Mattie Belle Bruce

1882–1965 (Age 82)
Mississippi, United States

The Life of Mattie Belle

When Mattie Belle Bruce was born on 31 October 1882, in Mississippi, United States, her father, James Monroe Bruce, was 27 and her mother, Lydia J. Christian, was 17. She married Adolphus D. Ashby on 9 March 1901, in Sabine, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Sabine, Louisiana, United States in 1920 and Middlecreek Twp, Sabine, Louisiana, United States in 1930. She died on 12 January 1965, in Blanchard, Caddo, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Blanchard, Caddo, Louisiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Mattie Belle Bruce
Adolphus D. Ashby
Marriage: 9 March 1901
Isephene Winona Ashby
Jesse Clarence Ashby
Ella Mae Ashby
William Thomas Ashby
Adolphus D. Ashby Jr
Davis L Ashby Sr.
Olen Homer Ashby Sr
Alton Monroe Ashby Sr
Mattie Lou Ashby
Oscar Francis Ashby
Mavis Oletta Ashby
David Elbert Ashby
Lydia Imogene Ashby

Spouse & Children

9 March 1901
Sabine, Louisiana, United States


  • Female1902–1977Female

  • Jesse Clarence Ashby


  • Female1905–1976Female

  • William Thomas Ashby


  • Adolphus D. Ashby Jr


+8 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • James Monroe Bruce


  • Lydia J. Christian




World Events (8)


Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 13

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
1907 · Boll Weevil Destroys Most the Cotton Crop

Age 25

When the boll weevil threatened most the Mississippi Delta, it put the state’s cotton crop in peril. By the time the boll weevil reached Mississippi it had already destroyed four million bales of cotton. This added up to $238 million at the time or about 6 billion in present day. The boll weevil depends on cotton for every stage of its life.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English (of Norman origin): habitational name from a place in Normandy which has not been certainly identified. Traditionally, it is believed to be derived from Brix near Cherbourg, but Le Brus in Calvados and Briouze in Orne have also been proposed as candidates.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mattie Ashbey in household of A Dolphs Ashbey, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mattie Ashby in household of A D Ashby, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Martha Bruce in household of William Christan, "United States Census, 1900"

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