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Clarinda Stephens was born on June 7, 1845, in Missouri to John Stephens and Sarah "Sallie" Bledsoe Addams Stephens. In 1850 she lived with 2 brothers, John and Greenberry and 1 half-sister, Elizabeth.

The 1850 census shows Clarinda's parents, herself, her siblings, and her Bledsoe grandmother,Susannah Bledsoe. The Elizabeth Steven listed was really Elizabeth Addams whose father was Sally's first husband, Thomas Addams. To one side of the John Stephens' home is another Stephens household. Then on the other side is a Bledsoe family. Isaac Bledsoe is Sally Bledsoe's brother.

1850 Census John Stephens Family

1850 census Cass County, Missouri
John Stephens family
Name:
John Stephens
Age:
29
Birth Year:
abt 1821
Birthplace:
Missouri
Home in 1850:
District 16, CassMissouriUSA
Gender:
Male
Family Number:
517
Household Members:
Name: Age: Birthplace:
Head:
John Stephens
29 MO
Wife
Sally Stephens
32 MO
Daughter:
Elizabeth Stephens
 12  MO
Daughter:
Clarinda Stephens
4 MO
Son:
Greenberry Stephens
3 MO
Son:
John H Stephens
0 MO
Mother in law:
Susannah Bledsoe
67 KY

Between the 1850 census and the 1860 census the Stephens moved from Cass County, Missouri to Parker County, Texas Including John Stephens mother in law, Susannah Bledsoe.

1860 Census taken on June 28, 1860 in Parker County, Texas
1860 Census Parker County, Texas
John Stephens family
Name:
J(ohn) Stephens
Age:
41
Birth Year:
bat 1819
Gender:
Male
Race:
White
Birthplace:
Kentucky
Home in 1860:
Beat 1, Parker County, Texas
Post Office:
Weatherford
Dwelling Number:
9
Family Number:
9
Occupation:
Farmer
Real Estate Value:
320
Personal Estate Value:
360
Household Members:
Name:
Age: Birthplace:
Head:
J(ohn) Stephens
41 MO
Wife:
S(ally) Stephens
43 MO
Daughter:
C(larinda) Stephens
15 MO
Son:
G(reenberry) Stephens
13 MO
Son:
J(ohn) Stephens
12 MO
Son:
H(enry) Stephens
8 MO
Son:
W(illiam) Stephens
6 MO
Son:
G(eorge) Stephens
4 TX
Son:
J(ames) Stephens
1 TX
Not a Stephens:
illegible
3  
Mother in Law:
S(usannah) Bledsoe
77 NC

A.J. married Clarinda Stephens, daughter of John and Sarah Bledsoe Stephens, in Tarrant County, Texas on June 1, 1869. The Tarrant County courthouse burned down, so there is no marriage license that survived the fire. However, her application for Confederate Widow's Pension verifies the date of their marriage.

A.J. and Clarinda Stephens Dillinder

 

Jim was the first child born to A.J. and Clarinda Stephens. His birthdate was July 31, 1870 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. In addition to John W Dillinder, his siblings are as follows: Martha Dillinder (1871-1882), Sarah Dillinder (1874-1955), Lucy Dillinder (1875-1948), Etta Dillinder (1877-1943), Minnie (1880-1882), Ida Dillinder (1881-1972), Charles Dillinder (1884-1909), Anna Belle Dillinder (1886-1972),  and Alice Dillinder (1888-1963). For a short period of time from 1875-1877 they moved to Arkansas and then came back to Palo Pinto County, Texas. Martha, Lucy and Etta were born in Arkansas. All the other children were born in Palo Pinto County, Texas.

