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The Bridgewater Register

Harlow Family of Virginia

John Ashford Vines

and Mary E. Koontz

John Ashford Vines

John Ashford Vines was born in April 1844 in Georgia, son of John Ashford Vines and Jane Robinson, or Robertson. John was married on July 30, 1869, in Hopkins Co., Texas, to Mary E. Koontz, who was born March 12, 1848 in Texas, daughter of Andrew Brown Koontz and Martha Jane Harlow.


In 1870, John and Mary were living in Hopkins Co., Texas, next to Mary's parents. Both families were engaged in farming.


By 1880, when caught by the census taker, John and Mary lived near Stephenville in Erath Co., Texas, with four children and a boarder, Robert R. Robbins, working on the farm. In 1887, they moved from Stephenville to the Chickasaw Nation in the Indian Territory. They traveled alone with two covered wagons, one drawn by mule team and the other by ox team. They located near what later became Davis, Oklahoma. There were no houses and when they arrived the Santa Fe Railroad was just being built. They pitched a tent and John went to work for the railroad. Other than railroad workers, they were the only white people surrounded by Indians. John eventually quit working on the railroad and rented land from a white man who had married an Indian. John raised corn and cotton and lived in a log house until the family put up a box house made of cottonwood lumber and lived there about twenty years.


John went to Fort Sill in 1889 for the land drawing, made a draw but did not get any land. He returned home and later moved his family to the Choctaw Nation around 1904 or 1905. They brought all of their cattle and mules to land they rented from an Indian, built another box house, and lived there until both John and Mary died. The boys then left and moved to a farm northwest of Antlers, Oklahoma.


John and Mary's eldest son, Walter A. Vines, who provided much of the above family information in a 1937 interview, was living in Finley, Oklahoma, in 1920, with his wife Amanda and three step-children, Ruby, Rosie, and John A. McIntosh. John and Mary's next younger son, John Ashford Vines, Jr., was in Pratt Co., Kansas, in 1918 with wife Sarah, although he seems to have resided for the most part near to his parents and brother in Oklahoma. At the time of registration, he was employed as a laborer by the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, and described as tall and slender with blue eyes and brown hair. About 1940-1941, John moved to Artesia, Eddy Co., New Mexico, where he died in 1951 about two months before Walter who passed away in Antlers, the last of his family. John was buried in Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia.


John and Mary's daughter, Lillie May, was married June 12, 1901, to William Harcule DuBue, and moved to Washington. They were the parents of several children, among them being Lena M., John L., Joseph, Walter, Ruth, and Dewey. William's father immigrated from France when young, married, and raised a large family.


Mary E. (Koontz) Vines died December 18, 1912, in Pushmataha County. She was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Antlers.


John Ashford Vines and Mary E. Koontz had eight children and an adopted daughter. The following are known:


      1. Walter A. Vines [Jan. 9, 1871-Apr. 12, 1951] m. 1) _____ 2) Mrs. Amanda M. McIntosh

      2. John Ashford Vines [Mar. 28, 1873-Feb. 16, 1951] m. Mrs. Sarah Ann [Ross] Powers

      3. Susan L. Vines [1875- ]

      4. William R. Vines [1877- ]

      5. Lillie May Vines [1881- ] m. William Harcule DuBuc




      9. Lizzie Lee [1903/04- ]

Source Records:


Hopkins Co., Texas, Marriage Records [John and Mary]

Chickasaw Nation Marriages, Ardmore, Book E, p. 450 [Lillie]

Pushmataha Co., Oklahoma, Marriage Records [Walter, John A, Willie; and Lizzie Powers]

1937 Interview of Walter A. Vines [yob 1870]

Obituary of John Ashford Vines, The Artesia Advocate, Artesia, New Mexico, Tuesday, February 13, 1951

Obituary of Walter A. Vines, The Antlers American, Antlers, Oklahoma, April 19, 1951

1870 Census, Precinct 4, Hopkins Co., Texas, p. 4 [142] Andy Kountz

1880 Census, Precinct 4, Erath Co., Texas, e. d. 152, p. 13 [79A]

1900 Census, Twp. 2 South, Range 1 East, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, e. d. 138, sheet 6A, p. 281 [Indexed John Arines]

1910 Census, Kosoma Twp., Pushmataha Co., Oklahoma, e. d. 270, sheet , p.

1910 Census, Fairview Precinct, Chehalis Co., Washington, e. d. 24, sheet 2A, p. 301 [Dubuc]

1920 Census, West Ahtanum, Yakima Co., Washington, e. d. 186, sheet 13B, p.

1920 Census, Finley, Finley Twp., Pushmataha Co., Oklahoma, e. d. 228, sheet 1A, p. 14

WorldConnect GEDCOM: Mary Koontz Vines, submitted 10-22-2004 by Dee Dee King, adds Vines family backgound.

World War I Draft Registration Card [John Ashford Vines, Jr].