Clark Pleasant TOLLIVER (1861 – 1918)


Source: Tombstone of P.C. Tolliver, Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California. Digital photograph taken by “Guardian,” Find A Grave photo volunteer, at the request of Miriam Robbins Midkiff. 11 September 2006. Digital copy in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, Spokane, Washington. 2006.

Clark Pleasant TOLLIVER…or was it Pleasant Clark TOLLIVER?…was my husband’s great-great-grandfather, born 25 May 1861 in North Carolina, probably in or near Glade Creek, Allegheny County. His parents were Jacob F. TOLIVER (1831 – 1898), a Civil War veteran, and Matilda HIGGINS (1829 – 1906). Clark had two older siblings (Amanda Phidella and Rose Phidella) and two younger siblings (Solomon and John Houston) before his parents divorced sometime before 1882. That was a time when divorce was not as common nor easy to obtain as it is today, and I hope to someday obtain a copy of their court records to discover more about that situation.

In 1882, Clark’s father remarried to Caroline CHEEK (1849 – 19270, with whom he had one known son, Clayton. Clark was a young man by this time, and not long after, he removed to Battle Creek, Madison Co., Nebraska, where he met and married Senna “Senie” COLLINS (1870 – 1950) on 3 July 1886. The couple had five children while they lived in Nebraska: a child who died young; Margie Ethel (my husband’s great-grandmother, who he remembers well); John Houston; Zada Elizabeth; and Emma Leah. The family then moved further west to Hotchkiss Twp., Delta Co., Colorado, where they had four more children: Mae; Mitchell Luther; Elsie (who died in infancy); and Lorna Ermine.

It was in Delta County that they met the MIDKIFF family. Margie married a widower in 1907, John Franklin MIDKIFF, who had four older children, including Edna Susan, whom Mitchell married 13 years later in California. Thus there were Midkiff and Tolliver cousins who were doubly related: first cousins on the Tollier side of the family and half-nieces and nephews on the other.

Sometime before 1915, Clark and Senie moved once again, this time to Los Angeles. Clark died there 22 May 1918. Senie lived until 1950. They are buried in separate cemeteries: Clark at Evergreen and Senie at Forest Lawn in Glendale.

Wordless Wednesday: Grave of P. C. TOLLIVER (1861 – 1918)


Source: Tombstone of P.C. Tolliver, Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California. Digital photograph taken by “Guardian,” Find A Grave photo volunteer, at the request of Miriam Robbins Midkiff. 11 September 2006. Digital copy in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, Spokane, Washington. 2006.

Wordless Wednesday: Grave of P. C. TOLLIVER (1861 – 1918)


Source: Tombstone of P.C. Tolliver, Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California. Digital photograph taken by “Guardian,” Find A Grave photo volunteer, at the request of Miriam Robbins Midkiff. 11 September 2006. Digital copy in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, Spokane, Washington. 2006.

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Jacob F. TOLIVER (1831 – 1898)

Source: Signature of Jacob F. Toliver from Compiled Service Record of Jacob F. Toliver. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication M270. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].


How Related:
My husband’s 3rd-great-grandfather

Born: 17 February 1831 in Alleghany Co., North Carolina

Parents: Starling TOLIVER (1806 – aft 1870) and Mildred Ann SPURLIN (c. 1812 – aft 1870)

Siblings: Jacob was the eldest of nine children:

  • Calvin (1832 – 1931)
  • Frances (b. 1834)
  • Andrew (b. 1840)
  • Solomon (b. 1842)
  • Mary (1846 – 1914)
  • John (1848 – 1941)
  • Margaret (1851 – 1909)
  • and Rosa Ann TOLIVER (1853 – 1938)


Married: first to Matilda HIGGINS (1829 – 1906)–my husband’s ancestor–on 1 October 1851 in Ashe Co., North Carolina; divorced. Married second to Caroline CHEEK (1849 – 1927) on 4 April 1882, probably in Allegheny Co., North Carolina.

Children: with wife Matilda, Jacob had five children: Amanda Phidella (1853 – 1918); Rose Phidella (1857 – 1919); Clark Pleasant R. (1861 – 1918) – my husband’s ancestor; Solomon (1864 – 1950); and John Huston TOLLIVER (1867 – 1949). With wife Caroline, he had one son, Clayton TOLLIVER (1884 – 1952). During his children’s generation, another “L” was added to the surname, originally spelled TALIAFERRO.

Compiled Service Record Jacket of Jacob F. Toliver. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication M270. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 15 September 1861 in Co. K (“Alleghany Tigers”), 37th North Carolina Infantry at Alleghany Co., North Carolina; private. Promoted to Full Private (Reduced to rank; Estimated day) on 30 March 1863.

