I know I had written to you before but hadn't heard from you in a while. Actually I haven't been working very much lately.
I have a copy of a hand written letter from John & Susan's daughter, Rosa Bell Brown Rainey that was sent to me by Jo Copeland, Henry Clay Brown & Myrtle Evelyn Hendrix daughter. I have talked to some of the relatives and they all say her middle name was Eff. She says, in the letter, that Susan Eff Adams married July 9, 1876 in Mississippi. She also says, in the letter, the three oldest children were borned there, MS, Henry, who is Henry Clay, Maggie, who is Mary Margaret, & Sudie, who is Susan F. or T. They moved from MS to Arkansas, somewhere in Carl Co. from there to Indian Territory (Okla)near Stigler. Stigler is a few miles from Whitefield, Ok. She says her daddy was a Free will Baptist preacher during Indian Territory days.She says her daddy died at Whitefield of Meningitis. Mother, who is Susan, died at Portalis, N.M. of a stroke in April 12th 1907 at age 47. I wrote for a death certificate on Susan but had to sign an affidavit saying I was the next of kin and I couldn't do that because I wasn't. Don't know if they have on on file or not. John Stephen Brown and Rosie (Rosa) Ann Adams married 1865. She says this is father and son and sisters deal. In her words, "I see here according to record, record being family bible, my grandfather and Rosa Ann Adams My Aunt were married eleven years before my dad J.H. Brown and my mother, Susan Eff Adams were married. You see father and son married sisters. That made my Aunt Rosa my step grandma. So we called her grandma."
In another letter, her handwriting, she mentions John Hancock Brown with (Jack) in parentesis.
Apparently John Hancock Brown went by Jack, at least part of the time.
A typed letter was sent to me with this information and in paragraph 2 it says, "The task of helping his mother rear his brothers and sisters fell on Henry. He was the oldest of eight children. He moved the family from Oklahoma to New Mexico and it was there that his mother died of a stroke at age forty-seven at Portales. At the time of her death all of the brothers and sisters were married but three. Shortly thereafter Henry became very ill and the doctor suggested that he seek a different climate, so he again returned to Oklahoma. One other sister married as did Henry shortly thereafter. Henry married Belle Rateree on Dec. 20, 1896. A son, Ollie, was born October 17, 1897. Belle passed away. Henry then married Bess James in 1908, and a son, Carl W. was born February 22, 1909. He passed away in 1910, as did his mother. Henry then met and married Myrlte Evelyn Hendrix. To this union were born four children: Jewel Mildred on Sept 8, 1913; Joe Opal on May 22, 1915; Henry Claud (Buster) on April 13, 1917, and June Frances on August 7, 1927. The three oldest children were born in Checotah, Ok.
3rd. Paragraph: In 1926, he loaded his brand new Model-T truck and moved his family from El Reno, Oklahoma to Farnsworth, Texas. There were no houses available so we lived in a tent for several months until one became available. At this time Ochiltree County had had the bigest wheat crop in history and wheat was piled in huge piles on the ground as the elevators were unable to hold it. Henry got a job picking up wheat. Soon after, he took a job on the John Rogers farm near Waka, It was while living there that the fourth child, June Frances was born on Aug. 7, 1927. The three oldest children attended school at Waka for that year. At the end of the farming year, Henry moved his family back to Farnsworth where he built a home and where he lived until his death on May 26, 1945 in Canyon, Texas, of a cerebral hemorrhage.
4th paragraph; Myrtle moved to 518 S. Colgate Street, Perryton, Texas, from Farnsworth in 1950 where she lived until her death on May 24, 1974.
I had printed out the #18119 but I don't have much information on Susan so I wouldn't know for sure but the age is right. Don't know if any of the above information will be of any help or not. Thanks for writing back. If I find out anything else, I will let you know.