Hello, I believe I'm jumping in the game a little late and you may have found the information you are looking for. First of all, Hi Cousin Cathy...We are 5th cousins once removed!
I was in Morgan County this past summer and found the 1850 census record #975 that James was 38 years old, Matilda was 45, Jonathan 15, Rebecca 12, Lemuel 7, and John 4. James was born March 3, 1811 and died August 4, 1854, while Matilda Claypoole Quicksall was born August 22, 1804 and died September 8, 1852. I believe that they likely traveled from Tazewell, Virginia, to Morgan County with James' younger brother, Aaron, my g-g-g-grandfather. Tazewell County records have Aaron leaving for Kentucky in 1845, but there was no mention of James. Family stories have Aaron and a brother going to Kentucky together. Tazewell records show Aaron leaving the same year as two of his wife's sisters and their families.
While in Morgan County I met a lady, Bessy Quicksall Perkins, who took me to the South Fork Cemetery at the South Fork Primative Baptist Church that was established in 1807. From what I hear, James was a preacher as he had a physical ailment that kept him from too hard of labor. On the hill side behind the church are the graves of James and Matilda. I have photos if your are interested in them. I can't help but wonder if James preached at that congregation.
Bessy Quicksall Perkins is not sure of her family history, and I would like to help her get connected. She says her father was Wade Quicksall, born approximately 1880 in Morgan County, and his father was James Wallas Quicksall, but that is about all she knew. I'm not sure if she is connected to James' side of the family or possibly another Quicksall that came up from Virginia after the war.
James and Aaron were sons of Reverend Jonathan Erastus Quicksall (James named his son after him). According to a hand-written manuscript by Matilda Caroline Quicksall Bishop forwarded to me by her grandson, Jim Bishop of New York City, Jonathan Erastus Quicksall came to America "from France during 18th century and settled near Richmond, Va. Me married a young widow named Sarah Richards whose maiden name had been Clark of Maryland. To them were born nine children, six sons and three daughters." Since Quicksall appears to be an English name moreso than French, I'm working under the assumption that he traveled from England to France then to America.
Reverend Jonathan Erastus Quicksall had a church in Richmond, Virginia, and there is still a street in Richmond named Quicksall Lane, but it is unmarked and looks more like an alley when I visited it in 1996. According to Betty St. Clair, a resident of Tazewell, Virginia, and descendent of Jonathan's daughter, Elizabeth, Rev. Jonathan would ride legislative dispaches from Richmond to the frontier counties of Virginia, including Tazewell. While in the area he would preach a little and marry a few people in an area known as Baptist Valley. My earliest records of Rev. Jonathan in Tazewell is 1824 where he recorded marriages at the courthouse. If anyone would like a copy of his signature, I have it scanned. Rev. Jonathan purchased 85 acres on the waters of Clinch River on July 10, 1829, recorded on Grants No. 78, p. 226. Rev. Jonathan and his wife, Elizabeth "Betsy", had 11 Children: Sarah (1803), Jonathan Jr. (1805), Ann (1807), Mary (1809), James (1811), Daniel (1815), Elizabeth (1816), Aaron (1818), William T (1820), Joseph (1821), and Thomas (1824). After the Civil War, Thomas went to Texas, and many of the Quicksall there can trace their roots back to Thomas. Aaron eventually came to Illinois around 1862 and died in 1864. The Quicksall name has nearly died out in Illinois. My son (Aaron) is an only son, of an only son (Larry), of an only son (Edward), of an only son (Joel). The surname has died out from all of Aaron's other descendents. Some of the land purchased by Aaron during the Civil War is still in the family and owned by my father, Edward.
Well, this is way more than I intended to write this morning, so I will let my keyboard rest. If anyone is interested in more information or photos or the signature I mentioned, just drop me an email.
Oh, before I forget, Hi Cousin Russ! He is also a descendent of Aaron Quicksall!
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