List 4, Chickasaws

List of Chickasaws whose names were omitted from final rolls because no application was made or by reason of mistake or oversight. Shows the names of 8 persons of Chickasaw blood and 1 freedman, all except 1 being minors. The rolls of the Chickasaws by blood contain 5,908 names, and the roll of Chickasaw freedmen contains 4,853 names. The percentage of omissions is exceedingly small, and in fact negligible.

Chickasaws By Blood

1. Alexander, Ben

Horn about 1899: living November 19, 1910; male: half blood. Father: John Alexander, Chickasaw freedman roll, No. 492. Mother: Epsie Alexander, a recognized full-blood Chickasaw, who died prior to September 25, 1902. No application of record. It appears that on Chickasaw Indian card. No. 190, are the names of eight children, full brothers and sisters of this claimant, who are on the approved roll opposite Nos. 630 to 636, both inclusive, and No. 4956.

2. Arpealer, Nicey

Born June 17, 1903; living November 30, 1910: full-blood Indian, three- fourths Chickasaw and one-fourth Choctaw; female.

3. Arpealer, Sidney

Born March 20, 1903: living November 30, 1910; full-blood Indian, three-fourths Chickasaw and one-fourth Choctaw; male. Father: Gilbert H. Arpealer, Chickasaw roll. No. 182: full blood. Mother: Martha Arpealer, enrolled as Martha Perry, Chickasaw roll, No. 4908; half blood. The testimony shows the mother to be half Chickasaw and half Choctaw. The parents were enrolled on the application of their respective fathers, and for the children born afterwards no application was made. The father testifies that other Indians told him not to have the children enrolled.

4. Ensharkey, Annie

About 10 years old November 30, 1910: then living: female: seven eighths blood. Father: C. A. Ensharkey. Chickasaw roll No. 2684; full blood. Mother: Sophia Ensharkey, enrolled as Sophia Arpealer, Chickasaw roll, No. 256; three-fourths blood. The parents lived together about a year. The mother died in June 1903. No application was made for this child. The mother’s people were opposed to enrollment and allotment.

5. Johnson, Jim

About 32 years old and living November 10, 1910; male; full-blood Indian, half Chickasaw and half Cherokee.

6. Johnson. Eva Agnes

Born June 27, 1904; living November 10, 1910; female; half-blood Indian, one-fourth Chickasaw and one forth Cherokee.

7. Johnson, Corinne May

Born December 15, 1905: living November 10, 1910: female; half- blood Indian, one-fourth Chickasaw and one-fourth Cherokee. Jim Johnson, the principal applicant, is shown to be the son of Thompson Coler, a full-blood Chickasaw Indian, and Becky Coler, a full-blood Cherokee Indian. The parents of Jim died before the enrollment among the Five Civilized Tribes was begun, the father when the boy was about 7 years old and the mother when he was about 15. The boy after his father’s death, lived with a white family for a short time and was then given the name Jim Johnson. It seems that this applicant, shortly after his mother’s death, went up into the Cherokee Nation, where he continued to live until 1895, when he moved into the Creek Nation, where he has continued to reside. He gives no very clear explanation of failure to apply for enrollment, and it seems to be simply a ease where this young man, failing to realize the importance of the matter, neglected to make application for himself and had nobody to look after his interests. The applicants Eva Agnes and Corinne May are the daughters of Jim Johnson and his wife, Lizzie J. Johnson, a white woman. Proof of marriage is in the form of a marriage license and certificate showing that the parties, Jim Johnson and Lizzie Vickery. were duly married August 18, 1903. The children’s enrollment should follow that of the father, Johnson’s wife is not entitled to recognition.

8. Orphan, Buster

Born April 13, 1905, died September 7, 1908; male: three-fourths blood. Father: Lev I Orphan, Chickasaw roll No. 311; full blood. Mother: Rena Orphan, Chickasaw roll, No. 312; half blood. The testimony shows the mother to be a full-blood Indian, half Chickasaw and half Choctaw. The father produced a book entitled “Choctaw Hymns,” with an entry on the first page: “Buster Orphan. April 13, 1900.” The father testifies he made the entry the day the child was born.

Chickasaw Freedman

1. Thompson, Savanna

Born July 28, 1900; living January 17, 1911; female. Father: Albert Thompson, Chickasaw freedman roll, No. 3780. Mother: Lela Thompson; noncitizen. Application November -, 1912, returned to Albert Thompson, together with the application for Jim Thompson, child of said Albert and Lela, born August 22, 1902, with instructions to furnish proof of marriage of the parents. This proof of the marriage was furnished February 29, 1903, together with affidavit as to the birth of Jim Thompson, but apparently the affidavit as to the birth of Savanna was not returned therewith. The name of Jim Thompson was placed upon the rolls of Chickasaw freedmen at No. 4493. It is clear’ that his sister Savanna was equally entitled to enrollment and would have been so enrolled but for the fact that the proof of birth and the proof of marriage of the parents became separated.

Chickasaw, History,

United States Congress. Five Civilized Tribes In Oklahoma, Reports of the Department of the Interior and Evidentiary Papers in support of S. 7625, a Bill for the Relief of Certain Members of the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma, Sixty-second Congress, Third Session. Department of the Interior, United States. 1913.

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