James Basil Russell
  b: 16/Jan/1823 - Grayson Co., VA
  d: 18/Aug/1857 - Grayson Co., VA - bur: Little Wilson Cem.

Father: Phillip Russell, Jr.
Mother: Rebeckah Russell

Spouse: Matilda Phipps - b: ~1825 - VA
  d: ~1885 - bur:  Hiram Perkins Cem., Grayson Co., VA
  m: 7/Jan/1845 - Grayson Co., VA

Child-1: Asanel Winslow - b: 7/Jun/1850 - Grayson Co., VA
                                         d: 28/Aug/1921 - Grayson Co., TX - bur: Kendall Chapel Cem.
                                        m: Rosamund Perkins - 28/Jun/1871 - Grayson Co., VA
          2: Leland Calloway - b: 21/Oct/1851 - Grayson Co., VA
                                          d: 1929
                                         m: Martha Jane Shuler - 11/Aug/1870 - Grayson Co., VA

Biographical Details:

The youngest surviving son of Philip, Jr., and Rebeckah Russell was James born January 16, 1823, in Grayson County, Virginia.  It is thought that his middle name was "Basil", but this is not absolutely certain.  Of course, he undoubtedly spent his childhood on his father's farm and was sixteen years old when his father died in 1839.  Indeed, James was only a few months older than his two oldest nieces, Hannah Bonham and Jestin Russell, who were both born in the summer of 1823.  Apparently, he continued to live with his mother after the death of his father and apparently even after he married Matilda Phipps on January 7, 1845.  This date is affirmed by complied marriage records of Grayson County and is further supported by the population schedule of the 1850 US Census for Grayson County which included the household of James Russell as containing his wife, Matilda, and infant son, his mother, Rebecca, and a nine year old boy, James F.1  In all probability, even though James was indicated as the head of household, this was actually the home of his widowed mother.  Moreover, the boy can readily be identified as James Fleming Russell, son of Phillip C. and Lucy Perkins Russell.  Apparently, he was living with his grandmother after the death of his mother and remarriage of his father to Anna Parks.  James Basil Russell died at the age of only thirty-four on August 18, 1857.  The cause of his death is not known, but, of course, infectious disease was an ever present danger before the advent of modern antibiotic medicine.  In addition, the seriousness of any accident or injury was greatly increased by the possibility of a secondary infection.  In any case, his widow remarried on June 26, 1859, to Hiram J. Perkins.  Apparently, the two sons of James and Matilda Phipps Russell continued to live in the household of their mother and step-father as is indicated by population schedules of both the 1860 and 1870 US Censuses for Grayson County.
Source Notes and Citations:
1. There is considerable confusion surrounding the children of James and Matilda Phipps Russell.  In particular, a son Samuel born between 1850 and 1856 is often included along with known sons, Winslow and Leland.  However, examination of contemporaneous census records reveals that James and Matilda Phipps Russell had only the two sons.  Moreover, birth records of Grayson County clearly indicate that Samuel F. (or G.) Russell was almost certainly the son of James and Mary Haga Russell and, thus, a grandson of Samuel Fleming and Susannah Hash Russell.  Accordingly, descendants of James Basil and Matilda Russell are determined from civil and census records:

First Generation

James Basil Russell, born 16 Jan 1823 in Grayson Co., VA, died 18 Aug 1857 in Grayson Co., VA, buried Little Wilson Cem.; married on 7 Jan 1845 in Grayson Co., VA, Matilda Phipps, born ~1825 in VA, died ~1885, buried Hiram J. Perkins Cem., Grayson Co., VA.

