Notes for Gertrud BLEVINS

enrolled Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
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Notes for Lemuel F. 'Lem' BLEVINS

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.
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Notes for Gello of BLOIS

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,
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Notes for Stephen (Etienne) "the Sage" of BLOIS

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
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Notes for Abigail BLOOMFIELD

*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. 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 ct

*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,

E. B. Stockton. "The Stockton Genealogy". The Genealogical Compiling and P
ublishing Co., NY, 1909
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Notes for Sophia BOATMAN

Sophia Boatman Spring's Choctaw Roll # is 3865, census card 1400, 4/4 Choc taw
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