Surnames Nickey to Owens

Nickey, Maggie (now John).
Nickey, Billy.
Nickey, Bettie Russel.
Nickey, Mollie Mass.
Nickey, Sam.

Mississippi Choctaws. Files: Report of November 15, 1907, from Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes. These applicants were embraced in the Mississippi Choctaw application of Nancy Nickey, made at Meridian, Miss., April 25, 1901, for the identification of herself and said children, and also for her child. Lizzie Nickey, who died in the year 1901, as Mississippi Choctaws. Said Nancy Nickey was identified as a full-blood Mississippi Choctaw May 17, 1904, September 13, 1904, the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes denied the identification as full-blood Mississippi Choctaws of the above named children, and said decision was approved by the department December 13, 1904 (I. T. D. 12338- 1904), January 12, 1907 (I. T. D. 82-1907), the department ordered a rehearing in the matter of the application of said Maggie Nickey, and on March 4, 1907, Commissioner Bixby wired the department as follows:

“Referring to departmental letter of January twelfth, nineteen seven (I. T. I), eighty-two-nineteen seven), ordering rehearing in application of Maggie Nickey, now Maggie John, for identification as Mississippi Choctaw, sufficient evidence has been received by me today to Identify this applicant as full-blood Mississippi Choctaw, and such action has accordingly been taken on this date by me. Sufficient evidence is also on file with this office showing bona fide settlement within Choctaw-Chickasaw country. Recommend that her name be placed on schedule of identified Mississippi Choctaws, and also on final roll of Mississippi Choctaws and approved by you today. Maggie Nickey is twenty years old, removed to Choctaw-Chickasaw country in February, nineteen hundred three, and submitted proof of settlement on February fifth, nineteen seven. Her name appears on Mississippi Choctaw card number nine hundred seventeen.”

March 13, 1907 (I. T. D., S210-1907), the department advised the commissioner that as the telegram was not received until March 5, 1907, “It is not considered that the department has now the authority to place said Maggie Nickey, or Maggie John, upon the roll of Mississippi Choctaws.” On March 4, 1907, the commissioner rendered his decision, refusing the application of Lizzie Nickey for Identification, she having died too soon to be entitled to such identification, and granted the application for the identification of said Maggie, Billy, Sam, Bettie Russell, and Mollie Mass Nickey as full-blood Mississippi Choctaws. The commissioner advised the department of this action on March 6, 1907, and stated that—

“Considering, however, the fact that but a few hours remained before the closing of the rolls of citizenship, no action was taken as to the notification of said parties as to their identification for the reason that the said Billy and Sam Nickey are residents of Paulding, Miss., and Bettie Russell Nickey, of Mosell, Miss., and Mollie Mass Nickey, of Sylvarena, Miss., and it would have been impossible for them to have removed to and settled within the Choctaw-Chickasaw country and submitted proof thereof, as required by section 41 of the act of Congress approved July 1, 1902 (32 Stat., 641), within which time for their enrollment to have been approved by you on March 4, 1907.”

March 10, 1907 (I. T. D., S510-19O7), the department, in reply to the commissioner’s letter, stated that it had no authority to further act in the case. I believe that authority should be granted for the placing of the name of Maggie Nickey upon the final roll of Mississippi Choctaws, and that upon her compliance with the law, a final allotment of land be given her. As to the other applicants first named. I believe that a reasonable time, say, six months, should be given them within which to establish a bona fide residence in the Choctaw-Chickasaw country, and that upon the proof of such settlement they be enrolled as Mississippi Choctaws, and upon their compliance with the law as related to Mississippi Choctaws, they be given final allotments of land in the Choctaw- Chickasaw country.

Cherokee by blood. Files: Report Acting Commissioner to Five Civilized Tribes. January 13, 1910, addressed to the Hon. J. George Wright. ______ Oakball. child of White and Susan Oakball, Cherokees. No application of record. Number of claimants In this memorandum, 1.

Olson, on Oldson (nee Bellvell, Rose).
Bellvell, Zena.
Bellvell, Mollie.
Choctaws by blood. Files: Part II, Exhibit F, report March 3, 1909. The statements which follow are based upon the allegations of Rose Olson made at the office of district Indian agent, Tishomingo, November 10, 1908. Mrs. Olson is a quarter-blood Choctaw and the daughter of David and Georgia Green Bellvell. She has two sisters, whose names appear above. Green was her mother’s maiden name. It is through her she claims Choctaw blood. Mrs. Olson says she made no application for enrollment, because she had no one to look after it for her until she married. She was born in the Choctaw Nation near Atoka, and resided there and in other places in the Indian Territory. Her mother died when she was 5 years old, and n little later she was taken to Texas by her father, a traveling man. He married again, and Rose, when 15 or 16 years old, left home because of the unkindness of her stepmother. The principal claimant states that when she was a child the family lived for a month with a family of Choctaws named Pryor Allen. Number of claimants In this memorandum, 3.

Owens, Martha Ann.
Owens, Henry.

Choctaw freedmen. Files: Report of November 15, 1907, from Commissioner to Five Civilized Tribes, Applications were received December 29, 1902, by the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes for the enrollment of Martha Ann Owens, born November 18, 1899, and Henry Owens, born January 20, 1902, and who were living September 25, 1902. The applicants are the minor children of Tom and Charlotte Owens, whose names appear opposite Nos. 2779 and 2780, respectively, upon the approved roll of Choctaw freedmen.
Number of claimants In this memorandum, 2.

Owens, Mollie, et al. (including Children and grandchildren).
Chickasaw freedmen. Files: Record on file in Indian Office. (See also statement of claimant made Nov. 27, 1908, at office of district Indian agent, Muskogee, Okla.: see Part III. Exhibit F. report Mar. 3, 1909.) This woman was undoubtedly a Chickasaw freedman. Her brother, Sam Williams, is enrolled as such. She was born near Doaksville, in the Choctaw-Chickasaw country, and has resided therein many years, except portions of the time In Texas. She was known to the district agent as a person of good character and unusually industrious. Valuable lands which she has held and improved for years, containing her home, have been allotted to others. Her application was denied, but It Is believed that her cause is of such unusual merit as to deserve reconsideration.
Number of claimants in this memorandum, approximately, 14.

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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