Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas, Food and Memories

Today is my daughter's birthday. As I prepared what is one of her favorite meals, it brought back memories of all of those loved ones who have been in my life. My potato soup (my famous potato soup if you ask my daughter) is the meal. As I cut up the potatoes I am reminded of my grandmother who always criticized the size I cut up the potatoes. My usual response was to ask her to leave the kitchen, a cook doesn't need a back seat driver. And my mom, who always complains I make too much (though we have never ever had to throw any out).

The soup isn't just a favorite of my daughter's. My late great Uncle Bill Sedore would always ask for a bowl. My brother asks me to make it when he comes home. It is part of our family memories.

Just last week when I prepared some of the things we always bake each year, it is my grandmother's handwriting on the recipe cards. The things I make each year with my daughter are the same things my grandmother made with me. I still recall how excited I was to help her each year, and the same thing happens with my daughter. I told her that one day she would make these same things with her daughter, and she would be teaching her daughter the same things that my grandmother and my great grandmother taught me.

There are certain meals in my family that I can't help but think of one of them. New England Boiled Dinner (my daughter's other favorite meal), was something I watched both my grandmother and her mother make every year. Every time we have these meals, once again, I am brought back to my childhood. When I brave my great grandmother's sour braten again (and I am not sure when that will be), I will picture her in the kitchen all day, apron on, cooking this meal which was only for special occasions.

When we decorated our tree, it is full of ornaments that were on my grandmother's tree. Each year, I tell my daughter about some of these ornaments. She may grow tired of the story now, but I envision a time when they are on her tree, and she is telling this story to her children.

Having been accused of caring more for the dead than my living family (an accusation I totally do not agree with), I have to recognize that yes, so much of my life is tied up with past generations. I don't really think that makes you care less for the living though. I really hope that all of those who read my blog look at their traditions, both the old, and the new ones we develop as we live our lives. Pass on the history. It is more than just names on a piece of paper.

Merry Christmas.
Jen

Thursday, October 17, 2013

McCurdy's of Escambia County, Florida

Elijah McCurdy of Escambia county is the progenitor of many descendants in the panhandle area. Born in 1793 in South Carolina (place varies by the document in his army records), his past is elusive. No one to date has been able to trace him further back. There is little doubt that he is a relative of the other McCurdy's in the South Carolina and Georgia area, but exactly how is the question.

Most of us feel that William H. McCurdy whose in Escambia in 1820 is probably his brother, and though I haven't changed the data in my tree, I am no longer sure that Nancy, the wife of Joshua Bowen is a sister of Elijah, though she may be.

We know that Elijah's first wife was Mattie Bowen. Mattie had a child prior to her marriage to Elijah though, Cleopatra Bowen Brewster who married Willis Jones. Add to the fact that Basheba's death certificate names her father as William and not Elijah, it made me reevaluate Anna McCurdy, the wife of Thomas Sunday.

We all know the oral history (and I am not talking about the "brother's from Scotland") that Elijah ran out on Mattie and married Barsheba Sunday who was his ward, and so they used the last name Sundike to help hide it. The history also says that Mattie and Joseph lived across from the river and that Joseph was the only child. I don't think so.

I think Anna McCurdy is a daughter of Elijah and Mattie Bowen. I think Mattie probably died before the marriage of Elijah and Barsheba/Barbara Sunday. Here's why. If you look at the 1840 census, Elijah is in Conecuh. The household appears to have some of the Sunday's in it, as there are more children than he had. Living next door to Elijah is Willis Jones. In 1838 or 39, (I did not check my records) Anna married Thomas Sunday (as Mary McCurdy). In 1850, Thomas Sunday and Anna have Joel Bowen (Mattie's father) in their home, he is 91. (In 1840 Willis Jones has a male corresponding with that age in his home). Next to their home is Willis Jones once again.

Anna and Thomas also name a daughter Cleopatra. So the fact that Nancy Bowen is living in their home in 1860 could be that Nancy is her Aunt by marriage. Or it could be that she's her Aunt. We aren't too sure, and as of yet, there is simply no way to find out.

Switching Anna for Basheba puts Elijah McCurdy's grandchildren in total I believe to 98. 28 of these grandchildren were the progeny of my ancestor, William Marion (desputed Jackson) McCurdy and his two wives, (one of whom also is a grandchild of Elijah), Amanda Beck and Florence Morris.

Although each generation as we reach the current ones does have fewer children, it still leaves a large number of descendants. The McCurdy family intermarried heavily with the Ard, Penton and Malone families, and has links to just about every large family in the Northern Escambia county region.

A group of my distant cousins and I are discussing having a reunion for the McCurdy family of Alabama (Escambia and Baldwin) and Florida (Escambia and Santa Rosa). We have formed a facebook group by the name of McCurdy Family of Alabama/Florida reunion. If you are a McCurdy of this family and are interested in joining us, please do so. We are in the very early stages, so nothing is definitive at this time, but we look forward to meeting our cousins.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"My Grandma's a full blooded Choctaw from New York"

If I said that, "my Grandma is a full blooded Choctaw from New York" every one who has any Choctaw would be up in arms. Why because no, Choctaws weren't in New York. Just like they weren't in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, etc.

If I have a pet peeve, it's just that. With all of the wonderful things we can find now, all of the awesome digital collections, the access to data researchers had to travel to get, people just don't do proper research.

Proper research? What I mean is that, first, just trace your family. Don't worry if they were Choctaw, Cherokee, Pink or Blue, just look for them. When you have verifiable information, because genealogy without documentation is mythology, then dig for their racial history, or their culture. But look at where they are. Then research that area.

Oral history is a starting point, not the end game. What I mean is that, oral history is like that game of telephone we played as kids. Where you get a line of say 20 kids and whisper something in the first one's ear, and have them repeat it all the way down, and by the time you get to the end, the kid says what he heard, and it's nothing like what it started as. That's oral history in a nutshell. There is usually some grain of truth to it. It's not the gospel truth.

While I am on that subject, any documentation (such as an affidavit) that occurs over 100 years later isn't worth the paper it's written on. If you weren't alive when the event occurred you can only repeat what you heard (or oral history). So that means that once again, it's not the truth, and the whole truth, it's someone's version of it.

We have all had people in our lives, who retell events and we are like, that's not what happened. Well why in the heck do you think that every oral history tale can't be like that? That people can't embellish what they pass on? It's no different. To be effective as a researcher, you need to be open to doubts about what you find. You need to be able to question your research, and look at all the first and second sources. And sometimes then, you have to make a decision.

I have conflicts. So what is the truth? You have to reason and explain the conflicts. That is the truth to genealogy. It's not all first sources. It's not all black and white. But, when you get to the grey, you need to recognize it, document it, and if you theorize, then say so. And give credit to others. That's just the right thing to do.

You can find second hand accounts of Native American history. In books, in newspapers, in diaries, and sometimes in letters. Or you can find nothing. And whether that happens depends on who you are researching.

I think it's important to remember racism also. In 1910, my great great grandmother's sister lives in South Dakota (there are indians there). She is listed as a mulatto. When my grandparents moved to Los Angeles, my dark skinned black haired grandpa with his fair blond, blue eyed wife could only find housing in the mixed neighborhoods. Racism did exist. It didn't just include looking down on you because you were Indian or Black, the same thing happened if you were Chinese, Hawaiian, Italian, Irish, Catholic, Jewish, etc.

It's really important to recognize that when you research. A full blooded Indian is never going to be mistaken for white on a census. Prior to 1900 they may be called mulatto, cajun, black, but rarely indian. If you don't believe that, search for race in censuses 1850-1880. See how many you get for Native American. It's not a lot.

There are hundreds of Native American tribes in the United States. Some were extinct by the 18th century, but others thrived until the 19th century, and the idea of Manifest Destiny started taking hold in this country. You can find data on some of these lesser known tribes that are from South Carolina, or North Carolina, or New York, Ohio, etc. Don't be pigeon holed into believing you have to be a tribe because that's all you know of.



Understanding your past tells you your own story

People who don't do genealogy don't get those of us who do. They don't understand why genealogists love what they do, why we don't mind visiting dusty libraries and spooky cemeteries. Why discovery of a long lost picture or relative makes us reel with excitement.

Our history, isn't just about our DNA. The stories of the lives of our ancestor's is part of who we are. Just as things like abuse, violence, addiction and mental illness can be passed down in families, so can things like work ethics, occupations and a love for arts, education and family. Maybe something that occurred 100 years ago has no impact on our lives, but maybe it does.

The role of family has evolved and changed over the last few hundred years. In Colonial america we were nuclear families. Parental involvement and attachment to their children isn't the idea that we expect. We went from a place where only the eldest son inherited to a place where all children could inherit. Nuclear families to extended families, neglect and abuse to close knit and loving. The events of the time affected the family dynamics, just as much as today.

Immigrant families were shut off from their families and cultures, so enclaves of their culture developed where they settled. Brave souls set off for the wild, untamed lands to the west. Groups of families moved together and formed new bonds.

War tore us apart. From the American Revolution, which contrary to what we were taught, was not supported by a majority, to the Civil War, family fought against family. The support felt for whichever side was strong enough to break family bonds.

Lawlessness as a result of the wars brought a new chapter to our history. We all know of Jesse James, John Wesley Hardin, and the Younger brothers. The events of their lives formed the basis of this lifestyle, their history shaped them.

The industrial age, prohibition, all these things helped shape our families, but it is how they dealt with it, and what they did that shaped the next generation, and so on, until we come to our grandparents, and our parents and our lives.

How much education did they receive and why didn't they get more? Were they rich or poor? Were they raised by their parents, relatives, or left to fend for themselves? Did they attend the school of hard knocks? Were they in trouble with the law? Were they adored by their family?

These questions are the kinds of answers you can get from genealogy. Sometimes people ask should we share the bad stuff? Well, I don't think we should ever violate someone's privacy, but we should be true to the story as recorders of history. We just don't have to publish it when it affects someone else. I also think, that knowing that cycles of dysfunction can continue, we have the responsibility to recognize them and be honest about them. If we want to make the future better, we have to be open about the past.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

More on the early Pyburn's

A time line will follow.

Most likely Lewis and Elias are brothers. Ben Jr is probably their brother. Are the also my Jacob's brother? And is the James whose stealing in GA a relative?

Questionable as to there relationship to Richard. Is he a cousin or brother tp Elias?

Benjamin and Richard in SC in 1790 could be Benjamin Jr and Richard who was in KY (and seems to return). I suspect this is the Benjamin who stole the horse and not Benjamin Sr on Am Rev paperwork.

Speculate Nancy the wife of Jacob Pyburn is a Choate which is how Austin Jr and Omi Pyburn are cousins, explains the name of Christopher Pyburn also. Because the source of Austin Sr married to Elizabeth Naomi Pyburn has no factual information attached to it, I am seriously doubting it's accuracy. I suspect that someone years ago ran across the Eastern Cherokee Applications of the children of Edward Choate and Elizabeth Cole, which state that Austin jr and Omi Pyburn were cousins, and that he was half indian and she was full. We know she can't be full indian because none of the Pyburn's were indian, they were English/Scottish. We don't know enough on the wives of generation 2 to say if they married an Indian or not. Christopher Choate, the father of Austin Sr is supposed to have married a Cherokee woman Prudence. If this is true, then Austin Sr and his sister (by my guess, not proven) Nancy Choate are part Cherokee and so the cousins would have been equally Cherokee, not one half the other full.

