William Newton Snelson and Martha Ann Medders

Snelson Medders

William Newton Snelson and Martha Ann Medders (My Great Great Grandparents)

William Newton Snelson                                                                                                          B: 19 Jan., 1852 Ozark Co., MO                                                                                            D: 27 Mar., 1919 Lincoln Township, Caddo, OK

Son of John Caldwell Snelson and Elizabeth Ann McClure

Martha Ann Medders                                                                                                                 B: 27 Feb., 1859 AR                                                                                                                D: 9 Jan., 1949 Anadarko, Caddo, OK

Daughter of Theoplas M. Medders and Martha C. Macklin (Immigrants from England)

Marriage, 17 Jan., 1878 Hopkins Co., TX

Nine children were born to this marriage:

Fannie Marie, John Franklin, AT Snelson, SW Snelson, Louis Alva, Ada Edna, Jessie Miller, Robert Lee, and Bertha Oneal.

John B Sullins and Ada Edna Snelson

John & Edna Sullins

John Byrd Sullins and Ada Edna Snelson (My Great Grandparents)

Parents of Katie Carrie Sullins Leatherwood

John Byrd Sullins

B: 26 Jan., 1868 Columbia, Adair, KY  D: 17 May, 1943 Canute, Washita Co., OK

Son of William Franklin Sullins and Ruth Howard

Ada Edna Snelson

B: 14 Mar., 1882 Cooke Co., TX  D: 30 July,1973

Daughter of William Newton Snelson and Martha Ann Medders

Married June 20, 1903  Ten children were born to this marriage and two from prior marriages.

John and Edna were farmers. They lived on a farm south of Canute, Oklahoma, where they raised their family.

Both John and Edna’s families had settled in the area sometime in the late 1800s.

John died May 17, 1943 and Edna died July 30, 1973. Both are buried at Canute Cemetery in Canute, Oklahoma next to their daughter, Katie Carrie (Grandma Katie).

The Death of William Newton Snelson 1852-1919

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My Great Great Grandfather, William Newton Snelson was about 67 years old when he died. I would like to share a letter that was written to my Great Grandmother, Ada Edna Snelson Sullins, by her sister, Marie Snelson Platt. Marie is writing about their father’s death. He died in March. It must have been a difficult letter to write. She mailed it in April, 1919. Page C through F described the way he died.

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Grandma’s Treasures

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My Dad’s Mother

Katie Carrie Sullins Leatherwood, Booe (Grandma Katie)

Born 3 July, 1904 Gotebo, Kiowa Co., OK  to  John Byrd Sullins and Ada Edna Snelson.  She died 10 October, 1967 and is buried in Canute, OK

1st Marriage, Jessie Burrell Leatherwood 15 April, 1922, Cordell, OK  Divorced about 1932. Three children were born to this marriage: Nina Vee, J B, and my dad, Jimmie Dee Leatherwood.

2nd Marriage, 28 November, 1934 to John Steverson of Anadarko, OK.                     3rd Marriage, Louis Dell Booe, 28 August, 1948, Los Angeles, CA Divorced 1953

Grandmother Katie Carrie Sullins’ funeral in 1967 was the first time I had seen tears in my daddy’s eyes. It was also the beginning of my collection of family obituaries and memory cards.

Katie Carrie Sullins B: 3 July, 1904 D: 10 Oct., 1967

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Grandma’s Treasures

 I don’t remember a lot about Grandma Katie but I learned a little about her through precious memorabilia she kept throughout her life. Her keepsakes mapped a sweet and loving trail of her life and bits of her struggles. Many years ago, Dad gave me her scrapbook, documents, and later, we found a suitcase containing cards and letters she had kept since childhood. It was clear that she loved and prized family and friends. She saved childhood valentine cards, graduation cards from nieces and nephews, thank- you notes, post cards, letters, and photographs. As I learn more about blogging, I want to share her letters and cards so we can all appreciate her sentimental heart and know the sweetness of Grandma Katie Carrie Sullins.

Since I am a real greenhorn at blogging, I welcome helpful suggestions as how to proceed in sharing the wealth of family history documents, pictures, and letters that are in my care.