Ana Ruth TINSLEY Living TINSLEY Polly Ann BUTLER Pauline BAILEY Mini tree diagram
James Frederick TINSLEY

James Frederick TINSLEY7,8,9,10,1,5,2,11,3,4,6,6

18th Aug 19211,2,3,4,5,6 - 25th Dec 19832,4,5

Life History

18th Aug 1921

Born in Ft Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6

13th Feb 1948

Birth of daughter Ana Ruth TINSLEY.12

May 1952

Married Polly Ann BUTLER in Pulaski County, Arkansas.6

before 5th Apr 1957

Divorced from Polly Ann BUTLER in Pulaski County, Arkansas.6

25th Dec 1983

Died in Haynesville, Claiborne, Louisiana.2,4,5

after 25th Dec 1983

Buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Haynesville, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.2

Other facts


Married Pauline BAILEY


Birth of daughter Living TINSLEY


  • Polly married James Tinsley, and they had two daughters.  It is thought they divorced but later remarried.

    "They lived in St Charles when I knew them.  They may have met in the service.  They divorced, I think.  They had two girls.  The oldest was Anna Ruth, but I don't remember the other one's name,"
    --  Edith McSwain Jenkins, personal communication to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 2 November 2018

    Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945
    James Frederick Tinsley
    Residence 817 W Capitol, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas
    Age 24, Birth 18 August 1921 Ft Smith, Arkansas
    Contact A F Tinsley, same address
    6' 140 lbs, Hazel Eyes, Brown Hair, Ruddy Eyes
    Registered 5 June 1946 Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States
    Signed with full name

    A later marriage record in 1952 supports their divorce and indicates a remarriage.  The record reports both having the last name of Tinsley when they married.

    Marriage License Notices
    James F Tinsley, 30, North Little Rock, and Pollye Ann Tinsley, 28, Ethel
    --  Arkansas Democrat, 6 May 1952, p 11A

    But there is one anomaly.  Polly and James appear in three Little Rock city directories, but the first one is in 1951.  So it appears they were still married in 1951, but divorced then remarried before the 1954 directory, in which they also appear, then again in 1957, the year they divorced.  A later divorce in about April 1957 (after the 1957 city directory had been prepared) is found however, posted on Ancestry by the same genealogist who posted the 1952 marriage record, "gilmonts."  I have other couples in my genealogy who were divorced and remarried more than once.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Little Rock, Arkansas, City Directory, 1951, p 200
    Tinsley Jas F (Polly) hlpr Vets Admn (FtR) h 130 Silver City cts

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Little Rock, Arkansas, City Directory, 1953, p 165
    Tinsley Jas F (Polly) atndt Fort Roots VA Hosp h 900 W 20th

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Little Rock, Arkansas, City Directory, 1957, p 203
    Tinsley Jas F (Pollye) nurses aide Maumelle ordnance Wks h 209 W 51st

    Divorce Notice 107024
    Pollye Tinsley v James Tinsley
    The Arkansas Democrat legal notices announced that the divorce was filed on March 5, and announced on 5 April 1957 that it had been granted.
    --  Arkansas Democrat, 5 Apr 1957 p 34

    Some time after the divorce in 1957, he remarried he moved to Louisiana.

    U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
    James F Tinsley
    613 S McDonald St, Haynesville, Louisiana, USA 71038-3828
    Phone Number 318-624-2407
    Residence Years 1993-1997

    U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2
    James F Tinsley
    Birth Date 18 Aug 1921
    S McDonald St, Haynesville, LA, 71038

    A Social Security record appears to be for James, reporting the same birth date.  But this record reports his birth place as Missouri, while in 1946, he reported Fort Smith Arkansas on his draft registration.

    United States Social Security Death Index
    James Tinsley, Age 62
    Birth 18 Aug 1921 Missouri
    Last Place of Residence Claiborne, Louisiana 71038
    Death Dec 1983

    U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
    James Tinsley
    Birth Date 18 Aug 1921
    Death Date 25 Dec 1983
    SSN 497164102
    ARMY Enlistment 4 Jun 1940
    Release 3 Jun 1946

    His Find a Grave memorial reports the expected birth place, Ft Smith, Arkansas.

    Find A Grave Index
    James Fredrick Tinsley
    Birth Date 18 Aug 1921 Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas
    Death Date 25 Dec 1983 Haynesville, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
    Burial Shady Grove Cemetery, Haynesville, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States of America
    Amos Fredrick Tinsley 1886-1967
    Ada Newlon Tinsley 1887-1933
    Gravesite Details U.S. Navy WWII
    Spouse Pauline Bailey Tinsley 1914-1999
    Helen Lucile Tinsley Freeman 1916-2012
    Dora Jeanette Tinsley 1919-1919
    --  Find a Grave Memorial 19082820,


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