Notes from the past…


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A clue!

According to my Dad, his “Cherokee Grammaw”, Dovie C McBurnett, frequently dressed in Native American garb and decorated her house in that fashion, too. Hence his nickname for her. In fact, Dovie was a main incentive for me in beginning my family history research.

For 8 years, I have searched for some factual evidence of her Native American heritage. I have found but 1 indication of this, and that is “circumstantial” at best. Dovie and my great-grandfather were married in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1906. I do have a copy of that marriage license.

But being wed in Indian Territory does make one an Indian!

So was Dovie truly of Native American descent? Or perhaps her husband William Earl Hall? Dovie seems to have been a rather eccentric character, having married 6 husbands. Perhaps one day she just decided she wanted to be a Cherokee Indian!

I have searched numerous online databases looking for Dovie’s or William’s Indian heritage with no success. Census enumerations, the Dawes Rolls, Cherokee muster rolls… the list goes on and on. Still no definitive proof.

A few days ago, I met a new online McBurnett “cousin” and last night we spoke on the phone. This very nice lady made one comment that perked my ears up! She said my grandfather (Lonzo McBurnett, an older brother of my great-grandmother Dovie McBurnett) would not let my grandmother sign up on the indian rolls because he called it charity and he didn’t need it.

This means that the Native American heritage did come from Dovie’s line! But was it through the McBurnetts or the Browns (my second great-grandmother) or maybe the Jollys (my 3GGM)? At this point, I have no idea.

But I do have a new lead, a new clue to follow!


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Check… and check again!!!

Since I have not done much research in several months, I have been busy rechecking folks in my tree, looking for anything new since I last examined them.

This evening I was checking back with my great-grandmother, Dovie C McBurnett. I did a general Google search with nothing new showing up. Then I stopped by Ancestry and put her name in the search engine. And what did I find….

Only several NEW photos of Dovie, her parents (my second great-grandparents) and a couple of her brothers!!! I’m so excited!!! I now have a photo of Harrison Wardlow McBurnett and wife Margaret C Brown, my 2 GGP’s, and a photo of Dovie’s brother Wesley Paul McBurnett in his WWI uniform. Especially exciting since Wesley was killed in action in France in October 1918.  And there was even a photo of a previously unknown brother, Lonzo McBurnett. Lonzo was born in 1882 and by 1900 apparently was out of Harrison’s household for that year’s census, so I didn’t know he even existed! Wow!

 

Harrison Wardlow and Margaret C Brown McBurnett, ca 1910, Admore, OK
Harrison Wardlow and Margaret C Brown McBurnett, ca 1910, Admore, OK
Wesley Paul McBurnett, ca 1916
Wesley Paul McBurnett, ca 1916

I also sent a note to the lady that owns this tree and so graciously posted all of these wonderful photos. I have a lot of “Dovie data” that I would be more than happy to share with her, if she is interested!

And here is a new photo of Dovie (left), compared with one of my “old” Dovie photos:

Dovie McBurnett(left), ca 1945

Dovie McBurnett (left), ca 1945

Dovie McBurnett, ca 1948

Dovie McBurnett, ca 1948


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Surname Saturday: CARR

1-James F CARR-255 (1815-after 1870)
+Martha E WATTS-256 (1824-before 1880)
. . . . 2-Willy CARR-264 (1841-)
. . . . 2-Sarah CARR-265 (1844-)
. . . . 2-Lenora CARR-266 (1846-)
. . . . 2-James Vincent CARR-239 (31 December 1848-15 April 1924)
. . . . +Lella Lorene DIXON-240 (September 1863-1929)
. . . . . . . . 3-James Dixon CARR-233 (10 November 1883-7 February 1958)
. . . . . . . . +Ruth CARROLL-234 (10 July 1890-11 January 1965)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mamie Inez CARR-18 (16 September 1912-22 May 1987)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Victor Earl HALL-17 (18 February 1910-20 December 1974)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-James Dixon “Jim” HALL-6 (2 August 1929-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Floyd Thomas CLARK-91 (27 August 1906-2 August 1981)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ronald Norman CLARK-231 (23 May 1946-18 January 2010)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Samuel Ladd CLARK-232 (22 May 1947-14 September 2007)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jack Dixon CARR-236 (29 March 1917-1 October 1981)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Seleta Elizabeth PATTERSON-242 (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Bobby CARR-243 (23 May 1938-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Joan CARR-249 (4 April 1939-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Constance Geraldyne LITTRELL-244 (20 December 1920-9 February 2005)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-John Douglas CARR-245 (25 July 1944-19 December 2004)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lella L CARR-237 (3 January 1920-4 April 1920)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Infant CARR-241 (20 June 1921-21 June 1921)
. . . . . . . . 3-Tom Hearne CARR-262 (17 October 1885-20 May 1894)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lella Myrtis CARR-263 (4 January 1887-1 June 1887)
. . . . . . . . 3-George Merton CARR-257 (21 May 1889-9 September 1951)
. . . . . . . . +Georgia Pauline BELL-270 (10 April 1894-13 October 1958)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-George Merton CARR II-271 (2 January 1919-18 January 1975)
. . . . . . . . 3-Robert Hicks CARR-258 (22 December 1892-10 October 1959)
. . . . . . . . +Dorothy D CHADWICK-272 (20 May 1898-14 August 1966)
. . . . . . . . 3-Mary Elizabeth CARR-259 (May 1895-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Jimmie Louise CARR-260 (July 1897-)
. . . . . . . . 3-John Beveridge CARR-261 (1 August 1899-)
. . . . . . . . +Lula Mable DAVIS-273 (1897-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Betty Joyce CARR-274 (December 1928-)
. . . . 2-Emmett P CARR-267 (1851-)
. . . . 2-Coleman C CARR-268 (1856-)
. . . . 2-William CARR-269 (1863-)