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Our American Indian Revolutionary War Hero – Honyery Doxtator – Tewahangaraghken (The Man With The Snowshoes)

My sister Angelia Riddle did a great deal of intensive research into our Indian heritage and was passionate that our ancestors be credited with their achievements.

Honyery Doxtator and his son Peter served at Oriskany. Also Honyery’s wife, Sally Montour/Martin. The accounts of this are numerous. Honyery was an Oneida Indian and received the rank of Captain in the Revolutionary War.

Peter, Honyery’s son served under Peter Bellinger. Honyost Doxtator, his brother, fought with Honyery.

References, The Revolutionary War Records, Annals of Oneida County by Pomeroy Jones, The Iroquois in The American Revolution by Barbara Greymont. Oneida Indian Nation – Oneida Nation Homelands THE ONEIDAS AND THE BIRTH OF THE AMERICAN NATION

General Schuyler gave the rank of captain to Honyery himself in recognition of his service at Oriskany. Eleven other Oneidas and Tuscaroras were given officers’ rank at the same time, but only three were Captains. Both Schuyler and Gates praised the Indians for their bravery in action and said that “they fought like bulldogs”.

f5fd2adb-fb24-4d40-908b-3d835b7a518aHonyery Doxtator’s Indian name was Tewahangaraghken (The Man With The Snowshoes). He served as a captain in the Revolutionary War along with his brother, Honyost and his son, Peter (b. 1751). (Revolutionary War Records ) He fought in the Battle of Oriskany where he was wounded in the wrist. His wife, Sally Martin, fought alongside him. After he was wounded, she loaded his gun for him as well as firing her own. He was granted 1800 acres of land for his service in that war. This consisted of three 600 acre plots. He was married to a woman named Dolly Cobus before he married Sally Martin. I believe that his first two children were mothered by Dolly, but I can not be certain of that. He died at the age of 94 in 1794. (POM) I would like very much to see these American Indians more widely recognized for their contribution. Although Joseph Brant led most of the Iroquoian tribes onto the British side, the Oneidas, the Tuscaroras and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans fought gallantly, and at great cost, for the colonialists. In the end, of course, these heroes fared no better than the ones who fought against the Colonials.

Jul 7, 2015 - Doxtator Stories    No Comments

Samson Occum Obituary

Samson Occum was the husband of my 5th great grand aunt
New London County
Connecticut, USA

J ul. 13, 1792
New London
Oneida County
New York, USA

Samson Occom (also spelled Occum)
Native American Religious Leader
A member of the Mohegan tribe and a descendant of its great chief, Uncas, Samson Occom was the first Native American to publish documents in English. He studied theology at Eleazar Wheelock’s Latin School, where he was exposed to the teachings of The Great Awakening. He was ordained a Presbyterian clergyman in Suffolk, on Long Island, New York, in 1759. He served as a missionary to Native American peoples in Montauk on Long Island and in New England. At the urging of Eleazar Wheelock, in 1766 Occom made a tour of England to raise money for an Indian school. He delivered over 300 sermons and speeches, drew large crowds, and raised over 12,000 pounds. Part of the funds was used to found Dartmouth College, where scholarships and a professorship in Native American Studies bear his name, as do Occom Pond and Occom Ridge. After returning from England he, along with members of other tribes, helped to found the Brothertown tribe on Oneida Indian lands in northern New York as an independent Indian Christian community. After Occom’s death, the Brothertown tribe moved to Wisconsin. Reverend Occom’s publications include “A Short Narrative of My Life,” “Sermon at the Execution of Moses Paul,” and “A Short Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs.” During World War II the liberty ship SS Samson Occom was named in his honor.

Family links:
Joshuah Occum (1690 – 1743)

Mary Fowler Occum (1730 – ____)*

Mary Occum Jowon (1752 – ____)*
Aaron Occum (1753 – 1800)*
Tabitha Occum Johnson/Cooper (1754 – 1785)*
Olive Occum Davids/Cooper (1755 – 1828)*
Christiana Occum Paul (1757 – ____)*
Benoni Occum (1763 – 1829)*
Theodosia Occum Deshon (1769 – 1835)*
Lemuel Fowler Occum (1771 – 1790)*
Andrew Gifford Occum (1774 – ____)*
Sally Occum (1780 – 1791)*

Elizabeth Occum Maminash (1720 – 1780)*
Samson Occom (1723 – 1792)
Jonathon Occum (1725 – ____)*
Sarah Occum Wyyoungs (1725 – ____)*
Lucy Occum Tantaquidgeon (1733 – 1830)*

*Calculated relationship

Occum Grove Burial Grounds
Marshall (Oneida County)
Oneida County
New York, USA
Plot: There is a marker denoting the grave of Samson Occom

Feb 12, 2014 - Leora W Doxtator    No Comments

Mom was an Environmentalist . . .

