Thursday, April 17, 2014


Married to Sarah Winfred Giles October 03, 1867
Bailey Anderton Homsley and Sarah had the following children:

Thomas Chamberlain Homsley (1871 - 1944)
Eugene Via Homsley (1877 - 1983)
Charles Bailey “Cisco” Homsley (1879 - 1962)
Lillian Sarah Homsley Jenkins (1888 - 1983)
Bertha Evalyn Homesley Shelnutt (1891 - 1988)
Lucie Homsley (1 Oct 1873 - 25 Feb 1874)

Bailey Anderton Homsley ~ Man of Many Adventures

Bailey Anderton Homsley


Bailey was born in Warren County, Missouri, February 22, 1838, left home when he was 14, and traveled widely with many colorful adventures. Remarkably surviving the Oregon Trail, Bailey explored many of the western states, mined for gold in California, freighted in Montana, and fought at the age of sixteen in the Indian Wars with the Oregon Mounted Volunteers. He then traveled by boat via Cape Horn before returning to Warren CountyMissouri. He married Sarah Winfred Giles on October 03, 1867.

Bailey Anderton Homsley ~ February 22, 1838 - September 29, 1927

Bailey Anderton Homsley


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Homesley Family in Roane County, Tennessee

The Homesley family members who traveled to Roane County, Tennessee,
started arriving in 1805.
They all had left by 1810, leaving a small number of records behind in a short five year span.
They were children of Joseph Homesley and Mary Smith, and children of 
Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self, all living in Lincoln County, North Carolina.

Patcy, Chaney, Burrell, Ana and Garnet all left LINCOLN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
Roane County had just been formed in 1801 from Knox County and Indian Lands.
It is interesting to add here that the name "Homsley" was often confused with "Hornsby"
in Roane County; one because the names look much the same in old cursive writing,
and two because there actually was a "Hornsby" family in Roane County, Tennessee.
Perhaps this article may alleviate the confusion between the two spellings and families.

Burrell HOMESLEY, son of Joseph Homesley and Mary Smith, sold his land in Lincoln County,
North Carolina in 1804 to his Uncle Benjamin Homesley. He probably left Lincoln County
around the same time. Burrell shows up in Roane County, Tennessee on an 1805 tax list.

It appears Burrell had left Roane County and went to UNION COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
by 1811- his uncle DAVID SMITH mentioning Burrell in his will dated 22 June 1811 in 
Union County. David Smith's relation as uncle to Burrell shows that 
Burrell's mother's maiden name was Smith.

In his will, David left his land to his wife, Elizabeth Smith;
the land to go at the time of her death 
to nephew Burrell Homesley or his heirs. But as fate had it, Burrell passed away in 1819, 
Elizabeth Smith five years later in 1824. More about this later in this article.

Garnet HOMESLEY, son of Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self,
was in Roane County in 1806, as he signed the marriage license
of Chaney Homesley to William WILSON on
8 December 1806. Garnet left Roane County by 1810,
for he is listed on the 1810 census
 No wife is listed with him in 1810, but his three sons Elias, Lawson and James are listed. 
Also listed with Garnet in 1810 is a female over 45 years, who is believed to be 
Mary Smith-Homesley. William Wilson and Chaney Homesley lived nearby.
By 1817, Garnet had returned to Lincoln County, North Carolina.

Patcy Homesley, daughter of Joseph and Mary, married Alexander MAHAN 
in Roane County on 21 March 1805. 
Joseph MCPHERSON signed their marriage license.

Prior to his marriage to Patcy, Alexander was married to Peggy BRASHEARS.
Alexander and Peggy lived in NINETY SIX DISTRICT, South Carolina where Alexander
received a plat for two hundred acres on the south side of the SALUDA RIVER on
10 December 1788. By 1790 Alexander and Peggy were in
They had ten children.

In 1799, Alexander Mahan signed the petition
to form Roane County, Tennessee.

Patcy Homesley and Alexander, after their marriage in 1805,
continued to live in Roane County until 1809, when Alexander sold his land.
 They are on the 1810 census in BURKSVILLE, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, KENTUCKY.
By 1810 Alexander and Patcy's daughters, Mary Jane
1809-1894 and Elizabeth 1810-1884 were born.
After their sons, William 1811-1856 and
Joel 1814-1864 were born, Alexander and Patcy are found in
MONROE COUNTY, KENTUCKY on the 1820 census.

Ana Homesley, daughter of Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self, and her husband
William PARKER lived in Roane County, Tennessee in 1806, as William had placed his
"X" mark on Chaney Homesley's marriage license in Roane County in 1806.
William and Ana are next found in Burksville, Cumberland County, Kentucky
in 1810 near Alexander and Patcy.
By then William and Ana had six children, four boys and two girls.
Three of the boys' names
were Henry, Joseph and Burrell Parker.

Ana's father Benjamin Homesley is also listed in Cumberland County, Kentucky.
He is on the 1820 census there.

