JAMES BULGER ALTOM was born in Tennessee in 1780 and died in Frankiln County, Missouri in December1840. "History Of Marion & Clinton Counties, Illinois"; 1881 states on page 31: The first to settle in the wilds of East Fork was James Altom, and known in those times as Bulger. He was a native of Tennessee, and came here with his family in the summer of 1818, and settled on section 1. In 1838 Mr. Altom moved to Missouri. There is but one representative of the family now living(1881) in the township, Robert Altom, Jr., a grandson of James, the old pioneer. Robert, Jr., is now living on section 15, and one of the substantial citizens of the precinct. James married SARAH "SALLY" NICHOLS, daughter of JESSIE NICHOLS, SR. and LUCY MANN. They had eight children. (1) THOMAS ALTOM was married to EMELINE ROBERTS on 21November1834 in Fayette County, Illinois. (2) ROBERT M. ALTOM (SR.) was born on 14March1811 in Tennessee. He died on 1June1855 in Clinton Co., Illinois. He was buried in Old Carter Cem., Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois. In "History of Marion & Clinton County" on page 253: "Robert Altom, son of the first pioneer, was the first blacksmith. His shop was situated on section 3, the property now owned by Robert Jimerson. Altom, the blacksmith, killed a man in 1828. It created quite a sensation in the neighborhood. He was afterward tried at Carlyle and acquitted." (3) JOHN ROBERT ALTOM who was born in Tennessee. He died on 24July1876 in Marion Co., Illinois. (4) JESSE SPENCER ALTOM was born in Tennessee and died in Union, Franklin Co., MO. He was married to SARAH MILLER on 2November1842 by Eli Valentine, J.P. in Franklin Co., MO. He previously was married to LUVINA GILLEY on 2March1837 in Carlyle, Clinton County, Illinois. (5) MARY "POLLY" B. ALTOM, (6) LUCY MAE ALTOM who was born on 10November1825 in East Fork Township, Clinton County, Illinois. She died on 2January1859 in East Fork Township and was buried in Old Carter Cemetery, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois. Lucy was married to William Morris by Peyton R. Sawyers, J.P., 9September1841 in Franklin Co., MO. Their children were: FANNY JANE MORRIS, JAMES MORRIS, and MARY MORRIS. (7)
SPENCER ALTUM who was born in Illinois on 8July1821. He married, on 14September1853 in Crawford Co. MO, HANNAH HARRELL who was born 13November1816 in Kentucky or Ohio and died 7September1883 in Texas. She is buried at Dye Cemetery. Spencer died 17March1882 and is also buried at Dye Cemetery. In Missouri, Spencer's first marriage can be found to MELVINA PARKS on 10 Apr 1845 in Franklin County by J.P. L. R. Brown. Another Missouri mention of Spencer is from "FAYETTE FACTS", a historical society/genealogical publication, records that the estate sale of James Brown, who died 22March1863, Box 99; Among those purchasing items at the estate sale were: Abner Gilley, William Alton (sic) and Spencer Altom. Spencer became the Minister of the Concord Church of Christ after arriving in Cooke County. Spencer and Melvina had three children.
