invite to dinner: dear 3rd-greatgrandmama eleanor (lemon) noble or is it lemmon or lemmons, the pleasure of your company is requested…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 4 prompt:  Invite to dinner.
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Both hands up to the sides of my head, I’m frozen in indecision — just one?!  Invite just one guest to dinner?!  (Oh that it was possible to bring ancestors out of the frieze of time for answers to some questions; brick walls might not exist.)

Two ladies in Great-Grandma Alta Maria (Falls) Greger’s line come to mind most quickly as desired dinner guests:  my 4th great-grandmum Sarah (Showers) Falls and, my 3rd-great-grandmother Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble (February 21, 18111 Kentucky2, USA–March 31, 1895 Iowa; buried Winslow Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa1,3).  They are both longstanding brick walls.  I haven’t a clue as to either’s respective fathers.

It’s Eleanor, I decide.  She’s getting the invitation.  I mentally draft my invite.

Alta Maria (Falls) Greger (Family photo.)

But to fill you in on how the line goes, let’s back up once more to Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble’s granddaughter and, my Great-Grandma, Alta Maria4 Falls (July5 106, 18645 Illinois5–October 13, 1934 Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri6; buried Anderson Cemetery, Anderson East, McDonald County, Missouri6).

Alta first apears in the household of parents “Jarry” & Mary Falls at age seven in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census of Jefferson, Poweshiek, Iowa, dwelling number 86, her forename mistranscribed as “Atta.”  Iowa marriage records tell us that Alta [again mistranscribed “Atta,” although very clearly “Alta” on the original record] M. Falls, father listed as “Geremiah” Falls, mother as Mary Noble, marries “Graurille S Gregor”7 [Granville Smith Greger] on September 28, 1892 in Benton County, Iowa.  This takes us up nicely to my 2nd-great grands Geremiah Falls & Mary Noble.

“Geremiah Falls,” or as he’s more commonly referenced, Jeremiah (Jerry) Falls, took “Mary Margaret Noble” as his second wife on September 14, 1851 in Mercer County, Illinois.8

Grave Marker of Mary Margaret (Noble) Falls (Contributed to FindAGrave.com by Pat Faulkner.)

We first see “[Mary] Margaret Noble” (February 2?, 18319 Indiana2–February 20, 1899 Polk County, Missouri; buried Greenwood Cemetery (Sec 5 Lot 23), Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri9) at age 19, in the household of [parents] Joseph & Ellen Noble in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census in “Township 14 N R 5 W, Mercer, Illinois,” family number 382.10

We last see Mary M. in the 1895 State Census of Belle Plaine, Benton County, Iowa, as widowed head-of-household “Mary Falls,” age 60, with her widowed mother Ellen Noble — 84 born Kentucky — the only other person in the household.11

And that takes us up to my dinner invitee, 3rd-great grandmum Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble.

Eleanor is visible in the 1850 through 1880 U.S. Federal Censuses in the household of husband Joseph Noble; seen in an (unreferenced here) 1885 Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa State Census again with husband Joseph; is widowed in the January, 1895, household of eldest daughter Mary Margaret; and recorded buried at Winslow Cemetery, Poweshiek CountyIowa.3  But, somewhere in there, Eleanor or Ellen was born.  TO, whom?  What siblings if any, did she have?  Where were her parents from?

Dear Grandma Ellen!  It’s so good to meet you!

I hope you like chicken — I figured baked was a pretty safe choice, and, the Penzey’s Mural of Flavor seasoning I use, with, Himilayan pink salt have gone over so well with previous dinner guests.  If you’d prefer fish, though, I’ve salmon filets waiting in the fridge just in case.  Baked potatoes, salad, & rolls will round things out and, I’ve purchased wonderful mini tarts from Whole Foods Market for dessert.  Would you like some coffee or tea while we chat a bit?

I have to ask first, please, who were your parents and, what siblings did you have?

I cannot find a birth or baptism record naming your mother & father, nor a marriage record with same.  No other genealogy researchers out there — none I’ve seen anyway — has ventured a guess as to your parents and quite frankly this is just driving me nuts.  I’m lost for leads.  Please please:  tell me the answer(s) to this riddle, and then, all about your life growing up and, yours & Grampa Joseph’s together…

Grave Marker of Eleanor (Ellen) (Lemmon) Noble  (Contributed to FindAGrave.com by “The Locator.”)

