Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
History Project for Oklahoma
Date: November 29, 1937
W. O. Key
Post Office: Fort Towson,
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Vol. 50, p466
In 1886 my father owned
a gin over in TX and he saw how inconvenient it was for the people in the
Indian Territory to take their cotton over into TX to have in ginned, so
he moved his gin over into the Territory...
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In 1889, I lived close
to Caddo and knew Joel KEMP there. He was part Choctaw and part Chickasaw.
He said that his daddy, in slavery time, had a plantation of a thousand
cleared acres northeast of Ft Towson. He said that the story and a half
"big house" was built of hewn logs. It had a twelve foot hall and ten foot
porches nearly all around it and contained several rooms, with chimneys
and fireplaces of native stone at each end of the house and one for the
kitchen, because they cooked on fireplaces then. The same chimney furnished
the fireplaces both above and below stairs. The slave quarters were a little
way back of the house and consisted of several cabins. Then of course there
were out-buildings, bars, etc. all built of logs. The father's name was
Joel Kemp, also.
On January 17, 1900, I
moved to that "thousand acre field" which was then a little north east
of Doaksville, about five miles. I found some of those Negro cabins and
the "big house" still standing, though the roof was pretty well fallen
in and the whole thing was unfit to live in.
But Indians lived in some
of the cabins. Some of the LeFlores had charge of the portion of land that
the big house was on and they sold the logs which were hauled off and something
was built out of them. Some of the Aaron Indians filed on some of this
land and I filed on four hundred and eighty acres of it, but I have let
the most of it get away from me. I should have been rich with the opportunity I had with all that land and the woods full of game and the streams full
of fish and trees full of turkeys.
Jordan FOLSOM, an old
Negro blacksmith who was at Doaksville when I came, and Uncle North HILL
were slaves of Joel Kemp on that plantation and told me that they helped
to clear that thousand acres.
North filed on the forty
acres that the town of Ft. Towson was built upon. When the town of Doaksville
was moved to the new site and named Ft. Towson, Uncle Jordan Folsom moved
his little shop to the new town and worked in til until just a few days
before he died in 1906. So I guess that is the story of "the thousand acre
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