Marcia Elbertina Holmes [Treadwell] Beardsley

Marcia Elbertina Holmes married Bertie Dekalb Treadwell in October 24, 1866 in DeSoto County, MS and later married
Moss White Beardsley on August 8, 1879.

Marcia Elbertina Holmes [Treadwell] Beardsley

Born:  1845, June 23 at Plum Point, MS
Died:  1910, August 10 in Charlotte, NC - buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN
Father:   Finley Holmes
Mother:   Emily Goodwyn Raines Holmes

Marcia Elbertina Holmes [Treadwell] Beardsley was the second daughter. She was born in 1845 at Valley Grove. At the age of 21 in 1866, she married Bertie Dekalb (B. D.) Treadwell. B. D. had come to Memphis from Mississippi to work in his brother's cotton business. Before meeting Marcia, he had served in the Memphis Light Dragoons - a Confederate cavalry unit that in 1861, with other units, became Company "A"of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. In the next 8 years, Marcia and B. D. had four daughters, Ida Lee Treadwell Caldwell, Allison Treadwell Cowan, Corinne Treadwell [Snowden] Ragsdale, and Marcia Bertie Treadwell Muller. The daughters were raised in Memphis and had all married before Marcia died. As adults, they could be found in New England, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In the decade before his death in 1876, B. D. became a very successful cotton broker, leaving his family quite well off; and Marcia had become a prominent Memphis social figure.

Marcia, with four young girls to care for, remarried in 1879 to a constructive engineer, who was especially proficient in railroad construction and traveled widely for his job. He was Moss White Beardsley, from Ohio, and 7 years older than Marcia. Like Marcia, it was his second marriage. Marcia and Moss had two children, a son, Walter Holmes Beardsley, and a daughter, Lydia Maude Beardsley Gaines (name changed from Gans). In the 1880 census, the family was in Memphis. Sometime around 1902, Walter and Maude moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Marcia and Moss joined them 4 years later. There Marcia became active in Charlotte's social scene, but after a few years she suffered a stroke and was confined to a wheelchair. Marcia died in August of 1910, and her remains were sent to Memphis for burial in Elmwood Cemetery in the adjacent plot of her first husband. Her plot is adjacent to the burial site for her parents, Finley and Emily G. Holmes, and other members of the Holmes family.

Moss Beardsley lived another 14 years and passed away in Charlotte in 1924. Of Marcia's six children, with Treadwell and with Beardsley, only one daughter, Corinne Treadwell, produced children.
  • 1850 Census  DeSoto County MS - line 28 "M. E. Holmes"
  • 1860 Census  DeSoto County MS - line 12 "M E Holmes"
  • 1870 Census  Shelby County TN - line 2 "Treadwell M" (listed as B) with daughters, Alice and Ida
  • 1880 Census  Shelby County TN - line 44 "Beardsley Marcia" with husband, Moss, and one child, Walter Holmes Beardsley
  • Death Certificate - Charlotte, NC - 1910
  • Obituary - Charlotte, NC - Aug 10, 1910 - The Charlotte Observer - The Evening Chronicle
  • Elmwood Cemetery Burial Record - "Mrs Marcia E. Beardsley" - Aug 12, 1910
Find A Grave Memorial #81419466

First Husband:   Bertie Dekalb Treadwell

Born:  1840, August 28 in Marshall County MS
Died:  1876, May 26 - buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN
Father:  Timmons L. Treadwell (b. 1800, d. 1870 - Find A Grave Memorial #41184218)
Mother:  Eliza (Allison) Treadwell (b. 1804, d. 1848 - Find A Grave Memorial #41184173)
Siblings:   Allison Carruth Treadwell l (b. ~1826 in NC), William Loundes Treadwelll (b. ~1828 in NC), Eliza Julian Treadwelll (b. ~1829 in NC), Robert Alexander Treadwell (b. ~1831 in NC), Arthur Barlow Treadwell (b. ~1833 in NC), Mary Adoline Treadwell Smith (b. ~1835 in MS, d. 1872), Amelia A. Frances Treadwell (b. ~1838 in MS), Frances Marion Treadwell (b. ~1842 in MS), Eliza Arethusa Treadwell (b. ~1844 in MS), A. C. Treadwell
  • 1850 Census  Marshall County MS - line 21 "Bertie D Treadwell"
  • 1870 Census  Shelby County TN - line 17 "Treadwell Burtin [sic]"
Find A Grave Memorial #25451166

Children By B. D. Treadwell (and Marcia Elbertina Holmes)
  Child 1:   Allison Goodwyn Treadwell Cowan

