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Person ID: I334 | Tree: Robert Mueller Family | Ancestors of Linda L Garrison  |  Last Modified: 22 Aug 2003

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  • Name Jemima MCCALL 
    Born 30 Dec 1843 Euclid, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Nov 1931 Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 


    Family ID: F104 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father William John MCCALL (ID:I306),   b. 3 Dec 1797, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1877, Clay TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79) 
    Mother Nancy Jane WASSON (ID:I307),   b. 30 Jan 1795, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1850, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55) 
    Married 30 Apr 1818 Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Family 1

    Family ID: F183 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart   
    Married NOT MARRIED

    1. Adaline (Adda) MCCALL (ID:I463),   b. 21 Sep 1864, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1877, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12)

    Family 2

    Family ID: F126 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart   
    Husband 2 William Henry HUNSINGER (ID:I364),   b. 11 Nov 1841,   d. 8 Oct 1915  (Age 73) 
    Married 25 Feb 1901 Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    1. Emily Leona HUNSINGER (ID:I734),   b. 7 Sep 1872, St. Petersburg, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location


    2. Minnie Jane HUNSINGER (ID:I695),   b. 11 Aug 1874, Boydstown, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82)

    Family 3

    Family ID: F127 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart   
    Husband 3 Allen MCCALL (ID:I365),   b. 13 Jun 1840, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1919, Prospect, Butler County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79) 
    Married 9 May 1917

    Family 4

    Family ID: F128 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart   
    Husband 4 Nathaniel Calvin STEVENSON (ID:I366),   b. 1848, Franklin TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1932, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84) 
    Married 31 Jul 1922

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    • Jemima McCall was known as Aunt Jemima by Wasson McCall and Myrtle McCall McClay. At the death of Samuel Walker McCall in 1922, Aunt Jemima came to the funeral from Butler and was very old.
      By: Esther Fennell McCall

      Allen McCall was the son of Samuel McCall, Jr. and Elizabeth (Martin) McCall. Jemima McCall was the daughter of William John McCall and Jane (Wasson) McCall. Jemima McCall and Allen McCall are first cousins, their common ancestors are Samuel McCall and Else Davis.

      JEMIMA McCALL by Edith (McCall) Young
      Jemima McCall's life is interesting, colorful, and confusing. Jemima was the ninth and last child of William John McCall and Jane Wasson McCall. Born December 30, 1843 at Euclid, Butler County, Pennsylvania. Her mother died in May of 1850 after a long illness. Jemima was six years old. Jane (Brannan) Currie, young widow of Francis Currie, was keeping house for William John during his wife's illness. He married her shortly after the death of Jane Wasson McCall. We can only wonder what Jemima's childhood was like. Her next older brother, Andrew Black McCall left home because of the mistreatment he received from his step-mother.

      When Jemima was 21 years old she had a daughter, Adaline "Ada" D. McCall, born September 21, 1864. Jemima was not married. She worked for and lived with her brother William Wasson McCall and his wife. Sometime later, she met William H.Vaughn (Hunsinger). William was boarding at a big hotel on Main Street in Parkers Landing. He was called William H. Vaughn when Jemima met him. Also known as "Shorty" Vaughn and "Billy" Vaughn--- Vaughn was his mother's maiden name. Jemima said she knew William H. Vaughn (Hunsinger) for two years and was engaged to him for six months before their marriage on July 1, 1871 (not a legal marriage). On September 7, 1872 their first daughter Emily Leona was born in St. Petersburg, Clarion County, PA. The following August 11, 1873 Minnie Jane was born in Boydstown, Butler County. Jemima did not have her daughter Ada with her and
      must have left her in the care of her brother William Wasson McCall and his wife Amy McCandless McCall in Clinton Township, Butler County. On February 22, 1877 Ada died of smallpox at age 12 in Butler County, PA.

      The following information was taken from depositions that were given to E. L. Howard, George D. Sidman and C. William Malcom, Special Examiners of the Bureau of Pensions in Washington D.C. These records and others are found in the War and Pension Records at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. After the death of W. H. Hunsinger in 1915, Jemima applied for a widows pension on Hunsinger's Civil War service. The depositions are dated from April through October 1916.

