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Re: Alvin A. Proctor and May Pitt married
Posted by: John Ray (ID *****2587) Date: October 11, 2005 at 14:19:56
In Reply to: Alvin A. Proctor and May Pitt married by Melodee Merrifield of 674

Hopefully, you read my other response first. This message is a continuance of the other.

I checked the 1910 census for McCurtain County and found the same family in the area of McCurtain that most directly abutts the Little River County, Arkansas area indicated in the 1900 census. Also, that 1900 census family is not in Arkansas in 1910 - thus strengthening my conviction the following family is the same.

19 May 1910 census for 3-Twp, McCurtain County, OK:

Pitt, William M. 38 TX AL/AL
Mary E. (wife) 34 TA US/US
Rebecca M. (dau) 17 TX
Gracie M. (dau) 16 TX
Obrona (dau) 14 TX (exceptionally hard to read her name)
William A. (son) 10 AR
Maude S. (dau) 8 AR
Lawrence L. (son) 5 OK
Mattie (dau) 5 OK
Harlow (son) 2 OK (may also be Harlow)

It is not uncommon to find slightly different, if not convoluted, ages and/or states of birth from one census to another ... which is I try to read as many as possible and see which census taker seems to have done the better job (amongst other factors).

From this report, which would have been a few months prior to her marriage, we see that Mort's first name was William but he apparently preferred the use of Mort (or Morton). We also see an indicator that May's first name was Rebecca, though she too chose to use the middle name of May. (This, I have found, was a very common practice for a number of years). It also indicates that the family stayed in AR after Bart's (William's) birth for at least another 2 years as we have the birth of Maude about 1902. Lawrence and Mattie (twins) were born in Oklahoma (actually would have still been Indian Territory in 1905), thus the indication of a move between 1902-1905.

The 3-Twp area was later known as the Frisco District, which included a number of communties, Haworth being one of them. I do not at present recall having previously encountered a community named Odell, but that does not mean it didn't once exist. I would offer that Odell might instead be the town of Idabel, which later became the county seat.

If any of this has helped, then I am glad to have been of service.

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