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10. Alla JONES was born about 1811 in Kentucky.1 She died in July 1897 at the age of 86 in Madison County, Missouri.1,32

Alla Meeker and James Wood, both from Iron Township in St. Francois Co MO, were married by George W. Peyton, JP

Concord, Washington Co, MO 1860, Household 298
James Wood, age 45, a Collier [coal miner], b. TN
Ally Wood, age 44, b. KY
Elizabeth Smith, age 27, b. MO
James Smith, age 8, b. MO
Mary Smith, age 5, b. MO
Martha, Smith, age 1, b. MO  [this would the Martha who married Valentine Reed Valentine's mother was Elizabeth Jones, niece to Ally (Jones) Wood.]
Samuel Bull, age 30, Collier, b. Ohio
Oliver Hale, 22, Collier, b. MO
Hiram Wilson, age 22, Collier, b. Ohio

Concord, Washington Co, MO 1870, Household 9
James Wood, age 58, farmer, b. NY
Alley, 55, b. KY
Martha Smith, age 11, b. MO
Wm. Reaves, age 8, b. MO

1880 Census. Liberty, Madison Co, MO, Hh 25,
James Woods, age 70, Farmer, b. New York, father b. PA, mother b. MD
Ally, 70, wife, b. KY, parents b. KY
William Reeves, age 15, boarder, works on farm, b. MO, parents b. MO

22 Feb 1892
My Last will and testament.
I Bequeath at my death to my Beloved Friends Valentine Reed and Martha L. Reed.
All of my personal affects Consisting of Money in hand and notes & accounts and 1 cow & calf and Bed and Bedding & Clothing and household and Kitching furniture and all other personal affects of any other nature whatever.
Signed: Ally (+) Wood
Signed & delivered in presents of me this Feb 22, AD 1892.
Witnesses: T. J. Smith, Wm. M. Matkin.
Be it remembered in this February 22 1892 Personlly appeard Ally Wood who as in sound mind acknowledged this to be her free act and deed for the purpose there in contained to wome this may concern. C. H. Sharp, Justice of the Peace.
31 Jul 1897.
Presented in Probate Court, Madison Co, MO. T. J. Smith & William M. Matkin before N. B. Allen, judge of the Probate Court.

Madison Co Cemetery Book, Vol. 1, p.178 Gary Boushie Farm, Marble Creek, Libery Township. T32N, R5E, Section 22
James Woods purchased farm from Samuel M. King 10 Jan. 1871
Woods, James (1880 census show him born 1810 New York) - shot 20 Feb 1884
h/o Ally Woods b. 1810 KY - died Jul 1897
[a handwritten note says: they have it wrong - she died Mar 1883, not Jul 1897 - but she didn't die in 1883, she wrote her will in 1892!]

Alla JONES and Usel MEEKER were married on 11 November 1827 in Sangamon County, Illinois.1,29 Usel MEEKER15,17 was born about 1805 in Ohio.2 He served in the military in 1832 at Private in Capt. Abraham Lincoln's Company, 4th Regiment of Whiteside's Brigade, Mounted Volunteers. Illinois Militia in Black Hawk War. He died before 1859 at the age of 54 in Missouri.

1830 Census, Sangamon Co IL, p.152, Line 16:
Usel Meeker: 1m age 20-30 and 1f age 15-20 [Alla would have been age 19)
Usel was enumerated immediately following Elisabeth Jones.

Usel Meeker was also on the roll in the same unit as his brother-in-law Richard Jones in the Black Hawk War. He served as a Private in Capt. Abraham Lincoln's Company, 4th Registment of Whiteside's Brigade, Mounted Volunteers of the Illinois Militia. They were mustered out of the service at the mouth of the Fox River on 27 May 1832.

Meeker was called back into service in the Black Hawk War; Zadock W., William & Royal Flynn are all shown as members of the Company of Allen F. Lindsey, most from Morgan Co, the Spy Battalion, 3rd Brigade, Illinois Mounted Volunteers, called into service 16 May 1832. Royal was a Corporal, the other Flynns were Privates. Isaac R. Bennet, brother-in-law, husband of Mary Jones, was 2nd Lt of the unit; he lost 1 Sorrel mare by forced marching.
Usel Meeker, one of three men from Sangamon County, served again as a private in this unit. Micajah Poindexter was also in the unit.
Note signed Alen F. Lindsey: This company organized 4th day of Jun 1832. Took up line of march for head Quarters 9th day June 1832 mustered into service 19th day of June 1832. Eight days Rations for Seventeen men have Been drawn for traveling purposes 16th Aug 1832.
The Black Hawk War 1831-1832, Vol I, Illinois Volunteers; compiled and edited by Ellen M. Whitney, Illinois State Historical Library, Vol. XXXV, Springfield, 1970.

1850 Census. Union Twp, Ste. Genevieve Co MO; p.247b, Hh 617. Usel Meeker, age 35, farmer born in Ohio. Alle age 29 born KY and John age 12, born IL. Also in the household was John Hughes age 20, Laborer, born in TN.
[The ages of Usel and Alla seem to be 10 years off in this census.]
Hh 610 was Enos Meeker, also age 35, and born in Ohio. His apparent spouse was Mary Ann, 31, b. NY and in his housheold was David A., 10, b. Illinois, Mary H. 7, John B. 4, and Charles C. age 11 months, all born in Missouri. Could this be a brother to Usel Meeker?

Alla JONES and Usel MEEKER had the following children:



John MEEKER was born in 1838 in Illinois.2

Alla JONES and James WOOD were married on 20 July 1859 in St. Francois County, Missouri. James WOOD was born in 1810 in New York. He died on 20 February 1884 at the age of 74 in Madison County, Missouri.

The 1860 census states James was born in Tennessee; in 1870 it said New York.

James was killed by Valentine Reed who married Martha Smith, who had been raised by James and Ally. The newspaper stated Reed had shot his father-in-law, but Reed wasn't actually Martha's father.