Levi Nicholas Titsworth and Julia Clementine Daniels Titsworth

Levi Nicholas Titsworth was the first child of Christopher Greenup and Mary Louise Peyton Titsworth. He was born October 4, 1830 in sparsely settled Tipton County, Tennessee. I say this because at that time the population of this western county was only 5317 people. Both parents were born in Kentucky and must have been among those brave pioneers seeking new horizons.

When the 1840 United States Federal Census was taken Christopher and Mary had moved to Spring River, Lawrence, Arkansas. It records the head of the household, C.G. Titsworth, one free white male under five; one free white male five through nine; one free white male between twenty and twenty-nine; one free white female under five; and one free white female twenty through twenty-nine. This differs from my records of a family with three sons, Levi (1830), Thomas Peyton (1835), John Harrison (1837) and one daughter, Sarah (1839).

The Titsworth family remained in Arkansas at least five more years before making their way to northeast Texas. I do not know their reasons for the move but in 1850 they were living in Titus County, Texas. The census record lists C.J. Titsworth (39), Louisa Titsworth (37), Levi Titsworth (19), Peyton Titsworth (15), John Titsworth (13), Sarah (11), Lemuel Titsworth (9) and Minerva Titsworth (4). C.G. Titsworth’s occupation was recorded as “Christian Clergyman.”

LEVI MARRIES JULIA CLEMENTINE DANIELS

Levi met and courted a young woman named Julia Clementine Daniels, the daughter of Robert and Wincey Travis Daniels. They married February 6, 1852, in Cass County located in the piney woods of northeastern Texas. Very soon thereafter they moved and settled in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, for the remainder of their lives.

Marriage record for Levi Titsworth and Julia C. Daniels.

Levi and Julia wasted no time starting what would become a very large family. Their first child, Tennessee Parilee Titsworth, was born in 1852; Wincy Louisa was born in 1855, and Joseph came along in 1857. When the 1860 United States Federal Census was taken, their family had grown by yet one more son – Clave Titsworth.

We know that as the Titsworth family settled into life in Bonham it was the eve of the Civil War and, like other citizens, Texans must have been deeply concerned about the sectional controversies dividing the northern and southern states. Secessionist leaders in Texas “issued an address to the people calling for the election of delegates to a state Secession Convention.” Against the wishes of Governor Sam Houston, the legislature approved the convention. It was held January 28, 1861 wherein the delegates adopted an ordinance of secession and that was then approved by voters of the state on February 23, 1861. The Convention reconvened and declared Texas out of the Union thus joining forces with the southern Confederacy.

Like other men in Fannin County, Levi Titsworth was enlisted as a private in the Texas army. It is recorded he was in the 11th Light Artillery Battery. By the end of 1861, 25,000 Texans were in the Confederate army. Needless to say, like other families, the lives of Levi, Julia and their children were greatly disrupted before, during and following the Civil War. The war affected everything from farming to manufacturing, deeply altering the lives of ordinary Texans. When men were away from home serving in the military, greater responsibilities and burdens were placed on women and children to assume care for the home and livelihood of the family. This certainly would have been the case for Julia and her young children.

As mentioned early in this narrative, Levi and Julia had a very large family. With each census more children have been added to the fold. By 1870 they had two more sons, Clement Rogers (1866) and Charles Carlton (1868). However, there is a sad note. Their son Levi died in 1864 at the age of two. On the 1870 census Levi’s occupation was no longer given as “farmer” but rather “chair maker.” It is certainly likely he may have performed both roles to provide for his large family.

Evidently Julia was pregnant when the 1870 census was taken because on November 20 of that year another son, Griffith, was born. It is amazing to me but Julia’s childbearing was not complete. Harvey Dane Titsworth was born August 28, 1872. I have not seen her death certificate but it is possible her health failed after that time. At only fifty years of age, Julia Clementine Daniels Titsworth died March 5, 1873. She was buried in the Whiterock Cemetery in Fannin County.

Grave marker for Julia C. Titsworth

Being widowed with a large family and several very young children, it is not surprising that Levi married again very soon after Julia’s death. His second wife’s name was Minerva Jane Bashem Austin. Like Levi, she was also widowed and had one young daughter, Lilly.

