecca (age 24) were listed in the 1860 census, with a Lizzie Dabbs, age 20. (33) This Lizzie could be a child of an Elias’ first marriage or a relative. Elias was listed in the Jersey County Delinquent Personal Tax List for 1865. (34) In April 1867 a divorce was granted to Rebecca and Elias Dabbs. (35) Elias may have remarried, since there is a marriage between an Elias Dabbs and Mrs. Elizabeth Applin/Applen on August 30, 1867. (36) Elias served with the 122nd Illinois Infantry, first with Company K, then transferring to Company C during the Civil War. (37) He resided in Fieldon when he first enrolled and in Kane (Greene County) when he transferred to Company C. (38) He was buried in the Dabbs Cemetery, Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois. He is not found in the 1870 census for Jersey County, and may have died before 1870. In an 1874 probate for the guardianship of Mary E. Dabbs (born April 8, 1859/1861), minor heir of an Elias Dabbs, her guardian and step-father was an A. J. Cannon. An Andrew J. Cannon married (1) Louis Poplin in 1851, (2) Susanah Appler/Hiyilen in 1860, and (3) Rebecca Sackett on August 17, 1867. (39) This Mary E. Dabbs may have been the daughter of Elias and Rebecca Dabbs. One wonders if Elias married the sister of Andrew Cannon’s second wife. In the 1880 Jersey County census, a James Cannon was listed as divorced.
Joshua Dabbs was born circa 1822 in Wood River (Woods Run?), Madison County, Illinois and died on November 1, 1864 in Jersey County, Illinois (see below).
Nathan Dabbs was born in 1825 and died in April 1850 in Jersey County, Illinois. Nathan, a farmer, died of consumption, according to his death record and the 1850 Illinois Mortality Schedule. (40)
Mary Ann Dabbs was born circa 1829. Mary Ann married Reuben Fisher on February 14, 1849 in Greene County. They were found on the 1850 census in Montgomery County, Illinois with their son Thomas, born circa 1849 in Greene County. (41) One researcher states that Reuben’s parents were John Fisher and Mary “Polly” Thompson. (42) This same researcher states that the parents of Mary Ann were probably William and Elzina Dabbs, since they were the only Dabbs in Greene County in 1850. This is a possibility, since there is no documentation for Mary Ann. An undocumented IGI record states that Reuben was born in 1825 in Illinois and died in 1856.
There was a George W. Dabbs, residing at Jerseyville, who served in the Civil War, Company I, 144th Infantry. (43) A George Dabbs purchased land in Otter Creek Township in 1854. It is not known if this was the son of John W. Dabbs, or the son of James Dabbs, also named George W, or neither of these.
William Dabbs (James3, Nathaniel2, Joseph1) was born between 1805-1806 in North Carolina, South Carolina or Kentucky. William married, first, Elzina Hill (possibly Hicks) on November 2, 1826 in Greene County, Illinois. (44) He married, second, Polly (Mary) Lewis on March 28, 1859 in Jersey County, Illinois. (45) In 1836 William purchased forty acres in Greene County, near Carrollton. (46) By 1860 (census) William was living in Otter Creek Township with his second wife and his son, Emanuel. Elzina may have died or they divorced. The Jerseyville (Illinois) Republican Examiner of 1883 stated: “People living in county 50 years or more - Wm Dabbs born in North Carolina came to Illinois 1807/1817? from Madison Co. Ill.” William Dabbs was NOT found in the 1880 census and may have died before 1880. William and Polly/Mary probably had no children. None are listed with them in 1860 census, but that was just after they married and Mary was age 51 in 1860, so it is unlikely they had children. Polly/Mary was probably previously married, since she was circa 50 when she married William. The children of William and Elzina were: (47)
Emanuel Dabbs was born circa 1845 (twin). An Emanuel Dabbs married a Permelia Miller on July 11, 1866 in Jersey County. (48) According to one unofficial record, an Emanuel Dabbs married Mary E. Fosha on December 06, 1883, Jersey County, Illinois. (49) Mary was previously married, her maiden name is not known. This marriage record of Emanuel and Mary E. Fosha is confusing, since Emanuel is found with Permelia in the censuses from 1880 to 1900, thereafter with a wife listed as Elizabeth/Mary E. In the 1910 census, a Perl Fosha, stepson, is listed with Emanuel and his wife, probably a son of Mary E. There was a Frank L. Dabbs, son of Emanuel and Permelia Miller Dabbs, who was born on August 23, 1878 and died in 1966 (obituary). Other children of Emanuel and Permelia were (listed in censuses): Oliver A., William, Thomas, Oscar, and Charles D. It is not known when Permelia died. According to her funeral record, Mary E. Fosha was born near Effingham, Illinois on September 10, 1847, and died on November 4, 1923 at the State Hospital, Alton, Illinois. (50) In the published notice of her death, it stated that the funeral was held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Hancock. (51) Mrs. George Hancock, Roxine Jane Bell Hancock (Roxina B. McManus on her marriage record), was the wife of George Washington Hancock, son of our Camp Hancock (see Hancock family history). Roxine had a half-brother, Clarence Dabbs of Belleville, who was also listed as a half-brother of Emanuel’s son Frank L. Emanuel died on August 25, 1936. (52) Emanuel and Mary E. were both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Another researcher has somewhat different information on Emanuel Dabbs. (53) This information states that Amanuel Dabbs was born April 7, 1845 in Bond County, Illinois and died on August 25, 1936 in Medora, Illinois. He was buried on Jerseyville. Amanuel married Permelia Miller on July 11, 1866 in Illinois, the daughter of Elbert Miller and Mary Jane Bresee. Mary Jane was born in August 1844 in Coles County, Illinois and died on October 15, 1882 in Township 7, Range 12 (Otter Creek Township). She was buried on October 17, 1882 in Otterville Cemetery (probably Noble Cemetery).
The children of Emanuel Dabbs were:
Oliver A. or M. Dabbs, born in 1867 in Jersey County, Illinois, and died on January 31, 1885 in Quarry Township, Jersey Co, Illinois.
William E. Dabbs was born circa 1870 in Illinois. He married Minnie M. Baxter on October 12, 1893 in Northern Hotel, Jersey County, Illinois. [Note: their possible daughter, Hazel L., died when she was just eight years old and was buried in Hartford Cemetery.]
Thomas Jefferson Dabbs was born circa 1872/1876 in Illinois and died in 1937. He married Mildred (Minnie) Catherine Langford circa 1898 in Jersey County, Illinois. She was born in Apex, Missouri.
Oscar Dabbs was born in July 1873 in Otter Creek, Jersey County, Illinois. He married Lora A. Williams on October 31, 1897 in Jersey County, Illinois. She was born on April 7, 1880 in Hartford, Jersey County, Illinois, and died on April 1, 1898, five months after her marriage. Oscar then married Hattie Thurm, who was born 1878. There are the following obituaries for Oscar Dabb’s wife, Lora Dabbs, born in 1880 at Grafton, Jersey County, died April 1898, buried Hartford cemetery.
“Mrs. Oscar Dabbs died at her home on Friday. She was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Perry Williams and was born & raised in this vicinity. She married Oscar Dabbs last summer and was not quite 19 yrs old. Buried at Hartford cemetery.”
“Dabbs. Died 01-04-1898. Mrs. Dabbs, near Otterville, died suddenly April 1. They had lived there only a short time, having moved there from Hartford. Daughter of Mr. S. John Kaslick. Remains taken to Hartford for services. She had been organist in this church and a member of Good Templars Order. The organ was draped in mourning.” A Sarah E. Williams married a John Kaslick on February 11, 1885, which may account for the two different names for Lora’s parents.
Hattie Thurm was the daughter of Victor Thurm. Victor and his wife Agnes Helling Thurm and their daughters were from Saxony area of Germany and came to the area about 1883. Hattie was married to Oscar Dabbs and lived in later years on Rt 16 east of Jerseyville. Martha was married to Charles Franz of Grafton and their farm is now part of the park. Victor and family are buried at Rosedale and Martha and Charles at Hartford Cemetery. - Mike Mourning.
On Oscar Dabbs WWI Draft Registration card he stated that he was born on July 25, 1873, resided at Grafton, and his wife was Hattie Dabbs. Oscar Dabbs, born circa 1874 was listed as a son of Emanuel in the 1880 census. On the 1900 census Oscar was a farm laborer, living in the Thompson household, birth listed as July 1873, a widower. Hattie Freda’s obituary states that she died on February 11, 1969 and lists four sons, one daughter: Max Thurm, Ray, Charles E. and Samuel Dabbs, and Mrs. Gertrude Wieneke. Charles E. (Edward) was the owner-operator of the Dabbs Amoco service station in Hartford until 1979. He died on January 29, 1998.
Etta Jane Dabbs was born in September 1876 in Jersey County, Illinois, and died on September 19, 1879 in Jersey County, Illinois.
Frank L. Dabbs was born circa 1878 in Illinois, and died in 1966 in Jersey County, Illinois. He married Fannie Fox, who was born on January 9, 1880, and died on June 30, 1919. He then married Irene A. Miller who was born in 1878.
Charles Dexter Dabbs was born in March 1881 in Illinois, and died in 1961. Dexter made the news in 1925, when prohibition was in full swing and moonshiners were busy supplying illegal liquor. The Sheriff set up a ‘sting operation’ to catch a man moonshining in Jersey County:
Deputy Sheriff Bought Liquor From Graftonite
Purchased Fruit Jar Full of Hootch From Dexter Dabbs Near Deer Plain Club House.
Man Drew Mule From Keg In Home
Officer Placed Defendant Under Arrest After He Had Sold Him the Moonshine Whiskey.
A decrepit appearing old hobo visited the city of Grafton Tuesday and began soliciting handouts. He visited several places without results, then obtained a piece of cake at the residence of the Methodist minister. He was successful in obtaining portions of a meal at several other places. The old “bo” then sought a comfortable place to stretch in the sun and journeyed along the river front. He took an apparent nap in the sun on a grassy sward near the river where the passing residents of the river town could get a good view of him. When he awoke from his nap, he was thirsty and by mingling among some of the loafers of the place he obtained the information as to where he might by a drink of moonshine. The bum disappeared from the business section of Grafton later and without his disguise was driving an automobile along one of the worst stretches of road in Jersey county to the place where he had been told that moonshine was being made. With him were two other men. The driver of the car was Deputy Sheriff Arthur Fowler of Jerseyville and with him were Charles P. Fowler and W. P. Prfimmer.
North of the Deer Plain club house the deputy and his companions stopped at the residence of Dexter Dabbs. Fowler approached Dabbs, who was working about the place. Fowler introduced himself and his companions as men from Quincy.
“We were just passing through Grafton,” Fowler explained, “and took the notion that we wanted a little something to drink, so we drove out of our regular course to come here.”
“You can’t get anything here,” said Dabbs. “I have nothing about the place.”
“That’s quite a disappointment,” said Fowler, “but if you have nothing, I guess we will be on our way.”
Fowler and his companions began preparing to leave the place and as they did so Dabbs is reported to have questioned, “Who told you that you could buy anything here?” Fowler informed him of the name of the party who had told him.
“I guess it’s alright then,” said Dabbs. “I’ll let you have something.”
According to reports, Dabbs took the three into the house and filled a one-quart fruit jar from a keg in one corner of the room. Fowler paid him three dollars [about $30 in 2003 dollars] according to reports for the mule and then said: “There’s no use going any further in this matter, my friend. I am an officer, just consider yourself under arrest.”
“By thunder,” exclaimed Dabbs, “I thought so.”
The deputy and his companions made a search of the premises and then taking the keg and its contents and the liquor that had been purchased they drove back to Jerseyville with their prisoner.
A complaint was made before Justice Thatcher that evening by Fowler charging Dabbs with violation of section three of the Illinois Prohibition Act. State’s Attorney Chappell prepared an information Wednesday which he filed in the county court charging Dabbs with violating the Prohibition Act.
Amanda Dabbs was born circa 1845 (twin). There was an Amanda Dabbs, age 14, living with the Joseph Morgan family in Otter Creek Township in the 1860 census. The Morgan family appears to have lived near William, Mary and Emanuel Dabbs.
Infant Dabbs, son, was born in 1850 (unnamed in 1850 census). He was not listed with William in the 1860 census.
The Jersey County Historical Society has a letter from an Earl A. Thompson that may give additional information (no sources listed) on the descendants of William Dabbs. (54) Thompson stated that William Dabbs had a daughter Eva, born in 1871. This seems unlikely, given the ages of William and his wife. By 1880 an Evey (Eva) Dabbs was listed in Jersey County, with a William H. Dixon and his wife Martha, possibly adopted. Thompson related the following information on Eva:
“. . . Shortly after the 1880 Federal Census, Eva left the Dixon farm and until about 1891 she worked for her room and board at successive farms. About 1891 she married her first husband, William Raymond, a junk dealer, who had been born about 1865 in Illinois. At the time of the 1900 Federal Census, they lived in Jerseyville. In January 1892, Eva had a son, my half-uncle, Brower Earl Raymond. Brower later worked as a laborer in a washing machine factory in Alton, and he had a son, Leo. Brower died (in the 1960s?) in Alton, Illinois. In February 1894, Eva had another son, my half- uncle, Harry Earl Raymond. Harry moved to Arizona, had children, and died in Arizona (in the 1960s?). On March 17, 1899, Eva had a daughter, my half-aunt, Birdie Bell Raymond, who died on February 23, 1902, probably in Illinois.
By 1913, Eva had remarried. Eva’s husband was then William Thompson, who had been born about 1870, in Missouri. On November 28, 1913, while they were living at 2030 Missouri Avenue, Granite City, Illinois, they had a son, Earl Alfred Thompson (my father.)
Eva had a half-sister, Amanda Dabbs, born about 1845 in Illinois, and two half-brothers, Emanuel Dabbs (who was Amanda’s twin), and a male, name unknown, born about January 1850. The father of these three children was William Dabbs and their mother was Elzina Dabbs (Her maiden name was Hill). From these three children [he probably meant Eva’s children], at least two daughters were born, Madeline, last name unknown, and Hazel Chatt Cummings Baumer. On May 29, 1943, Hazel married John (Baumer?). Hazel and John lived in Chicago.
Eva had a third husband, name unknown, and it is unknown if she married him before, or after, she had married William Thompson. About 1935, Eva moved to California and she died there on September 1, 1955. . . .”
Samuel Dabbs (James3, Nathaniel2, Joseph1) was born in 1808 in Kentucky, and died on December 12, 1853 in Jersey County, Illinois. Samuel was declared insane a few years before his death and he may have died at the Central Hospital for the Insane, Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois. He married Mary Link circa 1830, daughter of William Link and Sally Grim (see Link/Linck family history). She was born circa 1809 in Tennessee or Virginia, and died on September 12, 1855 in Otterville, Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois. In the 1850 census, Samuel was listed as age 42 born in Kentucky, the county histories list his birthplace as South Carolina.
The history of Jersey County give the follow information on Samuel: “Samuel Dabbs, a native of South Carolina, made a settlement on section 8, in this township, about the year 1826. His son, W.W. Dabbs, is a resident of the township still, living near the old homestead.” (55)
There were two Samuel Dabbs in Illinois. One is the son of Nathaniel and brother of our James Dabbs, the other was our Samuel, son of James Dabbs. This has undoubtedly resulted in errors, one of which is the year our Samuel Dabbs came to Illinois. It is more likely that our Samuel came to Illinois in 1819 with his father James. Pat Poshard stated that a Samuel migrated to Illinois with his brother James Dabbs in 1805, which is before our Samuel’s birthdate.
Samuel and his wife were Baptists. (56) Samuel, according to the census, was a farmer. Samuel and his wife were buried in the old cemetery at Otterville. Morris Dabbs (a descendant who maintained the Dabbs cemetery) told the author that their graves were moved to the Dabbs Cemetery. The author walked up the long and steep hill to the Dabbs cemetery and recorded the transcriptions on the gravestones. Samuel’s gravestone is engraved: “Samuel Dabbs died Dec 28 1855 aged ?47 yrs. 11 mo.”
Mary (Link) Dabbs was either a Baptist or Methodist Episcopal. According to the 1850 census, she was born in Virginia circa 1809. Her gravestone in the Dabbs cemetery is engraved: “Mary wife of Samuel Dabbs Sept. 14 1856 Aged 45 years”, which gives a birth date of 1810/11. She died just after Samuel’s will was probated. Mary was not literate, as noted in the 1850 census and by the fact that she made her mark on the documents in her husband Samuel’s probate.
