Neely Sybil Stratton

Neely Sybil Stratton

Female 1900 - 1986

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  • Name  Neely Sybil Stratton 
    Born  17 Mar 1900  Gause, Milam, TX, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  Oct 1986  Aztec, San Juan, NM, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I17163  All Family Connections
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2013 

    Father  George Washington Stratton,   b. 1 Apr 1870, , , AL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1935, Cedar Rapids, Linn, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Minnie Civil Yaws,   b. Jan 1877, , Bastrop, TX, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1913, Lloyd, Quay, NM, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Sep 1893  , DeWitt, TX, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F5375  Group Sheet

    Family  Ernest Best,   b. 26 Feb 1896, , Taylor, TX, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1970, Tucumcari, Quay, NM, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Mar 1916  Tucumcari, Quay, NM, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ernest Lee Best
     2. Cornelia Best
    Last Modified  1 Jul 2007 
    Family ID  F5383  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • I, NEELY CIVIL STRATTON, WITH FATHER GEORGE WASHINGTON STRATTON, MOTHER,
      MINNIE CIVIL, SISTERS AND BROTHERS, ADDIE WELSH, LILLIE MAY, GEORGE ROBERSTSON
      MYSELF, JEWELL, LUCILLE, MABLE. (TWINS ROE & "ROSIE: DIED IN 1905 with
      PHEUMONIA AND WHQOPING COUGH) LIVED ON A RENTED COTTON FARM AT HOLLIS, OKLAHOMA
      WITH QUITE A FEW KIN & FRIENDS THAT HAD MOVED FROM WHAT WAS KNOWN THEN AS THE
      BRAZOS BOTTOMS, MILUM COUNTY, TEXAS, WHERE MOTHER'S PARENTS, WILLIAM & NANCY
      YAWS ONCE HAD A COTTON PLANTATION WITH NEGRO WORKERS. IN 1906 WITH 16 COVERED
      WAGONS, 30 SOME ODD PEOPLE. 5 OF THE WAGONS CARRIED FEED FOR HORSES, CATTLE
      CHICKENS, ALSO SEED FOR PLANTING ALSO SOME FARM (WALKING PLOWS) OF DIFFERENT
      KINDS. OTHER WAGONS CARRIED HOUSEHOLD GOODS & PEOPLE, WHAT TIME WE DIDN'T
      WALK, AS SOME HAD TO DO, TO DRIVE THE EXTRA STOCK.SOME RODE OR LED THE
      THE EXTRA HORSES.

      NEW MEXICO WAS NOT A STATE THEN, SO EVERYONE (FAMILY)) FILED ON LAND & DUG
      DUGOUTS & BUILT FRAME HOUSES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, USING 2 X 4'S & BOXING PLANKS

      1 X 12, WITH SHEET IRON ROOFS & 1 x 12 BOARD FLOORS. LATER IMPROVED ON THEM.
      BUT HAD TO GET IN BEFORE WINTER.


      ON THE ROAD WE WERE GIVEN WHAT WAS CALLED TOW SACKS OR GUNNY SACKS TO PICK UP
      DRIED BUFFALO OR COW CHIPS FOR THE FIRES TO COOK ON BEFORE CAMPING EACH NOON
      & BEFORE THE SUN WENT DOWN, BEFORE SUPPER & BREAKFAST.

      GRANDMA YAWS ALWAYS WAS AFRAID WE WOULD RUN INTO INDIANS AND BE KILLED. So
      EVERY TIME A COWBOY OR COWBOYS WOULD BE SEEN RIDING TOWARD THE WAGONS, SHE
      WOULD START CRYING AND SAYING "OH, MY GOD, WILL! IT'S AN INDIAN OR INDIANS.
      I KNOW WE WILL ALL BE KILLED IN THIS GODFORSAKEN COUNTRY!"

      IT WAS ALL RANCHLAND ACROSS THE PLAINS. WE WERE LUCKY TO FIND WINDMILLS FOR
      WATER FOR THE STOCK, CARRIED WATER IN SMALL BARRELS FASTENED ON OUTSIDE OF
      WAGONS FOR FAMILY US IN EMERGENCYS. I CAN REMEMBER THE MEN TAKENING WAGON
      WHEELS OFF AND CHECKING TO SEE IF THEY NEEDED GREASING, FOR THAT USE THEY
      USED AXEL GREASE, PUT ON THE AXELS WITH A WOODEN PADDLE ABOUT A FOOT LONG.

