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Re: Grayson Family
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Once more -- my information comes from facts. I don't know where your info came from that says Katy Grayson/Grierson had two children who married negroes -- and then, she married Johnie Benson. That is B.S. She, the youngest, married Johnie Benson,Tul wa tustunneggee, a 1/2 breed - (his mother, Mary Benson was a Creek Kidnapped White,) & father, was a FULLBLOOD Creek Indian, In-tak-fahp-ky (the Conjuror or Magician.) Katy & Johnie Benson had 10 children:
1. James 2. Charity 3. Robert (who is my great-grandfather and is not a negro nor part negro -- I have facts to back it up from my grandmother -- and a picture of him which I am sure you do not have,& a picture of his wife, Martha Danley, FULLBLOOD Creek Indian.) 4. Lizzie, 5. Tility, 6. Levi (Book), 7. Louisa (Tookah), 8.Thomas, 9. & 10.,Caroline, & Adaline... the last two were twins.
The above is recorded as fact. Not that I care who married what -- but let's keep the facts straight. As I've said, there were 2 of old Robert Grierson/Grayson's children who married negroes, I have heard, & of course, in the old Creek Nation they didn't know it was socially unacceptable to marry negroes, -- until they got to the Indian Territory of what is now Oklahoma. My grandmother, Christie Grayson,(born in 1858) informed me of same -- and, that no one in our lineal background married or had children by negroes. Many of our relatives had negro slaves whom they treated as equals. When property was meted out in the Dawes' Commission -- the Creeks said, "What about all these people who came with us (negroes)?" Negroes were given the same amount of allotments as the Creeks. Hence, Freedmen Allotments.
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