Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Bob Caylor Bob Caylor

posted on December 16, 2013

Information has said I have relatives of Choctaw descent. I would like to know about anyone with information about the Jones family (John N. Jones and Mary Jane Box).
Another name that may apply is George Washington Moseley who married Margaret Ledelphia Swanner.
Any information will be greatly appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 16, 2013

there were over a million people living in indian territory by 1900. over 150,000 people applied to one of the five major tribes in oklahoma 1896-1906 in indian territory.

there are no years or specific locations in your post. no children for the married couples.

i am seeing too many names for the john jones records. and no matches for george washington mosely or the swanner surname.

where were these people living in 1900? when were they born, when/where did they pass away?

from a family tree on
Mary Jane Box
Birth 1837 in Tennessee, United States
Death May 1861 in Meeks Settlement, Clark, Arkansas, United States

so you are going back too far in time. you need to concentrate on the 1900-1940 time period.

TN didn’t have reservations, so this family was living off-reservation. that would make it difficult to prove heritage for enrolling in a tribe.

Tennessee, United States
Marriage to John Newton Jones
3 Jan
Age: 21
Alpine, Clark, Arkansas, United States
Age: 24
Meeks Settlement, Clark, Arkansas, United States

there is a picture on this family tree:

John Newton Jones
Birth 4 Feb 1835 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States
Death 31 Jan 1922 in Cone, Crosby, Texas

texas was not on the trail of tears in the late 1830s. there were several unofficial migrations from the southeastern reservations. so this person, if they were native, was likely mississippi choctaw.

4 Feb
Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States
3 Sources
Marriage to Mary Jane Box
3 Jan
Age: 22
Alpine, Clark, Arkansas, United States
Marriage to Mary Bruton
23 Feb
Age: 29
Clark, Arkansas, United States
Marriage to Elizabeth Ann Campbell
Age: 31
Caddo Gap, Montgomery, Arkansas, United States
Age: 35
Anderson, Texas, United States
Age in 1870: 35
1 Source
31 Jan
Age: 86
Cone, Crosby, Texas
Age at Death: 86

you should look for your own documentation and then share it with family members.

U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 about John N Jones
Name: John N Jones
Residence: Little Rock, Arkansas
Age at Enlistment: 29
Enlistment Date: 7 Apr 1864
Rank at enlistment: 2nd Lieutenant
Enlistment Place: Little Rock, Arkansas
State Served: Arkansas
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company F, Arkansas 4th Cavalry Regiment on 07 Apr 1864.Mustered out on 05 Oct 1864.
Birth Date: abt 1835
Death Place: Goliad, Texas
Sources: Index to Compiled Military Service RecordsOfficial Army Register of the Volunteer Force 1861-18654th Arkansas Union Cavalry – Arkansas Research memorial for john n. jones:
Birth: Feb. 4, 1835
Death: Jan. 31, 1922

Family links:
Elizabeth Ann Campbell Jones (1846 – 1882)*

Children: Joseph Wilson Jones (1866 – 1944)* Elydia Ledrephsia Jones Parrish (1868 – 1944)* Malinda Ann Jones Garrett (1869 – 1900)*

*Calculated relationship

Cone Cemetery
Crosby County
Texas, USA

Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 about J N Jones
Name: J N Jones
Birth Date: 4 Feb 1835
Birth Place: Tennessee
Gender: Male
Race: White
Father: Robt Jones
Mother: M Ewin
Age at Death: 86
Death Date: 31 Jan 1922
Death Place: Cone, Crosby, Texas, USA

this record says that john newton jones was born in TN. so this conflicts with their family tree.

it appears that these people came from TN. it is more likely that they were cherokee. several bands of natives lived in TX and harassed the natives in indian territory because there was less law enforcement there. most of the natives that did this were from other tribes.

you look at the location and then see if there were tribes nearby because natives had to live under the authority of a tribe. some natives didn’t want to do that and were living off-reservation or in loose native communities.

did any of the children apply for enrollment in one of the tribes 1896-1906 in oklahoma/indian territory?

i have been looking at the children and it appears that they stayed in texas.
Joseph Wilson Jones
Birth 23 Dec 1866 in Pike City, Pike, Arkansas, United States
Death 31 Aug 1944 in Floydada, Floyd, Texas, United States

if the family lived in MS/AL 1830-1880 or so, there might be a reservation record. i do not see that the family lived there. those reservation records are really ration records for natives living on the reservation. accessgenealogy has transcribed those records in indices.
see the choctaw research link in this post.

