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Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Graham) Powell

Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Graham) Powell

Female 1926 - 1991  (65 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Graham) Powell 
    Born 6 Feb 1926  Waleetka, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Info 1 Adopted by Graham family from age 5 to age 10. More of her ancestors at https://wc.rootsweb.com/trees/616047/I133462/elizabethlouisebettygraham-powell/pedigree?isText=false & https://www.myheritage.c Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Info 2 More on ancestors at https://wc.rootsweb.com/trees/616047/I133462/elizabethlouisebettygraham-powell/pedigree?isText=false Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 17 Oct 1991  San Diego, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I133199  Ancestorium

    Father Arthur Powell,   b. Abt 1883, Texas. At time of marriage, aged 40, lived in Weleetka, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1933, Weleetka, Oklahoma maybe Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Mother Vernier Lee Friar,   b. 1906, Missouri. age 4 in 1910 Census. Age 17at time of marriage, on 5th May, 1923 she lived and was married at Okemah, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1976  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1923  Okemah, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, USA, She aged 17, he 40. per Marriage Record. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00551  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Gayle Robinson Mercer,   b. 16 Jun 1914, Chapel Hill, Washington Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1980, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married Possibly partners, not clear yet. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Randall Stirling "Randy" Harbison McKaig,   b. 12 Jan 1945, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1993, (age 48) Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Family ID F65594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Paul Preston Harbison,   b. 16 Dec 1921, Vermillion Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1988, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Abt 1942 
    Children 
     1. Private
    Family ID F60280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 James Ralph McKaig,   b. 8 Nov 1924, Mason City, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1989, Lemon Grove, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married Abt 1952 
    Children 
     1. Private
     2. Private
     3. McKaig,   b. Abt 1956, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2017, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     4. Private
     5. Private
     6. Private
     7. Private
    Family ID F00362  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Elizabeth \'Betty\' Powell McKaig 1926-1991
    Elizabeth \"Betty\" Powell McKaig 1926-1991
    Elizabeth Powell McKaig 1926-1991 & Sophie
    Elizabeth Powell McKaig 1926-1991 & Sophie
    Elizabeth Betty Powell 1926-1991
    Elizabeth Betty Powell 1926-1991

  • Notes 
    • editor-in-chief of the San Diego Independent newspaper

      From her daughter Kerry Lee Maclean:
      Graham was my mother's adopted name; and her name was Betty Graham when she had my half brother, Randy; then her husband went off to war and just as she discovered she was pregnant again, he wrote her a letter saying he'd fallen in love with someone else. So she gave up that second son for adoption. My brother Randy then tracked down Tyler about 1980's? and went to visit him and his adopted parents. Randy reported they were really good people. .....
      .......
      The harsh truth is that Carl bought my mom at age 5 for $3,000 (?) during the depression just after Arthur Powell was jailed for stealing a loaf of bread. Can't believe they allowed a single man to 'adopt' her under those conditions. After molesting my mother from age 5-10, Carl got married and his wife was naturally jealous of my mom's unnaturally close relationship to her new husband. So she made Carl give her back and it just so happened that Vernier was remarried and in a better situation, I believe resettled in California and my mom took a train all by herself at age 10 from Oklahoma to California. And the kicker is that Carl died young and quite suddenly. He was nude sunbathing by the creek out back and a sink hole just swallowed him up! .... Carl got what was coming to him. So my mom kept her dad's last name, but she never had an adoptive mother. That's where the confusion came from. I think.

      My mother had two big sisters, and she was the youngest. Her sister Mia died of diabetes around age 50-55? Mom said when she asked the nurse if that was sugar water in the drip, the nurse said "yes, of course" and my mom just screamed at her, "She's diabetic, you idiot!" Her other sister died of diabetes at age 9. Not sure who was oldest.

      And finally, some people may have called him 'Crazy Joe', but that was her birth father she was telling you stories about. He was well loved by his community, even though he was a drunk. He apparently often gave sage advice and when he wasn't drunk he was an inventor. He invented a padlock which he sold to the government, then promptly drank that money away. My mom did not have a very high regard for him.

      As for his Cherokee roots, my mom said that she and her family went to great lengths to cover that up, because it was literally dangerous to admit you were Cherokee in those parts, and you sure couldn't get a job or a husband. For many years editor-in-chief of the San Diego Independent newspaper/


      Elizabeth McKaig
      in the California, Death Index, 1940-1997
      Name:Elizabeth McKaig
      [Elizabeth Powell]
      Social Security #:568221927
      Gender:Female
      Birth Date:6 Feb 1926
      Birth Place:Oklahoma
      Death Date:17 Oct 1991
      Death Place:San Diego
      Mother's Maiden Name:Friar
      Father's Surname:Powell
      Source Information
      Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.

      Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

      Description
      This database is an index to the death records in State of California, USA, from 1940 through 1997. The database provides such valuable information as first, last and middle names of the descendants, birth dates, mother's maiden name, father's last name, sex, birth place, death place, residence at time of death, death date, social security number (when available), and the age of the individual when they died.

      Carl Howard Graham 1895–1957
      BIRTH 22 JAN 1895 • Louisiana
      DEATH 19 MAY 1957 • 19 MAY 1957
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