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Buena Vista Freeman, 1852/3 - 1943, m. George Childers

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Buena Vista Freeman, 1852/3 - 1943, m. George Childers

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I have been working on Buena Vista Freeman, who married George W. Childers.

I'm not finished with their children, but thought I'd post what I had so far. I'd welcome corrections and/or additions, particularly a marriage record and an 1870 census entry. Buena Vista and george were one thread here already, which I read with great interest. Thank you, Patricia Staley!!

Our Buena Vista was born 1853/54 in Robertson County, Tennessee to
Matthew Freeman (1778/79 - aft 1860)
Caroline Benson (1816/17 - aft 1860)

Matthew probably died sooner after 1860 than Caroline did, he being 38 years older than her. I haven't found a death record for either one of them. Matthew was in Robertson County, Tennessee for the 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860 census. More accurately, a man with his name whose age is about right appears on them from 1820 - 1840, and he appears with wife Caroline in 1850 and 1860.

It was a second marriage for Caroline, a second, third or fourth for Matthew. Caroline's first was a Mr. Appleton, probably Archibald. I haven't found good evidence for Matthew's previous wives. The mists of time obscure much.


As a side note, "Buena Vista" is more common a given name than you might think. There are three different women named "Buena Vista Freeman" in the mid 1800's.

Here is one.

1860, Western Division District 19, Bedford, Tennessee

[Two skinny e's in "Freeman" looked like a "u" to the transcriber.]

A Fruman, 38
Mary E Fruman, 26
Buenavesta Fruman, 12
Julia W Fruman, 10
T O Fruman, 8
J R Fruman, 6
John Fruman, 3
B F Fruman, 16

I mention her because some people on think this marriage record:

W J Brown to Buena Vista Freeman
Marriage: 13 Nov 1863, Bedford County, Tenn

is for the Buena Vista Freeman who was born to Matthew and Caroline in 1853/54. That would mean WJ transported his bride 80-some miles from Robertson County to Bedford County, and married her at age 9 or 10. Miss "Fruman", above, would be 15 or 16 at the time and already in Bedford County. She is a much better match. Some people notice more than others do. The third Buena Vista Freeman is in North Carolina.

Even though it was common, it wasn't easy to spell, nor, back then, easy to pronounce. I would imagine most people east of the Mississippi pronounced "San Jose" as "San Joe-see" until after World War II. Buena Vista some variation of "Bunny" in many records:

BV: 1860 census
Benna: 1880 census
Jennie/Bennie: 1900 census
Buny: 1910 census
Barry: 1920 census
Buny: 1930 census
Berny: 1940 census
Bunie V: 1943 death certificate
Beauny: Son Charles' 1947 death certificate
Bunny: Daughter Mertie's 1962 obituary
Buena Vista: Son Jesse's 1963 obituary


Here is her family in 1850, before she came along.

1850, District 3, Robertson, Tennessee

Freeman, Mathew, 71, NC
Freeman, Caroline, 33, Tenn
Freeman, Wesley, 20, Tenn
Freeman, Joseph, 17, Tenn
Freeman, Winnifred, 26, Tenn
Appleton, John, 13, Tenn
Appleton, Elvis, 9, Ark
Appleton, Napolean, 6, Ark
Appleton, Martha, 4, Tenn
Freeman, Mary, 9/12, Tenn

Here she is in 1860

1860, District 9, Robertson, Tennessee

Freeman, Mathew, 82, (m), NC
Freeman, C S, 42, (f), Tenn
Appleton, N P, 16, (m), Ark
Appleton, M J, 13, (f), Tenn
Freeman, Cordelia, 7, (f), Tenn
Freeman, J R, 7, (m), Tenn
Freeman, B V, 6, (f), Tenn
Draughon, M W, 49, (m), Tenn

Many of the Appleton/Freeman family moved to Franklin and Williamson counties, probably shortly after the Civil War. I can't find her or her mother in 1870. By 1880 she has married George:

1880, Herrins Prairie Twp, Williamson, Illinois

Childers, George W, 28, head, Ill, Ill, Ky, farmer
Childers, Benna, 25, wife, Tenn, Ire, Tenn
Childers, Aljenon, 7, son, Ill, Ill, Tenn
Childers, G. Matthew, 6, son, Ill, Ill, Tenn
Childers, Jesse, 3, son, Ill, Ill, Tenn
Childers, Myrtie, 5m, dau, Ill, Ill, Tenn
Arnold, Charles, 20, Ill, Tenn, Ill

1900, Herrins Prairie Twp, Williamson, Illinois

Childers, Geo W, head, Sep 1850, Ill, Ill, Ky
Childers, Jennie, wife, Jan 1852, Tenn, NC, Tenn
Childers, Gilly M, son, Feb 1871, Ill, Ill, Ill
Childers, Mertie, dau, Dec 1881 Ill, Ill, Ill
[Whoops - she was on the 1880.]
Childers, Elmer, son, Jan 1884, Ill, Ill, Ill
Childers, Charles, son, Sep 1887, Ill, Ill, Ill
Childers, Effie, dau, Apr 1892, Ill, Ill, Ill
Pickett, Ilse, Boarder, Jan 1877, Ill, Ill, Ill

Geo and "Jennie" (Bennie) have been married for 30 years.
She has borne 9 children, 9 survive.
Note she is b. Tennessee, but the kids' mothers' BPs are all Illinois.
Not all census enumerators were always accurate.

1910, Herrin Ward 2, Williamson, Illinois

Childers, George, head, 58, Ill, Ill, Ill
Childers, Buny, wife, 54, Tenn, Tenn, Tenn
[next page]
Childers, Charley, son, 21, Ill, Ill, Tenn
Childers, Don, son, 16, Ill, Ill, Tenn
Monson, Jessy, Boarder, 24, Ky, Ky, Ky

They have been married 30 years, which is off by 10.
She has borne 9 children, 9 survive.

George dies, deserts or divorces 1910 - 1920, Charles and Don stay on to help

1920, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois
Childers, Barry, head, 66, wid, Tenn, Tenn, Tenn
Childers, Charlie, son, 31, Ill, Ill, Ill
Childers, Don, son, 25, Ill, Tenn, Tenn

1930, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois
Childers, Charles, head, 40, Ill, Ill, Tenn, salesman, grocery store
Childers, Buny, mother, 75, Tenn, Tenn, Tenn

1940, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois
708 North Seventeeth Street, Rented, $4/mo

Childers, Berny, head, 85, wid, 7th grade, Tenn
Charlie, son, 52, 6th grade, Ill

Buena Vista's death record is skimpy:
Name: Bunie V. Childers
Death: 15 Apr 1943, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois


Here are two obituaries.


Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Illinois)
Friday, May 4, 1962; p. 2


Mrs. Mertie Phillips, 82, of 1213 N. 13th St., Herrin, died at 12:15 am today in the Ridley Nursing Home, Herrin.

Mrs. Phillips, a member of the Herrin First Baptist Church, was born in Williamson County dec 2, 1879. She was the daughter of George W. and Bunny Freeman Childers.

She leaves brothers, Don Childers of Herrin, Elmer Childers of Toledo, Ohio and Jesse Childers of Johston City; sisters, Mrs. Mae Martin of Herrin and Mrs. Effie Puskala of Seaside, Oregon.

Three brothers and her husband, Gordon, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at the George Van Natta Funeral Home, where friends may call after 6 pm today. Rev. Ben R. Stripling, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Herrin, will officiate. Burial will be in Herrin City Cemetery.


Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Illinois)
Thursday, 26 Dec 1963; p. 22

Jesse T Childers, 87, of Carter Apartments, Johnston City, died at 1:30 pm Wednesday at Herrin Hospital. He had been ill several months.

He was born Sep 30, 1876 in Herrin, the son of [G] W and Buena Vista Childers. He had lived in Johnston City 50 years.

His wife, Flora, died in 1939.

Mr. Childers was a retired grocer. He was a member of the Herrin Prairie Baptist Church.

He leaves daughters, Mrs. Lillie Hoover of Marion and Mrs. Lillian Lition of Pana; sons, Ira Herman Childers of Mt. Vernon, Loren H. Childers of Johnston City and Rev. Woodrow Childers of Murphysboro; sisters, Mrs. Mae Martin of Herrin and Mrs. Effie Puskala of Seaside, oregon; brothers, Elmer of Flint, Mich and Don of Herrin; and 25 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm Friday at Murman and Wilson Funeral Home, Johnston City. Rev. Charles Walker of Marion will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.



1820 US Census, Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee; Page: 24; NARA Roll: M33_125; Image: 38.

1830 US Census, Robertson, Tennessee; Page: 419; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 179.

1840 US Census, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: 533; Page: 194; Image: 398;.

1850 US Census, District 3, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: M432_894; Page: 29B; Image: 64.

1860 US Census, District 9, Robertson, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1270; Page: 285; Image: 68.

1880 US Census, Herrins Prairie, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: 259; Page: 352B; Enumeration District: 157; Image: 0326.

1900 US Census, Herrins Prairie, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: 354; Page: 28B; Enumeration District: 0114;.

1910 US Census, Herrin Ward 2, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: T624_335; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0163.

1920 US Census, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: T625_418; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 156; Image: 256.

1930 US Census, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: 570; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 129.0.

1940 US Census, Herrin, Williamson, Illinois; Roll: T627_910; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 100-4.

Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, Image 2283, GS film 1983452, Ref ID: 17605. Bunie V. (Freeman) Childers, d. 15 Apr 1943.

Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934, Ref ID: pg 150, GS film 975012, Image 00157. William G. Phillips to Mertie Childers
Spouse: Mertie Childers, age 21
Father: George Childers
Mother: Freeman

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, 1849, Robertson, p. 161. Mathew Fredman to C S Appleton

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