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Hi all,

My name is Alaina Roberts. I am just beginning my search for information on my family. It seems that at least several of you are familiar with the Chickasaw/Choctaw Freedmen family ROBERTS, that is also connected to the clans: Pickens, Abram, Cohee, McGee, Anderson, Franklin, Brown, Jackson, Johnson, Taylor, Wates, Clay, Colbert, Stevenson, etc. My great grandfather is Willie Roberts, a Choctaw Freedmen roll # and my great grandmother Theresa Gatewood ...

The ancestry that I currently have information on is:

My great great grandmother is on the Dawes Roll is on the Chickasaw Freedmen roll, and my family believes that it is she who was native, or if not, a relative a few generations back, by the name of Alice James (James was her married name). My grandfather is Loron Roberts Sr., born August 26, 1923 in Gene Autry, Oklahoma. Loron Roberts Sr. married Garnola Marie Wilson, born in Baley, Oklahoma.

The father of Loron Roberts Sr. was Willie Roberts, born Feb 1, 1884 in Berwyn, Oklahoma (Indian Territory). He died May 31, 1986. He married Theresa Gatewood on December 22, 1904 in Berwyn, Oklahoma. Theresa Gatewood was born July 24, 1892 (?) and died September 12, 1957

[[This is where I really need the research - the generations after Willie & Theresa. I need both of their sides looked into]]

Willie Roberts' father was Jack Roberts who was born in 1858 in Indian Territory. He died in 1929. He married Alice James in 1875 in Tishomingo, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. Alice James was born April 22, 1863 in Indian Territory. Her father was Frank James. My family believes she was related to the infamous Jesse James.

Jack Roberts' father was Ned Roberts who was born in 1833 in Marshall County, Mississippi. He was married to Sarah, who was Native American, but we don't know what tribe.

The mother of Theresa Gatewood (wife of Willie Roberts) was Josephine (Josie) Jackson. I believe she was married to Frank Gatewood, but I'm not sure. Frank was either Theresa's father or grandfather. Josephine Jackson's mother was Lydia Jackson, who had been a slave to an Indian. We think Lydia Jackson's maiden name might have been Love, and therefore she might have been related to the Chickasaw Loves (of which there are a few), but we're not sure.

My main leads are:
- Ben Love (possibly husband of Lydia Love aka Lydia Jackson, mother of Josephine Jackson, mother of Theresa Gatewood?)
- Sarah. She was married to Ned Roberts around 1840s and Ned was the father of Jack Roberts, father of Willie Roberts (a Choctaw freedman)

If you have any more information you have that you think might be useful to me, please respond. I am particularly interested in the Loves (I believe Ben Love was my great great great grandfather) and that his wife had Indian ancestry.

I just want to make sure that the stories I've been told my entire life about having Native ancestry are not just tales. I'm very involved in the Native community at my school, and I just want to make sure that I'm really in the right place.

Thank you in advance for any help.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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