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7 Martha Florentha/Floristhia CHILDRESS

7 Martha Florentha/Floristhia CHILDRESS

Female 1880 - 1965  (84 years)

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  • Name Martha Florentha/Floristhia CHILDRESS  [1, 2, 3
    • Daughter Zella claimed Martha's middle name was Floristhia.
    Title
    Nickname Flora 
    Alt. Birth Date 17 Oct 1879  , Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    birth year has been written over so probably not good date 
    Born 17 Oct 1880  Bearden, Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5, 6
    • Death certificate gives birth place as Bearden, Tennessee.
    • Age 19 in 1900 census, b. Oct 1880
    WILKERSON - Bible
    WILKERSON - Bible
    Hall Jackson Wilkerson family
    Birth certification - Wilkerson
    Birth certification - Wilkerson
    Zella Wilkerson, 1908
    Gender Female 
    Alt. birth place , Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    on daughter Ethel's birth record, 1912 
    Alt. Birth Place 17 Oct 1880  Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    per her daughter, Zella 
    Census 8 Jun 1900  , Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Elisha C. Childress household 
    • Childress, Martha F., daughter, white, female, born October 1880, age 17, single, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee, can read, write, speaks English.
    1900 U.S. Census - Childress
    1900 U.S. Census - Childress
    Tennessee. Anderson Co. - Elisha C. Childress
    Census 18 Apr 1910  Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Hall J. Wilkerson household 
    • Wilkerson, Flora M., wife, female, white, age 31, marriage 1, married 6 years, had 3 children, all still living, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee, speaks English, able to read & write.
    1910 U.S. Census - Wilkerson
    1910 U.S. Census - Wilkerson
    Indiana. Delaware Co. - Hall J. Wilkerson
    Directory 1911/12  Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    905 S. Center 
    • Wilkerson Charles (Bertha M), repairs molds Ball Bros, bds 717 e 7th
      Wilkerson, Howell J (Flora), wks Kitselman Bros, h 905 s Center
      Wilkerson John (Cora L), machinist helper Ball Bros, h 717 e 7th
      Wilkerson Rufus H (Julia), wks Muncie Foundry & Machine Co, h 1419 e 1st
    Residence 13 May 1919  Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    at death of her father, Elisha Childress 
    Residence 20 May 1919  Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    at the death of her sister, Alice Selonia 
    Census 15 Jan 1920  Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Hall J. Wilkinson household
     
    • Wilkinson, Flora M., wife, female, white, age 39, married, able to read & write, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee, house help
    1920 U.S. Census - Wilkerson
    1920 U.S. Census - Wilkerson
    Indiana. Henry Co. - Hall J. Wilkinson
    Census 19 Apr 1930  Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Hall Wilkerson household 
    • Wilkerson, Flora M., wife, female, white, age 59, married, age 24 at first marriage, able to read & write, born Tennessee, parents born Tennessee, speaks English, laundress at a laundry, working
    1930 U.S. Census - Wilkerson
    1930 U.S. Census - Wilkerson
    Indiana. Henry Co. - Hall Wilkerson
    Census 29 Apr 1940  Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Homer Driver household 
    • Wilkerson, Martha F., aunt-in-law, female, white, age 59, widow, finished grade 4, born Tennessee, 1935 Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, housework in private homes, worked 52 week, income $260, no other income.
    1940 US Census - Childress
    1940 US Census - Childress
    Indiana. Delaware Co. - Homer Driver household
    Residence 9 May 1951  Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1411 Woodlawn Ave. 
    Church Affiliation 1965  Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Garfield Baptist Church 
    Died 27 Feb 1965  Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 16
    Death certificate - Childress
    Death certificate - Childress
    Martha Flora (Childress) Johnson, 1965
    Buried 4 Mar 1965  Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 17
    Grave marker - Wilkerson
    Grave marker - Wilkerson
    Hall Jackson and Martha F. (Childress) Wilkerson
    Notes 
    • TRADITION: According to Zella WILKERSON, her mother Martha F. CHILDRESS always said she quit school before finishing the fourth grade to help care for the other children when her mother died. Since Susan Jane WEAVER did not die until Martha F. was 20 years old, if this story is true Susan Jane would have been Martha's stepmother. None of this seems true since Elisha and Susan Jane were married in 1878 and Martha was born in 1880. Only Billie, a half-brother born in 1874, was younger than Martha. Henry Gipson died before Martha was born.

