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Looking for information on my great grandfather

Lisa Lisa

posted on April 14, 2011

I am looking for information on my great grandfather Walter H. Morris and his father Lawson Morris. Walter was married to Vina Potter and died when my grandmother was 3. His father Lawson Morris was married to Rhoda Folsom. Any information on them would be greatly appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 14, 2011

no children in your post for walter morris. no dates or locations.

lawson morris m. rhoda folsom
walter h. morris m. melvina potter

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Folsom Lorin 0 M 213 P
Choctaw Folsom Melvina 0 F 213 P
Choctaw Morris Walter H 6 M 1/8 213 14256 ARDMORE BB
Choctaw Morris Edward P 11 M 1/8 213 14255 ARDMORE BB
Choctaw Morris Lorin Folsom 13 M 1/8 213 14254 ARDMORE BB
Choctaw Morris Ahoaa Folsom 35 F 1/4 213 427 ARDMORE BB
Choctaw Morris Lawson A 48 M IW 213 IW496 ARDMORE BB
Choctaw Warris Edward 0 M 213 P
Choctaw Warris Mary 0 F 213 P

p=parent
IW=intermarried white, a general nontribal description

this dawes packet (census card, enrollment application, and maybe testimony) is available on footnote.com. footnote is a subscription service, but the cost of a month’s subscription is less than the price at oklahoma historical society or NARA – national archives and records administration.

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.
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

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.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Lawson A Morris
Name: Lawson A Morris
Home in 1900: Township 5, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 57
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse’s Name: Rody F Morris
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Lawson A Morris 57
Rody F Morris 44
Loring F Morris 16
Edward P Morris 13
Walter H Morris 7
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 5, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: T623_1853; Enumeration District: 183.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Rody F Morris
Name: Rody F Morris
Home in 1900: Township 5, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 44
Birthplace: Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Wife

lawson’s father was b. ENGLAND, mother b. IRELAND
he was b. sept. 1852. he is a farmer, owns a farm.
rhody’s parents were b. MS.
loren f., son, b. april 1884 indian territory
edward p., son, b. jan. 1887 indian territory
walter h., son, b. aug. 1892 indian territory

you can correct a name to the ancestry census index so that others can find your family.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Lawson A Morris
Name: Lawson A Morris
Age in 1910: 60
Estimated Birth Year: 1850
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Father’s Birth Place: England
Mother’s Birth Place: Ireland
Home in 1910: Township 12, Bryan, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles A Semple 61
Minnie Semple 49
Charles C Semple 24
Lena B Semple 21
Abbie F Semple 15
Ann Semple 10
William F Semple 27
Houston Miller 39
Frank Banko 30
Lawson A Morris 60
Rhoda F Morris 55
Walter H Morris 16
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Township 12, Bryan, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1244; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 0033; Image: 550; FHL Number: 1375257.
lawson is a bookkeeper for a coal mining company.
rhoda says she had 4 children but only 2 survive.
they’ve been married 35 years.

1850 United States Federal Census
about Edward Morris
Name: Edward Morris
Age: 41
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1809
Birth Place: England
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Shullsburg, Lafayette, Wisconsin
Family Number: 183
Household Members:
Name Age
John Reynard 34
Mary Reynard 26
John Reynard 1
Edward Morris 41
Mary Morris 36
Edward Morris 7
Lawson Morris 0
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Shullsburg, Lafayette, Wisconsin; Roll: M432_1001; Page: 392B; Image: 126.
edward is a congregational minister.
edward, son, was b. IRELAND
lawson is 8 months old, b. MA
john reynard is a presbyterian minister.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Walter Hehghlinton Morris
Name: Walter Hehghlinton Morris
COUNTY: Bryan
State: Oklahoma
Birthplace: Oklahoma;United States of America
Birth Date: 2 Aug 1892
Race: Indian (Native American)
FHL Roll Number: 1851608
DraftBoard: 0

1920 United States Federal Census
about Walter Marris
Name: Walter Marris
[Walter Morris]
Home in 1920: Atoka, Atoka, Oklahoma
Age: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Brother-in-Law
Father’s Birth Place: Wisconsin
Mother’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jas G Adair 41
Missie Adair 32
J C Adair 12
Joe A Adair 7
Walter Marris 27
Gussie Marris 26
Eveline Marris 6
Marion A E Marris 2
[2 6/12]
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Atoka, Atoka, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1452; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 577.
walter is james adair’s brother-in-law. missie was b. TX. walter is a real estate agent.
gussie was b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. AL.
so if gussie was native, you might look at the mississippi choctaw tribe or the MOWA tribe.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Walter H Marris
Name: Walter H Marris
Home in 1930: Precinct 2, Gray, Texas
View Map
Age: 35
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s Name: Gussie O Marris
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Walter H Marris 35
Gussie O Marris 24
Evlyn J Marris 16
Maron S Marris 12
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 2, Gray, Texas; Roll: 2336; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 413.0.
walter is working in a warehouse for an oil company.
he rents a house.
1910 United States Federal Census
about Minie Adair
Name: Minie Adair
Age in 1910: 22
Estimated Birth Year: 1888
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Spouse’s Name: Joseph Adair
Home in 1910: Caney, Atoka, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Adair 31
Minie Adair 22
J V Adair 2
Auther Gilbert 20
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Caney, Atoka, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1242; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0003; Image: 926; FHL Number: 1375255.
minnie was b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. AL.
so minnie might be gussie’s sister.

this might be minnie’s marriage;
CHOCTAW NATION MARRIAGES
GROOM INDEX
1895 – 1907

Transcribed by MARY TURNER KINARD
COPYRIGHT 27 APR 1992 Mary Kinard

Printed here with the Permission of J.D. Kinard and family for your personal use
NOT TO BE COPIES FOR USE IN ANY COLLECTION FOR PROFIT OR DISPLAY

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FIVE FEDERAL COURTHOUSES IN CHOCTAW NATION AT – ATOKA, ATOKA CO. OK, get copy of marriage from LDS Library BR – DURANT, BRYAN CO. OK. get copy of marriage from Durant Lf – POTEAU, LEFLORE CO. OK get copy of marriage from Poteau Mc – McALESTER, PITTSBURG CO. OK get copy of marriage from Indian Archives OKC WIL – WILBURTON, LATIMER CO. OK you may be able to get copy from Muskogee Ok CODES USED un – NOT USED nr – NO RETURN er – ERROR col – COLORED

GROOM AGE BRIDE AGE DATE RESIDENCE BOOK©PAGE
ADAIR, J J McFADDEN, MINNIE 21 NOV 1904 BR1©393A
BR – Bryan County Court Clerk
402 E. Evergreen
Durant, OK 74701
580-924-1446

$2.00 copy fee when info is known
call for search fee

you will have to look on accessgenealogy for the native census records and databases for rhoda folsom. be generous about her name.
you can do that from the dawes page, look to the left menu.

1860 United States Federal Census
about Edward Morris
Name: Edward Morris
Age in 1860: 50
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: England
Home in 1860: Monroe, Green, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Post Office: Monroe
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Morris 50
Mary Morris 42
Ed Morris 16
S A Morris 10
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Monroe, Green, Wisconsin; Roll: M653_1411; Page: 350; Image: 361; Family History Library Film: 805411.

1870 United States Federal Census
about Edward Morris
Name: Edward Morris
Birth Year: abt 1809
Age in 1870: 61
Birthplace: England
Home in 1870: Plymouth, Rock, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Morris 61
Mary Morris 53
Mary Morris 22
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Plymouth, Rock, Wisconsin; Roll: M593_1736; Page: 421B; Image: 491; Family History Library Film: 553235.
if you are curious about this line, look at the church information and the immigration/passage information. the first and second papers can often be accessed through state historical societies, look at wisconsin and massachusetts particularly.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Gussie A Mc Phodden
Name: Gussie A Mc Phodden
[Gussie A Mcfadden]
[Gussie A McFadden]
[Gussie A Mcphodden]
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 2, Navarro, Texas
[Navarro, Texas]
Age: 8
Birth Date: Feb 1892
Birthplace: Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter
Father’s name: Cesian H Mc Phodden
Father’s Birthplace: Texas
Mother’s name: Annie Q Mc Phodden
Mother’s Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Cesian H Mc Phodden 41
Annie Q Mc Phodden 30
Minnie L Mc Phodden 14
Lula R Mc Phodden 10
Gussie A Mc Phodden 8
Georgia A Mcphadden 6
Lucion B Mcphadden 1
Robert M Mcphadden 38
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Navarro, Texas; Roll: T623_1661; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 101.

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.
http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html

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