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Re: What happened to all those land allotments?

Hello --

I know what happened to the 40 acres given to each, my husband's
grandmother, father and aunt, (Lillie Gaines Hornbeak, Luther
Jourdan Hornbeak and Beatrice Hornbeak). The father and aunt were
awarded their land at birth, by the Regional Bureau of Indian Affairs, in my hometown of Muskogee, OK, in 1899 and 1901,
respectively. ( have the affadavits forwarded after application
by mother and father submitted immediately after their birth.

They were able to hold onto the land and purchase more acres
until Luther J. Hornbeak was about 16. The company store from
which the father borrowed to plant for the coming season required
that Marion (father of Luther and Beatrice) put up his land AND
their land for collateral. The father begged his children for
2 or three months to do this. Eventually they relented, put up the
land, and as you would guess, the crops failed --- the land was lost.

I am sure this situation happened to many other Black Freedmen who were listed on the Dawes Rolls. (Chickasaw Black Freedmen Rolls
This happened in Burneyville, OK, Love County, I. T. Oklahoma.

Joyce E. Hornbeak

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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