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Sylinda Lorraine Elizabeth Vallandingham
Furnished by
Janie Drake.  (Sallie Jane Bowsher Drake) 
Sylinda was my maternal Grandmother.

This is a photo of my grandmother at 19.  She was part Cherokee Indian. 

Parents of Sylinda were Richard and Eliza Jane Hatcher Vallandingham.
who died when she was young and made her and Mosco orphans.  They were early farmers in Ester, Oklahoma. 
I think that is
Pottawatomie County, and they are buried in Vista Cemetery, Pottawatomie County

Here are early tin type photos of the two.

Eliza Jane Hatcher Vallandingham 
(Janie Vallandingham)
Born June 15, 1868
Died Nov. 9, 1909

Richard Valandingham
Born Mar. 10, 1867
Died Dec. 30, 1907

He was a redhead.  From what I gather, from all the receipts, he must have been a VERY honest man who paid his bills early. The bankers and mercantile business people were more than glad to do business with him.

Below are some photos that are of Sylinda with her husband, James Clark Higgins, along with photos of their daughter and one son.

I showed this photo to my mother before she died and she said  "Oh,  there is my mother." (Arrow pointing)
This is Sylinda and James with the old black Buick that she didn't sell until 1966 when she got a new Buick that she kept until she died.
This is Sylinda, my mother Lanorah and me. I was born Dec 10th.  I was her birthday present and we always celebrated our birthdays together

This is Sylinda and James walking me. 
He died in 1954.

This is Amanda Hatcher Snider. 
She is the half sister of Janie Vallandingham


Uncle Billie only lived to be two years old. 
I have these coveralls.

Some Family Tombstone Photos from Memorial Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Family Tombstone James Clark Higgins Sylinda Lorraine Elizabeth Vallandingham

James Clark Higgins, Jr. William Perry Higgins (Uncle Billie) My Mother died June 21, 2006

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