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William Allen Gann in 1912

William Allen GANNAge: 77 years18601937

Name
William Allen GANN

William Allen Gann

Name
William Allen Gann
Birth April 9, 1860 19 23
Note: 1860 United States Federal Census
Marriage of parentsWilliam Henry GANNAnn Martha GANNView this family
August 5, 1860 (Age 3 months)
Note: 1860 census says William and Martha were married in the past year.
Birth of a sisterCatherine “Sarah” GANN
August 6, 1862 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterAmanda GANN
February 22, 1864 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a sisterMartha GANN
September 28, 1866 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a sisterSarah Lucinda GANN
April 13, 1868 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a sisterSarah Lucinda GANN
April 13, 1868 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a sisterNancy I GANN
June 10, 1870 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a sisterTennessee (Jude) GANN
February 10, 1872 (Age 11 years)
Birth of a sisterTennessee (Jude) GANN
February 1872 (Age 11 years)
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Susan GANN
December 21, 1874 (Age 14 years)
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Susan GANN
December 21, 1874 (Age 14 years)
Birth of a sisterMargaret GANN
December 4, 1876 (Age 16 years)
Death of a sisterNancy I GANN
1877 (Age 16 years)
Birth of a brotherLeonard Silas “Len” GANN
January 30, 1879 (Age 18 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Edward Isom GANN
March 12, 1880 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Edward Isom GANN
March 12, 1880 (Age 19 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherAllen GANN
1881 (Age 20 years)

Death of a maternal grandmotherMary MYERS
after 1880 (Age 19 years)

Birth of a son
#3
Ollie Addison GANN
June 22, 1882 (Age 22 years)
MarriageEliza Jane FRIENDView this family
January 28, 1885 (Age 24 years)
Note: License says both William and Eliza Jane were residents of Thorpe, Dallas Co, MO.
Birth of a daughter
#4
Effie Melvina (Vinie) Gann
July 27, 1885 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Anna Jane GANN
May 28, 1887 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6
Anna Jane GANN
May 28, 1887 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#7
Thomas Floyd GANN
July 29, 1889 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a daughter
#8
Belle GANN
September 21, 1891 (Age 31 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherSilas Boaz GANN
December 27, 1891 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a son
#9
Louis GANN
July 19, 1893 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
#10
Louis GANN
July 19, 1893 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
#11
George Washington GANN
February 8, 1896 (Age 35 years)

Birth of a son
#12
George Washington GANN
February 8, 1896 (Age 35 years)
CensusEliza Jane FRIENDView this family
1900 (Age 39 years)
Note: Name: William A Gann 40, Birth Apr 1860, Missouri
Death of a paternal grandmotherKatherine HARRIS
May 27, 1906 (Age 46 years)
Death of a daughterBelle GANN
November 23, 1906 (Age 46 years)
Death of a motherAnn Martha GANN
about 1911 (Age 50 years)

Note: Martha was in the 1910 census. Martha's husband Henry Gann is listed as a widower in the 1920 censu…
Death of a wifeEliza Jane FRIEND
November 29, 1917 (Age 57 years)
Census 1919 (Age 58 years)
Note: Name: William A Gann
Death of a fatherWilliam Henry GANN
February 16, 1925 (Age 64 years)
Death of a brotherLeonard Silas “Len” GANN
May 14, 1925 (Age 65 years)
Death of a sisterCatherine “Sarah” GANN
March 26, 1927 (Age 66 years)
Note: From Findagrave for Catherine "Sarah" GANN Burchfield
Death of a half-sisterMary Elizabeth “Sis” EBLEN
June 10, 1931 (Age 71 years)
Death of a sisterSarah Lucinda GANN
May 9, 1934 (Age 74 years)
Death of a sisterSarah Lucinda GANN
May 9, 1934 (Age 74 years)
Death of a sisterAmanda GANN
1936 (Age 75 years)
Death December 21, 1937 (Age 77 years)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: August 5, 1860Webster, MO
-4 months
himself
8 years
younger sister
-18 months
younger sister
4 years
younger sister
5 years
younger sister
-3 years
younger sister
5 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
-17 years
younger sister
19 months
younger sister
Amanda GANN SalsmanAmanda GANN
Birth: February 22, 1864 23 27Conway, Dallas Co, MO
Death: 1936Elkland, Webster Co MO
Mother’s family with John EBLEN - View this family
step-father
mother
Marriage: 1856Tennessee
2 years
half-sister
Family with Eliza Jane FRIEND - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: January 28, 1885Dallas Co, MO
5 years
son
-7 years
son
-2 years
son
7 years
daughter
4 years
daughter
Belle GANN
Birth: September 21, 1891 31 35Dallas Co Missouri
Death: November 23, 1906Coweta, Wagoner Co, OK
22 months
son
3 years
son
-11 years
daughter
Robert MILES + Eliza Jane FRIEND - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
Marriage: October 26, 1873Webster Co MO
4 years
step-son
-3 years
brother-in-law

Birth

1860 United States Federal Census Name: Allen Gann Age in 1860: 1/12 Birth Year: abt 1860 Birthplace: Missouri Home in 1860: Washington, Webster, Missouri Gender: Male Post Office: St Luke

Allen Gann 50 Claim: Martha Myers Gann Father Mary Gann 48 Jane Gann 14 Isom Gann 12 Sarah E Gann 8 Mary E Gann 3 Claim: Mary Elizabeth, Martha's Daughter with John Eblen Allen Gann 1/12 Claim: William Allen, Martha's Son with Wm Henry Gann

Marriage

License says both William and Eliza Jane were residents of Thorpe, Dallas Co, MO.

