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Ancestors of Gladys Eva Davis


Generation No. 4


      8. Archibald Davis, born 1819 in Tennessee; died 12 Feb 1893 in Polk Co., Missouri. He was the son of 16. James Davis and 17. Nancy. He married 9. Evaline Carter 20 Aug 1839 in Knox Co., Tennessee.

      9. Evaline Carter, born 1816 in Tennessee; died Bef. 1870. She was the daughter of 18. William Carter and 19. Jane Johnson.

Notes for Archibald Davis:
Census: 1850 Polk Co., Missouri
Census: 1860 Polk Co., Missouri
      Archibald Davis was born 1819 in Tennessee. He married first Allie Bunch, who died young in Tennessee and left Arch with at least one known child, Alpheus Davis.
      He married second to Evaline Gallaher, 20 August 1839 in Knox County, Tennessee. The marriage service was performed by Nineon Chamberlain and was bonded by Thomas Lyon who is a brother to Calvin Lyon that married Arch's sister Elizabeth Davis.
MARRIAGE RECORDS KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Archibald Davis to Eveline Gallaher by Nineon Chanberlain JP Aug. 20, 1839; bn Thomas Lyons
During the 1850 census, he was living in Polk Co., Missouri. His occupation was listed as farmer.
1860 -- During the 1860 census, he was living in Polk Co., Missouri. His occupation was listed as farm laborer and his personal assets were listed as $500.
During the Civil War, he was a Lieutenant in the 8th Missouri Infantry, USA.
1870 Jul 25 -- After Evaline passed to the great beyond, Arch married a third time to Amanda Crain, 25 July 1870, in Polk County, Missouri.
1893 Feb 12 -- Died. Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri.

  Notes for Evaline Carter:
Census: 1850 Polk Co., Missouri
Census: 1860 Polk Co., Missouri

     
Children of Archibald Davis and Evaline Carter are:
  i.   Orlena B. Davis, born 22 Nov 1845 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 24 Jul 1891 in Polk Co., Missouri; married James Price Acuff 27 Dec 1868 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 1850; died 1933 in Polk Co., Missouri.
  Notes for Orlena B. Davis:
Census: 1850 Polk Co., Missouri
Census: 1860 Polk Co., Missouri
Another spelling of her name was Arlena. She married James Price Acuff on Dec. 27, 1868, in Polk County, Missouri. They were married by J. E. B. Justice, Minister of the Gospel.
Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri.

  Notes for James Price Acuff:
Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri.

  ii.   Richard Anderson Davis, born 4 Apr 1841 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 21 Apr 1905 in Polk Co., Missouri; married (1) Safronia J. McDaniel 27 Apr 1865 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 1845 in Missouri; died 16 Sep 1884 in Polk Co., Missouri; married (2) Julia Doris Stanley 9 Aug 1886 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 29 Apr 1860; died 21 Sep 1922 in Dade Co., Missouri.
  Notes for Richard Anderson Davis:
Census: 1850 Polk Co., Missouri
Census: 1860 Polk Co., Missouri. His occupation was listed as farm laborer.
      Richard Anderson Davis, first child of Archibald Davis and Evaline Galliher Carter, was born in 1844 or April 4, 1841, (the birthdate is questionable and unproven) in Polk County, Missouri. He was known as Dick to family and friends and Uncle Dick to his host of neices and nephews.
1862 -- Richard Anderson Davis served his country as a Private in Captain Menifee's Company of Missouri Militia during the Civil War. He mustered in 27 March 1862, Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri, with a horse valued at $85.00 and horse equipment valued at $18.00. This company subsequently became Company E., 8th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry commanded by Davis F. Keeling. By March of 1864 the valuation of his horse had risen to $100.00. He was discharged from duty 26 March 1865, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. He stood five feet and eleven inches tall with light complexion and light hair. After the war, he settled in the town of Aldrich, Polk County, Missouri. He had been occupied as a farmer the years previous to the war, farming in the Aldrich vicinity. He was injured during the war with a gun shot wound to the hand and another to the left leg injuring the tendons leaving him in crippled condition.
He married Safronia J. McDaniel 27 April 1865 in Polk County, Missouri. The services were performed by W. C. Dewitt, Justice of the Peace. She was the daughter of Thomas and Nancy McDaniel and the widow of John Anderson Davis.
He married Julia Darce Stanley Aug. 9, 1886, at the home of William Stanley. The marriage service was performed by F. M. Kelly, Minister of the Gospel. Their license recorded in marriage book F in Polk Co., Missouri, with the following, "both (bride and groom) from Dadeville, County of Polk." However Dadeville is in Dade County. Julia was born 29 April 1860, the daughter of Moses Carroll Stanley and Lydia A. Horn. She died 21 September 1922 in Dade County, Missouri and is buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk County, Missouri. L. C. Neil was the medical doctor attending his needs in 1895 who filled out an affidavit to help Anderson receive war pension. Other affidavits were sworn and made out by R. C. Speight, J. A. Cooper, C. J. Kirby, Nathan Murry, J. F. Davis, N. W. Blair, Mary A. Stanley, Davis Edge, F. N. Kelley, Lucinda Hawkins, Mrs. A. J. Blair, Andrew J. Baker, M. D., George W. Griffin, M. D., Lucy J. Neil and Andrew J. McLoughlin, M. D.
He died April 21, 1905 and is buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri.
On 10 July 1905 Julia Davis gave sworn statement as to ownership of the following property; SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 and 20 feet off the west side of the SE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 all in S. 18, T. 32, R. 24, except for schoolhouse lot. Said real estate is mortgaged for $115.00 in favor of Helen M. Miller. She also owned the following personal property; four head of horses worth about $100.00, three head of cattle worth about $40.00, twelve head of hogs worth about $30.00, wagon, farm implements and machinery worth about $60.00, for total value of personal property at about $230.00. The value of real estate set at about $300.00.