      When this tale was repeated to Mrs. Florence DANIEL Buckner, she said none of it was true. I have, however, a Jane Sunpur WEAVER, the widow of Fate WEAVER, listed as a wife of Elisha. I have no marriage date so not sure where she fits in.
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      SRF: 8 Sep 1984 - Martha had a child born out of wedlock at age 18 but the child died at 20 mo. On 4 Jan 1904 she had a 2nd child out of wedlock, just 6 months before she married Hall Jackson Wilkerson, a man 20 years older than she, and with a son only 9 months younger than Martha. Since it is not known how Hall's first marriage ended, the possibility of Hall being the father has been suggested to some of the half-brothers and sisters. All said no . . . that their father, Hall, resented the girl as they were growing up and 'picked' on her. Also, Martha took a trip to Tennessee in the late 50's or so and told family members upon her return that she had seen the girl's father while there.
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      SRF: 28 Jul 2002 ". . . This may be a secret. I was always told that Aunt Flora had Vinnie and Goldie before she was every (sic) married. You asked for anything I knew of the family. I hope it not a secret. If so it between me and you. No one never hear from me unless I should have to ans. I don't know if they (sic) true or not. . . "

      This is from a letter from Florence Daniel Buckner received 23 Nov 1984 by Shirley Richison Fields
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      Elmer's birth records says Martha has had 3 children but how many are still living is not given. Ethel's birth record says 4 children born to Martha and 4 still living. Zella was child no. 3 by Hall Jackson and Elisha Everet was the 4th. Everet's birth record says Martha has had 6 children [4 with Hall Jackson and 2 before Hall Jackson] with 5 still living [the 4 with Hall Jackson and Goldie as the 5th].
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    Person ID I572  richison
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2017 

    Father Elisha CHILDRESS,   b. 4 Oct 1854, , Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1919, NE of Panola, Woodford, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Susannah Jane WEAVER,   b. 8 Jul 1861, prob , Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1900, Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F342  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Vivien CHILDRESS,   b. 14 Feb 1898, Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1899, prob , Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Goldie Zeona CHILDRESS,   b. 4 Jan 1904, Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1959, Mishawaka, St. Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2007 
    Family ID F341  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hall Jackson WILKERSON,   b. 26 Dec 1860, , Union, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1934, Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 29 Jul 1904  Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    Marriage license and return - Wilkerson
    Marriage license and return - Wilkerson
    Wilkerson-Childress marriage, 1904
    Marriage bond - Wilkerson
    Marriage bond - Wilkerson
    Wilkerson-Childress marriage
    Notes 
    • 8 Sep 1984
      When Hall md Martha married, he was 43 or 44 and she was 24. She had given birth to an illegimate daughter about 6 months before they married, but family tradition says the child was not Hall's. At the time of this second marriage for Hall, his bride was only 9 months older than his oldest son. Hall oldest son had already been married for a year or two, and his next oldest got married just 6 days before Hall and Martha.
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    Children 
    +1. Elmer WILKERSON,   b. 27 Sep 1906, Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1964, Downey, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Zella Beatrice WILKERSON,   b. 6 Nov 1908, Progress, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1992, Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Ethel Samantha WILKERSON,   b. 6 Apr 1912, Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 2000, Wilkinson, Hancock, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Elisha Everet WILKERSON,   b. 27 Jun 1915, Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1968, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)  [Birth]
    Photos
    Martha Florentha (Childress) and Hall Jackson Wilkerson, 1927
    Martha Florentha (Childress) and Hall Jackson Wilkerson, 1927
    Photo courtesy of Dan Richison
    Last Modified 15 May 2017 
    Family ID F188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ira Lester JOHNSON,   b. 5 Jun 1874, Washington, Daviess, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1963, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Marriage License 9 May 1951  , Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 20
    Married 12 May 1951  , Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Marriage license application - Childress
    Marriage license application - Childress
    Ira L. Johnson-Martha F. Wilkerson, 1951
    Marriage return - Childress
    Marriage return - Childress
    Ira L. Johnson-Martha F. Childress, 1951
    Photos
    Martha Florentha Childess, Danny, and Ira Lester Johnson
    Martha Florentha Childess, Danny, and Ira Lester Johnson
    Grandma & Grandpa Johnson w/grandson Danny
    Photo courtesy of Dan Richison
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F2270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth Date - birth year has been written over so probably not good date - 17 Oct 1879 - , Anderson, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. birth place - on daughter Ethel's birth record, 1912 - - , Anderson, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth Place - per her daughter, Zella - 17 Oct 1880 - Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Elisha C. Childress household - 8 Jun 1900 - , Anderson, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jul 1904 - Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Hall J. Wilkerson household - 18 Apr 1910 - Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDirectory - 905 S. Center - 1911/12 - Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - at death of her father, Elisha Childress - 13 May 1919 - Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - at the death of her sister, Alice Selonia - 20 May 1919 - Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Hall J. Wilkinson household - 15 Jan 1920 - Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Hall Wilkerson household - 19 Apr 1930 - Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Homer Driver household - 29 Apr 1940 - Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1411 Woodlawn Ave. - 9 May 1951 - Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch Affiliation - Garfield Baptist Church - 1965 - Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Feb 1965 - Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 Mar 1965 - Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Childress, Martha F.
    Childress, Martha F.
    Photo courtesy of Nancy Snellenberger, Martha's granddaughter
    Martha Florentha (Childress) and Hall Jackson Wilkerson, 1927
    Martha Florentha (Childress) and Hall Jackson Wilkerson, 1927
    Photo courtesy of Dan Richison
    Martha Florentha Childess, Danny, and Ira Lester Johnson
    Martha Florentha Childess, Danny, and Ira Lester Johnson
    Grandma & Grandpa Johnson w/grandson Danny
    Photo courtesy of Dan Richison
    Martha Florentha (Childress) Wilkerson
    Martha Florentha (Childress) Wilkerson
    Photo courtesy of Cathy Wilkerson
    Hall Jackson and Martha Florentha (Childress) Wilkerson, 1927
    Hall Jackson and Martha Florentha (Childress) Wilkerson, 1927

