John P. & Nancy Scott Vinson family
Nancy Scott b. 22 Feb 1804 Pendleton district, S. C. or Jackson
co. Tenn. (I have yet to see proof of this birthdate) d. 1842-8 Washington
co., Iowa Territory m. 1 Sep 1822 Sangamon co. Ill. John P. Vinson s/o
William & Lucy Guthrie Vinson b. 4 Nov 1796 Adair co. Ky. d. July 1857
Jefferson co. Iowa. Said to have had 14 children, but only 6 "survived
to manhood". Many of the dates and names for children I'm showing below
are quite unproven. John married a second time but had no other children.
From 'Portrait & Biographical Album of Dewitt co. Ill.', published
1893- "Born Kentucky... came to this state with his father, and in Sangamon
co. in 1821 married Nancy... In 1839 he removed to Iowa where he died in
1856, his wife having preceded him... John served as constable in Iowa
for several years".
Nancy's last child (that I have any confidence in the existence of)
was born 1842/3 and John remarried in 1848 so Nancy must have died 1842-8,
possibly in childbirth. There was an
epidemic of probably typhoid or cholera that hit Jefferson county Iowa
in 1845 and 1846, which might account for the astonishingly high mortality
rate in the children of this family (and may well have been the cause of
Nancy's death as well).
John was thought to have married Jane McCulley in Henry co. Iowa (25
July 1843). This, however, was different John Vinson/Vincent.
John was married a second time 21 Oct 1848 to Mrs. Rachel Cisel
Wycuff, d/o Hazerel & Delilah Ball Cisel b. 20 Oct 1799 Maryland
d. 12 Sep 1855 Marion co. Iowa; Rachel had 6 children by her first
marriage to James Finley Wycoff, who had died in 1846.
Four of Rachels' children and John's four youngest surviving children
were living with John and Rachel Vinson in 1850 (Fairfield township, Jefferson
The family moved from Jefferson county to Liberty township, Marion co.
Iowa some time between 1852 and 1854. In 1852 their household consisted
of 3 males and 3 females; John and Rachel's household in 1854 consisted
of 2 males and 3 females, which would seem to be John and Rachel, James
and Sarah Vinson, and Rachel's youngest daughter Rachel Wycuff.
John and his two youngest surviving children, James and Sarah, were
living in Marion county Iowa in 1856.
John bought 160 acres in sec. 24 in Locust Grove township, Jefferson
co. Iowa in 1845. Subsequently, he must have acquired land in the
adjoining Center township as the following sales of land appear in the
27 Apr 1846 John Vinson to Jacob Sears sec. 24-72-11 Locust Grove township
9 Apr 1853 John Vinson to Joseph Hickinbottom sec. 19-72-10 Center
21 Oct 1853 John Vinson & Rachel to William Gilmer sec. 24-72-11
4 Mar 1853 Rachel Vinson & husband to Hazall C. Wycuff sec. 24-72-11
4 Mar 1853 John Vinson & Wife to William Gilmer sec. 24-72-11 Locust
Rachel predeceased John and there is no mention of her in his probate
administration, nor is there mention of any of her children. He was
living, in poor health, with one John B. Graves for the nine months prior
to his death.
When John died (July 1857) no will was filed and his children in Illinois
were not notified. John Graves submitted a bill for $308 for care
of John, $8 per week for nine months. He also filed, and was granted,
letters of administration. No inventory was taken although John was
reputedly worth $600.
In September 1857 Nancy's children, who lived in Illinois, heard of
their father's death. John Jr. went to Iowa and filed a petition
requesting John Graves' administration be set aside because he (John Jr.)
and his brother Andrew were not notified of the death, because John Graves
had overcharged for their fathers keep, and lastly, had not taken an inventory.
In October 1857 an inventory was finally taken but the only items found
were a saddle and bridle valued at $10.50.
John's petition succeeded and he was appointed administrator but all
he received from the estate was his fathers horse, a grey mare valued at
(Most of the above written by Rosa Goodrich)
Charles - b. ca. 1823 Madison co. Ill.?
Mary - b. ca. 1824 Madison co. Ill.??
William - b. 1823 (or 1826) Sangamon co. Ill. d. 11 Nov 1845 (or
just prior to- unclear) Jefferson co. Iowa? (probably in the aforesaid
epidemic) m. 16 Jun 1844 Jefferson co. Iowa Arena Harding b. 1824
d. before 1899 Baxter co. Arkansas, buried Thacker cemetery, Mountain Home,
Baxter co. Ark. (or possibly d. 1848, buried in an unmarked grave in Myers
cemetery, Jefferson co. Iowa) d/o Saul & Catherine McCall Harding;
in the 1850 census of Wapello county Iowa, Arena's parents were living
with an America Vinson (age 6, female, m. 25 Mar 1861 Jefferson co. Iowa
Miles Burris) and Nancy Vinson (age 4, m. 18 July 1860 Jefferson co. Iowa
Joseph Burris), but not Arena Vinson.
