James Franklin Leatherwood married Mattie America Stewart 1900
Two children were born to this marriage: daughter, Willie Francis (1901) and son, Jessie Burrell, my grandpa, (1902). On 19 April, 1892, Cheyenne and Arapahoe land opened to homestead settlement by the government. At the age of 52 years, James Franklin Leatherwood claimed 160 acres in Washita, County, Oklahoma. For about 106 years, the Leatherwoods were caretakers and farmers of the land that my Great Grandpa James F. Leatherwood homesteaded in 1892. From 1892 to 1998, many Leatherwoods were born there and worked the land. James, Jessie Burrell (his son), JB, Jimmie Dee, Nina Vee, Butch, and Ronnie (his grandchildren), Jimmie Dee Jr. (his great grandson), and others, worked this farm, breaking sod, planting crops, and harvesting. When the farm was sold in 1989, the heavy impact was only softened a little by the fact that the buyer of the home place was Russell Trissel, a longtime close friend and neighbor. Russell made it clear that our family would always be welcome to visit the farm. The last Leatherwood born on the Leatherwood farm was Jeremy Dee Leatherwood. Jeremy was born in 1975 and is the great great grandson of James F. and Mattie. I will be posting Great Grandpa James’ homestead documents in the near future. I acquired them during the mid 1990s. I imagine it is much easier now to get homestead documents. Any advice?