Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Francis Margaret Anderson “Maggie”

Francis Margaret Anderson. Maggie was the first child of Mary Peter Jackson Anderson and Norton Joseph Anderson. Her birth place was Anderson Creek (Yanush) Indian Territory. Austin Moore, a neighbor, swore that he knew that Maggie was born to Mary and Norton on January 22, 1898. However, Maggie celebrated her birthday on January 27th with her family. Her application to the Choctaw Nation was approved on May 22, 1899. Her application for enrollment was witnessed b Lillie Powers. <br/>
Maggie’s mother, Mary was a full blood original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation and her father Norton, a full blood Chickasaw was also an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation because he was living within the Choctaw boundaries.<br/>
Maggie had six siblings:
    Flora           12-13-1899      02-02-1902
    Lejah Elljah        12-26-1901      04-22-1969
    Bessie          03-01-1904      12-11-1918
    Lou                     12-11-1918
    Gilbert J       11-29-1907      12-16-1983
    Baby Brother        died in 1909 close to the date of his birth

Maggie, Flora, Lejah and Bessie were all original enrollees of the Choctaw Nation. Maggie attended the Tuskahoma Academy for girls and her brother, Lejah and Gilbert attended and graduated from Jones Academy. Maggie enjoyed learning and was disappointed when she had to quit school after her mother’s death in 1909 to tend to her younger siblings. Yet she understood her responsibility to her family.<br/>
Maggie married Robert Lee Mitchell in 1917. Robert said he knew from the first time he saw Maggie, while he was riding with his Dad in a buckboard wagon, he would marry her. He had his sister, Ellen, introduce them.<br/>
After their marriage, Robert and Maggie rented a hourse from her father in Yanush, Ok. Maggie continued to care for her brothers and sisters. In 1918, she tended to her two sisters in the flu epidemic. She said it was very difficult. Bessie and Lou died with hours of each other. They were buried in a double coffin at Cupco Cemetery.<br/>
Robert and Maggie had seven Children:
    Bernice Beatrice Leota
    Irving Lee
    Euell Earl  
    James William
    Robert Bernard
    Ruby Louise

Maggie had many interests in her life, she spoke fluent Choctaw. She had a great respect for her native culture. She never denied or devalued her Indian ways.
She loved her family and friends very dearly. She had a great desire to learn and attended classes any time she had the opportunity, from home economics through the Oklahoma Extended Courses in her early years to general classes through a junior college in California in her later years.
Maggie was always guided by her strong faith in the Lord. She was baptized a Presbyterian as a child. However, she said she had worshipped in ay housed of the Lord. She often would hum her favorite song, “What a friend we have in Jesus.”
Maggie and Robert (Bob) relocated to California in 1944 for the hopes of better economic opportunities. Maggie visited Oklahoma whenever she was able and always considered Yanush, Oklahoma her home. She died May 4, 1987 and was buried at Sunrise Cemetery in Fortuna, California. Norton Joseph Anderson Norton’s date and place of birth are unknown however, it is stated that in 1896 per the Chickasaw Nation roll, that he was twenty-five years of age. Norton was originally registered as a member of the Chickasaw Nation, however, he was transferred to the Choctaw rolls because he was residing within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation. His transfer to the Choctaw Roll was not uncommon, this was to ensure that families would remain intact through the allotment process. Norton’s parents were Bartlett and Elsie Anderson. They were listed on the Chickasaw rolls. Bartlett was listed as dead in 1896. At some point Elsie was also transferred fro the Chickasaw tolls to the Choctaw rolls because she too resided within the Choctaw Nation boundaries. Norton married twice. His first wif was Mary Peter Jackson and his second wife was Lillie Potts Nowabbi. Norton married Mary Peter Jackson on September 1, 1898 by Peter J Hudson. The marriage was recorded in the office of the Clerk in the United States District. Norton and Mary resided in Anderson Creek area – Yanush, Indian Territory. Noton and Mary had seven children: Frances Margaret Flora Lejah Elijah Bessie
Lou Gilbert J Infant that died at or around his birth Francis, Flora, Lejah and Bessie were original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. Flora’s enrollment was cancelled after her death in 1902. Bessie and Lou died in he flu epidemic o 1918 and were buried in a double coffin at the Cupco Cemetery. Lou’s full name or age is not recorded. Mary died in 1909 from complications of childbirth. Mary and the baby were buried on “the home place” at Anderson Creek. After Mary’s death, Francis Margaret, known s Maggie hd t stop attending Tuskahoma femal Academy in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma to attend her younger siblings. Norton owned or was one of the owners of the Yanush store and post office.
Norton later remarried Lillie Potts Nowabbi and had a second family. Norton died in 1920’s.