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Descendants of Eli Northam

Contributed by Jan J. Barnes

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Updated 2012

Eli NORTHAM was born about 1790/1791 in NC.  He married Mary MCDOWELL prior to 1813. Mary's maiden name was determined from daughter Rachel Stalcup's tombstone where she is listed as the daughter of Eli and Mary McDowell NORTHAM. Mary was born about 1793 in NC.  She was possibly the sister of John McDowell who migrated to Simpson County, KY from NC at approximately the same time as Eli and Mary.  John McDowell was about 4 years older than Mary, and his land adjoined the Northams.  Later, his son Henry McDowell would serve as administrator for the estate of Charlotte Northam Boles Williams, dau of Eli and Mary.

Eli is listed on the Muster Rolls for Richmond County, NC, the Fourth Regiment, Tenth Company detached from the Richmond Regiment. He is listed in his father's, will (George NORTHAM) in Richmond County, NC, Will Bk. 1, page 214. This will was written on April 7, 1818 and proved in April, 1820. Children of George NORTHAM and wife Sarah UNKNOWN: Thomas, Eli, Hester Lawson?, George, William, Salley, John, Rachel, and Powell.   (Descendants of George Northam, Sr.)    (Descendants of Powell Northam.)

In the will, it states that John was under 21 years of age when the will was written in 1818. We assume that the children are listed in birth order. Eli's brother, George, remained in Richmond Co., NC, John M. NORTHAM moved to Fayette Co., AL, and William NORTHAM is found on the 1820 census record for Simpson Co., KY.  He and his wife Telitha filed a lawsuit there in 1827.  Powell NORTHAM was listed in tax records for Simpson Co, KY in 1827 and 1828 and his name appears in court records as a juror.

Eli NORTHAM first appears on the Simpson County, KY census in 1820.  His brother William is listed there as well, and according to these records is indeed younger than Eli.  In 1820, Eli and wife Mary are between the ages of 26-45. The census shows three daughters under the age of 10.  William NORTHAM is listed as between the ages of 18-26.  Eli is found on the 1830 Sumner County, TN. census.  In 1840 and 1850 he is listed in Simpson Co., KY.  He owned land in both Simpson Co., KY and Sumner Co., TN.  There is no known gravesite for Eli but his wife Mary, as administratrix, sold the last of his land in Sumner Co., TN on 3 Nov, 1856. He began selling most of his land in 1853, and the assumption would be that he possibly became sick at this time. Three of his daughters married in 1853, 1854, and 1855.  

Children of Eli NORTHAM and Mary MCDOWELL:

  1. Harriet NORTHAM, born 1813; died 27 Sept 1877 in Warrick Co., IN. buried in Selvin Cemetery.
    Harriet's tombstone lists her age as 64 yrs., 8 months, and 12 days, making her birthday January 15.
  2. Nancy NORTHAM born about 1816; died after 1880.
  3. Charlotte NORTHAM born 23 Oct 1817 in KY, d 18 Aug 1887.
  4. Elizabeth NORTHAM born 22 Sept, 1821 in Simpson Co., KY, d 20 Mar 1902 in Sumner Co., TN.
  5. Rachel NORTHAM born 14 Sept. 1825 in Simpson Co., KY, d 6 June 1899
  6. George M. NORTHAM born 20 Apr 1827 in Sumner Co., TN., died 30 August 1883 in Warrick Co., IN.
  7. Phebe Jane NORTHAM born 23 April 1833 in Simpson Co., KY d 16 Jan. 1907 in Sumner County, TN.

