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Cora Forbis

Lisa Paden Lisa Paden

posted on March 14, 2011

Hello, my name is Lisa Nolan nee Paden. I have one picture of my father and it is plain that he is native american, he passed away in 1974, my mother would not discuss his heritage except to say that relatives lived on a reservation in OK. His name was George Edward Paden born 1918 in Greenup IL, his mother was Cora Forbis, born 1875. There are Padens on the Dawes list, and Cora Forbis marriage record on the bridal records of the Choctaw Nation, 1897 to a Thomas W. Huff both of Wister.I was told that Cora Forbis married 6 times, but this would have been her first. If you have any info regarding the lineage of my fathers family I would appreciate it. I have been kept in the dark for 53 years, time for a little light.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 14, 2011

oklahoma was a territory until 1907. you should get a copy of the marriage record. i’m not finding the listing.

Forbis, Cora , 22 , Wister , C.N., I.T., to Huff, Thomas W. , 25 , Wister , 22 Nov 1897 LF©A©57
this last number is the location of the marriage record.
LF – Leflore County Court Clerk
P.O. Box 688
Poteau, OK 74953

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920 United States Federal Census
about Cora Paden
Name: Cora Paden
Home in 1920: Greenup, Cumberland, Illinois
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Edwin M Paden
Father’s Birth Place: North Carolina
Mother’s Birth Place: Indiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Edwin M Paden 33
Cora Paden 42
Estelene Paden 5
George Edward Paden 1
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Wayne Feltner 13
Noah Feltner 11
Maxiene Feltner 8
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Greenup, Cumberland, Illinois; Roll: T625_301; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 1063.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Cora B Padon
Name: Cora B Padon
Home in 1930: Greenup, Cumberland, Illinois
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Age: 55
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1875
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Edward N Padon
Race: White


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Edward N Padon 43
Cora B Padon 55
Florence M Feltner 18
Levada E Padon 16
George E Padon 11
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Greenup, Cumberland, Illinois; Roll: 509; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 500.0.
cora was b. IL, father b. NC, mother b. IL.
the most likely native connection might be from the father.
but if cora didn’t apply for enrollment, then she didn’t disclose her native heritage. did her siblings apply for enrollment?

1910 United States Federal Census
about Cora B Feltner
Name: Cora B Feltner
Age in 1910: 35
Estimated Birth Year: 1875
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Father’s Birth Place: North Carolina
Mother’s Birth Place: Illinois
Spouse’s Name: William C Feltner
Home in 1910: Greenup, Cumberland, Illinois
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Female
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Household Members:
Name Age
William C Feltner 39
Cora B Feltner 35
Wayne C Feltner 3
Noah P Feltner 1
Charley Allen 17
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Greenup, Cumberland, Illinois; Roll: T624_284; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0027; Image: 96; FHL Number: 1374297.
charley allen is a hired hand. the census says that cora has only had 2 children.

maybe what you have here is a common name.
i think you need to go back to the beginning. get her social security application.

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

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.

NARA federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma and

texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed records

for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from

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:

chickasaw historical society 22
Historic Preservation and
Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw genealogy archive center 23
Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
oklahoma historical society

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

Noah P. Feltner Jr. Noah P. Feltner Jr.

posted on November 14, 2011

To Whom It May Concern: I was browsing your web site and came across request by a Lisa Nolan(neePaden) for info on her father George E. Paden. I knew George and he actually worked for me at one time. He was a half uncle. If Lisa wants to contact me , she can do so at

Thank you.
Noah P. Feltner Jr.

Lisa Paden Lisa Paden

posted on August 18, 2014

mr. feltner, i see that my grandmother was married to william p. feltner according to the 1910 census, and there are marriage records with thomas Huff Choctaw Nation prior to that i believe that was her 1st husband, in 1920 census records she is married to my grandfather,edwin or edward paden,padon in greenup illinois, I am trying to prove my native heritage, can you help, please? My mother refused to discuss my fathers heritage excep to say i had relatives on a res in OK and mygrandmothers name,Clara Forbes