Jesse M. Stanford is 119 years old today, born in 1892. Jesse is the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Another of the Asia Minor Stanford/ Martha Telitha Hazelwood eleven. Jesse was born in Fannin, Texas and is the oldest of the 11 children. He died February 19, 1906 at age 13. His father is the boys' 1st cousin 4 times removed, Asia Minor Stanford, whose father is the boys' 3rd great-granduncle, Jacob K. Stanford and Jacob's brother is David Stanford, the boys' 3rd great-grandfather.
Lola Ray Everhart died 32 years ago today in 1979 at age 72. Lola is Steve's Great-grandmother. Except for my mother and father, Lola had more to do with my moral and spiritual upbringing than anyone else in my life. She was an amazing person, loved by everyone and also respected. She is the second oldest of the 10 children born to Elmer Elsworth Everhart and Margret Izora Sims. Lola married Ceasar Alford Steible in East St. Louis, Illinois January 5, 1928. They begot their only child, Elizabeth Louise Steible in October of that same year. Lola was active in social clubs and enjoyed bowling. One or more of her grandchildren would visit every summer when they were growing up and a lot of time was spent at the Lake of the Ozarks, with Grandmother and Granddaddy in their cabin. She would take us fishing and frog gigging and tell us stories and play games. I remember her death like it was yesterday. She died of cancer in Kansas City, MO in the hospital I was born in, St. Luke's. Mom was with her. I was servicing an air conditioner on the roof of a large build off of Fulton Industrial Blvd. I knew the moment she died. Two hours later, Dad called to tell me. I told him I knew. The last thing she said to Mom was that she was tired.
Mary Lelia West died 94 years ago today in 1917 at age 60. Mary is Ella and Mason's 3rd great-grandaunt. She was born March 6th, 1857 in Hall county, GA. Her older sister is Sarah Matilda West who married John Henry Chambers in 1871 and begot Noah Benjamin Chambers in 1879. Noah married Dellia Keever and are Ella and Mason's 2nd great-grandparents.
James T. McMurrey is 89 years old today, born in 1922. James is the kids' 1st cousin 4 times removed. His father is Lee Vernon McMurrey, the brother of Ida Jane McMurrey, the kids' 3rd great-grandmother.
This being father's day, I thought I would tell my favorite story about my dad, Jerry Joseph Wooden, Sr. Some time in the mid 1960's the Braves had a promotion that they would give a full sized baseball bat to the first 10,000 kids that should up at the stadium with reserved seats. Dad got the (then) 3 of us to the stadium over 2 hours early for the game. We went to our gate and they were out of bats. He took us to every gate around the stadium and each of them had just run out of bats as we got there. He was fuming. When we got home Dad sat down and wrote the Braves a letter in red ink and burned the edges of the paper. Several weeks later we each got our bat and free tickets to a game where we were taken down to the dug out before the game to meet the players and got an autographed picture of the player of our choice. Our choice was the catcher, Joe Torre. Thanks Dad for the memories.
William Harbin Fritts and Susan Wooden's 177th anniversary is today, married in 1834 when she was just 14 years old, in Kentucky. Susan is the boys' 3rd great-grandaunt, sister of Andrew Jackson Wooden, the boys' 3rd great-grandfather.
Margaret Hawley died 16 years ago today in 1995 at age 87 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Margaret is the boys' 3rd cousin 4 times removed. Her father is 2nd cousin 5 times removed, John Merritt Hawley, whose mother is 1st cousin 6 times removed, Lucy Ann Stonestreet. Lucy's mother is Ruth Wooden, the sister of 5th great-grandfather, Robert Wooden who is the first born of 7 children to Robert Wooden of Ireland and Abigail Isabelle Miller of Kentucky.
Hannah West was born on this day in 1775, 236 years ago. Hannah is the kids' 6th great-grandmother. She married Jacob C. Meadows and begot Rachel Meadows in 1813. Rachel married Abel M. Barnett January 11, 1832 in Oglethorpe, Georgia. They begot 9 children with the first being David A Barnett who married Jane C. Fleeman December 8, 1857 in Oglethorpe and they begot 7 children with Lucy Emline Barnett being the first in 1858.
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