Henry Asewaynah Willie FISHER Verbena Anita FISHER Harvey Leon CHRISTIAN Grover Cleveland CHRISTIAN Patricia Ann CHRISTIAN Vernon Garth CHRISTIAN Living CHRISTIAN Living CHRISTIAN Living CHRISTIAN Geniece FISHER Henry Rudolph FISHER Johnny Allison FISHER Agnes E STURM Mini tree diagram
Bernice Rosella FISHER

Bernice Rosella FISHER1,2,3,4,5,9,6,2,7,10,8,11

24th Oct 19191,2,3,4,5,6,2,7,8 - 4th May 19972,2,8

Life History

24th Oct 1919

Born in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.1,2,3,4,5,6,2,7,8

about 1938

Married Harvey Leon CHRISTIAN

23rd Mar 1940

Birth of son Grover Cleveland CHRISTIAN in Whittier, Los Angeles, California.10,12,12,13,8

12th Jul 1941

Birth of daughter Patricia Ann CHRISTIAN in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.9,14,15,10,8

16th Jun 1945

Birth of son Vernon Garth CHRISTIAN in Lawton, Comanche, Oklahoma.16,11,17

12th Jul 1987

Death of Harvey Leon CHRISTIAN in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma.18,19

4th May 1997

Died in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma.2,2,8

after 4th May 1997

Buried in Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma.8

Other facts

 

Birth of son Living CHRISTIAN

 

Birth of daughter Living CHRISTIAN

 

Birth of daughter Living CHRISTIAN

Notes

  • A niece of Bernice, Susanne Christian Uno, tells me that Bernice hadan Irish ancestor, who had been kidnapped as a boy and raised by theIndians.  Family information indicates that Bernice is from a Comancheand Caddo background.  I remember Bernice used to sign their Christmascards "Harvey, Bernice and the tribe."

    Bernice's name is reported as Farris in her son Vernon's obituary.There is a Nevada marriage record that seems to match her, giving thebride's name as Farris.  I have found no further information on thismarriage, which took place before the date of her husband HarveyChristian's death.  I have not found any information on a divorce fromHarvey.  So it may be just a colossal coincidence that some familymembers have followed.

    "Vernon was born June 16, 1945 in the Lawton, Oklahoma Indian Hospitalto Bernice Farris [should be Fisher] and Harvey Christian."
    --  Obituary of Vernon Garth Christian, Havenbrook Funeral Home(Norman, Oklahoma) Online, March 2007

    But a researcher for the Fisher-Christian families tells me her maidenname was Fisher.  She included information that matches Susanne Uno'son Bernice, but fills in more detail.  Records and family informationI have found confirms the Fisher surname, going back to RudolphFischer, a German immigrant to Texas who was captured by theComanches, and chose to remain a Comanche..

    "I found your family info on Grover Cleveland Christian/Sallie HesterJenkins; you show their son Harvey Leon Christian married BerniceFarris (I believe this should be Bernice Fisher). The Bernice Fisher Iam researching is the daughter of Henry Asewaynah Fisher and AgnesSturm. Henry Asewaynah Fisher is the son of Rudolph Fisher (Fischer)and a Comanche woman. This Rudolph Fisher was captured by theComanches at about age 10 or 12 near Fredericksburg TX; his familywere German. Rudolph Fisher was given the name "Grey Blanket" by theComanches and chose to remain with the Comanches when they were movedfrom the Brazos Reservation in TX north to Indian Territory in 1859.He chose never to return to his natural family in TX, only a shortvisit to settle family affairs...Regards, Bee Gossett."
    --  Email from Bee Gossett to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 14 December 2009

    I found another genealogy also reporting the Fisher family of Bernice. Both reported her correctly as married to Harvey Leon Christian, withthe correct information to match my cousin Harvey.

