An American Story #3: Thomas Maddin the Immigrant and Ste Genevieve, Missouri

My 4th Great Grandfather

Please do your own research and do not assume I’m correct.

It appears that many of my ancestors had Baltimore, Maryland as part of their early American journey.  The Phelps, Wainscotts, and Maddin families to name a few. Much has already been written about Immigrant Thomas Maddin (Madden) in Ste Genevieve and Washington Counties in Missouri, including his wife, Margaret (Brown) and their descendants. Thomas and Margaret were married in Baltimore, Maryland.  Lynn Fusinato has a very well written article titled, “Margaret Brown and Thomas Madden Family History”.  You can view it at:

http://stegenevieve.net/2008/12/margaret-brown-and-thomas-madden-family-history/

As far as the Irish name Maddin goes…it is a variant of Madden.

Madden Family HistoryIrish (Galway): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Madáin ‘descendant of Madán’, a reduced form of Madadhán, from madadh ‘dog’ (see Madigan).

Thomas Maddin, Sr was born around 1733 according to his grave marker.  There are several contradictory documents concerning his birth date.  Family tales state he came to America because his family lost their land in Ireland some time before 1780. It is written that Catholics were being persecuted in Ireland during the 1700’s…and that their land could not be passed on to a single heir.  I wonder if this had anything to do with Thomas coming to America.

After the American Revolutionary War, (his burial stone states he participated in this War), he married Margaret Brown in Dec of 1783 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her father, Richard Brown, also moved his family at about this time to Stony Creek, Virginia (now West Virginia) and purchased 1,100 acres and built a large home for the Brown family.  He eventually gave Thomas and Margaret a farm and Thomas sold it for $1,000 before moving his family to Ste Genevieve, Missouri where they would become very wealthy and live out the rest of their lives.

How I’m related:  I did not receive Thomas’ Irish blood…for my DNA shows no Irish at all.  However, I do show DNA connection to his offspring.  I am related to him through his son Richard Maddin. Richard married Margaret (McClanahan), and their son Thomas Maddin, who was  born abt 1822 in Missouri, was Thomas and Margaret’s grandson. This grandson married the Texan, Mary Strickland, in abt 1850 and their son, William Henry Maddin married Molly Lunsford,  from whom my Grandma Nellie was born in Texas.

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1st Generation:  The Immigrant, Thomas Maddin Sr born in Ireland and died 5 Mar 1838 in Washington County, Missouri.  He married Margaret Brown in 1783.  Her parents were Richard Brown (a Colonel under General George Washington) and Honour Wells. (I will do a separate Post on the Brown and Wells family).

See:  https://www.geni.com/people/Col-Richard-Brown/374148991270012010

According to Mary J Roe‘s book. “Genealogy of Gen. James
Wells and descendents” published in 1892…around 1807 Richard Brown had a visitor who later documented through a journal that Richard Brown had given a farm to his daughter Margaret (Brown) and her Irishman husband, a “Mr Maden” and that abt 1800 Mr Maden had then sold it for $1,000 and migrated to Ste Genevieve, Missouri, on the Mississippi. Mr Maden became a surveyor there with an income of $2,000 a year.  The visitor also wrote that despite his age (66) Richard Brown visited his daughter and family at Ste Genevieve in abt 1805. This visit is also recorded in the Brown Family Bible.  A long trip for an old Methodist, from West Virginia to Ste Genevieve, Missouri.

Two or more years before Thomas Maddin, Sr sold the farm in West Virginia, given to him by his father-in-law , Richard Brown, he and his two sons, Richard and Thomas, Jr went to Missouri to see what the opportunities were.  He obtained land grants from the Spanish Government and secured the position of deputy Surveyor under Antoine Soulard, the general Surveyor of Upper Louisiana under Spain, France and the United States during the period of 1796-1806.

“Ste Genevieve”, is distinguished as having been settled by the French.  Also, many of the French explorers as well as French priests influenced the population and several Catholic Churches were erected early on. Thomas Maddin became familiar enough with the French language that he was called upon at times to interpret for those in need.

Thomas Maddin, Sr offered to wager with a Mr Bolduc, as to who was the wealthiest in the County, but Mr Bolduc silenced him.  It appears the family had become very wealthy in Missouri.

In 1801 Spain signed a treaty giving Louisiana Territory back to France.  So I guess when the Maddins arrived it was owned by Spain…then went back to the French in 1801 before the United States purchased it in 1803 by acting President, Thomas Jefferson.  Missouri became a State in Aug of 1821.  The Immigrant, Thomas Madden, was living in Ste Genevieve, in what would later become the State of Missouri, through all of these different Country ownership transitions.

In 1804 the population was 1,300 and 1/3 were slaves.  Sadly the Maddin family were slave owners in Missouri.  Out of this population there also lived the David Strickland Family. As mentioned above, Mary Strickland, David Strickland’s granddaughter, would marry the grandson of Immigrant Thomas Maddin. The Strickland Family arrived in what would become Ste Genevieve, Missouri in about 1799 (before Statehood), and with the population of whites under a thousand…the two families probably knew each other even at that early date.

In Jan of 1810, Immigrant Thomas Maddin and sons, Richard, and Thomas, Jr all signed a Petition to Congress by inhabitants of Louisiana – Missouri Territory to establish a State Government.

2nd Generation:  Children of Thomas Maddin, Sr and Margaret (Brown).                DNA connected to date in red:

  1.  Richard Maddin (my 3rd great grandfather) born abt 1784 in Virginia and died 1844 in Ste Genevieve, County, Missouri.  Married Margaret (McClanahan) (See below for spelling variation). Executors of Will were to be his son Thomas Maddin and son-in-law Thomas Holmes…but because both were living out-of-state at his death, his son-in-law and nephew, Charles Maddin was made executor by the Judge.
  2. Honour (Honora) Maddin born abt 1785 in Baltimore, Maryland and died abt 1838 in Washington County, Missouri.  She married Colonel Nathaniel Cook. Nathaniel was involved in County and State politics.  He ran for Lt Governor of the State of Missouri in 1821.  His younger brother John D Cook was appointed U S District Attorney from Missouri and his wife was cousin to President Zachery Taylor.  Another brother, Congressman, Daniel Pope Cook is who Cook County, Illinois is named after – (Chicago).

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    Daniel Pope Cook of whom Cook County, IL is named for
  3. Margaret Maddin born abt 1786 and died 1820 in Missouri.  She married Jacob Horine.  In family tales it is said that Jacob would talk abt $100,000 left to his father in Germany, but since he had more than enough property in Missouri, he never claimed it.  His father was a huge land owner with thousands of acres in Kentucky and Missouri… and was murdered by a gunshot while hunting.  The murder went unsolved.
  4. Thomas Maddin, Jr born abt 1787 in maybe Maryland? and died 2 Sep 1847 in Pope County, Arkansas.  Lived for a while next door to his brother Philip Maddin in Pope County, Arkansas.  Thomas Madden, Jr also ran a water powered mill near the forks, and soon other businesses were established in Perry County, Arkansas. I don’t know his wife’s name but he had at least two sons, Philip and Charles.
  5. Philip D Maddin born abt 1788 and died abt 1847 in probably Arkansas.  He never married and his estate was divided up by the State between his siblings (except William Israel Maddin who probably could not be found) and his nieces and nephews.
  6. William Israel Maddin born abt 1790 and died bef 1850 somewhere in California. He married Louisiana Dodge who’s parents were Henry Dodge and Christiana McDonald.  Henry Dodge was the 1st Governor of Territory of Wisconsin and after Statehood he was elected as a U S Senator of the State. William and Louisiana moved to Wisconsin with the Dodge family around 1826 where William Israel Maddin was a member of the First Constitutional Convention of Wisconsin from Iowa County. In 1845 William left his family in Wisconsin and went to California to prospect for gold.  He died there without ever striking it rich, leaving his wife and children to fend for themselves back in Wisconsin.  About 25 years later his widow and some of his children moved to Sonoma County, California, where they lived out their lives.  His only daughter Delia Maddin was committed to a California hospital for the Insane in 1896.
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    Young Henry Dodge, Gov of Wisconsin, father of Louisiana Dodge.

