Some of our older ancestors did not pay into the Social Security Fund, but if they were alive in the early 1960s, during the Johnson Administration, when Medicare was implemented, they were assigned a Social Security number so they could collect Medicare benefits.
I went to the Social Security Death Index at ancestry.com and found Oneal Fontenot, b. July 18, 1885, d. November 1969, 71463 Oakdale, Allen Parish, LA. I entered only the surname Fontenot, Louisiana, Allen - a list of 170 names appeared. If you look yourself, you may find other family members.
If this is your ancestor, and you know which funeral home handled his funeral arrangements, ask for a photocopy of his death certificate. The funeral home is required to file a death certificate with the SS Adm. and should have copy in their files.
You can also print a form letter that you can send to the SS Adm with $27 and SS will mail you a copy of his original Ss application that should list the names of his parents. The price used to be $7 - but now I see it is $27!
I looked for Isabelle Fontenot - a married woman takes her husband's surname and did not find Isabelle listed.
The names Isabelle/Elizabeth are sometimes used for the same person. I did find Elizabeth Fontenot, b. 2 Dec. 1897, d. 15 Jun 1973, 70648 Kinder, Allen, LA.
I did not find Delores and I did not find Tom. If these two individuals are still living, they may be able to tell you if the Oneal Fontenot I found is your ancestor.
I did find an individual named Oneal O.J.L. Fontenot, b. 18 Jul. 1885 (VP Ch.),d. 5 Nov. 1968 (Alexandria); m. 22 dec. 1910, Lucinda Irene Gibbons. Oneal was the s/o Octave P.J.L. Fontenot and Aurelia Celeste McGehee.
Allen parish, P. O. Box G, Oberlin, LA 70555-2007, (318) 639-4396 - area code may have changed - my reference is 10-years old.
Allen Parish was created in 1912 from Calcasieu Parish. Records in Allen parish begin in 1913.
LC Ch.: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The church was established in 1869, becoming a Cathedral when the Diocese of Lake Charles was established on 29 January 1980. ALL CHURCH RECORDS WERE DESTROYED in the fire of 1910. The fire of 1910 also destroyed the civil records.
Finally, if you know where your ancestors are buried, a visit to the cemetery may reveal their birth and death dates.
I am a French-speaking native of Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish, LA. I have lived in Birmingham since my marriage to Ed Wells in 1954. Birmingham has one of the best research libraries in the Southeast - some say it is The Best!
If you live in Louisiana, a library near you may have Rev. Donald J. Hebert's "Southwest Louisiana Records". Calcasieu Parish was created in 1840 from St. Landry Parish. You may find some of your earlier ancestors in Fr. Hebert's SWLR.
Avec mes meilleurs sentiments (with my very best wishes) Rosie Morein Wells Birmingham, AL