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Grandparents:                   Elizabeth Clifford Sammon (1897-1985) and Berlin Caldwell (1883-1963)

G-Grandparents:              Robert Walker “Bob” Sammon (1861-1910) and Maria de los Santos Leal (1872-1905)

GG-Grandparents:           Robert W. Sammon (1837-1864) and Susan Elizabeth Thrasher (1838-)

GGG-Grandparents:        Mary B. Reins “Polly” Harrison (ca 1804-) and John Sammon Jr. (1782-1850)

4th G Grandparents:        Elizabeth “Betsy” Williams (1773-1846) and Clement King “Clem” Harrison (ca 1772-1805)

5th G Grandparents:        Barbara Walker (ca 1749-1819) and Matthew Jouett Williams (ca 1749-1818)

6th G Grandparents:         Thomas Walker (ca 1709-) and Elizabeth “Betty” Ellis (ca 1720-before 1798)

Note:  I have a double descent from Thomas Walker and Elizabeth “Betty” Ellis – sisters Barbara Walker who married Matthew Jouett Williams and Betty Walker who married John Sammon, Sr.

I’m not certain of the parents of Thomas Walker – I just keep searching . . .

Grandparents:                   Elizabeth Clifford Sammon (1897-1985) and Berlin Caldwell (1883-1963)

G-Grandparents:              Robert Walker “Bob” Sammon (1861-1910) and Maria de los Santos Leal (1872-1905)

2nd Grandparents:           Robert W. Sammon (1837-1864) and Susan Elizabeth Thrasher (1838-)

3rd G Grandparents:        John Sammon, Jr. (1782-1850) Mary B. Reins “Polly” Harrison  (ca 1804-)

4th G Grandparents:         Betty Walker (ca-1743-) and John Sammon, Sr. (ca1740-1812)

5th G Grandparents:        Thomas Walker (ca 1709-) and Elizabeth “Betty” Ellis (ca 1720-before 1798)

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To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

These are just a few of the family names I’m researching.

The active research comes and goes – but the interest is always there.

Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there was a time when every man was part of his mother, and (earlier still) part of his father as well, and when they were part of his grandparents. If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it, it would look like one single growing thing–rather like a very complicated tree. Every individual would appear connected with every other.
– C. S. Lewis

“Found a Yankee in my family tree; will trade for horse thief or other black sheep.”

Note:  in my family, I had southern Confederates and northern Yankees.  In the Revolutionary War, I had family members on both sides (some still in England).

Family is family.

My Barton Ancestry

My Barton Ancestry:

Quite likely my Barton family descends from a David Barton, who, with his brother Abraham came to America from England in 1672.  Abraham settled first in Maryland, and subsequently in New England.  David settled on the James River, Virginia, and his descendants continued to live in northern Virginia.  The ancestors of the Keyes/Kees/Keys family were early settlers of Virginia of Revolutionary stock.  [However, this supposition is difficult regarding the dates of a Thomas Barton, who is undoubtedly my first known American ancestor . . . the search continues!  Hoping a Barton researcher happens upon this Aimless site!]


I. – THOMAS BARTON and Unknown Wife

II – THOMAS BARTON, JR. and wife, Grace (perhaps surname is Drummond)

III – THOMAS BARTON II and wife Mary Willoughby

IV. – DAVID BARTON and wife Ruth Oldham

V. – SUSAN BARTON and husband John Thrasher

VI. – DAVID THRASHER and wife Mary “Polly” Hughey

VII. – ELIZABETH SUSAN THRASHER and husband Robert W. Sammon

VIII. – ROBERT WALKER SAMMON, SR. and wife Maria de los Santos Leal

EVERYONE seems to have Texas connections.  In my Barton family is one CONWAY OLDHAM BARTON, son of Conway Oldham Barton, Sr. who was born in South Carolina and lived in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Conway Oldham Barton, Jr., son of Conway Oldham Barton, Sr., from North Carolina, and his wife, Martha Cox, from South Carolina, was born June 7, 1856 on his father’s plantation in Milam County, Texas, near Calvert, which consisted of three leagues of land with 157 slaves, He had three brothers: Lemuel, John Harold, and Frank, all of whom served in the Confederate States army.
Page 103 {neglected to note the source . . . shame on me . . .}
Said Conway Oldham Barton was educated in a private school at Port Sullivan, Texas Military Academy at Austin, and University of Virginia, 1876-77, taking a course in law, and began to practice at Cameron, Milam County, Texas, and married Mary Blanche Crow, who died in 1882, and had two daughters by her, Manda Galen, who married Felix E. Smith, and Ann Caroline, who died in 1924.
His second wife was Carrie Moshen of Buda, Illinois, whom he married at Las Animas, Colorado, on January 4, 1887. Six children came to this marriage: Raymond O., born at Granada, Colorado, August 22, 1889; Percy O., born Pauls Valley, Indian Territory, February 11, 1897, and the other four children died in infancy. Raymond O. graduated from West Point, and is now stationed with the rank of Colonel at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Conway Oldham Barton moved from Granada, Colorado, to Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, where he was elected and served a term as county judge in said county in 1892. In 1895 he came to Pauls Valley, Indian Territory, where he practiced law until the establishment of the United States Court at Ada in 1902, when he removed to Ada and continued the practice of law until his death. In 1910 he was appointed county judge of Pontotoc County to fill out an unexpired term. In the general election that year he was elected to said office and served that full term. He was mayor of Ada in 1906-08.
As a devoted husband and father, he was appreciated and so remembered.
—R. L. Williams

My Ellis Heritage

My earliest known (to me) Ellis ancestor is JOHN ELLIS, born about 1685 in Nottoway Parish, Virginia.  John had at least three wives (probably four); my ancestor (I think!) is Mary (surname perhaps Bradley).

Their daughter Elizabeth Ellis married Thomas Walker.

Thomas Walker Sr. may be the grandson of one THOMAS WALKER who died circa 1760.  In this Thomas’s will he names a son, Thomas, and two grandsons Thomas.  One is the son of a deceased son and the other is Thomas, son of Thomas.  To this grandson Thomas, son of  Thomas, he leaves a slave, a mulatto boy, Lewis.


In the 1784 Lunenburg County, Virginia Tax Records, Thomas Walker Jr. has a slave listed as Lewis.


WILL OF JOHN ELLIS of Nottoway Parish
January 14, 1762
Probated April 22, 1762 by James Beuford
Filed Amelia County, Will Book 2, pp 21-32(?)

Witnesses: Charles Irby, James Beuford, Patrick Coine
Executrix: Wife Elizabeth Ellis
Executor: Son Richard Ellis
Sec: Charles Irby, John Hightower

Leg:  son William Ellis, 600 acres adjacent lines of Hardaway, Wade, Finney, Samuel Smith, line to be run from Hampton Wade’s lower corner near Jack’s branch to Finney’s nearest corner, but with condition that my son William Ellis pay my son Austin Ellis 50 pounds current Va. money in 3 years after my decease; if he refuses, then I give aforementioned land to my son Richard Ellis, and he pay son Austin 60 pounds to be raised out of my estate & paid by Ex. within 3 years after my decease; son Thomas Ellis; Thomas Walker & Betty his wife, 400 acres L/S Horsepen Creek, being land Walker now lives on & laid off by William Stokes; wife Elizabeth Ellis, labor & profits of 17 Negroes to maintain her & her family, & use & profits of plantation, together with 600 acres adj. for life or widowhood, then to son Richard Ellis; son Richard Ellis, 17 slaves, stock & furn. on plantation, also 16 other slaves, and 638 acres, the plantation he now lives on, incl. mill & land adj. both sides Great Nottoway River, & all rem. of my est.; son Richard Ellis to provide proper support & maintenance for my dau. Sarah Winn; George, Judy & Fanny [slaves] to continue to live on my plantation and not be put under an overseer; son Richard Ellis to manage and direct estate.


I descend from two daughters of Thomas Walker and Betty EllisBarbara Walker who married Matthew Jouett Williams and Betty (probably Elizabeth) Walker who married John Sammon.

Genealogy research is addictive and certainly not everyone’s Cup of Tea.

Now, I realize that no one is interested in my Ellis/Walker/Sammon ancestors – except others who may be researching these particular families.  And I’m hoping that – by happenstance – fellow researchers will come across this site and we can exchange family information.

A distant cousin, Richard Ellis, had a distinctive Texas connection.

Ellis County is named for Richard Ellis, President of Texas’ Constitutional Convention, March, 1836. Mr. Ellis had no direct link to the county. He was a famous Texan whom the state felt needed to be remembered.

