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   GENEALOGY OF THE PIONEERS - FRAILEY, BURRUS, BECK, SARVER
Compiled by Joseph Murray Dickerson (JMD) Frailey b. May 9, 1860; d. June 30, 1936;
Buried Antioch Cemetery, Fayette County, Bowling Green Twp., Illinois


This information was sent to me by Nelvin Wilson.
Notes included in brackets [] were added to the original document by Nelvin.

My Grandfather, Wm. Frailey, and his brother came from Germany to New York in about 1800. After arriving in New York they got separated and never saw each other again. Wm. Frailey drifted to Tennessee and from there to Allen County, Kentucky, meeting and marrying Mollie [Mary] Burrus, a daughter of Thomas Burrus of that county. [Thomas was Mollie's uncle. Her parents were Charles Burrus and Elizabeth Dickenson.] To this union eight children were born, four boys and four girls, namely, 1 Betty [Elizabeth] Ann, 2 Harriet, 3 Polly and 4 Virginia, 5 James, 6 William, 7 John and 8 Dickerson. William, the father, died in Kentucky when Dickerson, the youngest son, was only seven years old. The widow remained in Kentucky till the year of 1833, then moving to Illinois. Jacob Miller and John Sarver had married two of the girls. The widow and children and two sons-in-law moved to and arrived at a house that had been built east of the Joe Whittington place on the old James Beck farm. Cass Sarver had preceded them and arranged for them to move in. So on their arrival the night before Christmas, 1833, they moved in. The house was covered, had a puncheon floor, a fire place and a chimney built up to the mantel. The house had been chinked but not dobbed. It snowed a five-inch snow the night they arrived, and one snow fell on top of another and they never saw the ground until in March. The moss and grass were so deep and long that the deer and turkeys almost starved. They could go out most any morning and kill a deer or turkey before breakfast. Her boys and sons-in-law took up a puncheon, dug up some dirt and heated some water to make mud mortar and dobbed the house on the inside: then all lived in that house until the next spring when John Sarver and his wife moved to the Dick Burrus farm, as it was known in later years, and Jacob Miller and wife moved to a farm that was later known as the Miller Neck. Cass Sarver married Polly Frailey and moved to a farm east of where the Antioch church was constructed. James Frailey married Phoebe Burrus and moved on a farm in Dog Prairie, where later a school house was built and was known as Dog Prairie School House. Charley Smith, a Christian preacher, held successful revival meetings there and many of the old settlers joined the church and were baptized into Christ. My father and mother were among the additions. Wm. Frailey married Annie Moutrie [Moutrey] and moved to a farm southeast of the Dog Prairie school house, near the farm that later was known as the Tom Hadley farm. John Frailey, another one of the boys, married Elizabeth Myers and settled on a farm in Fayette County, later known as the John Wright farm. Dickerson Frailey was married to Chloe Beck, a daughter of Hiram Beck, one of the first settlers of Carson Township or in that vicinity, and settled on a farm near the Antioch Cemetery. Later there was a Christian Church built at the cemetery and was known as Antioch Church.

1 To Betty Ann and Jacob Miller were born five children: William, Christy, Margaret, Harriet and Elizabeth. Wm. Miller married Linda Luster: Christy married Betty Ann Beck, a daughter of Hiram Beck, my grandfather: Margaret Miller married Frank Chatem, a son of old Mr. Chatem, an early settler of Illinois: Harriet Miller married Hiram Beck, a son of Hiram Beck, my grandfather: Elizabeth Miller married James Beck, a son of Hiram Beck, my grandfather.

2 Harriet Frailey married John Sarver, better known as the Fox Hunter. To this union two girls were born, Tabitha, who married Harv Jones, a son of old Mr. Jones, an early settler of Shelby County. The other girl married Wright McClanahan, a son of old Mr. McClanahan, who in the early 50's, had a grocery store on Bowling Green Hill, where Joe Dover Burrus now lives.

