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Cynthia Anne Herndon

Woodrow Stone Woodrow Stone

posted on August 20, 2010

My GG Grandmother was Cynthia Anne Herndon, just curious as to how i can find out if she was Choctaw, i have always been told it was Choctaw i look like one so might as well know for sure. thanks for any help

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on August 20, 2010

i have no idea if herndon was a maiden name or a married name. i don’t know when she was alive, who her husband was, who her children were. no dates or locations in your post.

you can check the dawes roll 1896-1906 to see if she applied but i don’t see her name there.
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/finalroll.php
but maybe she had a maiden name or maybe she wasn’t born at the time.

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.

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

Debbie Hawkins Debbie Hawkins

posted on June 22, 2012 and updated on June 22, 2012

Hello, I would like more infor on thew Choctaw Nation regarding Lawson Webster working on a reservation as a vet or doctor possibly in the 1800’s. He somehow is linked to Wilson N. Jones as he supposedly married his daughter or neice. They had a child named Christopher Columbus who was my grandfatherborn in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. Any info would be appriciated. Thanks, Debbie Hawkins