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A Celebration of Life
Otto Edward Genchan
June 24, 1881 January 30, 1934
Married: Frances Makens
Interment: Homney Arkansas
down from Saratoga, Arkansas
Otto Edward Genchan
Born: June 24, 1881
Birth Place: Arkansas
Died: January 30, 1934
Otto's Mother: Annie Genchan Born May 1853 in Arkansas -Parents from Virginia.
Otto Married: Frances Makens
Nationality: Indian the Darker Tribe
Frances Parents: Jean Ann Hopkins who married Willie Makens
Otto and Frances were raised on the old Moore farm between Macedonia and Washing ton , Arkansas. She was a house servant.
They moved from the Moore farm to the Bailey farm, there Ann Genchan married Jim Nelson. At that time Otto, age 12, worked for wages at Walter Fricks.
At some point Otto went to Texas. When he returned from Texas he married Frances Makens. They stayed with Otto's mother, Ann Nelson, on the old farm between Columbus and Saratoga North of the highway, across from James Headings farm.
Finally Otto moved to the Genchan land. This land was bought from the Headings (not the same one above). It is not known where his mother was staying at this time. It is known that she moved to Durant, OK where she lived and died.
Otto died from surgery on a ruptured stomach. Martindales performed the surgery. He and Frances are buried in Homney, Arkansas down from Saratoga, Arkansas.
Otto had two sisters and three half brothers.
Sisters: Mildred Genchan and Eliza Genchan
Mildred King had one son, Johnny King.
Eliza married Lucullus Hicks and two children were given this union -- Maud Eva and Feazel Hicks
Half Brothers: Walter Parker (oldest), Bob Nelson, Claude Nelsen Bob Nelson was a cook. Claude Nelson served in the army (world war 1).
Otto and Frances had 17 children:
Clantha Genchan July 24, 1906
Alvin Genchan June 26, 1908
Janie (Jesse) and Willie Genchan (twins) Sept 4, 1910
Lois Genchan Dec 4, 1912
Lovie (Hazel) Genchan Dec 20, 1914
Zolene Genchan and Nathlee Genchan (twins) Aug 23, 1917
John Lee Genchan and Annie Marie Genchan (twins) July 1, 1920
Lorene, Loretta, Loyd Genchan (triplets) Aug. 19, 1923
4 children died in infancy.
Otto's name in historical records appears as Genshun, and Genchen. It never appears as Genchan. His mother Annie and his sister Eliza appear as Genchan. This is probably a result of census takers writing what they thought they heard.
Nathlee - Nov 1917
Loretta - Aug 19, 1923
Loyd - Feb 24, 1924
Clantha - Sept 9, 1925
Willie - 1933
Frances - May, 1935
Hazel - Aug 20, 1988
Jessie - March 5, 1996
John L. - July 2, 1998
Annie Marie - Aug 9, 1998