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Trying to find relatives of Nannie Pettyjohn

Paul Pettyjohn Paul Pettyjohn

posted on January 1, 2012

Hello, My name is Paul Pettyjohn, I am doing research on Nannie Pettijohn (aka Pettyjohn) and if she has any relatives. We recently discovered we have Choctow relatives and are really excited, as I am the Native American sponsor for a prison in Washington. We would appreciated any information about Nannie and her children, Alice, Asee and Edna.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on January 2, 2012

no spouse, no dates, no location in your post. i don’t know if pettyjohn is a married name or a maiden name.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Pettijohn N M 0 M M1135 P
Choctaw Pettijohn Nannie 0 F M1135 P
Choctaw Pettijohn Asee 2 F NR M1135 NR MADILL M
Choctaw Pettijohn Alice 5 F NR M1135 NR MADILL M
Choctaw Pettijohn Edna 7 F NR M1135 NR MADILL M

p=parent

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw James Charley 0 M D36 P
Choctaw James Jesse Albert 4 M 1/2 D36 D
Choctaw McShan F L 0 M D36 P
Choctaw McShan Mary E 0 F D36 P
Choctaw Pettijohn Nannie 22 F IW D36 D

d=denied, however this might have been a request for information
iw=intermarried white, a general nontribal description

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw McShan F L 0 M 5803 P
Choctaw McShan Mary E 0 F 5803 P
Choctaw Pettyjohn Nannie 27 F IW 5803 NR MADILL BB
bb=by blood

it appears that all three applications are available at fold3.com. a month’s subscription would be less than the price of each of these applications, census card and testimony.

other resources for the dawes roll are NARA national archives and records administration http://www.archives.gov and oklahoma historical society
http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/
oklahoma historical society puter appears to be down for the moment, but try it again later.

1900 United States Federal Census about Newton M Pettijohn
Name: Newton M Pettijohn
[Nancy L Pettijohn]
[Nancy L Pettzych]
[Pettijohn]
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1900: Township 5, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Cheston M Pettzych
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Newton M Pettijohn 37
Newton M Pettijohn
Jesse J Pettijohn
Edna Pettijohn
Oscar Pettyjohn 38
Sabina Pettyjohn 67
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 5, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: T623_1848; Enumeration District: 146.

newton m. pettyjohn white male b. may 1863 married ?, b. OH,, father b. delaware, mother b. new jersey, farmer, reads and writes, rents the farm
nancy s?, wife white female, b. feb. ?, married 2 years?, had 2 children and both survive, b. TX, father b. MS, mother b. TN, reads and write
jesse t?, stepson?, b. AR, father b. IT/indian territory, mother b. TX
edna?, stepdaughter?, b. indian territory, father b. OH, mother b. TX
BOOKS ROLL #

A APR 1895©MAR 1896 # 469 B MAR 1896©MAR 1897 # 469 & 470 C MAR 1897©DEC 1898 # 470 D DEC 1898©JUN 1900 # 471 E JUN 1900©SEP 1901 # 471 F SEP 1901©NOV 1902 # 472 G NOV 1902©DEC 1903 # 472 & 473 H DEC 1903©JAN 1905 # 473 I NOV 1905©DEC 1905 # 474 J DEC 1905©DEC 1906 # 474 K 1907

THIS AREA COVERS COUNTIES OF McCLAIN, GARVIN, CARTER, STEPHENS,
GRADY, JEFFERSON, LOVE, MURRAY, PONTOTOC, JOHNSTON & MARSHALL.

CODES C COLORED NR NO RETURN UN NOT USED X INDEX

GROOM AGE BRIDE AGE DATE RESIDENCE BOOK©PAGE
PETTYJOHN, N M 32 JAMES, NANNIE 22 22 DEC 1898 HOXBAR D©27

To order copy of license send to:

Carter County Court Clerk
P.O. Box 37
Ardmore, OK 73402

$1.00 per copy when book and page are know
$1.50 for certified copy when book and page are known
(this cost was found several years ago and may be a different cost at this time)
Please send self addressed stamped envelope
Best to send money order or cashier’s check
This info is correct to the best of our knowledge

http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/chicmarriageindex.htm
the chickasaw resources should be searched.

