Monday, August 1, 2016

On the Tale of The Tidwells: Boogie Down on Bragg Street part 2

First, I would like to send a warm shout out to a few friends, thanks Andrea Kelleher author of the blog, How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey for helping me navigate to the correct site to apply for and obtain pension records.  Also, would like to thank my newly found cousin/friend, and fellow researcher Kelly Shea for sharing the estate papers that follow. What would genealogy be without an assist from our friends! Thank you ladies!

1870 Census Clay Bradley Arkansas

In my last two blogs, On the Tale of the Tidwells: Reading Between the Lines and On the Tale of the Tidwells: Nothing to Bragg about I research to discover if my Tidwell family is related to the Bragg family who always lived in close proximity, and if so, then how?  After posing the following speculation:

"So in conclusion, if Joe Bragg is the son of Marian Bragg and/or George Bragg born 1840 who is the cousin of Millard Tidwell my great great grandfather. Then George and/or Marian Bragg is also the son of Sterling Bragg born 1810 who married Sarah LNU.  Sterling Bragg is the father of Agnes (sic) Bragg born 1820 my great great great grandmother who married William Faulkner. Marian or  George Bragg then would be my fourth great Uncle and his son Joe Bragg my first cousin four times removed. There will be more substantiating evidence to follow.  Please follow me on this."

We last discovered Agnes (LNU) Faulkner born 1820 who was married to William Faulkner in the 1870 census, of Clay Bradley and who lived in the household of my great great grandfather Andrew Tidwell could not have been the daughter of Sterling Bragg born 1810, whether she was even a Bragg at all remains to be discovered. A Tidwell did marry a Bragg though it turns out his name was Alfred Tidwell born 1834, who married America Bragg born 1830 they married 19 Mar 1868, which begged the question, "Who was Alfred Tidwell?"

A search of Alfred Tidwell turns up this U.S. Civil War pension index filed in 1897 by his minor son Joseph E. Tidwell born 1859 in Clay Bradley Arkansas. It appears Alfred Tidwell died in 1882 while Joseph E. Tidwell his son was just twenty-two years of age. So yeah, if you are doing the math you have already figured out the obvious. Joseph E. was born prior to his parents union:

U.S. civil war Pension Index:General Index to Pension Files 1861-1934

If you have an ancestor who served in the Civil War and you have found his index card like the one displayed above, utilizing his application number, the date filed, and the name of the person who filed it, you may send for the documents that correspond to that file through NARA What I discovered is that Alfred Tidwell had been a soldier rank of private in Co. K 57 Regiment U.S.C.T. Infantry between 1 Mar 1864 and 13 Dec 1866. He was thirty years of age when he entered the service, these dates do correspond to his marriage certificate to America Bragg.

NARA The National Archives

This first page says that Joseph E. Tidwell a child of AlfredTidwell Company K 57 US Colored Infantry made a claim for pension on 5 June 1897 it was filed 17 May 1897 by Attorney Jno S Duffie. This reads:

June 19- 97 A.G. called forward (illegible)

 June 24- 97 Atty. Duffie for marriage of mother to soldier, prior marriage of either, death or 
remarriage of mother or father; birth of children under 16 at soldier's death any other living.
 children under 16 " " " cue -4 7 8 (3- 9 illegible) date & cause of soldier's death, treat in service continuance

incurrence of fatal disease or injury in service, prior or sub-service & per description by persons who know soldier --G.W. May 26-98 Atty. Duffie client stated his mother is America Bragg affiant Geo. Tidwell says Sally Colen Expla. and proof of death and remarry of widow America Tidwell G.W.

Nov. 28/98 Atty Duffie  Case will or acted (?) CMB 
On in its turn testified Dupry Dec 8-98 client thro Hou S. Little married prior Re & died(?) Births any other unions, should be named, living Orig/creat

Did serv. continue 'til death client history of death.

