This is part of what I have on my branch of the Choates:
* = my line.
John Choate (Watachey) b 1820—may have been on the trail of tears in 1838 but could have already been in OK when the great removal began; not sure of this yet. I do know that my aunt said the Cherokee Reservation in NC told her that he returned to Tennessee to live. He had two brothers: William (Bill) and James (Jim).
William married Tillie Collins (no info on children)
James married ? (no info on children)
John Choate married Martha Martin (don’t have any dates). Both were said to be full blood Cherokees. They had six children: Hide or Ide, Walter, Tilda (Matilda?), Ike, Sissy, and Samuel (my great grandfather).
** Hide or Ide Choate married Ada Welch and had 7 children: Jake, Martha, Tilda, Betty, Lonnie, Samuel, and Milton.
I. Jake married ? Mayberry and had 2 children
II. Martha married Boss Kirby and had 2 children
III. Tilda married Will Bradley and had 2 children
IV. Betty married Jape Bandy and had 2 children
V. Lonnie married ?? and had 3 children
VI. Samuel married Frances ?? and had 1 child
VII. Milton married Mary ?? and had 2 children
**Walter Choate married Beulah Merritt and had 7 children: Martha, Ada, Buddy, Homer Lee, Catherine (Cat), Gladys, and Deanie.
I. Martha married Ray Nelson (1 child)
II. Ada married ?? Nelson (no children)
III. Buddy married ?? (no children)
IV. Homer Lee died unmarried
V. Catherine married Bill Barnes (5 children)
VI. Gladys married Jack Horner (no children)
VII. Deanie married ?? (1 child)
**Tilda Choate married Lon Redfern and had 5 children: John, Bob (Robert?), Sam (Samuel?), Ike, and Roxie.
I. John married Evie Merritt (6 children)
II. Bob married Fannie May Oggs (8 children)
III. Sam married ?? (no children)
IV. Ike married Tootsie ? (no children)
V. Roxie married Olly (Oliver?) Bush (1 child)
**Ike (Isaac?) Choate died unmarried.
** Sissy (given name?) Choate married Tom Crabtree (12 children)
Don’t have any names here.
**Samuel Alexander Choate- b 1865 d 1950 married Catherine (Cassie) Silcox b 1869 d 1929. They had 8 children: Daisy, *John Thomas, Walter Leroy, William, Mike, Ike, Marie, and Christine.
From this point on, I have few names and fewer dates.
I. Daisy married Sanford Link and had 4 children: Samuel, Nellie, Patsy Katherine, and Florence Estelle.
A. Samuel married Viola Gass and had 4 children.
B. Nellie married John Gass and had 5 children.
C. Patsy Katherine married Paul Baskerville and had no children.
D. Florence Estelle married J.W. Rogers and had no children.
II. * John Thomas Choate (b 4/8/1896 - d 7/3/1986) married Irene Davenport (b 8/28/1904 - d 8/20/1988) and had 9 children: Etta May, Herbert Willard, Sanford Lee, John Thomas Jr., James Walter, Horace Eugene, Margaret Elizabeth, Samuel Elijah Coleman, and Hazel Irene.
A. Etta May (Dickie; became hair dresser to Lady Bird Johnson) married Thomas Wheeler Lewis and had 2 children: Alfred John Robert and Joseph Conrad.
1. Alfred John Robert married Ann Douglas Scott (no children)
2. Joseph Conrad married Margarette Rose (2 children)
B. Herbert Willard married Ida Dell (Idell) Ragland and had 8 children: Herbert Willard Jr., Jackie Leon, Debra Jean, Carolyn Gail, Della, Donna Kay, Johnny, Michael Ray.
1. Herbert Willard Jr. committed suicide
2. Jackie Leon married Ann Pendergast (2 children)
3. Debra Jean married David Beatty (1 child)
4. Carolyn Gail married Butch Tuttle (no children)
5. Della married Rev. Crawford E. Slagle Jr. (2 children)
6. Donna Kay married Allen Segman (1 child)
7. Johnny committed suicide
8. Michael Ray died in infancy
C. Sanford Lee (3rd child of John Thomas and Irene) died in infancy.
D. John Thomas Jr. died in infancy.
E. James Walter died in infancy.
F. * Horace Eugene Choate (b 12/14/31 d 6/98) married Luana Clare Eller (b 10/11/36) and had 4 children: Cheryl Ann (me; secretary), Bonny Lynn(photographer), Tammy Sue (social worker), and John Leslie (contractor).
1. * Cheryl Ann Choate (b 9/21/56) married Johnnie Ray Steward (b 5/31/54) and had 2 children: Jason Vee (tattoo artist) and Erin Ann (stay-at-home mom).
a. Jason (b 5/4/75;) has one child (Keira Rose) with
Sarah Lemp (working on Psychology Doctorate)
b. Erin (b 11/12/82) married Armando Ricardo of Mexico (factory
worker and landlord) and had 2 children: Mychal Anthony (b 2001) and Alexander Emilio (b 2003).