    Documents
    Death certificate - Childress
    Death certificate - Childress
    Goldie Zeona (Childress) Stratton, 1959
    Death certificate - Wilkerson
    Death certificate - Wilkerson
    Hall Jackson Wilkerson, 1934
    Death certificate - Wilkerson
    Death certificate - Wilkerson
    Zella Beatrice (Wilkerson) Rosenbarger, 1992
    Birth certificate - Wilkerson
    Birth certificate - Wilkerson
    Zella Wilkerson, 1908
    Birth certificate - Wilkerson
    Birth certificate - Wilkerson
    Ethel Samantha Wilkerson, 1912
    Birth certificate - Wilkerson
    Birth certificate - Wilkerson
    Elisha Everet Wilkerson, 1915

  • Sources 
    1. [S1857] Births, 11 Sep 2012.
      Delaware County Department of Health, uncertified birth record, book CH-11:79, registered no. 145, Ethel Samantha Wilkinson (1912). Delaware County Health Department Vital Records Division, Muncie, Indiana.

    2. [S1857] Births, 11 Sep 2012.
      Delaware County Department of Health, uncertified birth record, books CH-9:15 and H-16:23, registered nos. 371 and 21, Elmer Wilkinson (1906). Delaware County Health Department Vital Records Division, Muncie, Indiana.

    3. [S1869] Deaths, 19 Nov 2016.
      "Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 July 2016); Martha Flora Johnson (27 February 1965), Certificate of Death no. 65-009775, Marion County; citing Death Certificates, 1900-2011, microfilm, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis.

    4. [S1901] Marriage, 18 Jan 2014.
      Marion County, Indiana, Marriage License Application no. 559264 (1951), Johnson-Wilkerson; Marion County Clerk's Office, Marriage License Division, Indianapolis.

    5. [S1564] Bible , 30 Mar 2011.
      Wilkerson Bible Records, 1860-1938, loose "Family Record" pages from unknown Bible; photocopies made by Phyllis Jean (Wilkerson) Carney, [address for private use,] California, 1985. The Bible apparently originated with Hall Jackson Wilkerson whose birth is the earliest entry; events are not in chronological order and are written in several different hands. Some entries were recognized as the handwriting of Zella (Wilkerson) Richison but most appear to have been written by Goldie Z. Childress at some later date. There are many misspellings and grammatical errors throughout. It appears to have passed from Hall Jackson's wife, Martha Florentha (Childress) Wilkerson to her son Elmer Wilkerson and then to his son, Ronald Jackson. Photocopies held by Shirley Richison Fields, (Avon, IN 46123).

    6. [S1869] Deaths, 30 May 2011.
      Indiana State Board of Health, death certificate no. 65-009775, Martha Flora Johnson (1965); State Registrar, Vital Records Section, Indianapolis.

