This is the first installment of reports on some of my ancestors as I find new information about them.I have been researching Jesse H Stansell today. He is my fourth great-grandfather: my grandfather, CH Thompson–>my Great-Grandmother, Venna Stansell Thompson–>my 2nd Great-Grandfather, William Oliver Stansell–>and my 3rd Great-Grandfather, John Robert Stansell–>my 4th Great-Grandfather, Jesse H Stansell. From the recent finds, I have transformed my 4th Great-Grandfather from a name on an 1860 census record to a person with a history whose memory I can honor. I now know that he was a fairly wealthy man for his time from the real estate and personal estate values of the census records. His real estate values had decreased significantly between 1860 and 1870, but perhaps he gave some of his land to his older children. He was a husband and father who served his country during the Civil War in a successful military career, first rising to Seargeant in Company D and then transferring for a promotion to 1st Lieutenant in Company C of the Arkansas Infantry. Other information had indicated that Jesse and Martha moved to Oregan after 1880, but now I know that they had moved to Oregon before the 1880 census, as they are found on the 1880 census in Oregon.
Jesse H Stansell (737)
Jesse H Stansell (737) was born on 4 May 1823 at Cassandra, Georgia.
Jesse H Stansell (737) married Martha Jane Guthrey (1446), daughter of William Guthrey (1452) and Mary Warren Musgrove (1453), on 14 Feb 1843.
In 1858, Jesse and Martha with their first 9 children migrated to NW Arkansas.
Jesse H Stansell (737) and Martha Jane Guthrey (1446) appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Madison County, Arkansas, at Kings River Township, enumerated 16 Aug 1860, Jesse is a farmer with real estate valued at 3350 and an estate valued at 1600. Their children Elizabeth Susan Lane (739), Margaret Loleta (741), Elmira Jane (742), John Robert (716), Martha Frances (743), Eliza Nancy Collins (745), Jesse Richard Nehemiah (746) and George Wesley (747) were listed as living with them.
He served in the military on 12 Sep 1863 at Fort Smith, Arkansas, He was a 1st Lieut. in Company C, Arkansas 2nd Infantry Regiment.
Jesse H Stansell (737) and Martha Jane Guthrey (1446) appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Madison, Arkansas, at Kings River Township, enumerated 18 Aug 1870, Jesse H is a farmer with real estate valued at $1000 and a personal estate of $1000.
The children have all attended school within the past year, however, Martha F, Nancy, John, and Jessie are listed as unable to write.
Jesse H was born in North Carolina while Marth J as well as Martha F, Nancy, and John were born in Georgia. Jessee, George, Lucinda, and Cordelia were born in Arkansas. Their children John Robert (716), Eliza Nancy Collins (745), Jesse Richard Nehemiah (746), George Wesley (747), Harriet Lucinda Clementine (748), Cordelia Howell Lincoln (1448) and Martha Frances (743) were listed as living with them. Jesse and Martha migrated to NE Oregon where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Jesse H Stansell (737) and Martha Jane Guthrey (1446) appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Summerville, Union, Oregon, at District 116, enumerated 10 Jun 1880, Jessie is a farmer and Jessie R. works on the family farm.
Martha J and Jessie R cannot write.
Jessie was listed as being born in North Carolina but his parents birthplaces are blank. Martha was born in Georgia as was her mother but her father was born in Virginia. The chldren were all born in Arkansas. Their children Jesse Richard Nehemiah (746), George Wesley (747) and Harriet Lucinda Clementine (748) were listed as living with them.
He died on 17 May 1885 at Summerville, Union County, Oregon, at age 62.
Jesse H Stansell (737) was buried May 1885 Summerville Cemetery, Summerville, Union, Oregon.
Martha J filed for a Civil War Pension on Jesse.