James West Lineage

Contributed by Karen Cotter.


JAMES WEST + ELIZABETH UNKNOWN

1. JAMES WEST

Born: 1800 in South Carolina per LDS Family Group AFN:2472-BWM and Tombstone
Died: 1860, Drew County, AR per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: ELIZABETH UNKNOWN
Born: 1805, North Carolina per LDS Family Group AFN: 2472-BXT and tombstone
Died: 1860, Drew County, AR per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
There was a note on the back of the "O" index for marriage book A.... Robert J. West, Adm. James West Aug. 2, 1862

----2.1 RICHARD WEST

Son of James West and Elizabeth Unknown
Born: 1830 in Montgomery County, AL per LDS AFN:2472-BZ2
Died:
Buried:
Married:

----2.2 MARTHA ANN WEST

Daughter of James West and Elizabeth Unknown
Born: 1 February 1832 in Montgomery County, AL per LDS AFN:2472-C07 (year only) and tombstone
Died: 29 February 1902 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: JAMES M. MEREDITH on 27 January 1859 in Drew County, AR by Amos Humphries MG per marriage book B 204 at Drew County Court House, Monticello, AR. She was 28 and he was 26 years of age
Born: 9 August 1828 per tombstone and Civil War Info
Died: 18 January 1866 per tombstone and Civil War Info
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under J. M. Meredith

Civil War. Private, CSA. Enlisted in Company L, 6th Arkansas Cavalry, Monticello, AR on 1 January 1863. Absent without leave from 15 June 1863, present to 29 February 1864. Captured at Mound City, KS, on 24 October 1864, confined at U.S. Military Prison, Rock Island, IL. Exchanged at City Point, VA on 10 March 1865; born in Mississippi on 9 August 1828; died in Arkansas on 3 January 1894; buried in Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR; widow Martha A. (West) Meredith filed Arkansas pension application #16862 from Drew County, AR on 15 August 1901; listed in Drew county 1860 census; occupation farmhand.

--------3.1 HENRY "HANK" MEREDITH

Son of James M. Meredith and Martha Ann West
Born:
Died: Was killed by "Clod Moss" in a fight outside of saloon. His throat was cut and he bled to Death per letter from James Monroe Deal to Albert Frank Fryer
Buried: unknown family cemetery
Married: GERTRUDE CHAVIS
Born:
Died:
Buried:

--------3.2 THOMAS MEREDITH

Son of James M. Meredith and Martha Ann West
Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married:
Was identified in the John Monroe Deal letter

--------3.3 MATTIE MEREDITH

Daughter of James M. Meredith and Martha Ann West
Born:
Died: after 21 October 1937
Buried:
Married: L.J. "LARK" JORDAN
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jordan
Born: 1866, Ashley County, AR per obituary
Died: 21 October 1937 per obituary
Buried: Prairie Grove Cemetery, Drew County, AR per obituary

------------4.1 HERBERT JORDAN

Son of Mattie Meredith and L.J. "Lark" Jordan
Born:
Was living in Monticello, AR in 1937 per obituary
Married:

OBITUARY provided by Jann Woodward thru ARDREW-L@rootsweb.com

21 October 1937

In the death of Mr. L.J. Jordan, Drew County loses one of her most highly respected citizens. Born in 1866 in Ashley County near the line of Drew, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Jordan, former residents of southeast Arkansas, marrying in Drew county at an early age to Miss Mattie Meredith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Meredith, the deceased had spent practically all his life in Drew county, where he was engaged in farming. On Monday morning, October 11 (1937) he left his home Monticello to look after his farming interests located sixteen miles south, staying with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence garrison, the tenants on his farm. On Thursday night about nine o'clock he succumbed from an attack of rheumatism, from which he has been a long sufferer. Everyone had a high regard for "Lark" Jordan and he was familiarly called, and everyone esteemed him for his honesty and his moral life. Surviving are his wife, one son, Herbert of Monticello; one brother, Rufe Jordan of near Monticello. Funeral services conducted by Dr. T. W. Croxton of the First Baptist Church, Monticello, were held last Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Interment was in the Prairie Grove Cemetery.

There is a Hattie B. Meredith, born 4 March 1866, Died 18 August 1887 also buried in Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR. Relationship to other Meredith's not known.

----2.3 ELIZA WEST

Daughter of James West and Elizabeth Unknown
Born: 1835 in Montgomery County, Alabama
Died:
Buried:
Married:

----2.4 MARGARET E. WEST

Daughter of James West and Elizabeth Unknown
Born: 21 April 1836 in Montgomery County, AL per LDS AFN:2472-C07 (Year only) and tombstone
Died: 2 August 1879 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under "Margaret E. Deal"
Married: ALEXANDER DEAL on 17 January 1856, Drew County, AR (his 1st wife) (B126) by C.P. Farris Justice of the Peace (J.P.) recorded by M.R. Royal, clerk and per LDS Individual Record, Batch #7229814, Sh 54. She was 17 of Drew County; He was 21 of Ashley County, AR
Son of Lemarcus Deal and Sarah E. Barrett
Born: 20 February 1835, Noxubee County, MS per Gail Howell and Civil War info
Died: 21 February 1914 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under "Alex Deal"

CIVIL WAR INFO

ALEXANDER DEAL Private Enlisted in Company L, 6th Arkansas Cavalry at Monticello, AR on 1 June 1862; captured at Mound City, KS on 24 October 1864; confined at U.S. Military Prison, Rock Island, IL; exchanged at City Point, VA on 23 March 1865; born in Mississippi on 20 February 1835; died in Arkansas, 21 February 1914; buried in Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR; listed in 1911 Arkansas Confederate census at Lace, AR; widow Sicena Deal filed Arkansas pension application #22714 form Drew County on 16 August 1915; listed in Ashley County census with wife Margaret E. (West); occupation farmer.

--------3.1 JAMES L. DEAL

Son of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 26 December 1856 per tombstone
Died: 15 March 1887 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: MARY FRANCES FERGUSON
Daughter of Benjamin Franklin Ferguson and Elizabeth "Betty" Louisa Daniel
Her 1st husband, after death of James L. Deal, she married Anson Pollan Lee, had two children
Born:
Died:
Buried:

------------4.2 SALLY DEAL

Daughter of James L. Deal and Mary Francis Ferguson
Born: 1885 per Beth Thurman
Died: 1940 per Beth Thurman
Buried:
Never married

------------4.3 LUCY DEAL

Daughter of James L. Deal and Mary Francis Ferguson
Born: 9 January 1887 per tombstone
Died: 24 October 1965 per tombstone
Buried: Ladelle Cemetery, Drew County, AR as "Wife of Pierce T. Judkins"
Married: PIERCE T. JUDKINS
Born: 15 January 1886 per tombstone
Died: 24 October 1950 per tombstone
Buried: Ladelle Cemetery, Drew County, AR

----------------5.1 WINTHROP "JIM" JUDKINS

Son of Pierce T. Judkins and Lucy Deal
Born: 7 September per tombstone
Died: 18 May 1943 per tombstone
Buried: Prairie Grove Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: VIRTA JORDAN
Born: 15 August 1905
Died: About August 1955
Buried: Prairie Grove Cemetery, Drew County, AR

--------------------6.1 JIMMY JUDKINS (twin)

Son of Winthrop "Jim" Judkins and Virta Jordan
Born: 10 August 1914
Died:
Buried:
Married: UNKNOWN then divorced
Married: SANDRA DEAN HAYES (her 2nd marriage also)
Born:
Died:
Buried:

Lived in Lacey Community, Drew County, AR, after leaving Shiloh Community in Ashley County, AR. Never had any children of their own, but she had an adopted son and daughter and then a natural son from her previous marriage. Names Pam, Mary and Greg.

--------------------6.2 EDNA JUDKINS (twin)

Daughter of Winthrop "Jim" Judkins and Virta Johnson
Born: 10 August 1914 per tombstone
Died: 24 February 1989 per tombstone
Buried: Ladelle Cemetery, Drew County, AR. Tombstone reads "wife of Hubert Johnson"
Married: HUBERT JOHNSON
Born: 3 October 1903 per tombstone
Died: 4 April 1965 per tombstone
Buried: Ladelle Cemetery, Drew County, AR

------------------------7.1 HUBERT MORRISON JOHNSON

Son of Hubert Johnson and Edna Judkins
Born: 14 September 1932 per tombstone
Died: 10 September 1985 per tombstone
Buried: Ladelle Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: JO ANN HARVEY
Daughter of John Henry Harvey and Unknown
Born: Private
Living in Monticello, AR per Beth Thurman
Tombstone reads "wife of Morrison Johnson"

----------------------------8.1 LEONARD JOHNSON

Son of Hubert Morrison Johnson and Jo Ann Harvey
Born: Private
Living
Married: NOLA KAY SMITH from Warren or Hermitage, Bradley County, AR
Born: Living

--------------------------------9.1 UNKNOWN MALE JOHNSON

--------------------------------9.2 UNKNOWN FEMALE JOHNSON

----------------------------8.2 DANNY JOHNSON

Son of Hubert Morrison Johnson and Jo Ann Harvey
Born: Living
Married: CHERYL FITCH
Born: Living

--------------------------------9.1 UNKNOWN MALE JOHNSON

--------------------------------9.2 UNKNOWN FEMALE JOHNSON

----------------------------8.3 MYRA JOHNSON

Daughter of Hubert Morrison Johnson and Jo Ann Harvey
Born: Living
Married: UNKNOWN OR PRIVATE

--------------------------------9.1 UNKNOWN FEMALE

----------------------------8.4 MARY SUE JOHNSON

Daughter of Hubert Morrison Johnson and Jo Ann Harvey
Born: Private
Died: No death date shown on tombstone
Buried: Ladelle Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: BILLY JAMES PRITCHARD
Born: 12 February 1933 per tombstone
Died: 4 January 1987 per tombstone
Buried: Ladelle Cemetery, Drew County, AR
No children

--------------------6.3 EVERETT "MONK" JUDKINS

Son of Winthrop "Jim" Judkins and Virta Johnson
Born: 10 August 1914 per tombstone
Died: 1990s
Medical: He was blind form about 1950 or 1960 until his death
Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Monticello, Drew County, AR
Married: LOUISE WHITE
Born:
Died:
Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher
Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Monticello, Drew County, AR
Had children but number, sex, etc. unknown

--------------------6.4 TOM JUDKINS

Son of Winthrop "Jim" Judkins and Virta Johnson
Born:
Died:
Buried: Is not located in Drew County Cemetery Listing of names
Married: PEARL ANDREWS, then divorced. She later married Reverend Reuben Shreve, a Southern Baptist Minister. They had no children together
Married: POSSIBLE AN UNKNOWN SECOND WIFE

--------3.2 CALVIN FRANKLIN DEAL

Son of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 21 April 1859, Drew County, Arkansas per tombstone
Died: 8 September 1919 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: JOSEPHINE JOHNSON
Born: 9 January 1862 per tombstone
Died: 24 March 1925 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
They had seven children, names unknown

--------3.3 MARY LOU DEAL

Daughter of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 5 October 1862, Drew County, Arkansas
Died: 6 April 1942, Drew County, Arkansas
Buried:
Married: UNKNOWN LARKIN
Born:
Died:
Buried:

--------3.4 WILLIAM LAFAYETTE DEAL

Son of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 15 December 1892 per tombstone
Born: 8 June 1864, AR per Gail Howell
Born: 1863, Echo, Dale, AL per LDS AFN:GCTS-DL which is incorrect. Also shows parents as George Deal and Edith C. Driggers so there is probably another William Lafayette Deal
Died: 24 September 1936 per tombstone and Gail Howell
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: MARY CATHERINE RIAL
Daughter of Samuel Adam Rial and Mary Catherine
Born: 10 March 1869 per tombstone, Drew County, AR per Gail Howell
Died: 14 November 1887 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under Mary Catherine Rial Deal
Married: JULIE CLAY LEE on 20 December 1888 in GA per LDS: AFN:GCTT-7G. This is the same Family Group that shows wrong birth date and parents. However, the marriage is correct.
Born: 29 March 1868, GA per LDS and tombstone shows same date
Died: 1936 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under Julie C. Deal

------------4.1 JAMES M. DEAL

Son of William Lafayette Deal and Mary Catherine Rial
Born: 4 November 1866 per tombstone listing on Gail Howell's website
Born: 23 September 1887, Drew County, AR per Gail Howell's genealogy
Died: 24 January 1931 per tombstone listing of Gail Howell's website
Died: 4 January 1959, Eudora, AR per Gail Howell's genealogy
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under James M. Deal. However, if the genealogy info is correct, the person buried in Deal Cemetery is another James M. Deal which is possible.
Married:

----------------5.1 MARY DEAL

Daughter of James M. Deal and Unknown per Gail Howell website
Born: Drew County, AR
May be living
Married: UNKNOWN HICKS

----------------5.2 JAMES DEAL

Son of James M. Deal and Unknown per Gail Howell website
Born: Drew County, AR
May be living

----------------5.3 GARLAND DEAL

Son of James M. Deal and Unknown per Gail Howell website
Born: Drew County, AR
May be living
Married: UNKNOWN

--------------------6.1 LEANNE DEAL

Daughter of Garland Deal and Unknown
Born:
May be living
Married:

----------------5.4 JULIAN STANLEY DEAL

Son of James M. Deal and Unknown per Gail Howell website
Born:
May be living

----------------5.1 ELIZABETH DEAL

Daughter of James M. Deal and Unknown per Gail Howell website
Born:
May be living

------------4.2 ALEXANDER MONROE B. DEAL

Son of William Lafayette Deal and Julia Clay Lee
Born: 5 March 1890 in Georgia per LDS AFN:GCTT-8M and tombstone
Died: 27 August 1911 per LDS and tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under A.M.B. Deal
Married:

------------4.3 ARY MARGARET DEAL

Daughter of William Lafayette Deal and Julie Clay Lee
Born: 5 March 1890 per tombstone
Born: 1892 in Georgia per LDS AFN:GCTT-9S which is incorrect
Died: 29 August 1904 per LDS and tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under Ary M. Deal
Married: Never married since she is buried under her maiden name

------------4.4 WILLIAM FOY DEAL

Son of William Lafayette Deal and Julia Clay Lee
Born: 28 December 1892 in Georgia per LDS AFN:GCTT-B0
Died: 24 February 1902 per LDS
Buried:
Married:

------------4.5 LUNA DEAL (male)

Son of William Lafayette Deal and Julia Clay Lee
Not on LDS but it has two with no info as "Living"
Born: 5 January 1911 per tombstone
Died: 2 September 1914 per tombstone at 2 years 9 months
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married:

------------4.6 SUSIE EMILY DEAL

Daughter of William Lafayette Deal and Julia Clay Lee
Born: 21 January 1895, GA per LDS AFN:GCTT-C5
Died: 1987
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR per Gail Howell but it's not on the cemetery listing
Married: WALTER LEE BLAIR
Born: 1 June 1880 per tombstone
Died: 27 March 1969 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR

----------------5.1 AUBREY BLAIR (male)

Son of Walter Lee Blair and Susie Emily Deal
Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married:

----------------5.2 W.L. BLAIR

Child of Walter Lee Blair and Susie Emily Deal
Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married:

----------------5.3 OLGA BLAIR

Daughter of Walter Lee Blair and Susie Emily Deal
Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married: UNKNOWN GARRET per Gail Howell

------------4.7 HENRY HARVILLE DEAL

Son of William Lafayette Deal and Julia Clay Lee
Born: 5 June 1898, GA per LDS AFN:GCTT-DB and tombstone
Died: 24 September 1979 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married:

------------4.8 ANNIE LEA DEAL

Daughter of William Lafayette Deal and Julia Clay Lee
Born: Private
Died:
Buried:
Married:

------------4.9 VERA V. DEAL

Daughter of William Lafayette Deal and Julia Clay Lee
Born: 21 July 1907, GA per LDS AFN:GCTT-HT and tombstone
Died: 5 September 1911 per tombstone at 4 years old
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR

--------3.5 JOHN MONROE DEAL

Son of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 4 November 1866, Drew County, Arkansas per tombstone
Died: 31 January 1931, Drew County, Arkansas per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR
Married: UNKNOWN
He wrote the letter to the Fryers mentioned above

------------4.1 MYRTLE M. DEAL

Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married:

--------3.6 ROBERT THOMAS DEAL

Son of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 8 April 1869 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died: 15 December 1934
Buried:
Married: ROSALIE GARRETT
Born:
Died:
Buried:

--------3.7 ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" DEAL

Daughter of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 30 March 1871
Died: 1 March 1946
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under "Lizzie" Adcock
Married: HENRY LEE ADCOCK
Born: 5 May 1863 per tombstone
Died: 15 June 1932 per tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR

------------4.1 HENRY ADCOCK

Consider to be son of Henry Lee Adcock and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Deal since he is the only other Adcock buried in Deal Cemetery. May be incorrect.
Born: 1896
Died: 1977

--------3.8 HENRY LEE DEAL

Son of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 15 July 1871 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died: March 1965 in Drew County, Arkansas
Buried:
Married:

------------4.1 TOMMY DEAL (female)

Daughter of Henry Lee Deal and Unknown
Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married:

--------3.9 CHARLY W. DEAL

Son of Alexander Deal and Margaret West
Born: 18 December 1875, Drew County, Arkansas
Died: 20 November 1953
Buried:
Married: HATTIE R. UNKNOWN
Born:
Died:
Buried:

----2.5 C. ANN WEST

Daughter of James West and Elizabeth Unknown
Born: 1838, Montgomery County, Alabama
Died:
Buried:
Married:

----2.6 FRANCIS M. WEST

Daughter of James West and Elizabeth Unknown
Born: 1828 in Montgomery County, Alabama
Died:
Married:

----2.7 ROBERT WEST

Son of James West and Elizabeth Unknown
Born: 28 October 1826 in Montgomery County, Alabama. Date from family record, year from tombstone. LDS Family Group Record AFN:1LG5-VT2 shows 1828, Alabama
Born: 1824 per computation from marriage date. Fryer family record only shows date of 28 October (no year)
Born: 1828 per computation from census
Died: 7 June 1880 per Fryer family record
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, Arkansas, tombstone only shows Robert West and years born 1826, died 1880. LDS shows burial at Fountain Hill Cemetery, Monticello, AR and there is a Robert West buried there
Married: EMILY (EMALINE) FRANCES (FANNY) DANIEL on 23 September 1852 in Drew County, AR in Methodist Epis. Ch. So by Wm. G. Guice, mg, registered by Y.R. Royal, clerk per marriage book at Drew County Courthouse, Monticello, AR. She was age 19, he was age 27. Daughter of Lewis Howell Daniel and Pherebe (Feriba) Penny (Pinny)
Born: 1833 per computation from marriage date and Fryer family record shows 16 November 1833
Born: c. 1835, Tennessee per 1860 census, she was 25 years old
Died: No date on Fryer family record and no date on tombstone
Buried: Deal Cemetery, Drew County, AR under the name "Fanny", no dates. Area information indicates this is the tombstone of Emily Frances Daniel but no verification.

Land for the cemetery was given by Mr. Robert (Bob) West during the Civil War Period. It was once known as the "West Cemetery", but later called the "Deal Cemetery" because so many Deals were buried there. (Ref. Mrs. A.L. Jordan)

1860 census for Drew County, Veasey Township
Robert West, Age 32, Male, Farmer, 4160, 685. He would have been born 1828
Frances (Daniel), Age 25, Female, born TN
Martha, Age 8, Female, born AR
James, Age 6, Male, born AR
Allen, Age 4, Male, born AR
Dudley, Age 2, Male, born AR
Richard, Age 32, male, mechanic, born AL (brother to Robert West)

--------3.2 MARTHA (MATTIE) FRANCES WEST

Daughter of Robert J. West and Emily (Emaline) Frances (Fanny) Daniel
Born: 17 December 1853 per OK census and family record
Died: 20 September 1931, in Johnston County, OK per family records and other documentation
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Married: FRANK ALBERT FRYER or ALBERT FRANK FRYER on 26 or 27 July 1873 in Drew County, AR, per Family Record and Page 131 of the Drew County Marriage Book, by John S. Mears/Meors, Minister of the Gospel of the Regular Baptist denomination, recorded by R.F. Hyatt, clerk. The way the actual license was recorded: Frayar, Albetiec Francaicis to Mart Fransas West. It might be that they were married elsewhere and took the paperwork to The County Courthouse, Monticello, AR to have it officially recorded.
Changed his name to JOHN DOMRON FRYER
Son of R.M.H. Fryar and Nancy Unknown
Born: 3 July 1853, MS per family record, tombstone and computation from census. 1860 Yazoo County, MS census shows him as Albert, MS, 7 years old
Died: 20 September 1936 under John Domron (J.D.) Fryer per tombstone and family papers. The death certificate obtained by Juanita Gilbreath Wood shows he was born in Jackson, MS
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
The name J. D. Fryer is not on the listing shown on the Johnston County, OK website. However, Juanita Gilbreath Wood, another direct descendent has visited the cemetery and they are in the older section and she has seen the tombstones.

September 20, 1931 Clipping
Newspaper name not shown, date is handwritten

As a result of a stroke of paralysis, Mrs. J.D. Fryer died at her home at Bullard Chapel, near Tishomingo early Sunday morning. Mrs. Fryer was well known throughout the county having been a pioneer in the early days of the state. Rev. F.B. Parker of the Tishomingo Baptist church officiated at the burial at the Tishomingo cemetery held at 11 o'clock Monday morning.

December 10, 1936 Clipping
Newspaper name not shown, date is handwritten

J.D. Fryer Dies
J.D. Fryer, 86, died at his home, five miles northwest of town Thursday morning after an illness of about a month. Funeral services were held Friday morning at the home with Rev. W.I. Lowe, pastor of the Baptist church here, and Rev. Julia Standridge, pastor of the Nazarene church at Madill, officiating. Surviving are two sons, Bob Fryer of Dallas and Richard Fryer. Nowata: one daughter, Miss Margaret Fryer of the home; and several grandchildren. Including Richard Fryer, Jr., manager of the Princess and Thompson theaters in Tishomingo. Mr. Fryer came to Oklahoma long before statehood and settled in what is now Johnston county. His wife preceded him in death about five years ago.

