Hi, I am searching for a Native American Indian lady Bessie PARKHURST born around 1907 (1905-1909) who lived in the Portland or Salem (Multnomah or Clackamas County areas) of Oregon (OR) between the years 1930 and 1950. She also went by Bess and I don't know if her full first name was Elizabeth or not.
She may or may not have been born in OR. Her Parkhurst family lived there also but I don't have any of their names. Prior to coming to Oregon they were from Oklahoma.
She had 3 partners that I know of. The first two were not Indian and the 3rd one was. She was first married to a Joseph OLSON and had 2 children. Her next partner (not sure if they were married) was with the last name HARTEL (not sure of spelling, could be Hartell, Haertel, Hartl, Hartill, Hartle, or other) and she had 6 children with him.
I only know one of the 6 children's name and her first name was FRIEDA (don't know spelling, could be Freda or Freida) and she was born around 1940 (anywhere between 1935 and 1945) in Oregon.
Around 1950 Bess PARKHURST announced she was going to live on a reservation with her 3rd partner (don't know his name just that he was also INDIAN - very Indian-looking according to the interview - and a wrestler) and her child/ren. She was never heard from again.
If anyone out there could help me, I would be so grateful. Don't know much about our Indian (possibly CHEROKEE, but not sure) heritage, but we are proud of it. I'm sure she has passed on, as she would be in her late 90's today. But she must have some children and grandchildren alive today who could let us know what happened to our lost ancestor.
Thanks for reading this! Any clues on how to proceed would be appreciated...