Hi John. I am sorry it took so long to get back to you but I have been very frustrated with my Wadlow research so I went along on another search for my fathers side of the family. I didn't see the query from you until today when I finally bit the bullet and checked in on the Wadlows again. I have a lot of information on the family, unfortunatly none of it makes any sense. What I have gotten from the US Census is where I have stopped. There are so many wonderful people doing research but I have gotten conflicting information fromthem. There is also so many John W. Wadlows and John Wadlows that I am at a loss to fit them in where they belong. I would really love to get this straightened out before giving anyone else any information which may be false. I will however give you what I know for fact so far.
My mother, Bobbie Jean Alder,b. 5-7-1928 in Memphis, TN d. 7-9-2000 in Ft. Wayne, IN , was the second of seven children born to Robert Burt Alder and Anna Lee (she hated this name and went by Winnie Lee all her life) Wadlow, b. 12-17-1904in Quanah, TX d. 5-11-1993 in Gaylord, MI. Winnie's parents were John Edward Wadlow b. 5-14-1880 Jackson, Mo d. 2-23-1968 in Clarendon, TX and Anna Mae Tobin b. 5-4-1888 d.(unsure). They had three children, Winnie, Kenneth b. 1906, and Pauline b. 1910. Anna was only 13 when they were married and John was 18. This was in 1901. John's parents were William Wadlow b. 1852 in MO. I am not sure when he died or where. My grandmother said she went to Denver to visit him when she was a young girl but I have found nothing there to say whether it was true or not. She got a little confused at times when she talked about them. His mother was Nancy Elizabeth ? b. 1856 d. unknown. They had two sons, John Edward (he was called JE by friends and relatives)and Osker C. I have found nothing on Osker eiither. William's parents were John Wadlow b. 1824 in TN d. unknown. He was in the 1860 MO. Census but not in the 1870 Census, but his wife and some of their children were still there in 1870. His mother was Cynthia A. Thorpe or Tharp, b. 1822 in MO. They had 8 children, Sarah J. b. 1845, Nancy A. b. 1849, William J., Thomas F. b. 1853, John W. b. 1-10-1856, James b. 1858, Cynthiab. 1861, and Charles J. b. 1865. This makes John's death between 1865 & 1870. It was possible he died during the civil war but I have found nothing on him to say he was in it. John parents are where I get frustrated. I know his father was also a John Wadlow. A couple of sources say he was from John Wadlow and Mary Arnold but the birth dates do not add up. I believe he was a grandchild of one of their children, possibly John Wesley Wadlow and Euphemia L. Unkown or possibly another spouse. This would make more sense but my research has stopped dead right there. If you or anyone can help me clear this up I would be very grateful. I could then start fitting the pieces together. Now I did find that Mary Arnold was from Rhode Island and I believe her parents were Almy Arnold and Mary Unknown. As for John Wadlow, I have nothing. I hope some of this helps with your research. Molly Thomas, Florida