So good to hear from a cousin.My grandfather, Samuel Wayne Rorie, was also a brother to Frank Rorie. I assume your g-grandfather is James Hezekiah King "Jimmy" Rorie who married Melvina Davis. Is that correct? Which of Jimmy's sons is your grandfather? I have often wondering how your g-grandfather died so young (only 27).The family has told me that he died from a fall off a horse and that he ran for sheriff and lost by only one vote.Have you heard these stories.
On the shooting death of Frank Rorie, I know only what my dad, Eulis Rorie, and granddad, Frank's brother, have told me.I do know that the main reason Grandpa and Daddy left Stone County and moved to Jamestown, Independence County, in the early 1920s was because of all the violence in our family.As you know in 1921 Belle Rorie's husband, Johnny Stevens, was shot down by Floyd Avey (Garfield Norman was also killed) in a dispute over Grandpa's niece, Grandpa's twin sister's daughter (his twin sister was Tennessee Jane Rorie).
Where exactly did it happen?I know Frank and Johnny Stevens (Frank was married to Johnny's sister, Omah Stevens, and Johnny was married to Frank's sister, Belle) were taking an unidentifed woman who was running away from her husband to catch a train at Sylamore (Allison). Daddy also told me that the bullet may have been intended for Johnny, not Frank (they had exchanged places shortly after departure).When it happened Frank was riding on the wagon beside the woman and Johnny was riding a horse along side the wagon. Also, do you know the name of the woman?
My email is email@example.com (don't worry about the spam- catcher message -I'll get your message anyway.It just goes into a different folder.I have a picture of Frank and a picture of Jimmy's gravemarker.I also have pictures of most of the siblings.I'll gladly send you copies.Kenneth Rorie