My gr gr grandfather on my mother's side was Josiah Nelson b. ~1821 Gallipolis, Gallia Co, OH. His first wife was Dorcas Lamirah Denney b.~1819-1821 NC. Josiah and Dorcas were married in the late 1840's in Cole Co, Jefferson City, Missouri where I found them in the 1850 census living next door to Squire Denney 57 M b.NC, Elizabeth 17 b.NC, Mary 16 b.NC, and Martha 14 b.MO. So since the older girls were born in NC, I am assuming Dorcas (referred to as 'Lamira' in the census) was born in NC too. I am also assuming that Squire Denney because of his age, is her father, and must be widowed.
Problem is, I can't find any records of a Squire Denney anywhere, but there is a mention of a G.W. Denney. Is it possible this G.W.Denney was "Squire" Denney even though the age might be off? Am looking for information to confirm this, to find out who his wife was and if she/they are buried in Cole Co. or Jefferson City somewhere. She must have died in MO if that's where the youngest girl Martha was born I'm guessing, but I don't know how to find out.
Josiah and Dorcas (Lamirah) had 2 children in 1850 listed as ages 2 and 3 yrs. Names are Elender Jane and Elizabeth M. both b.MO. So she and Josiah had been married most likely for at least 3 yr. Dorcas died in Illinois in March 1852 and is buried in Cherry Grove Cemetery in Galesburg, Knox Co., IL. By 1858, Josiah is remarried, and the census lists as the 2 oldest children, Ellen age 14, b.IND (MO), and Matilda age 12, b.IND (MO)., also Saryann age 10 and George age 8 both b.IND. (I have undocumented info that says Josiah and Dorcas had 5 children: Ellen b~1846, Elizabeth b~1848, Sarah Ann b~1850, George b~1852, and unknown infant b?.) If George was b.1852, and Dorcas was buried in March 1852, I'm not sure how the 'unknown infant' fits.
If you can help, I'd really appreciate any info you may have regarding this line. Thanks so much.