In 1853 when he was about 43 years of age, Samuel Dabbs was declared insane:
of Illinois } The People of the State
Jersey County } SS of Illinois
To the Sheriff or any Constable of said County Greetings:
You are hereby commanded to summon twelve lawful men of your county to appear before me at the Court house in Jerseyville, forthwith, to make a Jury to inquire into the fact of the alledged [sic] insanity of one Samuel Dabbs and have give then and there the names of the Jury and this writ.
Given __?__ my hand and seal this 21st day of February A.D. 1853. Geo. E. Warner [seal], County Judge
In the matter of Samuel } Before Geo E. Warner
Dabbs alledged to be insane } County Judge of Jersey County Illinois in vacation
We the Jury having been duly impanelled [sic] & sworn to try the fact of the alledged insanity of Samuel Dabbs having heard the evidence do find him to be insane.
John Smith, J. E. Whit_?_, Caleb C. Calhoun, John(?) Cowen, Jas Kellog, M. F. Cheny, M. B. Miner, A. Dodson, D. Mulholland(?), Jas.(?) A. Barr, R. D. __?__, P. R. Fisher(?)
The warrant dated February 1853 listed the above men and three additional men (names unreadable), fee 50 cts.
In the matter of Samuel Dabbs Insane
Ill Hospital __?__ and received Aug 2_ 1853 the patient named in the written warrant. J. M. Higgins, Supt
Fee paid in full to Sheriff by Mrs. Dabbs Augt 22 1853. J. M Hurd Sheriff of Jersey County by __?__ [Probate, Jersey County Courthouse, Box 37.]
Samuel was admitted to the hospital just two years after it opened. Miss Dorothea Dix early applied herself to the bettering of their pitiable condition [insane]. According to the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, when the State legislature met, she addressed to them an eloquent and convincing argument favoring the establishment of an asylum for the care of the insane. Accordingly, such a hospital was located on a beautiful stretch of prairie-land a mile south of Jacksonville. In November 1851 the first patient was received. J. M. Higgins was the first superintendent of the Central Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois.
Samuel Dabbs died intestate. Since he was insane, he was probably not capable of making a will before he died. His probate lists his death as December 28, 1855. After Samuel’s death, Mary “Polly” was allowed the following:
Beds, bedsteads & bedding for self and family,
__?__ Household & kitchen furniture, $20.00
One spinning wheel, __?__
1 Loom and appendages, $10.75
1 Pair of cards, $ .75
1 Stove & pipe, $16.00
Wearing apparel for self & family, $25.00
1 Milk Cow & calf for every 4 persons, $20.00
One Horse of the value of forty dollars, $40.00
1 Womans Saddle & bridle, $15.00
Provisions for self & family for 1 year, $100.00
Two Sheep for each member of the family & their fleeces, $16.00
Food for the above Stock for six months, $21.00
Fuel for three months, $8.00
Sixty dollars worth of this property, $60.00
The inventory of his estate:
Personal property amt of goods and chattels as appeared $418.50
Amt cash on hand $20.00
Rent received of F. Banrney $156.00
Account against Joshua Dabbs $33.00
Notes on F. Barney due Mar 1 1857 $156.00
NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Sec. 17, Town 7, Range 12, 40 A [acres]
E ½ of SE 1/4 of Sec. 1, Town 7, Range 11, 80 [acres], original 1835 land patent, Samuel
NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Sec 21, Town 7, Range 10, 40 [acres], original 1835 land patent, Samuel
½ SE 1/4 of SE 1/4, Sec. 8, Town 7, Range 12, 40 [acres]
SW 1/4 of SW 1/4, Sec 9, Town 7, Range 12, 40 [acres]
The said lands are held by Patent from U.S. & deeds from patentees and an unencumbered.
Polly Dabbs, adminx, certified that this [below] was a true inventory of Samuel’s estate on April 7, 1856, just five months before her death. It appears that Samuel had sold (or traded) his two land patents purchased in 1833.
One bay mare
This inventory was certified by John M. Hull, Elephalet Newt(?), Ephraim Hughes.
Polly (Mary) Dabbs made her will on June 23, 1856. Her probate file is large, but contains documents related to her husband’s estate, perhaps because she died before Samuel’s probate was completed. In August 1856 Polly received $35.00 each for the board and care of her son W. W. Dabbs (William Washington) and for the board and washing for her son Jacob W. Dabbs. She also received $35.00 for board and Doctor Bill &c, possibly for herself, since she was probably ill when she made her will in June. There appears to be a doctor bill for services for Polly from January to September 13, 1856, the day before she died. There is also a record of her purchases for this time period, during which she purchased items such as smoking tobacco, sugar, coffee, nails, calico, and matches. Her coffin and case cost $32.00. Polly’s will:
I Polly Dabbs of the County of Jersey, __?__ state of Illinois do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, That is to say. first it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid. Second I give devise and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Emiline Dabbs all my Estate goods and Chattles [unreadable words] kept. Also the household furniture and other __?__ not particularly mentioned or not disposed of in this Will. My executor __?__ disposing of and __?__ thereof to pay my just debts and expenses afforesaid. The Ballence [sic] to be applied to her use and __?__ or paid over to her when she may appear capable of taking charge of the same. And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint Joshua Dabbs to be the Executor for this my last will and testament [unreadable words] annuling all former wills made and satisfing and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament in testamony wherof I have hereunto set my hand and seal The twenty third day of June A.D. 1856.
Polly signed her will with her mark. Her will was witnessed by John M Hull and Jesse Dabbs.
There is a probate file for Emiline/Emeline/Emaline and her brother Jacob, in which Emiline is named as heir of her father Samuel and a “devisee of her Mother the late Polly Dabbs.” Her brothers, W. W. Dabbs and Jacob Dabbs are only mentioned as heirs of their father Samuel in one document, but Jacob and Emeline are named as heirs of Polly in another.
Since both Samuel and Mary died relatively young, there are only five children, though there may have been additional children who died in infancy. Their children were:
Jane Dabbs was born circa 1831 in Illinois and married Thomas McGinnis (probably McManus) on November 2, 1851 in Jersey County, Illinois. (57) Pat Poshard has Thomas’ surname as McMinis. A great grandson lists her name as Laren Jane Dabbs. (58) In the 1880 census, Jane stated that her father Samuel was born in Kentucky, her mother Mary in Virginia. (59) Jane and Thomas had the following children, all born in Illinois: (60) William, born circa 1853; Mary, born circa 1856; Margaret, born circa 1860; John, born circa 1862/63; and Patrick, born March 1866. Mary may have married a John Hewitt in 1878; Patrick, a Roxina McManis in 1890; Margaret, a John Hayes/Hays in 1877. Roxina/Roxine B. McManus married George W. Hancock in 1892. Roxine Jane Bell Hancock (Roxina B. McManus on her marriage record), was the wife of George Washington Hancock, son of our Camp Hancock. Roxine had a half-brother, Clarence Dabbs of Belleville, who was also listed as a half-brother of Emanuel’s son Frank L. Perhaps Roxine/Roxina was married to Patrick McManus first, he was found in the 1900 census as single.
Mary Dabbs (Mary M. Dabbs) was born circa 1833 in Illinois and married Absolam/Absalom B. Davenport in 1850. (61) Mary and Absalom were living next door to her father after she married. Absalom was born circa 1828 in North Carolina or Tennessee, and died December 24, 1906 in Fulton, Calloway County, Missouri. Mary M. Davenport died in October 1867. (62) Absolam married (2) Catherine _?_ circa 1867. She was born circa 1843 in Ohio. He married (3) Delila Wyrick June 25, 1881 in Osage Township, Miller County, Missouri. She died March 19, 1918. (63) Absalom died in 1906 and was buried in Miller County, Missouri. (64) He was a Civil War Veteran. The children of Absalom Davenport and Mary Dabbs were (all born in Jersey County, all listed in Mary’s probate with their birth dates):
Isaac E. Davenport, born on March 26, 1851.
Catherine J. Davenport, born on May 11, 1855, married Lewis M. Clark on December 6, 1874 in Jersey County. (65)
Elisabeth P. Davenport, born February 24, 1858. According to researcher Kathy Woelfel, (66) Elizabeth married Thomas Cook and had two daughters, Ida and Mabel. In 1879 she married William Hartgrove, who was born in 1856 in Iron County, Missouri. Elizabeth and William had three children: Elsie Jane, Fred and Myrtle. By 1900 William was a widower.
Susanna Davenport, born March 18, 1860 and died on May 23, 1940. Susan married Benjamin Kirchner, Jr. on December 12, 1878. (67) Benjamin died on January 21, 1916, age 63. Susan and Benjamin were buried in Noble Cemetery. (68) In 1900 Susan reported they had 9 children, 8 living. Children: Edward, born July 28, 1877; Elmer (Benjamin Elmer), born June 1885; George Warren, born January 26, 1887 at Otterville (or August 1886); Alice, born July 1888; Margaret, born March 1892; Nellie Florence, born September 1893; and Emma, born April 1897. There was an unnamed child born in 1879. (69)
Sarah M. Davenport, born June 11, 1862.
The children of Absalom and Catherine were John Thomas born circa 1867, Absalom born circa 1869/70, Lillian Mae, Nelson D., Kersey (Kirt), & Frederick. (70) In 1870 (census), only Isaac and Susan were with Absalom. Catherine and Sarah M. were with John Davenport (possible grandfather), Elizabeth may have been a domestic servant with a local physician. In the Illinois Statewide Marriage Database there are two possible marriages for Elizabeth Davenport, one to a Thomas W. Cook in 1875, another to a Thaddeus Patton in 1889. There is one possible marriage for Sarah, a Thomas Gleason in 1879.
William Washington Dabbs was born June 8, 1836 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois (see below).
Jacob W. Dabbs was born July 23, 1839 in Illinois and died in 1860.
Emaline/Emeline Dabbs was born July 25, 1843 in Illinois and died in 1867.
William Washington Dabbs
William Washington Dabbs (Samuel4, James3, Nathaniel2, Joseph1) was born on June 8, 1836 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois and died on October 5, 1917 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois. (71) William was variously called W.W., Washington and “Wash” Dabbs. According to his Funeral Record, he died of senility. He married Leaner Catherine “Kate” Worthey on November 5, 1856 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, daughter of John Worthey and Elizabeth Hires. Leaner Catherine Worthey was born on December 12, 1840 in Tennessee and died on April 30, 1929 in Jersey County, Illinois (see Worthey family history).
According to the early censuses, Kate could not write. After W.W. died, she married his cousin, Joshua Elias Dabbs, on October 17, 1918 (see Joshua Elias below). They lived together for a while, but sometime in the 1920s Kate went to live with her son Linly/Linley. Perhaps she and Joshua could no longer manage their household. Her great granddaughter, Hilda Hutchinson, said that Josh would visit Kate, bringing her peppermint stick candy. It is likely that Joshua lived with his family in Rosedale and visited her when he could get transportation. She had become legally blind and in March 1928 she petitioned the Board of Supervisors for relief, providing an examiner’s certificate stating she was totally blind. (72) Relief was granted by the board. She told her great granddaughter, Hilda Hutchinson, that she, with her parents (John Worthey and Elizabeth Hires), rode from Kentucky on a horse to settle in Jersey County. As described by Hilda, Kate was a small woman, with white hair parted in the middle and knotted in the back. She wore a skirt, blouse and apron, even though she never helped with any work, just sat in a rocking chair. She had very poor eyes, but could always see if she thought your skirt was too short. We slept in the same bedroom. She had a painted 3/4 feather bed, and always slept on two pillows on her left side because she said her heart bothered her. Her obituary stated that she came with her parents in October 1850 and settled three miles northwest of Otterville. Kate’s funeral record stated that she died of chronic interstitial nephritis (kidney disease). The children and grandchildren of W.W. and Kate contributed to her funeral expenses - Linly and his son Arthur, Margaret E., and William Oscar. Kate was buried on May 2, 1929 in the Dabbs Cemetery. Their gravestones in the Dabbs cemetery state: Wm W. Dabbs June 8, 1836 - October 5, 1917; Catherine his wife Dec 12 1848 [transcription error?].
W.W. and Kate were said to have had fourteen children, but only eleven have been found. (73) Four were said to have died as infants and nine had died by the year W.W. died. There are two children listed in the Jersey County Birth Records, one born in 1878 and another in 1882 that are not listed below. W.W. was a prominent member of the community in Otter Creek, evidenced by his long obituary and frequent mentions in the local newspapers. However, in 1865 he was listed as delinquent on his personal tax of $5.90 with property only valued at $120. (74)
When he was in his thirties and forties, W.W. was involved in local and state politics. (75) When the “Liberal Republicans of Otter Creek” held a meeting in September 1872, Wm. McAdams, candidate for the state legislature from the district, had been invited to speak, presenting the issues in an earnest and impressive manner for an hour and a half. W.W. followed, eloquently appealing to the audience on behalf of Horace Greeley and the reform movement for half an hour. He had been elected a member of the Republican Central Committee for Jersey County at the Radical Convention held just three weeks prior. In 1868 W.W. had been the Vice President of the Grant Club in Otter Creek, the strongest Republican precinct in the county at the time. During the last campaign [presidential] he had served as the acting chairman of this club.
While Grant was elected to a second term, there had been a split in the Republican Party that resulted in the defection of many Republicans to Horace Greeley, among them our W.W. A group of dissident Republicans formed the Liberal Republican Party and nominated Greeley. Just after the popular vote, but before the Electoral College convened, Greeley died.
In 1880, while he was building a new barn, he had time to speak at a Greenback political discussion between Claridge, who evidently was a Greenbacker, and T. C. Brock and W.W. who had previously been Greenbackers but were now Republicans. (76) R. R. Claridge was editor and proprietor of the Jerseyville Independent newspaper.
W. W. was elected as a delegate to the Republican State Convention twice, was twice a member of the Jersey County Board, was a supervisor of Otter Creek Township in 1902-1903, and held the office of school director.
W. W. was a butcher in the 1870s. It must have been a prosperous business, he was also busy buying land in the Otterville area. (77) By the time he died, he owned 534 acres in Otter Creek Township. In addition he was involved in the building of a new school house at the mouth of “Dabbs Hollow” that was to replace the old log one. (78) By 1880 the new school was nearly ready, located on W.W.’s farm. The son of T. B. Brock (sic?) was to be the teacher. The Wabash School Furniture Co. had sold to W.W. all the furniture needed for the school house. (79)
In 1955, W.W.’s son, William Oscar, sponsored a Buckeye School reunion, the school on the Dabbs property where most of W.W.’s descendants received their education until it was closed, probably in the 1940s or 50s: (80)
School day incident of the 1880s were recalled by eleven men, ranging in age from seventy to eighty-four years, who met Thursday, September 1, at the Buckeye School for a reunion.
The get-together was sponsored by Oscar Dabbs, 75, who attended the school and has lived all of his life in the vicinity. . . . The men enjoyed a potluck dinner and recalled many incidents of their school days together. After dinner they walked up South creek to the large spring known as Cave Spring from which flows a large stream of water. The spring is on Oscar Dabbs’ farm about fifty rods southeast of the school house. Returning to the school they continued their reminiscing and enjoyed lunch. . . . Mr. Dabbs, sponsor of the get-together, reported that the first school house was built on the south side of South Otter Creek at the lower end of Little Bear Hollow, on the northwest quarter of the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 17. The school was called Buckeye because it was constructed mostly of buckeye logs. In 1881 a new school house was erected on the north side of South Otter Creek about 40 rods northeast of the old school. In 1886 the building was destroyed by fire and a new school was built on the same foundation. The building is located on the southwest quarter of the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 17. The building was erected by John Reed. Mr. Dabbs recalled being in the building while Mr. Reed was working on the structure.
In the fall of 1886, at the age of six years, Mr. Dabbs began his education in the new building. The school term was for six months and Harry Bell of Grafton was the teacher. His salary was $35.00 per month.
Mr. Dabbs told a representative of the Democrat News that the Buckeye school had been used for many purposes, including Sunday School, church services, prayer meeting, entertainments, box socials, debates and shows. He said that in the winter of 1893 a big revival was conducted at the school by Reverend David E. English. Forty people were converted, Mr. Dabbs being one of them. . . .
W.W. continued his butcher business in Otterville in the 1880s, engaging in this business for thirteen years. In 1882 he had purchased a new beef wagon for his business. (81) He may have also been raising hogs. He was taking hogs to Jerseyville in 1883. By 1886 he had added a Sorgum mill to his business enterprises. (82)
There is interesting information about W.W.’s Sorgum Mill, related by his son, Oscar in 1955 (William Oscar would have been seventy-five at the time):
Oscar Dabbs of the Buckeye vicinity was a recent visitor in Jerseyville and bought a quart of sorghum molasses for sixty cents. With the purchase he recalled the days when his father, the late Wm. W. Dabbs, of Otter Creek Township, operated a sorghum mill at the top of the Dabbs hill in the Buckeye vicinity. He said his father operated the mill from 1887 until 1905, and in addition to himself employed seven men. Some of the men were paid seventy-five cents a day and others received $1.00 and their dinner. [One wonders if Catherine had to cook the dinner for the workers.]
The capacity of the mill was two hundred gallons per day, and there were two varieties of cane, the early amber and late orange. The operator of the mill raised about ten acres of cane each year and the farmers hauled can to the Dabbs mill for ten miles around. Mr. Dabbs recalled that each customer’s name was on his pile of cane and his father made the molasses on the halves or for fifteen cents a gallon. A big sideboard load of cane made ten gallons of sorghum.
The Dabbs mill consisted of two four-horse grinders. From the grinders the raw sap was run two feet underground for a distance of sixty feet to a large vat in the cooking house. This was the dividing vat where each customer got his amount of the raw sap. The scum vat was between the two furnaces and the scum run underground through a tile, a distance of one hundred feet to an outlet. Mr. Dabbs said that the scum was good for hogs but not for cattle, and recalled that a large fine steer was killed by eating scum.
In telling about the mill, Mr. Dabbs said that the first of the two furnaces was twenty feet long and burned 1 1/8 cord of 4 foot wood each day. On this furnace, which was connected to the dividing vat, was a vat six foot square and twelve inches deep, where the raw sap was boiled. This was connected to the cooking vat, which was 14 feet long, six feet wide, and 8 inches deep with five foot partitions, and the partly cooked sap flowed from the vat to the second furnace, on which was the finishing vat. The furnace was 18 feet long and burned 1/4 cord of 4 foot wood each day.
The 18 foot long finishing vat had partitions in it and when the sorghum was through cooking it was pushed to the outlet connected to a 6 inch pipe four feet above the ground. The hot sorghum ran through this cooling pipe a distance of 60 feet to the barrel house into cooling vats where the late Mr. Dabbs worked and measured each customer’s sorghum into containers.
Mr. Dabbs reported there were two grades of sorghum, first and second. The mill operator sold sorghum to people all over the country and to business firms. He received 40 cents per gallon for first grade molasses and 35 cents for second grade.
Mr. Dabbs said that his father always gave the young people all the sorghum they wanted to make candy for parties. There were always large crowds at the parties and after the candy was cooked the young people would get partners and pull candy, which was made into different forms. He said they always ate all they wanted and then took some more candy home with them. - Jersey County Democrat, September 1995. (83)
W.W.’s great granddaughter, Hilda, commented on this article. (84) She said, “Uncle Linn had the sorghum mill for years and although it says top of Dabbs hill, I’m sure it was always at the bottom and right across the road from Aunt Rose and Uncle Linn’s house. I always hated sorghum and we also had Karo syrup for pancakes too, but everyone seemed crazy for sorghum and it was like the article you sent. A horse or mule pulled the big wooden thing that pressed the juices out of the cane.” “He used to grow sorghum cane and made sorghum molasses in huge vats – out in an open shed – the cane crusher was manned by a horse or mule.” She was living with W.W.’s son, Linly, and writing about the 1920s. A later telephone conversation indicated that the sorghum made by Linly was a mill, a smaller operation, but still used a mule. Sugar was more available by this time, why Linly operated a small sorghum mill is unknown, perhaps a preference for some at the time and/or less expensive.
You don’t know what sorghum is? It is commonly called molasses and was often the only available sweetener available besides honey at the time. Sugar, as we know it, was not readily available and expensive for the early settlers. For the really curious, a number of historical websites have sorghum mills in operation for demonstration.
In 1916, just a year before W.W.’s death, the family celebrated the sixtieth wedding anniversary of W.W. and Kate:
The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Dabbs, last Sunday, Nov. 5th, it being their sixtieth wedding anniversary. There were 25 present, five of them being their children, and the rest their grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Father Dabbs is in his 81st year, and Mother Dabbs is in her 76th year; both are in fairly good health, considering their ages. They have five living children, twenty living grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. Only the grandchildren were present, that were living at the home of their parents. Their children who were there to participate in the sumptuous dinner were: John Dabbs and wife, Linly Dabbs and wife, Oscar Dabbs and wife and three children, Fred Frazer, wife and granddaughter, Imogene Cope, Don Beach, wife and two children, John Springman, Roy Landon, Ross Hancock, and Mr. Schmidt, he being the Sunday guest of Linly Dabbs.
The dinner consisted of all the good eatables that experienced hands could prepare, which were the following: baked chicken and dressing, roast beef and sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, and other vegetables of all sorts; salads of all kinds were served; pickles of every make, and celery, fruit, salad, preserves, jelly and honey; five different kinds of pies and the wholesome cakes that the children had prepared, were the most delicious of all the dinner; there were four kinds, angel food, devil’s food, white coconut cake and chocolate fruit cake and coffee.
We hope to be with those dear old parents again next year on Nov. 5th, as we children love them most dearly. (contributed by the children). - Jersey County Democrat, November 1916.
Two obituaries for W.W. appeared in the Jerseyville newspaper: (85)
Oldest Man in Otter Creek Passes Away. William Washington Dabbs, age 81, the oldest resident of Otter Creek Township, died at his home, three miles west of Otterville Friday and was buried in Dabbs cemetery. Funeral services held at Otterville M. C. Church conducted by Rev. Joseph Jenkins of Jerseyville. The pall bearers were grandsons of the deceased.
Mr. Dabbs, who was one of the best read men in Otter Creek township, having educated himself by reading, was a member of the board of supervisors at one time. He was a loyal Republican and his influence in Otter Creek township was second to none. He and his wife, who is still living, united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Otterville 50 years ago.
He leaves besides his wife one daughter, Mrs. Don Beach and three sons, John, Oscar, and Lindley Dabbs, all of Otter Creek township. He was a friend of O. B. Hamilton of Jerseyville for 75 years. [Note O. B. Hamilton wrote the History of Jersey County, 1919, and may have been the author of below]
William Washington Dabbs was born June 8, 1836, in Jersey County, Otter Creek township, Ill., and died at his home three miles west of Otterville, Friday, Oct. 5, 1917 at 4:30 PM. Only one half mile from where he was born. He was married to Katherine Worthy, Nov. 5, 1856. This marriage was solemnized in Jerseyville by Geo. E. Warren, probate judge of our county at the time. This dear woman still survives. Also three sons and two daughters, all living near the home of this dear old parent.
Mother and father Dabbs were the parents of fourteen children, nine of whom have passed to the celestial realm above, four having died in infancy and five adults. There are 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. Father Dabbs was a devoted lover of these little grand children, never tiring of their noise. He became a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Otterville in 1864 under the powerful religious work of Daniel Bell. He has ever since been a constant reader of the bible, the last few years of his life on earth he prayed and sang hymns. And during his months of suffering, he was patient and called for his dear old wife, who was always ready to do all that her strength could do for him. This wife has been a woman of so perfect in her character and loved by every one. This grief came on her at the age of 77 years which was almost more than her physical strength could endure. He asked us all many times to meet him in Heaven for that was where he was going. Just a few minutes before he passed away, he asked mother to “Help him over the river.” Father Dabbs was a self educated man. He read and studied books written by the greatest authors that the world has ever known. He always said, “I owe to my angel mother all that I have acquired in this life.” His mother, by maiden name was Polly Link. She was of medium build, strong minded and energetic, of the purest and loftiest religion. A member of the M. E. Church and raised her children to learn and love the bible. Father Dabbs was twice a delegate to the Republican State Convention, twice a member of the county board from his own township. He first voted for Lincoln in 1860. His last writings read as follows: “I am now about to the end of my earthly journey. I feel that the time is near when I shall be called to that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” This dear old husband and father left this world with a smile on his lips while his daughter Mary, and son Oscar were by the bedside as the other children could not get there in time to see this dear old soul leave this world. He prayed for death many times to come, as he knew his sufferings would be over. Six of his grandsons were pall bearers and two of his small granddaughters, Pearl Beach and Mamie Dabbs, carried the flowers that had been contributed by the children.
The children of William and “Kate,” all of whom lived within ten miles of each other, were:
William H. Dabbs was born circa 1857/1858 (censuses) in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois and died in March 1877 in Jersey County, Illinois. He is said to be buried in an unmarked grave in Noble Cemetery. His obituary states he died in 1877: (86) “Willie Dabbs, a son of W.W. Dabbs, was buried on last Sunday. The young man was sick but a few days with something like catarrh in the head. He was nineteen years old and gave promise of being a useful man.” He was buried on April 1, 1877, Noble Cemetery, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois (no record of a source).
Elizabeth Dabbs was born circa 1860 in Illinois (1860 census) and may have died young. She was not listed in the 1870 or 1880 censuses.
John Wesley Dabbs was born in 1862 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County and died on January 19, 1921 in Otter Creek Township (another source, died June 19, 1941). He was buried in Noble Cemetery, but moved to Jerseyville Cemetery according to the family. (87) The tombstones for John W. and his wife were found and photographed in Oak Grove Cemetery. John married Mary L. Reister on February 4, 1891 in Jersey County, Illinois. Mary was born on February 11, 1865 in Jersey County, Illinois and died on March 06, 1956 in Jerseyville. (88) The Illinois Statewide Marriage database has a John W. Dabbs married Mary J. Bruer on February 22, 1886 and a John W. Dabbs married Mary Rister on February 4, 1891. Another source (JCHS) stated John Dabbs, age 28 of Otter Creek, married Mary Lister [sic] in 1890, Mary age 24 of Elsah. Mary Reister was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Louise Christina Rister, born on February 11, 1865 in Jersey County. Mary Rister died on March 6, 1956 and was buried in Noble Cemetery, Otterville. John Dabbs and Mary Reister had two daughters, Nellie Murial and Hattie Elise. Nellie married, first, Steve Harmon; second, Henry Horn. In the 1930 census, Hattie E., a 32 year old widow, was living with Mary L. or S. Dabbs (also a widow) in Otter Creek Township. Hattie was born on June 13, 1898 in Jersey County, Illinois and died on December 5, 1979 in Wood River Township, Illinois. Hattie married, first, Henry Berry. She married, second, Riley Hefner. Her full name was possibly Hattie Elsie Dabbs. She may not have had any children, her obituary only mentions a stepdaughter. Hattie was buried on December 8, 1979, Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. (89)
Mary L. Dabbs, whose 91st birthday occurred on February 11 died Tuesday evening, March 6, at 9 pm at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, City Commissioner & Mrs. Henry Horn, in Jerseyville. Mrs Dabbs had suffered a stroke on February 13 and her condition had been critical since that time. Prior to her illness she had enjoyed good health and had been quite active for her age. She was the daughter of the late Jacob & Christina (Vernow) Reister and was born near Elsah on February 11, 1865. She had lived all of her life in Jersey County. Mrs Dabbs was the widow of John W. Dabbs whose death occurred in January 1921. In 1928, Mrs. Dabbs and her daughter, Miss Hattie, moved from their farm to the Horn residence where they have resided since. The nonagenarian was the surviving member of a family of 8 brothers and sisters. Her only immediate survivors are her 2 daughters, Mrs. Henry Horn and Miss Hattie Dabbs. Friends may call at Gubser Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there Friday afternoon at 2 pm. Rev. F. W. Schwarzlose pastor of First Methodist church, will officiate and burial will be in Otterville cemetery.
George Frank Dabbs was born circa 1865 in Illinois (census) and died a young man, buried in an unmarked grave according to the family. (90) He is said to have married Barbara Cable and their child Herbert Dabbs was born out of wedlock. (91) Another sources states that George married Elizabeth Kappler on August 21, 1884. There is a marriage for a Francis Dabbs and Barbary Kappel, August 21, 1884, Jersey County (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index).
Herbert William Dabbs was born on December 18, 1884 and died on January 15, 1977, buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. His obituary stated that he was the son of Frank and Barbara (Cable) Dabbs. Herbert married Mary Elizabeth Schmidt, who was born on September 21, 1878 and died on March 1, 1954. According to a city directory, they resided at Rt. 1, Grafton, Otter Creek Township, Sec. 30 and owned 20 acres. Children listed in this couple’s obituaries were: Mrs. Chester (Blanche) Darr, Earl and Truman Dabbs.
Blanche married Chester Darr and had the following children: Everett P. Dabbs, Mrs. William Stone and Geraldine Darr. It is a mystery as to why Everett P.’s surname was Dabbs. However, a Blanche Schaaf married a Chester Darr on September 6, 1918 in Jersey County. (92) Everett P.’s 1944 obituary lists the following siblings: Mrs. William Stone, Miss Geraldine Darr, and brothers Floyd, Eldon, Dwight, Clyde, Myron, Loren and Dale Darr. Everett was killed in action at Germacy Forrest, France, on September 28, 1944.
William Earl Dabbs was born on July 10, 1905 and died on April 19, 1997 in Jerseyville (obituary). He married Margaret/Marguerite/Ida Marguerite Joliff on December 24, 1926 in Jerseyville. Marguerite died on May 17, 1982. They had one child, Robert Earl Dabbs, born 1930, who married Donna McCoy. Robert died on April 21, 1996. Robert and Marguerite had four children. Truman “Toot” Dabbs was born in 1908 and married Helen Worthey on June 27, 1928 in Jerseyville (obituary). Their children were Truman Lamoine Dabbs and Shirley Anne Dabbs. Helen was born on March 20, 1907 in Arkansas, the daughter of Charles and Ida Worthey, and died on December 3, 1995.
Linly/Linley Dabbs was born on August 16, 1867 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois and died on February 2, 1947 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. (93) He married Rosetta Johnson on April 7, 1890 in Jersey County, Illinois. (94) Rosetta (Rose) was born on March 29, 1871, and died on December 25, 1938 (Illinois Statewide death index) in Madison County, Illinois. Rosetta was the daughter of Richard and Mary E. (Howell) Johnson. Linley and Rosetta were buried in Noble Cemetery, Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois. Pat Poshard and the JCHS Cemetery listing have Linly’s wife as Rosetta Drulard. The statewide marriage index and obituaries list her surname as Johnson. They had two sons and two daughters. In the 1900 census Rosetta stated she had four children, two living. Their daughters must have died before 1900.
Hilda Hutchinson lived with her Uncle Linley and Aunt Rose. She said that Aunt Rose had a parrot she brought home from Iowa. To get yeast or hops for baking bread, Hilda walked about a mile and a half up the hill from their home to a family who raised hops. It was the only place to obtain hops. For water, Aunt Rose only had a well with an oaken bucket. They had a smoke house to smoke hams, etc. and canned sausage and made lard from the hog that was butchered.
Their children were Lester F. and Arthur W. Arthur’s obituary stated that he had two sisters.
Lester Franklin Dabbs was born on August 29, 1891 in Jersey County and died on March 14, 1963 in a St. Louis hospital. Lester was a painter in Jerseyville. Lester was listed as Leslie in the 1890 Birth Index. Lester married Ella May Beach, who was born on September 20, 1896 and died on March 26, 1980, daughter of Don & Stella (Harmon) Beach. Since their first child was born in 1911, Ella must have been about fifteen when they married. They were both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. They had three children: Sherman Lester, Dwight E., and Edna Irene. Their son Sherman was born in 1911 in Jerseyville, and died on April 1, 1990 at a St. Louis hospital. He was a farmer and married Esther Bell (Plummer) Dabbs on June 27, 1931, in Carrollton. Esther died on February 22, 1980. They were both buried in the Noble Cemetery at Otterville. Sherman and Esther had four daughters: (95) Vera Lee born 1932, Sharon Rosalie born 1935, June Marie born 1937, and Carol. Lester and Ella’s son Dwight married an Isobel and had three children: Dwight, Carolyn Marie, and Gordon Eugene. (96) Lester and Ella’s daughter Edna Irene married Sylvester A. Morrison. (97) Sylvester died in 1976 and Edna married a _?_ Eades, resided Springfield, Illinois.
