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William Charles Arledge

Birthplace: Marion Co, TN; lived in Etowah CO, AL (near Crudup, now Reece City); HOH 1900 census Etowah Co AL
Death: June 13, 1912 (46)
Birmingham, Jefferson Co, AL; ruptured appendix during Red-Man Lodge Convention
Immediate Family:

Son of James Arledge and Sarah Anderson
Husband of Dora Ann Arledge
Father of Oscar Beard Arledge; Lula Ann Walton; William Bradley Arledge, US Army WWI; Otto Galloway "Tip" Arledge; Ida Virginia Arledge and 1 other
Brother of Beard Lafayette (B. L.) Arledge; William Arledge; Samuel C. Arledge; Moses Eligah Arledge and Tennessee Jane Arledge

Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About William Charles Arledge

From Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:


(sent to Pam Wilson by her grand-niece, Ann Arledge Tilley, of Attalla, AL)

After eighty long years of ups and downs I am going to write a few lines to my grandchildren of how it was when I was a little girl.

Born on an eighty acre cotton and corn farm a mile from Crudup, Alabama and Iron Ore Mine at which my father was a boss--My mother kept house, a few boarders now and then and some of my father's nieces and nephews (Will, Addie, Fronia Arledge).

My father died with peritonitis in a Birmingham, Alabama Hospital. My mother stayed with him to the last. He took sick in his hotel room. He was attending a Red-Man Lodge Convention when he became ill. Those days you had no drugs for infection like we have today. I remember the morning the train brought him home. You could stand on our front porch and see the depot very plain, although it was most a mile away. It was a pretty clear morning. The train did not blow the whistle when it stopped or when it pulled away--so very quiet and peaceful. As I said in the beginning, I was the youngest of six children--three boys, three girls--Oscar, Lula, Bradley, Tip, Ida and I (Vera). The boys called me "Bob"; and most every one else did, also.

Mama would tell us the last time she saw her dad was on a road up near Keener, Alabama that turned off toward Sand Mountain and went to Corinth, Mississippi. He was riding a big chestnut colored horse: she was only about four years old; she waved goodbye to him and went to live with her two maiden aunts, Rhoda and Annie Rink. She never saw him again hut learned that he married another woman later in life. Her mother and infant sister, also the two aunts, are buried in the family cemetery in Bethany, Alabama near Reece City, Alabama.

Times when my daddy was living was great. We had plenty of everything. Lula was given music lessons. Oscar had a horse and buggy. We had picnic supper up the hollow where there was a spring and running water. Mama did the wash up there. We had a tub board and battling bench.

We also had pound suppers where the girls brought cakes, fruit and all good things to eat and parties in our living room which was the largest anywhere.

We had four chestnut trees, two on the way to the spring and two on the other side of the house. The two on the way to the spring was mine, at least I claimed them; and in the fall we gathered the chestnuts and sold them mostly to two young men, the Galloway brothers, who lived a mile and a half above us; and each owned a motorcycle apiece. Tom, the youngest, would let me ride on the motorcycle handlebars to school which was at Crudup, a mile down the road, He worked in Gadsden. There wasn't many cars in those days. But I remember daddy planned to buy one, and the salesman brought one for him to try. He carried Mamma and Lula and some of the boys to ride in it. It was a touring car with the top let down, But, of course, he passed away; and that was the last of the car deal.

We had no running water, just a well in the front yard and a sprinq up the hollow. We brought our water in cedar buckets which had to be scrubbed every Saturday. Our cooking stove had a small tank on the side which held water for use for baths. It was a large Home Comfort Stove with a warming oven over the top where Mamma would warm leftover food for our supper. She was a good cook as well as Lula. We had an ash hopper where we dumped our ashes from the fire place, and then you poured water into that and made lye that she used to make homemade soap and to which she would add Red Devil Lye to this when it was making. It was very hard on your hands, but made beautiful sheets and shirts that you hung out in the sun to dry.

I remember very little about what happened when I was a child, only the usual things. I played; and being the youngest, I guess I was petted a lot. I would play under the porch digging for Doodle Bugs, of which I have never seen anywhere else or since. But you could take a small stick and put in the hole and sing: "Doodle up, Doodle Up, Come to supper" and a little small grey bug would come out of the hole. It was fun on a rainy day.

We had no radio or telephone. They all came later.

As times passed the mines went out of business; times began to get hard. Mamma had a vegetable garden where we grew most of what we had to eat. We had no refrigeration of any kind, but she canned and dried apples and peaches and pickled some beans. We raised hogs for our meat, the best country hams. We always had a cow for our milk and butter. In the winter we had turnip greens, winter cabbage, and collards. We had a good life--oil lamps for light and a large wood fire in the front room, we also had a fireplace in the kitchen where Mamma would cook cornbread, bake sweet potatoes and sometimes make hominy. Also, there was a rack from which you could hang a pot to cook beans and were they ever

good! We had two mules. One a red one called Lightning, the other a black one called Kate which I rode, believe it or not without a saddle, with a dress on. You seldom wore pants, sometimes some of the boys old ones.

Tue, 16 Mar 1999 07:42:49 -0500

       Pam Wilson <pwgs@sgi.net>

Dear Ann,

I ran across this and remembered that your William C. Arledge had died

at a Red Man's Convention, so thought you might be interested in




       Re: [Melungeon-L] RED MAN'S ASSOCIATION?
       Mon, 15 Mar 1999 10:55:37 EST


I don't know much about the association, but my later grandfather was a member

for many, many years. So several years back I sent away for some brochures to

help me understand the organization. They say:


The Order of Red Men is a National Fraternal Organization that believes in...

1. Love and Respect of the American Flag...

2. Preserving our Nation by defending and upholding the principle of free


3. America and the democartic way of life...

4. Preserving the traditions and history of the great Country...

5. Creating and inspiring a greater love for the United States of America...

6. Helping our fellow men through organized charitable programs...

7. Linking our members together in a common bond of Brotherhood and


8. Perpetuating the beautiful legends and traditions of a vanishing race and

keeping alive of its customs, ceremonies, and philosophies.


    The Fraternity was founded in 1765 and was originally known as the Sons

of Liberty. These patriots concealed their identities and worked

"underground" to help establish freedom and liberty in the Early Colonies.

They patterned themselves after the great Iroquois Indian nation and its

democratic governing body. Their system with elected representatives to

governing tribal councils had been in existence for several centuries.

    After the American Revolution the name was changed to The Order of Red

Men. They kept the customs and terminology of the Indians as a basic part of

the Fraternity. Some of the words and terms may sound strange, but they soon

become a familiar part of the language for every member. The Masons are

similar to the Order of Red Men in that they (meaning the Masons) have

patterned their rituals and work after the Ancient Masonic craftsman.


George Washington, Samuel Adams, thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John

Hancock, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding,

Franklin D. Roosevelt


Degree of Pocahontas -- The Degree of Pocahontas is the women's auxiliary of

the Order of Red Men. The first Council of this degree began in 1887 in

Philadelphia, PA....

DEGREE OF HIAWATHA -- This is a junior tribe composed of boyd 8 years and

older and is dedicated to inspiring young American boys with the love of

Country and good Citizenship....

DEGREE OF ANONA -- This is a junior council for girls and is the training

degree fogood citizenship and patriotism....


AID--American Indian Development; National charity to provide health care and

education for Indian Children.

FLAG RECOGNITION PROGRAM--A program to honor those patriotic Americans who

display the flag regularly.

FAITH OF OUR FATHERS CHAPEL--chapel erected at Freedom Foundation, Valley

Forge, PA to memoralize the ideals and principles of our founding fathers.


strengthen our beliefs in the American Way of Life.

BRAILLE PRESS--Financial support to aid and promote books for the blind.

RETARDED CHILDREN'S PROGRAM--Suport of various projects and programs of the

Association of the Retarded, including the Special Olympics.

ALL-AMERICAN Conference--Financial support to this organization whose primary

goal is to combat communism, by promoting Americanism.

INDIAN AFFAIRS PROJECT--This program furnishes food, clothing and other needed

articles to Indian Reservations for distribution.


unknown soldiers and all brave American who have fallen in battle to protect

our Freedom.

RED MEN'S WEEK--Week of December 16th designated as National Red Men's Week,

commemorating Boston Tea Party in 1773.

HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAM--A national program to promote safe driving.

Here's a little bit more of their history: On 16 Dec 1773, a group of men,

all members of the S ons of Liberty, met in Boston to protest the tax on tea

imposed by England. When their protest went unheeded, they disguised

themselves as Mohawk Indians, proceeded to Boston Harbor and dumped overboard

342 chests of English tea. During the Revolutionary War, members of secret

societies quenched their council fires and took up muskets to join the

Continental Army.

One question I asked was Do you have to be an Indian or have Indian ancestry

to have belonged, and the answer is NO.

There is a Great Council of Texas Improved Order of Red Museum & Library

located in Waco, TX 756711. Address is 4521 Speight Ave. Phone 817-756-1221.

I'm sure is you have any other questions they can either answer them or refer

you to someone else who can.

Hope this has helped you a bit,

Neva Bryant

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William Charles Arledge's Timeline

April 4, 1866
Marion Co, TN; lived in Etowah CO, AL (near Crudup, now Reece City); HOH 1900 census Etowah Co AL
May 24, 1890
infor from Marie Arledge Coffey and Ann Arledge Tilley <anntilley@usa.net>;AL; HOH 1920 Etowah Co, AL
February 2, 1893
Etowah County, Alabama, United States
February 2, 1895
AL; HOH 1920 Etowah Co, AL as Bradley Arledge; HOH 1930 Keener, Etowah Co, AL
January 11, 1898
living with mother in 1920 census, with brother Bradley in 1930 (Etowah Co AL)
February 10, 1900
living with mother in 1920 census
December 6, 1904
near Crudup (now Reece City), AL; living with mother in 1920 census
June 13, 1912
Age 46
Birmingham, Jefferson Co, AL; ruptured appendix during Red-Man Lodge Convention