Family of Stephen Fryman

By Murlene Gardner Horlacher

Stephen Fryman born 23rd February 1843 Brown County or Ross County, Ohio. He was the son of Elisha Jacob Fryman and Elenore (Ellen) Worrell/Worrel. He married 30th March 1867 in Richland County, Illinois Mariah (Moriah) Britingham/Brittingham.

Stephen and Mariah had two children, a daughter and a son.

They were: Mary E. (Elizabeth, Liz, May) Fryman born about 1868/1869 Richland County, Illinois on 18th July 1886 in Richland County, Illinois she married Charles V. Collins born about 1864 Richland County, Illinois.

William A. (Bill) Fryman born 20th August 1876 he married Annie and he died 15th May 1969.

Mariah (Moriah) Britingham/Brittingham died before 1878 at a very young age.

On the 10th of June 1878 in Richland County, Illinois Stephen married Sophrona (Safrona) Worrell/Worrel born 1857 in Nicholas County, Illinois.

Stephen and Sophrona had four children, three sons and a daughter.

They were: Earnest (Earn) Fryman born 22nd November 1879 in Nobel, Illinois. First he married a Dutch woman and then he married another woman and they had a son that died the 19th September 1911 in Mattoon, Illinois. Earnest was a carpenter like his father and he died 25th March 1869 in Mattoon, Illinois at the age of 89.

Jacob Henry Fryman and Otto Z. Fryman born April 1883 in Richland County, Illinois were the other two sons. Amy Jane Fryman was the daughter.

Sophrona died before 1886.

Then Stephen married 14th July 1886 in Richland County, Illinois to Mary Ettie (Mary Eddie, Maretta, Eddie A.) Bullard the widow Norris. The daughter of G. M. (General Marion F.) Bullard and Temperance (Tammy) King. She was born 7th December 1859 in Richland County, Illinois. They had eight daughters from this marriage.

Mary Ettie Bullard was first married 3rd November 1878 in Richland County, Illinois to Oliver P. Norris/Norse.

Mary Ettie and Oliver had three daughters.

They were: Elmira Ellen (Ellie, Ella) Norris born September 1879 in Missouri married 17th July 1902 in Richland County, Illinois to Fred A. Nelson. They had five children: Helen Bulla, Patsy, Grace, Rosella and William Nelson.

Rosie and Liz Norris were the other two daughters.

Stephen and Mary Ettie’s daughters were:

Phydella (Curlee) Fryman born 28th April 1886 in Richland County, Illinois married 2nd January 1904 in Richland County, Illinois James F. (Jim) Truitt born about 1883 in Richland County, Illinois.

They had four children, three daughters and one son.

They are: Clara Truitt, Mary Truitt, Ora Truitt and Harry Truitt. Phydella died December 1977 in Illinois.

Lilly (Lillie) Fryman born 15th August 1889 in Richland County, Illinois married Ervin Smith in or around Van Buren County, Arkansas. Lilly and Ervin lived in Bloomington, Illinois and Magnolia, Arkansas. They had several children but their names are not known at this time. Lilly died July 1967 and is buried in the Halfmoon Cemetery in Van Buren County, Arkansas.

Ada Fryman born February 1891 in Richland County, Illinois married 16th July 1909 Van Buren County, Arkansas S. B. (Benjamin, Ben) Honeycutt born about 1890 in Marion County, Arkansas. In 1909 just shortly after they were married Ben got the measles he went swimming and got a congestive chill and died. Ben Honeycutt is buried in the Halfmoon Cemetery, Van Buren County, Arkansas.

After Ben died Ada married his older brother John Riley Honeycutt on 27th February 1910 in Van Buren County, Arkansas.

Ada and John had ten children, two sons and eight daughters. The two sons died young and are thought to be buried at Halfmoon Cemetery in Van Buren County, Arkansas.