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SOURCES
1 ” ‘Iowa, Cemetery Records, 1662-1999’ {database on-line}.  Provo, UT, USA:  Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.  Original data:  Works Project Administration. Graves Registration Project.  Washington, D.C.:  n.p., n.d.;” “Grave Stone Records of Poweshiek, Iowa; Page Number: 536,” at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=4711&h=388439&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405383952&usePUB=true , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
2 U.S. Federal Censuses of 1850:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Township 14 N R 5 W, Mercer, Illinois,” family number 382; 1860:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Township 14 N 5 W, Mercer, Illinois,” family number 1651, dwelling number 1651; 1870:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Jefferson, Poweshiek, Iowa,” dwelling number 62; 1880:  “Joseph Noble” household, “Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa,” dwelling number 537.  All four give Ellen’s (1850, 1870) / Eleaner’s (1870) / Eleanor’s (1880) birthplace as Kentucky.  Census of 1850 notes daughter “Margaret” as born Indiana.
3 FindAGrave.com, “Eleanor ‘Ellen’ Lemmons Noble,” memorial ID 61418799, at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/61418799 , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
4 Anecdotal family knowledge.
5 U.S. Federal Census of 1900:  “Granvil S Greger” household, “Field, Jefferson, Illinois,” sheet number 12, “number of dwelling in order of visitation” 238, family number 239.  (As of Jan. 31, 2018, at Ancestry.com at, https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7602&h=78703146&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405382591&usePUB=true .)
6 FindAGrave.com, “Alta M Falls Greger,” memorial ID 31743986, at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31743986 , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
7 “Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa; Series Title: Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922,” at Ancestry.com as “Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940,” at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=IAMarriageRec&h=904036251&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=60716 , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
8 “Illinois State Marriage Records. Online index. Illinois State Public Record Offices,” via Ancestry.com’s, “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920” at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60984&h=1713482&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405384674&usePUB=true , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
9 FindAGrave.com, “Mary Margaret Noble Falls,” memorial ID 45374884, at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45374884 ,  accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
10 U.S. Federal Census, 1850, “Joseph Noble” household.  Ancestry.com, at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8054&h=16451571&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=diana34405384674&usePUB=true , accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
11 ” ‘Iowa State Census, 1895,’ database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT3J-TV4 : 30 June 2016), Mary Falls, Benton, Iowa, United States; citing p. 55, 1895, State Historical Society, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,021,711;” at FamilySearch.org, accessed Jan. 31, 2018.
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throwback thursday: walter falls next to early-1900s auto (do you know your cars? what make is this baby?)

Walter FALLS By Automobile [1]

Walter FALLS (Dec. 4, 1893 Arkansas – Jan. 13, 1954; buried Jan. 15, 1954 at Restland Cemetery, Roxton, Lamar County, Texas)[2], youngest son of Solomon (Bud) FALLS (1859 – 1932) & Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) JOHNSON (1857 – 1940).

Although I could be having my most-cars-look-alike [problem?  issue?] here, I’m thinking that the auto below may just be a better image of the same one above??  So I’m including it here to help you Name This Auto.  In this photo, Joseph H. (Joe) GRIFFIN is standing with his arm on the vehicle, with his wife and, Walter’s sister, Sarah Ruth (Sallie) (FALLS) GRIFFIN, between he & Walter:

Joe GRIFFIN, Sallie (FALLS) GRIFFIN & Walter FALLS [3]

Walter’s Apr. 26, 1942, Tillman County, Oklahoma, World War II Draft Registration card shows Walter as 5’7″, weighing approximately 160 pounds, of a light complexion, and having brown eyes, gray hair.  Walter lived at the time on North 6th Street in Frederick, Tillman County, and worked for the Simmons Gin Company.[4]

Paris News Jan. 15, 1954, pg 12
Walter Falls

“Last rites for Walter Falls of Fredrick, Okla., who died here Wednesday, were set for Friday at 2 p.m. at Gene Roden & Sons chapel, with burial at Roxton. Named Pallbearers were Newton Walker, Miller Steed, D. B. Doss, Jewell Churchwell, Ed Harty and Sel Pierce.

Walter FALLS [6]

“Mr. Falls, son of the late S. and Elizabeth (Johnson) Falls, was born in Cushman, Ark., Dec. 4 1893. A Lamar County resident a number of years, he was a Navy veeran of World War I, and was a Baptist. He had been a machinist with the Simmons Gin and Oil company at Fredrick for 28 years.

