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From: "Roger Harvell" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] FRENCH/CHAPMAN
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 13:08:04 -0500
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> Hello,
>
> Searching for surnames FRENCH and CHAPMAN in early 1800's in the Izard
> County area.
>
> Thanks,
> Grace

Descendants of William French


Generation No. 1


1. WILLIAM1 FRENCH died Bet. 1827 and 1830. He married NANCY CHAPMAN. She
was born circa 1778 in South Carolina.

Notes for NANCY CHAPMAN:

By Craig Ogilvie

1850 Case Street

Batesville, AR 72501

Nancy Chapman French was the first woman to bring the French name into

northern Arkansas. She and her husband, whom we now believe was named

William French, were true frontier pioneers. They arrived in the White River

Valley before Arkansas was a territory and long before it became a state.

Since there were no roads or trails to the area they settled, they may have

floated down the Mississippi and made their way up the White River by

flatboat or canoes.

Nancy Chapman was born about 1778 in South Carolina. Nothing is known about

her parents or siblings. She apparently married William French before moving

westward. Research indicates that Nancy and William lived for a time in

Kentucky, as one of their daughters, Frances, was born there in 1802.

William French was listed in the 1816 tax list for Lawrence County. What is

now Arkansas was part of Missouri Territory in 1816, and Lawrence County

covered most of northern Arkansas, plus the southern part of present-day

Missouri. Arkansas became a separate territory in 1819, and Independence

County was cut from Lawrence County in 1820. When established, Independence

County covered a huge area and 11 other counties would be cut from its

original boundaries during the 1800s.

In 1824, William French was on the Independence County tax list. He was the

only man named French in the region between 1816 and 1824; thus it may be

assumed that he was Nancy French's husband. Her son, Thomas Jefferson French

was born in 1819 in what is now Izard County, but was Independence County at

the time of his birth.

William French apparently died sometime between 1827 and 1830. Nancy French

appears in the 1830 U.S. Census of Izard County, which was cut from

Independence County in 1825. She is listed as the head of the household with

seven children (five sons, two daughters) living with her.

When the 1840 U.S. Census was taken, Nancy French was living in White River

Township (Izard County) with four sons and one daughter still living at

home. Three of the sons were between 20 and 30 years of age and one was

between 15 and 20 years old. The daughter was between 10 and 15 years of

age. The family farm was located near Rocky Bayou, between Guion and

Melbourne. The Lunenburg community is in the area and an early pioneer road

was extended up this valley to a settlement east of present-day Melbourne.

George French, one of Nancy's older sons, was living nearby with his wife

and two children, both under five years of age.

By 1850, Nancy French (now 72 years old) was living with her son, Thomas J.

French. He was listed in the U.S. Census at 31 years of age and married to

Adeline, who was born in Missouri. They had two children, William R. and

James Levi French. In addition, Jane French (age 23) was living in the home.

She was William and Nancy's youngest child. The census lists the neighbors

as the Watkins family, a well-known clan that had a large brick plantation

home in the LaCrosse community, east of Melbourne, the present county seat.

The Thomas J. French farm was probably between the LaCrosse and Franklin

communities of today.

It is believed that Nancy and William French had eight children. Frances,

the Kentucky-born daughter, married James Bagley who settled near the

present community of Locust Grove (Independence County) before 1820. He came

west from New York and amassed a considerable estate, including slaves.

Frances and James Bagley had 19 children, but only 16 have been located in

records. Among their sons was Chapman Bagley, named for his grandmother's

family.

George French, born between 1810 and 1820, was another child of Nancy and

William French. Little is known about him, except that he was married, with

two children, at the time of the 1840 U.S. Census of Izard County.

In the 1850 Census of Franklin Township, Izard County, D.B. French, age 28,

is listed on a farm near Thomas J. French. His wife was Darcus French, age

19, and they had a daughter Sarah J. (age 2) and a son, Kinman (age one

month). D.B. French was probably a son of Nancy and William.

In the same 1850 U.S. Census, living in the adjoining township (Piney Fork)

in Lawrence County, was William French. He was 31 years old, married to

Frances (a 25-year-old native of Kentucky) and they had two children, Amanda

Jane, age 3, and Austin French, age 1. William was probably a son of Nancy

and William.

Thomas Jefferson French, Sr. was born in 1819 in Arkansas to Nancy and

William French. If he and the William (mentioned above) were indeed

brothers, they were very close in age.perhaps less than a year apart.if the

census records are correct.

Thomas J. French married twice. Adeline, his first wife, died sometime

during the 1860s. Their children included William R. French (born in 1845),

James Levi French (born in 1850), Thomas J. French, Jr. (born Dec. 1, 1854),

Elizabeth French (born in 1857) and Jane French (born in 1862).

About 1870, Thomas J. French, Sr. married for a second time. Catherine, who

was called "Kate," became his wife. According to stories handed down through

the family, Kate had been married before and had two daughters. If true,

they apparently did not live with their mother, because they are not listed

in the French home on the census records.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Kate and Thomas were living in the Rocky Bayou

Township, near the present town of Guion, on the White River. In 1870,

Thomas was 54 years old and Kate was 26. In the home were Thomas, age 15;

Elizabeth, age 13 and Jane, age 8. Also living on the farm was James

Halcom, age 32, a native of Tennessee.

