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RICHARD HEWITT MCCLOUD FRYER - NANCY C. UNKNOWN, VA>MS>AR>TX>OK
Posted by: Karen Cotter (ID *****8605) Date: June 27, 2005 at 21:55:23
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Descendants of Richard Hewitt McCloud Fryer

Generation No. 1

1. Richard Hewitt McCloud1 Fryer was born 18 April 1804 in VA, and died 29 August 1871 in MS. He married Nancy C. Unknown 12 November 1831. She was born 1819 in SC, and died 09 August 1871 in MS.

Notes for Richard Hewitt McCloud Fryer:
The birth, death and marriage dates for R. H. M. Fryer, came from a Family Record prepared for his youngest son, Albert Frank Fryer on 4 August 1884. The information was partially confirmed by the 1860 Federal Census.

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

TIMELINE
1804 - VA
- SC
1840 - AL
1843 - AL
1853 - MS

On March 12, 1867 Benjamin Lafayette Spruill) married Elizabeth Cornelia Fryer, the daughter of Rev. Richard Fryer, a Methodist minister in Yazoo County, (MS). Elizabeth was born August 20, 1842. (from a Spruill Lineage for which a lot of information was confirmed by a direct descendent)

More About Richard Hewitt McCloud Fryer:
Occupation: 1860, Physician

Notes for Nancy C. Unknown:
Birth, marriage and death date from Family Record prepared by her son, Albert Frank Fryer in August 1804 and the 1860 census.

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

TIMELINE
1804 - VA
- SC
1840 - AL
1843 - AL
1853 - MS

It is speculated that her maiden name may have been "Dameron or Damron" since her daughter used it in naming her children and she may have named her first son John Dameron/Damron Fryer though the census only shows John D. Fryer. Also, her youngest son Albert apparently adopted the name John Damron Fryer when he reached Texas and that is the name he was buried under.
       
Children of Richard Fryer and Nancy Unknown are:
       i.       JOHN D.2 FRYER, b. Abt. 1840.

Notes for JOHN D. FRYER:
Birth date computed from 1860 Yazoo County, MS Federal Census

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

He apparently died without issue since the following portion of a letter from his sister to her younger brother, Albert Frank Fryer indicates that his family is the only remaining descendents of R. H. M. Fryer bearing the Fryer name. That portion of the letter is shown below. Perhaps he died during the War between the States since he would have been about twenty-one when it started.

Addressed to Mr. F. A. Fryar
Gilmer, TX
Lock Box 220

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 descendants that bear their name, And I want them to do it honor keep it up to its old standard

More About JOHN D. FRYER:
Occupation: 1860, Overseer

2.       ii.       ELIZABETH CORNEALIA ANNE FRYER, b. 20 August 1842, Alabama; d. July 1894, Mississippi of tuberculosis.
3.       iii.       ALBERT FRANK FRYER, b. 03 July 1853, MS; d. 20 September 1936, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK.


Generation No. 2

2. Elizabeth Cornealia Anne2 Fryer (Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 20 August 1842 in Alabama, and died July 1894 in Mississippi of tuberculosis. She married Benjamin Lafayette Spruill 12 March 1867, son of Downing Spruill and Penelope Draper. He was born 15 September 1837 in Madison County, MS, and died 28 June 1916 in Canton, Madison County, MS.

Notes for Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryer:
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

TIMELINE
1804 - VA
- SC
1840 - AL
1843 - AL
1853 - MS

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

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

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? negligence 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

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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
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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 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

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Addressed to Mr. F. A. Fryar
Gilmer, TX
Lock Box 220

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 descendants 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 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

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Ofahoma Leake Co Miss.
May 10th/89

Mr. A.F. Fryer

Dear Brother

Your 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)


More About Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryer:
Burial: Canton, Madison County, MS
Cause of Death: Consumption

Notes for Benjamin Lafayette Spruill:
Information about Benjamin Lafayette Spruill was provided by Cindy Haddock, email Cindy@Spruill.com who has a Spruill website and Teresa Kelly, email takelley@erols.com who also had a website but which has been taken over by another person due to Teresa's career opportunities.

Teresa Kelly also provided a lineage of this particular portion of the Spruill family which had been provided to her from which a lot of the information pertaining to this family was found. It was provided by Robert (Lou) Spruill, Springfield, VA

Teresa Kelly advised that: At the onset of the Civil War, he and his brother Frit Spruill were the first two men of Madison County, MS to join the confederate army. Both served for four years and came back without a scratch. Ben became a Methodist minister. He used to visit his niece Teresa Covington, and her children never forgot the long blessing they had while waiting impatiently for dinner.

The 1860, Leake County, MS Federal Census shows him as Beny, age 23, Farmer, born MS living with his parents, Downing Spruill and Penelope Teresa Draper and siblings. He didn't meet and marry Cornelia until 1867.

BENJAMIN LAFAYETTE SPRUILL
Son of Downing, Grandson of Dempsey, G.Grandson of Nehemiah, G.G.Grandson of Samuel and G.G.G.Grandson of Godfrey

Ben, as he was called, was born September 15, 1837 in Madison County, Mississippi.

At the onset of the Civil War, he and his brother Frit were the first two men of Madison County to join the Confederate Army. Both served four years and returned without a scratch. (Teresa Kelley shows he served in 18th Infantry, Company G, Mississippi)

On March 12, 1867 Ben married Elizabeth Cornelia Fryer, the daughter of Rev. Richard Fryer, a Methodist minister in Yazoo County. Elizabeth was born August 20, 1842. Ben became a Methodist minister. He used to visit his niece Teresa Covington, and her children never forgot the long blessings they had, while they waited impatiently for dinner. Elizabeth Fryer Spruill died July 1894, when the children was grown. On November 12, 1896, Ben married Cornelia Francis Whatley. She was called "Aunt Fanny" by the family. They lived in Poplarville, Mississippi. After her death, Ben returned to Canton and lived with his son Dick until his death June 28, 1916. There were no children by his second wife.

Ben and Elizabeth Spruill were parents of six children:

1. Lulu Belle (Spruill) was born December 12, 1867. She married Robert B. Catlett December 20, 1893. They had no children

They lived on a farm near Canton, Miss. For years; later they built a house on Academy St. in Canton. Bof developed a sort of creeping paralysis and was a semi invalid for many years. Lula (called Aunt Zoa by family) got out very little, but she read a great deal and kept well informed. After Bob's death she lived serveral years with her nephew Quilla Spruill and his wife Gladys. Lula lived to be almost ninety. Both Lula and Bob were buried in the Canton cemetery.

2. Richard Adolphus (Spruill) was born July 18, 1869, more later.

3. Benjamin Downing (Spruill) was born August 16, 1873. He died in 1909 with tuberculosis, unmarried.

4. Nancy Lella (Spruill) (called Lell) born October 18, 1875. She made her home with her sister Lula. She died with tuberculosis Nov. 20, 19??, unmarried.

5. Dameron Fryer (Spruill) was born February 19, 1877. On October 16, 1901, he married Hettie Golden of Ofahoma, Miss. Dameron died in Shamrock, Texas and was buried there. They had two children:

a. Margaret (Spruill) was born in Madison County but moved, early in life, with her parents to Shamrock, Texas. Dameron owned and operated a furniture store there. Margaret married Harold Florman, who conducted a paint business in Amarillo, Texas. They had no children. (A direct descendant shows that the furniture business included being a mortician)

b. Golden (Spruill) the son of Dameron and Hettie Spruill was killed in a car wreck in Shamrock, Texas.

6. Willis Dempsey (Spruill) was born June 8, 1879. He married Daisy Abbech December 6, 1908. There were no children. He died February 15, 1919, El Paso, Texas and was buried in Shamrock, TX.

Household:
1880 FEDERAL CENSUS
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
B. L. SPRUIL Self M Male W 42 MS Farmer & Minster NC NC
E. C. A. SPRUIL Wife M Female W 37 AL Housewife VA SC
L. B. SPRUIL Dau S Female W 12 MS MS MS
R. A. SPRUIL Son S Male W 10 MS MS MS
M. S. T. SPRUIL Dau S Female W 8 MS MS MS
B. S. SPRUIL Son S Male W 6 MS MS MS
D. F. SPRUIL Son S Male W 3 MS MS MS
W. D. SPRUIL Son S Male W 1 MS MS MS
E. D. F. SHAW Cousin S Female W 23 MS MS GA
Fanny PANKEY Other S Female B 6 MS Nurce MS MS
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Source Information:
Census Place Thomastown, Leake, Mississippi
Family History Library Film 1254653
NA Film Number T9-0653
Page Number 404D




More About Benjamin Lafayette Spruill:
Burial: Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS
Military service: War between the States
Occupation: Farmer and later a Methodist Minister
       
Children of Elizabeth Fryer and Benjamin Spruill are:
       i.       LULA BELLE3 SPRUILL, b. 12 December 1867; d. 14 June 1957, Canton, Madison County, MS; m. ROBERT BURTON CATLETT, 20 December 1893; b. 1868, Mississippi; d. 1938, Canton, Madison County, MS.

Notes for LULA BELLE SPRUILL:
Lula Belle Spruill is shown to be the daughter of Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryar by letters from Elizabeth to her brother, Albert F. Fryer, and one from her to her uncle, Cindy Haddock, email Cindy@Spruill.com and Teresa Kelly; She is shown as L. B. Spruil, age 12, born in Mississippi, living with her parents on the 1880 Thomastown, Leake County, Mississippi Federal Census, which computes to a birth year of about 1868.

The narrative in the information provided by Teresa Kelley stated they lived on a farm near Canton, MS for years: later they built a house on Academy Street in Canton, MS. Her husband Bob developed a sort of creeping paralysis and was a semi invalid for many years. Lula (called Aunt Zoa by the family) got out very little, but she read a great deal and kept well informed. After her husbands death she lived several years with her nephew Quilla Spruill and his wife Gladys. Lula lived to be almost ninety. Both Lula and Bob were buried in the Canton, MS cemetery. Other info provided by Cindy Haddock Cindy@Spruill.com on a reply to a GenForum Query posted by Karen Cotter.

One of the letters to Albert F. Fryer, in Arkansas, from his sister, Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryer/Fryar Spruill, Ofahoma, Leake County, MS, talked about another relative and told that Lula Belle (her daughter) was teaching school in (unreadable township) in Yazoo County and often spend weekends at the home of Johnnie Fryer Phillips, in Belle Prairie, AR. This township is no longer on current Atlas but it was shown on an older map of Leake County, AR. It was east of Eden, AR (which is on the current atlas) on one of the curves of the Yazoo River. When they closed the school down because of a smallpox epidemic, Lula Belle lived at Belle Prairie, AR, until the epidemic was over.

This letter was attributed to Lula Belle. But it could have been from her sister Lella instead.

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 Spruill

CANTON CEMETERY, Madison County, Mississippi       
Catlett       Lula Spruill                      June 14, 1957       

More About LULA BELLE SPRUILL:
Burial: Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS

Notes for ROBERT BURTON CATLETT:
Full name, birth and death years per tombstone

CANTON CEMETERY, Madison County, Mississippi       

Catlett       Robert Burton 1868-1938

More About ROBERT BURTON CATLETT:
Burial: Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS

4.       ii.       RICHARD ADOLPHUS SPRUILL, b. 18 July 1869, Leake County, MS near Forest Grove; d. 10 February 1969, Canton, Madison County, MS.
       iii.       NANCY "LELLA" PENELOPE SPRUILL, b. 1871; d. 1912, Canton, Madison County, MS.

Notes for NANCY "LELLA" PENELOPE SPRUILL:
Nancy Lella "Lell" Spruill, is known to be the daughter of Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryar because she is referred to in letters from her mother to her brother. There is a Nancy Penelope Spruill, born 1871, died 1912, shown to be buried in Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS which is probably her since the time frame is about right. At first glance this letter was attributed to Lula Belle, her sister, but it could have been sent by "Lella" instead. The Spruill lineage shows: Nancy Lella (called Lell) born 18 October 1875, made her home with her sister Lula. She died with tuberculosis 20 November 19--, unmarried.

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 Spruill




More About NANCY "LELLA" PENELOPE SPRUILL:
Burial: Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS

       iv.       M. S. T. SPRUILL, b. Abt. 1872, Mississippi.

Notes for M. S. T. SPRUILL:
M. S. T Spruil, age 6, born in Mississippi, is shown to be living with her parents, Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornelia Ann Fryar, on the 1880, Thomastown, Leake County, Mississippi Federal Census, which computes to a birth year of about 1874. There is no child's name who relates on the family information provided by a direct descendant, but the birth year is near the child Nancy Lella "Lell" Penelope Spruill born 18 October 1875. They may be one and the same but the initials sure don't match her name as shown by the descendant.

       v.       BENJAMIN DOWNING SPRUILL, b. 16 August 1873, Mississippi; d. 23 June 1909, Canton, Madison County, MS.

Notes for BENJAMIN DOWNING SPRUILL:
Benjamin Downing Spruill, born 16 August 1873, died 23 June 1909 with tuberculosis, Canton, Madison County, MS is shown to be the son of Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryer by information provided by Teresa Kelly and Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS transcription. He never married. He is shown as B. S. Spruil, age 6, born in Mississippi, living with his parents on the 1880 Thomastown, Leake County, Mississippi Federal Census, which computes to a birth year of about 1874. Again the initials don't match but the birth year is within the time frame.



More About BENJAMIN DOWNING SPRUILL:
Burial: Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS

5.       vi.       DAMERON FRYER SPRUILL, b. 19 February 1877, MS; d. 29 September 1950, Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas.
       vii.       WILLIAM "WILLIE" DEMPSY SPRUILL, b. 08 June 1879, Mississippi; d. 15 February 1919, El Paso, Texas at age 40; m. DAISY ABBECH, 06 February 1908, Texas.

Notes for WILLIAM "WILLIE" DEMPSY SPRUILL:
William Dempsy Spruill is shown to be the son of Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryar per lineage provided by Teresa Kelly and Richard Spruill; He is shown as W. D. Spruil, age one, born in Mississippi, living with his parents on the 1880 Thomastown, Leake County, Mississippi Federal Census, which computes to a birth year of about 1879. The lineage shows: Willie Dempsey Spruill was born June 8, 1879. He married Daisy Abbech December 6, 1908. There were no children. He died February 15, 1919 in El Paso, Texs and was buried in Shamrock, Texas. He is shown as William D. Spruill, born 8 June 1879, died 15 February 1919, buried Shamrock Cemetery, Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas per cemetery transcription on Rootsweb.com archives

Shamrock Cemetery- Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas
Lat: 3512'48"N, Lon: 10013'36"W

Spruill, Dameron F., b. 2/19/1877, d. 9/29/1950, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #8
Sproles, Abner, b. 1904, d. 1989, Blk-J, L-19, Sp #8
Spruill, Dameron F., b. 2/19/1877, d. 9/29/1950, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #8
Spruill, Dameron G., b. 1/28/1905, d. 10/01/1948, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #6, *
Spruill, Hethe G., b. 8/25/1881, d. 7/02/1974, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #7
Spruill, William D., b. 6/8/1879, d. 2/15/1919, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #1

More About WILLIAM "WILLIE" DEMPSY SPRUILL:
Burial: Shamrock Cemetery, Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas

       viii.       ELIZABETH FRYER SPRUILL.

Notes for ELIZABETH FRYER SPRUILL:
Elizabeth Fryer Spruill is shown to be the daughter of Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryer by lineage provided by Teresa Kelly and Richard Spruill.


3. Albert Frank2 Fryer (Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 03 July 1853 in MS, and died 20 September 1936 in Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK. He married Martha "Mattie" Frances West 27 July 1873 in Drew County, AR, daughter of Robert West and Emily Daniel. She was born 17 December 1853 in AR, and died 20 September 1931 in Tishomingo, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK.

Notes for Albert Frank Fryer:
Albert Frank Fryer is the name he was born with, His marriage record shows: Frayar, Albetiec Francaicis, he used the name Frank Albert Fryer as shown on the family record and adopted the name John Domron Fryer in Texas and was the name he was buried under. The Family Record dated 4 August 1884 shows his parents as R. H. M. Fryer and what looks like N. C. Fryer. He is shown as living with R. H. M. and Nancy Fryar on the 1860 Yazoo County, MS Federal Census, with his older brother, John D. Fryar and Cornelia Fryar. The letters from his sister to him transcribed below confirm this information.
Born: 3 July 1853 in Mississippi (under the name Albert Frank Fryer). Location per OK census information provided by Juanita Wood, family record in possession of Karen Cotter (cotterkaren@yahoo.com) which shows the name Frank A. Fryer and tombstone which shows J. D. Fryer.
Occupation: Unknown in Arkansas, probably a farmer and possibly in the construction business. He was in the construction business in Kaufman TX because there is a handwritten contract of a construction contract with a Mr. Jones to build a business in the records of Karen Cotter, a direct descendent. Juanita Gilbreath Wood, another descendent found information that shows he built the Opera House in Tishomingo, OK which was built close to where Lafittes Drug Store is located now. He also owned and operated the J. D. Fryer and Sons Independent Ginners, Motto: We buy seed and seed cotton. There is a copy of an invoice in the records of Karen Cotter. Many of his letters to his wife or while in different locations building one thing or the other.
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, Karen Cotter and Rhonda Cunningham, direct descendents have visited the cemetery and seen the tombstone. It is believed that the tombstone was added by family members after the cemetery listing was transcribed. It is of the same style as the tombstones of his son Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer and his children and not of the older headstones in the cemetery.

Family record in possession of Karen Cotter (cotterkaren@yahoo.com) 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. He appears on the 1860 census as Albert, Age 7, born MS as the youngest son. His older brother is shown as age 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 also 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.