"The Mahans, Roane Co and Beyond", a family tree on by member lindai, shows the Parkers and the Mahans all together in Cumberland County: "Henry Parkers 10A
Mud Camp Creek; 11/10/1815 A-398; j. William Parker, Hughs IT SCC; cc-Joseph
and Burrell Parker; Alexander MAHAM, Jun'r, Marker; Alexander Maham and William Parker; housekeepers; del to James Ferguson"

Chaney Homesley, daughter of Joseph and Mary, married William WILSON in Roane County on 8 December 1806. Garnet Homesley signed their marriage license,
and William Parker placed his "X" mark on the document.

Chaney and William remained in Roane County until at least 1808, as William was involved in a land transaction there in 1808. On "", under "1807-1813 Surveys" is listed: "William Wilson. S#207 8-1-1808. E#320 7-27-1808.
25 acres on waters of POPLAR CREEK. Beginning on Michael Arnold's line. SCC: Michael ARNOLD Senr, Michael Arnold Junr.
Lifted by Wm Wilson 7-30-1810.
Left and sent by J.MCCLELLAN 8-29-1810. Granted."

After leaving Roane County, Tennessee, William and Chaney went to 
Warren County, Kentucky where they are listed on the 1810 census.
They had one son under 10 and one daughter under 10 in 1810. They lived
near Garnet Homesley in Warren County.

By 1816, William and Chaney were in Cumberland County, Kentucky.
William is listed with Alexander Mahan there in a land survey that year.
From "The Mahans, Roane Co and Beyond" by lindai,
"William Wilson as. of John LANEFIELD 20 a. MASHECK CREEK
4/4/1816; a-420; jmCc ds; CC-William Maham and
Alex Maham; Alex Maham, sen., M.:"

In 1820, William and Chaney were in Monroe County, Kentucky.
Listed with them on the census that year is believed to be
Chaney's mother, Mary Smith-Homesley. Also listed with them
are two sons and three daughters.

In 1824, Elizabeth Smith, widow of David Smith, passed away in
Union County, South Carolina. Her land was to go to the heirs of
Burrell Homesley. Mary Smith-Homesley of Monroe County, Kentucky
appointed William Wilson to be her attorney in the matter
on 28 August 1824, as did Alexander Mahan of Monroe County
appoint William Wilson his attorney on 28 August 1824.
From the research of LOUISE HILL OF NYSSA, OREGON:

"Mary Homesley of Monroe Co., Ky came before Monroe Co. court
and made oath that her daughter, Patsey Homesley, now Patsey Mahan
is lawfully united in wedlock with Alexander Mahan
and now lives in the aforesaid county, and that her daughter,
China (Chaney) Homesley, now China Wilson, is lawfully united in
wedlock with William Wilson, who lives in the aforesaid county
and State. signed: 28 August 1824"

The whereabouts after 28 August 1824 of William and Chaney Wilson,
 Alexander and Patcy Mahan, and Mary Smith-Homesley
remain mysteries to be unraveled.

"VRR's Ancestors2", a family tree on Rootsweb, by Valita Randolph,
tells of ".....the members of one of the Presbyterian churches in
Cumberland County (KY) who all packed up and moved
to Pickens County (AL) about 1825."
William and Ana Parker, and Joel and William Mahan may have
been part of that group because William Parker and William Mahan
are listed next to each other in PICKENS COUNTY, ALABAMA in 1830.
Joel is found on the 1840 census in Pickens County.

Roane County, Tennessee was a springboard by which
the Homesleys and their families jumped to new places.
Further research about the Mahans,
the Wilsons and the Parkers is needed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homsley Emigrants to Oregon ~ Oregon Trail ~ Homsley Twins ~ Rev War Drummer ~ Fort Laramie ~


Len Holmes
It is sometimes asserted that the main business of a
historical writer is interpretation. In the view of the
author the main business is accuracy. He has sought
to be exact; and he here echoes the prayer of the
conscientious Elliot Coues that every error committed,
" whether in ignorance or by inadvertence, may be
exposed and corrected." H. M. Chittenden



The lovely, Mary Oden Homsley (20 Jul 1824), was from historical accounts about
five feet two inches tall, blue eyed, with Chestnut hair that could fall to her ankles.
She met her husband after her Oden family migrated from
Fayette, Kentucky to Lincoln,Truxdale, Arkansas.
She married Benjamin Franklin Homsley on the 3rd of June 1841 at
Vernon, Missouri just before her seventeenth birthday.

Benjamin Franklin Homsley born September 15, 1815 in Sparta, White, Tennessee
being about the fourth child born to War of 1812 veteran,
Joseph Homsley, (abt 1780-abt 1822) and Barbary Foulkes (1760-1845).
Benjamin Franklin Homsley is the grandson of 
Benjamin Homsley (1748-1824) and Jemima Self (1740-1820).
His maternal grandfather, Revolutionary War veteran of Bunker Hill,
Brandywine and Cowpens as a drummer,
Charles Foulkes (abt 1755-abt 1815) is historically credited
as being the drummer in George Washington’s funeral.
Charles is interred in Lincoln, North Carolina. Research has not revealed his wife’s name.

The Benjamin Franklin


Mary Oden Homsley Children

Two unknown
These are most likely the twins that died.

Leura Homsley Gibson b 1847-? HOMSLEY, Leura (1847-1939):
married  23 Dec 1864 GIBSON, George;
d/o Benjamin and Mary E. Homsley; born 06 Mar 1847 Warren Co, MO
(in an interview she states that the family bible was lost during
the emigration and her father told her he thought she was born in May
but wasn't sure so she never really knew when to
celebrate her birthday); Leura died 30 Nov 1938 Portland, Multnomah Co, OR;
mother of 5 children (May, Alberta, Frona, Ralph R. and Eugene)

Sarah Ellen Homsley Taylor b 1850- HOMSLEY, Sarah Ellen (1850-1917):
 married 23 Dec 1864 TAYLOR, Samuel Richard;
d/o Benjamin and Mary E. Homsley; born Feb 1850 Warren Co, MO
and died 26 Nov 1917 Portland, Multnomah Co, OR;
buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Canby, Clackamas Co, OR;
mother of 2 children (Nellis H. and Hattie L.)

Lycurgus Homsley (1843-1852)
Georgina Homsley (1841-1852)
HOMSLEY, Infant Son (1852 -1852); died on trail of measles.
“Emigrants to Oregon in 1852”, Surnames A-I,
compiled by Stephenie Flora
 copyright © 2009

The Two unknown children is a sad tale.
It is said that an embittered slave poisoned the children.
Ray Homesley, prominent Homesley author, states it could have been tainted food.
Lycurgus and Georgina succumbed to illness along the trail and died,
Lura and Sarah Ellen survived the trip on the trail to Oregon.


Bailey was born in Warren County, Missouri, Feb. 22, 1838,
left home when he was 14, and traveled widely with many colorful adventures.
Remarkably surviving the Oregon Trail, Bailey explored many of the western states,
mined for gold in California, freighted in Montana, and fought at the age of sixteen
in the Indian Wars with the Oregon Mounted Volunteers.
He then traveled by boat via Cape Horn before returning to Warren, Missouri.
He married Sarah Winfred Giles Oct 03, 1867.

Their children:

Thomas Chamberlain Homsley (1871 - 1944)
Eugene Via Homsley (1877 - 1983)
Charles Bailey “Cisco” Homsley (1879 - 1962)
Lillian Sarah Homsley Jenkins (1888 - 1983)
Bertha Evalyn Homesley Shelnutt (1891 - 1988)
Lucie Homsley (1 Oct 1873 - 25 Feb 1874)


The Jacob Norris Oden’s were a pioneer family that built the first house
in Fayette, Kentucky. Jacob Norris Oden (1800-1885) married Sarah Fine (1799-1885)
on March 31, 1820 in Montgomery, Missouri. The couple had about ten children,
most of who went on the Oregon Trail. They are: Mary Elisabeth Homsley,
Rebecca Rachel Oden Homsley, William Green Oden, Levi Oden, Vinette Oden,
Thomas Oden, Fine Oden, Virgil Oden, Lucritia Frances Oden, Charles R. Oden.

Find A Grave Memorial #54951145
Daughter of
Eugene Via Homsley (1877 - 1983)
Granddaughter of
Bailey Anderton Homsley (1838 - 1927)
Accompanied the Benjamin Franklin Homsley Family at 14. (abt 1852)
Great Granddaughter of
Thomas Jefferson Homsley (1805 - 1851)
Great Great Granddaughter of
Joseph Homesley (Abt. 1780 - 1822)
Benjamin Homesley (1748 - 1824)


Preparing to leave for the Oregon Trail must have taken many tasks that would overwhelm us in our modern day. The Benjamin Franklin Homsley and Mary Elizabeth Oden family of Lincoln, Truxdale, Missouri were dismantling their lives and loading it on the Covered Wagon to head into the Great American frontier just as their ancestors had done before them. To say they would go where no man had ever gone would be a misnomer. The Native Americans inhabited these lands for millennia.

The lovely, Mary Oden Homsley (20 Jul 1824), was from historical accounts about five feet two inches tall, blue eyed, with Chestnut hair that could fall to her ankles.

Benjamin Franklin Homsley (15 Sep 1815) a blacksmith by trade was a welcomed addition to the trail members.

On an agreed time the wagon train trip began, and the Oden and Homsley families on their way to begin a new life in Oregon via the Oregon Trail. Accompanying the families was Benjamin Franklin Homsley’s fourteen-year-old nephew, Bailey Anderton Homsley. (Volume 20 Number 4 - July/August 2001 The Life of Bailey Anderton Homsley, Genealogical Society of Central Missouri).



Reading historical accounts of the daily life on the Oregon Trail, one learns that a daily mileage was about 15-20 miles per day. It is said that those who walked the trail had the highest mortality rate.

H. M. Chittenden: The American Fur Trade of the Far West, 1929 in his sentinel work which includes a cite from: "The Oregon Trail," Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, Vol. I, No. 4 (December 1900).

The Santa Fe Trail being first established, a
signboard was later set up to show where the
Oregon Trail branched off. It bore the simple
legend "Road to Oregon." . . . Surely so
unostentatious a sign never before nor since
announced so long a journey.

The Oregon Trail branched from the Santa Fe Trail at Independence, Missouri, the “Queen City of the Trails” as three trails converged: Santa Fe, Oregon, California.

