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Aaron Burkhaulter and Running Rabbit

Dianna Ray Dianna Ray

posted on March 2, 2013

I’m in the family of Steve Jester His mother name was Phoebe burkhaulter. I Told His name could be Aaron Burkhaulter. He changed it to Steve Jester. He is Choctaw I was told he was a chief. There no record of his death. My grandmother said when he died he on on a grave piler for 30 days then burned. He was with Running Rabbit they where friends. He was alson in the civil war. I need to know more information. Can someone help

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 2, 2013

there are no dates in your post, no spouse, no children, no birth or death information. the idea that he was in the civil war means that he has to have been born before 1850.

i see that there is a little more information in this post;
Posted by: Dianna Ray (ID *****4020) Date: October 05, 2012 at 09:39:48
In Reply to: Re: Cornelius Jester – 1850 Pontotoc Co., MS by Genevieve Tharp of 666

Hello I’am on a search for our family Steve Jester They said he may have change his from Aron burkhalter . He fought in the Civil war. He was and Indian I found Steve Jester living in Texas married to Katie Jester madien name Greer. Also in the houuse was a lady name Phoebe Burkhalter sixy nine This family started out in Georgia then Mississippi and Texas then Oklahoma. Some of the names or Levi. aaron Jester Maggie Jester could they be kened to Cornelius I also was told Steve or Aaron could have been a slave to his brother as he was mixed.

i don’t know if this is your family.

1900 United States Federal Census about Katy Jester
Name: Katy Jester
[Katy Jaster]
Age: 18
Birth Date: Dec 1882
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 1, McLennan, Texas
[McLennan]
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Name: Steve Jester
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s name: Katie Jester
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Steve Jester 44
Katie Jester 35
Lucy Jester 21
Margie Jester 19
Katy Jester 18
Mary Jester 8
Daniel Jester 7
Gletus Jester 3
Suney Jester 1
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, McLennan, Texas; Roll: 1656; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0066; FHL microfilm: 1241656.

is this your family?
when and where did you see phoebe burkhalter?

where were these people living, in any records that you have.

i don’t understand how you know that his name was changed to something else.

i didn’t find any particular record because i don’t know when and where to look. i don’t know names of any other people who ever lived with him and i couldn’t find someone named phoebe burkhalter living with a jester family no matter how generous i was with spelling.

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) ancestry.com.

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
http://www.archives.gov
try the fort worth, TX office.

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. you can google fold3 and your ancestor’s name to see if your relative’s dawes packet is available at fold3.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.
http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes

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
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

freedmen information:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ewyatt/_borders/
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/F/FR016.html
http://www.african-nativeamerican.com/8-chocfreed.htm
http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes

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 southeast 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
http://yvwiiusdinvnohii.net/OKTribes.htm

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

Dianna Ray Dianna Ray

posted on March 2, 2013

Thank you so much. You ask me question about Phoebe Burkalter She is on the final index roll with Steve and Katie Jester. I believe she is Steve Mom. The card no. on the final roll is MCR 6401 Steve Jester 3/4 Choctaw blood and his children 1/8 blood. Jim Lee living in the house. He is listed as a parent I don’t know him. I wish there was some information more about hime they were living in Waco Texas. I think 1910 or 1920 census. could you help.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 2, 2013

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Burkalter Phoebe 0 F MCR6401 P
Choctaw Jester Katie 0 F MCR6401 P
Choctaw Jester Rushy 1 M 3/8 MCR6401 WACO TX MCR
Choctaw Jester Levy 4 M 3/8 MCR6401 WACO TX MCR
Choctaw Jester Gladys 7 F 3/8 MCR6401 WACO TX MCR
Choctaw Jester Mary 10 F 3/8 MCR6401 WACO TX MCR
Choctaw Jester Steve 42 M 3/4 MCR6401 WACO TX MCR
Choctaw Jim Lee 0 M MCR6401 P

p=parent
MCR=mississippi choctaw refused. mississippi choctaw is a separate tribe.

you should first have the census for the family 1900-1940 and see where they lived. then look for a tribe nearby.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906 in the state of oklahoma/indian territory and includes applicants to the five major tribes of oklahoma. there are 63 tribes in oklahoma. the dawes roll is just an index and there are underlying documents at NARA.

the application, testimony, census card would help you with heritage information. fold3.com has this information and one month’s subscription is less than the price for the dawes packet from oklahoma historical society and NARA.

the 1900 census is very important, as that census was taken during the time of the dawes roll.

there were requirements for membership to all of the tribes and if they were living elsewhere, they were not under the authority of the tribe, so they probably didn’t meet the residency requirement.

