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Table of Contents
About Connecting Our Kin 6
Carroll Spellings 8
Carroll Clips 9
My Carroll Ancestry 10
Henry Hamilton Carroll Family 11
Children of Henry Hamilton Carroll and Nancy Josephine Rorabaugh: 12
Children of Henry Hamilton Carroll and Eliza Jane Rorabaugh: 15
Memories of Early Childhood 18
Lingle Roots 25
Lingle Ancestry 27
Anderson / Kelton 33
Rohrbach, Rorabaw, Rorabaugh 37
Rorabaugh Research Notes 46
John Mitchell Rorabaw and Mary Ellen Clark 48
Mary Ellen Clark Rorabaugh 53
Drumright, Oklahoma 56
Drumright Folks 60
Virgil R. Cooper - 60
Rev. and Mrs. M.A. Malone 60
Emma E. Akin - 63
Eileen Coffield Huff – 65
Bullfrog Charley - 68
Blog Articles 72
2008 Reunion - At Carroll Farm 72
Vacation – New Mexico 73
Aunt Sylvia 74
Elgia and Eva Ballew 76
Landmark Catalpa Tree 78
Winter 2015 Family Additions 80
My Aunt Nina 81
Relatives Found in Goodspeed Biographies 83
Ellet Rhea Thompson 85
Horatio Lovejoy’s New Year’s Eve 87
Great Uncle? – no, Grand Uncle 88
Obit From a Stranger 90
Eliza Jane Rorabaugh 91
Ella Iola Lingle 91
Everette Houston Lingle 93
Henry Bryan Carroll 93
Henry Hamilton Carroll 94
Nora Gertrude Carroll Frick 95
Vinie Violet Carroll Turner 96
Woodrow Wilson Carroll 96
I became seriously interested in genealogy after getting acquainted with my mother-in-law, Frances Reaves Young, back in the 1970’s.One day as I was browsing through her library for something to read, I found a couple of thick binders containing her genealogy documents. Back then you used three forms to document your research and to build your family tree. There was the ancestral chart, the family group sheet, and the individual sheet. I browsed through the documents, with her permission, and found that she had done a considerable amount of work. Most of hers was hand-written. In addition to the information that she had entered on the forms, she had scribbled notes about family members as she thought of them, like “Uncle Oscar was 6’ 7”.
This reminded me that my grandmother Carroll had been contacted in the early 60’s by a retired coronel that was researching the Rorabaugh family. I recall talking with Grandma Carroll about our ancestors, but I had never seen the book that the colonel was to write. I felt sure that there was some information out there that I could tap into that would help me learn about my own ancestors.
Beginning with the same forms that my mother-in-law was using, I started writing down what I knew about my parents, my siblings, my grandparents, and great-grandparents. I began to solicit help from family members still living. I created a binder for my forms and made copies of documents I found along the way. It was all a very manual process for many years. I didn’t like to hand-write anything, so I must have re-typed the same information a dozen times in those early years. In the 80’s I transferred to Akron, Ohio with my company, a major tire manufacturer. I was given opportunity there to travel to various distribution centers or factories. On those trips, in the evenings, I would spend time in local libraries doing research, and was very fortunate to be able to visit some major genealogy libraries in Iowa, Washington, Oklahoma, and Texas. By the 90’s I had gathered a lot of paper documents and had filled a large binder with charts, photocopies of vital records documents, my notes, and copies from genealogy books. These I took with me to Carroll family reunions that we started in the mid-nineties. By then everyone in the family knew that I was “into” genealogy and it was fun sharing with them what I had learned.
Still, I knew my binder of documents wasn’t very well organized and it was difficult to share information with family members. Then, the internet was in its infancy. I thought that it was the perfect medium for me to share my research with others. I created my first website with html (hyper-text markup language) coding. I learned how to code from Rootsweb’s resources and their “Sandy’s Genealogy Toolkit”. Later I learned about WYSIWIG (What You See is What You Get) software like FrontPage, that helped me immensely to organize, publish, and maintain the site easily. I bought the www.connectingourkin.com domain and maintained it for over 10 years.
I must say that I met (virtually) a lot of people through my internet connection that helped me to piece together my family history as it is today. I am hopeful that I also helped them. Some of these cousins I found through the internet came to family reunions in Oklahoma. I know that my immediate family members got used to asking “Now how are you related?” to these visitors. Of course, many of those I met on-line, I never met in person. Many I’ve been out of touch with for years, and some have passed on.
In the 2010’s, I moved from the www.connectingourkin.com domain, to a SharePoint site. SharePoint is a product of Microsoft and since I used it so much in my job, I thought it would be great to use it for genealogy. I cancelled my subscription for the old website, and copied, relatively painlessly, all my information to that SharePoint site. So, even today I have a web presence.
In the meantime, Ancestry.com was developing into a powerhouse for genealogists. I’ve loved Ancestry since I found it and I have spent the last few years transferring all my own data to that medium. I began writing stories and attaching those to individuals. Also, I found Ancestry to be a great repository for pictures of individuals. My on-line gallery contains about 1500 pictures.
For years my youngest brother, Billy, has wanted me to write a family history book. I kept saying “no”, but now that I’m about to retire, I’ve decided that it would be good to put as much as I can in printed form again. So, here in July of 2016, I commit to doing just that. The book will most likely only be shared initially with my siblings. I also may move the .PDF format to the internet again to be stored for posterity.
So, I dedicate this to you, Billy Mack Carroll, and I ask my siblings to share the information with their descendants as they are interested.
About Connecting Our Kin
This site is about family history (genealogy). It is about making connections with researching cousins.
This website is a presentation of some of the materials about my family history that I've accumulated over 40 years of research. It also is an attempt to hopefully connect with relatives that I would not otherwise be able to know through close association.
My hope is that related individuals will see this site and connect with me in order to broaden our mutual knowledge of our family history.
I have shared my genealogy data in detail in two other places on the Internet:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=connectingourkinThe World Connect Project - this site is updated with information from my database occasionally.
http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/39469583/family?cfpid=19375031082&selnode=1Ancestry.com - this site is updated often as my research continues and the family grows. If you find that we are related and if you wish to visit my Ancestry tree, please contact
I also participate as a contributor to
http://www.findagrave.com/Find A Grave and have linked a number of family memorials to a virtual cemetery called
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=41801Connecting Our Kin
While I live on this earth, connect with me on
https://www.facebook.com/jameshcarrollFacebook or e-mail me at
Hello! My name is James (Jim) Hamilton Carroll. I live in Hendersonville, Tennessee (near Nashville), but I'm originally from Drumright, Oklahoma. My purpose for this book is to present much of the information that I have gathered over the last number of years with the hope that it will be of benefit to some far or near relative who has similar interests.
The surnames Carroll, Lingle, Rorabaugh, and Ballew are those of my parents and grandparents, and these form the basic index of this book. However, I have just recently been able to extend the Felkins line (follow Lingle) and the Tippy line (follow Ballew) back a number of generations.
How do you spell that name?
I never understood, until recently, why I always had to spell CARROLL when giving out my name. Maybe this list of other various Carroll spellings will help put this in perspective.
And for you with an interest in Irish origins and old Gaelic spellings:
O’Carroll, Carvill, MacCarroll, McCarroll, MacCarvil, McCarvill, O’Cearbhaill, O’Cearbhael, MacCearbhaill – these thanks to Dennis Carroll of Portland, OR.
Clips of information on the Carroll surname......
"Col. Charles C. Carroll, regimental commander, Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, posted at Camp Shaver, north of Carrollton, Ark. Pg 225, "Borderland Rebellion" Elmo Ingenthron, a history of the civil war on the Missouri-Arkansas border, pub. The Ozarks Mountaineer 1980.
Genealogies of Virginia Families, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine Volume I, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1981 Index by Judith McGhan:
p. 188 - 208 John Bradford, b 1690-95 m. about 1717 Mrs. Mary (Marr) Kingcart Children: John, Daniel, Hannah, Dinah, Sarah, Alexander, William, Joseph, Benjamin
William Bradford, b about 1730 died about 1760 Son, Henry Bradford - moved to Tennessee; Married 1785 Elizabeth Chichester (Payne) Blackmore; They had 7 children, 1 Celia or Cecilia 1792-1848 who married Sep 1813, William Carroll (Mar 10, 1788 - Mar 23, 1844), who became Governor of Tennessee.
My Carroll Ancestry
Nathan Carrol(Sr.), b. possibly, 17 Sep 1777, d. 4 Jun 1870, in Clark Co., IN. m. Mary Janette Graham, 13 Oct 1831, Mecklenburg Co., Virginia; m. 27 Apr 1833, in Clark County, IN, Mary A. Bonny, b. abt. 1795 in Greenbrier County, WV, d: 13 Jul 1874. Nathan may have been married once before he married Mary Janette Graham. Found some evidence of children in the census of other children born before 1831.
(One source says of Nathan Carroll that he was the son of David Carroll of Goochland Co., Virginia.)
Land Record in Indiana - Land Grant by President James Buchanan, July 1857 for land near Henryville, Indiana.
Son of Nathan Carrol (Sr.) and Mary Janette Graham:
Nathan Carroll, (Jr.), b. about 1835 in Indiana, (probably Henryville, Clark Co., IN), d. unknown, buried in Carrollton, Carroll Co., MO, Mt. Carmel Cemetery; m. Susan C. Sullivan, b. about 1837 in Indiana, d. after 1858. He later married, Martha Jane Hudson.
Son of Nathan Carrol (Jr) and Susan C. Sullivan:
Henry Hamilton Carroll, b. 30 Nov 1868 near Henryville, Clark County, IN, d. 7 Mar 1953 in Cushing, Payne Co., OK, buried Lawson Cemetery, near Yale, OK; m1. 13 Sep 1888, Nancy Josephine Rorabaugh, b. 17 Dec 1863 in Scotland Co., MO; d. 13 Feb 1903 in Yale, Payne County, OK; buried Lawson Cemetery; m2. Jul 1904 in Stillwater, OK, Eliza Jane Rorabaugh, b. 9 Jan 1886 in Appanoose County, IA, d. 3 May 1966 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK, b. Lawson Cemetery.
Son of Henry Hamilton Carroll and Eliza J. Rorabaugh
Woodrow Wilson Carroll, b. 30 Nov 1912, Perry, Noble County, OK; d. 15 Jan 1997, Ft. Smith, AR, buried Lawson Cemetery, Yale, Payne Co., OK; m.2 6 Jun 1938 Ella Iola Lingle, b. 15 Jan 1915 in Koshkonong, MO, d. 25 Oct 2007, buried Bell Cemetery, Watts, Adair County, OK.
James Hamilton Carroll, b. 29 Sep 1946 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK.
Henry Hamilton Carroll Family
Henry Hamilton Carroll was born on 30 Nov 1868 in Henryville, Clark County, Indiana. He lived in Scotland and Carroll Counties, Missouri, and moved to Payne County, Oklahoma in 1897. He was a farmer and stockman. At one time he provided teams of mules used in building railroads in Oklahoma. He rented, then purchased a farm northeast of Drumright, Creek Co., Oklahoma in 1903. He remained in that area until his death on 7 Mar 1953 in Cushing, Payne Co., OK. He was converted and baptized late in life at the Drumright Assembly of God church.
Henry Hamilton Carroll was married to Nancy Josephine Rorabaugh on 13 Sep 1888 in Scotland Co., MO. Nancy was born on 17 Dec 1863 in Scotland Co., MO. She died on 13 Feb 1903 in Yale, OK and she was buried in Lawson/Quay Cemetery, just north of the city.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=41801&GRid=26582094&Find A Grave
Henry and Nancy had six children.
Children of Henry Hamilton Carroll and Nancy Josephine Rorabaugh:
I. Nora Gertrude Carroll was born on 17 Sep 1889 in Scotland Co., MO. She died on 24 Oct 1973 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK, however, she was a long time resident of Yale, Oklahoma.
II. Nathan C Carroll was born on 21 May 1891 in Scotland Co., MO. He married Nellie M. Norton on 4 Aug 1912 in Creek Co., Oklahoma. In the 1930 census, he is found residing in Valley, Linn Co., Kansas. He died in March 1968 and is buried in Amoret, Bates Co., MO.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=41801&GRid=63571190&Find A Grave
III. Moses Lawrence Carroll was born on 17 Mar 1894 in Hamilton, Scotland Co., MO. He was married to Verna Louise Harlow on 23 Jul 1919 in Chandler, Lincoln County, Ok. He died on 12 Nov 1965 in El Monte, Los Angeles County, CA.
IV. Joseph Dean Carroll was born on 17 Apr 1896 in Carrollton, Carroll Co., MO. He fought in infantry in World War I. He was married to Clara Blanche Whitehead and had three children: Clyde, Alma, and Pauline. He died on 21 Mar 1958 in Olive, Creek Co., OK. He is buried in the Drumright cemetery (north
V. Mary Ellen Carroll was born on 24 Mar 1898 in Yale, Payne Co., OK. She died on 30 May 1970 in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA. She was married to Floyd George Fobroy. She was the mother of three boys, Clifford Ray, Willard Gene, and Floyd Lee.
