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Looking for information on my great grandfather and his parents

Lisa Lisa

posted on April 20, 2011

I am looking for information on my great grandfather Walter H.
Morris and his parents, Lawson and Rhoda (Fulsome) Morris. Anything would help, as not much is known by my family as Walter died when my grandmother, Della Morris, when she was 3 years old. Thank you.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 20, 2011

lawson morris m. rhoda folsom
walter h. morris
no dates in this post.

it seems to me that i looked up this family recently. if you did not post the previous inquiry, you might look it up to see if there is another relative who has inquired about it on this messageboard.

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

iw=intermarried white, a general nontribal description
bb=by blood

1900 United States Federal Census
about Walter H Morris
Name: Walter H Morris
Home in 1900: Township 5, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 7
Birthplace: Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father’s name: Lawson A Morris
Mother’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.

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

Social Security Death Index
about Walter Morris
Name: Walter Morris
SSN: 449-14-7692
Last Residence:
Born: 2 Aug 1892
Died: Oct 1964
State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (Before 1951)

you might get a copy of his death certificate from texas.

also, you can probably get a copy of his obituary through the local public library/interlibrary loan program.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Walter H Morris
Name: Walter H Morris
Age in 1910: 16
Estimated Birth Year: 1894
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Father’s Birth Place: Massachusetts
Mother’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Township 12, Bryan, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: Indian (Native American)
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.

1870 United States Federal Census
about Lawson J Morris
Name: Lawson J Morris
Birth Year: abt 1848
Age in 1870: 22
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1870: Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Bernard Flood 40
Lawson J Morris 22
Mary Bradford 24
Margaret J Flood 23
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: M593_632; Page: 327B; Image: 662; Family History Library Film: 552131.
lawson was a clergyman from ireland.

U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
about Rhoda Folsom
Name: Rhoda Folsom
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1860
Age at Census Enrollment: 42
Enrollment Date: 25 Sep 1902
Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw By Blood
Census Card #: 3323
Dawes’ Roll #: 9540

she might have remarried after lawson’s death;
1920 United States Federal Census
about Roda Guess
Name: Roda Guess
Home in 1920: Blocker, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
Age: 67
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1853
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Emaniel Guess
Father’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Mother’s Birth Place: Mississippi
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Emaniel Guess 67
Roda Guess 67
Tibatha Beard 14
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Blocker, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1484; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 215; Image: 404.

11. MALVINA5 PITCHLYNN (PETER PERKINS4, SOPHIA3 FOLSOM, EBENEZER2, ISRAEL1) was born 07 Apr 1828 in MIssissippi, and died 26 Jul 1881. She married LORING S. W. FOLSOM Aft. 1850, son of DAVID FOLSOM and RHODA NAIL. He was born 1822, and died 31 Dec 1906 in Caddo, OK.

Notes for LORING S. W. FOLSOM:
1855 Boktuklo
221L.S.W. Folsom
Malina Folsom [Pitchlynn]
Mary Rhoda Folsom
Kitty Cambell

1885 census, Blue County
Folsom, Loring S.W., 62, MI, Farmer, Blue
Kennedy, Emmett, 8, MI, , Blue (nephew by marriage_

1900 town 5

3626 Loun SW Folsom (Loren), 76, 1/8, David and Rhoda (Nail) Folsom

i.CORA6 FOLSOM, b. 04 Oct 1850; d. 04 Nov 1854.
ii.RHODA MARY SOPHIA FOLSOM, b. 22 Feb 1855; d. Unknown; m. (1) LAWSON A. MORRIS; b. Abt. 1851; d. Unknown; m. (2) TOLBERT MORRIS, 03 Sep 1875; b. Abt. 1855; d. Unknown.

Morris, L.A., 54, MW, Farmer, Blue
Morris, Loring, 2 mo., MI, , Blue
Morris, Rhoda, 25, FI, , Blue
the 1855 census would be transcribed on accessgenealogy, link in this post.

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.

NARA 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

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:

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

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
oklahoma historical society

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