Hello again, Pat! How strange to begin research again and find my name out there. I'm afraid if you have passed along my home address to anyone, their letters will only be returned. The military transferred us to Idaho almost two years ago. But anyone is welcome to e-mail me at email@example.com
I have not had a lot of luck with my Ary clan, but do have some recent developments. I'll put what I can here. My husband's great-grandfather was Bud Marcell Ary, son of Lee Ary and Nancy Jane Semore. That much I have known, but it has always been a mystery where Lee came from. I recently discovered that Lee--just a year before his death--was interviewed about his parents and early life. This interview is part of the Indian Pioneer Papers Project in Oklahoma. Less than a week ago, I received a copy of that interview. It is interesting and will hopefully be helpful. There are some conflicting things in it though. For example, Lee's mother is given as Nancy Jane Semore, who we know was actually his wife. This is probably a clerical error from when the interview was transcribed. Lee says that his father's name is Jeff Ary born in Tennessee. In one place Lee says that he was born in TN, in another he says MO. There is also a clear discrepancy between the age he claims to be and his birthdate.
Last night, I pulled out the copies you were kind enough to share with me, and a thought occurred to me. Since it appears that Lee's son Daniel J. was Daniel Jefferson, I wonder whether Lee's father might be the elder Daniel Jefferson Ary. Certainly you can see how the "Jeff" could be derived from that. At this point, it is nothing more than another possibility to look into, but it seems to make a little sense.
I plan to submit Lee's interview to the OK GenWeb site. There is a spot there where the interviews can be posted if anyone has them. I will do that this week so that you can all view it online if you like. Goodnight!