Thursday, November 16, 2017

Family of Hazen Dosar, Parents & Children

The Dosar family of Mekasuka, Indian Territory was a Seminole family that lived closely with other extended family for many years. Finding records reflecting their whole story was a challenge due to missing records. There are enrollment cards, but the accompanying records found in application jackets are simply missing and were never microfilmed by the National Archives.

Hazan Dosar was a young man who appeared in front of the Dawes Commission to enroll his wife Sarah and  his step sons Amos and Levi Warrior.
Seminole Freedman Card #652
The National Archives at Ft. Worth, Ft. Worth Texas 1868-1914, NAI Number: 251747
Record Group Title: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75

His father was a man simply called Dosar, but who also was known as Sam Robert. His mother was Dotty Lotty, who was a member of the Bruner band of Seminole Freedmen. The entire family was part of the Bruner band.

Reverse side of card

Source: same as above

Daughter Dollie's Card

A note from Hazan's enrollment card, indicated that another child was listed on the Seminole New Born Freedmen card #92. Her mother was Viola Dosar, and her father was Hazan. It is not clear whether Hazan had a previous marriage or whether this was another wife with whom Hazan had a relationship. 

Seminole Freedman Newborn Card #92
The National Archives at Ft. Worth, Ft. Worth Texas 1868-1914, NAI Number: 251747
Record Group Title: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75

Daughter Leathia Ann's Card

Coming from Wewoka, another daughter Leathia Ann Doser. She is only 1 year old and her mother was Lucy Sancho. Lucy, her mother is enrolled on her own card #813

Mother Dolly's Card
Not far away in Sasakwa, Hazan Dosar's mother Dollie was found. She appeared in front of the Dawes Commission enrolling only herself. Both of her parents were deceased and she had been enslaved by John Jumper the Seminole leader who was twice elected principal chief.

Application Jacket
There is no application jacket that survives for Hazan Dosar, but a jacket was found for daughter Dollie. U.S., Native American Applications for Enrollment in Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.

Since no interviews of  Hazan Doser are to be found, only a small glimpse into the family history was found in the file of daughter Dollie. Statements were taken from Hazan, and Viola, mother of Dollie. It is not clear whether Hazan and wife Sarah had separated, but clearly they were both speaking to confirm the birth of daughter Dollie.

Although there was no interview in the file, the enrollment of daughter Dollie as a Seminole New Born was ruled in her favor and she was added to the roll as a New Born Seminole citizen.

The only concern was actually over the spelling of the last name. The issue was whether to spell the surname with an "a" or with an "e". It was decided to keep the spelling with the "e" because the mother's name had been written that way, and Dollie's name was to be placed on the roll to coincide with the mother's name.

Application Jacket for Daughter Leathia Ann

Source: same as above

Although the original card with wife Sarah and step children revealed that Hazan lived in Mekasuka, Indian Territory, Hazen Dosar died in 1911 in Wewoka, and a small document pertaining to his estate was found reflecting his wife and children as heirs. By this time the widow is noted to be Viola, the mother of daughter Dollie.

Oklahoma County, District and Probate Courts

Details about Hazen's life are scant.  Presumably he lived a simple life within the Seminole Nation. His daughters Dollie and Leathia Ann will be the ones through his legacy will be continued, and will live through his descendants and hopefully the memory of this quiet simple man will not be forgotten.

This is the 35th article in a 52-article series devoted to sharing histories of families once held as enslaved people in Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma. The focus is on the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, and these posts are part of an ongoing project to document 52 families in 52 weeks.

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