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    Nancy Graves (1) was born 9 Sept. 1796 in SC (or NC), and died 24 April 1870 in Lincoln Co., TN.  She married John William Cole, son of Francis (“Frank”) Cole and Elizabeth Watkins, probably about 1820 or 1821 in Richmond Co., NC.  He was born 18 Aug. 1795 in Richmond Co., NC, and died 10 June 1844 in Belleville, Lincoln Co., TN.  They were both buried in Stone Cem., Belleville, Lincoln Co., TN.  Their first 3 children were born in Richmond Co., NC, and the others in Lincoln Co., TN.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Cole

    +2. Elizabeth Cole, b.c. 1822, m. Hugh Montgomery Craton Epps, c. 1840.

    +3. Francis Madison Cole, b. 29 Nov. 1822, m(1) Mary Armstrong, c. 1848, m(2) Delilah Adaline Ellis, 12 Dec. 1855, d. 21 Aug. 1905.

    +4. William B. Cole, b.c. 1825, m. Mary Ann Armstrong, 3 Jan. 1849.

    +5. Joseph B. Cole, b. 10 Dec. 1827, m. Sarah Jane Armstrong, 26 Feb. 1856, d. 13 April 1902.

    +6. John William Cole, b. 15 Oct. 1829, m. Elizabeth Painter, 15 Jan. 1851, d. 7 Sept. 1904.

    1. Emaline Cole, b.c. 1832 (Lincoln Co., TN), m(1) Malichi B. Land, 15 Nov. (or March) 1853 (Lincoln Co., TN), m(2) J. M. Wisdom, 29 Dec. 1859 (Lincoln Co., TN).  No known children.
    2. Nancy Cole, b.c. 1835, m. James A. Shoemake, 9 Sept. 1859 (Lincoln Co., TN).  No known children.

    +9. Anderson Cole, b. Nov. 1837, m. Lucy Easter Cummins, 18 Jan. 1858.






    Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Cole (2) was born about 1822 in NC.  She married Hugh Montgomery Craton Epps, son of Lawrence (“Larry”) Epps and Elizabeth Creighton, about 1840.  He was born 4 May 1821 in TN, died 9 Dec. 1877 in TN, and was buried in Stone Cem., Belleville, Lincoln Co., TN.  All their children were born in TN.  There were probably other children born between 1850 and 1860, but this family couldn’t be found in the 1860 census.  Lawrence Franklin Epps was given by R?1 as a son of Elizabeth and Hugh, but the 1850 census for Lincoln Co., TN shows this is wrong, and he was a son of Hugh’s brother James Creighton Epps and his wife Nancy Ann Norris[1].  They were in the 1870 census for Marshall Co., TN, with all family members listed with initials except for Hiram, and with married daughter Elizabeth living next door.  Lizzie, widowed, was in the 1880 census for Marshall Co., TN, with children Mary, Joseph, and Thomas.  Hugh was a farmer.  (R?1)

    Children – Epps

    1. John Epps, b.c. 1840.
    2. Lucy Epps, b.c. 1842.

    +12.  Margaret Jane Epps, b. June 1844, m. Edward A. Braxton, 8 April 1869.

    1. Nancy Epps, b.c. 1845.

    +14.  William Crutchfield Epps, b. 5 Jan. 1848, m. Mary Frances Wells, d. 10 April 1928.

    +15.  Elizabeth C. Epps, b.c. 1850, m. William James Lancaster.

    1. Mary A. Epps, b.c. 1855.

    +17.  Hiram Thomas Epps, b. March 1858, m. Martha A. ??????.

    1. Joseph A. Epps, b.c. 1862.  In 1880, he was living in the household of his widowed mother.


    Francis Madison (“Frank”) Cole (3) was born 29 Nov. 1822 in Richmond Co., NC (or in TN), and died 21 Aug. 1905 in Wanda, Newton Co., MO.  He first married Mary (middle name may be Elizabeth) Armstrong about 1848 in Lincoln Co., TN.  She was born about 1823 in TN.  He married second Delilah Adaline (“Della”) Ellis, daughter of Stephen Alvin Ellis and Harriet Johnson, on 12 Dec. 1855 in Lincoln Co., TN.  She was born 18 April 1832 in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 5 Feb. 1916 in Newton Co., MO.  They were both buried in Wanda Cem., Newton Co., MO.  At least his children born from 1852 through 1864 were born in Lincoln Co., TN.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Cole, by Mary Armstrong

    +19.  Florence Cole, b.c. 1849, m. John Norris Epps, 2 Nov. 1876.

    1. Monroe Cole, b.c. 1852, m. Ester C. Cummins, d. 19 May 1930 (Miami, OK).  She was b. 1859 in Lincoln Co., TN, and d. 1943 in Newton Co., MO.  No known children.
    2. William Hall Cole, b. 1854.

    Children – Cole, by Delilah A. Ellis

    1. Stephen Cole, b. 1857.
    2. Joseph Cole, b. 1861.
    3. Malikiah Cole, b. 1862.
    4. Madison Cole, b. 1863.
    5. Nancy Cole, b. 1864.
    6. Wesley Cole
    7. Sally Estelle Cole, b. 1 Feb. 1873 (IL), d. 16 June 1963 (Miami, OK).
    8. Mary E. Cole


    William B. Cole (4) was born about 1825 in Richmond Co., NC (although both the 1850 and 1870 census says TN).  He married Mary Ann Armstrong, daughter of John Armstrong and Sarah Frances King, on 3 Jan. 1849 in Lincoln Co., TN.  She was born about 1822 in TN.  All their children were born in Lincoln Co., TN.

    R?2 gives Nancy as a child, and R?3 gives Sarah, John, and Joseph.  After careful examination of census records, it was determined that all 4 were children of William and Mary Ann.  The 1850 census for District 9, Lincoln Co., TN, page 116, house 167, listed Sarah, 10 months.  They could not be found in 1860.  The 1870 census, Dist. 9, Lincoln Co., TN, page 297, house 48, listed William Cole, 45, farmer, Mary, 47, Sarah, 21, John, 18, Joseph, 13, Nancy Armstrong, 16, and William Armstrong, 23.  The 1860 census was examined for the family of T. H. Armstrong (Dist. 9, Lincoln Co., TN, page 91, house 1319), and William was included but no Nancy, so it was decided that Nancy must be William’s wife rather than a sister.  (R?2, R?3)

    Children – Cole

    1. Sarah Cole, b.c. 1849.
    2. John Cole, b.c. 1852.

    +32.  Nancy Jane Cole, b. 24 Oct. 1853, m. William Donald Armstrong, d. 1929.

    1. Joseph Cole, b.c. 1857.


    Joseph B. Cole (5) was born 10 Dec. 1827 in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 13 April 1902.  He married Sarah Jane Armstrong on 26 Feb. 1856 in Lincoln Co., TN.  She was born 3 June 1834 and died 2 Oct. 1903.  All their children were born in TN, probably Lincoln Co.  The first child was not mentioned by R?1, and the last one was not mentioned by R?3.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Cole

    1. John Cole, b.c. 1859.

    +35.  George Anderson Cole, b. 7 Jan. 1853 (or 1861), m. Martha Wisdom, d. 9 Dec. 1916.

    1. Nancy E. Cole, b.c. 1863.
    2. William Benson (“Ben”) Cole, b.c. 1865-66.
    3. Robert H. Cole, b.c. 1870.


    John William Cole (6) was born 15 Oct. 1829 (or 1830) in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 7 Sept. 1904 in Sequoyah Co. (Indian Territory), OK.  He married Elizabeth Painter, possibly named May Elizabeth, daughter of William Painter and Hepsie Epps, on 15 Jan. 1851 in Lincoln Co., TN.  She was born 15 Sept. 1834 in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 2 Feb. 1900 in Sequoyah Co. (Indian Territory), OK.  They were both buried in Fleetwood/Hanson Cem., Hanson, Sequoyah Co. (Indian Terr.), OK.  Their first 4 children were born in TN and the others in AR.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Cole

    +39.  William Henry Cole, b.c. 1853, m(1) Martha Ellen Johnston, 7 Oct. 1888, m(2) Hester Ann Tosh, 14 Sept. 1876.

    +40.  John William Cole, b.c. 1856, m. Nancy Jane Francis, 1 Oct. 1874.

    +41.  Jacob A. Cole, b. 19 July 1857, m. Elizabeth Francis, 15 Oct. 1883, d. 1 Nov. 1932.

