Mark Nobles
1827-1878
A biography by his 3rd great-grandson,
Alan ColeFreeman

Mark Nobles was born about 1827 in Laurens County, South Carolina or North Carolina (NC according to the 1850 census and SC according to others). Mark was my 3rd great-grandfather.

On October 3rd, 1849 at age 22, he married Leoina Francis in Morgan County, Alabama. I have seen her name as Levina on a marriage record, and Leoina on census records. She was born in Alabama in 1827. Mark and Leoina are shown on the 1850 census. He is shown as a farmer from North Carolina and she age 22 is from Alabama.

Their first son was John R. Nobles, born about 1851. John is later named in court records which declare his step-mother insane, and in probate records in that regard. John is appointed guardian of his step-mother's estate eventually.

Their second child was Nancy J. Nobles, born about 1854. She married Robert L. Speegle. She and her husband are also named in the above mentioned court and estate records.

Their third child was Fannie F. Nobles, born about 1857 in Alabama. Fannie is shown on a census later with Marks' second wife, but I believe she was from the first marriage.

Mark married a second time on January 14, 1857 to Rachael G. Bain in Morgan County, Alabama. Perhaps his first wife died giving birth to Fannie? Rachael was born in 1828. She was the daughter of David Bain of Virginia and Mary of Georgia. David and Mary had two other children, John Bain born in 1820 and Mary S. Bain born in 1848. John married a woman named Nancy and had a son John born in 1857.

Mark and Rachael Nobles had several children:

Mary Nobles was born in 1858. Nothing more is known of her except that she is shown as age 12 on the 1870 census.

Susan Nobles was born in 1859. She married Andrew Gamble. She is shown as age 10 on the 1870 census.

Cora Nobles was born in 1861 at about the start of the Civil War. She married Buck Bradford. She is shown as 'Closa' on the 1870 census.

Rachael Nobles was born in 1863 during the Civil War. Nothing more is known of her except that she is shown on the 1870 census as age 7.

Sallie Nobles was born in 1864 during the Civil War. She died before 1889. She married Hiram Kilpatrick and had a daughter named Maggie Kilpatrick in about 1884. She is NOT shown on the 1870 census. She would have been 6 at the time.

Sarah Nobles was born between 1865 and 1866 near the end of the Civil War. Sarah shows as 5 years old and living with John and Nancy Bain in the 1870 Census or Morgan County. (John Bain was 50 and from Alabama, his wife Nancy 35 from Alabama, and a son John Bain 13 also born in Alabama. Sarah is listed in 1880 living with George F. Smith and Fannie F. Nobles Smith and shown as George's sister-in-law; Fannies sister).

Marcus Nobles born 1869, four years after the Civil War. Marcus shows 7 months old in the 1870 census. In the 1870 census Mark is shown as 43 and married to Rachael 42. It shows the children as, John 19, Nancy 16, Mary 12, Susan 10, Closa 9, Rachael 7, and Marcus 7 months, as mentioned above. Fannie is 13 at that time and not shown for some reason. Perhaps she is living with a relative too.

Fannie married on October 15, 1876 at the age of 19 in Falkville, Morgan County Alabama to George F. Smith, age 21. They were married by C.T. Martin JP. George was born in 1855 in Falkville, Morgan County, Alabama. 1880 Census reports that his mother and father were from Alabama. Incidentally, Fannie and George as well as three of their children; Walter, William, and Zuma; are mentioned in said court records regarding Fannies step-mother Rachael Bain Nobles.

Fannie had several children by George, Walter W. Smith born March 17, 1878 and died April 23, 1955, Zuma Drucilla Smith born January 4 1880 and died November 28, 1943, and Marcus Smith born between 1880 and before February 1889. Marcus is shown on the 1870 census but no where else. The 1880 census shows Fannies' sister Sarah Nobles, aged 14, living with them. It shows Sarah's parents as being from Alabama also.

Fannie died probably between 1886 and before 1889. It is believed that she committed suicide at the age of about 29 to 31. Zuma, my great-grandmother and daughter to Fannie, was about 6 to 8 when Fannie died.

George Smith remarried Eliza T. Walling on August 8, 1886 in Morgan County, Alabama. George died May 23, 1893, in Morgan County, Alabama.

Mark Nobles died probably before October 1878 at about age 51, in Morgan County, Alabama, leaving Rachael to take care of the children. Rachael was declared insane in October of 1878 and Mark is mentioned as deceased.

On Jan 16 1878, John Nobles (Mark's oldest son) filed a petition with Probate Judge David Day of Morgan County, Alabama, that his mother, Rachael Nobles was insane, and he wished to take custody and control of her person and estate.

She was about 48 years old at the time and living in Morgan County, Alabama.

On Oct 25 1878, John Nobles was appointed guardian of Rachael and her estate according to probate records signed by David Day and John O Niell in Morgan County. The petition mentions that she has four female children: Susan 19, Willie 16, Sallie 14, and Cora 11, all living on Rachael's farm. These court records show a Willie Nobles age 11 in 1878, daughter of Rachael, but not seen on any census records. Also at odds is Cora, shown as age 14, which does match with census records. Willie could be daughter Rachael born in about 1862 or 1863. Since Cora is mentioned in court records later we can assume Rachael may have also been known as Willie.

On March 11, 1891, John Nobles and his brother-in-law Robert Speegle are discharged as administrators of Mark Nobles estate. Heirs are listed and the estate is sold, so we can assume by omission that Rachael Nobles, wife of Mark is dead also by then.

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Mark Nobles was my 3rd great-grandfather. His daughter Fannie Nobles Smith was my 2nd great-grandmother. Fannies' daughter Zuma was my great-grandmother. My father said that Zuma said her mother committed suicide when Zuma was a young girl, perhaps age 6, I am speculating.

Mark's second wife Rachael committed suicide or died insane. To this day, we have not been able to determine why Fannie would commit suicide, and if Rachael committed suicide or died insane. I was at first concerned that mental illness might run in the family line, but now I am almost certain that Rachael and Fannie were NOT mother and daugher, and that something else played into their fatal choices.

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To summarize, my connection to Mark Nobles and Fannie Nobles:

My great-grandmother Zuma, daughter of Fannie Nobles and George Smith married Oliver Washington Day in 1900 in Alabama. Zuma was born on January 4, 1880 in Falkville, Morgan County, Alabama. Oliver was born June 28, 1875 in Cullman County, Alabama. They had several children.

Earl Day, born July 14, 1901 in Alabama and died January 1, 1963 in Texas at the age of 62.

Orman Day, born February 24, 1904 in Alabama and died February 27, 1928 in Texas at the age of 24.

Madge Day, born August 18, 1905 in Alabama and died May 5, 1985 in Texas at the age of 80. She married George Andy Sparks and had a son Don Sparks.

Eva Estelle Day, born July 13, 1909 in Cullman County, Alabama. Eva married first Wallace Hall Freeman in 1928 in Tarrant County, Texas. Wallace was born December 9, 1907 in Bluff Dale, Erath County, Texas. They had three sons:

Stanley Eugene Freeman, born September 28, 1929 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. He married first Margaret O'Conner before 1953, and second he married May Belle Courtney Murray on May 1, 1961. Stanley died May 28, 1990 in McLean, Gray County, Texas.

My father Kenneth Allen Freeman was born December 26, 1931 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. He married first Lee Opal Cole on July 1, 1950 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee. The had two children, Glenda Lee Freeman born March 26, 1951 and myself Alan Cole Freeman, born May 23, 1953. He married second, Carolyn Elizabeth Collins on August 6, 1957. He married third Barbara Dean Bliss on December 1, 1959. He married last Carolyn Sue Bilbrey on April 17, 1964. Lee died on April 18, 1997 in Milton Florida and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee.

Danny Jack Freeman, born October 9, 1938 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. He never married. He died on July 9, 1962 of cancer resulting from radiation treatment for acne, in Manhattan, New York City, New York and is interred at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery, Grapevine, Texas with his mother and step-father.

Eva married second Alton Jefferson Turner between 1938 and 1942. Nothing more is known.

Eva married last Oscar Carl Warmuth on October 9, 1943 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. He was born Feb 11, 1916 in Yorktown Dewitt County, Texas and died on April 7, 1980 in Fort Worth. He is interred next to Eva.

Eva died December 1, 1979 in Wichita Falls, Texas and is interred at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery, Grapevine, Texas.

Wallace remarried several times. It is believed his second wife was a Native American Indian woman and they married between 1938 and and 1944. I found no records of this marriage in Tarrant County records.He married last to Vera Belle Hines, born July 31, 1920 in Fort Worth and died September 8, 1998 in Arlington Texas. They had three girls, Patricia Lynn born in 1951, Carran Elane born in 1954, and Penny Celeste born in 1956. He died September 24, 1973 in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas at the age of almost 65 and is interred at Emerald Hills Memorial Park, Kennedale, Texas, next to his wife Vera.

Descendants of Mark Nobles:

1 [1] Mark Nobles 1827 - 1878.
+Levina (Leoina?) Francis 1827 - Deceased
*2nd Wife of [1] Mark Nobles:
. +Rachael G. Bain 1828 - 1888
2 John R. Nobles 1851 - Deceased
2 Nancy J. Nobles 1854 - Deceased
.. +Robert L. Speegle
2 Fannie F. Nobles 1857 - 1886..
+George F. Smith 1855 - Deceased
3 Horace Smith 1875 - 1943
3 Ovenia Smith 1876 - 1943
3 [2] Walter W. Smith 1878 - 1955
... +Emma King 1882 - Deceased
*2nd Wife of [2] Walter W. Smith:
... +Polly Jane Myers 1878 - 1934
. 4 Ester Lee Smith 1901 - 1980
.... +George Dewey Coble 1889 - 1968
... 5 George Walter Coble 1921 - 1953
. 4 Versie Leigh Smith 1902 - Deceased
.... +Saliadon Aulius Spencer 1898 - Deceased
. 4 Unknown Smith - Deceased
.... +Pierre Laurent 1900 - Deceased
. 4 Unknown Smith - Deceased
. 4 Unknown Smith - Deceased
. 4 Unknown Smith - Deceased
. 4 Unknown Smith - Deceased
3 Zuma Drucilla Smith 1880 - 1943
... +Oliver Washington Day 1875 - 1958
. 4 Earl Day 1901 - 1963
. 4 Ormon Day 1904 - 1928
. 4 [3] Madge Day 1905 - 1985
.... +George Audy Sparks
... 5 Don Sparks
. *2nd Husband of [3] Madge Day:
.... +Andy Stanley
. 4 [7] Eva Estelle Day 1909 - 1979
.... +Wallace Hall Freeman 1907 - 1973
... 5 [4] Stanley Eugene Freeman 1929 - 1990
...... +Margaret O'Conner
... *2nd Wife of [4] Stanley Eugene Freeman:
...... +May Delle Courtney Murray
... 5 [6] Kenneth Allen Freeman 1931 -
...... +Lee Opal Cole 1931 - 1997
.... 6 Glenda Lee Freeman 1951 -
....... +Phillip Racil Vaccaro 1954 -
..... 7 Nathaniel Paul Freeman 1977 -
.... 6 [5] Alan Cole Freeman 1953 -
....... +Private -
.... *2nd Wife of [5] Alan Cole Freeman:
....... +Private -
.... *3rd Wife of [5] Alan Cole Freeman:
....... +Frances Anne Hyman 1958 -
..... 7 Brian Alan Freeman 1986 -
..... 7 Hayley Elyse Freeman 1988 -
.... *4th Wife of [5] Alan Cole Freeman:
....... +Christina Raquel Angulo 1977 -
... *2nd Wife of [6] Kenneth Allen Freeman:
...... +Carolyn Elizabeth Collins
... *3rd Wife of [6] Kenneth Allen Freeman:
...... +Barbara Dean Bliss
... *4th Wife of [6] Kenneth Allen Freeman:
...... +Carolyn Sue Bilbrey 1943 -
... 5 Danny Jack Freeman 1938 - 1962
. *2nd Husband of [7] Eva Estelle Day:
.... +Alton Jefferson Turner 1912 - 1969
. *3rd Husband of [7] Eva Estelle Day:
.... +Oscar Otto Carl Wilhelm Warmuth 1916 - 1980
. 4 James Day 1912 - 1972
.... +Blue John
. 4 [8] Nettie Gertrude Day 1915 -
.... +Deb Bawcom
... 5 [9] Lanny Aiken 1935 -
...... +[10] LaVera Lowry 1949 -
. *2nd Husband of [8] Nettie Gertrude Day:
.... +Roy Edward Aiken 1920 - 1993
... 5 [9] Lanny Aiken 1935 -
...... +[10] LaVera Lowry 1949 -
... 5 Patricia Ann Aiken 1938 -
. *3rd Husband of [8] Nettie Gertrude Day:
.... +Haley Dyer
... 5 [9] Lanny Aiken 1935 -
...... +[10] LaVera Lowry 1949 -
. 4 Cortez Day 1917 -
.... +Elsie Palmer
. 4 Gladys Day 1919 -
.... +Luther Huffman
3 Marcus Smith 1880 - Deceased
2 Mary Nobles 1858 - Deceased
2 Susan Nobles 1859 - Deceased
.. +Andrew Gamble 2 Cora (Closa) Nobles 1861 - Deceased
.. +Buck Bradford
2 Rachael Nobles 1863 - Deceased 2 Sallie Nobles 1864 - 1889.. +Hiram Kilpatrick 3 Maggie Kilpatrick 1884 -
2 Sarah Nobles 1865 - Deceased
2 Marcus Nobles 1869 - 1878

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