Lester Franklin Dabbs, born August 29, 1890, Jersey County, Illinois, died March 1963, buried March 16, 1963, Oak Grove cemetery. Lester Franklin Dabbs, 72 years, 6 months, 24 days, Jerseyville painter, died at 1:15 pm Saturday at St. Luke hospital in St. Louis where he had been a patient for the past 11 weeks. The body was brought to Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville where friends called. Services were held at the Funeral Home Tuesday, March 16, at 1:30 pm with Rev. Cleo Zinn officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.
Mr Dabbs was born in Jersey County, August 29, 1890, a son of the late Linly & Rosetta (Johnson) Dabbs. His survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ella Dabbs; 2 sons, Sherman and Dwight Dabbs of Jerseyville; 1 daughter Mrs. Sylvester (Edna) Morrison of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren; 11 g-g-grandchildren; and 1 brother Arthur Dabbs.
Ella May (Beach) Dabbs, born September 20, 1896, Jersey County, Illinois, died March 26, 1980, buried Oak Grove cemetery. Ella May Dabbs, 83, of 402 Leavett, Jerseyville died at 6:22 pm March 26 at Eldercare Nursing Home in Alton. She was born in Jersey County September 20, 1896, the daughter of Don & Stella (Harmon) Beach. Her husband, Lester Dabbs, died March 23, 1963. She is survived by 2 sons, Sherman, of rural Jerseyville and Dwight of Jacksonville; 1 step-brother, Lavern Davenport of Fieldon; 1 sister, Marie Keehner of Jerseyville; 2 half- sisters, Pearl Mourning and Roberta Christen of Arizona; 10 grandchildren; several g-& g-great grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6-9 pm Thursday at Jacoby Brothers funeral home where services will be conducted at 1:30 pm Friday. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.
Sherman Lester Dabbs, 79, died Sunday April 1, 1990, at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis County. He was a self-employed farmer. Born in Jerseyville, he was the son of the late Lester & Ella (Beach) Dabbs. He married Esther Bell (Plummer) Dabbs June 27, 1931, in Carrollton, and she died on February 22, 1980. Surviving are 4 Daughters, Vera Neal of Jerseyville, Sharon Garber of Springfield, June King of Collinsville and Carol Traub of Wood River; 10 grandchildren; 10 g-g-grandchildren; 1 sister, Edna Eades of Springfield; and 1 brother Dwight Dabbs of Jerseyville. Visitation is from 5-9 pm Tuesday at Jacoby-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where services are at 2 pm Wednesday with Rev. Jim Endsley officiating. Burial will be in Noble cemetery at Otterville. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.
Esther Belle (Plummer) Dabbs, born June 26, 1916, Kansas, died February 22, 1980, buried Otterville cemetery. Esther Belle Dabbs, 63, of Route 3 Jerseyville died at 1 am February 22, at St. Mary Health Center in Richmond Heights, Missouri. Services were held Sunday afternoon at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev R. E. George officiated and burial was in Otterville. Born in Kansas, June 26, 1916, she was a daughter of Joshua & Melvina (Blackorby) Plummer. Her survivors include her husband, Sherman Dabbs whom she married June 27, 1931 in Carrollton; 4 daughters Vera Lee Neal, Jerseyville, Sharon Garber, Springfield, June King, Collinsville, Jean Traub, Fieldon; 2 brothers, Emuel Plumme of Rosedale and Cecil Plummer of Fieldon; 2 sisters, Gladys Stemmler of Fieldon and Viola Stock, East Alton; 10 grandchildren and 5 g-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, Paul and 1 sister, Lillian. Memorials may be given to Leukemia Fund.
Arthur William Dabbs was born on December 20, 1892 in Otterville and died on November 10, 1980. Arthur married Lora Dell Reed on December 21, 1911 in Jersey County, Illinois. (98) Lora was born on September 6, 1893 and died on June 30, 1935, daughter of Firman and Louisa (Lane) Reed. Arthur and Lora had two children: Orville Clarence and Lila Rose. After Lora died, Arthur married Frances Matilda Groppel. They had no children, but Frances had a daughter Loretta Wachter from her first marriage. When the Dabbs farm was declared a “Centennial Farm” in 1972, Arthur was the owner of property that was part of the original land grant. Arthur and his two wives were buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Arthur W. Dabbs, born December 20, 1892, Jersey County, Illinois, died November 10, 1980, buried Oak Grove cemetery. Arthur W. Dabbs, 87, a retired farmer-carpenter of Route 3 Jerseyville died November 10, at Jersey Community hospital. The son of the late Linley & Rosetta (Johnson) Dabbs, he was born in Jersey County, December 20, 1892. His survivors are 1 Daughter, Lila Blackorby, and 1 son, Orville Dabbs of Jerseyville; 5 grandchildren and 11 g-g-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, the former Lora Reed, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.
Frances Matilda (Groppel) Dabbs, born October 16, 1896, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, died September 4, 1970 buried Oak Grove cemetery. Frances Matilda Dabbs, 73 years, 10 months, 18 days, wife of Arthur W. Dabbs, died at the family home on Rural Route 3, Jerseyville in Otter Creek Township, Friday am September 4, following a period of ill health. Final rites for Mrs. Dabbs were held Sunday afternoon at 2 pm at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville with Rev. W. Louis Purcell, pastor of United Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Mrs Dabbs was a daughter of the late Henry & Catherine (Haushalter) Groppel and was born in Jerseyville October 16, 1896. Surviving her in addition to her husband are 1 daughter, Mrs. Keith (Loretta) Martin of Springfield, 1 step-daughter, Mrs. Harold (Lila) Blackorby of Jerseyville; 1 step-son, Orville Dabbs of Jerseyville; 1 sister, Mrs. Edward Schallenberg of Brighton; 4 half-brothers, John Horn of Waverly, Iowa, George Horn of East St. Louis, Arthur Horn of Detroit, Michigan, and Phillip Horn of Taylor, Michigan; 3 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren, and 3 step-g-grandchildren.
Orville was born on June 5, 1915. He attended Buckeye School and Fieldon High School before he was employed at the Laclede Steel in Alton. He married Mildren K. Schaake on December 5, 1936. Their twin children, Darrel Ray and Carol Kay, were born on March 6, 1949 (or December 5, 1936, Fieldon). Orville retired in 1975 and then operated a “small motor repair” shop in his home. Darrell married Cynthia Young, children: Bradley, Brian and Brett. Carol married Donald Little, children: Robert, James and Randall.
Orville C. Dabbs, 85, died at 10:17 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at his home. Born June 5, 1915, in Fieldon, he was a son of the late Arthur and Lora (Reed) Dabbs. A crane inspector for Laclede Steel Co. in Alton, he retired in 1974. He was also a self-employed lawn mower repairman for more than 25 years and was a member of the Jerseyville Moose Lodge 695. He married the former Mildred K. Schaake Dec. 5, 1936, at the Fieldon Evangelical and Reform Church. She died Aug. 15, 1995. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Donald Little of Jerseyville; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Dabbs of Jerseyville; six grandsons, Robert, James and Randall Little and Brady, Brian and Brett Dabbs; two great-granddaughters, Kourtney March and Alexis Dabbs; and a sister, Lila Blackorby of Jerseyville. A son, Darrell Dabbs, preceded him in death. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Peace United Church of Christ in Jerseyville, where he was a member. The Rev. John Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be made to the Peace United Church of Christ.
Lila Rose married Clyde M. Reddish (another source has Lloyd Jackson). They were married three years when he died in WWII. Lila then married Harold Richard Blackorby on September 30, 1946 in Greenville, Illinois. Harold died on June 4, 1997. Lila and Harold had three children: Peggy Jo Blackorby (Jackson?), Harold R. Blackorby, and David Neal Blackorby. Lila attended Buckeye school, Fieldon High school and Jersey Community High school. She worked as chief deputy county clerk for Jersey County.
Lila Rose Blackorby, 87, died at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 17, 1917, in the Otter Creek Township portion of Jersey County, one of two children of Arthur W. and Lora (Reed) Dabbs. She married Cpl. Clyde M. Reddish, and they were married for three years before he became a casualty of World War II. She married Harold Blackorby on Sept. 30, 1946, in Greenville, and they shared a marriage that spanned 50 years before his death June 4, 1997.
Educated in the Jersey County country schools, her early employment included the International Shoe factory and Inman’s Department Store, both in Jerseyville. She also served as the Welcome Wagon hostess for Jerseyville and Wood River. Her true career enjoyment was fulfilled as the chief deputy recorder of deeds in the Jersey County Clerk’s Office, where she served for 17 years with Linda Crotchett. Her many memberships included the First United Methodist Church of Jerseyville, Jersey County Republican organizations and the Jersey Community Hospital Volunteers. She was especially proud to be listed in the “Who’s Who in American Politics” and receiving the charter for the first Cub Scout pack in Jerseyville, which was Pack 59 in 1953.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Jo and Paul Wheaton of Wood River; two sons and daughters-in-law, David Neal and Laura Blackorby of Fort Smith, Ark., and Harold R. and Donna Blackorby of Hartford; 10 grandchildren, David Jr., Paige and Barton Blackorby, Bradley and his wife, Linda Wheaton, Kelly and her husband, Tom Hebel, Paula Jo and her husband, Steve Bollini, Deena and her husband, Jerry Cates, Denise and her husband, Steve Gray, Harold R. Blackorby III, and Lois and her husband, James Eagleson; eight great-grandchildren, Andrew and Christopher Wheaton, Timothy Wiemers, Justin and Shane Bollini, Cody Cates and Christiana and Colin Gray; her nieces and nephews, Carol and Donald Little, both of Jerseyville; six great-nephews; and her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Stephen A. Jackson; her only brother and his wife, Orville and Mildred Dabbs; and a nephew, Darrell Dabbs.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Mark Meyers and her son, the Rev. Harold R. Blackorby Jr., will officiate. Burial will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to the activity department at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Hettie E. Dabbs was born circa 1869 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois and died in 1893. Hettie married William Henry Hancock on March 21, 1886 in Jersey County, Illinois, (99) the son of Camp Hancock and Serilda Pittman. William was born in November 1864 in Illinois (100) and died on January 12, 1928 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. (101) There is a family story that Hettie injured her eye seriously when she was young and that she had a lot of accidents. Hettie was listed as Hattie E. Dabbs on her marriage record. Her granddaughter, Hilda, emphatically stated that her name was Hettie. Hettie is buried in the Dabbs Cemetery, Jersey County, Illinois. Hettie and William had one child, Emma Magadeline Hancock. Emma was born on December 01, 1889 in Jersey County, Illinois and died on May 5 or 6, 1920 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois. (102) See Hutchinson and Hancock family histories for this family.
Margaret Ellen Dabbs was born January 15, 1871 and died on June 30, 1950 in Jerseyville at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Cope. (103) She was buried at Noble Cemetery. She married Frederick/Fritz Frazier on April 7, 1890. Frederick was born on January 30, 1869 and died on March 5, 1943. They are both buried at Noble Cemetery. Their children were: Harry W. and Herbert Leslie (twins), Lottie (married George Cope), George F., and Edward. Their son Harry was a minister for fifty-two years, twenty-six at the Gospel Assembly Church in Jerseyville. Obituaries:
Margaret Ellen Frazer, 79, died June 30 (June 30, 1950), at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Cope where she made her home. She was the daughter of the late F. W. [sic] & Catherine (Worthey) Dabbs, and was born in Jersey County, January 15, 1871. Her husband preceded her in death. Surviving is 1 daughter, Mrs. George Cope, Jerseyville; 4 sons, Edward Frazer of Grafton, George Frazer of Jerseyville, Harry Frazer of Carrollton and Herbert Frazer of Fieldon; 1 brother, Oscar Dabbs of Fieldon and 1 sister, Mrs. Don Beach of Otterville. Visitation was at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were held from Peace Evangelical & Reformed church in Jerseyville on July 2. Rev. J. W. Stoeker officiated and interment was in Otterville cemetery.
Herbert Leslie Frazer, 83, of Jerseyville died April 4  in the emergency room of Jersey Community hospital. Services were conducted from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville by Rev. David Wilshek with burial in Oak Grove cemetery. He was born in Jersey County October 23, 1901 to the late Frederick & Maggie (Dabbs) Frazer and was a farmer. Surviving are his wife, Ada (Brockmeyer) Frazer whom he married September 10, 1932 in Bowling Green, MO; 2 sons, Marvin and Fred, Jerseyville; 9 grandchildren and 10 g-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 1 sister and 1 granddaughter. Memorials may be given to heart fund. Note: Marvin Frazer married Betty Jean McAdams on December 26, 1954 at Hope Lutheran Church in Jerseyville. She was the daughter of Clay Roosevelt McAdams and Ruth Christina (Renken) Dean. She was born January 5, 1939 near Grafton, Jersey County, and died on March 21, 2004 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton. Marvin and Betty Jean (McAdams) Frazer had five children: Beverly Frazer who married Randy Manning of Columbia, Illinois; Hope Frazer who married Greg Bradley of Jefferson City, Missouri; Tina Frazer who married Eric Trsler of Jerseyville; Herbert Frazer and his wife Kim of Jerseyville; and Marvin Frazer and his wife Trisha of Jefferson City, Missouri.
Rev Harry Frazer, 83, Jerseyville, died November 9 at Boyd Memorial hospital, Carrollton. Services were conducted at Gospel Assembly church, Jerseyville, with Revs Clyde Shaw and Louis Kappler officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove. Born October 23, 1901 (Harry and Herbert were twins), to the late Fred & Maggie (Dabbs) Frazer. He was in the ministry for 52 years in Jersey & Greene counties and 26 years at Gospel Assembly. Surviving is 1 brother, Herbert Frazer, Jerseyville. His parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister preceded him in death. Memorials may be given to Gospel Assembly. Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville was in charge of arrangements.
George F. Frazer was born January 13, 1899 in Jersey County, and died April 30, 1978 at Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Jerseyville. He married Lena Cope on August 3, 1921. She was the daughter of Mark and Mary (Hall) Cope. She was born in 1900 in Macoupin County, and died on November 14, 1986 at Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Jerseyville. They are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. They had three children: Ruth Frazer, Marcella “Mickey” Frazer, and George E. Frazer. Ruth Frazer was born January 5, 1918 in Otter Creek Township, and died on September 18, 1988 at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. She is buried at Fieldon Cemetery, Richwood Township, Jersey County. She married Joseph Vincent Richey on December 5, 1942 in El Paso, Texas. They had 3 children: Donna Kay (Richey) Postlewait of Dow, Illinois, Marsha R. (Richey) Schroeder of Grafton, Illinois, and a son Michael Vincent Richey (deceased). Marcella “Mickey” Frazer married Eugene Steinkuehler.
Emma E. Dabbs was born circa 1873. Emma married, first, William H. Springman on April 8, 1892. William was the son of Henry and Augusta (Schaaf) Springman. He was born on February 12, 1869, and died on January 4, 1955, buried at Fieldon Cemetery, Richwood Township, Jersey County. Emma divorced William Springman before April 1895 and then married William Henry Hancock on April 01, 1895 in Otterville, Jersey County. (104) William Henry Hancock had previously married Emma’s sister, our Hettie. Emma probably died before 1900, since William Henry was listed as a widower in the 1900 census.
The child of Emma Dabbs and William Springman was John Springman who died on April 19, 1965. John lived with Emma’s father, W.W. Dabbs (1900-1910 censuses). He married Gladys Henson on December 26, 1931. Gladys was the daughter of Oscar and Nola May (White) Henson. She was born on January 10, 1910 in Jersey County, and died on May 19, 2005 at Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Jerseyville. They are both buried at White Cemetery, Otter Creek Township, Jersey County. John and Gladys had two children: Roger Springman (deceased), and Stanford Springman.
Gladys Springman, 96, died at 10:13 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2006, at Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Jerseyville. She was born Jan. 4, 1910, in Jersey County to Oscar and Nola May (White) Henson. She married John W. Springman on Dec. 26, 1931, in Jerseyville. He died April 19, 1965. She had been a member of the Union Forest Church in Jerseyville. Survivors include one son, Stanford Springman of Jerseyville. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Roger Springman; one grandson, Eric Springman; and one sister, Georgia Warner. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m Monday at Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Charity Christian Center, both in Jerseyville. The Rev. Wilbur Cain will officiate. Burial will be at White Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the White Cemetery.
