|Zula Baker was born August 17, 1887, in Sevier County,
AR, died about 1913, and is buried in Denison Cemetery,
Zula Baker had been married to
Will Jean in 1906 and they had a son, (Lloyd Jean, born
January 18, 1908 in Mineral Springs, AR- died July 13, 1994
- and buried is buried in Laws Chapel Cemetery, Atlanta, TX.)
I found the following information on Will H. Jean that we
did not know before this date. In the 1910 Comanche
County, OK Census record, Will H. Jean is listed at the age
of 24, single, living in the institution Telephone Line
Construction Camp Lines. It finally cleared up the
mystery of where he was born, Arkansas, and his dad was born
in Georgia and his mother was born in Alabama. I then
found Will Jean's dad, Hardy Jean, in the 1870 census
Little River County, Arkansas1870 Census
Daniel B Jean 64 m w farmer GA
Mary M 55 f w GA
Robert M 28 farm hand GA
Hardy H 17 m w farm hand GA (Will Jean's
So, this would prove that Will Jean must have been born
Found 1920 Little River, AR census record with
Artie Jean 66 head
Mahaley 62 wife
Lloyd 11 grandson
Charlie 29 head
Esther 21 wife
Hazel 2 1/2 daughter
The following information was sent to me by my first
cousin, Shirley Jean Weaver, daughter of uncle Lloyd Jean:
April 29, 1997
Here are some of the things that might help you.
You asked when and where W. H. Jean married Zula - it was
12-24-1906 - Little River County, Ark. W. H. Jean died
in Albuquerque - don't know where he was born. Mother
said she was sure Gladys and Juanita took Brad Sims name
when Vera married her. Don't know what their real name was.
Hope some of this helps. Thanks for the papers you sent me.
They were real interesting. Love, Shirley
Information from stones at Hicks Cemetery, Ashdown, Ark.
W. H. Jean (Lloyd's father)
Hardy H. Jean (W. H.'s father)
Mahalia L. Jean (W. H.'s Mother)
Mary E. Baker (Zula's Mother)
W. M. Baker (Zula's Brother)
Lloyd's great grandparents (parents of H. H. Jean) are
buried in Peytonville Cemetery south of Ashdown
This letter was written to H. H. Jean, Lloyd's grandfather,
Ashdown, Ark. from Brad Sims, Mooringsport, La.
Mr. H. H. Jean
Kind friend I will answer your kind letter which I received
some time back would have answered sooner but I have been
off in Texas at work and haven't been near an office. I am
glad Lloyd is doing well in his books guess school is out by
now. Tell him I had a letter from home last week and Cleo
was well but wanted to see Lloyd. And so do I but don't know
when I can get off. We had a nice rain here last night and
it has been nice and cool today. Hope you have a nice crop,
we have had such nice spring to farm.
I have no news. I will be glad to hear from you anytime.
Hope you are all well.
Yours very truly
Idabel, OK - Denison Cemetery,
Bettie C. Sims and James B. Sims (Sr.)
Bettie - 1858 - 1923 - Buried in Denison Cemetery, Idabel,
James, Sr. - 1852 - 1933 Buried in Denison Cemetery, Idabel,
Zula B. Sims and James B. Sims (Jr.)
Zula - 1887 - 1912 - Buried in Denison Cemetery, Idabel, OK
James, Jr. - January 19, 1885 Lockesburg, Ark.
Died 12-28-1943 died in Shreveport, La - buried in Pine Park
Cemetery, Vivian, La.
J. A. Baker (Zula's father?)
James Bradley Sims, Jr.
Born January 19, 1885
Married August 17, 1911
to Zula Baker (who was born 1887 Sevier County and died 1912
in Idabel, Okla)
Brad Sims died December 28, 1943 in Shreveport
Brad Sims was son of James B. Sims, Sr.
Born September 1853 in Tenn.
Married Gemima E. Collins, who was born March 1857 in Miss.)
J. B. Sims, Sr. died in Idabel, Okla in 1933
Gemima died January 17, 1923 in Idabel.
J. B. Sims, Sr.'s father came from Virginia. His mother came
This is an account Mother (Hazel Jean) wrote while Daddy was
talking about his life:
When Lloyd was about 5 years old, Cleo was born when they
lived on Little River near Idabel. Brad Sims, his step
father, ran the ferry.
