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Madeleine  Greeson Madeleine Greeson

posted on August 12, 2010

HELLO EVERYONE! My name is Madeleine Greeson, and I am searching out my grandfather, Donald Preston Greeson’s family. Our family is of mixed choctaw(cherokee, from other side) blood, and I have very little information on any of them. This is all I have:

Name: William R Greeson
[Willian R Greeson]
Home in 1930: Durant, Bryan, Oklahoma
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Age: 48
Estimated birth year: abt 1882
Birthplace: Tennessee
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Pearl
Race: White
Household Members: Name Age
William R Greeson 48 TN TN TN
Pearl Greeson 47 AL (mixed blood Choctaw)
William P Greeson 17 TX (mixed blood Choctaw)
Johnnie L Greeson 15 dau TX (mixed blood Choctaw)
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Durant, Bryan, Oklahoma; Roll 1894; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 493.0.

The choctaw bloodline begins with Pearl Greeson, originally Horton. Born Aug 1882 in limstone, AL. The entire family moved to Durant sometime around 1920, and all were supposedly on some roll, not sure which. The info I was given states, 1894 roll, but I cannot seem to locate it. My great grandfather, WILLIAM PRESTON GREESON, was said to have a roll card from CN of OK, but burned it as an adult, leaving the family little to no information about our relatives.



suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 12, 2010

william r. greeson b. 1882 TN m. eula pearl horton? b. 8/1882 AL>
william p. greeson b.~1913 TX, johnnie l. greeson b. ~1915 TX

first of all, many mississippi choctaw traveled through TX from the reservations in the southeast. but the trail of tears occurred around the late 1830’s. many of those mississippi choctaw were not enrolled as part of the process. the dawes roll lists applicants to the tribe and it was compiled 1896-1906.

geographic location is often a clue about tribal heritage and you should look closely at where your family was, in the 180-1950 time period. there are state recognized and federally recognized tribes.

in the 1930 census, he rents a house for $10/month and is a janitor for the local methodist church.
they married when he was 25 years old and she was 24.

William R Greeson 38
Pearl Greeson 37
R J Greeson 11
Adelle Greeson 9
Preston Greeson 7
Johnnie Lou Greeson 4
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Durant Ward 3, Bryan, Oklahoma; Roll T625_1454; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 103.
he was a railroad laborer. his parents were b. TN, and pearl’s parents were b. AL.
so far, all children b. TX

Name Age
William R Greeson 29
Pearl Greeson 28
A J Greeson 1
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Van Zandt, Texas; Roll T624_1596; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 106; Image: 660.
he’s a farmer on a general farm, owns the farm with a mortgage.
they were married 4 years, so they got married around 1906.

Name Age
Greeson Greeson 46
Mary A Greeson 42
William R Greeson 17
Callie V Greeson 10
Laura E Greeson 8
Ethel Greeson 5
Daisy Greeson 2
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Palo Pinto, Texas; Roll T623_1663; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 121.

william was b. dec. 1882.

you need more information on pearl, such as maiden name. you might consider asking for a copy of her social security application. anyone who passed away after 1/1/1937 has a social security application on file and filed a delayed birth certificate, if they didn’t have a birth certificate. so when you find out her maiden name, you should ask AL for a copy of her birth certificate or delayed brith certificate, giving as much location information and date information as you have.
you should also ask for a copy of her death certificate and obituary. you might be able to get her obituary through interlibrary loan. see your local public library for this.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about William Richard Greeson
Name: William Richard Greeson
County: Bryan
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 26 Dec 1881
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1851608
DraftBoard: 0
this draft card is available through or i got this report through ancestry.

more information here on pearl:
Name: Eula P Horton [Eula R Hortin]
Home in 1900: Athens, Limestone, Alabama
Age: 17
Birth Date: Aug 1882
Birthplace: Alabama
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to Head of House: SisterInLaw
Father’s Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
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Household Members: Name Age
George Greenlaw 29 AL AL AL
Ella Greenlaw 28 AL married 9 yrs 2/2 children
Lois L Greenlaw 9
Ella O Greenlaw 2
Eula P Horton 17
John Horton 14
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Athens, Limestone, Alabama; Roll T623_26; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 82.
someone should put this family tree on worldconnect so that others can find your family. you should contact the people who posted this.
Parents SAMUEL M. HORTON 1839 – 1887

Sarah MEACHAM PEACE Birth 1842 in Athens, Limestone, Alabama, USA Death 1886 in , Limestone, Alabama, USA Parents William Mask Peace 1800 – 1860 Sarah S Meacham 1803 – 1870

an inquiry here:

you might be able to find a land record, choctaw script, which the head of household accepted in lieu of tribal enrollment. also, look at the MOWA tribe in alabama.

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 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