  Notes for Safronia J. McDaniel:
Safronia J. McDaniel, the daughter of Thomas McDaniel and Nancy, was born in 1845 in Missouri. She married John Anderson Davis October 3, 1861 in Polk County, Missouri. The marriage service was performed by J. N. Routh, Justice of the Peace. After the death of John Anderson Davis, she married Richard Anderson Davis, 27 April 1865. The services were performed in Polk County, Missouri, by W. C. Dewitt, Justice of the Peace. When Safronia passed away, whe was buried in the Anderson Cemetery, which is almost virtually impossible to get to when all arms of the Stockton Lake are filled. This cemetery has also been known as the McDaniel Cemetery and as Ruth's Chapel Cemetery.


  4 iii.   Archibald Davis, born 26 Feb 1852 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 25 Jan 1921 in Polk Co., Missouri; married Eliza Davis Elizabeth Jane Wright 17 Jan 1875 in Polk Co., Missouri.
  iv.   Madison Green Davis, born 23 Jun 1854 in Missouri; died 16 Jan 1921; married Mary Elizabeth Owen 10 May 1878 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 29 Oct 1860 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 26 Nov 1929 in St. Louis Co., Missouri.
  Notes for Madison Green Davis:
During the 1860 census, he was living in Polk Co., Missouri.
He married Mary "Molly" Elizabeth Owen on May 10, 1878. They were married at the home of her parents in Polk Co., Missouri, on horseback, by D. R. Box, Justice of the Peace.
Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri


  Notes for Mary Elizabeth Owen:
Her nickname was Molly.
OBITUARY
MARY ELIZABETH DAVIS
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Davis, for many years a resident of West Alton, died at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy Richards, at 1623 N. Broadway, St. Louis. She was 69 years old. The date of the funeral had not been set today, but services will be at the West Alton Community Church probably Friday. She is survived by six daughters, firv sons, 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs. Richards, Mrs. Edwin Cordes of East Alton, Mrs. Lillie Martin of Springfield, Missouri, Mrs. Everal Parker of Selah, Washington, Mrs. Alta Bridges of Birmingham, Alabama, (Mrs, Loura Hawk should be listed here also.) The sons are Arch of Galesville, Montana, Sam of Kansas City, Missouri, John of Wood River, Dolph of St. Louis, and Roy of Alton. She also leaves two sisters and a brother; Mrs. John Beason of Baldwin, Missouri, and Mrs, Lucinda Hawkins, of Fresno, California and J. H. Owen, of Atwater, California. (Here again Sarah Stowers was omitted.) Further information concerning the death of Mary Davis was printed in the newspaper, Telegraph, 30 Nov. 1929.
      Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, a former resident of West Alton, Missouri, was buried this afternoon in Ebenezer Cemetery here. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. F. M. Hedger, pastor of the Grace Methodist Church, in the West Alton Community Church. The death of Mrs. Davis occurred Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy Richards of St. Louis.