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    Louisiana Dodge, wife of William Israel Maddin
  7. Nancy (or Mary) Ann Maddin born abt 1793 in Virginia and died 16 May 1870 in Missouri.  She married Josiah McClanahan (See below abt surname variation).  Josiah made an 800 mile trip on foot to Mexico in the middle of winter in 1809 where he was taken prisoner by the Spanish and worked mines for two years.  After his release he walked back to Ste Genevieve. Nancy Ann became a widow in 1840 and is the child that inherited Immigrant Thomas Maddin’s Mill.  At her death it went to her granddaughter Ann McGready and husband Robert Bust.
  8. James Maddin born abt 1796 in Missouri and died abt 1848 in Arkansas.  He married Mary Frances Bryan.  They would move to Pope County, Arkansas.
  9. Malachi Maddin born abt 1799 in Missouri and died abt 1859 in Missouri.  He married Caroline James.  At the death of both James and Caroline by 1860 their younger children were dispersed among his sister Nancy Ann (McClanahan) and his brother James Maddin.

3rd Generation:  Children of Richard Maddin and Margaret (McClanahan):  DNA connection known to date is in red.

Note:  In varying documents, McClanahan is sometimes spelled McLanahan.  Son Charles’ Idaho Death Record, states mother’s maiden name to be McClanahan.

  1. Honour “Hanna” Maddin born 1818 Ste Genevieve County, Missouri and died 1862 in St Louis, Missouri.  She married her 1st cousin, Charles Maddin (son of Thomas Maddin, Jr), who was chosen by the Judge to be the executor of Immigrant Thomas Maddin‘s Will.
  2. Rachel Ann Maddin born abt 1820 in Missouri and died abt 1852 in Perry County, Arkansas.  She married Dr Thomas Holmes, the son of William Holmes, Sr, a good friend of her fathers.  (William Holmes, Sr. had two sons that married Richard Maddin’s daughters: son, Thomas Holmes married Rachel…and son, William Isom Holmes married Margaret Maddin).
  3. Matilda Maddin born abt 1821 in Missouri.  She married James Henderson.  By 1850 she and her young son, James Franklin Henderson Sr, were living with her widowed mother. It is unclear what happened to her husband. She remained with her widowed mother until her mother’s death sometime after the 1870 Federal Census.
  4. Thomas Maddin (My 2nd great grandfather) born abt 1822 in Missouri and died sometime after the 1880 Austin, Travis County, Texas Federal Census.  He married 1) Mary Strickland and 2) Sarah J Unknown. (I will write more on him and his family later).
  5. Margaret Maddin born 1823 in Missouri and died 1899 in Perry County, Arkansas.  She married William Isom Holmes, Jr. (Son of William Holmes, Sr.). William Sr had two sons that married daughters of Richard Maddin.  Thomas Holmes married Rachel Maddin…and William Isom Holmes married Margaret Maddin.
  6. Charles Francis Maddin born 1830 in Missouri and died 1919 in Idaho.  He married Ella Frances Coleman.                                  
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Charles Francis Madden s/o Richard Maddin and Margaret McClanahan.  Originally posted on Ancesstry.com by LynndallJStafford

7. Josephine Maddin born in 1840 in Missouri and died in 1892 in Fannin County, Texas.  She married Thomas Jefferson Hamor in 1860 in Ste Genevieve County, Missouri. His parents were Joel Hamor and Mary Ann Cannon.  It was Thomas’ second marriage for he married Rebecca Daniels in 1853, also in Ste Genevieve.  He and Rebecca had two children, Ellen and Jefferson Thomas.  After marrying Josephine Maddin he had four more children, Charles, Mary, Emma and Felix.  They were living in Hunt County, Texas by 1869 where Felix was born.

 

 

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My Maddin DNA Results and Clarifying Some Mysteries

Please always do your own research my conclusions are not always accurate and I’ve been known to make mistakes.

