Laura Harper-Hurst Born Myrtle Mary Thomas, Jan. 7, 1892 in Missouri (d. 5-15-1949 Sacto., CA) (Her mother was Sara Townsend b. abt 1870 and her father was _____Thomas) Myrtle had two sisters and two brothers. 1. Alfred Thomas 2. Albert Thomas 3. sister (name unknown) 4. sister (name unknown) The story goes like this: She was in love with a young man named Samuel Adams, but they never married. She later married a man named ____Russell, and had a baby (but Samuel Adams was the father) shortly after her marriage to Mr. Russell. She gave the baby the last name of Russell (after her now husband). The baby was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas August 31, 1912 and his name William Theodore Russell. He later had 12 childred and two marriages. Myrtle Mary (a couple yrs. later) married a Pete Smith. Pete had four children (3 daughters and one son?) from a previous marriage. Children's names (only two known, Laura Smith and Truman Smith). Myrtle Mary and Pete Smith had a daughter Lenore. Lenore married very young and died because of pregnancy complications. She is burried on Whidbey Island (Washington, near Seattle). Although we never found William T. Russell's birth father (or any of his step sisters or brothers), his first wife and his mother were very close. She told the children and her daughter-in-law this story. William T. Russell "Ted" married Elsie Marie Ducan(when they were both very young)They had 7 children: Their first child was born in 1934. 1. William T. Russell Jr. b. 1934 2. Jeanine Russell b.1936 d. 1960 3. Terry Russell b.1938 4. Tom Russell b.1940 5. Judy Russell b.1944 6. Dennis Russell b.1945 d.1975 7. Tim Russell b.1947 d. 1966 William T. Russell became restless and went to California to be near his mother. He left his wife and kids behind and just moved on in 1948. Elsie Marie passed away in 1996. She lived most of her days in Kenniwick, WA. In 1949 Myrtle Mary Died and William T.Russell (now "Russ") was living in California (left his wife and children). In 1951 he met Etta May (Roberts) Harper. She was alone and pregnant and working in a tomatoe field. Her husband had abandoned her and their five children to fend for themselves. Etta had five small children and one on the way and was alone now. (Chess L Harper (her astranged husband) was a restless WWII victum and just could not stay home. Etta had 6 children by him. One was me. Russ and Etta were married in 1954 in CA Etta and "Russ" had five children: 1. Gregory Alan Russell 2. David William Russell 3. Linda Carol Russell 4. Mary Etta Russell 5. Penny Deane Russell *I am told that William T. Russell was married three times: The first time he had to have been a teenager, because he had a wife and three children before he married Marie Ducan. However, his third marriage to Etta, lasted 26 years (until his death in 1980). This family (RUSSELL) branch has always been a BIG mystery for us to solve. If you know anything about this family please e-mail me. Etta has 11 children (all living and well). She is happily married now and lives near the Pacific Ocean. See Mystery photo under Russell: "Where's My Grandpa?"
Dec 01, 2002 · posted to the surname Adams
Laura Harper-Hurst This story is about my grandmother and her life. Her parents were: Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" Bullock b. 1868 and Albert C. Thacker b. 1863 (first cousins): Their mothers were sisters (Descendants of James Whitis Bulloch (b. abt.1790 d. 9-29-1859) and Nancy Horton b. abt.1800 d. 9-7-1854 (m. in 1817 in NC.) Albert and Betty had a rugged and very short life. I am still searching for more info on how and when they died, but they left behind four small children who were raised by family members. I am told two were raised on a farm belonging to Solomon Walker Bullock (who was Betty's older brother b. 1866) Sarah E. "Betty" Bullock b. 1868 (d. abt. 1900) married Albert C. Thacker b. 1863 (d. abt. 1905). They were Married: 23 JAN 1887 in Goesbeck, Limestone Co., Texas. We were told Betty died shortly after Hattie Mae was born. Grandma said it was due to complications at child birthing. Hattie was the youngest of four and she was born about 1898. Sarah ("Betty") had her first child, James about 1890 then Sara "Sally" in 1892 and grandma Beatrice "Blanche" on Feb. 16, 1894. Hattie Mae was born abt. 1898 and LDS shows: Sarah Elizabeth Thacker died abt. 1900 and Albert died in abt. 1905. The young girls married young and grandma had her babies at home like most young women did back then. She married Marvin Lee Harper and they had only 2 children that lived to be adults. The first child died and one lived 2 yrs with complications from childbirth (crushed skull). Grandma loved him so much and this broke her heart. Then she had her little girl Evelyn about 1916 and then Chess'L was born in 1921 in Burkburnett, TX and he died in 1997. He had 6 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandma married a second time (about 1942) to Rienhold Schmidt (several yrs younger then herself). He loved kids and he and his brother had dairy cows. Grandma & Uncle Ronnie bought a home in Lodi, California. He wanted to be called "Uncle Ronnie" from the start, so there would be no confusion as to who our granddad was. Grandpa Harper remarried also and he lived in Portland, OR. most of his days. Grandma gave everyone a nick-name and mine was "Wodi". Chess'L was called "Cherokee" all his life. She loved her flowers and her babies and grandbabies. Grandma Blanche loved to bake and her door was always open if you were in need. I remember many a time when she fed young men, women and children at her home. She read her bible every day and took us to church with her on Sunday (if we were viviting that day). Grandma Beatrice Blanche Thacker has always wanted to find her sisters and her brother, and we had no idea how to do that until after her death. She died (abt. 10 yrs after Uncle Ronnie)in 1982 in Douglas City, CA and was up in the mountains of Trinity County. She loved it up there and she was living near my little sister on a big farm at that time. Isaac Holmes Thacker******* b. 1821 in Alabama d. in San Augustine Co., TX ... Married 6-28-1841 Susan M. BULLOCH b. 1823 in Texasd. ?? in San Augustine Co., TX (her father was James Whitis Bulloch b. 1788and her mother was Nancy Horton b. 1800) Children of Susan and Isaac: 1. Nancy C. Thacker b. 1844 in TX 2. Mary E. Thacker b. 1846 in TX 3. Susan Purnell Thacker b. 1847 in TX 4. Holmes Dixon Thacker b. 2-11-1847 TX m. Francis Hunt 5. James W. Thacker b. 1850 in TX 6. Iome THACKER b: abt 1852 in Texas 7. Martha Jane Thacker b. 12-1-1854 in TX 8. Mariah Ann Thacker b. 12-1-1854 in TX 9. Samantha "Belle" Thacker b. 1856 m. W. H. Anderson 10. Caroline Thacker b. 1857 in TX 11. John Burton Thacker b. 4-4-1859 in TX *12. Albert C. Thacker b. 1863 in TX m. Sara E. Bullock 13. Alexander O. Thacker b. 11-28-1866 in TX
Nov 10, 2006 · posted to the surname Thacker
Laura Harper-Hurst We love your photo of Grandpa Adams. Don't think we have seen many like it. My son is looking for his grandfather's Grandpa Adams for Fort Smith, Arkansas b. abt 1880. This photo gives us a little hope yet. What is the date of that photo? Who did your grandpa marry? Thanks, Laura (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Apr 21, 2004 · posted to the photo Grandpa Adams