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Tom and Sallie Ammons Houston

In 1895, newlyweds Sallie Ammons and John Thomas "Tom" Houston were on their way to Oregon to setup their home.

The photograph below from the November 1987 Higdon Family Newsletter was made about 1943 or 1944 in Oregon. It was submitted to the newsletter by Sallie Fisher of Washington. The photograph shows Tom and Sallie with some of their children.


Front row: Martha Houston Sherman (born August 26, 1906 in Crook County, OR), Sallie Ammons Houston (born July 17, 1867 in Macon County, NC), Iris Houston Minifie (born April 23, 1910 in Crook County, OR)

Back Row: Lem Houston (born October 28, 1903 in Crook County, OR), Tom Houston (born in NC), Lila Houston Keith (born February 25, 1902), and Fred Houston (born August 8, 1900 in Crook County, OR)

Tom and Sallie were married March 7, 1895 in Franklin, Macon County, North Carolina. A portion of Sallie Houston's diary detailing their stopover at Chattanooga on the way to Oregon in 1895 is available on this web site.



An update in 2002:

Their youngest daughter Iris Houston, who married John D. Minifie, is now 92 years old. According to her niece Sallie Fisher, Iris lives in a care center and "relishes mail, and she loves to hear from and about family." If you have time to send a card or note to Iris, please contact Sallie Fisher or the association for her address. You'll find Sallie's address in your Membership Directory. Sallie tells us that Iris reads and rereads every card. Iris will be 93 in April.

Iris is from the Higdon/Hoffman family line, whose many descendants have lived into their 90s. Sallie Fisher tells us that
Iris Minifie's decent from the Higdon line is:
  • Leonard Higdon/Eva Hoffman
  • William Huffman Higdon/Jane Buchanan
  • Martha Jane Higdon/John R. Ammons
  • Sallie A. Ammons/John Thomas Houston
  • Iris Nellie Houston/John D. Minifie









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