Friday, April 20, 2012

Lemons family of AR shows up as Lemonds on 1900 Census

James L. Lemonds = James Lafayette Lemons
Dacy J. Lemonds = Joyce Jane Lincycomb Lemons (I've seen her name as Joycy)
Amela E. Lemonds = Amelia Elizabeth Lemons (later surnames Ratcliff, then Taylor) was about age 10 at the time of this Census.
Sylvesta Lemonds = Sylvester Lemons

Name: Amela E Lemonds
Residence: Davis & Tennessee Townships, Grant, Arkansas
Birth Date: Sep 1890 Birthplace: Arkansas
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Father: James L Lemonds
Father's Titles & Terms: Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother: Dacy J Lemonds Mother's Titles & Terms: Mother's Birthplace: Missouri
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: James L Lemonds
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Enumeration District: 0036 Page: 7 Sheet Letter: A Family Number: 103 Reference Number: 31 Film Number: 1240059 Image Number: 00878 Household Gender Age
Parent James L Lemonds M
Parent Dacy J Lemonds F
Mary B Lemonds F
James M Lemonds M
John W Lemonds M
Amela E Lemonds F
Gordon Lemonds M
Sylvesta Lemonds M
Rochester Lemonds M
Cloy Lemonds F
Albert A Lemonds M

Lewis S. Ratcliff on 1880 Census

It's always a question of - is it LEWIS or LOUIS Ratcliff? I've found 2 Census records that show Louis, but the 1880 Census shows Lewis.

Name: Lewis S. Ratcliff
Residence: Manchester, Dallas, Arkansas
Birthdate: 1876
Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
Relationship to Head: Son
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Father's Name: Lafayette Ratcliff
Father's Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
Mother's Name: Ann Ratcliff
Mother's Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Male
Martial Status: Single
Age (Expanded): 4 years
NARA Film Number: T9-0042
Page: 227
Page Character: B
Entry Number: 6361
Film number: 1254042
Parent Lafayette Ratcliff M 24
Parent Ann Ratcliff F 25
  Lewis S. Ratcliff M 4
Lilly S. Ratcliff F 1
P. E. Robertson F 55

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Marriage of William T. Taylor Sr and Amelia Elizabeth Lemons Ratcliff

When William Thomas Taylor Sr and Amelia Elizabeth ("Bessie") were married, she was listed as Bessie Ratcliff on the marriage record. They were married on the 13th of August, 1926. She was 36 and he was 51.
W.T. lived in Leonard Texas and Bessie was living in Leola Arkansas at the time of their marriage which took place in Grant Arkansas. 

This was the second time she married a man who was some 15 years her senior.  When she married Louis S. Ratcliff, he was 30 and she was only 16.

Taylor, Ratcliff family on 1930 Census

The Ratcliff children are found listed on the 1930 U.S. Census with William T. Taylor. Precinct 3 Fannin, Texas is the place. Mother of Ratcliff children, Amelia E. Taylor is shown to have been born in Arkansas and that Louis S. Ratcliff was also born in Arkansas (even though he is not listed on the Census in 1930 because he was deceased by that time.)

Enumeration district number is 0016.
Sheet Number and Letter: 2B
Line Number: 70
NARA Publication: T626, roll 2331
Film Number: 2342065
Digital Folder Number: 4547954
Image Number: 00099

William T. Taylor is listed as age 54. Amelia Elizabeth is listed here as Bessie A. Taylor, age 39. Son Cliffard Ray Taylor is listed as Cliford and as age 17.  William T ("W.T.") is listed as being age 2. Murl W. Taylor (Merle Wilma) is listed as 1 year old.  Burness is listed as Burniss A. Ratcliff, age 10. James M. Ratcliff is listed as age 5 but he would actually be 6 in 1930. Von Ratcliff is listed as Vaugh E. Ratcliff, age 8.

We had a pretty slack Census taker. I want to lodge a complaint ;)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

William Thomas Taylor Sr (1870-1951)

William Thomas Taylor Sr. was my paternal grandmother's second husband, my father's step-father.
He is shown in the following photo in about 1912 with his first wife Georgia [1878-1918] and their children. Georgia died just a couple weeks shy of her 40th birthday. She looks older than 40 in this photo, doesn't she? Life was hard.
William T. Taylor Sr seen at right
I have a photo or two of William Taylor in later life and I did notice his hands looked damaged. I can see from this earlier photo that his hands had been hurt or damaged for some time. He certainly had a rough life. The whole family looks pretty unhappy here, and that's very sad. Maybe they were just having a rough day, as any mom of a large family will tell you, it's not easy by any means to get kids to stay clean for even 5 minutes and in those days those clothes were washed by hand. I'm sure the kids were fidgety and didn't want to stand for the photo either. I'm tired just thinking about what their day was like.

William Thomas Taylor  was born July 15, 1870 in Alabama. he died on the 16th of May in 1951 at age 80 years and 10 months. His father was named Richard Thomas Taylor [1845-1932] and was also from Alabama. His mother's name was Elizabeth Lucy Suggs Taylor [1850-1927].

From many accounts I've heard from good sources that William T. was not the nicest man in the world by any means. And he's not in my family line, so why would I write about him and put his picture here? Well he was not my father's birth father, but he was the father my father knew. So, good or bad, he had a part in making my father the man he was. We also don't know his story. What's the deal with his hands? Clearly he had a rough life, and we need to know his entire story and try not to judge.

Amelia Elizabeth Taylor (1890-1956)

Amelia was my father's mother. Here is the information from her death certificate.

Name: Amelia Elizabeth Taylor
Death Date: 12 Jan 1956
Death Place: Sherman, Grayson, Texas
Gender: Female
Race: W
Death Age: 65 years 4 months 9 days
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 03 Sep 1890
Birthplace: Ark.
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: L.A. Lemons
Father's Birthplace: Ark.
Mother's Name: Joyce Jane Linscomb
Mother's Birthplace: Ark
Occupation: Housekeeper
Place of Residence: Trenton, Fannin, Texas
Cemetery: Whiterock Cemetery
Burial Place: Fannin Co, Texas
Burial Date: 14 Jan 1956
Additional Relatives: X
Film Number: 2114626
Digital Film Number: 4165505
Image Number: 1454
Reference Number: v X cn 2050

Permelia Key Cook Ratcliff Dunnahoe Pleasant Fite Robertson Dunnahoe

What a long list of surnames!

Gravestone in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Dallas County AR
Birth: Jul. 30, 1823 in Jasper County Georgia, USA
Died:: Nov. 22, 1892 in Dallas County Arkansas, USA

Some sources say Permelia was the daughter of War of 1812 veteran Thomas James Key and Sarah "Sally" Jones Key, both of whom are buried in Holly Springs Cemetery in Dallas County, however this FindAGrave listing for Thomas Key does not list Permelia at all, nor does the page for Sarah (but they otherwise seems so extensive) so I think perhaps there is some confusion. This will need more research. I think what's going on is another KEY who is getting mixed up with this Permelia.

Our Permelia (AKA Parmelia Emaline Key) was the daughter of Thomas B. Watts Key and Sara Jones. She was born on July 30, 1823 in Jasper County Georgia and died on November 22, 1892 in Dallas County Arkansas.

Name variations: Parmelia Emiline Key, Permelia Emiline Key, Parmelia Emaline Key, Parmela Emiline Key, Emalive, etc.

Permelia was married 6 or 7 times to the following men and had at least 10 children.

1. William James Cook
Marriage: 04 Jan 1838, Butts County Georgia
With William, she had the following children:

I. James A. B. (1839-)
II. Tandy Watts (1840-) [She also had a sibling named Tandy Watts]
III. Mary Priscilla (1842-1890) Also buried at Pleasant Hill
IV. Richmond Nolley "Nollie" (1843-1922)
V. Sarah Rebecca (later surnames: Ward, Launius) (1848-1927) Buried at
Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dallas County.
VI. Emily Key

2. Samuel Ratcliff
Marriage: 20 Nov 1851, Dallas County Arkansas.
Samuel was born in 1805 (confirmed, he was age 45 in the Census of 1850) in Kershaw County SC died about 1853. Had a Mill called "Old Ratcliff's Place" near Willow in Dallas Co., Ark. Samuel Ratcliff was listed as a farmer in Census records. He was in Mississippi by 1840, and later settled near Willow, in Dallas County AR. Samuel Ratcliff is buried in the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, also known as the Amis or Ratcliff Cemetery, Manning, Dallas County AR.
Children with Samuel Ratcliff were:
I. Marcus LaFayette - perhaps nicknamed "Fate" (1851-)  *From whom my line descends*
II. Narcissa (1852-)
III. Samuel

3. James Ervine Dunnahoe (Middle name also sometimes seen as Irvin) Additional versions of name seen:  James Irving Donoho. Name spelled Donaho in Shelby Co. Texas 1860 census.
Marriage: 20 May 1854
James and Permelia divorced circa 1855-1857

