Father: Phillip Russell, Jr.
Mother: Rebeckah Russell
Spouse: Naomi Malvina Ashe Serginor - b: ~1815 - VA
d: 1870 - Grayson Co., VA
m: ~1830 - Grayson Co., VA
Child-1: Celia -
b: 1/Nov/1831 - Smyth Co., VA
d: Hawkins Co., TN
m: James Stuart - 28/Jun/1848 - Grayson Co., VA
2: Rebecca - b: 26/Nov/1834 - Grayson Co., VA
m: James P. Ross
3: Rufus R. - b: 15/Apr/1836 - Smyth Co., VA
m: Eliza Ellen Farmer - 1860
4: John Harvey - b: 27/Mar/1838 - Smyth Co., VA
d: 21/Nov/1919 - St. Clair, Hawkins Co., TN - bur: Rogers Cem.
m: Sarah J. Serginor - ~1857 - m: Rosannah (Rose) Russell - 27/Nov/1866
m: Mary Locke - 18/Sep/1878 - m: Josephine Locke - 11/Nov/1881
5: Riley O. - b: 7/Dec/1840 - Smyth Co., VA
6: Sarah Ann - b: 13/Feb/1843 - Smyth Co., VA
d: 2/Jan/1924 - Grayson Co., VA
m: Elbert S. Lovelace - 1873 - Grayson Co., VA
7: Rosa Malvina - b: 25/Sep/1845 - Smyth Co., VA
8: William Dailey - b: 3/Apr/1848 - Smyth Co., VA
d: 7/Aug/1926 - Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
m: Eliza Northern - 10/Jan/1867 - Hawkins Co., TN
m: Amanda J. ***** - m: Dollie P. *****
9: Noah Baldwin - b: 31/May/1850 - VA
d: 1925 - Furnace, KY
m: Philadelphia Tipton - Jul/1870 - KY - m: Mary E. Tipton - 1888
m: Ellen Reffit - 1890 - m: Alice Kincaid - 1920
10: Nancy Jane Elizabeth - b: 7/Aug/1852 - Smyth Co., VA
m: Fielden Warner - 26/Jun/1873 - Grayson Co., VA
11: Marion Smith - b: 8/Aug/1856 - Smyth Co., VA
d: 3/Apr/1931 - Grayson Co., VA - bur: Comers Rock Cem.
m: Eliza J. Holbrook - 13/Jan/1875 - Grayson Co., VA
m: Margaret Ella (Bessie) Cornett - 10/Jul/1896
12: Melinda Darlutha - b: 1862 - VA
m: George M. Maize or Mays - 17/Mar/1877 - VA
m: Lee Ball - 30/Jun/1883 - Grayson Co., VA - m: ***** Adkins
John F. Russell was born in Grayson County, Virginia, on November 1, 1812, and was the son of Philip, Jr., and Rebeckah Russell. As with his brothers and sisters, he probably grew up in the vicinity of Fox Creek and married Naomi Malvina Serginor about 1830 or 1831. There is some question as to the exact spelling of her surname. Indeed, some researchers give her name as “Surginor”; however, a search of contemporary census records has failed to substantiate this alternative and only the form “Serginor” has been found. It appears that John and Naomi Russell settled in Smyth County, Virginia, in the early to middle 1830’s. (Smyth County adjoins Grayson County to the northwest and was formed in 1832 from portions of Washington and Wythe Counties.) Indeed, the household of John Russell appeared in the population schedule of the 1840 US Census for Smyth County and contained in addition to an adult couple, i.e., John and Naomi, two male children both less than five years of age and two female children both between five and ten. Clearly, this is in accord with the known family of John and Naomi Malvina Russell. Moreover, on February 14, 1840, John Russell sold his interest in the estate of his father, Philip Russell, to his brother-in-law, George Shuler.1Source Notes and Citations:
The household of John and Naomi Russell was listed in the population schedule of the 1850 US Census for Smythe County and it would seem that the Russell family remained in Smyth County until the late 1850’s, but evidently they moved to Grayson County before 1860. This is supported by the appearance of the household of John and Naomi Russell, including seven minor children, in the population schedule of the 1860 US Census for Grayson County. Their four oldest children, Celia, Rebecca, Rufus, and John Harvey, were apparently already married by this time and, thus, not living in the household of their parents. In addition, a daughter, Mary, age four, was listed as a member of the household; however, no other evidence of this daughter, either documentary or circumstantial, has been found. Furthermore, a known son, Marion Smith Russell, who would have been four years old when the census was taken in August of 1860 was not listed, but obviously should have been. This suggests that the census taker confused the names “Mary” and “Marion” and mistakenly recorded a daughter instead of a son, which implies that the daughter, Mary, is spurious. Indeed, this kind of error would not have been as unlikely as one might think because clothing and hair styles for small boys and girls were essentially identical at this time. Hence, even if the census taker had actually seen the young child, he still might have made the error, since the modern custom of gender differentiation in dress for small children dates only from the early twentieth century.
According to the 1870 Grayson County population schedule, John Russell was a blacksmith. It is believed that Naomi Russell died in 1870. Furthermore, according to the 1880 US Census for Grayson County, John subsequently lived with the family of his youngest daughter and her husband, George and Melinda Darlutha Maize (or Mays). In addition, Riley O. Russell was also living in this household. Apparently, Riley was intellectually handicapped since he was identified as “idiotic” in the corresponding population schedules for the years, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. Within this context, records of Civil War service for residents of Grayson County compiled by Jeffrey Weaver indicate that Riley Russell enlisted in Confederate forces, but deserted after only one week.2 This is probably an indication that he was judged unfit for service and sent home. Even so, on April 22, 1861, Riley Russell was assigned by the Grayson County Court as a hand on the road crew of Jefferson Ring, which indicates that he was capable of supervised manual labor.
