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Re: Tracing Slave Owner
In Response To: Tracing Slave Owner ()

Hello,
Susan Adair is my cousin, but not through the Adair family. Her husband is a descendant of William Wasp, aka William "Bill" Adair. This man has never been successfully traced to the Adair family you mentioned. We believe he may have been the illegitimate child of one of the Adair men by a full blood woman and was never claimed by the Adairs as kin. His descendants are all listed on the Dawes Roll as 'full bloods.' I don't think contacting Susan would be helpful to you.

I am a descendant of the mixed blood Adair family through my father. Most of the Adairs were slave ownders. I'm not sure how John T. fits into the family, but it would be easy to find out, as the Adairs are well documented. You can check the book, History of the Cherokee Indians, by Emmett Starr. There is an extensive genealogy of the Adairs in that book. You may also want to contact Mary Adair. She lives in Sallisaw and is co-author of a book about the Adairs. You could also contact Patsy Brickey at Fort Gibson. She is a very sweet person, very supportive of the rights of the Freedmen, a Cherokee by blood citizen of the Nation and a good genealogist/historian.

Have you ever obtained your ancestor's census cards from the Dawes Roll? And how about the enrollment testimony jacket. You can obtain those from the National Archives Branch Office at Fort Worth, Texas.

Good luck in your search and stay tuned. The lawsuit against the Cherokee Nation on behalf of the Cherokee Freedmen will be heard on August 2nd. If you can make it to Tahlequah on that day (9 a.m.), we need all the support we can get.

Stay in touch.
David Cornsilk


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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