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The John Richard Godseys of Courtland Alabama

Updated August 24, 2009

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John Richard and Mattie King were the parents of Bula Mae Godsey Stokes. Bula died in 1932 in Osceola Arkansas from childbirth complications. Her husband John Carlos Stokes couldn't care for their 6 children. The baby, John Richard, was given to someone to raise him. Josephine 2 was adopted by the Argends in Blythville. Cora Ann and Ruby were in and out of orphanages in Hot Springs Ark. They stayed at their Godsey grandparents for 3 yrs. They got to know their uncle Columbus Roy and aunt Lula Bell . The oldest girls Bertha Irene b. 1924 and Mattie Mae b. 1920 both in Courtland AL stayed in AR from what we know. Bertha married an Army officer Clearance Russell from Birmingham by 1948 and went to Guam, they divorced in 1957. She married a Charles Conrad in 1957. Mattie Mae was in W. Memphis in 1941 and had a son.

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