[Note: The town of Guion did not exist until 1903, when the railroad was

extended up the White River from Batesville. Wild Haws Landing was just

upstream from the present site of Guion, and was a popular shipping point

for farmers and merchants.]

Thomas J. French, Sr. died in the late 1870s, and Kate was a widow when the

1880 Census was taken. The family had moved a few miles northwest to the

Lunenburg Township (Izard County) and only her and Thomas's children

remained at home. They included William Watson "Watt" French (age 9), Rhoda

(age 8), James (age 6), Lewis (age 5) and Robert "Bob" French (age 2). Also

living on the farm was a person named Shannon, aged 38. Kate was born in

Arkansas in 1844, according to the census. Her parents, unknown by name,

were both born in North Carolina.

Thomas Jefferson French, Jr. is the only child of Thomas and first wife

Adeline of which we have information presently. He married Luer Ann Mitchell

about 1875 in Izard County and they had 12 children. They included:

1>William French (born in 1877 and died in 1881)

2>Anna Bell French (born in 1880; died in 1974); married Joe Boles;

children: Stella Boles who married Marshall Bryant and Nora Boles who

married Allen Ham; Anna Bell French was married a second time to Jack

Shelton.

3>Ollie Lavoria French (born in 1884 and died in 1910; married Bill Boles;

children: Olsille Boles and Odie Boles.

4>Johnny Thomas French (born 1886 and died in 1923); married Minnie Sexton;

children: Zeffie French, Jeff French, Elmer French, Zell French and Alma

French. (Elmer was killed in an auto accident.)

5>Mollie Lucity French (born 1888 and died ?); married Nute Carruthers;

children: George L. (1906-1970); Noel, Edna (who married Freeman King),

Clifton Carruthers, Thelma (who married Franklin Cochran), and Lizzie

Carruthers (who married Gorland Standrich).

6>Lizzie A. French (born 1890 and died in 1985); married Will Carruthers in

1914; children all born at Oxford, Arkansas: Odell (who married Rachel

Nuton), Eva Mae (who married Grover McQuay), Randell Ray (who married Vineta

McQuay), and Willie (who married Ola Mae Baker).

7>Myrtle Jane French (born in 1891 and died in 1986); married Harrison

Sexton; children: Captolia, Cleo Fay, Vergie May, Fred, Grant H., Owen, Lola

B., Clare Bow, Bobby Gene, and John Paul Sexton. Myrtle married a second

time, Frank Conklin.

8>Luer Grant French (born in 1895 at Guion, Arkansas; died in 1995 in Bower,

OK); married Nora V. Marshall in 1919 at Bald Knob, Arkansas; children

Jefferson D. French, Evert French, Mildred L. (who married Dallas C.

Grider), Beulah S. (who married Kerwin Andrew Williams), Okley L. (who

married Mary Ann Payne), Vernon Wayne French (who married twice: Esther Ruth

Burns and Lela Mae Oliver Miller), Bobby French, Herman Don French, Dixie O.

(who married Jimmie G. Dawson), Grant Harrison (who married Patsy L.

Starky), Bonnie Lorean (who married Donald G. Shaver), Ledessia Fern (who

married twice: Troy Beagle and Henry Effinger), Leland Dallas French (who

married Joyce Ann Francis), Mavis Carol (who married Jimmy R. Hairod) and

Arthur Allan French (who married Dorthry Mae Dawson).

9>Tommie Otis French (born 1897 and died in 1981) married Julie N. Blevins;

children: Lloyd E., Trella Bell, Opal Fay, Loretta, and Jack D. French.

(This family settled in Alamogordo, New Mexico.)

10>Dora Dell French {twin} (born in 1899 and died in 1921; married Ebb H.

Green; no children.

11>Cora Bell French {twin} (born in 1899 and died in 1911.

12>Thelma L. French (born in 1902 and died ?); married Hugh H. Erwin;

children Sybil N. (who married John Davidson), Dan G. "Pete", Dean D. "Jack"

, Theda M. and Nina L. Erwin.

____

A large part of this family eventually settled in Oklahoma. Thomas Jefferson

French, Jr. became a minister. One of their sons, Grant French, served in

World War I and, upon his return to Izard County, he married Nora Marshall

in 1919. In late 1921, Grant and Nora, along with this parents and several

relatives from both sides of the family, moved to Bower, OK via covered

wagons. The trip took 18 days. Thomas J. French, Jr. died in 1937. Nora had

died in 1923. Both are buried in Bower, OK.

______

Kate and Thomas J. French's children grew up in Izard County, but only

"Watt" French remained and established his permanent home at Guion,

Arkansas. Born in 1871, William Watson French married and reared three

daughters and two sons. The name of his wife is not in our records.

1>Watt French's obituary in 1946 states that he was 75 years old when he

died at Guion. He was a member of the Christian Church. Daughters included

Virda French Gulley of Ash Flat, Ark; Maxine French Chitwood of Omaha, Ark.;

and Beatrice French Hagger of Texas City, TX; sons included Ervin French of

Tuckerman, Ark., and Okley J. French of Batesville, Ark. Watt was buried at

Campbell Cemetery at Guion.

