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Meredith Ambrose Helm

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg sent to T.Mason on 7Apr2001. NOTES:

Meredith Ambrose Helm:
-----was cashier in the Franklin Bank at Athens, TN, also a merchant there;
-----was a member of the first board of trustees for East Tennessee Wesleyan College [now Tennessee Wesleyan College] when it was established in 1867;
-----was affiliated with Franklin Assoc. Bank, organized 1872;
-----is named on a plaque in the Court House at Athens, McMinn County, TN identifying him with the building committee, ca. 1873;
-----is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Athens, McMinn County, TN.

1860 US Census, McMinn County, TN, 11th District:
M.A. Helm, 43, VA, farmer, real estate $14,000, personal $16,000
Fanny Helm, 43, IL, can't read, blind
Bertha Griffen, 16, IL
Mary Nealy, 21, VA.

1870 US Census, McMinn County, TN, 7th District, Town of Athens:
Meredith Helm, 53, VA, merchant, real estate $14,000, personal property $7,300
Frances Helm, 52, IL, keeping house, blind
Annie Shelton, 12, TN, white, servant
Joseph Helm, 13, VA, black servant.

History of the First National Bank of Athens, TN, page 8:
"...In 1872 the Franklin Association Bank was established and conducted business in the building where Bayless and Moody's hardware store now stands. J.W. Lillard was president and M.A. Helm was cashier. He lived in the building nearly opposite S.W. Reed's. His wife was totally blind, but a lady of very high culture, and a member of the Episcopal church. Previous to their removal to the city, they lived in a palatial home in the eleventh district...John Helm lived nearby and had a son named James, who finished his course in the United States Military Academy, and was commissioned a lieutenant. In 1885 the present Athens National Bank was established with a capital of $50,000 which has increased to $75,000. J.M. Henderson was the first president..." Sent by Gary L. Brown, RR5, Box 82, Athens, TN 37303, who lived in the Helm home in Athens, TN 1988.

McMinn County, TN Will Book G, Meredith Helm named:
-----wife Frances M. Helm;
-----and after her death the children of his brother, John J. Helm;
-----executors: Francis M. Helm, John J. Helm.

Cedar Grove Cemetery, near the center of Athens, TN:
"In memory of Meredith A. Helm, Passed away October 7, 1879, in his 64th year."

LAND: The Great Crossroads; Monocacy Maryland, The Potomac River, Orange and Frederick Counties, Winchester Virginia; The Hopewell Friends. p.24, Josiah Ballinger, 500 acres of land on Apple Pie Ridge, north of Winchester, remained in the Ballinger family until about 1800, when it was purchased by Lt.-Col. [p.24] Meredith Helm. After Colonel Helm's death in 1811 his widow Frances and son Strother Helm sold it to Robert Gray of Winchester, and it was the residence of Gray's son, Dr. Joseph Glass Gray, for many years. A few years before the Civil War it was purchased by William Hiatt, a member of Hopewell Monthly Meeting, and is now in the possession of his descendants.


Mary Frances (Fannie) Gray

Said to be first white girl born at Carmi.

