The Single Most Favorite Double in the World

1979 Doublemint twins ad from YouTube.

This week the theme is ‘multiples’. This theme was almost too broad for me to decide what to write about! After some debate I narrowed it down to two topics. After looking at the 2021 weekly topics list I felt the other story would fit into an October theme and this particular story for this week didn’t really fit anywhere else. So, this week we’re talking about multiple births. I’m going to look into something I’ve always wondered: how many sets of twins did my direct-line ancestors have? I’ll be going back as far as my 2nd great grandparents. I chose that as a stopping point so this blog doesn’t get too lengthy. Out of the 8 pairs of my 2nd great grandparents, 3 of the couples had twins.

Dad’s Family: Double Your Sentiment

90’s Doublemint twins ad.

In the 21st century the statistical probability of having twins is about 3%, or 3 in 100. That is a higher probability than previous generations. In my family (in that 2nd-great-grandparent generation) mixed sets of twins were more popular (mixed meaning a boy-girl set of twins versus same-sex twins). Out of my dad’s great grandmothers, he had one who had twins. Eliza Emoline BELL WILLIAMS (and her husband, Samuel Morris WILLIAMS) had a set of twins in 1900- two boys named Lorenzo Dall and William Sherman WILLIAMS. Neither baby survived. I’m guessing the babies are probably buried in Oakland Cemetery in Success, Texas County, Missouri since the family lived in that area and other family members are buried in that cemetery but I can’t say for certain where the babies were buried. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this family today because I’ve written about them quite a bit. You can find previous posts at:

Mom’s Family: Double Good

Early iteration of the Doublemint twins ads.

My 2nd great grandmother, Sarah C. DAVIS REITER, and her husband Nicholas Wilhelm REITER had a set of twins in 1864. My mom thinks Sarah’s twins were mixed – one boy and one girl. She can’t remember their names but is going to try to find that information for me. I’ve not found their names anywhere but if mom locates that information I’ll be sure to let you know. The babies did not survive. I don’t know where they’re buried but I’m sure it’s in Illinois, in the area of Perry, Pike County, Illinois since that’s where the family lived. This is another family I’ve written about quite a bit so I won’t spend a lot of time on them today. You can read more about Sarah and her family at:

My 2nd great grandmother, Druziller Mahala LATTY BULLOCK (and her husband James Mathaniel BULLOCK), also had a set of twins born in 1892. For this grandma though, both twins survived – one girl named Alice May and one boy named Oscar Morris.

1982 Wrigley’s Doublemint gum twins ad.

Alice May and Oscar Morris BULLOCK were born 17 April 1892 in Benton County, Arkansas. They remained in Benton County, Arkansas until after they married. Alice married Martin Rotramel when she was 17 years old. Together, Alice and Martin and had 8 children – and no twins. Here is Alice in her later years with her dog, Major. I love this photo.

Alice BULLOCK ROTRAMEL and her dog, Major.

Alice lived to be 92 years old! The last 52 years or so of her life she lived in Delaware County, Oklahoma. Alice passed away on 1 December 1984 in Jay, Delaware County, Oklahoma. She’s buried in Hillcrest Cemetery beside her husband in Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas where her parents are buried.

Oscar Morris BULLOCK grew up with his family in Benton County, Arkansas. He served as a Private in the U.S. Army as evidence by the Army transport document below.

Army Passenger List.

I don’t fully understand that document. It looks like perhaps he was transported to a Veterinary Hospital. It would be interesting to know what he did in the Army. Oscar fought in World War I. I do know he arrived in New York in June of 1919 on his way to fight in France.

Army transport document.

According to military records, Oscar was serving with Veterinary Hospital #16 MR. as a Private V.C.. Oscar served in France in 1919. During that time, the final US deaths of the war happened and the Treaty of Versailles was drawn up. The treaty was signed the day after Oscar arrived back on US soil. Oscar shipped out from Marseille, France on the ship Taormina and arrived home at New York, USA on 27 June 1919.

Some researchers say that at age 27 Oscar married Stella BROWN. He lived in California at the time but the marriage certificate was in Arkansas. I haven’t done extensive research on this line so I can’t say what really happened. I know that in his obituary no children or wife were listed. Oscar passed away at 80 years of age. He died on 17 February 1973 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas. He was buried in the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas.

