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Newton County, MO
Posted by: Lucy Garrett (ID *****4514) Date: February 07, 2006 at 09:45:14
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Here I go again, I am still searching for information on Lillie May Oxendine Platner and her children. I am reposting in hopes of reaching new viewers. Lillie May married Leonard Osten Platner (aka James Leonard Platner, Austin Platner, and Charley Platner) He is the son of Joseph Grant and Dora Ann Shewmake Platner. He is the grandson of Leonard A. and Mary Donahoo Platner. And now for the story. Leonard (August 6, 1892 MO) and Lillie (August 8, 1897 TN) were married October 25, 1913 in Newton County MO. Between 1913 and 1919 they had 4 children: Burl Lavern (abt. 1914), Gladys Snowma (abt. 1916), and twin girls Loreen and Maxine (abt. 1918). In 1919 Leonard is arrested and convicted of grand larceny (horse theft) and sent to prison in Jefferson City MO for 2 and a half years. He is found in the 1920 census of Cole County MO listed as Austin Platner. In the record from the prison he listed his mother Dora A. Platner as living in Atwell Colorado. He has 2 brothers that are living in Colorado in the 1920 census, but I have yet to find his mother there. She may have remarried though. In the 1920 census of Bartlesville OK, I find Lillie and the children (Lillie is listed as an Oxendine and the kids as Pattons) living with her parents. If you look at Lillie's marrital status it looks like a D with an M written over it. I did find the start and dismissal of divorce proceedings in Newton County MO. I am thinking she may have moved to OK before she could complete the divorce because her mother was very ill and died later in 1920. In the family there are several RUMORS concerning Lillie and her children. The first I heard was that she and the children just up and disappear without any further word from her. The second is that she gave the children away for adoption and moved to Ok. The third is that she did indeed come back for and visit and that her sister had received a postcard from her reported to be from OK. I have an thought that because Lillie's brother Amos was involved in the horse theft that she was blamed by the family and left. I have not be able to find her or the children in the 1930 census, nor do I find Leonard. I do know that Leonard died in Las Animas County, Colorado. I have his death certificate and the information on it was provided by his brother Glen. He died July 25, 1962. If anyone can help me figure out where Lillie and the children have gone to I would appreciate the help.


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