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Re: Choctaw Freedman Census Records

My Great-great Grandfather was Ivory or Ivy Franklin born between 1855 to 1860. The narrative he told my great-grandfather of his arrival to New Orleans was that he was originally from Oklahoma and witnessed the murder of his brother while they were hunting in the woods of Oklahoma. Fearful of his life Ivory survived by hiding. He eventually ran towards what we beleive to be the Red River. He often spoke of his sisters he left behind, Sophia and Alice Franklin. He eventaully made his way to the Port of New Orleans between(1873 to 1878). He never saw his family again.

I have never been able to find his name on any Oklahoma Census or any Tribal Freedman registar. Can anyone point me to other sources. Alice and Sophia have been difficult to fine. Their names possibly changed due to marriage. We believe the Franklin family travel with the Choctaw Indians on the "Trail of Tears". but I haven't been able to find any concrete information. I did notice the name "Alfonzo Franklin" on the Choctaw registar. Ivory named his first born son Alfonzo, but this could be coincidental.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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