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posted on January 20, 2011 and updated on January 20, 2011

Am lost looking for roll number. (Choctaw)
John Franklin Taylor born TN abt 1860-1861 married to Sarah J (or Sallie J) Wiles or Willis born 1863+1864 ARK

Son: Bonnie D Taylor b abt 1883 in TX married Rosa (probably Dolton or Dalton) b abt 1894 in TX

Son: Buford Franklin Taylor b TX about 1910 married Beulah Nelson.

Son: Buford Ray Taylor b 1932 in Grant OK d 2002 in Durant OK. For several years Buford Ray Taylor was a bus driver for the Choctaw Nation. We know there was a roll number but we have not been able to find it.

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posted on January 21, 2011

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906 and covers the five major tribes in oklahoma. if your relations were in TX at the time, they might have been mississippi choctaw. also, look at their location to see if they were part of a texas or oklahoma minor tribe. links are in this message for that. the dawes roll link is also in this post.

john franklin taylor b. 1860 TN m. sarah/sally j. wiles/willis b. 1863 AR
bonnie d. taylor b. 1883 TX m. rosa dalton? b. 1894 TX
buford franklin taylor b. 1910 TX m. beulah nelson
buford ray taylor b. 1932 grant OK d. 2002 bryan OK

how do you know there was a roll #?
bonnie taylor would be the original enrollee, if he was enrolled and he is not on the dawes roll. many natives left the reservation in the southeast late and traveled through TX. the trail of tears in the late 1830’s didn’t go through texas.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Rosa Taylor
Name: Rosa Taylor
Home in 1930: Everidge, Choctaw, Oklahoma
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Age: 41
Estimated birth year: abt 1889
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s name: Benny D Taylor
Race: White


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Benny D Taylor 47
Rosa Taylor 41
B D Taylor 12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Everidge, Choctaw, Oklahoma; Roll: 1897; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 579.0.
1930 United States Federal Census
about Benny D Taylor
Name: Benny D Taylor
Home in 1930: Everidge, Choctaw, Oklahoma
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Age: 47
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Texas
they rent a farm. they were first married, benny at 21, rosa at 15.
bonny was b. TX, parents b. AR
rosa was b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. TN
b. d. jr. was b. TX

1920 United States Federal Census
about Bonnie D Taylor
Name: Bonnie D Taylor
Home in 1920: Holfrod, Marshall, Oklahoma
Age: 37
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse’s name: Rosa Taylor
Father’s name: John F Taylor
Father’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Mother’s name: Sarah Jane Taylor
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Bonnie D Taylor 37
Rosa Taylor 26
Buford F Taylor 10
B D Taylor 2
[3 3/12]
John F Taylor 59
Sarah Jane Taylor 57
john was b. 1861 TN, father was b. KY mother b. VA
so if john was native, his family made a late migration.
sara b. 1863 AR, parents b. AR
if she was native, her family could have gone on the trail of tears because oklahoma was indian territory and before that it was called AR.
they rent a farm. he said his father was b. AR, but his father says he was b. TN
the children were b. TX, so this is a fairly recent migration to OK.
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
about Bonnie D Taylor
Date of Birth: 13 Sep 1917
Birth County: Red River
Mother’s name: Bonnie D Taylor
Certificate Number: 42729
Roll Number: 1917_0011

you can make name corrections to the ancestry index so that others can find your family.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Bonnie D Tayor
Name: Bonnie D Tayor
[Bonnie D Taylor]
Age in 1910: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Spouse’s name: Rosa Tayor
Home in 1910: Everidge, Choctaw, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
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Household Members:
Name Age
Bonnie D Tayor 27
Rosa Tayor 22
Penford Tayor 10/12
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Everidge, Choctaw, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1247; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 56; Image: 7.

he’s a farmer, and they were married 6 years.
he was b. TX, father b. TN, mother b. AR
rosa was b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. TN
buford b. TX

1900 United States Federal Census
about John F Taylor
Name: John F Taylor
Home in 1900: Clarksville, Red River, Texas
[Clarksville City, Red River, Texas]
Age: 40
Birth Date: Apr 1860
Birthplace: Tennessee
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother’s Birthplace: Virginia
Spouse’s name: Sallie J Taylor
Marriage Year: 1878
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 22
Occupation: View on Image
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Household Members:
Name Age
John F Taylor 40
Sallie J Taylor 36
Mary E Taylor 30
Billie D Taylor 17
Minnie E Taylor 15
Nellie L Taylor 5
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Clarksville, Red River, Texas; Roll: T623_1665; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 101.
john f. taylor b. april 1860, married 22 years, b. TN, father b. KY, mother b. VA. rents the farm
sally j., wife, b. nov. 1863, had 8 children but only 4 survive. b. AR, parents b. AR
mary e., daughter, b. nov. 1879, single, b. TX
billie d., son, july 1882 TX
minnie e., b. may 1885 TX
nellie l., b. march 1895 TX

this family tree is on ancestry and might be on rootsweb too.

  • Bonnie Dilbert Taylor
  • Birth 31 Jul 1882
  • Death 17 Aug 1965


* * John Franklin Taylor 1860 – 1943 * * Sallie Wiles 1863 – 1936
i don’t see this tree there, but maybe there was a post to the taylor messageboard at rootsweb.
or, you can get access to ancestry through your local public library.

Spouse & Children

* * Sallie Wiles 1863 – 1936 * * T P Taylor 1878 – 1878 * * Mollie Elizabeth Taylor 1879 – 1956 * * Bonnie Dilbert Taylor 1882 – 1965 * * Minnie Etta Taylor 1885 – 1960 * * Em Taylor 1889 – 1891 * * Eb Taylor 1892 – 1899 * * Nellie Lavada Taylor 1895 – 1999 * * Donald A. Taylor 1902 – 1952

1880 United States Federal Census
about John Taylor
Name: John Taylor
Home in 1880: Precinct 2, Red River, Texas
Age: 21
Estimated birth year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Tennessee
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse’s name: S. J. Taylor
Father’s birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s birthplace: Georgia
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farming
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

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Household Members:
Name Age
John Taylor 21
S. J. Taylor 17
M. E. Taylor 6m
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 2, Red River, Texas; Roll: 1323; Family History Film: 1255323; Page: 207B; Enumeration District: 100; .

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