Joseph Sanford JENKINS Nell JENKINS John Cullen JENKINS William Sanford JENKINS Thomas Jefferson CHAPEL Marley Ward CHAPEL Neoma L CHAPEL John Evan CHAPEL Hester Izora CHAPEL Trudie Zelma CHAPEL Thomas Jefferson CHAPEL Amanda Lucinda JENKINS Margurette Catherine JENKINS Joseph Asa JENKINS Lucinda Amanda TAYLOR Mini tree diagram
Mary Lydie JENKINS

Mary Lydie JENKINS10,10,10,3,11,5,12,6

20th Jan 18577 - 23rd Jul 19294,9,6

Ran a hotel in Marlow, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory

Life History

20th Jan 1857

Born in Georgia.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

(most likely)

21st Jan 1857

Born in Family paper, cited in Jenkins Journal, Jan 1982.7

(less likely)

before 1860

Residence1: Enumerated with parents and siblings in the October 1860 census in Cass County, Texas.2,5

2nd Nov 1882

Married Thomas Jefferson CHAPEL in Cass County, Texas.31,32

2nd Nov 1882

Married in Naples, Morris, Texas.8

21st Aug 1883

Birth of son Marley Ward CHAPEL in Cass County, Texas.13,11,14,15,16,17,18

11th Feb 1885

Birth of daughter Neoma L CHAPEL

17th Aug 1886

Death of daughter Neoma L CHAPEL.19

6th Jan 1888

Birth of son John Evan CHAPEL in Naples, Cass, Texas.20,21,22,23,11,17,6

12th Sep 1890

Birth of daughter Hester Izora CHAPEL in Indian Territory.11,17,24


Occupation Ran a hotel in Marlow, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.2

10th May 1895

Birth of daughter Trudie Zelma CHAPEL in Marlow, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.11,25,23,8,2,17,26,27

30th Nov 1899

Birth of daughter Thomas Jefferson CHAPEL in Indian Territory.23,3,11,28,17

5th Dec 1918

Death of daughter Hester Izora CHAPEL in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.21,17

19th Aug 1927

Death of Thomas Jefferson CHAPEL in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.29,4,17,30

23rd Jul 1929

Died in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.4,9,6

24th Jul 1929

Buried in Cleburne Memorial Cemetery, Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas.6


  • One early source records the name of what appears to be this same child as "Mary Louizer" (Family note paper, in the possession of family members).  This source also states the date as 21 Jan 1857, whereas in another report, Harold Christian gives the date of birth as 20 Jan 1857.  Her death record has her name as Mary Lou Chapel.  Her son John's death certificate reports his mother's name as Mary Jane Jenkins.

    "It is just possible that Joseph's family lived in the Atlanta, Georgia, area when William, Lide and Amanda were born. Or perhaps they had relatives living in that area during the period they were receiving the paper.  Later known as 'Bud,' William accompanied the family from Georgia to Cass County, Texas, ca 1860 [they were in the 1860 census in Cass County]"
    --  Jenkins Family History by Harold Keith Christian Online,, p 5

    She was listed in the 1860 census only as M L.

    1860 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 17 October, Beat #3, Post Office Unionville & Cusseta, Page 73, Hse #483, Fam #495
    Jinkins Jno 32 M W Farmer 300 SC Cannot read and write
    Jinkins L 36 F W MS
    Jinkins N 14 F W MS Attended school during the last year
    Jinkins J W 10 M W MS Attended school during the last year [b abt 1850]
    Jinkins W L 7 M W GA [b abt 1853]
    ** Jinkins M L 3 F W GA [b abt 1857] **
    Jinkins L 1 F W GA [b abt 1859]

    Harold K Christian (Jenkins Family History, private paper) reports her proper name as Mary Lydia, with nickname Lide.  I think, however, that the actual given name was Lydie.  -- OBJ

    In censuses, Mary is reported as being born in Mississippi, matching the report of marriage of her parents Joseph Sanford Jenkins and Lucinda Amanda Taylor.  However, the 1860 census above reports Mary was born in Georgia, along with two other siblings, matching family information.  This is also consistent with the birth of her older brother's and younger sister's birth in Georgia, reported in family history.  The 1880 census likewise reports Mery Lydie was born in Georgia.  The family does not appear in the 1870 census.

