LOST & FOUND
Mary Jane Louallen
Mary Jane has been the subject of many an in-depth search! Many of us thought we were searching in
vain! This search is evidenced by the Louallen Page here on this site listing cross-referenced Louallens of various
Not too many years ago I was talking with my sister and she informed me, in quite a matter-of-fact fashion,
that "They found her." I was shocked and so happy to hear those words. I am certain "Billy Rex" was thrilled also.
He had spent many years researching the whereabouts of Our Mary Jane!
REMEMBER- It is Mary Jane's mother Hannah, Ford, Anna, or Motley we now are searching for! She was
Mary Jane is Lu Dawn's great great grandmother!
Please note that the John Robert Babil Lewallen found posted all over the
internet is in fact, what we believe was the name of Hannah's husband.
If that was his name, we must find the correct John Robert Babil Lewallen!
I urge you to press on and attempt to find the correct lineage for our Hannah and her husband!
We believe the husband of our Hannah to have been a John Robert Lewallen with the nickname of 'Babil' !
But we do not see how is coud possibly be the son of Richard; although there is food for thought here.....
One of his sons is named Jesse V. Lewallen.
What would the V. stand for?
One of Richard's wife's was a Vowel. See where I am going with this? So far that is all I have
on that subject. Much study of Richard's children and marraiges needed!
Looking further at Mary Jane Lewallen Bilyeu, we note that on the death certificate of her daughter, our
Grammy Polly, Polly's mother is shown to be one 'Jane Sinclair'.....the informant was Ellis Hilton, Forsyth, Missouri.
Polly was born in 1860/61 and died in 1958. This covers a period of 96 years, over which information and memories
change, and leaves much room for information to be misconstrued.
As we believe Mary Jane died either in childbirth when bearing Polly and possibly complicated with the problem
with a case of measles, with Polly born in 1860/61, we have no idea how the name 'Sinclair' comes into the picture other then
on Polly's death certificate and in her obituary.
There are stories of someone being orphaned. We have always thought this to have been Polly when her
mother died. Now we can conjecture that it may also have been Mary Jane. The father of Mary Jane's husband, Wiett
Bilyeu, had a history of taking in orphans.
Then, Uncle Billy Rex wrote:
1861-1958 Polly's exact birth date is uncertain. However, about the era 1935 and while she was
alive it was common knowledge and undisputed by her that she was a Cherokee orphan.
She was visited throughout her lifetime by Jess Oliver a full blood Cherokee, he claimed her as a first
She appeared to be Indian. She was raised as a BILYEU and this name pre-dates the Louisiana Purchase
We know that this Jesse Oliver was the son of our Keziah!
There is a Mary Jane Sinclair b. 1831 in N.C. the daughter of Rhonda Lewallen and Alfred Sinclair.
There was no other information or data found with this find.
Thus we are left to query if Mary Jane was an orphan of one of our John Robert Lewallen's sisters???
Although our Mary Jane was listed as born in 1835 in Tennessee. Thoughts to ponder. Remembering Mary Jane spelled her
Hannah Ford &/or Motley b. 1814 in Tenn.(One source indicates: b. 18 Oct 1813,
Warren, KY or TN) (Native American Desc.-Cherokee) -Hannah is reported to have married in 1830
in Tenn. to a John Louallen/Lewallen who died in 1848/1850.
Hannah died 1861/1862 in Walnut Shade, Mo. and is buried in Old Meadows Cemetery, Bull Creek, Mo.
in an unmarked grave to the left as one enters the gate.
(More about Hannah furthur down on this page.)
Children of Lewallen b. abt 1800& Hannah b. abt 1816 :
1. Mary Jane Louallen b. 1839
2. Bill-William b. (not found on 1850 Census) Mentioned by family as being the ooldest son & to
have died with his father.)
3. Keziah E.A.b. 9 April 1833 in NC. Married James Oliver 1859. Died
1921 Taney Co., Mo.
(James Oliver was a full blood Cherokee and his picture is said to have hung in the Branson, Mo. Bank-He
claimed our Grammy Polly as a first Cousin. This is fact as his mother Keziah was sister to Polly's mother,
