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Hembree Family Info.

submitted by Sandy Hembree


Marietta Oklahoma 1905 Indian Territory
Sandy's Grandparents were married at Marietta in 1905

Hembree Murder articles from Marietta Monitor

J.W. Hembree Obit  (Sandy's father)

Willie White and James Edward Hembree Obits (Sandy's Grandparents)
Willie's Death Certificate    James' Death Certificate
Willie and James Marriage License
James Edward Hembree 28 of Oswalt
Willie Cassandra White 21
Married July 16, 1905 Indian Territory, Love County, Oklahoma No. 1226
United State of America, Indian Territory, Southern District. Simon, Oklahoma

Hattie Mae Whisenhunt Cavins Giles Obit (Sandy's Grandmother)

Carrie Ivy Grisham Whisenhunt Whisenhunt Obit (Sandy's Great Grandmother)

Robertus Cavins Beck Obit (Sandy's Aunt)
note- There is a mistake on this Obit, she is buried in Simon Cemetery, Love County, Oklahoma beside her mother Hattie Mae Whisenhunt Cavins Giles

William Whisenhunt Obits (Sandy's Great Grandfather's brother)
William Colman Whisenhunt is Sandy's great uncle. He has two other brothers, John Whisenhunt, George Whisenhunt and a sister Mary Ann Whisenhunt.
William Colman Whisenhunt's funeral home records state father is Henry Whisenhunt Mother unknown
(Note: I believe mother is Amanda Smith?) says Williaim was born in Van Zandt County, Texas. He is resting in Simon Cemetery, Love County, Oklahoma, the marker only has Will on it, a home made headstone marker. He was born Sept 4, 1878 and died Dec. 20, 1962.

Carrie Whisenhunt Death Cerficate (Sandy's Great Grandmother)

George Clint "MUTT" Hembree  Memory Book (Sandy's Uncle)

Willie Diane Hembree  (Sandy's cousin)
Graveside services for Willie Diane Mutziger, 39, of Wilson, were held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, October 20, at Simon Cemetery, with the Rev. James Wigington officiating.

Ms. Mutziger was born January 31, 1962, in Ardmore, the daughter of Lou Ann Redmon McElmurry and John A. "Diamond" Hembree. She died Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at her residence.

Ms. Mutziger lived in Love and Carter counties her entire life. She had worked as head cook and dietary manager throughout southern and eastern Oklahoma nursing homes.

Survivors include her children, J.D. Palmer of Coalgate and Jessie Rae Palmer and John Curtis Palmer of the home; her mother and stepfather, Lou Ann and Marvin McElmurry of Marietta; a brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Raylynn Hembree of Coalgate; her ex-husband, Joe Chandler of Wilson; her common-law husband, Danny Mutziger II of Wilson; and his family, including his father, Danny Mutziger Sr.; his brother, Willie and family; his sisters, Sanny and Cindy and families; his grandmother, Jean McGuiness; and many friends and relatives, including a cousin, Lida Mae Beck; nieces, Leslie Beck and Belle Hembree; and nephew, Ray Caldwell.

Ms. Mutziger was preceded in death by a son, Billy Keith Palmer on February 12, 1983; and her father, John A. "Diamond" Hembree on April 18, 1994.

Pallbearers were Larry Bohannon, Jack Eakins, John Eakins, Danny Mutziger II, Willie Mutziger and Danny Mutziger Sr.

Services were under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home, Wilson.

