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151 I am saddened to report that my wonderful wife of 38 years, Clarita, passed this Monday morning, April 10, 2017, about 1:30 AM (Philippine time) very peacefully in her sleep as she wanted. We were shocked on January 4, 2017 after a complete blood test, to learn that she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia, already very advanced. It was confirmed by a bone marrow extract and examination by three different hematologists and also the National Kidney and Transplant Center in Quezon City (Manila). Clare was 64 years old, and too young to die.

We had moved here last August, 2016, to share our final retirement years here in the Philippines. We enjoyed our travels during the first few months here, going to different islands and more. One of the hematologists had said Clare would probably only live a few weeks. Well, at least we had a little more than three more months together, and that gave us time to reminisce about all the things we've accomplished and the enjoyable moments we shared at all the places we've been and our lives together which were more than wonderful. And we've made some very wonderful friends along the way.

She requested cremation. 
Alcazar, Clarita Daragosa (I0007)
 
152 I received this email on June 8, 2000. (Joseph Dean Moore)


Saw your query on the Adams genforum and have some related info which
might hold some clues and a few answers possibly.
You might already have seen the 1850 census in Coweta County, GA showing
your
Martha Ann with her husband Oliver Houston and their children. (Let me
know if you haven't as I have the 1850 and 1860 census books for Coweta
County, GA)
I have been researching the family of Jesse Adams (b. ca 1786 in
Virginia) and his wife Casey Posey Adams (b. ca 1790 in North
Carolina). They were in the 1850
census in Coweta County, GA living next door to their probable son
Jackson Adams
(b. ca 1823 in GA), his wife Ellender and children..

The 1860 census for Coweta County, GA shows Casey Posey Adams is a widow
living with her probable daughter Elizabeth Adams Bohannon and
Elizabeth's husband Joseph Bohannon.

The Coweta County, Georgia Will books show a Will for John Houston,
dated
March 17, 1834 in which he names his children, including an Oliver
Houston. The Will is witnessed by Joseph Bohannon. Traditionally, the
witnesses to Wills were family members to some degree, e.g. in-laws,
etc. This Will record along with the 1860 census where Casey Posey Adams
(wife of Jesse Adams) is living with Joseph Bohannon family, strongly
suggests a relationship between your Martha Ann Adams and Jesse and
Casey Posey Adams, perhaps she is their daughter. It is worth further
research anyway on the Jesse Adams and Casey Posey Adams families.
There was not a Will listed in this transcribed book for Jesse Adams or
Casey Posey Adams, and I have ordered some microfilm records from the
LDS family history center to try to find more on Jesse Adams family and
his children.

Candace
cteal@dnc.net
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What we think we know about the Adams family:

1. Martha Ann Adams, b. 1817, married Oliver Houston on September 8, 1840 in Coweta County, Georgia, d. in Hurricane Twp. Saline County, Arkansas. We have a typed copy of Coweta County Marriages, 1827-1849, A-Z, pg. 1 of 41, which shows this marriage.

2. Unproven but probable information obtained through Ancestry.com, One World Tree, shows Martha Ann Adams father to be Samuel Adams*, b. February 1, 1784, Fluvanna County, Virginia. His parents were James Adams, Jr. and Jane Cunningham. Samuel Adams married Martha Ann Thornton (b. 1789 in Elbert County, Georgia, d. 1860) in 1803 in Elbert County, Georgia. This information indicates that Samuel and Martha had 13 or 14 children (one shown seems to be a duplication). For identification purposes I will list six of them:

a. Martha Ann - had the same name as her mother.

b. James - the oldest son, had the same name as his grandfather and g-grandfather.

c. Elizabeth Jane - had both her grandmothers' names.

d. Thompson Thornton

e. Alfred Newton

3. It is hard to identify families on censuses before 1850 but we have found Samuel Adams on the 1820 Elbert County, Georgia census with 3 females less than 10 years of age. (Martha was supposedly born in 1817, but probably not in Coweta County, Georgia as the One World Tree shows.)

4. There are two Admass on the 1830 Elbert County, Georgia census, neither with females under 15.

5. In 1840, there was a Samuel Adams in Muscogee County, Georgia with 1 female between 20-30 which could be our Martha, however since she married in September, 1840 she may not show up with father's family. (Oliver Houston's 1840 Coweta County, Georgia census does show one female between 20-30.) There are several other Samuel Adams listed in 1840 and the censuses are in the file.

6. On the Russell County, Alabama census for 1850, Samuel Adams, age 64 with real estate valued at $400.00, born in Virginia, resided with wife Martha, age 60, also born in Virginia, and son Alford, age 21, born in Georgia.

7. On the Barbour County, Alabama census for 1860, Samuel, age 76, born in Virginia and wife, Martha, age 62, born in Virginia?, lived with son Thompson T. Adams, age 48, born in Georgia, and his family.