SERENA ALTUM born in Missouri. Serena had four children with
FENTON G. CALDWELL who died at age 35, all but Eve born in Missouri: EVE CALDWELL born in Texas, JOHN CALDWELL, R. CALDWELL and E. CALDWELL. Serena died at age 66 and is buried with her husband at Dye Cemetery; JAMES B. ALTUM was born on 8December1850 and died 12December1902 in Marshall Co., Oklahoma with burial in Oakland Cemetery in that county. He married ARTHENA BELLE BASSETT on 27September1874 in Patoka, Marion Co., Illinois and their three children were: OLIVER HARVEY ALTUM,
LULA MAY ALTUM 26November1878-2October1883. She is buried at Dye Cemetery, and CHARLES ALVIE ALTUM; and
Dr. JACK P. ALTUM born in Franklin Co., Missouri on 7February1846. John P. Altum, who went by Jack while here in Texas, married, in Marion Co., Illinois,
MARY DOTY who was born in Ohio 13June1845 and died 30March1922, in 1866. She was buried at Dye Cemetery, with her husband who died 4January1890, on 31March1922. Jack's wife, Mary, took her Methodist Vows in Woodine in 1882. In the 1880 Cooke County census Jack is listed as a physician. After her husbands death, Mary resided at the Rad Ware residence for 28 years until her death. They had one child, WILLIAM. (8)
NANCY ALTUM was born in January of 1819 in Marion County, Illinois. She married JOHN WARE on the 1st of July, 1841 in Franklin County, Missouri. Nancy raised her six sons alone after John's death in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Nancy died on the 31st day of March, 1901 in Gainesville and was buried the next day at Oak Grove. According to the 1860 Cooke County census, John Ware was age 45. He was one of the 25 people present at the first meeting of the Citizen Court in October of 1862 and of those 25, fifteen were hanged. In October of 1862, forty-two people were hung along Pecan Creek in Gainesville. John eluded arrest and fled to Missouri and later joined the service under General McNeal and Captain John Wesley Tuff. It is stated that he died in Fort Smith but his grave has yet to be found. John Ware was also a signer of the Samuel McNutt petition.
What follows is information on the Historical Marker along Pecan Creek: Title: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862; Location: East of Elm Fork Bridge - SH 51 (south side of road), Gainesville;
Text: Facing the threat of invasion from the north and fearing a Unionist uprising in their midst, the people of North Texas lived in constant dread during the Civil War. Word of a "Peace Party" of Union sympathizers, sworn to destroy their government, kill their leaders, and bring in Federal troops caused great alarm in Cooke and neighboring counties. Spies joined the "Peace Party" discovered its members and details of their plans. Under the leadership of Colonels James Bourland, Daniel Montague and others, citizens loyal to the Confederacy determined to destroy the order; and on the morning of October 1, 1862, there were widespread arrests "by authority of the people of Cook County." Fear of rescue by "Peace Party" members brought troops and militia to Gainesville, where the prisoners were assembled, and hastened action by the citizens committee. At a meeting of Cooke County citizens, with Colonel W. C. Young presiding, it was unanimously resolved to establish a Citizens Court and to have the Chairman choose a committee to select a jury. 68 men were brought speedily before the court. 39 of them were found guilty of conspiracy and insurrection, sentenced and immediately hanged. Three other prisoners who were members of military units were allowed trial by Court Martial at their request and were subsequently hanged by its order. Two others broke from their guard and were shot and killed. The Texas Legislature appropriated $4,500 for rations, forage used by State troops here during the unrest. (1964)
Woodbine was the first town in Cooke County reached by the railroad and it was on November 7,1879 that the first train puffed into the station at Woodbine, coming via of Whitesboro. On that same day, the first train arrived at Gainesville, opening the door for a new era in Cooke County.
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Notes on Eliza Baker's family:
FRANK BAKER, of Hanover, Germany, was born 14February1845 and died 18July1885. He married ELIZA DAVENPORT on 24September1871. They had six children: G. W. Baker, JOHNNY BAKER, Thomas W. Baker,
CORDELIA BAKER PRICE, MARY ALICE BAKER MOSES, and Serrena A. Baker, who was born 6September1875. Serrena "Rena" wed Gilbert Windfield Phillips on 10February1897 with David England performing the ceremony. Gilbert was born 18March1867 in Illinois and he had eleven brothers and one sister. Gilbert and Rena had three sons: Roy Atlas Phillips who was born 13September1898 and died 22February1972; Luther H. Phillips who was born 14January1901 and died 27September1967; and Clyde T. Phillips who was born 10April1902 and he married Bertha Usrey on 21September1922. Their son was Billie Bob Phillips and he inturn had a son, Michael, and daughter, Rebecca Jo Phillips Beeman. Roy Phillips married Lizzie Drozier on 24August1922. Lizzie died on the 10th of October, 1943. They had a son, Joe D. Phillips who married Connie Holt and had children: Terry and Gina; and a daughter, Rena Mae Phillips (Hough) who had a son and daughter: Craig Hough and Patricia Houge Lang who had son, Michael Waymond Lang. Luther H. Phillips married Mary Evans, who died 27September1967 and had two children: Dorthy Lee Phillips who was born to her mother on 22July1925 and passed away on 26June1945, and John H. Phillips who had son, Robert, and daughter, Donna Kay.
