Daniel C WINTERS Troy WINTERS Wiley B WINTER Nell JENKINS Lavinia Elliott MCDANIEL Mini tree diagram

James G WINTER6,1,2,3,4,7,5

between 1832 and 18351,2,3,4,5 - 18712,3,4

Life History

between 1832 and 1835

Born in Madison County, Alabama.1,2,3,4,5

after 1860

Married Nell JENKINS in Cass County, Texas.2,8,9

1st May 1862

Military: Stationed at Camp Waterhouse, Marion County, Texas, county just southof Cass County in Cass County, Texas.5

before 1870

Death of Nell JENKINS in Cass County, Texas.3,8


Died in Titus County, Texas.2,3,4


  • James G Winter (Winters) was the brother of Wiley Winter (Winters)whose family has other connections with the Jenkinses and otherfamilies in Cass County, Texas.  The name is spelled Winter incensuses and most records, but on occasion it is Winters.  It is foundas Winters in several genealogies.  It seems that Winter is theprimary form.

    The husband of Nell Jenkins, daughter of Joseph Sanford Jenkins, wasknown in the Jenkins family as Jim Winters, but no details were known. Wiley's son Nelson married Nell's younger sister, Sarah Catherine.This connection and the family's location in Cass County led me toJames G, brother of Wiley.  The family name is recorded variously asWinter or Winters.  I believe the original family name was Winter, butsome family sources as well as censuses use the plural spelling.

    James G Winters
    Birth 1835 in Madison, Alabama
    Death 1871 in Titus, Texas
    Parents  Daniel Winters b 1790 in Texas, d 1841 in Titus, Texas
    Lavinia McDaniel b 1802 in Alabama, d 1870 in Cass, Texas
    no spouse reported
    --  Matthews Family,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/5515797/person/-1438496322

    In the 1850 census, an individual who appears to be this James (Jim)Winter(s) is in a mixed household of two families.  There are twohouseholds and three families related in the first entries of thisPrecinct.  James is enumerated as a member of the household and familyof William Thomson.  William is next door to of Benjamin Winter, whowas also born in Alabama.  Benjamin's wife appears to be a member ofthe Thomson family, but the configuration is not clear.  Mary J Winterwas born in Pennsylvania, as was John B Thomson and two youngerThomsons in their household as Family #2.

    The next door Household and family are also Thomsons, with some othersin that household.  William Thomson's wife Davis was born in Alabama,suggesting that she is also perhaps a Winter.  But I have found nocorrelation with other Winter women I have documented in the CassCounty family.

    1850 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 5 November, Precinct 4, page761, Hse/Fam #1
    Benjamin S Winter 25 M Farmer $450 Real Estate Value b Alabama Marriedwithin the year [born abt 1825]
    Mary J Winter 17 F Born Penn Married within the year [born abt 1833]
    - Hse #1, Fam #2 -
    John B Thomson 23 M Merchant No Real Est rptd b Penn [born abt 1827]
    J E Thomson 12 F b Penn [born abt 1843]
    S A Thomson 9 F b Penn [born abt 1845]
    - Hse #2, Fam #3 -
    William Thomson 50 M Farmer $640 Real Estate b South Carolina [bornabt 1800]
    Davis Thomson 46 F b Alabama [born abt 1838]
    Joseph C Thomson 3 M b Tex [born abt 1847]
    James G Winter 15 M Laborer b Ala [born abt 1835]
    Caroline [Thomson?, no surname or ditto mark] 9 F b Tex [born abt1841]
    Parker Culberth 19 M Laborer b Ala [born abt 1831]
    M H Riley 52 M b Ohio [born abt 1798]

    Caroline has no surname, and no ditto mark to indicate the name wasWinter.  Ancestry interprets her surname as Winter.  I have noCaroline Winter(s) in the documentation I have found.  We might thinkJames and Caroline are children of Davis Thomson from a previousmarriage.  But James' mother was Lavinia Elliot McDaniel.  He isreported here with the middle initial J.

    In 1860, James is in the same area, but now in the household ofWilliam Millsop.

    1860 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 17 October, Beat #3, POUnionville & Cusseta, page 70, Hse #467, Fam #479
    Wm Millsop 60 M Farmer $3500 Real Estate $600 Personal Estate born SC
    L Millsop 58 F born Tenn
    J Millsop 13 F born Tex
    Jas J Winter 25 M $300 Personal Estate born Ala [b abt 1847]

    I later found, through Ancestry.com,  James' Confederate armyregistration card.  This indicates they were still in Cass County in1862, and he enrolled in the Confederate army as a Private.  Thisregistration does not indicate whether James was married.  I havefound no record of his marriage to Nell Jenkins.

    Winter, J G, Pvt
    Commanding Officer:  Loving, Wm C, Capt
    Co in Regt of TV, Col R Waterhouse, Jr, commdg, CSA
    May 1-62 in Cass Co for 3 yrs or war
    Age 30
    Remarks:  R&F 112;  En Off Wm C Loving;  Mus Off Col R Waterhouse, Jr; Co sta at Camp Waterhouse, Marion Co, Mar 30-62; 1 MR dtd Mar 30-62

    Marion County, where the card says the company was initiallystationed, is the county south of Cass, bordering Louisiana.

    "Essie (Christian) Walkup is reported as believing that Nell Jenkinsmarried a Jim Winters (probably of Cass County, Texas), one of severalbrothers including Troy Winters."
    --  Harold Christian, "Jenkins Family History,"http://objgenealogy.com/articles/josephsanfordjenkinshistory.pdf, p 3

    I found a listing in the 1870 census in a nearby county, which matchesour James G Winters, under the name James G WInter.  This could be thesame person as the Jim Winter(s) who married Nell Jenkins.  But thewife reported here is named Mary.  She is 10 years older than Nell,who is reported by Jenkins family sources as born in 1846.  If this isthe same James G Winter(s), then Nell must have died before 1870.They could not have been married very long.

    We have no details or death date for Nell, so at this point I do notknow if she died early, of if her husband Jim was married again.  I amincluding this census entry here for reference, with these clues asreference points for confirming if this is the same James/Jim Winter.The birth dates, we have seen over and over, are wildly varying in thecensuses, and other records.  This could be Nell Jenkins with thefirst name Mary:  Mary Nell.  Family lore knows here only as Nell withno other name, but records and remembrances are few.  The oldest childis 10 (though Ancestry.com incorrectly transcribes the age as 16instead of 10), so would have been born in about 1860.  Jim and Nellcould have married in 1860 after the census, but that would still bestretching it.

    1870 Federal Census, Titus County, Texas, 8 July, PO Mount Pleasant,page 5, Hse/Fam #31
    Winter, James G 35 M W Farmer $500 Real Estate $500 Personal bornAlabama [b abt 1835]
    Winter, Mary 34 F W Keeping House b Alabama Father and Mother offoreign birth [b abt 1836]
    Winter, James W 10 M W At Home born Texas Cannot Read or Write
    Winter, Mary E 8 F W born Texas Attended School this year
    Winter, Melvey 1 F W born Texas


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