Columbus Taylor and Juliann Sturgell, Oklahoma Settlers

The last several months have had a strong focus on my family tree, so it’s time to turn to the Stufflebean-Sturgell family tree to share some stories.

A quick glance at previous posts made me realize that I’ve never shared the stories of the children of Abijah Houston Sturgell and Martha Susanna Alberty of Barry County, Missouri.

They were the parents of eleven children, three of whom died in childhood. Child #9 was my husband’s grandfather, Oscar Eldon Sturgell, and I’ve written about his life.

That leaves: Juliann, Maggie Clementine, John Houston, Lee Rue, Nora Bell, Amy Cora and Andrew Herman (Bud). Today, we’ll begin with Juliann.

Julia Ann, or Juliann as she was often called, Sturgell was the second child, but eldest surviving child of Abijah Houston and Martha Susanna Alberty, born 5 January 1879, probably in Van Buren, Newton, Missouri as that is where the family lived for the 1880 census.

Juliann had the opportunity to attend school, as the 1940 census taker recorded that she had completed the 8th grade.

Like many other young girls of the time, Juliann married when she was quite young – just a few weeks past her 16th birthday. Juliann married Columbus Washington Taylor, known as Lum, on 7 March 1895 in Barry County, Missouri.

Juliann & Lum, early 1900s enhanced with MyHeritage Photo tools

Lum was born on 25 December 1870 in Huntsville, Madison, Arkansas and died in 1957 in Verden, Caddo, Oklahoma.

For the first few years after marrying, Lum and Juliann worked on their small farm in Mineral Springs, Barry, Missouri. However, Oklahoma had opened up for settlement in the 1890s and was nearing statehood in the early 1900s. Many of Lum’s and Juliann’s family and friends made the decision to leave Missouri for a new life in Oklahoma. Sometime between 1900 and 1910, the young Taylor family decided Oklahoma was right for them, too.

By 1910, Lum, Juliann and their three children – Emory, Nina and Leroy, were living in Lincoln, Caddo, Oklahoma, where Lum continued to farm his rented land.

By 1920, the family had moved once again to the nearby town of Delaware, still in Caddo County and Lum, again, farmed on his rented property.

The 1930s brought on hard times with both the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Lum and Juliann were both well into their 50s and Lum had given up farming. Instead, he was a clerk in a grocery store in Verden, again in Caddo County. Verden is where many extended family members were living.

As the Depression years passed and World War II was approaching, Lum worked as a salesman and then, after the war, got a job working in the City Clerk’s office. Life had to be hard for them, as Lum was 79 years old when he worked in the clerk’s office.

Through the years, Juliann worked as a homemaker, raising their children.

On 7 March 1945, Lum and Juliann celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Lum & Juliann, 50th Wedding Anniversary

Lum died in early February 1957, as his obituary was published on 6 February in The Carnegie Herald in Caddo County.

Juliann outlived Lum by eleven years, passing away on 5 March 1968, just two days shy of what would have been the 73rd anniversary of her marriage.


  1. Emory Oscar, born 4 January 1896, Barry County, Missouri; died 8 January 1973, Oklahoma; married Grace McClane, 5 February 1920, Grady County, Oklahoma. They were the parents of four children.
  2. Nina Pearl, born 25 January 1898, Barry County, Missouri; died 2 December 1923, Verden, Caddo, Oklahoma; married Rufus Monroe Caldwell, 3 September 1916, Caddo County, Oklahoma. Rufus married (2) Emma Warkentin, 1926, Caddo County, Oklahoma. Rufus and Nina were the parents of one daughter and two sons.
  3. Leroy, aka Roy Lee, was born 14 September 1903, Barry County, Missouri; died 2 January 1983, Verden, Caddo, Oklahoma; married Flossie Mae Sigman, 28 January 1927, Verden, Caddo, Oklahoma. They were the parents of two sons and one daughter.

Next in the Sturgell family stories is that of Maggie Clementine, third child of Abijah Houston and Martha Susannah Alberty.

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