Hi Joan........I am doing some lateral line research to solidify some of the records I have. One set of my ancestors was the early Texas settlers, James Chance family of Burleson & Milam Counties, Texas. James Chance had a son named James Madison Chance, born Jul. 6, 1832, who according to family history & notes married a AMANDA ABLES in or around 1860. ****************** I have cut & pasted the Milam County 1860 census here:
1860Milam County, Texas census, Page 56,Western District, Port Sullivan, July 21, 1860 Res. 380
* ( James & Amanda were living next to James' folks on date of census.) ******************* Based on the census of 1860, this would have made AMANDA born about 1845.
Now.....look at the 1850 Cherokee County, Texas census:
CENSUS YR:1850STATE or TERRITORY:TXCOUNTY:CherokeeDIVISION:No19 REEL NO:M432-909PAGE NO:862 REFERENCE:30th day of Oct. 1850 by J. M. Becton ============================================== 39 386 AblesJ. S.38MFarmer50,000TN. 40 386 AblesMargaret 35FTN. 41 386 AblesLevi13MTx 42 386 AblesWinfield 10M 1 386 AblesMary8FTx 2 386 AblesAmanda5FTx 3 386 AblesJosephine 2FTX. 4 386 Houston Mary O.W. 7F 5 386 Ables Mary85FN.C. 6 386 SummersWm.25MFarmer
Notice the Amanda age 5. Would you know anything about this Amanda? It is the right age for the Amanda (I'll call her my Amanda for lack of confusion) that marries J. M. Chance in about 1860. My Amanda's husband, James, is killed in the Civil War in 1865. My Amanda was a WIDOW before she was twenty years old. She is last known filing for widow's pention in nearby Robertson County.