Moses William NELSON William NELSON Samuel Ross TATUM Sarah Elizabeth TATUM Sinie E TATUM Zona Leota TATUM Ona M TATUM Ransom R TATUM Bertha Marie TATUM Sarah Elizabeth HADDOX Mini tree diagram

Mary Ann NELSON3,4,10,6,7,8

also known as Mary E TATM1

also known as Mary Jane NELSON5

31st Dec 18823,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 9th Nov 19603,10,11

Life History

31st Dec 1882

Born in Arkansas.3,4,5,6,7,8,9

15th Jan 1899

Married Samuel Ross TATUM.5

15th Jan 1899



Resident in Township 3, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.1

15th Jun 1901

Birth of daughter Sarah Elizabeth TATUM in Ahloso, Pontotoc, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.7,12,13,14

about 1906

Birth of daughter Sinie E TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.7,15

19th Jan 1908

Birth of daughter Zona Leota TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.5,7,13,4

about 1912

Birth of daughter Ona M TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.2,4,8

10th Jun 1917

Birth of son Ransom R TATUM in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.16,17,8

18th Feb 1924

Birth of daughter Bertha Marie TATUM in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.18,6,13

27th Jun 1953

Death of Samuel Ross TATUM in Valley View Hospital, Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.19,10,5

9th Nov 1960

Died in Allen, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.3,10,11

after 9th Nov 1960

Buried in Allen Cemetery, Allen, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.3


  • The wife of Ross Tatum is reported in the 1900 Chickasaw Nation censusas Mary E.  Three other sources (which seem to be cross-sourcing orusing the same source), give her name as Mary Jane Nelson.  Because ofother information on the whole Nelson family, the name in these threesources seemed  to be the correct form of the wife's name.

    However I found the listings for Allen, Oklahoma, Cemetery, where sheand Samuel Ross are buried.  This has her name as Mary Ann, so I amusing that name in the genealogy.

    Her birth date varied also, with the three Ancestry World Tree sourcesreporting the exact date 31 Dec 1882.  This seems reasonable.  The1900 census records birth month and year.  It appears this wasrecorded first as Dec 1882, then corrected to Dec 1881.  Her age isgiven as 18.  This would match, as she would be 19 (finish her 19thyear) in December after the July census.

    The grave marker, however, has simply the year, but the year is 1882.This would commonly be taken as authoritative, but in this case it isquestionable.  First, of all, there is an error also on the birth yearof her husband, which differs from the birth month and year reportedin the census of 1900.  Likewise, for Mary Ann, the census also agreeswith the other genealogies on the month and year of her birth.

    Thus I have reported her birth date as 31 Dec 1881.

    Some sources report a daughter Marie, born about 1921.   I had notbeen able to confirm any child as reported in a couple of genealogies. Only in April 2012 was I able to learn who this was.

    I received a message on this genealogy from a granddaughter of Bertie(Bertha) Marie Tatum reporting her as another child of Samuel Ross andMary Ann Tatum.  With those details I was able to find some records onMarie and her husband Johnnie Othell Brown.  They lived in Denison,Grayson County, Texas, and died there.

    Mary Ann Nelson's brother William (Billy) married Ross' older sisterSinie.

    Mary Ann Tatum
    Birth Dec. 31, 1882
    Death Nov. 9, 1960
    Spouse Samuel Ross Tatum (1879 - 1953)
    Bertha Marie Tatum Brown (1824 - 1999)
    Ransom R. Tatum (1917 - 1989)
    Burial Allen Cemetery, Allen, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    Created by Danny Chancellor Nov 30, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #62381895,


  • 1. 1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
    • Township 3, District 120, page 67A, Hse/Fam #1205
  • 2. One World Tree (sm)
    • Haddox Family History
  • 3. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #62381895,
  • 4. 1920 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • 12 February, Ada (Chickasaw Township), District 170, page 9B, Hse
  • 5. Ancestry Trees
    • Haddox Family History
  • 6. 1940 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • 12 April, Allen Township, District 2-11, page 4B, Hse #68, Rents, $0
  • 7. 1910 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • 15 April, Chickasaw Township, District 25, page 1A, Hse/Fam #2
  • 8. 1930 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • [no date], Allen Township, District 9, page 2B, Hse #36, Fam #39
  • 9. 1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
    • Township 3, District 120, page 67A, Hse/Family #1205
  • 10. Allen (Oklahoma) Cemetery Registry
    • Pontotoc Co. Historical & Genealogical Society;
  • 11. One World Tree (sm)
  • 12. Ancestry Trees
    • Riggs-True,
  • 13. Social Security Death Index
  • 14. California Death Index, 1940-1997
  • 15. 1920 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • 12 February, Ada (Chickasaw Township), District 170, page 9B; Hse
  • 16. 1920 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • 12 February Ada (Chickasaw Township), District 170, page 9B; Hse #146,
  • 17. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #62614368,
  • 18. Gravestone of Johnnie O and Bertie Marie (Tatum) Brown, Fairview(Maple Grove) Cemetery, Denison, Grayson, Texas
  • 19. Obituary of Samuel Ross Tatum, Ada Weekly News, Ada, Pontotoc,Oklahoma, July 2 1953
    • intro only in web summary

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