4. Mathew John b. 1835 in Tenn.
5. Jesse V. b. Dec. 1841/42 in Tenn.
6. Sarah Emmaline b. 1842 in Ark. (source death cert. shows: b. 26 Oct 1844 in Mo, but this was 67+
years later and the informant was most likely incorrect) m. Andrew Jackson Hogan
7. George W. b. 13 Jan. 1843 in Mo./d.17 May, 1912 Dade Co.Mo.
8. James Ross b. 1845 in Mo.
9. Robert "Rob" b. 1847 in Taney Co., Mo.
10. Elizabeth D. b. 1848/49 (note: attacked Bud with knife as he tried to kill Stephen) Taney Co.,
11. C. b. 1833 in Tenn. No further info/data located.
Mary Jane Louallen b. 1837 in Tenn. m. Wiett Bilyeu b. 25 Dec. 1835 in Crawford Co.,
now Miller City, Missouri. Mary Jane died 1860/61 in Bull Creek, Mo. from measles complications and is buried King Cemetary
South of Selmore, Missouri. Mary Jane & Wiett Bilyeu were married in Ozark, Christain Co., Mo. abt 1856/58.
Mary Jane is buried with a feild stone for her headstone beside the headstone of her husband, in the King Cemetery.
This is a small cemetery a few miles south of Selmore, Missouri.
If our Mary Jane m. Wiett Bilyeu in or about 1856/58, and if she was born in 1831 or 1835/37, she would
have been 23-25 or 20-23 when she married him. This tells us she could possibly have been married to a Sinclair first
and perhaps Sinclair died. either that or we are forced to go with the Sinclair as postulated earlier.
Children of Mary Jane Louallen & Wiett Bilyeu :
1. Sarah Emmaline "Tooley" "Tulie" b. 1 Jan 1858/60 in Taney Co.
Ozark, Mo. Said to have left to sign-up on the Indian Rolls.
(Julie writes: She was married twice: one was Perry McMinn and the other was Phillips.Thomas
Jefferson Phillips. He was her third (or possibly 4th) husband. Her first husband was Commodore Perry ("CP") McMinn, second
(or third) was Daniel Mosier. "McDonald" was mentioned to me at one point (2nd??), but I've found nothing to substantiate
it. I've heard that when Dan Mosier died he left her quite a nice little farm, but that ......)
2.. Mary Ann b. 1860 in Ozark, Mo
(One scource indicates: b. Christian Co., Mo.)
3. Hannah Elizabeth "Polly" b. 23 Jan. 1859 in Christian Co., Mo. Polly
died 12 Jan. 1958 Ozark, Mo. She is buried Spokane, Mo.
Hannah Elizabeth "Polly" Bilyeu 1st m. Green Williams 30 Dec. 1875 in Galloway,
Green, Mo. Polly & Green Williams had two children: Baby Boy Williams and Mary Green Williams b. 28 Nov. 1878.
Polly was a Midwife.
Polly 2nd m. William J. Hilton in 1890, Green Forest, Ark., Mo. They
were married 27 July 1879. Polly died of flu/pneumonia complications.
Polly is Lu Dawn's great grandmother.
Children of Polly Bilyeu & William J. Hilton:
1. Bulah Jane
3. W. Newton
4. Benjamin Harrison
5. James Ross (See Hilton Page in Nagation Bar)
6. Katherine "Katy" Katie" Ellen b. 1896
7. Carrie b. 1899
8. Cora b. 1900
9. Ellis b. 1903
10. Joseph b. 1907
(See Hilton Page in Navigation Bar)
Found on 1850 US Federal Census:
H. Lewallen, Age 36, Birth Place Tennessee, White, Female, Home in 1850 Jasper, Taney, Missouri
Family Number 435
36 b. 1814
C. Lewallen 17
M. J. Lewallen (Mathew John)
15 b. 1835
E. A. (Keziah) Lewallen
13 b. 1837
M. J. (Mary Jane) Lewallen 11
J. V. Lewallen
9 b. 1841
S.E. (Sarah Emmiline) Lewallen
8 b. 1842
J. R. (James Ross) Lewallen
4 b. 1846
R. B. Lewallen
3 b. 1847
E. Lewallen 1 b.
Note: Two other familly members missing from the above 1850 Census are;
John Robert Lewallen and his son 'Bill' William
They have been reported to have left ofr the Gold Rush and been killed on their way home. As child
Elizabeth is shown as born in 1849, we can deduce that these two disappeared that year.
This does not explain the Robert Lewelling who purchased land in Taney County, Mo. in 1850. Who was
this Robert Lewelling? these are also other Lewallen, Taney Co., Mo. Land Purchases in 1854.
we are in the process of listing these.
Found on RootswebAncestry.com
Edwin Motley b. 1780 Wake Co., NC Christened in Allen, Ky d.1839
Martha Patsy Lynn b. abt. 1784 in Wake Co., NC
Married 11 January 1802 in WAKE cO., NC
Patsy is found on the 1850 Census as living in Allen, Ky Age 65
Other listed on that census with her are:
James Motley Age 42
Sally Motley Age
Note: I stop here as records on Rootsweb.com & Ancestry.com differ
with dates and ancestry. I leave you to search Rootsweb.com and see what you find there.