He appears on the 1860 census as Albert, Age 7, born MS as the youngest son. His older brother is named John D. Fryer, aged 20 so he may have used his brother's name in the Texas/Oklahoma environment. There's a 13-year difference in their ages and it is doubtful that if his brother took over the family for whatever reason, the birth dates, etc. wouldn't have changed to fit the older brother and they remained the same. The photographs of John Domron Fryer (previously Albert Frank/Frank Albert) shows a man about the age he should be if he was born in 1853 as the census computes and the family record shows. There is a line in Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryar Spruill letter of 1892 that states: "I feel a particular interest in your children because they are all pa's & ma's descendants that bear their name." This seems to mean that the older brother had died and any male issue he may have had were also dead.

1860 Yazoo County, MS Census
R.H.M. Fryar, 56, Physician, VA
Nancy, 41, SC
John D., 20, Overseer, AL
Cornelia, 17, AL
Albert, 7, MS

Family record in possession of Karen Cotter shows Frank A. Fryer
Oklahoma census shows him under the name John D. and it is not his older brother who was named John D. Fryar but born 1840, AL per computation from 1860 Yazoo County, MS census

It is not known why he left Mississippi and ended up in Arkansas. From family correspondence we know that he or the wife owned land in Arkansas but no record can be found. There was land in Johnston County owned by a Martha West but we do not know if this is the correct Martha West or if their home was located there. They were acquainted with John Monroe Deal who lived near Lacey, Drew County, AR and may have used their post office to receive his mail since it was the only post office in the area. The family has been illusive during their time in Arkansas nor do any of the surviving relations in the area seem to be familiar with the family. Sometime after 1888 when his youngest daughter was born (in Arkansas) and 1892, the family left for Texas. The oldest surviving son apparently met and married his bride in or around Kaufman, TX in 1892. Frank Albert or John Domron Fryer entered into a partnership with a Mr. Henderson to construct a place of business for a Mr. Jones in 1894. A handwritten copy of the contract survives and is in the possession of Karen Cotter. Martha and the youngest children apparently settled in Texas while he went to Indian Territory, now Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK. There are many letters from him in various locations to his wife in Texas. They appear in the Oklahoma census per Juanita Gilbreath Wolfe but she didn't provide the year. He built the Opera House in Tishomingo, OK per Juanita Gilbreath Wood but her source is not known. There are invoices dated 1 June 1905 and 1 May 1906, which indicates, he was owner of a business, J.D. Fryer & Sons, Independent Ginners, Motto: "We buy seed and seed cotton" in Tishomingo, OK.

One of the first contacts was Gail Howell (a descendent of the "Deal" family provided me additional information about the West's from Latter Day Saints (LDS) Family Search and it started there. Beth Thurman provided the marriage information with a trip to the Monticello Courthouse, Drew County, AR.

The names and dates of birth/death dates of the following children came from a Family Record dated 1894 plus other later information.


LETTERS TO ALBERT F. FRYER FROM HIS SISTER, CORNEALIA ANNE FRYAR SPRUILL

Addressed to Mr. F.H. Fryar
Gilmer Tex
Lock Box 220

Offahoma Leake Co Miss
June 24/80

Mr. A.F. Fryer

Dear Brother

It is night and all the family are enjoying natures sweet return (restorer) except myself-I sit up later than usual to indite a few lines to you and Johnnie I have been due her a letter for three or four months or perhaps longer.

So you see others have cause to complain as well as you of my neglect-but with all my care and responsibilities you will all have to extend a charitable hand and overlook seeming? negligince for I assure you it is not willful. How does my little namesake come on. Is she pretty-kiss her and tell she must favor her old Aunty. I would have been much pleased if you had given her my full name so there would have been another E C A Fryer but there is another Cornelia Fryer any way.

You must do your best (-) you and sister Mattie to make her a good and smart woman that she may reflect credit on her (this) name.

Uncle Davie's health is no better

Jim Frank Fulton was alive two weeks ago so I heard but very low_ I had a letter form Vic (?) (How about Tis? like in the second letter?) a short time ago_ No new[s] of importance said give you her love_

I know of no neighborhood news that would interest you_

I am tired and getting sleepy I will try to write a more entertaining letter next time.

My love to Mattie and the little ones_ As ever your affectionate

Sister
E.C.A. Spruill


Addressed to Mr. A.F. Fryer
Lacey Drew Co. Ark

Home Leake Co Miss
Aug 3rd/80

Mr. A.F. Fryer

Dear Brother

I have no plausible excuse for my long silence to offer except ill health_ I have not felt like exerting my self enough to write_ I am glad to inform you my health is now better.

This leaves us all in ordinary heath [sic]. We are having some very gloomy weather a great deal of rain and this evening we have been sitting around a fire and felt quite comfortable_

Notwithstanding so much rain the crops I believe are considered quite good_

There was a large picnic at Ofahoma last Saturday A great many persons in attendance_ I did not go not being well enough. Cousin Dameron and some of the children went_

Duncan Fulton came down to attend and spent a night with us. He said they were all well at Home except Willie whose health he said was not good_

Jim Frank died of consumption He? (yes) said he heard uncle Davy was very low. I have not had a letter from them in some time. I have just written to Willie Lindsey I hope to hear from them soon.

Mrs. Jones (Emma Patton used to be) died at the Greenwood place two or three weeks ago or perhaps a month ago. Tis said she died an awful death not feeling at all prepared, begged Jones her husband to kill him self and go with her

What an awful thing to die unprepared

I pray we may all make better use of our time, and have no fears to meet his face, at the last hour_

The wind is sighing as dismally through the trees, as if it was midwinter

The family are all asleep. And the clock is my sold wakeful companion and its steady ticking warns me that it is getting late_

Write soon My love to Mattie and the children a dozen kisses for little Cornelia

Ever your affectionate Sister
E.C.A. Spruill


Home Leake Co. Miss
May 23rd/81

Mr. A. Fryer

Dear Brother

Once again I indite you another epistle which I think will be the third since hearing from you. What can be the matter with you, that you do not write. You certainly are sure that I am desirous of hearing from you. Nay very anxious indeed

If you are sick and not able to write, you surely could get some one, to write, for you.

It was some time last year that I received the last communication form you I think likely, in May or June since then I have written you two letters and this is the third. Now I think, you thought as much of me as I do of you you would have written to me before this even had you not received my letters. Now I ask, beg of you to please write if you possibly can and ease any anxiety of mind.

I thought you were likely going to pay me a visit last winter and you wished to give me a pleasant surprise, and the children would say, whenever I would mention it. Ma uncle Albert is coming out to see us, this winter, the reason he don't write; but I waited and looked in vain.

We are all very well and find plenty of work to do. Bennie has no hands this year. He and the children are trying it alone. Dick is a pretty good plow boy Lula Lella and Benjy does a good deal of hoeing.

It is almost impossible to hire labor in this country now_ I have a splendid garden this year, and over a hundred chickens.

Uncle Davy was still living the last account I had of him, which was about three weeks ago. Still very low, I was up at Conway a short time since. Willie Fulton was very low with consumption. I do not reckon he is alive now. The same that John Ellin and Jim Frank died with. Duncan has it also but is able to be up, but not able to do any labor. They seem to be a most unfortunate family. Willie said he was prepared and had not fears of death. What a happy thing.

O that we may all feel so when our time comes. I have thought some times may be you had consumption and was not able to write to me.