These are the folks that descend from William and Mary Pyburn of Maryland.
Generation 1
John B 1686
Richard n 1686
Edward (baptisms in 1720's mean he shouldn't be son of John or Richard)

Generation 2 (males only)
Jacob (Richard) b. 1722
Jacob (John) at least 21 by 1747 (before 1725)
Benjamin (before 1725)
John (before 1725)
Thomas b. 1729
Joshua on list of 1757.. has to fit into the 2nd generation as a son of ? Edward or Richard. Assume if he can sign a lease he's 21 or born prior to 1736

The question remains which Jacob and.or which of the cousins are the parents of Generation 3. One cannot assume because John and Benjamin are in Bedford that Jacob is there brother and not their cousin. We know that his sons were of age to be executors (over 21) in 1747, so that means that both Jacobs are likely close in age. We have Thomas showing up there by 1775 so it isn't like they were strangers.

Generation 3
Jacob born 1745-1757 goes to MS
Jacob marries Nancy (probably Choate) (born 1745-1760)
Benjamin stole horse (born before 1754) should be brother to Lewis and Elias
Elias (born before 1754) should be brother to Lewis and Benjamin
Lewis (born before 1754) should be brother to Elias and Benjamin
Richard (?son of Thomas) age 60-69 in 1830 I Indiana puts birth about 1761-1770
Sarah (dtr of Jacob) m Charles Eades (born 1760 ish) (which Jacob is her father?)
James Pyburn (born before 1764)
John? Pyburn listed as VA solder am rev (find nothing on this gentleman)
Richard Pyburn 60-69 in MO in 1830 ??? household doesn't match the other Richard. I find a Frances Pyburn a widow in Illinois in 1840 age 50-59.

Generation 4
NC Jacob
Jacob who marries Mary Webb (Probably son of Jacob and Nancy)
Christopher (Prob son of Jacob)
Edward /Ned (son of Jacob)
Omi Pyburn (dtr of Jacob) m Austin Choate
Nancy Pyburn (dtr of Jacob) m Christopher Choate
? husband of the widow Sarah Pyburn

AL Jacob
Jacob b 1777
Phoebe b 1779
James b 1780 ish
Mary b 1784
Benjamin b 1786

Lewis Sr.
Lewis Jr
Enos (age 26-44 in 1810)
Robert
James

Others
William (TN/AR) (1840 his widow? Under Wm in Ar)
William (MO)
Amon (MO)
Richard Jr (IN)
Riley (TN)
Lone (TN)
these in Arkansas in 1840 could be next generation..
William (AR)
John (AR)

Benjamin (AR)
Timeline
1750's John Pyburn Constable in Bedford
1758 John Pyburn militia in Bedford
1765 John Pyburn caught in NC accused of Murders and atrocities (probably hung)
1769 Jacob Pyburn land Bedford
1773 Thomas Pyburn in Bedford
1775 Benjamin Pyburn land in Washington Co, TN
1777 Elias, Lewis, Benjamin Jr and Benjamin Sr Pyburn on list of expenses for Am rev War
1777 Payroll James Knox Co, 8th VA Reg Benj Pyburn deserted May 20 1776
1778 Washington Co Benj Pyburn stole a horse from John Steel (he escaped the gaol)
1779 Watauga TN Benj Pyburn sold 480 acres to George Webb

1779 Jacob Pyburn and his wife Nancy sell land in Bedford
1780 Lewis and Richard sign a petition in Kentucky

TN soldiers in AM Rev John and Benjamin Pyburn


1782 Benjamin and Jacob Pyburn militia in NC (Harpers)
1783 Court Record (Dropped Stitches in Tennessee History)
Lewis and Elias Pyburn hiding from law. Appeal for right to post bond and return home.
Case against Elias Pyburn was for horse stealing.

Prior to 1784, James Pyburn named as a person stole a slave with John Lawrence in what is now Bulloch, Georgia. (Spanish Archives)

Dec 1784 Jacob Pyburn signs oath to Spanish King, Tensaw
1785 Jacob Pyburn Tensaw (four minor children)
1786 Jacob Pyburn Tensaw
1787 Frances Paiban Tensaw
1789 Frances Paiban Tensaw

Another entry 1790, Elias Pyburn punishment was to have his ears nailed to a board, cut off and then be branded with an H and T on both cheeks.
1790 Richard Pyburn in SC
1790 Benjamin Pyburn in SC
1790 Jacob Pyburn in NC
1791 Elias Pyburn listed on Conways Regiment US Levies


1797 Jacob Pyburn listed in Tensaw age 20, wife 18

1797 Petition signed by Jacob Pyburn and Webbs (knox), records found for these folks in Buncombe and Washington and White co TN during this time.
April 1, 1799 Jacob Pyburn signs petition in TN (presumed Knox county) However this is also signed by Christopher and Austin Choate Jr who we know are in NC with a Jacob Pyburn. Edward Uborn is probably Edward Pyburn who also signed petition. Found a second petition dealing with Knox for this year signed by Jacob and Ned Pyburn

1800 Lewis and Richard in Kentucky
1800 Jacob and Christopher in NC

1805 Am State papers lists Frances Steel and Benjamin Pyburn (alabama claims)

1810 Christopher Pyburn in NC
1810 Sarah Pyburn in NC
1810 Richard Pyburn in KY
1810 Edwin (Edward?) Pyburn in NC
1810 Frances Steel formerly Pyburn, Baldwin Co, AL, 1 male over 21 1 male under in home
1812 Christopher Pyburn tax list of Warren County, TN

Lewis Pyburn Sr 1812, Baton Rouge land claim
James Pyburn Baton Rouge land claim 1818
Robert Pyburn 1812 Baton Rouge Land claim

War of 1812
Lewis Pyburn in LA
Jacob Pyburn in MS

1816 Jacob Pyburn executor of Merry Webb's estate, mentions dtr Mary Pyburn in Marion Co TN

1820 Baldwin County, Al (state census) Jacob Pyburn
1820 Christopher Pyburn TN
1820 Sarah Pyburn TN
1820 William Pyburn TN
1820 Enos Pyburn LA
1820 Richard Pyburn in KY
1822 Jacob Pyburn mentioned as early settler of Hardin County, TN
1825 Christopher Pyburn land in Harden County, TN
1830 Christopher Pyburn land in Wayne County, TN

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Where do you find this stuff?

I hear that question a lot.

There is sometimes a vast amount of information that can be found online. Sometimes there is just nothing. It depends. Aside from Ancestry.com and Fold3.com, where is a good place to search for information?

For digital newspapers, there are paid services online, like newspaperarchives.com and genealogybank.com, but there are a lot of free papers too. Here is just a few

1. California
2. Texas
3. Florida
4. Oklahoma
5. National (not all states)

If your state isn't listed, it just means I haven't researched there. To find a newspaper digital collection, search exactly that and the state, you may be surprised what comes up.

State Archives are wonderful resources, some have added digital collections online, others have little to offer online but an index. Some of my favorite collections are, the chancery court records online for the Virginia Archives, the transcripted wills for South Carolina, the Spanish land grants for Florida, and Florida's Civil War Pensions at the Florida Archives. Tennessee and Alabama have instead partnered with ancestry.com and familysearch.com so you can find some of their collections online there instead of on their sites.

Archives.org is a great site for books, but so is this one I found. It has the collections from Archives.org plus more. It is kind of a clearing house for online books. One of the great collections here is the territorial papers of the United States. Online and viewable. I tried searching within the collections for a surname, and yes, it works.

There is of course online google searches. I caution anyone from using as gospel someone else's research. First you need to verify what they have yourself. You want to make sure that the information is accurate. If you have a theory, it's okay to share the theory, just make sure you say it's a theory, or explain yourself. Make sure you search google books. Sometimes play around with your searches, get creative. You may be surprised what you find. Like, for example, the Choctaw mission information I found on Google Books.

For published government periodicals, so far the best place, aside from here, has been genealogybank.com. Though you have to pay for it, and the search function isn't all that easy (you get way too many results sometimes), it does have publications that you find not digitalized on google.  Several universities have digital collections that are including more historical works, sometimes even the collections or papers of an individual or family. With this you can find some great stuff. The best site for me is the University of Oklahoma's collection, but, unfortunately, the collection I most want to see has some problems online at the moment. The Peter Pitchlynn Collection works and should not be missed.

Fortunately, sometimes the collections will pop up when you search a name. I have found some great stuff in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama at archives and universities this way.

The Bureau of Land Management's available (not all states) land patents, military bounty land grants, etc are awesome. Sometimes though, it seems like a regular search of a state doesn't give me my guy, but if I search by authority, like military bounty land, or Choctaw Scrip, then I get my answers. Don't forget to check the survey images for the township and ranges that you can access from the results. Sometimes there is some great stuff on those images. You can find the BLM site here. (Apparently with the government shut down, this isn't working because it worked two days ago).

That brings me to the big one. Familysearch.org. It's free, which is great. It has images of marriage records, which is awesome. It now has several links that send you to it's sister sites ancestry.com and fold3.com (which are owned by the Church), but there are some great collections you can browse. It takes time, patience, and a good internet connection.

Some of the great collections are, the United States Land Bureau plat books, the Draper Collection, Probate records for almost all states (though incomplete counties for some), Mississippi Various records (which includes counties in Alabama when it was Mississippi Territory). Don't miss these collections, because what you find can be invaluable.

For native american indexing of the Dawes rolls, the best site is still Accessgenealogy.com. They have other records besides native records, but they were one of the first free sites out there.

Good luck, and happy searching. .


Monday, September 30, 2013

My Yankee's

So, my Dad always told my Mom she was a Yankee.

Well, almost, but not quite. Even though my Hager's, Rogers and Adams were from the South (first Tennessee and then Arkansas), all of these kinfolk did fight for the Union. My Choctaw kinfolk (immediate family) did not fight at all, but most all of the Choctaws were staunchly on the Confederate side. So much so that those who decided to remain loyal had to be protected.

My mom's family is strictly English on her mother's side, and a hodge podge of Indian, Scots Irish, Welsh and German on her Dad's. My mom's grandmother was the first of her family to be born in the United States. Another great grandmother's father didn't come until about 1835. And the other side has been in the United States since the 17th century. All of these folks were English, and lived in New York State. Both the Hinds and Paxtons served for the Union side.

My Hager's, while they have roots in North Carolina before Tennessee, probably originated with Hagerstown, Maryland as the same families (Hagers and Steeley's) appear in both places. Eventually, though not in many records, my Hager's worked their way across Tennessee, down through Arkansas and into Texas. Southern in roots, all of the Hager's who fought in the Civil war fought on the Union side in Arkansas.

The Rogers and George W. Adams came from Hamilton County, Tennessee (at least we think so with George Adams) and moved to Shoal Creek Arkansas. Though family legend has it they were in the Indian home guard, the only thing I found was that they fought also for the Union from Arkansas.

Interestingly enough, though again, southern in roots, neither the Rogers nor the Hagers owned slaves. Perhaps they were just too poor.

My Choctaw side were slave holders. The Riddle's, Hall's and the Trahern's all owned slaves, though after the murder of Sarah Hall's three brothers at the end of 1862, she and her husband sold all of their slaves. Even though he could have fought, James Trahern did not participate in any war what so ever.

