Reddick Jackson GREEN Woodrow GREEN Margaret GREEN B Voncil GREEN Valton GREEN William Elvie GREEN James Alfred GREEN Lena M DOYLE Birdie Eugene GILBERT Myrtle Emma GREEN Etta Lou BOWEN Mini tree diagram
William Elvie GREEN

William Elvie GREEN14,1,15,13,6,11,8,9,10,12,9,12

also known as 3,7

also known as William Alvia GREEN4,7,5

24th Aug 18913 - Nov 197113,3

Life History

Aug 1890

Born in Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.14,7,1

(less likely)

24th Aug 1891

Born in Coalgate, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

(most likely)



(less likely)

between 3rd Oct 1898 and 25th Sep 1902

Resident Two Dawes Registrations in Dawes Chickasaw Roll, Bob, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,2

1st Jan 1916

Married Lena M DOYLE in Little River County, Arkansas.10,11

13th Dec 1916

Birth of son Woodrow GREEN in Marietta, Love, Oklahoma.16,14,6,17

6th Dec 1919

Birth of daughter Margaret GREEN in Love County, Oklahoma.18,14,13,6,9,19,3

9th Jan 1922

Birth of daughter B Voncil GREEN in Marietta, Love, Oklahoma.9,20,21,12

25th Jun 1925

Birth of son Valton GREEN in Love County, Oklahoma.13,6,9

12th Feb 1929

Birth of son William Elvie GREEN in Marietta, Love, Oklahoma.6,9,12,22

12th Mar 1932

Birth of son James Alfred GREEN in Marietta, Love, Oklahoma.9,12

after 1933

Death of Lena M DOYLE in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.23,9

17th Dec 1968

Death of son Woodrow GREEN in Las Vegas, San Miguel, New Mexico.16

Nov 1971

Died in Saint David, Cochise, Arizona.13,3

Nov 1971

Buried in St David Cemetery, St David, Cochise County, Arizona.3

Other facts


Married Birdie Eugene GILBERT


Also Known As2: William Elmer Green


  • 1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, 2 June, Township 8, South Range 1 East, District 151, page 1A, Hse #2
    Green, Reddick J  Head White Male Feb 1869  31 Married 12 yrs Ind Territory GA Ind Territory  Farmer  Owns Farm  Cannot read and write
    Green, Etta L  Wife White Female Nov 1869  30 Married 12 yrs  3 children/2 living MS TN AL Can read and write
    Green, William A  Son White Male Aug 1890  9 Ind Territory Ind Territory Mississippi

    In 1902 William was enumerated for the Chickasaw Nation citizenship rolls, with his father and sister.

    U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
    25 Sep 1902, Dawes' Roll #4062, Census Card #1662
    Redie Jackson Green, Age 32, Birth Abt 1870, 1/4 Chickasaw
    Dawes' Roll #4063, Census Card #1662
    William Elvie Green, Age 12, Birth Abt 1890, 1/8 Chickasaw
    Dawes' Roll #4064, Census Card #1662
    Myrtle Emma Green, Age 22, Birth Abt 1880, 1/8 Chickasaw
    Tribal Affiliation Chickasaw By Blood

    I found that in the 1910 census, William's father Reddie Green has died and his mother Etta Bowers (Bowen) Green has remarried.  They are enumerated in the household of William's step-father Van Brooks.

    1910 Federal Census, Love County, Oklahoma, 16 May, Marietta City Ward 3, District 171, page 24B, Hse/Fam #65
    Brooks, Van B Head M W 43 2nd marriage Married 1 yr Alabama Alabama Alabama Owns
    Brooks, Etta Wife F Indian 38 2nd marriage Married 1 yr Mississippi Tennessee Alabama
    Brooks, Jennie Dau F W 17 Single Texas Alabama Alabama
    Green, William step-son  M Indian 19 Single OK OK Mississippi Own Income [b abt 1891]

    Note that Ettie and William are reported as Indian, while Van Brooks and his daughter Jennie are reported as White.  In this 1910 census, an additional schedule reported on the Indian Nation any Indian person belonged to.  In that schedule, Ettie is listed as a Chickasaw with a Chickasaw Father and White Mother.

    William is listed as a Chickasaw, with a Chickasaw Father and Mother.  Most of the people on their page are Chickasaw.  One family is Choctaw.  They are in Marietta, Love County, which was in the former Chickasaw Nation.

    When William got married he and his bride Lena Doyle were living in McCurtain County, in the southeast corner of Oklahoma.  They went across the border to get married in Little River County, Arkansas.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    W E Green
    Age 26, Birth Year abt 1890
    Residence Brokenbow, McCurtain, Oklahoma
    Spouse's Name Lena Doyle
    Spouse's Age 23
    Spouse's Residence Brokenbow, McCurtain, Oklahoma
    Marriage 1 Jan 1916 Little River County, Arkansas
    Marriage License Date 1 Jan 1916

    However there is another mariage record in Oklahoma.  The ceremony occurred in March 1916 in Purcell, Oklahoma.

    Oklahoma, County Marriage Records, 1890-1995
    W E Green, Age 26, born Marietta (Love County) (b abt 1890)
    Lena Doyle, Age 23, born Broken Bow, (McCurtain County) (b abt 1893)
    Marriage 22 Mar 1916 in Purcell, McClain County, Oklahoma, USA
    Performed by J G Petterson, Minister of the Gospel, Methodist Episcopal Church South

    Both were reported as White, though William Elvie's father Reddick was half Chickasaw and WE was on the Chickasaw roll.

    Two years later, when William registered for the WWI draft, they were living south and west in Collin County, north of Dallas, Texas.

    U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    William Alvia Green
    Birth 24 Aug 1891 Coalgate, Oklahoma
    Residence Farmersville, Collin County, Texas
    Married, Occupation Farmer Self-Employed
    Tall, Medium build, Eyes Dark Gray, Hair Dark Brown
    Registered 5 June 1917 Collin Co TX
    Signed W A Green

    We see that in the 1920 census, after William has established his own household, he is now reported as White instead of Indian.

    1920 Federal Census, Love County, Oklahoma, no date, Washington Township, Marietta City, District 130, page 10B, No Hse/Fam #
    Green, William Elvie Head  Rents M W 31 OK OK MS Chauffeur [b abt 1889]
    Green, Lima Wife F W 26 OK US AR
    Green, Woodrow Son M W 3 OK OK OK
    Green, Margarette Dau F W 1mo OK OK OK

    I found that the entry for this William Elvie Green matched all the details for William A Green, son of Reddick and Etta, except for the middle name/initial. One genealogy, of the Powell family of William's sister Myrtle Emma Green and her husband, reports his name as William Alvia.

    Reddick "Redie" J Green, b 7 Feb 1972, d 7 May 1906
    wife Etta D Bower, b Nov 1809 Mississippi, d Aft 1930
    Son William Alvia Green, b 24 Aug 1891
    Myrtle Emma Green, b 2 Dec 1892, d 1 Nov 1948 Marion OR
    --  Ancestry Trees, Powell Family,

    Note that this genealogy has the same form of his name as I later discovered his WWI Draft Registration Card above.

    It appears from other family sources that the proper formal name was Elvie. This is also the form of the name under which he was enrolled in the Dawes Indian Rolls.  All members of the Colbert line were registered as Chickasaws, though they were living in Choctaw Nation when the Dawes roll was original compiled.  Fannie Colbert later transferred the registration of herself and her children to Chickasaw Nation rolls when they moved to Chickasaw Nation. For more information on the Colbert-Green registrations as Indians in Indian Territory, see Notes for Fannie Colbert (wife of Daniel David Green b 1844).

    U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
    William Elvie Green
    Gender Male
    Birth Year abt 1890
    Age 12 at Census Enrollment 25 Sep 1902
    Chickasaw By Blood 1/8
    Census Card #1662
    Dawes' Roll #4063

    A descendant reports the name as William Elvie.

