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Jim Lewis Tribal Membership

Kim Seewald Kim Seewald

posted on February 27, 2013

I am the great-grandaughter of Jim and Ola Lewis and was raised knowing Granny was a Choctaw and was on the rolls. I am a Chotaw Tribal member through Ola Marlow Lewis. Our family still has the mineral rights to land that Jim Lewis received through the Atoka Allotment, and my family always said he was not on the rolls. I am wondering how he received this allotment if he was not on the rolls, and I have researched and found several James Lewis on the rolls, but I don’t know if any of them are him. My questions are: 1. How could he have received the 40 acre allotment without being registered? 2. How do I determine if one of the James Lewis listed on the rolls is him?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 27, 2013

is this your ola marlow? you don’t give any dates in your post. no location information. no spouse information. no children. no parents for ola marlow or jim lewis. the answers to these might impact the information.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Anthony Finis 0 M 4337 P
Choctaw Anthony Mary 0 F 4337 P
Choctaw Marlow Margaret 0 F 4337 P
Choctaw Marlow Reuben 0 M 4337 P
Choctaw Marlow Ola 10 F 1/8 4337 NR LEHIGH BB
Choctaw Marlow George 13 M 1/8 4337 NR LEHIGH BB
Choctaw Marlow William J 16 M 1/8 4337 NR LEHIGH BB
Choctaw Marlow Reuben F 19 M 1/8 4337 NR LEHIGH BB
Choctaw Marlow Etta J 38 F IW 4337 NR LEHIGH BB
Choctaw Marlow Crawford 56 M 1/4 4337 NR LEHIGH BB
bb=by blood
p=parent

you should find out about the process of land allotment and tribal enrollment generally. there are some links in this post. you might also want to trace the ownership of the land. see the county clerk where the land is located.

as you have noted, the names are common. this means you need to give more information, rather than less.

1940 United States Federal Census about Ola Lewis
Name: Ola Lewis
Respondent: Yes
Age: 50
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma
View Map
House Number: 223
Inferred Residence in 1935: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Residence in 1935: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 14A
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 3rd year
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
James Lewis 59
Ola Lewis 50
Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma; Roll: T627_3284; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 14-16A.

Web: Oklahoma, Find A Grave Index, 1800-2012 about Ola M Lewis
Name: Ola M Lewis
Birth Date: 19 Aug 1889
Age at Death: 91
Death Date: 18 Jun 1981
Burial Place: Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, USA

Social Security Death Index about Ola Lewis
Name: Ola Lewis
SSN: 443-46-2740
Last Residence: 74801 Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, United States of America
Born: 19 Aug 1889
Died: Jun 1981
State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (1962)

1930 United States Federal Census about Ola Lewis
Name: Ola Lewis
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Race: White
Home in 1930: Alamogordo, Otero, New Mexico
View Map
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Jim A Lewis
Father’s Birthplace: Massachusetts
Mother’s Birthplace: Arkansas
Occupation:

Education:

Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jim A Lewis 49
Ola Lewis 39
Maurine Lewis 20
Bill Lewis 18
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Alamogordo, Otero, New Mexico; Roll: 1396; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 868.0; FHL microfilm: 2341131.

1920 United States Federal Census about Ola Lewis
Name: Ola Lewis
Age: 30
Birth Year: abt 1890
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1920: Ada Ward 1, Pontotoc, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: James A Lewis
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Arkansas
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
James A Lewis 39
Ola Lewis 30
Toland A Lewis 12
Maurine Lewis 10
Billie Lewis 8
Georgia Wings 20
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Ada Ward 1, Pontotoc, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1479; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 162; Image: 874.
the 1920 census record indicates they are renting, rather than owning.

Web: RootsWeb Cemetery Index, 1800-2010 about James A Lewis
Name: James A Lewis
Death Date: 12 May 1947
Burial Place: United States
Age: 65
Birth Date: 2 Dec 1881
Location: Cleveland, OK
Notes: Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery

1910 United States Federal Census about James A Lewis
Name: James A Lewis
Age in 1910: 29
Birth Year: abt 1881
1881
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1910: Mosley, Murray, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Ola Lewis
Father’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
James A Lewis 29
Ola Lewis 20
Tolan Lewis 2
Alta M Lewis 0
[6/12]
Etta J Marlow 86
50
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Mosley, Murray, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1263; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0206; FHL microfilm: 1375276.

