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The Ancestors of Vickie Beard Thompson

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Wiley Charles CHADWICK

CENSUS RECORDS: 17 Jan 1920 Ponca Twp, Lincoln, Oklahoma SD#4, ED#124, Sheet #4A, Page #205, family #59
CHADWICK, Wiley C. head, age 35, married, farmer, AR KY KY
CHADWICK, Emma wife, age 32, married, AR GA GA
CHADWICK, Ruby dau, age 14, AR AR AR
CHADWICK, Warden son, age 11, AR AR AR
CHADWICK, Elvin son, age 9, AR AR AR

CENSUS RECORDS: 11 Apr 1930 Tiger Twp, Creek, Oklahoma SD#6, ED#19-34, Sheet #14B, Family #330/350, living on East 3rd St.
CHADWICK, Charles W. head, age 46, married when 20, manager of cafe, AR KY KY
CHADWICK, Emma L. wife, age 42, married when 17, assit. manager of cafe, AR GA GA
CHADWICK, Dale J. son, age 6, OK AR AR

He was living in Oklahoma in 1942 when his mother died.


Emma L. FERGUSON

She was 32 in 1920.

She was 42 in 1930 and said she was 17 years old when she got married.


Franklin CHADWICK

He was 1 in 1880.

He was living in California in 1942 when his mother died.


Sophia Belle CLARK

A brave woman. She had Parkinson's disease for probably at least 15 years. For about 1 yr before death, she was fed by tube thru stomach wall because Parkinson stiffened throat. Hard to talk. Cataracts removed.


Sterling Price CLARK

NOTES: I recently found this obituary among some old articles. It was probably from a Fort Worth, Texas newspaper. The article was undated, but from the dates mentioned, I would guess that it was in 1943. There is an accompanying picture of Sterling Clark at approximately 65 years of age. Sterling Price Clark was my 2nd cousin twice removed. His great-grandfather, Joseph Clark (of Christian County, KY), was my 3gr-grandfather. (Jeff Clark)

STERLING CLARK, EX-SHERIFF OF TARRANT, DIES: Sterling P. Clark, first white child born at Smithfield and once the most colorful peace officer in North Texas, died in a hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 81 years old on Dec. 1. Though retired from business more than a year, he was mentally active up until a few hours before his death. At his home at [3066?] Wabash he talked Monday with a friend on a real estate deal. Monday night, suffering from pneumonia, he was taken to the hospital. His wife and two daughters, Mrs. Roger M. Busfield of Austin and Mrs. James S. May of Leesville, Louisiana were with him at the time of his death. Only other survivors are three grandchildren, Roger M. Busfield Jr., Gretchen Clark and Sterling P. Clark III, all of Austin. The Clark children are the daughter and son of the late Sterling P. Clark, Jr. Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Thursday. Rev. James K. Thompson will officiate. Active pallbearers will be chosen from elders of the church. Mr. Clark was an elder himself, for more than 40 years. The body will be at the church from 3 to 4 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be other elders of the church and Mr. Clark's oldest personal friends. Burial will be in East Oakwood Cemetery with a Masonic Honor Guard. Mr. Clark was born at Smithfield settlement Dec. 1, 1861 the youngest of nine children. His parents, Presley H. and Jane Johnson Clark, had come to Texas by wagon train from Kentucky. When the ninth baby was born, the father already had gone to the Civil War. His naming was held up until the father came back. When the Confederate soldier returned, he named the child for his commanding officer, Sterling Price. Sterling Price Clark, growing up on the ranch in what then was frontier territory, often recalled the most exciting experience of his childhood. Indians chased him over the Blue Mound Road until he was able to escape through a draw and run breathless back to his home again. Later, as deputy sheriff and sheriff of Tarrant County, Mr. Clark saw the danger of Indians pale beside those of desperados with six-guns and a quick draw. Mr. Clark was in the sheriff's office for more than 20 years. He was a deputy in the late eighties and early nineties and was elected sheriff twice then and again in 1918.

FIRST TO HANG WHITE MAN: He is said to be the first sheriff to hang a white man in Tarrant County. Actually, his deputy was. His wedding (to Sophia Moore Putnam) was postponed because of the hanging. The girl refused to go through with the wedding if he were the one to spring the death trap. So Sheriff Clark, though he had to preside at the infliction of the death penalty, assigned a deputy to spring the trap. That was in 1909. The offender had robbed a train at Saginaw. During his last term as sheriff, 1n 1918, Mr. Clark took part with J. Frank Norfleet (an almost lifelong friend) in the rounding up of a notorious gang of confidence men. Norfleet, a Hale Center farmer, came to Fort Worth, fell into the hands of slickers and suffered a loss of $45,000. For years, aided by Clark, Norfleet trailed the con men. Sheriff Clark went to California and brought two of them back to Tarrant County for prosecution.

WIDE AND VARIED INTERESTS: Mr. Clark had wide and varied interests besides those [1-2 words illegible] peace officer during his 81 years [2 words illegible]. At 21, he opened a [1 word illegible] store in Keller. Tiring of [2-3 words illegible] he gave that up [1 word illegible] and turned to ranching. [1-2 words illegible] in the cattle business in [1 word illegible] Runnels and Hemphill [1 word illegible] and once had an office in [1 word illegible] City. Later he was vice president of the North Texas Livestock Commission Company and still later assistant general manager of Cassidy-Southwestern Livestock Commission Company. He was a member of the Panhandle Cattle Ranchers Association and the Texas and Southwestern Association. He served as president of the Texas Sheriffs Association during his early terms as sheriff.

NEVER HAD TO SHOOT: Still later he established the Sterling P. Clark Dry Goods Company (forerunner of Meacham's). In his last, still busy years, he was in the real estate business. Oddly enough, though his exploits as peace officer came many years ago, his reputation is still remembered. His name was respectfully mentioned in a recent issue of a detective magazine. Like the Northwest Mounted, he bore the reputation: He always gets his man. Though he never was forced to shoot anyone, he was often shot at. One bullet came through the window as he sat eating with his family one night. A threat used to come through the mail at Christmas each year from Huntsville penitentiary. A lifer he had caught would send him each year a carved piece of wood, or some other little trinket, concealed in every one would be the message: I'll get you yet.


Presley Henderson CLARK

Presley served as a private in the Texas 6th Cavalry, a Confederate unit, in the Civil War.


Jane Blakely JOHNSON

Birth and death dates from Jane's headstone in Smithfield Cemetery, Smithfield, Texas. Todd Johnson contacted us through GenForum. His genealogy shows her birth as Abt. 1822,