What I gained from this is that the Attorney's were required to perform a thorough background check, and had to prove that the soldier's beneficiary was actually qualified to receive benefits, prior to approval of an applicant his right to receive the pension, and also that Alfred Tidwell had a first wife named Salley Colen (Kolen).  I wrote about the Kolen family in a previous blog post you can read here: All Be Free! Ewell et al vs Tidwell

This court case had caused me to question the identity of the Eveline listed here one of the former slaves, of John Koen. Was she my great great grandmother Evaline who married Andrew J. Tidwell or was she possibly her mother? This has yet to be resolved:
Reports of Cases at Law and in Equity Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Arkansas: Google Books

My cousin Kelly has learned that almost immediately after the death of Eli J Tidwell and the death of James T. Bragg, their former slaves were rigorously hired out and shuffled from State to State, by the Attorney's who executed their estates, more on this later. In my previous blog, I described how the slaves of James T. Bragg were parceled out and sold after his demise but were reunited once the Civil War ended as evidenced by the 1870  census record. This is an estate record, which shows that James T. Bragg's inventory  included more than just the few slaves mentioned by Dena, on the posting on Afrigeneas Slave Research Forum Archives.

James T. Bragg Estate Family (courtesy of Kelly Shea)

I will transcribe this in my next blog, but now I want to call attention to the names of the slaves mentioned here and how the names correspond when compared to the 1870 Census of Clay Bradley Arkansas, it reads:

appraisement of slaves:

  • Jerry $250
  • Sterling $800
  • Sally $500
  • Sol $1400
  • Marion $1500 (He is listed in 1880 census)
  • John $1200
  • Ruth $1200
  • Moses $500
  • John $250
  • Marzee $1000 (she married Ellis Marks both are listed in the household of Andrew J Tidwell in 1870)
  • Marica $1200 (married Alfred Tidwell born 1834)
  • Evaline $1000 (listed as the wife of  Andrew Tidwell and my great great grandmother)
  • Augusta $900
  • Amanda $550
  • Tennessee $600
  • Sarah $400


1870 Census of Clay Bradley Arkansas
This for me is confirmation of a relationship, this confirms that Evaline my great great grandmother who married Andrew Jackson Tidwell was indeed 'nee' Bragg prior to marriage, and the daughter of Sterling Tidwell born 1810, and Sallie 1815, the sister of Marzee who lived in her home in 1870, the sister of America who married Alfred Tidwell, whose identity I am still seeking, and the sister of Augusta Bragg who married Bill Cox,  and the sister of Marian Bragg who married Josephine.

Happy Dancing!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

On the Tale of the Tidwells: Nothing to Bragg about part I

Warren Bradley Arkansas 1920's courtesy of

In my last post I concluded with this speculation:

"So in conclusion, if Joe Bragg is the son of Marian Bragg and/or George Bragg born 1840 who is the cousin of Millard Tidwell my great great grandfather. Then George and/or Marian Bragg is also the son of Sterling Bragg born 1810 who married Sarah LNU.  Sterling Bragg is the father of Agnes Bragg born 1820 my great great great grandmother who married William Faulkner.   Marian or George Bragg then would be my fourth great Uncle and his son Joe Bragg my first cousin four times removed.  There will be more substantiating evidence to follow.  Please follow me on this."

1870 Census Clay Bradley Arkansas

  • In each census year, Sterling Bragg and his wife Sallie, lived next door to my great great grandparents Andrew and Evaline Tidwell.  Was he the father of Agness Bragg-Faulkner, my great great grandmother, Evaline Tidwell's purported mother?  Probably not. The ages are way off according to this census Agnes born 1820, would not have been young enough to be the daughter of Sterling born in 1810, their ages do not suggest a father child relationship.  So, is he related to us at all? Let's see. In the above census, Sterling Bragg has the following children Amanda,Tennessee Margaret and Rufus.

  • We have evidence for the marriage of Amanda Bragg to Quitman Willis on 16 Dec 1875

  • We have evidence that Tennessee Bragg never married.
  • We have evidence that Rufus Bragg married Louvisa Harris.

Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957
  • We have evidence that Margaret Bragg married Oliver Tatum.                  

