THE VIEW FAMILY HISTORY
Revised in May 2000 by Margaret McCaslin
Researched and Compiled by
Jean Louderback and
Continuing Research will necessitate changes in the future
The View family in all likelihood originated from the Northeastern part of the United States and Canada. The original spelling of the family name is likely to have been Vieau which was changed to Vieux and then to View. There are indications from documents from Canada that the Vieau and Vieux family was in the St. Lawrence, Quebec area as early as the 1600ís. It is know that the Vieau family was in the area of the Wisconsin Territory in the early 1800ís. When the French were driving out of Canada after the French and Indian War the French Canadian who had long traded with and intermarried with various Indian tribes moved into the great lakes area of the Canada and Untied States. In Researching early microfilm records of the American Fur Company, there are several Vieauís listed in the records of the Green Bay Wisconsin Indian Territory Trading Post. This area of Green Bay was the tribal area of the Potawatome.
The earliest know View ancestor is Peter M. View. Family records show that he was born in 1815. Census and Military records indicate that Peter claimed to have been born in 1820. The name he gave in the earliest records was Pierre M. Vieux. He used this name until approximately 1850 when we begin seeing Peter M. View on documents. Family records state that Peter was born in Quebec, however in the 1860 and 70ís he gave Stillwater, Maine as a birthplace. We also found Census records that list his birthplace as Scotland and France. Indications are that Peter and Nancy could not write and perhaps spoke broken English especially in the 1850ís and 1860ís therefore they may have misunderstood, or been misunderstood by the Census takers of the period who went door to door recording the Census information.
Family history states that Peter traveled to St. Louis, Missouri as a teenager and there he met Nancy Agnes Terrier whose family was also French and associated with the American Fur Company. Nancy was born in St. Louis in 1822, and family records state they married in approximately 1836 in St. Louis. However we found Peter and Nancyís marriage listed in Caldwell County in 1836. Caldwell County is just east of what later became St. Joseph, Missouri. Caldwell County was then among the counties north of the Missouri River and on Missouriís then western border in that section of the state. The area west of Clay and Caldwell Counties was Indian Territory and was not added to Missouri until the Platte Purchase was ratified in 1837. This would information would indicate that Nancy was 14 and Peter approximately 20 when they married.
We have not located them in the 1840 Census records as yet. This Census information is very brief and vague. It gives only the head of household name and the family name and lists only the amount of persons between certain age brackets. We did find a Pierre Vieu in St. Charles but we have no way of knowing at this time if this was our ancestor. Sometime after they met and married family history relates that they walked along the river all the way to the Robidoux or Chouteau settlement in Missouri. Family sources indicate that either Peter or Nancy, or perhaps both, were related to or closely associated with the Chouteau family. One account has them walking along the Mississippi River after their marriage. However, if this story is true it must have been the Missouri whether they were walking to or from any of the French settlements in Missouri. In the late 1830ís there was certainly riverboat transportation available so they would not have had to walk, however it makes a romantic and colorful story that could be true. Several possibilities exist for this family story to have some truth in it. There is every indication that the Vieau/Vieux family were Trapper/Traders and did do business with the American Fur Company. It is likely that Peter is part of the Vieau family we found record of in the Green Bay Trading Post records. Also, we have found record of a Joseph Vieux who had a close association with the Chouteauís and the early French settlement in what became Kansas City and we will give detail of this later. Also, as the Robidoux Trading Post was in the St. Joseph area it seems likely that Peter and Nancyís families might have been in this western area of Missouri when Peter and Nancy were married in 1839 as both the Chouteauís and the Robidoux were trading in that area. Further research in the Chouteau and Robidoux trading post records might provide some answers and further family information.
