Frank Richard Slemp & Amy Cora Sturgell, of MO, OK and TX

Frank Richard Slemp & Amy Cora Sturgell on Their Wedding Day

Amy Cora Sturgell was the eighth child and sixth daughter, born 21 August 1891 in Barry County, Missouri, to Abijah Houston and Martha Susannah (Alberty) Sturgell.

Unlike most of the other Sturgell spouses, Frank Richard Slemp was not from Barry County, Missouri, having been born in Atchison County, Missouri on 2 December 1886.Frank and Amy married one day after her 19th birthday in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.

Other Sturgell relatives were in Chickasha, so I can only surmise that Amy was either visiting family or perhaps had moved to Oklahoma after her father, Abijah, died in 1905. Her mother Martha had married (2) Benjamin Wagnon later in 1905, but they separated/divorced and she visited children in Oklahoma around 1910.

Frank had apparently decided to check out Oklahoma, too, and met Amy sometime around 1910.

In fact, Amy Sturgell is enumerated as a servant in the home of Richard and Rebecca Slemp in Shirley, a town near Chickasha, in Grady County, Oklahoma in 1910. Although a number of Slemp children are in the home, Frank is not one of them. Richard Slemp was his uncle, not his father, so Frank and Amy might have met when Frank visited his uncle and cousins.

Frank was a lifelong farmer and he, Amy and their only son, Homer, moved several times.

In 1910, Frank was single, living in Verden, Grady, Oklahoma, where other Sturgells also lived. The 1917 World War I draft registration card lists a home in McClain County, Oklahoma. In 1920, the family lived in Victor, McClain County, but in 1930 had moved to nearby Blanchard.

Between 1935-1940, the Slemp family made the move to Median County, Texas. How Medina County was chosen is not known, but life in Oklahoma must have been difficult, based on the number of times the family moved. The final push to move far away might well have been the death of their only child, Homer Leroy, in Blanchard in 1935.

Frank and Amy lived quite a few years in Texas. Amy died on 19 May 1964 in Castroville, Medina, Texas. Her body was sent back to Blanchard for burial, perhaps to be next to son Homer. Frank survived her by six years, but in the remaining years, he moved back to his place of birth – Atchison County, Missouri. He died there on 13 April 1970, but like Amy, his body was shipped back to Blanchard, where the family is buried together.

Amy Cora Sturgell is the only one of Abijah’s and Martha’s surviving children who has no living descendants today.

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