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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Eliga Arwood

I'm very distantly related to Eliga Arwood. Our common ancestor was Nathan Marmaduke Lamb and Orpha Rollins. My direct ancestor was John Rollins Lamb and Eliga Arwood's direct ancestor was John Rollins Lamb's sister, Margaret Ann "Polly" Lamb.

Margaret Ann "Polly" Lamb (DOB 8/7/1826 in Greeneville, Greene County, TN; DOD 1/13/1903 in Greene County, TN) married William Riley Rollins (DOB 12/30/1821 in TN; DOD 1/14/1907 in Greene County, TN). They had  3 sons:

1) Seth Rollins (DOB Abt 1837 in TN; DOD Abt 1864 in ? ) married Catherine Louisa "Lou" Hulda Hensley.

2) William G.C. Rollins (DOB Abt 1849 in TN; DOD ? in ? ) married Catharine Smith.

3) David M. Rollins (DOB 3/1876 in NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

Seth Rollins married Catherine Louisa Hulda Hensley. She was born Abt 1840 in TN and she died after 1870. They had 3 daughters:

1) Mary "Polly" Ann Rollins (DOB Abt 1858 in TN; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

2) Emaline "Emma" C. Rollins (DOB 4/20/1860 in Sullivan County, TN; DOD 3/20/1941 in Russellville, Hamblen County, TN) married John Calvin Arwood (DOB 2/22/1852 in NC; DOD 6/17/1944 in Johnson City, Washington County, TN).

3) Nancy Elizabeth "Bettie" Rollins (DOB 5/11/1865 in TN; DOD 12/22/1949 in Knox County, KY) married John Carter (DOB 2/18/1860 in Knox County, KY; DOD 6/18/1948 in Knox County, KY).

Emaline "Emily" C. Rollins married John Calvin Arwood and they had 6 children:

1) Laura M. Arwood (DOB 4/1883 in TN; DOD ? in ? ) married William Milton Smith (DOB .1/15/1872 in Hamblen County, TN; DOD 4/6/1930 in Hamblen County, TN).

2) Margarite "Maggie" Arwood (DOB Abt 1887 in TN; DOD 3/1969 in Brownsville, Haywood County, TN) married Wiley Clark and William Moody.

3) Mollie Arwood (DOB 1/30/1889 in TN; DOD 7/23/1879 in Russellville, Hamblen County, TN) married ? . She had 6 children: Lena B. Arwood, Evelyn M. Arwood, Otelia C. Arwood, Bill Arwood, Jack Arwood, Charles Arwood.

4) William Robert Arwood, Sr. (DOB 4/23/1891 in Hawkins County, TN; DOD 9/1/1952 in Barbourville, Knox County, TN) married Winnie Marie Burleson (DOB 8/17/1900 in TN; DOD 8/24/1960 in ? ).

5) Eliga Arwood (DOB Abt 1896 in TN; DOD 11/21/1932 in Elizabeth City, VA) married Ethel ? (DOB Abt 1901 in TN; DOD ? in ? ).

6) Victoria Almeda Arwood (DOB 7/22/1899 in TN; DOD 7/7/1957 in Morristown, Hamblen County, TN) married ? .

Eliga Arwood is the subject of this story so I want to follow him now.


1900 U.S. Census of Civil District 10, Hamblen, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, Roll: 1575; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0061; FHL microfilm: 1241575, Taken 6/7/1900, Family #58, Lines 15022, "John Arwood"
John Arwood, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Feb, 1846, 54 yrs old, Married 18 yrs (DOM 1882), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read, Cannot write, Rents farm
Emiline Arwood, Wife, W, F, Born April, 1864, 36 yrs old, Married 18 yrs, 8 children with 6 still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Cannot read or write
Laura Arwood, Daughter, W, F, Born April, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Cannot read or write
Maggie Arwood, Daughter, W, F, Born Mar, 1887, 13 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Cannot read or write
Mollie Arwood, Daughter, W, F, Born Jan, 1889, 11 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Cannot read or write
William Arwood, Son, W, M, Born April, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Cannot read or write
Eliga Arwood, Son, W, M, Born June, 1896, 4 yrs old, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Cannot read or write
Victory Arwood, Daughter, W, F, Born June, 1898, 2 yrs old, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Cannot read or write


