Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Pulce Family

shannon shannon

posted on July 6, 2010

Hello my name is Shannon Marie Pulce and my grandfather James Henry Pulce was related to the Choctaw Nation by his mother. I am currently seeking any evidence of this being my heritage. Does anyone know how I should go about this? Any help would be appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 8, 2010

unfortunately, you have not named a location, given any years they were alive, named no spouses or children. you have given no dates of death. you haven’t given your ancestor’s name. this is a common surname, so you have to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include their maiden name and 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 enrollmment. 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.

since the name is so common, i am finding too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

is this your relative?

1920 United States Federal Census
about James H Pulce
Name: James H Pulce
[James H Pulse]
Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 2, Bowie, Texas
Age: 7
Estimated birth year: abt 1913
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Amus
Father’s Birth Place: Missouri
Mother’s Name: Emma E
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Amus Pulce 66
Emma E Pulce 39
Letha S Pulce 17
William P Pulce 14
Lillie M Pulce 12
Ralph C Pulce 9
James H Pulce 7
Lela L Pulce 3
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Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Bowie, Texas; Roll T625_1775; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 303.

the parents don’t appear to be born in OK, so they probably didn’t apply there. you should check the texas tribes using geographic location. your family might have been mississippi choctaw, so you should look for information on that tribe using google.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto