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Emery and Julia London Family

Emery Lee London, born July 1891 in Indian Territory
+ Julia Jane Jobe (1893-1973)
Thresa Arta London (1913-1982) born in Oklahoma
Rolen London (1919-1980) born in Oklahoma
Lawrence Alton London (1921-1993) born in Oklahoma
Arvola London (1923-1981) born in Oklahoma
Dorothy Lorene London (1929-2011) born in Oklahoma
Luzell London

When Emery Lee London was born on July 26, 1892, in Muskogee, Indian Territory, his father, Marcus, was 29 and his mother, Rebecca, was 21. It was still fifteen years until Oklahoma would be accepted as the 46th state of the Union on November 16, 1907. Emery was known as Em and his name was often written Emry. In fact, the one surviving example of his hand writing available to me is his World War I draft registration card where he writes his name "Emry London." I use the two interchangeably.

In 1900 Emry was eight years old; living at home with his parents. He had two brothers and two sisters. In the 1900 US Federal Census in Forest, Pottawatomie County, Territory of Oklahoma, is a record of the Marcus and Rebecca London household enumerated on the sixth of June 1900 by William E. Johnston. Marcus L London, head of household, white, male, born December 1863 in Texas, age 36, married for 12 years, his father was born in Tennessee and his mother in Arkansas. Marcus was supporting his family by farming. He was able to read, write, and speak English. He was renting the land he was farming. Marcus' wife was Rebecca L London, white, female, born Aug 1871 in Arkansas, age 44 years of age, married 12 years, she had five children and all were still alive. Her father was born in Alabama and her mother in Texas. Austin L London, son, white, male, born Aug 1889 in Indian Territory, age 10 years, had attended school five months and could read, write and speak English. Emry London, son, white, male, born July 1891 in Indian Territory, age 8 years, had attended school five months and could read, write and speak English. Tennie M London, daughter, white, female, born Jan 1893 in Indian Territory, age 7 years, had attended school five months and could read, but not write and can speak English. Coin H London, son, white, male, born Aug 1895 in Arkansas, age 4 years, hasn't started school and can speak English but cannot read or write. Caldona E London, daughter, white, female, born July 1898 in Oklahoma Territory, was one year of age, and could speak English but could not read or write.

Twelve years later, Emery married Julia Jane Jobe on July 8, 1912, in Comanche, Oklahoma. This is the story of their elopement.

In 1920 the US Federal Census for Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, was enumerated 27 January 1920, and has a record of the E. L. and Jewell London household. E.L. [Emery Lee] London was head of household, male, white, age 26, married, able to read and write, born in Oklahoma. He says his parents were born in the United States. He is employed as a carpenter building houses. Jewell London, wife, female, white, age 24, married, able to read and write, born in Texas as were her parents. Tresa [Thresa] London, daughter, female, white, age 6, single, had been going to school and was able to read and write, she was born in Oklahoma. Rolen London, son, male, white, 7/12 years old, single, born in Oklahoma.

On February 6, 1921, when his son Lawrence was born, the family was living in a tent in the oil fields near Ranger, Texas. Emery Lee London was working in the oil fields. There was a big oil boom on.

Lawrence London's account of life at home

The 1930 US Federal Census for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, has a record of the Emry and Jewell London household enumerated April 11, 1930, at 730 South East 31st Street. Emry London, head of household, the family owned the property and it was valued at $4,000, male, white, age 39, married, originally married at age 20, born in Oklahoma, Emry told the census taker that his father was born in the United States, and his mother was born in Oklahoma, Emry was a carpenter working in the building industry and had worked the previous day, he was not a veteran. Jewell London, wife, female, white, age 36, married, originally married at age 18, born in Texas, Jewell indicated her parents were born in the United States. Roland London, son, male, white, age 10, single, attending school, able to read and write, born in Oklahoma [His name was Rolen. The census taker erroneously indicated that Rolen was female, but I knew my Uncle Rolen and he was definitely male]. Lawrence London, son, male, white, age 8, single, attending school, born in Oklahoma, father born in Oklahoma, mother born in Texas. Arvola London, daughter, female, white, age 6, single, attending school, born in Oklahoma, father born in Oklahoma, mother born in Texas [the census taker wrote her name Arbola, but I knew my Aunt Arvola and I know how her name was spelled]. Lorene London, daughter, female, white, age 6/12, single, born in Oklahoma, father born in Oklahoma, mother born in Texas. Thresa Johnson, daughter of Emry and Jewell London, renting at $10/month, female, white, age 16, married, she was married at age 16, had not attended school since September 21, 1929, able to read and write, Thresa was born in Oklahoma, her father was born in Oklahoma, her mother was born in Texas. George Johnson, son-in-law, male, white, age 21, married, married at age 21, had not attended school since September 21, 1929, able to read and write, George and his parents were born in Oklahoma, his occupation was that of a carpenter in the building industry and he had worked the day prior to the census, he was not a veteran [at the time].

Recollections of Lorene London and her sister

Emery Lee London died on October 14, 1953, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 61. He was buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA. Upon her death, Julia Jane "Jewell" (Jobe) London, Em's beloved wife of 41 years was laid by his side. I had twenty-two years to get to know my Grandma London before she died and I am sure that she is with Jesus in heaven. She raised seven children to adulthood and each was a godly, loving person who was a servant of God, their country, and their family. And they passed the love of Jesus on to their children and grandchildren.



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