Jointly addressed to Ms. Patty Waterman and Ms. Melissa Jones Hartwell:
My great-grandmother, Leoma Enoch BARKMAN, as I understand, was born in Texarkana, TX on 30 August 1860. She was married on 2 January 1877 to Dr. Charner Augustus SCAIFE who, at that that time, was residing in Homer, LA. By this marriage, there were three children: William Stonewall SCAIFE (5 January 1878 - 3 June 1953), Charner Augustus SCAIFE (14 June 1884 - 11 September 1944), and Evelyn SCAIFE (27 March 1890 - 4 February 1976). After Dr. SCAIFE's death, in Dougherty, Indian Territory, on 26 March 1900, Leoma Enoch BARKMAN resided in Lake Charles, LA until her death on 19 April 1942. She lies buried, in Lake Charles, LA, in the SCAIFE family plot in Orange Grove - Graceland Cemetery.
Acording to her death certificate, Leoma Enoch BARKMAN was the daughter of Enoch BARKMAN. Is it likely that she was the daughter of the Enoch BARKMAN who is thought (a) to have been born in Arkansas, (b) to have lived from 16 October 1832 to 15 July 1860, and (c) to have been the son of John BARKMAN (30 July 1786 - 8 October 1870) and Hannah DAVIS (14 October 1792 - 26 April 1874)? From the fact that John and Hannah BARKMAN are both reported to have died in Leary, TX, does it seem probable that Leoma Enoch BARKMAN may have been their grandchild?
A further question: If Jacob BARKMAN, the father of John BARKMAN, was indeed a full-blooded Miami Indian, then by what means did he acquire his surname?
The BARKMAN name, incidentally, can still be found in Texarkana.
With kind personal regards,
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