Re: Mary Polk married William Coulter
Thanks for the quick response.Let me address your questions.
First let me tell you what I know for sure.
1. My wife (Jo Ann Brinkley) is the daughter of Rheubin Brinkley.
2. Rheubin Brinkley is the son of Cora Smith (first marriage was to Henry Musick and then cohabited with Charley Brinkley).
3. Cora is the daughter of Morgan Lee Smith and Mary Etta Coulter.I do not have a birth certificate, and probably cannot get one.We have pictures of Morgan and Mary Etta and Grandma Musick (Cora Smith)also dictated this to us in the years before she died.
Now for what I am not 100% sure of, but am pretty confident of.
1. Mary Etta Coulter was the daughter of William Coulter.I have seen this in several family tree files online, in the LDS database, and several genforum posts from different individuals.Granted all of these could be copying an original source that was in error, but some other clues lead me to believe that it is genuine.For one, the 1880 Eastland, TX census list William’s sons as J.A., D.W., and H.K.I have an old picture that is labeled D,K,Bud,Grandpa,Berry Coulter.I have seen Jackson (J.A.) Coulter referred to as Berry, and the initials D and K would probably be D.W. and H.K.There is some speculation that William also went by Bud.In addition, Grandma Musick said that her mother Mary Etta had a half brother name of Ed (she even gave us the names of Ed’s children – got to trace them someday).I think that pretty much nails down the William and F.E. Coulter in the 1880 census for Eastland, TX as the parents of Mary Etta Coulter.
2. According to the LDS database, William L. Coulter died abt 1907 and is buried in Odessa Cemetery, Lake Valley, Washita, OK.
3. Cora Smith was part Choctaw Indian.My father-in-law has always maintained that she was Choctaw.William Coulter came from Mississippi which is the original home of the Choctaw.So if there is Indian blood in the family, Choctaw makes sense.At least one of my wife’s Musick cousins is supposed to have the roll# for Cora (I think that I may have found it and have written to get the Dawes packet).One cousin (who died a few months ago) we know had the Dawes info, but she refused to share it saying that we could work as hard as she did to get it.Needless to say, she wasn’t the family favorite.
4. Yes, the Coulters moved around quite a bit.According to some sources, the men of this family formed an outlaw gang that rode in parts of TX and OK in the late 1800’s.If this is true, I imagine that
I just a few days ago ran across a post that stated that William L. Coulter had at least one daughter named Mary Etta with a Mary Pokes (Choctaw Indian roll#10852) and that he also had as wife a Martha Phelps.Both Martha Phelps and Frances McWilliams are listed as his wife in the LDS database.Martha Phelps is shown born abt 1830 so she is probably the mother of son Edward.When I looked at the Choctaw roll#10852, it was assigned to a Mary Polk and there is no Pokes in the Dawes roll.The age on the Dawes roll for Mary Polk (full blood Choctaw) is given as 33, but I have seen ages misstated back in those days and wonder if that may be the case.This is only a thread that I am just now trying to prove or disprove.I have written to the individual who placed this post to get documentation if possible, but have not heard back from her yet.
Something else that I have thought might be possible is that William Coulter had daughter Mary Etta by an Indian girl out of wedlock (on my side of the family, my ggggrandmother had 4 children out of wedlock by her brother-in-law, so I know that finding “marriages” is not always possible).
Thanks for the input in your post.It has caused me to look again at some data that did not make sense, but is now becoming a little clearer.I am continuing to look down all these little paths to find fragments to fit together into the big picture.My wife and I now live in Georgia so doing research for OK and TX families is sometimes difficult.Thanks for your help.