S: The Hitt, Burton, Combe, Brown Families
BC: This intriguing picture exemplifies the community bonds necessary to survive the struggles of daily life. The identities of these picnickers are unknown, but their pioneering spirit is the source of our strength. - Suzanne Burton Worley
FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Georgia Beulah Hitt | Or Mom B, as her grandchildren called her, was born in Burley, Idaho, on Sept. 1, 1892. She was the great-great-great-granddaughter of Robert Clark who served as a captain with the Continental Army of Virginia under General George Washington.
2: Mary Ellen Guiles, Georgia Beulah Hitt's mother, was born in Bountiful, Utah, on November 26, 1872.
3: Mary Vasta Call was Mom B's great-grandmother. She married Ira Curtis Parks, and their daughter Mary Amelia is pictured left. | Mary Amelia Parks was born on April 16, 1854, in Bountiful, Utah. She married George Guiles, and she lived a long life, dying in Albian, Idaho, on March 23, 1942.
4: Mother and daughter- Mary Vasta Call Parks and Mary Amelia Parks Guiles | Granddaughter- Mary Ellen Guiles | This looks like Mom B's handwriting identifying her grandmother.
5: Above from left to right: Mary Ellen Guiles Hitt Russell Hitt Lourelna Hitt George E. Long Emma Hitt Long Of course, this is a young Mary Ellen Guiles Hitt, mother of Mom B. | Mary Ellen Guiles and Bennett Clark Hitt were married in Albion, Idaho, on Sept. 9, 1891. This picture was taken a few days before their marriage.
6: Georgia Beulah Hitt and Tyre William Burton began their seventy-one year marriage on June 1, 1913. | Their first child Harold Glen Burton was born on June 10, 1915.
7: Baby Tyre with his brother Lee | This log cabin in Higbee, Missouri, is where Daddy Tyre was born on May 9, 1892. He was the great-great-grandson of Ambrose Burton who was sworn into the Continental Army on Oct. 23, 1777, as an ensign in Captain Johnson's Company. | Tyre William Burton
8: Taken in Harrisburg, Missouri, Tyre is standing left of John Wood. The photograph was noted, "First long pants." The picture below shows the Burton family, and Tyre is to the right with an x on his collar.
9: James Hudson's daughter, standing to his right, is Martha Newton Hudson, Daddy Tyre's mother. To the right is a picture of Daddy Tyre (top left) with his father William Merriman Burton and Tyre's brothers. Wood, the youngest brother, was killed in his twenties during a chemistry lab explosion. | Tyre with his brother Lee
10: Daddy Tyre, son Harold Glen, and dog Billy are posing in front of the family car. | Harold is taking Billy for a ride. | Sweet ride, Harold Glen!
11: Beulah and Tyre are pictured with their three children: Harold Glen, Martha Ellen, and Margie Sue.
12: Daddy Tyre was a lawyer, a judge, and Chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission.
13: As I remember them, Mom B was the organized task master, always busy cooking, cleaning, and sewing, while Daddy Tyre was the witty scholar, reading in his chair with his pipe at hand. | Here I am with Mom B and Daddy Tyre shortly after my father's death in 1957.
14: Daddy Tyre wrote this explanation of the history of the daybed which I now enjoy in my home. As it has been handed down through generations, it will go to my older son Chad. Above is a picture of Daddy Tyre's mother Martha "Mattie" Newton Hudson, age 87.
16: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | Florence Mae Combe and John Arthur Brown
17: Emile and Marguerite Combe | Emile's mother, Martha Madeleine Plavon | Marguerite's autograph book dated 1887.
18: The Combe family home was part of a dairy farm located on Farm Rd. 1090 and 2020. This picture was taken in the early 1900s and includes parents Emile Combe and Marguerite Courdin Combe with their nine children. My grandmother, Mae, is the eldest girl, and she is standing center back wearing a bow in her hair. | This is a bottle cap from the Combe Dairy that my mother had saved from childhood.
19: Etienne and Catherine Courdin emigrated from the Piedmont Valley in 1854 to Uruguay where the Waldensians hoped to escape religious persecution and war. They sent for Marguerite Mondon, pictured here in the black hat, to marry their son Stephen. The Courdins emigrated to the United States in 1876 and settled in Monett, Missouri, with other Waldensian immigrants. One of their daughters was Marguerite, pictured in row three, far right, holding baby Fannie. Her husband Emil Combe is standing behind her. My grandmother Mae is seated in row 2, fourth from the left. Mae was the eldest of her eight siblings seated with her.
