Ida May/Mae <I>Bradford</I> Loveland

Ida May/Mae Bradford Loveland

Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, USA
Death 21 Dec 1918 (aged 49)
Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming, USA
Plot OldSection, Block 45, Lot 4
Memorial ID 119080519 · View Source
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Ida was born 7 November 1869 to John Kirkland and Mary Ann/Anna Tomlinson.

Her parents died within approximately a year of each other during a time of many deaths in that area. Preceding John and Mary Ann in death was their oldest son, at about age 15.

Ida May and her 7 living siblings were orphaned at young ages, Ida being approximately 5 years old and a younger brother, Addison being about 2.

Ida Mae's son, John Wesley, stated that the children were farmed out to whomever would take them, and none of them went to the same family. According to family history from Ida's sister Annie, many of the children suffered extreme abuse and/or were viewed as slave labor. Ida's little brother Addison carried scars on his back, from his many beatings, all of his life.

Ida had at least 5 children, of whom 2 survived. Ida and Wells' twin babies are buried in an unknown (and probably unmarked) grave, somewhere on Shell Creek where they were living at the time of their birth.

Ida and Wells moved many times, and were both reported to be very hard working. Ida and Wells had grown up in Kansas, where they were familiar with the common practice of early settlers to make and live in a dug out while taming a homestead or farm. When she and Wells first came to the Big Horn Basin, they lived in a dugout. Family history says that when it would rain, they had to get under the table to avoid the mud drops that fell from the roof of their home. A canal located above the dugout broke one day. Their dugout home was flooded and they lost everything.

Wells and Ida moved to Arkansas when their boys were in their early twenties. Ida was as creative as she was hard working. Ida learned to make and sell paper flowers.
After returning to the Big Horn Basin, Ida died at the relatively young age of 48, of heart trouble.
Wells eventually remarried Maud Tillard who lived on Basin Gardens, near Basin, WY.

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Gravesite Details Source: Cemetery Directory DEX, Sponsored by Children of Harrington & Brome & Maintained by Atwood; Photo 20131008P1090317

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