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 Johnson 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 married his wife in or around Kaufman, TX in 1892 but the census shows her birthplace as Arkansas so they may have met in Arkansas. 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, Gail Howell (a descendent of the "Deal" family) provided additional information about the West's from Latter Day Saints (LDS) Family Search and we went from there. Beth Thurman provided the marriage information with a trip to the Monticello Courthouse, Drew County, AR.

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

FRYAR/FRYER TIMELINE
1804 - VA - R.M.H FRYAR BORN
- SC - NANCY FRYAR
1840 - AL - JOHN D. FRYER BORN
1843 - AL - CORNELIA FRYER BORN
1853 - MS - ALBERT FRYER BORN
1853 - AR - MARTHA FRANCES WEST BORN
1861 - CIVIL WAR BEGAN - ALBERT WOULD HAVE BEEN 8 YRS OLD
1865 - CIVIL WAR ENDED - ALBERT WOULD HAVE BEEN 12 YEARS OLD
1873 - AR - ALBERT FRYER MARRIAGE TO MARTHA F. WEST
1874 - AR - NAMMI LELLA FRYER BORN
1875 - AR - JOHN ROBERT FRYER BORN
1877 - AR - NAMMI LELLA FRYER DIED
1878 - AR - JOSEPH D. FRYER BORN AND DIED
1880 - AR - CORNELIA M. H. FRYER (CAROLINE) BORN
1880 - AR - LETTERS TO A. F. FRYER, LACY, DREW COUNTY, AR FROM SISTER ELIZABETH CORNELIA ANN FRYAR SPRUILL
1881 - AR - LETTER TO A. F. FRYER, LACY, DREW COUNTY, AR FROM SISTER ELIZABETH CORNELIA ANN FRYAR SPRUILL
1881 - AR - LUCY L. FRYER BORN
1881 - AR - OLLIE LOVELESS BORN
1884 - AR - FAMILY RECORD DATE
1884 - AR - ALMA D. FRYER BORN
1885 - AR - LUCY L. FRYER DIED
1886 - AR - RICHARD SAMUEL LEWIS FRYER BORN
1888 - AR - MAGGIE FRYER BORN
1892 - TX - LETTER TO A. F. FRYER, GILMER, TX FROM SISTER ELIZABETH CORNELIA ANN FRYAR SPRUILL
1892 - TX - JOHN ROBERT FRYER MARRIED OLLIE LOVELESS IN KAUFMAN, TX
1893 - TX - LETTER TO A. F. FRYER FROM NIECE LELLA SPRUILL
1893 - TX - LETTER TO FRIER AND COUSIN MARTHA FROM JOHN MONROE DEAL, LACY, DREW COUNTY, AR
1894 - TX - CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT IN KAUFMAN, TX BETWEEN JONES/HENDERSON/FRYER
1900 - TX - APPEARED ON DELTA COUNTY, TX CENSUS AS J. D. FRYER
1906 - OK - RICHARD SAMUEL LEWIS FRYER MARRIED ALLIE BAIRD COX
1910 - OK - APPEARED ON JOHNSTON COUNTY, OK CENSUS AS J. D. FRYER
1931 - OK- MARTHA "MATTIE" FRANCES WEST FRYER DIED
1936 - OK- JOHN DOMRON FRYER DIED (aka Albert Frank Fryer and Frank Albert Fryer)

1880 FEDERAL CENSUS
Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Abertis FRYER Self M Male W 26 MS Farmer VA AL
Martha FRYER Wife M Female W 26 AR Keeps House NL TN
Robert FRYER Son S Male W 4 AR MS AR
Cornelia FRYER Dau S Female W 3M AR MS AR
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Source Information:
Census Place Veasey, Drew, Arkansas
Family History Library Film 1254043
NA Film Number T9-0043
Page Number 541A
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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 her 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.

LETTERS TO ALBERT F. FRYER FROM HIS SISTER, CORNEALIA ANNE FRYAR SPRUILL. She was married to Benjamin Lafayette Spruill a descendent of Dr. Godfrey Spruill

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

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? negligence 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
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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
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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 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
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Addressed to Mr. F. A. Fryar
Gilmer, TX
Lock Box 220

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 descendants 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 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
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Ofahoma Leake Co Miss.
May 10th/89

Mr. A.F. Fryer

Dear Brother

Your 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)
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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 Spruill
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Quote
J. F. Smith BRO.
Doors, Sash, Blinds
Cypress Cisterns and Mantels
French American Window Glass
Cut Enameled, Colored and Ground Glass
Paints, Oils, Turpentine, Lead and Zinc
"Gulf City" Mixed Paints
Walnut, Poplar, Pine and Cherry Stain Work
Builders' Hardware
Galveston, Texas, March 13/94

Mr. J. D. Fryer

Dear Sir
We agree to furnish you

520 ft crown 3-1/2
60 " " 5
300 " round 7/8
250 " " wainscoating cap #4502 2-1/2
13 prs sash 12x16, 8 Lts 1-1/8 2-5x5-10
13 " blinds 2-5x5- 1-1/8
6 doors 2-8x6-9 PG 1/8
1 " 3-0X7-0 Queen Anne plain glass 1-3/8
1 " 3-0x7-0 L5t OG panel below 1-3/8
1 tramsom 3-0x8, 1 lt plain glass
44 corner blocks 6x6
22 base " 6x10
26 brackekts 12x16 1-3/8 #632 of 637 or 638
130 balusters 2-1/2
179 spindles
for $148.50
Less 10 % for cash 14.85
$133.65 net
Freight paid to Gilmer

Above brackets are single thickness and not 2 ply. We do not know whether the size of the doors is correct, you did not give sized in your letter. Hoping to receive your order we remain
Yours truly J. F. Smith, Bro. (signed)

It may be a quote for the material for the following contract.

State of Texas
Kaufman County

This contract made and entered into between Byron Jones and Fryer & Henderson, witnesseth the following that Byron Jones of the first part agrees to pay said Fryer & Henderson of the second part the sum of Twelve Hunder & Eighty Two & 00/100 ($1282.00) Dollars to be paid as more fully set out hereinafter. That for said sum the said Fryer & Henderson agree to furnish material and construt a building in the town of Lawndale, state and county aforesaid. The building to be 100 ft. long, 25 ft. wide with 16 ft. wall in front and a drop to 12 ft. at back. The building to have Bois d'Arc blocks for foundation blocks, and the framing to be a duplicate of that in the building of Thompson Bros. in Kaufman, Texas, and the outside of building to be finished in Pressed brick steel, the same as the front finish on said Thompson Bros. building. The roof to be of tin like that of said Thompson Bros. The said building to be ceiled with ship lap like said building of Thompson. The said Fryer & Henderson further agree to place 60 ft. of shelving on each side of building. The base of the shelf I to be 3 ft. width. The entire shelving to be a duplicate of Misrats (sp) & Co. of Kaufman with the exception that this shelving is not to contain the small shelf at top. The said Fryer & Henderson are also to construct 2 counters 16 ft long, 1, 18 ft. long, 1, 20 ft long, each to be 30 inches wide, 1 skeleton counter. The openings and columns to be a duplicate of those in said Thompson Bros. building in which they now do business. The building to have an awning to the front, roofed with corregated iron. The building to have a 3 ft. cornice on the front similar to the cornice on the Turney Bros. The said Fryer & Ferguson agree to finish the said building as per above cotract in 30 days from the 6th day of Nov. 1894 and if they fail to complete the said contract within the said time then they agree to pay said Byron Jones $5.00 per day for each and every day after said 30 days have expended provided hat delay caused from bad weather is not to count against this said Fryer & Henderson.

Upon the signing of this contract and a bond for 2d'0.00 (?) by said Fryer & Henderson, the said Byron Jones agrees to pay the said Fryer & Henderson on the above stated $1282.00 the sum of Fifty Dollars, and he further agrees to pay freight on supplies of lumber to be----------- in construction of the said building, this said freight bill to be counted in as a part of the said $1282.00 and the said Byron Jones agrees to pay on the above conhtract price such sums from time to time as the work done at time of each payment is reasonably worth. That said Jones shall pay all the above sum of 41282.00 during the contrction of said building except $282.50 which said amount shall be the final payment and is to be made upon the completion of said building as per this contract. It is further agreed that said Fryer & Henderson hereby retain a material - men's died (sp) mechanics lien on said building for such amount as may be due on the building when completed. Witness our hands This Nov. 5, 1894, signed in duplicate

Byron Jones

This contract was handwritten on yellow legal paper in the family papers of Karen Cotter.



