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Mary Alice Stag-Crowell Family

Valencia Crowell Valencia Crowell

posted on July 11, 2010 and updated on July 11, 2010

Hi. My name is Valencia Crowell and im looking for any info on Mary Alice Stag or Stagg. my dad told me she was a Choctaw. he was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. i have no idea where she was born. im assuming Alabama as well. she died when my dad was 4. so that’s around 1964. any info is appreciated

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 11, 2010

no date of birth/birthplaces, not sure of maiden name/married name. no children in your post.
you might check into the MOWA tribe also. there was a reservation for cherokee in that area too. you should look closer to the geographic area where your parents/grandparents were born.

there are no staggs/stags on the dawes roll.

i don’t know if this is your relative:

1930 United States Federal Census
about Mary Alice Staggs
Name: Mary Alice Staggs
Home in 1930: Beat 2, Noxubee, Mississippi
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Age: 4
Estimated birth year: abt 1926
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s Name: Momae
Mother’s Name: Francis
Race: Negro
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Beat 2, Noxubee, Mississippi; Roll 1161; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 759.0.

Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
about Mary Alice Staggs
Name: Mary Alice Staggs
Date of Birth: 14 Nov 1930
Gender: Female
Birth County: Wheeler
Father’s Name: Clint Staggs
Mother’s Name: Opal Stella Hill
Roll Number: 1930_0007

this name is common. you should try to get her death certificate, an obituary, your father’s birth certificate.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if

you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather thann 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.

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


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

suzanne hamlet shatto

Valencia Crowell Valencia Crowell

posted on July 13, 2010

Thank you! And I’ll do like you said