William H. Hargrave
William is my brick wall and my greatest challenge to date. I have reserched many ancestors but none have eluded
me like he does. I know there is a story to be found once I unravel the clues to who and what he was. I have submitted this
information to other reserchers and a reporter but none have any information to add. I guess if I'm going to solve this mystery,
I'll have to do it on my own.
The following will be a compilation of all my research notes and my cronology of what it all means...........
~The Facts I Started With~
Abner Flanders, my G-G-G-Grandfather married Deborah Hill. Three of his children married Hargraves. His Son Charles
married Sarah Hargrave and they are my G-G-Grandparents. His Son John, my G-G-Uncle married Malenta Hargrave and another Daughter,
Cynthia Ann, my G-G-Aunt married William M. Hargrave.
William M. Hargrave, His first wife was Cynthia Ann Flanders who was born about
1826 according to the census data. They married on Feb. 6, 1845, according to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index. They
had four children in the 1850 census George, 4; John, 3; Willis, 1; and Mary E., 1 month. Cynthia presumably died between
1850 and 1852 because on March 29, 1853, he married Sarah E. Christian in Gallatin County. From the 1860 census they had one
child still living at home, Alice, 7. None of the children from the first marriage appear in the household. William and Sarah
had a second child William H. Hargrave who was born about 1861 who was still living at home in the 1870 and 1880 censuses.
Sarah must have died at some point after the 1870 census. On April 4, 1876, William married his third wife Martha A. Kitchener
and they had Frederick K. Hargrave, who was born in 1879"
~1850~ U.S. Census • Illinois • Gallatin • Equality William HARGRAVE 27
farmer, all b ILCynthia A 24, George 4, John 3, Willie 1, Mary E 1/12William H BLADES 27 farmer KY Malitna 29 IL MalentaAphse?
E 1 f, IL aphia?Mary HARGRAVE 18
NOTE : MALENTA NEXT MARRIED William H BLADES b 1822 abt in KY, Children: Aphia BLADES
b 1849 abt in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL
1860 U.S. Census, William HARGRAVES 37 farmer, all b IL Sarah J 24, Alice 7~1860~ > Illinois > WHITE
> CARMI P O
Series M653 Roll 236 Page 532 M G McHENRY 52 farmer KY-Loveinda? 51 TN-J W McHENRY 13or23 farmer IL-Hulda M 14, George
M 11, Isaiah 14, all b ILAphia BLADES 11 IL- Solomon COATS 28 farmer KY-Harot 25 f, William B 3, John W 1, all b IL-Elijah
TRAMMEL 55 IL?
1870 > Illinois > GALLATIN > EQUALITY - Series
M593 Roll 224 Page 368 HARGRAVE James 43 family, followed byHARGRAVE William M 47 farmer, all b ILSarah J 41, William 9 WATKINS
Alice 16 IL (Marriage 1 UNKNOWN WATKINS) -PRATER Putey? 30 black f domestic IL (From Further research, Was the slave
of Martha Prater)- McKERNAN Thom 15 laborer IL
~1880~ U.S. Federal Census > Illinois > Gallatin > Other Townships > District
18 HARGRAVE William M 56 farm IL KY KY Martha 30 England Eng Eng-William H 19 IL IL IL
1900 > Illinois > GALLATIN > EQUALITY TWP -Series T623 Roll 301 Page 249 HARGRAVE
Martha Dec 1846 53 wid 1/1 Eng Eng Eng pension?-Frederick K Jul 1879 20 IL IL Eng
From all the census information I realize that William, Malenta, Mary & James Hargrave all live in close
proximity to each other and are often mentioned in research materials together........I desperatly need to prove that they
are all siblings but.....whose children are they? and then there is: HARGRAVE, James R. 1827-1905, wife Sarah L.
1832-1875, son Charlie 1853-1858, Buried; EQUALITY VILLAGE CEMETERY
George B. Hargrave
HARGRAVE, George B. - Father Willis Hargrave b. 1764, North or South Carolina, Mother Jane Brown b ABT.
Spouse Lucinda McHenry, b. 21 OCT 1797 in, Logan Co. Kentucky, d. DEC 1841 in Equality, Gallatin Co. Illinois,
NOTE A search of George's records provide only 2 names out of 9 children. .......So, I have at least 4 children
without a Father and George has 7 children who are unamed.......hmmmmm
JOHN FLANDERS, Birth 1820 or bef in Tioga Co, NY, Death 1838 - 1845 in Gallatin Co, IL (May 3, 1842), Marriage Malenta
HARGRAVE b 1820 abt in IL, Death 1860 or bef in Gallatin Co, IL
~1850~ GALLATIN CO. CENSUS, Hargrave
Carter 52 M B Laborer Va, Hargrave Maletna 52 F B Va. AND-
GALLATIN COUNTY ILLINOIS, LAND RECORDS HARGRAVE CARTER
SL NENE- 05-10S-08E-3- 39.60- .50- 19.80-MALE- 07/27/1833-UNKNOWN, 814 017-GALLATIN, AND FROM LDS: CARTER HARGRAVE & SELLY HESKELL, Marriage 14 JUL 1836, Gallatin,
Illinois.... NOTE I still haven't figured out who these people are, however, I know there must be a close
Jon Musgave, Reporter and Researcher, researching the history of the Hickory Hill Slave House:
THIS INFORMATION BELOW FROM JON MUSGRAVE, Concerning
the parents of William, Mary and Malenta and possibly James.
