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I am looking for any info on Gr Grandfather

Mark Dillon Mark Dillon

posted on August 9, 2011 and updated on August 9, 2011

I am looking for info on my Gr Grandfather William Issac Lee. He lived in Clinton, La. He had several daughters with Bonnie Lee being my grandmother and she married Wayne Dillon and resided in Pearl River, La. She had several sons with Roger Dale Dillon being my father. All I know is he could be Choctaw or Chickasaw. I think it may be the first because Clinton, La was a heavily populated Choctaw area. I don’t have a role number or any other info as I have been told he was orphaned and tracing has proved difficult. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 9, 2011

this is the website of the choctaw tribe in oklahoma. you probably want to contact the mississippi choctaw or jena choctaw tribes. you might want to also look at the louisiana tribes.

william isaac lee, no spouse, no dates, no birthplace/place of death
bonnie lee m. wayne dillon
roger dale dillon

Social Security Death Index
about Wayne Dillon
Name: Wayne Dillon
SSN: 426-22-1648
Last Residence: 70452 Pearl River, Saint Tammany, Louisiana, United States of America
Born: 17 Nov 1922
Last Benefit: 78626 Georgetown, Williamson, Texas, United States of America
Died: Oct 1979
State (Year) SSN issued: Mississippi (Before 1951)

this is wayne dillon’s wife:
Helen Margaret Dillon

Helen Margaret Dillon, 86, of Beaumont died Thursday, November 2, 2006, at Calder Woods. Helen was born on August 21, 1920, to August and Claudine Seger, in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Helen grew up in Oelrichs, South Dakota, on the family ranch. In 1946, she married Wayne Dillon and they made their home in Beaumont. Helen was a homemaker and retired school teacher. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Dillon of Beaumont; sons, Ronnie W. Dillon of Beaumont, Roger L. Dillon and wife Donna of Lumberton; daughters, Kay Eichorn and husband John of Charlotte, North Carolina, Carol Bartel and husband Mike of Beaumont; grandchildren, Krista Latil and husband Jason, Derek Dillon, Joseph Eichorn, Betsy Eichorn, Robby Eichorn, Ben Eichorn, Sarah Bartel, Lorianna Bartel; two great grandchildren, Mallory Latil and Jaden Latil; sister, Doris “Babe” Allen of Grand Island, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 6, 2006, at First Christian Church, 5290 N. Caldwood Drive, Beaumont, with burial to follow at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 N. Major Drive, Beaumont. A gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2006, at the Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 5290 N. Caldwood Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77707, or to the charity of your choice.

ame of Deceased: Helen Margaret Dillon
Age at Death: 86
Death Date: 2 Nov 2006
Obituary Date: 4 Nov 2006
Newspaper Title: Beaumont Enterprise
Newspaper Location: Beaumont, TX, Us
Birth Date: 21 Aug 1920

i don’t know if this is the wayne dillon in your family.

i’m handicapped here. who were her other sons?

you are starting with native genealogy. you really need to gather records, such as birth certificates, marriage license first. the census is available 1900-1930, which can tell you family members. i often start with the death records first, such as an obituary that is probably available through your local public library/interlibrary loan program, the death certificate from the state vital records or state archives, a cemetery record – try or

then i gather documents like the marriage license and birth certificate. the social security application is often helpful, listing parents, dates and locations. anyone who passed away after 1/1/1937 has a social security application on file. in addition, they had to show proof of age for social security. sometimes they submit a delayed birth certificate. if you ask for a birth certificate, also ask for a delayed birth certificate because these are often found in a different place chronologically in the vital records office.

after you have more details, you can try to find the tribe. natives often lived near other natives in their band of natives, so once you identify more specific genealogical locations, you might be able to find records.

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

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