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Their children were: (aa) Arnold, born 1920 and married Rose Tacylen. Arnold is deceased. (bb) Johnnie, born 1922 and married no.1 Velta Hillhouse, divorced, he married no.2 Ivy House and lives at Wichita, Kansas. (cc) Tommy, born 1927 and died 1939. He is at rest at Lutie Cemetery. (dd) Bobby Dean, born 1938 and married Barbara Willard. He lives at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
(D) Lennie Friend, born 1905 and married Roy Ellison of Pontiac, Mo. Their children were: (aa) Laverne, born 1924 and died 1924. (bb) Pauline, born 1925 and married Clifford League. They live in Oklahoma and have: Steven Harrold and Beverly Sue. (cc) Aldena, born 1930 and married George Taylor and have: Douglas, Gregory and Halley Elaine. (dd) Evelyn, born 1932 and married William Taylor. (ee) Nora Jean, born 1934 and married Cletis Hammond.
7. William M. Friend, born 1879 at Theodosia and married Edna Kelly, 1912. Edna was a sister of Charity, wife no.1 of William's nephew, Frank. She is also the aunt of Donald Kelly who married William's grand niece, Geraldine Jones. Edna is too, the aunt of the wife of Tony Stafford, who is a grand nephew of William. William died 1961 and is at rest in Friend Cemetery. They were the parents of:
(A) Ted, who married Stella Wray, and they live on a farm near Gainesville. The children of Ted are: (aa) Billie Marie, married to Gene Johnson son of Everett Ernie (Tabor) Johnson of Pontiac. Everett was an uncle of Frank Johnson who married Jessie Mahan, a second cousin of Billie Marie. Billie and Gene have Lary and David. (bb) Imajo, married Gene Hutton and have Steve and Carla. They live at Kansas City, Mo.
(B) Mary, (twin) married Hila Bailey and they live at Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have: (aa) Dean, married Loretta Lawson and have: Jackie, Cynthia, Rickey and Charles. They live at Tulsa. (bb) Robert, married _____ and has Mira and lives at Tulsa. (cc) Dorothy, married Burch Castleman and live at Tulsa. They have one son, Tommy. (dd) Patricia, married, James Zickerfouse and have: Patricia, and Glenda.
(C) Fay, twin of Mary, married Otis Cole, 1936. Otis is a brother of Ocie "Short" Cole, who married Elois Wallace. Fay and Elois are second cousins. Fay and Otis live at Kirbyville, Mo. They are the parents of three children. (aa) Billy, born at Ocie, Mo. and married Darlene Davidson and live at Hilda, Mo. Billy is a minister of the Gospel and they have Mike and Mary. (bb) Donnie, born at Forsyth and married Kathleen Roberts 1959 and live at Branson with their daughter Sherrie Dawn. (cc) Wanda Sue, born at Forsyth and married Harley Hughey and live at Forsyth with their two sons, Randy and Rickey.
THOMAS FRIEND, son of James and Jane Millwood Friend, married Elizabeth Bennett in Taney County in 1859 and served in the Civil War in 16th Missouri Cavalry, co manded by my great-grandfather Capt. James Sallee. Thomas died of smallpox at Lebanon, Missouri 1865 while in service. Elizabeth died 1917. They resided in Ozark County near Noble and there were three children of this marriage. James, born 1859, Asa born 1861 and Nathan, born 1863.
My data on the descendants of Thomas is sketchy, due to the ones I was able to locate not being very cooperative. Nathan died at Pocatello, Idaho. Asa, was a rover and worked as a gold miner in Alaska. He lost contact with the rest of the family. It is not known where he resided at the time of his death. James married Tolitha Angeline McCullough and had ten children. They were: Sherman, deceased; Asa Alford; James Grant; John, born 1888; Elmer; Myrtle, died 1925; Lelia, married _____ Silva, deceased 1966; William; Christine, died 1918. John married Ruth Chaney and resides in Oklahoma. His children are: Robert, who married Alice
William, son of James, married no.1 Pearl Grable at Chanute, Kansas 1918 divorced, he married no.2 Lorena Rigbee and there were the parents of five children. Carmen, married William Glueck and have a son Jackie and live in California. Ernest, born 1932 and married Ruth Elazonda of Santa Barbara Calif. and they have two sons. Madlin, born 1935 and married Elmer Herring. They reside in California and have two daughters and one son. William had another son, Dallas Friend, who died as an infant.
