posted on October 5, 2012
I need some assistance as locating my grandmother’s family has become extremely difficult. I obtained documents from the Choctaw Nation that show her parents as Rice Smith/Sarah Matthews. I found other documents that show Rice’s name as Reece. However, Reece Smith was married to Clara Smith and they had a daughter named Clara Smith, who is not my grandmother. It has become a very confusing project. I do know that my grandmother had a brother and he and she went to an orphanage in Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma after their mother died. However, I am thinking the Choctaw Nation may have given me the wrong documents. My grandmother’s death certificate and headstone show this information:
Place of birth: Atoka, OK
Date of birth: 11.09.1903
Now, I am really, really confused ….