Whenever my Dad teased my mom about being a Yankee, he meant it was because she was born in New York. He had no idea about her family. Even though my grandfather, is in all aspects a Southerner, and so was his family, the truth is, in Mom's family, everyone was a Yankee.

Southern Born and Bred

When I was a little girl my Dad would tell me my belly button was where the Yankee's shot me.

I think he used to do it to make my mom (a yankee) mad. The truth is though, my Dad is truly Southern born and bred. Born in Pensacola (me too), he is in a long list of Southerner's. To put in graphically. If you take a compass and put one point in Pensacola, and the other in Troy, Alabama, 95 percent of his family has been in that circle since before 1830. And those that weren't were by 1860.

His earliest family, the Pyburn's arrived in the Tensaw Settlement in December 1784. That's 3 years before the United States Constitution was written. They haven't traveled far, though some members have gone off to Texas and eventually California, there are still Pyburn descendants near Jay, and in Alabama. The most famous of our relatives, Jim Pyburn, the professional baseball player, died in Alabama not that many years ago. His brother was a local celebrity for his coaching also.

The McCurdy's came to Florida when Elijah McCurdy was discharged in the area in 1818. His wife's family came not long after. There are many McCurdy and Sunday descendants around Escambia County (Alabama and Florida) and it's immediate area. Sometimes I swear I am related to half the county!

Before Elijah came to Florida, Henry Franklin and a relative of mine, Josiah Brunson came to Clarke County, Mississippi Territory. In the 1820's, his son William Barnett Franklin and his son's family, the Brunson's, all came to Pike (now Crenshaw) and settled near  Brantley, Alabama. By 1830, Willoughby Baker and his wife Rachel Copeland were near Troy, Alabama.

The Johnsons from South Carolina came to Conecuh about 1818. One of the daughters of my ancestor William Burton Johnson married John Diamond and moved to Santa Rosa. My branch remained near Evergreen until the late 1880's. Another Conecuh family, the Chitty's came from South Carolina to Conecuh around 1818. The Stapleton's came from South Carolina to Alabama also around that time, settling first in Baldwin before some of them move to Florida and Coffee County, Alabama.

About the same time just prior to 1820, Michael Vaughan came and settled in northern Holmes. The Vaughan's lived between that area and in Geneva County, Alabama.

Of all of the families I just mentioned, only two, the Pyburn's and the Sunday's did not come from South Carolina. The Pyburn's came from Virginia and the Sundays from Georgia. Another family with colonial Georgia roots was Sarah Owens, the daughter of John J Owens and Lucinda Long. John bought up land in Russell and the family moved there before 1830. During the Civil War, Sarah with her husband John Sanders Barnes moved near Brantley where John quickly died. As far as we know, John came from NC before Georgia.

The last family, the Hardy's came later. Gardner Hardy moved to Coffee County about 1838. He is supposed to be from Georgia. Due to some interesting facts, he went to Louisiana for a year before settling in Santa Rosa where he presumably died between 1856 and 1860. His son, William Shepard Hardy married Sally Nelson, the daughter of Leonard Nelson, who if my memory recalls was also from South Carolina.

When I stop and think that even if I go by 1850, my family has been in the same location (and many are still there) for over 160 years (and up to 229 years), I am sometimes awestruck. My mom's family (even the yankee's) has just as rich as a history, though, sometimes not quite as colorful of one, but there is something to the feeling of home I get whenever I go to Pensacola. Though, it wasn't until the 1930's that most of the family started moving into the city, it is not just where I was born, or where my Dad grew up. It's in my blood. This is home.

Choctaw Missionary Schools 1820-1825


Report of the American Board of Foreign Missions, compiled from documents laid before the Board which occurred September 1831.

For a map of approximate locations here is a map I created.

Choctaw Missions ? Date 1820?
mentions the incident involving the Mccurtain children and Cole.
Tushieambbee (see below) brought a son and then a grandson to the school. (Elliot)

Mentions Elliot and Mayhew and projected stations at Sixtowns, French Camp,

1821
Elliot
75 scholars, 20 of them full bloods

Mayhew
John Pitchlynn donated 1000 dollars.

At French Camps (Bethel)

Choctaw Missions 1823
Elliot
location about 100 miles from north, about equal east to west, and near Yalobusha about 40 miles above the yazoo.
Two things affecting the effectiveness of school. One is dread of sickness, the other thing is Cole. He had been a supporter but no complained about the children being disciplined too much and worked too hard.

Mentions Mckee Folsom had spent 4 years at Cornwall and acted as interpreter. Mentions “chief” Tushhameyabbee “about 70” Mentions Byington and Wright stayed with David Folsom and developed an alphabet.

Mayhew
About 100 miles east of Elliot on the Oktibeha Creek and 18 miles from Tombigbee.

Mentions death of Mrs. Kingsbury. Has 50-60 students

Bethel
Formerly called French Camps. On old Natchez Trace about 60 miles south west from Mayhew and the same distance from Elliot.

24 pupils, 7 of whom are females.

Emmaus
About 70 miles south east of Mayhew, near Alabama state line and white settlements to the south.

Mushulatubbee's
about 20 miles south of Mayhew at Chief's home

Originally only 6 pupils (his children?) but more are coming soon

Mr. Juzon's
100 miles southeast of Mayhew at his home

Both he and Mushulatubbee may take 3-5 pupils into their homes supported by mission for 48 dollars each.

Mr. Juzan lives in a band called Koonshas.

Yakna Chukma (corrected spelling)

about 115 miles SW of Mayhew, 50m NW of Emmaus and 120 miles NW of Mobile.
Hoolatahommah Chief. Mckee Folsom is working as interpreter here.

Apuckshunnubbe moved, formerly lived near Elliot but now lives east of Pearl River about 100 miles South Southwest of Mayhew. He wants a school.

1824?
Elliot
added that it's about 250 miles NNE of Natcheez
students have numbered 20-40

Mayhew
Added 18 miles from Columbus on Tombigbee
26 boys and 26 girls at school with 10 children absent

Bethel
21 students but 8 were removed. All but 3 live with the mission family.

Emmaus
about 20 students

Mushulatubbee
Mentions deceased DAUGHTER (the one who got burned as per Lucy Bohannon?) of the Chief. The funeral, child dead 40-50 days. Chief Apuckshunnubbee attended.

Apuckshunnubbe applied for a school at the plantation of a half blood named Harrison.

11 students, 4 of them the sons of Mushulatubbee. (two Riddles, and the McCann make 7 of the 11 students)

Juzon's
5 Full and 7 mixed Choctaws
Two of Juzon's sons 14 and 12 mentioned. School is also attended by two of Pushmataha's daughters.

Goshen
Formerly Yakni Achukma
nothing about school students

Bethany
30 miles from Mayhew on way to Elliot

Station near Capt. Folsoms (David?)
halfway between Mayhew and Bethany
not a school yet.

Apuckshunnubbee's residence (near) at Harrisons
10 students
Located 12 miles from Old Natchez Trace about 100 miles SW of Mayhew.

1825? (mentions death of Samuel Mosely in 1824)
Elliot
20 boys and 10 girls

Mayhew
39 boys, average 28, 37 girls, average 24

Bethel
nothing on students

Emmaus
as many as 22, as few as 11 with an avg of 18 students

Mushulatubbee's
Chief was absent last winter at Washington. Now all he is doing is drinking and school is suspended. Chief plans on moving and wants school there, also says there will be less whiskey. 13 boys have been educated here.

Juzon's
Mr. Hadden left. 13 children taught

Goshen
12-13 students

Bethany
Cole wanted a school near his residence (displeased with Elliot) Buildings were built, but Cole was in Washington and due to ill health of the missionary Dr. Pride, looks like nothing happened.

Iikhunnah
this is near Capt Folsom's 2 miles
20 students

Capt Harrisons
23 children, 2 kept froms school by parents and one sent home for behavior.


Annual Report of the Board of Foreign Missions 1842

“Colonel Juzon, chief of the Western District, long known as a friend and promoter of education died in May of last year” p 191

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thoughts, data and theories on the early Pyburns MD>VA>NC/TN

According to scholarly articles, most marriages did not take place at age 13-15 in the 18th century. Among the Quakers marriages were 25-30 and among others 20-25 on average. Women could marry younger but they didn't on the average.

Maryland
Marriage Mary Piborn Dec 10, 1704 to Joseph Jones
Marriage Richard Piborn Nov 11 1718 to Sarah Morrice

Baptisms
William and Mary Piborne
Richard Piborne 13 Dec 1686
John Piborne 5 Aug 1686

John and Sarah
No dates
John
Rachel
Susanna

Richard and Sarah
Mary Nov 4 1716 (first wife)
Jacob May 1 1722
Sarah Nov 17, 1724

Ed Pybourn and Mary
Mary July 12 1727
Thomas April 12 1729

Will of John Sr
Liber 25, folio 168
23 Sept. 1747
PIBORN, JOHN, Sr., Prince George's Co.
    Extrs: sons Jacob Piborn & Benjamin Piborn.
    To son John Piborn, my roan mare Blaze.
    To son Benjamin Piborn, my 2 plough horsees, a bed, my gray mare, & the orphan boy Charles Hyatt till he is 21.
    To son Jacob Piborn, bay horse Punch, called Benjamin .
    To dau. Ruth Piborn, either the colt that belongs to the gray mare or the roan called Benjamins mare & a cow & calf & a bed.
    To dau. Mary Piborn, a bed & a cow & calf.
    To daus. Rachel Calvin & Sarah Prather, 1 sh. each.
    What is left to daus. Mary & Ruth to be held by their bros. Jacob & Benjamin till they are married.
    Witn: Benjamin Chitty, Charles O Neal, Geo. Nichols.
    25 Nov. 1747, sworn to by Chitty & Neal


So, assuming that he was 25-30 when he married, (avg for the time) John Pyburn married 1711-1716.
His eldest son would seem to be John. None of the boys were under 21 in 1747, so they were all born 1711-1726.

If this is the case at the time he died, John Pyburn's sons were between 21-36 years old.

Capt Jeduthan Harpers Co Miltia 1772 Chatham (NC)
Benjamin Pyburn
Jacob Pyburn

Sept 30 1757 Loudon Co Va lease Joshua Pyburn

Benjamin Pyburn estimate born 1713
1749 signs petition in Frederick Co MD
1752 Lunenburg Co, Va Benjamin Pyburn (abt 30-40)

Based on his age, it seems doubtful, when 60's was the avg lifespan that he enlisted in the milita at almost 60. The following Benjamin Pyburn would have to be a son of one of the Pyburn's

Benjamin Pyburn II This Benjamin would be born 1740-1750's. Most likely a grandson of John
1772 Militia Chatham NC a Benj Pyburn
November 18, 1775 Land Grant (Wash Co TN) Benjamin Pyburn,
1777 Payroll James Knox Co, 8th VA Reg Benj Pyburn deserted May 20 1776
1778 Washington Co Benj Pyburn stole a horse from John Steel (he escaped the gaol)
1779 Watauga TN Benj Pyburn sold 480 acres to George Webb

John Pyborn
1750's Constable in VA (no county) ? Bedford
1758 Bedford militia
1765 NC Colonial records, taken up for being a rogue

And also, the Bill for Encouraging the Culture of Hemp and Flax and other purposes Endorsed 27th February 1764 In the upper House of Assembly read the third time and passed—Ordered to be engrossed.
Mr. Gibson acquainted the House that William Crane together with six others, went on a party in the Back Country in order to apprehend several Rogues and vagabonds whoare Confederated together and Infest the Frontier and other Counties, committing several outrages
-------------------- page 1187 --------------------
and Murders therein. In consequence whereof the said William Crane with his Party took John Pyburne one of the Confederates, and hath delivered him to the Keeper of His Majesty's Goal in Wilmington, And that several of the said William Cranes Party are now out in Quest of the other Confederated Rogues, All which having been made appear to the House It is therefore Resolved that the said William Crane have and Receive from the Public Treasurers the sum of Fifty Pounds out of the Contingent Fund for the use of himself and his party, And that the said sum be allowed the said Treasurers on Passing their Accounts with the Public,
Resolved that the following Message be sent to His Majesty's Council Vizt
Gentlemen of His Majesty's Honble Council,
This House having received sufficient Testimony that William Crane together with a party of six others have taken John Pyburne—One of the Confederated Rogues and Vagabonds who have for some time past Infested several counties of this Province and Committed Sundry Outrages Robberies and Murders and delivered him to the Keeper of his Majesty's Goal in Wilmington, in Consideration of which Service this House have Resolved that the said William Crane be paid the sum of Fifty pounds for the use of himself and party by the Public Treasurers out of the Contingent Fund, And that the said Treasurers be allowed the same on passing their Accounts with the Public, to which desire your Honors Concurrence.



