THOMAS FLEMING CHEADLE was a white resident among the indians as an employee of the Chickasaw agent. He is believed to have been born in South Carolina. While among the Chickasaw Indians, he married BETSY KEMP, a Chickasaw woman, the daughter of LEVI KEMP.
Thomas gained a reputation of being a "lover of ardent spirits", and of keeping around him, "known scamps of ill fame".
THOMAS and BETSY has eleven children. On November 14, 1837, the family boarded the steamship FOX for the trip to Indian Territory and arrived there seven days later.
Known names of the children of THOMAS and BETSY are:
1 JOHN RANDOLPH CHEADLE
2 MARY ANN CHEADLE ( married LEWIS WALKER and COL. J.J. JOHNSTON)
3 BETSY CHEADLE
4 THOMAS F. CHEADLE JR. His first wife was BETSY RIDDLE, his second was MARTHA JONES. He was the father of:
a.) JAMES CHEADLE
b.) MARTIN VAN CHEADLE born 1854. Married
MARY MANN and BETSY COLBERT.
His children were: Tommy, Overton, Lurena,
Ellis, Lillian, Mary V., and
c.) FRANCES REBECCA CHEADLE
( married Michael Charles Conlan)
d.) SERENA CHEADLE
( married WOOD T. SMITH)
5 JOSIAH CHEADLE
6 JAMES STUART CHEADLE, born July 7, 1829. He married SUSAN RIDDLE.In1855, his family including SUSAN, SOPHRONIA, and ALMEDA were living in Skullyville, I. T. He had a son, ELIAS RECTOR CHEADLE, as well. ELIAS married to LUCY.