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Bishop of Cobb Co., GA - Shelby Co., IL - Collin Co., TX
Posted by: Ben Bishop (ID *****1738) Date: January 23, 2004 at 21:11:17
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I am seeking any information on the Family of J. A. Bishop, b. GA. I believe his name is Joseph Asbury Bishop, but all that I am sure of is that it is J. Asbury Bishop.

... I know that from the Cobb County Census of 1850, his name is enumerated as "Asbury Bishop", 23, in Merritt's District.
1002/1002 (Wife: Mary Ann, 20, Sons William, 2 and James E. 6 months.)

By 1860, son William Bishop has lost two years for his enumeration and, apparently, James E. Bishop has died by the Census of 1860.

Here is the 1860 Census info on the family from Cobb County, GA., Pg. 449 Merritt’s District
Dwelling Number/ Family
J.A. Bishop 33 M Farmer $400 persnal estate Born in Ga.
M.A. “ 30 F “
W. “ 10 M “
T. “ 7 M “
C. “ 5 M “
A. “ 3 M “
J. “ 1 M “

Then J. Asbury Bishop fights and survives the War between the States and being held a Prisioner of War at Newport News, VA.

J.A. Bishop - Enlisted 4/28/1862 in Phillip’s Legion Infantry Battalion - Co. M - Denmead Volunteers, Captured at Sailors Creek 4/6/1865 and imprisoned at Newport News, VA until released 6/25/1865.

Somehow he and his family end-up in ILLINOIS by Census time in 1870. (My corrections to their age is in the parenthesis... I continue to be amazed at the carelessness of the Census Enumerators!)

1870 Federal Census, Shelby Township, Shelby County, IL
64th Dwelling/ 64th Household
64/64 Bishop,J.A. 31 (43) M W Work on Farm 1050 Georgia
Bishop, Mary 11 (40) F W “
Bishop, Wm. 10 (20) M W “
Bishop, Thos. 8 (18) M W “
Then in Dwelling 65, the 65th Family Visited
65/65 Thomas, William 37 M W Farmer Ohio
Thomas, Sarah 34 F W Keeping House "
Thomas, Mary 13 F W Ills
Thomas, Lula 11 F W "
Thomas, Joshua 9 M W "
STILL IN THE 65th DWELLING/ 66th Household
/66 Stilsabower, John 11 M W "
Stilsabower, Lizzy 10 F W "
Stilsabower, Martella 10 F W "
Bishop, Clayton 15 M W GA
Bishop, Andrew 13 M W Texas (?)
Bishop, Jayhu 11 M W Georgia
Bishop, Mary 4 F W IL
Bishop, Emeline 2 F W "
Bishop, Joseph Asb. 2/12 M W "

Following the family on to Texas for the Census of 1880, we can see that the family was, in fact "together" in 1870, it was just so large that it had to take up rooms in their neighbor's house as well... We can assume that they all worked on the same farm...

J.Asbury and Mary Ann Bishop are enumerated there in Collin Co., Texas with son: Clayton Bishop,24; daughter: Mary J. Bishop, 13; daughter: Emeline Bishop, 12; son: Joseph Asbury Bishop, 10; NEW DAUGHTER: G.A. Bishop, 8 and NEW DAUGHTER: T.M.C. Bishop, 6;

Oldest son William Bishop, 31, is married now, with a wife, Millie, 28 and three children, J.A.Bishop, M 6; W.W.Bishop, M 5 and M.A. Bishop F 4/12, living next door to them.

This leaves me with Thomas Bishop and Andrew Bishop un-accounted for in 1880. Maybe Andrew stayed in IL? Maybe he "passed"? Any clues? Anyway, I do, however, have a Thomas Bishop, 28 in 1880, living with the Benjamin F. Bishop family in Merritt's District of Cobb County, GA where he is enumerated as B.F. Bishop's "Nephew" working as a "Laborer on Farm".

I am now convinced that this Thomas Bishop IS the Thomas Bishop who is the son of J.Asbury and Mary Ann Bishop and this prooves that J.Asbury and Benjamin F. Bishop are brothers.

I need to be able to proove that William L. Bishop, b. 1/31/1823 is the oldest brother to Hezekiah Bishop, Joseph Asbury Bishop and Benjamin F. Bishop. I have Hezekiah and Benjamin F. Bishop enumerated together in DeKalb County, GA in 1850 thereby establishing them "together", some-what.. and Asbury Bishop is enumerated within a mile of William L. Bishop's farm in 1850 although he, and his family were overlooked by the census takers in Cobb County. I can proove them there on their farm, however, as early as 1845, when their oldest child, Joseph Manning Bishop was born, with back-up in the Cobb County Tax Digests of 1848, 1849 and 1851 (These are the only official antebellum county records of Cobb County that survived Sherman's "March to the Sea".

My research on William L. Bishop, now centers on a family enumerated in DeKalb County in the "722" (Buckhead) District of the Federal Census of 1840.

It has a female "Head of Household", named "Boxa Bishop". This family is enumerated on page 61 of the Federal Census of Dekalb County, GA of 1840.

Boxa Bishop, a 30 to 40 year-old female living between the Philip Woodall and the ? Collins families. She had 6 children enumerated with her.

1 son under 5 years old. Possibly "Israel Bishop".
1 son 5 to 10 years old... Possibly "Hezekia Bishop", 8?
2 sons 10 to 15 years old...Possibly "J.A.(Asbury) Bishop", 13 and Benjamin F. Bishop, 11?
1 son 15 to 20 years old... Possibly my William L. Bishop, 17 b. (01/31/1823)
And 1 daughter, under 5 years old. ? UNK

My reasons to think this:

Hezekia, J. A. (Asbury), Benjamin F. and Israel Bishop ALL appear in either the Cobb County Tax records of 1848, 1849 or 1851, or in the 1850 Federal Census of Cobb County...Merritt's District... (16th and 1st Land Lot Districts) (East Cobb County)

William L. Bishop owns 80 acres in the 1848 and 1849 Tax records of Cobb County, he is apparently "missed" by the Federal Census of Cobb County for 1850 and then appears in the 1851 Tax record book as having 120 acres... William L. Bishop's farm is in Merritt's District of East Cobb County. He was NOT moving around....

I'm fairly sure that Hezekia Bishop and Benjamin F. Bishop are brothers... they are enumerated in the "Wm F. Higgins" household of Atlanta, DeKalb County GA in the 1850 Federal Census.

Hezekiah Bishop, 23 and Benjamin F. Bishop, 21, Brickmakers, both born in GA.

The "722 District" of DeKalb County, GA in 1840 and 1850 became the "Buckhead District" of Fulton County, GA when it was formed in the 1850's...

I thank everyone that was kind enough to assist me with my research this far!

Is anyone else out there researching any of the names in my post? I would be happy to share copies of anything that I might have that would be useful to anyone!

Benjamin N. Bishop,
Marietta, GA

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