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John Wesley Horner

Jeff Engle (View posts)
Posted: 959292078000
I am looking for information on my gr gr gr grandfather John Wesley Horner, born on or about 1812 in Virginia (from what I've found out) and died in 1865 in a Union prison camp. His wife was Mary Jane Clemmons. They were married about 1840. His decendants include Joe Horner - the lawman/outlaw and my gr gr grandmother Martha Matilda Horner (Smithson). I've really hit a brick wall in my research here. You can check out what I know at John was said to be a self-taught doctor (he was a surgeon in the civil war), a methodist preacher, and a farmer.

john wesley horner

Posted: 964836411000
Edited: 1104381427000
I have one of these in my family tree. Will let you know on the dates to see if it's the right one. Ironically... I have a bunch of methodist ministers also.

Re: John Wesley Horner

earl w adair (View posts)
Posted: 1108366213000
Classification: Query
this might help some let me know if you see anything wrong ---------earl wesley horner adair

Horner Family
(1) Unknown Horner b. unknown Virginia physician of Scottish descent who was said to have fought in the Revolutionary War.
Wife Unknown
William Horner Samuel Horner Richard Horner Benjamin Horner (2) John Wesley Horner b.1812
(2) John Wesley Horner b. 1812 profession –Doctor preacher farmer d. 1865 prisoner of war yankee prison Anton Illinoise died there ( see end note # 1 )
Wife #1 Mary Landin Wife #2 Mary Jane Clemmonds b. 1816 m.1841 Baltimore Maryland
children 11 total
Marriage ( 1 ) Mary Horner b. 1834
Virginia Horner b. 1836
Eliza Ann Horner b. 1838

Marriage (2 )
Margaret Horner b: 1841 in Keokuk, Iowa
Martha Horner b: 1843 in Keokuk Iowa (3) JohnWesley Horner b.1844 in Keokuk Iowa
(see end note # 2 ) Mary Jane Horner b: 1847 in Harrison Township, Henry County,Indiana
Josia (Joe)Horner (alias Frank Canton see end note 3) b.15 SEP 1849 inHarrisonTownship, HenryCounty Indiana married Ann b. 1 MAY 1867 inMetamora,Woodfor County, Ca. m. 21 JAN 1885 at Ranch of George Beck outside Buffalo Wy.
children b: 09 Dec 1885 in BuffaloWyoming
b: 20 Aug 1888 at Canton Ranch outside Buffalo Wyoming George Horner b. 1852 Allen Horner b .1855 in Topeka, Kansas lived at FT belnap Kate Horner b: Feb 1857 in Topeka, Kansas Minnie Bell b: Jan 1859 in Huntsville, Arkansas
m. Mahlon Goodman 1899 Hawkins co Tn
(3) John Wesley Horner ( see end note #1 ) b. March 24,1844 Keokuk, Iowa m. 1874 Ann Noah Sandifer b. Kentucky children
#1 Horner
Mary Jane
Nola (m. Dick Whittenburg)
Ethel Horner m. Robert Eskew (4) Lelia Grace( Horner) Adair m. 01/24/1896 Husband Fred Laker Adair (see Adair lineage ) Geraldene Nola Adair Baxter b.10/04/1897 d. 1963 married Jimmy Baxter
Juanita Earl Adair b. Sept 21 1900 in graham Texas d. 10/1980 m. 1.Ed dugan 2. Selby Turnbull

JoeNewton Adair b. 6/31/06 Denton Tex. M. Jenny Earlene Prinderville 06/01/26 Children
Joseph Jr Rita Joyce Dee Ann

Forrest LeGrande Adair b.3/19/1909 d.3/2/1987 McComb Miss. M. 1 Ruth Hebern 2. M. Georgia Rutlage children
Forrest Edwin
Junita Dean
Forrest Jr.

(5) John Wesley Adair b.Aug. 8/19/11 Hedley Tx.d.6/19/76 m. Hazel Marie Atkins b.6/8/1912 m. 5/3/31 Lawton Okla. children Jerry Dick
Barbra LaWren
Kenneth Milton
Earl Wesley

William Franklin Adair b. 5/‘13/1914 in Graham Tex. m. Gela Burgess Nov 16/32
William Thomas

Fred Gerald Adair b. Mar 23 1904 in Hedley Texas d. 4/29/79 m.( 1). Nan Marion (2). Irene Dyer
Irene (boo)

Annette Ynonne Adair Cates b. 10/19/1919 m. Paul Cates children
` Donna

John Wesley Adair m. Hazel Marie (Atkins ) Adair children
Jerry Dick
Barbra LaWren
Kenneth Milton
Earl Wesley

Jerry Dick Adair

Jerry Dick Adair b Feb/28/33 ( DECEASED 01/9/71 ) Wichita Falls Tex
Betty Jean Josey b--------------- -------------------

D Valerie Jean Adair b---------- Rapid City SD
Married -----------
------------ --------- ------ b----------- ---------------

S Jerry Dick Adair

Barbra La Wren (Adair) Bills

Barbara LaWren Adair Bills b 6/6/35 Wichita Falls Tex
Married 12/15/50 Gilbert Arlan Bills b 4/6/32 Wichita Falls Tex.


S Gilbert Arlan Bills Jr b. 5/14/52 Wichita Falls ,Tex
Married 9/22/73
Debra Elain Plitt b 11/8/1953 La Marque ,Tex
D Kimberly Renee Bills b Sept/4/1978 Texas City,Tex.
D Jennifer Nicole Bills b April/27/1983 Texas City,Tex

D Deborah Ann Bills b Oct/15/1954 La Marquue Married 5/5/1979 Ronald Earl Vail b Jan/21/1952 Texas City,Tex

S Ronald Craig Vail b Nov/17 /1974 Texas City,Tex
S Jarred Brent Vail b Jan/16/1976 Texas City,Tex

S Mark Bradly Bills b Oct/21/1958 Galveston Tex.
Married April/15/2000 Lau Pong Fa (Seeling) b 3/25/1962 Island of Borneo

S Bradly Arlan Bills b July/24/2000 Galveston Tex.

Kenneth Milton Adair

Kenneth Milton Adair b 12/16/37 Wichita Falls Tex Married 7/28/56 Jean Ann Allen b 11/9/37 Wichita Falls Tex

D Linda Jean Adair b 6/24/58 Wichita FallsTex.
Married Dec/6/80
Kelly Maloney b 10/13/56 Wichita Falls Tex

S Adam Grant Maloney b 06/8/83 Wichita Falls Tex
S Travis Garrett Maloney b 02/24/89 Wichita Falls Tex

S Kenneth Michael Adair b 8/21/60 Wichita Falls Tex
Married 8/25/84
Tammie MarieYoung b 02/6/61 Wichita Falls Tex

(D) Heather Marie Adair b 8/27/85 Wichita Falls Tex
Michaels Second marriage
Sd Ryan James
Sd Katie James

Earl Wesley Adair

Earl Wesley Adair b 5/22/43 Graham Tex.
Married 6/19/65
Darlene Frances Borgman b Dec 4/1945 Henrietta Tex.


D Carey Leigh Adair b April/27/1965 Henrietta Tex.
Married 5/28/88
Kenneth Wayne Macik b Dec 13/1963 La Marque Tex.

D Brianne Marie Macik b Dec/14/91 Baton Rouges La.

D Deidre Evette Adair b 4/3/68 Texas City Tex.
Married 4/17/93
Joseph Allan Greer b 8/20 /59 Pasadena Tex
S Dustan Allan Greer b 4/30/94 Webster Tex.
S Jeremy Allan Greer b Jan/18/2000 Houston Tex.
SD Amy Greer b. 4/25/83 Clear Lake Tex. SD Angela Greer b. 12/1/86 Galveston Tex.

S Wesley Marvin Adair b Feb/7/1975 Texas City Tex
Married 4/7/01
Kristy Morvant b 5/24/80 Freeport Tex s Blake Wesley Adair b 8/6/04 Round Rock Tex.


(end note #1)

John W. Horner was born in 1812, one of five sons and a daughter of a Virginia physician of Scottish descent who was said to have fought in the Revolutionary War.
John W. Horner was a farmer and Methodist preacher who also practiced medicine. According to family tradition, he had only six months of formal schooling but educated himself through reading and kept an extensive library. He married twice and fathered twelve children.
John Horner had wanderlust. In the early 1830s he left Virginia for the frontier country of Ohio, where he married. The couple had three daughters: Mary, born in 1834, Virginia in 1836, and Eliza Ann in 1838.(2) John’s wife died in about 1840, and he returned east and married Mary Jane Clemmons, a twenty-four-year -old woman of English and Irish heritage, in Baltimore. Nine children - four boys and five girls - were born to this union. Josiah W. (“Joe”) Horner was the middle child, with four older and four younger siblings. In 1849, the year of Joe Horner’s birth, William and Josiah Clemmons, brothers of Mary Jane, joined the great rush to the California gold fields. Josiah, for whom Joe Horner was named, died during the return trip and was buried at sea.
After his second marriage, John Horner led his family to Keokuk, Iowa, where Margaret was born in 1841, Martha in 1843, and John Wesley in 1844. The Horners next settled in Harrison Township, Henry County, Indiana . Here daughter Mary Jane (Mollie) was born in 1847, Josiah on September 15, 1849, and George in 1852. By 1854 the Horners were located near Kansas City, Missouri, and the following year were in Topeka, Kansas, where Allen joined the family in 1855 and Kate in February 1857. The next stop was Huntsville, Arkansas, where the last child, Minnie Belle, was born in January 1859. The Horners in 1860 were back in Missouri, living at Ozark, in the southwestern corner of the state.(4) Despite the constant uprootings, the Horner children were evidently well provided for. “He must have been a wonderful financier,” mused a daughter, “to have transported such a boodle of children (most times in a prairie schooner) & but a few of us could claim the same state for our birthplace... We could not have appeared shoddy as we were well clothed & had not thot [sic] but what we were as good as anybody.”
At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Horners were living at Ozark. Although almost fifty years old, with a wife and a flock of children, Horner went off to fight for the Confederacy. On August 20, 1862, the Confederate secretary of war had authorized Colonel H. E. Clark to recruit and equip a regiment of Missouri volunteers. Within ten days John W. Horner had joined the unit as a private in the company of Captain A. F. Jones.(6) Three months later the oldest son, John Wesley, also enlisted in the confederate army, joining Company C of the 34th Regiment under General Sterling Price. Despite wounds received at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, he fought for the Confederacy until Robert E. Lee’s surrender in 1865 (7). battle of Mount Vernon, Missouri, in 1864, he was taken by Union forces to Alton, Illinois, and
In early 1863 the elder John Horner became a military surgeon. Wounded and captured at the confined in the formal state penitentiary as a prisoner of war. He died there in 1865. There are two versions of Horner’s death in the family tradition. According to one, the doctors at Alton, recognizing that Horner treated a Union officer’s wife, who had pneumonia, and that he died after contracting the disease from his patient. (9) It is more likely that Horner was one of the last victims of the smallpox epidemic that raged in the Alton prison during the winter of 1863 and did not abate until late in 1864. At the peak of the scourge, the dead mounted up so fast that prison officials gave up trying to keep accurate records. Estimates of prisoner deaths from disease ranged

from one thousand to five thousand; the army officially listed 1,354.
Sixty-two years after her father died, Minnie Belle Burnett, who was only six at the time,
remembered receiving the news. “It was the year peace was declared and he had written Mother to dispose of the household goods and come to him. He felt they could make a happy home there. She had everything packed and we were to leave the next morning.... I heard Mother scream and we rushed to the house to find she had received the message of his death.”
(1) The boys were William, Sam, John, Richard, and Ben. The daughter’s name has been lost to history. The family history is derived from letters written to Canton’s widow after his death. Mary Jane Sams, Canton’s sister, in a letter dated December 14, 1927, provided details, although she said it was difficult because the old family Bible had been lost. Other information is contained in an undated letter from Minnie Belle Burnett, another sister, in a letter from Ethel Horner, a niece, dated February 15, 1928, and in additional details reported by Ethel after interviewing her father, John Wesley Horner.
(2) Horner’s first wife apparently came from a well-to-do Ohio family. “I am sure their people were prominent as one Auntie visited us in Indiana & took Sister Jennie back to Cincinnati on a visit & Jennie thot [sic] they were wonderful & houses grand,” Mary Jane Sams remembered in 1927. “Sister Eliza was the brightest of the seven sisters... [She] was poring over books (& our father kept a fine library) & best of all she had such a wonderful memory. Jennie was beautiful & such a lovely figure. Moved like a princess & was inclined to a little vanity” (Mary Jane Sams to Anna Canton, December 14, 1927).
Minnie Belle Burnett to Anna Canton.
Mary Jane Sams to Anna Canton, December 14, 1927. In addition to the cited letters, the Horner family history is reconstructed from official records: U.S. Census, Henry County, Indiana, 1850; Benton County, Arkansas, 1860; Denton county, Texas, 1870; and Young County Texas, 1880; Texas State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Records for Joe Horner; Oklahoma State Department of Health, Certificate of Death, Frank Melvin Canton.
Mary Jane Sams to Anna Canton, December 17, 1927
Confederate Records, Military Service Branch (NNMS), National Archives. To be accepted, Horner lied about his age, saying that he was only forty-three. Clark’s Regiment of Recruits later became the Seventh Regiment of the Missouri Cavalry.
Crouch, A History of Young County, 223-24
Ethel Horner to Anna Canton, February 15, 1928
Minnie Belle Burnett to Anna Canton
“Alton’s Disaster in War between States,” undated clipping from the Alton Illinois Telegraph, , Alton, Illinois

Confederate Veterans Entertained
Graham Leader, 21 June 1915

Tuesday afternoon, 19 January 1915, the ex-Confederate soldiers were royally entertained at the handsome home of Mrs. S.R. Jeffery.

This was the anniversary of General Lee and the rapidly thinning ranks of the Confederates find much pleasure in observing the natal day of their great General.

The home was decorated throughout with Confederate flags, Texas flags, and other patriotic emblems. The U.D.C. colors, red and white, predominated. A comfortable room of the house was transformed into a "smoker" where the guests might smoke and spin yarns of `61 and `65. The annual celebration has its tinge of sadness as each year fewer respond to the invitations. Since the last "Lee Rally, seven have passed into the eternal camping grounds," so this happy occasion was also a time of tears.

Rev. G.B. Hall, of the Presbyterian Church, offered a prayer at the beginning of the program which was followed by a short opening address by Rev. J.H. Bowman, of the Methodist Church. Musical numbers by Mrs. J.B. Wood and Miss Adele Jeffery were much enjoyed, also a splendid reading by Miss Juanita Adair. Rev. B.F. Stallings, of the Christian Church, made an excellent talk,. The especial feature of the program was the reading of a poem, entitled, "Echoes of Confederacy," by Prof. H.L. Piner, written in commemoration of the birthday of Robt. E. Lee. This was read by Mrs. Chas. Widmayer in a most expressive manner; which we will reproduce in next week's issue, at the request of the Daughters of Confederacy. Miss Myrtle Wallace and brother, Willie, sang "Tenting Tonight On the Old Camp Ground," and "Dixie" was also played on the piano by Mrs. John B. Wood.

The dining room was festively prepared with a table eighteen feet long, at which covers were laid for each Veteran present. The coffee and napkins were donated by the John E. Morrison Co., and the fine ham by W.O. Clark. A large pound-cake was decorated with a Confederate flag, held a place of honor at this festive board. The cake was baked by "Granny" Washburn, who is eighty-six years old.

The following Veterans were present, with the age of each:

John H. Wood, 74
F. Herron, 69
Dr. R.A. Petty, 71
A.O. Norris, 68
C. Stoffers, 74
R.E. Mabry, 71
G.C. Boyles, 71
W.D. Harrell, 71
O.E. Allen, 74
T.W.T. Woodward, 68
J.W. Still, 68
W.M. Stanford, 69
J.W. Horner, 70
Henry Campbell, 74
E.K. Murdock, 73
W.H. Nichols, 84
R.W.J. Parsons, 70
A.C. White, 70
W.J. Hughes, 73
J.M. Harris, 66
J.L. McCord, 68
G.W. Carlton, 73

The assemblage was photographed by Dr. Chism, at the close of the entertainment, and a tender farewell song, "God Be With You," was sung before the final departure.

(end note 3 )

Joe Horner alias Frank Canton ( brother of JohnWesley Horner
by Larry F (Lawman - Outlaw)
Frank Canton - real name “Joe Horner”. He was born near Richmond, VA in 1849. As a child his family moved to Texas. he became a cowboy, and worked on the trail herds from Northern Texas to the Kansas railheads in the late 1860’s.
Frank Canton didn’t start out as a lawman, he was quiet the opposite. In 1871, he started robbing banks and rustling cattle. On Oct. 10, 1874, he got into a gunfight with some black cavalrymen at Jacksboro, Texas. He killed one soldier and wounded another. in 1877 he was jailed for robbing the bank at Comanche, Texas. He escaped from jail and return to herding cattle. He took a herd up to Ogallala, Neb.., where he officially changed his name to Frank Canton, and vowed to give up his outlaw ways.
He hired on as detective for the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Association, a group of powerful cattlemen intent on driving out the small ranchers and farmers who settled in Johnson County. He ran his own ranch near Buffalo, Wyo., and was later elected sheriff of Johnson County.
Canton married in 1885, and had two daughters, one of which died in early childhood. He resigned his office of sheriff and went back to his old job with the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Association. At the same time he was made a US deputy marshal. However, he clearly worked for the big cattlemen, and enforced the law as they wished.
Canton joined Frank Wolcott’s regulators, a group of more than fifty gunmen hired by the cattlemen to clean the settlers out in Johnson County. On April 9, 1892, Wolcott and Canton led the army of gunmen toward Buffalo, were they heard that Nate Champion and a fellow gunman, Nick Ray, were holed up at the nearby K. C. ranch. Once at the ranch the Regulator’s took a wagon and set afire then sent it crashing into the log cabin in which the men were holed up in. As the building was burning, Champion dove out the front door, his clothes a smoking and his guns a blazing. However, fifty guns were zeroed in on him and he was cut down in a instance.
The killing of Champion was too much for Canton, in the months that followed his nerves would come apart. He would have violent nightmares, awake screaming from the a deep sleep . He started seeing the ghost of the dead. So he quit the cattlemen and left Wyoming for Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, Canton served as a deputy marshal for Judge Isaac Parker, and quickly made a name for himself as a lawman that would stand up to any outlaw. In 1895, canton joined a posse that tracked down the outlaws Bill and John Shelley, who had escaped from the Pawnee, O.T. jail and barricaded themselves in a cabin on the Arkansas River. The posse fired more than 800 shots into the cabin in a five hour gun battle, but was unable to dislodge the outlaws. Then Canton found a wagon and set it on fire and sent it crashing into the cabin. The outlaws quickly came out of the burning structure and were promptly arrested and taken to Fort Smith.
On Nov. 6, 1896, Bill Dunn, an outlaw wanted by Canton, confronted Canton
in Pawnee, O.T. and yelled “Damn you Canton, I’ve got it in for you.” As Dunn went for his gun, the lighting fast canton pulled his six-gun from his holster and fired one shot that struck Dunn dead center in the middle of the forehead. The outlaw fell backwards, drawing his six-gun as he fell but died before he could get a
shot off.
Canton left his family in 1897 and accepted an appointment as U.S deputy marshal in Alaska where he underwent many harrowing adventures. Canton reportedly tamed the entire lawless town of Dawson and befriended the writer Rex Beach and was used by beach as the role model for many of the frontier heroes he portrayed in his novels. Canton barely survived the harsh Alaskan winter of 1898, he returned to Oklahoma and once more became a lawman.
In 1907, Canton became the adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard and held that position until his death .

Re: John Wesley Horner f/o Josiah W. Horner

Posted: 1243600966000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Horner
I would like to make a small correction to this wonderful account. Joe(Josiah W.)Horner ,aka. Frank Canton, was actually born in Indiana not Virginia. This mistake has been widely reported since Josiah gave out a lot of misinformation about himself over the years. I have a copy of the 1850 Census for Harrison Twp., Henry Co., Indiana with the family listed as John Horner, wife Mary Jane, and children Virginia, Eliza Ann, Margaret, Martha, John Wesley, Mary Jane, and Josiah W. at one year of age. In the column asking for place of birth, Josiah is listed as being born in Indiana.
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