Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lee Henry Cody

When Lee Henry Cody was born on January 29, 1880, in Arkansas, his father, John, was 34 and his mother, Sarah, was 30. He had two sons and one daughter with Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" BLEVINS between 1908 and 1916. He died on June 18, 1949, in Carroll County, Arkansas, at the age of 69, and was buried in the Denver Cemetery.  His mother was Sarah Mckee Cody.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Anderson Pinkney Darby

Anderson P. Darby and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Anderson married in 1903.  They lived near Denver, AR.  The picture below is from the Betty Blevins Cody Cedar Chest Collection.  Above Anderson and Betty are pictured near Denver, AR at an older age.
Anderson and Betty Darby were born in 1883.  Anderson was the son of Levi Cazey Darby and Margaret Mckee.  Margaret was the daughter of John Mckee and Mary Susan Carpenter.  Mary Susan Carpenter and our Grandfather William Wesley Carpenter were siblings!

The picture of Anderson P. Darby is from the Betty Blevins' Cody collection and below is a copy of the same photo from Ancestry.  Same picture from different sources.  
This photo from Ancestry is Anderson and Betty Anderson Darby and three of their children:  left to right are Oscar, Clara and baby Herman Darby.
 This photo from Ancestry is Mary Elizabeth Anderson and her sisters.  Back row left to right: Belle and Cassie and front left to right Dela and Betty.  The Anderson's father was Richard Anderson and their mother was Cynthia Emeline Matlock.  Cynthia Emeline was a sister to Betty Blevins Cody's mother, Catherine; thus, the four Anderson girls were first cousins of Betty Blevins Cody.  Anderson P. Darby was a first cousin to Lee Henry Cody (Betty's husband).
I can't help but ponder--was Anderson P. Darby is some way related to Richard Anderson, father of the four sisters above?    Cynthia Matlock husband Richard Anderson died in July of 1893.  Cynthia married two more times--James Hobbs and Green Asbury Williams.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Perry Cody and Arvilla Cody

This is brother and sister, William Perry Cody (Coady) and Arvilla Cody.  They are children of John C. and Sarah McKee Cody.   Perry was born in Oct. 1885 and Arvilla in 1888 near Denver AR.  This photo is from Betty Blevins Cody's Cedar Chest Collection.  Perry and Arvilla are siblings of Betty's husband, Lee Henry Cody!
Perry Cody married Josephine Carpenter, daughter of Eli Carpenter.  Josie was Grandpa Gaddy's first cousin.  Arvilla married Charles Henry Avery.  Charles was the son of John and Martha Jane Mattox Avery.  Martha Avery was a daughter of Redden Mattox.

The families in the photos contained in the Cedar Chest of Betty Blevins Cody all have a connection by family or place.  Sorting out the families is complicated but possible.  I want to thank Bob Thompson for sharing the photos with the Three Sisters!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sally and Nola Miles

Nola and Sally Miles were sisters, daughters of William Edward Miles and Sarah Elizabeth Cody Miles.  (Sarah Cody was Lee Cody's sister, Lee Betty Blevins' husband).Nola married Robert Roberts and Sally married Alfred Bess.  Nola and Robert Roberts are on the left and Sally and Alfred Bess on the right.
Robert Roberts was born July 7, 1888 and Nola Miles July 30, 1897.  They were parents of R. J. Roberts, who was the father of Steven Roberts.  Steve's partial obituary:  Steven Roberts, age 60, of Omaha, Arkansas, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at his home. He was born January 14, 1955, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the son of Robert Justin “RJ” and Jeanie (Pugh) Roberts, who preceded him in death. 

 I found these three pictures that relate to the first old photo at Ancestry.  First, one her porch is Nola Miles Roberts.  I think the picture was taken in Ok.  Below, is her husband Robert Justin Roberts (he was called Bob).
This last photo is of the Nola and Bob's grandson, Steve, when he was in High School in Tulsa, OK,  1971. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Smith Matlock

This is from "Find A Grave"
Birth: Dec. 15, 1852
Carroll County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jan. 5, 1916
Boone County
Arkansas, USA

Matlock Smith 15 Dec 1852 5 - Jan.1916
Matlock Mary E. 30 June 1855  

  Mary Elizabeth Butler Matlock (1855 - 1929)*

  Asbury Vespucius Matlock (1874 - 1894)*
  Effie Alice Matlock Hulen (1884 - 1916)*
  Walter Lafayette Matlock (1888 - 1976)*
Cottonwood Cemetery 
Boone County
Arkansas, USA
 This is Smith Matlock with two of his sons.  The picture card was sent to Betty Blevins Cody by the son standing to the left.  I think Smith was a "blacksmith".

