James Thomas POSTON William H POSTON Rufus Tillmon WEST Lloyd R WEST William Columbus WEST Tillman A WEST Nellie M WEST Ethel M POSTON Harry POSTON Thomas POSTON James Theodore POSTON Ruth R POSTON Frances POSTON Lucy POSTON Christine Tena SHANE Mini tree diagram
Mathel Laura POSTON

Mathel Laura POSTON1,2,3,8,4,5,6,7

24th Aug 18931,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 8th Jan 19725

Life History

24th Aug 1893

Born in Woodlawn, Jefferson, Illinois.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

24th Mar 1912

Birth of son Lloyd R WEST in Arkansas.5,2,9,10,11,3

14th Jan 1914

Birth of son William Columbus WEST in Arkansas.10,2,12,13,14

6th Mar 1916

Birth of son Tillman A WEST in Arkansas.2,9,10,3,13

2nd Jan 1919

Birth of daughter Nellie M WEST in Arkansas.9,13,2,15

8th Jan 1972


after 8th Jan 1972

Buried in Chute Cemetery, St Charles, Arkansas County, Arkansas.5

Other facts


Married Rufus Tillmon WEST


  • Mathel is reported in her first census in 1900 as Laura M.  In 1920 she is Mathel L, and in 1930 the enumerator got her name wrong as Martha L.

    1900 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Illinois, 20 June, Rome Township, District 80, page 14A, Hse/Fam #270
    Poston, James Head W M  Aug 1866 33 Married 9 yrs IL IL IL Day Laborer (Own/Rent not rptd)
    Poston, Tena Wife W F Apr 1871  29 Married 9 yrs 4 children/4 living IN OH IN
    Poston, William H Son W M May 1892  8 Single IL IL IN At School
    Poston, Laura M Dau W F Aug 1893 6 Single IL IL IN At School
    Poston, Ethel Dau W F Aug 1894  5 Single IL IL IN
    Poston, Harry W M Oct 1896 3 IL IL IN

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 25 April, Knoxville (District 2), District 104, Page 19A, 104 Springdale Ave, Hse #329, Fam #335
    Poston, James Head M W 43 Married 19 yrs IL IL IL Farmer Owns [b abt 1867]
    Poston, Tena Wife M W 39 Married 19 yrs 9 children/8 living IL IN OH [b abt 1871]
    Poston, William M W 18 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1892]
    Poston, Matel [sic] Dau M W 16 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1894]
    Poston, Harry W 12 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1898]
    Poston, Tom M W 9 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1901]
    Poston, James M W 7 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1903]
    Poston, Ruth Dau M W 4 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1906]
    Poston, Fanie [sic] Dau M W 2 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1908]
    Poston, Lucy Dau M W 0 Single AR IL IN [b abt 1910]

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 7 February, South Prairie Township, District 16, page 8B, Hse #147, Fam #154
    West, Rufus T  Head Rents M W 32 AR NC TN Farmer [b abt 1888]
    West, Mathel L Wife F W 26 IL IL IL [b abt 1894]
    West, Nellie M  F W 11mos AR AR IL [b abt Jan 1919]

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, Prairie Township, District 25, Ethel and Point Rd, Page 7A, Hse #121, Fam #122
    West, Rufus T  Owns Head M W  42 First married at age 20 AR NC AR Farmer
    West, Martha L Wife F W  36  IL IL IN Farm Laborer

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Mathel Laura West [Mathel Laura Poston]
    Birth 24 Aug 1893 Woodlawn, Illinois
    Father James Poston
    Mother Christene Shane
    Aug 1965 Name listed as MATHEL LAURA WEST

    Mathel Laura West
    Birth Aug 24, 1893
    Death Jan 8, 1972
    J T Poston (1867 - 1929)
    C T Poston (1871 - 1917)
    Spouse Rufus Tillmon West (1887 - 1972)
    William Poston (1892 - 1976)
    E M Poston (1895 - 1905)
    Harry Poston (1897 - 1995)
    T Poston (1900 - 1912)
    James Theodore Poston (1903 - 1983)
    R R Poston (1906 - 1913)
    F Poston (1908 - 1914)
    Burial Chute Cemetery, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    [Cemetery is actually a bit south of St Charles, about 15 miles east of DeWitt.]
    Created by Lin May 02, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial  69238274, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=69238274

    Gravestone of Matel Laura Poston West
    West  Mathel Laura
    Aug 24, 1893
    Jan 8, 1972
    Chute Cemetery, White River, south of St Charles, Arkansas
    Photo by Orville Boyd Jenkins 13 May 2017


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