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Margaret Elizabeth Leonard Partain

Beth Beth

posted on January 18, 2011

I am looking for information on Margaret Elizabeth Leonard Partain, born 5-31-1873 and died on 12-22-1950. She had a son James Evertt Partain, born 5-13-1892 in McGirk, Texas. If you have any information, I would appreciate it.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on January 18, 2011

margaret elizabeth leonard b. 5/31/1873 place unknown, d. 12/22/1950 place unknown m. ? partain
james everett partain b. 5/13/1892 hamilton, TX

1900 United States Federal Census
about James Partain
Name: James Partain
Home in 1900: Township 5, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 8
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father’s name: W H Partain
Mother’s name: M E Partain
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
W H Partain 42
M E Partain 26
Mirtle Partain 9
James Partain 8
Lonzo Partain 5
John Partain 22
William Leinard 18
John Sane 20
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 5, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: T623_1849; Enumeration District: 157.
township 5 north range 3 west
enumerated july 3, 1900 by adolph hill

w. h. partain, head, white male, b. nov. 1857, age 42, married 12 years, b. TX, father b. alabama, mother b. arkansas, farmer, reads, writes, speaks english, owns his own farm free and clear
m. e., wife, white female, b. may 1874, age 26, married 12 years, had 4 children but only 3 survive, b. TX, father b. MS, mother b. TX, reads and writes
mistle, daughter, white female, b. oct. 1890, age 9, single, b. TX
james, son, white male, b. may 1892, age 8, single, b. TX
lorenzo?, son, white male, b. march 1895, age 5, single, b. indian territory
john, son, white male, b. jun?jan?, 1898? 1878?, son, age 2, single, b. TX doesn’t read or write english, speaks english
william leonard, boarding, white male, b. jan?jun? 1882, age 18, single, b. TX, father b. TN, mother b. TX, farm laborer, doesn’t read or write english, speaks english
john sans?, boarding, white male, b. may 1880, age 20, single, b. TX, father b. AR, mother b. indian territory, farm laborer, doesn’t read or write, speaks english

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about James Evert Partain
Name: James Evert Partain
County: Cooke
State: Texas
Birth Date: 13 May 1892
Race: Caucasian (White)
FHL Roll Number: 1952596
DraftBoard: 0
this is available on your local public library might have a subscription to it.
he has a wife and children.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Leonard John 0 M MCR5518 P
Choctaw Leonard Nancy 0 F MCR5518 P
Choctaw Leonard Partani Henry 0 M MCR5518 P
Choctaw Partani Alonzo 7 M NR MCR5518 CENTER IT MCR
Choctaw Partani Jimmie 10 M NR MCR5518 CENTER IT MCR
Choctaw Partani Myrtle 12 F NR MCR5518 CENTER IT MCR
Choctaw Partani Margaret 28 F NR MCR5518 CENTER IT MCR
mcr=mississippi choctaw refused. but some were enrolled by council vote early in the process, so i don’t know if this family was enrolled.
in any case, you should get a copy of the enrollment application, census card and testimony.

1910 United States Federal Census
about W H Partain
Name: W H Partain
Age in 1910: 52
Estimated birth year: 1858
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Spouse’s name: M C Partain
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 7, Cooke, Texas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
W H Partain 52
M C Partain 35
J E Partain 17
H J Partain 14
L U Partain 2
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 7, Cooke, Texas; Roll: T624_1542; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 64; Image: 582.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Jim E Partain
Name: Jim E Partain
Home in 1920: Woodbine, Cooke, Texas
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1892
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse’s name: Gracie L Partain
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jim E Partain 28
Gracie L Partain 23
Alma Partain 7
Inez Partain 5
Lorene Partain 1
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Woodbine, Cooke, Texas; Roll: T625_1790; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 46; Image: 487.

you can correct the name on the ancestry index so that others can find your family.

1930 United States Federal Census
about James E Partain
Name: James E Partain
Home in 1930: Precinct 7, Cooke, Texas
View Map
Age: 37
Estimated birth year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Gracie R Partain
Race: White


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
James E Partain 37
Gracie R Partain 31
Alma Partain 17
Inez Partain 15
Cleburne Partain 8 5/12
James Partain 6 6/12
Troy W Partain 4 4/12
Annie M Partain 2 3/12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 7, Cooke, Texas; Roll: 2312; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 22; Image: 460.0.
texas records here:

Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
about Partain
Name: Partain
Date of Birth: 18 Dec 1927
Gender: Female
Birth County: Cooke
Father’s name: James Everett Partain
Mother’s name: Laura Grace Bartley
Roll Number: 1927_0005

texas death index:
Laura Partain 7 Jul 1982 Cooke Female

James Partain 6 Apr 1982 Cooke Male

someone left a record on ancestry family trees:

  • James Evert Partain
  • Birth 13 May 1892 in Oklahoma
  • Death 27 June 1930 in Gainsville, Texas, United States


* * William Henry Partain 1857 – 1924 * * Margarette Elizabeth Leonard 1874 – 1950

this tree might be on

  • William Henry Partain
  • Birth 9 Nov 1857 in Hillsboro, Hill, Texas, United States
  • Death 19 Nov 1924 in Krebs, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, United States


* * William Henry Partain 1827 – 1874 * * Lillian Ann Stembridge 1837 – 1941

  • Margarette Elizabeth Leonard
  • Birth 31 May 1874 in Hamilton, Commanche, Texas, United States
  • Death 22 Dec 1950 in Ardmore, Smithville, Oklahoma, United States
* * John R. Leonard * * Nancy Ann Linney 1854 –
  • Margarette Elizabeth Leonard
  • Birth 31 May 1874 in Hamilton, Commanche, Texas, United States
  • Death 22 Dec 1950 in Ardmore, Smithville, Oklahoma, United States

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

Cristy England Cristy England

posted on August 22, 2011

Hi, my name is Cristy England, I am the great, great granddaughter to Margarette (Mary) Elizabeth Leonard Partain and William Henry Partain. Their daughter Myrtle Ann Partain was my great grandmother, she married Charles Frank Rosenbaum May 24, 1905 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory at the age of 16. I have done extensive research over the last year on my family history and currently have over 1,000 people in my family tree. I have back to her great, great, great grandmother but that is as far as my history goes, her name was Sally Fletcher born about 1811 in Missouri, she was married to John Richmond Hoggart. Any information you may have that you would like to share would be greatly appreciated, I don’t mind sharing my information either.