Indiana McCaslins

Nancy Jane (Nannie) McNattAge: 79 years18441923

Name
Nancy Jane (Nannie) McNatt
Birth 1844 24 21
Note: Given as Tennessee on the 1860 US Census
Birth of a brotherW J McNatt
about 1847 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJ A McNatt
about 1850 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn A. McNatt
about 1854 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a brotherJoseph McNatt
about 1857 (Age 13 years)
Birth of a brotherS E McNatt
about 1859 (Age 15 years)
MarriageHenry (Bug) Prewett (Pruitt)View this family
before August 11, 1860 (Age 16 years)
Census 1860 (Age 16 years)
Census 1860 (Age 16 years)
Birth of a son
#1
James Seigle Prewett
about 1863 (Age 19 years)
Note: near Rolla
Birth of a sisterM A McNatt
about 1863 (Age 19 years)
MarriageJames GoodmanView this family
about 1868 (Age 24 years)
Death of a husbandHenry (Bug) Prewett (Pruitt)
about 1868 (Age 24 years)
Note: Cause of death-Hunting accident
MarriageDavid MartinView this family
about 1873 (Age 29 years)
Death of a husbandJames Goodman
about 1873 (Age 29 years)
Death of a husbandDavid Martin
July 10, 1875 (Age 31 years)

MarriageWilliam McCaslinView this family
November 24, 1876 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Charles R McCaslin
February 20, 1879 (Age 35 years)
Note: given as 1877 on the 1880 US Federal Census
Birth of a son
#3
William Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher)
about February 14, 1880 (Age 36 years)
Note: On his WWI draft card, William Jasper McCaslin states that he was born in 1884 but 1881 was the year given on the 'minor' pension application, his tombstone records his birthdate as 14 Feb 1881, but he is recorded as 4-months old on the 1880 US Federal Census.
Census 1880 (Age 36 years)
Death of a husbandWilliam McCaslin
August 22, 1882 (Age 38 years)
Death of a sonCharles R McCaslin
November 12, 1884 (Age 40 years)

MarriageIsaac Newton FletcherView this family
March 19, 1887 (Age 43 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher)Louisa Edna Lee SmithView this family
December 23, 1900 (Age 56 years)
Burial 1923 (Age 79 years)
Note: Clover Bend Cemetery
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage:
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
3 years
herself
4 years
younger brother
4 years
younger brother
14 years
younger sister
-8 years
younger brother
4 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Family with Henry (Bug) Prewett (Pruitt) - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: before August 11, 1860, Phelps, Missouri
3 years
son
Family with James Goodman - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: about 1868Rolla, Phelps, Missouri
Family with David Martin - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: about 1873Rolla, Phelps, Missouri
Family with William McCaslin - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: November 24, 1876, Barry, Missouri
2 years
son
1 year
son
Family with Isaac Newton Fletcher - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: March 19, 1887, Jackson, Arkansas
James Goodman + Mary Sutherland - View this family
husband
husband’s wife
Marriage:
step-son
4 years
step-daughter
William McCaslin + Barbara H (Barlory, Barbary) Nordin - View this family
husband
husband’s wife
Marriage: about 1859, Crawford, Arkansas
14 months
step-son
13 years
step-daughter

Birth
Given as Tennessee on the 1860 US Census
Burial
Clover Bend Cemetery
Shared note
In the 1860 US Federal Census for Hawkins, Phelps, Missouri, 28-year-old Tennessee-born Carpenter James McNatt owns $150 worth of real estate and $100 worth of personal property. He and his 37-year-old wife Elizabeth [maiden name unknown] McNatt have in their household their Tennessee-born children, 20-year-old Eli, 18-year-old I N, 16-year-old Nancy, 13-year-old W J, 7-year-old M A, 6-year-old John, 3-year-old Joseph and one-year-old S E. No one is recorded as having attended school in the past year. Nancy McNatt was recorded for a second time in the 1860 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Johnson, Missouri. She is now listed as 15-year old, Missouri-born Nancy Prewett, who, with her husband, 17-year-old Missouri-born Wm E Prewett, is living in the household of 45-year-old, Tennessee-born properous farmer, Wm [sic] Marr. In the 1880 US Federal Census for Johnson, Oregon, Missouri, 43-year-old Indiana Territory-born farmer William and his 34-year-old Missouri-born second wife Nancy [McNatt Pruitt Goodman Martin] McCaslin have five Missouri-born children in their household all with the last name of McCaslin. Two of them are the children of William and Nancy, 3-year-old [sic the number four has been written over] Charles and 4-month old William. 15-year-old George and 12-year-old Adeline [sic] are Nancy's step-children and their last name is Goodman. Their father was George Goodman and their mother Mary Sutherland. Eight-year-old Sarah McCaslin may be the daughter of William and Barbara Nordin, William's first wife. She is not William and Nancy's child. William's father was born in Kentucky and his mother in Missouri. Nancy's parents were born in Tennessee. The birth place of the children's father is given as Indian Territory and their mother's birthplace as Missouri, which is only correct for the youngest two. William died 22 Aug 1882 in Jackson County, Arkansas and Nancy married again on 19 Mar 1887 to I N Fletcher. The information on the Marriage License records the ages and location of the pair, 30-year-old I N Fletcher and 32-year-old [sic she is 43] Mrs M J [sic] McCaslin, both of Swifton, Jackson, Arkansas. They were married the same day by J N Johnston, Justice of the Peace. Nannie's lie about her age may have led to her later lying about how many times she had been married. If she were eleven years younger, she would not have been of age to marry Henry Prewitt and George Goodman. Nancy Jane (Nannie) McNatt Pruitt Goodman Martin McCaslin Fletcher, William Jasper McCaslin's mother, applied for a minor's pension of $8 per month for her son born 14 Feb 1881. This pension was to start on 5 Apr 1893 and continuing until 13 Feb 1897 when he would be 16-years old. He is the son of William McCaslin and the much married Nancy Jane McNatt. They are living in Bacone, Creek Nation, Indiana Territory in 1893-1894. Nannie wants the money so William Jasper can attend the Baptist Indian University in Bacone.Nannie wrote on 24 Nov 1895 from Bacone, Indian Territory to the Secetery [sic] of the Interior, Washington D.C."Sir as I havent heared anything from my claim for Pension thought I would write you as my husband is not abel to work enenmore he has brnkestis i will be so happy if you will attend to my claime as i neede the money to by clothes books board for the boy i will haf to to hav help or stop him from chool.[signed] Nannie J Fletcher [Transcribed without correction.]E.W. Young, Special Examiner, Vinta, Indian Territory wrote to the postmaster at Bacone, Indian Territory on 16 Oct 1896 asking where Nannie Fletcher lived. The postmaster, M. L. Brown replied the next day, stating that she lived 50 or 60 rods to the northeast of the post office where she received her mail. He hoped the pension matter would be settled soon as a simple act of humanity as she is poor, in ill health and needs to be saved from becoming a victim of an unscrupulous pension agent.Evidence to complete the claim was filed 18 Dec 1895 according to her lawyer William Fletcher & Co. But it wasn't completed, as on 29 Sep 1897 the special examiner CN Holdord was unable to find Nannie and her husband I N Fletcher, they having left their last known address at Webber's Falls, Indian Territory without leaving a forwarding address, "as he was of the sort who don't care to have their new residences known to the people of the old". The special examiner failed in reaching Adaline Goodman Lacy Ivy, Nannie's stepdaughter, child of James Goodman, needed as an important witness. Equiries were also made of Nannie's brother, John McNatt and he has no idea where she was or what has become of her. Her father, James McNatt was no help, as he gave the evidence that she had been married five times, not three, and he, too, had no idea where she was. The lawyers periodically would write and ask if the evidence was accepted. The special examiner then tried to reach William's brother Robert McCaslin and determined that he was living at McAllester, Indian Territory.They apparently didn't find him, because they were making inquiries in Billings, Missouri on 16 Mar 1898. Robert wasn't there but his present address was supposed to be Scholten, Barry, Missouri. They never carried through to find him and one of the examiners got a very critical letter about the handling of the case. The examiner also determined that Nannie's stepson George Goodman was living near Hayden, Missouri on 13 Sep 1898. He did testify and was a valuable witness. The witnesses (and there very many) frequently kept moving on and could not be found even when addresses were given. Sometimes, when they were found, adverse testimony was given, and then the giver could not be found to confirm it. The final letter in the pension file is this one from the special examiner to the Hon. Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D.C.:"Sir: I have the honor to return without report, claim No. 573834 of Nannie J. Fletcher, Gdm. of minor of William McCaslin late of Co D. 1st Arkansas Vol. Cavalry. The papers came to me for an additional statement from claimant, and that she be confronted with the adverse testimony, as indicated in the slip dated July 27, 1899 from Special Reviewer Camp. In reply to my letter of inquiry the post-master of Bacone, Creek Nation Ind. Ty. stated that "Mrs. Fletcher left this place about two years ago, that their departure was of the nature of a hurried escape. Their present whereabouts are not known to any one here". I called at Bacone and interviewed the postmaster, also interviewed the officers of the Baptist Indian University at that place. The only information I was able to obtain was that Mrs. Fletcher and her son (the minor) left Bacone "rather hurridly", taking a wagon and property belonging to persons residing in that neighborhood. I was unable to learn claimant's present whereabouts, only that she is supposed to have gone to Arkansas. Believing it improbable that she or her son will return to this district, I return the papers in the case with the suggestion that they be held until claimant shall have furnished her post office address.Very respectfully,H. L. ElliottSpecial Examiner"As far as I can tell from the pension papers, Nannie never made contact with the pension office again.Part of Nannie's problem was that she didn't want to admit to her current husband how many times she had previously been married, so, when questioned in front of her husband, Isaac Newton Fletcher, she lied, perjuring herself, saying she'd been married three times when in fact Fletcher was her fifth husband.