The card says, " that is the one that got his leg broke.  He can't walk good yet.  His name is Jodie?."  Goes on to say, "Bettie, this is me and paw and one of my brothers.  It was dark where I was standing."

Sunday, October 9, 2016

William Riley Benton

William Riley Blevins
Born 1899 in Boone County, AR
William Benton was the son of John and Caroline M. Edmondson Benton.  Caroline Edmondson was Betty Blevins Cody's first cousin through her mother Catherine Matlock.  Catherine's sister Nancy Harriett Matlock married an Edmondson who died during the Civil War.  She married second to a White.  Nancy Matlock was only a half sister to Catherine Matlock.  

This picture is from the Betty  Blevins Cody cedar chest collection

William Blevins 1872-1920

William M. Blevins and 
Minnie Slaten Blevins
with their child
This photo is from the Betty Blevins Cody cedar chest collection.
William Blevins is the son of James K. Polk and Sarah Jane Matlock Blevins.  He is Betty Blevins Cody's first cousin (double--both parents were siblings).  He went by the name Bill.  The child is likely their first, Evert (1908-1909) or second Iris E. Blevins.  James K. Polk and Sarah Jane Matlock Blevins died when their children were young.  Isham Martin Blevins (Betty's father) took the children into his home.  He was James Blevins' brother and his wife, Catherine, was their mother's sister!

Bessie Cloud

Bessie Cloud
From Betty Blevins Cody cedar chest collection.

notes from Fleta:

I think she was Bessie May Cloud, married Alvah Varner

 I found this tree online
  2-William Alvah 'Alvah' Varner b. 26 Feb 1885, Green Forest, Carroll Co AR, d. 30 Jun 1947, Taft, Kern Co
  CA, bur. Union Cemetery, Kern Co CA
  +Bessie May Cloud b. 26 Sep 1894, Sneedsville, Hancock Co TN, m. 26 Oct 1912, Carroll Co AR,
  d. 10 Mar 1922, Taft, Kern Co CA, bur. Union Cemetery, Kern Co CA
    3-Bernice Varner b. 3 Jan 1913, AR, d. 3 Jun 2003, bur. West Side District Cemetery, Taft, Kern, CA
    +Cecil Tanner bur. West Side District Cemetery, Taft, Kern, CA
    3-Lucille 'Luke' Varner b. 31 Dec 1920, Taft, Kern Co CA, d. 15 Jun 2001, Taft, Kern Co CA,
    bur. West Side District Cemetery, Taft, Kern, CA
    m. 22 Mar 1944, Las Vegas, , Nevada
    3-Maxine Varner d. Jul 2001, bur. West Side District Cemetery, Taft, Kern, CA

Ancestry has her a daughter  of Joseph Cloud and Ruth Lucinda Jefferson (or maybe Foley) in Hancock Co TN.

buried here Kern Co CA

Birth: 1894
Death: Mar. 10, 1922

Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Records, Taft, CA:

Book D, Line 72 Varner Bessie ca 1894 10 March 1922- Age about 28 yrs. Union Cem. Bakersfield, Ca. Father: J. H. Cloud - Tenn. Mother: Not Listed. Spouse: Not Listed Chg. William A. Varner 512 Shattuck St. Taft, Ca. Phy. H. M. Hawkens.