      Hunsinger's Civil War service was questionable. Hunsinger served in Co. D, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry during 1864-1865. Hunsinger was supposed to have served with another unit, the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry previous to the above regiment under the name of Hunsinger--- t his could not be proven. In 1861, when he tried to enlist with the 50th Penna. Infantry he was rejected because he was four inches shorter than the five foot seven that was required. Instead he was supposed to have been hired as a hostler for Colonel B. C. Christ of the 50th and was with this unit for two and a half years. His sister Lucy J. Hunsinger, showed a newspaper article published on the occasion of Hunsinger's 73rd birthday. The article states that he was active in many battles and was wounded in the right hand---none of this could be proven in any war records. Depositions were taken from several veterans of the 50th, but they could not remember him. The family members said that he had come home on furlough and decided not to return, and so deserted. His grandfather Vaughn convinced him to re-enlist under the name of Vaughn and avoid prosecution for desertion. Therefore, the only service record on file is that of the Co. D, 1st Regiment, Penna. Reserve Cavalry. He was wounded in the foot while with this unit. While in the hospital he contracted smallpox and was discharged. Hunsinger did not return home after his discharge and his mother thoiught that he was dead. They did not see or hear from him until 1878 when Jemima took the girls to his family home near Wyalusing and Hunsinger followed her there.

      Hunsinger was described as being five foot five inches in height, naturally of stout build, very erect, hair turning gray, more on the right side of his head where he had erysipelas following smallpox. Hair brown, eyes gray, complexion fair. The third finger of his right hand was bent toward the palm and stiffened. He was perceptibly lame from the wound of his right foot. Hunsinger "fished" for tools in the wells and was considered one of the best at that occupation. He also put down wells, was a tool dresser and a teamster. He worked for a contractor named Ely. before meeting Jemima he had made a fortune in speculating the oil fields, but had lost it all. His sister said that she could not name all the places that he had lived in the oil and lumber regions. Jemima stated that the population of the oil towns was transient and the people did not become acquainted. She said she and William moved constantly.

      Jemima's marriage to William Vaughn (he was still using this name) could not be established. She gave many conflicting statements. The examiner said that she was of good reputation but unwilling to furnish any information that might be inimical to her interest. Jemima stated that she and William were married on May 9, 1870. No record could be found for this marriage. She said the papers were burned in the fire that destroyed Greese City, Butler County in 1876. In another statement she said they were to be married in July of 1870 but that he wanted to postpone it. Then in the following winter they were married by contract on New Years Day. In a statement to the Bureau of Pensions dated May 4, 1898 and signed by him, William Hunsinger, stated that they were married on January 1, 1872 at Parker City by Squire John Scoot (Scott). The 2 was written over and corrected to an 0. He also stated that he was never married before. Jemima said that Squire Scott had nothing to do with it and that she and Hunsinger had just written up a paper between themselves. She wanted to have a ceremony, but Hunsinger said the contract was just as good--- he always had his own way in everything!

      William Hunsinger had been married before and possibly twice before he met Jemima. In a depositioin dated May 29, 1916 from Mrs. Josephine N. B. Donaldson (maiden name Bressler), she stated that she and Hunsinger were married on May 19, 1867 in Flemington, Clinton County by Hugh Devling, J.P. A child was born to her and Hunsinger named Leslie on May 1, 1868. When their son was three months old, Hunsinger deserted them and she did not see him again until shortly after the boy drowned in Delaware Bay in June of 1880. At this meeting he wanted to "make up" with her and said that he wanted to live with her, but she would have to wait until he made arrangements. He later wrote for her to come to Bradford, Pa. She made the trip, paying her own way. When she arrived he told her that he had a housekeeper who had gone to Butler and Pittsburgh to visit relatives. he told Mr. Williams who boarded with them that Josephine was his sister. He at once sold his interests in Bradford and they were to leave the next night. But that night Jemima returned with their two daughters. She had been exposed to smallpox while in Butler and returned a week early. Hunsinger called his wife his sister and told the children to call her "Aunt." There was an awful fight. Josephine said she did not wish to live with him and advised Jemima to stay with him for the sake of the children and told her to say nothing about her. Upon her return to Flemington, she obtained a divorce dated June 29, 1882.

      From deposition dated April 6, 1916 - Jemima's account of the meeting with William Hunsinger's wife, Josephine:

      "After we had moved back from Emporium and were living on the Comstock Lease, soldier (Hunsinger) suggested that I visit my people, then at my old home in Euclid, about 11 miles from Butler, Pa. My step-mother (Jane Brannan McCall) was living there and my half-sister, now Mary Porter. The last I know of her she was at Sharon, Pa. She is a widow and I do not know her husband's name or business, nor the name of any child. She nor any of the family already named will know anything of soldier's former wife. While I was on that visit, soldier had the woman come to our home near Bradford and I found her there, for I returned sooner than soldier had anticipated. The children and I found that we had been exposed to smallpox and hurried home. It was night when we got home and we walked out from Bradford. He had introduced her to Mr. Williams as his 'sister'. Williams said she came about a week after I had gone. And I had been gone five weeks. After I got home he declared before her face that she was never married to him, but she told me that she was."

      Q. You have said that he claimed that he had a divorce. This indicates marriage. When did he tell of that?

      A. He told me soon after our marriage. I had been told by someone of a former marriage and I asked him and he said that he had a divorce but that the paper had been burned with a trunk. I think was told by John Long who had been a schoolmate. I have heard that he (Long) went to Ohio and suppose he is dead for I heard years ago of his critical illness. He had a sister Margaret, I think who married Luke Stoughton and her old home was at (West) Sunbury, Butler Co. I do not know what has become of her. After two or three days the woman left out house and soldier went with her but returned the next day. I had told him to not come back. All I can say as to where she came from or where she went is that I think that her baggage was directed to Williamsport. No, I do not like to say that. I can not be at all sure. It was a terrible time and I can not remember. No, I can not remember what he called her, other than Mrs. Vaughn. I can not give any further information as to the identity of the woman or when or where they were married.

      Q. What of the story you have told of a marriage contract witnessed by Mr. Scott? Is that true or untrue?

      A. Mr. Scott had nothing to do with it. We had been engaged to be married for six months but he kept putting off the marriage. In January, 1871, we agreed to live together with out a ceremony. Soldier wrote an agreement and we both signed it. I had it for years but it has disappeared. We had a record in a Bible, as I have said, but that was burned.

      Q. When and where?

      A. At Noxen, Pa., 17 or 16 years ago. The paper went long before than. No, I never showed it to the children or anyone.

      Q. How was your living together explained to people at Parkers Landing?

      A. We went to Mr. Furman's and staid a week, telling them that we were married. When we returned to Parkers Landing people supposed that we had been married while away. The Furmans lived at or above Foxburg, up the railroad from Parkers Landing.

      When Emma was born a Dr. Dorn at Petersburg attended me. Minnie was born at Boydstown in the lower oil Region.

      We were known by the name "Vaughn" until 1880. Soldier was called "Shorty Vaughn."

      I will now say that the chief reason for our ceremony at Ebensburg was my wish to have a certificate with the name "Hunsinger" on it. I had told the children that we had had a certificate which had burned. (End of text taken from deposition.)

      Jemima McCall and William Hunsinger were legally married February 25, 1901 by J. D. Parish, Justice of the Peace in Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

      Jemima was not happy about being deceived by Hunsinger's name change. The following deposition was dated April 6, 1916:
      Jemima: I am the claimant. I heard yesterday testimony by James Hunsinger and Lucy J. Hunsinger. Regarding what was said about soldier's being known by the name of Vaughn. I will say that in October preceding soldier's first application for pension, he went from where we were living at Coleville, Mckean Co., Pa., to where his parents were living, at Wyalusing, Pa., and brought back his discharge. I knew that he had gone for it and insisted on seeing it. I then learned that he had served as Hunsinger. At first I feared that he had committed some crime but he explained that it was merely his army name.

      When we were living near Bradford a daughter of Lewis Vaughn died and the soldier and I went to the funeral. While there I was addressed as "Mrs. Hunsinger" by Mrs. Vaughn.

      Q. What did soldier say then?
      A. He just laughed it off. I had seen the discharge before then, but it made me think that Hunsinger was his true name.

      Q. Where were you living when soldier applied for pension?
      A. At Emporium, Pa. He said we must go there for him to apply under the name of Hunsinger. As soon as he had made the application he left me and the children there and went back to Coleville. The children had been put in school at Emporium and soldier wrote their names in their books as Hunsinger. I tore out the leaf for I was sickened by the thought that I had lived nine years as Vaughn and must change to another, but he again wrote their names as Hunsinger, having his way, as usual. At Coleville he met a man named_________Comstock, who hired him to attend five wells at Bradford. I think Comstock was from Buffalo. I insisted on his coming for us and he brought us back to Bradford and we occupied a cottage on the Comstock lease, where we had two, three boarders and could have done well, but he drank hard. Later he went to Emporium and got witnesses for his claim. I think he had located them by correspondence. I think he went to other places, also.

      While at Bradford, on the Comstock lease, Wine Oliver, husband of the woman who died, was at our house and I asked him about Soldier's name and he told me the truth. About that time I determined to leave him, as he was drinking so, and I learned from Mr. Oliver the names of soldier's parents. I took the children and went, not withstanding soldier's opposition. I did not think he would ever follow me but he was much attached to the children and he came and we never lived in the western part of the State afterward. The only boarder at Comstock lease that I can name was _____Williams, a portly man, who boarded with us until his wife and children, Christian names not remembered, came.

