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James Jones “Choctaw Preacher” Biddie

Birth
Union County, South Carolina, USA
Death 11 Jan 1884 (aged 74–75)
Skullyville, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Shady Point, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 101902551 · View Source
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From the research of Fred Biddy:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=biddyfred&id=I01191

Family tradition says he was a decendant of an Indian woman named "Seely" or "Sarah" Jones.

James Jones Biddie married a white woman, by the name of Mary J. Sanders after his first wife died. Mary was a weakly woman origionally from Alabama. Before moving they had lived at Gunther's Landing near the Tennessee River in the eastern part of Marshall Co. Alabama. They started for Indian Territory in the fall of 1851with two buggies and five wagons. They crossed the Mississippi River at Memphis by boat. Next they ran into the swamps and finally arrived at the White River in Arkansas. It took them somewhere from five to eight weeks to get there. They settled there for about a year, and during that year Mary died. After her death, Biddie left his in-laws and moved to Hemstead Co.Ar. There he remarried to Elizabeth Kinsey. He bought some land there and lived on it for about two or three years. During the Cival War, they moved to Montgomery Co.Ar.

James was a farmer, stock hearder, shair croper, and preacher. He had been known as "Parson Biddie" and as the "Choctaw Preacher" . He had, at several occasions, preached with a man by thr name of Parson Willis Fulsom, who had also been a Choctaw Preacher. They had been Methodist preachers. Even though James had been a Choctaw he couldn't speak the language and had to have an interpreter. Most of the time that was Parson Fulsom.
James did not move immediately into the Choctaw Nation after Mary's death because she told him, that she didn't want her children to grow up with Indian children. Eventually though, all of the children came to the Nation to settle. Some of his grand children were born and raised in thr territory.

In about 1867, James moved from Montgomery County closer to the Nation and in 1873 went on into the Choctaw Nation to live. James made his home around the Green Hill and Camerion areas. He moved to the Jack Fork Creek right before he died. During this time period, this area was called Skullyville County.

After James and his family had moved into the Indian Territory, he went to the Choctaw Council to be acknowledged as a Choctaw, but was turned down because of two witnesses, Miahonabe and George Washington. When they were put on the stand to testify, they told different stories. The statements of these two men were recorded 1870 and he was rejected by the Council.

He applied for citizenship in the Choctaw Nation but he was declined. He reached at Cameron and Pocola with Willis Fulsom (Parson) also near Double Springs (Shady Point). He lived near Cameron in 1879 near the Arkansas border.

James Jones Biddy and his son James F. Biddy filed for Choctaw citizenship in 1873. They were rejected by Choctaw council in 1880, 1882,and 1884.


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  • Created by: Gary B. Sanders
  • Added: 8 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101902551
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Jones “Choctaw Preacher” Biddie (1809–11 Jan 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101902551, citing Shady Point Cemetery, Shady Point, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Gary B. Sanders (contributor 47044379) .