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Choctaw drama: Freed Bean slaves
In the course of research on another subject, I ran into a small drama in the Choctaw Nation in 1854, and if anyone has any information about it, I would love to know how it ended.
It seems that a family of enslaved people were freed by their Choctaw owner, Mr. Bean, and then kidnapped and resold into slavery, in Arkansas or perhaps the Creek Nation. Because of the intercession of a local missionary, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs became aware of this incident, and ordered the local Superintendent, Thomas Drew, to do everything he could to track down the kidnapped people and secure their release. Unfortunately, Drew either forgot the Commissioner's order or got it mixed up somehow, because when a subsequent purchaser of some of the kidnapped people came looking for his help in recapturing them, Drew was happy to oblige. Eventually the Creek authorities and even the War Department became involved. Drew was fired, but the correspondence gives no hint about what happened to the family involved. Does anyone have any more details?