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Vol 7, Iss 17 Another week has passed! It is the last weekend of April, 2005 filled with April showers for some of us -- snow for the higher elevation mountain folks. Here in the Valley of SW Colorado things are greening up -- the birds are chirping, singing -- you can hear the gobbling of the turkeys in the early morning daylight hours.

We have had a wet week around here in the valley beginning on Monday. BUT... if you go up into the higher elevations -- mountains, you might catch a few inches of fresh snow that has melted about as fast as it accumulated this week. I am told that around 5 inches of snow had fallen in the mountains a few evenings ago -- overnight. Maybe Spring has sprung calendar-wise, BUT... not in the higher Rocky Mountains of Colorado!

Our travels this week take us back in time to 1947, NW Oklahoma via an aging, yellow newspaper dated 21 May 1947, The Alva Review-Courier. It was the Annual Graduate Edition 1947 -- listing 81 Seniors and their pictures from the Alva High School Class of '47. We have started scanning some of those photos and have a few of them put up on our OkieLegacy Photo Gallery - AHS '47.

We have more information about the Old Alva Golf & Country Club that was on the westside of Alva before the mid-1950s when the NEW Alva High school was built (1956). We know our grandpa Bill McGill played at that old golf & country club, but haven't located a picture of it yet. Maybe someone out there has a photo they would like to share with us. We also have a turn of the century cowboy photo that one of our readers sent us this week. You can see that old photo in the Mailbag Corner. AND... Yes! We have most of our PARIS / MCGILL / WAGNER Family data inputted into our family tree program. If some of our family stops by and can help us fill-in some missing/misplaced family information, we would love to hear from ALL of you. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


NW Okie's Journey

Vol 17, Iss 44 Bayfield, CO - The first week of the last month of 2015, we have decided to do some genealogy work on my mother's (Vada Paris Mcgill) PARIS/CONOVER lineage on our account at ancestry.com: parsitimes. We are starting with the CONOVER-COUWENHOVEN side of our maternal family tree going back to the 17th century to my 9th great-grandfather, Wolfert Gerritsen Van Kouwenoven.

It was around 1630 Wolfert Gerritsen Van Kouwenhoven came from Amersfoort, Netherlands and settled in New Amersfoort (or New Amersterdam, New Netherlands, ) in a place called Flatbush (or Flatlands), which is known today as Midwood, New York, in the Breukelen district.

Until someone shows me different, I also believe that all Couwenhoven-Kouwenhoven have a common progenitor in Wolfert Gerritsen Van Kouwenoven. Wolfert Gerritse came to this land with the Dutch West India Company, settling what is now Long Island, NY. He was from a farming area known as Kouwenhoven in the Netherlands, which was near Amersfoort. When the British took New York by force, Wolfert relocated to what is now New Jersey. When the British imposed a census requiring a surname, Wolfert adopted the Von Kouwenhoven meaning "from Kouwenhoven." He also used Van Amersfoort on occasion. Covenhoven came into usage by many of his descendants including Jan Covenhoven, who was the ancestor of the great majority of Couwenhovens. Many more Couwenhoven became Conover and remained in the New Jersey/New York area. Jan relocated to Virginia, where he died circa 1780.

By the 1650s, the Dutch colony of New Netherland rivaled neighboring English settlements in the New World. At its center, New Amsterdam (today’s New York City) claimed not only Dutch citizens but Algonquian natives, slaves, Germans, French, and Swedes. Early settlers spoke some 10 languages, helping develop North America’s first multicultural city. Plentiful hunting and a wide array of garden crops sold in markets sustained locals. Fort Amsterdam contained a church and tavern while New Amsterdam’s strategic port and enterprises like the Dutch West India Company led families and single men to emigrate with promises of jobs and free land. In rural areas families established farms in key locations to provide military defense against neighboring English colonies and settlers. Despite the Netherlands’ best efforts to secure the borders, its coveted port of Manhattan fell to the British in 1664, and by the century’s end, they would captured the entire colony.

Wolfert Gerritson Van Couwenhoven (9th great-grandfather)

Wolfert Gerretse Van Couwenhoven was born on May 1, 1579, in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands, his father, Gerritt, was 50 and his mother, Styne, was 31. He married his first wife on January 17, 1605, in Utrecht, Netherlands. In 1635 he married his second wife in New York. He died in 1660 in Long Island City, New York, having lived a long life of 81 years.

Gerret Wolfertse KOUWENHOVEN (8th great-grandfather)

Gerret Wolfertse KOUWENHOVEN was born in 1610 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands, his father, Wolfert, was 31 and his mother, Neeltgen, was 26. He married Aeltje Cornelius COOL in 1645 in Kings County, New York. They had four children during their marriage. He died on January 5, 1645, in New York, at the age of 35.

Willem Gerretse KOWENHOVEN (7th great-grandfather)

When Willem Gerretse KOWENHOVEN was born in July 1636 his father, Gerret, was 26 and his mother, Aeltje, was 21. He married Altie Jorise BRINCKEROFF and they had one son together. He then married Jannetije Pieterse MONFOORT and they had 11 children together. He died in 1728 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, at the impressive age of 92.

Jan Willems Kouwenhoven (6th great-grandfather)

Jan Willemse COUWENHOVEN was born on April 9, 1681, in Long Island City, New York, his father, Willem, was 44 and his mother, Jannetije, was 34. He married Jacoba Cornelisse VANDERVEER on January 1, 1704, in Kings County, New York. They had seven children in 21 years. He died on December 29, 1756, in Wickatunk, New Jersey, having lived a long life of 75 years.

Col. Dominicus John Covenhoven (5th Great-grandfather)

(Col) Dominicus John COVENHOVEN was born on June 7, 1724, in Freehold, New Jersey, his father, Jan, was 43 and his mother, Jacoba, was 38. He married Mary UPDIKE in 1747 in Middlesex, New Jersey. They had six children in 32 years. He died on June 28, 1778, in Middlesex, New Jersey, at the age of 54.

Peter CONOVER (4th great-grandfather)

Peter CONOVER was born on February 9, 1769, in Freehold, New Jersey, his father, Dominicus, was 44 and his mother, Mary, was 37. He married Hannah COOMBS on January 9, 1787, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. They had 10 children in 22 years. He died on May 15, 1835, in Morgan County, Illinois, at the age of 66.

Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (3rd great-grandfather)

Jonathan Coombs CONOVER was born on April 15, 1797, in Versailles, Kentucky, his father, Peter, was 28 and his mother, Hannah, was 26. He married Martha Davison BERGEN on September 16, 1818, in Woodford County, Kentucky. They had five children during their marriage. He died on September 16, 1856, in Mason City, Illinois, at the age of 59.

Peter CONOVER (2nd great-grandfather)

Peter CONOVER was born on May 8, 1821, in Kentucky, his father, Jonathan, was 24 and his mother, Martha, was 19. He married Melinda PIERCE on March 12, 1846, in Sangamon County, Illinois. They had eight children in 19 years. He died in 1900 in Longton, Kansas, having lived a long life of 79 years, and was buried there.

Sarah Frances Conover (1st great-grandmother)

Sarah Frances CONOVER was born on June 12, 1848, in Petersburg, Illinois, her father, Peter, was 27 and her mother, Melinda, was 22. She married Henry Clay PARIS on September 12, 1869, in her hometown. They had seven children in 15 years. She died on February 20, 1924, in Chester, Oklahoma, at the age of 75, and was buried in Fairview, Oklahoma.

Good Night! Good Luck! AND .... Happy Holidays!
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NW Okie's Journey

Vol 16, Iss 38 Bayfield, CO - Have you ever traveled over Wolf Creek Pass between South Fork and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, stopping at the scenic overlook that overlooks the beautiful valley north of Pagosa Springs?

The images on the left were taken on a dirt trail at that overlook of some aspen trees that set beside, where travelers have carved their initials into the trees. Are your initials on these famous landmarks at the scenic overlook?

This week we pay tribute to Armistice (Veterans) Day (11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, when World War I came to an end with much to the disgrace of Germany and loss of lives of British and European soldiers. My Great grand Uncle (Robert Lee Warwick) enlisted with British forces and thought in that war. Read more concerning Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 in this week's The OkieLegacy Weekly Ezine/Tabloid.

I am still searching for a clue to connect the two following MCGILL pioneers. It is not easy am trying to find that needle in the haystack to connect my MCGILLs To the Mcgill-Hallock-Lusk family. You can view Mcgill-Hallock-Lusk Family Tree. This last link is the MCGILL lineage I have NOT made a connection to at this time. My Paris Pioneers-Master over at Ancestry.com. If you have an account, just look, search for paristimes.

Before I turn things over to Sadie Sadie, the Pug Editor, I want to share a clipping my friend, Joel Berg, sent me of an interview he made concerning a recent Sun City Anthem TV station recorded broadcast interview he took part in for a series, "Freedom Is Not Free," as a salute to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Joel said It was a fun experience for him, and he hoped that you would enjoy it also. Here is the link to that interview: Interview with Joel Berg, a Retired Quartermaster, Sergeant Manny Peven Post #65, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America ~ www.ca-tv.com.

Good Night, Good Luck! Here is to our Veterans of All Wars since then (WWI)!
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NW Okie's Journey

Vol 16, Iss 37 Bayfield, CO - Monday evening, November 3, 2014, we headed back through Oklahoma from our Texas visit to Houston and Tyler. We caught this shot of the sunsetting along I35, near Purcell, Oklahoma, or a small town south of there.

Sorry this OkieLegacy Weekly Ezine/Tabloid is a week late. But better late than never, huh? Thanks for your understanding, patience while we took a week off while visiting, helping family in Texas.

Been busy trying to connect my MCGILL Ancestry to some recent MCGILL information that I have come across from another MCGILL family connection. BUT . . . have not found that needle in the haystack at this time. You can view the other MCGILL information in this week's Ezine. You can view my Paternal MCGILL Ancestry and Mcgill-Hallock-Lusk Family Tree. This last link is the MCGILL lineage I have NOT made a connection to at this time. My Paris Pioneers-Master over at Ancestry.com. If you have an account, just look, search for paristimes.

Good Night, Good Luck searching for your roots!

Get Out the Vote Today, 4 November 2014, and Vote for Democracy (Democrats) NOT Oligarchy (Republicans)!
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Vol 16, Iss 32 Bayfield, CO - I recently connected to the person who bought the "Old Sam L. Lindsay place," 5 miles south of Monterey, Virginia. The reason this connection is important to me is because Sam Lindsay married my great grandmother's sister's daughter, Lucy Eckard. Let's see if I can make this family connection a bit clearer. My Great-Grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin, had an older sister, Rhuhama "Hami" Gwin, that married Jacob "Job" Eckard. Rhuhama and Job Eckard had a daughter Lucy (1883-1946) who married Sam L. Lindsay. Lucy was my first cousin twice removed.

I remember, slightly, visiting the Lindsay's on their farm at Monterey, Virginia area in the early 1960's. I especially remember the huge, staked tomatoes plants and vegetable garden that Sam had in his garden. The tomatoes were the biggest tomatoes that this young girl had ever seen. To big to fit in one hand. It took two hands to hold it.

Anyway, this week Perry Jones sent me some treasures that were found in the house by other owners. The best things Perry found are written proof that Sam and Lucy Lindsay lived in her house. Perry looked through some papers the previous owner left her and found some treasures for me, which she forward onto me, and I received the other day.

There were a couple of Capital Almanac's (1889 & 1890) that had belonged to Lucy Eckard when she was younger. Given to her by her father Jacob "Job" Eckard. There were also 5 penny postcards written to Miss Lucy Eckard. the postcard that stuck out and grabbed me was the one dated September 14, 1910, that my grandmother (Constance Warwick McGill, age 27 years) wrote to Lucy.

Grandmother wrote (parenthesis are my notes: "Dear Cousin, I am sending this card to warn you that mother Siggie (Signora Belle Gwin Wawrick) leaves here (Alva, OK) Sept 18 for old Va. Going to make her first stop with Aunt Hami. Love Connie."

[click image for larger view.] -- I know that Grandmother and Great Grandmother Siggie went to Virginia beach in 1910, because I have a photograph of them both with two other young girls standing at the edge of the ocean with a dog. Now I believe one of those girls was Lucy Eckard, Grandmother's cousin, and it was around the mid to last part of September 1910.

Besides the 1910 postcards, the old Capital Almanacs from 1889 and 1890 were in good condition for being 125-124 years old. I have put some bits and pieces of the 1890 almanac in this week's OkieLegacy Weekly Ezine/Tabloid that I though you might find interesting.

Perry Jones tells me that the Gwin-Eckard cemetery is located on the Old Sam Lindsay farm, but needs some TLC because the cemetery is in a terrible state of disarray as the cows have been allowed to tromp around the stones all these years. One of the stones belongs to Job Eckard, who was Lucy's father. One is for poor Samuel Eckard, Lucy's brother, who died young. The last is Ellen, born Eleanor Dever Gwin. John Gwin, Nancy Gwin and Samuel Gwin may also be buried in the Gwin-Eckard cemetery, on Old Sam Lindsay's property. (Samuel Gwin and Ellen Dever were Rhuhama's parents. Also, there may be a Pvt. Alexander Terry there.

The new owners of the "Old Sam Lindsay" place have named one of our hills after Rhuhama because any woman who has 10+ children deserves a hill named after her. perry did tell me that she found Rhuhama's grave in the family cemetery. Rhuhama and Job share a marker. I am told that some of the stones are so faded they look smooth. Perry did find Samuel Gwin's headstone and John Gwin's headstone. Here is a link to the cemetery at Findagrave.

Perry also mentioned, "The property is absolutely stunningly beautiful. The farmhouse was built in 1934, so I think someone other than the Gwins built it. I plan to ask an old timer what he remembers and see what else I can find out. Our long range plan is to move to Highland County, raise goats and make cheese. We have named it 'Yodeling Springs Farm.' We are in the process of naming all the features on the property. We named the middle hill in the back 'Rhuhama Hill' (anyone with that many children deserves a hill named after her) and the gap which leads from the front pasture (unnamed) to the back meadow is now 'Gwin's Gap.' Mountain Grove is still in Virginia, but it's in Bath County. It is south and slightly west of Monterey. My property is located 5-miles south of Monterey on state route 220. The area is called Vanderpool after Vanderpool Gap. A John Vanderpool rode through on a horse and discovered it."

The deed to the Old Sam Lindsay's place mentions Sam Lindsay and Pauline Lindsay. The owners prior to me were the Kittels, and before that it was Swanson Dowling. Everyone in Monterey knows it as the 'Swanson place.'

Perry passed along some information from one of the older farmers who remembered that Sam Lindsay owned her house prior to Swanson Dowling. The old farmer also remembered that Sam was short, about 5 feet and a wonderful carpenter. We have learned that Sam did not have a driving permit and would catch the school bus into Monterey. Sam did carpentry work for the school. He was "very meticulous" and didn't force anything. He carried a pocket knife with him and would whittle down the wood until it fit perfectly. They also tell me they wouldn't be surprised if Sam were the one responsible for a lot of the woodwork in their house. The farmer couldn't remember if Sam built their house or not, but Perry's best guess is that he did. Perry also found remnants of two foundations in the yard.

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Vol 16, Iss 8 Bayfield, CO - Sixty-six years ago, Gene and Vada (Paris) McGill added a third daughter to their growing family. It was in the dead of Winter and a supposedly snow storm was brewing in Northwest Oklahoma (as the story goes) when Vada went into labor at their ranch North of Waynoka.

In 1948, was there a snow storm brewing outside on the 25th of February? Family stories tell of a Winter snow storm the morning Gene had to borrow a vehicle from a neighbor to rush Vada to the hospital in Alva, sometime during the early morning hours (not sure what time), of 25 February 1948, when Linda Kay was brought into this world by Dr. Traverse, at Alva Municipal Hospital, in Alva, Oklahoma.

I wish I had access to the Alva Newspapers archives online for searching on that date here in Southwest Colorado. Can someone in Northwest Oklahoma look up the winter weather conditions for Northwest Oklahoma for 25 February 1948?

Winter Weather Report 02/25/1048

We did take a look back at the Official Weather Source for Alva, Oklahoma, 02/25/1948, and we found the Max. temperature was 44F; Mean Temperature was 38F; and Min. temperature was 32F.

As to next week, we will be blowing with the March winds down to the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas for a couple of weeks, getting prepared, ready to finish putting in the permanent right breast implant and reconstruction on the left breast. And visiting an old friend (Ellen) that is like a sister to me, and also my godson. The surgery takes place on the 11th March, but the pre-op stuff is scheduled for the 4th March. I will be using MyVallecito via EarthCam along the way to and in Houston.

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Duchess of Weaselskin

Vol 14, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - Hey! Hope you had a great Easter weekend? NW Okie just ran across this old Easter photo of two little girls at their grandma's house in Alva, Oklahoma around 1945. They posed with their mother, Vada Eileen Paris McGill in their easter bonnets. Dorthy, on the left, must have been about a year old or around that age.

Remember this little ditty with the chorus that goes something like this:

"In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it
"You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade
"I'll be all in clover and when they look you over
"I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade."

What was your favorite part of Easter? Coloring, hiding and hunting eggs; new patent leather shoes that matched a spring, pastel frock. Let us not forget the easter bonnet. As you grew older over the years did you make your own easter bonnet to wear with your cut-off jeans and sweatshirt in rebellion?

Last week we shared a photo of a first grade class that we received from Ellis Raymer through Jack Wheat. Jack Wheat has confirmed that the first class was the 1st grade at Horace Mann, in 1947, in Alva, Oklahoma. The names that Jack could identify were: Mary Lou Huff, Tom Coffman, Neil Crenshaw, Larry Anderson, Searle Wadley, Mike Mixson, John Scott Smith, Carl Wilson, Velma Wilson, Perry McGuire, Mary McGuire. If this jogs a few memory cells out there and helps identify more, please befriend Jack Wheat on Facebook to help him identify more of the classmates.

Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women & Senior Citizens!"
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Duchess & Sadie's Domain

Vol 12, Iss 48 Bayfield, Colorado - When bedlam college football comes around this time of year, these pugs and other dogs out there might want to retire to another room other than the TV viewing room. Those humans can should get loud, excited when their favorite NCAA football teams battle it out, especially in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Humans ain't so bad, though! We do get our little perks and treats! Our human counter parts regained their respect from us when they shared some small morsels of turkey with us Pugs on Thanksgiving! Sadie and I thought that was delicious!

NW Okie has been doing some website cleaning on her Family genealogy over at Paris Times Pioneers - powered by PhpGedView, which reads our GED files. NW Okie has her PARIS, MCGILL, WARWICK and WAGNER family genealogy updated on that site. So if you do not have a subscription to login into Ancestry.com - paristimes, then you can check out our genealogy at "Paris Times Pioneers."

This is the Duchess' stress reducing motto all us Pug dogs work under, "If you can't eat or play with it, pee on it and walk away."

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Oakie & Duchess' SW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 49

Pioneers, Peasants, Peanuts and Christmas holidays... What do they have in common? We are still researching those possibilities for future items of interest. By the way, did you all try out the Texoma Peanut Company of Madill, Oklahoma -- Order Your Oklahoma Peanuts Today! We ordered some Raw peanuts from them last Friday or was it Saturday. Anyway, it takes about 5 to 6 working days for shipping. We received our order yesterday just in time to try them out in the recipe that our cousin Stan Paris sent us a few months back. You can check out that Peanut Brittle recipe in our ParisTimes Pioneers Cookbook - Sweets Section.

A year sure does past quickly around here, doesn't it. In two weeks -- on a Saturday, no less, Christmas begins for the most part. BUT... we only have three (3) weeks left of 2004. What can we do to make the most of it and get ready for the great things that 2005 promises to bring? Is it time to reflect back at where we've been and make adjustments before we head on into the future? You know.... New Year Resolutions and those kind of things! OR... do we just enjoy each day as it comes and have faith in what we conjer up for our own futures -- Trusting that it doesn't affect others in a negative, bad way. Just a little food for thought.

View of the mountain tops covered by snow clouds - taken 12/5/2004, from SE corner of corralA Blanket of Snow Falls... 12/05/2004 - Sunday snow scene in SW Colorado valley, south of Bayfield.The valleys and mountains in southwest Colorado got a blanket of snow last weekend. It made some skiers happy. We believe it was last Sunday that we awoke to two-inches of that white, fluffy, wet stuff covering the grounds, cars and pastures here in the valley of SW Colorado. BUT... the higher elevations got more. We did get a few more snow scenes and wildlife shots for those of you who like to look at the snow, but don't like to be in it. We have been seeing small herds of deer and wild turkeys grazing in our front yard/pasture this week. Most of the week was cold, cloudy with a warming showing up on Thursday afternoon and reaching near 50 degrees. We had most of our snow until then... when the melting began. AND... it's continuing to melt through the weekend up here.

Our sources tell us that Oklahoma had a dry week that helped dry up the muddy, soggy ground and roads. AND... the Winter wheat is looking good. I hear it was in the mid to upper 60's several days this week, but by Friday the temps are droppin in some places.

Expecting NEW Birth in horse family... It was last January 11, 2004 that our three-year-old mare, Cassie, was flirting and messing around in the corral with the stud, Hustler. If we counted right, this weekend, December 11, 2004, Cassie should be bearing her first offspring out at Clark's horse farm. We haven't heard any news as of this Saturday morning, but will kept you posted. I did hear from my Oklahoma sources that the weather in Oklahoma promises to be in the 60s and nice, though.

What Else Happened This Week?...

1926 NSTC Seniors... We connected once again with some more family members of a couple of 1926 Senior graduates of Northwestern State Teachers College. It concerns Beckham & Channel. To be more specific... Wycliff G. "Wick" Beckham and Gladys Channel Beckham.

63 Years Ago... Mid-week we past the 63rd anniversary of Japan's surprised raid on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. We checked back to see where our Uncle Bob's (McGill) WWII Timeline placed him during this time. On 7 Dec. 1941 -- Pearl Harbor was bombed when Japan surprised Pearl Harbor. Then on 8 Dec. 1941 -- the USA declared War on Japan. It was Dec 19, 1941 -- Uncle Bob had sent his mother (Constance) an air-mail letter. Bob was on the train from Leesville (Louisiana) headed west towards San Francisco and passing through New Mexico at the time. He gave Constance instructions about his car, keys, insurance, etc that he left in Leesville with a Lt. Robert Kalbfell at 753 tk bn. Bob's brother, Merle (a.k.a Gene), or whoever goes down after the car in Leesville needed to call the post and ask for Kalbfell at 179 before 4:00p.m. or 383 after 4:00p.m. Kalbfell will tell him what to do. As to New Mexico, when he traveled thru in his officers pullman car, he wondered where the living are... it was really the wide and open spaces. He expected to be in California by morning. He wrote in letter, ".....doubted very seriously if we will have any time off before sailing time but if we do, I expect to go to San Francisco and spend a couple of days. .....getting tired of riding in pullman car and needing to get up and walk around." That was after the time when the train went through Oklahoma along the way from Louisiana that Uncle Bob's father, WJ McGill, tried hard to meet Bob. Bob was rerouted and didn't come through Alva. This next date... sometime in December 1941, WJ got a cable from Hawaii telling him Bob got there Okay. It was Christmas time in Hawaii that found Uncle Bob sending this V-Mail Christmas card dated 25 Dec 1941 to his mother, Mrs. WJ McGill, in Alva, Oklahoma. Uncle Bob's address back then was listed as -- Lt. Robert L. McGill, 0389481, 193 Tank Bn APO 957. He signed it, "Mele Kalikimaka" Merry Christmas. (No date on V-Mail, but think it fits in here on the timeline)

Back to Now... Mid-week, 7 December 2004, finds deer grazing in our yard/pasture here in SW Colorado. Before we head out of here for the weekend, we would like to leave you with these thoughts of a curious nature... What do Pioneers, Peasants and Peanuts have in common? Why I asked was because we are working on another extension of our OkieLegacy sites over at Prairie Pioneer News which is one of those "Coming Soon" type of websites. Are you curious yet as to what will develop? .... LOL... as some might say! Stick around and Help us develop this future website.

See Y'all next Saturday evening with more Okie Legacies! ~~ Linda "oaKie" & Duchess ~~ View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Millennium Edition

Vol 3, Iss 1 Slapout, Oklahoma - Here it is a week into the New 21st Century! Thanks for all the memories you have sent in the past Volumes of "Oakie's HTH." I am working on some Slapout, Oklahoma 2001 photos I took this week and hope to have them ready for you next week. Send me some history and memories of Slapout... If you get a chance.

We ate our good luck black-eyed peas in Buck's Hoppin John Recipe on New Years Eve for good luck to follow us into the New Millennium. I have stuck the recipe link below just in case someone wants to check it out.BucksHoppinJohn.doc

New Years Day found this Oakie on the road again back to Oklahoma, January 1, 2001. As to New Years traditions & black-eyed peas... Scott says, "My family always ate black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Why? I haven't a clue."
< br /> My family also ate black-eyed peas on New Years for good luck. I don't know why or when the black-eyed peas tradition started. Does anyone out there have any clues to this mystery?

Some of you NW Oklahomans and Paris family relations out there might remember my Uncle Alvin. On our way back through Colorado to Oklahoma, we stopped and visited with my mother's older brother, Alvin Paris. Alvin worked with the McClure Loans & Insurance Company, in Alva back in the 1930s. Alvin & Naomi married in 1935 and lived in the Monfort Apartments before moving to 718 4th Street. I'm not quite sure where the Monfort apartments were located, but Alvin and Naomi moved from those apartments to the 718 4th Street home sometime shortly after the Castle on the Hill burned down. Does anyone have any clues to where the Monfort Apartments were located? Alvin and Naomi also lived in the two-story, framed, white house on the southeast corner of Choctaw & Third Street, across the street south from the Old Armory. Alvin Paris was born 1 Nov. 1912; married Naomi Warren (b. 1910), 3 February 1935. They will be celebrating their 66th anniversary, Feb. 3, 2001. Alvin is the next to the oldest of nine siblings of Ernest Claude Paris and Mary Barbara Hurt. Of the nine siblings (Leslie, Alvin, Vernon, Vada, Zella, Kenneth, Sam, Geneva and EJ)... the three remaining are Alvin (88, in Colorado Springs, CO), Sam (76, in Sand Pointe, ID) and Geneva (72, in Chester, OK).
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Everyone knows about Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs, but what about the Cave of the Winds. These caverns are located near the small community of Manitou west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. You use a steep, winding, corkscrew mountain road to reach the entrance of the Cave of the Winds. The caverns have been around for over one hundred years.

They were temporarily lighted with electric lights 11 October 1904. On 4 July 1907 a new electric light system with arc lights were installed in the larger rooms of the cave for the first time. The entrance building was built in the spring of 1906 with a veranda for views of Williams Canyon and Manitou.
caveofthewinds.com/cave2000/timeset.htm

We stopped to take the tour so I could walk in the footsteps of my grandmother Constance Warwick who took the same tour in the early 1900s (1907-1909) before she married my grandfather, Bill McGill. I found this great old photo of the "Cave of the Winds" taken sometime during the early 1900s. There were NO names or dates written on the photo. The only clues to the dated items in photo are the long skirt and white blouse worn by the lady; the two horse drawn carriages in the sloping foreground; and the sign on the front of the building over the steps that reads, "Brilliantly Electrically Lighted." OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds.jpg
< br />You can view a January, 2001 view of the "Cave of the Winds" for comparison. OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01a.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01b.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01c.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01d.jpg

Nearby is a free public park called "Garden of the Gods." It has towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and blue skies. In 1909, Charles Elliott Perkins' children conveyed his 480 acres to the City of Colorado Springs. It was/is known as the 'Garden of the Gods' and free to the public and maintained as a public park.
gardenofgods.com/history.htm
< br /> I did get a few shots of the 'Garden of the Gods' when we traveled through there January, 2001. If you look really hard, you might spot this Oakie leaning on a rock wall with the sandstone formations in the background at one of the overlooks.
OkieLegacy/image/gardengods1.jpg OkieLegacy/image/gardengods2.jpg

For the week of January 1 thru January 5... from SW Colorado to Oklahoma, the gas pump prices ranged from $1.55 (Durango, CO) all the way down to $1.19 at a Texaco, in central Oklahoma. The first of the week in Colorado Springs gas prices were $1.39. Boise City, out on the very tip of the Oklahoma panhandle, saw a $1.39 gas as did Guymon, OK. The gas prices in Alva during the mid-week came in at $1.35. Ames, OK which is southeast of Ringwood and norhtwest of Hennessey, Kingfisher and Okarche all sported a $1.34 price tag. A Texaco gas station in NW Oklahoma City showed a price of gas on Friday, January 5, 2001, at $1.19. What are the gas pump prices doing in your neck of the woods?
< br />Next week I will try to get the pictures of Slapout, Oklahoma ready for you to see what it looks like today. If anyone out there has any old photos, history or memories of Slapout to share, just attach them to an email and send along to Linda at mcwagner.lk@gmail.com. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 10

With March here, is Spring far behind? We were traveling to OKC from Alva the other afternoon, March 3, Monday. Out in the countryside a few miles south of Alva and west of Carmen, Oklahoma a huge gaggle of geese were heading north. When we were getting near Oklahoma City and traveling along the NW highway, a few miles west of OKC, we spotted another, but smaller, gaggle of geese heading northward.

Are we going to have an early spring and short winter? It sure seems like it!

18890s McGill Famil Quilt stitchesBesides the gaggle of geese, I now have in my possession a 108-110 year old family quilt that my great-grandmother (Isabelle Johnson McGill) had made for one of her sons, James. James Acel McGill carried it with him to the Oklahoma Territory around 1893 and the Cherokee Outlet Run. You should see the meticulous stitching, quilting in it. It is beautiful - fantastic quilting work. It measures 72"x80". The colors (Turkey red, Orange anemone, brown on an off-white linen-type background) are true, good condition, but the brown is worn in a few spots. It has always been in the McGill family. I had a chance to purchase it and keep it in the McGill family. So... I DID! Does anyone have any ideas how best to display this antique family quilt without hiding it away in a cedar chest or subjecting it to folded crease marks, dust, sunlight and other harmful things that plague antique quilts?

The 1906 Standard Atlas of Woods County... This thin book caught my eye this week when I was browsing for family pioneers that homesteaded land in NW Oklahoma. I did find some McGill's that owned land in the South half of Section 4-T26N-R14West Indian Meridian (WIM) - James & W. P. McGill - James was son of W. P. & Isabelle Johnson McGill). John R. Warwick (my great-grandfather, father of Constance Estella Warwick McGill) owned land in the NE quarter of Section 23-T26N-R14WIM, N half of Sec. 36-T26N-R14WIM, NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (north of railroad tracks at Phillips Station or Hopeton, Okla.). Wm. Warwick (possibly, John's father) owned the NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (south of railroad tracks at Phillips Station. SEE Twp. 26N-14WIM Map... Check out these maps to view other NW OK landowners of 1906.

For those of you interested in the Dacoma (Dakoma or Homer) area in Northwest Oklahoma, I scanned the 1906 Atlas map of Woods County, Twp. 25N-R13WIM that shows the listed owners of the land surrounding that area near Dacoma, Oklahoma, in northwest Oklahoma. That is where some of my PARIS ancestors settled, SW of the Dacoma area.

Waynoka Historical Society - Membership & Annual Fund Drive... We did our part this week when we made our donation to the Log Cabin & Depot Fund Drive to help out the Waynoka Historical Society. You can, too! They Need Your Help... to preserve their smalltown history!

As Sandie says in our Mailbag Corner this week, ".....Waynoka is a small town with a large history ... the society must rely on the help of friends who share their love of the town and its past, or those who have never heard of Waynoka before, but recognize and appreciate the value of preserving its great history. If you would like to be a part of this preservation, the Waynoka Historical Society -- Welcomes Your Donation of any amount. Their mailing address is PO Box 193, Waynoka OK 73860. President Sandie Olson's phone number is 580-824-5871; her email address is sandieo@pldi.net. If you would like to earmark your donation for the Log Cabin or Depot Fund, please note that on your check. Visit their web site at waynoka.org."

The Waynoka Historical Society has copies of a map of the Cherokee Strip Livestock Ass'n Ranches for Sale in the Museum Gift Shop. They're $3, plus 9% tax. They are 11"x17" - and frame nicely.

The weathermen have promised a decent Friday and Saturday this weekend, with a slight change in weather to hit around these parts on Sunday. This outdoor-type lady has plans to enjoy as much of the sunshine and outdoors as possible. Help us preserve our ancestor's pasts anyway you can! See you all next weekend!

~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 4 OKC, Oklahoma -

This last week has this writer's head stopped up with a head cold due to the on again off again winter-spring like weather that hits through the heartland of America this time of year. That is my excuse for being slow and late this weekend. BUT... the ezine/newsletter goes out anyway, huh?

I have had lots of interesting email this week. One email concerned a McGill-Vinson relative of mine ... AUGUSTUS GRANT VINSON, born Abt. 1866, and died April 27, 1940 in Alva, Oklahoma. He married MARY MCKELVEY MCGILL Abt. 1890, daughter of WILLIAM MCGILL & ISABELLE JOHNSON. Mary McKelvey McGill was the older sister of my grandfather William J. "Bill" McGill (Major/Minor baseball player).

Remember the Spring of 1900... and the history of Northwestern - the first graduating class of four women and two men was produced. Augustus Grant Vinson was one of the men. Each of the 6 graduates gave an oration, then they received their diplomas. Thursday evening, June 28, 1900.

Records in the historical files of the Northwestern museum tell of the formation of the school's 1st Alumni Association in 1905. The first president was Dudley Nash, a member of the Class of 1901. In succeeding years as the association continued to hold regular annual meetings, others elected to the alumni presidency include A.G. Vinson, etc...

In aligning the faculty for the new year, the Board of Regents elected A.G. Vinson to the Chair of Agriculture. Vinson was a member of the first graduating class in 1900 and had joined the Northwestern faculty in 1905, first to teach geography, geology and later mathematics. His salary in 1908 was $1,400.

The heavy role played by politics in the election of not only the president by also members of the faculty was a fact not everyone could accept. So it was in May, 1910, the Board of Regents in electing the faculty for the new year retained President Ross and voted to remove two-thirds of the faculty. A total of 21 individuals, including A.G. Vinson. Hundreds of telegrams poured out from Alva residents to the board. Four of the professors previously dropped from the faculty, including Vinson, were reinstated in a June, 1910 meeting of the Board of Regents. Ross submitted his resignation

Dedication of the new buildings was another grand occasion for the Alva area, attracting thousands into town for the main ceremonies on March 12, 1937. Alumni President Phil Noah served as general chairman for the program, which also recognized the 40th anniversary of the founding of the school, an historic development which was spotlighted in a program on March 11. At that event, presided over by Professor A.G. Vinson, a half-dozen individuals who had figured in the institution's history reminisced about their experiences.

