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From the 1850 Federal Census of District #1, Todd County, Kentucky, page 236, taken August 24, 1850, household #293; fom ancestry.com, image 83 of 100. Olive is listed in the household of her father and step-mother:
Olivia -------; age- 17, female, born- Kentucky, in school
From a series of transcribed family letters sent to me by Judy Senter:
******There is a letter written by Olive's 1st cousin, Sue P. Samuel (daughter of Olive's aunt Sue (Anderson) Samuel), to Mary (Anderson) Waggener (also her aunt), with the heading "Trenton, Ky., Sept. 19, 1854."
Sue speaks briefly of Olive and her brother Jasper. Sue notes that Olive lives near to her, apparently in Todd County, Kentucky, and that "Cousin Jap" is apparently living in Cape Giraidan, Missouri, and running some kind of store. The letter reads:
"Cousin Olive is at home and not married yet. I like her very mutch but do not go there oftenshe is very affectionateCousin Jap also is a very good boyhe is living in Cape ........(must be Giraidan) Missouri and I hope he will do well.... Charles and Cousin Jap are merchandising..."
From the 1860 Federal Census of North and East of the Cumberland River, Montgomery County, Tennessee, page 20, taken June 17, 1860, in household 124; from ancestry.com, image 74 of 223. Olive and her husband Frank are listed in the household of a J. E. Baraday, a merchatn:
O. K. Waller; age- 26, female, born- Kentucky
Barbara Dudley Brown sent me a series of deeds from the Montgomery County Courthouse, Clarksville, Tennessee. The first three deeds seem to involve one 33 or 34 acre piece of property in Montgomery County, purchased for Olive and her husband Frank, by Olive's father Stokley Towles Waggener. The fourth deed seems to be a tact of land adjacent to the other tract. At the time of these deeds Stokley was living near Russellville in Logan County, Kentucky. This was just north of Montgomery County. It appears that the parcel was initially purchased around 1861, which would have been soon after Olive and Frank married.
Deed Book8, pages641-642
Date of Instrument:
Recorded: Sept. 9, 1865
Samuel Brockman to H. M. Dudley.Deed of 33 Acres.
Know all men by these presents that I have this day relinquished all my right, ____, claim, and interest in and to two tracts of land one containing 44 acres the other 22 acres, it being a portion of the old Isaac Johnson? tract known as the Dunbar Spring Tract which land was purchased from Polly Wilson representative of Samuel Wilson deceased by Samuel Brockman and H. M. Dudley: The said Brockman and Dudley sold to S. T. Wagener for the use and benefit of O. K. Waller on the day and date above written one half said lands say 33 acres. Now the said H. M. Dudley binds ____ his heirs andrepresentatives to pay the said Samuel Brockman all the moneys he paid on said land and to paythe notes given by Brockman and Dudley for said land.
Given under my hand and seal date and date (sic) above written.
(signed) Sam Brockman
State of Tennessee.
Personally appeared before me M. E. Newell Clerk of the county court of said county Sam Brockman the within bargainer with whom I am personally acquainted and who acknowledged that he executed the within deed for the purpose therein contained. Witness my hand at office in the city of Clarksville on the 9th day of Sept. 1865.
(signed)W. E. Newell, Clerk
Deed Book 8, pages 641-642
Date of Instrument: July 28, 1861
Clerk Witnessed: Sept. 9, 1865
Registered: Sept. 12, 1865
H. M. Dudley and Samuel Brockman to S. T. Wagener
Deed- 33 Acres
For the consideration of thirteen hundred dollars to us paid and secured to be paid, we H. M. Dudley and Samuel Brockman have sold and hereby convey to O. K. Waller for life and after her death to her children and their descendants a piece of land in Montgomery County Tennessee being a part of the old Dunbar tract of land and bounded as follows:Beginning at a poplar in Brockman's line line runs north 95 ½ poles to a stake, thence 55 poles to a stand of dogwoods, Then south 95 ½ poles containing about 33 more or less with a reserve of one acre on the west boundary including for school house, which acre is deeded to the four School commissioners to have and to hold to the same O. K. Waller, wife of Frank W. Waller for life and at her death to her children or the representative of her children, and if she should die leaving no descendants living, then with remainder to the heirs of S. T. Waggener provided that if the said land shall be improved by the said O. K. Waller so that it shall enhanced in value to a greater amountthan three thousand dollars which is the original cost of the land and the improvements, then at the death of the said O. K. Waller, if she should leave no descendants, the value of land over and above three thousand dollars, shall go to her heirs or may be disposed of in any way she may think proper, and only three thousand dollars of the value shall go to the heirs of S. T. Waggoner. No interest is to be charged on the amount by the heirs of the S. T. Waggoner. If at any time the said O. K. Waller shall desire to sell said land she may do so with the consent of the S. T. Waggoner or a legal representative if he should not be living and the proceeds of the sale invested in other real estate upon the same conditions as the above piece of land. We covenant and bind ourselves to warrant and forever defend the title to said land against the lawful claims of all persons whatever. Witness our hands and seals
this 28 July 1861.
Interlined? before signing.
(signed) H. M. Dudley
State of Tennessee
Personally appeared before me W. E. Newell clerk of the County Court of said county H.M. Dudley and Sam Brockman the within bargainers with whom I am personally acquainted who acknowledged that they executed the foregoing deed for the purposes therein contained. Witness my hand at office in the city of Clarksville on the 9th day of Sept. 1965.
(signed) W. E. Newell, Clerk
Deed Book 9, p. 816
Date of Instrument: Oct. 14, 1865
H. M. Dudley and Sam Brockman to O. K. Waller.
For the consideration of thirteen hundred dollars to us paid and secured to be paid, we H. M. Dudley, and Sam Brockman, have sold and do convey to O. K. Waller, for life and at her death to her children and their descendants, a piece of land in Montgomery County, Tennessee being part of the old Dunbar tract, and bounded as follows,
Beginning at a poplar, in Brockman's line, running north 95½ poles to a stake, Thence East 55 poles to a bunch of Dogwood. Thence South 95 ½ poles to a stake. Thence West 55 poles to the Beginning. Containing about thirty three and half acres more or less with a reserve of one acre on the west boundary including a free? School House which acre is deeded to the free? School Commissioners. To have and to hold to the said O. K. Waller wife of Frank W. Waller, for life and at her death to her children and if she should die having no descendants living Then the said F. W. Waller, shall have the privilege of remaining on the place as using the proceeds, as his own during his life, then at his death with remainder to the heirs of S. T. Waggoner.
If the said land shall be improved by the said O. K. Waller, so that it shall be enhances value to a greater amount than three thousand dollars the original cost of the lands and improvements this excess shall be hers to dispose of as she may think proper- Only three thousand dollars going to the sum of S. T. Waggoner. If at any time the said O. K. Waller shall desire to dispose of the said land, she may do so provided three thousand dollars be invested in such a manner that the principal may be secure to the heirs of S. T. Waggoner at her death, if she dies without descendants or of F. W. Waller's death, ifhe survive her. We covenant and bind ourselves to warrant and forever defend the title to said land against the lawful claims of all persons whatever. Witness our hands and
seals. This 14th day of Oct. 1865.
(signed) H. M. Dudley
State of Tennessee.
Personally appeared before me W. E. Newell clerk of the County Court of said county H. M. Dudley and Sam Brockman the within bargainers with who I am personally acquainted and who acknowledge that they executed the within deed for the purposes therein contained. Witness my hand at office this 14 day of Oct. 1865. W. E. Newell, Clerk
There is a previous deed to the above named land which is for same amount of land which . . . (omitted from photocopy)
Deed Book 11, pages 6 & 7
Date of Instrument: Not Given
Witnessed by County Clerk: Jan. 11, 1867
H. M. Dudley to S. T. Waggoner
State of Tennessee
Know all to whom it may concern that I have this day bargained and sold to S. T. Waggener for and in consideration of $1008.75 One thousand and eight dollars, seventy five cents, one tract of land containing by estimation thirty three and four? eight acres. Bounded as follows:
Beginning at a dogwood at the corner of O. K. Waller's land, running East 55 fifty five poles to a Black Oak in G. Warfield's line: Thence South 96 ½ ninety six and a half poles to a stake with Warfield's line,
Thence west 55 fifty five poles to a stake in O. K. Waller's line, Thence North 96 ½ poles to the beginning to have and to hold. I warrant the title to said land to the said Waggoner. I have a good right to said land, and the same is unencumbered. One half acre of said land is South of O. K. Waller's tract including a spring in the gully. Beginning at a rock on the South Boundary, running South six poles to a rock white oak pointer Thence East 13 1/3 thirteen and one third poles to a plumb bush, Thence North 6 six poles to a stake in O. K. Waller's line, Thence West 13 1/3 thirteen and one third poles to the beginning.
All of which I bind myself and representatives to further warrant and defend the title of said lands, against the lawful claims of all persons whatever, Given under my hand and seal day and date above written.
(signed) H. M. Dudley
Attest: Frank W. Waller
State of Tennessee
Personally appeared before me W. E. Newell clerk of the County Court of said county H. M. Dudley the within bargainer, with whom I am personally acquainted and who acknowledged that he executed the within deed for the purposes therein contained.Witness my hand at office in the city of
Clarksville on the 11th Jan. 1867.
