Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lula Steele (1866-1959)

Lula Steele was born in Limestone County, Texas on March 5, 1866.

She was the first child born to the marriage of Francis "Frank" Marion Steele and Lucinda Chisum.

Lula's siblings included the following four sisters and one brother:

Lydia Frances
Isham Alfonso
Mary Allye
Lena Rhoda

1870 U. S. Census
The 1870 and 1880 U. S. Census records show Lula and her family living in Limestone County, Texas.

Lula first married Foster Ferguson and from this marriage at least one child was born.  Elmer Ferguson was born on July 2, 1886 in Limestone County, Texas. He is listed as Elmer Stubbs in the 1900 U. S. Census record below.

Lula Steele's second marriage was to James Henry Harrison Stubbs circa 1892.  Henry's first wife, Mary Susan Foreman, died in 1891 leaving Henry with several young children to raise.  Lula became the stepmother to these children.  

One child was born to the marriage of Lula Steele and Henry Stubbs.  Vera Inez Stubbs was born on December 14, 1893.

1900 U. S. Census record
1910 U. S. Census record
It should be noted that the death certificate for Vera Inez Stubbs Wimbish lists her mother's maiden name incorrectly as Lula Ferguson, while the death certificate for Elmer Ferguson lists Lula's maiden name as Steel(e).

Death Certificate - Vera Inez Stubbs Wimbish
Death Certificate - Elmer Ferguson

Lula Steele Stubbs died on November 23, 1959.  She is buried in the Thornton Cemetery in Thornton, Limestone County, Texas.  Her second husband, James Henry Harrison Stubbs, and her two children are also buried in the Thornton Cemetery.

Mexia Daily News - 11/24/1959

Death Certificate - Lula Steele Ferguson Stubbs
Lula Steele was my paternal great grand aunt through her brother, Isham Alfonso Steele, who was my great grandfather.

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