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Captain Miashambi

Mr. Miashambi as it is spelled that way in some of the best authorities or at times in lesser ones as Meshambe, is our Native American forefather; as far back as the Hudson history I have seen to be recorded.

If anyone has further information on Mr. Miashambi/Meshambe and or his ancestors it would be fantastic to know and would be added to this history.

I have found one genelogical page listing him as Mr. Ah-te-he Meshambe and the Dawes Final Rolls shows Ah-Te-He to be his name, so I take this to be right.

Mr. Miashambi lived on land near the Tombigbee River shown in census records and lived near Columbus Mississippi. This is shown to be the case in official records during the 1830 to 1831 pre-removal Armstrong Census taking period.

Below is a good place on the Internet to learn about this area our Ancestors lived in before they were removed into what is now Oklahoma.

Captain Miashambi is also recorded as having passed from this life on May 24th, 1857 with His birth date being as yet unknown or never recorded.

He was most certainly a full blood Choctaw Native American who is recorded to have became a Tribal Captain of his Clan and serving under the War Chief of his particular Clan District.

He was the Grand-Father of Judge James Hudson, whose Mother 'Widow' Hudson was one of Mr. Miashambi's Daughters who is recorded having fathered at least one Son and at least 7 Daughters, two of which later became wives of his Grand-Son Judge James Hudson, namely Peshatema his 1st Wife and Ahobatema his 2nd Wife.

Also, Jackson Hudson, the 1st Son of Judge James and Peshatema Hudson had married his Mother's younger Sister, named Ishtema-hoke or simply Ishtema in some documents, she also being one of the Daughters of Mr. Miashambi.

Judge James Hudson and his Son Jackson were thus Mr. Miashambi's Sons-In-Law while also being his Grand-Son (James) and Great-Grandson (Jackson) respectively, and adding to this genealogical maze, Mr. Miashambi was also the Grand-Father of Alice McCoy, the niece of Ishtema-hoke, who became the Wife of Roar Hudson, the Grand-Son of Judge James Hudson...

Confused yet?

1st Spouse of Capt. Ahtehe Meshambe




As spelled in the Dawes Final Rolls

Born: ? Died: ?

Nothing has been recorded about the life and times of Ish-tema-hema that I have been able to locate as yet. Ish-tema-hema is listed as the Mother of at least one of Ahtehe's Daughters, namely, Ish-tema-hoke (Ishtema), (who later became the Wife of Jackson Hudson). Of the rest of his Daughters, I am not sure who the mother is, as there is nothing recorded that I have found, so it's assumed they are all hers as well as one Son named Filliston. I also saw her name as Sha-Te-Ma.

The Children of Mr. Miashambi & Ish-tema-hema

#1 'Widow' Hudson

She was born in 1768 in Mississippi, and is listed on the 1830 Armstrong Census Roll as 'Widow' Hudson. She was the Mother of both James Hudson, who became the Eagle County Judge and a Presbyterian Minister, and George Hudson, who became the 1st 'Principal Chief' of the Choctaw Nation in 1860 to 1862 she was also the mother of Tannip Hudson of whom, concerning his life, nothing seems to be recorded.

 #2 Peshatema Hudson

Also called Pisahoma. She was the 1st wife of James Hudson and his Mother's younger sister, and the mother of Judge Jackson Hudson, Sallie Hudson (Bohanan), and Elisabeth Hudson (Tonihka).

 #3 Ahobatema Hudson

Also spelled Ah-hobo-tema and Ahobatima. She was born in 1814 in Mississippi, she became the 2nd wife of James Hudson and was both his mother's and also his 1st wife's younger sister, she became the mother of Harriet Hudson (Amos), Washington 'Wash' Hudson, Daniel Herbert Hudson who became a Sheriff of Eagletown and a Choctaw Light-Horseman, and the famed Peter James Hudson who was an important Choctaw Educator & U.S. Delegate of the Choctaw Nation in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

#4 Shomota McCoy

Her History is unknown to us at this time

Also called Shaluma. The name (McCoy) was taken as a new last name by these two sisters including their niece Alice before they, Istema and Alice married their Hudson spouses and took their last names as their own. There is also a brother listed in the Indian Pioneer Papers and in an 1885 Eagle County Census and the Dawes Final Rolls, namely Filliston or Philiston McCoy who is said to have married a woman by the name of Alona or Sukey, and who are said to be the parents of Alice McCoy who later became the wife of Roar Hudson, a son of Washington 'Wash' Hudson and who then became the foster/adopted Daughter of Ishtema Hudson (McCoy) and her husband Jackson Hudson, who was the 1st son of James Hudson mentioned above. A brother of Alice is also listed as Thomas McCoy.

 #5 Elizabeth 'Eliza'

Her History is unknown to us at this time other than Peter James Hudson saying that she was the Mother of Sallie Durant who was the Wife of Alex R. Durant.

Alexander R. Durant was born in 1835 and married Sallie. He lived at Grant, Oklahoma in 1901. He had at least two children, one named Etna Rae, born June 24, 1899, and George E. F. Durant who died on October 18, 1899.

#6 Melvina Miashambi

She became the 2nd Spouse of Choctaw Chief Isaac Levi Garvin, pictured below.

In Garvin, Oklahoma, a four-foot granite marker has been erected at the grave of Isaac Levi Garvin in Waterhole Cemetery as part of a project of the McCurtain County Historical Society.

Placement of the marker completes an effort by the society to memorialize the live Principal Chiefs of the Choctaw Nation who made their homes in what is now McCurtain County.

