I am researching my Choctaw ancestry with scant informtion to go on. Was wondering if you may have news or information by now, since it's been a while since your posting that may help me...point me in the right direction for what I'm trying to research. I noticed that you are writing a book, so I thought you may know more about where to direct me to search, since I saw the words "settlement from the government" in your inquery also.
A cousin told me today that our Armstrong grandmother named Ara lived with them when cousin was a child...cousin born about 1948 and that at the time, our grandmother recieved some money from the government, some sort of settlement or something, and the cousin couldn't remember details, but must have been sometimes in the 1950's when the grandmother recieved this money. The cousin remembers that the grandmother was 1/8 Choctaw Indian, the reason for receiving this money.... the grandmother Ara was born and still lived in Louisiana at the time of receiving this money, and not in Oklahoma or anything. Her parents were also both born in La. I have her ancestry, except for the name of the (Ara's) grandmother whom I suspect is the Choctaw, because the marriage records for Nancy and Hugh Armstrong burned in a courthouse fire in 1878 and so I don't have her maiden name. I just have not been able to pick it up anywhere. Here's the lineage so that I won't confuse you...
Ara Armstrong (received the money)
her parents were
Aaron Armstrong and Ellen Rogers
his parents were
Hugh Slater Armstrong and Nancy ?? born abt 1825 in Louisiana according to census records. Nancy is the grandmother whom I suspect is Choctaw but can't locate her maiden name. I've gotten probate, census, just tons of info, but not her maiden name. One interesting clue is that son Adolphus Armstrong, of Hugh and Nancy was living in the Choctaw Nation according to probate records in 1892 when Nancy died.
So, my question is.....do you have a clue where I can check these monetary records for Ara??? for the time period of 1950's...any allotments, etc?? That's about the only way I can think of now, to obtain a link to this Choctaw ancestor. Does me no good to look at Choctaw Rolls, etc because I don't have a name and I've searched these under the Armstrong name, and she's not there and I can't seem to pick up anything on son Adolphus in Choctaw Nation either, have tried looking at Dolph, various spellings etc. I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions and thank you for your time.
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