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234. Ada M. MAYBERRY57 was born in 1857 in Missouri.57 She died in 1896 at the age of 39 in Logan County, Arkansas. She was buried in Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan County, Arkansas.

One of the census enumerators made an error. In 1860, the child age three was a female named Ada M. In 1870, there was a thirteen year old male named Edward. When the article about sister Minnie was written for Goodspeed, it appears that Minnie's siblings could be listed males first and then the females. One of those in with other sisters is "Aid". It's my best guess this child born in 1857 WAS a female and was named Ada - the census enumerator may have heard "Ade" and thought he heard "Ed" and made two and two come out five.

Database online gave a marriage for Ada to William Simpson Biggs about 1876; he is said to have been b. 1855 in Chattanooga, d. 1906 in Paris, Logan Co AR.

The Maybury CD lists two children born to Ada and William Biggs - they are not listed in the Paint Rock Cemetery on FindAGrave along with their parents.
V. Biggs, b. 20 Jan 1878, d. 3 Sep 1878
W. F. A. Biggs, b. 11 Dec 1879, d. 31 Dec 1879
Some databases also list a son Artie, born 1896, the same year that Ada died - perhaps he was an infant and died with his mother during his birth - he does not appear in the 1900 census.

1880 Census. Short Mountain Twp, Logan Co AR, Hh 328
W. M. S. Biggs, age 25, b. TN as were his parents
Ada age 23, wife, b. MO, parents b. NC
C. P., son, age 3.

Ada is said to have died 1896 and be buried Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co AR. The census of 1900 would seem to indicate that perhaps Biggs married again prior to that census except for the fact that it indicates he has been married to the present wife for 24 years - she has had 7 children, six living, and six are listed. This man is listed as "Sim" Biggs and he is the correct age to be William Simpson Biggs but not born in Tennessee. The children except for the youngest have been assigned by other researchers as Ada's. There is definitely a problem with this census - perhaps it lay with the census enumerator. Here is the data:
1900 Census. Short Mountain Twp, Logan Co AR, Hh 372
Sim Biggs, b. Jan 1856, age 44, married 24 years, b. AR, parent b. TN
Lucy A., wife, b. May 1861, age 39, married 24 years, 7 children, 6 living, b. AR, parents b. Alabama
Viola N., daughter, b. Feb 1881, age 19. Charlie M., son, b. Jan 1883, age 17 [I believe this is Charlie W. Sedwick - not a Biggs, a stepson]. Dee N., son [database shows her as a daughter, Decurah Virginia], b. Mar 1885. Bismarc, son, b. Feb 1887, age 13. John H., son, b. May 1890, age 10.
and Carl. W., son, b. Apr 1900, age 2 months.

Biggs married Lucy A. Ogg [widow Sedwick], 13 Nov 1898 in Logan Co. Their children were Carl Estes Biggs, b. Apr 1900 and Arlis Biggs, born 21 Sep 1903.

In 1910, Short Mountain Twp, I found Lucy A. Biggs, age 47, widowed. She had had 4 children, all living. She was born in Ohio, as were her parents. Living with her was Carl, son, age 10 and Arlis, son, age 6 [their father b. TN]. [Since she stated she had 4 children, I suspect two of the older children listed in 1900 were her children by a former marriage and were not Biggs children at all. FindAGrave does how she was first married to Franklin Sedwick by whom she had sons Charles William & Frank Sedwick - however, they don't seem to be with her in 1900. Frank Sedwick is reported to have married his stepsister, Decurah Virginia Biggs, but it was Charles William that married Decurah.]


FindAGrave has the first wife of William Simpson Biggs listed as Ada M. Driggs - a Post'Em note on WorldConnect suggests this may because of an article stating Biggs wife's father had founded the community of Paint Rock and that person was known to have been a Driggs. There's no doubt Ada's father Charles Mayberry was an early settler in the area as well.
Buried Paint Rock Cemetery:
William Simpson Biggs, b. 30 Jan 1855, Hamilton Co, TN, d. 17 Mar 1906, Paris, Logan Co AR. Parents were Preston Biggs and Priscilla Catherine Betts, also buried at Paint Rock.
His second wife was Lucille "Lucy" A. Ogg, b. 1864, d. 1927 in Stigler, Haskell Co, OK and is buried Antioch Cemetery there.

Ada M. MAYBERRY and William Simpson "Sims" BIGGS were married circa 1875 in Logan County, Arkansas. William Simpson "Sims" BIGGS was born on 30 January 1855 in Hamilton County, Tennessee. He died on 17 March 1906 at the age of 51 in Paris, Logan County, Arkansas.

