Sallie Bleer Breshers Wooley

Signed as Aunt on Mary Lee Arela Arrick's birth certificate
Last updated Oct 8, 2006

Thanks to Randy, Dorothy, Brenda, Scott, and others for clues

Picture of Sallie, John and son Willie Breshers about 1897.
Letter from Sallie Breshers to Sister Jane Praytor 1958
Letter from Sallie Wooley to Jane Prater Sept 11 1962

Why is Sallie Breshers listed as Aunt on Mary Lee Arrick's birth certificate?

Possible Answers
#1 She's an Aunt! - a sister of John Riley Arrick or Manerva Viola Harrison - No other records confirm this.
Manerva is thought to be part Choctaw, as is Sallie.
#2 She is not related but agreed to sign as such so Mary Lee could obtain SS benefits.
#3 She's a step-Aunt or great-Aunt --- an aunt of Manerva or John Riley,
or a sister of James R. Alphin, Manerva's last husband.
#4 She's Aunt to the other signer - Fannie E. Alewine.
#5 Fannie is the Aunt and the certificate has an error.
#6 Is she connected somehow through her sister Jane Prator?

Mary Lee Arela Arrick
Mary Lee Arrick is daughter of John Riley Arrick and Manerva Harrison.

Here she is in the 1900 Kaufman census with John and Manerva.
Here she is in the 1910 Dallas census with Manerva's new husband James Roy Alphin (incorrectly entered as Alfin).
Here she is with her husband James Granville Nall in the 1920 census in Fisher TX.
Here is she is in the 1930 census in Lamb Littlefield TX.

On May 31, 1958, Mary Lee requested Social Security benefits but didn't have a birth certificate.
This birth certificate was created and affidavits were signed by two people:

#1 Sallie Breshers (Aunt) - 1513 E. 13th, Lubbock Tx
#2 Fannie E. Alewine - Listed as not related by blood or marriage.

Clarice Redwine in Lubbock TX was the Notary Public.

Mary Lee died 4 Sep 1959 and is buried in Lubbock, TX.

About Sallie Breshers:

There is a well-populated family tree of Sallie at

Maden name: Sallie Amanda Bleer
Choctaw Indian
Born 19 Nov 1880? Arkansas
Parents: John H. Bleer & Mary Susan Ellis
Unconsumated Marriage at age 12, Sold as bride
Married John Samuel Breshers (1874-1952) on 6 Nov 1895 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (Oklahoma)
Between 1958 and 1962 married Wooley (see links to letters above)
Lived at 1515 E 13th St Lubbock in 1958, Lived at 2106 An? M? Lubbock in 1962 (see letters).
Sister Jane Praytor or Prater in Oklahoma City OK in 1958, Atoka OK in 1962 (see letters).
Died 16 Jan 1970 in Lubbock, Texas, age 90, widowed

Willie Breshers M ABT. 1894 Arkansas, married Rosalle Johnson, died about 1986
Arnold Breshers M ABT. 1896, married Mary F Woodell, died 26 Oct 1999
Orvil Breshers M ABT. 1899, died about 1900
Bertha Breshers F ABT. 1901 Arkansas, Married John D Townsend
Archie Lee Sr Breshers M 20 Nov 1906 in Fort Smith Arkansas, died in TX June 1984
Arthur Samuel Breshers M 3 Jan 1909 Arkansas, married Rosa Lee Patterson, died 23 Nov 1989 in TX
Oscar Wallace Breshers M 13 Aug 1911 in Texas, married Audie Ozell Hedrick, died 21 Jul 1990 in TX
Arvel Luey Breshers M 5 May 1917, married Christine Thomas, died 17 May 1991

Here is Sallie Breshers, husband John, and 4 kids in the 1910 Census in LeFlore OK.
Can't find them in the 1900, 1910 or 1930 census.

Choctaw Connection
Dawes Final Rolls Results:
Dawes is a list of those members of the Five Civilized Tribes who removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800's and were living there during the above dates. Only those Indians who RECEIVED LAND under the provisions of the Dawes Act are listed. It also lists those Freedmen who received land allotments as provided for in the Dawes Act.

Tribe    	Last    	First    	Middle    	Age    	Sex 
Choctaw  	Bleer  		John  	  			0  	M
Choctaw  	Bleer  		Mary  		S  		0  	F
Choctaw  	Breshears  	John  	  			0  	M
Choctaw  	Breshears  	Sallie  	A  		19  	F
Choctaw  	Breshears  	Willie  	  		2  	M

John Riley Arrick's wife Manerva Viola Harrison is thought to be part Choctaw, but she was born in TN. Their daughter, Mary Lee Arrick has Sallie Breshers listed as Aunt.

Brenda Long posted this on a forum July 2006:
Looking for Sallie Bleer. She married John Samuel Breshears abt. 1895. He later took the "a" out and went by Breshers. Sallie had a brother William he went by Billy. John and Sallie were married in Oklahoma Choctaw Nation Indian Territory. Their first son was named Willie. The rest of the childrens names were Orvil (died about 9 years old), Bertha, Archie Lee, Arthur Samuel, Oscar Wallace (Called Wallace mostly), Arnold, Arvel Luey. Long after John Samuel was killed by a hit and run driver, Sallie married a Wooley. Unknown first name. He died before her. She Lived in Lubbock Texas. 1970

Jane Prater Connection

Jane Prater is Sallie's Sister.
Lillie Jane Bleer (1876-1976) married John Prater (1874-1941).
They lived in Atoka, OK.
Here are pictures of their tombstones in Bentley Cemetery, Atoka, OK.

Letter from Sallie Breshers to Sister Jane Praytor 1958
Letter from Sallie Wooley to Jane Prater Sept 11 1962

My brother Randy Arrick has found Praters living in Warren County TN in 1850 right next door to our Orrick/Arrick Families, and Bates Families. 1850 Warren Co, TN census page

This looked like a coincidence at first, but read on....

In Oct 06 we went to the Hamlin TX cemetery North of Abilene to find graves for Mary Lee Arrick's kids and grandkids. Mary Lee married a Nall, and later a Bamburg, is buried in Lubbock. Her daughter married a Scott.

Right next to these Nall and Scott families is a batch of Praters:

Here are the rest of the pictures of our trip: Trip to Hamlin Photos

Is there any connection between Sallie's sister Jane Prater and Arrick/Nall/Scott familes? Or is this just a fluke?

About Fannie E. Alewine:

I found a grandson of Fannie, Cliff, but see no real connection between the Alewine family and the Arrick family.

Urbon, her son, said that Fannie's maiden name was "Grant", and that she is buried in Slaton, TX.

Here is Fannie Alewine, husband Elisha, and 4 kids in the 1930 Census in Limestone TX

PRATER, Tillman Freeman (circa 1919-1988) Obit mentioning Orrick

Tillman Freeman Prater, 69, died unexpectedly on Friday at Warren Regional Hospital. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, resident of Rout 7 and a member of Bethel Hill Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Services will be at 12:30 today at Bethel Hill Baptist Church with James Hutson officiating. Internment will follow at Centertown Cemetery. Survivors include his wife Christine Prater of Centertown; son Larry Prater of Centertown; four grandchildren; brother Hoyt Prater of Centertown and foster sister Mae Orrick also of Centertown. High Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard, McMinnville, TN. November 1988.
[Contributor: Jan Gamache , Houston, Texas]
[Note: His death was 25 November, 1988.]


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