Sarah Inman Pulsipher
Santa Ana, California 92707
August 25, 1972

Dear Sarah:

I don't know whether we can help very much on this, but will do the best we know how.

Carlos and I (Alma) took Aunt Cora (Inman) Chapman back to Arkansas this week to
visit with the Inman descendants that she could find - and in talking with the widow of Charles - Mary Inman, 705 No. Robinson, Harrison, Arkansas, - to Bessie (Hensley) Inman, widow of Lewis; mother of Blaine Inman who lives north of Alpena, Ark. on a 700 acre ranch - Bessie living in a trailer house on her son's farm; - and to Eva Widener, daughter of Sara (Inman) Pierson, we learned that this Uncle Lewis Inman had four wives. The first wife, Mary Elizabeth Harges, had four children, Nannie, Tomie, Frances and Sara. The second wife, Harriette Easter (you show it as Eliza Easter) had two children, Joe and Lewis. Aunt Caroline Chaney, his third wife, had seven children - Walter - Char1es - Ray - Fred - Edgar, Laura and - Nola - I don't have them listed in order, I am sure. Of Uncle Lewis' Children, Walter, Charles, Ray, Joe, Lewis, Nannie, Tommie, Frances and Sara are all deceased. He had no children by his 4th wife. We forgot to ask Eva Widener the name of the 4th wife. Maybe Eva Widener, Tressie Jones, Fred or Carlos Pierson (all children of Sara Inman Pierson) could tell you the name of the 4th wife. They all live on adjoining farms near Burlington (and Alpena Arkansas). Eva (or Evie, they ca1l her) is a widow, her husband, Tony Widener, passed away in April  1972.
Down to John  Jackson Inman:
    First wife, Charlotte T. Grogan - in order:

    Carrie (deceased); Frances (Inman) McAfee
    Cora (Inman) Chapman, Chester, Okla;
    John Hugh - born Mar. 1, 1886; died Dec. 29, 1888;
    Grace - born after Hugh, died in infancy.
    Edna (Inman) Friend, deceased
    Walsie, (Inman) Johnson - Brentmar Apt. 1, 4608 Abbott, Dallas, Texas, 75205.
    Ruby (Inman) Hamilton - Donceel - deceased - about 3 years ago.

    John  Jackson Inman's second wife after death of Charlotte T. (born 3 1867, died Oct 22, 1895) Was Cora Belle Coleman. They had one son, Willard W. Inman, deceased about 1963.
Willard's widow is (Eva Lena?) Evelyn Inman, and I believe she lives at 750 South 19th, Slaton, Texas. They had no children.

1. Carrie Frances (Inman) McAfee, deceased - had 4 children:

2. Cora (Inman) Chapman, Chester, Oklahoma - no children.

3. Edna (Inman) Friend - deceased, had four children.

4. Walsie (Inman) Johnson, Dallas, Texas - had four children, one deceased.

5. Ruby (Inman) Hamilton (2nd husband, Donceel) - deceased. Ruby had 4 children.

If you think we can help any further; we will  do our best. Hope this helps some.

Alma and Carlos McAfee
Okla. City, Okla 73122

On 22nd, 23 and 24 of 1972, Carlos and I took Aunt Cora to Carrollton, Alpena, Harrison, Burlington, Eureka springs and Berryville, Arkansas; and while in Harrison, she talked to Mrs. Mary Inman, widow of Charles Inman. She has 4 daughters, the younger, named Louise, lives with her at 705 North Robinson, Harrison. She has another daughter by the name of Irma who works at the drug store near the Hospital. One teaches school in Harrison and another is married. Mary has several grandchildren, as I believe two or 3 or the girls are married. All live in Harrison. Mary Inman told Aunt Cora that there is practically nothing left of Carrolton; also there was nothing at Lick Branch any more (the old home place of Uncle Lewis); believes the land all belongs to one man now - a Hensley man owns it.

The younger Lewis Inman (cousin of Aunt Cora's) died last November, 1971. His widow is Bessie (Hens1ey) Inman, and she lives in a mobile home, or trailer house on her son's farm. She is about 85 years old, and weighs about 95 lbs; very spry and active. She and Lewis had two sons and one girl who died of leukemia. She lives on Blaine's 700 acre ranch; he raises cattle. Her other son, Jack, is all crippled with arthritis and lives in Harrison.

Aunt Laura (Uncle Lewis's and Aunt Caroline's daughter) is in a rest home in Grants Pass, Oregon; the youngest daughter, No1a Robertson, sister of Laura - lives at Drumright, Okla.

