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From: "Peggy Truesdell" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] COCKRUM article (Bernie)
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 13:05:38 -0500
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Hello, Bernie!

The Pony arrived today.

Bernie, have you identified Luper V. COCKRUM, b. September 1830, mother of William A. COCKRUM (b. August 1868) in the 1900 census, Matney Township, Baxter County?

I now regret that I did not complete information for the three "Boarders" - WOOD / HOLMES / BOLDING. At the time in August 1980 when I read this census, was "dumb and dumber" and didn't realize those names may some day mean something.

On November 6, 1887, my grandparents, John Taswell PERRY and Fannie LUTHER, were married -- at Post Office of Ellar in Baxter County -- named for Ellen "Ellar" COCKRUM. Have you found her maiden name? She was born February in Missouri, to parents who were also born in Missouri.

Have a great weekend. We're getting more rain. Last week we had six inches and two yesterday. Think we're about caught up with our precipitation deficit -- been running behind normal the last year or so.


----- Original Message -----
From: Bernie Moore-Knowles
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 1:38 AM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L]Hightower, Downey, Finley, Taylor, Battles - Peggy and Mary Cox

<<Spouse of George W. TAYLOR: Mary E. "Nicie" BATTLES, daughter of Willis
BATTLES (Sr.), b. 1824, AL, and wife Mary Jane {Unknown}, b. 1833, AL.
[Mary Jane had other spouse -- unknown FINLEY]>>


Thought I would pass on what information that I had in my records on the

I have that Willis Battles' first wife was a Mary Jane Hightower (b1833) -
daughter of William Robert Hightower and Martha F. "Patsy" Downey. Mary
Cox may be able to confirm if my data is correct. Also, have that Mary
Jane's first marriage was to a John Finley (1829-1857).

Unfortunately, I do not have additional information on who this John Finley
connects to - but, I bet you'll know?

1850 Izard Co., Arkansas census, Franklin Township:
FINLEY, John 21 AR farmer
#425 Mary Jane 18 AR

Note: I suppose that Minerva is the only child that Mary Jane had with John
Finley? Mary, do you know?

And then these records, and couldn't find Willis Battles in 1870. Wonder
where he was? In fact, the only Battles that I saw in Arkansas for 1870
was James K. Polk Battles (son of Francis Nelson Battles), a nephew of
Willis' - in 1870.

21 June 1860 Independence Co., Arkansas, Jefferson Township, Polk Bayou Post
BATTLES, Willis 35 M farmer 900/700 AL
#479/468 Mary J. 27 F AR
Malinda C. 13 F AL
Margaret J. 12 F AL
William P. 5 M AR
FINLEY, Manerva E. 9 F AR
BATTLES, Martha E. 2 F AR
Lydia A. 1 F AR

Note: Something to think about here, Peggy. I, like yourself had that Mary
E. "Nicey" Battles was the daughter of Mary Jane and Willis. Willis' first
marriage was to a Nicey Lawson. Nicey' Lawson's sister; Mary Ann "Martha?"
Lawson was married to Willis' brother; Francis Nelson Battles. Anyway, I
wonder if in fact Mary E. "Nicey" Battles Taylor was Nicey Lawson's
daughter? Sounds that way, doesn't it?
Judging from this 1860 census, Martha E. (aged 2 in the 1860 census) is
Willis and Mary Jane's first child and that would make them marrying circa
1857 or so. I have that Mary E. "Nicey" Battles Taylor was born in 1856 - I
bet that Nicey Lawson died in childbirth with her, you know it?

But, look at this. Mary E. "Nicey" Battles is not even listed with the
family in 1860! Sure need to see that 1870 census for this family. Maybe
they were in Missouri? I'll check that out. Wonder if she was raised by
another Lawson family?

I looked in 1860 and in the Franklin Township, there is a P. Lawson (b1836
AL), wife named Souisa (b1834 TN), child named John W. (b1858 AR) and
newborn; William (4 months old). But, no Mary E. "Nicey" that was born in

Another mystery, I suppose?

1880 Izard Co., Arkansas census, Big Springs Township:
BATTLES, Willis M 56 farmer AL AL GA
#170/175 Mary Jane F 47 wife keeping house AL KY KY
Elizabeth F 22 daughter AR AL KY (married
William Marion McElmurry)
Lydia A. F 21 daughter AR AL KY
Riley M 19 son AR AL KY
Nancy Belle F 15 daughter AR AL KY
FINLEY, Minerva E F 29 step-daughter AR AR KY

Bernie Moore-Knowles
Phoenix, Arizona - Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

"I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
question my honesty." ........Will Rogers

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peggy Truesdell" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 7:32 PM

> Ellen, isn't this the Ruby TAYLOR you're seeking?
> << I think that this must be your man, Ellen - as in two households away
in 1910, is George (his father?):
> 2 & 3 May 1910 Izard Co., Arkansas census, Sage Township:
> TAYLOR, George W. head M W 57 md/2 27 yrs AR AR OH
> #171/172 Nicey E. wife F W 53 md/1 27 yrs 10/9 AR AL AL
> James W. son M W 19 single AR AR AR
> Mary T. daughter F W 17 single AR AR AR
> Ollie F. daughter F W 18 single AR AR AR
> Nora F. daughter F W 9 single AR AR AR
> Ruby V. daughter F W 6 single AR AR AR
> *****
> Spouse of George W. TAYLOR: Mary E. "Nicie" BATTLES, daughter of Willis
BATTLES (Sr.), b. 1824, AL, and wife Mary Jane {Unknown}, b. 1833, AL.
[Mary Jane had other spouse -- unknown FINLEY]
> This information probably came from Willis T. FINLEY. I suspect the
information on marriage of Mary E. "Nicie" BATTLES to George W. TAYLOR may
have also come from hard copies of FINLEY information.
> 1880 Cenus - LDS CD:
> Big Spring, Izard, Arkansas
> Page 367C
> Willis BATTLES Self M M W 56 AL
> Occ: Farmer Fa: AL Mo: GA
> Mary Jane BATTLES Wife F M W 47 AL
> Occ: Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: KY
> Elizabeth BATTLES Dau F S W 22 AR
> Lydia A. BATTLES Dau F S W 21 AR
> Riley BATTLES Son M S W 19 AR
> Nancy Belle BATTLES Dau F S W15 AR
> Minerva E. FINLEY SDau F S W 29 AR
> Fa: AR Mo: KY
> *****
> 1880 Census
> Big Spring, Izard, Arkansas
> Page 367C
> George W. BATTLES Self M S W 22 AR
> Occ: Farmer Fa: AL Mo: AL
> Mary L. BATTLES Sister F S W 30 AR
> Nicy E. BATTLES Sister F S W 23 AR
> John W. BATTLES Brother M S W 19 AR
> Sarah F. BATTLES Sister F S W 16 AR
> *****
> Willlis BATTLES, b. 29 January 1852, d. 25 March 1888, m. abt. 1877 Hiley
> My information shows that "Nicey" had first name of Mary -- then they have
sister Mary L., b. abt. 1850. ???
> I don't have marriages for the other siblings -- nor marriage for Minerva
> Most everyone knows that my primary interest in these families is the
> Peggy
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