enrolled Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Cautionary Note: There is some contradictory information, in which he stat es his grandfather was a Colonel in the Confederate Army, which accordi ng to research data was impossible. With that data in mind it appears th at his grandfather died ca. 1833. He may have been referring to his unc le as the Colonel, rather than his grandfather. This is supported in th at his grandfather was born in ca. 1795, whereas, Governor Harris was bo rn in 1831. Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma Date: May 20, 1937 Name: Mr. Lem F. Blevins Post Office: Pauls Valley, Oklahoma Residence Address: Date of Birth: 1871 Place of Birth: Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Father: William Blevins Information on Father: Mother: Josephine Harris, Indian Territory Information on Mother: born in Chickasaw Nation Field Worker: Maurice R. Anderson Interview #4118 My father was killed when I was two years old. He was part Cherokee India n. My mother was the daughter of Joe HARRIS, who was a colonel in the Chi ckasaw Indian Regiment during the Civil War. Robert Harris was her brothe r. He was at one time Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. After my father 's death, my mother married Charley STEWART and my first remembrance to sp eak of was when we moved to old Cherokee Town located on the Washita Rive r, north of where Wynnewood is now. There was a stage-stand, store and po st office, a blacksmith shop, and a hotel. My step-father ran this hotel. Old Cherokee Town was headquarters for the U.S. Marshals. There was al so a U.S. Commissioner's office. A man by the name of KISER was the U. S. Commissioner and Heck THOMAS, John SWANE, Matt COOK, and Bob NESTER we re white U.S. Marshals. Bas REE was a Negro U.S. Marshal. I have heard B as Ree say he took his U.S. Marshal's Commission just to get to kill Di ck GLASS and George MACK, both Negroes. These two Negroes were bad outla ws and they had caused the U.S. Marshals lots of trouble. My first school to go to was old Chikikie. It was an Indian Mission scho ol and Mary HOTCHINS was the teacher. It was located south and west of wh ere Stratford, Oklahoma is now, about seven miles east of Pauls Valle y. This school was started in 1885. After the railroad came through Ma ry Hotchins started another school at Wynnewood. It was a Chickasaw Indi an school. I boarded at Chikikie, but I did not board at this scho ol as my mother lived at Cherokee Town. I stayed at home until they mov ed most of Cherokee Town to Wynnewood. One building was sold to the Maso nic Lodge and they moved it to Pauls Valley. My mother and step-father moved to Wynnewood. I herded cattle before I was fifteen years old and before I was eighte en I was working on the JOHNSON Ranch, known as the figure 8 brand. Montfo rd Johnson was the owner. His range was from Johnsonville to Silver Cit y. The main headquarters was at Silver City, located south of where Minc o, Oklahoma is now, about five miles on Scherley Creek. I remember a fig ht between the Johnson cowboys and the CAMPBELL cowboys in which one was k illed. I didn't take part in the fight. I was with the chuck wagon at t he time. I was nicknamed Vinegaroon by the first city marshal at Norman. At that t ime Norman was a city of tents and dugouts. The Marshal's name was Tom GR IFFIN. We had brought about a thousand head of cattle to Norman to ship t hem. Five or six cowboys and I were riding down the main street, or the w ide place they called a street, and we met Tom Griffin. I was well acquai nted with Tom so I asked him what was the meanest thing on earth. He sai d, " I have been told it was a Vinegaroon", and from that day on I was cal led Vinegaroon. After old Oklahoma came in we were rounding up horses for the Johnson Ran ch and driving them to Silver City. We had lots of trouble with the new h omesteaders. At that time they lived in tents, sod houses, and dugouts, a nd they would have small patches in cultivation and they would have the se patches fenced with wire fence. We would round up a bunch of horses a nd start them west, and the fences were new to horses then. They didn't k now what a barbwire fence would do to them, and on coming to some of the se fences the horses would go right into them and down would go the fen ce and some of our horses would get cut very badly and we would have somet imes a bad argument with the homesteaders. We couldn't keep the horses o ut of the fences. When a bunch of high-strung horses once get started ru nning nothing can stop them. We would tell the homesteaders how sorry we were and we meant it for the se homesteaders were having a hard time trying to make a home for their fa milies without our horses tearing down their fences and running over the ir small patches of corn and ruining it. I have seen as high as fifty U.S. Marshals at Old Cherokee Town at one tim e, and some of them were tough men. When they went after a man they g ot him. I have seen them come through there on their way to Fort Smith, A rkansas with forty or fifty prisoners. Some of the prisoners would be wo unded and they would haul them in wagons and drive the ones that were ab le to walk in front of the wagons like cattle. I have heard my step-father say that the old building that he used for a h otel was built sometime in the early fifties, and was used as a trading pl ace for the Cherokee Indians. There are lots of old graves up and down t he Washita River from where Old Cherokee Crossing was located. When I w as a small boy, I have found human bones around the river bank. I have be en told that there was a band of Mexicans and Indians camped on the Washi ta River north of where Old Cherokee Town was years before we moved ther e, and I think my step-father said we moved there in 1875. My step-fath er was a U.S. Deputy Marshal and an Indian policeman at Cherokee Town. After the Santa Fe railroad was built through here, Montford Johnson mov ed about 25,000 head of his Durham and Hereford cattle and 500 saddle hor ses and about 1000 stock horses to the Cheyenne Country. I worked at h is ranch at Silver City and Johnsonville. There is an Indian burial grou nd about seven miles east and a half mile south of Pauls Valley. When I w as going to the Chikikie Mission school this Indian burial ground was a sh ort way south of this school. Old settlers have said this burial ground w as there as far back as they could remember about it. I now live in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
Other sources list Theobald of Troyes as the father of Theobald II. No ver ification is possible, so I am remaining with the original data verifi ed by the Royal genealogies at Hull University and Brian Tompsett in Hul l, England, U.K.
