Stone Marking Lost Time


Memorial Stone – Masonic Hall

Bogard, Missouri



Earlier today I posted an essay here recounting

some Bogard history of the Fleming General Store

and its Masonic Hall on the second floor.

Later today a friend provided this picture

on Facebook as the needed footnote for the story.


The Needed Piece of a Bogard Puzzle

This stone marks the relocation of the Masonic Hall in Bogard, Missouri, in 1932. When Anna Fleming was Matron in 1910, the Eastern Star chapter began meeting on the second floor of Fleming General Store (vintage pictures were the subject of recent posting) in the new Masonic Hall. That site served the Masonic and Eastern Star chapters until the building burned in 1932. In that year, Edna Dickerson was Matron of the Eastern Star chapter, and she was apparently instrumental in creating a new Masonic Hall when a second floor was added to the E. A. Dickerson Furniture Company, her husband’s establishment. This building served both lodge chapters for almost 50 years until they consolidated with neighboring chapters: Eastern Star in Hale, 1980; Masons with the Wakenda Lodge in Carrollton, 1981.

bogard.d building

The face of former times.

Though its sign is barely legible in this resolution,

(click on photo for larger view)

this vintage photo shows the E. A. Dickerson

building before it gained a second floor.

The entire block to the left is now gone.

Photo courtesy of Nancy C. Wagaman.

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The face of hard times now.

Much of downtown Bogard has been razed in recent years,

but the old E. A. Dickerson building still bears paint

giving testimony to its past as well as a clear

demarcation of brick work showing the building’s extension

upward for the new Masonic Hall in 1932.

Color photos courtesy of Loretta Rainey-Fones.


Remembering Lost Bogard – A Poem

bogard depot

Burlington Railroad Depot – Bogard, Missouri

Date unknown. This is another piece of Bogard’s past

that had already disappeared in my youth during the Sixties.


The following note preceded the poem on Facebook.


A New Poem About Bogard, Missouri, Hometown of My Youth

How this poem came about is a lot like how my memory works. Yesterday, my friend Lamar Graham posted a 360-degree panorama photo of the main business street of the town (which is actually Third Street), and while I was perusing its details of damage, decay, and desolation, I started seeing through the picture and into the past that I and others lived there. From the thread of comments and replies the picture generated questions were raised and answered, more memories jarred loose or fell into place, missing pieces of time were regained. And voila, throughout the day this poem took form. These recaptured pieces began with Lamar’s picture and were added to by remarks made by Ken Edwards, Mildred Dorsey, and my cousin Nancy C. Wagaman in San Diego. I’m posting the poem now, though I may yet make subtle revisions to it if they occur to me, but for now this is how it stands. In the poem’s epigraph, which acknowledges a nod to the Ted Hughes poem “The Thought Fox,” the only true connection to that poem is in realizing the poem’s metaphor describes how my memory works in retrieving forgotten pieces of the past. I should add too that the pictured condition of the Soldier’s Memorial belies the devastation of the business blocks just a few yards east of its location. And there is one point contrary to truth: Main Street in Bogard actually runs perpendicular (north/south) to the business blocks (Third Street, east/west), but in my youth and in recent years I have always remembered downtown Bogard as “main street.” I have kept Main Street in the poem’s title because of its resonance as a memory place in American literature as well as a common place name in towns across the nation.


A Late Dispatch from Main Street
(Bogard, Missouri – 1940)

James Hart

—with a nod to the Ted Hughes poem “The Thought Fox”

Boys who became old men and died when
I was young remembered Bogard in its pre-war
business heyday seventy-five years ago and more.
Despite occasional hard times, the town had once
maintained more than thirty thriving businesses
up and down the streets in a community of maybe
five hundred souls in the good years they numbered.
In time the town dwindled to less than three hundred
in the years of my youth there. It’s just a ghost town
now—satellite images showing depressions where

dead buildings once stood; others crumble as I speak.
One friend’s father delivered the Bogard Dispatch
newspaper all over the small town as a boy, his bicycle
spinning wind and gravel dust into no one’s eyes now.
My great uncle Luther ran a harness and shoe repair
and dabbled for a time in his son’s Conoco business
until the Pearl Harbor bombs pulled Harold
into the war. Whether they called their cars
jalopies in the Depression or hotrods in later days,
town and country boys alike hung out at the gas

station on the corner, trading yarns about Saturday
nights over soft drinks purchased for nickels and dimes.
Machines dispensing those drinks then sell today
as antiques for dollars they never dreamed possible.
It’s a work of faith to know the town still supports two
churches, one Baptist and one Methodist, for diehard
residents who refuse to move and live in fading houses
clustered on the periphery of its former business hub.
The farmers’ bank named for the town moved to Carrollton,
the school yard became a park memorializing the past

where children swung, played tag, and yelled
“hill dill” on a tattered field. Though the Methodists
only post a congregation of eight, the post office survives
in the Memorial Hall for veterans of the first world war,
the people hang on there like members of a broken body
guarding their bruised soul. More than one aging wife
frowns as she murmurs home is where the heart lies
and adds to her shopping list for stores ten miles away.
Ironic how our memories work—thoughts like foxes
prowling the edge of dark woods until the page is printed.

March 3, 2015


Link for “The Thought Fox” with an audio file:

Late Dispatch from Bogard, Missouri


Memorial Hall

Built in 1922, this is how it appears today.

bogard.ok view

Fleming General Store and Masonic Hall

Date unknown, between 1922 and 1932.


Merchants’ Hotel



Late Dispatch from Bogard, Missouri –

A Piece of Town History Recovered

James Hart – March 6, 2015


The Internet is a wonderful thing. Seek and ye shall find – eventually – either with the correct search terms or after waiting a few years until someone has found that needed piece of information and made it available online. Both of these circumstances have occurred for me in tracking down family history and genealogy over the last fifteen years. Serendipity. Sometimes you find the golden key to everything you need when you’re not even looking for it. That happened today – later in the afternoon. When I began this piece at mid-morning, I first wrote it with the understanding that some of its details were now facts that I could rely on and report truthfully, and that some of what I wrote would be a matter of surmise and speculation. And I finished this piece mid-afternoon with that frame of mind.

An hour afterwards, searching for one thing, I found something else: the golden key that suddenly made some of my speculations unnecessary and demanded revisions of the troublesome portions. That golden key is a map of Bogard in February 1917, identifying structures and businesses for insurance purposes, and it is part of the Sanborn Maps of Missouri collection held by the University of Missouri Library Systems / Digital Library. So with that disclaimer stated, read on, patient reader, and pay a visit to my hometown and learn about some of its features one hundred years ago.

What moved me a few days ago to begin this investigation of the past was seeing some vintage photographs of Bogard locations posted on Facebook by my cousin Nancy C. Wagaman in San Diego. As the pictures and comments among friends assembled throughout the day, something kept troubling me about the image accompanying this essay. To avoid a useless, digressive explanation of that exchange, all one needs to know now is that the original version I saw of this image was printed backwards, leading the participants to question the correct location of the building in the town and the correct purpose of the building’s use. Once I figured out the error of orientation, some of the mystery ended. But only some of it. Nancy posted the corrected orientation of the photo, placing it on the northeast corner of Third Street and Main Street, east of the Memorial Hall which still remains in Bogard. From other details we knew, it was now possible to identify the building correctly as the Fleming General Store.

After determining the picture is the Fleming building, I would like to recount some of its history based on notes provided in the history of the Bogard Chapter No. 271, Order of Eastern Star. Masonic and Eastern Star signs are prominently seen on the second story of the Fleming building, and the chapter’s history easily provides a witness to the building now that we have a face for it.

The following extracts are quoted directly, including capitalization as presented, from the centennial history of Bogard published in 1984, and the complete report in the book provided names of members and history details of the Chapter up to the year 1980:

“Bogard Chapter No. 271, O.E.S., originated when Sister Ethel Walker . . . and Ethel Tomlin Edwards set out with a petition which they circulated among Master Masons, who gave their approval as well as the names of their wives for this petition. Twenty-six names were obtained on that petition.

“On February 8, 1905, the Grand Lecturer, Sister Ella Deiss accompanied by officers from the Hale Chapter arrived in Bogard by way of the Burlington train from the North. The train from the South brought ladies from Carrollton and Norborne. They were conducted through new fallen show to the Fleming Hotel for dinner.

“At 2 p.m. they assembled in the Masonic Hall, a small frame building facing East, located in the Thomas Lumber Yard and there Bogard Chapter 271 was Instituted.

“Candidates initiated . . . . Sister Ethel Walker was appointed first Worthy Matron and Brother J. H. Stone first Worthy Patron.

“The Charter was dated September 29, 1905, and the Chapter was Constituted November 15, 1905.

“The first joint installation of Masons and Eastern Stars was held in the old Methodist Church December 1907.

“Early in 1910 we moved to the new and large Masonic Hall over the Fleming Store. The floor covering of rich red wool carpeting in which was woven Masonic emblems was a thing of beauty. In 1910 Sister Ethel Walker brought honor to Bogard Chapter by receiving an appointment to the office of District Deputy Grand Matron.  . . . .

“On July 8, 1910 Bogard Chapter assisted in the institution of Bosworth Chapter.

[Noted details are omitted here for 1916, 1917, 1923, 1924, and 1930-1931]

“In May 1932 our Masonic Hall was destroyed by fire, our equipment and records were lost, only the Charter saved. Since our Chapter had been invited to visit Bosworth Chapter the following meeting night after our hall burned, and our meeting nights being the same date, we took our Charter and were able to keep a perfect record in not missing a regular meeting.

“We conducted our meetings in the Memorial Hall until our New Masonic Hall was completed. Our present Hall was dedicated in September, 1932. [No indication is given of this building’s location, and this paragraph is followed by additional chapter history covering 1940 to 1980. No further facts are provided about buildings or locations. I also don’t know where they met during my youth because it had no connection to my experiences in Bogard. I don’t even recall seeing their signs on a building, even though I know my uncle and aunt, Vercil and Dorothy Hart of Bogard, were Masonic and Eastern Star members.]

“In 1980 we voted to affiliate with Hale Chapter #135 at Hale, Missouri.

“Submitted by Kathryn Bartlett.” [Quoted extracts end here]

An additional interesting detail is provided in the same source in the Directory of Past Matrons and Past Patrons. In 1910, the year the Chapter began meeting over the Fleming General Store, their Matron was Anna Fleming, and she served in that capacity again in 1915. On the same page is a very short history of the Masonic Lodge, Bogard Lodge No. 101, which was chartered October 14, 1886, two years after the town’s founding. The Charter members are listed, followed by a note that the Bogard Lodge consolidated with Wakenda Lodge #52 at Carrollton in 1981. No details of meeting or building locations are given.

Because of the architectural style (a simplified rural version of the Second Empire style popular between 1865 and 1880) and the apparent age of the Fleming building in the present photo, I am offering the following speculation about it in regard to the statements in the Eastern Star history:  In February 1905 when the Chapter was originating, the ladies arriving by train went to the “Fleming Hotel” for dinner and then met in the old Masonic Hall by the Thomas Lumber Yard. Early in 1910 the Chapter was meeting in the new Masonic Hall over the “Fleming Store” and Anna Fleming was the Chapter’s Matron. And in May 1932, with no record of either Chapter ever moving to a new site, the Masonic Hall burned, and a man named Harry Glaze recalls living in Bogard when Fleming’s Store burned. More about Mr. Glaze later.

What I surmise about the Fleming building is this: With turn of the century Bogard having some competition among three hotels that have been identified in different sources, I am guessing that sometime between 1905 and 1910 the Flemings (and why would Anna Fleming, Matron of the Eastern Star chapter, NOT be the owner’s wife?) must have determined to give up operating a hotel in their premises, converting the bottom floor to a general store, and remodeling the second floor into new accommodations for a Masonic Hall. This seems a plausible scenario to me, and it satisfied the needs of the Masons and Eastern Star until the fire of 1932. So now we have a time span for the vintage photograph – between 1910 and 1932* – but the architectural style of the building is clearly from as early as the 1880’s, and I propose it’s one of Bogard’s earliest buildings and originally a hotel, built of frame construction before the later brick block built to the east of it perhaps replaced some earlier false front frame buildings. But that last piece is only speculation because there exists at least one old picture I have seen of frame stores and a frame post office in Bogard, with no determination of when or where or on what streets they were situated.

The discovery of the 1917 map of Bogard sheds light on a few matters that had previously been the cause of speculation. The post office was shown two doors down from the Fleming building. Marked as a wood building on the map, it was still the false front frame building I had seen in an early picture of it. I had also raised some speculation of what kind of material was on the exterior of the Fleming building. In the faded photo, it’s not brick, or stone, or covered in clapboard, and I had speculated it was perhaps stucco. The map had the answer for that: the Fleming building was marked as “iron clad,” meaning it is a metal or pressed tin siding that accounts for its smooth finish in the photo. I only include that detail here for the serendipity of it: I could not determine what I saw in the picture; an hour later the answer was placed before my eyes from the depths of cyberspace.

