My 2x great-grandfather, William David Barton, had arrived in White County, Illinois shortly after the death of his parents; Lewis and Rhoda Axton Stallings had died days apart in July, 1873, victims of the typhoid epidemic that tore through Posey County, Indiana. He lived with his oldest sister, Orilla Ann Martin, and her family, where he worked on their farm.

In 1878, Wm. David married Sarah Jane Haddon. Sarah was the youngest daughter of Alfred Haddon and his first wife, Jane. Sarah’s mother died in 1871 when Sarah was 18, and her father remarried in 1876.

In the 1880 census, David and Sarah are living with her father and step-mother, Rhoda. They had welcomed their first daughter, Rhoda Jane, into the world in October, 1879. Getting a few too many Rhodas in here, but Rhoda Jane Barton, was My Rhoda, my great-grandmother who we called “Gainsey”. This nickname apparently goes way back to when her younger brothers and sisters were born, as she was the oldest of seven children.

Since the 1890 census is lost, I have no idea if or when the Bartons moved out on their own. Their children were born every 2-3 years as was the custom: Rhoda, 1879; Maurice, 1882; May, 1884; Harry, 1887; Harry’s twin, Clarence, who died at birth, 1887; George, 1889; and the baby, Lela, 1893.

In 1899, shortly after the death of his mother, Rhoda, in Posey County, Indiana, my great-grandfather, Edward Stallings, arrived in Carmi, White County, Illinois with his siblings and father. 2x great Elijah Stallings is listed in the 1900 census as a farmer on land that he rents; Edward is also working on the farm.

The 1900 census is curious regarding my great-grandmother Gainsey. Her father and mother, David and Sarah, along with her siblings, were living in Emma, Illinois, an unincorporated town near the Wabash River, where David and their eldest son, Maurice, farmed and the younger children attended school. Where’s Gainsey?

In 1900, 20-year-old Gainsey was living in Carmi with a family by the name of Williams; she is a servant. I can’t quite figure that out.

In 1903, Gainsey’s mother died. Still living at home were May, Lela, and George (also called Abner) who were 18, 9, and 13 respectively. 2x great David married Laura Logan, a widow with two children, in 1904.

That same year, Gainsey married Edward Stallings and they settled near their families on a farm outside of Carmi. Their first child, a daughter they named Vivian, was born in 1905. My grandmother, Verla Ruth, arrived in 1908, followed by Maurice (we called him Ole, as in O-lee) in 1911.

Edward and Gainsey Stallings, 1904

While I didn’t know my great-grandfather Edward, I sure did know my great-grandmother Gainsey. Their story is a corker and I’m looking forward to sharing it…in January. I also have a Lot of pictures and some obituaries that I need to sort, so I’m going to stop right here for now and turn my attention to the Holiday Season.

Stay Tuned…