Side Served: Confederacy

Discharged: Absent without leave on 28 January 1865.

Biography or Information of Interest: Jacob’s compiled service record consisted of 23 images at Footnote, plus a couple of cross-reference cards. The reason it is so long was his “interesting” career in the military, which began15 September 1861, when he first enlisted as a private in Company K (also known as the “Alleghany Tigers”) of the 137th North Carolina Infantry in the Confederate Army. His compiled service record contained a brief description (five foot, six inches tall; 30 years old) and his signature. On November 20th of that year, he mustered in at Camp Fisher, promising to serve for one year. On the January/February 1862 Muster Roll, he was listed as a drummer, although his record states he was not promoted to Full Musician until March 1st, and then promoted again to Full Musician on March 30th. On April 3rd, he re-enlisted for the duration of the war, at Kinston, Lenoir Co., North Carolina. Less than a month later, he was listed as a deserter, having taken off from Kinston on May 2nd. For eight long months, he remained away from his company. On 9 January 1864 at Liberty Mills (Virginia?) he returned to his unit. I don’t have his full military record, so I don’t know if he received a court martial for his offense, but I can’t imagine that he got away without some sort of consequence!

He served with his unit until he was captured by the Union Army on May 6, 1864 during the Battle of the Wilderness in Spotsylvania Co., Virginia. He ended up a prisoner of war at Point Lookout, Saint Mary’s Co., Maryland, arriving there May 17th from Belle Plains, Virginia. On July 23rd, he was transferred to Elmira Prison in Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, where he remained a prisoner until he was transferred for exchange on October 11th. On 15 November 1864, Jacob and 3,022 other Confederate POWs, including four citizens, four surgeons, and 74 officers, were exchanged at the Federal battery at Venus Point along the Savannah River in Georgia.

Apparently, all that was not adventure enough for Jacob, or perhaps he thought he had had enough of war. On 28 January 1865, he was reported as absent without leave from his company, and evidently never returned before the war ended on April 9th.

Died: 22 July 1898, probably in Allegheny Co., North Carolina, although it is possible that he removed to Battle Creek, Madison Co., Nebraska in the mid-1880s with some of his adult children.

Buried: unknown

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Jacob F. TOLIVER (1831 – 1898)

Source: Signature of Jacob F. Toliver from Compiled Service Record of Jacob F. Toliver. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication M270. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].


How Related:
My husband’s 3rd-great-grandfather

Born: 17 February 1831 in Alleghany Co., North Carolina

Parents: Starling TOLIVER (1806 – aft 1870) and Mildred Ann SPURLIN (c. 1812 – aft 1870)

Siblings: Jacob was the eldest of nine children:

  • Calvin (1832 – 1931)
  • Frances (b. 1834)
  • Andrew (b. 1840)
  • Solomon (b. 1842)
  • Mary (1846 – 1914)
  • John (1848 – 1941)
  • Margaret (1851 – 1909)
  • and Rosa Ann TOLIVER (1853 – 1938)


Married: first to Matilda HIGGINS (1829 – 1906)–my husband’s ancestor–on 1 October 1851 in Ashe Co., North Carolina; divorced. Married second to Caroline CHEEK (1849 – 1927) on 4 April 1882, probably in Allegheny Co., North Carolina.

Children: with wife Matilda, Jacob had five children: Amanda Phidella (1853 – 1918); Rose Phidella (1857 – 1919); Clark Pleasant R. (1861 – 1918) – my husband’s ancestor; Solomon (1864 – 1950); and John Huston TOLLIVER (1867 – 1949). With wife Caroline, he had one son, Clayton TOLLIVER (1884 – 1952). During his children’s generation, another “L” was added to the surname, originally spelled TALIAFERRO.

Compiled Service Record Jacket of Jacob F. Toliver. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication M270. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 15 September 1861 in Co. K (“Alleghany Tigers”), 37th North Carolina Infantry at Alleghany Co., North Carolina; private. Promoted to Full Private (Reduced to rank; Estimated day) on 30 March 1863.

Side Served: Confederacy

Discharged: Absent without leave on 28 January 1865.