Last Will and Testament of Frances M. Helm, deceased. Filed June 18th, 1889, John R. Kuykendall, Clerk, White County, IL. Recorded in Will Book A, at page 363, Probate Journal F page 522 and 523.
"I, Frances M. Helm of Grayville, White County, Illinois, do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament as follows:
1. I give and bequeath to my daughter Bertha G. Voigt one feather bed, my pillows and bed clothes and my set of black jewelry;
2. I give and bequeath to my niece Mrs. Sarah F. Eastwood my Japanese Robe and breast pin belonging to the set of diamond jewelry given to me by my deceased husband, Meredith Helm;
3. I give and bequeath to my niece Hellen G. Boyd my plush cloak, black and white silk dress, black lace mantel, light black and white silk dress, and an earring out of the set of diamond jewelry given me by my deceased husband Meredith Helm;
4. I give and bequeath to my niece Mary W. Helm an earring out of the set of diamond jewelry given me by my deceased husband Meredith Helm;
5. I give, devise and bequeath to my brother, William W. Gray, all the remainder of my property and effects real and personal of every kind and charcter to have and to hold in trust for the purposes hereinafter set forth, to wit:
Said W.W. Gray, trustee, as aforesaid, is hereby authorized and directed to sell my real and personal property in such manner and on such terms as he shall think best, and collect in outstanding notes and accounts and loan the same or invest in interest-bearing securities, and pay the interest accruing thereon annually to my daughter Bertha G. Voigt during the term of her natural life.
I hereby appoint my brother William W. Gray of Grayville, Illinois executor of this my last will and testament and request of the probate court of said county of White that no bond be required of him either as executor or as trustee as aforesaid.
I hereby revoke all former wills and declare this to be my last will and testament, this 4th day of May, AD 1889. Signed .... [Frances M. Helm]."

"We, Annie V. Helm and Sarah Butler of Grayville, Illinois, hereby certify that Mrs. Frances M. Helm signed the foregoing instrument of writing in our presence and declared the same in our presence to be her last will and testament and that we signed the same as witnesses at her request in her presence and int he presence of each other, this 4th day of May, AD 1889."

"I, John R. Kuykendall, Clerk of the County Court, within and for White County, State of Illinois, do hereby certify that the within and foregoing instrument of writing was duly presented in open Court for probate at the June Term 1889 of said Court to wit: on Tuesday June 18, 1889..."

Register of Deaths, White County, IL:
#16750 Frances M. Helm, white, female, 72 years 5 days, died 12 June 1889, 12:20 p.m., Grayville, IL, of general debility hastened by dyspepsice of four months duration, a widow, American, born in Illinois, burial in Grayville 14 June 1889, returned by physician Francis Ronalds, Grayville, IL.


Meredith Ambrose Helm

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg sent to T.Mason on 7Apr2001. NOTES:

Meredith Ambrose Helm:
-----was cashier in the Franklin Bank at Athens, TN, also a merchant there;
-----was a member of the first board of trustees for East Tennessee Wesleyan College [now Tennessee Wesleyan College] when it was established in 1867;
-----was affiliated with Franklin Assoc. Bank, organized 1872;
-----is named on a plaque in the Court House at Athens, McMinn County, TN identifying him with the building committee, ca. 1873;
-----is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Athens, McMinn County, TN.

1860 US Census, McMinn County, TN, 11th District:
M.A. Helm, 43, VA, farmer, real estate $14,000, personal $16,000
Fanny Helm, 43, IL, can't read, blind
Bertha Griffen, 16, IL
Mary Nealy, 21, VA.

1870 US Census, McMinn County, TN, 7th District, Town of Athens:
Meredith Helm, 53, VA, merchant, real estate $14,000, personal property $7,300
Frances Helm, 52, IL, keeping house, blind
Annie Shelton, 12, TN, white, servant
Joseph Helm, 13, VA, black servant.

History of the First National Bank of Athens, TN, page 8:
"...In 1872 the Franklin Association Bank was established and conducted business in the building where Bayless and Moody's hardware store now stands. J.W. Lillard was president and M.A. Helm was cashier. He lived in the building nearly opposite S.W. Reed's. His wife was totally blind, but a lady of very high culture, and a member of the Episcopal church. Previous to their removal to the city, they lived in a palatial home in the eleventh district...John Helm lived nearby and had a son named James, who finished his course in the United States Military Academy, and was commissioned a lieutenant. In 1885 the present Athens National Bank was established with a capital of $50,000 which has increased to $75,000. J.M. Henderson was the first president..." Sent by Gary L. Brown, RR5, Box 82, Athens, TN 37303, who lived in the Helm home in Athens, TN 1988.

McMinn County, TN Will Book G, Meredith Helm named:
-----wife Frances M. Helm;
-----and after her death the children of his brother, John J. Helm;
-----executors: Francis M. Helm, John J. Helm.

Cedar Grove Cemetery, near the center of Athens, TN:
"In memory of Meredith A. Helm, Passed away October 7, 1879, in his 64th year."

LAND: The Great Crossroads; Monocacy Maryland, The Potomac River, Orange and Frederick Counties, Winchester Virginia; The Hopewell Friends. p.24, Josiah Ballinger, 500 acres of land on Apple Pie Ridge, north of Winchester, remained in the Ballinger family until about 1800, when it was purchased by Lt.-Col. [p.24] Meredith Helm. After Colonel Helm's death in 1811 his widow Frances and son Strother Helm sold it to Robert Gray of Winchester, and it was the residence of Gray's son, Dr. Joseph Glass Gray, for many years. A few years before the Civil War it was purchased by William Hiatt, a member of Hopewell Monthly Meeting, and is now in the possession of his descendants.


Mary Bayard Ratcliffe

OBITUARY: Originally published in the New Orleans Daily Picayune of 29 July 1853, P2, C6
Died: On Wednesday evening, the 27th inst., at a quarter of 10 o’clock, Mrs. MARY B. HELM, consort of Meredith A. Helm.


William Walden Gray

HYPERTEXT: [ http://dig.lib.niu.edu/ISHS/ishs-1997spring/ishs-1997spring25.pdf ] A MOST interesting discussion of this family's dealing with the community can be found in "The Grayville Waterworks War" by Michael Alcorn found in the Illinois Historical Journal, Vol 90 (Spring, 1997). (See hypertext)

DESCENDANTS: Sherry Kaseberg sent records to T.Mason on 7Apr2001 and 8 Feb 2009. EXTRACTS:

1850 US Census, Grayville, White County, IL:
William W. Gray 24 merchant $4,000 IL
Thomas A. Gray (f) 25 IL (sic) [nee Thomas Ann Allen]
James A. Gray 7/12 IL
Polly Gray 8 IL
Henry Ford 19 mulatto, laborer IL
Eliza West 21 IL.

1860 US Census, White County, IL #71:
W.W. Gray, 35, IL
Thomas Ann Gray, 33, KY
Allen Gray, 5, IL
James Gray, 1, KY
Polly Lindsay, 16, IL [named in the will of James Gray, 78, see below]
Jane Nickels, 14, IL
Eli Austin, 20, IL
Newton L. Webb, 22, VA
James R. Gray, 78, VA [father of W.W. Gray, above].

1870 US Census, Gray Precinct, White County, IL #159:
William Gray, 43, IL
Thomas Ann Gray, 43, KY
Allen Gray, 15, IL
James Gray, 10, IL
Harry Gray, 8, IL
William Gray, 6, IL.

1880 US Census, White County, IL #360-361:
William W. Gray, 56, IL-VA-KY, grain merchant
Thomas Ann Gray, 57, KY-KY-KY
Allen Gray, 25, IL
Harry P. Gray, 19, IL
James Gray, 21, IL, US Navy
William W. Gray, 16, IL
Kittie Glover, 22, IL-PA-KY, domestic.

William Walden Gray:
---was educated in Kentucky;
---operated a bank on Mill Street, Grayville, IL, established 1882, W.W. Gray, banker, Harry Gray, cashier, later the site of March's Clothing store;
---operated a pork packing plant and warehouse on the river bank at the SW corner of Grayville, IL, built about 1858-1859 and peaked at 8,000 to 10,000 hogs, used as a grain warehouse in the summer months;
---served on the board of trustees for the Normal College, Grayville, IL;
---owned a lot on W. Mill Street purchased by the Shakespeare Club of Grayville for the Library by public subscription.
Ref: Grayville, 125 Years Young by Sims and Walker, 1980.