The child of Emma Dabbs and William Hancock was Ross Raymond Hancock, who was living with his father in 1900. Ross was born in December 1895 and married Eveline Holmes. They had two daughters. Eveline Holmes was a sister of our Elvin Hutchinson’s (Hettie Dabbs’ grandson) second wife, Lora.
According to a letter of December 12, 2002, Hilda (Hutchinson) Laird said: “I always wondered about Ray Landon. He and Johnny Springman came to Aunt Rose’s lots of weekends. They were Uncle Lin’s nephews.” Hilda, granddaughter of Emma’s sister, lived with Emma’s brother Linley. Ray Landon was the son of Emma’s sister, Nellie.
Nellie Jane Dabbs was born on July 31, 1879 at Otter Creek and died of consumption on August 20, 1903, only twenty-five years old. She was buried in Dabbs cemetery in an unmarked grave next to her sister Emma. She married Elmer Landon on December 29, 1897, when she was eighteen, and they had a son, Roy Raymond Landon, born in 1898. Her obituary is not clear; but it stated that two infants preceded her in death, possibly two additional children of Nellie and Elmer. There is a female infant buried in the Dabbs cemetery who died March 23, 1903 aged 5 days that could be Nellie’s. Roy Raymond Landon was born on August 9, 1898 and died on October 4, 1972. Roy/Ray remained in Jersey County, though his father, Elmer, moved to Iowa. He was living with John Springman in the 1920 census. His wife’s name was Mildred. They had three children: Roy Raymond Jr., Oma M., and Vera Lee.
According to the Jersey County Index of Burials, R. Raymond Landon Sr. was born on August 9, 1898 and died on October 4, 1972, buried in White Cemetery, Otter Creek Township.
LANDON. Unknown newspaper, undated: (first part of obituary is missing) . . . Roy Raymond (Ray) Landon, Sr. of route 3, Jerseyville, with Rev. James Connett, pastor of the First Methodist church in Jerseyville officiating. Burial was in the White cemetery. The Fieldon Masonic Lodge conducted Masonic rites at the funeral home Friday night. Mr. Landon, a retired farmer, died at 3:20 o’clock pm., 4 Oct. at the Jersey Comm. Hospital. He was born in Otter Creek township, a son of the late Elmer and Nellie Dabbs Landon, on 9 Aug. 1898. His survivors are a son, Roy Raymond Landon, Jr. of Jerseyville; two daughters, Oma M. Smith of Bethalto and Mrs. Frank (Vera Lee) Bare of Tucson, Ariz; five half brothers; seven half-sisters; eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
William Oscar Dabbs was born on October 9, 1880 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County and died on March 5, 1973 in Jerseyville. He married Alice M. Hutchinson (Mary Alice on her birth certificate) on September 16, 1905. Alice was born November 13, 1882 and died on April 1, 1974. They were both buried at Valhalla Memorial Park near Godfrey in Madison County. (See Hutchinson family for information on Alice). Their children were: Mary Alice, Kearney Oscar, Herschel Kenneth, and Morris L. (105) Supposedly William Oscar inherited W. W.’s homestead, called “Spring Valley Farm,” and his son Morris thereafter. (106)
William Oscar Dabbs, 93, retired farmer, died at 10:30 am Monday at Jersey Community hospital where he had been a patient for 1 week. Funeral services were held at 1:30 pm Wednesday at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. Claude Evans of Bethalto and Rev. Vale Walkington officiated. Burial was in Valhalla cemetery. He was born in Otter Creek Township, October 9, 1880, a son of the late William & Catherine (Worthey) Dabbs. His survivors are his wife Alice M. Dabbs; 1 daughter, Mrs. Walter (Mary Alice) Flowers, Route 3, Jerseyville; 3 sons, Kearney Oscar, Herschel K. and Morris L. Dabbs all of Route 3, Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren; 18 g- grandchildren, and 1 g-g-grandchild.
Alice M. Dabbs, 91, of Rural Route 3, Jerseyville died April 1 at Jerseyville Community hospital. Funeral services were held April 3 at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev R. E. George officiated and interment was in Valhalla cemetery. She was born in Chandlerville November 13, 1882, the daughter Charles & Elizabeth (Rayworth) Hutchinson. She is survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. Walter (Mary Alice) Flowers of Jerseyville; 3 sons Kearney Oscar, Herschel K. and Morris L. Dabbs all of Jerseyville; 1 brother and 1 sister, Russell Hutchinson and Mrs. Blanch Young, Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren; 23 g-grandchildren; 1 g-g-grandchild. Husband, Oscar Dabbs, and 3 brothers preceded her in death.
Mary Alice married (1) Lloyd Kirchner, (2) Walter Benjamin Flowers. Her children were Harold Kirchner and Larry Lee Flowers. (107) I met Mary Alice on one of our trips to Jersey County. She lived in a very small house.
Kearney Oscar Dabbs was born on July 08, 1908 in Otter Creek Township and died on February 18, 2001 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. (108) Kearney is buried in Noble Cemetery, Otterville, Jersey County, Illinois. Kearney married Alice Busch on October 27, 1928 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Alice was born in 1912 in Jersey County, Illinois. Kearney and Alice resided at their farm west of Otterville for 30 years. They owned and operated a General Store in Otterville from 1963 to 1985, and lived in Jerseyville after 1985. Children of Kearney Dabbs and Alice Busch are: Betty Jean Dabbs; Mary Lou Dabbs, Brenda Irene Dabbs. At the time of Kearney’s death, they had been married seventy-two years. Alice died on February 8, 2003.
Our Life in Jersey County, by Alice and Kearney Dabbs: (109) About sixty-four years ago, Kearney and I met at an ice-cream social at the Otterville Baptist Church, of which we are still members. Our parents, Oscar and Alice Hutchinson Dabbs, and George and Mabel Fredenburg Busch, were friends and farmers in the Otterville vicinity. Although Kearney attended Buckeye Grade School located on his parents’ farm, and I attended Hamilton Memorial Grade School, our courtship continued through church functions. We were married October 27, 1928 at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Jerseyville and made our home on a farm 3 miles west of Otterville. Kearney’s first love was me, but everyone in Otterville Township knew his second love was hunting, fishing, and trapping, which still holds true. Although we loved Otter Creek, it sometimes became our enemy and flooded our farm ground. During these lean years, we had to subsidize our farm income. During the depression Kearney worked a short time for the W.P.A. and in the early 50’s for the REA, stringing power lines. We also operated a saw mill on our farm, plus Kearney was tax assessor for eight years and I was for four years. I gave birth to all three daughters at our farm home, with Dr. B. M. Brewster delivering and Kearney assisting. Dr. Brewster rode horseback in 1930 to deliver our eldest daughter and brought a portable delivery table in 1944 to deliver our youngest daughter. All three daughters attended the one room school house, Buckeye, and were taught by the same teacher Kearney had. One granddaughter also had Mrs. Effie Fraley. I was also janitor and picked up children for school, since there were no buses at the time. . . .
Kearney O. Dabbs, 92, died at 7:43 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Jersey Community Hospital. Born July 8, 1908, in Otter Creek Township in Jersey County, he was a son of the late William Oscar and Alice (Hutchinson) Dabbs. He was a farmer and later from 1962 until 1973, owned and operated Otterville Grocery Store and was a 60-year member of Otterville Baptist Church, member of Fieldon Masonic Lodge No. 592 and Grafton Full Moon Lodge No. 341 for more than 50 years. He married the former Alice Busch Oct. 27, 1928, at the First Presbyterian Church in Jerseyville. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters and three sons-in-law, Betty and Clifton Cunningham of Fieldon, Mary Lou and Bob Eisler of Jerseyville and Brenda and Roger Allen of White Hall; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Morris and Juanita Dabbs of Jerseyville and Freda Dabbs of White Hall. He was preceded in death by a brother, Herschell Dabbs, and a sister, Mary Alice Flowers. . . . Burial will be at Noble Cemetery near Otterville. . . .
Alice O. Dabbs, 90, formerly of Otterville, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at her home. The daughter of the late George F. and Mabel C. (Fredenburg) Busch was born on May 20, 1912, in Otterville. On Oct. 27, 1928, she married Kearney O. Dabbs at the First Presbyterian Church in Jerseyville. He preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 2001. A homemaker, she owned and operated the Otterville Store from 1962 until 1973. She also was a 62-year member of the Otterville Baptist Church and a member of the Jersey County Republican Women Club. . . . Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Clifton Cunningham of Fieldon, Mary Lou and Bob Eisler of Jerseyville and Brenda and Roger Allen of White Hall; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; one sister, Irene Gerson of Fieldon; and three sisters-in-law, Mary Busch and Juanita Dabbs, both of Jerseyville, and Freda Dabbs of White Hall. Besides her husband and parents, a sister, Ruth Busch; and two brothers, Virgil and Howard Busch, preceded her in death. . . . Burial will be at Noble Cemetery near Otterville. . . .
Herschell Kenneth Dabbs was born on December 28, 1913 and died on October 11, 1990 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. Herschell married Freda Stevens on April 29, 1936, Alton, Madison County, Illinois. Freda was born on August 12, 1913. Herschell is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey, Illinois. (110) After Herschel’s death, his wife auctioned off both the farm equipment and household goods. Children of Herschell Dabbs and Freda Stevens are: Loretta Mae Dabbs, Kenneth Ray Dabbs, Virginia Fay Dabbs, Joyce Elaine Dabbs.
Morris L. Dabbs was born on September 26, 1920 in Jersey County, Illinois and died on October 9, 2002 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. He was buried on October 12, 2002 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. Morris married Juanita Humiston on November 19, 1941 in St. Charles, Missouri. Juanita’s parents were Charles Humiston and Grace Grizzle of Jerseyville. Their child was Sherry Laverne. Morris took care of the abandoned Dabbs cemetery until his farm was sold. When I visited Jersey County in the 1980s, he brought a box of old family photos for us to look at. These were copied by taking a photograph of his originals. They are the only photographs I have of a number of Dabbs and Hutchinson ancestors.
Morris L. Dabbs, 82, died at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born west of Otterville on Sept. 26, 1920, he was a son of William Oscar and Mary Alice (Hutchinson) Dabbs. He married the former Juanita E. Humiston on Nov. 19, 1941, in St. Charles, Mo., and she survives. Reared in Otter Creek Township, he was engaged in farming all of his life and served as the Otter Creek Township Road Commissioner for 23 years. He was an avid goose hunter, a charter member of the Grafton Hunting Club and was the last surviving charter member of the Jerseyville Moose Lodge. In addition to his wife, surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Bill Crenshaw; two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Alice Mary Flowers; and two brothers, Kearney and Herschel Dabbs. . . . Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. . .
Mary E. Dabbs was born circa 1883 and died in 1954. She married (1) Walter Davenport on February 6, 1900; (2) Donald M. Beach, who had been previously married, on August 12, 1905. Her great niece, Hilda Hutchinson, said they always called Mary E. as great “Aunt Mame.” The son of Mary and Walter was Wesley Laverne Davenport, born on July 16, 1900. Wesley died on January 5, 1981 in Jerseyville. He married Laurine L. Tice on February 11, 1929 in Jerseyville. Laurine died on December 20, 1986, age 77, Jerseyville. They were both buried at Fieldon Cemetery, Richwood Township, Jersey County. Laverne was a farmer in the Fieldon area and Laurine was a teacher in Jersey County for 18 years. They had six children: Leslie Lavern, Gary Leon, Donald Ray, Herbert Lee, James David, and Marilyn Kay. Marilyn married Fred Pruitt.
The children of Mary and Donald were Geneva P. (Pearl) and Roberta. (111) Geneva Pearl Beach married Howard Springman on February 2, 1924. She later married a man whose last name was Mourning and they lived in Peoria, Arizona. Roberta Beach married Paul Christian on July 22, 1944 and they lived in Phoenix, Arizona.
Donald Beach had been married before to Stella Harmon, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Reddish) Harmon. She was born on September 24, 1877 in Jersey County, and died on January 11, 1953 in Carrollton, Illinois, buried at Oak Grove Cemetery. Donald and Stella had three children: Ella May Beach who married Lester Dabbs; Marie Beach who married Carl Keehner; and Charles H. Beach born in 1897, died November 30, 1938, a WWI veteran, buried at Lax Cemetery, English Township, Jersey County. Stella (Harmon) Beach later married Walter Davenport on May 17, 1904.
Jesse E. Dabbs
Brother of Samuel Dabbs
Jesse E. Dabbs (James3, Nathaniel2, Joseph1), a carpenter, builder, farmer and miller, was born on December 22, 1817 in Barren County, Kentucky, and died on August 9, 1873. He married, first, Matilda Marsh on May 7, 1837 in Jersey County, Illinois. She was born in 1818 in Calhoun County, Illinois, and died on November 19, 1865 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County. (112) Tombstone transcriptions in the Dabbs Cemetery give Jesse’s and Matilda’s birth and death years: Mathilda Dabbs, 1818-1865; Jesse Dabbs, 1818-1873. In 1870 Jesse was a widower. Living in his household were his son Edwin (Ephriam Edwin) and a Mary J. Tucker, age 17, who he may have hired to take care of household duties, and who was to marry Ephriam Edwin in 1871. Jesse married, second, Isabel Carson Devlin (Devling/Develin) on October 21, 1871 in Jersey County, Illinois. Isabel, much younger than Jesse, was born on December 1, 1851.
Jesse’s probate was filed in October 1873 by Isabel Dabbs, administrator. According to papers in Jesse’s probate file in 1873, Isabel had re-married before the estate was settled (her surname changed in the documents). This was the George (Andrew) Worthy who married Isabel Dabbs on January 1, 1874 in Jersey County (Illinois Statewide Marriage Database). One puzzle in Jesse’s probate file was the James Dabbs listed as an heir (all of Jesse’s other children were accounted for). It turns out that Jesse and Isabel Devlin had a son, born circa 1873, not long before Jesse’s death (not in birth index). Isabel and George Worthy moved to Texas in the mid to late 1870s, taking with them James Dabbs and the children of Isabel and George Worthy (see 1880 census). The remaining puzzle is whether George Worthy, born in Tennessee, was related to the two Worthy sisters (our Worthey/Worthy line, see the Worthey family) who married W.W. Dabbs and Jesse’s son Joshua Elias.
Jesse’s biographical information was published in 1872: (113) “Jesse Dabbs was by trade a carpenter and builder, which he followed in early life. He was married, May 7, 1837, to Miss Matilda Marsh, daughter of Ephriam and Mary Marsh, of this county. His wife died November 19, 1865. He was again married, October 21, 1871, to Miss Isabel, daughter of Bryant and Elizabeth Devling. Mr. D. has lately followed farming. He is one of the substantial citizens of the community in which he has spent over forty years of an active, industrious life.”
Jesse struck out on his own just after he turned eighteen, purchasing forty acres of land in 1836 and marrying slightly more than one year later. His next land purchases from the federal government were not until 1854. His real estate was valued at $2,000 in 1860 and $3,000 in 1870.
Jesse did not leave a will. The administrator’s bond for Jesse’s estate was signed by Isabel (with her mark), her father B. Devlin (Bryant) and O. H. Burris on October 1, 1873, though Isabel was the administrator. Burris was also one of the appraisers. The estate was comprised mainly of “household goods, etc.,” estimated to be worth about $250. The heirs, in addition to Isabel, were named (children in no particular order): James Dabbs, Ephriam Dabbs, Henry Dabbs, Joshua Dabbs, Sarah Chappee, Amanda McDow, Mary J. Houston, and George Dabbs. Charles had died in 1865. Isabel was allowed the usual items (clothing, books, sewing machine, beds and bedding, stove, one cow, four sheep, a horse, provision, and fuel) valued at $627.90. The estate was valued at $229.90, not including real estate. While the estate inventory contained the usual household items of the times, there was a surprising small amount of farm equipment, only one mare and colt, a sow, and some standing corn. Jesse was only 55, he would probably still have been actively farming. Jesse’s three properties were valued at $800 total, subject to three mortgages held by John W. Terry as follows: one for $200 given to the School Trustees dated April 1854, one for $600 given to [unreadable name] dated September 6, 1870, and one for $200 given to John W. Terry dated October 21, 1872. In 1870 John W. Terry was a Baptist preacher, living in the Campbell household near Jesse, with real estate valued at $6,000. None of the three properties seem to have been Jesse’s original land grant properties.
