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Peter Wayland Hudson

 

Peter Wayland Hudson was the 1st child born to Wash and Frances Hudson on August 29th in the year 1877 and passed from this life on July 7th 1969.

His Dawes Roll Number was #5673 and his Census Card was #1980 and he was enroled at age 24 and is listed as a FullBlood Choctaw.

His Birthplace was in Eagletown, Indian Territory, now in McCurtian County Oklahoma.

 He Married Myrtle May Campbell on March 14th 1901 in Tuskahoma, Indian Territory.

 

       

 Mr. Peter Wayland Hudson's story

 My people came to Oklahoma from Mississippi, about 1832.

From information I received from my grandmother Ahobatema Hudson, who was about 18 years of age at the time they were brought here, that there were so many of them, and were all afoot and endured some hardship on account of weather, deaths all along the trails.

My great grandmother (Widow Hudson) died some where on the road.

My grandfather, James Hudson, was a minister of the Gospel; the rest were farmers and stock raisers.

I was court clerk from 1907 to January 1921, in Pushmataha County.

At present I am in the Indian service, as land appraiser.
 
In Tribal Affairs, my Great Uncle George Hudson, was President of the Constitutional Convention in 1856 and in 1858 at the ratification of the Constitution so drafted he was elected first Chief under the new Constitution, in fact the only written constitution the Choctaws ever had, but he was not elected in 1862 because he refused to take part in the Civil War.

My Uncle, Jackson Hudson became county judge of Eagle County, Choctaw Nation, after the Civil War.

This was the county seat at Eagletown and he served 24 years; also, he served 4 years in the Civil War, in the Southern Army.

Peter W. Hudson was born at the old Eagletown in McCurtain County on  August 29, 1877.

His parents were Washington and Frances Bohannon Hudson, also natives of Eagletown.

His great uncle George Hudson, served as  principal chief of the Choctaw in 1858 and was defeated when he refused to call a meeting of his Council to declare war against the government in favor of the Southern Confederacy.

Peter Hudson's long career in politics  was started in 1900 when Green McCurtain, then Choctaw Chief, named Hudson to complete the term of Simon Woods, who died while a member of the Choctaw Council.

He represented Wade County, now a part of McCurtain, LeFlore and Latimer counties.

Later, Hudson was chosen clerk of the council.

At statehood, in 1907, he was elected what was then called  district clerk for Pushmataha County, a position which was consolidated  with that of court clerk in 1915 and served until the Republican landslide  in 1920.

Later, he served as a deputy in that office for eight years.

One of Peter Hudson's boyhood memories had to do with his first train ride.

Hudson rode the Frisco passenger train in August of 1887 when he was a  ten-year-old boy.

He had traveled by wagon with his parents from Eagletown to Goodland on his way to Spencer Academy located near Nelson.

At Goodland  the family met Hudson's grandfather Joshua Bohannon of Grant.

His grandfather suggested that young Peter just take the new "iron horse" from  Goodland to Antlers and save his parents and the real horses a two-day  trip.

The family went to the station.

When Peter heard so much noise and saw the steam and smoke, he ran and hid behind the platform.

He came sheepishly back when the family called to him to hurry up. Ticket in hand, he boarded the train and found a seat.

This introduction to trains was an  exciting experience especially when he almost lost his hat sticking his  head out of the window.

Peter Hudson was enrolled as a full blood in Eagle County in 1896.

Peter W. Hudson and his wife Myrtle Campbell Hudson of Tuskahoma were the parents of four children; Lillian Thelma, Dorothy, Peter W. Jr., and Hiawahnah.

Information Submitted by: Mary Wood and is found here: http://www.choctawnation.com/History/index.cfm?fuseaction=HArticle&HArticleID=381
 

After his father Washington 'Wash' Hudson had been murdered (1897), his mother sent Peter Wayland as far away as possible.

This was done to prevent the oldest son Peter from attempting to take revenge for his father's murder.

Revenge was evidently a Choctaw way of doing things, an eye for an eye kind of deal.

Wash's murderer, also a Full-Blood (Choctaw) committed suicide in prison because he couldn't tolerate being locked up.

So it was a tragedy all the way around.

Cindy Young has his burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jami/gedtree/bohanan/np19.htm#iin4682
  

 

Myrtle May Campbell and The Choctaws
by Sharon DeLoache
 
  

My grandmother, Myrtle May Campbell, was called "Big Mama", a perfect name.

She was the big heart of our family, beating out happiness and generosity and love.

When I knew her, she was a big lady, with a perfect lap for grandchildren and the softest wrinkled cheek for kisses.

But that had not always been so.

Fifty years earlier, she was a tall, slender, fair-skinned, blond, blue-eyed girl.

She was a descendent of the Scotch-Irish who had accepted King James's offer of land, acting as a buffer against the Northern Irish.

Finally, some of those forebears arrived in the American South.

Her parents moved to Indian Territory in 1875--settling in Tuskahoma, the capital of the transplanted Choctaw nation that had come over the "Trail of Tears" from Mississippi.

In Tuskahoma, the Campbell's raised livestock and farmed: a full-day, full-family enterprise.

Eventually, Myrtle met the young man who became my grandfather: Peter Wayland Hudson 'Pete', as dark as Myrtle Campbell was fair, had the raven hair and aquiline profile of the American Indian.

Family lore says that they met while Myrtle and two sisters were chopping cotton and Pete came riding by on horseback.

I envision her stopping in the field, with one hand up to shield her eyes from the sun, looking up at that dark young man.

They were married in 1901.

I sometimes wondered how Big Mama felt about her mixed marriage.

Perhaps her poker-stiff carriage came from looking down her nose at people who dared to look down their noses at her.

Several people actually mentioned the unconventionality of the marriage to Big Mama who rather pointedly advised them to stick to their own knitting.

Perhaps she was only truly uncomfortable in her position as one half of a mixed pair at the Choctaw Council Meetings.

Yearly the Choctaws gathered at the Council House at Tuskahoma for speeches, singing, and dinners on the ground.

Anyone who wasn't a full blood definitely wasn't "in."

Big Mama wanted to be accepted by her husband's people and to fit in with them, but she had a great deal to overcome.

First, of course, was her coloring: she was about as inconspicuous as a lamp in a tunnel.

Second, was her speech; English was not spoken at the gatherings, and whenever Big Mama overheard two people talking, she was certain that they were talking about her.

After years of endurance, however, a mutual respect evolved.

The Choctaws' thinking seemed to have been that anyone whom Pete Hudson had married couldn't be that bad, even if the wrong color.

These two wildly different people had years of fun together.

Big Dad was an inveterate traveler, frequently packing his increasing family into a Model-T and heading out into the wilds, sometimes literally building the road as he went.

Once he was hopelessly lost, having been totally deserted by the Indian's legendary knowledge of woodcraft and direction.

Finding a dwelling in the midst of the desolation in which he unaccountably found himself, he inquired politely of the startled lady of the house, "Ma'am, can you please tell me where I'm going?"

The poor lady, naturally, had absolutely no idea.

Often the intrepid family would camp out during their journey, and there are stories of supremely confident sleepers encircled by ropes to keep the snakes away; of building camps almost on top of railroad tracks, and, obviously by extremely bad luck, in the path of stampeding horses.

Through fifty-five years of marriage with inevitable laughter and tears (two babies died at birth, and a third died of dysentery before my mother was born the first of four to survive), Big Mama never lost her sense of life's wonder.

Knowing she was dying of cancer, her indomitable spirit still shone.

Adoring life, she watched it going with no bitterness, but with the firm convictions of her faith.

She died, and, somehow, that spring the flowers in her garden were all white.

Peter W. Hudson, Sr., and Myrtle May Campbell Hudson's oldest daughter (to survive infancy) was Lillian Thelma Hudson.

She married Tom (Thomas Jefferson) Olive, and they had five children: John Thomas, Mary Frances, Betty Jane, Sharon (me), and Deborah.

So Peter W. Hudson, Jr., is my uncle--mother's only brother.

Hiahwahnah was the Indian name given to the baby of the family, whose name is Frances Clyde Hudson.

Aunt Hiahwahnah is the only surviving one of the siblings.

Both she and my grandfather were such grand people.

After Wash Hudson had been murdered, his mother sent my grandfather Peter W. Hudson as far away as possible.

This was done to prevent the oldest son Peter from attempting to take revenge for his father's murder.

Revenge was evidently a Choctaw way of doing things--an eye for an eye kind of deal.

An interesting footnote: Wash's murderer--also a full blood--committed suicide in prison because he could not tolerate being locked up.

So it was a tragedy all the way around.

 

The Children of Peter Wayland and Myrtle May Hudson

Pictured below are Lillian and Dorothy with their parents, Peter Wayland and Myrtle May Hudson in 1909.

