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Worsham d before 1898 Chickasaw, Indian Territory.
Fry Worsham b 12 May 1884 Tishomingo, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (25-1910)
m Georgia Elizabeth McPherson 20 Apr 1914 Ardmore, Carter, OK. Jeptha's middle name, Fry,
probably came from the family that had a farm next door. The family's last name was
"Fry." (James Worsham, 2005) Georgia b 20 Dec 1895. Her son Charles Noel
Worsham's birth certificate states Georgia's birthplace as Tennessee. Georgia was raised
by her aunt "Lily 'Mae' McPherson Tennyson (the John W Tennyson family) in Ardmore,
OK. Henry is believed to have d in Kansas. Georgia's last view of her father, Henry McPherson, was of his back as he rode his
buggy, away, down the road. The name of Georgia's mother is still unknown. "Jeptha d 25
Mar 1944 at the Central Oklahoma State Hospital, Norman, OK" (per death certificate).
Jeptha and Georgia are bur. in the same grave, at Clinton Oaks Cemetery, Tulsa, OK. There
is no headstone, or marker." Records had been destroyed in a fire some years earlier.
I worked with a caretaker who had an old map of gravesites pinned to his tool shed wall -
the map showed the location of Jeptha's and Georgia's gravesite." (James Worsham,
Child: (James Worsham, 2005)
Noel Worsham b 3 Aug 1915 Lone Grove, Carter Co, OK m Henrietta
Louise Erdmans 2 Feb 1938 Claremore, OK & d in World War II 8 Dec 1944 South
Pacific. Henrietta b 4 Feb 1916 Bloomington, IL.
Children: (James Worsham, 2005)
Noel Worsham b 25 Nov 1938 Tulsa, OK (1/64 Chickasaw Indian-Voter No 3645) m
1st) Carol Ann Romano 5 Sep 1960 Stamford, Fairfield Co,
CT. Carol b 11 Mar 1941 Stamford, Fairfield Co, CT, dau of Daniel Romano and Marion
'Mary' Katherine Festo. Carol divorced James 10 Jul 1986, Stamford, CT. She was a
Podiatric Assistant, and later a sales representative for Northern Telecom. Carol m
Kenneth Sainsbury (his 2nd marriage) 15 Apr 1988 in Stamford, CT. Carol d 10 Jul 1990
of cancer at the Sloan-Kettering Hospital, Manhattan, NY. She is bur at South Salem
Cemetery, South Salem, Westchester Co, NY. James m 2nd) Ann
Carter 20 Jun 1993 Stamford, Fairfield Co, CT. Ann b on Governors Island, New
York City dau of Samual Filson Carter and Jane Downs. Ann 1st m to John Roger Hurlock
21 Oct 1978 Stamford, CT. He d Dec 1985, Stamford, CT, bur Woodland Cemetery,
Stamford, CT. James is the author of Worsham Family In The Chickasaw Nation, IT. Children of
John and Ann: Roseann Carter Hurlock b 1 Feb 1981 New Haven, CT. (James Worsham, 2005)
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Sophia Adelia Worsham b 24 Dec 1885
Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory m William Aubry McNutt b abt 1881. They married
Nation, Indian Territory: Sophia Worsham, age 18, W. A. McNutt, age 22, both of Hewett,
Carter Co. (Bk H-368) According to the World War I Draft Registration her husband is
Aubrey William McNutt b 11 Oct 1881, age 37 & living in New Wilson, Carter, OK.
Nearest relative is Sophia McNutt. She d 15 Dec 1966 Linsay, Garvin, Oklahoma.
Children: (James Worsham, 2005)
Estelle McNutt b 3 Nov 1905, Joiner City, Pickens Co., Indian Territory, dau of
William Aubrey McNutt, m Charles Allen Barnes on 28 Jun 1925. He was b. 9 July 1905
Weatherford, Custer Co, Indian Territory. She d 1993 in OK nursing home; he d. 7 Jan
1979 at home, both are buried Erin Springs Cemetery, Lindsay, Garvin Co., OK.
McNutt b 27 Nov 1907 Joiner City, Pickens Co, OK, m Claude Stansbury b abt
1907 (d abt 1972?). Norma d 1959. Claude Sr. remarried abt 1960 to Pat Newby widow of
Vernon Burkleo who d 1952. Claude and Pat continued to raise Pat & Vernon's dau.
Marie McNutt b 19 Mar 1910 Joiner City, Pickens Co, OK d 25 Dec 1986 at hospital
in Lindsay, OK, unmarried.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4. Cleta Juanita McNutt "Dude" b
3 Oct 1918 Joiner City, Pickens Co, OK m Sidney James Wood "Sid" b 11 Aug
1911 Lindsay, OK, d 6 Jul 1987in Lindsay OK, bur at Purdy Cemetery (in Lindsay, OK?) on
8 Jul 1987.
Ella Worsham b 5 Oct 1887 Pickens Co, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. Mary had
been living with her dau Mary Irene Bailey and d 19 Feb 1973 at Perris Valley Community
Hospital, Perris, Riverside Co., CA and was bur at Green Hills Cemetery (Erin Springs
Cemetery?), Lindsay, OK. (James Worsham, 2005) She m William
Burkleo "Will" b abt 1880 MO (his 2nd mrg) and he d prior to his wife.
(1910 Hewitt, Carter Co, OK cens & 1920 Whitebead, Garvin, OK cens) Mary and her
husband moved to CA in 1938 along with her dau Mary Irene Burkleo Bailey.
Burkleo b abt 1908 of Hewitt, Carter Co, OK & m Earl
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Oleta Burkleo b 1909 of Hewitt, Carter
Co, OK & m Mr. Jones.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Vernin Burkleo b abt 1912 of Whitebead,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4. Mary Irene Burkleo b 31 Jan 1914 of
Whitebead, Garvin, OK & m Huston Howard Bailey.
J Burkleo b 1918 of Whitebead, Garvin, OK.