  v.   Thomas C. Davis, born 1860 in Missouri; married Annie Devin 26 Sep 1867 in Polk Co., Missouri.
  Notes for Thomas C. Davis:
During the 1860 census, he was living in Polk Co., Missouri.
MARRIAGE: Polk Co Missouri book B-287

  Notes for Annie Devin:
MARRIAGE: Polk Co Missouri book B-287


      10. Josiah A. Wright, born 7 Jul 1829 in Tennessee; died 9 Feb 1900 in Polk Co., Missouri. He was the son of 20. John Wright and 21. Jane Brown. He married 11. Elizabeth Jane Gothard 27 Oct 1851 in Polk Co., Missouri.

      11. Elizabeth Jane Gothard, born 4 Dec 1831 in Henry Co., Virginia; died 13 Jul 1906 in Polk Co., Missouri. She was the daughter of 22. John L. Gothard and 23. Mary Perkinson.

Notes for Josiah A. Wright:
1830 census -- Monroe Co., Tennessee.
1850 census -- Cedar Co., Missouri Family #524
1860 census -- Madison Twp., Cedar Co., Missouri Family #834
1870 census -- Polk Co., Missouri Family #109
1880 census -- Polk Co., Missouri Family #289
1849 Aug -- He chose Josiah Brown his guardian and released him in December of 1852 when he became of age.
The Gothards were not in the 1850 Cedar County, Missouri, census. Therefore, it is concluded that they came to Missouri late in 1850.
1851 Oct 27 -- At the age of 22, Josiah A. was united in marriage to nineteen year old Miss Elizabeth Jane Gothard. The marriage was performed by Isaac Routh, J. P. and Methodist Episcopal Minister. Elizabeth Jane was born December 4, 1831, in Henry County, Virginia, the daughter of "Jack" John Gothard and "Polly" Mary Perkinson.
Josiah served in the Company M. of the 7th Prov. Regiment of the Enrolled Missouri Militia, of the Union Army and also in Company D and Company B of the 26th Regt. during the Civil War. It was during this time that he served his country as a spy. Years later the newspaper printed a photograph of Josiah under which was printed: "A SOLDIER AND A SPY" "Joe Wright, right, was a spy in the Union Army during the Civil War under the command of Captain Akard, left. Capt. Akard was at one time Sheriff of Polk County, presiding Judge of the County Court and owned the Akard Mill in Bolivar. His granddaughter is Mrs. Addie Robertson, Bolivar. The picture was donated by Rev. O. V. Wright, grandson of Joe Wright."
1862 July 31 -- Josiah, according to his war records, enlisted July 31, 1862, at Springfield, Missouri, and served until Feb. 29, 1864. The 1889 Polk County Histroy records a sketch of Col. James J. Akard, as follows: "Akard served in Co. A, 8th Cav. Missouri State Militia as a captain and in the 15th Reg. Corps." From a list of War Dead buried in Bolivar it reports Akard in the 17th Reg. Missouri Militia. Josiah was in the 26th Regt. and 7th Prov. Regt. so it does not appear that they served together. However, years ago it was the custom to have reunions for Civil War veterans of all units and probably this is when the picture referred to was made.
Josiah appeared as a child on the 1850 census as a part of Family #524 with his mother, Jane Wright. At that time he was reported as 20 years old and born in Tennessee. He appears as head of the household on the 1860 Cedar County, Madison Township census and on the 1870 and 1880 census. Immediately above the listing of Josiah A. Wright in the 1860 census was recorded household #833 of John Gothard, with his wife, Mary. John Gothard and Mary were the parents of Elizabeth, wife of Josiah.
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Year of Census       1860       1870
Family # on Census      #834       #109
County of Census       Cedar Co.       Polk Co.
            Age Born       Age Born
Josiah A. Wright             31 Tenn.       42 Tenn.
Elizabeth             31 Va.       42 Va.
Mary J. (Polly)             8 Mo.       17 Mo.
John W.                   16 Mo.
Thomas W.             7 Mo.
Eliza J.             6 Mo.       14 Mo.
Elizabeth (Betsy A.)            4 Mo.       13 Mo.
Rebecca Caroline             2 Mo.       12 Mo.
William Hiram             2/12 Mo.       10 Mo.
Josiah                   6 Mo.
Fannie A.                   4 Mo.
Thomas             2 Mo.
Wilson                   1 Mo.
