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Mary Frances Keef (Fannie) Collins


MARY FRANCES KEEF (Fannie) COLLINS, and her daughter, THELMA COLLINSMARY FRANCES KEEF (Fannie) COLLINS, and her daughter, THELMA COLLINS.

Mary Frances (Fannie) was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Keef, pioneers of the community at McGee, Oklahoma. Fannie was the wife of William Matthew Collins, Uncle Bill, born November 1, 1874, at Harrison, Arkansas. They were married in the year 1901. William (Bill) was the brother of Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones. There were two Uncle Bills in the family at the same time from different sides. This Bill was spoken of as, "Uncle Bill Collins." The other Bill was William Stephens Jones and he was known as, "Uncle Billy Jones."

Bill Collins died September 19, 1943. When he died there were surviving children: 1. Mrs. Hugh Callen (Juanita) 2. Paul Collins 3. Mrs. Tom Burleson (Thelma Collins), 4. Silas Collins, 5. J.R. Collins 6. Mrs. Noel Watson (Bonnie) Mrs. Douglas Griffin (Bernice) 8. Mrs. Cecil Klutts, (Maxine).

Bill Collins homesteaded in Oklahoma in 1904. He settled then in Tyron, Texas county. In 1927 he sold out there at Tyron and went to Stilwell, Oklahoma where he lived until he moved to Stratford, Oklahoma where he lived until his death.

Bill Collins had a love of music and his home was a place of music making for his family and his friends. He was at one time champion of the state of Oklahoma as the best old time fiddler. He also was a watch maker and a farmer.

He was survived by his wife Mary Frances (Fannie) and his three sisters: Mrs. Joseph H. Jones (Nancy Bellzona) Foraker, Mrs. Nathaniel Hobson (Leatha) of Ralston and Mrs. Elijah (Lidge) Dunlap (Parilee) of Tahlequah. There was another sister, Mrs. James Griffith (Margaret) from Texas who was not mentioned in the old newspaper clipping.


Note from Hunter Man," a cousin...

HI DONNA HOW ARE YOU? THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING TO MY EMAIL. I WAS WONDERING HOW WE ARE KIN TO EACH OTHER. MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER WAS JUANITA CALLEN HER BROTHERS WERE SY (PETE), J.R. (NATHEN), SISTERS WERE THELMA, NADINE, BERNICE(SHORT).  HUGH CALLEN WAS GRANNY'S HUSBAND DID YOU KNOW HIM. THANK YOU.


 

 


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