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Fielden Jasper Helms and Mary Mercie Keller
Fielden Jasper Helms (son of James Patton Helms and Susan DeBusk) was born 07 Mar 1869 in Lee County, Virginia and died 13 Mar 1959 in Wilkinson Hospital, Roby, Fisher County, Texas. On 10 Jan 1893 in Washington School House, Burkett, Coleman County, Texas he married Mary Mercie Keller (daughter of Peter Oscar Lewis Keller and Julia Elizabeth Freels) who was born 29 Apr 1872 in Audrain County, Missouri and died 29 Dec 1942 at Home Ranch, Scurry County, Texas. They are both buried in the Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.
Fielden Jasper was one of the people that made the trip from Lee County, Virginia to Collin County, Texas. He was only a small child, about 1 year old.

He and his brothers Camel, Lige, and Joe all left Coleman County, Texas and settled in Cottonwood-County Line communities. He and his wife and two children went to Cottonwood Flat in northeastern Scurry County, Texas in 1897. His brother Camel and the two Bogart brothers bought four sections of land in the Cottonwood Flat area. They camped among large cottonwoods along a creek until lumber for the top of the dugout could be hauled the 50 miles from Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas. They lived in a dugout for two years. In 1899 he traded two steer calves to Billie Johnson for a ready-made two room house with upstairs. Seven or eight years later they built the main ranch house. He managed the ranch on a profitable basis when others were failing due to drouth and depression. He even bought several more sections of land. He divided his property among his children by having an independent appraiser divide his property in equal value parcels. His children drew for the parcel from his hat. He maintained his herd until his death at the age of ninety.

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1 --- Homer Patton Helms born 30 Nov 1893 in Coleman County, Texas and died 1946 in Scurry County, Texas. He married Loleet Roper. He moved with his family in 1898 to their new home in Scurry County, Texas. They moved to rough unbroken land with no improvements. He helped clear and maintain the ranch. He joined the Army and served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I with the 5th Engineers, Company C of the 7th Division. He took his training at Camp Merritt before going overseas. He sailed for Europe aboard the H.H. Mallory. He landed in Brest, France on 12 August 1918. They went to Minorville in Meurth at Moselle Department where they took over German trenches in the Puvenelle Sector, a part of the St Miihiel Sector. He returned to the states aboard the U.S.S. George Washington. President Woodroe Wilson was also on board. He was discharged in June 1919 and returned to the ranch. He is buried in Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas. She is buried at is buried in Varga Chapel Cemetery, Bowser, San Saba County, Texas.

Winnie Wynona Helms born 20 Apr 1896 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas and died 01 Apr 1990 in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas. In 1924 she married Arthur Roy Church, who was born 27 Sep 1898 in Dunn, Scurry County, Texas and died 01 Mar 1980. They are both buried in Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas

3 --- Cecil Owen Helms was born 07 Feb 1898 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas and died 07 Jun 1952 in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas.  He married Quinnie Dowden in Jun 1923 in Roby, Fisher County, Texas. Quinnie was born 20 Feb 1905 died May 1937.  Both Cecil and Quinnie are buried  in Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas. He married Ruby Trout 07 Mar 1940. Ruby Trout was born 23 Apr 1913.

4 --- Odessa Eula "Date" Helms born 18 Sep 1900 in Scurry County, Texas and died 10 Sep 1974. On 10 Feb 1922 in Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas she married Earnest Guy Murphree who was born 15 Jan 1901 and died 25 Jan 1969.
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5 --- Willie Faye Helms born 11 Jun 1909 in Scurry County, Texas and died 11 Feb 1944 in Callan Hospital, Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. On 15 Oct 1925 in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas she married Joseph Lawrence Clegg who was born 30 Dec 1904 in Hobart, Kiowa County, Oklahoma and died 10 Apr 1963 in Callan Hospital, Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. They are both buried in Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas.

6 --- Shirley Quay Helms born 07 Jan 1911 in Scurry County, Texas and died 10 Nov 1985 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma and is buried in Ringling Memorial Cemetery, Love County, Oklahoma. She first married Ned Rector. On 07 Mar 1947 she married Lawrence N. Roberts, whos died 19 Oct 1983. Shirley Helms was born and raised in Scurry County, Texas before moving to Ringling, Love County, Oklahoma in 1951