Thomas Jefferson Wall Submitted by: Barbara Sullivan
Name: Thomas Jefferson Wall DOB: 7-30-1848, Tennessee Died: 11-17-1911, Rock Island, OK Marriage: Elizabeth Riddle, 5-5-1869, Skullyville, OK Children: Tryphena, Theodore, Bizarre, Allegro, Ida, Catherine (Kate), Jessie, Thomas Benjamin, Eva Bell, Ella, Elizabeth, Blaine, plus 2 unnamed infants who died at birth. Seven of these children would have been original enrollees. The rest died before the Dawe’s Roll was established. Thomas Jefferson had minimal education; five months at a “neighborhood Choctaw national school” and eight months in Arkansas. At some point, he owned and operated a sawmill and one or more cotton gins and gristmills. He was sheriff of his county (then known as Skullyville Co.) in 1876 and
- He was also appointed as “coal weightier” by the governor of the Choctaw Nation. He served as Deputy United States Marshal at Ft. Smith, Ark. From 1881-1893. He was allotted 90 acres on which he built a home and outbuildings. This 90 acres was in or near Poteau. During this time, he was apparently engaged in buying and selling real estate. At some point, he owned a boarding house that straddled the Arkansas-Oklahoma line. He housed his family on the Oklahoma side and sold liquor on the Arkansas side. He died in 1911 and is buried, along with 5 of his children, in a small family cemetery near Rock Island. He also owned 2 slaves at one time, one of them also named Thomas. Thomas’ grandfather was Noah Wall who was married to Nathaniel Folsom’s daughter Minerva Lucretia (Lucy). Lucy’s mother was Ai-Ne-Chi-Hoyo who was descended from Puskush, one of the great medaled mingos. (This is documented on records received from Durant on the Wall family history.) Thomas’ father, also named Thomas, was appointed Chief Mushulatubbe to be one of the leaders of the first group to travel the Trail of Tears in 1831.