October 14, 2014 · 9:33 pm
My apologies for going two weeks without posting. I have been preparing for my research trip to Oklahoma and Arkansas and it is here at last.
On my first trip to Oklahoma, two years ago, I stayed ten days. I suspected that would not be enough time before I started the trip, and I was right. The days sped by and I wished that I was staying another two weeks. So this trip I have planned to be in Oklahoma and Arkansas between three and four weeks.
As I was planning my route and making my list of what I wanted to accomplish that seemed like enough time. However, now that I have set out, my list questions to research keeps growing and, once again, I realize I will not be there long enough.
When I came to Oklahoma in 2012 I knew so much less about my ancestors than I do now. My increased knowledge means increased leads to follow, additional towns to visit and more questions that need answering.
My itinerary for this trip starts with spending time in Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation capital. While there I plan to:
Visit the Cherokee Historical Society
Look through documents in the courthouse in nearby Wagoner to find out more about some 1922 legal dealings of my grandfather James West
Spend a day in Westville visiting the Talbot Library and Museum and the Going Snake District Heritage Association.
- I will be looking for information about my grandmother’s youth. She was born in Going Snake District, but that is all I really know about her childhood
- I will also be looking for information about the Quinton family – Lydia Crittenden Quinton and Nellie Quinton in particular. My great grandfather married his niece Edith Quinton, who was Lydia’s daughter and Nellie’s sister.
Find out who the Jim West is that Westville was named after in 1895. Is he related to my grandfather James West’s family?
Go to the following cemeteries near Tahlequah
- Pioneer – try to find and uncover grave marker for Margaret Crittenden
- Hulbert – Find Zeke and Dick Crittenden’s grave
- Elmwood – Look for David West and family and any other Wests.
- Proctor Sanders Cemetery – burial place of Emily Crittenden
Stand on my grandmother’s Dawes allotment land in Okay once again.
Meet with the genealogist at Stillwell Public Library to see what information she may have on Crittenden ancestors.
Next week I will post a journal of what I find while in Tahlequah. Next on the itinerary will be Vinita, Oklahoma, with a whole new set of research goals and questions!
August 12, 2014 · 2:03 pm
The journey of the early settlers to Cherokee Nation West is a complicated one. My great grandfather Moses Crittenden was born in Cherokee Nation East Georgia in 1825. The next record that I have found for him is the 1850 census that shows him living in Freedom Township Polk County Arkansas at age 25 with his wife Eda Quniton, age 22. I believe Eda (Edith) is Moses’ niece, his sister Lydia’s daughter.
I am on a constant quest for records that will help me determine exactly when Moses moved from Georgia to Arkansas. His father William Crittenden is shown on the 1835 census as living in Talking Rock Creek, GA. Both Moses and his father William are listed on the Old Settler Roll of 1851
In the 1850 census in Freedom, Polk County AR there are six Quinton family households listed on the same census record with the Moses Crittenden household. Moses is listed as a farmer.
In the 1860 census in Freedom AR the Moses Crittenden household is surrounded by six Quinton family households. Moses’ father William, then 80, is living with Moses. Two important facts are found on the 1860 census. Moses is now listed as a merchant and in the column under Value Real Estate is the figure 2000.
In November 2013, now knowing that Moses owned real estate in Arkansas, I started a search to try to find information on land owned by Moses Crittenden. I accessed the following sites which eventually led me to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Federal Land Record site.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Federal Land Record site includes a searchable database where I found a copy of Moses’ land patent signed by President James Buchanan. I also found two patents for land owned by James Quinton.
Moses Crittenden Search Result BLM Land Patents
I sent for a hard copy of the document for under $5.00 I received a printed copy on parchment paper along with a copy of the plat map.
Copy of Moses Land Patent
My next genealogy research trip in November 2014 will take me back to Oklahoma and then on to Arkansas. Finding the exact location of Moses’ land means that I will be able to search local archives, libraries and museums for additional information on my great grandfather’s time in Arkansas. I will also be able to go to the site of his land, surrounded by the echoes of my great grandfather Moses Crittenden and his extended family.