United States Genealogy

Mary Florence Watson and Robert Jefferson McCarta

Robert and Mary are my 2nd great-grandparents. Robert Jefferson McCarta, sometimes McCarty, was born 1 November 1852 in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. His parents were William J. McCarta (1825-1862) and Sarah Ann Peirce (1832-1900). Robert married Ophelia E. Roberts 11 November 1873 in Louisiana. I find them in the 1880 census with Robert, O.E., a son H.W and Ophelia’s sister Alice Roberts. Ophelia sadly died some time before 1887, when he marries my 2nd great-grandmother Mary Florence Watson.

1880 US Census Louisiana Catahoula 1st Ward 004. Image from anestry.

Mary was born Nov 1868 in Louisiana. Her parents are Jacob H. Watson (B 1840) and Elizabeth.

On the 1900 census, I find the family living in Catahoula Parish with Robert’s daughter born to Ophelia, Mittie M, born Dec 1884 and four children born to Robert and Mary, Susie B born Oct 1887, Minnie born Nov 1888, Robert Leo born May 1890, Mary M born June 1893 along with Robert’s mother Sarah A born March 1832. One thing that I noted on the census -that I had not noticed before- is it states that Mary F had seven children and only four living. I am not sure how to locate the other three children. I have not found grave markers for them. Also missing from the census is Robert and Ophelia’s son born about 1878.

1900 US Census Louisiana Catahula Police Jury Ward 02 District 006. Image from ancestry.

Robert passed away on 22 December 1907 in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, leaving Mary to care for seven children.

Robert McCara head stone. He is buried in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

I found Mary and her seven children living on the 1910 census, where it lists Mary as a farmer on a general farm. Between the 1900 census and when Robert passed away, they added three more children to the family, Corrine born 1900, Maude born 1902 and John Marable born 1904. According to the 1910 census Mary has had seven children and seven living. I am not sure which is correct but maybe this is why I can not find any grave markers for additional children.

1910 US Census for Louisiana Catahoula Police Jury Ward 2 District 0008. Image from ancestry.

By 1920 Mary was living with her sixteen year old son John M, still living in Catahoula Parish. For some reason, on this census they used her name as Florence instead of Mary.

1920 US Census Louisiana Catahoula Police Jury Ward 2 District 0009. Image from ancestry.

At some point between 1920 and 1926 Mary moved to Oklahoma to help her daughter Maude Stigall with her children. The story that was told to me was that Maude had suffered some type of break down and needed help. Maude moved to Oklahoma at the same time my great-grandmother Minnie did. They both married cattle herders, who worked for the Miller’s Brothers 101 Ranch. Both Maude’s husband Rolla and Minnie’s husband Harry made a cattle drive to Louisiana where they met and married. Maude was only sixteen when she married.

1930 US Census Oklahoma Noble Glenrose District 0009. Image from ancestry.
Maude Stigall and her daughter Louise.

Mary passed away on 7 April 1926 in Marland, Noble, Oklahoma. I have also been told that the date on Mary’s grave marker is incorrect and was placed many years after she passed. As of today I have not found any other date for her death.

2 thoughts on “Mary Florence Watson and Robert Jefferson McCarta”

  1. Very refreshing to hear that young people are interested in their heritage. I wondered all my life who and when with regards to my past. Thank you Jennifer you are very inspiring to us all.


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