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Susan Puckett

Charles Leverich Charles Leverich

posted on July 17, 2010 and updated on July 17, 2010

I am trying to verify my geneology. My great-grandmother was Susan Puckett and she died in 1949 or 50. inBaxter Springs Kansas. My Grand father was Arthur Cardwell who fell or was pushed into a mine shaft in Baxter Springs in 1925 and my grandmother was Alice Puckett Cardwell.Can anyone help me with the this. I am told my Great-Great grandfather fought in the civil war with Choctaw Tribe.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 18, 2010

susan lucinda b. 1849 IL? d. ~1950 KS m. ? puckett>alice puckett b. 10/28/1891 MO d. 7/1979 KS m. arthur cardwell b. 1887 MO d. 1925 KS

this is kind of incomplete information, such as the name of susan’s spouse, approximate dates.

Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925
about Arthur Cardwell
Name: Arthur Cardwell
Census Date: 1915
Residence County: Cherokee
Residence State: Kansas
Locality: Galena
Birth Location: Missouri
Family Number: 774
Gender: Male
Estimated birth year: abt 1887
Race: White
Line: 22
Roll: ks1915_32
Household Member(s):
Name Age
Arthur Cardwell 28
Alice Cardwell 23
Jack Cardwell 3
Lorene Cardwell 3
Emma Cardwell 7 M
Maud Putman 18
Lucinda Puckett 66
1915 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-271. Kansas State Historical Society.
alice b. 1892 MO and lucinda b. 1849 IL

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Thomas Arthur Cardwell
Name: Thomas Arthur Cardwell
County: Cherokee
State: Kansas
Birthplace: Missouri;United States of America
Birth Date: 9 May 1887
Race: Caucasian (White)
FHL Roll Number: 1643427
DraftBoard: 0

1920 United States Federal Census
about Thomas A Cordwell
Name: Thomas A Cordwell
[Thmoas A Cordwell]
[Thomas D Cardwell]
Home in 1920: Spring Valley, Cherokee, Kansas
Age: 32
Estimated birth year: abt 1888
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse’s name: Allice B
Father’s Birth Place: Illinois
Mother’s Birth Place: Missouri
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
Thomas A Cordwell 32
Allice B Cordwell 28
Jock P Cordwell 9
Lorene M Cordwell 7
Emery A Cordwell 5
Beulah B Cordwell 3
[3 8/12]
Marie L Cordwell 2
[2 6/12]
Opal M Cordwell 0
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Spring Valley, Cherokee, Kansas; Roll T625_526; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 40; Image: 669.

no doubt there was a news article about the death and then the obituary. you can ask about newspapers at your local public library and get them through interlibrary loan.

he was a miner. all children b. KS. alice’s father was b. united states and mother b. IL

1930 United States Federal Census
about Alice B Cardwell
Name: Alice B Cardwell
Home in 1930: Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Kansas
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Age: 38
Estimated birth year: abt 1892
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of House: Head
Race: White


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Alice B Cardwell 38
Jack P Cardwell 19
Lorene M Cardwell 17
Emery A Cardwell 15
Beulah B Cardwell 13
Marie L Cardwell 12
Opal L Cardwell 10
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Kansas; Roll 696; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 66.0.
they rented a house in 1920 but she owns a house worth $800 in 1930. her oldest son works in the mine. she is a widow and she was first married at age 18.

this might be thomas arthur cardwell:
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Galena Ward 2, Cherokee, Kansas; Roll T624_434; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 213.
susan lucinda puckett:
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Galena Ward 3, Cherokee, Kansas; Roll T624_434; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 22; Image: 241.
in this census, susan’s father b. TN, mother b. SC.
alice’s father b. KS.
alice is a servant.

but then i don’t see them for 1900.

you should get a copy of alice’s birth certificate or delayed birth certificate, probably her obituary, probably her social security application. anyone who passed away after 1/1/1937 has an application on file and people had to file delayed birth certificates to prove age.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather thann 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.

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.

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:

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, and request the choctaw resourcce 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

mlane mlane

posted on September 21, 2010


Here is the text of the news story regarding Thomas Arthur’s accident.

Arthur died December 9, 1925 in a mining accident recorded in this news article.

“Miner Strikes Another in 250-Foot Fall in Pit: Both Killed – When Arthur Cardwell, 35, stepped into the cage to be lowered into the Liza Jane mine for his regular day’s work this morning at 7:30 he slipped and fell down the 250-foot shaft. Cardwell landed on W.A. Pyatt, who was working below and both men were killed instantly. The Liza Jane, a lead and zinc mine, is located seven miles northeast of Picher and one mile west of Baxter Springs, Kan., where both men lived. Both Cardwell and Pyatt were employed as ground men at the Liza Jane. Pyatt is survived by a wife and six children and Cardwell by a wife and four children. The bodies of the two men were taken to Baxter Springs and funeral arrangements have not as yet been made.”

He was buried in Galena in the Hill Crest Cemetery, West 7th Street or Highway 66 Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas. His wife and son Jack are also buried there.

I attached a picture of Susan Puckett age 97 published in the Joplin Globe Saturday May 4, 1946.

For info, I’m the grandson of Arthur’s younger brother Ola Turner, “Jack” Cardwell.


mlane mlane

posted on September 21, 2010

A couple of other bits. In 1860 Susan was living in Grandview, Edgar Co. Illinois as an 11 year old. Her father was William Snead and her mother was named Lucinda. She is Susan Lucinda Snead and married Arthur Puckett. If William Snead is the Civil War vet then I believe he served with Company C, 48th Illinois Infantry and mustered out in Little Rock, Ar Aug. 15, 1865.



posted on December 31, 2010

Most of the info above is correct. I’m Lorene’s son. I have a pic of my mother, Marie, Beulah from before I was born, as well as one of the 5 kids before Opal. Please contact me at for more info. I’m hitting a wall on the J E Cardwell side, partly due to illegible/overwritten census records and missing 1890 census. Steve