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Searching for Decendants of Jackson Shoemake

Gregory Shoemake Gregory Shoemake

posted on October 10, 2010

We are searching for any descendants of Jackson Shoemake
(La-we-tubbee) son of James Shoemake (ah-to-ko-ah) who was married to Jennie Shoemake (Ok-lah-ho-nah). Jackson was married also to a Jennie, This was his second marriage. She was formerly Jennie Lewis, daughter of Jim Lewis (Le-ho-tubbee) and Sally Lewis (La-wah) . Our search is particularly for info on their children and /or their descendants, Watson, Ernest, Manat, Ada, and Rhoda Shoemake. They were enrolled as Mississippi Choctaw but resided in OK.

Jackson also had three older sons, Buck, Lansby, Eben Shoemake from his first marriage to a Mary Shoemake. Buck Shoemake is my grandfather. We know that Eben was killed here in Mississippi and is buried here as well. We don’t know what ever became of Lansby. It has been said that my grandfather used to write letters to an Austin Shoemake but so far we have not been able to find anyone by that name either. Any useful information would be greatly appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 10, 2010

there are no years in this post.
the dawes application appears to include the children:
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Lewis Jim 0 M MCR1752 P
Choctaw Lewis Sallie 0 F MCR1752 P
Choctaw Shoemake James 0 M MCR1752 P
Choctaw Shoemake Jennie 0 F MCR1752 P
Choctaw Shoemake Mary 0 F MCR1752 P
Choctaw Shoemake Ada 1 M FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Rhoda 1 F FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Manat 3 F FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Ernest 5 M FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Watson 7 M FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Elben 10 M FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Lansby 12 M FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Buck 14 M FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Jennie 28 F FULL MCR1752 MCR
Choctaw Shoemake Jackson 48 M FULL MCR1752 MCR

card# is the family group.
there would be information on all of them in the application.

this webiste appears to be concerned with the shoemake surname

have you written for the application? NARA fort worth office has it. the oklahoma historical society would have it. maybe might have it. that is a subscription service.

i am not finding much information either. the surname might be misspelled a little. if you were descended from one of the children, where were they living, born, married, etc. i suspect they didn’t stay in oklahoma, but i don’t know.

obituaries would help you. you might find some from your family line, since you know who they are and when they passed away. the interlibrary loan program through your local public library could probably help you with this.

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 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.

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 genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto