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Rebecca McClusky
b.Between October 1825 and September 1826 Alabama
  • HStephen Childressabt 1825 - between 1860
  • WRebecca McCluskyBetween 1825 - 1898
m. 3 December 1845
  1. Andrew Childress1846 - 1911
  2. Martha Childress1850 - 1887
  3. William Childress1852 - 1915
  4. Alfred Childress1855 - 1898
  5. James Childress1858 - 1935
  • H.  Tapley White (add)
  • WRebecca McCluskyBetween 1825 - 1898
m. 31 December 1868
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Name Rebecca McClusky
Gender Female
Birth? Between October 1825 and September 1826 Alabama
Marriage 3 December 1845 Marshall County, Mississippi.to Stephen Childress
Marriage 31 December 1868 Alexander County, Illinoisto Tapley White (add)
Death? 1898 Alexander County, Illinois
Burial? 1898 Hargis Cemetery,Diswood, Alexander County, Illinois

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Rebecca Emeline McClusky

Rebecca Emeline McClusky was born between November 1825 and September 1826 in Alabama.

A possible birth family was enumerated in the 1850 US Census of Pontotoc Co., Mississippi. Pontotoc Co., Mississippi is about 50miles Southeast of Marshall County where Rebecca was later married in December 1845. The family of Eusebius Jackson McClusky and Mary Ann Shropshire of South Carolina. Their older children were born in Alabama and the younger children born in Mississippi. Also in Pontotoc County in 1860 was a 40 year old Benjamin McClusky, born in Alabama, who might be an older brother.

Rebecca Emeline McClusky and Stephen B. Childress Marriage

Rebecca E, McClusky married Stephen B. Childress on December 3, 1845 in Marshall County, Mississippi. Stephen and Emeline have their first child, Andrew Childress, about 1846 in Mississippi. Most likely Marshall County. The young family moves to Arkansas at least four months before the 1850 census and more likely by the summer of 1849. Her place of birth being Alabama, is consistently recorded in the 1850, 1860 and 1880 US Census enumerations. Note: no recorded place of birth was recorded in 1870 census.

In May 1850, their second child, Martha Caroline Childress is born in Arkansas. Martha most likely was born in Independence Township, Phillips county where the family is enumerated four months later in the 1850 US Census.

On September 30, 1850 US Census of Independence Township, Phillips County, Arkansas, Stephen Childress, Emeline, Andrew and Martha C. are enumerated. Stephen is a 25 year old farmer who was born in Tennessee. His wife Emeline is a 24 year old who was born in Alabama. Their son, Andrew Childress is now a five year old born in Mississippi. Their daughter, Martha C. Childress is a four month old born in Arkansas. If this earliest recorded age of 24 for Rebecca Emeline is the most accurate and correct, she was born about 1826, making her about 19 at the time of her marriage. Her subsequent ages in 1860, 1870, and 1880US census enumerations are: 36, 35, and 51 respectively. The latter age agrees with her 1898 grave marker indication of birth in 1829. There would seem to be no reason to claim to be three years older age when only 24 at the time of the 1850 Census. It would seem that the best estimate of her birth is between November 1825 and September 1826.

On the July 20, 1860 US Census Bear Creek Township, Phillips County, Arkansas, L.B. (sic S.B.) Childers, E. Childers and children Andrew, Martha, Wm., Alfred, and James Childers are enumerated. This portion of Phillips County is now located in current Lee County, Arkansas. Stephen now a 36 year old farmer who was born in Tennessee. Emeline has aged 12 years and is now a 36 year old who was born in Alabama. Andrew is recorded as 14 years old and born in Mississippi. The remainder of the children, all but Eliza shown in 1870, recorded as being born in Arkansas.

The Family moves to Illinois

At some point between July 1860 and December 1868, Stephen Childress dies and the family moves to southern Illinois. It is not known if this is before or after Stephen's death.

The five children of Emeline and : Stephen Childress are: Andrew S., Martha Caroline, William J. "Billy", Alfred D., and James F."Jim" Childress.

Rebecca Emeline McClusky Childers and Tapley White Marriage

Rebecca Childers and Tapley White are married on New Year's Eve, December 31,1868 in Alexander County Illinois.

Thirty year old farmer, Tapley White is enumerated in the July 8, 1860 US Census of Alexander County, Illinois with 26 year old wife Rabecca and two children. Their children are 6 year old Margaret and 6 month old Eliza C. White both born in Illinois.

Tapley and Rabecca’s daughter Margaret White evidently gets married or dies between the 1860 an 1870 census dates, between 8 July 1860 and July 28 1870.

