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Patsey Emily Gilleland (b. September 05, 1860, d. March 10, 1946)Patsey Emily Gilleland (daughter of John Gilland and Martha Newberry)691 was born September 05, 1860 in Gentry County, Missouri692, 693, and died March 10, 1946 in Stroud, Lincoln County, Oklahoma694, 695.She married James Monroe Reagin on June 01, 1876 in Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas696, 697, son of Robert Longshore Reagin and L.M.E.A.V. Watson.
Notes for Patsey Emily Gilleland:
Per notes provided by Jackie Goodwin concerning her interview with George Reagin.
Tombstone of Patsey Emily Reagin has her name listed Emily P. Reagin and her year of birth 1859. Per George Reagin she was born in MO on September 5, 1860. She died March 10, 1946 in Stroud, Lincoln Co, OK.Emily was buried on March 13, 1946 at Kellerby Cemetery, Arlington, Lincoln Co, OK.Funeral services were at Blackfoot School, one mile west of Deer Creek Church.She was 85 yrs., 6 mos., 5 days old at the time of her death.
Per Gene Reagin: Blackfoot School was located on the corner of the property that Emily and James Reagin owned.James gave that land to the county so a school could be built.Gene went there for a short time.He remembers it was hot and they were playing baseball, but not sure what grade he was in. Gene remembers attending Emily's funeral.He recalls that she had been sick for a long time and that Elizabeth was taking care of her.They were staying in a small house in Stroud, OK when Emily died.Gene remembers seeing Elizabeth at Emily's funeral. The farm house that James and Emily owned between Stroud and Prague became known as "the old homeplace" by family members. George, Jame's son lived there for a time, as well as Lloyd and Ruby Reagin, George's son.
Per Lorene Heinzig: George and Bess Reagin had been caring for Emily before Elizabeth came back to Stroud from California to help with her care.George and Bess had a "falling out" with Elizabeth and Elizabeth moved Emily to a small house in Stroud and cared for her until she died. Emily was getting about $50.00 a month pension from when James, her husband, served in the Civil War.
Per JoAnn Disbro: Emily had a large sore come up on one of her legs and this sore would not close or heal.This went on for about a year before she died.
Per Lillian Reagin: Emily had fallen down a flight of stairs in her home and broken her hip.She was a rather large woman and never recovered from her broke hip.She died shortly after the fall.She was bed ridden and it was summer time and the heat was unbearable. James and Emily had used thier money off the sale of land in Georgia that had belonged to Robert and Matilda Reagin to purchase land in Oklahoma.This land became known to family members as "the old homeplace."
Marriage License. George Reagin's Journal states they married on May 28, 1876. This date was also stated in Matilda Reagin's Bible.The marriage license was issued on May 25, 1876.
Per Viva Piper:Emily delivered almost every baby in Lincoln County when she lived there.Every year on Emily's birthday there was a grand party at her farm home.Everyone from all around came to help her celebrate. They brought food and it was an all day affair, lasting well into the late evening hours.Some people would travel for a day or two by wagon to come to help her celebrate.
Narrative:Since Emily was so well liked, what a fitting place to hold her funeral, in a building that she and her husband donated to the county.
According to Viva Piper:
Maude's daughter tried to shock her Grandma Emily one time when she was in California for a visit.Maude's daughter strolled in the room where Emily was wearing short pants and Grandma Emily looked her over and said " Well it wouldbe ok if you had pretty legs, but you don't, you have ugly legs." Emily always wore long dresses to her ankles and Maude's daughter thought she would shock her, but her strategy backfired.
Emily would come on the bus or the train to visit Viva in California.
Emily called James Mr. Reagin and he called her his old lady.She said that the reason she called him Mr. Reagin was it made her mad that he called her his old lady. One time James got after her. They were going to town and she had on a sun bonnet.James didn't like her wearing it. The were in their wagon still fighting over that bonnet when one of the neighbors caught up with them.The neighbor asked if she wanted to ride down to town with him in his Surrey. A Surrey was a very fancy rig pulled by horses and could go very fast.She was just mad enough at James that she got in with the neighbor.When James got to town and took his eggs into the grocery store the owner of the store said"Mr. Reagin, what in the word did you do to these eggs? They are mostly broken." James had gotten so mad that he whoped those horses and ran them to town to keep up with the Surrey.Emily said he never bothered her about the bonnet any more.
Emily delivered babies.Everyone in the area of Stroud, Oklahoma called her Grandma because she had delivered most of them.
Every year for Emily's birthday in June people would come to her home and have a large party.Sometimes as many as 300 people would show up on her lawn to celebrate her birthday.That was Emily's day.She loved having people over.Sometimes people would travel from miles around to help her celebrate.
Emily lived a year after breaking her hip.She was bed-ridden for a year.Her hip would not heal. They had to change her position by using the bed sheets to move her.Her heart finally gave out.Elizabeth mostly took care of Emily.Viva is not sure if Elizabeth was married or living in California at the time.
