|Birthplace:||Maury, TN, USA|
|Death:||Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Cause of death:||His cause of death at the age of 80 was either Dementia or Chronic Intestinal Pneumonia|
|Occupation:||Carpenter/cabinet-furniture maker, California Gold Miner, Civil War Veteran who was wounded at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863.|
|Managed by:||Della Dale Smith-Pistelli|
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About James Joseph Eubank
James Joseph Eubank was born December 11, 1826, in Maury County, Tennessee. His sister Martha Ann was born about two years later in 1828, also in Tennessee. Sometime shortly after that, James and Martha and their parents, Stephen Green Eubank and Susannah Quarles Branch Eubank, were living in Palmyra, Missouri, where Susannah died in a cholera epidemic in about 1832 or 1833. Supposedly they had two other children who also died in the same epidemic, but unfortunately, I do not know their names. After his mother's death, for some reason, James Joseph was sent to live with his mother's family back in Tennessee for about sixteen years before he was finally reunited with his father's family in Illinois around 1848 or 1849. There is some confusion about James Joseph Eubank's middle name. On one genealogical record I found for my great grandfather he was listed as James Franklin Eubank, however there are more records for him showing his name as James Joseph Eubank, so I tend to thing that is correct.
After the death of James Joseph's mother, his father, Stephen Green Eubank, and his sister, Martha, moved to Illinois. I read somewhere that Martha may have been sent to live with the Herndon family in Springfield after her mother's death. The Herndon's were friends of Stephen Green Eubank, and William Herndon was Abraham Lincoln's law firm partner in Springfield. That is supposedly where S.G. Eubank met his second wife, Mary Ann Phillips, whose mother was a first cousin to William Herndon. After Lincoln's assassination, Herndon later wrote one of the many biographies about Abraham Lincoln.
On March 10, 1834, S.G. Eubank and Mary Ann Phillips were married in Schuyler County, Illinois, and they had two daughters, the first being Mary Susanna, born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1836, while her father was a constable and tavern owner there. Then in about 1838, the family moved to Springfield, Illinois. There is a court case record, which I found on a website listing all of Abraham Lincoln's court cases while he was an attorney in Springfield, that shows Abraham Lincoln defended Mary Ann Phillips and Stephen Green Eubank in 1838 regarding a lawsuit about land sold by Mary's mother.
S.G. and Mary Ann's second child, Margaret Green Eubank, was born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1839. Unfortunately, a couple of years later, Mary Ann died from consumption in about 1841 at the very young age of 26 years old, which ironically, was the same age of S.G. Eubank's first wife, Susannah Quarles Branch Eubank at the time of her death. After the death of Mary Ann Phillips, her two daughters with S.G. Eubank were sent to live with Mary Ann's brother, Moreau Phillips, in Springfield, Illinois. They lived with their Uncle Moreau Phillips until about 1850 when they were reunited with their father who had married his third wife, Sarah Armstrong Waggoner, who he married on August 7, 1845.
Supposedly, from about 1841-1845, S.G. Eubank and his daughter Martha lived at the Globe Tavern in Springfield. Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary also lived at the tavern from their wedding night in November of 1842 until about 1844 when they rented their own home and later purchased a home there. The Lincoln's first son, Robert, was born at the Globe Tavern in 1843. Supposedly, Martha would occasionally baby sit for Robert, when she was about 15 or 16 years old.
After S.G. Eubank married his third wife, Sarah, they had thirteen children, the first being another daughter, Helen, born in 1846 while they were living near Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, and the last being a son, Lorin, born in 1870 in Wellington, Missouri, just two years before Stephen Green Eubank passed away at the age of 68 in 1872.
James Joseph must have finally moved to Illinois to be near his father's family some time between 1848 and 1849, because he married his first wife, Nancy Ann Trent, on June 21, 1849, in Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois. Census information on James Joseph Eubank is sketchy, but the U.S. Census taken in August of 1850, shows he is living in Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, with his wife Nancy Ann and their one month old son, William, who I learned from a later census was disabled and/or was suffering from paralysis.
Either before or shortly after they have their second son, James Gideon Eubank in 1853, James Joseph left Illinois and went to California to join the Gold Rush. He was gone for about eight years, and when he returned to Illinois, was surprised to learn his wife, Nancy, had married another man, Peter Shult. It is said that when James Joseph lived in California he went by the name Richard Banks, but why he lived under an assumed name is not known.
Supposedly, Nancy had heard from a miner friend of James Joseph (AKA, Richard Banks) that James/Richard had died, and since her oldest son with James Joseph, William, was disabled, Nancy probably needed help supporting her family. She married Peter Shult in about 1856, and they had three daughters and a son of their own.
When James Joseph returned to Illinois from California after about eight years had elapsed. Nancy stated in a pension application that James Joseph gave her some wild story about having to take a ship from California around the tip of South American and then up the East Coast where he then traveled west to Illinois, and that is why it took him so long to get home to Illinois. This is a very far fetched story, and who knows if it is true or not! Seems like James Joseph was a bit of a rounder!
We don't know exactly where James Joseph went when he returned to Illinois from California in about 1861, but he may have gone to visit his married sister Martha Ann Eubank Osborn, who was living in Mason City, Illinois, at that time. By August of the next year, he had joined the army, was serving in the Civil War, and in the June of 1863 was wounded by a shell in the back of his knees during the Battle of Vicksburg.
According to Civil War pension application records and other information I found in a book at the library in Peoria, Illinois, James Joseph originally enlisted in the Army during the Civil War on August 14, 1862, at Springfield, Illinois, in Company C of the 124th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. He was promoted to Sargent in Company "M", 5th Mississippi Heavy Artillery, on December 31, 1863, and began serving in that company starting on January 1, 1864. Information from his Civil War pension application states that James Joseph was born in Maury County, Tennessee, in 1827 (actually he was born December 11,1826), and that he was 5'9" tall, with light complexion, auburn hair and grey eyes and was a carpenter by occupation prior to enlistment. James Joseph was discharged from service on August 28, 1865, due to injuries and debilities he suffered while at the Battle at Vicksburg.
In January of 1861, James Joseph's half-sister, Margaret Green Eubank, had married a man by the name of William Hawkins Wickersham, who also served in Company C of the 124th Illinois Infantry, with his brother-in-law, James Joseph. As a matter of fact, according to their military service information, William and James enlisted at the same place and time. They must have been very good friends. Sadly, Margaret and William's first-born son, Franklin (known as Frankie) died at the very young age of about two years old when Margaret and Frankie were on their way back from visiting William in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he and James Joseph were serving during the Civil War. Frankie was buried somewhere along the Mississippi River when Margaret was on the return trip to Illinois after her visit with William. I have often wondered if William and Margaret's first-born son, Franklin, was named after James Joseph Eubank (or rather James Franklin Eubank, depending on which middle name was correct) or if that was simply a coincidence.
After James Joseph's discharge from the U.S. Army in 1865, he states in one pension petition that he "returned home to Mason City, Illinois, where he was treated by Dr. Chamblin". He also mentioned that prior to entering the service, his physician was in Liberty, Adams County, IL. In about 1865, James Joseph's sister, Martha Ann was living in Mason City, Illinois, with her husband, George Osborn, so perhaps that is why James went there, to see his sister and her family. At that time, his father, step-mother and half-brothers and sisters were living in Raysville, Bourbon County, Kansas, having moved there sometime between 1855 and 1859.
S.G. Eubank was listed in the 1860 U.S. Census for Raysville, Bourbon County, Kansas, but why they moved to Kansas from Illinois is not known. Maybe it had something to do with the pending Civil War or perhaps it was for better opportunities to make a living. I believe S.G. Eubank had a partner in his cabinet making business in Springfield, Illinois, a Mr. Osborn, and in the 1860 census record for Stephen in Kansas there was a Mr. Osborn living nearby the Eubank home. Perhaps he was S.G. Eubank's cabinet-making business partner from Illinois. There may also have been some type of connection between Mr. Osborn, S.G. Eubank's Springfield cabinetmaking business partner or his Kansas neighbor, and S.G. Eubank's daughter, Martha's husband, George Osborn, but that has yet to be confirmed.