“His death occurred at St. Joseph’s Hospital here where he had been a patient since Sunday.

“He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Smith and Mrs. Sara Griffin both of Paris.”[5]

Walter died of “broncho-pneumonia, severe, right lung,” in only 10 days from the illness’ onset.[2]

He never married.[2]

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ENDNOTES

1. “Walter Falls By An Automobile,” photograph, date unknown; ( http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3180/ : accessed July 24, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.

2. “Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982,” “Walter Falls,” Ancestry.com, at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2272&h=23379953&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=180018698027&usePUB=true , accessed July 27, 2016.

3. “Sallie and Joe Griffin with Walter Falls,” photograph, date unknown; ( texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3204/m1/1/?q=falls%2C%20walter : accessed July 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.

4. “U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” “Walter Falls,” Ancestry.com, at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1002&h=11928389&tid=79831532&pid=180018698027&hid=65124241975&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC8091&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true , accessed July 27, 2016.

5. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 17725824, “Walter Falls,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17725824&ref=acom , accessed July 27, 2016.  Obituary added by “okla gravewalker.”

6. “Walter Falls, Seated,” photograph, date unknown; ( texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3183/ : accessed July 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.
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sunday eulogy — jett falls: killed in action, ww i

In Memoriam

“(To Jett Falls, our one-time pupil)

“Somewhere in France, where duty led,
“He fills a patriot grave.
“The lark sings high above his head,
“Only the lark knows the hallowed bed,
“Where lies our soldier brave.
“Sacred the ground where a soldier sleeps,
“Who came at his country’s call.
Onward the tide of battle sweeps,
Only the lark o’er his bosom weeps,
Yet he gave to the world his all.”
Author not named.[1]

“Jett FALLS Formal Portrait” [5]

Jett (Jetty; Johnny) FALLS (June 16, 1889 Cushman, Independence County, Arkansas, USA[2] – Nov. 5 or 6, 1918 France[3, 4]), son of Solomon FALLS Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) JOHNSON.

Medium height & build, reads Jett’s WW I Draft Registration Card dated June 5, 1917; with blue eyes and black hair.[2]  Employer at the time, the “Honey Grove Cotton Oil Co.” — aka the Lamar [County] Cotton Oil Company, Paris, Texas, where Jett works as a day laborer at the [one word, can’t read]-mill.[2]

The official Washington, D. C., telegram sent Jett’s father Solomon Falls, dated 5:14 p.m., Nov. 5, 1918, gives Jett’s death date as Nov. 6th.[3]

The Telegram From Washington [3]

A 1919 letter of sympathy from M. M. Hoffman, Jr., the Chaplain of Jett’s Division, the 359th, informs Solomon FALLS that Jett was killed at the Meuse-Verdun Sector on Nov. 5th.[4]  (No information is given as to the specifics of Jett’s death.)  A handwritten note at the bottom of the letter adds, “He is buried in this sector with a number of his companions and has a cross at his grave.”

FALLS, Jett_Lttr fr military informing his parents he's dead_Portal To Texas History

The Letter From The Chaplain [4]

Then there is the death date on Jett’s grave marker at Restland Cemetery in Roxton, Lamar County, Texas, USA, where he was later re-buried:  it reads a confusing Nov. 2, 1918.[6]  I account for the differences between the first two as perhaps, time zones??  But I don’t know how to account for the Restland Cemetery grave marker date… (?)

Reads Jett’s hometown obituary:

“Information came to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Falls last night from the War Department that their son, Jett Falls, had been killed in action, having met his death on the field of battle November 6, five days before the end of the fighting.

“Jett Falls entered the service early in the summer of last year and went to Camp Travis. Mastering the soldier’s trade, he was assigned to duty as bayonet instructor and was thus engaged when the German threat at the French capital hastened the movement overseas of America’s youg army. He was a member of Company E, 359th Infantry, a regiment of the Ninetieth division, and went to France with that now famous unit.

“Those of us who knew and loved Jett Falls, with his quiet, unassuming manner and unfailing devotion to duty are filled with sorrow, and sympathy for his stricken parents and relatives.”[1]

Photos of Jett Falls in Europe during the actual war:

“Jett FALLS By A Tunnel” [7]

“Private Jett FALLS By Public Walkway” [8]

Jett may have been a Private at the time of the above photo, but a New York newspaper has him as a Corporal at the time of his death:

PERSHING ARMY CASUALTIES
“The Globe And Commercial Advertiser, New York, Tuesday, December 17, 1918.”

