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Monday, June 13, 2016

John B. Bridwell and Marie Jarett

This family is not related to me except by marriage. I'm working on it for beloved niece-in-law. Other spellings for Bridwell are Bridewell, Bredwell, Bradwell, Breedwell, Breadwell, Briddle.

John B. Bridwellwas born 5/11/1903 in Spartanburg County, SC to ? Bridwell and Brightey/Brightie/Bridie/Brida. Brightey was born Abt 1886 in SC.

I found one woman with this name living in Reidville, SC. If this Brightie is Johnnie's mother, then her maiden name was Brightie Woodward.

1900 U.S. Census of Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 6/11/2016, Roll: 1542; Enumeration District: 0095; FHL microfilm: 1241542, Taken 6/11/1900, Family #158, Lines 97-100 next page Line 1, "Lucinda Bi" (*sic), Family #173, Lines 40-47, "Joe Woodward"
Lucinda Bi*, Head, W(hite), F(emale), Born Feb, 1855, 45 yrs old, Widowed, 6 children with 5 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cannot read or write, Owned farm free of mortgage
? Bi* , Son, W, M, Born Aug, 1880, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
? Bi* , Daughter, W, F, Born Aug, 1884, 15 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
? Bi* , Son, W, M, Born Dec, 1889, 10 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Sarah Bridwell, Mother, W, F, Born (blank), 70 yrs old, Widowed, 7 children with 5 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cannot read or write Mary Leonard, Head, B(lack), F, Born Aug, 1853...
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Joe Woodward, Head, W, M, Born (blank), 40 yrs old, Married 15 yrs (DOM 1885), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write, Farmer, Owns farm free of mortgage
Sarah Woodward, Wife, W, F, Born (blank), 39 yrs old (1861), Married 15 yrs, 7 children with 6 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Brightie E. Woodward, Daughter, W, F, Born Mar, 1886, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Denny M. Woodward, Son, W, M, Born Feb, 1888, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Laura E. Woodward, Daughter, W, F, Born Aug, 1891, 8 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Leo Woodward, Son, W, M, Born Feb, 1893, 7 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Mac Woodward, Son, W, M, Born Sept, 1896, 3 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Lawrence W. Woodward, Son, W, M, Born Dec, 1899, 5/12 mos old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

I attempted to track down this family after 1900 but could not pin down a single member. If you have any further information or corrections, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com or Mama.to.dogs@gmail.com

Brightie married Bub Fortenberry about 1904. She and Buck had 3 girls by the 1910 U.S. Census and John B. Bridwell was listed as their son. Buck F. Fortenberry was born 9/4/1882 in SC to William Henry Fortenberry and Melissie "Lissie" Smith.

Buck "Bub" F. Fortenberry and Brida had 4 girls:
1) Thula Jane Fortenberry (DOB 3/13/1905 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 5/4/1994 in Greer, Greenville County, SC) married James D. "J.D." Waddell (DOB 4/21/1903 in ? ; DOD 7/5/1982 in Greer, Greenville County, SC).

2) Geneva M. Fortenberry (DOB 8/27/1907 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 12/15/1986 in Greer, Greenville County, SC) married Charlton Vernon Davis (DOB 1/18/1897 in SC; DOD 10/16/1959 in Greer, Grelenville County, SC).

3) Gennie Fortenberry (aka Jennie Fortenberry, Janie Fortenberry) (DOB 8/20/1909 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 9/23/1980 in Spartanburg County, SC) married Leland Hester Robison (DOB 1/4/1890 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 9/4/1972 in Spartanburg County, SC).

4) Lois Fortenberry (DOB Abt 1912 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .


1910 U.S. Census of Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com 6/10/2016, Roll: T624_1473; Page: 3B; Enumeration District 0085; FHL microfilm: 1375486, Taken 4/15/2016, Family #11, Lines 51-56, "Bub Fortenbury" (sic)
Bub Fortenbury, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 27 yrs old (DOB 1883), 1st Marriage, Married 6 yrs (DOM 1904), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer, Cannot read or write, Rented farm
Brida Fortenbury, Wife, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), 1st Marriage, Married 6 yrs, 4 children with 4 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Johnnie Fortenbury, Son, M, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1904), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Thula Fortenberry, Daughter, F, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Geneva Fortenberry, Daughter, F, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1907), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Jennie Fortenberry, Daughter, F, W, 7/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

By the 1920 U.S. Census, Brightey and Buck Fortenberry were no longer together and he was married to his second wife, Lucindy Waddell. All the children he had with Brida (including one girl born after the 1910 census) were with him EXCEPT John B. Bridwell.