* Another possible Adams family is shown on LDS Family Group Records. Levin Adams, b.1786, Pulaski County, Georgia, m. October 4, 1821, Winifred, b. 1790 in Pulaski County, Georgia. One of their 6 children was Martha Ann Adams, b. 1816 in Pulaski County, Georgia. (see printout in file above censuses). 
Adams, Martha Ann (I0021)
 
153 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hardin, Chloe Margaret (I4243)
 
154 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Moody, Dennis Keith (I4606)
 
155 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Harris, Russell Lee (I2158)
 
156 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Chappelle, Lisa Charise (I0016)
 
157 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Montgomery, Michael Stewart (I4644)
 
158 In January 2002, still living in Cincinnati, Ohio.[Rob12.FTW]

In January 2002, still living in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Robertson, Annie Laurie (I6319)
 
159 In Memory of Mother
Mildred Exalene Houston Rogers Nix
May 5, 1921 - March 15, 1998

Mildred Exalene was the fourth of eight children born to Henry Grady Houston and Flora Etta Dyer in a Stanton, Alabama farmhouse.
Exalene, as she was called then, married Daddy, James Vernon (J.V.) Rogers in 1939. Two girls were born to them: Linda Carol and Mildred Ann, that's me. Daddy went home to Jesus in 1963 following a long period of failing health resulting from surgery for stomach cancer.
Two years later Mother, by this time known as Mildred, married Alonzo Hencley Nix. Nix, as we called him, die in 1973.
When I was two-years-old Mother had to take a job outside the home, which was not the norm, to help support the family. Mother accepted the unfamiliar role of breadwinner due to Daddy's poor health. It was a man's world she toiled in working for meager wages in a Maplesville veneer mill.
Mother dreamed of a better life for us and in 1956 secured a job at a meat packing plant and moved the family to Selma. The environment she labored in was still anything but pleasant with the temperature hovering at forty-two degrees year-round. However it was a vast improvement in pay, and she now worked along-side other women instead of men.
During the almost nine years that Mother and Nix had together, she did not work outside the home. Following his passing, she took a job as a secretary in the ER at the Vaughan Hospital in 1974. Taking early retirement in 1979, she devoted her remaining years to family and friends.
Mother instilled a love of God in us at an early age. We never sat down to a meal without first giving thanks to God. Nightly prayers included the same ones that I prayed with my two children and my granddaughter, Caitlyn: The Lord's Prayer, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and a verse from Psalms: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer."
Before moving to Selma in 1957, we attended the Maplesville Baptist Church where I learned to recite the twenty-third and one-hundredth Psalms. Those words remain in my heart today.
I am reminded of a verse from Proverbs: "Train a child up in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it," and I am filled with thanks to God for my mother who introduced me to Jesus Christ.
Mother's final illness was sudden as heart attacks are. During the three months she fought to live, she was a model of faith and courage. Linda and I were by her side every day. Without Mother's unfailing faith, courage and optimism, we could not have made it through that difficult time. She continued to make important decisions concerning her earthly possessions and preparations for the future. She did everything she could do to make things easier for us just as she had done throughout our lives. Only in the two days just before she left us did she hint that she would soon be leaving this world.
Arriving at the nursing facility just before 7:00 a.m. that Sunday morning, I found her asleep. Sitting down beside her bed, I began to read from Mother's Bible and the Upper Room devotional for the day. The scripture was from Ecclesiastes: "To every thing, there is a season and a purpose unto heaven: a time to be born, a time to die . . ." I looked at Mother. The labored breathing had stopped. And again I heard that cold word I first heard at 14-years-old when Daddy passed away: "expired." Mother had slipped away from the pain of this world to be at peace with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mildred Ann Rogers Love 
Houston, Mildred Exalene (I0391)
 
160 In year 2000, could be contacted at Lanet Geriatric. 334-644-1111 ?, Emma (I4673)
 
161 Ingild (died in 718) who had a son:
Eoppa
 
Aethling, Ingeld Ingild (I9414)
 
162 Inscription:
"son of Willaim H. & Catherine Moore"

Note: Pvt; Co. A, 30th MS Inf

Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Winona
Montgomery County
Mississippi, USA

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1880 Census shows nephew Thomas living with Robert C. Wilson and Aunt Sarah E. (Sallie E. nee Moore) in Shelby County, AL.

Parents of Sarah (Sallie) and John T. were

William Henry Moore b. 2-19-1803, GA; d. 2-28-1889, AL
Catharine McElroy b 1808, GA; d. 1868 AL 
Moore, John T. (I8889)
 
163 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Eads, Angela Catherine (I8576)
 
164 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Houston, Hermon Harold (I0376)
 
165 Ivan Berrey, MD
[Rob12.FTW]

Ivan Berrey, MD 
Berrey, Ivan Columbus (I4883)
 
166 James Cleburne "Jim" Houston, Sr., age 91, passed away October 15, 2011 at the Texas State Veterans Home in Temple, TX. He was born on June 28, 1920 in San Antonio, TX to Robert Cleburne and Mary Ellen Blackmon Houston. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces serving as a bombardier in the South Pacific during WWII. He was awarded the Air Medal, a Unit Citation, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars.

Jim was an award-winning photographer known for his exceptional scenic photography. He received his first camera at the age of 8 and was taking photos with his new digital camera at 90. He was a 1938 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, where he served as assistant to renowned photographer Fritz Henle who was shooting a cover story there for Life Magazine. In the 1960s, Jim was Director of Photography for two motion pictures filmed in San Antonio.

Jim had a lifelong interest in woodworking, carpentry, model airplanes and electronics. He was a charter member of the Alamo Radio Control Society. After the war, he worked for the Bell Telephone Company. He studied electronics and operated Jefferson TV Repair during the 1950s. Later, he owned and operated Dell-Tex Vending Company, and was a store manager for Studer's Photos, Inc. After retirement, he ran a successful computer sales and software company.

Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Mary Mackey Houston. He is survived by his children, James Houston, Jr., Elizabeth Houston Patranella, Roberta Houston Young; stepdaughter Alice Mackey Brandt; 6 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at 8:15 a.m. with funeral service at 8:30 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2011 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Honors.

Source:
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=James-Houston&lc=4411&pid=154178167&mid=4850395&locale=fr-CA

 
Houston, James Cleburne (I1390)
 
167 James Decatur Houston listed his profession as a teacher on the 1860 census.
Also known as Col. James Decatur Houston 
Houston, James Decatur (I0689)
 
168 James Shot and killed Marshall W.R. Cathey in Pauls Valley, OK 1908 Stevenson, James Moore (I8507)
 
169 James T. Grogan SS number: 416-20-9548


From: PATG31@aol.com Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 09:55:48 EDT
Subject: Re: [GROGAN-L] J. C. Grogan b 1930 and others
To: stockpicker2020@yahoo.com
Dean,

My husband is a first cousin to J. C. and siblings. Clara's husband, James Wiley Grogan, was a brother to my husband's father, Julius. My husband never met any of the cousins though. James Wiley died in 1937 and the family didn't keep in close touch afterwards.

Kathleen was living in Panama City, FL in 2001 but we have been told she later moved to GA. She was still alive the last we heard which was three or four years ago. Her daughter Rita was in Orlando, FL. My husband's sister, Dottie, who passed away in 1999, met Kathleen and became friends with her while they were living in Birmingham in the 1960s or 1970s. They would exchange Christmas cards and, etc., for years after they both moved on.

The person that I corresponded with was J. C.'s child Debbie. Debbie was then living in GA also, I believe.

I have a meeting in a little while and don't have time to consult my notes now but will look through them this afternoon to see if there is anything that will help you.

Pat



From: PATG31@aol.com
Subject: Re: [GROGAN-L] Deaths Cobb Co, GA
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 12:03:02 EST

Hi Garry, I can identify the last two:

<< JAMES T GROGAN 29 Aug 1925 22 Jun 2001 30102 (Acworth) 416-20-9548 AL
JACQUELINE H GROGAN 25 Aug 1929 11 Jun 2001 30102 (Acworth) 422-34-9401
AL >>

James T. is from the line of Henry Grogan (1796-1850) & Sabrina Gibson ->>
Absolom Grogan (1822-1902) & Mary Ann Tarvin ->> William Thomas Grogan
(1855-1924) & Mary Lou Jones >>................

Jacqueline was James T's wife.

Pat 
Grogan, James T. (I0548)
 
170 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Moore, Jason Dean (I0008)
 
171 Joe lost his arm about 1950 in an accident in a cotton mill card machine. Brown, Joe Waymon (I1103)
 
172 John Haynes, 1776-?, lived in TN for a while, moving there from Bedford County, VA early in the 1800s. I have found no records as yet from their stay. They show up later in MS, and TX in mid-century. I'd LOVE to know where/when they went between Bedford Co. VA, and MS & TX..

Here's what I know so far about the family of John & Elizabeth (Scott) Haynes. They had nine children: Elizabeth, 1805-?; William Scott, 1807-?; Henry, 1809-1880; Mary Turner, 1811-?; Malcolm Decater, 1813-?; Harriett Amanda, 1816-? m. Young Houston; Susan Marion, 1818-1887; John L. 1821-1888, m. Angelica Wells; James Marion, 1824-1886, m. Harriett Amma Beall.

All nine kids were b. in VA. The youngest, James Marion Haynes is mentioned three places as being b. in VA: David Street Bible, quoted in W&M Q v.8, p 129; 1860 Census Holmes County; page 41, line 20 says he is 36, born in Virginia. October 1850 Census says he is 27, born in Virginia.

So the family left VA no earlier than 1824, when James Marion Haynes was born. The family may then have first moved to TN. I have found a lawsuit involving a William Scott Haynes in a TN court (and a 1837 NC marriage here in Orange County of a William Scott Haynes), and I have some family correspondence from my great-grandfather, Col. John L. Haynes, which, in a letter to his son Henry says that he was troubled "as a boy" with ?chill fever,? which was helped when "mother came down to Mississippi from Tennessee."

Please send any info on this family to me at John@HaynesFamily.com also see the Haynes Web site at www.HaynesFamily.com


John Haynes (1776- ca1830)

John was the son of Henry Haynes (1745-1816), and his first wife Bersheba Hampton. John was a middle child with 17 brothers and sisters. He was born in Bedford County, Virginia about 1776, at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. His birth date is estimated from his first appearance in the tax rolls of Bedford County, in 1797, when he is assumed to be 21. His date and place of death are so far unknown.

In the fall of 1804, at age 28, he married Elizabeth Scott, the daughter of Revolutionary Soldier William Scott and his wife Elizabeth Abbot (Wade) Scott of Chesterfield County, Virginia. Elizabeth bore John Haynes nine children, at two year intervals over nineteen years. James Haynes, the baby of the family, was born when she was 38.
Children Life span Spouse
1 Elizabeth Haynes (1805-____) Isaac Hale
2 William Scott Haynes (1807-____) Louisa C. Williams (?)
3 Henry Haynes (1809-1880)
4 Mary Turner Haynes (1811-____)
5 Malcolm Decater Haynes (1815-1863)
6 Harriett Amanda Haynes (1816-____) Young Gresham Houston
7 Susan Marion Haynes (1818-1887)
8 John L. Haynes (1821-1888) Angelica Irene Wells
9 James Marion Haynes (1824-1886) Harriett Amma Beall and Mary D. ___?____

Mary "Polly" Scott, the sister of Elizabeth (Scott) Haynes, married David Street, in whose family bible are the names and birth dates of her sister Elizabeth's siblings and children. John Haynes went into business with his brother-in-law Lennaeus Scott, Elizabeth's younger brother. Lennaus was most probably named after Carolus Linnaeus, (born Carl von Linne)1707-1778 Swedish botanist and originator of the binomial (genus and species) system of taxonomic classification, e.g. homo sapiens, that lead to Darwin's Theory of Evolution. The firm of Haynes & Scott was in the town of Liberty, later re-named Bedford City.

Emigration West - Many of the Haynes family moved west into Tennessee and Kentucky as these lands opened up to settlement in the late 1700s and early 1800s. John's aunt, Mary (Haynes) Long was among the first -- she and her husband John Long moved to Kentucky in 1789. His uncle William Haynes moved to KY about 1798; his sister Bathsheba and her family moved to Grayson Co., KY ca 1811;his brothers Henry and William moved Breckinridge County, KY about 1817-8. His sister Harriett moved to Mississippi and married there in 1833.

The date when John & Elizabeth moved west is not known, but events help to narrow the possibilities to between 1824 and 1826. In 1823, they started to sell off land, incurred debts, and closed down the mercantile business that was apparently failing. While he is not listed in the 1820 or 1830 census for Bedford County,he is on the tax rolls from 1797 thru 1823. He does not appear in the Bedford County tax rolls after 1823.
Date Item Book Page
20 Sep 1823 John & Elizabeth sell "Haynes Mill" and ca 350 acres land to Charles Whiteley for $5,000 18 414
30 Dec 1823 John & Elizabeth sell their lot on Main street to Abel Nichols for $2,500 [bought in Sep 1822 for $250!] 18 187
10 Feb 1824 Elizabeth gives birth to James Marion Haynes in Bedford County, VA
27 Jul 1824 John pledges a slave to Linnaus Scott to secure an overdraft from their business 18 371
04 Aug 1824 "Haynes & Scott" has ceased business, and deeds their inventory to deal with outstanding debt. 18 385
18 May 1825 John Haynes still in debt to Peter Street, et al for $475 19 196

Elizabeth and part of the family moved to Tennessee, and then on to Mississippi, where she died in October 1864. She is buried in Holmes County, MS, near the present city of Lexington.

The Children - His son William Scott Haynes may have moved to Bedford County, Tennessee -- a man of that name was involved in a lawsuit there in 1840, and a W. Scott Haynes is in the 1840 census for that county, age range 30-40. He may also have married in North Carolina -- a William Scott Haynes was married in Orange County, NC in 1837. Sons James M., John L, and Malcolm D. were in Holmes County, MS in the mid 1840s, where James and Malcolm had extensive land dealings, and John L. edited the Lexington Advertiser Newspaper. James served as Sherriff in Holmes County, and was a quartermaster in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He is rumored to have returned to Virginia to die in 1886. Some census records for MS show James M. as "Jame Sm."

