Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation
RSS

sexton

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on February 7, 2012

Looking for family’s of jonus sexton and his wife jessie ratlift sexton there son Haskell bunn sexton is my grandfather my mother is
Linda sexton

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 7, 2012

no dates or locations in your post.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Hotemna 0 F 4641 P
Choctaw Ratliff George 0 M 4641 P
Choctaw Ratliff Martha 0 F 4641 P
Choctaw Sexton Charles 0 M 4641 P
Choctaw Sexton Jessee L 0 F 4641 P
Choctaw Sexton Thompson 1 M 3/8 4641 NR MCALESTER BB
Choctaw Sexton Jessie L 20 F IW 4641 NR MCALESTER BB
Choctaw Sexton Jonas 32 M 3/4 4641 NR MCALESTER BB

p=parent
bb=by blood
iw=intermarried white, a general nontribal description.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Sexton Jessie L 0 F M439 P
Choctaw Sexton Jonas 0 M M439 P
Choctaw Sexton James J 1 M 3/8 M439 733 MCALESTER M

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Sexton Jessie L 0 F NB375 P
Choctaw Sexton Jonas 0 M NB375 P
Choctaw Sexton Richard B 1 M 3/8 NB375 NB368 MCALESTER NB

nb=newborn

so the last two children appear to have been added after the original application.

Name: Jonas Saxton
[Jonas Sexton]
Age in 1910: 45
Birth Year: 1865
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Bucklucksy, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)]
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Jessie L Saxton
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jonas Saxton 45
Jessie L Saxton 26
Richard B Saxton 6
Lena Sexton 2
William Mckinley 12
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bucklucksy, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1269; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0212; Image: 702; FHL Number: 1375282.

william mckinley is jonas’ stepson, b. TX,, so this is probably from a previous marriage of jessie.

i don’t know if they are on the 1900 census because there are similar surnames but not the first names. this is not so uncommon as sometimes middle names or nicknames are listed. but the application for the dawes roll 1896-1906 might shed light on where jonas was living in 1900.

i tried looking for jess/jessie/jessy mckinley and william mckinley but this didn’t produce results either.

i don’t know where jonas was in 1920. maybe he had passed away.

maybe jessie remarried?
when was haskell bunn sexton.

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

penny postcards. this is a website that features pictures that were on postcards. click on the state to see the postcards that they have.
http://www.usgwarchives.org/special/ppcs/ppcs.html
if you have a penny postcard, you can click on submissions to add your penny postcard to the collection.

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

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on February 7, 2012

Thank u

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 7, 2012

ok, did a search for haskell sexton:

Name: Haskel Sexton
Age: 7
Birth Year: abt 1913
Birthplace: United States
[United States of America]
Home in 1920: Bucklecksy, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Step Son
[Stepson]
Marital Status: Single
Father’s Birthplace: United States
[United States of America]
Mother’s name: Jessie L Haines
Mother’s Birthplace: United States
[United States of America]
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Fred J Haines 53
Jessie L Haines 37
Richard V Sexton 17
Lena Sexton 12
May Sexton 9
Haskel Sexton 7
William Mckinley 21
24
Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Bucklecksy, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1483; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 176; Image: 667.

btw, the name of the community appears wrong to me.

i don’t know if this is the family in 1930:

Name: Haskell Sexton
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1912
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Race: White
Home in 1930: Nampa, Canyon, Idaho
View Map
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s Name: Austin Sexton
Father’s Birthplace: Missouri
Mother’s name: Bennie Sexton
Mother’s Birthplace: Texas
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents’ birthplace:

View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Austin Sexton 48
Bennie Sexton 38
Haskell Sexton 18
Vesper Sexton 16
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Nampa, Canyon, Idaho; Roll: 398; Page: 3A; Image: 834.0; Family History Library Film: 2340133.

i don’t know where vesper is in 1920. so it might not be the family. you might know.

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on February 7, 2012 and updated on February 7, 2012

In trying to find out where Haskell b sexton and brother Richerd sexton had land left to them when there mother died and when Haskell die his brother did a clam for a dollar and got it and should have when to his oldest son

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 7, 2012

i can’t help you there. look in the land records of the county. or maybe the native tribal court.
http://www.choctawnation.com/government/tribal-court/

there has to be a land transfer document.