I have found no evidence for Sterling Bragg and Sallie's marriage yet, but what I have discovered is that Sterling Bragg and Sallie were slaves in 1850, according to one researcher named Dena, they were the former slaves of James T. Bragg who died prior to the 1860 census. This evidence was discovered at The Special Collections Division of Arkansas by Dena in 2002 as she documented the following:

According to this bill of sale Sterling Bragg's daughter Amanda who was sold to B. J Bragg had one child, but Amanda according to the 1870 census was only 20 years of age in 1870. So in 1860 when James T. Bragg died she would have only been ten, she couldn't have biologically given birth to a child at age ten. We know that the nineteen year old Tempess as documented by Dena is Tennessee Bragg, but she also would have been too young in 1860 to have given birth to a child. So did Sterling Bragg have another daughter who would have been old enough to have a child prior to the 1870 Census?

When I go back to this Afrigeneas Slave Research Forum Archive posted by Dena, I find there is a follow-up question that is raised by another researcher who asks the same thing. Both of these researchers are friends of mine. Dena's reply below is to the question posed by Mel:

Dena says, the name looks like America Bragg. In the 1870 census of Clay Bradley Arkansas Alfred and America Tidwell live in a household with six others:

1870 Census Clay Bradley Arkansas

  1. Tidwell, Alfred age 40 born 1830
  2. Tidwell, America age 36 born 1834
  3. Tidwell, Sarah age 16 born 1854
  4. Tidwell, Columbus 10 born 1860
  5. Tidwell, Henderson age14 born1864
  6. Tidwell, Henry age 14 born 1859
  7. Tidwell, Thomas age 1 born 1869
Now was Dena correct, was America Tidwell age 36 listed in this 1870 census of Clay Bradley, America Bragg the daughter of Sterling Tidwell?  According to the marriage certificate of Alfred Tidwell and America Bragg dated 19 Mar 1868 Alfred Tidwell and America "Marica"Bragg were married in the residence of her father Sterling Bragg.

Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957

Now who is Alfred Tidwell?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

On Tale of the Tidwells: Reading between the Lines

You should always read and re-read any document you receive. Once you find a death certificate, a marriage certificate, or military draft registration, read it to learn the pertinent information of course, such as the date of birth, date of death, interment date, cemetery name, and surname of the departed, but also make a note of the informants, witnesses, and officiants. If you don't thoroughly examine these documents you could be missing some key family members, and vital information about the people who affected your family's life.

Recently, I was helping a DNA cousin I met through grow her family tree, and she had  already found a lot of the necessary documents. She had death certificates, and marriage certificates, for North Carolina, which had the names of the parents of both the bride and groom right on them, but she had overlooked them! When I pointed them out to her she was amazed! We were able to bring her tree back four generations, along with some additional information, including maiden names of her grandmothers.

Such is the case of my great great grandparents Millard and Carrie Elliott Tidwell, I was happy to find their actual marriage certificate free on but when I first reviewed it, I wondered who was Joe Bragg, security?  When I read further, I also noticed J.E. Tidwell certified, that he "solemnized the rites" and published the "Banns of matrimony."

I know now, that J.E. or James Edgar Tidwell the officiant was my second great Uncle, but I dismissed Joe Bragg at first, glance. Why?

Most of us get so caught up when tracing a direct family line that we ignore the lines in-between. That is what autosomal DNA testing does for us it forces us to read between the lines. Autosomal DNA tests your direct paternal line, your direct maternal line and each family line in-between. Each census year that my Tidwell family is found in Arkansas from 1870 Clay, Bradley to the 1940's in Fordyce, Arkansas they also lived in close proximity to Bragg family's. No wonder I have so many Bragg family matches! But, who were they? It wasn't until DNA testing that I confirmed there even was a relationship.

You should always read the actual census records too, because most likely your families neighbors are your families family. In the1940 census, Joe Bragg born in 1877 lived in Fordyce, Arkansas on Bowers Street. He worked as a Laborer who owned his own home and had received a second grade education, within his household besides his wife Josie, lived his daughter Joe Ada age twenty-three years. He and J.E. Tidwell were neighbors, James Edgar is enumerated as a Baptist Minister living with his second wife Mable and one son Andrew Tidwell age 24.

Joe Bragg married Josie McKinney on the 10th day of May in 1905. Josie was the daughter of Alfred and Nancy McKinney. On AncestryDNA I have a double cousin who traces to Alfred and Nancy, His McKinney family also married Tidwell's. Also below, you will see that a man enumerated as white in the 1930 census of Fordyce, Arkansas officiated at their ceremony his name was Lawrence Eugene Purdy . He is also related, but that's the subject of another blog.

So now who is Joe Bragg's parents? Prior to his marriage a single Joseph Bragg aged twenty-three, along with a twenty-two year of age Minden Willis lived in the household of their Aunt Tennessee Bragg aged forty, who never married and whose estimated birth was between 1851-1860 born in March. Living right next door to her were my great great grandparents Andrew (enumerated as Tony) and Evaline Tidwell. In 1900, my great grandfather Millard Tidwell still lived at home, and he and Joseph "Joe" Bragg were about the same age.

Now that we know that Tennessee Bragg was Joe Bragg's Aunt then who was the male sibling of Tennessee Bragg who fathered Joe Bragg? Well, if we follow Tennessee Bragg back to 1880 we find her living in the household of  William D. Cox and his wife Augusta Bragg Cox. Tennessee is enumerated as the sister-in-law of William D. Cox. Not much evidence of Tennessee's parents here but it does explain a relationship between Augusta Cox and Tennessee Bragg, because in the 1870 census although no relationships are provided we see this:

Tennessee Bragg lives in the household of Sterling Bragg born 1810, Sterling is my third great grandfather. A few doors away live William Cox and Augusta Bragg. So now we have suspected evidence of the paternity of Tennessee Bragg and Augusta Bragg, but what about Joe Bragg? When we come back to the 1880 census, we see a seventy year old Sterling Tidwell head-of-household to six other people including a four year old male enumerated as his grandson Minesal or Minden Willis, who upon further investigation proves to be the son of his daughter Amanda Bragg and Quitman Willis married 16 December 1875. Also, a daughter of this union granddaughter Carrie Willis  also lives in his home.

Next door to Sterling lives a forty year old male who is not obviously found in the 1870 census. Although his household almost mirrors the household of another man George Bragg born 1840, who is found in the 1870 census residing in the same place that this man resides in 1880. Are they the same person?  His name is Marian Bragg born1840, and he is enumerated as head-of household to six other people including:

The Family of Marian Bragg in1880

  1. Josephine (wife)
  2. Altheus (son) b. 1870
  3. Melvin (son) b. 1871
  4. Evenara (daughter) b. 1872
  5. Evangaline (daughter) b. 1874
  6. Jo L (son) < born 1876
So in conclusion, if Joe Bragg is the son of Marian Bragg and/or George Bragg born 1840 who is the cousin of Millard Tidwell my great grandfather. Then George and/or Marian Bragg is also the son of Sterling Bragg born 1810 who married Sarah LNU.  Sterling Bragg is the father of Agnes Bragg born 1820 my great great great grandmother who married William Faulkner.   Marian or George Bragg then would be my fourth great Uncle and his son Joe Bragg my first cousin four times removed.  There will be more substantiating evidence to follow.  Please follow me on this.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tale of the Tidwell's: The Descendants Part II

I love long weekends don't you? Long weekends allow me time to really reflect on the ancestors. This Memorial Day weekend I've been continuing my search for my paternal grandmother's family the Tidwell family from Fordyce, Arkansas. Grandma Naomi would be proud, as she was the first of her immediate family to pass prematurely. Although, I didn't know grandma, this work makes me feel closer to her.

The Tidwell family, were found in Warren, Arkansas in 1870 the first census that African Americans were recorded by name. The move to Fordyce, seems to have begun with the acquisition of more land by Andrew Tidwell, and shortly after Sarah Tidwell, the first daughter of Andrew and Evaline married John Rowell, then the family changed from a family of subsistence Farmer's to working in the sawmill industry. Some, became teachers, and Clergymen esteemed professions for their day.

Andrew J. Tidwell, acquired this additional land grant and dedicated it to build a Church in Camden, Arkansas, called Zion Hill Baptist Church. Please read: The Tale of the Tidwell's click here to find more about it. By 1890 he owned 160 acres. His son Reverend, James Edgar Tidwell would serve this church from1937-1951.


