On this page: Mysteries of Specific Family Trees
Latest update: Friday, 04 July, 2014
Below are questions and mysteries, the solutions of which are buried in the memories and the mementoes of the Atoka
Cemetery family and community. If you know the answer to a question below, please share.
We need the row and plot location of the following people. Note: Location readings begin at the northeast corner with row 1
and plots read north - south; the main gate is on the south side. To augment the location please also include the names on the
gravestones on either side.
ALMACK Jack J. b. 2 Jan 1924 d. 12 Mar 2004
CATE Mikel Gorden b. 20 Jul 1956 d.14 Dec 2000
CLAY Brendan Lee b. 7 Nov 2000 d. 23 May 2002
DEPRANG GARVIN Doris d. 2007
DEPRANG Herman D. b. 10 Jun 1925 d. 11 Sep 2004
DRY John David Atkinson d. 7 Oct 2005
DRY Jeffrey Donald b. 30 Mar 1962 d. 25 Dec 1999
GARY Billy Jack b. 3 Aug 1926 d. 31 Mar 2007
HOTHAN JENNINGS Ruth Karl b. 26 Jan 1919 d. 8 Feb 1997
JENNINGS WILLIAMS Cynthia Ann b. Abt 1938 d. 6 Aug 2000
KENDRICK Fred b. 5 Jul 1941 d. 7 Jul 2000
KINCAID Timothy Ray b. 4 Nov 1979 d.27 Jun 2006
PARKER WILLIAMS Faye (Willie Fay) b. 6 Feb 1906 d. 5 May 2000
MCCAIN Juanita Velma b. 25 Oct 1917 d. 23 Jun 2007
NICHOLS Dock Aaron "Skeeter" b. 14 Aug 1933 d. 2 Mar 2005
SARTOR FERK Polly b. 21 Oct 1912 d. 11 Sep 2005
SHIFFLETT L. B. b. 4 Aug 1946 d. 15 Oct 2006
Mary Ellen PETTERSON BARTLETT
buried in this cemetery" as a child of the same parents. Both were born and died with days of each other. Are these children
the same child or are they siblings, subject to bad record keeping?
BIRDWELL Infant Daughter
b. 19 Feb 1916 d. 23 Feb 1916
Row K, North to South O
"BIRDWELL, Infant - Feb 19, 1916 - Feb 23, 1916 - "dau of Mr. & Mrs. E. M. Birdwell"
BIRDWELL, Mattie B. (Pringle) - Sept 19, 1887 - Apr 16, 1956 (CS)
BIRDWELL, Eli M. "(Kit)" - Oct 28, 1886 - July 9, 1959 (CS)"
b. 10 Feb 1916 d. 16 Feb 1916
Grave Stone Unidentified (No Row)
"BIRDWELL, Baby - Feb 10, 1916 - Feb 16, 1916 - dau of Eli Moore & Mattie (Pringle) Birdwell"
The Atoka Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas Cemetery Directory makes the following listing:
row 8 (south to north):
BUSH, Ruth (Kegans) - 1873 - 1914 - "Mama" (CS)
BUSH, Jasper G. - 1871 - 1961 - "Dad" - (MASONIC) (CS)
(BUSH, Miss (no given name) - Apr 10, 1896 - Sept 14, 1914 - unmarked)
BUSH, Bessie - Nov 8, 1893 - Feb 1, 1904 (CS)
BUSH, Carl - Sept 2, 1895 - May 19, 1903 (CS)
Who is eighteen-year-old Miss BUSH? Does a marker exist between the two common stones? Could she belong to the BUSH
couples on either side?
Luther Adam DEAKINS and wife Ada BIRDWELL DEAKINS are buried beside two other DEAKINS, who have not been placed
DEAKINS, Adam L. - Nov 22, 1874 - Mar 17, 1966 (CS)
DEAKINS, Ada (Birdwell) - Jan 11, 1880 - Mar 14, 1969 (CS)
BROOKS, Joseph E. - June 11, 1898 - May 19, 1969 - "Texas Pvt US Army WWI"
BROOKS, Cordie M. (Deakins) - Sept 25, 1900 - May 6, 1950 - "wife of Joe Brooks"
DEAKINS, Baby - (no dates)
DEAKINS, F. B. - Oct 5, 1892 - Sept 12, 1899
We believe Baby DEAKINS may be a child of Luther Adam and Ada. However, To date, we have not identified the family of F.
Cynthia Ann JENNINGS WILLIAMS is the only JENNINGS and the only member of her family tree buried in Atoka Cemetery.
Why was she buried in Atoka Cemetery?
The three (3) KELLYs buried in Atoka Cemetery have yet to be connected in a family tree.
