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BEN H. DWIGHT

james james

posted on August 23, 2010

HE WAS CHIEF OF CHOCTAW. HE WAS MY GREAT GRANDFATHER. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND MORE FAMILY.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 23, 2010

are you trying to do genealogy? or trying to contact other family members. genealogy is an excellent way to meet cousins. many people leave family trees on the internet, such as at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

or messageboards for surnames, tribes, locations on genealogy.com or rootsweb.com

http://www.choctawnation.com/history/people/chiefs/1929—-ben-dwight/

page 1362-1363
A standard history of Oklahoma: an authentic narrative of its development from the date of the first European exploration down to the present time, including accounts of the Indian tribes, both civilized and wild, of the cattle range, of the land openings and the achievements of the most recent period, Volume 4
you could probably get a copy of this article through interlibrary loan. see your local public library for that.

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.

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 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

Clydene Clydene

posted on September 4, 2010

Chief Ben Dwight was my Great Uncle and Aunt’s Grandson. I also have a cousin who is Ben Dwight’s direct descendant I have some information on him if you want to contact me at wmscan@att.com