JUDGE JULIUS C. FOLSOM
Vol. 3, p. 1308
In the death of Judge Julius C. Folsom, which occurred in 1914, one of the oldest Choctaws passed away, having lived for eight-four eventful years. Judge Folsom was the fourth child, and second son, of the venerable Israel Folsom, who was the second son of Nathaniel Folsom, a white man who married Ai-chi-ho-yo, daughter of Minko Poos-Coos, brother of Mo-sho-la-tubbee, a descendant of a long line of chiefs, and a member of the Hayoh-pa-tuk-lo clan. The grandfather, Nathaniel Folsom, was a white man, born in Rowan County, North Carolina, May 11, 1756, and his father is one of the New England states. He came to the Choctaw Nation in 1775 and married two Choctaw women, who bore him twenty-four children. David Folsom, the newly-elected Choctaw chief, and Israel Folsom, father of Judge Folsom, were sons by his marriage to a Choctaw princess. Israel Folsom married Lovisa Nail and thirteen children were born to them: Lorinda, who died in youth; Orilla, who married Lewis Garland and afterwards Dolph Colbert; Ellis, who died in youth; Julius C.; Mrs. D. N. Robb; Athenia, who married Jim Colbert, the father of Mrs. Michael Conlan and Walter, Charles and Ben Colbert; Sophia, who married a Doctor Moore; Lawrence, who died in infancy; Theodore F.; Alfred E., of Caddo; Cr. I Wellington; Mrs. Bates, of Durant, Oklahoma; and Finis E., of Caddo. Alfred E., Mrs. Bates and Finis E. are the only members of this family of children now living.
Judge Julius C. Folsom was born January 17,1831, in Mississippi, and came to the present Choctaw Nation in the first group of Choctaws that came to the West. He was educated in the national schools, in an academy at Hartford, Connecticut, and at Paris, Texas, and after leaving school engaged in the mercantile business with his father. He came to Atoka in about 1886. As a public servant he held the offices of county clerk, representative, senator and county judge, and also represented the Choctaws on the Dawes
Judge Folsom was married three times, his first wife being Miss Nettie Thompson, a daughter of Giles Thompson. Two children of this marriage are now living: Don Juan, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Mrs. Tom W. Hunter of Hugo. The second marriage was to Miss Annie Shapp, whose children are deceased. Judge Folsom was married the third time in 1888 to Miss Hattie Coppland, the children of this marriage being: Tephia, a 1915 graduate of Oklahoma Presbyterian College for Girls, Durant; Orilla, and Julius C. Jr. Judge Folsom was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Atoka. Fraternally he was identified with Masonic fraternity, while his political allegiance was given to the republican party.
Transcribed by Charmaine Keith, October 5, 1998
[NOTE: Liz Hickson email@example.com
wrote on 23 Sep 1999 - my grandfather was Marshall ROWLEY, son of Harry G. ROWLEY, son of Henry B. ROWLEY, who was married to Melvina Czarina WARD, daughter of Elizabeth THOMPSON who was married to Joseph Henry WARD, who was the daughter of Giles THOMPSON and Sarah WALL, daughter of Noah WALL and Lucretia FOLSOM, who was the daughter of Nathaniel FOLSOM and Ai-Chi-Ho-Yo (although I have seen her name spelled numerous ways. There was always this rumor in our family about a Choctaw Princess and now I know where it came from. I was trying to trace Nathaniel back in NC and have been perusing the Rowan, NC list. You have cleared up quite a bit for me in your article.]