Martin Loyd
Leitha A Gothard (sister of Elizabeth)
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Year of Census       1880
Family # on Census       #289
County of Census       Polk Co.
      Age Born Fa. Born Mo. Born
Josiah A. Wright       50 Tenn.
Elizabeth       50 Va. Va. Va.
Mary J. (Polly)
John W.             (Md to Louetta)
Thomas W.
Eliza J.             (md to Arch Davis)
Elizabeth A.       (md to Wm. Henry Blair)
Rebecca Caroline       (md to Johathan Beason)
William Hiram       19 Mo.
Josiah             17 Mo.
Fannie A.       13 Mo.
Thomas       12 Mo.
Wilson             11 Mo.
Martin Loyd       7 Mo.
Leitha A. Gothard       42 Virginia
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On the 1860 census Josiah was also recorded as being a farmer, with real estate valued at $400 and personal property valued at $865. Thomas W. is listed only in the 1860 census while John W. was listed only in the 1870 census. John would have been 7 in the 1860 census. These entries could have been the same person. William Hiram was married to Louisa Blair before 1880 and was listed after Leitha A. Gothard on the census report. Louisa, age 22, born Missouri, was the last person listed on the 1880 census for this household.
1853 -- The land records of Polk County indicate that Josiah entered land in Section 19, Township 33, Range 24, in 1853 and 1854. On Aug. 25, 1853, he purchased 40 acres of land and on March 23, 1854, he purchased an additional 80 acres which is recorded under the same legal description.
1862 -- When Josiah enlisted in the Civil War in 1862, he left his wife to raise their six children during his absence. It is reasonable to assume that during those first few months of service away from his beloved family, he would have had great concern for their welfare, and come Christmas that year (1862) probably he received permission to visit them for the holidays. It was nine months later on Sept. 18, 1863 that Josiah's next child was born, which his wife named Josiah A. Wright, Jr. after his father, and who grew up with the affectionate name of "Doc". The terror of war affected everyone. A mother alone to raise her children, a father fighting a war for the preservation of a country he loved, the fear that they would never be reunited, and the deprivations inflicted on the innocent young because of vague things they couldn't understand. Years later after the bitterness of civil strife had mellowed and become a memory, Josiah applied for a persion as a Civil War Veteran. The pension was denied because he had transposed the Company and unit identification of his application, and because of this, he wasn't found on the rolls and, therefore, did not benefit from the pension program. Copies of his military records are shown below as on file in the National Archives, Washington, D. C.
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      APPLICATION FOR PENSION
MILITARY SERVICE:
Name of Soldier -- Josiah A. Wright
      So. Dist
      St. B.W. Ex'r Bureau of Pensions November 16, 1891
No. 1063969
Sir: It is alleged that the above named man enlisted July 30, 1862, and served as a Pvt in Co. I, 26th Reg't Em. Mo. Mil. and was discharged at Orleans, Mo. on April 1, 186 .
      The War Department will please furnish an official statement in this case, showing date of enrollment and date and mode of termination of service.
      Very respectfully
THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE RECORD & PENSION John R. Raum
DIVISION WAR DEPARTMENT Commissioner
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            WAR DEPARTMENT
      Record and Pension Division -- Washington, Nov. 17, 1891 Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions:
      It does not appear from the records of this office that an organization such as Co. I, 26th Em. Mo. Mil. was in the service of the United States.
      By Authority of the Secretary of War
      (Signed) F. C. Aimsworth
      Major & Surgeon, U.S. Army
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      ACT OF JUNE 27, 1800
      I N V A L I D P E N S I O N
