Children of George Washington James (1812-1864) and Elizabeth West of Bedford County,
1. Sarah Jane James: born January 15, 1833 in Bedford County, Virginia; married
1851 in Kentucky to George Washington Tindle (1823-1891); died February 9, 1913 (aged
80) in Gross, Crawford County, Kansas; buried at Green Cemetery, Country Club Village,
Andrew County, Missouri; known children include: Emma Tindle, Lisey Jane Tindle,
David Tindle, Sarah Tindle and Alfred Tindle.
2. Mary Susan James: born May 15, 1836 in Bedford County, Virginia; married March
28, 1858 in La Fayette County, Missouri to John J. Claunch (1836-1877), son of John
G. Claunch and Nancy; died May 7, 1905 (aged 68) in Liberal, Barton County, Missouri;
buried at Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas; known children include: Amanda
Claunch, John William Claunch, George Washington Claunch, Joseph Harvey Claunch,
Lewis Grant Claunch and Mary Delia Claunch.
3. James W. James: born circa 1837 in Bedford County, Virginia; married October
6, 1858 in Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri to Jannetta H. West (1840-1911),
daughter of William West (1800-1866) and Anne Roberts (1794-1860); died September
9, 1897 (aged 60) in Sapulpa, Creek County, Indian Territory (Oklahoma) of Broncho-Pneumonia;
believed to be buried at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Plot 176 in Sapulpa, Creek
County, Oklahoma; known children include: John Barron James, Ann Rose James, Ida
James, Edna James, Inez Ethel James, Fred R. James and Noah H. James.
4. Rhoda Ann James: born circa 1838 in Bedford County, Virginia. Possibly married
to Henry Hall.
5. John N. James: born circa 1838 in Bedford County, Virginia; married May 31,
1864 in Johnson County, Missouri to Clarinda “Clary” Reed (1847-?); died before June
23, 1885 (aged 47) according to a sworn affidavit signed by Clarinda bearing the
same date; buried at Union Cemetery, Section 8.1 - Lot 1, Kansas City, Jackson County,
Missouri; known children include: John James, Sarah James, Julia B. James, Walter
James, George James and Ida M. James.
6. George Washington James, Jr.: born April 16, 1846 in Bedford County, Virginia;
married 1886 in Crawford County, Kansas to Alice Ann Burcham (1865-1944); died June
17, 1919 (aged 73) in Crawford County, Kansas; buried at Old Arcadia Cemetery, Arcadia,
Crawford County, Kansas; known children include: Henry W. James, Silas Lincoln James,
Stella May James, Benjamin Levi James, Maggie Alma James, Walter William James, Ida
Elizabeth James, Clara Emaline James and Raymond James.
7. Jonathan H. James: born circa 1848 in Clinton County, Kentucky; married 1872
in Crawford County, Kansas to Louisa Katherine Archer (1855-1928); died 1928 (aged
80) near Braggs, Muskogee County, Oklahoma; known children include: George Washington
James, Daniel R. James, William Franklin James, Harrison James and Mary Ann Louisa
8. Noah James: born June 14, 1850 in Clinton County, Kentucky; married to Loretta
“Letti” Arnold (1869-1938), daughter of Jacob Arnold (1829-1898) and Elizabeth Katharina
Shaw (1837-1905); died August 21, 1928 (aged 78) in Davenport, Lincoln County, Oklahoma;
buried at Davenport Cemetery, Davenport, Lincoln County, Oklahoma; known children
include: William Alexander James, James Franklin James, Laura Elizabeth James, Ida
Maqc James, Hazel Eva James, Roy Jesse James and Pearl James.
Children of George Washington James (1812-1864) and Martha Patsy Whoberry (1829-1879)
of Mercer County, Kentucky:
9. Rachael Elizabeth James: born May 3, 1856 in Barton County, Missouri; married
1875 in Lamar County, Missouri to Ewing Chancellor (1850-1931), son of Ewing Chancellor
(1813-1852) and Hulda Lee (1817-1884); died January 8, 1935 (aged 78) in Casey, Clark
County, Illinois; buried at Washington Street Cemetery, Section F, Row 13, Casey,
Clark County, Illinois; known children include: Francis Oscar Chancellor, Laura
Belle Chancellor, Joshua Vernon Chancellor, Alice Josephine Chancellor and Otis Ewing
10. Virginia C. James: born 1858 in Missouri; married 1880 in Lamar, Barton County,
Missouri to James H. Bell (1841-1920); died 1929 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County,
California; buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California;
known children include: Louis Bell, Cleveland W. Bell, Sadie Bell and Delphia Bell.