Jesse and Matilda sent all their children to school (probably Hamilton School, Mary Jane was a pupil there in 1851). Their children were:
Mary Jane Dabbs was born circa 1839 in Illinois and died in 1931 in Illinois(?). Mary Jane married Charles Henry Houston on March 7, 1858 in Jersey County, Illinois. Charles was born circa 1836 in Ohio. Mary Jane attended Hamilton School in Otter Creek in 1851. The family was in Jersey County in the 1870 census, living next door to W.W. Dabbs, Mary’s cousin. According to her brother Joshua’s obituary, Mary Jane resided in Kansas City, Missouri in 1928. The family was found in Mr. Pleasant Township, Labette County, Kansas in 1880, probably moving to Kansas circa 1873. The children of Mary and Charles, all born in Illinois, were: Elizabeth, born in 1859 (may have died young); Dora, born in 1861; Joseph H., born in 1862; William J., born in 1865; Otho B., born in 1868; and John, born in March 1870. (114) By 1880 John was not listed, but there were four additional children: Lewis A., born circa 1870 in Illinois; Carrie, born circa 1873 in Kansas; Frank M., born circa 1876 in Kansas; and Jessie, born circa 1878 in Kansas. A great granddaughter was Betty Lynch according to Pat Poshard.
Joshua Elias Dabbs was born on March 15, 1841 in Grafton, Jersey County, Illinois, and died on January 10, 1928 in Alton, Madison County, at the home of his daughter, Emma Danielson. (115) He was buried on January 14, 1928 in Rosedale Cemetery, Rosedale. He married, first, Susan Elizabeth Worthey March 24, 1866 in Jersey County, daughter of our John Jackson Worthey and Elizabeth Hires. (116) Susan was born February 23, 1843 in Rome, Smith County, Tennessee and died on January 9, 1917 at her home in Rosedale, Jersey County. Susan was buried on January 11, 1917 in Rosedale Cemetery. The next year Joshua married Leaner Catherine Worthey on October 17, 1918 in Jersey County, the sister of Susan Elizabeth. This is the Kate who had previously married William Washington Dabbs (see above). There is an account of Joshua’s early Otter Creek, memories: (117)
“One of the first grist mills in the State of Illinois stood in Otter Creek Township one hundred years ago. The mill was near the settlement that stood on the present Hussey tract, and was situated about a quarter of a mile below the site of the present concrete dam which impounds the waters from the springs of Little Bear Hollow. The mill and cabins of the settlement have vanished, but a fragment of the old grist mill is in the possession of George Vinson of Richwoods Township. Vinson formerly lived on the farm where the old mill was situated. At present the land is occupied by Fred Engle. Vinson removed an old angle brace from the remainder of the water wheel support. The brace was hewn from a white oak and is approximately four by four in dimension and four feet long. ‘The late Joshua Dabbs told me that he remember the mill,’ stated Vinson. ‘Dabbs was one of the old timbers of the locality and had reached a ripe old age before he died. He told me considerable of the history of the old mill.’
“He said that he used to take grist to the mill when he was a very small boy. ‘I remember when my father [Jesse E.] used to put the grain in a sack,’ he said. ‘I always went to the mill on horseback. Father would put the sack of grain onto the horse’s back and the miller would take it off. The name of the miller was Hamilton. He took the grain from the horse and removed his portion for the grinding fee. The balance was ground into meal and placed on the horse by the mill, then I made the return trip home.’ Dabbs described the mill as one of the old time “bucket type” projects. The wheel was so constructed as to carry considerable water weight when necessary.” The remnant of the old mill dam is still in existence. The creek which was fed by the twin bear springs was diverted from its regular channel by the parties who build the mill to furnish the water power for operations. Vinson reported that there was no trace of the old grinding burrs at the mill site unless they had become covered with earth.”
As noted in Joshua’s obituary, he saw considerable service during the Civil War. His discharge paper reads as follows. Joshua Dabbs, a 1st Sergeant of Captain Oscar A. Mack, Company A of the 1st Battalion, 13th Regiment of the U. S. Infantry, who was enlisted on the first day of August, 1862, to serve three years is hereby discharged of his enlistment. Joshua Dabbs was born in Jersey County, is twenty-one years of age, five feet, nine and 3/4 inches high, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair and by occupation when enlisted a farmer. Joshua related later that he would have been killed when he was wounded at Vicksburg in 1863. However, he had secured a towel from an old colored woman and placed it, folded four thicknesses, in his breast pocket over his heart. The bullet struck this towel, the impact so strong as to fell him, but the towel saved his life. At the regular meeting of the Rutherford Post G. A. R. No. 206, at Elsah last Wednesday evening, the following officers were elected: . . . Officer of the guard, Joshua Dabbs . . .” (118)
Joshua and Susan’s obituaries:
Susan Elizabeth Worthy was born at Rome, Kenney county [sic Smith], Tenn., Feb. 23, 1843. She passed away after a long illness at her home at Rosedale, Ill., Jan. 9, 1917, aged 73 years, 10 months and 17 days. She came to Jersey county, Ill. with her parents in October 1850, and settled three miles northwest of Otterville, Ill. She professed faith in Christ in the fall of 1863, and united with Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Otterville, but later joined the Baptist Church and remained steadfast until the end. She united in marriage with J. E. Dabbs March 24, 1866. To this union were born ten children, six of whom survive her, Mrs. Ernest Wedding and Pearl S. Dabbs of Jerseyville, Ill., Mrs. James [Emma] Danielson and Andrew J. Dabbs of Rosedale, Mrs. George Spangle of Newbern [Dow], and Bert L. Dabbs of Quarry Township [Rosedale]. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, three sons, three daughters, fourteen grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. W. W. Dabbs, a half-sister, Mrs. Sarah Hooper [daughter of Susan’s father’s second wife, see Worthey family], and a host of friends who will sadly miss her. She always took interest in the religious life in her community, and assisting in church work as long as she was able. She was a devoted companion, a loving mother, and a faithful Christian. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church at Rosedale, Jan. 11 at 11 a. m., the Rev. Jackson of Grafton officiating.
Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run,
God grant we may rest calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done.
‘Til then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in sweet assurance,
He giveth His loved ones sleep.
Precious mother, she has left us,
Let us, yes, forevermore;
But we hope to meet our loved one
On that bright and happy shore.
Lonely the house, and sad the hours,
Since our dear one is gone;
But Oh! a brighter home than ours,
In Heaven is now her own.
Joshua Elias Dabbs was born at Grafton, Jersey county, Ill., March 15, 1841 and after an illness of six weeks died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Danielson, Alton, Ill., on January 10, 1928. His age being 86 years 9 months and 26 days. When his country had need of him during the Civil War, he enlisted in Company A, Thirteenth U. S. Infantry and saw service at Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Steelesville, Hayne’s Bluff, Champion’s Hill, Black River Bridge, Battle of Chickamauga, Seige of Nashville, Jackson Miss., Collinsville, Tenn. He was wounded while carrying the colors at the Battle of Vicksburg, May 19, 1863. On July 31, 1865 he received his honorable discharge.
On March 24, 1866, he was united in marriage to Susan Elizabeth Worthy. To this union were born ten children, six of whom survive him, Mrs. Ernest Wedding and Pearl S. Dabbs of Jerseyville, Mrs. James Danielson of Alton, Mrs. Geo. Spangle and A. J. Dabbs of Rosedale and Bert L. Dabbs of near Grafton. Mrs. Dabbs died January 9, 1917. On October 17, 1918, he was united in marriage to Katherine Dabbs of Otterville who survives him.
Many years ago he was converted and united with the Otterville Baptist Church. About nine years ago he transferred his membership to the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville. He is a member of Lowe Post of the G. A. R., and enjoyed very greatly the comradship of the aged veterans who hold him in esteem. He leaves to mourn their loss his aged and afflicted wife, his six children, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. Mary J. Houston of Kansas City, Mo., and one brother E. E. Dabbs of Jerseyville together with other relatives and many friends.
The body was brought to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Wedding of Jerseyville on Wednesday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joseph Jenkins and were held at the church in Rosedale on Saturday at 2:15 p. m. The body was laid to rest in the Rosedale cemetery. Several of the members of the G. A. R. accompanied their comrade to the cemetery, where Patrick Lynch presented to the family a silk flag and a marker and Mrs. Lela McKinney in behalf of the Daughters of Veterans of Alton in a few well chosen words presented a small flag.
Another obituary names Joshua’s six grandchildren who were his pallbearers: Wesley, Arthur, Ernest and Herbert Dabbs, Jesse and Ernest Lewis. Flower girls were Mrs. Ethel Weule, Daisy Wedding, Dorothy Beulah, Anna May and Lucille Dabbs, Mabel Lewis, and Mrs. Frank Pieper. Joshua was ill only a short time, becoming ill while visiting at the Danielson home.
In 1892, Joshua recorded the birth dates of all of his children, later adding some of their marriages and births of grandchildren. The children of Joshua and Susan, all born in Otter Creek Township, were:
Sarah E. was born on November 24, 1866 and died in 1874, buried in the Dabbs Cemetery.
Jasen E. Dabbs was born on April 13, 1868 and died in 1868, buried in Dabbs Cemetery.
Rosa Ellen Dabbs was born on September 1, 1869 and died on August 9, 1959 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. (119) Rosa married Ernest Wedding on September 10, 1890 at noon on the lawn of her parents’ home in Rosedale Township. Ernest, the son of Charles H. Wedding and Mary Graves, was born on March 27, 1869 in Jersey County and died on November 12, 1944 in Jerseyville. Anna Mae has Ernest as son of Charles H. Wedding and Mary Graves, but the 1880 census lists him as living with Henry C. Wedding and Orpha C. Wedding. They were both buried in Rosedale Cemetery. Their children were: Ethel, who married Edward W. Weule on August 2, 1893 and had one son, Edward W. Weule; and Daisy, who married Harry J. Melow on September 14, 1897, resided in Chicago and had no children. Rosa and Ernest lived in Rosedale, where Ernest was a farmer. They moved to Jerseyville in 1900, where Ernest, still a young man, was first a hired farm hand, then a poultry and egg merchant. By 1920 Ernest was an agent at the Express Office. In 1940, Rosa Ellen and Ernest Wedding celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. It was a grand affair, held at their home on South LaFayette Street, entertaining more than 150 guests. There were flower arrangements with a golden theme throughout the house. Rosa wore a gold brooch, the one she had worn at her wedding, and the one her mother, Susan Worthy, had worn at her wedding.
The funeral of Mrs. Daisy M. Mellow of 104 S. Lafayette Jerseyville, was held on April 20 at Jacoby Funeral Home with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Greenfield. The Rev. Everett Chambers officiated. Her death occurred at 6:30 pm on April 17  at Jersey Community Hospital. She was born September 14, 1897 in Rosedale, a daughter of Ernest and Rosa E. Dabbs Wedding. Mrs. Mellow was a member of the First Baptist Church, Women’s Club and Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are her sister, Mrs. Ethel Weule of Jerseyville, a nephew, Edward Weule, and cousins. Her husband, Harry Mellow and her parents preceded her in death. The family has designated the building fund of the First Baptist church as a memorial.
Ethel L. Dabbs died August 24, 1978, buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville.
Louis E. Dabbs was born on November 19, 1871 and died in 1873, buried in the Dabbs Cemetery.
Emma Emmeline Dabbs was born on November 30, 1873 and died on September 30, 1963 (1973?) in Jerseyville. Emma married James F. Danielson on July 5, 1894 at Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois. James, a stone cutter, was born on April 5, 1855 in Copenhagen, Denmark and died on April 11, 1929. According to the 1910 census, James was naturalized in 1882. James was previously married to Dollie Elwell Miller (1862-1880) and had one daughter. James and Emma had no children. He and Emma first lived in Springfield, then Decatur, Illinois, then Keokuk, Iowa, moving to Rosedale until about 1919, when they moved to Alton. Emma and James were buried at Rosedale Cemetery.
Andrew Jackson Dabbs was born on December 9, 1875 and died on August 17, 1951 in Jersey County. Andrew married, first, Alice Sager on October 30, 1897 in Jersey County. Alice was born in 1879 and died before 1905. He then married Anna B. McGrew on May 14, 1905 in Jersey County. Anna was born on March 31, 1890, the daughter of Oscar McGrew. Andrew and Anna resided in Rosedale in 1917, but had moved to Jerseyville by 1940. Andrew was buried in Rosedale Cemetery. Andrew and Alice had one child, Birdie Dabbs, born either February 19 or March 9, 1898. Andrew and Anna had six children: Wesley Monroe, Arthur Joshua (“Irish”), Beulah, Dorothy, Theresa Lucille, and Evertt Leslie. Weslely Monroe died of typhoid fever, and after development of measles, in 1928 in an Alton hospital. He was buried in Rosedale Cemetery. Arthur Joshua, February 24, 1910 - February 8, 1981, married Hazel Waters and had a son, Robert Lee Dabbs. Arthur, a retired self-employed trucker, was living alone when he died and was found dead in his kitchen by a friend, two days after his death. Beulah, April 4, 1913 - 1974, married (1) Leslie C. Fryman and had two sons; (2) _?_ Aldaco. Dorothy, November 15, 1914 - January 1994, married three times. Theresa Lucille, November 9, 1917/1918 - , married James McCarty. Evertt Leslie was born July 15, 1929 and died in 1929, buried Rosedale Cemetery.
Cora May Dabbs was born on November 10, 1877 and died in November 26, 1954 in Alton, Madison County. Cora is buried in Hartford Cemetery, Grafton, Jersey County, Illinois. Cora married, first, William J. Lewis on September 21, 1898 in Jersey County. William was born on December 7, 1873 in Jersey County and died on May 6, 1905 in Rosedale Township. Cora and William had five children, the first three born in St. Louis, the others in Jersey County: William Jesse Lewis, May 8, 1912 - February 4/7, 1988, buried in Hartford Cemetery; Cora Mabel, October 30, 1900 - July 16, 1967, married John Elmer Winters; Ernest Wesley, August 4, 1902 - December 7, 1982, married Theresa Clary; Gladys Opal, February 21, 1904 - September 6, 1988, married Edgar E. Palmer; Joseph Lewis, October 4, 1905 - November 30, 1905. When William died in 1905, Cora was pregnant, and left with four children, ages one to six. She went to live with her father until she married, second, George Spangle on January 31, 1912 in Alton, Madison County. George was born circa 1848, about thirty years older than Cora and died on August 22, 1928 in Illinois and is buried in the Newbern Cemetery, Jersey County. Cora and George had two sons, Ernest and Jesse. After George’s death, Cora went to live with her son William, a farmer, who was not married in 1930.
William J. Lewis died in May 1905, residing in Rosedale township, transferring calves from one lot to another was attacked by a hog which inflicted a severe flesh wound in the thigh. He was born in Otter Creek township 7 Dec. 1874. In 1880 with his parents, he moved to Edgar, Nebraska; about 1889 moved to Manhattan, Kansas where his parents still reside. He returned to Jersey county and taught school for a time. In 1898 he married Cora Dabbs, daughter of Joshua Dabbs. Lived in St. Louis where Mr. Lewis was employed by a Street car company until 1903. They moved back to Jerseyville. He was known as a Christian gentleman. Services at Hartford church with Rev. Judd of Grafton Baptist church. Pall bearers Were: F. A. Lowe, Ernest Reed, Joseph Hildred, William Harris, Grant Thomspon and Henry Smith.
Lydia Dabbs was born on September 18, 1879 and died on May 13, 1881, buried in the Dabbs Cemetery. Possibly Linda J. Dabbs.
Bertram Leroy Dabbs was born on July 18, 1882 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County, Illinois and died on May 13, 1965. Bertram married Sophia Miller on January 21, 1903. Sophia was born on December 16, 1893 in Grafton and died on May 1, 1981. They were both buried in Rosedale Cemetery. Bertram was an extensive landowner in Jersey County. His death occurred when he had accompanied his son-in-law, Roy Schallenberg, to see some cattle. He died as he was getting out of the truck upon their return home. Their children were: Ernest Bertram, June 11, 1903 - July 29, 1969, married (1) Frieda Franz, (2) Adele _?_; Albert Leroy, 1912 - April 18, 1915; Herbert Spencer, August 26, 1916 - April 27, 1979, married Imogene Crull; and Sylva Mae who married Roy Charles Schallenberg.
