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Oklahoma Family Tree Stories

This beautiful sculpture of three redbud trees with gold and silver leaves by artist Robin Starke is located just outside the Eleanor & John Kirkpatrick Research Center in the Oklahoma History Center. Each leaf of the "Oklahoma Family Tree" memorializes an Oklahoma family with the family surname, first name(s), and the town or county where they lived. In addition, a short family history will be preserved in the digital family history book at the base of the tree. This is a great way for your family to make history and benefit future generations at the same time. To find out how to honor your own family with a leaf visit the Oklahoma Family Tree Project page.

Stone Family

Jesse Paxton Stone was born to William Henry and Frances (née McFerrin) Stone on May 13, 1883, in Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas. William served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He and Frances were married in Monroe County, Mississippi, and moved to Johnson County about 1869. The family then moved to Sevier County, Arkansas, where Jesse met his future wife, Nina Pearl Nalley.

Pearl was born on December 24, 1884, in Sevier County. Her parents were James Marion Nalley and Mahala Pitts of Paulding County, Georgia. James served in the Georgia State Militia during the Civil War.

Jesse and Pearl were married on January 8, 1905, in Sevier County. Their first three children, Odell, Olen, and Pat, were born in Sevier County. The family moved west of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, in about 1913.

The couple’s other children, Floyd, Dixie, Orbey, and Edith, were born in Pottawatomie County. Jesse was a hard-working farmer who loved his family and truly enjoyed life. Pearl was a wonderful mother, cook, and spotless housekeeper. Jesse and Pearl were members of New Hope Baptist Church. They lived their final years in Shawnee.

Jesse died on February 26, 1965. Pearl followed him in death on June 30, 1979. Both are buried at the Mission Cemetery in Tecumseh.

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