this is a document but it is not cited about where it came from.
further, you have not stated anything about the decision in the case, what the subject was.
Article 14. Each Choctaw head of a family being desirous to remain and become a citizen of the States, shall be permitted to do so, by signifying his intention to the Agent within six months from the ratification of this Treaty, and he or she shall thereupon be entitled to a reservation of one section of six hundred and forty acres of land, to be bounded by sectional lines of survey; in like manner shall be entitled to one half that quantity for each unmarried child which is living with him over ten years of age; and a quarter section to such child as may be under 10 years of age, to adjoin the location of the parent. If they reside upon said lands intending to become citizens of the States for five years after the ratification of this Treaty, in that case a grant in fee simple shall issue; said reservation shall include the present improvement of the head of the family, or a portion of it. Persons who claim under this article shall not lose the privilege of a Choctaw citizen, but if they ever remove are not to be entitled to any portion of the Choctaw annuity.
edward allen box
rebecca box m. william jones
there are others that are also researching this line:
the family starts on page 5/6/7 of this document. it appears to me that this is the same researcher.
the war department started keeping documents on natives in the early 1800’s. the natives had an oral tradition and they didn’t have documents. your best sources might be NARA http://www.nara.gov and the state archives.
location will be very important in trying to find documents.
4. William Andrew3 Jones (John2, Unknown1)13,14,15,16,17,18,19 was born 1776 in Charleston, Laurens Co., SC, and died July 09, 1840 in Pontotoc Co., MS20. He married Rebecca Box21,22,23,24,25,26 Abt. 1798 in Laurens Co., SC, daughter of Edward Box and Elizabeth Newton. She was born 1782 in Laurens Co., SC, and died Abt. 1862 in Star of the West, Pike Co., AR27.
you will want to look closely at military pension papers, not just the index of the records. that would be at NARA http://www.nara.gov
you might want to look at trading post logs and local history books and newspapers. you might be able to access some of this through your local public library interlibrary loan program. some of this information might be at state archives, state historical and genealogical societies.
from what i see, information is cited, but only in an index form. you will need to look at the documents themselves to glean information.
you will also want the legal description of the land involved and look it up using the scrip land information. a quick and dirty search would be to use the mississippi land records on ancestry.com. but there are many william jones land records and i don’t know which one of them might be married to rebecca box. there are 174 land records in this database for people named william jones. using this, you would be able to establish the tribe that rebecca box jones belonged to.
both box and jones are very common surnames.
your inquiry goes back well before records were kept for each native. i would also suggest that you contact the mississippi choctaw tribe and the eastern cherokee tribe.
you might want to look up the state recognized tribes and federal recognized tribes in the area where the land was located.
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 Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
other choctaw tribes: http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html
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, email@example.com 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