Two new dormitories were finally ready for occupancy in September 1939. Dedicating the Men's dorm to A.G. Vinson and called "A.G. Vinson Hall" also as asked by the alumni.

Did you also know that the Science Hall was renamed Vinson Hall in honor of A.G. Vinson. The Class of 1938 presented the school with a portrait of the beloved professor to be displayed in the building. That name remained there little more than a year, then the new dormitory for men became Vinson Hall and the older building resumed its former name, Science Hall.

Northwestern and Vinson Hall

Let us move onto Bill Barker's Memoirs of the Alva downtown square around the 1940s. That is sure to jog some memory cells out there. Speaking of the downtown square, does anyone out there remember whatever happened to the gazebo and the fountain that used to reside on the westside of the downtown square? Do those things still exist or were they demolished?

A friend in the Tulsa area sent me a special gift of two Vol. (I & II) of the Garfield County history books. Garfield County (also known as "O" County before statehood).

I hope this hasn't sounded too disjointed this week. Strange things happen on paper when the mind is clogged with a head cold. Have a great Super-Bowl weekend. See you next weekend - hopefully, with a clearer head! -- The Fairvalley Eagle still soars above it all! ~~ Linda "Okie" ~~

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Who Was St. Nicholas? Sinterklaas? Santa Claus?

Vol 11, Iss 51 With just four days before christmas, have you ever wondered ... WHY? What is the real meaning of Christmas? Who was St. Nicholas? How does that relate to our Santa Claus of today? How did the Santa Claus tradition begin?

From the information we have gleaned online, it appears that the true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara, a Greek area that is now on the southern coast of Turkey.

The historical Saint Nicholas is represented with a full, short white beard, and wearing the red cape of a bishop over white priestly robes. He carries a crosier, or elaborate shepherd's crook, and wears a red bishop's mitre, or pointed hat. In Eastern Orthodox iconography, he is often shown holding a book of the Gospels, with Jesus Christ over one shoulder and Theotokos, the Greek name for Mary, Mother of Jesus, over the other.

As the story goes ... Nicholas' wealthy parents raised him to be a devout Christian. His parents died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.

Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

It was under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, that Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith and was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals-murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).

There have been many stories through the centuries -- legends have been told of St. Nicholas' life and deeds. Perhaps these accounts will help us understand his extra-ordinary character and why he was so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need. Perhaps this is what Christmas Day or St. Nicholas Day is really about!

There is one story that tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands something of value - a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man's daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery.

Mysteriously - on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver. Does this sound familiar yet?

One of the oldest stories showing St. Nicholas as a protector of children takes place long after his death. The townspeople of Myra were celebrating the good saint on the eve of his feast day when a band of Arab pirates from Crete came into the district. They stole treasures from the Church of Saint Nicholas to take away as booty.

As they were leaving town, they snatched a young boy, Basilios, to make into a slave. The emir, or ruler, selected Basilios to be his personal cupbearer, as not knowing the language, Basilios would not understand what the king said to those around him. So, for the next year Basilios waited on the king, bringing his wine in a beautiful golden cup. For Basilios' parents, who were devastated at the loss of their only child, the year passed slowly, filled with grief. As the next St. Nicholas' feast day approached, Basilios' mother would not join in the festivity, as it was now a day of tragedy. However, she was persuaded to have a simple observance at home with quiet prayers for Basilios' safekeeping. Meanwhile, as Basilios was fulfilling his tasks serving the emir, he was suddenly whisked up and away. St. Nicholas appeared to the terrified boy, blessed him, and set him down at his home back in Myra. Imagine the joy and wonderment when Basilios amazingly appeared before his parents, still holding the king's golden cup. This is the first story told of St. Nicholas protecting children which became his primary role in the West.

Saint Nicholas - Wikipedia says, "(Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios ["saint"] Nikolaos ["victory of the people"]) (270 - 6 December 346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose English name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as is common for early Christian saints.[3] In 1087, his relics were furtively translated to Bari, in southeastern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as, Nicholas of Bari."

Are we getting close to the origins of our Santa Claus (or ... Sinterklaas) ... yet?

They say that the historical Saint Nicholas is remembered and revered among Catholic and Orthodox Christians and is also honoured by various Anglican and Lutheran churches. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, and children, and students in Greece, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro. He is also the patron saint of Barranquilla, Bari, Amsterdam, Beit Jala, Siggiewi and Liverpool.

It was in 1809 that the New-York Historical Society convened and retroactively named Santa Claus the patron saint of Nieuw Amsterdam, the Dutch name for New York City.

My Ancestors, Couwenhoven (a.k.a Conover) were some of those Dutch settlers that settled in Nieuw Amsterdam (NYC). You follow the above URL and following URLs to scroll through our family tree of Couwenhoven / Conover Dutch ancestors that married into our PARIS lineage.

This is the Couwenhoven/Conover Lineage down to NW Okie:
* gerrit jansz couwenhoven
* wolphert gerritsz2 van kouwenhoven (1579-1662)
* gerret wolfersen van kouwenhoven (1610-1648)
* willem gerretse couwenhoven (1636-1723)
* jan "john" willemse couwenhoven (1681-1756)
* dominicus covenhoven (1724-1778)
* peter conover (1769-1835)
* jonathan coombs conover (1797-1859)
* peter conover (1822-1900)
* sarah frances conover (1848-1924)
* ernest claude paris (1879-1959)
* vada eileen paris (mcGill) (1916-1992)
* Linda Kay McGill (Wagner) (1948-living)

BUT ... Back to what brought this all about - the talk of Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil's feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.

St. Nicholas Day is all about the "Spirits of Giving Around the World." In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas can be found wearing traditional bishop's robes, as he rides into towns across Holland on a white horse where he is typically greeted with a parade. Each year, Dutch television broadcasts the official arrival of St. Nicholas live to the nation.

The children of Holland look forward with excitement to his arrival on the evening of December 5, putting out carrots and hay for his horse. In return they receive gifts, candies, cookies, fruit and nuts. The children sometimes get letters from St. Nick filled with clever poetry.

To some -- To me, St. Nicholas Day and Christmas is not about the celebration of a birth, but is about the "Spirit of Giving Around the World."

It is perfectly alright with me if you want to celebrate Christmas as a birth, though. I have no problem with that. I prefer to celebrate Christmas as a season for giving of yourself and your particular talents! WHY can't we all be like St. Nicholas - known for our generosity and giving! -- People Helping People!
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Duchess Deer Domain

Vol 11, Iss 47 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ... Welcome to our Evening eZine/Newspaper! Seems like NW Okie has left this Duchess Pug with a heavy load the past few weeks. I'm goin' take a long snooze afterwards with my wildlife creatures in my Deer Domain ? AND ? GO ON STRIKE!

By the way ? Have you met my friend Mr. Buck pictured on the left while he was grazing on fallen wildbird seed mix?

Mr.Buck and other deer have been grazing in our backyard the past few weeks waiting for another cold front to come through here sometime after and around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Mr. Buck says, "Hello!"

NW Okie is in the process of merging the Warwick McGill Paris Wagner families into one tree over at our ancestry.com family website. If you are already an ancestry.com member -- I have sent you a "Guest" invite to our family genealogy, come over and check it out -- leave a comment -- a family story -- help me refine the information that I have gathered so far.

NW Okie says, "If you don't mind the mess, drop over and see our 3980 family tree of our Paternal Maternal Wagner surnames.

NW Okie would also like to send you an invite to McGill-Paris-Wagner on ancestry.com, a place where we can learn more about our family history and share what we discover, together. You can view and print this family tree as well as historical records, images, stories, etc. that are attached to it.

If she has NOT already sent you a "Guest" invite and you are interested, let us know your email address so we can send you a "Guest" invite so you can view, comment on our family genealogy.

Ancestry.com allows you to participate by in our family genealogy by:
* Commenting on people, images, and stories
* Adding photos and stories
* Adding, editing, and deleting names

Did I mention this before ? The family tree already has 3980 people, 8 photos, 0 stories and 563 historical records. More old photos will be added later.
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Duchess' Domain

Vol 11, Iss 41 My friend Daisy has been sleeping over for the last few weeks. That is us snoozing' together on the sofa like a pair of "couch potatoes." Daisy is the small schnauzer and I have my nose snuggled in towards Daisy's cozy body.


mountain & clouds of VallecitoThe photo on the right shows the mountain peaks North of Vallecito that we took the other day, Oct. 7, 2009, while NW Okie zoomed in with her digital camera. NW Okie was a mile (or less) South of Virginia's restaurant and south of the marina, looking towards the North mountain peaks and slightly to the West of Irvin mountain. Just love the way the clouds are framing the peaks -- it was like viewing it with your head in the clouds.

An Okie Legacy
- the photo on the left is a picture of Young John Robert Warwick, my Great Grandpa.

I am trying to find the date that Great Grandpa Warwick left the Virginia's and headed West with his family and settled near Coldwater, Kansas before he eventually made the "Run of 1893" into Oklahoma Territory.

We know that G-Grandpa & G-Grandma Warwick had a daughter (born Oct. 1882) and son (born Nov. 1887) and both were born in Monterey, Virginia.

Did G-Grandpa leave Virginia sometime after 1887 ? or sometime between 1884-1886, leaving family at home until he found a place to settle? Does Kansas (Coldwater) archives have any records going back to that time period showing John Robert Warwick being counted near Coldwater? In John R. Warwick's Obituary, my grandmother (Constance Warwick McGill) mentioned that John Robert Warwick taught school around Coldwater, Kansas.

If there are any Coldwater natives or inhabitants out there that would have access to any records that could help me with nailing down the timeline of Great-Grandpa's arrival in Coldwater, Kansas, it would be very much appreciated and helpful. Thanks!
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Pugs Reporting From A Swing

Vol 9, Iss 30 Since NW Okie has gotten back and into the swing of things, these relaxing Pugs (Duchess & Sadie) have taken a vacation of their own as they report this weekend from a cool, relaxing swing.

Earlier this week NW Okie was asked if she was related to the McGill's who used to own a place North of Waynoka on hwy 14 and if she was one of the girls that was watermelon hunting on George Whipple's watermelon patch.

If you are speaking of the McGill place about 10 miles North of Waynoka right next to Eagle Chief Creek... Yes! BUT... if NW Okie was one of the girls watermelon hunting, that was a few years before her time. That must have been one of the older McGill Sisters.

That land North of Waynoka came down to the McGill's from their great-grandfather, John Robert Warwick, to NW Okie's Grandmother, Constance Estelle (Warwick) McGill, -- to Gene McGill, grandson of John Warwick. NW Okie is the third daughter out of four of Gene M. & Vada E. (Paris) McGill.

As a young girl, NW Okie remembers lots of fun riding her stick horses, making mud-chocolate coated cow terds, fishing with her dad and picnics with the Kelsey's of Waynoka, Oklahoma before Roscoe & Celinda Kelsey and their daughter, Diane, were transferred to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Being six and five years younger than her older sisters, NW Okie has no recollection of the antics that the two older sisters experienced living on the old farm place. BUT... she is always interested in hearing those stories from others out there. Especially, the George Whipple watermelon story where all hell broke loose when he shot off his shotgun.
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Back Home Again

Vol 9, Iss 16 This NW Okie is happy to report that she made it back to southwest Colorado, Friday afternoon with enough time to unload, rest up and pet on her pugs while they gave me their special pug kisses.

AND... Saturday afternoon brought thunder storms and graupel to the valley south of Bayfield, Colorado. Also, I noticed that the SW Colorado gas prices were the same as when I left for Oklahoma (thirty-cents higher than Oklahoma's gas prices).

I had the pleasure to met one of our "OkieLegacy" readers while I was at the Shawnee Horse Expo Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma last Saturday. I guess that is just one of the many things that recharges my energy... getting to met some of you out there. Thanks, Jan, for stopping by and looking me up at the Horse Expo Center. It was great meeting, talking to you and your mother.

While I was in Oklahoma City at the History Center (pictured above, on the left), I found some interesting 1924 information to share with you all in the coming weeks as we venture back to the year 1903, 1907 and 1924 in northwest Oklahoma and across the state.

This NW Okie really got lucky and was able to find the full date of the 1924 family farm house fire that took the life of four members of the Osborne family, January 4, 1924 on their farm about 18 miles northwest of Alva, near the Winchester, Oklahoma area. That information is according to the news articles that I found in the local newspapers ("The Alva Record" and "The Daily Alva Review-Courier") of 1924.

All we had to go on was the year. I thought it would be similar to finding a needle in a haystack, BUT... that was not the case. I pulled the 1924 "The Daily Alva Review-Courier," dated January 4, 1924 on microfilm and there was the big headline, spread across the front page, "2 Die, 1 Fatally Burned In Winchester Fire." It jumped out at me and stared me in the face.

As I read closer, I realized that I had found what I was looking for on the first try. Something that local libraries would not do without a full date. Anyway, we have stuck the Osborne obituaries below in the Mailbag Section, with a summary of the fatal farm house fire of 1924.

New Column for OkieLegacy... This week we will be starting a new column entitled "Okielegacy Centennial Moment" to help mark the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma & Indian Territories merging marriage to become the 46th state, November 16, 1907.

If you have any family centennial stories to share, we would love to include them in our OkieLegacy centennial moments. Please email your stories and photos to NW Okie at paristimes@hughes.net. Thanks for your support!

Happy 58th Birthday to Amber McGill Colon this weekend, Saturday, April 21st!
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88 Years Ago Today - 11/11/1918

Vol 8, Iss 45 This Memorial weekend finds NW Okie & Duchess "On the Road" again! This time we find ourselves traveling the by-ways and highways from northwest Oklahoma to southwest Colorado. Check back late saturday evening for the completed published edition of this week's "OkieLegacy" newsletter, Vol. 8, Iss. 45, 11/11/2006.

Eighty-eight Years Ago Today - 11/11/1918 -- Vada Eileen Paris was turning two-years-old, Nov. 11, 1918, when WWI was ending with the signing of the Armistice Agreement.

It was the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month of 1918 when the "Great War (World War I)" ended. IF we could go back and talk to our parents, grandparents about that time, what would they say? Vada Paris & Uncle Bob McGill were two-years old and Gene M. McGill was going on four-years-old.

Grandma Constance Warwick McGill's younger brother, Robert Lee Warwick enlisted in 1914 with the US Army and served three years with the "Coast Artillery Corp., 5th Company." He then joined the "Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Canada" and was sent to France with the Canadian Army. Robert served through World War I and received his discharge June 29, 1919. He came home broken in health and after a few years entered the Western State hospital, Fort Supply, Oklahoma. That's where he died November 17, 1952, Western State Hospital, at the age of 65 years, and 12 days. He is buried in the Alva Municipal Cemetery, Alva, Oklahoma.

Have a Great, Safe Veterans Memorial weekend.
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Thanksgiving Weekend & End of November 2008

Vol 10, Iss 48 Did you get your fill of turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, and all the holiday comfort foods this last Thursday? We did!

Morning after Snow of Thanskgiving 2008. Here is hoping you had a great Thanksgiving holiday where ever you found yourself this year! We did!

This NW Okie made three (homemade from scratch) pies: apple, cherry and pecan. I used my grandmother Mary Barbara (Hurt) Paris' flaky pie crust recipe that she passed down to my mother, Vada Paris McGill. It was almost as good -- it was also flaky.

The cherry pie still had a tart, but sweet flavor, as well as the apple pie. The pecan pie was filled with pecans and bubbled over during the cooking. Good thing I put it on an aluminum foiled cookie sheet when cooking, huh?

The best part of Thanksgiving besides being with family was the huge, wet snow flakes that began to fall just before noon on Thanksgiving day, November 27, 2008. I uploaded a movie clip of that Thanksgiving snow on my OkieLegacy - YouTube site for your viewing special viewing. You can also see the family dogs Roughing It With the Pugs while you are browsing my YouTube site.

Today... the snow is melting in the sunny condition of SW Colorado while SE Colorado and NE New Mexico have been getting more snows around Raton, NM and I25. Will it head for the No Man Lands of the Oklahoma Panhandle?

Four more weeks of 2008!
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Giving Thanks & Genealogy Info

Vol 10, Iss 47 As a dry, cold front settled through Southwest Colorado by mid-week we encountered gas prices falling below the $2 mark in Durango, Colorado.

Also... Nugget, Quoti and Maggie were caught on film this week with friends at Clark's West Ranch in Northwest Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, NW Okie has been busy updating and moving her genealogy database to a new site. We deleted our Gencircles.com genealogy database.

NOW... Our Paris-Conover-Hurt (Geneanet.org) can be found at these two links - myheritage.com (Paris Family Site).

When you click the MyHeritage site link you will be able to pick between the "Paris-Conover-Hurt" pages and the McGill-Warwick-Gwin-Hull & Wagner-Williams-Zimmerman .

I also received this week some Louthan family history and information from Tom Fetters in Illinois. I haven't got it all transcribed yet, but I am still working on merging that information into my maternal genealogy data for the Paris/Conover/Hurt family file.

There are two different genealogy sites we are trying out, the MyHeritage site, which allows photos and comments, and the Geneanet.org site which has the traditionally, indented family tree form -- which makes for easier viewing and navigating.

See what you think and let me know which one you like the best. If you have a genealogy site that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to use, we would love to hear from you.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING is just around the corner. Take a few moments and reflect on things around you, and for what you are thankful for this year.
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Our Family Genealogy Database...

Vol 7, Iss 16 This Genealogy & Family Tree stuff is like "A Neverending Story" ... There is NEVER a Finishing point. Meanwhile our work on updating our genealogy files to our family database is progressing rapidly on our MCGILL / PARIS / WAGNER Family Tree. We spent the week inputting our PARIS/CONOVER (our mother's side of the family) into the database. We still need to input our HURT family. There are CONOVER / COUWENHOVEN / KOUWENHOVEN / VAN KOUWENHOVEN ancestors that date back to the mid-1500s, in Holland (Netherlands). Our PARIS family tree has over 1500 persons so far. Stay Tuned for Updates in the next few weeks! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Oakie's Ancestors...

Vol 7, Iss 14 A lot of Okie's ancestors on her father's side of the family were from Old Augusta County, Virginia. The McGILL's stretched down into Tennessee. We are finding out that the HULL/HOHL ancestors came down to Virginia from Lancaster & York (now Adam) Counties, Pennsylvania.

The farthest back on the HULL side of the family leads us to a Peter Thomas HOHL/HOLL born in Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland-Pflaz), Germany. In 1741 (May 30), Peter (age 28, a miller) migrated to the Philadelphia area of America on the ship Francis & Ann, from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Next we find Peter Thomas HULL/HOHL moved to Cub Run, present day Rockingham County, Virginia prior to 1755. Our HULL side of the family married into the WARWICK clan through Esther HULL when she married Robert Craig WARWICK.

The quest for our WARWICK, GWIN/GUINN/GWINN, HULL/HOHL/HOLL has lead us to Old Augusta County, Virginia that we speak of in the next feature story. There was a lot of misinformation about the HULL/HOHL side of the family that got passed down from when our grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill did her research. If you search through Geo. W. Cleek's book, Early Western Augusta County, you need to becareful what you use. There are some families with misplaced children and no documentations. Another path to take is to read through Lyman Chalkley's compilation of Virginia's court records.

We are hoping that when we get through refreshing, rebuilding, updating our family database, we will have an organized idea of where to continue the research. We haven't even starting putting the PARIS/CONOVER/HURT families into the database. Okie says, "Let's just work this side of the family first. Otherwise, we will be overwhelmed by all the surnames. Sometimes... when you run onto an unidentified photo, you wish you could go back in time -- ask your grandparents more about the family ancestors. All I have now are old faded notes, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards, unmarked old photos. Trying to put some order, organization into it all for the next generation keeps me preoccupied lately. It is addictive. AND... a never-ending... journey!"

Maybe someday Okie will pack this Precious Pug into the Pickup and venture back through Old Augusta County for a few weeks, month of digging for family roots.

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Our NEW Grand Niece

Vol 7, Iss 13 March 24, 2005 we received news that our NEW grand niece made her appearance known. That's our grand-niece on David's side of the family. Erin Lillian was born 0743 EST, March 24, 2005, in Atlanta, GA, weighing in at 6lb. 14 oz., 21 inches. We hear that Mother and baby Erin are doing well. Welcome, Erin, into our family!

That has spurred this family historian to dust-off the family genealogy program and do some updating. BUT... I have had to start from scratch to rebuild the family genealogy database. Since I've changed computers over the last few years, I can't seem to find any of my "gedcom" files. I've had to print out my webpages and start inputting families in from scratch -- starting with my "Family Tree Legend" -- GenCircles.com -- MCGILL Genealogy. I'm hoping to get the WARWICK, HULL/HOHL, GWIN/GUINN/GWINN, PARIS, HURT & WAGNER families added in the coming weeks. I know there are programs (ged2html) out there that translate gedcom files to gendex.txt files to use on your webpages. BUT... is there any program out there that will translate the gendex.txt files back to gedcom files? It seems like a few years ago there was something like that. It would sure help about now in the rebuilding the family genealogy database. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Walking With Sadie

Vol 16, Iss 38 Bayfield, CO - My favorite human, RL Wagner, took these images of an eagle perched in the dead tree on the Northeast side of Vallecito Lake. Thought maybe you would enjoy viewing some precious mountain scenery, wildlife we encounter daily in our neck of the woods.

Golden Eagles are sometimes known as kings of the Colorado skies in some opinion. They are large, strong raptors that often cause other raptors to disperse. Large eagles will have wingspans that exceeds 7 ft! In Colorado, they are numerous in the western half of the state all year, and in the eastern half, are found mainly during the winter months.

Fledglings are very dark birds and young birds (0 to 4 years old) will have tail feathers that are typically white toward the base of the tail and some white at the base of their primary flight feathers. Mature birds (5+ years) will have a beautiful mix of brown, tawny, golden, and grey colors. Once you have seen a few of these birds, you will not mistake them for young Bald Eagles.

NW Okie wanted me to let you know that this week's OkieLegacy Ezine in a tribute to her Great Grand Uncle Robert Lee Warwick, who fought for the British Coast guard during World War I; her Uncle Major Robert Lee McGill, who fought overseas in World War II; and all veterans of all wars from those two wars to present day. Hey! I think she even had a great grandfather (Henry Clay Paris) that fought for the North during the Civil War (1861-65).

Woof! Woof! Good Night & Good Luck
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1937-38 Catching the Train - Woodward To Alva

19337-38, Vada Paris & Ylova Jean Jaquith

Vol 12, Iss 22 Woodward, Oklahoma - We received a fabulous photo of our mother, Vada Eileen (PARIS) McGill this week from a family that Vada stayed with back in the 1930s. Ylova Jean Jaquith Mayes daughter and son-in-law sent us this following message with the photo attached, "Here is a photo of Vada and Ylova Jaquith taken in Woodward, Oklahoma. Ylova sent us this photo. She lives in Arizona and is 78 years old. She said they had taken Vada to the train station in Woodward to catch a train to Alva to go to College. Hope you like the photo. The photo was not dated, but Ylova was born in 1932. She looks like she is maybe 4-5 in the photo? So, 1937-1938 time frame would be about right. Her name now is Ylova Jean (Jaquith) Mayes."

The photo shows a young Vada Paris (left) in her flowery, Spring dress, hat and white sandal heels holding the hand of a young girl (Ylova Jean Jaquith) while standing in front of passenger train in Woodward, Oklahoma. The Jaquith had brought Vada to Woodward from Seiling to catch the train to Alva, Oklahoma, where Vada was attending NSTC (Northwestern State Teachers College). We know that Vada was a sophomore at NSTC in Alva. We believe she attended in 1937 as a freshman.

Let us take you back to April 18, 1932 (as written down in Vada's 1938 diary as an anniversary) when a sixteen year-old-girl named Vada Eileen Paris came to live with the Ray and Eithel Jaquith family who lived in Seiling, Oklahoma. Also, it was during the Depression, Dust Bowl era. Besides the anniversary of when Vada went to live with Jaquith's in Seiling, Vada had made a notation in her diary May 25th for Ray and Eithel Jaquith anniversary, May 25, 1926.

While living with the Jaquith family, Vada graduated from Seiling High School with the Class of 1936 Seniors whose motto was "Hitch Your Wagon to a Star." For reasons unknown to this writer, Vada laid out a year or so before graduating high school during the Depression, Dust Bowl days. She should have graduated in 1934, but graduated in 1936, instead.

We know that Black Sunday was April 14, 1935 when day was turned into night during the Dust Bowl era. About a month and a few weeks before that day, Northwest State Normal school's Castle on the Hill had burned down, March 1, 1935, in Alva, Oklahoma.

We are trying to piece together bits and pieces of Vada's life between 1932 thru 1937 before she attended college in Alva. We have been told that Vada's mother did not think Vada needed education after the eighth grade and should stay home and help take care of her younger siblings. We have also been told that Eithel Jaquith influenced Vada to graduate Seiling High School and continue her education at NSTC in Alva, Oklahoma.

Reading through Vada's diary, we know in 1938 she received a government grant to attend Northwestern State Teacher College (NSTC) where she was noted as a sophomore in the 1938 Ranger Yearbook. Vada also worked at Warrick's Shoe Store; did heavy housekeeping to make ends meet while attending NSTC. We believe Vada was a Freshman at NSTC (1937 Ranger Yearbook) in 1937.

Vada's older brother (Alvin Riley Paris) and his wife, Naomi (Warren) Paris, were living in Alva while Vada was attending Northwestern. Besides staying with her older brother, Vada did housekeeping for Naomi and Alvin while Naomi was expecting their first Child (Stan born February 25, 1938).

There were lots of entries in Vada's 1938 diary where she mentioned with enthusiasm of getting to go home to Seiling and seeing the Jaquith family (Ray & Eithel and their children: Kenneth and Ylova).

On one entry dated February 13, 1938, Sunday, Vada writes, "Saw Mrs. Jaquith. I'll tough it out where I am before borrowing money. Grand of her to offer to help." Times in the 1930s were tough on everyone back then.

Vada wrote about enjoying receiving letters from Eithel Jaquith. The Jaquith family was like a second family for this young woman, Vada Eileen Paris. Eithel being the one that encouraged Vada to continue her education and go to College at Alva, Oklahoma. We wonder sometimes what would Vada's life been like IF Vada had not been influenced by the Jaquith family? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Insight Into Grandma

Vol 11, Iss 9 This weeks insight into grandma Constance Warwick McGill takes us back 106 years to 1903, with another "Dear Connie letter" from John C. McClure, in Quincy, Illinois, where John was going to school with 900 other students.

It is September 21, 1903, in Quincy, Illinois, at 5:30 p.m. when this letter was postmarked to Constance Warwick in Alva, Oklahoma. It arrived in Alva, Okla. September 23, 1903 in the A.M., two days after it was sent.

We also learn the name of the college in Illinois where John is going to school (GCBC) in Qunicy, Illinois where John was enrolled.

Quincy, Ill., Monday. -- "Miss Constance Warwick - Dear Friend: I answered your letter before I came to Q'cy but have received no reply, but I suppose you are mad. Please write and tell me if you are. I came back to school two weeks ago today. Am taking Short-Hand. You had better come to Q'cy and go to school. The school has the largest enrollment in its history. About 900 students I believe.

"I went to Canton, Mo. on an excursion Sat. night. Canton is about 20 miles north of Quincy.

"Last Fri. Eve The Christian gave a reception to the College students. Had a fine time. The Methodist held there (sic) Conference here last week. Quite a comparison isn't it. Well, Connie, I suppose you are teaching school by this time. I am writting (sic) this in school on Short Hand paper. Please answer soon. Ever Your Friend, John McClure, 524 North 9th St., Quincy. Bye Bye Connie. S. H."

Next letter, dated October 4, 1903, 10 P.M., G.C.B.C., Quincy, Ill., postmark to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, Okla., received in Alva, Okla., October 6, 5 A.M., 1903.

It starts out: "Quincy, Ill., Sunday, afternoon, Miss Connie Warwick: I received your letter a few days ago. Was surprised that you did not get my first letter. I can't imagine what could have ever went with it. Mebby (sic) it will come to light some sweet day.

"I was surprised to hear that Edith Thompson was married. You must not write me such sad news. it nearly broke my heart. But I have recovered from the shock, and you must tell me who she married, and all about it next time. I want you to congratulate May and Ikie for me.

"You had better come to the G.C.B.C. It is a fine school. It takes about a year to finish the two courses that you spoke of. Although you might finish in ten. I believe you could finish in less than ten. But I would advise you to just take the Short Hand course. Did you ever receive a catalogue. I expect to finish up in five months more. So you are going to the fair. Well! So am I. I want to go there and get a job, and stay till it is over. You spoke about spelling. Well you have to be a good speller. The examination is held every moth, and you have to spell 95 words out of a hundred in Short Hand course and 85 out of a 100 for the Bus. Course.

"The Short Hand exam is fierce. I have taken spelling all the time and the last Ex I succeeded in getting 94. If you are comming (sic), I would advise you to send for the text book of both Short Hand and spelling, and you could finish in probably a month sooner. Letter writting (sic) is also in the courses.

"I hope you will come to the GCBC. It is a good thing for Mrs. Snyder to have somebody to tell her troubles to. I want you to ask her what she thinks of me; and then tell me next time.

"It rained awful hard here last night and is cloudy now. it is rather lonesome here now. Where are you going to teach. Oh yes I guess you told me, and how you was going to make the kids stand around.

"Hows is the attendance as the N.T.N. Did you go to Institute last Summer. Well I guess I will close my information bureau. Hows is Mr. S.? Good by, Connie. Your T. F., J. C. McClure, 524 North 9th, Q'cy."

Our third letter was received Nov. 25, 5 a.m., 1903, at Alva, Okla., from Altona, Knox Co., Ill, addressed to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, Okla.

The next letter starts, "Christmas Night, Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, O.T., Dear Constance.

"I have been waiting quite awhile for an answer to my last letter, but have not received it. I suppose you are having to good a time during your vacation for such matters

"I attended a christmas tree in town last Eve. It was real good. I was home today, and put in the day pretty well eating.

"It is to late to wish you a merry Xmas, but I wish you a Happy New Year, and hope you had a merry Xmas.

"Grandmother will give a dinner to her three sons, their families on New Years Day.

"I am going to a Xmas tree tomorrow eve at Galva. Old Santa brought me several nice presents. I suppose he has reached Okla by this time, as I sent him there direct.

"Our school mom had a little tree for the children.

"It rained here night before last, but is frozen up now and threatens snow. We have not had snow enough for sleighing yet. What kind of weather are you having down there? Have you had any snow?

"I am thinking of going to Peoria after New years. I will close. Write soon. Yours Sincerely, John McClure."

"Alton, Ill, Dec. 30 - 1903 -- Miss Constance Warwick:

"Hello, Connie - I am going to start this letter before New Years anyway. you said you thought my last letter had lost it self. I began to think the same thing. I am just getting over a terrible cold.

"I wish I were in Okla. this winter instead of here. The roads are so rough, that a person has to stay at home all of the time. I would sure like to attend the Literary Society at R. S. ___ all debates.

"Oh say - I did not quite understand about Al Thompson's and his soap wrappers. How did he advertise? Explain more fully. I am interested, but you just as well throw away your soap wrappers.

"You spoke about Ikie being in the soup. I think I would have been in the soup about the evening of Mrs. Snyder's surprise. That is if I had been there. if I were there now Sense and Snyder would have no show. Do you think so? I don't see what Bert Snyder want to go away of up there after a girl for. Really I don't. Miss Herod has sure got my sympathy. Now you don't need to lay any blame on my Nellie's.

"I'm sorry I had to disappoint you at Xmas time. But I am going to burst the glass some day soon, because I am growing uglier every day.

"Do you ever see Walter Ross. I guess I owe him a letter. he thought that Ross girl was the whole cheese.

"I will go back to Q'cy about the middle of Jan. or 1st of Feb. You had better come to the Gem City to get your Commercial Education. What did Santa bring you for Xmas? We had a Xmas tree at our school house. It was nice. There is going to be a big dance at Galva tomorrow eve.

"I'm not going you know. I never dance because it is wicked. I never danced but once and that was at Ikie's house. That was the night I made Bert Snyder drunk, you know. I will close wishing you a happy New Year. Write soon. Don't wait as long as I did. Bye Bye. S. H. Altona, Ill., J. C. McClure."
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1948 - Snow Storm - NW Oklahoma

Vol 10, Iss 45 The Oklahoman, dated Feb. 12, 1948, page 21, had the following headlines: "High Drifts Trap Motorists in Panhandle, Ice Glazes Southwest."- Sub-headlines read: "Many Northwest Roads Closed."

About two weeks (actually, 13 days) before this NW Okie's birth, a howling blizzard was piling snow and closing roads in northwest Oklahoma. Gene and Vada Paris McGill and the two oldest daughters were living on their Farm/Ranch, 10 miles North of Waynoka, Oklahoma, on SH 14 when their 3rd daughter and younger sister, Linda Kay, was born February 25, 1948.

Feb. 12, 1948 -- The entire state shivered on that date in mid-February 1948. The weatherman forecasted that the mercury would reach lows of low 20 to 15 degrees in the southeast.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, drifting snow was accumulating in the vicinity of Boise City. All routes were closed. Schools were closed with the temperature reporting to be one degree above zero.

Ed O'Dell, division engineer at Buffalo, reported 10 cars, with occupants on the highways in the Panhandle.

Snow plows cleared the roads and helped stranded motorists get started again or helped them find shelter in nearby farm houses.

Many of those trapped, included 10 children, who were suffering from exposure to the extreme cold, even though they had stayed in their cars.

Snow in the Oklahoma Panhandle, was blown by high winds, filled ditches level with the roads, spilled over the top of snow fences, and piled drifts in places more than four feet deep from Gate in the east part of Beaver county to the New Mexico border.

One Car Almost Covered... O'Dell reported that one of the cars trapped by the blinding snow was almost completed covered by drifts when it was found by the road crews.

Three cars were found between Hardesty and Guymon on SH 3. There were 10 people in the cars, four of them children, all suffering from the cold.

Seven cars were located between Gate and Forgan, containing 14 people, six of them children. O'Dell reported the crews had no difficulty in getting them started again or finding shelter for them.

State highway No. 3 had become closed. Others reported closed by 3 p.m. included SH 15 in Ellis county, and US 60 from Arnett to the Texas line.

US 66 Is Dangerous... All roads west of El Reno and south of Clinton were reported in bad shape." -- The Oklahoman, dated Feb. 12, 1948, page 21
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Wm Fechtig & Phebe Anthea Warwick

Vol 9, Iss 31 Last weekend we did a tribute to our Great-Grandpa John Robert Warwick.

This week we are carrying that tribute to include John's parents & NW Okie's Grea-Great-Grandparents, William Fechtig & Phoebe "Phebe" Anthea (Pray/Prey) Warwick.

I just love this photo on the left of Great-Great Grandma Phebe Anthea Warwick. The picture on the right is Great-Great Grandpa William Fechtig Warwick in his early years.

As I mentioned last weekend, John Robert Warwick was one of eleven children 911) of William Fechtig & Phoebe Anthea (Prey) Warwick. There were lots of John, Jacob, Williams listed in the Warwick family that originated (I think) from Scotland.

William Fechtig Warwick was born 11 August 1822 and died 20 December 1903, Mountain Grove, Virginia. William married Phoebe Anthea Prey (Pray). We are still need doing some genealogy work on these Great-Great grandparents.

This photo is a picture of William F. & Phebe A. (Prey) Warwick in their later years. I have also included a couple of links to our McGill/Warwick/Hull family genealogy: John R. & Signora Belle (Gwin) Warwick & Wm F. & Phebe Warwick.
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An Answer For A Nephew

Vol 8, Iss 49 We received a surprise email from a nephew this week. He was inquiring about a MCGILL family tree. His mother (our baby sister, Amber) seems to think that Gene McGill paid a professional to draw-up a MCGILL Family Tree.

If he did, a lot of those alleged records were pirated, locked away from some of us during our parents probate estates. BUT... that's another story for another day. Most of you living in northwest Oklahoma have probably heard of the "McGill Probates from Hell"... haven't you?! Maybe someday we will expand a bit more, but not now.

We have no information about Gene having a family tree chart prepared, but we believe he did send off for a McGill coat of arms. AND... we do know that our Grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, did sufficient research to qualify as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) around April 1, 1925, using her ancestor Captain David Gwin.

Awhile back when we were just beginning our family search, genealogy webpages, we scanned several coats of arms for our HULL, GWIN, WARWICK, McGILL families and placed them on our family website over at ParisTimes Genealogy.

There have been questions about Gene McGill and his involvement with the Masons & Shriners. We do know that Gene was a "32d degree Mason" and a member of the "India Shrine" in Oklahoma City, but that's all we know about his involvement with the Masons & Shriners. Perhaps the "India Shrine in Oklahoma City" would be the place for our nephew who is doing his own research to obtain more information about his grandfather's involvement with the Masons & Shriners.

Maybe someone out there could, would have more information than we have and could point him in the right direction.
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Edwards County, Kansas - Wayne Cemetery

Vol 8, Iss 44 We made it to Lewis, Kansas and found the Wayne Cemetery east of Lewis and went looking, walking through in search of the McGills buried there. We took some pictures of three grave markers for some McGill's we found: Benjamin & Harriet N. McGill (parents of Frank McGill) and Wilburita McGill, sibling of Frank McGill. Wilburita died in infancy.

When we were walking through the Wayne cemetery east of Lewis, Kansas looking for McGill's we noticed some TALLMAN surnames. We didn't figure them into our genealogy until we got to Alva and started looking through our family tree database. Our WARWICK side of the family had some TALLMAN surnames listed that married into the WARWICK's through Elizabeth WARWICK (Benjamin Tallman descendants. We are going to have to go back to Lewis, Kansas, Wayne cemetery and get some pictures of the TALLMAN surnames buried there to see if any of them match up.
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OkieLegacy - A Passion

Vol 8, Iss 31 Yes! We are still doing The OkieLegacy Ezine. It is just a couple of days late this week. Our OkieLegacy ezine can NOW be viewed, read at two different links in different formats. See which one of the following sites that you prefer and then let us know by either leaving a comment or emailing the NW Okie - OkieLegacy Ezine & OkieLegacy Tabloid.

Like we told someone earlier this week last week, "This is not a business, but a passion of ours for learning and preserving our heritage, history and genealogy. The NW Okie was born and raised in NW Oklahoma, the third daughter of Gene M. & Vada (Paris) McGill. So... our roots run deep through our Warwick/McGill/Hurt/Paris genealogies through the Oklahoma Territory. Although, NW Okie is semi-retired and living part-time in southwest Colorado, she continues her quest for learning, preserving our northwest Oklahoma history, heritage and family legacies."
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Old Opera House Mystery Continues...

Vol 8, Iss 29 The continuing story of the Old Opera House Mystery - Part II has hit the newstands and mailboxes with the July/August edition of the "Prairie Connection." Have you received your copy yet? Look for it in your mailbox or on the newstands near you. If you don't subscribe, then you need to subscribe today! Check out Prairie Connection newly designed website for the subscription information.

If you have forgotten what happened as to the "Old Opera House Mystery", May, 2006 edition of The Prairie Connection, check out the May '06 link on the Prairie Connection website. OR... check out the OkieLegacy - Old Opera Mystery (1910). The September '06 edition of The Prairie Connection may be continuing the Old Opera House Mystery and getting into parts of the 1911 Trial in Woodward County. That is of course, IF the Prairie Connection readers want to hear more!

There is a request that we would like to ask of everyone out there. We are looking for any information on Claud McCrory, ex-county attorney of Woods County (1910). Where did McCrory vanish after resigning as Woods County's county attorney? Why couldn't the Law Enforcement League find McCrory? Who was helping him hide from subpeonas?

If you have any information about Claud McCrory, please send your information to LK McGill Wagner - paristimes@hughes.net. Thanks in advance!
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Kelsey Airfield - Waynoka, Oklahoma...

Vol 7, Iss 43 We received a tape concerning an old film from about 1946 or 1947 of an airfield located in Waynoka, Oklahoma and supposedly on Kelsey farm that was located across the road and west of the TAT Airport near Waynoka. It came to us as a VCR tape made from Jack Kelsey's old film. The old film does not have sound, and we would like to add some sound, background music, commentary of some sort to go along with it. We have been told that it is Kelsey's airport and aerial scenes of Waynoka. We are not sure who was flying and we assume one of the Kelsey's took the movie film. We recognized our dad, Gene McGill, wearing a plaid jacket, mustache and hat. We also thought we recognized Roscoe Kelsey wearing his ball-type cap and light khaki clothes. We did recognize a shot of Jack Kelsey trying to start one of the old airplanes by cranking the propellor of the old airplane. If anyone out there has any other information that we could add to this priceless tape, we would love to incorporate it into the dvd movie we are working up for our family and perhaps our OkieLegacy website.

A little about the Kelsey's of Waynoka... We know that there were three sons of of Pearl and J. B. "Bunk" Kelsey... Roscoe, Roland "Punk" and Jack Kelsey. Pearl Francis was the oldest of the J. W. Francis children. Pearl married J. B. "Bunk" Kelsey, Aug. 7, 1913. They boarded the train at Eagle and rode to Alva to be married. They purchased their farm just north of the Rose Valley school. NOW... where, how did "Bunk" and "Punk" Kelsey get those nicknames? We always knew them as "Bunk" and "Punk." Does anyone out there have any other information to add to the Kelsey's and their airport Legacy? Please email Linda or leave a comment below. Thanks! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


About The NW Okie

Vol 10, Iss 12
This is for those of you who have just recently joined us here or want to know more about the NW Okie, editor & publisher of The OkieLegacy. Who is that lady collecting Okie Legacies? AND... Why? You can read a short "bio" about me over at my ParisTimes Genealogy site.

It was 60 years ago, 11:35a.m., Alva General Hospital, a third (3rd) daughter was born to Vada Eileen (Paris) McGill (31 years) and Gene M. McGill (33 years). Linda Kay was a Winter baby weighing in at 6lbs-10oz. Her parents arrived just in the neck of time on that February, 1948 morning, at the Alva General hospital with 1-1/2 hrs to spare before Li'l Linda's arrival. My sister Dorthy gave me my name.

My Father... Gene McGill, was a flying farmer, bearded custom harvestor in the 1940's and a Democratic State Chairman in the 1960's.

Gene McGill was born December, 1914 and died June, 1986 on Father's Day. He was the oldest son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Gene had a younger brother, Robert "Bob" McGill, that was born August, 1916 and died February 1954. My father got his pharmacist degree from OU in 1937.

My Mother... This photo taken of my mother, Vada Eileen Paris, was her high school graduation photo taken when she was 18 years of age.

Vada Paris was born November 11, 1916 and died July, 1992. She was the fourth child and oldest daughter of Ernest Claude Paris and Mary Barbara Hurt from around Chester (Tailholt), Oklahoma, Major County. Vada had six brothers and two sisters. I think only Uncle Sammy is alive, living in Sand Point, Idaho today. Vada was a homemaker who went back to school in the early fifties to get her teaching degree in Home Economics from Northwestern State Teachers College.

My Sisters & Me... This is a 1955 photo of two of my sisters and Me, in the backyard of 703 7th Street, Alva, OK. The photo shows Linda, Dorthy, and Amber perched on a picnic table in the backyard, of 703 7th Street, Alva, Oklahoma. The oldest sister (Connie Jean) is NOT pictured -- and not quite sure why?

Sweet Li'l Linda Kay was raised one of two middle daughters of the four McGill Sisters in the Gene & Vada Paris McGill family.

My life began sixty years ago, as one of the Baby Boomers and raised as a Democrat, in a Small, Rural Community located in Woods County in the NW Corner of Oklahoma.

My Schooling began at Horace Mann Elementary in Kindergarten and progressed thru Washington Elementary, Alva Jr. High, Alva High. I hated the little snobby, elite, cliques that formed during the Jr. High and High School years. I chose not to belong to any of them. I finished my college education at Northwestern State College in 1971 with a BA Degree in Art & Sociology.

A 1969 Mid-Summer, July Wedding united David M. Wagner & Linda Kay McGill after a year courtship during our time at Northwestern State College (NSC). In the Early-Fall of 1970 our oldest Son, Michael, started our family while we were living, working, and finishing College at NSC in Alva, Oklahoma. (It was back in the mid 1960's during the days of the Viet Nam War, Peace, Love, and Hippies.. [Although, I never was a Hippie.]

In the Early-Summer (June) of 1973 David, Linda and son (Michael) were blessed with their second son, Robert. David was working for Kerr-MaGee Research & Engineering in OKC -- we were living in Edmond, OK, USA. In (or about 1975) David got a job with Exxon Engineering, Baytown, TX and the four of us became Texas-Okies for five or six years before we moved back to Alva, OK about 1980.

I love to listen to music of the "'40's" and "Rock-n-Roll Oldies" of the 50's, 60's, 70's! I also like a little of the "Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul and Country!" One of my favorite Radio stations back in my earlier childhood was KOMA. You could find this transistor sister walking around Alva with her transistor radio tuned to KOMA radio station.
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Vacations & Covered Wagons of 1950's...

Vol 8, Iss 23 This is the time of year that families pack their motorhomes (covered wagons) for summer vacations. We were looking through our old photos of the mid-1950's and found this photograph of a 1951 Plymouth Suburban Wagon that we used one summer to take a summer vacation to the Rockies. We think it might have been when the young girl in the picture was 14 years of age or so, but with no date on the photo its hard to state the exact date. Gene McGill is atop the roof of the Plymouth wagon, while his oldest daughter (Connie Jean) is pulling tight a rope of some sort along side the wagon. If you see Connie Jean, ask her how old she was in this old photo with the 1951 blue Plymouth Suburban Wagon.

We think that this blue '51 Plymouth wagon was the old blue station wagon that Vada (Paris) McGill traded in for a newer light blue Oldsmobile that she bought at an auto dealer in Waynoka, Oklahoma while Gene was on a fishing trip with his buddies. We have forgotten the year of that transaction, but Vada had come to the end of her road with that old (1951) Plymouth wagon which (we are told) should have come to the end of its road a year or two earlier. We did a web search through Google and found this likeness of our Plymouth wagon on the web of the another 1951 Plymouth suburban wagon on an old vintage car site. 1951 Plymouth suburban wagon. It looks similar to the '51 Plymouth wagon of ours with an almost identical same dent near the front, right fender.

Speaking of motorhomes and covered wagons, checkout this 1955 photo of our makeshift Pontiac station wagon with homemade matching tear-drop trailer. Cooking supplies were stored in the backend with storage of tent, bedding and camping supplies stored inside this little trailer. This covered wagon was orangish and white and was used during the summer of '55 on our trip from northwest Oklahoma to the Yukon Territory of Alaska. We journeyed to Alaska with the six of us in this Pontiac station wagon and teardrop trailer rig in 1955, the year one of my sisters (Dorthy) turned 12. Seems to this NW Okie, that we ate a lot of doctored, "Dinty Moore Stew" on that Alaska trip in '55 -- something about "corn clam chowder" comes to mind, also. We left on our journey soon after school was out and did not return until September, a week or so after school had already started. This shy NW Okie remembers having to walk into a full classroom of Mrs. Van Pelts second grade class at Washington Elementary school -- scared to death. (We wonder if that is why this NW Okie doesn't like being late!) AND... We are reminded that the the reasons for the '55 summer long trip was that 1954 was a bad year for polio in Alva (Oklahoma) and they were expecting an even worse outbreak in 1955. Also, We spent the summer of 1954 at the ranch north of Waynoka to keep us away from the swimming pool and from other kids.

While we were in the Yukon Territory near Whitehorse and Dawson, Yukon Territory during the Summer of 1955, we took this photo of "The Yukoner" that had been sitting there for ... not sure how long after its last journey up the Yukon River. The name on the wheelhouse of this sternwheeler reads, "AKSALA" (ALASKA in reverse). It was the first boat up the Yukon river from whitehorse to Dawson. We wonder if the Yukoner is still setting in this same spot or has been restored or completely demolished. Whitehorse is captiol of Yukon Territory.
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In Memory of...

Vol 7, Iss 29 Gene M. McGill, Harvester, Flying Farmer, NW Oklahoma Democrat. SEE In Memory of Gene McGill

Some called him "Gene," "Merle," "The Flying Farmer," and others knew as "The Democrat" from NW Oklahoma. AND . . . his four daughters called him "Dad!"

Gene M. McGill was born 27 December 1914, Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, the oldest son of William "Bill" Jacob and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Gene met Vada Eileen Paris in the Summer of '38, -- married March 24, 1940. They created their family the Summer of '42, Summer of '43, Winter of '48 and Spring of '49. Gene died the weekend of Father's day, June 16, 1986, Alva, Oklahoma. This photograph on the right is a picture of young Gene's early school classmates in Alva, Oklahoma. Does anyone out there know who some of the other students are? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


NW Okie's Corner

NW Okie in New Hampshire 1999

Vol 14, Iss 1 Bayfield, CO - Happy New Year 2012! It is a New Year, a New beginning of only great things to come our way as we all speak out in the Todays; remembering the friends of Yesterdays as we soar into the Tomorrows. Bringing with us the high hopes as we stand proudly with the 99% of OWS! Thanks to those of OWS for All they have done in 2011 to show we still have a strong voice when we stand united, together! Hope this finds you with a good start to the New Year. GO POKES of OSU!

We are still updating our websites over at Paris Times Pioneers, Prairie Pioneer News, SW Colorado Weather Cam, The OkieLegacy, NW OkieLegacy and McGill Sisters US, which will be merged into the "SW Colorado Weather Cam" web site.

If you can not find something that was on the okielegacy.org website, it probably got moved to the Prairie Pioneer News or "NW OkieLegacy" website. If you find a broken link in the OkieLegacy Ezine or Tabloid pages, send us the URL (LINK) to the page you found it on and help us update our links. We are halfway through our Volume 7 and moving forward so far this 2nd day of January 2012.

Here are some legacies we are moving over to the "Prairie Pioneer News" web site:

  1. NWOKmarriages
  2. PoliticalLegacy
  3. Woods
  4. Woodward county
  5. Fair Valley
  6. Normal school (Castle on the Hill)
Those legacies that will remain on The OkieLegacy web site are: OkieLegacy Ezine, Vada's 1938 Diary, Gene's Legacy, UncleBob's Legacy, Grandma's Legacy, Grandpa's Legacy, WWII POW Camp Legacy, Okie Mysteries of 1910 & 1954 (Mabel Oakes and Ann Reynolds).

I leave you with these lines, "And there's a hand my trusty friend / And give us a hand o' thine / And we'll take a right good-will draught, / for auld lang syne." . . . Long, Long Since!

GO POKES (OSU vs. Stanford)!

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Ranger Album 1917, NSN Societies & Local Pan Hellenic

Vol 18, Iss 22 This is a page showing the NSN Societies and Local Pan Hellenic organizations that were a part of Northwestern State Normal School, in Alva, Oklahoma.

Sigma Sigma Sigma (Founded at Farmville, Va., 1898) - Catharine Serviss (Pres.), Edna Conway, Neva Wilkinson.

X Chapter - Active member: Lenna Burr, Cleo Lewellen, Rose Walker, Dorothy Calloway, Edna Conway, Thelma Lambert, Henrietta Pyle, Ruth M. Miller, Neva Jane Hanford, Catharine Serviss, Ruby Skeen, Carre Phillips, Bell McCormick, Mae Hobbie, Hazel Ketchem, Katherine Monroe, Reed Loving Watt. 1916 Alumnae - Hazel Martin, Neva Wilkinson, Rachael McClure Vickers, Alta Dearing.

Active Chapters
Alpha - SNS, Farmville, Va.
Sigma Phi - Union U., Jackson, Tenn.
Kappa - Miami U., Oxford, Ohio
Zeta - SNS, Buffalo, NY
Phi - Ohio U., Athens, Ohio
Iota - SNS, Greeley, Colo.
Lambda - SNS, Indiana, Pa.
Mu - SNS, Kirksville, Mo.
Nu - SNS, Warrensburg, Mo.
X - SNS, Alva, Okla
Omicron - SNS, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Pi - SNS, Emporia, Kans.

Alpha Sigma Alpha -(founded 1901) - Ada Titus, Grace Mauntel, Ada Smith

Chapter Roll
Alpha - State Normal School, Farmville, Va.
Alpha Alpha - Miami University, Oxford Ohio
Alpha Gamma - State Normal, Indiana, Pa.
Beta Beta - Teacher's College, Greeley Colo.
Gamma Gamma - State Normal, Alva, Okla.
Colors - pearl white, Crimson, Pale green, gold
Flowers - Astor, narcissus
Jewels - Pearl, Ruby
Open Motto - "Aspire, Seek, Attain"
Patron - Hermes
Insignia - Crown, Star, Palm Tree, Phoenix

Gamma Gamma Chapter Roll
Jennie Smith, Bess Davis, Mildred Foster, Nellie Cole, Blanche Rackley, Edith Harris
Alumnae - Mayme Spurrier, Jennie Vinson Fisk, Irene Rebber Quinlan, Ethel Feese, Louise Miller, Edith Heaton, Blanche Woolman, Ruth Long, Edna Brockway, Mary Bowling Wagner, Fern Clifton, Ada Smith, Gertrude Wetz, Ruth Pettit, Lorinda Mason
Ex-Schola - Helen Fitzgerald, Goldie Foster, Lucy Reed, Irene Rolf, Esther Delzell, Bernice Fitzgerald, Elsie Solf, May Grimm, Agnes Warriner, Stella Hunt
Faculty Advisor - Miss Minnie Shockley

Patronesses - Mrs. Frank Munson, Mrs. C. C. Share, Mrs. E. A. Haines

Pi Kappa Sigma (Founded Michigan State Norma, 1894) Alice Fennessey, Inez Beattie, Anne Wilke

Beta Chapter established 1900
Colors - Turquoise blue and Gold
Flowers - Forget-me-not and Jonquil
In Facultate - Saran Crumley, Nettie hardy, Isabell Vessey, Maude Reichman
In Urbe - Mrs. Guy Lisk, Mrs. W. E. Sloat, Phoebe McKeever, Mrs. Oscar Hampton, Mrs. M. C. Mason, Mildren Dauner, Edith Norris, Nellie Watson, Cora Wiggins, Mrs. Burdie Loventhal, Justine Harms, Carrie Schaefer, Mrs. Hurston Tuck, Mrs. C. S. Warren, Nellie Wiggins, Lois Wiggins, Marguerite Fennessey, Zelma Shilds, Ann Wilke

Members - 1917: Alice Fennessey, Edna Talbot, Della Brunstetter, Pearl Boling, Elizabeth Springer, Minnie Bridges, Velma Rae Dunn. 1918... Dora Curl, Inez Beattie, Ruth Greenlee.
Pledges - Margaretta Fulton

Delta Sigma Epsilon (Founded Miami University, 1914) - Nora Autsler, Fern Welsh, Maud Morris

Delta Chapter - established 1916
Colors - Cream and Pea Green
Flower - Tea Rose
Patroness - Mrs. Walter Ferguson
In Facultate - Pearl Ellen Crawford, Maude Morris, Pearl Esther Crawford
Members - Nora Eutsler, Irene Woodmansee, Marie McElhiney, Maude Every, Ruth Ranck, Eunice McCluney, Ruth Moyer, Mercedes Moyer, Veronica Hollen, Fern Welsh, Fern Williams, Beulah Hoffsommer, Jessie Hoefer, Elsie Lee Stein, Mable Willis, Edna Weeks
Pledges - Larkie Temple, Mable Cameron, Neola Hurt

Saturday Night Club Organized 1906.

Colors: Sea shell pink and ashes of roses.
In Faculate - Grace Stegal & Sarah Crumley.

Members - Cora Davis, Vie Abbott, Inez Beattie, Eugena Huddleston, Pearl Boling, Margaretta Fulton, Mrs. Agnes Sloat, Luella Harzman, Dora Curl, Ruth Greenlee, Bernice Henderson, Rose Walker, Elizabeth Herold, Bertie Harney, Gladys Crawford, Etta Creech, Helen Smith.

Officers - Ine Beattie, President; Bertie Harney, Vice-President; Helen Smith, Secretary; Luella Harzman, Treasurer; and Ruth Greenlee, Reporter.

The Philomathean Club

The Philomathean Club is an energetic literary club of Northwestern. It has gained in membership and prestige ever since its organization. It has one of the most competent and most amiable members of the faculty, Mrs. Fallon, for its club Mother, and President Graves for Parliamentarian. It also recognizes the social side of things, and has its share of "stunts."
Members - Audrey Bainum, Lera Bainum, Lorena Bainum, Gladys Bingham, Marie Dale, Verda Dale, Bess Davis, Mrs. Fallon, Bernice Fogle, Marie Hartshorn, Nina Hopper, Viola Martin, Maud McMurtrey, Mildred McMurtrey, Letha Pryor, Sibyl Wilson.
Present Officers Bess Davis, Pres.; Audrey Bainum, Vice-Pres.; Gladys Bingham, Sec.; Viola Martin, Treas.; Nina Hopper, Chaplain; Verda Dale, Sergeant;Mrs. Fallon, Critic; President J. W. Graves, parliamentarian.

Parliamentary Debating Club Officers: Bert Raney, pres.; Harry Brown, Vice-pres.; E. A. Sandefur, Sec.; Joe Bagenstos, corresponding sec.; Wm. Eagan, Treas.; George McClure, Reporter; Critic, Ralph Beegle, Critic; Fant Word, parliamentarian;Chester Duncan, marshal; Sabin C. Perceful, coach of debate; V. C. Sheldon, coach of oratory. Club Colors - pink and green.

The Parliamentary Debate Club is the oldest organization of the kind in Northwestern and possibly in the state, and it has always held the debate honors of the club and school far above reproach, when given an opportunity to do so. This club now has hanging at its belt scalps from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. The Lone Star State was the last to fall a prey to the attack of the P.D.C. but they followed in the paths of all her other victims. This club has the remarkable record of having never lost a debate on its home floor in seventeen years. Among the schools with which the P. D. C. has held debates in the past are the Warrensburg State Normal of Missouri, the Emporia Normal of Kansas, Phillips University of Enid, Oklahoma, and the Original Tri-Angular. This club was one of the originators of the Original Tri-Angular and was the only organization.

The debate this year with the Methodist College of Clarendon, Texas, was the first debate the P.D.C. has had in three years, but it showed that the old debating ability was not lost. The debate was hotly contested at both places. The home team got a unanimous decision while the team which invaded the land of the longhorns carried off one judge, thus giving the club four out of the six judges, and making the P.D.C. the winner of the series. The men representing the club this year were Bob Lasley, Leonard Schaefer, Chester Duncan, and Elbert Mariatt.After the debate the leading social event of the season was celebrated by the club and its visiting friends. This seventeenth annual banquet was a great success. It consisted of a seven course luncheon.The banquet hall was elaborately decorated in pink and green, and while the banqueters dined Shaw's Orchestra furnished beautiful music.

At the close of the banquet the P.D.C. Octet rendered a few selections and the occasion closed by the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner," by the entire crowd.Not only does the P.D.C. take exceptional interest in their club and social work, but it is found that their members are among the foremost boosters of N.S.N. They support all worthy moves which are brought forth in the interest of Old Northwestern and are found on the firing line all the time when the interest of their Alma Mater is at stake.

N.S.N. Debating Club first row: Dunning, Kammerzell, Soliday, Arnote, Porter, Sockwell, Clark, Sears. Second Row: Watkins, Veatch, Smithson, Carey, Kuntz, Bruner, Graves. Third Row: Prentiss, Presnall, Coffman, Vinson, Coach, Baird, Ruggles, Mosshart,

Walker.Officers: Floyd Porter, Pres.; Harry Soliday, Vice-pres.; Everett Veatch, Sec.; Enos Walker, Assistant Sec.; Foster Stockwell, corresponding sec.; Frank Bruner, Tras.; Claude Baird, reporter; Carl Smithson, Marshal; Harry Dunning, Critic; Foster Stockwell, asst. Parliamentarian; A. G. Vinson, Parliamentarian. Club Colors - purple and gold.There is a spirit in every well balanced school which finds its expression in debating. The mental development gained from this practice of the science of argumentation is just as essential to the thorough education the individual as is the physical development furnished by athletics. To satisfy this need the N.S.N. Debating Club was organized in September, 1907, by a group of young men, students of Northwestern, who believed that there was enough material in school to support two debating organizations.The sound judgment of its founders has been proven by the record which the Club has made for itself in the ten years of its history.In 1913 it came off victor in the double debate with the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, besides gaining the Normal School Championship at home by winning both the preliminary and final contests of the double Triangle of Oklahoma. In 1914, the inter-collegiate debates were thrown open to the school, and in that year the N.S.N. Club furnished seven of the eight debaters who handled the dual Emporia debate and the "Triangular" of Oklahoma. In 1915-16 the leading speakers of both Triangular teams were N.S.N. men and this year the four men selected for the State debate are all N.S. N.'s.The membership of the N.S.N. Debating Club consists of loyal, enthusiastic young men who are at Northwestern for the purpose of getting the splendid training afforded by this institution, and after graduation they are unanimous in the statement that more beneficial than any other one factor of their education is the training afforded them as members of the "N.S.N."Most notable among the social affairs given by the Club this year were: a Hallowe'en picnic, at which time the Club members and their friends motored to the bat caves twenty-five miles west of town, and the Seventh Annual Banquet of the Club, given on the evening of March 6.The successful record of the Club in the past has been due to the hard work and loyalty of every member. It now has among its members some of the most energetic workers and ablest debaters in the school, and as its coach Professor A. G. Vinson, whose capabilities are known throughout this part of the state. With these advantages the Club hopes to make its future even greater than has been its past, and invites the students of Northwestern to attend its meetings and lend their aid toward its further success.

Excelsior Literary Society - Standing: Martin, Green, Curtis, Caach Perceful, Clark, Callison, Karn, Grantham, Lambert. Sitting: Allen, Hurt, Hollen, Stone, Moyer, Ranck, Hollen, Coach Crawford, Moyer, Callison. Among the several clubs of Northwestern is one which was organized during the summer months of 1916. A band of about thirty teachers and students organized themselves into a club for the purpose of working out on general literary lines, as music, debate, public speaking, the study of authors, parliamentary law, etc. This was enjoyed so much by the young people, that they put on a play under the direction of Miss Crawford, at the Rex Theatre. Many of the members left school during the fall term to teach a various places over the state, but the few who remained worked diligently and at this time the club has sixteen members.Professor Perceful and Miss Crawford have been selected for the Club Coaches, and with their help, a debate team was able to enter the preliminary contest for the Triangular debate. We hold that the future has many things in store for this young society and though we have not the history of the past of which to boast, we will have in the future a club that will train both boys and girls along lines which will not only interest them, but will prepare them for their work outside of school.

The Ranger Rooter's Club
The "Rooters" club met and organized on Friday Sept. 2, 1916, nearly every student being present. A president was elected then yell leaders and various other officers. Much of the success of Old N.S.N.'s athletics, was due to the ardent support of this band of enthusiastic students. Every team which clashed in any sort of athletics with "The Rangers" on home grounds was always given a hearty reception by the "Rooters Club." All such courtesy speaks well for the school first and secondly it shows that each student is as a committee of one vitally interested in "Our" school. When the first "Ranger Basket Ball squad" left for the coast, they were given a sendoff, in which every student, who was physically able to attend; did so. This occasion will live only second in the memories of the students and townspeople in comparison to the grand reception given the quintette on their return home. The Rooters club supports as well, all forms of school activity, always having a grand majority of the students present at debate and reading contests. If it takes spirit and support to win, in school contests which we're sure it does, then the "Rooters Club" is an immense success.


The Science Club of N.S.N. The Science club was organized in 1906 by Professor G. W. Stevens who was chosen President of the Club and afterwards elected president each succeeding year as long as he remained in the school. Much interest was manifested and a great deal of work done under the leadership of Professor Stevens.During the present school year the Science Club was reorganized and the following officers were elected; T. C. Carter, President; Professor A. G. Vinson, Vice-President; Professor M.C. Mann, Secretary; Professor S. C. Perceful, Treasurer.The present active membership consists of about forty students and teachers who are interested in scientific work.Among those who have presented scientific papers recently are: Professor Perceful, Bert Raney, Professor Mann, Fant Word, Professor Geyer, Ben Rackley, Lleslie Wilcox, Frank Hess, Gladys Bingham, Carlos McGill and W. L Eagan.It has been the custom of the club to secure the services of a noted lecturer sometime during the year the proceeds being given to augment the "Students Loan Fund."The primary objects of this organization are to discuss subjects of scientific interest and for the encouragement of scientific research.

Y.W.C.A Cabinet
Audrey Bainum, Loine Floyd, Berice Fogle, Ione Clark, Nina Hopper, Etta Creech, Emma Donaldson, Luella Harzman, Ethel Albright.Among the many organizations which have helped to make school life at N.S.N. pleasant and worth while is the Young Womens Christian Association. While the sororities, clubs and classes have their distinct phases of work, it is the Y.W.C.A. which upholds Christian standards of the school. The intimate association with girls whose ideals are high, whose efforts are to attain the best in life for themselves and others, has an influence that is ennobling and which cannot be attained anywhere else in school.The Young Womens Christian Association is a world-wide movement.

In being a member of the Y.W.C.A. at Northwestern one is, first, a part of the Southwestern Field with headquarters at Dallas, Texas, then, the National Board of New York City, and lastly the Christian Federation of the World.The purpose of the Association is... "To unite the women of the institution in loyalty to Jesus Christ, to lead them to accept Him as their personal Savior, to build them up in the knowledge of Christ, especially through Bible study and Christian service, that character and conduct may be consonant with their belief. It shall thus associate them wit the students of the world for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

It shall further seek to enlist their devotion to the Christian Church and to the religious work of the institution."

Y.M.C.A Cabinet
Walker, Julian, Baird, Schnitzer, Rackley, Raney, Stockwell, Sheldon.Among the many organizations that have helped the put N.S.N. on the map is the Y. M. C. A. The object of this society is to provide a home-like resort with good influences for young men. It advises its members to religious, social and moral advancement. Of all the forces for wise training and uplift for young men and boys, none have achieved a greater success than the Y.M.C.A. The close association with young men whose ideals are high, whose every effort is expended in the direction of higher and greater attainments for themselves and others, has an ennobling influence not to be found elsewhere in school life. The examples of young men and the high moral tone evidenced in school activities speak in clarion tones of the achievements of this band of young men.The support of the faculty has been of unspeakable help since the beginning of this association. Among the foremost are Pres. Graves, Professors Vinson, Carter and Sheldon.The present outlook for the coming year is brighter than ever with Dewey Mosshart, President; Claud Baird, vice-president; Enos Walker, Treasurer; and Everet Veach, Secretary, there is no reason why the Y.M.C.A. of Northwestern will not be one of the most active and helpful of any school association in the state.As no school can be ranked among the first without a Y.M.C.A., it is the duty of every loyal young man and student to get behind it and make what it stands for -- a developer of body, and and soul.
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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 51 Bayfield, Colorado - It was one week to go before Christmas Eve, and all through the house, some took a movie break, while the cat chased the mouse. Oh! Shucks! That is not quite right, but what the hey! We went dashing to town through the snow. What can I say!

We did go to an early Sunday afternoon matinee to see Spielberg's movie, Lincoln. The movie takes place in early January, 1865 with the House of Representatives debating the passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, and ends with the assassination of Lincoln, on April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington.

I found myself comparing the Republicans and Democrats of 1865 to the two parties of today (21st century). There was a complete about face, switch of what each believed in back during the Civil War as the Republicans were what the Democrats are today, and vice versa.

Our next step was visiting the Chronicling America old newspapers dating back to January, 1865, for bits of news from that time period. We will include some of those stories in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine and future Ezine's to come.

Besides checking into some history of the 13th amendment, we have been doing some splitting family genealogy files for our Maternal, Paternal and Husband's ancestry, updating our Paris Pioneers Genealogy, where you can view our PARIS, MCGILL and WAGNER ancestry pioneers.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 45 Bayfield, CO - [Great grandparents, Sarah Frances Conover & Henry Clay Paris, with children: Ernest, Volney, Decatur "Dee," Arthur and Myrtle.]

We have put some of our paternal lineage on here more so than we have shared our maternal lineage. Our maternal ancestry surnames included the following: PARIS, HURT and CONOVER (Van Kouwenhoven, Couwenhoven) connections. We have traced our Van Kouwenhoven back to the 15th Century, Netherlands.

Willem VanKouwenhoven (1468 - 1543), is my 12th great grandfather. Willem had a son, Jan Willemsz Van Kouwenhoven (1495 - 1550). Jan Willemsz son was Gerritt Jansz Van COUWENHOVEN (1529 - 1604). At some point the spelling changed and they dropped the "Van" and spelled Kouwenhoven with a "C" instead of a "K."

To finish following our lineage down to this NW Okie we find that Gerrit Jansz Van Couwenhoven had a son, Wolfert Gysbertsen Van Couwenhoven (1579 - 1660). The next link of our lineage was Gerret Wolfertse Kouwenhoven (1610 - 1645), son of Wolfert Gysbertsen. The surname has again taken on another spelling of Kowenhoven with Willem Gerretse Kowenhoven (1636 - 1728), Son of Gerret Wolfertse. That lineage brings us to Jan Willemse COUWENHOVEN (1681 - 1756), son of Willem Gerretse.

Continuing down our family tree we find Dominicus John Covenhoven (1724 - 1778), son of Jan Willemse, with yet another spelling of the surname. Somewhere between this time the surname got switched to "Conover" with Peter CONOVER (1769 - 1835), our 4th great grandfather, who married 9 January 1787, Hannah Coombs (1770-1846), in Marlboro, Monmouth, New Jersey.

