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Re: Stella Ratican Ardis, where buried?
Posted by: Dana Pope (ID *****4474) Date: January 14, 2011 at 18:24:53
In Reply to: Re: Stella Ratican Ardis, where buried? by Ron Bestrom of 1903

Thanks for the input Ron, but we know without any doubt that Kate Ratican Anderson was the half sister of Stella, and she was buried from her home which was sold to her by the father of both Stella and Kate. The whole bunch lived in Tarrant except for father Ratican, who by that time was in Austin Confederate home or passed on; I believe he was passed on by that time. He's in the cemetery in Austin. Kate's mother is very likely in Oakwood, and Stella's mother is there for sure. Ruth was my grandmother.

What "extra data" do you believe eliminates Kate as half sister?

Anderson worked for the railroad, conductor I believe. Have seen a couple of census indicating he is mulatto..then others that say white. His and Kate's daughters, Maidie and Maudie, were childhood playmates for my granny. They lived in a nice neighborhood for the time because Ratican, before he went bust, was doing quite well building railroads and streetcar lines and paving the streets of FW,etc. So when he was about to lose the house, he sold it to Andersons. So it would have been like the "family home" at the time of Stella's death.

I've been on this one a long while, trips to FW, etc. but cannot figure out where they buried Stella...one of a few brick walls I've encountered.

Thanks for the time, all help appreciated.


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