It appears that John Russell died between 1896 and 1900. He was not listed in the 1900 population schedule, but according to Diana Collins, he was listed on the 1896 Tax List for Grayson County. In addition, also in 1896, J. F. Russell, brother, was identified as informant of the death of Annie Russell Shuler, daughter of Philip and Rebecca Russell. He has numerous descendants in Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.3
1. “I, John Russell of the County of Smythe and State of Virginia have bargained and sold and hath by these presents bargain and sell all my rights title claim and interests in all the land or lands that Phillip Russell, dec’d _?_ of in the County of Grayson unto George Shuler of the County Grayson for the sum of thirty five dollars in hand paid the receipt is hereby acknowledged and I John Russell do hereby relinquish all my rights claim and interest unto the above mentioned George Shuler and his heirs forever all my right claim and interests in all the lands that my Father Phillip Russell, dec’d possessed of as an heir at law for the above mentioned sum of thirty Five dollars to me in hand paid before the ensealing and delivery of the receipts is hereby acknowledged given under my hand and seal this February 14th 1840. his mark John X Russell
Stephen Halo Jr Jacob Reiner James Russell”
Transcribed from original document by Lila Carpenter and subsequently cited by Shirley Ramos and Patricia Kratz. (Deed Bk. 9, Grayson Co., VA, pg. 89.)
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2. Jeffrey Weaver summarizes the military service of Riley Russell as follows:
“RUSSELL, RILEY F.: 20, 1860 GCC HH#1340, Co. I, 51st Va. Inf. Enlisted on 7/27/61 at Camp Jackson. Deserted on 8/3/61. Age 30, 1870 GCC.”
Here, the middle intial of Riley Russell is given as “F”, however, other sources indicate that it was “O”. Indeed, there was a Riley F. Russell, son of Samuel and Rebecca Hash Russell. However, at the time of the Civil War, he was living in Owsley County, Kentucky. Moreover, the stated dates indicate that Riley was enlisted for no more than a few days. Within this context, it is known from other reliable sources that Riley was mentally handicapped, therefore, this is not surprising. (Jeffrey Weaver (tr), New River Notes, www.newrivernotes.com/va/grcwm-r.htm, 2001.)
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3. Michelle Gentry Hagan has prepared a partial descendancy for the family of John and Naomi Serginor Russell, which has been augmented using census data and other independent sources (additional cited information indicated by italics) and appears as follows:
John2 RUSSELL (Phillip1) was born 1 November 1812 in Virginia, and died Aft. 1896 in Grayson County, Virginia. He married Naomi Malvinia Ashe SURGINOR 1833*. She was born abt. 1817 in Virginia, and died 1870 in Grayson County, Virginia.1. Celia3 RUSSELL, b. 1 November 1831, Virginia; d. Hawkins County, Tennessee; m. James STUART, 28 June 1848.*The marriage of John and Naomi Russell probably occurred in 1830 or 1831, prior to the birth of their first child. Also, for reasons given previously, her maiden name was probably spelled “Serginor”.
2. Rebecca RUSSELL, b. 26 November 1833, Virginia; d. Aft. 1870; m. James P. ROSS, 1855.
3. Rufus R. RUSSELL, b. 15 April 1836, Virginia; m. Eliza Ellen FARMER, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
4. John Harvey RUSSELL, b. 27 March 1838, Virginia; d. 21 November 1919, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
5. Riley O. RUSSELL, b. 7 December 1840, Virginia.
6. Sarah Ann RUSSELL, b. 13 February 1843, Virginia; d. 2 January 1924, Grayson County, Virginia; m. Elbert S. LOVELACE, 1873; b. 21 December 1847, Smyth County, Virginia.
7. Rosa Malvinia RUSSELL, b. 25 September 1845, Virginia.
8. William Daily RUSSELL, b. 3 April 1848, Virginia; d. 7 August 1926, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.
9. Noah Baldwin RUSSELL, b. 31 May 1850, Virginia; d. 1925, Furnace, Kentucky
10. Nancy Jane Elizabeth RUSSELL, b. 7 August 1852, Virginia; m. Fielden WARNER, 26 June 1873.
11. Mary RUSSELL**, b. Abt. 1856, Virginia; d. Bef. 1870, Virginia.
12. Marion Smith RUSSELL, b. 8 August 1856, Virginia; d. 3 April 1931, Virginia; m. Eliza J. HOLBROOK, 13 January 1875, Virginia.
13. Melinda Darlutha RUSSELL, b. 1862, Virginia.
**Again, for reasons given previously, this daughter is probably spurious due to confusion between the names “Mary” and “Marion” in the census. Of course, it is possible that she really existed and died as a child.
1. Celia3 RUSSELL, b. 1 November 1831, Virginia; d. Hawkins County, Tennessee; m. James STUART, 28 June 1848. He was born 1827 in NC.1-1. Elizabeth Stuart, born 1849 in VA.2. Rebecca RUSSELL, b. 26 November 1834, Virginia; d. Aft. 1870; m. James P. ROSS, 1855. He was born 1830 in VA.2-1. Sarah Ross, born 1855 in VA.3. Rufus R. RUSSELL, b. 15 April 1836, Virginia; d. Hawkins County, Tennessee; m. Eliza Ellen FARMER†, Hawkins County, Tennessee. She was born 10 Sep 1836, died 17 Apr 1926 in Carroll Co., VA.
2-2. William Ross, born 1859 in Letcher Co., KY.
