Samuel Ross TATUM Sarah Elizabeth TATUM Sinie E TATUM Zona Leota TATUM Ransom R TATUM Bertha Marie TATUM Mary Ann NELSON Mini tree diagram

Ona M TATUM1,2,3

about 19121,2,3 - 1997

Life History

about 1912

Born in Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma.1,2,3




  • 1920 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, 12 February, Ada(Chickasaw Township), District 170, page 9B; Hse #146, Family #140
    Samuel R Tatum Head  M W  40 Georgia   Georgia   Georgia  Farmer
    Mary A Tatum Wife  F W 37 Arkansas Unknown Unk
    Ona M Tatum Dau  F W  White   8 Oklahoma Georgia Arkansas

    1930 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, [no date], AllenTownship, District 9, page 2B, Hse #36, Fam #39
    Tatum, Sam R Head Rents M W 50 Married at 19 GA AL GA Farmer
    Tatum, May [sic] A Wife F W 47 First married at 17 AR MS AR
    Tatum, Onie M Dau F W 18 Single AR GA AR

    At least one genealogy has reported that Ona died in California.  Thesuperficial details seemed to match, but I found some problems.  Thefollowing genealogy had this info for Ona, including the missingmiddle name.  They had very little on her, and linked to theCalifornia Death Index for the information on her name and death.This indicates her married and death name was Wilkinson.

    Ona Magdeline Tatum
    Birth 24 Apr 1912 in Arkansas
    Death 24 May 1985 in Butte, California
    --  Mullinnix,

    But there was a big problem that made me doubt the validity of thisrecord.  The California Death index helpfully includes the surnames ofthe father and mother.  The surname of the father (and maiden name ofthe individual) was Tatum.  This fits.  But the surname (Maiden name)of the mother was Shrader.  Here we hit a brick wall.  Sam Tatum'swife was Mary Ann Nelson (as reported by this genealogy, also, exceptunder the variant found in a census as Mary Jane Nelson).  Further,the genealogy and the Death record both report that this Ona was bornin Arkansas, not Oklahoma.

    Mary Ann outlived Sam, and we have no indication they divorced and Samremarried someone named Shrader.  As close as this record seems to be,and as much as we would like to include these details of middle nameand date and place of death, I can see no way that this record goeswith our Ona M Tatum.  As close of this name and the birth date are,this is a different Tatum family.

    Some quick searching confirmed the doubt, when I found the realparents and family of this Ona Magdaline Tatum.  Here is the familyinformation matching Ona Magdeline Tatum Wilkinson from Arkansas.

    Emma Lou Shrader and John Thomas Tatum were married on November 21,1909 in Benton, Arkansas.
    Ola Eunett August 27, 1910 December 24, 1982
    Ona Magdalene April 24, 1912 May 24, 1985
    John Thomas November 5, 1915 November 17, 1993
    James Orval December 4, 1921
    Barbara Lou November 19, 1924
    --  RootsWeb,

    I expect that with this location in Arkansas, if we probe a bit wecould find this is a branch of our same Tatum family, but this is notour correct Ona or her nuclear family.  Unfortunately, familygenealogies are not reconstructed by wishing and hoping andunresearched record-matching.

    I found a candidate for a match, but this Leona M Tatum, while bornabout the right time, died in Tulsa.  This is an uncertainty, as I donot have anything else connecting a member of this family to Tulsa.Also, the SSDI would usually have the married name of a woman, or inthis case she may nothave ever married.  I have been unable to finddetailsabout Ona.

    Social Security Death Index
    Leona M. Tatum
    Born 11 Jul 1912
    Died 15 Apr 1997
    Last Residence Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
    SSN 448-18-3945 issued Oklahoma (Before 1951)


  • 1. One World Tree (sm)
    • Haddox Family History
  • 2. 1920 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • 12 February, Ada (Chickasaw Township), District 170, page 9B, Hse
  • 3. 1930 Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
    • [no date], Allen Township, District 9, page 2B, Hse #36, Fam #39

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