John Payton DENNIS Harvey Hill DENNIS James Richard GRUBBS Nova Bernice GRUBBS Juanita G GRUBBS Helen Oleta GRUBBS James Richard GRUBBS Thomas DENNIS Robert Charles DENNIS Eliza Kathryn MAGBY Mini tree diagram
Martha Bell DENNIS

Martha Bell DENNIS1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,5,6,14,7

8th Dec 18901,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 23rd Apr 19903,4,5

Life History

8th Dec 1890

Born in Durant, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

8th Dec 1907

Married James Richard GRUBBS in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.5,6

24th Sep 1908

Birth of daughter Nova Bernice GRUBBS in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.15,16,17,18,3,19,2,10

16th Dec 1910

Birth of daughter Juanita G GRUBBS in Oklahoma.2,4,3

1st Mar 1913

Birth of daughter Helen Oleta GRUBBS in Lawrence, Comanche, Oklahoma.8,4,2,20,17,10,17

11th Dec 1922

Birth of son James Richard GRUBBS in Tuttle, Grady, Oklahoma.3

5th Feb 1926

Death of son James Richard GRUBBS in Tuttle, Grady, Oklahoma.3

7th May 1941

Death of James Richard GRUBBS in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.3

23rd Apr 1990

Died in Caddo County, Oklahoma.3,4,5

26th Apr 1990

Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle, Grady County, Oklahoma,.3


  • I got Mattie Bell's name first from her grandson, my first cousin, Asa Lee Jenkins in 2007.  Asa Lee gave me a lot of Jenkins family information on 3 May 2007, when we gathered in his son Randall Jenkins' home in Chickasha, Oklahoma, along with Randy's son James and all our wives and my mother Lou Ila Jenkins for a famliy evening after many years separation.

    Asa Lee told me Matties's father's name was James Grubbs and her mother was named Martha Bell Barefoot.

    I was surprised some years later to find that Asa Lee Jenkins' granddaughter-in-law, Erica Casperson Jenkins, reported in her genealogy that Mattie Bell's parents were John Payton Dennis and Katie Magby.  After John's death, Katie married Thomas Duncan Barefoot II, who died in 1907.  After Thomas' death, Katie married Jefferson Davis Luttrell.  Erica did not have John Dennis' date of death or the date of marriage for Katie and Thomas Barefoot.
    --  Casperson-Boyd-Jenkins-Riley,

    Mattie Belle Dennis
    BIRTH 8 DEC 1890 Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma
    DEATH 23 APRIL 1990 Caddo County, Oklahoma
    John Payton Dennis 1855-
    Katie Magby 1871-1965
    Spouse James Richard Grubbs 1889-1941
    Nova Bernice Grubbs 1908-2001
    Juanita G Grubbs 1911-1999
    Helen Oleta Grubbs 1913-1997
    --  Casperson-Boyd-Jenkins-Riley,

    1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, 16 June, Township 1, District 123, page 9A (scan 176) Hse #146, Fam #147
    Dennis, Jno P Head W M  Apr 1854 46 Married 12 yrs MS  AL AL Farmer Owns
    Dennis, Katie Wife W F Feb 1870  29 Married 12 yrs 4 children/4 living TX AR AR
    Dennis, Harvey Son W M Apr 1889  11 Single TX MS TX
    Dennis, Mattie Dau W F Feb 1891  10 Single Ind Terr MS TX
    Dennis, Thos Son W M Feb 1893  8 Single Ind Terr MS TX
    Dennis, Robt Son W M Nov 1898  1 Ind Terr MS TX

    I found in further sources that Katie married Thomas Barefoot in 1907, 17 years after Mattie was born.  This confirms Erica's report that Mattie's father was John Dennis.  Thomas Duncan Barefoot was Mattie's stepfather.  However, even though Mattie's mother signed her marriage license as Katie Barefoot, Mattie's name on her marriage license is Mattie B Dennis.  A conundrum, and no doubt why Erica Jenkins reported Mattie's name as Mattie Dennis and .

    Mattie Bell married James (Jim) Grubbs.  The head of the Kansas household of Grubbs is also James.  Their marriage license was signed by her mother and his father.

    Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995
    Jim Grubbs
    Age 18, White, Birth Date abt 1889 in Texas
    Residence Roff, Oklahoma
    Father E C Grubbs
    Mattie B Dennis
    Age 17, White, born in Choctaw Nation
    Residence Roff, Oklahoma
    License issued 5 December 1907
    Marriage 8 Dec 1907 in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma
    Ceremony performed by A Jeff Davis, Baptist Pastor
    Witnesses L F Cooper and Daisy Cooper

    1920 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma, 10 January, Tuttle, District 191, page 6A-B,  Oak St, Hse/Fam #110
    Grubbs, Jim Head  Rents M W 30 Texas Georgia Texas  Produce Salesman [abt 1890]
    - page 6B -
    Grubbs, Mattie B Wife F W 29 TX TX TX [abt 1891]
    Grubbs, Nobla B Dau F W 11 OK TX TX [abt 1908]
    Grubbs, Juanita G Dau F W 9 OK TX TX [abt 1910]
    Grubbs, Ellen Dau F W 6 OK TX TX [abt 1913]

    1940 Federal Census, Caddo County, Oklahoma, 10 April, Anadarko, District 8-6, page 9A, 506 West Louisiana St, Hse #185 Owns $2800
    Grubbs, J R Head F W 50 Grade 8 b Texas same place in 1935 Maytag Dealer
    Grubbs, Mattie Wife F W 49 Grade 8 b Okla same place in 1935

    There is a serious discrepancy in Mattie's reported age.  The ages in the census indicate she was about a year younger than James, and born about 1890.  But a photo of what appears to be her grave, posted on a memorial on Find a Grave, shows the date of birth as 8 Dec 1898.  The date on the grave must be wrong, though this otherwise appears to be the correct person's grave.  They originally lived in Tuttle where she is buried, before moving to Anadarko where he was in business.  This is not the first grave I have found that has the wrong birth date.

    Mattie's husband died in 1941.  She moved some time later to Oklahoma City and was reported there in several city directories.  Her obituary in 1990 reported she had moved to Oklahoma City 47 years before.  That would be about 1943.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1949, p 382
    Grubbs Mattie B (wid James) h 225 SW 32d

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1951, p 382
    Grubbs Mattie B (wid Jas) h 225 SW 32d

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1959, p 332
    Grubbs Mattie B (wid J R) h 225 SW 32d

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current
    Mattie B Grubbs
    Born 8 Dec 1890
    Died 23 Apr 1990
    SSN 446-22-0319 issued Oklahoma (Before 1951)

    Martha Belle "Mattie" Barefoot Grubbs
    Birth Dec 8, 1898 [date in the obit included is Dec 8, 1890] Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma
    Death Apr 23, 1990 Caddo County, Oklahoma

    Mattie Belle Grubbs: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
    The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK) -- Wednesday, April 25, 1990, Page 32

    Mattie Belle, 99, died April 23, 1990, born December 8, 1890 in Durant, OK.  She was a homemaker and mother.  Had been a resident of OKC for the past 47 years, coming here from Anadarko. Survivors include 3 daughters, Nova Davis, Juanita Buckner both of OKC and Oleta McGill of Oceanside, CA; 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  Committal services will be at 10am, Thursday, April 26, at Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle.
    Copyright (c) 1990 Oklahoma Publishing Company

    Burial Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle, Grady County, Oklahoma
    Maintained by Tommy Neathery, Originally Created by Janey Clark Sep 01, 2007
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #21289215,


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