[Okley J. French was born 16 Sept. 1906 at Guion. He married Edna Cora

Barham of the Herpel community in Stone County. She was born 22 Nov. 1908 -

died: 3 April 1982). Their children included Virginia French Patterson

(Batesville); Lillian French Davis (Little Rock); Bonita French Berman

(Sarasota, FL). Okley worked for the railroad (Missouri Pacific) and retired

in west Batesville. He died 27 April 1995 and is buried beside his wife in

Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville.]

2>Rhoda French was born in 1872 and married a Patterson. They settled at

Bald Knob, Arkansas.

3>James "Jim" French was born in 1872; no other data.

4>Lewis French was born in 1875 in Izard County and died in 1898 in Woodruff

County, Arkansas. Lewis is listed as Lewis O. French in Woodruff County

records, including his marriage license. (His name had been listed as

William Lewis French in family records and his son, Willie French, thought

his father's first name was William.)

5> Robert "Bob" French was born in 1878. He married and had a daughter,

Liza.

______

Lewis French married Mary J. Kesterson in Woodruff County, Arkansas. Mary

Kesterson was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1876. According to her

daughter, Mary had red hair. Mary had a sister, Docia Kesterson, who also

married a man named French. The mother of Mary and Docia was named McPherson

before marriage.

William Lewis French was born 1 March 1898 at Tupelo (Jackson County) and,

according to family stories, was only a few days old when his father died of

spinal meningitis. Lewis French was buried in a cemetery west of Fitzhugh,

near the White River. Several years later, the river flooded and the

cemetery was washed away.

Soon after Lewis French died, Mary J. married George Brown and they moved

away to Van Buren County. Mr. Brown was a merchant in the Fairbanks

Community. Mary and George Brown had the following children:

Oscar was born 20 August 1901 and died 11 Sept. 1953; married Ethel M.

Matlock and their children were: Oneal, Pauline, Evelyn, Verlene, Bobby G.

and Paul Don Brown. Ethel was born 20 Jan. 1905 and died 29 Oct. 1973. She

is buried in California and Oscar is buried at Palestine Cemetery, west of

Cave City, Arkansas.

Grover W. Brown was born 9 Feb. 1904 and died 16 Oct. 1971; married Georgia

Waterman of Creston, Iowa. They had no children and lived most of their

lives in Kansas and Missouri, before retiring to Cave City. They are both

buried in Palestine Cemetery.

Delores Kathryn "Kay" Brown was born 17 Dec. 1906; married several times; no

children. She was Kay Avery when she died in Porterville, CA.

Clifton Brown was born about 1908 and died in boyhood.

Mary J. Brown, became a widow again in 1909, when George Brown died

unexpectedly at their home in Van Buren County. Mary, with five children,

quickly located another prospective husband. However, Mr. Hendricks did not

want five young children as part of the marriage, so "Willie" French, Oscar,

Grover, Kay and Clifton Brown were taken to the Oddfellows Orphans Home in

Batesville. This was about 1910 and the Brown children and their

half-brother, Willie French, remained there until they were placed in foster

care. Mary died in 1945 in Parson, Kansas. Her last husband was David J.

Smith (1859-1945).

When Willie French was about 16 or 17, he was sent to a farmer near Cave

City. In exchange for hard labor, the farmer provided a home for Willie. It

was here that he met his future wife, Edna R. Matlock, daughter of John

Henry Matlock and Mollie Young Matlock. Edna was born 6 Sept. 1899, one of

11 children.

On May 27, 1917, at age 19, Willie entered military service and completed

basic training in Louisiana, but World War I ended before he could be

shipped overseas. On 28 April 1918, William Lewis French married Edna

Rdosha Matlock at her parents' home, west of Cave City. He died 29 Dec. 1982

and she died 8 Feb. 1983. Both are buried in Palestine Cemetery.

Their children include:

1> Velma P. French, born 1 April 1919; married K. Garrett Ogilvie on 1 Dec.

1935 and had four children: Bobby G. Ogilvie (1936-53); Benny Joe Ogilvie

(1938 - ); John Craig Ogilvie (1944 - ) and Larry G. Ogilvie

(1946-1946); Velma and Garrett were divorced in 1958 and Velma then married

Mack Steele. He died in early 1983. Velma lived most of her life in the Cave

City area. She died 3 December 2002.

2> Harvey Earl French, born 11 March 1922; died 20 Jan. 1990; married Dora

Lee Horton on 9 Dec. 1940; She was born 8 Feb. 1921 and died 6 Sept. 1967;

children: Bill C. French and Betty French Abbott. After Dora Lee's death,

Harvey married Helen Farrell on 2 May 1970.

3> Tommy Gene French, born 22 May 1925; married Irene Finney on 4 Aug. 1942;

children: Betty (1943-1943); Harvey Eugene French, Glenna Ruth French

Pruett, and Ronnie French.

_____________________________

Sources

U.S. Census data, researched by Craig Ogilvie

Obituary of Watt French, Batesville Guard

Obituary of Edna Barham (Mrs. Okley French), Batesville Guard

Official Discharge of William L. French from U.S. Army

Tombstones of Okley J. and Edna B. French, Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville,

Arkansas

Thomas J. French family history charts by Norine Weeks, descendant

Letters from Charles W. Hutchinson of Petaluma, CA., descendant of Frances

French

Recorded family data from Velma French Steele and others


Children of WILLIAM FRENCH and NANCY CHAPMAN are:

i. FRANCES2 FRENCH, b. circa 1802; m. JAMES BAGLEY.

ii. GEORGE FRENCH, b. Bet. 1810 and 1820.

