Alma Lee Hartley was born May, 1892 to George Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley in Flora, MS. Her siblings included, Lelia Mae, George Benjamin, Samuel Richard, Edward Lee, Margie Louise, James Russell, Marvin Ashley and Rudolf (still born). She married Henry Grady Matthews in 1910 in Flora. Henry was 21 and Alma was Henry was born in Jackson, Georgia in 1889. 18. Their children were Wilma Mynon, Henry Lee, Mary Lucile, Samuel Richard, Clifton, Margaret Elizabeth (Candy), Henry Grady (Sugar Boy), William Arthur (Tete) and Jean Frances. Henry died in 1937 at the age of 47. She married Jesse Griffin late in life. Alma Lee Hartley Matthews Griffin died December 21, 1954 in Marion County, Illinois and is buried in Mount Bluff Cemetery in Flora, Madison County, MS.
Henry Grady and Alma Lee Hartley Matthews Family Gallery
Back: Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley, Margie Louise (Oakes), James Russell "Buddy", and Marvin Ashley "Cootze"
Front: Aileen (King), George Leroy Hartley,
Picture taken in Clinton, MS, about 1916
Samuel Richard 9 (1896), George Benjamin 10 (1995), Edward Lee 7 (1898), George L. 41 (1863), Unknown girl 6 (1899), Unknown child 1 1/2 (1903), Mary Elizabeth “Betty” 28 (1876), maybe Mary Caroline Hartley Talley in back,
ca 1905. The two children in white dresses are a mystery. Their ages appear to match being young siblings of the boys, however the other children in the family does not match their ages. Maybe they are neices and nephews. Ages don't match grandchildren. Mary Caroline never had children.
Robert Benjamin Varner, grandfather of Alma Lee Hartley
Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley
Alma Lee Hartley, (1892-1954). married Grady Matthews.
Alma Lee Hartley, Jean Matthews, her daughter said she made this graduation dress. ca 1910
Henry Grady Matthews
Henry Grady Matthews & and brother Charles G.
Henry Grady Matthews & Hill Store, Flora, MS
Henry was the store manager. ca 1920s
Grandma Hartley & Aileen Hartley at Green Hall, All Saints College, Vicksburg
Henry & Jean Matthews, Flora 1932
House in background is their overseer home on plantation
Oakes Auto Parts 1931, Chris Oakes, Marvin Hartley, Willaim Reed, James Hartley, (Dr), James C. Deason, Fred Oakes. Alma's two brothers James and Marvin are in this picture, along with her brother-in-law, Fred Oakes, husband of her sister, Margie Louise.
Bennie Hartley & Leona Bowman
Margie (3), James (2) Hartley
Margie(3) & James(2) Hartley,
gift from Frances Cronin, granddaughter of Ora Lee Hartley Hill who was a sister of George L. Hartley.
Alma Lee Hartley Matthews (1892-1954)
Margie Louise Hartley, age 21, All Saints College, Vicksburg, 192
Alma Lee Hartley Matthews and son William (Tete) Matthews
George Benjamin Hartley
George Benjamin Hartley
Henry Matthews & Ima Jean Gill & Unknown
Rufus & Leila Conrad, Ashley’s Bible
Leila Mae Hartley (1894-1953)
Leila Mae Hartley, about 1914
Norell Clark-Wilma Matthews First Husband, Drove a Trailways Bus according to Jean Mattthews
Henry (Harry) Matthews
Dorothy Matthews, Henry (Harry)’s wife
Petrified Forest, Flora, MS. G. L. Hartley family lived in sight of the forest.
Alma Jean Hughes, Jean Matthew Hughes'daughter,
Marvin Ashley Hartley
Catherine Elizabeth Jones (1917-86), 2nd wife of Marvin Hartley
Aileen & J. C.King
Charles S. & Mary Caroline Hartley Talley, G. L. Hartley’s sister.
Downtown Flora, Mississippi, three years after Margie Louise Hartley Oakes was born.
Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley Death Certificate. She was living with son, James Russell Hartley.
Alma Lee Hartley Matthews Griffin Tombstone, Mount Bluff Cemetery, Flora, MS.