you will want a copy of the marriage license.
a marriage license doesn’t indicate tribal heritage as non-tribal people also got married that way because government services were a little on the shy side in the frontier.
so this is a good start. the index gives approximate age, her husband’s name and her maiden name.
CHOCTAW NATION MARRIAGES
1895 – 1907
Transcribed by MARY TURNER KINARD
COPYRIGHT 27 APR 1992 Mary Kinard
Printed here with the Permission of J.D. Kinard and family for your personal use
NOT TO BE COPIES FOR USE IN ANY COLLECTION FOR PROFIT OR DISPLAY
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
un – NOT USED
nr – NO RETURN
er – ERROR
col – COLORED
GROOM AGE BRIDE AGE DATE RESIDENCE BOOK©PAGE
BOYDSTON, B H 21 SLOAN, M B 18 28 NOV 1897 CADDO AT1©26©52
the family history center would have a microfilm of this. see your local center in the latter day saints church.
Marriage records (Atoka County, Oklahoma), 1892, 1897-1907
it’s in FHL 1312410
but i don’t see her name on the dawes roll.
you don’t list children in your post, nor birthdates or birthplaces. you post seems to indicate that she may have married a second husband.
on rootsweb, in the worldconnect records, there is an entry for a child.
Oscar Grant “Shorty” Boydston b: 15 DEC 1902 in Caddo, Bryan Co., OK
this is their website:
this website is handy for social security death index 1964-present, location, surname and tribe websites and messageboards.
Social Security Death Index
about Oscar Boydston
Name: Oscar Boydston
Last Residence: 73149 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States of America
Born: 15 Dec 1902
Died: Dec 1979
State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (Before 1951)
Oscar G Boydston 26
Tommy L Boydston 23
Betty Jean Boydston 5 2/12
Martha L Boydston 2 2/12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Eason, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; Roll 1928; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 448.0.
he rents a farm, grows corn and cotton.
R J Blevnes 49
Buelah Blevnes 48
George Blevnes 24
Willie Blevnes 22
Gus Blevnes 19
Lula Blevnes 16
Pearl Blevnes 13
Lina Blevnes 11
Jessee Blevnes 5
Oscar Boydstone 17
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Canadian, Cleveland, Oklahoma; Roll T625_1456; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 718.
this might be a mistake. oscar might be belonging to the household above the blevens?, since the other boydstone surname is there and that wife is named bell.
O C Blackburn 27
Bell Blackburn 27
Bessie Blackburn 7
Roy Boydstone 13
i don’t know if this is correct, but you might know.
this census says bell was b. oklahoma but her parents were born in TX. the trail of tears didn’t go through texas, but there were many unofficial migrations from the reservations in the southeast to/through texas. you should look at the mississippi choctaw tribe. also look at where the familly lived, since some bands of natives stayed together and became state and federally recognized tribes.
Benjiman Boydstun 33
Mollie B Boydstun 29
Ednie E Boydstun 10
Grant O Boydstun 8
Ella M Boydstun 6
Leroy Boydstun 4
Alva R Boydstun 1 3/12
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Canadian, Cleveland, Oklahoma; Roll T624_1245; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 18; Image: 806.
you can correct the ancestry name index so that others can find your family.
benjamin is a farmer, b. OK, parents b. TN
mollie b. TX, parents b. TX
children b. OK
Ben H Boydsten 22
Mollie B Boydsten 17
Edner E Boydsten 5/12
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Caddo, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll T623_1853; Enumeration District: 183.
benjamin is a farmer, rents a farm. he is born OK father b. TN, mother b. AR. he was b. aug. 1877
mollie was b. aug 1880 TX, parents b. AR
edna was b. dec. 1899 IT (indian territory)
there were indian population pages in 1900 and 1910 and they were not on those pages. they were on the regular federal census pages.
there were some boydston names on the dawes roll but they were spelled variously.
you can see them if you put in boyds in the surname and look at all the people. if you want to see their family members, click on the # in the card column.
however, you must be directly related to an original enrollee of the tribe. if you see an entry for a family member, ask for a copy of the enrollment application and census card. you should try to get a copy of the testimony in the case.
there are four possible sources:
the tribe might send you a copy.
NARA fort worth office http://www.nara.gov
http://www.footnote.com a subscription service.
the dawes roll shows people that applied, along with people who applied and were accepted as tribal members.
enrollment was controversial. some people who qualified refused to apply for enrollment. some people didn’t qualify for tribal membership.
if your family is mississippi choctaw, you should trace your family back to the 1830-1880 time period and check the land records for the name of the head of household for choctaw scrip in MS or AL.
if you cannot discover her parents’ names, then you can:
1) ask for a copy of her social security application, if she was living past 1/1/1937. then you can write for a copy of her birth certificate or delayed birth certificate (you have to specify that she might have had a delayed birth certificate.)
2) get a copy of a newspaper mention of the marriage or obituary.
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.
2 ways to search: http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
this will let you enter partial names to get card#
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.
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.
mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, email@example.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.
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