A. Worsham b 31 Jul 1889 Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (20-1910) m Pet H. Moore (2nd) b abt 1885. (His first wife died as an overhead
tank fell and killed her - no children.) Julianna had no children. She d 31 Jan 1970 at
Lindsay Hospital, Lindsay, OK and was bur 2 Feb 1970 at Erin Springs Cemetery, Lindsay,
Garvin Co, OK. Pet d 3 Jul 1969 in Lindsay, OK.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. Audrey Worsham b 10 Aug 1891
Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, d 4 May 1972. Correct paragraph number
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Thomas Jefferson Worsham b 29 Nov 1894,
Hewitt Township, Pickens Co, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. He had blue eyes &
black hair. He enlisted 3 Oct 1917 & sailed from the USA 19 Jun 1918. He was quite
tall, and was in charge of a machine gun squad. When ordered to attack, the German guns
were aimed a little too high and Thomas was shot in the head while the rest of the machine
gun squad was unharmed. He d 23 Oct 1918 at Petit Maujouy, Meuse, France (Evacuation
Hospital #8). He was bur at American Cemetery #607, Commune of Senoncourt, Dept of Meuse,
France. Moved later to Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Rogmane-Sous-Montfaucon, Meuse,
France. The American Legion Post #231 in Wilson, OK is dedicated "Tom Worsham Post
231 Dept of Oklahoma." Dedication was on 4 Jul 1931. Thomas was unmarried. Correct
Farley Worsham m Lucretia McGee, a full blooded
WORSHAM FAMILY IN THE CHICKASAW NATION, IT
"The demoralizing, brutalizing effects of contact between the white
man and the savage...are now removed." The majority of the Chickasaws had been forced
out of Mississippi by late 1837, when this question was printed in the 'Chickasaw
Union', a white man's newspaper published in Pontotoc, Mississippi. The words seemed to
summarize the prevailing thought of the Mississippi white men who were busily buying
former Chickasaw properties at bargain prices.
Mary Gamble was a half-blood Chickasaw, born in 1800 on the original
Chickasaw land (now Mississippi) at Pigeon Roost. While Mary's maiden name was "Gamble",
some documents spell it "Gambrell". Mary was our great-great-great grandmother.
Mary married John Moseby, in Mississippi. John Moseby (again, there
are various spellings: Mosbey, Moseby, Mosley, Mosely) was probably a white man,
althought he was born in Pontotoc on the original Chickasaw land. Children of Mary and
John were Emma, Martha 'Matt', Sarah, William, John 'Bub', and Elizabeth.
John Moseby died about 1836, in Pontotoc. Mary Gamble Moseby continued
to live in Mississippi, with her children, until 1844. While most Chickasaws had been
forced to leave Mississippi by 1837, emigration did continue into the 1850's. One reason
for the delay was the statue of widows and orphans who had been assigned white guardians
by the Mississippi courts These widows and orphans were not allowed to leave
Mississippi. "It appears their object is to keep the Indians there until all of their
property is destroyed" wrote Grant Foreman in "Indian Removal". As a widow, this may
have been Mary's situation. In any event, in 1844, Mary Gamble Moseby left Mississippi
and arrived at Fort Coffee, Indian Territory, where she "drew supplies1" (of food). With
her were five of her children (her daughter Elizabeth died young in Mississippi).
Mary Gamble Mosby remained in Indian Territory for an unknown,
probably brief, period of time, before she took her children with her to Fort Smith,
Arkansas. Fort Smith was on the other side of the Arkansas River from the place where
Mary lived in Indian Territory. Mary's daughter Sarah testified later that her mother
kept a house in Indian Territory for ten years, even after getting work in Fort Smith.
For many years, probably until her death, Mary ran a boarding house in Fort Smith. She
was known to speak both English and Chickasaw. Mary died at Fort Smith in February of
1871 or 1872.
It was thought by some that Mary Gamble Moseby had remarried to a man
named "Campbell", and that they had two children. John and (name not known, died young).
However, this may be a confusion of sound and circumstance. The speaking of "Gamble" is
easily heard "Campbell", and, Mary did have a son John, as well as a child who died
young (Elizabeth) - but these were John Moseby's children.
Mary Gamble had a sister, Nancy Gamble, born about 1803, also in
Pigeon Roost. It is believed that there were other sisters as well, but they have not
been identified. Nancy Gamble married Elie Locklier in Mississippi. They both went to
Indian Territory in 1837, where they also "drew supplies" at Fort Coffee.
Sarah Moseby was probably the third child of Mary Gamble and John
Moseby. It appears that she was born on April 18, 1831 (some sources state 1832 and
1833). In 1848, or 1849, Sarah married Frederick Palmer at Fort Smith. Frederick was a
white farmer. They had three children, Sophia A., Charles, and Mary Ella, all born at
Fort Smith, Arkansas. Frederick went to California in 1855, "when the gold fever broke
out," and never returned. Sarah receivfed word in 1856 that he had died.
About 1859, Sarah Moseby Palmer re-married, in Fort Smith, to Thomas
James Palmer. It seems that Thomas referred to himself as James Palmer most of the time.
Thomas was the brother of Sarah's deceased husband, Frederick Palmer. Thomas built
houses. Sarah and Thomas had two children, Julia Ann and Thomas. Both were born at Fort
Smith, Julia Ann first in June of 1860.
In 1861, following the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas enlisted in
the (Confederate) Chickasaw Battalion at Fort Arbuskle in the Chicksaw Nation, Indian
Territory. He was trained as a mechanic. However, he became ill ("taken with white
swelling"), and was discharged. He returned to his home state, Arkansas. Presumably he
continued his occupation of house building. Before too long, it was said, he was
conscripted into Arkansas (Confederate) service and he died in the army, of an illness,
"around Pine Bluffs, Arkansas," in 1865.
The State of Arkansas today has a record of a "Thomas Palmer" who
enlisted on Jan, 19, 1864, as a Private in Battery "A, 1st Arkansas Light Artillery
Volunteers. This Thomas died eight days later, Jan. 27, 1864, of pneumonia at
Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas. It appears that this Thomas was Sarah's husband.
Sarah certainly had hard luck at selecting husbands. Perhaps she realized this: she
never married again.
Sometime during the next 12 years, Sarah probably relocated herself
and her five children (Sophia, Charles, Mary Ella, Julia Ann, Thomas) to the Chickasaw
Nation, as four of the children later married in the Chickasaw Nation.
MARY ELLA PALMER
The birth date of Sarah's daughter Mary Ella (father Frederick Palmer)
is imprecise. In her own court testimony, Mary Ella implied both 1854 and 1856. Her
tombstone says 1855...Mary Ella Palmer married on Sept. 1, 1876, at Tishomingo,
Chickasaw Nation (now Johnston Co., Oklahoma). She married Guy T. Perry, whose nickname
was "Rat". "Rat" was a salesman and traveled a lot. They had two cildren, Frederick
Oscar and Ada, and were then divorced. "Rat" seems to have disappeared after the
divorce, and it is thought that he died somewhere in Kansas before 1897.
A BRIEF HISTORY
In 1540, the first recorded Chickasaw contact with white men occurred
Hernando de Soto encountered the Chickasaw at the Tombgigbee River. Within three months,
the Chickasaws had had enough. They drove the Spanish out.
In 1642, George Worsham purchased land in the Royal Colony of
Virginia. George had probably just emigrated to the Colony from England, together with
(his assumed brother) William Worsham. Two of George's great-great-great-grandsons would
marry Chickasaw women 240 years later.
In 1673, the Chickasaws witnessed the passing of the Joliet-Marquette
party through the Chickasaw domain on a Mississippi River exploration. It would be
another 25 years before the Chickasaws would be significantly impacted by white men.
These would be English traders. But, for now, the Chickasaws utterly dominated a large
domain within western Kentucky, western Tennesse, Mississippi, and northwest Alabama,
and had established two small settlements in Georgia and South Carolina. The Chickasaws
were still the proud and unconquered. They had no reason to know that it would ever
About 1808, George Worsham's great-great-grandson Henry left Virginia
with his new wife, Martha Lee Farley of Nottoway Co., Virginia2. They went to Baldwin
County Georgia where some Worsham cousins lived. However, between 1815 and 1820 Henry
and Martha, with six children, left Georgia and settled in East Feliciana Parish,
Louisiana, probably near the current town of Clinton in northeast Louisiana. The
Louisiana Purchase was completed in 1803, and Henry may have been drawn by the lure of
plentiful land in a new American territory.
In East Feliciana, 5 more children were born to Henry and Martha,
totaling 12: Albert Malone, 1807, GA; Samuel Jackson, 1819, GA; James Henry, 1809, GA;
Matthew Gaulden, 1822, LA; Bolin Greene, 1811, GA; Thomas Jefferson, 1824, LA, William
Washington, 1812, GA; John Farley, 1826, LA; Robert Fitzgerald, 1814, GA; Eliza Marie,
1829, LA; Martha Frances, 1817, GA; Lucius Edgar, 1831, LA
SAMUEL JACKSON WORSHAM
Samuel Jackson Worsham married Levinia Jane Nesmith, of Mesissippi, in
1843, in Amite County, Mississippi. They had five children, M. L. (a daughter), 1844,
Gustavus Adolphus, 1848, Samuel Jackson, 1851,m John Farley, 1853, and W. G. (a son),
THE BROTHERS' JOURNEY
The Civil War came in 1861. A total of 272 Worshams fought for the
South, 10 of them from Louisiana3. It was probably their good fortune that Gustavus,
Samuel Jackson, John Farley, and W. G. were too young to soldier. But they were not too
young to suffer. Louisiana suffered mightily from the many battles fought there, and
from the long occupation by Northern soldiers, who were enthusiastically resented.
Sometime before the end of the war in 1865, three of the boys,
Gustavus, Samuel Jackson, and John Farley, aged 15, 12, and 10, left Louisiana and
struck out for Indian Territory. What event, or circumstances, was bad enough to cause
these young boys to attempt such a difficult and dangerous trek, is not known. Their
father Samuel had died in 1858 and their mother Levinia remarried. But we don't know if
these events precipitated the boys decision to go to Indian Territory. The sister and
brother, M. L. and W. G., probably stayed with their mother.
En route to Indian Territory, Gustavus, while stealing a mule, was
shot by a Confederate soldier. (When he died in 1922, Gustavus still had the lead ball
buried in his hip.) It is quite remarkable to think that these boys, one of them wounded
and unable to walk, traveled 600-800 miles (depending upon the route) to Indian
Territory with a war going on all around them. But, they did make it. Somehow, they
found work and housing in Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation.
It may be that the three boys did not travel alone, but accompanied
their uncle John Farly Worsham and his son Albert Malone who are believed to have left
Louisiana in 1867. John Farley and Albert settled in Waco, Texas. In 1869, dissatisfied
with Waco, Alert returned to East Feliciana, Louisiana, and remained for the rest of his
life. John Farley stayed in Waco, and may have married an Indian woman there.
Gustavus, Samuel Jackson, and John Farley each eventually began
farming his own land, growing cotton (they did not own the land as all land belonged to
the Chickasaw Nation). They farmed near the town of Joiner City, in the old Pickens
County. This was near today's town of Wilson, in Carter Co. Joiner City was destroyed by
a tornado in the 1930's. Only the foundation of the school house remains.
THE CHICKASAW BRIDES
John Farley Worsham married lucrecia Mc Gee in 1880 in Tishoming,
Chickasaw Nation. Lucrecia was a full-blood Chickasaw born in 1860 on Pennington Creek,
which is today Tishomingo. They had 6 living cildren, Tennie, Richard W., Samuel
Jackson, Mattie W., Jewel, and Birdie Guy. The story is that Lucrecia got to name the
girls and did so in her own Chickasaw way: Tennie, Mattie, Jewel, and Birdie. All the
children were born in the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. Lucrecia died in 1905,
John Farley in 1910, both in Carter Co., Oklahoma.
Gustavus also married in 1880, and his brother Samuel Jacson married
in 1881. They married the half-sisters Julia Ann Palmer and Mary Ella Palmer Perry, the
daughters of Sarah Mosbey Palmer. Gustavus and Julia Ann were married in Tishomingo by
Judge Anderson according to the laws of the Chickasaw Nation. Their living children
were: Jessie, 1882 (died young); Joseph, 1887; ohn Farly, 1891; Harry Otis, 1893; and,
Raymer, 1897 (d9ied young). All the children were born in the Chickasaw Nation, Indian
Samuel Jackson and Mary Ella Palmer were married in 1881, in
Tishomingo, "according to the laws of the Chickasaw Nation," by Robert Harris, who later
became Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. Their children were: Bessie, 1882? (died
young); Jeptha Fry, 1884; Sophia Adelia, 1885; Mary Ella, 1887; Julianna, 1889; Audrey,
1891; and, Thomas Jefferson, 1894. All the children were born in the Chickasaw Nation,
A QUESTION OF CITIZENSHIP
By 1885 it was fairly well known that the federal government intended
to liquidate tribal land holdings, held in common ownership, and institute fee-simple
individual ownership of land in Indian Territory. With tribal ownership of land struck
down, individual Indians would be alloted individual parcels of land which they would
won. It became important for Indians to be registered as Indian.
Sarah Moseby Palmer and her son Charles (plus other applicants,
probably those listed below) petitioned the Chickasaw Council, or Legislature, for
ctizenship in the Chickasaw Nation. The application was rejected. It is surmised that
the Council was prejudiced against Sarah because she had spent her early years in Fort
Smith, Arkansas outside of Indian Territory. Indeed both of her marriages were to white
men, at Fort Smith. Further, her mother Mary Gamble Moseby had settled in Fort Smith
(not Indian Territory) after leaving Mississippi. The Council may have felt that Sarah,
and her children, had no interest in declaring their Chickasaw origin until the time
when citizenship would guarantee ownership of several hundred acres of land. The Council
was probably right about Sarah's motives, but it was wrong in its decision.
In late 1885, the Dawes Commission was authorized to register all
Chickasaws in preparatin for what would become Oklahoma statehood. John Farley Worsham
and Lucrecia registered themselves and their children.
Sarah got a lawyer and tried again. In August, 1896, Sarah Palmer, et
al., filed with the Commision For the Five Civilized Tribes (the Dawes Commission) for
ctizenship in the Chickasaw Nation, at Vinita, I.T.
WORSHAM FAMILY IN THE CHICKASAW NATION, I.T.
The family members included in Sarah's application were:
Preston Lloyd, Charles Lloyd, Emma Moseby, ?Sarah Palmer, Sadie
Palmer, Earl Palmer, Della Palmer, Alice Palmer, Charles Palmer, Frederick Perry, Alice
Thompson, May Thompson, Nettie Thompson, Herbert Thompson, Bertha Thompson, Rufus
Thompson, Sophia Trentham, Joseph Trentham, Adolphus Worsham, Audrey Worsham, Bessie
Worsham, Ella Worsham, Ella Worsham, Harry Worsham, Jeptha Worsham, Jessie Worswham,
John Worsham, Josie Worsham, Julia Worsham, Julia Worsham, Sam Worsham, Sophia Worsham,
Thomas Worsham, Catherine Young, Geo W. Young, Wellington Young, Roy Young
Fourteen peopl testified on Sarah's behalf. The applicastiion was
denied, Nov. 15, 1896.
Sarah was angry. She was entitled to citizenship. She had a good case.
She appealed the judgement of the Dawes Commission on December 15, 1896. The appeal was
heard on January 8, 1897 in the United States Court of The Southern District of Indian
Territory at Ardmore, I.T. The appeal was upheld, and the decision of the Dawes
Commission was overturned. The applicants were granted Chickasaw citizenship and were
places on the Dawes List (except for Samuel Worsham and Gustavus Adolphus Worsham). The
decision was rendered Febgruary 5, 1898.
The Chickasaws became more and more concerned that the Dawes
Commission was too lenient and was adding thousands of non-entitled whites and
"coloreds" to their list. The Chickasaws' concerns were probably justified. In 1897, the
Chickasaws appointed their own four member commission to work with the Dawes commission
staff. This Chickasaw Citizenship Commission independantly reviewed thousands of
applications and presented their opinions to the Dawes staff. The Dawes staff generally
ignored them. Perhaps as a part of this great concern, the Chickasaws appealed the
decision of the ?Southern District court (regarding Sarah Palmer) to the U.S. Supreme
Court on July 11, 1898. However, on May 15, 1899, the Supreme Court upheld the decision
of the Southern Court, favoring Sarah Palmer, et al. Sarah and her stipulated relatives
continued to be registered on the Dawes list. Having the concurrance of the United
States Dupreme Court must have given Sarah and her relatives much comfort. Who would
disobey the Supreme Court?
In 1902 still very dissatisfied with the allowances of the Dawes
staff, Chickasaw and Choctow officials convinced Congress to create the
Choctaw-Chickasaw Citizenship Court to make decisions on enrollment claims, with
authority over the Dawes staff. In December of 1902, the Citizenship Court declred that
all enrollment decisions made by the U.S. Court of the Southern District of the Indian
Territory were null and void. This meant that Sarah's favorable decisions from the
Southern Court, and from the Supreme Court, were worthless. So, in March of 1903, Sarah,
once more, petitioned for citizenship. She applied to the Choctaw-Chickasaw Citizenship
Court and became Case 39. Her case was made more difficult by the court's declaration
that all affidavits and depositions from any previous trials were disallowed. This meant
that Sarah had to go out and get them all over again. It was not possible to get them
all. Some people had died, while others had moved away. She was able to get testimony
from 11 peopl, but it was not as convincing as prior testimonies had been. The decision
took a year and a half. On November 28, 1904, the Court denied her petition. Sarah and
her relatives were removed from the Dawes List. Sarah's denial seems to have been part
of an attitude of a Court utterly dedicated to the rejection of applications: of 3,679
applications, only 156 were added to the Chickasaw and Choctaw rolls. It is perhaps
relevant to note that the final Chickasaw rolls, completed on January 2, 1906, contained
6, 319 names, of which only 635 were intermarried whites. It was over. There could be no
Today, only an act of Congress can get a name added to the Chickasaw
rolls. It has never been done.
