I'm researching my husband's family. His great grandfather James Richard Isbell was an overseer on a plantation near Oklona, Mississippi, owned by a man named Moland. He was born in the 1840s in or near Oklona, Mississippi. For "nationality or descent" of both father and mother of James Richard Isbell, my mother-in-law has written "Indian." He married Carolyn Staten or Caroline Staten (born sometime in the 1840s in or near Oklona, Mississippi) on the Moland Plantation. Carolyn's mother was Nellie Barnett. He father was Allen Staten, who was said to be a full-blooded Choctaw.
Their children were:
Maryland Isbell, b. 1862, MS (married Thomas Austin Whitehead),
John Richard Isbell, b. 1864, MS (married Annie Mote)
Callie Arkansas Isbell b. 1866, MS (married C. Jay Hunt)
Sarah Josephine Isbell, my husband's grandmother, b. November 17th, 1868, MS,
Virginia Bell Isbell, b. 1870, MS (married John Alex Roberts).
James Richard Isbell served in the Civil War, but I don't have any info on that.
The family left Mississippi circa 1870 with a group from the community intending to migrate to Texas. They reached Oklahoma Indian Territory and settled on what was then the Patowattome Reservation. When Oklahoma opened to homesteading, some of the group took up homesteading. However, the Isbells still wanted to come to Texas, so a part of the group started out again and settled in Williamson County, Texas, near Georgetown, Liberty Hill and Austin.
My husband's grandmother, Sarah Josephine Isbell had a first marriage to Dan Sullivan and a second marriage to Robert Lee Whitley (my husband's grandfather).
Thanks in advance for any and all help.