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Re: Slaveowner Joe Martin
In Response To: Slaveowner Joe Martin ()
If you already have info on your ancestors with their Dawes Enrollment Cards and their enrollment testimony then you may wish to try to get the same information on the slave owner. It is possible that Joe Martin may have been dead by 1898 when the Dawes Enrollments began but there is a strong likelyhood that his children would have gone through the enrollment process and been enrolled. Because there is so much genealogical data in those interviews you might find out much information about the family and subsequently about the slave owner through his children's applications.
Another thing to consider. There were several regiments from the Cherokee nation that were sympathizers to the confederate cause. There were several (more than six in fact) Cherokee Confederate units that fought in Indian Territory. It might be interesting to find out if Joe Martin served in Drews Regiment or some of the other Cherokee Confederate units. That info might be at the National Archives.
There is also an internet site about the Confederate Cherokees (but I don't keep it bookmarked) and there might be an online list of names. Many of the mixed blood slave owners were die-hard Confederates as their commitment to keeping slaves was a strong one.
Another useful tool for anyone researching Indian Territory is to use the search feature on the National Archives database. The database to use pertains to the Western Courts of Arkansas--the criminal court records. You can often find out unexpected information through those court records.
Best wishes in that search.
[10 feb 2001]
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