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Nancy Bellzona's Picture Book
The Joneses -
Hettie Killian Fisher


Hettie Killian FisherHettie 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 before statehood.

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.

Hettie Killian Fisher on the left, John Killian, and Mary Killian Ragsdale on the rightHettie 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 John Killian.

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.


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