Tuesday, October 27, 2015

52 ANCESTORS, 52 THEMES, No.42: Priscilla POOL(E), 1815-1857

This year's challenge by Amy Crow is another weekly blog based on Themes. Last week's theme was "Colourful" - but I decided to do an early Canadian settler, Arthur Gifford CAMPION.  This week, the theme is "Proud", and again, I'm not certain there is a particular person that comes to mind.  Many of our ancestors struggled to succeed, and I admire them very much.  I will write about another early settler, Priscilla POOLE, in my ex-husband's family line, his 2nd great-grandmother.

Priscilla POOLE was born 30 Nov 1815 in Green county, Kentucky, daughter of William POOLE and Nancy BOWLS.  Apparently her parents married 29 Apr 1798 in Bardstown, Nelson county, Kentucky, as per marriage register.  Click on the video link for Bardstown under "History Tourism".

Clearly the family moved at some point, ending up in southern Illinois, in White county. Priscilla married Thomas Milligan VINEYARD on 16 Aug 1830 in White County.  My math is pretty good, and I calculate Priscilla was 14 years and 9 mos. old... and Thomas, who was born 12 Apr 1811 in Tennessee, was 19 years old, plus a few months.  Wow - so young!  Thomas by the way, was the youngest of 7 children, all born in Tennessee, although the records indicate his parents were born in Virginia. His family moved and settled in Illinois.  West: these families moved almost directly west.

Priscilla POOLE & Thomas M. VINEYARD had the following 10 children, b. in White county, Illinois, not all researched re spouses/families:
    1.  Rebecca Leannah, b. 1832, d. 1903; m. John Hill approx 1849; 10 children
    2.  Phillip Wesley [direct ancestor], b. abt 1834, d. 6 Feb 1874; m. 13 Dec 1855 to Margaret C. WALTERS; 10 children; in 1878, Margaret m. 2nd time to Francis Marion Berry, and had 3 more children.
    3.  Margaret Priscilla, b. 20 Jan 1836, d. 29 Jan 1910; m. abt 1856 to Lewis Jackson Oliver; 8 children
    4.  "Alex" William Alexander, b. 18 Jan 1838, d. 1912; m. 14 Nov 1861 to Patsy C. Garrison; 3 boys
    5.  Mary Jane, b. 10 Feb 1841, d. 5 Aug 1913
    6.  Sarah Ann, b. 19 Nov 1842, d. 14 Sep 1927 (Houston TX)
    7.  Martha Ellen, b. 10 Mar 1845, d. 3 Oct 1931 (Muskogee OK)
    8.  Amanda, b. abt 1847, d. bef 1860
    9.  John F., b. 3 Dec 1849, d. 5 Sep 1894
  10.  Jesse E., b. 23 Mar 1857, d. 26 Aug 1901 (Mayberry IL); m. abt 1879 to Florence Stafford; 6 children

Notice the large gap between #9 and #10 boys where at least one, perhaps two, children might have been born. I have a list of places to look, people to look for, on my research sheet on the Vineyard-Poole families.

Priscilla died 5 months after Jesse's birth, on 10 Sep 1857, aged 41 years.  She is buried by her husband, in Union Cemetery, Norris City, White County, Illinois.

Four months after Priscilla's death, on 30 Jan 1858, newly-widowed Thomas married Samantha J. Garrett, and had 4 more children with her. Samantha died 21 Oct 1867, 7 months after her 4th child. And three months after Samantha died, twice-widowed Thomas married for a third time, to widow, Martha J. Thompson, on 19 Jan 1868 in Gallatin County IL. Four years later, Thomas suddenly died 16 Jun 1872, aged 61 years, apparently while visiting his physician.

Priscilla. Married at 14. Had 10 children with her young farmer husband. Died aged 41.

If you know anything about Priscilla POOLE and her family, particularly her Poole family members, I would be so pleased for more details. Contact me at my address at the bottom of the page, or in the Comments section.

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Unknown said...

Love reading these....such a different world. Thanks Celia!

Unknown said...

Fascinating reading, Celia... and as I read, and calculate dates, I try imagining the lives of these people, especially someone like Priscilla who must have spent so many of her years being pregnant, raising children, doing body-breaking labour, having miscarriages/stillbirths...no wonder she died at 41. She probably felt and looked old, and died of exhaustion. All those people with 10, 13, 17 kids!! I'm sure glad of how society's expectations, and medical progress have developed in this area, if not in others! Thanks, again... Carol


Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis