The National Archives show that a Woodard and Lydia Lopeman applied as parents on the Cherokee rolls of the Dawes Commission. The census card indicates that they were living with their daughter Mary Alice and her husband James Payne, a 1/2 Cherokee, who also applied.
The parents of Mary Alice (Lopeman) Payne were Woodard I. Lopeman and Lydia. A book by Delanne Lopeman DuBois shows Lydia's maiden name as Crocker, but WFT CD#6 lists her as Lucia Swigart, and Lopeman descendants in IL have her as Lydia Swigert. We are seeking verification of her real maiden name.
Another problem is that Woodard I. Lopeman was supposedly spending a life term at Leavenworth prison sometime before 1890, and died there. But the Dawes Comm. act wasn't passed until 1898. So how could he be living with the Paynes then? Is the Woodard on the census card with Lydia their son John Woodard Lopeman?
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