I have to confess. I started our telephone interview with Rex this morning only 80% believing that his Jerry Carlton was MY Jerry Carlton. However, at the end of our phone conversation, I AM NOW 99% we have THE SAME JERRY CARLTON! I will give the reasons in this post.
Rex called me from Fresno, CA and of course, I am here in Marysville, CA.
There are times in Genealogy that one must use the "preponderance of evidence." This is one of those times. There is no absolute witness declaring that my Jerry Carlton is the son of Blake Carlton, but the facts seem to attest that he is.
For instance, when Blake Carlton died he was buried in Erath County, Texas. He had been a big land owner and had even donated the land of the Lingleville Cemetery. Blake died in Tillman County, Oklahoma, but was buried in the cemetery that was once his land.
Erath County is NEXT DOOR to Eastland County, TX where Jerry Carlton and Harriet (Turknett) Yarborough were married in 1885.
My sister Ima Jean tells me that there are family stories that Grandma Wright told of her childhood and grewing up around Quanah, Hardeman Co, TX. If you follow HWY 6 north, it changes to HWY 32 at the Oklahoma border, and the highway continues north to Magnum, OK, and then it changes to HWY 9. Granite, Hobart and Altus are close by. Going a few miles north you finally come to Sayre (birthplace of Mom) and Elk City (death place of Great Grandma Harriet (Turknett) Yarborough/Carlton/Nealy/Keener.
This area was the "stomping ground" of Grandma, and Great Grandma Harriet.
Meanwhile Great Grandpa Jerry W. Carlton seemed to be nearby his two kids, Uncle Lee Carlton, and Grandma Crissie (Carlton) Wright. Grandpa Jerry was nearby in Tillman County in 1910. He was back across the border in Texas in 1900 in Montague County TX.
Great-Great Grandpa Blake Carlton, lived in and was shown in the 1900 Federal Census in Tillman County, Oklahoma. He was listed as a widower, so he may have remarried after separating from Harriett and the two kids (Lee and Grandma.)
1 = Hardeman Co, TX
2= Montague Co, TX
3= Eastland Co, TX
4= Erath Co, TX
5= Tarrant Co, TX
6= Navarro, TX
7= Greer Co, OK
8= Tillman Co, OK
9= Beckham, OK
10= Roger Mills, OK
I guess it is the Tillman Co, OK that finally swayed me. Jerry Carlton had relatives in Tillman and Greer Counties. I am attempting to check out all of the surrounding cemeteries to see if a birthstone for Jerry can be found.
The trail was once cold, but it is getting hot now. More later! I'll tell you what I find.