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Ezekiel Hunsinger Attebery

Zeke Works Hard and Raises His Family

When he was 30 years old "Zeke" Atteberry married 24 year old widow, Sarah Jane Robertson Engel, who had a 2 year old daughter named Maude Engel. They lived in the Carmi, Illinois, area near the Wabash River.

Together "Zeke" and Sarah had four more daughters and two sons. About a year after the birth of their last child, Arthur, in 1891, Sarah died. Their oldest son, William Oscar Attebery, was about 4 years old (born November 3, 1886) and their step sister about 15 years old when their mother died there in Carmi.

Although a widower at 43 years of age and with five children between the ages of 1 and 15 years "Zeke" kept his young family together by himself. Though he could neither read nor write on his own, while working as a hired farm laborer for large farm owners in the area he made sure his children received a "complete" education graduating from the eighth grade there in Carmi.

When "Zeke's" children were grown a couple of the older ones married and started families of their own in surrounding towns in southern Illinois. Then around 1910 when he was about 60 years old Zeke moved his remaining family west. They settled down in the area just south of the growing town of Corning, Arkansas.

There in Clay County, Arkansas "Zeke's" remaining three children (two boys and one girl) met and married two girls and one boy of the Hocking family who were, also, newly arrived from Illinois. The two families had lived about 30 miles apart while in Illinois, and now, after meeting in Arkansas, were intertwined three ways! Many family photos show several members of each of the two families enjoying time together (such as in the photo on the home page of this website).

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2011-03-11 14:30:52



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