“Corporals”
6th name down:
“Falls, J., Roxton, Texas”[1]

While hoping the reader isn’t o.d.-ing on all this material, the following Roxton newspaper piece, from the time of Jett’s re-burial there, is such a heart-breaker 😥 that I simply couldn’t exclude it…

“On the same evening, just after the corpse of the fair child was laid in the silent city of the dead, a flag-draped casket from foreign shores, was brought to Roxton Cemetery and Jett Falls, son of Mr. & Mrs. Solomon Falls of Paris, was laid to rest in the soil from which he went to die on a far-flung battlefield at his country’s call.  We told of Jett’s life and death when the news that he had fallen in France reached us but we feel constrained to repeat that he had been a pupil of the writer in years agone and we loved him for his manliness, his obedience, his studiousness and we grieve with his heart-broken parents and brothers and sisters and all who loved him that his young life was the price of his sacrifice to America’s needs.  Rev. Long held a brief service at the cemetery here though the funeral was held at the home of his parents in Paris.  His mother ws prostrated under the renewed grief and was unable to attend his burial.  His brothers and one sister were here and a host of friends and neighbors of the family in Paris came out with the casket.  One sister, Mrs. Bill Smith, remained with her mother and Mrs. Joe Griffin accompanied her father to the last sad rites.  May God temper the winds to the shorn lambs of His fold and make this grief less poignant with Time, the healer of all life’s ills.”[1]

Jett FALLS’ Texas Grave Marker  —  Inscription:  “A precious one from us has gone.  A voice we loved is stilled.  A place is vacant in our home  Which never can be filled.  God in his wisdom has recalled the boon his love had given.  And though the body slumbers here, the soul is safe in heaven.”[6]

Rest in peace soldier. You’re not forgotten.
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This Falls-surname line — part of my ancestry & collateral kin via my paternal great-grandmother Alta Maria FALLS, wife of Great-Grandpa Granville Smith GREGER — is often hypothesized by fellow researchers to have Scottish origins, but:  with my recent Ancestry.com DNA results of “64% Scandinavia, 15% Great Britain, 9% Ireland” (along with six other “Trace Region” amounts of from 1-to-5%), I say it’s Irish. 🙂  Just my two cents on the matter. 😉  [Jett’s blue eyes & black hair?  Irish, I declare. 😀 ]
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ENDNOTES

1. “Newspaper Clippings Relating to Jett Falls Death,” clipping, date unknown; ( https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3177/ : accessed July 23, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.

2. “U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” “Jett Falls,” Texas, Lamar County, Ancestry.com at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=6482&h=16457679&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=180018248833&usePUB=true , accessed July 23, 2016.

3. “Western Union Telegram to Soloman Falls,” letter, date unknown;( https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3188/ : accessed July 23, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.

4. “Letter Informing Soloman Falls of Jett Fall’s Death,” letter, 1919;( https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3186/ : accessed July 23, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.

5. “Jett Falls Formal Portrait,” photograph, date unknown; ( https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3192/ : accessed July 23, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.

6. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 17725812, “Jett Falls,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=FAL&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=46&GScntry=4&GSsr=1641&GRid=17725812& , accessed July 23, 2016.  Photo of grave marker used here, contributed to FindAGrave by Deanne (Hardy) McKinney.

7. “Jett Falls by a Tunnel,” photograph, date unknown; ( texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3189/ : accessed July 23, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.

8. “Private Jett Falls by Public Walkway,” photograph, date unknown; ( https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3191/m1/1/?q=FALLS : accessed July 23, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Euless Public Library.
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happy birthday cancer sun sign! — alta maria (falls) greger

Happy birthday cancer sun sign Alta Maria FALLS (July 10, 1864 Illinois-Oct. 13, 1934 McDonald County, Missouri; buried Anderson Cemetery, Anderson, McDonald County, Missouri).

Great-grandma Alta died before I was born.  I wish I had family stories with which to place her in my mind, but I never even knew her name ’til I began researching genealogy in the mid- to late-1990s.

Alta Maria (FALLS) GREGER [1]

Alta was the wife of my great-gramp Granville Smith GREGER (Jan. 20, 1864 Vandalia, Owen County, Indiana – Oct. 17, 1961 Kansas; Anderson Cemetery), who I did meet at about age three or four on a visit to his Missouri farm but I can’t pull up a picture.

Both Great-Grandma Alta & Great-Grampa Granville are pictured in the circa 1930 photograph below — the two older folks on either side of the picture — and it’s such a photo that I do think of Grandma Alta as “the old lady in the watermelon photo.” 😉

The Watermelon Photo [1]


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ENDNOTES

1. Family photo in possession of blog author.
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scalped (52 Ancestors #7)

Week 7 (Feb 12-18):  “Love”
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Martha LOVE (ca 1784 VA-aft. Sept. 1, 1850), wife of my 3rd great grandfather John FALLS, Jr.’s, brother Thomas FALLS (ca 1780 VA-bef. Sept. 3, 1850), had only one child that I’ve as yet ascertained, that being daughter Mary Jane FALLS (Mar. 20, 1825 TN-Mar. 23, 1895 likely MO; buried Shelt Noel Cemetery, Noel, McDonald Co., MO)[1].

On Mar. 10, 1842, in Roane Co., TN, 1st cousin four times removed Mary Jane married Robert Franklin WALKER[2] (Oct. 20, 1821 TN-Dec. 6, 1864 MO; Shelt Noel Cemetery)[1], son of Robert WALKER & Mary THOMPSON.

MARY JANE (FALLS) WALKER.

By the 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Robert & Mary Jane had had the first four of their 10-total children: James M., John T., Hugh Lawson, & Susan Caroline.[3]

By the 1860 Census — MO, McDonald Co., Rutledge — they would have had five more of those 10 kids — Robert Newton, Mary Eliza, twins California Ann & Tennessee S., and William T. J. — and would have buried twin daughter, California Ann.[4][5]

But before the first week of Dec., 1864, was over, Mary Jane’s husband would be dead, murderedscalped — by either “federal scouts”[6] or, bushwhackers.[7]

Robert Franklin WALKER was a carpenter in 1850; went prospecting for gold out west, “to California, leaving his family in McDonald County.  He remained in the far West, engaged in gold mining, until 1851, when he returned to his family[6];” and, farmed in 1860.  He fought in the American Civil War, Confederate allegiance, allegedly under Cherokee Civil War Gen. Stand Watie (Dec. 12, 1806-Sept. 9, 1871).[8]

From, “History Of Newton, Lawrence, Barry And McDonald Counties, Missouri,” Goodspeed Publishing, 1888: “….citizens of McDonald County, Mo., who were killed from 1861 to 1865, by Federal scouts, are named as follows:

Thirty-four men are listed, including, at no. 8, “Robert Walker.*”

A footnote indicates the meaning of the asterisk after Robert’s name: “Those marked thus (*), killed with arms, as bushwhackers; the others killed in retaliatory spirit by soldiers. These bushwhackers were engaged in pillaging, burning–not confined alone to Union people, but known Southern sympathizers suffered from them directly, as Allen PAINTER, now living near Pineville, who had the soles of his feet burnt to a crisp by them, can testify; also Joseph WEEMS of Newton County, who was burned in the same way in the hope etting[sic] money.”[6]

But stories handed down within Robert F. WALKER’S family completely contradict the preceding:  they relate that Robert was hardly a bushwhacker: rather, he was murdered by bushwhackers.

Alison AGINS shares this account at her Ancestry.com family tree site, “a story my grandfather Albert BROWNING wrote in response to a request from his son Charles BROWNING to give a family history:”

” ‘Grandfather Bob [I.e., Robert Franklin] WALKER came from Kentucky to Missouri before the Civil War. Married Marry FALLS. To this union was borned 8 children, all decesed at this writing except one, Dixie Davis, Colfax, Washington.

” ‘Grandfather WALKER fought for the South in the Civil War. He was a cook. He got so homesick because the Bushwackers were burning so many homes. He had 2 good farms with improvements.

” ‘One day they sent him after a bucket of water. He had to go some distance and when he got there he sat his bucket down and left for home. He labored hard for a few days. His oldest boy Hugu was managing the best he could.

” ‘Two young men came along one day and wanted to stay all night, and rest up from a long walk. He refused to keep them. He said if the Bushwackers came along and found them there, they would burn his house and probably kill them all. They promised him they would stay upstairs and be quiet in case of the ‘Whackers’.

” ‘Sure enough here they came late that evening. The young men got scared and got out on the roof of the house and jumped off. They ran for some brush across the farm. The army saw them and gave chase but the boys had some advantage a-foot on account of fences. One of the boys stopped took aim and killed their Captain, and got away. Their second Captain took charge. They came back and got Grandfather and said they was going to take him down the road and kill him. They got him on a horse. Mother ran out and caught hold of the Captain’s leg and stirrup of the saddle and helt on a crying and begging. Findly she prevailed.

” ‘The Captain gave orders to take him back and burn the house. They burned the house alright and mother ran in and grabbed some counterpanes (a kind of a quilt that my great grandmother had made by hand, the same is in our family today. They would bring $100.00 or more a piece.)

” ‘After the house burned, they moved to the other farm and my mother begged her mother to let her hide them (the quilts) in a cave in the bluff a mile from the house. By so doing she saved them, but after Grandfather got killed as you will note later on, they became so poor Grandmother was forced to sell them. Mother bought them back after her marriage.

” ‘Grandfather returned to camp and sometime later on he ran off and came home. This time he did not intend to stay long, he had his horse tied clost by standing eating a turnip. Here came the Bushwacker. He jumpt on his horse and started through the timber up a very steep mountain. He was making a splendid gain when his saddle girt broke, off he came bringing the saddle with him. His horse went on. He ran to a cave before they could catch him. He stood them off for quite a while. Finly his ammunition exausted. Then they killed him and scalped him and brought the scalp and threw it in Grandmother’s lap.’

“(grandpa’s spelling and grammer)”[7]

FRONT ROW, 2ND & 3RD FROM LEFT: ROBERT NEWTON WALKER, &, SUSAN CAROLINE WALKER.

The preceding is echoed in this story related by another descendant, Kathleen BROWNING, as told by her grandmother, Caroline [Susan Caroline WALKER]:

” ‘Following the Civil War, Carolins’s father and several men of the neighborhood were hiding out to keep from being killed by the Bushwackers who painted themselves as indians and tried to make people think they weren’t white. Often they were men that could have been recongnized by those that they were murdering. Someone carrying a grudge or an imagined grudge or they used it as a means to let off some of their frustrations.

” ‘Caroline’s father and some of the men had come in for clean clothes and food when they noticed a cloud of dust rising at a distance. The house was near a rather steep hill. WALKER told the men to go fast that he would stay behind for a time and try to mislead the Bushwackers. Since he had a faster horse than the others, he thought that he had a better chance of escaping and probably would have, except his saddle quirt broke as he reached the steepest part of the hill, leaving him no means of escape except on foot. He ran and managed to hide for a time…he would shoot then run, but as there were several Bushwackers they finally over came him about nightfall.

” ‘The family could hear shooting then silence, repeated time after time. Finally all was silent, the Bushwackers had left. 

” ‘Caroline, Ellen and Happy ( her girlfriends) went to look for her father. They found him, but his scalp was missing. This made for a very bad sight. After a search the girls found the scalp and put it back in place. Since the weather was cold (this was December) the scalp was frozen into place by the time that the women of the neighborhood got him bathed and dressed… His wife never knew that he had been scalped.’ “[7]

By the 1880 U.S. Federal Census of MO, McDonald Co., Pineville, enumerated June 16, 1880 — the last Census we find Mary Jane (FALLS) WALKER in — the “insane” column is checked to the right of her name. Her last/youngest child, 18-year-old Martha Margaret Elizabeth (Dixie) WALKER, lives with her mother and keeps house.[9]

My next avenue of research is to try to locate a copy of the pension application I believe Mary Jane filed:  for some odd reason one is “named” at Ancestry.com as filed by a Mary Jane WALKER for deceased husband Robert “S.” WALKER — the “S,” I’m betting, is likely actually an “F” — in Giles, TN, yet no content is available for it on Ancestry:  only the note that, “A photocopy of this pension application may be obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.”  If it is our girl, maybe some clearer light will be shed on Robert’s death.

Cross your fingers.

WALKER, R. F. (1821-1864) (grv mrkr)--FAG, Diane (FALLS) WALKER, Mary (grv mrkr)--FAG, Diane

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ENDNOTES

1 FindAGrave.com: birth & death dates and, cemetery name, per photograph of joint grave marker for Mary Jane & Robert in Shelt Noel Cemetery, at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/page/gr/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108020915 & http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/page/gr/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108020629 , accessed Feb., 2015.

