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Jon- Thank you for the info! Zephaniah Yeats' name was on Mary Ann's application for a Civil War widow's pension. Before, I had thought he was not the right Yeats because he was 35 years older than she. I was able to find quite a few records once I knew what to look for. Apparently, Zephaniah and Mary Ann had two children, Laura Frances and Zephaniah (he already had 10 children when they married- many were older than Mary Ann). Later records show that Mary Ann lived with Laura after she was widowed.
Have you seen the memorial stone for Rama Yeats? I found it online. The poor man died in a prairie fire. Bettie and the girls survived by covering themselves with "creek-soaked" blankets. It's amazing what our ancestors lived through, isn't it?
I do have a couple of questions. Do you know the names of the men Blossom and Allie married? Also, do you know much about Daniel P. Forkner's life once he moved to Love County, Oklahoma? Of course I'm interested in him because he was married to Lucinda, Jefferson's sister. Recently, I realized that his first wife, Rebecca Midkiff, was also a Nichols through her mother, Elizabeth (sister of John Nichols). I don't have the information in front of me, but I recently another found a marriage between a Forkner and Nichols (from the Dudley Nichols branch, if I remember correctly)- this was back in North Carolina. Do you know of any other Nichols/Forkner marriages? I guess I really had three questions ;-D Thank you so much for your help! cousin Dana