Monday, May 18, 2015

Great Grandma Bell's Birthday

May 19, 2015 would be the 144th birthday of my Great Grandma, Allie Lucinda Spann.
This photo was taken (according to what's written on the back) May 17, 1952, when she was 81 years old. 

Allie was born in Wayne County, Kentucky to Benjamin Franklin Spann and Mary "Hiley" Ann Decker.  She first married William Vickery about 1895 and had a son with him they named John William.  William died in 1899.  Then she married Cicero C. Bell on March 17, 1901.  Together they had four sons, Ben, Edd, Stan and Virgil.  Cicero had two sons from his previous marriage, Frank and Oren.  They moved around for several years living in  Kentucky, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas and finally settled in Giltner, Nebraska in 1925. 

My Mom said that she doesn't remember her grandmother having a southern drawl, but she always had very big gardens, both vegetable and flower.

Allie died at age 87 on January 19, 1959 in the Aurora Hospital, Aurora, Nebraska.  She was survived by her 5 sons, 1 step-son, 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren.  

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