1880 census taken June 5, 1880, Palo Pinto County, Texas A.J. Dillinder

1880 census Palo Pinto County, Texas
Andrew Jackson Dillinder family

Name:
Andrew J Dillinder
Age:
39
Birth Date:
Abt 1841
Birthplace:
Missouri
Home in 1880:
Precinct 5, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Dwelling Number:
52
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Relation to Head of House:
Self (Head)
Marital Status:
Married
Spouse's Name:
Clarinda Dillinder
Father's Birthplace:
Virginia
Mother's Birthplace:
Kentucky
Occupation:
farmer
Maimed, Crippled, or Bedridden:
yes
Neighbors:
 
Household Members:
Name: Age:
Head:
Andrew J Dillinder
39
Wife:
Clarinda Dillinder
34
Son:
John W Dillinder
13
Son:
James H Dillinder
10
Daughter:
Martha E Dillinder
8
Daughter:
Sarah E Dillinder
6
Daughter:
Lucy L Dillinder
5
Daughter:
Etta V Dillinder
3
Daughter:
Minnie Dillinder
3/12
Wife's nephew:
Samuel Stephens
13

On the 1880 Census it shows that Andrew and Clarinda live between her parents and her brother, William, and his young family. The 1870 census has not been found, but on the 1880 census Samuel Stephens, 13, Clarinda's nephew is living with Andrew and Clarinda. Clarinda raised her nephew, Samuel Stephens, who was mentally handicapped. He must have died between 1880 and 1900. No further record of him has been found.

June 1, 1900 census the Andrew Jackson Dillinder family living in Palo Pinto.
1900 Census - Palo Pinto County, Texas
Andrew Jackson Dillinder Family
Name:
Andrew Dillinder
Age:
59
Birth Date:
Sept 1840
Birthplace:
Missouri
Home in 1900:
Precinct 5, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Sheet Number:
6
          Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:
83
Family Number:
83
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Relation to Head of House:
Self (Head)
Marital Status:
Married
Spouse's Name:
Clarinda Dillinder
Marriage year:
1870
Years Married:
30
Father's Birthplace:
Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace:
Kentucky
Occupation:
farmer
Months not employed:
2
Can Read:
no
Can Write:
no
Can Speak English:
yes
House Owned or Rented:
R
House or Farm:
F
Household Members:
Name: Age:
Head:
Andrew Dillinder
59
Wife:
Clarinda Dillinder
54
Son:
Charles D Dillinder
15
Daughter:
Anna B Dillinder
14
Daughter:
Alice A Dillinder
11
1910 census taken April 26, 1910, shows the Andrew Jackson Dillinder family living in Palo Pinto.
1910 Census Palo Point County, Texas
Andrew Jackson Dillinder family
Name:
A J Dillinder
Age in 1910: 67
Birth Year: bat 1841
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 5, Palo PintoTexas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Clarinda A Dillinder
Native Tongue: English
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Farm or House: House
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Years Married: 44
Neighbors:  
Household Members: Name Age
  A J Dillinder 67
  Clarinda Dillinder 66

1920 Census taken in January, 1920 census for Andrew Jackson Dillinder family.
1920 Census Palo Point County, Texas
Andrew Jackson Dillinder family
Name:
A J Dillinder
Age:
79
Birth Year:
Abt 1841
Birthplace:
Missouri
Home in 1920:
Just Precinct 5, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Street:
Turkey Creek Road North
Residence Date:
1920
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Relation to Head of House:
Head
Marital Status:
Married
Spouse's Name:
Clarinda Dillinder
Father's Birthplace:
Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace:
Kentucky
Able to Speak English:
Yes
Home Owned or Rented:
Own
Home Free or Mortgaged:
Free
Able to Read:
Yes
Able to Write:
Yes
Household Members:
Name: Age:
Head:
A. J. Dillinder
79
Wife:
Clarinda Dillinder
74

 

The children of Andrew Jackson Dillinder and Martha Nipp Dillinder are listed below.

    1. John W Dillinder was born 1896 in ??, Texas. His mother, Martha, died 1898.

AJ Dillinder then married Clarinda Stephens the daughter of John Stephens and Sarah Bledsoe Thomas Stephens..

The children of Andrew Jackson Dillinder and Clarinda Stephens are listed below.  AJ and Clarinda also took in Clarinda's nephew, Sam Stephens.