Before retiring disabled, I was a secretary and retail manager. I love to sew, crochet, embroider and read. For a short time in the 1990s, I had an alterations business. My husband, Johnnie, was a truck driver and the two of us traveled the country on his jobs. Johnnie is also a talented artist and loves to pass the time drawing. He has designed some of the tattoos our son, Jason, has done for people.
2. * Bonny Lynn Choate married Joseph Mark Warner and had 3 children: Shawna Lynn (licensed teacher), Timothy Joseph (team leader at Toyota), and Kristofer (school principal).
a. Shawna Lynn married Kevin Adams (5 children)
b. Timothy Joseph married Lisa (3 children)
c. Kristofer married Heather (2 children)
Bonny owns a photography studio called “Memories at Home” and her husband, Mark, is her sales rep and business manager. Bonny has a wonderful ability to put herself on a child’s level and this is her passion. She is “Miss Bonny” in her Sunday School Class and is a very respected deacon in her church, Bethel Temple. She and Mark are close personal friends with the pastor there.
3. * Tammy Sue Choate married Osama Subhi Abu Zahra and had 2 children: Bakiza and Jamie; both are stay-at-home moms.
a. Bakiza (Kiza) married Ronald Lawrence (2 children)
b. Jamie married 1st Norman (1 child)
2nd Jeff Adkins (2 children)
Tammy and Osama Abu Zahra met in 1979 as blind dates when Osama was attending college at Vincennes University in Vincennes Indiana. They married and moved to Amman, Jordan for the first two years of their marriage. She was a secretary there and learned their ways and language and became very close with Osama’s family and friends. She also traveled to other countries over there with his family.
Tammy’s first daughter, Bakiza, was born in Amman, Jordan and is named after her Arabian tata (grandmother). Jamie was born after they returned to America. Tammy is divorced and is living in St. Louis, MO today. Bakiza and Jamie both reside in Evansville Indiana.
4. * John Leslie Choate married Melody (Mel) Axton and had two children: John Leslie II, and Stephen Eric. Both unmarried today; both work in retail. Today, John and Melody are divorced but Melody remains a member of our family because she is well-loved.
G. Margaret Elizabeth married Dean McElhiney and had 6 children: Darlene, John, Kathy, Jerry, James Dean (J.D.), and Donny.
1. Darlene married David Mullinisks [sp?] (1 child)
2. John married Sue (no current info)
3. Kathy (no current info)
4. Jerry (no current info)
5. James Dean (JD) (no current info)
6. Donny (no current info)
H. Samuel Elijah Coleman married
1st –Wilma McKissicks (sp?) and had 2 children: Joey, and Penny. No current info on them either. My last records show that they both married and Joey had a child but I don’t have any names.
2nd –Betty Murphy and had 2 children: Wayne and John Leslie. I have no current info on them.
I. Hazel Irene married James Beatty and had 2 children: Kimberly Irene and Terri Denise. No current info on them. Hazel and I have written on occasion about our family line.
III. Walter Leroy Choate married three times……..
1st Leila Gouser deceased.
2nd Myrtle White and divorced
3rd Tiny Lee Yarbrough and divorced
4th Polly Comperry and had 5 children: Johnny, Walter Lee, Dolly, Cassie, and a son I don’t have a birth name for. I only know they called him Red Horse.
A. Johnny married Joanne ? (1 child)
B. Walter Lee died unmarried
C. Dolly married Wallace Young (2 children)
D. Cassie married ? (2 children)
E. Red Horse died unmarried
IV. William Choate married Mary Lucas and had 6 children: Walter Louis, William Jr., Frank, Jackie, Thomas Lee and Donna (died in infancy).
William’s children were taken to Michigan when William died and no word has been heard from them since.
V. Mike married twice…..
1st Gladys Skaggs and had 4 children: Clarence, Leonard, Larry and Irene
A. Clarence married ? (3 children)
B. Leonard was unmarried
C. Larry was unmarried
D. Irene married ? Horn (2 children)
2nd Myrtle White and had no children.
VI. Ike married Martha Skaggs and had 7 children: Dolly, Pete, Lawrence, Jabo, Shirley, Blackie, and Ed.
A. Dolly married Charles Belcher (5 children)
B. Pete married Charles Glover (4 children)
C. Lawrence married ? (5 children)
D. Jabo was unmarried
E. Shirley married Punch Summers (3 children)
F. Blackie married Charles Brinley (4 children)
G. Ed was unmarried
VI. Marie married three times…..
1st Emmett Stansell and had 4 children: Emmett Jr, Melvin, Helen, and Lillie Pearl.
A. Emmett Jr. married ? (1 child)
B. Melvin married ? (1 child)
C. Helen married ? (7 children)
D. Lillie Pearl married ? Andrews (3 children)
2nd William Goodman and had 1 child: Billy Marie
A. Billy Marie married ? (5 children)
3rd Ray Rapier and had no children with him.
VII. Christine married twice…..
1st Lee Graham and had 2 children: Samuel and Pete.
A. Samuel is deceased
B. Pete married twice (names unknown) He had 2 children in each marriage.
2nd Robert Toombs and had no children.