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Harmon Drew Arledge

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Lockport, Lafourche, LA, United States
Death: November 04, 1940 (86)
Niblett's Bluff, Calcasieu Parish, LA (Bur. Niblets Bluff Cemetary)
Immediate Family:

Son of Allen W. Arledge and Eliza Arledge
Husband of Ellen Leonora Arledge and Orelia Carruthers
Father of John Thomas Arledge; Elizabeth Ellender; Tabitha (Lydia) May Belile and Henry Allen "Pete" Arledge
Brother of Henry Allen Arledge; John W. Arledge; Elizabeth "Betsy" Arledge; Thomas Anderson Arledge and Francenia "Frances" Arledge

Managed by: Pam Wilson, Curator-on-hiatus
Last Updated:

About Harmon Drew Arledge

From the files of Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:

(Most of this research was carried out by Joy Moore)

Harmon Drew Arledge, born in 1854, was the second son of Allen W. Arledge and Eliza Anderson Arledge. He was born in Rapides Parish, La.

In 1854, a neighbor of Allen's and Eliza Arledge in Bienville became Judge of the area. He traveled into several parishes hearing cases. His name was Harmon Drew. We believe this is who Harmon Drew Arledge is named for.

Around 1863 the family moved to Newton County, Texas, with only the three sons Harmon, Tom and Henry, and two daughters Francina and Elizabeth.

Harmon Drew Arledge married Ellen Lenora Holmes, daughter of Thomas Major Holmes in 1879, according to a Family Bible.  He was a farmer, first, last and always.

According to the book, "Some Early Southeast Texas Families", Claiborne Holmes, Ellen Lenora's brother, was accidentally killed by Harmon Arledge, while Claiborne and Harmon were hunting hogs and Harmon's gun went off by accident.

All of Harmon and Ellen Lenora's children were born at Duett's Eddy Crossing about 2 miles north of Beauregard/Calcasieu line on the Sabine River. They were Tabitha ( referred to as Liddia) May on the 1880 census) Arledge Belile, Eliza Elizabeth Arledge Ellender and John Thomas Arledge.

In 1892, Harmon homesteaded 160 acres in Calcasieu Parish, LA near Niblett's Bluff, according to the Bureau of Land Management. On February 9, 1893, Ellen died, is buried at Nibletts Bluff Cemetery,

She is supposed to be at the location where I find Harmon, second wife Orelia and daughter Eliza Elizabeth but I could find no space or marker for her. Her name appears on an old plat of the cemetery.

In 1898 Harmon married Orelia Carruthers, who was a native of that area although her family came to America from Ireland at the time of the potato famine. She once told her grandson "That you can starve to death eating potatoes meaning that there was not much nourishment in potatoes alone.

Orelia presented Harmon another son in his 60th year. This was Henry Allen Arledge born in 1914, but better known to people as Allen or Pete.

Shortly after the turn of the century, Grandpa Harmon left the house on his horse and

when he returned he carried a young child in a sack attached to his saddle horn. The child

Grandpa Harmon raised was Owen Tillman. When Grandpa left that morning on horseback it was to meet the Orphan Train where he acquired Owen. (His sister was taken and raised in Vinton by Dr. Foreman but ran away at about age 16). This bit of information came from the daughter of Owen Tillman. When Grandpa brought Owen home and put him down in the yard he began to think the child was crazy as he ran around the house and all over the yard. It seems he had been so confined before he could not believe his freedom. He was about 5 years old. He was raised with Pete and John. When he married Tassie Goodman from Hackberry, they lived across the pond in a small house Grandpa had used in making syrup. Later they moved to Starks. Grandpa was a very fair man and once when he found Tassie crying because Owen hit her, he took the cow whip to Owen. He never hit her again, at least where Grandpa could find out.

Owen and Tass raised eight children of whom only three are now living, being Catherine, James Curtis, Virginia Rose, Herman Richard, Nelva Marie, Luther Kenneth, Gordon Royce, and Marvin Wayne.  All of these children called Harmon Grandpa. They are also buried in Nibletts  Bluff Cemetery

Jim Tillman mentioned in the newspaper article of 1939 of Harmon's birthday party is the son of Owen Tillman.

Joy Moore writes the following regard Harmon Drew Arledge:

My memories of Grandpa are not really clear. I remember his old Model A Ford that had to be cranked, the grinder where he sharpened knives and the syrup house where he used to make syrup he peddled as far North as Oklahoma and Kansas with his son John. Mostly I remember Grandpa sitting on the cot on the front porch where he took naps in the heat of summer days. He had white hair and a long white beard. I was six years old when he died.

Grandpa was a farmer, first last and always. There were times when he grew older that he would have a "spell" while working in the field. Several times he would tie the reins of the horse to his arms and let the horse pull him to the house. There were two of these horses. My grandfather kept Rex and he is the horse that I learned to ride on. Of course by the time I was 10 or 12, he was a pretty old horse and entirely safe.

Grandpa died in 1940 and his granddaughter Judy, born that year, told me of a tale she heard, that not long before his death he told Henry Allen" Pete" he would like to be behind the plow one last time. Pete hitched the old horse to the plow and helped Grandpa plow one last time.

Aunt Ellen Mahaffey talked of the early times at Nibletts Bluff when her father, Cyrel Belile and Harmon Arledge were pioneers. Vinton did not exist except as a small town, and the river crossing was a ferry at the Bluff. Cyrel made shingles, some logged, Harmon raised sugar cane and with his mill provided sugar and syrup to the areas.

Harmon Drew Arledge was born March 15, 1854, in Rapides Parish, LA and died November 4, 1940 at 7:30 AM, , and is buried at the Nibletts Bluff Cemetery. His first wife was Ellen Lenora Holmes, born March 12, 1846, in Call, Texas, and died 1893, burial place i Nibletts Bluff. . They were married on March 20, 1879, according to the bible owned by May Belile, a daughter, no marriage licenses have been located at this time. His second marriage to Orillia lasted the rest of his life and

Orillia was there when my son was born in 1955. She was the grandmother that I knew. Joy)

Joy Moore <joydm@webtv.net> wrote: "My ggrandfather Harmon Arledge had such love of his land one of his last wishes was that he could plow one last time in his OWN land. His son hitched the horse and helped him to the field. Several days later he died content at 86. Such as he made this Great Land.

Joy also wrote: " The dates I gave you of Harmon's marriage and children's births came from Bible that May owned and was probably Ellen Lenora's."

Joy said Harmon shot and killed his wife's brother Claiborne Holmes in a hunting accident during a hog hunt. She refers to "info I got out of that book "Some Early

Southeastern Tx Families": The Mrs Arledge refered to was Eliza. In another part of the book I did learn that Harmon was older than nine when he shot and killed Claiborne. It was a hog hunt and an accident but it happened after his marriage to Ellen Holmes. The book was mostly about the Holmes family and the families who married into it."

Patricia Forrest <ladymagnum@sat.net> wrote:

ARLEDGE: Harmon, Henry, Tom

                Am looking for relatives or descendants of three brothers - Harmon,
                Henry and Tom ARLEDGE. They were reportedly born in the "old
                States" and came to Newton Co., Texas with only their mother.
                Harmon ARLEDGE married Ellen Leonora HOLMES 3 Apr 1868.
                Henry ARLEDGE, b. feb 1862, married William WEST's daughter,
                Nancy, on 28 Aug 1884. Tom reportedly married a CHANCELLOR
                and moved away. Both Harmon and Henry married into different
                lines of my family tree. Would be interested in any information on
                them and their descendants. June 5, 1997

1880 Calcasieu Parish Lower Sabine

Aldridge, Harona D w male 26 born LA Vol 2 Ed 10 sht 5 line15 Ward 5

Aldridge, Ellen 34, TX

Aldridge, Liddia 4/12 La

1900 Calcasieu Parish LA

Aureldrage Harmand wh m 1854 46 LA Vol 8 ed 18 Sh 10 L 49

Orelia wife 26 1874 LA

Eliza dau 16 1884 LA

John son 12 1888 LA

1920 LA Soundex:


Vol 7 ED 53 Sht 11 L 15

Arlige, Harmon w. m. 66 LA

  Orelia  44  La
  Allen  5   LA

(Allen was born when Harmon was 60 years old

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT - Eastern States, General Land Office



ARLEDGE, ALLEN W 9/1/1860 16060 LA1220__.256 (83.75 acres,

Bienville Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, ERASMUS C 12/10/1885 1834 LA0350__.082 (159.68 acres,

Ouachita Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, HARMON D 3/1/1892 3667 LA0380__.379 (160 acres,

Calcasieu Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, ISAAC 8/2/1837 2165 LA0900__.330 (156 acres,

Bienville Co/Par. LA; comments: WILLIAM ARLEDGE)

ARLEDGE, ISAAC 8/2/1837 2166 LA0900__.331 (164.68 acres,


ARLEDGE,JEPHTHAH R 10/1/1860 16508 LA0740__.290 (320.55 acres in

Webster Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JERRY 6/2/1897 2776 LA0850__.207 (40 acres, Caddo