3 Polly Frailey married Cass Sarver, a brother to John Sarver, the fox hunter. To this union three children were born. John, known as Red John, married Cynthia Beck, a daughter of Hiram Beck, my grandfather. Betty Sarver married Joe Beck, a son of Hiram beck, my grandfather. Wyatt, the other son of Cass and Polly Sarver, died when he was a young man.

4 Virginia Frailey married Dickerson Burrus, a brother to Uncle Charles Burrus, who came from Kentucky about the years 1834-35. To them were born four children: Jacob, Charles, Harriet and Julia. Jacob married a girl by the name of Ishmael: to them were born Jim and Charley. Charles Burrus married Nancy Ishmael. To them were born five children: Virginia Mandy, Elizabeth, George and James Burrus. Harriet Burrus married Wm. Ginger and to them were born five children: Dick, Henry, Julia Mary and Cynthia. Julia Burrus married Frank Bryson and to them were born six children: Ruby Dick, Jake, Susan, Anna and Carrie.

5 James Frailey the oldest son of Mollie Frailey, married Phebe Burrus, a sister to Dickerson Burrus that married Virginia Frailey and to them were born six children, three boys and three girls. The boys were Chas., better known as Uncle Charley, who married Ruth Adams, a sister of Thos. Adams, who immigrated from Kentucky to Illinois about 1840. He was the father of five children: Daniel, John, Thos,. George and Caroline. Dan and John married sisters, Nancy and Naoma Beck, daughters of Paul Beck, a brother of Hiram Beck, my grandfather.

[ If Dickerson was a brother to both Uncle Charley and Phebe, then Uncle Charley and Phebe are brother and sister, not mother and son. Also, if Uncle Charley were the son of James Frailey, then his name would not be Uncle Charley Burrus. note by Nelvin Wilson ]

[ The parents of Dickerson, Charles, and Phoebe ( and also Thomas, Phoebe, Mary or Molly, George, John M, Nancy, and America Ann ) were Jacob Burrus, b.1776 in Albemarle Co. Virginia, and Ruth Dillon. Ruth was the daughter of Phoebe Dillon. Jacob was a brother to Molly, the widow who moved from Kentucky. They were the children of Charles Burrus b. about 1750 in Ireland, and Elizabeth Dickenson. This Charles was the son of Jacob Burrus and Mary. note by Nelvin Wilson]

[ James S. Frailey and Phoebe Burrus b. abt. 1812 were the parents of Mary (Mink) b. abt. 1834 and Elizabeth b. abt. 1839. note by Nelvin Wilson]

Charles and Ruth Burrus were the parents of ten children: Thos., John, Jacob, Dickerson, Joseph, Catherine, Maryann, Harriet, Elizabeth and Phebe. John was married to Ruth Myers and to them were born eight children. Dickerson Burrus Married Millie Sarver, a daughter of Jeremiah Sarver, Brother of John Sarver the fox hunter, and to them were born six children: Polly, Joseph, Ruth, Lytha, Cynthia and Harriet. Joseph Burrus married Nancy Woolen, a daughter of an old settler of Shelby County. To them, two children were born: Thos. and one girl. Joe Burrus was killed by Harve Jones. Nancy then married Frank Myers, a brother of Ewing Myers, and to them were born three children. John, Joe and Susan. Later Nancy married James Frost, who also immigrated from Kentucky and to them two children were born: Charles and Alice Frost. Jacob Burrus married Anna Oare, a daughter of Jackson Oare, who came from Kentucky in about 1840. They were the parents of one son, Edgar. Anna died several years ago. Jake then married Ione Irving, a daughter of one of the Watwood, one of the old settlers of Fayette County. Catherine Burrus married Wm. Smart, an immigrant from Ohio. To them were born two children: Alice and Frank, who was a partner to Otis Sloan in the mercantile business in Herrick at one time. Frank got killed by a run-away team. Phoeby married Elisha Blankenship and to them were born four children: Jacob, Walter, Cora and Addie. Maryann Burrus married Benjamin Whittington and to them were born four children: Adine, William, Elizabeth and Rachel. Elizabeth Burrus married Cumins Watwood and to them were born two children: John and a girl (I don't know her name.) Harriet Burrus married Allen Smart who also immigrated from Ohio in 1850. To them five children were born: Ashley, Joe, Martha, Nora and Thomas. Allen, their father, was killed by a train in Herrick. John I. Frailey married Rachel Wooters, a daughter of Geo. Wooters, an old settler who moved from Kentucky in the sixties. To John and wife were born eight children: Frank, Carrie, Mattie, Oscar, Grover, Riley, Claude, and Gerty. George Frailey married Maryann Nance and to them were born three children : Charles, (I can't remember the others my name.) Robert Frailey died about twenty years ago, unmarried. William married at about sixty years of age; didn't live with his wife but a short time. Just long enough for her to get most of his money. I never knew who she was; he got her in Kansas somewhere. Jacob Frailey was killed at about eighteen years of age, unmarried. Virginia Frailey married Wesley Nance, a son of Levi Nance, a resident of Shelby County, who was later a merchant in Cowden until his death. To Virginia and husband was born one son, Logan Nance. His mother died when he was small; his father married a lady named Belt, a sister to Jack Belt, a plasterer of Cowden. Caroline Frailey married James Nance, a brother of Wesley. They did not have any children, as I recollect, the husband dying very young. Julia Frailey married Armstrong Hunter: only lived together a short time and parted. Later Julia married Wm. Robertson, a son of Allen Robertson, an early settler of Shelby County. To them were born three sons: I can't recall their names. Emiline Frailey married A. B. Dobbs, a son of John Dobbs, who immigrated to Illinois from Kentucky in the sixties. To them were born six children: Sidna, Jess, Thomas, Clark, Mollie and Grace. Isabelle Frailey married Thos. Frailey, one of James and Eliza Frailey's sons. Eliza was a daughter of Hiram Beck, my grandfather, and one son, Lloyd, was born to them. Isabelle and her husband moved to Kansas or rather married in Kansas. Both they and their son died some time ago leaving two descendants their grandchildren. I never learned their names. Thos. Frailey married Martha Williams, a sister of Frank Williams. of Bloomington. Illinois. To them were born eight children: Frank, Douglas, Alvin, Thomas, John, Herman, Rumsey and Margaret. Jos. S. Frailey married Charity Frost, a daughter of Aunt Tildy Frost, who also came from Kentucky. Three children were born to them: Clayton, Owen and Hattie. Chas. Frailey died at about 21 years of age. Virginia Frailey married Daniel Frailey, who also immigrated from Kentucky and was a fourth cousin to his wife. Nine children were born to them: Cass, Granderson, Harriet, Phoeby, Nettie, Cynthia, Betty, Otie and Viola. Betty Frailey married Solomon Welch, a nephew of John Sarver the fox hunter and to them were born seven children: Harriet Scat, John, Mildred, Cate, Ida and Sidney, Mink Frailey married Amos Beck, a son of Paul Beck, who came from Tennessee or Kentucky, and to them were born five children: James, Billie, Jonnie, Joe and Elizzie, who married Henry Ginger.

6 Wm. Frailey, another son of Mollie Frailey, married Annie Mootry [Moutrey] and to them was born one son, James. He married Eliza Beck, a daughter of Hiram Beck, my grandfather. [Is Eliza the same as Betty Ann mentioned on P. 1 child 1? ] After Wm. Frailey's first wife died, he married Mary Stafford and to them were born ten children: John I., Geo., Robert, Billie, Jake, Julia, Virginia, Caroline, Emiline and Isabell.

