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 Emmeline “Emma” <I>Anthony</I> Johns

Emmeline “Emma” Anthony Johns

Prairie du Rocher, Randolph County, Illinois, USA
Death 3 Aug 1955 (aged 85)
Quinlan, Woodward County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Quinlan, Woodward County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 67595435 · View Source
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Emma was the youngest of eight children born to William H and Julia Anthony. At age 10, Emma moved with her family from Red Oak, Iowa to Clay County, Kansas by covered wagon. The family settled three miles east of Longford, purchasing 160 acres. They lived in a sod covered lean-to until a two story frame home was eventually built.

Brother Able, just two years older, was often paired with his little sister for chores and as a playmate. He and Emma would share a close bond throughout their lives.

As a teenager, Emma was attacked at a community gathering by a traveling hired hand. Her father and brothers searched for the suspect, but he had left the area. Emma gave birth to her daughter Nellie May in April of 1887. Nellie was raised by her Anthony grandparents as their own child.

Emma married Ed Johns March 8, 1894 at Clay Center, Kansas. The Johns family lived nearby, and Ed was a friend of Able and Emma.

In 1900 with their five children Howard, Harvey, John William, Viola and Arthur, they moved to Phillips, Wisconsin where Ed and his brothers worked at a logging camp sawmill. Little John was accidently killed by a log wagon there, and twins Ray and Roy were born.

The family returned to Clay County, Kansas in 1903. Soon after, Emma's mother Julia died, and a few years later her father William. Able had lived on the family homeplace until his parents passed away. The farm was sold and money divided evenly among their children. Granddaughter Nellie was willed $200.

A number of Longford area families were drawn to the newly acquired Indian Territory lands that had opened up in Oklahoma in the early 1900's. In 1909 Ed, Emma, Nellie and the other children moved to Driscoll postal station including a small farm, near Quinlin, Woodward County, in western Oklahoma. Children Ruby and Walter were born there.

Emma and Ed lived out the rest of their lives at this farm, and it remains in the family as of this writing in 2011.

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  • Added: 28 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67595435
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Emmeline “Emma” Anthony Johns (21 Dec 1869–3 Aug 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67595435, citing Union Cemetery, Quinlan, Woodward County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by P Jones (contributor 47471462) .