1910 United States Federal Census about Nannie L Pettijohn
Name: Nannie L Pettijohn
Age in 1910: 34
Birth Year: 1876
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1910: Oakland Ward 1, Marshall, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Newton M Pettijohn
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Newton M Pettijohn 45
Nannie L Pettijohn 34
Edna Pettijohn 11
Allis Pettijohn 8
Osee T M Pettijohn 5
Birtie S Pettijohn 3
Callery Pettijohn 7
0
Subina Shul?? 77
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Oakland Ward 1, Marshall, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1262; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0196; Image: 517; FHL Number: 1375275.

you can correct the ancestry.com name index so that others can find your family.

1920 United States Federal Census about Nannie Pettyjohn
Name: Nannie Pettyjohn
Age: 43
Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1920: Taliaferro, Marshall, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Newton M Pettyjohn
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Newton M Pettyjohn 55
Nannie Pettyjohn 43
Alice Pettyjohn 18
Osee Pettyjohn 15
Birdie Pettyjohn 13
Callery Pettyjohn 10
Carl Pettyjohn 7
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Taliaferro, Marshall, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1472; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 166; Image: 765.

1930 United States Federal Census about Nannie Pettijohn
Name: Nannie Pettijohn
Birth Year: abt 1876
Home in 1930: Precinct 7, Hidalgo, Texas
View Map
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: Newton M Pettijohn
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Newton M Pettijohn 66
Nannie Pettijohn 54
Callery Pettijohn 20
Carl Pettijohn 17
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 7, Hidalgo, Texas; Roll: 2356; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 1146.0.

Social Security Death Index about Nannie Pettijohn
Name: Nannie Pettijohn
SSN: 447-50-9535
Last Residence: 78570 Mercedes, Hidalgo, Texas, United States of America
Born: 10 Feb 1876
Died: Sep 1975
State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (1965)

you should see your local public library about getting her obituary through the interlibrary loan program.

1870 United States Federal Census about Newton Pettijohn
Name: Newton Pettijohn
Age in 1870: 6
Birth Year: abt 1864
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1870: Kingston, Delaware, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Ashley
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Pettijohn 51
Sabina Pettijohn 37
Olee A Pettijohn 16
George L Pettijohn 14
Elizabeth Pettijohn 13
Oscar Pettijohn 8
Newton Pettijohn 6
Tillie M Pettijohn 5
Onley B Pettijohn 8/12
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Kingston, Delaware, Ohio; roll: M593_1196; Page: 382B; Image: 365; Family History Library Film: 552695.

1880 United States Federal Census about Newton M. Pettijohn
Name: Newton M. Pettijohn
Age: 16
Birth Year: abt 1864
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1880: Dry Point, Shelby, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Birthplace: Delaware
Mother’s name: Sabina Pettijohn
Mother’s Birthplace: Ohio
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Cannot read/write:

Blind:

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Sabina Pettijohn 47
George Pettijohn 24
Oscar Pettijohn 18
Newton M. Pettijohn 16
Tillie M. Pettijohn 14
Birtrum Pettijohn 10
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Dry Point, Shelby, Illinois; Roll: 251; Family History Film: 1254251; Page: 70A; Enumeration District: 186; Image: 0142.

128. FRANCES LITTLETON5 MCSHAN (MELZAR B.4, WILLIAM P.3, NEHEMIAH2 MCASHAN, RICHARD1) was born May 1844 in Mississippi, and died Aft. 1920. He married MARY ELIZABETH DANIEL August 19, 1866 in Alcorn County, Mississippi.

Notes for FRANCES LITTLETON MCSHAN:
1870 Census, Mississippi, Prentiss County
McShan, Francis m 25 Ky
Mary f 25 Tn

1880 Census, RAINS COUNTY, TEXAS
page 133 HH# 221-255 15 June 1880
McShan, F.L. head M 36 Miss Al Ky farmer
M.E. wife F 36 Miss Tn Tn
N.L. dau F 4 Tx Mss Mss
L.E. dau F 1 Tx Mss Mss
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/r/i/William-L-Prince/GENE12-0023.html
1880 United States Federal Census about T. L. Mc Shan
Name: T. L. Mc Shan
[F. L. Mc Shan]
Age: 36
Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1880: Precinct 1, Rains, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: M. E. Mc Shan
Father’s Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Cannot read/write:

Blind:

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

View image
Household Members:
Name Age
T. L. Mc Shan 36
M. E. Mc Shan 36
N. L. Mc Shan 4
L. E. Mc Shan 1
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 1, Rains, Texas; Roll: 1323; Family History Film: 1255323; Page: 133C; Enumeration District: 097; .

