Trader William Doak, (of Doaks Stand)

Male 1784 - 1832  (48 years)


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  • Name Trader William Doak, (of Doaks Stand)  [1
    Title Trader 
    Suffix (of Doaks Stand) 
    Born 1784  Guilford Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Other-Begin 5 Sep 1807  Guilford Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Doak, William
    Doak, William
    Transcript of will - Will Book A, Page 103, Guilford County, North Carolina

    (copy handwritten will attached to William Doak)

    Thanks to Robert Edward Oakley and Ralph Doak for the document.
    Other-Begin 20 Oct 1820  Doaks, Madison Co, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Treaty of Doak's Stand Oct 20, 1820
      Doak's Stand [Mile Marker 108] - In 1820, Andrew Jackson met with leaders of the Choctaw Indians at Doak's Tavern, which had been established in 1812 by William Doak. After spending several days trying to convince the Indians to willingly give up their land and move west, Jackson finally threatened to issue an order that would force Indian resettlement. Faced with enforced resettlement, the Indians finally gave up 1/3 of their land, and, on October 20, 1820, signed the Treaty of Doak's Stand. Ten years later, the Choctaws were forced to relinquish the remaining land. [The actual location of Doak's Tavern was west of the present Trace, and is no longer in existance.]
    Died 6 Oct 1832  Doaks, Madison Co, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Other-Begin 24 Dec 2003  [2
    parentage 
    • INFORMATION CHANGE {CAUTIONARY NOTE}: The Information linking William Doak to James Wilson Doak & Elizabeth Paisley as his parents is from the inf ormation cited above.* (genealogical chart of 11/3/1988, as provided by the Doak Descendants Search Committee in a gift from Kristen Straight to D r. Edmond Doak). This was not part of my original research. My original research strongly supported that William Doak of Doak's Stand was the son of William Doak and Ann Stuart. This also made him clearly the brother of Josiah, who took over his business with the Choctaw's following his death and later opened Doaksville as a community in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. It is highly unlikely that the Choctaw's would have been so receptive to William's cousin (which Josiah would have been if William was the son of James Wilson Doak). Wiliam, however, was considered a kinsman by the Choctaw due to the wife or concubine he had taken, who was the daughter or niece of Mingo Apukshunnubbee. Therefore, his brother, although having just one wife who was white, would still be accepted. A cous in is doubtful. Recently Robert Oakley has STRONGLY sought to clarify this as well and I believe he is correct. With this in mind and with my having had time to look over the 1988 documents, I am convinced that my origin al information and Robert Oakley's is correct, so I am making corrections to reflect this in the database as of this date. JCT 12/24/03
      http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=familyties&id=I06019

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      from another researcher regarding the fact that William Paisley Doak was not the William Doak of Doak's Stand:

      This is from an ancestry message board post:

      subject:
      Sarah(Sallie) Doak and William Paisley Doak (other families: Turner, Fannin, Fanning, Langley)

      ruthy19 Posted: 4 Aug 2001 5:23PM
      Classification: Query
      Edited: 26 Jul 2005 5:56AM
      Surnames: DOAK

      I'm looking for info on Sarah (Sallie) Doak and her father William Paisley Doak. Sarah is the daughter of a Choctaw woman, (name unknown.) She died in 1880 in Grandbury, TX

      REPLY:
      Re: Sarah(Sallie) Doak and William Paisley Doak
      Robert Edward Oakley Posted: 1 Jan 2005 4:56PM
      Classification: Query
      Edited: 26 Jul 2005 5:59AM
      Surnames: DOAK, McMURRY, CARSON

      I believe if you check carefully into documented records, you will find that William Paisley Doak died intestate and without issue, prior to ever taking possession of his share of his father's Revolutionary War grant in Rutherford County, Tennessee. His one-eighth (1/8) share was divided among his seven siblings, as was his share of other lands inherited from hs father in Wilson County, Tennessee. If my research is correct, and William Paisley Doak died intestate, and without issue, that also means he was NOT the William Doak who established Doak's Stand in what is now Madison County (and was originally in Yazoo County) in Mississippi around 1810-1812. I believe if you research the extant primary historical records regarding Doak's Stand, the Treaty of Doak's Stand, etc., etc., you will find references only to "William Doak" and "Wm. Doak," and NEVER a reference to a "Willam Paisley Doak" or a "William P. Doak." I presume you also know that Josiah Doak (also referred to as Jo Doak, and Josiah S. Doak), who was at Doak's Stand with William Doak, and who later was instrumental in the establishment of Doaksville in the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma, is commonly referred to--and assumed to have been--the brother of the William Doak at Doak's Stand. If that is the case--and I am convinced that it is--then that is further evidence that William Paisley Doak was not the owner/operator of Doak's Stand, since William Paisley Doak did not have a brother named Josiah. However, Josiah's parents, William and Anne Stuart(?) Doak DID have a son named William (but I've never seen a middle initial or name used for him). Finally, while there is much discussion about William Doak at Doak's Stand having a child named Sally (Sallie) by an Indian woman, I have never seen any documentary evidence supporting such a contention. The William Doak who operated Doak's Stand, and whose first wife Polly McMurry died in Madison County, Mississippi, about 1824, apparently remarried a woman named Sarah Carson. That William Doak died in 1833 in what was then Washington County, Mississippi. A few months later Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, was created, and the administration of William Doak's estate was transferred to that county, where his residence and real property physically were located. Nowhere in the estate proceedings is there ANY mention of a daughter named Sally (Sallie) or who may have been of Indian heritage--which of course doesn't prove that there was not one. But if there was a Sally (Sallie) Doak who had known Indian ancestry through her mother (an Indian princess, I believe the oral tradition suggests?), it is likely that you will have to trace the lineage BACKWARD through Sally (Sallie) to her mother if you are to find documentary evidence to prove your research. Hope this information is helpful.