Mrs. Jim Oxford's youngest daughter (Nola Robertson) lives in Harrison. She had made an an artificial boquet of flowers and gave to Mary Inman (name may have been Robinson). Mrs. Jim Oxford's sister Damilla Sipes, married Geo. W. Inman - (in other words, Mrs. Jim Oxford, mother of Nola Robinson, was a Sipes.

Aunt Cora, Edna and Carrie went to school with Babe, Pearl, John and Charlie Oxford. (Believe that Babe is the same person as Marcellus) went to school in the fall of the year in a frame or log school house - the Sycamore school - cut in the country near the farm. This was before we moved in to Carrolton. Believe Pearl was the one killed by lightning.

Uncle Lewis Inman has two daughters living - Laura, is in the rest home at Grants Pass, Oregon, and Nola (Nolie) Robertson (Mrs. Ben Robertson) 403 So. Skinner St. Drumright,
Okla. Also has two sons - Fred Inman and wife are in rest homes in Harrison, Arkansas. He is quite feeble - may not know 10 minutes after talking to you, but nothing wrong with her - she is there to be close to Fred. Edgar Inman lives in Nebraska - he married cousin of Bessie (Hensley) Inman - mother of Blaine and wife of cousin Lewis Inman who died in Nov. 1971.

Martha Inman married Columbus Rea - and believe Fred's wife was a Rea.

Frances Inman married a Hayes - Jim Hayes - both deceased. Their daughter is Marjorie
Norrid and she lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Gladys Sphinx, Uncle Joe's daughter, lives close to Marjorie at Siloam Springs, Ark. (This information given by Eva Widener, who lives on 80 acres near Burlington - close to Alpena, Arkansas - however Nola Robertson at Drumright says she believes that Marjorie Norrid and Gladys Sphinx live at Westvllle, Ark.  or near there. (Should be Westville, OK)

Sara Pierson deceased; Mannie deceased, the oldest of Uncle Lewis daughters. Sara and husband Jim, both deceased; Sara's four children, Fred Pierson, Carlos Pierson, Tressie Jones and Eva Widener all live on adjoining farms near Burlington or Alpena, Ark.

Ben and Nola Robertson live at Drumright; he is retired; they have 4 boys, one in Okla City, one in Tulsa, one in Wichita, Kansas and one at Stroud, Okla.

Alice Grogan Thomasin, lives on North Vale Street, northern part at Harrison, Arkansas. Her sister, Deely Grogan (younger than Alice) also lives in Harrison, Arkansas. Could not find their names in the telephone book.

The 4th wife of Uncle Lewis, says Nola Robertson, Drumright, was not a local woman, but a Ryan, who she believes had been married two or three times and came there from Missouri;  she didn't know anything about her  - says she left Arkansas after Uncle Lewis died, and they never heard any more about her.

Uncle Lewis was buried north of Alpena in the Old Almond (Aumen) Cemetery.

The Grogans were from Batavia.

Emma Johnson was Doug Johnson's daughter. She is still living in Harrison; she and Mary Inman, 705 No. Robinson, Harrison are close friends and talk to one another quite often.

Headstones in the cemetery at Carrolton:

Aunt Cora's grandmother: 
    Elizabeth Inman - born Oct. 22, l827 died Sept. 7, 1887 - Age 60 yrs.

Aunt Cora's little brother:
    John Hugh, son of J. J. & Charlotte T. Inman
    Born Mar. 1, 1886, Died Dec. 29, 1888

Aunt Cora's mother: 
    Charlotte T. wife of J. J. Inman
    Born June 3, 1867 Died Oct. 22, 1895

Two other graves, probably Grace's grave, as it was a child's grave, and Grandfather Inman's. The tombstones were of native stone and had disintegrated and as been broken up over the years.

The following is what I believe may be our family line. If you believe you may be a descendant of anyone listed here I will appreciate hearing from you. I am interested in corresponding with anyone that may be able to help make our family tree grow. Remember, there may be a 2nd & 3rd marriages on some of these people and the spouse I have down may not be the one you would have. My father was Josephine Ellis Inman better known as "Joe" and my mother was Susan Agnes Rand Inman better known as "Sue". My grandfather was Lewis Inman son of Jackson Inman son of Edmond Inman. I believe William Inman to be the father of our Edmond but i need documented proof. Can you help?

William Inman & wife Susanna of Pittsylvania Co., Virginia formerly of Bedford Co., VA & their children (1798 Will)

*Edmon Inman & Fanny Thurman (It is my belief that Edmond went to Washington Co., Kentucky and then to Graves Co., Kentucky) & their children

*Jackson Inman & Elizabeth Nanney & their children (Jackson left Graves Co., Ky went to Pulaski Co., Mo. & Boone Co., Ark.

