I am looking for information on my gggrandparents.
Henry WILLMORE is first evident in the 1850, Jefferson CO. Federal Census on p. 29. Born in Tennessee, Henry is a nine (9) year old living with James (24, KY) and Elizabeth Jones (26, NC).
On the 1860 Federal Census, Henry is enumerated in Perry CO. IL on page 210, Line 26, Dwelling #1535. In 1860, Henry's occupation is listed as a laborer and is renting/rooming with Hawkins (51, TN) and Francis (36, TB0 Ozburn, a farmer with an estate valued at $100,000 and a personal value of $50,000. Hawkins S. Osburn married Francis Jarrell 12 June 1849. The Osburn's are listed with 3 male and 1 female child. Apparently, Henry and Harriet met in Perry CO.IL.
Henry had at least two brothers: John, of whom I have considerable information, and Wesley who I have less for.
Harriet ADKINS is listed in the 1860 Perry Cty. IL Federal Census on p.114 as a 14 year old domestic, born in IL and living with Mabel (Ohio) and Olive (NY) Ellis. The Ellis family were farmers with a stated personal worth of $400. Who are Harriet's parents?
Harriet married Henry WILLMORE 25 May 1862.
By the 1870 Census, Henry and Harriet are married with children & living in Spring Garden, Jefferson CO. Il. p.27) Harriet and Henry had 7 children. Henry is also a minister by now.
On Aug 15, 1862 at the age of 22, (and 2 1/2 months following his marriage) Henry volunteers for military duty with the US Infantry and is discharged 8 June, 1865 in Washington, DC. He was injured and qualified for a Veteran's pension.
Family oral history shares an insight into Harriet. Both Gabriel and Kirt, the two youngest Willmore children, volunteered for the Spanish American War. Kirt required a presidential amnesty for some prior infraction, as yet unknown, in order to enlist. Following the amnesty, both boys left. Kirt was gored to death by a water buffalo and was shipped home to Spring Garden, IL for burial. (Hope Cemetery) Kirt was Harriet's favorite and she did not believe that he was in the casket. She insisted that the coffin be opened at the train depot, which happened. Upon seeing Kirt in the casket, Harriet passed out and was supposedly in mourning over Kirt's death, the balance of her life. Harriet died 24 July, 1905.
I hope someone in cyberland has some info on my WILLMORE line....I am at a brickwall here.