Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Chief Blackhorn

Cherry J Hurley-Bourg Cherry J Hurley-Bourg

posted on October 15, 2010

I am trying to find information on one of my ancestors who was the daughter of Chief Blackhorn who had married into our family on my grandfathers side. I wasn’t told much about her but trying to trace down our heritage all I had been told was that she was my great great grandmother “Granny Black” and was the daughter of “Chief Blackhorn” . If any one can help me please let me know.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 15, 2010

no dates, no location, no spouse, no children in your post.
no first name in your post. i am not finding mention of this person.

i couldn’t find any mention of this surname in the native records either. there were some blackthorns that came from england/canada.


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

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 16, 2010

i found this picture, but i don’t know if it’s your relative and it doesn’t list the tribe
i’m sure they would have the tribe information, if you contacted them.
this webpage appears to suggest that there’s a sioux black horn.

i don’t know if this journal article gives you any information. you can probably access it through interlibrary loan. see your local public library for that.

since there is no other information to find your family, i think i just ran out of ideas.
we use names, dates, locations, children, spouse to match records.