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Sumpter Family Photos
Contributed by Judy Hugg Grimes

sumpter1.jpg Anna Pearl CRISS Sumpter (1875-1954), wife of John Elias Sumpter (1865-1941) and mother of Belle Forrest Sumpter Gullett. Picture taken in Osage County, Okla. Married Okla City on 7 June 1894. Both buried in Pawhuska City Cem.
sumpter2.jpg Madeline Smupter Mason Wedding Photo (courtesy of Vicci Flatt, Okla).
sumpter3.jpg Polly Sumpter, son of John Elias Sumpter and half brother to Belle Forrest Sumpter Gullett. Father: John Elias Sumpter. Mother: Mariah Carey Sumpter. Step son of Annie Pearl Criss Sumpter.
sumpter4.jpg Brother to Annie Pearl Criss Sumpter-no birth or death date known, born before 1879.

Annie Pearl Criss Sumpter & Catherine Robuck Woodard

sumpter6.jpg Sarah E. Stump Criss (Ohio), wife of Elias B. Criss. She was born 1852 in Ohio and married in Osage Co., Kansas, in 1872. Survived the Civil War in Kansas, moved into Indian Territory and bore her children in Kansas and on the Oklahoma prairies, buried in unknown place. Her husband lies in Pawhuska city, Cem. Mother of Annie Pearl Criss, grandmother of Belle Forrest Sumpter Gullett.
sumpter7.jpg Earnestine, Madlin, Sena, Belle, and Annie Criss Sumpter

This one is Annie Pearl (Criss) Sumpter (1875-1954) and her husband John Elias Sumpter (1865-1941) and only four of their 8 children.
(ten people lived in this house?)

The little girl with hands in front is Belle Forest Sumpter Gullett born 1901. The little dark haired girl is Earnestine Sumpter Woodard born 1898. The little boy standing is Fred Sumpter born 1906 and Annie Pearl (Criss) Sumpter b. Kansas, age at picture: 34, is holding Martha Sumpter born 1909 which looks to be a few months old. John Elias Sumpter born 1865 in MO. would be of age: 44 in 1909. This family was in Oklahoma before the date of this 1909 picture, moving into Osage County.

Elias "Polly" Sumpter born 1889 , Madeline Sumpter Mason born 1899 and Louis Sumpter born 1887, and Lawrence Sumpter born 1899, not in this picture.
These families are my husband's people. His mother's folks. It has been a major miracle that Grandma Belle wrote names on the back and sometimes added the relationships. So, almost all of her pictures are labled. This one can be dated by the age of the children and by the type of photo, glued to cardboard. The detail of the camera lens is incredible--when it is enlarged, you can count the nails on the roof shingles.

I have worked with them and the family charts for over 40 years and am able to recognize most of them. All these people are gone but the pioneer spirit remains and is to be cherished.

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