Obituary for Veda Rains

Originally published in the Appeal-Democrat of Sutter County, California: Veda Grace Luttrell Veda Grace Luttrell, 89 of Sutter passed away March 25, 2014 in Sutter, CA. She was born December 21, 1924 in Searcy, Arkansas[1] to her parents, William and Eva Rains[2]. Veda was a longtime Sutter resident. Veda was a member of the Sutter…

Two Watts Twice Counted

Charles Watts and his sister Blanche Watts were each counted twice in the 1940 census for Searcy County, Arkansas. The first count for both was on sheet 4B of enumeration district 65-1, the city of Marshall in Bear Creek Township, Searcy County. Enumerator Blaine T. Myatt visited the Watts home on Walnut Street on Friday,…

Obituary for Randy Scott Treat

Randy Scott Treat (January 6, 1971 - December 10, 2007) Randy S. Treat, 36, of Pullman[1], died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at his home. Born Jan. 1, 1971 in Martinsville, Indiana , to Eddie Joe and Geneva (Stephens) Treat[2]. He was a carpenter and lived in the Pullman area for many years. Surviving is his…

Modean Jackson, Not Bohannon

On Saturday, 25 July 1942, Floyd Treat signed a bond for a marriage license, with Ray J. Warren as security, “authorizing the solemnization of the rite of matrimony” between Floyd Treat and Modean Jackson. The bond was attested by J. Frank Watts, county clerk. Mister Watts, in his role as clerk, completed the entire form.…

Obituary for James Kenneth Martin

Originally published in the Harrison Daily Times of Harrison, Arkansas. James Kenneth Martin June 30, 1928 - Sept. 17, 2014 James Kenneth Martin was born the son of James Frank Martin and Stella Vione (Graham) Martin[1] on June 30, 1928, in Searcy County, and departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 17 (2014) at his home in…

Martha Bratton’s Year of Death

I use Ancestry.com’s Family Tree Maker (FTM) to keep all my research. One great thing about FTM is that it searches Ancestry.com for possible matching records and suggests them to you by way of a little shaking green leaf icon. I was reviewing some of those suggested records today, and it led me to a…

Blanche Watts’ Application for Social Security Number

Most of the records I post here at stately Graham Ancestry can be found online, but sometimes we researchers can only obtain records an old fashioned way – by mail. I recently requested a copy of Blanche Graham’s Application for a Social Security Number, Form SS-5. Let’s take a closer look at it. Block 1,…

Draft Registration of Charles Alexander Watts

On 16 September 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940. The act established the first peacetime draft in United States history and required that men between the ages of 21 to 35 register with local draft boards. Registration in Search County, Arkansas took place one month…

Billy Wayne Watts

I learned of the passing of Bill Watts last week via Barbara Van Camp’s Watts Family forum on Facebook. Bill and his family were a big part of my childhood. In the 1970s and 1980s, they lived a couple of blocks away from us in Harvey, Illinois. Bill was my dad’s first cousin – Bill’s…