Fifth Generation


174. Mary Elizabeth WILLIAMSON108,112,113,191,192,193,196,381,382 was born in 1865 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. She lived with her parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 23 June 1870. She lived with her mother and stepfather in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 14 June 1880. Her uncle became her stepfather. Mary lived in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 8 June 1900. She lived in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 28 April 1910. She lived in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 14 May 1920. Her married daughter Virginia Roberts and son lived with them. Mary lived next to her daughter Ruth in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 10 April 1930. Her son Abner lived with her, and they lived next to her daughter Ruth. On 10 April 1930 she owned a hotel in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola.

Mary Elizabeth WILLIAMSON and Abner DRIVER were married on 6 November 1883 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. Abner DRIVER108,191,192,193,383,384,385 was born in September 1869 in TN. In 1889 he owned a meat market in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. He lived in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 8 June 1900. On 8 June 1900 Abner was a merchant in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. He lived in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 28 April 1910. On 28 April 1910 he was an ice and electric light manufacturer in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. Abner lived in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 14 May 1920. Their married daughter Virginia Roberts and her son lived with them. On 14 May 1920 he was a farmer in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. He died between 1926 and 1930 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. Abner was educated attended elementary school in MO, Cape Girardeau Co., Cape Girardeau. He was educated attended East Tennessee University in TN, Knox Co., Knoxville. From "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas":
“As one of the enterprising younger members of the agricultural circle of Monroe Township we can not fail to mention Abner Driver, who, having been identified with the interests of Mississippi County from his birth, is now one of its foremost agriculturists, although young in years. In 1882 he began life for himself, and a tract of 1,600 acres of land was placed at his disposal by his father, who is one of the wealthiest men of the county, and, with the exception of 100 acres, all of it was heavily covered with timber. Being a “chip of the old block” he entered heart and soul into clearing this land and getting it into good shape for farming, and up to rhe present time has put about 300 acres under the plow, and has erected twenty dwelling-houses on the place, among which is his own handsome residence, a well-finished two-story house in T-shape, the main part of the building being 35x48 feet and the annex being 25x48 feet. In addition to this he has a fine barn and a cotton gin and saw-mill, the latter two enterprises giving employment to about twelve men. The different branches of work on his plantation call for the labor of at least seventy people, and Mr. Driver is compelled to work early and late to attend to his big farm and keep the wheels of fortune moving. In early life his means and opportunities for acquiring an education were excellent, and after attending the schools of Cape Girardeau, Mo., he entered the East Tennessee University, located at Knoxville, where he pursued his studies assiduously. His wife, a lady of much culture and refinement, was a Miss Matie [sic] Williamson and a native of Mississippi Co., her parents being Miss Letha Hale and Mr. B. Williamson. Mrs. Driver is a member of the Baptist Church at Winchester, Tenn., where she received her education, and he is a Mason, both being members of the Kallorama Lodge of the Knights and Ladies of Honor, of Osceola. They have two very interesting little children, Harry Lee and Ida May, who add much happiness to their pleasant home.”

From the book "Final Frontiers":
“But in the largely White Arkansas and Missouri deltas, most of the tenant farmers were Whites. As an example, Abner Driver of Osceola, Arkansas, rented his plantation to about 230 White tenant families. Working on their “tenant tracts,” croppers and renters raised most of the cotton in the Southern bottomlands, but they failed to share in the agricultural rewards.”

From "Arkansas Historical Quarterly," Vol. 24:
"General stores in Osceola in 1889 were as follows:...Abner Driver, meat market."

From "University of Missouri Studies," Vol. 1, 1926:
"Abner Driver, proprietor of 'Rainey Colony,' Osceola, Arkansas. Mr. Driver has about two hundred thirty white families on his 'Rainey Colony.'"

Mary Elizabeth WILLIAMSON and Abner DRIVER had the following children:

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Harry Lee DRIVER.

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Ida May DRIVER191 was born in July 1886 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. She lived with her parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 8 June 1900.

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Cooper DRIVER.

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Lucille DRIVER191 was born in August 1895 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. She lived with her parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 8 June 1900. She died between 1900 and 1910 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola.

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Virginia DRIVER.

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Walter William DRIVER191,192,193,386 was born on 12 September 1899 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. He lived with his parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 8 June 1900. He lived with his parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 28 April 1910. He registered for the WWI draft in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 12 September 1918 . He was a student when he registered. Walter lived with his parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 14 May 1920. He was of medium height and build, with brown eyes and dark hair.

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Ruth D. DRIVER.

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Abner DRIVER was born in 1906 in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola. He lived with his parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 28 April 1910. He lived with his parents in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola, Broadway Ave. on 14 May 1920. Abner lived with his widowed mother in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola on 10 April 1930. On 10 April 1930 he was the manager of a filling station in AR, Mississippi Co., Osceola.