2. iii. THOMAS J. FRENCH SR, b. circa 1816, AR.

iv. D B FRENCH, b. circa 1822.

v. WILLIAM FRENCH, b. circa 1825.

vi. JANE FRENCH, b. circa 1827.



Generation No. 2


2. THOMAS J. FRENCH2 SR (WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born circa 1816 in AR. He
married (1) CATHERINE UNKNOWN. She was born circa 1847. He married (2)
ADELINE UNKNOWN Bef. 1845. She was born circa 1834, and died Bef. 1860.

Notes for THOMAS J. FRENCH SR:

White River Township: 1850 THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH , SENIOR:

480 FRENCH Thomas J. 31 AR

Adeline 16 MO

Nancy 72 SC *Appears to be mother

Jane 23 AR *Sister inlaw?

William R. 5 AR *Probably Jane's

James Levi 3/12 AR children

1870 Rocky Bayou, Izard County, Arkansas (Next door to Sam & Margaret)

136 137 French Thos J 54 MW Farmer 100 100 AR

------ Catherine 23 FW AR

------ Thomas 15 MW AR

------ Elizabeth 13 FW AR

----- Jane 8 FW AR



1880 Lunenburg Township, Izard County, Arkansas

Kate FRENCH Self W Female W 36 AR Keeping House NC NC

Wm FRENCH Son S Male W 9 AR AR AR *"Watt" William Watson

Roda FRENCH Dau S Female W 8 AR AR AR

James FRENCH Son S Male W 2 AR AR AR

Lewis FRENCH Son S Male W 5 AR AR AR

Robt FRENCH Son S Male W 2 AR AR AR



More About THOMAS SR and ADELINE UNKNOWN:

Marriage: Bef. 1845


Children of THOMAS SR and ADELINE UNKNOWN are:

i. WILLIAM R3 FRENCH, b. circa 1845.

ii. JAMES LEVI FRENCH, b. circa 1850.

3. iii. THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH JR, b. Dec 1, 1854, Arkansas; d. Jun 19,
1937, Eufaula, Oklahoma.

iv. ELIZABETH FRENCH, b. circa 1857.

v. JANE FRENCH, b. circa 1862.



Generation No. 3


3. THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR (THOMAS J. FRENCH2 SR, WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was
born Dec 1, 1854 in Arkansas, and died Jun 19, 1937 in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He
married LUER ANN MITCHELL, daughter of WILLIAM MITCHELL and MARIAH
HARWELL/HARVELL. She was born Jul 1860 in Missouri or Tennessee, and died
Dec 12, 1922 in Eufaula, Oklahoma [Paula Killian lists dates July 22 1859 -
Feb 17 1923].

Notes for THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH JR:

White River Township: 1850 THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH , SENIOR:

480 FRENCH Thomas J. 31 AR

Adeline 16 MO

Nancy 72 SC *Appears to be mother

Jane 23 AR *Sister inlaw?

William R. 5 AR *Probably Jane's

James Levi 3/12 AR children

1870 Lunenburg Township, Izard County, Arkansas

156 157 French Thos J MW 54 100 100 AR

--- Catherine FW 28 AR

--- Thomas MW 15 AR ****** Lureen's Tom

--- Elisabeth FW 13 AR

--- Jane FW 8 AR

Note: Jane appears to be Catherine's, Elisabeth and Thomas would appear to
belone to Adeline of the 1850 census. Note that there was another Jane in
that household that would appear to be a sister, or sister inlaw to Thomas
(SR).

1880 IZARD COUNTY, AR, NEW HOPE TOWNSHIP.

290 FRENCH, Thomas 21 AR AR AR

Lureen 19 TN TN TN

William 1 AR TN TN

MITCHELL, Mariah 62 TN TN TN (Birthday bad wrong)

John 9 AR TN TN

Jun 7, 1900 New Hope Township, Izard County

79 80 French Tho Jef Head Dec 1857 42 M21

Lou J Wife Jul 1859 41 * Not on 1860 census-gotta be 1860

Ollie L Dau Oct 1883 16

John T Son 16

Mollie L No Dates

Lizzie L No Dates

Murtel J No Dates

Louis G No Dates

John T No Dates Listed twice

Dora No Dates

Cora No Dates

1920 IZARD COUNTY, AR, NEW HOPE TOWNSHIP.

Thomas French head 62 AR AR AR

Laura wife 58 TN TN TN

Grant son 23 AR AR TN

Thelma dau 17 AR AR TN

Nora dau (inlaw) 15 AR AR TN *nee Marshall

1937 Indian Journal Newspaper Eufaula, Oklahoma

June (13?)

. . . Grandpa French of this community died Saturday at the home of his son,
Grant French . .Burial took place at the bower cemetery. He was the father
of 13 children, 79 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren . . .

RDH Note: Beulah tells me that his death certificate indicates Thomas
Jefferson French was born in 1848, of course the certificate says what it
says, but all other indications are that is 10 years too early. Census
records indicate 1855 - 1858.

