GENERATION #5: Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper

 

Robert Housley born 5-Nov-1818, Campbell County, Tennessee, married (1) ABT 1838, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Sarah Cooper, born 17-Mar-1821, Tennessee, (daughter of Peter Cooper and Clara Ridenour) died 27-Oct-1883,Campbell County, Tennessee, married (2) 14-Oct-1885, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Nancy Comer, born 1836, Campbell County, Tennessee, died 1901, Campbell County, Tennessee. Robert died 6-Jan-1886, Campbell County, Tennessee.  


Robert Housley was the fourth child of Joseph Owsley and Phoebe Longmire. He was raised in Sugar Hollow in Campbell County, Tennessee.  


Robert was a prominent citizen in Campbell County, Tennessee. He was a Justice of the Peace and performed numerous marriages. Robert was also Tax Assessor in Campbell County in 1882.  


Robert and his wife, Sarah, were members of the Powell River Baptist Church from September 1856 until February 1871, when they left and helped form the Sugar Hollow Baptist Church as charter members. Robert, Sarah and his second wife, Nancy, were buried at the Bakers Forge Cemetery. Their graves were later moved to the Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery in Campbell County, Tennessee.  


The Civil War greatly affected the lives of Robert and Sarah with sons and son-in-laws fighting for the Union. The war was the cause of death of two sons, John and Joseph. Sarah also had two brothers who died during the war at Andersonville, Georgia.  


Robert's second wife, Nancy Comer, was first married to David Wright.  


CHILDREN OF ROBERT HOUSLEY AND SARAH COOPER:  


I. John Housley born ABT 1839, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 15-Sep-1856, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Margaret E. Taylor, born 22-Aug-1837, Bradley County, Tennessee, (daughter of George M. Taylor and Annis Gray) died 17-Dec-1877, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. John died 19-Jun-1868, Campbell County, Tennessee.  


John Housley was the oldest child of Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper. John was raised in Sugar Hollow in Campbell County, Tennessee.  


John Housley fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was enrolled on July 12, 1863 at Camp Nelson, Kentucky in Company B, 11th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry. He was mustered in on August 15, 1863 at Camp Nelson as Sergeant. In March of 1865, he was assigned to Company H, 9th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry following consolidation of the regiment. John was mustered out on September 11, 1865. John died of chronic diarrhea which he (contracted while in the service of the United States and line of his duty) according to war pension papers.  


John was buried on his farm at his request, but was later reinterred in the Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, when the TVA built Norris Dam. On August 23, 1935, Sallie Sharp and Joe Housley gave authorization for the reinterment of their father's grave. A few years after John's death in 1868, Margaret and her children moved to Lead Mine Bend in Union County, Tennessee near her brother, James Taylor, who was later to assume the guardianship of the five sons of John and Margaret Housley. James Taylor was a State Representative and his son, J. Will Taylor was a very popular United States Congressman.  


It is believed John and Margaret were members of the Powell River Baptist Church in Campbell County, Tennessee. Margaret is recorded as a charter member of the Sugar Hollow Baptist Church in February 1871, after leaving the Powell River Baptist Church.  


After John's death, Margaret married Burrell A. Rucker.  


II. Peter Housley born -Mar-1840, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 29-May-1858, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Catherine Woods, born 3-Apr-1841, Tennessee, died 30-Mar-1912, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. Peter died 18-Jun-1921, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. 

 

Peter and Catherine were buried at the Bakers Forge Cemetery but were later moved to the Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery. It has been related from family members that Catherine's maiden name was Mallicoat but her name is recorded as Woods in the marriage records of Campbell County. Family members say Catherine had a brother named Milton Mallicoat who fought in the Civil War and always lived near Peter and Catherine. Peter and Catherine also named their first son, Milton Housley.  


Peter was a member and helped build the Archibald Myers Grand Army of the Republic Post in Sugar Hollow. Peter and Catherine were charter members of the Sugar Hollow Baptist Church in February 1871, after leaving the Powell River Baptist Church.  


III. Joseph Housley born ABT 1842, Campbell County, Tennessee, died 26-Jun-1864, Allatoona Station, Georgia, buried: National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. 

 

Joseph Housley fought for the Union in the Civil War. He served as Corporal in Company F, 6th Regiment, East Tennessee Infantry. Joseph joined the Union Army on March 10, 1862 in Boston, Kentucky to serve for a period of three years. Joseph died of chronic diarrhea in a field hospital in Georgia. Joseph's original place of interment is listed as Allatoona, Georgia. He was later reinterred in the Marietta National Cemetery (Section C, Grave #1815).  


IV. James Campbell Housley born 16-Mar-1846, Campbell County, Tennessee, married (1) 4-May-1865, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Nancy Catherine Heatherly, born 19-Oct-1847, Campbell County, Tennessee, (daughter of Alexander Heatherly and Sarah Ford) died 30-May-1884, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee, married (2)17-Aug-1885, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Ollie Love Ivey, born 15-Apr-1864, Campbell County, Tennessee, (daughter of Robert Ivey and Margaret Bratcher) died 27-Mar-1921, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Housley Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. James died 17-Apr-1930, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Housley Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. 

 

James Housley fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was Sergeant in Company F, 6th Tennessee Infantry, (USA) from March 10, 1862 to March 24, 1865. As a veteran of the war, James was a member and help build the Archibald Myers Grand Army of the Republic Post in Sugar Hollow.  


