William A. Welch, Judge, 1881, Choctaw Nation
Would Judge Welch have been an enrolled Choctaw, and does anyone have any information about him?
Thank you in advance, Martha.
Also, same questions about / for W.A. Welch, Ranger, 1899, Choctaw Nation. What was a Ranger?
Thank you again!
I am no expert on this, but I think the term "Ranger" comes from the early Texas legislature's bill which established a number of "Ranging Companies" to patrol and keep the Comanche in check. Originally, they went where they were needed rather than be tied to a particular place. Any member of these companies were called "Rangers."
Thank you, Dr. Rigsby.
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