Jacob GREEN Nora A GREEN Pink GREEN Walter Jacob GREEN Delora Alma BLACK Katherine Belle STRICKER John GREEN Arthur Toliver GREEN Susan A BARNETT Mini tree diagram
Thomas Gilbert GREEN

Thomas Gilbert GREEN1,5,9,6,8,12,3,13,4

4th Apr 18919 - 23rd Apr 196811,3,7,4

Life History

4th Apr 1891

Born in Marietta, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,5,6,7,8,4

(most likely)

Aug 1891

Born in Indian Territory.9

(less likely)

1900

Resident in Township 15, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.9

1910

Residence2 in Nash, Muskogee, Oklahoma.10

Jun 1917

Residence3 in Ft Gibson, Muskogee, Oklahoma.1

1929

Married Delora Alma BLACK in California.14,5

Deatils are unclear, but in the 1940 census the wife of what appearsto be Thomas Gilbert Green (Tom Green) is named Katherine.  Stepchidlren named Beeler mentioned in his obit seem to indicate hemarried again after Delora, and this Katherine is likely the mother ofthe Clarence and Margaret Beeler.  I have not found a divorce recordfor Tom and Delora.

1930

Residence4 in Township 2, Fresno County, California.5

after 1933

Married Katherine Belle STRICKER in Fresno County, California.5,6,16

before 1940

Divorced from Delora Alma BLACK in Fresno County, California.6

20th May 1941

Death of Katherine Belle STRICKER in Madera, Madera, California.15,6

23rd Apr 1968

Died in Kerman, Fresno, California.11,3,7,4

26th Apr 1968

Buried in Fresno Memorial Gardens, Fresno, Fresno County, California.2,3,4

Notes

  • There are some strong indications that our Thomas Green, son of Jacoband Susan Green was among some Greens who moved to Fresno County,California.  The California Death Index records a Tom G Green, born inOklahoma, whose mother's maiden name was Barnett, died in FresnoCounty on 23 April 1968.  This matches a California report for Thomas'brother Pink, also reported to have died in Fresno County, California.

    The G middle initial also matches a record with many facts tying TomGreen to our Green family line.  The World War I draft registrationrecords record a Tom Gilbert Green, registered on 5 June 1917, born inFort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma on 4 April 1891.  TheCalifornia Death Index gives this same date of birth for Tom G Green.The family of Jacob and Susan Green, including Tom were registered inthe 1910 census in Nash Township, Muskogee County.  He was listedthere as Thomas Green.  The 1930 census lists him as Thomas G Green.

    The WWI registration birth date differs slightly from the 1900 census,as we often find.  The census gives the birth month as August 1891,rather than April.  Otherwise this Tom Gilbert Green matches Thomas.

    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Residence Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma
    Born 4 April 1891 Marietta, Love County, Oklahoma
    Single, "mother partly dependent"
    Occupation Farming
    Tall, Medium Build, Brown Eyes, Brown Hair
    Tom was illiterate.  He makes his mark and the registrar signs hisname for him.
    Registered in Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma

    The line reporting his "mother partly dependent" indicates his fatherhas died at this time.  Jacob Green died in 1917.  His mother's nameis not given.

    Thomas was reported in the Muskogee City/County Directory in 1921,along with his brother Pink and wife Lois and their mother SusanBarnett Green.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Muskogee and Muskogee County, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1921, p 547
    (Phoenix Directory Company)
    Pink (Lois) Green farmer
    Susan (wid Jacob) Green
    Thomas Green

    In 1930, Tom is in Fresno County, California, like his brother Pink.He has been married one year, to a widow (assumed) previously namedMcKeen, with 2 children.

