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 Alexander McGlothlin Family


Submitted by Barbara Owens
© 2009

Alexander McGlothlin was born October 15, 1808 in Sumner County, Tennessee, the youngest of Joseph McGlothlin, Sr.'s seven children. Alexander had five brothers and one sister. His brothers were Joseph Jr., John, William, Andrew and James. His sister was Elizabeth, who was called Betsy.

Alexander married Mary Durham in Sumner County, Tennessee, February 22, 1831. Mary was born in Kentucky February 2, 1809 to John and Ann (Senter) Durham.

According to family history, Alexander and Mary left Sumner County in 1833 for Missouri, making the trip over rugged mountain country in wagons They located at Washburn Prairie in southwest Missouri, in what is now Barry County. Among the first settlers to that area, they were there when Barry County was formed in 1835. The McGlothlin farm on Washburn Prairie contained 300 acres.

Alexander soon became involved in civic affairs and at various times during his life served as Judge, Justice of the Peace, County Seal Commissioner, Sheriff, and at one time represented Barry County in the State Legislature.

In December 1857, both Alexander and Mary died from an unknown illness that affected the whole family. He was age 49, she was 48. They were buried on the McGlothlin family farm at Washburn Prairie. Their gravesite is no longer visible, having been destroyed by one of the later property owners.

Alexander and Mary were parents of ten children, seven survived. The seven surviving children were:

1. Amanda Nancy Louisa McGlothlin, born July 24, 1833, Sumner Co. TN. Nancy married William Burks in Barry County, MO August 16, 1855. William Burks was born about 1831 in Illinois. His parents were Samuel and Julia (Ruddick) Burks. Samuel Burks moved most of his family (including William and Nancy) to Bell County, Texas before the Civil War. In 1862, William joined the Confederate army and was assigned to the Texas Cavalry. He was killed at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, November 25, 1863. Nancy and William's four children were Vesta, Mary Jane, Timothy Richard and Julia Francis. Vesta married James Sutton, Mary Jane married Willie Corbett, Timothy Richard married Rhoda Dean and Julia Francis married Alfred E. (Dock) Duke.

Nancy married 2nd Elam M. Sprott September 18, 1867 in Bell County, Texas. Elam was born June 20, 1824 in North Carolina to James and Ann Sprott. Elam M. Sprott died in Bell County, TX December 31, 1898 and was buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bell County, TX. Nancy died in Bell County between the 1900 and the 1910 census. It is believed she is buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bell County, Texas in an unmarked grave. Nancy and Elam Sprott had two children: William A. (died young) and Jonathon Joseph Sprott. Jonathon Joseph Sprott married Mary McKaskill. Elam had several children from his first marriage.

2. Melvina A. McGlothlin, born January 17, 1835, Barry Co. MO. Melvina married Joseph Taylor McGlothlin, who was her first cousin. Taylor was born in Sumner County TN August 20, 1828, a son of William and Nancy (Skeen) McGlothlin. In 1848, Taylor left Sumner County and went to Washburn Prairie, MO to live with his uncle Alexander McGlothlin. He traveled from Sumner County to Barry County with the family of Nathaniel Meador. Melvina and Taylor McGlothlin were married in Barry County January 2, 1851. Taylor was a Confederate Soldier during the Civil War. Melvina died in Barry County September 29, 1893. Taylor died in Barry County November 23, 1915. They are buried at the Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Barry County, Missouri. Melvina and Taylor were parents of twelve children: Annabell, Elzira, William Alexander, Nancy, Joseph Taylor Jr., Sarah Jane, Mary Tennessee, James Henry, Edna Ernydice, Charlie, Pearl, and a son who died in infancy. Annabell married William Mobley, Elzira married Sevier Hickey, William died age 22 (unmarried), Nancy died young, Joseph Taylor Jr. married Catherine Linn, Sarah Jane never married, Mary Tennessee married Henry Noble, James Henry married Mary Elizabeth Walker, Edna Ernydice married Calvin Fountain, Charlie never married, and Pearl married John B. Graham.

3. Jonathon Joseph McGlothlin, born March 24, 1839, Barry County MO. Joe married Louisa Emaline (maiden name unknown) in Barry County February 6, 1862.

Joe was a Confederate Soldier during the Civil War. When the war was over in 1865, he joined his sisters Nancy and Jane in Bell County, TX. Joe and Louisa divorced in 1870. They had no children. He married Mrs. Melissa Catherine Pace in Bell County, TX November 30, 1871. Melissa was born March 3, 1845 in TN. Her parents were Jesse and Mary Ann (Allred) Hodges. Melissa was a widow and had a son, Edward D. Pace, Jr., from her former marriage. Joe and Melissa had six children: Robert Acenith, John Virgil, Beulah Melissa, Jessie Alexander, Jeb Coffee and Carl Tea.

Robert Acenith married Julia Shaw, John Virgil married Dora Bridges, Beulah Melissa married Archie Willingham, Jessie Alexander married Thomas Maborn Roberts, Jeb Coffee married Mrs. Minnie Impson, Carl Tea married Lillian Grigsby and Edward D. Pace Jr. married Julia Stiles.

Jonathon Joseph died in Bell County, TX January 18, 1921. He was fondly called Pa Joe by his grandchildren. Melissa died in Bell County, TX March 30, 1922. They are buried at Salado Cemetery, Bell County, TX.

4. James A. McGlothlin, born January 1842, Barry Co. MO. James married Nancy Glen Moore in Barry County, MO November 4, 1858. Nancy was born September 1837 in TN. James was a Confederate Soldier during the Civil War. In the early 1870's he moved his family from Barry County, Missouri to Bell County, Texas. James and Nancy were parents of six sons: Elijah Moore, John Hardin, Joseph G., Charles Alexander, Albert B. and James B.

Elijah Moore married Matilda T. Lee, John Hardin married Dora Jones, Joseph G. married Mrs. Beatrice Ivy, Charles Alexander married Leola Land and Mrs. Emma Jones, no information for Albert B., and James B. was unmarried. James A. and Nancy divorced between 1880 and 1890. Nancy died July 26, 1914 in Hamilton County, TX. She is buried at Honey Creek Cemetery, Hamilton County.

James A. married Mrs. Francis (Fannie) Edwards August 25, 1890 in Pushmataha County, Indian Territory. Fannie was a daughter of James Nelson and Talitha (Shadwick) Porterfield. Fannie had a daughter, Cora Elizabeth Edwards, from a prior marriage. Cora Edwards married James Denbo. James and Fannie had one child, a son, Willie McGlothlin. Willie married Alma Newsome. James A. died July 18, 1915 in Wood County, TX. Fannie died in Wood County 1918. They are buried at Yantis Cemetery, Wood County, TX.

5. Elizabeth Savira McGlothlin, born March 1844, Barry Co. MO. Elizabeth married Sevier Frost April 18, 1859 in Barry Co. MO. Sevier was born August 31, 1835 in TN, son of Elijah and Amelia (Patterson) Frost.. Sevier and Elizabeth had two children: Sterling Price Frost and William (Willie) Frost. Elizabeth and Sevier divorced and both remarried.

Elizabeth's second husband was Peter Sanders. Peter was a Union soldier during the Civil War. They had a daughter, America Francis Sanders, who married Edward B. Stubbs. Elizabeth and Peter Sanders divorced and both remarried

Elizabeth married Charles Wilson Munn November 9, 1876 in Jasper County, Missouri. Charles Munn was born October 30, 1840 in Indiana to Jesse and Sarah (Young) Munn. He was a Union soldier during the Civil War. Charles was the Mayor of Coffeyville, Kansas in 1882. Elizabeth died October 22, 1907 in Montgomery County, Kansas. She is buried in an unmarked grave at Elmwood Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery County. Charles Munn died April 24, 1928 in Montgomery County, Kansas. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery. Elizabeth and Charles Munn had no children, although they raised her grandson, Leslie E. (Jinks) Frost.

6. Mary Francis (Fannie) McGlothlin, born August 26, 1846, Barry Co. MO. Fannie was orphaned at age eleven when her parents died in 1857. After their death she lived in Barry County with her sister and brother-in-law, Melvina and Joseph Taylor McGlothlin until she married James M. Butts in 1861. James was born December 28, 1842 in Simpson County, Kentucky, to Hazel and Mary (Barker) Butts.

James and Fannie lived in Dallas County MO in 1870, and by 1880 had located to Greene County, MO. James M. Butts died January 13, 1920 in Greene Co. MO. Fannie died May 20, 1928 in Greene Co. MO. They are buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairgrove, Greene Co. MO. Fannie and James were parents of six children: Nancy Columbia, Lulu, Mcie, Sipie, Florence and James M.

Nancy Columbia married John W. Potter, Lulu married married Robert B. Bryan, Mcie married Dr. William H. Cowden, Sipie married William F. Bufford, Florence married William P. Leslie and James M. died young.

7. America Jane McGlothlin, born July 15, 1848, Barry Co. MO. Jane lived in Barry Co. MO with her sister and brother-in-law Nancy and William Burks following the death of her parents in 1857 when she was nine years old. The Burks family moved to Bell County, Texas before the Civil War and Jane went to Texas with them.. They are enumerated on the 1860 Bell County census.

Jane married Hiram David Cave October 14, 1865 in Bell County, TX. David Cave was born September 30, 1845 in Arkansas. He was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. During the 1870's and early 1880's they lived in Bell Co. TX, Runnels Co. TX and Nolan Co TX, then settled in Fisher Co. TX in 1883. Hiram David Cave died January 26, 1896 and is buried at City Cemetery, Sweetwater, Nolan Co. TX. America Jane died August 28, 1936 in Fisher Co. TX. She is buried at City Cemetery, Sweetwater, Nolan Co. TX.

Eleven children were born to Jane and David Cave: Erastus Ceratus, Belle Dora, Dallas, Walter Winifred, Adella, Vida, James Wesley, Thomas, Mark, Emmett and a son who died in infancy.

Erastus married Laura Mardis, Belle Dora married Nelson I. Dulaney and John Goggin, Dallas married Lupe Elissa Hinton, Walter Winifred married Anna Simmons and Lavonia Shanks, Adella married Thomas T. Polk, Vida married William W. Barron, James Wesley married Mary Hefner and Nina Splawn, Thomas married Fannie Schumaker, Mark married Ruby Dennis and Emmett married Callie Moulton.    


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