Elwood (Edward) Lee “TB” and Ninnie Ophelia Conrad Hartley Family





Edward (Elwood) Lee and Ninne Ophelia Conrad Hartley

George Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley Family
Back: Samuel Richard, George Benjamin, Edward Lee, Alma Lee, Leila Mae
Front: George H. , George Leroy and Mary Elizabeth
Photo about 1902


Elwood (Edward) Lee “TB” and Ninnie Ophelia Conrad Hartley Family

Elwood Lee Hartley was born February 12, 1898 to George Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley in Flora, MS. He changed his name to Edward Lee, as he did not like Elwood. His siblings included, Alma Lee, George Benjamin, Leila Mae, Samuel Richard, Margie Louise, James Russell, Marvin Ashley and Rudolf (still born). He married Ninnie Ophelia Conrad in 1915. Ninnie was a sister of Rufus Franklin Conrad who married his sister Leila Mae. Edward Lee was 17 and Ninnie was 16. Ninnie was born in Flora, MS in 1899. Their children were Talmarie, Edward Lee Ur, Frederick Earl, Genevive Mae, Grances Margaret, Jack Raymond, Bille Gene, Rudolph, Don Alvin, James Ivor "Ted", Kenneth Larmar "Odie" and Bobby Glenn.. Edward Lee died in 1948 at the age of 49. Ninne died in 1968.

Edward Lee and Ninnie's son, E. L. Hartley was a prisoner of war during WWII. Click here to read an account of his service. E.L. Hartley Military.


Edward Lee and Ninnie Ophelia Conrad Hartley Family Gallery

Back: Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley, Margie Louise (Oakes), James Russell "Buddy", and Marvin Ashley "Cootze"
Front: Aileen (King), George Leroy Hartley,. Parents and younger siblings of Edward Lee 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, maternal grandfather of Edward Lee Hartley
George L.Hartley, father of Edward Lee Hartley
Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley, mother of Edward Lee Hartley
George L.Hartley, father of Edward Lee Hartley
Leila Mae Hartley (1894-1953), photo from Mary Agnes Conrad.
Leila Mae Hartley, about 1914
(1894-1953) (Restored by Mel Oakes)
Leila Mae Hartley (1894-1953), sister of Edward Lee Hartley
Leila Mae & Agnes Conrad at All Saints College, Vicksburg, MS, Leila however looks too young for this to be Agnes, maybe Leila
Rufus and Leila Mae Hartley Conrad
Rufus and Leila Mae Hartley Conrad
From Left: Ninnie, Rufus, Ada & Heber Conrad, (Brothers & Sisters)
Rufus Conrad, Ninnie Conrad Hartley, Heber Conrad, Ada Conrad Graham, (Brothers and Sisters)
Emily Ophelia Conrad-(Little-Grannie)-(1863-?). Rufus Conrad's mother. Namesake for Ninnie Ophelia Conrad Hartley.
Back:Mary Graham Hawkins & Ada Graham
Frt: Laura Hawkins & Emily Ophelia Jackson Conrad
Waltersville Baptist Church, Waltersville, MS, north of Vicksburg, 1944
1 Rufus Conrad
2 Leila Mae Conrad
3 Eula Mae Stephenson
4 Agnes Conrad
5 Rufus Stephenson
6 Kenny Stephenson
7 George Conrad
8 (Leila) Mae Conrad
9 Louise Conrad Stephenson
10 Alton Ray Stephenson
11 Betty Conrad
12 Mrs. Stephenson
13 Mrs. Henley
14 Mr. Henley
15 Henley Child
16 Pauline Sharp
17 Donnie Sharp
18 Mildred Sharp
19 Billy Sharp
20 Jean Matthews
21 Barbara Henley
22 Albert McMullen
23 Dixie Sharp
24 Edith Sharp
25 Barbara Sharp
26 Brother Guy
27 Juggles Allison
28 Billie Ruth Allison
29 Thelma Muirhead
30 Ralph Webster
31 Nellie Jean Huggins
32 Mrs. Guy
33 Mrs. Nell Allison
34 Lendle Allison
35 Alma Lee Hartley Matthews

The Waltersville Baptist Church started in the summer of 1933 with a tent revival sponsored by Bowmar Avenue Baptist Church, then pastored by Rev. J L. Boyd. A month later, a Sunday school was organized, first meeting in the Wadford home, then at Givens’ Machine Shop, later in a vacant house, and by the time attendance reached 100, a Mr. Ford made the old dance hall pavilion at Mont Springs available.

