Musgrove Family Reunion – CD of Family Pictures

Last summer, Aunt Mary Mae brought her collection of family pictures to the Musgrove reunion on Lake Texoma. She and I spent three days going through the collection, which included several unlabeled photographs from the early 1900s. As the oldest daughter of William (Bill) and Eva (Buckmaster) Musgrove, Mary Mae inherited their pictures, including some from Bill’s parents and aunt Odessa (Pennington) Smith.

Pictures were scanned on my Flip-pal scanner, photographed and some originals Mary Mae gave to me to preserve for the next generations. All those photographs are now scanned into my computer and labeled. I’ve just finished making a CD with just over 200 pictures, many from Mary Mae’s collection, but a few others collected from other sources. All pictures are used with the permission of the owners.

While I won’t be able to attend the reunion this year, tomorrow twenty copies of that CD will go into the mail. I’ve already found two mistakes – a name misspelled and a DAR obit inadvertently included. My email address is on each CD to contact me with other errors.

Here’s some pictures from the CD. Could the tall young man in the picture below be William (Bill) Musgrove Jr.-Nora’s brother and Eva’s future husband? And perhaps the boy in the front could be Kenneth Eugene Smith, Nora and Bill’s younger cousin and Dessa’s son? The ages fit. If anyone has these same photographs labeled or photographs of these people at about the same age, please contact me. If this is Eva, it’s the earliest photograph I’ve seen.

Nora Musgrove with musical instrument

 

The photo postcard below was in both the Mary Mae (Musgrove) Dollar collection and the Norma Ennis (Musgrove) Craig collection.

William (Bill) Musgrove Jr baby postcard picture tagged and labeled.

William Walker Musgrove is on the left in the picture below, but the man on the right was unknown, until I looked through the Norma Ennis (Musgrove) Craig’s book. Benjamin Harrison Musgrove, William Walker’s younger brother, is the man on the right.

Musgrove, William Walker and Benjamin Harrison Musgrove front

Several of the other photographs are still unidentified, but not forgotten. I’ll continue to post the rest of them on the blog and research other ways to identify the photographs.

Have fun at the lake!

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

 

Samuel Musgrave – Revolutionary War Soldier and “Indian Spy” #5 in 52 Ancestors

Musgrave
Picture given to Norma Ennis Craig Musgrove by a relative stating the subject was Samuel Musgrave. Does anyone have proof of this?Samue

Samuel Musgrave (Musgrove) was a Revolutionary War soldier who fought under General Washington in the Battle of Brandywine. The battle between the Americans and the British army under General Howe took place on September 11, 1777 near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The British won the battle, eventually capturing Philadelphia on September 26 and occupying that city until June 1778.[1]

Based on the research of Pauline Mitchell Pierce Via and others, along with my research, I was accepted into the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) with Jacob Eoff as my ancestor. Follow these links to see earlier posts on the Eoffs and Palatine Germans.

Samuel Musgrove was just approved by the DAR as a supplemental patriot for me. Norma Ennis Craig Musgrove did the research linking her grandfather William Tate Musgrave (Musgrove) to Samuel. Norma was a DAR member herself.

You’ve probably noticed the two different spellings of Samuel’s and William Tate’s last name. William Tate used the spelling Musgrave in his early days, then Musgrove later in life. One family genealogist speculated the spelling was changed to differentiate the child from his first wife from the children by his second wife. Pure speculation, but the timing is about right. Samuel Musgrave’s Quaker parents and grandparents generally used Musgrave as did Samuel’s children. The DAR database is about the only place I’ve seen Samuel’s name spelling Musgrove.

Samuel was the fourth generation of his line in the United States.[2] He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1747 and died on 2 Sept 1833 in Warrick County, Indiana at 87 years of age.[3] He married Elizabeth Brand in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on 10 Sept 1767.[4] She was born in Pennsylvania about 1750 and died about 1843 in Warrick County, Indiana.[5]

Samuel enlisted in July 1776 in Cannonkackick Settlement, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and served three months.[6] In 1782, he served twelve more months as an “Indian Spy” under Lt. Robert Ritchie in Pennsylvania Troops.[7] Much of this information is in Samuel’s Proof Pension Claim W.9211.[8] On 30 Dec 1834, Elizabeth filed for a widow’s pension.[9]

Many of the Native Americans had treaties with the British, whom they supported during the war.[10]An Indian Spy patrolled the trails along the frontier warning the settlers of impending attacks.[11] Generally the spys or scouts were divided into pairs, with each pair assigned a section of the frontier were war paths were watched.[12] The spys were not an attack force, but warned the settlers so they could prepare for defense. [13] The men carried their supplies on their backs, slept on the ground and foraged for food living off deer and bear meat.[14] This was a very different life from Samuel’s Quaker relatives who stayed in settled areas, especially considering the pacifist Quaker beliefs. Follow these links to see previous blogs on Samuel Musgrave and Moses Musgrave.

