Family tree grows for Cherokee who won research service

01/03/2020 08:30 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Faye Askew, of Ponca City, holds a genealogical report of her Cherokee ancestry that was compiled by genealogist David Hampton. Askew won the report during a Cherokee Phoenix drawing in early December. COURTESY
PONCA CITY – Cherokee Nation citizen Faye Askew was familiar with her family tree dating back several generations, but was fascinated to learn where some branches led in a genealogical report she won in December.

“I was surprised at how far back it went, to the 1600s,” she said. “I have really enjoyed it. It’s been a lot of fun looking at it and seeing who my ancestors are. My son says ‘I think we’re related to half the people in Tahlequah.’”

Askew, 78, whose maiden name is Trapp, lives in Ponca City. She was selected from more than 160 entries as the winner of the Cherokee Phoenix’s free genealogical report, valued at approximately $200. Askew said she and her family were impressed with the “well-done and comprehensive” document provided by CN citizen and longtime genealogist David Hampton, who, as it turns out, is a distant relative, along with former Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

“What was really surprising was that grandfather’s mother, she was married four or five times,” Askew said. “It was crazy.”

Prior to receiving the genealogy report, Askew had a “good understanding” of her Cherokee lineage dating back to her great-grandmother, but “past that, not really.”

“The report was very good and well-done,” she said. “I appreciate all the work (Hampton) went to.”

Hampton, who has amassed a genealogical database with more than 120,000 names and information pieces over several decades, described Askew’s report as “typical of those with a mixed-blood Dawes Roll ancestry.”

“The research was a little easier for me,” he said, “because she had multiple lines of descent from my own Cherokee ancestor, Nancy Ward ‘Nanyehi’ (c1737-1822), along with other lines that helped to flesh out a rather broad Cherokee ancestry.”

The report details 116 ancestors, including some duplicates, about half of whom were of Cherokee descent and the other half white, Hampton said.

“Also included were many hundreds more of her aunts and uncles on the various lines,” he added. “I also included copies of three Dawes Roll census cards for her Cherokee ancestors.”

Askew said she looks forward to further studying her document with sons who live in Atlanta and Dallas.

“They are thrilled to have this information,” she said.

For information on Hampton’s Cherokee genealogy research services, email

The Cherokee Phoenix’s Dec. 2 drawing attracted 169 entries from those who subscribed in November as part of Native American Heritage Month. The Phoenix will hold other subscription-based giveaways this year, including one for a free a 50-inch TV on Jan. 30. To enter, buy or renew an annual $15 print subscription before Jan. 29. The Cherokee Phoenix prints twice monthly.

To order, subscribers can pay with a credit/debit card by phone at 918-207-4975, online at or mail a check or money order to Cherokee Phoenix Subscriptions, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK. Subscribers who mail payments must include the name, address and CN citizenship ID number, if applicable of the person who will receive the subscription. The Cherokee Phoenix also accepts in-person subscription purchases in its office at 22210 S. Huckleberry Circle, Room 231 in Tahlequah.

Along with paid subscriptions, those who take advantage of the Cherokee Phoenix’s Elder/Veterans or At-Large subscriptions funds are also entered to win. The Elder/Veterans Fund provides free annual subscriptions to CN citizens who are 65 or older, as well as those who are military veterans or active duty personnel. The At-Large Fund provides free annual subscriptions to CN citizens living outside of the tribe’s jurisdiction in northeast Oklahoma. There are no age requirements for this fund.

The two subscription funds are on a first-come, first-served basis while funding lasts. To subscribe using the two funds, call BJ Frogg at 918-207-4975 or email

The drawing for the 50-inch TV will be held live Jan. 30 on the Cherokee Phoenix’s Facebook page.
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Chad Hunter has spent more than two decades in the newspaper industry as a reporter and editor in Arkansas, Oklahoma and his home state of Missouri. He began working for the Cherokee Phoenix in late  ... • 918-453-5269
Chad Hunter has spent more than two decades in the newspaper industry as a reporter and editor in Arkansas, Oklahoma and his home state of Missouri. He began working for the Cherokee Phoenix in late ...


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