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Re: Chickasaw Freedmen Search
In Response To: Re: Chickasaw Freedmen Search ()
Greetings Dr. GAITAN
The information you refer to was posted on my site (www.estelusti.com) some time ago. I have been having serious problems getting the site back up to it's full capacity but you can still access the information.
As I recall it came from the M1650 (the 1896 Applications for Citizenship)microfilm series. The applicant was attempting to seek recognition as a citizen "prior" to the actual Dawes enrollment process in 1898. I don't know the outcome of her efforts, but I am assuming she was unsuccessful in the attempt. Below is her affidavit outlining her reasons for admittance as a "Chickasaw by blood".
For other researchers who are unaware, the M1650 microfilm rolls (54) can be another source worth investigating for information regarding your ancestors. I found it quite amazing the amount of information contained in these files and it was were I discovered my Great Grandmother Bettie LIGON, and her mother Margaret Ann WILSON giving testimony regarding Bettie's Chickasaw blood. M1650, file 73.
Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
Third Judicial Division
To the Hon. Dawes Commission
Your petitioner Cathrine Perry would most respectfully make the following statement upon which she bases her right to citizenship in the Chickasaw Nation Ind. Ter. My fatherís name was John Witson, and his fatherís any grandfatherís name was Barkotubbe, a full blood Chickasaw Indian. My grandfather died in or about the year 1840 or 1841 and was buried on Blue, about six miles west of Caddo. I do not remember my grandmotherís name, but have always been told that she was a full blood Indian. My motherís name was Cilla Colbert, she was a slave and belonged to Susan Colbert. I was born in the State of Miss. In or about the year 1830 or 1831, I left Miss. With the first lot of Indians that came to the Indian Territory and have lived in the Territory ever since. I remember my father well, he left this country about forty years ago, and I have never heard from him since, I donít know whether he is alive or not. My father was a half breed Chickasaw Indian. I have two sisters and two brothers by the same mother and father, but they were sold as slaves and I do not know where they now are. I was married to Sam Perry in the year 1858, and have lived with him continuously since. I am the mother of ten children by Sam Perry and they are Chickasaw Indians by blood. Their names and ages are as follows. Rena age 36, Henry (now dead) Jeff age 34, Nat age 32, Pink age 30, Victoria age 28, Duglas (sic) age 26, Watson age 22, Salina age 20, Bessie age 15.
I have never made application for citizenship before from the fact that I have always been recognized as a native citizen, and have and do now enjoy all of the rights and privileges of a Chickasaw Indian, and have never had my right called in question by any one in authority in the Chickasaw Nation I rely upon the justices of my claim and ask to be enrolled as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.
Cathrine (her X mark) Perry
Subscribed and sworn to before me this first day of Sept 1896
R. J. French
Hopes this is helpful,