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Re: Samuel Jefferson Sprinkles & Questions about Barry Co. records
Posted by: Barbara Byrd (ID *****0965) Date: December 09, 2004 at 23:41:07
In Reply to: Re: Samuel Jefferson Sprinkles & Questions about Barry Co. records by Donna Cooper of 772

Donna, I e-mailed you and got a failed delivery. So, I'll post my response. I was thinking about it anyway.

More Correspondence on Sprinkles and Brannum line -
December 2004

Dear Margaret, Donna, and Ramona,

       It is afternoon on Thursday, and I'm finally getting around to responding to Margaret, Donna and Ramona's postings and e-mails. No grand babies to watch this morning or afternoon. This has been on my mind
continuously and I've pulled out lots of paper files
and gone over them. Refreshing my memory, and getting
things ready to respond. (Pouring over paper files is
one of my favorite things to do if I can't go to the

       I'm going to quote from my paper files, my memories
of oral history, and also from other sources. I've
come to believe that much of our "oral history" is not
correct, but gives us leads to the facts.

       Donna, thank you for writing down your memories. They were wonderful! I also want to thank you so much for
putting more skin on the skeleton of information we've
had concerning the twins of Jake and Faye. I want to
identify myself. I'm the granddaughter of Augusta Mae
Sprinkles Noland who married James Austin Noland.
Augusta was born in Barry County, a
place called Four Corners...don't know what that means
or if it still exists. Augusta's parents were Jacob
"Old Jake" Sprinkles born February 5, 1865 and Mary
Elizabeth "Luizy" Brannum/Branum.was born March 4,
1864 in Indiana and died (My pencil written notes say,
she died August 1927...written many,many years ago as
a teen!)

       I pulled out THE BRANUM CHRONICLES published in 1994 by Dickie Jean Branum Cotton of Bakersfield,
California. (I'd like to list the children of Millie
Heminger and John Brannan:

       Permelia A. "Millia, Millie" Heminger born 1836/1839 in Ohio Ash Twp 1880 Census shows both parents born Ohio) died 3/20/1902 in Braggs, Muskogee Co, Oklahoma.
(She supposedly was a full blood Indian and she is
buried in South Bethel Cemetery near Braggs,

Parmelia Heminger married:
1st husband Ette.
2nd husband John Brannan born 1814 in Ohio (both his
parents born in Ohio, 1880 Ash Twp Mo. Census) married
about 1962-1863 in Harrison Twp., Blackford Co.,
Indiana. John is buried in Seligman, Barry County,

       John and Millie Brannum's children:(I've placed
different spellings because they are like that in THE
1. Mary Elizabeth "Luizy" Brannan-my great
grandmother(my notes say "Louisa")
2. Rachel Brannan
3. John Allen Branam
4. Sarah J. Branam
5. Liza "Bobby" Branam
6. Isaac "Ike" Brannan
7. George Allen Brannan
8. Martha E. Branam
9. Thomas Jefferson Branam
10. Walter Marion "Doc" Branam

       I want to talk about two Brannum children here. I
first want to mention George Allen Brannan, (seventh
child of John and Millie) but mostly focus on Mary
Elizabeth "Louisa" (first child of John and Millie)
and Jacob "Old Jake" Sprinkles, son of Samuel
Jefferson Sprinkles and Cynthia Hayne.

       I'll also give my thoughts on the Jake who married
Faye, and then Margaret in Barry County, Mo..

       My mother was the eighth child of Augusta Mae
Sprinkles (daughter of Jacob and Mary Elizabeth
Sprinkles) and James Austin Noland. They had a total
of 13. One died at birth and one died as a teenager.
My mother, Martha Ann Noland married Samuel Snyder
Floyd and after the WWII they settled in Texas. Every
year we would make the drive back to the Ozarks of
Arkansas and visit Augusta and family. (My grandfather
Noland died the year before I was born.) Mom and Dad
would go off and spend time with the brothers and
sisters. Grandma and I would stay on the homeplace
much of the time and we had lots of time to talk. As I
got older I took paper and pencil and wrote down some
of the things she told me.

       If you look at the list of Brannon children above you will see that the 7th child of John and Millie Brannon
was George Allen Brannan. Family tradition, but I'm
not sure it is proven, is that his first wife was
Millie White (a full blood Indian). She died then he
married Liza Ann Oakley. According to information in
THE BRANUM CHRONICLES Liza's parents were William
Oakley and Melvina _____. George died 21 July 1946 in
Barry County, Mo. Liza died 26 January 1972 in
Seligman, Barry County, Missouri.