Wickipedia states that, initially, the main "jumping off point" was the common head of the Santa Fe Trail and Oregon Trail—Independence, Missouri/Kansas City, Kansas. Travelers starting in Independence had to ferry across the Missouri River. After following the Santa Fe trail to near present-day Topeka, Kansas, they ferried across the Kansas River to start the trek across Kansas and points west. Another busy "jumping off point" was St. Joseph, Missouri—established in 1843.[2] In its early days, St. Joseph was a bustling outpost and rough frontier town, serving as one of the last supply points before heading over the Missouri River to the frontier. St. Joseph had good steamboat connections to St. Louis, Missouri, and other ports on the combined Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi River systems. During the busy season there were several ferryboats and steamboats available to transport travelers to the Kansas shore where they started their travels westward. Before the Union Pacific Railroad was started in 1865, St. Joseph was the westernmost point in the United States accessible by rail. Other towns used as supply points in Missouri included Old Franklin,[3] Arrow Rock, and Fort Osage.

There were dangers in camping along the trail, particularly along the Platte River. During the years (1849-1855) it was important to drink upstream or on the many creeks that flowed into the Platte due to cholera which is caused by many travelers using the same camping spots with no sewage facilities. In most cases cholera was swift in that a healthy person in the morning would die by evening. The Oregon Trail has many unmarked graves of those who succumbed. Our Homsley ancestors did not escape the Cholera epidemic.

The Oregon Trail branched into northeastern Colorado following the South Platte River through present Julesburg, Colorado. Here the Homsley train of migrants entered WyomingFort Laramie, Wyoming, the last army outpost, and junction of the Laramie River and North Platte at Independence Rock was a major stopping point.



At this juncture of the arduous journey to Oregon, Benjamin Franklin Homsley and his family made a fateful decision in 1852. Mary Oden Homsley had just given birth to a child who became infected with her Measles. Oddly enough the disease was treated by applying egg white on the affected areas. The deadly affliction spread rapidly on the wagon trains.

Benjamin Franklin Homsley made the fateful decision to cross the swollen river to Ft. Laramie to aid his wife and newborn child. The wagon was overturned by the swift high waters of the Laramie River. Mother and child and contents of the wagon were soaked in the frigid river. The newborn died that day and Mary Oden Homsley was drenched and having the Measles complicated matters for her well being. One can almost feel the grief today that the brave band of pioneers felt as they buried their newborn baby along the trail. One can visualize the halted wagons of the train as the Homsley and Oden families buried this newborn. Bailey drove one of the wagons with the sick, and Benjamin drove the other wagon.

Mary Elizabeth Homsley survived till June 25, 1852. Among her last words were to her husband, “Don’t separate the children.” She died at age 29. What grief Benjamin Franklin and her parents, brothers and sisters, the Odens must have endured. There was no lumber available to construct a coffin. The infected feather bed on which she and her newborn rested was her shroud. She was laid to rest on the trail near Ft. Laramie, Wyoming.

Benjamin took his jackknife and inscribed on a slate her name. With great sorrow they then continued the epic journey to the rich farmlands on Elliot Prairie, Clackmas County, Oregon. It is said that he seldom spoke of it again, but made his promise good to not separate the children.

By the time the train approached Boise, Idaho tragedy struck again, Lycurgus Homesley, 9 years old, born in 1843 also died of the measles. He was buried in an old tool chest along the trail near Boise. It is said that Georgina Homsley, 11 year old, died of the Measles about this time and is also buried on the trail in 1852.

Sarah Ellen Homsley married Samuel Taylor and survived the journey to Oregon.  Their children:  NELLIE TAYLOR, HATTIE L TAYLOR.

Lura Homesley survived the journey and married George D Gibson 23 Dec 1864 in Clackmas, Oregon.  Their children are MARY MAUD GIBSON, ALICE ALBERT GIBSON,  RALPH RETURN GIBSON, SARAH SAPHRONIA GIBSON, and EMERA EUGENE GIBSON. An interview with Mary Homsley’s daughter, Lura Homsley Gibson, can be found in The Lockley Files: Conversations with Pioneer Women, by Fred Lockley, edited by Mike Helm (Eugene, OR: Rainy Day Press, 1981), pp. 173-76.

United States Census 1860 Benjamin Homesly
16 1862 1550 Homesley Benjamine 40 M Farmer 800 500 Tennessee
17 1862 1550 Homesley Laura 13 F Missouri X
18 1862 1550 Homesley Sarah E. 10 F Missouri X
19 1862 1550 Sweat John J. 32 M Laborer 200 150 Ohio
Remarks: Lower Molalla Precinct Concluded: Lines 20-24 Blank

By the year 1880 Benjamin Franklin Homesley was living
with his son-in-law SAMUEL TAYLOR Film number: 1255080
Household     Gender     Age
Samuel R. Taylor  M   35
Child  Sarah E Taylor F  29
Nelly L Taylor  F  11
Hattie L Taylor  F   1
Benjamin Homesly   M   60

Benjamin Franklin Homsley died September 6, 1908 and is buried in ROCKCREEK CEMETERY. It is said that Ben Homsley took his wife’s death very seriously and never ceased mourning.

This determined family succeeded in moving to Oregon. Mary Oden Homsley’s children settled near ROSEBURG, OREGON.


