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1 Maston Ross and Willis Carpenter enlisted in the War of 1812, at Rutledge, Grainger, Tennessee on 14 Oct 1813. They served in the 2nd Regiment East Tennessee Volunteer Militia in Captain Thomas Sharps Company commanded by Col Lillard during the Creek Indian War.

This regiment of about 700 men was assigned to fill the ranks at Fort Strother for Andrew Jackson after the December 1813 "mutiny" of his army. While at Fort Strother, they comprised half of Jackson's forces until mid-January 1814 when their enlistments were up. This regiment was used to keep the lines of communication open and to guard supply lines.

Their route was from Kingston, Tennessee to Fort Armstrong (early December 1813) to Fort Strother. Cherokees friendly to the United States fought with various units of the Tennessee militia and Lieutenant Colonel William Snodgrass commanded a detachment of Cherokees at Fort Armstrong from mid-January to early February 1814.

Ross, Maston "Martin" (I0778)
2 Robert B. Shira, a pioneering oral surgeon who was chief of the Army Dental Corps from 1967 to 1971 and president of the American Dental Association in the 1970s, died of a renal ailment November 22, 2002, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington DC, at the age of 91.
Dr. Shira taught himself oral surgery in an undermanned garrison in the Panama Canal Zone during World War II and went on to become preeminent in the field. Eventually, he was promoted to major general, in charge of all military dental activities.
He used his folksy charm and uncanny memory of names and faces to spread the necessity of dental care worldwide and warn of the risks of oral cancer.
Dr. Shira, who in 1958 removed a broken molar from the jaw of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in an operation at Walter Reed, later would say that the reconstructive surgery he performed on a 7-year-old girl in war-ravaged Vietnam in the early 1970s was more important than the
presidential tooth extraction.
Timothy Rose, a former ADA president who served in the Army under Dr. Shira, called him a "Renaissance dentist" and one of the most influential figures in dentistry in the 20th century.
Dr. Shira commanded thousands of officers at a time of peak staffing for the dental corps, and he stressed training and ethical and moral standards in treatment.
He was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, and raised in Dewey, Oklahoma.
He received a dental degree from Kansas City Western Dental College, and was in private practice in Oklahoma before joining the Army in 1938.
He had lived off and on in Washington since the 1950s and had lived at the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring since 1993.
Dr. Shira served in Germany and San Francisco and was director of dentistry at Walter Reed when he operated on Eisenhower. In the 1940s and 1950s, he helped establish the Army Dental Intern Program and an oral surgery residency program.
Among his decorations were three awards of the Legion of Merit and the Army Commendation Medal.
After his first retirement, he was dean of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine from 1971 to 1979. He also served as the university's vice president and provost before retiring for a second time in 1993.
He was author or co-author of six books on oral surgery and held about every major dentistry award. He also served as president of the American
Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also was an editor of the Journal of Oral Surgery. 
Shira, Gen. Robert Bruce "Bob" (I1752)
3 Cressie W. Johnston never married. Johnston, Cressie W. (I11427)
4 Martha Jane Harbert Brown Barnard died from consumption. Harbert, Martha Jane (I10328)
5 "Little" Lilly Ardella Israel was named for her father's sister, and she was little. Full grown, she stood only 4'10" tall and weighed only 85 pounds. She wore a size 4 1/2 shoe. Grace Meadows remembers her mother as a fragile little woman who was never well after the premature birth of her son orn in 1931. Grace said she just seemed to give up, living only four more years. She got "dust" pneumonia in March 1935, after she had lost her parents the previous year. Two weeks before Lillie died, her sister-in-law had lost a little son who was much loved. He had been born after Lillie had lost her son in 1931 and had been named Albert. Some said Lillie lost her will to live after her world was forever changed. She had called all her daughters to her bedside to say her good byes, knowing she was dying At the end, she looked up and said, "Well, there is Mama, and Papa, and my baby sister." That was the first time the family knew of Sam and Miverva having more than one child.  Israel, "Little" Lilly Ardella (I11552)
6 "Mrs J C Scivally
Mrs Martha Ann Scivally, wife of J C Scivally of this Conference and daughter of Rev M L Martin , was born in Prentiss County, Mississippi, August 5th, 1855. She with her parents, moved to Texas in 1870

On November 29th, 1876, She was happily married to J C Scivally. Later Brother and Sister Scivally came to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma and in 1884, rev J C Scivally entered the itinerancy in Indian Mission Conference. From that good day to the day of her death... A period of almost Thirty-six years.. this faithful, devoted wife of an itinerancy Methodist Preacher, together with her husband went up and down this new land of their adoption, proclaiming a gospel of glad tidings to God's sometimes neglected poor.

