I often use the local court records when I’m researching a family. You might think that your ancestor had to do something really “bad” in order to be listed in court proceedings, but divorces, wills, property disputes, custody arrangements, permits, taxes, and other legal proceedings were handled by local courts and might provide a name or date that you need to further your research.
Blue County, Choctaw Nation, I. T.
Case No. 32. Choctaw Nation vs. Joe Billis was filed May 7, 1884 for the murder of Sealy Benton. The witnesses having examined and the court having no further jurisdiction, the case was transferred t the District Court for further investigation on June 3, 1884. G. W. Gardner, judge.
Case No. 33. William King vs. Decision of Case 29, May 10, 1884. Entered for an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Choctaw Nation. (Case 29 was Susanna Nelson vs. Lucy King. Restitution of property.)
Case No. 34. Choctaw Nation vs. Silum Halil, May 7, 1884 for violation of Pistol Law, was transferred to the Circuit Court, June 2, 1884. G. W. Gardner, judge.
Case No. 35. Levi Garland, Administrator of the estate of Littleton Sheco vs. King Perkins was filed, June 3, 1884.
Case No. 36. Myles Lewis vs. Bacy Patterson was filed June 3, 1884. Withdrawn by permission, July 7, 1884. Both parties agreeing to pay for the cost of the court.
Case No. 37. Frances Grubbs vs. William Stidman, Jesse Stidman, July 2, 1884, for threatening to take the life of the plaintiff.
Case No. 38. Mariah Johnson filed a petition July 1884 asking the court to direct the Administrator of the estate of George Grubbs, deceased, to turn over to her all property set forth in a deed of gift made to her by her father, George Grubbs, deceased. Granted, September 2, 1884. G. W. Gardner, judge.
Case No. 39. Molly Gardner vs. to stay the decision of Court, August 1884. Reviewed in favor of Susann Nelson vs. Lucy King at the special term of Court, July 1884.
Case No. 40. Benjamin Turner vs. Lawson Loring, August 18, 1884. W. W. Hampton, Attorney for the prosecution for killing Allen Webster.