A news article on the discovery, published in
the Fort Laramie Scout, was followed by an editorial in the
Portland Oregonian, which asked the question,
" Who was Mary Homsley.''
A daughter of the pioneer soon answered the question.
The woman, Mrs. Laura Gibson, of Portland, who, seventy-three
years before, at the age of three, had witnessed her mother's
burial. Her father, Benjamin Homsley, a blacksmith, with his
two young daughters, had reached Oregon and had settled on
a homestead. There he carefully brought up his children, and
there, in the fullness of time, he passed on. A reticent,
undemonstrative man, he had never talked of the tragic loss, and
only through the newspaper articles did Mrs. Gibson learn
the place of her mother's death. From contributions by
citizens of Wyoming a cement monument, in which the old stone
is imbedded, was erected at the grave, and on
Memorial Day, 1926, it was dedicated by Professor Hebard.
"The road to Oregon, a chronicle of the great emigrant trail" H. M. Chittenden        


In 1925, some cowboys were riding the range near Ft. Laramie, and discovered the broken tombstone that Benjamin Franklin had carved with care in 1852. The rest is history.

The original headstone has been placed in a large stone obelisk and encased in glass. A wooden fence protects the site that has also been marked by the Oregon-California Trails Association.

The site is not listed on the National Register.


H. M. Chittenden: The American Fur Trade of the Far West, 1929::  "The Oregon Trail," Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, Vol. I, No. 4 (December 1900).

Miller, Neal E., "Annals of Wyoming", Vol. 42 April 1970, Number 1. Published biannually Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department, Wyoming State Historical Society, pp.94-95.  The Settling of Oregon and Its Pioneers is my number one hobby and addiction. Visit my site and learn about early Oregon and the natives, explorers, fur traders, missionaries and pioneers that settled it. Includes pioneer lists through 1855, pioneer diaries, Oregon Trail information and a photo gallery of early pioneers.

Stice, S. (#46944589) Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial # 63194207 Note:  Excellent pics and data

Oregon-California Trails Association:

GIBSON, Lura Homsley reminiscences  [Conversations With Pioneer Women by Fred Lockley p.173-176]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Homsley Stories by Greg Holmes and Len Holmes

One of the surprises of writing for a blog such as Judy Shubert’s Genealogy Traces is that one never knows what the results will be.

Greg Holmes, co author of this entry, wrote an article on some research we had done on Elias Eph Homesley.


A new name arose on genealogy research radar, Glenn GABBARD, who is a descendant of Joseph  HOMESLEY and Mary SMITH.  He well informed us that Mrs. Carrie Homesley CUNNINGHAM came to his ARKANSAS family farm when he was younger and discussed ancestry in preparation for a book about the Homesley kin. The beauty of genealogy is that one generation may offer building blocks for the next to study and learn, and Mrs. Cunningham did just that.

Glenn Gabbard’s father and mother are Leonard Raymond GABBARD (July 11, 1915-August 31, 2009), Belle Homesley (1919-November 23, 2003). Glenn states that his dad bought a few copies and Mrs. Cunningham delivered them by car.

Glenn’s siblings are Norman Gabbard, Carolyn Gabbard Norman, and an Aunt Mabel Shumate. (There is much research that shows intermarriages of the Homesley and Shumate families.) Mr. Gabbard, a retired carpenter for the University of Arkansas, was laid to rest in McCord Cemetery, Elkins, (Find A Grave Memorial #8127536)  WASHINGTON, Arkansas, where so many of his wife’s family had settled at or before the founding of the county.

Glenn’s mother  BELLE HOMESLEY  was the daughter of  LEROY PATRICK HOMESLEY (29 Jun 1894 - 14 May 1990) and CASANDRA FOSTER who were married about 1918 in Washington, Arkansas. Find A Grave Memorial #8127536.

Belle Homesley’s sister was Mabel Homesley SHUMATE
(October 10, 1921-October 10, 2013)

