James Oliver Templeton

James Oliver Templeton (1833 - 1910)

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James Oliver Templeton
Born in Laurens County, South Carolina, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church, Laurens County, SCmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Laurens County, South Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jan 2014
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James Oliver Templeton served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: Mar. 17, 1862
Mustered out: Apr. 12, 1865 Appomattox
Side: CSA
Regiment(s): CO F 14th REG

James was born July 30, 1833 in Laurens county, South Carolina to John Templeton and Elizabeth Speer. He lived on the Templeton family farm in Laurens, Co., SC. He played a tuning fork to lead the congregation of Rocky Springs Church in singing. "Templeton, J. O. married Ms. H. E. S. Donnan on December 23, 1857 officiated by Rev. Z. L. Holmes. He was advertised with Sheriff Sale of 118 acres of land on sale day in April to settle suit."[4]

Templeton DNA

  • Identified as R1b SNP R-L21>DF13>M222
  • SC Templeton clade of the Scots Irish SNP

Thanks to Jack Templeton (Templeton-134) for this information!

1850 Census

Name James O Templeton
Event Type Census
Event Year 1850
Event Place Laurens county, Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Gender Male
Age 15
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1835
Birthplace South Carolina
House Number 642[1]
1850 Census, click for larger image.

Civil War Service

"TEMPLETON, JOSEPH O.: Co. F. Enl. March 17, 1862, at Laurens. PVT. Present on all surviving Rolls through June, 1963, though hospitalized in Charlottesville, Aug. 7 - 28, 1862, with tert. int. fever and in Richmond Dec. 18-19. Hospitalized sick Aug. 1863. Home on Furlough Oct. 1863, as well as hospitalized in Richmond Oct. 9- 17, 1863 with int. fever. Present thereafter on all surviving rolls though Aug. 31, 1864. Present, detailed in Brigade shoemaking Sep. - Dec., 1864. Paroled at Appomattox."[2] That his name is listed as Joseph is just an interesting aside as this is the record for James Oliver Templeton of South Carolina - further notes is that Oliver was a Blacksmith and he was employed by the Brigade in making horse shoes. Gaulden-7 16:40, 12 September 2016 (EDT)

Appomattox Parole Passes, Joseph O. Templeton, 14th Reg., South Carolina Infantry, Co. F. Page 6. [5] For a look inside the Ceremony of surrender read the Enthusiastic Genealogists Blog, Was Your Ancestor Paroled at Appomattox Courthouse with Lee's Surrender? - Dana Stewart Leeds.

1870 Census

Name: James O Templeton
Event Place: South Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 57
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1812-1813
Birthplace: South Carolina
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
James O Templeton M 57 South Carolina
Harriet E S Templeton F 40 South Carolina
John C Templeton M 12 South Carolina
Elbert B Templeton M 11 South Carolina
Emma E Templeton F 8 South Carolina
Chrstofer L Templeton M 4 South Carolina [3]

1880 Census

Name: J Oliver Templeton
Event Place: Laurens, Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Birth Year (Estimated): 1834
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Father's Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Mother's Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
J Oliver Templeton Self M 46 South Carolina, United States
Eliza Templeton Wife F 51 South Carolina, United States
Elbert B Templeton Son M 20 South Carolina, United States
Emma E Templeton Daughter F 18 South Carolina, United States
C Lee Templeton Son M 13 South Carolina, United States
Ila H Templeton Daughter F 9 South Carolina, United States
Sallie F Templeton Daughter F 6 South Carolina, United States
John C Templeton Son M 21 South Carolina, United States [4]

J.O. is mentioned in his sons Death Certificate.[5]

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  1. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8QJ-CN3 : accessed 28 January 2016), James O Templeton in household of John Templeton, Laurens county, Laurens, South Carolina, United States; citing family 642, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. The 14th South Carolina Infantry Regiment, of the Gregg-McGowan Brigade, Army of North Virginia, Robert K. Krick, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, North Carolina. 2008.
  3. "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch ([1] : accessed 22 February 2015), James O Templeton, South Carolina, United States; citing p. 2, family 14, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,000.
  4. "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch ([2] : accessed 17 Jun 2014), J Oliver Templeton, Laurens, Laurens, South Carolina, United States; citing sheet 25A, NARA microfilm publication T9.
  5. "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943," index and images, FamilySearch ([3] : accessed 24 March 2015), J. O. Templeton in entry for E. B. Templeton, 24 Jan 1919; citing Laurens, Laurens Co., South Carolina, fn 1865, Department of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia; FHL microfilm 1,913,568.

See Also:

  • The Scrapbook, pp. 600-602, 613, 77, 132, 256, 257, Laurens County Historical Society and the Laurens County Arts Council.
  • Templeton, L.B. Templeton Family History Records and Descendants of the Templetons, Who First Settled in What is Now Laurens County, South Carolina: Together with Brief Sketches of Other Templetons, Who Settled in Other Parts of South Carolina and Other States, pp.1, 110-111. Union, S.C.: L.B. Templeton, Jr., 1953
  • Personal papers, photographs and notes of Frances T. Gaulden, Family Biographical Information per letter to Dave Templeton, August 22, 1976.
  • Conversations with Frances T. Gaulden - M. Gaulden
  • Laurensville Herald, p.2, January 22, 1858[6]
  • Laurensville Herald, p.3, April 2, 1858[7]
  • The Laurensville Herald, p.3, February 3, 1860[8]
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 7489177, J. O. Templeton, Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina, USAFind A Grave: Memorial #7489177

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On 8 Feb 2014 Mags Gaulden wrote:

This is a memory told to me by my grandmother, Sarah Frances Templeton Gaulden. She said that Oliver Templeton named all of his children and all of his grandchildren.

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