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O. B. & Ellar Rainey Homsley Family

 Obediah Black Homsley and Ella Rainey Homsley
with daughters
Willie, Lessie, and Callie

My grandmother is Willie Homsley, the little girl on the left standing beside her father, O. B. Homsley. This photo must have been taken between 1900 and 1910. They had a younger son, Robert Adrian, age 5 in the 1910 census. On that same census Willie was age 15; I think she looks about 6 or 7 in this picture. In 1900 all 3 of the girls appeared, ages 3, 5, and 10. In 1910 you can see the oldest daughter, Lessie, age 21, living next door to her parents and siblings in Parker County, which is west of Delta County. She is married by that time to Silas Ables, age 27, with their daughter, Jimmie M. Ables. She was nearly a year old. Callie Catherin was named for her grandmother, O. B.'s mother, Callie Catherin Martin Homesley, who married William H. Homesley, both born in Harden Co., Tennessee.

 1910 in Parker County, Texas
Obediah Black & Mary Ellar Rainey Homsley Family
Son-in-law Robert Ables, daughters Lessie Homsley Ables
Callie Catherin and Willie Laura Homsley
and son, Robert Adrian Homsley

1910 Parker County, Texas U. S. Census
Homsley Family is in Dwelling 176 and Family 182
Ables Family is in Dwelling 177 and Family 183

1900 Delta County, Texas U. S. Census
Homsley Family is in Dwelling 168 and Family 168 on pages 76 A and B

I have always been interested in the migration of my Richards family from Shelby County in East Texas to Parker County in North Central Texas. How and why did they go there? I see now that my Homsley great-grandparents also migrated from North East Texas to North Central Texas. Grandma Willie got married at age 18 in 1912 to John Robert Richards who was born in Timpson, Shelby County in East Texas and came to Parker County with his parents and other members of his Richards and Sapp families.

SOURCES
Photographs:
Homsley Family with Daughters, Original belonging to Jean Richards and in her family album, digital format used here by Judith Richards Shubert.

Homsley Family in 1910, digital format used here by Cathy Chancellor Richards and sent to Judith Richards Shubert.

Census Images:
Census Images, digital format from Ancestry.com; accessed by Judith Richards Shubert May 2004.

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