James Henry Piatt was born July 14, 1818, in Augusta County, Virginia and died February 7, 1899, in Pilot Grove, Cooper County, Missouri. He was the son of Benjamin Piatt and Sarah Donoho/Donahue.
James married first c1837 (or 1839) in Kentucky (or Ohio?) to
Tabitha A "Tempest" Morgan (d/o John Morgan who was a wagonmaker). Tempest was born c1822 in Kentucky (or Ohio?) and died February 1861 in Bunceton, Cooper County, Missouri. After Tempest's death, James married second to Sarah Ellen Smith who was the widow of George Lloyd who died c1861. Sarah was born June 25, 1835, in Cooper County, Missouri and died September 30, 1922 (some sources have her death as April 1923) in Pilot Grove, Cooper County, Missouri. She is buried in the Pilot Grove Cemetery, Pilot Grove, Cooper County, Missouri. Her father's first name is not known, but, her mother's name was Nancy Alison of Virginia.
James and Tempest had the following known children:
b: 22 Jan 1853 VA (or Tipton, MO) d: 26 Sep 1817 Blackwater, Creak Creek Township, Cooper Co, MO (diabetes; buried ?Pinensular Cem) m: c1883 MO Mary Ellen Lauer
Cordelia Piatt b: c1856 Cooper Co, MO d: 18 Mar 1907, Hickory Co, MO
Christina Piatt (twin) b: c1859 Cooper Co, MO d: Trenton, Mo m: ? McClary
Isabel Piatt (twin) b: c1859 Cooper Co, MO d: Feb 1870 Cooper Co, MO
William Piatt b: c1861 Cooper Co, MO
James Piat (age 20-30) with wife (age 15-20) and two sons under 5 appeared on the 1840, Clark County, Indiana, federal census page 284. Also in Clark County were Andrew and William Piatt.
By the 1850 census, James was in 10th District, Cabell County, Virginia, p 62, as follows:
Piat, James age 32 born VA
Piat, Tabetha A age 28 born VA
Piat, Robert age 12 born OH
Piat, Andrew J age 11 born VA
Piat, Emily J age 8 born VA
Piat, James M age 3 born VA
They moved to Missouri c1853 (probably after the birth of Oliver M) and are on the 1860 census of Cole Hill P O, Palestine, Cooper County, Missouri, p 111 as follows:
Piatt, James age 41 born VA / WM / farmer / $700/$600 / cannot read/write
Piatt, Tebartha age 38 born OH / WF / cannot read/write
Piatt, Robert age 22 born VA / WM / farmer
Piatt, Andrew J age 20 born VA / WM / ditto (farmer)
Piatt, Jane age 18 born VA / WF
Piatt, James M age 13 born VA / WM / attended school
Piatt, Harriet F age 9 born VA / WF / attended school
Piatt, Olivar M age 8 born VA / WM / attended school
Piatt, Cordelia age 4 born MO / WF
Piatt, Christena age 1 born MO / WF
Piatt, Isabel age 1 born MO / WF
This family was enumerated 857/857 pg 111 (Ancestry.com image 23/39). It looks like 'Peatt' - but there is dot over the 'e'. Is there any connection to the Mary Pyatt and children on the 1860 census in Henry County, Missouri with the Nathan Dunn family? Nathan Dunn and family were in Cooper County, Missouri, on the 1850 census.
Shortly after this enumeration, Tempest died (February 1861) and James married second to Sarah Ellen Smith Lloyd who was also widowed in 1861.
James and Sarah had the following known children:
Lucy W Piatt b c1863, Cooper Co, MO m: 2 Nov 1883 Cooper Co, MO Michael O'Rourke
b: 17 May 1865 Pilot Grove, Cooper Co, MO d: 22 Feb 1951 Cooper Co, MO m: 23 Mar 1891 Fannie Bell Speece b: Aug 1873 MO
Mary E Piatt b: c1868 Cooper Co, MO m: 24 May 1887 Pilot Grove, Cooper Co, MO J Henry Brian/Bryan
Catherine "Kate" Piatt b: 17 Feb 1869 Cooper Co, MO d: 20 Oct 1930, Sedalia, Pettis Co, MO m: 3 Dec 1889 Pilot Grove, Cooper Co, MO John Calvin Smith
George Martin Piatt b: 22 Feb 1873 Cooper Co, MO d: 24 Oct 1906 Ridge Prairie, Cooper Co, MO m: bef 1900 Effie L ? b: Dec 1875 MO [1900 Blackwater Twp, Cooper Co, MO]
Charles Smith Piatt b: 1 Dec 1875 Otterville, Cooper Co, MO d: 10 Oct 1965 Booneville, Cooper Co, MO m: 11 Jan 1899 Nelson, Saline Co, MO
Lela Lee Mollet b: Apr 1877 IL [1900 Blackwater Twp, Cooper Co, MO]
Ellie Piatt b: c1877 MO
twin Piatt c1879 (stillborn)
twin Piatt c1879 (stillborn)
By the 1870 census of Boonville, Clear Creek Township, Cooper County, Missouri, James and his family appear as follows:
Piatt, James age 51 born VA / WM / Farmer / $350/$20
Piatt, Sarah E age 34 born MO / WF / Keeping House
Piatt, James age 21 born VA / WM / Farm Hand
Piatt, Harriet age 18 born VA / WF
Piatt, Cordelia age 14 born MO / WF / Attended school
Piatt, Christena age 12 born MO / WF / Attended school
Piatt, William age 9 born MO / WM / Attended school
Piatt, Lucy age 7 born MO / WF / Attended school
Piatt, Benjamin age 5 born / WM / Attended school
Piatt, Mary E age 2 born / WF
Piatt, Kate age 1/2 (Dec) born MO / WF
Lloyd, Nancy age 13 born MO / WF / Attended school
Lloyd, Sallie age 9 born MO / WF / Attended school (this family enumerated #20/22 image 30/31)
By the 1880 census of Pilot Grove, Cooper County, Missouri, they appeared as follows:
Piatt, James age 62 born VA / mwm / farmer / father born NH/mother born VA
Piatt, Sarah E (wife) age 46 born MO / mwf / keeping house / father/mother born VA
Piatt, William (son) age 19 born MO / swm / works on farm / father/mother born VA
Piatt, Lucey W (daughter) age 17 born MO / swf / ast. keeping house / father/mother born VA
Piatt, Benjamine F (son) age 15 born MO / swm / works on farm / father/mother born VA
Piatt, Catherine (daughter) age 11 born MO / swf / at home / father/mother born VA
Piatt, George (son) age 9 born MO / swm / at home / father born VA/mother born MO
Piatt, Charles (son) age 5 born MO / swm / at home / father born VA/mother born MO
This family was enumerated #135/10. Enumerated in Clear Creek, Cooper County, Missouri were the following:
Piatt, James age 31 born VA / mwm / farming / father born VA/mother born ?
Piatt, Belle (wife) age 23 born MO / mwf / keeping house / father born IN/mother born MO
Piatt, Elmer (son) age 6 born MO / swm / father born VA/mother born MO
Piatt, Katie (daughter) age 4 born MO / swf / father born VA/mother born MO
Piatt, Deboss (son) age 1 born MO / swm / father born VA/mother born MO
Piatt, Mollie (sister) age 13 born MO / swf / father born VA/mother born MO (this family enumerated 9/131/2/4)
Piatt, Oliver age 28 born VA / mwm / Farming / father born VA/ mother born MO
Piatt, Mary Ellen (Wife) age 25 born ? / mwf / H. K. / --- --- (this family enumerated at 9/131/2/5 next door to the above family of James Piatt)
Dix, James L age 21 born MO / mwm / Farming / --- ---
Dix, Sallie Jane (Wife) age 20 born MO / mwf / H. K. / father born VA/mother born ---
Dix, Charlie (Brother) age 24 born MO / swm / Farm Laborer / --- ---
Piatt, George (BroL) age 8 born MO / swm / --- --- (enumerated 9/131/2/28)
The 1880 census gives the birthplace of James H Piatt as VA with his father's as NH and his mother's as VA. PFN questions the NH birthplace, suggesting instead that it should be New Jersey.
Three of James' children were living in Benton County, Missouri: Robert and wife Mildred with their children; Harriet Mallott with her husband, George, and children along with her younger sister, Cordelia.
My abstracts for 1900 census were from soundex cards which did not list anyone without a child under the age of ten in their household. So, I need to look for additional Piatts in Cooper County for 1900.
I do not have abstracts for Cooper County from the 1910 census, however, I believe Sarah lived with her son, James Madison Piatt, in Clear Creek Township.
On the 1920 census, Sarah is living with James and Belle in Clear Creek Township, Cooper County, Missouri, as follows:
Piatt, James age 72 born VA
Piatt, Nancy Bell (wife) age 63 born MO
Piatt, Sara/Sera Ellen (mother) age 85 born MO
This family was enumerated #26/75/8/25. Three of James' sons were living in Pilot Grove Township, Cooper County, Missouri.
An undated and unidentified obituary of James Henry Piatt from the files of descendant Pat Eickoff states that James died at 10:30 p.m. on 7 February, that he married Tabitha Morgan in 1839 and moved to Missouri in 1853. The obituary states that James had twelve (not ten) children by his first wife, with eight, four sons and daughters of this first family surviving him. According to this account Tabitha died in February 1861. James had nine children by his second wife, six sons and three daughters, with five of them surviving him. James raised two step-daughters, children of Sarah Smith Lloyd: Nancy Belle Lloyd who married James M Piatt of Pilot Grove, and Sarah Ellen "Sallie" Lloyd who married James L Dix of Blackwater, Missouri. He joined the old Concord Church, later known as the Union Baptist Church, where his funeral was held.
Sarah Ellen's death certificate reads as follows:
Missouri State Board of Health; Certificate of Death; County: Cooper; Township: [blank]; City: Pilot Grove; No: [blank]; Street: [blank]; Ward: [blank]; Registration District: 222; Primary Registration District: 4135; File No: 90 (handwritten) 25909 (stamped); Registered No: [blank]; Full Name: Sarah Ellen Piatt; Sex: Female; Color: white; Marital Status: widowed; Date of Birth: June 25, 1835; Age: 87 years 3 months 5 days; Occupation: [blank]; General nature of industry: [blank]; Name of Employer: [blank]; Birthplace: Cooper County Mo; Name of father: [blank] Smith; Birthplace of Father: [blank]; Maiden Name of Mother: Nancy Alison; Birthplace of Mother: Virginia; Informant: C. S. Piatt; Informant Address: Pilot Grove Mo; Filed: 10/1, 1922 Otto Kristman? clerk; Date of Death: Sept 30, 1922; I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from Mar 1, 1922, to Febyt 30, 1922, (dates appear reversed) that I last saw her alive on Sept 27, 1922, and that death occurred on the date stated above, at 11:30 a.m. The cause of death was as follows: Arteriosclerosis 91B; Duration: [blank] yrs 7 mos [blank] ds; Contributory and duration: [blank]; Did an operation precede death? [blank]; Was there an autopsy? [blank]; What test confirmed diagnosis? [blank]; Signed: W S Barnes M. D. Sept 30, 1922 address: Pilot Grove Mo; Place of burial or removal: Pilot Grove; Date of Burial: Oct 1 1922; Undertaker: Elliot Chapman; Undertaker address: Pilot Grove Mo