Liston, Joseph - Macoupin County, Illinois
©1996 Marsha Liston Bradshaw and Bobbe Fitchner Pound



Descendants of Joseph Liston

Early Pioneers of Macoupin County, Illinois
Purchased land in Palmyra in 1835


contributed by Marsha Liston Bradshaw and Bobbe Fitchner Pound - October 29, 2006
with special thanks to Dave Evans, June Smith, and Diane Kropp and Anita Max

Picture Joseph Liston 1803-1877
Picture Martha Bland Liston 1807-1876


Originally from Lebanon, Washington County, Kentucky, Joseph and Martha were married May 23, 1826. They are buried in Old Union Cemetery, Palmyra, Illinois with five of their young children who preceded them in death: George Liston 1828-1843, Sarah Ann Liston 1831-1848, John Liston 1835-1848, Susan Mary Liston 1841-1844, and William Thomas Liston 1843-1864. Two children survived them: Joseph B. Liston 1838-1920 and Albert M. Liston 1848-1892.

Joseph B. Liston became a prominent businessman in Carlinville and is buried in the Carlinville City Cemetery with his wife Lucretia Dick Liston. The Liston House sits on the corner of East First North and High Streets. It was built in 1880 and remained in the Liston family until 1989.

Albert M. Liston and his wife, Augusta Evans Liston remained on the farm in Palmyra until his death. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery along with two daughters: Sallie Liston 1878 (Old Union Cemetery) and Elizabeth Liston 1884-1892. Three children survived them: Zoe Belle Liston Mays Fitchner 1876-1953 of Tallahassee, Florida, Augusta Liston 1877-1960 Jacksonville, Florida, and Dr. Joseph B. Liston 1880-1950 Carlinville. Dr. Liston is buried in the Carlinville City Cemetery.

Genealogy background

Joseph Liston was the son of George Liston and Patsey Chandler Liston of Washington County, Kentucky. George and Patsy were married March 25, 1801. George was born ca. 1772 in Delaware and died in Washington County in November 1806. Patsey died six weeks later. Patsey was born ca. 1779 in Orange County, Virginia. Joseph and his sister Polly were left orphans in 1806 with the death of their parents.

Martha Bland Liston was the daughter of John and Nancy Edmondson Bland. John and Nancy were married March 15, 1796 in Washington County, Kentucky. John was born in Virginia and migrated with his family in 1785 to Nelson/Washington County, Kentucky. He died in 1816, leaving seven young children for Nancy to care for alone. Martha was only 9 years old. Nancy was from Orange County, Virginia and accompanied her widowed mother and family to Kentucky in 1788. She died in Marion County before 1840.

Joseph Liston was the grandson of:

Paternal Side:
Joseph Liston and Mary Blackshear Liston. Joseph was born in New Castle County, Delaware ca. 1735. He married Mary Blackshear of Kent County, Delaware ca. 1758 and migrated to Fort James Rogers near Bardstown, Kentucky in 1779. He died in Washington County in 1807. They were the parents of five children.

Maternal Side:
Robert Chandler and Susannah Edmondson Chandler, both of Orange County, Virginia. They were married February 25, 1774. Robert served in the Revolutionary War. He moved his family to Washington County, Kentucky in 1788 and died there in 1806. Susannah Edmondson Chandler was granted a Rev War Pension in 1839 at the age of 95 years. She outlived all but one of their nine children.

Martha Bland Liston was the granddaughter of:

Paternal Side:
John Bland Sr. The Blands left Virginia and came out to Nelson/Washington County, Kentucky in 1785.

Maternal Side:
Patty Stevens Edmondson of Orange County, Virginia. Martha was also the great niece of Patty's brother, Brigadier General Edward Stevens, in charge of the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War. The General received 10,000 acres of land in Kentucky for his war service and gave 2000 acres to his widowed sister, Patty. In 1788, Patty Edmondson and her nine children and their families migrated to Nelson/Washington County, Kentucky. They settled around Cartright's Creek, near Lebanon. Patty died in 1803. The General died in 1820 in Culpeper County, Virginia without issue and willed his estate in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky to his nine nieces and nephews and their children.