Harriet NORTHAM married Charles Westly WILLIAMS on 30 Nov. 1830 in Sumner Co., TN.  On the 1840 census, Chas. W. WILLIAMS, Sumner County, is listed as between 20-30. There are two females listed as five and under and 2 females listed as 5-10. Harriet was recorded as being between the age of 15 and under 20 in 1840. On the 1850 census, Sumner County, she is listed as 33 years of age. Westly WILLIAMS was 40 years of age.  Charles sold his land in 1856 and through the diligence of  researcher Edith Northam he appears next in Warrick Co., IN.  Known children of Charles W. Williams and Harriet Northam:

  1. Elizabeth WILLIAMS born abt. 1834/1835 in TN.
  2. Mary WILLIAMS born abt 1835/1836 in TN.
  3. Charlotte WILLIAMS born abt. 1838 in TN.
  4. Malvina WILLIAMS born abt. 1840/1841 in TN.
  5. John WILLIAMS born abt 1843 in TN., died 16 Oct 1861, age 18 yrs. 6 mos. 17 days in
    Warrick Co., In.  He is buried in Selvin Cemetery next to his mother and father.
  6. Eli WILLIAMS born abt 1845 in TN.
  7. George WILLIAMS born abt. 1850 in TN.
  8. Rebecca WILLIAMS, born abt. 1853/1854 in IN.

The Warrick County Cemetery Book contains the following tombstone information for Charles, buried next to Harriet and John: 
Charles W. Williams, born 20 May 1809; died 23 Dec 1841.
 The birth year certainly fits Charles' various ages in the census records, but the death date is incorrect.  The 1880 census shows Charles living in Warrick with wife Charlotte and brother in law George M. NORTHAM. Warrick County marriage records show that Charles W. Williams and Charlotte (NORTHAM) BOLES were married on December 6, 1877.
Buried next to Charles are the following:
Eldora WILLIAMS died June 16, 1876 d/o GR & NJ  1 yr., 4 mths., 25 days
Infant WILLIAMS died June 6 1879 d/o GR & NJ  1 mth, 11 days

These are possibly the daughters of George WILLIAMS and his wife.

Nancy NORTHAM was born in about 1816.  She married William J. Pearson before 1846 probably in Simpson County, KY.  They are listed on the 1850 Sumner County, TN census.  In 1853, Wm. Pearson purchased 74 acres from Henry McDowell (son of John McDowell).  This land bordered Eli Northam's land  in Sumner County.  The deed was witnessed by George Northam (Nancy's brother) and Richard Pearson.  In 1854, William purchased from William T. Morris 50 acres in Sumner County and in 1856 he purchased an additional 24 1/2 acres from Hiram Bradley in Sumner County.  The 1860 Sumner Co., TN census shows William, age 41 born in VA and Nancy 41, born in KY.  In 1864 William sold 150 acres in Sumner County (recorded in 1867) to Mordecai Cummings.  The deed was recorded in both Sumner and Simpson Counties, and he moved his son and wife to Warrick Co., IN, close to Nancy's sister Harriet Williams.  Their daughter, Mary Frances, married Madison N. Perkins and remained in Simpson Co.  In 1870, Wm. J. Pearson is found in the Warrick Co., IN census a few households away from Harriett and Charles Williams.  Their son James M. Pearson is 18 and residing with them.  William lists his birthplace as VA, age 54 and Nancy lists hers as TN, age 54.  Her parents birthplaces are shown as North Carolina.  The 1880 Warrick census shows Wm. J. Pearson, age 62 and Nancy, 63.

Children of Nancy NORTHAM and William J. PEARSON:

  1. Mary Frances PEARSON (22 October 1846 - 15 October 1917) married Madison Nix Perkins (30 June 1844 - 30 January 1930, son of William J. Perkins and Martha A. Holland) before 1866.   In 1870 they are listed on the Simpson County census record as having two children, Harbard, age 3 and Wilda, age 13.  In 1880 their children are listed as Charley A., age 13 and Wilda, age 11.  Daughter Wilda Blanch Pearson married W. Z. Bell in Simpson Co., KY on April 3, 1900.  Wilda (26 August 1868 - 17 April 1957) and W. Z. Bell (10 March 1864 - 12 February 1951) are buried in the Pilot Knob Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Simpson County, KY beside Mary Frances and Madison.  At age 70, Madison "Mattie" Perkins married second to Hattie F. Turner (daughter of  Pheneas D. McFadin and Ann V. Dawson) on 16th November 1920 in Simpson County, KY.
  2. James M. PEARSON born abt. 1852 in Sumner County, TN.   In 1880 he is living a few households from his parents and is listed as "Joseph" Pearson, age 28 with wife Mirah. 

