Search the Final Rolls 1898-1914

The Dawes Roll (Final Rolls) is a list of those members of the Five Civilized Tribes who removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800’s and were living there during the above dates.

If your ancestor was not living in Indian Territory during 1898-1914 they will not be listed on the Dawes Roll!!

Only those Indians who RECEIVED LAND under the provisions of the Dawes Act are listed. It also lists those Freedmen who received land allotments as provided for in the Dawes Act. These pages can be searched to discover the enrollee’s name, age, sex, blood degree, type, census card number and roll number. Check the headings in each column. Type denotes whether the record is from a Dawes card.

Dawes is a list of those members of the Five Civilized Tribes who removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800’s and were living there during the above dates.

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  1. Barb! I need help to understand if my relative was truly apart of the Cherokee Nation. My great-great- grandmother would have been Minnie Maude Layman who was buried near Dalton, Ky. Her parents were from Arkansas. Do you have any info regarding my ancestor? Thank you!

    1. Minnie’s parents were William Elijah Layman (1873–1965) and Luella A Jordan (1875–1954). William was born in Pettis County, Missouri. His parents were John Fain Layman (1846–191?) and Catherine Lavinia Morgan (1845–1914). In 1908, John Fain Layman submitted an application (#18905) claiming Cherokee ancestry in order to share in money appropriated by Congress in 1906 to the Eastern Band of Cherokees. These are the Cherokee who were able to avoid removal to Indian Territory in the late 1830s. John submitted that he descended from Cherokee through his Mother, Mary Polly Birchfield (1822–1905), her Father Joseph Birchfield (1780–1839), and his unknown Father, who was full blood Cherokee. The application was denied, citing that none of the ancestors listed were on any of the Eastern Cherokees rolls. The last name is spelled “Birchfield on the application, but I have also seen it spelled ‘Burchfiekd’ and ‘Burchfiel’. I have seen a photo from around 1900 of Mary Polly Birchfield and she does not look Native at all. She is listed as white on all censuses, as was her son. I have found a Joseph Burchfield in Tennessee who may have been Mary Polly’s father. If so, he definitely wasn’t Cherokee. But I can’t say conclusively if this is actual Mary Polly’s father. I imagine that you had family lore that you had Cherokee ancestry and it likely stems from this application. Unfortunately, a lot of people would send in false claims in order to receive allotments or compensations to Tribes from the U.S. All that being said, nothing is definitive one way or the other. John Fain Layman may have had Cherokee ancestry, but it was further back than he thought. His Mother almost certainly wasn’t 1/4. A DNA test should tell you if you have Native ancestry.

      1. Hi Barb! I did not know how to reach you but you have helped many on this page. I just replied to a message you replied to.
        I hope you can help me.
        I need help to understand if my relative was truly apart of the Cherokee Nation. My great grandmother would have been Myrtle Wagner. Her mother was Mary Alice Mooney and her father was Jacob Wagner and were from PA. Do you have any info regarding my ancestor? Thank you!
        Kathy Petersen

    1. These comments are in regard to the Dawes Roll; a census of citizens of the Five Civilized Tribes who were removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800’s and were living there around 1900. Citizenship for the eastern band of Cherokees is from the 1924 Baker Roll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. There is no one with the name Bland on that census.

      1. Hey Barb,
        Can you help me find out if my ancestors were Cherokee and see if I can get my card? My family is Pawnee and we have our cards for that, but I have also heard that we are Cherokee, but we do not have our Cherokee card. It would be through my great grandfather, Sherman H. Wilde, Sr. b: 04/10/1931 d: 9/21/2016 born in Pawnee… Or if that does not help, his parents were Oscar L. Wilde, Sr. and Helen J. Hand.
        Thanks for the help!

  2. Hi there, my wife and mother-in-law are wanting to get more information about their Cherokee heritage, they both believe they have Cherokee blood in them , according to my mother-in-law her grandmother Katie Anna Hutcherson DoB 07/27/1911 – 08/23/1988 her social security was 411-80-4196 married to Henry Martin True or David Henry Martin True DoB not sure of but according to the mother-in-law he was 30 when they married and she was 14. Katie Anna Hutcherson father was James Hutcherson , mothers name was Penny Jackson. Katie Anna Hutcherson brother was enlisted the army Sam Alexander Hutcherson DoB 06/12/08-06/02/1982 411-22-6918.If anyone could assist with any information if they on the Dawes Roll or not would greatly appreciated, we live in Tennessee and driving to Oklahoma to just try to find this stuff out doesn’t seem viable at the moment.

    1. The Dawes Roll is a census of citizens of the Five Civilized Tribes who were removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800’s and were living there around 1900. Your family are all from Tennessee and would not be on the Dawes Rolls.

  3. Christina M Godshall

    This is a long shot. I am looking up information on my husbands mother’s family. It was claimed that Ida Mae Sneed Perkins was Cherokee. I have no idea where to even start. She was from Kentucky. I plan to have my husband take a DNA test, but wanted to find out if this was folklore or if there was a shred of truth! Thanks for any help.

    1. No genetic tests can determine tribal affiliation, nor can they definitively prove Native American ancestry. As we have seen, the key reason behind these limits is simply that there are not enough data in the databases to make strong conclusions. But it is worth interrogating that absence.

    2. I can sorta help you with this one. Ida Mae Sneed Perkins is/was Cherokee. I only know this bc I recollect my ex-FIL talking about her, quite often. She is/was my ex-husband’s great or great great grandmother. Just stick with looking up her maiden name: Sneed.

      1. Any of yours from Indiana/Arkansas/Missouri? My dad has floated around a lot, and I don’t know much about his side. Moving to OK soon, and need to know if I’m Cherokee, to become a citizen there. His name is Patrick Thomas Sneed, he’d be around 53 or 54 by now. Last KNOWN residency is Goodman Missouri

  4. Ashley McWhorter

    My great grandmother had the name William Birdie Sons McWhorter and I think she was Cherokee. I know this is a shot in the dark since that is all I know of her, but does anyone know where I could get more info?

    1. I found a Willis ‘Birdie’ Sons. She was born on December 2,1897 in Kentucky. She died in Clayton, MO on May 7, 1957. It appears she was visiting the area, as her death certificate says that her residence was Clinton, KY. Her husband was Jessie McWhorter, also from Kentucky. Birdie’s Mother was Sarah (Sallie) Elizabeth Bone (1881-1954), also from Clinton, KY. Her Father was Louis Sons. The 1900 census lists Sallie Bone Sons as a widow. Birdie was listed as 2 years old. I can’t find any more information on Louis Sons. I was able to go back several generations on Sallie Bone’s family. Nothing suggested any Cherokee connection. All census records list everyone as “white”. Louis Sons is the only family member that is a mystery. If there is any Native ancestry, it would be from that line. I recommend taking a DNA test to see if you have any Native ancestry.
      I have one more interesting aspect. Before 1904, Sallie Bone Sons remarried to a man named John Henry McWhorter. Birdie and her Mother married 1st cousins. Also, Jessie and John Henry’s Grandmother was Nancy Bone (1822-1904). Jessie and Birdie were 2nd cousins once removed.

      1. Thank you so much, Barb!! Yes, what you have said matches what we know in our family. Did you get all this info from the US Census? Or from the Final Rolls? Any ideas as to other records or organizations where I could look for more information on Louis Sons? Thanks again!!

  5. Hi there! I have been reading through the comments and answers, and most likely will get an answer that my family gave me the wrong information. Lol! But, I’m going to ask anyway just to be sure. My father’s family side has always stated they are Cherokee. I have been trying to find out if they actually were tribal citizens, or if the information is true. My grandmother’s name was Teadie Childers (Dangora was her married name), born 5/12/1920 in Gaffeny, SC. Her date of death was 1/18/1998. Her parents were Jake Childers and Mildred Byars. When Mildred Byars applied for a SSN, she changed her name from Mary Mildred Mendenhallk. Her birthdate was 7/28/1905, and her birth place was McConnells (York County), SC. Her parents were Edward Brooks Mendenhall (or Mendenhalk, it’s hard to read on her SSN application), and Sallie Robinson. That’s all the info I have. Thanks!

    1. First of all, I think you are mistaken in reference to Mildred Byars changing her name to Mendenhalk. This appears to be two different people. Mary Mildred Mendenhallk married William Alvin Byars in the 1920s and died in 1977. She never married a Childers. Mildred Byars was born on 26 Jan 1887 and died on 6 Nov 1940. She is buried next to her husband, Jacob C. Childers, who was born on 5 Oct 1882 and died on 13 Mar 1951. They are buried at Cowpens Cemetery in Cowpens, SC. Use find a grave and you will see a photo of their grave as well as a couple of photos of the two of them. They are Teadie’s parents.
      None of these people were Cherokee. They were all listed as white on the US census. Teadie’s family lived in South Carolina for many generations. As you have noticed, family lore about having Native ancestry is extremely common. Teadie was born in Cherokee County, so that may be where these stories started. If you want to know if you have any Native ancestry, I recommend taking a DNA test. It is very helpful showing your origins.

      1. Hi Barb,
        I really appreciate you taking the time to research this further. It seems the Mildred M. Byars that my sister sent me a photo of the application for a social security account number of was a different Mildred Byars. I looked at the photos of the grave as you suggested, and it all makes sense and seems to connect. This has been really helpful. Thank you so much!

      2. Hi Barb,
        I was hoping that you can help me out with finding out whether my great grandparents are enrolled in Dawes Roll. Both my Great Grandparents were from Oklahoma, Carlos & Antonia Test , but I’m not sure if they enrolled. How can I find out if they were enrolled ?

      3. This message is to Tatiana T.
        I could find nothing on anyone named Carlos or Antonia Test. If you could provide approximate dates of their birth or death that would help. When did they live in Oklahoma? There is no one with the surname of ‘Test’ on any of the Dawes rolls. Any additional information would be helpful.

  6. I am looking for information on an unknown named 7 gg grandma. She was full blooded Cherokee, and was born sometime around 1780. She married Nathaniel Carter (B:1760-?). They had a daughter Jane Carter (1804-1830). I believe Jane was born on the Cherokee Revservation.

    1. There was no Cherokee Reservation in 1805. You didn’t list where these people lived, which makes searching far more difficult. I found a Nathaniel Carter born in 1770 in North Carolina. He had a daughter named Jane (Jennie) born in 1805 in Roane County, Tennessee. Her mother was Elizabeth Johnson, from Cherokee, AL. Where did you get the notion that Jane’s mother was Cherokee?

  7. Looking for possible roll # for Florence Tatum Barefoot, she was my grandfather’s mother. She died sometime in 1962 which would have put her born in at least 1900 or before. Information has been passed to me that she was of Cherokee descent. Or if you had any other roll numbers or names of her parents who one or both would possibly have been Cherokee Native Americans. Thank you, much appreciated!

    1. Roll numbers are for Tribal citizens, not those of Cherokee descent. I found a Florence Tatum Barefoot born in South Carolina in 1887 and died in 1949. She was married to a Julien Jennings Jackson, who died in 1961. She is listed on all census as being hite. Same for her parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. They were in the Carolinas for many generations.

  8. My mother’s family lived in Oklahoma. Second cousins tell me that we are part American Indian but they cannot produce evidence to back that up. Meanwhile, my sisters and I have been going through our deceased mother’s extensive photo collection to build our family tree and for other purposes. One photo is a portrait of an unidentified 30- or 40-some woman with a hint of American Indian features. On her dress someone has written the number 394 or 894. My best guess so far, based solely on her likeness and the era of clothing, is that the woman may be Margrett Bohannan, b. 1846, d. 1922, my mother’s maternal great grandmother. But her identity — and the number — remain a mystery. Could the number be an identifying number somehow associated with an Indian tribe?