We have not found a record of the births of the oldest children, Felix, Maria Louisa, William and Frank or Franklin. However, we do have good dates for most of them. Felix birth date in family records was listed as February 22, 1839, Maria (Mary)Louisa as February 2, 1841, William as February 15, 1843 and Frank as only 1845. Peter and Nancy seem to have been closely associated with the Catholic Church in the western Missouri in the early Kansas City area and the Chouteau Trading Post. So we may be able to find a church record of the first born children as we further research records of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. We have found detailed records of the familyís births and deaths in the early records of the Catholic Church in Kansas City. Our family story relates that Felix was born in St. Louis, but we have found no proof of this as yet and have no word of possible places of birth for Mary Louisa.
William however, must have been born in Jackson County. We have found land records of Peter and Nancy buying 20 acres of land in the French Bottoms (West Bottoms) of Kansas City in what was then known as the Chouteau Settlement on September 20, 1842 for $350.00. Its description is one equal undivided half of a track of land containing twenty acres more or less situated in the east half of the southwest quarter of Section No. 6, Township 49 Range 33. On December 20, 1843, a deed of trust was given to Geo. W. Tate for the sum of $28.75, and a mortgage was placed on this 20 acres. The mortgage holder was Edmund Price. A note on the side of this entry says that this Mortgage was satisfied in principal and interest on May 23, 1860. This same track of land was sold by Peter and Nancy to Joseph S. Chick for $300.00 on March 4, 1859. The entry in the Jackson County records states that Peter and Nancy are residents of Clay County. The location of this Jackson County land, according to the plat information we can find, is in the area of the present day railroad tracks in the west bottoms industrial area between the Kansas River and the high ground of downtown Kansas City in the area of the Kemper Arena.
An interesting side story we received from a local Clay County historian, Kevin Fisher, gave us relates to a murder trial in the Kansas Indian Territory where a Peter Vieux was briefly on trial for the murder of Jacob Warpole. An excerpt from a diary of an early Jackson county pioneer related the story. From John C. McCoy Scrap book: August 13, 1850 "Today Jacob Warpole(Wyandot) was found near F. Tremble's having severe cuts and bruises on his head, in an insensible state. So much for the sports of the circus"
August 14, "Jacob Warpole died of his wounds this morning. Peter Vieux being suspected as the murderer, a warrant was issued, on the affidavit of J. W. Gray Eyes and he was arrested and the examining trial set for Friday.
August 15 "Went to Kansas to hunt up testimony in the murder case.
August 16 Went to Kansas (City) again in company with Major Mosely (Indian Agent) and the Council (Wyandot) to attend the trial of Peter Vieux. He had employed Col. R. C. Smart to defend him and the council employed Mr. Hereford to prosecute. After the examination of a large number of witnesses, the defendant was discharged."
There is every indication that this Peter Vieux IS our ancestor. Mr. Fisher found the 1850 Census on the family, but because the Census information listed Scotland as Peterís birthplace, Mr. Fisher stated in a note sent to us that the only relationship between the Peter Vieux involved in the trial and the Peter View in the Census information both had a daughter named Amanda born in 1949. We, of course, know that the birthplace of Scotland is incorrect. Mr. Fisher is researching the French in the Kansas City area and one day we may see a book by him on the French settlements in Clay and Jackson counties.
The other children that were born between 1843 and 1850 were Missouri (also named Isabella or perhaps even Isabetha) was born about 1846 and Amanda was born on August 2, 1849 for she is listed in the church records as being baptized on September 21 and sponsored by J.P. Jarboe and Adeline Bellouye. The family is listed in the 1850 Census in Jackson County, Missouri and Peter, Nancy, Felix, Mary, William, Frank, Missouri, and Amanda are all listed. More careful study of the detailed information of this Census record should give us a pretty exact location of the family. However, we have not obtained the information as to their exact location according to the government records. We just assumed that they were living on the land listed above. However, this might be worth investigating to see if this was in fact where they were living in 1850. The family was associated with the Catholic Church from the 1850ís because the children born from 1849 through 1863 are recorded in the church records. The Church also recorded the death of Isabella View, daughter of Peter View on January 12, 1857 at age 11. Family records recorded a child named Elisabeth or "Bethe" as dying of dropsy at age 10. This must certainly be the child recorded in the 1850 Census as Missouri, and in the church records as Isabella.
The Church records give us the following births for the family: Josephine/Joseph View born May 31, 1852, baptized December 18, 1852 sponsored by Joseph Revard and Maria La Sage. James Thomas View born March 7, 1856 and baptized April 8, 1856 sponsored by William and Mary View. John Jackson born on February 7, 1860 and baptized on April 8, 1860 sponsored by Ludosious and Eruphasicia La Sage. The last child listed in this parish record and the family records was George Washington View, born March 27, 1862 baptized July 12, 1863 sponsored by Peter Revard and Maria Frederick. Anna Agnes was born November 14, 1853 but we did not find her listed on the above church records. However, more research in a new two volume history of the Kansas City - St, Joseph Diocese that I recently saw but have not reviewed yet may have her listed.
The 1860 Census lists the family in Clay County Missouri. This would be the land in southern Clay county for which we have a legal description as the South Ĺ of the East Ĺ of Northeast quarter of Section 23, Township 50, Range 33 and was approximately 50 acres. This Census provides us with the following information about the family: Peter was listed as a farmer with $50.00 as his personal estate. Peterís age was given as 45, Nancy age was 28 but should have been 38, Felix age 21, Mary Louisa 17, William 15, Frank 14, Amanda 11, Anna 7, James 4, and John under 1. We have found no record of what happened to the child named Josephine/Joseph that was born in 1852. Peter must have made a major move sometime in 1860 or 1861 because on April 20, 1860 Peter give a deed of trust to Felix and Nancy for this Clay County land. It says in part: Peter View of Clay County, Missouri to Felix G. View of same place, second party, and Nancy View, of same place third part. In consideration of one dollar . . . and of the love and affection he bears for his wife Nancy View . . . doth Grant, Bargain and Sell unto second party, (Felix) the following described real estate in Clay County. . . This Deed in Trust was dated April 20, 1960, but was not filed until December 16th 1861. Apparently Peter might have done something similar in the 1843 transaction to G. W. Tate with the land in Jackson County by granting him a Deed in Trust. This time he was leaving Felix in charge of the land when he left. If he was returning to his early frontiersman ways of leaving the family in the spring and heading further west because the area was getting too settled this could explain why a Deed of Trust was given to Felix and Nancy. Also the mortgage on the Jackson county property was paid off in the spring of 1860. It almost appears Peter was settling up all his debts and business in the area to move on alone. We do not know what prompted Peter to make this Deed of Trust out to Felix. We know that Nancy and Peterís last child was born in March of 1862 from the church and family records. So the exact time when Peter no longer was with Nancy and his children is not known at this time.
Felix married Abigale McMillen on March 17, 1863. This first marriage was a surprise to us as we did not have a family record of his marriage to Abigale only his marriage to Margaret Phillips in 1866. On November 15, 1863 Felix sold 40 acres of the Clay County land to R.W. H. Darton, for $300.00. We later found R.W.H. Darton was a neighbor. Ten acres of this land was retained by Nancy for her and the other children. This Deed was filed in Atcheson, Kansas. This sale of most of the Clay County land may have been a way for both Felix and Nancy to establish separate living arrangements. Nancy and William with the other children remained on the 10 acres and Felix moved on with his new wife Abigale.
We do not know yet if Peter was still with Nancy and the other children at this time, but it does not appear that way. We do know that Peter enlisted in the Union Army from Westport, Missouri on March 24, 1865 for one year. The Union Army information we found for Peter was only for 1865. There may be other enlistments we have not found. On these Union Army records Peter description is listed as follows: Where born: Stillwater Maine, age: 44, occupation: Wheelwright, enlistment location: Kansas City, Mo., Eyes: Blue, Hair: Black, Complexion: fair, height: 5í9"(also, 5í11" was mentioned), Mustered in: Westport, Mo. He was mustered into Company E of the 51st Missouri. Then transferred to Company A 52nd Regiment at some point and then transferred back to the 51st and was mustered out at Benton Barracks, Missouri, August 31, 1865. Wherever Peter might have been, during the time after making the Deed of Trust over to Felix and Nancy and the time he joined the Union Army in 1865 we have no record. It appears that Peter did not return to the family in Clay County.
We have not found any record of Felix and Abigaleís movements from the time of their marriage in 1863 or why Felix had registered the sale of the 40 acres of Clay county land in Atcheson, Kansas. Gladys Wilson Blackman, our mother, said that Felix had told her he once had a farm along the river in or near Rushville, Missouri in southern Buchanan County. We have not found, so far, any record of him owning land in that area of Buchanan County after his marriage to Margaret Phillips. Rushville is just across the Missouri River from Atcheson, Kansas. Therefore, if Felix ever did own a farm in Rushville, it might have been during this period. Since we did not even know of a first marriage we do not know at present what happened to Abigale and this first marriage. It seems likely that she may have died in childbirth as that was a common occurrence in that time. Whatever happened, by 1866 Felix was free to marry again. At this time he married Margaret Ann Phillips on February 18, 1866 at the house of Anderson Nicholas, in Gallatin Township, Clay County Missouri. Margaret Phillips was born on December 5, 1847 in Liberty, Clay County Missouri the oldest daughter of Seborn Phillips and Martha Roe. Seborn was born in 1825 in Ohio and Martha was born in 1824 in Missouri. Martha and Seborn married in 1846 and in addition to Margaret Ann they had two other daughters Ellin(Ellen) and Jennie and a son Myron Terry. Seborn was the second son of 5 sons and 5 daughters of John Phillips who was born in 1795. Family records state that "Grandpa Phillipsí wifeís name was Delia Trail and that she was from Wales, she was likely John Phillipsí wife. We have more research to do on the Phillips. We found Seborn and his family listed in the 1850 Clay County Census as follows: Seborn, Age 23, Wagon Maker, born in Ohio, wife Martha age 24 born in Missouri and Margaret A age 2. We have not found Seborn and his family in the 1860 Census as yet.
Many major events occurred in the family during the years from 1865 to 1870. Family information states that Amanda died at age 19 in Harlem, Missouri. This is an early town just across the Missouri River from Kansas City in Clay County and between present day North Kansas City and the Downtown airport. This would have been in 1868, she was buried in the Catholic Cemetery on Central Street in Kansas City. Frank View died on July 4, 1869. We found his death recorded in county death records from 1867 to 1869. Amandaís death was recorded there too. Both had fever listed as cause of death. Frankís was intermittent fever. As the familyís land was very close to the river, it is understandable why both of them could have died of any of the fevers caused by misquotes or other fevers related to river bottom lands. We feel that Frank was likely married although we have not yet found a record of that marriage, because we did find a record of a marriage for Sarah E. View in 1873. We have found no indication of any other family named View in the area other than our family, so we feel it is likely that this Sarah was Frankís wife. We have not found a record of land purchased by Felix and Margaret in southern Clay County, but it seems likely they may have live with or close to Nancy on 10 acres in what later became North Kansas City. Felix and Margaretís first child, Mary Elizabeth was born on January 10, 1867, and their second child William Myron was born on March 26, 1869. The 1870 Census lists Felix and Margaret in the Gallatin Township, which is the township in the southwest corner of Clay County and had been designated as Township 50. Felixís occupation is listed as Farmer and his and Margaretís ages and the childrenís ages are listed correctly.
Nancy and her surviving children, all except Mary Louisa, are all listed in the 1870 Census. William is listed as head of household at age 27 and single. Nancy is listed as his mother and keeping house with Anna listed as age 17, James Thomas age 14, John Jackson age 10 and George Washington age 8. Williamís occupation is listed as farmer.
