Hunting for Today’s Stufflebean Cousins: Bernice Mae Stufflebean (1906-2002)

The previous posts in Hunting for Today’s Stufflebean Cousins have all pertained to the children of John Henry Stufflebean and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Hollen. They had nine children together, seven of whom lived to adulthood, married and had children of their own.

With today’s post, we will begin looking at the five children born to John Henry and his second wife, Adeline (Addie) Lucinda Belcher, who married on 21 May 1905 in Linn County, Missouri. Not long after, the Stufflebeans left Missouri and headed for new land in Oklahoma.

Addie was the only paternal grandmother my father-in-law ever knew. Grandma Stuffy, as she was called, long outlived her husband, passing away on 28 July 1974 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma.

John Henry and Addie had one son and four daughters of their own, so Addie must have had her hands full with the younger children of Mary Elizabeth’s plus her own five still at home.

The eldest of their children was Bernice Mae, born 21 July 1906, in Garner,  Linn County, but possibly in Oklahoma. Bernice married William Troy Shelton, who went by Troy, on 13 October 1928, probably in Noble, Cleveland, Oklahoma.

Unlike some of the other family members who migrated west to California, the Sheltons remained in Oklahoma, settling in Oklahoma City.

Also unlike most of the branches of the Stufflebean family, I have no identified photos of Bernice. It is likely that I have one or two, as I have several pictures of small children who are children and grandchildren of John Henry, but my father-in-law sadly did not label these pictures.

I know Ed (my father-in-law) kept in touch with Bernice because I remember seeing an old Christmas card and asking who the Sheltons were.

Troy Shelton died on 20 December 1992. Bernice survived him by ten years, passing away on 16 December 2002, both in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Troy and Bernice had two children who could possibly still be living today.

If this is your Stufflebean line, please contact me!

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