VI. Lucinda Pearl Carroll was born on 25 Jun 1901 in Yale, Payne Co., OK. She was married to J. Franklin Edwards. They are found in the 1930 census in Deming, Luna County, New Mexico. She died on 16 Dec 1980 in Valley Center, Pawnee Co., KS.
After the death of his first wife, Henry Hamilton Carroll married his wife's sister, Eliza Jane Rorabaugh, on 23 Jul 1904 in Stillwater, Payne Co., OK.
Eliza was born on 9 Jan 1886 in Appanoose County, IA. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Assembly of God church in Drumright. She and Henry had seven children. After Henry's death, Eliza continued to live in their home on South Duke street in Drumright. She died on 3 May 1966 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK and was buried on 5 May 1966 in Lawson/Quay Cemetery, near Yale, Payne Co., OK beside her husband.
Children of Henry Hamilton Carroll and Eliza Jane Rorabaugh:
I. Sylvia Faye Carroll was born on 26 Jun 1905 in Indian Territory (near Drumright, Creek Co., Oklahoma). She died on 1 Feb 1996 in Georgetown, Williamson Co., TX. She was a homemaker. She attended the Assembly of God church in Drumright, Oklahoma. She was buried in Drumright, Creek Co., OK.
I, James H. Carroll, wrote this the Friday following Aunt Sylvia's funeral, 1996:
"I talked to Mom tonight. She told me that Aunt Sylvia passed away and was buried last Tuesday. I feel a loss; however, I realize that Sylvia was 90 years old, and a Christian, so she is in a better place, in grand health. It is difficult to realize, however, that she is gone.
Sylvia and I became buddies back when I was a teenager. She and I had many wonderful times together...sitting around the dinner table, often, talking about this and that. I really enjoyed talking to her. She loved gospel music, and we would often sing together, and later we'd talk about spiritual things, and about family members. I looked to Sylvia for a lot of genealogical information over the years.
After I moved away from Drumright and as a young man, I would visit her when I was home...I always did; however, last year her children rightfully persuaded her to sell her home in Drumright, and she moved to Texas to live near her daughter, Ruth.
Aunt Sylvia didn't have many really close friends for she was a rather shy individual in groups, but I always enjoyed her company. She was always, always cordial. She was really dear to me. She always welcomed me into her home, and she made me feel that I was a special person. She had a great sense of humor. I hope I never forget the sound of her laughter.
In the last years she became hard of hearing, so it was difficult to carry on a conversation. I know that she was very lonely over the years after Shirley, her youngest daughter, married and left home, and then Grandma Carroll passed away....then, year by year, she saw her few contemporaries pass on.
I'm sure that we must have talked about Grandma Carroll on our last visit because we always did. We talked about how much we still missed her. And now, I'll miss Aunt Sylvia."
II. Henry Bryan Carroll was born on 31 May 1907 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. He died on 31 Jul 1980 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. He was a welder by trade. He was married first to Lily Mae Kirk of Stillwell, Ok. They were a loving couple for many years. In 1966, both were in a car accident and Mae was killed. Later, Bryan married Sammie Wise Kyle
III. Alta Susan Carroll was born on 25 Dec 1908 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. Alta operated a photography studio in Oilton. She died on 14 Feb 1933 and was buried in the Lawson/Quay Cemetery, north of Yale, OK. Alta died due to a ruptured appendix. She was married at the time; she is buried as Alta Thompson.
IV. Vinie Violet Carroll was born on 18 Nov 1910 in Perry, Noble Co., OK. She died on 11 Apr 1970 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. Letha (Betty Jo), Violet's only daughter, said that Violet had rheumatic fever when she was young (seven) and suffered from a weak heart the rest of her life. Violet was married a number of times, and twice to Pan (Ermil Ernest) Turner. She worked at Beach Aircraft - Wichita, KS during the war. Later in life, Violet became a member of the Church of Christ.
Letha (Betty Jo) described her mother's hair as naturally red and curly. "She always wore it cut short because it was so curly and unmanageable."
I have a few memories of Aunt Violet. She and Pan lived in Oklahoma City and would come to visit Grandma in Drumright now and then. I wish that I could have known her after I became an adult, but I didn't have that opportunity. After Grandma died in 1966, she and Pan bought Grandma's house on South Duke in Drumright. They were living there when Violet died of heart failure in 1970.
V. Woodrow Wilson Carroll was born on 30 Nov 1912 in Perry, Noble Co., OK.7 He died on 19 Jan 1997 in Ft. Smith, AR; buried Lawson/Quay Cemetery, north of Yale, OK. He was an oilfield worker and trucker. He was the father of six children with his wife, Ella Iola Lingle of Chewey, Adair Co., Oklahoma.
VI. Ulice Lee Carroll was born on 15 Aug 1915 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. He died on 7 Jan 1995 in Earlsboro, OK. This is a picture of Lee with his wife, Pat Edwards. They were married 21 Jan 1936. Pat was born on 15 Jan 1914 and died 29 Sep 1983 in Seminole, Okla. Lee loved horses and took pride in the few he owned and cared for on his acreage near Earlsboro.
VII. Alma Rose Carroll was born on 19 Dec 1917 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. She died on 27 Dec 1920 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK.
Memories of Early Childhood
If I could travel into the past, Grandma Carroll's house would be my first stop. Grandma and I were great companions. I was one of six children, so I guess that the attention afforded me at Grandma's house was the primary attraction; she called me her "Jimmy-boy" and I never minded the pet name.
My first memories of Grandma's house reach way back to the late 1940's. Grandpa was approaching eighty and Grandma was in her mid-sixties. They were living on the Carroll home place northeast of Drumright, Oklahoma. My memory pictures it this way:
A weathered, unpainted, one-story, frame house enclosed by a wire fence with iron posts. A porch spanning the front sheltered a wooden swing and a couple of rocking chairs. The front lawn was shaded by a large black-jack tree and a large cedar. Honeysuckle vines covered the corner of the fence. A large expanse of lawn paralleled the north side of the house with two pear trees growing alongside the fence.
At the rear of the house was a concrete cellar over which a small building was erected. This was commonly called the wash house. The porch off the kitchen had a slanted roof. Wire strung from the ground to the roof supported flowing vines such as morning glory, honey suckle, or trumpet vines. These were aromatic and also provided some shade from the Oklahoma sun. At the south edge of the back porch was the water well from which all the water for human consumption, bathing, laundry, and farm use was hand-drawn.
Within a few yards east of the house, other buildings were scattered. These included a smoke house, garage, chicken house, feed barn and tack room, and a two story barn where hay was kept in the loft.
Grandma loved flowers and was a successful gardener. Around the house were many varieties of flowers. I remember especially the petunias. There was a small vegetable garden behind the garage where she managed to add a few hollyhocks. She would occasionally pick the flowers of the hollyhocks to fashion small dolls which were a delight to my childish imagination. There was a larger vegetable garden further from the house, to the south, on the edge of a hollow which bordered the place. Once she also had the ground tilled between the feed and hay barns. We planted a patch of pumpkins. I must have been visiting her at the time because I felt part ownership in that patch. I remember the excitement of seeing large pumpkins on the vines and the long awaited pumpkin pie which Grandma baked.
Grandma seemed to be in charge in those days. Grandpa was almost eighty remember. She engineered a swing for me in the tree by the smoke house. She often recalled, as I was growing up, how I loved to sit in the swing and sing at the top of my voice. If Grandpa and Grandma had a car, I don't remember it. I do remember walking with her to the mailbox which was a quarter-mile from the house. At other times we walked even further, perhaps another quarter-mile to visit neighbors.
I don't remember much about the interior of the house. The kitchen was small, but there was a large dining room and parlor. One bedroom had been built on the south side of the shotgun-fashioned original structure. A phone hung on the dining room wall. It was a party line, and I remember the phone number 1358J-3 because it was also our number when my own family moved out the farm. In 1952 Dad bought a house on South Duke street in Drumright and traded with Grandpa for the farm. The purpose was to provide a place for Grandpa and Grandma nearer neighbors and medical help and to provide growing space for our large family of six children. I remember the excitement of our move; it was the week before I was to enter first grade.
It was a bunch of tow-headed kids who moved into the old farmhouse with Mom and Dad. Bobby, the oldest, was entering the 8th grade; Phyllis, the fifth; Donna, the fourth, and I, the first. Jerry was almost three years old, and Billy was barely a month old. The older three were upset about changing schools, for we had lived in the Lincoln school ward all our lives up until that time, and now were to attend Edison elementary.
At the time I was born, 1946, our family was living less than a quarter mile from Lincoln school on the Pure Oil lease. The only memory I can muster of those times is the name Mrs. Townsley, who was a nearby neighbor. When I was three Dad moved the house we were living in to a lot just across the street from Lincoln. I remember looking across the street and watching the kids play in the fenced school yard. Our next door neighbors became close friends to the family. The Browns were Cecil, Geneva, Charles, and Mary. Charles and Bobby were nearly the same age, and Mary was about the age of Phyllis and Donna.
It was in the Brown's yard, playing "crack-the-whip" that I cracked my collar-bone. Dad took me to Dr. Starr's office. Dr. W. O. Starr, a full-blood Cherokee Indian, was our family doctor. In fact, I was a "Starr baby". Dr. Starr often donned full Indian attire and rode in the local parades. He was very popular among Drumrighters. Anyway, this day my arm was put in a sling.
I returned home from the doctor's office to find the family all outside. Mom had sprayed the house to rid it of flies. The fumes were unpleasant, and advisably the family had retreated outdoors. While I had been away, Geneva Brown had brought me some flowers. These had been placed in a vase on the living room coffee table. I begged Mom to let me go inside for a minute to see them. As I was stepping back off the porch onto the large rock which was our only porch step, I lost my balance and toppled to the ground atop a piece of jagged glass which had been discarded there. My knee was cut quite deeply. It had been quite a day for me.
I have other vague memories of those days in the house across the street from Lincoln school. The Browns opened a small cafe only a few doors down from us; we kept a milk cow in the small shed at the rear of our property (I think it was 'Ole Betty'). And I had a playmate name Tracy Venable who lived about a block south of us. Also, while there, I remember that Uncle Bryan and Aunt Mae came back from one of their many trips. Uncle Bryan was a welder and Aunt Mae often went along with him on jobs. They would often bring us gifts. This time they brought me a clown made of crepe paper. I remember how delighted I was with it. I think we all went down to Brown's cafe and had hamburgers.
Another memory is of an icy winter's morning as we were leaving the house to go to church. Mom fell on the ice right as she was getting into the car landing on her back. It terrified me. I remember her suffering with her back a number of times as I was growing up.
Sometime after Jerry was born in 1949 our family moved to a house near the Tydol refinery (still in the Lincoln school district). I was about 4 years old. I liked to play in the sand beneath a tree not far from the house, and I can remember another favorite hide-away among a patch of large boulders south of the house. I remember walking to the mailbox at the corner of our road and the old Shamrock highway.
When we first moved into this house, we didn't have running water, not even a well. We had to haul water for a while, but later Dad had a well dug. We had a small garden between the house and the barn. Also, we had a larger garden on the edge of one of the alfalfa fields where we planted watermelons one year. Also, I recall how the alfalfa was bailed. After the hay was cut, the hay was raked into piles using horses to draw the rake; then, the hay bailer would be towed to each pile. The bailer was powered by a large rubber pulley moving between the bailer and a tractor. The hay was pitched into the bailer's hopper with pitchforks and the bails were tied with heavy twine. Wooden blocks were used to separate each bail as it went through the machine. As one block would fall off at the end of the bailer, I got to carry it back to the other end to be reused. Another year we got a more modern bailer which used wire.
We had an old faded red pickup truck which we dubbed "Old Red". We used it for such things as hauling water. Also, Mom drove it to Aunt Lucille's where she could have running water to do the laundry. We had to take the back roads because Mom didn't have a driver's license.
Grandpa and Grandma Lingle moved up to Drumright for a short time while we were living on this place. Grandpa built a house right next door to us. I don't remember much about it, except that Nina, my mother's sister, was living with them. Once while she was babysitting my cousins, a bunch of us kids went out looking for our horses, a white mare named Nancy and a small Shetland pony named Rusty. The horses had gotten out of our pasture and we finally found them near town. We were returning home along the side of the highway when Mom and Phyllis came by in the car looking for us. Donna Kay and I got whipped for leaving without permission; however, our cousins were only scolded. We felt pretty upset about that!
We had many good neighbors though we were a couple of miles from town. Before the Tydol Refinery closed in 1954, there were hundreds of homes scattered between Drumright and Shamrock, a neighboring community. There also was a small community called Litchfield along the road between our house and Shamrock. There was a ballpark within a very short distance of our house, across the creek north of us, but just south of the Tydol school house. Freddie's Grocery, across the street from the school house, was where Mom did all her grocery shopping. Freddie later turned his business into a restaurant where he served his locally famous barbeque. When the Tydol refinery closed, many of the houses were moved out or torn down. The Tydol community virtually disappeared with the exception of the school house and lands which has become a vineyard and winery. Freddie's is still a popular eatery and is well known in northeastern Oklahoma.
