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William Riddle

William Riddle was born about 1780, and was working at the Chaktaw Trading House in the year 1808. His name appeared on the ledger sheets as “William Riddle, Indian Country man”; or William Riddle, I.C. “ on the first entries we find. (a-1,a-2) Definition of an Indian Countryman meant he was a white man living in Indian Territory, was fairly well to do and very highly respected by all the people, and a man with an Indian family. (a-3) On the ledger sheets as kept by the Indian Agent of the Chaktaw Trading House, and on every pay period on accounts Payable, we would find the name of “John Pitchlynn (who was United States Interpreter and first appointed by General George Washington), and paid $242.00”, followed by the name of “William Riddle, I.C., and paid $17.00. (a-4,a-5). We can only guess that William Riddle was helping at the Chaktaw Trading house as an interpreter, and this finding becomes more of a fact, when we find William’s two sons as interpreters.

In Accounts Receivable in the year of 1818, posted on the Leger is “Estate of William Riddle” whereby his son purchased some beads, etc. (a-6) Therefore, we know William Riddle, Caty married John Jones. Tradition claims that Caty was a Choctaw woman and John Jones was a white man. As a result of the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. John Jones received a section-and-a-half of land, as Head of a Choctaw Household. This would be in addition to the land John Jones already owns. On 5 June 1837, John Jones deeds land to William Riddle, and in this deed John Jones states “to my step son the said William Riddle”, and in another part of the deed he states “my step son and his brother Jack”. (s-8) This was the proof we needed, William and Jack are brothers, Caty was their mother, and John Jones their stepfather.

In another Deed dated 17 Sept 1838, John Jones acquired a slave named “Easter”, from Obadiah Hand. (a-9) Note the witness on this deed is John Riddle, John Riddle being Caty’s son and the stepson of John Jones. In this same Deed, John Jones conveys “Easter” to his wife Caty Jones. This again, it’s witnessed by John Riddle. (a-9) On August 18, 1842, a Land Patent was issued to John Jones, (a-7) signed by President Tyler. William received a portion of this land. Matthew Labroose was another witness on the deed of 5 June 1837. Matthew Labroose operated a ferry across the Tombigbee river. Records do not show the deaths of John Jones and Caty. The John Jones Affidavit of 20 April 1839, whereby John Jones certifies to a marriage of Simon Farr, the marriage taking place some forty five to fifty years ago, indicates he was an older man in 1839, having resided in the Choctaw Nation some fifty years. (a-10) The map of Sumter County shows the location of the Land Patent of John Jones, and the location of the land William Riddle, his son, received. (a-11) Further research is needed to find the ancestors of our William.

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