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mary lafferty wilson
Date:10/3/01 10:56:34 PM Central Daylight Time
I am still hunting my stegalls.Possibly be related to yours.My Lafferty's were in young Co. TX in 1880 .Their daughter married John A. Stegall born Tenn 1860.Found him as son of John J. Stegall in 1880 census with mother Sarah,sisters Decora, Sarah, Minnie.I have a little information on John J. andMary Eliza Lafferty.I am a lafferty researcher.
What caught my eye was Mary Burke Browning who married a Stegall.She was mother to my father's father in law from his first marriage in 1902 to Jamettie browning daughter of Joseph Alansing Browning andJeanette Angelina Mc Carty.I h ave a autobiogrophy that Angelina's daughter in law wrote for her.Angelina gave her all the information including historical events that happened during her and her husband's life time.Its about 2oo pages long.Very interesting Browning information includes the information that they went to see her Mother in law Mary Burke Stegall and her husband's stepfather.
The information that you give is backed up by the autobiography.
Thank you for putting the time and effort into the website
Mary Lafferty Wilson.I am from my dad's 3 marriage dad was 67 when I was born .
mary lafferty wilson
mary lucas (burke) browning - stegall (1820)AR - (1903)TX
... +1 william frederick browning GA
..........i. william e browning
.........ii. joseph a browning (1843)AR clark
................+ Jeanetta Angelina McCarty
.....................1.Jamettie Bell Browning
............................+ james a lafferty
........iii. john r browning
.........iv. james n browning
..........v. nancy p browning
... +2 john h stegall TN
..........i. martha a stegall
.........ii. william wood stegall (1862)AR clark co.
116. James3 (Jim) Annis Lafferty (96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born 16 Feb 1875,
in Graham, Young County, Texas. James died 16 May 1955, in San Diego, San
Diego County, California, and was buried 18 May 1955, in Mount Hope
Cemetery., San Diego, San Diego County, California.His first marriage he
married (1) Jamettie Bell Browning9 Feb 1902, in M.E. Church of South
Cloudcroft, Elk, Chaves Co., New Mexico; he obtained a Mexican divorce.She
was born7 Jul 1882, in Dickens County, Texas, the daughter of Joseph
Alansing Browning and Jeanetta Angelina McCarty.Jamettie died 13 Jan 1971,
in El Paso, New Mexico, and was buried in Alamagordo, New Mexico.
They had 10 children:
+ 117.Mi.Joseph Cole Lafferty, born1 Jan 1904, died4 Mar
+ 120.Fii.Mary JeanettaLafferty, born6 Feb 1905,
died 18 Feb 1931.
+ 136.Fiii.Vera Louise (Lilian) (Mike) Lafferty, born 18 Apr
+ 137.Fiv.Idella Angelina [Patricia (Pat)] Lafferty, born 14
Mar 1908, died 21 May 1955.
+ 144.Mv.James Edwin Lafferty, born3 Feb 1910, died1 Apr
159.Mvi.Johnny Albert Lafferty, born 21 May 1911, in
Alamagordo, New Mexico, died 16 Aug 1930, in
Alamagordo, New Mexico, and was buried in
Alamagordo, New Mexico.
+ 160.Mvii.Walter Franklin Lafferty, born 14 Apr 1914, died 17
+ 178.Mviii.Phillip (Percy) Harold Lafferty, born 16 Jun 1915,
died 11 Mar 1985.
+ 181.Mix.William Browning Lafferty, born 21 Nov 1917.
+ 194.Mx.Marley Herbert Lafferty, born6 Oct 1921.
Jamettie Bell Browning was one year old when her family arrived in New
Mexico in 1883. They first lived in a hand hewn log cabin in Cox Canyon, that
her father had built.Then in the Agency House on the Mescalero Indian
they moved on the Felix, a small stream.There her father, Joseph, built a
two story adobe house.They lived there about 4 years, then moved closer to
open range and a lower altitude on the Penasco River.Thereabout 1899
Joseph built an even larger frame house for his family.
Jamettie tried for all the education she could get. She lived in
Alamogordo for a while, working for room and board with the York family and
going to a school called the "Baptist College".The "College" had classes up
to the 8th or 9th grade.
To set the scene in 1900: The Brownings were living on the Felix.Jim
is enumerated on the New Mexico Census in Las Tablas as working on a ranch.
While Jim's parents were probably in The Indian Territory (Oklahoma) and his
brother Bill was in Hutchinson County, Texas.
In 1906 the John and Mary (Lipsey) Lafferty and their daughter Sophronia
migrated from Texas, Oklahoma Territory into to New Mexico. Bill arrived in
John built a place on the Penasco River, down stream from the
Brownings.This place was in between the Brownings and the open cattle
range.John put in a fence which crossed one of the routes to the range.
One of the Browning boys riding home in the dark rode into the fence.The
boy, George Browning and the horse were both badly hurt.Relations between
the Brownings and the Laffertys werenot always good.
As a young man Jim was considered an outstanding bronk rider and calf
roper.He enjoyed displaying his skills at round ups and rodeos where, after
roping and tieing a calf, he would often lift it up and hold it over his
Jim and Jamettie married in 1902 and lived in several places in Lincoln
and Chaves Counties.Places with names like Seven Cabins, Pine Lodge, Fox
and Fur Lodge, the Dugout, and the Peach Orchard.
There is a more specific information under Jim's notes.You can not tell
the Story of Jamettie with out it interweaving into Jim's story.
Jamettie's parents Joseph and Jeanetta Angelina Browning had moved to
Alamogordo, NM in 1912 and had an adobe house built at 823 10th Street.
There they bought and operated the little grocery store on the corner of 10th
In 1922 Jim was under a two year contract to take cattle down into Mexico
and increase the heads. Before leaving Jim moved his family to the Winston
Farm near Roswell.
Joseph died in Jan of 1923 and in February of 1923 Jamettie Lafferty
moved eight of her children, ages from 16 to 1 1/2, 2 girls and 6 boys to
Alamogordo to live with her mother.
Mary, her oldest daughter, stayed in Roswell.In July of 1923 she married
Alvin Harcrow.Mary died from pnumonia when here 4 children were little.
Down in Mexico Jim had completed his contract. He wanted to stay in
Mexico. He leased the Rancho Casa De Piedras and in early summer 1924
Jamettie and the children went to Mexico.They took the train to Hachita,
New Mexico, where Jim met them with an open touring car and drove them to
Casa De Piedras 80 miles south of Hachita, New Mexico.It was a very
*****Note: Marley and Edwin, sons of "Jim" Lafferty and Jamettie,made a
"Roots" trip into the area in 1980.They traveled through the Janos, Ramos,
Ojitos area where the Block/Corn herd was kept and then on to the Casa De
Piedras. In 1980
the closet thing to the ranch was a village of about a dozen houses about six
miles away.The owners were not there, but among the men working there was
a man who had known Dad and had worked for him.The fellow in charge showed
them all through the house.It is a large building probably 75-80 feet
square, enclosing a large open patio with a well.High, thick stone exterior
walls and two towers, on opposite corners, with gun slot windows.A heavy
double door is large enough for wagons to drive through into the patio. The
rooms around the patio were large and comfortable and had been modernized
with electricity and a pressurized water system.Power was from a big diesel
generator, and there was a landing strip and outside the stone walls a
In the summer on 1924 Casa de Piedras was just a large well fortified
house, in a very large valley, a long way from anything.Jim had a cook and
a housekeeper and promised to provide a teacher for the children.Jamettie
was probably seeing a lot of disadvantages.No schools, no doctors, no
stores, no one to visit with, no church and a language problem.What ever
may have been going on in the battle of keeping the family together in
Mexico, Jamettie had a reason to leave and did.In August Edwin had an
attack of appendicitis, so afterthree months in Mexico.Jamettie and the
children returned to Alamogordo.
They lived, with Jamettie's mother, at 823 10th street.All of the older
children worked and contributed to the support of the family.For a few
years Joe, Vera, Pat, and Edwin visited their dad in Mexico and Jim made two
trips to Alamogordo, the last in 1930 for Johnny's funeral.
Johnny was killed in a car accident.The car he was in struck the
back of a truck carrying logs.A log went through the front window
decapitating Johnny as he was riding as a passenger in the back seat.He was
on his way to a dance.
Jamettie lived at that location until the late 1940's, when Walter,
needing money to expand his drug store, arranged to sell the house and vacant
lot on 10th street and moved Jamettie to a more modern house on Vermont Ave.
She lived there until the early 1960 after Walter had died.She then moved
to El Paso to live with Vera.
Jamettie was named a derivative of her mothers name so from early
childhood she was called Mettie.About 1940 her grand daughter Patsy trying
to say Grandma said "ha da". The name stuck and became Hiedah.The use of it
grew until her extended family and many people of the town knew her as
Hiedah.A name she was very proud of.
She died 13 Jan 1971,at El Paso, New Mexico, and was buried at
Alamogordo, New Mexico.She was 89.
(Story by Marley Lafferty)
***** ***** ******** ********* ******* ****** ******* ****** *******
Territory of New Mexico, County of Chaves
To all whom these presents shall come, know ye
That, on the ninth day of February 1902,
Mr James A Lafferty and Miss Mettie B. Browning,
Were by me, the undersigned, legal and duly recognized
authority, United in the Bounds of Matrimony, In the County
of Chaves, and in Conformity with the laws of the Territory
of New Mexico.
Witness my hand and lawful insignia the day and date
Minnie McNattGeo. Ward Pastor
A. TutouM.E. Church of South Cloudcroft
Filed for record March 17, 1902, at 4 o'clock P.M.
F. P. Gayle,Recorder
Marriage Certificate in Marriage Book located in Records of Court House in
Roswell New Mexico. page 103.
William Fredrick Browning was the son of John Radford Browning and
Nancy Peeples.John R. Browning was the son of John Browning and unknown.
Information from "Browning Genealogy" by E. F. Browning.I am not sure this is correct since
several other things in this book are incorrect.
The following was from Jeanette Angelina McCarty Browning's autobiogrophy.
