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Benjamin Way14 MAR 1799 -- 29 MAR 1873avatar
Celia Caroline Nelson23 DEC 1802 -- 15 DEC 1871avatar
Isaiah Pickett
 
Isaiah Piggott
30 DEC 1791 -- 1 JUN 1859avatar
Phoebe McMasters25 JAN 1795 -- 25 DEC 1865avatar
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Engagement8 FEB 1858
 
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James O'Kelly4 5 6 7 8 9 Way4 5 6 7 8 9

Birth22 MAY 18334 5 6 7 9
 
Moved18504 8
 
from North Carolina
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Breckenridge county became Lyon County later on.5
Military
 
KS Militia
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IRS Tax Assesment Lists
Tag1865cattle dealer
Death2 AUG 18667 8
 
Graveunknown
Aged: 33.2 years

According to researcher, Ida Mae (Way) Vinson, James was employed in several North Carolina school districts as a teacher.  At the time, sessions were very short.  

He was secretary of the Pleasant Hill Temperance Society from 4 Jul 1855 until 4 July 1856.  He was also a church worker, and served as a delegate in October 1855 for the Pleasant Hill Church to a Christian conference at Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina.

James and his bride, Annie Semira Pickett were married in early 1858.  On 23 May 1858, James and Annie left their home and drove to the Isaiah Pickett home at Graham.  Two days later, and from that place, James and his wife, along with Isaiah and Phoebe Pickett, James' brother Shubal Way, and Annie's two brothers, John and Alson Pickett, and their sister, Sabrah (Pickett) Way (by then a widow), embarked on their journey west.

The group did not travel on Sundays, observing the Sabbath.  James O'Kelly Way wrote of their trip [I believe the original is not lost]. He concluded it with "Oct. 2nd- Fed at Neosho, camped at Emporia - Our Journey's End."

Mrs. Vinson also wrote that James kept his teaching career for some time after the trip to Kansas.  He and his wife, Annie, cooked for the men who built Soden's Dam at Emporia. Later they moved to a farm on the Cottonwood River west of Emporia.  It was located just east of the Liberty School house where the children attended school.  Annie boarded workers who built the dam and on the mill. 

James served in the military.

Family tradition had it that James was a Union soldier, who died in a Confederate prison camp. However, here is what Susan K. Forbes, of the Kansas State Historical Society, had to say about that: "...We are enclosing a copy from the Kansas militia index for a J. O. Way. He served in Company A, 11th Regiment, Kansas State Militia.

"The information recorded here is virtually all there is in the original volumes. The Kansas State Militia (KSM) was primarily used in emergencies and the periods of services were usually very short. Therefore there was no need for extensive records and paperwork, and no pension resulted. The militia was separate from the Kansas state volunteer and regular U.S. Army units during the Civil War. The latter served for longer periods of time.

"No listings were found in the index to the Kansas volunteers. We can not verify if he is the person you seek. "We are also sending copies from the 1860 Federal Census and the 1865 Kansas State Census. In both, James O. Way was found in Lyon County, originally called Breckenridge County. As the Civil War ended in 1864, he probably died in this county rather than a confederate prison. However, we have not located a cemetery record for him."

Later it was confirmed that he died in Kansas.

Anna Semira Pickett 1c

Anna Semira5 6 8 9 10 12 13 Pickett5 6 8 9 10 12 13

Birth24 NOV 18365 6 8 10 12 13
 
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MovedMAY 185810
 
from NC by wagon train with 3 siblings, parents and Moon & Quakenbush families
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with [husband] James O. Way, and [daughter] Cora B. Way
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Household of her new husband, Suibal Way [brother of her first husband]
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widowed, head of household, living with sons, John and Tunis Way.8
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as Emma D. [sic] Way, widowed, living with her son, Hubert F. Way. She had given birth to 7 children, 5 of whom were still living.
Death16 FEB 191610
 
Grave
Aged: 79.2 years
Anna Semira Pickett married two brothers: 1) James O'Kelly Way, and upon his death, 2) Shubal Jefferson Fowler Way. She had children by both of them.

