Zuma Perry Tipton was born to Sam and Julia Ann Evetts Tipton on June 26, 1883 in Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas. She was the youngest of 7 children only 5 of which lived to adulthood. Their first child was Bulah that died between 1870 and 1880. In 1870 their unnamed son that was less than a month old died of croup. Then there was David Burse Tipton, William W Tipton, Mary F Tipton, Pearl Tipton, and Zuma Tipton.
Below is a copy of the Young County, Texas 1900 census. This was the first census Zuma appears since the 1890 census burned.
She grew up in the Henry Chapel Community of Young County, Texas. Her great granduncle, John R Henry donated the land for Henry Chapel.
On July 30, 1902, Horace married Zuma Tipton, the youngest daughter of Sam and Julia Evetts Tipton. Horace grew up very close to the Henry Chapel community and they probably went to school together. Horace was a hard working farmer and rancher.
Zuma Tipton and Horace Ribble's marriage license
They had their first child, Horace (H L) Lafayette Ribble, Jr. on August 3, 1903. Their second child was a girl, Fatine Ribble born on June 14, 1905. They lived in a home in Henry Chapel area of Young County, Texas, where his grandfather, John Ribble, originally settled in 1855. Zuma's grand uncle was John R. Henry. He donated the land for Henry Chapel.
They moved very near where Horace’s grandfather, John Ribble, built the double log cabin in 1855. They lived on Henry Chapel Rd (now Arthur’s Camp Rd), just a couple of miles from Zuma’s parents. Also, less than 5 miles from where Horace had been raised.
Horace farmed and ranched with his father, Bill. Bill had several pieces of land on both sides of the Brazos River plus the land that his father had obtained in 1855. On the video of Bill’s grandchildren, Horace’s nieces and nephews, they discuss that Horace would buy a piece of Bill’s land. At times, Bill would give Horace a piece of land for doing this or that.
The picture below is a family portrait of all of Bill and Nannie’s children and grandchildren up to that time. Taken around 1906, this was a professionally done photo. On the video recording mentioned above, one of the grandchildren, either Carnace or Carson, mentioned that he thought the picture took place on Bill’s newly purchased property closer to Graham. He recognized the tree as one in his grandfather’s yard. Both Carson and Carnace were in the picture and remembered that day. In the early 1900s, Bill purchased some property that he eventually built a house on with enough room for his mother, Susan, and sister, Ellen, to live with him. As Graham grew this property became called Cherry St extending out Hwy 16/Bunger highway. At the time, he bought it the street was considered Bunger Road.
ca 1907 back row l to r: Horace Ribble, Fatine Ribble in her mother, Zuma Tipton Ribble's arms,
Ida Chandler Ribble,
Eddie Ribble in his arms Amiee B,
Ora Ribble Jarnagin, Will Jarnagin with Sue Jarnagin in his arms (she passed away soon
after this picture was made), standing in front of Willl is his son, William
Front row l to r: seated on ground Della Ribble, standing behind her is H.L. Ribble, Jr, seated is W. A. Ribble,
Norman Carson Ribble,
seated is Nannie Kutch, seated on ground is Josie Ribble.
Horace and Zuma were 27 when the 1910 census was prepared. The couple was still living on Henry Chapel Rd with their two children, H.L., and Fatine.
1910 census for Horace Lafayette Ribble's family.
At some point their home burnt down. No one was injured but they lost everything. During this time they moved into the barn and lived there until Horace could build a new house. He built a rock house.
Rock House close to Finis, TX that Horace built.
On August 18, 1913, the Ribbles had a fish fry. Zuma, Horace, and children are in this picture, but yet to be identified. The fish were probably caught in the Brazos River or one of the creeks that flow into it. The location of Ribble Park is unknown, but it was probably at the home in what is now Graham, Texas. At the time, the property was located just outside the city limits of Graham. (Roll-over the picture with a mouse and the recognized ones have a link)
1913 Ribble Fish Fry
In 1920, it looks like Horace and his father swapped homes. Or his father moved back to the river place and Horace and his family moved to his father's new home on the outskirts of Graham. This could have been during the time that their house had burned. Also, it could have been just so H.L. and Fatine could go to Graham High School to complete their education.
