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Exhibit 6, Mississippi Choctaw by Blood
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1. Davis, Mond Amos.
The proof, November 19, 1910, shows that this applicant is about 17 or 18 years old; that his mother, Josephine Amos, or Josephine Davis, was a full-blood Choctaw, who died prior to the removal of the Choctaws from Mississippi; that a half brother, Jeff Amos, a half sister, Lucinda Amos, and a half sister, Rosella Amos, by the same mother, are on the rolls of Mississippi Choctaws as full bloods at Nos. 1415, 1416, and 1417, respectively. It is further shown that this boy removed to the Choctaw country with the family of. Billy Washington and is still living with him. Billy Washington was a member of the Snake Band of Indians, opposed to enrollment, and prevented the boy from appearing at the hearing in 1910. It is clearly shown that this boy has lived in the Choctaw-Chickasaw country since his removal thereto in 1903. If any provision shall be made for the further identification and enrollment of Mississippi Choctaws, this applicant should he recognized.
2. John, Lillie Jackson.
About 21 years old and living January 25, 1911; female, full blood. This applicant was born in Mississippi. Her father is Alex Jackson, a full-blood Choctaw, and her mother, Martha Jackson, a full-blood Choctaw, these facts being testified to by witnesses who knew them in Mississippi. Both these parents died while the applicant was a young child. Lillie removed from Mississippi to the Choctaw-Chickasaw country in 1902 with her grandmother, Ellen Jim, who afterwards married William Billey, and a company of Mississippi Choctaws, and has lived there since that time. It seems that this child was overlooked in making up the rolls of Mississippi Choctaws because her full-blood grandmother did not make application.
3. McDaniel, Houston.
About 23 years old and living November 17, 1910; male; full blood. Father: Aqua McDaniel. Mother: Nancy McDaniel. Both parents are alleged to have been full-blood Choctaw Indians, who died in Mississippi. Houston removed to Oklahoma in 1901, and has resided there since that time. Isaac Thompson, a Mississippi Choctaw, testifies that he brought Houston with him to the Choctaw country in 1901 and that the boy has lived there ever since. He further testifies that he presented Houston’s name to the Dawes Commission, but was told that the boy must appear before them in person. It appears that the claims of this boy for enrollment were not fully presented, because of his youth and the fact that nobody else looked after them.
4. McDaniel, Joe.
About 12 years old, and living November 17, 1910; male; full blood. Father: John McDaniel. Mother: Mary McDaniel. Both parents shown by the testimony to have been full-blood Choctaw Indians living in Mississippi. The father died there, and the mother removed to the Choctaw country in Oklahoma in 1906. The boy Joe, however, was brought by Isaac Thompson in 1901, being about 3 years old. This boy has lived in the Choctaw country in Oklahoma since that time. Thompson states that when he went before the Dawes Commission in behalf of Joe he was told that the child must appear in person.
5. Taylor, Joseph.
Born June 21, 1905; living December 17, 1910: male; full blood. Father: Frank Taylor. Mississippi Choctaw roll No. 1075; full blood. Mother: Lulie Taylor, Mississippi Choctaw roll. No. 1076: full blood. No application of record. The father and mother each testify that they had no money to go to Muskogee to make application.
1. Bevill, Joe T.
The proof shows that Joe T. Bevill was married to Alice E. Pitchlynn, a member of the Choctaw tribe, Choctaw roll No. 13038, as Alice Bevill, December 23, 1875, and continued to live with her until 1900, when she divorced him. In 1898 Bevill was arrested for some offense, the character of which is not shown, and upon conviction was sentenced to the penitentiary for a term of years. A divorce was secured by his wife, because of his conviction and imprisonment. Upon his release from imprisonment in 1901 he did not return to the Choctaw country, the reason for not doing so being stated by him as follows:
“Well, I used to think I stood pretty well here with my people, but I took a terrible downfall and got into the penitentiary and felt delicate about coming back, and after I got out of the penitentiary I went in the Cherokee country, and I was so ashamed and didn’t come back.”
The testimony further shows that this man was recognized as a Choctaw citizen and exercised various rights of such citizens, such as serving on juries in the Choctaw courts, serving as a clerk of elections in the Choctaw elections, securing permits for his renters to remain in the Choctaw country, voting at Choctaw elections, and acting as private secretary to the principal chief of the Choctaw Nation. This couple raised a family of children, five of whom were living December 1, 1910 and upon the final rolls of the Choctaw Nation. It is believed that the facts in this case justify the recognition of this man’s right to enrollment as an intermarried Choctaw.
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