John Nichols was born in Halifax, VA in 1774 and married Mary. They had 10 children: William, John, Jesse, Sarah, Betty, Agnes, Ambrose, Nancy, Byrd, and David Nichols. Jesse Nichols died in 1805 in Smith Co., TENN and he married Lucy Mann who was born in 1770 and died in 1845. His sister Nancy married Henry Jackson and had three children: Mark, Martha, and Amanda Jackson. Byrd Nichols married Zella Farmer on the 12th day of September, 1842. Jessie Nichols was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, at Valley Forge. Jessie and Lucy Mann Nichols had fifteen children: (1) Robert Nichols (2) Phebe Nichols who married Abraham Parker (3) John W. Nichols Sr. (4) Mary Nichols (Wade) (5) Byrd Nichols who married Mary 'Polly' Hughes (6) Sally S. Nichols who married James Altom in Tennessee (7) William Nichols (8) Jesse Nichols (9) Matthew Nichols who married Mary Warren (10) Lucy Nichols married John Eddington and their daughter married John Altom (11) Joel Nichols (12) Nancy Nichols married John McIntyre (13) Betsy Nichols married William Marshall (14) James Matthew Nichols and (15) Henry Nichols.
What follows is the Alton/Altom/Altum genealogy as put forth by Thelma Moore Alton in the AAAAFN.
[I'll incorporate it all to the above soon]
James Altom and his family settled in Clinton County in the lower part of Illinois in 1818. This family surname originally was Altom, and later changed to Alton for some descendants. The family surname appears as Altom, in the U.S. Census records for William H. (l843-bef. 1880) and his father Robert (1811-1855), but is shown as Alton on their respective marriage licenses. Subsequent generations of Robert Altom's descendants have used the Alton surname. A history of Marion and Clinton Counties, Illinois, written in 1881, provides the following story about these early settlers: "The first to settle in the wilds of East Fork was James Altom, and known in those times as Bulger. He was a native of Tennessee and came here with his family in the summer of 1818 and settled on Section 1. He had a large family, consisting of a wife and 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls, named as follows, in the order of their ages. Thomas, the oldest, Robert, John, Jesse, Spencer, Polly, Lucy, and Nancy. None of the family are now living, except for Spencer, who resides in Text. In 1838, Mr. Altom moved to Missouri. There is but l representative of the family now living in the township, Robert Altom, Jr., a grandson of James, the old pioneer. Robert Jr. is now living on Section 15 and is one of the substantial citizens of the precinct." James Altom settled on the east side of a branch running at the east edge of the present site of Boulder. John Carter came there in 1819 and settled on the west side of the branch. East Fork at that time, was all the land east of the Kaskaskia River. James Altom purchased land in Franklin Co, Missouri, on July 16, 1838. He died there in 1840. Robert Altom's grandsons, John H. Alton, Melvin Jackson Alton, and Luther Alton, left Illinois as young men and went to Arkansas. Melvin Jackson and Luther went to Oklahoma and later settled in California.
James Altom died on 4December1840, in Franklin Co, MO. He married Sarah "Sally" Nichols. She married, second, Briant Hood, 11 Nov 1841, in MO. They had eight children: (a) Thomas Altom born in TN and died in 1854. He married Emeline Roberts in Fayette Co., ILL on 21November1834. (b) Robert Altom (c) John Altom (d) Jesse Altom born in TN and died on 24August1846 in Franklin Co, MO. He married, first, Luvina Gilley, 2March1837, in Clinton Co, ILL. He married, second, Sarah in MO. (e) Spencer "Stephen" Altom (f) Polly B. Altom married Abner Gilley and had son George W. Gilley born in ILL. (g) Lucy Mae Altom and (h) Nancy Altum born in Marion Co, ILL and died on 31March1901 and married John Ware 11July1841, in Franklin Co, MO. Robert Altum, son of James, was born on 14March1811, in TN, and died 1June1855, in Clinton Co. ILL. with burial in the Old Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co, ILL. Robert sold his share of his father's estate for $90.00. He married Mazy A. Mabuery by license dated 13November1829, in Clinton Co, ILL. She was born in TN. They had eleven children: Frances S. Altom married William Carter, Martha Jane Altom married Alexander Ellwood Smith, James Altom, Elizabeth Altom, Sally Altom, William H. Altom, Mary Ann Altom born in ILL., Robert Altom Jr., John Altom, Reilly Altom and Lucy Altom. John Altom, son of James, was born in TN and died 24July1876, in Patoka, Marion Co, ILL. with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co, ILL. John Altom sold his share of his father's estate for $90.00. He married Mary A. Edington in Marion Co, ILL. who was born in TN. They had five children: Jesse, Jane born in ILL., James R. Altom, Sarah Catherine Altom and Erwin M. Altom born in 1853 in ILL.
James Altom (died 1840), a native of Tennessee, settled in Clinton County, Illinois, in the summer of 1818.
Robert Altom Jr. was born 15September1848 in Clinton Co., ILL., and died 4August1906 in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. with burial in Old Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. He married Mary Jane French in September of 1870. She was born 1843 in Clinton Co., ILL. and died, 17October1911, in Centralia, Marion Co., ILL. They had three children: John Robert Altom, William K. Altom, and Alvin M. Altom who was born in Clinton Co., ILL. Jesse Altom, the son of John Altom and Mary Edington, was born, 1February1840, in ILL. and died 22July1898, in Patoka, Marion Co., ILL. with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL. Jesse operated a General Store in Patoka in 1878. Most commodities were shipped by rail, in barrels or long burlap bags and were displayed among the aisles of the store. Many other items such as harnesses, patent medicine, eggs, fresh churned butter, handles and small tools might be displayed within a few feet of the counter. Few articles were packaged before being sold. In the summer when the ladies came into town to "trade" they brought whatever surpluses they had of eggs, butter, new potatoes, green beans, blackberries, and even fancy work. Men usually swapped yarns, traded horses, or visited while waiting for their wives. Most men raised their own tobacco.
Jesse married Sarah Nelphia Jackson, daughter of Ervin Jackson and Telitha Farmer, 30March1861, in Marion Co., ILL. She was born, 6July1840, in Fayette Co., ILL. and died, 18July1922 with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL. They had five children: Hannah "Josephine'' Altom, John Luther Altom, Nora T. Altom, Ervin Sylvannus "S.E." Altom and Thomas R. Altom.
James R. Altom was born in October of 1846, in ILL., the son of John Altom and Mary A. Edington and died in 1917, in Sandoval, Marion Co, ILL. with burial in Sandoval Cemetery. He married, first, Sarah A. Meader in Marion Co., ILL. She was born in ILL. and died on 8September1873. They had one son: Edward N. Altom who was born in ILL. and died in Marion Co., ILL. He married Mollie Pool in Marion Co., ILL. James married, secondly, Sarah A. Rodman in Marion Co., ILL. who was born in February of 1855 in ILL. and died in 1921 with burial in Sandoval Cemetery, Sandoval, Marion Co., ILL. They had two children together: Jesse Altom born in August of 1879, in ILL. and he married Millie Ward in Marion Co., ILL. Homer Altom born 1892 and died 1916 with burial in Sandoval Cemetery, Sandoval, Marion Co., ILL. Sarah Catherine Altom was born, 6April1849, in ILL., the daughter of John Altom and Mary A. Edington and died on October 3rd 1931 with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL. She married Robert S. Caldwell, who was born, 7February1843 and died, 23December1908 with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL. They had four children: (A) Alice Caldwell, born 1869 and died 1961 with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL., (B) William Oscar Caldwell born 1873 and died 1961 with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL. He married Nellie E. (--), (C) E. Merritt Caldwell, born 1880 and died 1956 with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL. (D) Ira G. Caldwell, born 1883 and died 1956 with burial in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Marion Co., ILL.
John P. "Jack" Altom was born in MO, the son of Spencer "Stephen'' Altom and Hannah (----). He married Mary A. Doty in Marion Co., ILL. She was born in MO. They had one son, William Altom born in ILL. George W. Gilley born in ILL., the son of Abner Gilley and Polly B. Altom, married America J. (--), who was born 16March1841 and died 2March1875 with burial in Old Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. They had a son and a daughter that died in infancy with burial in Old Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. Abner Gilley was born 7May1862 and died 28July1877 with burial in Old Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL.