William Fredrick Browning, was a North Carolina Plantation owner, he
married Mary Lucas Burke from a distinguished Georgia family.Fred died
before the civil war and left 4 sons.Bud Browning who married Jennie.Don
Browning who was killed by Indians about 1900. Jim Browning who became a
Lawyer, Judge, and served in the Texas State Legislature, and Joseph Alansing
Mary Lucas Burke Browning married (2) Mr. Stegall and lived in Palo
Pinto, Texas.In the autobiogrophy it says that Angelina and Joe went to visit his mother and
Joseph was born 30 Sept 1843 in Clark County, Arkansas died Jan 1923 in
Alamogordo, New Mexico.He married 25 Jan 1865 Jeanetta Angelina McCarty at
Ft Davis Texas, she was born 4 April 1847 in Missouri. She was the daughter
of Thomas Allen McCarty b in 1802 in Virginia and Sallie LaForce from
Thomas McCarty'sfamily was Scotch-Irish.They arrived in
Pennsylvania and went to the edge of Virginia where they settled with the
Garrets, Pendergrasses, Haigs, Greys, Blakes, McGraths.There Tom was born.
In 1810 Thomas's parents diedand the Blakes and McGraths looked after him.
In 1911 he went with the Balkes when they moved and settled near the
He married (1) Rebecca Comstock from Kentucky. They settled in Terre
Haute Indiana where they had six sons and three daughters. Allen (abt. 1831),
Marion, John (abt. 1833), Preston (abt. 1840), Thaddeus, James, Jane, two
more.Times got hard and Tom wanted to move on and Rebecca did not.So he
took the boys and went to Missouri where he settled on the White River.He
married (2) Sallie LaForce (who was French) and they had: Angie, Warwick,
Melvin.They divorced and he married (3) Ruth Wakefield and moved to
Hubbard Creek, Stephans County near Ft. Bellnap Texas and they had William
and Richard. Ruth died and he married for the last time (4) Sarah Banty in
1873.Marion married Geriah Lee.
Joseph Alansing Browning and Jeanetta Angelina McCarty.had 10
children. Della, Diama, Walter Clardon (Bob),Jack, a daughter that died at
birth, Lilian, George,Todd, (Mettie) Jamettie Bell, Bert and Little Dogie
(Roddy).Bert and Little Dogie were born in New Mexico, the rest in Texas.
Little Dogie died at 8 months old and was buried in Cox Canyon.
Bob married Phronie (Sophronia Lafferty, I am not sure that it is this Phronie he married) ;
Jack married Hettie BellMcNatt; Lily married Dick Colton; Diame married Jim McBride; Della
marriedWayne McCommis.Mettie (Jamettie Anglina Browning) married Jim (James Annis)
Lafferty. After Jim life Mettie she still called herself Mrs. Jim Lafferty and called herself a
widow.Tod married Ida Tenney of Stafford Arizona; Bert married Carrie.
Hettie and Jack had Jerome Arroll, Archie, Ernest.
SOURCE:"Mrs JAB"by Wanda Browning Falk as it was told to her by her
grandmother Mrs JAB (Jeanetta Angelina Browning).Courtesy of Marley
There is a book "Brownings in America" published in 1908 that gives some
incomplete information about Joseph's family.
Information for descendants of Jamettie Browning andJim Lafferty from their
son Marley Lafferty.
Jim Lafferty--the Legend.These are short stories about Jim
that to my knowledge are true.
Jim was bilingual. At what point he learned Spanish I do not know.He
was able to read, write and speak spanish fluently. He never lost his
American accent.His children that were with him in Mexico also picked up
Jim told the story of being a drover.
Life on the trail drives was hard, and Jim often spoke of trying to get
the drovers moving in the morning.One morning after a snow fall one drover
was socold he refused to move.Jim "had to put the boot to him"to get
him up so that he would not freeze to death.
Story was told by Jim when he was explaining why he had false teeth
since he was 19.
When Jim was 19 years old three men tried to kill him by putting caustic lye
in a shot glass at a Bar in Roswell.He noticed the bitter taste and spit
out the drink. This angered him, and he called them out and shot two of the
men in a gunfight on the town street.He caught the third one out of town
and killed him.
There is a story about him meeting Black Bart in 1893 when he was in New
Mexico.This story was overheard at a barbershop by Eddie Jr who verified it
was his father.
New Mexico had its share of wild west men and Black Bart was one of
them.He had a reputation for being the ugliest man in New Mexico.He
swore if he ever met a man uglier than himself he would buy him a hat. One
day, while in town,he saw a man crossing the street.The man, 6'2",
skinny,red bearded with freckles and crooked teeth. This was the ugliest
man he had ever seen.Black Bart introduced himself to the man and bought
him a hat.This man was non other than Jim.Like good wine his looks
improved with age.
Jim's nickname was monkey because of his long arms.
In the Old West and Old Mexico a horse thief was the very worst kind of
thief and would receive punishment equal to the crime.They could be shot on
sight!One time some of Jim's 'Steel Dust' horses were stolen.Jim and his
ranch hands eventually caught the thieves with the horses.Not wanting to
waste good rope the thieves were hung with barbed wire.This story verified
from a picture of The Completed Task, a picture that was in the possession of
Edwin Lafferty."Steel Dust" strain of horses were Jim's father in law's,
Joseph Alansing Browning, pride.Colts of a proud purebred arabian mare and
the famed steel colored bastard Stallion named Steel Dust.The Colts were
flecked with shinny steel.
In Mexico the early 1900's was a period of many revolts and struggle
for control.Leaders in three areas had established their own armies.In
northern Mexico it was Franciso (Pancho) Villa who controlled most of
northern Mexico and for a short period held Mexico City.The government was
overthrown and Carranza, one of the leaders, became President.Villa and
Zapata, the third leader, didn't agree with his policies so they revolted
again.Villa to sustain his army had his own money printed and forced the
use of it in Northern Mexico.Villa's army was slowly driven to the north.
In 1916 the United States, President Wilson, recognized the government of
Carranza and in retaliation Pancho Villa's army killed Americans in Mexico
and raided Columbus, New Mexico, killing several people.In 1920 Villa came
to an agreement with the government and disbanded most of his army.They
became raiding bands, stealing cattle and horses, and living off the land.
The government Army of the North was also moving about trying to break
up the raiding bands and cut off any major uprising.They also needed food
and support and didn't hesitate taking it.These were the conditions in
northern Mexico when Jim Lafferty arrived in 1922 with 3000 Cattle and 150
Jim rapidly developed a reputation of being tough and mean, but fair.
One time a large number of soldiers of the Army of the North were moving
through the area.Jim was aware that they might take part of his herd.When
they started setting up camp, a distance from the ranch house, he rode over
to the camp, introduced himself to the Commanding Officer, thanked him for
the protection he was providing, and asked him if he needed any beef.Of
course the answer was yes, so Jim had six steers butchered and delivered to
the Army.For which he receivedprotection and didn't loose any of his
heard.(Story from Ray Whiten, Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua).
---Pancho Villa was assassinated in 1923. Just one year before the Jim
brought Mettie and his children to Rancho de Piedras. ----
Mike (Vera) and her sister Pat (Patricia) were visiting their Dad at
Rancho de Piedras.A large band of Bandidos (bandits) attacked the ranch
house.The building was well fortified but very isolated there would be no
chance of outside help.After the siege had gone on for several hours Jim
did not know if they could hold out any longer.He took his two young
daughters into a storage room with no windows. He gave them each a pistol and
said. "If I come back I will knock and identify myself.If someone starts
breaking the door down, it means that all of us are dead.There is only one
shot in each pistol, you are to shoot yourselves in the head like this. --He
held his pistol pointed at his temple--.He told them how to lock and brace
the door and thenhe kissed them goodby and left.Several hours later
there was a knock on the door and Jim identified himself and said it was safe
to come out. (This story from Mike and Pat.)They never said what they
talked about during that long wait but there was a very special relationship
for the rest of their lives.
Story from Otis Jeffers.
Jimand a young friend Otishad a run in with the Mexican federal
Troops.The two were out numbered and had to shoot it out.Otis was young
and scared and wanted to surrender.Jim knew that if they surrendered that
they would both face the firing squad. In telling the story Otis well
remembered that Jim told him"no te rajes"" don't be chicken".They
fought their gun battle and escaped to tell this tale.
Otis was from New Mexico and there under government contract raising cattle.
He married Josefina _____ and theywereJim and Josefa's friends on the
neighboring Rancho El Cuervo.Otis stayed in Mexico and passed away in
1990's.Story from Edwin Lafferty.
In 1928 or 29 The Nuñez brothers went on a rampage trying to get the
American settlers out of the Area.They wiped out two families.(1) George
Elken(2)?.Jim helped bury the families.After the burialJim asked
for volunteers to go hunt the killers.Jim along with the Soliz brothers
went after the Nuñez brothers and after a gun battle caught the gang members.
Justice of the west is quick and the gang members were to be hung.The
posse did not bring enough rope. Barb wire was cut from a fence and justice
Story from Epigmenio Luján.
In Casas Grandes, Jim saw a young field hand kicked by one of the men, on
horse, who was overseeing their field work. He rode over, pulled the man from
his horse and kicked him several times. The overseerer never kicked the boys
again. That field hand was Epigmenio Luján, who later became Jim's brother in
Story from a descendant of Jim's brother William (William Lafferty of Tucson,
Arizona).He heard it from a Mormon professor at the University in Tucson.
Once during a cattle round up.Jim rode into camp and saw a man
mistreating a horse. Jim punched the man out, wedged the mans foot into the
stirrup and slapped the house on the rump to make it run. Just punishment for
mistreating a horse.
Story from Andres Luján.
The Americans who gathered at the bar liked to shoot the shot glasses
out of each others hand.Jim was a crack shot and was exceptionally good at
hitting the shot glass.
In June of 1975 I (Mary) met Vern Martino at a Park in Deming, N.M.I was
looking for my brother Ed.Vern was in his 80's and had known Jim in 1920's
in Casas Grandes area.He had broke horses with him and said that Jim was
"the best bronk buster he had ever known".
When looking at the census and trying to find the towns on the maps.
Remember that the Lincoln County size and other counties were created from
it.At present the town may be in another county.Smaller towns are
incorporated into cities.
SOURCE NOTES: CENSUS: 1900 New Mexico; Precinct 6; Las Tablas, Lincoln Co.,
Lafferty James A(working on a ranch) white male born Feb 1875, 25 years
old, single, place of birth Texas, Place of birth of father Arkansas, place
of birth of mother Indiana, Occupation stock herder Attended school, can read
and can write, did not own the home he was staying at.
