Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Jameses in:
 • Shawnee Bend Cemetery
 • Camden County
 • Missouri
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
William M. James
Birth: Apr. 22, 1817
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 8, 1899
Camden County
Missouri, USA

Barbara Holst Maltby in her excellent book "Follow in His Footsteps: The Adventures of My Father" (John H. Holst) writes this about her Great-Grandfather:

"The James family had originally come from Bourbon County, Kentucky. The family moved to Moniteau County in 1845. When they arrived in this county the country was a comparative wilderness. They would have to go eight to ten miles to a house raising or corn husking and traveled all the way to Jefferson City to trade. The James first home was a one room cabin with clapboard roof, weighted down with poles and clapboard doors. The boys...wore buckskin trousers which their father had made for them from deer hide - all clothes were handmade at that time. William James...moved to Morgan County (about 1854). He ran a saw mill besides farming his land."

CIVIL WAR: "William was a Union man and had a son, John, in the Union Army. He himself belonged to the Home Guards and was stationed several miles away. The second son, William, was too young to join the army, but was forced to stay with his father for safety...Nancy was left alone with her little children, with no older boys to help. They were the only Union family in that part of the country at that time. Their hardships were great. Many nights their home was broken into by men, swearing and cursing, and calling for Rachel's father and brothers, and searching the house for what they wanted. When General Davis went to the relief of the beleaguered Union Army at Springfield, the Gravois River suddenly reached flood stage and the army was unable to cross for three days. The eight thousand men camped on the James farm for that period. General Davis requisitioned all the cattle, all the wheat and corn and other commodities for the Union Army. The soldiers burned every bit of fence around the farm, and on the morning they left they set fire to twelve hay ricks and three large wheat stacks; but worst of all, the family came down with the dread smallpox. There were no doctors or nurses to be had, and no one able to wait on the others, and neighbors were afraid to come near."

"Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002" list this marriage performed by Rev. David Dutcher:
Name: William James
Marriage Date: 11 Mar 1841
Marriage County: Cole
Spouse Name: Nancy Wolf

Family links: 
  John James (1790 - 1877)
  Rachel Bray James (1794 - 1857)
  Nancy Woolf James (1815 - 1895)*
  Rachel Jane James Holst (1849 - 1921)*
  Nancy C. James Coffee (1853 - 1895)*
  William M. James (1817 - 1899)
  Edward B. James (1824 - 1873)*
  Mahlon J. James (1828 - 1925)*
  Lettie Jane James Birdsong (1830 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Shawnee Bend Cemetery
Camden County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Norton
Originally Created by: marge
Record added: Oct 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16134238
William M. James
Added by: Ozarkcheryl
William M. James
Added by: Ozarkcheryl
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Rest in GOD's Loving Care. Great Grandfather.
- Eve
 Added: May. 13, 2013

- Norton
 Added: Nov. 26, 2011
This page is sponsored by: Norton

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service