Census

Name: William A Gann 40, Birth Apr 1860, Missouri Home in 1900: Washington, Dallas, Missouri Spouse's Name: Eliza J Gann Marriage Year: 1885 Father's Birthplace: Tennessee Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee

William A Gann 40 Eliza J Gann 44 Adison Gann 16 Vinie Gann 15 Annie J Gann 13 Thomas Gann 10 Belle Gann 8 Louis Gann 6 Georgie Gann 4

Census

Name: William A Gann Home in 1910: Coweta, Wagoner, Oklahoma Spouse's Name: Liza Jane Gann

Name Age William A Gann 50 Luza Jane Gann 55 Hennie Gann 33 Louis Gann 17 Georges Gann 14

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From William Charles Gann, Tulsa, OK.

!Sometime during 1904, William Allen made a trip from his home in Dallas County, Mo., to the small settlement, Claremore, Indian Territory. Claremore was located on the San Francisco and St. Louis Railroad which ran from St. Louis, Missouri southwesterly to northeastern Oklahoma, through the Cherokee Nation and on to San Francisco. A post office had been established there on June 25, 1874. This settlement would later become the county seat of Rogers County when Oklahoma became a state in 1907. William Allen was the first to arrive in 1904. He was back and forth several times before the family finally came to stay. Oral family history records that sometime after 1904, William Allen became obsessed with the notion that he would not allow Eliza Jane, his wife, to become a registered Cherokee. He threatened to take them all back to Missouri before he would allow it. No one one in the family has been able to explain why William Allen felt as he did. It may have been because he had not been successful in obtaining Indian lands simply by walking in, without proof, and declaring himself to be married to a half-blood Cherokee. The proving process included such things as affidavits, sworn statements, witnesses, etc., something a simple farmer might have seen as "too much trouble." A man's "word" in the old West was a strong element in any "deal" and all this "proving-up" process was an indicator that his word was not good enough. The sixteenth bloods and lower would in most cases get no land at all. A forty-acre allotment of thin, rocky soil might have been too small for all the trouble. In the reasoning of William Allen, he simply denied the Cherokee Nation one of its own by not allowing Eliza Jane, his wife, to become registered. There may have been other reasons. Arrogance, meanness, and confidence have never been recessive traits in the Gann men. Whatever the circumstances, William Allen was described by all who knew him as a man of quick and violent temper. His memory was long when perceived injustices were thrust upon him by others. He was creative in his methods of "getting even." By 1908/09 William Allen and Eliza Jane would settle with their eight children one and one-half miles west of Coweta, Oklahoma. A farmer and obviously a man interested in land, he never acquired a square inch of Oklahoma soil. He became a "tenant farmer." There were two ways an individual could rent land for farming. One way was to give over one-third of the corn crop and one-fourth of the cotton at the end of the season. Another was to "cash rent." Both methods carried risk. Those who gave over crops at harvest time were the less fortunate and therefore had less status when farms became available for rent. The farmer who paid in crop yield at the end of the harvest was a "sharecropper." The protocol was to never refer to a "cash renter" as a "sharecropper" but as a tenant farmer. This pattern of farming was very prevalent in Oklahoma from 1910 up to the middle 1950's. William Allen would "cash rent" a farm and with the help of his sons, who were unmarried, make a living for his family. William Allen would "rent" a farm and his two youngest sons, George Washington and Louis, would plant and harvest the crops. The story is related of how William Allen treated his two youngest boys. When the crops were ready to harvest he would go to town early and wait for the boys to bring the corn to mill or the cotton to gin. He would collect the money for the crops and tell the boys to "get on back home and hire yourselves out to other farmers and earn your winter money." William Allen lived the balance of his life as a widower in the home of his youngest son, George Washington Gann. He died near the small Oklahoma town of Porter, located in southwestern Wagoner County. He is buried in the Shahan Cemetery just west of Coweta. His grave is unmarked and the cemetery records showing his burial place have been lost. The sandstone that marked his burial place has long since disappeared. On his death certificate his father is shown as Henry Gann, which must be William Henry.

Note

Eliza Jane, William Allen, and their daughter Belle are all buried in the Shahan Cemetery, Wagoner County, OK. Shahan is about three miles west of Coweta on 141st Street. There is a marker on Eliza Jane's grave but none on the other two. Records of that cemetery have been misplaced, however we believe William Allen in on one side of Eliza and Belle on the other. We don't know which side. Uncle George's first wife and daughter are also buried in that cemetery but no one seems to know where.

Note

An article in the Nov 14 1889 Buffalo Reflex newspaper stated that a 2 year old son of William Gann of near Thorpe in Washington Township died last Monday when he fell into a small branch and was drowned.

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From Dorretta Moore

Marriage date in LDS Records, Dallas Co., MO -- Marriages

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