Born in Union Co., Ark Buried in Sharon Cemetery Married Columbus H. Wise circa 1869
Julia Frances faced a tremendous challenge in her life when her husband of 15 years died at the age of 38. At the time of his death, she had 10 children, the oldest was 14 and the youngest not yet born. The 1900 census for Ward 7 indicated that Julia was living next door to her husband’s brother, Ambrose Wise, who was married to Amanda Burgess and near her sister, Hannah, who was married to W.T. Wilson. The struggle of raising ten children most certainly was lessened by the assistance of Julia and Columbus’ families.
They were a young couple, she was 19 and he was 23 when they married. The children came over a period of 15 years. James Lafayette was born in 1870, William Hicks in 1872, Jiley Wesley in 1873, Frances Aurilla in 1875, Alice Sarah in 1876, John Henry in 1879, Carrie Delilah in 1880, Ivan Harris in 1881, Olen in 1884 and Columbia Anne “Clummie” in 1885.
The children thrived and did well in life. James was a preacher and farmer, William, Jiley
Front row: daughter Columbia Ann Wise Boydston, daughter Aurilla Wise, Julia Frances Brazzel Wise, son John Henry Wise Back row: son-in-law and nephew Charles Wise (husband of Aurilla), son Ivan Harris Wise and daughter-in-law Ida, daughter-in-law Della and son Dr. Olin Wise, daughter-in law Beulah (wife of John Henry)
and Ivan were farmers, Alice and Carrie schoolteachers, Olen a doctor, John Henry a merchant, Frances Aurilla a homemaker and Clummie worked at the post office according to notes from great granddaughter Becky Campbell.
This is a family story and photo shared by Becky. In 1928 at age 78, Julia Frances was treated to a cross-country trip from Corinth to Ogden, Texas to visit her daughter, Frances Aurilla, and son-in-law, Charles Otis Wise. Her sons, Ivan, Olen and Henry along with their wives and Julia traveled in a Model T touring car. That must have been quiet a trip with seven adults. Becky’s grandparents, Frances Aurilla and Charles Wise, have close to 300 descendants. It’s difficult to estimate the number of descendants for Julia, but with ten children who all had good-sized families it could be in the thousands.
Julia lived to be 80 years old. She enjoyed the blessings of her children and numerous grandchildren in her later years. She joined her husband, Columbus, after her death and both are buried in Sharon Cemetery.