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James Price CROPPER
Cora DECKER
Oma STRONG
Husband:  James "Jim" Price CROPPER
Birth:  May 1884 or 13 Apr 1883, Macon, Macon Co., MO
Death:  15 Apr 1974, Harrison, Boone Co., AR
Occupation:  laborer
Father:  William Albert CROPPER (1847-1915)
Mother:  Martha Jane RUSSELL (1846-1916)
Marriage-1:  2 Apr 1906, Baxter Co., AR
Wife-1:  Cora DECKER
Birth:  1888/9, MO
Occupation:  homemaker

Please note that Cora is being mixed up with Cora Ethel (TACKETT) DECKER and (amazingly) Olive Roseanne "Ollie" (PICKETT) DECKER; these are three different women.

Marriage-2:  ca. 1921
Divorce:  by 1930
Wife-2:  Oma STRONG
Birth:  28 Oct 1904, MO
Death:  9 Sep 1989
Disposition:  buried Patrick Cemetery, Luna, Ozark Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Children:  Arvis "Buck" STRONG (1921-1995); Leon FORREST
Other Spouse:  m2. Willie E. FORREST (1896-1979)
Father:  Daniel W. STRONG (1867-1938)
Mother:  Mary M. "Mollie" EAVES (1870-1959)
Children with Cora DECKER:
born in MO:
1.  Hazle / Hazel CROPPER, b. 1906/7
2.  Henry CROPPER, b. ca. Nov 1909

born in AR:
3.  Claud / Claude CROPPER, b. 1910/11

born in AR or MO?:
4.  Woodrow CROPPER, b. ca. Oct 1916
5.  Jewell / Jewel CROPPER, b. ca. Jul 1919

Children with Oma STRONG:
.  Pauline Norma CROPPER, b. 19 Jul 1923, Ozark Co., MO; d. 10 Dec 2010, Rolla, Phelps Co., MO; m. Flavol Andy OWENS (1919-1995)
.  Ray CROPPER, b. 5 Oct 1925, MO; d. 25 Mar 1964
.  J.R. CROPPER, b. ca. Dec 1929
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Sources:

1.  Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957  (online at Ancestry.com):
Name J P Cropper
Gender | Age Male | 22
Residence Ozark, MO
Spouse's Name Cora Decker
Spouse's Gender | Age 18
Spouse's Residence Ozark, MO
Marriage Date 2 Apr 1906
Marriage County Baxter
FHL Film Number 1031147

2.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

3.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  James P. CROPPER (æ 16, b. May 1884, MO) is living in Richland Twp., Ozark Co., MO (p. 133A), with his parents, William CROPPER (æ 53, b. Dec 1846, TN) & Martha J. (æ 50, b. Jan 1850, TN), plus siblings.  Couldn't find Cora DECKER.

4a.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 12):  James Creek Twp., Marion Co., AR, Roll T624_57, p. 292B, SN 4B, SD 3, ED 90, enumerated 21 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 28
64 64 Cropper James P Head M W 27 M1 4     MO KY TN Eng Tie Hacker Rail Road Ties W N 0 Y Y R H
    _______ Cora Wife F W 21 M1 4 2 3 MO KY KY Eng None         Y Y    
    _______ Hazle Dau F W  3 S       MO MO MO   None                
    _______ Henry Son M W 4/12 S       MO MO MO   None                
Note that this is the first marriage for each, so DECKER is Cora's maiden name, not her surname from a prior marriage.

4b.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Ome STRONG (æ 6, b. MO; male) is living in Pine Creek Twp., Ozark Co. MO (p. 281B), with her parents, Daniel W. STRONG (æ 53, b. MO) and Mollie E. (æ 36, b. MO), plus siblings.

5a.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #27 of 34):  Jonesboro Twp., Craighead Co., AR, Roll T625_58, p. 27A, SN 14A, SD 1, ED 36, enumerated 4 Feb 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 26 27 28
Fm 262 258 Cropper James P Head R M W 36 M   Y N MO KY KY laborer on farm W
      _______ Cara Wife   F W 31 M   Y Y MO KY US      
      _______ Hazle Son   M W 13 S N Y Y MO KY US      
      _______ Henry Son   M W 11 S N N N MO KY US      
      _______ Claud Son   M W  9 S N N N AR KY US      
      _______ Woodrow Son   M W 3-2/12 S       MO KY US      
      _______ Jewell Dau   F W 5/12 S       MO KY US      

5b.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Oma STRONG (æ15, b. MO; indexed "Orna") is living in Pine Creek Twp., Ozark Co., MO (pp. 257A-B), with her parents, Daniel W. STRONG (æ 53, b. MO) and wife, Mollie E. (æ 46, b. MO).

6a.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 82):  James P. CROPPER (æ 47, b. MO) is a prisoner in the Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City (Ward 1), Jefferson Twp., Cole Co., MO (p. 54B, Line 79). 

6b.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 11):  Gainesville-Briney Road, Pinecreek Twp., Ozark Co., MO, Roll 1216, p. 70A, SN 3A, ED 7713, SD 16, enumerated 8 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 32
*   26 26 Cropper Oma Head R Y F W 25 D 16 N Y MO MO MO Y Farmer General Farm O Y 25
      _______ Pauline Dau     F W  6 S   N Y MO MO MO   None        
      _______ Ray Son     M W 4 6/12 S   N Y MO MO MO   None        
      _______ J R Son     M W 1 3/12 S   N Y MO MO MO   None        
*Gainesville-Briney Road

7.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find James.  Oma is remarried and living with Willie FORREST (indexed FARREST) in Brown Twp., Douglas Co., MO (p. 53A).

8.  World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.  Microfilm Series M1509 (4277 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (card images and index online at Ancestry.com):
Microfilm Roll: 1683495
Name: James Price Cropper
Permanent Home Address: Sycamore Ozark Mo
Age in Years | Date of Birth: 35 | April 13th 1883
Race: White
U.S. Citizen: Native Born
Present Occupation: Farmer
Employer's Name:  
Place of Employment:  
Nearest Relative Name: Cora Cropper
Nearest Relative Address: Sycamore Ozark Mo
Signature: James Price Cropper
Height (tall, medium, short): Medium
Build (slender, medium, stout): Medium
Color of Eyes | Color of Hair: Gray | Brown
Physically Disabled: No
Date of Registration: Sept 12 1918
Gainesville, Ozark Co., MO

9.  U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards (men born on or after April 28, 1877, and on or before February 16, 1897) "Old Man's Registration."  Record Group 147, NARA, Washington, DC (online at Ancestry.com):
1 Name JIM PRICE CROPPER
2 Place of Residence Sycamore Ozark Co MO
3 Mailing Address  
4 Telephone (Exchange | Number)  
5 Age in Years | Date of Birth 60 | 4-13-1883
6 Place of Birth Macon Mo
7 Name and Address of Person
Who Will Always Know Your Address
Mrs. Hazel Gilson,
Desarc, Ark
8 Employer's Name and Address 1st reg
9 Place of Employment of Business  
Signature Jim P Cropper
W-35819 Dec. 13, 1929
Race | Complexion White | Sallow
Height | Weight 5-7 1/2 | 158
Eye Color | Hair Color Gray | Brown
Date of Registration June 11, 1943
Local Board No. 1, Cole Co., Mo

10.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name James Price Cropper Cora Decker Cropper Oma Strong Forrest
Birth 13 Apr 1883
Ripley Co., MO
1889
MO
28 Oct 1904
MO
Death 28 Apr 1974 unknown 9 Sep 1989
Burial unknown unknown Patrick Cemetery
Luna, Ozark Co., MO
Father William Albert Cropper (1847-1915)   Daniel W. Strong
Mother Martha Jane Russell (1850-1920)   Mary "Mollie" Evans
Spouses Cora Decker
Oma Strong
James Price Cropper James Price Cropper
Willie E. Forrest
Children w/Cora Virgie May, Hazel, Henry, Claud, Woodrow, Jewell  
Children w/Oma   Pauline Norma, Ray, J.R.
Memorial # 84387541 84388752 42148052

11.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at Ancestry.com):
Name SSN Last Residence Birth Death Issued
James P. Cropper 431-94-5067 Harrison, Boone, AR 72601 13 Apr 1883 15 Apr 1974 AR
Oma Forrest 491-60-8037 West Plains, Howell, MO 65775 28 Oct 1904    Sep 1889 MO

12.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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