Nice to meet you!Yes, I learned quite a bit, although it took some work.Turns out your Joseph is the oldest son of John Henry Abell and Dorothy Bowles.When Dorothy died the children were evidently split up among relatives.(One elderly lady from around Calvary told me it was passed down to her that the Raley, Bowles and Abell men liked their whiskey - she was a Raley!)
At first I wasn't sure if Joseph was their son, as proof is scarce, but this convinced me.The baby of the family was Mary Jane Abell, who wd have been only a toddler when Joseph and Matilda married.I thought Mary Jane had also died, as I didn't find her with any of the other children living with relatives.When I learned about Joseph, there in the 1850 census was his baby sister Mary Jane, being raised by him and Matilda!
John Henry Abell's grandfather was Joseph Abner Abell, he had an uncle named Joseph Abner Abell, and Dorothy Bowles' father was Joseph Bowles, so it also made sense that their firstborn son was named Joseph.
John and his second wife lived in Marion County til about 1855 or so then they moved to Taylor Co., living near the Tungates.Sons Enoch and William also eventually lived in Taylor Co, and Enoch is buried there.William later came to IL with his brother John Madison and sister Rosella before finally settling in TX.Rosella had married a widower with young children in KY, they moved on to Iowa and settled there, and John Madison married and raised a family here in IL with my gr-gr-grandmother for several years, then abandoned them and left for TX.He settled not far from William, married twice more and had a second family.
I have details of most all of John and Dorothy's children, birth's some baptisms', location and dates of death and their childrens names.I also have John's and Dorothy's families back to Maryland, to the first male in America.I have a lot of the Pierceall and Raley lines as well.I will have to see what I have that is useful, once you let me know what you need and are interested in.
Where are you located at?I'm near Peoria IL.Have been down to Lebanon and Calvary twice doing research, wd love to get back again.Still haven't been able to figure out exactly WHERE John and Dorothy's land was near Calvary.They also had some land from HER family near Louisa Bowles.This land is where John and his second wife lived after he sold (or lost for debts) the land the family had lived on in the 1840 census, near the other Abell families.
I knew there was another Pierceall tie-in - William David, Joseph's younger brother, married a Nancy Pierceall - is she Matilda's sister?I think I figured out that his great-aunt wd have also been his mother-in-law - but I may be mistaken.