Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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look for george w peek or peak

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posted on September 24, 2013 and updated on September 24, 2013

he lived in avery ,texas any body known this line there was a j.t peek,kate peek otis peek anything is help ful

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posted on September 24, 2013

there are no years in this post. i don’t know which decade to look at.

are you trying to find a peek on the dawes roll?
Dawes Results
Total Records: 14 Tribe Last First Middle Age Sex Blood Card Roll Misc Type
Cherokee Peek Clemon C 0 M M3425 P
Cherokee Peek Dew M W 2 M 1/8 M3425 3948 PRYOR CREEK M
Cherokee Peek Dolly M 0 F M3425 P
Cherokee Peek James R 0 M M2516 P
Cherokee Peek Russel 3 M 1/8 M2516 2731 SOUTHWEST CITY MO M
Cherokee Peek Susan E 0 F M2516 P
Cherokee Peek Susan E 27 F 1/4 99 27931 SOUTH WEST CITY BB
Choctaw Peek Della 29 F 1/8 MCR293 MCR
Choctaw Peek Dewey E 1 M 1/16 MCR293 MCR
Choctaw Peek Edna 3 F 1/16 MCR293 MCR
Choctaw Peek Robert 0 M NR MCR293 MCR
Choctaw Peek Robert 0 M MCR293 P
Choctaw Peek Robert A 4 M 1/16 MCR293 MCR
Choctaw Peek Sula C 6 F 1/16 MCR293 MCR

none of these are the initials of your ancestors.
all of the choctaw peeks were mississippi choctaw refused.


this is a somewhat common surname.

there are over 2,600 records for otis peek’s name, for instance.

kate might be katherine. j. t. can be any name.

this is from family trees entered by users on

Name: James Otis Peek
Birth: 1 Feb 1911 – Red River
Death: 11 Nov 1939 – Red River, Texas
Parents: Rufus Henry Peek, Nellie Ethel Peek

Name: Jeremiah “Jerry” Peek
[J T Peak]
Birth: Abt 1834 – USA
Death: 8 Jun 1872-1880 (8 Jun 1872) – Cooke County (Cooke), Texas, United States
Marriage: 23 Jul 1857 – Hopkins, Texas
Spouse: Elizabeth “Betty” Cates Kates

i don’t know where to go with this because i don’t have many clues.

John R Peek
Birth October 9 in Red River County, Texas, USA
Death November 8,1900 in Tarrant County, Texas, USA

Family Members

John T Peek 1832 – Mary Ann “Sallie” Childers 1834 – 1873 Emma Dollie Griffis 1879 – 1966 Henry Otis Peek 1895 – 1982 Nonnie Catherine Peek 1900 – 1942

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.
there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the 5 major tribes list applicants on the dawes roll taken 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma.

requirements for enrollment for several oklahoma tribes:
What are tribal membership requirements?

Tribal enrollment criteria are set forth in tribal constitutions, articles of incorporation or ordinances. The criterion varies from tribe to tribe, so uniform membership requirements do not exist.

Two common requirements for membership are lineal decendency from someone named on the tribe’s base roll or relationship to a tribal member who descended from someone named on the base roll. (A “base roll” is the original list of members as designated in a tribal constitution or other document specifying enrollment criteria.) Other conditions such as tribal blood quantum, tribal residency, or continued contact with the tribe are common.

enrollment is a two step process. first you have to get your CDIB card from the BIA to show your degree of blood/eligibility to enroll in a particular tribe, and then you have to apply to the tribe for acceptance, if you meet their membership requirements.

Tribal Government personnel, usually an Enrollment Clerk, located at a regional or agency office processes applications for Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) and Indian Preference in Employment, BIA Form 4432, to anyone who can provide documentation that he or she descends from an American Indian tribe.
this article has many resources.
however i find the paragraph on “Recognition for individuals” to be somewhat insensitive.

i think someone should rewrite that paragraph.

What are the most typical requirements for membership?
Each tribe has a base roll which was established, usually, in the early 20th century, listing the members of the tribe
at that time. Your first challenge will be to prove direct lineal descent from someone listed on that base roll. Then
you must prove that you have the required level of blood quantum – the percentage of your genetic make-up that
is native by bloodline. Most tribes require a 1/4 blood quantum – that is, you must be at least one-fourth Native
American – but note that the Eastern Band of the Cherokees requires that you be only 1/16 or higher to join, and the Cherokee Nation has no minimum quantum restriction, so long as you can prove descent. There may be other conditions for membership as well: requirements for tribal residency or continued contact with the tribe are common.

choctaw enrollment, forms, FAQs

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. some mississippi choctaw were accepted by adoption or lawsuit.

