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.
Posted by Gerry P. Robideaux at 8:10 PM