Their work has largely been a frontier work. They lived on small salaries, having never received, in all these thirty-six years of ardent and exception ally successful labor, as much as $1,000 for any single year's work. Their parsonages have often been small and uncomfortable.

Twenty years ago they were sent to a town within the bounds of what is now the Chickasha District-- to a town now supporting one of our good stations. Their first night in this then frontier town was spent in a small log parsonage. It rained all the first night, and Brother and Sister Scivally had to stand in the leaky room and hold the two ends of a quilt over the heads of their children to protect them from the downpour of rain. This faithful woman never talked of hardships; never complained; never falter; never failed; courageous; self-sacrificing, counting not her life dear unto her, that she might finish that ministry that they had received of the Lord Jesus.

She was the mother of ten children, five of whom preceded her by the glory world. The other Five-- all members of their mother's church--have set their faces heavenward, and together with their father-her husband- our dear Brother Scivally, are living in happy anticipation of meeting with wife and mother, loved and lost a while, in the sweet by and by, in the city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God

The end of earth's Pilgrimage to this faithful servant of God, came on evening of February 23rd, 1920, in the parsonage at Vinson, Oklahoma, where for the three preceding years, with her husband, as pastor and wife, they had so successfully labored among the people of Vinson charge

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J W Sims, assisted by Rev R L Ownbey, in the home church at Vinson, on February 24th at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, in the midst of the largest congregation ever assembled in that community

The Woman's Missionary Society had charge of all arrangements. The attended in a body, Sister Scivally's chair being appropriately draped and vacant. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. The music was sweet and heavenly, after which she was laid to rest, awaiting the Resurrection Day"
Martin, Martha Ann "Mattie" (I11190)
7 "Oklahoma Annual Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South"

"Rev J C Scivally

In the passing of Rev. J C Scivally , which occurred at the home of a relative near Mangum, Oklahoma, on the morning of July 16, 1932. The Methodist Church lost a circuit rider of the old type.
He belonged to robust class if men who laid the foundation of our Methodism in this state. He was not one of the first to come to the Indian Mission Conference, for he did not appear until 1884,
At which time he was admitted on trial at White Bead Hill.

For well nigh forty years the real pioneers had been penetrating the hitherto crude and untouched settlements, and yet Brother Scivally began his work in fields unlike any we have today.
The Country was rough, and roads were crudely laid out and rarely or never improved. The schools were of the most elementary type, and no such thing was known as a man owning his home.

It was like a story of the Old West to sit and hear him tell of the experiences of himself and family in those earlier days. Most of us would hesitate long before we would willingly consent to be sent to the fields he regarded as a great privilege and opportunity.

Twelve years ago, this writer held funeral of his wife and on seventeenth day of July, 1932, assisted by his Presiding Elder, rev. E A Read and his Pastor Rev T H Ward and Rev R B Moreland and C W NcNeeley, we held his funeral at Vinson, Oklahoma, and laid his body to rest beside that of his wife in the same cemetery at Vinson

He was born in Tennessee February 4, 1852, and at his death was slightly more than eighty years and five months old and here we pause until the dawn of another day

J W Sims
Scivally, Rev. James Calvin (I11189)
8 "The History of Caldwell County" states that Charles Ross had one son, Martin (Mastin), and two daughters. Ross, Charles (I2238)
9 3 Feb 1801 Warren County Court of Quarter Session: William Jones appeared on his own recognizance; and he bound to keep the peace towards Elizabeth SHANKS Jones and every other person of this state for 12 months and one day plus payment of $500; John Curd, Brady Anderson and John Bailey his securities.
Jones, William B. (I13535)
10 3 Feb 1801 Warren County Court of Quarter Session: William Jones appeared on his own recognizance; and he bound to keep the peace towards Elizabeth SHANKS Jones and every other person of this state for 12 months and one day plus payment of $500; John Curd, Brady Anderson and John Bailey his securities.  Shanks, Elizabeth "Betsy" (I13536)
11 A newer marker has been added for James Wilkins at the Mobley - Wilkins Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky, where his wife, Elizabeth White Wilkins, was buried. He was not buried there, but was instead buried at Goshen Church Cemetery in Todd County, Kentucky. The two cemeteries are both located off of Goshen Road, Todd County, Kentucky, and are a little less than a mile apart. Wilkins, James Sr. (I0936)
12 Aaron Dameron's place of burial is listed in his son's, James Thomas Refinas Dameron, obituary. Dameron, Aaron (I6713)
13 Abner Chesterfield Wilkins and Violett Lucinda Jetton were married by Reverend Robert Whitnel who was a Methodist circuit preacher of the Jackson Purchase area. Family F268
14 About 1834 they sold their Schuyler County, Illinois land and moved near to Industry, McDonough, Illinois which was about 15 Miles north of their former home, and from there to Fandon, McDonough, Illinois, all of which was unsettled territory, and as civilization came in around him he moved.  Reno, Jonathan B. (I11177)
15 About 1969, the following account was related by Louis Benton Ford (son of Josephus Wesley and Eliza Ann Young Ford) to Wanda Mangram (Great granddaughter of the above couple). "Smith Young fought in the Civil War. He was shot in the shoulder. Shortly afterwards, he slipped back to his home to check on his sick wife. His wife died but guards were posted at the church and cemetery so he was unable to attend the funeral. He was captured by the enemy. They hung him by his injured arm to a tree near his house and tried to force him to tell where other soldiers were hiding. When he refused, he was shot to death, leaving three shall children in the house alone." (Louis Benton Ford visited the old home place (circa 1915-1916) and the tree was still standing. There is a post card with his picture taken in Missouri, which was sent to 'Aunt Lizzie Ford', wife of Markley (sister of Eliza). Years later Virgil and Wanda Mangram return to find his grave. The story was confirmed, but they were told by oldtimers, "There warent no grave. The hogs et em."
Uriah served in the Civil War with the Northern Army per some family histories and with the Southern Army per others. A historian in Benton County, Arkansas indicated both to possibly be correct because many in Missouri changed sides. His wife died young, leaving three children. He came home on leave, perhaps because of her illness, or perhaps, because he had been shot in the shoulder; family stories differ. Different stories passed down through family, as well as by people in Jane, Missouri, all end with his being left in a field, and eaten by hogs. Some renditions say he was taken from his home by bushwhackers, or rebels, or renegades; others say he was told they were coming for him so he left his home and they caught up with him. Some say they wanted his money, others say they wanted information about his unit. All agree he was hung from a tree by the wounded arm. At some point he was shot, cut down, and left for the hogs. When family members visited in Jane, looking for his grave, they were told there was none, but were taken to the field where he died. Old timers remember the story, well.
From the Globe Reader Opinion Voice Of The People Civil War
Times, To The Globe:
A. H. Rogers' account of Civil War tragedies brings to memory the account of Smith Young's death. Smith Young was the brother of my grandfather, William K. Young. They were both in the Northern army. Uncle Smith was shot in the shoulder, and they had sent him home on furlough. He was staying with my grandmother for a few days. Mother said they came in about midnight, took him out of bed and left the house.
As soon as it was daylight she and Arvilla Young, a sister to grandfather and Smith, went to look for him. They lived at Jane, Missouri. They found him about a mile north of town in a rocky glade where only scattered trees grew. The Bushwhackers, as they were called, had hung him up by the injured arm and shot him full of holes. They cut him down, for hogs were eating on him when they found him. It was really rough in those days.  
Young, Uriah Smith Jr. (I11696)
16 According to a Jun 1954 letter from Lillia Junette "Nettie" Blackistone, the family moved to Washington D. C. on 1 Sep 1890. Shanks, Harriet Ann "Nannie" (I6781)
17 According to Dora Marie Ross Nelson, the great granddaughter of John Gudgel Ross: John Gudgel Ross left Caldwell County, Missouri to homestead in Shields, Lane, Kansas. John Gudgel Ross and family left Shields, Lane, Kansas and moved to Wellington, Sumner, Kansas, for a short time before moving to Turlock, Stanislaus, California. Charles Edwin Ross was the only son to be old enough to homestead when the family moved to Shields, Lane, Kansas. His great granddaughter, Dora Marie Ross Nelson, and her husband, Jimmie Howard "Jim" Nelson, are the third generation of farmers of this land.
Ross, John Gudgel (I0786)
18 According to family history from the family of his son 'Pate' Ford, he died at the 'dinner on the grounds' after running a 'foot race' and taking a big bite of fresh honey.  Ford, Rev. Josephus Wesley (I11435)
19 According to family history, Katie Carpenter died during the move to Alabama, and she was buried on the banks of the Tennessee River.