More About Albert Frank Fryer:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK under John D. Fryer
Census: 1900, 1900 Delta County, TX, age 47 under J. D. Fryer
Occupation: Construction in Texas and Indian Territory, OK

Notes for Martha "Mattie" Frances West:
Martha West is shown to be living with Robert West and Frances Daniell on the 1860 and 1870 Veasey Township, Lacey Post Office, Drew County, AR Federal Census. Her parents are shown as R. J. West and F. E. West on the Fryer Family Record prepared by her husband 4 August 1884.
Born: 17 December 1853 per OK census, family record in possession of Karen Cotter, a direct descendent and tombstone; She was 8 years old at the time of the 1860 census
Died: 20 September 1931, in Johnston County, OK per family records and tombstone
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK. The name is not on the listing shown on the Johnston County, OK website. However, Juanita Gilbreath Wood, Karen Cotter and Rhonda Cunningham, all direct descendent has visited the cemetery and both have seen the tombstones

1860 CENSUS, DREW COUNTY, AR
HOUSE FAMILY NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION PLACE OF BIRTH
VEASEY TOWNSHIP, Post Office: Lacy
669-669
Robert West 32 M Farmer Alabama (about 1828)
Frances West 25 F Tennessee
Martha West 8 F Arkansas <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
James West 6 M Arkansas
Allen West 4 M Arkansas
Dudley West 2 M Arkansas
Richard West 32 M Mechanic Alabama (brother to Robert West)

Drew County Arkansas 1870 Census
Veasey Township
PO-LACY, ARKANSAS
17-17 Robbert J. West 44 mw farmer AL (about 1826)
Francie E. West 37 fw keep house NC
Martha F. West 17 fw AR <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
James L. West 15 mw AR
William D. West 12 mw AR
Calvin T. West 9 mw AR
Ferby EL West 6 fw AR
Margarette West 4 fw AR
Mary L. West 6 fw AR
Jadock West 3 mw AR
Richard C. West 4/12 mw AR

Letter from J. D. Fryer to his daughter Margaret (Mrs. Jack) Fairman, Coyville, Kansas dated Thursday, August 13, 1931
Dear Margret - Ruby wired you monday morning, don't know whether you got it - or not -. Didn't know if there was a office at Coyville or not. Didn't know whether Coyville was on a RailRoad or not. Your Mama had a stroke of Paralicise Saturday Evening about 4 o'cl. She fell out in the chicken yard, and there was no one here but me. I got some quilts and pillows under her and had to let her lay there until Earl came to the house. He went and got some of the nabors to come and get her in the house. Billie had gone to Healton and never got back until about 8 oc Sunday nite. He did now there was anthing the matter untill he got home. Earl and I set up with her Saturday nite and I called Ruby early Sunday morning. She wasn't but a few minutes getting here and stayed with us all day Sunday. Billie and some women set up with her Sunday night and let Earl and I sleep. She is paralized in her right side can't use her arm or leg. She is as hepless a a child. Billie and I have to lift her up and down. She can't help herself at all and I am not strong enough to do much. I am just about give out - if you can posibly come and help me wait on her. Come for I sure do need some help. She is about the same as she has been. I don't believe that shw will evert get up any more, but hope she will. Johnie, Caroline and Eldred left here Wednesday before she was striken Saturday. They stayed from Saturday untill Wednesday. I wrote Bob and Dick Sunday but have not heard from them yet - am looking for Johnie this evening. Ruby is teaching school but comes over every evening, if it had not been for Ruby I don't know what I wuld have done. She is doing all she can for us. Bless her heart - if you can get to Oklahoma City, Johnie or Dick can bring you down from there. I am broke or I would send you the money to come on. Well come if you can and help for a while any way. I sure need you if you can't come write right away

From your Dad ----- J. D. Fryer

NEWSPAPER OBITUARIES

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.

More About Martha "Mattie" Frances West:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Census: 1900, Delta County, TX census, age 47
Nickname: "Mattie"

Marriage Notes for Albert Fryer and Martha West:
Albert Frank Fyer married Martha Frances West on 26 or 27 July 1873, 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. He was age 20. He was born Albert Frank Fryer which explains name on marriage record, family record shows him Frank Albert Fryer and he used the name John Domron Fryer in Texas and was the name he was buried under. Tombstone shows the marriage date as 27 July 1873.



       
Children of Albert Fryer and Martha West are:
       i.       NAMMI LELLA3 FRYER, b. 01 October 1874, AR; d. 29 August 1877, AR.

Notes for NAMMI LELLA FRYER:
Nammi Lella Fryer is shown to be the daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha "Mattie" Frances West, born 1 October 1874, Arkansas, died 29 August 1877, Arkansas per 4 August 1844 Family Record in the possession of Karen Cotter. Her tombstone has not been located in Arkansas.

More About NAMMI LELLA FRYER:
Burial: Unknown gravesite in Arkansas

6.       ii.       JOHN ROBERT FRYER, b. 17 November 1875, Drew County, Arkansas; d. 06 March 1952, Dallas, TX.
       iii.       JOSEPH D. FRYER, b. 28 January 1878, Arkansas; d. 20 December 1878, Arkansas.

Notes for JOSEPH D. FRYER:
Information from Family Record prepared in 1884

More About JOSEPH D. FRYER:
Burial: Unknown grave in Arkansas

7.       iv.       MARY "MINNIE" CORNELIA PAULINE FRYER, b. 08 March 1880, Lacey, Drew County, Arkansas; d. 31 May 1912, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK.
       v.       LUCY L. FRYER, b. 11 March 1881, AR; d. 15 March 1885, AR.

Notes for LUCY L. FRYER:
Lucy L. Fryer, born 11 March 1881, died 15 March 1885, AR is shown to be the daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha "Mattie" Frances West on the Fryer Family Record. Buried at an unknown gravesite in Arkansas.


More About LUCY L. FRYER:
Burial: Unknown gravesite in Arkansas

8.       vi.       ALMA D. FRYER, b. 28 January 1884, AR; d. 05 August 1914, Tishomingo, OK at age 27 in childbirth.
9.       vii.       RICHARD SAMUEL LEWIS FRYER, b. 14 August 1886, Drew County, Arkansas; d. 01 November 1972, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK.
10.       viii.       MARGARET "MAGGIE" L. FRYER, b. 25 January 1888, AR; d. May 1971, Idabel, OK.


Generation No. 3

4. Richard Adolphus3 Spruill (Elizabeth Cornealia Anne2 Fryer, Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 18 July 1869 in Leake County, MS near Forest Grove, and died 10 February 1969 in Canton, Madison County, MS. He married Exah Pace 02 December 1888. She was born 1869, and died 1936 in Canton, Madison County, Mississippi.

Notes for Richard Adolphus Spruill:
Richard Adolphus Spruill, born 18 July 1869, MS, died 10 February 1969, Canton, Madison County, MS is shown to be the son of Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryar by information provided by Teresa Kelly and Cindy Haddock. Birth and death dates from cemetery transcription on rootsweb.com archives. He is shown as R. A. Spruil, age 10, born in Mississippi, living with his parents on the 1880 Thomastown, Leake County, Mississippi Federal Census, which computes to a birth year of about 1870

Household:
1880 FEDERAL CENSUS
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
B. L. SPRUIL Self M Male W 42 MS Farmer & Minster NC NC
E. C. A. SPRUIL Wife M Female W 37 AL Housewife VA SC
L. B. SPRUIL Dau S Female W 12 MS MS MS
R. A. SPRUIL Son S Male W 10 MS MS MS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
M. S. T. SPRUIL Dau S Female W 8 MS MS MS
B. S. SPRUIL Son S Male W 6 MS MS MS
D. F. SPRUIL Son S Male W 3 MS MS MS
W. D. SPRUIL Son S Male W 1 MS MS MS
E. D. F. SHAW Cousin S Female W 23 MS MS GA
Fanny PANKEY Other S Female B 6 MS Nurce MS MS
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Source Information:
Census Place Thomastown, Leake, Mississippi
Family History Library Film 1254653
NA Film Number T9-0653
Page Number 404D

RICHARD ADOLPHUS SPRUILL
Son of Benjaman, Grandson of Downing, G.Grandson of Dempsey, G.G.Grandson of Nehemiah, G.G.G.Granson of Samuel, G.G.G.G.Grandson of Godfrey Spruill

Dick, as he was called was the second child and oldest son of Rev. Benjamin L. and Elizabeth Cornelia Anne Spruill. He was born July 18, 1869 in Leake County, near Forest Grove.

In 1886 he and his sister Lula Spruill went to live their Aunt Eliza Spruill, where Richard attented Walnut College in Forest Grove, Mississippi.

On December 2, 1888 he married Exah Pace of ???????

Dick was an industrious and successful farmer. When the children were half grown, they moved to Canton. He owned and operated a large farm at the edge of town, which since became valuable property. It is now one of Canton's finest subdivisions.

Dick and Exa Pace Spruill were the parents of six sons, namely:

1. Robert Benjamin (Spruill)(called Bob) was born in Leake County, Mississippi July 7, 1892. He attended the Canton schools and assited his father on the farm. He married Grace McAdams February 27, 1927 and they made their home in McAdams, Mississippi. Bob's wife Grace died suddenly in October 1972. After many years of successful farming, Bob has retired, but still raised cattle.

