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vickie coffey stokes vickie coffey stokes

posted on July 13, 2010

I am researching, Lela May Durant ..B,) 7-10-1903
her parents were, Wilson Durant 12-1885 her mother is questionable, Lela Durant went to Goodland indian school as a newborn then she attended Chilocco and wheelock..Her grandparents were George and Mollie Durant. George is the son of Pierre Durant. any photos or information or relatives and photos would be appreciated..
thank you!

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 13, 2010

pierre durant>george durant m. mollie ?>wilson durant b. 12/1885 m. ?.lela durant b. 7/10/1903 OK

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.

i don’t know if this is your relative:

1920 United States Federal Census
about Lela May Durant
Name: Lela May Durant
[Lela May Duran]
Home in 1920: Bokchito, Bryan, Oklahoma
Age: 14
Estimated birth year: abt 1906
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Father’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birth Place: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Race: Indian (Native American)
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jake J Sims 27
Burwell Sims 27
Rachel Durant 18
Lela May Durant 14
Charles A Sims 2
Julia May Sims 1

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Bokchito, Bryan, Oklahoma; Roll T625_1454; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 507.

rachel was b. around 1902 and could have been on the dawes roll. this might be your relatives:
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Butler Jack 0 M 1667 P
Choctaw Butler Sallie 0 F 1667 P
Choctaw Cole Allen 0 M 1667 P
Choctaw Cole Lucy 0 F 1667 P
Choctaw Cole Edward 12 M FULL 1667 4701 MAYHEW BB
Choctaw Durant George 0 M 1667 P
Choctaw Durant Mollie 0 F 1667 P
Choctaw Durant Rachel 1 F 1/2 1667 4703 MAYHEW BB
Choctaw Durant Bessie 3 F FULL 1667 4702 MAYHEW BB
Choctaw Durant Dora 19 F IW 1667 IW1102 MAYHEW BB
Choctaw Durant Wilson 60 M FULL 1667 4700 MAYHEW BB
Choctaw Frazier Fisher 0 M 1667 P
Choctaw Frazier Susan 0 F 1667 P
iw=intermarried white,, a general nontribal description.
bb=by blood
102 36b 930 Durant Lela May

An image file for page 102 is available at:
==================== CENSUS YEAR: 1898-1914 TITLE: Native American TRIBE: Five Civilized Tribes MICROFILM#: M1186-1 QUANTUM: Choctaw, Minors by Blood ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PG# LN# ROLL_NO. LAST_NAME FIRST_NAME REMARKS ====================

102 36b 930 Durant Lela May
Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Durant Dora 0 F M30 P
Choctaw Durant Wilson 0 M M30 P
Choctaw Durant Lela May 2 F 1/2 M30 930 BOSWELL M

you should probably ask to see the enrollment applications and census card of these two family groups/card #’s. see the genealogy advocacy link, NARA http;// fort worth office, or the oklahoma historical society.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

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

suzanne hamlet shatto

vickie coffey stokes vickie coffey stokes

posted on July 19, 2010

Thank you for your reply.Yes on the 1920 cencus I am related to them..I I do have all the information above. I do thank you for your hard work. My problem is Lela Durant m 1) John flowers 2) john Crowder.
her mother Dora [Farnsworth] Butler, Neagle.
, time line doesnt match and her statement to the dawes roll commission doesnt add up, so im jusst researching this..
Lela Durant cc # M30
roll #930
thank you vickie

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 19, 2010

you should start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents birth certificate and marriage license and then you can try to find your grandparents.

many times oral tradition doesn’t exactly match documentation. memories fade, people fill in details that they don’t know in order for the story to make sense to them.

you can get a copy of the census card and enrollment application. you might find out if you can get a copy of the testimony in support of their application. sources might be the tribe, NARA fort worth office, oklahoma historical society

lela’s social security application might help you. anyoe who passed away after 1/1/1937 filed a social security application.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Robert Meyers Robert Meyers

posted on July 12, 2013 and updated on July 12, 2013

alot of our family tree can be found at the bottom of the article just type in the Missippi Durants at the bottom is a place that you can go to the family tree at. My great grandmother was Mollie Durant, Jack (Orville) Durant is my grandfather

Vickie Coffey Stokes Vickie Coffey Stokes

posted on March 31, 2014

Hi Thank you for the info Robert, you can contact me at
I was just in contact with someone from your family line of Dixon Durant. she is the gradaughter of Mevina.

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