FamilySearch.org.
W.S.M. Biggs and Mrs. L. A. Sedwick, certificate of marriage 13 Nov 1898. Rec. Book E, p. 289, Logan Co, AR. He was 43; she was 36

Sims is buried Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co, AR, with first wife Ada.

From FindAGrave:
Father was Preston Biggs, b. 10 Dec 1825, Jefferson Co TN, died 22 Dec 1914, Paris, Logan Co, AR. Preston was the son of James David Biggs and Mary (Gwin) Biggs. Preston first married Priscilla Catherine Betts, ca 1845, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co, TN, and on 23 Oct 1890, Logan Co, he married Martha Lavina Adams.
Sims mother Priscilla Betts was born 1825, died 1888.
They are buried Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co, AR

Ada M. MAYBERRY and William Simpson "Sims" BIGGS had the following children:

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Charley P. BIGGS was born in 1876 in Logan County, Arkansas. He died in 1896 at the age of 20 in Logan County, Arkansas.185

There is a Logan Co Marriage, C. P. Biggs, born 1877, to Lillie Jackson, Marriage license dated 26 Jul 1895 - they were both age 18. J. H. Myers, married them 28 Jul 1895.

Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co, AR. Charley Biggs 1876-1896
on the same stone with Bismark 1887-1906

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Letitia A. BIGGS was born on 30 December 1880 in Logan County, Arkansas. She died on 27 August 1938 at the age of 57 in Crawford County, Arkansas.186

Letitia doesn't appear with her father and stepmother in the 1900 census, and she wasn't yet married to Harley Whinery. He was with his parents in the Crawford Co. Census.

1910 Census. Cedarville Twp, Crawford Co, AR, Hh 83
Harley A. Whinery, age 29, married once for 9 years, b. AR, parents b. AR
Lettie A., wife, age 29, 5 children - all living, b. AR, father b. TN, mother b. MO
Selma, dau, age 8; Leonard, son 5; Dana, dau, 4; Ruby dau, age 2; and Paul, son age 2 months.

1920 Census. Cedarville Twp, Crawford Co, AR, Hh 112
Harley whinery, age 39. Tishie 39.
Leonard 15. Dana 13. Ruby 12. Paul S. 9, Durward, son, age 2 years 10 months.

1930 Census. Uniontown, Crawford Co, AR, Hh e
Harley A. Whinery, age 49, married at age 20.
Tish L., age 48, married at 19
Durward, son, age 12
Nowie E., male, age 70 Wd [this is Noah, Harley's father]

Letitia and Harley are buried Macedonia Cemetery, Crawford Co. Harley was born 20 Jun 1880, died 9 Nov 1960.
Probable their daughter is also there:
Dorothy May Whinery, born 15 Feb 1911, died 23 Apr the same year.

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Luvena N. BIGGS was born in February 1881 in Logan County, Arkansas.

She is plainly Viola in the 1900 census. But I believe this to be her marriage record in Logan Co. The bond for $100, dated 21 Feb 1903 was for Frank Davis to marry Venia Biggs, signed by Frank, and Charley Davis. Frank was 21, Venia, was 22. they were married by W. D. Walker on the 23rd of Feb 1903, although Walker signed the certificate "23 April 1903". It was record and 18 April, p.491 of book F, Logan Co.

I believe her name was actually Luvena:
1910 Census, Short Mountain Twp, Logan Co, AR, Hh 23
Frank D. Davis, age 26, married 1 time for 7 years, b. MO, parents b. MO
Luvena, wife, age 30, married twice, this time for 7 years. 7 children, 4 living, b. AR, father b. TN, mother b. TN
Dessie M., age 6, dau. Oscar, son, age 4. Roy, son, age 2 months
McKinley Wood, stepson, age 9, b. AR, father b. OK, mother b. AR

1920 Census. Brewer Twp, Muskogee Co, OK. Hh 135
Frank Davis, age 36, b. OK
Vena, wife, 42, b. AR, parents b. TN
Dessa, dau, age 15. Ocar, son 13. Roy, son, 8
Hh 136
McKinley Woods, age 19
Augusta, wife, age 19, b. AR

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Deeurah Virginia BIGGS was born on 8 December 1884 in Logan County, Arkansas. She died on 27 March 1947 at the age of 62 in Bakersfield, Kern County, California.

The 1900 census had Dee as a son, born Mar 1885, both facts were apparently in error.

3 Mar 1902. C. W. Sedwick, age 19, took out license to marry Miss D. V. Biggs, age 17, both of Paris, Logan Co. B. R. Lovit, Minister of the Gospel married them on the same day.

They were step-siblings, married just about four years after their parents married.

1910 Census. Short Mountain Twp, Logan Co, AR, Hh 16
Charles W. Sedwick, age 27, married once for 8 years, b. AR, parents b. Ohio, farmer
Dee V., wife, age 25, 5 children, all living, b. AR, father b. TN, mother b. VA
Eva, dau, age 8. Evert, son, age 6. Elma, dau, age 5. Edna, dau, age 2. Ethel, dau. age 8 months.
Jake Davis, hired hand, age 20, b. Kansas

1920 Census, Center Twp, Haskell Co, OK, Hh 19
Charles "Shedric" age 36, b. AR, parents b. OH
Dee, wife, age 35
Enest, son 16. Elma, dau, 14. Edna, dau 12. Ethel, dau, 10. Estis, son 5. Earl, son, 3.
Warren Staught, hired hand, age 24.
Hh 17 was Lucie Biggs with her sons Artis and Carl, Dee's widowed stepmother and Charles Sedwick's mother.

I have been unable to find the family in 1930.

Her death certificate was in a FamilyTree on Ancesty. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Bakersfield, CA, enroute to Kern from the General Hospital from Lamont. She had been in California for 8 months and her residence was in Lamont, Kern Co, P. O. Box 66. Dee died 27 Mar 1947. The coroner had investigated and agreed with the cause of her death. Her husband listed as Charles Wm. Sedwick age 63. Her birthdate given as 8 Dec 1884. She was bon in Arkansas; her father Sim Biggs, her mother Ada Maybarry. Estes Sedwick was the informant. Her body was removed to Muskogee, OK for burial.

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Bismark BIGGS was born in February 1887 in Logan County, Arkansas. He died in 1906 at the age of 19 in Logan County, Arkansas.185

Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co, AR. Charley Biggs 1876-1896
on the same stone with Bismark 1887-1906

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John B. BIGGS187,188 was born in May 1890 in Logan County, Arkansas. He died in March 1974 at the age of 83 in Logan County, Arkansas.

There is a Marriage license issued to John B. Biggs, 29 Apr 1910, to marry Miss Cordia L. Philips. He gave his age as 18, her as 15. There were married by J. W. Gillham, on May 1st.
John B. Biggs also obtained a license to marry Miss Connie Best, 9 Mar 1918 - he was now 26 and Connie was 19. They were married on 10 Mar 1918 by J. B. Carley.

In 1910, the census was taken in April, John B. Biggs was still single. He was enumerated in Driggs Twp, Logan Co AR, boarding with the family of James B. Phillips. John was 188 and working as farm labor.

A database in a FamilyTree on Ancestry lists two more marriage between the death of Cordia Phillips in 1913 and the married to Connie Best in 1918. He is said to have married Ada L. Sykes, 23 May 1915. Then married Flora Merle Keck on 6 Feb 1916 - they had a daughter Neoma Lucille, born 1917. Both marriages Logan Co.

John Biggs applied for license to marry Ada Sykes - she was 23; she was 17. They were married by J. A. Davis, Minister of the Gospel, 23 May 1915. I have no clues as to what happened to Ada - whether she died or they were divorced

I did find the marriage when John married Flora Keck - he gave his age as 24; she was 16. D. H. Corley married them 6 Feb 1916.

I did find still in Logan Co, 1920, Ellsworth Township, Hh 110
Virgil Mingo, age 23. Fora, wife, age 20
Noma Biggs, stepdaughter, age 2 years, 11 months.
Apparently John divorced Flora. Neoma Biggs received a license to marry Olen Bearden, Franklin Co, AR, 26 Jun 1935.


1920 Census. Center Twp, Haskell Co OK, Hh 25
John Biggs, age 28
Connie, wife, age 20
Dortha, dau, age 8

1930 Census. Center Twp, Haskell Co, OK, Hh 121
John B. Biggs, age 38, married at 26
Connie M., 31, married at 19
Children born in Oklahoma
Lillian A., daughter, b. 1922. Ivan E., son, b. 1924. Jewell B., dau, b. 1927.


FindAGrave in one place, lists a John B. Biggs, born 1891, died 1974, who was married to Connie May Best [1899-1978] - they have a common marker, Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co, AR.
A second listing on FindAGrave is for John B. Biggs and shows the same marker as above, but shows John's full name as John Bunyan Biggs, born 23 Jun 1891, died Mar 1972 with the note: married to Cordie Phillips. The stone has Connie's name.
Neither date of birth matches the information in the 1900 census that gave a John H. Biggs, b. May 1890, age 10, living with his father Sim Biggs and stepmother.