1900 United States Federal Census about Steve Jester
Name: Steve Jester
[Sterl Jaster]
Age: 44
Birth Date: Dec 1855
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 1, McLennan, Texas
[McLennan]
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Katie Jester
Marriage Year: 1878
Years married: 22
Father’s Birthplace: Kansas
Mother’s Birthplace: North Carolina
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Steve Jester 44
Katie Jester 35
Lucy Jester 21
Margie Jester 19
Katy Jester 18
Mary Jester 8
Daniel Jester 7
Gletus Jester 3
Suney Jester 1
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, McLennan, Texas; Roll: 1656; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0066; FHL microfilm: 1241656.

1910 United States Federal Census about Steve Jester
Name: Steve Jester
Age in 1910: 55
Birth Year: abt 1855
1855
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Darling, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Katy Jester
Mother’s Birthplace: Oklahoma
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Steve Jester 55
Katy Jester 45
Mary Jester 15
Gladys Jester 9
Levie Jester 8
Rushia Jester 7
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Darling, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1263; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0097; FHL microfilm: 1375276.

it appears that this family could have been mixed blood, black and native. this could have also been a problem with the dawes roll. slaves had difficulty establishing heritage as of 1830 because they didn’t have records. so this might be another problem.

and freedmen didn’t enroll by blood. they might have tried to enroll under the native blood quantum but lacked sufficient proof. freedmen also required proof.

1920 United States Federal Census about Steve Jester
Name: Steve Jester
Age: 73
Birth Year: abt 1847
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1920: Darling, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Katy Jester
Father’s Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: North Carolina
Home Owned: Rent
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Steve Jester 73
Katy Jester 58
Lucie Jester 33
Gladys Jester 17
Levi Jester 16
Rushie Jester 14
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Darling, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1477; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 63; Image: 104.

you can see that they rent a home so they didn’t get an allotment.

i don’t know if this is an associated record.

1880 United States Federal Census about Stephen Jester
Name: Stephen Jester
Age: 48
Birth Year: abt 1832
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1880: Towalagga, Butts, Georgia
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Sarah A. Jester
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farming
Cannot read/write:

Blind:

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Stephen Jester 48
Sarah A. Jester 40
Roseilla Jester 20
Marry E. Jester 14
Clark Jester 10
Osker Jester 8
Maggie Jester 4
Aaron Jester 2
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Towalagga, Butts, Georgia; Roll: 136; Family History Film: 1254136; Page: 317B; Enumeration District: 019; Image: 0637.

as far as first name, it was somewhat common to use nicknames or middle names at different periods on documents. some people treated the census rather casually. aaron might be a nickname, i don’t know.

there is another steven jester (GA) record in the world war I draft cards, so i doubt that the 1880 record is your relative. names are fairly common.

so you need more documents. where were they married? they were married in 1878, by the records. do you have any death certificates, cemetery records, obituaries? often these items give clues about parents, locations, spouses. do you have any birth certificates or delayed birth certificates of the children? when social security came into effect 1/1/1937, people had to file birth certificates or delayed birth certificates to show proof of age. when you ask for these, you should ask for both documents.

cemetery records might be on findagrave.com or interment.net or maybe a county website on rootsweb.com.
obituary might be obtained through your local public library interlibrary loan program. state historical societies and state archives often have historical newspapers.

the 1900-1920 census says stephen/steven was b. GA and there were some natives born there, but they were probably not living on a reservation. natives living there didn’t receive land grants for tribal termination either. so the GA birthplace indicates that there will be problems of proof about native heritage.

if natives were living on-reservation, they were not on the federal census records in the 1800s because they were not taxed. natives living off-reservation were on the federal census records. the native census records are transcribed on the accessgenealogy.com website (see previous link to dawes roll, look at the left menu in native census records and native databases and rolls).

the birthdate/birthplace indicates the family did not go on the trail of tears in the late 1830s, following the treaty of rabbit creek.

so native heritage would be problematic to establish for these reasons. nonetheless, you should see what was submitted in the dawes application and see if there is a way to establish tribal affiliation. this will not get you enrollment, but it might give you some heritage information.

Dianna Ray Dianna Ray

posted on March 2, 2013

Thank you so much.