Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©1998 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Laurel Crook and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

Aug. 4, 1998

Pioneer lady was widowed four times, left 47 grandkids

BRYANT, NEWELL -- Who were the parents of Daniel Bryant born Jan. 2, 1775 in Virginia and died April 29, 1827 at Heralds Prairie, White County? Was his wife, Sibba Newel, also from Virginia? Sibba was born Jan. 13, 1780--where? She died Aug. 27, 1870, also in Heralds Prairie. Her probable parents were Richard Newell and Amanda Cheseborough. Who has proof of this? I would appreciate hearing from anyone who is working on this line. John W. Claypool, 429 Greeley Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Kathleen Greene of Portland, Oregon, sent us four big boxes of materials recently. This included books, family group sheets, assorted magazines and newsletters on the Canfield, Scott and Rogers families. When we were unpacking, it felt a bit as if Santa had paid us a visit.

She suggests some column readers may be interested in joining the Calkins Family Association. The cost is $10 a year. The newsletter is filled with new finds, photos, free member queries, biographies, etc.

The newsletter is dedicated to "Hugh and Ann Calkins who braved the seas in 1638 to the New World." Those wishing to subscribe should make checks payable to Calkins Family Association and send them to Treasurer Joyce Feustel, 2921 Level Ridge Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354.

Greene says Calkins descendants from Joel Sylvester Calkins and his second wife, Nancy Stanley, are still in and around White County, Ill. Joel Sylvester Calkins (born in 1765 at Scipio, Cayuga Co., N.Y. and died in 1846 in White County) was the son of David Calkins and Priscilla Burgess.

Nancy Stanley was born in 1802 and died in 1876. She was the daughter of Stephen and Mary Galloway Stanley. She married Nathan Harris, James Jones, Joel S. Calkins and R.S. Graham Sr.

Nancy was widowed four times. She had two little Harris daughters, one Jones son and at least six Calkins children. She seemed to marry older widowers with children and cared for them all. All five of her Calkins sons served in the Civil War, and three died. According to Greene's genealogy, Nancy had at least 47 full grandchildren.

We regularly receive donations of the Callicott family newsletter and the Cleveland Family Chronicles. We have addresses and rates on those should anyone be interested.

We cannot afford to buy family newsletter subscriptions, so we appreciate those who mail them to us to add to our library.

The Genealogy Library is open on Wednesdays from 11 to 5.

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