1. Asanel Winslow Russell, born 7 Jun 1850 in Grayson Co., VA, died 28 Aug 1921 in Grayson Co., TX, buried Kendall Chapel Cem.; married on 28 Jun 1871 in Grayson Co., VA, Rosamund Perkins, born 19 May 1851, died 24 Jun 1916 in Grayson Co., TX, buried Kendall Chapel Cem.
2. Leland Calloway Russell, born 21 Oct 1851 in Grayson Co., VA, died in 1929; married on 11 Aug 1870 in Grayson Co., VA, Martha Jane Shuler, born 21 Jan 1854 in Lee Co., VA, died in 1902.
Second Generation

1. Asanel Winslow Russell, known familiarly as "Winslow", married Rosamund Perkins.  She was the daughter of Isaac Perkins, who was the brother of her husband's aunt, Lucy Perkins Russell.  (Indeed, there were a number of intermarriages between members of the extended Russell and Perkins families.)  Winslow and Rosamund Russell evidently settled in Grayson County, Virginia, after their marriage, but about 1880 they moved to eastern Tennessee.  Concomitantly, their oldest daughter married her second cousin, William Russell, which suggests that the family was associated with the family Winslow's first cousin, William Daily Russell.  Moreover, they seemed to have settled in or near the city of Knoxville where their younger children were born.  Nevertheless, it appears that a few years before the tun of the century Winslow, Rosamund, and several of their children moved to northeastern Texas and settled in Dallas County   Subsequently, they relocated to Grayson County, Texas, which adjoins Dallas County to the north.  Winslow and Rosamund Russell died in this locality; however, their children settled elsewhere in texas and Oklahoma.

