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posted August 13, 2009 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOJY12   Click Here to Email DOJY12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm trying to research my husband's family who, for the most part are Creek Indian from the Oklahoma reservation (Okmulgee County). This is what I know:
(Thornberry is also listed as Thornsberry)
Mark Edward and Rachel Thornberry had at least one son, William Washington Thornberry (d. abt 1910).

William Washington Thornberry married Anna (or Annie) Laura Smith (b. abt 1868 & d. Oct 17, 1899) from Weber Falls, OK.
William Washington Thornberry and Anna Smith had at least five children (as listed on the Creek Rolls).
1) John Thornberry (b. abt 1887 & d. Nov 19 1909)
2) Lena Thornberry (b. abt 1889)
3) Rachaed E Thornberry (b. abt 1892)
4) Willie (or Willis or Willa) (b. March 11, 1893)
5) Wynema Thornberry (b. abt 1897 & d. Sep 03 1899)
Creek Rolls show Annie Thornsberry as 1/4 Creek and children as 1/8 Creek. Also shows that Annie Thornsberry's father is James Smith from Tuckabatchee and her mother is Eliza Smith who was Cherokee Indian.

Child #4, Willie Thornberry married Tyler Doyle (b. Mar 10, 1880, likely in Indian Territory, OK) they married in June or July 1906 and had at least one son, Orville Reynard Doyle (b. May 7, 1912 in Okmulgee, OK). Later, Willie married Walter McFarlin. I believe she and Walter moved to Mississippi or Massachussettes at some point. I believe she died in either Mississippi or Massachussettes about 1981.

Orville Reynard Doyle (aka "Chief") married Ada Leona Cartwright (b. Sep 1, 1916 in Arkansas and d. 1981 in California). Orville and Ada had at lease one son, Bennie Frank Doyle (b. Sep 15, 1934 in Schulter Township, Okmulgee County, OK and d. Aug 6, 1996 in Salem, OR).

Ada Leona Cartwright later married Eddie L Patrick, with whom she had several children who are alive today.

I believe Orville Reynard Doyle had at least two other daughters from a later relationship (married = unknown), possibly named Ruby Doyle and Gayle Doyle.
Orville's death certificate (d. March 16, 1977 in Pinole, California) shows his wife as: Juanita Martin.

If you know anything about this family, please contact me @

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