Carpenter, Katie (I5826)
20 According to Frances Armstrong Spillman: When Catherine Virginia Martha Jane Tennessee Armstrong was born and her parents were trying to name her all their neighbors and friends started giving her names, so not to hurt anyone's feelings they just put all of names together into "Catherine Virginia Martha Jane Tennessee Armstrong" and they called her Kitty.  Armstrong, Catherine Virginia Martha Jane Tennessee "Kitty" (I1883)
21 According to his Civil War detail report, Hugh Washington Forsythe was 5' 8", had brown hair, grey eyes, and had a fair complexion. Forsythe, Hugh Washington (I14962)
22 According to his Civil War enlistment record Charles R. "Uncle Charley" Ross was 5 feet 10 inches tall, he had dark hair, he had blue eyes, and he had a fair complexion.  Ross, Corp. Charles R. "Uncle Charley" (I0739)
23 According to Larry D. Carpenter: It is family history that Meshack Carpenter died before Temple Eliza (Aunt Dye) Carpenter was born. The 1880 census supports this since there is no record of Meshack Carpenter, and Mary Patrick Carpenter is listed as the head of the household.  Carpenter, Shadrack Meshack (I5865)
24 According to the great grandson of Charles Harlan "Charlie" Wright, Verna "Vernie" M. Ross Wright was committed to an insane asylum in Macon County, Missouri. She committed suicide while she was there. The asylum was later converted into an armory for the United States Army.  Ross, Verna "Vernie" M. (I3307)
25 According to the Miller family information furnished by Nova Miller Douglas: "Joseph Miller had charge of bringing all merchandise into Murray, Calloway, Kentucky by wagon from the Tennessee River. When he died, every merchant in Murray, Calloway, Kentucky closed their doors for the funeral and tied black crepe on the door. In those days every family had a dinner bell, and when the funeral procession started every one the the Tennessee River started ringing their bells and they rang them as long as the procession was in sight. The has never been done since, so the record says." Miller, Joseph Alfred (I12658)
26 According to the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs William Lind enlisted on 12 May 1936, and he was released on 11 Feb 1937. Lind, William Franklin (I3257)
27 Adam Grimm was a blacksmith. Grimm, Adam (I1291)
28 Additional information about Gen. Robert Bruce "Bob" Shira can be found at:
Shira, Gen. Robert Bruce "Bob" (I1752)
29 Adeline Unknown Chambers name is listed in the probate settlement of her husband, James Chambers. Unknown, Adeline (I14235)
30 Adopted Wilkins, Shelia Ann (I0458)
31 Adopted Wilkins, John Wayne (I0459)
32 After a family argument on 18 Jul 1923, William Plunkett shot and killed his wife, Ethel Tubbs Plunkett, his mother in law, Minnie Elva Brooks Tubbs, and his sister in law, Janie Tubbs. He stated in court that his wife was trying to divorce him and that her parents were always "out to get him" during their marriage. In Dec 1923, he plead guilty in circuit court to killing all three women, and was sentenced to 99 years by Judge Robert Reynolds. Plunkett, William (I13030)
33 After the death of both of his parents Meade Bertram Shirey first went to live with his aunt and uncle, Earl E. and Rose M. Clardy Butler, in Pyote, Ward, Texas. Then he went to live with another aunt and uncle, Clifford Desoto and Maude Catherine Wise Shirey, in Dewey, Washington, Oklahoma. Shirey, Meade Bertram (I2460)
34 After the death of Daniel, Levi enlisted in the Civil War at the age of 43.  Grimm, Daniel (I1213)