We found Peter listed in the 1870 Census, and this was our first confirmation that he survived the Civil War and that a family record I had received from a fellow William Jewell student in 1962, and had View family information that he shared with me. (He must have been a cousin, his name was Felix Grundy, but I donít recall his last name now, but I think it was Newton.) His information stated that Peter died in 1880 in Linn County Kansas. Our family information did not have this fact included in our family records and our family story had Peter dying during the Civil War. In 1870 Peter was listed as living in the town of Salisbury, in Chariton County Missouri. This is east of Independence and Lexington along the northern bank of the Missouri River . His occupation is listed as Wagon Maker (or perhaps Wagon Master, as it appeared in one copy of the Census information that we found.) His age is listed as 45 and he is listed as being married to a Sarah M. View age 24. He lists his place of birth as Maine and she lists hers as Iowa. Except for his claimed date of birth as 1825, he also claimed to have been born in Maine when he joined the Union Army in 1865. There he listed his birth date as 1821 and his birthplace as Stillwater, Maine. Peterís actual age in 1870 would have been 55 not 45. We do not know when or how he met Sarah M. and have not located a marriage record yet but we will pursue this lead. I have found that Salisbury was founded in 1867 and that during this time period was located on the Missouri River. It and the county seat of Chariton County are now several miles from the present bed of the Missouri River, but at that time Salisbury was a riverport town and quite a growing community. A famous Union Army General was Charitonís claim to fame and he was suppose to have formed his own regiment and distinguished himself and his regiment during the Civil War in Missouri battles. I will have to research to find out if Peterís regiment was this generalís regiment (A woman working at the Chariton County Courthouse said she thought it was the 51st or 52nd Missouri.)
From 1870 to 1880 Felix and Mary Louisa seemed to have made sure that Nancy and their younger siblings were taken care of. Nancy continued to suffer the loss of her children. William was married March 26, 1871 to Marjorie Rebecca Bellomy in her fatherís home in Clay County Missouri. They had two children Mary and William, however we have not found exact birth records for them and do not know which was born first. William died sometime around 1873 and his widow Marjorie R. View married again in 1874 to a George Kelgrow in Clay County. At some later date she married a Hopewell Fritz.
Felix and Margaret and their family moved to Clinton County, just north of Clay County in 1871. They purchased 15 acres along the Platte River on Smith Fork near Plattsburg, Missouri described as that portion of land lying on the north side of Smithís Fork of Platte River in the Northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 9 in Township 55 of Range 31 of Clinton County being more or less 10 acres and 5 acres of the in the Northeast corner of the Northeast quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section 8 in township 55, Range 31 bounded on the west side by Smithís Fork of the Platte River. Later they moved into Plattsburg itself. Felix and Margaretís family grew while living in Clinton County adding several more grandchildren for Nancy. We have found county records that an Agnes or Teresa Jane was born January 15, 1872 and died in the same year, Annie Ellen was born on July 8, 1875. On January 17, 1878 Felix Alma (Al) was born.
Nancyís youngest daughter Anna Agnes married Samuel E. Asher on January 14, 1872 in Nancyís home when she was 19. Anna Agnesí children were born during this same period. They were John E. Asher, born July 17, 1873, Amanda L. born August 12, 1875 and Cora born June 21, 1878. We have not looked up Samuel and Anne Asher in the Census of 1880 but records from Amanda Asherís granddaughter state that Amanda was born in Clay County, Missouri. So we might find that Anna and Samuel lived in Clay County during this period, however, we find that at sometime Anna owned land in Clinton County. We have also not checked land ownership records for late 1860 through 1880ís.
George Washington died May 14, 1877 at age 15. Nancy and her sons were still living on the small farm in what became North Kansas City. Mary Louisa purchased lots in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1875 between Pottawatome and Ottawa streets and this is the first record we have found of her since she was listed in the 1860 Census with the rest of the family at age 19. George was buried in St. Maryís Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. In checking information with the Catholic Diocese, we found that in 1876 thru 1880, because of construction on Central Street in downtown Kansas City, the bodies of people that had been buried in the old Catholic Cemetery were removed to various cemeteries. Most were removed to St. Maryís and family records state that some of the family members were taken there during that period. Amandaís body was moved to Chandler Cemetery in Clay County.
