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Re: Courtney Rhule Broussard and Betty Jo Whitten
Posted by: Greg Harber (ID *****2488) Date: May 28, 2010 at 18:18:32
In Reply to: Courtney Rhule Broussard and Betty Jo Whitten by Greg Harber of 1505

Here’s a little more information on this family. Burren America Whitten was the son of Jacob Ashbury Whitten and Mary Clementine Morris. He was born 24 Dec 1899 in Texas and died 19 March 1969 probably in Texas. Burren married first Wilma Stringer Richardson. Wilma, whose father was P. or T. H. Stringer was born 06 Aug 1900 in Runnels County, Texas and died 25 Dec 1930 in San Angelo, Tom Green Co., Texas. Wilma is buried at Elderado Cemetery, Elderado, Texas. Wilma’s mother was Nora L. Chriesman. Wilma and Burren lived near Elderado, Schleicher Co., Texas.

Burren and Wilma (Stringer) Whitten had two daughters: Elouise? Whitten and Betty Jo Whitten. Betty Jo Whitten married Courtney Rhule Broussard and they had at least one daughter, Marsha Elizabeth Broussard who was born 07 Feb 1949 in Bexar Co., Texas.

Burren America Whitten married second, Zella Ophelia Mercer who was the daughter of Jim B. Mercer and (unknown). Zella Ophelia Mercer was born about 1917 in Texas. Jim B. Mercer and Burren America Whitten show up on the same Census page on the 1930 Census for Schleicher Co., Texas. Zella was just 13 at this time. She must have married Burren around 1935 because their first child, Johnnie Rae Whitten was born 22 Mar 1936 in Schleicher Co., Texas. Burren and Zella had at least two more children; Hermie Burren Whitten born 05 Aug 1939 in Schleicher Co., Texas and Burren America Whitten, Jr. born 01 Aug 1944 in Schleicher Co., Texas.

Nora L. Chriesman married second Hugh Richardson 26 Dec 1905 at Nora's house, near Sonora, Sutton Co., Texas. I have letters written by my g-g-grandmother’s sister “Aunt Annie” describing this wedding; who was there, etc. Hugh and Nora had at least four Children: Mary Bell Richardson, born Abt. 1908 probably in Schleicher or Sutton Co.,Texas; Jim Hugh Richardson, born 24 Aug 1909 probably in Schleicher Co., Texas, married Ruth Marie Nix, daughter of Thomas Franklin Nix and Emma. Jim Hugh Richardson died Aug 1972 in Sonora, Sutton Co., Texas; Frank Richardson born abt. 31 Mar 1911 probably in Schleicher Co. ,Texas and died in 1979 in Coleman, Texas; Annie M. Richardson was born abt. 1913 probably in Schleicher Co., Texas.

If you have any information regarding this family please get in contact with me! I’ve been researching the Chriesman family for many years now and Hugh and Nora L. (Chriesman) Richardson seemed to disappear after the 1930 Census. Does anyone know where Hugh and Nora are buried? What happened to the rest of their children? Do you have any pictures of them? Any information will help.

I have some information in the form of old letters that my g-g-grandmother, Eleanor Shapard Cooke, wrote. Eleanor was a cousin of the Chriesman family.

Thanks for any information!Sincerely, Greg, gaharbour@yahoo.com


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