Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Adriane Adriane

posted on May 28, 2013

Hello, I am looking for information on A.B. Marchman, Edgar Ferrell Marchman, or Mattie Margaret Marchman. I have looked ALL through the Dawes Rolls and cannot find anything. I don’t know where to look or what to do. I don’t know a lot about my father’s side of the family and it has been very hard to find online. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on May 28, 2013

there are no marchman surnames on the dawes roll. i do not know why you are looking there, since your post does not say. i assume that you believe that some of the ancestors were native. there is a difference between enrollment and heritage. the dawes roll taken 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma lists the applicants to the five major tribes of oklahoma. there are 63 tribes in oklahoma and people usually lived within the authority of the tribe that they belonged to. so location is VERY IMPORTANT when you are looking for tribal enrollment.

so you have to look at where people were living 1900-1940 (which was when many enrollment proceedings occurred) and see where the ancestors were located and then look for a nearby tribe and contact them.

many came to oklahoma because of business opportunities and land rushes. some natives did not apply for enrollment because they were philosophically opposed or because they did not qualify for enrollment.

1900 United States Federal Census about Edgar Marchman
Name: Edgar Marchman
Age: 19
Birth Date: Jan 1881
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1900: Greenville Ward 1, Hunt, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Name: Margaret Marchman
Mother’s Birthplace: Missouri
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Margaret Marchman 57
Annie Marchman 15
Edgar Marchman 19
Alice Price 38
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Greenville Ward 1, Hunt, Texas; Roll: 1647; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0121; FHL microfilm: 1241647.

this family was not living in oklahoma at the time of enrollments. maybe they applied to a texas tribe, link for that in this post.

1900 census
margaret marchman, head, white female, b. oct. 1842, age 57, widow, had 9 children but only 8 survive, b. MO, father g. GA, mother b. TN, reads and writes, owns the home free and clear.
annie, daughter, white female, b. june 1885, age 15, single, b. TX, father b. GA, mother b. MO, reads and writes
edgar, son, white male, b. jan. 1881, age 19, single, b. TX, father b. GA, mother b. MO, at school, reads and writes
alice price, daughter, white female, b. dec. 1861, age 38, widow, no children, b. TX, father b. GA, mother b. MO, reads and writes

this family has been living off-reservation for many years, shown by margaret’s father b. GA, mother b. TN. you can look for reservations in those areas but the reservation for the choctaw was in MS and AL.

they have been living in TX for many years, as alice price’s record says.

if the family was living on reservation, they would not have been on federal census records in the 1800s, as they would have been on native census records. if natives lived on-reservation they were on native census records and not on federal census records because they were not taxed.
accessgenealogy has transcribed native census records on their website. take the link for dawes roll and then look at the menu at the left for native census records and native databases and rolls. you can look for the ancestors but if they were living off-reservation, they would not be found on native census records. those native census records only enumerated natives living on-reservation.

1880 United States Federal Census about Margaret Marchman
Name: Margaret Marchman
Age: 37
Birth Year: abt 1843
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1880: Precinct 8, Collin, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: A. B. Marchman
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace: Missouri
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Keeping House
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

View Image
Household Members:
Name Age
A. B. Marchman 45
Margaret Marchman 37
Sallie E. Marchman 15
Henry Marchman 13
Mattie Marchman 10
Jennie Marchman 7
Artemas Marchman 3
Bunyan Marchman 1
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 8, Collin, Texas; Roll: 1296; Family History Film: 1255296; Page: 284B; Enumeration District: 029.

1870 United States Federal Census about Margaret Marchman
Name: Margaret Marchman
Age in 1870: 27
Birth Year: abt 1843
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1870: Precinct 2, Collin, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Farmersville
Value of real estate: View Image
Household Members:
Name Age
Alphonso Marchman 35
Margaret Marchman 27
Alice Marchman 8
Sarah Marchman 5
Henry Marchman 3
Marthe Marchman 8/12
Henry Mcmennamy 22
Jane Hamilton 17
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Precinct 2, Collin, Texas; Roll: M593_1579; Page: 407A; Image: 210; Family History Library Film: 553078.

