A Spann family genealogy gives extensive family details but gives place of birth as Winfield, Alabama.
-- RootsWeb, Descendants of William Spann Sr, rootsweb.com
The 1910 and 1930 censuses agree with Loretta. There is also a discrepancy concerning the place of birth of Ernest's mother. The genealogy reports her also born in Alabama, like William, but the censuses report she was born in Texas. The 1930 census reports she was born in Alabama.
1910 United States Federal Census, 28 April, Justice Precinct 3, Coke, Texas, District 23 , page 7B, New Hope and Blackwell Rd, Hse/Fam #133
Spann, William F Head M W 36 Married 11 yrs AL AL AL Farmer Rents
Spann, Margaret A Wife F W 30 Married 11 yrs TX AL AL
Spann, James E Son M W 4 TX AL TX
In 1920, Ernest is reported under his middle name, with a new middle initial!
1920 Federal Census, Wood County, Texas, 10 January, Justice Precinct, District 157, page 4A, Hse/Fam #65
Span, Frank W Head Rents M W 45 AL AL AL Farmer
Span, Mittie Wife F W 39 AL AL AL
Span, Earnest L Son M W 16 Single TX AL AL
1930 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma, 15 April, Whitebead, District 29, page 5A, Hse/Fam #81
Spann, Frank W Head Rents M W 56 Married at age 20 AL AL AL Farmer
Spann, Mettie Wife F W 50 Married at age 19 AL AL AL No Occupation
Spann, Earnest Son M W 24 Single TX AL AL General Labor
My grandfather: James Ernest Spann married Dessie Lea Gregory (March 12, 1915) and had two sons:
William Andrew Spann (September 10, 1952) married Condra Sue Smith Wyatt (October 1946) and had
Sondra Lee Spann (July 28, 1972) (also has been married and has children) and
Laura Jean Spann (January 15, 1975) (now Laura Loyal with Rhiannon Skye Loyal (June 1998) and Caitlynn Marianna Loyal (July 1999))
and then Debbie Gail Pyle (July 4, 1959) and had
William Eugene Spann (December 16, 1982)
Christopher Wayne Spann (January 12, 1985), and
Justin Dean Spann (October 9, 1986)
James Royce Spann (January 6, 1955) married Jeanne Francis Craig Morena (January 30, 1953)
(no longer married) and had me Susan Spann (November 9, 1978).
-- Susan Spann, RootsWeb Discussion, ancestry.com
Social Security Death Index
J. E. Spann
Born 21 Aug 1905, Died 26 Jul 1995
Last Residence Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma 73075
SSN 448-32-9252 issued Oklahoma (1951)
Ernest died on 21 August 1905 in Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma. Two days later Ernest's funeral service was conducted at the Faith Baptist Church in Pauls Valley, with Troy Baker officiating. Burial was in the Greenhill Cemetery of Lindsay in McClain County, under the direction of Stufflebean Funeral Home, Paul's Valley.