7 John Frailey, a son of Mollie Frailey, married Elizabeth Myers, a daughter of Pete Myers, an early settler of Shelby County. To them several children were born: Dickerson, James, Alfred, John Ewing, Frank, and Cass and four who died in infancy. Dickerson married Tabitha Sarver, a daughter of Jeremiah Sarver a brother to John the fox hunter. James Frailey married Chloe Henderson, a granddaughter of Hiram Beck, my grandfather, and to this union two children were born: Mobrey and Sallie. After James died Chloe married Cass Burrus, a son of Dickerson Burrus, who married Virginia Frailey. [Cass is not mentioned as being a son of #4 Virginia Frailey and Dickerson Burrus] She was killed by lightning. To Cass and Chloe were born six children: Ollie, Clarie, Mollie, Cynthia, Anna and Dickerson Burrus, who is now County Judge of Fayette County. Alfred Frailey married Nancy Curtis near Ramsey and to them were born two children, Jonie and Sally. Sally Frailey married Henry Lorton. John, son of old John Frailey, married Frankie Spurgeon, who only lived a short time. John later married Emiline Chandler, sister of his first wife and to them two children were born ( I don't know their names. ) Ewing Frailey never was married, went west and wasn't heard of for several years, finally came back, visited the folks, went west again and never was heard of any more. Frank was married to Maryann Enlow, a daughter of Wilson Enlow, one of Fayette County's early settlers, and to them four boys were born. Frank's wife died when the children were small and he and the children moved to Oklahoma, where they still reside. Cass Frailey married a girl by the name of Hedge, moved to Missouri and got killed. I don't know how many children he had. His wife and children are still living in Missouri. Polly Frailey married Alvin Jones, a son of Green Jones, one of the old settlers of Shelby County. To them were born six children: Frank, Cordes, Harvey, Ewing, Maggie and Mattie. Harriet Frailey married Noah Toothman and to them were born one or two children, who died in infancy. Harried lived only a few years and her man married Uncle Geo. Carlisle's girl. Geo. Carlisle married Nancy Beck, the youngest daughter of Hiram Beck, my grandfather. To them were born eight children. Elizabeth Frailey married John Snow and to them were born four children: Joe, Harry, Virginia and one child dying in infancy. Julia Frailey married Albert Gray, a son of Chas. Gray, a resident of Fayette County that lived near Good Hope School House and to them were born eight children: Chas., Homer, Morris, Virginia, Ethel, Agatha, Hattie and William. Ellen Frailey married Geo, Burrus, a son of Charles Burrus, a son of Dickerson and Virginia Burrus. His grandmother was a daughter of Polly Frailey, the widow that moved from Kentucky and was killed by lightning at the home of her brother-in-law John Sarver, the fox hunter. George Burrus and Ellen were the parents of four children.