1910 United States Federal Census about Etta J Marlow
Name: Eltar J Marlow
[Ettie J Marlow]
[Etta J]
Age in 1910: 86
50
Birth Year: abt 1824
[abt 1860]
1860
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Mosley, Murray, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
Marital Status: Widowed
Father’s Birthplace: Missouri
Mother’s Birthplace: Missouri

etta’s maiden name might be etta anthony – see the dawes record on the family group.

this might be james lewis’ family.

1900 United States Federal Census about James G Lewis
Name: James G Lewis
Age: 17
Birth Date: abt 1883
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1900: Township 1, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Henry G Lewis
Mother’s name: Lamira Lewis
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Green Lewis 60
Lamira Lewis 50
Ambros A Lewis 25
James G Lewis 17
Ercy Lewis 14
Benjamin L Lewis 12
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 1, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1847; Enumeration District: 0133; FHL microfilm: 1241847.

since this james lewis would have a brother named ambrose, you might have better luck in searching for ambrose’s dawes record and then seeing if the family group included james or benjamin.

i see no dawes record for a name that starts with “amb” and surname lewis. i see one possible record for a ben lewis but that family group is not the family group in the 1900 census. given this information, it is unlikely that you will find a record for this games, if the census records are your family.

i did not look at age=0 because those records indicate that they are parents and not the subject of the dawes application. i did not look at people who’s ages were very different from the census record. if i made a mistake in my assumptions and the census records are not the right family, then you will have to follow the process i used.

1900 United States Federal Census about Ola Marlow
Name: Ola Marlow
Age: 10
Birth Date: abt 1890
Birthplace: Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Home in 1900: Township 1, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s Name: Crawford Marlow
Mother’s name: Ettie Marlow
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Crawford Craft Marlow 56
Etta J Anthony 40
Ruben F Marlow 20
William J Marlow 16
George Marlow 14
Ola Marlow 10
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 1, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1852; Enumeration District: 0112; FHL microfilm: 1241852.

yes, some natives did not apply for enrollment because they didn’t qualify or were opposed to the enrollment procedure.

you do need to establish that the records that i found are the records for your family. vital records would help. an obituary would help. the social security application, although not proof, would give parents’ information and show what kind of documents were submitted to show proof of age.

if you request a birth certificate, also request a delayed birth certificate because these documents were often filed after the event in order to show proof of age.

i would think the pertinent questions would be:
did ola receive a land allotment? see the allotment procedures here. how old did you have to be in order to be allotted land? were only the parents given the allotment, if there were minor children? did other siblings receive land allotment?

did ola receive land by inheritance? the original county land record might be helpful. you should look at the allotment documents also. perhaps a probate procedure transferred ownership to ola. the choctaw tribe does have a court procedure and there might have been a probate procedure where ola’s parent passed away.

if so, did ola sell the land? did ola and jim lewis sell the land? the land transfer to a new owner would be important. you can estimate an approximate date for a possible land transfer from census records’ question about land ownership, location.

so i can’t answer your questions directly, but i can tell you what information i would be looking at.

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.

you will need to know who the family members were 1830-1930 or so, where they were located. a good way to do this is by census records.
the first time period to concentrate on is 1900-1930 because most tribes enrolled during this period.
federal census records can help you here. you can get access through your local public library – two databases: 1) heritage quest, 2) ancestry.com.

the dawes roll shows the applicants to the five major tribes 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma. if your family applied for this, there would be a census card, dawes application, other supporting documents and testimony. these are located at NARA
http://www.archives.gov
try the fort worth, TX office.

obituaries through the oklahoma choctaw tribe is through the history link for the tribe:
http://www.choctawnation.com/history/

social security application for a deceased person:
http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/foia_guide.htm
form SS-5.

your public library probably has a subscription to heritage quest and ancestry.com. fold3.com 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. you can google fold3 and your ancestor’s name to see if your relative’s dawes packet is available at fold3.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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 rootsweb.com or ancestry.com.
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 findagrave.com or interment.net. 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. ancestry.com and heritage quest are two databases that include many census records. many native census records kept by NARA (http://www.archives.gov) are transcribed at accessgenealogy.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
several helpful links for records in the choctaw territory

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.