James and Catherine were charter members of the Sugar Hollow Baptist Church after leaving the Powell River Baptist Church in February of 1871.  


V. Martha Jane Housley born 29-Feb-1848, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 9-Nov-1865, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Andrew Jackson Bratcher, born 1-Nov-1840, (son of Robertson "Robinson" Bratcher and Rhoda Meredith) died 19-Jul-1919, Kentucky, buried: Middleburg Cemetery, Middleburg, Casey County, Kentucky. Martha died 26-Mar-1907, Kentucky, buried: Middleburg Cemetery, Middleburg, Casey County, Kentucky. 

 

Andrew Bratcher fought for the Union in the Civil War serving in Company C, 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment from October 15, 1861 to November of 1864. At one time during the war, Andrew was captured and spent time in a prison in Richmond, Virginia. Some sources relate that after the war, Andrew Bratcher was involved in the murder of John Kincaid , a confederate sympathizer in Campbell County, Tennessee. Bratcher was never charged with the murder. Andrew and Martha soon left Campbell County for Casey County, Kentucky.  


VI. Clara Housley born ABT 1852, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 30-Apr-1868, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Stephen Decatur Ford, born 1847, Campbell County, Tennessee, (son of John Ford and Anna Petree) died 1932, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. Clara died 19-Jun-1889, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. 

 

Stephen Ford fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was a Private, Company C, 1st Tennessee Infantry from July 18, 1863 to August 10, 1865. As a veteran of the war, Stephen was a member and helped build the Archibald Myers Grand Army of the Republic Post in Sugar Hollow.  


Stephen and Clara were charter members of the Sugar Hollow Baptist Church after leaving the Powell River Baptist Church in February 1871.  


 VII. Pleasant Housley born 8-Jul-1857, Campbell County, Tennessee, married (1) 8-Jul-1876, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Rebecca E. Stout, born 15-May-1855, Johnson County, Tennessee, (daughter of John Parker Stout and Barbara Shoun) died 20-Sep-1878, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee, married (2) 8-May-1881, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Salome Elizabeth Stout, born 16-Dec-1859, Johnson County, Tennessee, (daughter of John Parker Stout and Barbara Shoun) died 4-Apr-1939, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. Pleasant died 18-Oct-1921, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. 


Rebecca and Elizabeth Stout were sisters


VII: Phoebe Housley born ABT 1862, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 6-Nov-1879, in Campbell County, Tennessee, William A. Smith. Phoebe died 1892, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. Phoebe died in childbirth.




1830 Campbell County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 227) 
Joseph Housley 
1 male age 30-40, 2 males age 15-20, 1 male age 10-15, 1 male age 0-5 
1 female age 30-40, 1 female age 10-15, 1 female age 5-10, 1 female age 0-5 

1840 Campbell County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 298) 
Robert Housley 
1 male age 20-30, 2 males age 0-5 
1 female age 15-20 

1850 Campbell County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 300B, 17th Subdivision, Family 326/326) 
Robert Hously - age 31 - born in Tennessee (Occupation: Farmer) 
Sarah - age 27 - born in Tennessee 
John - age 11 - born in Tennessee 
Peter - age 10 - born in Tennessee 
Joseph - age 8 - born in Tennessee 
James - age 4 - born in Tennessee 
Martha J. - age 2 - born in Tennessee 

1860 Campbell County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 428, District #1, Fincastle, Tennessee, Family 377/370) 
Robert Housley - age 41 - born in Tennessee (Occupation: Farmer) 
Sarah - age 38 - born in Tennessee 
Joseph - age 18 - born in Tennessee 
James - age 15- born in Tennessee 
Martha J. - age 12 - born in Tennessee 
Clara - age 8 - born in Tennessee 
Pleasant - age 2 - born in Tennessee 

1870 Campbell County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 10, District #1, Jacksboro, Tennessee Post Office, Family 72/66) 
Robt. Housley - age 52 - born in Tennessee (Occupation: Farmer) 
Sarah - age 49 - born in Tennessee 
Pleas - age 12 - born in Tennessee 
Phoeba - age 8 - born in Tennessee 

1880 Campbell County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 364 D, District #1, Family 70/77) 
Robert Housley - age 61 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in NC (Occupation: Farmer) 
Sarah - age 59 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN




Death Certificate of Milton Cooper

 

(Milton was the brother of Sarah Cooper, wife of Robert Housley.)

(Milton and Sarah were children of Peter Cooper and Clara Ridenour.)





Gravestone of Robert Housley

Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery

Campbell County, Tennessee





Gravestone of Sarah Cooper Housley

Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery

Campbell County, Tennessee 





Sugar Hollow Baptist Church






Gravestones of Peter Cooper, father of Sarah Cooper Housley

Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery

Campbell County, Tennessee 





John Housley,

son of Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper





Grave of Joseph Housley, son of Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper

National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia





James Campbell Housley, son of Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper





James Campbell Housley, son of Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper

left to right:  young boy (name unknown), Hazel Byrd Housley, Azilee Housley, John R. Housley (holding his son, James), young lady (name unknown), Phoebe Housley Shelby, and James Campbell Housley (sitting on ground).  This photograph was taken at the first two graves in the Housley Cemetery in Campbell County, Tennessee. ) 





Martha Housley Bratcher, daughter of Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper





Andrew Jackson Bratcher, husband of Martha Housley




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