    Only basic information was provided in the genealogies:
    Bernice Rosella Fisher
    Birth 24 Oct 1919 in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma
    Death May 1997 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma
    Spouse Harvey Christian abt 1919-1987
    --  Hodge Wilson Christian,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7415615/person/-1098236794

    Bernice Rosella Fisher
    Birth 24 Oct 1919 in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma
    Death May 1997 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma
    Parents Henry "Asewaynah, Willie" Fisher 1896-1982, Agnes E. Sturm1894-1956
    Spouse Harvey Leon Christian 1915-1987;
    --  Gossett Family Tree,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/6672623/person/-1248314172

    One genealogy reports her place of birth as Caddo, in Caddo County,Oklahoma, not Anadarko in the same county.  However, the family wasliving in Comanche County at the time of her birth.  She wasenumerated as a 2-month old in the January 1920 census.  It may bethat their mother went to an Anadarko hospital to have her baby.  Orperhaps to a relative's home.

    1920 Federal Census, Comanche County, Oklahoma, 19 January, ChandlerTownship, District 113, parker RR Section, page 4B, Hse #76, Fam #77
    Fisher, Henry C Head Owns M In 23 OK TX OK Farmer
    Fisher, Agnes E Wife F In 23 OK OK OK
    Fisher, Anita B Dau F In 2yrs5mos OK OK OK
    Fisher, Bernice Dau F In 2mos TX OK OK OK

    Bernice was enumerated in the 1920, 1930 and 1937 Indian Census Rolls. In 1920 and 1930 her father is reported as 1/2 Comanche.  Her motheris not reported in 1920 or 1937, which normally indicates she waswhite.  But in 1930 she was reported as Wichita.  In 1930 percentagesof blood are reported as 1/4 for all.  Since the parents are ofdifferent Nations, this must mean percentage of Native Nation of anykind, which seems odd.

    In the 1920 Comanche rolls, Henry's wife Agnes is not listed withHenry and the children.  This is probably because she is a Wichita.Henry is listed under his Comanche name, Asewaynah, but his daughterssurname is reported as the English translation Fisher.

    1920 Indian Census Rolls, Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Tribes, Oklahoma,30 June, Kiowa Agency, Comanche Tribe, No Page #
    #1201 Henry  Asewaynah (Willie Fisher) Head b 1896 M Fam # 529 1/2blood
    #1202 Verbera [mistranscription: Verbena] Fisher Dau  b 1917 F
    #1203 Bernice Fisher Dau b 1919 F

    1930 Indian Census Rolls, Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Tribes, Oklahoma,1 April, Kiowa Agency, Comanche Tribe, No Page #
    #287 Asewaynah (Fisher), Henry  M age 34 Comanche 1/4 Married Head
    #288 Sturm, Agnes F 36 Wichita 1/4 Married Wife
    #289 Fisher, Verbena F age 13 Comanche Single Dau
    #290 Fisher, Bernice F 11 Comanche 1/4 Single Dau
    #291 Asewaynah, Geneice F 1925 5 Comanche  1/4 Dau Single

    Bernice attended "Riverside Indian School, Anadarko, Oklahoma, andChilocco Indian School"
    --  Sally Sue Christian Morris, Ancestry Comment, 17 Nov 2010,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/3499392/person/-1341154070/comments?pg=32768&pgpl=pid

    "In, 1871, Jonathan Richards, the first Reservation Agent, with A.J.Standing, organized the first school at the Old Wichita Indian AgencyCommissary. After much bribing, only eight students wearingtraditional clothing, moccasins and braids laid the foundation forRiverside Indian School."
    --  Ref History of the Riverside Indian School,http://www.ris.bie.edu/history.html

    "Chilocco Indian School was an agricultural school for NativeAmericans located in north-central Oklahoma from 1884 to 1980. It waslocated approximately 20 miles north of Ponca City, Oklahoma and sevenmiles north of Newkirk, Oklahoma, near the Kansas border. The name"Chilocco" is apparently derived from a Muscogee word meaning "bigdeer" or horse."
    --  "Chilocco Indian Agricultural School," Wikipedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilocco_Indian_Agricultural_School

    1930 Federal Census, Comanche County, Oklahoma, 10 April, ChandlerTownship, District 5, page 5A, Hse/Fam #82
    Fisher, Henry Head Owns M In 34 Married at age 18 OK Mixed BloodComanche Farmer, Indian Home
    Fisher, Agnes Wife F In 37 Married at age -- OK Mixed Blood Caddo
    - page 5B -
    Fisher, Bernice Son M In 10 OK Mixed Blood Comanche

    The 1937 census adds a year for birth.  Percentages of blood are nowreported as 1/2.