Mt. Carmel, IL Register, 1847:
"... on 16 March in Shelbyville, KY, Mr. William Gray, son of James Gray, Esquire, of Grayville, to Miss Thomas Ann Allen, daughter of Mrs. Gray by a former marriage..."

James Gray's will names Mary "Polly" Lindsay and she was reared by William W. and Thomas Anne Gray of Grayville, IL.

An unidentified newspaper clipping of 8 May 1974 describing a tour of four homes in Grayville, includes a photograph of the old Gray family home, the Abner Carey house on Route 130 near the intersection in Grayville. This home was built by William Walden Gray, son of James, in 1885 for Mrs. William Gray. The Careys obtained the home in 1948 from the Gray estate, and redecorated the interior while keeping with the original Neo-Jacobean exterior.

Search, Ancestry,com for Evansville, IN Directories -- 1888:
Allen Gray and James Gray, Evansville Grain Company, dealers in grain, lumber and railroad ties, secretary and treasurer, office: 25 Main Street, Evansville; Allen Gray, secretary grain company, boards at St. George Hotel; Fannie Gray, widow, 814 Walnut Street; James Gray, treasurer grain company, boards at 905 Upper Water Street; and numerous other unidentified Grays.


Thomas Anne Allen

Shelby County, named for Isaac Shelby, was formed in 1792 from Jefferson County. It is located in the Outer Bluegrass region of the state. Shelbyville, the county seat of Shelby county, was founded in 1792 and the post office opened in that city in 1801.

The Grayville Waterwords War by Michael Alcorn. pg. 27.
Thomasann Allen Gray was the granddaughter of Wingfield Bullock, U.S. congressman from Kentucky, and niece of James M. Bullock, who was Kentucky secretary of state under Governor James Clark, who was her cousin.She married Gray on March 16, 1847, and bore him nine children, only four of whom survived.


James Gray

James Gray was married and the family tradition is that she lived in Indianapolis and is not buried in Grayville with James Gray. The 1860 census states that James Gray was born in Kentucky and the 1870 census states it was Illinois.


John Jacob Helm

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg sent data to T.Mason on 7Apr2001. NOTES:

References:
Fran [Eastwood] Snyder, Grayville, IL;
Will of Meredith A. Helm, McMinn County, TN;
Will of Frances [Gray] Helm;
Will of James Gray, Grayville, IL;
Helm family bible, Malcolm B. Helm, Shreveport, LA;
1883 White County, IL history;
White County, IL Marriages, Deeds, Wills;
Helen [Boyd] Cooper, Carmi, IL 1973-1975;
US Census, White County, IL.

According to "Marriages of Loudoun County 1757-1853" by Mary Alice Wertz: "Loudoun County was formed from Fairfax County, which was primarily Truro Parish, in 1757. In October 1748, Truro was divided at Difficult Run and the upper part became Cameron Parish. When Loudoun was created, its boundaries were essentially those of Cameron Parish; on the north it was bounded by the Potomac River; on the south by Prince William County (which later became Fauquier); on the east by Difficult Run; and on the west by the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1770, Shelburne Parish was created from the western part of Cameron and included, generally, the land west of Goose Creek running to the Blue Ridge."

Marriages performed by Rev. Thomas Littleton, Frederick County, VA 1810-1829:
15 Mar 1825 Jas. Foster - Jane Helm Barnett
26 Aug 1803 Daniel Duty - Mary Ann Helm.