      http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=197&p=surnames.doak
    Notes 
    • Note regarding marital status of Trader William Doak.
      William Doak, born 1794 in Guilford County, North Carolina, married Mary Polly McMurray October 16, 1802 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. She passed away on October 26, 1824 after having eight children from this union. Polly was white and had no connection to the Choctaw Indians, nor did the Doak family whose ancestry was Scot.

      Sometime between 1807 and 1810 when he started trading with the Choctaw's he took a Choctaw wife, thereby making him a kinsman of the Choctaw' s. This was a very common custom among traders during the period of all southeastern tribes, which is why there are so many English, Scot, Irish and French surnames among the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Cherokee. To make the situation better, he needed to take the wife of a leader of the Choctaw. According to the research of the late Dr. Edmund King Doak (a descendant of William & Polly) he took a wife who was the daughter of Mingo Apukshunnubbee. Mingo or Mikko in Choctaw is translated King, so Apukshunnubbee was one of the three great Kings of the Choctaw Indians prior to removal from their ancient homeland. With this union, Doak became one, if not t he strongest trader among the Okla Falaya division of the Choctaw Nation. It needs to be noted however, that he was still married to Polly when t his happened. Polygamy was common as the second marriage was under Choctaw law only. From this union, one daughter was born and she was named Sarah Doak.

      Around the time of the Treaty of Doak's Stand in 1820 William sent Sarah ( Sally) back to Lincoln County, Tennessee to get an education that was not available to her in that part of Mississippi. This was met with rage by Sallys maternal uncle Pumpkinhead, who threatend to kill William Do ak if he sent his niece away, (a niece who by Choctaw tradition was Pumpki nhead's responsibility). There was another run in between the two men wh en Pumpkinhead learned that Sally had married a whiteman named Thomas Fann ing from Lincoln County. According to Mayme Britt some years ago, a story Dr. Irv May of Texas A & M confirmed in the summer of 1999, the last that was heard from Pumkinhead was around the time that William Doak drown ed in a creek near Doak's Stand. While it was Fall of 1832, it was not believed that the creek was that swollen with Fall rains that William could n ot cross without difficulty. Therefore, the rumor always floated around th at Pumpkinhead actually murdered William Doak and made it look like an acc ident. In any case Pumpkinhead was not seen again in Madison County, Mississippi. JCT 11/2/02
      http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=familyties&id=I06019 [2]
    Person ID I49955  Roots
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2013 

    Father William Doak,   b. 1747, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Nov 1807, Guilford Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Ann Stuart,   b. Bef 1755,   d. Abt 1835, Guilford Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married Abt 1767 
    Family ID F16980  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary "Polly" McMurray,   b. 1786, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1824, Madison, Madison Co, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 16 Oct 1802  Guilford Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Groom:William Doak, Bride: Polly McMurry, Date: 16 Oct 1802, Bondsman: John Doak, Witness: Roddy Hannah, J.P.
    Children 
     1. Sarah Ann "Sally" Doak,   b. Between 1804 and 1810, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, Granbury, Hood Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     2. Teadocia Doak,   b. Abt 1806, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1815, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)
     3. James Doak,   b. Abt 1807, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1815, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 8 years)
     4. Robroy Doak,   b. Abt 1808, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1815, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
    +5. John McMurray Doak,   b. 1809, Lincoln Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1866, Lexington, Lee Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +6. Boyd McMurray Doak,   b. 15 Oct 1811, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1878, Grenada, Grenada Co, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     7. Jonathan A. Doak,   b. 1812, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (Madison Co, Mississippi) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887, of, Atascosa Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     8. Martha Jane Doak,   b. 21 Oct 1821, Madison Co, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1902, Abilene, Taylor Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F16967  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Tioka "Jane" Apukshunnabbee,   b. 1795, Okla Falaya, Choctaw, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1820, Madison Co, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years) 
    Married 1809  Okla Falaya, Choctaw, Mississippi (concubine) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F16968  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S1027] Ralph Doak (Cork, Ireland) ralphdoak@gmail.com.

    2. [I1030]