    1. *"James Henry"Jim"  Dillinder was born ?? 1870 in ??Palo Pinto County, Texas. He married *Katie Valentine Lynn


      John William Dillinder, Etta Dillinder, and James Henry Dillinder
    2. Martha E Dillinder was born December 8, 1871 in Calhoun County, Arkansas and died at November 1882 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. Date of her death is not showing on the broken headstone. She and her sister Minnie both died in 1882. It is presumed that they had an illness, but not known for sure. Martha was 10 years old and Minnie was just shy of 2 years old.
       
      Martha Dillinder's headstone
    3. Sarah Ellen Dillinder was born March 1, 1874 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She married Charles Davidson. She died October 24, 1955 in Palo Pinto County, Texas.


      Sarah Ellen Dillinder's headstone
    4. Lula Louise Dillinder was born August 11, 1875 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. She married Edmond Shewmake and had 9 children. She died on July 13, 1948 in Palo Pinto County, Texas.


      Lula Dillinder's headstone
    5. Etta Viola Dillinder was born June 22, 1877 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. Etta married William Casady. She had 8 children. She died on February 13, 1943 in Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. Her mother lived with her the last few years of her life. After she died they brought Clarinda back to Palo Pinto County to be buried next to AJ.


      Etta Dillinder's headstone
    6. Minnie Dillinder was born February 13, 1880 and died November 18, 1882 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She and her sister Martha both died in 1882. It is presumed that they had an illness, but not known for sure. Martha was 11 years old and Minnie was just shy of 2 years old.


      Minnie Dillinder's headstone
    7. Ida Mae Dillinder was born November 13, 1881 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She married Charles Marvin Burnett. She died April 15, 1972 in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona.


      Ida Dillinder and her family
    8. Charles David Dillinder was born July 10, 1884 in Palo Pinto, Texas. He married Nellie Hancock. They had one child Richard David Dillinder. Charles died in 1909.


      Charles David Dillinder
    9. Anna Belle Dillinder was born February 1, 1886 in Palo Pinto, Texas. She married William Knight. She died on February 4, 1972 in Bowie, Montague County, Texas.


      Anna Dillinder
    10. Alice L Dillinder was born December 1,1888 in Palo Pinto, Texas. She married John Walter Chedester and they had at least 3 children. She died January 21, 1963 in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky.

      Alice and Ida Dillinder
    11. Unknown Dillinder unknown sex - a child was born and died between census years. This child was never listed on any census. In the 1900 census they asked the women how many children did they have and how many children were still alive. Clarinda said that she had 11 children but only 8 were still living. Charles did not die until 1909. So Clarinda gave birth to 11 children and three died before 1900. Martha and Minnie passed away relatively close together in 1882. They are buried in Staggs Prairie Cemetery. This other child could have been a baby that was born and died in the years they lived in Arkansas. A grave has yet to be found.

       

    12. Andrew J Dillinder (seating), Clarinda Stephens (standing), Alice Dillinder (standing in back)

 

Andrew Jackson Dillinder died in Palo Pinto County, Texas on Jul 6, 1920.

A. J. Dillinder born Sept 2, 1840 and died July 6, 1920

He is buried in Staggs Prairie Cemetery, 3688 Sundown, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas.

Staggs Prairie Cemetery, Mineral Wells, Texas

A.J. Dillinder had been receiving a Texas Confederate Pension when he died. Clarinda then applied for Texas Confederate Widow's Pension. The following is her application.

 

Clarinda was approved for the widow's pension. She received it from June 1, 1920 to April 8, 1924. In 1924 her benefits were cancelled because she moved to Oklahoma to live with her daughter, Etta Viola Dillinder Casady, in Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.

Clarinda died September 4, 1929 in Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. Her body was brought back to Palo Pinto County, Texas to be buried at Staggs Prairie Cemetery.

Clarinda Stephens Dillinder's death certificate from Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. Her mother's maiden name is Bledsoe.
On the death certificate is says her maiden name is Addams. That was her 1st husband's last name.

 

 

 

*One source (discharge papers from the army) his it Osage has place of birth. His pension papers saw he was born in Osage County and the 1850 census shows him living in Ozark County when he was 9.

 

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