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Sonja Wheeler Sonja Wheeler

posted on August 2, 2010

Searching for family history that was buried with my great grandfather. The mother of my grandfather was Dana Love Russell, who was raised on one of the Choctaw reservations. She died when my grandfather was sixteen, and my great grandfather (Mark Dearman) would only tell the family that there were things better left forgotten. I would like very much to find out what I can about my family and connect with family members that I may still have out there. If you have any information that could help me, please contact me here. I have four children who would be very interested in this information as well. Thank you.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 3, 2010

i don’t know what your attachment is.
mark dearman m. dana love russell?
you have mentioned names but no dates, no location, no children, no spouse. i don’t know if russell is a married name or a maiden name.

is this your family?

1930 United States Federal Census
about Mark Dearman
Name: Mark Dearman
Home in 1930: Precinct 7, Archer, Texas
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Age: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1903
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s name: Dona
Race: White
Occupation:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Mark Dearman 27
Dona Dearman 28
Lillian Dearman 10
Raymond Dearman 4
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 7, Archer, Texas; Roll 2288; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 845.0.
mark b. 1902 OK parents b. AL, pumper for an oil driller, first married at age 16
dana b. 1903? OK parents b. AR
lillian b. 1920 TX,, raymond b. 1926 OK

1920 United States Federal Census
about Mark Dearman
Name: Mark Dearman
Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 2, Wichita, Texas
Age: 16
Estimated birth year: abt 1904
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Jim
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
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Household Members:
Name Age
Jim Dearman 60
Lizzie Golsten 21
Tressie Golsten 1
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Mark Dearman 16
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Wichita, Texas; Roll T625_1859; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 128; Image: 248.
lizzie is his daughter, jim was a railroad laborer, mark was a teamster for an oil driller.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Dana Russel
Name: Dana Russel
Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 4, Wichita, Texas
Age: 20
Estimated birth year: abt 1900
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father’s Birth Place: United States
[United States of America]
Mother’s Name: Mary
Mother’s Birth Place: South Carolina
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
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Household Members:
Name Age
Mary Russel 57
Frank Russel 28
Cecil Russel 23
Dana Russel 20
Lilian Russel 0
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Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Justice Precinct 4, Wichita, Texas; Roll T625_1858; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 132; Image: 912.
you can correct the ancestry name index so that others can find your family.
frank and cecil were laborers on an oilfield.
lillian might have been dana’s daughter.
mary is a widow.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Mark Dearman
Name: Mark Dearman
Age in 1910: 7
Estimated birth year: abt 1903
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: James T
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Home in 1910: Dewey, Roger Mills, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
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Household Members:
Name Age
James T Dearman 50
Joseph I Dearman 20
James T Dearman 15
Jessie Dearman 13
Lizzie Dearman 11
Mark Dearman 7
Lonnie C Dearman 9
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Dewey, Roger Mills, Oklahoma; Roll T624_1272; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 239; Image: 167.

1910 United States Federal Census
about Cecil Russell
Name: Cecil Russell
Age in 1910: 14
Estimated birth year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Birth Place: South Carolina
Mother’s Name: Mary L
Mother’s Birth Place: South Carolina
Home in 1910: Maguire, Tillman, Oklahoma
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
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Household Members:
Name Age
Mary L Russell 47
Frank Russell 20
Susie Russell 17
Cecil Russell 14
Dayner Russell 10
Earnest Keith 10
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Maguire, Tillman, Oklahoma; Roll T624_1275; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 252; Image: 975.
mary rents a farm, is a farmer
ernest is nephew.
dana’s parents are b. SC

this might be dana’s family:
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Jefferson, Little River, Arkansas; Roll T623_65; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 76.

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
about Dana Dearman
Name: Dana Dearman
Death Date: 18 Nov 1940
Death County: Gregg
Certificate: 50457

Where to Go From Here:

With the information provided in this index, you may be able to obtain a copy of a death certificate. Because more information is often provided in an original record than in its index, it is important that you obtain a copy of the original record, if possible. For information on how to order a copy of a death certificate, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website (www.tdh.state.tx.us) or write to:

Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
(512) 458-7111

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.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, shamlet76@gmail.com 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

Sonja Wheeler Sonja Wheeler

posted on August 3, 2010

Yes! This is my family!! This is more information than any of us knew. I only knew the approximate date of Mark Dearman’s death, nothing on his birth or where he had lived, and all of the information I had on Dana was what I posted. This is a great help! Thank you very much.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 4, 2010

this might be your mark dearman:

Social Security Death Index
about Mark Dearman
Name: Mark Dearman
SSN: 452-03-9910
Last Residence: 79756 Monahans, Ward, Texas, United States of America
Born: 6 Oct 1903
Died: Dec 1985
State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (Before 1951)

with your dana dearman, you could get a copy of her social security application, which would list significant dates and places, her parents. see social security administration for that. anyone who passed away after 1/1/1937 has a social security application on file. and in order to prove age at the time they applied, she probably submitted a delayed birth certificate, which would likely include affidavits from other members of the family.
so if you ask for a birth certificate, be sure to ask for a delayed birth certificate copy as well. some vital records offices don’t check for a delayed birth certificate when they check for records.

gl

Sonja Wheeler Sonja Wheeler

posted on August 5, 2010

Thank you very much. This information has been a great help to my family. It is very much appriciated.

NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS

posted on September 13, 2010 and updated on September 13, 2010

I have learned that my mother’s father is a Choctaw. She was born May 21, 1919, as Lillian Russell. Her mother was Dana Love Russell and at that time lived in Wichita CO TX and/or Ada OK with her mother, Mary Russell. It is said that she (Dana Russell) lived for a time on a Choctaw reservation. Mother was later adopted and raised by my grandfather, Mark Dearman, as his own, but now that I know the truth, I HAVE to know the name of my CHOCTAW GRANDFATHER! If this resignates with anyone out there, please post or contact me immediately. Evidently, my grandmother did not marry this man but later married Mark Dearman. Dana’s brothers and sisters were Cecil, Ratch, Frank, and Susie Russell.

NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS

posted on July 24, 2013

Suzanne, I have found this on my great grandm, Mary Lou Russell (above) and do not know how to follow it. I will paste it in, and ask if you can tell me how to see if this is my Lou Russell. I think the app was rejected, but I just don’t know what it means. if it is my family, does this mean my GGmother was Choctaw? Can you get hold of the orig docs on this, or can I? Here’s what I found:

Lou Russell, “Oklahoma, Applications for Enrollment to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914”
Name: Lou Russell
Event Type: Application
Tribe or Clan: Mississippi Choctaw
Case Number: MCR 1279
Application Status:
Affiliate Publication Title: Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
Affiliate Publication Number: M1301
Affiliate Film Number: 100

Norma Farris

NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS

posted on July 24, 2013

and is there a roll by roll number? It seems to be only by name. I have the final roll/Dawes listing and do not see a Lou Russell under the Miss Choctaw. But have the MCR 1279 number.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on July 25, 2013

i do not know who lou russell was. was it someone related to you?

many people find names of applicants to tribes and don’t know that they should look by family group. the problem is that i think ancestry.com owns fold3.com and fold3.com has online tribal enrollment records of the original enrollees. fold3 is a subscription website, but one month’s subscription is less than the price of a dawes packet from NARA or oklahoma historical society.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Lyon James A 0 M MCR1279 P
Choctaw Lyon Mealy 0 F MCR1279 P
Choctaw Russell William 0 M MCR1279 P
Choctaw Russell Dessie 2 F 1/32 MCR1279 MCR
Choctaw Russell Elijah 7 M 1/32 MCR1279 MCR
Choctaw Russell Henry 9 M 1/32 MCR1279 MCR
Choctaw Russell Ida 10 F 1/32 MCR1279 MCR
Choctaw Russell Lou 29 F 1/16 MCR1279 MCR

this does not appear to be your family.

this is a family that was mississippi choctaw, a separate tribe.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
look up a name, partial names are ok.
then, if you find a possibility, click on the # in the card column to see the family group.

if you think you find someone, then get a copy of the enrollment application, census card and supporting documents. this is called a dawes packet. i think fold3 also has testimony about each applicant, but i do not know that for sure.

according to the 1910 census, mary russell should be about 37 when the dawes roll was taken.

Dawes Results
Total Records: 9 Tribe Last First Middle Age Sex Blood Card Roll Misc Type
Cherokee Russell Mary 0 F 4862 P
Cherokee Russell Mary Alice 0 F M3818 P
Cherokee Russell Mary 35 F IW 10108 NR PRYORCREEK BB
Cherokee Russell Mary 35 F IW D690 NR WELCH D
Chickasaw Russell Mary 0 F 967 P
Choctaw Russell Mary A 0 F NB165 P
Choctaw Russell Mary 2 F 1/32 2764 NR HOYT BB
Choctaw Russell Mary A 26 F 1/16 2764 NR HOYT BB
Creek Russell Mary A 25 F 1/16 375 1221 BB

i do not see an appropriate choctaw mary russell on the dawes roll.

if you see one, go ahead and click on the # in the card column and see their family. if the family does not match the family as in the 1910 census, then it is likely not your mary russell.

sorry.

suzanne hamlet shatto

NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS NORMA KITCHINGS FARRIS

posted on July 25, 2013

No, I doesn’t appear to be anything of ours. Thank you for checking for me!