She was born Nov. 11, 1880 to Patrick Fletcher and Mary Smith. Mary was 1/4 Cherokee Indian, I guess that means I'm a smidge on this side, however my maternal side has American Indian roots also.
Her and her sister Ann are the only two to live to adulthood, three siblings died young. In my fathers writings he tells of the time that my Grandpa William saw Edie- she was only 10 and he was 25--YES I said 25. He told her not to grow up and marry anyone else. She was a beauty, long black hair around 5'4 and very pretty. They both remembered that day and stayed single.
Grandpa worked in various states where he could find work, he returned when Edie was 20 and asked her Dad for her hand. There was 15 years difference in their age. They were married in 1990 and they had 6 children, my father being the youngest.
They had a 40 acre farm in Missouri and raised beef, chicken and grew vegetables--never had to visit a grocery store. They had a hard life but Dad says they were content.
She passed away when I was three--here is a picture of her and I. The other is of her standing in front of the farmhouse.
They did not have a home with electricity until Grandma was 69 years old!!!!!!
This one is a picture Grandpa, Grandma Edie, Uncle William next to her and then my Dad is the young one.
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