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Rachael Etta Vista Cleveland is my Grandmother....

Jodie Lee Holton Jodie Lee Holton

posted on July 15, 2010

My grandmother’s name was Rachael Etta Vista Cleveland, She was born in Wewoka, OK. Birthday: January 23rd,she was a Choctaw Indian. My father told me that one of my great grandfathers was a Choctaw Chief. I have always felt a passion for Native Americans and would like to learn more about my geneology and be able to give back to the community. My Grandfather was Clifford Lee Holton. Both of my grandparents and my father Ralph Lee Holton, were from Oklahoma.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 15, 2010

rachael etta vista cleveland b. 1/23/year unknown seminole, OK m. clifford lee holton>ralph lee holton

Name Age
R L Holton 52
Josephine Holton 48
Ruben Holton 21
Clifford Holton 19
Sherman Holton 14
Willma Holton 11
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Kellyville, Creek, Oklahoma; Roll 1900; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 666.0.

r. l. holton was b. ~1878 TN, parents b. TN, farmer
josephine was b. ~1882 AR, parents b.AR
they have been married 30 years or around 1900.

Social Security Death Index
about Clifford W. Holton
Name: Clifford W. Holton
SSN: 442-03-7622
Last Residence: 78381 Rockport, Aransas, Texas, United States of America
Born: 28 Dec 1910
Died: 25 Jun 1998
State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (Before 1951)

Name Age
Robert L Hutton 41
Josephine Hutton 38
Lema M Hutton 18
Melton L Hutton 17
Hazle Hutton 14
Fay Hutton 12
Rubin Hutton 10
Clifford Hutton 9
Hayman Hutton 3
[3 9/12]
Flara Hutton 1
[1 5/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Beggs, Okmulgee, Oklahoma; Roll T625_1475; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 196; Image: 923.
you can correct the ancestry name index so that others can find your familly.

Name Age
Robert Holden 33
Josephine Holden 28
Lena Holden 8
Milton Holden 7
Hazle Holden 4
Lay Holden 3
Ruben Holden 1
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Beggs, Okmulgee, Oklahoma; Roll T624_1267; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 146; Image: 162.

this might be your relative:

Name Age
Eliza J Holton 58
Robt L Holton 20
Susie E Holton 15
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: La Grange, Lafayette, Arkansas; Roll T623_64; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 111.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Robert Lee Holton
Name: Robert Lee Holton
County: Okmulgee
State: Oklahoma
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1877
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1852063
DraftBoard: 0
i submitted that the image was not readable and it might take ancestry some weeks to refilm it.

Arkansas Marriages, 1851-1900
about Josie Lee
Name: R. L. Holton
Spouse: Josie Lee
Marriage Date: 19 Nov 1899
County: Johnson
State: AR

hmm, makes me wonder about 1900 census and whether that is the right person.

Name Age
Lee Holton 22
Jocie Holton 18
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Perry, Johnson, Arkansas; Roll T623_64; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 35.

ok, no robert holton on the dawes roll and since they lived in AR in 1900, they probably didn’t apply. some holtons applied but were rejected as mississippi choctaw. about mississippi choctaw.

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 advocacy.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

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

Jodie Lee Holton Jodie Lee Holton

posted on July 16, 2010

You are a my blessing suzanne,
Thank you so much for all your information. I will email you with additional information as I get it.
Rachael Etta Vista Cleveland’s mother was Ann Hodges (her father was heard to be a Chief) I think some still reside in Wewoka, OK.
Rachael Etta Vista married several times….she is aka Rita Barfield.
Have a blessed day,
Jodie Lee Holton