Hopefully my previous message did not mislead anyone regarding the depth of my background information on Chief Pushmataha. Quite fortuitously, I happened upon a book entitled INDIAN TRIBES OF THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES, hoping to learn something about the Leflore family. Casually, I looked up Pushmataha's name in the index (I'd already known he was the great uncle of my great-great-great-great grandmother, Rebecca Cravatt.) He evidently was held in high esteem by both Native Americans as well as whites and basically was unshackled by all the controversy which haunted Greenwood Leflore. In the early 1800's, the Chief travelled by train to Washington, D.C., to sign a treaty at the White House. While in the nation's capital, he contracted influenza and died at age of 80 years, quite a milestone for anyone in that era! Details of the treaty may be found in the aforementioned reference, as well as more details of why the Chief was so well-respected by everyone. At some point either prior to or during his illness, Pushmataha selected Rebecca's first-born, Greenwood Leflore, to be his successor. There, my information ends. Again, I apologize if my words indicated a greater amount of information.
Craig D. Pounds
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