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Judy Perry Judy Perry

posted on April 19, 2011

Hello, My daughter and i have been reserching our family history. with several stories of family history i need to find out if anyone has any info on my great great grandmother. Things we know… she is full blood Choctaw- Her Christian name is Mary Elizabeth Wright- She married Charles Darden Samuel Connally some time before 1884 when their son Plemon was born. I know they had another son and lived in Floresville TX for many years. Please if anyone has any info could you please get back to me. I remember stories from my childhood but would like to fill in blanks for many of my family members.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 19, 2011

mary elizabeth wright m. charles darden samuel connally
plemon connally b. 1884 TX?

1930 United States Federal Census
about Plemore Connally
Name: Plemore Connally
Home in 1930: San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas
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Age: 45
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s name: Charles Connally
Mother’s name: Elizabeth Connally
Spouse’s Name: Ida Mae Connally
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Plemore Connally 45
Ida Mae Connally 45
Charles Connally 19
Velma Connally 17
Maudie Lee Connally 14
Edward Connally 12
Lowell Connally 10
Margaret Connally 5
Kenneth Connally 3
Charles Connally 74
Elizabeth Connally 71
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas; Roll: 2400; Page: 22A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 827.0.
all were b. TX, except edward was b. NM
charles and elizabeth’s parents were b. AL.
so you might look at the texas tribes, mississippi choctaw tribe and MOWA tribe.
plemon is a carpenter.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Edward L Connally
Name: Edward L Connally
Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 1, Lubbock, Texas
Age: 1
[1 7/12]
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1919
[abt 1918]
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s name: T O Connally
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s name: I M Connally
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
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Household Members:
Name Age
T O Connally 35
I M Connally 35
Leslie O Connally 13
Charles D Connally 9
Velma L Connally 7
Maudie L Connally 5
Edward L Connally 1
[1 7/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Lubbock, Texas; Roll: T625_1829; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 172; Image: 914.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Ida Connaly
Name: Ida Connaly
Age in 1910: 25
Estimated Birth Year: 1885
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Spouse’s Name: Plemond Connaly
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 4, Atascosa, Texas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Female
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Household Members:
Name Age
Plemond Connaly 25
Ida Connaly 25
Leslie Connaly 4
John Jeffers 19
J Mindola 43
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 4, Atascosa, Texas; Roll: T624_1528; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0004; Image: 812; FHL Number: 1375541.

jeffers is a boarder and mindola is a hired man.

plemon and ida have been married 6 years.

i don’t know if this is leslie’s birth. the father’s name is in the mother’s name in the early 1900’s by mistake on the index.
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
about P J Connally
Date of Birth: 17 Aug 1906
Birth County: Tarrant
Mother’s name: P J Connally
Certificate Number: 144921
Roll Number: 1903_0006

Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
about P O Connally
Date of Birth: 20 May 1910
Birth County: Wilson
Mother’s name: P O Connally
Certificate Number: 19113
Roll Number: 1910_0002

Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
about P O Connally
Date of Birth: 6 Jul 1915
Birth County: Armstrong
Mother’s name: P O Connally
Certificate Number: 24940
Roll Number: 1915_0002

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
about Plemon Connally
Name: Plemon Connally
Death Date: 22 Feb 1965
Death County: Wilson
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single

1920 United States Federal Census
about Charley Conley
Name: Charley Conley
Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 1, Lubbock, Texas
Age: 63
65
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857
[abt 1855]
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Spouse’s Name: Mary E Conley
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
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Household Members:
Name Age
Charley Conley 63
65
Mary E Conley 60
Eldridge C Conley 23
Hulit Conley 20
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Lubbock, Texas; Roll: T625_1829; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 172; Image: 914.

you need a map with this family.

charley owns a farm and t. o. conley is farm labor.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Charles Connally
Name: Charles Connally
Age in 1910: 54
Estimated Birth Year: 1856
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Mother’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Spouse’s Name: Betty Connally
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 2, Wichita, Texas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
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Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Connally 54
Betty Connally 51
Claud Connally 21
Walters Connally 17
Eldsia Connally 13
Hulit Connally 11
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Wichita, Texas; Roll: T624_1597; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0229; Image: 671; FHL Number: 1375610.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Wilton B Conally
Name: Wilton B Conally
[Walter B Conolly]
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 3, Wilson, Texas
[Wilson, Texas]
Age: 12
Birth Date: Aug 1888
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father’s name: Chas Conally
Father’s Birthplace: Texas
Mother’s name: Mary E Conally
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
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Household Members:
Name Age
Chas Conally 43
Mary E Conally 41
Plauson O Conally 15
Wilton B Conally 12
Chas C Conally 10
WA* P Conally 8
Eldridge C Conally 4
Hewlett Conally 5/12
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Wilson, Texas; Roll: T623_1680; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 118.

they didn’t apply for enrollment in one of the major tribes in oklahoma, but they were living in texas.

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

since you feel they might be affiliated with a tribe, you might have to trace both charles and elizabeth back to the 1830-1870 time period and see if there was a choctaw land grant given to the head of house in lieu of enrollment.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Plemon Oscar Connally
Name: Plemon Oscar Connally
COUNTY: Lubbock
State: Texas
Birth Date: 18 Aug 1884
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1983384
DraftBoard: 0

the death certificates might be helpful. you could probably get an obituary through the interlibrary loan program at your local public library.

anyone who passed away after 1/1/1937 has a social security application on file. and they often filed a delayed birth certificate or birth certificate to show proof of 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 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:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
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.
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

NARA http://www.archives.gov/ 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 nara.gov.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears

http://www.choctaw.org/

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes: http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

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
http://www.chickasaw.net/index.htm

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

http://www.okhistory.org/
oklahoma historical society

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
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:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

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, shamlet76@gmail.com 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

Barbara Connally Barbara Connally

posted on July 29, 2011

I have information in regards about Mary Elizabeth Wright Connally and I would like to know how you know she was full blood Choctaw? In my research, I have not been able to substantiate that. Please help, and we can share additional information.

Barbara Connally Barbara Connally

posted on July 30, 2011

Hi, I have a photo of Mary Ellizabeth. I am having issues logging in so please pardon any delay in response.