Andrew and Evaline Tidwell had ten children together. We recently discussed the first five children in Tale of the Tidwell's of Fordyce: The Descendants Part I, and now I want to examine the next five children of my great great grandparents Andrew and Evaline.

Children of Andrew Jackson Tidwell and Evaline Faulkner

In 1870, and 1880 Andrew Tidwell and his growing family lived in Clay, Bradley Arkansas also called Warren Arkansas where most of his children were born. On 10 Dec 1877 he purchased his first land grant, utilizing The Homestead Act of 1862 click here.   By 1900 he owned this land. In 1902, he purchased more and dedicated ground to build a church, by then he lived in Fordyce, Arkansas with his wife and four of his children. Here are the next five descendants of Andrew and Evaline Tidwell:

Marsilla Tidwell female, married Monroe Green

Monroe Green born about 1872 was the son of Jack Green, he worked as a servant in 1900 Warren Arkansas, in the household of William F Barry and Mary J Barry. At the age of twenty-two when my second great Aunt Marsilla born 1875 was nineteen on the 14 day of Oct 1894 they married in Bradley, Arkansas. I would love to know more about them, did they stay together, did they have children together, and where did they end up? My one 'Green' family surname match with ancestry from Arkansas, a DNA cousin tested on AncestryDNA has not yet published a tree.

Arkansas Marriages 1837-1944 database with images Family Search (

Millard Tidwell my great grandfather married Carrie Elliott

My great grandfather Millard Benjamin Tidwell was born 21 January 1879 in Warren Bradley Arkansas. In 1900 at the age of twenty one he still resided with his parents, Andrew, enumerated as Tony in this particular census, and Evaline Tidwell. Millard Tidwell, married my great grandmother Carrie Elliott, on 22 November 1908 at the age of twenty-eight when she was just eighteen, born 18 Oct 1891.  A cousin Joe Bragg was the witness. Carrie, was born in Cass,Texas the daughter of Joseph "Joe" Elliott and Elizabeth "Bette" Haskins living in Camden, Ouachita Arkansas. Millard would find employment at the Arkansas Lumbar Company at the same place in which he died in 1926. They would have six children:
Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957 database with images Family search (

  1. Thelma Tidwell born 4 Aug 1909 married Willie Herad Jackson, together they would have eight children she passed 14 January 1993.
  2. Naomi Tidwell born 1912 (my grandma) married Roosevelt Bass Sr. born 1 September 1905 in Union, Louisiana together they would have three children she passed in 1933. He in August 1969 Los Angeles.
  3. Vincent Tidwell married first Lena born 1917 (LNU) and second Ethel Kearney he passed in 12 April 1985 in Texas.
  4. Eilene Tidwell 9 Sept 1919 married first Alvin L Moore and second Sherman Vaughn she died 26 December 2004 in Kansas.
  5. Celestine Tidwell born 31 December 1922 she married Johnnie Robinson together they had three children she passed 22 April 2003 in Imperial, California.
  6. Oliver Tidwell born 3 August 1924 married Pauline (living) died 21 August 2015 they had one son.
My great grandparents Millard and Carrie Tidwell stayed on in Warren, Arkansas until 1920, and this 1920 census, and her marriage certificate is the only evidence that I have left of the life of my grandmother Naomi Tidwell. She is why I do this now, and will continue to speak her name: Naomi!

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Pennington, Bradley, Arkansas; Roll: T625_55; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 174

Columbus Tidwell born 9 February1882-died after 1940 in Detroit, Michigan

Columbus Tidwell would marry several times. The first marriage was to Jennie Brantley, one child was reportedly produced from this union, although the descendant who DNA tested doesn't match my dad and me. His second marriage also produced a child. He married Mary Anderson and together they had one child a girl, and possibly a second. Columbus Tidwell moved to Detroit, Michigan and in 1930. He lived on Dubois Street and was employed at General Motors.  By 1940, he worked for the Government digging ditches. He married a third time to Annie Lee (in the1940 census) or EmLee (in 1930 census), most likely the same person born about 1893. More is yet to be known about Columbus. Instead of his marriage certificates, I've decided to post his draft registration card. I wonder who Mira Barlow was the person recorded as the one person who would always know where he lived?

