Houston Marion Byford

Mom's grandfather on her father's side. Married Hannah Tabitha Caroline Scroggins (no picture). Her father was Smith Scroggins who fought with the 32nd Mississippi Infantry.

Houston either joined or was forced into service with the 42nd Mississippi Infantry. He was listed as AWOL a week later?

McGee Lawmen

Houston Byford is the man in the middle, light suit, no hat.

Houston's sons

Back Row L to R

John Houston

Thomas Jefferson

George Washington

Front Row L to R

James Robert

William Smith

Andrew Jackson

Mary Ellen Byford

Houston's oldest daughter. Taught school in early Indian Territory includng two of her brothers.

One of Houston's horses "Prince"

John Houston standing on the back and James Robert holding the reins.

The Bee Hives

James Robert and Houston tending the bee hives.

Hezekiah Cash

Fought with the 2nd Mounted Arkansas Rifles, who fought most of the war on foot, used as infantry.

Francis Ann Cash

Mom's grandmother on her mother's side and niece to Hezekia Cash

Thomas Jefferson Byford and Emma Mae Lumpkins

My mothers's parents

Beulah Rovilla Byford

Mom's oldest sister. Her son, Charley Bollinger fought on the island of Iwo Jima in WWII.

Era Mae Byford

Mom's next oldest sister

Mary Edith Byford

My mother

William Granville Byford

Mom's little brother

William Otis. Holmes and Nancy Ann Johnson

Dad's great grandparents on his father's side

William Benjamin Holmes

Dad's grandfather on his father's side

Moses Holmes and Artemissa Forgey

Dad's great grandparents on his mother's side

Robert A. Holmes and Sarah Edwards

Dad's grandparents on his mother's side

Robert Holmes

Dad's grandfather in his blacksmith shop in Leedey, OK.

John Wesley and Artemissa Holmes

Dad's parents who were 3rd cousins. Picture taken just before the wedding.

Artemissa Holmes

Dad's mother

John Wesley Holmes

Dad's father in a remote oil field in Oklahoma

My Father

Dad as a young man.

Unknown date or place

Dad and Siblings

Dad with sister Elsie and brother John

Texmo, Oklahoma

Grandfather John Wesley owned a general store here and ran it with the help of daughter Elsie and wife Artemissa

Stratford, Oklahoma

Renamed from McGee after the railroad came in. Grandpa Houston owned a hotel and restaraunt here.