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Searching The Voyles Family and Dolly Voyles

Lynne Ratliff Lynne Ratliff

posted on February 9, 2011

My great grandmother’s family name is Voyles or Voiles. Her name was Dolly, parents names were Lon and Amanda and the 1900 census has them located at Sterrett town, Township 7, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.

If there is any of the family still within the tribe or someone that can direct me to someone who know something about the family please get in touch with me, I will be very much appreciated of it as it will increase my knowledge about my family and possibly enable mine and my family’s rightful entrance into the Choctaw tribe and nation.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 10, 2011

lon voyles/voiles m. amanda ?
dolly voyles/voiles

no spouse, no children, no dates on this post.

the original enrollees are now set in stone. very few changes made at this time. but there is heritage information. perhaps your family were mississippi choctaw, so there might be a land grant in alabama or mississippi under the name of the head of household 1830-1880.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Dolly Voyles
Name: Dolly Voyles
Home in 1900: Township 7, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 14
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter
Father’s name: Lon Voyles
Mother’s name: Manda Voyles
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Lon Voyles 38
Manda Voyles 37
Dolly Voyles 14
Ronney Voyles 11
A J Voyles 6
Bonney Voyles 3
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 7, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: T623_1852; Enumeration District: 115.
lon was b. apr. 1862 TX
amanda was b. feb. 1863 TX
this would indicate they were more than likely mississippi choctaw. the federal government considered them a separate tribe because they chose tribal termination and received a land grant in the southeastern states. the trail of tears didn’t go through texas.

dollie and ronnie? were b. TX but a.j. and bonney were b. indian territory, so this tells you about when they came up to oklahoma from texas.
lon rented a farm, so he hadn’t been given an allotment from the tribe.
they were married around 1885.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Amanda Voyles
Name: Amanda Voyles
Home in 1920: Durant Ward 4, Bryan, Oklahoma
Age: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s name: Lon Voyles
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s Birth Place: United States
[United States of America]
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Lon Voyles 56
Amanda Voyles 55
Ray Voyles 23
Maggie Garner 20
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Durant Ward 4, Bryan, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1454; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 133.

Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002
about Amanda Cunningham
Name: Amanda Cunningham
Marriage Date: 31 Dec 1884

Spouse: Lonze Voyles

Marriage County: Hunt
Marriage State: Texas

Source: Texas Marriages, 1814-1909

is this your lonnie voyles?
don’t know.
Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
about Lonnie Voyles
Name: Lonnie Voyles
Death Date: 12 Sep 1979
Death County: Cooke
Gender: Male
( or write to:

Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
(512) 458-7111

this looks like the same person:
Social Security Death Index
about Lonnie Voyles
Name: Lonnie Voyles
SSN: 447-07-9236
Last Residence: 73459 Thackerville, Love, Oklahoma, United States of America
Born: 12 Apr 1910
Died: Sep 1979
State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (Before 1951)

might have passed away on a trip.

1880 United States Federal Census
about Amanda Cunningham
Name: Amanda Cunningham
Home in 1880: Precinct 5, Fayette, Texas
Age: 16
Estimated birth year: abt 1864
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of Household: Dau (Daughter)
Father’s name: Jas. W. Cunningham
Father’s birthplace: England
Mother’s name: Lucynda J. Cunningham
Mother’s birthplace: Texas
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: At Home
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jas. W. Cunningham 62
Lucynda J. Cunningham 35
Amanda Cunningham 16
Andrew J. Cunningham 13
Leander Cunningham 11
Daniel J. Cunningham 9
Delila Cunningham 7
Cora E. Cunningham 5
Cornelius Cunningham 3
Tobitha Cunningham 10m
John H. Cunningham 26
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 5, Fayette, Texas; Roll: 1303; Family History Film: 1255303; Page: 188B; Enumeration District: 61; .

1870 United States Federal Census
about Amanda A Cunningham
Name: Amanda A Cunningham
Birth Year: abt 1864
Age in 1870: 6
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1870: Between Buckners Creek and Colorado River, Fayette, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jas W Cunningham 52
Lucinda J Cunningham 25
Nancy R Cunningham 18
John H Cunningham 16
Mary J Cunningham 14
Jas F Cunningham 12
Anne A Cunningham 9
Amanda A Cunningham 6
Andrew J Cunningham 4
Leander A Cunningham 2
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Between Buckners Creek and Colorado River, Fayette, Texas; Roll: M593_1585; Page: 472B; Image: 343; Family History Library Film: 553084.

looks like a second marriage for james cunningham.
1850 United States Federal Census
about James Cunningham
Name: James Cunningham
Age: 40
Estimated birth year: abt 1810
Birth Place: Ireland
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Rio Grande, Cameron, Starr, and Webb, Texas
Family Number: 608
Household Members:
Name Age
Archibald Lewis 30
Anna Lewis 20
Anna Lewis 2
James Cunningham 40
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Rio Grande, Cameron, Starr, and Webb, Texas; Roll: M432_909; Page: 571A; Image: 119.

Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002
about James Cunningham
Name: James Cunningham
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 5 Mar 1863

Spouse: Mrs. Lucinda Jones

Marriage City: Fayette
Marriage State: Texas

Source: Texas Marriages, 1851-1900

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

Lynne Ratliff Lynne Ratliff

posted on February 10, 2011

Hello Suzanne!,

Thank you for the information, I had some of it, but, I didn’t have the info on the Texas statistics or the marriages. Dolly married my Great Grandfather, Henry Franklin Atterson, and when and where their marriage took place is a mystery to me, but, I will find it. The part about her family being Mississippi Choctaw might be correct and I will have to research that further. I will get in touch with you through your gmail account for the rest of the research resources later today.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 12, 2011

this might help:

they may have married in OK. oklahoma became a state in 1907. there were district courts and tribal courts.

since i can’t find henry franklin atterson (too many records, and a confusing name problem in that another henry auterson married a dolly auterson) or dolly in oklahoma, i can’t tell you any more about them.

if i had the names of their children, it would be easier to search also for their names. and for the parents, the surname was spelled variously.

also apparently the voyles and autersons had several intermarriages.

perhaps if you started with the death information, such as death certificate, obituary, social security application, you might get significant dates and places.