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John Milton Boatman
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1877
Death: May 10, 1944


At age 19, John Milton 'Jack' Boatman married his 15-year-old 2nd cousin, Ida Boatman, on 28 October 1896. In September, 1897 they welcomed thier first child Elbert, who was followed by Earnest in July, 1899. Sadly in the summer of 1900 Ida and Jack lost a 3rd child who was born prematurely and shortly afterwards Ida passed away due to a complication of what was then called 'childbirth fever' - leaving Jack a young widower.

In 1902 Jack married a young widow, Ida Gilbreath Patterson, the mother of two young children (John Jr. born 1900 & Myrtle born 1899). Jack and Ida became parents to 11 more children. Leola (1902), Robert Clarence (1904), & Isham (1906), who were followed by the birth and death of twins Jessie & Bessie (1908), Hardy (1910), Rossie (1911), Laura (1914), twins Clyde & Birbeen (1916), and a stillborn baby in 1918. Then in January 1923 after almost 21 years of marriage, Ida was killed in an accident and once again Jack was left a widower with young children to raise.

In July of 1923, Jack married a young widow, Josie Newman Lunsford, who had two daughters (Lorene born 1914 & Lerline born 1917). Jack and Josie then had 6 more children - Lucille (1925), Fred (1927), O.D. (1928), an unnamed stillborn baby (1930), a still-living son (1931), and a still-living daughter (1935).

To Jack's credit, he said ALL the children were his and never believed in his children looking at each other as half-siblings or step-siblings -they were simply all brothers and sisters. His daughter Laura talked of memories of her father's fiddle playing for community dances and stating how he had talked of his children seeing space travel to the moon and beyond in thier lifetimes.

Jack spent many years as a farmer, later opening a business in Teague, Texas which he later sold to open another in Waco.

On the 10th of May in 1944, at age 67, Jack's 3rd wife was left a widow with 4 children left to raise when Jack ended his time on this earth by commiting the act of suicide.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Jessie Lewis Boatman (1853 - 1926)
  Emma Lauramae Sophronia Spivey Boatman (1855 - 1945)
 
 Spouses:
  Ida Boatman Boatman (1881 - 1900)
  Ida A Gilbreath Boatman (1879 - 1923)
  Josie Newman Boatman (1892 - 1963)*
 
 Children:
  Elbert Boatman (1897 - 1958)*
  Earnest Boatman (1899 - 1972)*
  Robert Clarence Boatman (1904 - 1973)*
  Isham Boatman (1906 - 1961)*
  Bessie Boatman (1908 - 1908)*
  Jessie Boatman (1908 - 1908)*
  Hardy Louis Boatman (1910 - 1995)*
  Rossie Milton Boatman (1911 - 1999)*
  Clyde Blair Boatman (1916 - 1977)*
  Emma Lucille Boatman Abbott (1925 - 2003)*
  Fred Boatman (1927 - 1996)*
  O. D. Boatman (1928 - 2009)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Milton Boatman (1877 - 1944)
  James Franklin Boatman (1880 - 1937)*
  Lula L Boatman Bowling (1888 - 1969)*
  William "Willie" D. Bracken Boatman (1890 - 1966)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dew Cemetery
Dew
Freestone County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: LVgenq
Record added: Aug 16, 2004
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- Michelle ❤❤💕❤❤
 Added: Mar. 24, 2010

- JUDY L.
 Added: Dec. 9, 2008
I never knew you, grandfather, but carry your name. Rest in Peace.
- John E. Abbott
 Added: Mar. 12, 2008
 
 
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