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942, Michigan

Brunette Tidwell, daughter

Brunette Tidwell born February 1883, the daughter of Andrew and Evaline Tidwell married first Henry Williams and second John Brantley. At the age of eighteen on 13 July 1901 she married Henry Williams, in Fordyce Arkansas. He was twenty-three. On 3 Oct of 1906 in Fordyce, Arkansas she would marry John Brantley born 1882 in Louisiana. John was employed as a Trucker at the Arkansas Saw Mill. Brunette died sometime after 1940. This union would produce two children:

Children of Brunette Tidwell and John Brantley

  1.  Annie Brantley born 1908
  2. Connie Brantley born 1913-2001 married a Shepard!
More on the Brantley branches as more becomes available...

Curley Evelyn (Kerlie) Tidwell,  female born April 1886

Finally, Curley Tidwell was the last born daughter of Andrew and Evaline Tidwell, she would marry three times. In 1920, she would be found in Fordyce, Arkansas on Bragg Street. She first married Robert Walsh on 23 February 1908. Second, she would marry Raymond Davis, on 7 July 1936 both marriages in Fordyce, Arkansas. In the 1920 census she would be enumerated as the wife of Robert Walsh and living in her household would be her niece, Ocie Jones her neice's husband John Jones and their two children, Clyde and Clarence Jones and Ocie's husband's brother, George Jones who would later marry Susie Tidwell. Robert Walsh owned his home, he was employed as a laborer at the Stave Mill. No known children were born of either of these two unions. Curley later married Robert Strong 2 May 1942 while living in Memphis Tennessee. She passed away in Memphis, Tennessee sometime after 1940.

Source Citation: Census Year 1920 Census Place Fordyce Dallas Arkansas, Roll: T625_61; Page 27A; Enumeration District 29; Image 121
Arkansas County Marriages 1837-1957 database with images Family search (

That concludes the the Descendants of Andrew and Evaline Tidwell, if you have any questions, or just enjoy this blog please leave a comment in the comment section for more information, the Tale of the Tidwells continues....

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tale of the Tidwell's of Fordyce : The Descendants part 1

It's been awhile since I wrote, "On the Tale of Tidwell's back in August of 2015.  You ask, "What have I been doing since?"  I've been meeting new family. Since then I've conversed with the descendants of Sarah Tidwell-Rowell, and descendants of both Ocie and Susie Tidwell daughters of Jackson Tidwell. Sarah and Jackson are the siblings of Millard Tidwell my great grandfather. These two sisters Ocie and Susie Tidwell, daughters of Jackson Tidwell, married brothers George and Johnnie Jones!

Children of Andrew Jackson Tidwell and Evaline Faulkner

If you can recall, Sarah Tidwell born June1865 was fourteen years of age in 1880,  and the eldest child still living with her parents Andrew and Evaline Tidwell born 1844, my great great grandparents. By 1889,  on the 29th of January she married John R. Rowell, born Feb 1867 at the age of twenty-four and him just twenty-two they would live in Fordyce, Arkansas. By 1900, they would have five children living and one on the way, Osie a female born 1889, Ina a female born 1891, Garland a male born 1892, Miny a female born 1895, Eliga a male born 1898 called Elgy and Millard a male born 1903. John Rowell like my great grandfather Millard would find work at the local Arkansas Lumber Co. sawmill.

Sarah Tidwell's children with husband John R Rowell

  1. Osie Rowell born 1Aug 1889 married Milton Harris but died Osie Hughes in Los Angeles she had two children John M Harris, and  Carsel Harris.
  2. Ina B. Rowell died 5 May 1936  possibly never married she was a school teacher.
  3. Garland Rowell born 21 Jan 1891 died Nov 1977 married Daisy Leali. He worked as a Stave Mill Hand for the Hampton Stave Company in Fordyce, Arkansas, Gus Anderson, Supervisor.
  4. Miny Rowell born 25 Jul 1895 died 2 Jan 1992 possibly never married.
  5. Eliga "Elgy" Rowell born 4 July 1898 worked as a Cooper in a barrel factory in Houston Texas and died in Memphis Tennessee in October 1978.
  6. Millard Rowell born 1903 death unknown.

