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Posted by: VirJean Potter Bozarth Date: September 27, 1999 at 23:45:18

Dear Bobbie,

I can't tell you exactly who the parents of Mary Armilda (Bozarth) Clark were, but she was probably the d/o Thomas R. Bozarth of Grayson Co, KY, the s/o Jeremiah Bozorth and 1/w Martha / "Patsy" Rose. If this is fact then her paternal grandparents would be Jonathan Bozorth and Mary Hargis and her maternal grandparents would be Thomas Rose and 2/w Barbary Crenshaw. Armilda had a daughter named Rose Clark from her marriage to Clark. According to your records Armilda married William Green Ashley about 1856.

Thomas R(ose?) Bozorth was born 8 Feb 1819 and died about 1837. Armilda was possibly a sister of Aldegundus (Bozorth) Hoeny, the wife of John Hoeny, who settled in Grayson County after his arrival from Germany He married to Aldedundus on 2 Apr 1846 and they are found on the 1850 census there. He and his family moved to Effingham Co, IL sometime after 1850. Another sister of Armilda's may be Lydia E. Bozarth who married Simon Pryor in 1855 in Grayson County as his second wife. They lived in Grayson County.

In 1977 I received a copy of a letter dated 19 Mar 1962 from Gordon T. Bozarth of 105 Wabash Drive, Lexington, KY. The letter was from Maisie L. Ashley of Apt 2, 1807 Augusta Court, Lexington, KY. This letter discusses Maisie's Grandmother Mary Armilda Bosarth (Bozarth) Clark Ashley.

The partial text of the letter stated that "Mary Armilda left Kentucky sometime during or immediately after the Civil War. My Great Grandfather William Green Ashley, was originally from Kentucky. He returned during the war, married my great grandmother and went back to Illinois with her. Her first husband was named Clark (First name not known) and they had one child, Rose. Her brother, John, moved to Wayne County, Illinois, and her sister, Alda or Alta (she and her husband were school teachers) moved to Illinois, and later to Texas. I don't know what became of her. I assume descendants of John Bozarth are still in Illinois, at least at one time his son was sheriff in that county. My great grandmother lived in Effingham County and I don't believe the had much, if any, contact."

There is more regarding a possible claim to an inheritance in England. If you would be interested in having a complete copy of this letter, please let me know. Do you have any idea who the Maisie Ashley was who wrote this letter?

I would be most interested in knowing more about your descent from these Bozarths. Please let me know if these are the people are the ones you were searching for.

VirJean Potter Bozarth


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