Re: Nancy Wanetta Padier
I just found this obituary for Nancy's father from the 7 May 1909 "Minco Minstrel."According to this, his was Mexican, of Spanish descent?His granddaughter, Maggie's death certificate indicated she was American Indian?
In Memory Of WM. PARDLER
Born in New Mexico in the year 1833; died at his home on Caddo county, Okla. on March 19, 1909; age 76.
William PARDIER, known as a Mexican, was a decendant of the original Spanish colony that settled in the land since known as New Mexico, but then known only as Spanish territory by conquest. Of his early life we have no reliable data other than as stated above, and can therefore speak of him only since his coming into this country about 1865, soon after the close of the Civil War. He is first remembered as a teamster and cow boy in the neighborhood of Ft. Sill. He was then 32 years of age. All the country at that time was wild, with but a few widely scattered places of permanent abode, and we next hear of him at old Ft. Arbuckle, and soon after he was married to a Caddo woman named Sallie JOEL somewhere near White Bead Hill, on the Washita. He built his first home on Little Woman Creek, a tributary of the little Washita, about 1868. Next, a little further west, on a creek since called Bill's creek because he was the first settler on its banks. This is north of where the town of Cement is now located. Then, for a few years, he lived at the mouth of Hog creek, on the Washita, west of Anadarko. In 1878 he established a good home and ranch near the head of Spring creek, about 14 miles west of Minco, where he remained for 20 years, and until his last move from there to the present PARDIER home on Buggy creek 7 miles west of Minco in 1898.
He had four children, all girls, Louisa, married to James LAYTON; Nancy, married to E.B. PARRISH; Sina, married to Will HENRY; and Mary, married to Bob SUTHERLIN. His wife, and all his children are yet living.
Wm. PARDIER was a good man and made a good neighbor. It is true, he had some of the faults common to men born to a rough life. Who is without fault? And yet it can be safely said there are but few of us would show as true a life and as clean a character, if we, as he was, should be thrown friendless and alone from childhood, among an alien race, with all the opportunities and incentives to crime abundant and continual, and with all the moral element and inducements largely absent from his daily surroundings. How many of us would come to the end with as clean a balance sheet?
The writer had known Bill PARDIER for twenty-four years and he has never yet heard a man say that PARDIER had harmed him, nor done him an evil. Not fitted either by education or training for the greater things of a highter civilization, yet he played his own part and played it well to the end. Kind, hospitable in his own way, troubling no one, honest in his dealings, he lived a long life of peace and good will toward men.