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John W. Arledge

Also Known As: "Jonathan /Arledge/"
Birthplace: Prob. Edgefield Co, SC; Pike CO, MS in 1820 census; Lawrence Co MS 1830; bought land in LA in 1836
Death: 1842 (41-42)
listed on 1835? census in Alexandria, LA (see note); Bur. Bear Creek Cemetery, Bienville Parish, LA
Immediate Family:

Son of Isham Arledge and Frances ???
Husband of Moriah Lou Arledge
Father of Allen W. Arledge; Jonathan Arledge; Isaac Arledge; Frances Arledge and Mary Elizabeth Arledge
Brother of Mary Arledge; Martha "Patsey" Arledge; William C. Arledge; Isham Arledge; ??? Arledge and 1 other

Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About John W. Arledge

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

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

The census showing Jno Arledge of 1820 in Pike County, MS, is the first document showing this John Arledge, who was born March 6, 1800, according to family records.

Recently we have found another census for the year 1800 that shows Isham Arledge in Edgefield county, SC. He has one son, under the age of 5. We believe this to be John . Family records show that he was born March 6, 1800. and that his wife Moriah Lou Low was born Feb 28, 1813 in Mississippi although the last two census' of her life show her birth place to be Louisiana. Possibly that is correct as I believe that Robert Low came to LA as early as 1808 from Tennessee.

It has been very hard to connect John with parents or siblings but on the 1850 census

I found the Thomas McBride household with a Mrs. F. Aldridge age 75 from South Carolina. This is probably John's mother. We do not know if the F stands for Frances or is her husband's initial. We believe that John was also born in South Carolina. Our family records say they came from the Old States.

In 1835 Reuben Drake financed his brother-in-law Martin Canfield to make a trip to Louisiana to find a place for a settlement.

They came through Alabama into Louisiana all the way to the Red River but settled around what is now Bienville Parish. Reuben Drake was given a patent by the President. He brought with him seven families, William Logan, Hillary Logan, Herbert Walker, Tandy A. Key, William Key, and Elizabeth Wellbourne (This is from "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana@ printed in 1890. It is a Goodspeed Book, and from WPA Writings of 1930).

They reached the area in January, 1836, and founded South Carolina Settlement. The following year friends and families came from Alabama. They settled in an area near Liberty Hill. Robert Low was already there with his family, having arrived about 1825 from North Carolina through Tennessee. He had with him a new wife Nancy and married sons Daniel, Abner, Fielding and his daughter Moriah among others. Daniel Low gave 40 acres to build the Liberty Hill Church and stayed in the area until his death. Abner Low moved his family to Natchitoches Parish, Moriah Low married John Arledge. Their first son Allen W. Arledge was born there in 1830 but we have been unable to find them on the 1830 census. I believe they were living in someone else's household but since only heads of households are listed, we have not found them.

In 1836, John Arledge bought 160 acres of land from Wesley McClary for $100.00 cash in hand, according to a deed that was re-copied into Bienville records in 1849. All records before that time were lost in a fire before Claiborne Parish split into Bienville.

Before that, John Arledge was in Pike County, Mississippi, alone according to the 1820 census. One of his neighbors was Robert Love at that time. That name appeared again in Bienville and Rapides and lastly in Newton County, evidently they were friends of the Arledges. In researching another family I have found that the Love families were trappers and hunters. They seemed to have disagreed with the British and left for the wilds of Spanish held territory in the late 1700's. Is this Robert Love part of that pioneering family. I do not know.

In 1830 and 1840 censuses, we find several other Aldridges near John. There is Isom, Isham, Isaac and in 1850 a Susannah Aldridge age 27 is in the household of Robert Low in the position to be a daughter, above Allen W. Arledge listed as a laborer in the home of his grandfather. She is evidently a family member but it cannot be proved.

In Vol. 1 of the Bear Creek Cemetery we find a burial for Susie Arledge who died in 1889 and a John ____. Could this possibly be John Arledge 1800? I went to the cemetery on top of the highest point in Louisiana. It is well kept, surrounded by a chain link fence covered with red roses. There were 4 graves marked with fieldstone but they were too weathered to read. No other Arledges in that area.

The section just East of John's land was the home of John Anderson and in 1851 we find a record of the marriage of Allen W. Arledge and Eliza Anderson on February 23, 1851 in Bienville Parish, LA. I also found the marriage record of his brother Johnathan Arledge to Mary C. Brinkley on January 4, 1855, more about them later.

In 1841-42, John died but the cause is unknown. Between the 1840 and the 1850 census, we lose John, born 1800, son Isaac born 1835, and daughter Frances born 1838. WE only have their information because it was handed down in the family. It could have been a disease or perhaps a violent storm since they lived in the tornado belt. Yellow fever was a prevalent disease in North Louisiana. Even a sickness like measles killed a lot of people in those times.

