|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1835|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1915|
Son of George Montgomery of North Carolina and Nancy Montgomery of South Carolina.This writer believes that Nancy Montgomery was a cousin to George .William Alexander Montgomery and Precilla Horner,were George's parents., They were married March 2, 1785 in Orange County, North Carolina. George was born in 1786-1788.
I often wonder what my great great grandfather's childhood was like, born in Tennessee, living and traveling so much as a child. The family moved many times, living in Tippah Co., Mississippi, Madison and McNairy Co., Tennessee,Polk Co. Arkansas, on to Elko Co., Nevada, Shasta Co., and Fresno Co., California, Douglas Co., Oregon and then back to Arkansas via a stop in Texas. My great Aunt Aggie spoke about Mineola in Wood Co., Texas where Montgomery relatives lived when they traveled to Arkansas).The family lived in Locksburg, Sevier Co., Arkansas before returning to Oregon.
Jim married Mary Ann "Polly " Earp, daughter of Allen Earp and Polly Stogsdill on August 7, 1856,in Polk Co., Arkansas. All their children were born in Arkansas except Lizzie their last who was born in Lamoille Valley, Elko Co., Nevada.
Pvt. James H. Montgomery along with his brother-in-laws , Cpt.William Harrison Earp, Cpl. Josiah Earp, friends, Cpl.Sloman "Slo" White and
William "Bill" Prior Derr
all enlisted August 17,1861 at Mt. Vernon Missouri,Company H, Polk County of the Fourth Arkansas Regiment.
Jim was discharged from the Confederate Army on July 18, 1862.His brother-in-law, William Harrison Earp signed his discharge papers.
Sometime after 1865 when my great grandfather Thomas was born and before 1870, Jim took his family and headed west to Washington state,they were in Elko Co,Nevada by 1870 when Elizabeth Susannah was born,oldest daughter Nancy married John Thomas McDermott in Elko and remained there while the rest of her family moved on to California.
Jim's brother William Alexander Montgomery and his wife Emaline E. were traveling with the them as they had moved from Tippah Co, Mississippi to Arkansas before 1860. The family arrived in Shasta county, California by 1880 where son Tom married Effie G. Lowe and daughter Mary Caroline Montgomery married Edgar F. Root, a nephew of Effie's mother Helen G. Root Lowe.
After farming in Happy Valley for a few years they moved on to Fresno Co. Mary died there near Fowler in March 1903 and in July that same year the family moved to Oregon. Jim's brother Alex had remained in Shasta as his wife Emaline had died in 1883, he lived his remaining years and is buried in Yreka. Jim and the family never did make it to Washington state.
Jim's youngest daughter Lizzie married and stayed behind for a few years in Fresno county.
Jim longed to see his old friends and relatives and wrote to the Earp in-laws in Rising Star,Texas telling of his and son Tom's plans on moving the family to Midland, TX.
Then in 1915 the family set out yet again headed to TX and Arkansas, Jim's trail came to an end in Smith County, Texas .
His family moved on to Lockesburg, Arkansas and were residing there in 1918,then returned to Oregon by 1920 .
There is no headstone,Jim lies in an unmarked grave.
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The following letters were written by my great great grandfather James Hamilton Montgomery and his daughter-in-law ( my great grandmother Effie G. Lowe Montgomery )to the Earp relatives in Texas. They have been copied and sent to the Montgomery family while the originals are in safe keeping in a safe deposit box as they are now 100 years old. This writer has transcribed them as written without corrections as follows. JMB
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W.R.Earp, Brownwood, Texas Sept 4,1912
Your letter written to father Montgomery received and he requests me to answer. He is the Jim Montgomery that married Polly Ann Earp. They did not get to Washington as they had intended. They stopped in Nevada for several years and then moved to California. Mother Montgomery died near Fowler, California in March 1903. In July the same year we moved to Oregon.
They had five children, 2 boys and 3 girls. Nancy McDermott, their oldest girl has been dead 14 years. Mary Root, their second girl is a widow and lives in Glendale, Oregon. Their youngest daughter, Lizzie is a widow and lives with the oldest boy, Frank Montgomery, who is a bachelor. They live at Sutherlin, Oregon. I am the wife of Thomas Montgomery, their youngest son. Father Montgomery makes his home most of the time with our oldest daughter, they were here yesterday. He is real spry for a man of his age.
We have been corresponding with some people at Midland, Texas and have been thinking of moving to Texas.
We would like for you to write us and tell us all about the country. Tom was thinking of coming to Midland this fall sometime.
How far do you live from Midland ? We are very busy just now in our prune drying. We would like to have you visit us. Father Montgomery would so much enjoy talking over old times with you. He received a letter a few days ago from the daughter of John Scott. He was very glad to hear from you and requested me to answer immediately. Please write and let us know all about the advantages and disadvantages of that country.
Mrs. T. J. Montgomery
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Letters to Mary Earp Montgomery's dead brother's wife Elizabeth Pirtle Earp wife of Josiah Earp..
Nov. 19, 1912
Mrs. Josiah Earp ( No Address )
I received your letter and was very glad to hear from you. I want to know if you know anything of "Slo White"or his wife also of "Meel Durr" and what became of Will Earps children ? Have you heard anything lately from "Wes Earp" and do you know what his post office address is? Do you know anything of "Meel Earp" and "Bill Buchanan" ?
I want you to write me again. I would like to see you awful well. You spoke of your age. When you get as old as I am you won't walk any better then I do.((( I was 87 the 21st of last August.)) I won't be as long answering your next letter as I was this one. This is all this time. Write soon.
J. H. Montgomery
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( A partial letter that was saved.)
May 30, 1913
Mrs. Elizabeth Earp
Rising Star , Texas
I wrote to you some time ago and have received no answer, also wrote to Wes, and did not get an answer from him. I am well and hearty, and thinking of coming to Texas in the near future.
If you have heard anything from Bill Durr since you wrote, let me know where he is. All of my folks up here are well and all are living close ..............
~Note of interest~
The more Jim aged the older he thought he was, he was born in 1835,and by the time he was nearing his time he was sure he was born in 1825.
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Research and bio by JMB
George William Montgomery (1786 - ____)
Mary Ann Earp Montgomery (1838 - 1903)*
Nancy Emaline Montgomery McDermott (1857 - 1899)*
Mary Caroline Montgomery Root (1859 - 1943)*
John Franklin Montgomery (1862 - 1929)*
Thomas Jefferson Montgomery (1865 - 1929)*
Elizabeth Susannah Montgomery Campbell (1870 - 1943)*
Major Hampton Montgomery (1815 - 1889)*
William "Alexander" Montgomery (1820 - 1902)*
James Hamilton Montgomery (1835 - 1915)
Harris Chapel Cemetery
Created by: Juliane Montgomery Burba...
Record added: May 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52696506