On June 24, 1934, the church was established with 16 members, nine by letter and seven by baptism. Meetings were held once a month, on the first Sunday afternoon, with Boyd as pastor.

The church was offered land by the Meachams, and a frame structure, 44 feet by 20 feet, was built. It stood near Toler’s Camp beside the road that was down the hill from old U. S. 61, which was built later. The building was eventually raised to the level of the highway and a basement and front porch were added.

Which Wadford was this?

Jones & Ella Conrad, Rufus Conrad’s brother and his wife.

Jones Conrad, Edward Lee Hartley(1898-1948)
& John Stegall

Ninnie & Edward. Lee Hartley
Ninnie Conrad Hartley & Ada Conrad Graham, sisters
Ninnie Ophelia Conrad Hartley

Ninnie Conrad Hartley and Grandson Pete Hartley

Ninnie Ophelia Conrad Hartley
Odie and Ted Hartley, ca. 1939
Durwood & Ada Conrad Graham, sister of Ninnie Conrad Hartley.
C. Albert Graham, brother-in-law of Ninnie Conrad Hartley
Ada Conrad Graham, sister of Ninnie Conrad Hartley.
Ada Conrad Graham, sister of Ninnie Conrad Hartley.
Frances, Ninnie, Genevive, & Talmarie Hartley and Minnie Thornton Hartley
Minnie, E. L. . Ninnie Ophelia Hartley/with George Leroy Mullins, & Frances Hartley Mullins,
(E. L. & Frances are brother & sister.)
Don, Bobby, Odie, & Ted Hartley ca. 1948
Kenneth “Odie” & James “Ted” Hartley, ca. 1939
LtoR: James “Ted” & Kenneth “Odie” Hartley, and friend.
James “Ted” & Kenneth “Odie” Hartley, ca. 1950

Brothers, E. L. “Brudgie” & Odie Hartley ca. 1939

Bobby Hartley
Odie Hartley
Edward Lee Hartley Sr. sons,
Back: Edward Lee Jr., Billy
Front: Fred, Jack and Kenneth (Odie)
Man in door: Bill Hiltbruner, husband of Talmarie Hartley
Frances Hartley Mullen, E.L. Hartley’s daughter.(1926-2008)
George Wailon Mullen (1943), Husband of Frances Hartley
Odie & Pat Hartley's wedding.
Pat and Odie Hartley, 2018.
Odie & Pat Hartley
LtoR-Bobby, Odie, Frances, and Jack Hartley, April 30, 2000
LtoR: Ricky Hartley, Jack (friend), George Larry Mullen holding Terry Hartley:
Front: Eddie Hartley
LtoR: Ricky, son of Billy-Hartley; Janet Sinclair (daughter of Jenny Sinclair;
& Eddie Hartley, son of Brudgy
Randy and Debra Hartley, Children Don and Margie Hartley
Geneva (Jenny) Hartley Sinclair and Husband Travis Sinclair

Karen Mullen ? daughter Hartley?, Judy Mullen Herrington, ,Jennifer Herrington Green and Children

Sherry Mullen Moss, Janet and George Larry Mullen and George Larry’s son Brock..

Shannon (granddaughter of Billy and Margaret Hartley), Margaret, Billy and great grandchildren & Odie.
LtoR: Billy, Ricky, Bobby and Jack Hartley(in front)
Agnes Conrad Modeling
From left: Billy, with son and daughter-in-law: Natalie & Terry Hartley
athryn Ray Hartley, wife of Fred Hartley
Frances Hartley Mullen
Frances Hartley Mullen
Minnie & E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley
E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley
E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley
Minnie & E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley
Minnie, Nancy & Brudgy Hartley
Minnie & E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley
E. L. “Brudgy” & Nancy Hartley

E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley

E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley

Minnie & E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley
Minnie & E. L. “Brudgy” Hartley
ames Ivor “Ted” Hartley (1935-97)
(Picture courtesy of his daughter, Sigrid Hartley Clark
Edward Joshua Hartley and Sara Elizabeth Buster. Edward is son of E. L. and Minnie Hartley. April 1, 2012, engagement.
Odie Hartley, with logs. Picture reminiscent of picture above of his father and mother
Sigrid Hartley Clark-Pierce and husband, Casey Pierce.
Daughter of Ted Hartley
2008 Conrad-Hartley Reunion
Alma Lee Hartley, (1892-1954). married Grady Matthews. Older sister of Edward Lee Hartly.
Alma Lee Hartley, Jean Matthews, her daughter said she made this graduation dress. ca 1910
Henry Grady Matthews, brother-in-law to Edward Lee Hartley
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. Mother and sister of Edward Lee Hartley.
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. Edward Lee's two brothers James and Marvin are in this picture, along with his brother-in-law, Fred Oakes, husband of his sister, Margie Louise.
Bennie Hartley & Leona Bowman. Bennis was brother of Leila Mae.
Margie (3), James (2) Hartley. Sister and brother of Leila Mae.
Margie (3) & Jame s(2) Hartley, sister and brother of Leila Mae 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), sister of Leila Mae.

Margie Louise Hartley, age 21, All Saints College, Vicksburg, 1927
Sister of Leila Mae Hartley

Alma Lee Hartley Matthews and son William (Tete) Matthews
Sister of Leila Mae Hartley

George Benjamin Hartley, brother of Leila Mae Hartley
George Benjamin Hartley
Petrified Forest, Flora, MS. G. L. Hartley family lived in sight of the forest.
Marvin Ashley Hartley, brother of Leila Mae Hartley
Catherine Elizabeth Jones (1917-86), 2nd wife of Marvin Hartley
Aileen & J. C.King, sister of Leila Mae Hartley
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.


Family lived, celebrated in barn after local tornado
by Josh Edwards

Dec 24, 2012

December 24, 2012. The Vicksburg Post

Pat Williams Hartley’s most memorable Christmas was spent living in a barn, but her family sang, ate and counted their blessings.

On Dec. 5, 1953, her family’s home on Standard Hill Road was destroyed by a violent tornado that ripped though Vicksburg and Warren County leaving nearly 40 dead in its path.

The Williams family had been planning to attend a children’s birthday party at the Saenger Theater on Walnut Street, said Hartley who is now 70.

“My dad decided not to let us go because he didn’t like the muggy weather,” she said.

D.T. Williams’ hunch about the weather was right. The Saenger took a direct hit from the storm and at least three people died inside after the roof collapsed.

“One of our young friends didn’t make it,” Hartley said.

The storm moved rapidly and ripped her family’s home to pieces. Hartley’s mother, Florence Williams, was injured and taken to Mercy Hospital, then on Crawford Street. The trip to downtown took several hours because of storm damage, Hartley said.

The family returned home the next day to find only two walls of their home standing.

“We were truly devastated. All of our possessions were destroyed, our pets were dead and our clothes were dangling from the tree tops. But at the same time, we felt blessed to be alive,” Hartley said.

Help poured in from the community, and the family and volunteers worked tirelessly to renovate a barn to become the family’s temporary home. It was amazing to see the outpouring of help from total strangers, Hartley said.

“The corncrib became the kitchen. The area housing the equipment and tools became our parents’ bedroom. The area where the hay had been became the living room and the last section became the children’s bedroom. Daddy built small beds on each of the four walls,” Hartley said.

The family lived in the barn for about six months as their house was rebuilt.

As Christmas approached, D.T. Williams took his children into the woods behind the barn to find a Christmas tree, Hartley said. They found a cedar that had not been damaged and looked perfect, she said.

The children decorated it with garlands of popcorn and construction paper, and D.T. Williams covered the tree in spun glass known as angel hair.

“It might not have been the most beautiful tree to anybody else, but it was to us,” Hartley said.

The night before Christmas, the family ate popcorn and sang Christmas carols around the tree, Hartley said.

“Reflections of all the love and kindness shown to us made each of us realize the true spirit of Christmas,” she said.

Each year at Christmas time, Hartley and her husband, Odie, put up a large artificial cedar in the living room of their home on Singing Hills Road and Hartley reminisces about the Christmas she and her family spent living in a barn.

Hartley’s parents and youngest brother, Jimmy, have died, but she and her other siblings, David Williams of Ethel, La., and Betty Mangum of Nesbitt, Miss., try to get together as often as possible.

“When we do get together, we sing and we have a good time and go over our good memories,” she said.

(Pat is married to Kenneth “Odie” Hartley.}