so it appears that nannie might have been first married to a man with a surname of james.
this is probably the charley james in one of the dawes file record.

there are a few people who have family trees online, on ancestry.com, who mention nannie pettyjohn.
Nancy Lucretia McShan
Birth: 10 Feb 1876 – Honey Grove, Fannin, Texas, United States
Death: 29 Sep 1975 – Miami, Dade, Florida, United States
Marriage: 1898 – Oklahoma, United States
Spouse: Newton Morehouse Pettijohn

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 agency 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, names of family members. 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:
http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/foia_guide.htm

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.

history of the dawes roll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawes_Commission
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment
http://www.felihkatubbe.com/ChoctawNation/TribalMembership.html

2 ways to search:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
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.

http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes/index.php
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.
you can order the dawes packet from the oklahoma historical society website.

if you find a relative listed on the dawes roll, fold3 may have filmed the record and could be available online.
http://www.fold3.com/documents/46580455/dawes-packets/
other resources are NARA http://www.archives.gov

http://okhistory.cuadra.com/star/public.html
oklahoma newspaper and archives search. some of these resources may be available through interlibrary loan/public library.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
http://choctawnation.com/services/departments/community-services/

NARA http://www.archives.gov/ 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 nara.gov.

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_Trail_of_Tears
http://www.choctaw.org/

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:
http://www.jenachoctaw.org/

MOWA tribe
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1368
http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2009/july/losttribe
http://www.native-american-online.org/MOWA-Choctaw.htm
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail: chieftaylor@mowachoctaw.com

other choctaw tribes:
http://www.aaanativearts.com/choctaw-indians/index.html

chickasaw historical society
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
http://www.chickasaw.net/index.htm

chickasaw genealogy archive center 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

http://www.okhistory.org/
oklahoma historical society
other historical societies:
http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-OK-NDX.html
some oklahoma genealogical societies:
http://www.censusfinder.com/oklahoma-genealogy-society.htm
http://www.geneasearch.com/societies/socokla.htm

texas tribes
http://www.native-languages.org/texas.htm
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/texas/index.htm
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.texasindians.com/
http://www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm

oklahoma tribes:
http://500nations.com/Oklahoma_Tribes.asp
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oklahoma/index.htm
http://www.cowboy.net/native/tribes.html

some links for the choctaw.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/choctaw/index.htm
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.
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/1860index.htm
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
and you can read this book online. your relatives’ testimony might be in the book.
http://www.archive.org/details/fivecivilizedtr00statgoog
see the menu at left. you can download it.

you should look at the enrollment application, census card and testimony. this post will tell you how to do that. these documents will tell you more about your heritage, but it won’t help you if your goal is to be enrolled in the choctaw tribe of oklahoma. some people were classed as mississippi choctaw if the family had a native heritage but didn’t qualify for enrollment in the tribe.

there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the five major tribes are on the dawes roll. look at your family’s location around 1900-1930 time period (census will help you there) and see if there was a tribe located nearby. it is possible that your relatives were affiliated with another tribe.

if they were mississippi choctaw, there is probably a land grant in MS/AL to a head of household called choctaw scrip land. this was given in lieu of tribal enrollment 1830-1880 time period. ancestry.com has a database of the MS and AL choctaw scrip land records, called mississippi or alabama land records. there are other land records in those databases too,, so you have to look at the authority/source cited. NARA http://www.archives.gov has those land record packages.

the mississippi choctaw was not removed from oklahoma. but they were largely rejected for tribal enrollment.

this website might help you in your search. some people are trying to transcribe applications.
http://www.us-census.org/native/choctaw_dawes.html
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page
http://www.us-census.org/states/graphics/status.htm

and this might be of interest to you:
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/choctaw/rights-of-choctaws.htm
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalrolls/
Index to the Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory
the dawes roll is composed of applications to the five major tribes in oklahoma.

good advice about native research:
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/research2.html

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.

this page can help you set up a targeted google search.
http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html

these searches will combine several possible search terms and give you the best matches.

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

Chris Pettijohn Chris Pettijohn

posted on May 6, 2012

Nancy McShan Pettijohn was my great-grandmother, and lived to be 99—just a month or so short of turning 100, I think. She had other children besides Alice, Osee, and Edna, including my grandfather, Carl Pettijohn.