CENSUS: 1910 New Mexico; Lincoln Co.; Precinct 6; Richardson.
Lafferty James A. head of household, male, white, 35 years of age,
married 8 years. Place of Birth Texas. Place of birth of father Arkansas.
Place of Birth of Mother, Tennessee. Whether able to speak English or what
language-English. Profession or trade - Farmer.Stock rancher, Employed,
Able to read and write English.
Jamettie B.Wife, female, white, 27, married 8 years, Mother of/how
many children born- 5, how many children living 5.Place of birth Texas.
Place of birth of father Arkansas. Place of birth of mother Missouri. Whether
able to speak English or what language - English, Able to read and write.
Their children all born in New Mexico. 1. Joseph C. Son, Male, white 6.
2. Mary J. Daughter, female, white 5.3. Vera L. Daughter, female white
4. Ida A. 2,5. James E. Son Male white 3/12.
The ten Children of Jim Lafferty and Jamettie Bell Browning
117. Joseph4 Cole Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born1 Jan
1904, in Penasco, Cox Canyon, Lincoln County, New Mexico. Joseph died4 Mar
1973, in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., New Mexico, and was buried in New
He married Iwilda -----.
They had 2 children:
118.Mi.James Lafferty, bornabout1927.
119.Fii.Mary Jo Lafferty, bornabout1929, in Texas.
Joe was the first of the Lafferty children to go into Mexico with his
father. There he carried a gun. At a young age he supervised men in attending
to the herd, calving, branding, round-ups, riding and repairing fences.Joe
returned to Alamogordo in 1924-25 to go back to school.He worked at Grooms
Brothers grocery store to help support the family, while going to High
School.He also worked at Dale's Piggly Wiggly and Safeway in Alamogordo.
He managed a Safeway store in Alpine Texas for a number of Years.Joe served
in World War II in the Army.As a Corporal he was stationed with the U.S.
Army 50th Battalion, 119 Platoon, 1 company.As a Technical Sergeant he was
with Section P. BK 168, Scott Field, Illinois. As Sgt he was with Ag Co. Air
Bay Section.APO NY, NY.Joseph died4 Mar 1973, at Albuquerque,
Bernalillo Co., New Mexico, and was buried in New Mexico.
CENSUS: 1910 New Mexico; Lincoln Co; Precinct 6;Richardson.
as Child 6 years old born New Mexico with both parents born in Texas.
Social security death index.State of issuance of social security number 525
03 2932.Death Residence Localities Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co, New Mexico.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co, New Mexico.
120. Mary4 Jeanetta Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born6 Feb
1905, in Chaves Co., New Mexico.Mary died 18 Feb 1931, in Alamagordo, New
Mexico.She married Alvin Silvanus Harcrow 18 Jul 1923, in New Mexico.He
was born3 Jun 1902, in Texas, the son of Sil Vester(Vanus) Harcrow and
Hattie Oliva Davis. Alvin died6 Feb 1992, in Roswell, Lincoln Co., New
Mexico, and was buried in Roswell, Lincoln Co., New Mexico.During their
married life they lived in Roswell and the family had a Sheep ranch in
They had 4 children:
+ 121.Mi.Alvin S. (Bob) Harcrow, born about1924.
+ 124.Fii.Martha Aliene Harcrow, born 16 Apr 1926.
+ 128.Miii.James Earl Harcrow, born 13 Mar 1928, died7 Mar
+ 131.Miv.Donald Lee Harcrow, born6 Jul 1930.
LETTER: April 13, 1955
1109- 9th St
Dear Mr. Lafferty:
I received your welcome letter in March and was very happy to hear from
you and I hope this finds you well and ok.It was so hard to give up Earl
and Mother Harcrow was laid to rest Saturday April 9, In Roswell.She died
a month After Earl April 7, She had a stroke and passed right on she just
went to sleep.
All the children were home.Jim would you please send me a picture of
your self.I had some pictures made of all of Alvins children and when I get
them made I'll send you one so you can see what they look like.
Aline made a big woman but Bill says she looks like her mother Mary.
Donald Lee is just like his uncle Walter and Bob is a tall slender man and
every one says he is like you.Bob sure has a good wife and two cute little
girls.Aline her to beautiful Boys and Donald is expecting this mo.We are
sure having some dirt and wind storms.
You asked me about your daughter Pat.She was operated on in El Paso and
she been very sick.She was operated on the 4th of March.She sure has a
nice girl and so pretty.There no news and today my girl Mary Lou is 15 yrs
old so I'll say By for now and fix her a birthday dinner.Hope to here from
you very soon. Love always Cindy Bill & girls.
From the Family Bible of SilVanus Harcrow in possession of Cindy Harcrow,
CENSUS: 1920 New Mexico, vol 2, E.D. 4, sheet 9 line 87.Silvanus Harcrow.
white 49 born Alabama residing in Chaves County, Roswell, West 11th house
number 812.Wife Hattie O. 37 born Texas, Laurence C. Son 19 born Texas,
Alvin S. Son 17 born Texas, Ethel M. Daughter 14 born Texas, Ida E. daughter
12 born Texas, Hugh N. Son 8 born New Mexico, David C. son 5 born New Mexico,
Jim D. 2 7/12 born New Mexico.David middle name is Crockett.
New Mexico was not a state when he was born there.There was no Birth
Certificate.Just the old family Bible.In Possession of Cindy May Harcrow,
Alvin's sister in law.Alvins middle name was Silvanus.
Parents, brothers and sisters of Alvin Harcrow:
1. Silvanus Harcrow was born8 Sep 1869, at Alabama.He married Hattie
Oliva Davisabout1900.She was born 23 Mar 1883, at Texas.
Hattie died7 Apr 1955, at Carrizoso, New Mexico, and was buried at Roswell,
Lincoln Co., New Mexico.Silvanus died8 Sep 1950, at Capitan, New Mexico,
and was buried 12 Sep 1950, at Roswell, New Mexico. They had 7 children:i.
Lawrence Clarence Harcrow, born 28 Oct 1900, at Texas, died8 Jun 1970, at
Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was buried 13 Jun 1970, at Roswell, Lincoln Co.,
New Mexico.ii.Alvin Silvanus Harcrow, born3 Jun 1902, at Texas died6
Feb1992 in Roswell, New Mexico.Married Mary Jeanetta Lafferty she died 18
Feb 1931 at Roswell, New Mexico.iii.Myrtle Ethel Harcrow, born3 Jul
1905, at Texas, died3 Feb 1992, at San Antonio, Texas.iv. Elnovia Ida
Harcrow, born 18 Sep 1907, at Texas, diedabout1982, at Amarillo, Texas.
v.Hugh Neal (Bill) Harcrow, born 21 Apr 1911 at Roswell, Lincoln Co., New
Mexico, died 10 Jul 1992 at Alamogordo, New Mexico.He married Cindy May
(May is her maiden) April 1930. vi. David Crockett Harcrow, born 16 Mar 1914,
at Roswell, Lincoln Co., New Mexico.In 1993 is living in a nursing home in
vii.Jim D. Harcrow, born 28 May 1917, at Roswell, New Mexico.In 1993 he
is in a Rest home in Roswell, New Mexico.
Cindy May Harcrow who provided this information was a very kind woman who
made her home open to all. She and Bill have two daughters, Mary Lou and
Virginia. Cindywrote to me from the time I (Mary Wilson) was 13 and we kept
in touch. Through her I was fortunate enough to meet Mary and Alvin's
CENSUS: 1910 New Mexico; Lincoln Co; Precinct 6; Richardson.
as child 5 years born in New Mexico with both parents born in Texas.
Information given to me by younger brother Marley Lafferty.
121. Alvin5 S. (Bob) Harcrow (120.Mary4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
bornabout1924, in Chaves Co., New Mexico.He married (1) Margerie Lathan
she died and he married (2) Jan Fisher.
Bob and Margeriehad 2 children:
+ 122.Fi.Marylin Harcrow, born about1948.
123.Fii.Frances (Susan) ElizabethHarcrow, bornabout
1954, in Lincoln Co., New Mexico.She married
Herbert Lee Taylor Jr.
They have two children:
ii.Tycie Dawn Taylor
Bob as he is called is a tall slim man. Who resembles his grandfather
Lafferty. He works at the Ruidoso Horse Track in New Mexico.
122. Marylin6 Harcrow (121.Alvin5, 120.Mary4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1)
was bornabout1947, in Chaves Co., New Mexico.She married Joe Lane. They
live in New Mexico.
They have 2 children:
i.Bobbie Lanekilled in a car accident at age 23 in
ii. Joe Dean Lane born 1972.
124. Martha5 Aliene Harcrow (120.Mary4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
16 Apr 1926, in Chaves County., New Mexico.Married several times.
She had three children: Jimmy Clees. Billy Clees, Donna Kay Cooper
128. James5 Earl Harcrow (120.Mary4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
13 Mar 1928, in Chaves County, New Mexico. James died7 Mar 1955, in
Carizoso, New Mexico, and was buried in Ingus, New Mexico.He married
Nettie Ruth McInnes.She was born8 Mar 1928, Chaves County, New Mexico,
on the McInnes Ranch, the daughter of Wynfield Scott McInnes and Annie Ruth
They had 1 child:
+ 129.Mi.Edward Earl Harcrow, born4 Mar 1954.
Earl married in New Mexico andhad one child. His son was a year old when
Earl died from a gall bladder operation. His widow married to Sherrill Fuchs
(pronounced Fox).Sherrill worked for the agricultural department.Sherill
and Nettie lived in Washington. Sherrill died of cancer, Nettie returned to
live in New Mexico.
129. Edward6 Earl Harcrow (128.James5, 120.Mary4, 116.James3, 96.John2,
1.Jacob1) was born4 Mar 1954, in Lincoln County, New Mexico.He married
Julie Delmont 12 Apr 1986.She was born in DeKalb County, Illinois.
They had 1 child:
130.Mi.James Earl Harcrow, born 29 Oct 1989, in Texas.
