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posted on February 7, 2011 and updated on February 7, 2011

Hi, my name is Bill Renfro. I’m trying to find any information I can on William Everett Renfro and Henry & Clara Parker. William Everett was married to Dela May Griggs. They were my grandparents. The Parkers were my Great Aunt & Uncle,they used to live near Jay,OK. Clara Vineta Renfro was my mother.William & Dela Mays children were John Henry, George, Susy, Mack and Vineta. I think they were born in Cookston,OK. My e-mail is
Thank you

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 7, 2011

william everett renfro m. dela may griggs
john henry, george, susy, mack, (clara?) vineta

henry parker m. clara vineta renfro

i don’t know what your goal on research is.
are you trying to contact relatives?
are you trying to find out if they were enrolled?

i am not sure what information you are trying to find.

no years are mentioned. although towns are mentioned, no counties are mentioned.

Mack Thomas Renfro, the son of the late William Everett and Della Griggs Renfro, was born Jan. 17, 1926, at Cookston, Okla.

He entered into eternal rest Aug. 27, 2004, at the age of 78 years. He lived at Pickren Hall for many years.

On June 21, 1952, he was married at Sturkie, Ark., to Wilma Doris Dykes, who preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 1974.

He was a veteran, having served during World War II with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater.

He had worked for Amyx and was employed by Eaton Corporation.

Survivors include two daughters -Teena Kem Renfro of West Plains, Mo., and Carolyn Holman and husband, Glen, of Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren - Jennifer Holman, Shawna Wilkerson, Greg Holman, Sheri Renfrow and Mackenzie Renfro; two sisters — Vineta Lambert and husband, Noel of El Dorado Springs, Mo. and Sue Holliway and husband, Tom, Mr. Sterling, Ill., his mother-in-law, Alta Dykes of West Plains; and several nieces and nephews.Renfrow was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, a sister, Elmarie Renfro; and two brothers – George and John “Buck” Renfro.

this seems to be the family:
1930 United States Federal Census
about Mack T Renfrow
Name: Mack T Renfrow
Home in 1930: Bennett Bayou, Fulton, Arkansas
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Age: 4
Estimated birth year: abt 1926
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s name: Everett W Renfrow
Mother’s name: Della M Renfrow
Race: White


Military Service:

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Age at first marriage:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Everett W Renfrow 40
Della M Renfrow 33
George A Renfrow 8
John H Renfrow 7
Susie A Renfrow 5
Mack T Renfrow 4 2/12
Clara V Renfrow 1 6/12
Petter Renfrow 78
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bennett Bayou, Fulton, Arkansas; Roll: 74; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 998.0.
they were married 9 years before.
both della and everett were b. AR.
peter is the father of everett, b. MO
the children were b. OK

1900 United States Federal Census
about Peter Renfro
Name: Peter Renfro
Home in 1900: Bennetts, Fulton, Arkansas
[Fulton, Arkansas]
Age: 44
Birth Date: Aug 1855
Birthplace: Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father’s Birthplace: Missouri
Mother’s Birthplace: Indiana
Spouse’s name: Hirasada Renfro
Marriage Year: 1883
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 17
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Household Members:
Name Age
Peter Renfro 44
Hirasada Renfro 39
Jesse Renfro 16
Ollie Renfro 13
Laura Renfro 10
Allie Renfro 7
Everett Renfro 10
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Bennetts, Fulton, Arkansas; Roll: T623_59; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 21.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about William Evertte Renfro
Name: William Evertte Renfro
County: Fulton
State: Arkansas
Birth Date: 8 Jul 1890
FHL Roll Number: 1530395
DraftBoard: 0

1910 United States Federal Census
about Della M Griggs
Name: Della M Griggs
Age in 1910: 14
Estimated birth year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s name: John W Griggs
Father’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Cookson, Cherokee, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
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Household Members:
Name Age
John W Griggs 42
Bertha Griggs 18
Mintie Griggs 16
Della M Griggs 14
Johnie W Griggs 11
Effie Griggs 9
Allice Griggs 9
Clarie Griggs 6
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Cookson, Cherokee, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1244; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0018; Image: 910; FHL Number: 1375257.

you can make a correction to the ancestry name index so that others can find your family.

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