I’m trying to identify the late wife of widower John W. Harral, who was living in Joseph I. Moxley’s household in the north part of Black River Township, Independence County, Arkansas, in 1900:
MOXLEY Joseph I. Head White Male 36 (b. Jan 1864) Married/11 yrs AR TN AR MOXLEY Rachel E. Wife White Female 29 (b. Sep 1870) Married/11 yrs AR AR NC MOXLEY Leenora Daughter White Female 7 (b. Aug. 1892) Single AR AR AR MOXLEY Coy E. Son White Male 4 (b. Sep 1895) Single AR AR AR MOXLEY Ruffus F. Cousin White Male 17 (b. Aug 1882) Single AR TN AR HARRAL John W. Father-in-Law White Male 58 (b. Apr 1842) Widowed TN TN TN SIMMS Elizabeth J. Aunt White Female 61 (b. Oct 1837) Single NC NC NC NORTHERN Nancy Grandmother Female White 79 (b. Oct 1820) Widowed NC NC NC
Rachel E. Moxley was the former Rachel E. Harral.
In 1880, she and her father John were the only residents of this household in Black River Township:
HARRAL John W. Head Widowed White Male 35 TN TN TN Farmer HARRAL Rachel A. Daughter Single White Female 9 AR TN NC
Very close by was this household:
NORTHERN William Head Married Male White 59 NC VA VA Farmer NORTHERN Nancy Wife Married White Female 59 NC NC NC Keeping House SIMMS Elizabeth J. Stepdaughter Single White Female 42 NC NC NC At Home
Nancy Northern had first married a Simms (or Sims) man.Elizabeth Simms was one of at least four children Nancy had with her first husband.One of the five children Nancy is reported to have had with William Northern was daughter Susannah Northern (b. 1846, Davidson County, NC).
Was John W. Harral’s late wife the former Susannah Northern?That would make Nancy Northern Rachel (Harral) Moxley’s grandmother and Elizabeth Simms her aunt.
One LDS FamilySearch IGI Individual Record reports John W. Herald marrying Susen J. Northern (b. 1846) in Independence, Arkansas, on 16 December 1868.