elizabeth melissa johnson b. 9/15/~1877 GA d. 11/21/1936 AR m. john wesley howard. residence AL, midland, AR, spouse passed away 1905 or so. m2. james patterson. no childrens’ names listed. common surnames, so you need more information rather than less. childrens’ records often point to the parents, fix the family to specific dates and locations.
are you sure she was a member of the tribe? she was living in AR at the time of her death? enrolled members generally lived in OK/indian territory, part of the condition of enrollment at that time.
you might be looking for heritage, rather than enrollment. if so, you might have to trace back to AL and see if there was a land grant,, choctaw scrip, as a termination grant. there might have been a termination land grant in georgia, i don’t know, but some states were spotty about awarding those termination land grants. AL and MS were better.
you should do a search on mississippi choctaw and read about that tribe. they were natives that declined to go on the trail of tears in the late 1830’s.
land patent search
you will need the name of the head of household 1830-1870.
maybe this is your family:
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 11, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll T623_20; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 96.
1900 United States Federal Census
about Malissa E Howard
Name: Malissa E Howard
Home in 1900: Precinct 11, Jefferson, Alabama
Birth Date: Jun 1875
Relationship to Head of House: Wife
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother: number of living children: 2
Mother: How many children: 6
Spouse’s name: John W
Marriage Year: 1893
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 7
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
John W Howard 49
Malissa E Howard 24
Charles S Howard 5
Alonza S Howard 21
George W Howard 15
Caroline Howard 73
also, if they were in AL, they might be MOWA tribe too.
lawsuit for federal recognition
john b. june, 1850 AL, parents b. GA
melissa b. june, 1875 GA, parents b. GA
children b. AL and caroline, john’s mother b. march 1827 GA.
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Diamond, Sebastian, Arkansas; Roll T624_65; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 138; Image: 277.
john is still alive here.
John W Howard 60
Messa C Howard 33
Charles N Howard 14
Jessie C Howard 9
Cricket Howard 8
Paul Howard 1
James C Howard 81
paul was the only one b. AR. the other children b. AL. so there’s your migration.
he was young enough so that he could have enlisted for the civil war, so you should look carefullly where the unit mustered out. (find his name,, click on the unit, and then you will see where they drew people from.)
can’t find elizabeth melissa and james patterson after these census records.