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Donna Cranford Mack Donna Cranford Mack

posted on July 22, 2011

I’m looking for any information on the Cranford Family or Odom Family from Pushmataha Co, OK. Both families moved to Pushmataha Co in the late 1880’s. I’ve been told our family is Choctaw Indian, I keep hitting road blocks , if anybody could help me it would be appreciated!

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 22, 2011

you need to give specific names, dates, spouse, children, location.

is this your family?
http://69.164.204.177:8080/tng/getperson.php?personID=I9783&tree=2011Merged

etta minerva odom
Birth 1888 Alabama [5, 6, 7, 8]
Gender Female
_UID 55CB1FB70DEE4BD7A0C17E1C362BA11727FE
Died 1974 Ponca City, Kay, Oklahoma, United States
Person ID I9783 Family-Vault Genealogy
Last Modified 20 May 2011

Father William Odom, b. Jun 1848, Union, Georgia, United States , d. 1928, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States
Mother Minerva Irena Wood, b. 1859, Alabama, United States , d. 26 Aug 1944, Franklin, Texas, United States
Married Yes, date unknown
Family ID F3719 Group Sheet

Family Andrew Jackson “Andy” Cranford, b. 30 Jan 1886, Alabama , d. Mar 1970, Ponca City, Kay, Oklahoma, United States of America
Married Yes, date unknown
Children
1. Living
2. Living
3. Olan Cranford, b. 6 Dec 1908, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States , d. Dec 1987, Ponca City, Kay, Oklahoma, United States
4. Living
5. Living
6. Artus A Cranford, b. 27 Jul 1913, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States , d. 2 Jan 2000, Ponca City, Kay, Oklahoma, United States
7. Gladys Josephine Cranford, b. Abt 1916, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States , d. 9 Feb 1994, Santa Barbara, California, United States
8. Living
9. Living
10. Living
11. Living
12. Living

it does not appear to me that either family applied for enrollment.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Etta Odom
Name: Etta Odom
Home in 1900: Good Springs, Walker, Alabama
Age: 11
Birth Date: Jan 1889
Birthplace: Alabama
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter
Father’s name: William Odom
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s name: Manerva Odom
Mother’s Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William Odom 51
Manerva Odom 41
Wm L Odom 19
Calvin V Odom 16
Verda Odom 14
Etta Odom 11
Edward F Odom 8
Louanna P Odom 2
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Good Springs, Walker, Alabama; Roll: T623_43; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 152.
you should look at the mississippi choctaw tribe or the MOWA tribe, links in this post.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Etta Crawford
Name: Etta Crawford
Age in 1910: 21
Estimated Birth Year: 1889
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Spouse’s Name: Andy Cranford
Home in 1910: Tuskahoma, Pushmataha, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Andy Cranford 24
Etta Crawford 21
Grocie Cranford 3
Olan Cranford 1
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Tuskahoma, Pushmataha, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1271; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0272; Image: 1352; FHL Number: 1375284.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Etta Cranford
Name: Etta Cranford
Home in 1920: Tuskahoma, Pushmataha, Oklahoma
Age: 30
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Andy Cranford
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Andy Cranford 33
[3 1/12]
Etta Cranford 30
Gracie Cranford 13
Olen Cranford 11
Ire Cranford 9
Artes Cranford 6
Gladis Cranford 4
[4 1/12]
Dixie Cranford 2
[2 11/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Tuskahoma, Pushmataha, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1480; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 235; Image: 683.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Etta Cranford
Name: Etta Cranford
Home in 1930: Lindsay, Garvin, Oklahoma
View Map
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Audy Cranford
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Audy Cranford 43
Etta Cranford 42
Olan Cranford 21
Icie Cranford 19
Artus Cranford 16
Gladys Cranford 14
Dixie Cranford 13
Levada Cranford 9
Vardis Cranford 7
Ella Cranford 6
Arle Cranford 5
Erline Cranford 2
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Lindsay, Garvin, Oklahoma; Roll: 1903; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 711.0.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Andy Cranford
Name: Andy Cranford
[Audy Crawford]
[Cranford]
Home in 1900: Township 2, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 14
Birthplace: Alabama
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father’s name: Vertis R Crawford
Mother’s name: Elizabeth Crawford
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Burtis R Cranford 39
Elizabeth Cranford 35
Albert Cranford 19
Andy Cranford 14
Abner Cranford 9
Melvin Cranford 7
James Cranford 4
Reubin Cranford 1
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 2, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: T623_1852; Enumeration District: 106.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Andrew Jackson Cranford
Name: Andrew Jackson Cranford
County: Pushmataha
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 30 Jan 1886
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1852124
DraftBoard: 0

Social Security Death Index
about Andrew Cranford
Name: Andrew Cranford
SSN: 445-09-7108
Last Residence: 74601 Ponca City, Kay, Oklahoma, United States of America
Born: 30 Jan 1886
Died: Mar 1970
State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (Before 1951)

Lois C. Cranford

Lois C. Cranford, longtime Ponca City resident, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, May 24, 2004, at Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Medical Center. She was 82.

The funeral will be held Thursday, May 27, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Hartford Avenue Church of Christ with Don Huddleston, minister, officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Lois was born June 11, 1921, in Maysville, the daughter of Omus and Edith McNiece Williams. She received her education in the Maysville area and graduated from Arapaho High School in 1940.

She later came to Ponca City where she met Artus Cranford. They were married on Nov. 12, 1948. They made their home in the Ponca City area where she worked at several jobs, including managing the Ranch Acres Motel and later worked for the C.R. Anthony Company until her retirement in 1983.

Lois was a member of Hartford Avenue Church of Christ and served her church by volunteering in the Hartford Avenue Church of Christ Benevolent House for many years. Lois enjoyed her many church activities and friends and especially enjoyed her grandson, Andrew Cranford.

She is survived by one son, Randy Cranford and his wife Karan; her grandson, Andrew; one brother, O.B. Williams of Clinton; and two sisters, Nelda Horton of Bremerton, Wash., and Trelva Bailey of Portland, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Artus, on Jan. 2, 2000; a daughter, Janice Cranford in 1962; two brothers, Bob and Ralph Williams; and one sister, Leota Shackleton.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, 4425 W. Airport Freeway, Suite 130, Irving, Texas 75062 or to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 N. Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, Okla. 74601.
United States Obituary Collection
about Lois C Cranford
Name of Deceased: Lois C Cranford
Age at Death: 82
Death Date: 24 May 2004
Obituary Date: 28 May 2004
Newspaper Title: Ponca City News, The
Newspaper Location: Ponca City, OK, Us
Birth Date: 11 Jun 1921

in 1948 and 1952, they lived at 421 N pine street, ponca, OK.

in 1942, andrew lived in 607 second avenue s., ponca, OK, basement apartment.
that was from polk directories.

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.

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

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

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