One record indicates Edwin died 26 Apri 1838 in Difficult Creek, Allen, Ky. but I am leary about this
being Hannah's parents. Much work left to be done here.
Hannah Lewallen is believed to be buried in Meadows Cemetery.
I have yet to tie-in the name of Ford or that of Motley!
She was the mother of:
1 William 'Bill' - Said to have died with his father
2 C. Lewallen - Nothing furthur Located
3 Mary Jane Lewallen Bilyeu (md Wiett Bilyeu)
4 Keziah Lewallen Oliver (md James Oliver)
5 Matthew John Lewallen (md Martha Bilyeu)
6 Jessie V. Lewallen (md Louisa Hammond)
7 Sarah Emmaline. Lewallen (md Andrew jackson Hogan)
8 George Lewallen d in Dade Co. MO)
9 James Ross Lewallen - Said to have died taking a load of supplies to the Union Army
10 Robert R. Lewallen (md Sarah Angeline "Angie" Davis)
11 Elizabeth D. Lewallen Bilyeu (md Stephen Bilyeu).
The following was sent in
by June in Texas:
Jesse Louallen - born 08
Dec 1842, Tennessee,
died 14 Mar 1918, Missouri
Jesse married Louisa Ferguson, a widow, 01 Mar 1866
in Christian County, Missouri.
Jesse & Louisa had the
following children According to 1880 Census, Jackson Twp, Polk County, MO:
William, born 1867
Rachel, born 1868
Benton, born 1870
Louisa, born 1872
John, born 1874
Magie, born 1877
Louisa was the d/o Thomas
and Rachel (Lyons) Hammond.
Louisa was born in Tennessee
on 25 Feb 1841 and died 21 Feb 1915 in Missouri.
She 1st married George W.
Ferguson, s/o Obadiah and Elizabeth Ferguson. He was born in 1835 in Wallens Creek, Lee County, VA and died
from Civil War injuries 28 Sep 1862, in Christian County, Missouri. He's buried in King Cemetery, Christian
Louisa & George W. Ferguson
had the following children:
-Mary F., born 18 May 1857,
Christian County, MO.
I have never found what happened to her.
-Ruben Alexander, born 18
Jan 1859, Christian County, MO,
died 18 Feb 1938, Barry County,
-James O., Born 03 Dec 1860,
Christian County, MO, died 12 Sep 1932, Benton, Polk County, MO
(June tells us:
George's dad, Obadiah Ferguson, born abt 1765, died 1847, was my 5th great-grandfather and is my brick wall.)
According to Tales of Bull Creek Country, by John K. Mitchell:
Hannah died in either 1862 or 1863, up Bull Creek from the cemetery. Hosea Bilyeu
and another boy were taking Hannah's body to Meadows for burial when they were fired on and chased by bushwhackers.
Hosea escaped; as a precaution, his grandparents, John Witten and Sarah Harp Bilyeu, sent him up to Rolla to enlist with the
Union Army. No mention is made of whether Hannah's remains were actually buried in Meadows in another attempt, or who
the other boy was. James Ross Lewallen, Hannah's son, is believed to be the boy from Taney county who was killed by
bushwhackers while taking supplies to the Union Army.
One source suggests that Hannah's husband may have continued Westward with the Removal to Oklahoma, and
that he may have returned now and then to visit her as she continued having children through 1848/49.
He is reported to have died in 1848.
I feel that he was a Jesse or a Matthew. These two names show up on TN Census, then they are not on
the next TN Census but show up on Ark Census instead!
Another version of her husband has him leaving with eldest son for the Gold rush and after just barely recovering
from Cholera, they both drowned in a river.
Yet another version has them traveling on a wagon train to the Cal. Gold rush when the wagon train was attacked
by Indians. This version indicates they were killed by Indians during the attack and are buried somewhere on the Prairie.
Branson, Taney Co., Mo.
||18 May 1931
||10 May 1921
||12 Sep 1867
||6 Oct 1899
||22 Feb 1861
||11 Feb 1939
||28 Apr 1813
||24 Feb 1881
||h/o Frances. (Frances bur in Stone Co. MO)|
||8 Feb 1859
||7 Oct 1899
||9 Apr 1836
||22 Mar 1920
||25 Nov 1863
||28 Nov 1881
||8 Aug 1866
||9 Nov 1939