2-3. Jane Ross, born 1869 in Letcher Co., KY.3-1. William Riley Jackson (Jack) Russell, born 25 Nov 1855 in Carroll Co., VA, died 10 Sep 1948, buried Gladeville Church Cem., Carroll Co., VA; married (1) on 26 Feb 1875, Lucretia Williams, born 1 Jul 1847 in Carroll Co., VA, died 22 Oct 1912 in Carroll Co., VA, buried the Williams-Jenkins Cem. They had six children: James Walter, Alexander McMarven (Marvin), Marietta (Maggie) Jane, Rhoda Ellander, Phillip Cleveland, and Florence Arvestia Russell; married (2) Ettie Montgomery, born 18 Aug 1865, died 1 Feb 1954.† Accounts that have come down through the family state that Rufus R. Russell left to go fight in the Civil War and never returned. Moreover, birth records indicate that Eliza Ellen Farmer Russell had three more daughters: Sarah E. (Sally), Alice Marie, and Hannah Russell, born in 1870, 1873, and 1877, respectively. Apparently, they were illegitimate.
3-2. James R. Russell, born 15 May 1857 in Carroll Co., VA, died 10 Aug 1857 of “cramps”.
3-3. Joseph Lanzey Russell, born 7 Feb 1859 or 1861 in Carroll Co., VA, died 14 Mar 1938, buried Old Mt. Olivet Ch. Cem., Carroll Co., VA; married on 15 Nov 1877, Emiline C. Summers, born 12 Mar 1855 in Guilford Co., NC, died 4 Jan 1937, Carroll Co., VA. They had seven children: Rufus Floyd, Vida, Laura V., George Cabel, Cora Cordelia, Marietta B., and John Arthur Russell.
a. Census records of 1860 show Elsy (Eliza Ellen) Russell and her two sons, William and Joseph, resident in Carroll County, Virginia, in the household of her father, Isaiah Farmer. (Clearly, this implies that Joseph was probably born in 1859 instead of 1861 as reported by others.) She was still living in Carroll County in 1870. (1860 US Census Population Schedule for Carroll County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pgs. 939-40, (microfilm roll - M653_1339; imgs. 361-2) & 1870 US Census Population Schedule for Carroll County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 511B, (microfilm: roll M593_1639; img. 606).)
b. In 1860 census records indicate that Rufus Russell was living in Owsley County, Kentucky, with a woman named Elizabeth. By 1870 they seem to have moved to Clark County, Indiana, with a young daughter, Caroline. It is not absolutely certain that this Rufus Russell was the son of John and Naomi Serginor Russell, however, there must be a strong presumption that this was the case since he had an uncle, Samuel Fleming Russell, and cousins living in Owsley County at this same time. In addition, in an affadavit made in 1921, Marion S. Russell stated that his brother “Rufe” was then living in Indiana, which is consistent with census records. These facts suggest that the family tradition that Rufus Russell went to fight in the Civil War and did not return is not exactly correct, but rather that he may have “run off” with another woman. (1860 US Census Population Schedule for Owsley County, Kentucky, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 415, (microfilm roll - M653_391; img. 416) & 1870 US Census Population Schedule for Clark County, Indiana, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 345B, (microfilm: roll M593_303; img. 61).)
4. John Harvey RUSSELL, b. 27 March 1838, Virginia; d. 21 November 1919, Hawkins County, Tennessee; m. (1) Sarah J. Serginor; John enlisted in the Union Army, Co. K, 1st Connecticut Regiment, Heavy Artillery in Norwich, CT on January 1, 1864. He was wounded at the Battle of Petersburg (VA) and served as a recruiter until he was honorably discharged at Hartford, CT on September 13, 1865 at the rank of Corporal. His pension claim papers list his physical description as: height 6 ft 2 in; complexion, fair; color of eyes, hazel; color of hair, red.4-1. Mary E. Russell, born 1859 in VA.A Civil War pension deposition filed on behalf of John Harvey Russell indicates that his wife and family were erroneously told that he had died during the war. His wife Sarah Surginor Russell remarried. He returned from the war. His wife offered to leave her current husband and return to him, but he told her to stay with her new family so as not to disrupt her life.; m. (2) Rosannah RUSSELL;4-2. Josephine Louvinia Russell, born 6 Jun 1866 or Aug 1867 in Hawkins Co., TN, died 1904 in Polk Co., TN; married on 16 May 1887, James Henry Bare, born Sep 1864 or 23 Oct 1869 in Hawkins Co., TN, died ~1904. They had six children: Della Mae, Edward Harrison, George Wiley, unnamed daughter, Birdie Ellen, and Mattie Hallie Bare.m. (3) on 18 Sep 1878, Mary LOCKE, born ~1853, died 18 Jun 1881 in Hawkins Co., TN;
4-3. Louis Marion Russell, born Aug 1867 or 23 Oct 1869 in Hawkins Co., TN, died 9 Jan 1950 in TN, buried Russell Cem., Hawkins Co., TN; married on 11 Apr 1891 in Hawkins Co., TN, Tennessee Ann (Tensa) Price, born 17 Feb 1874 in Hawkins Co., TN, died 16 Aug 1933, buried Russell Cem. They had fourteen children: Leona, Amanda Virginia (Mandy), J. Harvey, Itha, Mary Livia (Livy), Lila Mae, James C., Louise, Henrietta, Noah Adam, Tolbert Reed, unnamed son, Ruth D., and Louis Marion.
4-4. Dolbert Russell, born 1872, died 1880.
4-5. Lillie Russell, born 1874, died 1880.4-6. Quiller‡ Ruben (Quill) Russell, born 26 Jul 1878 in Hawkins Co., TN, died 20 Dec 1957, buried Jarnagan Cem., Hamblen Co., TN; married (1) Tilda Jacob; married (2) Lillian (Lillie) Courtney, born 17 Mar 1887 in Hawkins Co., TN, died ~1922, buried Rogers Cem., Hawkins Co., TN. They had seven children: Mae Douglas, Mary Eziline, John Nelson, Olla Dell (Pat), Genevieve, unnamed son, and Charles Ruben Russell.m. (4) on 24 Nov 1881†‡, Josephine LOCKE, born Nov 1851, died 25 Dec 1932 in Hawkins Co., TN;
4-7. Robert Russell, born ~1879.
4-8. Mary Russell, born 18 Jun 1881.4-9. Darlutha (Bettie) Russell, born Mar 1884, died 26 Nov 1965.‡ It seems likely that his name was actually “Aquila” since this appears to be a family name, e.g., the name of his mother’s father.
4-10. Seba R. Russell, born Mar 1888.
4-11. Mamie Russell, born Dec 1890.
4-12. Anna Lida Russell, born Jun 1892.
†‡ According to the following affadavit, Josephine Russell married John H. Russell on November 11, 1881. They apparently eloped and perhaps the marriage was not recorded until two weeks later.
c. “Case of Josephine Russell No. 1,151,457
On this 10 day of June, 1921 at deponents home county of Hawkins, State of Tn, before me, S. M. Arnell, a Special Examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Josephine Russell, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says: I am 72 years old, have no occupation, my post office is Mooresburg, Tennessee. I am the widow of John H. Russell who served as a soldier in the Union army during the civil war but I do not know what company and regiment he served in, neither do I know the dates of his enlistment or discharge. He had only one enlistment. I had my husbands papers when I applied for pension and secured his service from them. I had no near relative in the World War and did not draw money on account of the service of any one in that war.
I was born about two miles from here and always lived in this neighborhood until I married John H. Russell. My maiden name was Josephine Locke. My father was Aquilla Locke. I married Mr. Russell November 11, 1881. I get that from a record that I have. I do not remember the date myself but I was about twenty eight or twenty nine years old when I married him. We were married by Dr. Johnson a Justice of the Peace. We were married in the public road in sight of this place. It was a runaway affair. The only ones present to witness the marriage were John Vaughn’s wife and Kate Pease. I suppose both are dead. I know Kate Pease is and John. Vaugh has been gone from here for a long time. I had never been previously married. Mr. Russell and I lived together from the time of our marriage until his death. There was never a separation or divorce between us. We lived in this neighborhood most of the time. We lived a short time at Concord, at Johnson City, at Morristown, and at Russellville, but we did not live at any of those places more than a year in succession. Mr. Russell died going on two years ago, but I do not remember the date of his death. We were living together at the time of his death. I have not remarried since he died.
I was acquainted with John H. Russell three or four years before we were married. He was married and living with his wife when I made his acquaintance. his wife was Rose Russell, one of old Aaron Russells daughters. Rose Rusell is dead and buried across here in the Rogers Graveyard. I did not see her after her death but I have been to her grave. Soldier and Rose had five children. A right smart little bit after the death of Rose, about a year thereabouts I should think, Mr. Russell married my sister Mary Locke. He lived with Mary until she died. I do not remember the date of her death but it was on the 18th of June of the same year we were married. We were married during the winter following the death of my sister. I was not present when my sister died but I saw her after her death. She died right here on this place. Those are the only two marriages that I know anything about his having contracted. Both of his wives are laying right over yonder in the graveyard. Mr. Russell came from Elk Creek, Virginia. I don’t know where that is. He told me he married Sarah Jane Serginor up yonder in Va, on Elk Creek. I do not know anything about her people. My husband told me he married her before he went into the army and that when he came back from the army she was married to some other man and had two children. I do not know who she married. No sir, she had not secured a divorce from the soldier that I ever heard of he told me she afterwards died, but I do not know when she died or where. He told me that both before we were married and after. He had only one child by that wife, a girl, but I have no idea what became of her. She got married but I do not know who she married. my husband has two living brothers, William, called Dock, and Marion Russell. He also has a sister named Darthula up in Virginia. She is married but I do not know the name of her husband. I sent Henry Brooks up to Elk Creek but he said he couldn’t find out anything about that wife. John H. Russell - had five children by his second wife. their names are Lewis, Lou, Doll and Lillie. There was one other but I do not know her name. Lewis is the only one living. He doesn’t know anything about soldier’s first wife. Mary Elizabeth is his daughter. I don’t know anything about her. I never heard of James H., Lou Bell, Louis M. Tolbert and Lillie were children by Rose. He had two children by Mary. Quill and Mary. We had four children, Bettie, Cebe, Mamie and Lide. All are living but Cebe. I never saw any one who knew my husband before he came to Tennessee except his brothers Marion and Dock, and his sister Celie. None of them said anything to me about his first wife. Celie is dead. My husband told me that his first wife was dead but he never told me where she was when she died. He was living apart from her when she died. He had no personal knowledge of her death, said some one told him that she was dead. I don’t know who told him. I don’t know what my husband meant in saying that his first wife died in 1890 for he told me. That she died before he married me. I can’t furnish any evidence whatever as to the death of his first wife and I never heard anything about either one of them securing a divorce.
I have no attorney. We paid Brooks twelve dollars to go to Virginia and look up the first wife. That was for his expenses. he was to charge me twenty four dollars more if I secure a pension. I have no other contract as to fee. I have no complaint to make as to the manner, conduct, or fairness in the examination of my claim. I do not care to be present at the further examination of the claim.