    1. No, not likely. I looked up Margrett Bohannan who was born in 1846 in Arkansas and died in 1922 in Oklahoma. She was not a Tribal citizen and there is nothing to suggest she had Native ancestry. If you want to know if your family lore is true, take a DNA test. It will tell you whether you have Native ancestry. Then you can try to ascertain from what branch it came.

  9. Hey there! So I’m very very new to genealogical inquiries. My aunt, however, has done some digging.

    My 6th great grandmother was Mary Pepper Scott. This excerpt was easy to find online…
    “Mary was called by nicknames “Polly or Poppy” as there was another Mary Pepper in the family.
    Her parent’s reportedly were James & Mary (Carroll) Pepper. However,some info points to Robert Pepper as her father. A grandson,(James R. Hildebrand)stated on his Indian enrollment application in 1907 his g. grandmother’s Indian name as Mary Carroll.”

    My curiosity is how to connect this dot with the Dawes roll or other records. James R. Hildebrand is not on the roll. There is a James T. Carroll. There are many many Carroll’s but trying to connect them is kinda tricky.

    I was able to find Byron Carroll—Byron lived in Comanche County, Oklahoma. James Hildebrand did have a brother named Byron. But the given age is different from what the roll says.

    Help and/or thoughts would be much appreciated!! Thank you

    1. Interesting.
      My gg-grandmothers brothers didn’t want anyone from the family on some white man’s list. They said the white government couldn’t be trusted. Now I see that only people from the list can be members of a tribe…
      Keep trusting them and see where that gets you. I’ll keep my family off the records, thanks.

      1. That’s a load of nonsense. That isn’t how it worked at all. Family lore stories like this are generally fabricated.

  10. Good morning, I am starting to look at my family history and Indian lineage. Before my grandmother died, she was working endlessly on trying to get our Cherokee lineage. I have since taken on the task to help her live out her wish. From my research, I think my family has Cherokee lineage to Mary E Mitchell Blood: 11689 Roll: 26425. Can anyone help me get more information on Mary Mitchell? I would greatly appreciate it!

    Paige Clark

    1. When needing help with genealogy, please provide the information that you do know. This would include parents’, grandparents’, great grandparents’ names, approximate birthdate, and where they lived. Without this basic information, there is nothing anyone can do to help.

  11. I am trying to find Jesse Washington Arnold DOB 8/28/1873. He moved to tribal land around 1906. He is listed as a tribal citizen on his WWI draft card dated 1917.

    1. What are you trying to find? I found the draft card you mentioned. It lists his race as ‘Indian’, but that doesn’t mean he was a Tribal citizen. He was born in Arkansas and moved to Oklahoma well after allotments, so he would not be a Tribal citizen of any of the 5 Tribes. All of the census records list him as white. If he was of mixed blood the census taker may have just put white. I suspect that was the case. Regardless, he would not be on the Dawes rolls.

  12. Is anyone else experiencing an issue with the search? I only see a data entry field next to the word Search, no button. Am I missing the button somewhere? Thank you!

      1. The filter has no “enter” button because it shows results immediately once a letter is typed into one of the filter fields. It doesn’t search, it filters the results already present. I’ve added a “clear filters” which you can use to clear the filters if you are having issues. I also tested with all 3 browsers and it worked fine on all 3.

      1. You don’t need a search button. Once you input a search term (surname for example) the list below will populate with any matches. It starts working once 3 letters have been entered.

  13. Rebecca Tredway

    Hi, I am just starting out and I know my Great uncle (father’s side) Bobby Dalton lived in NC till he passed a few years ago. My understanding is he was a Cherokee Tribe member. My father’s mom Rose Mary Dalton passed when he was 2 (April 20, 1928 – September 27, 1956) and he never talked about our heritage. I didn’t even know about Bobby till he passed. I am currently trying to go through Ancestry to build my family tree and am waiting on results for my DNA test. I have no idea where to go from there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I found a Rose Mary Dalton from Georgia. Neither she nor her parents nor her grandparents were Tribal citizens. These family stories regarding being Native are extremely common, for some reason. Your DNA test will be more helpful than family lore.

    2. Ashley Lauren Malone

      You would look family member up on Dawes Roll. Once you find them. You need Birth and Death Certificates for anyone from that family member down to you. So let’s say family member is on your mom’s side. You would need birth and death certificates for your mom, her mom or dad depending who is a descendant from tribe member. Then their mom or dads and so on.

  14. Meredith Stapleton


    I have found my great grandfather on the DAwes Roll (755). I am wondering if my Grandfather was enrolled as a tribal member (he said that he was). John Corntassel is the name they both share. My grandfather died back in 2015/2016. I am currently working on getting registered as well.

    I see it says that only Natives that were given land are on the dawes rolls. My great great grandfather (Adam Corntassel) and my Great Grandfather (John Corntassel) are both on there (as well as Adam’s wife and my great great grandmother. Is there a way for me to look further into this?

    Thank you,

    1. A quick correction; Tribal citizens were not “given” land. The land was already theirs’. The Tribes shared their land communally. The U.S. wanted to make Oklahoma a state so they broke up the Tribal lands into individual allotments and annexed or sold the rest. This was forced on the Tribes. The exception being the the non-Tribal citizens who bribed their way onto the rolls in order to get an allotment.
      John Corntassel’s allotment was at Township 26 N, Range 19 E, Section 35, which I believe is Northwest of Vinita. Allotment locations are listed in the original Dawes packets, which can be searched for free at
      You do have to create a profile to log in and search the database.

  15. Hi there,

    After tales of being told we have Cherokee blood in our family lineage I was able to find that we are the grandchildren of Chief Diwal’li and his decedents lightening bug bowls. I found these through archives, I am having trouble figuring out how to look at he Dawes Roll to verify the information I found through ancestry.

    1. The Bowles left Cherokee Nation and immigrated to Arkansas and later Texas. They lived in Indian communities, not as part of the Nation. Cherokee is a nationality, not an ethnicity. I would try to verify the information you received on Ancestry. Don’t copy others’ trees and assume it’s correct, as it’s often riddled with misinformation. According to some sources, Lighting Bug Bowles left no descendants.

      1. Barb, Just to correct of misinformation here, Cheif Bowle was Cherokee and was one of Dragging Canoe’s war chiefs. He continuously had contact with all of the Tsalagi people whose towns reached from Virginia throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, and beyond, as well as many other tribes in those areas. He was and will always be “Cherokee” but due to settling along the Chickamagua Creek area, they were often called the Chickamagua Cherokee. The Chickamagua’s refused to accept the European encroachment and due to the non-stop push of European settlements and other bands of the Cherokee who ceded away their land, they were repeatedly forced through warfare to remove to new lands, constantly looking for lands that all of the Cherokee could relocate to and live in peace… hence his move to Arkansas then over into Spanish Texas. I can assure you that HE NEVER stopped being Cherokee aka Tsalagi. As far as his descendants… due to the political climate here in Texas in the early 1800’s (hatred for any indigenous person and the Lamar administration’s order to leave or be killed) I am quite sure that bragging about being the best known and most experienced war chief in Upper Mexico and the Tejas Republic’s child would not have been the thing to do if you valued life and limb. Many of his children, and from what I understand there were quite a few as he had several wives, remained in East Texas, and assimilated into the European culture. The one lone Indian Community that is recognized by the State is an amalgamated group of descendants of the Chickamagua and other tribes who sought safety with Bowle’s group during the settlement of Texas.
        Now in response to your clarification of ethnicity and nationality… ethnicity is a community or population made up of people who share a common cultural background or descent. (Tsalagi aka Cherokee is their ethnicity) just as is the Lakota, Lenape, Navajo, Pueblo, Koasati, etc… to just lump them into one mix and call them “Indian, Indigenous, Natives, etc” is rather disrespectful and does not take into account the unique cultural background, language, or customs of each tribe/ethnicity. So in layman’s terms Tribe = Ethnicity. You’ll never hear an Indigenous person say “oh yeah, I’m indigenous” they will identify themselves as their tribe/ethnicity. “Oh yeah, I’m Seminole!” Nationality is the status of belonging to a particular nation. Considering that before Europeans came to our lands we did not have the concept of land ownership or nations, saying that Cherokee is nationality is inaccurate. Actually it’s an oxymoron to even say that considering that the Cherokee were removed forcefully and placed on land that is still owned by the Federal Government… we are Cherokee living in the American nation. The Cherokee were a tribal group/ethnicity, with bands, towns, communities, and clans… that were bound together by their ethnicity, not by a concept of land ownership.

        In response to Lacey, a good place to start your search is to reach out to the Mount Tabor Indian Community in East Texas, they have many resources that you will not find on any website and can pass along oral histories not found elsewhere. I am from another community in East Texas and the family stories are your greatest resource for fact-finding. Also, just a note regarding the Rolls… the Chickamagua that settled in Texas were considered American citizens (they were Mexican, Texian, and then American citizens in the 1800s) and due to this “designation” were ineligible to be included on the Dawes or Miller Rolls. But don’t get discouraged, the Chickamagua were kin to many of the Cherokee who were forced into “Indian Country” and are on the rolls. If you build a comprehensive tree with as many “accurate” kin as you can find, you will get leaves (hints) that will lead you to those family members who were on the rolls. This is the method I used in my research: 1)searching for surnames of family groups from the time period of 1820 – 1900 that were on the rolls. I have a notebook where I write down each name. 2) I then printed out maps of the counties in each of the states the Cherokee lived in and then marked where each of those family groups lived during those times. 3) Build a comprehensive tree using I use the rule of 2 (I must have 2 pieces of documentation to support the accuracy of each family member, I also utilize ThruLines it is 98% accurate because DNA does not lie) 4)As I built my tree if I had a family member with a surname that was on the roll pop up and was from that same county or the surrounding counties as those on the rolls, I searched for the connection. Most people who shared surnames in an area were almost always kin. Some notes to keep in mind as well, many Cherokee were not on the white censuses so you can search for them on the colored census records (yes they are a real thing) or if you find them on the white census records, you may see them listed as Mulatto or Black. The 1870 census was the first census where you could be classified as Indian. Before that, you had 3 choices “White, Black or Mulatto.” Good luck with your research and many Blessings to you! ᏎᎷ ᎦᏚ ᎤᏂᎦᎾᏍᏗ

      2. @ᏎᎷᎤᏂᎦᎾᏍᏗ
        I didn’t read all of your novella, but you are wrong. Cherokee is a nationality, not an ethnicity. My ethnicity is a caucasian and Native American mix. I have ancestors who were from Scotland and England, but my nationality is not Scottish nor English. I am Muskogee and American. If you had an ancestor from 200 years ago who was Cherokee, that doesn’t make you Cherokee. If you won’t take my word for it, ask Cherokee Chief Hoskin.

  16. Kristen Gundlach

    Hi there, I am trying to trail back through my lineage. My grandmother used to tell me we were Cherokee Nation, but we all looked very white to me. Apparently her father was not-his name was Harris Vaughn and in order of paternal heritage>Thomas Vaughn (1860-1927)>George Vaughn(1815-1880)> George Vaughn(1780-1850)> Willaim Vaughn (Welch trader living on Cherokee land), married to Fereby Luna/Looney (1753-1850, Cherokee Nation). I *think* I found one of my relatives, George Vaughn on the rolls but he’s listed as 3/8 Chocktow, roll 6103 and card 2118.
    I have no paper records, just the trail I’ve been trying to link on ancestry (when I had a membership). I’d love more information.Do you think you can help? Thank you so much.

