My paternal grandmother was born MARY BEATRICE ALBERTY in 1884, in Cherokee County, Indian Territory (and was said to be) the daughter of JOSH and SALLIE McCOY ALBERTY. She married my grandfather, DAVID WEBSTER SUNTA VANN on August 6, 1905.They built a house next to his father's allotment in Pryor Creek, Mayes County, IT.His father was DANIEL WEBSTER VANN, son of JAMES VANN and ELIZABETH HEATON.
In the 1930s, my grandparents sold their farm in Mayes County, Cherokee Nation, and moved to OTTAWA COUNTY, still within the Cherokee Nation.They first lived in QUAPAW, then in the late '30s moved to COMMERCE, OK, where they both resided until their deaths.My grandfather died at home in 1949 and my grandmother died at the Mayo Clinic in Kansas, also in 1949, I believe.
Everyone called my Grandmother "Bea."She died when I was less than three years old, so I only have vague memories of her.She was a sweet woman and good mother.Everyone in the family agreed about that over the decades, if nothing else.
My aunts, uncles, and my dad each remembered their mother as a special woman who was a good mother, great cook, and as someone who always had a smile.On the other hand, my mother recalled her mother-in-law throwing a hot iron at my granddad when he came in slightly inebriated one day.She also recalled that Grandma Vann refused to allow Granddad to to sleep inside the house when he'd been drinking.So, he spent a lot of nights in the shed where he kept a somewhat permanent cot.lol.
Anyway, throughout my life (until the last of my Vann aunts passed away in the late 1990s), there was always talk about the Vann side of the family, but little talk of Grandma's own family, the Alberty side.I have lots of old photographs of Grandma with her brother, DAVE ALBERTY, that were taken in the 1930s or 1940s in Commerce, OK.Names and dates are all written on the backs of the pictures.Dave Alberty and Grandma Vann greatly resembled each other.
Then, about 1999, I was reading something about the Vanns and happened onto an anecdote about the Alberty family.In the article was a statement that my grandmother (Mary Beatrice Alberty) had never known "who" her parents were and that she had been "raised in the CHEROKEE ORPHAN ASYLUM" in TAHLEQUAH before she married my grandfather.I was floored.
By the time I read that, everyone in the family who'd know the true story had died, with the possible exception of dad's older brother, who may still be alive in Kansas.He and his wife had seemingly chosen to remain estranged from most of the rest of the family since I was a kid. (Who knows why we do these things?)
That uncle (JOE VANN) and his oldest sister, my aunt,ERMINA CLARINDA VASHTI VANN [CAMPBELL], spent lots of time together at Vann House functions in Chatsworth, GA, during the 1970s and '80s.
I've spent most of my life dealing with the VANN side of our family, and now find that I'll have to dig for the true story of my grandmother.
She's on the Cherokee rolls, so there seemed to be no doubt that she was born an ALBERTY. Her brother, always called "Uncle Dave" by my aunts, appeared to be her brother.
Now, I'm unsure, so I'm getting ready to TRY to nail down the "facts."