This family continued to grow! When the 1880 United States Federal Census was taken Levi and Minerva had two more daughters – Tiney or Tina (1874) and Julia Marion (1875). Sadly Minerva died several years later leaving Levi widowed again.

We have a record indicating that Levi married for a third time to Sallie Howard on September 19, 1886. I have no information about her.

Levi Nicholas Titsworth died June 8, 1893, and was buried in the Whiterock Cemetery along with his first wife, Julia.

Grave marker for Levi N. Titsworth.

It is primarily through census records that I have reviewed Levi and Julia’s lives. Unfortunately we have no diaries, family records or lore to add more “color” to their biographies. Perhaps someday I will have the good fortune to communicate with some other descendants and be able to add to the picture. It seems to me they had a hard life providing for their large family during times of war and duress. Lacking riches, it is my hope their children and friends brought them some joy and pleasure balancing the good and not-so-good times.

Sources

Ancestry.com. 1840 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Ancestry.com. Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2010 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Cass County, marriage certificate, vol. 1, p. 111. Cass County Clerk’s Office, Linden, Texas.

Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Texas State Historical Association,  www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/art

Written by Lucy Ann Nance Croft, July 2014

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Wincy Louisa Titsworth Calk

Wincy Titsworth Calk with her grandchildren.
Wincy Titsworth Calk with her grandchildren.

When Wincy Louisa was born on May 20, 1855, her family was living in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas. She was the second child of Levi Nicholas and Julia Clementine Daniels Titsworth. Bonham is located in northeastern Texas, and at that time was primarily a small farm community where the majority of its residents depended on agricultural products as a means of support, with livestock being the predominant product. Information on census records indicates that like many others in the area, Levi was a farmer.

In 1860 Wincy is listed with her family on the United States Federal Census and by this time the family had two more children. The four children recorded are Tennessee P., age 7; Weney I., age 5; Jo, age 2 and Clory Titsworth, age 5 months. Note that three of the children’s names are misspelled. Joseph was born October 19, 1857, and Clave was born January 5, 1860. The Titsworth’s were on their way to having a large family.

During the 1860’s the United States was engaged in the Civil War. Texas was aligned with the Confederacy and Fannin County was considered an important supply center. A Confederate commissary was located in Bonham and hosted the military headquarters of the Northern Sub-district of Texas, C.S.A. Confederate Civil War Records indicate that Wincy’s father Levi was enlisted in the Texas 11th Light Artillery Battery. Like many other families, the Titsworth’s were personally impacted by this terrible war.

The Titsworth’s had a son named Levi who was born September 27, 1862, but unfortunately, he died March 7, 1864. That must have been a sad time for Levi and Julie. Undoubtedly the situation was made more difficult in a time of war and social upheaval.

It is interesting to note that by the time the 1870 United States Federal Census was taken Wincy’s father, Levi, gave his occupation as “Chairmaker.” However, following the Civil War many people were hard pressed to support themselves and their families. It is quite likely that with the assistance of his wife and older children, Levi also continued farming. There were a lot of mouths to feed in his large family. With the addition of Clement Rogers, born March 23, 1866; and Charles Carlton, born September 14, 1868, Levi and Julie had six children.

Even though no records have been found, sometime in the early 1870’s, Wincy may have married a man by the name of Bell. We do know that she gave birth to a son January 29, 1875 in Bonham, Texas, and named him Levi Carlisle. If Wincy did, in fact, marry a Mr. Bell, either they divorced or he died. However, it is also possible she had the child out of wedlock.

At some point in time before 1880, Wincy met Early Jackson Calk. The date, place, and circumstances of their courtship remain a mystery. Nevertheless, both Wincy and her son Levi were found on the 1880 United States Federal Census and using Wincy’s maiden name, Titsworth. They were living in the household of John L. McCaleb and family in Atascosa County, Texas. The relation to the head of the household was given as “cousin” for both Wincy and Levi. It begs the questions – when did Wincy move to Atascosa County and why did she go there?

WINCY MARRIES EARLY JACKSON CALK

Early J. Calk is also recorded on the 1880 United States Federal Census in Atascosa County, Texas, and was living near the McCaleb family. The census was taken on June 12 and that same day a marriage license was issued in Medina County for him and Wincy Titsworth. The wedding ceremony was performed by William C. Newton on June 20 in Castroville.

Following their marriage Early Jackson adopted Wincy’s son, Levi, because in later records, he gives his surname as Calk.

After their marriage Early and Wincy moved to Bonham, Fannin County, Texas and it was there they had their first child. A daughter, Ethel Cleora, was born September 19, 1881. Over the next years their family continued to grow. I obtained the names of several of their children from information shared by other Calk family researchers. Clementine was born about 1882, followed by Maude in 1884, Helen in 1886, Granvill C. in 1889, and Early Jackson III on January 1, 1894. I have verified that Ethel and Early Jackson III were born in Bonham but have no information about the other children.

When the 1900 United States Federal Census was taken the Calks were in Bonham, Texas. They were recorded as follows. Note the misspelled names. Early J. Call, age 53; Nincy Call, age 45; and Early Call, age 4. Early’s occupation is “Farmer.” I do know that Levi, Ethel, and Clementine married before 1900, but since none of the younger children were listed, it makes me wonder if perhaps they were no longer living. If that was the case, Early and Wincy faced a lot of sadness in their married life.

I do have information on four of their children. Levi married Martha Dell Davis; Ethel married George Franklin LeBus (my maternal grandparents); Clementine married John Ervin LeBus, George’s brother; and Early “Earl” Jackson III married Zora Maurice Taylor. Listed below are the known children, spouses, and grandchildren of Early and Wincy Calk.

Levi Carlisle and Martha Dell Davis Calk – Parents of Cleora Parilee Calk, Elizabeth “Bessie” Louise Calk, Mildred Bernice Calk, Daisy Dell Calk, William Carlisle Calk and James Ralph Calk.

George Franklin and Ethel Cleora Calk LeBus – Parents of Frank Leyburn LeBus, Hazel Annabelle LeBus, Archie Carlisle LeBus, Jack Blackburn LeBus, Irene Clementine LeBus, Roy Henderson LeBus, Laura V. LeBus, George Franklin LeBus, Jr., Ethel Marie LeBus and Donavel Calk LeBus.

John Ervin and Clementine “Clemmie” Calk LeBus – Parents of John Ervin LeBus, Jr., Margaret LeBus, Annabel LeBus and Johnnie LeBus.

Early “Earl” Jackson III and Zora M. Taylor Calk – Parents of Earl Calk, Jr. and Jesse William Calk.

Sometime after 1900, the Calks moved to Nocona, Montague County in far north Texas. It was there that Wincy’s husband, Early Jackson, died at age 58, a young man by today’s standards. His tombstone gives his death date as May 15, 1906 and he is buried in the old Greenbriar Cemetery in Montague County.

Regrettably, I do not know how Wincy spent the last years of her life. Family information found on the internet gives her death date as January 28, 1908. If that was the case, she died when she was only 52 years old. Her husband was buried in Montague County. There is a partial tombstone next to his in the Greenbriar Cemetery, but it is too badly deteriorated to detect any inscription and there was no cemetery record of her burial there. Some undocumented family information says that she may have died in Madill, Marshall County, Oklahoma. Her brother-in-law, William Calk, lived in Oklahoma, so it is possible she lived with him and his family. However, when I applied for an Oklahoma death record, they were not able to find one. Verifying her place of death and burial will require more research.

We do have a wonderful photo of Wincy with eleven of her grandchildren. Two of the youngest in the picture were born in 1906, so perhaps the 1908 date of death is correct. Seeing this lovely portrait is a testament to the fact that she had much for which to be thankful in a life that may have been filled with hardship and sadness.

Sources

Ancestry.com.1860 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.

Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.

Ancestry.com. 1880 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.

Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.

Calk, Wayne, “Personal Family files of Wayne Calk,” WayneCalk@tds.net

County Court of Medina County, Texas, Marriage License for E.J. Calk and Wincy Titsworth, issued June 12, 1880, License no.13370.

Greenbrier Cemetery, Montague County, Texas, US Cemetery Project, http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/texas/montague/greenbrier/greenbrier.htm

The Handbook of Texas Online, “Fannin County,” www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf02

“Texas in the Civil War,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas-in-the-Civil-War

Written by Lucy Ann Nance Croft

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