Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation


akoda akoda

posted on September 10, 2012 and updated on September 10, 2012

Hi I am trying to find out about my great grandmother Nannam Jane Whitworth
Birth Jan 1872
Death 15 Jan 1902 in Choctaw Nation Indian Territory, USA

I know the date of death from an old family bible but have not found anything else on her. I would like to know where she is buried and was she choctaw.

In the 1900 Census she lived with her then husband and two childeren at Durrant, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory

Her husband was
William Robert Whitworth (1873-1953)

Children were

Annie Geneva Whitworth (19 July 1897- 28 Nov 1976)

Charles A Whitworth (23 Oct 1899-) Charles was born on Choctaw nation, Indian territory

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 10, 2012

you could try or for an online cemetery record. there might also be some information in the rootsweb location websites.
Websites at RootsWeb
Websites on RootsWeb’s Freepages
Requests for Web Space

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ROOTS-L Library | State Resources
they have county, state, tribe websites. also indian territory.

oklahoma became a state in 1907 and was known as indian territory before that. there are some 1900 census pages for oklahoma, as well as indian territory.

there are some whitworth surnames on the dawes roll taken 1896-1906 in indian territory but they were mississippi choctaw refused records.

1900 United States Federal Census about Nannam Whitworth
Name: Nannam Whitworth
Age: 28
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1900: Durrant, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: William A Whitworth
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William A Whitworth 24
Nannam Whitworth 28
Geneva Whitworth 3
Charles A Whitworth 4/12
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Durrant, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1853; Enumeration District: 184; FHL microfilm: 1241853.

she was born in TX. the trail of tears did not go through TX although many unofficial migrations did. the people who made unofficial migrations from the southeastern reservation were called mississippi choctaw and few were enrolled through the dawes process.

in order to enroll in a tribe, you must show a direct descent from an original enrollee of the tribe.

but you might be able to show affiliation to a tribe if you can find your family in the time period 1830-1900 and whether your family lived near a tribe, whether your family accepted a choctaw scrip land in lieu of tribal enrollment.

william whitworth was b. VA, parents b. VA. although this was an area where natives lived, you would need more information about where they lived, when and where they were born, in order to find a birth record.

the 1900 census says they were married 4 years previous. geneva was b. july 1896 in texas. it would be useful to know where she was born in texas so that you might be able to find a marriage record for the parents.

nannam whitworth was b. jan. 1872 TX, parents b. MO. it would be good to find her maiden name so that you can look her up in the 1880 census in TX.

since people were drawn to the indian territory/oklahoma because of land rushes and business opportunities, there were several non-natives living there.

could this be geneva?

1910 United States Federal Census about Gineva Whitworth
Name: Gineva Whitworth
[Geneva Whitworth]
Age in 1910: 13
Birth Year: 1897
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1910: Bonbrook, Franklin, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Servant
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Birthplace: Virginia
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Everet W Beard 38
Mary J Beard 39
Gineva Whitworth 13
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bonbrook, Franklin, Virginia; Roll: T624_1629; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0033; Image: 92; FHL microfilm: 1375642

and this could be charles:

1910 United States Federal Census about Charles A Whitworth
Name: Charles A Whitworth
Age in 1910: 17
Birth Year: 1893
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1910: Waurika Ward 1, Jefferson, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother’s Birthplace: Missouri
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Waurika Ward 1, Jefferson, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1254; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0157; Image: 807; FHL microfilm: 1375267.
he’s a yardman for the railroad.
he says he was b. TX.

there should be a delayed birth record or birth certificate filed with the state vital records. delayed birth records were often filed because social security came into effect 1/1/1937 and people had to show a proof of age. so you should ask for both documents from state vital records.

1920 United States Federal Census about Charlie Whitworth
Name: Charlie Whitworth
Age: 27
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1920: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Elizabeth Whitworth
Father’s Birthplace: Texas
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Charlie Whitworth 27
Elizabeth Whitworth 25
Fannie Whitworth 5
James Reddins 15
Ralph Whitworth 8
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1456; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 997.

1930 United States Federal Census about Eliza Whitworth
Name: Eliza Whitworth
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Home in 1930: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma
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Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: S M Whitworth
Father’s Birthplace: Texas
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
S M Whitworth 37
Eliza Whitworth 34
Ralph Whitworth 15
Everett Whitworth 6
Minnie Whitworth 5
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma; Roll: 1898; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 405.0; FHL microfilm: 2341632.

this is a family record on

Annie Geneva Whitworth
Birth 19 Jul 1897 in Texas
Death 28 Nov 1976 in Virginia

William Robert WILLIE Whitworth 1873 – 1953 Henrietta Brown 1877 –

Spouse & Children

Jesse James Drewery 1896 – 1979 Virginia Madline Drewery 1920 – 1999 James Howard Drewery 1923 –

William Robert WILLIE Whitworth
Birth 22 Jun 1873 in Virginia
Death 31 Jul 1953

Abraham Whitworth Catherine Kivvett 1837 –

no information on henrietta brown.

it seems that william might have returned home but his son might have stayed in oklahoma.

1873 22 Jun


4 source citations
Age: 7

Gills Creek, Franklin, Virginia, United States

1 source citation
Age: 37

Roanoke Jefferson Ward, Roanoke (Independent City), Virginia

1 source citation
Age: 47

Big Lick, Roanoke, Virginia

1 source citation
Age: 57

Roanoke, Roanoke (Independent City), Virginia

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

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

akoda akoda

posted on September 11, 2012 and updated on September 11, 2012

I wonder if this is it?


“Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973,” W R Whitworth, 1896

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Fannin Co, Texas

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This is Geneva. The story goes from my aunt that when Nannam died my g grandfather William returned to Va for a few years, then went back to get the kids Charlie and Geneva (my grandmother) the kids were then sent to live with others. William then married Henrietta Brown and lived in Va with her until her death 03Mar1939. William died 31Jul1953 in Va

The record you show for Charlie is not correct he was married once to Izonia in Va and never had children, I remember him well. His father was born in Va as well.

You had replied once to a previous thread when I started this search, since I have done a lot of work and it seems you have found some of my tree on

Thanks so much for all you do here to help people like me search. I read a lot of posts here trying to learn more and you seem to help others a bunch. You must love it!

Mike aka Akoda