Friday, January 15, 2010


The picture here is of Nancy Ann Pickens' husband, Samuel Cephus Pool(e). I wish I had a picture of her and always hope that one will show up. Nancy was born about 1815 around Anderson, South Carolina. She married Samuel C. Pool(e) around 1827. There are problems with these dates because it would seem that she married at the age of 12, which is unlikely. But in the 1860 Census of Pontotoc County, Mississippi, she is 45 years old. Her oldest child, Narcissa is 14 years old in 1860 which makes me believe that she and Samuel married later than 1827. They have a total of 6 children living at home in 1860. Narcissa is 14, Nancy C. is 7, William is 6, Greenworth is 5, Warren is 4 and Pardy A. is 3. Greenworth is my direct ancestor. There is also an Edward Morgan, 22, living with them and listed as a Farm Laborer. Next door there is a David Morgan and his wife Ellen with a large family. This needs to be followed as later on Eva Sharp will marry a Paul Morgan. Makes one wonder if the families go all the way back to Mississippi together. The Post Office there is called Ellistown. Nancy Ann Pickens is the daughter of Samuel Pickens and Sarah Dowdle. Samuel was born in 1780 and died in 1840.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

David Carroll Morgan

On Saturday, December 19, 2009
David Carroll Morgan passed away in Comanche, Oklahoma. His funeral was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Comanche Oklahoma. Services under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Brother Trent Young Officiating. He was buried at Fairlawn Cemetery, just North of Comanche. David's wife Elizabeth was there and I was not able to chat with her. His son John Morgan and John's wife Krista were there. They are from Sterling, Oklahoma. There was also four grandchildren present-Brennan and Hudson Morgan of Sterling, OK and Kyra Allen of Dallas, TX and Amber Benson also of Dallas, TX.
David ties into the Sharp-Poole connection through his mother Eva Sharp Morgan. My grandpa Verb Sharp was David's mother's brother, or David's Uncle Verb. Then it goes back through Verb and Ev's mother Mary Verna Lee (Vernie) Poole. I had planned to go and visit with David so many times. He kept inviting me to come and look at old pictures with him. I waited too long. David was a born again believer. He had a huge funeral. Many many people that I did not know. They took turns talking about how much fun he was and how he loved to sing and how he had all the pages of the hymn book memorized. He LOVED sports. He followed the teams of Comanche and Sterling with amazing dedication. I guess he NEVER missed a game. I remember hearing years ago that David had a daughter who was murdered in Comanche and the crime was never solved. I kind of think that HER name was Elizabeth. David is buried next to her. He reminded me so much of his Uncle Bawley...(Oscar Vansler Sharp). He looked just like him and had his full of fun personality.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


In the year 1930 I find my Grandparents, Verb and Nancy Sharp living in the Southwest corner of Oklahoma. Stephens County, Wall Township. Genola is 8, Ossalee is 6, Mirlacoys is 4 and Verbie Jr. is 1 yr. This census was taken on April 13th of 1930. Their last child, Bobby, will be born April 3, 1931. Grandma Nancy states that she is 35 and Grandpa Verb is 29. They are Farmers and they own their land.

Almost right next door lives my Great Grandparents, Fuzzy and Vernie. Fuzzy's real name was Carrol and Vernie's full name was Marylee Verna. He is 51 and she is 49. Mirl, 23 Eva, 20 and Oscar,18 are still at home. So Vas has left home (he married Lacy Barton in 1922) and of course Grandpa Verb is living nearby. In ten short years their lives will be turned upside down. They will sell their farm and head for California. They have not experienced the dust yet, nor the Great Depression. Life is hard but so good compared to what lay ahead of them.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Moses Greenworth Poole and Amanda "Mandy" Levinia Johnson

This posting will be mostly covering Amanda "Mandy" Levina Johnson and her Son Allen Preston Pool. Let me first apologize for this being such a lengthy post. It is in hopes it will squelch the myth about her Son Allen being from a previous marriage. Amanda's factual timeline follows:

Amanda was born in Feb 1874 in Arkansas City, AR...only a stones throw from the mighty Mississippi River. Her parents were Marion Johnson, b: 20 Apr 1839 in AL, and Martha Dickerson, b: 28 Feb 1845 in Tennessee.

In 1880, at the age of 6, Amanda was living in Limestone, Franklin County, AR. In the home were both her parents, 3 Sisters, Martha E, age 9, Tulda, age 4, Vicy, age 1, and her Couisin Sarah Mitchel, age 16.

(I could not locate the family in the 1890 US Federal Census Records.)