Regarding the previous reference to the Masonic Hall in 1905 being a small building facing east by the Thomas Lumber Yard, the Harry Glaze remarks from the Bogard centennial book remembering the town in 1908 place the lumber yard at the east end and south side of Third Street in relation to these other sites: Burlington Depot (across Culbertson Street by the railroad tracks), Lamb’s Hotel, Worth’s poultry house, Hood Blacksmith Shop, W. E. Thomas’ Store and lumber yard, followed by a succession of other business sites moving west up to the Farmers’ Bank, and then he places the Merchants’ Hotel across the street from the bank corner, which would be the present site of the Church of Christ building in 2015. Other than not always giving the owner’s name of a building (such as hardware store or jewelry store) or revealing changes in ownership after 1908, the details of the 1917 map of the town show that Mr. Glaze’s memories are very accurate for being written down about seventy years later. [Also of note: the map shows the lumber yard situated on the southeast corner of Brown Street and Fourth Street, meaning that it is behind the block of buildings facing Third Street – a location feature that cannot be determined from Mr. Glaze’s remarks – and it is a large establishment, occupying half of its block.]

One more noteworthy sentence from Harry Glaze’s memories is this: “I was living in Bogard when fires destroyed some of the buildings, the Merchants Hotel and Fleming’s Store.”

At this point I have to acknowledge both a contradiction and a clarification of details. Recently reported to me was a memory stated by Hastings Mark Wagaman, a 92-year-old Bogard resident, that Merchants’ Hotel (there is a surviving picture of it with trees beside it from 1913) and Lamb’s Hotel, down by the Burlington Depot, were the same hotel. In other words, it was commonplace in those days to refer to the hotel as Lamb’s because Mrs. Lamb ran it, and that certainly runs true of small town oral tradition and the habits of vernacular speech. On the other hand, Mr. Glaze’s memories, recalling the town in 1908, place the Merchants at the other end of the business section on the southwest corner of Third and Main Streets, which would be facing Memorial Hall on the north and would be diagonal to Fleming’s General Store. Without the 1917 map, I had concluded to let the contradiction stand until it could be solved somehow.

And solved it is. Both men are correct: one in verifying the spirit of vernacular speech and folk reference, and one in the fact of a remembered location. On the 1917 map, the hotel at the east end of town by the train depot is a large L-shaped structure marked “Commercial Hotel” – the hotel operated by Mrs. Lamb. Being shown the 1913 photo of the Merchants’ Hotel, Mr. Wagaman very easily surmised it was Lamb’s, though it was not. However, up to that point we had no other source naming the Commercial Hotel as an enterprise in Bogard. The map of course also shows the Merchants’ Hotel, another large block-shaped structure, right where Mr. Glaze said it was in his memories of the town. What I have learned from this is to value both reports – a living man’s stated memory and a dead man’s written memories – because they illustrate the elasticity of history and an oral tradition, the difference between something that is the truth and something that is a recorded fact. Whether it’s “commercial” or “merchant,” Mr. Wagaman verified my assumption of how people name and speak of things as a commonplace – it’s still Lamb’s hotel down by the depot, just like people said it was.

And ironically, with Mr. Glaze’s memories dangling like a carrot before a mule, the location of the Merchants’ Hotel, a clapboard building that survives now on the printed page, on a map site, and in one known 1913 picture, could not have been the same building it was reported to be when I first saw the picture of the Fleming building printed backwards. For if that picture had been the true orientation, then nothing was right! Memorial Hall appeared to be facing Main Street, not Third Street, and the “hotel” in the picture with masonic signs on it appeared to be west of Memorial Hall instead of south of it. Anyone comparing the two pictures can see that the Fleming building and the Merchants’ Hotel are not the same building, even though two days ago judgment based on an accidentally reversed picture claimed differently. Today the truth of this is an “iron clad” fact.

Now because there are no other details of changes in meeting sites for the Bogard Masonic and Eastern Star chapters, I can only surmise that the fire which burned Fleming’s Store in Mr. Glaze’s remark is the same fire which burned the Masonic Hall, still occupying the second floor of the store, in May 1932.

And thus, from a few words of history recorded in a neglected book, a serendipitous finding of a map, and the ashes of a remembered fire, a piece of Bogard history is restored to another old picture that someone had the grace to save for posterity.



*Actually, the time span for the photo of the Fleming building is 1922 to 1932. I was recently reminded, after posting this essay, that Memorial Hall was built in Bogard in 1922. Rather than write a revision of the paragraph, I have provided updated notes. Considering the building originally honored World War I soldiers, I might have thought of that myself, but missed it. (March 11, 2015)

Bogard, MO 1884-1984 is the title of the centennial history cited in this essay.  Lodge history is on pages 18 and 19; and the Harry Glaze memories are on page 9.

The Second Empire style would be characterized on the Fleming building by the mansard roof and the ornamental wrought iron around the flat top of that portion of the roof and would be appropriate, if not a bit out of date already, for a building constructed in the 1880’s. The style would already be anachronistic for a new building put up after 1900, even for a small country town running a little “behind the times.” Remember too, that the original town of Bogard Mound, established on March 29, 1872, was a mile away to the northwest from the present town site of Bogard which was founded there in 1884. It’s hard to know now what kinds of buildings were put up or even moved at the time without the evidence of pictures or written record.

Second Empire is an architectural style, most popular between 1865 and 1880, and so named for the architectural elements in vogue during the era of the Second French Empire. As the Second Empire style evolved from its 17th century Renaissance foundations, it acquired an eclectic mix of earlier European styles, most notably the Baroque often combined with mansard roofs and low, square based domes.


Sanborn Maps Link – Bogard, 1917:

Click on the thumbnail map in the link for size and navigation.



Edward Pulliam, 1636, Henrico County, Virginia, Ancestor of James Hart

Edward Pulliam, Immigrant Ancestor of James Hart, 1636 Henrico County, Virginia

All Saints Church, Ripley, Yorkshire, England


All Saints Church dates from the 14th Century,

and this building or an earlier version of it

stood in Ripley when Edward Pulliam,

my paternal great great grandmother Nicey Pulliam Hart’s

immigrant ancestor, was born there in 1607.

Edward Pulliam emigrated to Virginia in 1636.

. .


. .

This family descent chart leads to

 Nicey Pulliam* who married Alfred Evans Hart

of Callaway County, Missouri (ca. 1600-1833)

and follows with their family descent to the present.


Edward Pulliam’s parents are as yet undetermined


Edward Pulliam

was born between 1600 and 1606 in Ripley, Yorkshire, England

(another source specifies 1607)

and emigrated to Virginia Colony in 1636.

His date of death and his wife’s name are unknown.

Father of James Pulliam


James Pulliam married Mary Clarke

was born about 1640 in Hanover County, Virginia

Mary Clarke was born in London, England

Parents of William Pulliam, Sr.


William Pulliam, Sr. married Ann Patterson

about 1687 in New Kent County, Virginia

was born about 1665 in Hanover County, Virginia and died after 1715

Ann Patterson was born about 1667 in Virginia


James Pulliam – b. ca. 1689

William Pulliam, Jr. – b. 1690

John Pulliam – b. ca. 1695

Benjamin Pulliam – b. ca. 1700

Anne Pulliam – b. 1701, d. 1794

Thomas Obadiah Pulliam – b. May 12, 1702

Patterson Pulliam – b. ca. 1705


John Pulliam married Agnes Allen

born 1695 and died February 6, 1734 in Hanover County, Virginia


William Pulliam, John Pulliam, Jr., Drewry Pulliam,

Agness Pulliam, Elizabeth Pulliam, Sarah Pulliam, Joseph Pulliam,

James Pulliam, Sr.


James Pulliam, Sr. married Elizabeth Allen Stone

February 28, 1757 in Lunenburg County, Virginia

was born ca. 1726 in Lunenburg County, Virginia

and died September 19, 1799 in Person County, North Carolina

Elizabeth Allen Stone was born about 1741 in Virginia

and died in May 1819 in Person County, North Carolina


Elizabeth Anne Pulliam – b. November 22, 1769

John Winn Pulliam – b. October 10, 1765

Richard Pulliam – b. September 9, 1763

Byrd Pulliam – b. November 11, 1767, d. 1866

Mary Stone Pulliam – b. July 26, 1761

Susannah T. Pulliam – b. March 9, 1772

Agnes Allen Pulliam – b. April 3, 1776

James Pulliam, Jr. – b. June 25, 1774

Drury Allen Pulliam – b. March 28, 1778

Anne Sargent Pulliam – b. September 3, 1780


Drury Allen Pulliam married Susannah Gilliam Williams

on December 3, 1798 in Person County, North Carolina

was born March 28, 1778 in Lunenburg County, Virginia and died ?

possibly in Callaway County, Missouri

Susannah Gilliam Williams was born October 31, 1776 and her death

is noted in the Hart Family Bible for February 3, 1848.


A historical note about Drewsy Allen Pulliam published in 

William and Mary Quarterly follows at the end of this post.



Mary W. – b. September 7, 1800

John Winn – b. 1801, d. ?

m. Elizabeth Hart in 1833 (sister of AEH)

Agnes – b. 1800-1803?, d. 1880 *

m. Samuel Cole in 1851 ~ see Hart Family Bible

James William – b. March 2, 1804

Letha – b. abt. May 6, 1809, d. January 15, 1892

in Carroll County, Missouri

Henry – b. 1811 *

Banister – b. 1813, d. aft. 1880

m. Nancy Ingram in 1833

Nicey Pulliam

b. January 18, 1814 in Virginia

and d. August 22, 1843 in Callaway County, Missouri

Martha Ann – b. July 20, 1816, d. September 12, 1888

m. Andrew Jackson “Jack”  Stan(d)ley in 1847

Aurillia – b. August 29, 1818, d. August 13, 1909 *

see next page below regarding 1850 Census


Nicey Pulliam married Alfred Evans Hart

on January 17, 1833 in Callaway County, Missouri

Alfred Evans Hart  was born July 29, 1805 in Halifax County, Virginia

and died May 9, 1872 in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas


All of them born in Callaway County, Missouri

Mary Ann Hatcher Hart – b. June 9, 1834

Susannah Gilliam Hart – b. July 17, 1836

Henry Adkinson Hart – b. August 25, 1838

Thomas Jefferson Hart – b. October 9, 1840

Benjamin Johnson Hart – b. July 25, 1842


*1850 Census of Carroll County, Missouri:  Henry, Agnes, and Aurillia Pulliam

are living together and raising Henry Adkinson Hart and Benjamin Johnson Hart,

sons of Nicey Pulliam (dec.) and Alfred Evans Hart (remarried / Arkansas).

Mary Ann Hatcher Hart

married John R. Newman on February 7, 1855

in Callaway County, Missouri

She died February 10, 1917 in Carroll County, Missouri

Susannah Gilliam Hart

married Moses Stanley – date unknown

Henry Adkinson Hart

married Parilee Stanley on October 28, 1858

Thomas Jefferson Hart

married Elizabeth Jane Brock on December 17, 1861


Benjamin Johnson Hart married Amanda Lou Austin

on December 13, 1866 probably in Carroll County, Missouri

was born July 25, 1842 in ? and died October 26, 1924 in Carroll County, Missouri

Amanda Lou Austin

was born August 5, 1846 probably in Carroll County, Missouri

and died December 27, 1926 in Carroll County, Missouri


James Alfred Hart – b. October 29, 1867

Emma Willard Hart – b. March 5, 1869

Lenora Hart – b. June 1, 1871

Ann Eliza Hart – b. April 4, 1873

Keturah Sena Hart – b. February 1, 1877

Mary Lizzabeth (Elizabeth?) Hart b. June 9, 1879

Robert Thomas Hart – b. March 21, 1882

Grover Benjamin Hart – b. March 10, 1885

Joseph Yuen Hart – b. May 10, 1890


Robert Thomas Hart married Lovie Glenora Bowles

on March 30, 1904 probably in Carroll County, Missouri

was born on March 30, 1882 probably in Carroll County, Missouri

and died on January 5, 1955 in Carroll County, Missouri

Lovie Glenora Bowles

was born October 31, 1884 probably in Carroll County, Missouri

and died on June 16, 1965 in Livingston County, Missouri


Cecil Oren Hart – b. September 4, 1905

Vercil Robert Hart – b. December 7, 1906

James Martin Hart – b. March 30, 1910

Gladys Lou Hart – b. August 23, 1912

Charles Ray Hart – b. September 3, 1916


James Martin Hart married Alene May Wagaman

on July 6, 1951 in Auburn, New York

was born March 30, 1910 near Norborne, Missouri

and died October 7, 1979 in Carrollton, Missouri

Alene Wagaman was born October 8, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri

and died December 2, 1990 in Columbia, Missouri


James Martin Hart, Jr.

was born on January 14, 1953 in Monticello, Iowa

Donald Ray Hart

was born on October 4, 1954 in Junction City, Kansas


James Martin Hart, Jr. married Denise Gayle Rauscher

on June 14, 1980 in Brookfield, Missouri

Denise Rauscher was born July 20, 1953 in Kansas City, Missouri


Nathaniel Austin Hart

was born September 11, 1983 in Chillicothe, Missouri

Ethan Tyler Hart

was born July 15, 1985 in Chillicothe, Missouri

Two genealogical databases note hfer as Nicy Pullium, name spelled

differently than her ancestors’ Pulliam.  *In addition, the Hart Family Bible

of Benjamin J. Hart and Robert T. Hart spells her name as Nicey Pullium.

I have chosen the conventional Nicey Pulliam.

The Pulliam Family details preceding Nicey Pulliam and Alfred Evans Hart

were provided to me in email attachments by Sharon Catlin Coleman in 2001.

Drewsy Allen Pulliam

Drewsy Allen Pulliam was one of the youngest of James and Elizabeth’s ten
(10) children. The 1820 Census lists fourteen people in Drewsy A. Pulliam’s
household but may include some of the minor children orphaned by the
previous deaths of his brothers and sister. Yet, it is certainly not
inconceivable that he and Susannah could have produced twelve (12) children
in twenty-one years. Banister Pulliam was one of their children and the
records indicate that he was the youngest son.

Sometime between August of 1823 and August of 1824, Drewsy Allen Pulliam
joined other members of his family in a westward migration. He had sold his
interest in his father’s 160 acre estate to his brother Byrd in 1821, and
two years later he was forced to mortgage all his personal property. Leaving
the Gents (now Ghents) Creek area of Person County, North Carolina, several
members of the family went directly to Tennessee where they were living by
1830, but Drewsy Allen Pulliam stopped for a while in western North Carolina
somewhere in the Macon County area. He did not buy land while in the area so
it is impossible to say precisely where he resided. On February 22, 1833,
Drury A.’s son, Banister, married Nancy Ingram, daughter of Goldman Ingram.
Since Goldman had married a full blooded Cherokee (Jemima), it seems
reasonable to assume that Drewsy Allen Pulliam had settled in the part of
Macon County still belonging to the Cherokee Indians. Since the land was not
then open for settlement, he could not take a title to the property, and it
appears that he moved on to Tennessee before the land was officially opened
and Cherokee County created. By 1840, Drewsy Allen Pulliam was living in
Montgomery County, Tennessee.

(Information from Dr. Jerry Cross, genealogist, Cary, North Carolina: 164
William & Mary Quarterly, Vol 21, (1) 57.)

Family of Alfred Evans Hart (1805-1872)

Family of Alfred Evans Hart (1805-1979)

Old Randolph County Courthouse at Pocahontas, Arkansas


new Randolph_County_Arkansas_Courthouse

New Randolph County Courthouse


Randolph_ar map

Randolph County borders southern Missouri, near the bootheel, and Pocahontas is the county seat.


Descendants of Alfred Evans Hart

For years Alfred Evans Hart’s name was only a name in a family bible, and I knew nothing about him except his birth and marriage dates and that he was my great great grandfather. I knew his children’s names and I knew when his wife died. For reasons unknown to me as a teenager, our family did not know when he died or know any other details about his life. That changed when I made the acquaintance of Sharon Catlin Coleman in 2000.

After we met online through a family history forum for the Hart Family, Sharon, a descendant of Henry Adkinson Hart, and I, a descendant of Benjamin Johnson Hart, brothers and sons of Alfred, worked together during 2000 and 2001 to piece together the history of Alfred Evans Hart, whose history was lost to us. How that came to be is a sad moment of family history for which I still do not know all the particulars. Until our work together, all that I knew of Alfred Evans Hart were the details referred to in the family bible that belonged to his son Benjamin (See my recent March 3 post: Benjamin Hart’s Family Bible Record.) Other names listed in the bible record and their relationships were not clear to me until I met Sharon, who gave me her family history notes and her insight into the Pulliam Family.

What I did learn first of Alfred’s early fate was this: After my great great grandmother Nicey Pulliam Hart died in Callaway County, Missouri, in 1843, about a year after Benjamin’s birth in 1842 (he was the fifth and youngest child), Alfred apparently placed his five children with various members of his Hart siblings or with his wife’s Pulliam siblings and left. I mean left them . . . forever. From that point of 1843 onward until we started finding information about Alfred and Lucy Ann Stokes in Tennessee and Arkansas, everything about him was a blank, including his death. We knew pieces of his Callaway County life through the records of his father Nowel Alfred Hart’s estate, but that was it. And when I last talked to my now deceased aunt Gladys Hart Bunge in 2001 about family memories, she had no recollection at all of any stories about Alfred. She was born in 1912 and she was twelve when Benjamin died in 1924–she remembered him, but she knew he did not tell much of his childhood to pass down to his son Robert, her father. She did at the time recall a memory of Benjamin’s oldest sister, Mary Ann Hatcher Hart Newman, whom she called “Aunt Hatch” and whom she remembered as an old lady sitting on her farmhouse porch and smoking a pipe when Gladys visited her as a girl. That is a tiny fragment I love knowing now. She also vaguely recalled hearing the name Nowel, but with no particulars, just a shadowy recall of the name.

The following note is from Sharon Coleman’s Pulliam Family file (2000) entitled “Family Descent of Edward Pulliam, Emigrant,” and it verifies that Henry and Benjamin were being raised by three of Nicey’s siblings in Carroll County:

*1850 Census of Carroll County, Missouri:

Henry Pulliam, Agnes Pulliam, and Aurilla Pulliam are living together

and raising Henry Adkinson Hart and Benjamin Johnson Hart,

sons of Nicey Pulliam (dec.) and Alfred Evans Hart (presence unknown).


[Agnes Pulliam married Samuel Cole in 1851;

her marriage and death are noted in the Hart Family Bible.]

~ jmh 3.31.13 ~


Sharon and I share a common interest in my great great grandfather as indicated above. In August 2002 we met for two days in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and together we sifted through the probate records originally housed in the Old Courthouse, pictured above, and made copies of papers from the estate of Alfred Hart’s second wife Lucy Ann Stokes Hart. I think we may have copied some extant records from the estates of some of their children, but memory fails me at the moment, and like all forms of “good intentions” those papers are safely stored away somewhere here at Harthouse on Main, but I have not looked into them for some time. That will have to be a task for a later time and for perhaps another post on this blog. However, we could not have met together and pursued the courthouse searching that we did without the work of Tom Stokes of White Hall, Arkansas, who shared his family history research with us in 2001 after we found his name and connected with him through a Stokes Family forum. It was only after seeing his notes that we could verify we were indeed searching for the correct Alfred Hart (sometimes given in records with or without an E or Evans in his name), because Tom’s files included names and details of Sharon’s and my family ancestors which connected his Hart / Stokes history to our Hart / Pulliam history.

The remainder of this post is quite lengthy, but I am presenting it intact because I think to divide it would only confuse readers unfamiliar with the names and generations given here. Indeed, this file may only be of limited interest to someone who likes family history, but my real target is for future readers connected to Hart Family history who will want availability of this record for their own researches, whenever that may occur. Readers familiar with Family Tree Maker files or other genealogical files will be able to decipher this more easily. For readers approaching it with limited curiosity, I will warn with this disclaimer that currently most of this file is presented as it came to me from Tom Stokes twelve years ago, although I believe it may have some details added to it later by Sharon Coleman regarding her memories of people named in her branch of the family record. My memory for some of the details of the work we shared back and forth may be faulty here! The file has not been edited or corrected for questionable spellings of names nor have missing dates been added to it. I have also left intact certain explanatory notes in the text that may or may not be correct as a curiosity showing how these kinds of records shape and change as people piece them together from many sources over the context of many years, until someday someone may say “Voila! It is finished!” But can it every really be finished? For in some distant year someone will find one more detail to make one more leaf upon the tree.

James Hart, March 31, 2013


(The following family file for Alfred Evans Hart

is by Tom Stokes of White Hall, Arkansas)


Generation No. 1

1.  ALFRED EVANS HART was born July 29, 1805 in Halifax Co., VA, and died May 09, 1872 in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas.  He married (1) NICEY PULLIAM January 17, 1833 in Callaway Co., MO.  She was born January 18, 1814 in VA, and died August 22, 1843 in Callaway Co., MO.  He married (2) WILDA MOORE Aft. 1843 in ?.    He married (3) LUCY ANN E. STOKES Abt. 1850 in Lauderdale Co., TN, daughter of THOMAS W. STOKES and SARAH JANE DEWES.  She was born abt. September 1832 in Virginia, and died February 07, 1914 in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas.

[Sharon and I never could find anything to substantiate a marriage to Wilda Moore, shown above as marriage number 2; however, the birth dates given further down for daughters Martha (1847) and Sarah (1850) would seem to support the idea if Alfred married Lucy “about 1850.” I also do not understand the designations of “stepchild” given below for Lucy’s children born after 1850. jmh 3.31.13]


Jeanette (Kauffman) Girkin Redman says Alfred may have lived in Parker Co, TX with other Harts.  She also believes he married a second time, maybe in Parker Co., to a lady named “Josie” who appears on the 1920 census living with Henry Adkinson Hart. (It is believed Josie is Alfred’s daughter rather than his wife.)  She states further that she has been told Alfred remarried and had additional children; she has made a search of the Arkansas Census and found no information on him other than a possibility of:

White County Roll #, page 833, Gray Township, Arkansas taken June 6, 1860:  Hart, A. (Alfred?), living in dwelling with T.? Hart; age at time of census 60, white male, retired farmer, value of real estate $4,600; value of personal estate $1,000. Place of birth Virginia.  (Is this our missing Alfred Evans Hart?)

My research indicates Alfred may have died in Independence Co., AR in 1879.  It is believed his second wife was Lucy Ann Stokes [daughter of Thomas and Sarah Ann (nee?) STOKES) and that they were married in about 1850.  I believe Lucy Ann may have been born in Lauderdale Co., TN, and they were married in probably MO.  (The FHC library file [online] indicates they were married in Lauderdale Co., TN.)

Jeff Elliott has provided the name of Wilda Moore as the second wife–possibly from Gerald Hart’s research.  Could this mean Alfred could have been married three times?  With Wilda being wife #2 and Lucy Ann as wife #3?


May be spelled “Nicy.” [This spelling should be regarded as incorrect. jmh 3.31.13]


As per Randolph County Histories: Lucy was a good business woman and the Harts became successful in farming and stock raising.  Lucy was very good with horses and the ones she raised and trained became an extra source of income for the family especially when Alfred’s health began to fail.  A family story tells that in 1870, she was taking some horses to Pocahontas to sell when she was attacked by horse thieves.  She managed to fight them off with a whip and brought the horses racing into Pocahontas at a dead run.  The thieves were never identified but it became a family joke that she had tangled with Quantrell’s raiders and won.  Alfred died May 9, 1872, after a lengthy illness.  Lucy later married James M. Bradley.  In later years both relatives and friends began to call her “Grandman” Bradley as a term of respect.  After James Bradley’s death she married William Breeding but this marriage ended in divorce.  She spent her last days sharing a home with an unmarried daughter, Josephine Hart, near the home of another daughter, Mary Hart Abanathy in Attica community.  Lucy died February 7, 1914 after a long illness.  Her obituary states that she left four generations of descendants “which few families of this county can boast.”  They were daughter, Mrs. T. B. Abanathy, granddaughter, Mrs. Lucy Pettit, great granddaughter Mrs. Stone Eaton and great grandson, Baby Stone Eaton.  Many present day residents of Randolph County are descended from this pioneer couple.  (Information from public census records, newspaper records and private family records) By Maxine Meeks Notes for Alfred Evans Hart: {Alfred Hart family FTW}

Children of ALFRED HART and NICEY PULLIAM are:

i.    MARY ANN HATCHER2 HART, b. June 02, 1834, probably Callaway Co., MO; d. February 07, 1917, Carrollton, Carroll, MO.

ii.    SUSANNAH GILLIAM HART, b. July 17, 1836, MO; d. 1873, Carroll Co., MO.

iii.    HENRY ADKINSON HART, b. August 25, 1838, Callaway Co., MO; d. May 05, 1925, Owasso, Tulsa, OK.

iv.    THOMAS JEFFERSON HART, b. October 09, 1840, MO; d. January 09, 1902, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; m. ELIZABETH JANE BROCK, December 19, 1862, ?; b. March 08, 1840, ?; d. October 17, 1924, Carroll Co., MO.


On Roll 718 of the 1860 MO census at Wakenda, Carroll Co. the following is found:

Henry Pulliam, age 52, male, farmer, E/V $480; personal value $645, born VA.

Martha age 37, female, born KY

Jefferson Hart, age 19, born MO (this is Thomas Jefferson Hart, son of Alfred Evans and Nicey (Pulliam) Hart.)


Burial: Abt. January 09, 1902, Powell Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO43,44,45

v.    BENJAMIN JOHNSON HART, b. July 25, 1842, MO; d. October 26, 1924, Carrollton, Carroll, MO.


Children of ALFRED HART and LUCY STOKES are:

vi.    MARTHA W. HART, b. Abt. 1847.

vii.    WILLIAM SAMUEL HART, b. Abt. 1851.

viii.    SARAH E. HART, b. 1850, Missouri; Stepchild.

ix.    JAMES M. HART, b. November 1853, Lauderdale County, TN; Stepchild.

x.    JOSEPH G. HART, b. 1859, Independence County, AR; Stepchild; m. F.E. GORDON, April 02, 1880, Randolph County, AR; b. 1859, Randolph Co, AR.

xi.    AMERICA HART, b. 1862, Randolph County, AR; Stepchild.

xii.    JOSEPHINE HART, b. Abt. 1866, Randolph County, AR; Stepchild.

xiii.    JESSE HART, b. Bef. 1868, Randolph County, AR; Stepchild.

