Sunday, March 1, 2009


George W. Ray:

Im sorrow I wasnt home when you folks were here. I received yopur letter this morning and have spent the day trying to get some information for you its hare to do as I know very little about my fathers family. I went to see Mason Ellis of the Ellis Monument Works here in Imboden he give me names of two men to might be some help to you. One is Amon Pogue, Route 2, Hardy, AR. The other is Earl Cochran of the same address they live in the Community where my grandfather is buried, at Highland Cemetary. Mr. Ellis said he would be glad to give you any information you ask for as he is in the business of placing stones in all cemetaries in this community. Highland cemetery is located about 5 miles south west of Hardy, Ark. on highway 62. My father is buried in the Janes cemetary at Ravenden Springs, Ark. about 20 years ago my brother visited our cousin Bess Rogers, unmarried at that time and she was working at the court house in Sallasaw, Okla. I believe her fathers brother and my father had a sister Mollie Osburn who lived at Portia, Ark. she was buried near there but I don't know the name of the cemetary.
He also had a sister Jane I met her son Scott Faultner but I dont know an address for them. Im sorrow I cant be more hlp to you but if I learn any more about my family ill let you know.
Would be glad to hear from you again.
Your second cousin Virlie Lane

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Description-Letter ot George W. Ray from Virlie Lane Typed by original letter
Date-May 15, 1975
Location-Imboden, AR

Monday, February 23, 2009


Dear mother and all I though I would write you all a few lines to let you know I have not forgot you I have not herd from you in so long I hardly know where to rite to I rote sooner but we have bin in the bootoms all winter I had not chance to rite henry has bin working at the saw mills all winter. We not going to make any crop this year he can make a big dollar every day at the mines and wages wil come up in a short time so they say to 1.25 a day and 2 dollars I think we can make it all rite so turnover. Wel I want to see you all and I want you to rite we have all had the worse cold I ever saw but better now and I hope you are all wel tell Oscar I want to see him and his wife tell them to rite to us I ant heard from Manerva in a long time I wander her to rite and Janey and Jim to I was sorry to hear of Jim getting so bad hurt but I heard he was ell once and I heard last week that his leg would have to taken off rite and tell me how he is tell him to rite to me. Wel W.W.R. came down see us while we was in the bottoms it was so rainey he was afraid to go on he stayed all nite with preacher hasel on sunday nite and went home on monday I did not get to see him but we moved home the day he went home I come that near getting to see him and so you no i hated it for I ant seen him since I was married.
Tell druey i would like to see you i thought was going to send me your picture if you have got it i want it and the rest henry said he was going to have ours taken and send them to you all there is a young man boarding with us and if you get the money rite and I wil send you a check. Well I went to town yesterday and got me the prettiest new dress you ever saw I stayed all day with miss stokes my old chum and I saw lots of fun. Wel you ought to come and see the mines they are going to tare this country all to pieces I think. no body dont need to work here now I think you all wil come back. I sure like to live when I can see money once in a while. Wel i dont no what to rite but I ant got time to rite much more it is four o'clock and I have to churn and milk I will look for a letter next saturday wel ma I think you could come to see us tel Johnny I want to see him. Wel you ought to see my baby she is 3 years old and the smartest thing you ever saw I recon I have got four children too girls and too boys the boys is always after rabits I cant count them. this is sunday and we are at home and it has bin a lonesome day wel I want an anser to this letter next saturday and I will rite oftener than this for a month I wont to here fron Janey to so i will close for this time hopeing to here from you soon.
Good by to you al

Letter from Molly Osborn to her mother Milly Rogers Typed from original letter
Date-March the 18, 1900
Location-Shelby ville, Arkansas


Dear Mother, I seat myself to srop you a few lines in answer to the letter that we received the other day, we was glad to hear from you but sorry to hear that Johnies eyess war sore again, well ma you don't have any idie how bad I want to see and the children my greatest wish is if you would come and live with us if we will goafter you and Drucie and Johni if you will just let us no, write now we need you to help me to make a living, Mr Ray is never able to work any more, it looks like were low not able to make a living for our children, I think if you an the children was up hear now, we could all go to work an dry some fruit of all kinds enough to do us, for there is lots of it hear I am going to work next week drying fruit,i want you to come, i think yould love to leave hear, we will have plenty of hogs to make our meet, fo we will have 6 are 7 to kill, and we got a fine turnip pach a covering on, an there is lots of grapes an plums here to cook up fer winter, Mr. Ray is goin to sow some wheet this faul, if you all can come and help me we have got enough of land cleared and fensed to make a crop, plenty of corn to do us all. but if you dont come and live with us i dont what we will do, for it looks like i cant make the living my self, we have wrote to John for $100 help this foul but i want you to come and live with us a whill nd i think that me an Drucie and Johnie can make the living, let us no whither you will come or not and if you will we will manage to get you hear, and let us no rite now so we can getyou hear soon so we can go to work this foul for we were getting awful poor, we are all nearly naked for close, and we musted a crop intirely this year, ma i tak a cry about it every once an a while, but that dont do no good, so i will have to close hopeing that you will come. so write soon and let me no, from S.J. Ray to ma, good by.

Description-Letter from Sarah J. to her mother Millie Rogers *This letter was typed up from the original letter written by Sarah J. Ray (Rogers)
Date-August 15, 1897
Location-Wau-hil-lou, Flint District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory


2009 S. Quannah
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dear Sister:
i will rite you a few lines to let you no i received your letter which we was vary glad to recive. We are all still living, But of Course we are older than we wants was. We hav 6 children and all married our two boys live in Empire City, Okla. We have one girl at gatewood, MO. and at Marmaduke, Ark. and one in Detroit, Mich. That one is hear now to spend the winter. Then we have one living here at Ravenden Srpings.
i was 63 years old the 17 day of October and Mack is 55 and her mother is 73, she is still living with us. Moley and Henry Osborn wa hear about 3 weeks ago and stayed a while with us. They liv about 6 miles from Smithsville. as to the rest of our folks i don't never here from them. Tell Mannerva to rite me a letter and i will anser it will as i havent got anuy news that would interest you i will close hoping to here from you again soon
from your Brother

W.W. Rogers

Description-Letter from Walker Rogers to Sarah J. Ray *Typed up from the original letter
Date-November 17, 1929
Location-Bow 136 Ravenden Springs, Arkansas