Search for content in message boards

Need Parents and death record for George W Childers, b. 1850, m. Buena Vista Freeman

Replies: 0

Need Parents and death record for George W Childers, b. 1850, m. Buena Vista Freeman

Posted: 23 Aug 2013 12:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Aug 2013 12:22PM GMT
Surnames: Childers, Freeman
In brief:
Does anyone have a death record or confirmed parents for George W Childers / Childress, b. 1850, who married Buena Vista Freeman?

In detail:

This looks like George in 1870

1870, Township 8 Range 2, Williamson, Illinois

Family 66
Childers, Jessie, 50, Ill
Childers, Nancy, 48, Ill
Childers, Grace, 10, Ill
Childers, George, 19, Ill
Childers, Boward, 14, female, Ill

The census date is 11 June 1870. George married Buena Vista April 30 or May 1, 1870.

"Boward" isn't close to "Buena", (the handwriting is clear enough; it really is "Boward" in the image.) My thinking is the enumerator's notes got smudged and he took his best shot at it when he did the fair copy. Also that it was pretty common for young marrieds to live with parents for the first few years. Buena Vista gets recorded as Benna, Bennie, Buny, Barry, Buny, Berny and another half a dozen variations. She is Buena Vista in her son Jesse's 1963 obituary, though.

Buena Vista's birth year is 1852 - 1856, depending on which census you look at. 14 is a tad young to be married, but that happened too.
Finally, Buena Vista was born in Tennessee, not Illinois, but mistakes happen there, too.

The 1870 didn't ask relationship, so this is all speculation and there are those discrepancies. What do you think?

I can't find Jessie or Nancy in 1860 or 1880.

I have George and Buena Vista in Williamson County in 1880, 1900 and 1910. In 1920 Buena Vista is widowed. She is in Williamson County in 1930 and 1940; she dies 15 Apr 1943 in Herrin.

A couple of warnings.

There is a second George W Childers born 1849 in Jackson County, just 20 miles west of Herrin. This one was the son of Martin and Minerva (Butcher) Childers. He dies unmarried on 7 Sep 1870. He is on 24 "Public" family trees on Ancestry.com. 6 of them have him as the one who married Buena Vista Freeman. Several of them cite his death in 1870 AND the 1880 census for Williamson, Illinois. Others bump the death up to 7 Sep 1880. Reminds me of the old adage "Bang to fit and paint to hide".

There is a third George Childers, born 1846 in Pennsylvania or Ohio, who served in the Civil War and dies 1929 in California. He married a lady named Irene and spent time in Iowa. 10 public trees on Ancestry.com have him as the one who married Buena Vista.


Sources for Williamson County George, who married Buena Vista Freeman:
1870 Census, Township 8 Range 2, Williamson, Illinois; Roll M593_293; Page 51B; Image 106
1880 Census, Herrins Prairie, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: 259; Page: 352B; Enumeration District: 157; Image: 0326.
1900 Census, Herrins Prairie, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: 354; Page: 28B; Enumeration District: 0114;.
1910 Census, Herrin Ward 2, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: T624_335; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0163.
Staley, Patricia and her library of Williamson County books, Marriage Book.


Sources for Jackson County George, who is Martin and Minerva's son:
1850 Census, Northern District, Jackson, Illinois; Roll M432_110; Page 215A; Image 154.
1860 Census, Township 8 Range 3 W, Jackson, Illinois; Roll M653_186; Page 419; Image 421
1870 Census, Levan, Jackson, Illinois; Roll M593_232; Page 164A; Image 333
Find-a-Grave, Memorial 113138158, George W. Childers


Sources for the 1846 - 1929 George, who died in California:
Find-a-Grave, Memorial 9622527, George W Childers

Find a board about a specific topic