Generation No. 2

2.  MARY ANN HATCHER HART (ALFRED EVANS1) was born June 02, 1834 in probably Callaway Co., MO, and died February 07, 1917 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  She married JOHN R. NEWMAN February 08, 1855 in Carroll Co., MO.  He was born Unknown in South Carolina, and died 1872 in Callaway Co., MO?


Jeff Elliott’s family page indicates Mary Ann’s name was Mary Ann Hatcher Hart.


Burial: Abt. February 07, 1917, Powell Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO74,75,76

Children of MARY HART and JOHN NEWMAN are:

7.                i.    MARY ELIZABETH NEWMAN, b. October 31, 1857, Callaway Co., MO; d. October 12, 1892, Carroll Co., MO.

8.               ii.    THOMAS A. NEWMAN, b. Unknown, ?; d. December 18, 1931, ?.

3.  SUSANNAH GILLIAM HART (ALFRED EVANS1) was born July 17, 1836 in MO, and died 1873 in Carroll Co., MO.  She married MOSES STANDLEY February 02, 1853 in Carroll Co., MO.  He was born May 16, 1825 in KY, and died September 16, 1912 in Carroll Co., MO.


Susannah (or Susan) Hart was the sister of Henry Adkinson and Benjamin Hart.


2 Aug 1870 Census, Wakenda Twp., p. 449a

Moses Stanley  45  KY  Farmer  140/415

Susan                33  MO

Mary E.              19  MO

Nancy                13  MO

Madora T.          11  MO

Ben T (or J)         9  MO

Martha                 7  MO

Lydia T or L         5  MO

William H.           3  MO

Adie                4/12  MO born in April

1880 Carroll Co., MO Census

Moses Standley  54 b. KY parents VA

Martha J.             16

Benjamin            19

William N.           13

Lidda L.               15

Addy                    10

Allen                      8

1900 Van Horn Twp, Carroll Co., MO Census

Moses Standley  May  1825  75  KY  VA  VA living with son Benjamin


Burial: Aft. September 16, 1912, Powell Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

Census: 1870, Wakenda Twp, Carroll Co., MO


i.    JAMES REUBEN STANDLEY, b. 1854, Carroll Co., MO; d. February 21, 1863, Carroll Co., MO.

9.               ii.    NICY JANE (NANCY) STANDLEY, b. 1857, MO; d. 1932, ?.

iii.    MADORA FRANCIS MATTIE” STANDLEY, b. 1859, Carroll Co., MO; d. Unknown, ?; m. JOHN BRANNER, Abt. 1886, MO?; b. October 1861, VA; d. Unknown, ?.

10.            iv.    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STANDLEY, b. June 25, 1861, Carroll Co., MO; d. April 15, 1933, Carrollton, Carroll Co., MO.

v.    MARTHA STANDLEY, b. 1863, Carroll Co., MO; d. Unknown, ?.

11.            vi.    LYDIA T. STANDLEY, b. 1865, Carroll Co., MO; d. December 19, 1933, Omaha, NE.

vii.    WILLIAM H. STANDLEY, b. January 01, 1867, Trotter Twp, Carroll Co., MO; d. Bef. January 12, 1929, Carroll Co., MO.

viii.    ADA “ADDIE” STANDLEY, b. 1869, Carroll Co., MO; d. Unknown, ?; m. ? ADKINS, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.


1900 Census lists a servant in the Thadus M. Brandon household b. Feb 1872 aged 28 b. MO, father KY and mother MO.  This could be Addie who is listed on the 1870 census.

ix.    ALLEN A. STANDLEY, b. Abt. February 1872, Carroll Co., MO; d. Unknown, ?

4.  HENRY ADKINSON HART (ALFRED EVANS1) was born August 25, 1838 in Callaway Co., MO, and died May 05, 1925 in Owasso, Tulsa, OK.  He married PARLEE D. STANDLEY October 28, 1858 in Carroll Co., MO  (FHC IGI lists date as 26 Oct 1865).  She was born December 19, 1840 in Carroll Co., MO, and died December 21, 1905 in Owasso, Tulsa, OK.


Henry A. Hart served in the Civil War in the militia under Captain Reuben Standley (father of Henry’s wife Parlee) and Captain Beatty.  In 1849 he moved to Carroll Co., MO; in 1853 he moved to Callaway Co., MO, and in 1857 he returned to Carroll Co., Mo.  In 1876 he was living in Carrollton, MO.  He was a Mason and a farmer.  Some say he was also a teacher.  He had a white goatee mustache.

After moving to Oklahoma, he owned two sections of land west of Owasso, OK.  His son Frank (William Franklin) Hart, bought the property and Frank’s son Willie (Bud) obtained ownership.  In 1998, Willie’s widow, Janet, still lives on part of the property.  It is not known if she is living on all of the original land or not.

A probate record dated March 24, 1932 for H.A. Hart, Sr. is found at File #8202 Tulsa County Courthouse.

Jeanette (Kauffman) Girkin Redman was told Henry and his family moved to Indian Territory (near present day Owasso) by covered wagon and driving 1000 mules.  It is not known how Abraham Lincoln Kauffman became acquainted with the family.  A Jesse Madison came to Oklahoma with the Harts.  Jesse is identified on the 1880 census of Carroll Co., MO living with the Harts.

1880 Missouri census

Vol. 6, E.D. 151, Sheet 25, Line 47

Carroll Co., Beatty Street

Henry Hart, white, age 42, birthplace MO

Pamylee Hart, wife, age 38, birthplace MO

William F., son, age 19, state not reported

Mary B. (my great-grandmother), daughter, age 15, state not reported

Andrew, son, age 12, birthplace MO

Rilla M., daughter, age 8, birthplace MO

Emma J., daughter, age 5, birthplace MO

Sopha E., daughter, age 1, birthplace MO (should be Sophia Lee)

Also identified is Jesse Madison (taken to nurse), age 11 months, birthplace MO

From History of Carroll County, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri Historical Company, published 1881, at page 660: “Henry A. Hart was born Aug 25, 1838 in Callaway Co., MO.  In 1849 he moved to Carroll County and lived there four years, then returned to Callaway County.  In 1857 he again moved to Carroll County, and has since made this county his home.  He has followed the occupation of farming all of his life.  In November 1858, he married Miss Parlee Standley, daughter of Reuben Standley.  During the war Mr. Hart was in the militia under Captains Standley and Beatty; he is the father of eight children, seven of whom are still living, and named as follows:  William F., Mary B., Andrew J., Rilla M., Emma J., Sopia L., and Henry A.  Mr. Hart and wife are members of the Methodist church; he is also a member of the Masonic fraternity.  Mr. Hart’s father Alfred Hart, was born in Virginia in 1805; he was a farmer all his life and died in Arkansas in 1872.  Mr. Hart’s mother died when he was quite small.”

In the 1850 census Henry A. Hart and Benjamin J. Hart are shown living with the Henry and Agnes Pulliam family.  It is assumed these are relatives of their mother, Nicy Pulliam.  Nicy (Pulliam) Hart died August 22, 1843, shortly after her son Benjamin was born (July 25, 1842).  In the 1850 census, Henry is 11 years and Benjamin is age 7.

In notes from Sam Sheehan’s (Sam I) letter to his children dated Christmas 1969, he says “. . .In the meantime, my mother, Sophia Lee Hart, and her family migrated from Carroll County, Missouri, to Indian Territory.  The Henry Atkins [sic] Hart family shipped much of their household effects to Claremore, Indian Territory, and drove in covered wagons that carried supplies, food for the family, livestock and dogs.  They unloaded the freight cars at Claremore and settled on what is now the Hallsel Ranch west of Owasso, evidently this settlement occurred about 1898 when the ‘Curtis Act’ was passed. . . .”  So, is his next paragraph, which states, “Henry A. Hart, prior to moving to Indian Territory from Carroll Co., MO, owned and operated a general store in northwest Arkansas.”  contradictory?


Census: 1850, Carroll Co., MO, Line 21, House # 142, Family # 142 (w/Pulliam family)146,147


Jeanette Girkins (Russell Kauffman’s daughter) says the tombstone reads Sophia (or Sofa) Parilee Hart. Jeanette took pictures of this and G-Grandpa Hart’s stones in 1979. There are also “a lot of” other Harts in the Owassa Cemetery.

Received e-mail from Alvin Brownlee saying her name is Parmalie D. Stanley.  On some WFT pages she is also shown as Darlie Stanley.


Seal to Spouse: 06 May 1966LA, Family History Center IGI, Duncanville, TX147


12.              i.    WILLIAM FRANKLIN “FRANK” HART, b. 1860, MO; d. 1923, Collinsville, Tulsa, OK.

13.             ii.    MARY BENNETT “MOLLIE” HART, b. November 03, 1865, Carrollton, Carroll, MO?; d. July 28, 1950, Ketchum, Craig, OK.

iii.    ANDREW JACKSON “JACK” HART, b. November 25, 1868, MO; d. July 22, 1944, Owasso, Tulsa, OK; m. ERMA (NEE?) HART, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

iv.    RILLA M. “RILLY” HART, b. November 28, 1872, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. Unknown, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; m. DANIEL A. HENDERSON, February 27, 1890, Carroll Co., MO; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

v.    EMMA JO HART, b. June 02, 1876, MO; d. October 26, 1946, Owasso, Tulsa, OK; m. ? GIBBONS, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

Notes for EMMA JO HART:

Note Jeanette (Kauffman) Girkin Redman’s notes say Emma married a Mr. Gibbons.  She is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Owasso, Tulsa Co., OK as Emma Hart.

14.            vi.    SOPHIA LEE HART, b. December 02, 1878, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. September 03, 1940, Collinsville, Tulsa, OK.

vii.    HENRY A. “AD” HART, b. May 30, 1881, MO; d. October 03, 1950, Owasso, Tulsa, OK; m. NEVER MARRIED.

Notes for HENRY A. “AD” HART:

In “State of Missouri, History of McDonald County” reference is made on page 78, second full paragraph, “The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was organized February 16, 1888, with the following named members:…Mrs. Mary Hart . . . Miss Addie M. Hart,   honorary members.  Mrs. America Chenoweth is president; Mrs. Kate Nichols corresponding and Miss Addie M. Hart recording secretary.  The present membership is twenty-three.”  Is our Add a female and this possibly our Add Hart?

15.           viii.    SAM HART, b. 1883, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. 1952, Owasso, Tulsa, OK.

5.  BENJAMIN JOHNSON HART (ALFRED EVANS) was born July 25, 1842 in MO, and died October 26, 1924 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  He married AMANDA LOU AUSTIN December 13, 1866 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  She was born August 05, 1846 in Livingston Co., MO, and died December 27, 1926 in Trotter Twp, Carrollton, Carroll, MO.


At the 1850 MO Census, Benjamin (aged 7) and his brother, Henry A. Hart (aged 11), are listed as living with Henry and Agnes Pulliam’s family.  Also in this household are Orilla(?) age 24 years.  The story I have been told  by several members of the family is that Alfred Evans Hart, Ben and Henry’s father, was despondent over the death of their mother, Nicey, and he left the boys to be raised by their “Pulliam grandparents.”

1880 census MO, Vol. 6, E.D. 15, Sheet 15, Line 37

Ben J. Hart, white male, age 30, birthplace MO, Carroll Co., MCD Beatty.

Amanda, wife, age 28, birthplace MO


James 11, birthplace MO

Emery 10, birthplace MO

Leaneora, age 8, birthplace MO

Anna E., age 7, birthplace MO

Seana C., age 4, birthplace MO

Mary E., age 1, birthplace MO

also listed in this household are:

Arrilla Pulliam, (aunt), age 65, birthplace VA

Agnes Cole (aunt), age 80, birthplace VA [this will be Agnes Pulliam who married Samuel Cole]


Burial: Abt. October 26, 1924, Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO179,180

Census: 1850, Carroll Co., Missouri, page 1, line 22181,182


Burial: Abt. September 16, 1941, Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO183,184


[I have more complete information.  JMH 8.1.2001]

i.    EMMA WILLARD HART, b. March 05, 1869, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. August 02, 1949, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO.


Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO

16.             ii.    ROBERT THOMAS HART, b. March 30, 1882, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. January 05, 1955, Carrollton, Carroll, MO.

iii.    JOSEPH YUEN HART, b. May 10, 1890, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. September 17, 1970, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; m. MINNIE M(?); b. February 01, 1890, ?; d. October 28, 1951, prob. Carroll Co., MO.


Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO

iv.    JAMES ALFRED HART, b. Unknown, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. Unknown, Carrollton, Carroll, MO.

More About JAMES A. HART:

Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO

v.    LENORA HART, b. Unknown, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. Unknown, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; m. ? DOTSON, Unknown, ? b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.


Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO

vi.    KENTURAH SENA HART, b. Unknown, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. Unknown, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; m. ? BIRCH, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.


Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO

vii.    MARY ELIZABETH HART, b. Unknown, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. Unknown, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; m. ? BRADSHAW, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.


Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO

17.           viii.    GROVER BENJAMIN HART, b. Unknown, prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. Unknown, Carrollton, Carroll, MO.

18.            ix.    ANNA E. HART, b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

6.  JAMES M. HART (ALFRED EVANS) was born November 1853 in Lauderdale County, TN.  He married (1) SARAH LUTICIA ASHWORTH November 10, 1872 in Randolph County, AR.  She was born Abt. 1853 in KY.  He married (2) IDA SEGRAVES 1896 in Randolph County, AR.

Children of JAMES HART and SARAH ASHWORTH are:

i.    BIRDIE HART, b. Abt. 1876.

ii.    CHARLES HART, b. Abt. 1878.

19.            iii.    LUCY A. HART, b. December 17, 1882, Randolph Co, AR; d. May 09, 1962, Randolph Co, AR.

iv.    THOMAS G. HART.


vi.    CLARA HART.


Children of JAMES HART and IDA SEGRAVES are:


ix.    JESSE HART.

x.    JAKE HART.

xi.    LILIA HART.

xii.    MAY HART.

xiii.    LUCY HART.

xiv.    THOMAS HART.


Generation No. 3

7.  MARY ELIZABETH NEWMAN (MARY ANN HATCHER HART, ALFRED EVANS) was born October 31, 1857 in Callaway Co., MO, and died October 12, 1892 in Carroll Co., MO.  She married JAMES ALLEN STANLEY November 13, 1876 in Carroll Co., MO.  He was born November 24, 1847 in Callaway Co., MO, and died December 29, 1913 in Trotter Twp., Carroll Co., MO. [Both are buried in Powell Cemetery, Carroll County, Mo.]


Burial: Powell Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

Children of MARY NEWMAN and JAMES STANLEY are:

i.    INA (LAVINA?) STANDLEY, b. October 24, 1877, Carroll Co., MO; d. February 04, 1964, Carroll Co., MO; m. EWELL PAYTON SHERWOOD, October 26, 1904, Carroll Co., MO; b. March 04, 1877, Carroll Co., MO; d. December 15, 1932, Carroll Co., MO.

ii.    DORA A. STANDLEY, b. Abt. 1879, Carroll Co., MO.

iii.    VADA STANDLEY, b. Abt. October 1882.

8.  THOMAS A. NEWMAN (MARY ANN HATCHER HART, ALFRED EVANS) was born Unknown in ?, and died December 18, 1931 in ?.  He married MARY ANN ROSE November 05, 1891 in Carroll Co., MO.  She was born Unknown in ?, and died July 03, 1957 in ?.

Children of THOMAS NEWMAN and MARY ROSE are:

i.    ONA NEWMAN, b. October 16, 1892, Carroll Co., MO; d. December 07, 1974, Carroll Co., MO.

ii.    RHODA NEWMAN, b. May 31, 1895.


[Alfred Hart Family. FTW]

Still living in Carrollton, Carroll,  MO

iii.    IRMA NEWMAN, b. August 21, 1895, ?; d. Unknown, ?; m. CLARENCE FARRIS, 1923, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. 1973, ?.


Residence: Abt. 1983, Lebanon, Oregon

iv.    LESLIE NEWMAN, b. June 01, 1901; d. March 1998, Carroll Co., MO.

9.  NICY JANE (NANCY) STANDLEY (SUSANNAH GILLIAM HART, ALFRED EVANS) was born 1857 in MO, and died 1932 in ?.  She married JOHN A. COOPER August 21, 1881 in Carroll Co., MO.  He was born 1857 in ?, and died 1911 in ?.


Burial: Beatty Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

More About JOHN A. COOPER:

Burial: Beatty Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

Children of NICY STANDLEY and JOHN COOPER are:

i.    SUSAN F. COOPER, b. 1882, MO; d. 1882, MO.


Burial: Beatty Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

ii.    DORA LEE COOPER, b. 1883, MO; d. 1884, MO.


Burial: Beatty Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

iii.    MARION L. COOPER IV, b. 1885, MO; d. 1892, ?.


Burial: Beatty Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

10.  BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STANDLEY (SUSANNAH GILLIAM2 HART, ALFRED EVANS) was born June 25, 1861 in Carroll Co., MO, and died April 15, 1933 in Carrollton, Carroll Co., MO.  He married MINNIE JANE THOMAS February 29, 1888 in prob Carroll Co., MO.  She was born April 06, 1871 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died September 05, 1933 in Carroll Co., MO.


From:  Republican Record 21 Apr 1933.

Death Summons to Benjamin F. Stanley.  Benjamin Franklin Stanley, a well known farmer residing west of Carrollton MO, son of Moses and Susan (Hart) Stanley, was b. in Carroll Co Mo 25 Jun 1861 d. at his home Saturday 15 Apr 1933 after some years of suffering from anemia and was bedfast for nearly a year.

His mother died when he was yet of tender years, the father in 1912, Sep 16th.  Preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters, three dying in infancy.  A brother Wm. H. Stanley d. Jun 1930 and a sister Mrs. Nicy Cooper 6 Jun 1932.  Survived by a brother A. A. Stanley of Tulsa OK and four sisters.  Mrs. Mattie Branner of Carrollton; Mrs. Mary Nicodemus of Chicago; Mrs. Lydia Cochran of Omaha and Mrs. Ada Adkins of Sugar Creek community.

On Feb 29 1881 he married Minnie Thomas.  They had 8 children, 3 died in infancy, youngest child Orville Lee died 1917.  Survivors; Oliver and Roy of the home.  Scott of the vicinity, Earl and Mrs Fred Howland living north and west of the home and from Carrollton.

Attending the funeral from a distance; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Willowby of KC; Mrs. Ada Adkins and son of Sugar Creek; Mrs. Mattie Branner of Carrollton; Funeral held Monday Apr 17 at Beaty church conducted by Rev. Ralph E. Powell, burial at Powell Cemetery.


Burial: April 17, 1933, Buried at Powell Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO


From 8 Sep 1933 issue The Republican Reporter, Carrollton, MO:

Mrs. Ben F. Stanley d. at her home 8 miles west of Carrollton Tuesday, Sept. 5.  Minnie Jane Thomas daughter of Ezekiel and Jane Eckman Thomas b. in Tippecanoe Co IN Apr 6, 1871.  Mother died when she was 5 weeks old.  On Feb 29, 1888 she married Benjamin F. Stanley who d. Apr 15th this year. 8 Children, three dying in infancy.  Youngest child Orville Lee d. 12 Dec 1917.  Surviving are Roy, Mrs. Fred Howland and Earl of Norborne, Scott and Oliver.  One sister Mrs. George Halsey of Tina and 8 grandchildren.  Two sisters proceeded her in death, Mrs. James Goodson of Venita OK and Mrs. Chas Dickinson of Tina.  Her step mother Mrs. Martha Thomas of Wichita KS, 3 half sisters, Mrs. Lena Nighswonder and Mrs. Mary Zehr of KS and Mrs. Anna Savage in TX.  2 half brothers George and Esom Thomas both of Nevada MO.  Burial in Powell Cemetery.


i.    ROY A.4 STANDLEY, b. August 14, 1892, Carroll Co., MO; d. April 04, 1941, Tina, Carroll, MO; m. SADIE J. HOWLAND, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

ii.    EFFIE STANDLEY, b. June 1895, Carroll Co., MO.

iii.    EARL STANDLEY, b. Abt. 1902, Carroll Co., MO; d. Aft. September 05, 1933.

iv.    SCOTT M. STANDLEY, b. October 06, 1906, Carroll Co., MO; d. June 14, 1982, Joplin, , MO.


Burial: Beatty Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO322,323

v.    OLIVER C. STANDLEY, b. Abt. 1909; d. Aft. September 05, 1933.

vi.    INFANT STANDLEY, b. Unknown.

vii.    ORVILLE LEE STANDLEY, b. Unknown; d. December 12, 1917.

11.  LYDIA T. STANDLEY (SUSANNAH GILLIAM HART, ALFRED EVANS) was born 1865 in Carroll Co., MO, and died December 19, 1933 in Omaha, NE332,333.  She married JOHN COCHRAN 1886 in prob. Carroll Co., MO.  He was born Unknown in ?, and died 1923 in ?.


The Republican Record, Carrollton, MO, 22 Dec 1993 issue.  Mrs. Lydia Stanley Cocharan aged 68 died in Omaha NE, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1933.  Lydia Stanley was daughter of Moses and Susan Hart Stanley and born in Nov 1865.  She attended Trotter school.  Married John Cochran in 1886 and had 8 children, one dying in infancy.  Surviving: Mrs. Herbert Smith, Mrs. Charles Smith, Mrs. Jesse McCormick, Robert A., John Russell, Lillian and Harold all of Omaha. Mr. Cocharan d. 1923.

She was one of a family of 11, seven of whom had preceded her in death.  Mrs. James Sage in 1879, Wm. H. Stanley in 1929, Ben Stanley in Apr, 1933, Mrs. Nicy Cooper in June 1932 and 3 had died infancy.  Survived by sisters; Mrs.  Mattie Branner, Mrs. Ada Adkins of KC, Mrs. Mary Nicodemus of Chicago. Brother A. A. Stanley of Tulsa OK and others.  Services in Omaha Thursday and body arrived in Carrollton on Friday burial at Oak Hill.


i.    ROBERT A4 COCHRAN, b. Unknown.

ii.    JOHN RUSSELL COCHRAN, b. Unknown.

iii.    LILLIAN COCHRAN, b. Unknown.

iv.    HAROLD COCHRAN, b. Unknown.

v.    GIRL [CORA]* COCHRAN, b. Unknown, ?; m. HERBERT SMITH, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

vi.    GIRL COCHRAN, b. Unknown, ?; m. CHARLES SMITH, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

vii.    GIRL COCHRAN, b. Unknown, ?; m. JESSE MCCORMICK, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

viii.    UNKNOWN COCHRAN, b. Unknown.

*Cora’s name provided to me by her descendant Jeffrey Robb (see comments below) on April 7, 2016.

12.  WILLIAM FRANKLIN “FRANK” HART (HENRY ADKINSON2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born 1860 in MO, and died 1923 in Collinsville, Tulsa, OK.  He married ELIZA JANE “LIZZIE” JOHNSON Unknown in ?.  She was born 1863 in ?, and died 1933 in Collinsville, Tulsa, OK.


i.    FLOYD4 HART, b. Abt. 1888, ?; m. PEARL DOWNEY, December 24, 1909, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK; b. Abt. 1891, ?.

Marriage Notes for FLOYD HART and PEARL DOWNEY:

E-mail from Jeanette (Kauffman) Redman 3 July 1999, “I obtained my Tulsa Annual and it has the marriage application for Floyd Hart age 21, Miss Pearl Downey 18 with the official being N. J. Gubser – Tulsa County Judge, witnesses O. P.  Marshall and G. W. Davis. The marriage date was Dec. 24, 1909, Tulsa, OK, page 508 from marriage record books. This was the first name on the list so it jumped out at me.”

ii.    ROLLA HART, b. Unknown.

iii.    IDA HART, b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?; m. ? SMITH, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

More About IDA HART:

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Owasso, Tulsa, OK356,357

More About ? SMITH:

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Owasso, Tulsa, OK358,359

13.  MARY BENNETT “MOLLIE” HART (HENRY ADKINSON2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born November 03, 1865 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO?, and died July 28, 1950 in Ketchum, Craig, OK.  She married ABRAHAM LINCOLN “LINK” KAUFFMAN February 12, 1885 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  He was born September 09, 1864 in Perry Co., PA367,368,369, and died August 12, 1936 in Ketchum, Craig, OK.


An article contributed for the Craig County Democrat’s November 7, 1935 issue says a surprise birthday dinner  celebrating Mrs. A. L. Kauffman’s 70th birthday was held on the previous Sunday.  Present were “Mrs. W. A. Lemon and little daughter Murrel Carson, Loren Larson of Vinita, Frank Kauffman of Owasso, Mrs. Sophie Sheehan of Collinsville, Jack and Erma Hart, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hart and Sons of Owasso, Mrs. K.H. Howard and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bullard and family of Ketchum, and Mrs. Hermon Lemon of Ketchum, and Grover Jackson.  They all had a merry good time and left wishing her many more happy birthdays.”

Glenden Jeanette (Kauffman) Redman says, she remembers her Grandma Kauffman was a mean old woman.  Jeanette also said that when Grandpa Kauffman died “they (meaning her children, I believe) had to make her put on a clean dress.”

My mother and her sister, Maxine, say they remember their grandmother as being very lazy.

Claudine said that her mother, Cecil (Howard) Lollar “always told a story about Grandma Kauffman (who it seems she did say she was mean), never washed fruit jars when she emptied them, then because Cecil had little hands she got to do it before canning season, and of course, that would be hard.”  Claudine goes on to say “All those pioneer ladies had life so rough they would’ve had to work at being happy, cheerful people.”  But, Claudine “thinks she would’ve washed her fruit jars though!  Thank heavens for dishwashers much less drawing water out of a well, heating it, etc., etc.”

I have a picture of Great-Grandma Kauffman, Grandma Howard, my mother Margaret, and myself that was taken in about 1946.  I was very young, it appears that I was about 18-24 months old.  I have no memory of her.


Burial: Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Craig, OK  Seal to Spouse: 20Nov1985LG, Family History Center, Duncanville, TX IGI as of Mar 1992


Family stories are told that Donna (Howard) Lipe was about 2 when G-Grandpa Kauffman died and she played under his bier at the wake.

From Jeanette (Kauffman) Redman’s notes:

“I have been told that Abraham Lincoln Kauffman was born in Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., PA.  I have searched census records and been unable to find any information regarding this person.  My mother, Inez Kauffman, gave me these names of his siblings several years before she died:  Elmer, Jake, Joe, Will, Anna Kauffman Simpson, and Rebecca Kauffman Be(a)rrier.  I have a picture of Aunt “Beck” taken with Grandpa Abraham.  My cousin, Janet Eastin Kauffman said she heard her mother-in-law Sadie Kauffman talk about an Aunt Beck.”

In the 1900 census their last name is spelled Coffman.  Town 20, N. Range 14 East – Enumeration by James Williams 1900 Cherokee Nation Census Roll #1845, Micro-copy T623 Coffman, Abraham – head of family, white, Sept 1865, age 37, married for 15 years.  Place of birth Pennsylvania.  Father’s place of birth Germany, Mother’s place of birth Germany.  Farmer, renting farm house.

Coffman, Mollie – wife, white, female, Nov 1866, age 37, married for 15 years.  Place of Birth Missouri.  Father’s place of birth Missouri,

Mother’s place of birth Missouri.

Katie – daughter, white female, Oct 1886, age ??, single

Frank – son, white male, Jan 1891, age 9, single

Lucille – daughter, white female, Mar. 1895, age 5, single

Russell – son, white male, Oct 1899, age ?, single

Census shows that all can read and write.


13th Census of the U.S. 1910 State of Oklahoma

Tulsa County Dawson Township, May 11 and 12, 1910

Roll 1275, Family #192-196

Kauffman, A.L. – Head of Household, age 45, married for 25 years, born in Penn., Trade/Occupation – labor/farmer.  Speaks English, Mother/father -born in Penn. Retired and works for own account.  Is able to read and write.  Owns two farms.

Kauffman, Mary – Housewife, age 44, married for 25 years.  Mother of 8, 7 living. Born in Missouri, Father/mother born in Missouri.  Speaks English, is able to read and write.

H.F. – son, white male, age 19, single

Lucille – daughter, white female, age 15, single

Ruby A. – daughter, white female, age 6, single

Thelma – daughter, white female, age 2, single

14th Census of the U.S. (1920 census)

State OK, County Craig; township Municipal #8.  Enumeration Date 14 Jan 1920, Roll 1458, sheet 52, District  precincts 2 and 3

Abraham L. Coffman, farmer, house number 69, head of house, owned house, mortgaged, white, 55, married, born PA, able to write

Mary Coffman, wife, 54, married in MO

Ruby A. Coffman, daughter, 16, born in OK

Thelma M. Coffman, daughter, 12, born in OK

The above information does not match.  A.L. Kauffman is buried under the name of Kauffman.  All of the children are identified spelling the name Kauffman.  It is assumed Kauffman is the correct spelling of this name.


Burial: Abt. August 12, 1936, Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Craig, OK


i.    WILLIAM HENRY4 KAUFFMAN, b. December 27, 1883, Carroll Co., MO; d. October 30, 1885, Carroll Co., MO; m. NEVER MARRIED.


Burial: Abt. October 30, 1885, Powell Cemetery, Carroll Co., MO

ii.    KATIE CLEVELAND KAUFFMAN, b. October 10, 1887, ?; d. February 1937, Vinita, Craig, OK; m. JOSEPH ADAMS, Abt. 1908, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.


Katie died in the State Hospital at Vinita.  Aunt Maxine said that she believed when Katie began the change of life she “lost her mind.”

iii.    HOMER FRANKLIN KAUFFMAN, b. January 21, 1891, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. February 04, 1943, Owasso, Tulsa, OK; m. SADIE ELIZABETH JACKSON, April 06, 1913, ?; b. March 08, 1895, ?; d. November 06, 1969, Owasso, Tulsa, OK.


When Russell’s brother Frank died, Jeanette wrote me “I knew my Uncle Frank and loved him very much.  He died in 1943, one month to the day after my family moved to California during the war.  Dad could not get gasoline to come back to the funeral.  I know how hard this was for him.  His (Frank’s) two sons were very close to me.  I love his daughter-in-law Janet, we still see each other.  She is the one that had the picture of great grandpa Henry.  She also had a small brown paper bag which had a telegram written on the side.  It was from my dad saying he could not get gas to come to the funeral, she had found this in Aunt Sadie’s purse when she was looking for something for a costume party.  I have this and treasure this brown paper sack.  It is unreal that this was the way a telegram was handled by a small town.”


Burial: February 04, 1943, Fairview Cemetery, Owasso, Tulsa, OK402

iv.    BLANCH (NMI) KAUFFMAN, b. January 10, 1893, Carrollton, Carroll, MO (?); d. December 28, 1963, Sapulpa, Creek, OK; m. KENNETH HUNT HOWARD, January 10, 1910, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK; b. December 09, 1883, Hamilton Co., TX; d. October 11, 1953, Ketchum, Craig, OK.


Blanch worked for various families, among whom were the Steele’s, Manser’s, LaFortune’s and others at their homes on Grand Lake.  She also took care of a lady named Mrs. Haddock (whom Sharon Neal called Grandma Haddock).  Two of Blanch’s daughters, Maxine and Margaret, say that “mother was the hardest working woman she ever met.”

Claudine (Lollar) Pope remembers her grandmother’s cinnamon rolls and picking blackberries, and today Claudine is a “third generation blackberry picker!”  Claudine also remembers Grandma bringing big red onions home from work.

In September 1997, Blanch’s granddaughter, Myrna Sue (Howard) McKinney, related a recent story.  Myrna had retired from the 8-5 routine and began to clean houses.  She works for a Mr. and Mrs. Bob Steele.  Mrs. Steele told Myrna that she was a darn good housekeeper but not the best they had ever had.  Myrna asked her who was the best they had.  Mrs. Steele related that a long time ago, when the Grand River Dam Authority was building the bridge across the Grand Lake, there was a lady who was the best.  She related that the lady not only cleaned several of the homes, but she also took care of all of their children and did the laundry for the single men working on the Dam.  Mrs. Steele also said that they found out the lady walked about 5 miles to and from work every day.  She said that when they found that out, they always took her home but could never get there before the lady showed up for work.  Myrna told Mrs. Steele, “that was my grandmother.”  Her children remember her as being a hard worker, as do the grandchildren that are old enough to remember her.

Also at the 1997 family reunion, Charles Kenneth Howard’s wife, Elsie, made cinnamon rolls that were the closest to Grandma’s that Maxine, Charles Kenneth, or Sharon could recall having ever eaten since Grandma died.  The taste of Elsie’s cinnamon syrup in the pan brought back many happy memories.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Grandma’s were still the best, and many of us have tried to make them like her, but Elsie has come the closest to making what we all dearly loved and remember so well.  When Grandma made cinnamon rolls, she baked two pans; one pan for the family and one pan for Aunt Jackie.  All of those not attending the family reunion this year missed out on a really special treat!

Bette, Blanch’s daughter, said when “Sharon Neal was a little girl she always slept with Grandma.  One time when all of the other kids were there Sharon decided to sleep with them instead.  When it came time to go to bed, she went to bed with Grandma and when asked why she wasn’t sleeping with the other kids, her reply was ‘I changed up my mind.'”  Bette said they all used that phrase when they changed their mind about something for a long time after that.

Grandma crocheted beautifully, and sold two twin-sized bedspreads that she had crocheted for $500 in about 1963.  This was a lot of money for handwork.  Sharon Neal has several pieces of crochet work done by her grandmother, including a dress she crocheted for her when Sharon was six-months old, two pillow tops that, upon close scrutiny, have pieces of her hair crocheted into the fine work, and several doilies and an apron with heart-shaped bib that was made when she was a little girl.

Mrs. Howard also did piece quilting, but did not do the actual quilting of the bed covers.  She would piece the tops together and then send them to the Indians for the quilting process.  When she died, Bette and Clarance picked up 40 quilt tops that the Indians had quilted for her. Blanch’s intent was to have a quilt top for each one of her children and each one of her grandchildren.  Sharon’s top is a Lone Star quilt. Sharon bound the edges (very poorly!) in 1983 or 1984 and presented it to her daughter, Ryma, who also loves quilts, for Christmas that year. Claudine treasures her Lone Star quilt as well, and says that her daughter, Jane, knows its value too.  Claudine also has crocheted dresses and a headscarf grandma made from a parachute.

Besides crocheting and quilting, Grandma Howard also cross stitched, and she taught Sharon this craft in 1962 and 1963, using gingham cloth.  They cross stitched many snowflake patterns on the gingham and then made skirts and blouses to sell.  A snowflake was centered in the back of a blouse and possibly one was on a breast pocket.  The hemline of the skirts would have the snowflake pattern all the way around it.  The two spent many evening hours working on these items.  In 1997, cross stitch is still one of Sharon’s favorite past times, although she, too, sews, crochets, and pieces quilt tops.  Like her grandmother, Sharon does not like to perform the actual quilting.

At Christmas 1963, Grandma attended the family celebration at Aunt Bette’s in Catoosa, OK.  She did not bring any handwork with her at this holiday which was very unusual because Grandma never let her hands be still.  She talked by phone to the children who were not at the Christmas festivities (Cecil [possibly], Harold, who was in California, and Margaret, who was in San Antonio).  Later, on Christmas Day, she suffered a heart attack and died three days later on December 28.  She was buried on December 31, 1963 next to her husband, Kenneth Hunt Howard, at the Ketchum Cemetery in Ketchum, OK.

When Grandma died, Aunt Maxine took Sharon (Catlin) Coleman to Vinita to Luginbuel’s Funeral Home to view her body.  It looked to her (and Maxine agreed) that “Grandma was breathing.”  This was the first time Sharon (then 19 years old) recalled ever seeing her grandmother “asleep.”


Burial: December 31, 1963, Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Craig, OK

Cause of Death: heart failure

Religion: Church of Christ


Kenneth’s obituary says he was survived by two brothers, U.H. and Ernest, and five sisters who are not named.  I am certain of the living sisters:  Joe Lee, Ruth, Lorraine, and Hallie.  I do not know which of the other two, Inez or Myra, were living.  The obituary says he moved from Tulsa to Craig Co. in 1910 and had resided at the farm two-miles west of Ketchum for the past 30 years.  I know from his surviving children that after the birth of daughter Cecil in White Oak, OK, the family removed to San Antonio, TX, where son Weldon was born.  After this they returned to the Ketchum, OK area.

Where was Kenneth born?  I have always heard Huntsville, TX.  However, records from Luginbuel Funeral Home says he was born in Brownsville, TX.  His parents are found to be living in Hamilton Co., TX at the 1880 census.  Did they go east or south? In looking at maps, I’m thinking he was born in Brownwood, TX, but will have to wait on his birth certificate to see where he was born.

His daughter Maxine said that when Kenneth’s sister Joe Lee Howard Wagenschein and Joe Lee’s cousin (Walter Howard?) were working on “Ten Generations of Virginia Howards” they asked Grandpa to contribute $3 and asked for genealogical information about his children.  Grandpa thought it was a ploy to get money from him and would not contribute nor give the requested information!  Consequently, Joe Lee and Walter listed the children whose information Joe Lee could remember and not all of his children appeared in the book.

Maxine said that one time Kenneth’s sister Joe Lee and at least one other sibling came to visit the Oklahoma Howards.  One of the relatives asked one of Kenneth’s children (Weldon Maxine believed) how much money they had. The questioning went back and forth when Kenneth’s son told the inquirer “Well, he’s put all of his children through school (of eleven children, eight went to college and one to business school),”  to which the inquirer replied, “Well, I guess he’s better off than we are.”  Unlike Kenneth, most of his relatives were well-to-do financially.

The original home, a two-story one, burned in May 1948 or ’49.  Both Kenneth and Blanch were very badly burned in the fire.  I have been told that the curtains covering a kitchen window touched a burner on the gas stove and caught fire.  Jackie (the most organized) was the only child to save most of her things from the fire.   Grandpa was in the hospital in Vinita for some time recuperating from his burns.  Sharon recalls being taken to the side of the hospital and being able to look down into a (basement?) window to see her grandfather.  Grandma Howard was burned more severely but she was back at work cleaning “lake homes” soon after fire.

A new home was built and still stands, with its modifications, in 1997.  The living room and one bedroom has been enlarged, a second bath has been added to the bedroom, and the screened-in porch has been enclosed. Berber carpeting now covers the solid oak plank floors.  The son, Ernest Dean Howard, had inside plumbing put in the home in about 1956.  Sharon, her husband Bill, aunt Bette and uncle Clarence visited the home in 1993.  Sharon revisited with her mother and uncle Vernon Grubbs again in August

1997.  Pictures taken are from the 1993 visit.

Maxine, Kenneth’s daughter, said that her father left home when he was about 16 or 17 years old and went to Oklahoma.  He worked on the Kauffman family farm, where he met and married their daughter, Blanch.  They remained in Oklahoma for a while and were living in White Oak, Oklahoma when their daughter Cecil was born.  The Howards then moved to San Antonio, Texas, where their son, Weldon, was born.  Shortly after his birth they returned to Oklahoma.

Margaret, another of Kenneth’s daughters, said Mr. Howard was a “gentleman’s farmer.”  He was a tenant farmer for Ewing Halsell (from San Antonio) and bought the farm in Ketchum from Mr. Halsell.  The Howard’s were dairy farmers and the milk was taken to Ketchum to be sold.  It was on these trips with her grandfather that Sharon was able to get chocolate ice cream!

