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Looking for some marriage/divorce information

Jim Byrd Jim Byrd

posted on September 17, 2012

Minerva Mekatubbee (Dawes #887) was married to William Eddie Forbis (Dawes #5702), and had a daughter Nancy with him in 1889. The marriage didn’t last long, and in 1896 she shows up as being married to Allen Watson (Dawes #887). I looked in the packet for #887 for more details, but those records are missing. The National Archives office in Fort Worth does not have them. She was not married in Red River County. They lived in Bok Tuklo, and her parents were from Towson County. Is there any way to tell when she was separated or divorced from W.E. Forbis?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 18, 2012

you might try to find this information on
Index › Page 1077 –
fold3 is a subscription website however 1 month subscription is less then the price of a dawes packet at NARA or oklahoma historical society.
since you contacted NARA fort worth, TX already, you might verify with them first.

  1. is the card #/family group.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Forbis Eddie 0 M 887 P
Choctaw Forbis Nancy 7 F FULL 887 2340 LUKFATA BB
Choctaw Mehatubbee Sallie 0 F 887 P
Choctaw Mehatubbee Wilmon 0 M 887 P
Choctaw Watson Salina 0 F 887 P
Choctaw Watson Thomas 0 M 887 P
Choctaw Watson Minerva 25 F FULL 887 2339 LUKFATA BB
Choctaw Watson Allen T 28 M FULL 887 2338 LUKFATA BB
bb=by blood

it sounds as if you are saying that there were no documents in the family group file at NARA/fort worth, TX office. this is somewhat uncommon. you need the testimony, if not the documents submitted. sometimes the proof was a letter from the indian agent. the NARA files are on microfilm. do you have a NARA office near your residence? they might be able to get the microfilm, so that you could check. also, calling the fort worth, TX office might be helpful to you. perhaps someone made a mistake about the dawes packet that you have requested.

you should seek the testimony as well.

the forts were often the legal type of function for the indian territories.

you might contact the chickasaw research group and see if they have any information about the family.

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

you can try searching texas for a marriage/divorce record for either marriage record.

suzanne hamlet shatto