Rosie was the last child of a family of six siblings. I guess, because she was the last child, several relatives decided to name her. She was named, Clara Rosie Edith Mae Dean Smith. She had an Aunt Rosie who called her Rosa Dean. There may have been a couple of other relatives to call her that too. She never used the Clara or Edith. She was born at home on February 5, 1935 in Muldrow, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. She didn't obtain a birth certificate until she was an adult. On all of her legal records, she used the name, Rosie Mae Smith.
My Father was the last of six children also. The oldest of the children passed away shortly after birth. I don't know if she was even named. Very few people called him by his given name. Some family members in Oklahoma called him little Lawrence or Larry. His father's name was also Lawrence. He was called John or Johnny by almost everyone. When he was little, he lived on his Grandma and Grandpa Johnson's farm in Caddo County, Oklahoma. They had a Shetland pony. He would get on the pony, fall off, and his Mother would say, "Johnny Jump up and try it again." That is how he got the nickname. He was born in Anadarco, Caddo County, Oklahoma, July 9, 1935.
My Mom was at times, a Holy Roller and tucked her Hell Raiser deep inside somewhere. At other times, especially later in life, she let the Hell Raiser loose....big time!! There were other times, she vacillated between the two....Poor Mama, she had her demons....at the same time, she always had her faith.
My Dad was always a Hell Raiser. He didn't come from a religious background at all with the exception of the short time he attended parochial school for a few short months when he was young. He put my Mom on a pedestal because she was so Holy and pure when they met, and always had such a strong faith. He also had a belief in God, but didn't have the background.
When I first started doing genealogy, I thought I wouldn't make much progress on my family because my Mother was a Smith and my Father was a Johnson....that has not been the case.
|Lawrence Gerald Johnson aka John or Johnny|
|Rosie Mae Smith Johnson|