Christopher Columbus ROOKE Fannie Christine ROOKE Chris Columbus ROOKE James Leonard ROOKE Second Wir JONES Mini tree diagram

Bessie Estelle CLINTON1,6,2,7,7,3,5,8

about 19101,2,3 - Feb 19764,5

Life History

about 1910

Born in Texas.1,2,3

14th Mar 1931

Married Christopher Columbus ROOKE in Matagorda County, Texas.4

16th Feb 1932

Birth of daughter Fannie Christine ROOKE in Rockport, Aransas, Texas.9,1,2

1st Sep 1933

Birth of son Chris Columbus ROOKE in Bexar County, Texas.2,7,3,10,6

after 1935

Divorced from Christopher Columbus ROOKE in Last chiild James was born about 1935, ref 1940 census; based on granddaughter's report; and 1940 census, when Chris is single again..4

31st Mar 1935

Birth of son James Leonard ROOKE in Rockport, Aransas, Texas.2,7,3,11,12,10

about 1941

Married Second Wir JONES

5th Aug 1975

Death of daughter Fannie Christine ROOKE in Vilonia, Faulkner, Arkansas.9

Feb 1976

Died in Watauga, Carter, Tennessee.4,5

Feb 1976



  • Bessie married Chris Rooke in 1931.

    Texas, County Marriage Records, 1817-1965
    Chris C Rooke
    Bessie Clinton
    Marriage 14 Mar 1931 Matagorda County, Texas, USA

    But they divorced before the 1940 census.  In 1940, Bessie was reported as divorced, and was in her father's household with her three children.  They were divorced sometime after James' birth in about 1835.

    1940 Federal Census, Aransas County, Texas, 9 May, Rockport Precinct 2, District 4-4, page 5A, Liberty St, Hse #88, Owns $100
    Clinton, Jimmie Head M W 48 Married Grade 7 b Texas same place in 1935 No Occup stated [b abt 1892]
    [other Clinton family members listed here]
    Rooke, Bessie daughter F W 30 Divorced H1 b Texas same place in 1935 Seamstress, PWA Sewing Room [b abt 1910]
    Rooke, Fannie granddau F W 8 Grade 2 b Texas same place in 1935 [b abt 1932]
    Rooke, Chris Jr grandson M W 6 Grade 1 b Texas same place in 1935 [b abt 1934]
    Rooke, James grandson M W 5 Grade 0 b Texas same place in 1935 [b abt 1935]

    In reference to finding the obituary of Mary Lois Rice Rooke in The Elizabethton Star (Tennessee) newspaper, my cousin commented that her grandmother died there too:
    "Could you look for my grandmother's there in Elizabethton also. She was Bessie Estelle Jones. We didn't get to go to her funeral back in 1976."
    --  Linda Tucker Matchett, Facebook message to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 8 August 2014

    I have not found an obituary for Bessie

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Bessie Jones
    Born 9 Aug 1909
    Died Feb 1976
    Last Residence Watauga, Carter, Tennessee 37694
    SSN 463-62-5314 issued Texas (1956)

    One of LInda's cousins contacted me with additonal information about Bessie.  "The East Tennessee address for Bessie Rooke Jones in her last years was 108 East 5th Av [Watauga, Tennessee]. She lived with us a few years until her death in 1976."
    --  Jennifer Rooke, Geneanet messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 30 October 2014


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