Guess it all really started with this woman here, Geneva Jane Dingler who was born in Arkansas on 8 Jul 1900 - a turn of the century "New Woman" who raised a bunch of boys (me included) on her own through the hard times of the Great Depression. She was raised on a farm in Ashley County, Arkansas and learned the meaning of hard work. She passed that along to her boys along with a good dose of responsibilty and plenty of grit. The grit she got from her own mom, Mattie Lee - more on her a bit later. My mom was a cook and baker by trade - she worked on farms, feeding the workers (and us boys!), she worked in restaurants (we even owned one for a bit which is how I learned to cook...
Mattie Lee Pamplin was born in Walthall, Webster, Mississippi, on 3 Aug 1875. I remember how she used to thumb us boys on the back of the head with her very strong fingers. Ouch! Also remember the concotions of herbs and molasses she'd make us take when were sick. they always worked but tasted terrible.
Mattie Lee Pamplin was a young woman when she walked from Mississippi to Arkansas. Her Pa had bought a new farm in a new state but she had things to do so they had to leave her behind. Her walk to Arkansas was a great adventure - even included a panther that followed her for some of the journey.
Mattie Lee Pamplin died in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA on 8 May 1962.
John W. Pamplin was born in Choctaw County, Mississippi, USA on 1848. He married, Nancy Jane Ray, and they settled on their farm to have some kids then he decided to try his luck in Arkansas so off they went.
John W. Pamplin and Nancy Jane Ray were married in 1874.
Nancy Jane Ray was born in Mississippi on 21April 1855. Her father was named George Washington Ray. In 1870 she was a 15 year old girl living with her folk in Choctaw County - just waiting to meet John W. Pamplin.
Nancy Jane Ray died in Snyder, Arkansas on 7 Oct 1897.
James H. Pamplin was born in Mimosa, Lincoln county, Tennessee on 1823. He was a private in the 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry during the Civil War.
Louisa Caroline Greenlee was born in Georgia in 1832. In 1850 she was married to James Pamplin and living in Choctaw County, Mississippi. Her parents were John Read Greenlee and Nancy Jane Winters.
So, back to my grandmother, Mattie Lee. John William Dingler and Mattie Lee Pamplin were married in Ashley, Arkansas in 1900.
John William Dingler was born in Arkansas on 3 Jun 1876. He lived in Bayou, Ashley County, Arkansas until about 1930 when he moved to Pike County. He died in 1941. I remember the team of grey Percheron work horses he had - use to plow his fields with those horses.
Joshua Darling Dingler was born in Alabama on 06 Jul 1850. He moved to Arkansas and in 1867 married Sarah Octavia Noble in Ashley County, Arkansas. I heard he was called "J.D." - he died the year I was born.
Sarah Octavia Noble was born in Louisiana on 29 April 1850. Her folks were Samuel H. Noble and Salina Mabry - she was from Louisiana not far from the border of Arkansas.
Clinton May Sallee was my father and he was born in Danville, Montgomery County Missouri on 8 Mar 1876. Sometime around 1900 he and his family moved to Kansas.
Clinton May Sallee resided in 1910 in Anadarko Ward 3, Caddo, Oklahoma - he was married but that was before he married my mother.
Clinton May Sallee resided in Sterling, Rice, Kansas on 1915.
From this marriage he had two sons, Melvin and Bruce and a daughter, Thelma, that I grew up knowing very well.
Clinton May Sallee resided in Roswell Ward 2, Chaves, New Mexico in 1920. Not sure what he was doing there but I had family that lived there later on.
My folks, Clinton May and Geneva Jane Sallee resided in Oakley, Logan, Kansas in 1925.
Ansel L Sallee was born in Kansas abt 1922. He was my oldest brother so I guess he and my mother were married a bit before that.
Montague J Sallee was born in Kansas abt 1925 so I guess my folks were still in Kansas. We all called him Monty.
Then it was my turn - I was born in Glenwood, Pike County, Arkansas, on 26 Nov 1927. Iwas told I was born in a house that was part log cabin - I was born in that part.
Albert Lafayette Sallee was born in Montgomery Co. Mo. on 1848.
Albert Lafayette Sallee resided (Age: 30Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self) in Danville, Montgomery, Missouri, United States on 1880.
Phillip May Gingrich was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA on 10 Sept 1824. He is my great-grandfather, the father of my grandmother Martha Elizabeth who married Albert Lafayette Sallee.
Phillip May Gingrich * and Mary Ann LUKENS * were married on 30 JAN 1849.
Mary Ann LUKENS was born on 23 SEP 1828. She was Martha Elizabeth Gingrich's mother. Mary Ann
Phillip May Gingrich * resided in Walker, Juniata, Pennsylvania on 1850.
Martha Elizabeth Gingrich * was born in Juanita, Juanita Co, Pa on 24 SEP 1855.
Phillip May Gingrich * resided (Age: 44) in Fulton, Callaway, Missouri, United States on 1870.
Phillip May Gingrich * resided in Tuscarora, Perry, Pennsylvania, United States on 1860.
Phillip May Gingrich died in Fulton, Callaway, Missouri, USA on 4 May 1903.
Albert Lafayette Sallee and Martha Elizabeth resided in Sterling, Rice, Kansas in 1910.
Albert Lafayette Sallee died in Sterling, Kansas on 2 SEP 1922.
Martha Elizabeth Gingrich died in Sterling on June 1946.
In 1930 we were all together as a family in Oakley, Logan, Kansas.
My little brother, Robert H Sallee, was born in Colorado on about 1932.
Then off we went to California! We were livin in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Californias on 1 Apr 1940.
In 1949 I was in the Navy and stationed at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. I was married to Dorothea Roselle who had a son and we lived in Freehold, New Jersey.
My daughter, Ann Denise, was born on the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, Ocean, New Jersey, in 1951.
My dad, Clinton May Sallee, died in Los Angeles, California on 3 Jan 1963.
We lived in many places after New Jersey - California, Hawaii, Guam, the Phillipines and Virginia. I retired from the Navy in 1975 in Monterey, California.
Here I am with my older brother, Ansel, and my little brother Bob, in 2013!