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Mary Etta "Polly" Vardeman

Female 1820 - 1898  (78 years)


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  • Name Mary Etta "Polly" Vardeman  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Nickname Polly 
    Born 22 Sep 1820  Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Female 
    Died 9 Nov 1898  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Spring Hill Cemetery, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    • According the 1854 Sabine County Scholastic census, Mrs. Wallice had one daughter, Mary, enrolled in school.
    Person ID I62  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Amaziah Vardeman,   b. 1790, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1826 and 1849, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Mother Una (Eunice) Carter,   b. 24 Sep 1793, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1870, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1815  St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Family ID F70  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Thompson "Finn" Wallace,   b. Abt 1818, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1851 and 1854, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married Bef 1845 
    • "Sabine County Historical Sketches and Genealogical Records"  lists Mary Etta Vardeman's first husband as Wallis "Finn" Wallace. They do not provide any documentation for this, however.

      I believe Mary Etta's first husband was actually Thomson Wallace, and they can be located in Lawrence County, Mississippi at the time of the 1850 census. On that census, Thomson and Maretta Wallis were listed in the same household with a 3 year old Elizabeth and 1 year old Sophia.

      Thompson apparently died prior to 1860, because at the time of that census, Mary Etta was married to Henry Strickland White, and living with him in Sabine County, Texas. Her children from her first marriage were listed as follows: Elizabeth Wallis, age 14, Mississippi; Joseph Wallis, age 12, Mississippi; and Josephine Wallis, age 9, Mississippi. Note that Joseph was not listed in 1850, nor is a Sophia listed in 1860. I believe the 1860 census may have been in error, and that Mary Etta and Thomson were the parents of only three children: Elizabeth, Sophia and Josephine.  Josephine was probably born soon after the 1850 census. Maybe the census taker confused the names Sophia and Joseph. Or, perhaps they did have a son named Joseph as well.

      In 1870, only 20 year old Josephine Wallace, listed as born in Texas, was still shown as living with her mother. But according to other records, a Josephine Wallace was already married to Elias Clark and living with him.  I suspect it was actually Sophia Wallace who was still living at home with her mother in 1870. This suspicion can be confirmed by the fact that in 1880, 30 year old Sophie Wallace, born in Mississippi was the only child from her mother's first marriage that was listed in her mother's home.  Sophia was married in 1890.
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth "Betty" C. Wallace,   b. Between 1846 and 1848, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Sophie H. Wallace,   b. Abt 1849, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary Josephine Wallace,   b. 23 Feb 1851, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1930, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F69  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Henry Strickland White, Sr,   b. Abt 1812, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1886, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Aft 1856  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Children 
     1. Henry Strickland White, Jr,   b. 15 Apr 1857, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1901, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. Rutha Triphene White,   b. 27 Dec 1859, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1939, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F65  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Aft 1856 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Nov 1898 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S461] White & Toole, "Sabine County Historical Sketches and Genealogical Records" c. 1972, p 61 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S144] 1850 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1850 Federal Census.).

    3. [S352] Schluter, Helen Gomer "1860 Census of Sabine County Texas with Civil War Records", 18 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S431] Toole, Blanche "1870 Census Sabine County, Texas", 3 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S430] Toole & Speights "1880 Population Census Sabine County, Texas", 57 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S65] McCary, Kay P. "Spring Hill Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas" Cemetery Index ; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsabine/burials/.

    7. [S1305] Clark, John W. "Some Descendants of William Clark of Sabine County, Texas" (American Reference Publishing Co., Ste. 262-250, Ridgleas Bank Building, Fort Worth, Texas 76116, c. 1971), (This book was complied by John William Clark, 1023 Harris Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 in honor of William Clark...information was obtained from family records and interviews with relatives having first hand knowledge of the facts; census records of South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas; cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions; library books in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Austin, Hemphill, Lufkin and Nacogdoches, and letters from many interested people all over the country willing to help and be helped. A copy of this book was found by Trudy Cox at the Abilene Christina Unversity Brown Library and xeroxed by her, and a copy sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas.), p. 45 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S195] McDaniel, Loye White--Family Researcher (Ancestor Chart).

    9. [S416] Casagranda, Kathy "Sabine Parish The 1850 Census with added Family Information" (May, 1999: P.O. Box 2195, Palmer, Alaska 99645), p 95 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S220] Minutes 1858-1890 First Baptist Church Hemphill, Texas Transcribed by Di Ann Vick, Ericson Books, 1982.

    11. [S349] Schluter & Toole, "1850 Sabine County, Texas Census with Added Family Information and Corrections" c. 1979.

    12. [S352] Schluter, Helen Gomer "1860 Census of Sabine County Texas with Civil War Records".

    13. [S430] Toole & Speights "1880 Population Census Sabine County, Texas".