I have understood and my answers are correctly recorded. /s/Josephine Russell deponant (her mark) Witness: G. T. Edenis mark) no other witness available”
“Case of Josephine Russell No.,151,457
On this 10 day of June, 1921 at near Mooresburg county of Hawkins, State of Tennessee before me, S. M. Arnell, a special Examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Isaac B. Stuffel, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says: I am 61 years old, am a silversmith my post office is Mooresburg, Tennessee. I am acquainted with the claimant Josephine Russell, have known her since my boyhood, and I knew the soldier John Russell during his life time. I made the acquaintance of John H. Russell about forty eight years ago and knew him well from that time until he died. The claimant was not married when I made her acquaintance and was never married until she married John H. Russell. I was not present at their marriage but remember the fact of their marriage. They were married here in Hawkins County not over a mile and a half from here. From the time of their marriage until Russell died they lived together as man and wife, were never separated or divorced. Claimant’s maiden name was Josephine Locke. Russell said he came from Virginia and claimed to be an unmarried man when I first knew him. He worked around here for a time and then married Rose Russell a daughter of Arron Russell. I was not present at the marriage to that wife. They lived together for some years, had about four children, and then Mrs. Russell died. I was not present at her death and did not attend the funeral but I know when she died and that she was buried at Rogers graveyard about a mile from here. I have seen her grave. I cannot give the exact date of her death. After the death of that wife Russell remained single for quite a little time and then married Mary Locke sister of the claimant. They lived together something over two years I should say and then said wife died. I was at her funeral. She was also buried at the Rogers graveyard.
She died June 18, 1881, and Russell married the claimant in the following November. I heard that Russell was married before he came to this section but I know absolutely nothing about that marriage. Claimant has tried to trace her down but has been unable to do so. Russell died during November 1919.
The affadavit on B.J.22-23 is mine. The affadavits are correct only the wife Mary died in 1881 as 8 have herein stated.
I am not related or interested. Questions understood and answers correctly recorded. /s/Isaac B. Stuffell deponant Witness: J. J. .... Gaker G. T. Edens
Subscribed and Swarn to before me this June 10, 1921, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing. /s/S. M. Arnell Special examiner”
“Case of Josephine Russell No. 1,151,457
On this 15 day of June, 1921 at deponents home county of Grayson, State of Va before me, S. M. Arnell, a Special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Marion S. Russell, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says: I am 64 years old, am a harness and boot and shoe maker, my post office is Rural Route 1, Elk Creek, Va.
I am a brother of the soldier John H. Russell. I know very little of my said brother as I was very small when he went into the army. What I know of him I got from my father and mother. They would frequently talk about him. He married only a short time before he went into the army. His first wife was a Serginer, I think, but I have no remembrance of ever seeing her. I do not know her given name and never knew any of her people. It was something like a year after the close of the war before my brother returned to his home. His wife had heard that he was dead and she had remarried. It seems to me that she married a man named Black but I do not know his given name and I have no idea where he came from and do not know what became of him. When my brother came back he hunted his wife up. She wanted to turn the man loose that she married and go and live with my brother again, but he told her to stay with him and that he would go off and find another woman. She remained with that husband and my brother went off. I do not know where he went but he lived in Tn, but I was never over there but once and know nothing about his marriages. There were six boys and six girls in our family, four boys and four girls still living. The boys beside me are Rufe, Noah, and William. Rufe was somewhere in Indiana and last I knew of him, but I have no idea what his post office was or the county in which he lived. Noah lives at Red River Furnace, Ky. Staunton is the county seat. William lives somewhere in W Va but I don’t know where. Mrs. Linnie Adkins of Monrat, Va might be able to tell you his address. My sisters are Celia Steward (dead), Sarah Loveless widow of Elbert Loveless, who lives a little off the Rock road at Adwolf about half way between Seven Mile Ford and Marion, Nan Warner who lives at Martinsville, Va and Linnie Adkins. Nan and Linnie would not know anything more about John and his wife than I do as they are too young.
The affadavit on B.J. 11 is mine. It is correct except I did not know the first name of my brother’s first wife, and I know nothing about my brother’s marriage to the claimant. I think my sistern Sarah loveless and my brother William could give you more information about John than any others of the family.
Questions understood and answers correctly recorded. /s/M. S. Russell, deponant
Subscribed and sworn to before me this June 15, 1921, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing. /s/S. M. Arnell Special Examiner” (Transcriptions of original documents furnished by Laura Lovelace Larkin and cited by Ramos and Kratz.)
d. “Case of Josephine Russell No. 1,151,457
On this 30 day of June, 1921 at Knoxville county of Knox, State of Tennessee before me, S. M. Arnell, a special Examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared before William D. Russell, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says: I am 75 years old, an an (sic) herb doctor, my post office is 100 East main Street, Knoxville, Tennessee. I am brother of the soldier John H. Russell. He was twelve years older than me. He served as a soldier in the Union army during the civil war. Before he went into the army he was a married man but I do not know the name of his wife. He left her at home when he went into the army. word came back that my said brother had been killed, was brought by the man who claimed to be at his side when he was killed. Believing that he was really dead his wife married again. I have no idea who she married but my brother never bothered her when he came back. I do not know what became of her or whether she is alive (or) dead. I have no idea who could furnish you any information concerning her. I have a brother named Noah Russell who lives at the furnace post office in Powell County, Kentucky, near Clay City. He might be able to furnish you some information concerning her but I am not sure of it. I couldn't tell you a living soul who could give you any information concerning the first wife of my brother John unless Noah can. Questions understood and answers correctly recorded. /s/W D Russell Deponant
Subscribed and sworn to before me this June 30, 1921, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing. /s/S. M. Arnell Special Examiner” Transcribers Note: “Punctuation and lack of capitalization are true to original document.” (Court Records, Knox County, Knoxville, TN. (Michelle Gentry Hagan (tr), home.hawaii.rr.com/gentryfamily/RussellPenDec.htm, July 9, 2001.))
e. Additional and corrected information for Josephine Louvinia Russell from (Virginia Mayo Burton (sub.), LDS-AFN: 1BXB-CFK, Salt Lake City, UT, 2003.)
f. Children of John Harvey Russell can be confirmed from census records. (1880 US Census Population Schedule for Hawkins County, Tennessee, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 345B, (microfilm roll - T9_1261; img. 261); 1900 US Census Population Schedule for Hawkins County, Tennessee, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 11A, (microfilm roll -T624_1577; img. 25); & 1910 US Census Population Schedule for Hawkins County, Tennessee, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 3B, (microfilm: roll T624_1504; img. 916).)
6. Sarah Ann RUSSELL, b. 13 February 1843, Virginia; d. 2 January 1924, Grayson County, Virginia; m. Elbert S. LOVELACE, 1873; b. 21 December 1847, Smyth County, Virginia.6-1. James Cochran Lovelace, born 6 Dec 1874 in Grayson Co., VA, died 31 May 1939 in Smyth Co., VA, buried Glade Springs Presbyterian Ch. Cem., Washington Co., VA; married on 17 Jun 1895, Mary Virginia (Mittie) Newsome, born Jan 1870 in Bristol, VA, died 15 May 1939, buried Glade Springs Presbyterian Ch. Cem., Washington Co., VA. They had three children: Susie, Charles Robert, and James Cochrane Lovelace, Jr.8. William Daily3 RUSSELL (John2, Phillip1) was born 3 April 1848 in Smyth County, Virginia, and died 7 August 1926 in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. He married (1) Eliza NORTHERN 10 January 1867 in Hawkins County, Tennessee, daughter of Ellen NORTHERN. She was born August 1850 in Tennessee.
6-2. Susan Rebecca Lovelace, born 3 Feb 1878, died 23 Feb 1955; married on 18 Dec 1892, James Cicero Barker, born 23 Jan 18?7, died 8 Dec 1945.
6-3. Mary M. Lovelace, born 15 Sep 1879 in Smyth Co., VA, died 9 Nov 1891.
6-4. Thomas Louis Lovelace, born 1 Jun 1881, died 5 Dec 1956; married on 17 Jun 1901, Nannie Fleming Moore, born 7 Jan 1882, died 23 Oct 1960.
As told to Thomas J. Rose by his mother Alice Russell Rose. Her father, William D. Russell was a traveling medicine man. He was a flamboyant man who wore his long coal black hair down to his shoulders like Wild Bill Hickcock. Tom recalls seeing a picture of him once. He traveled much of the year and would come home every few months with money for the family. Alice recalled that her father had a medicine for just about anything that ailed you. He even claimed to have a formula that could make hair grow on a door knob. As a young man Thomas J. Rose, Sr. went on the road with his father-in-law, William D. Russell for about a year. He didn’t care for life on the road and returned to his young family. Tom and Alice Rose’s daughter, Madge married into the Ramsey family of Cedar Grove, West Virginia. One of the Ramsey’s owned a barber shop and when William D. Russell told them that he had a formula for hair growth, they figured it would be good for business. They reportedly paid $500.00 for the formula. William D. Russell was not one to give away his secret formula, so he gave the Ramsey’s a alternate formula and quickly got out of town. William D. Russell later bought a rock quarry in Whitley County, Kentucky. His sons worked for him. Stones from the quarry stones were cut to pave streets. As told to me by Thomas J. Rose, Jr. on August 15, 1999.
William D. Russell’s occupation is listed in the Knoxville, Tennessee City Directories from 1921-1926 as a Herb Doctor.8-1. Rosa4 RUSSELL, b. December 1868 in Hawkins Co., TN. Rosa “Rosie” lived in Fort Worth, Texas. As told to me by Thomas J. Rose, Jr. on August 15, 1999.He married (2) AMANDA J. Bet. 1908 - 1909. She was born Abt. 1888. He married (3) DOLLIE, unknown. No marriage record for William D. Russell to Dollie could be found in the Knox County, Tennessee Archives.
8-2. William Porter RUSSELL, b. 1871; married Mary E. ***** born Apr 1876 in Virginia. They had at least three children, Emery L., Luther, and Bertie Russell.
8-3. Joseph Noah RUSSELL, born 9 Aug 1877 in Hawkins Co., TN, died 29 Dec 1938 at London, Laurel Co., KY; married on 28 Sep 1902 in Laurel Co., KY, Janette Settles. They had five children: Arman, Nora, Lucy, Maude, and Bessie Russell.
8-4. Maggie RUSSELL, b. March 1881; m. Samuel FREEMAN. Maggie’s husband Sam Freeman joined the Army with her brother Frank Russell. Maggie and Sam settled in Acton, Massachusetts after the war. As told to me by Thomas J. Rose, Jr. on August 15, 1999.
8-5. Frank M. RUSSELL, b. September 1882; married Nola *****. They had two known children: Lillian and Marion Russell. Frank Russell joined the Army with his sister Maggie’s husband, Sam Freeman. Frank Russell worked in construction. He was killed when he fell from scaffolding in Georgia. As told to me by Thomas Jefferson Rose, Jr. on August 15, 1999.
8-6. Alice Emma RUSSELL, b. 7 April 1887, Tennessee; d. 28 June 1959, Falls Mills, Tazewell County, Virginia.
g. Russell – William D. Russell, 82, died at his home, 1018 State street at 11:45 p.m. Saturday. Funeral announcement will be made later. He is survived by his widow, three sons and three daughters. (death announcement: Knoxville Journal; Knoxville, TN, Sun., Aug. 8, 1926, pg. 4A.)