Mary Lousia seems to have been a very interesting and colorful person and we certainly hope to research her life. She was said in family stories to have been an actress and very beautiful with long, flaming red hair. We have photographs of her at age 18 and 20 and she certainly is strikingly beautiful and her hair is curly, long and could certainly have been red. She is dress very nicely in both pictures and was absolutely beautiful enough to have been an actress. On February 20, 1878 she was married to George W. Goff at the age of 35 they were married in Kansas City, Missouri. Mary Lousia purchased lots 19 & 20 in Leavenworth city on August 1, 1878 and sold them to Nancy on February 19, 1879. It seems likely that she had purchased them so Nancy and her youngest surviving brothers James and John could move to Leavenworth and Mary could take care of them. We have not tried very diligently to track Mary Lousiaís movements from 1860 to 1875 but we certainly will when we have time.
Jean and I traveled to Farlinville and Linn County Kansas to see what we could find out about Peter and the information that he was buried there. We did find his grave and a tombstone for him in Walnut Grove Cemetery in what had been Farlinville, Kansas, the cemetery was located on a gravel road in the middle of several farm fields and there was no sign that a town had ever existed there. The tombstone listed his date of death as March 3, 1880. The stone had a date of 1816 for a birth year but no month and day. The Linn County historical society sent me a copy of the 1880 Census which listed Sarah as his widow and a ten year old daughter, Adie. Sarah later that year married again this man's name was Daniel E. Farage and they likely moved to Pleasanton where he lived. I hope to try to find out more information about the youngest daughter, she would have been born in 1870 sometime after the 1870 Census was taken because she was not listed on the census for that year in Missouri.
We have not check any other 1880 Census records for the family as yet. We do know from family records that two family marriages took place early in the 1880ís. Mary Elizabeth, Felix and Margaretís eldest daughter married Absoum Loyd Sage on January 9, 1880 at the age of 14. We donít know his age but in a picture of Mary Elizabeth and Loyd with two of their three children, Mr. Sage looks a great deal older than Mary Elizabeth. On September 22, 1881 James Thomas married Sarah M. Sage in Gallinton, Missouri. We feel that Sarah M. Sage and Loyd Sage were probably related to one another we have to research this and what their relationship was. On September 5, 1881 Nancy bought a lot in Plattsburg for $450.00. This was perhaps purchased for James Thomas who was married a few weeks later, or perhaps she bought it for her and John to move to Plattsburg to be near Felix and his family who had lots in the town of Plattsburg and perhaps still had the land he had purchased in 1871 along the Platte River, because we have only found a records so far of his selling the 15 acres purchase in 1871 in 1891. It appears that Nancy still owned the two lots in Leavenworth so we will have to do some further research to find out who lived on her two pieces of property.
On January 4, 1882 Nellie Abigale was born to Felix and Margaret. It seems Felix and Margaret moved several times from place to place in and round Plattsburg over the next several years or had both farm land and a house in town. In 1884 they bought 20 acres in Section 20 of Township 55 Range 30 and sold the lots in town. Their youngest child Mae Belle was born on April 16, 1885. A doctor attended this birth and so a birth certificate was issued and listed Felix as age 46 and Margaret as age 38.
James Thomas and his wife bought lot #19 of 6th addition on January 9, 1884, but we do not know if this was the first property they had bought in Plattsburg or not. James Thomas and his wife Sarah had two sons, Jesse James born February 15, 1883 and George Davis born August 8, 1886. We wondered about the name Jesse James, I told Jean that our mother had told me that a family story was that Grandmother Nancy and one of her daughter in laws, who was pregnant at the time, were traveling by train to visit relatives in another town and Jesse James and his gang robbed the train. As he and his gang left the train Jesse tossed a roll of bills into Nancyís lap. I thought for year this was just another of the many examples of families having a Jesse James story, until we found the listing of names for James Thomasís eldest son. Perhaps there is some truth to this story, because it seems strange to name you child after an outlaw no matter how famous. We have a picture of James Tomas and his wife and both children probably taken about 1895, they look quite prosperous.