Tuesday, October 3, 2000

Dear Philip,

It was good to hear from you (some days ago). 

When we finished talking, I sat down and wrote the following:

About "family history", I'd better just tell you what I remember "off the of my head".

I supposed the McAfees came to America fo1lowing the potato famine in Ireland. Some early, dilapidated book (that a friend found in her garage) gave me the idea that the McAfees were in Virginia and Kentucky in the 1600s and helped to expand the country. Some migrated West to Arkansas. My father was born in Northwest Arkansas (perhaps the Capitol of Arkansas,) and my mother in Carrollton, AR (but I don't believe Carrollton. has a post office now). Each graduated from the 8th grade and each taught school.

I believe they were married in 1900. My oldest brother, Deveaux J., born. July 13, 1901, had just learned to walk when my father, David Columbus McAfee, and my mother, Carrie Frances (In man)  McAfee left Arkansas to join other family members in, I believe, Woodward, OK.  Willie Leo McAfee, my second brother, was, as he used to say, "in the oven" when they left Arkansas. He was born in or near Woodward, OK, on September 19, 1902, (I believe). "D. J." or "Mac" as we eventually called Deveaux J. ("J" was just an initial, no name) stood with his face to the wall and did not want to lose his status as an only child. Eventually, he and Willie Leo became fast friends and this relationship continued for the rest of their lives. It was a fashion of the day, I believe, to give boy babies for a middle name (which usually just turned out to be an initial), the name of a famous person.

I believe my paternal grandfather's name was William Washington McAfee. He had
a son that had the same name. There were a number of boys but only one girl. The boys, besides William W. were Henry Lafayette (or Henry L.) and my dad, David Columbus (or David C.), etc. The girl was Caroline, later Caroline (McAfee) Brandt. There were two boys and two girls in that family. The two boys and one girl have died. Only Irene (Brandt) Gambrel is alive. Her address is Taloga, OK 73667. 

(Continued on Sunday, October 22, 2000, at 8:00 p.m. - with a tornado watch and strong winds, heavy lightning, heavy rain in progress.) - - -

Now, the story of Willie Leo McAfee's name is that when he was born an old bachelor who  owned lots of farmland near Woodward fell in love with him. His given name was William.  He told my mother that if she would name her new baby for him he would leave all of his property to the child. Mama tried hard but really didn't want to have another William McAfee in the family - so she compromised and named him Willie Leo. Once when the old bachelor was present, she said "Come here, Leo". She had wished that he never would have a nickname so she called him Leo. The bachelor asked. "What did you say?". Mama explained but he stalked out of the house and never came back.

This is the time to say "anything that changes anything changes everything". Had Leo been left the Woodward property, the family probably would have remained in that area to this day! As it was, the family eventually moved to Seiling, OK, where Carlos Edmund and Bessie Fay were born. I was named, as I understand it, for Bessie England and Fay Case. I never felt like a "Bessie Fay" and only my father called me by both names. I chose Fay. When I went to school,  I was told that since I was a girl, my name should be spelled with an "e", i.e. Faye. I said: "No, that's not the way I learned it and it will remain Fay." Later in an old dictionary, I read that Fay is short for Faith and it is an English name. I saw a graduation program of the time my mother was graduated from the eighth grade, and there was a Carlos in that class. How a Scotch-Irish-Welch family had a family with four children in it, the oldest of which had a French-name (Deveaux); then Leo (Latin); Carlos (Spanish); and Fay (English), I just don't know! 

When D. J. finished the third year of high school, Seiling did not have a fourth year. Mama said he had to finish high school and we would move to Oklahoma City - which we did in the summer of 1919. Our father traveled the state selling the Farmer-Stockman for the Oklahoma Publishing Company of OKC, so the move was all right with him. In Seiling (named for a man named Seiling who was an early settler there) we never had had a black person or a Jewish person as a citizen - or even one to pass through.

We stayed with Aunt Walsie and Uncle Dean Johnson until we found a house at 11 NE 7th street. Walsie and Dean lived on Walnut street (near the viaduct which is close to the Bricktown of today). Aunt Walsie had a black cook. Carlos could not eat anything she prepared because she was black and he was afraid the black would come off! The story goes that Walsie and Dean had invited guests for dinner. Walsie had shopped for the food, prepared and served it. When dinner was over, the guests and Dean went out to the front porch to enjoy the evening breeze (leaving Walsie to clear the table, wash and dry the dishes and put them away). Then Walsie (the redhead) threw some of the dishes into a waste basket and joined the others. (Later she confessed that she was careful about which dishes she discarded.) Yes, it is true: there was no air-conditioning in those days.

