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Elsie Manilla Simpson Bardwell
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1867
Union County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 1963
Cherokee County
Texas, USA

Elsie Manilla Simpson was the oldest child of James Harris Simpson and Martha Amanda Stocker Simpson. She married John Ward Bardwell on July 9, 1891 in Hill County, Texas. They had one daughter and three sons, all born in Ellis County, Texas.

The following information is from Dorothy Bardwell Harley, Elsie's granddaughter:
I (Elsie) was born near Lebanon Church in Union County, Mississippi, 4 miles from New Albany, on October 26, 1867, and lived in the same community until I was 15. For about 9 years we lived 2 miles from New Albany. It was a place full of malaria and I was sick most of the time. Grandpa gave us a place up in the hills, then we got better. As children we spent much time in the woods playing. The woods was a wonderful place to us and we never got tired. We went to school in January, February, July and August, so our school advantages were slim, but our childhood days were happy. We had a lot of work to do -- there was not much profit in farming, so times were hard for us. We had 10 in the family and we raised our living. I started to school when I was six, walking the one and a quarter miles each way. My first teacher, Mr. Fogle had lost a leg in the war, and he was a hard master. My second teacher was Miss Mary Stevenson, who afterwards married Uncle John. We moved to Texas in 1882, arriving the 18th day of November at Whitney in Hill County.
Family links: 
  James Harris Simpson (1838 - 1917)
  John Ward Bardwell (1840 - 1921)*
  Naoma Amanda Bardwell Alexander (1892 - 1970)*
  Gray Bardwell (1895 - 1895)*
  James Horace Bardwell (1895 - 1971)*
  Stocker Simpson Bardwell (1897 - 1934)*
  Elsie Manilla Simpson Bardwell (1867 - 1963)
  Mary Valentine Simpson McCluney (1869 - 1947)*
  Amanda Hester Simpson Smyer (1870 - 1901)*
  Baxter Stocker Simpson (1872 - 1935)*
  Alfred Gray Simpson (1876 - 1951)*
  Addie Rachel Simpson Formway (1879 - 1961)*
  Levi Sadler "Lee" Simpson (1881 - 1965)*
  Myra Elizabeth Simpson Baskin (1890 - 1963)*
*Calculated relationship
Larissa Cemetery
Mount Selman
Cherokee County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Kathy Nance
Originally Created by: Shannon Stiefer
Record added: May 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26585315
Elsie Manilla <i>Simpson</i> Bardwell
Added by: Kathy Nance
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- Shannon Stiefer
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