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2012-08-27 01:17 pm

Treasure Chest Thursday: Photos

Yes, I know it's not Thursday, but I am planning go with it, please...

I went to my dad's house last week, and took my aunt (his "big" sister) along for the ride.

Along the way, I asked her how she met her husband, and got a new little tidbit of information for the family archives.

Went graving at St. Joe Cemetery, which I refer to as the Burris burying ground. Found Aunt Margaret Jane Burris Moore's stone and photographed it.

After lunch at Dad's, we wandered downstairs and I spied a couple of photos I didn't have in our electronic archives.

A photo of my step-mom's dad in 1956 with his dog, Lonesome.
Paul Pettit, with Lonesome

There was one of Aunt Emma, and her husband, Tom Crites, taken about 1935. They don't look 50 years old to me.
Dora Emma Burris and Walter Thomas "Tommy" Crites

I asked my step-mom to scan and email the pics.

Got them today.
And a bonus.

When I called to thank her, dad answered the phone. I asked him about this last one, which is a photo of my dear step-mom on her 60th birthday.

He said he had been out and about and just ran by a store that made birthday cakes.

When he got it home, my step-mom told him it was the first birthday cake she ever had.


So this one is precious to all of us...
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2011-08-20 01:11 pm

Remembering Aunt Emma

Aunt Emma was the oldest sister of my paternal grandfather, Goerge Washington Burris, Jr. She was the only one of his four sisters to live to adulthood, and I always had the sense that they were a very close sibling pair - after all, Granddaddy named his second daughter after her.

Aunt Emma outlived my granddad by eight years.
She was born Dora Emma Burris, fourth child of George Washington Burris, Sr., and Mary Mathilda Wharton, and their first daughter.

Dora Emma Burris, c. 1890

She was, as were all her brothers and sisters, born "on Isabel Creek," in those days before birth certificates required exact locations of birth. Isabel Creek was, and still is, an important landmark in rural Pope Co., AR.

Emma married Walter Thomas Crites, who was known as Tom or Tommy, on 15 May 1906, just before her 21st birthday. Tom Crites was the son of Adam "Green" Crites and Mary Elizabeth Worsham.


Emma's firstborn son, Eldrege, was not quite six months old when she and Tom Crites married. My understanding is that from the day they married, Eldrege became - and was always treated as - Tom's son. End of story.

Emma's family grew. She and Tom had a son, Elston Reece, on 9 Sep 1907, and a daughter, Hazel Matilda, on 10 Oct 1908.

Emma must have been pregnant with Hazel when this family photo was taken.

Left to right: Emma, Eldrege, Tom holding Reese

Emma and Tom had a son, named for Emma's father and younger brother, on 15 Nov 1909. George Washington Crites died shortly after his first birthday on 30 Nov 1910.

Tom Crites died on 10 Jul 1950, so I never knew him.
I knew Aunt Emma when she was much older - in her late 70s and early 80s.

When I was a kid, we camped not far from her little house on Crites Road - the house that still had a wood cookstove. I'd go to her house to dig beside her chicken coop for the big, fat worms we used for fish bait. She always sent us home after the weekend was over with something she had canned.

And if the conversation took a turn she didn't like, she turned her hearing aids off, and shouted, Can't hear ya...
We have photos of Aunt Emma on grandaddy's birthday and hers.

Emma helping brother George survey his birthday loot

Emma on her 88th birthday in June 1973

Dora Emma Burris Crites died on 15 Apr 1982, and was buried beside her husband in St. Joe Cemetery, Pope Co., AR.
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2011-01-02 01:31 pm

Sibling pics...

One of the things I notice that my grandparents did was pose for sibling photos.

My sisters and I don't do that much. We probably should, if for no other reason than to continue family tradition.

Left to right: Idelle (Sandage) Herrington, Bernice Josephine (Herrington) Stevens, Florence Isabell (Herrington) Evans, Eunice Catheline (Herrington) Granite, Addie Louise (Herrington) Burris, and Hattie Inez (Herrington) Horne.

Left to right: Dora Emma (Burris) Crites, George Washington Burris, Jr., William Homer Burris, Ottis Gileston Burris, and Walter Monroe Burris. Photo taken 11 May 1958.

From the background in the photo above, I can tell they were at St Joe Cemetery in Pope County, on Decoration Day.

I'm also pretty sure that a certain unnamed woman had no idea her best side was showing.

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2010-12-15 06:35 pm

Treasure Chest Thursday: Russellville, Pope Co., AR, about 1920


Front row, left to right
Walter Homer Burris, 1887-1974
Ernest Arthur Burris, 1880-1952
Ottis Gileston Burris, 1893-1979

Back row, left to right
George Washington Burris, Sr., 1856-1929
Mary Mathilda (Wharton) Burris, 1859-1938
Richard Benjamin Burris, 1878-1944
George Washington Burris, Jr., 1890-1974
Dora Emma (Burris) Crites, 1885-1982

The George W Burrises had moved from the farm to town. My grandfather (back row, second from right) would shortly be on his way to the Panama Canal Zone.
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2010-11-02 06:23 pm

Gumlog School, Pope County, AR - 1908


Left to right
Front Row: Unknown, Floyd Ashmore, John Barton, Rea Burris, Ocie Burris, Chloe Britt, Minnie Staggs, Una Weir, Unknown, Unknown, Rufus David, Sid Simpson, Cecil Virden, Bill Mullins, Ira Ashmore.
Second Row: ? Nowlin, Mamie Staggs, Willie Nowlin, Lillian Mullins, Elsie Barton, Annie Ashmore, Allen Price (Teacher), Unknown, Zettie Ashmore, Mabel Simpson, Shelly Simpson, Norma Gideon, Eulan Gideon, Minnie Staggs, Sybil Gideon.
Third Row: Viola Burris, Tempie West, ? Llewellyn, Eva Barton, Eskar Ashmore, Marilla Ashmore, Unknown, Unknown, Faye Mann, Georgia Gideon, Maud Davis, Goldie Burns, Unknown.
Fourth Row: Evan Davis, Unknown, Elmer Crites, Harvey Darter, Walker Hamilton, Homer Ashmore, Bill Ashmore, Eddie Darter, Grady Hamilton, Ezra Darter, Edgar Burris, Odie West, Unknown, Louell Burns.
The three boys in back, at left: Leon Burris, Finis Ashmore, Chalmers Llewellyn.

If you can identify any of the unknowns, please let me know.
An Ashmore cousin who found me provided me with additional information about the Ashmore children in this photo.

Floyd Ashmore was David Floyd Ashmore (1899-1967), son of Paris Gipson Ashmore and Elizabeth L Franks. As evidence of continuing interaction between the Ashmore and Burris families, Floyd married Ocia A Burris (1899-1964), daughter of James Mitchell Burris and Mary Elizabeth West. Floyd and Ocia married on 2 Jan 1921 in Pope County. They are buried in Rest Haven Memorial Park, Russellville, Pope Co., AR.

Ira Ashmore was Ira Marion Ashmore, son of Clemen Doak Ashmore (variations of the first and middle names are Clement and Doke) and Serena C Kennedy. I have Ira's year of birth as 1901, and no date of death for him. ETA: Dwayne had his date of death...5 May 1987. He was married to Allie, and is buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Gilmer, Upshur Co., TX.

Annie Ashmore was Anne Elizabeth Ashmore (1897-1980), daughter of Samuel R Ashmore and Precia Elizabeth Ashmore. Annie married Thomas Ray "Tom" McGuire (1899-1964) in 1926. They are buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

Zettie Ashmore was Zettie M Ashmore (1897-1928), daughter of Clemen Doak Ashmore and Serena C Kennedy, and was the sister of Ira Ashmore. She married a man with the surname Jones. Zettie is buried in the Bowden Cemetery, Pope Co., AR.

Eskar Ashmore was Mary Eskar Ashmore (1895-1938), daughter of Clemen Doak Ashmore and Serena C Kennedy, and was the sister of Ira and Zettie Ashmore. She married Freeling Prewitt (1882-1939). They are buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

Marilla Ashmore was Marilla Emmons Ashmore (1894-1979), of Paris Gipson Ashmore and Elizabeth L Franks, and was the sister of Floyd Ashmore. Marilla married George Homer Cole (1890-1976) on 2 Feb 1913 in Pope County. They are buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

Homer Ashmore was Edwin Homer Ashmore (1894-1916), son of Samuel R Ashmore and Precia Elizabeth Ashmore. He is buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

Bill Ashmore was William Robert Ashmore (1893-1976), son of Clemen Doak Ashmore and Serena C Kennedy, and oldest brother of Ira, Zettie and Eskar Ashmore. He married Elizabeth Scott (1896-1975) on 27 Dec 1914 in Pope County. They are buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

Finis Ashmore was Finis M Ashmore (1897-1972), son of Paris Gipson Ashmore and Elizabeth L Franks, and brother of Floyd and Marilla Ashmore. He married Willie Rea Bird (1899-1980) on 10 Sep 1916 in Pope County. They are buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.
Credit for fleshing out the family relationships of the Ashmore kids identified above goes to Dwayne Ashmore, my 4th cousin, once removed.

We are having a blast trading information.