Co./Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JOHN W 7/3/1890 13269 LA0300__.142 (79.67 acres in

Winn Co./Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JOHN W 8/21/1890 2721 LA0360__.397 (79.58 acres in

Winn Co./Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JOSEPH F 12/10/1881 16508.5 LA0770__.014 (217.66 acres in

Bossier Co./Par. LA)

                           Arledge, Harmon D. 
                                Document number:  3667     Description number:  1     
                                Number of acres:  0.0000     Accession number:  LA0380__.379     
                                Patentee Surname:  Arledge     Patentee given name:  Harmon D.     
                                State name:  Louisiana     
                                Volume:  380     Page number:  379     
                                Land office:  New Orleans     Aliquot part reference:  W½NE     
                                Section number:  11      
                                Township:  10 South     Range:  13 West     
                                Meridian or special survey area:  Louisiana Meridian     
                                Misc. document number:  8501     
                                Title transfer authority:  Homestead Entry Orig.     
                                Combined signature date:  Mar. 1, 1892     
                                Multiple patentees:  N     Multiple warrantees:  N      
                                Signature:  Y     Canceled document:  N     Subsurface rights reserved:  N     
                                Metes and bounds:  N     Fractional section:  N      
                           Arledge, Harmon D. 
                                Document number:  3667     Description number:  2     
                                Number of acres:  160.0000     Accession number:  LA0380__.379     
                                Patentee Surname:  Arledge     Patentee given name:  Harmon D.     
                                State name:  Louisiana     
                                Volume:  380     Page number:  379     
                                Land office:  New Orleans     Aliquot part reference:  E½NW     
                                Section number:  11      
                                Township:  10 South     Range:  13 West     
                                Meridian or special survey area:  Louisiana Meridian     
                                Misc. document number:  8501     
                                Title transfer authority:  Homestead Entry Orig.     
                                Combined signature date:  Mar. 1, 1892     
                                Multiple patentees:  N     Multiple warrantees:  N      
                                Signature:  Y     Canceled document:  N     Subsurface rights reserved:  N     
                                Metes and bounds:  N     Fractional section:  N      


Homestead certificate no 3667

Application 8501

To All to Whom these presents shall come


Whereas there has been deposited in the GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the

United States a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office at New

Orleans Louisiana, whereby it appears that pursesant to the Act of

Congress approved 20 th May 1862 "To secure Homesteads to actual

settlers on the public domain" and the acts supplemental thereto the

claim of

Harmon D Arledge

has been established and duly consummated in conformity to laws for the

West half of the North East quarter and the East half of the North West

quarter of Section eleven in Township ten South of Range thirteen West

of Louisiana Meridian in Louisiana containing one hundred and sixty


according to the Official Plat of the Survey of the said Land returned to

the GENERAL LAND OFFICE by the SURVEYOR GENERAL Now know Ye That there

is therefore granted by the UNITED STATES unto the said

Harmon D Arledge
           the tract of land above described TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the

said tract of land with the appurtenances thereof unto the said

Harmon D Arledge and to his heirs and assigns forever

    In Testimony whereof I
       Benjamin Harrison
President of the United States of America have caused these letters to

be made Patent and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto


Given under my hand at the City of Washington the first day of March in

the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety two and of

the Independence of the United States the one hundred and sixteenth

  By the President
        Benjamin Harrison
                     by M McKean    Sec'y
            J R Conwell    recorder of the
               General Land Office
                              ad interim


Two of these brothers bought land in Newton Co, TX:

CNIDR Isearch-cgi 1.20.06 (File: newton.txt)

NEWTON County Texas

Survey - Person or Concern bearing the land certificate at time survey filed.

Block - Block number.

Grantee - Person or Concern to whom the land was actually awarded.

Leag - League Flag. L = 4,428 acres, B = League + Labor. Labor = 177 acres.

Section - Section Number

Abs - Number of the Abstract on file at county courthouse and at the

         Texas General land Office in Austin.

Survey Blk Grantee Leag Section Abs

-------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------

H&TC RR CO 1 H. ARLEDGE 14 910

H&TC RR CO 1 T. ARLEDGE 14 911


                   Niblett's Bluff Cemetery
                     Calcasieu Parish, La

Compiled in 1971 by the Southwest Louisiana Genealogy Society,

Inc. This cemetery has been prepared by Jan Craven for this

site of the Calcasieu Parish USGen Web site with full knowledge

and permission of SWLGS, Inc.

