CHOCTAW NATION in Oklahoma


STATE:  Oklahoma POPULATION: 
   
PRESENT CHIEF: Chief Gregory Eli Pyle, Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma since 9th June 1997.

born 25th April 1949 in Ft. Bragg, California, son of Alvin Pyle, and his wife, Juanita Wilmouth, educated at Hugo High School, graduating in May 1967, at Murray State College, and at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, graduating from there in July 1972 (B. S. in Business, and a Minor in Psychology), sworn into office on 9th June 1997, having served for fourteen years as Assitant Chief; has served as the President of the Oklahoma area Health Board and was also a member of the National Health Board since 1996; inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on 8th November 2007; married September 1971, Pat Baker, former teacher of Durant High School, and has issue, two children, a son and a daughter.

  • Andrea Pyle
  • Eric Pyle
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Governed by the chiefs of the Moshulatubbee District, the Oklafalaya District, and the Pushmataha District from 1834 to 1838, governed by the chiefs of the Moshulatubbee District, the Apukshunnubbee District, the Pushmataha District, and the Chickasaw District from 1838 to 1857, national self-government came to an end on 24th April 1906, but tribal self-government was restored in 1971. Principal Chiefs were...

Chiefs of Moshulatubbee District: Eastern Division

  • MOSHULATUBBEE, Chief 1834/1836, born about 1770, he succeeded his maternal uncle as the Chief of the Choctaws of the eastern division in 1809, having earned that right by distinguishing himself in becoming an accomplished warrior and war leader, signed a number of treaties ceding land to the American government for which he was deposed and replaced by David Folsom in the 1820's, married (amongst others), Malleah, and had issue. He died of smallpox 30th August 1838.
    • Kiamiachi Moshulatubbee, married Nitachiki, died November 1846, a nephew of Pushmataha.
    • James Madison King, born 1811, married Pikey, and had issue.
      • Anderson King, born about 1834.
    • Charles King, born January 1812, married Wisey, and had issue.
      • David King, born about 1847.
    • Hiram King, born January 1812, married Rachel Thomas, and had issue.
      • Calvin J. King
    • McKee King, born 1818, married Eliza Folsom, daughter of Adam Folsom, and had issue. He died 1878.
      • Hiram Jefferson King
      • James Madison King
  • JOSEPH KINCAID, Chief 1836/1838
  • JOHN McKINNEY, Chief 1838/1842
  • NATHANIEL FOLSOM, Chief 1842/1846, born 1804, son of Nathaniel Folsom, and his wife, I-ah-ne-cha.
  • PETER FOLSOM, Chief 1846/1850, son of Edmund Folsom, and a Choctaw woman. died 9th April 1885.
  • CORNELIUS McCURTAIN, Chief 1850/1854, born 5th March 1803 in Mississippi Territory, son of Daniel McCurtain and Hannah Cole, married circa 1828, Mahayia Belvin, born 30th April 1806 in Natchez Trace, Mississippi, died 23rd October 1872 in Kinta, San Bois Co., Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, daughter of John Belvin, and his wife, Miyahoke, and had issue. He died 5th March 1871 in Oklahoma.
    • Chief Jackson Frazier McCurtain (qv)
    • Sina McCurtain, born 1831 in Mississippi, died 1833 in Mississippi.
    • Isabella McCurtain, born 1839 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, married 15th October 1865 (as his first wife), George Washington Riddle, and had issue. She died 25th January 1873 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory..
      • Andrew Jackson Riddle, born 1870.
    • Chief Edmund Aaron McCurtain (qv)
    • David Cornelius McCurtain, born 1st April 1846 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, married 1870, Rebecca Krebs, born  17th April 1846, died 3rd March 1936 in Oklahoma, daughter of Placide Krebs and Rebecca Folsom, and had issue, two daughters. He died 6th March 1874 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.
      • Joanna 'Zoe' McCurtain, born 1871 in Skullyville, married Felix Marshal Leflore. She died 1950 in Oklahoma.
      • David Cornelius McCurtain, born 11th August 1874 in Skullyville, married Kate Nitchell, and had issue. He died 3rd March 1936 in Oklahoma.
        • Greenwood Mitchell McCurtain, born 3rd November 1904.
    • Chief Greenwood McCurtain (qv)
    • Robert McCurtain, born 25th December 1850 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, died 11th August 1874.
    • Elsie McCurtain, born 1851 in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, married about 1873 (as his second wife), George Washington Riddle. She died 1st February 1875.
  • DAVID McCOY, Chief 1854/1857

