Wyatt, Celia Church

Celia Church Wyatt Submitted by: Maudi L. Fitzgerald.

The story of my mother Celia Church Wyatt 1/4 Indian on the 1901 roll but she was 1/2 Choctaw by birth. She was an orphan at 3 or 4 years old. Her mother had a blind daughter so she gave my mother away as her mother couldn’t care for both of them.. She gave my mother to some people and her life wasn’t so good under the care of theses other people. They wouldn’t let her eat so she had to sleep under the table and she would take bread from the table to survive until they took her to a judge in the Choctaw community to get rid of her. The judge “Loal Fulson” said he would take her so his daughter Maude Fulson would have a play mate. They were the same age. They took good care of her and she learned to cook and then she became their cook until she met her boyfriend and started to go to parties and dances. She met my father Eligah Littleton Wyatt and they fell in love and got married. The Fulson didn’t want her to leave as she was their cook, so my father took her to his sisters home and told her to go to the commissary and buy the material for her wedding. His sister Nora was a good seamstress, it was a beautiful dress. I have a picture of their wedding 1899. I was born in 1901 with black hair and blue eyes, the baby picture of me was pretty my dad has it. Mother wanted to go back and visit the Fulson’s so my father told her if she would teach him Choctaw language he would take her to see the folks that raised her but when I was born 1901 she had me and decided she didn’t want to go back. I was her baby and more to care for and happy so she didn’t want to go back but my father took her back in later years to Potowa I.T. Mother and Father had 3 children Maude Lee Wyatt, Earl D Wyatt and Bonnie Pearl Wyatt, in later years they had a baby girl Oleta Maytubby Wyatt. Father took mother and I to the enrollee Center and mother was enrolled 1/4 Choctaw and I was 1/8 that was in 1901. He took us in a wagon when I was only 1 month old and the other 2 children when they were four and five in 1904-1906. My sister Bonnie was the last to enroll. When there was allotment land to all Indians, enrollees could get land. My father got us all 200 acres each and mother too, we moved to Foster, Oklahoma and lived on mothers allotment until 1924 mother and dad moved to Oklahoma City and left me there at home until 1924. My husband worked in the field and I tilled. Mother and Dad finely moved to Choctaw, Oklahoma where they both died. Father died in 1947 and mother died in 1954. Mother lived alone, we visited her and she would come and stay with her daughter for a while but she wanted to go back to her house in Choctaw. My father built their house of rock and cement when he was 75 years old. My mothers, mother name was Neketa Church and her father was Charles Church.