Ancestry.com has done us a great service.

They not only take our DNA sample and show us where our ancestry is from in the world (at least for females, males have an extra chromosome and I think they can do even more with their DNA)…then, if you have a public tree they match your DNA with other trees (who’ve had their DNA done by Ancestry) in the Ancestry.com system.  This process can find those closely related to us…1st, 2nd, and 3rd cousins…but even more distant cousins. Ancestry actually shows us (when possible) what surnames we share with those DNA matches.  I only had private trees in the Ancestry.com system (used for research only), so I quickly made a public tree that contained direct descendants only and went back as far as I could go and submitted it. Wonderful!

I will take the first 5 connections in each of my family surnames and display them for my readers (a separate blog post for each surname), adding more as I continue research on the results.

Because of brick walls, I was interested in the 5-8th cousins list and even “Distant Cousin” in order to find out if some of my theories about our ancestry would pan out, or to learn more about us. The following trees link me with my Maddin family through DNA.

1. DNA connected to Josephine Maddin (sister to Thomas Maddin who was born abt 1822 in Missouri and died unknown and who m Mary Strickland ).  Josephine is the daughter of Richard Maddin born 1784 in probably Virginia and died 1844 in St Genevieve County, Missouri and son of the probable emigrant Thomas Maddin who helped shape St Genevieve County when it was still Louisiana Territory. Richard was married to Margaret (McClanahan?). Josephine married Thomas Jefferson Hamor in 1860.  This DNA trail goes through their daughter, Emma Jane Hamor, who married Walter Taylor Neeves and then their son Walter Frederick Neeves who married Evva Turner.  Walter died in 1962 in Lubbock, Texas.  Interesting Note:  Walter as a descendant of the Maddins married Evva Turner a descendant of Aventon Phelps and Rachel McElroy through their daughter Lurania Phelps.  So my Phelps line and Maddin line meet together at this point. Evva is listed as my 6th cousin 1x removed in my tree…and Walter Frederick Neeves is listed as my 2nd cousin 2x removed.  The listing under my DNA is high for 4-6th cousin, so it may be more toward Evva than Walter.

The following three photos were originally posted on Ancestry.com by LSHamlin4604.

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Emma Jane Hamor/Neeves, g- granddaughter of the emigrant Thomas Maddin. Originally posted on Ancestry.com by Bettie Collins
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Walter Frederick Neeves on his wedding day.
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Evva Turner on her wedding day.

2. DNA connected to Laura Alice Maddin, d/o Thomas Maddin and Mary Strickland.  Laura was born 1856 in Arkansas and died 1947 in San Bernardino, CA.  She married James Thomas Johnson in 1873 in Austin, Williamson, TX. The line continues through their son Gus Johnson born 1885 in Travis, TX and died 1957 in Utah.  He married Margaret Bradley in 1912 in Los Angeles, CA.  Their son Joseph Eugene Johnson was born in 1924 in San Bernardino, CA and died 2002 in Oregon.  Joseph is my 3rd cousin.

Below photo of Laura Alice Maddin, d/o Thomas Maddin and Mary Strickland.  Photo originally posted on Ancestry.com by Dianna Peck.

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Margaret Bradley, w/o Gus Johnson.  Posted on Ancestry.com by Dianna Peck.
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Gus Johnson, s/o Laura Maddin and Thomas Johnson.  Originally posted on Ancestry.com by Dianna Peck.
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Joseph Eugene Johnson s/o Gus Johnson and Margaret Bradley.  Posted on Ancestry.com by Dianna Peck.

3. DNA related to Charles Francis Maddin (spelled Madden in this connection).  His parents are Richard Maddin and Margaret (McClanahan?).  Charles was born in 1830 in Ste Genevieve County, Mo and died in 1919 in Idaho.  He married Ella Coleman.  Their line continues to their daughter Una Maddin born in 1878 in Idaho and died 1956 in California.  She married Charles Deeter.  Their daughter Frances Fern Deeter married William Thursby in 1931 in California.  Frances is my 2nd cousin 2x removed according to my Ancestry tree.

