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Andrew Herman (Bud) Sturgell & Jessie Nixon, Oklahoma Settlers

Bud, born Andrew Herman Sturgell was the youngest of the eleven children born to Abijah Houston and Martha Susanna (Alberty) Sturgell and was only six years old when his father died.

Andrew Herman Sturgell was born on 6 October 1898 in Barry County, Missouri. his young life was rather different from that of his elder siblings because of his father’s death.

His mother, Martha, married only five months after Abijah died from the effects of being burned in a barn fire. Benjamin Wagnon, his stepfather, and Martha weren’t married long and parted ways after a few years.

Some of Martha’s children were starting to make the move to the new state of Oklahoma in the early 1900s. Martha and Bud made a trip there to visit John Houston Sturgell and see his newly built home about 1910.

While Martha returned to Barry County, Missouri and died there on 10 July 1916, Bud, like many of his siblings, also chose Oklahoma as his long term home.

Andrew Herman Sturgell married Jessie Lee Ellen Nixon on 22 October 1921 in Grady County, Oklahoma. Bud began married life as a farmer, at times owning his own land and renting at other times.

Jessie & Bud

Bud is the only Sturgell aunt or uncle of my mother-in-law’s whom I knew, at least through a few letters that we wrote back and forth.

Bud died on 27 January 1989 in Blanchard. Jessie predeceased him in 1985.

Bud and Jessie were parents of eight children, one of whom is still living and won’t be included in this family sketch. All children were born in Blanchard, McClain, Oklahoma.


  1. Nora Nadene, born 18 November 1922; died 11 June 2012, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma; married J. Berkeley Johnson, 4 April 1946, McClain County, Oklahoma
  2. Elaine, born c1925; died before 2022; married Leo Burney Melott, c1950
  3. Helen, born 8 September 1926; died 16 June 1991, Oklahoma; married Evin Willie Garrison, 25 May 1946, Cleveland County, Oklahoma
  4. Herman Leroy, born 21 August 1931; died 18 January 2021, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma; married Unknown (MNU)
  5. Andrew Kenneth, born 21 May 1934; died 2 July 1935, Blanchard, McClain, Oklahoma
  6. Billie Ruth, born 11 September 1935; died 4 July 1937, Blanchard, McClain, Oklahoma
  7. Vera June, born 8 November 1940; died 1 November 2022, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma; married Living
  8. Living Child

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.

John Demeris Periman & Nora Bell Sturgell, Oklahoma Settlers

John Demeris Periman & Nora Bell Sturgell

Nora Bell Sturgell was the sixth child and fourth daughter, born 5 November 1886 in Barry County, Missouri, to Abijah Houston and Martha Susannah (Alberty) Sturgell.

Nora Bell married John Demeris Periman on 18 August 1901 in Barry County, Missouri.

Their married life started on a sad note, as their first child died, apparently soon after birth. No birth or death record has been found, nor is there a gravestone for the little one. However, in 1910, Nora reported that she had given birth to two children with one living.

John and Nora spent the first 25 years or so of their marriage living in Barry County, near to family and friends. John at first rented land on which to farm and, by 1920, was able to own his own farm.

John and Nora haven’t been found in the 1930 census, but were in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma in 1927 when John gave permission for their 19 year old son, Elzie, to marry Nora Byers. At that time, Elzie was living in Blanchard, McClain, Oklahoma.

Further census records indicate that in 1935, John and Nora were living in rural McClain County, but by 1940 had moved to Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma. Their home was rented and John was working as a laborer for the WPA (Works Progress Administration.) He is the first ancestor in the family tree who I know of that worked for the WPA, which was one of Roosevelt’s plan to get America back to work during the Depression.

The Perimans didn’t seem to stay in any one place in Oklahoma for very long, as in 1950, they were living in Oklahoma City. John was 71 years old and Nora was 63.

John Periman died on 22 July 1953 and his obituary was published in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma. He is buried in Blanchard, McClain, Oklahoma.

Nora Bell passed away on 28 July 1960, possibly in Oklahoma City and is buried next to John in Blanchard.

John and Nora had another child, Maudine Rebecca, born c1912 and who was at home in 1920. No further record has been found for her and it appears she may have died between 1920 and 1930. I would love to have more information about her.

Their son, Elzie, became a minister, but also worked as a butcher and remained in Blanchard for the rest of his life.


  1. Child, born before 1908 and died soon
  2. Elzie Guy, born 16 June 1909; died 11 December 1974, Blanchard, McClain, Oklahoma; married Nola Pearl Byers, 20 October 1927, Grady County, Oklahoma. They were the parents of seven children – five daughters and two sons.
  3. Maudine Rebecca, born c1912; at home in 1920; no further record