Chief of Okla Falaya District:

  • THOMAS LEFLORE, Chief 1834/1838 (see below)

Chiefs of Apukshunnubbee District:

  • THOMAS LEFLORE, Chief 1834/1838 and 1842/1850, born 1792, married Sookie, and had issue. He died about 1850.
    • Clarissa Narcissy LeFlore, born 1812, married 1829 (as his second wife), Chief George Washington Harkins (see below), and had issue.
    • Forbis LeFlore, born 1815.
    • Wallace LeFlore, born 1816, married Judee, and had issue. He died 3rd September 1864.
      • Mack LeFlore, born 1849, married Roberta Hamilton Kennedy, born 8th November 1864, and had issue.
        • Matt Harris LeFlore Sr., married Ruth Hudo and had issue. He died 27th May 1941.
          • Matt Harris LeFlore Jr.
      • Lizzy LeFlore, born 15th June 1851, died 5th September 1910.
      • Mary Susan LeFlore, born 1853, married (as his first wife), Turner Brashears Daniels, and had issue. She died 1888.
    • Sarah LeFlore, born 1818, married Cornelius Garland.
    • Henrietta LeFlore, born 1825, married 1846, Noel Gardner. She died 1871.
    • Louisa Leflore, born 1832, married 1855 (as his second wife), Chief Wilson Nathaniel Jones, Principal Chief  of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 1890/1894 (see below), and had issue. She died 1864.
  • JAMES FLETCHER, Chief 1838/1842
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON HARKINS, Chief 1850/1857, born 1810 in Mississippi, son of John Harkins, and his wife, Louisa LeFlore, educated at Centre College, Danville, Kentucky and at Cumberland University (Law); married 1stly, Bef 1829, Lily Folsom, daughter of Chief David Folsom and Rhoda Nail, married 2ndly, Clarissa Narcissy LeFlore, daughter of Chief Thomas LeFlore, and his wife, Sookie (see above), and had issue. He died 1861 in Oklahoma.
    • Melvina Harkins (by Clarissa)
    • Thomas Harkins (by Clarissa)

Chiefs of Pushmataha District:

  • NITUKECHI, Chief 1834/1838 and in 1846, married Kiamiachi, daughter of  Chief Moshulatubbee. He died November 1846.
  • PIERRE GABRIEL JUZAN, Chief 1838/1841, born 1805, died August 1841.
  • ISAAC FOLSOM, Chief 1841/1846
  • SILAS D. FISHER, Chief 1846/1850
  • GEORGE FOLSOM, Chief 1850/1854, born 1795 (or 1807), a Presbyterian preacher and blacksmith, married Eliza Hays, and had issue, two sons (died young) and one daughter. He died 1887.
  • NICHOLAS COCHNAUER, Chief 1854/1857

Principal Chiefs of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma:

