My GGG grandfather, William Spring (b. 1795), married Mary Franklin(b. 1795) in 1825 in St. Helena Parish, La.
Inscribed on her tombstone in the Spring Cemetery, Amite, La., was
"Dau. of Jim and Sophia Pitchlin"
My cousin Murphy Spring indicated in his 1964 genealogy notes that she was born in the Choctaw Nation, in what is now Rankin Co., Mississippi.
A grandson of this Spring/Franklinmarriage, (John S. Spring) was granted Choctaw tribal membership under the Dawes Act in the late 1890's (I do not have a copy of this paperwork, but it is available), based on Mary Franklin being a full blood. Note that Maj. John Pitchlynn was formally adopted by the Choctaw as a child, hence would count as Choctaw by blood, though of biologically English parentage.
Frankly, I'm a bit stumped.My mother assumed that the error was in calling her father Jim instead of John, which would be correct in time if nothing else. This would make her the daughter of Major John Pitchlynn and Sophia Folsom, though does not explain the last name of Franklin.
Others have theorized that she was the Daughter of John and his first wife, and that Sophia Folsom was her step mother.
Still others have pointed out that last names were slippery things among the Choctaw, who often adopted the names of White people they admired or wished to impress. At least one Choctaw man adopted the name of John Pitchlynn, causing A LOT of confusion.
Finally, I've had considerable correspondence with Franklin Family researchers who theorize, with some evidence, that Mary Franklin was the of the Franklin family that immigrated to La. from South Carolina in the early 19th Century, and suspect thatMary Franklin was the daughter of Henry Franklin who lived near the Springs in the 1820's, before moving on to Mississippi. However, that Mary Franklin was born, according to the Census Record, some 10 years too late to match the date of our Mary Franklin's D.O.B. recorded on her tombstone. Additionally, she was born in S.C., not Miss., would have had no Choctaw blood, (the Choctaw were never that far east) and would never have had much contact with the Pitchlynns.
I am going to invite a couple of other researchers to join us in this forum, one who has a very detailed and extensive genealogy of the John Pitchlynn lines, and one who has some information on the Choctaw man who took his name.
Please share any information that you may have on the families...we'll track it down eventually.