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Littleton Wynn > John Jay Wynn
John A. Knight > Frances Elizabeth Knight

 b. JAN 1835, GA
 m. Frances Elizabeth KNIGHT, 26 JAN 1853, Macon County AL
 d. after 1900, OK

Frances Elizabeth KNIGHT
 b. 17 OCT 1836, NC
 m. John J. WYNN, 26 JAN 1853, Macon County AL
 d. 30 DEC 1891, Desdemona, Eastland County TX

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Frances Elizabeth Knight and John J. Wynn


  1. Helen Eulalia WYNN
     b. 5 NOV 1855, Tallahassee, Leon County FL
     m. Fleming Jordan CREWS, 28 DEC 1872, Collin County TX
     d. 21 APR 1948, TX
     McGirk Cemetery, McGirk, Hamilton County TX

  2. Amanda Desdemona WYNN
     b. 12 MAR 1860, Auburn, Lee County AL
     m. M.S. CASTEAL, 1 JAN 1880, Eastland County TX
     m. William Drinkard THOMPSON, 1 NOV 1896, Smith County TX
     d. 10 MAR 1909, Dallas TX
     Thompson Cemetery, Laird Hill, Rusk County TX

  3. Mary Josephine WYNN, Mollie
     b. 4 FEB 1862, AL
     m. Thomas Jefferson Rusk HENRY, 18 MAY 1876,
     Eastland County TX
     d. 28 JUL 1930, Eastland County TX

  4. John Jay WYNN, Jr.
     b. 14 JUL 1870, TX
     m. Callie WILLIAMSON, 10 FEB 1898, Regan, Indian Territory
     d. 17 APR 1945, OK
     Oak Hill Cemetery, (now Kiowa City Cemetery),
     Kiowa, Pittsburg County, OK (see below)

  5. Lela Kate WYNN
     b. 5 MAY 1874, TX
     m. Reuben Daniel RABE, 16 OCT 1892, Eastland County
     d. 19 Nov 1942, Provence, Carter County, OK
     Provence Cemetery, Carter County, OK

  6. Willie Walton WYNN
     b. 16 APR 1878, Desdemona, Eastland County TX
     m. Frances Lanora FAIRCHILD, 8 JAN 1899,
     Troy, Johnston County OK
     m. Rosa WEST
     m. Carrie GARR
     d. 9 DEC 1958, Healton OK
     Young Cemetery, OK

  7. Infant Twin 1 WYNN
     b. Unknown
     d. Unknown

  8. Infant Twin 2 WYNN
     b. Unknown
     d. Unknown

Desdemona, Eastland County TX
desdemona tx
The town of Desdemona, in Eastland County, Texas is named for Desdemona Wynn. Family history suggests that it is because she was the town's first school teacher. Many members of the Stockton, Wynn, and Stewart families were born in Desdemona, formerly known as Hogtown, as the town is situated near Hog Creek. John Jay Wynn served both as a postmaster and a Justice of the Peace in Desdemona. The photo above is of Desdemona during the oil boom.
Desdemona During the Oil Boom

1860 Pensacola, Escambia County FL Census, 11 JUN 1860
John A. Knight, 60-NC, is living with his wife Mary P., 57-NC. They have X children, William P., 21-NC(?), Benjamin, 27-NC, James H., 18-GA (carpenter), Daniel M., 18-GA, Mary F., 16-AL, Mary Ann, 15-AL, Elizabeth Wynn, 24-NC, John J. Wynn, 25-GA, Mary J. 4-AL, Amanda. The Knight family is in Macon AL in 1850. The Knight family had two sets of twins.

1870 Troup, Canton, Van Zandt County TX Census
John (34-GA) and Frances (33-SC) are living with four of their children: Helen (14-FL), Armada (9-FL), Mary (7-AL), and John (1-TX). Next door lives another Wynn family: George (40-AL), Caroline (35-AL), Henry (12-AL), Laura (8-TX), and Francis (7-TX). This family is black.

1880 Eastland County TX Census
John J. (44-GA) and Frances E. Wynn (43-NC) are living with three of their children, Jno. J. (9), Lela K. (6), and Willie W. (2). All these children were born in Texas. They live next door to their daughter Mollie J. Wynn and her husband Thomas Henry and their daughter Minnie E. The Stocktons and the Cyperts live on the other side of them. The son of Mollie and Thomas Henry marry a Stockton, Loula Mae, the daughter of Wilse Stockton and Emma Stewart.s

1900 Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory Census
Walton W. Wynn and his wife Frances L. (Fairchild) Wynn are living with Walton's father John J. Wynn, now 65 and a widower. Walton Wynn is the head of the household. The Fairchild family lives next door.

The dates for Frances Elizabeth KNIGHT WYNN came from family Bible of John A. KNIGHT, son of Moses and Frances Knight. The Bible records the marriage of Frances E. KNIGHT and John J. WYNN on 28 JUN 1853.

The Confederate Pension Record of J.J.Wynn lists him in Company D, 37th Alabama Infantry. He was denied a pension as he owned some land and did not qualify as indigent.

Notes from LaDella Rabe Jones, Summer 2006. Lanora's kids: Loy (buried Rosehill Cemetery, Ardmore, OK), daughter Dimon, and BeBe.

john j and callie wynn

The grave of John J. and Callie Wynn, discovered by Norene Wynn Gravley.

John A. Knight Family Bible provided by Norene Wynn Gravley. Photo of Elizabeth and John Wynn courtesy of Lou Ellen and Al Butler. Lou Ellen is Martin Butler is the great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth and John Wynn.

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