CHOCTAW NATION, INDIAN TERRITORY
|The Jones family were Choctaws who were removed from Mississippi to Indian
Territory on the Choctaw Trail of Tears. They most likely arrived in December of
1832 and first settled along the Red River. They were descendants of the Ancient
Mississippi Temple Mound Builders and are now know as the Oklahoma Choctaws
Much has been written about Principal Chief
Wilson N. Jones who was at one time the wealthiest man in Indian Territory.
Little, however has been written about the other Jones families of the Choctaw
Solomon Jones was born about 1808 in Mississippi, He most likely was a brother
of Captain Nathaniel Jones, the father of Wilson N. Jones. He died about 1879 in
Blue County Indian Territory (now Bryan Co., Oklahoma). He had seven known sons.
All but the three oldest sons are Original Enrollees of the "Final
Rolls" of the Five Civilized Tribes (commonly referred to as the Dawes
Commission or "Dawes Rolls") Choctaw By Blood. Many of the
grandchildren of Solomon Jones were also Original Enrollees.
....."Thus the first Indians began their removal as
early as October, 1830, although the main removal was to occur during
the years 1831, 32, and 33. It was a 350 mile journey. Most of the
territory covered was wild and unsettled. It was not uncommon for the
emigrants to walk half a day through waist high water in a swamp. Little
has been documented about this transfer of human beings from one domain
to another. It was properly known as the Trail of Tears. Death followed
every step. When they arrived at their destination, few of their elders
had survived the trip. They were a bewildered, dirty, bedraggled and ill
group when they arrived."
By Chief David Gardner
Choctaw Family Forced Removal
In 1830, the TREATY
OF DANCING RABBIT CREEK forcibly relocated the entire Choctaw nation from
their homeland in Mississippi west to what is now known as Southeastern
Oklahoma. Over twenty thousand Choctaws were moved on this long journey. Seven
thousand survived this removal on what has come to be called
Trail of Tears".
OKLAHOMA COUNTIES LOCATED IN THE CHOCTAW NATION
First called Shappaway. The name was later changed to Atoka in honor of
Captain Atoka. Created from portions of Atoka, Blue, Jack's Fork and
Kiamichi counties of the Choctaw Nation
Created from portions of Blue and Jackson counties in the Choctaw Nation
Created in 1907 out of the districts of Apukshunubbee and Pushmataha and
contains portions of Jackson, Kiamitia (Kiamichi), Cedar and Towson counties
of the Choctaw Nation.
Created from parts of Atoka and Jack's Fork in the Pushmataha district of
the Choctaw Nation
Haskell County was one of the first permanent Choctaw settlements in the
Indian Territory. Many Choctaws arrived by steamboat at Tamaha, and settled
there along the Arkansas River.
A small part of Hughes county was in what was Tobucksy county in the
Moshulatubbee District of the Choctaw Nation
Created from parts of Gaines, Sugarloof, San Bois, Skullyville, Wade and
Jack's Fork of the Apukshunnubbee, Pushmataha and Moshulatubbee districts of
the Choctaw Nation
Created from parts of Skullyville, Sugarloof, Wade, Nashoba and Cebar
counties of the Apukshunnubbee and Moshulatubbee districts of the Choctaw
Pittsburg County, Oklahoma was created from portions of Atoka, Gaines,
Jack's Fork and Tobucksy counties of the Choctaw Nation, and was named for
Created from portions of Jack's Fork, Cedar, Noshoba, Kiamichi and Wade
counties of the Choctaw Nation.
Created from parts of Nashoba, Ceder, Towson, Buktucklo, Eagle and Red River
counties of the Apukshunnubbee district of the Choctaw Nation
Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not
there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
TRIBAL MEMBERS OBITUARIES
Obituaries from the BISHINIK The Bishinik is the official publication of
the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Federal law passed in 1990
now requires museums and Universities
to return human remains and sacred objects to the tribes.
Anyone who may know of a grave being desecrated, destroyed or damaged
in any way or if you know of someone selling grave goods or burial
call Terry Cole, 1-800-522-6170, ext. 2243
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY
November 6, 1999