AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum
Input greatly appreciated. I know this is long.
Back in 1996, my dad and I had visited the New Hope Cemetery in Little River County, Arkansas—the burial place of many relatives. I noticed several marked graves and began to ask my dad if he recognized any names—Fricks and Coleman. He stated that many were blood kin to our Gibson family, however he was unsure of the exact relationships. Later that day, I had the opportunity to sit down with my dad and his remaining siblings. They offered oral histories that I have heard numerous times and that I’ve been able to confirm via primary source documentation.
On this particular visit, we were going through obituaries and I ran across an obituary for A. D. Fricks buried in New Hope Cemetery (Little River County, AR). The obituary stated that A.D. Fricks was born to James and Annie Mae Fricks; and also he had an aunt named Gasolene Hunter. May aunts and uncles stated that Annie Fricks and Gasolene Hunter were sisters and their maiden names were Coleman—they were the daughter’s of Milton and Della Coleman. The Coleman’s were related to the Gibson’s however the exact relationship was unclear. They went on to say that we were related to the Fields family, and that Willie and David Fields were “possibly” related to my grandfather Bill Gibson. The Gibson’s were originally from Nevada County, Arkansas
To continue my search, this past summer, I ordered the death certificate for Della Coleman, the maternal grandmother of A.D. Fricks. Based on the certificate, her parents were listed as Chas Fields and Annie Alexander. There’s the name “Fields”. This weekend, thanks to familysearchlabs.org I was able to view marriage records for Nevada County, Arkansas to include marriage records for Milton Coleman and Della Field (1902); Charles Fields and Ann Fisher (1879).
I’ve been able to verify census information from 1880 to 1920 on the Chas Fields family to include the 1920 Nevada County, AR census for his son Lee Fields and Lee’s children, Willie and David Fields.
Known; my great great grandfather was Silas Gibson, born circa 1828 in Virginia per the 1870 census; per the 1880 census his birth was circa 1830 in Alabama. Charles (Charlie or Chas) Fields was born circa 1858 in Arkansas per the 1880 and per the 1900 census his birth was circa 1854 Arkansas and the birthplace of his parents was Alabama.
I’m wondering if Charles Fields was the son of Silas Gibson—I don’t know and probably never will know, however what avenues should I take regarding traditional research?
Thanks for letting me share,