Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Lela Ann Bennett - Heritage Request.

David Bush David Bush

posted on September 25, 2010

My grandmother was enrolled in the tribe following a court decision under Ella Bennett Et Al – Dawes Commission No. 869 US Court No. 49. Basically she was shown as having been omitted from the original records. The record states:
It is shown by the evidence that Ella Bennett is the daughter of Mary Martin, who was the daughter of Elizabeth Douglass Askew, who was a daughter of Aaron Askew, and that Ella Bennett and her children were living in the Choctaw Nation in 1895.
Those marked “stricken from judgment” are children of others in judgment and full brothers and sisters to others in judgment. They would seem to have been stricken from roll through mistake.
Ella Bennett, granddaughter of Elizabeth Douglass, great-granddaughter of Aaron Askew. Judgment; Lela Bennett, daughter, judgment; Ida Martin, sister, Judgment; Maud Martin, sister, Judgment; Bettie Rosetty Bennett, daughter, not in judgment; Charles N. Bennett, son, not in judgment; Lena Bennett, daughter, not in judgment; Minnie Elizabeth Bennett, daughter, not in judgment….
Can anyone shed light on this? Where would I finid their roll numbers, tribal numbers, etc. Also, where can I find out more about their heritage?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 25, 2010

the book cited at the bottom of that webpage is on google books and you can print/download from it online.

this card#/family group:
tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Bennett Monroe 0 M 1863 P
Choctaw Bennett Wm 0 M 1863 P
Choctaw Bennett Betti4e Rosetty 1 F 1/16 1863 ANTLERS BB
Choctaw Bennett Charles N 1 M 1/16 1863 ANTLERS BB
Choctaw Bennett Lena 1 F 1/16 1863 ANTLERS BB
Choctaw Bennett Lela 4 F 1/16 1863 ANTLERS BB
Choctaw Bennett Ella 29 F 1/8 1863 ANTLERS BB
Choctaw Martin James 0 M 1863 P
Choctaw Martin Mary 0 F 1863 P
Choctaw Martin Maud 13 F 1/8 1863 ANTLERS BB
Choctaw Martin Ida 15 F 1/8 1863 ANTLERS BB
p=parent, bb-by blood

i think you should contact the tribe’s genealogy advocate, since this family doesn’t appear on many of the rolls that were prepared at the time. but they were allowed on the tribal rolls.

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.

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.

2 ways to search:
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
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 the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

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:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

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.

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

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.

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