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Janice Stone Janice Stone

posted on April 5, 2011 and updated on April 5, 2011

My husband is searching for his Choctaw ancestories. His grandmother was Pearl Kite from the Gate, Ok. area. She married Paul Goodnight from the Englewood, KS area. We do know that she had a brother George Kite and that her mother was Cora Kite. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Another possible name to help in the search is Archie Kite.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 5, 2011

pearl kite b. beaver county, OK? m. paul goodnight b. clark county, KS?
brother george kite, mother cora ?, archie kite – unknown relation

no dates, no children, no maiden name for cora, no spouse for cora. genealogists use this information to match records.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Pearl Kite
Name: Pearl Kite
Age in 1910: 8
Estimated Birth Year: 1902
Birthplace: Kansas
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s Name: Charles Kite
Father’s Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother’s Name: Cora E Kite
Mother’s Birth Place: Tennessee
Home in 1910: Lyons Ward 2, Rice, Kansas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Kite 30
Cora E Kite 28
Pearl Kite 8
Ralph W Kite 2
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Lyons Ward 2, Rice, Kansas; Roll: T624_454; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0180; Image: 636; FHL Number: 1374467.

maybe this is your pearl?

charlie and cora were married 9 years, he rents a house, he works at a cement plant as a laborer.

check on kansas tribes and tennessee tribes. geographic location is a big clue to tribal affiliation.
parents of both charlie and cora are born TN.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Pearl Rite
Name: Pearl Rite
[Pearl Kite]
Home in 1920: Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas
Age: 20
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1900
Birthplace: Kansas
Relation to Head of House: Nephew
Father’s Birth Place: United States
[United States of America]
Mother’s Birth Place: Kansas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
F A Roland 34
Linnie Roland 34
Grace Roland 10
Pearl Rite 20
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas; Roll: T625_530; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 824.
this says pearl is a male, nephew, a farm laborer. the rolands have a farm.

frankly, this surname is fairly common.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Pearl E Goodnight
Name: Pearl E Goodnight
Home in 1930: Englewood, Clark, Kansas
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Age: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1903
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Paul A Goodnight
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

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Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Paul A Goodnight 32
Pearl E Goodnight 27
Wanda L Goodnight 1 1/12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Englewood, Clark, Kansas; Roll: 694; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 558.0.
in any case, it is doubtful that she applied for enrollment in a tribe in oklahoma. but look in kansas.
http://www.native-languages.org/kansas.htm
map of tribes here.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/kansas/
http://www.kansashistory.us/
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/nativeam/

state archives:
http://www.statearchives.us/kansas.htm
http://www.digitalstatearchives.com/kansas-state-digital-archives

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Paul Goodnight
Name: Paul Goodnight
County: Clark
State: Kansas
Birthplace: Kansas;United States of America
Birth Date: 14 Sep 1896
FHL Roll Number: 1643429
DraftBoard: 0
his father is frank goodnight. he was b. in casaday? KS
Source Citation: Registration Location: Clark County, Kansas; Roll: 1643429; Draft Board: 0.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Paul Goodnight
Name: Paul Goodnight
[Paul Wright??]
Home in 1920: Knowles, Beaver, Oklahoma
Age: 23
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Birthplace: Kansas
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Father’s Birth Place: Ohio
Mother’s Birth Place: Ohio
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Paul Goodnight 23
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Knowles, Beaver, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1452; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 22; Image: 936.
1920 United States Federal Census
about Paul A Goodnight
Name: Paul A Goodnight
Home in 1920: Englewood, Clark, Kansas
Age: 23
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Birthplace: Kansas
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Frank L Goodnight
Father’s Birth Place: Indiana
Mother’s Name: Ena E Goodnight
Mother’s Birth Place: Ohio
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank L Goodnight 48
Ena E Goodnight 48
58
Paul A Goodnight 23
Vivian A Goodnight 22
Olis G Goodnight 19
Elsworth W Goodnight 17
Wanda Goodnight 8
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Englewood, Clark, Kansas; Roll: T625_525; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 31; Image: 1083.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Paul A Goodnight
Name: Paul A Goodnight
Age in 1910: 12
Estimated Birth Year: 1898
Birthplace: Kansas
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Frank L Goodnight
Father’s Birth Place: Indiana
Mother’s Name: Etta E Goodnight
Mother’s Birth Place: Ohio
Home in 1910: Englewood, Clark, Kansas
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank L Goodnight 38
Etta E Goodnight 38
Ina Goodnight 18
15
Paul A Goodnight 12
Vivian A Goodnight 11
Olis G Goodnight 9
Elworth W Goodnight 7
Annabel Wright 1 11/12
1
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Englewood, Clark, Kansas; Roll: T624_434; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0026; Image: 1087; FHL Number: 1374447.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Allen P Goodnight
Name: Allen P Goodnight
Home in 1900: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma
[Beaver, Beaver, Oklahoma]
Age: 3
Birth Date: Jan 1897
Birthplace: Kansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father’s Name: Frank L Goodnight
Father’s Birthplace: Indiana
Mother’s Name: Etta E Goodnight
Mother’s Birthplace: Ohio
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank L Goodnight 28
Etta E Goodnight 28
Irene Goodnight 5
Allen P Goodnight 3
Vivian Goodnight 2
Goodnight 1
George Goodnight 33
Roy Greene 22

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Benton, Beaver, Oklahoma; Roll: T623_1335; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 1.

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:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
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.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

NARA http://www.archives.gov/ federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from nara.gov.

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

chickasaw historical society 22
Historic Preservation and
Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
http://www.chickasaw.net/index.htm

chickasaw genealogy archive center 23
Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

http://www.okhistory.org/
oklahoma historical society

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
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:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

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, shamlet76@gmail.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

J.B. J.B.

posted on October 12, 2012

Cora E. Kite was Cora E. Brown, the oldest daughter of Moses Cornelius Brown and Martha Jane Carter. Cora and her family came to the Englewood, Kansas area around 1900 from Romeo, Tennessee. The family lived in the Englewood area only briefly before moving to a dugout home while they established a homestead near Gate, Oklahoma. No Choctaw ancestry with us Brown’s that I am aware of but if you are interested in information about your husband’s Brown family please contact me at boredattorney@hotmail.com I have photos of Moses and Martha, as well as Cora’s brothers. I have no photos of Cora.