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Harriet Cornelia Leola "Leo" Basinger Staggs
Birth: Feb. 2, 1908
Bienville Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 1924
Webster Parish
Louisiana, USA

"Leo" was born on 2 February 1908 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana the eldest child of Maggie Ola Bullock and James "Frank" Basinger.

The family left Bienville Parish and moved to Benton, Bossier Parish, Louisiana. There on 6 May 1923, at the tender age of 15, she married James Rush Staggs, 26 years old. Within 5 months, the newlyweds were expecting their first child.

It has been told that James worshipped his "little wife" and loved her deeply. Unfortunately, this marriage would be short-lived but the love continued until James' death.

Leo died following child birth of her twin sons. She was only 16 years old. Her first twin son, Leon Rush Staggs, was stillborn and the second, Leo Riley "Sonny" Staggs, was raised by her parents as their own.

She got to see the twins before she passed away. Leo Riley wasn't expected to live, but his grandma, Maggie, would pray for his survival.

It was said that Leo's daddy, James "Frank", only 37 years old, was devasted over his eldest daughter's death, as was her husband.

One of my most treasured possession is the "love letters" written in 1924 between my great-grandparents when she was pregnant with the twins and he was incarcerated at the Minden Jail.

Note about date of death on headstone: Has 22 July 1925 on headstone, but death certificate has 21 July 1924.


Grandmother, I never got to know you but God took you when he took the twin. God knew that great grandma Basinger would do a great job on raising daddy with her 13 children and yes your mother did a great job. She raised him as her own like you ask her to do. Your only grandchild, Shirley 
Family links: 
  James "Frank" Basinger (1887 - 1964)
  Maggie Ola Bullock Basinger (1891 - 1975)
  James Rush Staggs (1897 - 1957)*
  Leon Rush Staggs (1924 - 1924)*
  Leo Riley Staggs (1924 - 2008)*
  Harriet Cornelia Leola "Leo" Basinger Staggs (1908 - 1924)
  James Thomas Basinger (1909 - 1957)*
  Florence Flora Basinger Morgan (1911 - 1986)*
  Murphie Howell Basinger (1913 - 1979)*
  Nolan Willis Basinger (1914 - 1976)*
  Marjorie Lucille Basinger Burks (1917 - 1984)*
  John D. Basinger (1921 - 1987)*
  James Frank Basinger (1923 - 2009)*
  Carl Rudolph Bassinger (1925 - 2010)*
  Oscar Claud "O. C." Basinger (1926 - 1927)*
  William David Basinger (1927 - 2011)*
  Carrie Ola Basinger Palmer (1933 - 2015)*
  Norville Cassell Basinger (1936 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Sarepta Cemetery
Webster Parish
Louisiana, USA
Maintained by: Colette Alfred-Sikes
Originally Created by: shirley Giddings
Record added: Nov 29, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9983307
Harriet Cornelia Leola Leo <i>Basinger</i> Staggs
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Harriet Cornelia Leola Leo <i>Basinger</i> Staggs
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Rest in sweet peace, Leo. You were loved and had a great family in your son and his family. You are being remembered today with a smile and tear. You will not be forgotten.
- susan emery
 Added: Mar. 24, 2016

- Bryan Ainsworth Mooney
 Added: Dec. 18, 2015

- R I P
 Added: Sep. 21, 2014
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