11. Calvin Joel James: born July 23, 1859 near Odessa, Lafayette County, Missouri;
married Amanda Claunch (1860-1939), daughter of John J. Claunch (1836-1877) and Mary
Susan James [above] (1836-1905); died March 28, 1939 (aged 79) near Liberal, Barton
County, Missouri; buried at Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas;
known children include: Charles James, Mary James, Lillie James, Ella James, Minnie
James and William James.
12. Martha Emmaline James: born March 16, 1862 in Gross, Crawford County, Kansas;
married in 1885 to William Christopher Long (1863-1918); died January 1, 1945 (aged
82) in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas; buried at Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry,
Crawford County, Kansas; known children include: Jessie James Long, Della Melvina
Long and Elbert Allen Long.
13. La Fayette James: born January 12, 1864 in Gross, Crawford County, Kansas;
married July 26, 1888 in Arcadia, Crawford County, Kansas to Mary Delia Claunch (1873-1939),
daughter of John J. Claunch (1836-1877) and Mary Susan James [above] (1836-1905);
died May 12, 1942 (aged 78) in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas; buried at Rosebank
Cemetery, Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas (tombstone erroneously reads that he
was born in 1871); known children include: Bessie James; Flossie James; Joseph Arthur
James; Ruby Nell James; Pearl Lena James and Rolla James.
Both James W. James (1837-1897) and his brother, John N. James (1839-circa 1885),
were Union veterans of the Civil War. James began his service on March 24, 1862;
John on March 25, 1862; both in Harrisonville, Cass County, Missouri where they enrolled
as privates in Captain Wachsman’s Battery, Light Artillery in the Missouri State
Militia. Through October 1862 both were assigned to “detached service in Columbia,
Boone County.” Through December 1862 John was assigned to “detached service on the
field in South West, Missouri.” In February 1863 both were assigned to “detached
service in Rolla, Phelps County where they served through April 1863.
In May 1863, both James and John were reassigned to Captain Thurber’s 1st Battery,
Missouri State Militia. They were then assigned to detached services “in the field”
and were stationed out of Kansas City. They would remain there until July 1863 when
they were assigned to detached services in the “Border District.” Between July and
August 1863 they moved to Westport (present day Kansas City) where they served through
In September 1863, John was still assigned to Captain Thurber’s 1st Battery of the
Missouri State Militia, but he was placed in detached services in the field under
the command of Brigadier General Thomas Ewing Jr. immediately following the issuance
of General Order No. 11 on August 25, 1863, a Union Army directive forcing the evacuation
of southern sympathizers from four rural counties in western Missouri including Jackson,
Cass, Bates, and north Vernon. James does not appear to have shared in this assignment.
By October 1863 John was back with James in Westport where they were assigned through
On January 5, 1864, both James and John enlisted for a 3-year commitment in the Union
Army at Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. On January 25, 1864, they were mustered
in as privates in Company “L” of the 2nd Regiment of Missouri Light Artillery. On
that date James W. James was reported to be 24 years of age, a farmer by trade with
hazel eyes, black hair, dark complexion standing at 5'6". John was reported to be
25 years of age, a farmer by trade with hazel eyes, dark hair and dark complexion
standing at 5’7”. They were both paid a bounty of $75 for their enlistment and advanced
one month’s pay.
On May 15, 1864, James W. James was rendered disabled at Warrensburg, Johnson County,
Missouri while serving in Company "L" of the 2nd Missouri Light Artillery following
an injury to his right arm that was broken at the elbow when he was thrown from his
horse while on drill. James was treated for three weeks at Warrensburg. He was
honorably discharged from service on June 9, 1865 at St. Louis, Missouri. John went
on to serve in Company “L” of the 2nd Regiment of Missouri Light Artillery until
November 20, 1865 when he was mustered out.
See, Family Records of Steven Brian James of Fort Worth, Texas.
See, Family Bible Records of George and Sarah Tindle.
See, 1840 Federal Census for Bedford County, Virginia – record of “G. James.”
See, 1850 Federal Census for Clinton County, Kentucky – record for “G. James.”
See, 1860 Federal Census for McGhee County, Kansas – page 5 for “G. James.”
See, 1860 Federal Census for Johnson County, Missouri – record for “Mary Claunch.”
See, 1860 Territorial Census for Kansas.
See, Civil War Military Records of John N. James (1839-circa 1885) obtained from
the National Archives.
See, 1865, 1875 and 1885 Kansas State Census Records for Crawford County.
See, Sworn affidavit signed by Clarinda James, the wife of John N. James, in Jackson
County, Missouri concerning the veteran's pension application of James W. James,
her brother-in-law, dated June 23, 1885, which provides, "She further states that
she has not lived near him all the time but has been in correspondence with him all
the time that her husband, now dead, was his brother and belonged to the same battery
See, 1900 Federal Census for Lincoln County, Oklahoma – record for “James James.”
See, 1900 Federal Census for Lincoln County, Oklahoma – record for “Noah James.”