Uncle Bert and Aunt Lorena kids (Lloyd's Mother's Sister)
These were Bert Dillinger Lorena Baker Dillinger children:
Lorena Baker Dillinger was Zula Baker's sister:
Marvin, Clara, Elbert, Verna, Orus, Dude and Shortie
They lived close to them.
They moved into Idabel where Lloyd's Mother (Zula Baker
Sims) died of a spider bite. Brad Sims, her husband, was
working in oil fields in Mooringsport, La. about that time.
After his Mother died, Lloyd lived with Brad Sims' parents
in Idabel, where he started to school. At about the age of
8, he went to live with his grandmother and grandfather
(Hardy and Mahalia Jean) in Ashdown, where his grandfather
farmed. (Renting or share cropping) Share-cropping was using
owner's team and machinery and housing - 1/2 to owner if own
team - 1/3 to owner.. Renting was paying rent at end of year
to owner of land.
In the year 1921, he went to live with Uncle Bert and Aunt
Lorena in Ben Lomond, where he finished the 8th grade, where
he helped on the farm, gathering in the crop etc. ($1.00 per
hundred lb. cotton)
Afterwards, he and a friend rode a freight train, going to
the wheat harvest. Stopped off in Mena, Ark.........
He went to live with step-dad, Brad Sims, and his wife
Minnie, until he went to the Marines at age 20, boot camp at
Parris Island, after boot camp, marched in parade in
Washington, D. C. (INAUGURAL PARADE FOR HOOVER) Stationed in
Quantico, W. V. then St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (2 years),
came back to U. S. (Virginia and N. O. - New Orleans?) and
then to Key West, Fla. and then Charleston, S. C. where he
was discharged. Back to Mooringsport - oil field - 6 months
- Joined the army - stationed in San Antonio - 1 1/2 years -
Lloyd and Hazel married by J. P. (Judge Ivey) with Brad Sims
and her Mother Charlotte Norris as witnesses. They lived in
"old Sims House" until he was transferred to Waskom, and
Carthage pipeline, Tex. and went to work at Gulf gasoline
Zula married a second time to James Bradley Sims, Jr.,
and they had Cleo Sims (Josey) (born June 30, 1913, in
Idabel, OK - died January 26, 1997, buried in Forest Park
West Cemetery, Shreveport, LA.)
first cousin, Shirley, (daughter of Lloyd Jean), Will came up on a horse with some
shoes for Lloyd and Zula threw them back at him. Shirley said that Will and Zula Jean were
divorced after that and I am not sure of that date. Will
Jean put up electric lines outside of Albuquerque and he was electrocuted
in a job accident.
Will Jean was born January 19, 1886, died August 15, 1914,
and is buried in Hicks Cemetery outside of
Ashdown, AR, along with many of Zula Baker's family members.
Received a copy of the census from Sevier County, Ark. today from
Marcelle Cox in Baytown, TX and it has Zulie's birthday year as April
1889 and her age as 11 in 1900.
Also, the census has
Jim Cox or F. Marcelle Cox
5118 W. Cedar Bayou Lynchburg Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521
Per a copy of the 1900 Sevier County, Ark. census sent to me
by Marcelle Cox,
Jos. H. Baker born November 1856 in Tenn.
Mary a. Baker born March 1844 in Georgia
Walter born September 1886 in Texas
Zulie born April 1889 in Arkansas
Joseph and Mary had been married 19 years.
There is another Baker family just two houses over that has
John D. and Marcella BAKER with:
I have listed their family on the FTM
Subj: Records Search Response for Walter M. Baker
Date: 05/02/2000 9:16:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected], [email protected]
Name: Walter M. Baker
Date of Birth: 09/22/1886
Date of Death: 10/18/1914
Policy was issued on: 01/31/1905 at the age of 18
City and State: Wilton,Ark
Death Claim was paid on: 12/04/1914
Monument was issued on: 02/03/1915
Certificate Number(s): 21330
Camp Number: 310
Camp State: Ark
Since the death claim was paid, the application for
membership and the
death claim are no longer a part of our records.
Thank you for your inquiry.
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access our web
Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society
I found Lloyd Jean (22 years old) in the 1930 census record
in the U. S. Marines Barracks in St Thomas, St Thomas
Island, Virgin Islands.