States: New Mexico: Quay
Hi Melba, Thanks for the most fascinating information! Mabel could have been born in OK. I don't know. Most of the Russells were born in Benton County, AR, but some of them were living around Vinita, I.T. before 1900. Elisha Russell's father, James B. Russell, one-half Cherokee by blood, was a member of Stand Watie's Cherokee Mounted Rifles (2nd Reg, CO. C) during the Civil War. When the settlers came to NM in 1906-1907, some of them settled about 7 miles SE of present-day House, NM while others settled another 4 miles further south in what was called the Sunshine Community (Tolar Township). All were in Roosevelt County. I didn't know that the Lamberts had lived for a time in California. During the Great Depression, they were living in Washington where they worked in the lumber industry. Mabel and her siblings were first cousins to my mother. I recall Mabel and Fannie visiting us during the 1930's. Their baby sister, Laveta, married and lived on a ranch NE of Ft. Sumner, NM most of her life. I have a really neat old photo of the Elisha Polk Russell family taken when Mabel was a young girl. I'd be happy to send you a copy by email, snail mail, or both. You can view this photo and some neat stories and other info by going to <http://www.RussellReunion.com>. We're having a Russell Reunion in NW Arkansas during October 6-8, 2006. We'd love to see you there! There will be those who'll have loads of old pictures and family info.
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