More About THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH JR:

Burial: Bowers Cemetery, Eufaula, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

Notes for LUER ANN MITCHELL:

( RDH Note: If, as indicated on the 1860 census, Lureen was not yet born the
DOB of July 27, 1859 given on Genforum cannot be right)

Lynnville (Campbellville) , Giles County, Tennessee, 1860 Census taken on
July 17, 1860 Page 59 (next door to Sam & Margaret)

817 817 W. L. Mitchell 25 m Farmer 500 Tennessee

Mariah M 24 f Tennessee

Lureen may well have been born 10 days after this census, but if so, not
likely in Missouri.

More About LUER ANN MITCHELL:

Burial: Bowers Cemetery, Eufaula, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma


Children of THOMAS JR and LUER MITCHELL are:

i. WILLIAM B4 FRENCH, b. Jan 1877, AR; d. 1881, Stone County, Arkansas [Fall
of the year].

4. ii. ANNA BELLE FRENCH, b. Nov 26, 1880, Arkansas; d. Jan 26, 1974.

5. iii. MOLLY LUCITY FRENCH, b. Jul 6, 1888.

iv. OLLIE LEVORIA FRENCH, b. Oct 30, 1883; d. Apr 1910; m. WILLIAM"BILL" P
BOLES, Jul 4, 1902, Izard County, Arkansas; b. circa 1873.

Marriage Notes for OLLIE FRENCH and WILLIAM"BILL" BOLES:

RDH Note: Second Bill Boles in the family. William P is not the same as
William J who married sister Anna Belle - don't know of a relationship
between the two.

Boles W P 29 Mt Olive Izard to French Olie 18 Mt Olive Izard

7/4/1902 by J J Vest Elder Sec W E Bales (Baker??) (Boles??)



More About WILLIAM"BILL" BOLES and OLLIE FRENCH:

Marriage: Jul 4, 1902, Izard County, Arkansas

6. v. JOHN THOMAS FRENCH, b. Feb 9, 1886; d. Dec 13, 1922.

vi. LIZZIE ALLIENCE FRENCH, b. Sep 6, 1890; d. Feb 6, 1985; m. WILLIAM L
CARUTHERS, Jun 21, 1914, Izard County, Arkansas; b. Apr 24, 1884.

More About LIZZIE ALLIENCE FRENCH:

Burial: Bowers Cemetery, Eufaula, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

More About WILLIAM CARUTHERS and LIZZIE FRENCH:

Marriage: Jun 21, 1914, Izard County, Arkansas

7. vii. MYRTLE JANE FRENCH, b. Feb 9, 1892, Arkansas; d. Jun 10, 1986.

8. viii. LUER"GRANT" FRENCH, b. Apr 15, 1895, Guion, Izard County, Arkansas;
d. Apr 23, 1995.

9. ix. THOMAS"TOM" OTIS FRENCH, b. Apr 16, 1897; d. Apr 7, 1981, Alamagorda,
New Mexico.

x. CORA FRENCH, b. Jul 11, 1899; d. 1911.

xi. DORA FRENCH, b. Jul 11, 1899; d. 1921.

10. xii. THELMA LINCOLN FRENCH, b. Jul 6, 1902.



Generation No. 4


4. ANNA BELLE4 FRENCH (THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J. FRENCH2 SR,
WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Nov 26, 1880 in Arkansas, and died Jan 26, 1974.
She married WILLIAM JOSEPH BOLES Mar 17, 1899 in Izard County, Arkansas. He
was born May 18, 1874 in Arkansas, and died Aug 27, 1932.

Notes for ANNA BELLE FRENCH:

1900 next door to uncle John Mitchell and grandmother, Mariah:

