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 Noodles Noodles

posted on October 29, 2010

I am looking for information on Harris Fletcher married to Sally Fletcher. Sally was full blood choctaw and I believe Harris was a white man. The era was between1830-1895.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 30, 2010

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Fletcher Harris 0 M 3879 P
Choctaw Fletcher Jackson 0 M 3879 P
Choctaw Fletcher Sally 0 F 3879 P
Choctaw Fletcher Sarah 0 F 3879 P
Choctaw Hokabi Peter 0 M 3879 P
Choctaw Hokubbi Silmy 1 F FULL 3879 NR CADDO BB
Choctaw Hokubbi Sisley 17 F FULL 3879 NR CADDO BB
Choctaw Lewis Abel 0 M 3879 P
Choctaw Lewis Rachel 1 F FULL 3879 NR CADDO BB
Choctaw Lewis Bacey 33 F FULL 3879 NR CADDO BB

this is a family group on the dawes roll. you should get a copy of the application, the census card and hopefully any testimony.

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 the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

you can get a copy of enrollment applications at the oklahoma historical society, link above, NARA http://www.nara.gov fort worth office.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm

since there are only vague dates, no location, no children listed in your post, i am guessing.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Rachiel Lewis
Name: Rachiel Lewis
Age in 1910: 11
Estimated birth year: abt 1899
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Stepdaughter
Father’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Mother’s name: Bessie Sexton
Mother’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Lewis, Atoka, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Emerson Sexton 40
Bessie Sexton 40
Mauda Sexton 15
Lewis Leader 19
Sopha Fletcher 21
Rachiel Lewis 11
Virgie Fletcher 1
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Lewis, Atoka, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1242; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 1048.

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.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

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

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

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

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.

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