Sarah Elizabeth KELLY DEAKINS is buried with her husband's DEAKINS family.
Dellie Delta KELLY has a common headstone with her mother Cansadia (Gansadia) BALLEW KELLY;
they both died during Dellie's birth.
Infant Paul Alton KELLY has yet to be identified.
There are three branches of the KINCAID Family Tree in Atoka Cemetery; they have yet to be connected, although the two
branches intertwine by marriage several times.
KINCAID Branch 1: Robert KINCAID (b. 1821, NORTH CAROLINA) married Sarah Catherine CHASTAIN (b. 1823).
in Atoka Cemetery.
Several of their family are buried in Atoka Cemetery.
Several of Louisa (Sarah) Emaline SLATE's siblings and half siblings are buried in Atoka Cemetery.
KINCAID Branch 2: Alexander Jackson KINCAID (b. abt 1830, TENNESSEE) married May A. CANTWELL (b. abt 1833,
Their daughter Octavia Jane KINCAID married Edward Harold CHASTAIN, not yet connected to Sarah Catherine
Their son Edward H. CHASTAIN is the only CHASTAIN buried in Atoka Cemetery.
are buried in Atoka Cemetery.
Several of their family are buried in Atoka Cemetery.
Sarah Elizabeth PENDLETON's first husband -- who is also Louisa (Sarah) Emaline SLATE's half brother --
Enoch Lewis SLATE is buried in Atoka Cemetery.
KINCAID Branch 3. John Robert KINCAID (bc. 1877, GEORGIA) married Susanah (Susan A.) MURRILL, whose parents
James Henry MURRILL and Polly SLATE MURRILL are buried in Atoka Cemetery.
- Lilia V. LAIRD ATTAWAY, a member of the ATTAWAY Atoka Cemetery Family Tree, and her brother Opal LAIRD are buried
in Atoka Cemetery; in addition Opal's wife Pearl is also buried in Atoka Cemetery.
- Alice Ruth LAIRD PARKER married into the PARKER family tree, as the wife of Mike Ray PARKER. However, she has yet to
be connected to the other two LAIRDs buried in Atoka Cemetery.
Why are there six (6) MITCHELLs who are "reported" to be buried in Atoka Cemetery, but who have no gravestones or
markers. See the Ralph TERRY list below.
Twins are usually born on the same day, but why did the twin girls of James Floyd MITCHELL and Gillie N. DICKERSON
MITCHELL die on the same day?
2. MITCHELL Ruby Bell, b. 10 Dec 1906, d. 3 Mar 1907
3. MITCHELL Truby Dell, b. 10 Dec 1906, d. 3 Mar 1907
Several references indicate William Felix MITCHELL and his wife Amanda Jane CRADDOCK MITCHELL had a son Willie
MITCHELL, born 1885 in Coleman and died 1888 in Coleman. Was he buried in Atoka Cemetery? If not, where?
Did Sarah Ann HARGROVE MITCHELL, wife of Rev. Richard Floyd (R. F.) MITCHELL, make the trip from LOUISIANA to
Coleman Co, TEXAS? Is she buried in Atoka Cemetery?
Sarah Ann is enumerated in the 1880 US Federal Census in Ouachita Parish, LOUISIANA.
In his 1987 newspaper article in the Coleman, Coleman Co, TEXAS "Chronicle and Democrat-Voice," Jack SHIELDS
wrote, “They came to Texas from Alexander, La. in 1880 in oxen-drawn wagons, settling in the Atoka Community about a mile
northwest of the Atoka Cemetery… Rev. Richard Floyd and Sarah Ann Mitchell are buried in the Atoka Cemetery along with
many of their kinfolk." However, we have yet to discover the source of SHIELDS' claims.
Several family trees indicate Sarah Ann HARGROVE MITCHELL died in 1885, but to date, a document of her death has
yet to be discovered.
In the 1988 survey of Atoka Cemetery, GATES, TERRY and TERRY published as follows, "The following are said, from
various records, to be buried in this cemetery. Most are taken from Coleman County death records… MITCHELL, Sarah Ann
(Hargrove) - 1827 - 1885 - wife of Rev. R. F. Mitchell."
Sarah Ann's widower Rev. Richard Floyd MITCHELL remarried 24 July 1886 in Runnels Co, TEXAS [S164]
In October 2013, Sarah Ann's 2G Granddaughter Rita Ray [S164], wrote, "You have listed Richard Floyd's wife, Sarah
Ann (Hargrove) Mitchell, but I am not convinced she made the move from Louisiana to Texas; I got conflicting information on
this point from various relatives."
As an interesting aside, according to FindAGrave, there are dozens of MITCHELLs and HARGROVEs buried in Hasley
Cemetery West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana USA.