    1. George A. Cole, b.c. 1859.

    +43.  Franklin Price Cole, b. 26 Oct. 1861, m. Alice Nora Pierce, 10 March 1884, d. 26 Oct. 1952.

    +44.  Lawrence James Cole, b. 2 March 1865, m. Hannah Katherine Marlin, 9 Dec. 1888, d. 9 Sept. 1907.

    +45.  Nancy Jane Cole, b.c. 1867, m. James J. Lewis, 24 Jan. 1885.

    +46.  Hepsie Mary Cole, b. 1 Dec. 1870, m. Henry Spark Wren, 15 Jan. 1889, d. 15 July 1948.

    +47.  Sarah Malinda Cole, b. 2 March 1874, m. Newton Andrew Wren, 9 Sept. 1889, d. 3 March 1958.

    1. Fannie H. Cole, b.c. 1876 Cushman, Independence Co., AR), m. J. R. Dawson, 15 Dec. 1895 (Cushman, Independence Co., AR).  He was b.c. 1867.  No known children.


    Anderson Cole (9) was born in Nov. 1837 in Norris Creek, Lincoln Co., TN.  He married Lucy Easter Cummins, daughter of Thomas J. Cummins, on 18 Jan. 1858 in Lincoln Co., TN.  Their first child was born in Lincoln Co., TN, the next 2 in Union Twp., Independence Co., AR, and all the others in Norris Creek, Belleville, Lincoln Co., TN.  (R?1)

    Children – Cole

    1. Susie Cole, b.c. 1858, died young.
    2. Nancy Elizabeth Cole, b.c. 1860.
    3. John William Cole, b. Aug. 1865.
    4. Mary Margaret (“Maggie”) Cole, b. Sept. 1869.

    +53.  Sarah Emaline Cole, b. 1 July 1868, m(1) Fred H. Gould, 14 Jan. 1897, m(2) John Cottrell, 1903, d. 5 Aug. 1935.

    1. Emma C. Cole, b. 21 July 1873.
    2. Dollie Anne Cole, b. Sept. 1874.
    3. Hugh Montgomery Cole, b. Dec. 1877.
    4. Samuel Walter Cole, b. May 1879.
    5. Edgar Carrol Cole, b.c. 1883.






    Margaret Jane Epps (12) was born in June 1844 in TN, and died after 1881 in Parker Co., TX.  She married Edward (or Elias) A. Braxton, son of Lacy Braxton and Elizabeth Parker, on 8 April 1869 in Lincoln Co., TN.  He was born in March 1844 in Pitt Co., NC, and died after 1911 in Parker Co., TX.  All their children were born in TN, except for the last one who was born in Weatherford, TX.  (R?1)

    Children – Braxton

    1. John E. Braxton, b.c. 1870, b. Lizzie Carter.
    2. Hugh C. Braxton, b.c. 1872.
    3. Elizabeth B. Braxton, b.c. 1874.
    4. Elbert M. Braxton, b.c. 1875, m. Sidney Loula Yount.  She was b. 10 Sept. 1876 in Independence Co., AR, and d. 10 Feb. 1965 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX.
    5. James W. Braxton, b. 18 Feb. 1877.

    +64.  Laura Ann Braxton, b. 18 Feb. 1877, m(1) Walter Adams, 15 Sept. 1894, m(2) Brice Martin Finley, m(3) Tom Davenport, d. 16 Dec. 1953.

    1. Jesse H. Braxton, b.c. 1879.
    2. Mineola Braxton, b. April 1882, m. Albert Lee Milburn, d. 1930.


    William Crutchfield Epps (14) was born 5 Jan. 1848 in TN, and died 10 April 1928.  He married Mary Frances Wells.  She was born 11 July 1844 and died 17 Jan. 1938.  (R?7)

    Children – Epps

    +67.  John Coleman Epps, b. 5 Jan. 1872, m. Hattie Apelona Gamble, d. 20 Nov. 1940.

    +68.  Hugh Montgomery Epps, b. 24 May 1874, m. Almedia Evaline Hastings, d. 20 June 1942.

    1. Liza Epps, b. 24 Sept. 1881, d. 18 Oct. 1953.
    2. Leona Margaret Epps, b.c. 1881, m. Arch Sweeney, d. 27 May 1957.  He was b. 27 Aug. 1886 and d. 7 Jan. 1951.


    Elizabeth C. (“Betty”) Epps (15) was born about 1850 in TN.  She married William James Lancaster.  He was born about 1841 in TN.  They were in the 1870 census for Marshall Co., TN, living next to her parents. They were in the 1880 census for District 10, Lincoln Co., TN, page 139A, with all their children born in TN, and her brother, Joseph A. Epps, living with them.  William was a farmer.  (R?4)

    Children – Lancaster

    1. John W. Lancaster, b.c. 1869.

    +72.  Idella J. Lancaster, b.c. 1871, m. Samuel Andrew Stirling Wilson.

    1. Hattie E. Lancaster, b.c. 1873.
    2. Anna M. Lancaster, b.c. 1877.
    3. William W. Lancaster, b.c. 1879.


    Hiram Thomas Epps (17), sometimes called Thomas, was born 14 March 1858 in TN, and died 1 Aug. 1945.  He married Martha Ann Chesser.  She was born 11 July 1857 in TN, and died 18 June 1936.  They were in the 1880 census for Marshall Co., TN, living with his widowed mother.  They were in the 1900 census for Lincoln Co., TN, when he was a farm laborer, and 5 of their 8 children were still living.  All their children were born in TN.  (R?7)

    Children – Epps

    1. Martha Elizabeth Epps, b. 10 June 1883[2], m. Arnold Shearl, d. 10 May 1945.  He was b. 17 Dec. 1878 and d. 18 Jan. 1947.

    +77.  Samuel Huey Epps, b. 26 Jan. 1888, m. Hannah Clara Van Zant, d. 1 May 1967.

    1. Anna Mae Epps, b. 25 Oct. 1891, m. ?????? Armstrong, d. 9 June 1969.

    +79.  James Thomas Epps, b. 2 April 1894, m. Mary Abanade Releva Davis, d. 12 July 1961.

    1. William George Epps, b. July 1898, m. Jessie ??????, d. 10 Nov. 1954. 1 dau.



    Florence Cole (19) was born about 1849 or 1850 in Lincoln Co., TN.  She married John Norris Epps, son of James Creighton Epps and Nancy A. Norris, on 2 Nov. 1876 in Fayetteville, Lincoln Co., TN.  This was his second marriage.  He was born 27 March 1841 and died 25 Aug. 1929, both in Bellville, Lincoln Co., TN.  They were both buried in Unity Cem., Howell, Lincoln Co., TN.  He served four years with the 8th Tennessee Regt. during the Civil War.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Epps

    1. Myrtle Epps, m. Elliot Newcomb.
    2. Mattie Epps, b. 1878.
    3. Kate Laura Epps, b. May 1882, m. Jode Forrester.
    4. John S. Epps, b. 1 Sept. 1882, m. Nancy ??????, d. 6 March 1914.
    5. Joe Monroe Epps, b. 2 Feb. 1886 (Bellville, Lincoln Co., TN), m. Lonnie Lee Riley, 11 March 1913 (Pilgrim Congregational Church, Dallas, TX), d. 29 Dec. 1955 (Houston, TX).  She d. prob. in Dallas, TX of leukemia, dau. of David Riley and Molly Hunt.

    +86.  Edwin Roscoe Epps, b. 28 Feb. 1890, m. Annie Elizabeth Malone, 3 Sept. 1910, d. 25 Jan. 1964.



    Nancy Jane Cole (32) was born 24 Oct. 1853 in Lincoln Co., TN, and died in 1929.  She married William Donald Armstrong, son of Thomas (“Tom”) H. Armstrong and Lettie Charlotta Crane, on 27 Jan. 1870 in Lincoln Co., TN.  He was born about 1847 in TN.  His middle name may actually have been McDonald, since that is the middle name of one of his children, and the 1910 census abbreviated his middle name as Mc.

    They were in the 1870 census for Dist. 9, Lincoln Co., TN, page 297, house 48, in the household of her parents.  They were in the 1880 census for Dist. 10, Lincoln Co., TN, page 145A, and in the 1910 census for Civil Dist. 11, Lincoln Co., TN, ED 76, page 139A, house 72.  All their children were born in TN.  He was a farmer.  (R?2)

    Children – Armstrong

    1. James L. Armstrong, b.c. 1871.
    2. Mary C. Armstrong, b.c. 1873.
    3. John Armstrong, b.c. 1877.
    4. Carrie L. Armstrong, b.c. 1879.
    5. Bert R. Armstrong, b.c. 1882.

