John William THOMPSON Mamie Frances THOMPSON Robert Lee THOMPSON Lywanda B THOMPSON Bettie Lee THOMPSON Mertie Cleo SHELTON Living THOMPSON Atha C POWELL Emma Augusta THOMPSON Jessie May THOMPSON Minnie Lee GREEN Mini tree diagram
Charles William THOMPSON

Charles William THOMPSON6,1,2,3,5,4,6,7,6,8,9

28th Jul 18951,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 27th Oct 19456,7

Life History

28th Jul 1895

Born in Pauls Valley, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

28th Sep 1902

Certificate: Certified as citizen of Chickasaw Nation in Indian Territory

5th May 1921

Married Mertie Cleo SHELTON in Oklahoma.5

about 1923

Birth of daughter Lywanda B THOMPSON in Oklahoma.1

9th Aug 1924

Birth of daughter Bettie Lee THOMPSON in Oklahoma.10

9th Sep 1924

Death of Mertie Cleo SHELTON in Oklahoma.5


Death of daughter Bettie Lee THOMPSON in Oklahoma.10

about 1931

Married Atha C POWELL.5

27th Oct 1945

Died in Bakersfield, Kern, California.6,7

27th Oct 1945

Buried in North Kern Cemetery, Delano, Kern County, California.7

Other facts


Birth of daughter Living THOMPSON


  • A birth affidavit filed with the Dawes Commisison by his mother Minnie Lee Green reports his birth date as 28 July 1895.  The affidavit is also supported by an affidavit by a birth attendant.

    Dawes Commisison Affidavit
    Application for enrollment as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation
    Southern District of Indian Territory
    Chas William Thompson
    Born 28 July 1895
    Current address P O Okra, Indian Territory

    Affidavit of Mother 4 April 1905
    Minnie Lee Thompson
    Age 30, Chickasaw citizen by blood
    Lawful wife of J W Thompson, Chickasaw citizen by Intermarriage
    Male child born 28 July 1895
    named Chas William Thompson

    Affidavit of Attending Physician or Mid-Wife 3 March 1905
    W J Morris, physician
    Attended Minnie Lee Thompson, wife of J W Thompson
    28 July 1895 male child named Chas William Thompson

    1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, 13 June, Township 4, North Range 2E, District 134, page 22B, Hse #13, Fam #14
    Thompson, Jno W  Head W M June 1846 33 Married 10 years  Mosouri [sic] Mosouri Mosouri Farmer
    Thompson, Minnie G Wife In F (3/4 Choctaw) Jan 1874 26 Married 10 years  5 children/5 living Indian Territory Indian Territory Unknown
    Thompson, Charles W  Son In (7/8 Choctaw) M  July 1894  5 Indian Territory  Mosouri  Indian Territory

    Note that the year of birth is here reported as 1894, wile the year on his birth affidavit above is 1895.  This is a common error in the 1900 census, apparently due to the procedural formula in the instructions to the enumerators.  That census is wrong about half the time, it appears.  The year Charley as remembered it later was 1896, going by his WWI registration (see below).  But on his WWII registration, the year is 1895 (see below).

    Charles was listed on the 1904 roll of Chickasaw Citizens by Blood.  For some reason, Charles is listed by himself on a different page from other members of his family, as the last entry at the end, after names starting in V.

    Chickasaw Roll, Citizens By Blood 1903
    Roll #4830 Thompson, Charles William  7 M  1/8  Census Card #1616

    1910 Federal Census, McClain County, Oklahoma, 2 May, Hopping Township, District 185, page 2A, Hse/Fam #7
    Thompson, Minnie Head F Ind (1/8 Chickasaw)  35 Widow 5 children/5 living OK US OK Own Income Owns Farm
    Thompson, Charlie Son M Ind (1/16 Chickasaw)  14 OK TX OK Farm Laborer Can Read and Write

    In 1918 Charles registered for the WWI draft as an Indian, under the name Charley William Thompson.  He is living in the area where he was born, near Rosedale, in McClain County, Oklahoma.  Notice that from his European father he inherited red hair.  (But in 1942, on his WWII registration, his hair is reported as Brown; he is also reported as White, not Indian.)

