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Part Two (A) - Be Fruitful & Multiply - Henry & Abigail James

Henry James, was born 5 Nov 1800 in Ireland; He died 7 Dec 1878 in Bloomingville, Erie County Ohio, at age 78.      view grave marker    Henry's wife, Abigail Davis James, was born July 18, 1813, in Connecticut. She died Jan 20, 1887 at age 73, in Erie County, Ohio.   read obituary         

Henry (1800-1878) and Abigail Davis James (1813-1887), parents of Betsy, Nathan and others.

photo courtesy of Margaret Pontius.

Henry & Abigail's Children

Henry and Abigail were the parents of 4 sons and 9 daughters. Of the 4 sons, Of the 9 daughters James sisters From left:Cindy Stark, Kate Sweet, Franie(Sophronia)Mielke, Mary Hawes, Betsy Cullen

William T James

William T. was born in 1834 in Bloomingville, Erie County Ohio. William was killed at the battle of Corinth, Mississippi on October 4, 1862.   view casualty info. William was age 28 or 29 at the time of his death.

On February 24, 1859, William married Mary Stark. After William's death, Mary remained a widow and did not re-marry. William and Mary had one son, Elmer, born in April, 1860. Census data in 1860 shows the son's name as what appears to be "Simon", but the 1870 census clearly shows the son's name as "Elmer".

More about Mary Stark James, wife of William T James

Read about William's military service in the War of Rebellion.

Mary was the sister of Lewis Stark (Lewis married Sarah Leucinda James, a sister of William). Mary died a widow at age 37 on Nov 22, 1876. The administrator of her estate was George Beatty. Mary's will was probated on Dec 5, 1876. Her obituary says that her son, Elmer, had left home a few weeks before her death and was unable to be located. Shortly after Mary's death Elmer, age 17, was given a guardian, James D Chamberlain, a local official often called on to assist in settling estates. It is speculated Elmer was given a guardian to allow the probate to be completed.

More about Elmer E. James, son of William T and Mary Stark James

In 1877 when Henry James', Elmer's Grandfather's, estate was probated, Elmer was living near Cascase Locks, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. The Skamania County, Washington, 1910 census shows Elmer and family living at Cape Horn, a rural unicorporated area across the river from Cascade Locks, Oregon, about 25 miles east of Portland.

Elmer James married Julia Mae Warren, in Wasco County, Oregon on June 26, 1901.

elmer 1910 census
1910 US Census for Skamania County, showing Elmer, 50, Julia, 25 and their 5 children.

  • Elmer and Julia had 9 children, but many did not live to adulthood.

    Elmer met his tragic death in a 1918 accident in a construction accident during construction of a logging railroad along Tide Creek, just west of St. Helens, Oregon, a small town on the Columbia River about 30 miles downsteam from Portland.

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    Dec. 6, 1918 newspaper notice of the death of Elmer James in a logging railroad construction accident, near the town of St.Helens, in northwest Oregon.

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    1918 obituary notice for Elmer James. Note the reference to the numerous family members buried at Belle Center Cemetery in Washougal, Washington.

    After Elmer's death, his son Ben lived with Julia's parents in Cape Horn, while Elmer's daughters Abigail and Mrytle lived with, and were later adopted by, Julia's sister, Maude Warren Gregg and her husband, Mark.

    Nathan Howells James

    Nathan was born April 23, 1848 in Bloomingville. He married Frances Katherine Perkins March 29, 1870. She was born in Pennsylvania to Richard and Elizabeth (Meyers) Perkins on Sept. 12, 1850. Nathan died in Coupeville on March 29, 1930, age 82. Frances died in Coupeville on May 23, 1927, at age 76.  view Frances' grave marker

    Nathan, Frances and their family moved from Ohio to Lincoln Nebraska around 1890. A few years later, in 1894, they followed their daughter Abbie and her husband Andrew J. Morrill to Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington, across Puget Sound and northwest of Seattle. In 1878 Nathan was the executor of his father Henry's estate.

    Nathan and Frances were parents of 5 children:


    Alma James married John M LeSourd in 1909. The 1910 census shows John age 34, Alma 25.

    Alma and John lived near Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, close to Eby Prairie, now a noted natural area, and Fort Casey, now a Washington State Park.

    Alma and John were parents of:

    Alma died August 19, 1918, in Coupeville, from complications of a fall.

    John remarried a few years after Alma's death. John lived to be 100 years old.   view John LeSourd grave marker

    Read about Nathan's military service in the War of Rebellion.

