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Ed Featherstone

Marshall Wayne Baker Marshall Wayne Baker

posted on March 17, 2012

Looking for info on great grand father Ed Featherstone born about 1868. Married Betty Eustace in 1885. Left her and 3 daughters and went to Okla. 1910 census shows he had family in Okla. 1920 shows him in Johnson Co, Ok with no one living with him.. In about 1944 in appeared at his daughters home,Pernedia Chappell and stayed with her until he died in 1946. She’d been told that they were Indians. She said they were blue eyed blonde Indians. We have not been able to find info about him and his family in Ok. Any help would be appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 17, 2012

i would start from his death and work backwards. you don’t say the name of his second? wife or children, except for one child. some location information.

i don’t see his name on the dawes roll taken in indian territory/oklahoma 1896-1906. so he didn’t apply for enrollment in one of the five major tribes of oklahoma. however, there are 63 tribes in oklahoma. location is a factor in tribal affiliation, so you should check near where he lived. unfortunately for you, it sounds like he lived in a lot of places.

1900 United States Federal Census about Pernedia Featherstone
Name: Pernedia Featherstone
[Parnedia Feather]
Age: 14
Birth Date: Apr 1886
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1900: Armour, Limestone, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Mother’s Name: Betty Kay
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Kay 34
Betty Kay 30
Pernedia Featherstone 14
Bertha Featherstone 12
Maude Featherstone 10
Jesse Kay 5
Callie Kay 1
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Armour, Limestone, Texas; Roll: 1655; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 63; FHL microfilm: 1241655.

so this family was not living in oklahoma at the time of the dawes roll.

Name: Perneda Chappel
Age in 1910: 22
Birth Year: 1888
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 2, Tarrant, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter-in-law
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Thos Chappel
Father’s Birthplace: Texas
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert L Chappel 69
Claricy Chappel 64
Thos Chappel 22
Perneda Chappel 22
Clara I Chappel 3
Lillian E Chappel 1
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: T624_1590; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0157; Image: 500; FHL microfilm: 1375603.

this was a common area for natives also.

you found him in the 1910 and 1920 census but don’t indicate his birthplace or his parents’ birthplaces. this is a handicap. no name of spouse, no childrens’ names.

you could try the obituary, the cemetery record, the death certificate. this will give you more facts. it might also tell you where he was born, so that you can request a birth certificate or a delayed birth certificate. when social security came into effect 1/1/1937, people had to show proof of age. often this was a delayed birth certificate.

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.

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, however check with

accessgenealogy’s database to see if your relative’s dawes packet is exists or 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.

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
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment

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

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.
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.
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 southwest 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.

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

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


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

Laura Lilley Gray Laura Lilley Gray

posted on April 3, 2014

Edward Featherston if my great grandfather. My maternal grandmother is his daughter so I can share part of his Oklahoma history with you and would love to hear your part as well. My email is

Laura Lilley Gray Laura Lilley Gray

posted on April 3, 2014

Edward H. Featherston married “Lizzie” Wall on March 3, 1903 in Atoka, Oklahoma. She had a daughter, Willa Anna Wall and they went on to have three more children. Henry born 4/27/1905, Pearlie and Laura (my grandmother). His father is Edward John Featherston and his mother’s name was Parmeda.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 4, 2014

looking at an family tree:
Edwin H “Ed” Featherston
Birth 1868 in Oklahoma, USA
Death 1957

5 Sources
Oklahoma, USA
1 Source
Age: 12
Falls, Texas, United States
Age: 11; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son
1 Source
Age: 42
Myrick, Johnston, Oklahoma
Age: 42; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self; Relation to Head of House: Head
1 Source
Age: 52
Garner, Johnston, Oklahoma
Age: 52; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head
1 Source
Age: 62
Precinct 3, Coryell, Texas
Age: 63; Marital Status: Divorced; Relation to Head of House: Uncle
1 Source
Age: 67
Cleburne, Johnson, Texas
1 Source
1 Apr
Age: 72
Cleburne, Johnson, Texas, United States
Age: 72; Marital Status: Divorced; Relation to Head of House: Head
Age: 89

Family Members
Edward John Featherston
1836 –

1840 –

Show siblings
Spouse & Children
Alice ‘Lizzie’ Eustace
1874 – 1957

Annie Walls
1901 –

Henry Featherston
1905 –

Mary Pearl Featherstone
1907 – 1988

Laura Featherston
1910 –

Virginia Mae Featherstone
1912 – 2000

now census records:
1880 United States Federal Census about Ed Featherston
Name: Ed Featherston
Age: 11
Birth Year: abt 1869
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1880: Falls, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Name: E. J. Featherston
Father’s Birthplace: Arkansas
Mother’s name: Pameda Featherston
Mother’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: At Home
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and Dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

