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My Gulley pages are dedicated to my Grandfather Harry Gulley,
and his Grandparents, Ellis Gulley and Mary Ann Connor, Shown in the picture below


1. JAMES (T?) GULLEY b. 1794 NC or SC d. 1871-1880 TN
m. 2 MARY b. 1817 KY
m. 3 MARY b. 1836 KY

Marriage Note: His son John's death certificate lists his parents as James Gulley and Lydia Moore

Census: 1836 Tax List Dist 5 Jackson Co TN
Census: 1840 Dist 5 Jackson Co TN
Census: 1850 Dist 17 Jackson Co TN  b. NC (under the name Sully)
Census: 1860 Dist 5 Clementsville Jackson Co TN  This census shows that
they aged only 6 years???? b. SC occupation: Miller
Census: 1870 Gainesboro, Jackson Co TN occupation: Works in Mill b. SC

Children:  I believe there are probably more children.  His son James was born
1820 and then the next child Jane was b. 1830. Just one of the many mysteries
I have found while researching.  Another possible child Nancy Copas (married to Thomas
Copas).  She signed an affidavit that she was present at Abraham Gulley's birth.  If she was another
child that would be two Nancy Gulley daughters??

Children of James and Unknown

JAMES GULLEY **  b. 1820 TN d. Feb 19 1859 TN

           JANE GULLEY b. 1830 TN





JOHN GULLEY b. Feb 12 1842 d. Sept 18 1923




Children of James and Mary Unknown
         PETER SMITH GULLEY b. March 15 1850  d. May 18 1930

Children of James and MARY UNKNOWN
DANIEL FELIX GULLEY b. June 6 1858 d. Dec 9 1928

EVANS GULLEY b. 1868 TN He appeared in the 1870 census with James and Mary age 2; Census 1880 with 
           Felix and wife Mary age 12.  The next time he appears is on the 1891 Voters List Clay Co TN.  I have been
           unable to find him after that.


JAMES GULLEY (James T 1) b. 1820 TN d. Feb 19 1859 Jackson Co TN  In his wife's pension application she  said he died on that date.  Family legend says he was shot and killed.  I found in the Tennessee Mortality Schedules
Byron sistler & Assoc Nashville TN as listing for Gully James 43 M TN Apr farming dropsy J-1860 Possibly the same one?
I find it very strange that they both died on the same day and month??
CAROLINE ELIZABETH HUGHES March 14 1840 b. 1822 Jackson Co Tn (supposedly daughter of a famous traveling minister) d. Feb 19 1867 Franklin County Illinois. 
Caroline m. WILLIAM MEREDITH Sept 24 1863 Franklin Co Illinois b. 1818 Jackson Co TN

Census: 1850 Dist 17 Jackson Co TN living next door to James T
Census: 1860 Dist 14 Lodi Jackson Co TN Census taken July 6 1860 Caroline and her children living together

NOTE: After Jame's death in 1859 or 1860, Caroline and her children walked carrying their belongings from
Jackson County Tn to Southern Illinois.  along the way the traded their gun for a mule for the smallest to ride on.
She was to meet up with her brother, however when she arrived, her brother had gone farther west.

In the Pension application of Abraham Gulley, for a  pension for his brothers who were orphaned minors, are several
affidavits stating personal knowledge of Abraham's having been the son of Caroline.  One was from Clay County, TN
on Feb 15 1878, made by Nancy Copas, who says she was present at his birth.  The second is from Franklin Co Ill, made
by S J Hammons, and Daniel Gulley.  Hammonds was the husband of Cynthia Jane Gulley, Nancy Gulley Copas I at first
believed to be a daughter of James T.  However Nancy married Thomas Copas in abt 1846, and can't find anything definite.  Also as a daughter of James T, that would mean that their were two daughters named Nancy?????  Another
one of those Gulley Mysteries. 
The pension papers also show that Ellis had the Gulley Bible that listed all the family births and deaths.  There is also
an affadavit stating the death dates and locations for the youngest two John and James.
Also listed is the fact that the Jackson Co Courthouse burned in 1872 so there is no marriage license for James and Caroline.

Children of James and Caroline
ELLIS GULLEY ** b. Nov 14 1840 d. March 2 1920

ABRAHAM GULLEY b. 1843 Jackson County TN d. Jan 20 1863  Readyville TN
           buried Stone River Battlefield Cemetery, Murfreesboro, TN
           He is listed as being buried in Stones River, however he is in an unmarked grave.

           Note: Abraham was 20 when he enlisted with his brother Ellis, at Benton Illinois
           Aug 15 1862; at camp Anna, with the rank of Private.  They were near Readyville, TN
           during the January cold of 1863, when both contracted measles and Abraham died.
ELIZABETH GULLEY b. June 15 1845  d. 1910-1920

CYNTHIA JANE GULLEY b. March 10 1847 d. Feb 23 1926

           EMILY ANN MILLIE GULLEY b. April 18 1849 d. Dec 22 1909

THOMAS GULLEY b. Nov 14 1851 d. Oct 20 1936

LAZARUS RIGHT GULLEY b. Dec 23 1853 d. April 1 1928

JOHN GULLEY b. May 6 1856 d. Oct 22 1857 Cooper Co MO

JAMES GULLEY b. July 13 1858 d. Jan 1 1859 Jackson Co TN

ELIZABETH JANE GULLEY (James T 1) b. 1836 TN d. 1893 Rockbridge Monroe Co KY
JAMES EVENS RASNER (son of Unknown RASNER and MARGARET BIRCH) April 7 1853 b. Oct 20 1827 d. April 29 1918 Glasgow Barren Co KY

After Elizabeth died James m. Ollie Gibson 1893-1894 divorced 1896; m. Mary Mathews Feb 4 1901 KY
Note: James and Elizabeth moved around a lot. He worked as a farmer, laborer, hotel keeper and blacksmith.
Marries Elizabeth 1853 Monroe Co KY.  They are still there when the first daughter is born.  They are not found in the 1860 census, but believed to be in TN about then.  By the time he joins the Army Nov 1861 they are in KY again.

Census: 1850 Simpson Co KY
Census: 1870 Gainesboro Jackson co TN occ: farmer
Census: 1880 Dist 4 Clay Co TN occ:  blacksmith
Census: 1900 Edmonton Dist Metcalfe KY (Mary is living with James and family in the 1900 census as servant)
Census: 1910 Dist 71 Metcalfe KY occ: farmer

James's Military History

James signed his will April 25 1917 Glasgow Barren Co KY and it was proved on Oct 14 1918 Glasgow Barren Co KY

Children of Elizabeth and James
MARY S RASNER b. Jan 3 1855 Monroe Co KY m. A A Foster Feb 8 1879 Clay Co TN
           1880 Mary is shown as Married age 25 but living at home with Elizabeth and James

JAMES BUCHANAN RASNER b. Feb 10 1859 d. July 1911

NANCY E RASNER b. 1860 TN m. J W KARVER/CARVER Oct 26 1879 Clay Co TN

LIDDA I RASNER b. 1861 KY m. J N TURNER May 19 1887 Clay Co TN

WILLIAM SHERMAN RASNER b. Feb 18 1865 d. June 7 1952

SARAH A RASNER b. 1868 KY d. Aug 17 1950

THOMAS GEE RASNER b. Nov 16 1870 d. Aug 15 1948


PALO WAKEFIELD RASNER b. July 13 1875 d. Oct 14 1949