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Rachael Etta Vista Cleveland is my grandmother...

Jodie Lee Holton Jodie Lee Holton

posted on July 15, 2010

My grandmother’s name was Rachael Etta Vista Cleveland, She was born in Wewoka, OK. Birthday: January 23rd,she was a Choctaw Indian. My father told me that one of my great grandfathers was a Choctaw Chief. I have always felt a passion for Native Americans and would like to learn more about my geneology and be able to give back to the community. My Grandfather was Clifford Lee Holton. Both of my grandparents and my father Ralph Lee Holton, were from Oklahoma.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 17, 2010

rachael etta vista cleveland b. 1/23/no year OK m. clifford lee holton b. OK
R L Holton 52
Josephine Holton 48
Ruben Holton 21
Clifford Holton 19
Sherman Holton 14
Willma Holton 11
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Kellyville, Creek, Oklahoma; Roll 1900; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 666.0.

robert b. TN, josephine b. AR, children b. OK

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Robert Lee Holton
Name: Robert Lee Holton
County: Okmulgee
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1877
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1852063
DraftBoard: 0

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather thann 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.

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.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, shamlet76@gmail.com and request the choctaw resourcce 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

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 17, 2010

btw,, i coulldn’t find a satisfactory record for rachael etta vista cleveland and i would suggest that you get a copy of her death certificate and/or social security application and check her name, birthplace and birthdate.