Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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William Bohannon father of Samuel H. Bohannon

Ella Everidge Ella Everidge

posted on April 6, 2014

I am searching my ancestry line of Bohannon’s if anyone could help me,

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 6, 2014

no years, location or spouses in your post. bohannon can be spelled variously in records. these are common names.

Samuel H. Bohannon
Birth 1841 in Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Death 20 Nov 1925 in Oklahoma, United States
this is from an family tree. i don’t know if this is your relative.

Family Members
William J Bohannon Jr
1810 – 1855

Phoebe Anderson
1820 – 1861

Show siblings
Spouse & Children
Margaret Susan Woods
1843 – 1910

Thomas H Bohanon
1865 –

Phoebe A. Bohanan
1877 –

Julius H Bohannon
1880 –

Minnie A Bohanan
1881 – 1961

Florence Bohanan
1886 –

Family Members
William J. Bohannon Sr
1780 – 1832

Choctaw Full Woman
1790 – 1848

Show siblings
Spouse & Children
Phoebe Anderson
1820 – 1861

Thompson Bohannon
1833 –

Samuel H. Bohannon
1841 – 1925

there are probably other people researching your family on in the family tree records.

you should collect documents yourself, so that you have information about your family.

1900 United States Federal Census about Sam H Bohanan
Name: Sam H Bohanan
Age: 59
Birth Date: Jul 1840
[abt 1841]
Birthplace: Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Home in 1900: Township 3, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s Name: Margaret Bohanan
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Sam H Bohanan 59
Margaret Bohanan 59
Minnie Bohanan 17
Florence Bohanan 14
Juda Bakan 7
Mamie Blank 15
James Hudson 16
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 3, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1851; Enumeration District: 0095; FHL microfilm: 1241851.

there may be information in this dawes packet that would help you.

Native American Data for William Bohanan

Name: Bohanan, William
Tribe: Choctaw
Record Type: enrollment
Sex: M
Enrollment Type: P (Parent)
Card No.: 2002

Credit belongs to the staff of SW National Archives, Fort Worth, Texas, who compiled the names from the Dawes Enrollment Cards for its National Archives
Others with this Family:
Surname First Name Type Sex Age Blood %
Bacon Louisa P (Parent) F
Bacon Wilson P (Parent) M
Bohanan Phoebe P (Parent) F
Bohanan William P (Parent) M
Woods Oris P (Parent) M
Bohanan Samuel H BB (By Blood) M 58 1/2
Bohanan Margaret S BB (By Blood) F 56 1/2
Wall Phoebe A BB (By Blood) F 22 1/2
Bohanon Julius H BB (By Blood) M 19 1/2
Bohanon Minnie A BB (By Blood) F 16 1/2
Bohanon Florence A BB (By Blood) F 13 1/2
Bacon Judith A BB (By Blood) F 7 FULL
Wall Clarance H BB (By Blood) M 1 1/2

family group/card# 2002 is in this reel.
Reel 0010 Choctaw by Blood 1902-2155

the card# begins on page 694
the documents appear to be about julius bohanon’s and phoebe wall’s children. the tribe might have more information.

the 1900 census says that samuel and margaret have been married 39 years and both were b. indian territory. they would likely be on the native census records.
i notice that the 1860 census link appears to give the non-native population in the area.

samuel was b. july 1840 in indian territory, so his family probably went on the trail of tears from MS to OK.

margaret’s father was b. OH, so she must have her native heritage from her mother. margaret was b. may 1841 indian territory. margaret’s maiden name is probably bacon or woods, from the dawes index.

the forts were providing government services to indian territory up to the time that oklahoma became a state in 1907. these records are at NARA, oklahoma historical society, oklahoma state archives might have some information.

samuel’s parents were b. MS.

in the 1885 native census, wade county:
272. Bohanan, Sam, 44, MI, Farmer

273. Bohanan, Margaret, 42, FI,

274. Bohanan, Tom, 20, MI,

275. Bohanan, Levi, 18, MI,

276. Bohanan, Menda, 11, FI,

277. Bohanan, Phebe, 8, FI,

278. Bohanan, Julius, 5, MI,

279. Bohanan, Minnie, 4, FI, memorial for samuel h. bohanan
Birth: 1840
Death: 1924

Civil War Veteran-Choctaw Unit.

Family links:
Margaret S. Bohanan (1843 – 1910)*

Children: William J. Bohanan (1862 – 1903)*

*Calculated relationship

Cupco Cemetery
Latimer County
Oklahoma, USA

Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Apr 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19149389

since he is a civil war veteran, you should look for his military record and see if there is a military pension record. the pension record was often prepared by attorneys and contained genealogical information.

Margaret S. Bohanan
Birth: May 26, 1843
Death: Jan. 15, 1910

Wife of Rev. S. H. Bohanan

Family links:
Samuel H. Bohanan (1840 – 1924)

Cupco Cemetery
Latimer County
Oklahoma, USA

there might be some church records as well. you should also see if there might be an obituary for samuel h. bohannon and margaret bohannon.

william bohannon may have some records about the trail of tears also. NARA would have these records.

Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 about Sam’l H Bohanan
Name: Sam’l H Bohanan
Birth Date: 25 Jul 1840
Birth Place: Oklahoma
Gender: Male
Father: Wm J Bohanan
Age at Death: 85
Death Date: 20 Aug 1925
Death Place: Paris, Lamar, Texas, US

1910 United States Federal Census about Samuel Bohanan
Name: Samuel Bohanan
Age in 1910: 67
Birth Year: abt 1843
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Buffalo, Latimer, Oklahoma
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Bohanan 67
Juda Bacon 17
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo, Latimer, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1257; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0134; FHL microfilm: 1375270.
juda is a granddaughter.
both the 1900 and 1910 census are reported on the indian population schedule of the federal census.

