History of James Quicksall

Son of Rev. Jonathan Erastus Quicksall, Sr.

The following was taken from a handwritten manuscript by 
Matilda Caroline Quicksall Bishop.

James Quicksall, the third son...was born in Rockingham, VA March 3, 1811.  When quite a young man he, with his father, moved to Tazewell Co., Virginia where he married Matilda, daughter of Jeremiah Claypoole.  She was of English and Irish blood.  To them were born four children, three sons and one daughter.  The first born, Jonathan Erastus Quicksall, the subject of this sketch was born near Cedar Bluff, Tazewell Co., Virginia December 6, 1834.  

In 1847, he migrated with his father and family and located three miles south of West Liberty, Morgan Co., Kentucky.  His father being afflicted with Whites swilling (TB of the bone) was never able to labor much on the farm.  He was a shoemaker and minister of the gospel in the Baptist church.  Facilities for an education were very limited in those days.  However, being quick to grasp an idea and always on the alert to catch something interesting, he acquired the principles of an English education before he attained his majority.

His parents were called by death: his mother September 8, 1852, and his father August 4, 1854.  He was then left to fight the battle of life alone.  He taught school for a number of years.  On December 26, 1856, he married Annie Henry, daughter of Louis Sr. and Sarah Ann Ward.  To them were born twelve children, seven sons and five daughters.

The Texas boys lost grandfathers confederate papers.  They got them from Grandmother to join "Sons of the Confederacy."  Mama always thought it was just an excuse to keep the papers.  Grandma wrote the following in her bible:

J.E. Quicksall
Co B 10th Ky Confederate Veterans Cavalry
Served under Humphrey Marshall 
and Gen. Cerregardo Williams

This manuscript was thankfully provided by Jim Bishop.

Tombstone of James Quicksall
South Fork Cemetery
Morgan County, Kentucky

Tombstone of James Quicksall
South Fork Cemetery
Morgan County, Kentucky

South Fork Primitive Baptist Church, founded 1807, where James and Matilda Quicksall are buried.


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