Mabel Homesley Shumate
October 10, 1921 - October 10, 2013

From the Moores Chapel Funeral Home Website:
Mabel Homesley Shumate, age 92, passed away October 10, 2013. She was born October 10, 1921 in Durham, Arkansas to Lee Roy “Pat” and Cassie Homesley. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Belle Gabbard and her husband Howard.
She graduated from Elkins High School where she was a member of the championship girl’s basketball team. Basketball remained one of her favorite things throughout her life. She graduated from the Fayetteville Business School and was a lifelong resident of the Elkins/Durham area except for 1942-1944 when she lived in Houston, Texas and worked in the shipyards during World War II. She married William Howard Shumate on June 9, 1946 and they became the proud parents of three sons. She worked on the family farm while he was a postal carrier in Fayetteville. She was a member of the Elkins Church of Christ for 60 plus years. She was a living testament to her faith. She was a leader of the White River 4-H Club and a charter member of the White River EPA group and worked tirelessly to help defeat the landfill on Hobbs Mountain. She participated in trash pick-ups along Highway 16 East and helped man the recycling trailer at Elkins well up into her later years. She was an avid sports fan and loved her Arkansas Razorbacks. She was a faithful supporter of the Elkins Elks teams and attended many games. She showed the referee’s no mercy when she did not agree with their calls. She loved driving out into the pasture to check the cattle and continued to do so until just a few years ago. She had strong political views and enjoyed debating with anyone who was brave enough to take her on. She was a domino shark and each kid and most of her grandkids have been thoroughly trounced by her.
She is survived by three sons, Allen (Donna) of Elkins, Arkansas, Darrell (Sandy) of Mineola, Texas and Ed (Jan) of Elkins, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Walker (Jamie) of Butler, Pennsylvania, Brian Shumate (Stephanie) of Elkins, Arkansas, Melissa Douglas (Robert) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Allison Shumate (Micah) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sara Shumate of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Brooke DeLucci of Elkins, Arkansas and Courtney Shumate of Elkins, Arkansas; seven great-grandchildren, Gavin Shadrick of Russellville, Arkansas, Grant Shadrick of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Caleb Shumate, Trevor Shumate and Braden Shumate all of Elkins, Arkansas and Zayne Walker of Butler, Pennsylvania; three step-great-grandchildren, Angel (Tyler) Morris of California, Jay Walker of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Ben Napier of Elkins and one step-great-great-grandchild arriving in 2014; two nephews, Glen and Norman Gabbard and one niece, Carolyn Norman; numerous great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by very special friends, Jim and Betsy Martin who gave generously of their time and love to her and Geneva Long who spent many hours with her on the phone and loved her dearly, as well as many other friends and neighbors. All of us want to thank our Jan for her devotion to caring for her and putting her own life on hold, we could not have done it without you. Always know that she loved you dearly even when she was giving you a hard time. The family also wishes to thank the wonderful people from Washington Regional Hospice who made it possible for her to remain in her home until she left us on her birthday.


Glenn’s great grandparents were John Buck Homesley (May 15, 1855-April 28, 1953)
and Ellen Springton (1858-1935) married December 17, 1865 in Washington, Arkansas. The couple had thirteen children born in Washington, Arkansas from 1876-1906.

There is not a complete record of the John Buck Homesley family, and anyone reading this is welcome to add much needed information.

Child 1: Douglas Homesley born June 18, 1876 and died June 17, 1943 San Francisco, California

Child 2: May Homesley born April 11, 1878 and married Lister Bailey

Child 3: Clyde J Homesley born February 1, 1886

Child 4: Hattie Homesley born 1887

Child 5: Ina Homesley born 1888-1989 and married John Ballard (1884-1970). Their children: Lucille, Pauline, Ralph, Thelma Teague, Lee Roy, Melba, Ruby Rude, Agnes, Gladys Buchanan

Child 6: Guy Homesley born 1902-11/18/1963 United States Navy WWII San Bruno, California

Child 7: Herbert Monroe Homesley born May 4, 1906- unknown and married Lennie Mae Wiseman

Child 8: C. J. Homesley born 1882-1950 Rogers Cemetery, Rogers Arkansas

Child 9: Maud Homesley born 1885

Child 10: Elise Homesley born unknown

Child 11: Natalie Homesley born unknown

Child 12: Dennis Homesley 1890-1976 Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, Arkansas

Child 13: Leroy Patrick Homesley who is Glenn Gabbard’s grandfather

James Holmesley
Jane Jennie Womack 

Glenn’s great, great grandparents were James Holmesley (January 3, 1805, Kentucky-September 15, 1881, Wesley, Madison, Arkansas) and Jane Jennie Womack (1803, Kentucky-1899, Elkins, Clark, Arkansas) with burial at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
The Holmesley/Womack marriage produced seventeen children. The documentation
is incomplete on some and any reader is welcome to submit verified data.
These births are not in date order.

Child 1: Nancy Narcissa Holmesley (1834-1858) of Richland, Madison, Arkansas

Child 2: Willilam D. or J. Holmesley (1836-?) of Richland, Madison, Arkansas married Lucinda Homesley (b. 1838 of Madison, Arkansas. Their children are Mary J. Homesley Fowler (1857), John R. Homesley (1859)

Child 3: Sarah Homesley (1837-1927) born in Richland and died in Washington, Arkansas. Sarah married James Henry Lollar (b. abt. 1837 in AR) on an unknown date had five children: Eliza, Fannie, Dudley, Lizzie and Tennie

Child 4: Jane Homesley (1841-1867)

Child 5: Holford Randolph Homesley (1837-?)
Holford Homesley Co. I Pvt/ Sixteenth Arkansas Confederate Infantry

Child 6: Lucinda Homesley (1844-?)

Child 7: Louisa Jane Homesley (1848-1922) married James Calhoun Thomas (1842-1899). Their children:  James, Sarah, Mattie, Butler, and Boone.

Child 8: Elizabeth Loucressy Homesley (1848-1867)


Child 9: Katie Katherine Homesley (1881-?) married George Washington Lollar January 24, 1867. Their children: W.F., Mary, John, Viola Tranquil, Ollie, and Roda

Child 10: John Buck who is recorded earlier

Child 11: James Walker Dave Homesley (1885-1940) married Rebecca Jane Springton March 14, 1878 in Washington, Arkansas. Their children: Randolph and Cora

Child 12: Burrell James (1859-1925) married Josephine Shipman June 05, 1879 in Washington, Arkansas.  They had three children: Lula, Mary, Alice

Child 13: Viola Tranquil Homesley (1853-1949) married William Albert Jeffers in 1874. Their children: Denver Hays, John, Levi, Lillie, Rosy, Lester, Harlan

Child 14: Francis Marion Homesley (?-1902) married Alabama Hannah. Their children: William Moses, Jefferson E., Sarah E., Bennett S.
These children’s names were mistranslated often on official records as being Homsby. This illustrates a point to scrutinize all spellings.

