Ken,The map in Vol 39 "Lt Averill Ride" in may 1861 show
the Ft Leavenworth (Dragoon trail 0f 1834)trail runs from Ft Gibson to the south past my Gf Robert L Cochran station at (Frisco)intersection of the Calif road here then on to abt 7 miles N of Tishmingo Johnston Co and struck back into the Ft Arbuckle (Dragoon crossing).It also shows a road to Perryville from Frisco ?
Pontonic Historial Quarterly Vol 2- Pg 7
Robert L Cochran married Jinny Bohanon a part Choctaw,therefore he could hold land in the Choctaw Nation
In addition to his holding at Pontotic Robert L.constructed a grist mill abt two miles south of his trading post.He owned 4 other farms on Plantations acrossed in the Chickasaw District.
Shortly after Ft Arbuckle was constucted in 1851 two brother's Robert L (B)1817(Merch./Blacksmith) and Samuel B Cochran 1811-(Overseer)left Ft Smith Ark.following the Ft Arbuckle Road westward,they were seeking a suitable location and spot to construct a Trading post.When they came to a rock crossing on the "Clear Boggy Creek" just above the crossing on the south bank of "Bois-d-Arc" creek flows into the 'Clear Boggy'and build a Trading Post and a Blacksmith shop. The water suppy was good and Deposits of Coal were found along the bank of the Clear Boggy.Just East of the Trading post was a level spot suitable for and made a good Campground,for either the lone traveler or a large wagon train.At this point the Ft Arbuckle road intersected the Leavenworth road,thus assuring the Trading Post a good supply of travelers,these roadways were used not only by the Military and local citizens of I.T.but by emigiants seeking Gold in Calif. and settler's traveling to Texas.
Reminis. of old Stonewall-G.W.Burris 1942.
"There are those today who remember the large house R.L. Cochran had build for his home and always remember the family grave yard behind the house were all his Wifes are
buried (some say 5 other say 7)he is likely buried there.
On Sept 1858 a Postoffice was Est.at Ponotauk with Robert L Cochran as post master-O.H.S.Vol 26
His Newphew W.L.Cochran Moved the store and post office(Est 1874 Stonewall P.O.) a few miles East And this town was so named after Civil War Fame-Gen Stonewall Jackson
R.L.Cochran had been a great adimirer of him.
Robert L Cochran was killed durning the Civil War by Fed.
Troops at his front yard at Frisco,Chickasaw Nation in 1864-Pontonic Quarterly 1974 The Fed's(Union) may of wanted this small Trading post/Blacksmith shop shut down ?
Vol 39 "Lt Averill's Ride" explains the trails-
Lt Averill stopped at Pontotoc which he called "Cochran Ranch" on his journey with orders for Union troops to with draw from I.T. Robert L Cochran provided him with a Horse and a Indian guide.He later meant up with Black Beaver who led the troops out of I.T.
R.L.Cochran place was on the Dragoon trail of 1834 after the Civil War it became the Texas Cattle Trail.O.H.S.Vol 26
Boggy Depot-Cyrus Harris build the first log cabin here in 1837 in 1838 the depot was build for removal of Chickasaw-the Choctaw depot was in the S.E. corner of Ok near the little river area -Eagle Town area. was on the Boggy River-Harris later became the Choctaw chief. (water level dropped -Plantations,Farms,Grist Mills,Cattle drives?-it now is called - Boggy Creek-likely ended it value and was moved)Was accessable by boat from the Red River)O.H.S. Early Nav.Waterways rivers Robert M Jones a Choctaw large slave-owner is on the 1860 choctaw-slave census owner of 4 Plantations-one of them, named "Rose Hill Plantation" above the Boggy River inlet and the Red River and was on both side's of the Red River Tx and Ok.) he had a Gov contract to keep the waterways(Rift) open prior to the civil war-he owned two steam-boats he also owned a Plantation in La.(In shipping both Tx and I.T.)Waterways were seasonal,needed high water spring,fall,possibley he did some of these supplies shipping,as that was a part of his business- on muster roll 1838 with John Riddle (1/2 Choctaw)Interprer-he owned the Butterfield stage station at Wilburn--Mexican War-- M-616
Vol 11 Butterfield Stage station infor stated;Davis station was on the Middle Boggy near Stringtown-after the Civil War in 1866 this became the McKenney station this was a fork of the Boggy River.
The station near Atoka was the river was called -A.W.Geary(O.H.S Vol 11)"Little Boggy" and North Boggy River this was a fork of the Middle Boggy.Now called Muddy Boggy
The little may refer to the head water fork of the then North river that flows to the now Caney Boggy-Coal Creek area south of the Shawnee Hills.The road from Perryville to Frisco had to cross this stream near Coal Creek nor the Caney Boggy in this area?
The Early Day Railroad maps, confirm this,the latter day maps-is likely why the names of Muddy Boggy-Caney Boggy-Clear Boggy (maybe coal creek)came after the Coal mining
that what I think? Danny K.