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Charles Fancis Maddin s/o Richard Maddin and Margaret (McClanahan?). Originally posted on Ancestry.com by LyndallJStafford.

I have other “Madden” with an “e” DNA matches but haven’t been able or because of time…haven’t found a connection.  It’s interesting that I’ve always speculated that Richard Maddin was my line to the emigrant Thomas Maddin and now all of my known DNA matches are with him and his children. More later.

John R Lunsford Family United with Another Lunsford Clan

Please do your own research and do not assume I’m correct.

John R Lunsford and wife Sarah Sallie Harrison:

Update 2017:  My DNA has now shown a family connection to Hiram Lunsford born 1793 in NC. However, the Wills of Allen Lunsford Sr and his wife Elizabeth have both been posted this week and although they do have sons named Hiram and Allen, Jr…..there is no son, John R Lunsford.  I am somehow related to Hiram and his brother Allen, Jr through DNA, but the answer to who is John R’s parents is still a mystery. Perhaps John R is a nephew or cousin of Hiram and Allen, Jr?

The DNA of another branch of our family (through the Fletchers) has brought news of a Lunsford Clan that we are somehow very closely related to.  Our connection to the Fletchers is through Sarah “Nellie” Camilla Lunsford, the daughter of  John R Lunsford  and Sarah “Sallie” Harrison. Nellie married Isaac Chrismon Fletcher in Texas abt 1880

I have had this Clan of Lunsfords in my private Ancestry.com tree (used for research only) for over a year. Allen Lunsford, Jr (born 1805 in NC)  is probably a cousin or half brother to our John R Lunsford. I also mentioned Hiram Lunsford (born 1793 in NC) in my blog as, “Potentially being closely related to our John R Lunsford”.  

This is what I have…some of it may not be validated at this time…I have been working on my Phelps Tree for over a year and it’s been awhile since I looked at this information. Hopefully it is more accurate than not.  All material I have found excludes the name “Jesse” Allen but rather is always Allen Lunsford, Sr or Jr.  It appears that the new evidence is pointing our ancestry to what is marked in RED.  I include siblings for the purpose of association with places they’ve lived, who they’ve married…etc.  As always… please do your own research.

Allen Lunsford, SENIOR

Note:  I am DNA connected (as well as circumstantially) to Allen Lunsford, Sr’s sons Hiram and Allen, Jr.  Because both Hiram and Allen, Jr are mentioned in the Will of their mother Elizabeth in 1852, we know they are both sons of Allen, Sr and his wife Elizabeth. Yet our John R Lunsford was not mentioned in the Will.  It is true that he was already in Texas in 1850, but both Hiram and Allen, Jr were also raising their families in other states, Hiram in Arkansas and Allen in Tennessee. This means that although we are related to Allen Lunsford, Sr and his offspring somehow, it still remains a mystery  who the parents of John R Lunsford born 1815 in NC are.

1773  abt.  Birth probably in Rowan County, NC which was formed from Iredell County in 1787.

1792 abt  Marriage to Elizabeth Unknown.  This date is determined by age of first known child. Elizabeth, according to the 1850 Census was born abt 1780 in North Carolina, and she probably died sometime between the 1850 and 1860 Federal Census.

1800 Federal Census:  Salisbury, Iredell County, North Carolina.  Spelled Allin Lunsford.  One boy under 5.  Rubin Fletcher on same Census.

1810 Federal Census:   Can’t find at this time.

1820 Federal Census:  Allen Lunsford. Iredell County, North Carolina.  (2) males under 10, (3) males 10-15, (2) males 16-25, (1) male over 45….(1) female under 10, (2) females 10-15, (2) females 16-25, (1) female over 45.  Same page Reuben and James Fletcher.

Side Note:  For those Phelps/Felps interested:  Next page John and Littleton Felps!.