Other biographical information:

  • Born in Virginia, 1781
  • Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, 1820
  • Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and President of the Constitutional Convention, 1836
  • Senator of the Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1836 – 1840
  • Died in Bowie County, Texas, December 20, 1846.

My Coslet(t) Heritage

My earliest known Coslet(t) ancestor is Jacob COSLET (1772?-1835?)

Jacob COSLET (1772?-1835?).

Born 1772 (about)  in  Pennsylvania  probably in Cumberland County.  Jacob was Welsh but I don’t believe he was born in Wales; not certain when his parents came to the colonies.

Married (I don’t know the name of his wife) 1795 (approximately).

Died 1835 (approximately)        Indiana

from Common Welsh Names:

Coslett – arrived in Wales c. 1568 with a man name Corslett an iron smith. Cosslett.

The Surnames of Wales by John & Sheila Rowlands  Federation of Family

History Society Publications  1996

“COSLETT This name’s arrival in Wales can be dated to ca 1568  when a man named Corslett was brought over from Westphalia to work for the Mineral and Battery Company  whose owners Schultz and Humphey had a license from the Queen to make iron wire. Corslett was a smith skilled in making osmond iron  a soft iron need (sic) for wire making  and he worked at the forge at Monkswood  near Usk  Monmouthshire and then was sent to Tintern. His descendant George Corslett was born ca 1569 and is named (spelt Coslett) in a list of deponents as a finer of osmond iron in an action between Hanbury and the Exchequer in 1596. Parish records show many Cosletts working at the Machen and Trevethin  forges from late 17c to early 19c. They are concentrated in the area  bounded by Cardiff  Caerphilly  Trevethin and Newport up to the mid 19th century and have a strong connection with the metal industries  though some were coal mining  agriculture  innkeeping and general trade. The IGI before 1850 shows virtually no examples anywhere else in the UK  with the exception of London. The spellings Coslett and Corslett are common  while Corslett can still be found in 19th century records.  Patronyms are entirely absent  but one or two 19th century cases of Coslett occur (DWB). Even today this surname is to be found mainly in Gwent and  Glamorgan (see TD).

DWB=Jenkins (ed) Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940

TD=Telephone Directory

Isaac COSLET (1816-1837)

Born 4 Oct 1816  in  Ohio

Married Susan JENNINGS 15 May 1837  in  Vermillion County,  Indiana

Died 4 October 1899 in Atchison County, Missouri and is buried in unmarked graves in Lot 87, C-2 in the Osborn Cemetery, DeKalb County, Missouri.

Buried  in Osborn Cemetery,  DeKalb,  Missouri

He obtained a marriage license May 15,  1837 and was married a short time later.

Sp. Susan JENNINGS (1820-1906) daughter of Simeon JENNINGS (after 1780-before 1840) and Nancy WATKINS (1790-1844)

1.8.2  David COSLET (1842-1917)

Born 10 Jun, 1842    Terre Haute,    Indiana   Married Sarah Elizabeth BUTLER 9 Jan, 1868    Tuscola,  Douglas County,  Illinois

Died 10 Dec, 1917,    Claremore,  Rogers County,   Oklahoma

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery,  Claremore,  Rogers County,  Oklahoma




I  Jack A. Allen, County Clerk in and for the said County in the State aforesaid  DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT Mr. David Coslett age NA years and Miss Sarah E. Butler age NA years were united in Marriage at NA in the said County in the State aforesaid on the 9th day of January  A.D.  1868  by George Houk  a Justice of the Peace as the same appears of record in my office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF  I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Official Seal of said County  this 7th day of April A.D. 1982.

Jack A. Allen  County Clerk

Reg. 1  page 113


David Coslett  born in Vermillion County  Ind.  the 10th day of June  1842  died at his home on East Second street  at 5:30 p.m. Monday  December 10  1917.  Married Sarah E. Butler  Vermillion county  Ind.  Jan. 9,  1868.  Born to them 12 children  including two pairs of twins  nine of which are now living.  Mr. Coslett and wife joined the Christian church and were baptized in the year of 1886.  They have made their home in Claremore for the past five years  a great part of which time Mr. Coslett has been in ill health. The end came after a stubborn illness which finally claimed his life.  The deceased leaves to mourn his loss an aged wife and nine children.

Funeral services were held from the family residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Sp. Sarah Elizabeth BUTLER (1848- ) dau. of Beckwith BUTLER (b.1824  bur.1886) and Malinda SMALLWOOD (1824-1884) [3919].

