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  1. #1
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    WA: Charlie Bowlegs dob 7/28/1929; date found 4/13/1999

    https://claimus.org/cases/332

    Mr Bowlegs is under the jurisdiction of the Spokane ME's office in Washington State.

    claimus case 332

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    Note: First name spelled as "Charley" in SSDI while it is "Charlie" in NamUs.

    "United States Social Security Death Index," Charley Bowlegs, 1999
    First Name: Charley
    Middle Name:
    Last Name: Bowlegs
    Name Suffix:
    Birth Date: 28 July 1929
    Social Security Number: 567-38-4003
    Place of Issuance: California
    Last Residence: Spokane, Washington
    Zip Code of Last Residence: 99201
    Death Date: 14 April 1999
    Estimated Age at Death: 70

    For the postings below, I am not sure if this is the right Charley Bowlegs, but there are consistent mentions of this name linked to the Birdwell family.

    Listing for a "Charley Bowlegs" in the 1940 census with an estimated birth year of 1930.

    "United States Census, 1940," Charley Bowlegs in household of G R Birdwell, Konawa Township, Seminole, Oklahoma, United States
    Name: Charley Bowlegs
    Titles & Terms:
    Event: Census
    Event Year: 1940
    Event Place: Konawa Township, Seminole, Oklahoma, United States
    Gender: Male
    Age: 10
    Marital Status: Single
    Race (Original): Negro
    Race (Standardized): Negro
    Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Stepson
    Relationship to Head of Household (Standardized): Stepson
    Birthplace: Oklahoma
    Estimated Birth Year: 1930
    Residence in 1935: Rural
    Enumeration District Number: 67-17B
    Family Number: 109
    Sheet Number and Letter: 7A
    Line Number: 13
    NARA Publication Number: T627
    NARA Roll Number: 3331
    Digital Folder Number: 005454672
    Image Number: 00519
    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    Head G R Birdwell M 40 Oklahoma
    Wife Bessie Birdwell F 25 Oklahoma
    Son Roy Birdwell M 1 Oklahoma
    Stepson Charley Bowlegs M 10 Oklahoma
    Mother Emma Birdwell F 70 Texas

    Obituary mention for the same Charley Bowlegs in the 1940 census that places him in Canada: Link here.
    Obit published 3-28-1999 in "The Seminole Producer"

    Bessie BIRDWELL, age 85

    born: 3-2-1914 in Konawa, OK
    died: 3-26-1999
    buried: Cummings Cemetery in Maud, OK

    Parents: Maloche Elizabeth and Billie WOOD, dec'd
    Husband: James Birdwell, d. 10-16-1975 (m. 3-31-1938)
    Grandson: Thomas Birdwell, dec'd

    Survivors:
    Dtr: Lucille Birdwell CASTLE of Eufaula, OK
    Son: Charley BOWLEGS of Canada
    Son: Roy Birdwell of Shawnee, OK
    Son: Tommy Birdwell of Tecumseh, OK
    Sister: Josephine HINES of California
    Another obituary for Bessie Birdwell that mentions a Charley Bowlegs of Canada: Link here.
    She married James Birdwell in Konawa on March 31, 1938; he preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1975. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Thomas Birdwell. Survivors include one daughter, Lucille Birdwell Castle, Eufaula, three sons, Charley Bowlegs, Canada, Roy Birdwell, Shawnee, and Tommy Birdwell, Tecumseh; one sister, Josephine Hines, Calif., 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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    When I saw this info, my first thought is if he was a Cherokee Freedman.

    http://www.freedmen5tribes.com/chero...0facts.doc.pdf

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    Bessie Birdwell's obituary mentions Charley Bowlegs, but Roy Birdwell's obituaries/memorials do not. Also, in a Birdwell family tree, only Lucille, Roy, and Tommy Birdwell are listed as children of Bessie and James Birdwell.

    Birdwell family tree: Link here.

    Roy Birdwell listings:
    Find-A-Grave Memorial 1
    Find-A-Grave Memorial 2
    Newspaper clipping

    It might be worth reaching out to Roy Birdwell's children to see if Charley Bowlegs is indeed their step-uncle? PM'ing some of the contacts I found to Nemo's Mom and raine.

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    good work tifflee!

    I am going to send this on to the case manager. Thanks for your hard work.

    NM



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