I started looking for census records for Martha Paralee McCarley White. There was no one in Fisher county, Montague, Cooke County, TX or Carter County, OK that is an ideal match for Martha Paralee White. First I checked the census records on HeritageQuest and then on Ancestry.com for 1920, 1910, and 1900. Here is the mystery.
1900 Census - Collingsworth County, TX
White, Martha head of household, age 48 bn April 1852 widowed born in MS parents born in TN
Bickley, Mamie B. daughter, age 9, bn Oct 1890 single, bn TX Father bn LA mother bn MS
This Martha White matches in every way. Parents born in right state, right age, but she has a daughter with a different last name. She is just in a county where I haven’t found any other family member. Why would she be there? If this is the correct person then between 1890 and 1900, her husband, Bickley either died or was otherwise out of the picture and she remarried White, then he died. I wonder if it was Bickley or White who was shot in the story.
Plus: Martha Paralee McCarley had a brother named, Sims Allen McCarley who married Martha Ellen Bickley. Is Martha Ellen Bickley kin to Martha Paralee’s first husband? It wasn’t unusual to have more than one sibling marry two other siblings.