  • ALFRED WADE, Governor 1857/1858, born 1811 in Mississippi and emigrated to LeFlore County, son of John Wade, he was educated at Choctaw Academy, sworn in as the first Governor of the Choctaw Nation in October 1857, resigned 12th January 1858; married 1stly, Mrs. Wade, born 1820, died 1876, married 2ndly, a daughter of Horace and Sarah Wood, and had issue. He died 13th March 1878 at Wadesville near Talihina.
    • Angelina Wade, married 1870, Chief Gilbert Wesley Dukes, Principal Chief (see below).
  • Col. TANDY WALKER, Governor 1858/1859, born 11th October 1814, in Mississippi, son of John Walker of Virginia, and his wife, Mary Riddle; he served as a Confederate military commander during the Civil War, he also served as a lieutenant colonel in 1861 of the First Regiment of Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Rifles, later became a colonel and took command of the regiment in January 1863 which was later reorganized as the Second Indian Cavalry Brigade, married 1stly, Elzira, married 2ndly, Cillen Krebs, born 5th December 1827, died 16th March 1884, daughter of Etienne Krebs, and his wife, Margaret "Polly" Fillecutcha, and had issue. He died in 1877 at Skullyville in present day LeFlore County, Oklahoma.
    • Elizabeth Walker, born 1845.
    • Henderson Walker, born 1847.
    • Robert A. Walker, born 9th August 1851, died 28th September 1871.
    • Susan R. Walker, born 22nd March 1855, married, John Garrett Ainsworth, born 1849, died 1931, and had issue. She died 15th October 1875.
    • Tandy Krebs Walker, born 1858, married 1stly, 1881, Agnes Hinch, born 1867, married 2ndly, 1888, Mattie White. He died 1942.
    • Douglas G. Walker, born 11th Augsut 1865, died 4th October 1865.
  • BASIL LEFLORE [Brazil Leflore], Governor 1859/1860, born 1810, son of Louis Leflore, by his second wife, Rebecca Cravatt, educated at Choctaw Academy, emigrated to Indian Territory to near Fort Towson, treasurer of the Choctaw Nation in 1866, auditor 1876/1885, married Narcissa Fisher, and had issue. He died October 1886 and is buried in Choctaw County.
    • Henry LeFlore, born 18th January 1846.
  • GEORGE HUDSON, Principal Chief 1860/1862, born 1808 in Mississippi, son of a white man and a full blood Choctaw, identified only as Widow Hudson; he practiced law before the tribal courts, served as a member of the Choctaw Council, and served as presiding officer at the Constitutional Convention at Doaksville in 1860, elected as the first principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation under the Doaksville Constitution in October 1860, died 1865.
  • SAMUEL GARLAND, Principal Chief 1862/1864, born December 1803 in Jasper County, Mississippi, son of John Garland, educated at the Choctaw Academy in Kentucky, elected Principal Chief in 1862, married 1828, Mary Pitchlynn, born 13th October 1811, died 31st March 1886, daughter of Major Chief John Pitchlynn, and his second wife, Sophia Folsom, and had issue. He died 20th May 1870 at home, and is buried in the family burial plot o­n his plantation
    • Crockett Garland, born 1832..
  • PETER PERKINS PITCHLYNN [Hat-choo-tuck-nee = The Snapping Turtle], Principal Chief 1864/1866, born 30th January 1806 in Noxubee County, Mississippi, son of Colonel John Pitchlynn, a white man, and Sophia Folsom, a Choctaw; educated at a Tennessee boarding school and later at an Academy in Columbia, Tennessee; graduated from the University of Nashville; elected Principal Chief of the Choctaws in 1864 and served until 1866, retired in Washington, D. C. where he died, married 1stly, 1824, Rhoda Folsom (his cousin), born 1807, died March 1844, daughter of Nathaniel Folsom and Ai-ne-chi-hoyo, married 2ndly, Mrs. Caroline M. Lombardy, daughter of Godfrey Eckloff, and had issue. He died 17th January 1881 in Washington, D. C. and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery.
    • Lavinia Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 21st December 1824, died 19th March 1867.
    • Melvina Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 7th April 1828, married Loring S. W. Folsom, son of David Folsom, and his wife, Rhoda Nail.
    • Lycurgus Pushmataha Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 18th July 1830, died 9th February 1867.
