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Re: Delia Ellen Bourassa 1875-1907
Posted by: Melissa Cryer (ID *****4863) Date: February 07, 2003 at 19:27:29
In Reply to: Re: Delia Ellen Bourassa 1875-1907 by Fernand Bourassa of 633

Dear Fernand:

Thanks so much for the reply. It helps to have confirmation of the info I've found elsewhere. I've been trying to find more information on Lee Cryer, but I'm not having much success.

According to my father-in-law, Lee Cryer was born in Kentucky (which is listed on his 1910 census record). The family never referred to him as Richard, and my father-in-law really didn't know the name. Anyway, according to family legend (take it what it's worth), this branch of the Cryers came from around the same location as Cassius Clay's family, that somehow the Cryers were intermarried or aligned with the slave owners who had Ali's family. That would be around the area of Louisville, KY, but I have found nothing to substantiate that. Family legend also has that Lee's father was holding Lee outside on the front porch of their home, watching a Civil War battle on their property, when the father was hit in the arm with a rifle bullet and subsequently lost his arm.

Lee apparently grew up to be a federal or territory marshall in Indian Territory. There was a federal court in Muskogee, Indiana Territory. All non-indians had to be married in one of the three courts in IT. So I'm assuming that either Lee met Delia while traveling through the territory, or she came to Muskogee to study at Bacone College for Indians. In either case, they married and settled down in Muskogee. All three of their children were born there.

Lee's 1910 census shows Lee and his second wife, Carrie, plus the three children, Richard, John and Myrtle (not Marry Ellen). The family always called Carrie "that woman" - there seems to be some disagreement about whether or not they were actually married... Anyway, it was obvious that Carrie wasn't actually present at the time that the census was taken. Her age and ethnicity were both corrected by the census taker and the location of her parents' births were left blank.

Family legend has it that after Lee died, Richard tried to raise his siblings on the farm by himself. Priests from the Sacred Heart Mission in Shawnee found them and took the two younger Cryers back to the mission to be raise. Richard went off to Russia.

Lee died in 1913. He is buried next to Delia in unmarked graves in Wanette Cemetary, Wanette, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. (No idea what happened to Carrie).

Colorful though it is, that's all the information that I have on Lee. Not knowing where Lee was born or his parents names, I'm not sure tha


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