Born:  1867, 6 Aug in TN
Died:  1970, 22 Feb in Provincetown, MA
Spouse:  Charles Clifton Cowan (b. 1859 in MS)
Children:  no children

Of NYC
  • 1870 Census  Shelby County TN - line 3 "Treadwell Alice"
  • 1880 Census  Shelby County TN - line 46 "Treadwell Allie" with sisters, mother and stepfather
  • 1910 Census  New York County - line 99 "Cowan Allison T."
  • 1930 Census  Bronx County NY - line 42 "Cowan Allison" wth husband
  • 1940 Census  Provincetown MA - line 5 "Cowan, Allison T." with sister, Marcia
  • Marriage License (Treadwell-Cowan) - Shelby County TN - 1866
  • Charles Clifton Cowan in TENNESSEE  The Volunteer State  1769—1923

  Child 2:   Ida Lee Treadwell Caldwell

Born:  1869, 1 Jul in TN
Died:  1905, 17 Jun in Bainbridge, GA - buried in Birmingham, AL
Spouse:  Charles Henry Caldwell (b. 1864 in AL, d. 1914 in Philadelphia, PA - buried in Birmingham, AL - Find A Grave Memorial #62129761)
Children:  no children

Of Bainbridge, GA
  • 1870 Census  Shelby County TN - line 4 "Treadwell Ida"
  • 1880 Census  Shelby County TN - line 47 "Treadwell Ida L" with sisters, mother and stepfather
  • 1900 Census  Decatur County GA - line 47 "Caldwell Ida L" with husband
  • Marriage License (Treadwell-Caldwell) - Shelby County TN - 1887
Find A Grave Memorial #62129730

From Candler, A. D. and Evans, C. A. (Eds.). (1906). Georgia: Comprising sketches of counties, towns, events, institutions, and persons, arranged in cyclopedic form. Vol 1. Atlanta: State Historical Association. pp. 288-289:

     "Caldwell, Charles Henry of Bainbridge, founder of the Flint River Lumber Company and prominent in railroad and real estate operations, may aptly be termed a "man of affairs."  He was born at Greenville, Butler county, AL, Nov. 26, 1864, a son of Henry Martyn and Elizabeth (Milner) Caldwell.  . . .  In 1895 he located at Bainbridge, Ga., where he inaugurated the Flint River Lumber Company and erected the magnificent mills that have ever since been in successful operation.  . . .
     He was married on Oct. 19, 1887 to Miss Ida Lee Treadwell, daughter of Bertie DeKalb and Marcia Elbertina Holmes Treadwell, of Memphis, Tenn.  No children were born to this union and Mrs. Caldwell passed to her home beyond on June 17, 1905."

Female  Child 3:   Corinne Treadwell [Snowden] Ragsdale

Born:  1872, 27 Feb in TN
Died:  1948, 26 May in Coral Gables, FL - buried Woodlawn Park Mausoleum, Miami, FL
Spouse:  1st: Frank E. Snowden (b. 1870 in TN), 2nd: William McMurray Ragsdale (b. 1863, d. 1950 in FL)
Children:  by Snowden: Corinne Treadwell Snowden Williams (b. 1891, d. 30 Jan 1986 in VT);  by Ragsdale: Charles Clifton Cowan Ragsdale (b. 17 Jan 1899, d. 13 Dec 1981), Marcia Treadwell Ragsdale [Pawley] Carlton (b. 3 May 1901, d. 28 Mar 1981 in FL)
  • 1880 Census  Shelby County TN - line 48 "Treadwell Corinne" with sisters, mother and stepfather
  • 1900 Census  Shelby County TN - line 85 "Ragsdale Corrin [sic] T" with husband, son, Charles, and daughter, Corinne T
  • 1910 Census  Allegheny County PA - line 84 "Ragsdale Corinne T." with husband, Mc W.; daughter,Corinne; son, Charles C; and daughter, Marcha [sic] T.
  • 1920 Census  Allegheny County PA - line 84 "Ragsdale Corinne T" with husband, son, Charles C C, and daughter, Marcia T
  • 1930 Census  Allegheny County PA - line 57 "Ragsdale Corrine" with husband
  • Marriage License (Treadwell-Snowden) - Shelby County TN - 1890
  • Marriage License (Treadwell-Ragsdale) - Shelby County TN - 1898

  Child 4:   Marcia Bertie (Doll Baby) Treadwell Muller

Born:  1874, 14 Sep in TN
Died:  1965, 19 Feb in Provincetown, MA
Spouse:  Charles Edward Muller
Children:  no children
  • 1880 Census  Shelby County TN - line 49 "Treadwell Bertie" with sisters, mother and stepfather
  • 1930 Census  Bronx County NY - line 94 "Muller Marcia T." with husband
  • 1940 Census  Provincetown MA - line 4 "Muller, Marcia T."