    "My mother-in-law was Margaret Green Glazener.  Margaret was the daughter of William Elvie Green and the granddaughter of Redie Jackson Green; great-granddaughter of Daniel Green; and gg-granddaughter of Toliver Green.  As I am sure you know, Daniel Green was married to Francis Colbert the daughter of an Indian agent. ... My son, Matthew Glazener is now becoming interested in the family genealogy and is trying to find information on his G-Grandfather, William Elvie Green.  Unfortunately we do not know exactly where he is buried."
    --  Jan Hise Butler, email to Marion Mixon, 29 August 2009

    Burial information came to light later.  See Find a Grave information below.

    The 1930 census confirms that William's wife's name is Lena, after it seems to clearly be Lima in 1920.  Note that all members of the household are reported as White.

    1930 Federal Census, Love County, Oklahoma, 11 April, Washington Township, District 14, page 4B, Hse/Fam #65
    Green, William Head  Rents M W 38 First married at age 24 OK OK US Farmer [b abt 1892]
    Green, Lena Wife F W 36 First married at age 21 OK OK OK
    Green, Woodrow Son M W 13 OK OK OK
    Green, Margie Dau F W 10 OK OK OK
    Green, Voncile Dau F W 8 OK OK OK
    Green, Valton Son M W 4yrs9mos OK OK OK
    Green, William Jr Son M W 1 OK OK OK

    Lena died soon after the 1930 census.  In the 1940 census, William is reported as a wodower, with 5 children in the home.

    1940 Federal Census, Love County, Oklahoma, 3 May, Hickory Township, District 43-4, Page 10B, Hse #154, Rents, Farm
    Green, Will E Head M W 50 Widowed Grade 6 b Okla Rural Love Okla in 1935 Road Construction Laborer [b abt 1890]
    Green, Margaret Dau F W 20 Single Grade H1 b Okla Rural Love Okla in 1935 DressMaking NYA [b abt 1920]
    Green, B Voncile Dau F W 18 Single Grade 8 b Okla Rural Love Okla in 1935 [b abt 1922]
    Green, Valton Son M W 15 Single Grade 4 b Okla Rural Love Okla in 1935 [b abt 1925]
    Green, William E Son M W 11 Single Grade 1 b Okla Rural Love Okla in 1935 [b abt 1929]
    Green, James A Son M W 7 Single Grade 0 b Okla Rural Love Okla in 1935 [b abt 1933]

    One genealogy has reported that William Elvie died in Oklahoma City on 15 October 1891.  But this is the wrong William E Green.  That man was born on 26 Feb 1884.

    William Elvie's Social Security records have his birth a year later than that reported on his WWI draft registration, saying 24 Aug 1892.  There is no middle name or initial in the SS Death Index, but the Application and Claims records have his name as Will Elva Green.

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Will Elva Green [William Elva Green]
    Birth 14 Aug 1889 Love County, Oklahoma
    Father Rodie [Redie] J Green
    Mother Etta Bowen
    SSN 440185274
    Sep 1938 Name listed as WILL ELVA GREEN

    Social Security Death Index
    William Green
    Born 24 Aug 1892
    Died Nov 1971
    Last Residence Saint David, Cochise, Arizona 85630
    SSN 527-26-4585 issued Arizona (Before 1951)

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Will Elva Green [William Elva Green]
    Birth 14 Aug 1889 Love County, Oklahoma
    Father Rodie [Redie] J Green
    Mother Etta Bowen
    SSN 440185274
    Sep 1938 Name listed as WILL ELVA GREEN

    This dearth information led to the discovery of a Find a Grave memorial for him, with a photo of William's gravestone.  On this his name is spelled Alvie, whereas all early family sources and Chickasaw records spelled it Elvie or had the middle initial A.  Only the years of birth and death are on the gravestone.  Note that the year of birth her is another variation, adding 1892 to the previous 1890 and 1891.  This is another common example of the lack of focus on accuracy of detail in the worldview of the previous generations.  Sharing the same gravestone is his second wife Birdie Eugene (Gilbert), born 1894, died 1983.

    William Alvie Green
    Birth 1892
    Death 1971
    Inscription:  Together for Eternity
    Burial Saint David Cemetery, Saint David, Cochise County, Arizona
    Created by Diane L Oct 15, 2007
    -- Find A Grave Memorial #22215345,


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