    1. The George Vaughn on the Choctaw rolls is no relation to the people you listed. The Vaughns you listed lived in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, and North Carolina before coming over from Wales. None of them were Cherokee citizens and none of them would be on a Tribal roll. If you want to find out if you have an Native ancestry, I suggest taking a DNA test. There is nothing in the paper trail to suggest it. Family lore on these things is extremely unreliable.

  17. Trying to find any info on ISAAC ELDRIDGE (JAMES ALSO CALLED JIM) SAMPSON
    B:08/ 1837 Wythe County, Virginia, USA FOUGHT IN CIVIL WAR COMPANY H OF TN CALVARY, listed in the 1900 CHICKASAW CENSUS SHEET 4 A (TOWNSHIP 2 NORTH RANGE 7), family stories allege he was CHOCTAW.

    D:1924 Durant, Bryan, Oklahoma, USA

  18. Hello, I am trying to trace my heritage. I have always been told it was Cherokee but no one can produce records. I can’t seem to get the search function above to work (keep getting error messages). One side of the family has the name ‘Mantooth: Louella ‘ and the other name I am looking for is ‘Caddie Frair’. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi Alissa,

      I apologize, looks like the search was behaving badly… I’ve fixed the issue and you should now see results. I don’t find Louella, though if you do a search of just Mantooth, there are several in the database. I find no match at all for Frair. There is a Caddie McNeely. The database only covers those alive during 1898-1914, the time the roll was taken.

      1. Thanks Dennis. I still keep getting a JSON error??? I’m sure it’s user error but I don’t know what the error is!

      2. Thanks for trying again. I was able to replicate the issue using Microsoft Edge… it now works fine on that front. Please try it again.

      1. Here’s what I ‘think’ I’ve found (and please be patient, it’s a lot!)

        Caddie Frair, born 1903 Wanette, OK and in Canadian, OK for 1910 census
        Louella Mantooth, born in Newport, TN in 1877, in Johnston, OK for 1900 census, married to William Frair (1878-1949)
        Louella’s father, Claiborne Steven M Manthooth’s sister, Nancy Jane Mantooth died in 1900 in Chicksaw Nation.

        I can post more information, just let me know what you need. And thanks for adding your eyes to this. I am pretty lost on how to do any of this!

    2. None of these folks were Cherokee citizens and aren’t on the Dawes rolls. Louella Mantooth came to Indian Territory with her parents and most of her siblings in the latter 1890s and rented in the Chickasaw Nation. Her eldest sibling was married and remained in Tennessee. The Mantooth line came from Scotland in the 1700s and was spelled Monteith. I perused some of the other lines and they showed up on US census throughout the 1800s. If there was Native ancestry, it had to be well before that. I suggest taking a DNA test if you want to know whether you have Native ancestry.

    My name is David Daniels Jr . I’m trying to trace my family lineage with hopes of acquiring my card .

    My GREAT Grandfather was full Cherokee . His name was Henry Krigbaum . He lived in Monroe City Missouri until he passed away in 1979 . I have found 3 Krigbaum listings but can not access files to read . The files that I found may be of relationship to my GREAT Grandfather . Any help would be greatly appreciated .

    Thank You ,
    David Daniels Jr
    Wright City Mo

    1. Henry Krigbaum was not Cherokee. He was born in 1902 in Ralls, MO to Jacob Krigbaum and Frances Davis; both of whom were also born in Missouri. They are all on several census and are listed as white. None of these people would be on the Dawes rolls, a census of Tribal citizens in Indian Territory in the latter 1800s.

  20. Hello,
    I am currently hunting down information because I have been separated from my extended family for some time now. I want to learn about my heritage and ancestors. My great grandfather’s name is Eugene Kersey. He was born of Emmett Kersey and Jenny Tuten Mingo. I was told a long time ago that Jenny was native. Jenny has a grandfather, Joseph Mingo of St. Croix, that seems to be on Indian land during the period of 1898-1914. He is listed in the enrollment cards but I feel that I might have made a mistake along the line… any help would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hello I am trying to trace back my history. I have found a relative of mine that is buried in Hendricks Cemetery Tahlequah, OK. Her name is Mary Jane Kilpatrick, her surname was smith (very common). Through her daughter dolpha kilpatrick a living relative of mine was able to acquire his card. He will not release the information to the rest of the family. Can anyone help with this issue?

      1. I am here looking for the same information on Mary Jane Kilpatrick.

        I am a descendant on the Smith side.

        Please share if you find any information, and I will be glad to do the same.

      2. Hi I appreciate this lovely site! I am trying to understand my 4th great grandparents history. He was Elias ‘ Spotted Horse’ Farmer 1770-1818 born in Virginia, she was Sarah ‘Biggie ‘ Robertson 1774-1846. There is a reference he was a chief of the wolf clan. Their daughter Elizabeth was called Snowbird. Her husband was an Indian scout on the Trail of tears they say. I can’t find anything to back this history, any ideas how I can find more information to settle this story?

      3. Elias Farmer is purported to be the son of John Farmer and Elizabeth Pritchett. He was not a member of the Cherokee Nation, and that can easily be proven by his being taxed in Hardin County KY in 1800… Native Americans were not taxed. Any genealogy purporting his Native American ancestry has been made up.

      4. I am the fifth generation to matilda hicks Jackson and national Jackson was wondering of you could assist me in locating any bloodline or documents on both of their heritage whether they are native American Cherokee? I am a retired combat vet with over 38 years of military service. Thank You Much.
        Matilda Jackson
        BIRTH ABT 1801
        DEATH 18 DEC 1870 • Hidalgo, county, McAllen, Hidalgo, Texas, USA
        4th great-grandmother
        Matilda Jackson was born in 1801, the daughter of Sarah and Elijah. She had one daughter with Nathaniel Jackson. She then married Nathaniel Jackson and they had 11 children together. She died on December 18, 1870, at the age of 69.

    1. Hello I need help finding my forth great grand mother and grand father Nathaniel Jackson When Nathaniel Jackson was born in 1798 in Greene, Georgia, his father, Joseph, was 38. He had one daughter with Matilda Jackson in 1819. He died in 1865 in Hidalgo, Texas, at the age of 67. and my great Grandmother Matilda Hicks last of Jackson. Matilda Jackson was born in 1801, the daughter of Sarah and Elijah. She had one daughter with Nathaniel Jackson. She then married Nathaniel Jackson and they had 11 children together. She died on December 18, 1870, at the age of 69. are they in the dawes roll and if so are they Cherokee or what tribe please help me I am a Retired Combat veteran trying to locate the tribe of my grand parents. Thank You Adais A, Garcia Jr

      1. None of these folks were Cherokee citizens and none appear to be of Cherokee descent. One line traced to Massachusetts and another to North Carolina for a couple of generations and then to Scotland. Why did you think they were Cherokee?

      2. My ancestry. Com revealed that I am 62 native American also there is a story on my grandfather and grandmother that they traveled 2 months from Alabama to Texas on five covered wagons and married in the eyes of God because she was half black but the story states that she was half French and half Cherokee and that my grandfather is full Cherokee. I did find in the census that my grandmother was denied the Cherokee in the dawes book of the five civilized tribes because of her ot either showing or having her birth certificate maybe she is creek by blood?

      3. I’m not following you completely. There is nothing that suggests the ancestors you mentioned were of Native descent. On the contrary, evidence shows that to be highly unlikely. There definitely isn’t anyone who would be “fullblood” in the last 200 years. The ancestors you mentioned are all on US census and can be traced back to Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Scotland. None of these ancestors ever lived in Indian Territory and were not Tribal citizens, so they wouldn’t have been considered for the Dawes Rolls which was a census of Tribal citizens in Indian Territory around 1900. Nancy Jackson and her mother, Matilda Hicks, were both listed on U.S. census as being Mulatto; black and white mix. Your Native ancestry likely comes from another line. I noticed that your surname is Garcia and your family settled in South Texas in the 1850s. It seems more likely that your Native ancestry came from Texas/Mexico and not the US southeast. What percentage Native ancestry did your DNA test say? If it’s higher than 1%, I would look elsewhere, and not this line.

      4. Thank you so much for your support and information on my grandfather and grandmother yes maybe on my mother’s side but it stated that I was 62 native American

      5. Jesse "Butch" Lambert

        Barb, My Grandmother Mary E. Jones “Roberts” roll# 15584. My Grandfather is Jesse E. Jones roll#11682. I’m looking for information on Hanok Ochanakoma Yah “Iska” who was the father of She Ni Yah that married Louis Durant in Mississippi. She Ni Yah was my 5th Great Grandmother.
        On my Grandmother’s side I’m looking for info on Montatubbee Magee born before 1800 and deceased after 1830. He would be my 4th Great Grandfather on my Grandmother’s side.
        Thanks for any help.

      6. I’m assuming you mean 62%? That’s a high percentage It would also mean that BOTHof your parents contributed to that percentage. We aren’t talking about ancestors from 200 years ago. We are talking about at least two of your Grandparents and/or Great Grandparents being full blood. Be aware, that Native Mexican ancestry will be identified as Native American DNA on these DNA tests. Native is Native. I suspect you have a couple of Grandparents or Great Grandparents from Texas/Mexico who were Native.

      7. Yes I do but both my Parents are deceased so I will have to do some digging and hopefully I can reach out to you soon with new information you have been a great help in my journey of finding out more information kinda weird though because there is documentation that my Grandmother Matilda Hicks Jackson was denied her enrollment in the Dawes book

      8. Jesse “Butch” Lambert
        I’m afraid I can’t be much help to you. You are fortunate to know the names that you know. I am Mvskoke Creek and understand how difficult it can be to track ancestors before the Dawes rolls and especially before removal. I assume you have combed through the various Choctaw census that are available. Unless there is mention of your ancestors in historical documents of the time, you aren’t likely to learn more than what you already know. Sorry and good luck!

      9. Jesse (Butch) Lambert

        Barb, I’m researching several sources. The problem as you know, the maternal side is the most difficult to search. The Louis Durant side of our family is easy and traced back to at least the 1400s, but other than his wife She Ni Yah’s father is as far as it goes. It is the same as my other Great Grandparent Montatubbe Magee.

      10. I want to find out my father’s native origins if any. He and a brother were ask
        adopted by John and Julia Nishke of Missouri in the 60s. His name was changed from ‘Johnny Lee Duncan’ to John Nishke Jr. His natural mothers maiden name was Juanita Kent. I am his first born. My name is Cherie Renee Nishke. My mother’s name was Margo Rheta Pasley. My parents and their parents are all deceased. I have an uncle Don Duncan. Most family members reside in Missouri. Would you please guide me in the right direction I need to take to discover my father’s past? Thank you for your time and attention.

    2. Tiffany S Tarwater

      Please need help finding my Indian numbers my great grandmother was Tamara Bull Maine lived Kansas City ks Wyandotte cty and to know which tribal?

    3. Im trying to get some info on one of my grandfathers who was in the final rolls. His name is Arthur Brady. He had a brother named clarence and a mother named josephine. both parents of arthur were deceased before the dawes roll came out. im pretty sure this is my grandfather and i just need more info to know

    4. Is Elizabeth Jones Roll #16706 the same as this one who is my relation. Elizabeth Jones (1774-1860) from Virginia.

      1. No. The Dawes Roll is a list of those citizens of the Five Civilized Tribes. These 5 Tribes were removed to Indian Territory from the southeast in the 1830’s. The Dawes roll was a census of all citizens in Indian Territory from around 1890 to 1905. Someone from Virginia or who died in 1860 would not be on this roll.

    5. Hello my name Is Samantha . I would like to find out any details about my ancestry all I know is that I’ve got a card telling me I am part Cherokee. But I don’t have any other information .I do have my card number.