35 After the death of Francis Eaker Taylor Dulaney, Mary Ellen Taylor went to live with her aunt, Letha Jane Eaker Day. Taylor, Mary Ellen (I3895)
36 After the death of her husband Mary Ann Lefler Hard married the widowed father of her son in law, Thomas Price Romine.  Romine, Thomas Price (I14899)
37 After the death of her husband Mary Ann Lefler Hard married the widowed father of her son in law, Thomas Price Romine.  Lefler, Mary Ann (I14896)
38 After the death of her husband, Edith Parsons Moore went to the Toledo State Hospital for the Insane. It appears that she was there until her death in 1959. Parsons, Edith (I13159)
39 After the death of her husband, George Murry Hughey, Grace May Sumpter Hughey moved to Gainesville, Cooke, Texas.  Sumpter, Grace May (I0719)
40 After the death of her husband, Perle C. Stinson, Ellen (Ella) May Ross Stinson and her children went to live with her parents, John Gudgal and Permelia Albina Pares Ross in Wellington, Sumner, Kansas. Ellen (Ella) May Ross Stinson Edwards traveled to Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico for her health shortly before her death. When Ellen (Ella) May Ross Stinson Edwards died her children were sent to live with different family members.
Ross, Ellen May "Ella" (I3315)
41 After the death of her husband, Reverend James F. McCloud, Mary Ann Brown McCloud lived with her son, Joshua F. McCloud. Brown, Mary Ann (I11217)
42 After the death of her parents, Marietta Rogers lived with her sister, Alma O. Rogers Patrick. She later lived with her other sister, Opal Elizabeth Rogers Matlich. Rogers, Marietta (I11727)
43 After the death of her parents, the court records gave her name as Eliza Ann Young.
A transcription of their marriage record gives her name as Elvisa A. Young.
The information for her death certificate was provided by her son, Louis Benton Ford. He gave her name as Eloise. The marker at her grave reads Eliza Ann Ford. 
Young, Eliza Ann (I11436)
44 After the death of her second husband Henrietta Kirk "Etta" Hogan Fields Thorne went to live with her daughter and son in law. Hogan, Henrietta Kirk "Etta" (I8061)
45 After the death of her son, Thomas Bannister Mims, the inventory of his estate and the account of sale of his estate was made at his the home of his mother, Wilmouth "Wiley" Brooks Mims.  Brooks, Wilmouth "Wiley" (I6729)
46 After the death of his parents and grandparents Harold Raymond Brothers was sent to the McKinley Industrial Home For Boys in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. Brothers, Harold Raymond (I8936)
47 After the death of his parents, George W. Mims Sr. went to live with his aunt and uncle, Benjamin Franklin "Franklin" and Francis Brooks Hornbuckle. They move from Caswell County, North Carolina to Christian County, Kentucky and then to Calloway County, Kentucky.  Mims, George W. Sr. (I10170)
48 After the death of his wife, Grace O. Dale Hayes Wilson, Okey P. Wilson married the widow of Fred E. Dale, Flossie Journey Dale. Fred E. Dale was Grace O. Dale Hayes Wilson's brother. Wilson, Okey P. (I12820)
49 After the death of his wife, Grace O. Dale Hayes Wilson, Okey P. Wilson married the widow of Fred E. Dale, Flossie Journey Dale. Fred E. Dale was Grace O. Dale Hayes Wilson's brother. Journey, Flossie (I12821)
50 After the death of his wife, Martha Lee Jones, William J. Jones married her sister, Myrtle A. Lee. Jones, William J. (I11131)

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