Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - A Mystery (Partially) Solved

 I am so far behind actually documenting 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, that it's a lost cause, but this is an interesting story of one ancestor. 

Growing up, my mother's stepfather and his upbringing were somewhat of a mystery.   Wes was part-Cherokee; he and his brother, Lee, had been brought up by their father after their parents divorced.  The father was apparently an abusive parent and the mother, Frances Blevins, seemingly just vanished.  She was half Cherokee, the daughter of a Cherokee father and white mother.  At just fifteen years old, she married a white man of 29 who was living in Indian Territory, had two sons and a daughter by age 19, and was divorced soon after.  I recall hearing that she remarried and had another child and that she had committed suicide.  But there was really no evidence to support any of the stories and Wes seems to have never spoken about her.   I also remember seeing a photograph of a young girl that was supposedly his mother, but nothing else.  So it's remained a mystery.

This week, I finally got around to perusing the Indian records on Fold3.  I knew that Frances and her children had been enrolled on the Dawes Roll in the early 1900s, however, I hadn't seen more than just a list until this week.  The packets that are available on Fold3 give a tremendous amount of information (on both Dawes and Guion Miller) and have solved the mystery of what became of Frances after her divorce.  Unfortunately, it also leads to more questions that must be answered!

Frances and Robert Berry married in October of 1896.  Their first son, Wesley, was born in 1897 and their son Lee in 1899.  A daughter named Maud was born in August 1902; Maud only lived a year, dying the day before her first birthday in August 1903.  I found a death record for her in the Dawes packet, but no cause of death is given.  According to statements given by Robert in the packet, he and Frances separated the same month their daughter died.  They were officially divorced in November 1903 and Frances married William F. Maberry in December.  On April 5, 1904, she died at the age of 22.  No cause of death is given on her death record in the packet. 

Now we take a turn into soap opera world.  After finding these records, I began researching Mr. Maberry.  It seems that he married Frances's sister, Araminta (Mintie) Blevins fairly soon after her death.  And twin girls named Hattie and Mattie were born in July 1904, just three months after Frances died.  Was William having a relationship with Mintie and expecting the babies while he was still married to Frances?  Mintie and William had three more children and were married until his death in 1962.   So far I've had no luck locating any kind of obituary or death record for Frances that lists her cause of death, but a young woman who had experienced the death of a child and then a husband and sister who were carrying on with each other might just be driven to a desperate act. 

And just to add to the soap element, it seems Frances's mother Louisa, after divorcing her father, married Robert Berry's brother and had four children with him.  I can't even begin to figure those relationships out. 

Part of Robert Berry's statement for enrollment on Dawes Roll 

Enrollment on Dawes Roll

Robert Berry's statement on the death of his ex-wife

So the mystery of what became of Frances is partially solved.  She was buried just about 30 miles away from where her two sons spent the rest of their lives, yet I never heard of them speaking of her or of visiting her grave. 

Frances Lavona Blevins Berry Maberry, 1881 - 1904, Dewey Cemetery, Dewey, Washington, OK


Friday, October 10, 2014

Family Recipe Friday - Mildred Watson's Baked Beans

For me, autumn is BBQ time and you have to have baked beans with BBQ.  Here's a recipe from grandma's cookbook:


Mildred Walton’s Baked Beans


1 large can of Pork & Beans
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
½ teaspoon liquid smoke
½ bottle of ketchup
½ cup brown sugar
5 strips of uncooked bacon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix ingredients together and pour into baking dish.  Lay strips of bacon across the top. 

Bake for 1 ½ hours. 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Mrs. Mary Fuller Rose

 Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
December 29, 1987

Mrs. Mary Fuller Rose, a native of Clarkesville, Georgia, died Saturday, December  26, 1987.  She had resided here since 1922 and was a member of the Hogan Baptist Church.  Survivors include 4 daughters, Louise R. Rowe, Mary Strickland, Grace West and Betty Williams; 3 sons, Robert, Carter and Harry Rose; neice, Anna Brooks, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the George H. Hewell and Son  Northside Funeral Home, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home.


Mary Herndon Fuller Rose, 1896 - 1987