Friday, April 16, 2010
What I know of my family's genealogy is largely based in Indian Territory and the state of Oklahoma. The oldest record I know is that of my Great Great Grandmother Margaret Ann WILSON nee ALEXANDER who was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama circa 1822.
Margaret Ann traveled to Indian Territory on the so called "Trail of Tears" around 1843 with Colonel Benjamin LOVE as his slave. Benjamin LOVE his immediate family and auxillary families were Chickasaw "mixed blood" Indians and were one of the largest slave holding families in the Chickasaw tribe.
Margaret Ann would become the matriarch of many Indian Territory Freedmen families whose names are well known among those who research this unique and rich history. She gave birth to many children by an enslaved man by the name of Cornelius PICKENS.
Of this union there are five children documented their names are: Salina PICKENS, Isabella PICKENS, Susan PICKENS with two known sons named Colbert ALEXANDER and William ALEXANDER. Additionally Margaret had several other children who were born prior to the Civil War and emancipation of Chickasaw and Choctaw slaves in 1866.
She had a daughter by a man named Mink LOVE whose name was Louisa LOVE. She had a son by a man named Philip WILSON, whose name was John WILSON. Margaret had one other child named Bettie LOVE by a relative of her original Chickasaw owner Benjamin, his name was Robert Howard LOVE and their daughter was named Bettie LIGON nee LOVE.
Salina married a man by the name of Culosh HAWKINS and gave birth to six children. Isabella married a man named Henry CLAY and gave birth to ten children. Susan was married to Sank JACKSON and together they reared six children.
Margaret son, Colbert who appears to be named after her father had one child named Margaret ALEXANDER whose mother was Silla JAMES. Cornelius and Margaret's son William married Victoria MAYS and together they reared five children.
Margaret's daughter Bettie married William Hadley LIGON and together they reared eight children. These comprise just a few of the surnames I research in my family's genealogy: