5Pitchlynn was interested in Indian education as evidenced by an article he wrote for the National Intelligencer which was later copied in the Missouri Advocate and St. Louis Enquirer, December 24, 1825, p. 1, col. 3.
take them to Colo. Richd. M. Johnson’s Scott County, Kentucky. I have advised you . . . that Johnson had agreed to be their Superintendent.”6
under the superintendence and tuition of Thomas Henderson . . . The school room is large and commodious, well furnished with maps, globes, books, etc. The lodging room is a large well furnished three story stone house furnished with good beds and every other accommodation for ease and comfort. The boys are called together every morning a little after sunrise, and school is opened by singing and prayer. A part of each Saturday is devoted in teaching the Indian boys vocal music, and on Sundays they are required to attend on public worship.” He adds the following list of the Choctaw boys together with their ages—Alfred Wade, 17; Jacob Folsom, 16; Lyman Collens, 16; John Riddle, 16; Peter King, 15; Silas Pitchlynn, 15; John Adams, 15; James M. King, 14; William Riddle, 14; John Everson, 14; Charles Jones, 13; Lewis McCan, 13; Daniel Folsom, 13; Hiram King, 13; Robert Nail, 13; Charles King, 13; Picken Wade, 12; William McCan, 12; Allen Kearney, 10; Alexander Pope, 10; Morris Nail, 8.”
The Louisville Public Advertiser of November 9, 1825 notes from Georgetown that twenty-one Indian children, from the Choctaw Nation have just arrived at the residence of Colonel Johnson, for the purpose of receiving an education. They state that William Ward is a native of that county and that twenty of the horses the boys rode are to be sold at public auction.