    • Leonidas Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 4th October 1833, died 4th July 1865.
    • Lysander Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 19th January 1836, died 21st September 1837.
    • Peter Perkins Pitchlynn Jr. (by Rhoda), born 27th August 1838, died 23rd March 1865.
    • Rhoda Mary Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 28th November 1840.
    • Israel Folsom Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 8th March 1844, died 5th May 1845.
    • Samson Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born November 1857, died December 1857.
    • Thomas Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1859, died 28th September 1893.
    • Edward Everette Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1860 in Washington, D.C., married Susan 'Sudie' Lane Maytubby, born March 1883, died 1920, daughter of Peter Maytubby, Governor of the Chicasaw Nation, and his wife, Tabitha S. Bailey, and had issue.
      • Sophia Maytubby Pitchlynn, born 1902, she married John Wesley 'Buck' Freeny, born 1896, died 1966, and had issue. She died 1996.
    • Sophia C. Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1864, died 5th January 1942.
    • Lee Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1866, worked in the Treasury Department for 35 years, a Mason and a member of a number of fraternal organizations, married Florence N. Duff, and had issue. He died 6th April 1936 aged 70, buried 8th April in the Congressional Cemetery.
      • Caroline Pitchlynn (Mrs. Caroline Scott)
      • Margaret Pitchlynn
  • ALLEN WRIGHT [Kilihote], Principal Chief 1866/1870, born November 1826 in Attla County, Mississippi; educated at Pine Ridge Mission School near Doaksville for four years, at Spencer Academy, at Delaware College, Union College in New York and Union Theological Seminary in New York City; ordained by the Presbyterian Church; principal instructor at Armstrong Academy 1855/1856, member of the Choctaw Council in 1856, elected treasurer of the Choctaw Nation in 1859, member of the new Choctaw Council in 1861; elected Chief of the Choctaw Nation in 1866, helped to compile a Choctaw dictionary for use in tribal schools and translated the book of Psalms from Hebrew into Choctaw, charter member of the first Masonic Lodge in Oklahoma, married 1857, Harriet Newell Mitchello. He died 2nd December 1885 and is  buried at Boggy Depot in Atoka County.
  • WILLIAM J. BRYANT, Principal Chief 1870/1874, born in the early 1800's in Mississippi, son of a white man and a Choctaw woman, educated in neighborhood schools early on and at the Choctaw  Academy in Kentucky 1829/-, came to Indian Territory about 1840, member of the Choctaw Council in 1844, a delegate to the Creek Convention in 1861, elected Supreme District Judge in 1865, elected Principal Chief of the Choctaws in 1870, re-elected in 1872, lost in 1876, also acted as postmaster at Pleasant Ridge, died at Tushka Homma at an unknown date and was buried in the vicinity of old Spring Station.
  • COLEMAN COLE, Principal Chief 1874/1878, born about 1800 in Mississippi, son of Robert Cole and Sallie, a full blood Choctaw, educated at Elliott Mission in Mayhew, Mississippi and later at Georgetown, Kentucky; eventually moved to Indian Territory and settled o­n lands some twenty miles northeast of Antlers, elected Chief of the Choctaws in August 1874, serving till October 1878, married 1stly, (name unknown), married 2ndly, Abbie, and had issue, 4 children (all died young). He died in 1886 and was buried in an unmarked grave near Stanley in Pushmataha County.
  • ISAAC LEVI GARVIN, Principal Chief 1878/1880, born 27th April 1832 in Mississippi, moved with his parents to Oklahoma in 1834, educated at Norwalk and Spencer Academies, became an attorney and later served as a county judge, a district judge and as presiding officer of the Choctaw Nation Supreme Court, married and had issue. He died 20th February 1880 and is buried in Waterhole Cemetary, Garvin. McCurtain Co., Oklahoma.
    • (name unknown) Garvin, married James Wood Kirk.