RUSSELL – Funeral Services for William D. Russell, 82 who died Saturday night at his home, 1018 State street, will be conducted from the home this afternoon at 2 o’clock Rev. W. E. Parry, pastor of the People’s Tabernacle, will officiate. The body will be taken to Maryville this afternoon for burial in Magnolia cemetery. Surviving are his widow, three sons, Joe, Frank and William Russell, London, Ky., also three daughters. Mr. Russell had resided in this city for a number of years and engaged in handling Indian herb remedies. He was well known to hundreds in this city and section. (obituary: Knoxville Journal; Knoxville, TN, Mon., Aug. 9, 1926.)
h. The household of William and Mary E. Russell along with three children, Emery L., Luther, and Bertie, was listed in the population schedule of the 1900 US Census for Whitley County, Kentucky. William’s occupation was listed as stone mason. Moreover, it is known that William D. Russell owned a quarry in Whitley County and that his sons worked with him in its operation. Therefore, it is likely that this William was William Porter Russell, son of William Dailey and Eliza Northern Russell. (1900 US Census Population Schedule for Whitley County, Kentucky, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 250A, (microfilm roll - T623_555; img. 502).)
i. Children and wives of William Dailey Russell can be confirmed from census records. (1880 US Census Population Schedule for Hawkins County, Tennessee, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 335A, (microfilm roll - T9_1261; img. 240); 1900 US Census Population Schedule for Whitley County, Kentucky, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 245A, (microfilm roll - T623_555; img. 492); 1910 US Census Population Schedule for Knox County, Kentucky, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 178A, (microfilm roll - T624_489; img. 932); & 1920 US Census Population Schedule for Knox County, Tennessee, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 201B, (microfilm: roll T625_1749; img. 404).)
9. Noah Baldwin Boone Blevins Simpson RUSSELL§, b. 31 May 1850, Virginia; d. 1925, Furnace, Kentucky; m.(1) Philadelphia TIPTON, Jul 1870 in KY. She was born Sep 1854 in Estill Co., KY.9-1. Naoma Jane Russell, born 1871 in Estill Co., KY; married on 7 Mar 1894 in Estill Co., KY, William Lewis Marcum. They had six children: Lillie Green, Leonard Benton, Laura Ann, James Robert, William Andrew, and Nellie Marcum.He married (2) in 1888, Mary E. TIPTON; married (3) in 1890, Ellen Reffit; married (4) in 1920, Alice Kincaid.
9-2. James Russell.
9-3. John W. Russell, born 17 Apr 1873 in Estill Co., KY, died 1 Feb 1943 in Russell Hollow, Powell Co., KY, buried in Kennon Cem.; married on 6 Jul 1893 in Estill Co., KY, Malinda Jane Brown, born 22 Jul 1873, died 5 Aug 1945 in Russell Hollow, Powell Co., KY. They had six children: Delphia, Elizabeth (Lizzie), Luther, Charles (Charlie), Elzy, and George Russell.
9-4. Aaron Harrison Russell, born 15 Oct 1876 in Estill Co., KY, died 15 Aug 1957 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co., OH, buried in Long Run Cem., Rubyville, OH; married on 26 Dec 1895 in Estill Co., KY, Kathryn (Katie) Hood, born 4 Jun 1878 in Estill Co., KY, died 23 Aug 1965 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co., OH, buried in Long Run Cem., Rubyville, OH. They had nine children: Nettie Jane, James Taylor, John Wilgus, Edgar Ervin, Mary Bess, Robert, Elmer Jesse, Lindsay Franklin, and Thelma Lucille Russell.
9-5. Simpson Russell, died as a result of a drowning accident in WV. He is reported to have had four children: Oval, Ellie, unnamed son and daughter Russell.
9-6. Terzey Russell, married Robert Rawlins.
9-7. Vinie Ellen Russell, born 16 Jul 1880 in Estill Co., KY, died 28 Jul 1960 in Winchester, Clark Co., KY, buried in Winchester Cem.; married on 23 Jan 1896, William Henry Puckett.
9-8. Sarah Russell, married ***** Stamper.
9-9. Delphia Russell, married ***** Wise.
§ It seems very unlikely that Noah Russell would have actually been given five names. However, “Noah Baldwin” appears to be accepted by most if not all researchers. The other names may arise out of confusion or conflation with some other individual, but this is not at all certain.
10. Nancy Jane Elizabeth RUSSELL, b. 7 August 1852, in Smyth Co., Virginia; m. Fielden WARNER, 26 June 1873 in Grayson Co., VA. He was born in 1854 in Grayson Co., VA.10-1. John Warner, born 7 Feb 1877.12. Marion Smith RUSSELL, b. 8 August 1856, Smyth Co., Virginia; d. 3 April 1931, Grayson Co., Virginia; m. Eliza J. HOLBROOK, 13 January 1875, Virginia. She was born in 1859 in Grayson Co., VA, and died 1896.12-1. Sarah M. Russell, born 1876 in VA, died 15 May 1885.He married (2) on 10 Jul 1896, Margaret Ella (Bessie K.) Cornett.
12-2. Mary N. Russell, born 1878 in VA.
12-3. William L. Russell, born Jan 1880 in VA, died 22 May 1885.
12-4. Henry Russell, born 1890 in Wythe Co., VA, died 16 Jun 1896.
12-5. Bessie R. Russell, born 1893.
j. The three oldest children of Marion Smith Russell can be confirmed from census records. (1880 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 336B, (microfilm roll - T9_1368; img. 109).)
13. Melinda Darlutha RUSSELL, b. 1862, Virginia; m. (1) George M. Maize or MAYS, 17 March 1877, Virginia. He was born in 1856 in Grayson Co., VA;13-1. Lucy J. Maize, born 8 Apr 1877.m. (2) Lee BALL, 30 June 1883 in Grayson Co., VA.
13-2. S. E. Maize, born Apr 1880.
k. op. cit. (Laura Lovelace Larkin) According to an affadavit given by Marion Smith Russell in support of his sister-in-law’s pension, his living sisters were Sarah Loveless (Lovelace), Nan Warner, and Linnie Adkins. Linnie was apparently Melinda Darlutha Russell. Therefore, it would seem that she married a third time to a husband named Adkins.
