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Searching for my kin-father Tracy McCleary son of Leilawatha born Oklahoma

Tracy Tracy

posted on January 14, 2011

I am trying to locate family and/or information about my family. My father, Tracy McCleary, was 1 of 5 children born to Leilawatha & Ashley McCleary circa 1914. Leilawatha was registered with the US Government as a Choctaw Nation enrolee. My father told me I had an aunt Leila living in Huston, Texas when I was a kid. I had an uncle Willard McCleary that was married to Johnnie Mae.He had a sister named Rosa Laura that I believe died young. If you have any information please contact me- Tracy at

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on January 14, 2011

ashley mccleary m. leilawatha ?
tracy mccleary b.~1914

1930 United States Federal Census
about Ashley Mccleary
Name: Ashley Mccleary
Home in 1930: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
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Age: 44
Estimated birth year: abt 1886
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Lela Mccleary
Race: Negro (Black)


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Ashley Mccleary 44
Lela Mccleary 38
Willard Mccleary 17
Tracy Mccleary 16
Raymond Mccleary 7
Ruby Mccleary 2
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma; Roll: 1919; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 73; Image: 597.0.
lela was b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. OK
ashley b. TX, parents b. TX

1920 United States Federal Census
about Lela Mccleary
Name: Lela Mccleary
Home in 1920: White, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Age: 32
Estimated birth year: abt 1888
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s name: Ashley Mccleary
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
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Household Members:
Name Age
Ashley Mccleary 36
Lela Mccleary 32
Williard Mccleary 7
Tracy Mccleary 6
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: White, McCurtain, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1469; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 155; Image: 461.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Ashley Mcclary
Name: Ashley Mcclary
Age in 1910: 24
Estimated birth year: abt 1886
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Spouse’s name: Lela Mcclary
Home in 1910: Township 4, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
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Household Members:
Name Age
Ashley Mcclary 24
Lela Mcclary 23
they are both mulattos and married 3 years ago.
his father was b. TN, but he and his mother b. TX
lela was b. TX, parents b. TX
they own a farm.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Ashly Mcclury
Name: Ashly Mcclury
[Ashley Mccourry]
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 7, Red River, Texas
[Red River, Texas]
Age: 18
Birthplace: Texas
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Hired Man
Father’s Birthplace: Dontknow
Mother’s Birthplace: Dontknow
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
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Household Members:
Name Age
John Young 24
Artelia Young 16
Theodore Young 3/12
Ashly Mcclury 18
Isaac Butler 23
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 7, Red River, Texas; Roll: T623_1665; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 112.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Ashley Mcclesky
Name: Ashley Mcclesky
County: McCurtain
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 23 Feb 1883
Race: Black
FHL Roll Number: 1851808
DraftBoard: 0
his wife is lela. maybe you want to correct the ancestry name index so that others can find your family. you might want to print or download this card from ancestry. your local public library probably has a subscription to

the red river people were usually of a specific band of natives. see the texas natives webpages in this post.

could this be the marriage?
1890 – 1907

COPYRIGHT 27 APR 1992 Mary Kinard

Printed here with the Permission of J.D. Kinard and family for your personal use


FIVE FEDERAL COURTHOUSES IN CHOCTAW NATION AT – ATOKA, ATOKA CO. OK, get copy of marriage from LDS Library BR – DURANT, BRYAN CO. OK. get copy of marriage from Durant Lf – POTEAU, LEFLORE CO. OK get copy of marriage from Poteau Mc – McALESTER, PITSBURY CO. OK get copy of marriage from Indian Archives OKC WIL – WILBURTON, LATIMER CO. OK you may be able to get copy from Muskogee Ok CODES USED un – NOT USED nr – NO RETURN er – ERROR col – COLORED


BR – Bryan County Court Clerk
402 E. Evergreen
Durant, OK 74701

$2.00 copy fee when info is known
call for search fee

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted a delayed birth certificate. death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary, newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times. the census records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public information in 2012.

first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu of tribal enrollment.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.

2 ways to search:
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

other choctaw tribes:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will improve some of these categories.

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they don’t have the book, you can get the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but many times you can find a record not found in other places. you want to see also about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births, marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter

good advice about native research:

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a different tribe, try searching google for the state and tribes. you might find a contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized tribe.

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, and request the choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Tracy Tracy

posted on February 2, 2011

Thanks so much!!! After my initial post my mother was able to locate my dad’s birth registration announcement for Mccurtin county. As well as documents about a land grant my father received. ive been nursing a terriblw migraine so I will thoroughly read all you have shared once my head mends.

Lela Mccleary Lela Mccleary

posted on May 17, 2011

I believe I have some info.