Charles William McCaskey

Born December 27, 1857, Ripley, Indiana
Died July 17, 1933, Verdigris, Rogers County, Oklahoma

Charles William McCaskey was born to Jeremiah and Cynthia Ann [Schnitger] McCaskey in Ripley Indiana on December 27, 1857. He married abt. 1884 and had one daughter, Bessie. [More info on his first marriage as soon as I find where I put it]

He married Martha Ellen [Cobb] Cantrell May 2, 1889. She had previously married John Cantrell and had one daughter, Violet Nancy.

Charles William [Bill] and Martha Ellen had 9 children together.

They started their married life in Ava, Douglas County, Missouri, then moved to Jenks, Oklahoma, then to Texas for a short time, then back to Missouri and finally to Dawson, Oklahoma, [now a part of Tulsa]. Later they moved to Verdigris, Oklahoma where they operated a small grocery store in the 1920's.

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Charles William McCaskey died at Verdigris, Oklahoma July 17, 1933. Mrs. McCaskey continued living in the Verdigris and Claremore, Oklahoma area until her death October 29, 1957.


Could this picture have been taken shortly after the death of his first wife?

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More about Charles and Martha -- facts or speculation? -- an additional marriage,

Martha said she met C. W. [Bill] McCaskey when she was 17 in Douglas County, MO. He was 11 years older than her, divorced with one child. Martha's father wouldn't let her marry him. The child was named Anna. When she grew up she married a man named Viles so she became Anna Viles. I believe her mother's parents raised her.

After failing to marry Martha Ellen Cobb, Charles William McCaskey married her best friend [name unknown at this time] and they had one child, Bessie Mae. About this same time frame, Martha married John Cantrell and they had a daughter, Violet Eveline or Eveline Violet. John Cantrell left Martha and Martha's father, Elias Cobb, helped her get a divorce.

Charles William's wife died and left him with daughter, Bessie. Martha Ellen cared for the ailing wife [her best friend] and promised she would marry Charles and raise the daughter Bessie as her own with her daughter, Violet. She and Charles William McCaskey were married May 2, 1889 in Ava, MO.

Martha said she loved Bill but they couldn't see eye to eye. He gambled some and had hussies -- wanted to bring one home, once, and she refused.

[If any family members have anything to contribute to this story, please let me know...Jim]

Descendants of Charles William McCaskey

Generation No. 1

1. CHARLES WILLIAM3 MCCASKEY (JEREMIAH (JERRY)2, WILLIAM1) was born December 27, 1857 in Ripley County, IN, and died July 17, 1933 in Verdigris Oklahoma Rogers Co.. He married (1) CYNTHIA ANN UNKNOWN November 27. He married (2) MARTHA ELLEN COBB May 02, 1889 in Ava (Douglas County) Missouri, daughter of ELIAS COBB and CARRIE LEE. She was born November 18, 1869 in Ava (Douglas County) Missouri, and died October 29, 1957 in Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers county).


i. BESSIE4 MCCASKEY, b. November 01, 1885, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. November 06, 1918; m. JAMES H. MATNEY, August 30, 1902, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; b. Abt. 1884.


ii. ALVA LEE4 MCCASKEY, b. December 27, 1890, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. March 09, 1975, Los Angeles CA. Burial, Forest Hills; m. (1) BESSIE CARTER; b. Unknown; d. Unknown; m. (2) OPAL UNKNOWN; m. (3) EDNA CLAPP, Bef. 1943.

iii. ONA BELLE MCCASKEY, b. November 06, 1892, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. October 27, 1982, Clarmore, OK. Rogers County Burial Woodlawn Cem.; m. WILLIAM HARRIS, January 24, 1914; b. April 07, 1890, Texas; d. December 15, 1976, Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers county).

iv. DELLA EVELINE MCCASKEY, b. September 09, 1894, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. January 06, 1940, Verdigris Oklahoma (Rogers County); m. (1) JOSEPH HARRIS; m. (2) WILLIAM SAMUEL BRUNER, June 16, 1916, Neosho Newton Mo.; b. July 28, 1883, Robinson, Benton County, Arkansas; d. September 08, 1938, OKlahoma, buried Rose Hill, Tulsa.

v. MAUDIE MAY MCCASKEY, b. April 06, 1896, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. May 24, 1896, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri.

vi. HOBART ROOSEVELT MCCASKEY, b. April 18, 1897, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. March 28, 1980, Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers county); m. (1) MAE R. ANDERSON, June 13, 1917; b. 1902; d. November 1929, Dawson, OK.; m. (2) INA ANGELINE WILSON, May 05, 1947, Tulsa, OK; b. 1909; d. 1965.

vii. LOUELLA JEAN MCCASKEY, b. March 09, 1900, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. June 11, 1985, Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers county); m. (1) MR. INGOLD; m. (2) MR. MCGEE; m. (3) MR. RIGGS; m. (4) CLAUDE PENDERGRAFT, Abt. 1916.

viii. CHARLES EDWARD MCCASKEY, b. August 10, 1903, Ava (Douglas County) Missouri; d. December 17, 1966, Verdigris Oklahoma (Rogers County); m. NANCY ELIZABETH PHILLIPS; b. December 17, 1906, Vian, OK; d. July 23, 1984, Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers county).

ix. BOWDEN EVERETT MCCASKEY, b. October 01, 1906, Cleo, Brown County Texas; d. December 26, 1991, Yucaipa, CA; m. (1) RUBY STANDRIDGE, January 16, 1929, Verdigris Oklahoma (Rogers County); b. January 08, 1912; m. (2) MARY LOUISE SMITH, May 25, 1936; b. November 30, 1917, Oklahoma City, OK..

x. MAGGIE MAY MCCASKEY, b. May 23, 1910, Clio, Texas (Brown County); d. October 18, 1985, Claremore, Oklahoma; m. (1) DAVID ALGIE (DAVE) CARPENTER, SR., September 10, 1927, Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers county); b. January 13, 1908, Four miles N. of Okmulgee, Oklahoma; d. April 02, 1962, Claremore, Oklahoma; m. (2) HERMAN DENNIS, June 20, 1969, Claremore, Rogers, OK; d. May 1983, Claremore, Oklahoma (Rogers county).