While I continue to find Caddo history and genealogy information in The Caddo Herald and will probably never stop reading its pages, I want to share some other sources of information that are helpful, especially if you are visiting in the area and can stop at the Genealogy Library in Calera. I’ll mention a few each day this week to get you started.
First of all, don’t overlook other newspapers, especially if you have a particular date for an event. The Durant, Bokchito, and Bennington papers often recorded Caddo news because so many families were spread all over the county. I recently found an obituary for a Caddo man in the Bennington paper, but never did find it in the Caddo paper.
The library has a copy of Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory, but it is also available online at Google books. It was written in 1891 and contains biographies of many prominent men.
I recently bought a copy of “Court Records- Blue County Choctaw Nation, I. T. (CTN26-Book1) abstracted by Lucille Brimage. It’s a fascinating book containing civil and criminal court records from 1858-1894. I’ve used the library’s copy many, many times in the past and found it to be quite useful, so I finally bought a copy of my own. This morning I want to give you some examples of the cases recorded. In the first fifty pages I found over a dozen murders, numerous divorces, burglaries, and lists of witnesses. There are also records of estates and administrators of those estates.
Thursday, November 17, 1858- A True Bill was found against Robert Newberry for the murder of Pashikuhi.
4th Monday of February 1859- Application of Branis for divorce from wife, Lute, was granted.
MURDER, Thomas Keys was tried for murder and was to be executed 25 September 1866.
Case No. 66. Petition asking for appraisers on the Estate of D. C. Betts, also a further sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be set aside for the widow and children under seven years old, this November 5, 1877.
Case No. 52. Robert J. H. Bryant vs. Willie Wilson and Luci Wilson, July 6, 1885 for the murder of Lewis Bully.
The library is located at 203 N. McKinley in Calera, OK. You can also contact them by calling 580-434-5848.