James Cravens MEANS

Male 1808 - 1851  (42 years)


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  • Name James Cravens MEANS 
    Born 19 Oct 1808  Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Riverboat captain 
    Died 14 Jun 1851  Willow Brook, Buchanan Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Yates Family Cemetery, Buchanan Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The McWilliams and Means cousins came together to Missouri. When they arrived in Lexington Mo, in Lafayette Co, James Cravens Means and Elva Ann McWilliams were married by David McWilliams, Justice of the Peace - possible Elva's father! There is mention in the Buchanan County History of a Minnie McWilliams, a daughter of David and Elizabeth McWilliams. Minnie was married to George Hersch, son of Martin Hersch 12 Sept. 1869. These may be Elva Ann's people. Later Elva Ann was called Elvira.
      Charles Stinnett records that James C. and Elvira were second cousins. This could mean that Elvira's mother was Anna Allison (married David McWilliams) and Anna's father, William Allison, would have to be brother to Mary Ann Allison the wife of our William Means #1.
      Can anyone confirm that Mary is the sister of William Allison, the Children of Robert and Francis Allison?

      The 'Buchanan County History' published by the Missouri River Heritage Society, has a section on the Allison Family. It pinpoints an ancestor, Robert Allison, Living in northeast South Carolina in the 1750's, probably a son of James Allison, (James most likely from PA). Robert's will, in Laurens Co, SC, 1791, mentions a wife Frances and 15 children... 9 sons and 6 daughters. Most, of not all, of the sons gave service in the Revolution, and afterwards, most left South Carolina. William, son of Robert, (ca 1750), married in SC about 1770 Eleanor __. The known children of William and Eleanor Allison were: Robert, m. Rebecca McClure; John Alexander, 1772-1781; Jane m. Thomas Chapman; Catherine, m. William Hadwick; Anna, m. David McWilliams (These are the parents of Elvira McWilliams who married James Cravens Means); and two daughters, names unknown. The fate of Wiliam and Eleanor is a mystery! All their sons (and probably daughters also) left KY in adulthood, and present information indicates the parents, in the sixties, also left to start anew elsewhere. There is believed to be a connection between these Allisons and Elizabeth Allison McKinley, mother of the President.
      Contributed by Elva Marie Brock McGiboney.
    Person ID I1419  William Means Descendants
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2007 

    Father John MEANS,   b. 1779, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1842, Paducah, McCracken Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Margaret CRAVENS,   b. 1790, Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Washington Co, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 7 Oct 1804  Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elvira Ann MCWILLIAMS,   b. 30 Jun 1815, Warren Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1890, Faucet, Buchanan Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1833  Lexington, Howard Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Anne MEANS,   b. 26 Dec 1833,   d. 1910  (Age 76 years)
    +2. John Wiley MEANS,   b. 6 Dec 1835, Ray Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1912, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Benjamin Franklin MEANS,   b. 19 Mar 1837
    +4. Martha Ellen MEANS,   b. 11 Mar 1839, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1928, Oklahoma City, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     5. Frances Jane MEANS,   b. 10 Nov 1840, Ray Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1911, Stillwater, Payne Co, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +6. Elvira MEANS,   b. 29 Jun 1842, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1907  (Age 64 years)
    +7. James Leonard MEANS, Sr.,   b. 4 Dec 1844, Barry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1902, Stillwater, Payne Co, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     8. Juliet MEANS,   b. 11 Jun 1847, Agency, Buchanan Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1868  (Age 21 years)
    +9. Mary Elizabeth MEANS,   b. 9 Jun 1849, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    +10. William David MEANS,   b. 20 Aug 1851, Faucet, Buchanan Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1932, Faucet, Buchanan Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 4 May 2007 
    Family ID F509  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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