  21. I need help finding roll numbers for my great great grand parents John Bean was born 0ctober 1891 and Lizzie blue born June 4 1886 . Johns parents were Joseph (joe)bean born June 14 ,1854 and susan hair born January 4,1860

    1. John Bean – roll number 30481
      Joe Bean – roll number 30478
      Susannah Bean – roll number 30479
      Lizzie Blue – roll number 21419

  22. I have done all the research I could to try to find information on my Great-Grandmother, but have not found enough to have any real information on her. We came across your site while the Church of Latter Day Saints was trying to help me and therefore thought I would give it a try. I tried searching for her, but every time I click on a link to a roll it keeps bringing me back to the same starting page.
    The only name I have for her is Caldona Felt Bear or Feltbear. She married Cecil Earl Smith (marriage info unknown). Cecil was born 30 January 1884 in Calhoun, Washington, Nebraska, but appears to have no Native American. They had four children, Sarah Beulah Smith born 19 May 1910 (according to SS Death Index & California Death Index), John William Smith born 02 Jan 1912 Zink, Arkansas according to his military registration card, 13 Jan 1912 according to the California Death Index or
    02 Jan 1913 according to Social Security Death Index. He also changed his name at some point to John William Anderson, Esther Smith, no info available on her and Ethyl (Ethel) Smith, no info available on her.
    I don’t know about the others but I was told my grandfather John was born at home and then registered in Little Rock, AR. Unfortunately, all of his birth and military records were destroyed in fires so I have been unable to get anything on him. He married Oma Harris and had my mother, Donna Dora Anderson (Dona Oma Anderson).
    Anything that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Even if it is contact info for other avenues of research.

    Sarah H. Shaw-Saenz

  23. Searching for possibility of Native American heritage on my dad’s side of family. My dad’s grandmother, my great-grandmother, was Allie Hogue born in Indian Territory in 1897, to George T. Hogue (1847-1936) and Charity B. Golden Hogue (1853-1918) married in Izard, AR 1869 . Allie married Ed(d) Groves in Oklahoma in Comanche County, OK on May 17, 1919 and was 21 years old and living in Duncan. The marriage document states Ed was 26 and living in Lawton. Is there any way to know more about my great-grandfather’s past (Ed)? Was thinking he may be Native American (Cherokee) but that is all I know because he died when my grandmother was 2 years old.
    It could also be that the Hogue family was Native American. George’s father Jonathan Wiley Hogue (1813-1900, born in Greene, Georgia) and his father was Jonathan Hogue, Sr. (1775-1835, born in Clarke, Georgia).
    Any information or leads would be much appreciated! Happy Holidays!

    1. Nothing to suggest that anyone in your tree was of Native descent. I found a Edd C. Groves on the 1910 census in Brady, Garvin, Oklahoma, which was east of Duncan. He was living with another family as a handy man/home builder. He was only 12 at that time, so he was likely an orphan they took in. The census said he was born in Mississippi, as were his parents. I can’t say for sure that it’s the same person, but the age and general location are a match. Jonathan Wiley Hogue’s father was born in Scotland and his mother in Wales; according to the 1900 census.
      What made you think there was Native descent? Have you taken a DNA test?

      1. Wow, thank you for that information! The Native American ancestry is family knowledge, except for my generation. My father doesn’t wish to disclose family history. I think he always thought that we were just interested to get a roll number and benefit in some way, which is furthest from my intentions, so he chooses not to tell us. The DNA tests I am familiar with doesn’t test for Native American ancestry. I guess from what you have told me it must be a great-grandmother or great-great grandmother, etc… I get most of my info from Find a Grave and Family Search. I thought asking someone knowledgeable and doing some research might get me far enough along to avoid the specific DNA test. Which company does this, BTW? I have been lucky and found some information about the Ed Groves I was searching for. Happens not to be the one you found, but buried in Duncan Cemetery and married once prior to my great-grandmother with other children, too. Guess I will continue my search. Maybe go to downtown library w/ genealogy section. Not sure how much Native American history they will have.

      2. Carol, You are absolutely correct. That grave is your Great Grandfather, Edd Groves. I came across the headstone application you mentioned and that proves it unequivocally. Everyone on FindaGrave and Ancestry are attributing it to the wrong person. I have found more evidence supporting the notion that person was Edd’s father, Edward Groves, who was married to Cora Dennis. I found Edd’s military enlistment form that showed he was born in Yarnaby, OK on 19 Jun 1892. Edward and Cora Groves had a daughter, Hellen, in 1887 and a daugter, Maude, in 1889; both born in Yarnaby. I can not find the family on the 1900 census, which should list Edd as a son. In fact, I can’t find Edd on any census. Often times, names are misspelled, census lost, or someone fell through the cracks. I don’t the case in this situation. Cora Groves died in 1921. Edward Groves is on the 1930 census, living with his daughter, Maude. He doesn’t appear to be on the 1940 census. I haven’t located where he is buried. Send me an email at and I will send you photos, as well as more information I have found.

    2. The Edward Groves in the Duncan Cemetery who was was married to Cora Dennis is not the same person who was married to Allie Hogue. He was born around 1854+/-, based on census records. He would not be the same Edd Groves who was married to Allie Hogue; as their marriage certificate had him as being 26 in 1919. So he was born around 1893 +/-. I went back to the 1910 census I found with a ‘Edd Groves’ and it turns out that they had transcribed it incorrectly. When I enlarged the file, I saw that the age listed was actually 62, not 12 as transcribed. That would put this Edd Groves’ birth year around 1848+/-. So that puts two Edd Groves in the same general area as your Great Grandfather and who were both in their 40s when he was born. That’s quite a coincidence. According to census records, one was from Tennessee and one was from Mississippi, so they almost certainly were not related. It’s seem possible that one of these two is related to your Great Grandfather, possibly his Father. I found a draft registration for your Great Grandfather, Edd Groves. It lists his birthday as June 19, 1892 and place of birth as Yarnaby, OK. Under employer, it lists ‘Edward Groves’. He is identified as Edd Groves everywhere else on the form. I think that strongly suggests he is referring to his father. I can’t find your Great Grandfather on a census. That would tell us where his parents were born. He should be on the 1920 census with Allie, but I can’t locate them. I will keep digging and post again if I find anything.
      Family lore, particularly about Native ancestry, is often unreliable. None of your recent descendants were tribal citizens. They are not on the rolls, so becoming a citizen yourself isn’t even a possibility. If there is Native ancestry, it would have to date back to the 1700s or before. Finding a paper trail for that is extremely unlikely. Your best bet is a DNA test. The notion that DNA tests don’t identify Native American ancestry is a fallacy. I don’t know where this comes from, perhaps because individual tribes can’t be identified. It’s just not true. The best DNA test will be the one with the biggest sample size. The larger the pool, the more accurate the results, Ancestry has the largest pool. It’s best for multiple family members to take tests, particularly your elders. I strongly encourage you to do that while they are still here.

      1. Barb,
        This is something I have found and the reason I believe that it is most likely my great-grandfather buried at Duncan Cemetery…
        Edd Groves – United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940
        Name: Edd Groves
        Event Type: Military Service
        Event Date: 6 Jan 1919
        Event Place: Duncan, Stephens, Oklahoma, United States
        Event Place (Original): City of Duncan, Oklahoma
        Residence Place: Duncan, Oklahoma
        Birth Date: 19 Jun 1892
        Death Date: 8 May 1927
        There is a application for headstone “United States Headstone U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949” which is signed by my great-grandmother with the same DOD and inscription on headstone matches some info on card.

  24. I am researching my maternal grandmother’s history. My mom always said we had a great grandmother that was Cherokee. Her name was Lucy Clark married to a Thadeus Allen. How do I find out if she is on the Dawes roll?

    1. Do you have more information? Approximate date of birth, where they lived, other family members? I found a Lucy Clark (1811-1844) who was married to a Thaddeus Houghton Allen. They lived in New York and would not be on the Dawes rolls. If this is not them, I will need more information.

  25. I’m trying to do some research and search the rolls for my family because I have been told my whole life that I am Cherokee on my dad’s side of the family. No matter what roll link # I open though it opens to the same page. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to subscribe to see all of them?

    1. I don’t actually use the search engine on this site. I use the one provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society. It’s pretty straight forward if you google Dawes rolls and look for the OHS link. Or I can search for you if you give me your ancestor’s name(s), approximate date of birth, where they lived, and spouse, parents, ad/or children’s names.

  26. Hello,
    I am still very new to doing my research but from what I can find my great grandmother Cora Belle Alsbury was born Indian Territory, OK in 1895. Any information on her would be extremely helpful!

    1. What are you wanting to know? I think you are posting in the wrong area, as she was not Native or on the Dawes rolls. Her Father was James Alburn Alsbury (1868–1952) born in Missouri. Her Mother was Eliza Jane “Jenny” Lackey (1866–1955) born in Tennessee. Eliza Jane “Jenny” Lackey and her family moved to Arkansas before her 13th birthday. Jenny and James were married in Arkansas in 1893. Sometime after that, the families moved into Indian Territory.

  27. A few years ago I found my maternal grandmother, Annie Peacock, on the Dawes Final Rolls, (card MCR3649), Now there apparently is no record of her. What am I doing wrong in researching her?
    Fred Muller

    1. Mary Ann Peacock is not on the Dawes rolls. The “MCR” prefix stands for ‘Mississippi Choctaw Refused’. Your Grandmother lived in Mississippi, not Indian Territory and her application was rejected. Google ‘Mississippi Choctaw Refused’ for more information.

      1. Thank you very much for the response Barb, and you’re right she was living in Mississippi at the time. The internet is a wonderful thing when trying to find information on just about anything.
        Be well and have a great Thanksgiving!

  28. Hello Everyone,
    Can anyone help me how to figure out my Indian Heritage from San Salvador-El Salvador? I think they were the Mayans and came here to America many years ago. Appreciate any knowledge or help with this.

  29. Barb, Yes you are correct with Elizabeth Blakely. But Mary Gibbs is on the dawes roll and she is the daughter of Elizabeth Blakeley and sister to John Alec Neel. Please help me figure this out.

    1. I’m sorry, but you are mistaken. Mary Gibbs was the wife of John Alec Neel. She was born about 1863 in Arkansas, daughter to John and Mary Elizabeth Brown Gibbs. There are two ‘Mary Gibbs’ on the Dawes roll. One is a Chickasaw Freedman born around 1896 and the other was a ‘Mary D. Gibbs’ who was Cherokee and born in 1903. Her parents were James and Lizzie Gibbs. She is not your ‘Mary Gibbs’.

      1. Barb,
        Okay, that makes sense. Can you tell me about the McDaniels on the Dawes roll? Eliza Mcdaniel and William McDaniel and Mary McDaniel and John McDaniel and Mary Catherine Ah-Gah Wilson Blacksnake b1768 in Georgia and her mother was Sooki Granny a Cherokee. Can you help with any of these names? Why is my grandfather showing on the Census a few times being born in Creek Nation Indian Territory and no birth records?

