Notes from the past…


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Yes, but was Dovie an American Indian?

Still don’t know. What led me to contact RAOGK to get the Hall/McBurnett marriage document was finding their names listed in the Chickasaw Nation Marriage Index. I assumed that since they were listed in this index, that one or both were Chickasaw Indian. Not necessarily so. Being in the Chickasaw Nation database just means that they were married in Indian Territory, what would later become the state of Oklahoma.

Never assume anything….


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Dovie update

I’m so excited! When I got home from work last night (actually 1:30 this morning), I found an email from Ruth from Carter Co, OK, a very nice RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) volunteer, containing the marriage certificate of Dovie McBurnett and Husband-#-1-And-My-Great-Grandfather William Earl Hall!


Also, a couple of days ago I found a newspaper “snippet” at GenealogyBank about the marriage of Dovie and Husband-#-2 Ollie P Stanley! From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, page 8, dated 20 July 1913:


Don’t you just love the term “copper”? Through further search at GenealogyBank, I found out that Ollie P Stanley was a rather “well-publicized” Fort Worth Police officer, a very colorful character in his own right! He ran his own detective agency and worked as an investigator for the Tarrant County District Attorney. In his later years, in the 1960′s he was the administrator of a gentleman’s estate and there was some type of legal controversy involving Stanley’s management of that estate that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Stanley and the judge presiding over the case here in Fort Worth got into some type of argument over the case and Stanley kicked him “in the seat of the pants”. And guess who went to jail? Not Stanley, but the judge, for contempt of court! A pretty famous case here in the 1960′s. I saved several articles, I just gotta go back and read ‘em all to get the whole case figured out.

I also checked the Calhoun address from the snippet against Ancestry.com’s U. S. City Directories to verify that I have the correct Ollie Stanley.

The snippet about the Stanley/McBurnett marriage dates the ceremony to be 11 July 1913. Not in concrete, of course, but now I have a date to look for at the court house.