Pierre Augusta PERTUIS Thomas L PERTUIS Mary PERTUIS Anastasia PERTUIS Peter Augusta PERTUIS Cullen GODFREY Alonzo Isaac MATTHEWS Mattie PERTUIS Henry Lee PERTUIS Eliza LEE Mini tree diagram

Willie Frances PERTUIS1,2,3,4,5,6,7

26th Jul 18671,2,3,4,5,6 - 8th Aug 19491,6,7

Life History

26th Jul 1867

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

24th Mar 1887

Married Cullen GODFREY in Lincoln County, Arkansas.3

before Oct 1906

Death of Cullen GODFREY in Lincoln County, Arkansas.1

21st Oct 1906

Married Alonzo Isaac MATTHEWS in Lincoln County. Arkansas.1

before 1930

Death of Alonzo Isaac MATTHEWS in Desha County, Arkansas.4,5

8th Aug 1949

Died in Lincoln Township, Desha, Arkansas.1,6,7

after 8th Aug 1949

Buried in Tyro Cemetery, Star City, Lincoln County, Arkansas.1

Notes

  • 1870 Federal Census, Drew County, Arkansas, 8 August, BeauregardTownship, P O Green Mount, page 5 (scan 569), Hse/Fam #44
    Pertise [Pertius], A P 42 M W Farmer $1200 Real Estate $1600 Personalb AR Cannot read or write [b abt 1828]
    Pertise, Eliza 32 F W Keeping House born AR Cannot read or write [babt 1838]
    Pertise, Willie 3 F W born AR [b abt 1867]

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957:
    Willie Pertuis
    Age 9, Birth Year abt 1868
    Residence Tyro, Lincoln, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name C W Godfrey
    Spouse's Gender Male
    Spouse's Age 25
    Spouse's Residence Tyro, Lincoln, Arkansas
    Marriage 24 Mar 1887 Lincoln County
    Marriage License Date 23 Mar 1887

    Willie's husband Cullen Godfrey died after the 1900 census, when theywere reported living in Wells Bayou, Lincoln County, Arkansas.  In1920, Willie's mother Eliza Pertuis is living with her and her husbandIsaac Matthews.

    1920 Federal Census, Desha County, Arkansas, 7 January, RandolphTownship, District 43, Page 7A, Hse #156, Fam #166
    Mathews, Issacc L Head Owns M W 66 Married  AR GA GA Farming
    Mathews, Willie F Wife F W 52 Married  AR AR AR
    Pertuis, Eliza Mother-in-Law F W 82 Widow AR VA VA

    There is another family enumerated as a second family in theirhousehold.  This is Emanuel Godfrey and his wife Bessie, who arereported to be renting their quarters.  Emanuel is Willie's son fromher first marriage with Cullen Godfrey who died after the 1900 census.

    There is another Pertuis family a few doors away.  Widowed ChesterPertuis, age 59.  Chester was born in Arkansas, and his father inSouth Carolina, and mother in Georgia.  In Chester's household are issingle son Godfrey, age 31, a daughter Donna McCullom, age 34 and her14-year-old son Charles W.

    Before 1930, Willie's husband Isaac Matthews died.  I have found thedeath and information.  Willie is living with her son Pierre.  Hisname is spelled phonetically in English in this census as Peair.Pierre's record informs us that his father Cullen Godfrey was born inMississippi.

    1930 Federal Census, Desha County, Arkansas, 15 April, Dumas, District21-14, page 14B, College St, Hse #342, Fam #387
    Godfrey, Peair [Pierre] Head Owns $4000 M W 43 Single AR MS AR b abt1887] Machinist, Cotton Gin
    Godfrey, Willie F Mother F W 62 Widow AR AR AR [b abt 1868]

    1940 Federal Census, Desha County, Arkansas, 15 April, RandolphTownship, District 21-16, Page 8B, Hse #170, Own $1600, Farm
    Godfry, Jesse Head M W 47 Married Grade 7 b Ark Same place in 1935Farmer [b abt 1893]
    Godfry, Sallie Kate Wife F W 44 Married Grade 7 b Ark Same place in1935 [b abt 1896]
    Godfry, Geraldine Dau F W 17 Single Grade H2 b Ark Same place in 1935[b abt 1923]
    - page 9A -
    Godfry, Wilie Frances Mother F W 77 Widow Grade 4 b Ark Same place in1935 [b abt 1863]
    Hutchinson, Dave Adopted Son M W 54 Single Grade 5 b Ark Same place in1935 Assistant Farmer [b abt 1886]

    Note that Dave Hutchinson is reported as an adopted son of Jesse, butDave is 7 years older than Jesse.

    Willie and her son Jesse's household were also enumerated a secondtime in their residence in Dumas.  Jesse is reported as a farmer.There are some slight differences in the enumeration, notably the nameof the daughter Geraldine is given a name that appears to be Joliene.There is a boarder in the city home.  In the Dumas enumeration,Willie's name is more properly reported as Willie Matthews, butwithout the benefit of her middle name.

    However, that enumerator reported her as mother-in-law, rather thanmother.  this was probably because of the difference in the lastnames, with Willie's second married name being different form herson's name, the enumerator probably took her for Sallie's mother.Weare not including that whole transcription here.

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Willie God Matthews
    Age 82, Estimated Birth Year 1867
    Death 8 Aug 1949 Desha County
    Volume 45, Certificate #8974

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    Mrs Willie Pertuis Matthews
    Birth Jul. 26, 1867
    Death Aug. 8, 1949

    Willie Pertuis Matthews was the wife of Alonzo Isaac Matthews. Theywere married on 21 Oct 1906 in Lincoln County. Alonzo was the son ofJohn L and Carolyn Matthews. Willie was the daughter of Pierre (Peter)A and Eliza Pertuis, pioneers in Arkansas. This was her secondmarriage. She first married Cullen Godfrey.

    [In the 1930 and 1940 censuses, she is enumerated as a widow under herfirst married name as Willie Godfrey, in the home of her son.]

    Burial Tyro Cemetery, Star City, Lincoln County, Arkansas

    Created by D Strickland Jan 11, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #64089808,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Pertuis&GSiman=1&GScnty=132&GRid=64089808&
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Sources

  • 1. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 2. 1870 Federal Census, Drew County, Arkansas
    • 8 August, Beauregard Township, P O Green Mount, page 5 (scan 569),
  • 3. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
  • 4. 1920 Federal Census, Desha County, Arkansas
    • 7 January, Randolph Township, District 43, Page 7A, Hse #156, Fam #166
  • 5. 1930 Federal Census, Desha County, Arkansas
    • 15 April, Dumas, District 21-14, page 14B, College St, Hse #342, Fam
  • 6. 1940 Federal Census, Desha County, Arkansas
    • 15 April, Randolph Township, District 21-16, Page 9A, Hse #170, Own
  • 7. Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950

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