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Slave Narrative of John White

Person Interviewed: John White Location: Sand Springs, Oklahoma Date of Birth: April 10, 1816 Age: 121 Occupation: Yard Worker Of all my Mammy’s children I am the first born and the longest living. The others all gone to join Mammy. She was named Mary White, the same name as her Mistress, the wife of my first master, James White. About my paopy. I never hear his name and I never see him, not even when I was the least child around the old Master’s place ‘way back there in Georgia more’n one-hundred twenty years ago! Mammy try to make it clear to me about my daddy. She married like the most of the slaves in then days. He was a slave on another plantation. One day he come for to borrow something from Master White. He sees a likely looking gal, and the way it work out that gal was to be my Mammy. After that he got a paper saying it was all right for his to be off his own plantation. He come a’courting over to Master Whites. After a while he talks with the Master. Says he wants to marry the gal, Mary. The Master says it’s all right if it’s all right with Mary and the other white folks. He finds out it is and they makes ready for the wedding. Mary says a preacher wedding is the best but Master say he can marry them just as good. There wasn’t no Bible, just an old Almanac. Master White read something out of that. That’s all and they was married. The wedding was over! Every...

Ormsby, Lewis C. – Obituary

Mr. Lewis C. Ormsby, 835, Katy St., a longtime resident of Sand Springs, died Tuesday, December 9 [1975]. He was 84 years old. Born April 18, 1891 in Sedan, Kansas, Mr. Ormsby was a retired Commander Mills employee and the founder of Water District No. 14 in 1946. He is survived by his wife Olive of the home, and one son, Gary L. Ormsby of California. Other surviving children are two daughters, Verna Ann Keef and Mrs. Clysta Jean Korich, both of California. Two brothers survived Mr. Ormsby, LeRoy Ormsby of Texas, and Alonzo Ormsby of Utah. Also surviving are two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 11 in the Mobley-Dodson Lakeside Funeral Chapel with interment at Woodland Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Ormsby, Henry Augustus – Obituary

Henry Augustus Ormsby, 90, an uncle of Frank Ormsby of Darlington, died April 21 at the home of a son, Louis Ormsby, in Sand Springs, Okla. it was learned here Saturday. Born Sept. 10, 1863 in Iowa, Mr. Ormsby was the last of a family of six children. Surviving, besides the son at whose home he died, are two other sons, and several grandsons. Among those proceeding him in death was a brother, W. O. Ormsby, of the White Church neighborhood, northeast of Darlington, who died Aug. 16, 1946. Funeral service and burial were to be held at Sand Springs Saturday. Crawfordsville Journal and Review, IN, April 24, 1954 Contributed by: Shelli...

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