eula virginia williams b. 10/28/1898 d. 8/11/1972 m. rufus sibley lee>travis jerome lee
there are two ways to find her parents. one is the census and one is her social security application.
they did register people to went on the trail of tears and you can get access to some native records. the war department kept the records in the early 1800’s until 1880. then the department of interior took over.
but she wasn’t born on the trail of tears, since the trail of tears occurred around 1837.
her family was probably mississippi choctaw or jena choctaw. you should check into both tribes. there were many unofficial migrations from the reservations in the southeast and the people who stayed behind and accepted termination land grants in lieu of tribal membership were called mississippi choctaw. and the trail of tears didn’t go through louisiana, but many mississippi choctaw did travel through louisiana.
so if she was lost during a migration, it was not the trail of tears. there were many migrations from mississippi/alabama at that time up to the reservation in oklahoma/indian territory.
what kind of documentation do you have? do you have a copy of her marriage license? her death certificate and obituary?
was this the family?
1910 United States Federal Census
about Rufus Williams
Name: Rufus Williams
Age in 1910: 17
Estimated birth year: abt 1893
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Rufus
Father’s Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother’s Name: Ella
Mother’s Birth Place: Louisiana
Home in 1910: Police Jury Ward 4, Union, Louisiana
Marital Status: Single
Neighbors: View others on page
Rufus Williams 50
Ella Williams 48
Eula H Williams 15
Mary Williams 13
Hannan Williams 11
Obe Williams 9
Azee Williams 7
Rufus Williams 17
Harrison Williams 19
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 4, Union, Louisiana; Roll T624_533; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 135; Image: 217.
i am having a hard time finding her because you don’t say where they lived, when they married.
when and where was travis jerome lee born?
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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