Claimant Josiah A. Wright Rank: Private
P. O. Shady Grove Company M
County Polk Regiment 7th Prov. Em. Mo. Mil.
State Missouri
      RECOGNIZED ATTORNEY
Name C. L. Allen Fee: $10.00 Agent to Pay
P. O. Bolivar, Mo. Articles Filed________189_
      APPROVALS
Submitted for Rejection Aug. 8, 1892 St. B. Whitney,Examiner
      Rejection: Claimant's military service rendered to the United States having covered a period of less than 90 days, he has no pensionable status under this act.
August 24, 1892l Signed: Cuttis - Legal Reviewer
      SERVICE SHOWN BY RECORD
Enlisted - October 2, 1863, was honorably discharged February 29, 1864, Re-enlisted________18__honorably discharged_________18__ Declaration filed October 12, 1891, alleges permanent disability, not due to vicious habits from Erysipilas in head, head aches, rheumatism, heart disease, nervous disability and general disability.
      Claimant signs by Mark "X"
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      DECLARATION FOR INVALID PENSION
      Act of June 27, 1890
      To be executed before a court of record or some officer thereof having custody of its seal.
STATE OF MISSOURI COUNTY OF POLK ss.
      On this 30th day of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven personally appeared before me, a Notary Public of the within and for the County and State aforesaid JOSIAH A. WRIGHT aged 67 years, a resident of the Town of Shady Grove, County of Polk, State of Missouri, who, being duly sworn according to the law declares that he is the identical Josiah A. Wright who was enrolled on the 2nd day of October 1863, in Company M. 7th Provisional Regiment of Missouri Militia in the War of the Rebellion and served at least ninety days and was honorably discharged at Carthage, Missouri, on the 29th day of February 1864. That he is now unable to earn support by reason of heart trouble, rheumatism, deafness in both ears, and general disability.
      That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits, and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent; that he has applied for pension under application No. 1.063969; that he is a pensioner under Certificate No._______.
      That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being places on the pension roll of the United States under the provision of the Act of June 27, 1890.
      He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation J. C. Smith of Fair Play, State of Missouri, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim that his post office address is Shady Grove, County of Polk, State of Missouri.
      Signed: Josiah (his "X" mark) A. Wright
Attest: A. E. Griffin & Q. M. Griffin
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      FORM NO. 157
No. 1063969
      TREASURY DEPARTMENT
      Third Auditor's Office November 21, 1891
      Respectfully returned to Hon. Commissioner of Pensions.
      The name of Josiah A. Wright is borne on the rolls of Capt. Wm. J. Walker's Co. "M" 7th Regt. Prov. E. M. M. as Private, from October 2, 1863 to Feby 29, 1864 when relieved. In service 75 days. The name of Josiah A. Wright is not borne on the rolls of Co. "B" 7th Regt. Prov. E.M.M. on file in this office.
      s/ W. H. Hart - Auditor
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In 1895, he testified on behalf of Eveline Brown, who was asking for a widow's pension of the Indian War service of Hezekiah Brown, Josiah stated that he had come to Missouri from Greene County, Illinois with Hezekiah in 1831. Deposition B, Case #2216, Indian War Pension Files.
February 9, 1900, Josiah Wright passed away in Polk County and was laid to rest at Shady Grove Cemetery. It was this year, 1900, that the Olds Company of Detroit began first mass production of automobiles and lturned out 400 cars that year to travel 150,000 miles of surfaced roads already being used by the grand sum of 8,000 registered automobiles. Elizabeth Jane survived him by six years, three month and four days. She passed away on July 13, 1906, at Polk County and was laid to rest by her husband in Shady Grove Cemetery. Polk Co., Missouri Cemetery Directory.