Peter Conover was the son of Dominicus John (1724-1778). Peter and Hannah's son, Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (1797 - 1859), I show born in Versailles, Woodford, Kentucky; married 16 September 1818, to Martha Davison Bergen, in Woodford, Kentucky. Jonathan and Martha had a son, Peter CONOVER (1821 - 1900), my 2nd great grandfather, born in Kentucky and migrated to Longston, Elk, Kansas with his wife, Melinda Pierce (1845-1896), where he died in 1900, and Melinda died in 1896.

That brings us to my great grandmother, Sarah Frances "Fannie" CONOVER (1848 - 1924). Fannie and Henry Clay Paris married in Petersburg, Illinois, 12 September 1869 and had the following children: Joseph B. (1870-1872), Volney Peter (1872-1960), Mary E. (1876-1878), Decatur Ray (1877-1947), Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959), Arthur Henry (1882-1960), Myrtle Mae (1885-1965).

That brings us to my grandfather, Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959), who married Mary Barbara Hurt, 4 December 1909, in Clear Creek, Stafford, Kansas. Ernest and Mary Barbara Paris had the following children: Leslie Martin (1910-19820, Alvin Riley (1912-2002), Vernon Russell (1914-1972), Vada Eileen (1916 - 1992), Zella Marie (1919-1983), Kenneth Harding (1921-1954), Sam Eugene (1924-), Geneva Lucille (1928-2002), and Ernest "EJ" Jr. (1930-1989). To finish off this lineage, Vada Eileen Paris married Gene M. McGill (1914-1986), 24 March 1940, in Anthony, Kansas. This NW Okie is the third daughter of Vada and Gene McGill.

You can read more about our Van Kouwenhoven Family History in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine.

We leave you with this quote online attributed to Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), Labor Day speech at Syracuse, NY, Sept 7, 1903 - "The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others."

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Vol 14, Iss 39 Bayfield, CO - While we were researching the "History of Pendleton County, Virginia,"written by Oren Frederick Morton, we found mention of Frederick Keister II (1730-1815), who was the son of another Frederick Keister (1704-1787), my 6th great grandfather.

The second Frederick Keister was my 5th great grandfather, who married Hannah M. Dyer (1738-1819). One of Frederick and Hannah's daughters was Esther Keister (1767-1825), who married Adam HOHL/HULL (my 4th great grandfather). Adam Hohl/Hull and Esther had a daughter, Esther Hohl/Hull (1804-1853) that married Robert Craig Warwick (1801-1845). Esther and Robert Craig Warwick's oldest son was William Fechtig Warwick (1822-1902), my 2nd great grandfather, married Phebe Anthea Pray/Prey (1833-1905). One of many children of William Fechtig & Phebe Anthea Warwick was my great grandfather, John Robert Warwick (1857-1937), who married Signora Belle GWIN (1860-1934), and later moved westward in the late 19th century to Kansas and then Oklahoma Territory.

From Keister to McGill the lineage is as follows:

  1. Frederick KEISTER II (1730 - 1815), 5th great grandfather
  2. Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825), Daughter of Frederick
  3. Esther Hohl (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther
  4. William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther
  5. John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig
  6. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert
  7. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella
  8. Linda Kay MCGILL, third daughter of Gene McGill and Vada Paris

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Vol 14, Iss 37 Bayfield, CO - As we scour the historic newspaper for bits of genealogy in search of our ancestry, we found the following in the historic American newspapers for Highland Recorder, out of Monterey, Highland county, Virginia, 16th, 23rd & 30th of August 1907, concerning Martin Dever (dec'd ) and a public filing of his administrator, Charles P. Jones vs. Samuel G. Dever and others.

The object of the suit was to have ascertained, the proper heirs and distributes of Martin Dever, dec'd, and to have his estate settled under the control and protection of the court.

It reads as follows: "And it appearing from affidavit filed that Walter Gwin, Signora Warwick, John Andrew Moore, I. Price Moore, Harry S. Gum. Paul L. Gum, the unknown heirs of Lee Dever, Dennis Dever, Alice Barnett, the unknown heirs of George Lantz dec'd, the unknown heir of Minnie Fultz dec'd, and Hugh Dever were all nonresidents of the state of Virginia. It was ordered that they do appear within fifteen days after due publication and do what is necessary to protect their interests. Teste" J. C. Matheny, Clerk and Chas. P. Jones & son p.q.

Signora Warwick, as mentioned in an earlier newsletter, was my great grandmother on the father's mother's side of the family. Walter Gwin was my Great Grand Uncle, and Signora's older brother.

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Vol 14, Iss 29 Bayfield, Colorado - Reading the History of Pendleton County, (W) Virginia and the beginning of the settlement, I found mention of my 6th great Grandfather, Frederick Keister (1704-1787), who had a son by the same name (Frederick Keister (1730-1815)). Frederick Keister, Jr. had a daughter named Esther (1767-1825) who married into the HOHL family.

The Keister-Hohl-Warwick-McGill Family Lineage:

  • Frederick Keister, I (1704 - 1787), my 6th great grandfather; married Hannah Green Batton Smith (1715-1790)
  • Frederick KEISTER, II (1730 - 1815) was born ca 1730 in Germany, Son of Frederick; married Hannah M. Dyer (1738-1819) about 1755, daughter of Roger Dyer (1699-1758) and Hannah Green (1706-1780). It is believed his family arrived at Philadelphia on Ship Virginia Grace 24 Sept 1737, and he pioneered on South Fork ca 1750. Roger and son William were killed in Ft. Seybert Massacre 28 April 1758; son James and daughter Sarah, widow of Henry Hawes, were captured. James escaped after two years and rescued Sarah when she had been captive about five years. Hannah Dyer, with daughters, Hannah Keister and Esther Patton, escaped harm as they were in Shenandoah Valley with relatives. Hannah Keister was devised 437 acres near Moorefield by her father. Frederick Keister was naturalized in 1762 along with other Germans neighbors. He was a Revolutionary War soldier serving as a Lieutenant in Rockingham County Company of Virginia militia in 1778, member of a band of Indian scouts and a 1st Lt. in 46th Regiment of VA militia in 1782. The Keister homestead encompassed the area of Brandywine village and part of the originial land is still in the family. Frederick and Hannah are buried on some of the originial land where the DAR placed a stone for Frederick with the dates of 1730-28 Nov 1815; Hannah's stone is chipped reading 1735-181_.
  • Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825), Daughter of Frederick, II; married Adam Hohl (1754-1836)
  • Esther Hohl (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther; married Robert Craig Warwick (1801-1845)
  • William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther; married Phebe Anthea Pray (1833-1905)
  • John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig; married Signora Belle Gwin (1860-1934)
  • Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert; married William Jacob McGill (1880-1959)
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella; married Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992)
And that leads us down to this NW Okie, Linda Kay McGill Wagner.

Enough of my ancestry, though. We had an OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 7, Iss. 6 -- 2005-02-12, concerning Danny Ray PARIS Family. Michele says, "I am your dad's older sisters daughter. My name is Michele Hewet and my mom is Virginia Paris Hewett. Have you found your dad? I have been trying to find him for a while now. He usually keeps in touch with my folks and we haven't heard from him in a while."

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Vol 14, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - We had a few interesting emails this week concerning the "Old Sam Lindsay" home place south of Monterey, Virginia. We did found out that the 77.9 acre someplace and old house are "For Sale!" It is a three bedroom a bath home that sets next to the highway 220, south of Monterey, Virginia.




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Sam Lindsay married my 1st cousin 2x removed, Lucy Eckard/Echard, who was the daughter of Reuhama "Hami" Gwin and Jobe Eckard (my Great aunt and uncle). Hami and Jobe Eckard had a daughter, Lucy, that married Sam Lindsay. Jobe Eckard had a brother Isaac Eckard. As for Reuhama, she was the middle child and older sister of my great-grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin. There was also an older brother, Walter P. Gwin. I was told that the Gwin/Eckard cemetery is located in an overgrown field on that piece of property with the stones having been knocked down by the cows grazing in the pasture. My great-grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin married John Robert Warwick. Sometime in the late 19th century, after 1887, they moved to Oklahoma Territory via Coldwater, Kansas. Signora and J. R. Warwick's children were: Constance Estella (1882-1968) and Robert Lee Warwick (1887-1952), both showing born around Monterey, Virginia. Another son Wilbur William WArwick was born in Alva, Oklahoma, but died in his first year or so and is buried in the Alva Cemetery.

Also, we received an email from another person concerning a booklet (instructional manual) on how to write commercial english letters that was printed in 1940 in Germany. What is so fascinating about this booklet is not the booklet itself, but someone, maybe a POW or another person, had written a note into the booklet about "Camp Alva" and dated the remark "1945."

Klaus Scholoesser had found the booklet last week at a shop, where they receive things from people who do not need them any more, like books, clothing, household items and such. Anyway, he was getting the booklet in the mail to this NW Okie. Can not wait to see what the inscription is about "Camp Alva."

We also passed along to Sandie Olson with the Waynoka Historical Society, a person who is researching the "Old Lindbergh Line (TWA)" that went through Waynoka, OKlahoma on its way to California. Dr. Robert F. Kirk and his wife live in California. Dr. Kirk is writing a book about the Lindbergh Line, pictures of their trip at the airports that still exist. Dr. Kirk was born and raised in Oklahoma City and met his wife at University of Oklahoma. You can view some of Dr. Kirk's books by clicking this link.

Did you finally get on to the government archives of the 1940 census last week? I checked into it through my ancestry.com account (paristimes) to find my grandparents, Wm. J. & Constance McGill, on page 7, enumeration district 76-3A, living at 815 Maple Street, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma, with William listed as head of household (age 60) and Grandmother (age 58). William was listed as joint owner of furniture business. On page 8 it listed my Dad, Gene (Merle) McGill (age 25), as joint owner in ranch, in same house as Constance and William McGill; and Bob Lee (23 years) listed as absent.

Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women & Senior Citizens!"
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Vol 14, Iss 8 Bayfield, Colorado - Besides continuing to reading about the History of Highland County, Virginia, we have been hooked on watching PBS's Downton Abbey of life in England. BUT . . . back to Highland County, Virginia, we found an early issue of The OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 12, Iss. 49, 2010-12-06, which showed a Google satellite map of Highland County, Virginia we will again share with you this week. SEE BELOW.


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We have also connected with some WARWICK and GWIN descendants from the Highland area and have added more Warwick / Gwin photos to our Warwick / Gwin Albums. Scroll down to see the cemetery markers for the Gwin and Eckard family cemetery. Gerald McLaughlin sent us some cemetery markers of Capt. David Gwin and Maj. Jacob Warwick of Virginia. Capt. David Gwin's marker is located in the Clover Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Highland County, Virginia. This following link is information on Capt. David Gwin at findagrave.com showing the grave marker. My 4th great grandfather, Capt. David GWIN (1742-1822) was reported as being born in Orange, Virginia and dying in Clover Creek, Highland, Virginia. My Grandmother Constance Estella Warwick McGill researched for her DAR certificate in the mid-1920's using her family ties to Capt. David Gwin.

Maj. Jacob Warwick's marker is on the banks of the Jackson's River just west of Warm Springs. The Meadow Lane Cottages is on that property.

Clover Creek Chapel
Clover Creek Chapel was the former chapel of McDowell Presbyterian Church, established in 1881 in Clover Creek, central Highland County, Virginia,four miles south of McDowell on Rt. 678 (Bullpasture River Road). The land for the chapel and cemetery behind it was donated by the McClung family since 1821. William McClung married Rachel Gwin and held title to the surrounding farm. The original owner of the land was probably Wallace Estill, who in 1743, obtained a 344-acre land patent in then Augusta County.

The cemetery predates the chapel by many years, originating as a family graveyard used by the farm owners. Among those buried there is Captain David Gwin (1742-1822). Gwin fought in the Virginia Militia at the Battle of Point Pleasant under General Thomas Lewis, prior to the Revolution. Gwin was captain with the Revolutionary forces, serving at Guilford Court House and Yorktown. He was twice married and had thirteen children. Gwin's grave is marked by a stone tablet erected by the South Branch Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Capt. David Gwin was the grandparent of Samuel Gwin, whose daughter, Signora Belle Gwin, was my Great grandmother.

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Vol 13, Iss 47 Bayfield, CO - I was organizing my iPhoto collection of old family photos and found the photo on the left of my Grandpa Bill McGill with his two sons, Gene M McGill and Robert Lee McGill. I wish they had written the date of the photo and what exactly they were doing back then. I can only assume. Anyway, I love this old photo of a father and his two sons posing with what looks like their homemade fishing poles.

As I was browsing through my "Oakiepics" (Webshots) albums I found some photos I had forgotten that I had taken of a Paris Family Reunion held September 6, 2001, in Chester, Oklahoma (some might referred to Chester as Cottonwood Corners or Tailholt). Here is the slideshow and a link to Oakiepics (Webshots) Slideshow - Paris Reunion 2001.


Paris Reunion 2001

To see more photos of the PARIS and CONOVER ancestry and descendants that we have accumulated, you can browse our NW OKie Facebook photo albums. You can also view our An OkieLegacy Blog by clicking the link above.

We heard from a viewer this week who commented on the Vol. 13, Iss. 3, dated 2011-01-17, concerning the Saline Game Preserve (Dog Ranch). Paula Denson commented, "I would like to know more about the names of the oil men from Tulsa and OKC. do you know any more?"

If anyone has any more information than what we have accumulated so far, please leave a comment below or on the link above. Thanks for your help.

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Vol 13, Iss 25 Bayfield, Colorado - The photo on the left is a photo taken around 1960 or so of my Dad, Gene M McGill when he was head of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. Gene M McGill was born 27 December 1914, in Alva, Oklahoma; graduated from the Oklahoma University Pharmacy school in 1937; married Vada Eileen Paris 24 March 1940 and raised four daughters in Northwest Oklahoma. McGill died 16 June 1986, Sunday, on Father's Day.

We heard from some Oklahoman's this week that another Northwest Oklahoma pioneer died 14 June 2011. Some of you might remember Velma Ruth Bloyd Ware as the wife of Artie Ware and the daughter of Arvilla M. (Maddox) and Boone Homer Bloyd. Velma was born 8 miles west of Alva on 20 November 1919 and passed away recently at the age of 91 years, 6 months and 25 days. You can read her obituary at Wharton Funeral Chapel

Is it getting hot and drier in Oklahoma? Hope the firefighters get some relief soon to all those wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico and NW Oklahoma.

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Vol 13, Iss 20 Bayfield, Colorado - Last week I promised a bit more possible information concerning a really distant connection to one of Benjamin Franklin's older sisters. As I have recently found, it turns out that Benjamin Franklin was a brother-in-law of the 1st cousin 3x removed of Samuel Geddes Craighead (husband) of our 2nd Great Grand Aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of Wm Nathan McGill, Jr. See Notes and Link. In another feature of this week's OkieLegacy newsletter we have included a short biography of the infamous printer, inventor, politician, statesman and free-mason, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

As I said earlier, Mary Franklin (1694-1731) was an older sister of Benjamin Franklin by about 12 years. Mary was married twice. Her 1st husband was Arthur Aylsworth, when they got married and Mary was 14 years of age, in 1708 and had her first child in 1710. Mary's 2nd husband was Robert HOMES, married 3 April 1716, in Boston, Massachusetts. Mary and Robert Homes had three children: William, Abiah and Robert, Jr.

Robert Homes (1720-1744) was a 1st cousin 3x removed of Samuel Geddes Craighead, who married our 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of Wm. Nathan McGill, Jr. and Anne Nancy Luttrell.

Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889) of Tennessee, was a son of Wm. Craighead and Jane Gillespie; Wm. Craighead was the son of Capt. Robert Craighead and Hannah Eleanor Clark; Capt. Robert Craighead was the son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead and Jane Agnes Brown; Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead was the son of Rev. Thomas Craighead and Margaret Holmes Wallace, which leads us back to Rev. Robert Craighead and Agnes Hart, and their daughter Catherine Craighead, who married Rev. William Homes, who had the son Robert Homes that was the second husband of Mary Franklin. Are you thoroughly confused yet?

This is how the Franklin lineage from Mary Franklin (1694-1731) runs through the HOMES, CRAIGHEAD AND MCGILL ancestry to this NW Okie and her sisters.

Ancestry Lineage:

  • Mary Franklin (1694 - 1731), wife of 1st cousin 3x removed of husband (Samuel G. Craighead) of my 2nd great grand aunt (Nancy McGill);
  • Robert HOMES (1694 - 1727), 2nd Husband of Mary Franklin;
  • Catherine CRAIGHEAD (1672 - 1754), Mother of Robert Homes;
  • Rev. Robert Craighead (1633 - 1711), Father of Catherine Craighead;
  • Rev. Thomas Craighead (1664 - 1739), Son of Rev. Robert Craighead;
  • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706 - 1766), Son of Rev. Thomas, Craighead;
  • Capt. Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead;
  • William Craighead (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt. Robert Craighead;
  • Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead;
  • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead;
  • William Nathan MCGILL Jr. (1783 - 1832), Father of Nancy McGill;
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of William Nathan McGill, Jr.;
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill;
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill;
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob and Constance Estella Warwick. Gene married Vada Eileen Paris in March 1940, and had four daughters: Connie Jean, Dorthy E., Linda Kay and Amber Ann.
If you follow all of the above, it sounds like Benjamin Franklin was an in-law of in-laws of really really distant cousins. So . . . was he related, or NOT? Whatever the outcome, it does not really matter to this NW Okie, except to find out some interesting "founding fathers" possibly crossed the MCGILL ancestry paths! Can not wait to see who else has crossed our ancestry lineage.

I am still trying to find out how the CRAIGHEAD ancestry and the LUTTRELL ancestry connect through a Nancy Craighead (possible birth & death dates, 1757-1867), who allegedly married a Edward LUTTRELL, and who had a daughter Anne Nancy Craighead (1787-1860), who married William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832).

I did find where a George DUNLOP (DUNLAP) that married Agnes Nancy Craighead, but do not believe they are the same Nancy Craighead. The Agnes Nancy Craighead (1740-1790) that married George Dunlop was on trial for witchcraft in Waxhaw, South Carolina for killing her first husband. George Dunlop proposed to Agnes Nancy Craighead after she had been acquitted of witchcraft in the Waxhaw, SC witchcraft case. Agnes Nancy Craighead was accused of murdering her first husband, the Rev. William Richardson, who was found strangled by a bridal in 1771, 12 years after marrying in 1759. George and Nancy moved from Waxhaw, SC to Charlotte, NC. Their son, David Richardson Dunlap, apparently derives his middle name, "Richardson" from his mother's first husband's surname.

The reason this Nancy Craighead is interesting to me is because there is a DUNLOP (DUNLAP) connection with our WARWICK ancestry. There is always something interesting that pops up in your genealogy search of ancestry. I guess that is one of the reasons I am so hooked on my ancestry, genealogical legacies! To see what I can find and who I possibly am!

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Vol 13, Iss 19 Bayfield, CO - In a past "OkieLegacy Ezine I mentioned that I am at a roadblock with my LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD ancestors that married into my MCGILL ancestors. I am presently doing research and searching books, memiors and family histories for the CRAIGHEAD (name also spelt CRAIGHEID, CRAGHEDE, CRAIGIE, CRAGGY, CREAGHEAD and CRAGHEAD) and the LUTTRELL's descendants to see if I can unblock these roadblocks. I did find where a possible Craighead connection married the sister of Benjamin Franklin. More about that next week.

I know that my LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD ancestors settled around Knox and Hamilton county, Tennessee. I have found a Agnes Nancy Craighead that married a George Dunlap, which would possibly connect the Craighead's to the Warwick ancestors. BUT . . . the Nancy Craighead I am searching shows, she may have married Edward LUTTRELL, and had a daughter, Anne Nancy Luttrell that married William Nathan McGill, Jr.

This is what I have so far in my MCGILL / CRAIGHEAD family lineage below for Nancy Craighead.

Nancy Craighead (1757-1867)

  • Nancy CRAIGHEAD, my 4th great grandmother; married Edward Luttrell; their daughter was Anne Nancy Luttrell (1787-1860), born in Virginia, died in Hamilton County TN;
  • Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787-1860) Daughter of Nancy Craighead and Edward Luttrell; Anne Nancy Luttrell (1787-1860) was born in Virginia, died in Hamilton county, TN; married William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832), 10 Mar 1807, Hamilton County, TN; Children were: Hugh McGill (1802-), Walter Marshall McGill (1807-1878); Elizabeth Betsy McGill (1812-); William McGill (1813-); Nancy McGill (28 Feb 1814-17 Nov 1898) (Linda Kay McGill Wagner's 2nd Great Grand Aunt), born in TN, married Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889), son of William and Jane Gillespie Craighead; born 13 May 1814; married in 22 Feb. 1838 to Nancy McGill (born 28 Apr 1814-), resided at Sulphur Springs, Rhea County, Tennessee, Samuel Geddes Craighead was a part of the fourth generation of the Craighead family, Children: Beriah G Craighead (4 Aug 1846-); William H. CRAIGHEAD (6 Nov 1840-6 Dec 1840); Margaret E. CRAIGHEAD (22 Oct 1842-1867) married 6 Apr 1865 to William I Julia; Newton C. CRAIGHEAD (5 Apr 1849-10 Nov 1868;

    Other children of Anne & William McGill were Newton McGill (1822-); Susannah Margaret McGill (1823-1894); Martin McGill (1825-); James McGill (1827-1839); Martha Ann McGill (1830-1848); John McGill (1831-1863)
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850) Son of Anne Nancy Luttrell and William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832), born Monroe County, TN, died in Hamilton county, TN; married in 1834 to Anne Nancy McKelvy (1816-1908); Children: William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), Samantha Jane MCGILL (1837-1882), Newton Anderson MCGILL (1839-1929), John David MCGILL (1842-1849), James Abel MCGILL (1844-1844), Nancy McKelvie MCGILL (1846-1884), Zachary Taylor MCGILL (1849-1918)
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), born in Soddy, Hamilton, TN, died in Alva, Woods, OK; Son of David Milton McGill and Nancy McKelvy Pearson (1816-1908); married 20 Nov 1861, TN to Isabelle McClure Johnson (1845-1926), daughter of Thomas C. Johnson (1815-) and Mary Ann Johnston (1816-1875); Children: Thomas David MCGILL (1862-1945), Alice Elizabeth MCGILL (1865-1929), Mary McKelvey MCGILL (1869-1922), James Acel MCGILL (1872-1955), William Jacob MCGILL (1880-1959), Charles Robert MCGILL (1884-1971), Lulu Belle MCGILL (1887-1975)
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), born in Galva, McPherson, KS, died in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma; Son of William Pearson McGill and Isabelle McClure Johnson (1845-1926); married 23 Mar 1910 in Alva Oklahoma to (1.) Constance Estella Warwick (1882-1969); married in 1945 (2.) Blanche Rankin Miller; Children of Wm J. & Constance E. Warwick: Gene M McGill (1914-1986), Robert Lee McGill (1916-1954)
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), born and died in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma; Son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella Warwick; married 24 Mar 1940, Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992); Children: Connie Jean McGill, Dorthy Eileen McGill, Linda Kay McGill, Amber Ann McGill
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Vol 13, Iss 17 Bayfield, Colorado - [The photo on the left is a picture of my father, Gene McGill, on the left, and my Uncle Bob seated on the paint pony on the right. It was taken somewhere in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma at a dirt tennis court. Do the houses in the background look familiar to any Woods county residents out there? I believe it to be taken in the early 1920's.]

I was sitting here trying to decide which paternal or maternal lineage to bring you this week. I decided to bring you the LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD paternal side of my family lineage where I have a bunch of roadblocks that has me scratching my head and wondering more about this limb of our family tree.

Edward LUTTRELL is one of many deadends, which I have little information, dates, etc. I know that he married a Nancy CRAIGHEAD in the late eighteenth century and had a daughter named Anne Nancy LUTTRELL, who was born circa 1787.

I would really like to know more about the LUTTRELL/CRAIGHAD side of the family. Doing a search online at Ancestry.com I have seen a Nancy CRAIGHEAD married to a DUNLAP, but not to a MCGILL.

The MCGILL/LUTTRELL/CRAIGHEAD Family Lineage:
* Edward LUTTRELL is our 4th great grandfather, married Nancy CRAIGHEAD in the late eighteenth century;

* Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787 - 1860), 3rd great grandmother, Daughter of Edward and Nancy Craighead; married William Nathan MCGILL, Jr., 1807, in Knox, Tennessee;

* David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), 2nd great grandfather, Son of Anne Nancy LUTTRELL and Wm Nathan MCGILL, Jr.; married Anne Nancy McKelvy PEARSON in 1834;

* William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), great grandfather, Son of David Milton & Anne Nancy McKelvy PEARSON; married Isabelle McClure Johnson in 1861;

* William Jacob "Will" MCGILL (1880 - 1959), grandfather, Son of William Pearson & Isabelle McClure JOHNSON; married Constance Estella WARWICK in 1910;

* Gene M "Merle" MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Father, Son of William Jacob McGILL and Constance Estella WARWICK; married Vada Eileen PARIS in 1940;

* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene M "Merle" McGILL & Vada Eileen PARIS.

Maybe there is someone out there that can help me break this roadblock of the LUTTRELL & CRAIGHEAD family tree connection.

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Vol 13, Iss 16 Flatbush, New Amsterdam ( - [Photo on the left, seated down front, left to right: Sarah Francs Conover, Henry Clay Paris and Arthur; backrow, left to right: Volney, Decatur, Myrtle and Ernest]

Last week we brought you one of our maternal side of our ancestors via the HURT / HURTOSCI family lineage. This week we venture into yet another maternal family lineage of the CONOVER / COUVENHOVEN / KOUWENHOVEN / COVENHOVEN ancestors that married into our Henry Clay PARIS family lineage.

Our Great Grandmother, Sarah Frances "Fannie" CONOVER, was born 12 June 1848, in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, the daughter of Peter CONOVER (1821-1900) and Melinda Pierce (1826-1896). Sarah Frances was the oldest child and daughter of Peter and Melinda CONOVER>. Sarah died 20 February 1924, Chester, Major County, Oklahoma, and is buried in the Orion Cemetery, northeast of Chester, Oklahoma.

Before we give our family lineage, let us take you to our 5th Great Grandfather, Dominicus Covenhoven (a.k.a. Dominicus Conover, Dominicus Van Kouwenhoven), who was born ca. 1724 at near, Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey; baptized on 7 June 1724 at Dutch Reformed Church, Freehold-Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey; this was possible, unnamed child baptised this date same parents, Jan Willmse Kowenhoven and Jacoba Cornelisse Vanderveer. Dominicus Covenhoven married Mary Updike ca. 1747.

During the Revolutionary War, Dominicus Covenhoven served as a Private in Capt. Robert Nixon's Troop of Light Horse, Middlesex County Militia. He left a will on 18 April 1778 at Windsor Twp., Monmouth County, New Jersey. In his Will dated April 18, 1778, Dominicus Covenhoven of Windsor Township, yoeman, mentioned his wife Mary and five sons, John, William, Garret, Levi, and Peter. The executors were his wife and sons John and William. The witnesses were Moses Groom, Elisha Cook, and William Slayback. His estate was proved on 23 June 1778. He died on 28 June 1778 at Windsor Twp., Middlesex County, New Jersey, at age 54. Dominicus was killed by lightning and his funeral was held on June 28, 1778, the day of the Battle of Monmouth (American Revolutionary War, 28 June 1778, New Jersey).

COUWENHOVEN Family Lineage:
* Jan Van Kouwenhoven (1495-1550), 11th great grandfather
* Gerritt Jansz COUWENHOVEN (1529-1604), 10th Great Grandfather
* Wolphert Gerritsz2 VAN KOUWENHOVEN (1579-1662), 9th Great Grandfather
* Gerret Wolfersen VAN KOUWENHOVEN (1610-1645), 8th Great Grandfather
* Willem Gerretse COUWENHOVEN (1636-1663), 7th great Grandfather
* Jan Willemse COUWENHOVEN (1681-1756), 6th great Grandfather
* Dominicus John Covenhoven (1724-1778), 5th great Grandfather
* Peter CONOVER (1769-1835), 4th great Grandfather
* Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (1797-1859), 3th great Grandfather
* Peter CONOVER (1821-1900), 2th great Grandfather
* Sarah Frances CONOVER (1848-1924), 1st great Grandmother
* Ernest Claude PARIS (1879-1959), Grandfather
* Vada Eileen PARIS (1916-1992), Mother
* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Vada Eileen

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - [Sometime back Linda Hurt and Jeanine Baringer sent us some HURT information and photos. The photo on the left is one of those photos of the HURT men.]
5th Great Grandfather, Edward PARIS (1699-?), which we are still working to gather more information.

Have you been watching, keeping up with the NBC/Ancestry.com series Who Do You Think You Are? Each episode of the series gives you some hints to help find out more information about the lives of your ancestors and what their lives were like as immigrants and pioneers of the New World!

Did you know that Ancestry.com is featuring the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War by giving you access to search for your Civil War ancestors in millions of new records so you can discover the stories you will not find in the history books?

This week we are still looking to share some more family lineage on NW Okie's Maternal side of the PARIS/HURT family connections. The HURT (HURTOSCI) lineage married into my mother's family.

John James HURT born 16 May 1832, in Oujezdec, Kutna Hora, Caslov, Czechoslovakia (Bohemia), arriving in the New World (America) around 1876. John James HURT, I am told was a Doctor and his wife, Mary Anna Mrkvicka, was a nurse over in Czechoslovakia, before coming to America.

John James & Mary Anna HURT had the following children: Joseph P., Anna, Mary, James, John A., Barbara Carrie, Frank James, Antona, Anton Charles, Ben.

HURT/HURTOSCI Family Lineage:

John James HURT (1832 - 1915), 2nd great grandfather
Joseph P. HURT (1854 - 1936), 1st great grandfather;
Mary Barbara HURT (1893 - 1966), grandmother;
Vada Eileen PARIS (1916 - 1992), mother;
AND . . . Me, Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Vada Eileen PARIS & Gene M MCGILL.

You can view more of our HURT Legacy & HURT Ancestors by clicking these hyperlinks. We hope some of our research might help some distant relatives discover their ancestors through what we have come across. AND . . . help us add to and correct some of our ancestor's information with stories and photos.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 14 Bayfield, Colorado - [ Photo on the left -- The younger years of Henry Clay & Sarah Frances CONOVER Paris Family: seated down front, between Sarah Frances CONOVER & Henry Clay PARIS, Myrtle Mae & Arthur Henry; Standing left to right, Ernest Claude (my grandfather), Volney Peter, Decator Ray "Dee"; Seated on the right front, Henry Clay Paris; Seated on the left front,: Sarah Frances Conover.]

This week we bring you another part of NW Okie's ancestral lineage with the PARIS / PEARIS / PARRIS ancestrial lineage. My PARIS / PARRIS / PEARIS Lineage:
* Edward PARIS (1699 - ?), 5th great grandfather.
* Moses PARIS / PEARIS, Sr. (1722 - 1792), 4th Great Grandfather.
* Ezekiel PARIS (1752 - 1820), 3rd Great Grandfather.
* Ezekiel (Jr.) PARIS (1785 - 1856), 2nd Great Grandfather.
* Henry Clay PARIS (1844 - 1918), Great Grandfather.
* Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959), Grandfather.
* Vada Eileen PARIS (1916 - 1992), mother.
* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Vada Eileen Paris & Gene M McGill.

According to family members, our Great Grandfather, Henry Clay PARIS, was born 6 July 1844, in Foxtown, Madison County, Kentucky, the youngest of nine children. During the Civil War years he moved from Kentucky ti Illinois to live with an older brother, James Franklin PARIS.

Great Grandfather, Henry Clay PARIS, served as a Private with Company b-30, Illinois Infantry from 1861 to 1865 on the side of the Union (North) while another brother fought on the side of the South. Henry was discharged 4 June 1865.

Henry married Sarah Frances CONOVER, 12 September 1869, in Petersburg, Illinois by Rev. Benjamin Watts of Cumberland Presbytarian Church. Henry and Sarah moved to Audran, Missouri in 1875. From there they moved to Elk County, Kansas and then on to Pratt County, Kansas. Henry and Sarah's family lived around the Knasa area 21 years before moving on to Woods "M" county, in Oklahoma Territory, in 1896, settling in Major county, around Orion and Chester, Oklahoma.

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NW Okie's "The Good Old Days"

Vol 13, Iss 10 New Amsterdam ( - I have been working on my maternal and paternal ancestors over at Ancestry - paristimes, especially my maternal Dutch Ancestors of CONOVER / KOUWENHOVEN / COUVENHOVEN. I have found some interesting stories, legacies and information in my research.

The photo on the left shows my Great-Grandmother, Sarah Francis CONOVER (KOUWENHOVEN/COUVENHOVEN) (1848-1924), who married Henry Clay PARIS (1844-1918). Their children were (not sure of the order but believe Grandpa Ernest Claude Paris is standing, far right): Arthur Henry (may be seated, on the far right), Volney Peter (1872-1960), Myrtle Mae (1885-1965) (the only daughter) & Ernest Claude (1879-1959); seated in front, left to right is Sarah Francis CONOVER PARIS, Henry Clay PARIS and another son, Decatur Ray (1877-1947) (Decatur may be standing on the backrow).

My Dutch ancestors sailed from Amsterdam 17 February 1659. Some arrived in New Amsterdam before 5 May 1659.

From papers relating to the first settlement of New York by the Dutch containing a list of the early immigrants to New Netherland, it shows one of my maternal ancestors Cornelis Janse VanDerVeer arrived in New Amsterdam, in 1659.

For the record this is a 10th generation listing starting with my 7th Great Grandfather and moving down to this NW Okie's (Linda McGill Wagner) maternal family tree of PARIS and CONOVER side of the family:

1. Cornelius Janse VANDERVEER (1623 - 1703) - 7th great-grandfather

2. Jacoba Cornelisse VANDERVEER (1686 - 1735) Daughter of Cornelius Janse. 6th great-grandmother

3. Dominicus COVENHOVEN (1724 - 1778) Son of Jacoba Cornelisse. 5th great-grandfather

4. Peter CONOVER (1769 - 1835) Son of Dominicus. 4th great-grandfather

5. Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (1797 - 1859) Son of Peter. 3rd great-grandfather

6. Peter CONOVER (1821 - 1900) Son of Jonathan Coombs. 2nd great-grandfather

7. Sarah Frances CONOVER (1848 - 1924) Daughter of Peter. great-grandmother

8. Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959) Son of Sarah Frances. grandfather

9. Vada Eileen PARIS (1916 - 1992) Daughter of Ernest Claude. mother

10. Linda Kay MCGILL Daughter of Vada Eileen. NW Okie

The Kouwenhoven surname has gone through many different spellings over the decades. Such as VanKouwenhoven, COUVENHOVEN and CONOVER. I would love to discover the real story behind that surname spellings.
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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days

Vol 13, Iss 8 Bayfield, Colorado - This week we rummaged through our archives to bring forward some history of Jo Ben Whittenberg, Sr., and his baseball gloves and days during the early 1900's.

Whittenberg's granddaughter (Cathie) sent us a scanned image of J. Ben Whittenberg and his early baseball glove. She says, "I asked my brother to take a picture of Granddad's glove. Instead he scanned it, front and back, and scanned the only picture we have of our grandfather in his playing days. He took the three pictures and combined them into the digital image above."

It seems that Cathie's grandfather and NW Okie's grandfather (Bill McGill) went head-to-head in the hot Texas summer of 1906 with the East Texas and South Texas baseball leagues. Whittenberg was a pitcher for the Galveston Sand Crabs. On Page 23 of our Grandfather's legacy pages it states, "Sand Crabs Administer the Worst Defeat to Senators they have suffered this season.

Cathie told me awhile back that her grandfather was injured in a game against the Austin Senators, August 22, 1906. Whittenberg was hit in the head with a pitch which pretty much ended his baseball career.

As to Benj Whittenberg's baseball memories in the early 1900's, his granddaughter (Cathie) says, "In 1960 my grandfather (Benj Whittenberg) wrote a series of letters to my brother. What follows are excerpts."

August 22, 1960 -- "When I was in school I became interested in baseball. There wasn't games like football or tennis so we played baseball. In 1903 and 1904 I played all over Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. Then in 1905 there was our East Texas League formed at Paris, Texas and we beat everybody in the league. Then the next year I played with Galveston in the (South) Texas League. Played there two years and met your Grandmother in Lampassas and we were married in 1907."

Sept. 10, 1960 -- "In 1903 and 1904 I played in the Indian Territory. One year I played at South McAlester. The next year at Muskogee. Things were really wild and woolly. There were lots of wild animals up there then and there were lots of wild Indians there too and if they were fortunate enough to get some fire water (that's what they called whiskey) they really were wild. They would drink and drink until they would go crazy and have to be put to bed or in jail 'till they sobered up. When I was playing ball up there one of the Boys was Bruce McAlester a big Chickasaw Indian. He was a good ball player and a very nice fellow. One other boy was Choc Kelly. He was a Choctaw Indian that was the fastest runner I ever saw. He would throw his head back and he could really fly. Indian Territory was part of the Louisiana purchase. Settled by the Creek Indians in 1827. Congress set aside this strip of land for the Indian Reservation. When I was playing ball one of the towns was Tulsa. Then it was so small, maybe 1500 people lived there. Now there are I guess 300,000. Best town in Oklahoma. In the ball park there was a producing oil well and oil then was worth about 50-cents a barrel, now its $5.00 per barrel."

' Nov. 3, 1960 -- "You asked how we got about in the Indian Territory when I was playing up there. You know that was a long time ago, just a few years, some 56. Well, there wasn't too much transportation at that time. We rode the train. In the train was an engine, one passenger car and a bunch of freight car and coal cars which they called a mix train. Then when we went from one town to another to play we would have a stage coach. We would take off through the country and we would see lots of animals. We would see fox, some deers and occasionally we would see some bears. Of course we would see rabbits, squirrels and rattle snakes but we would never stop and didn't get to kill any. One time when I was playing ball up there in the morning before the game I went down in a coal and led mine, rode a hoist up and down and we have a big hunk of copper lead ore your Grandmother uses it for a door stop."

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NW Okie's R & R In San Juan Mtns

Vol 12, Iss 52 Bayfield, CO - We have put up some younger year photos of Dorthy & Connie McGill at the ranch, a few miles north of Waynoka, OK and at 703 7th Street, in Alva, Oklahoma. The photo on the left is a picture of the Ernest Claude & Mary Barbara (Hurt) Paris siblings. You can see a slideshow of the whole collection of Dorthy and Connie's earlier years in the slideshow below.



We would love to find someone who can identify some of the little friends of Dorthy and Connie in these earlier photos. If you go to our Picasa website albm and leave a comment of possible indenties, it would help a lot.

Here's counting down to January 1st, 2011, Saturday -- Wishing you all a Happy New Year 2011!

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NW Okie's R & R

Vol 12, Iss 47 Bayfield, Colorado - This weekend, Sunday, brought a winter snow storm and strong winds to the San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado. I am going to estimate approximately 4 to 5 inches, but maybe less where we are. Sounds like Aspen, Silverton and Wolf Creek might be getting the heavy, blizzard conditions.

Have you ever noticed how English Ivy grows? How it intertwines and connects one thing to another? How it ends up covering everything in it path as it branches out?

The legacies and stories we past down from one generation to another are like the English Ivy. It is our vehicle that connects the past with the present and keeps the memories alive for the generations to come.

When those stories and photos get spread around from family to families, it makes it possible for each generation to spread the knowledge of that legacy from one to another, while each sprig of Ivy branches off into yet another direction to create another family tree. Sometime that sprig gets broken because of deaths or bad feelings, but it does not stop the legacy!

Have you spread the legacy of 47 years ago of what, where and how the assassination of President John F. Kennedy affected you, 22 November 1963? Where were you 47 years ago today? What do you remember about that day in Dallas, Texas when John F. Kennedy was assassinated?

Someone wrote me and mentioned, "I saw that one of your old newsletters (Vol. 3, iss. 10) referenced a John F Kennedy Serigraph. I too have one of them and dying to know if it is a Trash or a Treasure. Did you get any information? Thanks!"

In answer to this question, I do not know how valuable the serigraph. If it is trash or treasure. But I guess that is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it?

Remember the first big family trips when your parents and siblings piled into the family automobile and took? I remember the Summer of 1955 (I think it was) that the McGill Family of six (father, mother and four daughters) piled into a 1955 Pontiac station wagon pulling a tear-drop, homemade trailer and traveled to Alaska from northwest Oklahoma, passing through Colorado, Idaho (to see Uncle Sammy Paris) and Canada. It was just one of our big summer vacations to explore the wild frontiers. We trampled barefoot in snowbanks along the Canadian highway. We picked high/low berries. I can not remember the berries, 'cause I was just a small child of 7 years. I do remember the cherry trees where we picked fresh cherries, though. BUT ... the location has escaped these old memory cells without more jogging from siblings and photos. My father took movie film along the way and sent back to the Kelsey's in Waynoka. Those old movies were stored in my parents home before their deaths in 1986 and 1992. Have not seen the old movies since then. Would love to have a copy of them though!

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NW Okie's Ramblings

Vol 12, Iss 37 Alva, Oklahoma - Where has the month of September gone. I know it is only reaching mid-way, but why do the days past so quickly?

Only a little over a week plus a few days until Northwestern OSU has their Fall Homecoming 2010. How many homecoming does this make for NWOSU (a.k.a NTN, NSTC, NSC)? 1899? I have lost track, but know that I have run across the first homecoming somewhere in my notes and research. Maybe someone out there reading this could enlighten all us Northwest Oklahomans.

In less than two weeks we will be stomp, clapping to the school bands marching around the Alva downtown square. The YouTube video was taken 1 November 2008 of the marching bands.



According to our research on Northwestern, in Volume II, Issue 81, dated 21 October 2000, titled "A Homecoming Mystery Bands, Floats & Celebrations," a celebration with floats in a great parade was being planned as far back as 1 July 1899. Was this the first homecoming? July 1, 1899 -- The work on the building of the famous Castle on the Hill had so advanced that a committee began the preparations for laying the corner stone under the main tower in front. The program consisted of the usual ceremonies, led by the Masons. Governor Barnes and several other territorial officers, and Grand Master E. M. Bamford were present. President Ament introduced Governor Barnes as the first speaker. He was followed by Judge McAtee, S. L. Johnson and Hon. Temple Houston.

The following is a list of articles that were placed within the corner stone -- Roll of officers and members of the grand lodge and local lodge A. F. & A. M.; same of the Alva Commercial Club; same of the legislature 1897; copies of the Alva Pioneer, Courier, Review and Cleo Cheiftain; copy of program of the day's exercises and names of President Ament, Miss Bosworth and Mrs. DeLisle.

The day was one of general celebration, the businesses of the town being represented by floats in a great parade. The crowd present was guessed at 4000 to 6000. Some More Normal History can be found on our website at this link Northwestern Normal School, 1895-1935 - beginning & conception

Barry Kelsey remembers, "We used to call it Northwestern State Teachers College. When my Grandfather went there it was called something like Northwestern Normal School."

Monet Monfort Lion says, "Yes, I believe it started out as Northwestern Normal School. I have many photos of The Castle on the Hill and a painted plate depiction made for Monfort Drug Store's China department! Rod reminds us that, "The original title of the institution was Northwestern Territorial Normal School, founded in 1897, 10 years before Oklahoma's statehood."

Marvin Henry says, "There are probably others who remember attending NSC while still in elementary school and jr high school. During the time Washington School was being rebuilt, about 1945, my 3rd grade class was held in the upstairs, first room on the left in what was known as Horace Mann building, now the education building. Junior High, 7th & 8th grade was on the second floor of the Horace Mann building. Industrial Arts (Shop for the boys) ground floor and Home Ec (girls) second floor of the Fine Arts building."

Off the subject of NWOSU and onto our family genealogy that I have at MyHeritage.com - Wagner genealogy, the subscription runs out around October 10, 2010, and I have decided not to renew that genealogy site. BUT it will not be a loss, because I have that information over at my Ancestry.com family genealogy for the Warwick, McGill, Paris, Conover, Hurt and Wagner families.

Until November 21, 2010 our Paris-McGill-Warwick family genealogy will still be up for awhile at MyHeritage for the Paris-Conover-Hurt-Warwick-Gwin-McGill-Wagner Family. I may or may not renew this site in November, 2010, because a more updated version is over at my Ancestry.com genealogy site. We shall see!

David, the two Pugs and myself are going to try to make it back for Northwestern's Homecoming. While there we need to check out our new little 2010 filly, black and white paint horse that grazes with her momma paint horse at Clark's East Farm, in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. I hear it is a beauty!

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Immigrants Make Up America

Vol 12, Iss 27 America - With the talk of Independence Day, and this being the day after the 4th of July 2010, We ask you, "Aren't we all immigrants or Descendants of Immigrants?"

America is a land of immigrants and Native Americans. What would America be today if immigrants from all ver the world had not set foot on the eastern shores of the 13th Colonies, pushing the Native Americans westward onto reservations. Killing and slaughtering their buffalo beyond extinction?

What part did my migrating ancestors play in the westward movement of the Native Americans? I did some searching back through my family genealogy to figure out where each of my ancestral immigrants came.

We start with our paternal ancestors. The Warwick ancestors were English. The Gwyn/Gwin/Guinn were from Wales. The Hull/Hohl ancestors came from Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany. The McGill's were Scottish from Scotland, migrating to Ireland and finally making their way to the America's.

Our maternal ancestors were the Conover (VanKouwenhoven), Dutch and settling in New Amsterdam (also known as New York, Flatlands). The Paris/Parris were English. The Hurt/Hurtosci were from Czechoslovakia (Bohemia), known also as Austria-Hungary. That brings us to our Great Grandmother, Anna Wallman (1863-1902), who married our Great Grandfather, Joseph P. Hurt, who migrated from Czechoslovakia around 1876. I do not know much about her because she died at the young age of 39 when she was struck by lightning in 1902.

I always thought that our Wallman ancestors were also from Czechoslovakia, but I found a 1880 U.S. Census that shows an Anna Wallman (born 1863, Russia) the daughter of Jacob Wallman (born 1833, Russia) and Maria (born in Russia). Could this be another Anna Wallman or could it be my Great Grandmother Anna Wallman Hurt?

The 1900 US Federal Census shows Joseph P, and Anna Wallman Hurt (born in Bohemia) and their family living in Bishop, Woods, Oklahoma Territory.

Great Grandmother Anna Wallman arrived in the USA around 1876 or 1877 through Bremen, Germany. At the young age of 16, Anna married Joseph P. Hurt, in Nebraska, about 1879. As I said earlier, Anna Wallman Hurt died in 1902, in Bishop, Woods, Oklahoma Territory, at age 39 when she was struck by lightning. She is buried in the Hurt family cemetery, on the Martin property, North of Chester and West of the Orion Cemetery.

That brings us to my husbands ancestors, which includes Wagner's from Germany.

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1950 - Woods County Democrats

Vol 5, Iss 17 Alva, Oklahoma -

I believe this photo was taken in the early 1950s in the Courtroom of the Old Courthouse. The New Courthouse was built around 1956 or later.

There are 48 stars on the flag on the wall - enlarging the calendars you can make out "June" of "July" but not the year.

Gene McGill is the Democrat, standing in the center; Charles "Charlie" Albright is the gentlemen standing to the right of Gene; Oneita Riggs is seated to the left of Gene. I believe the man seated with his back to us and on the left side of photo might be Sam Riggs, but I am not sure of that.

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Insight Into Grandma & Warwick's

Vol 11, Iss 43 With no more letters from john C. McClure, we assume that the communication of letters ceased to exist after August 1906 and Constance moved on to her next beau. Was it William J. McGill? We are not sure yet, but suspect as much.

NW Okie has been working on more of the Warwick census reports over at Ancestry.com and updating information in NW Okie's Genealogy pages for Warwick / McGill / Paris / Wagner Family and adding old photos to the Family Photo Albums at her genealogy site.

Warwick Brothers: Peter, William N. John R. Meanwhile, while we leave you standing in the wings for more insight into Constance Estella Warwick McGill, we want to share this great old tintype photo we found of Constance's father and two of his brothers, Peter (Pete on left) and William N. Warwick (standing in back, center) and John Robert Warwick, the older brother is seated on the right.

Notice that Pete is holding in his left hand a pistol of some sort on his older brother John Robert Warwick. I love the old hats Pete and William are wearing. The old western shirt that Pete is wearing dates back to the 1880's and the civil war cavalry boots that Pete and John have on help date the photo, but not sure where the old tintype photo was taken.

John R. Warwick This is another old tintype photograph that I just adore of my great-grandfather John Robert Warwick that shows him perhaps in his early twenties. I do not know the exact date or where, but assume it was taken in the Virginia's.

John R. Warwick This other photograph is not a tintype, but is a photo mounted on cardboard and printed at McPherson, Kansas, C. Forell, Cabinet. Pete and John seemed to be dressed in their best farming duds with real cowboy boots instead of the civil war cavalry boots. You can tell John R. Warwick's hairline is reseeding and is holding an interesting looking hat in his hands. They both are sporting longer mustaches, but Pete's looks to have one of those handlebar mustaches without a pronounced, wax, curled ends like some did in those days.

Can anyone help identify/date when these photos were taken? Especially, the photo taken in McPherson, Kansas? Perhaps 1890s? What age would you suspect for Pete and John in this photo?
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Looking Back ... That's The Way It Was

Vol 11, Iss 29 Remember this quote that a CBS news anchorman used to sign-off with, "That?s the way it is?"

Walter Cronkite was the voice of news that no one has been able to duplicate. A trusted and honored news man, Cronkite was born in 1916, the same era of my mother, Vada Paris (November 11, 1916), and Uncle Bob McGill (August 23, 1916).

Cronkite was the news anchor for whom the term "anchorman" was born. Walter Cronkite (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) dominated the television news industry during one of the most volatile periods of American history. He broke the news of the Kennedy assassination, reported extensively on Vietnam and Civil Rights and Watergate, and seemed to be the very embodiment of TV journalism. They say, "Cronkite set the standard by which all others have been judged."

Walter Leland Cronkite was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on November 4, 1916, the only child of a dentist father and homemaker mother. When he was still young, his family moved to Texas. One day, he read an article in "Boys Life" magazine about the adventures of reporters working around the world. Young Cronkite was hooked. He began working on his high school newspaper and yearbook.

In 1933, he entered the University of Texas at Austin to study political science, economic and journalism. He never graduated. He took a part time job at the Houston Post, left college to do what he loved: report.

That's the way it was!
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Black Sunday Blizzard 1935

Vol 11, Iss 26 Online at History.com I did a search for a show that was on this Sunday, June 28, 2009, concerning the "Black Sunday Blizzard of '35" that blew millions of tons of topsoil through the high plains and heartlands.

April 14, 1935, the day of "The Black Sunday Blizzard" blew millions of tons of topsoil eastward towards the east coast. Soil Conservation techniques were soon to follow to perserve the "Dust Bowl" years of the 1930s. Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico and South Dakota feeling the "worst hard times" of that era.

According to HISTORY.COM's Major Dust Bowl Storm Strikes, It was one of the most devastating storms of the 1930s Dust Bowl era that swept through the heartland and the over-grazed, over-farmed plains bringing millions of tons of dirt and dust so dense, dark that some eyewitnesses believed the world was coming to an end.

By the early 1930s, the grassy plains of the plains of western Kansas, southeastern Colorado, panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and northeastern New Mexico had been over plowed by farmers and overgrazed by cattle and sheep. Soil erosion, combined with an 8-year drought that began in 1931, created a a dire situation for farmers and ranchers.

With the failure of crops and businesses failing and dust storms making people sick, many residents fled westward in search of work in other states such as California. Those who remained behind struggled to support themselves and their families.

By the mid-1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt?s administration introduced programs to help alleviate the farming crisis, such as the establishment of the "Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in the Department of Agriculture. The SCS promoted improved farming and land management techniques and farmers were paid to utilize these safer practices. For many Dust Bowl farmers, this federal aid was their only source of income at the time."

By 1939, a year before my folks, Gene McGill and Vada Paris, were married (March 1940), the Dust Bowl era came to an end when the welcome rains returned as the drought ended. We only hope that the improved farming techniques of that "Dust Bowl" has reduced the problem of soil erosion and prevented a repeat of the 1930's Dust Bowl devastation. -- Maps of the Dust Bowl 1935-40.
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NW Okie's Warwick Connection

Vol 10, Iss 47 This is an early picture of my great great grandfather, Wm Fechtig Warwick, as a young boy.


Some have asked how I am connected to the Warwick Family. You can click on the following link to view my McGill-Warwick-Gwin-Hull genealogy.

From the Wm Jacob Warwick & Elizabeth Dunlap lineage my Warwick's flow down through the Warwick family through John Warwick & Mary Powell.

From that union we continue further through William Warwick & Nancy Agnes Craig. From there we continue our Warwick journey through Robert Craig Warwick & Esther Hull. Robert & Esther's son, Wm. Fechtig Warwick married Phoebe Anthea Pray/Prey (my great-great-grandparents).

Wm & Phoebe had a son, John Robert Warwick that married Signora Belle Gwin. My great grandparents John Robert "JR" & Signora Belle "Sigga" (Gwin) Warwick had three children: Constance Estella, Robert Lee and Wilbur (Wilbur died at 1 year of age. in Alva, M county, Oklahoma Territory).

My grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick, married my grandfather, William Jacob McGill, in Alva, Oklahoma, in March, 1910. Their two sons were: Gene M. McGill & Robert Lee McGill. My father, Gene M. McGill, married Vada Paris and had four daughters: Connie, Dorthy, Linda & Amber. I am the third daughter of that union. My great grandparents, JR & Sigga Warwick, grandmother Constance Warwick McGill (in the middle, front), my father as a young boy sitting down front next to Sigga Warwick (on right) and my Uncle Bob McGill semi-hidden behind Gene are pictured in photo on the left.

Grandmother Constance is the lady in white and white hat of some sort on the front steps (in middle) of the Mountain Grove, Virginia homestead.
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Once Upon A Warwick

Vol 10, Iss 17 Once upon a time very long ago, William Fechtig Warwick was born 11 August 1822 in Augusta County, Virginia to Robert Craig & Esther (Hull) Warwick. [See WARWICK Genealogy.]

Sometime in William Fechtig Warwick's early thirties, he meet and married a young girl from the Pray (Prey) family, Phoebe Anthea Pray. Phoebe was born 3 May 1833 and died 1 May 1905.

To the union of William F. & Phoebe Anthea Warwick eleven children were born: Amelia E., born 16 July 1853; Paul McNeel, born 1856; John Robert, born 9 April 1857, Frost (Dunmore), Pocahontas County, WV; Charles Fechtig, born 31 August 1865; Amanda Gabrielle "Gabie", born 1871, marr. John Landis; James, Louisa Catherine; Nelson Pray; Peter "Pete" Hull, born 1862, in Virginia; Sallie.

From the third offspring born, John Robert Warwick, begins our journey from the Virginia countryside to Oklahoma Territory. BUT... First, the 25-year-old John Robert from Pocahontas County, WV, meets and marries a 22 year old girl from Vanderpool, VA. Signora Belle "Sigga" Gwin and John Robert Warwick were married 16 January 1882 in Harpers Ferry, WV. [See John R. Warwick's Obit]

Around nine (9) months later in Monterey, Virginia, John and Signora Belle's oldest child, Constance Estella Warwick, came into the world, 20 October 1882. About five years later a second offspring, Robert Lee, made his debute 5 November 1887, in Monterey, VA.

Sometime between the second child (1887) and the third child (1895), in 1893, John & Signora Warwick made their trek westward towards Kansas with a ten (10) year old daughter and a five (5) year old son. They settled around the Coldwater, Kansas area where John Robert Warwick was a teacher for a brief time before they settled permanently in the Cherokee Strip Outlet, known as Oklahoma Territory.

Eight years after their second child, a third child (Wilbur "William" Warwick) was born 13 October 1895, in Alva, Oklahoma Territory. John Robert "JR" & Signora "Sigga" Belle's third offspring, Wilbur, died in infancy, 26 May 1896 and is buried in the Alva Cemetery, Block 08-028-08, Woods County, Oklahoma. Wilbur's lonely little grave is located on the South & West side of the cemetery while his parents and siblings are buried on the South & East side of the Alva cemetery.

Of John & Signora's remaining two childern, Constance Estella Warwick, continued the Gwin/Warwick lineage when Constance, age 28, married William Jacob (John) "Bill" McGill, age 30, 23 March 1910, Woods County, Oklahoma.

After four years of marriage, William & Contance's oldest son, Gene M. McGill was born 27 December 1914, Alva, OK. Two years later a second son, Robert Lee McGill, was born 23 August 1916, in Alva, OK.

The marriage of William J. McGill & Constance E. Warwick lasted 30 years when they divorced and went their separate ways in 1940. Constance never remarried, but W. J. "Bill" McGill married his second wife Blanche Rankin Miller in 1945.

Bill McGill died at the age of 79 years, 7 August 1959, Alva, OK. Constance Estella Warwick McGill died 19 August 1968, two months short of her 86 birthday, in Alva, OK.

The youngest son of Bill & Constance McGill, Robert Lee McGill, was married twice, but no offsprings were born of either marriage. After serving in WWII, Robert L. McGill died of lung cancer, 21 February 1954, at the age of 37 years, in Alva, OK, while he was married to his second wife, Dr. Mariam Felicia Monfort (marr. 21 June 1950 'til Bob's death Feb. 21, 1954). Bob and is first wife, Helen Louise Soper (marr. 1 June 1944), were divorced 22 June 1948.

That brings us to the four daughters of Gene M. McGill & Vada Eileen Paris. I was the third daughter of four. My name is Linda Kay McGill Wagner (a.k. a. NW Okie). That is me on the left with Dorthy in the middle and baby Amber on the right.
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Old Opera House Mystery of 1910...

Vol 8, Iss 17 What are the talking about in the coffee shops in northwest Oklahoma and Southern Kansas? It must be the cover story that is making its debute in the May edition of the "Prairie Connection." This Harper, Kansas history newspaper hit the newstands this weekend. Do you have your copy yet?

The cover story this month is the 1910 murder mystery that occurred at the "Old Opera House" in downtown Alva, Oklahoma, written by this NW Okie, LK McGill Wagner. We began our story by setting the stage for 1910 in northwest Oklahoma. It was 9 November 1910, considerable excitement was buzzing through the government square of this northwest Oklahoma community, in Woods County. There had been a general election held just the day before. This November 9, 1910 was to be known as "A Day of Black Infamy." Sometime between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., November 9, 1910, young Mabel Oakes was found dead in the "old Opera House around 3:30 p.m. by Justice Miller. The local papers jumped on this story to the extent that a changed of venue was granted to the neighboring county of Woodward to the west. The trial lasted from September 5 thru 12, 1911.

Mabel Oakes, was a young country girl (23 years) living at home with her parents, George and Carrie (Howard) Oakes and a younger brother, Clarence (15 years). Through testimony, transcripts we find that Miss Oakes was a large, sturdy, supposedly healthy woman of that time weighing around 160 to 165 pounds. Miss Oakes was also 5-months pregnant at the time of her demise. She wore a tight fitting corset and a scarf wrapped tightly around her tall neck. Miss Oakes explained away the reason for the scarf tightly around the neck as a throat problem.

In 1910, Miss Oakes was known for her fainting spells for which she took prescribed medication of strychnine and morphine tablets. Were these fainting spells the cause of her broken arms, black eyes and bruises about her face. OR... her pregnancy? OR... were the fainting spells brought on by a heart condition or a tight fitting corset used by Miss Oakes to conceal her pregnancy that began in the early Summer of 1910? OR... were Mabel's unfortunate accidents of broken arms, black eyes and bruises the cause of "Black Hand Letter" threats?

Only Mabel Oakes memories of that time will tell us the whole truth. AND... those memories lay underneath the northwest Oklahoma soil, in the Alva Cemetery, in the Oakes family plot.

Meanwhile, catch the "Old Opera House Mystery (Black Hand Letters of Death)" in the May edition of the "Prairie Connection." We would love to hear some feedback concerning our "Old Opera House Mystery" story of the 1910 murder of Mabel Oakes in Alva, Oklahoma. You can contact Linda at paristimes@earthlink.net - mcwagner.lk@gmail.com. We are presently working to put together a timetable of chronological events that happened around that infamous black day in November, 1910. Would you like to hear more about the "Old Opera House Mystery?" Stay Tuned!
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Jacob & Mary (VANCE) WARWICK's Sketches...

Vol 7, Iss 14 Jacob & Mary (Vance) Warwick's framed sketches have found a family home. A lady (Carolyn) in California contacted us this week. Her family is directly related to Jacob & Mary... 4th great-grandparents through Rachael Primrose WARWICK (daughter of Jacob & Mary).

Linda went back through her WARWICK's and find that Jacob & Mary Vance WARWICK were her 5th-Great Uncle & Aunt through Jacob's brother John (Linda's 5th great-grandfather). From there on down to Linda McGill Wagner it reads as such...

  • John Warwick - m. Mary POWELL (5th-Great-Grandparents)
  • William Warwick - m. Nancy Agnes CRAIG (4th-Great-Grandparents)
  • Robert Craig Warwick - m. Esther/Hester HULL (3rd-Great-Grandparents)
  • William Fechtig Warwick - m. Phoebe Anthea PRAY/PREY (2nd-Great-Grandparents)
  • John Robert Warwick - m. Signora Belle GUINN (Great-Grandparents)
  • Constance Warwick - m. Wm J. MCGILL (Grandparents)
  • Gene McGill - m. Vada PARIS (parents)
  • Gene & Vada's Daughters (Connie, Dorthy, Linda, Amber) - 1st cousin 6x removed from Rachel Primrose Warwick
  • Gene & Vada's Grandchildren
  • Gene & Vada's Great-Grandchildren
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Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Church, School & Professional

Vol 14, Iss 39 Pendleton Cty, WV - This week we continue with chapter XVI, A History of Pendleton County, West Virginia, by Oren Frederick Morton, as we learn about the Church, School and Professional history of the early colonial Virginia and how it was not a land of religious freedom. We find that the "Church of England" was supported by the taxation of all the people. As to other sects their houses of worship were limited in number, and those had to be licensed and registered. Their preachers had to take various oaths and could not celebrate marriages. The clergyman of the established church attended mainly to cultivate his glebe, or parsonage farm. Sometimes he was coarse and rough, intemperate, profligate, and a gambler. The eighteenth century was one of religious lethargy, characterized by drunkenness, profanity and a general coarseness of speech and conduct.

While this was still true of the east part of Virginia at the time the settlement of Pendleton began, the established church never gained a real foothold west of the Blue Ridge mountains.

The Scotch-Irish settlers of the western section were solidly Presbyterian, and were assured by Governor Gooch that they would not be molested in their religious preference.

The German settlers adhered mainly to the Lutheran and German Reformed churches, and were treated with a similar tolerance.

The new counties west of the mountains had their vestries and church wardens, the same as other counties and through this mechanism the church exercised certain functions in civil government. But west of the mountains the vestrymen were not Episcopalian, because there were scarcely an people of that belief to be found. Good true men believed the highest interests of the state required the support of the church by the state and compulsory attendance on public worship. But as the period of the Revolution approached, the opinion grew strong that the long continued experiment of trying to make people religious by statue law had proved an utter failure. Virginia adopted on the 16th December 1785, the following declaration:

"Whereas, Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burtherns (archaic form of burdens), or by civil incapacitations tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion: No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, nor enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief."

It was not until 1785, that religion was free in Virginia. Pendleton being made a county almost precisely two years later, never had a vestry or any church wardens.

The Scotch-Irish were presbyterian. This class of settlers were particularly strong on the South Branch. But being restless and venturesome, many of them passed onto newer locations, and thus caused a relative decline in their number. The oldest of their churches was that of Upper Tract. There was with little doubt an organization prior to 1797 had no definite knowledge of it. In 1797, Isaac Westfall deeded one acre to the joint use of the Lutherans and Presbyterians where there as already a newly built church. It stood on the east side of the river. A little prior to 1860 the congregation built for its exclusive use a new church in Upper Tract village. About 1880 a church was built at Franklin, and a third one near Ruddle.

The large German element was chiefly of the Lutheran and German Reformed churches. The latter faith gradually disappeared by merging with the former. The earliest organization of which there was known is that of the Propst church, two miles above Brandywine. It was founded in 1769, and was the earliest church in the county of which there is any record. The Lutheran faith had maintained a strong foothold wherever the German element was strongest and most tenacious in holding to ancient customs. Therefore, we find the Lutheran churches chiefly in the upper parts of the South Fork and South Branch valleys. In the North Fork valley, partly owing to the division of sentiment during the civil war, it had proved less tenacious, and one of its churches was burned. The best known of its ministers was the Reverend George Schumucker, who came in 1841 and preached for forty years. His territory was forty-five miles long, reaching into Hardy and Highland. many of his congregations grew very large, but the civil war almost paralyzed his work. His marriage fee was one dollar if the couple came to him, two dollars if he went to them. It was taken sometimes in maple sugar, grain and "snits."

At a wedding in the Smoke Hole he lost his way and arrived after the supper had been eaten. The discouraged groom had concluded to call the wedding off, but was led to reconsider. People came to him for temporal as well as spiritual advice. He sometimes united the children and even the grandchildren of the earlier weddings. The United Brethren, Church of the Brethren, and Menonite sects were all of German origin, and their adherents were very largely of the German element, though not to the same degree as in the case of the Lutherans.

The first Methodist society in America was organized at Frederik, Maryland, in 1763, but during the Revolutionary days the Methodist preachers, generally English born, were under suspicion as to their loyalty. The church had but a slight foothold on American soil until 1788. After that time its success became very phenomenal. Its earnestness and its itinerant system were admirably adapted to the newer parts of the country, and west of the Blue Ridge area where its gains were particularly large. That Methodism was so strong in Pendleton and came as a matter of course. The First Methodist sermon in this county was said to have been the one preached by the Reverend Ferdinand Lair on the farm of L. C. Davis near Brandywine. He spoke in the open air, resting his bible on the limb of a sycamore. The spot was about a mile from Brandywine and on the right of the road leading to Oak Flat. One of the unhappy results of the dispute over slavery was the rending of the Methodist as well as other Protestant churches. The Baltimore conference, of whose territory Pendleton was a part, remained united until 1866. Since that year there had been represented within the county both the great divisions of the parent church; the Methodist Episcopal and the Methodist Episcopal South.

At an early day there were adherents of the Baptist faith in Pendleton, and in 1795 was found mention of the Reverend George Guthrie, a Baptist preacher in the south of the county. This church, very strong throughout the United States, and no organization here.

The Disciples Church, originated in West Virginia and became a strong and aggressive denomination, having two societies. A few adherents of the Latter Day Saints had showed their own earnestness by building a chapel on Smith Creek.

The absence of the Catholic Church, strong in America, was significant of the absence of the foreign immigration of the last sixty years before 1910 or 1912 when this this book was published. There were fifteen church buildings in Pendleton county in 1860. Of these four were Lutheran, four were Methodist, two were United Brethren and one was Presbyterian. The other four were Union churches. The seating capacity of the fifteen was 1450 and the average value was $540.

For thirty years after the settlement of Pendleton county,there is no positive knowledge of any schools within the county. It was doubtful if there was anywhere a building used specially as a schoolhouse, though it was far less probable that there was an entire neglect of school training. Teaching in those days was considered a private not a public matter, and to a large extent it was an adjunct to the ministerial office. Among the german settlers the ministerial head of the Propst church gave instruction through the medium of the German tongue. The only education was doubtless by private tutoring or by such heads of families as were competent to teach the rudiments to their own children, as we find among the German speaking and English speaking settlers of that day.

In those days and for years afterward the amount of illiteracy was very great. The women were more illiterate than the men. Some of the more prominent settlers could sign their names only by means of a mark. Often times both husband and wife had to make use of this expedient in signing a deed or a marriage bond. Sometimes an initial letter was used instead of the simple cross.

Francis Evick used an "E," or "F. E." Sebastian Hoover used a "B" as an initial for "Bastian," or "Boston." Positive illiteracy was probably least rare among the Germans. Usually the German settler signed his name in German script, but once in awhile he used a mark in signing a paper written in English.

Even with a general ability to read and write, there was very little to read, and the high postage and infrequent mails were not favorable to correspondence. Books were very few, and these few were mostly of a religious nature. No newspapers were published nearer than the seacoast cities, and before the Revolution it was no doubt almost a curiosity to see a copy in these Pendleton valleys.

In 1796 the nearest college was Washington, just established at Lexington. As for reading and instruction in the German tongue, the nearest press was the one set up at New Market by Ambrose Henkle, in 1806, and the first school of high grade was the New Market School, founded in 1823.

The first schoolhouse in Pendleton stood on the farm of Robert Davis. It was in existence shortly after the close of the Revolutionary fighting in 1781. A second schoolhouse on the same farm was nearly rotted down in 1845. In 1791 there was a schoolhouse on the farm of Andrew Johnson on the east side of North Fork. The oldest one in Franklin district stood near the home of George W. Harper above Cave postoffice. The second oldest in the same district stood northwest of the home of Henry Simmons. The first teacher of whom there was any recollection was a forger, who had been sold as a convict to Frederick Keister (which is an ancestor married into the DYER and HOHL/HULL side of this NW Okie's ancestry), and taught in the first schoolhouse on the Davis farm, and John Davis and Zebulon Dyer were among his pupils.

