Charles Joseph Mize’s Father was Robert Mize. It sounds so simple. The process was not. Hours upon hours of research, frustration, disappointment, and anger were experienced by me. I thought I had some clues. Those clues would turn out to be dead ends. But finally, I made it happen. When I wasn’t even really trying. I sat down to watch a movie but I still had my laptop open. I stumbled upon something that gave me the answer I needed.
Charles Joseph’s Death Certificate is available on the Missouri government website archives. That’s the missing piece of information I needed. Birth and death records are not always public. State laws vary. The states that do allow public record will only make certain periods of time available for public viewing. This is to prevent fraud. Somebody that’s been dead for 100+ years probably doesn’t need a credit card in 2019.
Missouri has a death certificate search available from the years 1910-1968 for public viewing. C.J. died in 1947. His death certificate lists his Mother and Father. Previous research from various online sources showed possible father’s of C.J. as Rob, Bob, and Robert. Possible mother’s included M.E. Mize, Ellen Tuttle, and M.E. Tuttle.
C.J.’s certificate shows Robert Mize and Ellen Tuttle as his parents. But I’m not 100% done connecting the dots. The death certificate lists birthplace of mother and birthplace of father. Under mother it says unknown. Under father it says Arkansas. The census also asks the birthplace of mother and father. C.J. said his father was born in Indiana on each census I found.
More research shows that Arkansas does come into play. It’s just not at the beginning of Robert’s life. It’s the end. Robert Mize died in Arkansas. Robert was born in Knox County Indiana around 1843. That’s where his son C.J. would be born about 34 years later.
Before C.J. and marriage, came the Civil War. Robert was a member of the 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. His infantry was formed in 1861. It fought in the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Stones River, and the Battle of Fort Donelson. These battles took place in Tennessee, where I have lived most of my life. The infantry did police work in Chattanooga, Tennessee before disbanding in 1865.
Robert moved back to Indiana and married M.E. Tuttle around 1871 according to some not 100% confirmed by me evidence. They were married. I just couldn’t confirm the year.
The 1880 census says Robert was a farmer that lived in Indiana. Two children are listed on the 1880 census. Wm H Mize age 6. C.J. Mize age 2. He’s married at this time to M.E. Mize. He was not married on the 1870 census. More info about the 1870 census later.
This is where the research begins to fail me. I don’t know when it happened, but I know Robert and M.E.’s marriage did not last until the end of Robert’s life. It might have ended at the end of M.E.’s life. I have not been able to pinpoint who exactly M.E Tuttle is. There are some common themes in my research. But not yet a 100% match. Ancestry’s website has legal documents, as well as family researched stories like this one. In one family story, comes the name Margaret Casey Owens of Arkansas. She officially/confirmed/documented became Margaret Mize in September of 1902 when her and Robert Mize married.. But what happened to Ellen or M.E. Tuttle?
Via that family researched story on Ancestry.com. “She” refers to Margaret Casey Owens
She met and then married a widower Robert Nelson Mize. She said she married him to help raise her family. Of this marriage was a miscarriage and then a daughter, Clara Ruth. Both husbands were Union soldiers during the Civil War. Mr. Mize had two grown children by his first wife – Joe and Will. I can remember Will. He looked like the picture of his father. He was a kind person and he was homeless, as were lots of people at that time.
Joe is Joseph a.k.a Charles Joseph Mize. The story says Robert was a widower, meaning M.E./Ellen Tuttle passed away. Because the theme of this series is my father’s fathers, I have not done extensive research on Ellen Tuttle. In the brief research I did, Tuttle’s information is difficult to confirm considering her birthplace is listed as unknown on C.J.’s death certificate.
The 1880 Census suggests M.E. was born in Indiana although that is even difficult to confirm. M.E’s parents birthplace was left blank on the Census. If I get to do extensive research on her, I will update this story.
Robert’s journey from Indiana to Arkansas had a stop along the way in Missouri. The 1900 Census says Robert is the Father of William Mize. William, his now 26 year old son a.k.a Wm. H. Mize, is the head of household in Missouri. So Robert lives with his now married son. Robert is listed as married in this 1900 census. But M.E. or Ellen does not live in this house. I assuming she did not make the move to Missouri, possibly because she died? But he had the option to list as widowed if she indeed was dead. I just don’t know enough about Tuttle to figure it out.
I can’t find any reason why Robert moved from Indiana to Missouri. Nor can I pinpoint why he left William’s house in Missouri and moved to Arkansas. Robert married Margaret in 1902 in Arkansas. Margaret is confirmed as a widow. Her previous husband, George Anderson, passed away in 1900.
As far as I can tell, Margaret and Robert Mize had only one child together, Clara Ruth Mize born in 1903. As the family research story from Ancestry suggests, Margaret needed help raising her family. Margaret had somewhere between 7 and 10 kids with George Anderson. Records vary. But I understand why Margaret may have needed some help.
He was married to Margaret until his death in 1923. He is buried next to Margaret in the Fairview Cemetery in Crawford County, Arkansas. Or more accurately, she is buried next to him, as she lived until 1956.
This is as far as my journey could take me. I have found no record of Robert’s parents as of now. The 1880 census says Robert’s father was born in Indiana and his mother born in Illinois. But that’s it. The previously mentioned 1870 census has Robert as a 26 year old single day laborer. Remember he was married around 1871 to M.E.. The 1870 census does not ask for parents birthplace information.
Robert is not listed as a head of household or a son in the 1870 census. He’s not even listed with ANY Mize family. Instead, Robert is listed as part of the David Welton family of Knox County, Indiana. Welton counted Robert Mize as a member of the household, hence the point of the Census. Welton was a farmer so I could assume that Mize helped him on the farm. How Mize got to the Welton household, I do not know.
The conclusion of this story may seem disappointing. But the journey, especially the finding and confirmation of Robert and C.J. Mize, was amazing. I didn’t think I would find Robert. I almost gave up. I’m glad I did it.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope my friends and family enjoyed it.