  Notes for Elizabeth Jane Gothard:
1860 census -- Madison Twp., Cedar Co., Missouri Family #834
1870 census -- Polk Co., Missouri Family #109
1880 census -- Polk Co., Missouri Family #289
Elizabeth Jane was born December 4, 1831, in Henry County, Virginia, the daughter of "Jack" John Gothard and "Polly" Mary Perkinson.
She and Josiah made their home near Shady Grove, Polk Co., Missouri. She had eleven children. She lived to the age of 76 years.
Buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri. Polk Co., Missouri Cemetery Directory.

     
Children of Josiah Wright and Elizabeth Gothard are:
  i.   Mary J. Wright, born 1852 in Missouri.
  Notes for Mary J. Wright:
Her nickname was "Polly". Little is known of Mary. Family tradition has it that Mary, at an early age, probably about 18 years old, ran away from home, was picked up on the road, and never heard from again. It is believed she went to Springfield, Missouri, first, but nothing positive is known of her whereabouts or her descendants.


  ii.   John W. Wright, born 22 Jan 1854 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 25 Sep 1913 in Polk Co., Missouri; married (1) Louetta Dicus 1879; born 1860; died Apr 1889; married (2) Rachel F. Jenkins 18 Dec 1889 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 27 Feb 1859; died 20 Sep 1904.
  Notes for John W. Wright:
John Wright, the second child of Josiah Wright and Elizabeth Gothard, was born January 22, 1854 in Polk County, Missouri.
1879 -- He married Louetta Dicus of Dade County, Missouri, in 1879. They were the parents of four children.
1889 Apr -- Louetta died in April 1889 at the age of about 29 years.
1889 Dec 18 -- John married Rachel Jenkins. The application for marriage was taken out in Polk County, Missouri, and is recorded in the Polk County Marriage Book F on page 419. John and Rachel were the parents of two children.
John died September 25, 1913 and is buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, in Polk County, Missouri. Polk Co., Missouri Cemetery Directory.


  Notes for Louetta Dicus:
She resided in Dade County, Missouri. She died at age 29 years.


  5 iii.   Eliza Davis Elizabeth Jane Wright, born 7 Mar 1855 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 28 Jan 1929 in Polk Co., Missouri; married Archibald Davis 17 Jan 1875 in Polk Co., Missouri.
  iv.   Elizabeth A. Wright, born 1856; married William Henry Blair 13 Oct 1873 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 1855 in Missouri.
  Notes for Elizabeth A. Wright:
1880 census -- Madison Twp. Cedar County, Missouri Family #52
Elizabeth A. Wright, the fourth child of Josiah A. Wright and Elizabeth Jane Gothard, was born about 1856.
Betsy grew up under the loving care of her parents in Missouri and on October 13, 1873, when she was about 17, she married William Henry Blair in Polk County, Missouri.
Bill, as he was called, was born 1855, and was probably the son of Alexander Blair, Jr. Bill was the brother of Mary Louisa Blair, the wife of Elizabeth's brother, William Hiram Wright.
The 1880 census of Cedar County, Missouri, Madison Township, reports this family as #52, showing William Blair to be 25 years of age, born in Missouri, with his parents both born in Tennessee and Elizabeth 23 years of Age, and born in Missouri with her father born in Tennessee and her mother born in Virginia and three children: Edgar age 4, Arthur age 3, and Artie (a daughter) 2 1/2 of a year old and born in Missouri.
Betsy and Bill moved to Wagoner, Oklahoma, in August, 1900. According to family tradition, ten children were born to them.

  Notes for William Henry Blair:
His nickname was Bill.


  v.   Rebecca Caroline Wright, born 14 Nov 1857 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 14 Sep 1906; married Richard Jonathan Beason 17 Mar 1878; born 15 Sep 1858; died 18 Mar 1934.
  Notes for Rebecca Caroline Wright:
1880 census -- Madison Twp., Polk Co., Missouri Family #287
Rebecca Caroline Wright, the fifth child of Josiah A. Wright and Elizabeth Jane Gothard was born Nov. 14, 1857, in Polk Co., Missouri. She was called Caroline. Caroline was a very small woman as were many of the Wrights. It is noted that many of the Wright women married at an early age, and perhaps in that day the term "old maid" was applied at what we consider an early age. Caroline was perhaps beginning to be looked upon in that catagory as she did not marry until she was 21 years old.
On March 17, 1878, Caroline became the bride of Richard Jonathan "John" Beason, of Dade County, and they became the parents of nine children.
Richard Jonathan "John" Beason was the son of Josiah Beason and Sarah Jane Blair who was the daughter of Alexander Blair, Sr. John was born Sept. 15, 1858 and died March 18, 1934, at the age of 75 years.
After the death of Caroline, his first wife, he married her first cousin, Amanda Pearl Owen, the daughter of Armstead Owen and Louisa Jane Wright. It has been said that everyone in this area of Polk County is related to everyone else. Perhaps a thorough study of relationships might prove very interesting. It is reoccuring that the Owen family married the Wright family, as well as Owen and Blair and the Blair and Wright. The Killingsworth name appears several times as marrying into this family. As someone once said, "The Polk County woods were full of Wrights long about the turn of the century." Caroline's obituary is as follows: Rebecca Caroline Wright
was born November 14, 1857 in Polk Co., Missouri She was married to R. J. Beason March 17, 1878. Died at her home hear Shady Grove, Missouri, Sept. 14, 1906. To this union were ,prm 9 children, all of whom are living except one, who was killed by th accidental shot of a gun a few months ago. She professed faith in Christ when quite young at Turkey Creek Church. It can truthfully be said of her that she was a faithful wife and a good mother, having spent her life in administering to the wants of her children. She died in the blessed hope of eternal life, resigned to the will of our Heavenly father.
            -- W. H. Watson
John and Caroline appear on the 1880 Polk County Census, Madison Township as follows: Family # 287
Jonathan Beason age 21 born Mo. Father born Ala. Mother Mo.
Caroline age 22 born Mo. Father born Mo. Mother Virginia
Wiley age 1 born Mo. Father born Mo. Mother Mo.
She was forty-eight years old when she died, Sept. 14, 1906.


  Notes for Richard Jonathan Beason:
Richard Jonathan Beason was the son of Josiah Beason and Sarah Jane Blair who was the daughter of Alexander Blair, Sr. His nickname was John. After the death of Caroline, his first wife, he married her first cousin, Amanda Pearl Owen, the daughter of Armstead Owen and Louisa Jane Wright. The following is the obituary of Richard Jonathan Beason. "Richard Jonathan Beason, son of Josiah and Mary (should be Sarah) Jane Beason, was born Sept. 15, 1858, and departed this life Mar. 18, 1934, aged 75 years, 6 months, and 3 days. He was married March 1878 to Rebecca Caroline Wright. To this union were born 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls. One son, Charley, died Nov. 29, 1904. On Sept. 14, 1906, his wife died. March 12, 1914, a daughter, Mrs. Inis Smith, died. On Sept. 6, 1908, he was again married to Manda Owens. To this union was born a daughter, Helen Dale, who died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, and seven children, all of whom were at his bedside when death came. The surviving children are Wiley Beason, Fair Play, Missouri; Mrs. Mary Castle, Aldrich; Robert Beason, Kansas City, Missouri; Birtha Beason, Fair Play; Mrs. Dollie Lyman, Aldrich; Mrs. Golden Reynolds, Bolivar; and Henry Beason, Ava, Missouri. Besides his immediate family, he leaves 13 grandchildren, all of whom were present at the funeral except Mrs. Ruth Tindle of Oxnard, California, and Eugene Beason of Prescott, Kansas; 6 great-grandchildren and one older brother, Henry Beason, of Bolivar, Missouri, and a host of otherrelatives and friends. His loved ones tenderly cared for him in his last hours, but could not stay the hand of death and his weary soul left this world of sin and sorrow, we try to comfort our aching hearts with the thought, that we sorrow not as those who have no hope. He was converted several years ago but never united with any church though he lived and died in the Christian faith. He was a kind husband and father, a good citizen and strictly honest and upright in all his dealings with his fellow men. Six of his grandsons were pallbearers and the granddaughters the flower girls. Funerla services were held at the Methodist Church at Aldrich, conducted by Rev. J. F. Sherman of Walnut Grove, after which his body was taken to the Shady Grove Cemetery and laid to rest there to await the resurrection.
            -- A Daughter --


  vi.   William Hiram Wright, born 22 Jul 1860 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 2 Feb 1929; married Mary Louisa Blair 5 Feb 1880 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 1 Dec 1859 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 1943 in Visalia, California.
  Notes for William Hiram Wright:
William Hiram Wright, the sixth child of Josiah A. Wright and Elizabeth Jane Gothard, was born July 22, 1860, just a few months after the Pony Express began the fast overland mail service from St. Joseph, Missouri, on April 3, 1860, to Sacramento, California, a distance of more than 1,900 miles. The Pony Express accomplished mail delivery in 10 days when riders changed horses as many as 157 times. The fastest time on record by the Pony Express under emergency circumstances was seven days, seven hours. Although the Pony Express venture was short-lived, and a financial failure, it was a milestone in the development of the West. On Oct. 24, 1861, the Pony Express service was discontinued when the transcontinental telegraph had been completed. It was at this time that William Hiram First looked upon the world, yawned in his sleepy baby way, stretched his tiny little fist, and fell asleep again in his cradle oblivious of the accomplishments of the world or of the enthusiasm generated when gold was discovered near Denver. To Hiram, as he was called, adventure could wait. Hiram grew to manhood and lived sixty-nine years. He died Feb. 2, 1929, and is buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Polk Co., Missouri. Mary Louisa was born Dec. 1, 1859, and was the daughter of Alexander Blair, Jr. She died in 1943 and is buried at Visalia, California. They had four children.