    +92.  Bess McDonald Armstrong, b.c. 1890, m. Levoy Brooks Turney, 4 Jan. 1917.

    1. Enady (?) Armstrong (son), b.c. 1893.
    2. Jennifer W. Armstrong, b.c. 1895.



    George Anderson Cole (35) was born 7 Jan. 1853 (or 1861) in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 9 Dec. 1916.  He married Martha Wisdom before 1878.  She was born 21 Sept. 1852 and died 22 Sept. 1888.  (R?3)

    Children – Cole

    1. Nannie V. Cole, b. 22 Sept. 1878, m. ?????? Frazior, d. 11 Aug. 1943.  No known children.

    +96.  Sarah Leona Cole, b. 28 April 1883, m. Charles Newton Melugin, d. 11 Dec. 1972.



    William Henry Cole (39) was born about 1853 in Lincoln Co., TN.  He first married Martha Ellen Johnston on 7 Oct. 1888 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR.  He married second Hester Ann (“Hettie”) Tosh on 14 Sept. 1876 in Cushman, AR.  She was born in 1862 in Cushman, AR.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Cole, by Martha E. Johnston

    1. Henry Edgar Cole, b. 27 July 1890 (Cushman, Independence Co., AR), d. 27 July 1960 in Oklahoma City, OK.
    2. William Allen (“Chock”) Cole, b. 25 Jan. 1893 (Red Oak, Indian Territory, later Oklahoma), m. Uvia Beadie (“Tess”) Sanders, 11 June 1916, d. 11 Nov. 1918 (Ft. Sam Houston, TX).  1 child.

    Children – Cole, by Hester A. Tosh

    1. Birdie Cole


    John William Cole (40) was born about 1856 in Lincoln Co., TN, and was buried in Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co., OK.  He married Nancy Jane Francis, daughter of John Adcock Francis and Mary Ann Baldwin, on 1 Oct. 1874 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR.  She was born in 1859 in Itawamba Co., MS, probably died before 1900, and was buried in Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co., OK.  All their children, with the possible exception of Magdalene, were born in Cushman, AR.  R?3 listed children John, Mary Elizabeth, Lucinda Jane, Roosevelt, Bill, Charlie, and Magdalene, and did not give the second marriage.

    He married second Martha Maud (“Fannie”) Booth.  She died in 1914 in Vian, Sequoyah Co., OK, and was buried in Summit View Cem., Guthrie, OK.  John and Maud were in the 1900 census for Twp. 11, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, with children Charley Smith, 11 (probably her son by a previous marriage), Fannie Cole, 8, Littie Cole, 6, Willie Cole, 3, and Lester Cole, 6/12.  (R?3, R?6)

    Children – Cole, by Nancy J. Francis

    1. John Cole, b. 1875.

    +101.  Mary Elizabeth Cole, b. 6 Jan. 1877, m. Samuel Henry Thompson, d. 13 March 1937.

    1. Lucinda Jane Cole, b. 1880.
    2. Dock Cole

    +104.  Jacob A. Cole, b. 10 Oct. 1887, m. Dora Malinda Woods, d. 11 April 1947.

    Children – Cole, by Martha M. Booth

    1. Willie Cole (dau.), b. June 1896.
    2. Lester Lawrence Cole, b. 30 Nov. 1899 (Sallisaw, OK), m(1) Lillie Mae Adams, m(2) Josie Mae Hopkins, d. 18 Oct. 1967 (Guthrie, OK).  Lillie was b. 3 Feb. 1902 in Caney, Atoka Co., OK, and d. 20 April 1971 in Monte Alto, Hidalgo Co., TX.  Josie d. 1990.
    3. Ella Cole
    4. Nannie Cole
    5. Jesse Joy Cole
    6. Floyd Cole


    Jacob A. Cole (41) was born 19 July 1857 in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 1 Nov. 1932 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR.  He married Elizabeth Francis, daughter of John Adcock Francis and Mary A. (Abigail?) Baldwin, on 15 Oct. 1883 in Cushman, AR.  She was born 3 April 1868 in Itawamba Co., MS, and died 10 March 1928 in Cushman, AR.  They were both buried in the Francis Cem. near Cushman, AR.  Land for the cemetery was donated by her father John Adcock Francis.  (R?3)

    Children – Cole

    1. Jim Cole
    2. Margaret Cole, b. 1890 (Cushman, AR), m. W. C. Skelton, 12 Nov. 1911 (Cushman, AR).  He was b. 1890.  No known children.

    +113.  William Cole, b. 31 July 1904, m. Gracie Mae Walker, 24 Dec. 1925, d. 10 Jan. 1985.

    1. Jeff Cole
    2. John William Cole, m. ?????? Richardson.  1 child.
    3. Norma Cole
    4. Ester Cole
    5. Lucy Cole
    6. Sedia Cole


    Franklin Price (“Babe”) Cole (43) was born 26 Oct. 1861 in Independence Co., AR, and died 26 Oct. 1952 in Fannin Co., TX.  He married Alice Nora Pierce, daughter of James Alfred Pierce and Catherine Lewellen, on 10 March 1884 in Independence Co., AR (or Green Co., MO).  She was born 7 May 1870 in Green Co., MO, and died 14 Jan. 1938 in Fannin Co., TX.  They were both buried in Honey Grove Cem. (or Shilow Cem.), Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX.  Their first 8 children were born in Independence Co., AR, and the last in Fannin Co., TX.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Cole

    +120.  Frankie Cole, b. 1890, m. James F. Francis, 14 Nov. 1906, d. 1917 or 1918.

    1. Mable Cole, b. Jan. 1893, m. John H. Pullen, 4 July 1913 (Bonham, Fannin Co., TX), d. 1927-29.  He was b. 8 March 1888, and d. Sept. 1969 in Weatherford, OK.

    +122.  Mary Eddy Cole, b. 20 Sept. 1894, m. Jacob Andrew Bass, 17 Dec. 1915, d. 26 Jan. 1973.

    +123.  Hayden Lemuel Cole, b. 11 June 1896, m. Etta Jane Melton, 26 Dec. 1916, d. 28 May 1936.

    1. Hulda Elizabeth Cole, b. 12 Feb. 1897, never married, d. 12 April 1949 (Fannin Co., TX).

    +125.  Coy Conrad Cole, b. 6 Jan. 1904, m. Effie Gertrude Haddock, 1924, d. Nov. 1973.

    +126.  Roy David Cole, b. 15 Nov. 1905, m. Martha Jane Banning, 13 Dec. 1929, d. 26 March 1966.

    +127.  Clyde William Cole, b. 1 March 1907, m. Velma Lee Bonham, 28 Dec. 1932, d. 16 March 1987.

    1. Lloyd Cole, b. 1909, d. 1912.


    Lawrence (“Larry”) James Cole (44) was born 2 March 1865 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 9 Sept. 1907 in OK, and was buried in Old Checotah Cem., McIntosh Co., OK.  He married Hannah Katherine (“Kitty”) Marlin, daughter of William M. Marlin and Margaret Sharp, on 9 Dec. 1888 in Sharp Co., AR (or Cushman, AR).  She was born 27 Sept. 1868 in Cushman, AR, died 13 Feb. 1944 in Okemah, Okfuskee Co., OK, and was buried in Greenlawn Cem., McIntosh Co., OK.  (R?6)

    Children – Cole

    1. Eugene Melbourne Cole, b. 7 March 1890 (Melbourne, Izard Co., AR), m. Catherine ??????, d. 10 March 1949.

    +130.  Grover Martin Cole, b. 27 May 1892, m. Kitty Ruth Murrell, d. 20 March 1972.

    1. Arch Judson Cole, b. 27 Feb. 1894 (Creek Nation, OK), m. Ora Ave Swafford, 7 Feb. 1969, d. 1969.
    2. Verna Vista Cole, b. March 1897, m(1) Barney White, m(2) Lee Bailey, d. 1981.
    3. Lawrence James Cole, b. 26 June 1901, m. Wynema Wallace.
    4. Gertrude Cole, b. 2 March 1903 (McIntosh, OK), m. John Pederson, d. 1997.

    +135.  Ruby Amos Cole, b. 25 Jan. 1905, m. Marion M. Williams, 1920, d. 1995.

