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Bohannon, Emma Jane

Taken from an Interview with Emma Jane Bohannon and Hazel B. Greene, 12-29-1937 and Submitted By: Joy Marie Houston Rinehart, niece.

Emma Jane Bohannon was born 01-29-1877 in Eagletown, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Her parents were Joshua Bohannon and Serena Chastain Bohannon. Her father was born in the Choctaw Nation in Mississippi on 08-24-1819 and died 11-24-1891 in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Her mother was born in Georgia in 1858 and died 05-27-1887. Both are buried south of Hugo, Oklahoma in the Spring Chapel Cemetery. Joshua was a grown man when he came over the “Trail of Tears” with many other Choctaws from Mississippi. He never would talk about or discuss this horrible experience. He was full blood Choctaw and spoke very little English and not very well when he did. With him being full blood and my mother was white; somehow, I was only enrolled as one quarter Choctaw. I married Raphael Wilson who was born 06-09-1870 and died 03-26-1925. I had a half sister, same age of my mother and she married Wash Hudson at Eagleton. Her son, Peter W/ Hudson was born 08-29-1877. He was a land appraiser for the Indian at Hugo. My father had a sister by the name of Susan Bohannon Spring. She was the mother of Billie, Levi and Tom Spring. Her husband was a German whom she married in Mississippi and migrated to Indian Territory with the Choctaws. When we lived around Hugo and Grant, an old black woman came up to our house, walking, and was hunting ‘Ole Marsa’. She was old Aunt Cilla Cole and she walked all the way from Eagletown to see us. She had been a servant for my parents after I was born and said she had nursed me. I was sent to school at Wheelock so she came there and did laundry for the school. She called me her baby and treated me as her child. I was told that when we ewer living somewhere around Spring Chapel, three of us girls were rocking in the rocking chair in front of a fireplace. All of us fell out and one fell into the fireplace and burned to death. She was Selma Sanguin and was a daughter of Charlie and Susan Spring Sanguin. She was only five years old. My husband, Raphael was the last District Judge of the Eastern District of the Choctaw Nation before Statehood. He was a representative in the Choctaw Council and Sheriff to Townson County.

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