Top row, left to right: John White, James (Jim) White, Will S. White
Marcus D. Anderson and his new wife, Mary Susan (White) Anderson
Bottom row, left to right: D. Pierce White, his youngest child, Ella,
and his wife, Geneva (Riddle) White
Marcus D. Anderson and Mary Susan White were married near Ravenden Springs, Arkansas on January 18, 1906. The wedding was followed by a "reception" at the home of Mary's parents, Pierce and Geneva (Riddle) White. This photo was taken in front of their family home in James Creek Township, Randolph County, AR.
Who they are in brief:
John White: Oldest of 6 children. Born December 20, 1894. Married Anna Hughes and had 8 children.
Jim White: Died at age 31, kidney failure. Then called Bright's Disease.
Will S. White: Born August 29, 1890. Died March 27, 1973. Primarily responsible for raising my father, Truman Anderson, after the death of his mother, Mary Susan. Married Lorene Broadway and had one child, Willis. Became an ordained Free Will Baptist minister during later years. Buried Masonic Cemetery, Pocahontas, AR.
Marcus D. Anderson: Born August 6, 1883. Died December 26, 1973. Buried Masonic Cemetery, Pocahontas. Parents were John W. Anderson and Ellen C. Thornton. John's parents were from Sweden. Ellen's parents date back to 1648 in Virginia. Came from Yorkshire, England. They moved west during 1858 with six children. Ellen, the seventh child, born February 29, 1964 in Batesville, AR. Ellen died December 22, 1936 near Birdell in Randolph County, AR.
Mary Susan (White) Anderson: Born March 24, 1888. She and Marcus built a cabin near Ravenden Springs and lived there until she died on her 26th birthday, March 24, 1914. Liver disease. Buried at Brady Cemetery (also known as White, Decker and Water Valley Cemetery) near Ravenden Springs. Had two children, (Edna) Betty Anderson (Grissom) and my father, (Elmer) Truman Anderson.
D. Pierce White: Born 1858 and died during 1914. Buried at Brady Cemetery. Married Geneva Riddle. Pierce and Geneva had six children, those listed above plus Anna (died at age 3). Pierce's parents, John and Susan (Trowel), moved from Tennessee to MO near Mansfield, Wright Co. They had 10 children, including Pierce. John, his wife Susan and two sons, Jim & Mose, are buried in Henson Cemetery near Mansfield, MO. Several other family members are buried at Mansfield Cemetery, the same resting place as for Laura Wilder, author of "Little House on the Prairie."
Ella White (Crays): Younger sister of Mary Susan. Born January 26, 1894. Died June 7, 1990. Married Luther Crays. Had one child Opal (Phillips). She married Chesser Phillips from near Imboden. They had no children.
Geneva Angelina Victoria Ellen (Riddle) White: Aunt Jenny to her Riddle relatives. Born March 21, 1861 near Des Arc, Iron County, MO. Only surviving child of a well known physician, Dr. Meredith Monroe Riddle and his first wife Ruth. Died October 28, 1950. Enjoyed telling stories about the Civil War, hunting bear in the Ravenden Springs area with her husband and her "good looking" step mother, Sarah Riddle. Buried Masonic Cemetey, Pocahontas, AR.
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