8 Dickerson, the youngest son and child of Mollie Frailey, was married to Chloe Beck, a daughter of Hiram Beck, one of the old settlers and brother of Guy and James Beck. Guy settled on the farm later known as the Lane Carson farm in Carson Township Fayette County. To Dickerson and wife were born twelve children: Sarah Ann, John, Hiram A., James, William, Wyatt, Mary, Harriet, Virginia, Naomi, Joseph and Chloe. Sarah Ann married Jeremiah Sarver, a son of Jeremiah Sarver, a brother of John the fox hunter and grandfather of the writer's wife. Jeremiah and wife were the parents of eleven children: Hiram, John, Jeremiah, David, Riley, Mollie, Chloe, Cynthia, Sarah, Martha, and Cleveland. Hiram married Minda Welch or Burrus. John went to Texas and married Nellie Fergerson. Jeremiah married Alice Burrus. Riley married Ann Jones. David died young and was never married. Mollie married Cordes Jones. Sarah married Rollie Jones. Martha married John Lorton. Chloe and Cynthia died very young. John M. Frailey went to the war, got sick, came home on a furlough and died and was never married. Hiram Frailey died when he was eleven years old. James O. Frailey married Mildred Welch and to them were born ten children: Catherine. Virginia, Alice, Dick, Joe, John, Clara, Naoma, Mary and one boy who died in infancy. Catherine married Elisha Blandenship. Virginia Married Wm. Dilley. Alice died at about 19, unmarried. Clara married (I can't think of his name.) Naomi married Ted Hill of Hillsboro. Wm. Frailey married Elizabeth Henderson and to them were born Charles, Elanzo, Andrew, Frank and Martha. Wyatt Frailey married Mahala Burrus, a niece of Dickerson Burrus, who immigrated from Kentucky. To them were born ten children: Clara, Laura, Chas, John, Aaron, William, Nora, Alice, Elizabeth and Alta. Clara got burned to death at about two years of age. Laura married Alfred Cook. John died at about 25. Chas. married Edan Nichols. Aaron married Sarah Wygal, a daughter of Fletcher Wygal, who came from Kentucky to Illinois. Alice married Oscar Frailey, a grandson of Wm. Frailey, son of Mollie Frailey, the widow that moved from Kentucky in 1833. Elizabeth married Milton Woolard. William died in infancy. Mary Frailey married Wm. Snow, a son of Chas. Snow who also immigrated from Kentucky to Illinois and to them were born six children: Dickerson, Cora, Joe, May, Arry, and Hester. Harriet Frailey married James Hadley, a son of Simon Peter Hadley, who the Hadley Prairie was named for. He had the post office when it was known as Beck's Creek Post Office. To James and Harriet were born Lola, Florence, William, David, Mary, Hattie, Joney, Margery, Oral, Ula and one who died is an infant. Virginia Frailey married John Snow, another son of Charles Snow. To John and Virginia were born two sons: Charles and Alsa. After Virginia died, John married Elizabeth Frailey, a cousin to his first wife, and to them were born four children: Joseph, Harry, Virginia and one child dying in infancy. Naoma Frailey married Howard Cokenower and to them were born four children: Dellia, Joseph, Harvey and Myrtle. Joseph Frailey was married to Cynthia Burrus, a daughter of Dickerson, Son of Charles Burrus, who immigrated from Kentucky in about the year 1840. Cynthia Burrus was also a daughter of Millie Sarver Burrus and a granddaughter of Jeremiah Sarver, a brother of John the fox hunter.