  • JACKSON FRAZIER McCURTAIN, Principal Chief 1880/1884, born 4th March 1830 in Mississippi, son of Cornelius McCurtain and Mahayia  Nelson Belvin, arrived with his parents in Indian Territory in 1833, educated at Spencer Academy for two years, elected as representative from Sugar Loaf County to the National Council in October 1859, enlisted in the First Regiment of Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Rifles on 22nd June 1861, commissioned Captain of Company G in the Confederate Army, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the First Choctaw Battalion in 1862, elected Senator from Sugar Loaf County in 1866, acting Principal Chief February 1880 to October 1880, elected Principal Chief in October 1880 and re-elected in August 1882, married 1stly, 1850, Marie Riley, died before 1864, a sister of Judge James Riley, married 2ndly, 28th November 1865, Jane Frances Austin, born 1843, died 27th October 1925, and had issue. He died 14th November 1885 and is buried in the old cemetery in a marked grave.
    • Sophia McCurtain (by Marie), born 28th February 1851, died 11th December 1910.
    • Cornelia Brunetta McCurtain (by Marie), died about 1890.
    • Eliza McCurtain (by Jane), born 1868.
  • EDMUND AARON McCURTAIN, Principal Chief 1884/1886, born 4th June 1842 at Fort Coffee, Indian Territory, son of Cornelius McCurtain and Mahayia Nelson Belvin, granddaughter of Sho-ma-ka, educated at local schools to 1859, enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 and served as a Second Lieutenant under the command of his brother Capt. J. McCurtain, he served as Judge of Sans Bois County, Trustee of Schools, and Representative to the National Council, and Superintendent of Education, elected Senator from San Bois County in August 1888, married 1stly, 1862, Susan King, married 2ndly, 1876, Harriet Austin, married 3rdly, 1881, Clarissa LeFlore, daughter of Isaac LeFlore and Patsy, married 4thly, Lucy Webster, and had issue. He died 9th November 1890 at Skullyville and is buried at Skullyville.
    • Pauline McCurtain (by Susan), born 17th August 1863, died 1st April 1902.
    • Kitty McCurtain (by Susan), born 1865.
    • Jennie McCurtain (by Susan), born 4th November 1871.
    • George McCurtain (by Clarissa), born 1878.
    • Louisa McCurtain (by Lucy), born 1883.
  • THOMPSON McKINNEY, Principal Chief 1886/1888, possibly born around 1837, the oldest son of Judge Mitanvbbi (Matenabi = To Kill While He Is Coming), educated privately and at local schools, and possibly at Spencer Academy, he was appointed a member of the Choctaw Council in 1877, served as National Secretary for several years, served as Principal Chief of the Choctaws from 1886 to 1888. He died 1889 at his home in Wilburton and is buried in a log covered grave three miles west of Wilburton.
  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SMALLWOOD, Principal Chief 1888/1890, born 1829, son of Elijah Smallwood, a white man from South Carolina, who married Mary LeFlore, a sister to Thomas LeFlore; a member of the Choctaw Council in 1863, sworn in as Principal Chief in October 1888, married 1stly, Abbie James, married 2ndly, 1849, Annie Burney, died about 1863, a Chickasaw woman, married 3rdly, 1849, Sinai LeFlore, and had issue. He died 15th December 1891 at Lehigh, Indian Territory and is buried there.
    • Daniel Smallwood (by Sinai), born 1850, married (his cousin), Narcissa Willie Ann Olsen, born 27th July 1878, daughter of Benjamin Bernt Olsen, and his wife, Sina Smallwood.
    • Lorinda Smallwood (by Annie), born 1850, married 1868 Henry C. James.
    • Michael Smallwood (by Annie), born 24th December 1852, married 1875, Lucy Jane Tanner. He died 10th December 1877.
    • Mary Jane Smallwood (by Annie), born 1856, married 1871, Thomas L. Griggs Jr. She died 9th March 1879.
    • Amelia Smallwood (by Annie), born 1860.
