I found James and Minnie on findagrave.com
Marriage of Sidney Watts to Miss Minnie Patton
School Enrollment Record for Lem Alexander born July 15, 1896
Thank you so much for the information. I had everything but the school enrollment document, which is great because it gives me another lead to explore, as well as a date in which Lem was still using the last name of Alexander. When he registerered for WWI he used the last name of Smith, and continued doing so until his death.
Emma Mary Butler, a Creek, married Minnie's brother/Lem's uncle John "Pink" Patton. Ora and Lora were her children by Pink who passed away in 1906. She married Robert Crisp in 1907/8.
Now that you have given me a link to the school, I'm hoping it will provide me with the Lem's biological father's first name. Oklahoma Vital Records does not have a birth certificate for Lem. The only written record of his birth that I know of is written in Minnie's Bible.
Thank you so very much.
found on findagrave Emma Crisp Patton person who enrolled Lem Alexander in school, she is listed on findagrave with 2 different names also Emma Mary Patton Crisp
1900 Census Ross Smith, Minnie Smith and Lem Alexander
Dear Ms. Smith,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Since the Bureau of Indian Affairs did not issue vital records and Oklahoma births before 1907 were recorded by the county clerks, we suggest that you contact the clerk of the county in which Lem Alexander was born to request a search for his birth record. There may be some useful information from the county clerk regarding his birth as you could not locate a birth certificate from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
We also suggest that you contact the Oklahoma Historical Society to request a search for his birth record, as they hold some tribal vital records prior to statehood. In addition, the FamilySearch Research wiki for Oklahoma vital records and Indigenous Peoples of Oklahoma may also be useful
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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Thank you so very much for this information and additional places to search. Just last week I found out about the Oklahoma Historical Society, but I had no idea about the other 3 places to look. Thanks again for your help.