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James Merritt Ary
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1873
Death: Feb. 24, 1970

James Merritt Ary was born January 31, 1873, in Carroll County, Arkansas.

James died February 24, 1970 in Haskell County, Oklahoma, and is buried in Milton Cemetery, LeFlore County, Oklahoma.

James is the son of Loveless Pinkney & Mary Elizabeth (Merritt) Ary. Loveless Pinkney Aery, was born June 04, 1850 in Pleasant Site, (Franklin County) Alabama and died July 01, 1916 in Vinita (Craig County) Oklahoma, he is buried in Fairview Cemetery Vinita (Craig County) Oklahoma at SE end of block 9. He Married Mary Elizabeth Merritt on March 02, 1872 in Carol County, Arkansas. She was born Abt. 1854 in Missouri and died Abt. 1891. She is buried in Iron Bridge (Haskell County) Oklahoma

He was the first man to carry mail in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma by Pony Express. For three years he carried mail to homesteaders within a __ mile radius.

When he was 17 and courting his first wife, who lived 20 miles from his father's place, he had an experience that few can boast.

"I was walking the 20 miles home from her place late one afternoon, and still had quite a piece to go when a woman in chaps and two Winchesters flanking her horse stopped and asked me if I could us a ride. I said yes, and climbed up behind her. After a little she asked me if "I knew who she was. I had began to wonder by that time, but I still didn't know for sure. Then she told me I was riding with an outlaw - Belle Starr's the name."

"I was ready to walk the rest of the way home by this time but she wouldn't let me down. Instead she told me that if anything started happening, I could slide off the horse and take off through the brush. Nothing happened and when we reached home and I got off and she rode away.

"The next day we heard that she had gone on into Cuahunga Bend in Porum, Oklahoma and danced all night. Early that morning the peace officers caught up with her and shot her.

Ary came to Oklahoma in 1889 when he was 16-years-old. The family settled in Cache. Soon after he married he became a blacksmith making ____, coffins, shoeing horses, making plow shares, farm equipment, cook stoves and anything else he was asked to make. He continued in this line of work for 51 years.
Family links: 
  Loveless Pinkney Ary (1850 - 1916)
  Mary E. Merritt Aery (1854 - 1891)
  James Merritt Ary (1873 - 1970)
  Zanie Bell Aery Selvage (1883 - 1925)*
  Samuel Lien Aery (1885 - 1886)*
  Silas Edward Aery (1887 - 1959)*
*Calculated relationship
Milton Cemetery
Le Flore County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: Nancy T.
Originally Created by: Sharon Rhoades
Record added: Oct 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22085942
James Merritt Ary
Added by: Sharon Rhoades
James Merritt Ary
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