Martha J. Carter was born in ILL., the daughter of William Carter and Frances S. Altom. She married William Doty, 5August1867. They had two children: Francis Doty born in ILL. and Morris Doty born in March of 1870 in ILL. Mary Ann Carter was born in April of 1850 in ILL., the daughter of William Carter and Frances S. Altom, and died in 1876. She married George Quick, 12October1870 who was born, 28February1828, in NY and died, 23June1883, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. They had two children: George Melvin Quick born, 4January1873, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. and died, 5May1949, in Odin, Marion Co., ILL. with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. He married Lillie Frances Morgan 5January1898 in Clinton Co., ILL. James Riley Quick was born, 8April1874, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. and died, 18March1942, in Brookside, Clinton Co., ILL. with burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Centralia, Marion Co., ILL. He married Daisy G. Jones, 2November1898, in Brookside, Clinton Co., ILL.
James Robert Carter was born in ILL., the son of William Carter and Frances S. Altom, and died in East Saint Louis, MO. with burial in New Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. He married J. Elizabeth Brewster in April of 1873. They had five children: William A. Carter, Mary J. Carter, Nancy E. Carter (Edwards), Osborn Carter, and a son born on 31March1881. Sarah Elizabeth Carter was born in ILL., the daughter of William Carter and Frances S. Altom, and died in 1889 with burial in Keyesport, Clinton Co., ILL. She married Thomas W. Cole, 11March1871, in Clinton Co., ILL. with burial in Old Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. They had five children: Francis Cole, (---) Cole, Will Cole, Thomas Cole, and Hester Cole who died in January of 1965. She married (---) Hill. John Riley Carter was born 15August1854, in ILL., the son of William Carter and Frances S. Altom. He is buried in Duncan Cemetery, Keyesport, Clinton Co., ILL. He married Cordelia F. Hicks, 15August1875, in Clinton Co., ILL. She died 4August1934 with burial in Duncan Cemetery, Keyesport, Clinton Co., ILL. They had four children: Edward F. Carter, Ben F. Carter, Lou H. Carter and W. Reuben Carter.
Sarah Anna "Annie" Smith was born in ILL., the daughter of Alexander Ellwood Smith and Martha Jane Altom, and died in Fairview, Newton Co., MO with burial in Fairview, Newton Co., MO. She married Nathaniel French who was born in ILL and died in Fairview, Newton Co., MO. with burial in Fairview, Newton Co., MO. They had four children, all born in MO: Mayme French, Julia French, Jane Ellwood "Elly" French, and Nathaniel French. Rachel Susan "Sue" Smith was born, 24March1863 in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL., the daughter of Alexander Ellwood Smith and Martha Jane Altom, and died 9April1926 in Centralia, Marion Co., ILL. with burial in New Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. She married Walter Henry "Pete'' Quick, 23December1880, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. He was born, 14February1860, in Marion Co., ILL. and died, 4June1942, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. with burial in New Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. They had six children: (a) Porter Wilson Quick born, 23October1882, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. and died, 2September1968, in Centralia, Marion Co., ILL. with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Centralia, Marion Co., ILL. He married Lucy Ann Morris, 1February1905, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. (b) Claude C. Quick born, 16December1888, in ILL. and died, 15November1926, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. with burial in New Carter Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. (c) Walter A. "Webb" Quick born 2February1898, in ILL. and died in Centralia, Marion Co., ILL. with burial in Pritchett Cemetery, East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. (d) George Thomas Quick born, 9July1900, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. He married Mabel Yardley, 1June1921, in Salem, Marion Co., ILL. (e) Jesse Smith Quick born, 13December1903, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL. and died, 29September1965, in Greenville, Bond Co., ILL. with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Centralia, Marion Co., ILL. He married, first, Ruby Christine Yardley, 29June1924. He married, second, Sarah Ellen Andrews (f) Benjamin Franklin Quick born, 16November1904, in East Fork, Clinton Co., ILL.