Notes for Greenwood Lefleur
!US Census 1850 (7 October) Mississippi, Carroll Co., Northern Division, Roll M432_369, Sheet 56, Page B, House No. 392, Lines 6-13: Greenwood Leflore (b. 1800 - 50 - in MS - Occ: Farmer - Property Value $80,000) married to Phriscilla (b. 1818 - 32 - in TN). Children listed (born in MS) are: Jane (dau b. 1832 - 18); Rebecca (dau b. 1838 - 12); and Greenwood (son b. 1841 - 9). OTHERS LISTED are: George Dillard (b. 1834 - 16 - in AL); Martha Halsey (b. 1839 - 11 - in MS); and John Halsey (b. 1843 - 7 - in LA)
!"A Family Makes Its Mark - The LeFlores of Mississippi", by Ralph and Alberta McBride: The French Canadian, Lewis LeFleur, established the stand of French Camp along the old Natchez Trace in 1812. He married Rebecca Cravat, a French-Choctaw woman. Their son Greenwood LeFlore became a District Chief of the Choctaw Indians, and in the fall of 1830 was principal negotiator at the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek where the last of the Choctaw lands were traded away to the United States. In this treaty the Choctaw were given three years in which to leave Mississippi, but any Choctaw who would agree to submit to the white man's law could stay and receive 640 acres of land -- at least that was in principle, but in practice land agents made it very difficult for the Indians to stay and claim their land. LeFlore on the other hand was granted 2,500 acres of land for his role in the negotiations and others who negotiated for the Choctaw received similar rewards.
LeFlore became a wealthy plantation owner near the city of Greenwood, Mississippi which was named for him. The county too was named for him, LeFlore County. He built a beautiful antebellum mansion there, Malmaison, and served as a member of the Mississippi Senate.
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