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Old Settlers Roll

A listing of Cherokee still living in 1851 who were all ready residing in Oklahoma when the main body of the Cherokee arrived in the winter of 1839, as a result of the Treaty of New Echota (1835). Approximately one third of the Cherokee people were Old Settlers and two thirds new arrivals. The 1851 payroll lists Old Settlers (Cherokees who moved to Indian Territory prior to December 1835) entitled to participate in a per capita payment. There were 3,273 persons enumerated on this roll which is arranged by Cherokee district and grouped by family. Some persons who did not reside in the Cherokee Nation are listed as “Non-residents.” Three thousand, two hundred and seventy three Cherokees were enrolled and each received two hundred, seventy dollars and ninety five cents. The “Old Settlers” filed a protest against the sum. The Supreme Court decided that the original “Old Settlers” or their heirs would receive an additional one hundred, fifty nine dollars and ten cents per share in the 1896 “Old Settler” payment.

Native American Rolls

During the period of Indian Removal beginning in 1831 extensive records were generated through the turn of the century when Southeastern Indians were uprooted from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.  They were taken west of the Mississippi River in what is now Oklahoma.  These records relate to treaties, trade, land claims, removal to Oklahoma, allotments, military affairs, military service and pensions, trust funds, and other activities. While the vast majority reference Southeastern Tribes, there are some which pertain to Western tribes as well. Research for American Indian ancestors begins just like any other search for ancestors; you have to begin with what you know now.  Prepare your ancestor charts beginning with yourself.  Include all names, nicknames and any other identifying information on each person, be sure to check the more traditional resources: local and state records, census records, land records, court cases, probate records, church and school records…Jackie Matte, author of “They Say the Wind is Red”. Native American rolls are viewed by many as one of the most useful resources for researching your Native American (Indian) Ancestors.  However, until you know where your Native American ancestors resided, the rolls will be of no value to you. Proving Your Indian Ancestry is a guide to your Native American research. To further your Indian Roll search we have added mailing lists.  We have invited many individuals to join these lists with knowledge of the rolls and their history.  It is hoped that we will be able to expand the descriptions of each of the rolls so the readers will have a better understanding of their uses. Each...

Indian Roll Mailing List

For the Native American Researcher the “Rolls” are usually their first research. This in most cases is not the best starting point for your research. The Rolls are of great value, but first you need to understand the roll you are searching, when and where it was taken and of what value it will be to your research. These mailing lists are for the use of expanding our knowledge of these rolls. Finding that place in history when it was decided there was a need for the roll, exactly why it was taken, information the government was collecting, and the part it would play in the Tribes life.

Search the Final Rolls

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.

Final Rolls Index

This is the index to the names of individuals entitled to enrollment on the rolls of the various tribes comprising the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Each index entry gives an enrollee’s name and final roll number. After a person’s enrollment category and final roll number have been determined, the final rolls can be searched to discover the enrollee’s census card number. Not all roll numbers mentioned in this index, have a corresponding person mentioned in the Dawes Roll.

1884 Hester Roll Index

An index to the 1884 Hester Roll. Compiled by Joseph G. Hester as a roll of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in 1883.  This Roll itself provides the Chapman roll number and English and Indian name. A Surname Number Name Comment 389 Abel 672 A-chin-nih 305 A-dam, Ned 1124 Adam 1354 Adam 1456 Adams , Melvina Jane 1457 Adams, Walter Marion 922 Ai-chin-neh 455 Ai-gih 1138 Al-gih-nih 1116 Ai-gil-lih 636 Ai-kih 1044 Ai-kih 1122 Ai-kih 826 Ai-kin-nih 900 Ai-kin-nih 1023 Ai-le-cah-nah-he-tah 543 Ai-lec-gih, Oo-kum-muh 33 Ai-lih 662 Ai-lih 578 Ai-lih-mih 703 Ail-kih-hih 811 Ail-lih 181 Ail-sih 381 Ail-sih 466 Ail-sih 481 Ail-sih 610 Ail-sih 689 Ail-sih 1058 Ail-sih 366 Ail-sin-ih 601 Ai-mih 1206 Ai-nah-sah 1038 Ai-neh-lih 831 Ai-ne-kih 374 Ai-nih 535 Ain-ih 728 Ain-ih 804 Ai-nih 1000 Ai-nih 1113 Ai-nih 1185 Ai-nih 1335 Ai-nih 101 Ai-nih-kih 641 Ai-nih-kih 654 Ai-nih-kih 935 Ai-nih-le-sah 1198 Ai-nih-skah-yah-te-hih 667 Ain-sih 85 Ain-sih 503 Ai-wih 820 Ai-wih 885 Ai-wih 1005 Ai-wih 1100 Ai-wih 1311 Ai-wih 329 Ai-ye-nih 857 Ah-cah-lu-kah 1204 Ah-cah-te-yoh 529 Ah-cle-ah-te-skih 340 Ah-cle-yah-te-skih 573 Ah-coo-yah 352 Ah-he-ah-tah 259 Ah-he-aw-kah 1199 Ah-heaw-kah 736 Ah-he-aw-lih 686 Ah-heh-kih 482 Ah-he-uh-cin-ih 729 Ah-kah- te-yah 803 Ab-kle-ah-to-skih 1287 Ah-la-nih 766 Ah-la-te-skih 421 Ah-la-te-skih 84 Ah-la-na-kih 1165 Ahl-cin-nih 216 Ah-le-an-eh 289 Ah-le-kih 307 Ah-le-kih 1317 Ah-le-na-kih 427 Ah-le-ne-sih 24 Ah-le-nih 147 Ah-le-nih 391 Ah-le-nih 744 Ah-le-nih 1334 Ah-le-nih 87 Ah-le-sih-nih 1121 Ah-le-tee-skih 659 Ah-le-ya-nih 426 Ah-lic-stah-nih 526 Ah-lic-stah-nih 182 Ah-lih 298 Ah-lih 618 Ah-lih 907 Ah-lih 1021 Ah-lih 108 Ah-lih-nuh 162 Ah-lin-nih 777 Ahl-kin-nih, Tow-eh 688 Ahl-sah 747 Ahl-sih-nih 1288 Ah-lum-mih 823 Ah-nah-yih 786 Ah-ne-coo-la-kih 327 Ah-neh-yeh 422 Ah-ne-le-sih 850 Ah-ne-nes-sih 1053 Ah-ne-ni-yoh 351 Ah-ne-tau-nah-ih 1342 Ah-ne-wa-kih 760...

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