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Sue Hearon, 2002-03
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 James N. Trahern
died March 29, 1883
buried Trahern Station

Sarah Trahern
died Dec 28, 1873
wife of James N. Trahern

Trahern Station Burial Ground

Family information submitted by Jennifer.

James N. Trahern was born 1815 or 1816 in the Choctaw Nation of Mississippi, more than likely he was born near the town of Koosha where his mother more than likely lived. James N. Trahern was the son of Margaret "Peggy" Trahern, and his father was one of three Trahern brothers who were in the area, the exact name of his father cannot yet be determined but it was either Wesley, William or James Trahern. Wesley Trahern was married to Delilah Brashears, and William Trahern was appointed trustee of the orphan Indian land allotments after the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. James N. Trahern also had a brother Jeremiah Trahern. Peggy Trahern was the sister of Chief Oklahoma, and presumably Nitakechi as well, their mother was Nahomtima, the sister of Chief Pushmataha. In the treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek Peggy and her two children were alloted land in the supplement, the document reads...

And there is given a quarter section of land each to Delila and her five fatherless children, she being a Choctaw woman residing out of the nation; also the same quantity to Peggy Trihan, another Indian woman residing out of the nation and her two fatherless children; and to the widows of Pushmataha, and Pucktshenubbee, who were formerly distinguished Chiefs of the nation and for their children four quarter sections of land, each in trust for themselves and their children.

According to statements made by descendants of Eliza Ann Flack, Peggy Trahern was the mother of 8 children by Charles Juzan, including Chief Pierre Juzan.

James N. Trahern attended the Choctaw Academy in 1834, and immigrated to the Skullyville area of the Choctaw Nation around 1841. In 1843 he married Sarah Hall, the daughter of William Hall and Susan Riddle. Sarah's sister Jane was the second wife of Chief David Folsom, and Sarah's cousin Tandy Walker was the Governor of the Choctaw Nation in later years. Several of Sarah's cousins through the Riddle family also ran stations along the Butterfield Stage Coach line. Trahern Station was the second station inside the state of Oklahoma along the route. 

In 1846, James, his wife Sarah signed the paperwork to sell the land alloted to his mother, himself and his brother through the treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. In 1851, the President of the United States approved the sale to Harriet Sims. In 1849 James was the Clerk of the District Court in the Choctaw Nation. In the Choctaw Census of 1855 James N. Trahern is listed with his wife Sarah, and children  Robert, Levina, Lysander, James & Catherine. Two more sons, William and Joseph were born after 1855.

Sarah Hall Trahern died on December 28, 1873. James married Virginia Parelli Clossen around 1877 and had two more daughters Docia and Minnie Trahern. In 1880 James was the Judge of Skullyville County. He also was a member of the council as was his son Lysander Trahern.

James N. Trahern died March 29, 1883. Inventory of assets of J.N. Trahern Estate is dated Tuesday 25, Sept. 1883 and signed by Turner Daniels, John Wesley LeFlore, Silas W. James.

Four children, twenty three grandchildren and a few great grandchildren of James N. Trahern are enrolled on the Dawes Roll. Many of his descendants continue to reside in Haskell and LeFlore counties of Oklahoma.

Sarah Hall Trahern was the daughter of William Hall and Susan Riddle. Many of her family had distinction among the Choctaw.

Sarah's brother Joseph Hall was a classmate of Allen Wright (Choctaw chief, 1866-70), graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York (1852) where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  Joseph Hall served as National Secretary of the Choctaw Nation.  He enlisted and was commissioned Captain of Co.2 H, First Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Rifles, Confederate States Army (1861), and died at Fort Smith during the War. REF: THE CHRONICLES OF OKLAHOMA,  Vol.XXXIX, page 304

Sarah's sister Jane was married to David Folsom and David Ball editors of the Choctaw Telegraph. Among Jane and David Folsom's children were Albert Mckee Folsom and Susan Folsom Byrd, the wife of the Chickasaw Governor.

Another sister, Margaret was married to William Moncrief. As a widow, Margaret Moncrief supported her children by operating eating houses along the Butterfield Stage Coach route. Another sister, Catherine was married to Thomas Wall.

Among her Riddle cousins were Tandy Walker and John Riddle both influential men in the Choctaw Nation.

Sarah Hall Trahern and her husband James had seven children. Louvina Trahern, Robert Trahern, James D. Trahern, Joseph Hall Trahern, William Trahern, Lysander T. Trahern and Katherine Trahern Newton.


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