I give you an example of this situation. My mom's father told me in 1988 that his grandmother was Choctaw and her last name was Breland. This was before the internet. I found Dawes rolls microfilm at Baker and Washburn University with Brelands that had the MCR designation. It took a while as a young man to figure out this meant Mississippi Choctaw Rejected. My ancestors were in Greene and Perry County Mississippi both White and Choctaw and Biloxi. My Native ancestors were there before 1800 and my White ancestors came there around 1800. I've spent 15 years researching ancestry to see if anyone made it to Oklahoma. They didn't. They were given the MCR designation because they were Mixed. My ancestors were between 1/8th and 1/2 who tried to enroll on Dawes from the Mississippi Coast. These were relatives of my great great grandmother Shepard who was half Choctaw and half Biloxi and married a German man named Riley Breland. I'm 2/32nds Choctaw and Biloxi and the rest German, Scotch, Irish, and English. I have ancestry to enroll in Oklahoma but my ancestors were not awarded an allotment. I'm below the half Blood Quantum required in Mississippi. There are people like this all over Louisiana and parts of Mississippi. That's why I defended Mrs. Warren. We have Citizen Delawares in Kansas who didn't go to Oklahoma in 1867 around me here in eastern Kansas. Rolls don't always get everyone enrolled.
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 02:11