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Katie Kate Sims - Hunt, Argo, Taylor or Barrett

Diane McClure Diane McClure

posted on June 17, 2012

Trying to find cousins and descendants of Katie Kate. She was born in Monroe, Mississippi in 1875 and moved to Oklahoma before her marriage to Howell Hunt in 1895. The Choctaw Nation Marriage Groom Index indicates that she married Wiliam G Argo on 1901in McAlester,OK. ANY information is appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on June 17, 2012

katie sims b. 1875 MS d. unknown m1. howell hunt m2. william g. argo

no children in your post. no place of marriage in 1895.

if she was born in MS then her family did not go on the trail of tears in the late 1830’s. maybe her family was mississippi choctaw.

you should look at a few resources: NARA and mississippi state archives, mississippi historical society. look for choctaw scrip land documents at NARA. has a database of MS and AL land records that contain these records, along with homestead records. a choctaw scrip land document was given in lieu of tribal termination, as several natives decided not to go on the trail of tears.

you may want to look for historical newspapers, local history books. this might be in the state archives or state historical society. you can see your local public library to see if you can access resources through the interlibrary loan program.

i do not know what taylor and barrett have to do with this. maybe she married two other husbands, but they are unnamed.

the choctaw tribe of oklahoma enrolled natives in the 1896-1906 time period in oklahoma. the dawes roll contains names of applicants to the five major tribes of oklahoma. there are 63 tribes in oklahoma.

the mississippi choctaw tribe enrolled natives about 1930 in mississippi.

1900 United States Federal Census about Howell C. Hunt
Name: Howell C. Hunt
[Howell Robt Hunt]
Age: 45
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1900: Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s Name: Kate Hunt
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Howell C. Hunt 45
Kate Sims Hunt 24
Walter Hunt 3
Dennis Hunt 1
Howell Adolphus Hunt 15
Robert Elisha Hunt 10
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1851; Enumeration District: 86; FHL microfilm: 1241851.

howell adolphus and robert elisha hunt appear to be sons of howell hunt, and both are born in arkansas. walter and dennis are b. OK/IT.

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Kate Sims
Name: Kate Sims
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1874
Residence: Choctaw Nation, Indian
Spouse’s Name: Howell C Hunt
Spouse’s Age: 42
Spouse’s Residence: Milton, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Marriage Date: 23 Nov 1896
Marriage License Date: 23 Nov 1896
Marriage County: Sebastian
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1034044

someone on ancestry tagged a record that appears to have nothing to do with your family. when you are looking for common surnames, you need to look at the others on the card/family group #. further, you cannot just use an index to substitute for the actual documents. these documents are at NARA fort worth, TX office.

no kate/katie sims on the dawes roll.
no kate/katie hunt on the dawes roll pertaining to your family.

you can see that this is not your family:
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hunt Henson 0 M MCR4817 P
Choctaw Hunt Katie 0 F MCR4817 P
Choctaw Juniper Eliza 0 F MCR4817 P
Choctaw Juniper James 0 M MCR4817 P
Choctaw Juniper Virginia 50 F 1/4 MCR4817 MCR
Choctaw Juniper Sam 52 M 1/4 MCR4817 MCR

MCR=mississippi choctaw refused. mississippi choctaw is a separate tribe.

sam is the son of katie hunt and henson hunt.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hunt Elizabeth F 0 F MCR4816 P
Choctaw Hunt Henson 0 M MCR4816 P
Choctaw Hunt Katie 0 F MCR4816 P
Choctaw Hunt Eva E 4 F 1/8 MCR4816 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Minnie 13 F 1/8 MCR4816 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Eliza V 17 F 1/8 MCR4816 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Josephine 19 F 1/8 MCR4816 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Hezekiah B 46 M 1/4 MCR4816 MCR

hezekiah is the son of katie hunt and henson hunt.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hunt Caroline 0 F MCR4702 P
Choctaw Hunt Henson N 0 M MCR4702 P
Choctaw Hunt Katie 0 F MCR4702 P
Choctaw Hunt Susan C 0 F MCR4702 P
Choctaw Hunt Jessie 1 F 1/8 MCR4702 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Susan F 3 F 1/8 MCR4702 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Samuel B 5 M 1/8 MCR4702 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Lelia E 7 F 1/8 MCR4702 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Eddie F 9 M 1/8 MCR4702 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Henry D 11 M 1/8 MCR4702 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Oliver R 12 M 1/8 MCR4702 MCR
Choctaw Hunt Samuel 36 M 1/4 MCR4702 MCR

samuel hunt is the son of katie hunt and henson hunt.

there is one argo surname on the dawes roll and it is a child that is 10 years old.

1895 – 1907

COPYRIGHT 27 APR 1992 Mary Kinard

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

A SURNAMES + Unreadable

FIVE FEDERAL COURTHOUSES IN CHOCTAW NATION 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 CODES USED un – NOT USED nr – NO RETURN er – ERROR col – COLORED


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why are there two possible records?

1910 United States Federal Census about Walter Hunter
Name: Walter Hunter
[Walter Hunt]
Age in 1910: 12
Birth Year: 1898
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Jefferson, Coal, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Stepson
[Step Son]
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s name: Kattie Taylor
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William Taylor 33
Kattie Taylor 32
Walter Hunter 12
Druis Hunter 11
Willie A Arge 8
Altus Arge 1
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Jefferson, Coal, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1247; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0080; Image: 937; FHL microfilm: 1375260.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Walter Wallace Hunt
Name: Walter Wallace Hunt
County: Coal
State: Oklahoma
Birthplace: Oklahoma;United States of America
Birth Date: 5 Sep 1896
FHL Roll Number: 1851697
DraftBoard: 0

1920 United States Federal Census about Kate Barrett
Name: Kate Barrett
[Kate Barritt]
Age: 41
Birth Year: abt 1879
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1920: Wilson, Atoka, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Irinne N Barrett
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Irinne N Barrett 48
Kate Barrett 41
Mary E Barrett 18
James E Barrett 16
Essie B Barrett 12
Altus E Taylor 11
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Wilson, Atoka, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1452; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 762.

maybe this is your family. i don’t know, because you haven’t given the name of the spouse.

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 about Kate Barrett
Name: Kate Barrett
Death Date: 18 Nov 1926
Death County: Wichita
Certificate: 40236

and i don’t know if this is your relative either. these are common surnames. you might know if this is your relative.

there were qualifications for membership in all of the tribes.

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 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.

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.

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