Published in the Marietta Monitor, Love County, Friday, October 26, 2001

Hembree murdered in Indian Territory,
Love County, Oct. 28, 1896

Vol. II. No 16 Marietta I.T. ( Indian Territoy) Oklahoma
Oct. 29, 1896

Successor to The Star,

Farmer Hembree of Willis I.T., MURRDERED and robbed here yesterday. Three Suspicious Travelers are thought to be guilty. Parties Pursuing, for the second time in the history of Marietta was aroused yesterday morning by the knowledge that a murder had occurred in her limits and that they had both occurred within the past two weeks. On Tuesday evening three suspicious looking characters rode into town on horseback. They loitered about the various stores about 9 pm were at Irwin & Evants store; their actions there where decidedly queer, but on account of the prescence of several people in the place they made no breaks, and mr. Irwin finally succeeded in getting rid of them. They loitered around the depot as each of the night trains came in and finally about five O’clock were fired out by the night operator. J.W. Hembree the murdered man and S.H. Rose are two farmers who lived nar Willis, about twenty-five miles eat of here. They left home Tuesday afternoon and camped that evening at Hickory creek about 10 miles east of here, and with them was a stranger in the wagon who was coming this way. They got in early start and arrived at the railroad crossing near the depot to find three freight trains holding the crossing. Rose was in the wagon and Hembree had dismantled from his saddle horse when two strangers came up and one ordered Hembree to throw up his hands, which he refused to do. The stranger thereupon fired on shot which killed Hembree almost instantly. Rose in the meantime had succeeded in getting away, and in gong past the seed house saw a man holding saddle animals. A little later, three horseman were seen pulling out on a dead run to the road leading eastward and about day break were seen about five miles east of here. This is substantially the story told by Mr. Rose and though it lacks some details was the generally accepted story yesterday. No money was found on the dead person but Rose says he thinks he had four or five dollars in silver. The stranger in the wagon who camped with the farmers and followed them in could not be found when daylight came; and Mr. Rose and Will Gore were send out and overtook him near Burneyville. His names is Spinder and his story corroborates in the main that of Rose Spindles story. A.P. Spindle who was on his way to Stampede Springes, Texas, says he was overtaken near Holder by Rose and Hembree, and he gladly availed himself of their offer to show him the road and to camp with them. He says the first thing he knew of the trouble he heard three men order HEMBREE to hold up his hands, and immediately afterwards a shot as the three viewed the body, one of them remarked, “ That the man we are after”, They then made Spindle climb down out of his wagon and made a per tease of searching him, but upon left him and disappeared. He gives no reason for not stopping to find what had occurred. Hembree ‘ body was examined by a physicians who found a large wound made by a shot gun loaded with buck shot which entered the breast a little below the collar bone, and went down and exited above the left hip. Our change raised for the purpose add saw that the remains were properly prepared for burial. Hembree’s body was sent out to his late home yesterday afternoon. The bale of cotton which the farmers brought in was their joint property and was the last of the crop and was interned together with the saddle horse that Hembree rode was intended to pay off the debt owed to S.S. Evants. Mr. Evants learning that the dead man’s wife and two children were ill provided for with characteristic generosity ordered the animal returned to the widow. Hembree was apparently about 35 years of age was in offering and well liked if he had any enemies it was because he was living on the piece of land that claimed by two parties. Just why they followed him into town to wreak vengeance whe other opuortunities must have presented themselves or why a gang of outlaws should rob a poorly dressed farmer or be armed with shot gunes are a few of the many mysteries that surround the case when theis account must close. The MONITOR is inclined to believe that some of them will be cleared up in time for publication next week, and that the murderers will be soon apprehended. Deputy marshals arrived from Ardmore before noon and are at work on the case leaving about 2 pm for Hembree late home their theory being that the cold blooded crime was committed as much for revenge as for robbery……..

Marietta Monitor Vol. II. No. 9. Nov. 12, 1896

No new development in the Hembree case this week. From the gentlemen who visited the neighborhood of Willis, last week it is learned that the suspects who was detained, but not arrested by the officers, was able to prove a satisfactory alibi, but his name was not Jenkins as was reported nor has Mr. Rose been in any way held by the officers. The Murder, is all its phase, is still a mystery and will probably so remain………

Marietta Monitor Vol. II. No. 16 Indian Territory, Oklahoma Dec. 8, 1896

Murder Will Out

The killing of Farmer Hembree of Willis in the gray of the morning of Oct. 28, 1896, which now mystififed our citizens and compleely baffled the U.S. Marshal’s Force, now seems to be in the fair way to be Cleared up though the confession of some parties near Ran, who though no accessories to the crime, seems to have been intimated with those who are alleged to have committed the deed. The story as told to, The Monitor is to the effect that the parties who are accused of committing the crime hard of the confession, but have secreted themselves until they can arrange a bail bond on the advice of their attorony, when they will come in the surrender. They are promised people at Ran and the case made against them is thought to be largely circumstantial….Deputies Burch and Everhart came down from Ardmore last night and are scouting the brush around Ran for principals and witnesses today.