The daughters are: Meada L. (Alameda, Little Meadie) Honeycutt born about 1911 married James E. Garrett and Cheston Davis. Meada died in California. Sarah Josephine Honeycutt born about 1915. Charity Mae Honeycutt born about 1916 was married to a man with the last name of Dick. They lived in Maros, Illinois, Osceola, Arkansas and Trumann, Arkansas. Martha Madeline (Mady) Honeycutt born about 1918 married a man with the last name of Hall. She lived in Wisner, Louisiana. Nancy Elizabeth (Elizzie) Honeycutt born about 1919 in Marion County, Arkansas married Louis Abbott. Lottie Jane (Janie) Honeycutt married a man with the last name of Gargus and she lived in Kansas City, Kansas. Dorothy Honeycutt and Lillian Honeycutt were the other daughters names. Ada Fryman died about 1936 in Marion County, Arkansas and John Riley Honeycutt died 20th November 1952 in Marion County, Arkansas.

Alenda A. (Almeda, Meadie) Fryman born 27th January 1893 in Richland County, Illinois married 9th May 1910 in Van Buren County, Arkansas Phillip I. Honeycutt born about 1882 in Benton County, Missouri. Phillip was first married 26 July 1900 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Janey Galloway born about 1882. Then Phillip married 3rd February 1906 in Marion County, Arkansas to Laura Bell Cooley born 10th June 1885. Phillip had one son: John William (Boss) Honeycutt born 6th April 1906 in Marion County, Arkansas.

Alenda and Phillip had nine children, six sons and three daughters.

They were: Eddie (Ed) Honeycutt born 1911/1912 at Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas he first married a lady by the name of (?Rekkle?) they had three sons and one daughter. His ex-wife and children lived in New Mexico. Then he married in 1952 Vera Severson. Eddie Honeycutt died 25th January 1999 at the age of 88. Albert (Abe) Honeycutt born 2nd September 1914 in Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 10th March 1944 Rebecca Imogene (Jean) McHenry born 4th April 1928 In Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. They had eight children, five sons and three daughters. Albert died 23rd March 1998 in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma and Rebecca died 24th March 2001 in Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. May Honeycutt born 1922 Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas married a man with the last name of Miller. William T. (Bud) Honeycutt born 22nd December 1919 Van Buren County, Arkansas died 16th August 1999 Holly Grove, Monroe County, Arkansas. Mollie Honeycutt born 1916 Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas. Rosa Honeycutt born 1918 Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas. David Honeycutt born about 1921 Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas. Jasper and Ernie Honeycutt were the other sons.

Ethel Fryman born 11th December 1894/1895 Nobel, Richland County, Illinois married 11th November 1916 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to David Evans born 27th July 1890 Winston County, Alabama.

Ethel and David had five children, three sons and two daughters.

They were: David Stephen (Bud) Evans Sr. born 3rd March 1919 Chelsea, Oklahoma married 8th November 1947 in Los Angeles, California to Kathi Spillman born 17th January 1918 Banat, Michigan. They had two sons. They were: David Stephen Jr., and John S. Evans. Raleigh Cowan Evans born 15th May 1927 London, Arkansas married 1961 in Los Angeles, California Marie Huerta. They had two daughters. Loy Leverett (Loyce) Evans born 16th February 1921 Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 1945 in Los Angeles, California to Iva Stafford. They had two sons. They were: Tommy Loy and Cledus Evans. Loy Leverett died November 1984. Laura Catherine (Lora) Evans born 27th April 1917 Dennard, Van Buren County, Arkansas married first Albert Norden and then she married Paul Robison. Laura died 31st October 1992 Bakersfield, California. Ocie Helen Evans born 14th July 1922 married Clauson Beam. Leatha Jane (Letha) Evans born 23rd February 1915 Dennard, Van Buren County, Arkansas married Earnest Whorton.

They had a son: Earnest Edwin Whorton. Then Leatha married 20th May 1938 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Joseph Lillian (Lynn) Owens born 26th June 1896 Gadson, Alabama. They had four sons. They were: Melvin Kenneth, Laymond Dale, Jimmy Lynn and Larry Dean Burns. Leatha died 27th may 1994 in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Nina Fryman born 9th January 1897 in Richland County, Illinois married 5th July 1915 in Van Buren County, Arkansas Thomas Matthew (Tom) Gardner born 6th June 1882 in Brown or Ross County, Ohio. Thomas first married 1912 in Van Buren County, Arkansas Lydia Cooley. Lydia died in child birth and her and the baby are buried side by side in the old part of the Halfmoon Cemetery in Van Buren County, Arkansas.

Thomas and Nina had ten children, five sons and five daughters.

