269. LOUISA VIOLETTA HIGGINBOTHAM110,112,130,131,132,133 was born on 15 July 1863 in Winn Parish, Louisiana.110,112,131,134 She died on 30 June 1928 at the age of 64 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.134
Daughter Ola thought her name was Louisa Vilata; son Fonnie's descendants believed her name to be Viola. Earl Higginbotham revealed that her name was actually Louisa Violetta; she was called "Vi".
State of birth given as Texas in 1920 Census with parents both born in Alabama. She was living with Alfonzo & Bertha & Bertha's parents were both born in Alabama. Fonnie also gives his mother's place of birth as Texas although Ola gives it as Louisiana in the same census. Higginbotham research reveals her birthplace as Winn Parish, Louisiana.
There is a discrepancy in the year of her birth. 1910 Census - born 1865; 1920 Census - born 1866. Higginbotham researcher gives year of birth as 1863. Letter from daughter Ola which Lois Haden had gives year as 1868.
1910 Census "Luiza V. Fry", head of household. Stated she owned home. Alphonso & Carrie still at home; Ola just married. Living with them is Fanny Higginbotom [sic], sister, age 67. The sisters listed as born in Louisiana, father born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia. They are nearly 25 years apart in age.
1920 Fannin Co Census: Viola Fry lived with Alfonzo and wife Bertha.
Found in Fannin County Cemeteries: Charles Higginbotham 1866-1906 Maggie Higginbotham 1872-1898. Relationship, if any, unknown.
LOUISA VIOLETTA HIGGINBOTHAM and WILLIAM WALLACE FRY were married on 4 October 1888 in Fannin County, Texas.99,134 WILLIAM WALLACE FRY133,135,136, son of ABRAHAM KELLAR FRY and SARAH A. B. "SALLY" MCFALL, was born on 6 June 1830 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri.134,137 He died on 17 December 1901 at the age of 71 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.134,138
According to an account by Anna B. Casey, in 1851 he went to California with his brother for the Gold Rush, never saw any "gold" so he came home...the brother stayed. "Will" had some trouble finding a way home from California. Finally applied for work on a ship to the Panama Canal [the Canal was not there yet but perhaps he did go across Panama] and worked his way back to New Orleans and up the Mississippi to Palmyra; took about six months.
William did not appear on the tax rolls of Fannin Co until 1860. The previous year, 1859, 200 acres had vanished from his father's land bought from N. P. Lawson, Abstract #396, and this was the tract that William paid tax on in 1860. He continued to pay tax on this tract through 1872 [as far as I read the tax film]
1860 US Census; Fannin Co TX Beat #4, p.106, Household 695. Wm. Fry age 30, farmer b. in MO. "S." age 21 also born in MO and Emily C. age 1 born in Texas.
There are no family stories of his having served in the Confederacy although some of his brothers did. On the USGenWeb Fannin Co TX website is the following notation:
1880 Census. Precinct #4, Fannin Co TX, Hh 150
1890 Texas Directory for Fannin Co lists W. W. Fry, 230 acres under cultivation, in the Planter & Farmer's Section.
1900 Census. William, Violetta & the 3 children are listed. When he gave the number of years he had been married he first said 44, but this had been crossed out and replaced by 11 years. Precinct 4, Fannin, TX, ED 71, Hh 139
William and Louisa Higginbotham were Married by W. C. Crawford, Minister of Gospel, M.E.C.S.
Buried with first wife in the Abernathy area of the Ladonia City Cemetery.
LOUISA VIOLETTA HIGGINBOTHAM and WILLIAM WALLACE FRY had the following children:
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