By - Current-Yoghurt4748
have you checked for any wills or probates in the county where settie lived to see if a bartley mentions her at all?
And. The other county started keeping records in 1903/ town incorporated in 1881 😂 she was born in 1881 so wouldn’t be in records starting 1903- by then she was here. Such is my life 😂
No that’s a good idea! I do know her daughter (my grandmother and grandfather) had a piece of paper kept in a drawer, leaving everything to the kids. This was pretty rural Texas in 1914 so idk if there will be much. Although judging by her picture, she may have been well off growing up. I can check though! Thanks!
Wait. I was thinking that was here, where she lived her adult life. I have no clue where she lived before here. Her birth info just says Texas. There was a residence in one other town mentioned, I can check those two maybe…
This is a documented source (marriage record)
Source: Texas Select County Marriage Records 1837-2015
C.E. Ingram married a Vera Tanner on Dec 3, 1912 in Smith County Texas by a Justice of the Peace.
Vera's first marriage is a Rebue/Rebule "Clebule" Warren Tanner (1889-died 1937 in Tarrant County, Texas) There should or may be a divorce decree since she married Ingram in 1912 before Tanner died in 1937.
CE Ingram supposedly died in 1915 so they'd only been married about 3 years. Looks like Lena was only 2 at the time.
Being married by a Justice of the Peace may have been interpreted by someone as "running off". Its plausible; don't know for sure.
Thank you! I will follow that- I did find that marriage cert - but for some reason it leads to the other Charlie in genealogy records- likely someone else was stumped on the other Charlie lol.
Vera Hall listed in the U.S. Social Security index has a birth date of Feb 1, 1893. The issue state (many years later) was Texas.
Here is a link to some sources within McCurtain County, Oklahoma where CE Ingram died. Funeral Home and/or Cemetery information may have some clues. He is listed as having died in Hayward but there is no source listed on ancestry .com
[McCurtain County Sources](https://okgenweb.net/~okmccurt/bibliography.html)
As seen on an ancestry .com tree so information would have to be verified. Her father was a George Martin St. John (1863-1902) and her mother Mary Emmaline Baily (1876-1946) George was born and died in Tennessee. Mary was born in Tennesee as well but died in Texas.
Vera Pearl St. John
Birth 1 FEB 1893 • McMinnville, Warren Co., Tennessee, USA
Death 7 JUL 1983 • Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas, USA
Yes I have Vera’s info, thank you very much for the help, some strong leads here!
Keep in mind that as reading the post, you indicate your great-grandmother died when you were 22. Just hard to help when the reader doesn't know when you turned 22. :)
I’m 39 now, I just added that as in old enough I heard the stories too, first hand lol.
I know you mentioned having looked for obits about Settie Bartley Wood — does that include these printed volumes?
* [Obituaries from Tyler newspapers, Smith County, Texas, 1905-1915](https://www.worldcat.org/title/19887852)
* [Obituaries from the Lindale news and Troup banner, Smith County, Texas](https://www.worldcat.org/title/37545834)
This post really triggered my curiosity, and I wound up spending a few days this week digging into the Wood / Bartley family mystery. I think I have a pretty good theory about Settie's parents, but I'm not entirely sure, and I'd want to check it against her husband's side of the family. Do you have any information about the Woods?
Yes, lots- my grandmother is still living, she never knew settie but is her daughters daughter. She remembers her grandfather. That side is documented well too. Settie was a sticking point for everyone before me.
I DID find that a census shows her and her husband, with 2 sets of Bartley neighbors- one being the right age and man from Tenn- as she reported on kids certificates. I’m just Leary of adding it as fact as there are other bartleys as well.
Also- her name was reported as settie, Sadie, Setta, zetti, and Lettie. I HAVE found a family with a Lottie I believe but not the same one 🤦🏼♀️ family knew her as settie.
Yeah, there were actually two Bartley brothers who settled in Smith County from Tennessee that were the right age to have been Settie's father: William Whenery Bartley and Samuel Anthony Bartley.
The tough part, I've realized, is how many names keep being repeated!
That's why I focused on her husband's side of the family, to try to see if I could rule out either of them.
Settie's husband, John Wesley Wood, was the son of William R. "Poney" Wood and Nancy Rees (or Reese/Reece). After Poney died in 1885, Nancy married William W. Bartley, who at that point had been twice a widower....I'm 85% sure that Bartley's previous wife, Mary E. Wood, was Poney's sister (aka, JW Wood's aunt).
Samuel A. Bartley, meanwhile, married ANOTHER "Nancy Wood" in 1902: Nancy Callie Wood, whose first husband had been a man named Savage.
So in essence:
William Whenery Bartley:
1. Stacy E. Morris (m 1868, d 1869)
2. Mary E. Wood (m 1870, d 1884)
3. Nancy Reese \[Wood\] (m 1885, his death 1906)
Samuel A. Bartley:
1. Luretta M. Cade (m 1861, d 1869)
2. Jane Elizabeth McClung (m 1871, d sometime between 1900 and 1902)
3. Nancy Callie Wood \[Savage\] (m 1902, his death 1912)
Theoretically, then, Settie could be either the daughter of William W. Bartley and Mary Wood, or Samuel A. Bartley and Jane E. McClung. I found it highly improbable, however, that she was the child of William and Mary: that would (I am 99% sure) make her and her husband first cousins — and while that's not completely unheard of back in the day, it would also mean that she and her husband had been step-siblings.
At this point, however, I decided to keep digging — and then today, after a few more days' research, I think I found the smoking gun.
When S.A. Bartley died, John Wesley Wood was made the executor of his estate. In 1929, J.W. Wood filed paperwork to sell part of the land inherited by his children (Ruby, Edgar, Seth, Dewey, and Hazel) in order to pay for taxes on the estate. The property records are *really, really* complicated, but the important part is the basis for the children's inheritance [(underlined in this imgur)](https://imgur.com/a/NxT1som):
* "inherited from their Mother Mrs. Settie Wood"
* "inherited from their Grandfather S.A. Bartley through their Mother."
Here's [a direct link](https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99QS-LL6L?i=53&wc=M4FQ-X3D%3A338527201%2C340279201&cc=2016287) to the records on FamilySearch.
Anyway, I think this is pretty iron-clad evidence that Settie was the daughter of Samuel A. Bartley and Jane E. McClung!
Btw, I wound up putting together a family tree of around 150 individuals to try and sort through these similar names and marriages and remarriages. If you're on [Ancestry.com](https://Ancestry.com), I can share it with you, or I'm happy to just make it available as a GEDCOM file!
Oh you are AMAZING! That’s ALOT of work!! Samuel is the “neighbor” I thought might be her father! Also- we have a Ava savage as Mary rees mother…
That side of the family has been researching for years- I just came in on the bandwagon lately (for that side)
I do not currently have ancestry- which I believe has been a lot of my issue! I’m running straight off free info and family search. 🤦🏼♀️ I don’t even know what the gedcom file is 😂
Like I said, I got bit with the curiosity bug!
According to my notes, John W WOOD was the soon of Nancy REES and William R WOOD.
Nancy REES's (JW Wood's mom) parents were Charley (or William) REES and Ann (maybe Ava?) June KEOUN. After Rees died, Ann remarried Daniel SAVAGE. Ann and Daniel had a son, James SAVAGE, and **he** was Nancy Callie Wood's first husband.
Put another way, Settie's step-mom (Nancy Callie Wood) was the wife of her her mother-in-law's (Nancy Rees) half-brother.
If you want, I can try to send you an invitation to look at the tree I made as a guest?