There was a fairly large land grant that took place in Kansas in 1854 after the Kansas-Nebraska Act became law on May 30, 1854, so perhaps that is why the Eubank family moved to Kansas around 1855 or so to take advantage of the land grant and have better opportunities for financial advancement.
By the 1870 U.S. Census, both S.G. Eubank and his family and James Joseph Eubank and his second wife, Elsie Jane Rouser Eubank, and his third child, Uselle (aka Stephen James Eubank or my grandfather) were living in Clay Township, Lafayette County, Missouri. James Joseph married his second wife, Elsie Jane Rouser, in Wathena, Kansas, in 1866. This leads me to believe that James Joseph must have gone to Kansas to visit his father's family after staying with Martha for a while, and that is where he met and married his second wife, Elsie.
Why S.G. Eubank and his family, and his son, James Joseph's, family moved to Clay, Missouri, around the 1868 to 1870 time period is also unknown. However, we know that S.G. Eubank's first wife, (and James Joseph's mother) Susannah Quarles Branch Eubank, had died in Palmyra, Missouri, in about 1833. Maybe there were other Eubank family members living in Missouri and that's why S.G. and J.J. returned to Missouri in the late 1860's and early 1870's. I read somewhere that a Eubank relative may have moved from Tennessee to Missouri in the 1820's or 1830's. This may have been because there was a very bad financial depression in Tennessee from the 1810's to 1820's, so perhaps that Eubank family member went to Missouri to improve their financial situation.
Supposedly, S.G. Eubank's father died when he was very young, and being the second son, he did not inherit much from his father's estate. His mother was reported to be a wealthy heiress, but for some reason, she apprenticed Stephen to a master carpenter, and Stephen learned the carpentry trade, and must have taught it to his son, James Joseph, who was listed as a carpenter in many of his public records. A cousin tells me that Stephen and James made cabinets for Abraham Lincoln and a desk for Lincoln which was on display at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, but as yet I've found no written evidence to confirm the story of a Lincoln Desk built by the Eubank's.
There is an 1840 census record for James Branch, the father of Susannah Quarles Branch Eubank (who was S.G. Eubank's first wife and James Joseph's mother) indicating that the family owned about 17 slaves, so it seems quite certain that Susannah's family was also very well to do if they owned that many slaves. Another Eubank cousin told me that two of the Branch family's slaves were given to S.G. Eubank and his wife Susannah when they married, and there are some family records indicating that S.G. Eubank sold those slaves after the death of his wife before he moved to Illinois. There was also mention that S.G. Eubank gave the male slave his freedom and set him up in the barber profession, and after that the slave was known as Billie the Barber. The story goes that after S.G. Eubank sold his home and slaves in Missouri, the money from the sale was put into a hair-cloth trunk that was stashed in the coach that S.G.'s coachman used to drive S.G. and Martha to Illinois from Missouri, and that Billie the Barber was that coachman.
In the 1870 census, living with James Joseph and his second wife Elsie is their first child, Uselle (or my grandfather, Stephen James Eubank) who is 2 years old in this census record. Uselle is listed in the census as a female child, but that was obviously an error on the part of the census taker. Uselle or Stephen James Eubank was born in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, according to my grandmother's written Bible records. I can find no other public records for a Stephen James Eubank born in Sedalia, Missouri, in 1868, only this 1870 census record of his parents and a two year old female child named Uselle, so this had to be my grandfather.
In 1875 James Joseph petitioned for an increase in his Civil War pension from Sedalia, Pettis County due to increasing disability. He may have moved back to Sedalia where Uselle was born after the death of his father S.G. Eubank in 1872. Although I'm not certain that S.G. Eubank was still living in Clay, Lafayette County, Missouri, when he died at the age of 68 in 1972, because an obituary states he was living at "his residence in Zanesville, Illinois, when he died." S.G. Eubank's daughter, Mary Susannah Eubank Rogers lived in Zanesville, Illinois, about that time, so S.G. may have been visiting or living with Mary when he passed away.
