Can anyone identify Caroline Akers, age 23, of Greene County, Arkansas, who married M.C. Willey, also age 23, on 21 August 1880? The marriage appears in the Marriage Records of Craighead County, Arkansas, Book A, Page 245.
I’m trying to see if there is any connection to my great grandparents, Mack Willey (born December 1857 in Arkansas to a father from Tennessee and a mother from Alabama) and Caroline (McMillan) Willey (born March 1857 in Arkansas to parents from South Carolina). I do not know where Mack and Caroline were married, exactly where in Arkansas they were born, or if Caroline had been married before. In 1900, they were living in Bellefonte Township, Boone County, Arkansas, where my Grandfather Neal Willey was born in May 1888. The 1900 Federal Census spelled the surname as Willie.
The 1860 Federal Census for Cache Township, Greene County, Arkansas, counts the household of a South Carolina-born couple, W.P. and Adaline McMillin. One of the three children living in the household was 3-year-old Arkansas-born daughter Caroline.
The 1880 Census for Cache Township, Greene County, lists a household headed by a 21-year-old Arkansas-born Caroline Akers, whose parents were from South Carolina. Caroline had two daughters living with her; Adaline, age 4, and Ina or Ira, age 1. The daughters’ father had been born in Mississippi. Could this be the Caroline Akers who married M.C. Willey? Despite the apparent age difference (21 vs. 23), could Caroline McMillin and Caroline Akers be the same person? I know there were Akers in neighboring Craighead County who came from Mississippi.
Would appreciate any help I can get in attacking my Willey/Willie “brick wall.”