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Rozella Mae Dickey

Bryan Johnson Bryan Johnson

posted on August 3, 2011

Looking for any info about Rozella Mae Dickey. Rozella Mae Dickey married april 1897 in Goodland Ok. to Jasper Franklin French.
1900 they appear on the 1900 Choctaw Nation census in Ok. Ed 116, twp 6 – Jasper (substantially older) was born Feb 1855 in Missouri- Rozella b. Oct 1877 Missouri. We know the names of these children (corrected & correctly) as:
James Franklin French,
Harry Mckinley French,
Oscar William French,
Dalton Theodore French,
Willie Mae French,
Leoma Grace French,
deceased as a child:
Etta French
We believe them to be part Choctaw from what my grandmother Willie Mae told me.
Thank You
Bryan Johnson

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 3, 2011

i think some else posted about this line on this messageboard, so you might look there too.

i don’t see them on the dawes roll. but they might not have applied for enrollment. they may not have qualified under tribal membership rules, or they might have been opposed to enrollment. heritage and tribal enrollment are two different questions.

the original enrollees list is set in stone. in order to enroll, you have to be directly descended from an original enrollee.

since rozella/rosella and jasper were born in MO, you might look at the missouri state archives.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Jasper French
Name: Jasper French
Home in 1900: Township 6, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Age: 45
Birthplace: Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse’s Name: Rozella French
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jasper French 45
Rozella French 22
James French 1
Etta French 13
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 6, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: T623_1852; Enumeration District: 116.
jasper was probably previously married, as etta is listed as his daughter.
this census page is not very clear. maybe heritage quest has a better copy of this census page. you should report this to ancestry as unreadable so that they update the page. your local public library probably has a subscription to heritage quest and ancestry databases.

1910 United States Federal Census
about James F French
Name: James F French
Age in 1910: 11
Estimated Birth Year: 1899
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s name: Joseph F French
Father’s Birth Place: Missouri
Mother’s name: Ross French
Mother’s Birth Place: Missouri
Home in 1910: Stonewall, Pontotoc, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph F French 55
Ross French 33
James F French 11
Harry M French 10
Oscar French 5
Dalton G French 10/12
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Stonewall, Pontotoc, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1270; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0262; Image: 1079; FHL Number: 1375283.

1880 United States Federal Census
about Rosa Dickey
Name: Rosa Dickey
Home in 1880: Saint Marys, Perry, Missouri
Age: 2
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Birthplace: Missouri
Relation to Head of Household: Dau (Daughter)
Father’s name: James Dickey
Father’s birthplace: Missouri
Mother’s name: Mary Dickey
Mother’s birthplace: Missouri
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: At Home
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

View image
Household Members:
Name Age
James Dickey 42
Mary Dickey 35
Vincent Dickey 9
John Dickey 7
Rosa Dickey 2
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Saint Marys, Perry, Missouri; Roll: 707; Family History Film: 1254707; Page: 614B; Enumeration District: 94; .
since the parents were born in the mid 1830’s to 1840’s, they might have been affiliated with another tribe. you should look at the missouri state archives, the tribes that are located around this area. search for missouri native tribes and you will find some websites with maps, some with text.

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


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


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

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


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