Do the names Annie FLEMING and/or James LAMB sound familiar to any of you?
My wife's side of the family has lost touch with her great-grandmother's Choctaw heritage. Her English name was Annie FLEMING (Indian name was ? dove) born abt 1874 in TX according to one census (earlier on another). She was supposed to have been the daughter of an Indian Chief (I know we've all heard that a million times). Annie's parents were from MS according to one census, and her grandchildren say she was a full-blood although I say it was probably a bit less since her last name implies intermarrying at some point in the past. She had two brothers Walter and Bill (possible William or Willie?), and the grandchildren remember them speaking to each other in the language of their people. Pretty convincing as far as oral family history goes but could be embellished--I don't know?...
Annie married a man who went by the name James LAMB in Red River County, TX in 1891. He was white and from Ireland, and he told the family he was on the run from Irish authorities for a crime of passion in his youth back in Ireland. James came to the US and became a Methodist minister within the Indian nation (either MS or OK); he and Annie lived in Fannin County, TX in 1900, and later lived in Pushmataha County, OK in 1910. Annie died in Lamar County (Taylortown) from the 1918 influenza epidemic (we think--there is no record) and that's where the trail ends for members on this side of the family. James died in 1934 in Nolan County TX and all that remains now is oral family history that cannot be confirmed beyond the fact those who tell it are absolutely convinced this is the way it all happened.
Why does no one remember her traditional Indian name? Why no roll numbers or other official link to the Choctaw Nation in OK? Why didn't the family stay in OK and receive land through the allotment process? Is it possible she was from a tribe other than the Choctaws? These are the questions for which I have no answers. I'd appreciate any information or recommendations. I've included Annie's family registry info below...thanks.
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