I hope not though_ My love to Mattie and the children the same accept, with a true sisters blessing for yourself

Loving by your sister
E.C.A. Spruill


Ofahoma Leake Co Miss
June 2/92

Mr. A.F. Fryer

Dear Brother

Yours of recent date containing picture has been received, much to my pleasure and satisfaction we were all glad to get it_ The children as well as myself_ I think John R a handsome fine looking boy and tell him for me that his auntie hopes he is as smart and good as he is handsome. Tell him I want him to study all he can_ read everything he can, that is useful and instructive, and when he is a man I want him to come and see me if he can't come before. I feel a particular interest in your children because they are all pa's & ma's decendants that bear their name, And I want them to do it honor keep it up to its old standard You know Johnnie Freyer has long since changed her name to Phillips. I wrote you about it, but perhaps you never received the letter. She married a wealthy widower, with one child, a little girl 6 year old I think when Johnnie was married. She has two children of her own now. Two little boys And they are lovely children. I paid her a visit last summer In Sep Bennie Lella and myself. She lives on the Yazoo river 20 miles above Yazoo City. has a lovely home And every thing to make life pleasant. Her post office is Belle Prairie Yazoo Co Miss. I received a letter form her last week, She had been quite sick, but was better. Lula taught school in Yazoo County year before last near Free ???? (I couldn't read it either and couldn't find any city near Eden (where Belle Prairie was located. Found it on an old map) 8 or 10 miles from Johnnie's. And she spent a good deal of time with her. She would send for Lula about every other Friday evening and she would stay until Sunday evening. Then the measles got in her school And as she had never had it she suspended school for a month and went to Mr. Phillip's until they got through with the epidemic.

I think you have changed very much since I saw you last. Your bad health has told on you you seem to be thin in flesh. When you left here you had a round full face. I hope however your health is permanently restored be careful of exposing yourself for you know we are a family predisposed to consumption I know I have it

Two years ago had several hemorrhages. I thought then my time on earth was short but through God's mercy I am here yet And my health is better and I feel so thankful that He saw fit to spare me yet awhile to my children

The children are all anxious to see you Lula & Dick are the only ones who remember you. Dick was laughing about some of your pranks the other day I think he said you were playing hide & seek with him And hid from him on top of the smoke house. Yes send on the other pictures as soon as convenient by all means we are anxious to see them. We want to see Mattie's too. And tell me the age of your children I have forgotten. John R is 15 or 16 is he not and is he your oldest? All send love to you and family Write soon to your loving sister

Cornelia F. Spruill


Ofahoma Leake Co Miss.
May 10th/89

Mr. A.F. Fryer

Dear Brother

You most welcome letter was received not long since.

It is needless for me to say I was glad to hear form you and your. You certainly are the most greaterish (?) (I thought maybe quakerish) somebody I know about writing. The Wheet (Wheel) organization of which you spoke is I suppose something like the Grange and Alliance A society representing farms and farming interest. Well I wish you much success. We had the Grange here awhile And a Grange store at Ofahoma but did not last long. Now they have the Alliance You also spoke of having a post office in connection with the store I hope you will get along with that better than a couple of men in this country did. I reckon you know the Wilsons. Will and Rube. They had a store and post office just across Reddog at the Manderville place. Well they have got into quite a serious difficulty about the post office. It is said they paid a debt with stamps and then reported more stamps canceled than there had been letters mailed at their office. And then their Store was burned down with two pair of mail bags in it containing considerable money__ And they are accused of that So they were arrested by the United States Marshal last winter and had to give bond. And their trial is to be in Jackson in the United States court some time in this month. I guess they are feeling pretty badly. It is the general opinion that they will travel on to Sing Sine (Sing) the United States penitentiary. How much better it is for people to be honest in all things with a clear conscience towards God and man. Let me and mine be poor always rather than rich on ill gotten wealth. I would not be in Mrs. Willson's place much less theirs for all this world contains. Even could they manage to come clear people will alway[s] be suspicious of them. If I have but little here let me know that little is honestly mine so when I lie down to sleep I can sleep the sleep of the innocent.

I guess if they were back where they started they would pursue a different course. Will Wilson is married Rube is not. Do you get a salary for attending to the store? Is it near the place you have been living or have you moved. Are any of your children going to school? And are you cultivating a crop? How is Cornelia Has she ever recovered from the effects of the fever that partially paralized her? You see I want to know it all. Your last letter was so short it was unsatisfactory. I believe I wrote you of Bennie's bad health. He is improving a little now but we heard several times this winter and spring that he was not to be with us long My health is not so good as when I wrote you last. I am suffering with a soreness in my breast.

The days are getting along tolerably well with the crops. I believe but they have in too much. I am afraid they will not be able to keep up with it.

Cousin Dameron is to be married the 15th of this month. (This comment was a postscript added upside down on third page of letter)

[rest cut off bottom of page] Your loving sister (E.F. Spruill)


Ofahoma, Miss
June 8, 1893

Dear Uncle Albert:

You must not think that I did not appreciate your letter because I neglected answering it so long for I assure you I did not intend doing that way but I have been so busy that it seemed that I never had any leisure time to devote to writing but as mamma is writing to you this morning will send you a few lines

Sister Lula? the baby and myself spent a very pleasant day with Aunt Liza Rimmer yesterday. I wish you could see the baby, he is so pretty and so sweet How do you like Texas?

I would like so much if you could come out and pay us a visit we would be so glad to see you.

In what part of Texas do you reside? Is it any where near cousin Dameron Hall she lives near Trickham, Coleman Co. We think perhaps she is coming out this summer as we havnt heard from her in some time.

How do Aunt Mattie and Cousin John Robert like the "Lone Star" state?

I am expecting to visit Canton soon. This week or next, with papa. I am anticipating a grand time, you know my cousin Mrs. Covington is living there now.

Good bye for this time
Love to all the family & a large portion for yourself

Your loving niece,
Lella Spurill


------------4.1 NAMMI LELLA FRYER

Daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 1 October 1874 in Arkansas per family record
Died: 29 August 1877 in Arkansas per family record
Buried: Unknown place in Arkansas

------------4.2 JOHN ROBERT FRYER

Son of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 17 November 1875 in Arkansas
Died: 6 March 1952 in Oklahoma or Texas
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK under J.R. "Bob" Fryer
Married: OLLIE LOVELESS on 8 June 1892 in Kaufman, TX per LDS
Born: 9 October 1881 per Juanita Wood info
Died: 3 June 1972 per Juanita Wood info
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK with her mother Susie Loveless, born 1914, no death date and probably her sister, also named "Sue"

----------------5.1 LEROY FRYER

Son of John Robert Fryer and Ollie Loveless
Born: 1899
Died: 1944 due to electrical shock while working on lines in Oklahoma
Buried: Clinton, Oklahoma
Married:

----------------5.2 JOHN ROBERT FRYER, JR.

