1858 - 1935
||Martha Prince |
||16 May 1858
||Tennessee [3, 4, 5, 6]
- The 1880 census shows her parents were born in Tennessee.
On her death certificate, the informant, her daughter, Luella, must have misunderstood the question, and instead of providing the father and mother for her mother, Martha, simply stated that her (Luella's) father was William A and that her mother was Martha. Oops.
||16 Feb 1935
||Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri 
||Page, Martha (Prince) Death Certificate
- How many children did Martha have? On the 1900 US Census, it was recorded Martha had 12 children, 8 were still surviving. Comparing the 1880 and 1900 censuses, I believe that gives us the following surviving children: Loren (1), Lucy L.B. (listed in George's obituary in 1946; 2), Lizzie (3), Ralph (4), Esco (5), Fred (6), Lillie (7), and May (Maude) (8). As for children not surviving, there is a record of a stillbirth child born to William A. Page and Martha "Pomes" [that's the transcriber's interpretation of the handwriting] on 16 November 1883 in Meramec Township, Crawford County. That's 9 children. Another record, this one also in Crawford County, states: "Zula, the nine month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Page, died October 30, 1896." That would be the 10th child. But here is where it gets a tad confusing. What about George? George shows up on the 1910 US Census as a 14-year-old son. Although his World War I Draft Registration Card shows he was born on 7 February 1896, the funeral home records, his tombstone, and other records say 27 February 1896. Were he and Zula twins? It would seem so. Why is he not on the 1900 US Census with the rest of the family?
After William divorced her, Martha shows up on the 1910 US Census as a "widow". Curiously, I can't find any of the family on the 1920 US Census. By 1930 Martha was living in Carterville, still listed as a "widow", with her daughter Maude Stringer, along with what appears to be Maude's three children.
Her name is spelled "Prints" on the Clay County On-line Genealogy page.
I cannot trace Martha Prince much earlier than her marriage to William. In the 1870 US Census, a Martha Prince appears in the household of Dr Asa Payne, in District 2, Clinton County, Kentucky. This is probably our Martha, born in 1856 (14 on the census) in Tennessee. Curiously, I found a John W Prince, born 1860 in Tennessee, living with the Eldridge Family, and a Matilda Prince, born in 1854 in Tennessee, living with the Beck Family. Were these three Prince's orphaned siblings? Unfortunately, I cannot find them in the 1860 census. The 1880 census indicates both her parents were born in Tennessee.
||10 Nov 2013 |
||William Alvis Page, b. 1 Dec 1856, Cumberland County, Kentucky , d. 6 Apr 1943, Deming, Luna County, New Mexico [7, 8, 9] |
||1 Mar 1877
||Celina, Clay County, Tennessee [1, 3, 4, 7, 10]
- I don't quite understand the circumstances. I found an on-line record for the couple being married in Clay County, Tennessee on 1 March 1877, but I found a Cumberland County, Kentucky record that they were married in March 1876 in Tennessee. It would be good to look at the actual Clay County record, rather than a transcription. They were married by J. Coffee.
||21 Aug 1906
||Jasper County, Missouri 
- William was the Plaintiff; it cost him $1 for the summons, $0.10 for the copies, and $0.80 for the 16 miles the sherriff drove to serve Martha near the Baldwin Store in Carterville.
||Jasper County, Missouri 
- William was married a few months before his father died in 1877. It appears William and Martha lived a couple of years in Kentucky, but by 1880 they were farming in Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri, and were there at least through 1891. In the 1900 US Census the family is recorded in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, where William worked as a stone mason. William instigated the divorce proceedings in 1906; as plaintiff, he claimed that Martha "for many years has been a common scold always in a bad humor and seldom if ever addressed any member of the family except to use violent, abusive and profane language towards them. Defendant has for years humiliated and slandered this plaintiff by using publicly the most vile and profane and obscene language. That defendant has repeatedly, falsely and maliciously accused plaintiff of consorting with vicious men and lewd, degraded women. That defendant instead of making home a cheerful place to reside in, has kept their house in such a dirty condition that it is unbearable as a place of residence." "Lillie" and "Maud" are listed as children of "tender years" and William seeks custody of the "infant children". The divorce papers leave the children's ages blank but by 1906 Lillie (Luella) would have been about 9 and Maude about 7.