William Franklin Tidwell and Pinky Nelson

The next son was William Tidwell also called Franklin born about 1867, in the 1870 census, may have been the same Will Tidwell enumerated in the 1900 census of Columbia, Moss Arkansas who managed a boarding house and, who married Pinky Nelson.  The jury is still out on this one.  There was another Will Tidwell who married Lula Williams, whom I find suspect  as well, who lived in Columbia, Arkansas, only forty-three miles East of Bradley Arkansas, hoping DNA will link me to Will's descendants.

Julia Tidwell, divorcee?

Julia Tidwell was born about 1869 according to the 1870 census.  In the 1900 and 1910 census a Julia Tidwell was enumerated as divorced. Is this the same Julia Tidwell? Did she discard her marry name? Each succeeding census year that this divorced Julia Tidwell was enumerated her approximate age is younger than the one prior, so I can't be certain if this Julia Tidwell, a single divorced woman recorded in the 1900 and 1910 census of Fordyce, Arkansas who is the sole wage earner, whose occupation is Cook, is the same daughter of Andrew J. Tidwell born 1844.  More evidence is required here, as birth years are merely estimates but those Julia Tidwell's are recorded as younger than the birth year of the Julia, that's recorded in 1870 as daughter of Andrew and Evaline Tidwell, and the other question is who did she marry and divorce?

Jackson Tidwell and Martha Davis

Jackson A. Tidwell born (1871-1955) married Martha Davis (1873-1962) first on 22 Dec 1894 in Lanark, Bradley Arkansas. O. L. Tatum was the witness. Now who was O. L. Tatum?  We will soon find out, in a later blog.

A second event of their marriage was recorded on 9 Jan 1895.

In 1900, Jackson Tidwell lived in Dry Run, Arkansas, he worked as a Farmer though he couldn't read or write he owned his own home, Martha was a housewife with three young children at home, she could read and write. Together they would have ten children:
  1. Lena Tidwell born 1896 death unknown
  2. Bonnie Tidwell 1898-1999 married Leonard McCullom and Lee Shelton
  3. Ocie Tidwell 1898-1997 married Johnnie Jones
  4. Hudson Tidwell 1900 death unknown
  5. James Tidwell born 2 Sep 1901 married Alice Ross
  6. Jane Tidwell 1902 death unknown
  7. Susan Tidwell 1903-1976 married George Jones
  8. Doris Tidwell 1908-1976 married Melvin H. Lyght
  9. Azor Tidwell 1915-1984 married Norris Dennis
  10. Ovie Tidwell (no further information)

James Edgar Tidwell married Annie Marks

The fifth child of Andrew and Evaline Tidwell listed as Edgar in the 1880 census of Clay Bradley, Arkansas was born in 1872 married an eighteen year old Annie Marks on 22 November 1894. By 1910 Edgar's occupation was Baptist Preacher and in1920 they lived on Henderson street in Fordyce Arkansas and Edgar was employed as a Clergyman for Zion Hill Baptist Church. Reverend J. E. Tidwell served as Pastor from 1937-1951. He and Annie Marks would have three possibly four children, as I have yet to confirm the relationship of one Carlton Tidwell:

  1. Nathaniel Tidwell born 1896 employed as laborer at the Arkansas Sawmill
  2. Willie Mae Tidwell born 1900 employed as a teacher for a private school in Arkansas, married Robert Riley died in Los Angeles, California in the 1950's.
  3. Andrew Jackson Tidwell born 1917 employed at the Arkansas Sawmill

These are the first five children out of ten of my great great grandfather Andrew Jackson Tidwell and Evaline possibly Faulkner. The Tidwell family were always a close knit family and lived in close proximity of each other as neighbors. Other families they lived close to were Bragg, Cox, Marks, and Tatum whom I will address in future blogs. In my next post I will also continue with the next five children of Andrew and Evaline as I continue chasing the Tale of the Tidwells.