Re: THOMAS LUTHER McLEMORE b. Jan 20, 1870 d 1932 + ORA ADELA ESTEP b. Jan 22,1872 d 1924
I am their youngest grandchild so let's get things straight.
FIRST: Thomas was NOT born in 1873 that is a mistake in existing records, he was born Jan 20,1870. His wifes name is ORA ADELA ESTEP MCLEMORE and she was born Jan 22,1872 NOT in 1876. (I graduated hs in 1976 THAT was not 100 yrs after her birth, plus I thought it neat that my Dad was born on the same day of the month as his Dad when my Mom WAS born on her father's birthday. Also that they were born 2yrs & 2 days apart when my bro & I were born 12yrs 1mo apart) Their Gravemarker was placed by MY father their youngest child Lawrence Edward.Here is the family:
THOMAS LUTHER MCLEMORE married ORA ADELA ESTEP in 1891.
Ora (NOT Iora or Lora as some people have it)had a total of 10 children 8 lived -
1. unkn 2. Oscar E. b.1897 3. Verna b.1899 4. Vona b.1900 5.unkn 6. James Arnold b.1906 7. Alma (shown on census as "Omah" which is not the name I remember being given)b.1908 8. Evelyn/Evlyn b 1911 9. Claudie M b. 1914 10. LAWRENCE EDWARD MCLEMORE b.SEPT 20,1916 d.SEPT 17,1978 BILOXI,MS BURIED MONTGOMERY,AL GREENWOOD CEMETARY. They lived in the Athens area of Limestone Co not far from where the family was first established in Lauderdale Co by BURWELL MCLEMORE on the west side of the Elk River near Rogersville around 1802.
Now for the history: Thomas was taken in by his aunt MARY SUSAN MCLEMORE who along with her brother, THOMAS's Uncle, MACKLIN B (BASCOMB) McLEMORE lived with the family during the 1910 census. Macklin's son Macklin was a boarder at a nearby home. MARY SUSAN & MACKLIN B came from the family of 11 children of MACKLIN B MCLEMORE b abt.1805 d bet 1865-1870 (he was taken prisoner during the Civil War while working as a pilot on the Shoals (Tn river)in Lauderdale Co, he was never heard from again) and NANCY HALBERT b abt 1830, married 1843. Their children were 1. Louisa b.1845 2. MARY SUSAN b. 1849 3. JOEL H b. 1851 (shown on some census forms as Joseph poss he was called "Joe" by the family) 4. WILLIAM b. abt 1854 5. STEPHEN b. abt 1856 6. MACKLIN BASCOMB b abt 1858 7. NANCY JOSEPHINE b 1862
8. EMILY b abt 1862 9. CHARITY b abt 1863 10. OCTAVIA b abt 1864 and 11. ANNIE b abt 1866. The 1870 census shows all the children except Louisa still in the same household. Louisa had married Nial Smith Abernathy by that time. The 1880 census shows SUSAN MCLEMORE as a single head of house with THOMAS L and a younger sister NANCY. They are shown as son and daughter. THERE LIES THE CROOKED STITCH in the fabric of the family history, we have found no record of marriage for MARY SUSAN and in one census she is Thomas's mother with a younger sister (NANCY) and another shows her as a widowed aunt who bore 2 children that were still living. We DO know that Thomas was 1/2 Native American probably Cherokee because there are Cherokees further back in the family history and may have been taken by Susan to prevent the children from being transported to OK or to bring them BACK. Given the mood against Native Americans during that time its not at all surprising that he was listed as white, especially since he had deep blue eyes (I was told, I was born in 1958 loooong after they had both passed). I still have research to do on that aspect because there are TWO Thomas Luther McLemore's on the Dawes Roll in OK. He would have had to travel out there to be registered.
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