Person:John Billingsley (5)

John Mitchel Billingsley
b.17 Sep 1825 Simpson Co., KY
d.21 Mar 1912
  • HJohn Mitchel Billingsley1825 - 1912
  • WSue Green1847 -
m. 14 Nov 1845
  1. John Lambert Billingsley1850 - 1867
  2. Mary Elizabeth Billingsley1852 - 1887
  3. Symthia Karen Billingsley1854 - 1866
  4. Arthusa Jane Billingsley1857 -
Facts and Events
Name John Mitchel Billingsley
Gender Male
Birth? 17 Sep 1825 Simpson Co., KY
Marriage 14 Nov 1845 to Allie Matilda Lambert
Death? 21 Mar 1912

Ordained minister in Baptist Church 18 Nov 1851 at Union Church, Warren Co., KY. Enlisted in the service early in the Civil War. Captain in Co. C, 52nd Regiment of the Kentucky Mounted Infantry Volunteers of the Union Army.


Elder J.M. Billingsley, son of John and Mary Billingsley, was born in Warren County, KY., September 17, 1825: died at his home in Ewing, Ill., March 21, 1912, in his eighty- seventh year. He was one of ten children in a devout and staunch old Presbyterian family. Becoming a Christian in his early life, he an- answered a call to the ministry and was licensed to preach in 1848 and was ordained in 1851 bye the old Union church of Warren county, Ky., the sainted O. H. Morrow being it's pastor at the time and for a period of thirty-eight years. In 1848 he was married to Allie M. Lambert. Four children were born to this union; only one survives. This wife dying in 1885, he was married to Sue Green in 1890, who survives him. In his ministerial career he preached in Warren, Allen, Barren, Simpson, and Butler counties, KY., some in Tennessee, and in the after part of his life throughout many counties in Southern and Central Illinois, removing from Bowling Green, Ky., to Salem, IL., in 1869. His pastorates were successful. He was a pupil, in a sense of Graves, Pendleton, Morrow, and Ford, and the companion of Ham (Mordicai), Witherspoon, and others. His early associations were of the best. He was alike, doctrinal, and evangelistic in his preaching, exalting always the work and the Spirit. He was a civilian and patriot. He held a com- mission as Captain in the federal regi- ment of mounted infantry during the Civil War, resigning his churches for the service, when it seemed no long- er safe to remain at home. In the decease of Elder Billingsley the world loses a good man, the church a hero in service, and his friends a comrade and counsellor on whom they could ever rely with assurance. The funeral sermon was preached at his home in Ewing by his nephew, Rev. W. Sanford Gee of Chillicothe, MO., assisted by Elders W. E. Wise of Greenville and J. C. Harriss of Du Quoin.---W. S. G...Donated by ©Lisa Davis

  1.   US Census 1880, T9-0182 P 348B.

    Living in Flora, Clay Co., IL Clergyman age 54 b KY
    Wife Ally age 56 b KY
    dau Mary E age 27
    dau Arthusa J. age 23

  2.   Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. (National Park Service), Film Number M386 roll 3.

    John M. Billingsley (First_Last)
    Regiment Name 52 Kentucky Infantry
    Side Union
    Company C
    Soldier's Rank_In Captain
    Soldier's Rank_Out Captain
    Alternate Name
    Film Number M386 roll 3


    52nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry

    Organized at Franklin and Scottsville, Ky. Companies "A," "B," "C" and "E" mustered in at Scottsville October 16, 1863; Company "D" October 17, 1863; Company "F" November 12, 1863, and Company "G" December 21, 1863. Companies "H," "I" and "K" mustered in at Franklin March 3, 1864. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Kentucky, Dept. Ohio, to July, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Kentucky, Dept. Ohio, to October, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Kentucky, 5th Division, 23rd Army Corps, Dept. Ohio, to January, 1865.

    SERVICE.-Operations against guerrillas in Southern and Central Kentucky, guarding and protecting public property, and protecting lines of communication with the army operating at the front till March, 1864. Operations against Forest's Raid into Kentucky March 23-April 19, and against Morgan in Eastern Kentucky May 31-June 20. Action at New Hope March 28. Mt. Sterling June 9. Cynthiana June 12. Operations in Western Kentucky July-August. Action at Bell Mines July 13. Operations in Webster and Union counties July 14-18. Morganfield July 14. Geiger's Lake July 15. Operations against Adam Johnson about Uniontown August. Grubb's Cross Roads August 21. Canton and Roaring Springs August 22. Moved to Lexington August 27, thence to Bowling Green August 30, and to Nashville, Tenn. Scottsville December 8 (1 Co.). Mustered out January 17, 1865.

    Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 10 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 48 Enlisted men by disease. Total 59.

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