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Marriage: Children:
  1. Elles J. Claussen: Birth: 8 Aug 1858 in Probably Christian Co., Illinois. Death: 2 Mar 1881 in Illinois

  2. James Albert Claussen: Birth: 4 Sep 1860 in Jackson Co, IL. Death: 11 Apr 1896 in Farm Near Ava, Jackson Co, IL

  3. Mary Jane Claussen: Birth: 23 Oct 1861 in Jackson Co., IL. Death: 30 Dec 1946 in Orange, Santa Ana Co., CA

  4. Winiferd Lester "Lett" Claussen: Birth: 23 Jul 1863 in Jasper Co., IL. Death: 4 Feb 1953 in Lebanon, St. Clair Co., IL

  5. George C. Claussen: Birth: 15 Oct 1865 in Illinois. Death: 18 Jan 1885

  6. Jasper Franklin Claussen: Birth: 11 Nov 1867 in Jackson Co, IL. Death: 10 Oct 1949 in Chester, Randolph Co, IL

  7. Robert Henry Claussen: Birth: 21 Nov 1869 in Illinois. Death: 23 Apr 1884

  8. Isaac Newton "Newt" Claussen: Birth: 15 May 1871 in Jackson Co, IL. Death: 19 Oct 1909 in Jones Ridge, Near Raddle, Jackson Co, IL


Sources
1. Title:   1880 Illinois census
Name:   Not Given
Givenname:   Not Given
RepositoryId:   R17
Addressname:   Not Given
2. Title:   James H. Claussen gravemarker
3. Title:   Marriage Records of Jefferson County, James H. Clowson to Louisa J. Bateman, 1857
Name:   Not Given
Givenname:   Not Given
RepositoryId:   R72
Addressname:   Not Given
4. Title:   Mildred Rea
5. Title:   Ernest Claussen
6. Title:   Ethel Jane Jones
7. Title:   Federal Census of 1880
8. Title:   Grave marker, Glenn Cemetery, Jackson County, IL
Name:   Not Given
Givenname:   Not Given
RepositoryId:   R55
Addressname:   Not Given

Notes
a. Note:   James H. Claussen was the oldest of six sons that lived to adulthood of Emil and Sarah Claussen. He was probably born near Walshville, in Montgomery Co., Illinois, but grew up mostly in Jefferson County, Rome township. He was 13 when his father died in a cholera epidemic, and undoubtedly had to work quite hard to help his mother with the farm in Jefferson County, in the years that followed. Rev. John Johnson married James at age 21 to Louisa Bateman, and it appears that he and his new wife relocated to Montgomery County, near where James was probably born, south of Walshville, where they appear with their first child in the 1860 census near Claussen relatives. He appears on the Montgomery Co. Militia Roll for 1861. In 1862 he purchased 20 acres of land in Grisham township, near Lucie Sophia and Hugo Claussen, who may be his Grandmother and Uncle. At some point they moved to Jackson County, Illinois, where some of James' Uncles and Aunts on the Lingo side of the family lived. Perhaps the rich farmland along the Mississippi River drew him to this area. At that time Jackson County was growing quickly, and opportunities were available due to the busy river traffic and the recent coming of the railroad, which brought many new settlers. He appears in the 1880 Jackson Co., IL census in Kincaid township, district 35, a farmer, age 43. A descendant, Ethel Jane Jones, recalled hearing that James was tall and blonde. Earnest Claussen believed that James and Louisa may have lived first at or near Wilkinson's Island, then moved to Swan's Pond, below Raddle and near the river. At these places they farmed the river bottomlands. James' grandson, Aaron Otis Claussen, never met his grandfather but said his grandmother Louisa talked of him. Otis said, "He was reputed to have been very mean. His sons would have to go out to the corn crib in the barn to play their fiddle." James died of tuberculosis just short of his 52nd birthday, and is buried with his wife and many of his descendants in Glenn Cemetery, west of Murphysboro on Route 3, in Jackson County, Illinois.


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