Earl attended Texas Tech. Julie brought to this marriage a daughter named
131. Donald5 Lee Harcrow (120.Mary4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
6 Jul 1930, in Chaves County, New Mexico.He married Della ------about
1953. He and Della live in New Mexico.
They had 3 children:
132.Mi.Richard Donald Harcrow, born 12 Apr 1955.
+ 133.Mii.Kenny Harcrow, born about1958.
135.Fiii.Mary Dale Harcrow, bornabout1959.on Aug 13,
1984 she had twin daughters.
133. Kenny6 Harcrow (131.Donald5, 120.Mary4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
born about1958.Kenny was killed in an oil field accidentabout1978
when his son was about 2 years old.
Kenny married andhad 1 child:
136. Vera4 Louise (Lilian) (Mike) Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
born 18 Apr 1906, in Chaves Co., New Mexico.Vera died1975, in Phoenix,
She married(1) Harry Harris. No children.
Vera next married (2) Harvey R. Saddler 14 Aug 1938.No children.
Vera (known as Mike or Mikey) started sewing clothes, when she was
young,to make extra money.She was an excellent seamstress.Vera was the
quiet, understanding compassionate one of the family.When bad news needed
to be delivered, Mikeydid it.She told Marley that his dog had been run
over and held him while he tried to be "a little man" and not cry.Than she
said "Its alright to cry when you have lost something you love."Mikey
stayed in touch with family members and was the focal point for information.
Through the years she was one of the main financial supporters of the family.
Early on she had a seamstress shop over the Corner Drug in Alamogordo, NM.
For 30 years she was in charge of all alterations at the Popular, the largest
department store in El Paso, Texas.She was responsible for outfitting the
Sun Carnival Princess and her court every year from its beginning.Her
second husband was a butcher. She raised a step son Harvey Ray Sadler Jr.
Mikey took care of her mother for the last 10 years of her mother's life.
After Mikey retired she moved to Phoenix, Arizona.Vera worked at the house
of Fabric in Scotsdale, Arizona.She lived with her step son the last years
of her life.She was called Mike by her family.Died of Lymph node
cancer.Mike's story is best told by Patsy under Pat's notes.
CENSUS: 1910 New Mexico; Lincoln Co; Precinct 6; Richardson.
on census as age 4 being born in New Mexico, both parents born Texas
137. Idella4 Angelina (Pat) Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
14 Mar 1908, on the Block Ranch, Lincoln Co., New Mexico.Pat died 21 May
1955, in Alamagordo, New Mexico.She married:(1) Jessie Simpson in
Mexico they moved to Clayton, New Mexico. She and Jessie had a son that died
at birth. They divorced.(2) Ray E. Charles; they divorced.Ray was born
15 Apr 1910, in La Luz, New Mexico. Ray died1980.Pat next married (3)
Gordon Sage 13 Jul 1944.
Pat and Ray Charles had 1 child:
+ 138.Fi.Patricia Ann Sage, born 14 Jul 1938.
Pat was tall thin and had Black hair.She was close to her sister (Mike) and
"Tuesday March 4, 1933
Dear Mary I've been up to my eyebrows in work stuff for the last week or so,
so haven't been as fast as I intended in thanking you for you wonderful
letters, Bible records, pictures, etc.It is such a pleasure to find out
about the connections.We finally loaded the family tree last weekend, but
I've had little time to poke around in it to see who was begetting whom and
when.Did notice that my mother's first and middle names were reversed.She
dislike the name Idella and never, ever used it, but it was indeed her first
name.Her mother insisted that it be on her tombstone, but her nickname,
"Pat " is there, too.My given name was Patricia Rae.However, Rae was not
a name I wanted to use, since the Ray Charles it honored was portrayed to me
as the devil personified. I decided on my own to change my name to Patricia
Ann Sage when I was 7 years old, on the day my mother married my stepfather.
Although an adoption never was legalized, I stayed with the name and legally
changed it when I was 17, shortly after my mother died.In general, I'm
Patsy to original family and Alamagordo Connection, and Pat in Seattle and
Vera was the young girl in the photo with your dad and the car.With my
mother known as Pat, Vera became "Mike"-- as I understand it, inspired by a
popular radio comedy and various bawdy Irish jokes with Pat and Mike as lead
characters.She was Mike or Mikey in both her personal life and professional
life-- very few people would have known "Vera", but everyone knew Mike
Sadler.She was the head of alterations at the Popular-- the biggest
in El Paso (Texas) -- and widely known as the person who outfitted the Sun
Queen and her court each year for the weeks of Sun Bowl activities.I was in
that court one year as the Sun Princess from Alamogordo-- and was astounded
to find out that people in a three-state area knew my favorite aunt by name
and saw her as a wizard with clothing and style.
I assume that the photo was taken when Mikey and my mother were visiting
your Dad, the trip that I remember hearing about as a kid.The date would be
right for them to be in their late teens or early twenties-- the ages I've
always assumed they were when they set off on their great adventure.That
trip was part of a shared history and close friendship that lasted a
lifetime.They both could do a mean Charleston, a legacy of their days as
the small-town equivalent of flappers.I have a short, beaded dress that my
mother wore during her heyday.One of the most popular cards of White Sands
National Monument near Alamogordo shows two girls walking on a dune at a
distance-- one in shorts (Mikey) and the other in long trousers (my mother).
( My grandfather Tom Charles, was instrumental in founding the monument and
was its first caretaker.His picture is in the visitor center.) When my
mother was dying of cancer, Mikey took off from work for months, and never
left her.Mikey was the glue that held it all together for the Laffertys,
and she knew how to laugh and to love far better than most.
As soon as things let up a little I will try to find a box of pictures that
Mikey sent me not too long before she died.As I recall, there were a few of
the Lafferty kids as young adults, but not childhood pictures.I think Billy
and Marley have cornered the market on those treasures.
The Lafferty's were not much for family gatherings-- funerals were about the
only time people got together.
The pictures in your last letter were great.I particularly like the
passport photo.Jim Lafferty had the look of a man who knew what he was
about -- especially the eyes.In the last photo in California, I was
startled by how strongly his sons resembled him as older men.All of the
Lafferty men I knew as older adults had the same features-- Joe, Walter, Ed,
and now Marley and Billy.Eerie, almost.Percy was still odd man out--
looked different from the others, but he had the eyes.
Best Wishes, Patsy."
CENSUS: 1910 New Mexico; Lincoln Co; Precinct 6; Richardson.
"Pat" was listed as Ida A. 2 years old born New Mexico, both parents born
Texas.Her given name was Idella Angelina.Patricia was a name she gave
138. Patricia5 Ann Sage (137.Pat4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born 14
Jul 1938, in Otero County, New Mexico.She married (1) Orvild Davis; they
They had 3 children:
139.Fi.Kelly Marie Davis, born 22 Mar 1960, in Otero
County, New Mexico.
+ 140.Fii.Kristen Kay Davis, born 28 Mar 1963.
143.Fiii.Rebecca Lynn Davis, born 29 Nov 1961, in Lancaster
County, Nebraska, died 21 Jan 1980, in King
Patricia next married (2) Darold Harris. 18 Dec 1983. in King County,
Patsy grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico.She spent a lot of time at
her grandmother Heida's home when she was small.Pat has a music major.
Went to Southern Methodist University on a scholarship.Her three girls play
instruments including the harp.
Pat met Orvild while he was in the Army.After the Army he went to
work for General Dynamics.They moved where the job took them.When he was
laid off they went to Washing (state) to work in Ray Charles's Engineering
business.Orville went to work for the telephone company where he retired
from.They divorced in 1978.
Pat spent 20 years in Washington.She met Darold while they were both
graduate students.He was an officer in the Air Force.In July of 1984 they
moved to Northern Virginia where he had been transferred.He retired from
the Air Force and is at present a Systemanalyst. Pat is a management
consultant and human performance specialist.
140. Kristen6 Kay Davis (138.Patricia5, 137.Pat4, 116.James3, 96.John2,
1.Jacob1) was born 28 Mar 1963, in Lancaster County, Nebraska.She married
(1) Patrick Phares 30 Jul 1981, in King County, Washington; they divorced
1985.They had 1 child:
141.Mi.Marcus Ryan Phares, born 14 Oct 1982, in King
Kristen next married (2) John Reece 15 Aug 1986, in Virginia.They had 1
142.Mii.Adam Charles Reece, born 13 Aug 1988, in Arlington
144. James4 Edwin Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born3 Feb
1910, on the Block Ranch, Lincoln Co., New Mexico.James Edwin Lafferty died
1 Apr 1987, at El Paso, Texas, and was buried at Fort Bliss Cemetery., El
Paso, Texas.He married (2) Ruth Noreen Smithabout1932, in Ruidoso, New
Mexico; they divorced. Ruth died in Texas.
They had 1 child:
+ 145.Fi.LaJuana (Jane) Louise Lafferty, born 16 Mar 1934.
Ruth started teaching when she was 16 years old in the small one room
schools. She continued to teach all her life and retired as a school teacher
in El Paso County, Texas.She lived in Isletta area there.She was from a
established family and was engaged to be married when she met Ed, he was
dating her sister.She fell in love with him and they ran off and got
married.The family was upset over their eloping.The marriage was of short
duration, they were divorced about 1939.
James next married (3) Anna Florence Kerrabout1940, in Texas.She was
born 10 Jun 1913, in McAllister, OklahomaFlory died 26 Feb 1990, in Las
Cruces, New Mexico, and was buried in Fort Bliss Cemetery., El Paso, Texas.
She was the daughter of William Annis Kerr and Pearl _____ .
They had 3 children:
+ 155.Mii.James Edward Lafferty, born2 Sep 1940.
+ 158.Fiii.Geraldine Lafferty, born6 Aug 1943, diedDec
1967 In plane crash either in Northern California or
Souther Oregon Mountains.
Flory and Eddie three children.A daughter who died shortly after
birth.Flory was a woman of small stature.A devoted mother who never said
anything bad about anyone.Was always soft spoken, kind, and polite.Was
last living in Las New Mexico with her son and his family. Florence died 26
Feb 1990, at Las Cruces, New Mexico, and was buried at Fort Bliss Cemetery.,
El Paso, Texas.
Ed was 12 years old when his father went down into Mexico. Before his
dad left he was told he was in charge of the Ranch.He once told a story
about being out on the ranch taking care of cattle when the men from the Bank
came by to collect the payment for the ranch.Ed did not know what to do.