. . .before it was popular. She loved to jump in the car with children trailing, wandering down unknown roads and lanes, just appreciating Nature’s glory. If she found a little stream, she would stop the car and explore.

She and her husband, Tom, were avid fishermen, and became active in Indiana’s Izaak Walton League. Tom was elected President, and once the membership figured out that it was Leora doing all the work, they elected her President . . . their first woman President. When the organization had a membership drive, Mom would cart along note pads and pens, and draw wilderness scenes on the spot, handing them out to admirers like candy.

I was married, and not aware of how active Mom had become in this organization. She passed away in 1990. I made a new friend in one of my quilting organizations a couple years ago, and we had lunch together one day. Becoming acquainted, we spoke of our parents, and I mentioned Mom and her fishing, adding that she was a painter. My friend paused, and asked, “What was her name?”

“Leora Brown”, I answered. Karen looked up and said, “I met her!” And, she told me about chatting with and watching Mom work with pen and ink at an Izaak Walton League event. Since Mom has been gone so many years, it was heartwarming to have a new acquaintance remember her in the same scenario as I often picture her, drawing nature scenes . . . country lanes and waterways lined with trees and blossoms.

Jan 6, 2013 - Angelia Doxtator    No Comments

Angelia as a little girl

I’m guessing she was about six in this picture. She and I looked a lot alike, which I will show when I can find a similar photo.

Angelia Doxtator Riddle at about six years of age.

Angelia Doxtator Riddle at about six years of age.

Red Wooten

Unfortunately much of my father’s life is a mystery to me, so I have to be satisfied with recollections of musicians he played with in various bands etc., mostly in the early part of his career.  Red Wooten is featured in the photo above, Dad is on the left and Chet Atkins is in the center and Red Wooten is on the far right.

Dad played at the Standard Club and the Capital City Club as well as the Owl Room in the Ansley Hotel, all in Atlanta.
We also found this link to two of his published songs: Taproom Stomp and Twilight Melody

Red Wooten reminisces:

My association with the ‘Whips’ was the start of hitting the BIG TIME. We joined Gene Austin, rather early we were all in our late teens. Doug,Roy,Bynam and myself about 1939(fall). Station WDOD was our regular job(Tn). Archie Campbell was the host of the show, then known as Grandpappy, etc. He had recently moved to Chattanooga from the Knoxville associortuation with Roy Lanham and Doug, and Bynam already there.

Picture of Red Wootten playing the guitarOne day I ventured over to WDOD and, talked to Roy and Doug. I told them you have a good group but,you’d be better with me playing bass! Well, they sorta laughed and said, would you audition for us? I said, immediately if not sooner. I didn’t have my bass there so I used Achey Burns bass (who was bassist with the ‘stringdusters’ also on WDOD.) We went upstairs to the dressing rooms and tuned up.The first song they wanted to play was,’In The Mood’ so fortunately I was up to that hit of the Glen Miller orchistra.

The ‘Whips’ have always crossed over from country to pop to jazz, etc. My memory tells me we didn’t rehearse any more that day. But, suffice it to say, they hired me and from then on my life had a completely new outlook and meaning. Pappy Campbell and I hit it off pretty good, too. My basic salary was $6 per week.However, we worked school gymnasiums, and road houses,and other jobs which really paid us more than the radio show.

When Gene Austin hit town with a tent show soon after,he did a promo on our show and, for the first time Gene heard the ‘Fidgity Four.’ Well he was very happy to discuss with us the idea of joining his act. such “good fortune” in those days was hard to come by so, we agreed to hit the road with Mr. Austin. We signed a contract but, during the next few years we were with him I became physically weak and, run down. So, I had to leave the group due to exhaustion. Well, Gene didn’t like it but I went home to rest and try to get well again. The ‘Whips’ again needed a bass player. That bassist was ‘Dusty’ Rhoads from Dayton. Ohio. Also a great guitarist. And soon they brought in Gene Monbeck, also from Ohio. That was the 2nd group of ‘whips’ Monbeck was guitarist also. I did not return again until the Whips had reformulated and were holding on to a ‘gig’ in Las Vegas (Flamingo Hotel). This was mid 1954. Meantime the 2nd group held on for about ten years before I returned. During my – absence from the Whips I had used those ten years to hit the “BIG TIME” again, this time through the BIG BAND scene. Some of those bands were the late, Tony Pastor, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and the late Benny Goodman and, also the great, Red Norvo.

