GENERATION #6: John Housley and Margaret E. Taylor

 

John Housley born ABT 1839, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 15-Sep-1856, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Margaret E. (Peggy) 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 served as Commissary Sergeant, until he 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.  


CHILDREN OF JOHN HOUSLEY AND MARGARET TAYLOR:  


I. Annis Housley born 11-Dec-1857, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 25-Nov-1871, in Campbell County, Tennessee, John Henry Woods (Housley), born 1851, Campbell County, Tennessee, (son of John Housley and Caroline Woods) died 1913, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. Annis died 22-Mar-1885, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. 

 

Annis' husband, John Henry Woods (Housley) was the son of John Housley and Caroline Woods.


II. Sarah Ousley born 13-Jan-1859, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 15-Oct-1873, in Union County, Tennessee, William Kyle Sharp, born 10-Jul-1855, Tennessee, (son of John Nicholas Sharp and Malinda Ausmus) died 6-May-1919, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. Sarah died 10-Nov-1939, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee.   


III. George Washington Owsley (Housley) born 30-Aug-1860, Campbell County, Tennessee, married (1) ABT 1881, in Union County, Tennessee, Mary Ann Shoffner, born 5-Dec-1865, Union County, Tennessee, (daughter of Berry Shoffner and Sarah Ann Shelby) died 23-Jun-1904, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee, married (2) 8-Nov-1896, in Campbell County, Tennessee, Martha A. (Mattie) Heatherly, born 12-Jul-1876, Campbell County, Tennessee, (daughter of John Jackson Heatherly and Louisa Gray) died 17-Mar-1949, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. George died 2-Apr-1924, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. 


IV. James Housley born 9-May-1862, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 25-Dec-1883, in Gage County, Nebraska, Sally Aveline Beeler, born 19-Aug-1866, Union County, Tennessee, (daughter of James Asbury Beeler and Elizabeth Aveline Honeycutt) died 2-Oct-1955, Frontier County, Nebraska, buried: Arbor Cemetery, Stockville, Frontier County, Nebraska. James died 7-May-1958, Frontier County, Nebraska, buried: Arbor Cemetery, Stockville, Frontier County, Nebraska. 

 

In the late 1870's, James moved west with neighbors. He was listed as a farm laborer (age 18) living with the John Drinnen family in the 1880 census of (Center Township) Marshall County, Kansas. 

 

According to census records, the James Housley family lived in Pawnee County, Nebraska in 1900. By 1910, they were residing in Frontier County, Nebraska, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. On December 25, 1933, James and his wife, Sally, celebrated their Golden Anniversary.


V. Joseph (Joe) Housley born 5-Aug-1864, Campbell County, Tennessee, married (1) 25-Mar-1886, in Union County, Tennessee, Sarelda Sharp, born 1-Mar-1859, Union County, Tennessee, (daughter of John Nicholas Sharp and Malinda Ausmus) died 15-Oct-1915, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee, married (2) Louisa Lula (Lou) Brown, born 16-Sep-1876, Fincastle, Campbell County, Tennessee, (daughter of John A. Brown and Mary Ann Heatherly) died 12-Aug-1938, Campbell County, Tennessee, buried: Glade Springs Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. (NOTE: Lou was the widow of Lewis Adkins.) Joseph died 12-Apr-1944, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. Joseph Housley was a prominent citizen and a member of the County Court in Union County. He was also a policeman in Campbell County, Tennessee. 

 

Descendants of Joseph Housley relate that Joseph was the father of three children (Glessie, Weare, and Loyal), whose mother was Josephine Stiner, wife of Thomas A. Harvey.


VI. William R. Housley born 13-Sep-1866, Campbell County, Tennessee, died 17-Aug-1887, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee.  


VII. John Housley born 17-Sep-1868, Campbell County, Tennessee, married 16-Dec-1892, in Union County, Tennessee, Catherine Stiner, born 26-Apr-1873, Union County, Tennessee, (daughter of John Harve Stiner and Rutha Proffitt), died 27-Mar-1962, Davidson County, Tennessee, buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Campbell County, Tennessee. John died 11-Apr-1910, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. 


John Housley was the yougest child of John Housley and Margaret Taylor. He was born after his father's death in 1868. John Housley was a school teacher. He taught at the Taylor's School at Lead Mine Bend in Union County, Tennessee.  


John Housley was known to have been the father of a child (Flora Stiner), whose mother was Rhoda Stiner, younger sister of his wife, Catherine. Flora was born on December 14, 1902, in Union County, Tennessee. 


It appears, after the death of Catherine (Stiner) Housley's parents, Rhoda Stiner and James Stiner lived with John and Catherine (Stiner) Housley. Both Rhoda Stiner and James Stiner were Catherine's younger siblings. Acccording to the 1900 census, Rhoda Stiner already had a one year old daughter named Rutha Stiner, born in 1899. I believe Rutha was also a child of John Housley and Rhoda Stiner. By 1910, Rhoda Stiner had married James H. Ausmus. Flora was the only child living in the same household with James and Rhoda (Stiner) Ausmus.  