In 1842, Moriah married Thomas McBride from Tennessee. He was the Coroner's Justice for Bienville Parish, coming from a family that could be traced back several generations in Scotland. His clerk was John Stephens who was the clerk signing both the marriage records of Allen and Johnathan.

They went on to move with the family to Rapides Parish where we find them in 1860. Johnathan and Mary are neighbors to the McBrides and not far away are the families of Allen Arledge, and James and Anna Brinkley, parents to Mary C. Brinkley.

Some of the Andersons, Chancellors and other Brinkleys had moved on west to Freestone County, Texas, and evidently Elizabeth was visiting there in early 1860 when Thomas Anderson Arledge was born at Fairfield, TX. There is more information on the Chancellors under Daniel Jackson Chancellor.

They come back into the family at a later date.

We have no pictures or description of John Arledge but we can be sure that he was a pioneer to have come and settled in this area at such an early age. He deserves to be remembered by his descendants.

John Arledge was probably from South Carolina, and came to Louisiana in the 1830s. Land records show that an Isaac and William Arledge registered for land in Bienville and Madison Parishes as early as 1835, and it is likely that John was with them. They may have been three of the sons of Isaac Arledge (Jr.) of Fairfield Co, SC, but there is not yet enough evidence of this. John's family was enumerated in the Claiborne Parish, LA census in 1840, and they were closely associated with his in-laws, the Low family. John apparently died shortly after this, in about 1842, and Mariah Low Arledge remarried a Thomas McBride and had several children with her new husband.

In 1820 census a Jno. ARLEDGE listed in Pike Co, MS (p. 15, line 14). Could this be the same person? 1820 Pike CO, MS 000100-00000-0 (male aged 18-26). Yes, probably.

In 1830 there is a John ALDRIDGE listed in Lawrence Co, MS. Could this be the same one? Need more information. Probably not the same one, because of age. Age could be mistaken, though--it's just one category off. However, John and Mariah's wouldn't have had this many children by this time.


   2 under 5



In 1830 census we find an Isaac ALDRIDGE and Isam ALDRIDGE in Claiborne Parish, LA.:

Joy Moore's transcription:


Males  1<nowiki>----</nowiki>under 5

Female 1----15/20


Males   1---15/20

Females 1---50/60

There is an S. L. ARLEDGE in 1830 Natchitoches Par, LA. Where was John ARLEDGE in 1830?


In Bienville (formerly Claiborne) Parish, LA, Joy Moore found a deed where John Arledge bought 160 acres of land from Wesley McClary on July 20 1836. Witnessed by Peter Franks, R L Kilgore and signed Wesley McClary and John Arledge [Joy notes: "Very Pretty and definitely ARLEDGE"]. The only reason it exists is because it was recopied in 6 day of Sept 1849 after the fire in Claiborne by the parish recorder William B Stewart. John Arledge paid $100 cash in hand for the 160 acres.

More on this deed from Joy: "I looked over that deed and John spelled his name Arleage not Arledge. It was witnessed by Peter Franks and R L Kilgore and bought from Wesley McClary. The signature of the deed above is R M Drew (Parent of Harmon Drew , judge in 1854 ?) The bottom as best as I can read it says "I George W Peets, Parish Image in & for the Parish of Claiborne absolutely certify that the within as a foregoing has been duly recorded in notarical book A on page 11 in my office on this 20th day of July AD 1836 In faith whereof I have hereunto to affix my hand and seal of office

                           G W Peets
                           Parish Image

Then at very bottom is

I hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the original ? or act of page reviewed this 6 day o September AD 1849 William B Stewart Recorder

The part of the deed above is signed R M Drew

from Joy Moore, 28 April 1999: "Wes McClary was from AL and he patented 440 acres of which he sold 160 to John. There are oil and gas wells all over that area The piece that William and Isaac patented lies at the junction of La 9 and between I-20 and the old Hwy 80. Prime piece of land. They should have all stayed there and we would all be rich!"

In 1840 census, we find a John ARLEDGE in Claiborne Co, LA (see below)

Also in 1840 we find an S. L. ARLEDGE (probably Samuel L.; aged 30-40; also a Samuel Eldridge) farther south in Natchitoches Parish. Samuel L. may have been the same Samuel L. who was the son of Jeptha Arledge of Fairfield Co, SC.

1840 Claiborne Parish, LA, p. 95:

JOHN ARLEDGE 1-1-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0//1-0-0-0-1-0-0-

m 1--under 5


F 1 -under 5


He is three houses away from Enos GOUGH (GOFF) who is next to John BRICE. Also on the same page are J.W. HUGHES, and several MOBLEYs.

1840 Claiborne Parish: Johnathan ARLEDGE with two adult male farmers (one 40-50, YOB 1790-1800), one 20-30 (YOB 1810-1820), then one female 20-30 (YOB 1810-1820), and children: one male 10-15 (prob. Allen b. 1830), one 5-10 (prob. John b. 1833), one under 5 (prob. Isaac b. 1835), and one female under 5 (prob. Frances b. 1838). WHO WAS THE YOUNG MAN?

