[This is a report on the research I did during the first week of work on my 2021 genealogy project Descendants of Spencer and Martha Pease Arnold. I’ll move on to work on his brother Joseph during the second week of January 2021, his brother Miles during the third week of January, and his sister Rosetta during the fourth week of January. I’ll be back to Adna the first week of February.]
Adna Arnold (1823-1898) is my 2nd great-uncle, younger brother to my 2nd great-grandfather Miles Arnold. He was born in Maine and moved to Ohio with his parents and siblings in 1930 or so.
Adna Arnold (1823-1898) married three time.
With his first wife, Rebecca Hamilton (1831-1921) he had six children – Martha “Mattie” Arnold (1848-1932), Rosaltha Jane (Rosa) Arnold 1851-1919), Thomas Jefferson (Tommy) Arnold (1853-1925, Mary Arnold (1856-1909), Lilly Arnold (1858-1862), and James Lewis Arnold (1858-1911).
His children were all born before we signed up to serve in the Civil War, where he served along with Miles in the 76th Ohio regiment.
Adna and Rebecca divorced in 1877. I don’t know why.
Adna remarried in 1879, to Hannah Hoskins. Her first husband, James K. Wood, had died in 1870, leaving her with a large number of small children. The 1880 census shows Adna living with Hannah and her three youngest sons, age 16, 12, and 10.
Adna and Hannah divorced in 1892. The newspaper article about their divorce gives “willful absence” as the cause. Adna married a third time later in 1892, to a woman named Helen Parsons. Adna died in 1898.
Here’s what I know about his children:
- Mattie (1848-1932) and her husband Thomas Greenwood had 5 children between 1869 and 1882: Lillie, Thomas, Rosa, Alpha, and Robert. They moved to Iowa.
- I don’t know anything about Lillie’s marriage or family.
- Thomas married Elizabeth Sorenson and they had 8 children between 1891 and 1910. They moved to Iowa.
- Rosa married Bert Bryant and they had 8 children between 1895 and 1917. They moved to Iowa.
- Alpha married Lodella Ellen Barrick and they had 2 children in 1905 and 1912. They moved to Iowa.
- Robert married Louella Myers and they had three children between 1907 and 1913. They moved to Mississippi.
- Tommy (1853-1925) and his wife Frances Ella George had four children between 1891 and 1905: Walter, Frank, Charles, and Sarah. They stayed in Ohio.
- Walter married Mary Beeman and they had one child, Francis Joseph in 1917. They stayed in Ohio.
- Frank married Eda Budd and they had 7 children between 1921 and 1931. They stayed in Ohio.
- Charles died at the age of 13
- Sarah married Ennice Howard Shepard and they had 2 children between 1925 and 1929. They stayed in Ohio.
- Rosa (1851-1919) married Timothy Jewette Clayton and they had 10 children between 1871 and 1896: Allena, Virgil, Bergey, Emery, Ethel, Otis, Laverne, Florence, Josie, and William. They lived their entire lives in Licking County, Ohio.
- Allena married William Parker and they had 2 children in 1894 and 1896. They stayed in Ohio.
- Virgil married Nellie Viola Longshore and they had seven children. They stayed in Ohio.
- Bergey died at the age of 5
- Emery married Bessie Mae Cantleberry and they had six children between 1904 and 1911. They stayed in Ohio.
- Ethel died young
- Otis married Bertha Frances Cantelberry (Bessie Mae’s sister?) and they had five children between 1915 and 19. They stayed in Ohio
- Laverne apparently died young.
- Florence married Jacob Chase and they had 13 children. They stayed in Ohio.
- Josie married Verne Grandstaff and they did not have children. They stayed in Ohio.
- William married Eulalia Margaret Ross and they had two children in 1920 and 1922. They stayed in Ohio.
- Mary married Charles Bell and they had three children between 1876 and 1883: Charles, Arthur, and Asa. They stayed in Ohio.
- Charles married Gertrude Wooles and they had one child in 1899. They stayed in Ohio.
- Arthur died when he was 1 month old
- Asa married twice. I don’t know much about him.
- James Lewis (I think he went by Lewis) married Mary Bowers and they had four children between 1883 and 1889 : Calvin, Hattie, Wilbur, and Otto. Then he married Rebecca Perkins and they had five children between 1891 and 1907: Daisy, John, Beatrice, Clyde, and Forrest. They stayed in Ohio.
- Calvin married Minnie May Messick and they had four children between 1909 and1916. They stayed in Ohio.
- Hattie married three times: to H. J. Bell, William E. Priest, and Judd Bending. I don’t think she had any children, although Judd had a child whom she raised as a stepchild. I think. She died in Michigan, although I’m not sure how long she lived there.
- Wilbur married Bertha (or Beatrice) Knapp and they had two children in 1914 and 1916. He stayed in Ohio.
- Otto married Bernadine Noffs and they had four children between 1917 and 1925. This family lived in Michigan.
- Daisy married Jesse James Cole and they had four children between 1910 and 1918. They stayed in Ohio.
- John died at the age of 21.
- Beatrice married William R. McMurtry and they had two children in 1918 and 1923. They stayed in Ohio.
- Clyde married twice – to Bertha Stevens and Alice Fraley. They did not have any children. They stayed in Ohio
- Forrest married Laura Walters and they had one child in 1928.
To sum up:
- He had six children, five of whom lived to adulthood.
- Four of his adult children spent their entire lives in Ohio; one relocated to Iowa. These are my great-grandfather’s first cousins (descendants of their common ancestor, their grandfather Spencer Arnold), making them my 1st cousins 3x removed.
- His 26 grandchildren were born between 1869 and 1905. Two of them relocated to Iowa and two to Michigan. One went to Mississippi. The rest stayed in Ohio. These are my grandfather’s second cousins (descendants of their common ancestor, their great-grandfather Spencer Arnold), making them my 2nd cousins 2x removed.
- His 86 great-grandchildren were born between 1891 and 1932. These are my fathers’ third cousins (descendants of their common ancestor, their 2nd great-grandfather Spencer Arnold), making them my 3rd cousins 1x removed. I haven’t documented their marriages, children, or locations yet.
- Clean up hints on what you have so far
- Documents marriages, children, and locations of great-grandchildren.