Hi Ken and group.
I did post the wrong birthday for Richard G. Fields. He was born about 1802 according to the records that I have.
I have the old Cherokee Advocate 1828-1906 on microfilm. My gg grandfather Richard F. Fields obituary was posted Dec. 24, 1879. I quote:
The Honoable Richard Fields, just deceased in this place, was born in Georgia-was an old settler-moved here with that party of Cherokees- was equally well acquainted with English and Cherokee- was a member of the National councel, Cherokee Legislature before the war- was a famous guerilla or scout during the war and did soldierly service- has been a prominent man in politics and a Supreme Court Judge during one term. Died in Tahlequah on the 16th of December 1879.
Duing the Civil War my gg grandfather Richard F. moved his family to Rust County, Texas along with a lot of Cherokee families. I know this because his youngest daughter Margaret Penelope Fields was born 8th may 1865, Rust County Texas.
Richard G. b. 1802 (Capt.) and Richard F. b. 1828 were first cousins. Their lives parralled one another with their politics and Civil War activities. One can see how their information can get mixed up. And now you throw in a couple of other Richards that were in the Civil War at the same time, well it's no wonder that we sit around scratching our heads and saying, "whats up"!
Doing research about the Civil War in Indian Territory is one of my favorite subjects. I have learned a lot but I have also been confused.
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