Jacob Pyburn I b ca 1713
1758 Bedford Grants land to ? wife Mary Webb not sure on this source...

The same situation applies for this Jacob as Benjamin. It is doubtful it is either the son of Richard or the son of John. It has to be a grandson.
Jacob Pyburn II born 1740-1750's
1772 Chatham Co NC milita
This is the Jacob over 45 in NC.

This could be Jacob 1 or Jacob 2. Assuming Sarah was 18-20 (avg age was 20-25) to marry, she would be born 1766 ish. That places the eldest Jacob born about 1713 at 53, old enough to be her father, as is the younger Jacob IF he was born 1740's.

1786 Jacob Piborn signs permission for dtr Sarah to marry Charles Eades (pension packet) in Bedford County, VA

Thomas Pyborn
Index to tithables Loudon County
Also a Joshua here 1757
1773 Tithable list Bedford county

1780's James Pyburn involved with John Lawrence in Georgia in theft.

American Revolution
Elias Pyburn Pvt Capt Conway, Maj Rhea's co from Jonesboro Territory
James Shelby pension pkt. Document with Benjamin, Elias and Lewis Pyburn, this is an accounting of “board” and something else, all financial papers but hard to read microfilm.
Benjamin Pyburn as under him. Green Y Choate deserted same day, so did John Williams, John Marion,


Census
1790
Burke Co NC Jacob 3 males over 16 1 under 16 5 females
Edgefield Co NC Benjamin 1 male over 16
Richard 1 male over 16 3 Females
Not listed in US
1784-1786 Jacob Pyburn and wife. He is at least 30 in 1784.

1792 Buncombe Jacob guardian of Edward Pyburn
1794 Jacob and Edward to Bunscombe (land grant) NC

1799 Tennessee Jacob Pyburn signs petition

1800
Buncombe Christopher 26-44
Jacob over 45, male 16-25 (Edward?)

1810
Louisiana Territory Lewis Pyburn and family
Alabama Territory Jacob Pyburn in his mother's home in Baldwin Co, AL
Florida (Spanish) Territory Benjamin Pyburn and siblings in Pensacola
Haywood NC, Sarah Pyburn widow 26-44 and family
Buncombe NC Christopher over 45 and family
Mecklenburg NC Edwin 26-44 and family ? Edward
Hardin, KY Richard Pyburn 26-44 and family

1820
Louisiana Ouachita Enos Pyburn 26-44 and family
Overton, TN Sarah Pyburn 26-44 and family
Wayne, TN Christopher over 45 and family
William 26-44 and family
Baldwin Co AL (state) Jacob Pyburn (III) Over 21 and family
Baton Rouge Sims? Pyburn over 45 and family

1830
too many to list


Eastern Cherokee application of Choate/Pyburn
1841 Mary Choate (Eastern Cherokee App) grandparents Austin Choate and mother Omi Pyburn, her father was Edward Choate and Elizabeth Cole. Born in Jackson Co, TN. Witness said they were cousins and he was half Cherokee and she was full. They died in Putnam County, TN. State Edward Choate born about 1817. Read the other two files and both say Austin Choate married Omi Pyburn.

His mother should have been born 1780-1797

Information on the Choates
1840 in Fentriss County, TN find an Edward and an Austin Choate, both 30-39 years old (1800-1809), along with a Thomas 30-39, Jacob and John 30-39 and a Gabriel 20-29. A Christ (Christian?) Choate 70-79 with wife age 50-59 is in this county.

If Austin Choate married his cousin, Naomi (Omi) then the wife of Christian should be a Pyburn born 1780-1789 or a sibling of Naomi's mother. If this is in NC then the most obvious choice is Jacob who is living there in 1790 and 1800.

In Fentriss 1850 find John Choate b 1805 wife Anna b 1813
Edward Choate's census says wife is Priscilla. He's born 1799 NC. Thomas Choate born 1811

In Jackson in 1850 is the right Edward Choate.. with dtr Mary 10. Says he is 31 born TN (born 1819) wife is Elizabeth 27 born in TN. There is a Naomi Ramsey age 20 on same page. I also find a Medder Shoate and wife Lucinda in Jackson, a Nancy Shoat born 1797 with a son Jacob? Age 20.

Edward names a dtr Nancy, and Nancy is the right age to be his mother If Nancy is a Pyburn, then we need to see has a female her age in NC. Jacob Pyburn has one daughter 16-25 in 1800, and 4 females in his home in 1790 besides his wife.

1790 Austin Choate is in Burke over 16 (also there is Christopher Sr and Jr and Moses)
In 1790 Jacob has 5 females and Richard has 3 females.

I don't find Austin in 1800 or 1810. To be the mother of all of his children, the Pyburn would have to be born prior to 1783 based on the 1850 ages of the folks who are with Austin in 1840. His wife should be born 1780-1790 based on her age in 1840.

In 1820 Austin is in Jackson County, Tn. He has a wife 16-25 years old (born 1795-1804) which fits with the age of Nancy in 1850. He has a son 10-15 (couldn't be Nancy's) and 4 sons under 10 and 3 females 10-15. Austin either has siblings or he was married prior to Nancy.

Of the 1820 Pyburn's in Tennessee I am perplexed. Sarah is 26-44,there is a 16-25 year old female, a female under 10 a male 16-25, (16-18 also which is same person), and 2 males 10-15. It may be this is her son who is 18 with a wife and an infant and two children. William Pyburn in Wayne is 16-25 with a wife and 2 daughters under 10, Christopher is over 45 with a female over 45, 2 males 16-25, 1 of them 16-18, and 3 females 16-25 and one 10-15.

In 1810, we have Edwin (Edward), Richard and Christopher with Sarah. Sarah has a male in her home that is also 26-44, a male 10-15, two female 10-15, and one female and 3 males under 10. I am seriously wondering if Jacob didn't remarry and have a second younger set of children. The only other option would be that Sarah married Benjamin after 1800 and is living with children of Jacob.

Between 1775 and 1812 I find no records for a Pyburn (except the petition about the state of TN). The first Tax record is in 1812 for Christopher in Warren. (Mike found a land record in 1802 Smith for Lewis)
The earliest land record I can find is 1825 for Christopher

In 1830 I find Jacob in Hardin age 20-29 and Susanne age 30-39. Mary Pyburn age 50-59 in marion would seem to be the widow of Christopher. There is a Lone and a Riley both 20-29 in that county. James Pyburn in McNairy is also 20-29 and then a James Pebourne is in Mcminn 30-39. Edward Pyburn age 40-49 is now in Missouri as is Richard Pyburn 50-59. Aman/Amon Pyburn age 20-29 and William Pyburn 20-29 are also in Missouri.

Benjamin Pyburn and John Pyburn, 30-39 are both in Arkansas. Benjamin has 2 males 20-29 who are probably brothers or brother in law. I find a William Pyburn with a female 50-59 in Jackson Arkansas (that's it) and another William 20-29 in Lawrence.

I also find a Richard and a Richard Jr in Indiana. This Richard is also 50-59.
If I were to hazard a guess, I would think that Richard Pyburn would descend from the Richard the son of John, who we know had a son Jacob.

It is a good question as to whether or not the second Jacob (age 50 in 1772) is the Jacob II or did the son of John (sr) die without Issue. The William who only shows a wife 50-59 in 1830 would seem to be the family of William Pyburn who was in Wayne County, TN. At least the wife part.

Neither Elias or the second Benjamin appear in records after 1777. Lewis shows up in the Louisiana Territory in 1810, and is the father of Enos I am pretty sure. While certainly one of these men could be the father of the Jacob in 1799 (who would be 21 by then), it seems odd that he disappears altogether.
I read that someone found land records for Lewis in Smith county.

If Lewis and Elias served in the American revolution they could be young boys, but were likely teenagers or young men, so 15-20 years from 1777 is 1757-1762. Benjamin who served with them would probably be a brother, but could be a father. I speculate that these three men are decendents of John and not Richard Pyburn. It is possible that the Benjamin in SC in 1790 is the Benjamin who was a crook.

Edward Pyburn who needs a guardian in 1792 but is old enough for a land grant in 1794 (maybe Jacob was still his agent?) was 26-44 in 1810 or born sometime between the years 1766-1784. If he was not 21 in 1792, then he would have to be born 1772-1784. He could not be the father in law of Austin Choate, as his wife was born in the 1790's. This is probably Jacob Pyburn who was living in NC.


We already know that in 1790 Jacob had 3 males over 16 in his home, at least one of them was Jacob and he was likely already over 45 in 1790, or born 1740-1750. Based on that information, I would speculate that he is the father of Christopher and Richard. Edward is probably his grandson or a nephew. Jacob is probably the same Jacob who signed consent for his daughter to marry Charles Eades, but there is no way to rule out that the other Jacob didn't have a daughter, except that there only seems to be one Jacob in the records we find from 1747-1757. I can't explain the cousin part. In order for Austin and Namcy/omi to be cousins, either their mother's were siblings, or Austin's mother was a Pyburn. Nancy Omi could not be full Cherokee. The Pyburn's were not indian to start with, it has to come in through the wives.

I have no idea who the Pyburn in 1820 is in Baton Rouge. The name looks like Sims or Sens, and they kind of seem to disappear from records after that. As for the 2nd Richard, I have no explanation as he appears out of nowhere.

When you look at who Sarah was married to it's another good question. Without a doubt there are members in her household that are too old to be children. It is possible they are siblings of Sarah or her husband. But if they are Pyburn's who is their father?

By process of elimination there are only four unaccounted for Pyburn men that could be Sarah's husband, Elias from the Am revolution, Benjamin from SC, Jacob who signed the 1799 petition and James Pyburn who was running around Georgia stealing with John Lawrence. I can find nothing on this James other than the testimony that occurred in the Tensaw area in 1787. By 1789 John Lawrence was murdered by Creek Indians.

I see where someone has Jacob Pyburn married to a Mary Webb and having a daughter Elizabeth Naomi who married to a Jesse Beene. If this is true (since he's not in any censuses), then we can scratch him off the list. I can't seem to find him myself in a record.

Thus far we have the following list. (theory)
Thomas Pyburn likely the father of Joshua who is on a lease in Loudon in 1757. Possible that William in Wayne comes from this line (but unlikely)

Richard to Jacob to ;Jacob Jr then Christopher, Richard, Nancy Omi , Sarah and ? (father of Edward?)

the First John
I am betting his Jacob had only daughters or no kids
John arrested 1764 in NC for being a rogue
Benjamin
Either of these two are the father of the second Benjamin, Elias, Lewis, Jacob Pyburn (mine) and James Pyburn. Possibly a second Benjamin (the one in SC). These are first cousins most likely if not siblings.

Benjamin or Elias should be the father of the Jacob said to be born in TN. I kind of doubt Lewis but we can't rule him out.

My Jacob arrived in Spanish Territory in 1784, his son Jacob was already 7 years old. I read some articles and most men married 22-25 back then. So if that's the case my Jacob was at least born 1750, thus I am saying he should be the same age to be the brother of the other two.

I can't rule out his name wasn't Benjamin Jacob (mine). :It may be why the second Benjamin (who kept getting in trouble with the law) ran off. That Benjamin could also be the man in SC.

As for James in Georgia, we must assume he was a man (sounds like it) when he was robbing in Georgia. John Lawrence swore his oath the same day as Jacob Pyburn in December 1784, so that means that this occurrred prior to 1784. Thus James Pyburn was born anytime 1764 prior.

As for William in Wayne.. hmm he's with Christopher so that would seem to be a good match.

We don't know what happened to John in 1764, but if he was arrested for murder, I would guess that he may have been hung (it's not in the colonial record book).

Thus if John had a family, it was before 1764.

I think the average lifespan was early 60's for this time frame. When you got to 40 you were old, but old men had kids, lol. So, I guess the big question is can we find anything on Benjamin, John or Jacob?

The reason that I don't think there are two Jacob's in the records is simply that the Jacob in NC seems to descend from Richard, they use completely different names pretty much. There is only one Jacob listed in the records, so.. kind of would seem to have to be.

Thomas and Joshua seem to disappear entirely from Loudon after 1773. I still don't know who the heck Edward was who had baptisms. I guess he could be a brother to John and Richard, but with his kids born 1722 he's not a son. Maybe Edward who is Jacob's ward is a son of Thomas?

Jen






Friday, September 20, 2013

The Trahern Chronicles- Margaret Pauline "Bonnie" Adams

I end the blogs on the Trahern's with my great grandmother, Margaret Pauline "Bonnie" Adams.

She was the daughter of Margaret Trahern and Jason Arthur Adams and was born August 30, 1907. I find her in 1910 as Margaret with Jason and Margaret in Chant, Oklahoma. None of the family was in the census of 1920. According to my grandpa, his brother was born Nov 12, 1923. No record of a marriage to the father, who Bertha said was Eugene Tyler has been found. She did marry my great grandfather, Claude Cye Hager in 1924 in Picher, Oklahoma. Her name on the marriage certificate was Polly. In fact, the family knew her as Pauline, or called her that, and never mentioned the Margaret at all.

My grandfather, Claudus Byron Hager was born in 1925. Court records from the trial of his father show that by 1928, Claude was "courting" another woman, who found out he was still married and had nothing more to do with him. By 1930 Bonnie is found as Mrs. Pauline Hager in Hildago, Texas. My grandfather is living with Margaret and Jason. According to my grandfather, he and his brother Eugene were stealing milk bottles for food. Margaret heard about the boys, and came and got them.

Pictures generously given to me by my grandpa's cousin Marilyn show that by the mid 1930's she was using the name Bonnie and was married to a Wesley I cannot find a marriage record. In 1938 she married William Fred Meier as Bonnie Wesley. In 1940 she and Fred are living with Bertha in Tulsa. My grandpa is living with the family who he worked for in Junction, Texas, by then he is using the name Ray Mieirs.

When my grandparents married and moved to Syracuse, New York, Bonnie and Eugene stayed with them for a while. My grandparents only lived in New York from 1949 until 1952 when they moved to Los Angeles, California. At this time, Bonnie was living in I think Chicago. She would send boxes of clothes to my grandma for her granddaughter. My grandma also said she would call drunk. Those were the two things she ever said about her, she was an excellent and talented seamstress, and a drunk. My grandpa would add she slept around a lot. My mother's baby book gives her last name in 1949 as Calloway.

Around 1956 my grandfather found out that his mother had lied to him about his father his entire life. Angry he told her he never wanted to speak to her again. He did not. He did though for years try to find his brother Eugene. Rena died in 1969. Notes from Rena's hand show that the address she had in 1963 (ish) was the same one listed on her death certificate. The Belle Shores Hotel Apartments in Chicago. Sometime between 1951 and 1963 she married Harold Carl Pahl. When Rena died, Bonnie came to the funeral. After that she no longer kept in touch with her sisters or brothers, so that when her brother died in the 1970's, she isn't listed in the obituary.

Thanks to Loren we know that Bonnie died in 1983 in Chicago. I called the funeral home several years ago. There was no obituary and no next of kin listed. The informants were a Dan Oconnor and James Tyler. In 1989 a James Tyler died in Chicago. He lived at a nursing home about 2 miles from where Bonnie lived. His birth date was Nov 12, 1919 and his social security number was issued from Oklahoma. I haven't sent for a copy of the application yet. I suspect that James is Gene, and that they didn't have money for a funeral, so he said he was no relation.

Bonnie Adams Pahl was buried with her husband at Woods National Cemetery in Wisconsin. I was a junior in high school when she died. I only wish I had known her.

The Trahern Chronicles-Robert Trahern and his children

Robert Trahern's life isn't well documented. He married a Choctaw named Cornelia, whose last name was Gardner by two of four available death certificates that I have seen. He wasn't in the Choctaw Congress, and he never shows up in any records except for the Choctaw annuity roll of 1885 and 1896 roll.

I did find a case involving him in the Fort Smith Criminal cases. He was accused of assault on a white woman with whom he was having an affair. Where Cornelia was at this time is not clear. My family said he was in jail when his wife Cornelia died, but I can't find that information. We also have that he was shot over land, but the year and date of his death would have to be the death of Cornelia, because he was alive until after 1896. Since his brother Joseph dies in 1897 I wonder if they both weren't shot over a land dispute.

Cornelia to this day remains a mystery. She died not long after her youngest son, William was born. Her sister in law, Louvenia was also said to have died about this time. Perhaps there was some sort of illness that went around, but I have nothing on that either. Though I am sure the children of Cornelia knew any family they had on her side, none of her grandchildren seemed to know of any.

Most of what I know about the early life of this family comes from other researchers and family members, like Doug Barkley, Loren Adams, Bertha Geesman, and the information from Laverne Shirley. Gerrie Zhang who researches Addie's husband's family generously has supplied me with her photo and obituary.

In 1896, a census was taken in preparation for the Dawes rolls. The cards folks research were filled out in 1899. Robert Trahern is found in 1896 with all of his children except Addie who was married to Joseph Kincade. He also has his niece, Susan Daniels in his home. Likely the bulk of carrying for the younger children fell upon Margaret and her cousin Susan.

In 1899, Margaret and Susan both marry, no doubt because they had no visible support on the death of Robert, and it isn't likely that Addie's husband, now Robert Kincade (brother of Joseph), was willing to support so many folks. Czarena (Rena) married John Gormon shortly afterwards, but that marriage didn't last long.

In 1899 we find William, Martha and Loren living with Addie and Joseph, along with his children and his niece. By 1900, Martha and William are living with Margaret and her husband, Jason Adams. Most likely because this is the same time that Addie has had the twin girls, but by 1901 both have died, and then Joseph and his son follow soon after. Initially I find Addie was the guardian for William as required by law, but eventually that was taken over by someone else. After Martha marries, she petitioned the court to have the guardian changed to her brother in law, the fourth husband of Addie, Ed Bishop. Addie had married in Atoka in 1904, but by 1909 was married to Ed.

Joseph Cox (not the Choctaw one), an uncle of Robert's daughter, tried to get control over Robert's estate and to cut Addie out of it altogether. The odd thing is, Robert didn't own land prior to his death and was ineligible for an allotment because of when he died, there was no estate to be had except for personal effects, farm equipment and the like.

Martha married Will Schuster (a cousin of the Schuster who married into Louis' family) in 1904. Rena by 1910 had moved to South Dakota where she married John Sidney Whitt, her race on the 1910 census was listed as mulatto and not Native American. Rena's daughter Mary Irene was born later that year. By 1917, John Sidney Whitt has remarried in Colorado, and as far as I can tell, he never looked back or took care of his daughter by Rena. I did find her land allotment advertised for sale, but cannot find a record for her death, which occured by 1920.

In 1920 we can't find Margaret or Jason Adams at all. This is the same time frame in which the family lost their land due to the mortgage that Jason had taken out on Margaret's allotment. We know that the family lived near Short Mountain before ending up in Barnsdall around 1925. Addie has married a Jim Choate (which also didn't last) and is found living in Pittsburg county with her nieces, Mary Irene and Anna Mae. Addie never had more children.

 I spoke to David, Mary's son several years ago. The girls adored their Aunt, and were close to her throughout her life. Addie ensured that they went to school, Mary attended college out of state and became a school teacher. Anna remained in Oklahoma where she married at least twice. David is the only child of Mary Irene, and Anna Mae had no children.

Loren Trahern married a woman named Jennie and died shortly afterwards. About a decade ago there was an Oklahoma court database online that showed that Jenny had signed her rights in Loren's land to Margaret Adams. I am sure Jason squandered this land as well.

William Trahern kind of bounced around quite a bit. He was supposed to have gotten in trouble over boot legging like his brother in law Jason Adams. It is rumored he had at least one illegitimate son along with the four he had with his wife, Lou. When he did settle down he lived near Latimer, Oklahoma. Two of William's children don't have descendants, but I am in contact with a few of the descendants of one of his daughters.

Martha lived in Chant, the same place Margaret lived before she lost her land allotment. She and Will Schuster had two daughters. I was able to talk to the widow of her grandson several years ago.

Margaret and Jason Adams had a large family. Their first three children received land allotments. Unfortunately, Jason was arrested for boot legging and according to family legend, a crooked judge forced him to sign over their lands in exchange for his bond. My great grandmother was the eldest daughter and the first child born after statehood, thus she was ineligible for enrollment to the Choctaw nation. She was followed by four sisters and a brother, but sadly, the youngest son and daughter died young.

From Leflore County, Margaret and Jason Adams moved to Barnsdall, Oklahoma where they lived until Jason's death in 1930. I am not sure exactly where Margaret lived after that. She raised her grandsons, Eugene, Claudus and Ernest intermittedly. By 1940 she is living with her brother, William Trahern. Later, she moves to Tulsa where she lived with her daughter Rena. She died in Tulsa in 1955.


The Trahern Chronicles- William Trahern

I must admit, I form opinions on folks I research. That said, William Trahern is among the list of folks I just don't like very much. Information from Charles Brashears shows that when James Trahern couldn't or wouldn't assist in Zadoc Brashear's daughter's case in Spanish Court, William Trahern stepped forward and said he had studied law in Virginia. Thus we know that at least by 1818 he was a resident in Mississippi.

