Hanaford of Salisbury, North
Carolina, USA, died on January 14, 2004, at age 102. Always a
supporter of the Cathey Reunion Association and its genealogical work,
Mary Hanaford, a most gracious lady, was the mother of Elizabeth (Liddy)
Dole, the first female United States senator elected in North Carolina
and who earlier had been the President of the American Red Cross.
Big plans for Virginia Genealogical Society Conference in October
The Virginia Genealogical Society in partnership with the Wythe County
Genealogical and Historical Association will hold its annual fall
conference on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at the Holiday Inn, 1800 East
Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia. The conference theme will be
Resources for Family History. The all-day conference will feature
topics on Fractur, printed broadsides, Chancery papers, and writing your
The conference registration table
opens at 8:15 am (with coffee and pastries), and the main program starts
at 9:00 am. Four veteran speakers will conduct the sessions: Corrine
Earnest, Russell Earnest, Mary B. Kegley, and Dr. Charles A. Brodie.
During the breaks, you may visit vendors of books, software, forms, and
other genealogical materials.
Registration forms with agenda and
details are available directly from the Virginia Genealogical Society,
Fall Conference, 5001 West Broad Street, Suite 115, Richmond, Virginia
Am looking for ancestry of RICHARD ROBI(N)SON, 1758-1827, buried
Steele Creek Presbyterian Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina. Also, who
did PATRICK GLAZE, born ca1730, marry? One source says ESTHER, daughter
of DONALD McDONALD; another ANN NANCY MIDDLETON. PATRICK’s six children
mentioned in Will of DONALD McDONALD (McDANIEL) 1723-1795? Contact Bill
40 Sweetwood Court, Roswell, Georgia 30076.
GLORIA KAHLER CHAMPION, please contact LENA JURY BREMER’s family
at PO Box 345, Paradise, Utah 84328.
My ancestor, GEORGE McDANIEL, was born in 1770, somewhere in
North Carolina. He came to Big Sandy Creek, Tennessee to settle and
raise his family. He served in the military in 1812 in order to keep
the Indians from taking over that part of the country. I have his
records. My great-great-grandfather came to Illinois about 1865 with
his family and changed his name to McDONAL. I would like to do some
more research on GEORGE, but don’t know of anyone by the name of
McDANIEL. William McDonal, 247 East Chestnut Street, Apt. 903, Chicago,
Gas prices affect reunions
The price of gasoline is affecting the cost of all reunions this
summer. Some changes in program may occur, but reunions are not being
cancelled. “Reunions are too important to our family,” says Nancy
Everly of Crestline, Ohio, about her Best Family Reunion.
Cindy Jacoby of Thomasville, Pennsylvania, says, “There’s no stopping
the Meyer Family Reunion.”
“We’re too excited to see one another,” says Jeanette Hales of Richmond,
Virginia, about her upcoming Lunenberg High School class reunion in
Most military reunion organizers
are more concerned about their dwindling numbers.
In a survey of summer 2004 reunion organizers, Reunions magazine learned
some interesting effects of gas prices on reunion planning. For
example, one reunion branch will rent a cabin along with everyone else,
because driving their RV is prohibitive while the cost of driving a car
and staying in a cabin will save money. Another reunion planned a
six-hour round trip caravan to historical family sites, but decided to
hold that for another year. Other reunions are looking into the
possibility of hiring buses, if a large enough contingent is traveling
from one place, so no one drives. But, of course, bus prices are also
Then, there are reunion organizers
like Ruth Thomas of West Fork, Arkansas, who don’t think “it’ll really
affect us much.” But resignedly suggests our universal thought that “it
would be nice if gas prices were cheaper though.”
Dassa Carvey of Virginia Beach,
Virginia, says, “I’ll cut back elsewhere to participate in the 25th
anniversary of WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service)
national reunion,” later this year.
Over 200,000 families including the
fabled Hatfields and McCoys, and Davy Crockett’s descendants, plan
reunions this summer. One hundred fifty thousand classes and 6,000
military groups will also enjoy reunions this year. Almost half of
family reunions span three or more days, averaging 50 people each, and
85 percent of family and class reunions are in June, July or August.
Military reunions concentrate in September, October and early November
after school starts and prices go down.
Many travel long distances and sacrifice to be with reunion groups whose
significance has increased since September 11, 2001. They will come
from everywhere in the world to reconnect, be nostalgic and enjoy their
Reunions magazine, a bi-monthly, and <www.reunionsmag.com>
are important resources for planning any kind of reunion. Sample copies
are available for $2 for shipping and handling. Send to Reunions
magazine, PO Box 11727, Milwaukee, WI 53211-0727. Or free copies are
available by completing a survey at <www.reunionsmag.com>.
Subscription information can be found at <www.reunionsmag.com>
or by calling 800-373-7933.
Editor’s Note: Review copies of
Reunions magazine and/or Reunions Workbook are available for the
asking. Edith Wagner, Reunions magazine editor, is also author of The
Family Reunion Sourcebook (1999, McGraw-Hill Lowell House, Los
Angeles). Interviews happily accepted. Stock photos available.
Dawes Commission enrollment records help in locating Native American
Bryan L. Mulcahy
The Dawes Commission was created by the United States Congress in 1893
under the Dawes Act with Senator H. L. Dawes as chairman. The goal of
the commission was to exchange Indian tribal lands in the southeastern
United States for new land allotments to individuals in Oklahoma. The
Dawes Commission was also known as the Commission to the Five Civilized
Tribes. This process was to be accomplished by securing the consent of
the various Indian chiefs to the extinguishing of tribal land titles and
by allocating lands to individuals. Between 250,000 and 300,000 people
applied to this commission for enrollment and land. Just over 100,000
applications were approved.
Genealogists would find these records
most useful if your ancestor was:
A. A member of either the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek or
Seminole Indian tribes in the southeastern United States.
B. Alive during the enrollment period between 1896 and 1905. If your
ancestor died prior to 1893, you could search for surviving children or
grandchildren using the Dawes Commission records as well.
The content of Dawes Commission records would normally include the
following types of information:
A. Enrollment cards (also known as census cards) include residence,
roll numbers, names of family members, relationships, ages, sex, degree
of Indian blood, enrollment date, place and number, parents and their
enrollment date or place, spouses, divorces, and children or
B. Applications for enrollment include affidavits, vital records,
letters, questionnaires, decisions mentioning relatives, dates, and
C. Letter logs would include the name of applicant, address, date of
letter, file number, date received, subject of letter, and action
taken. Letters are normally filed with the applications.
The most useful reference tools for accessing information for Dawes
Commission records are the following titles:
United States. Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes. Index to the
Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedman of the Five Civilized Tribes in
Indian Territory. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1907.
United States. Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes. Final Rolls of
Citizens and Freedman of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory.
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1907.
United States. Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes. Enrollment
Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914. National Archives
Microfilm Publications, M1186, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1981.
United States. Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes. Applications
for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,
1898-1914. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1301.
Washington, DC: National Archives, 1981.
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Index to Letters Received by
Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1897-1913. National Archives
Microfilm Publications, M1314. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1983.
If you fail to find your ancestor’s
name in the index, you may need to be creative in the spelling of
names. Also, consider looking for your ancestor by his or her English
name, Indian name, middle name, nickname, initials, married name, or
maiden name. Consider the possibility that he or she was listed under a
different tribe or category than you expected. Look through each of the
29 sections of the index.
Your ancestor’s application may also
have been rejected. The Dawes Commission ultimately rejected over 60%
of the applications. An index to most rejected applications can be
found using the National Archives website for the NARA Archival Research
catalog assistance homepage at <www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/arc_info/genealogy_search_hints.html>.
Upon entering this page, scroll down until you reach the Native
Americans section and follow the instructions.
Looking for information, material, references, addresses, etc. of or on
the name of ABEYTA. If any information, please contact Mr. Jerry
Abeyta, 55000 Highway #112, Hooper, CO 81136.