      2. Your Grandfather was born in Creek Nation, I.T. in 1893. Wagoner was incorporated as a city in 1896, the first to do so in Indian Territory. Many non-tribal citizens lived in Indian Territory at the end of the century. Most rented land from the tribes and worked as sharecroppers, some settled illegally. The Dawes and Curtis acts were the means to which the U.S. government sought to break up tribal lands by issuing privately owned allotments to all tribal citizens. Those are the folks on the Dawes roll. The purpose of which was to combine Indian Territory with Oklahoma Territory as the state of Oklahoma, which happened in 1907. Counties were set up at the time of statehood, although there were temporary counties before that. There are few birth records before statehood. Some were issued years after the fact, while some people travelled to Arkansas to get one; most folks never got one.
        Your McDaniels ancestors never came to Indian Territory, so they would not be on the Dawes rolls. The Dawes rolls is exclusively Tribal citizens of the 5 tribes; most of which were removed from the southeast between 1825 and 1845 (and their descendants).
        I researched the names ‘Ga-le-gi Blacksnake Wilson Moytoy’ and ‘Suky Granny Hopper’ but the only place I could find mention was on various ancestry trees. Anything without some sort of reference to verify is suspect and should be taken with a grain of salt. In genealogy, so many copy what others have in their trees and assume it is correct. Such is not always the case. This information seems to come in a genealogy prepared by descendant Clara Ward (born 1859) which she based on her family’s records, stories, and family Bible. I don’t know if this is someone you know, but I would seek her out and see how credible her information is. Family Bibles can be an excellent source, but family stories can be very unreliable. Always try to verify as much as you can with some sort of paper trail. Unfortunately, that is seldom possible for Native ancestors before removal (pre 1820s) unless they have married and assimilated into U.S. society.

      3. Just to follow up, I wanted to make the distinction between tribal citizens of the 5 tribes and those with Native ancestry. Just because someone had ancestry from one of the 5 tribes didn’t get one on the Dawes rolls, they had to be citizens and live within Indian Territory at the appropriate time. For example, a citizen of Choctaw Nation would receive an allotment, but a Choctaw descendant in Mississippi would not be eligible. There were many Natives in the 1800s who left their nations and emigrated to Arkansas or Texas or managed to avoid removal and assimilated into U.S. society. They would not be eligible. They would have to be Tribal citizens and living in Indian Territory up to 1900 to be eligible. There are also Freedmen and even some white people on the Dawes roll.
        11 to 14% is a considerable amount of Native DNA. It is comparable to having a Great Grand parent being a full blood. More likely, however, is that you had several mixed bloods in your line for several generations.

      4. My native blood in my own blood is 12%. So are you saying just because I show that amount of blood I have no native ancestry? Even though my blood says I do?

      5. Oh no, DNA tests are pretty reliable and the larger the sample size, the more accurate the information will become. If the DNA test says you have 12% Native American ancestry, you can bet that’s pretty accurate, particularly if you have siblings with similar numbers. I was making a distinction between having Native ancestry and being a Tribal citizen. It would seem likely that your ancestors were Cherokee, but at some point they left the tribe and emigrated west. They weren’t part of the group that was forcibly removed to Indian Territory and they weren’t the few who hid out in the mountains and who’s ancestors make up the Eastern Band of Cherokees today. It looks like they migrated west into Tennessee and later Arkansas and then Indian Territory around the end of the century. Most people in your situation have a much smaller blood quantum due to marrying white Americans over several generations, so your ancestors must have been among a band of emigrated Cherokee. One clue as to when they likely left Cherokee Nation is the U.S. census. If they are listed in a U.S. census in the 1800s, they are not Cherokee citizens. Forced removal for the Cherokee was in the late 1830s, but there was quite a bit of voluntary emigration starting in the early 1800s.

      6. Cherokee blood is Cherokee blood whether or not your ancestors emigrated before being forcibly removed. It’s time to stop being exclusive and start being inclusive. Anyone with Cherokee blood deserves the same respect and treatment as others with Cherokee blood – you cannot say there’s a difference when at some point most of the one’s who emigrated earlier are still directly related to the others. Enough exclusion. I’m a Cherokee even if you say I’m not worthy.

  30. Hello,
    I am looking for more proof of my Cherokee Ancestry. My Grandfather was born in Indian Territory Wagoner Oklahoma so we can not find a birth certificate and I and my siblings have 14% Native Indian blood.I only have my birth certificate and my grandfathers death certificate but I have found my grandfather on the census roll saying where he was born. My grandfather’s name is George Harry Neel 1893-1986. Mary Gibbs his mother I think is on the Dawes roll 1863-1920. John Alexander Neel is his father 1864-1920 his mother Eliza Ann Mcdaniel 1812-1891 is Cherokee as well. Her mother is Mary J Wright her birth was 1790 she was also a Cherokee. Can anyone help me find out why some names are on the Dawes roll and some are not? Or how this works? I would love to become a member of the tribe if it is possible. And how can I do this and what is needed to do this. Thanking you in advance for anyone that can help with this.

    1. None of your ancestors are on the Dawes rolls. I dug back through your tree and found that Eliza Ann Mcdaniel is actually Grandmother to George Harry Neel, not Mother. Elizabeth G. Blakely was George’s Mother. I found family members on U.S. Census back to 1800, but nothing to verify any Native ancestry.

      1. Barb,
        My grandfather George Harry Neel was born in Creek Nation Indian Territory. I found Mary Gibbs on the Dawes roll and that is George Harry’s mother. Eliza McDaniels is his grandmother she is on the Dawes roll as well. William McDaniel, her father is on the Dawes roll. His wife Mary J Wright was a Cherokee bride. My siblings and I have 11- 14 % Native Indian Blood in us as we did DNA testing. I appreciate your efforts but how can I confirm? Also Because my grandfather was born on the reservation there is no birth record. Please advise further.

      2. Im looking for laura alice Scott 1877 so see if she was native American shes my great. Great grandmother

  31. Hi,
    I am looking for any information about my grandfather, great grandmother and any ancestors.
    His name was James Washington Hicks, born in March of 1887 or 1886. Died in July 1954. His mother was Nancy Hicks born 1854 and died 1914. No month or day known. There are so many Hicks on the roll, I don’t know Nancy’s parents name or any other information. Any help is very much appreciated.

    1. I found a James Washington Hicks who was born and died on those dates in North Carolina. His Mother was Nancy W. Jeffrys (1854–1914). These folks would NOT be on the Dawes roll. As stated at the top of the page:
      “The Dawes Roll (Final Rolls) is a list of those members of the Five Civilized Tribes who removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800’s and were living there during the above dates. If your ancestor was not living in Indian Territory during 1898-1914 they will not be listed on the Dawes Roll.”

  32. Hello!

    I am looking for more information on LouisA White. There are two listings on the rolls for her, but I’m not quite sure how to confirm she is my Louisa White.

    Any further guidance? I just have her husband and a child’s name.

    Thank you!

  33. I have been trying to locate more information about my great grandparent and prior relatives. My mom who passed away suddenly a couple years ago had most of the information in her head and some notes jotted down here and there. I do have the marriage certificate for my great grandparent in the early 1900s on the reservation but I believe it was the choctaw reservation. Their names were William boss Mason and Ethel Duran and I think her mother’s name was Bessie. Trying to trace them all has been challenging. Can anyone provide some help.

    1. Neither Boss William Mason, Ethel Duren or any of their family are on the Dawes rolls. There is nothing to suggest any were Tribal citizens. Boss William Mason’s parents were born in Arkansas. Ethel’s parents came from Mississppi. There may be some Choctaw lineage there on the maternal side, but they didn’t come to Indian Territory until late in the 1800s and were not citizens. I can provide you with names, dates, and locations if you are interested, Just give me an email to send it.

      1. Nicholas Shane Green

        Hi I’m trying to locate my ancestors on the dawes roll. My heritage means the world to me and I would like to join the cherokee nation but I’m in the dark. My ancestors surnames are all over the rolls but most of my family is deceased and I have no way of finding out first names. The surnames are Green, Buchanan, Brown, and Welch…. please help if you can. This means alot to me. Thank you.

  34. Some of my ancesters brothers and sisters are on the dawes rolls but my ancesters are not. The US government just picked and chose who they listed as white or native on the census based on skin color and how well the natives adopted Caucasian culture. so you had family members who some were listed as white and some listed as natives and ended up on the rolls. thus they are highly in acturate and make it impossible to make claims to get into a known tribe, even though you may be full blooded native.

    1. What you are saying is not remotely true. The Dawes commission spent over 15 years compiling a census of Tribal citizens in Indian Territory. The criteria to be listed on the Dawes rolls was that one had to be a Tribal citizen who had been living in Indian Territory during the required period. There is even a small number of white people on the Dawes rolls, and they are listed as such, as well as the Freedmen. The purpose of Dawes and Curtis acts were to break up the Tribal communal land into privately owned allotments among the Tribal citizens, so that they could then make Indian and Oklahoma Territory a state. It was hugely unpopular among the Tribal citizens, but was mandatory. If a citizen refused to participate, they were assigned an allotment anyway. There is a ton of information on this subject in numerous books or even on the internet.
      If you were to post your ancestors’ names and where they lived and when, I can likely tell you why they weren’t on the Dawes roll.

  35. I am trying to find information for the following ancestor:
    Isaac Nidiffer.
    Father: Samual Nidiffer. Mother: Emma NIdiffer
    Census Card number: 111
    Dawes Enrollment number 349
    Tribe: Cherokee Enrollment Category: By Blood
    Can you help?
    Thank you, Gary McDonald

  36. My Grandmother was born in Jan 11, 1914 in Big Cabin, Craig County, Oklahoma. Her name was Frankie Lucille Swaggerty, daughter of Clifton Eugene Swaggerty. Her mother’s maiden name was Roxy Mae White born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma near what is now Chelsea, Oklahoma October 14, 1895. My Grandmother’s brother was Robert Eugene Swaggerty who told me he was on the Roll. I’m trying to understand how I can be placed on the Roll also. Any help is much appreciated.

    1. It would seem your Grand Uncle told you a fib. To be on the original Dawes roll, one would have to be a citizen of one of the 5 Civilized Tribes and born before 1906. Your Grand Uncle, Robert Eugene Swaggerty, was born in 1922. His father was from Tennessee. His Mother, Roxie Mae White, was born in I.T. in 1895, but is NOT on the Dawes rolls. She is listed on the 1900 census as ‘white’. Her parents, Andrew W and Eliza White, were from Illinois and were also listed as ‘white’ and were not Tribal citizens. Sorry.

      1. My grandmother’s grandfather’s name was Jim Jones. He lived in South Carolina. He was half Cherokee. I have found a Jim Jones on the roles,who is listed as Cherokee, but when I click on it I get no information. Is it me, or is the site not working? Thank you.

        The Dawes rolls were a census of the citizens of the 5 Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory around 1900. If your ancestor lived in South Carolina, he would not be on the Dawes rolls. You didn’t give any dates, so I can’t ascertain anything more. There is an Eastern band of Cherokee made up from descendants of some of the Cherokee who were not removed to Indian Territory. Citizens of the Eastern Band must be a direct descendant of someone on the 1924 Baker Roll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and have a blood quantum of at least 1/16th. You can search the 1924 Baker Roll here:

      3. Barb,
        After much research I’ve been able to find some information on my grandmother’s family. As you say above, her mother’s name is Roxie Mae White born in I.T. in 1895 – Roxie’s mother’s name is Eliza White, Born Eliza Eunice Bridges and she is listed on the final Dawes Roll Card No 5096 along with many other family members with the same card number, her I.D. number is 177044. Eliza Bridges is my grandmother’s grandmother. Can you please verify and provide me with information I need to claim my Native American Heritage. – My Grand Uncle did not tell me a fib as you stated above. If you could see a picture of my grandmother, you’d know she was a blue-eyed Native American – very beautiful with all the Native American Features.
        To continue further, My Grandmother Franckie Lucille Swaggerty, Daughter of Roxy Mae White and Grand daughter of Eliza Eunice Bridges, married Lawrence Elmer Gregory, Vinita, Craig Co. Court House, Oklahoma Aug. 26, 1932. My father’s name is Elmer Clinton Gregory, Sr Borne White Oak, Craig County, Oklahoma March 12, 1932, I was born in Klamath Falls Oregon May 12, 1957 – So that’s our line to Eliza Eunice Bridges listed on the Dawes Roll.
        Thank You,
        Rickey Joe Gregory

    1. I found a Benjamin Nash and Anna Goins on Ancestry who were born in Louisiana. Neither ever lived in Indian Territory and were not tribal citizens. None of their children are on the Dawes rolls.

      1. Payne Oklahoma-Chickasha Oklahoma- Anadarko Oklahoma are all in a straight line, except Payne has a little jag off of highway 44 here in Oklahoma

      2. Cassandra Jean Crutcher

        Hi my name is Cassandra Crutcher my grandfather name was Jefferson Davis he was born April 14th 1912 he was killed March 1 1953, his father name was Robert L Davis trying to find out any information please

  37. Hi. I am related to Alexander Love 30116 on the Dawes Roll. What is my next step in trying to apply for my card? Thank you in advanced for the answers.

    1. If your parents do not have a CDIB or Trible membership card, you are out of luck. If the chain is broken at any time, you will never be able to get a card.

      1. The information from Jesse Lambert is not accurate. You will have to provide lineage to the last ancestor who was a citizen.

      2. My mother was never registered-didn’t matter. My Grandfather was and I linked back to him. I’m registered in the Cherokee tribe of Oklahoma.

        There is only so much that can be discovered regarding Native family trees due to a lack of paper trails. There are various census conducted in Tribal Towns, but frequently, only the head of household is listed by name with a household total. Something to be aware, can be terribly unreliable when using information from other people’s trees. A lot of people have bad information in their trees and this bad information gets spread around to others. For example, there is no such place as “Indian City, Payne, Oklahoma”. You will see it listed on numerous trees as a birth or death location, but the location doesn’t exist. It’s a quirk from’s early days that has been widely spread around. If you can’t verify information discovered via Family trees, take it with a grain of salt.
        It’s easier tracking ancestors when Native ancestors have intermarried and taken anglo names. Traditional Native names are complicated and can change during a person’s life and English phonetic spellings can vary widely. It helps tremendously if you have Native ancestors who were well known as there is a greater chance that family information could have been documented somewhere. I am one of the luckier ones in this regard, as much of my family have been well known for a couple of hundred years. Even still, I still have plenty of dead ends and misinformation abounds. The Durant family would be someone to look at in your case.
        Like any family tree, you start with those you know and work backward and verify as much as you can. There are major limits for Native genealogy, however. It’s even harder for African American descendants from slaves.
        Good luck!

        Choctaw living in Mississippi born abt 1737, he was my 6th Great Grandfather. His daughter was She Ni Yak Iska born in 1760 in Yazoo, Mississippi. She married Louis Durant, a French trapper that came down the Mississippi River from Canada and settled in Mississippi. She was also called She Ni Yah or Choctaw Rose or Forest Flower. She was my 5th Great Grandmother They had 8 children. One daughter was Syllan Durant that was born in Mississippi in 1798 and made the Trail of Tears. She was my 4th Great Grandmother. She married William Taylor and died in Indian City,Payne, Oklahoma in 1855.
        I can trace my white ancestry from 200-900yrs back, but I’m stymied about my Indian ancestors.
        Where do I go?

      4. Indian City is a Native American Museum in Anadarko Oklahoma down the highway from Chickasha Oklahoma and Payne Oklahoma which is in a little jag off of highway 44 here in Oklahoma

    2. It depends on whether any of your ancestors since Alexander Love were Cherokee citizens. You will need, at least, your birth certificate and a government ID. You will likely also need a social security card, and death certificates of your parent and grandparents leading back to the last ancestor who was a citizen. Call the Cherokee Citizenship office and they will tell you exactly what you need to do.

      1. What is the basis for what you are posting? I have family members that were not allowed tribal membership because their parents did not apply for their membership. Would you be kind enough to post where this is written so I can help other family members.

      2. From, “The basic criteria for CDIB/Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship is that an application must be submitted along with documents that directly connect a person to an enrolled lineal ancestor who is listed on the “Dawes Roll” Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedman of the Five Civilized Tribes.” If a generation skipped doing this, it doesn’t matter. I guarantee you this is accurate. I can’t say what the situation is with your family. I am Mvskoke Creek. I have nephews who are Tribal citizens despite the fact that their Mother (my sister) never registered as a citizen. They had to provide birth certificates for themselves and my sister linking her to my Mother, who is a Tribal citizen and whose Father was on the Dawes roll. Contact the citizenship office and they will tell you exactly what you need.

      3. Rosa Belle Thompson on the Dawes List, how can I get DOB n family members. Could be my great grandmother born 1886

      4. Barb, Looking for ancestors that I haven’t found.
        I have a 3rd great Grandmother named Monatubbee Magee born in 1818. She had a daughter named Ellen Magee, born 1845 in Indian Territory. I have the rest of the family on her side.
        On my other side my oldest Indian ancestor is Hanok Ochanakahoma Yah He was also Choctaw living in Mississippi born abt 1737, he was my 6th Great Grandfather. His daughter was She Ni Yak Iska born in 1760 in Yazoo, Mississippi. She married Louis Durant, a French trapper that came down the Mississippi River from Canada and settled in Mississippi. She was also called She Ni Yah or Choctaw Rose or Forest Flower. She was my 5th Great Grandmother They had 8 children. One daughter was Syllan Durant that was born in Mississippi in 1798 and made the Trail of Tears. She was my 4th Great Grandmother. She married William Taylor and died in Indian City,Payne, Oklahoma in 1855.
        I can trace my white ancestry from 200-900yrs back, but I’m stymied about my Indian ancestors.
        Where do I go?

      5. @REGENIA
        Yes, I’m aware there was an Indian City that was something of a tourist attraction. It was not a real city and it certainly didn’t exist in the 1800s. Again, this is misinformation that is constantly being regurgitated on Ancestry. Please don’t add to the misinformation.

    3. My ancestors are on the Freedman roll and this is what I had to do. After waiting 4.5 years from it being tied up in supreme court for 6 years trying to deny the blacks that are on the Dawes and Freedman roll to try to deny African American benefits after they fought with the Indians against the whites. Who ever your ancestor Alexander Love is whether it is on your mothers side or your fathers side. You need to verify how you are related to him. So if you think or know that this is the roll #30116 he was on. You need birth certificates if someone is alive and death certificates if someone is dead. But some times it might impossible to find a birth certificate of someone who was not born in a hospital. Because in the old days some people was born at home with a educated elderly lady who was gifted by God. I had to do this: I took my birth certificate and probably a copy of my drivers license and social security card, took my mother birth certificate (because she is still alive) and her mothers which is my grandmas death certificate (because she is dead) and my grandmas mothers death certificate (because she is dead) and my great grandmas mother who would be grandma #3 to me her death certificate (because she is dead) but is the one with the roll number and copy a citizenship application off of the website and mail all of that in to Tahlequah ok. And I don’t know how I stumbled across this at 10:52 pm but I did and you help anybody else that needs to know because your ancestors paid the price for your benefits and good luck. I will be glad to help you more if I can, I will leave my email address below. Take Care !

        The Rosa Belle Thompson listed on the Dawes Roll was born around 1905. I found a Rosa Bell Thompson born in 1886 in Arkansas on Ancestry. She moved to Oklahoma in the 1920s and was not a tribal citizen.

    4. Alexander Love, age 23, male, full blood, roll #30116, Cherokee by blood, card #2490 Find birth certificates for who is alive and death certificates for who is dead and tribal citizen application on the CHEROKEE.ORG website with a copy of your drivers license and social security card and mail it to Tahlequah, OK. My uncle lives in Wichita Kansas and since he is not in Oklahoma, he had to drive to Tahlequah and pick up his card in person about five months ago.

      1. Can you please help me?
        I don’t know how to do this but before my death I would like to find my roots please.

  38. I am a Bledsoe/Bentley family member, I have relatives on each side, what is my next step? Also I cant view the card to proceed.

      1. I did in the Choctaw headquarters in Durant at the office that handled membership. I was there to update my info and get the new card. This was about 90 days ago.

      2. Who ever BARB is, you really need to get off this site and stop posting things that you don’t know about. I live and have been in Oklahoma all of my life. So don’t try to tell me what is in the state of Oklahoma from one end to the other since I have been here 55 years of my entire life! You are a perfect example of black discouragement. If these people keep listening to you all they will get is frustrated and a head ache and give up.

      3. @REGENIA
        You have issues. Everything I have posted here is 100% factual and accurate. Apparently, you got your knickers in a twist over Indian City. Again, Indian City is not a real place. It was a museum in Anadarko. Somehow, it came to be incorrectly listed in the early days of Ancestry on several trees as a person’s place of birth or death. It is not correct information and people keep sharing this information through their trees on Ancestry and the misinformation has proliferated. If you are on Ancestry and got a place of birth listed as “Indian City” for an ancestor from someone else’s tree, it is incorrect. That is a fact. It has been discussed ad nauseum in the forums there. It is you who has no idea what you are talking about. Your inane rantings show what a complete fool you are. Black discouragement?!? What on Earth are you talking about? I am the only person who even attempts to help people on here.

  39. Jason Rasmussen

    My great grandfather is Chief Roy Eagle my direct line cousin is Carrie Ann Rasmussen and a member of the Cherokee Nations. What do I have to do to apply for my native rights??

    1. You need to be a direct descendant to someone on the Dawes rolls. This would have been a Cherokee citizen around the year 1900. There is no ‘Roy Eagle’ on the Dawes roll. I suggest you ask your cousin which ancestor is. Once you know that, contact the Cherokee Citizenship office on what you will need specifically to gain citizenship.

      1. So the Cherokee can do what the Choctaw can’t do? Fortunately we have not had a break in our linage, but I know a couple that had family that didn’t do the paperwork. They were not allowed membership. Show me where you received your information please.

        No, it is the same for Choctaw Nation citizenship as well. You have been told misinformation.

  40. Hi my Uncle W.M Craine was on the roll and passed away was not able to get information from him about going about how to get on the roll could anyone possibly help me. Also my Aunt is on the roll she has Alzheimer and can’t give me any info could someone just tell me where to go look for there names. Thank you any help is appreciated

    1. You can’t “get on the roll”. The rolls are a census of citizens of the 5 tribes from around 1900. You can search for your Grandfather on the rolls on this page. If he is on them, you are eligible to become a citizen of whichever tribe he was a citizen. Contact that tribes citizenship office on what you will need.

  41. Hello, When I was a young boy my great grandmother always use to tell me that we were Indian and to never forget it. As a kid, I would say Yes Granny. As I got older I found out that she lived in Meigs Co Tennessee in 1894 and was Full blooded Cherokee. Her maiden name was Dora Johnson. We can’t find her original name. On my grandfather’s side, I found out that his mother Grandmother Compton was born in Georgia under the Choctaw Nation. Which would have been around 1892. I know who I am now! Do You?

    1. Choctaw Nation was never in Georgia. It was in Mississippi and Alabama until they were removed to Indian Territory in the mid 1830s.

      1. Barbara Vigna Villarreal

        My great grand parents were Cheerokee. They were first cousins .His name Harvey Hamilton her name was Axey Hamilton and my grandmothers name was Zola May Hamiltom.

  42. I’m looking for a family of my dad his name was Harry Raymond halfway and his dad was named the same. I was told my dad was half Cherokee and that my grandfather was full-blooded Cherokee. If you have any information you could help me I really would appreciate it thank you

    1. Type DawesRoll, than enter ancestors names. If they are on the Dawes Roll it shows up. Just did the process on one of my ancestors.

  43. I am looking for, Icy or Icey Clark on the Cherokee Roll. The wife”s name is Mary Henderson and they had 3 sons. Icey of Icy Clark, Lewis Clinton Clark, and John Clark. I know was Mary was full blooded Indian. Mary’s sons never put their names on the Indian roll for they believed that they would be shamed if they were found out that they were native Indians. My father denounced being Indian for he wanted to go into the military and he told me that he felt he would be discriminated if someone found out his heritage. I am having a heck of a time trying to find lineage of my family.

