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Emma McBride born 1875

John F. and Emma

Emma McBride married John Franklin Cloud in 1896. They had eight children who were:

     Bess Cloud, born in Marion, Illinois in 1896. She married Claude Berry and lived most of her life at Houghton Lake, Michigan. She died after 1981 in Bradenton, Florida,

     Ruth Cloud, born in Marion, Illinois in 1899. She married Ray Titus and lived most of her life in Michigan. She died after 1981 in Arizona.

     James Claud Cloud, born in Marion, Illinois on 21 Sep 1901. He married Hazel Odell Reynolds and lived most of his life in Missouri. He died and was buried in Charleston, Missouri.

John F. and Emma

     William Cloud, known as Willy, was born 29 Jul 1904 in Marion, Illinois. He married Lorene Dial and lived most of his life in Tiptonville, Tennessee. He died 4 Oct 1979 in Dyersburg, Tennessee and is buried in the Tiptonville City Cemetery.

     Mazie Cloud, born 11 Feb 1907. She married Mr.  Jarred and later Mr. Stuber. She lived most of her life in St. Louis and Piedmont, Missouri. She died 26 Jul 1994 in Mount Olive, Illinois and is buried at Lake Memorial Garden near Tiptonville, Tennessee.

     Carl Cloud, born March 1910 in Tiptonville, Tennessee. He was unmarried and lived most of his life in Tiptonville and in St. Louis and Piedmont, Missouri. He died in Bradenton, Florida 17 Mar 1981 and is buried at Lake Memorial Garden near Tiptonville.

     Maude Lou Cloud, born in Lilbourn, Missouri on 15 Apr 1914. She married Willard Raymond Kendall and lived most of her life in St. Louis and Piedmont, Missouri. She died in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on 20 Nov 1990 and is buried at Lake Memorial Gardens near Tiptonville.

     Laverne Cloud, born in Tiptonville, Tennessee on 23 Feb 1919. She married James McCoy and lived most of her life in St. Louis, Missouri. She died in St. Louis after 1981 and was buried there.

John F. and Emma with Laverne, Carl and Claud at Bessie around 1937

Emma and John Franklin were living in Lake County, Tennessee, near Tiptonville, in the census of 1910 and 1920, but were living in Lilbourn, New Madrid County, Missouri in 1914 because this is where his daughter Maude Lou's birth certificate states they were living then. They are only across the Mississippi River from one another. I remember their farm at Bessie in Lake County, Tennessee. It was in the Kentucky Bend of the Mississippi River and they lost acreage every year due to the eroding effects of the river. There was a bridge on the way from Tiptonville to their farm near Bessie that Carl would speed up for each time we went out to the farm and the effect was like a gentle, short roller coaster ride. There was no electricity on the farm, so in the evenings we would all gather in one room, lighted with kerosene lamps, and Carl would play his guitar and sing. I remember watching Grandma churning butter and sometimes spinning heads off the chickens before cleaning and cooking them. Mom told me that once Grandma was gored by a cow they had and Grandpa was so mad that he killed the cow and butchered it for meat. My main jobs at the farm were climbing the tree in back, absorbing the sights, smells and sounds, and of course, eating the chocolate pie Grandma always made for me. I enjoyed my trips to the farm.

John and Emma later moved to Tiptonville, near Reelfoot Lake, where they lived most of the rest of their lives. After Emma died in 1952, John lived with his daughter, Maude Lou and her family, in St. Louis for a short time until he died 8 Jan 1953.

John F., Ruth, Laverne, Lorene (Dial), Allene, and Ray Titus

Laverne's daughter, Nancy, remembers Grandma being sick and Grandpa sitting in a rocking chair by the window listening to the St. Louis Cardinals on the radio.

Emma  McBride

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