Bernice M TRUSSELL Roxie A GRISHAM Mini tree diagram
George W TRUSSELL

George W TRUSSELL1,2,3,4,5,6

18761,2,3,4,5,6 - 19581,5

Life History

1876

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6

1st Aug 1901

Married Roxie A GRISHAM in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

about 1904

Birth of daughter Bernice M TRUSSELL in Arkansas.4,5,6,2,3

28th May 1927

Death of Roxie A GRISHAM in Arkansas.5

1958

Died in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,5

1958

Buried in Hearns Cemetery, De Witt, Arkansas, Arkansas.1

Notes

  • George Trussell married Roxie Ruffin on 1 August 1901.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    G W Trussell
    Gender: Male
    Age 25. Birth Year abt 1876
    Residence De Luce, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name: Roxie Ruffin
    Spouse's Gender: Female
    Spouse's Age 18
    Spouse's Residence Deluce, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 1 Aug 1901 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date: 1 Aug 1901

    Information in the 1910 census indicates that Ruffin was Roxie'smarried name.  In their household are two children named Ruffin,though the relationships reported are confusing.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 5 May, Point DeLuceTownship, District 11, page 12B, Hse/Fam #230
    Trussell, George Head M W 34 2nd Marriage Married 8 years AR TN GAFarmer
    Trussell, Roxie Wife F W 26 2nd Marriage [Married 8 years] 6children/5 living AL AL AL
    Trussell, [Unreadable] Dau F W 13 AR AR AR
    Ruffin, Mimie Dau [stepdau?] F W 11 AR AR AL
    Ruffin, Eason Son [stepson?] M W 9 AR AR AL
    Trussell, Berenie [Bernice] Dau F W 6 AR AR AL
    Trussell, Earl Son M W 7 AR AR AL
    Trussell, Elsie Dau F W 1yr1mo AR AR AL

    The name of the first Ruffin child looks like Mimie, which we mighttake to be Mimi.  The 1900 census, however, which I found considerablylater, reports her name as Minnie.  The mother of both Mimie (Minnie)and Eason Ruffin was born in Alabama, matching Roxie's birth state.It looks like they would be her children from her first marriage.

    With Mimie (Minnie) age 11 here, Roxie would have been about 15 whenMimi was born and thus married at about 14.  Roxie Ruffin's entry inthe 1900 census indeed reports her as 17 years old, and married for 3years, with her daughter Minnie aged 2.

    It appears George and Roxie were married soon after Eason's birth, orperhaps even before.  These two Ruffin children are reported as thechildren of George, not his step-children.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 26 March, Point DeLuceTownship, District 195, page 3A, Hse/Fam #58
    Trussell, George Head Rents M W  44 AR AR AR Farmer
    Trussell, Roxie Wife F W  35 AL AL AL
    Trussell, Bernice Dau F W  15 AR AR AL
    Trussell, Earl Son M W  13 AR AR AL
    Trussell, Elsie Dau F W  10 AR AR AL
    Trussell, Gladys Dau F W  6 AR AR AL
    Trussell, Aquilla Dau F W  4yrs10mos AR AR AL
    Trussell, Howard Son M W  2yrs2mos AR AR AL

    Roxie's grave, as reported on a memorial on Find a Grave,  tells usshe passed away in 1927.  In the 1930 census, George is married, butthe name of his wife is messy and scribbly, and thus indecipherable.It could be Louisa W.  The birth states of the wife and her parentsmatches those of Roxie, all Alabama.  But note the age difference.George's wife is 52 years old, while from previous censuses, we wouldexpect Roxie to be 45.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 28 April, Point DeLuceTownship, District 22, page 4A, Dirt Road, Hse/Fam #79
    Trussell, George W Head Rents Has Radio M W 54 Married at age 20 AL TNGA Farmer
    Trussell, Louisa W (?) Wife F W 52 Married at age 18 AL AL AL
    Trussell, Aquilla Dau F W 14 Single AR AL AL
    Trussell, Howard W Son M W 12 Single AR AL AL

    A few doors down from George is one James H Trussell with his wifeMary.  We might think they were brothers, but George's father isreported as born in either Tennessee or Arkansas, while James H'sbrother is reported as born in Mississippi, the same state where Jameswas born.  Since George's father's birth state is not consistentlyreported, that might more likely be in error.  George's birth statealso varies in the censuses, with Arkansas and Alabama being reported. But they may also be cousins.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 28 April, Point DeLuceTownship, District 22, page 4A, Dirt Road, Hse/Fam #79
    Trussell, James H Head Owns has Radio M W 75 Married at age 19 MS MSMS Farmer
    Trussell, Mary L Wife F W 61 Married at age 16 SC SC GA
    Trussell, Hattie Dau F W 31 Widow AR MS AR
    Trussell, Vera M Granddau F W 9 Single AR AR AR
    Trussell, Charles H Son [sic] M W 7 Single AR AR AR
    Trussell, Walter L Son [sic] M W 9 Single AR AR AR

    Note that Charles and Walter are designated as sons, but their agesindicate they are the sons of James' daughter Hattie, not James andMary.  Hattie's children have the last name Trussell, which seems odd,since Hattie is reported as a widow.  Perhaps she has taken back hermaiden name since her husband's death.  But even then, it is also veryodd for the children not to keep their father's surname.  This isprobably an enumerator error.

    George's daughter Bernice is a few doors away in her own household asthe wife of James W Jenkins.  She is recorded as Vernie.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 28 April, Point DeLuceTownship, District 22, page 4A, Dirt Road, Hse/Fam #75
    Jenkins, James W Head Owns has Radio M W 25 Married at age 18 AR AR ARFarmer
    Jenkins, Vernie W Wife F W 26 Married at age 16 AR AR AR
    Jenkins, Dorris Dau F W 4yrs7mos Single AR AR AR
    Jamison, Andrew lodger M W 3 Single AR AR AR Farm Laborer

    James and Mary's daughter Vera Mae also married another James WJenkins in 1935.

    Before the 1940 census, George's second wife died, and he is reportedas a Widower, found living in the household of his daughter BerniceJenkins.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 26 April, PointDeLuce, District 1-22, page 4A, Brown School District Rd, Hse #68,Owns $800
    Jenkins, James W Head M W 38 Grade 7 b Ark  same place in 1935 Farmer
    Jenkins, Bernice Wife F W 36 Grade 7 b Ark  same place in 1935Housekeeping
    Jenkins, Dorris Dau F W 14 Single Grade 8 b Ark  same place in 1935
    Trussell, George Father-in-Law M W 64 Widowed Grade 6 b Ark  sameplace in 1935

    George Trussell
    Birth 1876
    Death  1958
    Spouse Roxie A. Trussell (1883 - 1927)
    Burial Hearns Cemetery, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
    Created by CJ Aug 13, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #74853273,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74853273

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