1-1. James Everett Russell, born 7 Apr 1872 in VA, died 28 Sep 1937, buried in Ector County-Odessa Cem., Ector Co., TX; married in 1896/1897, Isabella Belle McCown, born 20 Jan 1879 in TX, died 23 Sep 1952, buried in Ector County-Odessa Cem., Ector Co., TX.  They had Nancy B., Fred Oscar, Elmer Edward, Jamie, M. Eugene, W. Leo, J. Tom, and J. Robert Russell
1-2. Margaret Ellen Russell, born 30 Apr 1876 in VA, died 11 Mar 1961 Somerset, Pulaski Co., KY, buried Highland Cem., Whitley Co., KY.; married 1893/1894, William M. (Porter) Russell.  He was the son of William Daily Russell and, thus, a grandson of John F. Russell.  They had Emery L., Luther E., Bertie, Verna R., Stella M., Nina B., Lydia L., Howard D., and Nora Russell.
1-3. Hiram C. Russell, born ~1877 in VA.  Probably died young.
1-4. Alvirda Ruth Russell, born 11 Oct 1879 in VA, died 27 May 1957, buried Bookwalter Cem., Knox Co., TN; married on 9 Oct 1898 in Grainger Co., TN, Walter M. Moody, born 19 Sep 1874 in TN, died 8 Dec 1937, buried Bookwalter Cem., Knox Co., TN.  They had Walter Marvin, Ana Zona, and lela Moody.
1-5. Leander (Lee) Franklin Russell*, born 21 Sep 1882 Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, died 15 Jun 1956 Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX, buried Dundee Cem., Archer Co., TX; married on 22 Jul 1904 in Rockwall Co., TX, Leona Lucinda Milligan, born 28 Feb 1880 in Independence Co., AR, died 2 Apr 1970 in Andrews Co., TX, buried Dundee Cem., Archer Co., TX.  They had Dean, Vida Estelle, Marie Lila, Maggie, Emma, and Lee Ona Russell.
1-6. Walter Martin Russell, born 26 May 1884 in TN, died 1 Jan 1962, buried Bookwalter Cem., Knox Co., TN; married on 12 Oct 1908 in Knox Co., TN, Lena Pearl Dykes, born 23 Jun 1889 in TN, died 23 Jan 1944, buried Bookwalter Cem., Knox Co., TN.  They had Ray L., Helen Irene, Eula Mae, Lena Viola, Gertrude Lucile, Charles William, Mary Madeline, Edward E., Virginia Louise, James Robert, and Barbara Lee Russell.
1-7. Flora Alice Russell, born  4 Feb 1887 Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, died 25 Mar 1967 Houston, Harris Co., TX, buried Memorial Oaks Cem.; married John H. Stevens, born 1885 in MS, died 1968, buried Olympus Cem., Delaware Co., OK.  They had Raymond, Clifford H., Mildred, and Russell Stevens, but appear to have divorced before 1940.
1-8. Bertha V. Russell, born 5 Dec 1889 in TN, died 20 Jun 1971 in Haskell Co., TX, buried Spring Creek Cem., Jones Co., TX; married Odus Lee Plumlee, 6 Oct 1887 in Monroe Co., KY, died 18 Feb 1965, buried Spring Creek Cem., Jones Co. TX.  They had Dorothy Ruth, Carlton Lee, and Ruby Inez Plumlee.
1-9. Lena Viola Russell, born 8 Feb 1892 in TN, died 13 Jun 1972 in Dallas Co., TX, buried Kendall Chapel Cem., Grayson Co., TX; married on 28 Sep 1916, James T. Crow, born 26 Feb 1891 in Ellis Co., TX, died 13 Mar 1960 in Grayson Co., TX, buried Kendall Chapel Cem.  They had Walter Herbert Crow.
*"Lee F. Russell Rites Monday- Obituary   Funeral rites for Lee F. Russell, 73, father of two Wichitans, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Dundee, Tex., Methodist Church with Rev. C. W. Williams, pastor, and Rev. W. L. Stanford, former pastor of Assembly of God Church at Kamay, Tex., officiating.
     Burial will be in Dundee Cemetery under direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.  Pallbearers will be Walter Sanders, Bert Stevenson, E. E. Sargent, M. C. Kuykendall, Otis Bunch and Bill Brumbelow.
     A retired farmer, Russell died Friday night in a Wichita Falls hospital.  He was a resident of Archer Country for 22 years after making his home in Kamay for 28 years.
     He was born 21 Sep 21, 1882 in Knoxville, Tenn.
     Survivors include a son, Dean Russell and Daughter, Mrs. R. D. White, both of Wichita Falls; his widow, Mrs. Leona Russell; four other daughters, Mrs. Jim Kensey, Big Spring, Tex., Mrs. Everet Chastaine, Holdenville, Okla., Mrs. Virgin Jones, Snyder, Tex., and Mrs. Elmer Taylor, Andrews, Tex.; five sisters, Mrs. Otis Plumlee, Stamford, Tex., Mrs. Jim Crow, and Mrs. Flora Alice Stevens, both of Sherman, Tex., Mrs. Ruth Moody, Knoxville, and Mrs. Ellen Russell, Williamsburgh, Ky.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren."   (obituary: Newspaper unknown.)

a. Children of Winslow and Rosamund Perkins Russell can be confimed by census records.  (1880 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 418B, (microfilm: roll T9_1368; img. 273); 1900 US Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, Texas, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 282A, (microfilm: roll T623_1626; img. 99); & 1910 US Census Population Schedule for Dallas County, Texas, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 43B, (microfilm: roll T624_1528; img. 89).)

b. Marriage Register, Grainger County, Rutledge, TN: Bk/ 3, pg. 414.

c. Marriage Record, Rockwall County, Rockwall, TX: Bk/ 6, pg. 173.

d. Marriage Bonds, Knox County, Knoxville, TN: 1908, No. 839.

e. Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000, Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 W. 49th St., Austin, TX, 78756. (Available online at www.ancestry.com)

f. Ector County-Odessa Cemetery, Jones County, Texas (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=230089&CScn=Ector&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2587&, continuously updated).

g. Highland Cemetery, Whitley County, Kentucky (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=74376&CScn=Highland&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1106&, continuously updated).

h. Bookwalter Cemetery, Knox County, Tennessee (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=888801&CScn=Bookwalter&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2471&, continuously updated).

i. Dundee Cemetery, Archer County, Texas (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=3310&CScn=Dundee&CScntry=4&CSst=46&, continuously updated).

j. Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Harris County, Texas (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=5192&CScn=Memorial+Oaks&CScntry=4&CSst=46&, continuously updated).

k. Olympus Cemetery, Delaware County, Oklahoma (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=99170&CScn=Olympus&CScntry=4&CSst=38&, continuously updated).

l. Spring Creek Cemetery, Jones County, Texas (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7040&CScn=Spring+Creek&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2646&, continuously updated).

2. Leland Calloway Russell, known familiarly as "Lee", married Martha Jane Shuler.  She was the daughter of Abraham and Hannah Bonham Shuler and the grandaughter of Joseph T. and Tabitha Russell Bonham.  According to family tradition provided by Loretta Green and cited by Ramos and Kratz, "Leland and Martha were quite poor and travelled around in a covered wagon, looking for work as a carpenter, bricklayer, or whatever work he could find.  They left Wiley in Roanoke, possibly with an uncle, and they traveled around, living off the land, hunting and fishing and looking for work.  About 1885, they were living in Northern Texas, near the Oklahoma border.  A man named Lafayette Bourland met the family.  He had a gold watch and a nice buggy, so they apparently thought he was a man of means.  The buggy was probably borrowed.  Mr. Bourland asked if he could marry 13 year old Laura, who was the oldest daughter.  Leland gave his permission, no doubt thinking this would secure his daughter's future.  Lafayette and Laura had a baby daughter, Fay.  One cold night, they took the baby to bed with them to keep her warm.  During the night, baby Fay smothered and died in the bed clothes.  About May 1, 1889, Lafayette told Laura he wanted to take her into the Oklahoma Territory, as it was about to be opened up for homesteading.  She was very close to the birthdate of their next child and did not want to go.  He offered to find a midwife, to take with them, but she still refused.  It seems that Lafayette was a rotter!  He had another wife and child at the other end of town.  Laura got in touch with Leland and Martha and they came and got her."
     Martha Jane Shuler Russell reportedly died in 1902, probably in Texas or Oklahoma; however, no burial place is known.  Concomitantly, Ramos and Kratz (among others) affirm that  Maude Bourland, Leland and Marthas's oldest grandchild, was born in Colorado in 1889.  This is further supported by population schedules of 1900 and 1910.  (Indeed, in 1900 she was living with her mother and step-father in St. James Parish, Louisiana)  This suggests that Leland and Martha Russell may have travelled widely throughout the western United States.  In any case, Lee and four of his children, viz., Wiley, Mary Belle, James, and John, had migrated to the Pacific Northwest by 1910 and were then living in the southern Willamette Valley in or near the city of Eugene, Oregon.  Although he may have returned to Virginia, it seems likely that Leland Russell died in the Pacific Northwest, but, again, no burial place is known.  Wiley and John evidently returned to Virginia, but Mary Belle and James remained in Oregon.

