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Re: GOINS in Belmont & Muskingum Cos., OH
In Response To: GOINS in Belmont & Muskingum Cos., OH ()
I have looked with interest to this discussion and I believe you are missing an important fact about James and Chance, the grandparents of Hannah Findley: they were Choctaw Slaves - not Choctaw Indians. This would mean that they were african or african american and not indians. They were owned by indians. When the Choctaw nation was later moved to Oklahoma they had to take their slaves with them. After the civil war the slaves became "free", but many decided to belong to the tribe. It wasn't until 1885 that a law went into effect that the "slave" descendants could be part of the Choctaw tribe. Jason W. Goins is listed in the census under "free men of color" over 16 years of age. I believe that Hannah was either black or Mulatto, and not necessarily indian.
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