DAR Logo
DAR Logo

If you are a woman over the age of 18 years and descended from either my McIntire/Eoff line or  Musgrave line, you are eligible for DAR membership. If you are interested, contact me for my DAR number and contact your local DAR chapter for more details.[15] Since the research has been done on those lines, you’ll need to collect fewer documents to prove your lineage. For the men, the same information can be used to apply for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.



[1] Wikipedia, Battle of Brandywine, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brandywine : accessed 27 Feb 2014.)

[2] Musgrove, Duane and Marie Wilson, A History of the Moses Musgrave Family, Quakers, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas and Further West (Indiana, Evansville Bindery, Inc, 1998), p 11.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Zeigler, Fred, Cook’s Old Mill, ( http://www.cooksoldmill.com/text/article-jcook.html : accessed 27 Feb 2014). Clinch Scouts, (http://vagenweb.org/lee/ClinchScoutsMA.html : accessed 27 Feb 2014).

[11] Ibid.

[12] Ibid.

[13] Ibid

[14] Ibid.

[15] National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, (http://www.dar.org/default.cfm : accessed 27 Feb 2014).

 

Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge at No Story Too Small.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

 

Eva Evelyna Buckmaster Musgrove – 3rd of 52 ancestors

William (Bill) Musgrove and Eva Buckmaster Musgrove
William (Bill) Musgrove and Eva Buckmaster Musgrove

Eva Evelyna Buckmaster was born less than a year after statehood, the first child of Andrew Jackson Buckmaster and Dovey Alpine Piearcy Buckmaster, probably near Wynnewood, Garvin County, Oklahoma.[1] The new state was not yet collecting birth records and only later family records have been found recording her birth on May 14, 1908.[2] Her middle name has been spelled Evelina, Evelyna and even the rather endearing Everleaner, but most records use Evelyna.

By 1910, the Andrew J. Buckmaster family was renting just outside of Sasakwa, in Seminole County, next door to Andrew’s mother, Mahala Hopkins Buckmaster.[3] Living with Mahala was her youngest son, Richard Lafayette, called Babe.[4]Both families were farming on their rented land.[5] The late Charles Wilson Buckmaster, the father of Andrew Jackson and Richard Lafayette, was a Civil War veteran who served with the Union Army, not a fact discussed since most Oklahoma residents supported the Southern effort.[6]

We don’t know much about those early years for Eva, but by 1917, Andrew Jackson Buckmaster family was living in Calvin, Hughes County, where he registered for the World War I draft.[7] The family hasn’t been found in the 1920 census records, but by this time Eva had two brothers and one sister: Goldie born in 1910, Seth Andrew born in 1911 and Vernon Alton born in 1916.[8] Two more little girls were added to the family with Violet Alpine born in 1921 and Sylvia in 1924.[9] There are some gaps in the births of the children, but no record of any other births or pregnancies.

Sometime in 1928, Dovey died, perhaps from scarlet fever or perhaps from double pneumonia, near Holdenville in Hughes County.[10] No records of her death have been found, neither at the state or county level.[11] From family stories, a wooden marker was near her gravesite.[12] Eva and some of her daughters went back to Hughes County many years later but were not able to locate the cemetery.[13]

Andrew Jackson Buckmaster did not remarry after Dovey’s death, but moved his family in with his eighty-five year old mother who owned her land by now.[14] Andrew Jackson farmed the land, with Seth helping and also doing odd jobs.[15] Eva’s younger sister, Goldie married Malone Wilson in July 1929.[16] Then, on November 2, 1929, Eva married William Musgrove in Oklahoma City with Malone Willson and Golda Willson as their witnesses.[17] When they married, Eva was twenty-one years old and Bill was twenty.[18] As far as an education, both had completed the seventh grade.[19]

