Killian Fisher, daughter of Hileah Rebecca and John Killian. The date of
this photograph is circa 1903. This would have been nine years after
her father, John's untimely death.
One has to admire Becky for her obviously
seeing to her children's going on with their lives as is apparent in this
picture of Hettie. These early days were very hard times in which to
live. Arkansas was more advanced than Oklahoma as to government. In
1903 Oklahoma was just coming into statehood. Oklahoma was little more
than a struggling child just beginning walk on unsteady legs. Some
of the legal operation had to be handled in the courts by Arkansas judges.
Becky's sister, Dora, (Doshia) Jones
Frenchman, Page 73, had to have her marriage documented federally,
after she was given her Cherokee Dawes roll number, in order to have the
marriage legally recognized in Oklahoma. There were no state agencies
It was over twenty five years after the
civil war, ending 1865, but there were wounds not to heal in an easy
way. It has been some one hundred, thirty-five years since the civil
war at this date in 2000.
These photographs were graciously shared
with me by Charlene, Mrs. Lance Nichols of Oklahoma.
There is just no amount of gratitude I can
express to the web master of Electric Scotland, Alastair McIntyre.
If not for his putting this book of mine up on his sight I would have
never located my father's family. We do not live that far from them but it
may have been 1000 miles since I had no idea where this branch off Becky
settled. Within the last month contact has been made with three new
cousins, and plans being made to have a reunion in January 2001, fourteen
years after I started the search in 1986. From Oklahoma to Scotland and
back around to Oklahoma. Is this a great time to live or what?
Hettie is well dressed here which was
typical of the Jones's. They were very meticulous with their appearance.
Becky's brother Joseph (my grandfather) sewed up the suit he is wearing in
the picture of him on page 93. His daughter Gertrude Jones Wadley sewed
all her dresses, hats, jewelry, everything was hand made. They were
tiny built people with attention given to orderly lives.
The thoughtful expression of the girl here
reminds me of my grandfather, Joseph Hubbard Jones. His mind was
constantly working. He was dedicated to the children of the family up
until his death at close to 100 years old.
Killian Fisher on the left, John Killian, and Mary Killian Ragsdale on the
right. This photograph was taken in 1914. These are children of Becky and
There is a closeness expressed here between
Mary and her brother John with her hands on his shoulder. Hettie looks to
have her arm on his back.
A decorative tassel drapes from what looks
to be a pillow setting on the seat of the heavy wood furniture.
Nineteen fourteen was the opening of what
historians would call the most devastation to come upon the earth at one
time as war, called world war 1.