Billy was born while we lived on the Tydol place. I remember that all the kids were "farmed" out to other families while Mom was in the hospital. I remember that I stayed with the Capps family who we knew through our church.
In August of 1952 we moved to the farm that our grandparents had purchased in 1907, northeast of Drumright. Billy was hardly a month old. As I write these notes, I am reminded that Billy now owns the old home place. And though only the old cellar and wash house remain of the original structures, he and Karla have made a wonderful home in their trailer which sits near the site of the original house. Mom and I were visiting them in the spring of 2007. She and I were sitting on their front porch and Mom spoke to me about how it just felt like "home". That home place has now been owned by Carrolls for over 100 years.
Ballew, Bellew, Balew, Ballowe, Belue, Blue, Belyou, Balliew, Ballou, Blew, Beleau, Ballow, Belyeu, Balough, Balloo, Billue.... these are various spellings of related families. One historian relates "... Ballou, Ballowe, Belew, etc of Virginia or the southern branch, and the New England or northern Ballous are of the same family, emigrants to America in the early 17th century...descended from Wittekind or Widukind the Great, last king and first duke of Angria, a great military leader who had warred with Charlemagne. In 785 Widukind and his lieutenant Abbio...were baptized with Charlemagne acting as Godfather. The earliest Ballews that have been traced for my family (with reasonable certainly) is Marvel and Heathy Belew, born 1815 in South Carolina. In the 1860 Federal Census of Roane County, Tennessee, this couple is found showing South Carolina as their place of birth. Also listed is their son, among several other children, William Decatur Ballew. William Decatur Ballew, my gg-grandfather, is also found in that census, and in a later census for that county is found our great grandfather, William Andrew Ballew. William Andrew's mother died in Tennessee, and his father, William Decatur married again. The family moved to Douglas County, Missouri. William Decatur Ballew is said to have died in 1911 in Bryant, Missouri. William Decatur Ballew (Belew) was first married to Lurina J. Devers on 7 May 1857. Lurina died in 1879, and in 1880 he married Malissa Jane Bray. Each of the women bore 10 children, if I have the count right. My great-grandfather, William Andrew Ballew, was the fourth child of William and Lurina's. He was born in 1864. William Andrew had evidently had experience with the railroad in Roane County, TN before moving to Missouri, and continued this line of work for most of his life. He moved to Mansfield, Missouri in Oregon County. There he married Matilda Melvina Tippy of Mansfield. The couple later moved to Koshkonong, Missouri where our grandmother, Eva Cleora Ballew, a twin, was born in 1894. William and Melvina are both buried in Lanton, Missouri. Eva Ballew married Everette Lingle, and after 1915 the couple moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas located near the state line of Oklahoma. She and Everette had six children: Ella Iola, Willie Naomi, Gladys Lucille, Everette, Jr. (Buck), and Jimmy Andrew. The couple lived in various locations in and around Siloam Springs, and Adair County, Oklahoma during the remaining course of their lives with the exception that they lived a short time near Drumright, Oklahoma in the early 1950's. They both died while residing in Watts, Adair County, Oklahoma, and are buried in the Oak Hill cemetery in Siloam Springs.
The German Reformed Church in the United States dates its origin to about 1740, and was formed by immigrants from Germany and Switzerland, who settled in the eastern portion of Pennsylvania. About this time the tide of German immigration flowed southward. Lower Stone Church, lying in the center of the German population of eastern Rowan County, North Carolina. The fathers and mothers of these inhabitants came into this region along with the Lutheran settlers about 1750. Among Reformed families is found that of the Lingles. The land for the Lower Stone Church was purchased from Lorentz Lingle for two pounds proclamation money. The deed bears the date of 1774.
The descendants of these Lingles in Rowan County, North Carolina, were involved eventually in the War of 1812. Some of the Lingle men were awarded tracts of land in southern Illinois as payment for service. Hence, a large number of Lingles are found in Union County, Illinois is the 1820, 30, 40, and 50 federal censuses of that county.
My great grandfather, James Wilson Lingle, is directly descended from the Union County, Illinois Lingle’s; James’s birthplace is listed as Illinois on a delayed birth certificate for his son, Everette Houston Lingle, my grandfather. James Wilson Lingle was afflicted with arthritis early in adulthood. His only son, Everette, and he were involved in a number of small grocery store businesses together, and Everette was a faithful son to assist his father and mother in their old age.
Everette married Eva Ballew in Koshkonong, Missouri in 1913; they were both 19 years old. Their first child, Ella Iola Lingle, was born in Koshkonong in 1915.Later, Everette moved his family on to Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He and Eva gave birth to five more children. Grandpa and Grandma Lingle always seemed to be a loving couple, and were greatly loved and admired by their children and grandchildren.
William Joe Lingle was married to Sarah Jane Felkins on 3 Jul 1864 in Union County, Illinois. Little is known about William. He must have died sometime after 1905. Sarah Felkins then married a man by the name of Bratcher. Sarah was known by her great grandchildren as Grandma Bratcher. Sarah Jane died 28 Jan 1929 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR. She is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, however, in an unmarked grave.
Sarah Jane Felkins
Pedigree of Sarah Jane Felkins
William Lingle and Sarah Jane Felkins had the following children:
1. James Wilson Lingle was born on 10 Jan 1868 in Illinois. He died on 4 Mar 1937 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR. He was married to Harriett Levina Anderson about 1890. Harriett was born on 19 Apr 1872 in Tennessee. She died on 24 Oct 1955 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR. Find A Grave
James Wilson Lingle and Harriett Levina Anderson had the following children:
William Oscar Lingle was born on 22 Sep 1888. He died on 7 Jan 1900 in Lanton, MO.
Bertha Jane Lingle was born on 28 Dec 1889. She died young, death date unknown.
Della Vashti Lingle was born on 19 Apr 1892. She died on 14 Jul 1958 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR. She was married to James W. Gose, born in 1887. He died in 1959. They are buried in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR. Find a Grave
Everette Houston Lingle was born on 28 Feb 1894 in Moko, Fulton Co., AR. He died on 24 Jan 1966 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR. He was a Farmer/Grocer. He was married to Eva Ballew on 19 Oct 1913 in Koshkonong, Oregon Co., MO. Eva Ballew was born on 11 Mar 1894 in Koshkonong, Oregon Co., MO. She died on 7 Jul 1984 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR.
Ruth May Lingle was born on 25 Dec 1897 in Moko, Fulton Co., AR. She died on 6 Nov 1978 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR. Find A Grave
Ethel Florence Lingle was born on 7 Mar 1901. She died on 7 May 1904 in Tuckerman, AR.
Juanita Leatrice Gertrude Lingle, born 1 May 1911 in Koshkonong, Oregon County, Missouri. She married first Harley Marvin about 1929. They lived in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She later married William H. Frame of Siloam Springs in 1938, and the couple moved to Cushing, Payne Co., Oklahoma. Juanita was a nurse’s aid by profession and a lovely person. She died in Edmond, Oklahoma on 22 Oct 2000. Find A Grave
This is a snapshot of Juanita, Ruth, Everette, and Della about 1950.
2. Thomas Jackson Lingle was born about 1865 in Illinois
"(Grand) Uncle Tom was eccentric. He built himself a little old shack down by a small lake in Chewey. He played the fiddle and in the evening he would come up by our house and play the fiddle for us children. He never married. He had a couple of jenny’s that he would bring out for the kids to play on. He was older than "Grandpa Lingle". He always wore a beard. " - Ella Iola Lingle
3. John Lingle was born about 1866 in Illinois.
a. Clarence Lingle.
Henry FELKINS was born about 1695, in Virginia. He married Rose R. FARROW in 1729 in Prince William County, Virginia. They had one child during their marriage. He died on February 28, 1742, in Prince William County, Virginia, at the age of 47.
William FELKINS was born in 1740 in Fauquier County, Virginia, the child of Henry and Rose R. He married Sarah HIGHETT about 1760, in Virginia. They had three children in 25 years. He died on May 2, 1814, in Fauquier County, Virginia, at the age of 74.
When John FELKINS was born about 1761, in Fauquier County, Virginia, his father, William, was 21 and his mother, Sarah, was 23. He married Martha Anna SKETCHIAS in 1778 in Fauquier County, Virginia. They had eight children in 26 years. He died on January 21, 1839, in Overton County, Tennessee, having lived a long life of 78 years.
John FELKINS served in the military in 1812 when he was 51 years old. (War of 1812)
When John A. FELKINS was born on September 1, 1786, in Virginia, his father, John, was 25 and his mother, Martha, was 25. He married Bethseba CUNDIFF on May 26, 1808, in Pulaski County, Kentucky. They had nine children during their marriage. They lived in Overton, Tennessee for awhile. He died in 1860 in Guntersville, Alabama, at the age of 74.
John A. FELKINS served in the military in 1812 when he was 26 years old.
When Wilson Clemence FELKINS was born on April 2, 1806, in Tennessee, his father, John, was 19 and his mother, Bethseba, was 27. He married Malinda SHEPHARD and they had 18 children together. He then married Lottie PIERCEFIELD and they had two children together. He died in 1881 in Alton, Missouri, having lived a long life of 75 years.
When Sarah Jane Felkins was born on November 11, 1843, in Overton County, Tennessee, her father, Wilson, was 37 and her mother, Malinda, was 26. She married William Joe LINGLE and they had three children together. She then married John Dotson BRATCHER and they had six children together. She died on January 28, 1929, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 85, and was buried there.
Sarah’s son, James Wilson Lingle, (the Wilson name came from his maternal grandfather) was my maternal great grandfather, my mother’s paternal grandfather.
Anderson / Kelton
James Wilson Lingle married Harriett Levina Anderson. Though James passed away before I was born, I have faint memories of my great-grandmother. She lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Everette and Everette Lingle out on a farm southeast of Watts, Oklahoma in her last days. I remember seeing her when we would go to visit our grandparents, but I was too young to have solid memories of her.
I had no knowledge of her ancestry until a few years ago when I stumbled on an article in one of Goodspeed’s histories. The Goodspeed histories of Arkansas are a collection of six volumes originally published individually between 1889 and 1891 (as well as a seventh volume published in 1894) by the Goodspeed Publishing Company of Chicago, Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee; and St. Louis, Missouri.
Here is the entry:
"John L. Golden. Among the prominent farmers of Washington Township appears the name of the above mentioned gentleman, whose success as a tiller of the soil is second to none in the township. He was born in Weakley County, Tenn., on the 27th day of July, 1849, and since early youth has applied himself steadfastly to agricultural pursuits, and with what success may be inferred when the fact is mentioned that he is the owner of one of the finest tracts of land in this section of the county. He is the son of J. C. and Mary (Winn) Golden, both natives of Mississippi, and of English parentage. The father was born in 1824, was a tiller of the soil, and moved to Tennessee at a very early day. They were the parents of ten children, seven living to be grown: S. D. (deceased), W. W., lives in Lawrence County, Ark.; James H. (deceased), J. L., Martha, wife of Alexander Cannon; Jesse F., Lydia J., wife of George Dunivan. Mr. Golden was a Democrat during his life, and had accumulated considerable property which he lost during the war. John L. Golden commenced work for himself at the age of twenty-one, and has tilled the soil assiduously ever since. When first starting out for himself he was possessor of $85, one horse, a few hogs, and a little corn. He is now the owner of 249 acres of land, with about 140 acres under cultivation, besides having his farm well stocked with horses, cattle, hogs, and all else to be seen on a well conducted farm. He left Tennessee in 1872, settling in Independence County, Ark., and there remained for three years. In 1875 he came to Fulton County and followed farming on rented land. He then bought a farm of eighty acres, improved the same, and in 1884 sold out and bought his present property. He was married on the 6th [p.282] of January, 1879, to Miss Rachel M. Anderson, and two children have been born to this marriage: Lula A., born August 2, 1883, and Luther F., born May 20, 1889. Mrs. Golden is the daughter of J. M. and Martha J. (Kelton) Anderson, natives of Tennessee, and the parents of five children, four now living: J. C. (deceased), Rachel M., Lucy A. M., wife of Jasper Rives, of Fulton County; Martha C., wife of Alexander Sanders, and Harriet L., wife of James Lingle, of Fulton County. Mr. Anderson came to this State in 1874, settling first in Stone County, and in 1875 moved to this county, where he has since resided. He has been postmaster at Ten Mile post office for thirteen years, and is a much esteemed citizen. John L. Golden votes with the Democratic party, and Mrs. Golden is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South."
With this clue as to the parentage of Harriet Anderson, my great grandmother, I was able to find this lineage:
William KELTON was born on August 13, 1753, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the child of Robert (Hackett) and Elizabeth. He had one son and one other child with Elizabeth RAMSEY between 1776 and 1778. He died on May 18, 1813, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, at the age of 59, and was buried in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
When Robert Madison KELTON was born on May 6, 1776, in Burke County, North Carolina, his father, William, was 22 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 22. He married Rachel JETTON in 1799 in Salisbury, North Carolina. They had one child during their marriage. He died in 1826 at the age of 50.
John Jackson KELTON was born on February 9, 1803, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the child of Robert Madison and Rachel. He married Lucinda M. PAGE on February 28, 1827. They had eight children in 13 years. He died on February 17, 1888, in Lawrence County, Tennessee, having lived a long life of 85 years, and was buried there.
John Jackson KELTON married Lucinda M. PAGE on February 28, 1827, when he was 24 years old.
When Martha Jane KELTON was born on April 12, 1828, in Tennessee, her father, John, was 25 and her mother, Lucinda, was 24. She married James Madison ANDERSON on September 20, 1853, in Lawrence County, Tennessee. They had five children in 15 years, their youngest being our great grandmother, Harriet Levina Anderson. Martha died on April 27, 1894, and was buried near Lanton, MO - State Line Cemetery, at the age of 66.
As the Goodspeed article stated, it appears that James Madison Anderson and his wife, Harriet, left Lawrence County, Tennessee in 1875. Eventually the family moved into Fulton County, Arkansas. This was where Harriett became the wife of James Wilson Lingle. Most of their children were born in Fulton County at a small community called Moko. At some point around the turn of the century, they moved as a family to Koshkonong, Missouri and operated a grocery store business there.
Rohrbach, Rorabaw, Rorabaugh
The Rorabaugh family line has been traced by many researchers and published by at least two authors. The most exhaustive of these is by Lewis Bunker Rohrbach in his Volume III, The Rohrbach Genealogy, 1982 Edition. The purpose of this document is to set forth notes which I took from Mr. Rohrbach's writings in order to trace the lineage from our earliest known family member down to my own generation. Much of what follows can then be considered a condensation of Mr. Rohrbach's writings...much of it in his own words. I have used my own words when necessary to fill in the storyline. These are the generations discussed in this article:
Claus Rohrbach - 1565-1617
Johann Rohrbach - 1610-1690
Johann Reinhard Rohrbach - 1648-1716
Johann Heinrich Rohrbach - 1668-1773
John Reinhart Rohrbach - 1699-1765
John Rorabaugh - 1740-1821
John Rorabaugh, Jr. - 1768-1842
Nathan Rorabaugh - 1811-1881
John Mitchell Rorabaw - 1837-1912
Eliza Jane Rorabaugh - 1886 - 1966
Woodrow Wilson Carroll - 1912-1997
James Hamilton Carroll - 1946-
According to Lewis Bunker Rohrbach, the earliest member of our branch of the Rohrbach family for whom records have been found thus far is:
CLAUS ROHRBACH. Claus was born about 1565 in the vicinity of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He died in 1617 in the village of Seckbach and was buried Oct. 2, 1617 in the village of Bergen, Germany..both villages slightly northeast of Frankfurt am Main. Claus Rohrbach had at least five children by his first wife, Gertraud, maiden name unknown, whom he married at some date prior to 1600.
JOHANN ROHRBACH, Claus Rohrbach's third son, was born about 1610 in or near Frankfurt am Main. He was only seven years old when his father died in 1617, and was only 14 years old when his step-father, Johann Conrad Plaum, died in Bergen in 1624. At that time in Europe occupations were neither lightly nor easily acquired, and we can presume that Johann was a baker because his step-father had been one. The record of Johann Rohrbach's death in Bergen in 1690 calls him both baker and "Gastgeber" i.e. innkeeper. He spent all his life in Bergen, living through the pestilence which swept Bergen in 1612 and through the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Only one child given below has been found for him and even this one child must have been a great surprise to the parents, as the mother, Catharina, was then roughly 43 years old. Johann's first wife was Maria Runen whom he married in May 16 1635. Maria was buried Feb. 12, 1647. After Maria's death, Johann married June 15, 1647 in Bergen to Catharina, maiden name unknown. This child of Johann and Catharina Rohrbach,
JOHANN REINHARD ROHRBACH, was baptized Oct. 8, 1648 in Bergen, Germany. Johann Reinhard spent his entire life in the village of Bergen as did his father before him. Evidently he served as a baptism sponsor in the Reformed Church at the unusually young age of 9. Also, he was a minor court official as the record of his death on Jan. 4, 1716 indicates. Johann Reinhard married Magdalena Fischer, Feb. 12, 1667. This couple had five children, the first two being twin boys:
JOHANN HEINRICH ROHRBACH and Johann Conrad Rohrbach, baptized Nov. 3, 1668 in Bergen, Germany. Johann Heinrich was confirmed at the age of 14. On Nov. 26, 1691 he married Margaretha Elisabetha Wentzel. The couple bore six children.
JOHANN REINHART ROHRBACH, born March 17, 1699 was the 3rd child of Johann Heinrich and Margaretha Elisabetha Rohrbach. Baptized Mar. 23, 1699, the child's grandfather Johann Reinhard Rohrbach was godfather.
John Reinhart Rohrbach, the immigrant ancestor of most of the Rohrbach's (of various spellings) of West Virginia and ancestor of many of those in the western United States, was one of the oldest Rohrbach immigrants to America. He was fifty years old at the time of his immigration from Germany in 1749, had been married twice, and had fathered several children by his first wife.
John Reinhart was born in the village of Bergen, in the Hesse Hanan area of southern Germany. His great, great grandfather, Claus, had moved to Bergen in about 1614, perhaps from the nearby Frankfurt am Main where a prominent Rohrbach family had settled in the fourteenth century. Yet, at the time of his marriage in Bergen to Anna Margaretha Koch, June 10, 1727, Johann Reinhart moved to his wife's home village of Hochstadt. The Koch family had been living in Hochstadt for several generations at least.
Early in the spring of 1749, soon after he turned age 50, and only slightly more than a year after his remarriage, Johann Reinhart decided to immigrate to America. Certainly economic considerations were among his most important considerations. He died late in 1765 in Cumru Township, Berks County, PA, just south of the town of Reading, PA.
JOHN RORABAUGH was born in July 1740 in the village of Hochstadt, Germany. He was baptized, Johann Conrad Rohrbach, in the Reformed Church in Hochstadt on July 31, 1740. He was a mere boy of 9 when he immigrated with his father and step-mother to America and thus he did not sign the Oath of Abjuration in 1749 was required of all males aged 16 and upwards. Even though John Rorabaugh's full name appears to have been Johann Conrad Rohrbach, all American records yet found for him consistently call him John Rorabaugh or some spelling variant of that.
John Rorabaugh married about 1760 either in Berks county, PA or in the part of Augusta Co., W. Va. which is now Hardy Co., W. Va. to Barbara Rueger. She was born about 1740 in Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co., PA (at the time Philadelphia Co., PA) and died after February 14, 1795 on the same farm with her husband, where she is said to be buried beside him. Barbara Rueger was the daughter of Antoni Rueger and his wife Catharina (Schoch) Rueger, who had immigrated from Switzerland in 1737. John Rorabaugh died Oct. 30, 1821 on his farm along the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potamac River in what is now Hardy Co., West Virginia.
We know with very comfortable certainty that John Rorabaugh is identical with the Johann Conrad Rohrbach baptized in 1740 in Hochstadt, Germany from family tradition, from the mass of circumstantial evidence, and perhaps most importantly from the name John Rorabaugh chose for his first son: Anthony Reinhart Rorabaugh, thus names for both of his grandfathers: his mother's father, Antoni Rueger from Switzerland, and his father's father Johann Reinhart Rohrbach from Germany.
It is not known exactly when John Rorabaugh married Barbara Rueger, nor whether the marriage took place in Berks County, PA or in Virginia. While most of the Rueger family had left Berks County during the 1740's, Barbara Rueger's aunt had stayed behind. The aunt was born in Switzerland and came to America with the family in 1737 and settled with them in Tulpehocken. She was then a girl of 18, and fairly soon she married Frederich Gerhardt in Berks County, and the couple stayed in Berks County when the rest of the Ruegers moved to Virginia. Quite possibly Barbara Rueger, born about 1740 in Tulpehocken, who would have been less than eight years old when the family moved to Virginia, remained behind in Berks County as well. Certainly this would account for John Rorabaugh meeting and marrying her in about 1760, and it also would explain why, by 1761, John Rorabaugh had moved from his father's farm in Berks County to settle in the South Branch Valley in what was then Augusta County, Virginia, close by his new bride's family.
On May 29, 1761 John Rorabaugh bought 400 acres of land by the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River in Augusta Co., VA. It was here that John spent the remaining sixty years of his life, living through the last of the Indian Wars, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812.
Lewis Bunker Rohrbach lists quite a number of isolated events in the life of John Rorabaugh in his genealogy; but, for this summary I will mention only the following:
By 1782, after the Revolutionary War, the many state and county legislatures had turned to settling accounts of all types. Thus it was, that in a bound manuscript volume for Hampshire County, page 4, we find:
"At a Court held and continued for Hampshire county 15th May, 1782, the County proceeded to receive and certify public Claims for impressments etc. agreeable to a late Act of Assembly, as follows, vis:
John Rorebaugh pasturage and corn for the Militia marching to Carolina L O: 10: 6."
This reimbursement for supplies provided by John Rorabaugh to the Militia during the Revolution forms the basis for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and other such organizations by his numerous descendants.
John Rorabaugh made his will on August 12, 1818. He was then 78 years old and had raised a family of nine children, three sons and six daughters, on what was then still a fairly dangerous frontier. He had participated in two great migrations, first from the settled and perhaps staid village of Hochstadt near Frankfurt am Main, Germany to the raw settlements of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and then as a young man migrating south on to what was then very much the frontier area of Virginia. John's farm still exists, owned today by a direct descendant William Hayes Judy, Jr., but the original log cabin and sprint house are now gone. Their site, just north of Rohrbaugh Run, is still visible.
Thus, John Rorabaugh's life came to an end, having lived through 81 years of the most exciting times in America's history. His descendants have spread all across America's 50 states and into many foreign countries, continuing the wanderlust so common to Americans.
JOHN RORABAUGH, JR., born August 1, 1768, was raised there on the Rorabaugh homestead in the South Branch Valley of the Potomac River, Hardy County, near the present town of Peru, W. Virginia. Little is known about his young life, but he seemed to have moved from Hardy County in about 1796, probably at about the time of his marriage. Land records suggest that he moved westward and initially settled in Randolph County.
At that time the Virginia government granted 400 acres of land to anyone who would go up over the mountains to unsettled land and build a cabin there and raise a crop of grain, no matter how small. In addition, a preemption right to one thousand more acres adjoining the 400 acres existed and could be secured by a warrant from the land office. Census records for this area of Virginia over the next 40 years indicated that John moved into Lewis county and then back to Randolph County where he died in June or July, 1842.
Of John Rorabaugh, Jr.'s children, up to as many as 12 children living at home at one time, only three sons are known...John, Nathan, and Anthony.
NATHAN RORABAUGH was born June 30, 1811 in Randolph County, W. Virginia. After his marriage in 1834 to Margaret Mitchell, he farmed in that part of Randolph County which in 1843 became part of the newly formed Barbour County.
Scanned photo courtesy of Larry Hartsog, Coulterville, California (another Rorabaugh descendant).
In 1857, the family joined America's great move westward. Initially they settled in Garden Plain, Whiteside Co., Illinois, where they remained until 1860, then moving that year to Union Twp, Scotland Co., Missouri where they spent the remainder of their lives.
Nathan's descendants spell the name Rorabaugh, Rorabough, & Rorabaw. The second son, John Mitchell, born March 16, 1837 in Randolph County was found in the 1885 census in Appanoose Co, Iowa as John M. Rorabaw and some sources say he is buried under that spelling.
JOHN MITCHELL RORABAW was newly married to Mary Ellen Clark, and she not yet 15, when the move onward to Missouri from Garden Plains, Illinois took place. After living in Missouri for twelve years, John Mitchell and his family moved again, to Appanoose Co., Iowa. He is said to have made and sold a salve used for rheumatism and similar aches and pains. John died Nov. 19, 1912, Diamond, Missouri, and was buried there.
Scanned drawing courtesy of Larry Hartsog, Coulterville, California. The man in the middle, applying the salve is thought to be John Mitchell Rarabaw. The man seated is thought to be his father, Nathan Rorabaugh.
John Rorabaw and Mary's oldest daughter, Nancy Josephine, was born December 17, 1863, Scotland Co, Missouri. Other children followed. The youngest daughter of John and Mary Ellen, Eliza Jane, was born in Appanoose Co, Iowa on Jan. 9, 1886. It appears that John and Mary Ellen were divorced after this time. Mary Ellen married a man by the name of John Hubbardt.
Mary Ellen and John Hubbardt moved with most of the family members to Oklahoma Territory where they homesteaded near Perry, Oklahoma sometime between 1896 & 1898. Nancy Josephine had married Henry Hamilton Carroll, September 13, 1888 in Scotland Co., Missouri. Henry and Nancy, after having been married about 8 years, and with four children, also came to Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, two more daughters were born: Mary Ellen and Lucinda Pearl. Then, after falling near the end of her eighth pregnancy, Nancy's injury brought on an untimely death.
Little is known of the details of the time, but Henry was faced with the responsibility of raising six children. However, in July of 1904, Henry, now 36, married:
ELIZA JANE RORABAUGH. She was about twenty years old at the time and a mere three years older than Henry's oldest son, Nate. The baby of the family was Lucinda, about three years old. It was about this time that Henry moved his family to Indian Territory near Drumright and to the section of land of which a portion remains today in family hands.
During the years from 1905 to 1917, seven children were born to Henry and Eliza Jane. Though most of the children were born at Drumright, the fifth and sixth children were born at Perry, Oklahoma. This indicates that Eliza possibly spent the latter part of each of these pregnancies with her mother, Mary Ellen, in Perry. Mary Ellen died on October 23, 1916 at Perry and was buried in Fairview Cemetery south of Perry.
Tragedy came again to the Carroll household in December of 1920 when three-year-old infant, "Little Rose", died of sudden illness. Thirteen years later, 1933, twenty-five-year-old, Alta Susan, succumbed to appendicitis. The remaining children, however, were living at the time of Henry's death at 84 years of age in 1953. Eliza Jane died at Drumright, Oklahoma on May 3, 1966 and was buried beside Henry and Nancy at Quay Cemetery, also known as Lawson Cemetery near Yale, Oklahoma.
Rorabaugh Research Notes
The following are miscellaneous research notes collected by James Hamilton Carroll regarding the Rorabaugh surname.
Found at Perry Carnegie Library, Perry, OK:
Noble County, Oklahoma, Newton Funeral Home Records, 1898 - 1918, Noble County Genealogy Society. (By Year - Not Indexed.) Page 100
Mrs. Mary E. Rorabough ordered by A.B. Rorabough place of death 8.5 miles south, funeral service, Oct 24, 1916 at residence with Rev. Geo. Dennis. Date of Death Oct 23, 1916 of cancer of the womb, Physician Dr. Owen, Age 71 years, born in Wis, interment local.
Rural Cemeteries, Includes some funeral and obituary records of Noble County Oklahoma 1994, Published and revised by Ann Stadler, 1995.
Mary E. Rorabaugh, Aug 22, 1846 - Oct 16, 1916
My comment: Funeral home records don't agree with the date of death on the tombstone. I would consider the funeral home record more accurate.
Fannie Rorabaugh, 1871 - 1921
Eliada Rorabaugh, Feb 27, 1878 - July 29, 1919
Nathan Rorabaugh, 1866 - 1943
Melvin Rorabaugh, 1901 - 1924 -(Jan 9, 1900 - Oct 17,1924)
John M. Rorabaugh - July 20, 1907 - June 25, 1959
Clyde F. Rorabaugh - July 31, 1925 - Dec 29, 1925.
History of Noble County, Oklahoma, compiled and edited by The Noble County Genealogy Society. @ 1987, Printed by McNaughton & Gunn, inc. , Saline, MI Appendix A, Homesteaders:
Black Bear Township, 22 North Range 1 West, Hubbartt, Mary E., Patent #, 2646, Section #20.
My comment: Mary Ellen Clark Rorabaugh was married to John Hubbartt at the time she secured her homestead. Her first husband was John Mitchell Rorabaugh. After she and Mr. Hubbardt were divorced, she married her first husband's brother, Aaron Bennett Rorabaugh. She is buried as Mary E. Rorabaugh, wife of A.B. Rorabaugh.
Following found at Tennessee State Archives and Library, Nashville, TN, 1997:
1860 U.S. Federal Census, Whiteside County, IL., compiled by: Neva Boar, Virginia Bush, Linda Nelson, & Joyce Snyder, copyright 1984:
p. 70 Newton Township, 1049/1040, $500/397
Rorabougher, Joseph 25 M VA Farmer ,Martha 27 F VA, Hannah 1 F IL
p.73 Newton Township, 1079/1070, $2000/$800
Rorabaugh, Nathan 49 M VA Farmer, Margrett 45 F VA, Margrett 13 F VA, Nathan 10 M VA, Aaron 6 M IL, Marion 3 M IL
The following are links found at the USGenWeb archives. They are documents that have been submitted to that site by my second cousin, once removed, Larry Hartsog of Coulterville, CA. Our common ancestor is John Mitchell Rorabaugh.
John Mitchell Rorabaw and Mary Ellen Clark
John Mitchell RORABAW
b: 16 Mar 1837 in Randolph County, VA now Barbour Co., WV
d: 19 Nov 1912 in Diamond, MO
m: 1 Dec 1859 in Whiteside Co., IL
Additional information on John Mitchell Rorabaw
Mary Ellen CLARK
b: 25 Aug 1846 in Wisconsin
d: 23 Oct 1916 in Perry, Noble County, Oklahoma; Buried Fairview Cemetery, south of Perry.
1. Martha Ellen RORABAUGH
b: 20 Oct 1860 in Whiteside Co., IL d: 1 Mar 1929 in Ames, Story Co., Iowa +Wert HILL m: Abt 1878
*2nd Husband of Martha Ellen Rorabaugh:
+Horatio Phineas LOVEJOY b: 27 Feb 1845 in Virgennes, IL
m: 9 Sep 1883 in Wells Township, Appanoose Co., IA d: 11 Nov 1918 in Kirksville, MO
2. Orlando Emerson RORABAUGH
b: 15 Jul 1862 in Scotland Co., MO d: 10 Jun 1864 in Scotland Co., MO
3. Nancy Josephine RORABAUGH
b: 17 Dec 1863 in Scotland Co., MO d: 13 Feb 1903 in Yale, OK;
Buried in Lawson Cemetery, near Yale, Payne Co., OK
+ Henry Hamilton CARROLL b: 30 Nov 1868 in Evansville, Vanderburg Co., IN m: 13 Sep 1888 in Scotland Co., MO d: 7 Mar 1953 in Cushing, Payne Co., OK
4. Nathan Augustus RORABAUGH
b: 25 Jan 1865 in Scotland Co., MO d: 29 Jul 1943 in Perry, OK Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Perry, OK
+(______) (RORABAUGH) m: 10 Sep 1887
*2nd Wife of Nathan Augustus Rorabaugh:
+(______) (RORABAUGH) m: 1898 in Putnam Co., MO
5. Anna Carlotta Margaret RORABAUGH
b: 10 Sep 1867 in Scotland Co., MO d: 30 Aug 1940 in Cloudy, Pushamataha Co., OK
+Francis Myers THOMPSON b: 25 Jun 1859 in Brown Co., OH m: 11 Feb 1887 in Appanoose County, IA d: Unknown in Cloudy, Pushamataha Co., OK
6. Phillip Lawrence RORABAW
b: 2 Feb 1869 in Scotland Co., MO d: 24 Dec 1910
+Zorilda b: Unknown d: Unknown
7. Henry Clark RORABAUGH
b: 21 Apr 1872 in Scotland Co., MO d: 18 Oct 1915
+(______) (RORABAUGH) m: 13 Oct 1893 in Scotland Co., MO
8. John William RORABAUGH
b: 13 Dec 1874 in Scotland Co., MO d: 31 Aug 1956 in Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA
+Eliadia Rebecca BEACH b: 27 Feb 1878 in Shelby Co., Missouri m: 12 Jun 1895 in Shelby County. MO d: 29 Jun 1919 in Perry, Noble Co., OK
9. Marion Horatio RORABAUGH
b: 4 Jul 1877 in Appanoose County, IA d: 2 Aug 1960 near Weir, KS.
+Ellen Jane Nelson, b. 16 Feb 1880; d. 10 Mar 1953. m: 24 Nov. 1897.
Obituaries of Marion and Ellen Jane.
10. Henry Clay Dean RORABAW
b: 4 Oct 1880 in Appanoose County, IA d: 5 Nov 1942 in Liberal, KS Buried: Blue Mound Cem., Beaver Co., OK
+Alma (RORABAW) b: Unknown d: Unknown
11. Mark Wright RORABAUGH
b: 19 Dec 1881 in Appanoose County, IA d: 5 Jun 1882 in Appanoose County, IA
12. Newton Sigel RORABAUGH
b: 11 Nov 1883 in Appanoose County, IA d: Aug 1963 in Jackson, Amador County, CA
+Helen Delight Miller m: 11 Jul 1925, McMinnville, OR
13. Eliza Jane RORABAUGH
b: 9 Jan 1886 in Appanoose County, IA d: 3 May 1966 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK Buried: Lawson Cemetery, near Yale, Payne Co., OK
+Henry Hamilton CARROLL b: 30 Nov 1868 in Henryville, IN m: Jul 1904 in Stillwater, Payne Co., OK d: 7 Mar 1953 in Cushing, Payne Co., OK
Buried: Lawson Cemetery, near Yale, Payne Co., OK
Mary Ellen Clark Rorabaugh 1846-1916
How does one tell the story of a person one never met, a person born over 160 years ago? This great-grandson of Mary Ellen Clark Rorabaugh can only piece together bits of information and honor a woman who after bearing 13 children, and nearing fifty years of age, left southern Iowa with three of the children to seek a homestead and a new life in Noble County Oklahoma before the turn of the century.
Born 25 Aug 1846 in Wisconsin, Mary Ellen Clark married John Mitchell Rorabaugh at the tender age of thirteen years. Not much is known of Mary Ellen's own ancestry; her father was Samuel Clark of New Jersey, and her mother was Elizabeth Jane Scank of Wisconsin; more is known of her husband's ancestry, traced back to one Claus Rohrbach of Bergen, Germany, though his family had been in America for over 100 years when he married Mary Ellen on the first day of December, 1859. John was twenty-two years old at the time. Mary Ellen was a dutiful wife and bore 13 children to John during the years from 1860 to 1886, when my grandmother, the youngest, was born. The thirteen children were comprised of nine boys and four girls. The family was reared mostly in Appanoose County, Iowa, bordering northern Missouri. John was a peddler. His famous "Rorabaw Salve" was said to be good for a number of ailments including cuts, bruises, boils, aches, galls, felons, backache, frostbite, rheumatism, piles, neuralgia, etc. Evidently the family was in tow often as John peddled his salve. Actually Mary Ellen is said to have divorced John because of an incident when the family’s raft tipped in the midst of a river and one of the children almost drowned. She determined that a peddler's life was no way to raise children.
A homestead affidavit which Mary Ellen signed at the land office in Perry, Oklahoma on 21 Dec 1893 stated that she was a "native born citizen of the United States, above the age of 21 years, and a widow." Now she wasn't a widow, however, as her great-grandson, I don’t judge her. She was ambitious and hard working.
According to a Homestead Proof, she with three children lived continuously on the land near Black Bear Township beginning the 15th of March, 1894. In December 1894, she married John Hubbartt or Hubbard. (not sure of the spelling). On a later affidavit she testified: "Established actual residence, March 15, 1894. First house was a shack, 1 room; now have a frame house, 2 rooms; built in 1894. Well, another well, stable, granary, corn crib, orchard, about 80 acres fenced, with one wire around the rest of the place; 90 or 100 acres in cultivation." Mr. Hubbartt had at least two children when he married Mary Ellen. The family was found in the 1900 Federal Census at the same location. Among those listed on the census were Mr. Hubbartt, Mary E., his wife, Solomon and Myrtle Hubbartt, son and daughter, Eliza Jane, step-daughter (my grandmother), the Lovejoy family (son-in-law, Horatio Lovejoy, daughter, Martha, and three children listed as nieces and nephews, but actually they were Mary Ellen's grandchildren by her oldest daughter, Martha). Also listed are a couple of other grandchildren, but it is not clear if they were Mr. Hubbartt's or Mary Ellen's.
Sometime after 1900, Mary Ellen was divorced from John Hubbartt. And some time later, after 1907, she married Aaron Bennett Rorabaugh, a younger brother of her first husband. She died on 23 Oct 1916 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery as Mary E. Rorabaugh, wife of A.B. Rorabaugh.
From Noble County, Oklahoma, Newton Funeral Home Records, 1898 - 1918, Noble County Genealogy Society, p. 100: "Mrs. Mary E. Rorabough ordered by A.B. Rorabough place of death 8.5 miles south, funeral service, Oct 24, 1916 at residence with Rev. Geo. Dennis. Date of Death Oct 23, 1916 of cancer of the womb, Physician Dr. Owen, Age 71 years, born in Wis, interment local."
My grandmother, Eliza Jane Rorabaugh Carroll, never spoke without great love and respect for her mother. Two of Eliza’s own children were born in Perry indicating that she had sought her mother’s comfort during at least two of her pregnancies. Old postal cards circa 1910, saved from my grandmother’s belongings when she died in 1966, indicate that there was also loving relationships between Mary Ellen and some of her grandsons.
Few living in today’s culture can ever appreciate the struggles and hardships faced by pioneers like Mary Ellen Clark. Her descendants have scattered far and wide in this wonderful country, but few stop to consider, much less applaud the efforts of their benefactors. Mary Ellen, I salute your courage and your service to your family.
(This article was submitted and published in the Noble County Oklahoma History, Volume II, published 2009.)
They say you can never go home, however, Drumright will always be special to me even though I moved away, like many other young people of my generation, after graduating from high school. I have two brothers who still live on the "old home place", a farm northeast of the city, that has been owned by members of our family for more than 100 years. We were about 3.5 miles from town. All five of my siblings went to Drumright schools. We attended parades led by the Drumright High School marching band at Christmas time, and attended the annual rodeo and parade each summer. We went to church in Drumright and carried home groceries from Drumright grocery stores. There were a number of them back in "our" day; today there is only one grocery. We occasionally went to the Tower theater for movies on a Friday or Saturday night. Some of us played in the Drumright band or sang in the high school chorus, put in time on the yearbook staff, rode the bus to and from school. Drumright will always be "home" because of the preponderance of memories associated with that small town in Creek County, Oklahoma.