They had one daughter Grace, born April 12, 1927. She married Peter Weaver and they made their home in Nobles, Ala. They were parents of three children:

a. Marcy (Spruill) a daughter now in college
b. Robert (Spruill), now in college
c. A daughter, now in high school

2. Downing Quilla (Spruill)(called Quilla) was born September 10, 1895. More later
3. Dameron Friley (Spruill)(called Frit) was born August 20, 1900 in Leake County. He attended the Canton schools and farmed with his father until he moved to the rich delta lands near Tehula, Miss. There he met and married Zay Wilkes on February 5, 1925. Frit is now a retired farmer, but owns hundreds of acres of land in Mississippi delta. They were parents of five daughters:

a. Wilma (Spruill) born Jan. 24, 1928, died in an automobile accident.
b. Betty Virginia (Spruill) born August 23, 1932
c. Cornelia Ann (Spruill) born March 10, 193?
d. Zay (Spruill) born March 29, 1935
e. Fay (Spruill) twin to Zay

4. Jack (Spruill) was born July 22, 1902 in Leake County. He married Margaret Tucker. No children
5. Richard Adolphus (Spruill) born June 1, 1906 in Leake Co. He died when a year old.
6. George Covington (Spruill) born March 14, 1908 in Canton, Miss. He is unmarried and lives in the old Spruill home of ????????


More About Richard Adolphus Spruill:
Burial: Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS

More About Exah Pace:
Burial: Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, MS
       
Children of Richard Spruill and Exah Pace are:
11.       i.       ROBERT "BOB" BENJAMIN4 SPRUILL, b. 07 July 1892, Mississippi.
       ii.       DOWNING QUILLA SPRUILL, b. 10 September 1895.
12.       iii.       DAMERON FRILEY "FRIT" SPRUILL, b. 20 August 1900, Leake County, MS.
       iv.       JACK SPRUILL, b. 22 July 1902, Leake County, MS; m. MARGARET TUCKER.
       v.       RICHARD ADOLPHUS SPRUILL, JR., b. 01 June 1906, Leake County, MS; d. 1907, When a year old.
       vi.       GEORGE COVINGTON SPRUILL, b. 14 March 1908, Canton, Madison County, MS.


5. Dameron Fryer3 Spruill (Elizabeth Cornealia Anne2 Fryer, Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 19 February 1877 in MS, and died 29 September 1950 in Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas. He married Hethe "Hettie" Golden 16 October 1901 in Mississippi, daughter of John Golden and Mary Johnson. She was born 25 August 1881 in Of Ofahoma, MS, and died 02 July 1974 in Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas.

Notes for Dameron Fryer Spruill:
Dameron Fryer Spruill, born 19 February 1877, died in Shamrock, TX, is the son of Benjamin Lafayette Spruill and Elizabeth Cornealia Anne Fryer per information provided by Teresa Kelly in a lineage. Teresa Kelly and Richard Spruill shows he owned and operated a furniture store and was also the coffin maker and undertaker. He is shown as D. F. Spruil, age 3, born in Mississippi, living with his parents on the 1880 Thomastown, Leake County, Mississippi Federal Census, which computes to a birth year of about 1877.

Household:
1880 FEDERAL CENSUS
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
B. L. SPRUIL Self M Male W 42 MS Farmer & Minster NC NC
E. C. A. SPRUIL Wife M Female W 37 AL Housewife VA SC
L. B. SPRUIL Dau S Female W 12 MS MS MS
R. A. SPRUIL Son S Male W 10 MS MS MS
M. S. T. SPRUIL Dau S Female W 8 MS MS MS
B. S. SPRUIL Son S Male W 6 MS MS MS
D. F. SPRUIL Son S Male W 3 MS MS MS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
W. D. SPRUIL Son S Male W 1 MS MS MS
E. D. F. SHAW Cousin S Female W 23 MS MS GA
Fanny PANKEY Other S Female B 6 MS Nurce MS MS
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Source Information:
Census Place Thomastown, Leake, Mississippi
Family History Library Film 1254653
NA Film Number T9-0653
Page Number 404D

Shamrock Cemetery- Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas
Lat: 3512'48"N, Lon: 10013'36"W

Spruill, Dameron F., b. 2/19/1877, d. 9/29/1950, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #8
Sproles, Abner, b. 1904, d. 1989, Blk-J, L-19, Sp #8
Spruill, Dameron F., b. 2/19/1877, d. 9/29/1950, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #8
Spruill, Dameron G., b. 1/28/1905, d. 10/01/1948, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #6, *
Spruill, Hethe G., b. 8/25/1881, d. 7/02/1974, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #7
Spruill, William D., b. 6/8/1879, d. 2/15/1919, Blk-B, L-73, Sp #1


More About Dameron Fryer Spruill:
Burial: Shamrock Cemetery, Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas

Notes for Hethe "Hettie" Golden:
Hettie Golden of Ofahoma, MS is shown to be the spouse of Dameron Fryer Spruill by the Spruill Lineage. She is shown to be the daughter of John Eley Golden and Mary Mathana Johnson by Delores Sanders, email delores@ayrix.net. She is shown to have married D. F. Spruill and the information about her siblings is also included.



More About Hethe "Hettie" Golden:
Burial: Shamrock Cemetery, Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas
       
Children of Dameron Spruill and Hethe Golden are:
       i.       MARGARET4 SPRUILL, b. Madison County, MS; m. HAROLD FLORMAN.

Notes for MARGARET SPRUILL:
Margaret Spruill, born Madison County, MS is shown to be the daughter of Dameron Fryer Spruill and Hattie Golden in lineage provided by Teresa Kelly and Richard Spruill which shows: Margaret was born in Madison County, Mississippi, but moved early in life, with her parents to Shamrock, Texas. Her father owned and operated a furniture store there. Margaret married Harold Florman, who conduted a paint business in Amarillo, Texas. They had no children

       ii.       GOLDEN FRYER SPRUILL, d. killed in car wreck, Shamrock, TX.

Notes for GOLDEN FRYER SPRUILL:
Golden Fryer Spruill, born in Mississippi, killed in a car wreck in Shamrock, TX is shown to be the son of Dameron Fryer Spruill and Hattie Golden per the lineage provided by Teresa Kelly and Richard Spruill

       iii.       DAMERON G. SPRUILL, b. 28 January 1905; d. 01 October 1948, Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas.

More About DAMERON G. SPRUILL:
Burial: Shamrock Cemetery, Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas


6. John Robert3 Fryer (Albert Frank2, Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 17 November 1875 in Drew County, Arkansas, and died 06 March 1952 in Dallas, TX. He married Ollie May Loveless 08 June 1892 in Kaufman County, TX, daughter of Wilson Loveless and Susan Unknown. She was born 09 October 1881 in Jackson, MS per Juanita Gilbreath Wood, and died 03 June 1972 in Dallas, TX.

Notes for John Robert Fryer:
John Robert Fryer is shown to be the son of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha "Mattie" Frances West on the 1884 Family Record and family knowlege and photographs; born 17 November 1875, Arkansas per family record and tombstone; died 6 March 1952 in Oklahoma or Texas; date per tombstone, locations per Juanita Wood; Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK; Tombstone is a double one with his wife under J. R. "Bob" Fryer, birth and death dates, and "Precious Memories" underneath
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1880 FEDERAL CENSUS
Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Abertis FRYER Self M Male W 26 MS Farmer VA AL
Martha FRYER Wife M Female W 26 AR Keeps House NL TN
Robert FRYER Son S Male W 4 AR MS AR
Cornelia FRYER Dau S Female W 3M AR MS AR
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Source Information:
Census Place Veasey, Drew, Arkansas
Family History Library Film 1254043
NA Film Number T9-0043
Page Number 541A
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1910 Census, Johnston County, OK
Fryer, John R., age 34, born AR; Father born MS; Mother born AR
Ollie May, age 27, born AR
Leroy, age 12
John W., age 7
John Robert Jr., Age 1
Loveless, Susie (ML or mother-in-law), age 54 (born 1856)
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Based on family photograph, John Robert Fryer and his youngest brother Richard Ferris Fryer were very similar in looks

More About John Robert Fryer:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Census: 1910, Johnston County, OK census, age 34
Occupation: Was partner in cotton gin with his father under J. D. Fryer and Sons

Notes for Ollie May Loveless:
Ollie May Loveless, daughter of Unknown and Susie Loveless tombstones, is known to be the spouse of John Robert Fryer
Born: 9 October 1881 per Juanita Wood and tombstone; about 1883 per computation from 1910 Johnston County, OK census, she was 27 years old, place of birth Mississippi
Died: 3 June 1972 per Juanita Wood and tombstone; she was living with her sister Eula Farmer at the time of her death per Juanita Wood
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK with her husband. Across from their burial place is a double tombstone showing Mother - Ida Pickney, born 12 January 1886, died 10 June 1922, Grandmother - Susie Loveless born 24 March 1854, died 6 April 1923" Ida is believed to be Ollie's sister Ida Loveless Pickney and Susie, their mother. Tombstone arranged by a child of Ida Loveless and the Unknown Pickney.




More About Ollie May Loveless:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Census: 1910, Johnston County, OK census, age 28
Residence: per SSDI, Dallas, TX was her last residence.
Social Security Number: 459-86-4634

Marriage Notes for John Fryer and Ollie Loveless:
J. R. Fryer married Ollie Loveless on 8 June 1897, Kaufman, TX per LDS Individual Record, Batch 3M592223, 1890-1897, Source Call No. 1305363 V. 5-6, Film
       
Children of John Fryer and Ollie Loveless are:
13.       i.       LEROY4 FRYER, b. 1899; d. 1944, Probably Clinton, OK.
       ii.       J. W. FRYER, b. 01 January 1902; d. 26 April 1948, of a horse accident; m. MARY UNKNOWN.

