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Family: Vessie Eugene McLemore/Nina Ophelia Fuller (F11)

m. 7 Nov 1907


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  • Vessie Eugene McLemoreFather | Male
    Vessie Eugene McLemore

    Born  1 Feb 1885  Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 Jan 1952  San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Rosevine Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  7 Nov 1907  [1]  Many, Sabine Parish, Louisiana  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  John F. "Finn" McLemore | F51 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Rutha Triphene White | F51 Group Sheet 

    Nina Ophelia FullerMother | Female
    Nina Ophelia Fuller

    Born  15 Sep 1891  Rosevine, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  8 Jul 1980  Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Rosevine Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Joseph Thomas Fuller | F52 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Viola "Ola" Fullen | F52 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    Infant McLemore

    Born  3 Dec 1908  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  17 Feb 1909  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Gravel Hill Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    Infant McLemore

    Born  10 Mar 1910  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  11 Mar 1910  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Gravel Hill Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Male
    Infant McLemore

    Born  25 May 1911  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 May 1911  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Gravel Hill Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Percy Lavell McLemoreChild 4 | Male
    Percy Lavell McLemore

    Born  11 Jan 1913  Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Apr 1991  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Liberty Hill Cemetery, Bland Lake, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Elma Callie Smith | F53 
    Married  19 Apr 1936  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Viola Evon McLemoreChild 5 | Female
    Viola Evon McLemore

    Born  6 Nov 1914  Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  18 Oct 2008  Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Broaddus Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Memmon Dale Tisdale | F54 
    Married  8 Jan 1938  Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location

    Vessie Earl McLemoreChild 6 | Male
    Vessie Earl McLemore

    Born  12 Sep 1916  Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Apr 1997  Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  2 May 1997  Thomas Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Velta Allentia Rawson | F55 
    Married  27 Aug 1938  San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 7 | Male
    Ira Ray McLemore

    Born  1 Dec 1918  Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  14 Feb 1991  Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  16 Feb 1991  Liberty Hill Cemetery, Bland Lake, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Bernice Opal Hensarling | F56 
    Married  9 May 1937  Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 8 | Male
    Living

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    Spouse  Living | F3 
    Married     

    John Lynn McLemoreChild 9 | Male
    John Lynn McLemore

    Born  26 Dec 1932  San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 Sep 2007  Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  16 Sep 2007  Rosevine Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Living | F57 
    Married     
    Spouse  Selma June Sparks | F58 
    Married  Bef 1960   
    Spouse  Living | F59 
    Married     
    Spouse  Living | F60 
    Married     
    Spouse  Living | F61 
    Married     

  • Documents
    Fuller, Nina Ophelia marriage to Vessie E. McLemore, Many, Louisiana, 1907
    Fuller, Nina Ophelia marriage to Vessie E. McLemore, Many, Louisiana, 1907
    Nina and Vessie eloped in Many, Louisiana, just across the state line from Sabine County, Texas, where they both grew up

  • Notes  Married:
    • Nina's mother died six months after Nina's Fifteenth birthday. As the oldest girl, and second of eight children, all the day to day household tasks of caring for their large family immediately fell to her. To make matters worse, Nina's father had relatives who had moved to the fertile lower Rio Grande Valley to farm. They encouraged him to move down there as well. He had made several trips down to visit them, and to inspect land. Nina was desperately afraid of leaving her beloved east Texas.

      About this same time, Nina met Vessie McLemore met at a church revival. They enjoyed each other's company, and began secretly corresponding with each other. Vessie soon proposed, and in November 1907, they snuck across the river to Many, Louisiana and eloped. Nina had turned sixteen years old not quite two months earlier. Nina told her granddaughter, Melinda, that she and Vessie had only seen each other twice in person before their marriage. A photo exists that appears to be their wedding picture. Vessie is wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and white bow tie, and Nina in a white dress, with a large flower in her hair.

      Witnesses at their wedding were, H. E. White, presumably Henry Ernest White--Vessie's first cousin-- and A. McGown [likely either Albert or Andrew McGown, brothers who lived nearby the young couple in Geneva, Texas].

      The license was filed for record on 14 July 1908 in Volume 3, Page 272 of the Marriage Records of Sabine Parish, Louisiana by W. E. McNuly, clerk, oper J. J. McNuly, Deputy.

      Joe Fuller was not pleased with his daughters elopement. For at least several months after their wedding, the young couple avoided him. Rumors abounded that he might shoot Vessie on sight. Jan Tisdale, another granddaughter, remembers similar stories. Jan said that Nina's younger sisters were especially saddened by the hasty marriage. They lost both their mother and older sister in less than a year.

      Written by Melinda McLemore Strong, granddaughter, circa 1995 and revised periodically

  • Sources 
    1. [S382] State of Louisiana, Parish of Sabine, Marriage License.