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First if you are interested in purchasing this reference material the cost is $25.00 p/h is included in that price.

Address to purchase book:

Don Martini
P.0. BOX 73
Falkner MS 38629

I received my copy approx. 14 days after mailing my payment. I have already found the book to be beneficial to my research on the Freedmen of the so called Five Civilized Tribes. The example for this is the correction of a name of a Choctaw slave owner which I had as Ziddick HARRISON. I have discovered the name *Ziddick* spelled two different ways.

HARRISON Zadock-Choctaw was born in 1816 the son of Mary Harrison. He attended the choctaw Academy in Kentucky in 1829-1830 (1).

(1) "Choctaw Academy" 472; Kidwell 226.

HARRISON Mary-Choctaw lived in LeFlore's District probably near Robinson Road in 1831. Her family consisted of four persons three of them males over 16. She then owned four slaves. She moved west in 1832 her family consisting of Mary 40 Zedoc 20 Henry 16 and William 18.

Now I combine that information with the information from the Dawes Freedmen cards and I can make some interesting observations and hypothetical analyses.

On Choctaw Freedmen Card 93 Minerva and her sister Ella HARRISON are enumerated. On the rear of their card is their parents Tom and Emeline HARRISON the slaves of Ziddick HARRISON.

If I am going to discover the parents of Tom and Emeline I will now have to concentrate on Mary and Ziddick (Zadock/Zadoc) HARRISON. I now know there is the possibility they could have been in LeFlore's District (MS) prior to removal in 1832. In addition I will have to look for more records concerning their direct owner Zadoc HARRISON where ever he may have migrated to in the Choctaw Nation Indian Territory.

There are numerous examples that the author has provided with the material contained in his book. He covers practically every major individual (Indian~Mixed Blood~ and "White") who resided in Indian Territory. He provides numerous footnotes on the Deed books Will Books Dawes Cards etc that can only be a tool for the researcher attempting to discover the ancestors living and deceased enumerated on the Dawes Freedmen Cards.

Here is another good example of how this book has opened my eyes to possibilities that may exist for locating some of my ancestors. I found a page from my deceased mother's phone book. On the page there was two references to her kin. One of the surnames was RADFORD the other was BUFFINGTON. I have/had not given it much thought until I received the book but the name BUFFINGTON is associated with the Cherokee Nation with members of this family intermarried with other slave owning families/individuals on Freedmen Cards by the name of HARLAN and STARRS.

Now when I begin to look at all of my maternal line of ancestors there is a good possibility I will have to not only look at the Choctaw Freedmen Rolls but now include the Cherokee(something I had not anticipated nor desired having Choctaw and Chickasaw was complicated enuff)

I recall someone asking about a family of NAIL'S on this board. Though predominately Choctaw there are a few members of the Chickasaw Nation mentioned on pages 487-491. As I recall the query the person was looking for Cherokee Freedmen with this surname.

One could surmise that the Freedmen had been originally owned by Choctaw citizens and maintained the NAIL surname after becoming the property of a Cherokee owner. Unfortunately there was no mention of a Cherokee by the name of *NAIL*.

I thought I would mention this information for those of you who may still desire to purchase the book by D. MARTINI. I am not affiliated with him and receive nothing for this but I feel someone may find a need for the material and would benefit from his research.


[7 Jul 1999]

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