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Nancy Jane Edgar Batchelor
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Birth: Sep. 17, 1847
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 1935
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Following are some highlights of Jane Edgar's family and their journey when she was only 6 years old, from Maury County, Tennessee to DeWitt County, Texas in late 1853:

In 1790, a baby boy was born in South Carolina. His name was James Edgar. In 1794, a baby girl was born in North Carolina. Her name was Selah Witherington. Their families moved to middle Tennessee in the early 1800s and settled southwest of Nashville, near the Natchez Trace. On 06 Jan 1816 James and Selah were married in Williamson County, Tennessee. He was 26 years old, and she was 22. They settled in nearby Maury County, Tennessee near the headwaters of Leiper's Lick Creek. And, they began to raise a family.

It is unknown how many children in total were born to James and Selah. What is known, however, is that they had ten children who survived to become adults; 9 boys and 1 girl, and all moved to Texas. The children and their approximate years of birth were:

Joseph (1818)
John (1819)
Henry (1821)
William (1824)
James (1826)
Arthur (1828)
Joshua (1828)
Hyman (1830)
Paulina (1833)
Benjamin (1835)

In 1835, their 17-year old, firstborn son, Joseph, went to Texas to participate in the Texas Revolution to gain independence from Mexico. He enlisted 26 Feb 1836, and he very quickly saw combat in the decisive Battle of San Jacinto the afternoon of 21 April 1836. Joseph Edgar died in 1837 at the age of 19 at the home of a family friend (Capt. James Swisher) near Independence, Texas. What caused Joseph's early death is unknown. But, records show he had suffered a minor wound in the Battle of San Jacinto. That wound, and/or the harsh conditions faced by the Texas Army in early 1836, may have contributed to his death.

In early 1838, the Republic of Texas posthumously granted land to Joseph Edgar. For his presence in Texas prior to its Declaration of Independence he was granted one-third of a league or 1,476 acres. For his participation in the Battle of San Jacinto he was granted 640 acres. And, for his military service in general, he was granted 320 acres. Joseph died before seeing or claiming any of that land he had earned. In 1844, Joseph's younger brother, John, went to Texas to claim that land on behalf of Joseph's heirs (his parents and his siblings).

James and Selah and most of their other children, and their families, including four of James' and Selah's young grandchildren, relocated from Maury County, Tennessee to DeWitt County, Texas in late 1853. They traveled on foot, on horseback, and in wagons. The dates of that difficult, 52-day trip are recorded in Joshua Edgar's old family Bible. The trip began on 04 Oct 1853 and ended on 25 Nov 1853. They settled on the 1,476 parcel of land near the headwaters of Cuero Creek.

The four grandchildren along on that trip were Henry Edgar's children from his first marriage to Annis Morton (then deceased): Nancy Jane Edgar (aged 6) and Tennessee Alabama "Bammie" Edgar (aged 4), and Joshua N. Edgar's and Martha Washington Wollard's children, Darden Edgar (aged 4) and Callie Edgar (aged 17 months).

Nancy Jane Edgar grew up in the DeWitt county community between Cuero and Yoakum that was named for her Edgar family. She was obviously surrounded by many family members including her father and her step mother (her father's second wife, Tabitha Jane Brown), her sister, Bammie and her two first cousins, Darden and Callie, uncles and aunts and many more first cousins born in Texas in her father's Edgar family and her step mother's Brown family, all living in close proximity in the Edgar community just southeast of Concrete, Texas.

On 05 Jan 1864, Jane and Lemon B. "Lem" Batchelor were married in DeWitt County. She had just turned 16 years old. He was about 34 years old (born c1830). Lem was one of 16 children born to Reuben Batchelor and Zilla Ann Pridgen. They had relocated from Nash County, North Carolina to DeWitt County, Texas (Concrete area) in 1854, the year after the Edgar family had arrived there.

Together, Lem and Jane had three children who grew to adulthood: Fannie Alabama Jane Batchelor (1865-1952) who married Samuel Baker Pincham, Christina Clair "Tena" Batchelor (1867-1948) who married James A. King, and Nora Battle Batchelor (1871-1940) who married James A. King's first cousin, Francis Marion "Frank" Taylor.

James A. King's father was the noted doctor in the Concrete area, James Edmond King. Frank Taylor's mother was Emma King who was James Edmond King's sister. The King family had relocated from Nash County, North Carolina to DeWitt County, Texas in 1852.

It is thus far unknown when and where Lem died. His name has not been found in any records after the 1870 census. Jane never remarried. In her later years, she lived with her widowed daughter, Tena, in Ft. Worth where Tena was a school teacher for many years before her retirement there. Jane died in Ft. Worth and was buried in Hillside cemetery in Cuero, Texas.

Several sources, and many trusting researchers following, have shown Lem to have married again, c1870, to a person named "Jane W. probably Battle." But, Lem was only married once, to Nancy Jane Edgar.

The error probably originated with an incorrect transcription of the 1880 census report for DeWitt County, Texas on which a person named Jane N. Batchelor, aged 32, was shown with Nancy Jane Edgar's and Lem Batchelor's first two children, and a third child named Nora Battle Batchelor, aged 9.

The "N" following Jane's name was transcribed incorrectly as "W," and the conclusion was apparently reached that Jane W. Batchelor was a second wife who had born Lem's child Nora Battle Batchelor; thus, the second wife's maiden name was speculated to have probably been Battle.

That was all incorrect. Unfortunately, it has been perpetuated through the online trees of others. The Jane N. Batchelor shown on that census report was in fact the mother of all three of those children shown in her household, and she was Nancy Jane Edgar Batchelor who was Lem Batchelor's first and only wife.

The gravestones in the top photo mark the graves for, right to left: Jane Edgar Batchelor, Tena Batchelor King, and James A. King.
Family links: 
  Henry Sorrells Edgar (1821 - 1908)
  Lemon B. Batchelor (1830 - 1880)
  Fannie Alabama Jane Batchelor Pincham (1865 - 1952)*
  Christina Clair Batchelor King (1867 - 1948)*
  Nora Battle Batchelor Taylor (1871 - 1953)*
  Nancy Jane Edgar Batchelor (1847 - 1935)
  Henry B Edgar (1867 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship

Sept. 17, 1847
Nov. 6, 1935
Hillside Cemetery
DeWitt County
Texas, USA
Created by: Bob Webb
Record added: Dec 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102229871
Nancy Jane <i>Edgar</i> Batchelor
Added by: Bob Webb
Nancy Jane <i>Edgar</i> Batchelor
Added by: Bob Webb
Nancy Jane <i>Edgar</i> Batchelor
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