Re: FYI: 1894 death in Indian Territory
By Ginny May 25, 2004 at 08:15:15
Thanks for responding to my inquiry.Annie DePasse, the little girl who burned to death at Lehigh in August, 1894, probably was a sister to my husband's paternal grandfather, Alfred DePasse, Sr.The family of Jean Joseph DePasse and Josephine Lummens DePasse and their family arrived in New York on the Ship Red Star in January, 1893.From there, they went to what is now Coal County, OK--the Lehigh area.They were miners in Belgium and miners in the United States.They were from Jumet near Brussels, Belgium--the French section.My husband's grandfather, Alfred DePasse, Sr., was only twelve years of age when they arrived in New York.Two of Alfred DePasse, Sr.'s, brothers died in mining accidents--one in the Trinidad, CO, area, and the other one in the Terre Haute, IN, area.Jean Joseph and Josephine Lummens DePasse are both buried in Terre Haute, IN, as are some of their children, grandchildren, in-laws, etc.Alfred DePasse, Sr., his wife (Mary Brice), and all but one of their children are buried in Henryetta, Okmulgee County, OK.The one exception is still alive and residing in Henryetta.
I guess a lot of people would think that the DePasse family has been in this country a long time, but to someone such as I some of whose ancestors were here thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived (the Cherokees) and all of whose European ancestors were in the colonies by or before 1725 (mostly considerably before), they seem like new arrivals.
Thanks again for the info. and for responding.