      Soldier's people treated me kindly and they told me more about the change of name. They said that he came home on furlough and being tired of army life did not intend to return, but his people advised him to and Horace and Smith, brothers, lent him money for travel. His grandfather Vaughn told him that if he went back and enlisted he would escape punishment but advised him to take his mother's name of Vaughn. He did so, and was called William or "Billy Vaughn."

      While we were living in Coleville and right away after the discharge was got, I talked of the matter with the wife of Benjamin Furman and she told her husband who told me that soldier had not committed any crime but was a good soldier, serving under the name of Billy Vaughn. He said that a better soldier never rode a horse. Mr. Furman told of meeting soldier at some place in the oil country after service and of soldier's telling him, privately to not call him "Vaughn" but Hunsinger.

      Q. then, apparently, at that time and that part of the oil country, soldier was known as Hunsinger?
      A. Yes, it would seem so. (End of text from deposition)

      Jemima must have won her case and collected Widow's Pension for a short while. On July 9, 1917, she wrote a short letter to the Pension Office in Washington D.C. as follows:
      "July the 9, 1917 This is to the Pension Department. I want to say that I can't draw any more pension because I am married again. But thanking you for past favors. I was Mrs. William Hunsinger but I am now Mrs. Allen McCall. Prospect, Butler County, Pa."

      William Hunsinger died in Dallas, Pa. on October 8, 1915. In her depositions to the Pension Office in 1916, she was still living in Dallas, Pa. She must have returned to Butler County where she married her cousin, Allen McCall of Prospect on May 9, 1917. Allen McCall was a pensioned veteran of the Civil War. Their marriage would not last long as Allen died of his war injuries on November 20, 1919.

      It was not long until Jemima married for the third time. She wrote another letter to the Pension Office:
      "August 12, 1922 To the Commissioners of Pensions: I was the widow of the late Allen McCall and I have again remarried Nathaniel C. Stevenson, another Civil War Veteran. Thanking you for the past favors, I still remain your friend. Mrs. N. C. Stevenson. 184 2nd Avenue, Butler, Pa. -- Mary Widow, Jemima"

      Jemima married Nathaniel Stevenson on July 31, 1922. Jemima was 78 years old and Nathaniel was 74. Nathaniel was a widower with a large family of grown children. He was also a pensioned veteran of the Civil War. Jemima was known to Wasson McCall and Myrtle McClay as 'Aunt Jem.' At the death of Samuel McCall on December 22, 1922, Aunt Jem came to the funeral in Saxonburg from Butler. She was almost 79 years old and had recently married Nathaniel Stevenson. Jemima lived to be 87 years old. At the time of her death she was living with her daughter Minnie Jane Bulford at 11 W. Union Street, Wilkes Barre, Pa. Jemima died November 19, 1931, her husband Nathaniel Stevenson lived until April 25, 1932.

      Jemima's daughter, Emily Leona married Peter Frailey and lived at 5 Monroe Street, Endicott, New York. I have no information on her family. Daughter Minnie Jane married William Bulford. They had no children.
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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Dec 1843 - Euclid, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Adaline (Adda) MCCALL - 21 Sep 1864 - Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Emily Leona HUNSINGER - 7 Sep 1872 - St. Petersburg, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Minnie Jane HUNSINGER - 11 Aug 1874 - Boydstown, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Feb 1901 - Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Nov 1931 - Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Source Citations

    1. [S74] 1870 Census of Butler County, Clinton Twp., PA.
      Aug. 4, 1870; Page 14; Dwelling 102; Jemima McCall, age 23, Occ: Housework; Adda McCall, age 6; Both born in Pennsylvania.
    2. [S58] Journal of Esther Fennell McCall.
    3. [S59] Journal of Edith McCall Young.
    4. [S140] Bulford Family in Luzerne County, Pa..
      William Bulford born March 12, 1874 at Penfield, Pa. He married January 18, 1895 Minnie Hunsinger, daughter of William and Jemima (McCall) Hunsinger. Billy Bulford had a livery stable in Wilkes-Barre and sold mules used in the mines. He died April 24, 1930 and is buried at Woodlawn. They had no children.
    5. [S31] GEDCOM file imported on 17 May 2004.
    6. [S47] Family Bible of William John McCall.
      Jemima McCall was born december 30th day...1843
      Jemime McCall was Borne Decmber the 31 in the year of our Lord 1843