Below are a number of links that showcase the town of Drumright:
https://connectingourkin-public.sharepoint.com/Pages/DHS_Gusher_Photos.aspxDrumright High Seniors 1964 - Many of the Seniors graduating in 1964 from DHS I met when I first started at Edison Elementary in 1952.
https://connectingourkin-public.sharepoint.com/edisonEdison Elementary - a couple of articles I submitted to the Drumright Gusher.
http://drumrighthistoricalsociety.org/Drumright Historical Museum - a delight for Drumright researchers.
https://www.facebook.com/drumrightmuseumFacebook page for the museum.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/288846107871/You know you're from Drumright, OK, when .... - a fun place to stroll down memory lane.
'You have to know the past to understand the present." Dr. Carl Segan
Dr. Orange W. Starr was the doctor who delivered me. He had a long history with Drumright. Being of Cherokee Indian descent, he often rode in parades dressed in full Indian dress.
http://www.okmoga.com/html/tour_details.phpHistory of Oil Industry in the Cushing-Drumright Area - an interesting article about the history of the oil business in Oklahoma.
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/D/DR008.htmlHistory of Drumright - Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture
City of Drumright - Active site giving details of current business, religious, and social opportunities in Drumright.
Cousin Alma - My first cousin, Alma Carroll Shropshire was honored by her church and featured in this article.
https://connectingourkin-public.sharepoint.com/Pages/Drumright-Folks.aspxDrumright Folks - These are just a few of the Drumright folks that helped to shape my life.
Ball Tank - An article in the Drumright Gusher about a local historical site.
Drumright Vacation Bible School of the 1950's - my memories of V.B.S. at the Drumright Assembly of God during my childhood.
http://www.familyoldphotos.com/8c/OKcoll/drumright.htmlOld Photos and Postcards of Drumright - From FamilyOldPhotos.com
Drumright, 1912 - more photos like this one can be found at:
http://www.vintageoklahomaphotos.com/drumrightVintage Oklahoma Photos - Drumright
C.R. Anthony Store in Drumright - 1937
This page is dedicated to folks who I knew in Drumright, Oklahoma.
Virgil R. Cooper -
was my elementary school principal and coach at Edison elementary school. Actually he was principal and/or coach to all my brothers and sisters, though we didn't move into the Edison school district until 1952. My oldest brother, Bobby, was in the eighth grade, Phyllis in the 5th, Donna in the 4th, and me in the first. Jerry and Billy, my younger brothers, all attended and graduated from Edison to Drumright High School. We all have specific and unique memories of Mr. Cooper.
Rev. and Mrs. M.A. Malone –
my pastors at the First Assembly of God Church in Drumright.
M. A. Malone's Funeral Set This Friday
The Reverend M. A. Malone, 65, Drumright Assembly of God minister for approximately 21 years, will be given funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday in the Assembly of God Church here.
The Rev. W. J. Ellington, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in the Cushing Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Smith Funeral home.
Mr. Malone died Tuesday evening in the Cushing hospital. He was taken to the hospital from his home at 1123 East Walnut, Cushing, Sunday evening by Smith Ambulance of Drumright. He had been in ill health 13 years.
Born May 31, 1903 in Beaver County, Mr. Malone moved to Drumright 23 years ago from Wewoka where he had pastored 16 years.
Active in the Drumright Ministerial Alliance, Mr. Malone was Drumright's oldest pastor in point of service when he retired in January, 1967. He moved to Cushing at that time.
Survivors are his wife, Sarah Lydia of the home, one daughter, Mrs. Norma Jean Morris, of Woodward. His mother, Mrs. Alfa Malone, of Elmwood, Oklahoma. One sister, Mrs. Maude Stevens of Arlington California, and two brothers, Clarence Malone of Springdale, Arkansas, and Frank Malone of Elmwood.
Brother Malone was my pastor from earliest childhood until I was a young man. It was during my teen years that I really began to get to know him.
He was always willing to allow me to spend time at the church playing the piano during those years when the piano became such an outlet for me as a young person. Also, occasionally, on Sunday afternoons, I would stay after church to spend the afternoon playing the piano. Bro. Malone would at these times invite me over for lunch. We would sit side by side in his matching recliners and talk. He was very interesting and he didn't talk down to me. He would sometimes talk about his experiences as a young man starting in the ministry and other times we'd talk about Bible prophecy or some other Bible questions that I was struggling with.
Once, he asked me to drive him to Tulsa to visit his blind sister. I got to drive his new Oldsmobile. It was a real treat for a young person. I also remember noticing a picture in his sister's home. I didn't recognize the person in the photo, so I asked him who it was. He said it was his first wife. After my initial shock, I realized that he was talking about his first and only wife, Sis. Malone, as I knew her.
Brother Malone spent a lot of time in prayer and Bible study. His office he called his "study". His preaching was old-time holiness style. I guess that today I would find his preaching style quite foreign; but he blessed me in so many ways while I was growing up. I remember that he used to sing a solo on request: "That One Lost Sheep". In the middle of the song, which was a story in itself, he'd stop and give a short testimony of his conversion as a young man. It always touched my emotions deeply when he would come in on that last verse: "It was there in the night, He heard a faint cry...from that lost sheep just ready to die; Safe in his arms to shield from the cold, He brought that lost one safe back to the fold."
Brother Malone was very encouraging. He was a loyal and faithful pastor. After he retired, I visited him again in Cushing just months before he passed away. He was bedfast at the time, but he appeared so happy to see me and was a great encouragement to me in the situation of my own life at the time. He was a dear man and I'll always remember him and be thankful for having him as a pastor, for his loving counsel, and his faithful example.
Sister Malone was also a great Christian example. She was also a great cook and made the best mashed potatoes ever. She built the Intermediate Boys Sunday School class from about 2 of us to over 30 by cooking hamburgers for us once a month. I never saw her as anything but love personified. She'll always be in my heart.
A few years after Brother Malone died, she married another A/G preacher, Bro. Nolen, continuing to be a blessing until her death.
Emma E. Akin -
A teacher that taught at Lincoln School just before I started first grade. She was a favorite of my sisters. She is mentioned in this article from the Drumright Gusher, Thursday, February 20, 2003:
I remember when the Dunbar pupils were transferred to Drumright elementary schools. I was attending Edison elementary, in the 4th or 5th grade, and most of the black students came there because they lived in the same ward as Edison. We thought it was neat to have them with us.
Note: one of Emma Akin's textbooks is currently on sale for $400 (1/21/2010)
Eileen Coffield Huff –
Photo Source: Flickr - Uploaded on March 29, 2008 by Lynnola
(I was referred to Mrs. Huff for information about Drumright cemeteries when I was gathering genealogical information. I later met her, probably in 2001, while visiting the Drumright Oil Field museum. She immediately spoke of having known my uncle, Bryan Carroll, and later recalled knowing my grandfather, Ham Carroll, who had died almost forty years earlier. Made me feel good to have them remembered.)
Bullfrog Charley -
We weren't the only family that had Bullfrog drop by for dinner, as you'll read about in the article below. Bullfrog also lived with us for awhile while he was helping Dad with chores around the farm. Our "wash house" was converted into a makeshift bunk house. I'm sure that he died later than 1953 as the article states, more like 1963 to my thinking, but I'm going to ask my brothers and sisters to help me and I'll publish our composite memories of Bullfrog Charley here at a later date. For now, here's the article by Dan Fulkerson, a former Drumrighter. The article was published in the Drumright Gusher on April 23, 2003.
2008 Reunion - At Carroll Farm
What a wonderful day we had for a reunion at my oldest brother's home near Drumright on July 5, 2008. We had about 75 in attendance! We felt a family reunion was important to help keep the family connected after losing our mom in October of the previous year. Besides all my siblings, Mom's sister, Aunt Nina, joined us, plus some of Aunt Willie's kids and grandkids. Also, Aunt Lucille's kids joined us, so we had a very large bunch.
I made CD's that I distributed to all the family that I made up just for this occasion. It was filled with my genealogy charts, census images, document images, family photos, and a complete copy of my website pages.
My youngest brother, Bill, (who actually owns most of the acreage of the original farm) was there and seemed to be doing well after having lost his wife only a couple of months prior. I was very thankful to see that. A niece and family had driven all the way from New Jersey to visit her mother and to attend the reunion. We had a blessed day!
Below is a picture of the sign entering my brother's property that was posted by the Oklahoma Centennial Committee as a 100 year Oklahoma farm, one of only three in Creek County. Bill was the one who submitted the application for official recognition.
Here's a photo of the entrance to the Carroll Farm:
Vacation – New Mexico
On a vacation last week to New Mexico, Krissie and I drove from Albuquerque to Datil, NM in search of her great-grandparents' and grand uncles' ranch. Uncle Oscar died in 1969 and his wife, Mary, sold the ranch sometime after that. We stopped and bought some earrings for Krissie in a little shop in Magdalena, NM on the way and the shop keeper, Kimberly, insisted on calling a few people. She got in touch with a cattle inspector after several calls, and he gave us some directions. We never actually found the old ranch house site, but we feel confident we were right in the middle of the ranch lands. Here's a picture that shows the kind of country we were in. We had a great time, though we returned to Albuquerque pretty worn out.
I was reminded of a paragraph from Krissie's mother's obit that is appropriate after visiting this remote site: " Frances spent most of her younger years on her uncle's cattle ranch near Albuquerque, New Mexico. There she learned to be an expert marksman by shooting prairie dogs to protect cattle and horses from injury. Frances learned her "can do" spirit from these early pioneers of the west."
Aunt Sylvia, my Dad's sister, lived to be 90 years old. She was seven years older than my Dad. She married quite young and had her first of 4 children when she was 19. A couple of years before I was born, she had her last daughter. Her husband, Henry Tippit, died in 1961.
When I knew her best was after Henry died. She lived only a few blocks from her mother, my grandmother, who had been a widow since 1954. She was often in and out at Grandma's house when I would be visiting and little by little I got to know her better.
I was a high school student by this time. I was in the band and other curricular activities that required sometimes "odd hours" so that I wasn't able to ride the bus home. My own family, that is, my mom and Dad, and five siblings lived not that far out in the country by today's standards, but sometimes it was just more convenient for me to spend the night at my grandmother's. Sometimes I would stay for several nights in a row. ANY way, back to Sylvia, because they were together so much, I got to know Aunt Sylvia better than most of my other aunts.
After I graduated from high school I moved away from our hometown, Drumright, Oklahoma. First going to college for a couple of years in Texas, then to Arizona, and back to Oklahoma.... but never back to Drumright to live. Nevertheless, I always would stop by to chat with Aunt Sylvia, whenever I was visiting my parents or other family members. Grandma Carroll had passed away in 1966, so Aunt Sylvia was my closest link to memories of Grandma.
Aunt Sylvia was really a lot of fun to be around and we had many, many good times together. One of the last visits I had with Aunt Sylvia was after I had married and moved to Ohio. I was in Oklahoma on business so I drove to Drumright and picked up Aunt Sylvia and drove down to visit another one of her brother's, Uncle Lee. We stopped somewhere and I bought our lunch. Probably that was the only time I was able to do something like that for her. She had always been the one to feed me; fixing us an impromptu meal when I'd drop by.
I never had a good photo of Aunt Sylvia until this week when her son's widow, June Christian Tippit, sent me one through e-mail. I'm very happy to have it. Just thought I'd write a note about this dear aunt who was very, very shy, but who was a very good friend to me. I sure hope she knew how much I loved her and appreciated her fellowship and care.
Elgia and Eva Ballew
In 2012, I was happy to meet a new cousin via the Internet - Sandy Helms. She is a librarian in Chandler, Oklahoma and is the grand-daughter of my maternal grandmother's fraternal twin sister. I think that makes us 2nd cousins... How thrilled I was to make this contact.
Sandy not only identified herself, but sent me pictures of our grandmothers, Elgia Geneva and Eva Cleora Ballew, born 11 March 1984 in Koshkonong, Missouri. Here they are pictured as young women, Elgia on the left, Eva on the right.
Another photo of Elgia that Sandy sent was of her grandmother, alone:
Elgia was married to Robert Benjamin Alexander on 25 February 1917 in Koshkonong. She died a young mother of two girls 26 Apr 1923 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was buried in Mounds, Creek County, Oklahoma.
Landmark Catalpa Tree
On July 1, 2011 I was in Drumright, Oklahoma, my hometown, a day early for the family reunion that was to take place on the following day at the community center. These trips are always pretty sentimental. I usually visit the cemeteries where relatives are buried. This day I visited the lot on South Duke in Drumright where my Grandma Carroll's home stood. She moved into this home in the summer of 1952 and remained there until her death in 1966. In 1952 I was just starting elementary school; in 1966 I was a sophomore in college. MANY memories are associated with times spent with my grandmother here.
The house was long ago removed from the property. The only reminder I had was to stand and gaze at the remaining catalpa tree that was in 1966 about half its current size (45 years ago!). I stood in the shade of trees that had grown up out of the "foundation" of Grandma's old house and remembered. The tree is not special (except that it has lasted all these years). It's not even a pretty tree. But for me, it helped me connect with very special emotions in a quiet time remembering my dear grandmother. To me it was a better monument than her tombstone out in Lawson/Quay cemetery near Yale, Oklahoma. It was HERE that we laughed and worked together (yes, you always worked when around my grandmother). After our work was done, we sat on the porch swing in the afternoon shade of the catalpa tree and were contented.
Winter 2015 Family Additions
I know that you've already seen pictures of these two additions to the descendants of Woody and Ella Carroll, but I couldn't resist adding pictures to my family website.
First, arriving on January 2, 2016Ella Mae Grace Short
Arriving February 11, 2016Knox Joseph Franks
And how are these little ones related? 2nd Cousins Once Removed
Memories of Uncle Bryan and Aunt Mae
I would like to say A LOT about Uncle Bryan and Aunt Mae, but as I start to write, I'm wondering if I'll remember enough to make it worthwhile. We lost Aunt Mae in a terrible car accident in 1967. My memories of them as a couple are from my childhood's viewpoint. I never got to know them as an adult and that makes SUCH a difference. But, I have what I have, so I'll just write.
Uncle Bryan was Dad's older brother by about 7 years. He was a welder and traveled to other parts of the country to work, and Aunt Mae would go with him. Until we moved out to the farm northeast of Drumright in 1952 where we lived just across the creek (about one quarter mile) from them, I don't remember much about them. Once when I was about 4 years old they came back from a job and brought me a toy (I'm sure they brought toys for all the kids). Mom sent some of us kids down to Brown's cafe (a few doors down) for burgers.
Two years later, we became neighbors. They were close and we saw them often, but I can't remember a lot of details. They brought gifts over on Christmas morning for all us kids. I remember one Thanksgiving Aunt Mae and Uncle Bryan hosted the family in their small little house of about 4 rooms. In fact, I'm not sure if there were maybe only 3 rooms. I remember the front living room and a bedroom to the side, and a kitchen on the back part of the house. I don't know how we managed to have a family dinner there, but I guess we spread out on the porch and yard, and didn't think much about being crowded. Aunt Mae was a great cook. I loved her dinner rolls which we called "buns". Another favorite dish from her kitchen was chicken and dumplings. Mom always said that no one could make chicken and dumplings like Aunt Mae. Before there was television, they had a console phonograph. I remember a record they played often. It featured Little Jimmy Dickens singing "Take an Old, Cold ‘Tater and Wait".
Sometime in the late 50's, Uncle Bryan started building a new house right next to the old one. They lived in the old house until time to move into the new one and they sold the old house which was hauled to a neighborhood in Drumright. The new house was two bedrooms with a large living room and "modern" kitchen. They had an indoor bathroom for the first time. Aunt Mae was so proud of her new kitchen. She had custom cabinets, yellow walls, and red counter tops. The exterior of the house was covered with shingles, dark brown on the lower perimeter, then rosy pink shingles above. The roof was tar and gravel. Nice size porches were constructed on the front and the back of the house. The back porch was on the east, so in the afternoon and early evenings during the summer, there was shade and a cool breeze. Uncle Bryan built a double bay garage where they parked their '54 Oldsmobile for so many years, and his welding truck. One year they traveled to Arizona on a pipeline job and brought back a cactus plant that they planted in the front yard. They also brought back some petrified wood.
One of the small, maybe insignificant, memories over the years: I burned myself in a stupid camping fire accident down on the creek below their house, so I remember going to Aunt Mae for comfort and doctoring. I would probably have been in trouble if I had gone home.
We seldom saw Aunt Mae dressed up, but when she did, she had style. She was always modestly dressed. Uncle Bryan was always in khaki work clothes, but they were clean and pressed, probably starched. I don't ever remember him dressed any other way. They had a nice garden. I'm sure I ate several meals over the years with Aunt Mae and Uncle Bryan. I remember that he liked to spread butter and honey over a homemade biscuit with bacon. Also I remember once that Aunt Mae fried up mountain oysters that Uncle Bryan "harvested".
Aunt Mae's sister was Rosie Wise. She and her husband, George, lived about a half a mile up the road, north. They had the first television in our neighborhood. Rosie would allow us kids to come over and watch television on Sunday afternoons. Usually there was a war movie showing. George, Uncle Bryan, and Dad worked the hay for a number of years. Dad had a mower and would mow the hay; George would rake it; and then Dad and Uncle Bryan would bail it. We boys would help haul the hay to the barns.
Uncle Bryan was a good welder and he worked with Dad once to design a cattle chute where they could dehorn, medicate, etc. their animals. Both always had some livestock and there were crops that they worked together since our farms were adjacent. Actually, Dad's place was sandwiched between Uncle Bryan's acreage. I'm sure that like most brothers, they had a few disagreements over the years, but they were disagreements among family. I remember that their conversations were laced with "colorful "language that I never dared use. Mom wouldn't have liked it. And, they didn't talk like that around the women.
I was always sure that Aunt Mae and Uncle Bryan were happily married, however, Uncle Bryan remarried within a few months (if not weeks) of Aunt Mae’s death. I felt for sure it was because he just didn't know how to live alone. He was about 62 and had been married most of his life. Aunt Mae did the cooking, the washing, the housekeeping (the house was always immaculate). But she was also his companion; they were very comfortable together. They never had kids, but seemed contented to enjoy their nieces and nephews. Both were easy going and made you feel comfortable in their presence.
Uncle Bryan was a redhead, like Dad and Uncle Lee. He started getting skin cancers on his face long before Aunt Mae died. He would have them surgically removed and she would care for him. He was otherwise a healthy and handsome man, but he eventually died from the cancer which had disfigured his face by then. I remember the grief I felt at his passing. He and Mae had made a profession of faith in the 1960's when visited by the First Baptist minister. I don't know if they ever attended church on a regular basis, but I know that they were good people, and better people with Christ.
My Aunt Nina
On July 9, 2014, my Aunt Nina turned 80 years old. She is the last of her siblings, my mother, Ella, being the oldest. Nina was a late baby, born when her parents were 40.
I remember Aunt Nina as a kid. When my family lived south of Drumright off the Shamrock road, Grandpa and Grandma Lingle and Nina moved from their farm near Watts, Oklahoma. Grandpa built a small house beside ours. One of the blessings, too, was that he and Dad dug a well so that we all had running water for the first time.
Nina was an adult, but was still living with her parents. Often she would watch either us kids (i.e. my siblings) or my Aunt Lucille's kids. Once when Lucille's kids were visiting and under Nina's supervision, we kids went looking for the horses (we had a couple of ponies) which had gotten out of our pasture somehow. We walked down the creek toward Drumright and found the horses eventually about a mile and a half from home. We didn't want to take the horses back up the creek, so we walked them down the side of the highway back to the house.
Mom and my sister, Phyllis, came by in the pickup. They had been looking for us – we hadn't asked for permission to leave our place. When we got home, Mom gave me and Donna Kay a switch whipping. However, as I recall, the Kelley kids (Dallas, Darrell, Donnie, and Shirley) weren't punished. That upset me and Donna Kay.
Grandpa wasn't very happy in Drumright, and so he didn't stay for long. He moved his family back to the Watts area about a mile further west from his original farm. Nina went back with them. She later married Richard Kenneth Quick and they lived in a small house about a quarter mile from her parents. Later, she worked in the Watts school system as a cook. She raised her boys. She was always a hard worker.
She lives today in West Siloam, Oklahoma right off Highway 412 toward Flint Creek. I gave her a call on her birthday. She was doing fine (she is a cancer survivor) and was delighted that I called.
A Vision of Calvary – Willie Neomi Erickson
I found this among my mother’s things after her death; it was written by her sister, Willie. Unknown date
1 In a vision I saw the place that's called Calvary And Jesus, my Lord, there bleeding for me By faith I could see that great open fountain Where sinners are washed and ever made free
I saw them take Christ and robe him in scarlet It seemed I could see the crown that he wore When reading about his hands that were riven I could almost feel the pain that He bore.
2 The Roman made cross on which he was lifted Was used in those days for criminals to bear It seemed I could hear the sound of a hammer When reading about men nailing him there.
3 I looked for his friends but they had all left him And one of his own had proven untrue I saw my sins make greater his sorrow But, never the less, salvation came through.
Relatives Found in Goodspeed Biographies
I heard of the Goodspeed Biographies when I first moved to Tennessee, about 19 years ago. However, this week was the first time that I actually found some of my relatives among them. This paragraph was published on the MOGenWeb site for Fulton County, Arkansas.
"Goodspeed Publishing was a publishing company that wrote and published many works on local history and biography in the 1880s. The works were primarily divided into sections for each county they studied and provide an important snapshot of the lives and the economic situation that existed at that time. The works are viewed as a significant resource for American genealogists because they contain economic data and personal biographies of many prominent citizens."
The main character of the paragraph below is John L. Golden, my great-granduncle, the husband of my great grandmother's sister, Rachel. The article mentions the parents and sisters of Mrs. Golden, thus referring to my great-great grandparents, the Andersons, and my great-grandparents, the Lingles (highlighted with bolding). This is a good find, especially in that I learned the maiden name of my great-great grandmother.
Ellet Rhea Thompson
Ellett Rhea Thompson, aka "Ray Thompson" was from Kentucky and came to Oklahoma in the 1920's along with friends of the family, the Grady's. In fact, he and Luther Creel Grady were best friends. Both met and married daughters of Henry Hamilton Carroll and lived in Tiger Township, Creek County, Oklahoma. Rhea married Alta Susan Carroll and Luther Grady married Vinnie Violet Carroll.
Very little is known about these men, but it is known that Luther and Violet were married less than a year. Rhea got into some kind of trouble with the law (these were prohibition days), and spent possibly as many as 13 years in the McAlester, Oklahoma federal prison. His wife, my aunt Alta, died in 1933 from a ruptured appendix.
Here, Rhea looks like a very mild mannered individual, who obviously had an affinity for dogs. He and his wife, Alta, are enumerated in the 1930 Federal Census, (E. Ray, head of household, age 27, married at 25, born in Kentucky (as well as both parents), Engineer, Oilfield. Alta S., wife, 21, married at 17, born in Oklahoma, father in IN, mother in OH (actually IA), Proprietor of photo shop.) Also listed in the census at the residence was Rhea's mother, (Emma K, mother, 61 years, married at 21, born in Kentucky, with Kentucky born parents.)
Much of the information (and the picture) came from a relative of Luther Grady, i.e. John Paul Grady of Spring, Texas who contacted me this year after finding my contact information on my website. Together we pieced together some bits of information, and John found this picture of Rhea Thompson among his mother's photo album. (The house where his mother lived in Drumright, Oklahoma was destroyed in a tornado in 1954; but the photo album was spared.)
Rhea Thompson's death is recorded as 31 May 1968 in Tulare, California, USA.
It's really great to be able to add these pieces of information and pictures to my family history and Ancestry.com database.
Horatio Lovejoy’s New Year’s Eve
"Horatio Lovejoy's New Year's Eve" is a tiny pamphlet touching on a lot of topics. It's a story of survival, with three young people lost in a prairie snowstorm. It's a description of the intense winter weather mid-western Americans endured from December 1863 into the first week of 1864. It's a glimpse of surgical practices in 1864 and of how a disabled man functioned in the late nineteenth century. It's an example of work sold for charity in the early 1880's. [Pat Pflieger]
I was doing a fairly random search of the Internet when I came upon this pamphlet, published in its entirety at the link found at the bottom of this page. It is significant to me because Horatio Lovejoy became the husband to my grandmother's oldest sister in September 1883, three years before my grandmother was born.
I was familiar with the name, Horatio Lovejoy, because he and his wife, Martha, were included in the 1900 Federal Census of Noble County, Oklahoma along with others of my great-grandmother 's family. Horatio's oldest daughter, Amelia, was named after the Amelia of this story, and I have been in contact with a descendant of hers previously through Ancestry.com.
This is an intriguing story that I'll hope you'll take time to read. It is told in the style of other literature of that time period, in fact it was posted as an example of that literature...not for genealogical purposes. It was a great find for me, however, because it was so nice to be able to pass this information on to the descendent that I mentioned previously who had never heard this story, but who, from the story, can glean some key information regarding her family history.
Finding something so personal is a great find as well. It makes the relative come to life, not just a name on a census or in a genealogy database. Find the entire story at this link:
Great Uncle? – no, Grand Uncle
When my sister died last year, my other sister's granddaughter wrote a wonderful eulogy to her great aunt, who made the point that she was a GREAT aunt. It was very touching. We had always used this terminology in our family, but I had never really thought too much about it, but I noticed that Family Tree Maker, my genealogy software, spoke of this relationship as a grand aunt (or uncle).
Later, I found this article on Wikipedia (I believe), and have decided that I'm going to start using grand rather than great, even though I certainly appreciated my grand niece's eulogy.