For Samuel Jackson Worsham, the loss of his wife's citizenship in the
Chickasaw Nation was a sudden disaster. His farm was Indian land. It was gtood land. He
could lose it to any Chickasaw or Choctaw who wished to claim it. John Farley Worsham,
Samuel's brother, had remained on the Chickasaw rolls, probably because his wife was
unquestionably a full blood Chickasaw. So John and Samuel worked a deal. John asked for
Samuel's land as part of his (John's) Indian allotment. This prevented Samuel's land
from being alloted to anyone else.
In 1906, the governments of the Five Civilized Tribes were terminated.
On that day, John sold Samuel's land back to Samuel for one dollar. These two brothers
were ,probably not the only ones to use this device.
Mary Ella Palmer Worsham died in 1914, and Samuel Jackson died in
1920. Both are buried at Bomar Point Cemetery, Wilson, Carter County, Oklahoma.
The house currently on what was Samuel's property in arter County is
not the original one. The original house burned in 1922, while everyone was at church.
Audrey and Julianna were responsible for having a house moved from nearby Wilson to the
site of the original hosue
THE CHILDREN OF SAMUEL JACKSON WORSHAM AND MARY ELLA PALMER
All of the children married except Audrey and Thomas.
Thomas Jefferson Worsham was killed in the last month of World War I,
Oct 23, 1918, in Meuse, France. Tom was very tall - about six foot seven inches. When
the troops got up to charge forward, Tom was shot in the head. No other members of his
machine gun group were injured as the bullets passed over their heads.
Sophia married William McNutt, Mary Ella "Lil" married Mr. Burkeo, and
Julianna married Pet H. Moore.
Jeptha Fry Worsham married Georgia Elizabeth McPherson on April 14,
1914 in Ardmore Oklhoma. Georgia, the daughter of Henry McPherson, was orignally from
Texas, but was living with her aunt Lily "Mae" McPherson Tennyson in Ardmore. Jeptha Fry
(his middle name was the same as Samuel Jackson's neighbor) and Georgia had a son
Charles Noel, who was known as "Buster". Jep and Georgia moved to Tulsa about 1917.
There, Jep received a head injury in about 1927 in an oil field and was somewhat of an
invalid afterwards. Georgia supported the family taking in laundry. She died on
Christmas Eve in 1934. Jeptha died in March of 1944. Both are buried in Clinton Cemetery
in Tulsa, but the grave is not marked.
Buster was born in August, 1915, in Lone Grove, Carter County,
Oklahoma. In 1938, Buster married Henrietta Louise Erdmane, of Tulsa, and had two sons
James Noel (1938) and Jerry "Jay Richard (1940). In 1942, Buster enlisted in the U.S.
Army. In 1944 he was divorced. He died in the war of an illness in December of 1944 in
the South Pacific, a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Force.
Louise Erdmans Worsham and James Noel now reside in Connecticut.
James' children James Todd and Kelly Elizabeth, live there as well.
"Jay" lives in Florida with his secnd wife Lou-Ann Fazzina. His three
sons Charles Alan, Scott Mitchell, and Brett Travis live in Connecticut. (James Noel
Worsham and Jerry "Jay" Richard Worsham
1. Unless stated otherwise, all text in quote marks is from recorded
testimony in Sarah Palmer's August 15, 1896 Application to the Commission For The Five
Civilized Trives (Dawes Commission) in Indian Territory; or, from the December 15, 1896
appeal of this application to the US Court of the Southern District, Ardmore, Indian
Territory; or, from the October 28, 1898 appeal to the United States Supreme Court, File
No. 17103; or, from the March 9, 1903 petition to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Citizenship
Court, Case 39. These records are on file at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office,
Muskogee, Oklahoma, as Case No. 75
2. By coincidence, another "Henry Worsham" moved from Virginia to
Louisiana one or two years later. This Henry was the great-great-great grandson of
emigrant William Worsham, brother of emigrant George Worsham,. This Henry is listed as
"Henry Wisham" on the 1830 Louisiana Census. In Louisiana, he married Hyacinthe Armide
De Villier at Plaquemine on April 2, 1821. No evidence has been found that either Henry
were ever aware of the other in Louisiana.
3. Source "Consolidated Index To Compiled Service Records of
Confederate Soldiers, "National Archives Microfilm <Publication M253, Roll 529
Children of John & Lucretia:
Worsham, half Indian, m 1st) Robert Cox & 2nd)
E. Mobley. She & Benjamin are on the 1920 Morgan Twp, Ardmore City,
Carter Co, OK census. He is age 43 b GA & she is age 37 Indian. The Mobley
children are all listed as Indian. Tennie d 27 Feb 1964 Carter, OK.
Child by Robert Cox:
Louise Cox b 23 Jul 1898 Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory m Mr
Children by Benjamin Mobley:
Farley Mobley b 20 May 1902 Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (17-1920,
26-1930) d 20 Jul 1996 Ardmore, Carter, OK (Social Security Death Index)
E Mobley b 22 Feb 1904 Chickasaw Nation, IT (15-1920, 24-1930) d 5 Jan
1989 Dallas, Dallas Co, TX (Social Security Death Index)
G Mobley b abt 1906 Chickaw Nation, IT (14-1920)
Tessie Mobley "Lushanya" b abt 1909 Chickasaw Nation, IT
(11-1920, 20-1930) On "The Mobley Family of Plano, TX" website at
by Gordon & Shirley Mobley. Gordon refers to Tessie as "Aunt
Lushanya Mobley a Chickasaw princess who won hard earned fame as one of the
world's premiere opera stars (1940's and 50's). She was world famous and did a
command performance before the King and Queen of England, appeared in a light
hearted movie with Eddie Cantor (look him up, he was a major movie star in his
day. The movie was "Whooopee!, and just flat captivated audiences around
the world with her voice. She had 4 brothers and 3 sisters, but only my Dad,
Grady Mobley (2 sons & 1 daughter), my Uncle Ben Mobley (1 daughter), and
my Aunt Louise Watkins (4 daughters) had any children. In Chronicles of
Oklahoma, Vol 14, No. 2 June, 1936 "Contributions Of The Indian People To
Oklahoma" by Muriel H. Wright. On page 160, among the Outstanding women
of Indian descent, Tess Mobley is listed as "Chickasaw
M Mobley b abt 1911 Ardmore, Carter, OK (9-1920, 19-1930)
L or J Mobley b abt 1917 Carter Co., OK (2 3?/12-1920, 12-1930)
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.7. Robert Mobley b
abt 1924 Carter Co, OK. (6-1930)
Richard W Worsham "Dick" b 20 Apr 1884, half Indian.