1830 Federal Census:  Allen Lunsford.  Iredell County, North Carolina. Rubin and James Fletcher also in Iredell County.  (1) male 10-14, (1) male 20-29, (1) male 60-69…( 1 ) female 5-9, ( 2) females 10-14, (1) female 15-19, (1) female 50-59

1840 Federal Census: Spelled Allen Lansford.  Iredell County, North Carolina.  Jacob Beaver on same page.  Also Rubin, James and Wyatt Fletcher also in Iredell.   (1) male under 5, (1) male 5-9, (1) male 60-69?, (2) females under 5, (2) females 5-9, (1) female 15-19, (1) female 20-29, (1) female 50-59.  Ages seem wrong…same as previous census for Allen and wife?

1850 Federal Census:  transcribed Allen Samford on Ancestry.com…  (however, obvious it’s Lunsford on Census Sheet).  Iredell County, North Carolina.  Allen age 77 born abt 1773 in North Carolina.  Wife, Elizabeth age 70, born abt 1780 in North Carolina, Robert Lunsford, age 19, born abt 1831 in North Carolina, and Malinda Lunsford age 16, born 1834 in North Carolina  (either daughter or Robert’s wife?).  Neighbors:  George Mullis 1802 North Carolina.  Many Fletcher’s including James and Wyatt in Iredell.  More research needs to be done to discover how the above Robert and Malinda are related to the head of house.  They are very young to be Allen and Elizabeth’s children.  Perhaps Grandchildren or Grandson and wife.???

1860 Federal Census: Cannot find one.

Children of Allen Lunsford, Sr and Elizabeth (Glenn?):  More on each child on another post.

  1.  DNA connected: Hiram Lunsford:  born abt 1793, probably Iredell County, North Carolina.  Death sometime after the 1880 Federal Census in Bosque County, Texas.  He married Amelia “Milly” Hudspeth.  See his  Personal Post. Update:  I am DNA connected to Hiram Lunsford through his daughter Mary Lunsford who married 1) William H Simmons and 2) Thomas Jefferson Johnson.
  2. Mary “Polly” Lunsford: born abt 1801 in Person County, North Carolina.  Death 1853 according to Henderson County, Kentucky Death Record.  Married Unknown Hendrick and 2) Rev John Tapp.  She and her cousin, Susannah (Lunsford), married Tapp brothers. After the death of Susannah (Lunsford) Tapp and her husband, Joel Henry Tapp, Mary “Polly” raised her cousin’s children.
  3. Elizabeth Lunsford:  born abt 1802 Wilkes County, North Carolina.  Death Unknown.  Married Thomas Brown in 1834 in Surry County, North Carolina when she was abt 32 years old. In her Mother’s Will she is transcribed as Elizabeth (Luttof?) so she must have been married before Brown.  
  4. Willis Lunsford:  born abt 1803 Iredell County, North Carolina.  Death Unknown. I do have an 1870 Federal Census showing a Willis Lunsford living in Washington County, Tennessee with John & Susanna Watts and a 2 yr old Samuel Harrison!  (Any relations to Sarah Sallie Harrison???)  I can find no more on Willis at this time and I’m not sure this is him.
  5. Henry Lunsford :  born abt 1804 in North Carolina.  Death unknown.  He may have been living in Randolph County, Alabama in 1840, for I have a Census for a Henry Sansford living there.?  Also, an 1850 Federal Census with a Henry Lunsford and family living in Dyer County, Tennessee with a Sarah Lansford living on previous page with the John Crow family.  I’m not sure if this is the same Henry Lunsford, son of Allen, Sr. (FYI: John Rice Crow, born 1818 in TN and d 1890 in Dyer County, TN…married Elizabeth Lunsford, daughter of Aris Lunsford and Sarah (Matthews) Lunsford).
  6. DNA connected:  Allen Lunsford, Jr.:  born abt 1805 in Iredell County, North Carolina and died in 1891 probably Texas.  He married Mary Elizabeth Bassett.  She was born in 1816 in Buncombe County, North Carolina and died in 1879 in Buncombe County.  See his Personal Post. All documents I have found do not specify “Jesse”….just Allen. Perhaps the name Jesse was a middle name that he was called by???
  7. Sarah Lunsford:  born abt 1807 and married an Unknown Thorpe.  In transcribing her Mother’s Will she is called Sarah (Thorpe?).
  8. John R Lunsford: (Perhaps a son?)  born 1815 Wake County, North Carolina and died 1900 in Lampasas County, Texas.  He married Sarah “Sallie” Harrison.  I’m not happy with the eight years between his and Sarah’s  births …any ideas?!!

Ancestry of Allen Lunsford, Sr.  (A work in progress)

Allen Lunsford, Sr born abt 1773 in possibly Rowan County, NC and died after the 1850 Federal Census in Iredell County, NC.  Married Elizabeth Unknown.

Father:  William Lunsford born abt 1738 in Virginia and died abt 1810 Granville County, NC.

Mother:   His mother may be Rebecca Basye born 1734 in Virginia.

Children of William Lunsford and Unknown:

Audie Murphy‘s biography states that William Lunsford had 5 sons, but only lists Nimrod because he is the direct line to Audie Murphy.  Ancestry.com trees include:

 1)  Nimrod Charnock Lunsford: (Middle Name unverified) born  abt 1764  Granville or Iredell County, NC and died in 1847 in Alexander County, NC.  The University of NC includes his history in their psychology course because he never divorced and yet married (3) times.  In his Will he names Rebecca as his wife, however, the next year 1848, an Elizabeth filed claim to his estate in Buncombe County, NC.  He was a bigamist and family legend has it that he was married to three different women at the same time.  And it appears this moral laxity was repeated in his descendants.     See: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lunsford/research/biographies/nimrodsrstudy.htm     Also:  see Allen Lunsford, Jr’s Post…he also married many times without any evidence of divorce.

Nimrod married 1) Elizabeth Wyatt in abt 1778.  (the name Wyatt enters our Lunsford family through this surname?)

Their son, Michael Lunsford is the genealogy connection for Audie Murphy…the famous WWII hero and actor.  See:  http://www.audiemurphy.com/biography.htm

Nimrod’s alleged son, Peyton Charnock Lunsford (need more documentation on him being a son of Nimrod, although many trees list him as a brother to Michael).  Peyton has a son named Stephen Lunsford.

Stephen had a son named Peyton H Lunsford (born in 1834 in Georgia)…who dies in Austin, Travis, Texas in 1905.  He married Virginia Echols. They were in Texas before the 1860 Census and in Austin abt 1877.  Peyton H Lunsford’s son, Peyton Echols Lunsford was born in Texas in 1868 and died in 1922 in Runnels County, Texas.  He married Cora Frances Grumbles.  (It is in the Grumbles/Plumley Cemetery that David Strickland and his daughter, Mary (Strickland) Maddin are buried in Austin, Travis, Texas).   On Peyton Echols Lunsford’s 1900 Austin, Travis, TX Federal Census, page 4, they have a Frank Harrison boarding with them, whose mother was born in TN….and a Harrison family living a few doors away …. also, Laura (Maddin) Johnson family is living next door!! Then, the next family is William Maddin and Molly (Lunsford) Maddin including their 2 year old daughter, my own Grandmother Nellie Camilla (Maddin) Phelps.  What a Census!!!  We must research the Harrisons on this census page. These Lunsfords are definitely tied to ours through association.  

The Name “Wyatt” is significant for J R and Sarah “Sallie” Harrison named a son “Wyatt Lunsford” and Nimrod’s wife’s maiden name was “Wyatt”.

Austin Directory:   http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46838/m1/179/?q=lunsford

Nimrod Lunsford and Elizabeth Wyatt also may have had a son named Wyatt Lunsford born 1795 Iredell County, NC who married a Mary “Polly” Unknown.  They had a son named Nimrod Lunsford who was born in 1829 in NC and who died in Nov of 1860 in Austin County, Texas.  He has an 1860 Federal Census there but without a wife, who must’ve  just died.  This left him with two small children, Nimrod M Lunsford, Jr born in 1858 in Texas and a little daughter named Mary Ann Lunsford, who was born in 1859.  His occupation is listed as “well digger”. His daughter Mary died of “teething” in 1860 and Nimrod, the children’s father, also died of a fever soon afterwards.  I don’t know what happened to baby Nimrod M Lunsford, Jr. when as a toddler, his mother, his father and his baby sister all died, leaving him an orphan in Texas. ?

