Pleasant Easley              -- Mini Bio


Pleasant Easley

Bette McDonald Nebeker’s grandfather, Albert Raymond Morton, was the son of Ida Louise Easley, who in turn was the daughter of Pleasant Easley and Louisa Sinclair. 

Pleasant was born on 11 April 1823 in Robertson County, Tennessee.  He was the second child (of eleven) born to William and Jane Perry Easley.  Ten of the children in this family were boys, and the only girl was child number six, exactly in the middle.  Her name was Atlantic Ocean Easley.  It is not clear why she received this name but she died when just two years old leaving only sons in the family.  The children grew up in Tennessee amid an extended family, but by about 1840, when Pleasant was in his later teen years, they moved north to Macoupin Co., Illinois--about 25 miles NE of St. Louis, MO.  Here he met a young woman who was his same age, and who also came from Tennessee.  Her name was Louisa Sinclair.  They were married in Macoupin County on 18 Dec. 1842.  

Pleasant and Louisa lived for a time in Williamson Co., Illinois before returning to Macoupin Co.  They had at least seven children that we know about—all born in Illinois.  The oldest of these though was born in 1848, which was about six years after his parent’s wedding so they may have had older children who did not survive.   The first four children were all boys, and then they had a daughter, whom they named Ida Louise Easley, born in October, 1856.  After a gap of five years (in 1861) the family had their last children, twins—one boy and one girl. 

The American Civil War had begun by that time and, although the Easleys were southerners, they were also in favor of preserving the Union.  On 12 Aug. 1862, Pleasant, together with three of his brothers, enlisted in Company K of the Illinois 124th US Infantry Regiment.  They mustered in on 10 Sep. at Fort Butler, near Springfield.  Pleasant was 39 years old at that time and was living in Carlinville, IL.  His enlistment papers say that he was 6 feet tall, with light colored hair, a dark complexion and gray eyes. 

Their company was shipped south into Louisiana and then across the river into Mississippi to be under the command of General U.S. Grant for the Vicksburg campaign.  A history of the regiment in which the Easley brothers fought states:

“On May 1, [1863] after a rapid march of about 12 miles, it received its baptism of fire in

the battle of Port Gibson.  It bore an important part in the battle of Raymond, was also

at the capture of Jackson, and did noble service at the battle of Champion's hill,

capturing more men from the 43rd Ga. than its own ranks numbered. It also killed most

of the men and horses of a battery, and captured the guns. The loss of the regiment in

this action was 63 killed and wounded. It was in the fearful charge at Vicksburg on

May 22, and occupied the extreme advance position gained that day during the whole of

the siege.  At the mine explosion on June 25, the regiment lost 49 men in killed and

wounded in what was called the "slaughter pen," being ordered into the crater formed

by the explosion, two companies at a time for half an hour, all day of the 26th.  Pleasant

stayed in guard at Vicksburg until mustered out.”

The bloody battle of Vicksburg ended with a Union victory on 4 July 1863.  The four Easley brothers had survived that ordeal together.  But, just a few months later, the youngest of these brothers was killed in a battle at “Black River” in Mississippi on 4 Dec. 1863.  Pleasant’s two other brothers went all the way through the war and were discharged in 1865.   However, Pleasant came down with a medical problem and on 28 Oct. 1863 was transferred to the V.R.C. (Veteran Reserve Corps) which was a unit made up of invalids who were no longer able to fight but still able to perform limited duties and help out in the army.  His affliction was from a hernia of the upper abdominal wall.  He was sent to a hospital in Quincy, IL where he presumably had an operation, or some kind of treatment.  He was released in 1864 and returned home to his family.  

After the war, Pleasant, with his wife and children, moved to Missouri for a very short time, and then moved again to Thayer, Neosho County, Kansas.  He was listed there as a farmer in the 1870 US census.  Two years later Pleasant died on 15 April 1872.  He was just 49 years old.  His wife, Louisa Sinclair Easley survived him by just over a year and died on 16 Sep. 1873 (age 50).  They were both buried in the local cemetery in Thayer.   Their daughter Ida was not yet 17 years old when her mother passed away.

Pleasant Easley


Apr. 11, 1823


Apr. 15, 1872


Wife of

Pleasant Easley


Feb. 18, 1823


Sept. 16, 1873

(Both tombstones are located in Thayer, Neosho, Kansas)

              PLEASANT EASLEY                                                        LOUISA 

                                                                                                                       wife of

                                BORN                                                                          Pleasant Easley

                     Apr. 11, 1823                                                                           BORN

                            DIED                                                                            Feb. 18, 1823

                     Apr. 15, 1872                                                                            DIED

                                                                                                                Sept. 16, 1873

(Tombstones located in Thayer, Neosho County, Kansas)