This post continues with the Havens family in Tazewell County, Illinois. I've previously covered my wife's 4th-great-grandfather, Daniel Havens, and her 3rd-great-grand-uncle, Alexander Havens. The probate file of Daniel Havens showed that James Daniel Havens (Sr) was an executor of the will and the main inheritor of Daniel's estate.
James Daniel Havens was born in Monmouth, New Jersey in July 1828. In the 1850 US Census, James (age 23) appears in the household of David Osborne with his young wife Hannah (age 17), in Tazewell, Illinois. James and Hannah had at least the following children:
1. Margaret E. Havens (born in 1851)
2. Sarah Havens (born in 1854)
3. William Henry Havens (born in 1856)
4. Katey Jane Havens (born in 1858)
5. Alice Mary Havens (born in 1860)
In the 1860 US Census, James and Alexander were neighbors, and their father Daniel was living in the household with James, Hannah and their children.
Whatever happened to the Elizabeth Havens listed in the 1870 Census is not clear, but the Illinois Marriage records from 1815-1935 on FamilySearch show that James Havens married Ellenora Rork in Tazewell County on 19 December 1872. Ellenora was my wife's third-great-grandmother.
In the 1880 US Census in Tazewell County, James and Ellenora are listed, with James' older children Alice (Mary Alice, age 20) and Bessie (age 6), and two new children, James Jr (age 4) and Charlotte (age 2). Daniel Havens (age 79) is also living in the household.
For now, this is the information I have. At some point I'll need to write for records from Miami and Cass County. Or perhaps a cousin with these records will stumble on this post and reach out.
For James Daniel Havens Jr (my wife's 2nd-great-grandfather), his story continues from Tazewell County to Miami County, Indiana as well. I'll pick up his story in an upcoming post.