Last month I bought a copy of Court Records- Blue County Choctaw Nation, CTN 25, Volume II. It was abstracted by Wanda Ellis. It contains a lot of the court records I have come to expect and use frequently- marriages, wills, probates, guardianships, permits. However, I discovered recently that the last sections also have some records that are just a bit different- inventories and miscellaneous records- and I shall endeavor to post some of them over the next few days. Forgive me if I do not copy the sections in their entirety. I am skipping over some entries that are simply permits, lists of jurors, or redundant. (If you are looking for someone, let me know and I’ll scan through the jury listings for each year.)
I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that my latest book, Fine Men and Fashionable Ladies, The Founding Families of Caddo, Vol. 2 is also available from the library. Families included in this one are Cooper, Lynch, Bloom, Evans, Homer, Bass, Allen, Freeny, Williams, Maytubby, Swinney, Boland, Long, Turnbull, McIntosh and relatives. The cost is $35, plus $3.50 shipping. Available from the Bryan County Library and Archives, P. O. Box 153, Calera, OK 74730 and at Craighead’s in Caddo. Book sales benefit the library.
Note: Many of the people listed in these early court records are from Caddo and others are from Bennington, Bokchito, Kenefic, and other local towns. I have noticed that many of these in the 1858-98 sections are from Bennington. My book about Old Bennington Church will be ready in a few months.
County and Circuit Court Records, 3rd Judicial District
September 5, 1858- May 2, 1898
(Some of the original entries are unreadable, some are written in Choctaw. Page numbers are of the court records, not the book.)
Summons executed y the Sheriff of Blue County, Alfred Wright and Homer Carroll, witnesses on behalf of Big John, applicant for divorce. Witnesses, William Wilson, Molney Matoy, Solomon Flint, Solomon _____.
Page 4-By the Sheriff of Blue County, delivered over to the ____ guardian, two negro boys on the 5th of September 1858.
Page 43- Know all men by these present that Aron Mishintabe, as Principal is firmly bound unto David Dailey, Sheriff of Blue County, Choctaw Nation in the sum of three hundred dollars, for the payment of the above sum will truly be made. We the undersigned bind ourselves, our heirs, exec tutors, administrators, and assigns forever.
The condition of the above obligation being that the above bound, Aron Mishintabe did take, steal, and carry away one pony, property of one Limeon (Simeon?) Houston without his knowledge and consent, contrary to the laws of the Choctaw Nation, and whereas the said Aron Mishintabe shall and truly appear at the next regular March term of Circuit Court 1867 and appear before the court from day to day until discharged by said court, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Page 44- Choctaw Nation, Blue County. To all whom these present shall come greeting, I appoint Sheriff in place of Daniel Daily, appointed by the Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation, in the year August 19th 1867, Benjamin Pickens, Sheriff of Blue County. Know ye that whereas it appears that Benjamin J. Pickens has been duly elected as Sheriff of Blue County in the Choctaw Nation at an election held in said county on the 5th day of August 1868. He took oath on the 7th day of August 1868. Sheriff of Blue County, Choctaw Nation for a period of two years.
There are several pages of jury listings by year:
Page 54- Jury for March Term, 1871- John Henning, Stephen Cochnauer, Albert Byington, Hugh Cox, Fisher Durant, Nathaniel Perkins, James Fry, Johnson Fry, Garland Wilson, Billy Hays, Fullin Walle, Sampson Loring, Simon Levi, Durant Jackson, Jackson Gardner, Pisatobbee, F. H. Benton, Apalobbee, Isom Fletcher. Simeon Turnbull, Sheriff of Blue County.
There are several pages of receipts for rent:
Page 180- Received of R. W. Nail, $20.00 in County Script, renter L. Benight. James William, Sheriff.
Received of C. Vinson, $15.00 in County Script, renter Edward Chew. James William, Sheriff.
Received of R. C. Freeny, $15.00 in County Script, renter A. J. Nicholes. James William, Sheriff.
Received of Wm. Richard, $15.00 in County Script, renter A. C. Taylor. James William, Sheriff.
Received of Henry Canriter, $15.00 in County Script, renter J. P. Attaway. James William, Sheriff.
Page 181- Received of Henry Canriter, $15.00 in County Script, renter A. T. Beams. James William, Sheriff.
Received of Joseph Durant, $15.00 in County Script, renter Charlie W. Seago. James William, Sheriff.
Received of Joseph Durant, $15.00 in County Script, renter Charlie Powell. James William, Sheriff.
Received of Joseph Durant, $15.00 in County Script, renter William Jones. James William, Sheriff.
Received of Impson Jones, $15.00 in County Script, renter W. B. Davis. James William, Sheriff.
Page 201- Received of W. H. Ainsworth $64.92 in County Script. James William, Sherriff.
Received of Marchand, $215.75 Cash, Merchandise at Caddo. 1 July ___, James William, Sheriff. (previous page is 1869, next one is 1882)
Received of C. McCoy, $55.66, Cash and County Script for merchandise, Caddo. James William, Sheriff.
Received of T. C. Meadows, $18.27 cash for merchandise. James William, Sheriff.
Received of Geo. A. Callis, $18.56 Cash, merchandise, Caddo. James William, Sheriff.
Received of J. N. Alexander, cash, hardware, Caddo. James William, Sheriff.
There are several pages of these employment records and most give occupation and/or age.
Samples from pages 226-268:
Received of David A. Folsom, $25.00 in green back, James Davidson clerking for D. A. Folsom this 15th day of July 1869.
Received of D. A. Folsom, $10.00 Ishial Bogle, age 38, and his son, Thomas D. Bogle, age 22. July 13th, 1869. B. J. Pickens.
Adam, a freeman, in the employ of Israel Folsom, a farmer, age 30 years. Aug. 1869
John A. Starcherland, a white man in the employ of Wiley Stewart, a farmer, 20 Sept. 1869
Received of Dr. H. S. Lindely, $25.00, living at Giles Thompson’s house, 20 Jul. 1870.
Received of E. Dwight, $25.00 for B. J. Roe, carpenter in his employ, Feb. 10, 1871
Received of Wm. Gardner, $5.00 for Wm. May, age 35, a laborer in his employ.
Received of Capt. E. Dwight, $5.00, Rice as a stone mason in his employ. S. Turnbull, Sheriff, January 3, 1871.
Received of Giles Thompson, $5.00 for George Clay, age 18, in his employ. October, 1868. (There are a dozen men listed as Giles Thompson’s employees.)
Received of Henry Conrider, $5.00 for a white man in his employ, May 26, 1868.
Page 271- Know by all men that we, William Jackson and Elijah Ellis, Security, are held and bound unto Nakintaga, Sheriff of Blue County, Choctaw Nation, and to his successors in office in the penal sum of $2,000.00, Two thousand dollars, for whose payment we bind ourselves, our heirs and executors and administrators and severally and firmly signed with our names and sealed with our seals this 27th day of November 1858. The condition of this obligation is that certain negroes, namely Jim and Mary Ann, shall faithfully appear before the next probate court on the first Monday, the 6th day of December 1858, then this obligation is to be void, otherwise to remain in full force. William Jackson and Elijah Ellis. (The entry in the book does say 1858, but the chronology would seem to indicate 1868. I will have to pull out the original microfilm at some future date and check to see which is correct.)