Thanks for your follow up!Actually, James Benjamin was my grandfather and died in 1964, and James Walter Barker, my father, died in 1995.
All of the info you have is correct and that is my family!Mary was listed in the 1900 census as Mary Mordeci with her daughter Hattie Burch (later Burke).Mary is also listed in the 1880 census in Illinois under Mary Whitecloud.From 1880 until today I have all of the facts/info I need for the family from my family, cousins, etc.
My problem is finding Mary's husband, who many believe to be the original Benjamin Moses Mordecai -- father of Benjamin, Abraham and Hattie.Possibly also the father of JOHN MORDECAI who shows up 1900 but was alive, yet missing in 1880. IN the 1880 census, it does include an asterisk that refers to a sentence at the bottom of the page indicating the family is of native american origin.
Ah the fun of research, huh?I have found many age errors and even birthplace errors throughout my family when it comes to the census.Often I think it may have been a guess of the person who was giving the info.