Sylvester and Ida Mae had 7 children, although 11 children are shown. It is assumed 4 of the children are Coleen and Sylvester's children.spouse: private
Although the 1900 census indicates Thomas Albert Mills was born in Mena, Arkansas, he put "near Webbers Falls, OK" as his birthplace on his social security application dated February 10, 1937.spouse: Beck, Delora May (1890 - 1979)
Thomas' son Jack remembers that when he was around 10-12 (1934-1936) his father was arrested for bootlegging. Thomas used to make trips to the Kiamichi Mountain area and come back with booze. Although he was arrested for possession he probably sold the whiskey too. He spent about 6 months in the prison in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
According to Thomas' son Jack, Thomas had a grocery store in Eufala. He took his brother George in as a partner. They moved it to Quinton, Oklahoma, but it didn't do well there, so they moved it back to Eufala. Somehow George wound up as the owner.
In Quinton, Thomas and Delora had a house with two rooms. Thomas and Delora lived in the front room, and the 9 kids shared 3 beds in the back room. The house burned down. Thomas always thought a man who lived a few blocks away, Mart Hopper, had his black worker burn it down. Delora got some Indian money and bought a 2 bedroom house a couple of blocks away.
In 1942 Thomas and Delora moved to Chandler, Arizona so Thomas could work in a civil service job at Williams Air Force Base.
Martha may have died giving birth to William.spouse: Beck, Elijah Oliver (1854 - 1903)
Choctaw Roll #12787spouse: Beck, Joseph G. (1864 - 1933)
Choctaw, Roll #13251. Joanna's descendants all say that she is a full-blood Choctaw, but the Dawes roll says 1/2. Family says Joanna lied when the roll numbers were assigned because of discrimination against the Indians. Since her parents, Stephen and Eliza are each 1/2 Choctaw, the census card must be correct.spouse: Beck, Elijah Oliver (1854 - 1903)
Elijah states in examination by the Commission for application as enrollment as an intermarried citizen of the Choctaw Nation that he was married at "Uncle Steve Woods" house at old Wadeville in Kiatmitia County, by Judge Raymond Johnson. He was married under a tribal license for which he paid $25.----------child: Beck, Milo Hoyt (1888 - )