The last of Nancyís sons was married in 1888. John Jackson married Ella Leake in April 1888 in Plattsburg. On July 14, 1889 Felix and Margaretís daughter Annie Ellen married Leslie Levi Wilson also in Plattsburg.
We have not checked the Census information for 1890, but we have very good land and other records which indicate where the various family members were likely located at this time. Mary Louisa and her husband lived in Leavenworth, Kansas. Anna Asher and her family were likely in Jackson County or Clinton County with the rest of the family having apparently moving from Clay County. Anna and her husband Samuel Asher divorced in about 1885. Amanda Asher was married to Otto Boregard on April 8, 1893 in Jackson County Missouri. So it seems likely that Anna and her children were in Jackson County shortly after 1890. John, Annaís son, married a woman named Emma, however we have no date for this marriage or any information regarding her name and when and where this marriage took place but he must have married late because he was single in 1900. The granddaughter of Amanda Asher, and the only descendant of Anna, said that John and Emma never had any children. Felix Grundy, James Thomas and John Jackson and their families were living in Plattsburg. Nancy could have been living with any one of her children and their families as she was now nearly 70 years old but it seem likely that she was living with John and Ella as Nancy remained the owner of Lot 11 in Plattsburg until her death. Nancyís surviving children continued to add spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren to the View family.
Amanda Asher Boregardís children were Stella born in August of 1894, John Otto born March 1895 and Eugene Fields born June 23, 1899. John Jacksonís children were Charles F. born March 1890, Clarence F. born March 1895, and John Arthur born October 18, 1898. John and Ella had another son, John Jackson Jr. whom the family called Pete but we donít have a birth date for him as yet. Felixís daughter Annie Wilson bore five children during the years from 1890 to 1900. Edna Ludema born July 16, 1891, Lucile Lee born March 13, 1894, a daughter Ethel was born to Annie and Lee but died as a young child and we do not have a birth and death date for her. Their only son Ira Odis was born September 7, 1897 and Nellie Pearl was born July 24, 1899.
Sometime around 1900 we lost track of the exact location of Felix and his family. We know that by 1897 he had sold all of his Clinton County land and sold the town lots in Plattsburg in 1897 and moved from Clinton County. Alice Wilson Buster Belfess told us that Felix, Margaret and their three younger children, Felix Alma, Nellie Abigale, and Mae Belle lived in Stewardsville after moving from Plattsburg and before finally settling in St. Joseph, Missouri shortly after the turn of the century, but we have not confirmed this information and have found not records of land purchases and we have not researched the 1900 Census information. The only other information we have is that on September 18, 1903 Felix was located in Dekalb County because that is listed as his place of residence when James Thomas bought his brothersí Felix and John and sister Anna Asherís interest in the Plattsburg lot #11 that Nancy had owned. John was still in Clinton County, and Anna lived in Jackson County. James Thomas was also still in Clinton County. On January 26, 1900 James Thomas had purchased from Anna Asher and her children John and Cora, all listed as single persons, and Amanda and her husband Otto D. Bourgard all of the north 30 acres of the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 9 in township 55 of range number 31 in Clinton County for $300.00. This land must be very near or is right next to the land which had been purchased by Felix and Margaret in 1871 and which they sold on August 3, 1891.
During our research at the Clay County Historical Society in Liberty, Missouri, Jean and I found an extremely fascinating legal battle the family was involved with from about 1897 to about 1904. It was during this case that we found many of the descendents of Peter and Nancy and their locations at the turn of the century. The file on this case is quite thick and I have not had time to read through all of it which I hope to do one day, it would also be too expensive to duplicate as these documents cost more that 15 cents per page. We feel that we can learn a great deal about Peter and the family when we have time to make a careful reading instead of a quick perusal which is all that I have done so far. This case involves the ownership of the Clay County land the family occupied back in the 1860ís and 1870ís. The case was over the proper ownership of the land along the Missouri River were the railroad laid its track. The Railroads had purchased or condemned river front land for its right of way and the question was who should have received the compensation from the railroad for the land used. Also a few years after this original case, there was a dispute of back taxes on the land that had been sold by the Sheriff during the history of the ownership of this land. The family could not find proof of Peterís purchase of this land sometime before 1860. He was listed as the second owner after the person who had been given the original land grant before Missouri became a state. The railroad claimed that Peter was a "Squatter" on this supposedly unclaimed and undeveloped river bottom land, and that he claimed and built a cabin on, then deeded this land over to Felix and Nancy in 1861. This certainly could have been what happened sometime after 1850 when the family was enumerated as being in Jackson County. However, Peter had been so careful to have the purchase and sale of the Jackson County land recorded and handled though lawyers and the court, that it seems unlikely that he would have just "squatted" on the 40 or so acres that he deeded over to Felix and Nancy. This area of Clay County was not totally unpopulated wilderness in 1850 and 1860. A very quick perusal of the testimony of the railroad witness in the case was very interesting painting a picture of a very colorful frontiersman in temperament and life style during his lifetime. I hope to be able to make a more careful study of this testimony and all of the record of this long case. It seems strange that there was no family stories handed down about this legal battle when it seems to have been such a big case. I also hope to see if the Liberty paper might have an account of this case since it involved so many Clay County people in the chain of ownership and some of these people were quite prominent. It would also be ironic if during our research we were to find proof of ownership after all of these years.
In 1902 Mary Lousia died on December 26, 1902 at her home on Pottawatome Street, in Leavenworth, Kansas she was 61 years old. She was buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Leavenworth. Just 5 days later, on December 31. 1902, Nancy died at the age of 80 in Maryís home. She was taken to Plattsburg where she was buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery. James Thomas bought out the rest of the family members shares in the property that Nancy had owned at the time of her death and these land records supplied us with the whereabouts of most of Nancyís heirs. This and the information in the legal case that was still going on when Mary and Nancy died supply us with the names of some of the missing family members. William and Ida View and Mary and Charles Ketchum, the children of Nancy and Peterís son William who died in the 1870ís, were living in Cherokee County, Indian territory which later became Oklahoma. We found that in1902 John and Ella and their sons Arthur, Clarence, Charles and John Jackson Jr. (also called Pete) were still living in Plattsburg. James Thomas and his wife Sarah and their two boy Jesse and George were also in Plattsburg as James Thomas was buying out the other family members interests in various pieces of property in Clinton County and Leavenworth, Kansas. We think that Felix and Margaret were living in Stewartsville, and if Stewartsville is located in DeKalb county it would seem likely since Felix is listed as being a resident of DeKalb County in 1903 that he did indeed live in Stewartsville for a time. Most of Felix and Margaretís children seem to have been located in St. Joseph at this time. Nell married Harbert C. Buster on March 7, 1901 in St. Joseph, Missouri and Mae married Halbert (Bert) Layland on December 1, 1902 also in St. Joseph. We have not found a marriage record for Felix Albert (AL) but our aunt Pearl Wilson Vimont Carter, thought that "Uncle Al" had been married at least for a while at one time. Annie and Lee Wilson and their children were living in St. Joseph also. It appears that Anna Asher and her children were living in Kansas City, Missouri or perhaps Amanda and Otto Bouregard and her young children were living in Kansas City, Kansas.
Most of the information we have acquired past 1900 is of Felix and Margaret and their children, particularly Annie and Lee Wilson, because Jean and I are of that branch. And information given to me by Anna Asherís great granddaughter Jean Haskett. I will not continue on with this history at this time until after Jean and I have made our planned trip to St. Joseph the end of May for several days of research, and we have added the information that Don Gassen one of the descendants of John Jackson and Ella View has met with us to supply any new information that he brings during his visit.