51 53 Boles Joseph MW Head Mar 1875 25 AR GA GA

--- Annie B FW Wife Nov 1882 17 AR AR AR

Lindley Malinda FW Mother Nov 1847 62 AR AR AR

Boles Leterland?MW Bro? Sep 1853 16 AR UK UKNOWN

1920 White River Township, Izard County, Arkansas

149 151 Boles W J 44

--- Anna 39

--- Stella 13

--- Nora 10

1930 Guion, Izard County, Arkansas

2 2 Boles William J Head 54

--- Annie B Wife 49

--- Stella M Dau 24

--- Nora Dau 21

Roger, What great information. Lurann Mitchell was my great grandmother. My
grandmother was Annabel French Boles Shelton. My mother is Stella Boles
Bryant, age 97 and still living. Also, she has an aunt, another daughter of
Lurann, Thelma French Erwin, who is still living in OK at age 103. Are you
in touch with this branch of the family? Someone, a year or two ago, copied
and sent me some of your work but I would have to search to know where I got
it from. In any case, it was a wonderful revelation to me. I grew up knowing
there was a Harvell connection but I never met a Harvell and had no idea
what the actual connection was. I did not do genealogy until my father died
in 1994 and I am still nowhere near as professional as you are with your
research. For one thing, I am 72 years old, somewhat phyically handicapped,
very little income, I have 4 grandchildren from 3 mo to 9 years who live a
block away and I keep them a lot. I also quilt, sew for the whole family and
a dozen other little hobbies which compete with my genealogy interest. My
excuse for the lack of professionalism is "I do family history, not
genealogy". I simply cannot settle for doing one thing well - I want to do
everything. I do love the family thing though. When my little granddaughter,
Emma Grace Bowman, was born in 2000, I was afraid I would not live to see
her grown and/or married. I made a quilt for her using 96 blocks of a star
pattern with fairly large center pieces. Each star center is embroidered
with the name, birth and death dates of her relatives: parents, siblings,
aunts, uncles, 1st cousins - then grandparents in every direction as far
back as I could go. I included Samuel Harwell and Margaret M. Watson
although I wasn't sure I knew the exact connections there. I am so glad now
that I included them. It took me almost 2 years to do the quilt. I only had
2 blank blocks when I got it finished. She now has a new baby sister who has
been duly entered on the quilt. She will get the quilt when she marries or
turns 21, whichever comes first. I named the quilt Family Galaxy Are you in
touch with SueAnn Davis, granddaughter of another of Luann's daughters. She
lives in Washington state and I think perhaps she is the one who gave me
your information some time back. If you don't mind, I will forward this
information on to her. She and I do "buddy" talking occasionally. There were
2-3 siblings who went out west. Others are in CA. None of them knew anything
at all about our branch of the family until everyone got computerized in
recent years. This is a big family and there is so much more to learn I am
sure. I have no idea whether I may have info that you have not had access to
but if we get into this, I will send you copies of all my French info. I
have been in close touch with descendents of Abraham Mitchell, Rosettie
Mitchell Bell specifically, and her children in and around Batesville. Tell
me if you have blanks and maybe I can share too. Thanks so much for what you
already sent. Paula K

More About WILLIAM JOSEPH BOLES:

Burial: Campbell/Guion Cemetery, Izard County, Arkansas

Marriage Notes for ANNA FRENCH and WILLIAM BOLES:

Boles W J 23 Oxford Izard to French Annie Belle 18 Oxford

3/17/1899 by Eld M A Chadwick Sec J T (John) Mitchell



More About WILLIAM BOLES and ANNA FRENCH:

Marriage: Mar 17, 1899, Izard County, Arkansas


Children of ANNA FRENCH and WILLIAM BOLES are:

11. i. STELLA M5 BOLES, b. circa 1907.

ii. NORA BOLES, b. circa 1910.



5. MOLLY LUCITY4 FRENCH (THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J. FRENCH2 SR,
WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Jul 6, 1888. She married NEWTON L CARUTHERS Aug 6,
1905 in Fulton County, Arkansas, son of EDMOND CARUTHERS and CHARITY
CHADWICK. He was born Mar 30, 1882.

Notes for MOLLY LUCITY FRENCH:

Twin sister of Ollie.

Mollie's future inlaws were living next door to the Frenches in 1880 New
Hope Township, Izard County, Arkansas:

Edmond CARUTHERS Self M Male W 38 TN Farmer TN TN

Cherry CARUTHERS Wife M Female W 33 TN Keeping House TN TN

James CARUTHERS Son S Male W 10 AR Works On Farm TN TN

John CARUTHERS Son S Male W 8 AR TN TN

Sarah CARUTHERS Dau S Female W 6 AR TN TN

Jane CARUTHERS Dau S Female W 4 AR TN TN

David CARUTHERS Son S Male W 2 AR TN TN

Amanda CARUTHERS Dau S Female W 1M AR TN TN



Notes for NEWTON L CARUTHERS:

Somewhere, somebody, gave me the information that Molly married George W
Caruthers, born April of 1889, but it was brother Newton:

Mollie French married Newton Thomas Caruthers, son of Edmond Caruthers and

Charity Chadwick in Fulton, County, AR on Aug 06, 1905

Garvin County, Oklahoma, is where the Izard County Franks and Lucinda
Harvell's son, Samuel N Dean wound up:

1920 Whitebread Township, Garvin County, Oklahoma

67 68 Caruthers, Newt Head MW 37 AR TN TN

---- Mollie Wife FW 24 AR AR TN

---- George Son MW 13 AR AR AR

--- Nowl Son MW 10 AR AR AR

--- Edna Dau FW 5 AR AR AR

--- Clifton Son MW 3 AR AR AR





More About NEWTON CARUTHERS and MOLLY FRENCH:

Marriage: Aug 6, 1905, Fulton County, Arkansas


Children of MOLLY FRENCH and NEWTON CARUTHERS are:

i. GEORGE LUTHER5 CARUTHERS, b. circa 1907.

ii. NOEL CARUTHERS, b. circa 1910.

iii. EDNA CARUTHERS, b. circa 1915.

iv. CLIFTON CARUTHERS, b. circa 1917.

v. LIZZIE CARUTHERS.

vi. THELMA CARUTHERS.



6. JOHN THOMAS4 FRENCH (THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J. FRENCH2 SR,
WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Feb 9, 1886, and died Dec 13, 1922. He married
MININE L. MITCHELL. She was born circa 1889.


Children of JOHN FRENCH and MININE MITCHELL are:

i. JEFFERSON F.5 FRENCH, b. 1908.

ii. ELMER F FRENCH, b. 1909; m. EDITH M UNKNOWN; b. circa 1912.

Notes for ELMER F FRENCH:

1930 Mound Township, Payne County, Oklahoma (Near his Uncle Grant French)

191 199 French Zelma T Head MW 20 AR AR AR

--- Lena Wife FW 17 OK OK OK

--- Elmer F Bro MW 21 OK AR AR (sic - says Oklahoma birth )

--- Edith M S-inlaw FW 18 OK MO MO

iii. ZELMER T FRENCH, b. 1910; m. LENA E UNKNOWN; b. circa 1913.