The July 28, 1870 US Census enumeration of Rebecca and Tupley (sic Tapley) White family in Alexander County, Illinois, matches the 1860 Childers and White families above. Note that Tapley is now age 40 but Rebecca aged 35, has not aged since 1860, but still gives her place of birth as Alabama. Her Father and mother are recorded as being born in Alabama and Kentucky respectively. Also this is the first use of Rebecca that this researcher has seen. Perhaps Rebecca Emeline was sensitive about being older than her new husband. The three younger Childers children of the 1860 family (Wm, Alfred, and James) are enumerated as White's and all born in ILL? The youngest child, 10 year old Eliza White, is seen to be the child of Rabecca and Tapley White and correctly recorded as born in Illinois. Could it be that the four younger children were adopted by their new stepfather? Rebecca Emeline's older daughter, Martha Caroline Childress Oller thought enough of her step-father to name one of her sons, William Tapley Oller.

Emeline and Tapley White had one child: Matilda "Elzetta" White. There seems to be some confusion over who this child married. This researcher has seen three names: (1) a Powless, (2)"Doc" Hargis, and (3) John Edward Hargis.

Emeline White, now 51 years old and born in Alabama is enumerated in the June 22, 1880 US Census of Sandusky Precinct, Alexander County, Illinois without her husband Tapley indicating that he had died. Emeline is with their 8 year old child, Elzetta White, and her 25 year old son, Alfred Childers who is farming. Emeline is living next door to her son, James Childers and two doors from her one year old grandson, George Childers, who is living with his other grandparents, Caroline and D.D.C. Hargis.

In the June 22, 1880 US Census of Sandusky Precinct, Alexander County, next door to William J. Childers, enumerated with J.D.S. Hargis is a 21 year old daughter-in-law Eliza Hargis (IL,IL,IL) and two sons: Adolphis, 21 and Edward, 16. If this is a White daughter, then it would seem to be Eliza White, daughter of Rachell and Tapley White rather than this Elzetta White. This conclusion is based on age and place of birth of her parents.

US Census Enumerations

Rebecca Emeiline McClusky Childress White


……………..{REF AEH-LD-244} Photo copy from Ancestry.com access at West Portal Branch of San Francisco Library on 12 November 2008.

1850, September 30 -- US Census of Independence Twp, Phillips Co., Arkansas

…………….entry #57 

Childress, Stephen……25M Farmer b.c 1825………… TN

Childress, Emeline……24F………………….b.c 1826………… ALA

Childress, Andrew…….05M………………….b.c 1845……………MISS

Childress, Martha C…4/12F…………….b.c May 1850 ARK



1860, July 20 – US Census of Bear Creek Twp, Phillips Co., Arkansas, [{REF AEH-LD-227}]

……………….entry #176. M653 roll 47, page 428

L.B. Childers……36 M Farmer………b.c 1824 TN

E. Childers………36 F…………………………b.c 1824 ALA

Andrew………………………14 M…………………………b.c 1846 MISS

Martha………………………08 F…………………………b.c 1851 ARK

Wm…………………………………07 M…………………………b.c 1853 ARK

Alfred………………………06 M…………………………b.c 1854 ARK

James…………………………02 M…………………………b.c 1858 ARK

{REF AEH-LD-197A and LD-197} 1870, July 28-- The 1870 US Census for Unity Precinct, Alexander Co. Illinois,

Enumeration of Rebecca and Tupley (sic Tapley) White family agrees with the new 1860 family, LD-227, in. Note that Rebecca has not aged with the children and the four younger children are now White's and all born in ILL? This is the firstuse of Rebecca that this researcher has seen. Perhaps Rebecca Emeline was sensitive about being older than her new husband. Could it be that the four younger children were adopted by thier new stepfather? Emeline's older daughter, Martha Caroline Childress Oller thought enough of her sept father to name one of her sons, William Tapley Oller.

…………….Entry #47

White, Tupley………40MW Farmer IL b.c1830 (Tapley White)

White, Rebecca 35FW……………………….IL b.c1835 (REM, Rebecca McClusky)

White, Wm…………………18MW……………………..IL b.c1852 (Wm Childers)

White, Alfred………15MW…………………………IL b.c1855 (Alfred Childers)

White, James…………11MW…………………………IL b.c1859 (James Childers)

White, Eliza…………10FW…………………………IL b.c1860 {NOT Elzetta White)

Living next door with the George Miller Family in 1870 is:

Julia Denton……………09FW………………………IL b.c1861 (Jim’s future wife)

1887, February 22 -- Julia and James Childers marry across ………………………………………………………the river in Scott Co., MO


187X, ……………-- Tapley White died.

(REF AEH-LD-225)

1880, 21 June – US Census for Sandusky Twp, Alexander Co., ILL

………..entry #110

White, Emeline…… WF51 Head Keeping House ALA, ALA, KY (b.c1829)

White, Elzetta…… WF08 daughter………………………………ILL, ILL, ALA (b.c1872)

Childers, Alfred WM25 son… Farming…………………ARK, TN, ALA (b.c1855)


1898, ……………-- Rebecca Emeline McClusky Childress White died.

Tracing Rebecca Emeline McClusky Childress White

Chronology of Rebecca Emeline McClusky (REM) Childress White Line

1823/1824 -- E. Childers (REM) born in Alabama(36F per 1860 US Census)

1825/1826 -- E. Childress (REM) born in Alabama (24F per 1850 US Census)

1829 -- R. E. White (REM) is born (per her Hargis Cemetery marker)

1834/1835 -- Emeline White born in Illinois (35F per 1870 US Census)

                  (Now younger than husband Tapley White, but with her Childress children)

1845, March 12 -- Stephen B Childress and Rebecca E. McClusky are married in Marshall Co., Mississippi

1846 Andrew D. Childress, son of Stephen and Rebecca was born in Mississippi.

184? -- Stephen and Emeline Childress move to Independence Twp,

            Phillips Co., Arkansas. 

1850, May -- Martha C Childers daughter of Stephen and Rebecca was born in Independence Twp,

                   Phillips Co., Arkansas

1850, October 21 - US Census (LD-247) Pontotoc Co., Mississippi Pontotoc Co, MS is about 50 miles SE of Marshall Co., MS home 498 McClusky, Eusebius 44M Farmer SC (or NC) , Mary 36F " ___NOT LISTED, BUT she fits w/Father__________________ McClusky, Emeline 24F ALA _____enumeration continued____________________________ ………, Ann 16F ALA ………, Olivia 12F ALA ………, Frances 09F ALA ………, Jackson 04M MISS ………, Sarah 02F ? Go back for 2nd page?

WorldConnect "Adam's Family" at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=marciamcclure&id=I5442 Which seems to be well documentd says that Eusebius Jackson McClesky and Mary Ann Shropshire were married in Jackson Co.,GA in 1832. Mary Ann was born 16 April 1813. So unless EJ was married before, this family is not old enough to be correct for Rebecca Emeline McClusky. However the birth year of REM seems to be flexible, if she was born in 1829, per her cemetery marker, Then this family might work. Mother Mary being (1829-1813) 16 at her birth and REM being (1845-1829) 16 at her own marriage.

1850, September 30 - US Census, Independence Twp, Phillips Co., Arkansas (LD-244) Phillips County (now Lee Co.) Arkansas is about 70 miles SW of Memphis

   	Series   X     Roll  X    Page X 
  1. 57 Childress, Stephen 25M Farmer b.TN

………, Emeline 24F b.Ala (see above McClusky family in 1850) ………, Andrew 05M b.Miss ………, Martha C. 4/12F b.Ark

1860, June 18 - US Census, Pontotoc Co., Mississippi (LD-249) Series: M653, Roll: 590 Page: 499

  1. 97 McClusky, Benjamin 40M Framer ALA

, Sarah A 47F TN , William W 18M MISS , Sarah E 16F MISS , Mary S 08F MISS , Joseph H 12M MISS , Harriet A 06F MISS

Benjamin is a possible Uncle of Rebecca Emeline McClusky Childress 36F b.ALA in 1860 census below ALA and MISS were GA prior to Aug. 15, 1817 when Alabama Territory was established. Mississippi was was ALA prior to? possibly. Check dates.

1860, June 21 - US Census, Pontotoc Co., Mississippi (LD-250) Series: M653 Roll: 590 Page: 540

  1. 361 McClusky, E.J. 54M SC (Eusebius J)

………, Mary A 47F SC ………, Frances C 19F ALA ………, Benjamin 14M MISS ………, Sarah J 11F MISS ………, Joseph 06M MISS

  Possible Father and family of Rebecca Emeline McClusky Childress   36F	ALA 
   in 1860 census below.


1860, July 8 -- The 1860 census (LD-224) Alexander Co., Illinois

  1. 651 White, Tapley 30M Farmer ILL

………, Rachell 26F ILL ………, Margarett 06F ILL ………, Eliza C. 6/12F ILL Nobles, B.B. 36M Farmer ………, Mary 21F Housekeeping ………, John 10M ………, Martha 07F Jenkins, James 20M Laborer

Tapley White with a wife, Rachel, and children of no matching children indicates that he was also previously married prior to marriage to Emeline McClusky Childers.

1867, April 7 - 16 year old Martha Childers had married James Franklin Oller.