1910 U.S. Census of Civil District 3, Morristown Pike, Hamblen, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, Roll: T624_1501; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0057; FHL microfilm: 1375514, Taken 4/27/1910, Family #128, Lines 36-43, "John Arwood"
John Arwood, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 58 yrs old (DOB 1852), 3rd Marriage, Married 29 yrs (DOM 1881), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer for wages, Can read, Cannot write, Owns farm
Emma Arwood, Wife, , W, 50 yrs old (DOB 1860), 1st Marriage, Married 28 yrs, 8 children with 5 still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Cannot read or write
Margarete Arwood, Daughter, F, W, 23 yrs old (DOB 1887), Divorced, 2 children with 1 still living, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Can read and write
William Arwood, Son, M, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1892), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Cannot read or write
Elishia Arwood (sic), Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1896), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN
Victoria Arwood, Daughter, F, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1898), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN
Frederick Clark, Grandson, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1907), Born in TN. Both parents born in TN
Lenner Arwood, Grandson, M, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in TN, Both parents born in TN



U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Registration State: Tennessee; Registration County: Hamblen; Roll: 1852989, Serial #133-100B, Lige Arwood, DOB 6/22/1897
Serial #133-100B
Lige Arwood, 21 yrs old
Address: Russellville, Hamblen County, TN
Father's birthplace: "Don't know, USA"
Employer: U.S. Coal and Coke Co, on RR, KY
Name of nearest relative: John C. Arwood, Russellville, Tenn
41-1-13.B
Tall, Slender, Brown Eyes, Dk Brown Hair
Signed by his mark on 8/24/1918 in Morriston, Hamblen County, TN

He was a veteran of World War I. He was a Private in TN 3rd Infantry from 7/4/1917 until his discharge on 8/3/1917. He was discharged due to "Disability".




1920 U.S. Census of Civil District 3, Main St or Morristown and Greeneville Rd, Hamblen, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, Roll: T625_1742; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 57; Image: 297, Taken 1/6/1920, Family #25, Lines 99-100 next page Lines , "John Arwood"
John Arwood, Head, Owns farm, M(ale), W(hite), 67 yrs old (DOB 1853), Married, Can read, Cannot write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read, Cannot write, Farm laborer
Emaline Arwood, Wife, M, W, 57 yrs old (DOB 1863), Married, Cannot read or write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Eliga Arwood, Son, M, W, 23 yrs old (DOB 1897), Single, Cannot read or write, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Laborer, track layer in coal mine
Daughter Arwood, F, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1899), Single, Cannot read or write, Married, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read, Can write, No occupation, Veteran of World War

He married a woman named Ethel between 1920-1930. I was not able to determine Ethel's maiden name, when they married or what happened to her after his death. I couldn't find their marriage record.

In the 1930 U.S. Census he was an inmate in the Mental Patient's Annex of the National Soldier's Home.


1930 U.S. Census of National Soldier's Home, Annex #2 Mental Patients, Chesapeake, Elizabeth City, Virginia; Ancestry.com, Roll: 2442; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 0010; Image: 241.0; FHL microfilm: 2342176, Line 63, "Eliga Arwood"
Eliga Arwood, Member, M(ale), W(hite), 33 yrs old (DOB 1897), Married, Can read and write, Born in TN, Parents born in USA, No occupation

His wife, Ethel, was living with Eliga's sister, Mollie Arwood in the 1930 U.S. Census. This is the last record I have of her.

1930 U.S. Census of District 3, Hamblen, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, Roll: 2249; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 953.0; FHL microfilm: 2341983, Taken 4/11/1930, Family #96, Lines 91-98, "Mollie Arwood"
Mollie Arwood, Head, Owns home valued at $800, F(emale), W(hite), 38 yrs old (DOB 1892), Widowed, Can read and write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN,
Lena B. Arwood, Daughter, F, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Can read and write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, No occupation
Evelynn M. Arwood, Daughter, F, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Can read and write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, No occupation
Otelia C. Arwood, Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1920), Single, Attends school, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
William F. Arwood, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1923), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Jack H. Arwood, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1925), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Charles F. Arwood, Son, M, W, 7/12 mos old (DOB 1929), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Ethel T. Arwood, Sister-in-law, F.W, 29 yrs old (DOB 1901), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN

I found further information on his admission to the hospitals.


