Martha B or Minnie Howard

5 January 1908–13 February 1951 (Age 43)
Newalla, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Martha B or Minnie

When Martha B or Minnie Howard was born on 5 January 1908, in Newalla, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, her father, Patrick Howard, was 18 and her mother, Estella “Stella” Bales, was 17. She married Grady Thompson Ross on 27 February 1928, in Drumright, Creek, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States in 1935. She died on 13 February 1951, in Douglas, Converse, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Stella, Cleveland, Oklahoma, United States.

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Grady Thompson Ross
Martha B or Minnie Howard
Marriage: 27 February 1928
Grady Gene Ross

Spouse and Children

27 February 1928
Drumright, Creek, Oklahoma, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Estella “Stella” Bales




World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1910 · State Capital Moves to Oklahoma City

Age 2

The state capital of Oklahoma moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City on June 10, 1910. 

Age 12

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Norman personal name Huard, Heward, composed of the Germanic elements hug ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.2 English: from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Hāward, composed of the Old Norse elements ‘high’ + varðr ‘guardian’, ‘warden’.3 English: variant of Ewart 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Minnie Howard in household of Estella Howard, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Minnie Ross in household of Grady Ross, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Minnie B Ross in household of Grady T Ross, "United States Census, 1940"

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