Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bessie Lee Evans (1904-1987)

Bessie Lee Evans

Bessie Lee Evans was born on July 30, 1904 in Pope County, Arkansas.  She was the fifth of eight children born to Lonnie Lee Evans and Tennessee Lee McCullough.  She was raised in Pope County, Arkansas.

Bessie Lee married Ben Charles Boggess around 1923, probably in Atkins, Pope County, Arkansas.  He was 24 years old and she was 17 years.  Ben was born on September 29, 1899 in Galla Creek, Pope County, Arkansas.  He was the youngest of four children born to William Clarence Boggess and Dora A. Reed.

Before his marriage, Ben registered for service for World War I, on September 12, 1918 in Pottsville, Pope County, Arkansas.  He was self-employed as a farmer.  He was short and stout, with grey eyes and blond hair.

In 1930, Ben and Bessie lived in El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma, along with Ben’s widowed mother, Dora.  Ben worked for an Ice Company at that time. 

Ben Charles Boggess died at the age of 52 on January 6, 1952 in Pottsville, Pope County, Arkansas.  Bessie went on to live another 35 years after the death of her husband.

Bessie Lee Evans Boggess died on November 22, 1987 in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.  She was 83 years old at her death.

Notes for Bessie Lee Evans
Birth & Death: Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2011.  Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Number: 430-66-9875; Issue State: Arkansas; Issue Date: 1954.

Notes for Ben Charles Boggess
Birth, Physical Description, Occupation, and Residence in 1918: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.  Registration Location: Pope County, Arkansas; Roll: 1530571; Draft Board: 0.
Marriage to Bessie Lee:  Year: 1930; Census Place: El Reno, Canadian, Oklahoma; Roll: 1895; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 843.0.
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