It's been a while since I tried to find a fellow HORSLEY researcher so I
thought maybe it would be worth a try.
The information below is NOT proven, well.........not from Berry upwards
at least. It is a "best guess at this time" from the information available.
Here's the deal. Family tradition [ you know, I thought I heard someone
say they overheard...............etc. ] that Berry's fathers name was
Ralph. Pretty slim pickens to go on, but you never know. Anyway, the
"Ralph" below is the only one I have found in Kentucky in the required
age range. Several others but not in the correct range. Mostly to young
to have been Berry's parent.
In the 1850 Breckinridge County Census, District 2 we find "Rapael" [
1870 census = Ralph ] and Delia [ 1870 census Delila ] HORSLEY and
family. Living with him are Levi and Sarah HORSLEY. That's why I put
them as his parents. Also living there was what looks like a Susan
CLARKE age 23 and two more HORSLEY'S, Emily (16) and what looks like
One particular stumbling block is the age of Delia. At 41 in 1850 she
would have been somewhere around 15 when Berry was born. Not completely
unheard of but........ Could there have been a first marriage? Good
Could Susan CLARKE be a daughter that was married and lost her husband
in some way? Her age would have made her just a bit younger than Berry
meaning that if she was it looks more possible that Berry belongs with
Who were the last two HORSLEY children listed in the 1850 census?
Usually the children of a head of household would all be listed together
then anyone outside that core group listed afterwards. The fact that
they are listed below Levi, Sarah, and Susan should indicate they are
not children of Rapael and Delia. BUT, they don't use the CLARKE last
name to be children of Susan CLARKE.
OK, on to Berry himself. By the 1850 census he was married and living in
Coles County Illinois. Also take note of the similarity in naming of the
children of Berry and Rapael. [ Symian and Simeon ( a relatively unusual
name ), William and William ] There was also a William HORSLEY closely
associated with Berry in Illinois [ his brother? ]. Sometimes these
things can be pointers.
In order to connect him for real it would take a birth record or
something in a will naming him a son. Census records are of little real
use in confirming things before 1850. That's my dilemma. How to either
prove or disprove. Proving the information would be best because I could
then move on but even a disproval would be something. I would at least
know where to go from here.
If this is your family I would really love the hear from you. So far it
has been a very lonely search with no one else looking into this line.
1.Levi Horsley, b. ca. 1766 Virginia
sp. Sarah _______, b. ca. 1776 Virginia
2.Ralph Horsley (b. ca. 1802 - Breckinridge County Kentucky)
sp. Delia Williams
3.Berry L. Horsley (b. ca. 1823 - Kentucky)
sp. Sarah N. (b. 1825 - Kentucky)
4.Joshua Theodore Horsley (b. 1845 - Coles County Illinois,
d. 1904 - Marshall, Logan County, Oklahoma)
4.William A. Horsley (b. 1848 - Ill)
4.Simeon "Uncle Simmy" Horsley (b. 1854 - Ill, d. 1912 -
4.Rosella Horsley (b. 1856 - Ill)
4.Isadore Horsley (b. 1858 - Ill)
4.Samuel Horsley (b. 1862 - Ill)
4.Lensatha (Sophia) Horsley (b. 1866)
3.Symian Horsley b. ca. 1833
3.William Horsley b. ca. 1835
3.Sally Horsley b. ca. 1837
3.John Horsley b. ca. 1840
3.Stephen Horsley b. ca. 1843
3.Harrison Horsley b. ca. 1845
3.Mitchel Horsley b. ca. 1848
3.Susan Horsley b. ca. 1851
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