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William Cleavenger
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Birth: 1785
Winchester
Frederick County
Virginia, USA
Death: May, 1852
Fairfield
Wayne County
Illinois, USA

The cemetery used to be referred to the Peach Orchard or Cross Cemetery because at the turn of the twentieth century, the only tombstone was Elizabeth Cross. However, the land was originally owned by William Cleavenger and passed on to his oldest son, John Cleavenger. The cemetery is now owned by Max Green's and there are no tombstones visible because of the overgrowth. An old abstract of Max Green shows the Cleavengers as the original patentee.

William Cleavenger, son of Samuel and Margaret, was born circa 1785, in Winchester, Fredrick County, Virginia. William Cleavenger was in the Tax Rolls with his father in 1787,and 1797. He appears with his family in the 1810 and 1820 census in Harrison County, WV. William Cleavenger, documented two marriages in Harrison County, VA (now WV). There is a possibly third spouse elsewhere, but no documentation to support this assumption.

His first marriage was to Mary Ann Night, daughter of Bailey Knight, on 12 October 1812 and then to Nancy Shields, on 1 April 1823. William Cleavenger and family, having a considerable number of boys, removed to Illinois, Wayne County, Fairfield area, and around 1827 William Cleavenger sold their land to William Wilkerson in Harrison County, Virginia. At least one child stayed in Virginia, Bayle Cleavenger. Two of Bayle's sisters are thought to have also stayed in Harrison County with their relatives and both married there.

William appears in the 1830 and 1840 census in Wayne County, but is ostensibly absent in the 1850 census. Then some of his children and grandchildren show up in 1860 Census in Wayne County, Illinois.

1830 Census of Wayne County, IL
William Clevinger 1 male under 5 (Unknown Clevenger), 2 males 5-10(Daniel H. Clevenger & Bailey Cleavenger) &, 1 male 15-20(John Clevenger), 1 male 40-50, 1 female under 5(Nancy Jane), 1 female 30-40(wife, Nancy Shields Clevenger). living near to Cox, Goodman, Reed and Young.

August 19, 1851, Benjamin W. Cleavenger, Mexican War veteran, died intestate, leaving his land grant to his half brothers and sisters, and full brothers and sisters, his heirs at law. The land description was for the SW quarter of the NE quarter of Section 27 in Twp. 2 South of Range 7 East in the County of Wayne, Illinois. They were:
FULL BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Daniel H. Clevenger
Nancy Jane Clevenger m Patrick Gallaspie
Elkana Delaney Cleavenger, minor in 1851
Reganie Delaney Cleavenger, minor in 1851
Rockcelina Cleavenger, minor in 1851

HALF BROTHERS AND SISTERS
John Cleavenger
Bayle Clevenger
Margaret Clevenger, "who intermarried with someone, unknown to the court,"
and two sisters whose names were also unknown.

Even though they were summoned, no one showed up! Not one Clevenger was in the 1850 census in Wayne Co., Illinois. This in itself is suspicious.

In 1837, the People of Illinois, versus William Cleavenger for the theft of six Shoats (baby pigs), from his neighbor, Jane Hall. On October 2, 1837, John Cleavenger was called to be a witness.
In 1840, October 13, Daniel Kinchelo, an native of Harrison county, VA, sued William Cleavenger for repayment of a loan. Nancy Shield's uncle was Daniel Kinchelo's on her mother's side.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, on March 28 1840 William Cleavenger received eighty acres of land in Wayne Co., IL located at: S1/2 NE1/4 Sec 27 TWP2S R7E. The purchase of this public land is archived by the State of Illinois Public Domain Sales Tract # 478545 for $100 on volume 110, page 164.
On May 17,1852, G.W. Gallaspey was the administrator of William Cleavenger Estate in Wayne County Abstract of land located in the Abstract office. Also accordingly Gallaspey published notices in the Wayne County Press to administer William's estate.

Clevenger/Cleavenger land Transactions: All are located in Range 7E in 3rd PM ILL
William Cleavenger in Shawneetown Mar 28,1840, 80a SW1/4NE1/4Sec27
William Cleavenger Mortgaged Oct 14,1840 S1/2NE 1/4Sec 27
William Cleavenger to Wayne School Oct 3,1840 S1/2NW1/4Sec27
William Cleavenger to Daniel Clevenger Ap 1, 1845 S1/2NE1/4Sec27
Daniel H & Winny Sophiah to Benj. W Clevenger 9/23/48 SW1/4NE1/4Sec7
Daniel H & Winny S. to Caudis Gallaspie Oct 8,1848 SW1/4NE1/4Sec27
John Cleavenger Warranted @Shawneetown July 17,1852** SE1/4SE1/4SSec22
George W Gallaspey, adm. Wm's estate* Jan 3,1853 NE1/4NE1/4Sec27
John & Elizabeth Clevenger to John H. Edwards June 3, 1856 SE1/4SE1/4Sec22
John Clevinger received Pat Aug 10,1853 on warranted land above

*This property sold to John Cox
**This was a land warrant from Lieutenant George W. Higgenbotham, in VA militia, War of 1812 fifth Reg'mt, Captain Bibb's Co. Affid. states Amherst, VA In the 1862 military census for Wayne County, IL there was a John HIGGINBOTTOM, age 28, who was born in Illinois living in Bedford as a farmer.

Wayne county, Illinois -- AN EARLY HISTORY by W. R. Jones (1861 - ~1930): " In May and June, 1918 William Robert Jones, editor of the Yellville, Arkansas Mountain Echo wrote a series of Newspaper articles about the early history (of) Wayne county, IL which were published in the Wayne County Press, nearly one hundred years after the formation of the county in March, 1819. Jones was a native of Wayne County, and in these articles, he recorded his remembrances, and those of other early inhabitants of the area."
"I will mention that William Clevenger was said to be the greatest coon hunter that Big Mound ever had. I am not sure whether he was the father or grandfather of the Rev. Frank Clevenger, who was a prominent General Baptist preacher of Wayne some 30 years ago."

Wayne County History Book
Page 95: An excerpt of David Wright's account book in 1834 mentioned William Cleavenger, Henry Pickering, Nathan Attebury, Presley Simpson, Thomas Parmer, William Goodman, David Reed, James Campbell, John Cox, John Attebury, Andrew Hall and Richmond Hall:
William Clevenger, 8-1/2 lbs. honey 37-1/2
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Shields Cleavenger (1796 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  John Clevenger (1815 - 1856)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Peach Orchard Cemetery
Wayne County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Candee
Record added: Feb 25, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105826731
 

 
 
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