Bub Fortenberry and Lucinda Waddell had 6 children:
1) Landrum Fortenberry (DOB 6/21/1917 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 1/3/1996 in Landrum, Spartanburg County, SC) married Enolia Bridwell (DOB 1/29/1913 in SC; DOD 2/1994 in Greenville County, SC).

2) James Fortenberry (aka Jim Fortenberry) (DOB 10/6/1918 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 10/12/1994 in Greenville County, SC) married Luessie Burnett (DOB Abt 1916 in SC; DOD ? in ? ).

3) Lawrence Fortenberry (DOB 12/15/1919 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 4/25/2008 in Spartanburg County, SC) married Maudie Lee West (DOB 12/15/1923 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 5/19/2009 in Spartanburg County, SC).

4) Joe Fortenberry (DOB 8/20/1923 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 7/28/1995 in Spartanburg County, SC) married Inez Sudduth (DOB Abt 1926 in ? ; DOD Abt 2010 in ? ).

5) Willa Mae Fortenberry (DOB 5/18/1926 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 12/1/1997 in Spartanburg County, SC) married John Edward Stevens (DOB 6/12/1920 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 8/8/1997 in Spartanburg County, SC).

6) Alline Fortenberry (aka Aileen Fortenberry, Allen Fortenberry) (DOB 1/1/1930 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 6/15/1931 in Reidville, Spartanburg County, SC, died of colitis).

1920 U.S. Census of Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 6/11/2016, Roll: T625_1711; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 97; Image: 608, Taken 1/5-6/1920, Family #13, Lines 53-61, "Bub Fortenberry"
Bub Fortenberry, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 39 yrs old (DOB 1881), Married, Cannot read or write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Sindy Fortenberry, Wife, F, W, 23 yrs old (DOB 1897), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Thula Fortenberry, Daughter, F, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Geneva Fortenberry, Daughter, F, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Janie Fortenberry, Daughter, F, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1911), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Lois Fortenberry, Daughter, F, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Landrum, Fortenberry, M, W, 2 yrs 5/12 mos old (DOB 1918), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Jim Fortenberry, M, W, 1 yr 2/12 mos old (DOB 1919), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Lawrence Fortenberry, M, W, 0/12 mos old (DOB 1920), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

I could not find Brida in the 1920 U.S. Census. Did she die after having their last daughter (or died in childbirth?) or did they divorce? According to the family, Bridie is buried at Poplar Springs Baptist Church close to Johnnie. I have not found a record of her burial in Findagrave.com. What happened to Johnnie? Is this him?

1920 U.S. Census of Farm on Old Spartanburg and Greenville Road, Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 6/11/2016, Roll: T625_1711; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 94; Image: 544, Taken 1/8-9/1920, Family #51, Lines 65-57, "Edmond B. Jones"
Edmond B. Jones, Head, Owns farm free of mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 64 yrs old (DOB 1856), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Sallie Jones, Wife, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1892), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Jonnie Ferguson, Adopted Son, M, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1904), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

I found a "Jonnie" in the Reidville area who was the correct age and was listed as an "adopted son" but he's "Jonnie Ferguson". Is this Johnnie B. Bridwell? Right now, I don't know. I could not find another John or Johnnie that matched and lived in Reidville, but, of course, he may not have been living in Reidville in 1920 so I don't know. If anyone has any corrections or further information, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com or Mama.to.dogs@gmail.com.

As an adult, Johnnie went by the name of Johnnie B. Bridwell. Does this mean he was the son of a Bridwell? This also leads me to believe that he was NOT a son of Buck Fortenberry. According to the 1910 U.S. Census, Buck and Brightey Fortenberry had Johnnie and 3 daughters (and they had another daughter after the 1910 census). But in the 1920 U.S. Census, Buck Fortenberry and his new wife, Lu Cindy Waddell, have ALL the girls but not Johnnie. If Johnnie was his son (his only son with Brightey), wouldn't Buck have custody of him too? So the fact that Johnnie is not with Buck and his family in 1920 and that he later went by the name of Bridwell, seems to indicate Johnnie was NOT Buck's son after all. Was Brightey married to a Bridwell and was separated either by divorce or death by the time she married Buck? What happened to Brightey after 1910? I find no death certificate based on the information I have now. She may have gone under a different name such as her middle name and I don't know her middle name. Or she may have married again which changed her name. Or she may have died before they began doing death certificates. If anyone has any corrections or further information, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com or Mama.to.dogs@gmail.com. I hate making assumptions, I want evidence and I would appreciate any resourced information.