Obituary for Annie S. Way from the "Daily Guard," 25 Feb 1916

Annie S. Way

"Annie Semira Pickett was born in Chatam [sic] county, North Carolina, Nov. 24, 1836. Here she grew to womanhood, and was married Nov. 11, 1857, to James O. Way. The following spring they, with her father, mother, two brothers and a sister migrated to Kansas, in a covered wagon, and settled in Emporia. To this union four children were born, Cora, Florence, Grant and Mollie, all of whom are living excepting Florence. She [Annie] was left a widow in 1866. Two years later she was married to Shubal J. Way. Three children were born to this union, Taylor, John and Tunis. John preceded his mother to the better land just seven years [ago], he passing away Feb. 15, 1909, and she departing this life Feb 15, 1916.

"In 1875 they left Emporia and came to Morris county, settling on Four Mile, where she as since made her home. In 1900 she was again left a widow, and has since made her home with her son Tunis. At the time of her death she was 79 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss, one brother, three sons, two daughters and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held from the home in charge of Rev. J.A. Davies, and the remains were laid to rest in Four Mile Cemetery."
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses
1+

Cora Belle 

14 AUG 18598 FEB 1937  KS, Morris Co, Council Grove Clyde Herbert Darrow 
2

Florence 

24 SEP 186114 NOV 1880  KS, Lyon Co  
3+

General Grant "Grant" 

26 MAY 186425 SEP 1951  KS, Lyon Co Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Wells 
4

Mollie Jane 

4 NOV 186620 APR 1952  KS, Lyon Co, Emporia John Adam "Adam" Fortner 
with Shubal Jefferson Fowler Way, m.19 MAY 1869
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses
1+

Taylor Colfax 

24 JUL 18693 APR 1935  KS, Lyon Co, Emporia Mattie Olive Thompson 
2

John Pickett 

26 OCT 187115 FEB 1909  KS, Lyon Co, Emporia  
3+

Hubert Tunis "Tune" 

10 FEB 18776 DEC 1971  KS, Morris Co, Council Grove Icy May Wylie, Elise Mabel Layton 
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  • cook: for workers on the dam
  • proprieter: boarding house for mill and dam workers
Sources
  1. Findagrave James O'Kelly Way
  2. FamilySearch James O Way Census • Kansas State Census, 1865
  3. FamilySearch Mollie J Fortener Death • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953
  4. FamilySearch United States Census, 1850
  5. FamilySearch United States Census, 1860
  6. Book: Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 Who Were Born in TN, VA, NC and SC;
  7. Other: Hubert Tunis Way, courtesy of Leona Doby to Violet Page World, Transcript from Hubert Tunis Way's Bible, letter sent in about 1979;
  8. Other: Obituary for Annie S. Way, "Daily Guard," 25 Feb 1916, Council Grove Pubilc Library, Council Grove, Kansas;
  9. Website: VirginiaSholinSmallwood, Find a Grave for James O'Kelly Way (1833 - 1866); Includes vital statistics, detailed biographical information and links;
  10. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Document #2, James O. Way Vital • North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979
  11. FamilySearch Document #3, James O Way Marriage • North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
  12. FamilySearch Document #4, James O. Way Vital • North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979
  13. FamilySearch Document #5, James O Way Marriage • North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
  14. FamilySearch North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
  1. Findagrave Anna Semira Pickett Way
  2. FamilySearch Isaiah Pickett, 1850 U.S. Census
  3. FamilySearch James O Way Census • Kansas State Census, 1865
  4. FamilySearch Mollie J Fortener Death • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953
  5. FamilySearch United States Census, 1860
  6. FamilySearch United States Census, 1870
  7. FamilySearch United States Census, 1880
  8. FamilySearch United States Census, 1900
  9. FamilySearch United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
  10. Book: Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 Who Were Born in TN, VA, NC and SC;
  11. Census: KS, Lyon Co, Pike Township. State of Kansas, 1865 Kansas State Census for Pike Township, Lyon County;
  12. Other: Hubert Tunis Way, courtesy of Leona Doby to Violet Page World, Transcript from Hubert Tunis Way's Bible, letter sent in about 1979;
  13. Other: Obituary for Annie S. Way, "Daily Guard," 25 Feb 1916, Council Grove Pubilc Library, Council Grove, Kansas;
  14. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Document #2, James O. Way Vital • North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979
  15. FamilySearch Document #3, James O Way Marriage • North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
  16. FamilySearch Document #4, James O. Way Vital • North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979
  17. FamilySearch Document #5, James O Way Marriage • North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
  18. FamilySearch North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
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