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Don't you sometimes wonder how in the world I get involved in researching people that may never have set foot in Polk County, Tennessee? I do, too. But, since we have members all over, especially in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, I usually just go ahead and mention them - who knows but what some of you may be related and can help us out.


Elisha B. Kincaid is the mystery man in this soap opera. He was born somewhere from 1849 to 1852, depending on whether you believe his grave marker that says 1849 or some of his census records ranging from 1852 to '55.  His parents may be Thomas and Elizabeth Kincaid who were in the 1850 Missouri census with children George W., Mary A., Susan and Andrew - no  Elisha, so if that's him, that sort of discounts his 1849 birth date. By 1860 they've added Ross, Elisha and Hannah. Most of the kids were born in Missouri, except George who was said to be born in Illinois and there's a 20 year old Mary Dodson, also born in Illinois in he household with two small children, Malinda and John, not sure how they're related.


There's an  Elisha Kincaid  in Douglas County, Missouri in 1870 as an 18-year-old single man living with the John and Elizabeth Hatfield family. I do believe this could be our man, but who knows without proof.


Elisha first married Sarah Jane Luellen, about whom I know absolutely nothing.  She and Elisha were in the 1880 Census in Richland Township, Crawford, Arkansas with sons Thomas, 6, born in Missouri, Joseph Perry, 1, born in Arkansas. Sarah Jane was deceased by 1885 or so and by 1900 (doggone that missing 1890 census) Elisha had remarried to Martha Osborne, they were in Socorro, New Mexico, and had children listed as D. J. Darrow, Burl McDonald, Eleic? (female) Robert, Florence.  Joseph Perry, 21, is also still at home, a son of Elisha and Sarah Jane. The other son from the first marriage, Thomas P., has married and is living next door with wife Dora and children E. L., Melisa, Mada (names not very legible.)


By 1910 they're in Finley, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma with children Robert, Florence, Edward, Fred and Etha. Living nearby is Elisha's daughter, Elsie who married Lorne Wickersham.  Elisha's son Joseph Perry, wife Ida, and son Cecil, are also living nearby.


We can follow Elisha and Martha around that tri-state area until he died in 1922 and she died 8 March 1946.  Both are buried in Nolia Cemetery just outside of Antlers, Oklahoma and their grave makers are posted on Findagrave


Just a little about the Hooker connection because they all also ended up in Pushmataha County and many are buried in Finley Cemetery there.  Joseph Perry Kincaid married first Ida McRae and their daughter Hazel Beulah married the 1907 Jesse Hooker, the son of Jessie Franklin Hooker, born 22 December 1861 and Fannie Bell Ferguson, daughter of Ed Ferguson, her mother unknown to me. Fannie does have a younger sister, Maggie, living with her in 1900.


The Hooker family is really a mess on Ancestry because Jessie Franklin Hooker's mother, Mary A., was the 2nd wife of Jessie Nolan who had previously been married to a Cornelia Someone and lived down in Franklin County, Alabama.  Jesse and Cornelia had three children that I know of: Ann, Thomas R. and James L.  Then she must have died and Jesse Nolan married Mary A. who already had those two sons by a previous marriage to an unknown Hooker. I think she is the 17 year old Mary A. Hooker who is still in the household with her parents, R. H. and Sarah Rogers in Cannon County, Tennessee. Although both parents were born in Tennessee, they had lived in Arkansas some years before for two of their children were born there, Elizabeth in 1846 and Ellender in 1848. A younger son, Robert was born in Tennessee.


Jessie Nolan and Mary A. are in the 1870 Phillips, Arkansas census with Jesse Franklin and William R. Hooker, even though they're just enumerated as Nolens in this census.  In 1880 Jesse Nolan has a wife of 4 years, Elizabeth A. Wilmoth, born ca. 1854, daughter of William and Mary Wilmoth, and they have two small children Alice R., 2, and Robert L. 1.  Jesse F., 17, and William R., 13, are now called Hookers and stepsons of Jesse Nolan. Another stepson is added to the mix, John F. Sizemore, 8, who is Elizabeth's son by a short previous marriage when she was only 16. And a nephew, Robert K. Bobo, 13, a son of Jesse's deceased sister Hester and Rufus Bobo is also in the household. Boy! Talk about "his, hers, and ours" - this one even has a 'somebody else's!" Bless Jesse Nolan's good heart - he just took in anybody who needed a place to live.


So, I don't know a whole lot more than I do know about this family with deep Pushmataha County roots. If you like people puzzles and can help find proof of the elusive Elisha Kincaid or Ida McRae's parents, or Fannie Bell Ferguson's family or Sarah Jane Luellen's parents, just let us know and we'll pass it along.


Submitted by Marian Bailey Presswood, Polk County TN Historian & Pres. Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society. <>

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