2 “Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002”, Ancestry.com, “Mary J FALLS,” “Spouse: Robert WALKER,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=TNstatemarriages&h=6814165&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&tid=20819092&pid=993671430&rhSource=7836 , accessed Feb., 2015.

Image:  Mary Jane (FALLS) WALKER.  From “Alison AGINS Family Tree,” owner, “aliagins,” Ancestry.com, at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1508097/person/-1930235780/media/4?pgnum=1&pg=0&pgpl=pid%7cpgNum , accessed Feb., 2015. Photo originally submitted to Ancestry.com by Alison AGINS.

3 1850 U.S. Federal Census, MO, McDonald Co., District 53, enumerated Sept. 2, 1850; “Robert WALKER” household, age 29 born abt 1821 TN; accessed at Ancestry.com at, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1850usfedcenancestry&indiv=try&h=3884895 , Feb., 2015.

4 1860 U.S. Federal Census, MO, McDonald Co., Rutledge, enumerated June 1, 1860; “R. F. WALKER” household, age 38 born abt 1822 TN; accessed at Ancestry.com at, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&new=1&tid=77413544&tpid=38359934883&ssrc=pt_t77413544_p38359934883&MSAV=1&msT=1&gss=angs-g&gsfn=Robert+Franklin+(Bob)&gsln=WALKER&msbdy=1821&msbpn__ftp=Tennessee%2c+USA&msbpn=45&msbpn_PInfo=5-%7c0%7c1652393%7c0%7c2%7c3246%7c45%7c0%7c0%7c0%7c0%7c&msddy=1864&msdpn__ftp=Missouri%2c+USA&msdpn=28&msdpn_PInfo=5-%7c0%7c1652393%7c0%7c2%7c3247%7c28%7c0%7c0%7c0%7c0%7c&msgdy=1842&msgpn__ftp=Roane+Co.%2c+TN%2c+U.S.A.&msfng0=Robert&msfns0=WALKER&msmng0=Mary&msmns0=THOMPSON&gskw=Bushwhackers&cpxt=1&catBucket=rstp&uidh=in4&_83004003-n_xcl=f&cp=12&mssng0=Mary+Jane&mssns0=FALLS&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=40467889&db=1860usfedcenancestry&indiv=1&ml_rpos=30 , Feb., 2015.

5 “Alison AGINS Family Tree,” owner, “aliagins” — Issue, Robert Franklin WALKER & Mary Jane FALLS — Ancestry.com, at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1508097/person/-1930235781 , accessed Feb., 2015.

6 “History Of Newton, Lawrence, Barry And McDonald Counties, Missouri,” “From The Earliest Time To The Present, Including A Department Devoted To The Preservation Of Sundry Personal, Business, Professional And Private Records; Besides A Valuable Fund Of Notes, Original Observations, Etc., Etc.;” Illustrated; Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888. Pages 760-761, &, 1091. Accessible online at “Missouri Digital Heritage,” at http://cdm.sos.mo.gov/cdm/ref/collection/mocohist/id/51537 ; accessed Feb., 2015.

7 “Alison AGINS Family Tree,” owner, “aliagins,” Ancestry.com, at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1508097/person/-1930235781/story/4?pg=32917&pgpl=pid , accessed Feb., 2015.

8 Wikipedia — “the free encyclopedia,” “Stand Watie,” at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_Watie , accessed Feb., 2015.

Image:  group photo including siblings Robert Newton WALKER & Susan Caroline WALKER.  From “Alison AGINS Family Tree,” owner, “aliagins,” Ancestry.com, at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1508097/person/-1930235781/photo/7?pgnum=1&pg=32916&pgpl=pid%7cpgNum , accessed Feb., 2015. Photo originally submitted to Ancestry.com by Alison AGINS.

9 1880 U.S. Federal, MO, McDonald Co., Pineville, enumerated June 16, 1880: “Mary J. WALKER” hh, age 50, born abt 1830 TN; accessed at Ancestry.com at, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1880usfedcen&h=34167976&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=7163 , accessed Feb., 2015.

Image:  Grave markers, R. F. WALKER & wife Mary Jane FALLS.  From FindAGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/page/gr/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108020629http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/page/gr/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108020915 , accessed Feb., 2015.

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