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Gateway to the Osage Nation 1872-1999
Posted by: Sharon Pearce (ID *****3544) Date: September 24, 2009 at 23:20:19
In Reply to: Re: The new book Gateway to the Osage Nation 1872-1999 by Kathleen Thompson of 193

Seek information and clarification on linked families of Monfort, Parsons, Myers, Anderson, and also Wilson, and maybe Johnson.

I am helping research Mary Monfort born Indiana in 1873, dau. of Peter S. Monfort (d. Indiana Terr. 1903) and Sarah Embry. Mary had sisters, Mona Wilson, and Frances Branstetter in OK and KS area, and brothers Dennis Charles, Moses and Wilson Avery Monfort. She also had cousins, children of her aunt Mary Monfort Gregory, and uncle, John Monfort, living in KS and OK.

Evidently Mary married Enos W. Parson in 1889-90. He reportedly opened the post office at Midway, later renamed Eldrige. This particular Enos was married to 1. Mary Eldridge (Cherokee), 2. Ruth E. LNU and 3. Mary Monfort. He died between 1900 and 1905 and was about 25 years older than Mary. There was a Monfort Station, a waystation in this area - just who operated it, I am not certain. Mary evidently had a number of children with Enos in the 1890s. In the 1910 census three of her children, Mona, LeRoy and Melvin were in the Masons Lodge Orphanage in Wichita; reportedly this lodge assisted the Indian Terr. lodge in placing abandoned Native American children.

Mary married Grover Cleveland Myers about 1906-07, he being about 11 years her junion, and they had one child who survived, Dennis Ervin Myers, who lost his life on the battlefield in WWII. Evidently Melvin was known to them, and a Ruth Parsons, possibly another sibling to Melvin, et al., or his mother, if Enos had divorced her and then married Mary Monfort.

The details on Mary's movements, facts about the children in Wichita and clarifications on Enos Parsons, DOD and family identifications are sought. Wonder if this book or any reader of this post might have information on any of these persons, many buried at the Ridgelawn Cem., Collinsville, Tulsa Co., OK.

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