Johnnie Bridwell married Marie Jarrett about 1924 in Spartanburg County, SC. Marie Jarrett was born 2/25/1910 in Spartanburg County, SC to Frank W. Jarrett (DOB 10/4/1877 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 11/26/1942 in Woodruff, Spartanburg County, SC) and Margaret E. Morris (DOB 8/9/1884 in SC; DOD 10/9/1963 in ? ).

John Bridwell and Marie Jarrett had 6 known children:
1) Myrtle Bridwell (DOB 11/2/1925 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 6/21/1989 in Spartanburg County, SC) married Charles Erwin Dill (DOB 7/14/1926 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 8/31/1993 in Spartanburg County, SC).

2) Dorothy "Dot" Bridwell (DOB 2/13/1929 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 5/1/2016 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Henry Edge (DOB 3/5/1923 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 4/17/2004 in Spartanburg County, SC).

3) James Bridwell (DOB 4/28/1930 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 6/27/1976 in Spartanburg County, SC) married Doris La Nelle Burgess (DOB 6/1/1929; DOD 5/28/2008 in Spartanburg County, SC).

4) Charles Julia Bridwell (DOB 12/23/1934 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 7/26/2003 in Spartanburg County, SC)

5) Living

6) Living




1930 U.S. Census of Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 5/18/2016, Roll: 2212; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0041; Image: 679.0; FHL microfilm: 2341946, Taken 4/22/1930, Family #206, Lines 15-18, "Johnie Bridwell" (sic)
Johnie Bridwell, Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 26 yrs old (DOB 1904), Married at age 20 yrs old (DOM 1924), Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of cotton farm
Marie Bridwell, Wife, F, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1909), Married at age 15 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Myrtle Bridwell, Daughter, F, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1926), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Dorothy Bridwell, Daughter, F, W, 1 yr old (DOB 1929), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


1940 U.S. Census of Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 5/18/2016, Roll: T627_3838; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 42-47, Taken 4/18/1940, Family 212, Lines 11-17, "John Bridwell"
John Bridwell, Head, Owns farm valued at $500, M(ale), W(hite), 38 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Farmer
Marie Bridwell, Wife, F, W, 30 yrs old (DOB 1910), Married, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Myrtle Bridwell, Daughter F, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1926), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Dorothy Bridwell, Daughter, F, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1929), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
James Bridwell, Son, M, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1931), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 2nd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Charles Bridwell, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1933), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 1st grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
(Living) Bridwell, Daughter, F, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1936), Single, Born in SC



SC Death Certificate #51-???951 (the stamp is illegible for the first 3 numbers after the dash), Registration District #40-A, Registrar's #56-85, Johnnie Bridwell, DOD 1/24/1951 in Spartanburg General Hospital, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Usual residence: Route #1, Woodruff, Spartanburg County, SC
Male, White, Married to Marie Jarrett, DOB 5/11/1903 in Spartanburg County, SC, 47 yrs old Occupation: Farming, SS# 249-09-****
Father: "No Record", Mother: Brighty Bridwell (sic), Informant: Mrs. Marie J. Bridwell
DOD 1/24/1951 at 12:00AM
Cause of death: Coronary Thrombosis (duration 4 hours) due to coronary arterioslcerosis 4201
No Autopsy
Buried: 1/25/1951 in Poplar Springs Cemetery, Spartanburg County, SC
Funeral director: The Wood Mortuary, Greer, SC

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Johnnie Bridwell
SSN: 249-09-****
BORN: 11 May 1902
Died: Jan 1951
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)

Spartanburg Herald Journal, Spartanburg County, SC, BRIDWELL, JOHNNIE, 47, Woodruff, h/o Marie Jarrett Bridwell, 1–28–51, p. 8

U.S. Social Security Death Index
Name: Marie J. Bridwell
SSN: 250-54-****
Last Residence: 29303 Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
BORN: 25 Feb 1910
Died: 10 Jul 1999
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1953)

FindaGrave.com
Marie Jarrett Bridwell
Birth: Feb. 25, 1910, Woodruff, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 10, 1999, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
She was the daughter of Frank and Margaret Morris Jarrett. She was a homemaker. She was widow of Johnnie Bridwell. She was survived daughters, Dorothy Edge, Gertrude Pery, Judy Bridwell, and Mary Champion; a son, Charles Bridwell; 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Burial: Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Moore, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Shelburn Wilkes
Record added: Mar 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25655559

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