Helm Family Bible, transcribed by Malcolm Boord Helm, Shreveport, LA:
MARRIAGES
At Grayville, Ill. Feb. 15th, 1855 John Jacob Helm to Mary Walden Gray At Grayville, Ill. Oct. 1, 1857 Meredith A. Helm to Frances M. Griffing
BIRTHS
John Jacob Helm Born in Loudon Co Va 3 Dec 1817
Mary Walden Gray Born in White Co. Ill 30 April 1829
James Meredith Helm Born in Grayville, Ill 16 Dec 1855
Sarah Frances Helm Born in Grayville 15 Sept 1857
Walden Gray Helm Born in McMinn Co Tenn 19 Jan 1860, Died 24 July 1861 iy 6m 5d
Ella Gray Helm Born at Clifden, McMinn Co E Tenn 9 Jan 1862
Mary Walden Helm born Feb 8 1865 at Clifden, McMinn Co E Tenn.
John Jacob Helm Jr. born 10 Aug 1866 at Athens, E Tenn.
William Walden Gray Helm born 10 May 1868 at Athens, E Tenn.
Strother Vass Helm born Aug 21, 1872, in Grayville, Ill.
John J. Helm, III, son of John J. Jr. and Ada L. Helm, Nov. 25, 1892
Malcolm Boord Helm, son of John J. Jr. and Ada L. Helm, 23 January 1895
Harry Gray Helm, son of John J. Jr. and Ada L. Helm, 15 Oct 1896.
DEATHS
Mary W. Gray Helm, wife of J.J. Helm, died Aug 6 1874
John Jacob Helm died at Grayville, Ill March 15, 1886
Mary Walden Helm Ronalds, wife of H.L. Ronalds, died in Walker Sanitarium, Evansville, Ind. Feb 4 1915, bur Grayville
Ada Lelia Boord Helm, wife of John J. Helm Jr. born Oct 31, 1868, died Jan 31, 1944 at Grayville.
And added by Malcolm Boord Helm:
John J. Helm, III, died 1 Feb 1960
Harry Gray Helm died March 1970.

Letter from Nell Frances Eastwood Snyder, 1974:
Excerpts: "Uncle Will and his wife lived in Alhambra, California at the time of their deaths and I remember visiting them in 1941. Strother Vasse [Helm] was always talked of as the one who ran away from home when very young and never heard of again! However, I did find in one of the old obituaries, he was listed as a survivor 'S.V. Helm, St. Louis, MO.' Aunt Ella and Uncle Jim Boyd had seven children: Lyle, Jimmie, both of Blythesville, Ark., the firls are now: Mrs. Fred White, Aunt Tot, Carmi, IL; Mrs. Will Archer, Carmi; Mrs. Richard Tuck, Carmi; Mrs Martin Ude, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Matt Corcoran, Chicago. The Grays were Presbyterians while the Helms and Eastwoods were Episcopalian...Col. Meredith Helm, Revolutionary War, married Frances (Sanford) Fowler who died in 1820. Meredith Helm, died 1804, and have heard there is a tombstone bearing that name in the graveyard of a small Episcopal church in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was a native of that state..."

History of White County, IL, 1883, pages 776-777:
John Jacob Helm was born in Virginia in 1817 and lived on a farm until age 18. He "followed the sea" for 15 years, 2nd mate, 1st mate, Master, traveled around the world twice on merchant ships. Later he owned ships. About 1850-1852 he gave up the sea life and settled at Grayville, IL and sold general merchandise for seven years. In 1860 he moved to McMinn County, TN where he farmed until 1864. He left farming to join his brother, Meredith A. Helm, in the merchandising business in Tennessee until 1871. He was in Tennessee during the Civil War. In 1871 he returned to Grayville, IL to the family farm. Mary died in 1874 leaving four sons and three daughters. John married second Anna V. Wintermute who is said to have had two sons, perhaps three children.

White County, IL Marriage Records:
15 February 1855, John Jacob Helm - Mary Walden Gray, William Finley, Minister of the Gospel

1870 US Census, McMinn County, TN, town of Athens, 7th District, #306:
John J. Helm, 51, VA, merchant, $5700 real estate, $7000 personal property
Mary W.L. Helm, 37, IL, keeping house
James M. Helm, 14, IL
Sarah F. Helm, 12, IL
Helen Helm, 8, TN
Mary W. Helm, 6, TN
John J. Helm, 4, TN
William Helm, 2, TN.