for those people who do not yet have a card, you should research the 1900-1940 census to know approximate dates of birth, birthplaces, family members. this will also tell you if someone is more likely to be on the freedman roll or as applicants to the dawes roll taken 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma for the five major tribes.

applicants can be found here:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
partial names are ok. look at the guide link for explanation of the codes.

when you find a possible name, then click on the card# in the card column to see the family group. if it is your family group, and they were likely enrolled, then you can search the oklahoma historical society’s dawes roll link to get the enrollment #’s for particular family members.
http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes

if your family was enrolled by council action early in the process or was enrolled by lawsuit, they might not appear on the oklahoma historical society website. you would have to check with the tribe on that.

even if your family was rejected by the dawes process, you may want the testimony, census card, application information for your genealogical purposes.

the federal census will also help you decide which state to contact for vital records.

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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Commission
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment
http://www.felihkatubbe.com/ChoctawNation/TribalMembership.html

freedmen information:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ewyatt/_borders/
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/F/FR016.html
http://www.african-nativeamerican.com/8-chocfreed.htm
http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes

2 ways to search:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

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.
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.
http://www.fold3.com/documents/46580455/dawes-packets/
other resources are NARA http://www.archives.gov

the five civilized tribes book put out by the department of the interior has testimony.
http://books.google.com/books/about/Five_civilized_tribes_in_Oklahoma.html?id=chATAAAAYAAJ
and you can read it online

and these are the microfilms at fort worth TX archives.
http://www.archives.gov/southwest/finding-aids/native-american-microfilm.html

there may be additional records about your relative:
contact NARA http://www.archives.gov for these and other records listed on this webpage.

75.23 RECORDS OF THE COMMISSIONER TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES 1852-1919
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
http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/075.html
(Record Group 75)
1793-1989

http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html
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.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/
some obituaries:
http://www.choctawnation.com/history/obituaries/

NARA http://www.archives.gov/ federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southeast tribes. many offices have microfilmed records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from nara.gov.

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_quantum_laws
calculations about blood quantum:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wishawa4/Menominee%20Indians/quantum.htm

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears
http://www.choctaw.org/

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes:
http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

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
http://www.chickasaw.net/index.htm

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

http://www.okhistory.org/
oklahoma historical society
marriage records
http://www.okhistory.org/research/library/marriage.html
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/chocmarriageindex.htm

other historical societies:
http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-OK-NDX.html
some oklahoma genealogical societies:
http://www.censusfinder.com/oklahoma-genealogy-society.htm
http://www.geneasearch.com/societies/socokla.htm

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html
http://yvwiiusdinvnohii.net/OKTribes.htm

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
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.
http://www.archive.org/details/fivecivilizedtr00statgoog
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. ancestry.com 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 http://www.archives.gov 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.
http://www.us-census.org/native/choctaw_dawes.html
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page
http://www.us-census.org/states/graphics/status.htm

and this might be of interest to you:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/choctaw/rights-of-choctaws.htm
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalrolls/
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:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

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.
http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html

penny postcards. this is a website that features pictures that were on postcards. click on the state to see the postcards that they have.
http://www.usgwarchives.org/special/ppcs/ppcs.html
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, 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

Kim Seewald Kim Seewald

posted on February 28, 2013

Thank you Suzanne for your information. Yes, the Ola Marlow you refer to is my great-grandmother, and we have our tribal membership and CDIB cards through her. She and her family were admitted by court case, and we have a copy of that also. I have the death certificate for James A. Lewis, who died in 1947. James Lewis sold the surface rights to the 40 acres in the very early 1920s, but the mineral rights were retained. He approved a drilling activity in the 1920s but it was unproductive. He died in 1947 but the mineral rights did not go through probate, the title was just transferred to Ola’s name. Drilling again was approved in the 1950’s but with no production. Ola died in 1981 and the rights transferred to her 3 children, one was my grandmother. In the later 1980’s drilling was again approved, this time for a deep gas well which was productive and is still producing and providing small royalties to my family members. The title was questioned when the well was sold in the 1990’s. The family had to prove clear title transfer from Jim to Ola which they did and they still receive royalty checks. This is why I believe that the land was granted to Jim originally, not Ola and thus my quest to prove he was on the rolls. I think I may need to go down to the Assessor’s office where the land is and look at the records to find out for sure who received the original allotment. I have not found Jim (for certain) or any of his siblings who have more unusual names on the rolls. You are correct, his brother Ambrose should be easier to trace, or possibly his sister, Ercy (Lewis) Key, although I don’t know if any of his siblings received land. It sounds like it’s not really possible to be sure what happened without setting eyes on the land books, and the complication there is that while we have the mineral interests, there is not a legal description of the land on anything our generation has in posession. So it sounds like the search will have to move from online to in person. Thank you for you help, I look forward to sorting this out.

