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Victoria Victoria

posted on April 7, 2011


Can anyone give me info on Jerry Folsom or Homer Folsom – both deceased? I am married to Jerry’s son and I want information to share on family for my children who are grandchildren of them.


suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 7, 2011

i don’t know if this is homer:
Social Security Death Index
about Homer M. Folsom
Name: Homer M. Folsom
SSN: 085-22-5794
Last Residence: 74501 Mcalester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, United States of America
Born: 3 Jan 1914
Died: 12 Dec 1996
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)

may have been his address:
U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
about Homer M Folsom
Name: Homer M Folsom
Address: RR 2 POB 361, Mc Alester, OK, 74501 (1993)

this is the only homer folsom found in the us 1930:
1930 United States Federal Census
about Homer Folsom
Name: Homer Folsom
Home in 1930: Richwoods, Lonoke, Arkansas
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Age: 14
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1916
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: J C Folsom
Mother’s Name: Doreen R Folsom
Race: White


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
J C Folsom 56
Doreen R Folsom 47
Frank Folsom 18
Homer Folsom 14
Gracie Mae Folsom 10
Ruthie Mae Folsom 7
J D Folsom 4

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Richwoods, Lonoke, Arkansas; Roll: 83; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 33; Image: 615.0.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Homer Folsom
Name: Homer Folsom
Home in 1920: Bayou Meto, Pulaski, Arkansas
Age: 6
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1914
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Jerry C Folsom
Father’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Mother’s Name: Queen Folsom
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jerry C Folsom 46
Queen Folsom 36
William Folsom 18
Richard Folsom 16
Efrom Folsom 14
Hillery Folsom 12
Franklin Folsom 10
Homer Folsom 6
Gracie May Folsom 1
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Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Bayou Meto, Pulaski, Arkansas; Roll: T625_78; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 110; Image: 684.

1900 United States Federal Census
about C Jerry Folsom
Name: C Jerry Folsom
Home in 1900: Pierce Creek, Faulkner, Arkansas
[Wilson, Faulkner, Arkansas]
Age: 25
Birth Date: Aug 1874
Birthplace: Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father’s Birthplace: Indiana
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Spouse’s Name: Queen Folsom
Marriage Year: 1899
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 1
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Household Members:
Name Age
C Jerry Folsom 25
Queen Folsom 17
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Pierce Creek, Faulkner, Arkansas; Roll: T623_58; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 32.

Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
about Jerry Cha Folsom
Name: Jerry Cha Folsom
Death Day: 19
Death:Month: Aug
Death Year: 1936
County: Pulaski
Roll Number: 19341940
Page Number: 1122

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Jerry Folsom
Name: Jerry Folsom
County: Pulaski
State: Arkansas
Birth Date: 23 Aug 1876
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1530573
DraftBoard: 1

1880 United States Federal Census
about Jerymiah Folsom
Name: Jerymiah Folsom
Home in 1880: Pyeatt, Pulaski, Arkansas
Age: 5
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of Household: Son
Father’s Name: Conrad Folsom
Father’s birthplace: Indiana
Mother’s Name: Mary Folsom
Mother’s birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Conrad Folsom 45
Mary Folsom 37
Emily Folsom 8
Jerymiah Folsom 5
John Decker 50
Dewitt Thompson 24
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Pyeatt, Pulaski, Arkansas; Roll: 55; Family History Film: 1254055; Page: 510C; Enumeration District: 155; Image: 0322.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about Conrad Folsom
Name: Conrad Folsom
Age at enlistment: 30
Enlistment Date: 9 Aug 1864
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Little Rock, AR
State Served: Arkansas
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company H, Arkansas 4th Cavalry Regiment on 08 Sep 1864.
Birth Date: abt 1834
Death Date: 4 Jul 1907
Sources: Index to Compiled Military Service Records
4th Arkansas Union Cavalry – Arkansas Research


4th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry

Organized at Little Rock December, 1863. Attached to Post of Little Rock, Ark., 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to May, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Ark., to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, to February, 1865. Unassigned, 7th Army Corps, to March, 1865. Cavalry Brigade, Little Rock, Ark., 7th Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Little Rock, Ark., till June, 1865. Skirmish at Saline River, Ark., February 15, 1864. Cedar Glade March 1. Scout to Benton March 27-31. Mt. Elba March 30. Jenkins’ Ferry, Camden, April 15. Dardanelle May 15-17. Operations in Arkansas against Guerrillas July 1-31. Near Benton July 6. Montgomery County July 11. Caddo Gap July 12. Fair’s Mills and Bayou des Arc July 14. Saline River July 16. Scout to Benton September 6-7. Reconnoissance toward Monticello and Mt. Elba October 4-11. Reconnoissance to Princeton October 19-23. Skirmish, Hurricane Creek, October 23. Scout from Devall’s Bluff to Searcy and Clinton November 9-15. Expedition from Little Rock to Fort Smith September 25-October 13. Skirmishes at Clarksville September 28 and October 9. White Oak Creek September 29. Scout from Little Rock to the Saline River April 26-29, 1865. Scout from Little Rock to Bayou Metoe and Little Bayou May 6-11. Mustered out June 30, 1865.

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
about Conrad Folsom
Name: Conrad Folsom
State Filed: Arkansas
Widow: Mary Folsom
and you will want to get a copy of this record. it was probably prepared by an attorney and contains genealogical information. NARA, national archives and records administration
print a copy of the card on
if you don’t have a subscription, check with your local public library. they probably subscribe to it.
there are application #‘s and certificate #’s on the card for when he became ill/was injured and when he passed away.

Arkansas Land Records
about Conrad Folsom
Name: Conrad Folsom
Land Office: LITTLE ROCK
Document Number: 38
Total Acres: 40
Misc. Doc. Nr.: 209
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: 5 Feb 1873
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 12 Stat. 392
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: May 20, 1862
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Homestead Entry Original
Land Description:
1 NESE 5TH PM No 3N 13W 21
land patent

i didn’t find a dawes record for homer or jeremiah folsom.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Queen Folsom
Name: Queen Folsom
Home in 1900: Pierce Creek, Faulkner, Arkansas
[Wilson, Faulkner, Arkansas]
Age: 17
Birth Date: Aug 1882
Birthplace: Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Wife
Father’s Birthplace: S Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: S Carolina

you can correct 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.

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