Notes for ZELMER T FRENCH:

1930 Mound Township, Payne County, Oklahoma (Near his Uncle Grant French)

191 199 French Zelma T Head MW 20 AR AR AR

--- Lena Wife FW 17 OK OK OK

--- Elmer F Bro MW 21 OK AR AR (sic - says Oklahoma birth )

--- Edith M S-inlaw FW 18 OK MO MO



7. MYRTLE JANE4 FRENCH (THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J. FRENCH2 SR,
WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Feb 9, 1892 in Arkansas, and died Jun 10, 1986.
She married HARRISON L SEXTON. He was born circa 1891 in Arkansas.

Notes for MYRTLE JANE FRENCH:

Jan 13, 1920, Canadian Township, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

24 24 Whitlock Orpha Head FW 38 Wd AR MS AR

--- Clarence Son MW 15 S OK MO AR

--- Eddie Son MW 13 S OK MO AR

--- Homer Son MW 11 S OK MO AR

--- Orville Son MW 7 S OK MO AR

Sexton Harrison Head MW 29 M AR MO AR

--- Myrtle Wife FW 28 M AR AR MO

--- Capitol Dau FW 8 S AR AR AR

This a little strange, because in 1930 there are other children born before
1920; Cleo F and Virga M that do not show on the 1920 census. Where were
they??

Apr 30, 1930, Owasso Township, Tulsa County, Oklahoma

179 180 Sexton Harrison L Head MW 39 AR AR AR

--- Myrtle J Wife FW 38 AR AR AR

--- Cleo F Dau FW 16 AR AR AR

--- Virga M Dau FW 12 OK AR AR

--- G H Son MW 8 OK AR AR *Another Grant Harrison??

--- Owen A Son MW 6 OK AR AR

--- Lela M Dau FW 3 6/12 OK AR AR


Children of MYRTLE FRENCH and HARRISON SEXTON are:

i. CAPITOL5 SEXTON, b. circa 1912.

ii. CLEO F SEXTON, b. circa 1914.

iii. VIRGA M SEXTON, b. circa 1918.

iv. G H SEXTON, b. circa 1922.

v. OWEN A SEXTON, b. circa 1924.

vi. LELA M SEXTON, b. circa 1926.



8. LUER"GRANT"4 FRENCH (THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J. FRENCH2 SR,
WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Apr 15, 1895 in Guion, Izard County, Arkansas, and
died Apr 23, 1995. He married NORA VALLEY MARSHALL Sep 7, 1919 in Bald Knob,
White County, Ar. She was born in Augusta, Woodruff County, Arkansas, and
died 1982.

Notes for LUER"GRANT" FRENCH:

Cousin Troy White's family is on the page before Grant in this census and
Grant's nephew's are on the page following him......

1930 Mound Township, Payne County, Oklahoma

185 193 French Lura G Head MW 34 AR AR AR

--- Nora V Wife FW 25 AR AR AR

--- J D Son MW 9 AR AR AR *Jefferson Davis

--- Lucile M Dau FW 6 OK AR AR

--- Beulah N Dau FW 5 OK AR AR

--- Leon O Son MW 2 7/12 OK AR AR

Talk about mixed loyalties - Grant had Mitchell uncles named Abraham Lincoln
and Grant and he names his oldest Jefferson Davis !

More About LUER"GRANT" FRENCH:

Burial: Bowers Cemetery, Eufaula, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

Notes for NORA VALLEY MARSHALL:

Daughter of David Lee Marshall and Henry Lee (nee McLaughlin), born
9-29-1903 10-19-1982 in Eufaula, Ok.



More About LUER"GRANT" FRENCH and NORA MARSHALL:

Marriage: Sep 7, 1919, Bald Knob, White County, Ar


Children of LUER"GRANT" FRENCH and NORA MARSHALL are:

i. JEFFERSON"J.D." DAVIS5 FRENCH, b. Sep 20, 1920, Oxford, Izard County,
Arkansas; d. Apr 16, 1945, Luzon, Phillipines.

ii. BOBBY FRENCH, b. Nov 26, 1922; d. Dec 8, 1922.

12. iii. LUCILLE FRENCH, b. Nov 29, 1923; d. Jan 5, 1997.

13. iv. BEULAH FRENCH, b. May 18, 1925.

v. OKLIE LEON FRENCH, b. Nov 11, 1927.

vi. VERNON WAYNE FRENCH, b. Oct 25, 1930.

vii. EVERT FRENCH.

Notes for EVERT FRENCH:

RDH Note: Evert was still born, Beulah's believes probably between Wayne and
Don.

viii. HERMAN"DON" FRENCH, b. Feb 12, 1934.

ix. DIXIE ONEDA FRENCH, b. May 15, 1936; m. JIM DAWSON.

x. GRANT"G.H." HARRISON FRENCH, b. Jun 3, 1938.

xi. BONNIE LORAIN FRENCH, b. Dec 27, 1939; m. DONALD SHAVER.

xii. LEDISSIA FERN FRENCH, b. Jun 21, 1941; m. HENRY EFFINGER.

xiii. LELLAND DALLAS FRENCH, b. Jan 26, 1943.

xiv. MAVIS CAROL FRENCH, b. Jun 25, 1944; m. REESE HAIROD.

xv. ARTHUR ALLEN FRENCH, b. May 8, 1948.