Young John L. went on to a distinguished political and military career in Texas, serving in the Texas Legislature, and as a Colonel in the US Army in the War. He is buried in a family plot in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, TX. There are four separate versions of what the "L" in his middle name stands for. Unlike his siblings, he is listed without a middle name in the Street bible. His uncle was Linnaus Scott -- this may be the origin of my family names John Lenneis Haynes? 
Haynes, John (I4578)
 
173 John Stevenson Killed Jack Shehan and Marshall Joe Gains of Pauls Valley.

THE TROUBLESOME STEVENSON BROTHERS

By Ken Butler
?2005

John and Jim Stevenson were brothers who lived in Pickens County of the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (later Garvin County, Oklahoma). They operated a saloon and a goodly portion of their sales was peddling the whiskey that they had cooked-off. Their enterprise was in the burgeoning little hamlet of Pauls Valley, which the City?s Commercial Club promoted as ?The Queen City of the Washita?. Later, when the selling of distilled spirits became illegal in Oklahoma and the ?open bars? had to close, the brothers turned to operating a barbershop as a front for their ?bootlegging? business.

In a span of fifteen years, each of the Stevenson brothers would shoot and kill a local officer of the law; and, in a later armed encounter, John would be shot and killed by a city official. This story tells of their violent confrontations with lawmen and the repercussions of such actions. It also relates the role their infamous lawyer, Moman Pruiett, played when he successfully defended Jim Stevenson on a murder charge at Norman that triggered a mob to lynch four men in Ada.

On August 22, 1893, John Stevenson was brandishing a knife in a threatening manner on the streets of Pauls Valley, so it fell to Constable Joe Gaines to reign-in the inebriated bartender. Gaines recruited Bill Robinson, a local barber, to help him in confronting the character who was known to be a troublemaker. After Gaines and his newly deputized assistant disarmed Stevenson, they ordered him to go home and get some sleep. Minutes later, Constable Gaines arrested Stevenson again because of a new disturbance. This time he released John to the care of his wife who was advised to take her husband home.

Visiting the Stevenson home that evening were family relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Waite. Fifteen years earlier, Fred had been a cohort of Billy the Kid in New Mexico Territory. After running with the notorious young outlaw during the Lincoln County War, Waite returned to his family in the Chickasaw Nation. Later, he was elected to the tribal legislature. Fred Waite and his wife lived in Pauls Valley until he died in 1895.

After John Stevenson arrived home, he hurriedly ate his dinner and briefly visited with the Waites. Then, remembering the rough treatment that he had received at the hands of the constable earlier that evening, John reached for his Winchester, made sure it was loaded, and headed down the street carrying the weapon. About 9 P.M. John was in front of Bandy?s Cider Joint, where he fired two shots into the air and let out a loud ?Whoop!?

Constable Gaines saw the rifle-toting Stevenson enter the tavern, which was located at the north end of Santa Fe Street. John had invited the men on the street to come in and ?have a drink? with him. Moments later, with revolver tightly gripped in both hands, Gaines stepped into the saloon and saw Stevenson standing at the bar with rifle in hand. At that same instant, John saw the armed officer and raised his rifle. Sounding almost as one shot, each of the combatants fired his gun at the other. Gaines? errant lead hit the wooden counter. Stevenson?s shot, even though fired with the rifle at waist level, was deadly, striking the constable in the head and ending his life as he fell.

Stevenson surrendered to Deputy U.S. Marshal E. H. Scrivner, who just happened to be his neighbor. Scrivner delivered his prisoner to the Federal Jail at Paris, Texas. The Federal Court at Paris had jurisdiction over all capital crimes that had been committed in the Southern District of the Indian Territory. John was charged, indicted and ordered to stand trial for the murder of Constable Joe Gaines, who was also a commissioned Deputy U.S. Marshal at the time of his death. Stevenson hired Stillwell Russell and Jake Hodges, two of the most prominent criminal attorneys in the region to defend him.

While Stevenson was awaiting trial, another murder charge emerged against him. A local newspaper reported that three years earlier, John had hired a young man named Jack Shehan to sink a well on the Stevenson family farm, west of Pauls Valley. While there the well digger had suddenly vanished. Although there were some suspicions in the neighborhood that Jack Shehan had met with foul play, John?s story, that the young man had taken off, leaving the country abruptly for parts unknown, was reluctantly accepted.

However, John?s wife confessed to caregivers on her deathbed that her husband had killed Shehan and dumped his body into the well then filled it in with dirt. When lawmen learned of her dying declaration, they went to the Stevenson farm and re-opened the well. As the officers excavated the site, they found human bones. John?s mother and younger brother, Jim were arrested on suspicion of being accessories to the young man?s disappearance, and possible murder. They were taken to Paris and put in jail along with John. No skull or clothing was found with the skeleton parts.

Charges against the Stevensons for the murder of Jack Shehan were ultimately dropped because the bones were never confirmed to be those of the missing man. Jim and his mother were released and they returned to Pauls Valley; however, John remained behind bars, to answer for the murder of Officer Gaines.

