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Looking for family Wilsons, Everidges, Brashears

Angela Angela

posted on February 7, 2013 and updated on February 7, 2013

Hi i’ve been doing some family research to make a family tree book for my great Aunt and Uncle. I know my Great Great grandfather was Edward H. Wilson married to Emma Everidge. if anyone has more info on the Wilson, Everidge and Brashears I would love to learn more.

Thanks again

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 7, 2013

no years, no children, no location in your post. wilson is a common name.

there are a few family trees on if you don’t have a subscription to, then you might want to visit your local public library because they probably have a subscription.

Emma Everidge
Birth 21 Aug 1875 in Doaksville, Towson, Indian Territory
Death 2 Jan 1958 in Talihina, Le Flore, Oklahoma,

Edward Hayes Wilson 1868 – 1920 Edward Lewis Wilson 1894 – 1952 James S Wilson 1896 – 1986 Alma Wilson 1897 – 1970 Joseph Dace Wilson 1899 – 1981 William Hayes Wilson 1901 – 1975 Robert “Roy” Wilson 1903 – 1969 Susie Marie Wilson 1906 – 1940 Mamie E Wilson 1909 – 2001 Wilbor O Wilson 1910 – 2001

Mrs. Emma Wilson

From The Antlers American, January 9, 1958, Antlers, Oklahoma
contributed by Kathy Leach

Services Held At Methodist Church Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Everidge Wilson, 82, were conducted Saturday morning at the First Methodist Church by Rev. Halton Hyden, pastor. Burial was in Fort Towson cemetery with the Coffey Funeral home in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Carl Gossett, Frank Fodge, Robert Wood, Jr., H. D. Weaver Jr., Francis Cahill and Atwood Thompson. Mrs. Wilson died Thursday morning Jan. 2, at the Medical Center hospital at Talihina. She is survived by seven children, Mrs. Alma Tiberg of Casmalia, Calif., Mrs. Mamie Ferrell of Arlington, Va., James S. Wilson of Muskogee, William H. Wilson of Miami, Joe D. Wilson of Breckenridge, Texas, Roy Wilson of Stillwater and Wilbor O. Wilson of Davis, Calif.; stepmother, Mrs. Betty Everidge of Grant; five sisters, Mae Irwin of Beaumont, Texas, Mrs. Ophelia Kelleam of Duncan, Mrs. Tommie Leard of San Angelo, Texas, and Mrs. Robbie Tugwell of Duncan, and by 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Mrs. Wilson was born Emma Everidge Aug. 21, 1875 at Doaksville, Indian Territory. She was a member of a prominent Choctaw Indian family and daughter of Joe Everidge, territorial U.S. Deputy Marshall and Mrs. Everidge. She attended Lexington academy, Lexington, Mo. In 1891 she married Edward Hayes Wilson. They moved to Wheelock Academy near Millerton where he was superintendent for a number of years. In 1900 they built their home north of Fort Towson and Mr. Wilson engaged in cattle ranching. He passed away in 1920. Mrs. Wilson moved to Stillwater in 1928 to send her children to Oklahoma A&M college. She was an ardent sports fan, attending all the A&M sports activities. She had the same reserved seat yearly for the football games and was known to many fans as “Old Faithful”. While in Stillwater she was active in Sunday school, church and WSC’s work and was a member of the Ready to Help and Navy Mothers clubs. Seven of Mrs. Wilson’s nine children attended Oklahoma A&M. Mrs. Wilson moved to Antlers in 1953 and transferred her church membership to the First Methodist here. Out of town relatives and friends who attended the services included Mr. and Mrs. James S. Wilson, Muskogee; William H. Wilson and Billie, Miami; Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Wilson, Breckenridge, Texas; Roy Wilson and children Janice Sue and Allen Kay, Stillwater; Mrs. Nina Wilson, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Grover Keaton, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Wilson Jr. and children Edward III, William and Sarah, Dallas; Mrs. Emma Wilson and Mrs. Elinor Floyd, Valliant; Mrs. Ophelia Kelleam, Duncan; Judge and Mrs. M. V. Raulston and Mrs. Nora Vandergriff, Hugo; Mr. and Mrs. Raphiel Herndon, Muskogee; Mrs. Bill Redding, Ada; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Everidge, Jr., Oklahoma City; James DeMoss, Stillwater; and Mr. and Mrs. Brownie Orton, Fort Towson.

there are some pictures on some of these family trees.


Joseph William Everidge 1853 – 1911 Susan Ervin 1857 – 1891

1900 United States Federal Census about Emma Wilson
Name: Emma Wilson
Age: 24
Birth Date: abt 1876
Birthplace: Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Home in 1900: Township 6, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Ed H Wilson
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Ed H Wilson 31
Emma Wilson 24
Edward Wilson 6
James Wilson 4
Alma Wilson 2
Joe D Wilson 8/12
Nellie Prince 24
Violet Beames 11
William Beshears 21
Ed Brown 22
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 6, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1853; ; Enumeration District: 0118; FHL microfilm: 1241853.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Everidge Joe 0 M 1287 P
Choctaw Everidge Susie 0 F 1287 P
Choctaw Wilson Edward H 0 M 1287 P
Choctaw Wilson Alma 1 F 1/4 1287 3499 GARVIN BB
Choctaw Wilson J Dace 1 M 1/4 1287 3500 GARVIN BB
Choctaw Wilson Willie H 1 M 1/4 1287 3501 GARVIN BB
Choctaw Wilson James 3 M 1/4 1287 3498 GARVIN BB
Choctaw Wilson Edward 5 M 1/4 1287 3497 GARVIN BB
Choctaw Wilson Emma 23 F 1/2 1287 3496 GARVIN BB
bb=by blood

edward is a stockraiser, married 7 years on the 1900 census

edward says he is a chickasaw, choctaw on his father’s side, chickasaw on his mother’s side, l/2 white.
emma is choctaw on both sides of her parents, 1/4 white.