The Strain of that fox hunting blood coursed down and through her children, for some of the boys were fox hunter. To Joseph Frailey and Cynthia, his wife, were born five children: Harvey, Emory, Homer, Burl and Addie, Harvey died at the age of two or a little more. Emory married Eathel Fulks, a daughter of Henry, the son of Wm. Fulks, an old resident of Fayette County. To Emory and wife were born four children: Winford, Carl, Herald and Dona May. Emory and family moved to Arizona where he is employed by the government and is overseer of an Indian Reservation of Verde River, 130 miles north of Phoenix, the capitol of Arizona. Homer Frailey married Eliaz Fulks, another daughter of Henry Fulks, and granddaughter of William Fulks, and to them were born four children: Lucille, Catherine, Fred and Mary Lois. Homer and family moved to North Dakota, where he was an employee of the government. He taught school there for one year, was transferred to Oregon, taught there one year, transferred to South Dakota, taught school there for five of six years, was promoted to Supervisor of the Crow Reservation in Montana and is still there in 1936. Burl Frailey married Edna Sarver, a daughter of Cass Sarver, who married Harriet Snow, a daughter of Dickerson Snow, who immigrated from Kentucky about 1840, and to Burl Frailey and wife were born two children: Rowena and Wayne. Burl graduated in Chicago in a veterinarian school, went in partnership with Dr. Singer in Pana, sold out and moved to Lovington, stayed there, volunteered to go to war, was called, went to a camp in Georgia, couldn't pass the examination, as his health was poor at that time, was discharged, came home and moved to Colorado in 1918. Located in Brighton and has followed his profession up to now. Addie Frailey married Fred Welch, a son of Dr. P. H. Welch and grandson of Captain Welch of the civil war. To Fred and Addie were born five children: Hughlet, Pauline, Louis, Josephine and Fredra. Addie died seven or eight years ago. Her children are all married except Huhlet, the oldest, and Fredra, the youngest. Hughlet lives in Arizona, the rest live in Ramsey, Illinois. Chloe Frailey married John Doyle, a son of A. P. H. Doyle, that married Jacob Miller's sister. Jacob Miller married Betty Ann Frailey, the oldest child of Mollie Frailey, who moved from Kentucky in 1833. To John and Chloe were born three children: Fred, Clifford, and Myrl. John Doyle died eight years ago. Chloe is still living. She lives with her daughter, Myrl Bogett in Centralia, Ill. Myrl has five children, Clifford four and Fred hasn't any. Jeremiah Sarver, a brother to John Sarver the fox hunter immigrated from Kentucky about 1840, married Mollie Frailey, a cousin to his brother's wife and to them were born eight children: John, Jeremiah, Samuel, William, Millie, Lythia, Catherine and Mary. John Sarver married Cynthia Jones, a daughter of Lige Jones, an old settler of Shelby County. To them were born five children: Millie, Dick, Jeremiah, John and James. Samuel Sarver married Caroline Burrus, a daughter of Thos. Burrus, who immigrated from Kentucky to Harden County, Illinois. To them, three children were born: John, Isaac, and Anna. Wm. Sarver married Mary Matney, a daughter of Aunt Polly Matney, a sister of Charles Burrus. Her husband was an early settler of Illinois. To Wm. And Mary were born five children: Lottie, Mollie, Lenard, Fredie and Estelle. Millie was married to Dickerson Burrus, who went to the war and never got back to them. Six children were born to them: Polly, Lytha, Cynthia, Harriet, Ruth and Dick. Polly Married Bill Frost, a son of James Frost who came to Illinois from Kentucky about 1860. To them were born two children: Claudy and David. Claudy married Wade Murry. David married Della Beck, daughter of Joe Beck, a son of Washington and Naoma Beck, descendants of the older Becks that immigrated from Kentucky in 1830 or '35. Lytha Burrus married Elder Jacob Miller, one of the old settlers of Fayette County. Cynthia married J. M. D. Frailey who has been mentioned previously in this writing. Harriet Died at about 20 and was never married. Ruth and Dick died very young. Lytha Sarver married Benedick Frailey and to them were born eight children: Mary, Daniel, Jerry, Ewing, Elizabeth, Thurman, Dick and George. Mary married George Harris and moved to Oklahoma. Dan married Nettie Anderson, a daughter of Robert and Betty Anderson. Betty was a sister to John Sarver the fox hunter. To them were born three children: Webster, Bonny, and Beatrice. Jerry Frailey married Ellen Beck, a daughter of Hiram, son of Hiram Beck, my grandfather. To them, one son was born. Elizabeth married Geo. Burrus, a son of Chas., son of Dickerson Burrus that married Virginia, a daughter of Mollie Frailey, that moved from Kentucky in 1833. To them one son, Charles, was born, now living in Indiana. Ewing married Zelma Jones. To them were born four children: Ogle, Rosaline, Wanda and Elizabeth. Thurman, Dick and George moved with their father to Oklahoma in 1892. Catherine Sarver married John Beck, a son of Hiram Beck, my grandfather. To them nine children were born: Mary, Joe, Charlie, Cynthia, Casander, Samuel, Ettie, Alice and Harriet. Mary married Isaac McManmie, a stepson of Jack Warren, who lived in Missouri in 1864-65. To Mary and Isaac were born ten children, four dying in infancy: the living are Smith, Clinton, James, Beve, Phoeby and Ida.

Notes included in square brackets [ ] were added by Nelvin Wilson.