Charles Granville Way 52 Ancestors #5

I don’t know much about my grand uncle, Charles Granville Way. However, since starting on this journey, I found a couple of his daughters who have been so kind in sharing not only information, but the coveted pictures of his parents. On one occasion I happened to mention to one of the daughters that my mother remembered visiting them when she was a child. Not only did Granville’s daughter also remember that visit, she had pictures documenting the visit!

Charles Granville Way, known as Uncle Granville in my family, was the half brother of my grandmother, Louise Myrtle Haywood, aka Myrtle Elijah Way. He was born, if I have the dates right, on 28 July 1915 in Salado, Arkansas to Charles Albert Way and Mary Elizabeth Bridges Haywood Way.

Charles Granville Way and Myrtle Haywood

Charles Granville Way and Louise Myrtle Haywood.

Charles Granville Way

Charles Granville Way.

In 1934, Granville married Ruby Mathis and had two children. His occupation was listed as “farm laborer” on the 1940 census. After the death of Ruby Mathis, Granville married Lottie Elizabeth Baty and had six children.

Charles Granville Way passed from this life 3 Jul 1999, Newport, Jackson, Arkansas.

If anyone has any corrections, or anything to add, please let me know.

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Kate Haywood 52 Ancestors #4

Hello.  My name is Kate.  I am the sister of Louise Myrtle Haywood and the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Bridges Haywood Way.  Yes, I also had a brother, Charles Granville Way.

 

 I don’t know whether to be annoyed, or flattered, that you are curious about me and my life.  I know you have lots of questions, and whether fortunately, or unfortunately, I’m not here to fill in the gaps of what you’ve found out about me.

 

In June of 1900, according to the Census, my mother was living with her parents, brothers and sisters in Mount Calm, Fulton, Arkansas.  Mother is listed as single.  Either I wasn’t born yet, or the person who spoke to the enumerator didn’t tell him about me.  There were no children listed for mother on the Census.

John W Bridges

45

Nancie A Bridges

43

Mary E Bridges – My   Mother

20

Jennie A Bridges

18

William S Bridges

16

Henry D Bridges

14

James E Bridges

12

Duce D Bridges

9

Auther C Bridges

8

Perry T Bridges

5

Richard F Bridges

3

Peachie Bridges

7/12

 

On June 25, 1905 mother married Elijah C. Haywood in Viola, Fulton, Arkansas.  Mother’s surname was listed as Bridges on the marriage record.  On Friday, March 5, 1909, the Sharp County (Arkansas) Record published the story of Elijah’s death.  That article was actually previously published in the Salem Sun.  Elijah probably actually died during the last week of February 1909.  I was the child listed in the article as my sister, Myrtle, wasn’t born until several days later.

 

In 1910, according to the census, mother, Myrtle and I are living with my grandparents, aunts and uncles in Washington, Fulton, Arkansas.  And before you start thinking I’m the baby named Peachie on the 1900 census, she was also on the 1910 census.

 

John H Bridges

54

Nancy A Bridges

52

Mary Haywood

29

J Edward Bridges

21

Drew T Bridges

19

Arthur C Bridges

16

Perry T Bridges

14

Richard F Bridges

12

Peachey A Bridges

10

Kate K Haywood

11

Louise M Haywood

1
  [1 1/12] 

 

This census says mother gave birth to four children, two of which are living.  That’s me, Kate, and my sister, Myrtle.  Four babies within 10 years.   I’m sorry I can’t tell you about those other two babies.  I hope you can find out though.

 

How good are you at math?  The 1910 Census was enumerated on April 23rd, 1910.  Under age as of last birthday, the enumerator has Aunt Peachie as 10, and me as 11.  You’re a smart one aren’t you?  There she was in June of 1910 as 7 months old.  Yes, I agree, the enumerator, or someone, probably confused our birthdates.  Peachie was 11 and I was 10.

 

Oh, I can see the wheels turning in your head wondering how I could be Elijah’s daughter if I was born about 1900 and he didn’t marry mother until 1905.  I know you’ve heard the story that one of the aunts has handed down to her descendants about who my father was.  This is why I’m kind of annoyed with you for being so nosey. 

 

With all due respect to my aunt, I ask you this, niece, has anyone else in the family told you the same story?  Have you found a shred of evidence to support it?  No?  Then until you have concrete proof of who my father was, that will have to remain between my mother and I, assuming she told me.

 

On August 16, 1910, mother married Charles Albert Way.

Name:

C A Way

Gender:

Male

Age:

37

Birth   Year:

abt 1873

Residence:

Viola, Fulton, Arkansas

Spouse’s   Name:

Mary Haywood

Spouse’s   Gender:

Female

Spouse’s   Age:

30

Spouse’s   Residence:

Viola, Fulton, Arkansas

Marriage   Date:

16 Aug 1910

Marriage   License Date:

15 Aug 1910

Marriage   County:

Fulton

Event   Type:

Marriage

FHL   Film Number:

1290017

 

 

                       

 

Kate and family

Here we are, the family.  Yes, this picture is in sad shape. I don’t know what happened to my face and grandfather’s.  That’s me on the left, then mother, Mary Elizabeth Bridges, and your grandmother, Louise Myrtle Haywood.   Seated is your 2nd great grandfather, John W. “Buck” Bridges, my brother, Charles Granville Way, and Charles A. Way.

1n 1920, according to the census, mother was living with her husband, Charley, my sister, Myrtle, and my brother, Granville, in Harrison, White, Arkansas.  I would have been about 20 at that time.

Charley A Way

46

Mary Way

40

Myrtle Way

10

Granvill Way

4
  [4 2/12] 

 

You want to know where I was in 1920?  I was back at grandfather’s home in Washington, Fulton, Arkansas.

John W Bridges

54

Nancy A Bridges

53

Pecha Bridges

19

Kate Roberts

22

Catherine Vangorden

73

 

Oh, I do wish those enumerator’s could get my age right.  I think it would make things easier for you.  Here I am a widow and listed as “niece” to my grandparents.  Who is Catherine Vangorden?  Well, the census says she’s John Bridges mother-in-law, but that’s not true.  Nancy’s mother was Mary W. Routon Pugh.   

 

In 1930, according to the census, mother, my step father, Charles A. Way, and my half brother, Charles Granville Way, were living in Salamanca, Cherokee, Kansas.

C A Way

56

Mary Way

50

Charles Way

14

 

By this time, your grandmother, Myrtle, was married to Orvan “Bud” Plunk, and living in Oklahoma, having her own babies.  Did you figure out yet that Myrtle was 16 when they married?  Yes!  The stinker lied on their marriage application.  Imagine her telling everyone that her middle name was Elijah! 

I know you’re wondering where I was after 1920.  Well, I know that your great grandmother told your mother that Bud used to “go” with me before he married my sister.  I see that look in your eye, niece, you’d love to know that story, wouldn’t you?  I think I’d enjoy telling you about that. 

 

Well, since your grandparents met in Oklahoma, and since I knew your grandfather first, it’s a safe bet that you should look for me there.  We did have Haywood cousins in that area.  Question is, what name was I using?  And now you know I married a man named Roberts and was a widow in 1920. 

 

In parting, niece, here’s this final picture of me.  Oh I can see I’ve done it now and sent you to wondering who Mr. Eloy is!
Kate and Mr Eloy

 

I love you Aunt Kate!  I will continue looking for the rest of your story.  I enjoyed our time together today.