1910 United States Federal Census about Emma Wilson
Name: Emma Wilson
Age in 1910: 34
Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Wilson, Choctaw, Oklahoma
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Edward H Wilson
Father’s Birthplace: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birthplace: Oklahoma
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward H Wilson 42
Emma Wilson 34
Edward L Wilson 14
Almer Wilson 12
Joseph D Wilson 10
William H Wilson 8
Robert R Wilson 6
Susie M Wilson 4
Mamie M Wilson 1
[1 3/12]
Georgia Holiway 25
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Wilson, Choctaw, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1247; Page: 36A; Enumeration District: 0068; ; FHL microfilm: 1375260.

1920 United States Federal Census about Emma Wilson
Name: Emma Wilson
Age: 44
Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1920: Wilson, Choctaw, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Edward H Wilson
Father’s Birthplace: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birthplace: Oklahoma
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward H Wilson 51
Emma Wilson 44
James S Wilson 24
Alma Wilson 22
Joseph D Wilson 20
William H Wilson 18
Robert R Wilson 16
Susie M Wilson 13
Mamie E Wilson 11
Wilbor O Wilson 9
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Wilson, Choctaw, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1456; Page: 24B; Enumeration District: 78; Image: 469.

1930 United States Federal Census about Emma Wilson
Name: Emma Wilson
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Race: Indian (Native American)
Home in 1930: Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma
View Map
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birthplace: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birthplace: Oklahoma


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Emma Wilson 54
William H Wilson 28
Ray R Wilson 26
Mamie E Wilson 21
Wilford Wilson 19
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma; Roll: 1925; Page: 27A; Enumeration District: 29; Image: 662.0; FHL microfilm: 2341659.

1940 United States Federal Census about Emma Wilson
Name: Emma Wilson
Respondent: Yes
Age: 64
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma
View Map
Street: Elm Street
House Number: 127
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 11B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 325
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 30
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: College, 4th year
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Emma Wilson 64
Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma; Roll: T627_3323; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 60-28.

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.

you will need to know who the family members were 1830-1930 or so, where they were located. a good way to do this is by census records.
the first time period to concentrate on is 1900-1930 because most tribes enrolled during this period.
federal census records can help you here. you can get access through your local public library – two databases: 1) heritage quest, 2)

the dawes roll shows the applicants to the five major tribes 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma. if your family applied for this, there would be a census card, dawes application, other supporting documents and testimony. these are located at NARA
try the fort worth, TX office.

obituaries through the oklahoma choctaw tribe is through the history link for the tribe:

social security application for a deceased person:
form SS-5.

your public library probably has a subscription to heritage quest and 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. you can google fold3 and your ancestor’s name to see if your relative’s dawes packet is available at fold3.
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 or
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 or 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. and heritage quest are two databases that include many census records. many native census records kept by NARA ( are transcribed at accessgenealogy.
several helpful links for records in the choctaw territory

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.

for those people who do not yet have a card, you should research the 1900-1940 census to know approximate dates of birth, birthplaces, family members. this will also tell you if someone is more likely to be on the freedman roll or as applicants to the dawes roll taken 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma for the five major tribes.

applicants can be found here:
partial names are ok. look at the guide link for explanation of the codes.

when you find a possible name, then click on the card# in the card column to see the family group. if it is your family group, and they were likely enrolled, then you can search the oklahoma historical society’s dawes roll link to get the enrollment #’s for particular family members.

if your family was enrolled by council action early in the process or was enrolled by lawsuit, they might not appear on the oklahoma historical society website. you would have to check with the tribe on that.

even if your family was rejected by the dawes process, you may want the testimony, census card, application information for your genealogical purposes.

the federal census will also help you decide which state to contact for vital records.

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
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment

freedmen information:

2 ways to search:
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.
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.
other resources are NARA

the five civilized tribes book put out by the department of the interior has testimony.
and you can read it online

and these are the microfilms at fort worth TX archives.

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

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
(Record Group 75)
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.
some obituaries:

NARA 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

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:
calculations about blood quantum:

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

other choctaw tribes:

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

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
oklahoma historical society
marriage records

other historical societies:
some oklahoma genealogical societies:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

some links for the choctaw.
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page

and this might be of interest to you:
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation
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:

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.

penny postcards. this is a website that features pictures that were on postcards. click on the state to see the postcards that they have.
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, 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

robin luper robin luper

posted on October 14, 2014

Hello if your are still inquiring information i could help with the everidge information a little ?