the obituary for elydia jones indicates that the family homesteaded in oklahoma but doesn’t say anything about a tribe or any affiliation.

edydia ledufsia jones
article from an unknown newspaper:
mrs. r. m. parris who died at the age of 76 saturday afternoon at her home here, was buried late sunday in floydada cemetery, following rites held sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. elder m. e. tisdale, of roaring springs, officiated at the wall street church of christ. she had been ill for four months. an only brother, j. w. jones, died here on august 31. her husband died here nine years ago and was buried in floydada cemetery.

nine children and six step-children survive mrs. parrish, 12 of the number being here for the last rites. children of her husband by a former marriage here for the rites were three sons, charlie, and bonnie parrish of bellview, new mexico, delmar parrish of ralls, two daughters mrs. hettie elliott, of gardenia california, and mrs. susie dacus, of arch, new mexico. mrs. fleedie picklesimer, of inglewood, calfironia, could not be present.

six sons and three daughters who survive were efford parrish of starkey, mrs. lessie garrett of clovis, new mexico, mrs. atoka lemay of whittier, california, chester parrish of cone, omar, creed and joe parrish, and mrs. ed dunavant of floydada, and otto parrish of witt springs, arkansas. mrs. lemay and otto parrish were unnable to be present for the last rites.

thirty-four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive.

lee howard, weaver howard, orland howard, carr surginer, raymond nelson and grady freeman were active pallbearers.

homestead in oklahoma
born elydia leduphsia jones on january 15, 1868 in arkansas, mrs. parrish had been a resident of floydada the past 20 years. she was married in september, 1889, at mangum, oklahoma, to r. m. parrish and the family homesteaded in oklahoma, living there until november of 1899, when they moved to crosby county to make their home until they retired from the farm to move to floydada.

numerous friends of the family from over floyd and crosby counties were present for the funeral.

1900 United States Federal Census about Liddia L Parrish
Name: Liddia L Parrish
[Liddie L Parrish]
Age: 32
Birth Date: Jan 1868
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1900: Estacade, Crosby, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Rufus M Parrish
Marriage Year: 1890
Years Married: 10
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother: number of living children: 5
Mother: How many children: 5
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Rufus M Parrish 46
Liddia L Parrish 32
Elford Parrish 9
Lessie Parrish 7
Atoka Parrish 5
Not Named Parrish 3
Omer Parrish 1
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Estacade, Crosby, Texas; Roll: 1624; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0052; FHL microfilm: 1241624.

so these people were not living in oklahoma by 1900 and probably didn’t apply to a tribe in oklahoma. they might be associated with a tribe in texas.

Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 about Elydia Leduphsia Parrish
Name: Elydia Leduphsia Parrish
[Elydia Leduphsia Jones]
Birth Date: 15 Jan 1868
Birth Place: Arkansas
Gender: Female
Race: White
Residence: Floydada, Floyd, Texas
Father: J N Jones
Mother: Ann Elizabeth Campbell
Age at Death: 76
Death Date: 23 Sep 1944
Death Place: Floydada, Floyd, Texas, USA

this might be a previous wife:
Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011 about Rufus M. Parrish
Name: Rufus M. Parrish
Marriage Date: 6 Nov 1873
Marriage Place: Hunt, Texas, USA
Spouse: Martha A. Manning
Source: Texas Marriages, 1814-1909

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 about Roof Marion Parrish
Name: Roof Marion Parrish
Death Date: 22 Sep 1935
Death County: Floyd
Certificate: 42082

1910 United States Federal Census about Rufus M Parrish
Name: Rufus M Parrish
[Robun M Parrish]
Age in 1910: 56
Birth Year: abt 1854
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 3, Crosby, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Elyda L Parrish
Father’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Rufus M Parrish 56
Elyda L Parrish 42
Efford Parrish 19
Lessie Parrish 16
Atoha Parrish 15
Chester Parrish 13
Oma Parrish 11
Otto Parrish 8
Creed Parrish 4
Joe Bailey Parrish 2
Berlin Parrish 0
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Crosby, Texas; Roll: T624_1539; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1375552.

i am not seeing this family applied for enrollment because they are not on the dawes roll 1896-1906 in oklahoma/indian territory.

David Moseley
Birth 15 JUL 1871 in Bosque Co, TX
Death 31 AUG 1940 in Roswell, Chaves Co, NM

Margaret Ledelphia Swanner
Birth 24 FEB 1886 in Strawn, Palo Pinto Co, TX
Death 11 APR 1917 in Roswell, Chaves Co, NM

these people also did not live in oklahoma.

i don’t know if you will find records indicating tribe for these people. they were living off-reservation for many years, if they were native.

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.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government agency for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have submitted a delayed birth certificate. death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary, newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times, names of family members. the census records up to 1940 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed.

you will need to know who the family members were 1830-1930 or so, where they were located. a good way to do this is by census records.
the first time period to concentrate on is 1900-1930 because most tribes enrolled during this period.
federal census records can help you here. you can get access through your local public library – two databases: 1) heritage quest, 2)

the dawes roll shows the applicants to the five major tribes 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma. if your family applied for this, there would be a census card, dawes application, other supporting documents and testimony. these are located at NARA
try the fort worth, TX office.
there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the 5 major tribes list applicants on the dawes roll taken 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma.

requirements for enrollment for several oklahoma tribes:
What are tribal membership requirements?

Tribal enrollment criteria are set forth in tribal constitutions, articles of incorporation or ordinances. The criterion varies from tribe to tribe, so uniform membership requirements do not exist.

Two common requirements for membership are lineal decendency from someone named on the tribe’s base roll or relationship to a tribal member who descended from someone named on the base roll. (A “base roll” is the original list of members as designated in a tribal constitution or other document specifying enrollment criteria.) Other conditions such as tribal blood quantum, tribal residency, or continued contact with the tribe are common.

enrollment is a two step process. first you have to get your CDIB card from the BIA to show your degree of blood/eligibility to enroll in a particular tribe, and then you have to apply to the tribe for acceptance, if you meet their membership requirements.

Tribal Government personnel, usually an Enrollment Clerk, located at a regional or agency office processes applications for Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) and Indian Preference in Employment, BIA Form 4432, to anyone who can provide documentation that he or she descends from an American Indian tribe.
this article has many resources.
however i find the paragraph on “Recognition for individuals” to be somewhat insensitive.

i think someone should rewrite that paragraph.

What are the most typical requirements for membership?
Each tribe has a base roll which was established, usually, in the early 20th century, listing the members of the tribe
at that time. Your first challenge will be to prove direct lineal descent from someone listed on that base roll. Then
you must prove that you have the required level of blood quantum – the percentage of your genetic make-up that
is native by bloodline. Most tribes require a 1/4 blood quantum – that is, you must be at least one-fourth Native
American – but note that the Eastern Band of the Cherokees requires that you be only 1/16 or higher to join, and the Cherokee Nation has no minimum quantum restriction, so long as you can prove descent. There may be other conditions for membership as well: requirements for tribal residency or continued contact with the tribe are common.

choctaw enrollment, forms, FAQs

obituaries through the oklahoma choctaw tribe is through the history link for the tribe:

social security application for a deceased person:
form SS-5.

your public library probably has a subscription to heritage quest and is another useful database for native records and military records, but they are a subscription. however, many times, their month’s subscription price is less than the price of a dawes packet. you can google fold3 and your ancestor’s name to see if your relative’s dawes packet is available at fold3.
access genealogy’s collection of information
if you are from another tribe, use the links at the right.
if you are from an associated tribe, see the several possible links on the webpage.

bear in mind that many records are not online. always collect documents, as just the reference to a relative in an index informs you that a document is available.

death records:
death certificate: state vital records or if very old, state archives. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. you can look at death indices, such as the social security death index 1964-present for a date of death on or
obituary: see your local public library, interlibrary loan program. ask for the person’s name at the time of death. approximate date of death is helpful. if old, state historical society or state archives might have historical newspapers.
cemetery record: try or ask for the person’s name at the time of death. if you find a relative, you can click on the county or cemetery to see if others with the same surname are buried there.

marriage records:
state vital records office, county clerk or if old, state archives or state historical society.

birth records:
state vital records office, or if old, state archives or state historical society. if the birth was before 1940, ask for a birth certificate or a delayed birth certificate. many people had to get delayed birth certificates when social security came into effect because they had to show proof of age. this will be under the name used at the time of birth.

census records:
you will want to search for census records 1940 on down to the birth of your relative. the federal census was taken every 10 years, however the 1890 census was largely destroyed by fire. there are also some state census records and native census records and native rolls. and heritage quest are two databases that include many census records. many native census records kept by NARA ( are transcribed at accessgenealogy.

