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Matthew Walton James Submitted by: Betty Parsons Weeks

We know from Matthew Walton James’ WPA Interview and Choctaw Census Card that he was born in the year 1869. His birthday was July 7th. He died March 25, 1965 and is buried at Darwin Cemetery. He was the son of Mary Abigal Folsom and Jiman James. Walton’s parents were both reared near Doaksville, Indian Territory. Mary Abigal was the daughter of Daniel Folsom and his first wife, Lucinda Nail. Walton was half Choctaw. Walton said that his father was killed when he was about five years old. Jiman James was killed at Rock crossing on the Clear Boggy River, north of Mt. Pleasant while trying to recover his stolen livestock. This Mt. Pleasant Community was north of “Old Bennington, which was part of Blue Co., Indian Territory at that time. After Jiman’s death, Mary Abigal married again to William M. “Bill” Matoy. Bill was listed as an intermarried white on Mary Abigal’s Choctaw Census Card, but family tradition has him being part Cherokee Indian. Matoy had served the CSA during the Civil War. Mary Abigal and Bill Matoy had three children that were recorded on the census cards. Mary Abigal and Bill’s children: Albert Matoy married Ida Freeny. They didn’t have any children, but raised May Robinson as their own. Most of the Matoy family information came from a small history book “Matoy”, written by Albert Tidwell about the families of the Matoy Community. He gives credit to Betty Jo Swindell, Miami, Ok for some of the Matoy family information in his book. Susan Matoy was born May 20, 1881, died July 27,

  1. She married William Early Zion. Early was born in 1871 at White-Wright, TX. Susan was the first to be buried in the New Matoy cemetery. Ora Matoy was born June 29, 1885, died July 24, 1925. She married Henry Zion. They lived at Caney, OK. In his interview, Walton tells that he worked away from home for D.A. Riddle for 17 years. He attended the neighborhood school until he was 21. Also, we learned that Walton went out west. There he married Charloty “lottie” McCarty, a white woman. Lottie died Jan. 22, 1900. She was the daughter of W.M. and Mary McCarty. Walton’s second wife was also a white woman, Henrietta Shafer, daughter of Charley Shafer and Emma “Emer” Burlue. He was talking about his second wife in the interview, when he said, “we lived together for several years, until one day we disagreed on a subject and since that time I have been single’. Walton’s children: 1. Julia “Julyie” James was born Nov. 26, 1895, died Dec. 2, 1918 Julia was first married to Will Christian and had two children. The boy died at birth and the girl, Willer Christian, died Sept. 13, 1910. Julia’s second marriage Sept. 7, 1915 was to Tarance Vincent “T.V.” Burrows, born Nov. 29, 1890, died July 31, 1964. Julia and T.V. had two girls, Lottie Mae and Ida Modilea. These records should be at Paul’s Valley. Lottie Mae Burrows, born June 24, 1916, lives in Arizona. Lottie married R.J. Gregg on Oct 3, 1938. Their children: R.J. “Junior” Gregg, born Aug. 4, 1939; Jessie Gregg, born Oct. 1, 1940; and Johnnie Mitchell Gregg, born July 26, 1943. Ida Modilea Burrows, born Dec. 26, 1917, married Marvin Lee Parsons. Their daughter; Betty Lee Parsons, now married to Lonnie Weeks Jr.. Betty had one daughter, Rondia Lee Robinson. Rondia’s father is Bert Franklin Robinson. Rondia married David Curtis Chapman. Their children: Davondia Lee, stillborn May 3, 1981; Chance Chisholm, born Aug. 23, 1983; and Cierra Chiann, born Oct. 9, 1985. They live at Kiowa, OK. Marvin died Jan. 3, 1975. Ida and Marvin both belonged to the Church of Christ. After Marvin’s death, Ida married Other Kelley. They live in McAlester. 2. Vinnie Maud James was born May 15, 1896, died Sept. 9, 1974. After Julia died, Vinnie married T.V. Burrows on March 18, 1919. Vinnie and T.V.’s children; Ted Vincent Burrows, born Jan. 22, 1920, died Oct. 31, 1971; John Moon Burrows, born April 22, 1921; Ruth Vinnie Burrows, born Nov. (, 1922, married E.W. Bill Snow; James Walton Burrows, born May 15, 1926, died Feb. 4, 1996; Twins-Bessie Virginia Burrows and Henry Buckner Burrows, born Aug. 20, 1929 and Thomas plaice Burrows, born April 4, 1932. 3. Frank James was born in 1898, married Susie 4. Jiman James lives in Tennessee, married 5. Matthew James lives in Tennessee, married Mavis. Julia and Vinnie Maud received land allotments. A portion of Julie’s was over near Paul’s Valley in the Chickasaw Nation. They lived over there for a few years. Forty acres of Julia’s land was near Valliant in the Choctaw Nation. After Julia’s death T.V. sold her land and mineral rights.

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