And, in 1959 I toured with the late, Frank Sinatra to “Australia” Roughest – plane ride of my career. Frank’s handlers recorded that scene but, some how the recordings were lost and not found again till 1997. The Sinatra band was Bill Miller(pno) Norvo(vib) Wyble(gtr) Markham(dr) and, Jerry Dodgion (sx). His fan club made Frank release this album to ‘Blue Note’ records. It was a 4 star album and was on the ‘Billboard’ charts for many months(1997). And, we did 2 movies with Sinatra while in his employment. Meantime we worked the Sands Hotel (Vegas again) and did many TV shows with our quintet. In New York we did the Dave Garroway show(TV)and Hollywood, the Dinah Shore show many times.

During that period, late 50’s, I was introduced to Eva Summers (Mary Ford’s) sister, and, we were married May 7 in Tijuana Mexico. Roy Lanham and Marianne were our best man and bridesmaid.That was my 3rd marriage and, MY LAST!

We have 3 fine children now most of them married and left home.But back to

‘the ‘Whips’ Sometime in 60 or 62, Gene Austin called me from Vegas and, asked me to round up the guys, Dalton, Lanham, Dusty Rhoads (this time on bass) and myself to record at 6000 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood. This album has not been released as yet either. It was done at Bill Putnam’s studio and the added players to the ‘Whips’ were Ted Painter (bnjo) John Markham (dr) Don Fagerquist(tr) Bob McLaine (also pno). Gene was playing electric organ on some sides. During this session, Lawrence Welk strolled in and Gene introduced us all to him and he liked the music he heard.

picture of Red Wootten
Red Wooton in Atlanta,Ga Performing with the
DeLand Jazz Group

In 1976 I authored a bass book while here in Hollywood. Published by TRY PUBLISHING, Vine Street. That same year there were about 50 other bassists writing books also. Yes, along with Roy Lanham and Dusty Rhoads we did an awful lot of recording. Sometimes good, sometimes great, sometimes so-so but, we managed to stay alive. But, Roy bringing me back to the ‘Whips’ was great luck for me. Everything was uphill and shady after that. Suffice it to say, we worked hard, we played hard, and we partied hard. When you work a late gig until 2 in the morning and get up to go to record at 7am anything can happen and will, ’nuff said!’ But, Roy and I and Dusty pioneered many new scenes. Doug Dalton went into the electrical welding scene for a long time after he left the ‘whips’

Many times I have been completely exhausted after too much work and,not enough rest. But the friends I have made over the years were ‘I mean’ REAL FRIENDS,and not a bunch of ‘COOKS’I am retired and slightly disabled at this time but,I wouldn’t trade my life for ten thousand others!

Now. Marianne Lanham. She came to work with Nu Nu Chastain after my moving to Atlanta after my breakdown(stress,etc) She and I worked the WGST radio station for quite some time and she also worked other stations as she says in her description(early write up). The Marianne Lanham story is accurate to a ‘T’ but,there were some ‘weird’ happenings along the way also. Chastain was the small band I got Roy onto from his WLW job. Sheldom Bennett was a guitar man(and also fiddle)who was leaving his gig to go into the service to work for the aircraft industry. Roy eased into this gig also.Now. NU NU introduced us to a partying that Roy and I didn’t know about. Every weekend was a drinkin’ scene until the next M~n morn.Being in the fast lane isn’t always easy work,Pal! But,Roy and I were steadfast buddies from my first association with him and the country jazz oriented musicians.


My brother, Buddy Wootten, also a bassist called me from Atlanta to tell me he had just finished working the Fox Theater with Les Paul and Mary Ford. Mary also told me this later. This was while I was holding forth with Woody Herman 0rch. So, later when I had married her sister (Eva) we worked with her other sister-and Bob Summers (her brother) on guitar (sounds like Les Paul too,) and Mary’s other Sister Carol. The ‘gig’ was The ‘Crescendo Club’ right in the middle of ‘Sunset Strip’ A very ‘HIP’ joint!

Mary used a drummer added to Bob, Mary and, myself on electric bass. We did almost all the Les Paul-Mary Ford recordings but with more heavy end on the bass. Les having used guitar on his bass tracks with Mary earlier. On all their recordings(as good as they were) I always missed that deep dark sound, (like a st bs) etc.