Nimrod Charnock Lunsford, Sr first married Elizabeth Wyatt, but also married   2)  Jennie McCombs and 3) Rebecca Foster

2)  John William Lunsford born abt 1765 NC and married an Elizabeth Unknown.

3)  Allen Lunsford, Sr born abt 1773  (See above and his specific post)

4)  DNA Connected:  (Unverified, not sure of his parentage at this time) Lemuel Lunsford born abt 1774 in Wilkes/Ashe County, NC and died in abt 1840 Clay County, Kentucky.  He married Martha Hollingsworth.  Lemuel, (and the name Hollingsworth) will link us with the melungeons of Clay County, Kentucky.  Their son  Hiram Lunsford married Lydia Hollingsworth who is thought to be half Cherokee. We need to verify Lemuel being a son to William.  What do you think?  Some trees have Lemuel as the son of John Lunsford and Mary Wingate.

Hirma B Lunsfor, son of Lemuel Lunsford wit wife Lydia Hollingworth.
Hiram B Lunsford, son of Lemuel Lunsford with wife Lydia (Hollingsworth).  Originally submitted to Ancestry.com by :  erinsuzannesmith

Below are pictures of Lydia’s sisters, Rhoda (Hollingsworth) Thomas,  and Mary “Polly” (Hollingsworth) McDaniel. They look very Native American. They are the daughters of William Hollingsworth and Rhoda (Reed) Hollingsworth.

Rhoda Hollingsworth

Above photo originally submitted to Ancestry.com by Denise L Rancour.

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Mary Polly (Hollingsworth) McDaniel, sister of Lydia (Hollingsworth) Lunsford.  Posted on Ancestry.com by Veronicalynn17

5) Elijah:  Possible son

William Lunsford’s parents were John Lunsford and Mary Wingate

John Lunsford, Sr was born abt 1720  and died in 1799 in Granville County, NC.  He married Mary Wingate.  Mary was born in abt 1722 in Perquimans County, NC and died in 1806 in Perquimans County, NC.

Children of John Lunsford and Mary Wingate

According to the ancestral tree/biography of Audie Murphy, the couple had four sons, but only mentions William, Audie’s direct line.

1)  William Lunsford born abt 1740  (See above)

2)  James Lunsford born abt 1742 (children may include Ephraim Sihon Lunsford)

3)  Joseph H Lunsford, Sr  born abt 1743 and died abt 1813.  He married Rebecca Jones. His children were:  Allen B, Mary Ann, Jesse, Elizabeth, Sarah “Sallie”, Susan “Sucky”, Joseph, Jr, Samuel, Rebecca Ann, and Nancy D Lunsford.

4)  Jesse Lunsford  born abt 1744

How This Would Fit Into Our Tree:  Warning:  Has not been verified yet…is stricly potential.

1720 birth:  John and Mary (Wingate) Lunsford

1740 birth:  William Lunsford

1773 birth:  Allen Lunsford, Sr

1815 birth:  John R Lunsford?????

Special Note:  William Lunsford,  (see above) had a grandson named Joseph L Lunsford who married Rebecca Jones in Wake County, NC in 1836.  This shows this clan of Lunsfords in the Wake County, NC area abt 10 years after John R Lunsford was born there  in 1815 in Raleigh.  Besides the fact that some Lunsfords are living over the adjoining border of Wake County in Franklin County, NC.  If J R was born in Raleigh, NC (which is now in Wake County), consider this statement from Wiki:  “Franklin County is included in the Raleigh North Carolina statistical area”.  The city of Raleigh itself, must border quite closely to Franklin County. In 1815 when J R was born there…the borders may not be where they are today and part of the City of Raleigh may have been in Franklin County.????