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on February 8, 2012

I seen the name hotemna she was Jonas sexton mother don’t have a last name can u help me find info on her? thank you u have been so sweet with what u fond so far

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on February 8, 2012

i have no information. but there is probably some information in the enrollment application, census card and testimony.

there are some references on this page. i don’t know if this is your relative:
From the Oklahoma Chronicles, Vol 17, No. 1, p 9, Hudson, Peter James
The United States government recognized General Humming Bird as his successor. He died on September 28, 1828, and is buried at Kusha Cemetery in Mississippi, where a sister of Pushmataha, Hotema, was buried. General Humming Bird with sixty Choctaw warriors joined General Anthony Wayne during the Indian War in Ohio. {Per Jack Amos, via Halbert’s writings Tappenhoma is buried next to his mother Nahomtima}

Oka Lah Homma
According to notes from Halbert, Oklahoma made a statement on October 3, 1844, shortly before his death, that he was approximately 60. He had two wives, the second being Anontoma (Anon Tooner on the deed in 1840). Jack Amos stated the names of his children as he remembered them were Tomaho (? unreadable), Tahenatubbee, General Dale, and two girls, Pisatima and Hotoma.

http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/mississippi.html

these appear to be two different people but i don’t know.
http://jenniferhsrn2.homestead.com/mississippi.html

i don’t have a copy of the enrollment application, so i don’t know anything about hotemna other than she is probably a grandparent of one of the adults in the application and hotemna is female.

gl.

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on October 1, 2012

I would like to find more on chas sexton
all I know is he was Jonas sexton’s father
from tobucksy county. around 1896

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 1, 2012

you should get a copy of the card# 4641 family group: application, census card and testimony. try fold3.com for that. they are an online subscription website but one month’s subscription is less than the price of a dawes packet from NARA or oklahoma historical society.

you should also go to accessgenealogy and click on the left menu native databases and native census records.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php

jonas might have been born in 1865, so charles would have been alive at least since 1845 or so.

1910 United States Federal Census about Jonas Saxton
Name: Jonas Saxton
[Jonas Sexton]
Age in 1910: 45
Birth Year: 1865
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Home in 1910: Bucklucksy, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
Race: Indian (Native American)
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)]
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Jessie L Saxton
Father’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jonas Saxton 45
Jessie L Saxton 26
Richard B Saxton 6
Lena Sexton 2
William Mckinley 12
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bucklucksy, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1269; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0212; Image: 702; FHL microfilm: 1375282.

so what documents do you have about jonas?

this might be jonas.
J. Sexton
Birth: unknown
Death: Sep. 4, 1914

Burial:
Adamson Union Coal Mine
Pittsburg County
Oklahoma, USA

Burial:

Fallen Miners Memorial Wall

do you have an obituary? do you have a death certificate?

if the family lived on a reservation in the 1800’s, then they might be on native census records, native rolls.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php

i don’t see good records for him on the census. so either the name is wrong, he used a nickname or initial; or the location is wrong; or jonas’ name was a nickname or initial or a middle name.

i didn’t try all variations of the surname either.

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on October 1, 2012

I have a copy of 4641 that’s the only place
I found mother and fathers name for Jonas sexton

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 1, 2012

you have the index? or the testimony? or the application?
there should be clues on where jonas grew up, where he lived.

what do you have?

try native census records, native databases and rolls, if they lived on reservations.

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
left hand side menu

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on October 7, 2012

I have the roll card when they put there frist son it

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 7, 2012

there was testimony, the enrollment application. it sounds as if you have incomplete information.

fold3.com probably has this information. they charge a monthly subscription but one month’s subscription is less than the price for an enrollment application. this way you can look at all the packets you want during the subscription time period.

NARA http://www.archives.gov fort worth, TX office has these documents.

oklahoma historical society probably has a copy of these documents too.
http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes

Johnny Beason Johnny Beason

posted on November 30, 2012

Richard B. Sexton is my Great Grandfather. I know a few of the family stories and possibly where the land is you were talking about. My Grandmother still lives on the land.

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on December 13, 2012

I would love to hear a few
What’s your grandma’s name

Johnny Beason Johnny Beason

posted on December 17, 2012

My Grandmother’s name is Lena. She is Richards oldest daughter. Post your contact information and I will get in contact with you. I do know that Haskell or as grandma calls him Uncle Bunn went to court I think in the early 80’s and signed his land over to her sister he did not want anything to do with the property. Grandma has told me stories about Jonas being a light horseman in Oklahoma before statehood and says she has some pictures of him somewhere, I have been trying to find them to make copies. I know he lived in North Mcalester before he moved out to the property.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 17, 2012

contact the oklahoma state archives and oklahoma state historical society for any possible pictures of the light horseman, any newspaper mentions. you might also be able to get historical newspapers from your local public library, interlibrary loan program.

http://www.odl.state.ok.us/oar/

http://www.okhistory.org/

scott edwards scott edwards

posted on December 19, 2012 and updated on December 21, 2012

903-284-8278