The 1910 Union County, Tennessee Census revealed Rhoda was the mother of three children, two of whom were still living. I believe the other living child of Rhoda Stiner still living in 1910 was Rutha Stiner, who was born in 1899. From the evaluation of census records, it appears Rutha was being raised by a distant cousin, Curtis Licurgus Stiner. 



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 457, District #5, Fincastle, Tennessee, Family 278/272) 
John Housley - age 21 - born in Tennessee (Occupation: Farm Hand) 
Margaret - age 22 - born in Tennessee 
Annis - age 2 - born in Tennessee 
Sarah - age 1 - born in Tennessee 

1870 Campbell County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 9, District #1, Jacksboro, Tennessee Post Office, Family 65/59) 
Margret Housley - age 32 - born in Tennessee (Occupation: Keeping House) 
Anna - age 12 - born in Tennessee 
Sarah - age 11 - born in Tennessee 
George - age 9 - born in Tennessee 
James - age 7 - born in Tennessee 
Joseph - age 5 - born in Tennessee 
William - age 3 - born in Tennessee 
John - age 1 - born in Tennessee 

1880 Union County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 228, District #11, Family 164/179) 
James Taylor - age 39 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (Occupation: Farmer and Merchant) 
Sarah E. - age 32 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
George N. - age 12 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Anise E. - age 9 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
John F. - age 6 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Margaret M. - age 5 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Frances S.T. - age 3 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Joseph Ousley (nephew) - age 15 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
William Ousley (nephew) - age 13 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
John Ousley (nephew) - age 12 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN





Margaret Taylor Housley Pension Application






John Housley, 

son of Robert Housley and Sarah Cooper





Margaret E. (Peggy) Taylor,

wife of John Housley





John Housley Gravestone

Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery

Campbell County, Tennessee

 




Margaret Taylor Housley (Owsley) Gravestone

Taylors Grove (Taylors) Cemetery

Union County, Tennessee





James Willis Taylor

brother of Margaret Taylor Housley (Owsley)

(NOTE: Sometime after the death of John Housley, Margaret Taylor Housley moved from Campbell County to Union County to live with or near her brother, James Taylor. After Margaret's death, James Taylor became the legal guardian of the Housley (Ousley) children and raised them at his home in the Lead Mine Bend community of Union County, Tennessee. James was a State Representative and State Senator in Tennessee.)





James W. Taylor Gravestone

Taylors Grove (Taylors) Cemetery

Union County, Tennessee

(NOTE: James Taylor gave the land for the Taylors Cemetery)





The old James Taylor place located in the Lead Mine Bend community of Union County, Tennessee. 

The family of Joseph "Joe" Housley, nephew of James Taylor, later lived in the Taylor home. 





Burrell Austin Rucker, second husband of Margaret E. (Peggy) Taylor





Annis Housley Woods and her husband, Henry Woods (Housley)





William Kyle Sharp and his wife, Sarah Ousley Sharp





PHOTO TAKEN AT OLD JAMES "JIM" TAYLOR HOME:

(left to right)

Laura Belle King Cox, Lou Brown Adkins Housley, Sarah Housley Cox, 

Sarah "Sallie" Ousley Sharp, Sallie Graves Housley, and Rispie Housley Robison





Rachel Weaver Woods, Sarah Housley Sharp, and Cynthia Lay Shoffner





George Washington Owsley and his second wife, Martha A. (Mattie) Heatherly, 

with adopted son, Charles Lafayette Owsley





1917 Photograph of the James Housley - Sally Beeler family.

James was the son of John Housley and Margaret Taylor.


(left to right)

Back: Bertha, Annie, Elsie, George, Emmert, Walter, Harlan, and Charles.

Front: Fern, Lily, Sally, Lila, James, Willie, and Leo. 





1926 Photograph of the James Housley - Sally Beeler family.

James was the son of John Housley and Margaret Taylor.


(left to right)

Back: Fern, Annie, Elsie, Walter, Willie, Lily, Lila, and Bertha. 

Front: James, Emmert, Charles, Harlan, Leo, and Sally. 





1934 Photograph of the James Housley - Sally Beeler family.

James was the son of John Housley and Margaret Taylor.


(left to right)

Back: Emmert, Harlan, Charles, and Leo

Middle: Lila, Elsie, Walter, Willie, and Fern 

Front: Bertha, James, Sally, Annie, and Lily 





James Housley and his wife, Sally Beeler 

on their 50th Anniversary





Joseph (Joe) Housley and his second wife, Lou Brown Adkins Housley





Joseph (Joe) Housley with his grandson, Bill Cox





Sarelda Sharp Housley, first wife of Joseph (Joe) Housley





James Walton Housley, son of Joseph Housley and Sarelda Sharp,

with his wife, Lou Verne Keck, and their five daughters 





Troley Housley (on left), son of Johnny Housley and Catherine Stiner, 

and a family member (name unknown)





Troley Housley, son of Johnny Housley and Catherine Stiner, 

and his second wife, Ina Mae Williams





The four sons of Johnny Housley and Catherine Stiner

(standing: Troley Housley and Willis Housley)

(sitting: Theodore Housley and Walter Housley) 





Troley Housley, son of Johnny Housley and Catherine Stiner





Estelle Russell, first wife of Troley Housley





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