Marlin Edward DAVIS Addie Flora DAVIS Mini tree diagram

Ella BIVENS1,2,3,2

Apr 18751,2,2 - before 19301

Life History

Apr 1875

Born in Madison County, Arkansas.1,2,2

14th Oct 1915

Birth of daughter Addie Flora DAVIS in Arkansas.4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

before 1930

Died in Crawford County, Arkansas.1

Other facts


Married Marlin Edward DAVIS


  • In the 1900 census for Crawford County, Arkansas, Ella Bivens Knight had been married to James B Goodwin for 3 years.  She was apparently widowed in about 1902 or so, since in the 1910 census, she was a widow head of household and the youngest of two Goodwin children, Oscar, was 9 years old.

    1910 Federal Census, Crawford County, Arkansas, 26 April, River Township, District 7, Page 12A, Hse #167,Fam #168
    Goodwin, Ella Head F W 35 Widow 7 children/3 living b AR MO AR Farmer rents [b abt 1875]
    Night [Knight], Martha Dau M W 16 Single AR MO AR Farm Laborer [b abt 1894]
    Goodwin, Joe Son M W 11 Single AR AR AR Farm Laborer [b abt 1899]
    Goodwin, Oscar Son M W 9 Single AR AR AR [b abt 1901]

    Ellas has not been found in the 1920 census.  She had two more children, daughter Addie Flora born 1915 and Alta born 1918.  Their father was Marlin Davis.

    Ella Bivens
    BIRTH APR 1875 Madison, Arkansas
    DEATH AFT 1920 Crawford Arkansas
    Joseph A Bivens 1848-1926
    Ann Dorsey 1840-1915
    Ezra Israel Bud Knight 1872-1894
    Child Martha Ethelbert Knight 1894-1973
    James P Goodwin 1860-1910
    Joseph Jodie Franklin Goodwin 1899-1959
    Oscar D Goodwin 1900-1979
    Spouse Marlin Edward Davis 1895-1970
    Addie Flora Davis 1915-1984
    Alta Davis 1918-1977
    --  Okie,

    Though Marlin was having children with Ella Bivens, he wwas actually married to Mary Jemima Freeman, simultaneously building two famliies.

    "Flora M. Davis was born to Marlin and Jemima in may of 1915.  My grandmother Addie Flora Davis was born in Oct 1915 to Marlin Davis and Ella Bivens Davis.  Same dad. different moms.  He is running back and forth between these two women having kids with both of them.  Ella is a full 20 years older than he is and is a colorful character to put it mildly.  Married 3 times, but I can find no record of her and Marlin being married although she took his last name."
    --  Joy Elaine Fowler, Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 20 July 2016

    In 1918 her son Joe Goodwin reported as his ocntact on his WWI registration his mother under the name of Ellad Davis, resident of Van Buren, Arkansas.

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Jodie Franklin Goodwin
    Residence Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas
    Birth Date 10 Feb 1899
    Laborer for Taylor Black
    Nearest Relative (mother) Ellas Davis Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas
    Medium Height & Build, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair
    Registered 12 September 1918 Van Buren
    Signed Jodie Franklin Goodwin

    Ella has not been found in the 1920 census.  It appears that Ella died before the 1930 census, because the two Davis children Flora and Addie are living in the household of their older brother Joe Goodwin.

    1930 Federal Census, LeFlore County, Oklahoma, 18 April, cowlington Township, District 40-10, Page 40B, Hse #90, Fam #91
    Goodwin, Joseph Head Rents Has No Radio  M W 31 First Married at age 25 [abt 1924] TX TX TX Farmer [b abt 1899]
    Goodwin, Bonnie Wife F W 26 First Married at age 24 [abt 1928 ?] OK TX TX Farmer [b abt 1904]
    Goodwin, James W Son M W 5 OK AR AR [b abt 1925]
    Goodwin, Angie M Dau F W 3 OK AR AR [b abt 1927]
    Davis, Flora Sister F W 14 AR AR AR K [b abt 1916]


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