Dora Bell Rooker

Female22 February 1885–15 January 1972

Brief Life History of Dora Bell

When Dora Bell Rooker was born on 22 February 1885, in Tennessee, United States, her father, Anderson D Rooker, was 24 and her mother, Buannavista Grissom, was 17. She married John Malcolm "Mack" Houchen on 8 March 1902, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Choctaw, Oklahoma, United States for about 5 years and Ratliffe Township, Choctaw, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. She died on 15 January 1972, in Hugo, Choctaw, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hugo, Choctaw, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Malcolm "Mack" Houchen
Dora Bell Rooker
Marriage: 8 March 1902
Lela Mae Houchen
Ola Irene Houchen
Mayme T Houchen
Ruby Houchen
Melvin M Houchen
Raymond Alland Houchen

Sources (13)

  • Dora Rooker in household of Anderson D Rooker, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Dora B. Rooker - birth: 22 February 1886; Tennessee, United States
  • Dora Bell Rooker, "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 March 1902Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States
  • Children (6)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.


    Age 4

    The Oklahoma Land Run on April 22, 1889, was the first land rush, or land opened for settlement on a first-come basis, opened to the Unassigned Lands. The land rush lured approximately 50,000 people, saddled with their fastest horses, looking to claim their piece of the newly available two million acres. The requirements included the settler to live and improve on their 160 acres for five years in order to receive the title. Choice land tempted people to hide out and get an early lead on their claim. These people became known as “sooners.” It is estimated that eleven thousand homesteads were claimed. Oklahoma Historical Society - Land Run of 1889

    1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

    Age 23

    Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name for a spinner or a maker of distaffs, from an agent derivative of Middle English rok(ke) ‘distaff’ (see Rock ).

    English: from an agent derivative of Middle English rok(ke) ‘rock’. The surname may be topographic, signifying someone who lived beside a prominent rock or rocky outcrop, or habitational, denoting someone who lived at a place so named. See Rock .

    Dutch: metonymic occupational name for someone who smokes fish or meat.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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