9. THOMAS"TOM" OTIS4 FRENCH (THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J. FRENCH2
SR, WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Apr 16, 1897, and died Apr 7, 1981 in
Alamagorda, New Mexico. He married JULIE OMA "MAY" BLEVINS Apr 27, 1918,
daughter of ANDREW"JACK" BLEVINS and IDA LYNCH. She was born Oct 24, 1898,
and died Aug 18, 1993 in Alamagorda, New Mexico.

More About THOMAS"TOM" FRENCH and JULIE BLEVINS:

Marriage: Apr 27, 1918


Children of THOMAS"TOM" FRENCH and JULIE BLEVINS are:

i. LLOYD EARL5 FRENCH, b. Jan 1919.

ii. TRELLA BELLE FRENCH, b. Jun 7, 1920.

iii. OPAL FAY FRENCH, b. Aug 1921.

iv. LORETTA FRENCH, b. 1924.

v. JACK DEMPSEY FRENCH, b. 1926.

vi. ELDON LEE FRENCH, b. 1928.

vii. LEROY FRENCH, b. Jul 1930.

viii. CLARENCE GLEN FRENCH, b. Jul 4, 1932.

ix. CLEEDIE LYNN FRENCH, b. Jul 4, 1932.

x. LUELLA FRENCH, b. May 15, 1934.

xi. JULIA LOVENIA FRENCH, b. Sep 6, 1936.

xii. RUBY ELLEN FRENCH, b. Mar 4, 1938.

xiii. BARBARA ANN FRENCH, b. Mar 1, 1942.



10. THELMA LINCOLN4 FRENCH (THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J. FRENCH2
SR, WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Jul 6, 1902. She married HUGH H ERWIN Nov 4,
1921 in Fulton County, Arkansas, son of FRANK ERWIN and EFFIE UNKNOWN. He
was born circa 1900.

Notes for HUGH H ERWIN:

1920 New Hope, Izard County, Arkansas

61 64 Erwin Frank W Head 46 AR AR AR

Effie Wife 36 AR AR AR

Hugh H Son 19 AR AR AR

James Son 12 AR AR AR

Loyd Son 10 AR AR AR

Maxine Dau 7 AR AR AR

Inez Dau 5 3/12 AR AR AR

Willie M Dau 1 10/12 AR AR AR

1930 New Hope, Izard County, Arkansas

170 170 Erwin Hugh Head 30 AR AR AR

Thelma Wife 26 AR AR AR

Sybel Dau 7 AR AR AR

Gale Son 5 11/12 AR AR AR

Dale Son 5 11/12 AR AR AR

Huba? Dau 4 6/12 AR AR AR

Revel Son 5/12 AR AR AR

More About HUGH ERWIN and THELMA FRENCH:

Marriage: Nov 4, 1921, Fulton County, Arkansas


Children of THELMA FRENCH and HUGH ERWIN are:

i. SYBEL5 ERWIN, b. circa 1923.

ii. GALE ERWIN, b. circa 1924.

iii. DALE ERWIN, b. circa 1924.

iv. HUBA? ERWIN, b. circa 1925.

v. REVEL ERWIN, b. circa 1929.



Generation No. 5


11. STELLA M5 BOLES (ANNA BELLE4 FRENCH, THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS
J. FRENCH2 SR, WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born circa 1907. She married MARSHALL
BRYANT, son of JOSEPH BRYANT and ELIZABETH"LIZZIE" WOOTEN. He was born circa
1909.

Notes for STELLA M BOLES:

RDH Note: Mom (Sibyl Harvell) says that when she was young they used to go
to church in Guion and go home with Joseph & Lizzie Bryant (Marshall's
parents) for Sunday dinner.


Child of STELLA BOLES and MARSHALL BRYANT is:

i. PAULA6 BRYANT, b. circa 1931.



12. LUCILLE5 FRENCH (LUER"GRANT"4, THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J.
FRENCH2 SR, WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born Nov 29, 1923, and died Jan 5, 1997.
She married CLELL GRIDER. He was born Jan 27, 1922 in Eufaula, Oklahoma.

More About LUCILLE FRENCH:

Burial: Bowers Cemetery, Eufaula, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma


Children of LUCILLE FRENCH and CLELL GRIDER are:

i. ETTA NORINE6 GRIDER, b. Feb 14, 1944, Eufaula, Oklahoma; m. UNKNOWN WEEK.

ii. RICHARD CLELL GRIDER, b. Aug 14, 1946, Checotah, McIntosh County,
Oklahoma.



13. BEULAH5 FRENCH (LUER"GRANT"4, THOMAS JEFFERSON FRENCH3 JR, THOMAS J.
FRENCH2 SR, WILLIAM1 FRENCH) was born May 18, 1925. She married KERWIN
WILLIAMS.

Notes for BEULAH FRENCH:

RDH Note: I had information from an unknow source that Beulah was married to
one William Hartwell Phillips. Not so - I have from Beulah herself that she
was only married to Kerwin Williams.


Child of BEULAH FRENCH and KERWIN WILLIAMS is:

i. TRACY6 WILLIAMS.



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