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.
From the "History of Indian Territory" the maternal ancestry of Nowatima's family goes back to the early aboriginal days, but a complete record cannot be given. They were long-lived people, her grandfather having lived to the age of one hundred and twenty-five.spouse: Woods, Horace (1799 - 1879)
Dawes card #2178spouse: Potts, Rosa (*1869 - )
Dawes card #2139
Dawes card #2187spouse: Thompson, Allen (*1863 - )
Dawes Roll #6342 card #2190spouse: Dukes, Josephine Rowena (1847 - 1905)
Joined General Cooper's Brigade in the Choctaw Nation. His regimental commander was Colonel Sampson Fulsom, and Captain Alfred Wade was in command of the company. He served throughout the war in Missouri, Kansas, and the Choctaw Nation. He joined as a corporal but earned promotion to lieutenant.
Benjamin always delivered his sermons in the Choctaw language, as many of his parishioners didn't understand English. He alternated his preaching among four Choctaw congregations in the Choctaw Nation; Lenox Spring Hill, Big Lick and High Mountain.
Dawes roll#6019 card #2089
Dawes roll #6020 card 2089
Choctaw Roll #12787spouse: Beck, Joseph G. (1864 - 1933)
According to the "History of Indian Territory" Horace stopped in the Choctaw Nation on his way from Texas back to Massachusetts to obtain work, having run short of funds. Apparently he was so well liked by the Choctaws that he was induced to stay, and he married No-wa-ti-ma, a Choctaw woman, and raised a family.spouse: Nowatima, Sarah (~1815 - 1863)
Census card #2203spouse: Sexton, Alfred (~1840 - )
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 - )
Census card #2095
Choctaw Roll #5723, Census Card 2002, 1/2 Choctawspouse: Bohanan, Samuel H. (*1822 - r1842)
Dawes card #2204
Dawes roll #6016 card#2089
Dawes card #2179spouse: Willis, Robert (*1833 - )
According to Sandra (oklafalaya@@aol.com) the "Sally" referred to on the 1855 Wade County census is Sarah.
Raised in Wade Countyspouse: Anderson, Ada (*1873 - )
According to the "History of Indian Territory" Stephen was a revolutionary war hero.spouse:
Stephen fought in the civil war.spouse: Dukes, Eliza (1831 - )
Dawes roll #6014 card #2089spouse: Burns, Kizzie F. (1870 - 1924)
Census card #6185spouse: Frazier, Jane (*1875 - )