Charlotte NORTHAM married Zachariah BOLES (Bowles, Boyles) on 9 Sept 1856 in Sumner County, TN. There are no known children.  He was married first to Minerva Harper.  On the 1860 census, she was 40 years of age.  Charlotte is found in the County Clerk Minutes, December Term, 1867, petitioning for dower.  She married Joseph MASSEY in Simpson County, Ky. on 16 January 1870, divorced 28 April 1871. She married Charles W. WILLIAMS in Warrick County, In. on 6 December 1877, soon after her sister, Harriett's death.  Charlotte came back to Sumner County shortly before her death and stayed with sisters Elizabeth Northam Johnson and Phebe Jane Northam Johnson during an illness.  The inventory record for Charlotte Williams, 1887, Sumner County, TN. has  Henry MCDOWELL, husband of Georgia Ann JOHNSON, as administrator of Charlotte’s estate. These records show that  B.F. and Elizabeth NORTHAM JOHNSON, P.J. NORTHAM JOHNSON, D.B. JOHNSON (Davis, son of Phebe Jane and Benjamin Johnson)  and M. N. Perkins (see Nancy NORTHAM) collected on debts and purchased personal property from the estate sale.  Charlotte was buried in the Massey Cemetery, Simpson Co., KY, next to two nieces, Elizabeth and Barbara E. STALCUP, daughters of Swen and Rachel NORTHAM STALCUP.  Click here to see the Estate Settlement of Charlotte Williams.  

Elizabeth NORTHAM married B. Franklin JOHNSON (son of Benjamin JOHNSON and Rebecca TURNER) on 23 Mar 1854. Franklin was born  4 Apr 1829, died 12 Oct 1899. Both are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Sumner Co., TN.  Known children of B. Franklin JOHNSON and Elizabeth NORTHAM are:

  1. John D. JOHNSON (b 4 March, 1855, d 29 January 1928) married Mary F. CANNADAY (b 7 May, 1857, d 11 March 1922) on 27 Jan 1884 in Sumner Co., Tn.  They are both buried in the Ebenezer Cemetery.
  2. Georgia Ann JOHNSON (b 26 Dec. 1856, d 18 Aug 1913) married in Sumner Co., TN,  Henry MCDOWELL son of John MCDOWELL and Hannah MCALLISTER, on 2 Feb. 1879. Henry MCDOWELL was the nephew of Georgia's grandmother, Mary MCDOWELL NORTHAM. Henry was married first to Margaret Hinton.  The marriage ended in divorce.  (Henry McDowell vs. Margaret McDowell).  Georgia married 2nd to William B. BARNARD in Sumner County, on 19 April 1908. Georgia is buried next to 1st husband, Henry (1 Sep 1825 - 6 Jul 1904) in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
  3. Eli A. JOHNSON, b 1 Mar 1859, d 14 Apr 1860. Buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Sumner Co., TN.

Rachel NORTHAM married Swen STALCUP b 10 Nov, 1814, d 25 Jan 1905, s/o Swen STALCUP and Barbara MILLER, before 1843. They both are buried in the McKendree Cemetery in Simpson Co., KY. Children of Rachel and Swen STALCUP:

  1. Reubin STALCUP  b 6 Nov 1844, d 8 Apr 1924 buried in McKendree Cemetery, Simpson Co., KY
  2. George W. STALCUP abt 1845
  3. Elizabeth STALCUP  b 29 May 1847, d 29 June 1871 buried in the Massey Cemetery, Simpson Co., KY
  4. Louisa STALCUP abt 1849
  5. Mary Ann STALCUP  b 21 Aug 1853, d 7 Dec 1924 buried in McKendree Cemetery  (Simpson Co., KY Birth, Death, and Marriage Records, Microfilm # V158-29 shows Mary Ann’s birthdate as August 1, 1853.)
  6. Barbara E. STALCUP  b 11 Mar 1856, d 18 Mar 1859 buried in the Massey Cemetery, Simpson Co., KY.
  7. Swain STALCUP  b 1859, d 1945. Buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Simpson Co., KY. Year of death is not inscribed on marker.  Swain was married first to Janie Butt on 15 May 1884 in Simpson County, Ky. Janie was  b 4 Nov 1864, d 29 Dec 1915. Jane STALCUP is buried in the McKendree Cemetery in Simpson Co., KY.  He married Virgie (possibly Turner) after 1920.  Swain had no children.
  8. Dempsey STALCUP  b 27 Apr 1864 d 29 Apr 1920, buried in McKendree Cemetery, Simpson Co, KY.

