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Re: DANSBY in Union Co, MS
Posted by: Richard Schaefer (ID *****1001) Date: January 07, 2003 at 08:23:08
In Reply to: Re: DANSBY in Union Co, MS by barbara davis of 434

So far I know nothing more of DANSBY families that remained in New Albany area.

Here is a summary of what I have uncovered concerning Jack Dansby. Any added info would be appreciated.

Jack Dansby was in the USCT. Much of this info came from the Pension file for Jack DANSBY.
Some information is still confusing, for example he is already in Hardeman Co, TN in 1870, but claims his daughter was born in New Albany, MS in 1872 and his wife Mary Flournoy DANSBY died there in 1874....did they return briefly to MS?

His eyes were black, blue, grey or brown; his complexion was mulatto, brown, white, or light; his height was 5'7", 5'8", 5'10" and weight fluctuated around 155 depending on which form you looked at.

Here is a rough TIMELINE for Jack H Dansby or John Henry DANSBY

Jack DANSBY states that he was born 4 July 1840, New Albany , MS (then Pontotoc County)

He married ("slave marriage") 1861 to Mary Flournoy in New Albany, MS

He enlisted USCT abt July 1865 (July 1, 1864)

He was discharged abt Feb 1866 (Jan 31, 1866)

He served most of his ARMY time in Memphis.

Jack moves to Saulsbury, Hardeman Co, TN, apparently with some other ex slaves/USCT.
He is in Hardeman County TN, 1870 census. (Indexed under DoSBY)

1870 Hardeman Co, Tennessee Census, District 10, page 237
DOSBY, J. H. 30 M MU Farmer Mississippi
---------- Mary, 40 F B Keeping house Mississippi
---------- Susan, 16, F B Mississippi
-----------A, 14, F B Mississippi
-----------Rebecca, F B 6 Mississippi
The Susan and A seem to match the marriages below. They would seem to be some kind of kin to Jack----sisters? nieces? stepchildren?

Hardeman Co Marriages:
Hampton Bluett married Alice Dansby 25 DEC 1873, by Levi? Terry
Hampton Bluett and C H Anderson signed Bond

Lee Northcross married Susan Dansby 12 NOV 1870 by Allen Woten/Noten
Lee Northcross and Allen Mintz signed the bond.

Jack's brother, Taylor Dansby married Fannie Blew 6 APR 1878 by Aaron King, no bond found

Jack's daughter, Mary DANSBY, was born July 18, 1872, apparently in New Albany (She eventually married Pick STRINGFELLOW in Lee/St Francis County, AR. She was Jack's only child mentioned)

Mary Flournoy DANSBY dies 1874 in New Albany, MS

He lived in TN "11 years", in/near Saulsbury, Hardeman Co, TN
In 1875-1877 several relocate to the St Francis/Lee County. Arkansas boundary area.

Jack moved to Lee/St Francis Co Arkansas in 1877.
Jack married Jennie NORTHCROSS in 1877 in St Francis Co Arkansas(this is indexed as Northcrop--apparently a misreading of the elaborate old style double s at the end).

IN 1880 TAYLOR and JACK DANSBY are in St Francis & LEE Co, AR

1880 Census, Lee County Arkansas, Union, page 542 (not indexed)
Dansby, JH mu m 40 Farmer MS ---- ALA
---------, Virginia MU F 30 Wife TN TN
Cross, William MU M 21 TN TN
Johnson, Frank B M 22 TN VA TN
Brown, Chaly B M 18 ?? VA

1880 Census Place: Franks, St. Francis, Arkansas
Source: FHL Film 1254056 National Archives Film T9-0056 Page 199C

Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Wm T. DANSBY Self M M B 23 MS Occ: Farmer
Fanney DANSBY Wife F M B 20 NC
Purley DANSBY Dau F S B 2 TN Fa: MS Mo: NC
Allice GRAHAM Other F S FB 8 MS


Jennie NORTHCROSS DANSBY died Dec 23, 1884.

Isabella MAYFIELD marries his brother Taylor Dansby after 1884---she stated that she was at the death of the NORTHCROSS wife etc)

Jack married Flora GUY WILLIAMS in Memphis, TN Jan 27 1887. Flora may or may not have been married before, but had a son Charlie WILLIAMS whose father was a "Frenchman". One version is that she and the family had used the name GUY at some point because the "owner" in MS was a GUY family but the family switched to the name WILLIAMS after slavery, and she was never married before. Her sister, Callie JOHNSON, said she was married before. Jack originally desribes her as a widow with maiden name GUY.

Jack DANSBY died 11 Feb 1921, at a hospital in Memphis TN

In his will he names:
Wife Flora, gets home place in Forrest City
brother Taylor DANSBY
Callie Johnson (wife Flora's sister) $500
These got 10 acres each
Martha MALONE, Dazilee ICE, Bettie DAVIS, Gertrude NORTHCROSS (probably a niece, see Dansby marriages above)
the rest to be divided between:
Wife, Flora , Brother, Taylor DANSBY
daughter, Mary Lee STRINGFELLOW (wife of Pickens STRINGFELLOW)
Charlie Williams (Flora's son, Jack's stepson) and Johnnie DANSBY

Flora died the next year.

These were other witnesses, neighbors etc who filed affidavits to clarify some issues in the pension file.
Henry COMBS has known J H DANSBY since 1866 (statement in 1896 St Francis Co, AR 1894)
W T DANSBY ...has "lived with" Jack since 1871 (W T was 35 in 1894 when statement was taken)
Giles GUYTON... were "neighbor boys in slavery times" , moved in 1867 to Hardeman Co, TN and "stopped on a farm in one mile of Jack Dansby", then moved Lee Co, Ar in 1875, J Dansby "followed" 2 years later, (Statement taken in Lee county 1894)
Aaron NEELY , ...served with Jack Dansby in war, neighbor of his since then (Statement in Lee Co, AR in 1895)
Caleb GRAHAM...(67 in 1895) known him since "small childhood", in the war, and neighbors since then, (Statement made in Lee Co, AR 1895)
Felts ANDERSON(sargeant), & Henry CLAY knew Jack Dansby in the war..., Statements taken in 1895 Shelby Co, TN (Memphis)
Jack DANSBY did get a pension for a back injury that led to "rheumatism etc". Pension started at $6 per month and increased a number of times, eventually reached $50 a month by 1920.


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