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A Couple of Questions...

Hey all.

The entire Liz Warren debacle finally galvanized me to get back into researching my family's history, and I am left with a couple of questions I hope you all can help me out on. With that, here we go!

First, going back to Henry Roebuck, Choctaw #3112, card #527. In his interview, we have his mother, Lola Goff, speaking on his behalf. During that interview, the interviewer asks the following:

Q: What is your name?
A: Lola Goff.
Q: Are you a Citizen?
A: No sir, I want to register my boy.
Q: Are you married?
A: Yes sir.
Q: What is your Husband's name?
A: William Goff.
Q: Is he a citizen?
A: No sir, this boy's father was a citizen, he was my first husband.
Q: What was his name?
A: Henry Roebuck.

I'll stop there. The question I have here is that Henry's father, also named Henry Roebuck, was a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, but apparently died before he could appear before the Dawes Commission. There would be no further research into what happened to THAT Henry Roebuck, would there? I'm kind of at a loss as to where to go to research his story.

Second question. Further in Henry's interview, Jane Johnson is interviewed, and she indicates that she is Henry Jr.'s grandmother, and Henry Sr.'s father. Her, and her husband, Green Johnson, are listed at Choctaw #1314, but transferred to the Choctaw from Chickasaw #1314. In that packet, there is a death certificate for Green Johnson, signed by his brother-in-law, William Colbert. That should effectively make William to be the brother of Jane. That certificate also has him listed as a Choctaw Freedman, but it's hard to say what his age is. I can't tell if he is 33 or 53 when he appeared before the Commission.

I'm trying to figure this out, so I can locate the next card to research, because I see some cards for a William Colbert, but see that his application was "Contested". And by showing that it was contested, what was the next step in that process? Were they rejected?

The mystery thickens for me.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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