Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chester Cemetery, Griever and Estelle Oklahoma

According to Maymie, her grandma, Polly Huff Wilson, died about 1899 at the family home in Griever Canyon, Woods (now Major), Oklahoma and was buried in the Chester Cemetery.  No headstone has been found but there are several unreadable and unmarked stones.  We may never know if Grandma Polly Huff Wilson was really buried in the Chester Cemetery or on the Wilson farm at Greever.

Below is a picture of the road sign at Griever Creek, Oklahoma.

Here is an old map showing Chester, Estelle and Greever.  Maymie said she was born at Estelle in one record and at her grandpa Hatfield's homestead in another record -- are they one and the same??

Monday, September 21, 2009

Soldiers in Uniform - Bub & Kirby Leffel

"Bub" Charles Wesley Leffel & Kirby Leffel

Both, Kirby and Bub, registered for the World War I draft on 12 Sep 1918.  Bub registered in Comanche County, Oklahoma, where he was living at the time.  Kirby registered in Kiowa County.  Since they are in uniforms, they apparently were drafted and served in the army.  We have no record of their service at this time.  Both brothers were living at home with their wives and families in the 1920 census.

I love this picture, especially the female peeking out of the rear opening of the car.  Since both men were married at the time, the female peeking out of the rear window of the car could have been either one of their wives.

Kirby William Leffel and Charles Wesley "Bub" Leffel are the sons of Charles and Caldona Box Leffel.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Anna Belle Hatfield

Anna Belle Hatfield was the daughter of Martin Monroe Hatfield and Nancy Abigail McNeil.  Anna was born 12 Jan 1891 in Norton County, Kansas.  She moved to Oklahoma with her parents in 1899.  On the 24 of August 1910, Anna married Sidney H. Allen.

Anna Belle Hatfield and Sidney H. Allen 
Woodward County, Oklahoma

Marriage Notice for Anna Hatfield and Sidney Allen.
Quinlan Mirror. (Quinlan, Okla.), Vol. 8, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 25, 1910

The last sentence in the above marriage notice wishes Anna and Sidney "a long and prosperous life."  Little did anyone know that in just over a year later, Anna would pass away.  According to family stories, Anna died from complications of childbirth on 18 Dec 1911.  She was buried in the Union Cemetery, Woods County, Oklahoma.

Obituary clipping found in family bible:
Obituary clipping from an unknown newspaper:
Mrs. Anna B. Allen died at her home in Quinlan, Monday morning after a short illness. Anna Belle Hatfield was born January 12, 1891, in Norton County, Kansas, and came to Oklahoma in 1899 with her parents. She was married to Sidney H. Allen August 24, 1910. She joined the Christian church at Quinlan in 1909 and was an active worker in church and Sunday School, being a delegate to the Sunday school convention at Alva last year. Her neighbors and friends all regard her life as a Christian to be above reproach and she was held in the high esteem by all who knew her.
She leaves a husband, father, mother, four brothers, three sisters and many friends to mourn her loss.
Funeral was held in the Christian church, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Evangelist Adamson of Newton, and the body laid to rest in the Union cemetery.