1860 United States Federal Census about A B Marchman
Name: A B Marchman
Age in 1860: 25
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1860: Precinct 6, Collin, Texas
Gender: Male
Post Office: Pilot Grove
Value of real estate: View Image
Household Members:
Name Age
A B Marchman 25
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Precinct 6, Collin, Texas; Roll: M653_1291; Page: 77; Image: 162; Family History Library Film: 805291.

U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 about Alphonso B Marchman
Name: Alphonso B Marchman
Birth Date: abt 1835
Age: 27
Enlistment Date: 1862
Military Unit: Sixteenth Cavalry (Fitzhugh’s Regiment; Third Regiment, Johnson’s Brigade)

1850 United States Federal Census about Alfonzo Marchman
Name: Alfonzo Marchman
Age: 16
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1850: District 2, Tippah, Mississippi
Gender: Male
Family Number: 566
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry R Marchman 47
Surmantha Marchman 43
Alfred W Marchman 20
Alfonzo Marchman 16
Mary Marchman 14
Martha Marchman 11
Adaline Marchman 9
Henry Marchman 7
Henry Wilder 15
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 2, Tippah, Mississippi; Roll: M432_381; Page: 433B; Image: 364.

the trail of tears occurred in the late 1830s. so this family could be mississippi choctaw. maybe the head of household received a land grant called choctaw scrip which would show tribal affiliation. choctaw scrip land grant was given in lieu of tribal enrollment.

1850 United States Federal Census about Henry R Marchman
Name: Henry R Marchman
Age: 47
Birth Year: abt 1803
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1850: District 2, Tippah, Mississippi
Gender: Male

1850 United States Federal Census about Surmantha Marchman
Name: Surmantha Marchman
[Samantha Marchman]
Age: 43
Birth Year: abt 1807
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1850: District 2, Tippah, Mississippi
Gender: Female

Georgia Marriages to 1850 about Henry R. Marchman
Name: Henry R. Marchman
Spouse: Semantha M. Turner
Marriage Date: 13 Nov 1825
Marriage County: Henry
Marriage State: Georgia

Mississippi Census, 1805-90 about H. R. Marchman
Name: H. R. Marchman
State: MS
County: Itawamba County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1841
Database: MS 1841 State Census Index

henry is a farmer and may have had slaves.

1860 United States Federal Census about Henry R Marchman
Name: Henry R Marchman
Age in 1860: 56
Birth Year: abt 1804
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1860: Grayson, Texas
Gender: Male
Post Office: Sherman
Value of real estate: View Image
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry R Marchman 56
Samatha Marchman 53
S A Marchman 17
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Grayson, Texas; Roll: M653_1295; Page: 155; Image: 314; Family History Library Film: 805295.

Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002 about A. B. Marchman
Name: A. B. Marchman
Marriage Date: 3 Apr 1861
Spouse: Margaret M. Hicks
Marriage County: Fannin
Marriage State: Texas
Source: Texas Marriages, 1814-1909

Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2012 about A. B. Marchman
Name: A. B. Marchman
Birth Date: 3 Aug 1835
Age at Death: 64
Death Date: 1 Feb 1900
Burial Place: Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA
this is a record.

Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2012 about Margarett M. Hicks Marchman
Name: Margarett M. Hicks Marchman
Birth Date: 30 Oct 1842
Age at Death: 73
Death Date: 12 Jun 1916
Burial Place: Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA

the problem with families that did not live on-reservation is that they may have had difficulty establishing the proof that showed native ancestry.

i do not know if this record has to do with your family. you can try the bureau of land management glo records to see more information.

i do not see MS or AL land records that might be choctaw scrip for the marchman family.

between martha and adaline’s birth (from the 1850 census) is when the family moved from GA to MS.

some time, between 1850 and 1860, alfonso marchman moved to TX.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles about Alphonso B Marchman
Name: Alphonso B Marchman
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Texas
Service Record: Enlisted in Company G, Texas 16th Cavalry Regiment.
Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about Alphonso B. Marchman
Name: Alphonso B. Marchman
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Texas
Regiment Name: 16 Texas Cavalry
Regiment Name Expanded: 16th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Fitzhugh’s)
Company: G
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M227 roll 23

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)

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
try the fort worth, TX office.

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. you can google fold3 and your ancestor’s name to see if your relative’s dawes packet 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.
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:
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.

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
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment

freedmen information:

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 southeast 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