Now, had our father sold our 3-acre "farm" through a bank instead of taking $100 a-year in payment, we could have bought the property at 11 NE 7th Street instead of buying it about three times by paying rent on it for many years. However, I always felt that if my family had done anything to improve life for our family, it was moving to OKC. Here we had a library with lots of books I'd never read. Instead of a riverbed, I could swim in a natatorium in summer (it was turned into a dance floor in the wintertime and it was called the "Winter Garden"). OKC had sidewalks that eventually provided a place to skate and there was a roller-skate rink that I could attend if my brothers would take me with them. It had many movie houses (instead of just a lyceum group that came once in awhile to Seiling - usually during the winter months only). In OKC, I saw every movie that came to town - good, bad, and indifferent. I could call that pharmacy (was its name the Maywood?) and get a sandwich, ice cream drink, and a magazine delivered to me by bicycle boy, probably within fifteen minutes. Oh, yes, OKC was a wonderful place to me then (and it still is!).

About the Inman girls. There were five of them: Carrie Frances (my mother); Cora, Edna, Walsie, and Ruby Charlotte. Mama was 12 years old when her mother Charlotte died; Ruby was eighteen days old. Their mother did not die of child birth, but of an infection that developed following childbirth. My mother was a better mother to her siblings than anyone else could have been - but my grandfather thought his girls should have a mother. So, he married a person I knew only as "Grandma Inman". She was described to me to be an "Old Maid Schoolteacher from Kentucky". I'm not sure - it is only an impression - but I don't believe my grandfather was happy in his second marriage.

Grandfather Inman had a wonderful grocery store - I thought it was the best grocery store in Woodward (and I still believe it was the best one). I could pick a banana from a stalk of bananas hanging from the ceiling - or I could help myself to any of the candy in the candy case. I loved to go there - there I was a privileged person!

Grandfather's store faced North. His home was just behind the store, facing West. He had the only indoor "facility" in Woodward, I believe. At home, we had a three-holer, I believe. His stool seat stood slightly ajar. When a person sat down, the tank above the stool filled with water. When the person stood up, the water was released and flushed the toilet. What an innovation!

There was one child born to the second marriage of my Grandfather: His name was Willard and he was underage when Grandfather died. Grandfather's estate could not be settled until Willard became of age. For the store and the home, my mother (in the early twenties) received a check for, I believe, $23.00 and change. All value had been used for attorneys fees (except just enough to close the account).

It is now 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 19. I believe I should end this letter and get it on its way - with a copy sent to Dean A. Johnson in Garland, TX.

I was born Dec. 2, 1907 - so in less than two weeks I will be 93 years of age (notice I don't say 93 years old). I don't feel 93 years old and I hope I don't look it or act it!

Please let me know if you receive this long epistle!

Then I think there is so much more I should say. Aunt Walsie's "first family" consisted of Dean (or when he was very small, he was called "Deanie" to differentiate.) and Kathleen. Kathleen awoke one morning saying she did not feel well. Walsie encouraged her to get out of bed, get dressed, and go to school. In a few days, Kathleen was dead. She had intestinal flu and probably would have died from it whether she got out of bed or not, but Walsie grieved for her daughter (who even in her highchair was aware of her feminine charm. She was called "Flapper Johnson" even then. The dictionary of today lists "flapper" as: a young woman of the period of World War I and the following decade who showed freedom from convention - as in conduct. Walsie also felt guilt for having encouraged Kathleen to get out of bed. She was encouraged to have a "second family" - the thought being that if she had babies to care for and nourish she would not have time to continue grieving for Kathleen. The thought springs out: Had Kathleen not died, there would not have been a Philip or a Nancy. The "second family" for Walsie had worked.

I need to talk about my brother Leo (or "Red" later "Pinky"). Leo was a family man. He was supposed to finish high school, too. However, he felt that the family needed his support. He dropped out of school and began heaving freight for the Rock Island Railroad, giving what he earned to the family. If I remember correctly, he bought an Odd Fellows insurance policy on Dad, then dropped it before Dad became ill and died. He had a $1000.00 policy on mama, too.
When she died, he offered the $1000.00 to me. However, I declined, saying he had paid the premiums and he should keep the money. I'm sure his family received the benefit of that $1000.00.

--FMD (Bessie Fay McAfee Shogren Dyer)