Choctaw Chief’s Park near Eagletown was dedicated and commemorated Principal Chiefs George Hudson, 1860-62; Peter P. Pitchlynn, 1864-96.

A 1958 project by the Oklahoma Historical Society had reclaimed the Garland family cemetery and refinished the stone o­n the grave of Samuel Garland, Principal Chief 1862-74.

The grave of Jefferson Gardner was moved, with consent of his descendants, from the Christie family cemetery to the yard of the mansion home he had built in 1884-86.

A considerable search for the grave of Judge Garvin was syndicated by members of the society before it was determined that his grave was in Waterhole Cemetery, which had been reclaimed several years ago through society efforts.

The headstone from the grave had been broken and apparently removed.

However, a small footstone bearing the initials ILG helped the searchers to locate the grave.

Isaac Levi Garvin was born April 27, 1832 in Mississippi and was brought at the age of two to new Okla Falaya District in what is now Oklahoma by his parents.

The family settled about six miles southeast of Wheelock Mission, about o­ne mile southeast of the site of present day Garvin, which was named for the Chief.

Educated at Norwalk and Spencer Academies, Isaac Garvin became an attorney and later served as a county judge, a district judge and as presiding officer of the Choctaw Nation Supreme Court.

In 1978, the prominent jurist, who had also served o­n the ChoctawNation General Council was elected as Principal Chief.

He became the first Choctaw Principal Chief to die while still in office.

He died Feb.20, 1880, seven months before his first term, as Chief would have expired.

The community, called Garvin in his honor, that had grown up around his farm-ranch home, continued to thrive.

In 1902, when the Choctaw and Arkansas (later Frisco) Railroad line was built, the community was moved northwest about o­ne mile to the rail line, but continued to commemorate the chief with its name.

Waterhole Cemetery is located o­n a county road connecting US 70 at Garvin with SH 37 at the Iron Stob community, and in addition to Chief Garvin they also have the grave of his noted son-in-law, James Wood Kirk.

Children of ISAAC LEVI GARVIN and MELVINA MIASHAMBI (or Meshambe) are:

#1 James H. Garvin

Born 31 October 1858; Died 15 November 1878, McCurtain Co., OK. Burial: Waterhole Cemetery, Garvin, McCurtain Co., OK

#2 Mary Jane Garvin (Kirk)

Born 31 May 1861; She Married James Wood Kirk. She Died on 24 October 1885, McCurtain, Indian Territory, OK. Burial: Waterhole Cemetery, Garvin, McCurtain Co., OK

#3 Frances Garvin

Born: ? Died: ?

Married Mr. Shi. Born: ? Died: ?


Isaac Garvin Shi was born about 1891 in Indian Territory.

Died: ?

#4 Sarah M. Garvin

Born 2 November 1867; Died 11 August 1885, McCurtain, Indian Territory, OK. Burial: Waterhole Cemetery, Garvin, McCurtain Co., OK

#5 Maggie Garvin

Born 16 September 1870; Died 31 October 1880, McCurtain, Indian Territoy, OK. Burial: Waterhole Cemetery, Garvin, McCurtain Co., OK

#6 Emma Garvin

Born 2 July 1872; Died 20 July 1876, McCurtain, Indian Territory, OK. Burial: Waterhole Cemetery, Garvin, McCurtain Co., OK

#7 Ishtema-hoke McCoy

Born: 1845

Died: 1917

Her Dawes Roll number was #2602 and her card number was #15566; her Census Card was #988; and she was enrolled at age 60; and listed as a Full Blood Choctaw.

Also spelled Ish-te-mona-hoke and She went by simply Ishtema. She became the wife of Jackson Hudson who was the 1st Son of James Hudson. Jackson thus married his Mother's younger sister just as his father James did, this not being that uncommon back then in Choctaw Tribal Clan custom and tradition.

#8 Filliston McCoy

 Born in 1850 - Died: ?  

Also called Elliston in some documents and nothing has yet come to light about his life other than whom he was a child of and whom He married and what Child they bore.

Spouse: Alona

Also called Ilona and "Sukey" in some documents.

Born in 1850

Died: ?


#1 Alice McCoy

Born in about 1879 according to an Eeagle County Census record

or July 7th 1875 as another record shows. She became the Wife of Roar Hudson the Son of Wash Hudson and Frances Bohanan.

#2 Thomas McCoy

Born in 1881

Died ?

 #9 Nowahima

Nothing is known about her at this time other than the info below. Born: about 1831

Died: ?

Spouse: Tamahelaby


#1 Hitty Nowahima

#2 Esian Nowahima

or (Lucy Ann)


1st Spouse: Albert Tonihka


Sylvester Tonihka

Silas Tushka

Sophia Tushka

"The undisputed evidence shows that at the date of the birth of Sophia Tushka, Levi Tushka was living in lawful wedlock with a woman other than Esian Nowahima, by whom he had the hereinbefore mentioned Sylvester Tonihka and Silas Tushka, and that at the time of the death of said Sophia Tushka he was still living with the same wife."

"If illegitimacy is established, as the court below found it to be, the allotment of Sophia Tushka, instead of going to her putative father, will go to her mother, Esian Nowahima. As we are of the opinion that the evidence tending to establish illegitimacy was competent, it follows that a conveyance by her, when duly approved by the proper county court, must be held valid. As the contentions presented by counsel for plaintiff in error in his brief are found to be untenable, the judgment of the court below must be affirmed."

 This statement on this family is found at the link below

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