Doing the Numbers

So, let’s bring this all together. I looked at all my direct line ancestors from my parents up through all of my 2nd great grandparents. The only generation that included twins were my 2nd great grandparents’. Out of 8 sets of 2nd great grandparents, only 3 couples (2 on my mother’s side and 1 on my father’s side) had twins. The paternal set of twins passed away or were stillborn; their names were Lorenzo and William. One set of maternal twins also passed away or were stillborn and included one girl and one boy; I don’t know their names but they were given names. The final set of maternal twins (Alice and Oscar) lived to adulthood and at least one of them had their own offspring but did not have their own set of twins.

According to official statistics:

The gender chances of a fraternal twin pregnancy are; 25% chance that a mother will have two boys, 25% chance that a mother will have two girls, and 50% chance that a mother will have a boy and a girl. On the other hand, identical twins are always the same gender.

https://healthresearchfunding.org/24-interesting-fraternal-twins-gender-statistics/, accessed 28 Feb 2021.

So, according to Health Research Funding, Alice and Oscar were fraternal twins as were the DAVIS twins. Only the paternal twins- Lorenzo and William WILLIAMS- had a chance at being identical twins. I found that very interesting.

I was wondering about what my chances of having twins might have been in my childbearing years. Since 3 out of 8 couples in my 2nd great grandparents’ generation had twins, I felt like statistically I stood a better chance of having twins in my child bearing years. MedlinePlus.gov confirms it as does Washington State Twin Registry. Turns out, fraternal twins- especially if they occur on the mother’s side- are associated with an increased likelihood of twins being hereditary in families. I searched some more and I hit some good information:

A family history of identical twins does not necessarily make it more likely you’ll have multiples, although the offspring of male identical twins may be more likely to have their own identical twins. However, if you have fraternal twins (non-identical) in your family, your chances of conceiving twins rise. If there are fraternal twins on both the mother and father’s side, your odds for twins goes up even higher.

Lazarov S, Lazarov L, Lazarov N. Multiple pregnancy and birth: Twins, triplets and high-order multiples. OverviewTrakia J Sci. 2016;1:103-107. doi:10.15547/tjs.2016.01.015 

There are other factors that play a role as well. As it turns out, having children when you’re older increases your odds of having multiple births from one pregnancy. So I went back to my charts to check ages of the mothers. Eliza Emoline was 28 years old when she had Lorenzo and William. Sarah C. was 27 years old when she had her twins. Druziller Mahala was 34 years old when she had Alice and Oscar.

Final Thoughts

One last statistic about twins from Health Research Funding.

A woman named Mary Jonas, who died in 1899 had 15 sets of fraternal twins.

24 Interesting Fraternal Twins Gender Statistics – HRF (healthresearchfunding.org)

I found that tidbit interesting since two sets of the twins I talked about today were born during the 1890’s. I will spare you one last Doublemint commercial. Hopefully the song is now stuck in your head so I don’t have to suffer that fate alone now.

If you’d like to learn more about the BULLOCK family, you can find more of my posts at:

If you’re looking for more blogs to read later in the week, you can go to:

If you’re interested in joining me on this family history writing adventure, well…the more the merrier! You can join at Amy Johnson Crow’s website. There’s a Facebook page that goes along with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The only rules are the rules you make up for yourself on this writing adventure. Anything you get down in writing is more than you had before so get writing! Don’t miss out on Amy’s blog and podcast either. Both are very good.

Enjoy your week and make the most of it!

Until next time,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives Genealogy blog

Corn Whiskey and Beer- My Childrens’ Heritage

2017 Week 1 Schedule:

Before getting started I’d like to thank my mother-in-law Joyce and her brother Bob for providing photographs and stories about Theodor MOELLER. I’d also like to thank my mom, Kay, and various relatives who shared photos and stories about James BULLOCK- most of whom are no longer with us. It reminds me to share what I have so others can enjoy it, too. One day we won’t have the luxury of sharing anymore. One quick reminder that when you’re done here you can click on through to my sister-in-law Becky’s blog at Down in the Root Cellar where she also blogs about her family history. (Also a quick reminder to Becky that we’re still waiting on that blog post about Granny BATES getting stuck in the chicken house…just saying. *hint hint wink wink*)

First things first: a little explanation and then let’s look at this week’s schedule.

The plan is (for as long as I can sustain it) that I will bake cupcakes to celebrate birthdays of the people I will post about and light candles for the people for whom we are honoring a death date anniversary. It will make more sense as the blog goes on but as an example, today we are celebrating the birthdays of James BULLOCK and Theodor MOELLER so I will be baking two kinds of cupcakes to honor each man’s birthday. On the 3rd we’ll be honoring the life of Laura BULLOCK RITER on her death date anniversary and on that day I’ll be lighting a candle for the day in honor of her life and it’s impact on me. Lighting a candle from sun up to sun down on a death date anniversary is an old Jewish tradition that I particularly like so that’s why I chose it. I actually chose this tradition prior to all the Ashkenazi Jew DNA information coming out. On the 5th we’ll celebrate the birthday of Nancy CHAMBERS HUBBARD. On the 6th we’ll honor the life of Lucretia HUTCHISON MITCHELL. (I will share the recipes for the cupcakes I make and will try to post early in the morning so that if you would like to join with me in the celebrations in some way, you can.) On the in-between days when no blog posts are scheduled I will try to post a photograph relative to either mine or Bart’s family histories.

Here are the days I will be posting this week and the people about whom I will be posting:

January 1: Blog schedule for the week plus stories about James Mathaniel BULLOCK (my maternal 2nd great grandfather) and Theodor Hermann MOELLER (Bart’s maternal great grandfather). Today I’ll be making Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes found on Creative Culinary food and cocktail blog and Blue Moon Cupcakes found on The Blonde Can Cook blog. You can also find both these recipes on my Pinterest board called Birthday Cupcakes- 2017.

January 3: Stories about Laura Ann BULLOCK RITER (my maternal great grandmother). On this date I’ll be burning a candle from sun up to sun down. You can buy cheap candles for just this purpose in the ethnic section at grocery stores. At the end of this post I have added in a photo of what my candle looks like.

January 5: Stories about Nancy Jane CHAMBERS HUBBARD (my paternal 3rd great grandmother). On this date I’ll make the Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream recipe from Veganmotherhubbard.net. I may modify the recipe to use what I have on hand. It depends on how much time I have to go to the store for ingredients. In any case I’m looking forward to these. They look delicious!

January 6: Stories about Lucretia HUTCHISON MITCHELL (my paternal 4th great grandmother). On this date I’ll light a candle to honor the life of Lucretia.

By the way, I’ll probably be overdosed on cupcakes by the 7th so feel free to stop by and grab a few to take home! In addition to making the cupcakes above, I will already have Gin and Juice Cupcakes and Red Velvet Red Wine Cupcakes on hand from New Year’s Eve. If you’d like to make either of these cupcakes those recipes are also on my Pinterest board referred to above.

Corn Whiskey and James Mathaniel Bullock


A young James BULLOCK.

I remember my granny telling me about her grandpa James (my maternal 2nd great grandfather). She said that he liked his corn whiskey! I immediately pictured a man sitting on the porch in front of his log home in a rocking chair sipping moonshine from a jug. I have no idea if that was an accurate representation but that’s what I thought of. James was born in 1836 in Boone County, Indiana to James and Cynthia (DALE) BULLOCK. His military records state he had a fair complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes and no permanent marks or scars. The papers also state he was a farmer. By 1860 he was living in Humboldt, Allen County, Kansas and was single and working as a farm laborer for Eli and Maud GILBERT.

On 12 August 1861 he enlisted in the Civil War with Company H, 10th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry which was originally organized at Paola, Kansas. He mustered in on 8 March 1862. Before and shortly after his muster date his regiment was in flux- absorbing other units and changing names according to Millerinfo.net. The regiment was under the command of Colonel William F. CLOUD. In April of 1862, about a month after he mustered in, his regiment was sent to Fort Scott, Kansas and stayed there until 4 June 1862 at which time companies were sent on expeditions to Indian Territory with an Ohio Cavalry. These expeditions lasted from mid-June to mid-August of 1862. On 3 July they fought at the Battle of Locust Grove in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. This location is only about 25 miles or so from my home so it was very interesting to me that he was there in 1862. In traveling to Locust Grove he came so very close to walking across my land and possibly he DID walk across my land depending on which route he took. The Battle of Locust Grove was fought at sunrise on 3 July 1862 and was a success for the Union. It had a great and negative impact on Confederate morale in the area and the soldiers who escaped capture and made it back to the Park Hill and Tahlequah areas caused widespread panic and large-scale desertions among Cherokee Confederate sympathizers. (OKhistory.org)


US Civil Engineering map from Kansas State Historical Society ca 1845 of the military road from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft Gibson Kansas State Historical Society website

The distance from Fort Scott, Kansas to Locust Grove, Oklahoma (then Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory) is about 145 miles. That was a long march! In mid-July 1862 James’ regiment was conducting renaissance from Grand River to Fort Gibson, Park Hill, and Tahlequah and were involved in skirmishes during this timeframe. In August they were in Missouri involved in a campaign against Coffey and Cockrell. James’ regiment was in Jackson County, Missouri area in mid-September. They were most likely fighting or somehow supporting the Battle of Lone Jack as they were in the right area at the right time but I can’t find information that specifically states they were in that battle. If they were, that’s pretty cool. Have you ever watched the movie True Grit? If you haven’t- stop reading, go watch the movie NOW, and then come back…ready now? Great! In the movie, Rooster Cogburn (played by the fabulous John Wayne) says he lost his eye in the Battle of Lone Jack and called it a “scrap outside of Kansas City”! When one of my favorite movies and actors meets up with some of my personal history I’d call that really cool! The Battle of Lone Jack lasted two days and was led by Emory FOSTER on the Union side and Vard COCKRELL on the Confederate side. To be honest, I think James’ regiment was en route to assist in the battle but got there too late based on the research I’ve done. I’m hoping my cousin Troy can do some research and figure all this out for me!

By the end of September the regiment was in Newton County, Missouri for the First Battle of Newtonia on 30 September 1862. On 4 October 1862 they gained occupation of Newtonia, Newton County, Missouri. Then his regiment headed back down my way. At 7:00 a.m. on the morning of 22 October 1862 Union soldiers (including James’ regiment) attacked the Confederates at Beattie’s Prairie in the Battle of Old Fort Wayne near Maysville, Benton County, Arkansas on 22 October 1862. James’ regiment was the third wave in the surprise attack on Stand Watie and other Confederate troops at Beattie’s Prairie that morning. The first wave struck the Confederates at 5:00 a.m. in Maysville, Benton County, Arkansas while the rebels were sleeping. They pushed through into Indian Territory as far as Beattie’s Prairie where the rebels put up a strong resistance but in half an hour they were overcome by the sheer numbers of Union soldiers and they retreated quickly leaving artillery and other equipment behind. Confederate troops retreated all the way to Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma which gave the Union significant and unfettered control of this part of Indian Territory north of the Arkansas River. Union Brigadier General James G. Blunt led the attack and wrote an account of it (and other movements the regiment made) here about 1/3 of the way down the page. (I’m a school librarian in case you didn’t know. If you’d like to read an historical novel that includes scenes in which James G. Blunt plays a part, try reading Harold Keith’s Rifles for Watie. You’ll find it in the juvenile section at your local public library.)


Old Fort Wayne battlefield. Wikipedia


Paul Ridenour photo.

I passed by this marker site at least twice a week almost every week of my childhood. Until this year I had no idea that one of my ancestors fought in a battle here.

I don’t know how long James’ regiment was at Fort Wayne but by 28 October they were in Cane Hill, Washington County, Arkansas. There were only two locations in Arkansas that saw fighting on this date. I tend to believe he was probably fighting at McGuire, Arkansas which is now a ghost town. I think this location would have been more likely to be classified as “Cane Hill” than Oxford Bend north of the White River near Fayetteville, Arkansas. James’ regiment closed out the year fighting at the Battle of Prairie Grove on 7 December and then they went on the expedition over the Boston Mountains at the end of December 1862.

James would fight another year in the Civil War traveling all over Missouri, Kansas and Indiana and even including a skirmish with Quantrill’s Raiders (Confederate guerilla fighters) before he was discharged on 12 December 1863 at Kansas City, Missouri. He was discharged due to a disability. His military paperwork noted that James had a severe cough due to Pneumonia dating from the winter of 1861. He was unable to perform his duty as a soldier at all for the final 60 days before his discharge. Further down in the document it says James had “Phthisis Pulmonalis with Hemoptysis and great prostration”. It deemed him unfit for field service or for the Invalid Corps and declared his disability to be “total”. All of this means basically that James had Tuberculosis and was coughing up blood and was often so weak he was lying down and couldn’t get up and move around- he was bed-bound. At some point during his life James lost use of his left eye and it happened when he was young- possibly in the war. I mention this now because eye problems play a factor in the next tidbit of information.


An elderly James Bullock. Notice he no longer has his left eye.

As far as I know, James never married until 1879. He married Druziller Mahala LATTY (sometimes spelled ‘LATTIE’). She was 20 years his junior. Together they had 8 children, the youngest two being twins. The youngest son, Oscar (twin of Alice) fought in World War I and is buried at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Benton County, Arkansas.

Despite how bad James’ health problems were at the end of the Civil War, James lived until 25 July 1903. when he died of “lung disease and blindness” caused by “exfusion”. I tried looking this up and the best I could find was “effusion”. The definition of effusion states, “an instance of giving off something such as a liquid, light, or smell such as ‘a massive effusion of poisonous gas’” OR “an escape of fluid into a body cavity”. I’m hoping some of my cousins who are nurses can help me figure this one out. I’m not sure if it was related to the Tuberculosis or if something else might have happened.

You can find James’ regimental history on National Park Service’s website or on Wikipedia. I’ve included Wikipedia because it is somewhat easier to read than NPS’s website.

One last bit of information I found about James. This information comes from Millerinfo.net/. The researchers on this website got much of their information from Harold MADDOX whom my Mom and I were fortunate enough to speak to years ago. Harold in turn got his information from older family members who were no longer living by the time I was old enough to research our family history. The following stories were told by Alice and Ed BULLOCK (James’ children):

“My grandfather’s name was James Bullock, he was a boot maker. And stowed away on a ship to the U.S. from England, with a brother, by the name of Ed(ward?). They never saw each other again after arriving in the U.S.
My Grandmothers name was Cyntha or Milly. They were married in the U.S.
Their Children were:
James Mathaniel , my dad.
Squire Bullock
Edd Bullock
Cyntha Bullock.”

I can remember my Granny BATES telling me this exact story just as Alice and Ed told it above. I’m not sure how accurate the story is, but it has been passed down consistently from one generation to the next for at least five generations. Another story told by Ed and Alice that I also remember my Granny BATES telling me is this:

“James M. Bullock was born at Indianapolis, Indiana. His uncle’s name was __?___ Johnson. His uncle wanted James to join the Confederate Army and James and his cousin __?___ Johnson, started out, but James wanted to join the Northern Army, so they split up. James going North and __?___ Johnson going South. ___?____ Johnson was killed very shortly after leaving James Bullock, who had already been stopped by the Union Army. James Bullock, joined the Army there and then.” The researcher at the Millerinfo.net website I linked to above states “This story is not quite accurate. James was living at Humboldt, Ks. in 1860 with a family by name of Gilbert, and joined the Army at Ft. Leavanworth on Aug. 12, 1861 into Company “H” 10th Kans. Vol. Inf.”. James’ military paperwork states he joined the Army at Paola, Kansas, not Leavenworth. So who is right and who is wrong may be forever lost to time.

One thing to note about Leavenworth, though, is this: Researchers “TomandColette187” on the Ancestry website state they found information in Kansas Adjutant General records stating that James was “absent on extra duty as Teamster from 26 October 1861 to November 1861, to which time he was absent by the civil authorities and put in prison at Leavenworth, charged with stealing a span of mules”. I’m not quite sure what to make of this and am hoping to get another opinion from my cousins especially those with military experience. I have checked Leavenworth prison records on the National Archives website and was unable to find James listed as a prisoner there. I will also note that in doing research on another ancestor in 2016 my information shows that Leavenworth didn’t open as a US Penitentiary until 1903. It was a US Disciplinary Barracks but even that didn’t open until 1874. So again, perhaps one day I’ll find documents to prove or disprove some of the information given above- or maybe I won’t. But I do feel like these stories need to be told so that if I don’t find this information maybe one day some other researcher will be able to uncover the truth.

In the meantime, I’m going to celebrate James’ birthday and his love of corn whiskey with some delicious Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes and contemplate what he loved about the whiskey. Did he self-medicate? If so, was he medicating a physical pain or a psychological pain? Did he just like the taste of corn whiskey or was it an addiction he couldn’t conquer? I hope you’ll join me in celebrating and considering the life of James BULLOCK.

Theodor Hermann Moeller: He Was Serious About His Pinochle


Baby Theodor is in the middle of two of his siblings.

When my daughter was choosing names for her youngest son I was suggesting family names in the hopes she would choose one. She liked the name Theodor, but she added an ‘e’ on the end. I never knew Theodor personally and neither did my husband. Theodor was my husband’s maternal great grandfather. I asked my mother-in-law if she had any stories she could share with me about Theodor and she was kind enough to tell me what she could remember in the way of his personality. Theodor was a good man and a farmer all of his life. He was a first-generation American and his parents came from Germany. My mother-in-law said Theodor could sing O Tannenbaum in German and she always thought that was neat. Here’s a version I found on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOgaSYYUpcY

The night my mother-in-law was telling me stories, my husband and I were in a hotel room in Tulsa, Oklahoma with both his parents before our early morning flight to Hawaii the next day. Joyce (my mother-in-law) reminisced that Theodor loved to play Pinochle and he was very serious about it! My father-in-law, Bart Sr., interjected at this point and said he remembered the first time he played Pinochle with Theodor. Bart Sr. was on Theodor’s team and he made a wrong play. Theodor sternly reminded Bart Sr. that he was on Theodor’s team (meaning NOT on the other team). I’ve never played Pinochle. Maybe it’s time I learned. Here’s a little video if you’d like to learn, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_zhgi3OX1U

Theodor was born in 1896 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He was baptized in Dearborn Heights, Wayne County, Michigan when he was not quite 2 weeks old. Joyce’s family was all Lutheran as far as I know.


A young Theodor MOELLER

Theodor registered for the draft for World Wars I and II but I don’t have any information that he ever actually served. I’m not sure he would have been drafted for WWII considering we were fighting the Germans and he was only a first-generation American from a German family. His draft registration cards describe him as being medium height and medium build with light brown hair and blue eyes. On his WWI draft card he claimed exemption due to being “needed on farm”. On his WWII card he continued to list his occupation as farmer. In 1920 Theodor married Jennie Arelia SCHNEIDENBACH. Together they had four children.


Theodor and Jennie (SCHNEIDENBACH) MOELLER

Bart Sr. and Joyce recalled that Theodor was sick for the longest time and didn’t know what was wrong. He went to the doctor after awhile and once he got on the right medication he got better. I’m sure it was a relief to the family for him to get better. I didn’t ask what Theodor’s condition was. Theodor passed away in the fall of 1976 in Harbor Beach, Huron County, Michigan. He is buried with his wife in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Forestville, Sanilac County, Michigan.

Germans are known for their love of beer. So today I’m celebrating Theodor’s life with Blue Moon Cupcakes (or whatever brand of beer we have on hand today). I prefer Moscato wine over beer or whiskey. Over Christmas I found this wine on sale.

I thought it might be an appropriate wine with which to toast the lives of James BULLOCK and Theodor MOELLER before I partake of the abundance of boozy cupcakes in my home today. So cheers- to James and Theodor whom God chose to be mine and my husband’s ancestors and to you, my readers. Enjoy your week and don’t forget to buy your candles for later in the week! This is what mine looks like:

Until next time- bottoms up!
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

You Got a Document for That?

Today’s theme is ‘document’ and we’ll be looking at documentation for my Nation American heritage.

My 3rd great-grandfather was Jefferson LATTY. (For my family, the line goes from Granny BATES to her mom Laura BULLOCK to Laura’s mom Druziller Mahala LATTY to Druziller’s dad Jefferson LATTY. Researchers believe that Jefferson’s wife, Irena WALLS, was also Native American- 1/8 Cherokee and 1/8 Catawba- but I have not seen any kind of proof for that.

Jefferson was Cherokee and was censused with his family on the Drennen Roll. The Drennen Roll was called the “Trail of Tears” census. Some believe this census was a list of those who walked the Trail of Tears but no evidence has been found to prove this is true. It was the first census of the Native Americans after the Trail of Tears happened. Jefferson was living in Saline District, Indian Territory at the time of the census and was living with A-ke, and Na-ne LATTY. If all my records were not packed away I think I could tell you who A-ke was. I believe Na-ne was his mom but couldn’t be certain until I get my hands on those records I have packed away. They were living near the TINER (also spelled TYNER) family who intermarried with LATTY’s and were also living near Allen, David, Diver, and Peggy LATTY. I know Peggy and Allen were siblings of Jefferson’s. I cannot remember the connection with David and Diver. (I really need to unpack all that genealogy so I can share it with you!)


Jefferson is toward the bottom in the left hand column.

Jefferson gave testimony in front of the Commission regarding his Native American heritage but he was not given a roll number. I can’t remember if the reason was that his sister had previously given testimony to the Commission that he was dead and somehow that was used against him or if it was because he did not still live in Indian Territory when roll numbers were issued. When I can find his testimony I will definitely update you on that.

Jefferson lived in the Saline District. You can see the old Saline District Courthouse for yourself. It’s in the country near Rose, Oklahoma. They have been restoring it for some time now with the hopes of opening it to the public. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place. You can also read about the Saline Courthouse Massacre here.


You can see more photos of the courthouse and get directions to find it here.

A few more facts about Jefferson

Jefferson was born in Tennessee around 1832. He married Irena WALLS in 1856 and they had five known children. He fought for the Confederates in the Civil War.


Fold3 image of service record.

He died in 1892 and is said to be buried in Jane Cemetery in Jane, McDonald County, Missouri but I have not found his grave or definitive proof he is buried there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about Jefferson. He’s someone I’d really love to know more about. Sure would be nice if we could somehow prove our Cherokee heritage (and/or our Catawba/Cherokee heritage through his wife.) Maybe one day we’ll get there. If you want to help advance our family history please consider taking a DNA test. I recommend Family Tree DNA since they only require a cheek swab (much better for people with certain illnesses/conditions and older people since we don’t produce enough spit to fill a tube) and they don’t sell you DNA to big pharma and research companies. The tests are on sale right now and will likely go on sale again around Christmas. If you are interested, please let me know. I’d be glad to help you get started on that path to helping advance our family’s genealogy.