    1. Your family lore is almost certainly apocryphal; it usually is. The Dawes rolls were not optional. This commonly told tale of ancestors not signing up because they didn’t want anyone to know they were Indian is nonsense. It didn’t work that way. Besides, by your own account, these people were over half Native. You don’t think everyone knew they were Indian just by looking at them? Before the Dawes and Curtis acts, the land in I.T. was all communal land. The purpose of these acts was to break up tribal lands into individual allotments for the citizens, sell the surplus, and make Oklahoma a state. The tribes were almost universally against this; strongly. They had no choice and to refuse an allotment would have rendered them homeless. Now, it is possible to have native ancestry and not be eligible to be on the rolls. The rolls were of Tribal citizens only. Being native didn’t automatically make you a citizen. On many occasions, natives would leave their tribe and assimilate into U.S. culture. Dates and places would be helpful searching for information on your family. I did a search with the information provided and came up with nothing.

  44. My great-great father was fullblood Cherokee. He was found by a white family along a river in Hart county,KY He was given the name Wharf. Mary Elizabeth Wharf was his daughter and my great grandmother. Mattie Morgan Wright was her daughter. Does anyone have a clue about my lost heritage?

    1. If he was found along a river as a child, how could anyone possibly know he was full blood Cherokee?
      Mary Elizabeth Warf was born in 1862 in Owsley, Kentucky to Larkin Creed Warf and Senia Newell Neagle. All records and photos I found clearly indicate Creed Warf was white. Your family lore is likely not true.

  45. Looking for any information for Barbary Starcher and Betty E. Runion since they both have claims of ties to Cherokee. Any help given on this is appreciated

  46. Looking for information on the Hornbuckle’s. Possibly Cherokee. DNA test has native american in my lineage. I’ve been trying to trace back my ancestry on my father’s side and it has lead me to a Sarah (possibly Sally, Sallie?) Hornbuckle born late 1700’s married to Henry Green (my 4th great grandfather). They had a son, John Green. Any information would be much appreciated.

      1. My great great grandmother was full blood Cherokee her name was Elizabeth. Mileage Hull is married name i can find anything on her she was married to Marcus Hull he was a Indian Agent..They was from Mo

    1. Sara hornbuckle was my 4th great grandmother too. I’ve hit brick wall after brick wall trying to find any info on her. And of course Henry Green was my 4th great grandfather. All I can help you with is the green line I came from were from the fruitland area of Henderson county.

    2. 16 Hornbuckle’s and 220 Green’s on only one website that I use. I don’t use this site it is not beneficial at all to me. I use six websites that show 600 page whole books and lists of freedmen, minors, full blood and slave owners names. That’s where your ancestors last name came from. A white man or family. One site I use is all blacks only. Sometimes I search church records. marriage records, military info. and if I know names of other family members of who I am searching for census is very beneficial. But most of them are wrong and done in doubles with different birthdays and husband, wife and children and mother and fathers. And census are only open to the public if the are at least 72 years old.

  47. Looking for Faith Ann Featherhorn who married Miles Riggs in Alabama and were in 1850, 1860, 1866, then in Grant County Arkansas in 1870 & 1880. She’s Indian, maybe Cherokee.

  48. searching for any information about anna dowling, she had a daughter juretia connally..she married a puckett, any information would be greatly appreciated

  49. I have a good one, for any one as passionate about getting to the truth as me. We recently had my grandmother’s Mtdna done which also included a racial profile through a very reputable lab. The Canadian version of Indian Affairs relies on them for verification when necessary. I discovered my grandmother was Metis, Apache and Cherokee. For the record, she does not have one single match, which is very odd. This has puzzled me because I didn’t think the Apache were anywhere near the Cherokee, but at some point, there had to be a contact. If I understood correctly, my grandmother would be the Metis. Her mother would be the Cherokee, and her mother would be the Apache. My great grandmother’s name has been diverted to french. But after researching that name for years, I have discovered this is not a valid name. Perhaps in error, I am now assuming that I have to find a phonetic similarity, in order to find my family. The name she went by in Canada was Maucotel… so Mokotel… mokotai…..I don’t know, can’t even begin to guess. But if anyone can help me with this, or if anyone has any suggestions to the form of the name I might look for, I would so very much appreciate it. thank you for reading!

  50. Sonica Williams

    Hello, I have lost my grandfather & his daughter ( my mom) in the last 2 years. I am trying to follow my grandfathers, ( my ) heritage. I’m having so much trouble as I only have a little information. I do know my Great, great grandfathers name was Noah Sawyer, he married Carey Megger. A tribe in Northern Nebraska. I am just wanting to know my heritage. Any information would be greatly appreciated. He is suppose to be buried in an East McCook Nebraska. They had numerous children, one of which was Viola Mae Sawyer , my great grandmother. Thank you.

  51. Looking for polly…mary….harmon…cherokee…north carolina…apache somewhere in there…polly b. 1843 mother i guesstimate 1823-27. Coffee..coffey another posibility…not interested in rolls yet…need geneaology first…some names are on roles …so cant seem to follow…moved to montana 1890 but am hiping geneology trail goes somewhere. Prayers and smoke to all.

  52. I’m looking for information on Nancy Murphy who married George Coxey in McMinn County Tennessee and gave birth
    to Nancy Caroline Coxey who married William Blize and had Johnathan F. Blize who married Emma Henderson and
    had my great grandmother Evelyn Blize. The Blize’s lived in Iberia Missouri and I was told Evelyn’s aunt started Indian school in Iberia.
    Believed to be of Cherokee Heritage.

  53. Mahalia Edmonds

    I’m not sure how to go about this. I am looking for my great grandmother x3 her name was Clementine Ward but her first name was spelt wrong on the daws roll I have been told she was Creek and I have a list of ways she spent her name but I couldn’t find her on here. My great grandmother’s fathers name is Milford Williams I believe he was Cherokee yet I’m not sure. Is there any one who could possibly help me out with this?

  54. I have a great grandfather (6 time I believe) named Cherokee Smokey born in 1778 at Smokey Creek, Caldwell NC and passed in 1828 in Scott, TN, his wife’s name was Nancy Sarah Smokey King born 1779 at Ashe, Rowan NC and passed 1859 at Campbell TN. I believe his father was Stand Proud Smokey and his mother’s name was Runs Fast Like An Eagle, and her parents names were possibly Peter King Smokey aka Man Who Tells Stories and Cherokee Mother Who Has Empty Heart, all listed as being from TN. I have read that Cherokee Smokey was banished from his tribe along with his wife and daughter. He was killed by a settler at Smokey Creek, who later married his wife Nancy Sarah, and I’ve heard a couple versions of the killing. The man’s last name was Carroll, who adopted Nancy Sarah’s daughter, name Sarah Nancy, who later married Phillip Low(e) in TN (Phillip Low’s family name was once Lau). I’ve also heard more than one story on whether the “daughter” was her daughter or her sister. Other possible grandparents names include Sleeping Bear Smokey, Lady Bear, Walking With No Fear Smokey, Mountain Lion Running, Man Who Can Fly Over Water Fall Lady, Water Lady, Walk Over The Springs, and Sleep No More Bear. I have heard that King may have been Nancy Sarah’s “maiden” name or possibly a previous married name. This is all very interesting and I’d love to learn more about this branch of my family. Is anyone familiar with any of these names or how I can find out more about them? Thanks!

    1. Hello Teresa! Cherokee Smokey is my 5X great grandfather and coming across your post has given need some hope. If you find anything further I would love it if you could message me back. I will do the same if I can find anything further.

  55. onyx blackstone

    My grandma is Cherokee and hail’s from the Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia area. Around Mill Creek, Randolph county West Virginia. Her Name is Ivey Rose Oxier. She Married my grandpa Asa Robert McCauley, His mother and Father were Melvin Martin ” Bud ” McCauley and Louisa Kathryn Reed, McCauley. I’m trying to find out more about my grandma Ivey Oxier McCauley she was born in 1909 – Died 1976. wonder if anyone knows of any of these names please contact me…….John Robert McCauley Senior…

    1. Rosetta brownlee

      Rosie lee kellam, born 1902 cherokee and jerry white were married and lived in ga. My mother ethel mae white brownlee real father lewis jones an irishman from laurens county ga. My mother real father surfaced in 1995. Inwhich was identified by hennie r jones.she is Caucasian.
      My father clarence brownlee born 1925 ga Blackfoot indian. His father is Clayton brownlee. His sister margie brownlee morgan told me their surname was Gillies.
      Her ancestor slaveship docked in Savannah ga
      Confused. Who am i.

  56. Anyone have info on any kegabine? Believe the name was Betsy… not 100% sure. I believe my mom’s aunt said they went out towards Arizona

  57. Does anyone on here know of a Lidda who left Oklahoma reservation with Thomas McCauley. She was friends with a lady named Rosa (Choctaw). She was also born in Mississippi 1811-1815. She later married Thomas Bryant and lived in Sharon, Jones County, Mississippi near the Choctaw Reservation. I need to know what her Choctaw name was and who her parents were when they were removed to Oklahoma. Thanks so must for any info.
    Jackie Yaggi

    1. She went to Oklahoma and lived there until she met Thomas McCauley who she left the reservation with and went to Virginia. I think they got married. She left Virginia and his best friend Thomas Bryant (cousin to Gen. Edmond Bryant) followed her to Mississippi and married her. I was told she was banned from the reservation because of him.

    1. Jackie D. Yaggi saucier-Yaggi

      She was born in 1815 in Mississippi and had two children by someone. The children are named William and Needham Temples. They were said to belong to William Temples, who she lived with for a few years. He was much younger than she was, so I think they may have been family and he gave the boys the Temple name because she was not married. Later she married Thomas C. Bryant from Virginia b. 1811, but I can find no marriage records for any of them. I think that she may have had Native American marriages. I just don’t know. Thomas supposedly called her his Indian princess. I have been researching for over 10 years and she has me stymied. She is buried in a cemetery in the woods with 8 Choctaw, a Barry Smith, his wife, and a John Sims, with his two twin boys.

  58. Lenetta (Rogers)Lewis

    Hi all, Im Lenetta …have family eastern Kentucky,Tennessee,North Carolina,Virginia …..My greatgreatgrandmother Lucinda Saunders is Native America blood 100% born North Carolina ….. Im DNA native America 30 % …

  59. I am researching who my American Indian Great X5 Grandparent was. Oral History states my Partenal Grandmother was Part Cherokee. I did find a cousin on that line who also had the same story. A Cherokee Woman married a White man. Their descendants lived in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and other surrounding states. Some Surnames of this line are Palmer, Catlett, Shade, Stotler, Hunter, Mauney, Pendleton, Micheals.

    1. The Maternal Side: Elizabeth Patawomek Stream married Col. Henry Meese. (Powhatan)
      Other Family Surnames Associated to American Indian Tribes are:
      Ashton, Lilly- Chickasaw.
      Toyumeesee (Meese) -Cherokee
      Moody-Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw
      Waller-Cherokee, Choctaw
      Toney-Seminole, Creek, Cherokee
      Perkins-Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek

      I believe there is no 100% one Nationality. DNA may prove this.

      1. Error on prior comment.
        Elizabeth Patawomek Stream
        married John Ashton. This is unsourced. Researching. Any information, editing or sources are appreciated.