Mystery Solved

R.H. Walker, A.C. Walker, and M.H. Rice of Ran were in town Monday on their way to Ardmore to surrender themselves to the authorities having learned that charges would be made against them for the killing of Farmer Hembree in Oct. They were accompanied by J.W. Walker, of Reseve, Ala., a brother to the first named who is here to help them. In conversations with the Monitor Reporter, Mr. Walker outlined the defense, which would be made at the trail about the follows. R.H. Walker and Wm Davidson stated on the evening of Oct. 28, to go from Ran to the residence of Mr. Robinson, who lives this side of Hickory creek, where they were to make me a party to go “Possum” hunting. When they reading the creek they were held up , are the muzzle of a shotgun by a couple of men whom they identified as Rose and Hembree and retrieved of a pistol and some valuables. As soon as they moved somewhat from the surprise they returned to Ran and a party was made up consisting of the parties names, who borrowed saddle animals and weapons and started after their assailants with the intentions of arresting them. They overlook the party near the depot here and one of the Walkers threw down on Hembree saying “consider yourself under arrest.” Hembree reached for his hip pocket and was shot before he drew a weapon, when fell from his as he dropped it and was picked up by one of the pursuers. Rose and Spindle testified for government, and told the same story of the trip from beyond the Hickory creek, and of the killing, as they did here on the day of the murder and each deranged any knowledge of the holdup. Other witnesses testified as to the finding of the body ect…In there own behalf the Walkers told the story substantially as outlined in thises columns last week of having been held up at the bridge, and then subsequent pursuit attempted arrest and the killing of Hembree. At the conclusion of the testimony of the commissioner remanded they accused to jail without bail preferring to have Judge Kilgore, set the bond. Rose was released on 500 dollars bail, and Spindles on 100 dollars each, signing their own bond. Not less then a dozon promised lawyers are engaged in the case, which now promises to be a had fought on. On Tuesday the three accused men were taken before Judge Kilgore, and a writ of habeas corpus and bail was allowed at 5000 thousand in the case of Andrew Walker, and 3000 thousand in the case of the others. These amount will be given soon, friends of the Walkers are still continent that they can if given the impartial trail prove their innocence and good intentions, in the unfortunate affair……..

All reprint of the Marietta Monitor, Indian Territory, Love County, Oklahoma

This is Sandy Hembree's Uncle

Record of Funeral:
Odie Wright Hembree:
Services for Odie Hembree were Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Anderson Kennedy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Cox and Rev. Robert Moore officiating. Mr. Hembree was born September 9, 1920, in Love County, and died July 15, 1990, in the Love County Health Center in Marietta at the age of 69. He was the son of James and Willie Hembree. A farmer, Mr. Hembree had lived in Love County all of his life. He and the former Lucille Buchanan were married at Gainesville, Texas in 1948. Mr. Hembree was a World War II veteran serving in the U. S. Army and was of the Holiness belief. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hembree of the home at Oswalt; a step son, Donald Ray Bratcher of Oklahoma City: a daughter, Donna Hembree of Overbrook; Three brothers, John A. Lonnie Hembree of Ardmore, George Clint Hembree of Overbrook, and James L. Hembree of Nevada; Three sisters, Mary Phillips of Santa Paula, Calif. Hettie Nelson of Calif. and Vida Jackson of Ardmore; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of the Anderson Kennedy Funeral Home with interment in the Simon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lonnie Cavitt, Ricky Banks, Garvin Miliken, Donnie Heiderich, Ricky Teafatiller, and Sammy Brewer, Honororary bearers include Houston Love and Bobby Cavitt.
 

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