    Also note that the year of birth is different her from his birth affidavit filed by his mother in 1905.  The affidavit reported birth year as 1895, but on his WWI registration, Charley reported it as 1896.  We see many instances of one or more years difference in birth year as it gets handed down and recorded at different points.  Later records and his grave have birth date as 28 July 1895.

    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Charley William Thompson
    Residence Rosedale, McClain County, Oklahoma
    Birth 28 Jul 1896 Rosedale, McClain County, Oklahoma
    Single, Race Indian (Native American)
    Occupation Stock Farmer, near Rosedale
    Tall, Slender, Red Brown Eyes, Hair
    Registered 5 June 1917 McClain County, Oklahoma

    1920 Federal Census, McClain County, Oklahoma, 3 January, Hopping Township, District 78, page 1B, Hse/Fam #16
    Jones, Claud J Head  Owns Farm M W 35 OK TX TX Farmer [b abt 1885]
    Jones, Minnie  Wife F W 38 OK OK OK [b abt 1882]
    Jones, George Son M W 8 Single OK OK OK [b abt 1912]
    Thompson, Charley Step-Son M W 23 Single OK TX OK [b abt 1897] Farmer

    Here is the Millennium Files report on Charles William Thompson

    Millennium File
    Charles William Thompson
    Parents: John William Thompson, Minnie Lee Green
    Spouse: Mertie Cleo Shelton
    Birth 28 Jul 1895 Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Death 27 Oct 1945 Bakersfield, Kern County, California

    Charles William Thompson
    Birth 28 Jul 1895 in Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
    Death 27 Oct 1945 in Bakersfield, Kern, California
    Marriage to Mertie Cleo Shelton 5 May 1921 Oklahoma
    Marriage to Atha C. Powell About 1931
    --  Lagan-Nivison,

    Mertie died about 1924 probably at the time or after her second daughter's birth.  This daughter lived only a few months and died in 1925.  In 1900 Charles is in the household of his mother and stepfather with his other daughter Lywanda.

    1930 Federal Census, McClain County, Oklahoma, 15 April, Moncrief Township, District 8, page 8B, Hse #121, Fam #126
    Jones, James L Head Rents M W 51 First Married at 31 yrs old TX TX TX Farmer [b abt 1879]
    Jones, Minnie L Wife F W 55 First Married at 19 yrs old OK TX OK [b abt 1875]
    Thompson, Charles W Stepson M W 34 Widowed OK TX OK Laborer [b abt 1896]
    Jones, George D Stepson M W 19 Single OK TX OK [b abt 1911]
    Thompson, Lawanda B Step-GrandDau F W 7 Single OK OK US [b abt 1923]

    In his WWII draft registration, Charley is now reported as White, while in 1918, he was reported as Indian, consistent with his registration as a Chickasaw by blood.  His hair is reproted as Brown, whereas in 1918 it was reported as red.

    U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    Charley William Thompson
    Birth Date 28 Jul 1895 Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, age 47 years
    Address Gen Delivery Guthrie, Oklahoma
    Contact Bro. R L [Robert Lee] Thompson, Gen Delivery Guthrie, Oklahoma
    70" 184 lbs White (previously reported Indian)
    Gray Eyes, Brown Hair, Sallow Complexion
    Registered 8 December 1942 Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma

    "This is my Grandfather, he is father to Betty Jo Thompson b 17 Mar 1932, she is my mother who married Harold J McDonald in Purcell, McClain, Oklahoma in 1949. I am their daughter Cindy Lynne McDonald Pannell Gibson."
    --  Jamie Pannell, note on an WWI registration record for Charley (Charles) William Thompson,,

    Charles William Thompson
    Birth Jul 28, 1895 Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Death Oct 27, 1945 Bakersfield, Kern County, California
    Father John William Thompson (1866 - 1907)
    Minnie Jones (1874 - 1938)
    Burial North Kern Cemetery, Delano, Kern County, California
    Created by Susan Porter Mar 25, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial# 67428333,


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