2-1. Laura Etta Russell, born 8 Sep 1871 in VA, died 10 Nov 1956 in Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., CA; married (1) in TX in 1885, Lafayette Bourland.  They had Fay and Maude Alvena Mae Bourland, but he was a bigamist and they separated; married (2) ~1896 in Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., CA, James M. Windham, born Apr 1864 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL.  They had Eunice Windham.
2-2. William Wiley Russell**, born 3 Oct 1873 in VA, died 17 Nov 1961, buried Evergreen Burial Park, City of Roanoke, VA; married Betty L. Davis, born 31 Dec 1886, died 10 Dec 1962, buried Evergreen Burial Park, City of Roanoke, VA.  They had William Wiley Russell, Jr., who died in 1946 reportedly when a coal truck backed over him.#
2-3. Amanda Emeline (Mandy) Russell, born 15 Aug 1876 in VA, died about 1890.
2-4. Mary Belle Russell, born 10 Feb 1879 in Roanoke, Roanoke Co., VA, died 3 Sep 1920 in Monroe, Benton Co., OR, buried Monroe Cem.; married on 27 Aug 1895 in Comanche Co., TX, Arthur Lee Mauldin, born 4 Aug 1876 in Liberty Hill, Williamson Co., TX, died 24 Jan 1940 in Junction City, Lane Co., OR, buried Monroe Cem., Benton Co., OR.  Mary Belle died of a self-inflicted revolver wound.  They had Vera Lee, Lottie, William Wiley, and Virgil Mauldin.
2-5. Cora Alice Russell, born 5 May 1882, died in infancy the same year.
2-6. James Franklin Russell, born 12 Jan 1886 in TX, died 16 Aug 1968 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR; married in 1908, Bessie Lee Dirickson, born 24 Sep 1888 in TX, died 24 Aug 1986 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.  They had James Orlie Russell
2-7. John Calvin Russell, born 3 May 1888 in Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX, died 3 Nov 1969 in City of Galax, VA, buried Honey Grove United Methodist Church Cem., Grayson Co., VA; married (1) on 8 May 1919, Grace Juanita Russell.  She was the daughter of James Fleming Russell and, thus, a granddaughter of Phillip C. Russell.  They had Vera and Kate Juanita Russell; married (2) on 9 Dec 1922, Lula Robena Ruth Byrd, born 22 Mar 1902 in Grayson Co., VA, died 6 Jun 1994 in Grayson Co., VA, buried Honey Grove United Methodist Church Cem.  They had Lula Belle, Stella Virginia, Frank Monroe, Joseph Calvin, and Olive Natile Russell.  John Calvin Russell served in World War I.
**William Wiley Russell's tombstone states his birthdate as October 3, 1876; however census records of 1880 clearly indicate that he was six years old and, therefore, must have been born in 1873 or 1874.  Concomitantly, his younger sister, Amamda, was four years old in 1880 and, thus, was probably born in 1876.  Even so, the month and day are likely correct.  Therefore, since the population schedule was dated the 15th and 16th of June, 1880, the former year is likely correct.
#Some researchers assert that William Wiley Russell, Jr. died in the 1930's; however, his tombstone clearly indicates his date of death as February 6, 1946.

m. Children of Leland C. and Martha Jane Russell can be confimed by census records.  (1880 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 418A, (microfilm: roll T9_1368; img. 272) & 1910 US Census Population Schedule for Lane County, Oregon, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 45B, (microfilm: roll T624_1283; img. 95).)

n. California Death Index, 1940-1997, Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, P. O. B. 942732, Sacramento, CA, 94234-7320. (Available online at www.ancestry.com)

o. Oregon Death Index, Oregon Health Department, Center for Health Statistics, Suite 205, State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR, 97232, continuously updated.  (Death Certificate Nos. 97, 39, 11917, & 86-14660)  (Available online at www.ancestry.com)

p. Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke City, Virginia (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=50174&CScn=Evergreen&CScntry=4&CSst=48&CScnty=2930&, continuously updated).

q. Monroe Cemetery, Benton County, Oregon (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=39152&CScn=Monroe&CScntry=4&CSst=39&, continuously updated).

r. Death Master File, Social Security Administration, Washington, DC, continuously updated.

(unpublished notes)
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Additional Citations:

2. 1850 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 202A, (microfilm roll - M432_947; img. 87).

3. 1860 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 168, (microfilm roll - M653_1348; img. 169).

4. 1870 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 224A, (microfilm roll - M593_1649; img. 449).


5. Kendall Chapel Cemetery, Grayson County, Texas (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1989159&CScn=Kendall&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2610&, continuously updated).

6. 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. 143-54.

7. Henry Hardy Catron, The Kettenring Family in America, 1619 N. 19th St., Springfield, IL, 1956.  (Reprinted by Unigraphic, Inc., Evansville, IN)

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