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Oscar Sidney Daniels
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Birth: Dec., 1856
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1903
Sour Lake
Hardin County
Texas, USA

Houston Daily Post, 19 Jan 1903, page 6

FUNERAL OF CONDUCTOR DANELS.

Order of Railway Conductors Conduct Last Sad Rites.

The funeral of Conductor O. S. Danels of the Southern Pacific, who was killed in the wreck at Sour Lake last week, took place yesterday from the residence of deceased, No. 1603 Terry street.

The funeral was under the auspices of the Order of Railway Conductors and there was a very large attendance of members and friends. Rev. Wilson of the Fifth ward Baptist church officiated, and the remains were interred in Magnolia cemetery.

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This man, my gg-grandfather, is a mystery. Where did he come from, what is his real name, and did he actually ever kill anyone?

The first hard evidence I have of him is his marriage to Ollie S Lane on Jul 27 1884 in Kaufman Co TX. Ollie is just as much a mystery as her husband. She came from nowhere, married young, died young, and left few footprints. Family lore says that Oscar (a railroad freight conductor) saw Ollie, then about 14, getting off his train, and swore to himself he would marry that pretty little thing. And so he did.

They proceeded to have 4 children. The last child died with Ollie on Dec 18, 1896 and is buried with her.

This may or may not be my Oscar during those mystery years... 1880 census Eddyville, Lyon Co KY
Emil Boyd 64 farmer b.KY/VA/VA
America Boyd 52 b.KY
William Gregory 24 farm laborerb.KY/KY/KY
Oscar S Danels (Daniels) 27 clerk in grociery store b.OH VA VA

In the 1889-1890 Houston TX Directory, Oscar S Daniels is listed at 29 Hardy, freight conductor, Southern Pacific RR. There is also an Oscar H Daniels listed with identical information. There is also a Miss Susie Lane listed in the residence of Oscar S Daniels in 1894-1895. Is this a sister of wife, Ollie S Lane Daniels?

Found on Soundex for Texas 1900, in Harris Co, Houston, at 1603 Terry, 4 years after death of wife Ollie:
Danels, Oscar S w m 43 b.Dec 1856 KY
" Oscar M (Mouthe) son 14 b.Mar 1886 TX
" Luke S (Short) son 12 b.Feb 1888 TX
" Sadie O dau 8 b.Jan 1892 TX

Both sons have odd middle names. Oscar's middle name "Mouthe" was allegedly the surname of the midwife who delivered him. A little quick research does find that surname in TX at the time, but this researcher has not been able to validate the story. Regarding Luke's middle name of "Short", family rumor says Oscar shot a man named Luke Short (L. L. Short), thought he had killed him, and promised to name his next son after him. Luke Short was a fairly famous gunfighter b.1854, who died 1893 of dropsey. Either this story is totally fabricated, Oscar only winged the famous gunslinger and lived to tell the story (how likely is that?), or he actually killed someone else. We may never know the truth, but Luke ended up with a strange middle name over it!

Oscar died a terrible death, being crushed and burned during a train derailment on a trip to Sour Lake TX where an oil boom demanded daily train arrivals. He wasn't found for quite a while, and was burned beyond recognition. He was only identified by the inscription in his pocket watch.

Update 8-5-2010: Just found 2 of the children living in Kansas City MO with their step-mother Mamie. So, sometime between 1896 and 1903, Oscar remarried. After his death, Mamie apparently finished raising the children. There is no evidence of Mamie having any children of her own with Oscar.

My grandmother Mae, Oscar's granddaughter, spent many years researching this man. She believed that he was really Evin D Baker Jr, b.1849 in Castine, Darke Co OH, son of rich and famous Evin D Baker and wife Nellie Jane McGriff Baker. Evin Sr was an attorney, prosecutor, and railroad executive. Grandma Mae, with help from a very aged Clyde Baker, attorney in OH, determined that Evin D Baker Jr got into some big trouble in OH, allegedly (here we go again) killing a man, and that his rich and famous RR daddy sent him to TX with a new identity to escape the law. It makes sense that he might get him a job working in the railroad business where he had so much influence, but as a freight conductor? And Evin was only 14 when his father died, so obviously his rich Daddy could not have facilitated an escape to TX. There is some evidence that perhaps Evin Jr, before he disappeared from the face of the earth, moved to Indiana with older brothers, and married Annie Pratt. Evin Baker and Annie Pratt Baker both disappear off the face of the earth. So perhaps, she is dead, and it is an older brother who helps Evin Jr leave for TX. Or not. :(


Evin D Baker - Oscar Sidney Daniels Timeline:
1849 Evin born in OH
1854 Evin's mother died OH (Evin 5Y)
1863 Evin's father died OH (Evin 14Y)
1872 Evin marries Annie Pratt in Cass Co IN (Evin 23Y)
1878 Evin buys 80 acres in Cass Co IN (Evin 29Y)
1878-1884 who can fill in this gap????????????
1884 Oscar marries Ollie S Lane in TX (Evin 35, Oscar 35Y)
1896 Ollie Lane dies at 26(suicide?) (Oscar is 47Y)
1900 Houston directory, Oscar says he is b.1856 KY age 44Y
1903 Oscar dies in train crash (Oscar=47/54Y,Evin=54Y)
1910 Luke & Sadie on census, say their father was b.OH

If you have any detective tendencies, and can help me solve this mystery, I would love to hear from you. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Ollie S Lane Daniels (1869 - 1896)
  Mamie Nichols Daniels (1872 - 1921)
 
 Children:
  Oscar Mouthe Daniels (1885 - 1949)*
  Sadie Ollie Daniels Frank (1892 - 1973)*
  Luke Short Daniels (1893 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Magnolia Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Deb
Record added: Dec 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23363848
 

 
 
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