The school at the period was purely a matter of neighborhood enterprise. The state or the county had nothing to do with it. Instruction was limited to reading, writing, and arithmetic. The rule of three -- simple proportion -- came before fractions, and it was thought a great accomplishment to master it. Grammar, geography, and history were let very much alone If the pupil came to know something of these topics, it was through his own efforts after leaving school.

It was the state constitution of 1776 that was "silent as a clam" on the subject of popular education. There was no official recognition of education until 1810. A law of 1820 created a "Literary Fund," made up of public moneys. Each county was to have a collection agent to serve without salary, and each county or city was entitled to a board of five to fifteen commissioners, one of whom was to be a bonded treasurer. This board wa to determine how many indigent children it would educate, and what it would pay for this purpose. Each member could select his own indigents, but had to gain the assent of parent or guardian. This secured, the pupil had to attend, or the parent could be charged the tuition for absent days. Books and other necessaries were furnished but only the three R's were taught. Under this law Thomas Jones was director of the Literary Fund for Pendleton and treasurer of the school committee.

By the law of 1845, a petition of a third of the voters empowered the county court to submit the question of a system of public schools, a two thirds vote being necessary to put it in force. Schools under this law were maintained by a uniform rate of increased taxation. Of the three trustees in each district, two were elected by the voters and one by the board. The trustees were to build the schoolhouse, employ or discharge the teacher, visit the school at least once a month, examine the pupils, and address them if they chose, "exhorting them to prosecute their studies diligently, and to conduct themselves virtuously and properly." A weak feature of this law consisted in leaving such school establishment to the option of the several counties.

Under this new law General James Boggs was county superintendent, and continued in office until his death in 1862, when he was succeeded by David C. Anderson. In 1856 General Boggs made the following report: "The commissioners have established schools in various parts of the county with the aid of the primary school fund, where they could not have been established without it. The school funds are insufficient to educate all the poor of the county, even if competent teachers could be obtained." The report was signed also by William McCoy, Jacob F. Johnson, Benjamin Hiner, Andrew W. Dyer, J. Trumbo, James B. Kee, Cyrus Hopkins, and J. Cowger. (HINER and DYER being other surnames found in NW Okie's paternal ancestral lineage.)

It was in 1865 when Pendleton became a part of West Virginia, and when it had adopted a stronger public school law. Its system of sub-trustees came in the following year (1866). At that time five grades of certificates were recognized. The applicant being able to secure one if he could write and had knowledge of his birthdate.

In 1873 came the district board of education, and a year later (1874) the county board of three examiners. Subsequent changes had been made in the direction of greater efficiency in superintendence and in teaching, and in the length of term.

The history of fraternities in Pendleton may only be briefly given. The social life of the county had remained simple, because of the dual nature of the county and the absence from large industrial centers. The Masonic order had a lodge at Franklin before 1840, and after a long slumber it was revived, but was no longer in existence. The Highland Division of the Sons of Temperance was granted the use of the courthouse in 1848, but went down before the war. After that event there was for about two years a lodge of the Friends of Temperance. The "Know-Nothings," a once famous political society known as the American Party, had a foothold in the county during the late 1840's and early 1850's, and in much more recent years the "Farmers' Alliance" was a local power. Beginning with about 1855 a literary society called the "Pioneers" held weekly meetings at the courthouse until about 1867. It owned a library of about 250 volumes, which have since been scattered.

The political history of Pendleton is neither a complex episode. During the administration of Washington the people of America gathered into two opposing schools of political thought. The teachings of Jefferson were taken up with enthusiasm by the people of what were then the backwoods. His creed was more acceptable to them than the tenets of the Federalists. Agricultural communities, especially those least in touch with economic movements, were slow to yield convictions deliberately formed. It was therefore a quite natural result that the supremacy of the Democratic party in Pendleton had very little interruption. The Whig party had quite a following in its day, and once in awhile elected its nominee, especially in the landslide year of 1840.

It was the close of the war between the states that found the upholders of the Confederate cause massed in a single party, regardless of former differences, while another party, the exponent of the nationalist idea, was in power in the NOrth, and to a certain extent, also, in the Unionist sections of the former slave states. In general these distinctions were obtained in this county.

Thus in the main, the line of cleavage between the Democratic and the Republican parties coincided with the divisions of sympathy during the years of war. But, as in other counties of the state, the present industrial epoch had shown a tendency to gain on the part of the Republican organization. After the war and until the adoption of the Flick amendment, the Republican party was in control. Since then the Democratic party had been uniformly successful in county elections, and no general primary was held by its opponent. It had local control in all the districts except Union and Mill Run. Although its majority in Sugar Grove was small.

Previous to 1860 the bar of the county was represented almost wholly by attorneys who were not Pendletonians by birth or training. Among them were Samuel Reed in 1788, Thomas Griggs in 1802, William Naylor in 1803, Samuel Harper in 1805, Robert Gray in 1812 (another ancestral surname in NW Okie's paternal lineage where GRAYs married into the MCGILLs), George Mays in 1813, Joseph Brown in 1814, and James C. Gamble in 1816. Some of these were doubtless lawyers residing in other so counties. Robert Gray was prosecuting attorney in 1817, Nathaniel Pendleton in 1822, and I. S. Pennybacker in 1831. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Pendleton Under Rockingham

Vol 14, Iss 32 Pendleton Cty, VA - This week as we continue our journey of Pendleton county, (West) Virginia, as written by Oren Frederick Morton around 1912, we learn that Augusta county has been a mother of counties in Virginia. It was the spread of the population and the increasing inconvenience of attending court that caused one county after another to be lopped off.

In 1777 Rockingham was created with its first court meeting 17 April 1778 at the house of Daniel Smith, which was two miles north from where Harrisonburg stands. But the town of Harrisonburg did not begin its existence until two years later. Harrisonburg was named after the a prominent family of the early days.

John Smith, father of Daniel, came from England as an officer in the French and Indian war. John Smith was compelled to surrender a fort at Pattonsburg in Botetourt county. His French and Indian captors being angered that he had held them off with a very weak force, they took him to Point Pleasant, treated him with harshness and made him run the gauntlet. He was passed on to New Orleans and taken to Paris. This is where he showed a copy of the terms of surrender. John Smith was released, treated with respect, and at London was given quite an ovation. John Smith married a lady of Holland, returning to America and settling in Rockingham county, Virginia. He wished to serve in the American army and was indignant when he was adjudged too old. But he had eight sons in the service of his adopted country. Abraham being another of these. Daniel Smith, a son of Daniel, became an eminent jurist.

The new county was defined as being all of Augusta east of a line. To begin at the South Mountain, and running by Benjamin Yardley's plantation so as to strike the North River below James Bird's house; then up the said river to the mouth of Naked Creek, leaving the river a direct course so as to cross the said river at the mouth of Cunningham's Branch in the upper end of Silas W.'s land to the foot of the North Mountain; then 55 degrees west to the Alleghany Mountain and with the same to the line of Hampshire.

The Fairfax line, passing near Petersburg and Moorefield, was at first the country between Frederick and Augusta. In 1753 the western part of Frederick became the county of Hampshire. When Rockingham was created, the country line between Hampshire and the new county was moved southward nearly to the position of the north line of Pendleton.

Its definition in the legislative act read as follows: "Beginning at the north side of the North Mountain, opposite to the upper end of Sweedland Hill and running a direct course so as to strike the mouth of Seneca Creek, and the same course to be continued to the Alleghany Mountain; thence along the said mountain to the line of Hampshire."

But it was not quite all of Pendleton that formed a part of Rockingham. A strip along the southern border was still a part of Augusta, and a fringe on the opposite side was a part of Hampshire.

The men designated to comprise the first court of Rockingham, at least four were Pendletonians: John Skidmore, Robert Davis, James Dyer (NW Okie's 5th great grand uncle) and Isaac Hinkle. Skidmore and Davis were not present, being with the the army. Thomas Lewis, previously surveyor of Augusta, became the first surveyor of Rockingham. The population appeared to have been rather less than 5000, about a fourth being in the Pendleton section. There was neither a tavern o=nor a wagon in the new county. The act creating Rockingham provided that its voters should elect 1 May 1778, twelve able and discreet persons to form a vestry.

By this time America was in the midst of the Revolution and the infant county had to deal with the grave problems interwoven with the questions of enlistment and finance.

It was in October, 1778, that some counties had not raised the quota of soldiers required by an act of the preceding year. The state now called for 2216 men for the Continental service. Each soldier was to have a bounty of $300 if enlisting for eighteen months, and $400 if enlisting for three years. He was also to receive clothing and a Continental land bounty. In May of 1779, 10 battalions of 500 men each were ordered, a bounty of $50 being offered. Two of these battalions were for service on the frontier. In October of 1780, the quota for Rockingham was 49 men out of a levy of 3000. The same Act of Assembly offered a bounty of $8000 for an enlistment of three years, and $12,000 for an enlistment of drink the continuance of the war. The man serving to the close was to have his choice of these two additional rewards. It was May, 1781, a bounty of $10,000 was promised, to be paid when the soldier was sworn in.

Six months afterwards the army of Cornwallis was added to the 1000 prisoners the state was feeding at Winchester, and the long war was practically at an end. It had never been popular wight he English people, and even before the surrender at Yorktown, William Pitt, spoke in the British Parliament, pronouncing the struggle the most accursed, wicked, barbarous, cruel, unnatural, unjust and diabolical of wars.

In 1781 the poll tax was $40, and in 1781 a man taking his dinner at an ordinary could be charged the stunning price of $30, when he had eaten nothing more luxurious than corn pone, bacon, potatoes, and sauerkraut, washed down with a cup of herb tea and smug of cider.

A month after the surrender of Cornwallis, the legislature ordered paper money to be turned into the treasury by the first of October of the following year. "Worthless as a Continental Bill" became a byword for many years.

The county was hard put to raise enough revenue for the public needs. In 1779 something had to be done for the families of indigent soldiers. In 1781 and 1782 the sheriff was ordered to collect a tax of one shilling on every glass window. A tax of two percent in specie was levied on all property. It was permitted to make payment in tobacco, hemp, bacon, four or deerskin.

As to the royalism in the Pendleton section of Rockingham, the recorded information gives only a partial glimpse, and for the rest of the story we have to depend on the recollections that have come down to us through the space of a hundred and thirty years. The trouble was evidently most acute in the later years of the war. The American cause was then hanging in the balance, taxation, as we have seen was very high, and very hard to meet, and the depreciated paper currency was causing great hardship. The disaffection in Pendleton took the form of an armed resistance that fell within the verge of domestic war. There were petty raids by the tories, but there would seem to have been little bloodshed. The only loss of life that we locate was the killing of Sebastian Hoover by a settler from Brushy Fork. The Virginia law of 1781 declared the man civilly dead who opposed by force the statute calling out the men to the public defense. The disaffected person might be exiled, and if he returned he could be executed without benefit of clergy. Free male inhabitants had to swear allegiance to the state through commissioners appointed by the county court.

In Hampshire was John Claypole, a Scotchman, who had a band of 60 to 70 men. They resisted the payment of taxes, and at their meetings they drank toasts to the health of the king and damnation to Congress. General Daniel Morgan, the hero of the Cowpens, was sent against them in the summer of 1781, and smothered the insurrection in a few days. The tories were pardoned. Claypole appealing for clemency and pleading ignorance of the real situation. There was no fighting, although one tory was accidentally shot.

Claypole had followers on the South Fork in Pendleton. One of these at Fort Seybert, who claimed his oath of allegiance was not binding, was taken to Patton's still-tub. He was doused three times in it before his German obstinacy was sufficiently soaked out to permit him to hurrah for Washington. This style of baptism does not seem to have been administered by Morgan's men, who scarcely came this far up the river. It was perhaps at the same time that a party of tories, pursued through Sweedland valley, were noticed to throw the corn pone out of their haversacks, so as to make better time with their feet.

The other center of disturbance was in the south and southwest of the county, where its memory lingers in the name of Tory Camp Run, Randolph county. Here Uriah Grady headed a band of tory refugees. The leader in this quarter was one William Ward. There were two men of this name, an older and a younger, the latter being perhaps no more than a boy at the time of the Revolution. The elder William Ward was a South Carolinian and is first mentioned in 1753. In 1763 he was a road surveyor, and in 1774 he was a soldier in the Dunmore war. In 1765 he was under sheriff of Augusta. In 1781 he was living on the Blackthorn. For tumult and sedition words he was bound over by the court of Rockingham in the sum of 1000 pounds, Andrew Erwin being his surety. The next year (1780) he was delivered up by Erwin and Ralph Loftus, another surety, was given a jury trial, fined 100 pounds, and given twenty-four hours in jail. The records at Staunton say that he was found guilty of treason in Augusta and sent to the capital for trial. Erwin was himself indicted for propagating some news tending to raise tumult and sedition in the state. John Davis, apparently a resident of the North Fork, was adjudged guilty of treason by the Rockingham court and sent up to the General Court. His bondsmen were Seraiah Stratton, William Gragg, and James Roger. In 1779 Henry Peninger was indicted for speaking disrespectful and disgraceful words of the Congress and words leading to the depreciation of the continental currency. A true bill was returned against him. His bond was fixed at 5000 pounds, and those of his sureties, Sebastian Hoover and Henry Stone, were each of half that amount. Peninger informed on one Gerard, but he himself did not appear for trial.

One Hull (possibly a distant ancestor of NW Okie) was a lieutenant of Ward's, and Robert Davis seems to have been particularly obnoxious to the tories. Visits with hostile intent were sometimes made to his vicinity, but an Eckard woman from Brushy Fork usually gave the settlement a forewarning. On one occasion, believing Davis home on furlough, the band came down to seize him, and in their disappointed vexation Hull called Mrs. Davis a damned liar. Her son John, a boy of about fourteen years, took aim at Hull, unobserved by the latter, but the mother interfered to prevent a tragedy and a burned home. The factional strife was ended by a conference between Davis and Ward held near the site of the schoolhouse. The principals were unarmed, but a neighbor of Davis posted himself near to guard against treachery.

The capture of Cornwallis in the fall of 1781 made it highly advisable for the Tories to accept the situation. It would seem that the episode was passed over lightly. At all events we find the former Tories remaining on the ground, acting as good citizens, and holding positions of trust.

In 1782 a list of claims from the furnishing of military supplies came before the Rockingham court for settlement. The claims were very numerous, though of small individual value. Many of them were from Pendleton. For registering these claims Henry Erwin was allowed 100 pounds, a good salary for that day.

In 1781 took place what seems the last Indian raid into this county. A party of redskins, led by Tim Dahmer, a white renegade, came by the Seneca trail to the house of William Gragg, who lived on the highland a mile east of Onego. Dahmer had lived with the Graggs, and held a grudge against a daughter of the family. Gragg was away from the house getting a supply of firewood, and seeing Indians at the house he kept out of danger. His mother, a feeble old lady, and with whom Dahmer had been on good terms, was taken out into the yard in her chair. The wife was also unharmed, but the daughter was scalped and the house set on fire, after which the renegade and his helpers made a prudent retreat. The girl was taken up the river, probably to the house of Philip Harper, but died of her injuries.

There was now a long period of domestic peace, broken only by the incident of the "Whiskey Insurrection of 1794." At least one company of Pendleton militia under Captain James Patterson formed a part of the army of Governor Henry Lee that marched to the Redstone district of Pennsylvania, the scene of trouble. At a Pendleton court martial sitting the same year, it was ordered that the names of the officers and privates who marched from this county to Redstone be recorded. The list does not seem to be in existence. A fine of $36 was imposed upon each of the 11 men who avoided going. In one instance the fine was remitted.

In 1782 there were three militia districts. Robert Davis commanded the company on the South Fork. Garvin Hamilton, the company on the South Branch, and Andrew Johnson was captain of the North Fork company. John Skidmore was recommended as major the same year the county was organized, but he was not commissioned. Other militia officers of the period were the following: Captains, Roger Dyer and Michael Cowger; Lieutenants, Frederick Keister and John Morral; ensigns, John Skidmore, James Skidmore, and Jacob Hevener.

Among the civil officers we find Isaac Hinkle, a deputy sheriff in 1780, and Robert Davis, commissioned sheriff, October 30, 1786. As constable we find James Davis, George Kile, George Mallow, Jacob Eberman, Samuel Skidmore and Lewis Waggoner. Thirty road overseers were appointed in 1778. Of those serving in Pendleton during the ten year period (1778-88) we have the names of George Mallow, Jacob Eberman, Samuel Skidmore, Lewis Waggoner, and James Davis. In 1779 Joseph Skidmore had charge of the roads of the middle valley to the line of Hampshire. The next year George Kile had the territory from the Coplinger ford to the Hampshire line, and George cop linger had the roads from the same ford to the Augusta line. In 1786, Pendleton, as the portion of Rockingham west of North Mountain, was made the fourth overseer of the poor district, and Robert Davis was appointed to superintend the election of the necessary official. This brings us to the establishment of Pendleton county. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Agnes Nancy Craighead (1740_1790)

Vol 13, Iss 21 Waxhaw, South Carolina - Nancy Craighead, born 17 March 1740 in Octarora Pennsylvania and died 9 November 1790, with a memorial in the Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina. Nancy Craighead married her first husband, Rev. William Richardson (1729-1771), in 1759. Nancy Craighead married in 1772 to George Dunlap (1736-1796), shortly after Nancy was acquitted in the "Witchcraft trial" for the death of her first husband. The Witchcraft trill was an old Scottish Clans custom to determine the guilt or innocence of a person on trial.

George Dunlap and Agnes Nancy Craighead were married shortly after her acquittal, in 1772, Waxhaws, St. Marks Parish, Craven County, South Carolina. Agnes Nancy Craighead's virtues were numerous. Nancy was a nurse in the Revolutionary War. By reading the Women of the Revolution, Vol 2, pp. 154 and 155, you can get another view of Nancy's presence of mind during that time. While on a visit in 1781 to her sister Rachel, wife of Dr. Caldwell of Guilford, a band of armed Tories surrounded the Caldwell house in an attempt to capture Dr. Caldwell, an ardent patriot, and deliver him to the British. As they were about to leave with their captive, Nancy came from another room, stepped up behind her brother-in-law, leaned over his shoulder and whispered to him, as if intending the question for his ear only, asking him if it were not time for Gillespie and his men to be there. A soldier standing near heard the words, and demanded what she meant. Nancy replied she was merely speaking with her brother. The Tories knew well the patriotic ruthlessness of Jock Gillespie and his band. In a moment all was confusion, the whole raiding party were panic stricken at the prospect of facing Jock Gillespie and they fled.

George DUNLAP and Agnes Nancy CRAIGHEAD's children were: Agnes DUNLAP, born 26 Nov 1779, Waxhaws, St. Marks Parish, Craven County, South Carolina; d. 25 Jan 1846, Lancaster District, South Carolina; Dr. David DUNLAP, b. Abt. 1781; died Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Jane DUNLAP, born ca. 1783, married Edward CRAWFORD, ca. 1803; George Bryant DUNLAP II, born 4 March 1783 and died July 1859, Anson County, North Carolina; Rachel DUNLAP, born ca. 1785.

Nancy's other virtues were being considered a lively, high-spirited Virginia-born women and "A lady of great beauty, talent and to have possessed much of her father's spirit."

The Witchcraft Trial of Agnes Nancy Craighead

The Death of Rev. William Richardson occurred on the evening of 20 July 1771. William Boyd rode up from Rocky Creek, on the other side of the Catawba to solicit the guidance of Reverend Richardson. At the same time the minister's wife (Nancy Craighead), arrived at the house. Nancy was coming back home from a quilting party. Nancy showed Mr. Boyd to her husband's study where Dr. Richardson was found in what seemed like an attitude of prayer, but he was dead with a bridle twisted about his throat.

After a feverish consultation, the Waxhaw Church trustees announced that the minister had died during his devotions, but said nothing of the bridle. Everyone attended the funeral and Agnes Nancy Craighead Richardson ordered the finest tombstone that was to be seen in the Waxhaws for many years. The coat of arms of her husband's family was on it, with a bust in low relief and seventeen lines of carving to recount his virtues. The widow of Richardson, Nancy Craighead, celebrated the arrival of her deceased husband's monument from Charlestown by marrying George Dunlap (a member of a large, wealthy local family whose sires had done almost as much as the Hutchinson sisters to populate the Waxhaws). The news about the bridle leaked and the swift consolation that Agnes Nancy Craighead found in the arms of George Dunlap gave to conjecture and rumors. The trustees (two of them DUNLAPs) insisted that their deletion of the story of the tragedy was designed to shield the good name of the church from the stain of suicide.

There were those of the congregation that were too ready to believe ill of Nancy. Rumors of whispered sentiment were passed along that other hands than Rev. Richardson had twisted the fatal bridle about his neck. Rumors multiplied. Passions mounted with a year passing the internment of Richardson. The citizens of the Waxhaws met at the church to determine according to the ancient wisdom of the Scottish clans the innocence or guilt of Elizabeth Jackson's friend, Agnes Nancy Craighead. The grave was opened; the coffin was exhumed; and the skeleton of the late William Richardson of Glasgow was bared to view. Nancy Craighead's brother-in-law, Archibald Davie, who lived off of the late Reverend Richardson, seized Nancy's fingers and thrust them cruelly against the skull of the deceased. Nancy to sob hysterically. Nancy raised her hand triumphantly to show there was no blood. According to old Scottish clan customs, if the finger bled she had murdered her husband. Nancy touched but the finger did not bleed. This was the "Witchcraft Trial" that Agnes Nancy Craighead was acquitted in Waxhaw, South Carolina.

Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church 1755-1976

Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church has the distinction of being the oldest church in Mecklenburg County being established in 1755. The first settled minister of Sugar Creek and Rocky River was Rev. Alexander Craighead, who came permanently to North Carolina in 1758 and lived there until his death in 1766. The Indian War of 1755 had driven Rev. Craighead from Virginia to North Carolina. He periodically preached in various Presbyterian churches for a period of three years. Before going to Virginia Rev. Craighead had been suspended from the Donegal Presbytery in Pennsylvania for "Revivalism" and intruding into affairs of other Presbyteries.

Although they lived within the orbit of Sugar Creek's influence, the Andrew Jacksons did not attend the Sugar Creek Church, but drove some twelve miles southwest to Waxhaw Church to worship with Elizabeth Jackson's relations. The congregation of Waxhaw Church had been on the point of discouragement in its quest for a preacher when there descended from the Cherokee country over the mountains a slender, quite-spoken young man on horseback, distressed by his failure to win the Indians from the creed of their fathers. That man was Rev. William Richardson.

In 1771, Nancy Craighead's husband had made a name for himself as he organized the "Academy" at Waxhaw Church and imparted instructions in Greek and Latin. He went on long wilderness journeys, building churches and rejuvenating congregations. These enterprises were profitable to Doctor William Richardson. The clergyman acquired a plantation that prospered under the toil of ten slaves. His two-story "manse" was one of the sights of the Waxhaws, his library was his pride. Rev. Richardson held "literary evenings" that were mentioned with awe on the frontier where the social tone was otherwise fixed by cock-fights, log-rolling and funerals. No children blessed his union with Agnes Nancy Craighead, but Dr. Richardson brought from England a nephew, William Richardson Davie, whom he reared as his son and sent to college at Princeton, New Jersey.

William Richardson was an English-born patrician and a Master of Arts of the University of Glasgow. The missionary accepted the pulpit, and by virtue of his ecclesiastical standing, Waxhaw Church became the only pastorate in the Back-Country enjoying full Gospel ordinances. If anything more were needed to complete the recurrence of Waxhaw Church, it was supplied when Doctor Richardson rode to Sugar Creek with his wife, Agnes Nancy Craighead, from the household of the celebrated Reverend Alexander Craighead. This was viewed in different lights as it smacked a trifle too much of the liberal ways of the Low-Country aristocracy. Although the new minister continued to be perfection, a sentiment developed that some of Mrs. Richardson's fine qualities were unsuited to her husband's station. Elizabeth Jackson, Andrew Jackson Jr.'s mother, liked the high-spirited Nancy and they became friends.

Nancy was a lot like her father, Rev. Alexander Craighead. There is no more controversial figure in the annals of Presbyterianism than the Rev. Alexander Craighead. Even though he died before Mecklenburg declared her independence of Great Britain, he is known as the "Father of Independence in Mecklenburg County." From Sugar Creek church rode two elders, Abraham and Hezekiah Alexander, to sign the Mecklenburg Declaration on May 20, 1775. That Rev. Alexander Craighead and Sugar Creek Presbytarian Church were important figures in Mecklenburg history was widely known. Alexander Craighead lies buried in the first Sugar Creek cemetery. His is the oldest marked grave. The fact that Sugar Creek had loved Craighead was evident.

Sources for the above are: Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church from brochures printed by them. Information on the Jackson's (Elizabeth, mother of Andrew Jackson) and Nancy Craighead are from THE LIFE OF ANDREW JACKSON, written by Marquis James. View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1949 Alva High Graduates & MORE

Vol 13, Iss 10 Alva, Oklahoma - [The photo on the left is an old 1949 news clipping of a couple of Alva High senior graduates: Lee Denner and EJ Paris.]

Feature #348 -- Francis Melkus gives us these Alva, Oklahoma memories, "The B & B Cafe was owned by Loraine Wright And Ruth Turner, sisters. Loraine was the head cook and Ruth was the Head waiter, she also was very Red-headed. Frankie Harth was also a waiter. My grandmother was a dishwasher there at one time. I worked next door at Blakemore's a grocery store from September 1954 until April of 1957. I then went to work at Safeway on the North side of the square. SAFEWAY was bought by Homeland. I was an assistant manager for Safeway for 9 years. I worked in Alva, Cherokee, Lubbock, Texas and in 5 locations in Amarillo, Texas. My career lasted for 46 years. I retired in June of 1999. What a ride. Thanks for letting me tell a short part of my life. - Francis R, Melkus a former OKIE"

MORE OkieLegacy Comments:

Frank Schmitt & DeGeer's Land -- Alva, OK - Grandpa R. I. DeGeer... Feature #1924 Margaret says, "My name is Margaret Schmitt Snow, my dad Frank Schmitt farmed Roy DeGeer's land when I was a little. girl."

Farry, OK & James Family Inquiry -- Feature #801 -- I am Nancy (James) Harger and I live in Freedm, Oklahoma. I am the daughter of Edwin and Joan James and my brother Gene lives in Perry. I would like all the imformation I could get on the Farry place and do have a lot from dad. I would love to get to know more of the family. My address is Nancy Harger po box 97, Freedom, OK 73842."

Another 1864 Home Comfort Stove FOR SALE - Feature #980 -- Dalton Morgan comments, "I have the same stove and it is a 1864 model. I was wanting to know what kind of price you had on yours. I need to know something so I can sell mine. Mine is in great shape to." View/Write Comments (count 4)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Remembering September 1943

Vol 11, Iss 38 What were you/your ancestors doing around the 12th of September 1943? NW Okie was not born yet. Not even a twinkle in my parents eye, but my older sister Dorthy was 12 days old!

WWII had been unraveling for a few years and my Uncle Bob McGill was off being trained at Kentucky University and other military camps across the USA before he was finally shipped out, November or December, 1944 -- Bob's Timeline of WWII .

Here are some 1943 history tidbits from the September 1943 edition of our local Northwest Oklahoma newspaper, The Alva Review Courier. It was found amongst my grandmother's stored treasures and memories of yesteryear.

If someone out there reading this has any other memories or treasures to interject here, please send them along for us using the "HELP! NW Okie" email link in this newsletter below. It doesn't have to be about Oklahoma! Thanks!

I'm going to jump through some of the pages and start with pg. 1, section C, Vol. XLIV, "1943 Alva Review-Courier". There was a short paragraph concerning the first school taught in the Cherokee Strip and it reads as follows, "J. W. Buckles, a young man from Harper, Kans., began a subscription school October 6, 1903, in a little building on a residential corner in Alva. This was believed to be the first school taught in the Cherokee Strip."

Does anyone out there know where this building in the residential corner of Alva stood?

Going to section B, front page, of that same newspaper, as you scroll down the page you run across an article about the first election of 1894, "The first election to vote bonds for waterworks in Alva was called June 14, 1894, was held on July 6, and for the sum of $13,000. However, the bonds were cancelled before any work was done."

On that same page, at the lower righthand corner, the small headlines reads, "Hollywood's Best Brought to Alva By Three Theaters." Homer Jones was the manager of the Jones Amusement company and a native of Texas. He entered the show business at Atoka, Okla., in 1919. In 1923 he sold his interests at Atoka and entered the theater field at Kingfisher, coming to Alva in 1929. After a short time Mr. Jones bought the interest of the Momand Enterprises, co-owners of the theater businesses here at that time.

"In July, 1923, Mr Jones built and constructed the Ritz theater which opened November 19, 1933. In the spring of 1936 he built and constructed the Ranger theater which opened December 6, 1936. The Ranger was named after the football and basketball teams at Northwestern State College."

Today Homer's son, Johnny Jones, still operates the Rialto Theater on the north side of the square. The Ritz and the Ranger Theater no longer exist as theaters, but the buildings remain. They have seen many changes since they closed their doors. Alva is down to one theater with multiple screens today.

Essie, Grace & ConnieContinuing on in the 1943 newspaper and on the same section is an article about Essie (McKitrick) Nall that my grandmother (Constance Warwick McGill) went to Northwestern Normal School with and continued their friendship as long as they lived.

The article headlines read, "Mrs. Nall long active in NW Alumni Group."

It goes on to say, "A long-time member of the Northwestern Alumni association and one of its most enthusiastic workers is Mrs. Essie (McKitrick) Nall. Mrs. Nall enrolled at the college on the day it opened, in 1898, and attended her first classes in the Congregational church before any college buildings were erected. Twice president of the Alumni association -- In 1933 and 1934 -- she is its secretary at the present time (1943). Mrs. Nall plans some day to write a history of the college."

Did Essie (McKitrick) Nall ever write a history of the College? Has anyone out there run across this history?

I would love to know more. Meanwhile, here is a picture of Essie Nall that appeared 12 September 1943 newspaper with the article. Also, I found a group picture of Essie (McKitrick) Nall (left), Grace Brooks (center), & Constance Warwick (right) that was taken in the early1900s. Notice the hats the three ladies are wearing.

As we briefly scan through section D, frontpage of the newspaper, you can't help but read about the McClure Insurance & Loan Agency and how it started in 1919 at Capron, Oklahoma.

It catches my eye, because Uncle Alvin Paris is mentioned a few lines into the article. The article tells that George McClure (graduate of Northwestern State College, 1917) moved to Alva from Capron in 1937. The McClure Loans and Insurance Agency got its start in Capron in 1919, after which Mr. McClure moved to Alva and located in the Bell Hotel building. The Bell Hotel still stands today at 5th & Barnes in downtown Alva. the only residents, the pigeons, that used to occupy the upper floors have been kicked out due to remodeling being done today by the Ryerson family.

Anyway ... McClure took Alvin Paris (My uncle, one of my mother's older brothers) as a partner in the company. During 1943 the McClure Insurance company was located at 509 College Avenue. Mr. McClure was well known in Alva, having played basketball at the college, playing in all of the states west of the Mississippi and five east of the Mississippi. He had been a representative for the Hartford Fire Insurance Company for twenty-four years. During 1943, Miss Betty Ratzlaff was the stenographer for the company, coming to Alva from Ringwood, Oklahoma, in May of 1943.

At the present time McClure Insurance is still in business and operated by the McClure descendants. It is located up on the southside of hwy. 64 (Oklahoma Blvd), just west of Logan street and east of Noble Street.

Let us flip the pages back to section B, pg. 4, for a few minutes and read about the first elections and sheriff of the County.

The first election was held 13 years before statehood (1894). H. Clay McGrath was one of the first to reach Alva on September 16, 1893, and in 1894 was elected the first sheriff of this county. Two years later he was elected to his second term in that county office. McGrath was one of the first Alvans to offer land to be used by the Normal School.

During that first election some of the elected officials were:
* James P. Renfrew, treasurer 1894;
* Fred Hardy, registrar of deeds;
* J. P. Gandy, first territorial councilman, 1894 and 1898;
* Joseph Porter, county attorney;
* James Walker, probate Judge;
* W. S. Ross, county clerk;
* W. E. Oxley, county superintendent;
* J. H. Gilmore, county surveyor;
* A. E. Frazier, coroner; and
* J. W. Lappin, J. J. Bishop & A W. Stone, county commissioners.

* L. D. Williams was the 1st trustee of Alva township, appointed in 1894 by the county commissioners and at the first election of town trustees on May 7, 1894. He was also chairman and first mayor of Alva and re-elected in 1895.

* Other important founding fathers at the time were: J. D. Scott, John C. Roberts, S. B. Share and William Whitworth, trustees; L. H. Bougham, Jr., clerk; E. Rall, treasurer; J. D. Carwile, justice of peace; W. H. Dunkin, assessor; and Fred B. Jones, marshal.
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John Glen Smith Obit - 1926-2009

Vol 11, Iss 4 Last weekend our Uncle John Smith died, January 19, 2009. His obituary can be viewed at this link: Redinger Funeral Home - John Smith Obit. I do have a phone number where you can contact the oldest daughter of John & Geneva (Paris) Smith: Jeanette (Smith) Engle phone number: 405-352-4083.

IF ... you missed the memorial service January 24, 2009 in Seiling and burial in Orion, Oklahoma, you can sign the online guestbook. It allows you to send private condolences to the family. Type your name, address and message; click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the obituary. Your message will be sent to the family via their secured guestbook. Only family members will have access to viewing your message.

Did you know the Paris family of Chester, Oklahoma? Are they related to you? Share your memories of Uncle John and Chester (Cottonwood Corners) with the OkieLegacy eZine!

Memorial Video of John Glen Smith -- Here is John Glen Smith's Obit below:

JOHN GLEN SMITH, son of Earl and Effie (Maxwell) Smith, was born May 10, 1926 at Freedom, Oklahoma. He departed this life on Monday, January 19, 2009 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Clinton. He was 82 years of age.

John was two years of age when he was taken to an orphanage in Helena following tragedy with his parents. Soon after entering the orphanage, Lawrence and Cora Kragh brought him to their home in Chester where he began his school years at Gardenvale School.

At the age of eleven years, John went to live with Fred and Esther Strecker in Chester. He attended Seiling High School until the age of seventeen when he entered the United States Navy and served in the "Asiatic-Pacific Campaign" and the "Philippine Liberation Campaign" during World War II. He was honorably discharged April 20, 1946 at which time he returned to his home in Chester.

He was united in marriage to Geneva Paris August 2, 1947 at Alva. They made their home at Chester where they raised their three children: Jeanette Kay, Ronald Scott and Barbara Gayle.

John and Geneva owned and operated John Smith Mobil Service Station nineteen years. John was also a self employed welder and operated Johns Welding for several years.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War, a member of the American Legion and a 32nd degree Masonic Lodge member. He enjoyed hunting, bowling and playing cards. He attended the Elm Grove Community Church.

He is survived by two daughters: Jeanette Engle of Minco and Barbara Walton of Fairview; one son: Ron Smith and wife Karen of Chickasha; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild; one foster sister: Vickie Jones and husband Ron of Yukon, besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his biological parents, both sets of foster parents and his foster brother, Karl Kragh.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Elm Grove Community Church with Pastor Orville White, officiating. Interment will follow in the Orion Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy. Services are under the direction of the Redinger Funeral Home in Seiling.

Linda McGill Wagner
PO Box 619, Bayfield, CO 81122
paristimes@earthlink.net -- or -- mcwagner.lk@gmail.com
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April Blizzard of the 1930's...

Vol 6, Iss 10 Another reader would like some information concerning a blizzard snow storm that hit Northwest Woods County (Oklahoma) sometime in April, in the 1930's. Has your ancestors ever spoken, written in a journal about a big snow storm in Woods county in the 1930's around March or April? We went back to look at some notes Grandpa Bill McGill kept in his journal during the 1930's and his notes mentions something around, "27 & 29 March 1931 -- That night there was snow in and around Alva, Oklahoma. Altogether there was 12 inches of snow that year."

Could this be the 1930's, April snow that the reader speaks about? If you go to Grandpa's 1930's Notes, you can read more of his journal he kept in the '30s. If any of this jogs some memories, drop us a note and share it with us. Do you remember the "Black Blizzard" of the Dust Bowl Days around 1930's? Do you have some ancestral journals of Okie Legacies that you would like to share with us? Send us a copy by snail-mail (Linda Wagner, P.O. Box 18998, OKC, OK 73154) or email (paristimes@earthlink.net). Thanks!

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Shawnee Chief Cornstalk...

Vol 6, Iss 8 Another reader sent us some information he found online concerning the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk and the Battle around Point Pleasant and Lord Dunmores battle in Virginia in the late 18th century. The reason that tidbit of information is interesting to this writer is because one of my Warwick ancestors (Jacob Warwick the 2nd) was a captain in that battle. Jacob, II and John Warwick were two of the sons of Lt. Wm Jacob Warwick. I believe I figured that Jacob, II was my 5th-Great-Uncle and John was my 5th-Great-Grandpa. My 4th-Great-Grandpa (Wm. Warwick) married Nancy Agnes Craig and they settled in Greenbriar county above Sinking Creek near the Richlands. As the lineage progresses back to this writer it is as follows... Robert Craig Warwick & Esther Hull (3rd-Great-Grandparents)- Wm. Fechtig Warwick & Phebea Anthea Pray (2nd-Great-Grandparents) - John Robert Warwick & Signora Belle Guinn (Great-Grandparents) - Constance Estella Warwick & Wm. J. McGill (Grandparents) - Gene McGill & Vada Paris (Parents) - Linda McGill & David Wagner - Michael & Robert Wagner (sons). You can find out more about the Warwick's, Point Pleasant Battle starting over at ParisTimes.com/ Warwick/.

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NEW Photo Gallery...

Vol 7, Iss 2 Before we head out of here for the weekend, here is a NEW Photo Gallery over at OkieLegacy.net early 1900s photo taken by McColloch Studio, McPherson, KS - May be one of Unce Bob McGill's female friends unknown female friend of Uncel Bob's, photo  by Ellis Studio, Alva, OK

These old Photos include an Unknown Wedding party; collage of our Dad's (Gene McGill) airplane & family and fishing photos from the earlier days; collage of Grandpa Bill McGill and his 2nd wife, Blanche; and some Unknown female friends of our Uncle Bob McGill. The unknown female friends all have that "bobbed, perm" hairstyle. I love the picture from the McColloch Studio, McPherson, Kansas (on the left). The photo on the right is a photo taken by the Ellis Studio, Alva, Oklahoma. If you recognize any of the photos (or know of someone who might know), give us a ring at our email address: paristimes@earthlink.net. Thanks for your help!

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Warwick, Gwin, Hull and Eckard Relations

Vol 16, Iss 28 Monterey, VA - I recently gathered some old family photos my Warwick, Gwin, Hohl (Hull) and Eckard relations that lived in the vicinity of Monterey, Vanderpoole and Mountain Grove, Virginia. I have put them on my Facebook page in a photo album entitled Monterey Virginia.

Check them out below and see if any are related to your ancestors. My dad (Gene McGill) is the young boy, seated on porch, third from left. I believe it was taken in the 1920s when my grandmother (Constance Estella Warwick McGill) was doing her research for her DAR for Capt. David Gwin. Anyway . . . Grandmother got her DAR papers around 1925. Besides the Facebook album (Monterey Virginia), you can see more Warwick-Gwin photographs at Paristimes Pioneers (Warwick Album).

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Highland County Virginia Pioneers & Battle of Guilford

Vol 13, Iss 16 Highland County, Virginia - The "History of Highland County Virginia", by Oren Frederic Morton, shows that our Paternal 4th Great-Grandfather, Capt. David GWIN, fought in the Battle of Guilford.

The History of Highland County Virginia, also states this about the Augusta pioneers, "The Augustans also backed up their words with bullets. Men who at that time or later were residents of Highland served in Washington's army. They also helped to guard the western frontier against the Indian allies of the British. Highland county men under Captain David GWIN marched to the support of General Greene in 1781 and took part in the Battle of Guilford.

There a large majority of the Virginia militia fought so well that Greene wished he could have known of it beforehand. He had reason for his doubts, because the American militia had often behaved badly in battle. But on the field of Guilford the raw Virginians helped very much in making the nominal victory of Cornwallis a crushing defeat in reality. He lost a third of his men and had to get out of North Carolina in hot haste.

The companies raised in Augusta were expected to consist of expert riflemen. Each man was to "furnish himself with a good rifle, if to be had, otherwise with a tomahawk, common firelock, bayonet, pouch or cartouch box, and three charges of powder and ball."

What was a "cartouch box?"

On affidavit that the rifleman could not supply himself as above, he was to be supplied at public expense. For furnishing his equipment he was allowed a rental of one pound ($3.33) a year. His daily pay was to be 21 cents. Out of this was an allowance for "hunting shirt, pari of leggings, and binding for his hat."

Our KINCAID Family Lineage and how it fits in to our GWIN Lineage with Captain David GWIN. See below:

* James Kincaid (1612 - 1700) is your 8th great grandfather
* James Kincaid V (1635 - 1700) Son of James, 7th great grandfather
* David KINCAID (1683 - 1779) Son of James, 6th great grandfather
* Jean Kincade (1718 - 1790) Daughter of David, 5th great grandmother
* David (Capt.) GWIN (1742 - 1822) Son of Jean, 4th great grandfather
* James GWIN (1774 - 1844) Son of David (Capt.), 3rd great grandfather
* Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871) Son of James, 2nd great grandfather
* Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934) Daughter of Samuel, great grandmother
* Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968) Daughter of Signora Belle GWIN, grandmother
* Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986) Son of Constance Estella, father
* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene McGill & Vada Eileen PARIS View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Van Kouwenhoven Family History

Vol 14, Iss 45 Long Island, New Amsterdam ( - The original seat of the Van Kouwenhoven family in the Netherlands was the Castle of Kouwenhoven on the banks of the Dommel River outside the village of Tongerie (near Eindhoven) in Brabant. This village was once the capital of the old Germanic tribe of the Tongeren, called by Caesar in "De Bello Gallico," the Tungu. From earliest feudal times the family owned the village. In the later half of the 15th century the Dukes of Brabant of the Burgand House became lords of all the Netherlands.

Jan Van Kouwenhoven is the first of the family found in the Province of Utrecht. He was born ca 1440 and in 1472 belonged to the court of the Bishop of Utrecht. He lived in the little village of Schoonhoven, about 30 miles northeast of Rotterdam. He and his wife were parents of at least two sons, Wille Janse and Jan Janse. The brothers were both schepens (magistrates or aldermen), between the years 1504-1520. And were also burgomasters (mayors.))

Willem Janse (NW Okie's 12th great grandfather) (born 1468) was the father of Jan Willemse (NW Okie's 11th great grandfather) who was born in 1495, and according to Dutch records, also served as a schepen. Jan Willemse had a son, Gerrit Janse (NW Okie's 10th great grand uncle), born in 1516 in Amersfoort. Gerrit Janse, like his father and grandfather, was a schepen for ten of the years between 1541 and 1561. He was elected burgomaster of the city on St. Martin's Eve, 10 November 1553, when he was 38 years of age. He was re-elected seven times, the last in 1572.

When the city rebelled against the tyranny of Spain, Burgomaster Van Kouwenhoven, with the support of the whole city, took a stand, declaring himself in favor of the Protestant Church and the political independence of the Netherlands. The Utrecht family coat of arms appears on his seal. In official records he was referred to as "Jonkherr" Gerrit, signifying that he belonged to the gentry. His name was last mentioned in 1588, at which time he was Elector of Magistrates, having held that honorable position since 1575. He married Styne Robertse, and as was befitting a prominent citizen, when he died he was buried in the chancel of the church at Nijkerk on 12 December 1604.

The family name had originally been suppe (or Zuppe) and that name appears even before 1400 in the Veluwe province of Gelderland, according to G. Beernink, a genealogist of Nijkerk. It should be noted that, traditionally, the Dutch used only patronymic names, i.e. Gerrit Janse, etc. Surnames were not important to them because there were usually not enough repeated names in the general population that persons could be confused. The Dutch also derived both male and female middle names by using the first name of the father, followed by "se" or "sen." So, although we do not know the maiden name of Gerrit Janse's wife, we at least know that her father's first name was Robert. Names were spelled differently, at the whim of the recorder. Surnames were often taken from the areas in which the person lived, as as the Van (from) and Kouwenhoven (village name) when the family came to New Netherlands. Wolphert Gerritse Van Kouwenhoven was the son of Gerrit Janse and Styne.

Robertse, and became the progenitor of the Crownover and Conover lines in the United States. He married Neltie Janse on 27 January 1605 in Amersfoort. According to some authorities, they became the parents of five sons, Derick, Jan, Gerrit, Jacob, and Peter, but only three sons came to New Netherlands with them, and only Gerrit, Jacob and Peter, were represented as having an interest in their parents' estates. If Wolphert and Neltje followed the naming patterns that were prevalent at that time, it is quite possible that the other sons did indeed exist, since one of them would have been named for Neltie's father, Jan. In 1624, Wolphert was granted a lease on Bouwerie #3 on Manhattan Island by the patroon Killsen Van Rensselaer, and on 22 April 1625, he sailed with the Fongersz-Hulft Expedition, along with the other four head farmers and the cattle to settle in the New World. The hired hands and supplies had been sent over a few months earlier to prepare the land for farming. Wolphert remained on Bouwerie #3, which was located on the east side of the old Bouwery Toad, later Division Street, in New York city, until his return to the Netherlands in 1629. He was then engaged by Van Rensselaer to mange Bouwerie #7 and other farms at Rensselaennryck. He sailed with his wife and three sons on "De Endract" on 21 March 1630. The family arrived at New Amsterdam on 24 May 1630 and remained at Bouwerie #7 until 1632.

Van Rensselaer had requested that Wolphert move to Castle Rock in the vicinity of Albany, but Neltie evidently did not want to go. In a letter dated 20 July 1632, and addressed to "honorable, discreet Wolphert Gerritse," Van Rensselaer writes, "I had hoped that you would have settled in my colony, but, as I am told,your wife ws not much inclined hereto." (Van Rensselaer Bowier papers: page 218.) so Wolphert was released from his contract and allowed to lease, instead, Bouwerie #6, located on the East River, which formed its northern boundary. It was south of the present Division Street, east of Catherine Street and west of Montgomery Street. The house itself was east of what is now Chatham Square in New York City. Descriptions of the Dutch West Indies Company's Bouweries can be found in the definitive work, Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909, compiled by I. N. Phelps Stokes in four volumes.

The lease on Bouwerie #6 was supposed to run until 1638, but Wolphert was becoming increasingly dissatisfied in the employ of Van Rensselaer. The Dtuch Patroons controlled huge areas of land, but would not allow individuals to become landowners. Van Rensselaer would not even let his tenants or agents engage in fur trading, which was very profitable, lest they neglect their farm duties. On 16 Juen 1636, Wophert and Andries Hudde purchased the most westerly of the three flats of the Indian village of Keskachauge on Long Island. The original Dutch ground brief states that the Indians received "certain merchandise" in exchange and some sources have defined this merchandise as six coats, six kettles, six axes, six chisels, six small looking glasses, twelve knives and twelve combs. In their form of government each Indian tribe held certain territories with fixed boundaries, distinguished by trails and streams. Sometimes stones were set up to mark tribal confines. When at peace, no tribe would encroach on anther's land and would not even chase game across the boundaries. The Indians of the Canarsie tribe, who were in possession of the three flats, were a sub-division of the Delawares. They knew and understood their territory. The original Indian deed, or Dutch ground Brief, is filed in Register of Deeds, Book A, folio 14 of the Flatlands Town Book. The following is a copy of the record made to Hudde and Van Kouwenhoven, as translated by Dr. A. Wiese for the Long Island Historical Society, and found in the Secretary of State's Office, in Book GG, Tranlations of Dutch patents: page 34:

"We director and council of New Netherlands, residing on the Island of Manahatas (Manhattan), and at Fort Amsterdam, under the jurisdiction of their high Mightinesses, the Lords States General of the United Netherlands and the general privileged West India Company of the chamber at Amsterdam, attest and declare hereby that on this dye underwritten, appeared and presented themselves before us, in their proper persons, tenkirau, ketamau, Araikau, Anoachkouw, Warickehinck, Wappittawackenis, and Ehteyn, as owners and in the presence of Penhawits and Kakpeteyno, as chiefs over these regions, and declare that they voluntarily and deliberately by special order of the chiefs and consent of the tribe there, and for rand in consideration of certain merchandise, which they have received into their hands and power, to their full appreciation and satisfaction, in true, lawful and fee ownership, they have transported, ceded, given over, and conveyed, as hereby they do transport, cede, give over and convey to and for the behoof of Andries Hudde and Wolphert Gerritse the westernmost of the three flats, belonging to them named Keskateuw, lying on the island called Sewanhacky (Long Island), between the bay of the North River and the East River of New Netherland stretching length, mostly north from a certain channel entering from the Sea, on till into the wood and that with all interest, right and equity, thereto belonging to them in the aforesaid quantity, constituting and substituting the well-mentioned Andries Hudde and Wolphert Gerritse in their stead, state, real and actual possession of this, the aforesaid land, and with the same giving full and irrevocable power and authority and social order as a doer and manager of his own and proper business, to the aforesaid Andries Hudde and Wolphert Gerritse, or who hereafter might here obtain their interest, peaceable to enter upon , possess, occupy, use and keep the aforesaid land and also to do there with, deal with, and dispose of as they might do with their own well and lawful acquired lands, without they, the grantors, having, reserving or saving any part, right or interest and authority therein in the least whether of ownership, commandment or jurisdiction,but renouncing all of the same, heresy promising further not only to hold firm, valid, inviolable and irrevocable this, their conveyance for all-time, and that which by virtue of this might be done to execute and fulfill the same, but also to deliver and hod the same encumbrance, by anyone intent thereon, all in good faith, without guile or deceit. In witness thereof is this confirmed with our usual signature and our seal below hanging out. Done on this aforesaid Island of Manahatas, this 16 June 1636.

(Signed) Wouter Van Twiller, director; Jacobus van Corlaer, Jaques Bentyn, Class van Elsant."
On the same date Jacobus Van Corlaer purchased the middlemost of the three flats and a month later the most eastern of the flats was bought by Wouter Van Twiller. The Hudde and Van Kouwenhoven purchase is estimated in most property records as about 7,000 acres. Wolphert was the only one of the owners who ever resided on his land. He took up residence immediately after the purchase, constructed a dwelling and began to farm. He called his plantation "Achterveldt," for a little village of that name in the Netherlands. The settlement later became knowns as New Amersfoort, and subsequently, Flatlands. here Wolphet and his son, Gerrit, established the first white settlement on Long Island.

The south slopes of the hills overlooked a fertile, wooded plain that stretched to the tidewaters of Jamaica Bay. Each of the three parts of Keskateuw contained at least one miniature prairie surrounded by woods. The prairies extended from the present Avenue G and Amersfoort Place in Flatlands, to King's Highway. Another small prairie, generally called "Little Flats" lay near what is now the Flatlands-Flatbush town line at Flatbush Avenue and Paerdegat Lane. Another prairie lay to the east where Queens Village is located.

According to Gillis Pietersen van der Gouw, master house carpenter, in a deposition dated 22 March 1639, and contained in Colonial Documents, Volume XIV, page 16: "The house of Wolphert Gerritse, standing in the bay, was built by Company carpenters." The dwelling was set around with long round palisades, and the hour, built in the true Dutch style, was 26 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 24 feet deep. The roof was covered above and around with plank, with two garrets, one above the other, and a small chamber on the side with an outlet on the side. The large barn was 40 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 24 feet deep. There ws also a shed consisting of a moveable roof set on five posts about 40 feet long. The roof slid up and down, to shelter hay or grain against the rain or snow. In an inventory recorded in Colonial Documents, Volume XIV, page 10 and dated 9 July 1638, Achterveldt was found to have "16 margins of land sown with summer and winter grain and a garden planted with a number of fruit tees." Also listed in the inventory were "three milch cows, one heifer two years old, one do one year old, two old oxen, one young do, one young calf, two old mares, one yearling do, one stallion three years old, one gelding of four years, one new wagon and appurtenances, one wheelplough and appurtenances, one urn harrow, some farm tools, and a yawl with appurtenances." In 1641 Andries Hudde conveyed a portion of his land to Gerrit in payment of a loan, and by 1647, Hudde had disposed of all his remaining interest in Achterveldt to Wolphert Van Kouwenhoven. On 24 August 1658 peter Stuyvesant ratified to Wolphet alone all of the original Hudde-Van Kouwenhoven purchase. (New York Colonial Manuscripts, Volume VII: page 953-953.)

Wolphert's house appears on the Maitus Maps made in 1639. Tehre are two original copies of these maps in existence - one in possession of the Italian Gvoernment (called the Villa Castello copy) and the other in the Library of Congress (called the Vingboons or Harrisse copy.) The maps are nearly identical and three buildings are shown near the inscribed number 36. Opposite this number on the inset of the Harrissee copy are the words "@ plan en 2 boy, van wolfer Geritz met 2 van Syn Censor."

Experts in the Commissioner of Records Office think the regional Dtuch in this entry means, "Two plantations and two bouweries of Wolphert Gerritse and two associates, probably referring to Hudde and Gerrit Van Kouwenhoven. The difference between plantations and bouweries was explained by Van Winkle, thusly, "A bouwerie was a farm where everything in the line of agriculture was raised, while on a plantation, only tobacco and Indian corn was cultivated, preparatory to turning the land into a farm."

On the map a heart-shaped figure drawn with a dotted line is supposed to represent the prairie. Another dotted line representing a road or trial, goes from Wallabout Creek to the northerly side of the heart-shaped figure and then enters it and runs to the house in the edge of the figure, supposed to have been Wolphets. The pond depicted on the map was east of the house and was used to water cattle. Ina southwesterly direction from the house, and outside the heart-shaped figure is another building which is thought to have been the clapboard house where Gerrit and his lung family lived. To the southwest, and near the heart-shaped figure is a representation of a long structure in connected sections. To the west, the words, "Di fasten Hysen Bewonen de wilder Kaskachane," appear and are translated as, "This type of houses the Indians of Keskachane inhabit."

The Ban Kouwenhovens seem to have lived peacefully among the Indians until the outbreak of what has been called "Kieft's War in 1643. director Kieft was detested by the Dutch and disliked even more by the Indians who remembered Wouter Van Twiller's pacific rule and hated his violent successor. On 5 November 1643 Gerrit was one of the so-called "eight men" who sent a report tot he Staats General Assembly at the Hague, describing the desolate conditions of the Dutch settlements in the New World - conditions brought about by Kieft's inciting war with the Indians. J. H. Innes in his book New Amsterdam and its People says, "It is difficult to describe the character of this man (Kieft) or to decide which was its leading trait - his hypocrisy, his self-importance, his administrative incapacity or the rancorous venom of his disposition - " The motives, which caused him to order the cruel massacre of the Weckquaskeek Indians in 1643, seem to have been nothing more than the easy possession of lands occupied by them. The tribe had abandoned their village on the Hudson, near the present Hastings in Westchester County, after being attacked by their enemies, the Mohawks. They fled in the middle of a cold winter to Pavonia on Manhattan Island where they encamped on the west side of the Hudson River. They were without food and shelter, and many of the Dutch settlers took pity on them and provided supplies to keep them from starving. To Kieft, however, it seemed like a great opportunity to settle old scores and to facilitate the expansion of the colony by exterminating the Weckquaskeeke.

Lon February 1643 he ordered the attack that killed more than a hundred Indians - men, women and children. Other tribes in the area retaliated swiftly. Even the great Sachem, Penhawits, of the Canarsies, who had always maintained friendly relations with the Dutch, joined with the Marechkawicks under their chief, Nummers, and nine other tires to rise in open warfare. Most of the outlying farms on Manhattan Island were devasted.

the Indians illdd or carried the settlers into captivity Only four or five of the estimated forty farm dwellings were left standing. In March of 1643 Kieft was obliged to take all the colonists into the pay of the company, to serve was soldiers for two months. The Van Kouwenhovens were not pressured into serving. According to the Journal of the netherlands, believed to have been authored by Cornelius Van Tienhoven, hostilities were temporarily halted when there Indians from the Sachem, Panawits' wigwam appeared at Fort Amsterdam with a flag of truce. No one from the fort was willing to go to the Bruecklen (Brooklyn) side of the river to confer with the Indians, so Wolphert's second son, Jacob, crossed the river in a hollowed-out log and went with the Indians to Rockaway to meet with the tribal council.

Jacob reported that he was treated in a kind and considerate manner and he was able to persuade the Indians to go with him to place themselves within the power of the authorities of the fort. Van Wyck's Keskachauge says that this "seems to confirm the fact that the Van Kouwenhovens had a clear conscience with respect to the Indians, and the Indians had known them long enough to have formed an opinion of the family and to make an estimate of the characters of its members."

If Wolphert's oldest son, Gerrit, was indeed killed by Indians, as has been rumored, it was most certainly not by the local tribes. No concrete evidence had come too light to support this rumor, but the fact that he died in 1645 at age 35, when Indians were still hostile, probably laid the groundwork for the supposition. He left a widow, Altie, (daughter of Cornelius Lambertse Kool) and four small children.

In 1646, Gerrit's widow married Captain Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff, who had come to New Netherlands when he was eleven years old to work in the service of Wouter Van Twiller. Stoothoff had never had any land of his own, but when he promised to take responsibility for rearing Gerrit's children and teaching them to read and write, their grandfather, Wolphert, and uncles, Jacob and peter, agreed to allow Stoothoff a share in achterveldt. A copy of the settlement of Gerrit's estate, with the children's portions noted, and dated 28 November 1646, can be found in colonial Manuscripts, Dutch, Volume II: page 152. An excerpt followss, naming the children as "Willem Gerritse, At present then years old; Jan Gerritse, seven years: Nieltje Gerritse, five years; Marritje Gerritse, age two-and-one-half years," and further states, ". . . the reason why this Jan Gerritse draws and is allowed one hundred guilders more, is because he is not possessed of as good health as the others, and is weak in his limbs, and to all appearances will not be a strong, able-bodied man. . ." (Dr. O'Callaghan's translation.) This agreement did not include the widow's share in the estate. Wolphert had married Neltie Janse in Amersfoort on 17 January 1605 and she was the mother of his three sons. She died someimte before 1656. Court records show that Wolphert was alive in much of 1662, but had died by June of that year. At that time Jacob and peter sold their inherited interest in Achterveldt to Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff. Gerrit's children had land reserved from them. Nieltje's parcel seems to have been in Van Twiller's prairie in the northeasterly corner of Canarsie Land and King's Highway and was known to have been in possession of her son, Martin Schenck, in 1707. Willem's lands were on the easterly side of the FGreat Flat and upland of Vriesen's Hook on the original bowery of Van Coriear's Flat.

Jan lived at Broklyn Ferry and a large part of Bensonhurst is included in his original holdings, which were added to by his marriage with Gerardina De Sille. Marritje was about 19 when her grandfather died and still under Stoothoff's guardianship. her mother, Altie, had three more children from her marriage to Stoothoff, and probably died about the same time as Wolphert, since Elbert married again in 1663. Although he was a very prominent citizen and evidently had good qualities of leadership, Elbert comes off sounding like a lout in Danker's and Stryker's Journal of 1670-1680, as quoted in Stiles' History of King's County, "The house (Stoothoff's) was constantly filled with a multitude of godless people. This Elbert Elbertse, being the principal person of the place, and their captain, there was always a multitude of farmers, children and a continual concourse at his house." Quoting further" . . . The farmers called out uncivilly and rudely (with the minister, Domine Van Sauren present) . . . He had a chatting time with all of them. He sat prating and gossiping with those who talked foully and otherwise without a single word of reproof." elbert evidently kept the promise he made to look after his stepchildren. He had profited a great deal by his marriage to their mother, and went from being a person with no assets of his own to become a major landholder of the colony, with valuable property to leave his own children. In his will, dated in 1686, Stoothoff left Gerrit's children, Marritje, and Willem each 50 pounds. The deceased Neltje's children, Martin (1661, Annetje (1663), Jonica (1665), Marike (1667), Jan (1670) and Gerrit (1671) received 50 pounds to be shared among them. The will mentioned that Jan had received a like amount of "his mother's goods." In the same document Elbert made an attempt to entail his estate to his son and male descendants bearing the Stoothoff name, but he failed in this effort, and the estate later passed into female hands.

The burial place of the early Van Kouwenhovens was the Flatland churchyard, situated just beyond the garden spot that had been planted with fruit trees on the Bouwery of Achterveldt. Here later the church was built. According to an ancient survey, the church stood in the present burying ground, close to the part in which so many of the Kouwenhoven family lie buried. The school came still later and was built west of the church and the burying ground. It seems fitting to close this section of the Van Kouwenhoven family History with excerpts from Van Wyck's Keskachauge:

"The part of Flatland Neck where the old Kouwenhoven homestead was located was the pleasantest part of the Flatbush Plain, with trees sloping to the brook, Bergen Island in the distance and the ocean beyond. Here, and in other homesteads on the Kouwenhvoen estate, lying on both sides of the kill and stretching a full mile along the King's highway, was the admirable family, oldest in the Borough oldest on Long Island. Here, in two of the homesteads on the part of this old estate .. . still live lineal descendants of Wolphert Gerritse Van Kouwenhoven, who with his son, Gerrit, established the first white settlement on Long Island." View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (3 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


VanDerVeer Family In Netherlands

Vol 13, Iss 31 Netherlands - I was doing some ancestry work this week and found this interesting bit of information attached to Cornelius Janse VanDerVeer (1623-1703), my 7th Great Grandfather, on my mother's paternal side of the Conover-Paris ancestry.

Origins of Cornelius Janszen VanDerVeer
The origins of Cornelius VanDerVeer is in question at present, one version based on the book "The Van Der Veer Family in the Netherlands" Louis P. DeBoer - Published 1913 and work by John J. Van Der Veer in 1912, which indicates that Cornelius came from Allkmaar, Holland, The Netherlands. While DeBoer's book is a good match for the movements of the Dutch people during the colonial period, the connection to the Van Borsselen family is probably optimistic. Curious is that the village of Borssele is just a few miles from Kloetinge where the other opinion indicates he's from.

The second opinion is that he may have been called Cornelius Jansz Dominicus based on a document from Dordrecht, The Netherlands dated 20 Jun 1706. This document states that Dominicus Domincussen Van Der Veer of Midwout, New York is to recover monies owed his father Cornelius Dominicus by a brother named Jacob Dominicus living near the city of Goes. Clearly within this document it refers to Cornelius Van Der Veer's family in New York and lists him as using the name Cornelius Dominicus and Cornelius Leeuw. Cornelius used the name Cornelius De Seeuw on several occasions in New York, but the use of Leeuw is somewhat of a question however since that translates to Cornelius Lion and Cornelius Seeuw translates to Cornelius of Zeeland. Zeeland being a providence in south part of the Netherlands, containing the villiages of Veere, Kloetinge, Goes, Welmelding, and Borssele, all of which have been associated with the Van Der Veer and Dominicus names.

From other unconfirmed references found, Cornelius Dominicus of Kloetinge, did have a brother Jacob Dominucus of whom was selling land on Cornelius Dominicus's behalf. In a reference to a land transaction dated 15 Feb 1658 in Wemeldinge, it refers to Cornelius being out to the county and in another reference it refers to his being out of the country and his property was heavily in debt. This may have prompted him to leave for Niew Amsterdam to seek his fortune.

Passenger list of the ship De Otter landing 17 February 1659:

  • Captain Cornelius Reyers Van Der Beets
  • Carel Bevois, from Leyden, wife and three children, 3, 6, and 8 years old
  • Marten Warnarts Stoltin, from Swoll
  • Cornelius Jansen Van Der Veer, farmer
  • Jan Luycas, shoemaker, from Oldenzeel, wife and young child
  • Roeloff Dircxsz, from Sweden
  • Sweris Dirxsz, from Sweden
references: Year Book of The Holland Society of New York 1902. Cornelius Janse VanDerVeer (1623-1703)
Cornelius VanDerVeer arrived in America, February 17, 1659 on the ship De Otter, landing at Midwout, what is now Flatbush, New York. In February 1678 he purchased a farm in Flatbush for about 2600 guilders ($1274 current US dollars). In 1683 The Assessment Roll of Midwout lists him as having 100 acres. This land became known as the 26th and 32nd ward of Brooklyn and was owned by his descendents until 1906. Cornelius and his son-in-law Daniel Polhemus, erected a grist mill on Fresh Kill in Flatbush, which came into the hands of his son Dominicus, and later his grandson Cornelius. He died in February, 1703 in Flatbush, NY.

In 1672, Cornelius married Tryntje [Grietje] De Manderville b.1654 in Guildeland, Holland, daughter of Gillis De Manderville and Eltje Hendrickson. She died in Flatbush, New York. She arrived the America in 1659 with her parents. Different records refer to her father leaving Holland 12 Feb 1659 on the ship De Trouw (Faith) or arriving on April 1659 on the Moesman (The Market Gardener). A ship listing of the Moesman in April 1659 show Gillis Mandeville as a passenger.

Cornelius VanDerVeer and Tryntje Grietje de Mandeville had the following children:
  • Cornelius Van Der Veer b.~1673
  • Neeltje Van Der Veer, born in Flatbush, Kings, NY. m. 13 Aug 1685 Daniel Polhemus b~1662 d. ~1730 in Flatbush, NY
  • Dominicus Van Der Veer b.~1679 d. 1755 New Utrech, NY
  • Jan Cornelise Van Der Veer, b. abt 1671 Flatbush, NY d. 23 Nov 1732 in Flatbush, NY m. Femmetje Bergen
  • Jacobus Cornelise Van Der Veer, b. 20 Oct 1686 in Flatbush, Kings, NY
  • Michael Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY [m. Beletje ]
  • Martje Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 30 Jul 1682 d. abt 1718 m. 1699 John Dorlant, ch. John Darland Oct 1707, Joris Darland b. Apr 1711, Issac Darland b. Apr 1717 all in Brooklyn, Richmond, NY
  • Hendrickje [Cornelissen] Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 7 May or 27 Aug, 1684. m.(1) Issac Remsen [ (2) Johanus Wyckoff.]
  • Jacoba Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 20 Apr 1686. m. Jan Van Kovenhoven [ d. Monmonth, NJ ]
  • Pieter Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY

Cornelius Janse VanDerVeer and Tryntje Grietje de Mandeville had a daughter, Jacoba Cornelisse Vanderveer (1686-1735) who married Jan Willemse Couwenhoven (a.k.a. Covenhoven, Conover) and had a son, Dominicus John Covenhoven (1724-1778). Dominicus married Mary Updike (1732-1835).

Dominicus and Mary Couwenhoven (a.k.a. Covenhoven, Kovenhoven, Conover) had a son Peter (1769-1835) and the name had changed at some point to Conover. Peter Conover married Hannah Coombs (1770-1846), and out of that union came my 3rd Great Grandfather, Jonathan Coombs Conover (1797-1859). Jonathan Coombs Conover married Martha D. Bergen (1801-1839), and had a son (Peter Conover, 1821-1900), my 2nd Great Grandfather who married Melinda Pierce (1826-1896), in Sangamon, Illinois, 12 March 1845.

That brings us down to my Great Grandmother, Sarah Frances "Fannie" Conover (1848-1924), who married Henry Clay Paris (1844-1918) in Petersburg, Illinois, 12 September 1869. Sarah and Henry Paris' children were Joseph B. (1870-1872), Volney Peter (1872-1960), Mary E. (1876-1878) Decatur Ray (1877-1947), Ernest Claude (1879-1959), Arthur Henry (1882-1960), and Myrtle Mae (1885-1965).

My mother's father, Ernest Claude Paris married, Mary Barbara Hurt (1893-1966), 4 December 1909, Fairview, Major County, Oklahoma. Their children were Leslie Martin (1910-1982), Alvin Riley (1912-2002), Vernon Russell (1914-1972), Vada Eileen (1916-1992), Zella Marie (1919-1983), Kenneth Harding (1921-1954), Sam Eugene (1924-), Geneva Lucille (1928-2002) and Ernest "EJ" Paris, Jr. (1930-1989).

Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992) Married Gene M McGill 24 march 1940, Anthony, Kansas, and from 1942 to 1949 had four daughters. One of those daughters was this NW Okie, Linda Kay. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Looking Back ... WWII & Uncle Bob McGill

Vol 11, Iss 28 What did our ancestors do during the World War II (WWII) years? What did your parents, grandparents and G-Grandparents do? Where were they stationed? How did it affect their lives and that of your family?

I have a little woven, wooden basket that Uncle Bob McGill brought back from overseas during his tenure overseas in WWII. This little woven basket is where I used to keep Uncle Bob's WWII items, such as dog tags, v-mail and other items together. NOW ... I keep them in a cedar chest.

Reading thru my Uncle Bob's letters, V-mail, etc. concerning WWII has shed some light into an uncle I barely knew. As I have said earlier, "I was only about five years old when Uncle Bob died February 21, 1954 at the age 38 of lung cancer."

We have come along way from Air-mail - V-mail - Snail-mail - E-mail. What else will there be? Here is just a few of those V-mails and info on the 193rd Tank Bn. that we have run across.

  • 193rd Tank Bn.
  • V-Mail Oct 1942
  • V-Mail May 1945

  • Friends have helped me as I scoured the web online looking for military information concerning my father's younger brother's, Robt. L. McGill, outfit in WWII.

