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Horn Genealogy




December 29, 2001

My Grandparents Betty Frances Hufstedler and William Henderson Horn were married one hundred years ago from today. They were married in Success, Arkansas. Effee was born in December 1903 in Success, Arkansas. Because she was born in the same area where they started as man and wife, I reason that they spent the years of 1902 and 1903 living in that area.

Sometime between Dec. 1903 and Aug 1905 the young Horn family packed all their worldly belongings in a covered wagon and moved to Coweta, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. The first son Jesse James was born in Coweta. However, the family soon packed that wagon again and moved to the town of Barden in western Oklahoma. Three daughters Nellie, Mary, and Edna were born in Barden.

In the nineteenth century and at the beginning of the twentieth century the home was regarded as the proper "place" for women. For the wealthy women this meant a life of leisure, for others like my Granny, it was endless drudgery. To the Oklahoma pioneer women, hearth and home meant the heaviest of work loads. In it's isolation, her family, existed as a proudly self-sufficient unit able to provide for itself and persevere in the face of hardship. Men and women worked together as partners. As a result pioneer women found themselves on a fairly equal footing with their men.

Oklahoma's mothers and daughters helped with the traditionally male tasks of planting and harvesting, tending livestock, hauling water, gathering fuel and even hunting. Gathering the family's fuel supply was an chore. Without any ready source of coal or firewood, the early settlers of Barden, Oklahoma were forced to scour the prairie for anything burnable. The most popular source of fuel, was chips---the abundant chunks of dried dung left by grazing herds of cattle and buffalo.

In the arid and treeless land of western Oklahoma, dugouts and soddies took the place of log cabins. The Horn family literally dug their home into the side of a hill, with the front wall of sod bricks.

The dugout was damp and dark and practically impossible to keep clean, the dirt from the roof and walls sifted onto everything. However, the thick earthen walls did afford a warm shelter from the cold and strong protection from the wild winds of western Oklahoma.

The isolation of women on the frontier was particularly alarming during crises. Childbirth was a difficult time. For most part women struggled through labor and delivery with little assistance. Homesteading for my Grandparents was not a success and they were sadden by the death of their daughter Mary. After a struggle of about 6 years the growing Horn family left western Oklahoma.

Home then became Neshoba, Oklahoma in the Kiamichi Mountains. Grandad was cutting timber for railroad ties and Granny gave birth to my Mother, Iva in August 1913. The stay in the mountains of southeast Oklahoma was short because by the time Ruby was born in 1918 the family had moved back to Coweta. Louis and Bettie were also born in Coweta. Louis in 1921 and Bettie in 1926.

After the move back to Coweta things were easier for the family for awhile. The family bought a farm on the banks of the Arkansas River and drilled several gas wells, Gas was so plentiful that some of it had to be burned. Mother remembered playing outside at night with the area "lit as bright as day" by the many torches from the wells. However as fast as the wells provided money Grandad spent it. He started a reglious commune. He housed and fed many families. All they had to do in return for a home for their families was to attend Grandad's church meetings and listen to his "HELL FIRE AND BRIMSTONE" messages. To tell the people in the area about his meetings he bought a team of Clydesdale horses. He dressed the up as circus horses with bright colors, bells, feathers, and tassels and paraded them around the county.

When the wells stopped producing, Grandad had spent everything. Granny and the girls had to take in washing to provide for the family.

When Commander Mills opened in Sand Springs, OK. Grandad found a job for everyone old enough to work at the cotton mill. The family moved to Sand Springs 75 years ago. They have lived and are buried (except Louis who is buried in Bristow, OK.) in Woodlawn Cemetery in Sand Springs. Where my remains will be at the end of my days.


William and Betty were married December 29, 1901 at Success, Arkansas

DESCENDANTS of William and Betty Hufstedler Horn

1 William Henderson Horn 1878 - 1967 b: 24 Feb 1878 in Dalton, GA m. Betty Hufstedler
      2 Iva Eddie Horn 1913 - 1999 b: 09 Aug 1913 in Neshoba, OK 
          3 Linda Sue Butler
               4 Phillip Micheal Harris 
               4 Kenneth Charles Harris
                    5 Sophia Marie Harris
                        6. Charity 
                        6. Parker
                    5 Mindy Sue Harris
                    5 Ethan Paul Harris      
              4 Garnette Camille Harris
                    5 Jessica Sue Smith
                         6.  Victoria
                    5 Jennifer LeAnn Smith
                         6.  Ana
              4 Betty Frances Fisher

     2 Effie Horn 1903 - 2002 b: 18 Dec 1903 in Sucess, AR

     2 Jesse James Horn 1905 - 1982 b: 27 Aug 1905 in Indian Territory, OK 
         3 Bea Mae Horn 1932 - 1934 b: 28 May 1932
         3 Jesse Christine Horn  1925 -b: 15 Oct 1925 in Coweta, Wagner Co., OK
            4 William Allen Murphy
            4 Gary James Murphy
        3 James Lowell Horn 1927 -b: 1927 in Coweta, Wagner Co., OK 
            4 Jamie Gail Horn
                5 Dustin Troy Waldrip
            4 Shana La Rae Horn
                 5 Randy James Murphy Jr. 
                 5 Quinten Tabor Murphy 
        3 Bobby G. Horn 
            4 Robert Steven Horn 
                 5 Nisa R. Horn 
            4 Kari Lea Horn 
     2 Nellie Horn 1907 - 2004 b: 03 Jul 1907 in Barden, OK
        3 Dorothy Jean Gilbert
             4 Rick Hughart 
             4 Mike Hughart 
        3 Freida Gilbert
             4 Gary Blevins 
        3 Clarence Jr. Gilbert
             4 Karla Gilbert
             4 Kristi Gilbert
             4 Debbie Gilbert 
        3 Paul David Gilbert
             4 Melissa Gilbert
             4 Jennifer Gilbert
             4 Julie Gilbert
    2 Mary Horn 1909 - 1910 b: Sep 1909 in Barden,Texas Co., OK

    2 Edna May Horn 1911 - 1999 b: 24 Aug 1911 in Barden, Texas Co., OK

    2 Ruby Marie Horn 
    2 Louis Alfred Horn 1921 - 1992 b: 26 Jan 1921 in Coweta, OK
        3 Clifford Louis Horn 
             4 Bill Horn
             4 Eddie Horn
             4 C. J. Horn

   2 Bettie Jane Horn  

   2 Gene William Horn 
       3 Dennis Horn
            4 Brent Horn
            4 Renee Horn 
            4 Cassie Horn 
       3 Janet Horn 
            4 Jennifer Stringer
            4 Kash Stringer
       3 Ronald Dean Horn 
            4 Shenna Horn
            4 J. T. Horn
            4 Weston Horn
        3 Susan Horn
            4 Sharrie Horn
            4 Christi Horn

"Here's to all them that we LOVE
Here's to all them that LOVE us.
And here's to all them that LOVE those that LOVE them
LOVE those that LOVE them that LOVE us."