Notes for J. W. FRYER:
J. W. Fryer is shown to be living with John Robert Fryer and Ollie Loveless on the 1910 Johnston County, OK Federal Census. He is shown as age 7 which computes to about 1903. Born 1 January 1902 died 26 April 1948 per tombstone, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK. He died in a horse accident per Juanita Gilbreath Wood, a cousin. Married Mary Unknown

1910 Census, Johnston County, OK
Fryer, John R., age 34, born AR; Father born MS; Mother born AR
Ollie May, age 27, born AR
Leroy, age 12
John W., age 7
John Robert Jr., Age 1
Loveless, Susie (ML or mother-in-law), age 54 (born 1856)





More About J. W. FRYER:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

       iii.       JOHN ROBERT FRYER, JR., b. 01 July 1908, Oklahoma; d. 24 October 1918, At age 9 in an influenza epideminic.

Notes for JOHN ROBERT FRYER, JR.:
John Robert Fryer, Jr., is shown to be living with John Robert Fryer and Ollie Loveless on the 1910 Johnston County, OK Federal Census, he is shown as age 1 which would make him born about 1908/1900/ Born 1 July 1908, OK, died 24 October 1918 at 9 years of age in an influenza epidemic. Dates per tombstone. Buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK; Tombstone shows "Robert Fryer, Jr., dates and "ur Loved Ones".

1910 Census, Johnston County, OK
Fryer, John R., age 34, born AR; Father born MS; Mother born AR
Ollie May, age 27, born AR
Leroy, age 12
John W., age 7
John Robert Jr., Age 1
Loveless, Susie (ML or mother-in-law), age 54 (born 1856)

FUNERAL NOTICE
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The friends and acquantances of the family are invited to attend the funeral services of
ROBERT FRYER
(Born July 1st, 1908, died Oct. 24 1918)
son of M. and Mrs. J. R. Fryer. Funeral services at the grave at 4:00 p.m. this, Friday afternoon
Tishomingo, Okla., Oct. 25, 1918


More About JOHN ROBERT FRYER, JR.:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Census: 1910, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK, age 1


7. Mary "Minnie" Cornelia Pauline3 Fryer (Albert Frank2, Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 08 March 1880 in Lacey, Drew County, Arkansas, and died 31 May 1912 in Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK. She married John McKinley "Mack" Green. He was born 19 August 1868 in Illinois, and died 10 June 1918 in Tishomingo, OK.

Notes for Mary "Minnie" Cornelia Pauline Fryer:
She was born Cornelia M. H. Fryer per the Fryer Family Record of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha "Mattie" Emily West. However she apparently didn't like the name Cornelia and called herself Mary Cornelia Pauline "Minnie" Fryer per Juanita Wood. Her tombstone shows Mary C. Green. Born 8 March 1880, died 31 May 1912. The cemetery transcription on the Johnston County, OK website and Rootsweb.com archives only has years but the actual tombstone shows full dates And "Mary C., wife of J. M. Green". Buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK. It is believed she was also known as "Caroline" as a substitute for the name "Cornelia".

Funeral Services
DIED, AT HER HOME IN THIS CITY
Yesterday, May 31, 1912
MRS. MINNIE C. GREEN AGED 32 YEARS
WIFE OF J. M. GREEN
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Fryer

Funeral Services will be held at the home residence
This afternoon at 2 O'clock June 1st, 1912
Interment at 3 o'clock this afternoon

More About Mary "Minnie" Cornelia Pauline Fryer:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

Notes for John McKinley "Mack" Green:
J. M. "Mack" Green was shown to be the spouse of Mary Cornelia Pauline "Minnie" Fryer in the Vera Louise Fryer Bass article. His name is given in full by Juanita Gilbreath Wood, a cousin, as John McKinley "Mack" Green by Juanita Gilbreath Wood; born 19 August 1868,
died 10 June 1918 per tombstone and Juanita Wood info. His tombstome is a Woodsman of the World shaped like a tree, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK; tombstone was Woodsman of the World which is shaped like a tree.

Juanita Wood advises:
Superintendent of Tishomingo, OK water plant. While working, he was injured and later died of these injuries.

He was the first person to drive over the old swinging bridge at Pennington Creek in a horse and buggy.

FUNERAL NOTICE
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Friends and acquantances of the family are invited to attend the funeral services of
J. M. (Mack) GREEN
son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Fryer, to be held at the residence this afternoon ag 3:00 o'clock.
Died July 10, 1918
Tishoming, Okla., July 10, 1918

More About John McKinley "Mack" Green:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
       
Children of Mary Fryer and John Green are:
       i.       JOHN F.4 GREEN, b. 06 March 1904; d. 19 June 1974, Tishomingo, OK; m. (1) MARY ORR; m. (2) FRANCES BATES; b. 1914; d. 1984.

Notes for JOHN F. GREEN:
John F. Green is shown to be the son of John McKinley Green and Mary Cornelia Fryer by the Vera Fryer Bass article. Born 1904, died 1974, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, OK, married first Mary Orr, married second Frances Bates.

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN F. GREEN
March 6, 1904
June 19, 1974

Memorial Services
First Christian Church
Pryor, Oklahoma
10:00 A.M.
June 22, 1974

CLERGYMAN
Dr. C. E. A. Mckim

INTERMENT
Tishomingo Cemetery
Tishomingo, Oklahoma

ARRANGEMENTS BY
Jim Green Funeral Home
Pryor, Oklahoma

MASONIC GRAVESIDE RITES 3:30 P.M.
Masonic Lodge No. 91
Tishomingo, Oklahoma

More About JOHN F. GREEN:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Census: 1910, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK age 6
Occupation: Chief Engineer for Grand River Dam System in Arkansas - Oklahoma

Notes for MARY ORR:
Juanita Gilbreath Wood advises that she was an American Indian and had a strange illness, dying shortly after her marriage to John F. Green; There is an obituary (undated) which shows:
Funeral Set Today for Doctor's Aid
Services for Mrs. Marie Green, 24 years old, 1210 North Phillips, secretary for Dr. Hugh Jeter, who died Friday morning after a brief illness will be conducted by Rev. Paul Quillian from the Garrison furneral home at 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Washington, Okla. She is survived by her husband, John Green; her father, Newt Orr, and a sister Faye Orr, both of Washington.

Notes for FRANCES BATES:
Francis Bates, born 1914, died 1984 per tombstone, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK under the name Frances Bates Green



More About FRANCES BATES:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

       ii.       RUBY GREEN, b. 30 May 1906, Tishomingo, OK; d. 19 April 2003, Denver, Colorado; m. (1) DELTER ARMAN MARTIN; b. 30 September 1903, Tishomingo, Johnston County, Oklahoma; d. 29 April 1931, Of pnuemonia; m. (2) ERNEST MULLINS, 1938, Houston, TX per J. Wood; b. 14 September 1908; d. 03 February 1994.

Notes for RUBY GREEN:
Ruby Green is shown as the daughter of J. M. "Mack" Green and Mary Cornelia Fryer, born 30 May 1906, Tishomingo, OK, married Ernest Mullins.

Ruby Green married my mother's brother when she was quite young. His name is Delter Arman Martin. He was a preacher in and around Tishomingo, OK. At one time he had a church in Ravia, OK. He and Ruby were married only 18 months when he caught pnumonia and died. He was born in Tishomingo, 30 Sep 1903, died; 29 Apr 1931 and is buried in the Tishomingo City Cemetery near Ruby's parents. I don't know if you are aware of it or not, but Ruby died just last year...19 Apr 2003. She was in Denver, CO. Apparently her nephew was taking
care of her after Ernest Mullens died. He died 3 Feb 1994. Ernest and Ruby were married in 1938 in Houston, TX
Ernest and Ruby are both buried in Tishomingo.
I have always thought it was very sad that Ruby and Uncle Delter were married such a short time. Apparently he was well thought of, as my Mother and her family spoke very highly of him. After Delter died the family kinda' lost track of Ruby until my Mother corresponded with her a few times before my Mom...Edith Frances Martin Brawley died on 5 Sep 1982.
I am glad I persued my search for Ruby. I just recently found that Earnest Mullens has a sister living in Albuquerque, NM. I visted her this past week.
I will attempt to send you a photo of Ernest and Ruby.........I'm not that great on this computer.
Thanks much for your reply. La Florence


More About RUBY GREEN:
Census: 1910, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK, age 38

14.       iii.       MAMIE CAROLINE "CARRIE" GREEN, b. 02 January 1908, Tishomingo, OK; d. 23 August 1986, Houston, TX.
       iv.       WILLIAM GREEN, b. 01 March 1910, Tishomingo, OK; d. 21 October 1991.