Child 15: Randolph L. Holmesley has no data

Child 16: Sydney E. Homesley (?-1878) married Nancy Sanders abt 1863. They had the following children:  Simon, Stephen, Lula, Frances and John

Child 17: Elizabeth Homesley (1849-1867)



Glenn’s great, great, great grandparents are John R. Holmesley (1773-1857)
and Mary Jane James (1778-1860). These ancestors of ours had 
eleven children that we have recorded. 

These ancestors must have been very stout and hardy people. John R. was born in CumberlandVirginia, married in Lincoln, North Carolina and died in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas. My, those pioneers got about! As an interesting note: Hawkhunter has extensive notes on the journey to Arkansas on John R.’s Find A Grave page. His wife, Mary Jane James, was born in Virginia, and the families must have migrated to Lincoln, North Carolina. She is interred in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas.

Mrs. Carrie Homesley Cunningham had interviewed many of the early Homelsey family and made extensive notes in her book: Historical Record of the Holmesley Family. She discussed the name spelling with some descendants and they concluded that John R, Burell J., Levi and Stephen spelled the name HOLMESLEY
Mary Jane James’ ancestry is a lengthy one that goes for generations and will be the subject of another writing.

Child 1: Stephen Holmesley (1797-1864) born in Lincoln, North Carolina and married Defesy Vaughn in 1825 in Wayne, Missouri. Stephen and Defesy’s children are: Mary Martha Holmesley Lewis, Marion Franklin Holmesley (1841-1887), Didema Holmesley (1826-?), Leonidus (1837-?), Syndey E. Holmesley (1849-?), Beda (1847-?), Lethea Holmesley (1849?-?) all being born in Prairie Arkansas.
Stephen Holmesley built one of the first mills on Yokum Creek in Washington Arkansas.

Child 2: Elizabeth Holmesley (1802-1867) married first Michael Master and then Jesse W. Hock (Hawk).  The children with Jesse Hock are Permela, Jacob, Sarah, Lucinda Evaline, Daniel Henry, and George Washingon.
It is said that Michael Masters’ death in 1831 was the first recorded death of a non-native in Washington, Arkansas. There were six children from the first marriage: John, Nancy, Margaret, Ruhama Elizabeth, David Jackson, Elizabeth.

Child 3: James Holmesley married  Jennie Jane Womack is entered above as the 2nd great grandparents of Glenn Gabbard. There is an interesting note about James Holmesley in that he built the first one of the first buildings in the pioneer town Fayetteville. 

Child 4: Jane Holmesley (1811-1870) married Benjamin Drake 1831 in Madison, Arkansas. I have recorded seven children: Burrell, Rachel, Minerva, Betsy, Delphia, John, Nancy, William and Elizabeth.  Jane died in Hopkins, Texas.

Child 5: Levi Holmesley (1813-1880) married Zimarou Wagnon. They had eight children: Frances Monroe, Randolph Lafayette, Burrell Wagnon, Wesley Stanford, Mary Lucinda, John N, Joel Oliver, Levi Thomas.

Child 6: Mary Holmesley (1815-1872) married William Martin Mullen on 1831 in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas.

Child 7: Narcissa Nancy Holmesley (1816-1833) married an unknown Ernest.

Child 8: Julia Holmesley (1817-1836) married Randolph Coffey.

Child 9: Burrell James Holmesley (1807-1891) married Lucinda Wagnon (1814-1866) on January 1832 in Cane Hill, Washington ArkansasBurrell James and his family migrated to Comanche, Texas and are interred there. This family are true pioneers of Comanche, Texas being one of the FIRST FIVE FAMILIES.
"Early settler of Comanche County, Texas. He and first wife, Lucinda, had the following children who survived to adulthood: Julia 1832-1836; Thomas Jefferson 1834-1903; Amanda 1836-1918; James Monroe, 1838-1881; Martha Jane 1841-1891; William L. 1843-1860; Francis Marion 1845-1943; Burrell Sutton 1849-1915; Arabella 1852-1940." 
Child 10: Catherine Cynthia Katie Holmesley (1803-1885) married John Ben Austin (1802-1847) on 1825 Wayne, Madison, Arkansas.  
Living in Richland Township, Madison County, Arkansas in October 1850
(Federal Census data)
Oct., 1850 Census, Madison Co. AR.
Cynthia Austin 46 Farmer NC
William "" 22 School Teacher AR
Mary "" 20 AR
Benjamin "" 18 AR
James "" 16 AR
Nancy " " 14 AR
Thomas " " 10 AR
John "" 7 AR

Child 11: Betsy Holmesley born 1819.


Glenn Gabbard’s 4th Great Grand Parents are Joseph Burrell Homesley, Sr.
(1750-1799) perhaps born in England; Joseph is interred in Lincoln North Carolina
He married Mary Smith or White 1772 at Cumberland, Virginia.