Kim Seewald Kim Seewald

posted on February 28, 2013

Thank you Suzanne for your information. Yes, the Ola Marlow you refer to is my great-grandmother, and we have our tribal membership and CDIB cards through her. She and her family were admitted by court case, and we have a copy of that also. I have the death certificate for James A. Lewis, who died in 1947. James Lewis sold the surface rights to the 40 acres in the very early 1920s, but the mineral rights were retained. He approved a drilling activity in the 1920s but it was unproductive. He died in 1947 but the mineral rights did not go through probate, the title was just transferred to Ola’s name. Drilling again was approved in the 1950’s but with no production. Ola died in 1981 and the rights transferred to her 3 children, one was my grandmother. In the later 1980’s drilling was again approved, this time for a deep gas well which was productive and is still producing and providing small royalties to my family members. The title was questioned when the well was sold in the 1990’s. The family had to prove clear title transfer from Jim to Ola which they did and they still receive royalty checks. This is why I believe that the land was granted to Jim originally, not Ola and thus my quest to prove he was on the rolls. I think I may need to go down to the Assessor’s office where the land is and look at the records to find out for sure who received the original allotment. I have not found Jim (for certain) or any of his siblings who have more unusual names on the rolls. You are correct, his brother Ambrose should be easier to trace, or possibly his sister, Ercy (Lewis) Key, although I don’t know if any of his siblings received land. It sounds like it’s not really possible to be sure what happened without setting eyes on the land books, and the complication there is that while we have the mineral interests, there is not a legal description of the land on anything our generation has in posession. So it sounds like the search will have to move from online to in person. Thank you for you help, I look forward to sorting this out.

Kim Seewald Kim Seewald

posted on February 28, 2013

Suzanne, since it seems you enjoy tracing these things as much as I do, I want to give you the information that James is James A Garfield Lewis, born Dec. 2, 1882 in Jamestown Kentucky to Henry Green Lewis and Lamira Bush. Ola is Ola Marlow Lewis, born June 18, 1889 in Antlers, Indian Territory to Crawford Marlow and Etta Anthony. Jim and Ola were married in 1905 in Texas, then lived in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. They owned a number of small grocery stores with other family members called “The M & P Stores”, M being for Marlow and P for Phillips. They both died and are buried in Norman. Ola lived with my family when I was young, and I was close to her. Their children, Tolan, Alta Maurine (my grandmother) and Billie were born in Hickory, and I suppose I thought Hickory was the center of everything when I was little because of the stories Granny told about her life there. It is my hope to search out and preserve a little of what she held so dear. Thank you again for your help in this journey.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 28, 2013

if you go to the land documents, filed with the county clerk, you should find a legal description for the land. yes, you have to access the documents. they are public records. i don’t think you will find the land descriptions online.

this would be particularly specified when the land and mineral rights were separated. in addition, there should be documents filed with the court when the title to the mineral rights were proven. i don’t know which might be easier for you to access.

the oil producer might also have a copy of the documents you seek.

you may find that ola’s father might have had the original allotment and they might have passed to ola through inheritance. i do believe there was some qualification for receiving the land allotments regarding age or family group but i don’t know this for certain. minor children may not have received separate allotments. i think this might be true because i think my late husband’s family, which had minor children, did not receive an allotment separate from the parent’s allotment, but i am only going by memory on this. i think the conditions for the allotment is that the person had to be living on the allotment and “proving” the allotment at the time of the allotment grant.

in non-native homestead properties, the person who filed for the allotment had to live on the property and improve it in the five years previous to the grant. i think the same principle applied. if the property was not improved during the previous five years by the applicant, the land was listed as available for homestead by others.

and, yes, i do enjoy doing genealogy in general and like to help others learn how to do genealogy.

gl and stay well.

suzanne hamlet shatto