Notes for WILLIAM GREEN:
William R. Green is shown to be the son of J. M. "Mack" Green and Mary C. Fryer, born 1 March 1910, died 21 October 1991 per tomstone, August 1941 per Juanita Wood, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK, never married.


More About WILLIAM GREEN:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK


8. Alma D.3 Fryer (Albert Frank2, Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 28 January 1884 in AR, and died 05 August 1914 in Tishomingo, OK at age 27 in childbirth. She married Robert Newton White, son of George White and Ann Newton. He was born 1866 in TX, and died 1932 in Wichita Falls, TX.

Notes for Alma D. Fryer:
Alma D. Fryer is shown to be the daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha "Mattie" Frances West on the Fryer Family Record of 4 August 1884.
Born: 28 January 1884 in Arkansas
Was listed in 1900 census, Delta County, TX, age 16 per Juanita Gilbreath Wood
Was listed in 1910 census, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK, age 26 per Juanita Wood
Died: August 1914 in childbirth at the age of 27 in Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK per family lore
Buried: Supposed to be in Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK but no tombstone can be found. It is believed she is buried in the older Fryer Family Plot but no tombstone was ever erected for her or her son.

Funeral Notice
The friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of
MRS. ALMA E. WHITE
wife of R. N. White, born January 28th, 1885, died Wednesday, August 5th 1914 at 12:00 o'clock M
Funeral services will be held at the family residence in South Tishomingo at 9:00 o'clock a.m, Thursday, August 6th. Interment immediately after.
Tishomingo, Oklahoma
Wednesday, August 5th, 1914

More About Alma D. Fryer:
Burial: Family Plot, Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK (no tombstone)

Notes for Robert Newton White:
Robert Newton White is shown to be the spouse of Alma D. Fryer by Juanita Gilbreath Wood, a direct descendent.
Born: 19 March 1866, TX per Juanita Wood info
Was listed in the 1870 census, Hopkins County, TX, Age 4 per Juanita Wood Was listed in 1880 census, Hopkins County, TX, Age 15
Was listed in 1900 census, Delta County, TX, age 34, living with Mother, Ann Elizabeth
Was listed in 1910 census, Johnston County, Tishomingo, OK, Age 44
Died: 13 December 1932, Wichita Falls, TX per Juanita Wood info
Buried: 15 December 1932, Rosemont Cemetery, Wichita Falls. TX. Plot #152 under Bob N. White

More About Robert Newton White:
Burial: Rosemont Cemetery, Wichita Fall, TX, Plot #142 under Bob N. White
       
Children of Alma Fryer and Robert White are:
15.       i.       MARGARET ELIZABETH4 WHITE, b. 04 October 1902, Enlo, TX; d. 06 December 1971, Greenville, TX.
16.       ii.       LUCY LENORA WHITE, b. 19 August 1904, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK.
       iii.       PAULINE ALLIE WHITE, b. 19 November 1906, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK; d. California; m. FRED DAY.

Notes for PAULINE ALLIE WHITE:
Pauline Allie White is shown to be the daughter of Robert Newton White and Alma D. Fryer, born Tishomingo, OK, died in California, married Fred Day per Juanita Gilbreath Wood.

17.       iv.       ALICE LABELLE WHITE, b. 19 November 1909, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK; d. 21 December 1983, Wichita Falls, TX.
       v.       ROBERT DANDURM WHITE, b. August 1914, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK; d. August 1914, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK during birth.

Notes for ROBERT DANDURM WHITE:
Robert Dandurm White was the stillborn child of Robert Newton White and Alma D. Fryer, born Tishomingo, OK, died August 1914, Tishomingo, OK, per Juanita Gilbreath Wood. She says the dates have not been confirmed. Robert and his mother died in childbirth. There is no tombstone for his mother or him in the Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, OK but both of them are probably buried in the Fryer family plot and a tombstone was never erected.

More About ROBERT DANDURM WHITE:
Burial: Probably Tishomingo City Cemetery, Johnston County, AR with his mother


9. Richard Samuel Lewis3 Fryer (Albert Frank2, Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 14 August 1886 in Drew County, Arkansas, and died 01 November 1972 in Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK. He married Allie Baird Cox 05 August 1906 in Tishomingo, Indian Territory, OK, daughter of Littleberry Cox and Gabriel Green. She was born 27 January 1884 in Tennessee, and died 22 April 1976 in Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK.

Notes for Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer:
Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer is shown to be the son of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha "Mattie" Frances West per the Fryer Family Record of 4 August 1884, a copy of which is in the possession of Karen White Cotter.
Born: 14 August 1886, Arkansas per Family Record, death certificate and tombstone
Died: 1 November 1972, Tishomingo, OK per death certificate; same date per tombstone
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

The information about Richard S. Fryer, Sr., Allie Baird Cox and their children was provided from direct knowledge of Karen White Cotter, a direct descendent who was raised with these people and other information provided by family records in the possession of Karen White Cotter and her cousin Rhonda Fryer Cunningham. They also visited the graveyard in May 2001.

Per Juanita Gilbreath Wood, he built the first fire truck for Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Was partner with his father and brother John Robert Fryer in a cotton gin, J. D. Fryer and Sons, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Was partner with his brother John Robert Fryer in Fryer Bros. Drayage
Was a travelling surveyor and moved around Oklahoma a lot. The children were born and schooled in several locations. When they settled down it was in Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK and they lived at 408 South Mickle. The house was sold by their daughters after their mother died, and the possessions that they didn't bring home with them were auctioned off. The house is still standing and hasn't changed that much though the yard seems to be a lot smaller than remembered by grandchildren who played outside. There were extremely large cottonwood trees and fireflies in the memory of one grandchild.

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
16 August 1956, Johnston County Capital-Democrat, Tishomingo, Oklahoma

Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Fryer of Tishomingo observed their golden wedding anniversary, Sunday, Aug. 5. Visiting here for the occasion iere their children, Mrs. F. Bass and Mrs. J. White of Rseville, Calif., Mrs. D. Reilly, Sacrament, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Fryer, Jr. and daughter, Rhonda Sue, f Pryor. Jack Fryer of Empire, Ore. and daughter and grandaughter, Mrs. Leland DeYor and Liann, of Los Angeles, Calif. and Mrs. Lovie Mae Karr of New York City. Guests were Mr. Fryer's sister, Mrs. Margaret Fairman of Oklahoma City, a niece, Mrs. Ruby Mullins and Mr. Mullins of Hayworth and Sol Rothman of New York City and numerous friends of this vicinity. Two grandchildren, unable to be here for the occasion, were Miss Karen White of Roseville, Calif., and Richard E. Karr with the U. S. Army stationed in Panama.

More About Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Census: 1900, Delta County, TX census, age 14
Residence: 408 South Mickle, Tishomingo, OK was last residence.
Will: 01 October 1972, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

Notes for Allie Baird Cox:
Allie Baird Cox, daughter of Berry White Cox and Gabriel Green, is shown to be the spouse of Richard Samuel Lewis per information of their Granddaughter, Vera Karen White Cotter.
Born: 27 January 1884 in Tennessee per death certificate; same date on tombstone
Died: April 1976, Johnston County, OK per death certificate; 22 April 1976 per tombstone
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

Allie Fryer was not a grandmotherly person and was a lady who ruled her home, children and grandchildren with an iron hand. There are photographs of her and her children when they were very young and she seemed to be a happy person. For whatever reason, she must have changed over the years of following her husband all over the state of Oklahoma. The children were born in different Oklahoma cities. Perhaps she had a back injury and her disposition in her later years could be attributed to pain. She always stood straight and it was learned in later years that she wore a hard boned corset to keep it straight. Her youngest children could do no wrong no matter what life style they chose and their oldest son could apparently do no right in her eyes. If there was any discussion about family between their children, it wasn't done in front of young ears unless they were listening when they weren't known to be so most of the information came to light after several boxes of family papers were inherited and moved from place to place without being read until about two years ago which did reveal a few family skeletons, some of which have been included in this lineage.

In December 2004, I, Vera Karen White Cotter, went through some things and found a leatherette case with genealogy information accumulated by my mother Juanita Frances (Fryer) White, where she had apparently started some research. Amongst the papers found a pedigree chart which showed the following entry for Allie Baird Cox and Richard S. Fryer. My mother had a very distinctive backhand handwriting and it was not written by her. The envelope which contained the chart shows in her handwriting Cox Family Birthdates written by Granny and Family Tree. This information was written long before the common use of personal computers and the internet

Allie Baird Cox
Born: 27 January 1884, Wilson County, Tennessee
Death date was not shown so she was apparently still living when the pedigree was prepared
Married 5 August 1906 to
Richard S. Fryer



More About Allie Baird Cox:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Occupation: Retired legal secretary

Marriage Notes for Richard Fryer and Allie Cox:
Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer married Allie Baird Cox on 5 August 1906, Tishomingo, Indian Territory by Waynce C. Clark per Family Bible in possession of Rhonda Fryer Cunningham, a granddaughter. The marriage date is the same that is shown on their tombstone.

