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12. Nancy WOOD was born about 1835 in Madison County, Kentucky.11 She died in 1906 at the age of 71 in Crawford County, Arkansas.

Nancy was living with her parents in 1870
1870 Census. Irontown P.O., Iron Co MO, Hh 15
James Woods, age 70, b. KY. Phoebe, age 66, b. KY [their ages off by 10 years and they seem to have listed all their children - even those married and counted elsewhere.]
Nancy, 35. Wm F. 33. Sarah A., age 30. - born Kentucky.
Children born Missouri: Thomas 27. Hannah F. 25. Valentine 23 [he was on the same page with wife and child]. Laura age 23. Joseph 20. Mary E. age 18.
Born in Arkansas: Martha J. age 15.
Phoebe J. Ausman, age 10, also b. in Arkansas. (surname was Asbill - she's Nancy's daughter by John Asbill)

1880 Census. Salem Twp, Dent Co, MO, Hh 305
William Duty, 59, working Iron Mines, b. NC, parents b. NC
Nancy, wife, age 58 b. KY, parents, b. KY [she was probably about 45]
Pheoby J. Asbell, 19, Stepdaughter, b. AR, parents b. KY

Testimony of Nancy's sister, Martha Jane (Wood) Horton, on 14 Mar 1905 at Sunlight, Washington Co MO.
"I am nearly 49 years old, I am the wife of John A. Horton... This Nancy Duty is my sister. I never knew her first husband John Asbill. My understanding always was that he married my sister years before I was born & deserted her during the War & took up with another woman.
From my earliest recollection of my sister Nancy & I both lived with our parents first in Sharp Co, Ark., then her in Iron Co till her marriage to Wm. W. Duty.
I never heard of John Asbill getting a divorce from my sister and I know she never got one from him. She was never married after John Asbill deserted her till she married Wm. W. Duty.
I was present and saw her married to Wm. W. Duty at our father's house just over the county line from Iron Co. They were married by Rev. Jesse Bird about two months before my marriage and as I showd you by my marriage certificate I was married March 22, 1876. I am not able to give the exact date of her marriage, can not say whether it was during the Christmas Holidays but am positive that it was two months or maybe a little more than that before my marriage that she married Wm. W. Duty.
This testament has been read to me. It is correct.
Signed: Martha J. Horton

Nancy WOOD and John D. "Black John" ASBELL were married about 1852.11 John D. "Black John" ASBELL16, son of Ross ASBELL and Patsy [ASBELL], was born in 1832.33 He served in the military in 1862 at Company D, Arkansas 1st Cavalry Regiment, USA in Civil War. He died in 1876 at the age of 44 in Kerr Station, Little Rock, Arkansas.32

I believe John and first wife Nancy were living in Crawford Co AR, Jasper Twp, in 1860. They were in fact listed twice with nearly identical information. The only differences were the age of one child - Sarah was age 6 in one entry, age 7 in the other. Living with them was Margret Ramey age 21, b. Kentucky with Sanford A. age 4, born in Arkansas - I cannot identify her.

Civil War Service Records for John Asbill. Footnote.com
John was age 29 when he was mustered in as a Sgt. at Springfield, MO, 10 Jul 1862. He had enlisted at Crawford Co AR for three years.
On 31 Dec, 1862, it was noted that he had been absent on duty with Gen. Herrins command, but also absent without leave.
Jan-Feb 1863. Reduced from Sergeant to the ranks, Jan 22 1863. Authorized to recruit.
Mar-Apr 1863. Left wounded at Fayetteville, AR
Hospital Muster Roll, USA Hospital, Fayetteville, AR, Mar-Apr, 1863. Attached to hospital on 27 Apr 1863. Wounded in chest during engagement at Fayetteville, 18 Apr 1863.
May Jun 1863. At Springfield, MO not being able for duty from wounds at battle Fayetteville
Jul-Dec 1863. Present.
Dec 1863 - Apr 30, 1864 Present - on daily duty driving team.
May-Aug 1864 Present.
Sep-Oct 1864 Absent. On detached duty on guard at Mill.
Nov-Dec 1864 Absent. On detached service as engineer at Kearn Mill
Jan-Jun 1865 Present.
Muster-Out Roll for John Asbil, Pvt., Co. D, 1st Reg't AR Cavalry, at Fayetteville, 23 Aug 1864. He was last paid to Feb 28, 1865. Last clothing allowance was Oct 31, 1864 and was owed $71.30. He was due $100 in bounty. Remarks: Was private from enrollment to
3 Jul 1862, then Sergt to Jan 1/63; reduced to the ranks.
Description: 5' 11". Dark complexion. Black hair, black eyes. Born Oliver Co, MO, Farmer.

Returns for service:
Dec 1862. On duty with Gen. Herrons Command since Dec 25 '62.
Jan 1863 Recruiting for Ark. Inf, Jan 22, 1863
July 1863 Absent, wounded, is at Springfield, MO
April 1864 Driving team for the Chief Engineer at Ft. Smith, Ark.
May 1864 Detached driving team at Ft. Smith, AR May 10 '64.
July 1864 Absent since Jul 26 '64 on furlough
Oct & Nov '64 On duty guarding Mill since Sept 1 '64
Dec 1864 On detached duty at Steam Mill as guard since July 1 1864
Names also appears as John Asbell

Letter from Headquarters Post of Fort Smith. May 30th 1864
Special Orders No. 61
Private John Asbell, Company "D" 1st Arkansas Cavalry, detailed as Teamster at this Post
will on receipt hereof rejoin his Regiment now at Fayetteville, Ark. and report to his Commanding officer for duty.

Casualty Sheet
John Asbill, Sgt. Company D, Regiment 1, Cav. of State of Arkansas
Casualty as Fayetteville, Ark.
Wounded severelyApril 18, 1863
From Rept of cas. of the battle of Fayetteville,....Fayetteville, Ark., April 19- 1863. Not Sgt.
Filed with Mr. Ellerbrook
a second Casualty Sheet describes his casualty as "Wounded badly"

Nancy WOOD and John D. "Black John" ASBELL had the following children:

49

i.

Sarah A. ASBELL was born in 1853 in Missouri.16

50

ii.

Thomas F. ASBELL was born in 1856 in Arkansas.16

51

iii.

James R. ASBELL was born in 1858 in Arkansas.16

52

iv.

Phoebe J. ASBELL was born in 1861 in Missouri.

Nancy WOOD and William W. DUTY were married about 1875. William W. DUTY was born (date unknown).