  • WILSON NATHANIEL JONES, Principal Chief 1890/1894, born 1831 in Mississippi, son of Capt. Nathaniel Jones, an annuity captain in charge of the payments to the tribe and a member of the Choctaw national council, and his wife, (first name unknown) Battiest (from a French-Choctaw family), he  belonged to the Oklafalaya clan and moved with his family to Indian Territory Oklahoma with their tribe in 1833, became successful by raising cattle from 1849, trustee for the Pushmataha District 1884/-, elected treasurer of the Choctaw Nation in 1887/1890, elected Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in 1890 and re-elected in 1892, established a number of schools during his tenure, married 1stly, about 1851, Rachel Pickens, a daughter of Col. Chief Edmond Pickens, a Chickasaw Indian Nation chief, married 2ndly, 1855, Louisa LeFlore, born 1832, died 1864, daughter of the district chief, Thomas LeFlore, and his wife, Sookie, married 3rdly, before 1876, Martha L. Risener, the daughter of George Risener and Mary Rebecca Bonner, married 4thly, 1876, Isabell Heaston (formerly Mrs. Belle Curtis), daughter of Colonel Heaston of Arkansas, and had issue, eight children (six died young). He died 11th January 1901 and is buried near his home place in Cade Community, Bryan County.
    • W. W. "Willie" Jones (by Louisa), born 22nd December 1860, married 1887, Amelia McCauley, daughter of James McCauley, and his wife, Susan Watkins, and had issue. He died 26th January 1888.
      • Nathaniel "Nat" Jones, fell to his death from the ninth floor of an Oklahoma City Hotel. He died 1916.
    • Annie Belle Jones (by Louisa), died in her senior year at college.
    • Jackson Jones (by Martha)
  • JEFFERSON GARDNER, Principal Chief 1894/1896, born 12th July 1847 near Wheelock Academy, son of Noel Gardner, and his wife, Hannah LeFlore, educated at Norfolk in old Towson County and at  Spencer academy, occupied in farming, stock raising and the mercantile business before becomg Principal Chief, also served as Postmaster of Eagletown for many years, and as county clerk, district clerk, and representative in the Tribal Senate, treasurer of the Choctaw Nation and as circuit judge of the second judicial district, elected Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in August 1894, married 1stly, 1862, Lucinda James, married 2ndly, 1864, Lucy Ann Christy, married 3rdly, Julia Christy (sister of the second wife), and had issue, He died 6th April 1906 at Idabel and is buried in the Joe Christy Cemetery near Eagletown.
    • Jefferson Gardner Jr. (by 3rd marriage)
  • GREENWOOD McCURTAIN, Principal Chief 1896/1900 and 1902/1910, born 28th November 1848 at Skullyville, LeFlore Co.,Oklahoma; son of Cornelius McCurtain and Mahayia "Amy" Belvin, a granddaughter of Sho-Ma-Ka of the Sha-chi-homas, the family migrated to Indian Territory in 1833 and settled in Skullyville, and engaged in farming and stock raising, served as school trustee, Representative, Senator, District Attorney, national Treasurer, and Delegate to Washington D.C. and Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation, married 1stly, 1872, Martha Ann Ainsworth, born 11th November 1846, died 10th January 1904 in LeFlore County, Oklahoma, married 2ndly, Rhoda Folsom, daughter of Reverend Willis Franklin Folsom and Winnie (Sum-E-Cha-Che), married 3rdly, 15th January 1874 in Choctaw Nation, Kate Spring, born 28th February 1855, died 18th May 1934, daughter of William Spring and Jane LeFlore, and had issue. He died 28th December 1910 at Kinta, Haskell Co., Oklahoma, USA.
    • Judge David Cornelius McCurtain (by Martha), born 29th January 1873 in Skullyville, married Kate Nickels Mitchell, born 12t June 1874, died 1st September 1950. He died 27th January 1958 in Arlington, Virginia.
    • Benjamin Franklin McCurtain (by Rhoda), born 15th March 1874, married 26th September 1900, Clara Emma Hagood, born 29th July 1874, daughter of George McClure Hagood, and his wife, Anna Dorcas Morrow, and had issue. He died 23rd June 1946 in Claremore, Oklahoma.
      • Randolph Hagood McCurtain, born 14th June 1902, died June 1950.
    • James F. McCurtain (by Kate), born 18th December 1874 in Skullyville, died 22nd September 1876 in Skullyville.
    • Isabell McCurtain (by Kate), born 10th January 1877 in Skullyville, died 12th August 1877 in Skullyville.
    • Alice McCurtain (by Kate), born 8th February 1879 in Choctaw Nation, married George W. Scott, and had issue. She died June 1951.
    • Lena McCurtain (by Kate), born 9th August 1881 in Skullyville, married 28th March 1900, Herbert McClain Moore. She died 24th June 1966.
    • Napoleon B. McCurtain (by Kate), born 23rd February 1885 in Choctaw Nation, died 19th January 1888.
    • Cora McCurtain (by Kate), born 25th September 1886, died 18th May 1931.
