James Monroe Boothe
James Monroe Boothe was born November 28, 1850, in Tennessee, and died July 3, 1927, in Lindsay, Garvin County, Oklahoma. He married Permelia Tennessee "Tennie" Nichols June 9, 1878, in Texas. Tennie was born in Clark County, Arkansas, October 3, 1860, and died February 10, 1942 in Lindsay, Garvin County, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Archibald Nichols and his second wife, Eliza Jane Golden. Both James Monroe and Permelia "Tennie" Boothe are buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Lindsay, Garvin County, Oklahoma. We have scoured Tennessee and Arkansas records (the Boothe "family tales" say that this generation lived many years in Arkansas in the mid-1800's, perhaps even going back to Tennessee around the time of the Civil War), but we have not been able to find out who James Monroe Boothe's parents were--or even much about his siblings. On the earlier census records, he indicates that his father was born in Georgia (later, he says "Tennessee," but earlier responses are usually more accurate) and his mother was born in Tennessee. The first certain record I have of him is in Hood County, Texas, in 1873.
Some older family members have said that he had two sisters, Callie and Sarah, and at least two brothers, John and William. However, other of those folks have said that the William who is found near him in census and property records in Texas was a cousin, not a brother. The William Boothe who may have been a brother was shown next to James Monroe Boothe and his wife and child in the 1880 Erath County, Texas, census with a wife named Vina (born about 1861) and a daughter named Vietta A. Boothe, born January 1880.
These Boothes may have been in Pulaski County, Arkansas, on the 1870 census, page 148, dwelling and household 65:
John L. Boothe, 26, MW, farmer, born Tennessee
Mary ", 17, FW, keeping house, born Tennessee
Sarah ", 15, FW, at home, born Arkansas
Mary ", 3, FW, born Arkansas
James ", 20, MW, farm laborer, born Tennessee
If this household is indeed my Boothe line, it is interesting that in a boarding house in that county (page 214) was a James Booth, 53, MW, carpenter, born in Tennessee. Family legend says that the father of our James Monroe Boothe was a lumberman or a carpenter who had an accident in which he cut his leg with his axe and died from the infection before the family left Arkansas. The Boothe line did have many woodworkers and carpenters in the years that we do know of.
Boothes in Texas
The first we find James Monroe Boothe (sometimes "Jim") was in Hood County (Precinct One, which is Granbury), Texas where he and William are listed on the registered voters list. Unfortunately, the Hood County courthouse burned in 1875. A "William Booth" and a "James Booth" are on the 1873 Voter List for Precinct 1, Hood County. There is a listing for "Wm. Boothe, James Boothe and H. Boothe" on page 3 of the index to the State Docket, County Court Index, Attorney List, for that county, and we are eager to try to find more records in Hood County.
During the latter 1870's, James Monroe Boothe married and moved over the line into Erath County, Precinct Six. He and his father-in-law, Archibald Nichols, registered cattle brands there (and these are, also, items we are looking for).
On the 1880, Erath County, Texas, we found James Monroe Boothe and his new family:
Page 16, Line 18, 15 June 1880
Onward to Oklahoma
We haven't yet found the James Monroe Boothe family on the 1900 census, but by 1910, they were in Comanche County, Oklahoma (and we know they were in Pilot Point, Texas, for awhile):
1910, Enumeration District 64, page 3A, household 33, Comanche County, Oklahoma:
James M. Booth, head, wm, 59, married 31 years, born Tennessee, father born US, mother born Tennessee
Tennie P., wife, wf, 49, married, 8 children, 7 living, born Arkansas, father born South Caroline, mother born Arkansas
John, son, wm, 20
Earl R., son, wm, 16
Minnie L., daughter, wf, 14
Myrtle L., daughter, wf, 12
Children of James Monroe Boothe and Permelia Tennessee Nichols
James Monroe Boothe and Permelia Tennessee "Tennie" Nichols had the following children, that we know of: