I am researching my dad's side of the family, and am stuck on my great-grandfather.
I found a draft record for him saying his name was McDowell O'donold Kirkley (which is what we believe to be his name) born in 1889 in Stone County, Missouri.
The only other information I have found on him is in the 1920 Census he was living in Stanley, AR with his wife Sylvia Marie McNew and their son Raymond O'donel Kirkley.His name in the census was listed as McDonald R., though it is definitely the same person.
Then I found in the Arkansas Death Index, McDonald Kirkley died on Feb. 11, 1920 in Arkansas County.This is around the time my great-grandpa died, my grandpa was very young and he was born in 1918.So I am pretty sure this is him.Apparently he started going by McDonald at the end of his life...
I have been searching on ancestry, googling, looking at message boards, and have not found anything else about either McDowell O'donold or McDonald R. Kirkley.I don't know his parents names, or if he had any brothers or sisters.I know I have some family in TX from the Kirkley side near the border around McAllen, my dad and aunt were born there and they moved to Arkansas when they were kids.I know there are Kirkleys in TX that I've seen mentioned on Kirkley forums, but have not been able to connect them with McDowell/McDonald.I've been at a dead end with him for quite some time now and had to try posting everywhere I could.