Elijah C. Haywood 52 Ancestors #3

I’m sure you have made the connection from Elijah C. Haywood to Louise Myrtle Haywood, aka Myrtle Elijah Way and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Bridges. Apparently, his daughter, Myrtle, decided to use his given name as her middle name and the surname Way from her step father, Charles A. Way. Although on her marriage certificate to Orvan O. Plunk, she used the name Myrtle Haywood.

According to the Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837 – 1957, E. C. Haywood was 21 at the time of his marriage to Mary Bridges in 1905. That would put his birth year about 1884. The 1890 census was destroyed by fire. I couldn’t find any record of an E.C. Haywood born about that time on the 1900 census. In fact, there was not even a Haywood family on the same census as Mary Bridges and her family in 1900.

In the 1910 Census, Mary Haywood is listed as a widow. So, obviously, E.C. Haywood died sometime between his marriage to Mary in 1905 and the 1910 census. But, their daughter Myrtle was born March in 1909, so that narrows the time frame down to a year.

Again, my new found double cousin, Tamara, came to my rescue when she found this article:

From the Sharp County (Arkansas) Record newspaper
Vol. 32, No. 5, Friday, March 5, 1909
p. 1, col. 4
Shocking Accident
Yesterday evening about 2 o’clock, Rev. J.C. Haywood
and his son, Elijah, were returning from Salem to their
home near Moko. At the southern approach of the South
Fork bridge, their team became frightened and they both
dismounted from the wagon, the elder man on one side,
and the younger on the other. Rev. Haywood noticed his
son stagger and fall, but never realized he had been
kicked by one of the mules until a few moments
afterward. The injured man only lived about 20 minutes
after the accident. He was brought to town, to the home of
his brother-in-law, Frank Decker. Haywood, whose
untimely and shocking death occurred so suddenly, was
an honest and respected young man. He leaves a widow
and one child to mourn his demise. The entire community
is shocked and extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives
and family. – Salem Sun

One child? That would be Mary’s daughter Kate Haywood as Myrtle wasn’t born until a few weeks later on March 15, 1909. It makes sense that a daughter that never knew her father would take her father’s given name as her middle name.

And he was kicked by a mule as the family legend always portrayed it.

These are the only tangible evidence I have of this great grandfather. A marriage record index and a newspaper article.

Hopefully, someone, somewhere, in the Haywood family will read this and have a picture of him that they would share with me. I would even like to know the cemetery he is buried in so that I could visit and pay my respects.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Joan Morrison Gill McHale
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 00:58:23

    Wow! One of the prettiest blog pages I’ve seen. Make me want to perk mine up, not just a tad, but a whole bunch!!!


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