    More about Nathan and Frances' Children:
    Abbie married Andrew James Morrill in Lincoln, Nebraska, 8-30-1892. They moved to Coupeville. Abbie died in 1932. Andrew was born 1857 in Wisconsin. He died 1924, in Coupeville. Abbie & Andrew were parents of:
    Jesse married William Wilkinson in 1892, also in Lincoln and remained in Nebraska with William, known as "Whitey", her daughter Francis and her son William.

    Jesse died January 16, 1908, in Lincoln.

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                 Gravestone for Jesse Wilkinson, Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Jesse and Whitey were parents of

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                          Coupeville High School - Will Wilkenson, Coupeville, Island County, Washington.

    Richard Harry James, born in Bloomingville, Ohio. Richard was known as Harry and moved with his parents to Coupeville, WA.

    Elva Louisa James, died in 1912 at age 20.

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                          Coupeville High School - Elva James, Coupeville, Island County, Washington.

    top left-Abbie James Morrill 1871-1932

    top right-Jessie James Wilkinson 1873-1908

    lower left-Richard (Harry) James b1876

    lower right-Alma James 1885

    center Francis Perkins James- Nathan Howells James,1848-1930, son of Henry & Abigail James.

    not shown- Elva James

    Betsy Jane James Cullen

    Betsy Jane James was born 1838, in Bloomingville. Betsy died July 28, 1918.   view grave marker  Betsy married Enos Cullen in 1855. Enos and Betsy are parents of:

    For more details about Enos, Betsy and the entire Cullen family, visit Jim Cullen's Cullen Family website.

    Betsy James Cullen obit, clipping courtesy Jim Cullen, Sandusky, Ohio

    Sarah Lucinda James Stark

    Photo of Sarah Lucinda (James) Stark.

    Lucinda James married Lewis Stark on June 11, 1859. Lewis was a brother of Mary Stark James (Mary married William T James). She was called Sarah, short for Sarah Lucinda. Sarah and Lewis lived in Bloomingville. Erie County, close by Henry & Abigail and also near the home of Nathan James, Sarah's brother. Sarah died Feb 24, 1917 and is buried at Sand Hill Cemetery, Erie County, Ohio. She was 76, almost 77 years old.   view grave marker

    Lewis STARK was born Dec 24, 1836; He died April 30, 1920, at age 83. Lewis is buried in Sand Hill Cemetery in Erie County Ohio.   view grave marker   Lewis's (and Mary's) father was Aaron Stark. Their mother was Polly Hunt, both parents were born in New York.

    Read about Lewis' military service in the War of Rebellion.

    Lewis and Leucinda were parents of 11 or 12 children.

    Caroline James Sweet

    Photo of Caroline (James) Sweet.

    Caroline married Oscar Sweet. Later in their life they lived in Deerfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan; The 1860 census for Oxford township, Erie County, Ohio, lists Oscar Sweet and Caroline Sweet living at the same residence as Henry & Abigail James, along with Angeline, then 17, Harry (Nathan) age 12, Sophia, 7 and Mary, 6. Oscar is listed as 23, Caroline 18, married in March, 1860. (see census image, below). Oscar's given name was Lucian Oscar Sweet, but he went by Oscar L Sweet, except for his civil war pension and related military records.

    Caroline was also known as "Kate".

    Caroline died October 17, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, Michigan. She was 78; She is buried at Two Rivers Cemetery.

    Oscar died March 30, 1908 at age 72, in Deerfield Township, Isabella county, Michigan, and is also buried at Two Rivers Cemetery.

    Read about Oscar's military service in the War of Rebellion.

    1860 Kate and Oscar

    1860 US Census showing Oscar age 23, Caroline age 18; Living at the home of Henry and Abigail James, in Bloomingville, Erie County, Ohio. Note Caroline's sisters and brothers who are also listed.

    1870 Kate and Oscar

    1870 US Census showing Oscar age 33, Caroline age 28; Living in Portage County, Ohio. Oscar is listed as a painter.

    1880 Kate and Oscar

    1880 US Census showing Oscar age 44, Caroline age 38; Living in Kent, Portage County, Ohio. Oscar is listed working at a mill.

    1900 Kate

    1900 US Census showing Caroline at age 57 living with Cordelia Weatherwax, Caroline's niece, daughter of Mary James and Major Hawes. Oscar is not shown.

    It is difficult to ascertain whether Caroline is married, divorced or widowed, based on the scribble shown in the column denoting marital status (fourth column in from the right edge).