Arledge Eliza E. 8 Dec 1883 27 Nov 1923 W/o Adam Ellender.

Arledge H. D. 1854 1940

Arledge Ourilla 8 Aug 1827? 26 Mar 1962

From Joy Moore, May 2000:

Here is a deed that we found in Newton co. TX.

John T. Arledge to Jno. N. Gilbert

Filed for record September 20th 1909 at 6 o'clock AM

Recorded September 22, 1909 at 8 o'clock AM D. J. Ragan, C.D.C.N.C.

The state of Louisiana, Parish of Calcasieu:

Know all men by these presents: That I, John T. Arledge of said state and

Parish, being a son of Ellen Holmes, a daughter of Thomas Holmes, deceased,

late of Newton County, Texas and one of three children of her said marriage

with H. D. Arledge, for in consideration of the sum of Sixty six and 66/100

dollars to me in hand paid by Jno. N. Gilbert of Jefferson County, Texas, the

receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, do by these presents, bargain, sell,

release and forever quitclaim unto the said Jno.

N. Gilbert, his heirs and assigns all my right, title and interest in and to

that certain tract or parcel of land in Newton County, Texas, described as

follows, to-wit: The Thomas Holmes, survey of 9,559,655 square varas of land

situated on yellow bayou insaid Newton County, neing abstract No. 140,

certificate no. 131, patented February 5, 1841 by patent No. 15 Vol.1:

reference to said patent and its record is hereby made for a more perfect

description of said tract of land.

  To have and to hold the said premises, together with all and singular the

rights, privileges and appurtenances there to in any wise belong unto the said

Jno. N. Gilbert, his heirs, and assigns forever, so that neither I, the said

John T. Arledge nor my heirs, nor any person claiming under me, shall at any

tine hereafter have, clair or demand any right or title to the above described

premises and I further warrant that I have not heretofore sold or conveyed my

interest in said land and that I have good and perfect right to sell same.

  Witness my hand this the 18 th day of September AD 1909
                                       John T. Arledge


W. W. Cruse,

H. D. Arledge

The State of Louisiana Calcasieu Parish: Before me the undersigned authority

on this day came and personally appeared John T. Arledge, known to me to be

the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and

acknowledged to me that he executed the same for the purposes and

consideration therein expressed

    Given under my hand and seal of office this the 18th day of Sept 1909

There is a deed very similiar for each of the children on the same date 1909

and a couple of quit claims deeds sibned by Harmon D Arledge and the children

dated 16 Feb 1939 made to a Lumber Company.

One dated Feb 16,1939   states that Harmon D Arledge was born in 1854 and is

85 years of age, in the year 1878 or 1879 he married Ellen Holmes and to

this union the following and only the following children were born. May

Arledge who married W. C. Belile who is now deceased She now lives in

Calsasieu Parish, LA 2. John Tl Arledge now living in Calcasieu Parish LA 3.

Elizabeth Liza Arledge who married Adam Ellender, she died in 1922  4. There

was born to the said Elizabeth Ellender and Adam Ellender one and only one

child namely Harmon Drew Ellender who now resides about eitht miles south of

Welsh LA. in Jefferson Davis Parish LA. Mr. Harmon D Arledge further states

that the above mentioned Ellen Holmes was married once and only once and then

to this affiant

                 Harmon D Arledge sworn to and subscribed this 16 day of the

month of Feb 1939

Then from an abstract of the original property in Louisiana that Harmon

patented is this

Succession of No. 5394 Harmon D Arledge

Petition of Mrs Ourelia Arledge, born Carrethers, widow of Harmon D. Arledge,

of Mrs. May Belile, Born Arledge, wife of W. C Belile: of John Arledge, all

residents of the Parish of Calcasieu Louisiana: Of Drew Ellender, a resident

of the Parish of Jefferson Davis, Louisiana and of Henry Allen Arledge, a

resident of Port Arthur, State of Texas with

respect show:

1. That Harmon D Arledge died in November, 1940 at his home near Vinton,

Louisiana, in the Parish of Calcasieu Louisiana which was his domicile, and of

which he had been a resident for many years.

II. That said deceased died intestate.

III. That said deceased left at his death petitioners, Mrs Ourelia Arledge,

his wife, and petitioners, Mrs May Belile, born Arledge, wife of W. C. Belile,

a daughere, John Arledge, a son, Drew Ellender, a grandson, inheriting by

representation through his deceased Mother Mrs. Eliza Ellender, born Arledge,

wife of Adam Ellender, a dredeceased daughter, and petitioner Henry Allen

Arledge, a son, as his sole legal heirs.

IV. That petitioners, Mrs May Belile and John Arledge are children of a

previous marriage of said deceased as was Mrs. Eliza Ellender, mother of

petitioner Drew Ellender, who inherited by representation through her

V. That petitioner Henry Allen Arledge is the only child of the marriage of

the deceased and his surviving widow, Mrs Ourelia Arledge.

Then it goes on to describe the land and the division that would take place

there. The land was valued at$ 1500, and it was only half of the

original 160 acres, the other half was inherited from their mother earlier.

All pieces state that she died in 1893 and Judy had a plat of the Nibletts

Bluff Cemetery showing that Ellen Holmes was buried to the left of Harmon D.

Arledge with daughter Eliza on the other side of her.

Ourelia is buried on the right of Harmon D. Arledge. so that writes finis

to all of those questions.


From Mike Louviere, from family bible in his mother's possession:

I think you got a message from Mike Louviere also the other day He is

the son of Margaret Louviere , and the great grandson of Tabitha May

Arledge, daughter of Harmon D Arledge Here is the information that

he sent to me today and as you can see it has several new items in it

(page 1)



Harmon D. Arledge and Ellen Holmes was married March the 20th 1897

Harmon D. Arledge and Ourilla (sp?) Curethers (sp?) was married Feb 3


Allen Arledge and Loyce Prince marred(sp) Dec 25 1937

(page 2)



Tabithia May Arledge was born Januart(sp) th 29, 1880

Eliza Elizabeth Arledge was born Dec the 8th 1882

John T. Arledge was born Dec the 24, 1887

Ourilia Crethers (sp?) born August 8, 1872

Allen Arledge born Sept 15, 1914

(page 3)



Harmon D. Arledge born March the 15th 1854

Ellen Holmes born _________ the 12th ________ (unreadable)

Harmon Drew Arledge died Nov 4, 1940 7:30 am (note that this was not

entered on the deaths page)




Eliza Hamilton departed this life Dec the 19th 1888

Ellen Arledge departed this life Feb the 9th 1893 ( This is Ellen

Lenora Holmes)

Francina __________ departed life Dec the 5th 1894 ( this is Francina


Mrs. Eliza E. Ellender died Nov. 27, 1923

( this is Eliza Elizabeth Arledge Ellender)

I think that the large Bible that these pages were in is, ( I guess the

Arledge Family Bible,) Mother loaned this one to me and then took it

back she has it at her house now. Hope this helps you.

You mentioned my two kids, here's the dates on them.

Michael Lionel Louviere

b-9 May 1970 -- Beaumont, Tx.

m-Rhonda Lewis 27 Mar 1999 -- DeQuincy, La.

This is Mikey, he's the Band Director at Iowa High School in Iowa, La.

Lesley Gail Louviere

b-3 Mar 1974 -- Beaumont, Tx.

m-Allen DAigle ???

Lesley' daughter from her marriage to Allen

        Emily Gail Daigle

b-3 Jul 1994 -- Beaumont, Tx.

Lesley lives in Vidor with her mother and is a Nail Technician at a shop

in Vidor.

Joy if you don't have these pages I used, send me your address and I'll

make copies of my copies and send them to you.

1880 Census Vol. 2 ED 10, Sht 5 line 15 as Harona Aldridge

Household:           (This is the only Census Ellen appears on )
Harone D. ALDRIDGE   Self   M   Male   W   26   LA   Farmer   LA   LA
Elin ALDRIDGE   Wife   M   Female   W   34   TX   Keeping House   MS   AL
Lidda ALDREDGE   Dau   S   Female   W   4M   LA      TX   LA  (this is May)

Source Information:

 Census Place Lower Sabine, Calcasieu, Louisiana -  Family History Library

Film 1254450

 NA Film Number   T9-0450 -  Page Number   525A
view all

Harmon Drew Arledge's Timeline

March 15, 1854
Lockport, Lafourche, LA, United States
January 29, 1880
Age 25
Duetts Eddy Crossing, near Fields, Beauregard Parish on Sabine River; lived Niblets Bluff, Vinton, LA
December 8, 1883
Age 29
Duett's Crossing, Beauregard Parish on Sabine River; lived Niblets Bluff, Vinton, LA; was deaf-mute
December 24, 1887
Age 33
Vinton, Calcasieu, LA, United States
September 15, 1914
Age 60
Nibletts Bluff , Calcasieu Parish, LA; SS# issued in TX
November 4, 1940
Age 86
Niblett's Bluff, Calcasieu Parish, LA (Bur. Niblets Bluff Cemetary)