Second Husband:   Moss White Beardsley

Born:  1838, 19 May in Port Clinton, Ottawa County OH
Died:  1924 in Charlotte, NC - buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Sandusky County OH
Father:  Asher Beardsley (b. 1808 in NY, d. 1846 in OH - Find A Grave Memorial # 153656497)
Mother:  Lydia Hollison [Beardsley] Beardsley Dollison (b. 1819 in CN, d. 1896 in OH - Find A Grave Memorial # 153656768)


First wife: Mary Elizabeth Smith (b. 1843, d. 1874), m. 1869 - children by Mary:   Maggie Maud Beardsley (b. 1871, d. 1876), Lydia Mabel Beardsley (b. 1872, d. 1873), Walter White Beardsley (b. 1874, d. 1875)

Occupation: Constructive engineer and miner - especially proficient in railroad construction.
  • 1840 Census  Fairfield County CT - line 13 "Asher Beardsley" [father] with Free White Persons (FWP) - Males - Under 5: 1, (FWP) - Males - 30 thru 39: 1, (FWP) - Males - 60 thru 69: 1, (FWP) - Females - Under 5: 1, (FWP) - Females - 10 thru 14: 1, (FWP) - Females - 30 thru 39: 1, (FWP) - Females - 50 thru 59:1
  • 1850 Census  Fairfield County CT - line 35 "Moss W Beardsly [sic]" with his mother, sister, and other older Beardsleys
  • 1860 Census  Fairfield County CT - line 2 "Moss W Beardsley" with his mother and sister
  • 1870 Census  Santa Barbara County CA - line 30 "M W Beardsley"
  • 1880 Census  Shelby County TN - line 43 "Beardsley Moss W"
  • 1900 Census  Graham County AZ - line 49 " Beardsley M W"
  • 1910 Census  Los Angles County CA - line 61 "Beardsly [sic] Moss"
  • 1920 Census  Washoe County NV - line 29 "Beardsley M W"
  • Moss White Beardsley: Monnette, O. E. (1915). Spirit of Patriotism. Society, Sons of the Revolution in the State of California. Los Angles: Standard Printing.
  • Death Certificate - Mecklenburg County NC - 1924
Find A Grave Memorial # 153656020


Children: by Moss W. Beardsley (and Marcia Elbertina Holmes)
Male  Child 5:   Walter Holmes Beardsley

Born:  1879, 12 April in Shelby County TN
Died:  1936, 15 April in Charlotte, NC - buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, NC
Spouse:   Leila Nichols Beardsley (b. 1894 in Earl, NC; d. 1984 in Charlotte, NC - buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, NC - Find A Grave Memorial #156947140)
Children:  no children
  • 1880 Census  Shelby County TN - line 45 "Beardsley Walter W"
  • 1920 Census  Mecklenburg County NC - line 3 "Beardsley Walter"
  • 1930 Census  Mecklenburg County NC - line 38 "Beardsley Walter"
  • Home of Walter and Leila in Charlotte NC - built ~1925
  • Death Certificate - Mecklenburg County NC - 1936
Find A Grave Memorial #139752940

  Child 6:   Lydia Maude Beardsley Gaines (Gans)

Born:  1880, 21 Oct in TN
Died:  1953, 27 May in San Mateo, CA - buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Spouse:  Fredrick Hazlehurst Gaines (Gans) (b. ~1870 in NY, d. 1935 - Find A Grave Memorial #102619336)
Children:   no children
  • 1910 Census  New York, NY - line 7 "Gans Maud B"
  • 1920 Census  New York, NY - line 96 "Gaines Maud B"
  • 1930 Census  New York, NY - line 22 "Gaines Maude"
  • 1940 Census  San Francisco, CA - line 58 "Gaines Maude B"
Find A Grave Memorial #102621487

Sources:
Anita Wallace Pawley's research relating to Marcia Elbertina Holmes Treadwell Beardsley
United States Federal Census data
Family Records, unpublished records of the Holmes family - correspondence, Bibles, interviews, etc.
Newspaper accounts of weddings and deaths, and other public documents for wills, land transfers, etc.
Beasley, Irene. (1973). AS I REMEMBER THEM ---. (Memoirs of the Holmes' family - printed for family distribution)

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