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Started by Kay Dilley Nichols. Last reply by Kay Dilley Nichols Mar 23, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by John J. Teets II on August 2, 2011 at 2:07pm
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Artie M Liston
Name: Artie M Liston
County: Monongalia
State: West Virginia
Birthplace: West Virginia;United States of America
Birth Date: 17 Feb 1886
Race: Caucasian (White)
FHL Roll Number: 1992863
Comment by John J. Teets II on August 2, 2011 at 2:06pm

Artie Liston's birth record is on the WV Culture site....2/29/1889.


Comment by Jeanne Williams on August 2, 2011 at 2:00pm
1900 Census:  I haven't found Artie yet, but John and Louisa Liston (spelled correctly this time) have his mother Elizabeth Liston (age 76) and father (John G. Liston, 74) are living with them.  Elizabeth says she was born Nov 1823 in WV.  That she and John G. were married in 1855, that she has had 11 children, 8 of whom were living at the time of the 1900 census.  Elizabeth states that her mother was born in WV and her father was born in WV.  John G. states that he was born May 1828 and that both his parents were born in WV.
Comment by Jeanne Williams on August 2, 2011 at 1:50pm

1910 U.S. census:

Name:  Artie Siston  (The misspelling of the last name isn't all that uncommon on census results.  I have  a family named Bias that was listed in 1910 as "Byus," for example.) 

Estimated birth year:  1889

Birthplace:  WV

Relation to head of household:  Nephew

Father's birthplace:  WV  Mother's birthplace:  WV

Home in 1910:  Pleasant, Preston, WV

Marital status:  Single   Race:  White  Gender:  Male

Jno A. Siston 45

Louisa A. Siston  36

Ocie Siston  17

Vernie Siston 15

Earl Siston 12

Stella Siston 9

Dorsey Siston 6

Delbert Siston 2

Artie Siston 21 


Comment by Jeanne Williams on August 2, 2011 at 1:37pm

I found a 1920 U.S. census entry for Artie M. Liston on

Head of household:  Artie M. Liston

Home in 1920:  Morgantown Ward 6, Monongalia, WV

Age:  30

Estimated birth year:  About 1890

Birthplace:  WV

Spouse:  Daisy Liston

Father's birthplace:  WV, Mother's birthplace:  WV

Marital status:  Married  Race:  White  Sex:  Male

Home owned:  Yes  Able to read and write:  Yes

Household members:  Artie M. Liston   Age: 30

Daisy Liston:  27

Freda Liston:  7

Eugene Liston:  5

I'll keep searching. 

Comment by Shawna Sines on August 1, 2011 at 7:19pm
Kay, don't recognize any of those names. My grandfather's name was Robert H. Liston. He married Anna Pratt. His dad's name was Artie Marshall Liston, who was married 2 times. The first was to a Daisy, and had 2 kids. They were Freda and Eugene Liston. The second wife, was Mary, and they had two kids. Vernon and my grandfather, Robert. His grandparents names were, as listed in the Preston County records, McMartin Liston and Anna Zella Liston. The funeral card I have on her is Anzella Ringer Liston. That's all the further I have made it. My grandfather was born in 1931 and passed away in 2008.
Comment by John J. Teets II on August 1, 2011 at 5:53pm
Shawna, your you know his spouse's maiden name?
Comment by John J. Teets II on August 1, 2011 at 5:50pm
Shawna, I agree with Kay...if you're willing to give us names and some specifics (e.g. birth year), we may be able to help. We would like to try, anyway!
Comment by Kay Dilley Nichols on August 1, 2011 at 5:35pm

Shawna,  Don't know if any of the names in the are your family but it is a for instance on the spelling. Just found an Oliver Liston in the 1920 and 1930 census - first in Preston and then in Monongalia county.  Found them in 1910 and the name is spelled Giston.   Found him in 1900 still living at home name spelled Liston.   I also found thier marriage record and his name was spelled Listen.  The listing below is 1920 in Preston.

Oliver Liston 37
Blanche Liston 37
Florine Liston 14
Della M Liston 11
William Troy 12
Della Frankhouser (her mother)





Comment by Kay Dilley Nichols on August 1, 2011 at 5:18pm
Shawna,  You couldn't get any census hits on familysearch?  Would you be willing to post your grandfather's name and let a few of us search the sites we belong to?  You are trying to search on all the possible spellings of the name?  The people who took the census and registered births, marriages, and deaths didn't always ask for a spelling and just wrote things down as they understood them so spelling is always problematic.

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