Biography or Information of Interest: Jacob’s compiled service record consisted of 23 images at Footnote, plus a couple of cross-reference cards. The reason it is so long was his “interesting” career in the military, which began15 September 1861, when he first enlisted as a private in Company K (also known as the “Alleghany Tigers”) of the 137th North Carolina Infantry in the Confederate Army. His compiled service record contained a brief description (five foot, six inches tall; 30 years old) and his signature. On November 20th of that year, he mustered in at Camp Fisher, promising to serve for one year. On the January/February 1862 Muster Roll, he was listed as a drummer, although his record states he was not promoted to Full Musician until March 1st, and then promoted again to Full Musician on March 30th. On April 3rd, he re-enlisted for the duration of the war, at Kinston, Lenoir Co., North Carolina. Less than a month later, he was listed as a deserter, having taken off from Kinston on May 2nd. For eight long months, he remained away from his company. On 9 January 1864 at Liberty Mills (Virginia?) he returned to his unit. I don’t have his full military record, so I don’t know if he received a court martial for his offense, but I can’t imagine that he got away without some sort of consequence!

He served with his unit until he was captured by the Union Army on May 6, 1864 during the Battle of the Wilderness in Spotsylvania Co., Virginia. He ended up a prisoner of war at Point Lookout, Saint Mary’s Co., Maryland, arriving there May 17th from Belle Plains, Virginia. On July 23rd, he was transferred to Elmira Prison in Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, where he remained a prisoner until he was transferred for exchange on October 11th. On 15 November 1864, Jacob and 3,022 other Confederate POWs, including four citizens, four surgeons, and 74 officers, were exchanged at the Federal battery at Venus Point along the Savannah River in Georgia.

Apparently, all that was not adventure enough for Jacob, or perhaps he thought he had had enough of war. On 28 January 1865, he was reported as absent without leave from his company, and evidently never returned before the war ended on April 9th.

Died: 22 July 1898, probably in Allegheny Co., North Carolina, although it is possible that he removed to Battle Creek, Madison Co., Nebraska in the mid-1880s with some of his adult children.

Buried: unknown

Research Log: MIDKIFFs in the 1920 Census

I spent some time this morning looking for John Franklin MIDKIFF, Jr. in 1920 U.S. Federal Census (it was his future wife and in-laws, the WESTABYs, that I recently discovered at long last, on the 1920 census). Since John was only an almost-ten-year-old boy, I searched mainly for his father, John Franklin MIDKIFF, Sr. The household should look like this:

John Franklin MIDKIFF – age 49, born Texas
Margie Ethel (TOLLIVER) MIDKIFF – age 32, born Nebraska
Edna Susan MIDKIFF (from John’s first marriage) – age 15, born Colorado
Ruth Ethel MIDKIFF – age 11, born Colorado
John Franklin MIDKIFF, Jr. – age 9, born Colorado
Dorothy Zada MIDKIFF – age 5, born Idaho

The family could also include any of the older married children, in-laws, and grandchildren of John, Sr. and his first wife, Ella Lydia WILLIS. They are:

Charles Nathaniel MIDKIFF, Sr. – age 25, born Oklahoma
Marie Marcella (WELLS) MIDKIFF – age 23, born Idaho
Charles Nathaniel MIDKIFF, Jr. – age 3, born Idaho
Edna Marie MIDKIFF – age 1 6/12, born Utah

Myrtle Mary (MIDKIFF) ARTER – age 22, born Oklahoma
James Montgomery ARTER – age c. 31, born Pennsylvania
Agusta Mary ARTER – age 4, born Idaho
possibly Jim-or James-ARTER – details unknown
possibly Edith ARTER – details unknown

Iva Ella (MIDKIFF) HURST – age 17, born Colorado
James L. HURST – age 22, born Nebraska
James N. HURST – age 3/12, born California

I started doing some simple searches on Ancestry.com, but did not get any matches to this family. I have lots more possibilities, but this is just a start. Below are the search terms I used and the subsequent results. I used my Online Research Log to keep track of my research.

john, midkiff, exact search; 45 hits, no matches

john, midkiff, soundex search, birthplace: texas; 3 hits, no matches

john, midkiff, soundex search, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years; 12 hits, no matches

j, midkiff, exact search; 57 hits, no matches

j, midkiff, soundex search, birthplace: texas; 5 hits, no matches

j, midkiff, sounex search, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years; 10 hits, no matches

john, exact search, birthplace: texas; birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: tennessee, mother’s birthplace: illinois; 2 hits, no matches

j,exact search, birthplace: texas; birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: tennessee, mother’s birthplace: illinois; 10 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, residence: idaho; 106 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, relationship: head; residence: washington; 150 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, wife: margie; 18 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, wife: marg*; 352 hits, no matches

I then went on to try various other children in this household:

dorothy, exact search, birthplace: idaho; birth year: 1914 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: texas, mother’s birthplace: nebraska; 1 hit, no match

john, exact search, birthplace: colorado, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: texas, mother’s birthplace: nebraska; 1 hit, no match

john, exact search, birthplace: colorado, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: idaho; 17 hits, no matches

john, exact search, birthplace: colorado, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: colorado; 90 hits, no matches

john, exact search, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: butte county, california; 100 hits, no matches

j, exact search, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: butte county, california; 100 hits, no matches

Theories:

1) This family is not on the census at all due to moving around the country (probably from Idaho and/or Utah to Northern California). However, given that it was winter, that probably doesn’t make sense.

2) They are on the census, but “Midkiff” is badly mangled in the index…or was written as METCALF(E), a different Soundex code.

3) They are living with other relatives, and I need to look for all adult children and siblings of John and/or his wife, Margie.

Research Log: MIDKIFFs in the 1920 Census

I spent some time this morning looking for John Franklin MIDKIFF, Jr. in 1920 U.S. Federal Census (it was his future wife and in-laws, the WESTABYs, that I recently discovered at long last, on the 1920 census). Since John was only an almost-ten-year-old boy, I searched mainly for his father, John Franklin MIDKIFF, Sr. The household should look like this:

John Franklin MIDKIFF – age 49, born Texas
Margie Ethel (TOLLIVER) MIDKIFF – age 32, born Nebraska
Edna Susan MIDKIFF (from John’s first marriage) – age 15, born Colorado
Ruth Ethel MIDKIFF – age 11, born Colorado
John Franklin MIDKIFF, Jr. – age 9, born Colorado
Dorothy Zada MIDKIFF – age 5, born Idaho

The family could also include any of the older married children, in-laws, and grandchildren of John, Sr. and his first wife, Ella Lydia WILLIS. They are:

Charles Nathaniel MIDKIFF, Sr. – age 25, born Oklahoma
Marie Marcella (WELLS) MIDKIFF – age 23, born Idaho
Charles Nathaniel MIDKIFF, Jr. – age 3, born Idaho
Edna Marie MIDKIFF – age 1 6/12, born Utah

Myrtle Mary (MIDKIFF) ARTER – age 22, born Oklahoma
James Montgomery ARTER – age c. 31, born Pennsylvania
Agusta Mary ARTER – age 4, born Idaho
possibly Jim-or James-ARTER – details unknown
possibly Edith ARTER – details unknown

Iva Ella (MIDKIFF) HURST – age 17, born Colorado
James L. HURST – age 22, born Nebraska
James N. HURST – age 3/12, born California

I started doing some simple searches on Ancestry.com, but did not get any matches to this family. I have lots more possibilities, but this is just a start. Below are the search terms I used and the subsequent results. I used my Online Research Log to keep track of my research.

john, midkiff, exact search; 45 hits, no matches

john, midkiff, soundex search, birthplace: texas; 3 hits, no matches

john, midkiff, soundex search, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years; 12 hits, no matches

j, midkiff, exact search; 57 hits, no matches

j, midkiff, soundex search, birthplace: texas; 5 hits, no matches

j, midkiff, sounex search, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years; 10 hits, no matches

john, exact search, birthplace: texas; birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: tennessee, mother’s birthplace: illinois; 2 hits, no matches

j,exact search, birthplace: texas; birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: tennessee, mother’s birthplace: illinois; 10 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, residence: idaho; 106 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, relationship: head; residence: washington; 150 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, wife: margie; 18 hits, no matches

[blank], exact search, birthplace: texas, birth year: 1870 +/- 2 years, wife: marg*; 352 hits, no matches

I then went on to try various other children in this household:

dorothy, exact search, birthplace: idaho; birth year: 1914 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: texas, mother’s birthplace: nebraska; 1 hit, no match

john, exact search, birthplace: colorado, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, father’s birthplace: texas, mother’s birthplace: nebraska; 1 hit, no match

john, exact search, birthplace: colorado, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: idaho; 17 hits, no matches

john, exact search, birthplace: colorado, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: colorado; 90 hits, no matches

john, exact search, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: butte county, california; 100 hits, no matches

j, exact search, birth year: 1910 +/- 2 years, residence: butte county, california; 100 hits, no matches

Theories:

1) This family is not on the census at all due to moving around the country (probably from Idaho and/or Utah to Northern California). However, given that it was winter, that probably doesn’t make sense.

2) They are on the census, but “Midkiff” is badly mangled in the index…or was written as METCALF(E), a different Soundex code.

3) They are living with other relatives, and I need to look for all adult children and siblings of John and/or his wife, Margie.