His son, William Eustace Trahern wrote an autobiography, and years ago, I was very generously sent a copy by a descendant. In the work, he mentions his father was present at the fire in Richmond in 1810. So we know that William was not in Mississippi as early as his brothers. In 1826 an Ann Trahern signs with William on his bond as executor of Wesley's estate. This is probably a wife. I also found in the estate records of Alexander Hamilton, son of Molly McDonald, that he was an executor of that state.

Thus when he was nominated as the person in charge of allocating Choctaw orphan lands by the United States government, he has already shown he was familiar with some of the Choctaws, largely through his brother's and their wives. It does appear he has his nephews in his home, as mentioned in the information on James N. Trahern's blog, in 1830, but the location of his nieces is a mystery. By 1831, he has shipped his nephews back to the Choctaw Academy, and joins with the brother of Joseph R. Plummer in a land company along with several others.

Testimonies on the activities of this company are in the American State Papers volume 7. It not only mentions he was a member, but that the company had specifically received the land of Wesley's orphaned children and of Peggy. Though he is shown to be a large land owner, William's land actually in right, was the property of Wesley's children, as executor he just kind of "took it over" and never gave it back. He also was the sole beneficiary of James Trahern's estate, though I suspect, in good faith, James may have expected, or gotten a verbal agreement from William that he would care for his sons by Peggy, James and Jerry. It does not appear however, that William ever did take care of his nieces and nephews, but instead profited off of them.

While  he may have discharged his duties to other orphans well, he was not a good business man. By his death in 1839, he was about 40,000 dollars in debt according to his son. When he died, the plantation, and it's crops were seized by creditors. His wife was forced to stay with a relative and she tried unsuccessfully to get the crops back to sale. Their isn't that much more in his estate records unfortunately.

In 1834 in Hinds County, we find William marrying Lucy Lee. I suspect this is the Lucy Lee that is connected to the Brocus family. She must die though because in 1835 he marries Maria B Trahern, the daughter of Jesse Trahern of Loudon County, VA (he had moved to Natchez).

William and Mariah had two sons, William Eustace Trahern and James Trahern. After William's death in 1839, Mariah eventually moves to Little Rock, Arkansas where she remarried. William Eustace Trahern returned home to see his Aunt and enlisted in the Civil War. After the Civil War he moved to Virginia, where eventually his brother joined him. I have found notices of an art exhibit of William Eustace Trahern, which along with his autobiography gives us a pretty good idea of his life.

Descendants of William Trahern

Generation 1

1. WILLIAM1 TRAHERN was born between 1770-1780 in Pittsylvania Co. VA. He died in Mar 1839 in Hinds County, MS. He married (1) MARIAH B. TRAHERN in 1835 in Madison, MS. She was born about 1820 in VA or MS. She died after 1870 in Virginia. He married (2) LUCY LEE in 1834 in Hinds Co, MS. She was born about 1800. She died date Unknown. He married ANN. She was born about 1795 in Virginia. She died between 1827-1829 in Hinds County, Mississippi.


More About William Trahern:

Residence: 1810 in Meherrin, Brunswick, Virginia, United States Residence: 1824 in Hinds County, MS
Residence: 1830 in Hinds, Mississippi, United States Sex: Male
Residence: United States

More About Mariah B. Trahern: Sex: Female

William Trahern and Mariah B. Trahern had the following children:

i. JAMES A.2 TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Mariah B. Trahern) was born in 1836 in Hinds Co., MS. He died in 1878 in Henrico County, VA.


More About James A. Trahern: Sex: Male

2. ii. WILLIAM EUSTACE TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Mariah B. Trahern) was born in 1838 in Hinds Co., MS. He died in 1927 in Virginia. He married Alice Virginia Cunningham in 1869 in Henrico County, VA. She was born in 1845. She died in 1917 in Virginia.

More About Lucy Lee:

Sex: Female

More About Ann:

Sex: Female

Generation 2

2. WILLIAM EUSTACE2 TRAHERN (William1) was born in 1838 in Hinds Co., MS. He died in 1927 in Virginia. He married Alice Virginia Cunningham in 1869 in Henrico County, VA. She was born in 1845. She died in 1917 in Virginia.


More About William Eustace Trahern: Sex: Male

More About Alice Virginia Cunningham: Sex: Female

William Eustace Trahern and Alice Virginia Cunningham had the following children:

i. LILY ARLINE3 TRAHERN (daughter of William Eustace Trahern and Alice Virginia Cunningham) was born in 1874 in Henrico County, VA. She died in 1966. She married Charles Bennett Hann about 1900. He was born in 1875. He died in 1960.


More About Lily Arline Trahern: Sex: Female
Generation 2 (con't)

ii. ALICE VIRGINIA TRAHERN (daughter of William Eustace Trahern and Alice Virginia Cunningham) was born in 1872 in Henrico County, VA. She died in 1932 in Virginia. She married James Ellsworth Cook in 1895 in Virginia?. He was born in 1868. He died in 1941 in Virginia.


More About Alice Virginia Trahern: Sex: Female

iii. WILLIAM THOMAS TRAHERN (son of William Eustace Trahern and Alice Virginia Cunningham) was born in 1871. He died in 1871 in Henrico County, VA.

More About William Thomas Trahern: Sex: Male

The Trahern Chronicles- Wesley Trahern's Descendants

Descendants of Wesley Trahern

Generation 1

1. WESLEY1 TRAHERN was born about 1779 in Pittsylvania Co. VA. He died in Dec 1824 in Hinds Co. Mississippi. He married (1) AGNES TURNBULL (daughter of William Turnbull and Judith Perry) about 1820 in Mississippi, United States. She was born in 1805 in Choctaw Nation, Mississippi. She died in 1859 in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, USA. He married (2) DELILAH BRASHEARS (daughter of Zadoc Brashears II and Susanna Vaughan) on 23 Mar 1808 in Wilkinson Co., MS. She was born in 1794 in mississipi. She died between 1820-1822 in mississipi.


More About Wesley Trahern:

Residence: 07 Mar 1808 in Pointe Coupee Residence: 1824 in Hinds, Mississippi, United States Sex: Male

Origin: Virginia

More About Agnes Turnbull:

Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi Sex: Female

Wesley Trahern and Agnes Turnbull had the following children:

2. i. MINERVA2 TRAHERN (daughter of Wesley Trahern and Agnes Turnbull) was born on 03 Mar 1823 in Hinds County, Mississippi. She died on 13 Sep 1873 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi (Old Masonic Cemetery, Tallahatchie). She married Josiah Metcalf about 1843 in Mississippi. He was born in 1818 in Ohio. He died on 13 Mar 1860 in Tallahatchie Co., MS (Old Masonic Cemetery, Tallahatchie).

3. ii. GILBERT TRAHERN (son of Wesley Trahern and Agnes Turnbull) was born in 1825 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died date Unknown in United States. He married Laura V. Slack about 1856. She was born in May 1839 in Georgia. She died date Unknown.

More About Delilah Brashears:

Sex: Female
Degree Of Blood: 1/4 choctaw

Wesley Trahern and Delilah Brashears had the following children:

4. iii. WESLEY BRASHEARS TRAHERN (son of Wesley Trahern and Delilah Brashears) was born in 1808 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died in 1834 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He married Lucy Juzan (daughter of Pierre Charles Juzan and Margaret "Peggy") in 1829 in Alabama. She was born in 1809 in coosa, Choctaw Nation. She died between 1856-1860 in Skullyville Co, IT.

5. iv. WILLIAM TRAHERN (son of Wesley Trahern and Delilah Brashears) was born in 1812 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died between 1870-1880 in holmes Co. MS. He married

(1) REBECCA UNKNOWN (daughter of Samuel B. Long Sr. and Felicity Leflore) about 1848 in Mississippi. She was born about 1829 in mississipi. She died between 1891-1899 in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK). He married (2) REBECCA UNKNOWN about 1848 in Mississippi. She was born about 1829 in mississipi. She died after 1880 in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK). He married (3) REBECCA UNKNOWN about 1848 in Mississippi. She was born about 1829 in mississipi. She died after 1880 in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK).

6. v. AMELIA TRAHERN (daughter of Wesley Trahern and Delilah Brashears) was born in 1814 in Choctaw Nation, MS. She died on 22 Jul 1905 in Bexar Co. Texas. She married (1) RICHARD CLAIBORNE WEST about 1838. He was born about 1814. He died date Unknown. She married (2) HOMER S. THRALL in 1852 in Calhoun Co., Tx. He was born on 12 Dec 1819 in Vermont. He died on 12 Oct 1894 in Bexar Co. Texas.
Generation 1 (con't)

7. vi. LETHA H. TRAHERN (daughter of Wesley Trahern and Delilah Brashears) was born in 1818 in Choctaw Nation, MS. She died on 15 Jun 1890 in Texas. She married (1) COLUMBUS LANE about 1837. He was born about 1816. He died before 1849. She married (2) JESSE C. PENDLETON (son of Unknown Pendleton) on 11 Apr 1847 in Calhoun Co., Tx. He was born about 1815. He died date Unknown.

8. vii. GEORGE WASHINGTON TRAHERN (son of Wesley Trahern and Delilah Brashears) was born in 1820 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died on 14 Sep 1909 in California (Stockton Rural Cemetery). He married JOSEFA GALVEZ. She was born about 1830 in Mexico. He married (2) HENRIETTA B. CHILDERS on 01 Mar 1860 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California. She was born about 1833 in Unknown. She died on 10 Feb 1917 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California (Stockton Rural Cemetery).

Generation 2

2. MINERVA2 TRAHERN (Wesley1) was born on 03 Mar 1823 in Hinds County, Mississippi. She died on 13 Sep 1873 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi (Old Masonic Cemetery, Tallahatchie). She married Josiah Metcalf about 1843 in Mississippi. He was born in 1818 in Ohio. He died on 13 Mar 1860 in Tallahatchie Co., MS (Old Masonic Cemetery, Tallahatchie).


More About Minerva Trahern:

Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi
Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi
Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States
Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States Census: 1860 in tallahatchie MS

Residence: 1870 in Township 25 Range 2, Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States Sex: Female

Residence: USA

More About Josiah Metcalf:

Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi
Sex: Male

Josiah Metcalf and Minerva Trahern had the following children:

i. NAPOLEAN TRAHERN3 METCALF (son of Josiah Metcalf and Minerva Trahern) was born on 18 Jun 1842 in Tallahatchie Co., MS. He died on 29 May 1862 in Civil War (Old Masonic Cemetery, Tallahatchie).


More About Napolean Trahern Metcalf: Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi

Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States Sex: Male

ii. LETICIA ELIZABETH L. METCALF (daughter of Josiah Metcalf and Minerva Trahern) was born on 03 Jan 1843 in Tallahatchie Co., MS. She died on 20 Sep 1873 in Tallahatchie Co., MS (Old Masonic Cemetery, Tallahatchie). She married THOMAS WILLIAM TURNER. He was born on 16 Nov 1836 in Flint Hill, Rappahannock, Virginia, USA. He died on 11 Dec 1889 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi (Old Masonic Cemetery, Tallahatchie).


More About Leticia Elizabeth L. Metcalf: Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi

Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States
Generation 2 (con't)

Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States

Residence: 1870 in Township 25 Range 2, Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States Sex: Female

3. GILBERT2 TRAHERN (Wesley1) was born in 1825 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died date Unknown in United States. He married Laura V. Slack about 1856. She was born in May 1839 in Georgia. She died date Unknown.


