Alva Tennessee Cearley

27 October 1873–23 August 1948 (Age 74)
Oklahoma, United States

The Life Summary of Alva Tennessee

When Alva Tennessee Cearley was born on 27 October 1873, in Oklahoma, United States, her father, Larkin Howard Cearley, was 36 and her mother, Elizabeth Brown, was 38. She married William Newton Sweeton on 15 October 1897, in Howell, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. She lived in Richland Township, Ozark, Missouri, United States for about 10 years and Dora, Ozark, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 23 August 1948, in West Plains, Howell, Missouri, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Sweeton Pond Cemetery, Dora, Ozark, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Newton Sweeton
Alva Tennessee Cearley
Marriage: 15 October 1897
Bessie Fern Sweeton
Myrtle R. Sweeton
Perna Chloe Sweeton
Beulah Sweeton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 October 1897Howell, Missouri, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii
    Age 2
    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
    Age 16
    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
    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 23
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

    Name Meaning

    Altered form of English or Irish Carley and possibly also of some other similar (like-sounding) surname.

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

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    Sources (8)

    • Tennessee Ceorley in household of Larkin Ceorley, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Tennessee Cearley, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
    • Tennessee Sweeton in household of William N Sweeton, "United States Census, 1940"

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