Mary "Molly" Eugenia Grisham
Mary was born 1852 in Drew Co., Ar.
She married William H. Boyte in 1868 when she was only 16 years old. She died 1950.
Mary just walked off with William Boyte to marry him somewhat against parental approval.
The Boyte family moved to Texas for William's health about 1875, and the next three children were born there; then the family pushed on to the new land on Indian Territory. The seventh child, Lula, was born at Stringtown, Indian Territory, as was the next two or three.
After Mary was widowed, she moved her family in about 1889 to the old town of Washita, the rode the first train from the south into the present site of Davis, Murray County. She, with the help of her children, ran a boarding house for their living.
Children of Mary Grisham & William H. Boyte are:
1) William H. Boyte
William was the son of a Frenchman.
He and his sister, Isabella, were raised by their uncle Ike Lucky on a plantation near Monticello, Arkansas. He was believed to have been born in Desha County, Arkansas.
William was wounded in the Civil War and was never very strong afterwards.
Although William was a man of fine character, he was not strong enough to do hard labor; he taught and was a Lay preacher, leaving her very little in worldly goods.
It is believed that the family was living at Dougherty, Indian Territory, south of Davis, Oklahoma when William died and was buried there. But the family was too poor at the time to erect a stone, and when they returned several years later to do so, the grave was lost.
2) Joseph William Rawls
She married (2) Joseph William Rawls September 03, 1890 Davis, Oklahoma
Joseph was born May 10, 1849 in Georgia, and coming to Davis, Oklahoma from Texas. He was a carpenter and helped to build the first store building in this town named for his employer, Sam Davis. Joseph had lived in Foresville, Texas and had one brother, Henry, in San Antonio, Texas. Joseph died June 1919 and was buried at Davis in Green Hill Cemetery which was across the road from his acreage at the next edge of town. Mary lived a full, useful Christian life.
Children of Mary & Joseph Rawls are: