To Oklahoma via the Indian Removal Act of 1830
My step-grandmother started our family history, and I became interested after the birth of my son in 1990. One “tale” in particular is still somewhat of a mystery to my family. The family folklore tells of my great-great Grandmother and her baby daughter (from her previous marriage – widowed) being “sent” to Indian territory in Oklahoma. This story had been passed down for a couple of generations now, and it was thought to be true. However, in researching my genealogy I’ve discovered that my great-great Grandmother was not “sent” to Oklahoma. She died and was buried in Kentucky. Her mother had also been found in Kentucky after 1830. Later, I deduced that it could not have been her mother, because my great-great Grandmother wasn’t born until 1848! Further researched found that the baby daughter grew up and married a “land speculator” from Ohio, and they went to Oklahoma to stake out land during the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. So, maybe this is where the story began?!