James Semple, eldest son of John Walker Semple, and wife, Lucy Robertson Semple, born January 5, 1798, was several times speaker of the Illinois legislature; Attorney General and Chief Justice of the State; Colonel in the Black Hawk war, and afterwards General of State troops; Senator of the United States and Minister to the Republic of Colombia, South America; took a prominent part in the settlement of the Oregon territory. He married, first, Ellen Duff Green, July 12, 1821, and had a daughter, Isabel, who married Robert Floyd Jones. Issue, Robert Jones, Jr., who married Marie Flanigan; Semple Jones, married Julia Shorb, and Edgar, all of St. Louis.
Hon. James Semple married, secondly, Mary Stephenson (Cairns), Mizner, widow, mother of Hon. Lansing B. Mizner, Minister to Guatamala. Issue:
1, Ada, died young
2, Lucy Virginia, who married Edgar Ames of St. Louis and has four children, Henry Semple, Edgar, unmarried, and Ada Semple, married Henry S., son of Maj. Henry S. Turner, U.S.A. (see Turner), and has two children, Edgar Ames and Marian Julia.
Mary Semple Ames, married Wayman Crow Cushman, of St. Louis, and has two sons, Henry Semple and Robert A. Cushman.
3, Eugene Semple, of Vancouver, who was inaugurated Governor of Washington Territory at Olympia April 23, 1887, was born at Bogota, South America, 1840; his father at that time Minister to South America.
4, Julia Ellen, who married Ashley D. Scott of Ohio, and has children, Ashley D. Semple, Mary Semple and Isabel.