In April 1895, John Stevenson was tried before the Federal Court in Paris, Texas. He was found ?guilty of murder in the first degree? and sentenced ?to hang?. Later, a local newspaper reported that Stevenson had hired ?Judge East?, a prominent attorney in Washington D.C., to assist in his appeal. In April 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed John?s case; and, on a technicality, they overturned the lower court?s guilty verdict and remanded the case for a new trial.

In December 1896, John Stevenson?s second trial was held at Paris, Texas. Again, attorneys Russell and Hodges defended him. This trial resulted in a ?hung jury? and a mistrial was declared.

In May 1897, Stevenson was tried a third time for the murder of Officer Joe Gaines. After hearing the case, the jury concluded that the accused was guilty of manslaughter and they sentenced him to serve six years and ten months in prison. Following this conviction, Jake Hodges stepped-out as co-counsel and Stevenson asked Moman Pruiett to help him with the appeal process. Pruiett had studied law in the offices of Jake Hodges at Paris, Texas. After being accepted to the bar, the young attorney had moved to Pauls Valley, I.T. (Indian Territory), where he hung-out his shingle and began his law practice.

Pruiett was also Pauls Valley?s first City Attorney and, as such, was the city prosecutor of local violations. When Stevenson became aware that his defense lawyer also represented the city in some minor alcohol- related charges that were pending against him, he approached Moman on the matter. Pruiett had just come out of a grocery store with his arms full of sacks carrying two dozen eggs, loaves of bread and such, when Stevenson confronted him, asking the attorney if he intended to press the city?s charges against him. When Pruiett responded in the affirmative, Stevenson suddenly dropped back and kicked at his attorney, knocking the groceries all over the street. Now, Pruiett was a grappler, a brawler, and a bare-knuckle fighter from way back; however, he immediately recognized that he was no match for the extremely agitated and aggressive Stevenson. Shortly after this incident, John apologized to Pruiett and all was forgiven.

Years later, Moman would recall the incident to a news reporter, ?I stood there, yellow inside and out with egg yolk covering me?. Realizing Stevenson?s prowess as a fighter was likely the reason that Officer Gaines had deputized Robinson to assist him in arresting the drunken bartender.

In spite of the rough treatment that he had received at the hands of Stevenson, Moman Pruiett exerted every effort to gain relief for his client. In March 1898, the U. S. Criminal Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled favorably on the young lawyer?s plea. After being granted a new trial, John Stevenson was returned to Texas from the penitentiary at Detroit, Michigan, to be tried again.

In April 1899, Stevenson?s fourth trial for the murder of Joe Gaines came before the Federal Court at Paris, Texas. Almost six years had passed since Officer Gaines had been gunned-down in Bandy?s Cider Joint in Pauls Valley. The jury yielded to Moman Pruiett?s most persuasive presentation, and voted the twice-convicted killer ?Not Guilty.? John Stevenson was released?a free man.

Some six months later, back in Pauls Valley, John Stevenson was charged with ?assault with intent to kill? a man named James Boyce. The particulars of his encounter, which occurred in early November 1899, are not now known. The charges were later dropped.
During the criminal court proceedings at Pauls Valley in the spring of 1901, John and Jim Stevenson were convicted of ?introducing and selling? liquor in Chickasaw Nation. They were each sentenced to serve four years in the Federal penitentiary. John?s neighbor, E. H. Scrivner, the former Deputy U.S. Marshal, was also found guilty on the same charge and received a like sentence. On May 29, 1901, these three men and ten others, who were convicted in that term of court, were delivered to the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. In recompense for their good behavior in prison, the Stevenson brothers were released before serving their full sentences. Shortly after being freed they returned to Pauls Valley.

On Sunday November 3, 1907, Jim Stevenson shot and killed City Marshal Randolph Cathey at Pauls Valley. Jim had held ill feelings against the officer for some time due to many accused liquor violations at the Stevenson saloon. There was also an earlier incident in which Marshal Cathey had roughed-up and arrested one of his nephews. Jim waited in the dark near the front door of a restaurant where Cathey was eating his supper. When Cathey stepped from the caf?, Stevenson opened fire (from ambush) with his automatic pistol.

As Cathey fell to the sidewalk mortally wounded, he drew his pistol and fired five shots at his unknown attacker, hitting him twice. Stevenson continued to shoot his hapless, prostrate victim until his weapon was empty. One of Cathey?s shots broke Stevenson?s leg, which facilitated his immediate capture.
Marshal Cathey was a very well liked and much respected law officer in the community. Those who knew Cathey became highly incensed when they learned that Stevenson had shot him. Soon, the townspeople began gathering around the jail where Jim was held and began muttering about hanging him on the spot. As the talk grew louder, lawmen urged the doctor who was tending Stevenson?s wounds to step forward and announced that the assassin was critically wounded by Cathey?s bullets and would surely die. The disconsolate group accepted this tale and began to drift away. One newspaper reported, ?The only thing that saved Stevenson from mob violence is the belief that he could live but a few hours.? As soon as the crowd dispersed, Stevenson, whose wounds were not life-threatening, was quickly taken to the train station and transported to the jail at Ardmore, OK. This step was taken to protect him from the Pauls Valley citizenry, who were expected to rally again when they learned of Jim?s true condition.

During this period in Oklahoma?s wild history, saloons in the territory were commonly called ?joints? and the operators were frequently referred to as ?jointist?. The next morning, following Cathey?s death, the mayor called a town meeting of the leading citizens. A committee was appointed to notify all ?jointists? in Pauls Valley that they had three hours to get their fixtures and merchandise to the railroad depot, ready to be shipped out, or their equipment and supplies would be destroyed.

The committee took immediate action to implement the order. Soon, the town was bustling with dray wagons as they hauled saloon fixtures and stock to the railroad station in compliance with the directive. John Stump was the only Pauls Valley jointist who failed to obey the order. He was very emphatically remanded and strongly urged to move out ?lock, stock and barrel?, or his material assets would be destroyed. Again, he defied the order and ignored the committee?s verbal edict. At that point, the entire contents of his saloon were piled in the street, saturated with oil and set afire. The local newspaper reported: ?the whole was soon up in flames and Mr. Stump was poorer, yet wiser than a few minutes before.?

Randolph Cathey?s funeral was held in Pauls Valley on Monday afternoon. Merchants shut their doors and the schools were closed so that everyone could attend the services. The officer?s body was put aboard the train Tuesday, to be returned to his former home of Youngport, Texas, for burial.

A short time later, the local newspaper reported that during the two-week period between when the jointists had been run out of town and statehood (when prohibition was invoked), not one arrest had been made in Pauls Valley. The paper further noted that prior to ridding themselves of the local joints, arrests had been an every-day occurrence in town, and that prohibition was obviously the best policy.

Jim Stevenson hired Moman Pruiett to defend him on the murder charge. Due to the open animosity that had been displayed by the people of Pauls Valley toward his client, Pruiett was able to have the case transferred from the newly-formed Garvin County to Norman in Cleveland County. Although the trial date was first set for December 1908, Pruiett got a continuance until the following spring, a stalling tactic that he often used.

On Monday December 20, 1908, Pauls Valley Marshal Joe Roberts observed John Stevenson receiving some whiskey from Baldy Green, who was making a delivery to the Hill and Stevenson Barbershop. Marshal Roberts arrested Green and then called for Stevenson to hand over the whiskey and to appear at the courthouse as a witness. At that point, John Stevenson began cursing Roberts and defiantly pulled his knife. With lightening fast reflexes, the marshal drew his pistol and struck it sharply across John?s head and the knife fell to the floor. Stevenson was arrested and taken to jail.

Stevenson was bailed out of jail and back on the street the next afternoon. Those who met and talked with him stated that he had vowed to kill Roberts at the earliest opportunity. Fifteen years earlier, John had shot and killed Constable Joe Gaines; and, only a year had passed since his brother Jim had killed City Marshal Cathey. Knowing the maniacal disposition of the brothers, citizens throughout the area became very concerned for Officer Roberts? welfare. One merchant reported a brisk increase in the sale of handguns and ammunition.

Before he could carry out his threat upon Officer Roberts, John Stevenson went into The Valley Grocery, where City Police Judge T. L. ?Captain? Kendall was clerking. It was Christmas Eve, 1908, when John entered the local grocery store. Seeing that Stevenson was intoxicated and in a belligerent mood, Kendall ordered him to leave. This so infuriated Stevenson that he increased his tirade upon the judge. Kendall was prepared for the inevitable. When he saw Stevenson reach for his gun, the judge brought forth a pistol that he already gripped beneath the counter and fired four shots into his abusive caller. After falling to the floor, the mortally wounded man still tried to fire his weapon at Kendall. However, Officer Roberts quickly arrived on the scene and grabbed Stevenson?s gun in such a manner that the hammer snapped on the lawman?s finger. John Stevenson was taken to the hospital where he died about two hours later. The deceased was buried in the local cemetery.

A security bond of $5000 was immediately raised for the city police judge who had an impeccable record and an excellent reputation. John Stevenson?s previous troubles with the law were well known and it was popularly thought that Captain Kendall would not have any difficulty in beating any charge that might result from his action. As expected, Kendall was fully exonerated and later served as mayor of Pauls Valley.

In April 1909, Jim Stevenson?s trial for the murder of Officer Cathey came before the Cleveland County Court. As the case unfurled, Moman Pruiett again preformed his wizardry for the defense. In his presentation, he reversed the roles from the original report. Pruiett advised the jury that Cathey had fired first and his shot had knocked Stevenson down. The attorney emphasized his account of the shooting by acting out the claimed role of his client. He fell hard upon the floor then pretended to fire a handgun only to defend himself from the attacking officer. Pruiett?s dramatic presentation convinced the jury to bring back a ?Not Guilty? verdict on the afternoon of Saturday, April 17, 1909.

