Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Taylor Baker Family tree

Benella Baker Ponder Benella Baker Ponder

posted on July 29, 2011 and updated on August 7, 2011

My great grandfather was named Taylor Baker and his role number was 894. He was a choctaw freedmen. HIs son was name Bonnie Baker, my grandfather and his role number was 895. I would like to know how I can be added to the role and I would also like to have more information on our family.
The tribal enrollment number is 419 for Taylor Baker. He was enrolled in Red river County Texas and was the slave of Minerva Wyatt.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 29, 2011

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.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Bonnie Baker
Name: Bonnie Baker
Age in 1910: 19
Estimated Birth Year: 1891
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s name: Taylor Baker
Father’s Birth Place: Texas
Mother’s name: Lanisa Baker
Mother’s Birth Place: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Township 4, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Taylor Baker 50
Lanisa Baker 46
Bonnie Baker 19
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Township 4, McCurtain, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1261; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0184; Image: 1049; FHL Number: 1375274.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Bonni Boker
Name: Bonni Boker
[Bonnie Boker]
[Bonni Baker]
Home in 1920: White, McCurtain, Oklahoma
Age: 31
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1889
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse’s Name: Ellin Boker
Father’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Mother’s Birth Place: Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Race: Black
[Colored (Black)]
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Bonni Boker 31
Ellin Boker 25
L B Boker 8
Taylor Boker 7
Joan Boker 6
MA*Ie Boker 2
Robert L Boker 1
Guy Gasky 23
E L Genny 28
C L Wilson 43
Wb* Poc* 20
J M James 29
Ray Arnold 22
Owen Rile 35
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: White, McCurtain, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1469; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 153; Image: 416.

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.

helpful information about tribal enrollment

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

Jamila Lenoir Jamila Lenoir

posted on September 25, 2015

I am also a descendant of Taylor Baker. His Daughter Fredonia is my great grandmother. I am doing research on the Baker family, however I am at a standstill. I am unsure if Bonnie and Fedonia had different mothers? From what I found her mother’s maiden name was Bumper. I was wondering if you had made any progress in your search and if it is not to forward, if you have any information that could help me. Thank you for any help you can give.
Jamila Lenoir

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on September 25, 2015

i answered this inquiry on this message thread:

suzanne hamlet shatto