Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Chief Thompson McKinney

William McKinney William McKinney

posted on October 5, 2010

I am trying to find out who some of the descendents of Chief Thompson McKinney are. Chief McKinney served as Principal Chief of the Choctaws from 1886 to 1888. He died in 1889.

I am William McKinney and I have been told from family that I am related to him somehow. Unfortunately, the familiy members who said that I am related to him have already passed.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.



suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 6, 2010

we usually do genealogy by starting with what we know, gather documentation (birth marriage) and then going backward to the next generation.
death certificates, obituaries, cemetery records, social security application, census records can all be very helpful because they fix the person to a date and location, and often give other dates.

social security came into effect 1/1/1937 and many people filed delayed birth certificates to show proof of age when they filed their social security application.

so you should get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start collecting documents about your grandparents.

if you are a member of the tribe, you should look at your lineage down to the original enrollee. the tribe genealogist might be able to help you with this. if your family is enrolled, the enrollment application and census card and testimony would be helpful. other places for this information might be NARA fort worth office, oklahoma historical society and

some families on the dawes roll that might be related:
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Fry Lesma 0 M 3180 P
Choctaw James Amy 0 F 3180 P
Choctaw James Joshua 0 M 3180 P
Choctaw James Anna 1 F FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw James Isaac 1 M FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw James Sissy 14 F FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw James Joshua 16 M FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw James Wysie 28 F FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw James Jackson 48 M FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw McKinney Lizzie 0 F 3180 P
Choctaw McKinney Thompson 0 M 3180 P
Choctaw McKinney Louisa 10 F FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw McKinney Baxter 14 M FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw McKinney Alexander 16 M FULL 3180 NR WILBURTON BB
Choctaw Nelson Sarah 0 F 3180 P

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hodges Cebelle 0 F 4310 P
Choctaw Hodges Joseph 0 M 4310 P
Choctaw Hodges Joseph M 15 M 3/16 4310 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Hodges Ozie T 18 M 3/16 4310 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Hodges Martha 38 F 1/4 4310 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw Hodges John M 50 M 1/8 4310 NR ATOKA BB
Choctaw McKinney Manda 0 F 4310 P
Choctaw McKinney Thompson 0 M 4310 P

there is also a newborn thompson mckinney.
p=parent bb=by blood—-thompson-mckinney/

many native census records are on accessgenealogy, link in this post.
this page mentions him and you can search for his name in the chronicles.

A standard history of Oklahoma:
an authentic narrative of its development from the date of the first European exploration down to the present time, including accounts of the Indian tribes, both civilized and wild, of the cattle range, of the land openings and the achievements of the most recent period, Volume 4
page 1378. i didn’t search the rest of the book. this book is a google book and you can access it online.

author: Joseph Bradfield Thoburn
The American Historical Society, 1916 – History


Oldest child of Judge Mitanubbi, of Smithville and brother of William McKinney. A full blood, he was a member of Council, national secretary and chief. He was grandfather of Major Victor M. Locke who was a student at Choctaw Acadmy and a lawyer. Thompson McKinney died in 1889 and is buried west of Wilburton.
note two lines to this url. you will have to paste both lines as one line. hopefully, it will copy just fine.

this website has a lot of genealogy about families of the chiefs:

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:
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 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:

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:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is

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

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


check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

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

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.

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


suzanne hamlet shatto

William McKinney William McKinney

posted on October 6, 2010

Thanks for all the information.