Surname Saturday...Margaret Ann WILSON
What I know of my family's genealogy is largely based in Indian Territory which is now the state of Oklahoma. This is a vignette into the story of my Great Great Grandmother Margaret Ann WILSON nee ALEXANDER who was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama circa 1822. Margaret Ann traveled to Indian Territory during the “removal” on the so called "Trail of Tears" circa 1843 with Colonel Benjamin LOVE as his slave. Benjamin LOVE, his immediate family and auxiliary families were Chickasaw "mixed blood" Indians and were one of the largest slave holding families in the Chickasaw Nation. Margaret Ann would become the matriarch of many Indian Territory Freedmen families whose names are well known among those who research this unique and rich history. She gave birth to many children by an enslaved man known as Cornelius PICKENS. From this union there were five children documented, their names were: Salina PICKENS, Isabella PICKENS, Susan PICKENS with two known sons named Colbert ALEXANDER and William ALEXANDER. Additionally, Margaret had several children who were born prior to the Civil War and the emancipation of Chickasaw and Choctaw slaves in 1866. She had a daughter by a man named Mink LOVE her name was Louisa LOVE. She had a son by a man named Philip WILSON, his name was John WILSON. Margaret had one other child named Bettie LOVE by a relative of her Chickasaw enslaver Benjamin, his name was Robert Howard LOVE and their daughter was named Bettie LIGON nee LOVE. Salina married a man by the name of Culosh HAWKINS and gave birth to six children. Isabella married a man named Henry CLAY and gave birth to ten children. Susan was married to Sank JACKSON and together they reared six children. Margaret’s son, Colbert who appears to be named after her father had one child named Margaret ALEXANDER whose mother was Silla JAMES. Cornelius and Margaret's son William married Victoria MAYS and together they reared five children. Margaret's daughter Bettie married William Hadley LIGON in Cooke County Texas in 1881 and together they reared eight children. These comprise just a few of the surnames I research in my family's genealogy. Have you taken the time to discover the surnames in your family?
This article was originally published on April 16, 2010 and is being republished with the consent of the author, Terry Ligon https://www.blackandredjournal.blogspot.com
PICKENS ALEXANDER LIGON HAWKINS JACKSON CLAY MAYS JAMES LOVE WILSON