He had brown eyes & black hair. Richard m Affie Rogers 22 Aug 1903 Carter, Indian
Territory. Richard d bef 1920 & Affie was a widow in the 1920 Wilson, Carter Co, OK
census. Affie d 1956 of Oklahoma Co, OK.
Worsham b 11 Jun 1904 Carter, Indian Territory & d 5 Jul 1906 Carter,
Indian Territory with burial Bomar Point Cem.
Bernice Worsham b 9 Jun 1912 Hewitt, Carter, OK. Her
birth was announced in the 14 Jun 1912 Cornish News: "Born to Mr and Mrs Dick Worsham
a daughter last Sunday." In 1932 Bernice lived in Oklahoma City.
Rogers K Worsham "Roger" b 8 Nov 1917 Carter, OK.
Roger is mentioned in the 24 Mar 1925 Daily Ardmoreite:
MRS. W. R. COMBS gave a
birthday party for her son HAROLD who is now 7. Attending: ERNEST WILLIAMS, LUETTA
WILLIAMS, ORPAH WILLINGHAM, JUDALINE WILLINGHAM, BILLY SMITH, ANNA SUE SMITH, ROGER
WORSHAM, MILDRED CONNER, GERALDINE CONNER, PAUL LEWIS, BILLY KILPATRICK, WILEY
DARLING, ERNESTINE HORTON, ERNESTINE KENNEDY, MERLE COMBS.
Roger m Venus O.
b 3 Jan 1914. Roger enlisted as a private 11 May 1944 at Fort Sill, OK for service
in WW II. Roger d 27 Dec 1998 Oklahoma City, OK. His obit appeared 30 Dec
1998 in The Daily Oklahoman:
Worsham, Roger K., 81, died
Sunday. Services 2 p.m. today, Putnam City Baptist Church (Hinton-Turner, Hinton).
Article in the 20 Jan 2004, Daily Oklahoman:
Bowling puts her leagues
ahead. "90-year-old began 50 years ago and still shows up regularly to enjoy company,
sport at bowling alley. Slim and petite, the bowler steps up to the lane. She has
beauty-shop hair and ladylike earrings and a tidy look, as opposed to the usual,
casual bowling fashion. She walks with unfaltering grace to pick up a ball, brings it
even with her chin, then drops it with a thud and lets it roll toward the pins. Venus
Worsham has picked up her spare. Applause and oohs-and-aahs surround her while she
high-fives everybody between the lane and her seat. "She is excellent for her age"
Roger Keith Worsham b 2 Mar 1941 Oklahoma City, OK & m Judi Johnson. His obit. was published 20 Nov 1990 in The
Daily Oklahoman, p25:
Worsham Keith, age 49,
born March 2, 1941 at OKC, passed away Monday at Deaconess Hospital. Keith moved to
OKC in 1961 from El Reno, OK. He graduated from El Reno High School & Draughon's
School of Court Reporting. He attended the University of Oklahoma. He became a
certified shorthand reporter, achieving one of the highest qualifying marks ever
made on the state exam, & became a partner in the firm of The Shorthand Reporters
with his father and Charles R. Allen. He was a member of the El Reno First Baptist
Church,& the Beacon Club. Keith was a most generous, compassionate person,& leaves a
host of friends who will miss him very much and will cherish his memory. Survivors
include 2 sons, Bradley K. Worsham & Matthew G. Worsham; parents, Roger & Venus
Worsham, all of OKC. Services Wed. at Hahn-Cook street. Burial El Reno Cemetery, El
Infant Worsham b abt 1886 Carter Co, OK, half Indian, may be a child of John Farley Worsham.
Recorded in Burials in Carter Co, OK, a Baby d 18 Jul 1886.
Samuel Jackson Worsham "Sam" b 18 Jul 1886 Hewitt-Wilson, Carter, Indian Territory,
(renumber paragraph number) Samuel m 1st) Lovie McKenzie.
His 1917 World War I Draft Registration Cards, has Samuel Worsham b Jun 1886 Hewitt, OK,
race: Indian, married 2 children, farming near Joiner, OK, with black eyes & hair.
Samuel m 2nd) Eunice Fish abt 1923 of Zaneis, Jefferson, OK.
Eunice b 5 Apr 1900 & d 5 Jan 1932 Love, OK.
Samuel d 12 Feb 1954 Carter, OK.
Children of Samuel & Lovie:
Manson Farley Worsham b 4 Mar 1908 of Carter, OK.
Manson m Bessie Pearl Fox. (Michael A. Aldrich, 2003)
Bessie b 20 Jan 1909 & d 18 May 1995 Ardmore, Carter, OK. Mason d 24 Apr 1967 Carter, OK
& is bur in Bomar Point Cem.
Hulstman Worsham b 28 Mar 1911 Carter, OK. Doyce m
Nora Lillian Sears. (Michael A. Aldrich, 2003) Nora b 28 Dec 1914. Doyce d
19 Apr 1949 Carter, OK.
Wanna Loy Worsham m Richard Ray
Ehrheart 4 Oct 1969 Harris Co, TX. Richard b 9 Sep 1937 Detroit, Michigan, the son of Robert & Grace Ehrheart.
Richard m 1st) Sharon Kay Cowan & they divorced 13 Feb
1968. Richard d 30 Mar 1974 Houston, Harris, Texas.
Jo Ann Worsham m Ronald Ray
Velma Worsham b abt 1919 of Hewitt, Carter, OK.
Children of Samuel & Eunice:
Nora Love Worsham b abt 1924 of Hewitt, Carter, OK.
Samuel Jackson Worsham b 24 Aug 1926 Zaneis, Jefferson, OK
& d. 2 Jul 1969 Love, OK.
Mattie Worsham, half Indian, (renumber paragraph number) m Harvey Elbert
Kimbrell. Mattie d 22 Sep 1954 Los Angeles Co, CA & Harvey d 26 Dec 1948 of
Ardmore, Carter, OK. Children: Christine Kimbrell, Ima Jean Kimbrell, Woodrow Wilson
Kimbrell, Warren Kimbrell, Mary Lee Kimbrell.
Jewell Worsham, half Indian. (renumber paragraph number). Jewell d 17 Dec 1966 of
Chickasaw, Indian Territory.
Guy Worsham, half Indian. (renumber paragraph number) Jewell m
William T Kimbrell "Will" 20 Apr 1907 Chickasaw Nation, Carter, Indian
Territory. Will b 4 Aug 1887. Child Furman N. Kimbrell.
Infant Worsham, half Indian. (add) The infant child d 10 Feb 1893 in
Carter Co, Indian Terr, may be a child of John & Lucretia. The baby was bur
Bomar Point Cem.
188.8.131.52.4.9. Thomas Jefferson Worsham.
He m 1st) Louisa B McKneely. He m 2nd)
Mary Ann Hemphill 11 Jun 1854 Sevier Co, AR. He is in
the 1860 Red River, Sevier Co, AR cens. as Thomas J Worsham age 35 b LA. He m 3rd)
Martha Louisa Neyland. His 3rd wife is bur Cottonwood Cem,
Lottie, Pointe Coupee Pa, LA, Martha L Worsham, b 3-21-1836, d 3-1-1929.
Children of Thomas & Louisa: (renumber
Alexander Trisvan McKneely Worsham b abt 1849. (Eleanor Colson, 2003) He may be
in the Confederate Research Sources Vol 3, p 1164 as Alex Worsham, Pvt Company D, G, 1st
La. Cav En. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War, Captured near Clinton, La, Aug 25,
1864. Recd. New Orleans, La, Aug 31, 1864. Transfd. to Ship Island, Miss, Oct 5,
1864. Forwd. to Fort Columbus, N Y Harbor, Nov 16, 1864. Transfd. to Elmira, NY, Nov
19, 1864. Paroled Elmira, NY, and sent to James River for exchange. Exchanged at Boulwares and Cox Wharves, James River, Va, Feb 20-21, 1865.
Ellie F Worsham
Children of Thomas & Mary Ann: (renumber
Hancefor P Wisham "House" b abt 1854 East Feliciana, LA. He was
House Wisham in the 1 Feb 1879 Daily Constitution, (Atlanta, Georgia):
"Fort Smith, Ark, January 31
- A band of Gypsies has, for some time past, been encamped in the southwestern part of
this state, and on Saturday last one of the number was arrested in Richmond, Little
River county, for being drunk and disorderly. He was fined for the offense, and left
in charge of a young man by the name of House Wisham until the fine should be paid.
The Gypsy, being still under the influence of liquor, declared that he would return to
his camp, and started from the surveillance of his guard, Wisham then killing him
instantly. The law-abiding portion of the community, believing the killing to be
unwarranted, made complaint against Wisham, of which fact he was informed before the
arrest could be made, whereupon he left? town, and soon after came back with an armed
mob, defying the authorities and declaring that he would not be arrested, in which
declaration he seemed to be correct, for, after a due amount of cursing, swearing and
defying, he rode off with his crowd unmolested, and is still at large. Wisham claims
that the officer who put the Gypsy in his charge instructed him to shoot the prisoner
if he attempted to escape."
Children of Thomas & Martha: (renumber
Ellen Worsham b abt 1862 of East Feliciana, LA.
Mary E Worsham
Harriet Adine Worsham
Gayle Worsham b abt 1875 of East Feliciana, LA & d 26 Oct 1924 Pointe Coupee,
Mathilde Worsham b Sep 1880 East Feliciana, LA
Malone Worsham b 1855 m Eugenia Blanchard. He d
7 Feb 1902 Pointe Coupee, LA & bur Catholic Cem, Pointe Coupee, LA.
Children: (Pointe Coupee Parish History, Riffel, 1983, p352)
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11. Florence Elizabeth Worsham
b 17 Sep 1883 Pointe Coupee, LA m Joseph Edward Andrews b 14 Oct 1878.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. Xanthus Adrian Worsham b 1
Jul 1888 Pointe Coupee, LA, d 6 Aug 1964 Pointe Coupee, LA, m Marie Agnes
Clark b 25 Jun 1890 & d 31 May 1979 Hammond, Tangipahoa, LA. Both bur in
Cottonwood Cem, Lottie, Pointe Coupee, LA. (22-1910)
(Clark F Worsham, 2003)
Adean Worsham b 20 Oct 1910 m Clarence Gregpoire
31 Mar 1933 b 8 Dec 1907. Child: Daphne Dian Gregoire b 17 Nov 1933 d 21 Aug
1954 m Claude Eldred Drumm b 17 Apr 1932.
The 11 Apr 2000 Baton Rouge
Advocate, p 8-A, Obit.
GREGOIRE, CLARENCEA resident and native of Maurepas,
died Sun, Apr 9, 2000, at North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond. He was 92.
Visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Ponchatoula, from 5 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with an Order of the Eastern Star service at 7 p.m.
followed by Masonic rites. Visitation at Maurepas United Methodist Church,
Maurepas, religious services Wed. Interment in Maurepas Cemetery. Survived by
his wife of 68 years, Hazel Worsham Gregoire, Maurepas; a daughter and
son-in-law, Daphne G. and Eldred Drumm, Metairie; two grandchildren and
spouses, Dr. Robert and Marci B. Drumm, Baton Rouge, and Lynna D. and attorney
Allen P Jones, Shreveport; and four great-grandchildren, Robert and Elizabeth
Drumm, both of Baton Rouge, and Reid and Lanier Jones, both of Shreveport.