Son of John Robert Fryer and Ollie Loveless
Born: 1 July 1908 in Oklahoma
Died: 24 October 1918
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, Oklahoma

----------------5.3 J.W. FRYER

Son of John Robert Fryer and Ollie Loveless
Born: 1902
Died: 1948 of a horse accident
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, Oklahoma
Married: MARY UNKNOWN
Born:
Died:
Buried:

------------4.3 JOSEPH D. FRYER

Son of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 28 January 1878 in Arkansas
Died: 20 December 1878 in Arkansas
Buried: Unknown location in Arkansas

------------4.4 CORNELIA M.H. FRYER (CAROLINE)

Daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 8 March 1880 per Juanita Wood info
Died: 31 May 1912
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK. Tombstone transcription only shows years
Married: J.M. (MACK) GREEN
Born: 19 August 1868 per Juanita Wood info
Died: 10 June 1918 per Juanita Wood info
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK

----------------5.1 JOHN F. GREEN

Son of J.M. (Mack) Green and Cornelia M.H. Fryer (Caroline)
Born: 1904 per tombstone
Died: 1974, Tishomingo, OK
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK
Married: MARY ORR (1st)
Married: FRANCES BATES
Born: 1914
Died: 1984
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK under Frances Bates Green

----------------5.2 RUBY GREEN

Daughter of J.M. (Mack) Green and Cornealia M.H. Fryer (Caroline)
Born: Private
Died:
Buried:
Married: ERNEST MULLINS
Born:
Died:
Buried:

----------------5.3 MAMIE CAROLINE GREEN

Daughter of J.M. (Mack) Green and Cornealia M.H. Fryer (Caroline)
Born: 2 January 1908, Tishomingo, OK
Died: 23 August 1986, Houston, TX
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK under Mamie Carolyn Green Doty
Married: ELDRED LEE DOTY
Born: 28 April 1906
Died: 6 June 1964 in Houston, TX
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK

--------------------6.1 CAROL ANN DOTY

Daughter of Eldred Lee Doty and Mamie Carolyn Green
Born: Living
Married: JAMES MICHAEL TINNIN (1st) on Saturday, 1 July 1961, First Baptist Church, Dickinson, TX per wedding invitation in possession of Karen Cotter
Married: UNKNOWN MCCLUNG (2nd)

--------------------6.2 ELDRED LEE DOTY, JR.

Son of Eldred Lee Doty and Mamie Carolyn Green
Born: Probably living
Married

----------------5.4 WILLIAM GREEN

Son of J.M. (Mack) Green and Cornealia M.H. Fryer (Caroline)
Born: March 1910, Tishomingo, OK per Juanita Wood info
Died: August 1941 per Juanita Wood info
Buried:
Married: Never

------------4.5 LUCY L. FRYER

Daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 11 March 1881
Died: 15 March 1885 in Arkansas
Buried: Unknown grave in Arkansas

------------4.6 ALMA D. FRYER

Daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 28 January 1884
Died: August 1914 in childbirth
Buried: Supposed to be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK but no tombstone can be found
Married: ROBERT NEWTON WHITE
Born: 19 March 1866, TX per Juanita Wood info
Died: 13 December 1932, Wichita Falls, TX per Juanita Wood info
Buried: 15 December 1932, Rosemont Cemetery, Wichita Falls, TX

----------------5.1 MARGARET ELIZABETH "MATTIE" WHITE

Daughter of Robert Newton White and Alma D. Fryer
Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married:

----------------5.2 LUCY LENORA WHITE

Daughter of Robert Newton White and Alma D. Fryer
Born: Living
Married: RALPH FULKERSON
Born:
Died:
Buried:

--------------------6.1 TONY LYNN FULKERSON

Son of Ralph Fulkerson and Lucy Lenora White
Born: Living
Married: PAMELA CALVARY
Born: Living

--------------------6.2 JOHN CHRISTIAN FULKERSON

Son of Ralph Fulkerson and Lucy Lenora White
Born: Living
Married:

----------------5.3 PAULINE ALLIE WHITE

Daughter of Robert Newton White and Alma D. Fryer
Born: 19 November 1906, Tishomingo, OK
Died: In California
Buried:
Married: FRED DAY
Born:
Died:
Buried:

----------------5.4 ALICE LABELLE WHITE

Daughter of Robert Newton White and Alma D. Fryer
Born: 19 November 1909 in Tishomingo, OK
Died: 21 December 1983 in Wichita Falls, TX
Buried: 23 December 1983, Crestview Cemetery, Wichita Falls, TX
Married: KELLY HENDERSON GILBREATH on 9 March 1929 in Henrietta, TX
Born: 4 June 1901, TX
Died: 26 October 1971, Wichita Falls, TX
Buried: 28 October 1971, Crestview Cemetery, Wichita Falls, TX

--------------------6.1 BOBBY RAY GILBREATH

Son of Kelly Henderson Gilbreath and Alice Labelle White
Born: Living
Married: NORMA JEAN BUTLER, then divorced
Born: Private

------------------------7.1. DONNA RAYE GILBREATH

------------------------7.2 KELLY CLINTON GILBREATH

Born: Private

------------------------7.3 BRIAN KEITH GILBREATH

------------------------7.4 RONALD WAYNE GILBREATH

Son of Kelly Henderson Gilbreath and Alice Labelle White
Born: Living
Married:

--------------------6.2 JUANITA LABELLE GILBREATH

Daughter of Kelly Henderson Gilbreath and Alice Labelle White
Born: Living
Married: HALLY (HAL) WOOD on 7 August 1955, Wichita Falls, TX
Born: Living

------------------------7.1 ROMANA LYNN WOOD

------------------------7.2 ROBERT BRYAN WOOD

------------------------7.3 TRENA MARIE WOOD

------------------------7.4 JOHN KELLEY WOOD

------------4.6 RICHARD SAMUEL LEWIS FRYER (SR)

Son of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 14 August 1886, Arkansas
Died: 1 November 1972, Tishomingo, OK
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Married: ALLIE BAIRD COX on 5 August 1906
Daughter of Berry White Cox and Gabriel Green
Born: 27 January 1884 in Tennessee
Died: April 1976, Johnston County, OK
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

----------------5.1 VERA LOUIS FRYER

Daughter of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer (Sr.) and Allie Baird Cox
Born: 25 October 1907
Died: August 1989 in Roseville, California
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Occupation: Clerk for Southern Pacific Railroad, Roseville, CA
She was red haired and freckled and the most social of the sisters.
Married: FRED L. BASS on 3 June 1931
Born: 13 July 1906 per tombstone
Died: 15 January 1963, Roseville, CA of cancer. Karen Cotter (his niece) was told that when they told him they were considering amputating his leg, that he sort of gave up and died shortly afterward
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, TX Occupation: Conductor on Southern Pacific Railroad out of Roseville, CA. Usually freight trains, not passenger trains. Was a quiet man and a good provider.
No children of their own though they often had Lovie Mai's son Richard Earl Karr living with them


THINGS AND PEOPLE OF TISHOMINGO I REMEMBER
By Vera Fryer Bass

The first that I remember of Tishomingo was in 1912, when we first moved to Tishomingo from Ada, Oklahoma. At that time the highway was through the woods and had to go over the bridge at Pennington and around the rocks at the western part of Tishomingo and then on to Ravia. We came from Ravia to Tishomingo on a hack driven by horses. The thing I remember most about it was the darkness.

We stayed for a while at my grandparents, whose house was the last house in Tishomingo on the Ravia Road. My grandfather was J.D. Fryer and he and my grandmother had eight children. Four of them passed away in childhood. The ones left were Mamie Caroline, Alma, J. Robert Fryer, Richard Fryer (my father) and Margaret Fryer.

Minnie (that was the name we used for her (Mamie Caroline)) married J.M. Green. They had four children: John F., Ruby, Caroline and William Green. Minnie died in 1912 and is buried at Tishomingo. J.M. (Mack) Green was injured at the city pump station while on duty and died from his injuries July 10, 1918. He, also, was buried at Tishomingo. Mack Green was the first person to go over the swinging bridge in a vehicle, which at that time was a horse and buggy.