George M. NORTHAM was born on 20 Apr 1827 in Sumner Co., TN. In 1850, he was listed as 22 years old and living with his father, Eli, Simpson Co., KY census records.  In 1851 he is listed on the Simpson Co. Tax Lists as owning 63 acres of land.  These records also show him there in 1852 - 1854.  In 1860 he is found living with his sister Charlotte NORTHAM BOLES, and was listed as 27 years old and "insane" was written beside his name.   George has not been found on census records for 1870, but it is presumed that he was with his sister Charlotte.  He appears with Charles W. Williams and Charlotte on the 1880 Warrick Co., IN census and was listed as 52 years old, working as a farm laborer.  He is buried in Selvin Cemetery in Warrick Co., IN next to Harriet and Charles.  His tombstone inscription shows his death date as 30 Aug 1883.  No marriages were found for George.

Phebe Jane NORTHAM married Benjamin J. JOHNSON (b 1791, d 20 May 1868, son of Richard JOHNSON and Lucy HUNTER), on 7 Oct 1855 in Sumner County TN.  Phebe was 22 and Benjamin was about 64.  Phebe was his third wife. They are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Sumner Co., TN. View a picture of Phebe Northam Johnson  and  a picture of Benjamin J. Johnson.  

Children of Phebe NORTHAM and Benjamin JOHNSON:

  1. Mary E. L. "Minnie" JOHNSON b. August 2, 1856 Sumner Co. TN, died January 12, 1878 Sumner Co. TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cemetery.
  2. M. Elizabeth JOHNSON b. 26 June 1859, d. 10 May 1895. Buried at Old Brush Cemetery.  Married 23 Dec 1880 to James "Jim" BROOKS.  Children of M. Elizabeth JOHNSON and Jim BROOKS:  Bertha B. Brooks b Mar 1882 and Daisy Brooks b June 1884.
  3. Davis B. JOHNSON b. November 29, 1861 Sumner Co., TN, died October 8, 1944 Sumner Co., TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cemetery, married Merica D. SHORT ( b 6 Oct, 1865, d 10 Feb 1960) on 20 Sept 1883 in Sumner Co., TN.  Child of Davis JOHNSON and Merica SHORT: Martin Luther JOHNSON b 13 Oct 1884, d 1 Apr 1979. He married Lela SMART (b 15 Mar 1892, d 15 Apr 1989) on 10 Nov 1910.
  4. Cornelius S. JOHNSON b. March 3, 1865 Sumner Co. TN, died July 17, 1897 Sumner Co. TN.  He married Emeline Frances SHORT (daughter of Isaac Martin SHORT and Jenetty "Nettie" WHITE) born October 29, 1863, died July 4, 1928 Sumner Co., TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cemetery. Children of Cornelius JOHNSON and Frances SHORT: Belle JOHNSON b. 1887, d. 1938. Married Bob HUDSON b. 1881, d. 1959. Bennie I. JOHNSON b. November 30 1888 Sumner Co. TN, died February 19, 1906, Richard Johnson, Louvie JOHNSON married Joe WHITAKER. Cornelius JOHNSON b. July 16, 1897, d. 22 June 1981 in Sumner Co., TN.  Married 4 July 1914 Sumner Co., TN to  Della RAY b. 10 Feb 1898, d. 13 Jul 1973, buried Maple Hill Cemetery.
  5. Lucy "Lou" JOHNSON b. February 19, 1868 Sumner Co., TN, died May 16, 1903 Sumner Co., TN. Buried at Maple Hill Cemetery. Married 16 Jan 1888 to Harvey H. SMITH . They had one child, Annie, b Sept. 1888.  Photo of Lou Smith and Family.    Photo of Annie Smith.



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