Smith, Victoria Ellen (Lenochan) Stafford

Victoria Ellen (Lenochan) Stafford Smith Submitted by: Thelma (Smith) Noland

Victoria Ellen Lenochan was born September 10, 1880. She was the daughter of Tom and Amanda Lee (Campbell) Lenochan. Family legend says her father, Tom Lenochan, while taking care of these cattle in a raging snowstorm caught pneumonia, had a relapse and died. He is buried in a private cemetery near where they lived. In approximately 1888 when Victoria was eight years old she traveled with her mother Amanda Lee (Campbell) Lenochan from the Midland Texas area up the Chisholm Trail into Oklahoma. They resided for a time near Blanchard then moved on to the Silver City area. In 1905 they settled on their Indian allotment land outside Tuttle in Grady County. Victoria was married on July 13, 1896 in Fort Smith Arkansas to Newt Stafford. To this union one daughter Tina Stafford was born on August 7, 1897. Newt’s family lived in and around Wenoka. They were divorced in 1899. Victoria and Tina lived with Amanda near Blanchard. Victoria’s second marriage was to Joseph Moore Smith. They were married by E.M. Payne U.S. Commissioner Indian Territory, Southern District on December 18, 1901. Joseph Moore Smith was born on January 15, 1872 in Marionville, Lawrence County, Missouri and died October 1, 1921 in Tuttle, Grady County, Oklahoma. Joseph was the son of Niles and Sarah (Jarrett) Smith. Victoria and Joseph are buried in Tuttle, Oklahoma. To this union was born two sons. Carlton Smith was born on April 12, 1903 and died on June 30, 1905. LaVerne Jerome Smith was born on January 5, 1912 and died on January 8, 1986. In 1905, when Oklahoma was once again opening up to new settlers, Victoria and her mother Amanda (Campbell) Lenochan, Wampler along with several other members of her family applied for and were granted the land by reason they were descendants of James Foster. James was a one-half breed Choctaw Indian and resided in Mississippi in 1830 at the time of the “Dancing Rabbit Creek Treaty.” James Foster’s name appears in The American State Papers, Public lands, Volume VII page 133. Victoria, Joseph and the children lived on her Indian allotment land approximately six miles south of Tuttle and just down the road from her mother, Amanda Lee (Campbell) Lenochan Wampler. They were members of the Church of Christ in Tuttle. Victoria died in Chickasha on May 3, 1915 of blood poisoning. Called Milk-lag, and inflammation and clotting of the veins. Victorias name is among the 112 Silver City Pioneers listed on the Chisholm Trail marker at Tuttle, Oklahoma. Dedicated to Ranchmen, Cowboys, Early Settlers and their descendants