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Tracking my family

Theresa Theresa

posted on January 4, 2012

i am trying to track down my choctaw family. My grandfather, Warne layton was born on a choctaw reservation in missouri and died Feb. 10, 1973 in Miami, FL. I have been unable to find anything else about him. If anyone could push me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. My family is very important to me, especially now that I have a 2 yr old little girl to pass all this information to.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on January 4, 2012

this is the website for the choctaw tribe in oklahoma. there are different choctaw affiliated tribes in different locations. however, i don’t know of one in missouri.

MISSOURI

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (NOTE: tribe has members in Missouri as well as OK, office is in MO) FEDERALLY NON-RECOGNIZED TRIBES Northern Cherokee Tribe of Missouri Chickamauga Cherokee

http://500nations.com/tribes/Tribes_State-by-State.asp

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/missouri/

http://www.native-languages.org/missouri.htm
map here.

i think your first task is to establish when/where he lived and get documents that show his parents, his locations.

i often work backwards from the death to birth.

you might want a copy of his obituary. see your local public library for this, interlibrary loan program.
do you have a cemetery record? try interment.net and findagrave.com for this.
do you have a death certificate. contact the florida state vital records for this.

1900 United States Federal Census about Wonie W Layton
Name: Wonie W Layton
[Wornie W Layton]
Age: 4
Birth Date: Jun 1895
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1900: Belle, Woods, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Name: William C Layton
Father’s Birthplace: Indiana
Mother’s name: Cordy C Layton
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William C Layton 35
Cordy C Layton 35
Lonnie A Layton 15
Feba Layton 13
Joseph M Layton 10
Wonie W Layton 4
George R Layton 3
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Belle, Woods, Oklahoma; Roll: T623_1343; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 214.

Name: Wornie W Layton
Age in 1910: 14
Birth Year: 1896
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1910: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Name: William C Layton
Father’s Birthplace: Indiana
Mother’s name: Cordy D Layton
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William C Layton 46
Cordy D Layton 45
Joseph M Layton 20
Wornie W Layton 14
Elza R Layton 11
Gladys C Layton 6
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1242; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0017; Image: 1304; FHL Number: 1375255.

Name: Warnie W Layton
[Warren W Layton]
[Warrin W Layton]
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1920: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Myrtle A Layton
Father’s Birthplace: Indiana
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Warnie W Layton 24
Myrtle A Layton 24
Hazel M Layton 4
[4 2/12]
Louis J Layton 0
[10/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1452; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 904.

Name: Warnie W Layton
Birth Year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1930: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma
View Map
Relation to Head of House: Son-in-Law
Spouse’s Name: Mertle A Layton
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
D W Bush 74
Josie E Bush 55
Louis W Bush 22
Evert E Bush 19
Thelma V Bush 14
Warnie W Layton 34
Mertle A Layton 35
Hazel M Layton 14
Loren J Layton 12
Ortal W Layton 5
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma; Roll: 1892; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 402.0.

i don’t know if this is your relative.

there is a warner layton b. MO who had a child named william karl walter layton b. 1902 cape girardeau, MO and warner was married to alma marie emily bruning.

the date of death leads is a different direction:
Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 about Warren Joseph Layton
Name: Warren Joseph Layton
Death Date: 10 Feb 1973
County of Death: Dade
State of Death: Florida
Age at Death: 48
Race: White
Birth Date: 27 Jan 1925

Social Security Death Index about Warren Layton
Name: Warren Layton
SSN: 499-12-6746
Last Residence: 33157 Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States of America
Born: 17 Jan 1925
Died: Feb 1973
State (Year) SSN issued: Missouri (Before 1951)

Name: Warren Layton
Birth Year: abt 1925
Home in 1930: St Louis, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri
View Map
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Joseph Layton
Mother’s name: Marion Layton
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Layton 31
Marion Layton 26
La Verne Layton 7
Warren Layton 5
Merle Layton 3
Vernon Layton 1/12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: St Louis, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri; Roll: 1228; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 262; Image: 211.0.

