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Subject: Re: Amanda Jane BEGGS - Daughter of Kelly GURLEY and Christian UNKNOWN
Author: Merrill Anderson
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Classification: Query

The death certificate image for Amanda Jane Beggs is online (google "Missouri death certificates"). It says her father was Kelly Gurley and mother's last name was Toler, her Christian or first name not known. According to a message in the ILJOHNSO-L archives, William Russell Gurley married Eliza Toler in Union Co IL in 1868 and they had a daughter named Amanda. The only other Gurley groom, Toler bride marriage showing up in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index online is that of Anson Gurley and Martha Toler in Union Co in 1851. doesn't show a likely Kelly Gurley in their census index, so "Kelly" may be William R. Gurley.
Sylvania Twp, 19Jun1900, ED 110, Sheet 14B

JAMES BEGGS, b Feb 1862, age 38, IL IL IL farm laborer
Amanda J., wife, b Jun? 1872, age 27, IL TN IL; md 4 yrs, 1 child, 1 living
Ivey Nora?, dtr, b Mar 1898, age 2, MO IL IL

IL mrg index says James A. Beggs married Amanda Gurley 22 Oct 1896 in Johnson Co IL.

There were three boys named James Beggs from Johnson Co IL born within six years of each other.

Amanda's husband, comparing his age on the 1900 census with the 1880 Johnson Co census, is closest in age to the James in the household of Jane Beggs, who is listed as a widow. Johnson Co marriages show William Beggs married a Mrs. Jane Lowery in 1865.

This William may be the William W. Beggs who married Barbary A. E. Wilhelm in 1853 in Johnson County. See the submission re this couple at

A submission to the LDS International Genealogical Index (IGI), source not shown, shows James Beggs, b 1863 Bethany Church, Cache Twp, Johnson Co IL, son of William W. Beggs and Barbara Ann Eliza Wilhelm.

According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage index at
David Franklin Wilhelm married Sarah E. Beggs in Union Co in 1860. See the query re David F. and Sarah at
Note that, in the 1860 census below, William Beggs' first son was named David F. Beggs.

1860 Johnson Co census shows WILLIAM W. BEGGS, b ca 1833, with Eliza, b ca 1836, David F. ca 1857 and Elizabeth E. b ca 1859.

1870 Johnson shows WILLIAM BEGGS 38 IL, Jane 38 TN, David 13, Elen 11, Allice 6, Sarah 1 month, Adaline LOWREY 7 IL, and James LOWREY 4 IL. [Note that the name James Beggs does not appear in this household.]

1880 Johnson shows JANE BEGGS 38, James 17 (son), Thomas 14 (son), Lenora 10 (d), Arna? 7 (s), Dora 4 (d). [All family members are listed as born in Tennessee. Jane's age is again 38. Note that James and Amanda had a daughter whose name appears to be Ivey Nora, possibly named after this Lenora.]

There were two other James Beggs, both of whom appear on page 30 of the Johnson Co IL 1870 census. One is listed as two yrs old, and in the household of "Alex" and "Apsel" Beggs. The second one is listed as three, and in the household of John H. and Susan(nah) [Bridges] Beggs. James, son of John and Susan, died in Cape Girardeau MO in 1923. Date of birth shown as 4 Aug 1867.

William W. Beggs might be one of three boys named William or "Williams" Beggs in the 1850 Union Co census, online at