That's why I couldn't find anything-- the "1896 Roll" was NOT the legal "Final Roll" of 1898/1906 that was used to allot the land of Indian Territory. It was ruled "illegal" by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here is an article that I wrote about it some years ago:
"The 1896 "Dawes Roll";
Some of the illegal intruders who had bullied their way into Indian Territory in an attempt to steal the land from the Indians by claiming "Squatters Rights", and who could not use coercion or bribery to obtain tribal citizenship from these Indian Nations, then tried another tactic. They petitioned the U.S. Congress (on the basis of their OWN U.S. citizenship!) to FORCE these sovereign Indian nations to give them tribal membership and a share of the land. In 1895 the Congress of the United States-- never consulting the Nations as to why they were rejecting these non-Indians, enacted a U.S. law that they (the United States Government) would appoint a committee to reopen the citizenship process of the FCT's ("FCT's"= "Five Civilized Tribes") -- and that this commission would be empowered to decide who was or was not legal citizens of these sovereign foreign nations.
The FCT's immediately filed suit in the U.S. Supreme Court, and WON. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (in essence) that the United States Congress or government had no more right to decide this issue than they would to tell Canada or Mexico that they had passed a U.S. law saying that the U.S. would now determine who THEIR citizens would be!
But in the mere 45 DAYS between these two rulings, more than 140,000 applicants filed from every state in the U.S. and at least three foreign countries- including CHINA! These applications have survived to some degree, are available on 54 rolls of microfilm (series M-1650), but many are very dim and hard to read.
Shamefully, these applications wrote a new chapter as to the depth the white man would sink to in order to obtain ANYTHING that the Indians owned which was "forbidden" to him!!! Please bear in mind that during this same time, there were hundreds of THOUSANDS of acres of U.S. Public Land in other states available to these people, through the U. S. Homestead Act.
--- but it wasn't "the forbidden fruit"-- THE INDIAN LANDS!
There are two "Nancy Hayes" (Cherokee 314 & Cherokee 827) and one "Millie Hays" (Choctaw 1006) shown in the Index.
My best advice, Darla, would be to order copies of these applications from the Oklahoma Historical Society (http://www.ok-history.mus.ok.us/
). They have these 54 rolls of microfilm, volunteers to do lookups and a way to copy them.Some of these applications may contain up to 15 pages of affidavits. I have the film-- but no way to copy and very little of the time that it would take to find, extract and type out all three applications. One-- I don't mind looking up--- but three is a little "much" to ask!