|Death: ||Feb. 10, 1918|
To be shot down answering the door was tragic enough but what followed captured the nations attention for a year. The boys should have registered for the draft, it would have been simpler. I believe you knew there was no gold in the mine. The boys were your sole labor pool. You realized this, the boys would have figured it out soon enough anyway.
Rest in peace, Thomas Power Sr. We all do the best we can with the facts as we see them.
Letter from Nancy E.(Place)Brown, here for temporary safekeeping 12/27/07.
Well, we are back again and probably 10 pounds heavier with all the goodies I shouldn't have eaten. But what the heck, Christmas only comes once a year! I hope you and your wife had a nice Christmas.
I did a little research on the Powers family, Tom Sisson and Martha Morgan, old man Thomas Jefferson Power's wife.
Martha Morgan was born 1866 in Georgetown, Texas She was the daughter of Sebe M. Morgan and Mandy Catherine Bybee. Both Sebe and Mandy were born in Boonsville, Kentucky. He was born in 1834 and she was born in 1837. Sebe died in 1907 in Tombstone, AZ (don't know if he is buried in Tombstone or not) and Mandy died in 1903 in Clifton, AZ and is buried in Alma, NM cemetery. (Just down the road a way from where I live). The Sebe Morgan family moved from Kentucky to Georgetown, Texas, then came to New Mexico. From New Mexico, they moved to the Horseshoe Mountains in Arizona where they had a ranch. (Again, I have been to it)
One of Sebe's sons was George Washington Morgan. He was born in Georgetown, TX, died in Monahans, TX and is buried in Franklin, AZ. He was also married to Rachel Frances Jackson Balke, who was my husband's aunt on his mother's side. George was her second husband. Her first husband was Max August Balke, a German immigrant whom she married in Texas. She is also buried in Alma Cemetery.
Other children of Sebe and Mandy are: William James Morgan; John S Morgan; S.F. Morgan; S.B. Morgan; Martha C. Morgan; Tildy E. Morgan; Wiley M Morgan; W. J. or Will Morgan; Mary Elizabeth Morgan; and W. M. Morgan.
Martha Morgan married Thomas Jefferson Power, Sr. She was the mother of Charles Samuel, John , Thomas Jefferson, Jr. and Ola Mae Power. At present I do not know if Martha had a middle name. She died in 1897 at Gila, New Mexico and is buried at the old Dominguez farm. The grave is at the foot of a big tree and is enclosed in a wrought iron fence. I have a pictures of the grave that I took before digital cameras. I will attach it to this letter and if you enlarge them, you may be able to see the writing. Just as soon as I go to Silver City again, I will drop by Gila and retake the pictures. I know I can get a better one now.
Have you read the book, "Shootout at Dawn", by Tom Power, Jr and John Whitlatch? It is the best information I have found on this tragedy. There is also another book, the Mormon version, but it is not correct. If you haven't read the book, you might be able to find it at a library down there. I saw on Amazon books the other day that they have 4 copies of the book--3 used ones and 1 new book, but the trouble is the price. Over 60 dollars for the used ones and 100 dollars for the new one! Wow, we are rich, we own three copies which we bought for about 6 dollars each!
A fellow by the name of Reede had leased part of the Power place at Gila, NM and built a house called a dugout. It had a roof made of heavy logs, covered with brush and grass and covered with dirt. The day he finished his house, Martha and grandma Power went over to look at it, taking a few things to dress it up a little. They had been in it just a few minutes when the ridge pole broke, it caved in and covered the women with dirt. Grandma Power was able to get out and ran for help, but Martha was dead when they got her out. My mother in law told us of this incident a long time ago.
We'd love to sit down and visit with you folks, but the trouble is, we live 15 miles east of Reserve, New Mexico and that's a far piece from Tucson, especially at today's gas prices. Also, we do not have cell service here, so the only other thing is telephone and I'm afraid the phone bill would be too high . So if you don't mind typing or reading my volumes, we'll just have to make that do for the time being. Maybe later we can meet somewhere half way.
Oh by the way, I notice that when you added my name, you put in Nancy E Place. Place is my maiden name. It should be entered as Brown, so if you'd correct that, I'd appreciate it, as no one will know who Nancy Place is.
Well I guess I've bored you long enough, so until next time,
Nancy E. Brown
This note from Nancy Hough...................
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I found the 1910 Census record for Thomas (Sr) in Wilcox, Cochise, AZ. It lists children as Charles S. b. 1889 in Texas, John G., Thomas J. and Ola M.
The birth year for Tomas J. Power SR. is listed as 1864, b. Texas.
Martha Jane Power (____ - 1915)
Martha MORGAN Power (1866 - 1897)
Charles Samuel Power (1881 - 1973)*
John Grant Power (1891 - 1976)*
Thomas J Power (1893 - 1970)*
Ola May Power (1894 - 1917)*
Plot: not known
Created by: billcarr
Record added: Jun 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14470342