Mary Maude Lansford

12 January 1898–1 August 1986 (Age 88)
Groesbeck, Limestone, Texas, United States

The Life of Mary Maude

When Mary Maude Lansford was born on 12 January 1898, in Groesbeck, Limestone, Texas, United States, her father, Nathaniel Raney Lansford, was 27 and her mother, Emily E Day, was 23. She married William Thomas Willis on 15 March 1917. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Craig, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Township 7, Craig, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. She died on 1 August 1986, in Vinita, Craig, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Vinita, Craig, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Thomas Willis
1898–1992
Mary Maude Lansford
1898–1986
Marriage: 15 March 1917
Nina Bernice Willis
1918–2004
Melvin Otto Willis
1921–1922

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
15 March 1917
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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1907

Age 9

Oklahoma is the 46th state.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 23

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Name Meaning

English: habitational name probably from Langsford in Petertavy, Devon, so named from Old English landscearu ‘boundary’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Maude Willis in household of William Willis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Maud M Willis in household of William T Willis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Maud Lansford in household of Raney Lansford, "United States Census, 1900"

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