Ernest Bertman Dabbs, 66 years, 1 months, 18 days, was a well-known farmer of the Grafton vicinity. He died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, July 29 . He was dead on arrival at Alton Memorial Hospital. Visitation hours were held at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Services were held there Friday August 1 at 11 am. Interment was in Rosedale cemetery. Mr Dabbs was a son of Mrs. Sophia M. (Miller) Dabbs and the late Bert L. Dabbs and was born in Jersey County on June 11, 1903. He was a member of Jersey County Farm Bureau and formerly served on its Board of Directors. He was a member of Grafton Lodge No. 341 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Consistory and Ainad Temple East St. Louis Shrine. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Adele Dabbs of Grafton, 2 sons, Harold L. of Alton and David D. of Florissant, Missouri, his mother, Mrs. Sophia Dabbs, 1 sister, Mrs. Roy Shallenberg, and 1 brother Herbert S. Dabbs, all of Grafton and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, 1 brother, Albert, and 1 daughter, Mrs. Virginia Campbell.
Herbert S. Dabbs, 62, of Route 1, Grafton, a past member of the Jersey County Board and former Rosedale Township Supervisor, died unexpectedly at his home April 27 . Visitation was at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville where Masonic services were conducted Sunday evening. Services were held Monday afternoon at the Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Patterson and Rev. Leona Rd Todd officiating. Born August 26, 1916 at Grafton, he was the son of Sophia (Miller) Dabbs and the late Bert L. Dabbs. He farmed in Rosedale Township. Dabbs was a member of Rosedale United Methodist church, Grafton Masonic Lodge 341, Ainad Shrine, East St. Louis and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Collinsville and Jersey County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Imogene (Crull) Dabbs whom he married August 26, 1937; 1 daughter, Esther Kanallakan of Grafton; 2 grandchildren; his mother; 1 sister Sylva Mae Schallenberg of Grafton. Burial was in Rosedale cemetery. Memorials may be given to United Methodist Church Building Fund and the heart fund.
Imogene (Crull) Dabbs, 86, went to be with the Lord at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Esther and Darrell Kanallakan. A daughter of the late Jasper and Emma (Carven) Crull, she was born on April 21, 1919, in Jersey County. She married Herbert S. Dabbs on Aug. 26, 1937, in Jersey County. He died April 27, 1979. A homemaker, she was a member of the Rosedale United Methodist Church, 50-year member of the Grafton Chapter Order of Eastern Star and a past matron. She was also a member of the Jersey County Historical Society. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She will be greatly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Esther and Darrell Kanallakan of Grafton; granddaughter, Debra Stagner of Grafton; grandson and his wife, Mark and Shelly Kanallakan of Fieldon; four great-grandchildren, Kayla and Kyle Stagner and Kari and Kendall Kanallakan; nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, George Teasley of Wood River; and a sister-in-law, Yvonne Crull of Riverside, Calif. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Gerald, Charles, Woodrow, Dwight and Wilbur Crull; and two sisters, Lucille Henry and June Teasley. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Jeff Stahl. Burial was at Rosedale Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Rosedale United Methodist Church or Jersey County Health Department.
Sylva Mae (Dabbs) Schallenberg, 81, died at 10:22 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. She was born March 7, 1924, to Bertram “Bert” and Sophia (Miller) Dabbs, at the family residence in rural Grafton, where she lived her entire life. She married Roy Schallenberg May 10, 1947, in Jerseyville. He died April 25, 1989. A homemaker, she was a member of Grafton United Methodist Church, Calhoun Order of Eastern Star 990, where she served as Past Matron and was a 50-year member, Al Sihah Temple Daughters of the Nile in East St. Louis, past president of the Grafton American Legion Auxiliary, Alton American Legion Auxiliary and the Jersey County Historical Society. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Imogene Dabbs; a niece, Esther Kanallakan, both of Grafton; a nephew, David Dabbs of Cape Coral, Fla.; and several other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Albert, Ernest and Herbert Dabbs. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Revs. Dale Wilfong and Jeff Stahl officiated. Burial was at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be made to the Grafton United Methodist Church or the American Heart Fund.
Pearl Spencer Dabbs was born on June 14, 1885 and died on June 2, 1951 in Illinois. Pearl married Minnie May Carter on April 24, 1913. Minnie was born on December 26, 1891 in Greene County and died on December 28, 1983. Pearl and Minnie are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. Pearl was a barber in Jerseyville. Pearl and Minnie had one daughter, Anna Mae, born June 1, 1920 and died on December 10, 1988. Anna Mae married (1) William S. Abbott and had two daughters, (2) Joe Edwards and had one son. Anna Mae’s family history files are the source of much of the information on the Jesse E. Dabbs descendants.
Minnie May Dabbs, 91, who resided at Garnet Chateau died at 12:20 am December 28 at Jersey Community hospital. Rev. R. E. George officiated at the services conducted at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. She was born December 26, 1891 in Greene County, a daughter of James T. & Annie E. (Foley) Carter and had at one time been employed as a shoe cutter at the former International Shoe Company in Jerseyville. Mrs Dabbs was a member of First Baptist Church of Jerseyville, Jerseyville Order of Eastern Star No. 656 where she had become a 50 year member in 1968 and the Jerseyville Woman’s club. She is survived by 1 daughter, Anna Mae Edwards of Jerseyville; 2 half-brothers, C. Pearl Carter of Anderson, Indiana and James C. Carter of Boaz, Kentucky; 1 grandson, Robert W. Abbott of Jerseyville; 2 step- grand Daughters, Catherine L. Heitzig and Joette Knowlson, Jerseyville; 1 step-grandson, Phillip W. Edwards, La Porte, Texas; 3 g-grandchildren and 11 step-g-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to Jersey Community hospital.
Anna Mae (Dabbs) Edwards, 68, of Jerseyville died Dec 10 at her residence. She was born June 1, 1920 in Jerseyville to the late Pear S. and Minnie M. Carter Dabbs. On June 29, 1963, in Alton, she married the late Joseph W. Edwards, Jr. he died Dec. 2, 1982. She was a homemaker. She was a Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Lodge 656 Jerseyville; VIM member, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 492; Past 3rd Division President 1982-1983; Member of the 8/40 Salon No. 603; Daughter of the Union Veterans-Tent No 71; First Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Robert W. Abbott of Alton; a step-son, Phillip W. Edwards of Texas; two step-daughters, Catherine Heitzig and Joette Knowlson, both of Jerseyville; three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Nancy Ann. Funeral services was Dec 13 at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville with the Rev. Dan Harry officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of ones choice.
Amanda M. Dabbs was born on February 27, 1843, Illinois and died on January 01, 1905 in Jersey County. She married Charles McDaniels on November 11, 1865 in Jersey County. (120) Charles was born on October 04, 1827 in Illinois and died on May 22, 1887 in Jersey County, the son of Gregg and Rachel Cooper McDanel. Amanda and Charles were buried in Noble Cemetery, Otterville. (121) Their children were: Georgiana, who died young; Sarah Leonora, born circa 1866; Rachel A., born circa 1868; Charles G., born May 1870; Margaret, born circa 1871; Ada Maria, born circa 1873; John, born circa 1875; Mark L. born circa 1877; William Ray, born January 1880; and Grace Adella, born April 1883.
“Charles McDanel is a son of Gregg and Rachel (Cooper) McDanel, who settled in Madison county in 1820. They removed to Jersey county in 1828, locating on Sec. 7, Otter Creek township, where Charles now resides. Gregg McDanel died in Sept. 1859, and is wife in May 1861. Both are buried in the Noble cemetery. Charles McDanel was born in Madison county, Ill. in 1827, and was one year old when his parents settled in this county. He was reared to the occupation of farming, also worked in a saw and grist mill. He received a good education, attending the district school and afterwards Shurtleff College, at Upper Alton. In November 1865 he was married to Amanda Dabbs, who was born in Otter Creek township. Mr. and Mrs. McDanel are the parents of eight children: Sarah Leonora, Rachel A., Charles G., Georgiana, Ada Maria, Mark L., William R., and Grace Adella. Mr. McDanel is one of the most extensive land owners in Jersey county, having 1,400 acres, and carries on general farming. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. Mr McDanel has spent almost his entire life in this township, and has witnessed its development. He has contributed his full share toward effecting the transformaton from a scene of natural wildness to a country of comfortable homes and a land teeming with wealth and material prosperity. These solid comforts of life have been secured by the industry and sacrifice of those early settlers, and among them Mr. McDanel is now in the enjoyment of an abundant competency and can spend his remaining years in peace and happiness.” (122)
Henry Clay Dabbs was born December 1844 in Illinois. He married Letha Jane Martin on June 24, 1868 in Jersey County, Illinois. Letha was born in October 1848 in Illinois. The family lived in Jersey County until at least 1880. Later they lived in Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas. Their children, all born in Illinois, were: Charles H., born circa 1870; John, born circa 1877; William, born June 1879; Lillie, born circa 1879; Permelia E., born circa 1883. By 1900 the family was found in Fawn Creek Township, Montgomery County, Kansas. Henry was a farmer and Letha stated that she had twelve children, only six were still living. There were now three more children: Harry M., born February, 1885 in Illinois; Louis N., born May 1887 in Illinois; and Letha J., born September 1889 in Missouri. The family must have left Illinois for Missouri after 1887, then finally settled in Kansas. They were still residing in Fawn Creek Township in 1930. Letha’s family:
“George Martin, a respected citizen of English township, was born in St. Louis county, Mo., Dec. 5, 1819, a son of Moses and Elizabeth (Carrico) Martin, the former a native of North Carolina who died in 1840, the latter a native of Kentucky. In 1824, the family moved to what is now Jersey county, where George was reared on a farm where he remained until he attained his majority. He followed milling at Barnett’s mill four years, then enlisted in the Mexican war and served one year, participating in the hard fought battle of Buena Vista. He returned from the army in 1847, locating then on Sec. 35, English township, Jersey County, where he had purchased 40 acres of land. This land was heavily timbered and he immediately set about clearing it. He now owns 100 acres on Secs. 35 and 26, which is all cleared and in a high state of cultivation. Mr. Martin was married Aug. 15, 1839 to Hannah Biggers, by whom he had four children, only one of whom is now living, Gilbert. Leonard was killed while serving his country, and Moses died in infancy. Mrs. Martin died Jan. 2, 1847, aged 23 years. Dec. 31 of the same year, Mr. Martin was married to Permelia Hinson Beggs, and by this marriage has five children: Letha J., born Oct. 2, 1848, now the wife of Henry Dabbs, of English township; Vincent M., born Dec. 11, 1852; Mary, born Feb. 23, 1855; Almenia, born in 1860, now the wife of George E. Henson of Otter Creek township; and Elizabeth, born May 1, 1862. Mr. Martin has worked hard for what he possesses and is now enjoying the results of his past labor.” (123)
Sarah E. Dabbs was born in April 1847 in Illinois and died in 1913 in Jersey County. Sarah married James Chappee, who was born in 1845 and died in 1932 in Jersey County. They were buried in Newbern Cemetery, Jersey County. They are found in the 1870, 1880, 1900 censuses. They had seven children, six living in 1900. [Pat Poshard] Their children were: Joseph J., Bertram, Medora, James Jr., Lula, and Mamie.
Joseph J. born on November 07, 1868 in Illinois and died on August 20, 1954. Joseph married Marie A. Duggan on April 17, 1895 in Jersey County. (124) Marie was born on June 22, 1872 and died on December 22, 1947. Joseph and Marie were married fifty-five years. (Pat Poshard). Joseph and Marie are buried in Newbern Cemetery, Jersey County, Illinois. Bertram or Bertrand was born in 1870 in Illinois and died in 1942 or 1948. He married Lovie Swan on June 15, 1891 in Madison County. (125) Lovie was born in 1872 and died in 1917. Bertram is buried in Newbern Cemetery, Jersey County, Illinois. Medora Chappee was born in 1873 and lived in St. Louis in 1894 (Pat Poshard). James Chappe, Jr. was born in April 1879. There is a James Chappe Jr. who married Luella Dowdall on June 9, 1934. (126) This could have been a late or second marriage, or a different James Jr. Lula Chappee was born on January 28, 1881 and died on May 25, 1965. She married Homer L. McDow on December 2, 1903. Homer was born on January 19, 1883 and died on February 03, 1982. Lula and Homer are buried at Newbern Cemetery, Jersey County. Homer was the son of John N. and Mary Elizabeth Harris McDow. Their children were: Elizabeth Lucille, born on August 06, 1906, died on November 18, 1975, married William P. Lurton; Ruth Louise, born on October 04, 1912 and was stillborn; and Mary Frances, born on May 13, 1916 and married Russell M. Whyte. Mamie or Mammie Chappe was born in August 1883 and died in 1959. Mamie married _?_ Ringering. Mamie is buried in Newbern Cemetery, Jersey County, Illinois.
Charles W. Dabbs was born circa 1849 in Illinois and died in 1865. (127)
George W. Dabbs was born in 1851 in Illinois and died on December 26, 1888 in Illinois. George married Mattie Mathilda Gilbert in circa 1870. According to Pat Poshard:
“He married Mattie Mathilda Gilbert circa 1871 - her family came from KY in early 1860s and located just south of Springfield, IL - no marriage record to be found! The had three children: Jesse E. Dabbs b. 1871 Auburn, IL; Sarah Louella b. 1873 Springfield, IL; and Pearl Adah b. 1878 Springfield. In 1880, Jesse and Sarah (my great grandmother who both my father and aunt agree was the sweetest woman) were named as orphans in the census with a Joseph Stalcup family (of no relationship we have found) while Mattie and baby Pearl are in Maries County, MO as a servant with child. The family story says George had T.B. and was in a hospital where he died - Mattie remarried Stephen Potter (no record) in 1880 Douglas County, MO census. Potter is another story as he ran a bar and comes from another crazy family - and they had two children who are missing.
“Anyhow, the real story on George . . . we tracked him through Great Aunt Pearl who remained a spinster in Springfield , IL . . . she re-buried her father in 1936 in Independence, MO with Mattie and Stephen Potter - and changed the year of his death from the REAL 1888 to 1890 but left a trail. After searching all possible medical facilities, we found his death record in the Southern Illinois Penitentiary where he was originally buried in their cemetery. The Prison records took us back to Springfield where court records say he was a snake oil salesman and a newspaper article tells how he rented a horse and buggy in Springfield and drove it south and sold it . . . and got caught. I am sure there is a good reason that not a one of the Dabbs resources remembers our George . . . and sometimes I really wonder if Mattie Mathilda legally married anyone?”
Ephriam Edwin Dabbs was born on March 02, 1856 in Jersey County and died on December 30, 1941 at Fieldon, Jersey County. Ephriam is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville. (128) Ephriam was variously listed in records as E.E., Edwin and Edward. Ephriam married Mary Jane Tucker on November 25, 1871 in Jersey County. In the 1880 census, an Edward Dabbs, a divorced brother, age 25, was living with Joshua E. and Susan E. Dabbs. This was undoubtedly Ephriam. Ephriam married, second, Henrietta Bivens on July 20, 1884 in Jersey County. Henrietta was born in November 1864 and died in 1947. Children of Ephriam and Henrietta, all born in Illinois, were: Matilda, born February 1885; Edwin, born July 1886; Lela, born August 1888; May E., born September 1890; Lulu L., born June 1893; and Helen R., born circa 1908. Ephriam was still in Jersey County in 1889, when the newspaper reported that their daughter Matilda was ill. (129) Ephriam resided in Alton Township, Madison County in 1900, working at the glass works. Two of his children, Matilda (age 15) and Edwin (age 14) were also working at the glass works. By 1920 they were back in Jersey County, living in Jerseyville where Ephriam was a meat cutter. Living with them was their daughter Lulu and her husband, William McFain, both working at the shoe factory. Lulu had married William on September 20, 1919 in Jersey County. (130) Lela married Clyde H. Yocum on January 19, 1909. (131) Ephriam was living with Clyde and Lela in 1930 in Fidelity Township.
Brother of Samuel Dabbs
Joshua Dabbs (James3, Nathaniel2, Joseph1) was born circa 1822 in Woods River, Madison County, Illinois, and died on May 1, 1864 in Jersey County, Illinois. He was buried in Noble Cemetery. He married, first, Sarah Jane (Brown) White on March 9, 1851 in Jersey County, Illinois. (132) Sarah Jane was born on April 1, 1825 and died on September 7, 1858 and was buried in Noble Cemetery. They had one child, Anna M. Dabbs, born in 1854. Joshua married, second, Sabrina L. Schaff on June 21, 1859 in Jersey County. Sabrina Bingham was previously married to Henry Schaff on September 20, 1854 and had two children, Louis (1852-1933) and Alvinia (1859-1886). (133) Another researcher states that Joshua was born on January 9, 1822 in Greene County (later Jersey) and died on May 1, 1864 in Jersey County, buried in Otterville Cemetery, Otterville. (134) This same researcher states that Sabrina was born circa 1837 in New York. According to the 1860 census, Joshua was a merchant in Grafton, Jersey County. Joshua and Sabrina had two daughters: Sarah Jane, born February 1860 and Martha W., born circa 1862. His probate listed the following heirs: Adda Marion, Sarah Jane, and Martha Dabbs. Adda was born circa 1852, Sarah Jane was born circa 1860 (1860 census), and Martha W. was born circa 1862. Adda’s name may have been Anna and she may have been born in 1854.
After Joshua’s death, Sabrina married Ephraim Hughes on July 31, 1864. Ephraim Hughes died February, 19,1870, and Sabria married William S. Reeson/Reesor on November 3, 1872. (135) Sabrina had two children with Ephraim, Eva or Effie Sabria, born circa 1865, and Herbert Leon, born circa 1870. (136) She had three children with William Reeson/Reesor: Willie, Mary, and Beatrice (1880 census). Sabria and William evidently moved to Montana after 1880. According to the 1902 Butte, Montana directory, Sabria was a widow.
1 James Dabbs household. 1810 Kentucky Federal Census, Warren (Barren) County, Film 252 , roll 8, p. 255. James Harris is found on this same census page, only two people were enumerated between James Dabbs and James Harris.
2 South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (SCMAR, Volume XI, Number 1, Winter, 1983, Requests for Information, SCMAR, Vol. XI, Winter 1983, No. 1, p.53. Robert J. Cozby, (1700 Devon Dr. Carrollton, TX 75007) needs to contact descendants of Mathew Gillespie d. 1793 Abbeville Co. SC m. Francis (Fanny) Pickens, sister of William Pickens of S.C. Revolutionary War. Their children; Elizabeth m. James Harris, Fannie m. John Brown, John P. m. ?? Glover, Margaret m. 1st James Trimble 2nd Gresham Clemons, Martha m. ?? Davis, Lemma m. David B. Clemons and Nellie m. James Cosby. Many of these moved to Kentucky ca 1803 and in Tennessee by 1825.
3 South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (SCMAR, Volume VII Number 2, Spring, 1979, Some Early Settlers on Fishing Creek (Continued from Vol. VII, p.10), vol. 12, p. 16.
4 The Kentucky Encyclopedia, edited by John Kleber. Copyright c1992. Cited on Barren County Kentucky GenWeb, www.rootsweb.com/~kybarren/, accessed January 2005.
5 Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants, Vol. I-II. Louisville, KY: Filson Club Publications, 1925. Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapter IV, Grants South of Green River (1797-1866), p. 327. Harris, James, Acres: 200, Book: 13, Survey Date: 3- 7-1806, County: Warren, WaterCourse: Hanging Fk Big Buck Cr. Ancestry.com. Kentucky Land Grants [database online]. Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, Inc., 1997.
6 Fosterburg. History of Madison County Illinois, W.R. Brink & Co., Edwardsville, IL 1882.
7 “Tales From the Past,” Newsletter, Jersey County Historical Society, Summer 2005.
8 James Dabbs household. 1820 Illinois Federal Census, Wood River Township, Madison County, Roll M33_11, page 109.
9 Illustration, Free and Slave Counties in 1824. O. P. Barnes, Story of Illinois and Its People, 1913.
10 Fosterburg. History of Madison County Illinois, W.R. Brink & Co., Edwardsville, IL 1882.
11 Dr. Samuel Willard, “The Whipping Post in Carrollton in 1832,” published in the Carrollton Patriot, February 2, 1906.
12 Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed February 2005.
13 The Red House 150th Anniversary 1834-1984 (at the Jerseyville Library).
14 History of Jersey and Greene Co., Continental Historical Co. 1885.
15 History of Jersey and Greene Co., Continental Historical Co. 1885, pp. 79-80.
16 Atlas Map of Jersey County, Illinois, Davenport, IA: Andreas, Lyter & Co., Davenport, IA, 1872, p 60.
17 The information on land purchases is confusing. The Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database has dates that differ from the General Land Office (GLO), Bureau of Land Management for various Dabbs land purchases.
18 “Chronology of the Life of Hezekiah Mitchell and Sarah Mallinson Mitchell,” Taken from Hezekiah Mitchell’s Journals and other sources, by Sidney F. Mitchell. lythgoes.net/genealogy/history/HezekiahMitchell2.php.
19 Pat Poshard. All information from Pat Poshard unless otherwise indicated.
20 History of Jersey and Greene Co., Continental Historical Co. 1885, p. 397.
21 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed January 2005. Vol. 1, page 23, license 660.
22 John Dabbs household. 1850 Illinois Federal Census, Township 8 Range 10, Jersey County, Roll: M432_111, Page: 53, dwelling 38, family 38.
23 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed February 2005.
24 Past and Present of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County Illinois, by Joseph Wallace, M. A. of the Springfield Bar, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1904.
25 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index (1763-1900), accessed January 2005.
26 A??? Newel household, 1850 Illinois Federal Census, Illinois Precinct, Calhoun County, Roll: M432_99, Page: 306, Dwelling 56, Family 56.
27 Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Database, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed January 2005.
29 George W. Dabbs Family Group Record, FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0, North America, Batch Number: 7727104, Sheet: 38, Source Call No.: 1126122. Form submitted by a member of the LDS Church.
30 Letter from Ramona Koegler, January 4, 1985.
31 Samuel Burdie household. 1850 Illinois Federal Census, Township 8 Range 13, Jersey County, Roll: M432_111, Page: 90, dwelling 55, family 55.
32 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed January 2005. Vol. 1, page 41, license no. 181, Calhoun County.
33 Elias Dabbs household. 1860 Illinois Federal Census, Jersey County, Otter Creek Precinct, Post Office Otter Creek and Grafton, Series: M653, Roll: 188, page 150, Dwelling 106, Family 103. Accessed Heritage Quest, March 2004.
34 Jersey County Democrat, June 29, 1866. Delinquent Personal Tax List (delinquent for 1865 tax). Dabbs, Elias; Val. 80 ; Tax, 1.60.
35 Jersey County Democrat, April 19, 1867. Rebecca Dabbs vs Elias Dabbs, divorce granted (no date of divorce given).
36 Jersey County Democrat, August 30, 1867. Married, August 6, 1867. Elias Dabbs and Elizabeth Applin.
37 Carlinville Free Democrat, February 11, 1863. Roster of Co. K, 122nd Regiment Ill. Vol. Infantry. Elias Dabbs, transferred to Co. C.
38 Database of Illinois Civil War Veterans, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed January 2005.
39 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed January 2005.
40 1850 Jersey County Illinois Mortality Schedule, enumerated by Jona(than) Plowman and located on pages 353,356,357, 359 and 362 of the original census schedule on microfilm. Online at Jersey County ILGenWeb, www.rootsweb.com/~iljersey/1850Mortality.html, accessed March 1999. Pat Poshard states that he died of consumption, according to his death record.
41 1850 Illinois Federal Census, South West Part of District No. 22, Montgomery County, Roll M432?121, p. 112A.
42 dgmweb.net/genealogy/FGS/F/FisherReuben-MaryAnnDabbs.shtml, no title, accessed February 2005.
43 Database of Illinois Civil War Veterans, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed January 2005. Dabbs, George W., Private, Company I, 144 IL US Infantry, residence Jerseyville.
44 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed January 2005. Dubbs (sic), William; Hill, Elzina; November 2, 1826; Vol. 1, page 7, license no. 184; Greene County. Pat Poshard lists Elzina’s surname as Hicks.
45 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed January 2005. Dabbs, William; Lewis, Polly; March 28, 1859; Vol. A, page 64; Jersey County.
46 Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Database, online at www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html, accessed January 2005. Township 10N, Range 12W, Greene County, Vol. 324, page 186.
47 William Dabbs household. 1850 Illinois Federal Census, between Macoupin and Apple Creeks, Greene County, family 993, Roll M432_108, page 73.
48 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed January 2005.
49 List of Marriages, Jersey County. Jerseyville Public Library.
50 Gubser Funeral Home Record.
51 Jerseyville Republican, November 8, 1923, n.p.n.
52 Jersey County Index of Burials, online at www.rootsweb.com/~iljersey/Cemetery/cemeteryD.htm, accessed January 2005.
54 Letter. Earl A. Thompson to Jersey County Genealogical Society, December 11, 1995.
55 History of Jersey and Greene Co., Continental Historical Co., 1885.
56 History of Jersey Co., Hamilton , 1919.
57 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed January 2005. Vol. A, No. 126, Jersey County. The marriage record states McGinnis, and other sources spell the name variously McManus/McManns/McMinis.
58 Re: John W. Dabbs, GenForum, Posted by: Bob Hewitt, July 25, 2001. “. . . Laren Jane Dabbs, b 1831 and dau. of Samuel and Mary Link. Laren mar. a Thos McManus and one of their chil. was Mary McManus my grandmother who mar. John G. Hewitt. . . .”
59 1880 Illinois Federal Census, Otter Creek, Jersey, Family History Library Film 1254216, NA Film Number T9-0216, Page 105C.
60 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Township 7 Range 12, Jersey County, Otter Creek, Roll: M593_233, Page: 777.
61 1850 Illinois Federal Census, Township 7 Range 12, Jersey County, Roll: M432_111, page: 44. Married within the year on the census record.
62 Photocopy of one page of Mary (Dabbs) Davenport’s probate file. Sent to Cara Russell from Jersey County Historical Society. Copy on file.
63 Absalom source: www.teri-jo.com/about.html
64 Re: DAVENPORT / COOK / HARTGROVE Marriages, Cara Russell, October 30, 2006. Ancestry.com message board, Jersey County.
65 Catherine Davenport’s husband, Lewis M. Clark was supplied by Kathy Dunne Woelfel. This marriage is also listed in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, Vol. A. p. 60, Jersey County.
66 DAVENPORT/COOK/HARTGROVE Marriages, Kathy Dunne Woelfel, March 1, 2004. Ancestry.com message board, Jersey County.
67 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, Vol. B, Jersey County.
68 Jersey County Burial Index.
69 Index to Register of Births 1857 -1900+, IL Regional Archives Depository, Univ. of IL, Springfield, transcribed from microfilm copies of the original book.
70 The Davenport Directory, homepages.rootsweb.com/~nvjack/davnport/othersx.htm, accessed November 2006.
71 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois, Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885.
72 Jersey County News, March 1928.
73 Kate stated that she had twelve children, six living in the 1900 census; but in the 1910 census she said she had fourteen children, five living.
74 Jersey County Democrat, June 29, 1866. Delinquent Personal Tax List (delinquent for 1865 tax). Dabbs, Washington; Val. 120; tax 5.90.
75 Jersey County Democrat, September 20, 1872, n.p.n.
76 Jersey County Democrat, August 12, 1880.
77 Jersey County Democrat, November 22, 1877.
78 Jersey County Democrat, April 12, 1877.
79 Jersey County Democrat, September 16, 1880.
80 Newspaper clipping, September 8, 1955. From text, Democrat News.
81 Jersey County Democrat, August 31, 1882.
82 Jersey County Democrat, October 21, 1886.
83 Transcription from Jersey County Historical Society, The Prairie Schooner, Spring 1985, pp. 11, 20.
84 Letter. Hilda (Hutchinson) Laird to Judy Griffin, 1983.
85 Jerseyville Republican, October 11, 1917. Transcription only.
86 Jersey County Democrat, April 5, 1877.
87 Dabbs - cemetery listings, Jersey County Historical Society.
89 Letter(s) from Hilda (Hutchinson) Laird to Judy Griffin,December 12, 2002. She stated that her Uncle John Dabbs had two daughters, Nellie and Hettie Dabbs. Hettie must have been named for mother’s sister. Obituary, n.p., Dabbs, Hattie.
90 Dabbs cemetery listings, Jersey County Historical Society.
91 In the JCHS Marriage book, a George F. Dabbs married an Elizabeth Kappel on August 21, 1884. In the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900, Francis Dabbs married Barbary Kappel, August 21, 1884, Vol. B., Jersey County.
92 JCHS Marriage Book.
93 Funeral Card, Dabbs, Linly L.
94 List of Marriages, Jersey County, from Jerseyville Library.
95 Obituaries and Pat Poshard.
96 Pat Poshard.
97 Pat Poshard.
98 List of Marriages, Jersey County from Jerseyville Library.
99 List of Marriages, Jersey County from Jerseyville Library.
100 1900 Illinois Census, Jersey County, Otter Creek Township.
101 Probate of William Henry Hancock.
102 Obituary, n.p. and daughter Hilda Hutchinson.
103 Information on Margaret Ellen Dabbs from her obituary, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Pat Poshard.
104 Newspaper notice, April 1895: Wm. H. Hancock Married Emma E. Springman at Otterville. Emma E. Springman divorced Wm. Springman and married Wm. Hancock. Marriage date from List of Jersey County marriages, Jerseyville Library.
105 Information on the family from obituaries and List of Marriages, Jerseyville Library.
106 The Red House 150th Anniversary 1834-1984, found at Jerseyville Library.
107 Interview, Flowers, Mamie, 1984.
109 Jersey County History, 1991.
110 Family information from Interview, Dabbs, Hershell and Freda, 1984. Newspaper clipping, n.p., Wedding anniversary.
111 Family information from Pat Poshard and obituary of Wesley Laverne Davenport.
112 Pat Poshard has her surname as Matilda/Malinda Marsh/March, her birth as 1814/1818 and states that she was a native of Grafton, Illinois. Her parents were Ephriam and Mary Marsh (Pat cites 1840 Jersey County, Illinois census).
113 Atlas Map of Jersey County, Illinois, Davenport, IA: Andreas, Lyter & Co., Davenport, IA, 1872, p 60.
114 Pat Poshard.
115 Information on Joshua and Susan was obtained from Joshua E. Dabbs family record (written by Joshua), censuses, Jersey County histories, and newspaper obituaries.
116 Jersey County Democrat, April 27, 1866. Married. March 24 by Rev. Aaron Dodson, Joshua E. Dabbs and Susan E. Worthy.
117 Fieldon Man Has Part of Old Mill. Angle Brace Was Taken From Water Wheel Support. Jersey County Democrat (Jerseyville, IL) January 17,1935
118 Unnamed newspaper, December 11, 1884.
119 Pat Poshard.
120 Jersey County Democrat, December 15, 1865. Married November 11, 1856, Charles McDaniel and Amanda M. Dabbs.
121 Family information from Pat Poshard.
122 History of Jersey and Greene Co., Continental Historical Co. 1885, p. 277.
123 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois, Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885, p. 342.
124 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, accessed January 2004.
125 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, accessed January 2004. Vol. 9, page 128, license No. 1656, Madison County.
126 Jersey County Marriage Book Three.
127 His birth is from the 1850 Illinois census. I cannot find my source for his death date.
128 Jersey County Burial Index.
129 Jersey County Democrat, August 15, 1889. Fieldon. 4 yr. old daughter of E. E. and Etta Dabbs is sick.
130 Jersey County Marriage Book Three.
131 Jersey County Marriage Book Two.
132 Marriage record for Sarah Jane Brown to Stephen H. White, July 15, 1847 in Jersey County (Book A, pg. 1 96, Lic#. 1847-51).
133 Re: Schaaf Hill Road, Kim Levy email to JERSEY-L list, August 9, 2005, Re: Sabrina Bingham, email from Kim Levy, to Judy Griffin, August 26, 2005.
134 James Dabbs, email September 19, 2001.
135 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, accessed January 2005. Vol. A, page 164.
136 Re: Schaaf Hill Road, Kim Levy email to JERSEY-L list, August 9, 2005, Re: Sabrina Bingham, email from Kim Levy, to Judy Griffin, August 26, 2005.