My West Virginia Pioneer Families
James Greathouse b. abt 1815 - death date unknown
James Greathouse apparently died before his father's estate was settled in 1868. James married Nancy Ashley 11 Jul 1837 in Kanawha County, VA.
Heirs of James Greathouse are identified as Lori Nichols, Nancy Kelly, Evaline Greathouse and Jane Lanham. James also had a son Wyley, who died September 1864 in the Civil War..
Although the exact date of death is not known for James, who married Nancy Ashley, it is believed he died at age 45 and left behind his wife and children. It has been said that he died in Missouri but there is no documentation.
The following are believed to be his widow and children:
Census: 1 Jun 1850 District 70, Wirt County, Virginia
Nancy Greathouse household, District 70
1) Nancy Greathouse, age 33, female, born in Virginia
2) Wiley Greathouse, age 12, male, born in Virginia
3) Lorie Greathouse, age 11, male [female?], born in Virginia
4) Nancy Greathouse, age 9, female, born in Virginia
5) Sarah Greathouse, age 7, female, born in Virginia
6) Eveline Greathouse, age 5, female, born in Virginia
One of the heirs of James Greathouse listed w as Lori Nichols, wife of Joseph Nichols, who is believed to be Laura Caroline Greathouse McIntyre Nicholson. The following information is from a descendant. Laura Caroline Greathouse was born in Mason County VA. She married George McIntyre, a wagon maker , in Calhoun County, IL 29 June 1859. He died in 1861 and she returned to Roane County, VA pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter Nancy who died between ages 7 and 9 years and was buried in Mason County WV. On 12 July 1864, Laura married her second husband, Joseph Nicholson, in Meigs County, Ohio. Joseph was from England. He was Civil War soldier who lost his leg at Vicksburg.
One of the heirs is listed as Jane Lanham. A descendant of Sarah Greathouse Lanham reported in 1936 to the clerk of Harrison County, WV: Thomas Lanham born Dec 29, 1815 Wirt Co WV and died May 24, 1893 Sarah Jane Greathouse born April 12, 1844 Roane County WV and died Nov 1, 1894 daughter of Jim Greathouse.
It is believed the Nancy Kelly referenced in the estate settlement is the Nancy Kelly in the 1880 census in West Columbia, Mason, WV
Fred Kelly 35, Nancy Kelly 32, Erma Kelly 15, Joseph Kelly 12, Caroline Kelly 9, James Kelly 7, Minerva Kelly 5, Lucy Kelly 2