1880 US Census, Grayville, White County, IL, #206-207:
John J. Helm, 63, farmer, VA-VA-VA
Anna Helm, 34, wife, OH- -- - -- [Anna Wintermute]
James M. Helm, 22, IL-VA-IL, son, US Navy
Ella Helm, 18, IL-VA-IL daughter [Helen; born McMinn County, TN]
Mary W. Helm, 16, IL-VA-IL daughter [born Clifden, McMinn County, TN]
John J. Helm, 13, IL-VA-IL son [born Athens, McMinn County, TN]
W.W. Helm, 12, IL-VA-IL son [born Athens, TN]
Strother Helm, 8, IL-VA-OH son
Meredith Helm, 3, IL-VA-OH son
Babe Helm 1/12, IL-VA-OH.

1900 US Census, Gray Township, White County, IL #74-76
Annie Helm, 54, widow, OH-NJ-NY, born March 1846, 4 children, 2 living
Lucy K. Helm, 16, daughter, IL-VA-OH, born June 1884.

Anna V. Winternute was born in Ohio, died after 1889, and reportedly had two sons by her marriage to John J. Helm. They were married in White County, IL 16th day of November, 1875, by Ephraim Joy, Minister of the Gospel, at the Methodist parsonage.

McMinn County, TN Will Book G, Will of Meredith A. Helm left all property, real and personal, to his wife Frances M. Helm and, after her death, all property to the children of his brother, John J. Helm, share and share alike, or their children. Executors were John J. Helm and Francis M. Helm [his wife], dated 2 October 1879,
/s/ M.A. Helm.

1900 US Census, White County, IL, #160-163:
Mamie Helm, 24, TN-VA-IL
Sarah Annis, 33, servant, England-England-England.


John Jacob Helm

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg sent data to T.Mason on 7Apr2001. NOTES:

References:
Fran [Eastwood] Snyder, Grayville, IL;
Will of Meredith A. Helm, McMinn County, TN;
Will of Frances [Gray] Helm;
Will of James Gray, Grayville, IL;
Helm family bible, Malcolm B. Helm, Shreveport, LA;
1883 White County, IL history;
White County, IL Marriages, Deeds, Wills;
Helen [Boyd] Cooper, Carmi, IL 1973-1975;
US Census, White County, IL.

According to "Marriages of Loudoun County 1757-1853" by Mary Alice Wertz: "Loudoun County was formed from Fairfax County, which was primarily Truro Parish, in 1757. In October 1748, Truro was divided at Difficult Run and the upper part became Cameron Parish. When Loudoun was created, its boundaries were essentially those of Cameron Parish; on the north it was bounded by the Potomac River; on the south by Prince William County (which later became Fauquier); on the east by Difficult Run; and on the west by the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1770, Shelburne Parish was created from the western part of Cameron and included, generally, the land west of Goose Creek running to the Blue Ridge."

Marriages performed by Rev. Thomas Littleton, Frederick County, VA 1810-1829:
15 Mar 1825 Jas. Foster - Jane Helm Barnett
26 Aug 1803 Daniel Duty - Mary Ann Helm.

