The Earp Family Blog
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
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
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.
"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."