William Franklin SPANN Julius Merida SPANN William Clarence SPANN Living SPANN Living SPANN Dessie Lea GREGORY Lela Mae SPANN Earl Franklin SPANN Alfred Preston SPANN Joseph Byron SPANN Hubert SPANN Leola Adelle SPANN Margaret Armintie SHIREY Mini tree diagram
James Ernest SPANN

James Ernest SPANN2,8,3,4,5,12,7,9,10

21st Aug 19051,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 - 26th Jul 19953,11,7,8,9,10

Life History

21st Aug 1905

Born in Golden, Wood, Texas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10


Resident in Justice Precinct 3, Coke, Texas.2


Resident in Whitebead, Garvin, Oklahoma.5

16th May 1951

Married Dessie Lea GREGORY in Lindsay, Garvin, Oklahoma.13,10

26th Jul 1995

Died in Paul's Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma.3,11,7,8,9,10

28th Jul 1995

Buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Lindsay, McClain County, Oklahoma.8,9,10

Other facts


Birth of son Living SPANN


Birth of son Living SPANN


  • There are two places of birth reported for James Ernest Spann.  Familyinformation elicited from Dessie and Ernest by Loretta Gregory Gay(Dessie Spann's sister) reports place of birth as Golden, Wood County,Texas.

    A Spann family genealogy gives extensive family details but givesplace of birth as Winfield, Alabama.
    --  RootsWeb, Descendants of William Spann Sr,http://john.rootsweb.com/Spann/1200-l.pdf

    The 1910 and 1930 censuses agree with Loretta.  There is also adiscrepancy concerning the place of birth of Ernest's mother.  Thegenealogy reports her also born in Alabama, like William, but thecensuses report she was born in Texas.  The 1930 census reports shewas born in Alabama.

    1910 United States Federal Census, 28 April, Justice Precinct 3, Coke,Texas, District 23 , page 7B, New Hope and Blackwell Rd, Hse/Fam #133
    Spann, William F Head M W 36 Married 11 yrs AL AL AL Farmer Rents
    Spann, Margaret A Wife F  W 30 Married 11 yrs TX AL AL
    Spann, James E Son M W 4 TX AL TX

    In 1920, Ernest is reported under his middle name, with a new middleinitial!

    1920 Federal Census, Wood County, Texas, 10 January, Justice Precinct,District 157, page 4A, Hse/Fam #65
    Span, Frank W  Head Rents M W 45 AL AL AL Farmer
    Span, Mittie Wife F W 39 AL AL AL
    Span, Earnest L Son M W 16 Single TX AL AL

    1930 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma, 15 April, Whitebead,District 29, page 5A, Hse/Fam #81
    Spann, Frank W Head Rents  M W 56 Married at age 20 AL AL AL Farmer
    Spann, Mettie  Wife F W 50 Married at age 19 AL AL AL No Occupation
    Spann, Earnest Son M W 24 Single TX AL AL General Labor

    My grandfather: James Ernest Spann married Dessie Lea Gregory (March12, 1915) and had two sons:
    William Andrew Spann (September 10, 1952) married Condra Sue SmithWyatt (October 1946) and had
    Sondra Lee Spann (July 28, 1972) (also has been married and haschildren) and
    Laura Jean Spann (January 15, 1975) (now Laura Loyal with RhiannonSkye Loyal (June 1998) and Caitlynn Marianna Loyal (July 1999))
    and then Debbie Gail Pyle (July 4, 1959) and had
    William Eugene Spann (December 16, 1982)
    Christopher Wayne Spann (January 12, 1985), and
    Justin Dean Spann (October 9, 1986)
    James Royce Spann (January 6, 1955) married Jeanne Francis CraigMorena (January 30, 1953)
    (no longer married) and had me Susan Spann (November 9, 1978).
    --  Susan Spann, RootsWeb Discussion,http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SPANN/2002-04/1019366671

    Social Security Death Index
    J. E. Spann
    Born 21 Aug 1905, Died 26 Jul 1995
    Last Residence Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma 73075
    SSN 448-32-9252 issued Oklahoma (1951)

    Ernest died on 21 August 1905 in Pauls Valley, Garvin County,Oklahoma.  Two days later Ernest's funeral service was conducted atthe Faith Baptist Church in Pauls Valley, with Troy Baker officiating. Burial was in the Greenhill Cemetery of Lindsay in McClain County,under the direction of Stufflebean Funeral Home, Paul's Valley.

    Ernest's funeral program was provided by his niece Loretta GreogryGay.

    James Ernest Spann

    Entered this life August 21, 1905
    Golden, Wood County, Texas

    Passed this life July 26, 1995
    Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

    Services 2:30PM, Friday, July 28, 1995
    Faith Baptist Church
    Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

    Officiating Rev Troy Baker

    Csket Bearers
    Victor Cacy - Charles Horning - Joe Green
    David Green - Don Green - Kenneth Wallace

    Final Resting Place
    Greenhill Cemetery, LIndsay, Oklahoma

    Services directed by
    Stufflebean Funeral Home, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

    I added details to Ernest's memorial on Find a Grave, which isincluded below.

    James Ernest Spann
    Birth Aug. 21, 1905 Golden, Wood County, Texas
    Death Jul. 26, 1995 Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    s/o William Franklin SPANN & Margaret Armintie SHIREY. h/o Dessie LeaGREGORY. f/o William Andrew & James Royce. (bio by: Sandy)
    Spouse Dessie Lea Gregory Spann (1915 - 2003)
    Burial Green Hill Cemetery, McClain County, Oklahoma
    Created by Angie Apr 25, 2003
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #7386082,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7386082


  • 1. Loretta Gregory Gay Genealogical Research
  • 2. 1910 Federal Census, Coke County, Texas
    • 28 April, Justice Precinct 3, District 23 , page 7B, New Hope and
  • 3. Susan Spann, RootsWeb Discussion
    • Location:http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SPANN/2002-04/1019366671;
  • 4. 1920 Federal Census, Wood County, Texas
    • 10 January, Justice Precinct, District 157, page 4A, Hse/Fam #65
  • 5. 1930 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    • 15 April, Whitebead, District 29, page 5A, Hse/Fam #81
  • 6. RootsWeb -- Descendants of William Spann Sr
    • Name: Name: http://john.rootsweb.com/Spann/1200-l.pdf;;
  • 7. Social Security Death Index
  • 8. Obituaries -- Funeral Remembrance Card, James Ernest Spann
  • 9. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 10. Gravestone of Dessie Gregory and James E Spann
  • 11. Lindsay (Oklahoma) News, 27 February 2003
  • 12. Orville Boyd Jenkins, Personal Knowledge
  • 13. Lindsay (Oklahoma) News, 27 February 2003
    • Obituary of Dessie Lea Spann

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