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Laura Lewis Laura Lewis

posted on July 15, 2010

Hi my name is Laura White Lewis. I am researching my gg grandmother’s family. Her name was Martha Williams, she married William Gough. They were from Olla, or Davis Louisiana. He died before the birth of my g grandmother, Tennessee Pinquite Gough was born, Martha died in childbirth. Tennie was raised by a family in Olla, La. We have always been told that Martha was a full blood Choctaw.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 15, 2010

martha williams m. william gough>tennessee pinquite gough.

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.

i am frustrated because there is no date in your post. and it would help so much if i knew when these people lived. it appears that william and martha might have passed away soon after their marriage.

1870 United States Federal Census
about William Gough
Name: William Gough
Birth Year: abt 1860
Age in 1870: 10
Birthplace: Louisiana
Home in 1870: New Orleans Ward 9, Orleans, Louisiana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: New Orleans
i don’t know if this is your relative.
william gough, pupil in asylum, st. mary’s asylum
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: New Orleans Ward 9, Orleans, Louisiana; Roll M593_523; Page: 112B; Image: 498; Family History Library Film: 552022.

1910 United States Federal Census
about William H Gough
Name: William H Gough
Age in 1910: 39
Estimated birth year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother’s Birth Place: Louisiana
Spouse’s name: Mary
Home in 1910: Police Jury Ward 6, Caldwell, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William H Gough 39
Mary Gough 38
Ludy Gough 16
Gracy Gough 14
Eley Gough 12
Godrey Gough 10
Lessie B Gough 5
Era Gough 3
Lockey Gough 8/12
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 6, Caldwell, Louisiana; Roll T624_511; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 930.

1920 United States Federal Census
about William R Gaulph
Name: William R Gaulph
[William H Gough]
[William H Gaulph]
Home in 1920: Police Jury Ward 6, Caldwell, Louisiana
Age: 48
Estimated birth year: abt 1872
Birthplace: Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Mary
Father’s Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother’s Birth Place: Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William R Gaulph 48
Mary Gaulph 46
Ellen Gaulph 22
Geoffrey Gaulph 21
Lessie Belle Gaulph 16
Alvie Gaulph 10
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Police Jury Ward 6, Caldwell, Louisiana; Roll T625_604; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 991.

maybe tennessee is a nickname.

you need more than just a name, when names are common. you need some dates. you should have a county in louisiana as most records are at the county/state/federal level and not the city.

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 advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, shamlet76@gmail.com 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

Len McCartney Len McCartney

posted on November 3, 2010 and updated on November 3, 2010

Laura,
Olla is in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana. There is an independent Choctaw tribe in Jena, a few miles away:

http://www.jenachoctaw.org/index.cfm

They’ve been there since Dancing Rabbit :-)

Len

Laura White Lewis Laura White Lewis

posted on December 25, 2010

Len, I’m sorry I just found this. I’m in school (returning student AKA old student!) and I do research when ever I am out or have a light class load. So here I am during Christmas, searching again. Thanks so much for your response. I have come to the conclusion that I may never find hard evidence. However, knowing the history (such as Dancing Rabbit) may help explain what was going on with Choctaw or half Choctaw people at the time. I feel such sadness for my g grandmother who was orphaned or abondoned during this time, possibly because of her race. Thanks for your information, sincerely, Laura Lewis

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 25, 2010

you should contact the local tribes where they lived. they may have some information. state archives can help too.

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.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears

http://www.choctaw.org/

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes: http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/louisiana/
http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

often the location helps you figure out if they might have been afffiliated with a tribe.

Laura White Lewis Laura White Lewis

posted on July 18, 2011

Still searching for Martha Williams d. 1875, Olla Louisiana, Louisiana Choctaw. She married a William Gough also d 1875. Any information on Williams family of Louisiana would be appreciated! This family may have gone to Oklahoma sometime after 1880. Thanks!!