Killed at the Battle of Ascalon (Crusade of Godfrey de Bouillon), "a crusa der under Godfrey de Bouillon, who fell, gallantly fighting against the Moslems at Rames. (B attle of Ascalon actually). Count of Blois, Champaigne, Chartres, Meaux and Tourain
*Richard most likely was not the son of Abigail Stockton if he was bo rn in England. The date of birth of his oldest brother, John, is 1674--a nd the youngest child, Elizabeth, was born in 1680--if his father ca me to America before 1656 that would mean the second Richard had to be bo rn before that date--or at least by 1654 or 5. It is unlikely that Abiga il could have had Richard in one of those years--and then seven children t wenty years later. Moreover, the records show that the second Richard di ed in 1709--two years after his father--at "an advanced age"--so Abiga il is not likely to have been his birth mother. http://www.stockton-law.co m/genealogy/stockton1.html; Robert Field Stockton, Attorney at Law, 32 Cha mbers Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08542-1254 Information per: Rootsweb World Connect - The Stockton Project and Many Co llateral Lines, by Pam
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=stocktonproje ct &id=I8013 *Wilbur Haines, Seaside, CA source of Abigail Bloomfield, b 1630 Flushin g, NY; no sources given, NY did not exist until 1664 when the British to ok New Amsterdam from the Dutch. *Died after 14 APR 1714 date of deed to sons *A History of the Stockton Family, J. W. Stockton, 1881, Phila; 929.2 73 ST G2; Gen. Soc of Utah #10342; pg 25. "He (Richard) died leaving a wid ow, Abigail (no surname given anywhere); 3 sons, Richard, John, and Jo b; 5 daughters, Abigail, Sarah, Mary, Hannah, and Elizabeth". *(see compiled "Some Princeton Families" Bayard & Marshon for her Wil l, p 56) *The Stockton Family of New Jersey and Other Stocktons, 1911, Dr. Thomas C oates Stockton, pg 3; "the given name of Richard Stockton's wife was Abiga il, but her family name has not been learned. The date of Mrs. Stockton 's death is not known, but she was living as late as April 14, 1714, wh en she conveyed some property to her sons, John and Job Stockton. *The Stockton Family in England and the United States, a reprint from Ance stry of Samuel Stockton White, 1888, William Francis Cregar, pg 21; "Richa rd Stockton died in 1707. His elest son, Richard, was married in 1691 a nd died in 1709 when all his children were under age. His 2nd son, John w as b. 1674; His youngest dau. Elizabet was not born until the year 1680. H is widow, Abigail (no surname given anywhere), who is by the will of his e ldest son proved to have been the mother of all his children (to my mothe r, Abigail Stockton ...), was living in 1714, when she divided som land be tween her sons John and Job." *Rootsweb Worldconnect has 84 databases giving her surname as "Bloomfield ". 2 used World Family Tree; 3 used "Cannington.FTW"; 6 used LDS Ancestr al Files; 2 mention "Stockton Family Book" with no author or other identif ication. The remaining 71 give no source whatsoever. *There are 5 databases giving "Abigail Hunt" with no source; 3 giving "Abi gail Hunt Bloomfield" with no source. *15 databases say her maiden name was Hunt, she m1 Mr. Bloomfield and m2 R ichard Stockton. Again, no sources. *Many say she was born 1630 in Flushing, Queens, NY which is impossibl e. In 1624 the Dutch established Fort Orange (now Albany) in "New Amsterda m". It was the 1664 before the British took over and renamed the area "N ew York". Queens County was created in 1683. *Bill Abrams, teincnj@@aol, has inserted Abigail into the lineage of Richa rd Hunt who arrived Bermuda 1647 from England. Actual lineage gives 6 chil dren, but NO ABIGAIL. www.rootsweb.com/~bmuwgw/huntgen.html E. B. Stockton. "The Stockton Genealogy". The Genealogical Compiling and P ublishing Co., NY, 1909
Sophia Boatman Spring's Choctaw Roll # is 3865, census card 1400, 4/4 Choc taw