William Musgrove’s parents were William Walker Musgrove and Mary Elizabeth Pennington Musgrove.[20] While no birth records have been found for William Musgrove, he was probably born in Labette County, Kansas.[21]  In the days before data bases and with limited education, name spellings and variations of names were not so critical. In the first records of William Musgrove, he was listed as William Jr., then later Bill Jr.[22], [23]  In family pictures, he was listed as Bill June or June. However, as an adult he was always called Bill. Most likely, his given name was William Walker Musgrove, Jr (after his father) and he called June (a variation of Junior) until he had children of his own, when his nickname changed to Bill. Some nicknames stuck for life; for example, Richard Lafayette Buckmaster had his nickname of Babe on his gravestone.[24] That nickname is the only name my family ever knew for their Uncle Babe.[25]

After Eva and Bill married, they lived for at least a while with Bill’s family in Council Grove, Oklahoma.[26] For the 1930 census, Bill is listed as W. M. Musgrove, a farmer, renting land as the head of household.[27] In the same family is listed Eva, wife, along with W. W., father, with his trade listed as restaurant, Mary, mother, and younger siblings – Nora M., James H. and Gracie.[28] (See an earlier posting for more information on  Gracie.) The family supported themselves with a booth at a market – selling produce they had raised, along with squabs, young domesticated pigeons, meat they had butchered and ice they had cut from the river.[29] Times were tough in Oklahoma during the depression. In about 1934, the family sold out and bought land in Marshall County, near the Red River in southern Oklahoma.[30] Two homes were built – one for the William Walker Sr. family and one for Bill and Eva’s growing family, with a water well dug near William Walker’s house.[31]

Model T Pickup Truck - Just like the one the family had in the 1930s. Picture taken at Edison Ford Museum in Fort Myers, Florida with William Musgrove, oldest son of the couple.
Model T Pickup Truck – Just like the one the family had in the 1930s. Picture taken at Edison Ford Museum in Fort Myers, Florida with William Musgrove, oldest son of the couple.

The family made the one hundred thirty mile move with a couple of trips in a Model T Ford pickup truck.[32] After the move, the pickup truck was parked and rusted away.[33] Gasoline was just too expensive during those hard times.[34] Their milk cow could not make the trip and was sold to the government for $10.[35] The federal agents shot her in the head and just left her there; no one was allowed to keep the meat.[36] Part of some government program that made no sense to anyone.

By 1935, Eva had borne four children – twins at the first pregnancy, with the baby girl born dead and  buried in a gallon fruit jar in the back yard.[37] So three children, the first born son and two younger daughters girls made the move on the Model T Ford, along with the rest of the family.[38]

Part of an old foundation near the Musgrove homes built in the 1930s - Powell, Marshall County, OK. The area is so overgrown it was hard to pinpoint the location of the houses.
Part of an old foundation near the Musgrove homes built in the 1930s – Powell, Marshall County, OK. The area is so overgrown it was hard to pinpoint the location of the houses.

Eva was probably happy to have her own home. Living with her mother-in-law may not have been that pleasant with Mary Pennington Musgrove feeling that her son had married down.[39] We don’t know why Mary Pennington Musgrove felt that way, perhaps because of Eva’s rumored Indian blood. Eva never said much about her Indian heritage, just saying the family was Black Dutch.[40] Eva’s children remember their daddy being invited up to dinner with their grandparents, but Eva and the children were never invited.[41] We do know both women shared the same religious convictions – both very devoted to the Holiness Church with Eva contributing money to Oral Roberts and Oral Roberts University much of her life.[42]

Christmas Greetings from the Holy Land from Eva Buckmaster Musgrove's collection, probably a memento from a donation to Oral  Roberts University, Musgrove files, in the collection of Andrea Musgrove Perisho, (private address), 2014.
Christmas Greetings from the Holy Land from Eva Buckmaster Musgrove’s collection, probably a memento from a donation to Oral Roberts University, Musgrove files, in the collection of Andrea Musgrove Perisho, (private address), 2014.
Jersey Cow purchased with insurance money.
Jersey Cow purchased with insurance money.

With the construction of Lake Texoma, the family had to sell their land to the Corp of Engineers.[43] After a big search in Texas and Oklahoma, which involved a car wreck and insurance money used to buy a Jersey milk cow, land was found in nearby Bryan County.[44] The rich milk from that Jersey cow may have saved the life of one of Eva and Bill’s young daughter’s during an extended illness.[45]

The two Musgrove families moved to farms several miles apart, but before the move, Bill was injured while working on construction of the Lake Texoma dam.[46] He was on crutches quite a while and had on-going health problems including possible tuberculosis.[47]

Eva Evelyna Buckmaster Musgrove on an Easter Sunday hunting eggs with her great-grandchildren.
Eva Evelyna Buckmaster Musgrove on an Easter Sunday hunting eggs with her great-grandchildren.

Grandma Musgrove had a total of twelve children with ten still living today.[48] She always had a big garden, canning and later freezing enough food to last her family until the next harvest.[49] She was one who took care of the milk cow and barn as well, even after she came down with sugar diabetes sometime after her last child was born when she was forty-six years old.[50] She was a hard worker, a religious woman and a kind woman. Her children were the focus of her life; she worked hard to take care of them. Eva appreciated a good laugh and was very proud of and much loved by her extended family. Even up into her eighties, Eva still had long dark hair that she worn in a braid and wrapped around her head, still retaining the olive skin and cheekbones of her mother Dovey Alpine Piearcy Buckmaster.

Thirteen months after Bill died, Eva died on August 18, 1992 at the hospital in Denison, Grayson County, Texas.[51] The immediate cause of death was respiratory failure due to pulmonary edema.[52] At the time of her death, Eva left behind thirty-six grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.[53] Her oldest grandsons were her pall bearers and there wasn’t a dry eye in the church for this family matriarch.[54] Eva Evelyna Buckmaster Musgrove is buried at Albany Cemetery, Albany, Bryan County, Oklahoma.[55]

Tombstone of William Musgrove and Eva Buckmaster Musgrove
Tombstone of William Musgrove and Eva Buckmaster Musgrove


[1] Ibid.

[2] Ibid.

[3] 1910 U.S. census, Seminole County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Miller Township, enumeration district (ED) 189, p. 80XX (handwritten and cut off, page before is 8015 and page after is 8089), sheet 9A (handwritten, scratched out, rewritten), dwelling 52, family 52, Andrew J. Buckmaster; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 January 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T624,  roll 1274.

[4] 1910 U.S. census, Seminole County, Oklahoma, pop. sch., p. 80XX, dwell. 51, fam. 51, Mahala Buckmaster.  Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 29 Jan 2014), memorial page for Richard Lafayette “Babe” Buckmaster  (1887-1960), Find A Grave Memorial # 93287917, citing Rosedale Cemetery, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.

[5] 1910 U.S. census, Seminole County, Oklahoma, pop. sch., p. 80XX, dwell. 52, fam. 52, Andrew J. Buckmaster and 1910 U.S. census, Seminole County, Oklahoma, pop. sch., p. 80XX, dwell. 51, fam. 51, Mahala Buckmaster.

[6] Compiled service record, Charles Buckmaster, Pvt., Co. A, 14 Iowa Inf.; Carded Records, Volunteer Organizations, Civil War; Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

[7]United States World War 1 Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2014), card for Andrew Jackson Buckmaster, serial no. 35-2-8-C  (stamped at top of back of card), Local Draft Board, Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509.

[8] “Public Member Trees,” database, Ancestry.com  (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2014),  “Piearcy, Powell, Buckmaster, Thomas, Beaman/Bauermeister and  Cook/Davis Family ” entries for Andrew Jackson Buckmaster (1887-1960); submitted by [private user names].

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid. Family stories passed down from Eva Buckmaster Musgrove.

[11] Request to Oklahoma Department of Health for death certificate returned 2 Jan 2013.  Visit to the Holdenville Historical Society, Hughes County, Oklahoma indicated no county death certificates would have been collected at that time.

[12] Mary Mae Musgrove Dollar [address for private use], recorded interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 11 July 2013; audiotapes privately held by Perisho, [address for private use,] Florida, 2014.

[13] Ibid.

[14] 1930 U.S. census, Seminole County, Oklahoma, population schedule,  Sasakwa Town, enumeration district (ED) 67-25, p. 8601 (handwritten), sheet 2B (number handwritten, letter stamped), dwelling 40, family 42, Mahaley Buckmaster; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T626,  roll 1931.

[15] 1930 U.S. census, Seminole County, Oklahoma, pop. sch., p. 8601, dwelling 40, family 42, Mahaley Buckmaster.

[16] Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Marriage Index, 1889-1951, index, Oklahoma Historical Society (http://www.okhistory.org/research/marriagerec :accessed 29 Jan 2014), entry for Wilson Malone-Golda Buckmaster, 16 July 1929; citing Oklahoma County Marriage records 1889-1951, Book 65, p391.

[17] Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, marriage certificate with no certificate number (2 Nov 1929), Musgrove-Buckmaster; Musgrove Family Papers, privately held by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, [address for private use,] 2012.

[18] Calculation based on their birth dates and date of marriage.