The following information I'm quoting from the book,
" The First Century of Seligmon,Missouri - 1881-1991"

"The Brannan Family
George and Eliza (Oakley Brannan were married in 1888
and moved into a hewd log house built before the Civil
War on Oakley Mountain.....Two sons, Bill and George,
and three grandsons are ministers for the Assembly of
God. In 1944 George and Eliza bought a home in
Seligman and moved into town. They lived in Seligman
the remainder of their lives."

I want to mention George and Eliza because this Eliza
makes three women in this family connection with the
name Eliza, Louisa, Liza...or some form of spelling,
but all pronounced close enough to be alike. (They all
lived in Barry County for part of their lives...) They
all had the name Brannan either by birth or by
marriage. (They all three lived in the same time

1. We have the mother of Augusta, named Mary
Elizabeth, or often called "Louisa" Brannan.
2. Mary Elizabeth's sister Liza "Bobbie" or Bibbe
3. George Brannan (a brother of Mary Elizabeth and
Liza Bobbie) married an Eliza Oakley. All are
connected to Jake or Jacob Sprinkles by marriage.
1. Mary Elizabeth "Louisa" was his wife.
2. Liza "Bobbie" or Bibbie" Brannan was his
sister-in-law, but they had two or three children
3. Then we have George Brannan, his brother-in-law and
wife Eliza also a sister-in-law.

       Donna, in family sheets made up by other family members Jacob Sprinkles, son of Samuel Jefferson Sprinkles is not only the husband of Mary Elizabeth, my great
grandmother. He is also named as the husband of Mary
Elizabeth's sister Liza "Bobbie" Brannan. I know our
oral story is that Jake left Mary Elizabeth and lived
with Liza.

I don't think Jacob "Jake" Sprinkles married Liza
Bobbie Brannum. But I do believe the children listed
in the 1900 census were fathered by Jacob "Jake"
Sprinkles. (Jacob, son of Samuel Jefferson Sprinkles
was born in Texas.)

1900 Census, Ash Twp., Barry Col, Mo, SD 13, ED 1,
Sheet 9, Pg. 9,
Dwelling and Family 161, Line 28:

Lizie Branam, b. May 1870, 30, single, 2 children
born, 2 children living, b. IN. Father and Mother b.
IN. Farmer, cannot read or write, owns farm free and
Isach, son, b. March 1891, 9, b. MO, father b. TX,
mother b. IN
Jacob W., son, b. Aug 1898, 1, b. MO, father b. TX.,
mother b. IN

THE BRANUM CHRONICLES also lists a Bessie Branam
3. Bessie Brannam as a child of Lizie "Bobbie"

       The Jake that married Faye, and then Margaret must
have been the son of Jake Sprinkles and Lizie Branam.
In the 1900 census Jake is listed as Jacob W., son.
If this is true, Lizie Branam was probably the
grandmother who saved Billy J. ( The family sheet I'm
looking at says Lizie or Eliza Bobbie Branam died in

George Brannan's wife Eliza (Oakley) would have been
alive when Billy John was born. Considering the fact
that George and Eliza raised two boys who were
ministers, she probably had the character to nurse a
tiny baby like Billy J. back to health. (The younger
Jake who married Faye and Margaret would have been
George's nephew)(George's wife Liza would have been an
aunt to this younger Jake... But, I still think it was
the real grandmother Liza who was there taking care of
little Billy John.)

       Donna, I find it interesting that the only Elmer
Brannan I found Anywhere in my paper files was the 5th child of George and Eliza Brannan. He is mentioned in the 8th edition of THE BRANUM CHRONICLES, published, August 1994. I wonder if Elmer and Zelma had a son named Elmer and he was killed in a car wreck? I don't know, but something to think about. (Or maybe Jake and Faye also had a son they named Elmer after George and Eliza's son. Here's
the information from the BRANUM CHRONICLE:

Elmer Ester Brannan born 4/11/1906. Died about 1990.
Buried in Seligman, Missouri. Married: Zelma
__________.(her second marriage) Zelma died about 1990
and is buried in Seligman Missouri.

Well, enough for tonight. It is almost 11 p.m. Pacific
Standard time. I look forward to hearing from all of
you. Margaret, I don't know how you keep up with all of
us...I mean ALL the different SPRINKLES!
All of you take care,
Barbara Byrd

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