James Sammons Notes

(Son of Edmund Sammons)
James lived in Hancock Co IL, then settled in McDonough Co, but four years later 
returned to Hancock Co, living there for most of the remainder of his life.
James served in the 118th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteers.

In 1890 Ann Mariah went to live with her son James and his family in Joetta, IL

From the "History of Hancock County, Illinois," (G977.343, H 193G)
     "James Samons, farmer, section 24; P.O. Joetta; was born May 24, 1835.  He is 
a son of Edward [sic] and Anna (Hays) Samons [sic], the former a native of Virginia, 
and born in 1800; the latter a native of Rutherford Co., Tenn., was born in 1818[sic].  
Edward came to Illinois in 1831, and lived in Morgan county until 1847, when he moved 
into St. Mary's town, and was there eight years.  He finally moved to the State of 
Missouri, and lived there until his death in 1857.  At the age of 20 James located in 
McDonough county and there remained four years, and then moved to Hancock county, and 
has since resided on his present farm of 267 acres, valued at $30 per acre.  Mr. S. 
was married in 1855 to Sarah E. Way, native of Illinois and was born in 1840.  They 
have been blessed with 7 children; viz., Mary J., Edmond, Chars. W., Ruth E., Louisa, 
Stephen A., Ida May.  Mr. S. enlisted in Co A, 118th Reg., under Capt. Campbell in 
1862; was in battles of Thompkins Hill, and Baker Creek; discharged at Port Hudson, 
Louisiana, in 1864.  He is a republican."

     It would appear that James (and probably his older brother Jonathan/John) stayed 
in Illinois and established their own farms instead of moving to Missouri with the 
rest of the family.

     James apparently spelled his name Samons consistently, even though his wife in 
a later affidavit signed Sammons.  He enlisted in Co. K of the 118th Illinois 
Volunteer Infantry on 15 August 1862 and was discharged on 12 March 1864 at Port 
Hudson, Louisiana.  The pension gave no specific details of his military service.

     According to the pension file of James Samons, his first wife died in 1903 at 
which time, based on pension records, he was living in McDonough Co. Illinois.  He 
remarried in 1908.  The handwriting of the name of the second wife in the file is 
difficult to read but appears something like "Lucy Adelid (Adelaide?) Rhod.  James 
and Lucy were married on 3 December 1908 at Lancaster, Schuyler Co. Missouri by 
Reverend C(harles) Wesley Burnett who at this time would have been James' brother-
in-law.  James' sister, Mary, had lived in Rooks County, Kansas, and Furnas County, 
Nebraska, after the death of her first husband but had returned to Lancaster and 
married Burnett there in 1904.  
According to Lucy's "Declaration of a Widow for Accrued Pension" form which she 
submitted in 1916, James Samons died on 12 November 1915 after a long and difficult 

Compiled by Charlotte Curlee Ramsey from notes submitted by William G. Stewart.

Charlotte Curlee Ramsey

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