Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rush Springs Cemetery - Roenna Box Headstone

Roenna Johnson Box was the grandmother of our Grandma Baldwin - the mother of Caldona Jane Box Leffel.  Grandma said she could remember her grandmother Roenna living with them when she was small.

The Rush Springs Cemetery is in Rush Springs, Grady County, Oklahoma. Rush Springs is one of the oldest communities in Grady County. In 1901, our Box and Leffel families moved from Texas to the Rush Springs area. They probably lived in-between Rush Springs and Rocky Ford, since they attended church in Rocky Ford.

Roenna Johnson Box was the daughter of Luke Johnson and Anna Hellums.  She was born 15 October 1822 in Alabama - probably in Cahawba County but it could have been Fayette County.  When she was about 16 years old, Roenna married Grief Johnson Box, who was her half-1st cousin.  They were the parents of 10 known children, but in the 1900 Census, Roenna states that she gave birth to 13 children and only 4 were still living (in 1900).  That means she outlived nine (9) of her children.  So sad.:(

Roenna Johnson Box died in 1904 and was buried in the Rush Springs Cemetery. Here are pictures of the cemetery and her headstone.


Anonymous said...

Do you know where Roenna's husband Grief J. Box died and was buried?

clm said...

Roenna's husband, Grief Johnson Box, died on 12 Jan 1874 (according to records made by his brother, Thomas Box). Grief was living in Cooke County, Texas when he died. No burial site has been found. Most likely, he was buried on the family farm.