    This census also shows that Caroline had one child but at this time that child is not living (the last two columns on the right). For example, Cordelia is shown as having given birth to two children, Ruby and Eva, and both are living at the time of this census. In the next census Caroline is shown with as having never had children.

    1910 Kate

    1910 US Census for Isabella county, Michigan, showing Caroline age 67, head of household. We know Oscar died in March of 1908. This shows she had no children.

    Top half of Caroline's death certificate showing her as a widow, and her birthdate was listed as 1841 rather than 1842.

    Bottom half of Caroline's death certificate, showing her father as Harry James, born in Ireland. The death was reported by Ina Schlafley, another daughter of Mary James and Major Hawes. Caroline is buried in Isabella County, Michigan.

    Death certificate for Oscar L Sweet, March 30, 1908. This shows Oscar was married, but lacks most other information. One can estimate his birth year as 1836 or possibly 1837.

    Oscar's civil war pension record, showing he applied for pension as an invalid in 1895, from Indian Territory. There is also an entry showing Caroline applying for widow pension in June, 1908, a few months after his death.


    Gravestone of Lucin O Sweet, Two Rivers Cemetery, Deerfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan. About five miles west of Mt.Pleasant, Michigan.


    Gravestone of Caroline M (James) Sweet, wife of Oscar Sweet, Two Rivers Cemetery, Deerfield Township, Isabella County, Michigan.

    Angeline James

    Very little information has been discovered about Angeline.


    1850 Census shows Angeline age 5.


    1860 Census shows Angeline age 17.

    Sophronia James Mielke

    Photo of Sophronia (James) Mielke.

    Sophronia James married August Mielke on July 16, 1876, in Erie Co. Ohio. 1880 census records show Sophronia and August living in the house of her mother, Abigail. This would have been after the death of her father, Henry James, in 1878. Sophronia died in 1904.   view grave marker

    Sophronia's husband, August Mielke, died in 1937.   view grave marker

    Sophronia and August were parents of:

    • Anna Mielke, b 1872-3, Bloomingville
    • Henry Mielke, b 1877-78
    • Grace Mielke, died Dec 14, 1960. Married William Gantz
    • Abigail Mielke
    • Bessie Mielke
    • Catherine Mielke, died April 12, 1934. Married Frank Wiley
    • Charles Nathan Mielke, b 1885. d 1929.

    Click here for a summary about the family of August and Sophronia Mielke

    Mary James Hawes Skuse

    Photo of Mary (James) Hawes Skuse.

    Mary James was born in Bloomingville July 22, 1855. She married Major D Hawes in 1875. Major Hawes was born May 5, 1849, in New York. After the death of Major Hawes, Mary married Charles Skuse. She was the mother of 14 children by two husbands. Mary died May 31, 1911 and is buried at Two Rivers Cemetery, Deerfield, Isabella County, Michigan. view grave marker

    Major Hawes was born in New York to Daniel Hawes and Harriet Purdy. The 1850 Census showed the family in New London township, Huron County, Ohio. Daniel 28, Harriett 22 and Major Daniel Hawes l month old. Major's siblings were Charles Wallace Hawes, b ~1850-1851, Return P Hawes, b ~1856, Daniel F Hawes, B ~1857 and Jay V Hawes, born 1862.

    Major Hawes died Dec 23, 1891 in Jefferson Twp. of Brights disease, age 42y 9mo l8days. Jefferson Township, Hillsdale County is in the South-East corner of Michigan, close to the Ohio border. Hillsdale County Records for 1894 list Mary L. Hawes, widow of Major, age 39, born in Ohio. She had resided in Michigan for 9 to 20 years.

    Mary was also listed on 1894 county records as married to Charles Skuse, age 37, born in Michigan, who was a farmer. Listed with them were 7 children, ages 2-15 years. Ruth, age 2, is the child of Mary and Major, born 18 days before the 1891 death of her father, Major Hawes. There were two children of Mary and Charles Skuse, Sarah and Charles Jr.

    Mary was the mother of 9 living children at this time of Majors death, so two children were not living in the household. The reports also show one girl living with them, Iva, age 14, listed as the hired girl. Mary remarried, to Charley, as she lost her husband in 1891 when she was 36 and had 9 children to raise.

