Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Two possible lineages: Cowan and Covington

Shawn McHenry Shawn McHenry

posted on July 14, 2010

For Lewis Covingtion my great grandfather DOB 12-21-1894. His father was Martin Covington married to Ada Alford/ M.C.‘s parents were Franklin and Betty Covington. Ada Alford’s parents were Josie and Sara Alford. LC had 11 siblings.

For Minnie Lee Cowan(MLC), my great grandmother DOB 12-17-1894- married to Lewis Covington. Her parents were Mary Ann Epperson and Thomas J Cowan DOD 09/1894. I am told that Minnie Lee and Lewis emigrated from Georgia and she had 5 siblings. I have the names of all siblings and many of their spouses names for MC, LC, and MLC. Can anyone help me to establish either lineage in the rolles? I did find a Mary Epperson there but I cannot be certain it is the same one.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 14, 2010

martin covington m. ada alford>lewis covington b. 12/21/1894.
thomas j. cowan d. 9/1894 m. mary ann epperson>minnie lee cowan b. 12/17/1894

this is a good start. you have dates of birth but no locations. if minnie and lewis were b. GA, that is proably the reason that they didn’t apply for enrollment. they might have been mississippii choctaw, if they were choctaw. this is a separate tribe and most were not enrolled in the choctaw tribe in oklahoma.

i see some covingtons on the roll but not a martin, ada or lewis, so they probably didn’t apply.

same story with the alford surname.
try that for the dawes roll. when you find a name, click on the # in the card column to see the family group. the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906 so you should look for only the covington and cowan surname. and i don’t see them.

while your family might not have been enrolled, they might have a heritage. this might be difficult to establish if they didn’t apply for enrollment in a tribe. but you might find your family mentioned in a local history book,, newspaper or with a choctaw land grant in mississippii or alabama or georgia. as far as native records, you might find them on a native roll,, census. see the links to the left and bottom of the page on the dawes website. bear in mind that choctaw wasn’t a written language until the middle of the 1800’s. the war department was the department creating records from 1800-1880 and those are at fort worth office

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i don’t know if this is your relative. you didn’t say where you got those birthdates or cited any records.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Minnie Lee Covington
Name: Minnie Lee Covington
[Minne Lee Evington]
[Minnie Lee Garrington]
Home in 1920: Marion, White, Arkansas
Age: 18
Estimated birth year: abt 1902
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s name: Louis C
Father’s Birth Place: United States of America
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
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Household Members:
Name Age
Louis C Covington 25
Minnie Lee Covington 18
Garold Covington 0
Tay Covington 19
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Marion, White, Arkansas; Roll T625_84; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 152; Image: 867.

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Name: Minnie Covington
Death Day: 21
Death Month: Jul
Death Year: 1931
County: Garland
Roll Number: 19241933

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Name: Minnie Ker Covington
Death Day: 18
Death Month: Jan
Death Year: 1925
County: Howard
Roll Number: 19241933

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Minnie Ker Covington Howard 18 Jan 1925
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Name: Minnie Covington
Death Day: 21
Death Month: Jul
Death Year: 1931
County: Garland
Roll Number: 19241933

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Minnie Covington Garland 21 Jul 1931
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Marion, White, Arkansas; Roll T624_67; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 150; Image: 514.

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 have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, and request the choctaw resourcce 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

Sandy Miller Sandy Miller

posted on December 5, 2012


Have some info for you…Lewis C. Covington was born in Searcy,Arkansas-married Minnie Lee Cowan in 1917…

Father to Lewis is Martin Covington born 30 Mar. 1857 in Union Twp.,Pulaski(Putnam)Co.,Arkansas-died 17 June 1916 in White Co.,Arkansas-buried in Sidon Cemetery in White Co.,Arkansas—-married Ada Phada Alford on 21 Feb. 1878 in White Co.,Arkansas(not proven but said to be 1/2 Choctaw Indian)-Ada was born 1858,Harris Co.,Georgia-died 1919,White Co., Arkansas and buried Sidon Cemetery—-children that I have so far for this family is Clarence Edward,Nora A., Louis Jesse,Arthur M., Toy Elzy,Charlotte Frances(Lottie),Lewis C., Thomas J.

Father of Martin is Franklin Covington-born abt. 1833,South Caroline-He was in the Civil War-confederate-26th Arkansas Infantry,Co.K.Married Sarah Elizabeth Coleman-born 1842,Alabama-died 1901,Saline Co.Arkansas-buried Holly Creek Cemetery,Saline,Arkansas- married 13 Oct. 1833,Ilawamba Co.Mississippi-Father was Henry Coleman and mother was Dorcus Ann(unknown surname)—children are: Martin G.,Frances,George W.,Wade Hamp,Martha,Garland,Zula A.

Father of Franklin is William Covington-born abt. 1797 in North Carolina-(operated a tavern in Old Morvin,Anson Co.,N.C. in the early 1800’s.-"History of Anson Co.,NC,1750-1976, by Mary L. Medley)-married on 26 June 1845,Itawamba Co.,Mississippi to Nancy Hill(surname is a married surname)-born abt. 1802 in N.C.—first spouse of Nancy was William Hill.

I am also searching for family info for my husband-Lyndell G. Miller-grandson to Lewis and Minnie thru his parents:Gerald and Wilma Miller as a Christmas gift to him..I have some land records but not much yet.