Helm Family Bible, transcribed by Malcolm Boord Helm, Shreveport, LA:
MARRIAGES
At Grayville, Ill. Feb. 15th, 1855 John Jacob Helm to Mary Walden Gray At Grayville, Ill. Oct. 1, 1857 Meredith A. Helm to Frances M. Griffing
BIRTHS
John Jacob Helm Born in Loudon Co Va 3 Dec 1817
Mary Walden Gray Born in White Co. Ill 30 April 1829
James Meredith Helm Born in Grayville, Ill 16 Dec 1855
Sarah Frances Helm Born in Grayville 15 Sept 1857
Walden Gray Helm Born in McMinn Co Tenn 19 Jan 1860, Died 24 July 1861 iy 6m 5d
Ella Gray Helm Born at Clifden, McMinn Co E Tenn 9 Jan 1862
Mary Walden Helm born Feb 8 1865 at Clifden, McMinn Co E Tenn.
John Jacob Helm Jr. born 10 Aug 1866 at Athens, E Tenn.
William Walden Gray Helm born 10 May 1868 at Athens, E Tenn.
Strother Vass Helm born Aug 21, 1872, in Grayville, Ill.
John J. Helm, III, son of John J. Jr. and Ada L. Helm, Nov. 25, 1892
Malcolm Boord Helm, son of John J. Jr. and Ada L. Helm, 23 January 1895
Harry Gray Helm, son of John J. Jr. and Ada L. Helm, 15 Oct 1896.
DEATHS
Mary W. Gray Helm, wife of J.J. Helm, died Aug 6 1874
John Jacob Helm died at Grayville, Ill March 15, 1886
Mary Walden Helm Ronalds, wife of H.L. Ronalds, died in Walker Sanitarium, Evansville, Ind. Feb 4 1915, bur Grayville
Ada Lelia Boord Helm, wife of John J. Helm Jr. born Oct 31, 1868, died Jan 31, 1944 at Grayville.
And added by Malcolm Boord Helm:
John J. Helm, III, died 1 Feb 1960
Harry Gray Helm died March 1970.

Letter from Nell Frances Eastwood Snyder, 1974:
Excerpts: "Uncle Will and his wife lived in Alhambra, California at the time of their deaths and I remember visiting them in 1941. Strother Vasse [Helm] was always talked of as the one who ran away from home when very young and never heard of again! However, I did find in one of the old obituaries, he was listed as a survivor 'S.V. Helm, St. Louis, MO.' Aunt Ella and Uncle Jim Boyd had seven children: Lyle, Jimmie, both of Blythesville, Ark., the firls are now: Mrs. Fred White, Aunt Tot, Carmi, IL; Mrs. Will Archer, Carmi; Mrs. Richard Tuck, Carmi; Mrs Martin Ude, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Matt Corcoran, Chicago. The Grays were Presbyterians while the Helms and Eastwoods were Episcopalian...Col. Meredith Helm, Revolutionary War, married Frances (Sanford) Fowler who died in 1820. Meredith Helm, died 1804, and have heard there is a tombstone bearing that name in the graveyard of a small Episcopal church in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was a native of that state..."

History of White County, IL, 1883, pages 776-777:
John Jacob Helm was born in Virginia in 1817 and lived on a farm until age 18. He "followed the sea" for 15 years, 2nd mate, 1st mate, Master, traveled around the world twice on merchant ships. Later he owned ships. About 1850-1852 he gave up the sea life and settled at Grayville, IL and sold general merchandise for seven years. In 1860 he moved to McMinn County, TN where he farmed until 1864. He left farming to join his brother, Meredith A. Helm, in the merchandising business in Tennessee until 1871. He was in Tennessee during the Civil War. In 1871 he returned to Grayville, IL to the family farm. Mary died in 1874 leaving four sons and three daughters. John married second Anna V. Wintermute who is said to have had two sons, perhaps three children.

White County, IL Marriage Records:
15 February 1855, John Jacob Helm - Mary Walden Gray, William Finley, Minister of the Gospel

1870 US Census, McMinn County, TN, town of Athens, 7th District, #306:
John J. Helm, 51, VA, merchant, $5700 real estate, $7000 personal property
Mary W.L. Helm, 37, IL, keeping house
James M. Helm, 14, IL
Sarah F. Helm, 12, IL
Helen Helm, 8, TN
Mary W. Helm, 6, TN
John J. Helm, 4, TN
William Helm, 2, TN.