Joseph Liston was the great grandson of:

Paternal Side:
Edmund and Sarah Richardson Liston. Edmund was born in Ducks Creek, New Castle County, Delaware in 1694. He died in 1760. Edmund and Sarah Liston were Quakers. Randall and Eve Blackshear of Little Creek Hundred, Kent County, Delaware. Randall died in 1757 and Eve passed in 1767.

Maternal Side:
Joseph and Sarah Chandler of Orange County, Virginia. Joseph helped supply the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He died in 1791. Patty Stevens Edmondson of Orange County, Virginia. Joseph was also the 2 great nephew of Patty's brother, Brigadier General Edward Stevens, in charge of the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War. The General received 10,000 acres of land in Kentucky for his war service and gave 2000 acres to his widowed sister, Patty. In 1788, Patty Edmondson and her nine children and their families migrated to Nelson/Washington County, Kentucky. They settled around Cartright's Creek, near Lebanon. Patty died in 1803. The General died in 1820 in Culpeper County, Virginia without issue and willed his estate in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky to his nine nieces and nephews and their children.

Joseph Liston was the 2 great grandson of:

Paternal Side:
Morris and Jane Milcome Greaves Liston. Morris came to Delaware from England in 1665 on a land warrant from the Duke of York. Jane Milcome arrived in Delaware on the ship Antelope from Armaugh County, Ireland in 1682 with her mother and 2 sisters. Morris and Jane were married June 8, 1685 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Their Quaker marriage was recorded in the Middletown Monthly Meeting of Friends. They settled in Ducks Creek, New Castle County, Delaware. Morris died in 1708 and Jane passed in 1711. Benjamin and Anna Richardson of New Castle County, Delaware. Benjamin died in 1718.

Maternal Side:
Timothy and Justine Woolfolk Chandler of Caroline County, Virginia. Timothy was born 1685 New Kent, Virginia and died in 1757 in Caroline County. Justine was christened 1706 in Abington Parish, Glouchester County, Virginia.

Joseph Liston was the 3 great grandson of:

Paternal Side:
Ann Milcome, a widow, from Armaugh, Ireland who arrived in Delaware on the ship Antelope in 1682 with her 3 daughters, Jane Greaves, Grace and Mary Milcome. They arrived with a certificate from the Balleyhagen Meeting of Quakers and presented it to the Middletown Monthly Meeting of Friends, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Maternal Side:
Robert and Elizabeth Chandler of Virginia. Richard and Elizabeth Woolfolk of Glouchester County, Colony of Virginia.

Other Family Members

Siblings of Joseph and Martha Bland Liston were:

Polly Liston McCune and husband Washington G. McCune of Pope Co. AR
Thomas Bland, Kentucky
Elizabeth Bland Purdy and husband Daniel Purdy, KY
Susan Bland Wright and husband William Wright, Carlinville, Il
Mary Bland Prewitt and husband Raymond Prewitt, KY
Sarah Bland Sharp and husband Harvey Sharp, KY
John Bluford Bland, Kentucky

Aunts, Uncles and Cousins of Joseph and Martha Bland Liston were:

Edmund and Elizabeth Kester Liston of Vigo County Indiana, Thomas and Eve Liston Castleman (Jacob) Turnham of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, John Liston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard and Isabella McNeill Chandler, William and Polly Chandler Baugh, James and Patsey Edmondson Chandler, Edward and Leannah Chandler, James and Sally Chandler Duke, Robert and Nancy Chandler Kelly, Betsy Chandler, Robert and Martha Nantz Chandler, Robert Edmondson, Joseph and Francis Watts Edmondson, John and Malinda Norris Edmondson, Thomas and Betty Edmondson Embree (Joshua) Spencer, James and Polly Edmondson Scanland, James and Polly Robertson Edmondson, Edward and Sally Edmondson Evans, Isaac G. and Sarah Barkley Evans, Augusta Evans Liston, Thomas and Ann Elizabeth Baugh Flippon, William and Susanna Baugh Ellis, John H. Ellis, Rosy Baugh, Nancy Baugh, Robert C. Baugh, Edward Harrison Baugh, William and Catharine Whitecotton Edmondson, Wilson Edmondson, James Edmondson, William and Nancy Edmondson Shelby, Elisha and Eleanor Embree, Sally Chandler McNeal, Absolum and Justine Chandler Smith, Henry and Lucy Chandler Long (Brumfield) Mallory, and many, many more.


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