I have seen for a number of years the theory that David Williams, son of Joseph Williams and Mary Susan Millard, was married to Sarah Ellen Hunt, reportedly the daughter of William Hunt and Nancy Jane James. These families lived primarily in Scott County and Yell County, Arkansas. Some whose forebears migrated to Arkanasas from Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina, etc.
I happen to believe but am trying to find documentation if possible for my theory that David never married Sarah Ellen Hunt and indeed that William and Nancy (James) Hunt did not have a daughter named Sarah Ellen Hunt.
I find this paragraph in Norman Goodner's book "Scott County, Day Gone By"
That I am 44 years of age, and have resided in Scott County all my life; I knew William Hunt, who died about the year 1890, leaving a widow, Nancy E. Hunt, who died about the year 1893, without remarrying. That their only children were: W.I. Hunt, their son, called Wiseman Hunt; Frances Garner, daughter, wife of George M.Garner; Anna Miller, daughter, wife of John H.N. Millard; Almeda Hunt, daughter, wife of Joel H. Hunt, she now deceased; Ellen Williams, daughter, wife of Joseph T. Williams; Mollie Hunt, daughter,wife of Jesse Olive.
L. J. Hunt December 7, 1923
Daughter Frances who married George Monroe Garner, was named Sarah Frances Hunt. Daughter Ellen married Joseph White but note she was Mrs. Ellen Williams in the marriage record:
Joseph L. White, 40, of Blue Ball to Mrs. Ellen E. Williams, 22, 0f Blue Ball, on 13 Nov 1902. Marriage Book C, page 141.
1910 Yell County, Arkansas Census
White, Joseph Hd 48 Md/8 AL TN AL
Ellen Wf 28 Md/8 3/2 AR AR AR
Myrtle D 18 AR AL AR
Bessie D 16 AR AL AR
Martin S 14 AR AL AR
Clarence S 13 AR AL AR
Sallie D 2 AR AL AR
Instead, I believe that David Williams married (1) Mary Jane Highfill, daughter of Thomas Highfill and Mary Jane Hunt. Yell County Marriage Records, Page 208, Williams, David Spouse: Hifield, Mary Jane on Jan. 28, 1870. Hezekiah Harrison Minister of the Gospel performed the ceremony.
They had four children according to what I've been able to determine:
1880 Dutch Creek Township:
D. Williams 29 farmer AR
M. J. 28 wife AR
J. T. 5 dau AR
C. L. 4 son AR
Charles 5/12 son AR born January
and a daughter named Matilda V. Wiliams born in 1885.
David and Mary were enumerated twice in 1870:
1870 Scott County, Arkansas
Hunt Township; August 2, 1870
Highfield, Mary 57 KY
Robert T. 24 AR
John W. 22 AR
Maliza 16 AR School
Albert m. 10 AR School
Williams, David 19 AR School
Mary J. 19 AR School
Highfield, Sarah E. 19 AR School
1870 Yell County, Arkansas
Dutch Creek Twp; Dwelling #53/51
Enumerated July 1, 1870
Joseph Williams 38 IN farmer
Mary 37 TN keeping house
David 20 AR works on farm school
William 14 AR works on farm school
Edna E. 12 AR school
Jonathan 09 AR school
Hillery 06 AR
Joseph D. 04 AR
Mary M. C. 06mo AR
Mary J. 18 AR at home school [Mary J. Highfill?]
Mary Jane Highfill Wiliams died at sometime between 1885 and 1889 when David married Demetrea Ann Norwood:
David Williams, 39, of BlueBall to Dumetry A. Norwood, 22, of Waldron on December 26, 1889 MB A pg.532 by Thomas J. Tate, J.P. Scott County, Arkansas.
They are found in this census with daughter Matilda:
1900 Scott County, Arkansas
David Williams Hd Aug 1850 49 M/10 AR IN TN
Demetra A. Wf Feb 1868 32 0/0 TN TN TN
Matilda V. D Feb 1885 15 Sgl AR AR AR
I further believe that David and Demetrea had one son they named David Absolom Williams and that David Sr. died shortly before his son was born, on July 31, 1900. He is reportedly buried at Egypt Cemetery in Yell County, Arkansas.
I found Demetrea and son David living in Logan County, Arkansas in this census:
1910 Logan County, Arkansas
Blue Mountain Township
Hunnicutt, Dimetra A. Hd 42 Wid 1/1 TN TN TN
Williams, David Son 09 Sgl AR AR TN
They are living next door to her sister Orlenia Norwood Heathcoat. Demetrea having evidently remarried and loosing a husband named Hunnicutt. I have not found any marriage record for them yet.
According to a note sent to my cousin by a Norwood descendant David went to live with his sister in Texas after the death of his father (I believe this is slightly in error and instead it was after the death of his mother about 1910). I think this sister must be Matilda V. Williams and I'm looking for her in a census for 1910 and 1920, but no luck so far. A marriage record would be very helpful.
I next find David Absolom Williams in Burnet County, Texas married to Golda West in the 1930 Census:
1930 Burnet County, Texas
Williams, David 29 AR AR AR Md@19
Golda K. 28 TX GA KY Md@18
Dorothy 08 AR AR TX
Sherwin 05 AR AR TX
I found an obit for Golda:
From the Burnet Bulletin, 5 May, 1999, page 11
Mrs. Golda Williams, 97, formerly of Bertram passed away April 17, 1999 in a Tyler Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 16, 1901, in Hutto and lived in Tyler for 12 years. She was a member of First Baptist church in Bertram and a homemaker.
She was evidently born in Burnet County, Texas.
David died in Burnet County, Texas in January 1968. David and Golda lost a child named Joann, born in 1928, who is buried at Mahomet Cemetery in the same county.
I believe I can prove my theories pretty nicely if I could find David in the 1920 census or find information on Matilda V. Williams.
If you are researching any of these families and could help me, I would be most appreciative. Thank you.
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