1917 Draft Card of John Alexander Bohannon

Today, I added to my collection the draft registration card of John Alexander Bohannon, the only son of Patrick Bohannon and Rixey Watson. I’d previously written about Alex’s parents in The Many Wives of Patrick, Part One. Card Front Block 1 gave his name as Alex Bohannon. This is consistent with previous records: the 1900…

Obituary: Myrle Cohey

I found this obituary at Find A Grave. I’m not certain where it was originally published. A slightly different version of it can also be found on the Roller-Coffman Funeral Home web site. Myrle M. Bohannon April 4, 1914 - February 23, 2005 Myrle Bohannon, 90, of Marshall died Wednesday. She was a homemaker and…

Tidying Up The Gray Home

I did some tidying on The Many Wives of Patrick, Part 2: Mary Frances Wilbanks today. The following changes have been published: Updated Fannie’s birthdate based on the 1880 census and her grave markers pictured at Find a Grave Added in the names of Fannie’s parents Added an educated guess at the identity of “J.…

Tidying Up The Gray Home

The following article has been updated today: The Many Wives of Patrick, Part Three: Mary Frances Graham This is the first GA article to  include data and an image from the just-released 1940 Census! Woo! Added section headings by decade to make the article easier to follow. Added a photograph of Mollie’s grave marker. Added…

The Many Wives of Patrick, Part 3: Mary Frances Graham

It was late January 1903, and Patrick Bohannon had just buried his second wife Mary Frances Wilbanks, whom he called “Fannie” with affection.  Patrick soon found solace with Mrs Mary Frances King, née Graham, a young widow who had lost her husband and two sons in the Indian Territory a couple of years earlier.  The…

Oh, A King and His Ladies, Part 1: Mary Elizabeth Leming

Once upon a time there lived a King.  The King was named Otha Allen and was born in Watts, Arkansas circa October 1876 to parents William M. King and Octavia Elizabeth King, née Oliver. Mary Elizabeth Leming, a fair maiden born on 30 December 1874 to parents John Samuel Leming and Paralee Leming, née Cotton,…

The Many Wives of Patrick, Part 2: Mary Frances Wilbanks

Two years and three-quarters after the death of his first wife Rixey Ann, Patrick L. Bohannon would marry again.  His bride-to-be was Mary Frances “Fannie” Wilbanks, born circa April 1880 in Tennessee to parents Edgar D. Wilbanks and Nancy Jane White. 1890 On 29 July 1898, Patrick paid a $100 bond for a marriage license,…

The Many Wives of Patrick, Part 1: Rixey Ann Watson

On 8 June 1861, voters in Tennessee approved a referendum to secede from the United States of America to join the Confederacy, the last state to do so. Upon the end of the Civil War, Tennessee was the first of the seceding states to have its elected members re-admitted to the United States Congress, on…