He sent word to his father.Jim sent word back to sell some of the cattle
and pay the bank.
After Jamettie and the children moved to Alamogordo in Feb 1923, Edwin
went to Mexico to work with his Dad and Brother Joe.At 13 he was given a
full range of chores--riding fence, rounding up strays, feeding and caring
for horses, wagon trips to Janos for mail and supplies.He remained in
Mexico until his attack of appendicitis in Aug of 1924.His mother brought
him and the other children by train to Alamogordo so Ed could receive medical
After Mettie and Jim separated the children had to contribute to the
income of the family.Ed was one of thecontributors while the younger
children were little.
Later Edwin returned to Mexico whereJim offered togive him half
ownership of the cattle business.Ed could not stay down there because the
business did not create a monthly income and Ed had the obligation to send
money to his mother every month.
Ed married three times.No children from his first marriage.His
second marriage was to a school teacher. His third marriage lasted until his
death. Ed and Flory lived in El Paso, Texas;. Deming, New Mexico;and
Anthony, New Mexico.He worked as a butcher at the grocery store and at one
time owned his own store. Also worked at his brother Walter's pharmacy.Ed
served in the Navy during World War II as a cook and a quarter master and was
stationed aboarda ship that was home ported in San Diego, before it went to
the South Pacific.It was while he was there that he went tovisithis
father and met his half brother and sister when they were young children.
He was friendly and outgoing and love to drink.Always made himself at home
any where, never met a stranger.He was discharged from the Navy after
World War II in 1946.He was recalled into the Navy during the Korean
Conflict in 1950 and served as a cook until 1953.He had a total of 12
years in the service when he got out. Worked as a meat cutter.His last
place of residence was Anthony, New Mexico.
CENSUS: 1910 New Mexico; Lincoln Co; Precinct 6; Richardson.
listed as James Eage 3/10 born New Mexico and both parents born Texas.
145. LaJuana (Jane)5 Louise Lafferty (144.James4, 116.James3, 96.John2,
1.Jacob1) was born 16 Mar 1934, in El Paso County, Texas.She married Edward
Hermann 14 Jul 1952, in El Paso, Texas.He was born 24 Jul 1928, in El Paso
County, Texas, the son of Joseph Hermann and Nelly Silva.
They had 5 children:
+ 146.Mi.Steven Edward Hermann, born 13 May 1953.
+ 149.Fii.Michelle Rene Hermann, born2 Nov 1955.
150.Miii.Richard (Rick) Leigh Hermann, born 21 Dec 1956, in
Santa Clara County, California.Never
married. In 1994 he was terminally ill.
+ 151.Miv.Christopher Webb Hermann, born 18 May 1961.
154.Mv.Joseph Charles Hermann, born 31 Oct 1964, in Santa
Clara County, California.Received his
California teaching credentials in December
Jane Grew up in El Paso Texas.After her marriage she and her husband
decided to move to California first Ukiah then San Jose.They divorced.Ed
retired as aschool teacher.Jane works as a Psychiatric Technician.His
father is of German heritage and his mother was Mexican.
146. Steven6 Edward Hermann (145.LaJuana (Jane)5, 144.James4, 116.James3,
96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born 13 May 1953, in El Paso County, Texas.He
married Lisa Morrison2 Jan 1981, in Monterey, California.
They had 2 children:
147.Fi.Tessara Daylan Hermann, born1 Jul 1981, in Santa
Clara County, California.
148.Mii.Dustin Noel Hermann, born3 Jul 1984, in Santa
Clara County, California.
Steven was in the United States Navy and worked as a Psychiatric Technician.
Steven went to Mime School in France and studied under Marsel Masso. He went
to Europe and walked across Europe working as a Mime.Fell in love with
Europe. He returned back to Bay area in California and went to school there
and received his B.A. degree. He married, his wife got her Masters degree and
applied for a job teaching in Spain at the University.They have been there
for two or three years. (1993)
149. Michelle6 Rene Hermann (145.LaJuana (Jane)5, 144.James4, 116.James3,
96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born2 Nov 1955, in El Paso County, Texas.She
married Tom BarelaSep 1992, in Santa Clara County, California they divorced
1994.No children have yet been identified.
151. Christopher6 Webb Hermann (145.LaJuana (Jane)5, 144.James4, 116.James3,
96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born 18 May 1961, in San Jose, California.He married
Kay Hilbertabout1983, in Santa Clara County, California; they divorced
about 1990.They had 2 children:
152.Mi.Jason Hermann, born8 Jul 1983, in Santa Clara
153.Fii.Rhea Hermann, born 29 May 1985, inKing County,
155. James5 Edward Lafferty (144.James4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
born2 Sep 1940, in El Paso, Texas.He married Sandra Kae Stillings.She
was born 25 Jan 1943, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Walter
Fremont Stillings and Thelma Lee Brendle.
They had 2 children:
156.Fi.Addie Elyse Lafferty, born 22 May 1972, in El Paso
County, Texas.Graduated from High School in
New Mexico.She studying to be a Language
157.Fii.Beverly Kay Lafferty, born 17 Nov 1975, in El Paso
County, Texas.Very bright. Graduated from
high school in New Mexico. In 1993 was chosen
for her high scholastic standing and her
school activities to go to the American Legion
There is a genealogy book written about the Stillings.
Eddy Grew up in El Paso Texas and Deming New Mexico.Went to college on
a small Scholarship and worked as a cook at an ice cream shop.No matter how
little he had he always sent money home to his mother.He met his wife
while going to College.
Sandy is a school teacher and a guidance Counselor.Eddie Jr has three
masters in: School administration, Guidance Counseling, History. Speaks
around the state. Teaches a class called "So you want to be an
Administrator".He was elected Assistant Principal of the Year".Has been
teaching 28 years in Donna Anna County N.M.He is active in the Lions Club.
They presently reside in New Mexico.
158. Geraldine5 Lafferty (144.James4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
6 Aug 1943, in El Paso County, Texas. Geraldine diedDec 1967, in
Gardenville, Near Eureka, California, and was buried in Anthony, New Mexico.
She married (2) Sonny McAfee1967, in El Paso, Texas.No children.
Geraldine grew up in Texas, then Deming New Mexico.She married there
and had one child that died at birth.She divorced and married a second
time.She was killed on her honeymoon in an airplane accident in the
Eureka Mountains Northern California after a visit to her sister LaJuana in
Ukiah.Sonny was piloting a small plane.He took off in inclement weather
and crashed into the mountain side.It was several weeks before they were
found.The Mayor of Anthony flew to California to collect the Bodies and
return them to Anthony for burial.
160. Walter4 Franklin Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born 14 Apr
1914, in Alamagordo, New Mexico.Walter died 17 Feb 1960, in Alamagordo, New
Mexico, and was buried in Alamagordo, New Mexico.He married Olie Stout
born 25 May 1917 daughter of Samuel Walter Stout and Satie Brooks.
They had 4 children:
+ 161.Mi.Walter Herbert Lafferty, born 19 Dec 1935.
+ 163.Fii.Satie Ann Lafferty, born 22 Dec 1939.
+ 174.Fiii.Frances Nell Lafferty, born5 Mar 1945.
177.Fiv.Karen Lafferty, born in Alamagordo, New Mexico.
Karen was very musical, never married, dedicated her life to the Church.She
wrote religious music had several hymns printed into Hymnal books.Also put
an album of religious music,her group was called "Marrionet for Music". Was
living in California in 1980. 1994 Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Walter as a youngster worked at the Corner Drug Store in Alamogordo
while he was going to High School.During those years he worked as an
apprentice pharmacist.After graduation he took the N.M. Board of Pharmacy
examination, passed and was given his license.Walter offered many times to
buy the Corner Drug but was turned down.In the mid 1940's he leased a
building on the opposite corner and opened the Alamo Drug.A few years later
he bought the Corner Drug.In 1950-51 when the new hospital opened he put in
the Hospital Pharmacy across the street.In 1956 he was elected City
Commissioner.He ran one term as Mayor and was Mayor Pro tem at the time of
his death in an auto collision,six miles from where his brother Johnny
died.When hearing of Walters death the Mayor Charles Sutton said,"I don't
know when I've been so shocked or so stunned by news, as I was this morning.
I've known Walter practically all of his life.Heuse to come to our house
as a kid, when he was in school here.And more than that, he was one of the
finest commissioners a fellow could serve with. Walter had ideas of his own.
He was the kind of man who would give city matters deep study and then vote
his convictions.He gave lots of time to the city, for more than most
citizens realize.The death of Walter Lafferty is a tragedy Alamogordo will
not soon forget.We need more citizens of his caliber who are willing to
give their time to civic duties as he did."
Through the years Walter was a major contributor to the family
financial needs and after the other children had moved away he was the
principle support of his mother.His widow married Paul Brown who had run
the Hospital Pharmacy.Walter died 17 Feb 1960, at Alamogordo, New Mexico,
and was buried at Alamogordo, New Mexico.
After Walters death Olie married to Paul Brown they moved Ruidoso
Downs, New Mexico 1994 in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
161. Walter5 Herbert Lafferty (160.Walter4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
born 19 Dec 1935, in Otero County, New Mexico.He married Margaret Lawrence
12 Aug 1971, in Tennessee.
They had 1 child:
162.Mi.Nathanial Lawrence Lafferty, born 24 Jul 1973, in
Shelby County, Tennessee.
Walter went to high school in Alamogordo graduated in 1953.He
continued his education at Baylor and graduated in 1958. He attended
Tennessee University and worked on his Phd.He went to Tulane University
studied Bio Statistics.Then he worked at Emery University in Atlanta for 2
years, and then Worked at the University of Tennessee for 5 years.
In 1980he and his family live in Memphis Tennessee and working for the
Computer Company installing Computers in Pharmacies.During one of his
business trips he went to Arkansas in the area of Lafferty Creek.He married
in 1971.Margaret has four children: Joel Hughen 16 May 1952; Susan Hughen
16 Oct 1954; Nancy Hughen 6 Sept 1957; John Hughen 10 Jan 1964.Walter and
Margaret are active in Church activities.At present Walter has a Computer
Consulting Company in Tennessee.
