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….


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’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.

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3 down, 2 to go

I have definitively documented 3 of Dovie McBurnett’s husbands, and tentatively a fourth, and the good news is…


No “black widow” at work here after all :)

Husband #1- my great-grandfather William Earl Hall, linked to Dovie:

  • 1910 Federal Census
  • Chickasaw Nation Marriages 1895-1907
  • Victor Earl Hall (my grandfather) birth certificate
  • Delbert Eugene Hall (my great uncle) birth certificate
  • Delbert Eugene Hall death certificate
  • believed to have died in a railroad accident

Husband #2- Ollie Porter Stanley, linked to Dovie:

  • 1920 Federal Census

I have birth & death certificates and WWI draft registration for Ollie Stanley. His 1917 WWI draft reistration lists “wife & 2 children”- apparently Dovie, my great uncle Gene and my grandfather Victor Hall.

My documents show a different wife in later years for Ollie, so apparently he and Dovie divorced.

Husband #3- Lon Washington Epperson, linked to Dovie:

  • 1920 Federal Census (oops, Lon is the next-door neighbor here, Dovie still married to Ollie P Stanley :) )
  • 1930 Federal Census

I have birth, death, and WWI registration for Lon Epperson, too. I have a photo with Victor, Gene and Don Epperson (son by Lon Epperson & Dovie) with Dovie. Don died in 1986, gotta get an obit for him, maybe that will list Dovie.

Same with Lon- later documents show a different wife, so this marriage apparently ended in divorce, too.

(Some lawyer in Fort Worth found himself a cash cow!)

Husband #4- Hugh Frank Priddy, tentatively linked to Dovie:

  • son Victor Earl Hall’s delayed birth certificate, created in 1942- Dovie signed as “Ruby Hall Priddy”
  • As Dovie apparently lived in the Fort Worth area from approx 1917 until her death in 1969, I searched for a Priddy living in that area and of about the same age as Dovie
  • Fortunately Priddy isn’t that common a name around here (thank goodness it wasn’t Smith!), so it wasn’t hard to locate Hugh Frank Priddy
  • I have a death certificate and WWI registration for Hugh Frank Priddy
  • I even found a headstone image online for Hugh Frank Priddy at Dido Cemetery in Tarrant County

Hugh Priddy died in 1960 with no wife listed on his death certificate, so I don’t know if he and Dovie were still married at the time of his death. I need an obituary here, too.

(Hey, the 1940 Federal Census release is just 3 years away!)

Now, if I only had a clear link to Dovie…

Husband #5- Unknown Copeland

  • Dovie’s last name at her death was Copeland
  • Her death certificate states she was a widow

Ok, so I feel pretty good about Hall, Stanley and Epperson, hopeful on Priddy, and totally clueless on Copeland. Not really totally clueless. All I need to do is call the funeral home that took care of Dovie. Hopefully, they will have her husband’s name.

Do you suppose Dovie changed her drivers license every time she changed her husband?