Mary (bless her heart) recorded a few of my compositions (never released). but, she did an excellent job as always. Mary divorced Les Paul, and, later married her old school friend from Monrovia Ca. Namely, Don Hatfield, who owned a large construction company in Calif. He is still with us and I see him occasionally. Doing great, but he missed Mary.

Bob Summers my brother-in-law has come into his own over the years too. Bob and I worked a lot on MGM records with the Mike Curb scene, early 60’s He also was chief arranger for the Mike Curb Congregation, and they recorded some of my material, great too! Also Bob and I worked at Capitol records for ‘Ken’ Nelson and, Cliffie Stone, passed recently. Too many country artists to even name nearly all of them;Hank Thompson, Wynn Stewart, Rose Maddox and others. Roy Lanham did one of his better albums at, the Sound House, Merced, in E1 Monte (my old stamping grounds) and Mary Ford’s home place, 9840 Kale St. Bruce Summers is still with us, a piano man whom I played with a few times; a real swinger too.

I will mention my oldest daughter, Jessica Leslie Reandeau of Thousand Oaks Calif. Associated with the ‘Michael Thomas’ Escrow experts. She is from my earlier marriage to Sandra Jones, Atlanta, Ga. Has 2 sons and yes! they are into the music scene.

I didn’t mean to stray from Mary but, there has been so much water under the bridge since my moving to California. All my early recordings with the big bands, Herman, Dorsey, Charlie Barnet have all been transferred to CD’s. Also my Benny Goodman works are still being released. How lucky can you get? You tell me, ha ha.

I’m currently writing with my dear friend (which I met at Roy Lanham’s) house, her name is Ruth Arnold, and, we have some winners too! Both ASCAP!

Good mention. Rhoads, Wootten, Lanham, Widener, appear in Who’s who, in country western music, Black Stallion Press.Thousand Oaks, Ca.Check it!

My 2 mentors, Gene Austin and Red Norvo have been instrumental in keeping me happening all over the map. Roy Lanham meantime has moved on into the “Sons Of The Pioneers”. Following Karl Farr into the greatest country music of the century. That’s how truly great Mr. Lanham was. I miss him so much I always used Roy on every session that I acquired.And there were always ‘topnotch’ music wise.

Another fine guitar player who joined the ‘Whips’ was, Jimmy Widener, who was one of the early guitar men for the late, Bob Wills. For some time, Jimmy was on guitar and Dusty Rhoads bass. And, Jim was leader of that, ‘Country Gentlemen’ band in Hollywood for quite awhile. Also worked for Tex Williams (Smoke, Smoke, Smoke, etc.) Incidentally Roy Lanham and I played on the last record album of Tex Williams, Selma Ave. Hollywood. And many times we would record at Capitol Records, Roy and I along with such notables as Merle Travis, Joe Maphis, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Bryant, and, others of equal fame. Yes we were a mixed breed but that is what was selling my friends!

Roy Lanham also worked a show I did for 3 years. The Gene Autry ‘Melody Ranch’ not together but later I joined lt. (TV) Carl Cotner was musical director of that saga. Recently 3 great western stars passed on. I knew and recorded with all of them, namely Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Eddie Dean.

My achievements have included; Academy of Country Music, ASCAP, Grove’s new dictionary of Jazz, and as stated earlier author of ‘Supplemental Studies for St Bs.E1.Bs. & Tuba. This book is still available. And for a few years, I worked with LeRoy Andrews (Ventura) near Roy’s abode in Camarillo Springs.

Nov 19, 2012 - Doxtator Stories    No Comments

Son-in-law offers assistance to mother-in-law.

My great-grandmother, Caroline Jourdaine Denslow Bowman, was somewhat of a self-proclaimed martyr. When she was in a funk, she would announce that she intended to walk out into Lake Winnebago until she drowned. One evening, she had made this pronouncement again in front of my grandfather, Tony Doxtator. He stood up, and put his coat on, and announced, “Come on, Carrie”.

She was confused, and asked, “where are we going?”

“I’m taking you out in the boat to give you a head start,” was Tony’s reply. Reportedly, this offer of “help” cured her of making that statement in his presence!

Tony Doxtator

Woodrow McKinley Doxtator

During World War II, my father, who was 4F because of a heart condition, was playing music in Atlanta. He had been enticed to Atlanta from Wisconsin by a hometown boy, Curly Hicks, who promised he could find plenty of work as a musician. Curly Hicks had a band and Woody was an accomplished accordion player. Because he was left-handed and self-taught, he played the accordion upside down. Curly’s band was called the Tap Room Boys and Woody wrote two songs which were put out on the Bluebird label, which became RCA. Both were fox trots.  He actually wrote boxfuls of songs, but many of them never made it to publication.

