The History of
Jonathan Erastus Quicksall
(1758 - 1834)
According to a hand-written manuscript by Matilda
Caroline Quicksall Bishop forwarded to me by her grandson, Jim Bishop
of New York City, Jonathan Erastus Quicksall came to America "from
France during 18th century and settled near Richmond, Va. Me married a
young widow named Sarah Richards whose maiden name had been Clark of
Maryland. To them were born nine children, six sons and three
daughters." This means that the descendents of Jonathan
Erastus Quicksall are apparently not descendents of William Quicksall of
Boulones (1672- before 8/21/1736). If these two lines of Quicksalls are
related, the connection must go back to England.
Laura Quicksall Hanks wrote the following
in her manuscript entitled "Quicksalls" (c) 1988:
Hasting Court records of Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County shows that on
December 21, 1802, Jonathan Quicksall married Mrs. Elizabeth Richards, widow of
George Richards. Her maiden name was Clark. Some family records show that Sara
Clark Richards married Jonathan Erastus Quicksall, so her name possibly could
have been Sara Elizabeth Clark.
From records, Jonathan and "Betsy," as she was nicknamed on the
census, lived in Henrico County until circa 1819 and then moved a few miles west
to Buckingham County. By 1830 they established themselves in the south-west
corner of Virginia in Tazewell County with their married son, Jonathan Jr.,
living next door.
Three of Jonathan E. Quicksall's sons, James, Aaron, and Joseph, migrated to
Kentucky in about 1847. James and Joseph died in Kentucky before 1860, but left
offspring in the area. Aaron migrated on to Illinois in about 1860, and died in
1864. Another of Jonathan E. Quicksall's sons, Thomas, went to Kentucky in about
1867 and then later migrated to Texas in 1881.
The Quicksalls of Kentucky are apparently descendants of Jonathan E.
Quicksall of Virginia through his migrated sons, although Quicksalls had entered
the state in the late 1700s. After the deaths of Capt. John Quicksall, Jr., of
the Revolutionary War, in 1783 and his wife in early 1784, John Hunt, the father
-in-law, took the orphaned Quicksall children to Kentucky. The three Quicksall
Girls, Sarah, Elizabeth, and baby Mary, married Kentucky men. The two Quicksall
boys, Aaron and John, left Kentucky and went back to their home state and
married New Jersey women.
The Bible names that Jonathan E. Quicksall selected for his sons indicates
that he was a religious man, but most important, the names follow the same name
pattern of the Quicksall families that lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The
name pattern indicates a linkage to the families.
Jonathan E. Quicksall was born between 1771 and 1781. He either died on
October 28, 1834, in Tazewell County, Virginia, or his will was proved at that
time. Betsy was born around 1774, and it is thought that she was born in
Maryland. She died February 7, 1852, in Tazewell County and most likely in the
home of her married daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth (Quicksall) Hankins.
The issue of Jonathan Erastus Quicksall and Elizabeth "Betsy"
(Clark) (Richards) Quicksall:
- Sarah Quicksall b. c1803 Va
- Jonathan E. Quicksall, Jr. b. c1805 Va
- (daughter) b. c1807 Va
- (daughter) b. c1809 Va
Quicksall b. March 3, 1811 Rockingham,Va - See
- Daniel Quicksall b. c1815 Va
- Elizabeth Quicksall b. c1816 Va
- Aaron Quicksall b. c1818 Va - See
History - See Tree
- Joseph Quicksall b. c1821 Va
- Thomas O. Quicksall b. c1824 Va - See