The connection may be George B. Hargrave who married Lucinda McHenry in White County on December 20, 1819,
according to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index. George B. was the son of Gen. Willis Hargrave (1764-1846). Lucinda's brother
was Martin G. McHenry who had married Lucinda B. Stokes on Nov. 16, 1831, in White Co., Illinois. Lucinda's parents were William
McHenry and Hanna Ruth Blackford. I haven't confirmed the parents of William B., Maletna and Mary Hargrave
other than that they are most likely siblings. They could easily be the children of Gen. Willis Hargrave. If so, Alphia would
have been in the family of her dead uncle's brother-in-law in 1860. She apparently returned to Gallatin County for there is
a marriage of an Afehica Blades on Aug. 22, 1869, to John Brown. I think he meant children of George, Willis would be the
NEXT I FIND THIS QUERY, Submitter cally lence (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date 14 Sep 2000
Hello Looking for any information on the Hargrave family, especially George B. Hargrave and his children, Willis B.
and (William M. Hargrave.) They resided near Equality in the early to mid-1800s. Thanks Cally Lence...... I e-mailed
this lady but so far have not received an answer.
Nov. 16, 2005, found this message at Genforum
A research group is doing a dig on the George B. Hargrave homestead, they are also doing a Historical overview of Willis Hargrave & his
family. They are looking for information on the family, pictures, stories etc... If you can conttribute anything please contact
them at the followingAmerican Resources Group, Ltd. 127 N. Washington St. Carbondale, Illinois 62901... (618) 529-2741 or
toll-free 1-877-293-6705, ask for Cally or Monica
I sent an e-mail to Jon Musgrave, here is his answer: NOTE NOVEMBER 13, 2005,
MESSAGE FROM JON MUSGRAVE REGARDING CALLY LENCE AND MY THEORY
Bev, Got hit by a drunk driver Friday night wielding a shovel. Only got out of the hospital
last night. Can't use my left hand. If I don't respond to you in the next few weeks, please email me again. I'm interested
in this, but I can't concentrate right now.....BTW, Callie Lence is (/was?) a researcher with American
Resource Group out of Carbondale, Illinois. They were researching the old Hargrave homestead for a coal company as part of
the work required for obtaining a mining permit.
Sincerely, Jon Musgrave IllinoisHistory.com
Then there is the naming pattern of William & Cynthia's children.....
Possibly...George after his Father, Willis after the Grandfather, and Mary after his Sister. One more possible
sibling for William (to me at least) is the James in the 1870 Census. And where does Carter fit in.?
Another mystery I'd like to see addressed is the whereabouts of William & Cynthia's children. Are
they buried with Cynthia, for that matter, where is William buried? The only cemetery listing I could find for the Hargrave
Cemetery was done in the 1970's and at that time only the two graves could be located, if there are more, I would like to
know. I've never been able to find death information of any kind on William or the children, if it exists, where is it? I
have tried lookups in Illinois but so far no replies.
My last question concerns the five marriage records I found for William....were these all his wives and
if so, did they all die, except Martha who outlived William according to the 1900 census.? The marriage dates don't make sense
when you look at the census records.......Sarah (E.) fits for the census dates but the census clearly says (Sarah (J.) and
the dates also fit for her.....Did Sarah E. die between 1853 and 1857, then did William marry Elizabeth in 1857 and she died
in 1857, then he married Sarah J. in 1858?.......She dies prior to 1876 when William marries Martha. And...that would account
for all five wives. ALSO, THESE DATES WOULD MAKE SARAH J. THE MOTHER OF WILLIAM H. BORN IN 1861. And Sarah E. could have been
the Mother of Alice born in 1853....or Elizabeth (Mary E.) could have died in childbirth with Alice.....How I would like to
take a trip and find that cemetery.
Here is my cronology: William marries Cynthia, 1845. 4 children....We
need to find these children.......Cynthia dies 1855 according the cemetery records, are the cemetery date
wrong as William married Sarah E. 1853, and dies when? Between 1853 & 1857? Did
she give birth to Alice, 1853?
William marries Elizabeth Gullick 1857, Mary E. died 1857
William marries Sarah J. 1858, William H. Born in 1861, Sarah dies when?
William marries Martha 1876, one child, Frederick.
William died when?
Martha still living on the 1900 census
Summary of George B. Hargrave & Lucinda
Child #1. b. abt 1821, is this Malenta?
Child # 2 b. abt. 1823, is this William?
Willis Brown b. 1825, White Co. Illinois
Child # 4 b. abt 1826
Child #5 b. abt 1827, is this James?
Child # 6 b. abt 1828
Child # 7 b. abt 1829
Child # 8 b. abt 1830, is this Mary?
H. M. b. abt 1831
NOTE LDS LISTS SON, LEE HARGRAVE, B. DEC. 12, 1833, WHITE CO. ILLINOIS, D. FEB. 27, 1834
Notes for further research
Posting from Jon Musgrave, Dec. 1, 2000. I'm trying to find the connection between the following persons:
--Leonard W. Hargrave who married Marthaann T. Leavell in Gallatin Co., Illinois, on May 11, 1837.
--Charlotte Hargrave who married William G. Leavell in Gallatin Co., Illinois, on Aug. 17, 1837. William and Charlotte
were siblings, children of Edward Leavell and Rosannah H. Wyatt......More names added to the mix. --and Gen. Willis
Hargrave (the elder who was the first to move to Illinois, served in the legislature, etc.) Lee Hargrave and his wife was
in one household and a Willis Hargrave and his large family lived near the Leavells in the 1830 Census of Gallatin Co. Lee
is obviously a generation younger than Willis according to the age ranges marked.
The following Hargrave-Flanders pages will prove that I found almost all the answers to this mystery!