Candis Allen Dawes Application

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The next in order of the above applications is that of Candis Allen, and the record therein shows that on April 11, 1901, the said Candis Allen appeared before the Commission at Meridian, Mississippi and there made personal application for the identification of herself and her eight minor children, John, Minnie, Ella, Della, Pearl, Byrd, Aleck, and Early Allen, as Mississippi Choctaws, claiming to be descendants of Choctaw Indians who resided in the state of Mississippi in 1830, and took advantage of he provisions of article fourteen of the treaty made between the United States government and the Choctaw tribe of Indians, concluded September 27, 1830,and known as the treaty of “Dancing Rabbit Creek.”  The principal applicant claims descent from John or Captain John, an alleged full blood Choctaw who married Julia Thompson and who tare the parents of this applicant.

Note.– There is nothing in the applicant’s testimony which tends to show the nationality of her mother except that she states that her mother was a slave, which would lead on to suppose that she was a Negro.

The record in this case further shows that the principal applicant, Candis Allen, and her eight minor children for whom application is made, have never been enrolled by the tribal authorities of the Choctaw Nation as a citizen of that tribe nor are their names found upon any of the tribal rolls of the Choctaw Nation in the possession of the Commission, nor have they ever been admitted to Choctaw citizenship by a duly constituted court or committee of the Choctaw Nation, or by the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, or by a decree of the United States Court in Indian Territory under the provisions of the act of Congress of June 10, 1896.  (29 states. 321.)

The evidence offered in support of this application, aside from the oral statement of the principal applicant, embraces the ex parte affidavit of Lewis C. Smith and Mary Thompson.  By shown that she was born in the state of Mississippi in about the year 1853, and that she has resided all her life in the state of Mississippi and is one half blood Choctaw.  She does not attempt to trace her alleged Choctaw descent any farther back than to her father, and there is nothing in her statement which tends to show that her alleged Choctaw ancestors were ever recognized b the Choctaw tribal authorities as members of the Choctaw tribe of Indians in Mississippi, or that they complied or attempted to comply with the provisions of article fourteen of the treaty of 1830.  By the ex parte affidavits filed herewith it is attempted to be shown that affiants are acquainted with the principal applicant, who they allege, is the child of one Julia Thompson and her husband Indian John, who was a full blood Choctaw Indian and who resided in Mississippi all his life.  There is nothing in said affidavits, which tends to show that any of the alleged Choctaw ancestors of the principal applicant were recognized members of the Choctaw tribe of Indians in Mississippi or that they complied or attempted to comply with the provisions of article fourteen of the treaty of 1830, but it does appear from the affidavit of Mary Thompson that the affiant was well acquainted with the principal applicant and with her mother, Julia Thompson, for a number of years during slavery time, and that they were the slaves of said affiant.

The next in order of the above applications is that on Banistor Allen, and the record therein shows that on April 11, 1901 the said Banistor Allen appeared before the Commission at Meridian, Mississippi, and there made personal application for the identification of himself and his four minor children, Lewis, Annie, Cora, and Luther Allen, as Mississippi Choctaws, claiming to be descendants of Choctaw Indians who resided in the state of Mississippi in the treaty made between the United States government and the Choctaw tribe of Indians concluded September 27, 1930, and known as the treaty of  “Dancing Rabbit Creek”.  The principal applicant claims descent from Candis Allen, and alleged one half blood Choctaw woman who married Aleck Allen, a mixed negro and white man and who are the parents of this applicant.

The record in this case further shows that the principal applicant, Banistor Allen and his four minor children for whom authorities of the Choctaw Nation as citizens of that tribe, nor have they ever been admitted to Choctaw citizenship by a duly constituted court or committee of the Choctaw Nation, or by the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, or by a decree of the United States Court in Indian Territory under provisions of the act of Congress of June 10, 1896.

The only evidence offered in this application is the unsupported oral statement of the principal applicant, wherein he attempts to show that he was born in the state of Mississippi in about the year 1870 and is one quarter blood Choctaw, and that he has resided in Mississippi all his life.  He attempts to trace his alleged Choctaw blood through his mother to his grandmother, who he states he was informed was full blood Choctaw, but he does not state the name of his grandmother.  There is nothing n his statement which tends to show that any of his alleged Choctaw ancestors were ever recognized by the Choctaw tribal authorities as members of the Choctaw tribe of Indians in Mississippi or that they complied or attempted to comply with the provisions of article fourteen of the treaty of 1830.

The next in order of the above applications is that of Indiana Coleman, and that record therein shows that on April 11, 1901, the said Indiana Coleman appeared before the Commission at Meridian, Mississippi and there made personal application for the identification of herself as a Mississippi Choctaw, claiming to be a descendent of Choctaw Indians who resided in the state of Mississippi in 1830 and took advantage of the provisions of article fourteen of the treaty made between the United States government and the Choctaw tribe of Indians, concluded September 27, 1830, and known as the treaty of “Dancing Rabbit Creek”.  She claims descent from Candis Allen, and alleged half blood Choctaw woman who married Alex Allen, a mixed Negro and white man, and who are the parents of this applicant.

The record in this case further shows that the applicant Indiana Coleman, has never been enrolled by the tribal authorities of the Choctaw Nation as a citizen of that tribe, nor is her name found upon any of the tribal rolls of the Choctaw Nation in the possession of the Commission, nor has she ever been admitted Choctaw citizenship by the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, or by a decree of the United States Court in Indian Territory under the provisions of the act of Congress of June 10, 1896.

The only evidence offered in this application is the unsupported oral statement of the principal applicant, wherein she attempts to show that she was born in the state of Mississippi in about the year of 1876 and has resided there all her life and is one quarter blood Choctaw.  She attempts to trace her alleged Choctaw descent through her mother to her grandfather, who she states was named John Thompson or Smith and who, she states she was informed was a full blood Choctaw.  She states that her own mother and father were slaves.  There is nothing in the statement of the applicant which tends to show that her alleged Choctaw ancestors were ever recognized by the Choctaw tribal authorities as members of the Choctaw tribe of Indians in Mississippi, or that they ever complied or attempted to comply with the provisions of article fourteen of the treaty of 1830.

 



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AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 22 September 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/candis-allen-dawes-application.htm - Last updated on Mar 22nd, 2013


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