Excerpted from the 1860 census for Carroll County--
GARRETT, David H 32 m TN farmer; carpenter GARRETT, Melissa P 23 f AL (daughter of M. P. Mitchell below) GARRETT, Alvin C 5 m AR GARRETT, David C 3 m AR GARRETT, Margaret M 1 f AR FOSTER, Joseph 10 m AR(should read MS) bound GARRETT, Joseph 30 m TN farmer MITCHELL, M. P. 57 m KY farmer (Micajah Proctor) MITCHELL, Ibby M 53 f TN MITCHELL, John B 18 m MO farmer MITCHELL, Susan M 15 f AR MITCHELL, Amanda A 13 f AR MITCHELL, Eliza M 8 f AR
Does anyone know anything about the Joseph Foster found in the household of David H. Garrett? I know he was orphaned, possibly in the Yell/Johnson County Arkansas area, or even in the Choctaw Nation West, but have not been able to find hard evidence. How does Joseph relate to the Garretts and Mitchells?
According to one descendent, David Haines Garrett had a brother named Abraham. This source believes he was Abraham Ellison Garrett of Overton Co., Tennessee, but this has not been proven to my satisfcation. Is it possible that he was actually the Abraham Garrett found on the 1860 census for Skullyville in the Choctaw Nation who had a neighbor named Martha Foster from Mississippi? Do these Garretts descend from the Garrett/Jarrett family of Harford Co., Maryland?
Also, is Micajah Proctor Mitchell (the father of David Garrett's wife) related to the Micajah Mitchell from Harford County, Maryland who was listed as "poor" on the 1793 tax rolls and who appears to have left Maryland by 1800? Did this Micajah Mitchell go to Kentucky?
One final question: does anyone know if probate issues arising among white settlers in the Choctaw Nation would have been handled at the courthouse in Fort Smith, Arkansas? For example, if Joseph's parents had died in Skullyville would he have been bound out by a Choctaw court or in Ft. Smith, which was the nearest U.S. jurisdiction?