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Hi, my name is Julie Evans. I was born on March 13, 1959 to Harry & Patsy McBride(Atchison). I Grew up in a small ranching town called Ivanhoe, in Tulare county California. I have 1 brother Allan and 2 sisters Carol and Wendy. I also have 1 sister-in-law Velinda and 2 brothers-in-laws, Richie and Andrew.|
I lived all my life in the San Joaquin Valley growing up as a kid and also raising my own children there. I have 3 wonderful kids, Amy,Bruce and Chad of whom I am very proud of and very blessed to be their mother. I also have a wonderful daughter-in-law Bridgette, all of whom I love and feel blessed to have in my life.
I moved to Springfield MA, in the summer of 2005 and now have an extended family that I also love and feel blessed to have in my life. I go back to California at least twice a year to visit my mother, my children and the rest of my family.
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You are very welcome!
Added by P Jones on May 04, 2013 9:54 AM
I hope you received the newspaper article I sent through your email last night. If not, let me know and I will try again.
Alta was married to Walter A McMasters 1878-1905 Find A Grave#86344324. Only the oldest child, John A, could be his. We don't know the father of the other three, but the researcher and I wondered if Walter's brother John "Elmer" McMasters might possibly be their father. He is listed as single in the 1910 census and living with his mother. He and Alta are close in age and she named a son Elmer. All of the children have the McMasters name in the 1910 census. Elmer died in 1912 of Tuberculosis, that would be after your grandmother's birth in 1911, Alta's last known child born in Missouri. This can be so confusing to figure out. I hope this information helps you some.
Added by P Jones on Apr 30, 2013 7:44 PM
I am not related, but I did some research on them because they are in Rice Cemetery. Search my site for McMasters and you can read about the ones I have. Nothing is mentioned about Native American heritage, but that doesn't mean there wasn't any. I do have the newspaper article about Alta I will send to your email. At the time of her trial she was put on probation and released to a Mr. Brown, who is thought to be an uncle of Alta's.
I was contacted by a researcher who was searching for McMasters information. They must be cousins of yours who hired her, you might check with them. If I can be of more assistance, let me know.
Added by P Jones on Apr 29, 2013 8:47 PM
|P Jones||RE: Alta May McMasters|
How nice of you to introduce yourself to me. It's interesting how family paths cross when you study the past. I first heard the story about your great grandmother in the late 1960's, I was born in 1955, when my grandfather taped some stories about his childhood years and the three deaths that he witnessed at Dadeville. He would have been about 8 1/2 when he and his older brother Etna witnessed the incident Alta was involved in. He mentions the victim James "Jim" Miller,but calls Alta a "young widow." When I came across Jim Miller's death certificate while documenting Rice Cemetery, I decided I would see if there was a newspaper article. I read the article and discovered the McMasters family was also in Rice Cemetery. It wasn't long after that I heard from your researcher. As I told her, I had no doubt that Alta was being harrassed and Jim Miller was up to no good when he walked in her house. The article calls him a "youth", but he was 30 years old! That she was jailed for months is still unbelievable to me. Alta was a brave woman who knew heartache and hard times.
If you would like to read my account of his death on Jim Miller's Find A Grave site he's #85656063. My grandfather Albert "George" Morris, the witness, is #67524662. He would have been a little older than his childhood picture.
I enjoyed reading about your grandmother Violet. I have recently learned that lots of families moved to Tulare County, CA from Dade County, MO, during the same time period and into the 30's. It was said you could walk down the streets of Exeter, knowing so many people, and feel right at home.
I live in Springfield, MO not far from Dade County. If there is anything more I can do to assist you on my end I'd be happy to.
Added by P Jones on Apr 27, 2013 9:09 PM
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