In 1900, at the age of 26, Amanda was living with her parents in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Also in the home are Sisters Vica (Should be Vicy) age 20, Millie, age 18, and a Brother Jesse, age 14.

(On 25 Aug 1905, the Mother of Amanda passes away in Slaytonville, Sebastian County, AR)
In the year of 1910, in Cameron, LeFlore County, OK, you will find Amanda, at the age of 36, living with her Father Marion, listed as age of 70.

(During the year of 1912 (Exact date unknown), The wife of Moses Greenworth Pool, Missouri Elvina (Hall) Pool passes away, and is buried in Comanche, OK.)

(On 13 Mar 1913, Amanda's Father Passes away in Wickes, Polk County, AR.)

11 Apr 1915, Moses Greenworth Pool and Amanda (Mandy) Levinia Johnson get married in Cameron, LeFlore County, OK. He was 60 and she was 41.

The year 1920 shows Amanda and Moses residing in Poteau, LeFlore County, OK with one child. Son Allen Preston Pool, listed as age 2.

In 1930, they are residing in Hope, Stephens County, AR. Moses is 76, Amanda is 56, and Allen Preston is 12.

(On 8 Jun 1938, Moses Greenworth Pool passes away in either Marlow or Hope, Stephens County, AR. He is buried in Comanche, OK, next to his first wife Missouri Elvina Hall.)

10 Dec 1941, Amanda "Mandy" Levenia (Johnson) Pool marries Henderson Andrew Foy Boatman in Duncan, Stephens County, OK.

The year Amanda "Mandy" Johnson passes away is still a mystery to me, but it is my understanding that she too is buried in Comanche, OK near MosesGreenworth Pool.

Now on to Allen Preston Pool (The Son of Moses Greenworth and Amanda "Mandy" Johnson)

On 24 Sep 1940 around the age of 23, Allen Preston marries Norma Fay Early. (No other information is available.)

On 5 Jun 1942 Allen Preston enlists into the U.S. Army at Oklahoma City, OK. His enlistment records show his city and state of residence as Madera, California. His marital status is listed as seperated with no dependents. He enlisted for the duration of the war plus 6 months as a private for the Warrant Officer program.

On 7 Jun 1943, Allen marries Verna Viola Ferguson in Colorado Springs, CO. It is my understanding they have two children, but I cannot confirm this.

Allen Preston Pool passed away in Portland, OR in either 1950 or 1957. Cause of death is unknown. I cannot find a record of death for Allen.

All searches I have made for Amanda "Mandy" levenia Johnson were done using her Father Marion Johnson as the searchee.
John Poole.....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bertha Mirl Poole and Emmett Earl Handy

Per your earlier request Gail...This is my Aunt Bertha and Uncle Emmett. They lived in Fresno CA for as long as I can remember. Bertha was the Daughter of Tyford Franklin Poole, Son of Moses Greenworth Pool. She was a very sweet lady. I have very fond memories of her during my younger years back in the 50's and 60's. I remember her having a great sense of humor. Emmett, pictured here in his uniform was a Night Watchman/Security Guard for the Sunmaid Raisin Company in Fresno. He worked there many, many years. Bertha and Emmett attended my wedding in 1962, and signed as witness's to the solemn occasion.
John Poole...


O.Gail Poole, son of Woodrow Poole, writes: I have taken the DNA tests in trying to get information on our ancestors past our gggGrandfather, Samuel Poole. I am just about 95% convinced that our family name was actually Pettypool, as a result of those tests. I know that Samuel and a brother Isaac, migrated with their families from South Carolina, shortly after Mississippi was opened for settlement.
John Poole, son of Emmett Greenworth Poole writes: RE: Missouri Elvina, Eddy, Hall, after an 1860 Census search for Missouri Eddy, of the 1,500 names listed, I found about 90% of them were from the Northeastern part of the U.S., and not one of them was born in Mississippi. I ran across a tree not too long ago, showing her last name as Hall, with a father named Henderson Hall, born 1 Dec 1810 in Tennessee, died 11 Oct 1878 and a mother, Nancy Adeline Jones, born 1822 in Mississippi. I ran an 1860 census and found a daughter named Missouri that was the right age and was born in Mississippi. The father of Henderson Hall is Pharoah Hall born 1782 in Sampson, North Caroliina, died in Warren Mississippi. The mother of Henderson Hall is Sarah Mary Johnson, born 1783 in North Carolina, died 1852 in Warren Mississippi. This information matched about as close as I think I am going to get so I am staying with it. Besides, just think about it for a minute folks... How many men do you know that was born in Tennessee, lived in Mississippi and named a daughter, Missouri? There's gotta be something to this.