    1. Larrie Dewayne Cole, b. 8 Oct. 1907 (McIntosh Co., OK), d. 14 Jan. 1996.


    Nancy Jane Cole (45) was born about 1867 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR.  She married James J. Lewis on 24 Jan. 1885 in Independence Co., AR[3].  (R?6)

    Children – Lewis

    1. Maud Lewis
    2. Opah Lewis
    3. Evie Lewis
    4. Leeman Lewis


    Hepsie Mary Cole (46) was born 1 Dec. 1870 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 15 July 1948 in Ladonia (or Honey Grove), Fannin Co., TX, and was buried 17 July 1948 in Allen’s Point Cem., about 7 miles north of Honey Grove off Farm Road 100, Fannin Co., TX.  She married Henry Spark Wren, called Spark, son of Henry Wren and Elvira P. Meeker, on 15 Jan. 1889 in Batesville, Independence Co., AR.  It was his first of two marriages.  He was born 25 Aug. 1869, probably in Cushman, AR, died 1932 in Tulsa, OK, and was buried in Red Fork Cem., Tulsa, OK.  Hepsie left Oklahoma after she and Spark were divorced.  A descendant said that Spark was into politics and that Hepsie was “too country”.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Wren

    +141.  Lona Alevia Wren, b. 8 Sept. 1888, m. Erwin W. Abel, d. 5 Dec. 1978.

    +142.  Oscar Wren, b. 20 May 1892, m. Gatsy Alta Moton, d. Oct. 1927.

    +143.  Audren Wren, b. 29 Jan. 1893 (or 1897), m. Brice Rowland, d. 1979.

    1. Emma Wren, b. 25 Aug. 1894, died young.

    +145.  Clyde T. Wren, b. 14 March 1895 (or 1891), m. Nancy ??????, d. 21 May 1953.

    +146.  Bonnie Wren, b. 8 Aug. 1902, m. Everitt Latimer, 14 Oct. 1920, d. 26 March 1991.

    1. Alvis A. Wren, b. 29 Jan. 1903 (OK), never married, d. 22 June 1922 (Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co., AR).

    +148.  Nellie Wren, b. 3 April 1906, m. Henry James, 22 Oct. 1938, d. 1 April 1980.

    1. Silas A. (or W.) Wren, b. 29 June 1908 (OK), d. 21 Feb. 1977 (Bonham, TX).

    +150.  Vera F. Wren, b. 12 Sept. 1911, m(1) Leslie Lawhorn, m(2) Richard Green, d. 2 July 1977.

    1. child, b. 1914, m. ?????? Jones.


    Sarah Malinda (“Sally”) Cole (47) was born 2 March 1874 in Batesville (or Cushman), Independence Co., AR, and died 3 March 1958 in Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., OK.  She married Newton Andrew Wren, son of Henry Wren and Elvira P. Meeker, on 9 Sept. 1889 in Independence Co. or Sebastian Co. or Searcy Co., AR.  He was born 16 Aug. 1866 in Batesville (or Cushman), AR, and died 17 March 1950 in Henryetta, OK.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Wren

    1. Essie Marie Wren, b. 15 Sept. 1890 (Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co., AR), m(1) Dallas Hall, m(2) Hugh Walls, m(3) Pat Patterson, d. 28 Aug. 1940 (Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., OK).  Dallas was b.c. 1886 in Ft. Smith, AR.

    +153.  Ossie Theodore Wren, b. 15 July 1892, m(1) Gertrude Show, c. 1917, m(2) Fannie ??????, d.c. 1952.

    +154.  William Houston Wren, b. 22 July 1894, m. Ollie Lee Grissom, 7 May 1914, d. 13 Jan. 1967.

    +155.  Mattie Irene Wren, b. 14 Oct. 1896, m(1) Robert DeWitt Scott, 1915, m(2) Robert Dawson, d. 3 March 1962.

    +156.  Nora Vista Wren, b. 5 Feb. 1898, m. Mel D. Wright, c. 1915, d. 5 June 1982.

    +157.  Nina Agnes Wren, b. 29 June 1901, m. Lawrence Ledell Lewis, c. 1918, d. 31 March 1989.

    +158.  Gertrude Inez Wren, b. 7 Oct. 1903, m. Thomas Albert Harroll, 17 Nov. 1922, d. 25 Dec. 1979.

    +159.  Theodore Evans Wren, b. 22 July 1906, m. Lora Edna Nelson, 1925, d. 30 Dec. 1994.

    +160.  George Newton Wren, b. 14 Oct. 1908, m(1) ?????? Whitson, 1938, m(2) Georgia May Penrod, 1953, d. 27 Sept. 1989.

    1. Dorothy M. (“Josephine”) Wren, b. 6 Oct. 1910 (Cooper, Delta Co., TX), d. 3 Feb. 1920 (TX).

    +162.  Roy Wren, b. 13 Feb. 1914, m(1) Ruby Gertrude Randolph, 1937, m(2) Rosella Tenant.

    +163.  Ethel Mae Wren, b. 18 May 1917, m(1) ?????? Stephens, m(2) ?????? Esterbrook, m(3) Paul O’Quin, d. Nov. 1982.



    Sarah Emaline (“Sallie”) Cole (53) was born 1 July 1868 in Norris Creek, Belleville, Lincoln Co., TN, died 5 Aug. 1935 in Barstow, San Bernardino Co., CA, and was buried in Hermosa Cem., Colton, CA.  She first married Fred H. Gould, son of James A. Gould and Lydia Elizabeth Parker, on 14 Jan. 1897 in Huntsville, Madison Co., AL.  He was born 1 April 1863 in Attica Twp., Lapeer Co., MI, and died in 1901.  She married second John Cottrell in 1903.  (R?1)

    Children – Gould

    1. Earl Edgar Gould, b. 23 Dec. 1897 (Madison Co., AL).
    2. Roy Walter Gould, b. 5 Nov. 1900 (Albee Twp., Saginaw Co., MI), m. Rosamonde Belle Stokes, d. 22 Jan. 1946 (Los Angeles, CA).






    Laura Ann Braxton (64) was born 18 Feb. 1877 in Petersburg, TN, and died 16 Dec. 1953.  She first married Walter Adams on 15 Sept. 1894 in Dickson, TN.  He was born about 1871.  She married second Brice Martin Finley, son of Joel Edgar Finley and Martha J. McGarity.  He was born 1 July 1862 in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, and died 11 Nov. 1928 in Temple, OK.  She married third Tom Davenport.  (R?1)

    Children – Finley

    1. Lizzie Mae Finley, b. 21 May 1900 (Poolville, Parker Co., TX), m. Charles Ervin Lewis, d. 25 Sept. 1989 (North Bend, OR).  He was b. 22 Oct. 1892 in Western Grove, AR, and d. 28 Jan. 1983 in Portland, OR.
    2. Howard Brice Finley, b. 11 March 1902 (Poolville, Parker Co., TX), d. 24 Sept. 1903 (Poolville, Parker Co., TX).
    3. Joseph Houser (“Slim”) Finley, b. 13 Nov. 1903 (Weatherford, TX), m(1) Alice Dora Bryant, m(2) Lillie Fay Walker.  Alice was b. 12 Jan. 1901 in Wylie, TX.  Lillie was b. 26 June 1906 in Randlett, OK, and d. 23 Aug. 1961 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.
    4. Lillian Mildred Finley, b. 13 Aug. 1905 (Poolville, Parker Co., TX), m. Bennie (or Vinnie) Bearden, d. 12 Sept. 1973.
    5. Elmer Dorsie (“Doss”) Finley, b. 5 May 1908, m. ?????? Lewellen, d. 12 Dec. 1953.
    6. child, m. ?????? Ezzell.



    John Coleman Epps (67) was born 5 Jan. 1872 and died 20 Nov. 1940.  He married Hattie Apelona Gamble.  She was born 24 May 1850 and died 26 Sept. 1932.  (R?7)

    Children – Epps

    1. William Thomas Epps, b. 11 Dec. 1898, m. Eula Mae ??????, d. 19 May 1962.  She was b. 4 Dec. 1912 and d. 16 Aug. 1976.


    Hugh Montgomery Epps (68) was born 24 May 1874 and died 20 June 1942l.  He married Almedia Evaline Hastings.  She was born 28 Sept. 1870.  (R?7)

    Children – Epps

    1. Nellie May Epps, b. 5 July 1902, m. John Dewey Nichols, 6 April 1929 (Bedford Co., TN), d. 30 Aug. 1932.



    Idella J. Lancaster (72) was born about 1871 in TN.  She married Samuel Andrew Stirling Wilson.  (R?4)

    Children – Wilson

    +174.  Vera Rebecca Wilson, m. Frank Clair Musgrave.



