Greenwood Leflore and Malmaison

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Malmaison Engineering Record

 

 

Where was Malmaison?  Map 1    Map 2

 

MALMAISON STORY

 

Greenwood Leflore Article from The Nashville Tennessean-- 08/27/2003

 

Greenwood Leflore Article from The Nashville Tennessean-- 09/03/2003

 

 

The U.S. Geological Survey lists the location of Malmaison at 207 feet elevation on the Browning map.  The map coordinates are 33 degrees 31 minutes and 20 seconds North and 090 degrees 00 minutes and 26 seconds West.

 

 

Excerpts from A History of Mississippi, Vol. 1, by Richard Aubrey McLemore, 1973. Jackson.  University & College Press of Mississippi.

 

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P. 80.  On Leflore’s Heritage:

 

“The growing mixed-blood community in both Indian nations had far-reaching effects on tribal economic, social, and political life.  The mixed bloods, more like their Anglo fathers than their Indian mothers, better understood the ways of the British, Spanish, and later the Americans.  They were more assertive than their full-blood counterparts and came to comprise a sort of aristocracy in the tribes.  The French legacy among the Choctaws is confirmed by the LeFlore line which produced such notables as Greenwood LeFlore.”

 

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P. 264.  On Leflore and the removal of the Choctaws from Mississippi:

 

“In the early months of his administration[President Andrew] Jackson enunciated a policy which for all practical purposes gave the Indians a choice between removal or submitting to the laws of thestates.66 Subsequently the Congress of the United States passed a removal measure endorsing Jackson’s policy.67 Most of the government leaders in Indian affairs also shifted toward a stricter policy pointed toward eventual removal by force if necessary.68 Caught between the pressures of the federal government and Mississippi, the frustrated Choctaws and Chickasaws were faced with no choice but consideration of removal.”69

 

The Choctaw leaders assembled for a council to decide on a course of action in the dilemma which they faced.  The views of Greenwood LeFlore, who had been deposed from his rank of chief, prevailed in the council, and he was elected chief of the entire nation of Choctaws to pull all groups together.70 With LeFlore in charge, the way was opened for the negotiation of a final removal treaty.

 

66 Richardson, Messages, II, 1,0211,022

 

67 DeRosier, The Removal of the Choctaw Indians, 110112.

 

68 An exception was General Edmund Pendleton Gaines who served with the Army in the west in the period of Indian negotiation and removal.  He stood staunchly for “fair treatment” and against removal.  See James W. Silver, “A Counter-proposal to the Indian Removal Policy of Andrew Jackson,” Journal of Mississippi History, IV, 207215.

 

69 Ibid., 113; Grant Foreman, Indian Removal, the Emigration of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians, 2223, 193195.

 

70 DeRosier, The Removal of the Choctaw Indians, 114. It should be noted that LeFlore was guilty of duplicity in that he was ready to expedite emigration of his people while arranging to stay in Mississippi himself as a planter on the land he would receive for expediting the removal treaty.

 

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P. 205,206.  On religious and cultural life:

 

“Methodist missionary work among the Indians of Mississippi is chiefly an extended shadow of one man, the Reverend Dr. Alexander Talley.  After nineteen years of labor as a circuit rider, Talley in 1828, at the request of the Conference, agreed to devote himself to the Choctaws in northern Mississippi.  The Methodist approach to the Indians was precisely opposite that of the Presbyterians.  Talley believed in the direct method of revivalistic preaching.  This he carried out through able native interpreters, among whom was the famous chieftain, Greenwood LeFlore, who early came under Talley’s spell.  He even attempted camp meetings among the Choctaws, apparently with considerable success. Several of the Indian converts became local preachers and one, William Winans Oakchiah, was admitted on trial at the conference of 1831. By 1832, the Methodist Church in Mississippi was laying claim to four thousand Choctaws “in communion.”  The large accession of Choctaws to the Methodist Church compares favorably with the small number of Choctaws who identified formally with other denominations.  The wide variance may be attributed either to the attractive preaching on the partof Methodists or to the laxity with which they accepted converts, or to both.  Regardless, as a result of the Indian cessions and their departure for Oklahoma, the Mississippi Conference of1835 reported only eighty-three Indian members.”120

 

120  Ibid. [Posey, Frontier Mission, 117.]; Cabaniss, “Religion in Ante-bellum Mississippi,” 208.

 

 

 

 

 

GREENWOOD LEFLORE

Choctaw Chief

 Wife - Priscilla Leflore

 Children - 
      Son- John D. Leflore; Daughters- Rebecca Harris, Jane; Son-in-law- James C.      Harris


 Grandchildren -
      Grandsons- Greenwood L. & John B. Halsey, Louis Leflore, Greenwood Leflore, Louis Harris.

       Granddaughters- Martha Davis, Florence Harris.

 His cemetery marker reads: 
      Greenwood Leflore, Born 3 June 1800, Died 31 Aug. 1865


 Greenwood LeFlore was the son of Louis LeFlore

 Greenwood's mother was a Choctaw Indian princess, and Greenwood was later a chief, even though he was 3/4 French and 1/4 Choctaw.

 

WILL OF GREENWOOD LEFLORE

 

 Probated Sept. 1865

  Carroll Co. Will Bk. A, Pg. 473

  Wife- Priscilla Leflore; Son- John D. Leflore; Daughters- Rebecca Harris, Jane;  Son-in-law- James C. Harris; Grandsons- Greenwood L. & John B. Halsey, Louis Leflore, Greenwood Leflore, Louis Harris.  Mentioned- J. C. Harris, Greenwood Watkins, Daniel Jefferson, Edward Yarbrough.  Granddaughters- Martha Davis, Florence Harris.  Bequeath to Samuel T. Donley. 