Tishomingo News Wedding Announcement (undated)
There was a quiet home wedding in this city Sunday afternoon in which R. S. Fryer and Miss Allie Cox were contracting parties. Rev. Clark of the Methodist church performed the ceremony. The News extends congratulations to the young couple and wishes them peace, prosperity and happiness.


       
Children of Richard Fryer and Allie Cox are:
       i.       VERA LOUISE4 FRYER, b. 25 October 1907, Tishomingo, Indian Territory, OK; d. August 1989, Roseville, Placer County, CA; m. FRED L. BASS, 03 June 1931, Oklahoma City, OK; b. 13 July 1906; d. 15 January 1963, Roseville, Placer County, CA.

Notes for VERA LOUISE FRYER:
Vera Louise Fryer is known to be the daughter of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer and Allie Baird Cox from personal knowledge and family documents in possession of the only surviving grandchildren.
Born: 25 October 1907, Tishomingo, Indian Territory, per Family Bible in possession of her niece Rhonda Cunningham Died: August 1989 in Roseville, Placer County, CA with Alzheimers
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Occupation: Clerk for Southern Pacific Railroad, Roseville, CA

Information about Vera Louis Fryer came from personal knowledge of Vera Karen White, her niece and Family Bible in possession of another niece, Rhonda Cunningham.

She was red haired and freckled and most social of the sisters. She and Fred had no children though she was mother to her nephew, Richard Earl Karr during his high school years. She lied about her age when she went to work and was sensitive about it. As a result, the sisters also kept their ages "secret" and if a child asked how old any of the sisters were, there was never an answer. She had to tell the truth when she retired from her job to get her railroad pension. This was before she developed Alzeimers but it developed a few years after and she was cared for by her sister Lovie Mai though was put in a care facility later on after her own health failed.

It is believed that she always wanted to be a writer and if the following is any example, she might have succeeded. None of her other stories survived.

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 if 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 o 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


More About VERA LOUISE FRYER:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Occupation: Clerk for Southern Pacific Railroad, Roseville, Placer County, CA

Notes for FRED L. BASS:
Fred L. Base, born 13 July 1906, died 15 January 1963, of cancer, Roseville, Placer County, CA, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK next to his wife. His niece was told that when they told him they were considering amputating his leg, he sort of gave up and died shortly afterward. He was a conductor on the Southern Pacific Railroad out of Roseville, CA, usually freight trains, not passenger trains. The birth and death dates came from his tombstone. Fred and Vera Bass did not have any children.

He was quiet, balding man and a good provider. Birth and death dates came from tombstone. Other information from personal knowledge of his niece, Vera Karen White Cotter and Family Bible in possession of another niece, Rhonda Fryer Cunningham. Fred and Vera Bass did not have any children.



More About FRED L. BASS:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Cause of Death: Cancer
Medical Information: His niece, Vera Karen White Cotter, was told that when they told him they were considering amputating his leg, he sort of gave up and died shortly afterward
Occupation: Conductor on Southern Pacific Railroad out of Roseville, CA. Usually freight trains.

Marriage Notes for VERA FRYER and FRED BASS:
Fred L. Bass married Vera Louise Fryer on 3 June 1931 in Oklahoma City, OK by O. James Sowell per family bible in possession of his niece Rhonda Fryer Cunningham.


       ii.       DOROTHY CHARLOTTE FRYER, b. 08 November 1909, Haileyville, OK per birth certificate; d. 23 September 1980, Roseville, Placer County, CA; m. (1) UNKNOWN SMITH; m. (2) ROBERT REILLY, California; m. (3) BOYD FINNELL, 04 September.

Notes for DOROTHY CHARLOTTE FRYER:
Dorothy Charlotte Fryer is known to be the daughter of Richard Samuel Lewis Fryer and Allie Baird Cox.
Born: 8 November 1909 in Haileyville, Oklahoma per family bible in possession of Rhonda Fryer Cunningham and copy of birth record in possession of Karen Cotter; same date on tombstone
Died: 23 September 1980 at a Roseville, CA convalescent home with Alzheimer's; Same date on tombstone
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK under Dorothy C. Reilly.
Married: A person with last name SMITH per writing on the back of an old photo
Married: Another person named "Guy" per a letter, may be first name of unknown Smith
Married: BOYD FINNELL on 4 September (no date) per newspaper clipping. She was married to Boyd in 1936 per a graduation card to her sister, Lovie Mae Fryer Karr
Married: ROBERT REILLY in California. It is believed he was killed in WWII

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.

OBITUARY (probably from Sacramento, CA newspaper)

REILLY at Sacramento, September 13, 1980 Dorothy C. Reilly. Loving sister of Richard S. Fryer of Oklahoma, Vera Bass and Juanita white of Roseville and Lovie Karr of Sacramento. A native of Oklahoma. Aged 70 years. Services and burial for Mrs. Reilly will be held in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Cochrane's Chapel of the Roses, Roseville, Funeral Directors.

OBITUARY

REILLY INTERMENT IN CEMETERY HERE (Tishoming, OK newspaper)

Funeral rites were conducted September 29 in the Tishomingo Church of Christ for Dorothy Charlotte Reilly of Roseville, Calif.

Mrs. Reilly was born Nov. 8, 1909 in Haileyville and died September 23 (1980) in Roseville at the age of 70.

Mrs. Reilly was reared in Johnston County and spent 30 years in Oklahoma. She worked as a management assistant at McClellen Air Force Base, retiring after 26 years of service.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

OBITUARY

REILLY INTERMENT IN CEMETERY HERE (Tishoming, OK newspaper)(continued)

Survivors include a brother Richard S. Fryer of Pryor; three sisters, Vera Louise Bass and Juanita Francis White, both of Roseville, Calif.; and Lovie Mai Karr of Sacramento, Calif.

Services were conducted by R. L. Lemons with interment in the Tishoming Cemetery under the direct of Smith Funeral Home of Tishomingo.

Pallbearers were Dewitt Wood, Buddy Deaver, Richard Shelton, Leon Eldrige, Richard Phillips and Richard Smith.

IN REMEMBRANCE

DOROTHY C. REILLY

Nov. 8, 1909 --: -- Sept. 23, 1980

Services: Monday, Sept. 29, 1980, 2:00 PM, Church of Christ

R. L. Lemons, Officiating

Interment: Tishomingo City Cemetery

Services Directed By: Richard Smith Funeral Home, Tishoming, Oklahoma



More About DOROTHY CHARLOTTE FRYER:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK
Education: Believe she was the only one of the children to be college educated. She had a degree in nursing.
Occupation: Was a nurse and worked in mental institution in various locations until the work got her down. Moved to Californ and went to work for McClellan Air Force Base, North Highlands, CA in training

18.       iii.       JUANITA FRANCES FRYER, b. 24 August 1912, Ada, OK; d. 03 February 1981, Roseville, Placer County, CA.
19.       iv.       RICHARD SAMUEL FRYER, JR., b. 27 September 1914; d. February 1999, Jay, OK.
20.       v.       FARRIS JACKSON FRYER, b. 13 November 1916; d. 09 March 1963, OK in an automobile accident.
21.       vi.       LOVIE MAI FRYER, b. 25 October 1919, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK; d. 14 October 1992, Roseville, Placer County, CA.


10. Margaret "Maggie" L.3 Fryer (Albert Frank2, Richard Hewitt McCloud1) was born 25 January 1888 in AR, and died May 1971 in Idabel, OK. She married Jack Fairman 03 June 1931.

Notes for Margaret "Maggie" L. Fryer:
Maggie Fryer is shown to be the daughter of Frank Albert Fryer and Martha "Mattie" Frances West on the Fryer Family record dated 4 August 1884. Her tombstone shows her first name and initial as "Margaret L."
Born: 25 January 1888 per family record and tombstone
Died: May 1971 in Idabel, Oklahoma; 19 May 1971 per tombstone
Buried: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, OK under MARGARET L. FAIRMAN
Occupation: One of the first telephone operators, worked her way up in the company

More About Margaret "Maggie" L. Fryer:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

Notes for Jack Fairman:
Jack Fairman is shown to be the spouse of Margaret "Maggie" L. Fryer. It is told that they married on 3 June 1931 but no verification. Nothing more is known about him
       
Children of Margaret Fryer and Jack Fairman are:
       i.       ERNEST4 FAIRMAN.

Notes for ERNEST FAIRMAN:
Ernest Fairman is the son of Jack Fairman and Margaret "Maggie" L. Fryer.

       ii.       EARL F. FAIRMAN, b. 1919; m. DORIS U. UNKNOWN; b. 1923.

Notes for EARL F. FAIRMAN:
Earl F. Fairman is shown to be the son of Jack Fairman and Margaret "Maggie" L. Fryer, born 1919 per tombstone, no death date shown, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

More About EARL F. FAIRMAN:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK

Notes for DORIS U. UNKNOWN:
Doris U. Unknown, born 1923 per tombstone, no death date, buried Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK is the spouse of Earl F. Fairman


More About DORIS U. UNKNOWN:
Burial: Tishomingo City Cemetery, Tishomingo, Johnston County, OK


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