Family links:
  William Alvah Varner (1885 - 1947)

Bessie May
wife of
W. A. Varner
Sep. 26, 1894
Mar. 10, 1922
Only Sleeping
Union Cemetery
Kern County
California, USA
Plot: 1091 - 10

Bessie Cloud
Birth Year:
abt 1893
Denver, Carroll, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:
Alvah Varner
Spouse's Gender:
Spouse's Age:
Spouse's Residence:
Green Forest, Carroll, Arkansas
Marriage Date:
26 Oct 1912
Marriage License Date:
8 Oct 1912
Marriage County:
Event Type:
FHL Film Number:

Arvilla E. Cody

This picture is from the cedar chest collection of Betty Blevins Cody.  This collection was shared with the Three Sisters by her grandson, Robert Thompson.
Arvilla E. Cody (1890-1970) and
Charles Henry Avery
 The writing on the back of this picture says the photo is of Arvill and Abb Miles, but as I investigated these families, I think it is Arvilla Cody and her husband, Charles Henry Avery.  The tiny print at the bottom says the picture is of the parents of Beatrice Mastropolito.   Her parents were Arvilla E. Cody and Charles Avery.  Arvilla E. Cody is the sister of Lee Cody, husband of Mary Elizabeth Blevins Cody.
We would welcome information concerning this photo.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hazel Gaddy

 Robert Thompson contacted me offering to share his Grandmother Betty Blevins Cody's photos with me.  On the DVD he also had a file of his mother's old picture and this picture of Momma was in the bunch.  Virgie Cody was about 3 years older than Mom, but they attended Denver School together.  Below is a picture of Momma at about the same time.  I only had a small copy of the big photo and when I cut just Momma out it did not turn out great, but you can see it is the same beautiful girl.  I would guess that these were taken in 1935 or 1936, but it could have been a year earlier.

I strongly believe we should share all our documents, family trees and photos.  Selfish people try to keep their candle under a basket.  How foolish!  We should share what we find freely.  I have received permission from Sister Fleta to share the old pictures from Betty Blevins Cody's cedar chest.  Most are not our kinfolk, but they are someone's and maybe they will find them at this Blog.  At least that is our wish!
This photo of Momma was taken in fall or winter 1936 on the steps of the Denver School.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Billy Joe and Aunt Frances Rudd

Left to right seated:  Benita Parrish, Billy Joe Rudd, Fred Rudd and Frances Rudd .  Billy Joe's dad is standing hands on his hips.  Man seated on porch in light pants is Grover Parrish.  Two ladies on porch unsure who they are.  One might be Billy Joe's Momma and one wife of Grover Parrish.    Grover Parrish married Onley Rudd's sister.

The lady sitting on the porch is Julia Rebecca (Usrey) Rudd. Gertrude Grace Rudd ("Aunt Gertie") is the lady who's standing. The photo was taken at Julia and Gertie's home on Main Street in Green Forest. Effie Benita (Rudd) Parish probably took the photograph.

This photo came from Larry Allen Rudd's collection of heirlooms recovered from the old house before its demolition in the early 1980's. I also have some items recovered from the old house. I'm digitizing them and making them available on my website http://ruddnc.com.

By the way, the little boy Billie Joe was my grandfather.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Henrietta Josephine Carpenter

Sister Fleta is oldest sister.  She said "younger sister you need to label your pictures so everyone can tell who they are.  You write like you talk--in circles."  So I have tried to label these photos and will go back to the Gaddy post and label those.  I think Fleta should act as editor and fix all the errors in my posts.

I have the book "Carpenter's A Plenty".   It did cost a lot but now I am glad to own it.  Pauline Crawford Miller submitted most of the information in the book about our Arkansas Carpenter's.  Pauline was an excellent researcher.  We are even in the book.  Robert Thompson sent me some of his Carpenter photos.  (I have not received the dvd in the mail yet.)

The first photo I am sharing is one of Michael Theodore Carpenter.  Mike's father was a first cousin to William Wesley Carpenter (our line).  Michael Theodore Carpenter was born on March 25, 1839, in Lincoln County, North Carolina, his father, James, was 40 and his mother, Martha, was 44. He married Margaret Susanna Hoke and they had two children together. He then married Henrietta Josephine Carpenter and they had six children together. He died on February 21, 1932, at the age of 92. 

Mike lived in N C when he was married to Margaret Hoke.  They had two sons.  By 1870, Mike has the two boys and Margaret is with her parents.   The census says she is insane.    Margaret did not die until 1889.   She is still with her parents in 1880 and still listed as insane.  Margaret is later committed to an asylum.  Mike and his sons leave N C and may move to Mississippi before coming to Arkansas.  Even though Margaret was still living, Mike married Henrietta Josephine Carpenter (William Wesley's daughter and sister to our Martha Jane Carpenter Gaddy before 1880).  Mike was about 20 years older than Josephine. This is the Carpenter family of Fay Carpenter Dad worked with in Green Forest.  Only one of his two sons with Margaret Hoke lived to adulthood.  That son was Wiley Carpenter.  He has many descendants in Carroll County, also.

Michael Theodore Carpenter
Son of James and Martha Johnson Carpenter
 Below is what Betty Blevins Cody had written on the back of the card.   Fay Carpenter's sister was Ruby Carpenter.  She married Betty's son, Clifford.  He was killed in WW II.  Ruby and Clifford had 3 children.  One was Trennie Cody.  She married Hugh Etheridge (Dee Fancher's brother).  Ruby Carpenter married a Cowan second.  She lived in Green Forest.

From what the back of Mike's photo says--He had three sets of teeth.  I have read this elsewhere and I think I have heard of this.  Mike would have served during the Civil War in Mississippi or N C.
This next photo is neat.  All the ladies are holding dolls.  Maybe Fleta can help sort out who they are.  I really don't think any were Carpenter's by birth.  The Cody family is related to us.  Sarah McKee married John Cody (parents of Lee who married Betty Blevins).  
Standing on the lett is Josie Carpenter daughter of Eli Carpenter
Seated girls are  Dora (on left) and Arvilla Cody--daughter of John and Sarah Mckee Cody
Standing on the right is Lula Carpenter daughter of Eli Carpenter
I am not sure who the older lady second from the left is.
Maybe Mila Avery Carpenter of Sarah McKee Cody as she is older!
The back says--"Josey Carpenter Cody Onnie's mother"  Then someone has tried to id the other ladies and it finally says "Second on left Dora Cody and third on left Arvilla."  

Dora and Arvilla Cody were sisters of Lee Cody who married Betty Blevins.  Now, I do not think the Josie Carpenter is our Josephine, but another Josie Carpenter who married a Cody and had a son named Onnie Cody.  Onnie had a sister named Bonnie Cody.    This Josie Carpenter was a daugher of Eli Carpenter and Mila Avery.  Eli Carpenter was a son of William Wesley and brother to our Martha Jane Gaddy and Josie Carpenter (wife of Mike Carpenter).  This Josie had a sister named Lulu Carpenter.  Her picture is one of the one's labeled Carpenter.
Lula Carpenter
Daughter of Eli and Mila Avry Carpenter
Eli Carpenter is the son of William Wesley Carpenter
 And...here is the photo of Lula Carpenter, daughter of Eli.  Her sister Josie Carpenter married Perry Cody.  Josie had Bonnie and Onnie Cody (Onnie is a male).
This says "Grandma Cody (Onnie's mother) and her sister Lula.  So this is Josie and Lula Carpenter, daughters of Eli Carpenter.  
Josephine and Lula Carpenter
Daughters of Eli Mila Avery Carpenter
Lula on left
Josie on right
And...this is Mike Carpenter and his wife Henrietta Josephine Carpenter Carpenter.    She looks tall and slender like our Grandmother Martha Jane Carpenter Gaddy.
Mike Carpenter and his second wife, Henrietta Josephine Carpenter.
Henrietta Josephine is the daughter of William Wesley Carpenter

Saturday, October 1, 2016

William Solon Gaddy Family

 William Solon Gaddy & Martha Jane Carpenter Family           Taken about 1906

Front and center, William Solon Gaddy, Martha Jane Carpenter Gaddy

Back row left to right: James Reno Crawford holding Buell, Dollie Gaddy Crawford , Otto Hardesty, Arvilla Gaddy Hardesty, Clarence Collins, Laura Gaddy Collins, George Gaddy, Anna Robertson Gaddy Metz, Ora Gaddy.

Seated on Front Row: left to right- Virgie Gaddy, Ben Gaddy, Alva Collins, William Solon Gaddy, Martha Jane Carpenter Gaddy Edna Gaddy and Houston Gaddy.

 I think this picture may have belonged to Martha Jane Carpenter Gaddy.  It has her name and address written on the back.  Below is a cut in of my Grandpa--Elijah Huston Gaddy.  He was about 10 years old.  I received several of Grandma Gaddy's pictures that Momma had--she always said, "no one wants them".  I am proud to have the ones I do own.

Fleta could be pretty lady labeled Gaddy be Vigie Gaddy Snider?  It looks a little like her?