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. some mississippi choctaw were accepted by adoption or lawsuit.

for those people who do not yet have a card, you should research the 1900-1940 census to know approximate dates of birth, birthplaces, family members. this will also tell you if someone is more likely to be on the freedman roll or as applicants to the dawes roll taken 1896-1906 in indian territory/oklahoma for the five major tribes.

applicants on the dawes roll can be found here:
partial names are ok. look at the guide link for explanation of the codes.

when you find a possible name, then click on the card# in the card column to see the family group. if it is your family group, and they were likely enrolled, then you can search the oklahoma historical society’s dawes roll link to get the enrollment #’s for particular family members.

if your family was enrolled by council action early in the process or was enrolled by lawsuit, they might not appear on the oklahoma historical society website. you would have to check with the tribe on that.

even if your family was rejected by the dawes process, you may want the testimony, census card, application information for your genealogical purposes.

the federal census will also help you decide which state to contact for vital records.

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.

history of the dawes roll
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment

freedmen information:

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 your relative was enrolled by court action, their name might not be on this list.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.
you can order the dawes packet from the oklahoma historical society website.

if you find a relative listed on the dawes roll, fold3 may have filmed the record and could be available online.
other resources are NARA

the five civilized tribes book put out by the department of the interior has testimony.
and you can read it online

and these are the microfilms at fort worth TX archives.

there may be additional records about your relative:
contact NARA for these and other records listed on this webpage.

75.23.1 Records of the Dawes Commission
75.23.2 Records of the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory
75.23.3 General records of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes
(Record Group 75)
oklahoma newspaper and archives search. some of these resources may be available through interlibrary loan/public library.
you can try school records in the oklahoma state archives, the oklahoma historical society and NARA.
these two resources might have historical newspapers and local history books. your public library/interlibrary loan program might also have access to newspapers and local history books.

as for stories, you can see if any of the relatives are mentioned in the oklahoma pioneer papers or oklahoma chronicles.
volumes are alphabetical by surname.
if an interview is not online, contact the host of these interviews.

as for location for your family, you should look on the federal census 1900-1940 for your family and this will give you locations, family members. your local public library probably has a subscription to and heritage quest.

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

NARA federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southeast tribes. many offices have microfilmed records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from

freedmen info:
You can ONLY apply for Choctaw Nation Membership, AFTER you have obtained a CDIB card proving your Choctaw Blood lineage to a direct ancestor who actually enrolled, BY BLOOD. Freedmen DID NOT enroll By Blood. When US Congress closed the Final Dawes Commission Rolls, there were no provisions granting Freedmen any benefits after the Dawes Commission closed. The tribe Constitution states BY BLOOD. however, the documents (application, census card and testimony) may help you find out more about your heritage.

about blood quantum laws:
calculations about blood quantum:

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:

other choctaw tribes:

chickasaw historical society
Historic Preservation and Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw genealogy archive center Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
oklahoma historical society
marriage records

other historical societies:
some oklahoma genealogical societies:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

tribes in other locations:

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
and you can read this book online. your relatives’ testimony might be in the book.
see the menu at left. you can download it.
you should look at the enrollment application, census card and testimony. this post will tell you how to do that. these documents will tell you more about your heritage, but it won’t help you if your goal is to be enrolled in the choctaw tribe of oklahoma. some people were classed as mississippi choctaw if the family had a native heritage but didn’t qualify for enrollment in the tribe.

there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the five major tribes are on the dawes roll. look at your family’s location around 1900-1930 time period (census will help you there) and see if there was a tribe located nearby. it is possible that your relatives were affiliated with another tribe.

if they were mississippi choctaw, there is probably a land grant in MS/AL to a head of household called choctaw scrip land. this was given in lieu of tribal enrollment 1830-1880 time period. has a database of the MS and AL choctaw scrip land records, called mississippi or alabama land records. there are other land records in those databases too,, so you have to look at the authority/source cited. NARA has those land record packages.

the mississippi choctaw were not removed from oklahoma. but they were largely rejected for tribal enrollment.

this website might help you in your search. some people are trying to transcribe applications.
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page

and this might be of interest to you:
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation
Index to the Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory
the dawes roll is composed of applications to the five major tribes in oklahoma.

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.

this page can help you set up a targeted google search.

penny postcards. this is a website that features pictures that were on postcards. click on the state to see the postcards that they have.
if you have a penny postcard, you can click on submissions to add your penny postcard to the collection.

these searches will combine several possible search terms and give you the best matches.

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