 

#1 Floyd
(Died an Infant)
Born: January 11th 1903 - Died: January 11th 1903 and Buried at Old Town Tuskahoma Cemetery, Tuskahoma, Ok

#2 Eva
(Died an Infant)
Born: February 8th 1904 - Died: February 8th 1904 and Buried at Old Town Tuskahoma Cemetery, Tuskahoma, Ok

#3 Marie M.
Born: February 11th 1905 - Died: April 8th 1907 and was Buried at the Old Town Tuskahoma Cemetery, Tuskahoma, Ok. Dawes NB #935; Census Card #1034; enrolled at age 1; blood quantum ½ Choctaw

#4 Lillian Thelma
Born: November 5th 1907 in Tuskahoma, (Indian Territory) Oklahoma. Died: October 31st 1996 in Talihina, Ok
Spouse:
Thomas Jefferson Olive
Born: January 26th 1899 in Winfield, Arkansas
Married: February 28th 1928 in Hugo, Oklahoma 
 Children:
#1 John Thomas

#2 Mary Frances (Wood)

#3 Betty Jane

 #4 Sharon (Deloache)

 

Sharon is pictured below.

Sharon is a member of NSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) through Cherokee Capital Chapter since 2002.

Sharon has been married for 41 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

Sharon is retired from Tahlequah High School where she taught all levels of high school English for twenty-seven years in the Language Arts Department, serving as Department Chairman for 10 years.

She has earned a Bachelors' Degree in English Education from East Central State College (now University) in Ada, Oklahoma, and a Masters' Degree in Education from Northeastern State university in Tahlequah.

"My great great grandfather was Joshua Bohanon (born 1819 in Mississippi) one of the sons of William Bohanon, Sr., and a full-blood Choctaw woman.

Joshua married four times in the course of his long life; his fourth and final wife was Louisa Christy, the daughter of George Christy and Emily Bohanon.

Joshua and Louisa were the parents of four children: Frances, Jacob, Silas, and Elizabeth.

Frances married Washington Hudson, and their oldest son was Peter Wayland Hudson, my wonderful grandfather."

 #5 Deborah

 

The Children of Peter Wayland and Myrtle May Hudson cont.

 

#5 Dorothy Aline
Born: Feb 24th 1909 in Antlers, Ok Died: January 14th 1990 in Ardmore, Ok

 

 #6 Peter Wayland Hudson Jr.
Born: December 28th 1913 in Antlers, Ok - Died: February 4th 1968 in Antlers, Ok Married: Mary Eleanor Lucas

Born: June 10th 1921 in Checotah, OK. - Died May 30th 1990 in Muskogee, OK.

Children:
#1 Peter Wayland Hudson III
Born: March 9th 1942 in Claremore, OK.
Children:
One is believed to be named Peter Hudson (IV)
At least one Grandchild named Peter Hudson (V)
 
#2 Beth Hudson
Born: June 22nd 1940 in Durant, OK. 1/4 Choctaw (enrolled)
Married: Robert Marshall
Children:
#1 Michael Marshall
Born: September 23rd 1963 in Redondo Beach CA. 1/8th Choctaw (Enrolled)
Married: Mary Douglas
Children:
#1 Emma Nell Marshall, Born September 7th 1994 in Torrance CA.
#2 Matthew James Marshall, Born August 6th 1996 in Torrance, CA. 
#3 Grace Elizabeth Mary Marshall, Born August 29th 2001 in St. Paul MI.
 
#2 Melissa Marshall (O'Malley)
 
Born: July 19th 1967 in Torrance CA.
1/8 Choctaw (enrolled)
Married: Patrick Sean O'Malley
 
Children:
#1 Breanna Renee Griego
 
Born: May 12th 1994 in Torrance CA.
1/16 Choctaw (enrolled)
 
#2 Cassidy Ellen Griego
 
Born: October 12th 1995 in Torrance, CA.
1/16 Choctaw (enrolled)
 
#3 Connally Liam O'Malley
 
Born: July 12th 1999 in Torrance, CA.
1/16 Choctaw (enrolled)
 
#4 Nita Fiona O'Malley
 
Born: May 12th 2005 in Torrance, CA.
1/16 Choctaw (enrolled)
 
 
 

#7 Frances Clyde ("Hiahwahnah")
Born: 1919

 

Interview of Peter Wayland Hudson

Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: January 28, 1938
Name: P. W. Hudson
Post Office: Hugo, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: August 29th 1877
Place of Birth: Eagletown Indian Territory Oklahoma
Father: Washington 'Wash' Hudson
Place of Birth: Eagletown Indian Territory Oklahoma
Information on father: Son Of Judge James Hudson of Eagletown  
Mother: Frances Bohanan
Place of birth:
Information on mother:
Field Worker: Pete W. Cole

The ancient Choctaw tradition attributes the origin of the prairies along the banks of certain rivers to the fact that there existed some huge mammoths before the coming of their ancestors from west of the Mississippi River.

Their tradition also states that Nahullo (Supernatural), a race of giant people, also inhabited the country, with whom their forefathers very often came in contact.