8-6. Alice Emma4 RUSSELL (William Daily3, John2, Phillip1) was born 7 April 1887 in Tennessee, and died 28 June 1959 in Falls Mills, Tazewell County, Virginia. She married Thomas Jefferson ROSE 15 February 1908 in Whitley County, Kentucky, son of Tobias ROSE and Cynthia REYNOLDS. He was born 8 March 1890 in Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky, and died 10 January 1970 in Falls Mills, Tazewell County, Virginia. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia. Alice Russell told her son, Thomas J. Rose, Jr. that as a girl she shot a bear. She was walking through the woods to a neighbor’s home when she came upon a bear and killed it with a shot gun. He described his mother as having nerves of steel. As told to me by Thomas J. Rose, Jr. on August 15, 1999.
As a young man in Williamsburg, Kentucky Tom Rose got into a few scrapes with the law. One of his uncles was a judge who helped him out. Tobias Rose offered his son, Thomas J. Rose, about thirty acres of land to farm when he married. Tom did not want to farm and instead worked for the railroad for several years. He ran into a labor agent who told him that he could make lots of money in the coal mines. Conditions were not as good as he had been told but he stayed on until he met another labor agent who offered him and his family free travel to Ward, West Virginia. They were also offered a new company house, a month’s supply of groceries and the care of a company doctor. The plaster on the walls in his new house were still wet when he arrived in Ward. Initially the coal company took good care of its employees as skilled miners were in demand. As times got worse the coal company cut back on its benefits.
In the early 1950’s Tom and Alice Rose retired to Falls Mills, Tazewell Co., Virginia. They lived comfortably on a small 8 acre farm on his social security benefit and miner’s pension just down the road from their daughter Garnett. After Alice Rose died in 1959, Tom spent a year living with his daughter, Arlene Rose Truman in Toledo, Ohio. He enjoyed staying with Arlene because his granddaughter, Lynny (Thomas Jr’s daughter) was there. Tom and Alice had taken Lynny in (at about age 4) when they lived in Ward, West Virginia. She lived with them until she was about 12 years old. Lynny was raised by Arlene and Bob Truman when they married in 1950. Tom returned to Falls Mills, Virginia where he met Leecy (surname unknown) who owned a small restaurant and bar in Falls Mills. Thomas Rose, Jr. says that Leecy was the granddaughter of the Clan chief of the Hatfields (of the Hatfields and McCoys Fued). They were married for nearly ten years. As told to me by Thomas J. Rose, Jr. on August 15, 1999.8-6-1. Madge Gypsy5 ROSE, b. 12 January 1909, Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky; d. Cabin Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia. She married (1) Bud RAMSEY. She married (2) Sam HACKWORTH. She had one child with Sam and two children with Bud.l. Additional information (in italics) due to Diana Collins and to Shirley Ramos and Patricia Kratz. (Diana Collins; database - :2177680; worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com, 2002.)
8-6-2. Lowell Edna ROSE, b. 1 June 1912, Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky; d. 27 February 1963, Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland. She married (1) Carl Henry HEIDEMAN 26 September 1927 in Cedar Grove, Kanawha County, West Virginia, son of William HEIDEMAN and Julia LEONARD. He was born 8 February 1909 in Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, and died 3 February 1967 in Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan. They had two daughters: Betty Lou and Wilma Jean Heideman. She married (2) Art SCARBOROUGH. She married (3) Jessie BOLDEN. She married (4) James PAPPAS. He was born 25 October 1897, and died November 1972 in North East, Cecil County, Maryland.
8-6-3. Iva Merle ROSE, b. 8 December 1913, Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky; d. February 1981, Tampa, Florida; m. Aaron FRIDLEY.
8-6-4. Garnett Georgia ROSE, b. 6 March 1916, Whitley County, Kentucky. She married (1) FRANSETTA, they had two children. She married (2) PEREZ, they had one child. She married (3) MENDEZ, they had three children.
8-6-5. Arlene Gladys ROSE, m. Robert TRUMAN, b. 24 April 1924; d. 28 February 1994, Ohio.
8-6-6. Thomas Jefferson ROSE, Jr. He married (1) Margarite Virginia CRAIGO, they had one child. He married (2) Catherine CAMERON, daughter of John CAMERON and Annie COLLINS. They had three children.
This extract has been reformatted, numbered, and obvious typographical errors have been corrected, which do not affect content. (Michelle Gentry Hagan; “Descendants of Phillip Russell”; home.hawaii.rr.com/gentryfamily/RUSSELL.htm, 2002.)
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4. 1840 US Census Population Schedule for Smyth County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 402, (microfilm roll - M704_578; img. 388).
5. 1850 US Census Population Schedule for Smyth County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 227A, (microfilm roll - M432_976; img. 452).
6. 1860 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 176, (microfilm roll - M653_1348; img. 177).
7. 1870 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 232B, (microfilm roll - M593_1649; img. 466).
8. 1880 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC: pg. 337A, (microfilm roll - T9_1368; img. 110).
9. Order Bk., 1854-1865, Grayson Co., VA, pg. unk., Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, (microfilm: roll - City and County Records #16). (Jeffrey Weaver (tr), New River Notes, www.newrivernotes.com/va/gc1861co.htm, 1999.)
10. Register of Deaths, 1870-1896, Grayson County, Independence, VA: pg. unk., (LDS Family History Library microfilm: roll #2056981, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002). (Billie White (tr), New River Notes, www.newrivernotes.com/graysonrecords/GrayDths70to96NZ.html, 2003.)
11. Shirley Campbell Ramos and Patricia Campbell Kratz, Descendants of Phillip and Rebecca Russell, Gregath Publishing Company, P. O. B. 505, Wyandotte, OK, 74370, 1997: pgs. 74-126.
12. Henry Hardy Catron, The Kettenring Family in America, 1619 N. 19th St., Springfield, IL, 1956. (Reprinted by Unigraphic, Inc., Evansville, IN)
13. Ancestral File: JJP8-D0, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT, continuously updated.
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