Viva recalls a few stories that she heard as a child growing up.These stories were about the plantation that her mother was born on and her mother's grandparents, Robert Longshore and Matilda Reagin. Negros that were slaves stayed with Robert Longshore, Emily's father-in-law, after they were freed. The only slaves they had were the ones that were going to be killed because they were injured and their owners didn't need them anymore.When Emily went to visit Robert and Matilda just before the birth of her fourth child, Sara Ann Rebecca Reagin, she went out on the porch one day to do her laundry.They let Grandma Emily know that no white lady did laundy when black people were around. Emily said when she first met the black lady she thought she was the uglest woman she ever seen, but after they got to know each other during that first meeting Emily decided that she was the sweetest woman there ever was. Emily was the kind of person who hated to be waited on, but she took it from this black lady and learned to love her. And, Emily let the black lady do her laundry and wait on her during her visit.She really missed that black lady after she returned to her home in Kansas.
Viva's mom told her a story about one of the slaves that was out plowing one of Robert's fields.It started to sprinkle. The slave left the field and came back to the house.Grandpa Robert told him to go out there and plow until it started raining straight down. Well, the weather got worse and the rain was comming down hard and a strong wind started blowing.Grandpa got worried about the slave and couldn't figure out why he wasn't coming back to the house, so he went to check on him.He found him still plowing and asked him why he didn't come in. The slave said "Boss, it ain't raining stright down, it is raining sideways."
Several people remember the story about the slave woman and the slave plowing the field.Charlene Reagin, wife of Gene Reagin, remembers George and Bess Reagin telling these stories. Lillile Reagin, wife of William (Bill) Reagin also heard these stories from Emily Reagin.
END OF VIVA'S STORIES
Emily's Father (we have copies of his service records)
John Gilleland, Union Soilder
Served 21 days and got $11.55 total for all 21 days service
He was from Gentry, MO
Source of date/time of death of Emily Reagin came from Emily Reagin's Bible & George Reagin's Journals.
Per Neva Jean (Cumberland line) Emily Reagin way by Great-Grandmother.I have many fond memories of her coming to our home and staying several days at a time.She always wore an apron and was busy all the time. When she sat own she would take her tatting out of her pocket and tat (make lace).She taught my older sisters to tat.I was only about 7 or 8 so she taught me how to make a quilt and I still have it.The last time I saw her was when I graduated from High School and I have the card she gave me.I do remember my aunts: Rebecca, Lizzie, Tilda and her husband Flynn."
Per Viva: Rolled grandma on a sheet.She had always wanted to go fast, and wanted to not have people waiting on her. Had to be in bed for a year. They shied away from talking about Uncle Joe. Everybody said you could tell a Reagin as far as you cold see his or her eyes.Must have come from Grandpa. He ate a big dinner, pushed back from the table and dropped dead, per Emily about James.
Dad didn't walk he ran. John, Viva's brother, wore a cap, kept his dead wet, after he got older he lost his hair.Had good curls, grown longer on side to cover his bald spot.
More About Patsey Emily Gilleland and James Monroe Reagin:
Marriage: June 01, 1876, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas.698, 699
Children of Patsey Emily Gilleland and James Monroe Reagin are:
- +Robert Longshore Reagin, b. September 02, 1877, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas700, 701, d. September 08, 1965, Kellyville, Oklahoma702, 703.
- James Monroe Reagin, b. December 04, 1878, Kansas704, 705, d. June 16, 1880, Cimmarron, Ford County, Kansas705.
- +Albert Sidney Reagin, b. September 05, 1880, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas706, 707, d. January 14, 1958, Port Angeles, Clallam County, Washington708, 709.
- +Elizabeth Cynthia Reagin, b. August 06, 1882, Kansas710, 711, d. January 1955, Nevada City, California711.
- +Sarah Ann Rebecca Reagin, b. January 31, 1884, Powder Springs, Cobb County, Georgia712, 713, d. March 21, 1961, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California714, 715.
- +Ned Hugh Reagin, b. August 08, 1885, Kansas716, 717, d. May 15, 1951, Alameda, California718, 719.
- Matilda Reagin, b. April 29, 1887, Kansas720, 721, d. 1940, Grass Valley, California721.
- Richard Burton Reagin, b. July 30, 1889, Kansas722, 723, d. 1961, unknown723.
- +Maude Geraldene Reagin, b. March 14, 1891, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas724, 725, d. November 19, 1973, Sacramento, California726, 727.
- +George N. Reagin, b. February 17, 1893, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas728, 729, d. May 19, 1974, Stroud, Lincoln County, Oklahoma730, 731.
- William T. Reagin, b. September 20, 1895, Sparks, Lincoln County, Oklahoma732, 733, d. August 09, 1951, Lakin, Kansas734, 735.
- +Ruth Grace Reagin, b. July 28, 1897, Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma736, 737, d. date unknown737.
- Joseph Burton Reagin, b. December 16, 1899, Rock Springs, Bates County, Missouri738, 739, d. February 09, 1923, Hysham, Montana739.