January 2, 1920 a census taker interviewed Horace. This census shows Horace, Zuma, H.L., and Fatine living on Plum St. in Graham, Texas. The same census shows his father, W.A. “Bill” Ribble, living off Finis Rd., which is where Horace and Zuma built the rock house after the fire. Plum St home was a home on part of his father’s land that was partially within the city limits of Graham. On the census, he states that he owns the home mortgage free. The reason to move into town is probably so that H.L. and Fatine could attend Graham schools. Horace and Bill worked together ranching and farming.
1920 census Horace, Zuma, HL, and Fatine
1930 census for Horace and Zuma
In the 1920s both of Horace and Zuma’s children married. H.L. married Jimmie Lorraine Dillinder and Fatine married Jimmie’s brother, Loyd Dillinder. On September 17, 1926, Horace and Zuma's first grandchild, Billy Loyd Ribble, was born.
On March 14, 1924, Zuma's father, Sam Tipton passed away. Then on JuLy 20, 1924 her mother, Julia Ann Evetts Tipton, died while visiting Zuma's brother, David. They were buried in Oak Grove cemetery in Graham, Texas.
Below is a picture taken for a 1932 Parade in Graham, Texas with 4 Ribble 4 generations. From left to right is Horace’s grandson, Billy Loyd Ribble, his son, H.L. Ribble, himself, then his father William ”Bill” Alexander Ribble.
Lining up for a parade ca 1932 from L to R: Billy Loyd Ribble (Bill's great grandson),
H.L. Ribble (Bill's grandson), Horace Ribble (Bill's son), Bill Ribble
By 1940 census, Horace and Zuma are living in the Henry Chapel/Finis area next door to H.L., Jimmie, and Billy Loyd, Horace and Zuma's first grandchild.
1940 census shows HL and family living next door to Horace and Zuma
In 1946 they bought a place in Stephens County close to Breckenridge, which is only about 30 miles from Graham.. His father, W. A. 'Bill" Ribble had moved closer to the town of Graham, in Young County.
On the first Sunday of the month of June, has always been Gooseneck Day. It has been called a homcoming day, a pioneer day, and a clean-up day. Lunch is pot luck and there is a short church under the tabernacle. On Sunday, June 6, 1946, there were 5 generations of male Ribble in attendance. They sat on a bench in front of the rock wall of the tabernacle at Gooseneck to have their photograph taken. Zuma's father in law, husband, son, grandson, and great grandson are in the picture. Below is that picture.
June 6, 1948 - W.A. "Bill" Ribble, Horace Ribble (Bill's son), H.L. Ribble (Bill's great grandson),
Billy Loyd Ribble (Bill's great grandson), Wayne Ribble (Bill's great great grandson)
By 1950, Horace and Zuma's grandson, Billy Loyd Ribble, had married Jackie Phinney and they had their first 2 children, Wayne and Cheri.
Wayne and Cheri swimming in Zuma and Horace's tank on their Breckenridge place
Horace and Zuma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 20, 1952.
Celebrating 50 years of marriage
Horace died at 70 at his home on February 20. 1953 and was buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Graham, Texas. He had been ill for several months with lung cancer.
Horace's headstone and footstone
Horace's Death Certificate
In August of 1963, Zuma went to Oklahoma to spend with time with son. H.L. Ribble. Her grandson, Bill Ribble, drove her up there and came back later to pick her up. The below below was taken on that visit.
H.L. with Zuma at his home in Oklahoma
Zuma Tipton Ribble died on September 3, 1963 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas.
Zuma was buried next to Horace in Pioneer Cemetery in Graham, Texas