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Dora Runyan Bollinger
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Birth: Feb., 1863
Cocke County
Tennessee, USA
Death: 1900
McClain County
Oklahoma, USA

Most of what is known of Dora’s life is described in the biographies of her parents, which you are encouraged to read, but the main points are as follows:
Dora was the second eldest daughter of George and Nancy Jane Runyan. She was born in Cocke County, Tennessee, in February, 1863, seven months before her father went to war. In 1871, when Dora was age 8, the family moved to Arkansas and lived along the upper tributaries of the White River. At times they would visit their Runyan and Mantooth relatives downriver in Oil Trough, near Newport. In 1874, Lawson Mantooth Jr. had married Sarah Bollinger, and Dora became acquainted with Sarah’s brother, Harden Hulsey Bollinger. They in turn were married in 1879 and lived in Oil Trough, close to Lawson and Sarah (Bollinger) Mantooth and almost next door to Lawson’s brother Lewis Mantooth and his wife Emily, and not far the family of Joseph Manning Runyan, who was her father’s cousin and war buddy. While living in Oil Trough, Dora gave birth to four children:

Cora Belle Bollinger (1882 – 1975)
Ora Lee Bollinger (1885 – 1965)
Joseph Solomon "Joe" Bollinger (1886 – 1960)
Pearl May L. Bollinger (1890 – 1964)

In 1891, Dora’s parents decided to migrate to Indian Territory, and Dora and her family joined them. They might first have lived on the same farm as her parents, in what was later Byars, McClain County, but by 1900 they had their own farm five miles due east from there, at T4N.R4E in Pontotoc County. They had four more children in Indian Territory:
Mary Frances Bollinger (1892 – 1972)
Ethel Naomi Bollinger (1894 – 1979)
John J Bollinger (1898 – 1965)
Beulah Estelle Bollinger (1900 – 1991)

Dora became ill with tuberculosis after giving birth to her last child. She was treated by her second cousin, Dr. John R. Runyan, but to no avail, and she died the last week of June, 1902. Harden never remarried but raised the children himself, while working as a farmer. When he got too old to farm, his daughter Ethel (Bollinger) Leachman took him and the two youngest children, John and Beulah, into her family’s home on Towne Avenue in Los Angeles, where they are found in the 1920 census. When the children were grown, they went their different ways. Cora moved to Texas, while Joseph, Pearl, Ethel, and Beulah moved to California. John returned to Oklahoma. Those who remained in Oklahoma moved to larger cities. In April, 1930, the census finds Harden, age 83, living on his own in Byars, near the homes of Dora’s brother Alonzo and sister Oma. He passed away in June of that year and was buried next to his wife Dora.

Death announcement in The Daily Ardmoreite, Wednesday, July 2, 1902, p.2 :

Mrs. Dora Bollinger died of consumption last week, after a lingering illness.

Family links: 
  George Washington Runyan (1840 - 1904)
  Nancy Jane Mantooth Runyan (1842 - 1900)
  Harden Hulsey Bollinger (1867 - 1929)
  Joseph Solomon Bollinger (1886 - 1960)*
  Mary Florence Runyan Mantooth (1860 - 1899)*
  Dora Runyan Bollinger (1863 - 1900)
  Malcom Runyan (1869 - 1915)*
  Theodocia E. Runyan Brown (1870 - 1913)*
  Naomi Runyan (1875 - 1936)*
  Lou Runyon (1879 - 1890)*
  Alonzo Runyan (1882 - ____)*
  Lillie Mae Runyan Crouch (1886 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: The marker is next to that of her husband, but it makes on obvious error in misspelling her surname and saying she died in 1800.
Old Johnsonville Cemetery
McClain County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: Darrell Brown
Originally Created by: Tammy
Record added: Aug 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29387125
Dora <i>Runyan</i> Bollinger
Added by: Darrell Brown
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