Preceded in death by his parents, George and Rita Gregoire; two sisters,
Jeanette Hoover and Irene Davis; and two brothers, Oscar and Bruce Gregoire.
Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge. Honorary pallbearers are
Robert Drumm, Allen Jones, Clark Worsham, Bobby Gregoire and Rudolph Hoover
Jr. He was a member of Maurepas United Methodist Church, chairman of the board
of directors of Maurepas Community center, recipient of a certificate from
Gov. Mike Foster for outstanding community service, and recipient of an
honorary aide-de camp on the staff of former Rep. John R. Rarick. He was a
devoted member of Denham Springs Lodge No. 297, Louisiana Scottish Rite,
Acacia Temple AAONMS, a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, a member of Mystic Star
Chapter No. 108 and served as worthy patron for three terms, and a member of
Adrian Worsham, Jr b 8 Jan 1912, d Jan 1985 m 1st) Edna
Mae Booth & 2nd) Marcelle Dockery.
Elaine Worsham b 15 Nov 1913, d 1994 m Edwin J.
Althea Worsham b 26 Jan 1915 d 5 Apr 1982 m 1st) Robert
E. Morgan & 2nd) Carroll D Hayes b
24 May 1926, d 6 Mar 1996
Yvonne Worsham b 19 Jun 1917 m. Dawlson Francis
Farrar Worsham b 9 Mar 1920
Foster Worsham b 2 Jan 1923 m Pauline E. Cutrer 7
Dec 1946 who was b 14 Nov 1929.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52. Albert Malone Worsham
b 19 Sep 1890 Pointe Coupee, LA & d 30 Apr 1924 LA. (19-1910; 28-1920) He m Margaret Matilda Fairchild
b 6 Mar 1894 & d 23 Jun 1976. Albert buried in Cottonwood Cem, Lottie,
Pointe Coupee, LA.
Florence Dye Worsham
Gladys A Worsham
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.3. John Albert
William Wagley Worsham.
Worsham, WILLIAM WAGLEY
"BILL" A retired employee of Ethyl Corp. with 43 years of service and a resident of
Baton Rouge, died Tues, Mar 21, 2000, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was
80 and a native of Lottie. Religious services Fri, Interment in Greenoaks Memorial
Park. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Elizabeth Butler Worsham; a dau, Dianne
Worsham Rube and son-in-law, Leslie "Pickle" Rube of Cataula, GA; a son, Dennis
Malone Worsham of New Orleans; two granddaughters, Leslie Rube Cuccia and husband
David Cuccia of Dallas, and Ashley Rube Seymour and husband Michael Seymour of
Richmond, VA; a great-granddaughter, Charlotte Adele Cuccia; "great-granddog" Wagley;
2 sisters, Doris Chapman and Mae Brown. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert
Malone and Margaret Fairchild Worsham; a brother, John Albert Worsham; two sisters,
Floria Dye Carmena and Gladys Gilmore; and longtime friend, Bucky Tullier.
Pallbearers will be Billy Dye, Joe Kadi, Allen Roberson, Michael Seymour, Mike
Tullier & Tommy Womack. Honorary pallbearer is Terry Brown.
Doris Eugenia Worsham b 18 Dec 1921 Lottie, Pointe
Coupee, Louisiana & d 24 Apr 2003 Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, LA. She m
Cecil Arthur Chapman 14 Jun 1939 Baton Rouge, East Baton
Rouge, LA. Cecil b 20 May 1920 Baywood, East Baton Rouge, LA & d 26 May 1996 in
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, LA.
The 28 May 1996 Baton Rouge Advocate, p6-A:
CHAPMAN, CECIL A. "CHAP" A
former restaurant owner, land developer & resident of Baton Rouge, died Sun,
5/26/96, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 76, native of Baywood and
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Visiting until religious services Tues.
Entombment in Greenoaks Memorial Park Mausoleum. Survived by wife, Doris Worsham
Chapman; 2 daughters, Gaynell Dugger and Marilyn Waits;& a son, Cecil Wayne Chapman,
all of Baton Rouge; 2 sisters, Lois Turner,Baton Rouge,& Mildred White, Denham
Springs. Preceded in death by parents & five brothers. ...family requests memorial
donations be made to Louisiana War Veterans Home, Jackson.
Thelma Mae Worsham.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124. John Hiram Worsham
b Pointe Coupee, LA, m Vera Euphermia Mullen.
Worsham & Elizabeth Branch. John Worsham b abt 1716 s/o William
Worsham & Lucy & grandson of Charles & Mary Beville Worsham. He m
Elizabeth Branch abt 1748. He d 1769 leaving a will dated 20 May 1769. After he
died, his wife, Elizabeth, m Daniel Worsham. Elizabeth Worsham was the wife
of John Worsham of whom the Richmond Inquirer of 22 Feb 1827
"Died at residence of Capt. William Worsham in Prince Edward
County on the 1st, Mrs. Elizabeth Worsham in the 99th year of her
age." (Farmville - Prince Edward Historical Society, titled “Worsham Family Square (Cemetery)” by George M.
126.96.36.199.1. John Worsham b abt
1750 Chesterfield Co, VA. He served in the Rev. War & d 1779 Amelia Co.
188.8.131.52.2. William Worsham
b 16 Jun 1752 Chesterfield Co., VA. He served in the Rev. War & m Margaret Jones
abt 1780 Amelia Co, VA & d 17 Aug 1836 Prince Edward Co, VA. Descendants
lived in Prince Edward Co, VA; Amelia Co, VA, Chesterfield Co, VA; Nottoway
Co, VA; Rockingham Co, NC, Granville Co, NC; Orange Co, NC. One descendant
Branch Jones Worsham was clerk of Prince Edward Co, VA for 52 years.