Alma Fryer married Robert White and they had four children: Mattie, Lucy, Pauline and Alice White.

J.R. Fryer (Bob) married Ollie Loveless and they had three sons: Roy, Robert and J.W. Fryer. Robert died in the flu epidemic in 1918. J.W. died later at age 44 years. Roy Fryer married Dixie Harris, and they had, to the best of my knowledge, five children. Two passed away, Robert and Alma Lee.

Ruby Green, daughter of Minnie and Mack, married Ernest Mullins and lives at Idabel, Oklahoma. Her sister, Caroline, married Eldred Doty and had three Children: Eldred Jr., Robert and Carol. All three are now married.

William Green never married. He makes his home with his sister Mrs. Eldred Doty at Dickenson, Texas.

John Green first married Marie Orr, who died a short time after their marriage. Later he married Frances Bates, no children. John died in 1974.

Richard S. Fryer married Allie Cox, who previously was from Nashville, Tennessee. She was sister to Mrs. J.J. Stobough, another Tishomingo pioneer. The Stoboughs lived at the end of Kemp Ave. in a large two story home which is still standing.

My parents bought a house from some people named Bunch. They lived there until their deaths. It is located now at 408 S. Mickle St. and is the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Parkhill.

Richard and Allie had six children. Lovie Mai married Earl Karr of Vinita, Oklahoma. They had one son Richard Earl Karr. Vera married Fred L. Bass of Tishomingo. Juanita married W.A. White of Ardmore. The had one child Vera Karen. Dorothy married Robert Reilly in California.

Richard married Audene Hill in Tishomingo. Audene was later killed in a car wreck at Vinita, Oklahoma, where Richard and Son ran a theater. Richard managed the Thompson Theater at Tishomingo at the time he married Audene. Later Richard and Audene moved to Grove, Oklahoma. Richard later married and had one daughter, Rhonda. Rhonda is now married to a man named Cunningham and lives near Grove, Oklahoma.

Farris (Jack) married Margaret Agee at Vinita and they had one daughter, Ardyth Ann, who now lives at Grant's Pass, Oregon.

My father (Richard S. Fryer, Sr.) made the first fire truck that Tishomingo had. My grandfather (John D. Fryer) built the old Opera House that was close to where Lafittes Drug now stands. My father and Bob Fryer had a gin in Tishomingo which was previously J.D. Fryer & Sons. Across the street from the gin was Shirley Smith, who also owned a gin. At that time Tishomingo easily supported two gins.

On our side of Pennington Creek lived a number of families I remember. They were Mr. And Mrs. John Deaton and Mrs. Henson (Mrs. Deaton's mother). Deatons had three children, John, Gracie and Henry. Down closer to the creek lived Mr. And Mrs. Jim Loper and daughter Theresa. Two brothers had a Soda Plant just across the creek on the right side going to town. Mr. and Mrs. Elis Dick lived next to the Deatons. Mrs. Ellis Dick was related to the Lopers. Mr. and Mrs. George Kingsberry lived up next to the woods, which is now W. 14th St. across from J.D. Fryer's place. Mr. and Mrs. Trotter lived across from the Kingsberry's. They had a daughter Velma who married Hal Stamps. Mrs. Mack Rutherford was another daughter. There was a son, Clarence T. Mr. and Mrs. Seth Moore lived up on the hill, where Russell Trammel now lives. They had several children, George, Bertha, Alva, Florence, Mallie and Edna.

People by the name of "Hill" lived where Mrs. W.L. Hamilton now lives. They were Indians and had three sons at that time.

There was a train through Tishomingo then and we spent some very pleasant times going up to where the railroad tracks were and the bridge crossed Pennington Creek. My father (Richard S. Fryer, Sr.) came to several close calls (on this railroad bridge). At one time he worked at the ice plant and walked over the bridge, as it was much closer to our house and the plant. I went to school with a boy by the name of Homer Roundtree. He and his uncle were walking over the bridge when a train came upon them. The uncle jumped and caught Homer in such a way that he was killed. Homer fell on his uncle and only had severe injuries.

Dr. Ledgerwood lived diagonal from where we lived and they had children: Pryor, Grace, Anna Mae, Jamie, Ethel, Helen, Lillian and Safford.

I often think how pretty Pennington Creek looked then. The water was clear and was rippling as it went on down to the Washita River. When I was in Tishomingo last it was so murky and all you could see was carp. When we were youngsters we often caught a supply of perch, some quite large, and our mothers would cook them for us. Perch have never tasted like those did.

When the gravel haulers took gravel from the Creek close to the swinging bridge; a hold would be left and most of learned to swim there. Up the hill from the creek was a spring that had very cool water. Before the ice plant was there may people would walk over the bridge and get cool water to drink. Kingsberry pasture was so pretty then also. In the spring Dad would take us all through the woods to pick violets and we would all come home with a big bunch of violets. They didn't look like wild violets but more like domestic ones. A very deep purple.

In the fall, after the first frost, Dad would take us back to the woods with a flour sack to pick up hickory nuts. On cold winter nights we would crack the hickory nuts and pop corn that my father had raised, with good country butter melted and poured over them.

The children of today do not realize the fun that we had then. All the fruit and vegetables we raised ourselves. My how good the tasted and how proud we were of the things we personally grew in the gardens for the family and friends to enjoy.

Bungie and Essie Chapman lived at the northeast of the block, just across from the Fryer place. The Senior Mr. Chapman grew tobacco there. He was Bungie's father. Bungie at that time had an automobile dealership. At the other end of the lot lived people by the name of Lindsay. One I remember was named Sheb Lindsay and one daughter was named Lavinia, another Gertha.

In the area next to the creek, which is called "The Park" was all woods, except for a small house in the center of it, where a Grace Crowell lived. From what we understood she was a writer. We were all afraid of her because some one told us that she was an old maid. We made the mistake of calling her that and she was always fussing at us. She had a white Spitz dog that we were very afraid of.

Copied from Johnston County History
Issued by The Johnston County Historical Society in 1979


----------------5.2 DOROTHY CHARLOTTE FRYER

Daughter of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer (Sr.) and Allie Baird Cox
Born: 8 November 1909 in Haileyville, Oklahoma per birth certificate and tombstone
Died: 23 September 1980 at a Roseville, CA convalescent home with Alzheimer's
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK under Dorothy Reilly
Married: Several times, no children

To the best knowledge of her niece, Karen Cotter, she was the only one of the children to be college educated. She had a degree in nursing and apparently worked in mental institutions in various locations until the work got her down. Believe she moved to California with her sister Vera and her husband to California. After WWII ended she lived with them for a while, then went to work for McClellan AFB, North Highlands, CA and purchased her own home nearby. The location wasn't that far from her sisters in Roseville. She lived fairly quietly and had a long time man friend, Ray Adessa but they never married nor lived together.

----------------5.3 FERRIS JACKSON FRYER

Son of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer (Sr.) and Allie Baird Cox
Born: 13 November 1916
Died: 9 March 1963 in automobile accident in Oklahoma
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
He was also red haired and slightly freckled. His nickname was "Pinkie"
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII
Married: MARGARET AGEE amongst others
Born:
Died:
Buried:
Married: GLADYS UNKNOWN and lived in Coos Bay, OR, then divorced
They owned and operated a dry cleaning store

--------------------6.1 ARDYTH ANN FRYER

Daughter of Ferris Jackson Fryer and Margaret Agee
Born:
Died: Unknown, lost touch
Married: UNKNOWN DEYOE

------------------------7.1 LUANNE DEYOE

----------------5.4 RICHARD S. FRYER, JR.

