Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Six Town Choctaw ,

Jennifer Bennett Jennifer Bennett

posted on July 4, 2011

I have been researching my family heritage, and have a copy of some court papers where John E. Shockley, son of Nancy Shockley, one-half Choctaw, was asking for acknowledgement with the Choctaw Nation. In the papers I ran across the mention of his aunt Huldah, bearing a mark known as Six Town, that she(Huldah was a member of that town) and that she spoke the Choctaw language as well as English. I would like to know more about Six Town and what the mark was. Also, I am interested in finding out if their are any connections there may to the Shockley part of my family. I am eager to learn about the Choctaw Culture and History . Thank you for making this site available.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 6, 2011

Nancy ? m. ? shockley
John E. Shockley

From: “Gordon Arnold” <>
Subject: Re: [CHOCTAW] Six Town people
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 23:29:14 -0600

Hi Anna,
I found an article in the bibliography for " The Mississippi Band of
Choctaw Indians", that was assembled by the Anthropology Department
at MS State Univ. Name if the article is “Okla Hannali; or the Six Towns
District of the Choctaws” This article appeared in the " AMERICAN

this was an email message on
choctaw southeast tribe email list.

there are some possible shockley records on the dawes roll. you might want to search for the surname and see if any are related. click on the # in the card column to see the family group.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Lunsford Eliza 0 F 6034 P
Choctaw Lunsford Moses 0 M 6034 P
Choctaw Osborn Mattie 46 F IW 6034 NR NR BB
Choctaw Shockley John 0 M 6034 P
Choctaw Shockley John E 16 M 1/16 6034 NR NR BB
bb=by blood
iw=intermarried white, a general nontribal description

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Mitchusson Fanny 0 F 6031 P
Choctaw Mitchusson Young 0 M 6031 P
Choctaw Shockley Fatima 0 F 6031 P
Choctaw Shockley John E 0 M 6031 P
Choctaw Shockley Mamie 3 F 1/32 6031 NR DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Shockley Hurman 5 M 1/32 6031 NR DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Shockley Albert 7 M 1/32 6031 NR DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Shockley Callie 24 F IW 6031 NR DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Shockley Charles L 35 M 1/16 6031 NR DURWOOD BB

but since i don’t know when john e. shockley or nancy shockley lived, it is difficult to find records.
this message thread appears to be about your family. if you cannot open it because you don’t have a subscription, you might go to your local public library, who probably has a subscription to ancestry.

ii. MINNIE7 ROBINSON, b. February 1886, Gaines Co., I.T.; m. JOHN ED SHOCKLEY; b. Stringtown.
did he marry minnie robinson?

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 submitted 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

freedmen info:
You can ONLY apply for Choctaw Nation Membership, AFTER you have obtained a CDIB card proving your Choctaw Blood lineage to a direct ancestor who actually enrolled, BY BLOOD. Freedmen DID NOT enroll By Blood. When US Congress closed the Final Dawes Commission Rolls, there were no provisions granting Freedmen any benefits after the Dawes Commission closed. The tribe Constitution states BY BLOOD. however, the documents (application, census card and testimony) may help you find out more about your heritage.

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

Mike Ledbetter Mike Ledbetter

posted on April 10, 2012

Ssuzanne john E. Was my great-grandfather, yom can contact me at if you would like and i can fill you in

Yazzmine Clark Yazzmine Clark

posted on August 21, 2015

Im curious anyone know of a female named ruth shockley born April 15, 1926, martha simon was her mother born in orange county, tx, harrison shockley born 1843 on ruth dad side, which he would be a grandfather, Benjamin shockley 1791 he’s great grandfather, alberta warren January 26,1861 was her grandmother, I haven’t been able to find anything on her, she never wanted to talk about her past, she has a son that is not my grandfathers, truss, but the father is unknown. My great grandmother, live in Dallas, wills point, Quinlan, and probably more that I dont know of, in texas.