1880 US Census, Grayville, White County, IL, #206-207:
John J. Helm, 63, farmer, VA-VA-VA
Anna Helm, 34, wife, OH- -- - -- [Anna Wintermute]
James M. Helm, 22, IL-VA-IL, son, US Navy
Ella Helm, 18, IL-VA-IL daughter [Helen; born McMinn County, TN]
Mary W. Helm, 16, IL-VA-IL daughter [born Clifden, McMinn County, TN]
John J. Helm, 13, IL-VA-IL son [born Athens, McMinn County, TN]
W.W. Helm, 12, IL-VA-IL son [born Athens, TN]
Strother Helm, 8, IL-VA-OH son
Meredith Helm, 3, IL-VA-OH son
Babe Helm 1/12, IL-VA-OH.

1900 US Census, Gray Township, White County, IL #74-76
Annie Helm, 54, widow, OH-NJ-NY, born March 1846, 4 children, 2 living
Lucy K. Helm, 16, daughter, IL-VA-OH, born June 1884.

Anna V. Winternute was born in Ohio, died after 1889, and reportedly had two sons by her marriage to John J. Helm. They were married in White County, IL 16th day of November, 1875, by Ephraim Joy, Minister of the Gospel, at the Methodist parsonage.

McMinn County, TN Will Book G, Will of Meredith A. Helm left all property, real and personal, to his wife Frances M. Helm and, after her death, all property to the children of his brother, John J. Helm, share and share alike, or their children. Executors were John J. Helm and Francis M. Helm [his wife], dated 2 October 1879,
/s/ M.A. Helm.

1900 US Census, White County, IL, #160-163:
Mamie Helm, 24, TN-VA-IL
Sarah Annis, 33, servant, England-England-England.


Anna V. Wintermute

RESEARCHER: Sherry Kaseberg [sherryk@gorge.net] sent data to T.Mason on 7Apr2001 list 3 children.


John Miller

DESCENDANT: Ray Isbell wrote T. Mason on 1 Oct 2001 stating: John and Hannah Miller, originally of Augusta Co., VA, moved to Lincoln Co., KY sometime before 1780.
John Miller died there intestate in 1781, but Hannah died in 1795 and left a will that speaks of her daughters.
These are also named in the estate settlement of Abraham Miller, John's brother. It went to the Kentucky supreme court but more of the papers may be filed in Virignia.
1786, 23 June, page 513 "Virginia Supreme Court, District of Kentucky, Order Books 1783-1792: Upon the petition of James Davis and Deborah Davis his wife, and Abraham Miller the Younger, a minor, by the said James Davis his Guardian, it is ord'd that the Sheriff of Rockingham County summon to appear here on the ninth day of the next Supreme Court, John Thomas to prove the will of Abraham Miller the Elder, dec'd, and take upon himself the execution thereof, or show cause to the contrary. And also that the said Sheriff summon the said John Thomas and Jemima Thomas his wife, and that the Sheriff of Lincoln County summon Zachariah Isbell and Elizabeth Isbell his wife, Wm Field and Mary Field his wife, and Hannah Robertson, legatees under the said will, to appear here on the same day to answer the petition of the said James, Deborah and Abraham exhibited against them. And it is further ord'd that the present Admrs do not ay away any legacy or legacies or any part thereof to any person whatever claiming the same until the further order of this court.

The Miller family were also in the Linville Creek area of Augusta Co. March 1767 Augusta Co., VA Deed Book 13 page 184: John (his mark) Miller and Hannah (her mark) to Cornelius Ruddle, L600 (pounds), 500 acres being lot #3 above and also 200 acres, part of lot #2, lying on Linvel's creek, part of 7009 acres patented to Hite, Green & Co., 26 March 1747, who devised said 200 acres to son Robert who conveyed same to John Miller, 20 April 1761. Delivered: Obediah Monsey."


James Davis

RESEARCHER: Ray Isbell wrote T. Mason on 1 Oct 2001 stating: Was named guardian for Abraham Miller "the younger".