Howard Edgar, one of the grandsons, went with grandpa to sell the milk one cold day in January.  Of course, Howard wanted ice cream.  Grandpa told him it was too cold for ice cream.  After they finished the milk delivery, Howard leaned back in the truck’s seat, wiped his brow, and said “Phew, it sure is hot.”  I imagine Howard got ice cream!

Grandpa Howard served for many years on the Ketchum School Board.  He was very active with the Church of Christ that he and his family attended. During a communion, Sharon ran outside to the car and told her Aunt Jackie, “Come on in and eat.”

Of her grandfather, Claudine (Lollar) Pope says, “I remember Grandpa Howard bragging on me for sweeping at their house – I couldn’t have been too old as I was 14 when he died.”

Weldon’s son Charles Kenneth remembers a trip to Springdale, Arkansas one cold day when he and Sharon Neal rode in the back of the pick-up truck. They were taking Aunt Hallie to Springdale to visit with Uncle Uhland.  (This was in probably 1951 or 1952.)  Charles and Sharon ate bananas until they were sick.  Although a vague memory, both remember the trip being taken on a very cold day and neither are particularly fond of bananas!

Sharon Neal (Catlin) Coleman adored her grandfather and his death left an empty spot in her life.  She cherishes a pillow cover that was made with ribbons from the funeral sprays at his funeral.  She was in fourth grade in Harlingen, Texas, and had come home for lunch when she was told that her grandpa had died.  Her mother Margaret said Sharon cried herself to sleep for many months after her grandfather’s death.  Margaret also said there could be a room full of people and when Sharon walked in her grandpa saw no one but her.  Perhaps it was a mutual admiration society!

Maxine says that when her daughter Roberta Ann was born she became a favorite of Grandpa.  (I prefer to think this wasn’t so!)

Grandpa Howard was very fond of all his grandchildren.  Each one of us who were around him a lot have very special memories.  Most of us were around the farm a lot during the summers.

I have vague memories of Grandpa Howard playing a harmonica (he called it his juice harp).

Received from mother March 28, 1999

The info you sent regarding Parlee Standley Hart was very interesting.  Does that mean he is part Cherokee?  Charles Kenneth should be quite interested in that!.  Yes, Daddy had worked for Ewing Halsell for years – Halsell had farms all over Oklahoma & Missouri.  That is how Daddy met Mother I understand.  Ewing Halsell and his wife, Lucille, are buried in Vinita.  Craig Campbell was pall bearer at his funeral (or hers, I don’t remember what he told us about that).  Anyway there is the big Arboreteum (however you spell it) here named for Lucille Halsell – and of course the street over around Medical Center is Ewing Halsell Drive.  Daddy & Mother had lived here in S.A. at one time – in fact Weldon was born here I believe.  Anyway, I didn’t understand all the info you sent – will have to read it more closely when I have more time.  Will send a copy to Maxine.  She will remember more than I.  Yes, I knew Ray Sheehan was supposed to be the father of Ruby’s boys.  You know Bill Kauffman is now married to an Indian gal and lives at Ft Gibson.  Bob had died a few years ago.

Well, gotta go.  Guess we will be free to get up for Miss Meg’s 2nd birthday.  She is absolutely the cutest thing going.  Jake is going to

have to be awfully cute and smart to outdo her!

See ya.    Love,  Mom


Burial: October 12, 1953, Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Craig, OK

Cause of Death: heart failure423

Occupation: farmer423

Religion: Church of Christ423

Social Security Number: 448-10-6003423


From Clay Darnell, 26 May 1999:  “I work in City Hall just a couple of minutes from the Tulsa County Court House. I went over on my break and discovered a marriage record. If you send me your address I will forward to you. Brief excerpt follows.

Application: Kenneth H. Howard aged 26 and Blanch Kauffman aged 17. Dated Jan 10, 1910. Resides in Tulsa, OK. Consent given by her father A.L. Kauffman.

License: Ceremony performed by C. W. Kerr Ordained Minister, Presbyterian Church , Tulsa, OK.”

Witnesses:  H.F. Kauffman of Tulsa, OK and Wm. Hart of Owasso, OK. (note, it appears that Hart’s name is spelled Lect or something similar).

The number for this Marriage record appears to be 1136, copy is fair.  It is sworn to on 10 Jan 1910 and the certificate of marriage is filed 11 Jan 1910, and says they marriage was performed on the 10th day of January 1910 at Tulsa.

v.    MYRTLE LUCILLE KAUFFMAN, b. March 26, 1895, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. April 21, 1971, Ketchum, Craig, OK; m. (1) GROVER CLEVELAND JACKSON, March 11, 1914, Ketchum, Craig, OK?; b. 1893, ?; d. February 16, 1926, Ketchum, Craig, OK; m. (2) WILLIAM A. LEMONS, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

vi.    RUSSELL ALEXANDER KAUFFMAN, b. October 11, 1899, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. April 23, 1979, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK; m. INEZ LUCILLE AUGENSTEIN, June 28, 1920, Whiting, IN; b. June 13, 1902, Waldo, Marion, OH; d. November 30, 1987, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK.


See More about notes under Homer Franklin Kauffman.

vii.    RUBY ANN KAUFFMAN, b. August 15, 1903, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK; d. January 15, 1982, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, OK; m. NEVER MARRIED.


Ruby was accidentally dropped on a cement step when she was a small girl, causing a severe spinal injury.  The accident caused her to be crippled and on crutches for the rest of her life.

The story is told that Ruby’s parents never knew she was pregnant until the twins were born.  The Kenneth Howard family went to the Kauffmans almost every Sunday after church.  The Sunday after the boys were born, A.L. Kauffman took Kenneth Hunt Howard around the orchard and farm while A.L. told Kenneth of the boys births.  The story is relayed that neither A.L. nor Kenneth were very happy about this event but both loved the boys.  Aunt Maxine, in her letter to me of October 1992, said that Roy Sheehan was the father of Bob & Bill.  She said he “was committed to the state hospital in Vinita after the boys were born, and she thought he had committed suicide.”  (I think Roy was “Alva Ray Sheehan,” son of Sophia (Hart) and Luther Sheehan.  This story has later proved to be untrue, Ray was killed by a driver that had fallen asleep at the wheel.)

Ruby worked as the dispatcher for a (the?) taxicab company in Vinita for many, many years.  She began at a salary of $1 a day and “worked up” to $2 a day before her retirement.  When she left there, she had no retirement.  In 1976 when I visited with her in Tulsa, the Welfare department had called and asked her to come in to prove her disability.  My cousin told me if she went, and fell while in their building, he would personally see to it that she would “own the state.”

In my December 22, 1999 e-mail to Bill Kauffman, I said “Your mother was my great-aunt.  Oh how I loved Aunt Ruby…as did all of us kids that were the older grandchildren of Blanch and Kenneth.  I remember the last time I visited with her in 1976 with my daughter who was young.  Ruby was living in Tulsa next to a grocery store.  The store had to build a fence between their parking lot and her house to comply with a city ordinance.  They built the fence to comply, but they stopped the height at her window sill so she could still see out the window.  I thought that was so neat.  I also remember her having a police scanner.”

“Another old, old memory of mine is that Grandma and Grandpa Howard had twin cows.  I got to name them–Bob and Bill!  When Grandma milked them, I braided their tails.  They were gentle as she didn’t have to put kickers on them.  I can’t imagine doing that today, but it’s one of my favorite memories!  I can still see their stalls in the barn–one of them was right in front of the ladder going up to the hay loft.  When we were in Ketchum several years ago, I took a wonderful picture of the barn.  The only thing different about it from what I remember is that the new owners had painted it white instead of the barn red.”


Burial: January 18, 1982, Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, OK449,450

viii.    THELMA MAXINE KAUFFMAN, b. July 03, 1907, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK; d. February 06, 1983, Afton, Ottawa, OK; m. BARTO FLOYD BULLARD, February 27, 1926, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.


The December 18, 1924 issue of Craig Co. Gazette says of its 7th and 8th grade students, “Pupils not tardy–. . ., Thelma Kaufmann, . . . and 7th Grade pupils making an average of 100 percent for the month Thelma Kauffman.”  Mrs. Lotta M. Watson, teacher.  (Note Kauffman is spelled two different ways.)


Jeanette’s notes indicate this marriage to have taken place on July 3, with no year listed.

14.  SOPHIA LEE HART (HENRY ADKINSON2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born December 02, 1878 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO, and died September 03, 1940 in Collinsville, Tulsa, OK.  She married LUTHER SHEEHAN July 03, 1901 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  He was born March 23, 1877 in ?, and died October 02, 1919 in Collinsville, Tulsa, OK.


Subject:         Hart geneology

Date:         Mon, 18 Jan 1999 12:56:12 -0600

From:        Sallie Taylor <>


Good Morning!

Just a quick message to introduce you both to each other.  Sharon, here is Sallie’s message I received after visiting with Mary Ellen.  Sallie, Sharon is descended from your branch of the HART family.

Sallie, Sharon lives over in the Ft. Worth / Dallas area.  Can you let us know where you live?  And as I indicated in my earlier message, I will be getting more data to you when I finally get back home early next week.


Roger Roberson

Lynden, WA


Hi!  It is nice to meet you Sharon and know that I have Hart relative in the Metroplex.  I also live in Springtown and work for Springtown ISD as Curriculum Director for the schools.



Subject:          Re: Hart geneology

Date:         Tue, 19 Jan 1999 09:36:19 EST



In a message dated 1/19/99 9:15:50 AM, writes:

Do you use a genealogy program so I can send you a gedcom file of the Hart family?  I noticed in your reply to me that you had a on there and wondered if it is your home mail or another closely related “cousin.”



“Cejasam” here!  Sallie( is my sister.  I live in Ponca City, Okla. (Sam Sheehan II, 6750 East South Avenue, 74604).  I would be delighted to have a gedcom file of the Hart family!  I use the Ancestor genealogy program so I should have no problem reading the file.

Since I located the burial site of Henry Adkinson Hart my Great Grandfather I have been a regular on Memorial Day each year in visiting his final resting place.





ii.    ALVA RAY SHEEHAN, b. April 17, 1911, prob. Tulsa Co., OK; d. January 14, 1935, Owasso, Tulsa, OK?.


Regarding my e-mail to Sam Sheehan regarding story about Alva Ray committing suicide when learning about the birth of the twins, or the other story that he was run over by a car while talking to someone in another car.  Sam replied, “……… it was a hay truck with the driver asleep!  The accident happened East of Skitook on a steep hill.  Believe he and his new(?) wife had bought a farm on the South side of the road.  This was related to me by my Dad.”


15.  SAM3 HART (HENRY ADKINSON2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born 1883 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO, and died 1952 in Owasso, Tulsa, OK.  He married NORA SCOTT Unknown in ?.  She was born 1892 in ?, and died 1969 in Owasso, Tulsa, OK.

Children of SAM HART and NORA SCOTT are:

i.    ROY4 HART, b. October 26, 1918, ?; d. November 07, 1922, Owasso, Tulsa, OK.

ii.    NINA HART, b. September 27, 1925, prob. Owasso, Tulsa, OK; d. September 05, 1926, prob. Owasso, Tulsa, OK.

16.  ROBERT THOMAS3 HART (BENJAMIN JOHNSON2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born March 30, 1882 in prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO, and died January 05, 1955 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  He married LOVIE GLENORA BOWLES March 30, 1904 in ?.  She was born 1884 in ?, and died 1965 in prob. Carroll Co., MO.


Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO

Children of ROBERT HART and LOVIE BOWLES are:

i.    CECIL OREN4 HART, b. September 04, 1905, Carrollton, Carroll, MO; d. 1996; m. EVELYN METZ, April 01, 1927, Carroll Co., MO; b. October 04, 1908, Wildwood, NJ.

ii.    VERCIL R. HART, b. December 07, 1906, ?; d. Abt. April 15, 1950, prob. Carroll Co., MO; m. DOROTHY N(?); b. July 16, 1912.

iii.    JAMES M. HART, b. March 30, 1910, ?; d. October 07, 1979, prob. Carroll Co., MO; m. ALENE M [Wagaman], Unknown, ?; b. October 08, 1918, ?; d. December 02, 1990, prob. Carroll Co., MO. [Note: I did add my mother’s maiden name to this file. jmh 3.31.13]

iv.    GLADYS LOU HART, b. August 23, 1912, Carroll Co., MO; m. VIRGIL HENRY BUNGE, Unknown; b. August 05, 1917, ?; d. February 11, 1973, prob. Carroll Co., MO.

v.    CHARLES RAY HART, b. September 03, 1916, ?; d. Abt. October 13, 1995, prob. Carroll Co., MO; m. FLOSSIE M. HUNTER; b. January 24, 1921, ?.

17.  GROVER BENJAMIN3 HART (BENJAMIN JOHNSON2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born Unknown in prob. Carrollton, Carroll, MO, and died Unknown in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  He married BESSIE LORENE BOWLES June 06, 1906 in Carrollton, Carroll, MO.  She was born Unknown in ?, and died Unknown in ?.


Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll, MO534,535


i.    LOUISE4 HART, b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?; m. HARRY PIERSON ELLIOTT, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

18.  ANNA E. HART (BENJAMIN JOHNSON2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born Unknown in ?, and died Unknown in ?.  She married FRANK WAMPLER Unknown in ?.  He was born Unknown in ?, and died Unknown in ?.


i.    LETHA WAMPLER, b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?; m. ? WELCHON, Unknown, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

19.  LUCY A. HART (JAMES M.2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born December 17, 1882 in Randolph Co, AR, and died May 09, 1962 in Randolph Co, AR.  She married WILLIAM MILAS SAGO.

Children of LUCY HART and WILLIAM SAGO are:

20.              i.    RUTH4 SAGO, b. February 22, 1901, Randolph Co, AR.

21.             ii.    MINNIE A. SAGO, b. October 04, 1904.

22.            iii.    MAZIE V. SAGO, b. February 10, 1909.

iv.    RAYMOND SAGO, b. February 18, 1911; d. October 05, 1912.

23.             v.    MERYLE SAGO, b. July 02, 1913.

vi.    BEN MAX SAGO, b. August 15, 1918; m. GLENDAL MAXINE RIGGS, December 04, 1948; b. March 14, 1926; d. March 05, 1976.

Generation No. 4

20.  RUTH SAGO (LUCY A.3 HART, JAMES M.2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born February 22, 1901 in Randolph Co, AR.  She married JAMES THOMAS MORRIS July 24, 1918 in Randolph County, AR.

Marriage Notes for RUTH SAGO and JAMES MORRIS:

* Marriage record–Randolph County AR– BK 19,  p. 161

Children of RUTH SAGO and JAMES MORRIS are:

i.    CHARLES HENRY5 MORRIS, b. October 01, 1922; d. Unknown, In infancy.

ii.    ROBERT EDWARD MORRIS, b. June 18, 1924.

iii.    HAROLD FRANKLIN MORRIS, b. September 12, 1925.

iv.    THOMAS RAYBURN MORRIS, b. July 1927.

v.    BILLY JOE MORRIS, b. September 09, 1928; d. Unknown, In infancy540.

vi.    JOHN LLOYD MORRIS, b. December 21, 1930.

vii.    PATSY RUTH MORRIS, b. March 01, 1932; m. BERNARD JOHN BROADBENT.

21.  MINNIE A.4 SAGO (LUCY A.3 HART, JAMES M.2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born October 04, 1904.  She married EVERETT DECKER July 18, 1925.  He was born March 01, 1905.


i.    LEON5 DECKER, b. September 24, 1934; d. December 17, 1934.

22.  MAZIE V.4 SAGO (LUCY A.3 HART, JAMES M.2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born February 10, 1909.  She married THOMAS FRED MCCOY November 05, 1927.  He was born Abt. 1906.


i.    CHARLENE5 MCCOY, b. April 28, 1933; m. ALBERT NESSON.

23.  MERYLE SAGO (LUCY A.3 HART, JAMES M.2, ALFRED EVANS1) was born July 02, 1913.  She married WILLIAM HENRY WAYMON May 14, 1940.  He was born March 08, 1907.


i.    MARY LOU WAYMON, b. June 18, 1941; m. DALE CULLISON.

ii.    SANDRA KAY WAYMON, b. September 11, 1946; m. JERRY WAYNE HACKWORTH; b. October 01, 1943.


This is the end of Tom Stokes’ record of Alfred E. Hart’s family.

Found Text: 19th Century Shipping News

Found Text: Poetry in the Details




The painting is signed with these details:

“Lady Macnaghten Capt Wm Faith off the Eddystone Lighthouse, 1828”


Painting in oil of the three masted 588 ton carvel built ship

“Lady Macnaghten” sailing under reduced sail. In the original gilt frame.


The Lady Macnaghten was named after Letitia (nee Dunkin), wife of Sir Francis Macnaghten, Chief of the Macnaghten Clan and a judge of the Supreme Courts of Madras and Calcutta, who was also an Ulster patron of science and discovery. The ship was built at Howrah, near Culcutta, in 1824 of Indian teak, she was 122 ft 7 in long.







Lately, I’ve been thinking about what my next post on Harthouse on Main might be. If it is to be Family History, it needs to be written, and there’s no time for that right now in my teaching season. Then this morning a chance act gave me an inspiration for a new category: using a “Found Text,” and my first entry came my way in odd circumstances, as I shall relate.

Recently my wife Denise Hart bought on ebay an antique watercolor portrait of an aging lady. Its ebay listing reads this way: “Antique Signed Dated 1828 Early American Folk Art Watercolor.” The portrait has some skill in rendering an aging lady wearing a lace cap and a dark dress with lace collar; a red shawl drapes loosely around her shoulders. She is seated in an armchair, and she is holding spectacles in her right hand. Her face shows stern features, and she faces the artist with an air of no-nonsense determination. She is indeed a lovely piece of folk art, a stellar addition to my wife’s collection. But I think now the seller is wrong in identifying her as American. She is English, and the evidence is in the fragments of aging newspaper glued onto the wooden backing board when the piece was framed in a gilt and mahogany veneer frame sometime in the nineteenth century. Indeed, the details and the words from the newspaper column create their own poetry for anyone who loves the Romantic associations inherent in listings of nineteenth century shipping news.

Old Lady in Bonnet.Watercolor. Detail.

Old Lady in Bonnet.
Watercolor. Detail.

(Copied from ebay, the image is much smaller than expected.)

This is a small portrait. The paper on which it is painted measures about 6.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches high. The artist added some pencil shading highlights and shadows in the lower corners and accentuated the folds of the shawl’s drapery with pencil. No amount of magnification allows me to accurately render the artist’s name correctly: An initial or abbreviated first name and a last name. But the penciled date of 1828 is quite clear. So after I read the details in the time-darkened newspaper fragments, that is why I settled on an 1828 portrait of a ship to illustrate this item. But the date is truly arbitrary now, because the lady’s portrait was not framed in 1828 after all. It was framed sometime after 1846. When one layer of newsprint flaked away, here is what could clearly be read on a layer underneath it, in a small classified ad at the edge of the board: “LIVERPOOL LOAN COMPANY, LIMITED. 87 LORD STREET. L’pool. Established 1846.”

So now let the details of the Shipping News speak for themselves, beginning mid-column and mid-page in a fragment dating from sometime in the middle of the nineteenth century:

Vascoma, s, from the River Plate at St. Vincent, C.V.

Mentana, from Akyab for the Loire, passed Belle Isle.

Callao, Annie Fish, Sappho, and Vicksburg, hence; and Tribute—at Bombay Sept. 23.

Pommerania, s, from Hamburg; Victoria, s, from the Clyde; Consul Platen, from Falmouth; and Chiara, from Limerick—at New York. PER BONNY, S, FROM WEST COAST OF AFRICA.

H.M.S. Foam, at Jellah Coffee and Quitta Aug. 30.

H.M.S. Decoy, at Accra Aug. 31.

Volta, s, at CapePalmas Sept. 4.

Jane, schooner, at Old Calabar Aug. 22.

Editna, and Rosalind, at Fernando Po.

Alligator, Dromo, and H.M.S. Spiteful and Merlin at Cape Coast Castle Sept. 1.

Bankside, Valliout, and Hercules, s—at Bathurst Sept. 10.

C. W. Cohen, Bella Maria, Annie Anderson, and E. E. Fisher—at Madeira Sept. 16.

Susan Bayley, Emulous, Celia, Sersimi, Hans, Advance, Selfida, Hans, s, and Eco, s—at Lagos Aug. 29.

Lady of the Lake, Rescue, Tropic Bird, Sir Arthur Kennedy, s, and Sherbro’ at Sierra Leone Sept. 7.


Bertha, from Petchora at Leith, has been beached, having sprung a leak.

Minstrel King, from Tocopilla, has put in leaky. —(Valparaiso, via Pernanibuco, by cable.)

Leader, from Cardiff for Lisbon, at Falmouth, with sails split.

Lucie Marie, brigantine, went ashore on Love Bar, Porthleven, and will probably break up; crew saved.

Archibald, from Fowey at this port, was towed up the river leaky, having been aground in the Crosby Channel. [This port, Liverpool – Merseyside]

Bwella (? Bwllfa), grounded entering Maryport harbour on Wednesday, and would remain until next tide.

Brittany, s, from Havre for Cardiff, has been towed into Falmouth with main shaft broken, by the Greenwood, s.

Ann Morgan, from Dantzic for Gloucester, at Deal, reports having lost part of deckload off the coast of Jutland during bad weather.

Louise and Triton, Dutch ships, have been in collision at Sourabaya, and sustained some damage.—(By telegraph from Rotterdam.)

Buona-Madre and an Italian brig were in collision at Cardiff, and former sustained serious damage and must dock.

Helene, from La Guayra at Bordeaux, experienced a severe gale on the 16th and 17th… which strained her deck, and it is expec…cargo will be damaged. [Edge of column torn off here.]

Snily, s, from New Orleans and . . . .

The next complete item in the column to the right of these shipping news items picks up below a two-line rule placed after the ending of a fragmented meeting report in which a Dr. Gill gave a statement about alterations to existing water-closets: “We must wait and see what the new process is.”

Found Text: Recalling Inflammatory

Nineteenth Century Journalism

I believe the following item appears in this unnamed Liverpool newspaper [from the shipping news I could determine the point of origin is Liverpool], citing a report from the Record. According to my online searches today, the Record is probably a Church of England newspaper of the day founded in 1828. The inflammatory nature of this short item caught my attention and made me determine to do this “found text” post.

“A correspondent of the Record points out that Mr. R. Pearsall Smith, who has recently been holding religious meetings throughout the country, has circulated a hymn book containing hymns written by Dr. Faber, a notorious pervert and bigoted Papist.”

Robert Pearsall Smith. Carte de visite by an unknown English photographer.National Portrait Gallery.

Robert Pearsall Smith. Carte de visite by an unknown English photographer.
National Portrait Gallery.

Imagine my surprise today to google the names Dr. Faber and R. Pearsall Smith together, and I am led to the very book itself, digitized by Google Books: Hymns Selected from Faber [Frederick William Faber] by R. Pearsall Smith. Published by W. Isbister & Co. 56, Ludgate Hill, London. 1874.  Yes, in 1874. This only means that our watercolor portrait of the aging lady was apparently given her present framing nearly 50 years after she was painted. And the found shipping news turns out to be from the later nineteenth century of the British Empire, rather than my first assumption of being ca. 1828, or from mid-century, sometime post-1846. It’s a twisty path revealed by a few scraps of darkened newsprint pasted onto the backing of a Victorian picture frame.

The next complete item is another piece of shipping news, and these two paragraphs about Smith and the Tagus are placed together without separation of rule or space:

“The cargo of the steamship Tagus, which arrived at Passage, Cork, is composed of about 8,000 stand of firearms, which were shipped at New York, intended, it is understood, for the Russian Government. The steamer is bound to Taganrog. The police authorities have sent a party of police on board, no doubt to ensure the safety of the arms while the steamer remains in harbour.”

This item is followed by one more news item which eventually disappears unfinished at the crumbled edge of the page:

“PRESENTATION TO CAPTAIN LEONARD SPEAR—Captain Leonard Spear, who was the marine, superintendent and senior officer of the White Star Line, having recently retired from that position to enjoy a well-deserved ease after an active life, the captains and officers of the White Star fleet and the heads of the shore departments more immediately connected with the working of the vessels, determined to present him with a token of their estimation of the manner in which he had discharged the duties of his very responsible office. The gift assumed the form of a very handsome silver epergne, value about 100 guineas, specially manufactured by Messrs. Elkington and Co., and accompanied by an illuminated address. The presentation was made at a dinner which took place at the Alexandra Hotel, Dale-street, on Wednesday evening, Capt. Kennedy of the s. s. Baltic, occupying the chair, and Mr. Hornsburg, superintending manager of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company (the owners of the White Star steamers), filling the office of croupier. Mr. Eberle, the host of the Alexandra, had done everything for which he is famous to render the entertainment a . . . one, and to maintain the luxurious tra . . . the White Star fleet, Captain . . . .”

White Star Line posterfrom the 1890's

White Star Line poster
from the 1890’s.

And so it ends at the torn edge of the page.

To the left of these pieces is half of a torn column relating a story from court with only the right-hand halves of the sentences, and to the right of the items is a list of persons’ names and dates (occurring in the last 10 days of September) from the left-hand edge of that column. There is not sufficient context from any sentence to determine their significance, but my guess is that it’s probably a list of deaths occurring recently at that point of publication.

So, having been drawn to the associative suggestions of the ships’ names and destinations and the inflammatory remark about Dr. Faber and his hymns, I determined to piece these scraps together to see what might come of them. I’m still convinced our aging lady is English, and how or when her portrait came to America to eventually wash up on the shores of ebay and find her way to our house today in snowy Missouri will have to remain a mystery without a solution.

And, reader, if you are still with me at this point of conclusion, I thank you for your patience and hail in you a kindred spirit drawn to the “poetry” in the details that surfaced from reading a few columns of newsprint scraps pasted to the wood back of a picture frame that have managed to survive in their darkened, time tarnished state since 1874, although I had hoped when I first started out that I held a piece of 1828 in my hands.

Carpe diem—whatever day or year it is!

March 24, 2013

Post script for 1828


William John Huggins.British Sailing Ship, 1828. ARTCYCLOPEDIA.

William John Huggins.
British Sailing Ship, 1828.