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Martha Overstreet

Sally Scott Sally Scott

posted on November 3, 2010

Looking for information about my great grandmother Martha A. Overstreet, b. 1866 in Missouri. Married W.H. Flynn in 1885. Lived in Arkansas. The family story is that we are decended from Cherokee. I can find the Overstreet name in the Choctaw Nation, but not Martha A.
Martha A. Overstreet and W. H. Flynn were married in Scullyville, Choctaw Nation.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on November 3, 2010

this name sounds familiar. did someone post about this name on this board before? if so, you might read if someone answered.

there were some tribes in missouri. do you know where she was born? if you don’t, did she file a delayed birth certificate to show proof of age when social security came into effect 1/1/1937?

it would be helpful for you to try to find your family’s migration.

when did she pass away? what documents do you have for the marriage?

martha a. overstreet b. 1866 MO
m. w. h. flynn

Household Members:
Name Age
William H Flynn 50
Martha Flynn 34
Willie B Flynn 15
Beulah A Flynn 11
Lula M Flynn 9
Thomas J Flynn 6
Nathaniel A Flynn 4
Maud N Flynn 2
martha’s parents b. TN

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Boone, Logan, Arkansas; Roll: T623_66; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 48.

if she was living in arkansas in 1900, she probably didn’t attempt to enroll in the choctaw tribe. that’s probably why you can’t find any record of her on the dawes roll.

she was b. april 1866 MO. they married 18 years before june 4, 1900.
her husband was b. may 1850 NC, parents b. NC and he is a teamster and they rent a house.

here’s maud in 1910:
Household Members:
Name Age
James B Keeton 33
Bulah N Keeton 22
William F Keeton 4
Thomas J Keeton 2
Maud Flynn 14
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Grant, Johnson, Arkansas; Roll: T624_54; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 55; Image: 1227.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Annie Flynn
Name: Annie Flynn
Age in 1910: 45
Estimated birth year: 1865
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: South Carolina
Spouse’s name: William H Flynn
Home in 1910: Horsehead, Johnson, Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William H Flynn 59
Annie Flynn 45
Thomas Flynn 17
Nathaniel Flynn 14
Jewel Goad 4
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Horsehead, Johnson, Arkansas; Roll: T624_54; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 58; Image: 1302.

i would venture a guess that annie is martha a.
now she is b. MS, father b. AL, mother b. MO but different # of children born, so i can’t be sure.
jewel is a granddaughter.

Household Members:
Name Age
W. A. Smith 29
M. A. Smith 25
J. F. Smith 24
Lem May 10
William Flyn 30

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Roland, Pulaski, Arkansas; Roll: 55; Family History Film: 1254055; Page: 497D; Enumeration District: 154; Image: 0297.

william is a teacher. i don’t know if this is your relative.

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Richwoods, Sharp, Arkansas; Roll: 57; Family History Film: 1254057; Page: 96D; Enumeration District: 188; Image: 0499.
there is a martha here but i don’t know if this is your relative.

Arkansas Marriages, 1779-1992
about William H. Flynn
Name: William H. Flynn
Marriage Date: 20 Nov 1883
Spouse: Martha A. Overstreet
County: Sebastian
State: Arkansas

maybe that martha overstreet had some land?
Arkansas Land Records
about Martha J Overstreet
Name: Martha J Overstreet
Document Number: 1493
Total Acres: 80
Misc. Doc. Nr.: 7166
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: 2 Jul 1877
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 12 Stat. 392
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: May 20, 1862
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Homestead Entry Original
Land Description:
1 N½NW 5TH PM No 10N 30W 23

but i don’t know if this is the same martha overstreet.

what about birth certificates for the children? what do they say? when social security came into effect 1/1/1937, everyone filed delayed birth certificates to show proof of age. what do their social security applications say?

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:

some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will improve some of these categories.

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.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.

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:

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