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The Collins - Benjamin Gray Barbee

Benjamin Gray BarbeeBenjamin Gray Barbee was the brother of Mary Lou Barbee Jones. Mary Lou married William Stephens Jones 11 (Uncle Billy), who was the brother of Joseph Herbert Jones. Ben was a United States Marshall around that area during a transitional time. The job of Marshall required a strong man with a talent for public relations Diplomacy as well as quick thinking ability was necessary during those times. There was such a variety of people from all races on the Oklahoma scene, and anyone in these positions had to be almost a master at the art of keeping the peace.

Phillips Oil Company of Bartlesville honored this family with a two-page spread in their quarterly magazine, The Shield, on Phillips 66th year. The six page coverage of the family was titled, "The Grand Old Family." There is a family tree on a two-page spread showing the family's genealogy with the company. This is the 1983 issue.

William Mark Barbee was the son of Benjamin Gray Barbee, the marshall. Grover, the son of William Mark and Inez Barbee, and Grover's wife, Charlene, shared this information.

Under the picture of Benjamin Gray Barbee and his wife, Ella Lively, the writer quotes Sir Winston Churchill, with the question, "Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."

William Mark Barbee was born June 6, 1894 in rural Dallas. His wife, Conie Inez Medlen Barbee was born January 26, 1895 in Rural Peora, Indian Territory. She died in l993 at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Mark and Inez had eleven children. They were: 1. Pauline E. (spouse) John Topper. 2. Katherine E. (Spouse) Harry Erikson. 3. Grace L (Spouse) Joe Billam 4. M. Lewillis (Spouse) Nadine Sullivan 5. Carl W. (Spouse) Josephine Wolf 6. Laveda R. (Spouse) John Tarrant 7. Grovor D. (Spouse) Charlene Gay. 8. Conie Ann (spouse) Stanley Allen 9. Kirby D. (Spouse) Shirley Hunt 10. Aloise J.(Spouse) Kenneth Root. 11. Jerry Lee (Spouse) Larry Sandlin.

Abram b. 1790 SC, and Cintha Buchanan Medlen were John's Medlan's  parents.  Inez Barbee was
the daughter of William A. and Katy Gaston Medlen, granddaughter of John M. & Sarah Landers Medlen, Great Granddaughter of Abram & Cintha Buchanan Medlen.



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