From the 1870 Federal Census of Civil District 36, Montgomery, County, Tennessee, Post Office- Clarksville, taken July 7, 1870, page 259, household 17; from genealogy.com. Olive is listed in the household of her husband:
Waller, O. K.; age- 37, female, occupation- keeps house, born- Kentucky
More from a series of transcribed family letters sent to me by Judy Senter:
****** There is a letter written by "Olive K. Waller" who is writing from Clarksville, Tennessee on January 26, 1876, to her aunt, Mary Frances (Anderson) Waggener, who was in Hancock County, Illinois. Olive is married although she only refers to her husband as Mr. Waller. Clarksville, Tennessee seems to be about 20 miles south of Trenton, Kentucky, just across the border. Olive makes a reference which seems to indicate she has been there for 8-10 years. She mentions that the laborers that they use on their farm are not reliable, and that she and her husband are not able to leave for any length of time. She mentions that she had last seen her father, Stokely Towles Waggener, the previous fall, and that he was in good health. She also mentions being touch with the sons of her uncles, Dick Waggener in Cumberland Co., Virginia and Reuben Garnett Waggener in Rush Tower, Missouri.
****** There is another letter from Olive, written to her cousin Mary O'Neil Waggener, who is apparently in Illinois. The heading says she's in "Glenoline," which I can't find on a map, but is also apparently not too far from Trenton. There apparently was a "Glenellen" in Montgomery County, Tennessee, which probably is the place she is referring to . The letter is dated "Aug. 29," and seems to have been written in 1877, because she mentions that her father is 78 years old.Things are not going well with her and her husband. She writes:
"...Mr. Waller was in very bad health all last summer and fall, he had carbuncles a long time which confined him to his chair which was followed by a billious spell. In December he was taken with rhumatizm and was not able to do any work until March. Since that time he has been very well. Our hired man left us while he was still sick last summer, consequently we made no crop last year and the times being so hard, we found it difficult to make both ends meet. All of these things taken together kept me from feeling like writing.
It has fallen to my lot in this world to be poorer than any of my near relatives and I think I would enjoy a competency more than any of them. it seems to me the more they make, the closer they get. We have no hired hands this year. We rented out our corn land and Mr. Waller has a tobacco crop which he is working himself with an occasional hand by day. I am glad to day it is a fine piece of tobacco, the best we have seen this year. But the corn crop is almost a total failure in this neighbourhood and also in many other places, We have not had rain enough to wet the ground since first of June...."
Olive also speaks of a number of family members, including her father Stokely, her brother Jasper, and her half-brothers Leslie, James, and Dick. Her husband Frank was to die within the year on March 15, 1878.
From the 1880 Federal Census of the Town of Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, district 164, page 41/ 431A, taken June 1, 1880, household 1; from ancestry.com, image 1 of 45. Olive is listed in the household of her father and step-mother:
Waller, Olive H.; age- 44, daughter, widowed, born- Kentucky, father born- Virginia, mother born- Tennessee
More still from a series of transcribed family letters sent to me by Judy Senter:
******* There is another letter from Olive, dated January 14, 1888, and written to her Aunt Mary Frances (Anderson) Waggener in Carthage, Illinois. Olive is apparently in Lakewood, Tennessee, which is near Nashville. She talks mostly about the death of her Aunt Sarah, and does not talk much about herself, but it appears that she is alone. Her husband Frank had been dead about 10 years. She talks of going to "stay with Buddy and Lulu this winter," who are presumably her cousin Lulu Mason and her husband Meriwether, who are apparently in Christian County, Kentucky.
****** Another letter from Olive, dated August 23, 1888, and written to her cousin Mary O'Neil Waggener, who is apparently still in Illinois. Olive is writing from Trenton, Kentucky. She speaks quite a bit about her health, which seems to be improving, and the declining health of her brother Jasper. She speaks of having little money, outside of money that Jasper has been apparently giving her. She talks about wanting to go to Cincinnati to see Jasper, as well as Illinois and Texas.
****** Another letter from Olive to Mary, dated only March 7, although it must have been between 1889 and 1896. She is writing from Austin Texas, and tells Mary to contact her by writing care of her half-brother Professor Leslie Waggener. She reports that her health is pretty good, but her eyesight is going, making it hard for her to read and write. She does not mention her brother Jasper.
From the 1900 Federal Census of City of Austin, Precinct No. 3, Travis County County, Texas, district 90, sheet4b, taken June 5, 1900, household #69, 2300 San Antonio Street; from ancestry.com, image 8 of 18. Olive is listed in the household of Fannie Waggener, widow to her half-brother Leslie:
Waller, Olive K.; sister-in-law, female, born- February 1833, age- 67, widowed, born- Kentucky, father born- Virginia, mother born- Kentucky, r/w's
Even more from a series of transcribed family letters sent to me by Judy Senter:
****** There is one more letter from Olive to Mary, the last one of the series written by her, dated April 12, 1905. She is is Austin, Texas still, although her half-brother Prof. Leslie Waggener had died 9 years earlier. She doesn't really talk much about herself, although she says she hopes she'll "grow better and stronger." She did mention that she she had returned to Kentucky the previous summer for a visit.
***** There is one more letter in the series dated March 10, 1909, and written by Lulu Mason to Mary O. Waggener. Although she talks about many family members, she does not mention Olive, which would seem to indicate that she was dead by then.