They were: Mary Eddie Gardner born 28th July 1916 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 1st July 1931 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to David Cisro Bramlett born 17th April 1907 Van Buren County, Arkansas. They had ten children, seven daughters and three sons. They are: Mary Helen, Martha Ruby, Emma Lorene, Jewell Dean, Betty Ruth, Sally Lutrica Shirlene, Margaret Hazel, David Joseph (Joe), Cecil Calvin, and Emery Wade Bramlett. David Cisro died 21st November 1968 Clinton, Van Buren County, Arkansas and Mary Eddie died 4th December 2000 Clinton, Van Buren County, Arkansas. They are both buried at the Halfmoon Cemetery in Van Buren County, Arkansas. Earnest Matthew (Earn) Gardner born 28th December 1918 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married in 1946/1947 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Juanita Love Rolen born 1930. They had to remarry in 1963 Van Buren County, Arkansas due to something being wrong with the old marriage records. They had five children, three sons and two daughters. They were: Earnest Eugene (Charlie), Leon, Lloyd Randall, Eula Dean and Mildred Marie Gardner. Juanita died in 1980 and Earnest Matthew died in 1983 and both are buried nest to each other in the Halfmoon Cemetery in Van Buren County, Arkansas. Jenny Faye Gardner born 1st August 1919 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 1938 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Aurther Paul Rolen born 21st March 1919. They had seven children, four daughters and three sons. They were: Freda Dephyne, Hazel Grene, Dorthea, Wanda Lee, Coy, Harold and Aurther Wayne Rolen. Aurther and Faye are both buried in the Halfmoon Cemetery in Van Buren County, Arkansas along with four of their children that died young. Zillah Gardner born 9th November 1923 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 1940 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to H. B. Rooney. They had six children, four daughters and two sons. They were: Bertha, Shirley, Erma Dean, Debra Irene (Debbie), Johnny O’Neal and Tommy Dean (Don) Rooney. They lived in Kennett, Missouri. Stephen Thomas (Steve) Gardner born 1 April 1926 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 1944 in Van Buren County, Arkansas Ruby May Barnett. They had five children, four sons and one daughter. They were: Clifford, Douglas (Pete), Bobby Joe, Rickey, and Veda Gardner. Bessie Ellen Gardner born 4th May 1929 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 1945 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Owen B. (Ben, Benjamin) Tillery. They had four daughters. They are: Gloria Jean, Linda Kay, Patricia (Pat), and Brenda Sue Tillery. Jessie William Gardner born 6th September 1932 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 1952 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Wanda Lee Barnett. They had two sons. They are: William Dean, and James Thomas Gardner. Jessie died 16th November 2004 and is buried in Walla-Walla Washington were him and Wanda Lee had made their home after they were married. Charlie Gardner born 15th May 1935 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 27th December 1958 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Ruthie (Ruth) Sheets born 17th August 1942 Van Buren County, Arkansas. They had eight children, five daughters and three sons. They were: Murlene, Charlene (Jannie), Angela June, Kelly Marie’, Carolyn Rene’, Charles (Charlie) Jr., Johnny Ray, and Thomas Gardner. Ruth died 4th June 2003 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas she is buried next to her son Charles Jr. in the Halfmoon Cemetery, Van Buren County, Arkansas. Joe Gardner born 5th April 1928 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas died 14th May 1928 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas. Betty Gardner born 13th May 1941 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas died 27th May 1941 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas. Thomas Matthew died 17th February 1961 Halfmoon, Van Buren County, Arkansas. Nina died 22nd March 1985 in Kennett, Dunklin County, Missouri. Nina, Thomas, Betty and Joe are all buried beside each other in the Halfmoon Cemetery, Van Buren County, Arkansas.

Etta Ellen (Ettie) Fryman born 17th October 1899 in Richland County, Illinois married 15th October 1916 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to John Floyd (Pat) Waldrip/Waldrup born 4th April 1894.

Ellen and John had seven children, four sons and three daughters.

