Vanarsdale, Joseph Madison - Macoupin County Illinois
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Descendants of Joseph Madison VANARSDALE

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JOSEPH MADISON VAN ARSDALE was born 12 Jun 1812 in Mercer Co KY, and died 05 May 1895 in Kechi Sedgwick Co KS. Joseph's parents were Simon M VAN ARSDALE, b 1783, d 7 May 1847 Carrollton Greene Co IL, and Nancy G ECCLES, b 1787. Joseph married LUNCINDA BURFORD 04 Sep 1834 in Mercer Co KY, daughter of JOHN BURFORD, b 23 Nov 1785, and FRANCES BROWN, b 17 Sep 1785. Lucinda was born 20 Aug 1817 in Mercer Co KY, d 12 Feb 1875 in Carlinville Macoupin Co IL.

Joseph was buried May 1895, Kechi Sedgwick Co KS Lucinda was buried in Carlinville Macoupin Co IL


i. FRANCES VAN ARSDALE, d. 10 Sep 1835, Linder Twp Greene Co IL. Buried in Linder Twp Greene Co IL

ii. JOHN HENRY VANARSDALE, b. 17 Apr 1837, Carrollton Greene Co IL; d. 20 Feb 1919, Nilwood Macoupin Co IL; m. SARA JANE MOORE, 17 Apr 1862. Buried 21 Feb 1919, Girard Macoupin Co IL

iii. NANCY JANE VAN ARSDALE, b. 15 Oct 1840, IL; d. Jun 1914, Iola Allen Co KS; m. HARDY MARION LASATER, 05 Feb 1856. Nancy was buried 26 Jun 1914, Iola Allen Co KS

iv. THOMAS JEFFERSON VAN ARSDALE, b. 20 Jan 1843, MO; d. 24 Feb 1899, Wichita Sedgwick Co KS; m. MARTHA ANN "MATTIE" REAGAN, 01 Sep 1867. Thomas was buried 26 Feb 1899, Hepler Crawford Co KS

From: Portrait and Biographical Record of Macoupin County, Illinois Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago 1891

Thomas Vanorsdal.

"The fact that a man has been a Union soldier is sufficient to give him the respect and gratitude of every American citizen, and when to this recommendation is added a knowledge of an industrious and upright life, he is still more worth of regard. Under such circumstances is Thomas Vanorsdal placed, he having served in the ranks of his country's defenders during the Civil War, and having since been actively engaged in farming in Bird Township, and joining with her citizens in good works. His farm is on section 16, and consists of one hundred broad and fertile acres, well improved and well stocked.

Madison and Lucinda (Burford) Vanorsdal, the parents of our subject, emigrated from Kentucky to this State in an early day and made their first settlement in Greene County. They afterward came to this county and established their home in Bird Township, where the wife and mother died about 1875. They had six daughters and four sons, and the subject of this notice was the third on the family roll. He was born in Greene County January 30, 1843, but the greater number of his early years were spent in this county, which he has continued to make his home.

When he was in his twentieth year young Vanorsdal enlisted, being enrolled in Company A, One Hundred and Seventy-second Illinois Infantry, August 9, 1862. He served until the close of the war and did what he could to maintain the Union, cheerfully enduring the hardships of a soldier's life and displaying manly courage in times of danger. He took part in the engagements at Perkin's Crossroads, Town Creek, Nashville, Ft. Blakely, etc. When the war was over he was mustered out, and returning to his old home, turned his attention to farming, exchanging the implements of warfare for those of his peaceful calling.

In South Palymyra Township, this county, September 1, 1868. the marriage rites between Thomas Vanorsdal and Martha Reagan were solomnized. The bride was born in Bird Township, March 4, 1847, and was the youngest of eight surviving children of Joshua and Jane (Huskey) Reagan, who came from Tennessee to this county many years ago. Her parents are now deceased. Her happy union has been blest by the birth of seven children, who are named respectively; Alberta, Elroy, Rose, Walter, Horace, Grace and Emma. The eldest daughter was married November 6, 1890, to Edgar Bates. Both Mr. and Mrs. Vanorsdal belong to the Baptist Church, and their standing in the community is assured."

v. JULIA FRANKLIN VAN ARSDALE, b. 06 Feb 1844, Manoreville? MO; d. 15 Aug 1924, Tucson Pima Co AZ; m. CYRUS TICE PROUTY, 12 Feb 1863. Julia was buried 18 Aug 1924, Kingfisher Kingfisher Co OK

vi. JAMES ADDISON VAN ARSDALE, b. 04 Mar 1847, Greene Co IL; d. 25 Mar 1907, Wichita Sedgwick Co KS; m. MARION W QUARTON, 27 Sep 1870. James was buried in Kechi Sedgwick Co KS

vii. MARTHA CATHERINE VAN ARSDALE, b. 18 May 1849, Greene Co IL; d. 08 Mar 1917, Visalia Tulare Co CA; m. PHILLIP MOSS, 22 Feb 1866. Martha was buried in Iola Allen Co KS

viii. FRANCIS MARION VAN ARSDALE, b. 18 Dec 1851, Bird Twp Macoupin Co IL; m. LOUISE ELLEN STEWARD, 26 May 1880.

ix. MARY ELIZABETH VAN ARSDALE, b. 16 Jul 1854, Collinsville Madison/St Clair Cos IL; d. 21 Jul 1941, Coahoma Howard Co TX; m. SOLOMON JOINER, 14 Nov 1872. Mary was buried in Coahoma Howard Co TX

x. ELLA ELNORA VAN ARSDALE, b. 06 Apr 1857, IL; d. 24 Oct 1902, Macoupin Co IL; m. JAMES MADISON LOVE, 11 Dec 1873. Ella was buried Oct 1902, Carlinville Macoupin Co IL

xi. EMMA RACHEL VAN ARSDALE, b. 06 Apr 1860, Carlinville Macoupin Co IL; d. 05 Feb 1937, Lewiston Nez Perce Co ID; m. EDWARD ADELBERT DRESSER, 31 Dec 1879. Emma was buried 07 Feb 1937, Lewiston Nez Perce ID

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