Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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McFarland Family members

Leresa Peeler Leresa Peeler

posted on July 25, 2013 and updated on July 25, 2013

I have recently found Israel McFarland on the Dawes Roll and in a photograph. The resemblance between Israel and my grandmother is unmistakable. My grandmother’s maiden name is McFarland (Lillie or Lily). I have no doubt this is a relative of hers. My grandmother’s father is 100% Indian. However, there is some dispute as to the tribe he belongs. I found Israel McFarland’s name and photo. I know he is somehow related to my grandmother. If there is anyone who knows his family, where to find his birth certificate, and living family members I would love to contact them and share at least the photographic evidence of the two McFarlands. My grandmother’s father is Ruben or Richard McFarland otherwise known as Mack or Daddy Mack by his children. He is my grandmother’s only known relative of Indian heritage and the only person known from his side of the family. He lived in Duplin County North Carolina.


suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 25, 2013

there are no years or locations in your post.

there is no spouse for lilly mcfarland. females only have a maiden name for 20 years or so.

this is the only record i find of richard mcfarland in duplin, NC.

1910 United States Federal Census about Richard Mcfarland
Name: Richard Mcfarland
Age in 1910: 29
Birth Year: abt 1881
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Limestone, Duplin, North Carolina
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Mary C Mcfarland
Father’s Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: North Carolina
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Richard Mcfarland 29
Mary C Mcfarland 25
Leona Mcfarland 11
James T Mcfarland 9
Phillis L Mcfarland 6
Richard D Mcfarland 4
Lula M Mcfarland 0
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Limestone, Duplin, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1108; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0038; FHL microfilm: 1375121.

there are not many mcfarland records in duplin, NC, only 16. and none similar to this family. so he couldn’t have lived there long.

mack is a common nickname for someone who has a “mc” surname.

in my opinion, if you don’t know much about lilly, then the search will be more difficult. i don’t recommend that you skip generations. do you have a birth certificate for lilly?

looking on family trees on ancestry, i see this:

William Richard “Mack” McFARLAND
Birth Abt 1880 in North Carolina
Death 31 Aug 1955 in Duplin County, NC

Family Members

Rubin McFARLAND – 1920 Phyllis PICKETT 1863 –

Show siblings
Spouse & Children

Mary Alice WILLIAMS 1885 – 1976 Private Private Private Leona FARLAND 1899 – James Tony Sr. FARLAND 1901 – 1963 Nellie F. McFARLAND 1903 – Richard D. McFARLAND 1904 – Sula “Lula” May FARLAND 1909 – 2002 George Humphrey “Humph” FARLAND 1915 – 1976 William Cooper FARLAND 1916 – 1950

1880 Abt
North Carolina

1 source citation

Marriage to Mary Alice WILLIAMS
1908 4 Aug Age: 28
Duplin County, NC

1 source citation

1955 31 Aug Age: 75
Duplin County, NC

this might be your lilly:

Sula “Lula” May FARLAND
Birth Abt 1909 in North Carolina
Death 2002
this person reports she married a davis.

Marriage to Private
1929 23 Feb Age: 20
Duplin County, NC

North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975 about William R Farland
Name: William R Farland
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Age: 68
Birth Date: 4 Sep 1886
Birth Place: North Carolina, United States
Death Date: 31 Aug 1955
Death Location: Benlaville, Duplin
Father’s Name: Rubin Mcfarland
Mother’s Name: Files Pichett
Residence: Denlaville, Duplin, North Carolina

as for your photo and the name, i am not sure that this will help. many natives have scottish surnames. this would be a somewhat common name.

Name Age Sex Blood Card No. Tribe Roll No.
Israel McFarland 27 Male Full Card #1943 Choctaw by Blood Roll #5556
Polly McFarland 23 Female Full Card #1943 Choctaw by Blood Roll #5557
Mary McFarland 4 Female Full Card #1943 Choctaw by Blood Roll #5558
Florence McFarland 1 Female Full Card #1943 Choctaw by Blood Roll #5559

this is a family group/card#.
while i see israel mcfarland on the oklahoma historical society website, i do not see him on the accessgenealogy website. there were errors of transcription, i would suppose.

the NC state archives might be able to help you.

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.
you can try school records in the oklahoma state archives, the oklahoma historical society and NARA.
these two resources might have historical newspapers and local history books. your public library/interlibrary loan program might also have access to newspapers and local history books.

as for stories, you can see if any of the relatives are mentioned in the oklahoma pioneer papers or oklahoma chronicles.
volumes are alphabetical by surname.
if an interview is not online, contact the host of these interviews.

as for location for your family, you should look on the federal census 1900-1940 for your family and this will give you locations, family members. your local public library probably has a subscription to and heritage quest.

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 southeast 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

Leresa Peeler Leresa Peeler

posted on July 25, 2013

Let me first say I appreciate your attention to detail into my family research. Lillie McFarland married Willie Hill. Willie Hill died in 1966 in Duplin County NC. Lillie McFarland died in 1976 in Onslow County, Jacksonville, NC. Richard McFarland is not the right McFarland. I have my grandfather’s death certificate, Willie Hill(a copy). On my grandmother’s death certificate, the mother is Phillis Pickett (Phylliss or Filis). This is not her birth mother but her stepmother. My grandmother did not know her birth mother (Ann Williams from records)as she died when she was very young. She only knows her father. Duplin County has pretty good records but a lot of misspelled names (assumption). I have tried to piece together as much of her family history as possible, not making any progress. I have also been told the Indian heritage is Cherokee, but cannot find any evidence of that. I will continue my research on the sites you have suggested. Again, thank you for your research and time

Leresa Peeler Leresa Peeler

posted on July 25, 2013

“while i see israel mcfarland on the oklahoma historical society website, i do not see him on the accessgenealogy website. there were errors of transcription, i would suppose.” Israel McFarland would have been 30 years old when my grandmother was born. I cannot find a death certificate for him anywhere. In 1900, he had one living child, Mary. I am thinking he may have left the reservation and ended up in North Carolina with his daughter Lillie (Lily). All she remembered of her mother was she had hair down to her butt that she wore in two braids. She remembered holding onto them when she followed her mother around (precious). Richard McFarland’s family information does not fit any of the step siblings my grandmother had. I guess I have hit a brick wall. Thank you again for all of your assistance in my search. You are greatly appreciated for your time and dedication.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 26, 2013

try obituaries in historical newspapers and mention in local history books. first see your local public library/interlibrary loan program. if that doesn’t help, try the state archives and state historical society for historical newspapers and local history books.

if you can’t find someone, look again at the documents for the children. this is what i do.


suzanne hamlet shatto

Leresa Peeler Leresa Peeler

posted on July 26, 2013 and updated on July 26, 2013

I have taken your advice. The Choctaw trial went cold real fast. I am now researching Lilly McFarland (Creek). The sibling names match some of her known siblings. Although I am not familiar with the name Sarah as her mother, but I do not know how many times her father remarried. Annie Williams is on her death certificate with no birth certificate to be found. The father James McFarland may put me on the right track. At least there is some paper trial to follow. I thank you again for your help and appreciate your time and involvement in my personal search.

Cyndeew Cyndeew

posted on November 11, 2015

So I know a lot of time has passed, but I found Israel McFarland in a Choctaw Pioneer Paper and was searching for info on him when I found your post. The story is at You can search the digital library for his name for more info, too. Hope this helps.