More About Gilbert Trahern:

Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi
Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States Census: 1860 in tallahatchie MS
Sex: Male

More About Laura V. Slack:

Residence: 1850 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi
Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory Sex: Female

Gilbert Trahern and Laura V. Slack had the following children:

i. SON3 TRAHERN (son of Gilbert Trahern and Laura V. Slack) was born in 1857 in Tallahatchie Co., MS. He died in 1860 in Tallahatchie Co., MS.


More About Son Trahern: Sex: Male

ii. LOUIS N. TRAHERN (son of Gilbert Trahern and Laura V. Slack) was born on 12 Nov 1859 in Tallahatchie Co., MS. He died on 28 Oct 1939 in Pauls Valley, OK. He married Lula E. Eggleston on 20 Nov 1890 in Yalobusha Co. MS. She was born on 24 Aug 1868 in Tallahatchie Co., MS. She died on 31 Aug 1960 in Pauls Valley, OK.


More About Louis N. Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States
Residence: 1860 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi, United States
Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Residence: 1910 in Pauls Valley Ward 2, Garvin, Oklahoma
Residence: 1910 in Pauls Valley Ward 1, Garvin, Oklahoma
Residence: 1920 in Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma
Residence: 1930 in Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma
Residence: 1930 in Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma
Sex: Male
Dawes Number: 7499, card 2585, 1/8 choctaw

4. WESLEY BRASHEARS2 TRAHERN (Wesley1) was born in 1808 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died in 1834 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He married Lucy Juzan (daughter of Pierre Charles Juzan and Margaret "Peggy") in 1829 in Alabama. She was born in 1809 in coosa, Choctaw Nation. She died between 1856-1860 in Skullyville Co, IT.
Generation 2 (con't)

More About Wesley Brashears Trahern:

Sex: Male
Degree Of Blood: 1/8 choctaw

More About Lucy Juzan:

Sex: Female
Degree Of Blood: 1/2 choctaw

Wesley Brashears Trahern and Lucy Juzan had the following children:

i. JESSE3 TRAHERN (son of Wesley Brashears Trahern and Lucy Juzan) was born between 1829-1834. He died between 1870-1885.


More About Jesse Trahern: Sex: Male

ii. AMELIA TRAHERN (daughter of Wesley Brashears Trahern and Lucy Juzan) was born between 1829-1834 in Sumter County, Alabama. She died before 1875 in Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma. She married UNKNOWN THOMAS. He was born about 1820. He died date Unknown.


More About Amelia Trahern: Sex: Female

iii. PIER TRAHERN (son of Wesley Brashears Trahern and Lucy Juzan) was born about 1833. He died on 27 Jun 1858 in Red River, Oklahoma (Murdered by Buck Colbert). He married Czarina Folsom (daughter of Israel Folsom and biological daughter of Louvica Nail) on 22 Apr 1857. She was born on 05 Mar 1833 in Choctaw Nation, MS. She died on 06 Oct 1906 in Atoka co. IT (Age: 73).


More About Pier Trahern: Sex: Male

iv. WILLIAM TRAHERN (son of Wesley Brashears Trahern and Lucy Juzan) was born between 1829-1834 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died between 1860-1885.

More About William Trahern: Sex: Male

v. LETHA TRAHERN (daughter of Wesley Brashears Trahern and Lucy Juzan) was born between 1829-1834. She died before 1841.

More About Letha Trahern: Sex: Female

5. WILLIAM2 TRAHERN (Wesley1) was born in 1812 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died between 1870-1880 in holmes Co. MS. He married (1) REBECCA UNKNOWN (daughter of Samuel B. Long Sr. and Felicity Leflore) about 1848 in Mississippi. She was born about 1829 in mississipi. She died between 1891-1899 in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK). He married (2) REBECCA UNKNOWN about 1848 in Mississippi. She was born about 1829 in mississipi. She died after 1880 in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK). He married (3) REBECCA UNKNOWN about 1848 in Mississippi. She was born about 1829 in mississipi. She died after 1880 in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK).
Generation 2 (con't)

More About William Trahern:

Census: 1850 in holmes Co. MS
Census: 1860 in holmes Co. MS
Census: 1870 in holmes Co. MS
Sex: Male
Degree Of Blood: 1/8 choctaw

More About Rebecca Unknown:

Residence: 1850 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi; Age: 31
Residence: 1870 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 42 Census: 1880 in holmes Co. MS

Burial: Unknown in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK) Sex: Female

Degree Of Blood: 1/2 choctaw??? Residence: Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi

William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown had the following children:

i. WIRT BRECKENRIDGE3 TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in 1860 in Mississippi. He died in 1897 in Oklahoma. He married Clara L. Clowden about 1894 in Skullyville County, IT (OK). She was born in May 1870 in Illinois. She died date Unknown.


More About Wirt Breckenridge Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States Sex: Male

ii. JOEL P. TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 06 Aug 1865 in Mississippi. He died on 26 Dec 1905 in Non, OK (Age: 40).

More About Joel P. Trahern:

Residence: 25 Sep 1902 in USA; Age: 37 Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery
Sex: Male
Dawes Number: 7436, card 2559, 1/4 choctaw

iii. LAURA TRAHERN (daughter of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in Apr 1855 in holmes Co. MS. She died in 1941 in Cameron, OK. She married Samuel S. Walker (son of Frederick Walker and Lucy Unknown) in 1880 in Jackson, MS. He was born in 1852 in Mississippi. He died after 1895.


More About Laura Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 4 Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Age: 45; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1910 in Kiowa, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Age: 55; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
Residence: 1920 in Fitzhugh, Pontotoc, Oklahoma; Age: 64; Marital Status: Widowed; Marital Status: Widow; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law Residence: 1930 in Haileyville, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Age: 75; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law

Residence: 1935 in Rural, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
Residence: 01 Apr 1940 in Craig, Oklahoma, United States; Age: 84; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Inmate
Burial: Unknown in Green Hill Cemetery, Cameron, Oklahoma Sex: Female
Generation 2 (con't)

iv. HANNAH TRAHERN (daughter of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 09 Sep 1856 in holmes Co. MS. She died on 24 Jul 1934 in Non, OK (Age: 77). She married (1) JOSEPH DELOACH about 1879 in Jackson, MS. He was born about 1850 in Mississippi. He died before 1898 in Mississippi. She married (2) REDDICK CARTWRIGHT on 21 Jan 1898 in Skullyville County, IT (OK). He was born in May 1840 in Illinois. He died after 1910.


More About Hannah Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 2 Residence: 1880 in Beat 4, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 22; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1900 in Oak Lodge, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Age: 42; Relation to Head of House: Wife
Residence: 1910 in Calvin, Hughes, Oklahoma; Age: 53; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife
Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery Sex: Female

v. WILLIAM TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in 1848 in holmes Co. MS. He died before 1860 in holmes Co. MS.

More About William Trahern: Sex: Male

vi. JOSEPH W. TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 08 Oct 1852 in Mississippi. He died on 09 Oct 1915 in Non, OK (Age: 63).

More About Joseph W. Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 5 Residence: 1870 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 18 Residence: 25 Sep 1902 in USA; Age: 49

Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery Sex: Male

Residence: Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi Dawes Number: 7435, card 2559, 1/4 choctaw

More About Rebecca Unknown:

Census: 1880 in holmes Co. MS
Burial: Unknown in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK)
Sex: Female
Degree Of Blood: 1/2 choctaw???

William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown had the following children:

i. WIRT BRECKENRIDGE3 TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in 1860 in Mississippi. He died in 1897 in Oklahoma. He married Clara L. Clowden about 1894 in Skullyville County, IT (OK). She was born in May 1870 in Illinois. She died date Unknown.


More About Wirt Breckenridge Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States Sex: Male

ii. JOEL P. TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 06 Aug 1865 in Mississippi. He died on 26 Dec 1905 in Non, OK (Age: 40).
Generation 2 (con't)


More About Joel P. Trahern:

Residence: 25 Sep 1902 in USA; Age: 37
Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery
Sex: Male
Dawes Number: 7436, card 2559, 1/4 choctaw

iii. LAURA TRAHERN (daughter of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in Apr 1855 in holmes Co. MS. She died in 1941 in Cameron, OK. She married Samuel S. Walker (son of Frederick Walker and Lucy Unknown) in 1880 in Jackson, MS. He was born in 1852 in Mississippi. He died after 1895.


More About Laura Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 4 Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Age: 45; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1910 in Kiowa, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Age: 55; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
Residence: 1920 in Fitzhugh, Pontotoc, Oklahoma; Age: 64; Marital Status: Widowed; Marital Status: Widow; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law Residence: 1930 in Haileyville, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Age: 75; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law

Residence: 1935 in Rural, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
Residence: 01 Apr 1940 in Craig, Oklahoma, United States; Age: 84; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Inmate
Burial: Unknown in Green Hill Cemetery, Cameron, Oklahoma Sex: Female

iv. HANNAH TRAHERN (daughter of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 09 Sep 1856 in holmes Co. MS. She died on 24 Jul 1934 in Non, OK (Age: 77). She married (1) JOSEPH DELOACH about 1879 in Jackson, MS. He was born about 1850 in Mississippi. He died before 1898 in Mississippi. She married (2) REDDICK CARTWRIGHT on 21 Jan 1898 in Skullyville County, IT (OK). He was born in May 1840 in Illinois. He died after 1910.


More About Hannah Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 2 Residence: 1880 in Beat 4, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 22; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1900 in Oak Lodge, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Age: 42; Relation to Head of House: Wife
Residence: 1910 in Calvin, Hughes, Oklahoma; Age: 53; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife
Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery Sex: Female

v. WILLIAM TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in 1848 in holmes Co. MS. He died before 1860 in holmes Co. MS.

More About William Trahern: Sex: Male

vi. JOSEPH W. TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 08 Oct 1852 in Mississippi. He died on 09 Oct 1915 in Non, OK (Age: 63).
Generation 2 (con't)

More About Joseph W. Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 5 Residence: 1870 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 18 Residence: 25 Sep 1902 in USA; Age: 49

Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery Sex: Male

Residence: Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi Dawes Number: 7435, card 2559, 1/4 choctaw

More About Rebecca Unknown:

Census: 1880 in holmes Co. MS
Burial: Unknown in Skullyville Co., Choctaw Nation, IT., (OK)
Sex: Female
Degree Of Blood: 1/2 choctaw???

William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown had the following children:

i. WIRT BRECKENRIDGE3 TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in 1860 in Mississippi. He died in 1897 in Oklahoma. He married Clara L. Clowden about 1894 in Skullyville County, IT (OK). She was born in May 1870 in Illinois. She died date Unknown.


More About Wirt Breckenridge Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States Sex: Male

ii. JOEL P. TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 06 Aug 1865 in Mississippi. He died on 26 Dec 1905 in Non, OK (Age: 40).

More About Joel P. Trahern:

Residence: 25 Sep 1902 in USA; Age: 37 Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery
Sex: Male
Dawes Number: 7436, card 2559, 1/4 choctaw

iii. LAURA TRAHERN (daughter of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in Apr 1855 in holmes Co. MS. She died in 1941 in Cameron, OK. She married Samuel S. Walker (son of Frederick Walker and Lucy Unknown) in 1880 in Jackson, MS. He was born in 1852 in Mississippi. He died after 1895.


