Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Chief Samuel Garlands Children - Plural

Cherokee Choctaw Cherokee Choctaw

posted on October 12, 2013 and updated on October 12, 2013

I am a direct descendant of Principal Chief Samuel Garland my 3rd Great Grandfather and his wife Mary Pitchlynn through their daughter Mary Eugenia Eliza Garland born in Garlandville, Jasper County, Mississippi in 1835, and I am an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma based on this verified lineage. I just wanted to point out that the often reported or I should more properly say, “repeated” claim or statement that Samuel Garland and Mary Pitchlynn only had one child, a son named Crockett is in error… I would love to open a “discussion” on this issue with any interested members or viewers of this forum who have their own information.


suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 13, 2013

you might want to correspond with jennifer.

i see that crocket/crockett was named as a son but that doesn’t exclude other children.

jennifer has sometimes posted on this messageboard and may be interested in taking part in any discussion.

for myself, i am just passing on the link to jennifer’s website.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Cherokee Choctaw Cherokee Choctaw

posted on October 13, 2013

Yes, you are right, and thank you for the link, but unlike the link you shared that shows add’l children (including males) many books list Crockett Garland in such a manner that it is very misleading. “The Choctaw of Oklahoma” by James C Milligan sold through the Choctaw Store I believe (I picked up my copy at a gathering in Phoenix) is one such example.

Of course for anybody who is a direct descendant of a notable person it is always disappointing to see errors and their connection left out but as you know written histories especially regarding Native Americans are rife with them and that is part of the attraction and challenge to keep doing research. Regardless, I do want to say that I see your work on the Nations geology pages and I applaud you for your work in helping to give so many people a good starting point to look up and explore their lineage.

Have a great day and hope to talk to you again in the future…

John E.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 13, 2013

i see that the chronicles of oklahoma mention crocket/crockett as being a son of samuel garland and mary pitchlynn, but this doesn’t mean that there weren’t other children.
these are sponsored by the oklahoma historical society and oklahoma state university library. you should start there.

i would think that you could submit a journal article to one of the genealogical publications citing documentation that you have acquired and this might help in correcting the family line. i would support that idea.
you could work with someone at a university to get this done. or maybe a genealogical society person local to you.

the subject is worthy.