After compiling the data on my FRIEND family in 1966, I later learned that James and Jane Millward Friend had a son, Peter, who would have been their oldest child, although he was not listed among records I was able to locate. Peter was living in Marion County Arkansas in 1850 with his age as 37, wife Sally 35; Elias 13;Jacob 11; Malinda 10; James 8; Mary 6; Abraham 4; Eady 3; Stephen 2;and Louis 1.
Stephen Friend married Screna Casebolt.
Jacob Friend, is mentioned many times in "Fireside Tales" as Jake Friend. Jake married Polly _____ and had a daughter of his, a Hannah Friend, who drowned in Little North Fork at Theodosia when she fell through the ice. Jake was buried in Friend Cemetery and his marker is one of the UNKNOWN markers at the new cemetery.
According to "Fireside Tales", Elias married no.1 Jemima Casebolt, sister to Serena, who married Stephen, brother of Elias. I have no knowledge of children from this marriage.
Elias was born in Ozark County in 1838. He served in the Civil
War, reaching the rank of sergeant. At the time he enlisted in the service,
he was a farmer, 6'11" tall, dark complexion, gray eyes, and black hair. He
later married Lucille Graham, daughter of John Graham. Their children were:
Jemima (Mimi) born 1859, Polly Ann, Babe. Their parents died at an early age
leaving the children to John and Polly Friend, parents of Harrison Friend. Polly
married John Dobbs and lived in Oklahoma. Babe married Kelsaw Risley. Jemima
married Arthur Stehle, an immigrant from Germany the son of Sophia Stehle. He
was born 1861 and was her only son, his mother never coming to America. She
died in Germany in 1907, leaving to her son her estate, which was a large sum
of money. He put it in a bank in New York and lost it all. Jemima and Arthur
lived the first part of their married life on a farm near old Theodosia. The
lake has now covered their farm. Their children were: Jessie James, born 1888;
Sophia Elizabeth, born 1890; Bertha, born 1892; Maggie, born 1896; Charlie,
born 1895 and Joseph and James (twins), born 1902. Jessie James was born during
the time they lived at old Theodosia. Later Arthur and Jamima moved to old Dit,
Mo. and ran a store and post office. There, sophia, Bertha, Maggie and Charlie
In 1896 Arthur and Jemima thought life might be better for them in Florida, so they moved to Cleveland, Fla., in a covered wagon taking a drove of mules, selling teams along the way. There they had a store, post office and livery barn. Joseph and James were born here. There the family became members of the Catholic Church and remained so.
Arthur became dissatisfied and wanted to move to Texas. Jemima thought a salary of $10.00 a day was good money and wanted to remain in Florida, but Arthur had his way and they soon were on the move. Jemima was afraid they might be robbed or taken from the children by Indians or other outlaws. She made each child a bag for money and sewed it to the child's clothes. They reached Randoal, Texas, homesteaded two sections of land, this being 1200 acres. They soon began to think this land was only covered with sket brush and was wortheless. Later it became a producing oil field.
From Texas they went to Oklahoma. There they lived with Jemima's sister and her husband, John and Polly Dobbs.
They later became dissatisfied in Oklahoma and thought they would return to Texas, but they changed their minds, came back to old Theodosia, Mo., stayed with Tom and Mary Mahan (Mary was a cousin of Jemima) until they bought a general store at New Dit, Mo. in Taney County near Big Creek from Jack Wance. They had the store and post office there until 1912 when they sold to Bill Hodges and bought a farm from Bill Blank dnship. The farm was in the south eastern part of Taney County near Big Creek. They
Jessie James Stehle served in World War I, dying 1922 after he returned from the service. He was buried in the Dit Cemetery in Taney County. He never married.
Sophia Elizabeth Stehle became a nurse and was working as a nurse in Winfield, Ks., when she became ill with pneumonia and died 1923. She was buried in Wichita, Kansas.
Bertha Stehle married Harold Robinson of Brookfield, Mo., in 1921. Their children were: James Albert, born and died 1922; Ruth Elizabeth, born 1925; Kathryn Inez, born 1926; and one son that died as an infant. Ruth Elizabeth Robinson married Ralph McNeal of Kansas City, Mo. and they are now in Kansas City, Mo. Their children are: Ralph Josepah, born 1950; James Harold, born 1951; Mary Kathryn, born 1953; Linda Ann, born 1955 and Richard Lee born 1956.
