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Re: Hamilton , West-hamblin ancestry, hitting a wa

Sorry I was not as specific in my first post as I needed to be. I was not sure what information would be helpful. **** Please disregard the West/Hamblin in the original title for now. ty****

Tom Williamson .1852 was born into slavery, but of course not a slave when he married my Great Great Grandmother. They were married in Pope County Arkansas in 1890.

I give you the phrase "straight off the reservation" because I do not know if this is something key to helping me in my research or that may lead someone to push me in one direction or another in my search.. I do know this probably means she came from Indian territory, but I just don't know what good it is for me to know this "clue", you know?

I am looking for the family of Katie, Birdie, Narcissa, and Sennie, and Coy. I know that Coy and Katie were Hamilton's for sure. I assume that Narcissa, Seenie, and Birdie's maiden names were Hamilton. I know that Birdie's married name was Bland.

In the 1900 Census Katie (Hamilton) Williamson b. 1875 was living in Illinois,Pope AR, with her husband Tom Williamson and son, and brother Coy Hamilton b. 1883.

She also live in Badget Pulaski Arkansas, and Gum Woods Lonoke Arkansas.

I have census records from 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930.

by 1920 Katie and Tom split up, leaving Katie with several kids, and in the 1920 Census, a lady named Nellie Morris b. 1849 is listed as her mother (age 71). I asked my great aunt did not know of anyone named Nellie, but of course she did not know Coy existed either. Recall in my first post that I stated that Coy had a draft registration card and the 1900 census that connected him back to Katie. I have not been able to find Nellie listed with Katie or her siblings listed together in any census prior to 1920. I cannot be sure Nellie Morris was not just a family friend who assisted Katie after Tom left her, but I cannot rule her out as Katie's real mom either.

Katie had a picture of her father that was stolen by a door to door sales man promising to restore the frame and picture. Her children and her children's children(my grand mother and her siblings) have said that this was a nice picture of a Native American man.

Also, I finally saw Katie's picture, (very light complected) standing next to her very dark skinned son. That put a bit of skepticism away in my heart of her not being Native American, and now I just want to try my best to find documentation for my family's history records.

I just do not know what other avenues I should take, to further my progress. Until someone in my family stumbles upon an old obituary and document, I have to keep trudging along.

I know all the spelling change tricks and have found a few people in the census that others could not find. But with these ladies I am coming to an dead end. After coming up empty handed on I went through a lot of the individual tribal censuses + and still I cannot find anything. I cannot find a household with any combination of names in the same household at one time if the siblings in any census.

Any assistance would be appreciated. Thnx.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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