My Great-Great-Grandfather, Samuel Lemuel “Lemuel” Stillions, was born Oct 4, 1831, in Loudon County, Virginia. It was in Loudon County, Virginia where he grew to manhood using Lemuel as his choice for name. His parents were William Stillions and Nancy Ann Slack. Lemuel left Virginia about 1861 on foot herding a flock of sheep to Guernsey County for his Uncle, Thomas Stillion. Lemuel arrived, courted and fell in love with his uncle’s daughter Elizabeth E. Stillion. They were united in marriage on February 12, 1861 in Middlebourne, Guernsey County and began their lives together in Middlebourne (Guernsey County) Ohio. (Since Lemuel and Elizabeth were first cousins I believe that is why Thomas dropped the s from his name.) Lemuel served in the Civil War of 1862-1865; with Company A, 97th Division, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Grand Army of the Republic. He enlisted as a private July 18, 1862 and participated in a major battle in Maryland on June 10, 1863. On June 10, 1865 he was honorably discharged. Lemuel was a member of the M. E. Church of Middlebourne for over 30 years and Elizabeth was a member for over 50 years. Lemuel died, May 11, 1898 in Wills Township, Guernsey County. Elizabeth, his wife was born on February 26, 1837 and died April 8, 1920 in Oxford Township, Guernsey County, Ohio at the age of 83 years 1 month and 12 days. They both rest in the Carlisle Cemetery, Middlebourne, Ohio
Lemuel had one brother and five sisters, all were born in Loudon County, Virginia.
Adison was born December 14, 1821, married Susanna Sarah Gibson, and died October 13, 1900 in Marion County, Mo. Ann Marie was born 1823; Elizabeth “Lizzie” born 1824, married a Brown and died in 1907; Mahaley was born 1830, married a Anderson and died June 18, 1871 in Monroe County, Mo.; Nancy was born 1835 and Eliza was born 1837.
Elizabeth E. had seven brothers and four sisters, all born in Virginia except for Lucinda who was born in Guernsey County, Ohio. Elizabeth's family came to Guernsey county between 1837-1847.
James was born in 1822, married Lucinda Steel November 24, 1846 in Guernsey County, Ohio; Martin was born February 1824, married Elizabeth Dempsey September 28, 1848 in Lawrence County, Ohio; died 1906 in Scioto, Ohio; Elijah “Ellsworth” was born 1825; married Elizabeth Premea Steel on February 23, 1848 in Guernsey county, his second marriage was to Sarah Jane Steel June 9, 1859 in Guernsey county; William was born April 26, 1827, married Margaret Ann Gallentine August 9, 1849, his second marriage was to Nancy E. Masters Lewis on October 24, 1872 both marriage were in Guernsey County; Erastus was born 1831; John T. was born 1832, married Sarah Erton February 24, 1853 in Guernsey County; George born 1853; Nancy Jane born 1833, married Henry Erton, November 4, 1852; Betsy E. was born 1835; Lucinda was born December 27, 1847, married Godfrey Kern, December 1885 and died February 21, 1916 in West Branch, Iowa; Mary was born 1851.
Lemuel and Elizabeth had nine siblings. There were three sons and six daughters.
Rebecca “Jennie” was born November 27, 1861, married John Wesley Gill April 6, 1882 in Guernsey county, died December 1, 1889. Jennie married the second time to Thomas Thatcher on March 13, 1895. She died April 2, 1945.
Tracy Ann born December 28, 1862, married Samuel Wesley Woodburn March 4, 1886 and died July 28, 1931. Thomas William was born November 27, 1864 in Middlebourne, married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Lewis November 22, 1887, his second marriage was to Mary Evaline Markee on December 17, 1917. Thomas died June 22, 1931. Nancy Esther was born July 17, 1866, married Stacy Taylor March 2, 1892 and died August 3, 1899. Ada Florence “Addie” was born December 18, 1867, married James Bendure October 20, 1892 and died January 7, 1932. James Abner was born July 11, 1869 in Wills Twp., married Martha “Mattie” Knight October 1, 1891, his second marriage was to Nora E. Bryant Stockwell on June 2, 1914 and died March 25, 1929. Edward Homer was born October 20, 1871, married Nancy Erskine on November 10, 1892 and died December 11, 1937. Hattie May was born January 25, 1875, married John W. Taylor September 26, 1896 and died October 22, 1930. Sade “Sadie” was born November 24, 1877, married Albert Bales on November 27, 1901 and died April 6, 1962.