Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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HICKMAN family

FreeSpirit1 FreeSpirit1

posted on December 8, 2010

My ancestor Jonathan Hickman came to America from England as a farmer and landowner, he married a Choctaw native and the children were registered Jonathan 390. He also had a brother called Ernest. A lot of relatives took on his name of HICKMAN so aparently there are 2 lines of DNA, those born to the brothers and those that lived on the land. One day they abandonded the land, possibly they were broke after all the fighting, and returned to England with his bride – there are 2 marriages registered to him but they are both the same girl – she took on an english name in England, Margaret.
Well I don’t expect anyone to contact me and say he was my neighbor but maybe someone can help fill in the blanks.
My maternal Grandmother from England was also a native girl my Greatgrandfather met while mining in Alleghany, she was Hannah Eagle and the 1st 3 children born were born as BS (British subjects) so I do not have registration numbers for them, they also returned to England where she went on to have 10 children.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 9, 2010

as far as native records, you might not find native records if your relatives did not apply for enrollment to a tribe. but you might find affiliation. there were ration books, native census records, trading books, perhaps a mention in a local newspaper or local history book.

none of this post gives names, locations, dates, children of any particular person. this is a problem in trying to find them in records. the names you have given are fairly common.

i have no idea about the 390 #. there were many tribes, too many possibilities. there were state recognized and federal recognized tribes.

alleghany, where? this is a rather common name and i don’t know if this refers to a mountain or a river or what. no state is given.

do you have birth certificates fo rthe children born in england and the ones born in the united states? i would say that this might be a good starting point. childrens’ documentst point to the parents and fix the family to a date and location.

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 for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted 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. the census records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public information in 2012.

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:

other choctaw tribes:

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

FreeSpirit1 FreeSpirit1

posted on December 9, 2010

Oh many thanks, I think I shall be busy for some time