Sometimes things can get a little confusing when looking over records of past ancestors. The life of Virgie Marie Strider was such a case. Virgie was William Franklin Simpson Sr’s (Bill’s) mother, my great grandmother. She married William Gilbert Simpson in Alexandria, Virginia. I found her living in the household of the Bardens in 1910 at age 16.
What led to confusion was the history of her mother Mary Jane Barden. Mary was born Mary J. Beach, daughter of James W and Mary E Beach. Mary loved first James Strider born 1864 and died 1897. Together they had James Strider born 1891 and died 1892 at age 1, and Virgie Marie Strider born 1893. Mary J Beach Strider then married second Clarence Wells and had three more children, and third to Henry Barden and had at least one more child.
Virgie Marie Strider, son of James Strider who died at age 33, and he was the son of Capt James Strider Sr. It was deemed an accidental death after falling from the building of Henrick’s (Heurich’s) Brewery. His body was taken to the home of his father James Strider on South Fairfax Street (Alexandria Gazette). Virgie was about age 4 when her father passed. In 1910 after her mother married second Wells and third Barden, and while living with Henry Barden, mother and siblings, Virgie gained employment at the shoe fatcory. She met and married William Gilbert Simpson at age 17, he was 22. By 1920 they had children Jennett, Edwin, , and Doris, and in 1923 my grandfather William Franklin Simpson Sr.
Turns out she has a rich family history, information I longed to learn. I have one memory of her having only seen her once as I recall at age 13 in Alexandria, Virginia. The year was approximately 1974. Virgie was up in age and seemed to be confused. She kept calling my brother “Frankie” which was my father who passed about eight years prior. She was sweet and spoke softly or maybe even frail. She lived alone in a small apartment. Strange how something so important to me now had not so much meaning then…guess I was too young to know. Though, I wonder what it was about her that remained in my memory of that one visit.
Virgie Marie Strider Simpson born 31 May 1893 and died Jan of 1976, widow of Wiiliam Gilbert Simpson who died suddenly at their residence at 609 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia on 19 Nov 1955.
Alexandria Gazette 1897,
Ancestry.com, Public Trees