In the 1880 U.S. Census, James Joseph is still living in Sedalia where he is listed as being a 53 year old carpenter, and living with him is his wife Elsie and sons Euzell (Uselle), age 12, Lee Edward, age 9, and daughter Laura Elsie age 6. This census record says that James Joseph's father was born in Tennessee, and that Elsie was born in Ohio, and her parents were born in Pennsylvania, which is correct.
In 1877, public records indicate James Joseph paid cash for 120 acres of land in Nevada County, California. Sometime after 1880, James Joseph moved back to California. It is assumed that his family moved with him at that time, because pension application records indicate his wife Elsie was living in Hollywood, California, when he reapplied for his pension in California. There are also voter registration records for James Joseph and his two sons, Euzell, and Lee, living in Tulare, California in the 1890's.
James Joseph's voter registration records from the 1890's show he was living in Tulare, California, which is about 170 miles north of Hollywood. Perhaps his land in Nevada County (which is 265 miles north of Tulare County) was purchased for purposes other than as a residence. Nevada County, California, is only about 45 miles from where gold was discovered in 1848 at Sutter's Mill, located in Coloma, California. James Joseph had been in California for about eight years working as a gold miner from 1853 to 1861, after leaving his first wife, Nancy Ann Trent, and two sons, William and James Gideon Eubank, in Illinois. Maybe James Joseph was still hoping to strike it rich as a gold miner in the late 1870's and early 1880's, when he was already in his 50's!
California Voter Registration records from the 1890's show James Joseph and both of his sons, Euzell and Lee Edward, living with or near him in California during those years. The California Voters Registers, 1866-1898, with a registration date of 9/15/1890, show James Joseph Eubank(s), age 64, living in Tulare, California. The record states he was born in Tennessee and his occupation is that of a carpenter. On the same page of this voter registration record, his son, Euzell J. Eubank(s), (my grandfather, Stephen James Eubank) is listed as being 22 years old, was born in Missouri, and is working as a carpenter. Euzell's voter registration date of 10/2/1890 was only a couple of weeks after his father's registration date. Euzell also lives in Tulare, perhaps with his father. There were no street addresses shown in these voter registration records, unfortunately.
Online records from Family Search.org show that the "United States, National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938," was where James J. Eubank was living in 1891 at Sawtelle, California. This place was commonly known as The Old Soldiers' Home. Sawtelle, California, is now known as West Los Angeles. The record shows the following sources: NARA publication title, Historical Registers of National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers; NARA publication number M1749; NARA roll number 194; film number 1577623; digital folder number 004172584 and image number 00500. In this record, he is listed as a Protestant, was born in Tennessee, was 64 years old, 5'9" tall, with a light complexion, and his occupation is carpenter.
These records also state that James Joseph's residence subsequent to discharge from the Old Soldier's Home was in Tulare, Tulare County, California. It also stated that he was married to Elsie J. Eubank of Tulare, California. However below her name on this record is a home address of 335 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, California, which is quite a distance from Tulare. Perhaps that was an address for Elsie after James Joseph's death in 1907. He was admitted to the Soldier's Home on June 15, 1891, and was discharged on September 29, 1891, at his request. This record shows that his rate of pension was $8.00 which I assume meant per month.
James Joseph reapplied for his Civil War pension from Tulare, Tulare County, CA in 1892. The 1892 voter registration record shows Lee Edward Eubank, (James and Elsie's second son), 5'10" tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair, born in Missouri, is also living in Tulare. His voter registration date is 8/2/1892. James Joseph is listed on the same page, is 66 years old, 5'8" tall, with a light complexion, gray eyes and hair, and his sight gone in his right eye, born in Tennessee, also living in Tulare. James Joseph's voter registration date is 8/3/1892, the day after Lee's.
For some reason James Joseph's son, Euzell, (or rather my grandfather, Stephen James Eubank) is not listed in the 1892 Tulare, California, voter registration records. I don't know where Euzell was living from 1892 until 1902, when I found a U.S. City Directory Listing for him living at 1918 S. Main Street, Los Angeles. In the same 1902 U.S. City Directory Listiing, James Joseph Eubank was living alone at 947 E. 54th Street in Los Angeles. These two addresses are only about three and one half miles apart. By 1902, James Joseph and Elsie's daughter, Laura Elsie had already been married to her husband, Otto Classen, for about 4 years. And their other son, Lee Edward was living with his mother in the 1900 census at the 945 E. 54th Street address, but I don't know where they were living in 1902, but they were not with James Joseph.
In a 1904 city directory listing, Stephen James Eubank was listed as "boarding" at 947 E. 54th Street, and his mother, Elsie was at the same address, but neither James Joseph nor Lee Edward were listed in that directory. Maybe James Joseph was back at the Old Soldier's Home in 1904, but where was Lee Edward? In a 1905 city directory listing, James Joseph and Lee Edward were both listed as living at 947 E. 54th Street, but neither Elsie or Stephen James Eubank were living with them at that time. James Joseph and his family seemed to move around a lot in those days!
The next time my grandfather, Euzell or Stephen James Eubank, shows up in the U.S. Census was in 1910 when he was living in Arizona, and was married to my grandmother, Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank. They were married in 1909 in Yuma, Arizona. Soon after, Stephen and Evelyn move to San Diego, California, where my mother, Frances Amelia Eubank Smith, was born on October 14, 1911.
Dorthea Evelyn Rollins' mother, Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins McKinney, had a sister-in-law, Margaret Eve Rollins, who married Thomas Harbo Rynning about 1902. And by 1911 Maggie and Tom were living in San Diego, so perhaps that is why Evelyn and Stephen James Eubank went to San Diego in 1911, to be near relatives. Previously, Maggie and Tom had been living in Arizona, as had Evelyn and Stephen James Eubank, so maybe they were close. Tom was working as a building contractor around that time, so because Stephen was a carpenter, he may have been working with Tom building homes in San Diego. Also we know that Stephen had previously lived in Los Angeles from about 1901 to 1904, so he was already familiar with the Southern California area.
Two years later Stephen James Eubank and his wife Dorthea Evelyn and their daughter, Frances, are living in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, where my aunt Elsie Louise was born in 1913, and Stephen is working as a building and mining contractor on the Alice Arm mine. Two years after that, the family is living in Seattle, Washington, where my uncle James Rollins Eubank was born in 1915. It appears they lived in Seattle from about 1915 to 1917, then moved to Portland, Oregon, from about 1917 to 1918. Perhaps they moved there because Stephen's half-brother, James Gideon Eubank, had been living in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington State from about 1884 until he passed away in 1926. James Gideon Eubank was about 15 years older than Stephen, so he may have been like a father figure to Stephen.
A U.S. City Directory listing shows that Stephen and Dorthea Evelyn were living in Portland, Oregon, in 1917 and 1918; maybe they were working their way back to California from Canada and Seattle. However, by 1919, Stephen James Eubank and his wife Dorthea Evelyn were having marital difficulties, and shortly after that they separated. In about 1920 or 1921, Evelyn is living in Bakersfield, California, with her three children, and her mother, Dortha, and her children, Dan, Thelma and Gladys McKinney. Evelyn was granted a divorce from Stephen on the grounds of "willful desertion" in Bakersfield in 1923 according to her family Bible Records. Evelyn and her children moved to Los Angeles around 1924, and her son, James Rollins Eubank, was baptized in the Adams Ward of the LDS Church in Los Angeles that year.
Getting back to James Joseph....he was readmitted to the Old Soldiers Home in West Los Angeles, California, on March 24, 1896. The record does not show a discharge date however. The California Voter Register with a registration date of June 8, 1896, shows that James Joseph is 70 years old, was born about 1826, is 5'8" tall, had a light complexion, grey eyes and hair, with his right eye out, and was a carpenter born in Tennessee.
However, there is also an 1896 listing in the "U.S. City Directories (1821-1989)", specifically, Maxwell's Los Angeles City Directory and Gazeteer of Southern California, showing James Joseph Eubank, carpenter, is living at 777 Elmore Avenue, with his son Lee Edward, a mill hand at Alta Planing Mill Company, his daughter, Miss Laura E. Eubank, a dressmaker, and a room mate, Miss A.J. Gastren. However, James Joseph's wife, Elsie, and his son, Euzell, or Stephen James Eubank, are not shown on this directory listing, so I don't know where they were living at the time. James Joseph seemed to be in and out of the Old Soldier's home between the years of 1891 and 1896 and possibly longer, since he died there in 1907.
In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Elsie Eubank, age 59, born in August of 1840 in Ohio, was living in Los Angeles, Ward 6, at 947 54th Street. The record states she was married in 1865, and her parents were both born in Pennsylvania. She has three living children. Living with her at the same address is her son, Lee Edward, age 27. Her daughter, Laura Elsie, is not living there since she married Otto Classen, an artist from Germany, in 1898. There is no listing of James Joseph or Euzell, or Stephen James Eubank, in this census record either, so I don't know where they were living at the time, although James Joseph may have been readmitted to the Old Soldier's home again by that time.
In a 1901 U.S. City Directory, James Joseph and Lee Edward, both carpenters, are living at 947 54th Street, the address where Elsie and Lee Edward were living the previous year, but Elsie is not listed as living there in 1901. In the 1901 U.S. City Directory, Stephen James Eubank is living at 1918 S. Main Street in Los Angeles, which is about three miles from the 54th Street address of his father. In a 1903 U.S. City Directory, Elsie J. and Lee E. Eubank, still an employee for Alta Planning Mill Company, are living at the same address on E. 54th Street, but James Joseph is not listed there, so once again he may have been readmitted to the Old Soldier's home, but I'm just not sure. Stephen James Eubank is listed at the East 54th Street address in the 1904 U.S. City Directory, but none of the rest of his family is living there in 1904. It seems like this family had kind of a "musical chairs" existence as to their living circumstances from about 1896 to 1905.
Per James Joseph's pension application, his wife Elsie was living on North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, but maybe that was when James Joseph went back to live at the Old Soldier's Home. But by the 1910 U.S. Census, James Joseph has died (on June 4, 1907), Elsie is listed as a widow, and is living in Hollywood with her daughter, Laura Elsie Eubank Classen, and Laura Elsie's husband, Otto, and Stephen James Eubank is living in Arizona with his wife, Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank.
James Joseph's California death certificate (issued at the Old Soldier's Home) says he was born in 1827 (he was actually born December, 1826) in Tennessee, but sadly, there were no record of his parents names on his death certificate. The information on his death certificate was given by a staff person at the Old Soldiers' Home, so they probably had no knowledge of James Joseph's parents. His death certificate indicates that his death was due to dementia. However, I've seen other records which state his cause of death was "Chronic Intestinal Pneumonia".
James Joseph is buried in the National Cemetery for war veterans along Sepulveda Boulevard, which runs parallel to the 405-San Diego Freeway in West Los Angeles. His gravestone there reads J.J. Eubank. This cemetery is just a couple of blocks away from the Old Soldier's Home where he lived off and on from 1891 to at least 1896, and perhaps even longer. I took pictures of his headstone and the area around his grave when I was there in 2010. I finally got to visit his grave over 100 years after his death, and previously did not even know that this was his final resting place. Ironically, I worked about five miles from his grave from December of 1968 to April of 1972 and never knew he was buried there.