163. Satie5 Ann Lafferty (160.Walter4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
22 Dec 1939, in Alamagordo, New Mexico.She married Gary Hamberg 28 May
1958, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
They had 4 children:
+ 164.Fi.Debora Jeanine Hamberg, born8 Jan 1956.
+ 167.Mii.Kenneth Alan Hamberg, born 18 Feb 1957.
170.Miii.Michael Walter Hamberg, born 31 May 1960, in
Alamogordo, New Mexico.
+ 171.Miv.Carl Aaron Hamberg, born 22 Aug 1962.
Satie worked as aMortgage Banker and is now Vice President of the bank.
Gary has recently retired from and is working as an Artist.He is most
talented in this field.
164. Debora6 Jeanine Hamberg (163.Satie5, 160.Walter4, 116.James3, 96.John2,
1.Jacob1) was born8 Jan 1956, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.She married Louis
Miller 19 Sep 1987, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
They had 2 children:
165.Fi.Satie Lou Miller, born 16 May 1988, in Larimer
166.Fii.Caroline Marie Miller, born 30 Nov 1989, in Larimer
167. Kenneth6 Alan Hamberg (163.Satie5, 160.Walter4, 116.James3, 96.John2,
1.Jacob1) was born 18 Feb 1957, in Otero County, New Mexico.
He married and they had 2 children:
168.Mi.Dustin Hamberg, born2 Nov 1978, in Oklahoma
169.Mii.Gary Robert Hamberg, born 16 Apr 1981, in Oklahoma
Kenneth next married (2) Barbara Benavidis 14 Dec 1979, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Barbara brought to this marriage a daughter named Shannon 9 May 1978, born in
Los Alamos County, New Mexico.No children have yet been identified.
171. Carl6 Aaron Hamberg (163.Satie5, 160.Walter4, 116.James3, 96.John2,
1.Jacob1) was born 22 Aug 1962, in Otero County, New Mexico.He married (1)
Judy Lochwitezer.She was born 22 Aug 1962, in Otero County, New Mexico.
They had 2 children:
172.Fi.Jeremy Hamberg, born8 Oct 1983.
173.Mii.Brian Hamberg, born 20 Oct 1985.
Carl next married (2) Elizabeth Wagner. Elizabeth brought to this marraige a
son Tyler born 14 Nov 1986.No children have yet been identified.
174. Frances5 Nell Lafferty (160.Walter4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
born5 Mar 1945, in Otero County, New Mexico.She married Vernon Lamont
Bunker5 May 1965, in Otero County, New Mexico.
They had 2 children:
175.Mi.Clinton (Clint) John Bunker, born5 Oct 1971. is an
176.Mii.Jason Bunker, born 21 Nov 1973.1994 is a
Fran was the fist woman to solo as a pilot in her area.Both she and Monte
are Mortgage Bankers.Monte's hobby is Harley Davidson Motorcycles.He has
178. Phillip (Percy)4 Harold Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
16 Jun 1915, in Roswell, Chaves Co., New Mexico.Phillip (Percy) died 11 Mar
1985, in Lubbock, Texas, and was buried in Lubbock, Texas.He married (1)
Mary Louise Mills .They had 1 child:
+ 179.Fi.Phyllis Lafferty.
Percy went down into Mexico in 1940 to find out why his father and his mother
had split up.He never did get an answer.Dad never mentioned having
another family.During the time he was there he recalled thatDad had a
horse named Negro and wagered in a race of his horse with another.Percy
rode the horse in the race and won.
There was also an argument between dad and another man over Percy being
there and Dad drew his gun on the man and that ended the argument.
Percy joined the Army Air Corps on March 17 1942 and was a tailgunner
in World War II. He flew many missions. He came back shell shocked and it
took him a long time to get back to normal.Always carried with him some
emotional scares from the experience.
In 1944when Percy was discharged from the Army he was sent to Southern
California for processing.His father and brother Ed, together,went to see
him neither mentioned that Dad had younger children.
Percy married twice. First to Mary Mills Whitewho had three sons from a previous
marriage.Together they had a daughter, Phyllis.
After the divorce Mary married again and Phyllis was raised by her
mother and step father.Percyhad not seen his daughter since she was a
teenager and right before his death she met and talked to him.
He fought once as a light weight contender under a mexican name, as a
mexican.He loved bowling and bowled professionally.He once broke his
skull at a bowling alley while setting up pins.
He spent his last years in Lubbock, Texas where he married (second) to
Ruth Gentry.She was a widow with a daughter when she married Percy.Ruth
worked for a bank, in Lubbock, Texas starting out as a teller and working her
way up to vice president.Percy became ill soon after they married and she
cared for him until he died. He died of emphysema and was discovered to have
cancer right before he died.He was given a military funeral with a 21 gun
salute.Of the family, his daughter, his brother Marley, his half sister
Mary, his wife, stepdaughter attended the funeral.Other family members had
visited with him during his illness.
179. Phyllis5 Lafferty (178.Phillip (Percy)4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1).
She married Eugene A. Bourque.
They had 1 child:
180.Mi.Kevin Joseph Bourque, born1973.Texas
Phyllis was very bright as a child, excelled in Mathematics.Shereceived
a full scholarship to a school back east has her degree in petroleum
engineering.She married a physicist.Lived for a while in a suburb of
Houston, Texas and running a small company that bought and sold natural gas.
In 1994 they are living inNew Mexico.
181. William4 Browning Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born 21
Nov 1917, in Chaves Co., New Mexico.He married Rose Kathryn Ambrose 21 Mar
1943, in Contra Costa County, California.She was born 20 May 1915, in
Monongalia Co., West Virginia.
They had 4 children:
+ 182.Fi.Maureen Ann Lafferty, born 25 Feb 1944.
+ 186.Mii.Michael Charles Lafferty, born1 Jan 1946.
192.Fiii.Eileen Lafferty, born 23 Nov 1951, in Contra Costa
County, California, died 24 Nov 1951.
193.Miv.John William Lafferty, born 25 Aug 1953, in Contra
Costa County, California.
(Mary (María) Lafferty Wilson) I had known about my father's first family for
many years and had met Ed and Walter.But in 1979I made contact with Bill,
Marley, and Percy.I received a letter from my brother Bill.Here are some
of the highlights:
"2 Jun 1979, Dear Mary....It is really strange to find out that one has a
brother and a sister that he didn't know about.I had heard rumors that Dad
had remarried and had children but nothing definite.Marley and I get
together fairly often.He lives about 110 miles from here up in the
Phil lives in Lubbock. Texas and Ed in El Paso (Texas)I just called Ed and
learned that he is in the hospital.He had back surgery Wednesday.Florence
said he is doing fine. I presume he is in the V A hospital.Marley thought
you might like to have a record of the brothers and sister and the birthdate
etc. Joseph C. born 1-24-04.Mary Jeanetta 2-6-05, Vera (Mike) L. 4-18-06,
Idelle 3-14-08, James Edwin 2-3-1910, Johnny A. 5-21-11, Walter F.
4-14-13, Phillip H 6-16-15, William B 11-21-17, Marley H 10-6-21.Mary
Harcrow Lafferty died of pneumonia in 1931, Johnny was killed in truck car
accident in 1930, Pat died from cancer in 55, Walter was killed in an auto
accident in 1960. Joe died of cancer in 1973, and Mike about a year later.
Phil is not in good shape at all.He probably has a year at the most.He
has emphysema.I never knew Dad.He went into Mexico about 21 or 22.My
grandfather Browning died in 1923 and we moved to Alamogordo (New Mexico) at
that time. The summer of 1923 we went to Mexico, but things didn"t work out,
so we returned to Alamogordo. This was before I had started to school.Dad
came out twice after that, so you see I couldn't know much about him.In
fact mother discouraged any inquires and imparted as much of her bitterness
as she could to the two youngest (Marley and me) I would like to know about
my Dad and his family and I would like to establish a real family
relationship with my new found brother and sister.Your brother Bill ....."
LETTER: from Rose herself dated 15 Jul 1979; tells about her family.
" Dear Mary, Bill and I have been married for 36 years.I was born in West
Virginia and have lived in Alabama and Florida, but most of my life I've
lived in California (since I was Six.My parents were from Pennsylvania and
I am of Italian descent.Our children are half Irish and Italian but all
look like Laffertys.Maureen, the oldest, now lives in Colorado. She is
married to Dennis Rooney, a boy she met in Spokane, Washington while they
were both going to Gonzaga University (a Jesuit College). They married a week
after they graduated from College and Maureen never did go to work.She is
very active in C C D (religious education) ...they have three children: David
11, Eileen 10, Beth (Elizabeth Rose) is 7.Dennis is a comptroller with
General Cable Corp.Our Second child is Michael.He is a pharmacist like
his dad.He and his wifeDebbie have two little girls, Karen 8 and Jennifer
almost 5. They live in Southern California.We have a little girl Eileen,
who died shortly after she was born (prematurely).John, our youngest was
also a premie.He is not married. He has a slight resemblance to your
brother John.He lives in Livermore (California) ...I was a high school
teacher (teaching Spanish, French, and Latin) but quit when Maureen came
along. Since then I've done substitute teaching....Forthe past 22 years I
have taught religion to all age groups...I have had bible classes for adults
but most of my time I've had high school students. That is my favorite age
group.I am a master Catechist and train C C D teachers.We are Catholics
(Bill is not)."They were living in Oceanside, California.
(Bill later joined the Catholic Church and at his Baptism into the Church
they sung a hymn from the hymnal that was written by his niece Karen
Lafferty, daughter of Walter.)
Bill worked at the Corner Drug in Alamogordo, studied pharmacy under Mr.
Hamiltonand his brother Walter.He passed the state test and was licensed
to practice in New Mexico. He moved to Albuquerque and worked for Henry's
Pharmacy until he went into the Army.During World War II he was assigned
to: 1. Ft Bliss, Texas2.Basic training Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill. 3.
Letterman at Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, California and was in
charge of all Hospital in San Francisco to form groups of personnel called
"Cadry" (basic Units that include Pharmacist, Lab Technicians, Ward
Technician etc.) to staff the hospital pharmacies.He was last assigned to
4. Stoneman in Pittsburg, Calif near Antioch for 2 1/2 years.
While at Stoneman there, he met and married Rose. She was a high school
teacher who was working at a pilot high school in the Bay Area.Bill went to
see an open house at the Pilot School.After the war they wanted to live in
California, but Bill's license was not acceptable.Rose and Billmoved to
Albuquerque where he worked at Henry's Pharmacy and attended NM University.
Bill graduatedfirst in his School of Pharmacy.They moved back to
California.He owned a Pharmacy in Livermore, California.Lived in
Oceanside, California in 1980 and Moved back to the Bay area to retire. He is
still working part time.In 1993 at age 76, Bill and Rose celebrated their
50 anniversary by taking a second honeymoon.They drove to Florida.
SOURCE NOTES: BIRTH: Index to births, New Mexico, Chaves Co, Roswell,
listed: Lafferty Boy 21 Nov 1917, to J.A. Lafferty, Ranchman, residence New
Mexico and Mary Browning, residence New Mexico.
182. Maureen5 Ann Lafferty (181.William4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
born 25 Feb 1944, in Contra Costa, California.She married Dennis Rooney 11
Jun 1966, inAlameda County, California.He was born7 Apr 1944, in
Spokane County, Washington.
They had 3 children:
183.Mi.David Michael Rooney, born 25 Dec 1967, in Spokane
184.Fii.Eileen Patricia Rooney, born 19 Feb 1969, in King
Married Dean Foley and had Lauren Rose Foley in 2001
185.Fiii.Elizabeth Rose Rooney, born 21 Feb 1972, in, Yuba
186. Michael5 Charles Lafferty (181.William4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1)
was born1 Jan 1946, in Contra Costa Co., California.He married Deborah
Susan Burton3 Aug 1969, in San Mateo County, California.She was born 18
Mar 1948, in Alameda County, California.
They had 5 children:
187.Fi.Karen Elizabeth Lafferty, born 28 Dec 1970, in San
Mateo County, California.
188.Fii.Jennifer Diane Lafferty, born 10 Aug 1974, in
Alameda County, California. Married Brian Angliss.
189.Fiii.Anne Marie Lafferty, born 31 Dec 1980, in San Diego
190.Fiv.Colleen Terese Lafferty, born 29 Feb 1984, inSan
Diego County, California.
191.Mv.Brian Joseph Lafferty, born 27 Nov 1985, in San
Diego County, California.
Michael lives in Southern California and works as a pharmacist.His older
children are in College.
194. Marley4 Herbert Lafferty (116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born6 Oct
1921, inChaves Co., New Mexico.He married Betty Sparks 15 Apr 1944, in
Reeves County, Texas.She was born 22 May 1925, in Brown County, Kansas, the
daughter of Robert Campbell and Marquerite Cordell.
They had 4 children:
+ 195.Mi.Roque Lafferty, born 21 Jul 1945, died 19 Sep 1975.
197.Mii.Randy Lafferty, born7 May 1949, in Otero County,
New Mexico, died 21 Jun 1954, in Eauquallye,
+ 198.Miii.Roderick Lafferty, born 26 Mar 1950.
+ 201.Fiv.Marleen Liz Lafferty, born 25 Aug 1951.
Marley-------When it was time for meto be born his mother went
into Roswell to stay with the Corn family.There was a problem there, so she
stayed with the Marley family.When I wanted to go into the Army Air Corps
I need a birth certificate but Santa Fe couldn't find one.I went to Sante
Fe, New Mexico and a record search found one record 6 Oct 1921 to J.A.
Lafferty, Occupation, Ranchman and Jamettie Browning. Residence: about 40
miles NW of Roswell, New Mexico.Since I was use to the name Marley.I kept
it and gave myself a middle name of Herbert.
I was not quite three when the family went into Mexico in 1924, but I
have four memories of the trip: Riding standing up behind the front seat of
the Model T, seeing Percy bucked off a burro;running through the kitchen
where concrete work had been done on the floor; and at a stop over in El
Paso, on the trip back to Alamogordo, being with Mother and Mikey and Mother
bought me a little pair of white socks.
Marley and Betty married while he was in a drone pilot training as an
Army Air Corps cadet at Pecos, Texas.They move together at several bases
before he was sent to the South Pacific.Betty returned to Albuquerque while
Marley was over seas.
After the war was over they lived in Alamogordo with Hiedah (Marley's
mother) until they were able to buy a little home. Marley worked at the Air
Base in Civil Service until he started with Northrop on the missile project.
The project moved to Florida at Cape Canaveral.They lived in Florida 7 1/2
years before moving to California, then South Dakota, then back to
California.In 1978 Marley retired from Northrop and they moved to
Wrightwood, California where he bought ahome that with abeautiful view of
the Mountains.They spent two years remodelingtheir home.The house
looked like a small "chalet".They sold it in 1987 andmoved to the desert
in San Bernardino County, California.
When Betty was growing up, she used her step fathers surname of Sparks.
She was known as Sparkie.Betty has a half brother Craig Sparks.
Betty's grandmother, Fanny Cordell,came from Kansas, to Oklahoma and
New Mexico with the Indian service.Which brought her to where she
homesteaded.Fanny Cordell, a divorced woman, met Charlie Hill, a pioneer
settler in a place called Lindrith.He was a "homesteader".They married
and established the first post office and store/trading post in that area.
They built a large 2 story log home.
After her marriage broke up, Betty's mother, Marquerite, followed Fanny
to New Mexico.She left her infant daughter, Betty, with her mother and
while she returned to school to become a school teacher.
****When I (Mary Wilson) went to Roswell County Court House in the birth
records I found the following:"Lafferty Boy born 6 April 1921 to J.A.
Lafferty Occupation Ranchman and Jamettie Browning Residence in Roswell. New
Mexico." I think now that they may have given my brother the date of
registration as his birth date.==Mary Wilson.
Jim and Jamettie were living 35 miles outside of Roswell on their ranch
located on the bend of the Arroyo del Macho.At present County maps list the
I spent three months of phone calls to information to different cities in
California looking for my lost brothers.I called Lafferty surnames asking
for William Lafferty and finally connected with a man who had known William
when he had a pharmacy in Livermore, California.They had the same surname.
He did ask around and did get Bill's phone number for me and called me back
a week later.Strangely enough the number he gave me was the next one on my
list to call.
I called Bill and talked to him.I introduced myself as Mary Lafferty
Wilson and when he asked what relationship I was to the New Mexico Lafferty's
I asked what relationship was he.He said his mother was a Browning and then
I said that his father was James A. Lafferty and he was my father too.Bill
was quiet for a few moments.I had to ask if he was still there.He said
they had heard there were rumors but never knew for sure. He did give me the
phone number of Percy and Marley.I called Percy next and he was quite and
reserved.So I waited a day to call Marley.(it was like chasing a fox then
catching it by the tail, I did not know what to do next. I wondered if they
even wanted to have contact with me. So I had to think about it all.By this
time the other two brothers had talked to each other and it gave Marley time
to think about it all.The conversation went more smoothly.
Marley and his wife Betty came out to see me a few months later.Marley
a lot of questions that he needed answered.Dad had left the family when he
was only a small child and they knew better than to ask questions.
Marley did make the trip following his Dad's footsteps.He took his
brother James Edwin with him.
Much later on their 50th (1993)wedding anniversary Bill and Rose made the
trip out to visit.
In 1980I made the trip out to see Percy in Lubbock Tx, Bill in Oceanside,
CA and Marley in Wrightwood, California.
I tried to find them to get more information about Dad and found that they
were also wanting information about him.
I can only imagine what it is like to find out at age 60 that you have a
younger brother and sister, and another half sister that we have yet to make
contact with.I have kept in touch with them ever since 1980 when I first
met them all. I have always been glad I took the time to find them.(Mary
Lafferty Wilson)In April 1994 to celebrate Marley and Betty's 50th Wedding
Anniversary there was a reunion in Yucca Valley, California.
195. Roque5 Lafferty (194.Marley4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born 21
Jul 1945, in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico.He married Anna
Elizabeth Brouse7 Jul 1973, in Costa Mesa, California.She was born 12 May
1945, in Union County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Brouse and
They had 1 child:
196.Mi.Aaron Michael Lafferty, born8 Dec 1975, in Orange
Roque went to college then joined the Army to become a pilot. He was
not able to qualify as a pilot and was stationed in Germany.He returned to
California and married. Roque died 19 Sep 1975, at Santa Anna, California,
shortly before his son was born.After the death of her husband Anna made
a move to be closer to her sister.Hersister at the time was living in
Washington state but was going to move to Eugene.Anna is living in Eugene,
Oregon.Anna was a stay at home mom and now works at a Child Care Center.
198. Roderick5 Lafferty (194.Marley4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was born
26 Mar 1950, in Otero County, New Mexico.He married Belinda Cox3 Apr
1973, in Costa Mesa, California.
They had 2 children:
199.Mi.Jason Paul Lafferty, born 15 Apr 1979, in
200.Mii.Ryan Christopher Lafferty, born 21 May 1980, in
Rod is a computer programmer. His wife has a degree in psychology..
201. Marleen5 Liz Lafferty (194.Marley4, 116.James3, 96.John2, 1.Jacob1) was
born 25 Aug 1951, in Otero County, New Mexico.She married Steve Marx in
Orange County, California.
They had 2 children:
202.Fi.Angela Lee Marx, bornabout1971, in Orange
203.Mii.Randy Marx, died of crib death.
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Summery of the children of Jim Lafferty:
Jim (James Annis Lafferty) had a total of 15 children that we know of:
Born in New Mexico:Mother Jamettie Belle Browning 1882-1971.
+ 117.Mi.Joseph Cole Lafferty 1904-1973.
+ 120.Fii.Mary Jeanetta Lafferty 1905-1931.
+ 136.Fiii.Vera Louise (Lilian) (Mike) Lafferty, 1906-1975.
+ 137.Fiv.Idella Angelina Patricia (Pat) Lafferty, 1908-1955.
+ 144.Mv.James Edwin Lafferty 1910-1987.
159.Mvi.Johnny Albert Lafferty 1911-1930.
+ 160.Mvii.Walter Franklin Lafferty 1914-1960.
+ 178.Mviii.Phillip (Percy) Harold Lafferty 1915-1985.
+ 181.Mix.William Browning Lafferty 1917.
+ 194.Mx.Marley Herbert Lafferty 1921.
Born in Mexico.Mother Martina Martinez about 1890-.
