Tombstone Tuesday – September 24, 2019 – Charles Dubra Stinson

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Charles was the son of George A. and Cora (Phipps) Stinson. He was born in Boone County, Iowa on February 24, 1894. George and Cora had three children; Arthur (1890), Charles (1894), Georgia (1898)

In the 1900 Federal Census, Charles is six years old and he is found living with his parents at the home of his maternal Grandfather, Eli Phipps. Eli is listed as head of household. Also living in this residence are,  Cora (Eli’s daughter) and her husband George, with their children, Arthur, Charles, Georgia, and Eli’s daughter, Minnie, her husband, Jacob and their daughter, May. They are living in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. In the 1910 Federal Census, Charles is with his parents in Hennessey Ward 5, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. Charles is 16 years old in May of 1910 when the census is taken.

Charles married Cora Belle Crites in Kingfisher, Oklahoma on December 12,1910. He was sixteen and Cora was seventeen. They had a daughter, Lillie Marie Stinson born on Dec 22, 1910 in Hennessey Oklahoma.  They either divorced or annulled the marriage because by the 1920 Federal Census, Charles and Cora Belle are no longer married. I do not find a record for either event.  Cora has remarried to a man named Rufus Starkey. Lillie Marie Stinson is living with her mother and her new husband.

On July 8, 1915, Charles D Stinson married Edna G Blackstone in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. On June 5, 1918, Charles registered for the draft for WWI. He list that he is married and has a wife, no children dependents.  They live in Hennessey, Oklahoma. According to a “Delayed Birth Certificate”. Charles enlisted in 1918. His service record is listed on the Birth Certificate, this document seem also  to list what appears to be a Life insurance Policy.  In Texas WWI Records, I find Charles Dubra Stinson is a Private in the 52nd Machine Gun Battalion, Company B.

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Delayed Certificate of birth from 1951

In the 1920 Federal Census, Charles and Edna are living in Kingfisher with Edna’s son, Ira Blackstone. The 1930 Federal Census show Charles and Edna in Seminole, Oklahoma. They have three daughter; Georgia (1924), Roberta (1927), Dubylene (1929).  Charles works in the gas industry as a Stillman. By the 1940 Federal Census, Charles and Edna are in Hutchinson, Kansas with their three daughters. In 1942, Charles registered for WWII. He does not list his wife as contact but lists Edgar Priddle and W.H Tillock. He now lives in Burrton, Kansas. He is listed with Edna in Kansas City, Kansas in March of 1954

Fifty Five years ago today, on September 24, 1964, Charles Dubra Stinson died in Witchita, Kansas. He is buried in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Wichita, Kansas.


Rest in peace, Charles!

Love, Jan

Charles was the first husband of my third cousin Cora Belle Crites for a brief period of time.

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