I have seen her last name both ways in my search of her here is what I have on her...
B. 16 July 1868 in Johns Mill MIssouri (per family records)
D. 20 April 1944 in bakersfield California
married Edward Leander Clayton circa 1888 either in arkansas or texas
1900 - young county texas
1910 - Arkansas
1920 - Oklahoma
1935 to 1944 - monterey California
Father is John Swearington/Swearingen born in missouri or tennessee
Mother is Mary ???? born in kentucky or missouri
family rumor says Mary ? is Choctaw but I can't find any evidence.
I have all the information on her kids and husband but cannot find anything prior to 1900 on her or even an official birth record of any kind. We have her death record listing her mom as Mary ? . I am out of ideas on where to search.