David Coslett and Sarah Elizabeth Butler had several children.  My ancestor was  Isaac Ross Coslett, Sr. who was born October 21, 1881 in Arcola, Douglas County, Illinois.  He married Mary Myrtle Troth (1894-1938), daughter of Darius Brittain Troth and Susie Elizabeth Glenn.

My Culwell/Caldwell Ancestry

Thomas Culwell died September 2, 1835 in Arkansas (perhaps Polk County).

The name has been spelled: Caldwell, Calwell, Cauldwell, Colwell, Coldwell, and Culwell.


In Goshen Cemetery there are many tombstones with the names Caldwell, Coldwell and Culwell.  despite the various spellings, they are all descendants of James Caldwell, born 1-10-1803 in Tennessee.  James came to Arkansas in 1834 from Alabama, with his wife Almedia Nixon, born 1-15-1809 in Alabama.

They brought with them six very small children and a niece, Rebecca Caldwell.  Rebecca married Jacob Oxford of Oxford Bend, near Goshen.  She has many descendants still in the county.)

He settled on a farm about two miles south of Goshen on Richland Creek.  James owned four slaves and was reputed to have kept his gold buried beneath a door step.  His seventh child, Elizabeth, born 4-5-1835, could remember going with him to a slave sale in Hindsville, Arkansas.  She could also remember hearing a negro woman crying at night, grieving for a child that she had been separated from.

The young mother, Almedia, gave birth to her 8th child, Hezekiah, on 12-4-1836.  She died two weeks later.

On May 25, 1837, James married Nancy Lamar, born 1-1-1812.  They had either nine or eleven children.  (Two listed in the family Bible may have been grandchildren.)

Very little personal history is known of most of these nineteen children.  The seventh child, Elizabeth, never married.  She lived to be 99 years old and some of her stories are still remembered.  At the beginning of the war James decided to remove his family from the dangers of the war and so packed up and went to Texas.  Elizabeth went to Benton County to stay with her sister, Martha Ann, who had married Edward Stringfield.  Later she decided to join the family and she and two other women, Dorcas Boyd and Kit Williams, started out on horseback.  They had many frightening experiences but arrived safely in Fannin County, Texas.  [See Flashback, January 1958]

In 1865 the Caldwells came home.  Allen Wood Caldwell, aged 17, was ill and died just as the wagon pulled into the yard.

Elizabeth, after her father’s death, lived with various relatives.  She spent two years in California and her last years with her niece and her niece’s husband, Ora and Lee Trammel.  She is buried in Goshen Cemetery under the headstone with “Aunt Liz” engraved on it.  Her death date is June 27, 1834.

Richard Jasper Newton Caldwell, the 13th child, had a granddaughter, Fern Culwell, who also never married.  She was a teacher and taught in many country schools in Washington County.

The third child, William, born December 27,1828 died March 26,1876.  He is the only one whose descendants lived here until recently.  He married three times.  His third wife, Nancy Combs, was the mother of Hezekiah “Joe” Culwell and Thomas Nixon “Nick” Culwell.

Nick’s son Lee lived in the Goshen area until his death a few years ago.

The sixth Caldwell child, Martha Ann, born Oct 9, 1833, married Edward Stringfield (b Oct 18,1 835).   Edward was in the Confederate Army for two years and was released to run the Sanders Mill on Richland Creek in Washington County, Arkansas.

Martha Ann’s fourth child, Phydella Almedia, born Oct 20, 1861, married Huston Scott (b Jan 25, 1853) in Decatur County, Iowa.  They lived in Benton County for a few years, were in Madison County in 1883, then owned a store in Goshen, Arkansas in 1885.  Phydella had eight children, two dying in infancy.  Huston died on February 14, 1891 of typhoid fever, leaving Phydella with five children and another one on the way.  She raised them at Mayfield, Arkansas.  Her humble home was a warm and loving place for all her grandchildren to visit.

Phydella’s seventh child, Fannie Rachel (b Nov 22, 1889) married Benjamin H. Mayes (b Sep 3, 1890).  They lived their lives in the Mountain Home Community, northwest of Goshen.  They raised two children: Kendal and Mayme.  Kendal lived most of his life on the Mayes homeplace.  Mayme married Joseph Clint Ferguson and they live near Goshen.