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Re: Ayers Family-Holly Creek Cemetery
Posted by: Cynthia Baxter (ID *****5993) Date: January 22, 2003 at 11:39:46
In Reply to: Ayers Family-Holly Creek Cemetery by Virginia Burlingame of 675

I can claim a good portion of the Ayers buried at Holly Creek. They are my ggrandmother's siblings and parents.
I would love to correspond with anyone researching or coennected to these lines!! :-)

1. JOHN LEE AYERS was born Bet. December 1845 - 1855 in Mississippi, and died 1925 in Boktuklo, Idabel, McCurtain, Oklahoma. He married ELIZABETH F. YORK 1877, daughter of WESLEY YORK and MARY. She was born Bet. 1860 - 1863 in Whitney, St. Clair, Alabama, and died December 18, 1928 in Idabel, McCurtain, Oklahoma1.

More About JOHN LEE AYERS:
Burial: Holly Creek Cemetery, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Census: 1920, Idabel, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Occupation: Farmer

Notes for ELIZABETH F. YORK:
1910 Census, Ada claims her mother was born in Tennessee. Ada's death certificate places mother's birthplace as Whitney, Arkansas.

Obituary run in McCurtain Gazette, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1928: "GOOD LADY DIES - Mrs. Lizzie Ayers, of this city, died Monday night at the home of her son, L.A. Ayers, of this city, after a short illness. Burial was had at Holly Creek today (Wednesday) at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Ayers is survived by two sons and two daughters, Mrs. Ada Hallbrook, Enid, OK; Mrs. Nellie Spencer, Wichita Falls, TX; L.A. Ayers of this city and P.A. Ayers of Texas. Mrs. Ayers was a good Christian woman and was loved by all her acquaintances. The Gazette extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives."

More About ELIZABETH F. YORK:
Burial: December 20, 1928, Holly Creek Cemetery, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Census: 1920, Idabel, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Probate: #3457, Lee A. Ayers Adm. Idabel

More About JOHN AYERS and ELIZABETH YORK:
Marriage: 1877
       
Children of JOHN AYERS and ELIZABETH YORK are:
       i.       MADDIE2 AYERS, b. 1877, Brinkley, Monroe, Arkansas; d. Bef. 1918.

More About MADDIE AYERS:
Census: 1880, Brinkley, Monroe, Arkansas

2.       ii.       ADA PEARL AYERS, b. September 27, 1879, Brinkley, Monroe, Arkansas; d. December 24, 1948, Ringling, Jefferson, Oklahoma.
3.       iii.       LEE ANDREW AYERS, b. November 02, 1881, Arkansas; d. August 01, 1947.
       iv.       PAYTON A. AYERS, b. January 1884; d. Aft. 1928; m. ALMA SHONE, September 30, 1912, McCurtain County, Oklahoma; b. Abt. 1894.

Notes for PAYTON A. AYERS:
Lived in Ashdown, OK as of 1918
Lived in Texas as of 1928       
Marriage: September 30, 1912, McCurtain County, Oklahoma

       v.       STELLA AYERS, b. September 1888; d. Bef. 1918; m. ALFRED C. GOUSEY, December 30, 1911, McCurtain County, Oklahoma; b. Abt. 1869.
Marriage: December 30, 1911, McCurtain County, Oklahoma

       vi.       NELLIE AYERS, b. November 1891; d. Aft. 1928, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; m. LEON SPENCER, December 23, 1911, McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

Notes for NELLIE AYERS:
Lived in Terrell, Texas in 1918
Lived in Wichita Falls in 1928       

       vii.       FRANK J. AYERS, b. December 24, 1895; d. November 06, 1918, Deming, New Mexico; m. STELLA CAIN, October 30, 1918, Oklahoma.

Notes for FRANK J. AYERS:
Obituary run in McCurtain Gazette, Nov. 9. 1918: "FRANK AYERS - Of Boktuklo, Died in Training Camp at Deming, New Mexico. - Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Ayers of Boktuklo, received a message Wednesday from deming, New Mexico, announcing the death of their son, Frank, who was in training at that place. He had been sick for several days and Mrs. Ayers was in Idabel Wednesday enroute to Demin to attend his bedside when the message came stating that he was dead. Frank Ayers joined the colors the 22nd of October, this year, and was sent to Deming, New Mexico. Frank was an excellent soldier who was well liked by his officers and fellow soldiers and his untimely death is a source of genuine sorrow to all. His death occurred in line of duty and is no less honorable than had it occurred on the battlefield. He was a son of whom the parents can feel justly proud. Frank was 24 years of age and before entering the army, made his home with his parents at Boktuklo, where he has a large circle of friends who will be grieved to learn of his death. The remains will be shipped to Golden today (Saturday) and from there will be carried to Holly Creek where interment will be made Sunday. The deceased is survived by his parents, two brothers, L.A. Ayers, of Boktuklo, and P.A. Ayers, of Ashdown; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Spencer of Terrell, Texas and Mrs. Ada Hallbrook of Ringling, to mourn his death. The Gazette extends sympathy to the bereaved family."

On November 16, 1918, the McCurtain Gazette ran the announcement of Frank's marriage to Stella Cain, dated Oct. 30, 1918.
The above information came from "Obituaries of McCurtain County and Surrounding Areas - Vol. 1 1904-1919" (976.664) Compiled by members of McCurtain County Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 1832, Idabel, OK 74745.

LaDonna Stewart is the overseer of Holly Creek Cemetery: (580) 420-3548
Ayers family used the Norwood-Coffey-Leonard Funeral Home 301 N. Central, Idabel, OK 74745 which burned in 1959.

More About FRANK J. AYERS:
Burial: Holly Creek Cemetery, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Military service: 1918, Joined October 22nd.
Probate: 1929, #3467 Lee A. Ayers, Pet/Adm, Idabel

More About FRANK AYERS and STELLA CAIN:
Marriage: October 30, 1918, Oklahoma



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