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Here is an email I recieved. If anyone would like to help this person and
would like to correspond with them please do so.
In a message dated 2/1/2010 3:35:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I have begun researching family history as backed up in the journals and
stories of my forefathers (my great grand father John Richard Chitwood was
born in 1866 told these stories to me)....
His great grandfather David Fulks, was born in 1780 to a British solider -
Fulks and a Chickasaw woman - she was taken to Ohio along with other
captives. She died and David was raised by a Methosasha, who was in fact a
white woman who had been made a wife of Chief Puckinsaw. She raised the
children for the most part as the Indian wives hated her. That included children
of the white men and the half blood children. In 1800 she took david to
meet other family and he married Caty Walker, grand daughter of Chief John
Walker of the Cherokee and Chief Fivekiller Kittegista.
I am seeking information on the people that were at Ruddell's Stations,
Martin's Station or any of the other places that were raided around that time
that may have been where David Fulks was taken from as an infant.
My family along with Abraham Ruddell moved into the White River Valley of
Arkansas - most of the Indians who came here stayed here. I am trying to
tie these ends together. Abe Ruddell is considered the fore father of the
Ozarks culture that is a blending of whites and Indians on the cusp of
civilization by the Indian people. I find there is not much written of him, but
I have stories of him, of Col. Lewis. and others that settled the people
here. Methosasha's step daughter, settled here, and the Prophet brought
alot of people here, even though it is said he and Abe hated each other, they
tried to save the shawnee. there were 4 major settlements here and we did
My check should arrive shortly. What usually happens is that I take the
address info down and then, at the next nudge, typically months later, it's
either lost or very hard to find. Thanks for following up this time.
Hope I make the Reunion; my energy may not be up to it. I visited Kentucky
in 1962, finding a lot about my Brackenridges, Whitecrafts, and Browns
(Nicholas County); I didn't learn of the Mahans until 1963 and haven't been back
to Kentucky since! In the sixties I corresponded with Sarah French Clough
(Mrs. P. W. Clough), who lived in Paris, not far from the courthouse. Terry
Breckenridge met her in the '90s, but she was way up in years by then. More
recently I've corresponded with Carolyn Kent, a fifth cousin of mine through
her descent from Thomas Mahan and an active member of Ruddlesfort.
Sincerely yours, and thanks for the work of keeping it glued together.