AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum
Re: Davison v. Gibson - Creek Nation
In Response To: Davison v. Gibson - Creek Nation ()
STATE OF INDIAN TERRITORY,
County of Creek Nation:
Before me, on this 31st day of December, A. D. 1885, personally appeared Mrs. Sarah Davis, colored, who being duly sworn, did on her said oath state as follows:
My name is Sarah Davis, am I am a citizen of the Creek Nation, and reside at Muscogee, Ind. Terr. I do not know my age, but was born in Alabama, and was a slave of a daughter of General McIntosh, who married Samuel Hawkins. My first child (now Ned Gibson's wife, and residing at the old Creek Agency near Muscogee) was born in Alabama shortly after General McIntosh and Sam Hawkins were killed. I had two children when I left Alabama. I came through from near Columbus, Ala., with a party in charge of Ben Hawkins. There were other parties with ours, one in charge of Sam Sells. I think that there were over twenty persons in Sells's party, as I know he had two large wagons and one carriage. Besides these he had plenty of horses, and I saw a good many of the Sells party riding on horseback all of the way along until we reached the Verdigris River, in the Creek Nation, Indian Territory. I know that both Ben Hawkins and Sam Sells bought provisions for their respective parties all along the way, as I, among other slaves, was required to help pack bacon and other things into the camps. I did not know of any one else buying provisions for the two aforesaid parties but Hawkins and Sells, as herein before stated. The two parties continued near together all the way from the starting point to the Creek Nation, so that I was well acquainted with both, and to the best of my knowledge and belief there was over twenty persons in the Sells party.
SARAH DAVIS (her xmark).
Sworn and subscribed to before me, on this the 4th day of January, 1886.
ROBT. L. OWEN, U.S. Commissioner and A