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Alan Perry Alan Perry

posted on September 4, 2012 and updated on September 5, 2012

Looking for information on my gggrandfather- Charles Wesley Damron. Married to Mary Ann Seago. Trying to find out if he was enrolled or not. I know his son was enrolled. He was married to Mary Ann’s daughter. Mary Ann’s daughter was Amanda.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 5, 2012

no years or location in your post. this makes it somewhat difficult to find them in records.

charles wesley damron m. mary ann seago
son damron m. amanda surname unknown

maybe this is the family?
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Damron Mary A 58 F IW 5757 NR ANTIOCH BB
Choctaw Davis George 0 M 5757 P
Choctaw Davis Mary 0 F 5757 P
Choctaw Davis Charley L 20 M 1/8 5757 NR ANTIOCH BB
Choctaw Seagoe Chas 0 M 5757 P
Choctaw Seagoe Polly 0 F 5757 P
p=parent
bb=by blood
iw=intermarried white, a general nontribal description

looking on the ancestry.com family tree, there were several people who are researching the family.

Charles Wesley Damron
Birth 11 Apr 1841 in Dresden, Weakley, Tennessee, United States
Death 22 Aug 1909 in Johnston, Oklahoma, United States

1841 11 Apr

Birth
Dresden, Weakley, Tennessee, United States

2 source citations
1860
Age: 19

Marriage to Mary Elizabeth Bass

1860
Age: 19

Residence
District 18, Weakley, Tennessee, United States

1 source citation
1880
Age: 39

Residence
Dukedom, Weakley, Tennessee, United States

1 source citation
1883 14 Jan
Age: 41

Marriage to Morella Amanda Clark
Weakley, Tennessee, United States

1 source citation
1898 2 Mar
Age: 56

Marriage to Mary Ann Seago
Atoka, Atoka, Oklahoma, United States

1909 22 Aug
Age: 68

Death
Johnston, Oklahoma, United States

Parents

Samuel Damron 1809 – 1886 Delilah Vowell 1812 – 1853

Show siblings
Spouse & Children

Mary Elizabeth Bass 1845 – 1880 James D Damron 1863 – Mary Emma Damron 1867 – 1950 Samuel T Damron 1870 – Wilson G Damron 1872 – 1940 Matthew Damron 1873 – 1929 Delia A Damron 1876 – 1955 Delliah J Damron 1878 – 1951 William Riley Damron 1878 – 1962 Cora Ethel Damron 1881 – 1966 Charley O Damron 1884 – 1935

Spouse & Children

Morella Amanda Clark 1866 – 1892

Spouse & Children

Mary Ann Seago 1844 – 1907

CHOCTAW NATION MARRIAGES
GROOM INDEX
1895 – 1907

Transcribed by MARY TURNER KINARD
COPYRIGHT 27 APR 1992 Mary Kinard

Printed here with the Permission of J.D. Kinard and family for your personal use
NOT TO BE COPIES FOR USE IN ANY COLLECTION FOR PROFIT OR DISPLAY

D SURNAMES

FIVE FEDERAL COURTHOUSES IN CHOCTAW NATION AT – ATOKA, ATOKA CO. OK, get copy of marriage from LDS Library BR – DURANT, BRYAN CO. OK. get copy of marriage from Durant Lf – POTEAU, LEFLORE CO. OK get copy of marriage from Poteau Mc – McALESTER, PITSBURY CO. OK get copy of marriage from Indian Archives OKC WIL – WILBURTON, LATIMER CO. OK you may be able to get copy from Muskogee Ok CODES USED un – NOT USED nr – NO RETURN er – ERROR col – COLORED

GROOM AGE BRIDE AGE DATE RESIDENCE BOOK©PAGE
DAMRON, C W 66 JONES, A E MRS 47 6 NOV 1907 BELTON/ATOKA AT3©522

DAMRON, C W 57 DAVIS, M A MRS 2 MAR 1898 CADDO AT1©66©131

you can try the latter day saints family research center in a church near you.
AT=atoka
the county clerk might also be ableto tellyou where to find the marriage records

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about M A Clark
Name: M A Clark
Spouse: C W Damron
Marriage Date: 14 Jan 1883
Marriage County: Weakley

1880 United States Federal Census about Charly Damran
Name: Charly Damran
[Charly Damron]
Age: 40
Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1880: Dukedom, Weakley, Tennessee
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Elizabeth Damran
Father’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Cannot read/write:

Blind:

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Charly Damran 40
Elizabeth Damran 37
Mary E. Damran 13
Nancy E. Damran 12
Samuel T. Damran 9
Wilson Damran 8
Matha Damran 6
Debie Damran 4
William Damran 3
Delila Damran 3
John Lions 19
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Dukedom, Weakley, Tennessee; Roll: 1285; Family History Film: 1255285; Page: 354A; Enumeration District: 176; .