      LOYD EDGERLY (COUSIN) AND AUNT LETHA YAWS HAD GUITARS, LAURANCE CUBALL A
      VIOLIN. SO WE HAD MUSIC & SINGING. MOST EVERYONE JOINED IN THE SINGING, SONG
      OF ALL KINDS. CHURCH SONGS, LOVE SONGS, SAD SONGS, HAPPY SONGS, COMEDY SONGS
      AND WESTERN SONGS, EVEN THRU THE DAY THEY WOULD SING & SOMETIMES SOMEONE
      WOULD BREAK INTO A JIG WHILE THEY WERE PLAYING A HOEDOWN TUNE, AS IT WAS
      CALLED. WOULD HAVE TO CAMP OVER A DAY SOMETIMES AT A WINDMILL & THE WOMEN
      WOULD GET OUT THE TUBS & RUB BOARDS & WASH SOME CLOTHES. MEN WOULD WORK ON
      HARNESSES. ROPES WOULD BE STRETCHED FROM WAGON TO WAGON TO DRY CLOTHES ON.
      WOMEN WOULD TRY TO DISGUISE THEIR DRAWERS, AS THEY WERE CALLED THEM WHICH
      CAUSED A LOT OF FUN FOR US KIDS, SOME PRETTY BIG ONES ON THE LINES. THEY
      WERE MADE TO COME TO THE KNEES. SOME WITH RUFFLES, SOME WITH LACE AND RIBBON.
      SOME PLAIN. '

      AS WE CAME DOWN THE CAPROCK (OR MOUNTAIN) ADDIE WAS DRIVING A PAIR OF MARES
      KATE & DOLLY. DOLLY WAS BLIND IN ONE EYE AND SHE WAS AFRAID OF THE CLOSE
      BANKS ON SOME CURVES & KEPT PUSHING INTO KATE UNTIL THE OUTSIDE WHEELS WENT
      OFF THE NARROW ROAD. ADDIE JUMPED OUT WHEN SHE FELT THE FRONT WHEEL GO
      OVER. THE TEAM TWISTED THE WAGON TONGUE LOOSE FROM THE WAGON & TOOK OFF
      WHILE THE WAGON ROLLED DOWN, REALLY TORE THINGS UP & SCATTERED EVERYTHING AS
      IT ROLLED. GRANDMA FAINTED, WOMEN WERE SCREAMING, MEN HOLLERING, WHAT A
      COMMOTION. ALL SETTLED IN QUAY VALLEY. OUR POST OFFICE WAS BARANCOS. THE
      SCHOOL HOUSE ONE ROOM FOR ALL GRADES, TEACHER, MISS CHARRI WAS OUR FIRST
      TEACHER. EVERY ONE WALKED TO SCHOOL. THE JOHN NELSONS HAD THE POST OFFICE
      THEN. THERE WERE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE ON LANDS (CLAIMS THEY WERE CALLED)
      EVERYONE HAD FILED. SOME LEASED GOVERNMENT LAND JOINING THEM, SOME FARMED
      SOME RUN CATTLE AND SOME MADE WHISKEY. SOME DID ALL 3.


      WE HAD SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHURCH IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE. SOME PEOPLE WERE
      ALREADY THERE, SOME RANCHES, SMALL, EXCEPT THE BELL RANCH WEST OF QUAY
      AND SOUTHWEST OF THE ONLY TOWN OF TUCUMCARI, THOUSANDS OF ACRES IN IT.

      CHURCH & SUNDAY SCHOOL EVERY SUNDAY IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE. NO ONE WORKED
      ON SUNDAY ON THE FARMS. OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBORS AT FIRST WERE HARPERS
      ON THE NORTH. THEY SOON LEFT. THEN GEORGE WOODARD, WIFE BARBARA,
      CHILDREN BESSIE, FRED, EDNA & CLAUDE & CLYDE WERE OUR CLOSEST NEIGEBORS,
      THEY BOUGHT THE HARPER PLACE. 3 1/2 MILES TO SCHOOL WEST CLOSE TO POST
      OFFICE. ALL CHILDREN WALKED, GANGED UP AS WE WENT. MR. & MRS. NELSON
      SOLD A FEW STAPLE GROCERIES. THEIR CHILDREN ROSE, MAGGIE, BEATRICE &
      JOHN. AMOS YATES, WIFE ALICE AND SMALL SON DOYLE, I THINK, LIVED SOUTHWEST
      OF US IN A 2 ROOM ROCK HOUSE. DOC EDWARDS His PARTNER IN THE CATTLE
      BUSINESS A RAILROAD WORKER MISTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED: AMOS GOT ALL THE
      CATTLE. THE DONAVANS LIVED SOUTH & EAST OF US. MR. D WORKED ON THE
      RAILROAD ALSO, 3 CHILDREN LUCILLE, JOHN & EDWARD.

