I sent this to you directly, but it was returned, so maybe you'll see it on this board.
You have corresponded with my cousin Marilyn Hambrick Sickel before, and we are going back over W.A. Luton's facts, trying to put more things together. He and Molly Mae Hollingsworth were my gr-grandparents. I descend through their daughter Lillian Grace. I was just wondering if you had done anything further on him since 2004 -- found anything new?
We have him listed as b. 8 Apr 1877 Missouri, d. 3 Feb 1964 Stuttgart, Arkansas Co, AR. Parents: James "Jim" & Mary E. LUTON
On the 1880 Perry County Missouri Census, St. Mary's Twp. E.D. 93, household of father, James L. and Mare E. Layton.(believe these to be W.A.’s parents -- it is said he changed his name).
I have not seen the 1880 census, but I believe Marilyn said he is not there, although he would have been 3 years old. His obituary of 6 Feb 1964 states he was aged 86, which would verify that birthdate. Then we found his draft registration:
WWI draft registration, 1917-1918
LUTON, Wm Anderson Serial #1186, Order #2749 Registered at: White Co, AR on 12 Sep 1918 Permanent Home Address: West Point, White Co, AR b. 8 Apr 1881, age 36 Roll 1530656 Occupatin: timber ...?... for West Pt., White, AR Nearest relative: Mrs. Mae LUTON
Now we have a new birthdate of 1881! That would account for him not being on the 1880 census, and would mean the age in the obit was wrong.
1900 census: Crooked Creek Twp, Lonoke Co, AR Will LUTEN b. Mar 1875 b. MO He Age is marked as '25' then crossed out and written in '30'. In the household is his "Mother-in-law" Mary BUTTON
If that is our W.A., then we have yet another birthdate in the mix.
1910 Arkansas County, Arkansas Census, Prairie twp. family #10, 5-26-1910
1920 Woodruff County, Arkansas Census, City of Augusta, family #45-46, 1-9-1920 West Side of Willow Street on 5th South.
He married - #1 Almeda JOHNSON in 1907, Monroe Co, AR (no record of this marriage can be found - this is oral tradition). #2 Viola DAILY - they were married 11 months and she died in childbirth... apparently the child died too?? #3 Molly Mae HOLLINGSWORTH in 1911 Prairie Co, AR - he sure didn't waste time mourning I guess! (apparently Molly Mae ran off with Tom SIBLEY after her daughter Bessie died, and she left the children with W.A.) #4 Effie Lorene GRAY in 1932
This is about all we have on him and other than that Will LUTEN above, we can't find him on the 1900 census.