    1930 Federal Census, Fresno County, California, 14 April, Township 2,District 11, page 13A, Belmont Avenue, Hse/Fam #4
    Green, Thomas G  Head M W 39 First married at 38 OK GA MS Farmer
    Green, Delora A  Wife F W 31 First married at 20 TX OH TX
    McKeen, Mary Stepdaughter F W 10 CA OK TX
    McKeen, Florence Stepdaughter F W 9 CA OK TX

    Ancestry.com transcribes Tom's name as Thomas J, instead of G, but theinitial matches very closely the G used for the entry General Farm,for the category of Thomas' occupation as Farmer.

    Tom is on the voter rolls for Kerman, California, along with hismother in the same household in 1938, still at the same mailingaddress.  Tom and Delora may have divorced some time before 1938,since Delora does not appear.  I do not have a directory for that yearto compare the household configuration.

    California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968, Ancestry.com Collection
    Kerman, Fresno County, California
    Green, Tom G  Farmer  Address Rt 1 Box 345, Kerman
    Green, Mrs Susan  Housewife [sic, even though husband has died]Address Rt 1 Box 345, Kerman
    --http://search.ancestry.com/browse/view.aspx?dbid=1249&pid=1321946422&iid=fresnocounty_10-0317&ssrc=pt_t31880704_p18141307630kpidz0q3d18141307630z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgPLz0q3dpid

    In the 1940 census, a record for a Tom Green appears to be for ourThomas Gilbert, with a new wife.  This is Katherine Belle Stricker,former wife of Howard Beeler, from Indiana.  Katherine is the themother of the Beeler children mentioned in Tom's obit below as hisstepchildren.

    1940 Federal Census, Fresno County, California, 10 April, Township 11,District 1-30, page 2A, White Bridge Rd, Hse #19, Owns $2500
    Green, Tom Head M W 47 Grade 2 b Okla Rural Fresno Co in 1935 Farmer
    Green, Katherine Wife F W 46 Grade 8 b Ohio Fresno in 1935

    Tom and Katherine married some time between 1935 and 1940.  A citydirectory reported Belle (Katherine) in 1935 as the head of herhousehold, with her three children in the home, indicating that sheand Howard Beeler divorced about 1934.  They were together in the 1933city directory.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Fresno, California, City Directory, 1935, p  62
    Beeler Belle Mrs h 2339 White av
    Beeler Clarence r 2339 White av
    Beeler Dorothy r 2339 White av
    Beeler Margt clk r 2339 White av

    The California Death Index reports that Tom died on 23 April 1968 inFresno County, California.  The SSDI reports his last place ofresidence to be the same as his brother's, the city of Kerman.

    California Death Index, 1940-1997
    Tom G Green
    b 4 April 1891, Oklahoma
    d 23 April 1968, Fresno County, California
    Mother's maiden name Barnett

    Social Security Death Index
    Tom G Green
    Born 4 Apr 1891
    Died 15 Apr 1968
    Last Residence Kerman, Fresno, California 93630
    SSN 558-78-5313 issued California (1965)

    There is an oddity in the date of death reported here.  Other sources,as the California Death Index above, report the date of Tom's death as23 April 1968, but here the SSDI says it was 15 Apr 1968.  I note thatthis is the same date of death the SSDI reports for Tom's brotherPink, having the same residence address and buried in the samecemetery.  Strange, however, is that this date does not match theCalifornia record for Pink, either.  the California Death Indexreports that Pink died on 5 April, not 15 April 1968.

    Gravestone of Tom Green, Fresno Memorial Gardens, Fresno, Fresno,California
    "Pink Green 1891 - 1968"

    Thomas Gilbert's obituary was published Wednesday 24 April 1968, theday after his death, in The Kerman News of Kerman, Fresno, California.

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    Thomas G Green

    Kerman - Funeral Services will be held Friday [26 April 1968] in theBragg & Sons Chapel in Kerman for Thomas G. Green, 77, of 14800 A.St., Kerman, who died yesterday [23 April 1968] in a Fresno hospital.Burial will be in Fresno Memorial Gardens.

    He was a native of Oklahoma and lived in the Kerman area 30 years.