This is pure speculation on my part but James Joseph may have been named "James" after his mother's father, James Branch, or her brother, James Goode Branch, whose wife was Sarah Uzzell. Perhaps James Goode Branch and his wife Sarah Uzzell were the family members James Joseph went to live with after his mother's death in 1833. That may be why James Joseph named his first child he had with Elsie "Uselle" or "Euzell" (Stephen James Eubank) in honor of the aunt and uncle who raised him for sixteen years after his mother's death. I'm not sure of the exact spelling, since James Joseph's son is listed alternately as either Uselle, Eucell or Euzell in various census records, but I'm pretty sure that his aunt Sarah's last name was spelled Uzzell.
Sarah Uzzell's sister, Mary Ann, married Susannah's other brother, William Branch. So perhaps the Uzzell sisters had quite an affect on James Joseph growing up, and may have even been surrogate mothers to him during the 15 years he lived with his "Branch" family in Tennessee after his mother passed away in Missouri in 1832 or 1833. It appears that James Joseph stayed in Tennessee until he was about 21 years old and went to live near his father's family in Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, in around 1848 or 1849, which was the year he married his first wife, Nancy Ann Trent.
My mother knew her father (and James Joseph's son) as Stephen James Eubank, not Uselle or Eucell or Euzell. No one in my family ever mentioned the name Uselle, Eucell or Euzell. Maybe the reason he was named Stephen was for James Joseph's father, Stephen Green Eubank, and the name James was for James Joseph's first name or that of James Joseph's maternal grandfather James Branch, or his uncle, James Goode Branch, and the Uselle for his aunt Sarah Uzzell Branch's maiden name.
Sadly, I don't know if any of this is true, and no one from those days is around to verify the theory. It could also be that Stephen James Eubank changed his name from Uselle/Eucell/Euzell because he had a past to hide. Perhaps he was also married before marrying my grandmother, and had another family, just as his father had done, but who knows! It is also possible that he married another woman after the divorce from my grandmother, and if so I have Eubank cousins somewhere that I will never know.
Sadly, that is all I know about James Joseph Eubank and his life and family, and I sure wish there was more information! The only other information I have about James Joseph Eubank is in a letter written by his half sister, Helen Eubank Chism (born 1846 in Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois), which she wrote in July of 1864, when the Eubank family was living in Kansas during the Civil War.
In that letter which Helen wrote from Kickapoo, Kansas, to her half-sister, Margaret Green Eubank Wickersham, in Petersburg, Illinois, Helen asked Margaret where they could write to their half-sister, Martha Ann Eubank Osborn (James Joseph's full sister) to have Martha send a "likeness" of Jim to their father.
Evidently S.G. Eubank had not seen or heard from his first-born son, James Joseph, very often while he was serving in the Civil War. According to Helen's letter to Margaret, S.G. Eubank carried a letter he received from James Joseph in his jacket pocket for over a year. Evidently S.G. loved and missed his first-born son very much. A transcript of that letter is included on Helen Eubank Chism's profile page under the "about me" section here on Geni.
Stephen Green Eubank's first-born son, James Joseph, was born in 1826, his sister Martha 1828, and then two more daughters by his second wife in 1836 and 1839, and two more daughters by his third wife in 1846 and 1848, before S.G. Eubank had his next son, Stephen Thomas Eubank, who was born in about 1848, over 20 years after James Joseph's birth. It's no wonder he loved and cherished his first-born son, James Joseph!
Della Dale Smith
His great grand daughter
P.S. When I went to visit James Joseph's grave at the Veteran's National Cemetery in Los Angeles in 2010, I was really struck by what a beautiful and peaceful place it was, and I took a few pictures of his headstone and the area surrounding his grave. I'm glad I have those photos as a momento of his memory. Rest in peace, great grandfather. You were obviously loved by many!
James Joseph Eubank's Timeline
December 11, 1826
Maury, TN, USA
Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, USA
May 29, 1853
Springfield, IL, USA
February 25, 1868
Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri, United States
July 20, 1870
Missouri, United States
Missouri, United States
June 4, 1907
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
Nancy Ann Trent married James Joseph Eubank June 21, 1849 in Petersburgh, Menard County, Illinois