[19] 1940 U.S. census, Marshall County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Lebanon, Holford Township, enumeration district (ED) 48-3,  no page number, sheet 11B (number handwritten and letter stamped), household 192, William  Musgrove ; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T627,  roll 3311.

[20] Texas death certificate no. 076806 (1991), William Junior Musgrove.

[21] 1910 U.S. census, Labette County, Kansas, population schedule, Oswego Township, enumeration district (ED) 143, p. 6322 (handwritten), sheet 8B (number handwritten and letter stamped), dwelling 104, family 105, William Musgrove ; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T624,  roll 443.

[22] 1910 U.S. census, Labette County, Kansas, pop. sch., p. 6322, dwelling 104, family 105, William Musgrove.

[23] 1920 U.S. census, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Pottawatomie Township, enumeration district (ED) 166, no page number, sheet 7B (number handwritten and letter stamped), visited no. 148, William W. Musgrove ; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T625,  roll 1473.

[24] Find A Grave, memorial page for Richard Lafayette “Babe” Buckmaster  (1887-1960), Find A Grave Memorial # 93287917.

[25] William Andrew Musgrove [address for private use], recorded interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 12 July 2013; audiotapes and transcripts privately held by Perisho, [address for private use,] Florida, 2014.

[26] 1930 U.S. census, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Council Grove, enumeration district (ED) 55a, p. 5646 (handwritten), sheet 15B (number handwritten and letter stamped), dwelling 331, family 334, W. M. Musgrove ; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T626,  roll 1917.

[27] Ibid.

[28] Ibid.

[29] William Andrew Musgrove [address for private use], recorded interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 28 Nov 2002; audiotapes and transcripts privately held by Perisho, [address for private use,] Florida, 2010.

[30] 1940 U.S. census, Marshall County, Oklahoma, pop. sch., sheet 11B, household 192, William  Musgrove.

[31] William Andrew Musgrove, interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 28 Nov 2002.

[32] Ibid.

[33] Ibid.

[34] Ibid.

[35] Ibid.

[36] Ibid.

[37] Mary Mae Musgrove Dollar, interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 11 July 2013.

[38] William Andrew Musgrove, interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 28 Nov 2002.

[39] Ibid.

[40] Ibid.

[41] Ibid.

[42] Ibid.

[43] Ibid.

[44] Mary Mae Musgrove Dollar, interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 11 July 2013.

[45] Ibid.

[46] William Andrew Musgrove, interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 28 Nov 2002.

[47] Mary Mae Musgrove Dollar, interview by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, 11 July 2013.

[48] Ibid.

[49] Ibid.

[50] Ibid.

[51] Texas death certificate no. 142-92-080426 (1992), Eva Evelyna Musgrove.

[52] Ibid.

[53] “Eva Musgrove,” undated obituary, probably from the Durant Daily Democrat, Durant, Oklahoma; Musgrove Family Papers, privately held by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, [address for private use,] 1992. Laminated and distributed to family members after the funeral.

[54] Ibid.

[55] Texas death certificate no. 142-92-080426 (1992), Eva Evelyna Musgrove.

 

Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge at No Story Too Small.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

 

Unknown Ancestors – Pictures from the Musgrove collection #4 of 52 Ancestors

Copyright 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho
Copyright 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

Last summer, a Musgrove aunt gave me several pictures collected by my paternal grandparents,  William Musgrove Jr and Eva Buckmaster Musgrove. Most of these photographs had been removed from photo albums and had no other identification. Perhaps, someday a Musgrove, Buckmaster, Pennington, Medcalf or Hopkins cousin will find this blog and identify these ancestors or family friends. Family members with all these surnames lived in or near Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho
Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho

The three photographs in today’s post were all taken by Klepfer Studio in McLoud, Oklahoma. From what I’ve learned today about early photography, these were probably all taken sometime shortly after 1900. A call to the McLoud library indicated no city directories are available to decide when Klepfer Studio was in business. I did find a Klepfer photographer in the Oklahoma City area and sent a message through Facebook, just in case the McLoud Studio owner was related. Using Google images search, no matches for these images showed up. Articles and books recommend looking at clothing/hairstyles to decide a range of years the pictures could be taken. I’m thinking that might work better in a metropolitan area. Any suggestions on how to identify these old photographs would be appreciated.

Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho
Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho

We originally thought the picture of the baby in the wicker baby carriage might be my grandfather, William Musgrove Jr., but after seeing a labeled picture of my grandfather in a different gown, this is probably a different baby.