    • Bertha Pauline McCurtain (by Kate), born 30th April 1890 in Choctaw Nation, died 18th June 1938.
    • Lester McCurtain (by Kate), born 18th February 1893.
  • GILBERT WESLEY DUKES, Principal Chief 1900/1902, born 21st  November 1849 at Lukfatah, Boktuklo County in the Choctaw Nation, son of Joseph Dukes, and his wife, Nancy Collins, educated at Spencer Academy, admitted to practice law before the United States Courts in Indian Territory,  elected sheriff of Wade County, member of the General Council, Judge of the Supreme Court and a Circuit Judge of the second district, National Auditor 1895/1897, elected Chief of the Choctaw Nation in 1900, an elder in the Presbyterian Church, married 1stly, 1870, Angeline Wade in 1870, daughter of Governor Alfred Wade (see above), married 2ndly, Isabella Woods, daughter of Horace Woods. He died 26th December 1919 and is buried in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Post Oak in an unmarked grave.
  • VICTOR MURAT LOCKE Jr., Principal Chief 1910/1918, born 1876 at Doaksville, near Ft. Towson, Oklahoma, son of Victor Moreau Locke, and his wife, Susan Priscilla McKinney, educated at schools in White Church, Antlers Public Schools, the Jones Institute at Paris, Texas; the Austin College, Sherman, Texas (1893) and the Drury College, Springfield, Missouri; attained the rank of Major in the Oklahoma National Guard ; Oklahoma delegate  to the Republican National Convention; married 1913, Mrs. Vivia Nail Robertson, daughter of J. H. Nail. He died 7th January 1929 and is buried in the Locke Family Cemetery at Antlers, Oklahoma.
  • WILLIAM FINLEY SEMPLE, Principal Chief 1918/1922, born 16th March 1883 at Caddo, Indian Territory, son of Charles Alexander Semple, and his wife, Minnie Pitchlynn (daughter of Major John Pitchlynn), educated at Jones Academy, graduated in 1907 from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (Law), elected to the House of Representatives, appointed District Attorney for the Choctaw Nation, served as Council for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, appointed Principal Chief in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson, married Clara Petty Semple, died 11th June 1966, buried in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and had issue. He died 1969, buried in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    • William Semple Jr. [? born 22nd January 1916, died 28th January 1994.]
  • WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, Principal Chief 1922/1929, born 1876 near Tamaha, Indian Territory, son of Mitchell and Louisa Harrison, educated at Spencer Academy, at Henry Kendall College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated in law in 1902 from the Centre College, Danville, Kentucky; appointed District Attorney for the Choctaw Nation, admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1907, appointed Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in 1922 by President Warren G. Harding, married 1908, Minette Roberts, daughter of Dr. C. S. Roberts of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He 25th September 1929 in Poteau.
  • BEN H. DWIGHT, Principal Chief 1929/1937, born 24th November 1890 near Mayhew, Indian Territory, son of Simon Timothy Dwight, a full blood Choctaw and Supervisor of Public Instruction for the Choctaws, and his wife, Mary Jane Hunter; educated at Jones Academy, Armstrong Academy, Caddo Public Schools, and graduated with honors in 1908, from Honey Grove High School, graduated in 1913 from Columbia University (B.A.), did his postgraduate at the University of Michigan and the University of Oklahoma and completed his education at Leland Stanford University at Palo Alto, California, graduating with a Bachelor of Law Degree, also earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence title, practised as an Attorney at Law in Bryan County, served as Durant City Attorney and Assistant District Attorney for Bryan County, assigned to the Intelligence Department at Fort Sam Houston, Texas during WWI, first Chief of the Choctaw Nation to be appointed by the President of the United States and elected by the Choctaw Tribe, served as  Administrative Assistant to the Governor in 1942, married 29th December 1916 in Durant Oklahoma, Eileen Perkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Perkins. He died 18th July 1953 in Oklahoma and is buried in Memorial Cemetery, Oklahoma City.
