Frances Malinda Hendricks was born to Bennett A Hendricks and Mary Elizabeth Lafollett Hendricks on October 21, 1880 (or possibly, August 1881). Unfortunately, Frances does not appear on any census reports with her parents, but I believe I have gathered enough evidence to prove that they were related.
1880 Census - Turnback, Lawrence County, Missouri
The only information (from a family Bible) my family had on the names of Frances Malinda's parents were their initials and last name: B.A. and M.E. Hendricks. As I began to search for these two individuals, I was very aware that history passed down family member to family member could be faulty, but I hoped it would give me a good start. I knew where Frances was born and I searched for Hendricks in Lawrence County, Missouri in the year of her birth. Bennett A Hendricks and Mary Elizabeth Hendricks showed up with four of their children: Hannah, Tabitha, Robert and Nancy. (See picture below. Feel free to download the full page on the link below the picture.)
Unfortunately, the census was taken on June 11, 1880. Frances wasn't born until four months later, which means she missed out on the census.
1890 Census - Gone Forever
As most American genealogists know, most of the 1890 census was destroyed and the rest was discarded after the fact, so unfortunately, the only census in which we could find Frances with her parents is gone, as Frances was married before the 1900 census was taken.
1895 Marriage - Lawrence County, Missouri
Frances married Ira King Bereman on December 4, 1895 in Lawrence County, Missouri (or at least it was recorded on December 4 in Lawrence County). As Frances was still a minor, her father needed to give his consent to the union. His name is recorded as B.A. Hendricks. (See below. The download is a little more clear - top right.)
1900 Census - Turnback, Lawrence County, Missouri
The 1900 census is where our story gets a little more interesting. I found B.A. and M.E. Hendricks living next to Ira and Frances Bereman. The Bereman's census was placed on two different census pages (the bottom of one page and the top of the next). At this time, Bennett and Mary had two of their children and a grandchild living with them. One was Mary's daughter (from a previous marriage) named Mary Elizabeth (on the census, her name is Liza). Liza's son, Robert also lived with them. Their second "at home" child was William Riley (Willie). The name right after Roberts name is presumably their next door neighbor, Ira K Bereman and his wife, Francis and their oldest son, Dillard.
Two things initially bothered me about the report. First, it had Frances's birthdate completely wrong and it said that her mother was born in Missouri, not Tenessee. However, both Ira King and Dillard's information was correct, so she was definitely Frances Malinda. I was relieved to see that in later censuses, Frances did say her mother was born in Tenessee, though she also said that her father was born in Kentucky (which Bennett was in Missouri, though his father was born in Kentucky). I find it very unlikely that Ira and Frances coincidently lived by a family whose names and initials matched her mother and father's names.
1910 Census - Cass Township, Stone County, Missouri
In the 1910 Census, Ira and Frances are mentioned with four of their children: Dillard, Maud, Velma and Ola. In this census, Frances's father is said to have been born in Kentucky and her mother in Tennessee.
1920 Census - Buck Prairie, Lawrence County, Missouri
In the 1920 census, Ira and Francis are mentioned with four of their children: Velma, Ola, Bearl and Harold. Again, Frances's father is said to be from Kentucky and her mother from Tennessee.
1930 Census - Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas
In the 1930 census, Frances is listed as widowed. She was not widowed. Unfortunately, Ira, who was reported to had been an alcoholic and abusive, left his family for several years. Frances was left to work her fingers to the bone by being a share cropper, going field to field to support her family. Ira showed back up a few years before his death (This may also account for their being buried in separate cemeteries). She is listed with four of their children: Bearl, Harold, Earnest and Kenneth. Again, her father is said to be from Kentucky and her mother from Tennessee.
1940 Census - La Fayette, Otero County, Colorado
In the 1940 census, Frances is listed with her youngest son, Kenneth. Her granddaughter, Reva Dean Burdick, who is also my grandmother was born seven years earlier in the same county.
Later in Life
Later in life, Frances moved back to Coffeyville, Kansas. She passed away February 22, 1966. It is said that once Frances began to giggle, it would take her a while to stop giggling, a characteristic shared by at least one of her daughters and two granddaughters.
Ira and Frances's children:
Dillard Willis Bereman was born November 4, 1897 in Missouri. He married Cecil Gladys Wilson (1898-1993) and had four children: Willard Bereman (1917-1978), Wilburn Sylvester Bereman (1919-1985), Virginia Irene Bereman Gray (1921-1993) and Billie Bereman (1923-1923). Dillard passed away on June 21, 1961 in Coffeyville, Kansas.
Maude Mae Bereman was born in 1901 in Indiana. She married Jess Earnest Fugitt (1900-1969). While Jess married two other women later, it doesn't appear that he and Maude had children.
Velma Bereman was born September 2, 1906 in Christian County, Missouri. She married Elmer George Burdick (1903-1979) and they had seven children: Clarence Raymond Burdick (1926-1944), Charles Wayne Burdick (1928-1992), Elmer Lee Burdick (1930-1981), Reva Dean Burdick Thompson (1933-2002), Delores Jean Burdick (1943-2001), and two additional children who are still living. Velma passed away in 1970 in Liberty, Kansas.
Ola Bereman was born December 26, 1909. She married Henry A. Hawkins (1905-1966). She passed away October 7, 1973.
Bearl Esker Bereman was born February 5, 1913. He married Mabel May Bowman Alloway (1917-2006). They had a daughter, Shirley J. Landrum (1936-1997)
Harold Edgar Bereman was born April 16, 1915 in Stone County, Missouri. He married Beulah Alloway (1919-?). He passed away on April 13, 1996 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ernest Kitner Bereman was born on June 3, 1919 in Marionville, Missouri. Later in life, he changed his name to William R. Bereman (my family doesn't know why. We think it may have been when he joined the military). He married a woman named Irene (1921-1971). He passed away February 14, 1990.
Kenneth Eugene Bereman was born June 18, 1922 in Aurora, Missouri. He passed away on October 16, 1996.
IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FRANCES MALINDA OR ANY OF HER DESCENDANTS, PLEASE CONTACT ME