Owings Family History
William M Owings Family Research
William M Owings
Birth: 9 June 1871 Itawamba county, Mississippi
Death: 1 June 1949 Nevada State Mental Hospital No. 3, Nevada,
Vernon county, MO
Burial: State Hospital Cemetery, Nevada, Vernon county, MO
Parents: William R Owings and Charlotte Bookout
Marriage: 5 Nov 1894 Garfield county, Oklahoma
Sarah Pheby “Sadie” Gardner
Birth: 20 October 1859 Pennsylvania
Death: 8 June 1944 At the old schoolhouse between Wheatland and Hermitage,
Hickory county, MO
Burial: Hermitage Cemetery, Hermitage, Hickory county, MO
Parents: George Gardner and Sarah
Other Spouses: Frank George Griffith married 18 Feb 1879 in Cherokee County, Iowa.
Had a son, Frank George Griffith Jr., born 22 June 1879 in Pitcher Township, Cherokee County, Iowa,
died before 1880.
Photo of William Owings and Sadie Gardner in Dewey, Oklahoma
Tashie Merle Owings
1900 Allison Township, Garfield county, Oklahoma
1910 Caney Township, Montgomery county, Kansas
Owings, W M Head 39 Marriage1 16 yrs. MS GA GA day laborer
Owings, Sarah Wife 50 Marriage2 16 yrs. 4 children 2 living PA England England
Owings, Murley Son 12 OK MS PA
Owings, Ada daughter 10 OK MS PA
Gardner, Wm brother-in-law 41 VA England England day laborer
Hickory County Index:
Sarah Theba Owings
Funeral services were held Friday in the Hathaway Funeral Chapel
at Wheatland for Mrs. Sarah Theba Owings, wife of Wm. Owings, who
passed away Thursday at her home near Wheatland. Rev. B. H. Brakebill
officiated. Burial was in Hermitage cemetery.
Surviving are her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Roy C. Curtis,
Wheatland, and Mrs. Alfred Norman, Weaubleau.
Hickory County, MO Probate Records:
On 2 September 1947, Merle T. Curtis filed court papers for
an “Inquiry into Sanity” for her father, William Owings. She was
appointed his legal guardian on 8 September 1947. The next year the
following was filed:
In the Probate Court, State of Missouri, County of Hickory. In
the matter of William Owings, a person of unsound mind. Merle T.
Your petitioner, Merle T. Curtis, respectfully represents that
she is the legally appointed guardian of William Owings, a person of
unsound mind, having been appointed as such Guardian on September 8th,
That the said William Owings has recently become dangerous to
himself, and to the community, and your petitioner is no longer able
to restrain him and care for him in her home, due to the fact that he
is at times violent.
Wherefore your petitioner prays the Court to make an order for
the confinment of the said William Owings in a State Hospital.
(Signature of Merle T Curtis)
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of April, 1949.
(Signature of ER Crouch, Judge of Probate)
There is also a warrant to convey him to the hospital dated the next
day, 5 April 1949 and a receipt for his admittance.
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