When William's son Esco died in 1925, the local paper said that Esco died "at the home of his father, William Page on North Fountain street." I'm thinking that either the news reporter was confused, misinformed, or perhaps William actually still "owned" the home where Esco resided. It is clear that William left Missouri before 1910. I found him in the 1910 US Census (Paye at Ancestry.com) in Cooper, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. He had been married for 4 years to Syanthivia (Cynthano, Cynthanana, Cynthia) Draper and was working as a farmer. He turned up in Deming, Luna County, New Mexico on the 1920 and 1930 censuses. He died in Deming in 1943, and his death certificate (for which they used the information he provided the hospital for his vital records) indicates he had resided in Luna County for 20 years. Interestingly, on the death certificate for his son Loren, for which another son, Fred, served as informant, William is instead shown as "Alvis Page" and the mother as "Martha Prince." 
| ||1. Loren B. Page, b. 1 Dec 1876, Kentucky , d. 10 Mar 1950, Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri |
| ||2. Lucy L.B. Page, b. 23 Feb 1878, Kentucky , d. 19 Jan 1960, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California |
| ||3. Lillie Page, b. Apr 1880, Missouri , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Daughter Page, b. 16 Nov 1883, Meramec Township, Crawford County, Missouri , d. 16 Nov 1883, Meramec Township, Crawford County, Missouri |
| ||5. Ralph Page, b. 16 May 1888, Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri , d. Feb 1963|
| ||6. Fred Page, b. 17 Mar 1891, Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri , d. 25 Aug 1961, Neck City, Jasper County, Missouri |
| ||7. Esco Page, b. 23 Dec 1892, Stillwell, Missouri , d. 26 Nov 1925, Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri |
| ||8. George Page, b. 27 Feb 1896, Steelville, Crawford County, Missouri , d. 9 May 1946, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas |
| ||9. Zula Page, b. 27 Feb 1896, Crawford County, Missouri , d. 30 Oct 1896, Crawford County, Missouri |
| ||10. Luella Page, b. May 1897, Missouri , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||11. Maude Page, b. 20 Feb 1898, Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri , d. 16 Nov 1965, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas |
||Page, Esco - 1925 Jasper County, Missouri Death Certificate|
Page, Esco - 1925 Jasper County, Missouri Death Certificate 33365. Born 23 Dec 1892 in Missouri, single, male, common laborer. Father: Wm Page born in Kentucky. Mother: Martha Prince born in Kentucky. Died 25 Nov 1925 in Carterville, Jasper County, aged 32 years, 11 months, 2 days. Informant: Geo Page. Buried: Carterville Cemetery, 27 Nov 1925, Webb City Undertakers.
- [S139] Tennessee: Clay County On-line Marriage Records.
- [S168] Missouri: Crawford County Stillbirths.
PAGE, female, 16 November 1883, Meramec Township. William A. Page/Martha Pomes.
- [S319] 1880 US Census, Liberty, Crawford, Missouri. Roll: T9_683; Family History Film: 1254683; Page: 51.2000; Enumeration District: 55; Image: 0557. Enumerated 3 June (accessed May 2007). Search = "William A. Page"; Lines: 38-42..
- [S320] 1900 US Census, Carterville, Jasper, Missouri. Roll: T623 866; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 47. Enumerated 8 June (accessed May 2007). Search = "William A. Page"; Lines: 78-85..
- [S307] 1910 US Census, Carterville Ward 1, Jasper, Missouri. Roll: T624_791; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 58; Image: 715. Enumerated 29 April. URL: http://www.ancestry.com/ (accessed April 2007). Search = "Martha Page"; Lines: 6-12..
- [S305] Death Certificate, Martha Page, Jasper County, Missouri. No. 5714..
- [S138] Divorce Papers: Page, W.A..
- [S305] Death Certificate, Esco Page, Jasper County, Missouri. No. 33365..
- [S305] Death Certificate, Loren Page, Jasper County, Missouri. No. 9379..
- [S312] Kentucky: Marriage Records, 1852-1914 (Ancestry), A. Page, age 20, born 1856 in Cumberland County, Kentucky, father born Clinton County, mother born Cumberland County. Spouse: M. Brents [sic], age 18, born 1858 in Clinton County, parents born in Tennessee. Married Mar 1876 in Tennessee (accessed 13 May 2010).
- [S181] New Mexico Death Index, 1941-1949.