Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Jane Lewis, wife of Milton Wardlow

© Kathy Duncan, 2018

Jane Lewis, daughter of John Lewis, married Milton Wardlow. She was born c. 1817 in AL. If she was born in AL as early as 1817, then John Lewis would have been in Alabama two years prior to 1819. Milton Wardlow is likely related to David Wardlow who lived near John Lewis.

The question is where Jane Lewis and Milton Wardlow married. Alabama or Mississippi? Their migration pattern is interesting. They lived in Mississippi, then returned to Tennessee, then removed to Texas. In Texas, they lived near William and Matilda (Lewis) Mason on the 1850 census of Hopkins County, Texas.

1840, Carroll Co.., MS:

Milton Wardlow 10001 - 10011

1 male under five = John Wardlow b. c. 1839, Miss
1 male 20-30 = Milton Wardlow
1 female under five = Susan E. Wardlow b.c. 1840, b. Miss
1 female 15-20 = ?
1 female 20-30 = Jane (Lewis) Wardlow

Jan Term 1848 - Probate Court of Hopkins Co., TX - Ordered by the Court that an inventory and appraise bill be returned to the next Probate Court and that John Despain, Milton Wardlow, Mansel W. Matthews and William Mason be appointed appraisers of the property belonging to the estate of William O. Matthews, Decd, and that they order issue.
[Source: Probate Court Minutes Vol. I Nov. 1846 - Sept 1853 by Hopkins County Genealogical Society]

May Term 1849 - County Court of Hopkins Co., TX - William Mason is ordered to work as a hand on Road Precinct #2 under overseer Alfonzo Crowder. Along with William Mason and among others were Bailey Ashmore, Joseph M. Mason, Westley R. Mason, Wiley C. Mason, Melton Wardlow, and John Despain.
[Source: County Court Minutes Vol. I October 1846 - February 1852 by Hopkins County Genealogical Society]

In 1849, Milton Wardlow was a Justice of the Peace in Hopkins Co., Texas. His brother-in-law William Mason seems to be a constable. I've been told by other researchers that there were two William Masons in Hopkins Co., Texas at this time. However, there is only one on the census in 1850 and none in 1840. The following notice appeared in the Northern Standard of Clarksville, Texas on 16 June 1849:

1850, 8th J-Pct, Hopkins Co., TX, p. 137:

Milton Wardlow 38 M Farmer - $200 b. NC
----Jane  33 F b. AL
----John  11 M  b. Miss
----Susan E. 10 F b. Miss
----Samuel? S. 8 M b. Miss
----David H. 6 M b. Miss
----Matilda 4 F b. TN
----Milton L. 1 M b. TX
----Lucy A. 1 F b. TX
24 July 1860, Beat #4, Hunt Co., TX, p. 313:

----Milton Wardlow 48 M Farmer $400-600 b. NC
----June Wardlow 43 F b. AL
----John  21 M  b. Miss
----Suasun E. 20 F b. Miss
----Matilda J. 14 F  b. TN
----Louis M. 11 M b. TX
----Lucy A. 11 F b. TX
----James O. 8 M b. TX
----Margaret A. 1 F b. TX

16 Sept 1870, Pct 4, Hunt Co., TX, p. 58

420 - 408
Wordlow, Jane 53 F W  Farmer  $500-$200 b. AL
----Lucy A. 22 F W b.TX
----Margaret 12 F W b.TX
----Jeff Davis 8 M W b.TX
Manos, Allen 21 M W Farm lab b.TN

Next door to the Wardlows is the household of Bailey Ashmore, widower of Matilda (Lewis) Ashmore, daughter of Wiley Lewis.

Milton Wardlaw must have died aft. 1861/62 when Jeff Davis Wardlaw was conceived. He probably died and is buried in Hunt Co., TX.

Daughter Lucy A. Wardlow married Stephen R. Etter and lived in Hunt County, Texas most of her life. She apparently died in McKinney, Collin County, Texas in 1913 despite her death certificate being filed in Hunt County, Texas. Her obituary states that she was an only child. This seems doubtful given the large number of children in the Wardlow household who are both older and younger than she. She may have been the only surviving child of the Wardlows at the time of her death. Her obituary appeared in The Weekly Democrat-Gazette of McKinney, Texas on 20 March 1913.

That Lucy A. (Wardlow) Etter was the daughter of Milton Wardlow and wife Jane Lewis is evidenced in Lucy's death certificate:

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