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The Saga of Rebecca Williams

The final post for the 30-day project to document Choctaw-Chickasaw Freedmen with family ties to citizens by blood, has been posted.

The story of Rebecca Williams comes from File #1 of the Perry Files held at the National Archives in Fort Worth, Texas. This file reflects several people who are the children of Bill and Rachel Colbert, most of whom were placed on the Chickasaw Freedmen Roll. (Their names are Ellen Perry, Nancy Fulsom, Rebecca Williams, Prior Allen, Dicy Jiggetts, Robert Burney and Bill Colbert.)

It is through the testimony of daughter Rebecca Williams that much of this story comes, thus her story is the focus. Her story documents the treatment of Freedmen when they went through the Dawes process. It reveals that in many cases, the Freedmen did not even testify themselves the first time, and how many when they went to enroll, they were not allowed to enroll even if their mother was a citizen by blood.

For more information see link below.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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