Here's the article:
"From a genealogist's point of view, an uncle is the brother of your mother or father. The (non-blood relative) spouse of your aunt is also called your uncle, though more correctly should be called your uncle-in-law (which is also what you would call the uncle of your spouse). If you have an uncle, then you are their nephew (male) or niece (female). While it is most common for your uncle to be older than you, it is well within the realm of possibility for you to be older than your uncle if your grandparents were still having children after you were born. Like cousins, uncles are neither ancestors nor descendants of you, but are simply related to you through other branches of your family tree. If the brother of your parent is your uncle, what is the brother of your grandmother or grandfather? This relative is called a grand uncle or great uncle. Genealogy purists like the term grand uncle best because it fits well with the nomenclature for your direct ancestors - grand uncle goes with your grandparent. Similarly, your great-grand uncle is the brother of your great-grand parent. Each generation you go back adds another "great" at the beginning of the name of the relation. In contrast, if you go down the family tree instead of up it, you become the uncle, grand uncle, and great-grand uncle and your relative becomes your nephew/niece, grandnephew/niece, and great-grandnephew/niece.
Note to reader: All information can be applied to the aunt relationship simply by replacing all masculine references with feminine references."
Obit From a Stranger
How surprised and amazed was I when I opened my e-mail this evening and saw a new post: "Rorabaugh/Fairview Cemetery". The writer was not a familiar name, but here's what was written:
"Hello. I came across an obituary for Mrs. Rorabaugh who is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Perry, Oklahoma and thought I would pass it along to you. I have been transcribing the old obituaries in Perry from 1900-1922 and this one was in it. It was published November 9, 1916
Paper: Perry Republican.
Best Regards, "
Attached, as shown above, was the scanned obit of my great grandmother. Such a gift indicates that there are some very kind people still in this world and the Internet has linked us in ways that we never would have imagined. I'm really amazed!
Eliza Jane Rorabaugh
"Eliza J. Carroll, 80, of 513 South Duke, was given funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Drumright Assembly of God Church. The Rev. M.A. Malone, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Lawson Cemetery, Yale, under direction of Osterhout Funeral Home.
Mrs. Carroll suffered a heart attack at her home during the noon hour Tuesday and was rushed by ambulance to the Drumright hospital about 1 p.m. She died in the hospital about 5 p.m., May 3.
She was born Jan. 9, 1886 in Iowa, and moved to Drumright from Yale in 1905.
Survivors are five daughters, four sons, and 31 grandchildren. Daughters are Nora Frick of Yale, Mary Fobroy of Oakland, Calif.; Lucy Edwards of Wichita, Kans.; Sylvia Tippit of Drumright; and Mrs. E. E. Turner of Oklahoma City.
Sons are Nate Carroll of Amorett, MO; Bryan Carroll and Woodrow Carroll both of Route 1, Drumright; and Lee Carroll of Seminole. "
The Drumright Journal, Thursday, May 5, 1966
Ella Iola Lingle
Ella Comingdeer - Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great-Great Grandmother, Sister, and Aunt.
She was the dearest of matriarchs, a great friend, and exemplified for many a quiet, faithful spirit. As one of her granddaughters wrote recently, "God bless you, Grandma, for you truly are a virtuous woman, and your children (and grandchildren) do rise up and call you blessed! For your price is far above rubies! THANK YOU for the lesson I learned just by watching your life....love you."
Ella departed this life on October 25, 2007, at the age of 92. The family, however, celebrates both her life and her home going, for Ella's faith and confidence in eternal life in Christ was strong and steadfast. For many years she was a member of the Drumright Assembly of God church; and at the time of her death was a member of the Northside United Pentecostal Church in Ft. Smith, AR. She was a student of the Bible and a woman of prayer, and always found and attended a house of worship wherever she resided. She taught in Drumright Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs for a number of years. She also participated regularly in the activities of the Women's Missionary Council.
Born on January 15, 1915 in Koshkonong, Missouri, Ella was the oldest of six children born to Everett and Eva Ballew Lingle. At an early age, she moved with her family to Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She also lived with her family in a number of rural communities in eastern Oklahoma including Chewey where she completed her eighth grade examinations. She moved in with her grandparents in Siloam Springs to complete one year of high school at John Brown University. In the 1980's she went through a local educational program in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and received a General Education Diploma.
In 1938 Ella met and married Woodrow Carroll of Drumright, Oklahoma. The couple made Drumright their home and six children were born to them over the course of the next number of years: four sons and two daughters. While Woody kept livestock on their farm northeast of Drumright and worked in the oilfield business, Ella managed the household, did the family laundry on a wringer-style washing machine with line drying, and maintained a vegetable garden each year. She enlisted the help of her children as they were able. She hand-made clothing for the children as needed. She was a faithful and loving caregiver to all her children, each of which feels they were their mother's favorite.
Ella leaves a host of friends, nieces and nephews, and loved ones. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss her comfort and cheer. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Willie Erickson and Lucille Kelly Cramer, and two brothers, Buck and Jimmy Lingle. She is survived by all of her children, Bob Carroll of Drumright, OK; Phyllis Rice of Perry, OK; Donna Garrett of Ft. Smith, AR; Jim Carroll of Goodlettsville, TN; Jerry Carroll of Pittsburg, TX; and Billy Carroll of Drumright, OK. Also she is survived by a sister, Nina Quick of West Siloam, Oklahoma.
Her blood descendants at the time of her death totaled fifty-four, including a recently arrived first great-great-grandson. Also revered by those who had married into the family, her daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, and grandchildren by marriage, she leaves the legacy of a long life of faithful example, the memory of a non-judgmental spirit, the demonstration of an ability to communicate true devotion in a simple word, touch, or smile, and the witness to us all that, through Christ, the end of our earthly life begins the greatest adventure of all.
Memorial service is scheduled for Monday, October 29, 2007 at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Interment will be at Bell Cemetery near Watts, Oklahoma. Visitation will be Sunday, October 28, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Wasson Funeral Home.
Everette Houston Lingle
Entered Into Eternal Rest, Monday, Jan. 24, 1966 E. H. Lingle, Watts, Okla. E. H. Lingle, 72 years old, Watts, died at 10 o'clock Monday morning in his home.
Born February 28, 1894, in Missouri, Mr. Lingle was a retired farmer.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Eva Lingle; two sons, Buck Lingle, Visa, Okla., and Jim Lingle, Watts; four daughters, Mrs. Ella Carroll and Mrs. Lucille Kelly, both of Drumright, Okla., and Mrs. Willie Erickson and Mrs. Nina Quick, both of Watts.
Services will be at 2 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon in the Wasson funeral chapel in Siloam Springs, Ark. The Rev. Howard Daniel will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill cemetery in Siloam Springs.
(A Tribute published in the pages of THE JOPLIN GLOBE, Joplin, Missouri. Jan. 25, 1966)
Henry Bryan Carroll
Obituary for Henry Bryan Carroll
Graveside rites were held at the Drumright North Cemetery for Henry Brian (Red) Carroll, 73, who passed away July 31 at his home, northeast of the city. He had been ill over a year with cancer.
Officiating was the Rev. George Brock, III, pastor of the Olive Baptist Church.
A native of Drumright, Mr. Carroll was born May 31, 1907. He was a retired welder and farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Sammie of the home, two brothers, Lee of Seminole and Woodrow of Drumright and two sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Whitehead of Drumright and Mrs. Lucy Edwards of Valley Center, Kan.
Also two step-sons, Richard of Fayetteville, Ark., and Tommy of Drumright and two step-daughters, Nellie Dawn Brown of Ramona and Kathleen Nishimuta of Enid.
Interment was under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
Henry Hamilton Carroll
SERVICES FOR H. H. CARROLL BURIAL NORTH OF YALE FOR FARMER-STOCKMAN DRUMRIGHTER SINCE 1905
Last rights were conducted for Henry Hamilton Carroll, 84, 513 S. Duke, a pioneer Oklahoman and Drumrighter at the Assembly of God Church here Sunday afternoon.
The Rev. M.A. Malone, pastor of the church, conducted the services. Burial was in Lawson Cemetery north of Yale, under the direction of the Bennett-Stubblefield Funeral Home.
Carroll died at 7:05 am Saturday in the Cushing Municipal Hospital, where he was taken after suffering a stroke the week previously, Saturday, February 28. His death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage.
Born in Evansville, Ind., Carroll moved to Oklahoma in 1898 and homesteaded on a farm near Yale where he lived seven years.
From Yale he moved to a farm 4 1/2 miles northeast of Drumright in 1905 and lived there for 47 years as a farmer-stockman. He and Mrs. Carroll moved to their home on S. Duke street in August of last year after renting their farm.
Carroll formerly was a member of the Masons and in 1948 became a member of the Assembly of God Church here. He was in good health up until the time of his stroke last week.
Survivors are his wife, Eliza, of the home address, six sons, five daughters, 33 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren.
Sons are: Nathan of Amorett, MO; Moses, El Monte, Calif.; J.D. of Drumright;
Bryan and Woodrow, both of Drumright; and Lee, Seminole.
Daughters are: Mrs. W.E. Frick of Yale; Mrs. F.G. Fobroy of Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. Frank Edwards, Wichita, Kans.; Mrs. T.H. Tippit of Drumright, and Mrs. E.E. Turner, Oklahoma City.
Obituary: Drumright Derrick, Tuesday, March 10, 1953
Nora Gertrude Carroll Frick Rites Set for Nora Frick, 84
Mrs. Nora Frick, 84, of Yale, will be given funeral services at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, in the Yale First Baptist Church. The Rev. Warren Lamans, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in Lawson Cemetery of Yale under direction of Yale Funeral Home.
A long-time resident of Yale, Mrs. Frick died Monday morning, October 22, in the Drumright Hospital. She was born September 17,1889 in Carrollton, MO., to Henry H. and Nancy Carroll. She moved with her parents to Oklahoma in 1897 when she was eight years old. In 1905 she was married to John L. Gray who preceded her in death in 1933.
In 1936 she was married to Walter Frick in Sapulpa. He preceded her in death in 1958.
Mrs. Frick was a member of the First Baptist Church in Yale, the Farm Woman's Club and the Rebekah Lodge No. 219 in Yale.
Survivors are two daughters, two sons, three half-brothers, one sister, on half-sister, seven step-sons, two step-daughters, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Two step-sons and two step-daughters preceded her in death.
Daughters are Mrs. A.E. (Geraldine) Flager of Yale and Mrs. Merle Philpott of Drumright. Sons are Lawrence Gray of Watonga and Loy Gray of Union Town, KY.
Half-brothers are Bryon Carroll of Drumright, Woodrow Carroll and Lee Carroll; the sister is Lucy Edwards of Valley Center, Kan.; and the half-sister is Sylvia Whitehead of Drumright.
Step-sons are Elvin and Robert Frick, both of Yale; Fred Frick of Okmulgee, Jack Frick of Rogers, Ark., Don Frick of California, and Howard Frick of Tulsa. Step-daughters are Ruth Holey of Springdale, Ark., and Alice Gray of Union Town, KY.
Vinie Violet Carroll Turner
Rites Held for Violet Turner Mrs. Violet V. Turner, 59, of 513 South Duke was given last rites at 2 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the West Broadway Church of Christ. Wayne Church, minister, officiated.
Burial was in the Drumright North Cemetery with Osterhout Funeral Home directing arrangements.
Mrs. Turner, wife of E. E. Turner, died Saturday, April 11, in the Drumright Hospital. She was born November 18, 1910 in Drumright.
Survivors in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Betty Jo Webber of Long Beach, Calif.; three step-sons, Russell Turner of San Gabriel, Calif., E. E. Turner, Jr. of Fresno, Calif., and Billy Turner of Arkansas City, Kan.; and several grandchildren; and other relatives.
Woodrow Wilson Carroll
Memorial services are to be held Wednesday, January 22, at the Bailes Funeral Home in Drumright for Woodrow Wilson Carroll, born November 30, 1912. Mr. Carroll died Sunday, January 19, at the age of 84. His father, Ham Carroll, moved his family to a farm northeast of Drumright about 1905. Woodrow was the last surviving of thirteen children.
Mr. Carroll attended Tiger School, two miles north of Drumright. He served his country in World War II as a member of the 137th Engineering Combat Battalion. His specialized training kept him from face to face combat. On the Rhine River, in the heat of the final months of the war, the men rested at night in pairs, barricaded in concrete crypts, listening to the sounds of heavy fighting around them. During the day they were busy purifying water from the river for the troops. His battalion received two Battle Stars.
Mr. Carroll worked for the Service Pipeline Company in Drumright for 19 years supporting his family while also caring for a small farm with a good number of livestock. Later he was a trucker, hauling sand and gravel, and has owned a number of fine quarter horses.
He is survived by his six children, Bobby Carroll of Oklahoma City; Phyllis Swart of Tonkawa; Donna Garrett of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Jim Carroll of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; Jerry Carroll of Bowie, Texas; and Bill Carroll of Drumright. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Lawson Cemetery, Yale, Oklahoma.
pg. 87ita, Kans.; Mrs. T.H. Tippit of Drumright, and Mrs. E.E. Turner, Oklahoma City.
Survivors in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Betty Jo Webber of Long Beach, Calif.; three step-sons, Russell Turner of San Gabriel, Calif., E. E. T