Biography of Mrs. Bryan E. Sanders

(See Grant and Ward)-Adda LaDayle, daughter of John Lowrey and Laura Ann (Edmondson) Ward was born Wednesday August 8, 1895. Educated in the Cherokee public schools and Female Seminary.

Married at Tulsa Nov, 29, 1917 Bryan Elton son of William Henry and Rose Mary Sanders, born July 25, 1895 in Benton County, Ark. They are the parents of Mariann Josephine Sanders, born July 6, 1921.

Mrs. Sanders is a member of the Christian church. Mr. Sanders served six months in the World’s War as secretary to Captain Martin R. Rohn at Camp Pike. He is a member of the American Legion.

John Lowrey, son of James and Louisa M. (Williams) Ward was born July 20, 1851, married January 3, 1878 Laura Ann, daughter of Augustus Van and Laura Ann (Denman) (Edmondson, born December 18, 1858 in Gordon County, Georgia.

Laura Ann (Edmondson) Ward was born near Atlanta, Georgia, Dec. 18, 1858. She was the daughter of Augustus Vann Edmondson and Laura Ann Denman who belonged to two of the most prominent families in North Georgia. Her grandfather Col. Felix G. Denman was one of the wealthiest planters and slave holders prior to the Civil War. Her father Augustus Vann Edmondson came to this country from Texas in the early seventies. Locating in what is now Delaware County and was a power in the community in which he lived. On account of his powerful and sterling character the Cherokees named him Kluntutchy meaning in English a “Lion”. She was married to John Lowrey Ward at Baties Prairie Jan. 3, 1878. To this union there were seven children bore. Mrs. Dora Olive Cunningham, Tahlequah, Okla., Mrs. Lure Loux, Maysville, Ark., Mrs. Leola Faye Newton, Maysville, Ark., Mm. Cornelia Josephine Taylor, Wichita Fall, Texas, Mrs. Adda LaDayle Sanders, Tulsa, Okla., John Denman Ward, Tulsa, Okla., and Winnie Davis who died while attending school at Cherokee National Female Seminary March 21, 1908.

Mrs. Ward passed away in the Morning Side hospital at Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 8, 1910 and was laid to rest in Edmondson cemetery near her home. The passing away of Mrs. Ward has been the removal of one of the landmarks in Delaware County. She had lived in this community for nearly half century. She was a member of the Christian church, a good neighbor, wife and mother. A woman who loved her borne and one who considered no crown higher than to he queen of that home, looking upon its preservation as the greatest ambition of womanhood. She was Aunt to Mrs. Richard Croker (Beulah Benton Edmondson) known as the Indian princess.


Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Warden Company. 1921

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