    Mary and Major Hawes are parents of:

    • Cordellia E Hawes, b May 19,1876, in Ohio; d Oct 4, 1921, in Ransom Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan.
      • Married William Albert Weatherwax, age 22, Dec 4, 1892 (Cordellia was 16), in Ransom Township. They lived in Pittsford, Michigan
        • William b Nov 12, 1868, Glenville, Schenectady, New York. Parents were Wm Walter Weatherwax and Mary Durand.
        • William d Aug 16, 1947, Hillsdale County, Michigan, age 78y 9m 4d
    • Angie Hawes, b ~1879, Ohio. Married Nelson Green. Lived in Milan, Michigan.
    • Inez Hawes, born May 5, 1880. Known as "Ina", Married Mr. Ward. Later married Mr. Schlafley.
    • Verna Ethel Hawes, born 1884. Married Dewain Sheldon. Later married Jack Price.
      • Dewain Sheldon was born Oct 16, 1877, in St. John's, Michigan. Dewain died July 28, 1917, in Mt Pleasant, MI.
      • Children of Verna and Dewain Sheldon
        • Charles E Sheldon, born June 18, 1902. Charles died in 1960 at age 57.
        • Mary Sheldon, born in 1906. Married Mr. Crouser.
        • Helen Sheldon, born in 1916. Married Mr. Glass.
      • Verna died in 1962, in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She is buried in Two Rivers Cemetery.
    • Norah Hawes, born March 1885. Married Ray Gier, lived in Ransom Township.
    • Harry Hawes, born July, 1886 in Michigan. Married Edith Baker. Lived in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
    • Enos Hawes, born Dec 1888, Michigan. Married Lois Ballard. Lived in Mount Pleasant.
    • Ernest H Hawes, born April 1889, Michigan. Married Bernice Anderson (nee Litzenberg). Lived in Mount Pleasant.
    • Ruth Hawes, b Dec 5, 1891, married George Mead. Later married James Marsh.

    Mary and Charles Skuse are parents of:

    • Charles Skuse, Jr., born Dec 27, 1897;
      • Charles died March 9, 1918, at age 22, of complications from a throat infection.
      • He had been living at the time in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
      • Charles Jr. is buried in Two Rivers Cemetery.
    • Sarah Skuse, born Aug 18, 1898.
      • Sarah married Henry Oppliger on October 29, 1917, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
        • Witnesses to the marriage were Sarah's sisters, Mrs Ruth Mead and Mrs Ina Ward
      • Sarah Skuse Oppliger died in 1985 in Isabella County, Michigan.

    Children of Cordilia and William Weatherwax:

    • Ruby Weatherwax, b 1894. married Mr Webster.
    • Eva Weatherwax.
    • Walter Weatherwax, b Aug 26, 1903, Hillsdale Co. MI. d Oct 1969, San Diego, Ca.
      • He never got along with his father and left home at l8 and joined the Navy, probably soon after the death of this mother.
      • married and had l son, Fred.
      • 546-28-2897. San Diego, CA 82105.
      • Services at Greenwood Mortuary October 13, 1969, San Diego, Ca. Buried in Greenwood Memorial Park
    • Agnes Wilma Weatherwax, born & died 1915.
      • Buried beside her parents in Burt Evergreen cemetery, Ransom Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan

    Excerpts of Obituary notices for Cordellia and William Weatherwax:

    • Cordellia Hawes died suddenly after doing housework. She had been baking cookies and talking on the phone to her daughter, feeling fine, went outside and collapsed in the yard. Hillsdale Daily news page 4: Survived by 3 children Mrs Clarence Webster, Mrs Leo Bavin and Walter at home. Cordellia left 5 sisters, Mrs. George Mead, Mrs. Henry Ophlisher, Mrs. Inez Schlefley of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Nelson Green of Milan and Mrs. Ray Gier of Ransom. 3 brothers Enos, Ernest and Harry Hawes of Mt Pleasant.

    • His first wife, Cordellia, having died on October 3, 1921, William remarried Mary Mae Lamont Cummins, 49, on Aug 9, 1924. William was 54. Lewis Lamont and Elizabeth Smith Lamont, her parents, signed the register.

    • Williams survivors included daughters Ruby Webster and Mrs. Leo Bavin, one son, Walter, of San Fransisco. Three step daughters, Mrs. Ida Love of Hillsdale, Mrs. Bertha McNutten of Reading and Mrs. Marie Knapp of Jackson. Two step sons, Frank Cummins and Fred Cummins, both of Hillsdale. Three sisters, Mrs. B.B. Palmer of Bankers, Mrs. Florence Harter of Jackson and Mrs. Nellie Raymond of Kalamazoo. He was a kind father and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

    • He was a substitute mailman, farmer and all around good neighbor, never hesitating when someone needed help. He was a board of education member for the Pittsford School System. He had signed his daughter Ruby's high school diploma. He raised Arabian horses and was one of the first people in the area to purchase a ford car.

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