Francis Grant WINANS Joseph Benjamin JENKINS Florence Joean JENKINS Florence Ann CURRY Mini tree diagram
Bessie Amanda Ann WINANS

Bessie Amanda Ann WINANS1,2,5,4

Jun 18891,2,3,4 - UNKNOWN

Life History

Jun 1889

Born in Missouri.1,2,3,4

13th Oct 1907

Married Joseph Benjamin JENKINS in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.3,5,4

about 1908

Birth of daughter Florence Joean JENKINS in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.6,5

about 1908

Divorced from Joseph Benjamin JENKINS in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.5


Death of daughter Florence Joean JENKINS in California.6

10th Mar 1978

Death of Joseph Benjamin JENKINS in Anaheim, Orange, California.7,8,9,10,11


Died in Oklahoma


  • Harold K Christian gives the name as Bessie Amanda Ann Winans.
    Granddaughter Dolores Bess Christiansen Frank reports her name just as Bessie A. Winans.
    The name in the Christiansen Genealogy has the simple name Bessie Winans.
    Bessie apparently went by her first name.

    JENKINS, J B 18 WYNANS, BESSIE M 19 13 OCT 1907 MARLOW K©471
    --  Chickasaw Nation Marriages, Ardmore Courthouse, transcribed by Mary Kinard,

    Oklahoma, County Marriage Records, 1890-1995
    J B Jenkins, Age 18 (born abt 1889)
    Bessie M Wynans, Age 19 (born abt 1890)
    License #1956 issued 9 October 1907
    Marriage 13 October 1907 Marlow, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (later Stephens County, Oklahoma)
    Ceremony by John R Terry, Minister of the Gospel
    Recorded 14 October 1907, Indian Territory Marriage Book p 571 (now kept in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma)

    Bessie Amanda Ann Winans married Joseph Benjamin Jenkins in October 1907.  The name on the marriage record is Bessie M Wynans.  The M must be a mistake.  Though the marriage register spells the name Wynans, other family sources, including a letter from a grand-daughter to Jenkins family members, uses the spelling Winans.

    Ben was a few days short of his 18th birthday.  The marriage register gives his age as 18.  His brother Everett also married in 1907.

    1900 Federal Census, Grundy County, Missouri, 1 June, Sprickardville, District 49, page 1A, Hse/Fam #7
    Winans, Frank Head W M May 1862  38 Married 15 years IL OH PA Bartender in Saloon Rents
    Winans, Florence wife W F May 1866  34 Married 15 years 3 children/3 living IL KY PA
    Winans, Bessie Dau W F June 1889  10 Single MO IL IL At School

    Harold K Christian reports this as a short marriage.  I estimate that the marriage lasted between one and two years.  Ben is known to have moved to Mountain View to work with his brother Everett in a dry cleaning business, but it is not certain when he moved to Mountain View.


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