In the GATES, TERRY and TERRY survey published in 1988 [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jrterry/
colemancounty/cemeteries/atoka.html], James Floyd MITCHELL and wife Gillie Nannie DICKERSON MITCHELL are included
as buried in the Atoka Cemetery.
- (MITCHELL, James Floyd - 1865 - 1950 - marked with rock) [Row C, North to South I]
- (MITCHELL, Gillie Dickerson - no dates - marked with rock) [Row C, North to South J]
In 2013, Ralph TERRY quoted the source of the inclusion of James Floyd MITCHELL and Gillie Nannie DICKERSON
MITCHELL in the Atoka Cemetery survey: "The source for our placement of the graves of James Floyd and Gillie Mitchell at
Atoka was Violet Tyson, a grandchild of Rev. R. F. Mitchell. She identified these graves as being those of James Floyd and
Gillie Mitchell between 1980 and 1988, when we were doing surveys of the cemeteries of Coleman County. Also, in "A History
of Coleman County and Its People, 1985," "The Rev. R. F. Mitchell Family," by Violet Tyson, she writes, ' ... Mitchells buried in
Atoka Cemetery are: ... James Floyd Mitchell (1863-1950), wife Gillie (Dickerson) Mitchell, ... '"
However, in 2013 Casey PIPKIN submitted the following change to the Atoka Cemetery Family tree, "James Floyd Mitchell is
buried along with his wife Gillie in Clovis NM in Mission Garden Cemetery. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?
After following the censuses forJames Floyd MITCHELL and Gillie Nannie DICKERSON MITCHELL and finding the death
certificate for Gillie, there can be no doubt, they are buried in Mission Garden Of Memories Cemetery, Clovis, Curry Co, NEW
MEXICO and not in Atoka Cemetery, Coleman Co, TEXAS. There was a consideration the NEW MEXICO headstone might
have been a memorial with the actual graves in TEXAS, but Gillie's death certificate is very clear; she is buried inClovis, Curry
Co, NEW MEXICO.
Barabara PENDLETON was born and died in 1924; her headstone indicates, "infant dau of Mr. & Mrs. John Pendleton," but
which John PENDLETON? Barbara is not buried with any PENDLETONs. Who is Barbara PENDLETON?
Who is "TAYLOR, Baby girl - died Feb 10, 1908 - age 8 ds"
WILBER, Ann S., b 25 DEC 1825 d. 06 Mar 1896, is buried by herself, (but several plots from BIRDWELLs and COOPERS)
and has yet to be placed in a family tree.
Ralph Terry List of burials with No Grave Marker
"The following are said, from various records, to be buried in this cemetery. Most are taken from Coleman County death
records. Spelling is as found in the records, which could be inaccurate. We have added the mother's maiden name in
1. SLUDER, Minnie Pearl - Jan 16, 1924 - Jan 19, 1924
2. MITCHELL WEBB, Martha Ann (Mitchell) - 1849 - 1924
3. WEBB, Jonah - no dates - husband of Martha Ann (Mitchell) Webb
4. MITCHELL ABBOTT, Sarah Ann (Mitchell) - 1857 - 1884
5. ABBOTT, no given name - no dates - husband of Sarah Ann (Mitchell) Abbott
ABBOTT William J., b. 1851
6. HARGROVE MITCHELL, Sarah Ann (Hargrove) - 1827 - 1885 - wife of Rev. R. F. Mitchell
MITCHELL, Fate - no dates - son of Felix W. & Amanda (Craddock) Mitchell
"Fate" was the nickname for MITCHELL, Alford [Alfred] L. - Sept 10, 1882 - Sept 19, 1962 buried in Atoka Cemetery.
7. PARKER, Nannie - died Mar 17, 1909 - age 21
8. HILL, Mrs. M. L. - died Dec 23, 1905 - age 73
9. BURTON, Dolly - died Sept 11, 1907 - 2 yrs, 6 mos
10. CROSS, Baby girl - died June 25, 1908 - age 6 mos
11. TAYLOR, Baby girl - died Feb 10, 1908 - age 8 ds
12. BIRDWELL, Baby - Feb 10, 1916 - Feb 16, 1916 - dau of Eli Moore & Mattie (Pringle) Birdwell
13. SHELTON, Earl - b & d Mar 29, 1922 - son of T. G. Shelton
14. BAINES, Edwin P. - died May 8, 1934 - married
PARKER, William Walter - July 9, 1876 - Sept 8, 1959
Already included in the Terry Directory as
PARKER, William W. - 1876 - 1959 - "Dad"
15. BROWN, L. - no dates
16. WRIGGLY BROWN, Mrs. L. (Wriggly) - no dates