    1937 Indian Census Rolls, Kiowa Comanche and Apache Tribes, Oklahoma,1 January, Kiowa Agency, Comanche Tribe, Page 22
    #284 Asewaynah (Fisher), Henry  M Born 1894 age 40 Comanche 1/2Married Head Last census #271
    #285 Fisher, Verbena F b 1917 age 19 Comanche Single Dau  #272
    #286 Fisher, Bernice F b 1919 18 Comanche 1/2 Single Dau  #273
    #287 Asewaynah, Geneice F b 1925 12 Comanche  1/2 Dau Single #274
    #288 Asewaynah, Henry Rudolph M 1930 67 Comanche 1/2 Son Single #275
    #289 Fisher, Johnnie Allison M 1933 3 Comanche 1/2 Son #276

    In 1940, Bernice is working as a house servant for a family inDelaware County whose parents are both school teachers.

    1940 Federal Census, Delaware County, Oklahoma, 2 April, District21-3, Page 1B, Hse #12, Rents $8
    Morgan, Agle H Head F W 41 Married Grade C4 b Arkansas Rural OsageCounty, Okla in 1935 Public School Teacher
    Morgan, Hazel Wife F W 31 Married Grade C4 b Oklahoma Rural OsageCounty, Okla in 1935 Public School Teacher
    Morgan, Julia Mae Dau F W 8 Grade 3 b Oklahoma Rural Osage County,Okla in 1935
    Morgan, Carlena Faye F W 4 Grade -- b Oklahoma
    Fisher, Berniece Servant F W 17 Single Grade H2 b Oklahoma RuralCherokee County, Oklahoma in 1935

    Bernice Rosella Fisher
    Birth Oct. 24, 1919
    Death May 4, 1997
    Burial Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma
    Created by Cokeman 2 Jan 12, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #64100260,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64100260&ref=acom&ftm=1

Sources

  • 1. 1920 Indian Census Rolls
    • Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Tribes, Oklahoma, 30 June, Kiowa Agency,
  • 2. Ancestry Trees
  • 3. 1930 Federal Census, Comanche County, Oklahoma
    • 10 April, Chandler Township, District 5, page 5B, Hse/Fam #82
  • 4. 1920 Federal Census, Comanche County, Oklahoma
    • 19 January, Chandler Township, District 113, parker RR Section, page
  • 5. 1937 Indian Census Rolls
    • Kiowa Comanche and Apache Tribes, Oklahoma, 1 January, Kiowa Agency,
  • 6. 1930 Indian Census Rolls
    • Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Tribes, Oklahoma, 1 April, Kiowa Agency,
  • 7. 1940 Federal Census, Delaware County, Oklahoma
    • 2 April, District 21-3, Page 1B, Hse #12, Rents $8
  • 8. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 9. Ancestry Trees
    • Gossett Family Tree,
  • 10. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  • 11. Obituary of Vernon Garth Christian, Havenbrook Funeral Home (Norman,Oklahoma) Online, March 2007
  • 12. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2
  • 13. Obituary of Grover Cleveland Christian, The Norman Transcript, 28 June2012
  • 14. Ancestry Trees
    • James Weeks, Jenkins Tree,
  • 15. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • 16. Social Security Death Index
  • 17. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1
  • 18. Rose Hill Cemetery (Chickasha, Oklahoma) Registry
  • 19. Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1, Ed. 6
    • Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: 17 Mar 2007,

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