The eldest daughter of James Shane Alban and Amanda Harris Alban is Lucinda (named for her mother's sister), born July 27, 1834 in Ohio; Stephen Harris Alban was born in OH, Apr. 7, 1836; Elizabeth Alban was born on July 29, 1838 - the family came across the ice of the Wisconsin River on Dec. 20, 1838 to a cabin James had built south of the Haney claim in a clump of trees at the edge of the Sauk Prairie and those who were squatting on the edge of the prairie were delighted (Elizabeth was the first white child on the Sauk Prairie and this was the first family on the prairie); Sibyl C. Alban was born in 1842 and Amanda R. Alban was born in March 1843 - her mother died on Oct. 5, 1843 and James took his family back to Ohio where his sister-in-law Lucinda adopted Amanda and his family helped educated his children till he remarried Clarissa Danforth, a widow with children and family friend. He passed the Wisconsin Bar in 1848 and hung out his shingle in Plover/Portage County. He had an Abolitionist Journal and died at Pittsburgh Landing. His grandfather fought in the Rebellion, was a light guard (1777-1778) He may have wintered at Valley Forge. His father was a captain in the War of 1812. James was involved on the Sauk Prairie: taking voted to Fort Crawford by canoes (all 14 votes) and then walking back because weather changed; His father is William/mother Elizabeth Shane, Grandfather is George Alban (1758-1840) Jane Green (1783 married[1761 -1839]) They are buried at Twin Ridge Cemetery. I believe Jefferson County OH George Alban Jr.(1795-1861) + Nancy Cox (1807 - 1877) - farmed in Ohio and also buried at Twin Ridge Cemetery.
We do a Civil War Encampment here in Sauk City on Fathers' Day weekend - fathers' day has its own Civil War connection. I am looking for information about Alban at Plover. I have photos from when I visited the old cemetery. I see he has a small stone for Amanda. He married her on his birthday and his father, a justice of the peace, likely officiated.
Alban's brother William R. Alban (his father had 8 children with Elizabeth Shane, 8 with Jane Whitcraft and 2 with Isabel McCaughey. James teased his father about maybe giving his name to one of his younger children. - got that from some family account Check Pedigree Pointers, Vol XII, No. 4, summer, 1990 (The Virginia Albin's by Ethel Albin.-They went by Albin or Alban, families choosing the spelling and members of the family fought with the North and the South.
I want to know more about the newspapers he did, his editorials and the Pinery Boys he recruited. Maybe we could develop an exchange. I get up to Plover or Stevens Point once or twice a year. I would like to find where he had his ferry, lived, see the historical society. I could bring copies of materials I've collected.