  vii.   Josiah Wright, born 18 Sep 1863; died 26 Feb 1935; married Sarah Kerby; born 20 Nov 1866 in Dadeville, Dade Co., Missouri; died Nov 1953.
  Notes for Josiah Wright:
Josiah "Doc" Wright, Jr., the seventh child of Josiah A. Wright and Elizabeth Jane Gothard, was vorn Sept. 18, 1863, and died Feb. 26, 1935. He is buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Polk Co., Missouri. Josiah "Doc" married April 22, 1886, in Polk County At Aldrich, Missouri, to Sarah Kerby. Sarah was called "Sally". This marriage record is recorded in the Polk County Marriage Record Book F. In the fall of 1886, the year Josiah married, on October 28, President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty erected Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor. This gift from the French people had been under construction since 1874. The statue stands 151 feet high and weighs 225 tons. It was shipped to the United States in 214 packing cases. The money for the base was raised by Joseph Pulitzer. Sally Kerby was born November 20, 1886, at Dadeville, Missouri, and died November 1953. She is buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Ten children were born to this marriage. The order of their birth is not known.


  Notes for Sarah Kerby:
Her nickname was Sally.


  viii.   Fannie Adeline Wright, born 31 Jul 1866; died 24 Oct 1937 in Polk Co., Missouri; married James Edward Davis; born 7 Jan 1864; died 22 Nov 1950 in Polk Co., Missouri.
  Notes for Fannie Adeline Wright:
She married James Edward Davis on November 4, 1884.
Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri.
Fannie and James became the parents of ten children, all born in Polk County; Belle, Sam, Finis, Nola, Loyd, Molly, Glen, Ramey, Opal, and Flay.


  Notes for James Edward Davis:
Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri.

  ix.   Thomas Jefferson Wright, born 19 Aug 1868; died 2 Feb 1934 in Polk Co., Missouri; married (1) Laura Clark; died 29 May 1908; married (2) May Elizabeth Jewell; born 10 Oct 1887; died 21 May 1934; married (3) Dossie Acuff 20 Dec 1888 in Polk Co., Missouri; born 1873; died 1900 in Polk Co., Missouri.
  Notes for Thomas Jefferson Wright:
His tombstone states he was born in 1867, however, it is felt that the tombstone is incorrect. At the age of 20, he married Dossie Acuff on December 20, 1888. Thomas Wright and Dossie Acuff had five children; Loman, Etta, Bird, Winnie and Willie. After the death of his first wife, he married Laura Clark. This marriage is recorded in the Polk County, Missouri, Marriage Book "I" at page 405. One child was born to this marriage. Laura died about 1906. She is buried at the Mitchell Camp Ground Cemetery in Polk Co., Missouri. Thomas Wright suffered the loss of his second wife. Two years after her death, on May 29, 1908, he took his third bride, May Elizabeth Jewell. Thomas Wright and May Elizabeth Jewell had four children; Dollie Vaughn Wright, Stata Marie Wright, Arthur Raymond Wright, and Amos Stewart Wright.
Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri. Polk Co., Missouri Cemetery Directory.

  Notes for Dossie Acuff:
Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri. Polk Co., Missouri Cemetery Directory.

  x.   Wilson Wright, born 1869; died 1942; married (1) Grace; married (2) Millisa Dickerson 10 Mar 1892 in Polk Co., Missouri; died 1942.
  Notes for Wilson Wright:
Wilson Wright, the tenth child of Josiah A. Wright and Elizabeth Jane Gothard, was born about 1869. His nickname was Wilse. Wilse lived about 76 years. On March 10, 1892, he married Millisa Dickerson, the daughter of Benjamin Dickerson, in Polk Co. Teh marriage is recorded in Polk County Marriage Book G at page 145. Wilse married a second time. His second wife's name was Grace. Some of this family lived and died near Senaca, Missouri, where they are buried.
He had four children.


  xi.   Loyd Martin Wright, born 10 Jan 1872; died 25 Aug 1943 in Polk Co., Missouri.
  Notes for Loyd Martin Wright:
He nevered married.
Buried at Shady Grove Cemetery, Polk Co., Missouri. Polk Co., Missouri Cemetery Directory.


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