Until then,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Speling- Hoo Neds It??

Let's wind the calendar all the way back to the first part of April- where I got busy and couldn't keep up with the blog schedule. (This end-of-the-school-year stuff is killing me!!)  The theme of the week was, "How do you spell that?"  I chose to write about my Latty family- my great-great grandmother Druziller LATTY BULLOCK.  Her mom Irena WALLS LATTY and Irena's mom Delila WALLS also put in an appearance.  I created a Google map to go with this post but apparently no one can see it unless they are logged in to my account.  So sadly- you have no map to see how many times she moved back and forth in a very small geographical area.

You ask why I chose Druziller for this week? Well…I've seen her first name spelled Druzilla and Druziller (Druziller is, the best I have been able to find, the correct way to spell it). I've seen her middle name spelled Mahala and Mahaley and also shortened to Halie (Mahala is correct the best I can tell). And I've seen her last name spelled LATTA, LATTY, and LATTIE, and mis-transcribed as TUTTIE. I figured that was good enough for the theme this week.

Please meet Druziller Mahala LATTY BULLOCK:

I only have one photo of Druziller and it is the one posted above. Druziller was born in 1857 in McDonald County, Missouri, to Jefferson and Irena (WALLS) LATTY. She was the first of five known children (Druziller Mahala, Sarah Ellen, James, Lucinda Cynthia, and Martha E.). In the 1860 census she was living with her parents in Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri. She was listed under the name Mahala.

In 1870, the family is found on the census living in Bentonville, Osage Township, Benton County, Arkansas. She was going by the name Mahala. Mahala and her mother (Irena) and younger sister (“Elen”) were living in the household of Thomas NICHOLDS. Irena's occupation was listed as “keeping house”. Both Thomas and Irena were born in Tennessee. An older gentleman named Philip LYDICK was also living in the home along with a woman named Elizabeth LYDICK, and five children with the LYDICK surname. Irena's relationship to Thomas is not listed and I do not know what connection they had beyond this one moment in time. While trying to research the relationship of the LYDICKs, NICHOLDs, LATTYs, and WALLS', I discovered that the children listed as LYDICK children are actually Thomas NICHOLDS' children and Elizabeth is Thomas' wife.

In the home next door to the NICHOLDS, LYDICK, and LATTY families, Druziller's maternal grandmother, Delila WALLS was living with Jesse and Sarah FULLER. Nancy LATTIE was also living in the home with Delila and the FULLERs. Jesse FULLER was the nephew of Irena (grandson of Delila). Jesse's mother was Irena's sister, Elizabeth WALLS. I believe the Nancy LATTIE in this census record was Irena's sister-in-law (Jefferson LATTY's sister).

Here is an 1874 map of McDonald County, Missouri.  This is what the area would have looked like when Druziller lived there.

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On 2 April 1879 Druziller married my great-great-grandfather, James Mathaniel BULLOCK. They married in Pineville, McDonald, Missouri.

Above is an 1879 map of the Missouri-Arkansas border- just as it would have looked when James and Druziller were married and started their family there.

In the 1880 census the couple was located in White Rock, McDonald, Missouri. James and Druziller are listed by their initials (J. M. and D. M.) but their daughter, who was born in May of that year, is listed by her name- Mary E. (Mary Ellen) – and so is Druziller's mother Irena who was living with James and Druziller that year. In 1883, Druziller had another girl- Syntha Jane. By 1885 the family was living across the state line in Benton County, Arkansas, where they had their first son- William Edward. In 1887, they were back in McDonald County, Missouri in a little town called Caverna where they had my great-grandmother, Laura Ann. After Druziller had my great-grandmother, she gave birth to a son- Clarence Levi in 1890- and twins Oscar Morris and Alice Mae in 1892. I am uncertain which state (Missouri or Arkansas) Clarence was born in but Oscar and Alice were born in Benton County, Arkansas.