The pictures are out of their ziplock bag and into an acid free archival quality Hollinger Metal Edge album, safely stored for future generations, if we just knew who these people were. I’ll be posting more of these photos as I get a chance, next up with be six cabinet cards from Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri – perhaps Francis or Webster kin.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

Grace Odessa Musgrove 1913-1940 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #1

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  To help focus my writing, I’ve accepted her challenge with a little catching up to do, but starting with a paternal great-aunt. Here’s Gracie’s story collected from family interviews.

Grace Musgrove
Grace Musgrove

It was breakfast time and Jim was building a fire in the cook stove.[i] Jim was 19, living with his parents and his pretty sister Gracie, two years younger than him. The older children, Bill Jr. and Nora, were already married and gone, though Bill and his growing family lived just down the hill. Gracie was in the kitchen with Jim in the small wooden house behind the main farm-house.

 

James and Grace Musgrove
James and Grace Musgrove

Jim was using green wood and he went to pour some white gas in the cook stove to set the fire. The fire blew up and caught his hand on fire. He hollered and threw the flaming container out the door, just as Gracie was trying to go out the door to get away from the flames. The white gas splashed all over Gracie. She caught on fire and ran outside. Jim grabbed his leather coat hanging by the door, chased Gracie down, got her on the ground and put the fire out.

Their mother, Mary Pennington Musgrove, was a Pentecost and didn’t believe in doctors, so they put Grace Odessa to bed, prayed over her and tried to make her comfortable. Someone told them to keep Gracie warm, so they kept her in the kitchen with a fire in the cook stove. She was in terrible pain, only somewhat comfortable when sitting in her beloved father’s lap, her skin coming off on his overalls.

Aunt Dessi, Mary Pennington Musgrove’s sister, heard about the accident. No one knows exactly how she heard. There were no telephones in Powell, Oklahoma in 1940. Perhaps a letter was written. Never the less, as soon as she learned of the accident, she, her husband Jesse and young Jerry, their nephew and cousin to Gracie and Jim, packed up in the Buick and drove the 120 miles south from McLoud. They arrived about a week after the accident; the smell of decaying flesh in the 90 degree kitchen was overwhelming. Aunt Dessi, with Gracie carrying her middle name, insisted Gracie be taken to the hospital. An ambulance was called, over the protests of Gracie’s mother, Mary Pennington Musgrove, who threw such a fit she was placed in a straight jacket by the ambulance attendants.

Grace Musgrove - about age 17.
Grace Musgrove – about age 17.

Gracie died a few days later in a Oklahoma City hospital. Funeral services were held on a Sunday afternoon at the Holiness Church in McLoud, Oklahoma.[ii]

Gracie’s boyfriend from when she lived in McLoud, Johnnie Henderson, helped to dig her grave. Johnnie later worked at Tinker Air Force Base, married and still has family in the area.

Aunt Dessie and, her husband, Jesse Smith had just one son, Kenneth Eugene Smith, born in 1917, and purchased three burial plots in Dale, Oklahoma, near their home. Kenneth had told them he wouldn’t use his plot. So Grace Odessa Musgrove was the first to be buried in those three plots. Her grave can be found next to her Aunt Dessi and Uncle Jesse’s at Dale Cemetery, Dale, Oklahoma.

Gracie’s death was hard on the family, especially Jim, as his mother constantly reminded him that he had killed his sister. A few years later, he joined the navy. Then, he went to school on the GI bill. He met a woman in college. They married and her two young sons took his name. They later divorced. Jim became a shop teacher, first in Bokchito, then for many years in the Sasakwa High School. When my great-uncle Jim died there was no one to bury him, so my dad had his body transported to our small town and buried Uncle Jim in the local cemetery, in one of my dad’s own suits.

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Author’s notes: All locations are in Oklahoma.  Information for this article was collected from family interviews. Due to current Oklahoma laws, a death certificate is not available. All pictures are in the possession of Andrea Musgrove Perisho, from the collection of [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE] passed down from William Walker (Bill) Musgrove Jr. and Eva Evalina Buckmaster Musgrove.

 

[i] [NAMES FOR PRIVATE USE], a nephew, a niece and a cousin of Grace Musgrove, Bryan County, Oklahoma, interviews by Andrea Musgrove Perisho, July 2013; interview notes privately held by interviewer, [private address], 2013.

[ii] “Lamp Burns Take the Life of Powell Girl – Death Claims Grace Musgrove at Oklahoma City Hospital,” Madill Record, March 1940.

Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge at No Story Too Small.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

Serendipity on the Research Trail

One of my primary goals on a recent genealogy research trip to Oklahoma and Texas was to find a book with the genealogy research of Norma Ennis Musgrove Craig, a first cousin 2X removed. Norma’s book summarizes her 40+ years of  genealogy research on our Musgrove/Musgrave family. I learned of the  book, which contained childhood pictures of my grandfather, through a Google search and ordered the microfilm through the Family History Center. 1 I was able to make copies of each page, but the microfilm pictures weren’t very clear. I wanted better copies of the pictures.

As part of preplanning for the trip, I had contacted everyone on Ancestry.com who seemed to have good sources for Norma or her sister Beulah, who wrote many of the charming family stories in the book. Beulah had passed away in 2003 and Norma in 2008. Only one person responded. Evidently when Beulah died, another family member got the house and the contents, including the genealogy research and the book. No one had seen any of materials since then.

I planned stops in Holdenville, Ada and the Oklahoma History Center, since Norma and Beulah had connections in each of those places. I researched each of those sites ahead of time to find the hours of operation, days open and any other pertinent information.

The Hughes County Historical Society in Holdenville was listed on-line, but with a disconnected phone number, no other contact information nor hours of operation.2 Since I had no idea what hours the HCHS would be open and since it  was the direction I was traveling, that was my first stop.  After a two and one half hour drive from Tulsa, I was standing in front of the closed doors of the dark HCHS building. My heart sank as I scanned the doors and windows finding no contact information nor hours of operation. As I turned to my car to rethink my next step, a man in a pickup truck stopped at the light called out “Are you trying to get in the museum?” When I answered yes, he continued with “Go to the business two doors down. They’ll have the phone number to reach someone.”

Two doors down, they did give me the name and seven digit phone number of the HCHS coordinator. Back in my car, I dialed the number using what I thought was the most likely area code. No luck, I reached someone in western OK. Next, I tried the other OK area code. Number out of service. Rats! Back to the business two doors down. They reminded me of the third OK area code, which I had forgotten in my sixteen years out of the state, and probably didn’t even need to use any way to reach the number.

Then the woman asked what I was looking for. I told my story about the book, the sister from Holdenville, etc., etc. She stopped me asking “What was the sister’s name?” When I gave her Beulah’s name, she just looked at me and said “You should just talk to her son. He owns the business across the street.”

Across the street, Beulah’s son was busy with customers, but his daughter, who did not typically work with her father, was filling in for the day.  After some discussion about the family, probably to confirm who I really was, the daughter told me the same story about a family member getting Beulah’s house and no one having access to that research any more. Then she told me, Norma’s daughter had all of Norma’s records. She gave me Norma’s daughter’s name and address.3

After a conversation establishing who I was, a meeting with Norma’s daughter was set up for the next Saturday morning. The records had been stored since Norma’s death, with no one else in the family interested in them. Norma had some strokes before her death, but still tried to work with her research, getting it mixed up. It would take a few days for the daughter to get the records organized enough for us to review.

On Saturday morning, I was given an original copy of Norma’s book, with the original picture of my grandfather and his two siblings along with much of Norma’s original research on my family line, including pictures, marriage licenses, wills, etc. In addition, I was able to conduct about two hours of interviews of Norma’s daughter, who remembered my 2nd great grandmother, Myzella Medcalf Musgrove. I was able to take pictures of a quilt made by Myzella.  The quilt was registered with the Oklahoma Historical Society, as being over 100 years old.4

One of the stories during the interview was how Norma got some grief from family members with some of her research results. Norma’s grandfather, William Tate Musgrove, my 2nd great grandfather, had evidently told the family he was Irish and had come to America on a ship.Norma’s research showed a paper trail where William Tate, a Civil War veteran who fought with the 42nd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers was not only born in the United States, but his family had been here since 1747. Norma and Beulah both became DAR members through Samuel Musgrave, William Tate’s great grandfather. I was able to share that my father’s y-DNA test linked him to other descendants of Oswin Musgrave who arrived in Pennsylvania about 1682, confirming Norma’s paper trail.6 By the way, in Norma’s book, she included William Tate’s nickname of Flannel Mouth, earned with the tall tales he was known for telling.7

All the information collected on these two trips will certainly keep me busy until my next genealogy field trip.

1. Craig, Norma Ennis Musgrove and Beulah Musgrove Berryman. Musgrave–Musgrove, 1747-1986, [Self published. Place of publication not indicated.], 1987. Microfilm of typescript (photocopy, 157, [8] leaves) at the Rockport Public Library, Rockport, Indiana. Family History Library, film 1502916 item 9;  (https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/mainframeset.asp:accessed 12 Aug 2013.)

2. Hughes County Historical Society, www.okgenweb.org/~okhughes/resources.htm. Currently open 9:30-1:00 on Saturdays, as of July 2013.

3. Names and identifying information of living persons have not been used to protect their privacy. If you have a specific need to know, please contact me at amperisho@gmail.com.

4. http://www.okhistory.org/research/folkquilt As of 12 Aug 2013, the Oklahoma History Center website shows a couple of examples of old quilts, but doesn’t list pictures of all the quilts submitted. I’ll post my pictures in a later blog.

5. While the 1880 census shows the father of William Tate Musgrove born in New Jersey and his mother born in Pennsylvania, the 1900 and 1910 schedules indicate his parents were born in Ireland.

1880 U. S. Census, Justice Precinct 3, Collin County, Texas, population schedule (1st enumeration),  enumeration district (ED) 22, p. 32 (penned), line 25, dwelling 211, family 225, W. T. Musgrave; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 Aug 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm roll 1296, enumeration district (ED) 022, p. 135D; imaged from FHL microfilm 1255296.

1900 U. S. Census, Bates Township, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, population schedule  (1st enumeration),  enumeration district (ED) 192, p. 9A (penned), line 15, dwelling 186, family 186, William Musgrove; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 Aug 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm roll 1342, enumeration district (ED) 0192, p 9A; imaged  from FHL microfilm 1241342.

1910 U. S. Census, Pottawatomie Township, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma,  enumeration district 230, p. 6A (penned), line 3, dwelling 98, family 99, William T. Musgrave; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 Aug 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm roll T624_1265, enumeration district (ED) 0230, page 6A; imaged from FHL microfilm 1375278.

6.  Musgrave, Duane and Marie Wilson Musgrave, A History of the Moses Musgrave Family, Quakers, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, and Further West, Evansville Bindery Inc, Evansville, Indiana, 1998.

7.  Craig and Berryman, Musgrave-Musgrove, 1747-1986, p. 43.

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Unemployment Relief Census of 1933 – Transcribed by Oklahoma Historical Society

While on the Oklahoma Historical Society website yesterday, I found the following information about the 1933 Relief Census. Here’s the link  to the site:  http://www.okhistory.org/research/reliefcensus. (Right click and select open in a new window.)

On this site listed as heads of household were both my maternal and paternal grandfathers, Carl Holder (listed as Carroll Holder, age 28 in 1933, a farmer with 4 people in the family and living in Wade, OK, which all matches Daddy Holder) and William Musgrove (age 24, a farmer with 3 people in the family and living in Oklahoma County). Also included in the census as heads of household were two of Daddy Holder’s brothers, E.F. and Joe, along with their father, G.B.

Within a few years, both my grandfathers, Carl Holder and William Musgrove, were able to buy their own farms.

For a genealogist, this census gives us another tool to place people in a particular place and social context.

In order to be on “the dole,” most likely, the family could not own any land. The head of household may have had to be of a certain age. A quick search today did not list the criteria for being on the dole in Oklahoma, but each state set up their own criteria until Roosevelt established the Federal Employment Relief Act in late 1933. I’ve requested a book on the Depression in Oklahoma, which may give more information.

From the site:

The OHS Research Center staff and volunteers have transcribed Oklahoma records for   unemployment relief. These records offer insight into the economic status of Oklahomans during the 1930s. There are more than 100,000 names included in this database.

The OHS Research Division’s manuscript archives include information for several counties. These records are located in the William H. Murray Collection [1982.294]. The records are fairly uniform and consist of typed pages.

  1. Beaver County
  2. Blaine County
  3. Bryan County
  4. Caddo County
  5. Canadian County
  6. Cotton County
  7. Craig County
  8. Creek County
  9. Logan County
  10. McCurtain County
  11. McIntosh County
  12. Muskogee County
  13. Noble County
  14. Nowata Count
  15. Okfuskee County
  16. Oklahoma County
  17. Okmulgee County
  18. Ottawa County
  19. Pawnee County
  20. Payne County
  21. Pottawatomie County
  22. Sequoyah County
  23. Texas County
  24. Tillman Count
  25. Tulsa County
  26. Wagoner County
  27. Woodward County

 

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