With thought in mind, I decided to do this blog to honor my paternal Grandparents and share a little of their history with you.
My father’s parents were named Edward and Eula Walker. They are both listed on the Dawes Rolls as Creeks and were numbers 3407 and 3408.
Edward Hendricks Walker was descended from the Daughter of Big Warrior and Tustinnugge Thlucco. He was born June 6, 1861 in Bearden, Indian Territory.
He married Eula Muskogee Coody, daughter of Joseph Coody and Mary Hardege.
Eula Coody was born October 18, 1875 near Fort Gibson, Indian Territory
Eula Coody was the great, great, great, great Grand daughter of Ghi-Goo-ie. Ghi-Goo-ie was the Grandmother of John Ross, Principle Chief of the Cherokees in the late 1800’s.
When I was looking for a name for my jewelry business, I decided to use Ghi-Goo-ie. In addition to being my great great great great great Grandmother, her name translates as “Sweet Heart”. I liked that. I hope that my work and my business would honor her.
While enrolled as Muscogee Creeks, both Edward Hendricks Walker and Eula Muskogee Coody Walker are included in the book, Old Cherokee Families by Emmet Starr.
Edward Hendricks Walker died March 19, 1932 in Stidham, Oklahoma.
Eula Muskogee Coody Walker died February 15, 1911
Their children included:
Mary E. Walker….born 1899, died November 15, 2002 in Portland, Oregon
Mineola Walker….born 1901, died November 13, 1992 in Orange, California
George Washington Walker…born July 31, 1901, died June 3, 1988 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Edith Walker…born December 10, 1904, died June 2, 2002 in Eufaula, Oklahoma
Emma Walker ..born March 15, 1907, died July 21, 1909 in Stidham, Oklahoma
Edward Walker…born April 30, 1909, died June 06, 1909 in Stidham, Oklahoma
John H. Walker..born February 17,1910, died May, 1970 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (My Father)
Eula Coody’s life must have been beyond difficult. She was of the first generation of babies born after the Trail of Tears relocation to what was to become Oklahoma. After marrying my Grandfather, she lived on a dusty farm (land allotted by the Federal Government) in Mc Intosh county. She died after giving birth to seven children at age 36. Two of her children died at very young ages. My father was the last of her children. She died one year after his birth of tuberculosis. This tread disease cost the lives of many of my ancestors.
I did not have the opportunity to know either of these Grandparents as they were gone before my birth.
However, through the aunts and uncle they gave to me, the stories recounted by them and my father, I know they were a proud and caring people. They did the best they could with their lives and those of their children given the hand they were dealt.
I am and will always be proud of my Native Heritage. My ancestors endured much but thrived in spite of it. They weren't given any breaks or advantages. They were not always well accepted in "polite" society.
But they continued to hold on to their values and their culture. They are my heros.
I look forward to the November 2010 celebration of "Pride in Our Heritage. Honor to Our Ancestors ."
Edward H. Walker and Eula Muskogee Coody Walker, I am proud to be your Grand-daugher and I honor you!