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Stephen HUNSLEY

Male 1846 - 1919  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Stephen HUNSLEY 
    Born Mar 1846  Glanford Brigg RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID A1BAE3F356654DD2A9060A87280EB70C440F 
    Died 19 Jul 1919  Clinton, Dewitt County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • 1880 US Federal Census: in Edinburg, Christian County, Illinois (all HUNSLEY), Steven (35, house carpenter, born England), Ellen (29, keeps house, born Illinois) and Charles (son, 7, born Illinois).

      1900 US Federal Census: in Clintonia, DeWitt County, Illinois (all HUNSLEY), Stephen (head, born Feb 1841 (sic), 59, married 11 years, house carpenter, born Illinois, father and mother born Kentucky), Veronica (wife, born Aug 1854, 45, married 11 years, 3 children all living, born Ohio), Julia (daughter, born Jul 1890, 9, born Illinois, at school), John (son, born Jun 1892, 7, born Illinois, at school) and Maud D DOTY (stepdaughter, born Aug 1882, 17, single, born Illinois, father and mother born Ohio, at school).

      There is confusion about birthplaces and ages.

      1910 US Federal Census: in East Railroad Street, Clinton Ward 1, DeWitt County, Illinois (all HUNSLEY), Steve A (head, 65, married 20 years, 2 children both living, laborer, born England), Veronica (wife, 54, married 20 years, 2 children both living, housekeeper, born Ohio), John (son, 17, born Illinois, no occupation) and Maude DOTY (stepdaughter, 24, single, born Illinois, father born England, bookkeeper, grocery shop).

      Stephen appears to have been married two or possibly three times, as follows:
      1. 9 Jan 1868 in Sangamon County, Illinois, Mary Ellen CHANDLER (Illinois, Marriages, 1851 - 1900, at Ancestry.com).
      2. About 1889 probably in either Sangamon or DeWitt County, to Veronica. This marriage is known from the 1900 census above. It looks as if Veronica was previously married to someone called DOTY since in both the 1900 and 1910 censuses, Maud(e) DOTY Is referred to as Stephen's step-daughter.
      3. The possible third marriage is referred to on the 'HUNSLEY family tree' at Ancestry. It is said there to have taken place on 8 Jul 1889 in DeWitt, to Dora E DOTY. I can't find anything to back this up and it looks suspicious that the marriages to Veronica (who the 'HUNSLEY family tree' has as Veronica BARKER) and Dora DOTY are said to have happened in the same year.

      My conclusion having looked carefully at all the available evidence (there are some important items missing, eg the 1890 US census, birth certificates for John & Laura), is that Stephen Hunsley married only twice. His first wife was undoubtedly Mary Ellen CHANDLER: I can't find her death but unless they divorced, it must have occurred before July 1889. Stephen married for the second time on 8 July 1889. The record of this marriage in the FamilySearch IGI give's the bride's name as Dora E Martin Doty, her father as Robert Martin and mother as Eliza Delvey. It's clear from this (and from the fact that Maud Doty was born in 1882) that Dora was married to a DOTY before she married Stephen. It remains a mystery why Stephen's wife's name appears as Veronica in 1900 and 1910 and, even after Stephen's death in 1919, as "Berconia" in 1920, at which time she was still living in Clinton, DeWitt but now with her son John Hunsley. Despite this her death in 1927 was registered as Dora E Hunsley.

      Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 (at Ancestry) has a record which appears to relate to this Stephen. It gives the following details:
      Born Jun 1845, England, of William and Mary (sic) Hunsley
      Died 19 Jul 1919 at Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois
      Buried 21 Jul 1919 in Woodlawn Cemetery
      Occupation retired contractor
      No information about wife.

      Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 (at Ancestry) also has a record which relates to Stephen's second wife:
      Name Dora E HUNSLEY (Dora E MARTIN)
      Born 11 Aug 1853, Ohio, of P R MARTIN of Pennsylvania and Eliza TOLBEY
      Died 30 Jan 1927 at Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois
      Buried 1 Feb 1927 (place not stated)
      Occupation housewife
      Spouse Stephen HUNSLEY
      Comment: 42 years of this place.

    Person ID I659  Hunsley
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2014 

    Father William HUNSLEY,   b. Bef 16 Oct 1814, Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1861, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Jane BARKER,   b. Feb 1818, Kirmington, Lincs Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1880, Buckhart, Christian County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married 14 May 1840  St Helena, Kirmington, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Details from FreeREG.org.uk:
      William Hunsley, 24, bachelor servant of Ulceby. Jane Barker, 22, spinster servant of Kirmington. Groom's father Stephen Hunsley, labourer. Bride's father Thomas Barker, farmer. Winesses John Stoker and Mary Ann Ransom.
    Family ID F209  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Ellen CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1851, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 9 Jan 1868  Sangamon County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Charles HUNSLEY,   b. Sep 1872, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F474  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Dora E MARTIN,   b. Aug 1854, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1927, Clinton, Dewitt County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 8 Jul 1889  Clinton, Dewitt County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Children 
     1. Julia HUNSLEY,   b. Jul 1890, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Robinson HUNSLEY,   b. 10 Jun 1892, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1950, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] BMD index, Q1 1846 Glanford Brigg 14/357. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S57] Illinois Statewide Death Index, www.ilsos.gov, Jan 2014, Cert no. 0022557. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S11] FreeREG.org.uk, Nov 2013.

    4. [S2] BMD index, Q2 1840 Glanford Brigg 14/577. (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S56] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, www.ilsos.gov, Jan 2014, Licenses no. 00002980. (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S56] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, www.ilsos.gov, Jan 2014, Volume 00D Page 0143. (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S12] IGI, Father Robert MARTIN, mother Eliza DELVEY. (Reliability: 3).