1870 United States Federal Census about C W Danison
Name: C W Danison
[Charles Wesley Damron]
[C.W. Danison]
[C W Damron]
Age in 1870: 29
Birth Year: abt 1841
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: District 18, Weakley, Tennessee
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Dresden
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
C W Danison 29
Elisabeth D Danison 24
James D Danison 7
Mary E Danison 4
Nancy E Danison 2
Samuel T Danison 4/12
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: District 18, Weakley, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1570; Page: 272B; Image: 549; Family History Library Film: 553069.

1900 United States Federal Census about Charley W Damron
Name: Charley W Damron
Age: 59
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1900: Caddo, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s Name: Mary Damron
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Charley W Damron 59
Mary Damron 56
Charley O Damron 14
Albert L Damron 14
Tampey C Damron 10
Georgia Damron 8
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Caddo, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1853; Enumeration District: 183; FHL microfilm: 1241853.

1850 United States Federal Census about Charles Damron
Name: Charles Damron
Age: 10
Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1850: District 3, Weakley, Tennessee
Gender: Male
Family Number: 83
Household Members:
Name Age
S Damron 42
Delila Damron 38
James Damron 20
John Damron 18
George Damron 15
Mary Damron 12
Charles Damron 10
Monroe Damron 7
Elizabeth Damron 3
Eliza Damron 16
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 3, Weakley, Tennessee; Roll: M432_899; Page: 433B; Image: 352.

i am just following the trail of the records that others found. you should contact the people who have put family trees on the internet that include your family.

you might find a cemetery record on findagrave.com or interment.net

you might find an obituary through your local public library/interlibrary loan program. the state historical society or state archives might have historical newspapers.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government agency for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have submitted a delayed birth certificate. death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary, newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times, names of family members. the census records up to 1940 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed.

obituaries through the oklahoma choctaw tribe is through the history link for the tribe:
http://www.choctawnation.com/history/

social security application for a deceased person:
http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/foia_guide.htm
form SS-5.

your public library probably has a subscription to heritage quest and ancestry.com. fold3.com is another useful database for native records and military records, but they are a subscription. however, many times their month’s subscription price is less than the price of a dawes packet, however check with accessgenealogy’s database to see if your relative’s dawes packet is exists or is available at fold3.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/dawes.php?s_last=green&s_first=mart&s_middle=&s_tribe=
partial names are allowed.

bear in mind that many records are not online. always collect documents, as just the reference to a relative in an index informs you that a document is available.

death records:
death certificate: state vital records or if very old, state archives. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. you can look at death indices, such as the social security death index 1964-present for a date of death on rootsweb.com or ancestry.com.
obituary: see your local public library, interlibrary loan program. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. approximate date of death is helpful. if old, state historical society or state archives might have historical newspapers.
cemetery record: try findagrave.com or interment.net. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. if you find a relative, you can click on the county or cemetery to see if others with the same surname are buried there.

marriage records:
state vital records office, county clerk or if old, state archives or state historical society.

birth records:
state vital records office, or if old, state archives or state historical society. if the birth was before 1940, ask for a birth certificate or a delayed birth certificate. many people had to get delayed birth certificates when social security came into effect because they had to show proof of age. this will be under the name used at the time of birth.

census records:
you will want to search for census records 1940 on down to the birth of your relative. the federal census was taken every 10 years, however the 1890 census was largely destroyed by fire. there are also some state census records and native census records and native rolls. ancestry.com and heritage quest are two databases that include many census records. many native census records kept by NARA (http://www.archives.gov) are transcribed at accessgenealogy.

first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu of tribal enrollment.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.

history of the dawes roll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Commission
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment
http://www.felihkatubbe.com/ChoctawNation/TribalMembership.html

2 ways to search:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
if your relative was enrolled by court action, their name might not be on this list.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.
you can order the dawes packet from the oklahoma historical society website.

if you find a relative listed on the dawes roll, fold3 may have filmed the record and could be available online.
http://www.fold3.com/documents/46580455/dawes-packets/
other resources are NARA http://www.archives.gov

the five civilized tribes book put out by the department of the interior has testimony.
http://books.google.com/books/about/Five_civilized_tribes_in_Oklahoma.html?id=chATAAAAYAAJ
and you can read it online

and these are the microfilms at fort worth TX archives.
http://www.archives.gov/southwest/finding-aids/native-american-microfilm.html

there may be additional records about your relative:
contact NARA http://www.archives.gov for these and other records listed on this webpage.

75.23 RECORDS OF THE COMMISSIONER TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES 1852-1919
75.23.1 Records of the Dawes Commission
75.23.2 Records of the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory
75.23.3 General records of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes
http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/075.html
(Record Group 75)
1793-1989

http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html
oklahoma newspaper and archives search. some of these resources may be available through interlibrary loan/public library.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/
some obituaries:
http://www.choctawnation.com/history/obituaries/

NARA http://www.archives.gov/ federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from nara.gov.

freedmen info:
You can ONLY apply for Choctaw Nation Membership, AFTER you have obtained a CDIB card proving your Choctaw Blood lineage to a direct ancestor who actually enrolled, BY BLOOD. Freedmen DID NOT enroll By Blood. When US Congress closed the Final Dawes Commission Rolls, there were no provisions granting Freedmen any benefits after the Dawes Commission closed. The tribe Constitution states BY BLOOD. however, the documents (application, census card and testimony) may help you find out more about your heritage.

about blood quantum laws:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_quantum_laws
calculations about blood quantum:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wishawa4/Menominee%20Indians/quantum.htm

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears
http://www.choctaw.org/

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes:
http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

chickasaw historical society
Historic Preservation and Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
http://www.chickasaw.net/index.htm

chickasaw genealogy archive center Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

http://www.okhistory.org/
oklahoma historical society
marriage records
http://www.okhistory.org/research/library/marriage.html
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/chocmarriageindex.htm

other historical societies:
http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-OK-NDX.html
some oklahoma genealogical societies:
http://www.censusfinder.com/oklahoma-genealogy-society.htm
http://www.geneasearch.com/societies/socokla.htm

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will improve some of these categories.

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they don’t have the book, you can get the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but many times you can find a record not found in other places. you want to see also about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births, marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
1860 census, indian territory.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter
and you can read this book online. your relatives’ testimony might be in the book.
http://www.archive.org/details/fivecivilizedtr00statgoog
see the menu at left. you can download it.
you should look at the enrollment application, census card and testimony. this post will tell you how to do that. these documents will tell you more about your heritage, but it won’t help you if your goal is to be enrolled in the choctaw tribe of oklahoma. some people were classed as mississippi choctaw if the family had a native heritage but didn’t qualify for enrollment in the tribe.

there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the five major tribes are on the dawes roll. look at your family’s location around 1900-1930 time period (census will help you there) and see if there was a tribe located nearby. it is possible that your relatives were affiliated with another tribe.

if they were mississippi choctaw, there is probably a land grant in MS/AL to a head of household called choctaw scrip land. this was given in lieu of tribal enrollment 1830-1880 time period. ancestry.com has a database of the MS and AL choctaw scrip land records, called mississippi or alabama land records. there are other land records in those databases too,, so you have to look at the authority/source cited. NARA http://www.archives.gov has those land record packages.

the mississippi choctaw was not removed from oklahoma. but they were largely rejected for tribal enrollment.

this website might help you in your search. some people are trying to transcribe applications.
http://www.us-census.org/native/choctaw_dawes.html
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page
http://www.us-census.org/states/graphics/status.htm

and this might be of interest to you:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/choctaw/rights-of-choctaws.htm
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalrolls/
Index to the Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory
the dawes roll is composed of applications to the five major tribes in oklahoma.

good advice about native research:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a different tribe, try searching google for the state and tribes. you might find a contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized tribe.

this page can help you set up a targeted google search.
http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html

penny postcards. this is a website that features pictures that were on postcards. click on the state to see the postcards that they have.
http://www.usgwarchives.org/special/ppcs/ppcs.html
if you have a penny postcard, you can click on submissions to add your penny postcard to the collection.

these searches will combine several possible search terms and give you the best matches.

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, shamlet76@gmail.com and request the choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Steve Henson Steve Henson

posted on December 31, 2012

Hi.

Mary Ann Seago was my great-grandfather’s mother. I am a descendant of Mary Ann and George Davis. I have some information on her. Here’s a link to a page with her genealogy.

http://www.pylantfamilytree.org/individual.php?pid=I37548&ged=all.ged

Amanda Melvina (Davis) Damron was my great-grandfather’s sister and married Charles’ son, David My great-grandfather was Alfred Washington Davis. David may have been enrolled as intermarried-white by virtue of his marriage to Amanda. If so, there should be an affidavit. A microfilm image of it may be on file with the National Archives. The index for the National Archives is on-line and searchable.

I believe Mary Ann was enrolled as intermarried-white while married to my GG-grandfather, George Davis. As far as I know, Charles Wesley Damron was not Choctaw and was not enrolled.

If you’re interested in hiring a researcher to find all he can,
check www.five-tribes.com. He’ll go to the National Archives in Fort Worth and find all he can for a very reasonable price. He found more than 20 pages of info for me including enrollment cards and a number of affidavits.

Hope that helps.
Steve Henson