Woody’s grandfather, Peter, had been an accomplished fiddle player and had won a state contest with a large prize for his fiddle playing, so music was in Woody’s blood.

During the war, there was a popular radio show broadcast on WSB Atlanta, called the “Merry Go Round”. WSB Radio, the first radio station to broadcast in the city of Atlanta, was “born” on March 15, 1922, when it went on the air for the first time at a power of 100 watts. The station was originally owned by The Atlanta Journal and broadcast from a makeshift studio on the fifth floor of The Journal building on Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta.

Woody also used his Indian heritage to glamorize his performance and wore a white deerskin outfit for some performances.

Biltmore Hotel - 1948

Biltmore Hotel – 1948

In 1925 the station moved to more spacious quarters on the top floor of the Biltmore Hotel, where it remained for the next thirty years. This would have been where my father played on the broadcasts.

My mother met him in late 1939 and married him in January 1941. Woody was not the marrying type, but he had a hard time figuring that out, having been married four times that we are aware of!

Doxtator Family Photos

Many on this page have passed on, but three branches of the family are behind this site – Linda, Jerry and Gary and Diane.

Psychedelic Painting Marks indian Ritual

from the Stockbridge newspaper Aug 10, 1968.

A ceremony to honor the remaining few ancestors of the Stockbridge, Brothertown and Munsee Indians, who founded Stockbridge and Brothertown, took place Thursday night at the harbor here.

About 75 persons, mostly local residents, county board officials, and several long-haired, bearded students, attended the somewhat unorganized program which had been planning during the week by James K. Phillips, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin extension, Fox Valley Center, Menasha.

Most of the invited guests, including a few of the remaining ancestors of the original settlers, officials from Indian tribes, and the Oneida Indian Singers, were unable to attend at short notice.

A small boat hauled to the harbor atop a foreign car and featuring a psychedelic painting received unfavorable comment from those attended and never touched the water.

Gilbert Hipke, New Holstein, chairman of the county board of supervisors, asked to address the group, said he “hoped, in part, it was to honor and pay respect to some of the Indian founders of Calumet County.” He noted that a few years ago, Moody Man, an Indian who was the first judge in the county, had been honored and his burial place marked. He pointed out that the Indian mounds in the county park had been preserved.

During the affair, John William Doxtator, who lives just south of here and is the grandson of Moses Doxtator, one of the original Stockbridge settlers in 1832, was introduced and pleased the crowd with an Indian song which he learned during his school days at Oneida.

Also present were Mrs. Doxtator and their three daughters: Mrs. Wayne Mattson, Fond du Lac, and Mrs. Elaine Mueller and Mrs. Jerome Vande Voort, Stockbridge; Thomas Quinney bearing the name of the chief who led the Stockbridgers to Wisconsin’ and several others.

Percy Powless, chairman of the Oneida Indian Council, was present and explained that the Oneida Singers were unable to attend.

Hipke thanked the citizens for attending and said he hoped this would be a prelude to another ceremony, perhpas handled locally.

Perpetually 29!

Our mother perpetually lied about her age. She and my step-father, Tom, were avid fishermen. One year, as she completed the application for her fishing license, she posted “35” in the square designated for her age. The gentleman accepting the application carefully reviewed it, and paused when noting that entry. He peered at her over the top of his glasses, and she retrieved the form to amend the age to 45. A few minutes later, as they were leaving, Tom said, “Leora, I’m ashamed of you . . . you lied about your age again!” The gentleman called out, “Oh, leave her alone. She corrected it”.

She was 65 at the time!

Mom and Hats

Mom  wore a flower in her hair instead of hats. When Gerald Hamm, her husband died, her friend told her ‘you must wear a hat to the funeral’.   So, she went to town with her friend and bought the hat that she wore to the funeral.

On the way back from the cemetery, she rolled the car window down and threw it out, declaring “I HATE hats!”

Some years later her mother’s half-sister, Verla, passed away. Leora current husband, Tom, made the same comment: “You have to wear a hat to the funeral.” Once again, she went shopping and purchased a hat.

As the family drove back to the funeral, Mom  had the hat in her lap.  She kept fidgeting with it and Tom reached over and took it out of hand and put in the back seat, before she had a chance to chuck another one.