    Surviving are a stepson, Clarence Beeler, and a stepdaughter, MrsMargaret Hahn, of Fresno.
    --  The Kerman News of Kerman, Fresno, California, 24 April 1968
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    The two stepchildren mentioned in the obituary are the children ofTom's second wife Katherine Belle Stricker and her first husbandHoward Beeler, whom she married in indiana at age 18.  No marriagedate has been found for Tom and Katherine, nor a divorce date forKatherine and Howard.

    The obituary reports that Tom had lived in Kerman for 30 years.  Buthe appears in the 1930 census with Delora and two of her children fromher first marriage.

    Clarence Beeler is reported with his parents Howard and Katherine inthe 1933 Fresno City Directory.

    Fresno, California, City Directory, 1933, p 61
    Beeler, Clarence O chauf r 2339 White Av
    Beeler, Howard (Kath B) lab h 2339 White Av

    Tom's memorial on Find a Grave includes biographical detail.

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    Thomas Gilbert Green
    Birth Mar 4, 1891 Marietta, Love County, Oklahoma, USA
    Death Apr 23, 1968 Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA

    Son of Jacob GREEN, b. GA, and Susan Barnett GREEN, b. MS. Tom was oneof five surviving childen: Nora; Pink; Jacob Walter; Thomas G; andArthur I. GREEN. (John R. was on 1900 census, but not 1910, supposinghe died between censuses).

    He married Delora Black McKeen, a widow with two daughters, Mary andFlorence McKeen.

    *****
    1930 Federal Census, Fresno County, California, 14 April, Township 2,District 11, page 13A, Belmont Avenue, Hse/Fam #4
    Green, Thomas G Head M W 39 First married at 38 OK GA MS Farmer
    Green, Delora A Wife F W 31 First married at 20 TX OH TX
    McKeen, Mary Stepdaughter F W 10 CA OK TX
    McKeen, Florence Stepdaughter F W 9 CA OK TX
    ****
    His WW I Draft Registration from OK, states he was tall, med. build,brown hair and brown eyes.
    His bro. Pink, is also bur. in this cemetery. Possibly otherrelatives. Please contact or post on Findagrave.
    (photo of gravemarker is courtesy of Bev Bell).

    Parents Susan A Barnett Green (1855 - 1939)
    Siblings:
    Pink Green (1886 - 1968)
    Walter Jacob Green (1890 - 1925)

    Burial Fresno Memorial Gardens, Fresno, Fresno Countym California, USA

    Created by wvy Jul 23, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #73819832,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=73819832
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Sources

  • 1. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • 2. Gravestone of Tom Green, Fresno Memorial Gardens, Fresno, Fresno,California
  • 3. Obituary of Thomas Gilbert Green, The Kerman News of Kerman, Fresno,California. 24 April 1968
  • 4. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 5. 1930 Federal Census, Fresno County, California
    • 14 April, Township 2, District 11, page 13A, Belmont Avenue, Hse/Fam
  • 6. 1940 Federal Census, Fresno County, California
    • 10 April, Township 11, District 1-30, page 2A, White Bridge Rd, Hse
  • 7. California Death Index, 1940-1997
  • 8. 1910 Federal Census, Muskogee County, Oklahoma
    • 30 April, Nash Township, District 107, Page 13B, Hse/Fam #104
  • 9. 1900 Federal Census, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory
    • 13 June, Township 15, District 40, Page 6B, Hse/Fam #126
  • 10. 1910 Federal Census, Muskogee County, Oklahoma
    • 30 April, Nash Township, District 107, Page 14A, Hse/Fam #107
  • 11. Social Security Death Index
  • 12. Obituary of Pink Green, The Fresno Bee, Sunday, 7 April 1968, page 3
  • 13. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Muskogee and Muskogee County, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1921, p 547
  • 14. Ancestry Trees
  • 15. California Death Certificate
  • 16. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Fresno, California, City Directory, 1933, p 61

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