      GRANDPA & GRANDMA LIVED EAST, 2 SONS FRED A GROWN MAN & GROVER, MY
      AGE. (GRANDPA WILLIAM & GRANDMA NANCY YAWS) 2 DAUGHTERS TINA & LETHA.
      NOT MARRIED. Don'T REMEMBER WHERE UNCLE CHARLIE & AUNT LAURA(YAWS)
      STRATTON & CLARA LIVED (DAUGHTER CLARA).

      AUNT VIVA HUN, SON LOYD & DAUGHTER BERTHA EDGELY MOVED TO TUCUMCARI, DON'T
      REMEMBER WHAT YEAR. AUNT GEORGIE YAWS & FLORA & RAE, 2 CHILDREN CAME
      TO LIVE WITH US WHEN SHE LEFT UNCLE DICK YAWS. A COUSIN IN ABOUT 1912,
      I THINK. COMING FROM SCHOOL ONE DAY, FLORA 7, SAT DOWN & WOULDN'T GET
      UP. WAS LATE & COLD, SHE WANTED ME TO CARRY HER, SO I SPANKED HER TO
      MAKE HER GET UP & WALK. PAPA GAVE ME THE WORKS FOR THAT. SO I TOLD
      AUNT GEORGIE IF SHE SAT DOWN AGAIN, SHE COULD STAY FOR ALL I CARED.
      SO FLORA SAT DOWN THE NEXT DAY & WE ALL JUST WENT ON, WOULDN'T EVEN
      LOOK BACK, SHE WOULD RUN, CRYING LIKE A BANSHEE, RUN AWHILE & SIT DowN
      CALLING "NEELY, WAIT FOR ME!" I NEARLY GOT A WHIPPING FOR THAT. I TOLD
      PAPA, WHIP, BUT I WILL NOT WAIT FOR HER AGAIN. (NEELY IS NOW ABOUT 13).
      ALL THE KIDS HATES HER BECAUSE SHE CAUSED ME TO GET WHIPPED. FLORA
      WAS JUST A FEW MONTHS YOUNGER THAN LUCILLE S. & LUCILLE DONAVAN & THEY
      WALKED, NO TROUBLE WITH THEM. MY TEACHERS WERE MISS CHARRI; AS WE
      CALLED HER WAS LAURANCE AUBELLE'S WIFE, THEN MRS. JOHN NELSON; THEN
      MRS. BOBSCHOGGINS. CHILDREN WILLIE ( GIRL) RUBAL, ARNIE & ROB.
      THEN MISS ROSE NELSON, EDNA WOODARD WENT TO TUCUMCARI AND TOOK 8th
      GRADE THERE & TAUGHT THE NEXT YEAR ON A 8TH GRADE CERTIFICATE. MY
      GEORGE QUIT AFTER THE FIRST WEEK.

      (Typed from personal notes of Neely Stratton Best - date unknown)

      Addendum to story by unknown author:

      George Washing Stratton married in Bastrop County, Texas Minnie Civil Yaws,
      daughter of Williem & Nancy Yaws.

      The families moved to DeWitt County, Texas, where Neely Civil Stratton
      was born in 1900. From there G W Stratton and the Yaws moved to Hollis,
      Oklahoma where the Stratton twins died. This is where Neely starts her story.

      G W Stratton & William Yaws both homesteaded in Quay Valley south of Tucumcari.
      G W proved on his homestean and was granted a patent from the U S Government.
      William yaws died between 1906/1912 and his patent was granted to Nancy.

      William & Nancy's daughter, Georgie, who married Dick Yaws (a nephew to
      William) they had Rae, a son and daughter, Flora, who is the one who wouldn't
      walk to school. Later her father, Dick, upset because his wife Georgie had
      left him, gave Flora a poisoned apple & she died.

  • Sources 
    1. [S189] Social Security Death Index, (Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.) (Reliability: 3).
      Name: Neely Best
      Last Residence: Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico, USA
      Born: 17 March 1900
      Died: October 1986
      State (Year)
      SSN issued: California (before 1951)