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Nina Wells Chapman Nina Wells Chapman

posted on October 6, 2010

I am Nina Chapman and my maternal grandmother was Velma Hisaw Evatt McCormick. My maternal grandfather was Willie Kerzey Evatt. I have traced both their ancestry back a couple of generations, but haven’t found the Indian connection yet. How can I find information? Does anyone out there recognize the HISAW or EVATT name from Southeast Oklahoma?
Thank you, Nina Chapman

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 6, 2010

velma hisaw m. kerzey evatt m2. ? mccormick
no dates no location, no children, no mccormick spouse in this post.

this is a 1930 census record
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Wilson, McCurtain, Oklahoma; Roll 1913; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 502.0.
Household Members:
Name Age
Willie K Evatt 25
Velma Evatt 19
Ruby Lee Evatt 3 2/12
Willie May Evatt 1 1/12
Frank Flood 64
they rent a house. willie was b. indian territory but his parents were b. TX. he might be mississippi choctaw, if he was a native. the trail of tears didn’t go through texas in the late 1830’s but many unofficial migrations did.
she was b. OK, father b. AR, mother b. indian territory.
frank flood is a boarder.
they were married 5 years ago.

this might be his family:
Household Members:
Name Age
Anderson R Evatt 44
Lida Evatt 35
Willie Evatt 14
Russie Evatt 8
Oscar Evatt 5
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Fowler, McCurtain, Oklahoma; Roll T625_1469; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 137; Image: 18.
you might have to trace this family down to the 1830-1870 time period and see if there’s a land grant called choctaw scrip to the head of household.

it appears to me that she didn’t use the velma first name in early records. maybe it’s a middle name or maybe she used a nickname.

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 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