I. Rufus Thomas Jackson "Tom" Dunnahoe (1854-1940) Buried at Cypress Cemetery in Dallas County.
II.. Melvin Dunnahoe (possibly)
See marriage certificate:
Children of Irvin Dunnahoe and Parmelia Emily Key:
   Rufus Thomas Jackson Dunnahoe   b. April 12, 1855
   Melvin Dunnahoe+   b. October 14, 1856, d. October 4, 1904 
In his will dated February 7, 1857 her father, Thomas Key indicated Parmelia was separated from her present husband and provided for her should she remain "separate and apart from her said husband [unfortunately her husband is not mentioned by name but her last name is shown as Donahoe] and in a state or Widowhood, or until her said heirs shall become of age so as to enable them to earn the means for a support education." The will refers to he a Parmelia E. Donahoe indicating she was married and separated (divorced) from Irvin Donahoe by February 7, 1857.
Irvin Dunnahoe (M)
b. circa 1810, #17508
Irvin Dunnahoe was born circa 1810. He married Parmelia Emily Key, daughter of Thomas J. Key and Sarah R. "Sally" Jones, on May 20, 1854 at Dallas County, AR. [Date from a query posted on the Dallas County, AR website, March 15, 1998.]. Irvin Dunnahoe and Parmelia Emily Key were divorced in 1857 at Dallas County, AR.
Children of Irvin Dunnahoe and Parmelia Emily Key:
Rufus Thomas Jackson Dunnahoe   b. April 12, 1855
Melvin Dunnahoe+   b. October 14, 1856, d. October 4, 1904 
52 years old in the Shelby Co. Tex. 1860 census.

4. Jack Pleasant (have also seen as Pleasant Jack)

Marriage: 01 Oct 1856, Dallas County Arkansas.
5. Moses Fite
6. Rev. William R. Robertson
7. James Ervine Dunnahoe (also third husband)

Permelia's Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Manning, Dallas County, Arkansas, USA

I don't know why the difference in these photos. I think the one below is a "flipped" image of the image above.

And where does the last name ROBERTSON come from, you may ask? Well I haven't found her spouse yet named ROBERTSON, but in the 1880 Census, she's shown as P.E. Robertson, age 55, living with Ann (Porter) and Lafayette Ratcliff in Arkansas. So there must be another marriage we're missing. We're a couple years off for her age, but everthing else seems to match, and the Census takers for this family were notoriously happy-guessers. The Census records her as a Widow who was born in Georgia and that both her parents were born in New York. The Census also shows Lafayette as P.E.'s son.

Known locations of the August L. Herde family

November, 1905: Holton Kansas (this is where Susie Elmira George and August Ludwig Herde were married). They were married at Susie's parent's home. They may not have lived in Holton at the time, but likely nearby.
1910:  Pottawatomie Indian Reservation, Jackson, Kansas
1920: Garfield, Oklahoma

1920 Census Information August L. Herde and Susie E. Herde

On the 1920 Census, August and Susie Herde are living in Garfield, Oklahoma. There is a county called Garfield County in Oklahoma. I'm not clear on whether the city name and the county name were the same.

Doc Renfrow's House - Billings OK

Doc Renfrow's House, Billings Oklahoma

Wikipedia describes this photo as depicting a "Historic building in Billings," and that's true. This is a historic building in Billings Oklahoma, but a little bit behind it is that it was the doctor's house and it was considered the grandest in the town. Doctor Thomas Franklin Renfrow's (known as "Doc Renfrow's house" is the way my mother always referred to it. I'll see if she can give me some stories about the house that I can share with you soon. I am NOT related to the Renfrow family, I just thought this was interesting!

The site TravelOK says this about the home:
"Unique rock home, famous as "Castle on the Prairie", built in 1901 and was the home and office of pioneer doctor, Thomas F. Renfrow, who took part in the 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run and settled in Billings in 1899. The two-story rock home features a metal-domed roof, detailed trim and a hexagon-like exterior, along with eight rooms, four rock chimneys, 10-foot ceilings, and massive arched windows with tinted glass. This home has few characteristics of frontier homes built prior to Oklahoma statehood. The home with its unusual Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additional contact number is 580-725-3487. Donations welcomed; admission fee applies for tour groups. Guided tours by appointment only."

On another website, it's mentioned that the house is made of sandstone that was quarried northwest of the town of Billings Oklahoma.

Billings Oklahoma Sod House Photo

The Wichita Archives Special Collections has a photo of a sod house in Billings Oklahoma (Noble County) in 1899. This is an interesting look at how the early settlers of the area created shelter. I would imagine that the people in the photo are all the people who were involved in the accomplishment of building the structure. It sort of looks like it was a class project. Could we gather our friends and neighbors together to create something like this today? I have a feeling that most people today would give up by the time the building got waist-high. Sad to say isn't it? Maybe we can all work to get some of that frontier-can-do-spirit back. In the bottom right, it says that Lantie Porter is the teacher.