John apparently died around 1842, since his wife Mariah remarried Thomas McBride.

In 1850 census for Bienville Parish, LA, we find three ALDRIDGEs as HOH: Isam, Jonathan and Samuel. Were these brothers? [Need full census records]. Joy Moore reports finding these listings in 1850 Bienville Parish (along with many Low families):


Johnathon Aldredge Bienville

Susannah " Bienville

Isam " Bienville

1860 Rapides Parish, LA

Is this his son? Johnathon Aldredge Pvt Co E 16th La

Inf On roll for May and June "Discharged June 21-1862"


Letter from Lisa Stephens:


I've been reading group e-mails for couple of months and just now getting enough research & records together to respond. My name is Lisa Stephens, my mom is Winona Arledge. If all our family records are correct my great-grandfather Henry Allen Arledge (b 2-16-1862) and Joy Moore's great-grandfather Harmon Drew Arledge (b 3-15-1854) are brothers.

I haven't verified all this with official documentation, but took all of this info from family tree notations & cross-referenced it from a couple of family sources. Am still verifying & looking for more. Here's what we have so far:

John Arledge (b 3-6-1800) & Moriah ___?___ (b 2-28-1813) had five kids:

1. Allen W Arledge (b 7-23-1830) Joy's & my g-g-grandfather

2. Jonathan (b 7-13-1833)

3. Isaac (b 12-28-1835)

4. Francis (b 9-3-1838)

5. Elizabeth (b 3-1-1847)

Moriah was married to Thomas R. McBride (b 1818) either before or after her marriage to John & we have records of kids from that union as well). Allen W Arledge married Eliza Anderson Arledge (b 9-5-1833) on September 5, 1981 and they had six kids:

1. John W (b1-27-1852, d 1855)

2. Harmon Drew (b 3-15-1854)

3. Elizabeth [Simmons] (b 3-25-1856)

4. Francinia [Powers] (b 4-14-1858)

5. Thomas Anderson (b 3-7-1860)

6. Henry Allen Arledge (b 2-16-1862, d 7-17-1941) My g-grndf

The story is that our great-great-grandfather left for the Civil War and never came back (for whatever reason), and our great-great grandmother Eliza married ____?___ Hamilton and we have records of 4 Hamilton half-siblings to Henry & Harmon.

My g-grandfather Henry Allen Arledge married Nancy Rosealtha West (b10-1-1866, d 12-15-1917) on 8-28-1884. They had 13 children!

1. William W (b 6-1-1885)

2. Eliza [Spears] (b 8-?-1887)

3. Henry Allen (8-3-90)

4. Suddith "Sudd" (b 12-19-91)

5. James Edward (b 10-3-1893)

6. Cassandra "Cass" [Granger] (b 8-23-1895)

7. Johnny Jefferson (b 6-26-1897)

8. Nancy "Nan" [O'Neill] (b 2-25-1899)

9. Harman (b 5-21-1900, d 8-13-1900)

10. Joseph Wheeler (b 5-3-1901) my maternal grandfather

11. Unnamed Baby (b 12-27-1902, d 12-28-1902)

12. Arsula "Sue or Suley" (b 6-5-1904)

13. Mattie Elizabeth "Chick" [Thompson] (b 3-6-1906)

Anyway....I have lots more notes my mother, aunt & I are sifting through....and have lots other family to contact who have info too I think. I hope this helps & I hope to find lots more.


Lisa Stephens


Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998

rom: Thomas Arledge

To: "Joy Moore" <>

Dear Joy,

    My grgrandfather's name was Thomas Jackson Arledge and he did marry an Ada Chancellor or Chandler in Newton County Texas.  His father's name was Allen Arledge from Alexander La. His father was Jon Arledge whom I have found in an 1835 census in Alexander, La. although their was no mention of Allen Arledge by name their was mention of a fifteen year male old child.  According to family legend Allen Arledge died in the Civil War in a Union P.O.W. camp with the measels.  
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John W. Arledge's Timeline

March 6, 1800
Prob. Edgefield Co, SC; Pike CO, MS in 1820 census; Lawrence Co MS 1830; bought land in LA in 1836
July 23, 1830
Acquired land in Bienville Parish, LA in 1860; Rapides HOH 1860 census
July 13, 1833
prob. Claiborne Parish, LA or MS; as Johnathan ALDRIDGE, in Rapides Par, LA 1860; 1870 in Newton CO TX
December 28, 1835
prob. Rapides Parish, LA
September 3, 1838
prob. Rapides Parish, LA
March 1, 1841
Rapides Parish, Louisiana (LA); listed as McBride (stepfather's name) in 1860 census
Age 41
listed on 1835? census in Alexandria, LA (see note); Bur. Bear Creek Cemetery, Bienville Parish, LA