  60. Im looking for info on my Grandmothers mother which is my great grandmother she is listed as US,NATIVE AMERICAN APPLICATION FOR ENROLLMENT IN Five Civilized Tribes ,1898-1914 Cherokee,Creek, Choctaw,Chickasaw,Seminole . Her name is Nancy Jean Patrick married to woodson White Patrick

  61. I am trying to find the information on my great grandfather. He had spoken many times of the Trail of Tears and how he had land in OK but it was taken away by the government. He lived off the land in Arkansas later. Never trusted banks. He died at the age of 104, He was born in 1883 and passed away in 1987. His last name was Hopkins. How can I pull my family genealogy together? I have my grandmothers death certificate and not knowing how to move forward with proof of Indian heritage.

  62. I’m really confused. Family history said I had an ancestors that came across the Trail of Tears. Started family tree and had a hard time but my 4 times great grandfather was born in Old Virginia in the area that would put him in the middle of Cherokee territory at the time. Been looking for him for years. Well, last night was looking again and found information on my 3x great grandfather at a family cemetery. The article said there are 2 Indian chiefs buried in this cemetary. My 3x great grandfather has a special grave marker that marks him as full blood Cherokee and my 3x great grandmother as cheorokee Choctaw. Possibly he is a chief (the article that went with this information wasn’t clear) but obviously since only family in this cemetery. Also it said the cemetary was build something about as Indians required to keep out evil spirits. However, I’m having trouble locating any more about this other than a news article, a cemetary, and family history oh and one World War 2 registration where one of my great uncle’s claimed Indian as race. I can not find any of the names in the Dawes Rolls. (I have this slight something saying they never made it to Oklahoma), but my 3x great was In Arkansas White County where he died in 1930. Confused as to where to go next if there is a going next. Thanks

    1. Richard F. Johnston

      If your 3x great grandmother of Cherokee/Choctaw descent wasn’t living in the Choctaw Nation at the time of the enrollment, they will not be enrolled for Choctaw land allotment.

    2. Richard F. Johnston

      If your Choctaw descendant was not living on the Choctaw Nation land at the time of enrollment, they will not be on the rolls.

  63. You have some serious database errors – look up John Lambert – the roll image shows ZERO entries of that name – what gives!? Also, the popup to collect an email address is way more than irritating – write a cookie to prevent this…. Or is this another site I need to warn people away from…

    1. Thanks for the notification on the popup. Something went awry within our cache, as it was setup to show only once every 14 days. I appreciate the notification! I will have to check into the backend of the database to see if John Lambert has a corresponding record in the Dawes Commission Case Files. It is possible he does not.

  64. I can go back to the trail of tears to trace my heritage but that’s where I’m hitting a dead end. I can find two brothers but their parents died on the trail of tears and they were adopted by white family’s and their names changed how can I track down the information I need any help would be appreciated

    1. Is your Native ancestry through your Powell line? My last name is also Powell and I have Cherokee ancestry through my Powell line. However, to my knowledge none of my ancestors were on the Trail of Tears.

      1. Hi Steve,

        Powell is my grandmother’s maiden name. Her father was half Cherokee and his father (my 2× great grandfather) was Samuel Powell, a full blooded Cherokee Indian. His name is on this list. I’m wondering if you, Heather,and I are related through the Powell blood line?

    2. Hello Heather,

      Are you Native American? I’m asking because my grandmother told me about my grandfather being a full Native American on her death bed last year. I’d had no clue and was shocked. The reason I ask is I am a “Powell” by maiden name and many years ago some Powell surnames Natives approached me online with a strong assumption that I am Native. I quickly told them I was certain they are wrong, but now it seems they knew something I did not. So I was curious because I saw your last name.

      1. My family is native American. They lived in the Cherokee and chickasaw nation territories. My great great grandparents were Jacob Pinkney Powell and Amanda Elizabeth Greer born in Erath TX buried in Pontotoc Allen Oklahoma. All of their children were born in the chickasaw nation territory township 4 Oklahoma and some in texas. My great grandfather is Jesse F Powell and my grandfather Evert F Powell born in Hartshorne Oklahoma 1926.

  65. My great grandfather was Choctaw Indian born in Mississippi. His surname was Love. Had a daughter named Bessie. Anyone know of my people

  66. I did find quite a number of Williams on the roll but no one matvching your name. On the roll listeds “Not eligible, I did find a Laura Williams for Oklahoma. I did not find any Stidhams. Sorry. That’s the best that I can do. I wont be doing any more follow ups.

  67. Please help me….I am looking for my great-grandparents..Lavoisier Johnston and Dora Cornell Johnston…Cherokee Indian .
    Married Jan 22, 1898 in Muskogee, Oklahoma..old Wagoner /Coweta area…Their son Carl Cornell Johnston was born Feb. 1900-1901 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. I cannot find them anywhere except for their marriage license. Lavoisier is a French name that he may have taken to assimilate to the white man.

  68. Is it possible the have a family added when in 1903 the were denied as MRC because they could not prove a grandmother s connection? Today the lineage can be proven thru records which found her in Pickens, S.C.. Thank you.

  69. I am of Mexican decent which to me means native peoples marrying Spaniards/Europeans. I had always heard that my grandpa’s grandpa (Lino Aguilar) was an indian chief. I recently had a DNA test done and it came back showing that I am 20% Native American. Not a surpise. My family is from the Rio Grande/Matamors, Mexico area. I have been researching which native tribes are in that area and it turns out that there are quite a few. I fear that the tribe that my great-great grandpa might have a chief to is the Coahuiltecan which is no longer around. They were absorbed into the Spanish population. Any Aguilar’s who are related or have more details please reply. Thanks.

  70. I just found this site and I am amazed to learn that it is possible to learn more information that might be available from a roll form or an interview. I have Bob Blankenship’s two books on Cherokee Roots and also his book,Guion Millr Roll “Plus” I would like to know who/where I might write to with the possibility of learning more about the various ancestors that I have on the rolls

    1. You probably know that Lowrey. Lowrie, Lowry, and other variants of your surname are Lumbee Indian (not necessarily Cherokee), right?

    2. You have to know who the individual is on the roll to look for them and they MUST have l ived in Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in order to appear on the Dawes Rolls. If your ancestor was not living in Indian Territory during 1898-1914 they will not be listed on the Dawes Roll!!

  71. Trying to find more info on the Brown family of Boyton,OK. My maternal great-grandfather was Henderson Brown( Seminole/Scottish), great- grandmother was Sophie Manuel(Creek/Black). Henderson was a sheriff in Boynton.

  72. Looking for Information on my Great Grandmother – Lillie Boykins from Isle of Wight Virginia. She was Cherokee Indian and was dropped of on the side of the road by her parents at a very young age in or around 1888 she was 5-7 years old at the time. and was taken in by another family. I am trying to locate family and to finish my family research. If anyone knows any additional information please let me know. We do not know if she had any other siblings.

    1. I do not have any ofriends the information you have requested but thought maybe you came across some of my ancestors that were also from the isle of wight. Have you been successful in searching infor on the Cherokee lineage?

      1. Elizabeth Stackpole

        Are you related to Sarah Pyles 1838-1920? I am trying to find the father of Marcelle C. White.

      2. Ronnie Stevens (Pyles)

        I know that Sarah Pyles was born in 1848 and had a brother by the name of John M. Pyles. I am part of that lineage. I have been told my Great Grandfather, Dewey Pyles (born 1926 in Wagoner, OK) was full blood Indian but not sure much else on his information. Do you have any information that can help me?

  73. I am looking for info on my grandfather George Washington Fourkiller. I can only find my great grandfather Larkin Fourkiller.


    Looking for relatives of my father, Floyd Palmore. He lived with a family of Young’s, and took that name for awhile. He was born 1895. I understand he had a half brother named Robert. Both have father, Drew Palmore, Cherokee. Someone thought that Robert had a child with the last name Ward.

    1. patsy worthy baker

      I am also researching Allen’s both East and Carden family. carden on my paternal grandmother side and Hodge on Maternal side.
      I think we share a grandmother on the East side. Ida Louraine Grier my grandmother was Sarah Cornelia Hodge

  75. My great grandmother was Jane Meckes she married John Herman…I am trying to locate her family history….I was told she was Cherokee Indian….

  76. I am researching my Native American heritage. My mother’s cousin has his card. I found my great, great grandfather on the “Dawes list”? I’m so confused. My mother maiden name was “Graves”. “Gatwood” & “Graves” are my only knowledge, #783 Dawes card is my family I believe. I know we are creek but I’m lost. Any help would be most appreciated.
    Thank you,

  77. My grandmother was mary goins and I find a lot of Mary’s on here they always told me I was Cherokee that my grandmother was half and I really would like to no if I am she is passed and my father to so it is hard to find out info on here her mother was louise goins ,and her father was mark goins but no info on them if andy one no’s them email me .

    1. My father told me that my great great grandmother is Mary Goins who married a Henry Perkins who was African. Is this who you speak of?

  78. My maternal great-grandmother’s maiden was Bowles. Hermarried name was Byrd. She told my maternal grandmother that her father was Native Cherokee. My grandmother doesnt know his name. We’re trying to trace our lineage for my grandmother, and for our own family tree. Suggestions please.

    1. My grandmothers maiden name on my dads side of the family was Byrd until she married my granddad Elmer Tate possible the same woman.

  79. Greetings to all. May the great spirit keep us healthy, protect us, and continue to bless us all. My daughter’s mother was adopted and it wasn’t until about a year before her passing away that she found her birth mother, and also that she was part Cherokee and Comanche. unfortunately we weren’t on good speaking terms. I’m hoping that someone could help me obtain the information I need to give my daughter one day. Thank you for your help and enjoy your day !

    1. I’ve not done much in genealogy in a long time. I would just say that before anyone begins to be involved they would need a name. Who, and when were they last heard from? Without something to start with, no one is going to get involved.

  80. I was told by my Father that I have Cherokee Indian in me. My Grandmother’s name is Elsa Mae Scrogham and her mother;s name is Jamima E. Bradley her Father’s name is Chas J. Scrogham. Please let me know if anyone has herd of these people
    and if they are Cherokee Indian.

  81. Hi I’m getting confused my great great grandfather’s name was Raymond Jordan. His daughters name was Tennessee Jordan. And there was another Tennessee J Jordan listed on the Cherokee Dawes Roll. But Tennessee J M Jordan is not listed, Could this be the same person?

    1. Hi! I have found Roy Hamilton of the Cherokee Nation on You Tube. You may find him very interesting. He talks about his the Different rolls and much mores hope this helps.

  82. I need help! ive hit a dead end and dont know where to go from here. My Great Grandmothers name is Fannie Adeline Mary Caroline Dances Around the Pea Vine Fountain, she was born in Dec of 1894, she was Cherokee. Her daughter, My Grandmother was Olean Cooper. I cant find anything else on my great grandmother or her family. im at a standstill… is anyone out there related or know the Fountain’s. they are from Alabama can anyone help??

  83. Hello, I am looking for information regarding an Elizabeth Ann Helton, a Cherokee Medicine Woman who was born in Washington Co, TN in 1838.
    Thank you,
    Sara Dirham

    1. One side of my family came up from Tennessee, Heltons. Settled in Heltonville, Indiana. It is now east of Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Indiana. There is a Heltonville Cemetery where many are laid to rest.

  84. Looking for information on Bearpaw, female Cherokee who walked the Trail of Tears. She was my great-great grandmother.

    1. If he was found along a river as a child, how could anyone possibly know he was full blood Cherokee?
      Mary Elizabeth Warf was born in 1862 in Owsley, Kentucky to Larkin Creed Warf and Senia Newell Neagle. All records and photos I found clearly indicate Creed Warf was white. Your family lore is likely not true.

  85. Hello I am trying to find heritage to possibly get a card. I believe I have found an ancestor on the final rolls but fold3 wants payment. Has anyone purchased through them, if so did you find what you were looking for? Any information would be greatly appreciated. thank you.

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