Monday, August 31, 2009

Catherine Virginia (Logan) Ousley 1825-1899

This entry is from the J.J. Watts collection. John J. Watts hailed from Warren, Maine and moved to the northern Ozarks of Missouri sometime after the Civil War. He was a circuit-riding Baptist Minister and his territory covered Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties and parts of Maries and Dent Counties. He established a cemetery, Watt’s Lawn, which is located 1 mile West of J Highway, near the Pulaski County-Phelps County line. This collection covers 1878-1912.

Catherine Virginia Ousley, widow of the late Wm. Ousley, was born in Amhearst Co., VA, Aug. 12th 1825, and was a daughter of the late John and Elisabeth Logan (who's maiden name was Logan). Her father died in Pulaski Co., MO, Sept. 12th 1871, aged 104 year s and her mother died March 15th 1868, aged 80 years, 3 ms, ^ 6 ds. She was of a family of 16 children, 9 brothers and 7 sisters. Two of whom still survive her, namely, Mr. John Logan, Jr., who lives in Knox Co., Tenn., nearly 77 years of age, and Bro. Jacob H.G. Logan, who with his companion and children are here today. She came with her parents to Knox Co., Tenn. in 1839, then 14 ys. of age, and the family lived there 12 years, then they came to Knotwell in Phelps Co., MO, in 1851 where they lived a little more than one year and where 2 of her sisters died. Then they moved and settled in Pulaski Co., MO, and where June 3d 1852 she was united in marriage with Mr. John York, who died Oct. 19th 1862 (a Confederate soldier), near Thomasville, MO, aged 34 ys, 1 month & 1 day. And by this marriage 2 children were born unto them, Sarah Elizabeth York and Bro. Lee York. Sarah died Jan'y 12th 1854, aged 2 months and bro. Lee York survives his mother. Feb. 2d 1873, she was married to Bro. Wm. Ousley, who died March 19th 1890, aged 74 ys, 11 ms, & 24 ds, and after Bro. Ousley died she moved back and lived with her son and died there Oct 6th 1899, aged 74 ys, 1 mo, & 24 ds. The survivors of sister Ousley are one son, 2 brothers 5 grand children, 3 great grand children, 50 nephews & nieces, 28 of them are dead and 22 still living. She was a faithful member of the Baptist Church for many years, and died as she had lived in the full hopes of immortality. A funeral discourse was preached at Rolling Heath Church by Watts assisted by Bro. Zumwalt, April 29th 1900 at 11 a.m. from Rev. 21
X25 "For there shall be no night there" "My Heavenly home is bright and fair" and "Dear as thou (__?__) and justly dear", were sung.

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