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Household Members:
Name Age
E. J. Featherston 44
Pameda Featherston 40
Susan Featherston 20
J. H. Featherston 18
M. J. Featherston 14
Ed Featherston 11
Ellen Featherston 5
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: , Falls, Texas; Roll: 1302; Family History Film: 1255302; Page: 261A; Enumeration District: 042.

this census record indicates the family was not living on a reservation because it is on the federal census records. natives living on a reservation were on the native census records and were not on the federal census.

this family is living in TX and TX was not on the trail of tears from MS to OK in the late 1830s.

it appears that there is no edward john featherston nor parmeda featherston on the dawes roll either.

Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 about Edward H Featherston
Name: Edward H Featherston
Birth Date: 16 Jun 1868
Birth Place: Texas
Gender: Male
Race: White
Residence: Nocona, Montague, Texas
Father: Jack Featherston
Age at Death: 77
Death Date: 21 Apr 1946
Death Place: Precinct 1, Wichita, Texas, USA

1910 United States Federal Census about Ed H Featherston
Name: Ed H Featherston
Age in 1910: 42
Birth Year: abt 1868
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1910: Myrick, Johnston, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Lizzie Featherston
Father’s Birthplace: Arkansas
Mother’s Birthplace: Missouri
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Ed H Featherston 42
Lizzie Featherston 36
Henry Featherston 5
Pearlie Featherston 3
Laura Featherston 0
Annie Walls 9
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Myrick, Johnston, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1254; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0128; FHL microfilm: 1375267.

the 1900 census was the first census that included any natives living on reservations.

this family is renting a farm. the natives had received their allotments already and this family had not received an allotment, so they were not enrolled in a tribe to this point. the five major tribes enrolled original enrollees 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma. after 1907, the tribe required new members to be directly related to an original enrollee.

this census also gives edward/edwin’s birthplace as MO. lizzie’s birthplace is listed as TN.

1900 United States Federal Census about Lizzie Walls
Name: Lizzie Walls
Age: 24
Birth Date: abt 1876
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1900: Township 1, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: White
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank Morris 44
Salina Morris 32
Frank Morris 16
Caroline Morris 10
Mary Morris 8
Tecumseh Morris 7
Jessie Morris 5
Nellie Morris 2
Tecumseh Mc Clure 70
William Walls 25
Lizzie Walls 24
Tecumseh Mc Clure 12
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 1, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1850; Enumeration District: 0168; FHL microfilm: 1241850.

so lizzie’s maiden name might be different than walls. walls appears to be a married name.

1895 – 1907

COPYRIGHT 27 APR 1992 Mary Kinard

Printed here with the Permission of J.D. Kinard and family for your personal use



AT – ATOKA, ATOKA CO. OK, get copy of marriage from LDS Library

BR – DURANT, BRYAN CO. OK. get copy of marriage from Durant

Lf – POTEAU, LEFLORE CO. OK get copy of marriage from Poteau

Mc – McALESTER, PITSBURY CO. OK get copy of marriage from Indian Archives OKC

WIL – WILBURTON, LATIMER CO. OK you may be able to get copy from Muskogee Ok


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you can contact the oklahoma historical society and see if they have a copy of this marriage. other possibilities are the latter day saints family history center that might have a center close to you.

i do not see a possible elizabeth or lizzie walls or william walls that show an age that corresponds to the age in census records. i think you need a death certificate for lizzie so that you can check all possible names that she might have used 1896-1906.

i also do not see a possible record for edward/edwin john featherston/featherstone.

i do see some children for the names of both lizzie/elizabeth and edward/edwin, however they were under 5 years old at the time of application to one of the five major tribes of oklahoma. so those family groups/card# are not the card# for your family.

i do not know where you got the date of edward and lizzie’s marriage. you should get a copy of that document, although this will not help you much with tribal membership. this is because they needed to apply to one of the five tribes of oklahoma during the time period 1896-1906.

oklahoma was known as indian territory before 1907, when it became a state. the forts administered government services. birth on the reservation does not guarantee tribal enrollment. over a million people were living in oklahoma by 1900 but only about 150,000 people applied for enrollment with one of the five major tribes. there are 63 tribes in oklahoma and location is an important factor in tribal enrollment. natives had to agree to live under the authority of the tribe permanently as a condition of enrollment.

i’m sorry that this will not help you with any native background.

as far as a family history, you should try to find your family in the 1900-1940 census records. you might find references to or interviews with family members in the oklahoma pioneer papers.
the volumes are arranged alphabetical by surname.
i do not see a surname featherston/featherstone in those interviews but maybe there is another family name by the 1930s.