Kathryn Inez Robinson married Robert (Dutch) Keane of Kansas City, Mo. in 1958. They are now living in Kansas City, Mo.
Maggie Stehle married Elbert Cutbirth in 1920. They had one child, Alice Faye, born 1921. Maggie Stehie Cutbirth died 1924. She was buried in the Rhoades Cemetery in Taney County near Big Creek. Alice Faye Cutbirth married Ernest Homer Lord of Gainesville, Mo. 1952 at Yellville, Ark.
Charlie Stehle married Mytrle Morris in 1921. Their children are: June, born 1922 and Arthur Russell, born 1931.
Arthur Russell Stehle married Nina Cole of Ocie, Mo., 1952. Their children are: Rocky Eldon, born 1953 and Richard Lynn, born 1957.
Charlie Stehle died 1956 and was buried in the Lutie Cemetery in Ozark County in what is now new Theodosia, Mo.
Joseph Stehle married Glessie Glee Derrick of Lutie, Mo. in 1927. Their children are: Billy Joe, born 1927; Barbara Jean, born 1929; Norma Leah, born 1931 and Neal Don, born 1933.
Billy Joe Stehle married Joyce McVicker of Cushing, Oklahoma in 1956. They have one child, Linda Ann, born 1960, and now reside in Springfield, Missouri.
Barbara Jean Stehle married Charlie Wille of Rogersville, Mo., 1952. Their children are; Marsha Sue (Susie) born 1953 and Stephen Lyle, born 1955. They now reside in Springfield, Mo.
Norma Leah Stehle married James R. Strange of Russellville, Alabama, 1953. Their children are Joseph O'Brien, 1954 and James Donald, 1959. They reside in Mobile, Ala.
Neal Don Stehle married Faye Hughes of Willard, Missouri, 1965, and now live in Springfield, Mo.
Joseph Stehle died 1964 and was buried in the Lutie Cemetery in Ozark County in what is now new Theodosia, Mo.
James Stehle married Flossie Jewel Tabor, 1924. Their children are: Hansel Elmo (Dick), 1925; Edward G. Gooseberry (Bill), 1927; and Lee Jay (E. J.), born 1929.
James Stehle died 1930 and was buried inthe Ava Cemetery, Douglas County, Ava, Mo.
Hansel Elmo (Dick) Stehle married Nada Johnson of Thornfield, Mo., 1948. Their chil dren are Marvin Mearl, born 1949; James Leon born 1950; and Peggy Alene, born 1951. They reside in Hughson, California.
Edward G. Gooseberry (Bill) Stehle married Avil Trent, 1948 of Thornfield, Mo. They now live in Waterford, California, and their children are: Larry Edward, born 1951 and Katherine Jorene, born 1953.
Lee Jay (E.J.) Stehle married Ernie Duckworth of Thornfield, Mo. in 1949. They are now living in Longrn, Mo. Their children are: Ronald Lee, born 1951, Debra Jean, born 1956 and Dwane Allen, born 1957.
Other odds n' ends on our FRIEND family and relatives.
Elizabeth, daughter of James Friend, married James Tabor and had: John, Dillward, Russell, James, Rocky, and Jemima. After the death of Elizabeth Friend, James married Polly Greene, Polly was a second cousin of Luella Greene Haskins, who was wife no.2 of Jesse James Friend. Jesse and Elizabeth were nephew and aunt relation. A Seal Friend married Mich Risley and had a son James. I do not know how she came by the name of Seal as she is listed in 1860 census as Susan. In 1850 there was also a George Friend in Taney County near our family. I do not know the connection though.
Emilene Friend Hart, wife of Dallas Hart and the mother of Sterling Hart of Dugginsville, Missouri, was related to our family. She was the daughter of Andrew Friend, who was a grandson of Charles Friend, the brother of James One. Andrew was the son of a John Friend who came to Ozark County about 1850 from Scott County, Missouri. Andrew married Elizabeth Evans in Scott County and
Lydia, wife of Andrew, 1866- 1931; Capt. Andfew, 1832-1879; Israel, 1849-1869;
Emily Friend Hart; Joseph, WWI 1932; Port, 1902-1923; Amanda, 1861-1942; Elisha, 1838-1918.
Mary Friend Mahan
Mrs. Elijah Friend
Dana Dean, daughter of the author
The Thomas and Mary Friend Mahan Family;
Daisy _____ Bessie, Jessie, Brooksey. Mary age
45 yrs, Thomas age 48 yrs.
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