Corpulent land baron among family-tree birthdays for the week of April 6

April 4, 2015

 

Birthdays from my family tree from the week of April 6.

 

April 8

  • Jacob Wilson (my 5G uncle on my mother's side), b. 1779 in Berkeley County, Va.; d. 1824 in Nevada, Mercer County, Ky. Jacob Wilson, the first-born of 13 or 12 children of Jacob Wilson and Mary Fritz Wilson. The younger Wilson was born in Virginia 13 years before Kentucky, at the time of his birth a county of Virginia, became a state. Berkeley County is now part of West Virginia. At some point, Wilson moved to Kentucky — Mercer County is in the center of the state — and remained there until the time of his death, as other members of his family moved to Greene County, Ohio. He became the largest holder of slaves in that portion of the state, according to a history of the Wilson family of Greene County, Ohio, although I'm not sure of the accuracy of this statement, inasmuch as it claimed Jacob lived to a "ripe old age," though he apparently died at age 45. The history says Jacob enjoyed the "unenviable notoriety, also, of being the heaviest man in that part of the state, weighing at one time over four hundred pounds. He and his wife together weighed seven hundred pounds. He became the father of eight children."

  • Wilma Jean Carr (my third cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1830 in White Lick, Morgan County, Indiana; date of death uncertain. Our common ancestor is a Jeremiah Wilson (1790-1864), 4G grandfather to both of us. Her maternal grandfather was named Abijiah Wilson, as was my 2G grandfather. They are not the same person, however; they are cousins.

  • Theodore Andre Carr (my third cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1830 in White Lick, Morgan County, Indiana; date of death uncertain. Theodore and Wilma Jean have the same parents — Oral Jonathan Carr and Bessie Lee Wilson Carr — and were born on the same day, according to family tree information I discovered on Ancestry.com. So most likely, they were either twins, or the information I discovered is in error. I know little else about them.

  • William Tolliver (uncle-in-law of Elizabeth Kidd Tolliver, my first cousin once removed on my father's side), b. 1842; d. Sept. 5, 1917. William is the brother of Burton Craig Tolliver, a principle character in the Rowan County War, a fued that gained national attention and threatened to dissolve the town of Morehead and Rowan County, Ky.

  • Alice "Allie" McClain Williams (my 2G aunt-in-law on my mother's side), b. 1875 in Morgan County, Ky.; d. April 28, 1964, in Kentucky. Might have been born April 9; I have conflicting records. She married John Henry Williams, brother of my great grandfather, Andrew Jackson Williams.

 

Photo from Ancestry.com, with photo caption provided by Marsha Wallace: In this school picture are Virgie Lambert Jones, with her sisters Dettie Lambert Parker and Geneva Lambert Catron. Virgie is the girl (almost in the center of the picture) standing behind the tallest boy (in the front row). Dettie is the little blond-haired girl with her hand to her throat and Geneva is the tall girl standing behind her that has on the wide-collared dress.

 

April 9

  • Dettie Frances Lambert Parker (my first cousin twice removed on my father's side and my fourth cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1914 in Carter County, Ky.; d. Oct. 5, 2000, in Charleston, Kanawha County, WVa. The daughter of Edd Lambert and Pearl Belle Hamilton Lambert. She married James Mason Parker and moved quite a bit, living in Rowan County, Ky.; Logan County, Wva.; and Franklin County, Ohio, according to census data. She is buried in Boone County, Wva.

April 10

  • Clyde Williams (my first cousin twice removed), b. 1911 in Morgan County, Ky.; d. June 24, 1978 in Petersburg City, Va. One of seven children of John Henry Williams and Alice McClain Williams, whose birthday is either April 8 or April 9.

April 11

  • Irving Caudill (my second cousin three times removed and my first cousin three times removed, both on my mother's side), b. 1885 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. April 11, 1913. Died of tuberculosis on his 28th birthday. He was the son of Samuel B. Caudill — a blood relative of my maternal grandmother — and Amanda Susan Hall Caudill — a blood relative on my maternal grandfather — making Irving a double relative. 

  • Mariam Elizabeth Batten (my wife's maternal grandmother), b. 1908 in Dover, N.J.; d. 1991 in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Mariam married John Gilbert Moody, who passed away in 1949 at age 43 of a heart attack while working in the Charleston Naval Shipyard. She then raised their two young children, my mother-in-law Marian Elaine and her sister, Lynda.

  • Banford Wilson (my second cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1919 in Kentucky; d. July 12, 1994. The son of John Everett Wilson and Mary Lou Owen Wilson. John's father, Michael Clay Wilson, was the brother of my 2G grandfather, Abijiah Wilson. He had three siblings, none of whom survive. The youngest, Dorothy Jean Wilson, died Jan. 1, 2015.

  • Edgar Walden Dehart (my third cousin once removed), b. 1927 in Wrigley, Morgan County, Ky.; d. Jan. 19, 1929, in Morgan County, Ky. I have an ex-uncle-in-law also named (William) Edgar Dehart. Not the same fellow. Walden died just before his second birthday of complications from influenza. He was the son of Otha Hazelrigg Dehart and Nella Kidd Dehart. I'm not sure if Otha is related to the Edgar Dehart who married my Aunt Bernice, although it seems fairly likely they are at least distantly related.

April 12

  • Margaret A. Prugh (wife of Michael Wilson, my second cousin four times removed on my mother's side), b. 1837 in Union Township, Madison County, Ohio; d. Feb. 22, 1884. 

  • William Ralph Crawford (father of Virginia Lee Crawford Wilson, my 3G aunt-in-law on my mother's side), b. 1846 in Botetourt County, Va.; d. March 27, 1886. Virginia Lee Crawford was the second wife — and third paramour — of Dr. Jeremiah Wilson, my 2G uncle on mother's side. Doc Jerry, father of noted adult-literacy advocate Cora Wilson Stewart and brother of my 2G grandfather Abijiah Wilson, lost his first wife, Anna Eliza Halley, in 1900. They had 12 children. He married Virginia Lee in 1901 when he was 48 and she was 18. They had two children — William Allie Wilson and Marvin Holt Wilson Sr. I've read that William was related to the Lees of Virginia, thus Virginia's middle name, but I've not been able to verify that through records.

  • Lilly B. Lewis (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side and my 2G aunt on my father's side), b. 1870 in Morgan County, Ky.; details of death unknown. Lily was the daughter of Benjamin W. and Jeannie White Lewis. Her sister, Louise married Edmund Kidd, my paternal great grandfather. Her aunt, Miriam F. Lewis, married my David A. Kendall, a 2G grandfather on my mother's side.

  • William Henry Elliott (husband of Matilda Mildred Hall, my first cousin four times removed on my mother's side), b. 1878 in Harrison County, Ky.; d. Dec. 9, 1948, in Harrison County, Ky.

  • Edna Kidd (my second cousin twice removed on my father's side), b. 1930 in Elliott County, Ky.; d. June 30, 1933, in Wyatt, Elliott County, Ky. Edna died from a deadly virile infection. She is buried at Devil's Fork in Elliott County. Her, Jesse James Kidd, dad committed suicide less than 6 months later.

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