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David Lee Arledge

Birthplace: Bossier Parish, LA or GA; grandchild? Not found in 1910 census in Bossier Parish LA
Death: Corpus Christi, TX? perhaps in 1927
Immediate Family:

Son of John Arledge, of Bossier Parish, LA and Unknown Arledge
Husband of Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Smart
Father of Edward Milton Arledge and Irene Smart Arledge
Brother of Augustus Arledge, (prob. grandson) and Charles Arledge
Half brother of Frank E. Arledge; Samuel "Sam" L. Arledge; William Clark Arledge; Robert Arledge, of Chicago; Charles Arledge, of Marshall, TX and 6 others

Managed by: Pam Wilson, Curator
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About David Lee Arledge

It appears that David Lee was born 7 years after the death of John Arledge, at which time his mother Mary was accused of adultery with Dr. J. D. Wilson (see documents below).

From: "cliftondcardin@juno.com" <cliftondcardin@juno.com> To: bws3248@yahoo.com Subject: Re: David Lee Arledge parents. Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 20:41:44 GMT

I believe I can [provide evidence of David Lee's father] without reserve, especially now that I have read the rest of the Rocky Mount Presbyterian Church records. I am sending all pertinent material, since it makes more sense to me, at least chronologically.

As you probably know;

John Arledge died before June 22, 1858 when his probate was filed in Bossier Parish courts....The petition of Mary Tidwell ... respectully represents that her husband John Arledge lately departed this life leaving the following minor children viz; Eliza Arledge, John A. Arledge, M. J. Arledge, James M. Arledge & Sarah Arledge, that said minors have property belonging to them inherited from their Grandfather, Isaac Arledge that your peitioner is the mother of said minor children of John Arledge dec'd...

The 1860 census shows widow Mary with children:

1860 Rocky Mount, Bossier Parish, Louisiana Pg 3/20 aka pg 47? Family #341 Line 25 Mary Aldridge 31 widow "levis of helpless orphans" SC E A Aldridge 11 female SC John A Aldridge 8 male SC Mary Aldridge 6 female SC J M Aldridge 4 male SC (La per 1870) Sarah Aldridge 2 female SC (La per 1870) But here's where your part comes in:

ROCKY MOUNT CHURCH MINUTES; Session Thirty-three, Rocky Mount Pres. Church, Second Sabbath, July 1864...Mrs. Mary M. Arledge was cited to answer the charge of adultery....[on] August 1864 Chapter 14 Dr. J. D. Wilson, because Mrs. Arledge accuses him of adultery with her, demands an investigation of the matter. He strenously denied the charge. Session Thirty-Seven, rocky Mount Presbyterian Church, Fourth Sabbath, August 1864, convenced with prayer. Mrs. M. M. Arledge confessed to the charge of adultery, and professing repentence, requested to be "restored" to the Church. But upon investigation of the case, the session concluded that she did not at all appreciate the enormity of sin; for she attempted to justify herself by casting her sin on the father of her child. Therefore, the session recommending her to look at her sin in all its enormity, and informing her that they would gladly retain her in the Church if they could, excluded her from the Church. The session directed that those person excommunicated should be informed that the church did this hard duty with great sorrow and to tenderly urge them toa full repentence and return to God again. with the prayer that the Lord would have mercy and save them, the session adjourned. Session 40, , Christmas Day, 1864, convenced with prayer.....The Session...agreed to again ask Rev. Y. F. Ford to moderate in the case of Mrs. E. A. Hughes, Jan 1, 1865. They also decided to take up and investigate the case of Dr. J. D. Wilson on the same day. Session 41, New Years Day, 1865 met and was opened with prayer....In the case of Dr. J. D. Wilson, the Session decided that the evidence brought against him was not sufficient to convict him of the charge of either general or specific adultery, and that the pastor make this declaration from the pulpit today. Also that a letter to this import be written to Dr. Wilson in which also to give him such advice as the scriptures would direct in such a case.

Mary Arledge may have married Thomas Williams Jan 31, 1867, for Bienville Parish records show a Thomas Williams marrying a Louisa Aldridge in Bienville Parish. We do not know what happened to Thomas Williams, but there may be a probate for him in Bienville. I do not find one in Bossier Parish.

Now Mary and children show up in 1870 census, with David Lee Arledge using name of "Augustus" for some reason.

1870 Bellevue PO, Ward 3, Bossier Parish Louisiana Family 591 John Aldridge 21 SC Mary Aldridge 16 SC James Aldridge 14 La Sarah Aldridge 12 La Augustus Aldridge 6 La Sarah Smith 26 SC Mary Smith 5 La May Williams 40 SC (IS THIS MARY ARLEDGE?) MOTHER?

it isn't hard to know that John, Mary, James and Sarah are children of Mary "Arledge" Williams. In fact, Sarah Smith may be another daughter. We know John Aldridge isn't married because he shows up in 1880 census with mother and he is single there also.

I know you have found the 1880 census so I won't cover it.

I did find the death certificate of David Lee Arledge (wrongly listed as I. L. Arlidge) in Texas. It reads; born Jul 6, 1864 in Rocky Mount, Louisiana to John Arlidge and Mary Sidwell (Tidwell?) of SC. He was a carpentar. He was divorced. He died Jul 5, 1926 at 61 yrs, 6 months, 29 days. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery, 700 "Bell?" in Houston Texas. Informant was "Jefferson" Davis" of Houston Texas. He was a resident of "Old Folks Home" He died of "acut cardiac ditilation" with "myocarditis prostitus retentive ????" died "immediate at place of death" No autopsy. He died in Houston, Harris County, Texas (not Corpus Christi.) In fact he was a patient at an "old folks home."

Hope this helps the family mystery. Ironically, after reading 60 years of the churchs history, this was the most prolific case and only one other man was execommunicated for "bastardy."

FYI, Dr. James D. Wilson never married.

Clifton D. Cardin Official Bossier Parish Historian 318-470-4573 cliftondcardin@juno.com

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David Lee Arledge's Timeline

August 14, 1865
Bossier Parish, LA or GA; grandchild? Not found in 1910 census in Bossier Parish LA
January 14, 1903
Age 37
TX, father b GA mother b LA
Age 39
Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas, United States
Corpus Christi, TX? perhaps in 1927