U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 about Samuel H Bohanon
Name: Samuel H Bohanon
State Filed: Bc
Roll Number: T288_41
this samuel h. bohanon might not be your relative. this shows that the unit was out of minnesota.

Bohanon, Samuel H.

REGIMENT NAME:Hatch’s Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry
FILM NUMBER:M546 roll 1

if samuel h. bohannon was in a choctaw unit of the civil war, the record might be found here.,_Indian_Units

the oklahoma historical society might also have information about the civil war units.

this might be samuel bohannon’s father:

10. William BOHANAN Sr.
you should write to anyone who posts about your family, trade information and sources.

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 1830-1940 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)

there is a difference between tribal heritage and tribal enrollment.

find your relative in the 1900-1940 census. this will give you locations, family members, dates that you will need for looking on the dawes roll, taken 1896-1906 in the state of oklahoma/indian territory. the dawes roll lists applicants to the five major tribes of oklahoma. use the accessgenealogy website to do this or ancestrypaths:
get family group/card#, members of the family:
partial surnames ok. just enter the surname.
partial names might not be found on this website.

find a possible name, click on the # in the card# column and this will show you the family group as of application. use the 1900 and 1910 census to match the names. write down the names, card#.

if you don’t find your family, then look at the 1900-1940 census locations for your family, look for nearby tribes. contact the nearby tribes to see if your family had enrolled. find out membership criteria for that tribe. there are tribes in other locations and other choctaw tribes. location is an important factor over whether a native enrolled in a tribe. you won’t find that an original enrollee enrolled in the choctaw tribe in oklahoma if they were living in another state, for instance. if your family was renting in 1910, for instance, they had not received a land grant from one of the five major tribes in oklahoma and were probably not enrolled. there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the 5 major tribes are on the dawes roll.

many natives did not want to live under tribal authority or didn’t qualify for enrollment or could not submit satisfactory evidence to a tribe. this is very common. it means that your family is not enrolled in a tribe.

there were a few natives that were enrolled by tribal council approval or lawsuit. i don’t have any way to tell you whether someone was enrolled because of this. you would have to contact the tribe for this information. however, some people have posted this answer and you might be able to use google on your family names and see this.

supposing you find your family in the dawes roll, then look at the oklahoma historical society dawes website and put in the name of someone in that family group that you found on accessgenealogy. this will give you the enrollment # if the enrollment was successful. write down the enrollment #s for your family.

if you found your family on the dawes roll, you might want a copy of the dawes packet. four sources for this:

1) once you have the card#, search here for documents. the website is free at this time:
arranged by card#. use the slider bar at the bottom to approximate your card#. the packets are arranged in order of card#. usually the beginning document references the card#.

there may be more than one card# for a particular person, depending on whether they were a parent at the time of enrollment.

sometimes a family’s consideration also depends on an earlier decision in their family. so you may have more than one card# to look up.

2) is an online subscription resource and one month’s subscription is less than the price of a dawes packet at NARA or oklahoma historical society.

3) NARA fort worth, TX office
4) oklahoma historical society

a dawes packet contains census card, enrollment application, supporting documents and maybe testimony. even if your family was not enrolled, the genealogical information might be of interest to you.

the enrolled members are referred to as original enrollees. if your family had enrolled by blood then you are eligible to enroll in the choctaw tribe of oklahoma. all tribes have membership criteria. if your family had been enrolled as freedman, then they were enrolled as former slaves and their descendants were not eligible to enroll in the tribe.

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.

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 and Choctaw tribe have 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.
there is an 1860 and 1885 census in the indian territory

accessgenealogy’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)
this has a search but you may have to read the whole edition of a newspaper to find your search match.
the search term will be highlighted. the newspapers (location and years) are limited, so you might want to search for the location and look at years available.
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.

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

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

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.

you may want to make a heritage book.

good family tree software:
i use legacy. the free basic edition is great for the beginning and helps you organize.

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

suzanne hamlet shatto

Darlene Bohanon Fields Darlene Bohanon Fields

posted on April 13, 2014

Samuel H. Bohannon or Bohanan was a 1/2 brother to my grandfather Ellis Bohanan. There was an article in the “True West” magazine called “Boyhood of a Choctaw” where a descendant told about Samuel and his family. It was the April 1975 issue I believe. If you would like to correspond email me @

Lori McBride Lori McBride

posted on March 26, 2015

Help!!..Concerning the Bohanan / Bohannon ’s Is William Bohanan / Bohannon SR..Born 1730 on the Indian Rolls ?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 27, 2015

no. william bohannon would have been born before the american independence. there were no reservations at that time. so there were no native records.

tribes enrolled about 1900-1940.

your william bohannon would not have been alive at that time.

the earliest native records were kept by the war department and are at NARA. they date from about 1800 to 1940 or so, depending on the tribe. natives had an oral tradition and did not have records.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Darlene Bohanon Fields Darlene Bohanon Fields

posted on March 29, 2015

William Bohannon of 1730 if your talking about the son of Henry Bohannon and Ann Booten no he (William Bohannon of 1730) is not on the Choctaw Roll Cards.

I believe from my father’s y-dna close matches that the William Bohannon of 1730 had a son William Bohanan Sr. who married the Choctaw Full Blood and was born in 1760 and had the mixed blood children one being William Bohanan Jr. born 1790-1800 and he was 1/2 Choctaw.