    1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 16 June, District 12, Precinct 3, Page 17, House and Family #144
    Jenkins, Joseph  W M 52 Farmer  SC SC SC
    Jenkins, Louisa   W F 42 Wife Keeps House  Miss Miss Ireland
    Jenkins, Mary L  W F 21 Daughter Farming  Ga SC Miss

    The birth states here differ from those on earlier census reports for her parents.  The census reports for Mary indicate that her father was born in Alabama instead of South Carolina.  The censuses for 1900 and 1910 match earlier reports for Lucinda that she was born in Mississippi, but 1920 says it was Alabama.

    Mary got married in 1882.

    Texas Marriage Index, 1847-2002
    Cass County, Book 5, p 178
    Chappel, T J Jenkins, M L
    License issued 1 November 1882
    Only the license issuance date is reported in this index record

    1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, 6 June, Marlow, District 164, page 19A, Hse #367, Fam #360
    Chaple [sic], Thomas Head  W M Dec 1856 43 married 16 years  AR AR TX Hotel Keeper Owns
    Chaple, Mary L  Wife W F Jan 1856 44 married 16 yrs 8 children/5 living MS AL MS

    1910 Federal Census, Johnson County, Texas, 19 April, Cleburne, District 49, page 8A, 1229 E Chambers St, Hse #134, Fam #138
    Chappel, T J Head M W 52 2nd marriage Married 28 years AR AL TX House Carpenter
    Chappel, Mary Wife F W 53 Married 2 [sic] years 8 children/6 living MS NC MS

    1920 Federal Census, Johnson County, Texas, 19 January, Cleburne, District 42, page 14B, 1231 E Chambers St, Hse #317, Fam #326
    Chappel, Thomas Head  Owns M W 62 AR AR AR House Carpenter
    Chappel, Mary Wife F W 62 MS AL GA

    A Texas Death Index record matching Mary Lydie has the name as Mary Lou.

    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Certificate #36281
    Mary Lou Chapel
    Death 23 Jul 1929 Johnson County

    Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
    Mary Lou [Lydie] (Jenkins) Chapel
    Birth 20 January 1859 Mississippi [early sources say Georgia, children before and after her were born in Georgia]
    Residence Poindexter Ave, Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas
    Father Jenkins, born Mississippi
    Mother Taylor, born Mississippi
    Widowed, Housewife, Age at Death 72 yrs, 6 mos, 3 days
    Informant J T Epperson, Cleburne, Texas
    Death 23 July 1929 Poindexter Ave, Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas
    Cause of death Enlarged Liver, Cancer of Liver
    Burial 24 July 1929 Cleburne Cemetery, Cleburne, Johsnons Co Texas by P C Dillon and Sons
    Certificate #36281 filed 1 August 1929

    Her memorial on Find a Grave has followed the death certificate eror and reports her name as Mary Lou.  The grave has onlly the initial:  Mary L Chepel.  Jenkins family sources report the naeas Mary Lydie (prounounced "Lie-Dee").

    Mary Lou Jenkins Chapel
    Birth Jan 20, 1867 Jan. 20, 1867 Georgia
    Death Jul 23, 1929 Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas
    Joseph Sanford Jenkins (1826 - 1893)
    Lucinda Amanda Taylor Jenkins (1824 - 1869)
    Spouse Thomas Jefferson Chapel (1857 - 1927)
    John Evan Chapel (1888 - 1938)
    Hester Izora Chapel Baird (1890 - 1918)
    Trudie Zelma Chapel Epperson (1895 - 1984)
    Thomas Jefferson Chapel (1899 - 1956)
    John Cullen Jenkins (1850 - 1892)
    Amanda Lucinda Jenkins Christian (1859 - 1948)
    Joseph Asa Jenkins (1866 - 1962)
    Henry Jenkins (1876 - 1880) Half-sibling
    Burial Cleburne Memorial Cemetery, Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas, Block 15 Lot 19
    Created by Chris Easley Apr 29, 2013
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #109722868,


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