    7. [S1832] 1900 U.S. Census, 24 Aug 2010.
      1900 U.S. census, Anderson County, Tennessee, population schedule, 1st Civil District, enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 3B, dwelling 54, family 55, Elisha C. Childress household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Jun 1900); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1557.

    8. [S45] 1910 U.S. Census, 30 Jul 2008.
      1910 U.S. Census, Delaware County, Indiana, population schedule, Center township, 6th Ward, city of Muncie, enumeration district (ED) 38, sheet number 4B, 700 East Seventh Street, dwelling 83, family 87; Hall J. Wilkerson household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 30 July 2008); citing NARA microfilm T624, Roll 346.

    9. [S1886] City/County Directories, 9 Jul 2013.
      "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989," digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 July 2013); Charles Emerson, comp. Emerson's Muncie Directory, 1911-1912, (Muncie, Indiana: Central Printing Company, n.d.) 838, "Wilkerson."

    10. [S1854] Obituary.
      "Elisha Childress" obituary, El Paso (Illinois) Journal, 15 May 1919; courtesy of David Fever.

    11. [S1854] Obituary, 26 Mar 2012.
      "Death of Shiloh Lady, Mrs. C. M. Daniel," obituary, El Paso (Illinois) Journal, 22 May 1919; courtesy of David Fever.

    12. [S238] 1920 U.S. Census, 25 Jul 2008.
      1920 U.S. Census, Henry County, Indiana, population schedule, Wayne township, Ward 3, town of Knightstown, enumeration district (ED) 83, sheet 2B, dwelling 211, family 13, Hall J. Wilkinson household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com, accessed 25 July 2008); NARA microfilm T625, Roll 438.

    13. [S1831] 1930 U.S. Census, 20 Mar 2011.
      1930 U.S. census, Henry County, Indiana, population schedule, Wayne Twp., Knightstown, enumeration district (ED) 33-38, sheet no. 15A, dwelling 429, family 435, Hall Wilkerson, digital image, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com, accessed 2 Dec 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 593.

    14. [S1904] 1940 U.S. Census, 21 Jun 2012.
      1940 U. S. census, Delaware County, Indiana, population schedule, Center township, city of Muncie, enumeration district (ED) 18-37, sheet 26B, family 570, Homer Driver, digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 June 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T627-1038.

    15. [S772] Interview: Wilkerson, Zella Beatrice, (by Shirley Richison Fields, 1969 through 1991. Information directly entered into genealogy software for later verification. Mrs. Rosenbarger, the mother of Shirley Richison Fields, is now deceased.).

    16. [S1854] Obituary, 11 May 2015.
      "Death Notices: Johnson," obituary, Indianapolis Star, 1 March 1965; digital image, Indiana State Library, Indiana Division, Indianapolis. Two images received via e-mail from Leigh Anne Johnson, Librarian, 20 February 2014.

    17. [S1869] Deaths, 1 Mar 1965.
      Indiana State Board of Health, death certificate no. 65-009775, Martha Flora Johnson (1965); State Registrar, Vital Records Section, Indianapolis.

    18. [S1564] Bible , 30 Mar 2011.
      Wilkerson Bible Records, 1860-1938, loose "Family Record" pages from unknown Bible; photocopies made by Phyllis Jean (Wilkerson) Carney, [address for private use,] California, 1985.
      The Bible apparently originated with Hall Jackson Wilkerson whose birth is the earliest entry; events are not in chronological order and are written in several different hands. Some entries were recognized as the handwriting of Zella (Wilkerson) Richison but most appear to have been written by Goldie Z. Childress at some later date. There are many misspellings and grammatical errors throughout. It appears to have passed from Hall Jackson's wife, Martha Florentha (Childress) Wilkerson to her son Elmer Wilkerson and then to his son, Ronald Jackson. Photocopies held by Shirley Richison Fields, (Avon, IN 46123).

    19. [S1901] Marriage, 20 Feb 2014.
      Knox County, Tennessee, certified copy of marriage license and return no. 501; Hall Jackson Wilkerson and Flora Childress, 1904; Knox County Archives, Knoxville.

    20. [S1901] Marriage, 18 Jan 2014.
      Marion County, Indiana, marriage license and return (1951), Johnson-Wilkerson; Marion County Clerk's Office, Marriage License Division, Indianapolis.