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If I may:

Zella MOORE-NERO was the wife of Earnest NERO. Zella’s father was Jodie MOORE and her mother is unknown (to me anyway).

Earnest was the grandson of Nero IRONS and Fannie LEWIS. Here are the notes I have on Nero IRONS:

*Said to be a Cherokee Freedman. Nero was a slave owned by Thomas IRONS. Thomas was a white man and his wife, Annie Rogers IRONS, was a Cherokee citizen by blood. NERO'S children he parented with Fannie (Creek freedwoman) adopted his given name as a surname. Gene LASLEY, Nero’s great grandson, relates that the name IRONS was discarded as it was the slave name. Nero IRONS was a Civil War veteran. It is believed that Nero died between 1873 and 1875. 07/26/02*

Earnest was the son of Richard IRONS (Creek Freedman census card #575) and Rosa SHEPPARD (Cherokee Freedman census card #253).

Notes for Richard IRONS:

*Richard was a preacher, school teacher, and farmer.

12th US Census-1900-Indian Territory-Cherokee Nation-Township 15 N. R. 20 E.-ED 40-Sheet 11 A-Lines 21-24

Nero, Richard Head B M July 1861 38 M 5 Terr Terr Terr Farm laborer Yes Yes Yes
Rosa Wife B F Jan. 1877 23 M 5 2 2 Terr Terr Terr Yes Yes Yes
William Son B M Feb 1898 2 S Terr Terr Terr
Mary Daughter B F May 1899 1 S Terr Terr Terr

14th US Census-1920- Oklahoma-Muskogee-Nash-ED73-Sheet 2B-Lines66-75

Nero, Richard L. Head M B 49 M OK OK OK Farmer General Farm
Rosa Wife F B 43 M
William Son M B 22 M
Maryetta Dau F B 10 S
Clifford Son M B 18 S
Earnestine (actually Earnest) Son M B 15
Hillard Son M B 13
Leon Son M B 7
Dorothy Dau F B 4
Lasley, Son Grandson M B 2

In 1930 there's a grandson, Harold Nero, age 13, living in the household*.

Do you live out on the Four Mile Branch? Did you attend the 140th church anniversary the last Sunday in October? How did it go?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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