Barry's Relatively Speaking: True Love of Fellow Mon

Posted on Jul 02, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on J. Grimes shares the following experience.

John Elias Sumpter was traveling from the farm in Missouri to the rich lands of the Oklahoma Terr. His wife, Doan Dennis Sumpter, died enroute leaving him with the care of their young son, Polly and a babe in arms, Madeline. Within days of journeys end, all their posessions were lost in a river crossing, save two mules and their lives.

John traveled days without hope when a small farm was sighted. The family that took them in were Negro. The families lived together for two weeks while the good woman cared for the children and saved the life of the baby by nursing it with her own. When time came to go, the farmer shared half of every thing he had with the Sumpters - food, clothing and implements, to live in the hard land.

John Sumpter later remarried, settled near Norman, Oklahoma, reared a family and lived a full life. Thanks to an unnamed family somewhere on the Oklahoma plains.

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