Anderson, Francis Margaret

Francis Margaret Anderson “Maggie”

Francis Margaret Anderson. Maggie was the first child of Mary Peter Jackson Anderson and Norton Joseph Anderson. Her birthplace 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 by Lillie Powers.

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.

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.

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.

After their marriage, Robert and Maggie rented a house 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.

Robert and Maggie had seven Children: Bernice Beatrice Leota Irving Lee Euell Earl
James William Robert Bernard Ruby Louise Junior

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 many houses 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.