Elwood CHRISTIAN was my great uncle and unfortunately I don't recall ever meeting him. If he was anything like his brother, who we all called "Uncle Willie" I'm certain he was a kind and gentle soul.
Elwood was the son of Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen, his mother and father respectively.
Their family like many who have ties to Indian Territory and Oklahoma inherited a great deal of land wealth prior to Oklahoma becoming a state in November of 1907, however because of his date of birth, Elwood was not a direct recipient of land as his brother's and sister's born before him.
ust five years earlier. Life in the territory was not easy for the descendants of former slaves of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians and yet they managed to survived to give birth to another generation.
As I read his obituary it is amazing that I don't recall ever meeting him because I do recall having known practically everyone of his relatives that survived him.
This is obviously another teaching moment. As genealogist and family historians we have an obligation to gather and preserve the stories of our family for future generations. Our elders have a huge reservoir of knowledge that must be recorded and time is not on our side.
That reminds me, I need to call my Aunt Barbara and get her story!