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 Elizabeth Ann <I>Riffe</I> Vardaman

Elizabeth Ann Riffe Vardaman

Casey County, Kentucky, USA
Death 1 Jun 1940 (aged 90)
McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial Anna, Collin County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 6622498 · View Source
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sister of Joseph Welch Riffe buried in this cemetery.

parents: Christopher Riffe,​ Margarett Coulter

From the George Pearis Brown papers: (p131) MRS. E. P. VARDEMAN (Nee Bettie Riffe) - "{In} 1853 my father came to Collin County, stayed the first night at the Collin McKinney home, east of Anna of today. {In} 1854 I went to school about one mile west of Anna - no Anna then. Miss Lucy Nightengale taught in a residence made box fashioned. Some pupils were Joe and Jane Satler, Patsy Portman, and myself. Subscription school. SHIELDS SCHOOL - {In} 1855 I went to school 1/4 mile east of the present Anna. A log house on Sister Grove Creek. Log benches, and one log cut out of side for window, fireplace in one end, about 4 or 5 feet wide, and chimney not much higher, and was made of sticks and daubed with clay and mud. George Portman taught two or three terms. Miss Nightengale taught two terms. Later this was made into a dwelling by one of the Shields boys. COTTON WOOD SCHOOL - {In} 1860 {I} went to school here about halfway between Anna and Melissa of today. Got water at a spring where there was a large cottonwood tree, hence the name of the school. This was 1/2 mile south of the old Highland Graveyard. George Portman taught two terms. This was my last school. {In} 1853, Mantua had two or three stores. It was not very old at that time. Rollins had a Dry Goods Store and Dr. Leslie had a Drug Store. Capt. James L. Greer taught school there, at one time. There was a Masonic Lodge there. My father, Christopher Riffe, belonged to this lodge. Uncle Charley Wysong also remembered and he was some kind of officer, I think. {In} 1857, a frame church building was erected with lumber hauled from East Texas. Elders Hall, J. R. Darnell, R. C. Horn, J. S. Muse, and Brice Wilmeth preached there. Elder Hall and Rev. Portman had a debate there once. {In} 1855, father got his first cook stove. People came for miles, to see what it looked like, how it was made, and how it worked."

name: Elizabeth Ann Vardaman
death date: 01 Jun 1940
death place: Mckinney, Collin, Texas
gender: Female
race: White
death age: 90 years 2 months 11 days
birth date: 20 Mar 1850
birthplace: Casey, Kentucky
marital status: Widowed
father's name: Christopher Riffe
father's birthplace: Kentucky
mother's name: Margarett Coulter
mother's birthplace: Kentucky
occupation: House Keeper
place of residence: McKinney, Collin, Tex.
cemetery: Dr. Lair
burial place: Collin, Texas
burial date: 04 Jun 1940
additional relatives: X
digital film number: 4030461

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Wife of E.P. Vardaman




  • Maintained by: Richard Hollis
  • Originally Created by: William
  • Added: 20 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6622498
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Ann Riffe Vardaman (20 Mar 1850–1 Jun 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6622498, citing Lair Cemetery, Anna, Collin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Richard Hollis (contributor 46868975) .