Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Sarah Willkett Hiarker

Crystal Pruett Crystal Pruett

posted on August 12, 2011

Looking for information on Sarah. She has 2 different cards on the Dawes rolls. One when she is 19, the other when she is 55. One say’s she is Inter married. The other show’s full blood.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 14, 2011

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906. it includes applicants to the five major tribes. you would have to check with the oklahoma historical society to see if your relative is enrolled. it is unlikely that both of them are your relative.

your post is indicating two different people. since you gave no dates, no location, no children or spouse, i could not tell you if one of them were your relative or not.

but this family group appears to me to be the most likely:
tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hiarker Henry 0 M 2630 P
Choctaw Hiarker Sarah J 0 F 2630 P
Choctaw Hiarker Henry 1 M 3/8 2630 NR SPIRO BB
Choctaw Hiarker Jane Ethel 1 F 3/8 2630 NR SPIRO BB
Choctaw Hiarker Sarah 19 F IW 2630 NR SPIRO BB
Choctaw Hiarker Frank R 25 M 3/4 2630 NR SPIRO BB
Choctaw Wilkett Nancy 0 F 2630 P
Choctaw Wilkett Thomas 0 M 2630 P
bb=by blood
the reason i think this might be the most likely is because there are wilketts in the family group. sarah appears to have married frank wilkett? she is IW, intermarried white, which means that she didn’t qualify for tribal enrollment for her blood quantum but she was married to an enrolled member. she may have been enrolled as a spouse.

this is the card# of the other person:
tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Foster Allen 0 M 2631 P
Choctaw Foster Winnie 0 F 2631 P
Choctaw Hiarker Sarah J 55 F FULL 2631 NR SPIRO BB

so i will give you the resources that i use and you can see for yourself. the first thing i would do is identify the spouse, children, approximate dates, locations. then you will have an idea who is in the family group. when you go to the accessgenealogy website (link in this post), you can click on the # in the card column and see the family group.

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.

social security application for a deceased person:

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

Jennifer Mieirs Jennifer Mieirs

posted on August 14, 2011 and updated on August 14, 2011

The Hayaka (sometimes misspelled as Hiaker on documents) is one I have seen a lot, but they aren’t in my files which means I haven’t read their dawes cards. I know I have some stuff on them somewhere on my computer though. Will check and get back to you

Jennifer Mieirs Jennifer Mieirs

posted on August 14, 2011

1885 Census, Skullyville

Hayaka, Henry, 55, MI,,
Hayaka, Jane, 40, FI,,
Hayaka, Frank, 10, MI,,
Hayaka, Buddy, 13, MI,,
Hayaka, Becca, 20, FI,,
Battiest, Morris, 27, MI,,
Battiest, Ella, 6, FI,,

Jennifer Mieirs Jennifer Mieirs

posted on August 14, 2011

Here is Henry in 1856 in Skullyville on the 1855 annuity roll. He had a different wife. I do believe his wife Sarah Jane is the same as Jane in 1885, as Frank evidently testified on her death (affidavit not in dawes packet). HIs packet has his wife’s testimony as an intermarried white and children’s births only.

262 Henry Hayaka

Crystal Pruett Crystal Pruett

posted on August 17, 2011

I only have a little bit of information. Sarah Willkett married Frank Hiaker. On one for the cards #2630 it shows her being intermarried and white. She is 19yrs, on this card. On this card,there is a Henry, which I think is Frank’s father. Nancy and Thomas are Sarah’s parents, and then Sarah and Frank’s kids.Frank is listed as being 3/4 Blood. The kids are listed as being 3/8. i don’t undertsand how they are more than him, if Sarah was listed as white?
On Card# 2631Sarah is 55 yrs, and listed as full blood.She is listed with 2 parents Allen and Winnie Foster. I have never heard of these names. I am trying to figure out why the differences in the cards?

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 17, 2011

if frank is listed as 3/4 blood, and his children are 3/8, it indicates that the mother of the children didn’t contribute to the children’s blood quantum for the tribe. the children are less blood. you can relate this to cooking measures.

the differences are likely that they are two different people. if she was 19 years old when she applied, she would not be 55 years old just a couple of years later. the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906 and closed in 1906. i think you are looking at an index, not source documents.

you should get a copy of the application, census card, and testimony. they would be available from NARA or the oklahoma historical society
if the accessgenealogy website link was not down presently, i could check and see if the application would also be available online at

Last Name First Name Age Sex Blood Census Card No. Tribe & Enrollment
Hiarker Sarah 22 Female I W CC# 2630 Page 115 Enr# 257 Choctaws – by Intermarriage
Hiarker Jane Ethel 2 Female 3-8 CC# 2630 Page 46 Enr# 7650 Choctaws – by Blood
Hiarker Estes 1 Female 3-8 CC# 177 Page 99 Enr# 178 Choctaws – by Blood (New Borns)
Hiarker Frank R. 28 Male 3-4 CC# 2630 Page 46 Enr# 7648 Choctaws – by Blood
Hiarker Henry 4 Male 3-8 CC# 2630 Page 46 Enr# 7649 Choctaws – by Blood

there is a father named henry and a child named henry.