204.Fxi.Socorro Martinez Lafferty about 1930.
Born in Mexico. Mother Josefa Luján1913-1942.
205.Mxii.Santiago Lafferty 1935-1935.
+ 206.Mxiii.Juan Jim Lafferty1936-.
217.Mxiv.Billy Lafferty 1940-1941.
+ 218.Fxv.María (Mary) Josefina Lafferty 1942.
"Jim" born and grew up in Graham, Young County, Texas.Hewent to the
local one roomschool house there he was always a good student and attended
school up to the eighth grade.At that time teen age children were
considered young adults and generally worked as such.Being big for his age,
he signed on as a drover at 14 or 15 years old.He ran cattle out of Texas
to Wyoming, Colorado, the Kansas City Stock yards.
Some of the Early cattle drives out of Young County were made to Fort
Sumner, New Mexico.This is probably the reason he ended up in New Mexico.
By his late teens he was an excellent horseman and cattleman. He was well
trusted and a man of his word.
Significant dates and facts for "Jim" Lafferty
as collected by his son Marley H. Lafferty:
1902-1903 After his marriage to Jamettie they lived:
at 7 Cabins near Capitan, New Mexico.
1904 Elk Canyon with the Browning Family.He worked for the Block Ranch then
the Macho Ranch near Spindle, New Mexico. Lived at the Steel House and the
Hale Ranch which was a part of the Block Ranch.Worked for the Hale Ranch
and the Peach Orchard, The Fox and Fur Lodge that were all in the same area.
He went to Roswell with a fellow named Blanchard.He lived in a place called
the Dugout,working on the Ranch.
1906-1907 Bought a ranch the brand was two straight lines, like an 11 with a
circle around it.
1916-1917 Bought land next to the Block Ranch.He worked for an agent at
Roswell Bank repossessing cattle for non-payment.
1918 Ranch Macho bought Dad's registered brand Which was then a U with a
small triangle down and to the right side of it.
September 1919 Had his picture taken at the diamond Aranch,that ranch was
20 miles west of Roswell, New Mexico. The Ranch belonged to Uncle Johnnie
Burns. Also in the picture was Uncle Bill Bloom.Jim probably worked for the
Diamond A on more than one occasion.His brand was a rectangle with a square
under it and a diamond next to themRepresenting a combination of the Block
ranch and the Diamond A Ranch.
During the years Jim worked for several ranchers and had his own
cattle.His brand was a circle with two bars inside the circle.Circle
1921 he was hired (on a two year contract) by the Block Ranch and The
Corn Ranch to take cattle down into Mexico and increase the herds and return
them to New Mexico for sale.He was accompanied by several trusted friends
and he took with him his oldest son Joe who was 17 at the time.Joe like all
the other cowboys was given a gun and put in charge of other drovers.
Before leaving New Mexico Jim moved the family to the Winston Farm near
In early 1922 the herd was moved by train to the Corralitos Ranch Near
Janos, Mexico.With him wentTruman Spencer, Lloyd Taylor, and Polk Corn
who owned part of the herd.They took with them 3,000 cattle and 150
In the Summer of 1924 Jamettie and the children went down into Mexico.
For this story see Jamettie's story.
1924 they were on the Casa de Piedras Ranch.
1925 he was in Ranch San Pedro which had 19 sq. miles.
1928 When the herds were improved and increased the Cattle was shipped out
and Jim moved to Los Alamitos and bought and sold cattle.It is said that he
bought a bar.He was also around Howtons and Corralitos.
In 1935 he, met Josefa who was working in Corralitos as a School
teacher, he obtained a Mexican divorce andmarried Josefa.See Josefa
(Pepa) Luján's story.At that time he leased a ranch called Los Alamitos.
This ranch belonged to the Whitten's, a Mormon family from Colonia Juarez,
near Casas Grandes. He had many friend among the Mormon settlement.
In 1940 John Tucker was his business partner.Jim had made an agreement
with Mr Rubben Farnsworth to double his herd within five years.Farnsworth
was to supply operating capital.At the same time Jim had a contract to
supply meat to a prison near Mexico City.
He had two "trusted" friends in charge of the buying capital for the
Farnsworth herd.When he returned his friends had spent the money but not on
cattle.Jim borrowed money from a Mr Thacher another financial backer, to
settle accounts with Farnsworth.Jim put up his herd as collateral for the
loan.Thacher whose office was in El Paso, also owned a store in Casas
Grandes from which he was probably taking money out of and the business was
failing.Jim paid Mr. Thacher what was owed.In the mean time Thacher had
used Jim's herd to get a loan and a bank had a lien against it.
Jim went to El Paso to meet with Thacher.Thacher could not get a
release on the herd, and Jim couldn't get any money from him.He went too
far when he accused Jim of ruining his store and called Jim a liar.So in
the words of the story teller,Mr. Whitten, "to get some satisfaction, Big
Jim beat the hell out of him (Mr. Thacher)"
The financial backer was angry and threatened to kill Jim.Jimwent
back to Casas Grandesand it was during this time that his wife, Josefa,
died giving birth to a daughter.
With all that happened, these was a difficult time for him.He decided
to make a move out of Mexico and back to the United States.He drove his
cattle ( 65 steers) over to his friend Otis Jeffers in preparation for
leaving.Otis wanted to pay for the steers, but Jim just gave them to him.
Jim had given the orphaned children to the Whitten's.A family from
the Mormon colony of Colonia Juarez who offered to care for the children.
His brother in law insisted that they be brought back to the care of the
family.Jim then decided togive his children to the care of his sister in
law Manuela (Nelly) who lived in San Diego, California.It was with the
understanding that they be returned to him when they were old enough to care
for themselves.He relocated toSan Diego to be near the children.
He worked as a night watchman at Otay Lakes Reservoir and at San Diego
City Linen.He continued to have a social life and he was active up until he
was 77.While night watchman at the San Diego Linen company, he stopped two
thieves.They tried to run him over with their car.He was bruised, but no
broken bones.He was not as well after that.
In his last years one thing that he often did was get into some
discussions with the Jehovah Witnesses that would come to the house.He
knew his Bible well.
In 1952 he suffered a heart attack.He continued to be active. He
took care of himself right up until one week before he died.
Jim died 16 May 1955, of a stroke at San Diego County Hospital, San
Diego County, California, He was waked at Berge Roberts Mortuary in National
City and was buried 18 May 1955, on a Knoll close to the Rail Road Tracks at
Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California.
Ed was the only son that came out to his funeral. He was sent by
Walter.Walter paid for the funeral.Pat was herself very sick and Mike was
taking care of her.Pat died 5 days after her father.Marley and Bill did
not attend the funeral.Like many other things about their father, they were
never notified.The youngest, Mary (María) who was 13, was left to the care
of her Aunt Nelly.The youngest son Juan Jim was left on his own.
Obituary for "Jim":
San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego Union.
James A. Lafferty , 80, of 1910 So. 43 St., a retired Texas cattleman, died
Monday in a local hospital.He had lived here 15 years.Born in Texas he
formerly owned ranches there and in New Mexico. Survivors included a son,
James of National City, and a daughter Josephine Lafferty of San Diego.
Services will be held 2 p.m. today, in Berg Roberts Mortuary, Burial willbe
in Mount Hope Cemetery. (San Diego)
Comment on Obituary: The children mentioned are only the two youngestJames
is Juan Jim. He had lived in San Diego only 13 years.
In the Remembrance Book listed are parents John Lafferty and mother Mary L.
Lafferty. Other members of the Family: Walter Lafferty, William Lafferty,
James E. Lafferty, Joseph C. Lafferty, Philip H. Lafferty, Marley Lafferty,
James A. Lafferty Jr,Mrs. H.R. Saddler, Mrs Gordan Sage, Josephine
Lafferty. (James A. Lafferty Jr. is Juan Jim)
Flowers of Remembrance: Family Flowers; Mr and Mrs Hawley and Family; All
yourNeighbors; The Garcia Family; Sister May Phillip; Bess F. Evans;
Roselia y Armando.
Registrar of Visitors:Andres Luján, Elivira Luján, Mr and Mrs B. Garcia,
James E. Lafferty, Mary J. Lafferty, John J. Lafferty, Josefa L. Luján, Nelly
Johnston Buono, John Buono Jr., Roselia Luján L., A. Apple, Juan Alejandro
Luján, Joe Enriquez, Alfonso Servey, Genoveva Macias, Webb Stagner, Howard
Saxton, Mrs. Howard (Genovive) Saxton, Robert Delgado, Richard Ledisma,
Sedgwick C. Hawley, Josphine Jirous, Lottie Scott, Doris C. Hawley, Mrs Lena
Slaff, David E. Roberts.
James (Jim) Annis Lafferty and (2) Martina Martinez had a child.She was
bornabout1890, inMexico. Martina died in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua,
Jim and Martinahad 1 child:
204.Fxi.Socorro Martinez Lafferty, bornabout1930, in
Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
James (Jim) Annis Lafferty next married (3) Josefa Luján-Lucero1935, in
Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.She was born 13 Sep 1913, in Casas
Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Epigmenio Luján- Gomez and Josefa
Lucero.Josefa Lafferty died 11 Mar 1942, in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua,
Mexico, and was buried in Old Cemetery, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Four Children ofJames Annis (Jim) Lafferty and Josefa Luján
205.Mxii.Santiago Lafferty, born 14 Jun 1935, in Casas
Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, died 28 Jun 1935,
in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, and was
buried in Old Cemetery, Casas Grandes,
Chihuahua, Mexico.Santiago is the Spanish
version of James.
+ 206.Mxiii.Juan Jim Lafferty, born 21 May 1936.Married Alice Marie
Sanderson.The only Biological children he had were with Alice.He divorced and married sever
217.Mxiv.Billy Lafferty, born 14 Feb 1940, in Casas Grandes,
Chihuahua, Mexico, diedJul 1941, in Casas
Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, and was buried in
Old Cemetery, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua,
Mexico.He was named after his Uncle William.
He was exposed to whooping cough when his
mother took him in for a well baby check up.
Despite the care this mother and grandmother
gave him he died.
+ 218.Fxv.Maria (Mary) Josefina Lafferty, the author of this
book, born 28 Feb 1942.Married Freeman Aruthur Wilson Jr.
Mary had a child before she married and had 5 other children with Art.