U.S. National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, Hampton, Registers M, #32931, Eliga Arwood
Eliga Arwood, WW
Military History
Time and Place of Enlistment: 7/4/1917 in Tenn
Company and Regiment: 3rd Tenn Inf N9
Time and Place of Discharge: Aug 3, 1917
Cause of Discharge: Disability
Disabilities When Admitted To The Home: 0396 Dementia praecox, Mental Inc
Domestic History
Where Born: Tenn
Age: 33 yrs old
Height: 5'9"
Complexion: Dark
Color of Eyes: Brn
Color of Hair: Brn
Religion: Prot (Protestant)
Occupation: Labor
Residence Subsequent to Discharge: Tenn
Married or Single: Married
Name and Address of Nearest Relative: Ethel Arwood (wife), Russellville, Tenn
Home History
Rate of Pension: (blank)
Date of Admission, ReAdmission and Transfer: Adm ? ? Mar 6, 1930
Transfer " " Mar 14, 1930
Date of Discharge and Transer: Trs ? ? Mar 14, 1930
Date of Death: Nov 21, 1932, 5:10 pm, Anx l
Cause of Death: Genl paralysis of the Insane



Johnson City, Registers, B, #23433, Eliga Arwood
Eliga Arwood
Military History
Time and Place of Each Enlistment: (blank)
Rank: Pvt
Company and Regiment: 3rd Inf
Time and Place of Discharge: (blank)
Cause of Discharge: (blank)
Disabilities When Admitted to the Home: (blank)
Domestic History (all blank)
Home History
Rate of Pension (blank)
Date of Admission, ReAdmission and Transfer: Adm Mt Br 3/6/1930
Transf Son Br 3/14/1930



VA Death Certificate #24647, Registration district #1272, Registered #205, Eliga Arwood, DOD 11/21/1932 in Veteran's Administration Home, VA, Elizabeth City, VA
Male, White, Married to Ethel Arwood, DOB "Unknown" in Tenn, 35 yrs old (DOB 1897)
Occupation: Laborer in unknown industry
Father: "Unknown"
Mother: "Unknown"
Informant: U.S. Government Records, Veteran's Admin. Home, VA
DOD 11/21/1932 at 5:10pm
Cause of death: General paralysis of the insane (duration: 2 yrs, 8 mos, 5 days)
Buried: 11/22/1932 in Akron, OH


There are some terms on his admission papers and his death certificate that I wanted to look up.

Dementia praecox - is a chronic, deteriorating psychotic disorder characterized by rapid cognitive disintegration, usually beginning in the late teens or early adulthood. Schizophrenia is the new word describing this disease. German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin (1856–1926) popularised it in his first detailed textbook descriptions of a condition that eventually became a different disease concept and relabeled as schizophrenia... Kraepelin viewed dementia praecox as a progressively deteriorating disease from which no one recovered. However, by 1913, and more explicitly by 1920, Kraepelin admitted that while there may be a residual cognitive defect in most cases, the prognosis was not as uniformly dire as he had stated in the 1890s. Still, he regarded it as a specific disease concept that implied incurable, inexplicable madness. (Source: Wikipedia)

Schizophrenia - is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand what is real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices that others do not, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation. People with schizophrenia often have additional mental health problems such as anxiety disorders, major depressive illness, or substance use disorders. Symptoms typically come on gradually, begin in young adulthood, and last a long time.(Source: Wikipedia)

General paralysis of the insane - is a severe neuropsychiatric disorder, classified as an organic mental disorder and caused by the chronic meningoencephalitis that leads to cerebral atrophy in late-stage syphilis. Degenerative changes are associated primarily with the frontal and temporal lobar cortex. The disease affects approximately 7% of infected individuals. It prevails among men. GPI was originally considered to be a type of madness due to a dissolute character, when first identified in the 18th Century. Then the cause-effect connection with syphilis was discovered in the late 1880s. Symptoms of the disease first appear from 10 to 30 years after infection. fatigue, headaches, insomnia, dizziness, etc. As the disease progresses, mental deterioration and personality changes occur. Typical symptoms include loss of social inhibitions, asocial behavior, gradual impairment of judgment, concentration and short-term memory, euphoria, mania, depression, or apathy. Subtle shivering, minor defects in speech and Argyll Robertson pupil may become noticeable. Delusions, common as the illness progresses, tend to be poorly systematized and absurd. They can be grandiose, melancholic, or paranoid. These delusions include ideas of great wealth, immortality, thousands of lovers, unfathomable power, apocalypsis, nihilism, self-blame, or bizarre hypochondriacal complaints. Later, the patient suffers from dysarthria, intention tremors, hyperreflexia, myoclonic jerks, confusion, seizures and severe muscular deterioration. Eventually, the paretic dies bedridden, cachectic and completely disoriented, frequently in a state of status epilepticus. (Source: Wikipedia)


This poor man died a horrible death at the young age of 35 yrs old. He left a wife and no children. He was also survived by both of his parents. I have no idea what caused the problems. He only served basically 1 month during WWI and was discharged for "Disability". Did he already have problems or did something happen during the one month that started the problems?

In the 1920 U.S. Census he is working as a "Laborer, track layer in coal mine". He also married between the 1920 Census and his admission to the National Soldier's Home in 1930.

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