Hensley and Steelman in the early 1900's - 1970's - Any help appreciated!

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I am looking for more info on my maternal grandmother and family. My great-grandmother, Erma (Hensley) Rawlings was born in the 1930's in Arkansas- one of 13 children on a cotton farm. She married Clyde Samuel Lee Steelman, who according to family stories, came directly off the Lakota Sioux Reservation. ANY information would be helpful!!! Thanks in advance!
in Genealogy Help by Amanda Doherty G2G Rookie (220 points)
What is your Maternal Grandmothers name and date birth ???
Elizabeth Jean (Steelman) Bleich - uncertain of the month/day, but in 1949
She was born 28 May 1949 and died 1 Jan 2006.

Elizabeth Jean Bleich

United States Social Security Death Index
Age 57
Given Name Elizabeth
Middle Name Jean
Surname Bleich
Birth Date 28 May 1949
State Arkansas
Last Place of Residence Hattiesburg, Lamar, Mississippi
Previous Residence Postal Code 39402
Event Date 01 Jan 2006
Citing this Record

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VSMH-525 : 20 May 2014), Elizabeth Jean Bleich, 01 Jan 2006; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

She's buried with her father. Find A Grave

They've mistakenly connected her as his spouse and I have submitted a correction.

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I did find this which gives an exact date of death.

Funeral Home Notice

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
selected by Betty Fox

She was probably born in Barnett, Van Buren,  Arkansas as her family was living there before her birth in 1930 and after her birth in 1940. She was the daughter of Fred Hensley and Helen Mann.

1930 census prior to Erma's birth:

Fred Hensley

United States Census, 1930

Name Fred Hensley
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Barnett, Van Buren, Arkansas, United States
Gender Male
Age 27
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1903
Birthplace Arkansas
Father's Birthplace Arkansas
Mother's Birthplace Arkansas
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 8

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Fred Hensley Head M 27 Arkansas
Helen Hensley Wife F 22 Arkansas
John A Hensley Son M 6 Arkansas
Roland Hensley Son M 5 Arkansas
Mabel O Hensley Daughter F 1 Arkansas

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMGL-CW9 : accessed 2 May 2019), Fred Hensley, Barnett, Van Buren, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 2, sheet 8A, line 35, family 148, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 97; FHL microfilm 2,339,832.

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United States Census, 1930

1940 census which includes Erma:

Fred Hensley

United States Census, 1940

Name Fred Hensley
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Damascas, Barnett Township, Van Buren, Arkansas, United States
Gender Male
Age 39
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birthplace Arkansas
Birth Year (Estimated) 1901
Last Place of Residence Same Place

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Fred Hensley Head M 39 Arkansas
Helen Hensley Wife F 30 Arkansas
Rolen Hensley Son M 13 Arkansas
Mabell O Hensley Daughter F 11 Arkansas
Charles K Hensley Son M 9 Arkansas
Ermer F Hensley Daughter F 7 Arkansas
Woodie Hensley Son M 5 Arkansas
Weada Hensley Daughter F Arkansas

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ2F-K98 : 15 March 2018), Fred Hensley, Damascas, Barnett Township, Van Buren, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 71-2, sheet 5B, line 71, family 90, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 178.

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United States Census, 1940

Clyde Samuel Lee Steelman did not come from one of the Lakota Reservations in the Dakotas. He was born in Johnson County, Arkansas.

Name: Clyde Samuel Lee Steelman

Gender: Male

Age: 33

Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)

Birth Date: 11 Sep 1907

Residence Place: Hot Springs, Garland, Arkansas, USA

Registration Date: 1940-1945

Source Citation

The National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975, RG 147

Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

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His first wife was Beatrice Mathis. They married in 1935.

Clyde Steelman

United States Census, 1940

Name Clyde Steelman
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Hot Springs Township, Garland, Arkansas, United States
Gender Male
Age 32
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birthplace Arkansas
Birth Year (Estimated) 1908
Last Place of Residence Same Place

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Clyde Steelman Head M 32 Arkansas
Beatrice Steelman Wife F 22 Arkansas
Wanda Lee Steelman Daughter F 4 Arkansas
Barbara Steelman Daughter F 3

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQVP-F5K : 15 March 2018), Clyde Steelman, Hot Springs Township, Garland, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 26-33, sheet 11A, line 5, family 199, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 137.

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United States Census, 1940

Clyde Steelman died 3 Feb 1968.

Find A Grave Memorial (with photo)

Odd that we can't find him in the 1910 census though.

Here's the closest I could find in the 1920 census 

United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDX5-NN2 : accessed 27 June 2019), Claud Steelman in household of John Steelman, Independence, Marion, Arkansas, United States; citing ED 93, sheet 4B, line 98, family 19, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 71; FHL microfilm 1,820,071.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?surname=Steelman&birth_place=Arkansas&birth_year_from=1906&birth_year_to=1908&count=20&collection_id=1488411

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