Teacher, linguist, Indian colonization agent. Born– January 14, 1837, Yorkville, Pickens Co. Parents– Percival Pickens and Jane Owen Halbert. Education– Union University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., A.M., 1856. Participated with State Troops of Texas in campaigns against Kiowa and Comanche; served as a private in the 6th Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army. Taught school for thirty years, then worked as colonization agent for the removal of Mississippi Choctaw Indians to the west of the Mississippi River, 1900-1903. Later, literary historian and archaeologist in Montgomery. Died May 9, 1916.
Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.
Joint Creek War of 1813 and 1814. Montgomery, Ala.; White, Woodruff, & Fowler, 1895.
A Dictionary of the Choctaw Language. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1915.