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Were there Dutchmen in Indian Territory?
When I was young I would often visit my great grandmother and her sister and my great great grandmother in Bartlesville Oklahoma. The three of them were all Cherokee Freedmen who did not die until around 75 and 1976 when I was a teenager. I remember My great grandmother's sister once sat down with me and told me our family tree which consisted of Riders and Rogers and Austins. I know that they were from Cooweescoowee which I believe also happens to be the Cherokee name of John Ross who was the principal chief of the Cherokees during the time of the Trail of Tears. I've located my great great grandmother and her family on the Wallace Kern Clifton and Dawes rolls. My question is about my great great grandmom's grandfather. I was told that his name was Elijah Rider a/k/a Lige Rider. I found him on all the rolls. I was told that he was a mulatto. The son of a Dutchman named Ol' Marcy and his slave girl. My mom says she also used to hear my great great grandmother talk about the Dutchmen. Who were the Dutchmen of Indian Territory? When I'd asked my great grandmom's sister years ago she'd looked confused when I'd asked if the Dutchman was from Holland. Could the Dutchmen be Cherokees who were mixed with white (slaveowners) or were there Dutchmen from Holland in Cooweescoowee around 1810?
[9 Sep 1999]
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