They were: Lloyed Lee Waldrip born 22nd April 1924 died 6th September 1950 married Vera Ferguson. Edgar Riley (Ed) Waldrip married his brother Lloyed’s widow Vera Ferguson. He also married two other women: Patricia and Robbie. Beulah Evelyn (Bula) Waldrip born 20th July 1917 Dennard, Van Buren County, Arkansas married 9th September 1933 in Van Buren County, Arkansas Howard Lester Hopner/Hapner. They had five children, three sons and two daughters. They were: Clifford Lloyed, Lester Leroy, John William, Carol Jean and Elsie Marie Hapner. Floyd Michael Waldrip was the other son. Beulah died 7th October 1985 in Walla-Walla, Washington. Eula Josephine Waldrip married 1938 in Van Buren County, Arkansas to Johnny Rolen. They had one son: Richard E. Rolen. Then Eula married Dale Humberson. Eunice Ilene Waldrip born 28th May 1926 died 16th March 1937 Rome, Missouri at the age of ten. Edward R. Waldrip born 10th October 1931 died 6th February 1937 Rome, Missouri at the age of five.

Purlee (Pearl) Fryman born 27th January 1905 Richland County, Illinois married 20th July 1920 to William Louis (Bill) Burns Sr. born 13th January 1897 Buffalo, Arkansas.

Purlee and William had seven children, four sons and three daughters.

They were: Charles Crockett (Charlie) Burns married Faye Barnett. Rosie A. (Florence Rosilann) Burns born 8th October 1934 married Joseph Black they lived in Kansas. Agnus L. (Loise, Agnes, Louise) Burns born 12th October 1931 married Emmett Earl (Ted) Honican they lived in Texas. Ruby Elizabeth Burns 1st February 1924 married 6th July 1939 in Platte City, Missouri Antone Joseph Price Sr. born 4th July 1921. They had three children, two sons and a daughter. They were: Antone Joseph Jr., Gary Stephen and Gloria Jean Price. Antone Joseph Price Sr. died 2003. William Louis Burns Jr., Clarence Edward Burns and Lloyed Forest Burns. William Louis (Bill) Burns Sr. died November 1966. Purlee Fryman married 1944 George T. Cox. Purlee died September 1985 Easton, Kansas.

Stephen Fryman died 12th June 1912 Dennard, Van Buren County, Arkansas. Mary Ettie Bullard died 15th August 1945 Elba, Van Buren County, Arkansas. They are both buried in the Dennard Cemetery at Dennard, Van Buren County, Arkansas.

Stephen Fryman served in the Civil War from 21st May 1864 to 22nd October 1864 he was a private in Company C 136th Regiment Illinois Infantry. At that time his place of residence was Olney, Illinois. His future Father-in-law G.M. (General F. Marion, Merican) Bullard served in this same Regiment but in Company G. Then Stephen re-enlisted 28th March 1865 to 5th November 1865 he was a Recruit in Company B 6th Regiment Illinois Cavalry. His place of residence was Kaskaskia, Illinois. He was a carpenter and when he moved his family to Dennard, Van Buren County, Arkansas he built a two story house down the road behind the Dennard Church. In 1913 his widow Mary Ettie owned 80 acres in Dennard, Van Buren County, Arkansas Township13N Range 14W Section 17.

Nina said that when they were still small children that her father and mother moved to Arkansas. Her and the girls had to walk beside the wagon the whole way. It was a dirty dusty and dangerous trip. Crossing the rivers she said was the scariest. To have all of the half-brothers and half-sisters that the children had they respected and loved each other like they were all full blood brothers and sisters. Nina said that when the girls got old enough that they would have Sunday box dinners. The guys would bid on the box lunches and try to get the box of the girls that they wanted to be with . Of course the girls would drop hints to the guys that they wanted to get their box a glue which box was theirs. Like their box had a certain ribbon or something that they would know was their box. The money would be raised for different causes. The Church Social would have local people that could play music and sing perform under the brush arbor for the young people and young couples. Back then the Church doubled as the School house so it was the main place for everyone to meet.

When the girls were grown they would have Sunday Dinners for the family. It would be at the parents house. When the parents got to old and moved in with some of the family then that person was host to the family dinners. All of the good ole’ home cooking: Fried Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes, Green Beans, Biscuits, Pies and Cakes. To drink they would have cow’s milk, coffee, tea or a cool glass of old fashioned Lemon Aid. The children running and playing and the grown ups talking of the weather, family.