James Word

5 February 1820–10 October 1887 (Age 67)
Laurens, South Carolina, United States

The Life of James

When James Word was born on 5 February 1820, in Laurens, South Carolina, United States, his father, John W Word, was 22 and his mother, Elizabeth Simmons, was 23. He married Cordelia Amanda Green in 1859, in Cleveland, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Red Land, Pike, Arkansas, United States in 1870 and Redland Township, Cleveland, Arkansas, United States in 1880. He died on 10 October 1887, at the age of 67, and was buried in McCoy Cemetery, New Edinburg, Cleveland, Arkansas, United States.

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James Word
Cordelia Amanda Green
Marriage: 1859
Marshall Word
Emma G Word
Ida F. Word
Henry Word
Mary Elizabeth"Minnie" Word
William T. Word

Spouse and Children

Cleveland, Arkansas, United States


    Marshall Word


    Henry Word


    Emma G Word


    Mary Elizabeth"Minnie" Word


    William T. Word


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings


    Elizabeth Simmons




+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1822 · Slave Rebellion

Age 2

"On June 16, 1822, Denmark Vesey a free and self-educated African American leads a slave rebellion called ""the rising."" The interesting thing about this rebellion is that it does not really happen. The only thing the judges have to go on is the testimony of people that witness it."
1838 · Orders No. 25 Removes Cherokees

Age 18

A small group of Cherokees from Georgia voluntarily migrated to the Indian Territory. The remaining Cherokees in Georgia resisted the mounting pressure to leave. In 1838, U.S. President Martin Van Buren ordered U.S. troops to remove the Cherokee Nation. The troops gathered the Cherokees and marched them and other Native Americans from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama along what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.” Approximately 5,000 Cherokees died on their way to Indian Territory.

Name Meaning

Perhaps an Americanized spelling of Dutch van der Woord, a habitational name from places named Woord, Woerd, or Word.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James Word, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Ward, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James Ward, "United States Census, 1870"

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