Gray Barbee was the brother of Mary Lou Barbee Jones. Mary Lou married
William Stephens Jones 11 (Uncle Billy), who was the brother of Joseph
Herbert Jones. Ben was a United States Marshall around that area during a
transitional time. The job of Marshall required a strong man with a talent
for public relations Diplomacy as well as quick thinking ability was
necessary during those times. There was such a variety of people from all
races on the Oklahoma scene, and anyone in these positions had to be
almost a master at the art of keeping the peace.
Phillips Oil Company of Bartlesville
honored this family with a two-page spread in their quarterly magazine,
The Shield, on Phillips 66th year. The six page coverage of the family was
titled, "The Grand Old Family." There is a family tree on a
two-page spread showing the family's genealogy with the company. This is
the 1983 issue.
William Mark Barbee was the son of Benjamin
Gray Barbee, the marshall. Grover, the son of William Mark and Inez
Barbee, and Grover's wife, Charlene, shared this information.
Under the picture of Benjamin Gray Barbee
and his wife, Ella Lively, the writer quotes Sir Winston Churchill, with
the question, "Where does the family start? It starts with a young
man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been
William Mark Barbee was born June 6, 1894
in rural Dallas. His wife, Conie Inez Medlen Barbee was born January 26,
1895 in Rural Peora, Indian Territory. She died in l993 at Bartlesville,
Oklahoma. Mark and Inez had eleven children. They were: 1. Pauline E.
(spouse) John Topper. 2. Katherine E. (Spouse) Harry Erikson. 3. Grace L
(Spouse) Joe Billam 4. M. Lewillis (Spouse) Nadine Sullivan 5. Carl W.
(Spouse) Josephine Wolf 6. Laveda R. (Spouse) John Tarrant 7. Grovor D.
(Spouse) Charlene Gay. 8. Conie Ann (spouse) Stanley Allen 9. Kirby D.
(Spouse) Shirley Hunt 10. Aloise J.(Spouse) Kenneth Root. 11. Jerry Lee
(Spouse) Larry Sandlin.
Abram b. 1790
SC, and Cintha Buchanan Medlen were John's Medlan's parents.
Inez Barbee was
the daughter of William A. and Katy Gaston Medlen, granddaughter of John
M. & Sarah Landers Medlen, Great Granddaughter of Abram & Cintha Buchanan