    From some V-mails dating back to Oct. 21, 1942 we know that Robert was a Lt. with the 193 Tank Bn, APO 957, Hawaiian Islands for a short time. The 193 Tank Bn. was a light infantry unit at Ft. Benning, GA, in the 1st Tank Group of the Armored Force with General HQ at Fort Knox Kentucky. Uncle Bob's Timeline of WWII experience shows that on 19 May 1945, Maj. Robert L. McGill was with the 75 Div. HQ, APO 451, stationed in Germany. Bob writes back home, "I'm as happy as you must be that the war is all over. Maybe living will be a little more pleasant for lots of people now. I can certainly admit that it was a great surprise to me when it did end. Although I knew it was only a matter of months because I'm certainly convinced by now that nothing can stop the American army, air corps, navy or marines."

    In a 14 August 1945 V-mail Robt. L. McGill is in Paris, France.

    There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but from bits and pieces of my Grandmother's letters, Bob's letters to his wife and others -- It seems to me that by 1945 he was homesick for his mother's cooking and his new bride that he left on the USA shores and in his mother's home.

    This next letter is from Uncle Bob's WWII Time Line, dated 9 Sept. 1945 and listed as Maj. R. L. McGill, 75 Div HQ APO 451 in Chalon, France. He was ready to come home. Wanting his mother to stock up that "Larder" (food storage) because he would be calling her soon. He had been in school over in France and graduated from a French class (or school) with a "B." Bob says, "...I hardly know anything but the army and I've learned all I want to of that. Harold Vinson can certainly have my share. I'll bet he's sick of it himself."

    It seems to this NW Okie that Uncle Bob was really wanting to settled down at home in the USA and have a family like his older brother (Gene, my Dad). Of course, he never lived long enough to have any children in all his 38 years of life. I'm not sure when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. If it was before he and his first wife (Helen Soper) got divorced June, 1948 or after. There are lots of unanswered questions and missing pieces of the Uncle Bob puzzle.

    Helen and Bob were both young in 1944 when they got married just before he went overseas to war. Bob was shipped all over the USA for military training from '40-'44 before he went overseas in late 1944.

    He was married to his second wife (Felicia Monfort) from 1950 to 1954 when he died 21 February 1954. Felicia was just beginning her intern as a Doctor when they got married 21st June 1950.

    WRFRTU(PR) G-116-26 and G-116-28 Grand Liaison Officers -- These are a couple of photos of Uncle Robert McGill with some other Ground Liaison Officers. If anyone in these photos seem familar ... or if anyone knows what "WRFRTU (PR)" stands for, feel free to FWD this portion to others who might know. I'm always looking for answers to unidentifiable pics and unanswerable questions.

    Here is another WWII letter dated 13 June 1945 to his mother when he was a Maj. stationed in Chalon and Marne, France.

    28 April 1940 We find Uncle Bob was still in school at Kentucky Univ. and living in the SAE Fraternity. The excerpt from a letter postmarked 8 April 1940, from Constance McGill, 817 Maple, Alva, OK addressed to Bob Lee McGill, S.A.E, Lexington, KY. tells us, ">Sunday P.M. ... How about this war. Looks bad. The old boy had something when he said we would be in it. You must be studying hard ... When is school out? What are your plans for summer, a trip to Europe?" This is Page-2.
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    Robert Craighead (1633-1711)

    Vol 13, Iss 20 Scotland - The Rev. Robert Craighead (1633-1711), was a native of Scotland. Robert obtained his M.A. degree from the University of St. Andrews, Feb. 15, 1653. Robert settled in Ireland where he lived 30 years. He was Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Donoughmore, 1657-1658. He was one of the "immortal thirteen" ministers who comprised the Presbytery of Lagan and was subsequently minister at Londonderry when the gates of the city were closed against the forces of James II. He escaped during the seige and made his way to Glasgow. He later returned to Ireland and died in Londonderry on Aug. 22, 1711.

    Robert Craighead married Agnes Hart; baptized Dec 17, 1648 in Dunino, Fife, Scotland; Agnes was the daughter of Rev. John Hart and Agnes Baxter. John and Agnes were married on Apr 2, 1644 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland. Rev. John Hart received his M.A, from St. Andrews in 1637.

    Robert and Agnes had children:

  • ~ Thomas Craighead (1664-1739), married Margaret _? (1664-1738), in Scotland. She is the daughter of a Scottish Laird;
  • ~ Katherine Craighead (1672-1754), came to America and settled on Martha's Vineyard with her brother, Thomas, and her husband. She is buried at Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard. She may have spelled her name "Catherine". Katherine Craighead married Rev. William Homes (1663-1746); Katherine and William had ten children. Rev. Homes and Katherine had an oldest son, Capt. Robert Holmes, a sea captain who married Mary Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's sister. This is also confirmed by an entry in Rev. William Homes' Diary which clearly states that his son Robert, born July 23, 1694, was married to Mary Franklin in Boston on April 3, 1716 by Rev. Pemberton. Rev. Homes also says, in his diary, that his grandson William Homes was born Jan 10, 1716-17 and was baptized in the Old North Church by Dr. Increase Mather the 13th of the same month.

    However, in the History of Martha's Vinyard, Vol. 2, by Charles Edward Banks, M.D., published by the Dukes County Historical Society, page 48 in the Annals of Chilmark, under the heading Ministry of William Homes, the author states [concerning Rev. William Homes]: "While there [in Ireland] he married, Sept. 26, 1693, Katherine, daughter of Rev. Robert Craighead, who had been minister of Donoughmore, and who translated to Derry in the beginning of the year 1690, and continued there until his death, Aug 22, 1711. In the adjoining parish of Urney another William Holmes was ordained in 1696, and this led to a confusion of identity."

    In a footnote, Banks concludes that Rev. William Homes as a graduate of Edinburgh University is mis-identified with this William Holmes of Urney, who was indeed a graduate of Edinburgh.

    In Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and in the Biography of Benjamin Franklin by M. L. Weems, published by Uriah Hunt in Philadelphia in 1835, and in all other known biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Capt. Robert Holmes (spelled with the "l") is acknowledged to be Franklin's brother-in-law, but the name Craighead is not mentioned. Bank's History of Martha's Vinyard casts doubt as to whether Benjamin Franklin's brother-in-law was Capt. Homes (son of Rev. William and Katherin Homes), or another Capt. Holmes, who may have been a son of William Holmes of Urney. The Diary of Rev. William Homes settles this issue in favor of the former, and leaves only the mystery of how Benjamin Franklin misspelled his brother-in-law's surname as "Holmes" instead of "Homes."
  • ~ Robert Craighead, Jr. (1684-1738), b. 1684 in Derry, Ireland. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, was a divinity student at Edinburgh, and studied at Leyden, Holland. He was ordained in Dublin in 1709. He was Pastor at the Capell Street Presbyterian Church in Dublin, jointly with Rev. Iredell. He was a Moderator of the Irish Synod, 1719. He died in Dublin, 1738.
  • Rev. Robert Craighead in relationship to this NW Okie is as a 3rd great grandfather of Samuel Geddes Craighead (husband) of my 2nd great grand Aunt, Nancy McGill. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    This Day In History

    Vol 12, Iss 52 America - (Dec. 27) -- It was 96 years ago, 27 December 1914, William Jacob and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill greeted, brought their oldest son, Gene M. McGill into their lives, in Alva Woods county, Oklahoma. Gene McGill made his mark in the Democrat political arena in the 1950's through the 1960's when you could show your differences between political parties and still have respect for each other. It was nothing like it is today. Gene M. McGill died on Father's Day, June, 1986, at the age of 71. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!

    (Dec. 28) --
    * 1694 Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

    * 1832 John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Andrew Jackson.

    * 1856 Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, was born in Staunton, Va.

    * 1846 Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

    * 1897 "Cyrano de Bergerac," a play by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris.

    * 1905 The forerunner of the NCAA, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, was founded in New York City.

    * 1945 Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

    * 1958 The Baltimore Colts won the NFL championship, defeating the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime at Yankee Stadium, in what has been dubbed the greatest football game ever played.

    * 1973 Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system.

    * 1982 A black man was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.

    * 2005 Former top Enron Corp. accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to help pursue convictions against Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling.

    * 2008 The Detroit Lions completed an 0-16 season, the NFL's worst ever, with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Northwest Oklahoma Benefactor - Charles Morton Share...

    Vol 6, Iss 17

    The Alva Review Courier had an article this Friday Memorializing Alva Benefactor (Charles Morton Share), dated 04/23/04 by Helen Barrett. NW Oklahomans will remember Charles Morton Share as one of the Share Brothers Department Store on the West side of the square (where Cunningham has his Law Office today and where the Old Jett Store once was located). Others might remember him with the Share Trust that has built many of the new building in Alva.

    I remember growing up next door to Morton Share in the 700 block of Seventh Street. We lived at 703 Seventh Street (on the corner of Church & Seventh Street) and Morton Share lived in the next house South. The memories are vague and dusty, but didn't he have fruit trees in his backyard? I recall my baby-sister picking some of his apricots (or something) off of his trees and baking him a pie --. with my mother's help, of course. Mom made great, flaky pie crusts that almost melted in your mouth. That's the Bohemian side of Vada Paris McGill.

    Back to Morton Share, though... I believe Morton gave my baby-sister a stuffed pelican at one time. The pelican isn't around any more. I think it got donated to the college museum at one point in time after sitting in storage collecting dust. As I said the memories are vague, dusty as the pelican soon became to be while gracing a storage room of my folks home on Skyline Drive.

    Back to the Mural Society painting party... of course, the public is invited to meet the artist (Don Gray of Murrieta, California) and watch the progress of this newest mural from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2004. They say to bring your lawn chairs, enjoy a hamburger and home made ice cream for a donation to the Alva Mural Society. Hope the weather changes to sunshine for Monday. Hope we can make it in from the country chores, too.

    Before we wind down here... Does anyone know what the mascot of Dacoma High School (Oklahoma) was, or the color of the sweater? AND... WHO is this horse thief buried in a corner of the Mennonville Cemetery, in Canadian County, Oklahoma? Do not forget to mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 27, 2004 , 6:30 - 7:30, Piedmont Public Library ~ 1129 7th NW, Piedmont, Oklahoma for SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY -- NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. It's FREE!

    Duchess says, "Woof! Woof! It's past my bedtime! Shutdown that dang 'puter -- turnout the lights. This neglected li'l Pug needs her belly rubbed and tucked into bed... Right NOW! Goodnight, Y'all!" Okay! Okay! I'm out of here. Keep your feet dry this weekend and keep your raincoats, umbrellas and snow shovels handy. See Y'all next weekend!

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    Augustus Grant Vinson 1940 Obit

    A G Vinson Obit

    Vol 5, Iss 4 Oklahoma - "To correct his death date. And his mothers last name is spelled BAYLEY. I have more info on some her family if you would like for the tree. He was with Northwestern College in Alva, OK. - Time For Rebuilding: 1935-1942 ... 'Then, on April 27, 1940, death claimed A. G. Vinson, who a few weeks earlier had been granted leave from his duties on the faculty because of illness. His services also were in Herod Hall. Vinson was 74 years old and had been on the Northwestern faculty since 1905.' I sure want to get more on Charles Vinson and Martha Ann Rice Bayley. From the 1880 census it does show Charles was born in Tennessee." -- Cathy Lee at Doghouselive@wmconnect.com - Descendants of Martha Ann Rice View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Magill vs McGill

    Vol 13, Iss 3 We heard from a Ruth Johnson (email: AzaleaBlsm@aol.com) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, who says, "Your webb site is very interesting to me because I also had an ancestor named William Magill who came from Scotland via Ireland to Augusta County, Virginia via Pennsylvania.

    "But that is where the similarity ends. Their life stories are not at all the same. He was not a Presbyterian Minister. He had a plantation and operated a Ferry called Magill's Ferry at what is now Bridgewater, Virginia and his main crop was Flax. He was supposedly the first settler there. The barn on the site of the plantation is still standing.

    "He had a son also by the name of William who had a son by the name of Robert, who, for whatever reason, spelled his name McGill. But after him, the spelling of the name reverted back to Magill. At some point, Robert and his family relocated to Greene County, Tennessee, all except for one daughter who remained behind and married Jacob Dinkle.

    "The reason I am writing to you other than the odd coincidence of the names is that the crests you show are the same ones we claim as the Magill crests. I wonder if we went back far enough, we would find that we are from the same family."

    NW Okie's Magill/Mcgill genealogy! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Sand Plum Jelly Recipe

    Vol 12, Iss 24 Oklahoma - It is June! Sand Plums are ripening in Oklahoma now! We did a search back through our OkieLegacy archives and found this recipe for Sand Plum Jelly that we received from a lady a few years ago. My mother (Vada Paris McGill) used semi-ripened sand plums along with ripened plums which gave an excellence blend of tart, sweet to the jelly.

    Helen Ruth's Sand Plum Jelly
    4 pounds sand plums, 3 pounds ripe and 1 pound under-ripe; 1 cup water; 1 package powdered pectin (1 3/4 ounces); 7 cups sugar.

    The cherry-sized sand plum of the American Southwest is kin to the beach plum, that favorite for preserves from the sandy coasts of the Northeast up into the Canadian Maritimes.

    The sand plum is ripe in early June; the season for beach plums starts around the middle of August; the sand plum is a lovely pink when ripe, the beach plum is purple for conserve later in the month but is picked red for jelly. Both varieties gel better if at least one-fourth the amount of fruit is not quite ripe, thus having more natural pectin.

    Wash and pick over the plums; do not pit or peel. Crush them in the bottom of a large enameled kettle with the 1 cup water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. Crush again with a vegetable masher as the fruit softens. Strain juice. Return juice to the kettle, reserving 1 cup in which to mix the pectin; combine pectin mixture with juice and bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.

    Add the sugar, continue stirring, and boil hard for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, skim, and immediately pour into hot 1/2-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headroom. Cap with two-piece screwband lids. Give a 5 minute B-W bath." View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Baseball Memories & Connection of 1903-06

    Vol 15, Iss 4 Indian Territor - Back ten years ago (2002), in our Vol. IV edition of the OkieLegacy Ezine we received this story concerning Benj Whittenberg and his connection to our Grandpa McGill Baseball days.

    "In 1960 my grandfather (Benj Whittenberg) wrote a series of letters to my brother. What follows are excerpts:

    August 22, 1960 -- 'When I was in school I became interested in baseball. There wasn't games like football or tennis so we played baseball. In 1903 and 1904 I played all over Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. Then in 1905 there was our East Texas League formed at Paris, Texas and we beat everybody in the league. Then the next year I played with Galveston in the (South) Texas League. Played there two years and met your Grandmother in Lampassas and we were married in 1907.'

    Sept. 10, 1960 -- 'In 1903 and 1904 I played in the Indian Territory. One year I played at South McAlester. The next year at Muskogee. Things were really wild and woolly. There were lots of wild animals up there then and there were lots of wild Indians there too and if they were fortunate enough to get some fire water (that's what they called whiskey) they really were wild. They would drink and drink until they would go crazy and have to be put to bed or in jail 'till they sobered up. When I was playing ball up there one of the Boys was Bruce McAlester a big Chickasaw Indian. He was a good ball player and a very nice fellow. One other boy was Choc Kelly. He was a Choctaw Indian that was the fastest runner I ever saw. He would throw his head back and he could really fly. Indian Territory was part of the Louisiana purchase. Settled by the Creek Indians in 1827. Congress set aside this strip of land for the Indian Reservation. When I was playing ball one of the towns was Tulsa. Then it was so small, maybe 1500 people lived there. Now there are I guess 300,000. Best town in Oklahoma. In the ball park there was a producing oil well and oil then was worth about 50-cents a barrel, now its $5.00 per barrel.'

    Nov. 3, 1960 -- 'You asked how we got about in the Indian Territory when I was playing up there. You know that was a long time ago, just a few years, some 56. Well, there wasn't too much transportation at that time. We rode the train. In the train was an engine, one passenger car and a bunch of freight car and coal cars which they called a mix train. Then when we went from one town to another to play we would have a stage coach. We would take off through the country and we would see lots of animals. We would see fox, some deers and occasionally we would see some bears. Of course we would see rabbits, squirrels and rattle snakes but we would never stop and didn't get to kill any. One time when I was playing ball up there in the morning before the game I went down in a coal and led mine, rode a hoist up and down and we have a big hunk of copper lead ore your Grandmother uses it for a door stop.'

    J. Ben Whittenberg & early baseball glove"I asked my brother to take a picture of Granddad's glove. Instead he scanned it, front and back, and scanned the only picture we have of our grandfather in his playing days. He took the three pictures and combined them into this jpg. I am thrilled with the results. Hope you find it interesting as well. Thank you for giving me such wonderful treats on this cold, gloomy Maine Winter day."

    Baseball Connections

    Grandpa McGill's Baseball Connection:
    "What a treat to come across your webpage! It seems that our grandfathers went head-to-head in the hot Texas summer of 1906. My grandfather, Whittenberg, was a pitcher for the Galveston Sand Crabs. I particularly enjoyed page 23 "Sand Crabs Administer The Worst Defeat to Senators They Have Suffered This Season." Are these newspaper articles your grandfather had in a scrap book?

    How wonderful that they have survived one hundred years! Do you have more or do they end with July 1906? I ask because my grandfather was injured in a Game against Austin, August 22, 1906. He was hit in the head with a pitch which pretty much ended his baseball career. I would also love to see a larger copy of the Baseball Team shown on Page 1. Do you have other pictures? Thank you for this wonderful web site!" -- Cathie View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    NW Okie's Distant Craighead Ancestors

    Vol 13, Iss 19 Tennessee - Well! I have finally found a connection to the Craighead ancestors that I have been researching, but have NOT found the connection to Nancy Craighead (1757-1867) that married Edward Luttrell.

    Distant ancestors of NW Okie (Linda Kay McGill Wagner):

    • Rev. Thomas Craighead (1664 - 1739), relationship to this NW Okie: 2nd great grandfather of husband (Samuel Geddes Craighead) of 2nd great grand aunt (Nancy McGill, daughter of William Nathan McGill, Jr. and Anne Nancy Luttrell).
    • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706 - 1766), Son of Rev. Thomas Craighead
    • Capt Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead.
    • William CRAIGHEAD (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt Robert Craighead
    • Samuel Geddes CRAIGHEAD (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead
    • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead
    • Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787 - 1860), Mother of Nancy McGill
    • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of Anne Nancy Luttrell
    • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill
    • William Jacob "Will" MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill
    • Gene M "Merle" MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob McGill & Constance Estella Warwick; married Vada Eileen Paris 24 March 1940; Children: Connie Jean, Dorthy Eileen, Linda Kay, Amber Ann.
    I am still wondering about Nancy Craighead (1757-1867) that married Edward Luttrell. How does Nancy Craighead fit into the Craighead ancestors? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Obituary: DeVerl Paris (1928-2013)

    Charles DeVerl Paris

    Vol 15, Iss 4 Dacoma, Oklahoma - Last week the following obituary for a cousin of my mother, Vada Eileen (Paris) McGill, past away and his obituary appeared, 22 January 2013, in the Alva Review Courier.

    Charles DeVerl Paris was the son of Arthur Henry and Mary Katherine (Murrow) Paris. Arthur Henry Paris and my grandfather, Ernest Claude Paris were brothers, and sons of Henry Clay Paris and Sarah Frances Conover.

    Obituary of Charles DeVerl Paris (1928-2013)

    DeVERL PARIS, at age of 84 years, formerly of Dacoma, Woods county, Oklahoma, died 19 January 2013. Funeral service were held Saturday, January 26, at 11 a.m. at Wharton Funeral Chapel. There was a private burial. Wharton Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at whartonfuneralchapel.com.

    Charles DeVerl Paris was born on September 29, 1928, in Dacoma to Mary Katherine (Murrow) and Arthur Henry Paris. He died on January 19, 2013, at the age of 84 years, three months and 21 days, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

    He is survived by his second wife of the home, Luana Mahealani Paris; sons, Walter (Sonny) (Wanda) Paris of Conroe, Texas; Donald Kane of Phoenix, Arizona; daughters Theresa (David) McClure of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Clara Jean (Richard) Eisenreich of Colorado Springs Colorado, Jackie Lynn Todd (Scott Hotchkiss) of Colorado Springs Colo., Laura May (Daniel) of Waialua, Hawaii, Betty Mae (Keck) Leslie and Vicky (Billy) Ford, both of Midland, Texas, Jane Paris of Bartlesville, and Deborah Hobdy of Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Also surviving are his sister Bertha Frances Garberich of Enid, Oklahoma and fifteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and many wonderful nephews and nieces.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Beulah Jane Venosdel, infant son and baby daughter Dee Verl, four brothers and three sisters.

    This obituary appeared in the Alva ReviewCourier, 22 January 2013, Tuesday, Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Inquiry - Tressie Lorene Paris Jordan

    Vol 11, Iss 39 Mary Jordan Pollack says, "My mother's name is Tressie Lorene Paris. I am trying to trace her family for her 90th birthday party next month. This is a longshot but here goes. Her father's name was Albert Paris. Her mother's name was Maude Bell Franklin Paris. Her sisters were Lela Paris, Zella Paris, Mary Paris, Treila Paris and her twin sister Tessie Morene Paris. Tressie Lorene Paris was born on October 9, 1919, in Pratt, Kansas.

    If there is any relationship I would be thrilled to hear from you. Thanks a lot. I am looking for family history for my mother?s 90th birthday party. I would appreciate any information. Thanks." -- mehellen@neo.rr.com

    [Editor's Note: NW Okie's PARIS connection to Albert & Maude Bell Franklin Paris is as follows:

    NW Okie shows, "Albert Franklin Paris, b. Mar 6, 1880, Harrison, MO; death Feb 14, 1958; son of Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie" Paris, b. Jul. 25, 1856, Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL; death Dec. 26, 1926.

    Zeaphanie was son of James Franklin Paris, b. Apr. 25, 1830, Madison Co., KY; death Jan. 31, 1913, Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL.

    James Franklin Paris was a brother to Henry Clay Paris(NW Okie's great grandfather), b. Jul. 5, 1844, Foxtown, Madison Co., KY. Vada Paris McGill and Albert Franklin Paris were cousins.

    So ? Albert Franklin PARIS is NW Okie's 2nd cousin once removed. Here's how:
    1. Vada Eileen (PARIS) MCGILL is my mother
    2. Ernest Claude PARIS is the father of Vada Eileen (PARIS) MCGILL
    3. Henry Clay PARIS is the father of Ernest Claude PARIS
    4. James Franklin PARIS is a brother of Henry Clay PARIS
    5. Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie) PARIS is a son of James Franklin PARIS
    6. Albert Franklin PARIS is a son of Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie) PARIS

    Here is a link to myheritage.com paris/hurt/conover genealogy. If your have some dates or information that needs to be included or corrected, please let me know.]
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    Greetings, Alva High Goldbugs...

    Vol 8, Iss 25 "The Class of '53 now has a website - www.goldbugs53.org - Hopefully, we can remember the address. It has reunion information (in case you can't remember where you put the one you got in the mail), pictures of the 50th and a whole page of pictures that might look familiar to you and other info.

    Through a page my daughter found while she was tutoring me on computers, I've been in touch with a woman who has a page of pioneer stories, history, memories, etc of Alva and the surrounding area. She listed our missing members in her newsletter that was sent out Saturday night, and by noon Sunday we had Bob Shoemaker's address in Lubbock (TX) and will have Robert Shoemaker's address in a few days. We'll get mailings out to them. She will also put a link on her pages to our website (SEE 2000 AHS Goldbug Reunion Aftermath). In her newsletter, she has the history of the Runnymede Hotel from it's construction to it's present day renovation. There's a link to her site on our Goldbug site. It's under Goldbugs link - Northwest Oklahoma History .... Her name is Linda McGill Wagner.

    Incidentally, by 9:45, Sunday morning, I had heard from the son of one of the gas company employees who lived 1/2 block from us. The internet really is amazing! Hopefully, we'll hear from others. We're only missing 6 of those who were at AHS (Alva High) our senior year, and Stanley Westfall who started in first grade and was with us for many years. He's still on the class list, but we haven't located him.

    You have probably heard by now that Rita Mae Cox McMurphy passed away a few weeks ago. Rose Darr Elmore has gone through some serious heart problems and complications. Hopefully, she will be started rehab in the next few weeks. Glad to hear that Don Devine is better than he was when we had our 50th.

    New email addresses that weren't on the earlier info are for Larry Johnson - lljohn@pldi.net and Leta Jo Millege Sparkman - LetaSparkman@aol.com. You may notice Janet Woodward Holland email - Janet@goldbugs53.org (my old ones are still good). We can have a lot more email addresses using goldbugs53.org as the address. Perhaps you know someone who gets their mail on their children's computer or the library. If they just let me know, I can add them to this address. It won't hold a lot of mail, but it might work for some people.

    Don't forget to write Joni on what's happening in your life and send a more or less recent picture - anything in the last 10-15 years will do - digital or snail mail a print will be fine. We'll be getting together in mid-July to put the directories together - with pictures if people send them to Joni.

    SHOW UPDATE - Lost in the 50's is now a morning show. The Platters will be appearing in the show. There'll be lots of that good old music from the 50's. See you in Branson (Missouri), and please send me any suggestions, problems, additions, ideas, etc for the website. It's ours -- so please feel free to contribute to it - pictures, websites, should we have a blog?, etc. See you Branson." -- Janet View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    McGill Genealogy

    Vol 9, Iss 35 "Hi! I'm Billie Watts from Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Im interested in genealogy on the FIELDS side (my Mother and my Father's side). My Grandmother Elizabeth FIELDS is my Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother on my Mom's side and my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother on my Dad's side. Her Father was Elijah FIELDS and she married Robert RATCLIFF.

    I have a picture that belonged to my Grandpa HENRY MARTIN on my Mom's side, whom is MARY HELTON McGILL. I kept trying to figure out why I have this picture, but I had the picture enlarged, and there was numbers on her hat. The numbers were 556 Crocia Fields, 555 Rannie Fields, 532 John Manor. His number from the Archives say's 2nd FIELD, C. T. FIELDS. Number 558 is Abbie Brown, 557 is Perry Ross.

    When I saw your website (ParisTimes Genealogy), I realized you are interested in the McGILL genealogy. I saw that Richard Fields' farm was on Sales Creek and McGill bought it from him. I thought this may be my answer as to why I have this picture. Mary (Helton) McGILL is the daughter of Chief Daniel HELTON -- married to a Robert McGILL.

    I thought someone could shine some light on this for me. This is the first time I emailed someone so please excuse the punctuation and the mess." -- Billie Watts, 19089 Hwy. 42, Livingston, LA 70754

    [Editor's Note: On our ParisTimes Genealogy website you can view our MCGILL/MAGILL Ancestor's history at the following URL - ParisTimes - McGill Ancestry. This is the paragraph pertaining to the Fields Settlement -- "A well-known historian of Hamilton County (Mrs. Penelope J. Allen) learned in her research that the Sale Creek pioneers bought land in an area known as the "Fields Settlement". It was known as the home of a famous Cherokee Chief (Richard Fields). According to Lucille Bates research completed in 1971, "There is still evidence of a settlement on the west bank of Sale Creek that extends toward Coulterville from its confluence with McGill Creek. It has been told that Fields sold out his improvements to a group of settlers and left Tennessee in 1808 when he moved on to Arkansas and then Texas where he became the leader of the Texas Band of Cherokees.

    William and Nancy built their home near McGill and Sale Creeks, close to the trail that led northward to Knox County and southward to Ross's Landing. This path that was used by both the red and white man in the early settlement of Tennessee, has now become the Federal Highway Number 27 and connects Chattanooga with Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Along the bottomland that ran along the creek such crops as corn, tobacco, and wheat were grown and the surplus products were freighted by the brother's to Patterson's Place on Opossum Creek. The surplus crops were then sold and Patterson would dispose of them through trade on the Tennessee River."]
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    HoneyWheat Bed & Breakfast - Alva, OK

    Vol 8, Iss 39 Honey Wheat B & B - Alva, OK "The basement was a regular basement. I built my model airplanes down there, and we played a lot of ping pong there. Your Dad (Gene McGill) may have played with us. Seems like he was a good player. The fireplace was unique in that it had a opening on the main floor, one in the basement, one on the outside for BBQ. There was, and is big concrete tunnel that runs from the basement to the storm cellar. The rumor is that the funeral home would take the bodies out through the tunnel. That can NOT be true because Dad (Alvin Paris) built it so we wouldn?t have to go outside to get to the cellar. I believe at Halloween we would decorate it -- it would be spooky because with the lights out, it was pitch dark. I just went through it again when we were there for our 50th AHS class reunion (9/1/06 & 9/2/06). The house looks great. A lot of old memories! What I didn?t know, and Dad never told us, was that the house used to be the Hill Funeral Home. Omar Hill was one of Dad?s best friends ... maybe that is how we ended up with it. Some other trivia about the house ... one of my classmates at the reunion ask me if I knew that the house was haunted, and that a small boy appears from time to time. I ask the current owners and they said ?No!? They have not experienced anything like that. So, it seems like it is a very interesting house. More so than any of us thought." -- Stan

    [Editor's Note: The Honey Wheat Bed & Breakfast (ALva, OK) brochure pictured here were sent to us by Lois Guffy. Thanks, Lois! Yes! The PARIS mentioned in the brochure was our Uncle Alvin PARIS -- father of Stan, Lynn & Phil PARIS.]
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    Businesses In Alva, Okla. - May, 1947...

    Vol 7, Iss 18 Some of you out there might remember some memories of some of these businesses that could be found in the Alva (Oklahoma) area, around May 1947:

  • Rialto Cafe
  • Tony's Cafe
  • Babcock's Cafe
  • Coffman's Cafe
  • Wright's Cafe
  • Shorty's Cafe
  • The National Farm Loan Ass'n of Alva
  • Schaefer-Doolin Mortgage Co.
  • Alva Building & Loan Ass'n
  • Fred J. Fash, Abstractor
  • Alva State Bank
  • Central National
  • Goodrich Plumbing Co.
  • The Railways Ice Co.
  • Home Electric & Appliance
  • Stephenson-Traverse Clinic
  • F. C. Green's Osteopathic Hospital
  • Dr. W. S. Walcott, Veternarian
  • Brunsteter Motor Co.
  • Ticer Equipment Co.
  • Bittner's Tractor & Implement Service
  • Farmer's Co-Operative Association
  • W. B. Johnston Grain Co.
  • Harry's Body & Fender Works
  • Knox Auto Store
  • E. A. Greford Motor Co.
  • Couch Auto Repair Shop
  • Moore & White Oil Co.
  • Alva, Tire & Supply
  • Continental Oil Co.
  • Chick's Auto Service
  • Oklahoma Tire & Supply
  • Wnninger Motor Supply
  • Marcum & Marcum
  • Devery Implement Co.
  • Paul & Sons Implement Co.
  • Ridgway-Nash
  • Speery & Weathers Imp. Co.
  • Bloyd Implement Co.
  • Deere Brothers
  • A. C. Houston Lumber Co.
  • Brown & Brown
  • Gordon's Paint & Wallpaper
  • McClain Brothers
  • City Cleaners
  • Hillcrest Dairy
  • Anthony's
  • Runnymede Hotel
  • Carmel Corn Shop
  • Courtest Cab Co.
  • Deluxe Courts
  • Snider's Cigar Store
  • Jett Mercantile Co.
  • Ferguson Laundry
  • Grayson Laundry
  • Monfort Jewelry
  • Monfort Drug
  • Powder Puff Beauty Shoppe
  • Louise's Beauty Shop
  • Belle's Beauty Shop
  • Wagner Grocery
  • Double 'B' Grocery
  • Anthony Wholesale Grocery Co.
  • East Side Grocery
  • Groceteria
  • Stiles-Howerton Funeral Home
  • C. E. Loomis Furniture
  • Cummings Furniture & Transfer Co.
  • Colony Furniture Co.
  • McGill Bros. Furniture
  • Shafer Radio Service
  • Kirkbride & Cutter (Auctioneers & Real Estate)
  • W. E. Lane Insurance Co.
  • G. L. McClure Loans & Insurance
  • Kent W. Johnson Insurance
  • Alvin Paris Insurance
  • Haworth Insurance
  • Zenith Gas Co.
  • Warrick's
  • Alva Roller Mills
  • Bird Pontiac Sales & Service
  • Munson Hatchery
  • Dr. Pepper Bottling Co.
  • Dimitri Kosmena Studio
  • Rialto, Ritz, Ranger Theatre
  • Alva Office Supply
  • Sneary & Kline
  • Alva Monument Works
  • W. W. Starr Lbr. Co.
  • Wood-Appleman Home & Electrical Appliances
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    Alva High Class of 66...

    Vol 7, Iss 26 The Class of '66 was another one of those baby boomer years. If I remember correctly there were about four "Linda's" in my class throughout my high school days... Hada, Hertzler, Leeper and McGill. In case you want it check it out for yourself, here is the AHS Goldbug Class of '66. Don't you just hate those Old (Classic) senior pictures preserved in your high school annuals? I hope I have aged gracefully like a delicate bottle of finely-aged wine. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Mountain Creek (McGill Creek)

    Vol 9, Iss 36 If you browse over to ParisTimes Pioneers - McGill Ancestry & Family Background, you can find a map showing Sale Creek near the Tennessee River. According to Lucille Bates' book, "On December 15, 1807, William McGill purchased from John Hackett for two hundred dollars, two hundred acres of land in Rhea County on Mountain Fork of Sale Creek. The northern boundary of Indian Territory and the Southern boundary of Rhea County in 1807 were approximately the same. This line followed fairly well Mountain Creek, later known as McGill Creek, through this area. Some of the settlers lived across the line or used fields that had been abandoned by the Indians across the creek.

    A well-known historian of Hamilton County (Mrs. Penelope J. Allen) learned in her research that the Sale Creek pioneers bought land in an area known as the "Fields Settlement". It was known as the home of a famous Cherokee Chief (Richard Fields). According to Lucille Bates research completed in 1971, "There is still evidence of a settlement on the west bank of Sale Creek that extends toward Coulterville from its confluence with McGill Creek.

    It has been told that Fields sold out his improvements to a group of settlers and left Tennessee in 1808 when he moved on to Arkansas and then Texas where he became the leader of the Texas Band of Cherokees."
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    Connection - William P. & Isabelle (McClure Johnson) McGill...

    Vol 7, Iss 1 "In researching my family tree was pleased to see it appear on a site, yours (ParisTimes.com - McGill). We've a mutual ansestor/relative, at least someone on the tree limb. William Pearson McGill & Isabelle McClure Johnson. His father is my Great-Great-Grandfather David McGill. Nancy McKelvey Pearson, his wife, being my great-great grandmother. Gets a bit heavy .... I come down through Zackery Taylor McGill, his brother... have a nice day." -- David McGill - Email: bennoah@earthlink.net View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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