|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1826|
|Death: ||May 12, 1911|
Louisa was the daughter of William Bristow b.abt 1797-1800 most likely in Middlesex Co., VA & d.bef 1850 & Sarah ___(Unknown) b.abt 1797-1803 most likely in VA & d. aft 1850 and who were married abt 1818 in KY. No one is sure about the maiden name of Sarah.
While Louisa's gravestone lists the birth year of 1826, it is most likely she was born in 1831, according to Federal Census. In addition, the gravestone says Louisa Alridge, which should read Louisa Allred. This gravestone was produced in extremely remote and rural Arkansas and no one could spell back then.
The middle name of Louisa is reported as Margaret in memoirs of Jennifer Lee (Reed) Lawrence of Latimer Co., OK, daughter of Sherman Monroe Reed, oldest son of Louisa's Reed Family. She noted this middle name after being requested for information about her Reed family from other family members. It is the only instance of a middle name I have seen written, but makes sense since Louisa also gave that middle name to a daughter and also used the middle initial "M" on one other daughter and one son.
Louisa was married 3 times.
Marriage #1: William Hamilton Simpson, b.bet 1825-1829 in Warrick Co., IN & d.unknown was married on 18 May 1848 in Warrick Co.,Indiana.
It is unknown when, where, or how William Hamilton Simpson died, however, he was last reported living in Cape Giradeau, Cape Giradeau County, MO on 30 Jun 1860. Based on the time period, it is generally believed he was killed during the Civil War, but I have yet to see any substantial proof or any documentation of his death or where he is buried. The Battle of Cape Giardeau, MO occurred in Apr 1863. Odds are, he died then or sometime afterwards.
1. John H. B. Simpson b.16 Apr 1849 in Skelton, Warrick Co., IN & d.abt 1912.
Married: Lucretia Elizabeth Skelton abt 1868, most likely in Warrick Co., IN
2. Rachel Lucinda Simpson b.Dec 1850 in IN.
Married: Winfield Scott Niday on 21 Feb 1871 in Barry Co., MO
3. America Melinda P. Simpson b.abt 1853 in IN and d.abt 1910 in LeFlore, OK.
Married #1: (Possibly) George Simpson (Research Pending)
Married #2: John Wilkerson on 18 Apr 1880 in Barry Co., MO
Married #3: Elijah Poe Bailey on 12 Aug 1886 at Roaring River Twp, Barry Co., MO
4. Mary Margaret Simpson b.Dec 1855 in Warrick Co., IN
Married #1: Richard Thomas Cole on 8 Feb 1872 in Barry Co., MO
Married #2: James F. Ford on 29 Jun 1875 in Carroll Co., AR
Married #3: Benton Barrett Shrode on 25 Dec 1887 in Warrick Co., IN
5. James T. Simpson b.abt 1856 in IN.
Note: Disappeared from home and never heard from again.
6. William Green Simpson b.15 Feb 1860 in AR & d.14 Feb 1936 in Houston TWP, LeFlore Co., OK.
Married #1: Elizabeth Cooper on 20 Dec 1891 in Franklin Co., AR
Married #2: Lillie A. Perry on 2 Aug 1909 in Hodgen, Le Flore Co., OK
Marriage #2: Alfred Reed, b.abt 1814 in Perry Co., KY & d.25 Apr 1880 in Barry Co., MO, on 26 May 1863 in Warrick Co., Indiana.
1. Sherman Monroe Reed b.11 Aug 1866 in Warrick Co., IN & d. 2 Apr 1942 in Talihina, LeFlore Co, OK.
Married #1: Frances Brasher/Brashear abt 1886 in Johnson Co., AR
Married #2: Glendora D. Joiner on 29 Jan 1893 in Dardanelle, Yell Co., AR
2. Ulyssis Grant Reed b.19 Feb 1869 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., MO & d.10 Jun 1944 in Oakland, Alameda, CA.
Married: Moylissa Elizabeth Morris on 11 Sep 1890 in Yellville, Marion Co., AR
3. Jesse C. Reed b.abt 1872 in Barry Co., MO & d.abt 1908 in Hontubby, LeFlore Co., OK.
Note: To my knowledge Jesse never married. He was shot under the chin and killed while tending his hogs in Le Flore Co., OK. He was a bit of an outlaw and gambler.
Marriage #3, Solomon A. Allred, b.abt 1823 in Overton Co., TN & d.15 Sep 1887 in Van Buren Co., AR, on 18 May 1883 in Van Buren Co., Arkansas.
In 1910, according to Federal Census, Louisa can be found living in LeFlore County, Oklahoma between two families.
The first family she is living with is Elijah Poe & America (Simpson) Bailey. America (Simpson) Bailey was Louisa's daughter by her first husband, William Hamilton Simpson. America died sometime in 1910.
The second family is Lloyd & Cora May (Simpson) Metcalf. Cora May Simpson was the daughter of William Green Simpson, who was the youngest son of the Simpson family. Louisa had helped William Green raise Cora May after his 1st wife, Elizabeth Cooper, died in 1899.
After America Simpson's death on May 1910, Louisa traveled, probably by train, to Madison County, Arkansas, to live with or visit another daughter, Mary Margaret (Simpson) Shrode and her husband Benton B. Shrode. It was here that she died at 80 years of age.
Louisa died at Pettigrew, Madison County, Arkansas, on 12 May 1911, while living with Mary Margaret & Benton Shrode. Benton Shrode died 1 March 1915 and is buried beside Louisa Allred in the Watson Cemetery. It is likely Mary Margaret Simpson Shrode, her daughter is buried on the other side of Benton in a sandstone head/foot marked grave.
I might note that I picked up the gravestone and transported it back to my home in Alabama, cleaned it, repaired it, and returned it to Watson Cemetery in Mar 2012. I cleared the area of their graves of heavy brush and overgrowth, and left them to the peace of that beautiful mountain area.
Updated: 8 Dec 2012
Many Thanks to Joy Russell for allowing me to manage this memorial.
Alfred Reed (1814 - 1880)
John H.B. Simpson (1849 - 1912)*
Mary Margaret Simpson Shrode (1855 - 1917)*
William Green Simpson (1861 - 1936)*
Sherman Monroe Reed (1866 - 1942)*
Ulyssis Grant Reed (1869 - 1944)*
Jesse C. Reed (1872 - 1908)*
Gravestone Inscription at the bottom reads:
Not Lost Blest Thought, But Gone Before Where We Shall Meet To Part No More
Note: I am happy to report that I was able to clean, repair this gravestone, and more properly mount it into the ground, rather than on top of the ground, so as not to be knocked over and broken again. - Bob Akins
Maintained by: RCAkin148
Originally Created by: Joy Russell
Record added: Feb 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48928729