Kinsearching June 30, 2013




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Well-known for his transcriptions of various records pertaining to Native Americans, Jeff Bowen is rapidly adding volumes to his latest series concerning one of the Five Civilized Tribes: APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT OF CHOCTAW NEWBORN--ACT OF 1905. VOLUME IV is already available.

     In 1887, the Dawes Allotment Act was created to award parcels of land within Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) to Native Americans, according to their degree of Indian blood, age, and family status. Under the specifications of a 1905 statute, the term “newborn” referred to each Choctaw infant born before 25 September 1902 to citizens by blood of the Choctaw Nation and who were still living on that date. The children were enrolled and received allotments based on applications received on their behalf no later than 2 May 1905.

     Bowen’s transcriptions encompass all correspondence, such as affidavits of the mother and the attending physician or midwife, connected to the successful claimants. The material usually furnishes the names of the newborns, their parents, doctors or midwives, lawyers, commissioners, notaries public, and any other Choctaw relatives mentioned in the applications. Some recurring surnames are ANDERSON, BARBOUR, BARNETT, BATTIEST, BEAL, BENCH, BOLLING, COFFMAN, COLBERT, DAVIS, DILBECK, DUER, DUNLAP, DYER, ELLIOT/ELLIOTT, FETTER, FOLSOM, GARLAND, HAMPTON, HOMER, HULSEY, HUMAN, LATIMER, LAUCHNER, LEFLORE, LEWIS, MCKINNON, MERRYMAN, MOORE, NAIL, PUSLEY, RABON, RIDDLE, ROBERTS, SORRELS, STARK/STARKS, STEPHENSON, TERRY, THOMPSON, TURNBULL, WADE, and WILSON.

     Transcribed from the documents found on the National Archives film M-1301, APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT OF CHOCTAW NEWBORN--ACT OF 1905, VOLUME IV provides more information about family relationships and details about individuals than the census cards found on the National Archives film M-1186, the basis for much research about Native American groups. Genealogical libraries will want to be sure to add a copy of this book, as well as the rest of the series, to their holdings.

     The 339-page paperback has an introduction, facsimile illustrations, and a full name index. To the book's price of $36.00, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #8028) may be purchased by check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website at

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