|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1854|
Francis Swift Davis Close (Frankie), wife of John Gabriel Close, the son of George and Elizabeth (Reid) Close, was born in 1772 in Crane Creek Township, Mason County, Illinois and died February 28, 1854 in Crane Creek Township, Mason County, Ilinois, and is buried Carter Lake Cemetery, Mason County, Illinois. John married Frances (Swift) Davis. (also known as Franky or Fanny), widow with two small children. One was a male and the other a female names Elizabeth (Betsey). Both were born around 1796, but not necessarily twins. John and his family are found in Hardin County, Kentucky in 1810, in Green County, Kentucky in 1820 and 1830. They had about nine children all born in Kentucky. Betsey is definitely identified as a child of Frances prior to her marriage to John. The story states that John moved to Menard County, Illinois in 1825 with his family and became extensively engaged in farming. Frances states in John's military records, that they lived in Menard County first in 1832 and continually until 1848 just prior to John's death. Frances lived with her son-in-law, Josiah Dobson, after John's death for a while and is listed in John Jrs household in 1850, Mason County Census.1832 the family moved to Menard County (Sangamon County) Illinois, where John bought property from James Estep on the 23rd of March 1832 (sixty acres more or less) for $150. On July 20, 1832 he purchased fifty eight acres from Elijah Estep. He became extensively engaged in farming.
John and Frances lived there until some time in 1848 when they moved to Mason County, in or near Bath. John died there on October 28, 1848 and is said to be buried on the farm owned in 1879 by the widow Carter. The cemetery is known as Carter Cemetery. It is also said that Frances is buried there, but there are no stones.
Their neighbors in Menard County were John W. Warnsing and James Short, who later were to enable Frances to obtain warrant land from the government for being the wife of a service man. These men swore they lived together as man and wife and had lived in that area since 1832. The statement was signed on December 8, 1851.
In a statement to the authorities, she said she was married to John in 1797. Records state 1799. She did not remember the date of her marriage. She stated that her name prior to marriage was Frances Swift. It was signed in the presence of Mrs. L. Harris and dated November 19, 1850. It also stated the date of death of John to be October 28, 1848.
July 26th, 1851, the Pension Office suspended her request until she could furnish proof that he was in the service for more than the government stated 2 months and 23 days. It showed her residence to be Bath, Illinois at the time.
It appears to me that Frances received the land warrant on January 16, 1853 (warrant number 38070) but was not to enjoy her gain for very long. She died February 28, 1854 in the home of her son-in-law, Josiah Dobson.
When Francis died, her son, John petitioned for Letters of Administration. Her survivors were her children: George, John, Gabriel, James G., Lucinda, Maria, and James T. (Betsey had died in 1848)
John ran an ad in the Mason County Herald, a weekly newspaper published in Havana. It ran three times from August 18 to September 1, 1854 at a cost of $1.50. It was advising anyone who had a claim to her estate to step forward.
Excerpts from letter written me by Judy Hurdle, Bath, Illinois, mailed November 9, 1981
As far as I can tell, Frances Close always lived in Crane Creek Township, Mason County, Illinois, near Kilbourne and quite a distance from Bath. Frances lived with her son-in-law, Josiah Dobson, after John's death for a while and is listed in John Jrs household in 1850, Mason County Census.
She was sure that Frances and John were both buried in Carter Cemetery east of Kilbourne. Their gravestones are not there now, as I made a long trek to the cemetery which is quite far from the road and very overgrown. The stones may have fallen but did no probing. Several of their descendants are buried there and I'm sure they are there somewhere.
John Gabriel Close (1766 - 1848)
George Washington Close (1801 - 1871)*
Gabriel Close (1806 - 1864)*
James Grayson Close (1809 - 1886)*
Lucinda H. Close Dobson (1811 - 1876)*
James Turner Close (1816 - 1860)*
Created by: Marty & Harley
Record added: May 12, 2010
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