20: Mae Combe's grandparents, Etienne and Marguerite Courdin, were among the eight original families to settle Monett, Missouri, and build the Waldensian Church. They, along with Mae, her siblings, and other original settlers, are buried in the Waldensian Cemetery. | Combe sisters August 21, 1906 Naomi, Blanch, Mae
21: Mae Combe met her future husband when she took over the teaching position John Arthur Brown was leaving to begin his work as a Methodist minister. She taught in the one-room school house in Monett until they married.
22: These two dapper brothers are the boys seated front and center below at their dogtrot cabin in Brazito, Missouri. in 1895. They are John Arthur Brown and Monte along with their parents and seven siblings. J. Arthur, Daddy Brown to me, was born in this cabin on February 16, 1889. His father John Harry Brown was born July 22, 1848, and he joined the Confederate Army when he was fifteen He married Mary Jane Sullens who always referred to him as "Mr. Brown."
24: John Arthur Brown graduated from Scarritt-Morrisville College in Missouri, and he became a teacher and then a Methodist minister. Daddy Brown never met a stranger, loved telling jokes and stories, and grew the biggest and best tomatoes ever. He helped care for me after my father's death, and he encouraged me to always be kind and diligent. "Remember, Suzanne, you are my granddaughter."
25: Daddy Brown is seated with his brother Monte.. | Rev. J. Arthur Brown | Daddy Brown is at left with two unidentified men. They look dressed for church or maybe a wedding Daddy Brown was about to officiate.
27: Wanda Mae Brown, my mother, was Arthur and Mae's first child.
28: Here we have pictures of the young Brown family: Arthur and Mae with daughters Wanda and Eleanor.
29: Because J. Arthur was a Methodist minister, he and his family moved frequently, but my mother mostly recalled living in St. Louis as a child and then Poplar Bluff during high school. Living in St. Louis made Daddy Brown a life-long Cardinals fan. | The Browns in 1925. Dexter, Missouri
30: Noted Laclede, January 1929, Wanda Mae Brown is in row three, fifth from the left. She was fourteen.
31: Senior Prom, Poplar Bluff, Missouri | Mother attended Central Methodist College for three years, but she graduated from Southwest Missouri State with a secondary teaching degree. After my father's death, she returned to teaching English, art, and journalism in Springfield, Missouri.
32: Wanda Mae Brown was born on October 26, 1915, to J. Arthur and Mae Combe Brown. | Harold Glen Burton was born on June 10, 1915, to Tyre and Beulah Hitt Burton.
33: Wanda Mae Brown and Harold Glen Burton were married in January 1940. | Wanda and Harold met at Central Methodist College.
34: William Arthur Burton was born September 25, 1940. | Bill is with Great- Grandma Burton and Aunt Margie.
35: Daddy Brown, Mother, Bill, and Suzanne | Bill became a publicist for Columbia Pictures. He walked with the stars. but he left us too soon.
36: Harold Glen Burton, Jr., known as Rusty, was born May 28, 1944. | Daddy Tyre, and Grandma Burton are with Bill, Rusty, Harold, and Wanda. | Rusty was born in Waco, Texas, where our dad was stationed with the FBI.
38: When Rusty Met Susie
40: Mother said 1954 was the hottest summer on record, and no air conditioning! I finally arrived September 26, missing Bill's birthday by 2 hours and 12 minutes. | Bill | Rusty | At last, a girl!
41: Suzanne Marguerite was a hard name to spell! | Here are Bill and I celebrating our birthday together.
43: My father's sudden death on June 2, 1957, forever altered the fabric of our family. I remember standing in the doorway with my mother and Rusty wondering what death and forever meant. Rusty felt his childhood ended at that moment, and his destiny rested solely in his hands. The painful loss of their only son aged Mom B and Daddy Tyre. My mother was left with three children to raise and see through college. To do so, she spent the next twenty-three years teaching school.
44: With the love and support of family, we moved forward.
46: The adventure began when Chad arrived on Jan. 14, 1983.
47: And life got even better when the Christian and Worley families blended | The fun doubled when Marc arrived Aug. 14, 1987.
51: I wonder at the lives of my ancestors who are pictured and named in this book. The paths they chose, the struggles they endured, the love that guided them shaped our family's destiny and determined who we are today. With so many life stories, there are mysteries, and my favorite is the legendary Native American connection of Mary Vasta Call, pictured on page 3. She was married and raised her family in Idaho, Shoshone Territory. Aunt Martha concurred that Mom B had spoken of her Native American ancestry. Imagine my surprise when I found this picture of Sacajawea framed behind the wedding picture on page 5 of Bennett Clark Hitt and Mary Ellen Guiles, granddaughter of Mary Vasta Call. Who placed the picture there and why we will never know, but it is fun to speculate. | The only identification on the original picture was simply "Sakakawea, Bird Woman."