    Samuel Huey Epps (77) was born 26 Jan. 1888 in TN[4], and died 1 May 1967.  He married Hannah Clara (or Carroll) Van Zant, daughter of William K. Van Zant and Maggie ??????.  She was born 21 Aug. 1896 in PA[5], and died 10 May 1960.  They were in the 1920 census for District 12, Piedmont, Calhoun Co., AL, when he was a machinist in a garage, his brother-in-law William T. Vansandt was living with them, and his wife’s name was given as Hannah.  They were in the 1930 census for Piedmont, Calhoun Co., AL, when his brother-in-law Frank Vansant was living with him, and his wife was listed as Clara.  All their children were born in AL.  (R?7)

    Children – Epps

    1. William T. (or F.) Epps, b.c. 1915.  Although this name was given in the 1920 census, R?7 gave him as Fred Huey Epps, b. 10 April 1914, d. 10 Aug. 1927.
    2. Catherine E. Epps, b.c. Oct. 1916.

    +177.  Annie Margarette Epps, b.c. 1919, m. Zack Scogin, d. 8 Oct. 1999.

    1. Sam Epps, b.c. 1923.
    2. William Thomas (“Billie”) Epps, b. 29 Dec. 1929, m. Rita Fitzpatrick, d. 23 Nov. 1976 (Piedmont, Calhoun Co., AL).


    James Thomas Epps (79) was born 2 April 1894 in TN, and died 12 July 1961.  He married Mary Abanade Releva Davis, daughter of Reed Andrew Davis.  She was born 26 Dec. 1894, and died 27 March 1983 in Myrtle Beach, Horry Co., SC.  (R?7)

    Children – Epps

    1. James H. Epps, b. 6 July 1915, d. 2 Dec. 1952.

    +181.  Margie Dessie Lee Epps, b. 10 June 1920, m. Robert Franklin Bates, d. 10 May 1985.

    1. Andrew George Epps, b. 12 April 1923, d. 7 Jan. 1956.
    2. Dorothy Ann Epps, b. 1 May 1925, d. 28 Sept. 1925.

    +184.  Martha Jewett Epps, b. 27 Oct. 1927, m(1) William Brooks, d. 12 July 1986.



    Edwin Roscoe Epps (86) was born 28 Feb. 1890 and died 25 Jan. 1964, both in Belleville, Lincoln Co., TN.  He married Annie Elizabeth (“Bessie”) Malone on 3 Sept. 1910.  She was born 19 Dec. 1892 in Lincoln Co., TN, and died 9 Aug. 1938.  None of their children had any known children.  (R?3)

    Children – Epps

    1. John L. Epps, b. 1 Aug. 1911, m. Georgie Lee Groce, 18 Aug. 1934.
    2. James Lawrence Epps, b. 27 June 1915, m. Pauline Bartlette, 16 April 1938.
    3. Edith Ray Epps, b. 20 July 1918, m. Johnnie Clayton Jones, 6 Oct. 1934.
    4. Dorothy Elizabeth Epps, b. 28 July 1932, m. Buford Terral Brown, 27 Aug. 1949.
    5. Edwin Roscoe Epps, Jr., b. 18 June 1938, m. Dorothy Dollar, Oct. 1954.



    Bess McDonald Armstrong (92) was born about 1890 in TN.  She married Levoy Brooks Turney, son of Samuel H. Turney and Pearl Smith, on 4 Jan. 1917 in Lincoln Co., TN.  He was born 17 Sept. 1896 and died 31 Jan. 1957.  (R?2)

    Children – Turney

    +190.  Hilda Fay Turney, b. 1919, m. Clifton Carter Stubblefield.



    Sarah Leona Cole (96) was born 28 April 1883 and died 11 Dec. 1972.  She married Charles Newton Melugin before 1903.  He was born 8 Aug. 1867 and died in 1923.  (R?3)

    Children – Melugin

    1. Charles Anderson Melugin, b. 10 Dec. 1903, d. 1972.
    2. Clyde Henry Melugin, b. 14 Dec. 1906, d. 11 Sept. 1969.

    +193.  Zella Louise Melugin, b. 6 May 1909, m. Edward Hopkins, d. 8 May 1994.



    William Allen (“Chock”) Cole (98) was born 25 Jan. 1893 in Red Oak, Indian Territory, later Oklahoma, died 11 Nov. 1918 in Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and was buried 14 Nov. 1918 in National Cem., San Antonio, TX. He married Uvia Beadie (“Tess) Sanders on 11 June 1916 in McAllester, Pittsburg Co., OK.  She was born 10 Jan. 1898, and died in July 1964 in TX.  (R?1)

    Children – Cole

    1. child, married.  2 children.



    Mary Elizabeth Cole (101) was born 6 Jan. 1877 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 13 March 1937 in Atoka, Atoka Co., OK.  She was buried 15 March 1937 in Hartshorne Cem., Pittsburg Co., OK.  She married Samuel Henry Thompson, son of Samuel Henry Thompson and Mary Elizabeth Love.  He was born 22 Sept. 1871 in Hampshire, Maury Co., TN, died 3 Jan. 1922 in Hartshorne (or Arch), Pittsburg Co., OK, and was buried 4 Jan. 1922 in Elmwood Cem., Hartshorne, Pittsburg Co., OK.  They were in the 1910 census for Cabaniss Twp., Pittsburg Co., OK, when he was a farmer.  (R?6)

    Children – Thompson

    1. Georgia Mae Thompson, b.c. 1898, m. Clarence McClendon, d. 1949.
    2. Hayden Smith (“Hade”) Thompson, b. 21 Oct. 1900, m. Minnie ??????.
    3. Bessie Marie Thompson, b. 21 Oct. 1903, m. Pat Lowery, d. 27 July 1977.
    4. Oscar Clayton (“Pete”) Thompson, b. 7 May 1905, d. 6 Aug. 1966.
    5. Arthur Henry (“Dobie”) Thompson, b.c. 1906, m. “Sis” Yates, d. 6 Aug. 1966.  He was bur. in Butler or Lane, OK.  3 children.
    6. Clifton Thompson, b.c. 1909, m. Ruby Cross.  He was bur. in Ironstob, Atoka Co., OK.  2 children.
    7. Verna Lucille Thompson, m(1) Jack Rebedeau, m(2) Jack Leach.  She was bur. in California.  2 children by first marriage.
    8. Ruby Lee Thompson, b. 8 April 1914 (Pittsburg Co., OK), m. John Braxton Blann, d. 18 Jan. 1934 (Bentley, Atoka Co., OK).  She was bur. in Butler, Custer Co., OK.  He was b. 28 Feb. 1907 in LaDonia, Fannin Co., TX, and d. in Atoka, Atoka Co., OK.  4 children, all of whom married and had children.
    9. Esther Thompson, b. 30 May 1917 (Haywood, Pittsburg Co., OK), m. Alvis Leo Rock, 12 April 1939 (Atoka Co., OK), d. 19 Dec. 1990 (Stillwell, Adair Co., OK).  She was bur. 22 Dec. 1990 in Stillwell, OK.  He was b. 23 May 1919 in McAlester, Pittsburg Co., OK, son of James Audra Rock and Oma Mearl Jordan.  4 children, all of whom married and had children.
    10. Mary Louise Thompson, m. Jim William Shumard, 1938 (Atoka Co., OK), d. 1972 (Arcata, Humboldt Co., CA).  He was b. 19 May 1917, son of Roy Brook Shumard and Lola Mae Chapman.  5 children.


    Jacob A. Cole (104) was born 10 Oct. 1887 and died 11 April 1947.  He married Dora Malinda Woods, daughter of Joseph Woods and Laura Justin Rummage.  She was born 1 Aug. 1886 and died 13 March 1974. They were both buried in Fleetwood Cem., Sequoyah Co., OK.  (R?6)

    Children – Cole

    1. Cluvie Clyde Cole
    2. Lela Cole
    3. Geneva Leone Cole, b. Jan. 1907, m. Owen Corbit.



    William (“Will”) Cole (113) was born 31 July 1904 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, and died 10 Jan. 1985 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX.  He married Gracie Mae Walker on 24 Dec. 1925 in Mt. Pleasant, Izard Co., AR.  She was born 9 Aug. 1907 in Bonham, Fannin Co., TX, and died 27 Sept. 1986 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX.  All their children were born in Cushman, AR.  (R?3)

    Children – Cole

    1. Johnnie Cole
    2. Alvin Cole
    3. Calvin Cole
    4. Frances Cole



    Frankie Cole (120) was born in 1890 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, and died in 1917 or 1918 in Fannin Co., AR.  She married James F. Francis on 14 Nov. 1906 in Cushman, AR.  He was born in 1886 in Cushman, AR.  They were both buried in Shillow (or Shiloh?) Cem.  (R?3)

    Children – Francis

    1. Ruth Francis, b. 1908 (Cushman, Independence Co., AR).


    Mary Eddy Cole (122) was born 20 Sept. 1894 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 26 Jan. 1973 in Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX, and was buried in Oak Wood Cem. (or Honey Grove Cem.), Honey Grove, TX.  She married Jacob Andrew (“Jake”) Bass, son of Jasper Andrew Bass and Jane Hulda Haymes, on 17 Dec. 1915 in Bonham, Fannin Co., TX.  He was born 20 Sept. 1887 in Marshfield, Webster Co., MO, and died 9 Oct. 1970 in Honey Grove, TX.

    Three of their sons served their country in World War II.  Dale and Lois were in the U.S. Navy.  E.J. served in the U.S. Infantry.  All survived the war, but Lois was severly shell shocked.  Dale stayed in the service and retired.  (Much of this information was supplied to the LDS Ancestral File by Lois Bass.)  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Bass

    1. Louie Bass, b. 1915 (Fannin Co., TX), d. 3 Aug. 1917 (Fannin Co., TX).
    2. Dewey Bass, b. 1917 (Fannin Co., TX), d. 1917.
    3. Dale William (or William Dale) Bass, b. 11 June 1919 (Fannin Co., TX), d. 17 May 1979.

    +216.  E. J. Bass, b. 11 Dec. 1921, m. Norma Jean Martin, 10 March 1948, d. 28 July 1979.

    1. Lois Bass (male), b. 18 April 1923 (Honey Grove, TX), d. 2 Feb. 1985 (Dallas Co., MO).
    2. Mary Alice (or Alice Juanita) Bass, b. 1 March 1925 (Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX), d. 20 March 1936 (Fannin Co., TX).

    +219.  Donald Lee Bass, b. 24 Oct. 1932, m. Carolyn Dull, 13 June 1958.


    Hayden Lemuel Cole (123) was born 11 June 1896 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 28 May 1936 in Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX, and was buried in Shilow (or Shiloh?) Cem.  He married Etta Jane Melson on 26 Dec. 1916 in Cushman, AR.  She was born in 1901 in Cushman, AR.  All their children were born in Honey Grove, TX.  (R?3)

    Children – Cole

    1. Ulysses Stanley Cole, b. 28 Oct. 1918, d.c. 1919 (Honey Grove, TX).
    2. Albert Verlin Cole, b. 20 Jan. 1920, m. Olive Maude Smiley, c. 1940 (Bonham, Fannin Co., TX).  No known children.

    +222.  Elmer Eugene Cole, b. 3 May 1928, m. Grace Kathryn Page, 10 Sept. 1945.

    1. Delmar Cole, b.c. 1935.

    +224.  Alva Herman Cole, b. 23 April 1922, m. Dorothy Lou Lawhorn, Nov. 1949.


    Coy Conrad Cole (125) was born 6 Jan. 1904 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died in Nov. 1973 in Monahans, Ward Co., TX, and was buried in Monahans, TX.  He married Effie Gertrude Haddock in 1924 in Bonham, Fannin Co., TX.  She died in 1996 in Abilene, TX.  (R?3)

    Children – Cole

    1. Otis Cole, b.c. 1926 (Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX).
    2. Faye Cole
    3. Addie Mae Cole, b. 1931.
    4. Jerry Conrad (“Snooks”) Cole
    5. Larry Cole
    6. Kathy Cole
    7. Margie Cole
    8. Roy Cole
    9. Susie Cole
    10. Sylvia Cole
    11. Coy Conrad Cole, Jr., b.c. 1934.
    12. Anita Cole


    Roy David Cole (126) was born 15 Nov. 1905 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 26 March 1966 in Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX, and was buried 28 March 1966 in Oak Wood Cem. (or Honey Grove Cem.), Honey Grove, TX.  He married Martha Jane (“Janie”) Banning, daughter of Andrew Lorenzo (“Andy”) Banning and Sarah Elizabeth (“Betty”) Helms, on 13 Dec. 1929 in Lamesa, TX.  She was born 5 (or 6) Oct. 1906 in Cushman, AR, and died 7 June 1988 in Honey Grove, TX.  Their first 2 children were twins and were born in Paris, Lamar Co., TX, and the last one was born in Honey Grove, TX.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Cole

    +237.  Mazie Joan Cole, b. 15 July 1931, m. James Ralph Clark, 24 Sept. 1955.

    1. Jack Jones Cole, b. 15 July 1931, d. 15 Oct. 1931 (Honey Grove, TX).  Bur. in the Cole family plot in the Shilow Cem., which is off farm road 100, north of Honey Grove, TX.

    +239.  Jeanetta Raye Cole, b. 18 May 1934, m. Alexander McDonald Wilson, July 1962.


    Clyde William Cole (127) was born 1 March 1907 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 16 March 1987 in Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX, and was buried in Oak Wood Cem., Honey Grove, TX.  He married Velma Lee Bonham on 28 Dec. 1932 in Hugo, OK.  She was born 28 June 1911 in Fannin Co., TX.  All their children were born in Honey Grove, TX.  (R?3)

    Children – Cole

    +240.  Lois Magness Cole,

    1. Clyde William Cole, Jr., b. 16 Oct. 1940.
    2. Billie Joe Cole, b. 7 Oct. 1944.



    Grover Martin Cole (130) was born 27 May 1892 in AR, died 20 March 1972 in Pasadena, Harris Co., TX, and was buried 22 March 1972 in Lawndale Cem., Forest Park, TX.  He married Kitty Ruth Murrell.  (R?6)

    Children – Cole

    1. Eugene M. Cole


    Ruby Amos Cole (135) was born 25 Jan. 1905 in Deep Fork Bottom, Onapa, McIntosh Co., OK, and died in 1995.  She married Marion M. Williams in 1920.  He was born in 1892 and died in 1985.  (R?6)

    Children – Williams

    1. Jack Williams
    2. Cole Williams



    Lona (“Lonie”) Alevia Wren (141) was born 8 Sept. 1888 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, died 5 Dec. 1978 in Owasso (or Tulsa), OK, and was buried 6 Dec. 1978 in Floral Haven Cem., Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK. She married Erwin Watts Abel, son of John F. Abel and Nancy Jane Humphrey, on 11 July 1910 in Brent, Sequayah Co., OK.  He was born 2 Oct. 1893 in Muldrow, Sequoyah Co. (Indian Territory), OK, died 25 Oct. 1970 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, and was buried in Floral Haven Cem., Tulsa, OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Abel

    1. child
    2. child
    3. Lester Cortez Abel, b. 31 Aug. 1912, m. ??????, d. Dec. 1991.  1 daughter.
    4. Clifford H. Abel, b. 2 June 1914 (OK), m. ??????, d. 7 Aug. 1988 (Tulsa, OK).
    5. son, m. ??????.
    6. daughter, m. ?????? Holestine.
    7. son, m. ??????.
    8. Morgan Chester (“Sonny”) Abel, b. 1919 (OK), died at age 6 months, drowned.
    9. Bernice Inez Abel, b. 14 July 1921 (Owasso, OK), m. Perry Thoele, d. Oct. 1955 (Owasso, OK).  He was b. 30 Dec. 1918 in KS, and d. 20 Sept. 1996 in Stillwater, OK. 1 daughter.


    Oscar (“Gordon”) Wren (142) was born 20 May 1892 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, and died in Oct. 1927.  He married Gatsy Alta Moton.  She was born 28 Jan. 1894 in AR, died 28 Jan. 1920 in OK, and was buried in Brent Cem., Brent, Sequoyah Co., OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Wren

    1. Teresa May (“Minnie”) Wren, b. 14 May 1914 (OK), d. 28 May 1914.
    2. child
    3. daughter, m. ?????? Edwards.
    4. daughter, m. ?????? Childs (or Mackey).


    Audren (“Audra”) Wren (143) was born 29 Jan. 1893 (or 1897) in OK, and died in 1979.  She married Brice Rowland.  He was born about 1893.  (R?1)

    Children – Rowland

    1. child
    2. son, m. ??????.
    3. child
    4. daughter, m. ?????? Santini.
    5. daughter, m. ?????? McKeney.
    6. daughter, m. ?????? Croney.
    7. daughter, m. ?????? Qualls (or Oualls).
    8. daughter, m. ?????? Heisserer.
    9. daughter, m. ?????? Pabst.


    Clyde T. (“Buster”) Wren (145) was born 14 March 1895 (or 1891) in OK, and died 21 March 1953.  He married Nancy (“Mattie”) ??????.  She was born about 1896 in OK.  The family was in the 1930 census for Precinct 4, Lamar Co., TX, ED 26, house 134, page 8A, with Clyde listed as age 35, farmer, Mattie, age 28, and 6 children (all except Richard): Clyde Jr., 11, Okley (?), 10, Opal, 10, Wynona, 4, Wayne, 2, Ester, 3/12.  Their first 6 children were born in OK, the next 3 in TX, the next one in OK, and the last one unknown.  (R?1)

    Children – Wren

    1. Richard E. Wren, b.c. 1914, prob. d. before 1930 (not in 1930 census).
    2. Clyde E. Wren, b. 14 Dec. 1915 (Brent, Sequoyah Co., OK), d. 17 Oct. 1981 (OK).
    3. Okley (?) Wren (daughter), b.c. 1919, m. ?????? Coeven.
    4. Opal Wren, b.c. 1919, m. ?????? Hutcherson.
    5. Wynona Wren, b. 14 Feb. 1925 (Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK), m. ?????? Heil.
    6. Wayne Wren, b. 2 March 1928 (Tulsa, OK).
    7. Wanda (or Ester) Wren, b. 2 Feb. 1930 (Paris, TX), m. ?????? Davis.
    8. Wilmar Wren, b. 13 Aug. 1932 (Paris, TX).
    9. Babbye Wren, b. 25 Aug. 1934 (Royton, TX), m. ?????? Statt.
    10. Glendol Wren, b. 24 July 1937 (Paden, OK).
    11. child


    Bonnie (“Gladys”) Wren (146) was born 8 Aug. 1902 in Sequoyah Co., Indian Territory, OK, and died 26 March 1991 in St. John’s Hospital, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK.  She married Everitt (“Earl”) Latimer, son of Benjamin Franklin (“Bennie Frank”) Latimer and Mary Alice (Allena) Davault, on 14 Oct. 1920 in OK.  He was born 1 Jan. 1896 in Sulphur Springs, Sequoyah Co., Indian Territory, OK, and died 2 Aug. 1969 in Sallisaw Hospital, Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co., OK.  They were both buried in Sallisaw City Cem., Sallisaw, OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Latimer

    1. daughter, m. Francis (“Frank”) Danzl, 11 Nov. 1945 (Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co., OK).  He was b. 18 Oct. 1917 in Melrose, Sterns Co., MT, d. 15 Oct. 1996 at home in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA, and was bur. 17 Oct. 1996 in Golden Gate Mem., San Bruno, San Mateo Co., CA, son of Joseph J. Danzl and Addie E. Leech.  2 children.
    2. daughter, m. David Conrad Robertson, 30 July 1945 (Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co., OK).  He as b. 4 Feb. 1920 in Fairfax, Osage Co., OK, d. 4 April 1991 in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA, and was cremated.  3 children.
    3. daughter, m. Edward George Costa, 4 Aug. 1946.  He was b. 8 Sept. 1923, and d. 20 Aug. 1989 at their cabin in California of a heart attack.  2 children.
    4. daughter, m. ?????? Bray, 17 May 1947 (Gruthie, Sequoyah Co., OK).  3 children.
    5. daughter, m. ?????? Corley.  He is son of Ray Corley and Mittie Artemisa Lillard.  3 children.
    6. son, m(2) ?????? Evaves, m(2) ?????? McKinney, 15 Oct. 1964.
    7. son, m(1) ?????? Oliver, m(2) ?????? Marks, 1985 (Tulsa, OK), m(3) ?????? Latimer.  3 children by 1st wife.


    Nellie (“Bay”) Wren (148) was born 3 April 1906 in OK, died 1 April 1980 in Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX, and was buried in McCraw’s Chapel Cem. (or in Allen’s Point Cem., Allen’s Point, TX).  She married Henry James on 22 Oct. 1938.  He was born 4 Jan. 1889, and died 18 Feb. 1973 in Honey Grove, TX.  (R?1, R?3)

    Children – James

    1. Henry James, Jr., b.c. 1934 (Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX), m. ?????? Meker.


    Vera F. Wren (150) was born 12 Sept. 1911 in OK, died 2 July 1977 in Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX, and was buried in Allen’s Point Cem.  She first married Leslie Lawhorn.  She married second Richard Green. (R?1, R?3)

    Children – Lawhorn

    1. Thomas Lawhorn, b.c. 1930.  He was born before Vera’s marriage to Leslie Lawhorn, and it is uncertain whether his father was by a previous marriage or she was a single mother.
    2. Carolyn Lawhorn, b.c. 1940.  She was adopted by a couple in Delta Co., TX when she was about 10 years old.

    Children – Green

    1. child



    Ossie Theodore Wren (153) was born 15 July 1892 in Sallisaw, Sequayoh Co., Indian Territory (later OK), and died about 1952 in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ.  He first married Gertrude Show about 1917.  She was born about 1896 in Sallisaw, Indian Territory.  He married second Fannie ?????? about 1920[6].  She was born about 1905 in TX, and both her parents were born in AR.  The family was in the 1930 census for Paris, Lamar Co., TX, ED 7, page 16B, house 387, listing Ocie T. Wren, 37, Fannie, wife, 25, Geraldine, dau., 7, O.T., son, 1, both children born in OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Wren

    1. Geraldine Wren, b.c. 1923.
    2. O. T. (probably Ossie Theodore) Wren, b.c. 1929.


    William Houston Wren (154) was born 22 July 1894 in Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co., Indian Territory (later OK), and died 13 Jan. 1967 in Little Rock, Saline Co., AR.  He married Ollie Lee Grissom on 7 May 1914.  She was born 26 July 1898 in Sallisaw, Indian Territory, and died 14 Jan. 1975 in Okmulgee, OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Wren

    1. daughter, m. ?????? Jones, c. 1940.  2 children.
    2. daughter, m. ?????? Drake.


    Mattie Irene Wren (155) was born 14 Oct. 1896 in Akins, Sequoyah Co., Indian Territory (later OK), died 3 March 1962 in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, LA, and was buried in Garden of Memories Cem., New Orleans, LA.  She first married Robert DeWitt Scott in 1915.  He was born 19 Aug. 1895 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX, and died 29 March 1934 in Amarillo, Potter Co., TX.  She married second Robert Dawson.  He was born about 1892 in Akins, Sequoyah Co., Indian Territory.  Her first 3 children were born in Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Scott

    1. Carl Robert Scott, b. 4 Oct. 1915, d. 13 Dec. 1915 (Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., OK).
    2. Irene Fay Scott, b. 20 Dec. 1917, m. ?????? Johnson, d. 16 Dec. 1970 (New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, LA).
    3. Lorene May Scott, b. 20 Dec. 1917, d. 13 Nov. 1918 (Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., OK).
    4. son, m. ?????? Underwood.
    5. Paul Virgil Wren Scott, b. 18 April 1929 (Amarillo, Potter Co., TX), d. 26 Sept. 1976 (Yukon, Canadian Co., OK).
    6. daughter, m. ?????? Finger.  3 children.
    7. child, m. ??????.


    Nora Vista Wren (156) was born 5 Feb. 1898 (or 3 Feb. 1899) in Akins, Sequoyah Co., (Indian Territory) OK, and died 5 June 1982 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX.  She married Mel D. Wright about 1915.  He was born about 1894 in Akins, Sequoyah Co., (Indian Territory), OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Wright

    1. child
    2. child
    3. child
    4. child
    5. child
    6. daughter, m. ?????? Fussell.
    7. child
    8. daughter, m. ?????? Heald.


    Nina Agnes Wren (157) was born 29 June 1901 in Akins, Sequoyah Co., Indian Territory (now OK), and died 31 March 1989 in Alhambra, Los Angeles Co., CA.  She married Lawrence Ledell Lewis about 1918.  He was born 2 Nov. 1897 in High, Lamar Co., TX, and died 30 March 1965 in Fullerton, Orange Co., CA.  (R?1)

    Children – Lewis

    1. daughter, m(1) Carl Clendon Stumbaugh, m(2) Will Houlder Bergstrom, m(3) ?????? Thomas.  3 children.
    2. Lawrence Owen Lewis, b. 21 Jan. 1924 (Kent, Choctaw Co., OK), m(1) Janet ??????, m(2) ?????? Turner, d. (Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., OK).  3 children.
    3. Shirley Mae Lewis, b. 21 Oct. 1926 (Granite City, Madison Co., IL), m. Floyd Wade McGee, d. 11 Jan. 1974 (Los Angeles Co., CA).  He was b. 15 Jan. 1923 in AR, and d. 10 July 1972 in Los Angeles Co., CA.  2 children.


    Gertrude Inez Wren (158) was born 7 Oct. 1903 in Mena, Polk Co., AR, and died 25 Dec. 1979 in Los Gatos, Santa Clara Co., CA.  She married Thomas Albert Harroll (or Harrall) on 17 Nov. 1922.  He was born about 1899 in Mena, Polk Co., AR.  (R?1)

    Children – Harroll

    1. daughter, m. ?????? Cole.  2 children.
    2. child
    3. son, m. ??????.
    4. child
    5. Charley Francis Harroll, d.c. 1957.
    6. child
    7. child


    Theodore Evans (“Theo”) Wren (159) was born 22 July 1906 in Mena, Polk Co., AR, and died 30 Dec. 1994 in Grand Prairie, Tarrant Co., TX.  He married Lora Edna Nelson in 1925.  She was born 2 March 1908 in Cushman, Independence Co., AR, and died 16 Oct. 1992 in Grand Prairie, TX.  (R?1)

    Children – Wren

    1. Harvey Whitley Wren, b. 13 April 1926 (Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX), m. ?????? Humphries, d. 29 Oct. 1996 (Arlington, Tarrant Co., TX).  2 children.


    George Newton Wren (160) was born 14 Oct. 1908 in Ben Franklin, Delta Co., TX, and died 27 Sept. 1989 in Okmulgee, OK.  He first married ?????? Whitson in 1938.  He married second Georgia May Penrod in 1953.  She was probably born 22 Aug. 1910, and probably died 3 Jan. 1994 in Pea Ridge, AR.  (R?1)

    Children – Wren, by —— Whitson

    1. daughter, m. ?????? Creason.


    Roy Wren (162) was born 13 Feb. 1914.  He first married Ruby Gertrude Randolph in 1937.  She was born 15 July 1918 in CA (?), and died 18 Nov. 1983 in checotah, McIntosh Co., OK.  He married second Rosella Tenant.  She was born 27 April 1926 in CA, and died in Nov. 1992 in Checotah, OK.  (R?1)

    Children – Wren, by Ruby G. Randolph

    1. daughter, m. ?????? Austin.  3 children.
    2. daughter, m. ?????? Hallum.  3 children.


    Ethel Mae Wren (163) was born 18 May 1917 in Brent, Sequoyah Co., OK, and died in Nov. 1982 in CO.  She first married ?????? Stephens.  She married second ?????? Esterbrook.  She married third Paul O’Quin.  He died about March 1981 in LA.  (R?1)

    Children – Stephens

    1. daughter, m. ?????? Milsap.
    2. Tommy Austin Stephens, d.c. 1978 (LA).


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    [1] This was pointed out by R?5.

    [2] The 1900 gave her date of birth as May 1883, but R?7 gave it as 10 June 1883.

    [3] Batesville, Independence Co., Arkansas Marriage Records Book F, page 38.

    [4] The 1900 census gave his date of birth as May 1888.

    [5] Her date of birth and the names of her parents are from the 1900 census for Ward 6, Chester, Delaware Co., PA.

    [6] The 1930 census showed that he married at age 27 and she married at age 16.

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  • Origin of the Name Epps

         John Frederick Dorman a certified genealogist indicated in “Ancestors and Descendants of Francis Epes of Virginia Vol. I,” that the American Epps ancestors lived for centuries in the area around Ashford, Kent County, England. They came to the Virginia colony shortly after the Virginia Company of London established Jamestown.

    According to Dorman Roger Eppe whose name appears on the Hundred Role of Fourhowe, Norfolk in 1273 is the oldest known reference he found in England’s documents. In 1409 a John Eps and Stephen Eps appear as witnesses on a deed in Kent County. In 1459 William Aps alias Eps of Lamberdherst, Kent County alias Sussex County, was summoned concerning a debt he owed to a fishmonger of London.  Stephen Aps of Sussex County in 1463 was also involved in a court action concerning a dept. There is a Robert Epse who is deputy in the town of Rye, Kent County in 1433 and 1435 and later mayor of Yarmouth in 1436.

    It can be seen these early English sources spelled the name in various ways: Eppe, Eps, Aps, and Epse. These variations come from medieval scribes who worked without any spelling rules. The etymology of the Epps name taken from various internet sources says it is an English variant of the names Ebbs of north Germany or Apps which is a Dutch.

    Ebbs is the short form of Ebbert in north Germany. In medieval time many different cultural groups lived in the German states. This caused regional variations of German surnames. Some spoke Low German that is the dialect of those living in the northern low lying lands of Germany that is similar to Dutch.

    Apps is a Dutch variant of Epps. The Old English, which is of Germanic tribal origin, had a variant of Apps spelled Apse. The root meaning of both of these variants refers to someone who lived near an aspen tree. Both the Dutch “van” and German “von” which mean from or of are used as a prefix to some of the various forms of the Epps name as in van Epps or von Epps.

    Some of the numerous spellings of Epps are: Epple, Epp, Eppe, Eps, Ebs, Ebbs, Epps, Epes, Eppes, Eppling, Eppel, etc. Epp and Eppe is a Dutch pet form of the Germanic personal name Eberhardt.  Some of the individual names that appear in ancient German chronicles of various towns are Eberhart and Friedericus von Ebs in 1190, Albertus Dictum Eppelin in 1283, Rudel Eppfeler in 1367, and Nicolaus Eppler in 1390.  Compare these variations with the previous early English forms Roger Eppe 1273, John Eps 1409, William Aps 1463, and Robert Epse 1433.

    Clearly the Epps name has its roots among the Germanic tribes living in the European low lands. A review of Kent’s history follows which will document that people whose name would become the English Epes were in Kent at least by the sixth century. This review will also point to a Germanic tribe called Jutes as those who brought the name that became Epes in Kent.

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  • The most important event in James Craton Jrs. life was his imprisonment in Nashville for the charge of helping kill some government police when they tried to shut down a whiskey still in Lincoln Co. near a place called the Patrick community. The trial was reported in great detail in the Nashville Banner News Paper. The following is not the entire article but only trial excerpts involving James C. Epps. He is the son of James C Epps Sr whose father was Lawrence. It will read discontinuously in some places since large parts have been skipped.

    NASHVILLE BANNER Tuesday Evening, May 23, 1893
    The United States Circuit, Court-room was crowded yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock when Marshal Harrison convened (sic) the court. Judge Taft presided. (William Howard Taft served as federal circuit judge of the Sixth Circuit Court from 1892 to 1900. He was civil governor of the Philippines from 1901 to 1904. He was elected 27th President of the United States in 1908. In 1921, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.)
    Prosecutor testimony regarding the Lincoln County killings:
    For six months they have languished in the Davidson County jail and the confinement has told on their faces. Patrick’s face still retains a flush, which is rather hectic, however, but Petty’s skin is chalky-white and in marked contrast to his coal-black hair and moustache(sic). Epps’ eyes look sunken and his skin clammy. The contrast between the appearance of the men is something remarkable. Patrick is between 30 and 35 years old, and has a handsome, intelligent face. He is a large land owner and his alleged accomplices were hands employed on his farm. Petty looks to be near Patrick’s age, but his forehead is low, his eyes are close together, and his countenance lacks the light of intelligence. Epps is past the prime of life by a decade, as is evidenced by his bald head, gray hair and moustache. He has a thoroughly responsible look. As to the outcome of the case Patrick displays the greatest concern, because, perhaps, his superior intelligence tells him more clearly the enormity of the crime with which he stands charged. Judge Taft then put the question to each defendant separately and each responded in full clear voice, ‘Not Guilty.’ Epps’ reply was in a cracked voice, though evidently from age and not fear or excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

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