  • WILLIAM A. DURANT, Principal Chief 1937/1948, born 18th March 1866 at Bennington, Indian Territory, son of Sylvester Durant, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Martha Robinson; educated at local schools in Bennington and in Durant, graduated in 1886 from Arkansas College, Batesville, (M.A.), worked as a teacher briefly before undertaking to study law, later he was licensed to practice law in the courts of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations and also in the Federal Courts, served as Inspector of Academies, Superintendent of Jones Academy, Royalty Collector for his district and Special District Judge, he was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the Choctaw Legislature in 1890, chosen Speaker of the House in 1891, member of the first, second and third Oklahoma Legislatures, married 19th April 1892, Ida Mae Corber, born 1st April 1873, died 16th January 1961, daughter of George Corber, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Abbott. He died 1st August 1948 in Tushka Homma, buried in Durant.
  • HARRY JAMES WATSON BELVIN, Principal Chief 1948/1975, born 11th December 1900 in Boswell, Indian Territory, son of Watson J. Belvin, and his wife Mabel Powers Belvin, educated at local schools in Boswell, graduated from Southeastern Teachers College (B.Sc.), and from the University of Oklahoma (M.Ed.), worked as a teacher for 15 years, County Superintendent of Public Instruction in Bryan County 1941/1952, member of the Oklahoma Legislature for ten years, member of the House of Representatives for six years and a Senator for four years, first popularly elected Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation since August 1971; chosen Outstanding Indian of Oklahoma and outstanding American Indian of Oklahoma and Outstanding American Indian Citizen; received the Oklahoma Bankers Association Award for Land Improvement and a Special Recognition Award from the American Indian Institute; he was active in the Inter-Tribal Council of the five Civilized Tribes, the National Congress of American Indians, the American Indian Institute, the Choctaw – Chickasaw Confederation, and the Oklahoma Indian club; married 21st December 1922 in Boswell, Lucille Brightwell, and had issue, one daughter. He died 19th September 1986 in Bryan memorial Hospital, and is buried in Highland Cemetery, Durant, Oklahoma. 
    •  Louise Belvin (Mrs. Louise Frazier).
  • CLARK DAVID GARDNER, Principal Chief 1975/1978, born 22nd April 1940 at Boswell, Oklahoma, son of Reverend Critten A. Gardner, and his wife, Ida Mae Jones, and a distant relative of Chief Harry J. W. Belvin, he was educated at a local school in Boswell, at Sulphur High School, at East Central State University, Ada (B.A.) and at Southwestern State University (M.A.) as well as at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, where he later taught briefly; served in the U.S. Navy 1958/1963, took office as Principal Chief on 26th August 1975, he was one of the organizers of the Choctaw-Chickasaw Alliance, he rekindled interest in the Choctaw language; married 27th August 1958, Carol Jean Parker. He died 13th January 1978 in Durant, Oklahoma and was buried the next day at Sulphur.
  • HOLLIS E. ROBERTS, Chief 1978/1997 (resigned), born 9th May 1943 at Hochatown, Oklahoma in McCurtain County, son of Darrell E. Roberts, and his wife, Laura Beam Roberts, educated at Holly Creek Elementary School for eight years, at Idabel High School, graduating in 1961; served as city councilman at Hugo for fourteen years, member of the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce, elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, member of the Choctaw County Hospital Board, Secretary and Treasurer of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, elected in 1987 to serve a third term as President of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, elected Principal Chief in April 1978, married 17th May 1963, Helen R. Rodriquez, and has issue, three children, two sons and one daughter.
  • GREGORY ELI PYLE (see above)

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