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 on the dawes roll 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

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posted on October 18, 2013 and updated on October 18, 2013 EARL SMITH FAMILY TREE =

John T. Peek, Born 1832 (1835) Morgan Co., Georgia – Died between 1880-1900 Red River Co., Texas

Wife # 1 = Mary Ann “Sallie” Childers, Born 1834 Georgia, Died 1873 Red River County, TX
Married 5-17-1860 Red River County, Texas
Alice Peek, born 1862 // Thomas Peek, born 1864 // Claudia Peek, born 1866 // Leonard Peek, born 1868 // Minor Peek, born 1872 //

Wife # 2 = Caroline Baldwin, Born Oct. 1840 (1845) South Carolina – Died after 1900 Bowie County , Texas her Father was George W Baldwin, born 1820, South Carolina her Mother was Nancy, born 1819, South Carolina
Married 10-8-1874 Red River Co, Texas
George W. Peek, born 1875, Red River Co, TX /
John R. Peek, born 1877, Red River Co, TX
Josephine Peek, born 1878, Red River Co, TX
Katie Ann Peek, born June 1881, Red River County, Texas //

John R Peek, born 10-9-1877 Red River Co, TX
died 11-8-1900 Tarrant County, Texas
Wife: Emma Dollie Griffis, born 3-8-1875 TX,
died 11-22-1966 Texarcana, Bowie, Texas
Married 1895 Red River County, Texas
Also known as Emma Nix after 1901
Henry Odis Peek, 11-23-1896 Avery, Red River Co, TX- Died 2-12-1982 Oak Grove, Bowie, TX /
Nonnie Catherine Peek, born 1-6-1900 Avery, Red River Co, TX- Died 6-14-1942 Paris, Lamar Co, Texas //

George W. Peek. born 8-10-1873 ( according to W W I Draft Registration Card) in Avery, Red River County, Texas- Died 4-2-1948 Annona, Red River County, Texas //
Wife: Gracie M, Cox, born 1888 Texas died 1963 Avery, Red River Co, Texas
Married 3-31-1901 Red River County, Texas
Linnie Peek, born 1902 // Lilly Peek, born 1904 // Bertie Peek, born 1906 // Daisy Peek, born 1907 // Bennie Peek, born 1909 // Georgie Peek, born 1912 // Willie Lewis Peek, born 1913 // Gracie Peek, born 1917 // Jesse Peek, born 1919 // Orville Peek, born 1921

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posted on October 18, 2013

1860 United States Federal Census about J T Peak
Name: J T Peak
[John T. Peek]
Age in 1860: 25
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1860: Red River, Texas
Gender: Male
Post Office: Clarksville
Occupation: Clerk
Household Members:
Name Age
J T Peak 25
Mary Peak 25

John T, Peek, age 29
Enlistment Date: 2-6-1863, Red River Station
Term of enlistment: 3 years
Private, Company D, Texas Frontier Regiment Cavalry – Colonel J E McCord commanding -
Captain J T Rowland leading Company D

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posted on October 18, 2013 and updated on October 18, 2013

1870 United States Federal Census about John Peek
Name: John Peek
[John T. Peek]
Age in 1870: 36
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1870: Red River, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Clarksville

Household Members:
Name Age
John Peek 36
Mary Peek 36
Alice Peek 8
Thomas Peek 6
Ceond Peek 4 (Claudia)
Leonard Peek 1

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posted on October 18, 2013

1880 United States Federal Census about John T. Peek
Name: John T. Peek
Age: 48
Birth Year: abt 1832
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1880: Precinct 8, Red River, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Caroline Peek
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Occupation: Farmer

Household Members:
Name Age
John T. Peek 48
Caroline Peek 40
Thomas Peek 16
Claudia Peek 14
Lenerd Peek 12
Minor Peek 8
George Peek 5
John Peek 3
Josiphene Peek 2

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posted on October 18, 2013

1900 United States Federal Census about Caroline Peek
Name: Caroline Peek
[Caroline Park]
Age: 54
Birth Date: Oct 1845
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1900: Commissioner Precinct 3, Bowie, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother in Law

Marital Status: Widowed
Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: South Carolina

Household Members:
Name Age
Daniel N Mathes 40
Katie Ann Mathes 18
Caroline Peek 54

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posted on October 18, 2013

1850 United States Federal Census about John T Peeke
Name: John T Peeke
Age: 16
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1850: Division 78, Taliaferro, Georgia
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
Osborn K Peeke 39
Mary Peeke 39
Nancy Peeke 18
John T Peeke 16
Simon Peeke 14
Josiah Peeke 11
Samuel Peeke 7
Susan Ann Peeke 5
Wm A Peeke 2
Osborn Peeke 0

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posted on October 18, 2013

1910 United States Federal Census about George W Peek
Name: George W Peek
Age in 1910: 34
Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 3, Bowie, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Grace M Peek
Father’s Birthplace: Texas
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas

Household Members:
Name Age
George W Peek 34
Grace M Peek 23
Linnie M Peek 8
Lillye P Peek 6
Bertie A Peek 4
Daisy B Peek 3
Bennie W Peek 0

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posted on October 18, 2013

1920 United States Federal Census about George W Peak
Name: George W Peak
Age: 47
Birth Year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 7, Red River, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Gracie Peak
Father’s Birthplace: Texas
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Home Owned: Rent
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No

Household Members:
Name Age
George W Peak 47
Gracie Peak 34
Pertie Peak 14
Daisey Peak 13
Bennie Peak 10
Georgie Peak 8
[8 4/12]
Louis Peak 6
[6 3/12]
Gracie Peak 3
Jesse W Peak 0

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posted on October 18, 2013

1940 United States Federal Census about G W Peek
Name: G W Peek
Age: 69
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Red River, Texas

Street: Coleman Spring Annona Road
Farm: Yes
Inferred Residence in 1935: Red River, Texas
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 17B
Occupation: Farm Laborer
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 4th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 48
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: $200
Income Other Sources: Yes

Household Members:
Name Age
G W Peek 69
Gracie Peek 55
George Peek 26
Jessie Peek 22
Oval Peek 19