These mighty people broke off the low limbs of trees, eating the leaves, and also gnawed the bark of the trees, which in a short time withered and died.

These giants roamed in different bands and engaged in war whenever they met but eventually decreased in numbers so that in the course of a few years all had perished but two large males who, separate and alone, wandered about for several years.

One day they met and, of course, engaged in a duel until one was killed.

The survivor, now alone and only monarch of the forests, strolled about for several years until he also died and with him the race became extinct.

That the Choctaw traditions of both the mammoth and the great men was based on truth as to their former existence in the southern and western parts of the continent is satisfactorily established by the many mammoth skeletons of both men and beasts and fragments of huge bones that have been and are continually being found in different parts of the country.

It is also known that the ancient existence of those giants and mammoths was wholly unknown to the white race.
 
The excavation of the bones proved their existence but was regarded by the whites as only an Indian fable unworthy of belief or even a second thought.

According to history, a huge skeleton of one of these ancient animals has been found.

There are other places that prehistoric animals have been found, and many citizens of the neighborhood have visited the place of disinterment and viewed the solitary grave and have seen with wondering eyes and much interest the unknown animals.

Hushi aiokatulla pilla hatak pe tikba a minta (Our forefathers from the setting sun (west), so claim the ancient Choctaws through their tradition and that they saw the mighty beasts of the forests whose tread shook the earth.

The word Nahullo is a corruption of the Choctaw word and is now applied to the entire white race, but anciently it referred to a giant race with whom they came in contact when they first crossed the Father of Waters.

The true meaning of this word is superhuman or supernatural, and the true words for white men are (hattak tobbi) man white or white man.

The Nahullo were of white complexion, according to the Choctaw tradition, and were still an existing people at the time of the advent of the Choctaws.

These people were a hunting people and thought to be also cannibals, who killed and ate the Indians whenever they captured them and were greatly dreaded by the Indians, and consequently were killed at first opportunity until extinct.

History records that Mr. Grant Lingicum, an educated white man who came to the Choctaw Nation after the advent of the missionaries and settled here and there and wrote the Choctaw habits, customs, tradition and legends which have been lost, according to their tradition of the hunting people.

It is also recorded that the Nahullo were the Car Indians, as they were said to be of gigantic stature and also cannibals who once inhabited this country.

The early French writers called the Caribs by their Indian name "Attakapas", a corruption of the Choctaw word Hattak apa (man eater) and no doubt the French got the name from the Choctaws who gave the tribe that name.

It is also thought that the Nahullo of the Choctaw tradition were not regular cannibals but that they sacrificed humans, victims in their religious ceremonies, who perhaps ate a portion of the victim's flesh in carry out their ceremonies.

Submitted to OKGenWeb by Sharon Olive DeLoache 04-2000 deloache@intellex.com

 

More Info on Peter W. Hudson

Jesse Frazier, aged 22 of Spencerville, Choctaw County, Oklahoma, married Mrs. Vina Hopson, aged 20 of Corinne, Oklahoma. L. P. Davenport, County Judge of Pushmataha County, married the couple December 13, 1911 at Antlers, Oklahoma. Witnesses: J. G. Attaway and Peter Wayland Hudson, both of Antlers, Oklahoma.

Source: http://www.usgwarchives.org/ok/pushmataha/marriages/marr2.htm

 

We now know where Peter was on these three dates:

Groom: Sam Teel, age 26 of Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma
Bride: Miss Pearl Robertson, age 22 of Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma
Who married them: A. W. Rison, County Judge of Antlers, Oklahoma
Where married at: Antlers, Oklahoma
Date of Marriage: December 5, 1917
Witnesses: P. W. Hudson and Mead Harris, both of Antlers, Oklahoma

Groom: William Thompson, age 23 of Yanush, Latimer County, Oklahoma
Bride: Miss Pearl Terry, age 15 of Antlers, Oklahoma
Mother of Pearl Terry: Mrs. Willie Barrett
Who married them: A. W. Rison, County Judge of Antlers, Oklahoma
Where married at: Antlers, Oklahoma
Date of Marriage: December 13, 1918
Witnesses: P. W. Hudson and T. D. Partlow, both of Antlers, Oklahoma

Groom: W. T. Thompson, age 21 of Moyers, Oklahoma
Bride: Miss Amanda Standridge, age 18 of Moyers, Oklahoma
Who married them: A. W. Rison, County Judge of Antlers, Oklahoma
Where married at: Antlers, Oklahoma
Date of Marriage: January 10, 1919
Witnesses: P. W. Hudson and S. E. Welch, both of Antlers, Oklahoma

Source: http://ftp.rootsweb.ancestry.com/pub/usgenweb/ok/pushmataha/marriages/tgrooms.txt

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