Name: Joseph O Layton
Age: 1
Birth Date: May 1899
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1900: Cinque Homme, Perry, Missouri
[Cinque Hommes, Perry, Missouri]
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Name: Arthur L Layton
Father’s Birthplace: Missouri
Mother’s name: Sarah A Layton
Mother’s Birthplace: Missouri
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Arthur L Layton 30
Sarah A Layton 27
Joseph O Layton 1
William D Tucker 10
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Cinque Homme, Perry, Missouri; Roll: T623_880; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 75.

Name: Joseph O Layton
[Joseph C Layton]
Age in 1910: 11
Birth Year: 1899
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1910: East St Louis Ward 6, Saint Clair, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Name: Arthur L Layton
Father’s Birthplace: Missouri
Mother’s name: Sarah Layton
Mother’s Birthplace: Illinois
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Arthur L Layton 41
Sarah Layton 35
Joseph O Layton 11
Ellie A Layton 9
Mary M Layton 6
Helene V Layton 4
Marguerite Layton 2
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: East St Louis Ward 6, Saint Clair, Illinois; Roll: T624_322; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0129; Image: 866; FHL Number: 1374335.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Joseph Otto Layton
Name: Joseph Otto Layton
[Joesph Otto Layton]
City: East St Louis
County: St Clair
State: Illinois
Birth Date: 26 May 1899
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1613395
DraftBoard: 2

Name: Joseph Layton
Age: 20
Birth Year: abt 1900
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1920: East St Louis Ward 6, St. Clair, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Name: Arthur Layton
Father’s Birthplace: Missouri
Mother’s name: Sarah Layton
Mother’s Birthplace: Illinois
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Arthur Layton 49
Sarah Layton 45
Joseph Layton 20
Ellie Layton 18
Mildred Layton 15
Helen Layton 13
Evangeline Layton 8
Ruth Layton 3
[3 7/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: East St Louis Ward 6, St. Clair, Illinois; Roll: T625_404; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 170; Image: 354.

i am not certain that is joseph, father of warren, because there are other joseph layton records. this is a common name. so you need to check all of this.

the missouri state archives are excellent and you might be able to find information there.

http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/
the missouri state archives also has records that are not online.

Name: Warren Layton
SSN: 499-12-6746
Last Residence: 33157 Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States of America
Born: 17 Jan 1925
Died: Feb 1973
State (Year) SSN issued: Missouri (Before 1951)

now this record has different parents’ names:
Warren Joseph Layton
Birth 17 Jan 1925 in Missouri
Death 10 Feb 1973 in Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States of America

Parents

Edgar J Layton 1896 – 1965 Mattie Moll 1903 – 1979

Hide siblings

Merle Layton1927 – 1982 Vernon August Layton1930 – 1973 Private

Spouse & Children

Mary Frances Clark 1926 – 2004

i think you get the idea.

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 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be

public information in 2012.

social security application for a deceased person:
http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/foia_guide.htm

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.

history of the dawes roll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Commission
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment
http://www.felihkatubbe.com/ChoctawNation/TribalMembership.html

2 ways to search:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
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.
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.
http://www.fold3.com/documents/46580455/dawes-packets/
other resources are NARA http://www.archives.gov

http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html
oklahoma newspaper and archives search. some of these resources may be available through interlibrary

loan/public library.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

NARA http://www.archives.gov/ federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for

oklahoma and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have

microfilmed records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from nara.gov.

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.

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

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes:
http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

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
http://www.chickasaw.net/index.htm

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

http://www.okhistory.org/
oklahoma historical society
other historical societies:
http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-OK-NDX.html
some oklahoma genealogical societies:
http://www.censusfinder.com/oklahoma-genealogy-society.htm
http://www.geneasearch.com/societies/socokla.htm

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
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.
http://www.archive.org/details/fivecivilizedtr00statgoog
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. ancestry.com 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

http://www.archives.gov 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.
http://www.us-census.org/native/choctaw_dawes.html
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page
http://www.us-census.org/states/graphics/status.htm

and this might be of interest to you:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/choctaw/rights-of-choctaws.htm
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalrolls/
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:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

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.
http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html

penny postcards. this is a website that features pictures that were on postcards. click on the state to

see the postcards that they have.
http://www.usgwarchives.org/special/ppcs/ppcs.html
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, shamlet76@gmail.com 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