Wade Valentine Forsythe, 18841956 (aged 72 years)

Name
Wade Valentine Forsythe
Given names
Wade Valentine
Surname
Forsythe
Name suffix
Sr
Family with parents
father
William C. Forsythe grave marker
18361904
Birth: April 3, 1836 35 35Clark, Illinois, USA
Death: July 31, 1904McKeen, Clark, Illinois, USA
mother
William C. Forsythe grave marker
18541938
Birth: January 24, 1854 32 28Monroe, Knox, Ohio, USA
Death: July 13, 1938Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
Marriage
Marriage: December 26, 1877
6 years
himself
-5 years
elder sister
21 months
elder sister
Mother’s family with James Nichols
step-father
mother
William C. Forsythe grave marker
18541938
Birth: January 24, 1854 32 28Monroe, Knox, Ohio, USA
Death: July 13, 1938Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
Marriage
Marriage: October 12, 1871Clark, IL, USA
13 months
half-sister
Fairy Nichels - 1880 US Census
1872
Birth: October 1872 37 18Illinois, USA
Death:
Mother’s family with Edward H. Catt
step-father
1910 Census, Edward was living with his daughter Effa and son-in-law with their children.
18591925
Birth: November 14, 1859 37 29Clay, Indiana, USA
Death: December 10, 1925
mother
William C. Forsythe grave marker
18541938
Birth: January 24, 1854 32 28Monroe, Knox, Ohio, USA
Death: July 13, 1938Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
Marriage
Marriage: September 23, 1916Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
Mother’s family with Samuel Shull Sam
step-father
Samuel Shull - death certificate
18611933
Birth: 1861Tennessee, USA
Death: September 24, 1933Fairview Park, Vermillion County, Indiana, USA
mother
William C. Forsythe grave marker
18541938
Birth: January 24, 1854 32 28Monroe, Knox, Ohio, USA
Death: July 13, 1938Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
Marriage
Marriage: August 25, 1928
Family with Maude Ellen Maynard
himself
wife
Maude Maynard Forsythe
18861917
Birth: October 9, 1886 28 21IL, USA
Death: November 4, 1917Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA
Marriage
Marriage: June 19, 1906Paris, Edgar, IL, USA
21 months
daughter
Bernice Southcott (1947)
19081984
Birth: March 23, 1908 24 21Oliver, Wabash Township, Illinois, United States
Death: December 3, 1984Coldwater, Branch, Michigan, United States
-21 months
son
1906
Birth: June 23, 1906 22 19USA, IL, Clark, ,
Death:
4 years
son
Wade V. Jr. (age 12)
19101973
Birth: March 20, 1910 26 23USA, IL, Clark, ,
Death: November 1973Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
2 years
daughter
Alberta Forsythe (age 10)
19121974
Birth: February 28, 1912 28 25
Death: May 13, 1974Cold Water, MI, USA
son
daughter
Elsie Forsythe (age 5)
19151973
Birth: November 29, 1915 31 29Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA
Death: April 5, 1973Mt. Clemens, MI, USA
Family with Eloise May Gibson
himself
wife
daughter
Baby Infant Forsythe - Possible Stillborn
19251925
Birth: November 9, 1925 41 23Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
Death: November 9, 1925Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
10 years
son
Richard A. Forsythe, Sr. 1964
19351996
Birth: October 19, 1935 51 33
Death: April 16, 1996Wellington Manor Nursing Home
-14 years
son
Harry "Boots" Forsythe - grave marker
19221986
Birth: January 22, 1922 37 19Indiana, USA
Death: February 24, 1986
daughter
Private
daughter
daughter
Private
daughter
Lelah "Maxine" Forsythe - grave marker
19241933
Birth: March 14, 1924 40 21
Death: July 21, 1933
Leonard A. Jarrell + Eloise May Gibson
partner’s partner
wife
Note

"There was a set of twins that died at birth" Wade's DOB was taken from copy of original birth certificate. - Bernice Herndon 1/31/2005

Note

"Yes, Wade got all or some of his children back when he married Eloise. Some weren't much younger than Grandma."

"...I know there was one girl everyone referred to as Baby Sis. I believe Wade has somewhere between 12 - 14 children total."

"I know that Wade spent time in a mental institution (probably for alcoholism). Eloise was not a very good mother, not educated at all. Did weird stuff to the kids like give them teaspoons to drink of kerosene to get rid of worms. I know she sent Mary Lou off to live with some rich family when she was a young teen but Mary Lou ran away from those people and came back. I know she sent her son, Richard, off to work on someone's farm when he was only 12 and mom says the people were not good to him at all. Mom reports a very painful childhood of poverty, neglect and sometimes abuse."

"Mom, [Helen], also has an old photo of a horse drawn carriage in front of a lovely home that was supposed to be Wade's family home." - Shari Blackwood (mail) 2/3/2005

Note

"Wade's family had a grocery store in his youth and were well off from what I understand. Then there is their Aunt Helen that my Mom is named after.... Mom has a beautiful photo of her sitting on a piano bench. I guess she would show up with giftsand money from time to time....." - Shari Blackwood 2/2005

Note

1910 FEDERAL CENSUS, CLARK COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Wade V. Forsythe Head W M 26 md1-4 Farmer IL IL OH Maude Wife W F 23 md1-4 3-3 IL IL IL Brooks Son W M 3 S IL IL IL Bernice Dau W F 2 S IL IL IL Wade V., Jr. Son W M 1/12 S IL IL IL

ED 20; Sheet 6B; Line 100; Wabash Twp; #136/141

1930 FEDERAL CENSUS, VIGO COUNTY, INDIANA

Wade B. Forsythe Head W M 46 md-21 Labor-Odd Jobs IL IL OH Eloise Wife W F 27 md-20 IA IN IA Bernice Dau W F 20 S Seamstress-Garment Factory IL IL IL Eugene Son W M 7 S IN IL IA Maxine Dau W F 6 S IN IL IA Brooks Son W M 23 S Labor-Odd Jobs IL IL IL Wade, Jr. Son W M 21 S Labor-Odd Jobs IN IL IA Helen Dau W F 6 S IN IL IA

ED 21; Sheet 7B; Line 83; Terre Haute City; #206/214

Note

According to the hand-written obituary, Wade had a half-sister preceed him in death, and she is referred to as Mrs. Fairy Grobert.

This same document lists his 2nd wife, Eloise and having married her in 1919. This date does not match the date on the marriage certificate.

It is also interesting to note that on one of Wade's obituary notices, it lists that he is survived by 3 sons and 1 daughter, (Alberta). According to the DOD records I have, there were 3 sons living, (maybe 4 if Brooks was alive; I don't have his DOD info), and 6 daughters living.

[Rick Forsythe: 12/2005]

Note

"Wade was sent to mental institution in 1949 and remained for about 2 years. His wife at that time, (Eloise), divorced him then. He and I did not get along but started developing a better relationship after that. My husband liked Wade. He thought he was funny" - Helen Ivey 12/2005

Shared note

Family Affair

I haven't found any stories, explanations or references to the fact that Wade Valentine Forsythe, Sr., married his first cousin-once removed, or his first cousin's daughter, Maude Ellen Maynard in 1906. There was one year difference in their ages.

R. Forsythe - 2010