Contributed by Virginia Hale

Josie Hale Gafford McCuan

Edmond Carter Gafford (Ed) and Josie Hale married October 10, 1893 in Hood County, Texas. Ed and Josie had eleven children, were residents of Lipan, and were members of the Methodist Church.

Ed was born May 28, 1865 in Johnson County to William Gafford and Evelyn Bond. William and Evelyn were married in February 1857 when Hood County was a part of Johnson County.

Josie was the first child born to Madison Right Hale and America Jane Iles Reynolds on October 13, 1878. Right and America were married in Hood County on November 23, 1876.

Ed died from typhoid fever on November 18, 1918. Sadly their 11-year old daughter, Pauline, died from the same fever two weeks later on December 1, 1918.

Josie remarried six years later to Jim McCuan on November 22, 1924. His son, John McCuan, married Ed and Josie’s daughter, Jewel.

Josie Hale Gafford McCuan died at age 77 on January 27, 1954.

Following are the descendants of Edmond Carter Gafford and Josie Hale:

William Doyle GaffordSep. 16, 1894Mar. 11, 1961Essie Mae VandergriffMarriedDec. 17, 1911Johnny Murphy GaffordBobby Don GaffordVivinee GaffordWilliam Dale GaffordJoe D. GaffordWanda Marie Gafford
Floyd Right GaffordMar. 17, 1896Mar. 1, 1944Myrtle Melva HelmsMarriedDec. 7, 1913Vollie Hugh GaffordGeorge GaffordRandolph GaffordDavid Conway GaffordJ. D. GaffordIma Jo Gafford
Florence Irene GaffordMar. 25, 1898May 9, 1940Walter Bryan GuinnMarriedMar. 2, 1919John Houston GuinnDozier Edward GuinnJames Byron Guinn
James Bartis GaffordJun. 8, 1900Apr. 17, 1975Mamie Earl GuinnMarriedDec. 20, 1918Melba GaffordNina May GaffordTheopal Ladonia GaffordJames Bartis Gafford, Jr.Ella Virginia Gafford
Lena Mae GaffordMar. 10, 1902Apr. 29, 1973Henry Mahlon SublettMarriedJul. 25, 1919Mary Lou SublettCharles Derwin SublettPat Mahlon SublettPatsy Mae Sublett
Jewel Verna GaffordFeb. 4, 1904Mar. 22, 1988John McCuanElizabeth Ann McCuanJimmy Joe McCuanBilly Fred McCuan
Dollie Pauline GaffordMay 29, 1906Dec. 1, 1918  
Thomas Kern GaffordSep. 18, 1908May 28, 1959Ollie ReedMarriedJun. 17, 1926Peggy Nell GaffordBobbie Lee Gafford
Lois Latona GaffordMay 7, 1911Jan. 15, 1939Dan TuggleMarriedMar. 27, 1927Robert E. TuggleJerry Tuggle
Ida Bell GaffordAug. 27, 1913 Ray A. WhartonNan WhartonBarbara WhartonConnie Wharton
Joe Lynn GaffordOct. 13, 1916Aug. 11, 1980MableJudy Lynnette GaffordMartha Joe Gafford

Most of the Gafford / Hale family was interred at Evergreen Cemetery, just east of Lipan.

Irene Gafford and Bartis Gafford both married into the Guinn family, marrying a brother and a sister.

Lena Mae Gafford and her husband, Henry Sublett, were the parents of twins, Pat and Patsy Sublett.

Jimmy Joe McCuan died in 1978. Due to Jimmy Joe’s outstanding service to the State of Texas as Director of the Industrial Accident Board, he was buried with honor at the State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

Miss Ida Bell lives in Houston and is 85 years young. She is a beautiful woman and is close to her daughters and grandchildren, all residing in the Houston area. Miss Ida Bell returns to Lipan to attend funerals and to attend the annual Lipan Homecoming, held the first Sunday in June every year.