Some research states that Glenn’s 4th Great Grandmother’s last name was Smith. John R. Holmesley mentions that it was White. Further research is needed to solve this mystery.

One can only wonder what the trip from Cumberland, Virginia to Lincoln, North Carolina was like and what the journey was like for the travelers. The Lincoln County they arrived at was unsettled and occupied with Native Americans eight miles south of Cherryville, North Carolina near where the important Battle of King’s Mountain would take place.

The early days of Joseph’s life is shrouded in time’s dark veil. It is recorded that Joseph’s mother Jane died when he was six years old. Oddly enough she left a verbal will home where she died with the rectory of the Church of England’s priest, Rev. McClaurine of Southam Parish. He reported this to the vestry and they made some fateful decisions for Joseph and his brother, Benjamin, and little sister, Anne. These children were bound-out as was the custom of the day. Wealthy colonists left money for education for their children.  This was not the case for Joseph and his siblings. They were given to community families who wanted them. With the whisk of a quill pen on paper the Vestry of Southam Parish Church of England decided the fates of the Homesley children in Cumberland County, Virginia.

In Joseph’s case he was bound out to a Joseph Akin. (Page 151 Cumberland Court Order Book.) At least over the next sixteen years he lived and worked for the Akin family until in 1772 Joseph married.

Benjamin Homesley, the eldest son, being born about 1748 means that he was about thirteen and bound out to Robert Beck. (Cumberland County Court Order Book 1758-1762, page 120.) Prominent Homesley author, Ray Homesley, suggests that Benjamin may have been the father of Benjamin’s given name.

Anne, the youngest, is bound out to Stephen Mosby (1732-1763) and Abenoday Minor Mosby (b. 1731 Lunenburg, Virginia). Page 151 same book dated February 25, 1760. It is my genealogy guess that Ann being about one year old was absorbed into the Mosby family with whom we have a verified genetic link. Tragedy befalls the Mosby household on October 22, 1763 when Stephen Mosby dies leaving his wife Abenoday or Alice Oneda and two Mosby children, Priscilla (1759), and Jacob (b 1761) along with the bound out Anne Homesley.

According to some recently located records  Priscilla Mosby married Robert Gilliam about December 24, 1786 in Cumberland County, Virginia.This is to certify that I have given my consent to a marriage between my son Robt Gilliam and Priscilla Mosbey.
Witness my hand James GILLIAM, 22nd Decemr, 1786.
Wit: Stephen May and Wm. Thweatt
This is to Certify that I do, Volentaley [sic] give my Consent to a Marriage between Robt Gilliam and my Daughter Presellia Mosbey, without Reserve, witness my hand Allsey Mosbey, 24th Decembor 1/86 [1786]. Wit: William Thomas (Thweatt?), John Sullivant Senr.
 Robert GILLIAM, the son of James GILLIAM and Martha Isbell, his wife and Robert was born 1 May 1766 in Lunenburg County, VA. Robert married Priscilla Mosby.

Records indicate finance problems with Stephen Mosby after his death and his son Jacob was not it appears mentally sound.  It seems that the lands were sold or given back to their grandfather Poindexter Mosby.

Glenn Gabbard’s further ancestry is shrouded in time.  We know that this unknown Homersley had died about 1759. Jane died about October 1761.

One can almost see the crisp fall Virginia wind whistling through the ancient tombstones as they lay Jane Homersley in her grave. With the Anglican Book of Common Prayer’s words of ashes to ashes and dust to dust they covered her till the day of judgement.

Three children stood almost alone: Benjamin, Joseph and little Ann.  The family life they knew ended and a new life journey for them beginning.

These descendants would cover the map of America creating their own destiny and set the stage for an emerging American nation in war and peace.

This leaves me in wonder and awe of this American story.

Thanks to Hawkhunter.

Annette Shaw photo




Shumate, Mabel Homesley, obit, Moores Chapel Funeral Home, website accessed 4-9-14
Find A Grave Memorials,
Jim Hawkins, Find A Grave Memorials, Hawkhunter
Ray Homesley, Homesley family researcher and author
Glenn Gabbard, personal notes and correspondence
Cunningham, Carrie Homesley, Historical Record of the Holmesley Family, author

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

O. B. Homsley Family in Parker County, Texas

My Paternal Great-grandparents


July 6, 1863 - Mar. 14, 1940

ELLA His Wife
Aug. 20, 1867
Oct. 8, 1930
"Asleep in Jesus"

Resting beside Obediah and Ella is their Grandson
Robert Adrian Homsley, Jr.
Born Sept. 12, 1928
Died Sept. 12, 1928

Whitt Cemetery, Parker County, Texas
Robert Adrian, Jr. was the son of Robert Adrian Homsley and Dessie Marie Goree and was born and died in Graford, Parker County, Texas.

O. B. and Ella Homsley Family
with Robert Adrian, father of Robert Adrian, Jr., as a child
Photograph Circa 1910

Homsley, gravestone monument, digital format of original owned and taken by Judith Richard Shubert.

Homsley Family in 1910, digital format used here by Cathy Chancellor Richards and sent to Judith Richards Shubert.

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
Copyright (c) 2015 by Judith Richards Shubert