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Looking for info on great grandmother, Mary Mack

Jojo Jojo

posted on July 24, 2010

Halito! My mother’s name is Terri Marie Wilson. Her father is Walter Wilson. Walter Wilson’s father was Elmer Henry Wilson and Walter Wilson’s mother’s name was Mary Mack. Mary Mack was supposedly Choctaw and changed her name at some point to a non-Native sounding name. Mary Mack was not her real name. I do not have the financial means to find out if this is true by joining Ancestry.com and this is all of the info I have on her. Thank you for any help.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 25, 2010

elmer henry wilson m. mary mack>walter wilson

no dates, no location in your post. wilson is a common surname.

there are a lot of public services by your local library. they probably have a subscription to ancestry and they probably have a subscription to heritage quest (and usual access is online from home using your library card #). they can also help you with documents, newspapers and books through interlibrary loan.

you start with what you know, gather documents, then go backward in time to the next generation. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can go backward in time to your grandparents.

given the information in your post, i am getting too many records. you need some dates and locations with this.

if this is your father, then you need a birth certificate from texas.
Wilson, Walter 7-2-1934 M Mary Mack Elmer H Wilson Burleson

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/default.shtm

exas Birth Index, 1903-1997
about Nettie Wilson
Name: Nettie Wilson
Date of Birth: 23 Jul 1931
Gender: Female
Birth County: Burleson
Father’s Name: Elmer Henry Wilson
Mother’s Name: Mary Dorothea Mack
Roll Number: 1931_0008

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 7, Burleson, Texas; Roll 2302; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 485.0.
you can correct the ancestry name index so that others can find your family.
i think you should also consider adding mary’s maiden name as a correction.
ancestry lists elmer as elma.
mary mack was previously married to someone named bowlander? since elmer has stepchildren named bowlander.
georgina mack is listed as mother-in-law.
all are listed as b. TX, with parents b. TX.

there were many mississippi choctaw in TX and also several tribes in texas. look at the geographic location when trying to figure out the tribal connection.

Name Age
George Ann Mack 55
George Mack 37
Willie Mack 22
Aubrey Mack 20
Scirey Mack 18
Mary Mack 26
Ruby Bolander 5
James Bolander 2
[2 7/12]
Simpson F Wiggins 71
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Justice Precinct 5, Lee, Texas; Roll T625_1826; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 81; Image: 484.

george anne mack lists b. TX, father b. GA, mother b. TN

Georgia Ann Mack 45
Addie Mack 21
Mary Mack 17
William Mack 13
Aubrey Mack 11
Lercy Mack 8
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 5, Lee, Texas; Roll T624_1572; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 52; Image: 1000.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Mary Mack
Name: Mary Mack
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 5, Lee, Texas
Age: 7
Birth Date: May 1893
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s Name: John
Father’s Birthplace: Arkansas
Mother’s Name: Georgianne
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
John Mack 53
Georgianne Mack 35
George A Mack 16
Addie Mack 11
Eva Mack 9
Mary Mack 7
William Mack 3
Aubrey Mack 1
Simpson Wiggins 49
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 5, Lee, Texas; Roll T623_1654; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 60.

so she wasn’t in oklahoma by the 1900 census and probably didn’t enroll in a tribe in oklahoma.

one of her ancestors might have chosen tribal termination and received a land grant in MS or AL 1830-1880. that would prove affiliation with the tribe.
search on the internet about mississippi choctaw and the treaty of rabbit creek.

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.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

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

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, shamlet76@gmail.com 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