Druziller next shows up in records in 1897 when she made a sworn statement on behalf of her cousin-in-law (Sarah Ann FULLER) so Sarah could try to get a pension on her deceased husband (Jesse FULLER) for his military service. Since I don't have access to the pension files I will have to show someone else's transcription of the record. That person states that Druziller “made a similar statement to her mother's” (Irena LEETY WALLS) on the same date as her mother. Irena's statement is transcribed as :

Affidavit
I, Irena Latty, do solemnly swear on oath that I was personally acquainted with William Tittle from the year 1854 to the time he left. In the same year 1862, I heard that he was dead, and

know from my own personal knowledge he never returned, and that until the present time I have never seen or heard anything more of him, and I am personally acquainted with

Mrs. Fuller and that we are neighbors and have all the reasons to know that she has not heard from or seen Mr. Tittle since his departure in 1862 and I was personally acquainted with

Mr. Fuller from his birth until his death and know that he was never married to anyone but Mrs. Tittle, now Mrs. Fuller, his widow. Signed: Irena Latty.

State of Arkansas
County of Benton

Sworn and subscribed to before me, a Notary Public, on this the 4th. day of August, 1897.
W.A. Blair, Notary Public.

In 1899, Druziller made another sworn statement for Sarah and it is transcribed like this on the above website:

State of Arkansas, Benton County.
Personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, in and for Benton County Arkansas, D.M. Bullock, (Druzilla Mahala Latty, daughter of Irena Walls Latty),

who being duly sworn according to law, certifies as follows: That she has lived a neighbor of Sarah A. Fuller, wife of the soldier, from 1860 to present date and

that she was not married to any person from 1862 to January 19, 1868, and that her present Post Office is Sulpher Springs Ark.

Sworn and subscribed to before me this 3rd, day of March 1899

F.M. Marr Notary Public
My commision expires June 13, 1900

This information was found at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/LATTA/2006-04/1145020385.  The story of Sarah FULLER's husband sounds like an interesting one and one that the family probably talked about for a long time.

In 1900 the family was listed on census records as living in Sulphur Springs, Benton County, Arkansas. Living in the home were James M. and D. M. (Druziller), and their children Syntha J., William E., Laura A., Levi, Oscar M, and Allice M.. They were among the last few families to be visited by the census taker in Sulphur Springs Township that year.

In 1910 the BULLOCK family was living in Wallace, Benton County, Arkansas. Druziller was a widow and some of her children (Edward W., Levi C., Oscar M., and her married daughter Laura A. RITER) were living with her. She had seven children and according to this census, all seven of her children were still living at the time of the 1910 census. It looks like the three sons may have been supporting the family. Edward was working on a farm, Levi was a railroad worker, and Oscar was also working on a farm. Druziller was widowed seven years prior to this census in 1903. Laura had just married my great grandfather, William RITER, in March of 1910. I'm not sure where he was at the time of the census nor why he wasn't listed as a member of the household.

Shortly before Druziller's death, her son William Edward completed the WWI Draft Registration. On his paperwork he listed his nearest living relative as his mother, “Halie Bullock”. This is the only time and the only person I know of that called her “Halie”. He listed her address as “Gravette Benton Ark”. William's physical description said he was of medium height and build and had black hair and blue eyes. I wonder which parent, if either, he looked like. Levi Clarence's WWI Draft Registration card gives his physical description as medium height and build, brown hair and brown eyes. Oscar Morris' WWI Draft Registration card states he is of medium height and build, has brown hair and light blue eyes and that his mother is dependent upon him for support.

Druziller died on 23 November 1919 in Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas. She is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery next to her husband James. It is family oral history that Druziller's daughter, Laura, had an infant that died shortly after birth that is most likely buried at the foot of James' grave. No record has been found to verify this story. Druziller's obituary read:

Mahala Latty Bullock

Mrs D.M. Bullock died at her home northeast of town Sunday, November 23, 1919 following a few days of Illness from Pneumonia.

Mahala Latty was born in McDonald County, Missouri Sep. 19, 1857. She was married to D.M. Bullock, who preceded her in death July 25, 1903. Seven children

survive: Mrs. Ellen Gilbert, Hannock, Mo., Mrs. Cynthia Baty, Mrs. Laura Ritter, Mrs. Alice Rotramel, Edward, Lee and Oscar Bullock of Gravette. The funeral was

conducted by Rev. W.H. Weatherby Monday and burial took place at the Odd Fellows cemetery. Sympathy is extended the family.

(Gravette News Herald 11-28-1919)

According to family stories passed down, Druziller was 1/16 Cherokee and 1/16 Catawba.

For all of the records listed, I still feel like I don't know much of anything about Druziller. There seemed to be a theme running through her life of returning to places she had already been. And just as Druziller was a widow, so her daughter Laura would be, and her granddaughter Jessie as well. Hopefully one day I will meet someone who knows a little of Druziller's story and is willing to share it.

Until then,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

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