BIRTH: Lucy was born October 16, 1848 in or near Williamsburg, Kentucky. Her father was Henry Harrison Tye and her mother was Susan Ann Tye. Her mother was the daughter of Henry Howell Tye and Sarah "Sally" Elizabeth Mayes. (Henry Harrison Tye and Henry Howell Tye were first cousins.)

MARRIAGE: Lucy married John Henry Tye who was born in Casey County, Kentucky in 1840. In notes of her grandaughter, Marie Klingaman, the marriage was said to have taken place on August 8, 1868 near Anderson, Missouri in McDonald County. However there is a record of Lucy and John's marriage at Daviess County, Missouri on August 27, 1868. In the 1960's Lucy stated in a letter that her marriage took place on August 27th.

CHILDREN: Lucy and John Henry had the following children:

Santa "Lena" was born May 28, 1869 probably in Daviess County, Mo. She married George Duran Lockhart on September 10, 1888. There is a note with the Tye Photo Abum that says Lena was born in Speed, Mo. But Speed is in Cooper County, Mo. and since this is where Lena's husband George was born, there could have been a mistake. Lena and George made their home in Oklahoma City. Several of their children went on to settle in Oregon. They had eight sons and five daughters. One daughter was Lucy Wiseman who in 1980 returned to her cousin, Lois Klingaman Rye, the Tye Photo Album that ten year old Lena had obtained from Lucy in 1879. (Click here to see the pictures of that album and a few notes about its being stolen from the home of Lois Rye in 2000 and being recovered in 2001.)

Sterling Lee was born March 10, 1872 and died September 3, 1873. He was possibly born near Springfield in Geene County, Mo. or in Jasper County, Mo.

Katie Ann was born October 11, 1874 in Springfield, Missouri. She married Jacob Franklin Klingaman on May 31, 1896. They first lived at Delphos, Oklahoma where Jacob had staked some land in Hartzell Township in Oklahoma County in the newly opened Oklahoma Territory about 1889 or 1890. The couple moved on into Oklahoma City at what is now almost downtown Oklahoma City at Fouth and Stiles.where they had four children, two sons and two daughters. Both sons, Bennie and Floyd died very young; Bennie, at a few months of age and Floyd at about 3-4 years old. Lottie Lois was born in 1901 and Ina "Marie" was born in 1907.Katie died from the ressults of an accidental fall on May 3, 1910 and she is buried in the Kolb Cemetery at Spencer, Ok.

Dottie was born September 1, 1877 and died Sept. 25, 1879 probably at Rolla, Missouri.

Effie was born December 7, 1879 in Missouri and married GeorgeFleetwood Ward (Fleet) October 21, 1902. She died in 1948. They made their home near Oklahoma City. Effie and "Fleet" had four daughters: Lasetta, Hazel, Georgia Sue and Blanche. Effie died in 1948 and is buried in the Kolb Cemetery at Spencer, Oklahoma.

George was born in Seymour, Texas, Baylor County on October 16, 1882 and died November 11, 1882.

John Robert was born December 19,1883 in Comanche County Texas. He married Alma Mitchell October 31, 1909 and they were separated in the summer of 1912 and divorced. He married twice more, once to> Molly Martin. John was a trick rider and roper. He also participated in Wild West shows often travelling with Will Rogers. He was a friend of Jim Minnick, the so called "father of Polo" and they raised horses which they showed all over the country. Later in life he opened one of the first auto upholstery shops in Oklahoma City. His grave is in Spencer Oklahoma at the Kolb Cemetery by his parent's graves. The marker shows he died Feb.12,1949 of Tuberculosis.

Franklin Oliver was born October 21, 1886 in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas. He was single at age 25. There is a note in the family records that he was married October 18, 1926 to Faye F. Howland and that they separated. He also married a Jewish girl,Osie Davis > but no date is known. He was killed in 1930 by a train while trying to help someone on the tracks.

Susie Love was born June 16, 1889 in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas and married Othell Rupert Roach on December 23, 1911 and later divorced and married Alfred Kenney in 1919. She and Othell had one daughter, Gloria whose married name was Womble. With Alf she had Marguerite, Carolyn, and Bill. Sue died suddenly of heart failure at her home in January 1959 and is buried in the Kolb Cemetery at Spencer, Oklahoma.

LOCATIONS: Lucy's first years were in Kentucky but by the time she was six or seven the family had moved to Missouri. In the1860 census, Lucy Jane is shown to be living in Gallatin, Jackson Township, Daviess County, Missouri with her parents and siblings. She was said to be eleven years old at that time. Her father was listed as a farmer there. After her marriage seemed to live for a year or so in Daviess County, Mo. but by 1870 Lucy and John Henry were listed in Boone County Arkansas Census along with their daughter, Santa Lena who was shown to be one year of age. ( Click here and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more about this census information which has been muddled until now.) Soon after that census report, Lucy and John moved on possibly to Joplin or Springfield, Mo. for a short time But some time in the early to mid 1870's they were living in Phelps County Missouri at Rolla. About 1880 or 1881 Lucy, John Henry and the family moved to Texas, first it seems to Comanche County and then to Baylor County at Seymour. They remained at Seymour until 1890-1891 when they settled on the new land in the new Territory of Oklahoma. Soon she and John had a new home built by their son in law, Jacob Klingaman, right in the middle of brand new Oklahoma City. They lived at 4th and Stiles in the same block as Katie Ann and Jacob Klingaman. Here they remained for the rest of their lives.

DEATH: Lucy was severely burned when her gown caught fire from a gas heater at her home and she died a few hours or days later on March 31, 1937. She is buried in the Kolb Cemetery at Spencer, Oklahoma now a suburb of Oklahoma City.

FURTHER NOTES: Lucy seems to have been a very strong willed woman with extensive endurance as so many of our pioneer women had to be. She had been through many long moves in covered wagons from Kentucky to Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma while bearing and rearing her children. She had buried children along the way and then starting in 1910 she partially reared two of her grandaughters, Lois and Marie Klingaman who had lost their mother. John Henry was away much of the time working as he did as a horse trader. Lucy learned to be quite resourceful. One way she earned extra income was to wash the uniforms of the nurses from the new hospital near their home. She had extra bedrooms so she would also take in boarders. Late in life she found through her son in law, Othell Roach, a salve that would remove skin cancers. She offered her "cure" to others and many would stay with her a short time while they were being treated.

Lucy was part of the burgeoning frontier of the country and was there at the beginnings of Oklahoma City. As she grew older and began to see the changes in her envionment, she recalled the early days when everyone there came from elsewhere and all were united in building a great new city. When the first traffic lights were installed in the city, Lucy was annoyed. Never before had she been told when she could walk across the street and when not to. She refused to follow the directions of the signal. She continued to cross when she felt it was safe for her as she had always done. It is up to our imaginations as to how she survived these excursions when even in the 1930's there was quite a bit of automobile traffic. There must have been some very tolerant citizens that watched out for this old lady.

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