Years later, the noted criminal lawyer recalled, ?I crumpled up in front of that jury an? sprawled out. My damn head hit the floor so hard I that thought I had killed myself, an? I had to lay there. Everybody thought it was a part of my act, my just layin? so still for so long, but it wasn?t. I couldn?t get up for a while.? Pruiett acknowledged that it had been one of his most difficult cases. This trial had garnered a lot of notoriety because of the Stevenson brothers? previous troubles with the law. A ?not guilty? verdict for murder was typical in cases where Moman Pruiett was the defendant?s attorney.

At the time that Jim Stevenson was on trial at Norman, Oklahoma, about fifty miles southeast, seven men were being held in the Pontotoc County jail at Ada in connection with the recent murder of Gus Bobbitt. The victim had been a long-time, popular citizen of the area and had previously served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. One of the men in jail had admitted his guilt in the affair and had reported the roles that the others had played in the murder.

Most of the citizens of Ada were aware that Moman Pruiett had been hired to defend the accused killer, Jim Miller. Recently, some of those same people had learned that the prominent attorney had agreed to represent Jess West and Joe Allen, the men who had allegedly hired Miller to kill Bobbitt. Pruiett?s reputation for getting juries to absolve his clients of any wrong doing was well known in the Territory. Those in the community who were acutely interested in seeing that the men in jail pay for their crimes anxiously awaited the verdict in the Jim Stevenson trial.

When the result of the Stevenson trial reached Ada, local citizens began to assume that with Pruiett defending the ringleaders in the Gus Bobbitt murder plot, that he would somehow attain acquittals for his clients. One newspaper reported ?When the verdict of the jury at Norman clearing Jim Stevenson for the murder of Marshal Cathey, was made known in Ada, the general opinion seemed to be that it was not worth while to incur the expense of a trial with the probability of the murderers being freed.? With their minds plagued by the likelihood of this unacceptable consequence, the locals set in motion to insure that justice would prevail.

About 2:00 A.M. Monday morning April 19, 1909, a large group of masked men forced their way into the Ada jail, and removed Jim Miller, Jess West, Joe Allen and Berry Burrell from their cells. The mob took the four prisoners to a nearby barn and lynched them.

Pruiett?s victorious ?not guilty? verdict at Norman had spared Jim Stevenson?s life, but had sparked a Pontotoc County mob into lynching four men thirty-six hours later. This episode of western justice, which occurred in Ada, Oklahoma, is well reported in the following books: Four Men Hanging, The End Of The Old West by Welborn Hope; Shotgun For Hire - The Story Of ?Deacon? Jim Miller Killer Of Pat Garrett by Glenn Shirley; and Jim Miller, The Untold Story Of A Texas Badman by Bill C. James.

Upon Jim Stevenson?s release at Norman, he returned to his barber practice at Pauls Valley. Later, he moved to Cushing, Oklahoma, where he operated a barbershop for years. Following his wife?s death in 1942, he moved to Tulsa, living alone in a hotel.

On the morning of April 13, 1951, Jim Stevenson was found in his room, severely beaten. The eighty-four year old victim was rushed to an emergency hospital where the doctor reported that he had been savagely assaulted and had lost the sight of his right eye.

Stevenson could provide the police only meager information about his attacker, whom he had let into his quarters. After knocking the aged man about the room and kicking him numerous times, the assailant robbed Stevenson of fifteen dollars then fled.

A couple of days later, Elmer McDonald, a crippled electrical repairman, was found dead in his shop at Tulsa. At first his death was believed to be the result of an accidental fall, but an examination revealed that his skull had been crushed and his wallet was missing. The police began to suspect that he was another victim of the culprit who had beaten the aged barber in his hotel room. Later, it was determined that McDonald?s missing wallet had contained nine dollars,

Piecing together the fragments of information that Stevenson (who remained in critical condition) could provide, the police began a search for James Cristner, a local ex-convict and part-time cafe cook. The suspect was located at Muskogee where he had relatives. Cristner was brought back to Tulsa; and, when the police questioned him about the mayhem of Stevenson and the murder of McDonald, he confessed guilt in both cases.

Jim Stevenson never recovered from the brutal beating. Less than a month later, while a patient in a rest home at Broken Arrow, Jim Stevenson died on May 9, 1951. James ?Jim? Stevenson was buried beside his wife, Josephine, in Fairlawn Cemetery at Cushing.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
BOOKS:



He Made It Safe To Murder: The Life Of Moman Pruiett, by Howard K. Berry, Sr., Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2001.

Oklahoma Heroes, by Ron Owens, Turner Publishing Co. Paducah, KY 2000.

The Lincoln County War, by Maurice G. Fulton, Univ. of Ariz. Press, Tucson, AZ, 1968.

Stevenson v. U.S. - 16 S.CT 839 (Supreme Court Reporter) & 86 F 106 (Federal Reporter);

Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals Records;

1900 U. S. Census - Chickasaw Nation; also, 1910 & 1920 U.S. Census. 
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