  Owned lands in Carroll, Tallahatchie, Yalobusha & Yazoo counties in Mississippi and some in Texas. 

  Executor- Tanner C. Harris. 

  Witnesses- N. H. McCain, Saml. Hart, Wm. A. McCain. 

  Slaves- Amy, Hampton, William, Lizzie, Willis, Hettie.

  Dated May 30, 1860, probated Sept. 1865.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenwood Leflore Bible Records (.pdf file)

 

History of Greenwood Leflore by Harris Leflore Coleman (used with permission) (.pdf file)

 

 

 

 

From The Coahomian (Friar’s Point, Miss.), Page unknown:

 

October 20, 1865– Colonel Greenwood Leflore died on the 31stof August, at his residence in Carroll County, aged sixty-five years.  He was in on[e] sense “the last of the Choctaws”.  He claimed his lineage from Choctaw Indians, although not of full blood. Colonel Leflore was the last chief of the Choctaws.  He remained in this State while his tribe took up their melancholy march to the lands west of the Mississippi.

 

 

 

 

From: The Conservative (Carrollton, Carroll County),P. 1, Cols. 6, 7,April, 1942.  (Photo Unintelligible.)

 

Malmaison Destroyed By Fire Last Tuesday Night

 

 

 

From Jackson Daily News, P. 1, Col. 5,April 1, 1942.

 

Blaze Destroys Famous Malmaison Home in Leflore

 

Greenwood – (AP) – Historic Malmaison, a Mississippi landmark noted as the home of Greenwood Leflore, signer of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, was destroyed last night by fire of undetermined origin.

 

The treaty signed by Leflore, the last chief of the Choctaw Indians east of the Mississippi river, ceded all the Choctaw lands in Mississippi to the Federal government.

 

The building, located on a hill 11 miles east of Greenwood, was of colonial style and frame construction. Built in 1852, it was one of the show places of north Mississippi.

 

 

 

From: The Greenwood Commonwealth, April 1, 1942.  P. 1.  (Photo Unintelligible.)

 

Historic Carriage Saved

 

A Better Photo of Leflore’s Carriage – now located at French Camp, MS

 

 

Malmaison items on Display at the Cottonlandia Museum at Greenwood, Mississippi.

 

The Malmaison Room is filled with treasures and photographs from the home of Greenwood Leflore, the last chief of the Choctaw nation east of the Mississippi, a planter and a Mississippi State Senator. Malmaison, his home which burned in 1942,was built about 20 miles from Greenwood in Carroll County, where fear of malaria and flooding were lessened by virtue of being in the hills, above the swampy delta. The home contained only the finest furnishings, many brought from France, give us a glimpse of the splendor in which he lived. One example is a drawing room set of thirty pieces of solid mahogany, finished in genuine gold and upholstered in priceless silk damask.

 

 

Louis LEFLEUR (Father of Greenwood LeFlore)

 

Louis Lefleur’s Parents: Henry LEFLEUR and Margaret(UNKNOWN).

Rebecca Cravat’s Parents: John CRAVAT and (Indian) NEHOTIMA

Louis Lefleur was married to Rebecca CRAVAT (daughter of Choctaw Chief Pushmataha) about 1790. Children were: William LEFLEUR, Felicity LEFLEUR, Polly LEFLEUR, Emily LEFLEUR, Winna LEFLEUR, Benjamin LEFLEUR, Greenwood LEFLORE, Basil L. LEFLEUR, Andrew Jackson LEFLEUR.

 

From: The Conservative, Friday, April 10, 1942.  P. 1.

 

Malmaison Poem

 

 

From: The Greenwood Commonwealth, April 1, 1942.  Pp. 1, 8.  (Photo Unintelligible.)

 

Historic Malmaison Completely Destroyed by Fire Last Night

 

 

From: The Jackson Daily News, April 2, 1942.  P. 8, Section 2.  (Poor quality image.)

 

Historic Landmark Burns

 

 

From: The Greenwood Commonwealth, April 1, 1942.  Page not available.

 

Leflore Photo Destroyed in Malmaison Fire

 

 

Greenwood Leflore and Wife

 

 

Greenwood Leflore’s Carriage

 

 

Malmaison’s Remains

 

 

Greenwood Leflore on the Porch of Malmaison

 

 

C&G Train Stop – once located at Malmaison

 

 

Choctaws Purchase Malmaison (.pdf file)

 

LeFlore Property Wrapped Again in Intrigue (.pdf file)

 

 

UPDATE: On June 3, 2002, I finally had a chance to visit the Cottonlandia Museum in Greenwood.  If you have not been there, GO !  The museum is fantastic, and would put many museums twice its size to shame.  I immediately felt at home when I entered the front door, and was treated like family while I was there.  It would be well worth the trip from 200 miles away, and it is a great way to spend an afternoon (or morning).  Due to time constraints, I was only able to stay an hour or so, and could have easily spent three or four hours looking around.  The staff is excellent, and it is a great place to visit.  Pictures of the Malmaison Room are listed below.

 

Cottonlandia Malmaison Room

 

 

Greenwood Leflore’s Will

 

Text of Greenwood Leflore’s Will (.pdf file)

 

Portrait of Rebecca Leflore – Circa 1845-1850

 

Photo of GreenwoodLeflore

 

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Cottonlandia Brochure (Outside)

 

Cottonlandia Brochure (Inside)

 

Cottonlandia Handout