1869, January 23- Albert W Childress, son of Goen, died in Tyro, Marshall Co., MS

1870, July 13 -- "U.S. Census for 1870. Under Schedule 1 of Inhabitants in Santa Fe Precinct in the County of Alexander State of Illinois, enumerated by me on the 13th day of July 1870. <signed John Glasgow[?]> Dwelling entry #78 J.F. Oller. All entries recorded summarized below. {Ref. LD-032}

78 Oller, Frank W M 22 farmer Illinois ………, Martha C. W F 19 Arkansas ' b.c 1851 ………, A. J. W M 01 Illinois ………,Wm T. W M 7/12 Illinois (Wm Tapley)

Naming the son Wm Tapley above indicates Martha may have already been the step daughter of Tapley White. Also supports that the record below of Rebecca White is in fact her mother, Rebecca Emeline McClusky Childers White

1870, July 28-- The 1870 census, (LD-197) Unity Precinct, Alexander Co. Illinois, of Rebecca and Tupley (sic Tapley) White family agrees with the new 1860 family, LD-227, in. Note that Rebecca has not aged with the children and the three younger children are now White's?

White, Tupley 40 M Farmer IL ' b.c1830 (Tapley White)

           , Rebecca   35  F                    IL     ' b.c1835	(Rebecca Emeline McClusky)
           , Wm            18  M                   IL      '.b.c1852	(Wm Childers)
           , Alfred         15 M                   IL      '.b.c1855	(Alfred Childers)
           , James       11 M                     IL      '.b.c1859	(James Childers)

………, Eliza 10 F IL '.b.c1860 (not Elzetta White)

A few housed away the John and Melissa Denfip family lived with their 8 year old son, Smith Denfip.

1870, July 13 - Santa Fe Precinct, Alexander Co.,IL 1870 Census (LD-201) Childers, Andrew S 23 M Laborer Ark ' b.c1846-45 Childers, Emaline 20 F IL ' b.c1850 (his wife) This seems to be the son Andrew from the 1850 and 1860 census with a new wife, Emaline.


1871, December 1 - Smith Denfip's future wife Nancy Emeline Oller is born to

                             Martha Caroline Childress and Frank Oller

1880, June 29-30 - US Census (LD-191) Sandusky, Alexander Co., Illinois

#224 Childers, William J	WM27	Farmer	ARK, TN, ALA   ' b. cJul 1852

………, Mary E wife WF25 Housekeeping ILL, NC, NC ………, Walter E son WM06 ILL, ARK, ILL ………, Charles F son WM04 ILL, ARK, ILL ………, Cora E dau WF03 ILL, ARK, ILL ………, Harry F son WM4/13 (Feb) ILL, ARK, ILL

The 1880 census of Nancy Emelne Childers' mother Emeline White (51-c1829 b. with daughter, Elzeta White (8-c1872 b. Ill) and son Alfred Childress (25-c1855 b.Ark) seems to tie together well. Alfred adopting children of Martha above also seem to tie this record to Emeline McClusky Childers White, mother of Martha.

1880, June 26 & 28 - 1880 census (LD-031) Oller, J. F. WM 31 Farmer IL ' b.c1849 ………, Martha WF 30 wife ARK ' b.c1850 (Martha Childress) ………, Andrew J. WM 12 son IL '.b.c1868 ………, William D. WM 10 son IL '.b.c1870 ___, Nancy E WF 8 daughter IL '.b.c1872 ………, George W WM 4/12 son IL '.b.c1879

1887, November 7 --- Martha Childers Oller died and is buried at Twenty Cemetery, Alexander Co., IL

1891, March 15 --- James Franklin Oller died and is buried at Twenty Cemetery, Alexander Co., IL

In 1892, per Alexander Co records, Alfred D Childers adopted three young children of Martha Oller.

   This agrees with the facts that Martha died in 1887 and her husband Frank Oller died in 1891.

Martha named a son Wm Tapley Denfip so this is a strong clue to her step father being Tapley White.

BK-023 gives the name of Emaline White as the mother of Martha Caroline Childers. (White was from her second marriage. aeh~2008)

MN-215 indicates that the name is Rebecca Emaline "Jane" McClusky White Childers.

(The "Jane" most likely comes from my bad reference LD-060 and s/b Rebecca Emeline McClusky Childers White aeh~2008) also  http://pedigree.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/pedview.dll?ti=0&Ind=6368&File=259119

The 1850 census of Andrew Childers (30- c1820 b.MO), Jane Childers (26-c1824 b. Ala), Alfred (6-c1844), James (4-c1846 b.Ark), Mary (2 - c1848), William (1-c1849) and misplaced Martha (2/12-c1850) Now this 1850 family seems to be the wrong one.!!! Net references will take time to remove this error! ~aeh

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