Daniel Oglesby, my 2nd great grandfather, father of Morgan E. Oglesby who was the father of Alvateen Oglesby Barnard, my mother’s mother, is a “brick wall” ancestor. He was 44 when he married Nancy Sprague Taylor in Gallatin, Illinois in 1848. She was 19 and may have been married before as she had a small daughter, Mary Catherine Taylor, who was an infant when she married Daniel. She would give birth to 9 more children with Daniel between the years of 1850 and 1870. While Nancy herself is also something of a brick wall, at least I’m confident I know who her mother is. Her father is listed as Aaron Sprague, though nothing ties her to him.
Starting with the marriage record of Nancy Taylor and Daniel Oglesby, I followed the family through census, marriage and death records. My great grandfather’s death certificate lists his parents as Nancy Sprague and Daniel Oglesby, Daniel listed as born in Tennessee, and Nancy as “don’t know.” The information was given by Sarah Penrod Oglesby, my great grandmother, in 1944 when Morgan died. They were married in Gallatin, Illinois in 1848:
Name: Daniel Oglesby
Spouse: Nancy Taylor
Marriage Date: 27 Dec 1848
Marriage County: Gallatin
Source Information: Dodd, Jordan. Illinois Marriages to 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997. Original data: Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Illinois.
In 1850 Daniel and Nancy Oglesby lived in District 1 of Union County, Kentucky. Daniel’s age is listed as 45 and his stated place of birth was Virginia. Nancy is listed as N. J. Oglesby, age is 22 and she was born in Kentucky.
- Danl Oglesby, age 45, born in Virginia
- N J Oglesby, age 22, born in Kentucky
- Mary E Taylor, age 3, born in Kentucky
- Jane Sprague, age 50, born in Kentucky
- Mary Ann Sprague, age 19, born in Kentucky
- Jos B Sprague, age 15, born in Kentucky
In 1860 living in the Daniel and Nancy Oglesby household in Union county, Kentucky are:
- Daniel, age 50, born in Virginia
- Nancy, age 32, born in Kentucky
- Mary E., age 10, born in Kentucky
- William, age 8, born in Kentucky
- Martha, age 6 born in Kentucky
- Jonathan, age 4, born in Kentucky
- Catherine, age 13, born in Kentucky (This is Nancy’s child Mary E., her year of birth is 1847.)
- Joseph Sprague, age 24, born in Kentucky (The Jos. B. Sprague from the previous census, Nancy’s brother.)
In 1870 there are 11 souls living in the Oglesby household in Shilo, Union county, Kentucky:
- Daniel, age 66, born in Virginia
- Nancy, age 49, born in Kentucky
- Catherine, age 19, born in Kentucky
- William, age 17, born in Kentucky
- Martha, age 15, born in Kentucky
- Jonathon, age 13, born in Kentucky
- Elizabeth, age 10, born in Kentucky
- Davis, age 7, born in Kentucky
- Morgan, age 5, born in Kentucky
- Forrist, age 5, born in Kentucky
- Allice, age 1, born in Kentucky
The family disappears after 1870. I manually searched the 1880 census records for Union county, Kentucky, and was unable to find them, though I did find some individuals living in other places; William was living in Caseyville, Union county in 1880 with a wife and a child. I followed this family to Oklahoma and have been in email contact with his descendants. They have said that many of the family moved “out west” after the death of Daniel, though none of them know what year Daniel died. My grandmother, Alvateen Oglesby Barnard, once wrote in a letter that her father, Morgan, kept in touch with his Oklahoma siblings by written correspondence. All of the members of William Joseph Oglesby’s family have been found.
I found this in History of Union County, Kentucky: A Complete Account of the Settlement, Organization, and Government of the County, written by the Courier Company of Evansville, Indiana, in 1886:
I have no proof, but I believe I found Jonathon, or John, as he was called, living in Precinct L, Seward county, Nebraska, in 1880. He is 24 years old, born in Kentucky about 1856, and lives alone. His occupation is listed as “farmer”. Then in 1889 he married Lena Eamen, who was born in Iowa. They lived in Krebs, Oklahoma, where William Oglesby and his family lived. While I have no proof that this John is the Jonathon listed in the census records with Daniel and Nancy, circumstantial evidence says he is. I cannot find a death record for him, which would help clarify if he is related to me.
Forrest Oglesby turned out to be Edward Forrest Oglesby. I was able to find him in Arkansas where he married Rhoda Parker there in 1897. In the 1900 census he stated he was widowed. He was living with a family named Wallace in DeQueen, Sevier, Arkansas and his occupation is that of farm laborer. Sometime before 1914 he moved to McAlester, Oklahoma, which is in Pittsburg county. This is where William Oglesby’s wife Sarah was living at the time of her death. Edward is buried in the North McAlester Cemetery.
Morgan E Oglesby was my great-grandfather, the father of my grandmother, Alvateen Oglesby Barnard. He stayed in Union county, Kentucky, dying there in 1944.
Alice Oglesby was found to be Margaret Alice. She married a man named John O. Carlton and they lived in Oklahoma. She died in 1928 in Laurel, Montana.
There’s a Nancy Oglesby buried in Pittsburg county, Oklahoma with a Find A Grave memorial for her. The memorial is without a photo of her headstone and it states her date of birth is “Unknown”, has a date of death is 1920 and a note says “Born about 1890”. Oklahoma doesn’t have their death records online so I’m not able to find out any information on her, but it’s unlikey she is Daniel Oglesby’s wife, Nancy Sprague. The two public trees which have Margaret Alice Oglesby Carlton has Nancy dying in 1877 in Canada, which also seems unlikely. Interestingly, there’s a Canadian County on the west side of Oklahoma, it’s possible that is where Nancy died, but if so, I have not found any proof of it.
Perhaps Daniel will always be a brick wall. I have hope that records about him will surface in the future, but I don’t foresee it happening. It’s possible Daniel had another wife before Nancy. He was born about 1804 and didn’t marry Nancy until he was over the age of 40. I found the following online, but that was back when I first started researching my family tree and didn’t realize how vitally important it was to document sources of the information I collected, so I can’t say exactly where online I found it. The information may or may not be true. I do know that my Daniel Oglesby was the only one I have ever found living in Union county, Kentucky:
“John Oglesby born 1775-1780 was a brother of Constant Oglesby SR. He
went to Albermarle County, Va. to S. C. then to Christian County, Ky.
His wife was Jane and on 1850 census she is living with John J.
Johnson. children I know of:
1. Ann married John Knight
2. Walker Oglesby born 1798 married 1st-Sally Durham; 2nd Elizabeth
3. Daniel Oglesby married Matilda Meredith, Hopkins Co., Ky. and was
later in Union county, Ky.”