| || Notes for Rhoda Gunn:|
was the only child of James Gunn and Molly Colbert, a
mixed-blood Chickasaw.James was well educated and saw to it
that Rhoda was to receive a much better education than what
most white women received. Rhoda preferred company of Indians;
fell in love and married Chickasaw, Oke-la-na, at Monroe
Mission by Father Stewart.
Rhoda's father bought land in new Choctaw Nation Indian
Territory and with health failing urged Rhoda not to fight the
removal and go asap. Oke-la-na decided to oppose the removal,
left with a small band of braves and never returned. In 1837
with heavy heart, she gathered possessions, met relatives at
Horn Lake, MS (sourth of Memphis, TN).
One famous legend was about her swimming the Mississippi
River at a point near Horn Lake on a wager for a barrell of
sugar.She retrieved a handfull of mud from the opposite bank
and swam back without pause.
The family were well prepared for the trip and had good
horses.They reached the rich valley of the Boggy River and
the family of Cyrus Harris (son of Rhoda's half sister
Elizabeth son and future gov. of Chickasaws) decided to settle
there.Rhoda's other half-sister, Sallie was the wife of
Chief Issac Albertson.She then married Joseph Bevard Potts
II, whose family settled in nort Texas and Chickasaw Nation and
gave birth to three children.After Joseph Potts died, Rhoda
and the children subsisted on their own for a number of years.
Rhoda's group continued on with other relatives to the Red
River were kinsman Ben F. Colbert was building a ferry.Some
accounts say that Rhoda married Samuel Colbert (her cousin) for
a short time and followed relatives to Red River sometime
later.She may have had a daughter, Susan, who eventually
married and went to Arkansas.
After the Civil War, Rhoda gave permission for her daugher
Sallie to marry Kentuckian Daniel Collins and for other
daughter Mary to marry Daniel's brother, John.Daniel and
Sallie lived with Aunt Sallie Albertson in a fine log house
that had taken several years to build (still-standing and
oldest occupied home in Oklahoma Territory), while John and
Mary moved in with Rhoda 'who was glad to have a man in the
house again.'Mary died in the chilbirth of her first child.
Dan and Sallie went on to raise seven children and become
prominent citizens of that area.
Shares the headstone with her half-sister, Sallie Oxbury