The "Old Home Place" abt 1900-1910

The "Old Home Place" abt 1900-1910
Earp Homestead located N. Keokuk Twp., SE 1/4 S6 T15N R6E, Lincoln CO., OK, or 3 miles north and 2 1/2 miles west of Stroud, OK.

The Earp Family Blog


Here you'll find a family parlor for descendants and other kin of William Asbury and Mary Frances (Wright) Earp, who settled near Stroud (Lincoln Co.) Oklahoma Territory in 1892. May it be a resting place along the highway of time for all who pass this way. Come on in--the door's open. Sit down and rest a spell. Let's swap some stories and photographs from the treasure chest of time. Y'all come on in now, hear?


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cow or Team of Horse...Wedding Gift

This attached article, "Cow or Team of Horses was Traditional Earp Family Wedding Gift" was published at the same time as the wedding photograph of Coy Earp and Philip Miller, Sep. 11, 1986 in the Lincoln County News under "Significant Scenes" by Sally Ferrell.

Left click on the article and enjoy the read!

Christmas Day Wedding

This picture was in one of my mom's old albums. It is the wedding picture of Coy Jane Earp, the oldest child of Wm. A. and Mary F. Earp, and Philip Otis Miller. One of Coy and Philip's children, Opal Miller Anderson, was the mother of my high school friend and cousin: Janie Anderson. Janie had a younger sister named Doris.

If any of you out there know where Janie or Doris are, would you please notify them about the blog or let Wayne or I know their address or email. Would love to connect with them again. Coy Earp Miller was their grandmother.

This photo was published in the Lincoln Co. News, Sep. 11, 1986 under "Significant Scenes" by Sally Ferrell.

Left click on the picture to enlarge it.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

1900 US Census for Lincoln Co., Oklahoma Territory

This is a copy of the 1900 Census for Keokuk Township, Lincoln County, Oklahoma Territory. About midway down you'll see the Wm. A. Earp family listed: Wm. A. age 43, Mary F. age 36, Coy (misspelled) age 15, Otto age 14, Ina age 12, Vernon (Vernie) age 11, Martin Earl age 9, Huie (note spelling) age 7, Ona age 5, Ara age 7, Oba age 6 mos. John and Claud were born later.

Click on the census to enlarge and see the Earp family members named.

My grandfather Huey was the first of the children born in Oklahoma Territory. In fact, he and my grandmother Arlie Flatt were both born prior to statehood.

Imagine living in a one room log house, (a sleeping loft was located upstairs for the children) with that many children. According to the newspaper interview of 1959 posted above, Mary Frances didn't seem to be bothered by it at all, nor did she feel crowded! She must've been an amazing woman.

William Earp, young John, and Percheron

I have an actual photograph as well a newspaper print copy of this photo. They both came from one of  Mama's old albums. The photo is probably a copy of a copy, but I'll post it and we can see if the quality is any better.

The caption below the newspaper picture says that the photograph was taken at the county fair about statehood time which would date the photo about September or October of 1907.

"The occasion for the picture was not fair competition...his young son John had won a ride and picture on Dad's prize horse for obediently taking medicine...This photograph was taken about statehood time...and donated by Mrs. John Earp."

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Earp Family Arrives by Covered Wagon

This is a clipping from the Stroud
paper, 1959, of an interview with
Mary Frances (Wright) Earp,
 in which she tells about the
 family's arrival in Indian Territory,
in 1892. If someone had the time
and energy to turn this into a text
document, we'd all be much obliged.

William Earp, son John, and Percheron

William Earp showing off a prize Percheron with his son John astride.  The image comes from an undated Stroud newspaper clipping. It would be great to have the photo itself posted so we'd have better resolution. Mrs. John Earp, provided the photo, the caption says.

Monday, November 30, 2009

William Earp family, 1906

This photo of the William Earp family of Lincoln Co. Oklahoma was taken in 1906 and shows all eleven of the Wm. Earp children.

Back row from left: Hugh, Otto, Ina, Vernie, and Earl. Front row from left: Ona, Oba, Coy, William Asbury Earp with son John, Mary Frances Wright Earp with baby Claude on her lap and standing at far right is Ara.

Mary Frances Earp, 1941

Mary Frances Earp standing in front of a new 1941 Ford. The date is legible on the license tag and is written by hand on the front of the photo. It would have been taken somewhere around Stroud (Lincoln Co.) Oklahoma.

Has anyone seen this photo before?


Mary Frances Wright Earp

The photo shows Mary Frances (Wright) Earp (1862-1961), probably taken in the 1920s.

Compare this photo with the other one, which can be dated precisely, and try to guess her age. Mary Frances was born near the Missouri-Iowa line in 1862 and died and was buried in Stroud Oklahoma (Lincoln Co.) in 1961. Compare this photo with the other of her, which is dated 1941. If you are one of her numerous great-grandchildren or their offspring and happen to have the same photo but with a date on the back, please tell us the date!

Earp Family of Lincoln Co. Oklahoma

I'm creating this blog so that the offspring of William Asbury Earp and Mary Frances (Wright) Earp will have a place to get to know each other and to share stories, photos, table scraps, and whatever else you got.

William and Mary Earp had eleven children who lived to adulthood. If each had five grandkids then they had 55 grandchildren, and if that generation had three kids each then she had 155 great grandchildren--and who knows how many in the next generation. There are a lot of us.

And then there are all the people who descend from siblings of William Earp and Mary Wright. Lots of them too.