Samuel - b. ca. 1827 Tazewell co. Ill.?
Andrew Jackson - b. 12 Sept 1828 Tazewell co. Ill. d. 18 Feb 1908
Dewitt co. Ill. (buried Rock Creek Cemetery) m. 12 Sept 1849 Dewitt
co. Ill. Rhoda Cisco b. 27 Mar 1829 Jackson co. Tennessee d. 1906 Dewitt
co. Ill. He served in the Civil War, as a private, mustering in on
4 Sept 1862 at Wapella, Dewitt co. Ill. and being discharged 1 Dec 1862
on account of a disability. 11 children
John T - b. 1830/1 Tazewell co. Ill. d. 1897-1900, probably
Flat Head Indian Reservation, Montana m/1? 31 July 1851 Dewitt co.
Ill. Elizabeth Gardner, no info (questionable); m/2. 20 Jun 1858
Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa Phoebe Troxel b. ca. 1844 Iowa
d. 25 Sept 1925 Douglas co. Oregon, 2 or 3 children; John and Phoebe divorced
14 May 1867, Douglas co. Oregon (John was charged with desertion, and that
he had left on 10 Jan 1862). John was in the Army from 1862 through
at least 1868, and settled on the Flat Head Indian Reservation, Montana
after the divorce. John m/3. Otlene _____ b. 1849/50 Montana d. after
1887 and had at least 7 more children (the eldest born 1864/5); Otlene
was full Flathead (Salish) indian. He seems to have married a 4th
time (or divorced Otlene) because in the U.S. Indian Census Schedules between
1887 and 1891 his wife is consistently named Catherine (or Cheen E-Ah),
another full-blooded Flathead (Salish) Indian, born about 1840 in Montana;
his youngest son by Otlene, Samuel, was born in 1887 but listed as an "orphan"
in 1900 and 1901. They also seem to have had a daughter, Sophy, born
in 1886/7. Catherine seems to have died in 1895/6; John and Sophy
disappear from the Indian census schedules after 30 Jun 1897 and neither
seems to be in the 1900 census.
Daniel W. - b. 18 Aug 1836 McLean co. Ill. d. 8 Jan 1855 Dewitt
co. Ill. Lived with his uncle & aunt Samuel & Ruth Scott
Glenn in Dewitt co. Ill. in 1850. Buried Rock Creek Cemetery.
Martin - b. 1838/9 Jefferson co. Iowa?- living 1850, doesn't seem
to be living in 1856 or thereafter
Martha - b. 1839 Jefferson co. Iowa?
James R. - b. 1840/1 Jefferson co. Iowa d. 187_ Mason
co. Ill.?; living (unmarried) with his sister Sarah in 1870 in Mason co.
Illinois, but no sign of after that
Sarah E. or F. - b. 1842/3 Jefferson co. Iowa d. after 1870,
probably after 1880 m/1. 26 Nov 1857 Menard co. Illinois Jasper
N. Miller s/o George & Betsey Miller b. ca. 1836 Illinois
d. ca. 1872 (living in 1870), at least 2 children; m/2. 19 Nov 1874
Mason co. Ill. James B. Gee s/o Joshua & Ginnie Vanderbogart
Gee b. 19 Nov 1807 New York d. 3 Dec (or 12 May) 1877 Mason
co. Ill., buried
Bethel Cemetery, Mason co. Ill., no children; m/3. 18 Jun 1879 Mason
co. Ill. J. Andrus, no data (probably Rev. John Andrews - b. ca.
1802 Connecticut) - they are not in the census in 1880 in Mason county
(but there are no Andrus' listed in the mortality schedule for 1880 for
Mason county - though it should be noted that it is very difficult to read).
However, there is a marriage record of a Sarah Andrews marrying
Robert Tempest in March 1880 in Mason co. Ill., and they are listed
in Salem township, Knox co. Illinois in the 1880 census. Sarah is
listed as precisely the right age, but states that she was born in Illinois
and that her parents were born in Delaware, so it is questionable if this
is still the right Sarah, after four marriages. Robert was born ca.
1840/1 in Pennsylvania; he may have m/1. 1 Jan 1868 Peoria co. Ill.
Mary E. Upright b. 1844/5 Pa. and lived in Knox co. Mo. in 1870; one son,
Edward, b. 1877/8 Ill. Robert seems to have fought in the Civil War,
first in Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment Illinois and then transferred
to Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment Illinois, and died 3 Oct 1895, buried
Yates City Cemetery, Salem Township, Knox County, Illinois; resided at
some point in Havana, Mason co. Ill., but was admitted to the Illinois
Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Quincy, Illinois on 27 Dec 1892. After
1880, there is no sign of Sarah; there is no sign of her children after
Henry - b. ca. 1845 Jefferson co. Iowa