More About Laura Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 4 Residence: 1900 in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Age: 45; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1910 in Kiowa, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Age: 55; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
Residence: 1920 in Fitzhugh, Pontotoc, Oklahoma; Age: 64; Marital Status: Widowed; Marital Status: Widow; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law Residence: 1930 in Haileyville, Pittsburg, Oklahoma; Age: 75; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law

Residence: 1935 in Rural, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
Residence: 01 Apr 1940 in Craig, Oklahoma, United States; Age: 84; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Inmate
Burial: Unknown in Green Hill Cemetery, Cameron, Oklahoma Sex: Female
Generation 2 (con't)

iv. HANNAH TRAHERN (daughter of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 09 Sep 1856 in holmes Co. MS. She died on 24 Jul 1934 in Non, OK (Age: 77). She married (1) JOSEPH DELOACH about 1879 in Jackson, MS. He was born about 1850 in Mississippi. He died before 1898 in Mississippi. She married (2) REDDICK CARTWRIGHT on 21 Jan 1898 in Skullyville County, IT (OK). He was born in May 1840 in Illinois. He died after 1910.


More About Hannah Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 2 Residence: 1880 in Beat 4, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 22; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1900 in Oak Lodge, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Age: 42; Relation to Head of House: Wife
Residence: 1910 in Calvin, Hughes, Oklahoma; Age: 53; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife
Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery Sex: Female

v. WILLIAM TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born in 1848 in holmes Co. MS. He died before 1860 in holmes Co. MS.

More About William Trahern: Sex: Male

vi. JOSEPH W. TRAHERN (son of William Trahern and Rebecca Unknown) was born on 08 Oct 1852 in Mississippi. He died on 09 Oct 1915 in Non, OK (Age: 63).

More About Joseph W. Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 5
Residence: 1870 in Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi, United States; Age: 18
Residence: 25 Sep 1902 in USA; Age: 49
Burial: Unknown in Non Cemetery
Sex: Male
Residence: Lexington, Holmes, Mississippi
Dawes Number: 7435, card 2559, 1/4 choctaw

6. AMELIA2 TRAHERN (Wesley1) was born in 1814 in Choctaw Nation, MS. She died on 22 Jul 1905 in Bexar Co. Texas. She married (1) RICHARD CLAIBORNE WEST about 1838. He was born about 1814. He died date Unknown. She married (2) HOMER S. THRALL in 1852 in Calhoun Co., Tx. He was born on 12 Dec 1819 in Vermont. He died on 12 Oct 1894 in Bexar Co. Texas.


More About Amelia Trahern:

Residence: 1860 in La Grange, Fayette, Texas, United States Residence: 1870 in Houston Ward 3, Harris, Texas, United States Residence: 1880 in Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, United States Residence: Bet. 1891-1896 in San Antonio, Texas

Residence: 1900 in San Antonio Ward 4, Bexar, Texas Sex: Female
Degree Of Blood: 1/8 choctaw

More About Richard Claiborne West: Sex: Male

Richard Claiborne West and Amelia Trahern had the following child:
Generation 2 (con't)

i. LAURA O.3 W EST (daughter of Richard Claiborne West and Amelia Trahern) was born in 1844 in Calhoun, Texas. She married John E. Thornton on 10 Dec 1867 in Calhoun County, Texas, USA.


More About Laura O. West:

Residence: 1860 in La Grange, Fayette, Texas, United States
Sex: Female

More About Homer S. Thrall:

Residence: 1850 in Galveston, Galveston, Texas
Residence: 1870 in Houston Ward 3, Harris, Texas, United States
Residence: 1880 in Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, United States
Sex: Male

7. LETHA H.2 TRAHERN (Wesley1) was born in 1818 in Choctaw Nation, MS. She died on 15 Jun 1890 in Texas. She married (1) COLUMBUS LANE about 1837. He was born about 1816. He died before 1849. She married (2) JESSE C. PENDLETON (son of Unknown Pendleton) on 11 Apr 1847 in Calhoun Co., Tx. He was born about 1815. He died date Unknown.


More About Letha H. Trahern:

Residence: 1850 in Lavaca, Calhoun, Texas
Residence: 1880 in Waco, McLennan, Texas, United States Sex: Female
Degree Of Blood: 1/8 choctaw

More About Columbus Lane: Sex: Male

Columbus Lane and Letha H. Trahern had the following children:

i. SARAH3 LANE (daughter of Columbus Lane and Letha H. Trahern) was born about 1843 in Calhoun County, Texas, USA. She died date Unknown. She married (1) JOHN W HEWLETT on 29 Aug 1885 in McLennan County, Texas, USA. He was born about 1853 in Alabama. She married (2) JOHN A. CUNNINGHAM on 01 Jan 1866 in Bexar County, Texas, USA. He was born in 1840 in Pennsylvania. He died before 1884.


More About Sarah Lane:

Residence: 1850 in Lavaca, Calhoun, Texas
Residence: 1860 in La Grange, Fayette, Texas, United States Residence: 1870 in Austin, Travis, Texas, United States Residence: 1900 in Township 4, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Sex: Female

ii. ALLEN LANE (son of Columbus Lane and Letha H. Trahern) was born about 1841 in Texas. He died date Unknown.

More About Allen Lane: Sex: Male

iii. ELLEN ELLA L. LANE (daughter of Columbus Lane and Letha H. Trahern) was born about 1841 in Calhoun Co., Tx. She died between 1885-1886 in McLennan County, Texas, USA. She married Joel L. C. Pate on 01 Nov 1859 in Carroll County, MIssissippi. He was born about 1841 in Mississippi.
Generation 2 (con't)

More About Ellen Ella L. Lane:

Residence: 1850 in Lavaca, Calhoun, Texas
Residence: 1860 in Police District 3, Carroll, Mississippi, United States
Residence: 1870 in Township 17 Range 3, Carroll, Mississippi, United States
Residence: 1880 in Blackhawk, Carroll, Mississippi, United States
Residence: 1880 in Blackhawk, Carroll, Mississippi, United States
Sex: Female

iv. WESLEY LANE (son of Columbus Lane and Letha H. Trahern) was born about 1838 in Mississippi. He died date Unknown.

More About Wesley Lane:

Residence: 1850 in Lavaca, Calhoun, Texas
Residence: 1860 in Police District 3, Carroll, Mississippi, United States Residence: 1866 in Holmes County, MS
Sex: Male

More About Jesse C. Pendleton:

Residence: 1840 in Fayette County, TX
Residence: 1850 in Lavaca, Calhoun, Texas
Residence: 1880 in Waco, McLennan, Texas, United States
Residence: Bet. 1886-1893 in Waco, Texas
Residence: 1890, 1891 in Waco, TX
Residence: 1886, 1887 in Waco, TX
Sex: Male

Jesse C. Pendleton and Letha H. Trahern had the following child:

i. AUGUST AGNES3 PENDLETON (daughter of Jesse C. Pendleton and Letha H. Trahern) was born about 1849 in Calhoun Co., Tx. She died date Unknown. She married EDWARD DUNNING.

More About August Agnes Pendleton: Residence: 1850 in Lavaca, Calhoun, Texas

Residence: 1880 in Waco, McLennan, Texas, United States Sex: Female

8. GEORGE WASHINGTON2 TRAHERN (Wesley1) was born in 1820 in Choctaw Nation, MS. He died on
14 Sep 1909 in California (Stockton Rural Cemetery). He married JOSEFA GALVEZ. She was born about 1830 in Mexico. He married (2) HENRIETTA B. CHILDERS on 01 Mar 1860 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California. She was born about 1833 in Unknown. She died on 10 Feb 1917 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California (Stockton Rural Cemetery).


More About George Washington Trahern:

Residence: 1852 in San Joaquin, California, United States Residence: 1860 in Castoria, San Joaquin, California, United States
Residence: 1870 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 45
Residence: 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 54; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self

Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California; Age: 66; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head

Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California
Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California Sex: Male

Degree Of Blood: 1/8 choctaw
Residence: Stockton, San Joaquin, California
Generation 2 (con't)

Burial: Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA

More About Josefa Galvez:

Rumored Marriage: 1859 in California; Zulieka sued estate and said she was his heir Residence: 1860 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States

Sex: Female

George Washington Trahern and Josefa Galvez had the following child:

i. ZULEIKA3 (daughter of George Washington Trahern and Josefa Galvez) was born in 1859 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California. She married Calvin P Baldwin (son of Calvin Tell Baldwin and Frances Ann Maria Babcock) in 1877. He was born in Apr 1849 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. He died in California, USA.


More About Zuleika:

Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California
Residence: 1910 in San Francisco Assembly District 39, San Francisco, California Residence: 1920 in San Francisco Assembly District 28, San Francisco, California Residence: 1930 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Residence: 1930 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California Sex: Female

More About Henrietta B. Childers:

Residence: 1860 in Castoria, San Joaquin, California, United States
Residence: 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 35; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California; Age: 65; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife

Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California Residence: 1910 in Stockton Ward 2, San Joaquin, California Residence: 1910 in Stockton Ward 2, San Joaquin, California Sex: Female

George Washington Trahern and Henrietta B. Childers had the following children:

ii. RACHAEL G TRAHERN (daughter of George Washington Trahern and Henrietta B. Childers) was born in Apr 1868 in California. She died between 1910-1920 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California. She married Norris N. C. Farnum (son of Rodney Farnum and Elizabeth Emery) on 29 Apr 1886 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, USA. He was born about 1851 in Maine. He died in California.


More About Rachael G Trahern:

Residence: 1870 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States Residence: 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 17; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Daughter

Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California; Age: 32; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Residence: 1910 in Stockton Ward 2, San Joaquin, California Sex: Female

iii. LAURA TRAHERN (daughter of George Washington Trahern and Henrietta B. Childers) was born in 1861 in Stockton, California. She died on 04 Aug 1898 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California (Stockton Rural Cemetery). She married ADOLPHE FREDERICK NAHER. He was born in 1854. He died in 1907 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California (Age: 53).


More About Laura Trahern:

Residence: 1870 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States
Generation 2 (con't)

Residence: 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 18; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Daughter

Sex: Female
Burial: Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA

iv. DAVID DOUGLAS TRAHERN (son of George Washington Trahern and Henrietta B. Childers) was born on 11 Apr 1873 in California. He died on 23 Apr 1948 in San Joaquin, CA (Age: 75). He married ANNIE T GARVIN. She was born in 1874 in California. She died on 16 Jul 1950.


More About David Douglas Trahern:

Residence: 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 7; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son
Residence: 1896 in San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 23 Residence: 1900 in Stockton Ward 2, San Joaquin, California; Age: 26; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son

Residence: 1910 in Castoria, San Joaquin, California Residence: 1920 in Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California Residence: 1930 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California Unspecified: Stockton City

Sex: Male
Residence: Stockton, San Joaquin, California

v. LIDA TRAHERN (daughter of George Washington Trahern and Henrietta B. Childers) was born in 1867 in Stockton, California. She died between 1891-1900 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California.

More About Lida Trahern:

Residence: 1870 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States Residence: 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 12; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Daughter

Sex: Female

vi. BESSIE LEE TRAHERN (daughter of George Washington Trahern and Henrietta B. Childers) was born about 1865 in California. She died in 1920 in San Joaquin County, California, United States. She married Percy Williams in Aug 1888. He died on 04 Oct 1890 in California.


More About Bessie Lee Trahern:

Residence: 1870 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States Residence: 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States; Age: 15; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Daughter

Residence: 1900 in Stockton City, San Joaquin, California; Age: 30; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Residence: 1910 in Stockton Ward 2, San Joaquin, California Residence: 1910 in Stockton Ward 2, San Joaquin, California Sex: Female