Son of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer (Sr.) and Allie Baird Cox
Born: 27 September
Died: February 1999
Buried: Grove, OK next to his first wife
Served in U.S. Navy in WWII
Married: AUDINE HILL on 23 September 1936 at First Baptist Church, Tishomingo, OK
Born:
Died: In an automobile accident
Buried: Grove, OK
They operated a movie house in Grove, OK
Married: JUNE UNKNOWN before he left for WWII
Sent her his money and divorced her when he got back and there wasn't as much money there as he thought there should be
Married: EMMA PRITCHETT, then divorced and both remarried
Born: Living Married: EVELYN UNKNOWN, who died in her sleep before he did

--------------------6.1 RHONDA SUE FRYER

Daughter of Richard S. Fryer and Emma Pritchett
Born: Living
She is a kindergarten teacher
Married: DEARL GENE CUNNINGHAM on 14 December 1974
Born: Living
He is an Agriculture teacher and also raise quarter horses
They have four sons, one of which just graduated from college, one still finding his way and two others at home including a foster son that they are in the process of adopting.

------------------------7.1 TY GENE CUNNINGHAM

Just graduated from college

------------------------7.2 WADE GENE CUNNINGHAM

Working as an auctioneer

------------------------7.3 CLINT GENE CUNNINGHAM

------------------------7.4 JOSHUA LEE HUTTON CUNNINGHAM

----------------5.5 JUANITA FRANCES FRYER

Daughter of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer (Sr.) and Allie Baird Cox
Born: 24 August 1912 in Ada, Oklahoma
Died: 3 February 1981 in Roseville, CA of cancer
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Married: WILLIAM ALBERT WHITE
Son of Albert Cassidy White and Willie Iris Moore
Born: 15 May 1911, OK per death certificate
Died: 18 March 1976, Phoenix, AZ of virulent bronchitis per death certificate
Buried: Cremated and ashes spread around Phoenix, Arizona by his daughter and granddaughter

--------------------6.1 VERA KAREN WHITE

Daughter of William Albert White and Juanita Frances Fryer
Born: Living
Married: KENNETH KELLER COTTER (his 3rd wife)
Born:
Died:

------------------------7.1 CINDI DENISE COTTER

Born: Private
Attending graduate school at University of Florida, Tallahassee, FL

----------------5.6 LOVIE MAI FRYER

Daughter of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer (Sr.) and Allie Baird Cox
Born: 25 October 1919
Graduated Vinita High School, Craig County, OK in 1936
Died: 14 October 1992 in Roseville, CA
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Married: EDWARD EARL KARR on 10 November (no date) in Osewogo, KS probably 1935 per two newspaper announcements also undated, then divorced. They traveled from Vinita, OK to Kansas to get married. May have been an elopement.
Son of George W. Karr and Unknown
Born:
Graduated from Vinita High School, Craig County, OK in 1930
Died:
Buried:

--------------------6.1 RICHARD EARL KARR

Son of Edward Earl Karr and Lovie Mai Fryer
Born: 21 September 1936, in CA
Died: 8 August 1985, Roseville, CA on a heart attack
Graduated from Roseville Joint Union High School, Roseville, CA in June 1956
Occupation: Casino Manager at Lake Tahoe, NV and the islands
Buried: Cremated and ashes spread in Lake Tahoe, CA/NV illegally
Married: MARGO UNKNOWN, divorced, had one son, KEVIN KARR
She remarried a POPPINS who adopted Kevin. He wanted nothing to do with his biological father

------------4.7 MAGGIE FRYER

Daughter of Frank Albert Fryer/John Domron Fryer and Martha (Mattie) Frances West
Born: 25 January 1888
Died: May 1971 in Idabel, Oklahoma
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, OK
Married: JACK FAIRMAN on 3 June 1931
Born:
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----------------5.1 EARL F. FAIRMAN

Son of Jack Fairman and Maggie Fryer
Born: Private
Died: No date on tombstone
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Married: DORIS U. UNKNOWN
Born: Private
Died: no date on tombstone
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, Tishomingo, OK

----------------5.2 ERNEST FAIRMAN

Son of Jack Fairman and Maggie Fryer
Born:
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--------3.1 JAMES LOUIS WEST

Son of Robert J. West and Emily (Emaline) Frances (Fanny) Daniel
Born: 14 March 1855 per LDS AFN:1LG5-WG
Died: 14 December 1914 in Lincoln County, Arkansas per LDS
Buried:
Married: ADA RILEY on 9 December 1895, Drew County, AR per LDS
Born: 11 August 1873, Drew County, AR per LDS AFN:1LG5-W02
Died: 26 August 1950, Jeffererson County, AR per LDS
Buried:

------------4.1 MARTHA FERBY WEST

Daughter of James Louis West and Ada Riley
Born: 14 November 1898, Ashley County, AR per LDS AFN:1LG5-RX5
Died: 13 April 1989, Pine Bluff, AR
Buried:
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------------4.2 FANNIE WEST

Daughter of James Louis West and Ada Riley
Born: Private
Died:
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------------4.3 WILLIE BELLE WEST

Born: Private
Died:
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------------4.4 UNKNOWN WEST

Living at the time the Family Group was submitted to LDS

------------4.5 UNKNOWN WEST

Living at the time the Family Group was submitted to LDS

------------4.6 UNKNOWN WEST

Living at the time the Family Group was submitted to LDS

--------3.3 WILLIAM DUDLEY WEST

Son of Robert J. West and Emily (Emaline) Frances (Fanny) Daniel
Born: 1858 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died:
Buried:
Married: CATHERINE LOUISA MEARS on 14 July 1861 in Ashley County, Arkansas (1st wife)
Married again but no information

------------4.1 ALICE REBECCA WEST

Daughter of William Dudley West and Catherine Louisa Mears
Born: 4 June 1882 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died: 27 December 1972 in Crossett, Arkansas
Buried:
Married: CHARLES WALTER FLEMISTER
Born: 15 March 1877
Died: 24 January 1904
Buried: Lone Sassafras Cemetery, White Township, Drew County, AR Under Charley Flemister, hus of Alice. This may be the same Charles married to Alice Rebecca West but there is no verification

There are several other Flemisters buried in Lone Sassafras Cemetery but don't know if they are linked. There is no Alice Flemister buried there but if she outlived her husband, she may have remarried or been buried elsewhere.

------------4.2 JENNIE

Daughter of unknown second wife and unknown person
Stepdaughter of William Dudley West
Born:
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------------4.3 TOM WEST

Son of William Dudley West and Unknown second wife
Born:
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------------4.4 CHARLIE WEST

Son of William Dudley West and Unknown second wife
Born:
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------------4.5 PEARL WEST

Daughter of William Dudley West and Unknown second wife
Born:
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------------4.6 JEWEL WEST

Daughter of William Dudley West and Unknown second wife
Born:
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--------3.4 CALVIN T. WEST

Son of Robert J. West and Emily "Emaline" Frances "Fanny" Daniel
Born: 1861 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died:
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--------3.5 FERBY E.I. WEST

Born: 1864 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died:
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--------3.6 MARGARETTE WEST

Born: 1861 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died:
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--------3.7 MARY L. WEST

Born: 1864 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died:
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--------3.8 JADOCK WEST

Born: 1867 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died:
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--------3.9 RICHARD C. WEST

Born: 1870 in Drew County, Arkansas
Died:
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Married:


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