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The following are cases of claimants who never made application for enrollment within the time fixed by law, but who are of half Indian blood or more and incompetent to look after their own interests. The attention of the department was directed to these cases as indicated herein.

Muskogee, Okla., October 13, 1910. Hon. W. P. Pollock, Assistant Attorney General for Department of Interior, Muskogee, Okla.

Sir: In accordance with your suggestion, we enclose herewith for investigation a list of persons represented by us who made no application for enrollment as citizens of the Choctaw or Chickasaw Nations, and whose cases are exceptionally meritorious and deserving of consideration by the department.

Respectfully,
(Signed) Ballinger & Lee


Rosana Burton and Raymond Purdy

From a sworn statement furnished counsel on February 8, 1908, the following facts appear:

Rosana Burton is 26 years of age, the daughter of Simon James, a full-blood Indian. Raymond Purdy, 11 years of ago, is the son of Rosana Burton.

Rosana Burton was born at Wheelock, Ind. T., and has lived in the Indian Territory all her life. She gives the following-named persons as witnesses: Sinie Cleveland, Elsie Strickland, and Frank Beemis, all living in Garvin, Okla.

Present post-office address of Rosana Burton is Parsons, Okla.

Frazina Babstist, Acus Babstist, and Reener Gardner

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on the 29th of February 1908, it appears that Frazina Babstist is 32 years of age, a full-blood Choctaw Indian woman, the daughter of Joe Farve and Isabell Farve, full-blood Choctaws; that Acus Babstist is the child of Frazina Babstist; and that Reener Gardner is a niece of the said Frazina Babstist. It does not appear from the statement furnished counsel where applicants were born, but the names of two witnesses. Victoria Gardner, of Bokhomma, Okla., and John T. Williams, of Swink. Okla., are given by applicant as knowing of her Indian blood and residence.

Present post office, Bokhomma, Okla.

Joe Babstist. Louisa Babstist, Mattina Babstist, Sam Babstist, and Johnie Babstist

From the sworn statement furnished counsel 29 February 29, 1908, it appears that the above-named parties are brothers and sisters, of the following ages, in the order named: 33 years, 20 years, 18 years, 15 years, and 12 years of age, respectively; that they are full-blood Choctaw Indians, born in the State of Mississippi, but were residing in the Choctaw Nation on the 28th day of June, 1898. Present post office. Bokhomma, Okla.

Stella Brasetta

From the sworn statement furnished counsel January 9, 1908, it appears that Stella Brasetta is 28 years of age, a half-breed Choctaw, and daughter of Remes Brasetta, a Frenchman, and Melvina James, a full-blood Choctaw woman; that her mother is now living at Brock, Okla., and her father is living in Mississippi.

Present post-office address, Brock, Okla.

Reno Gardner

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on the 29th day of December, 1908, it appears that Reno Gardner is a minor, then 2 years of age, the daughter of Victoria Gardner, nee Reed; that Victoria Gardner was a full-blood Choctaw Indian woman; that the said Reno Gardner is now living with her father, Robert Gardner, at Bokhomma. Okla.

Annie Jesse

From the statement furnished counsel (not sworn to) it appears that Annie Jesse is 31 years of age and a full-blood Choctaw Indian, born in the State of Louisiana, and was residing in said State on the 28th of June, 1898.

Present post office, Kullituklo, Okla.

Earnest Jesse, Winston Jesse, Willie Jesse. George Jesse. Phillistine Jesse, and Elissa Jesse

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on February 3, 1908, it appears that Earnest Jesse is 34 years of age, a full-blood Choctaw Indian, and the son of Jesse Johnson and Annie McDaniel, full-blood Choctaw Indians; that the additional named persons are the children of Earnest Jesse, ranging in years from 2 years to 12 years, and his wife, Annie Jesse, is also a full-blood Choctaw Indian. That he was born in the State of Louisiana and was living there on the 28th day of June 1898.

Present post-office address, Kullituklo. Okla.

Henry Fields. Albert Fields, and Hampton Fields

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on the 10th day of January. 1908, it appears that Henry Fields is 75 years of age, and the son of Blue Fields and Anna Fields (nee Butler): that Blue Fields was a full-blood Choctaw Indian and that Albert Fields and Hampton Fields are the sons of Henry Fields and are of 39 and 31 years of age, respectively: that Henry Fields has been voting in the tribal elections in the Choctaw Nation: that he was born at Columbus, Miss., and came to the Choctaw Nation. Ind. T., when the Indians removed from Mississippi at a time when the said Henry Fields was about 10 years of age; that he has lived in the Choctaw Nation ever since; that his two above-named sons were born and raised in the Choctaw Nation.

The name of Henry Fields appears upon the Choctaw roll of Kiamitia County, 1874.

Ann Booker, Claude Sanders, Rufus Sanders, Hollis Sanders, and Ray Sanders

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on November 18, 1907, it appears that Ann Booker is 55 years of age, a three-quarter Choctaw Indian woman; daughter of Dave Hope, a half-breed Choctaw, and Sarah, a Chickasaw Indian woman, and that the additional named persons are grandchildren of the said Ann Booker. Ann Booker was born near Tishomingo, Okla., Chickasaw Nation, Ind. T., and has lived in the Chickasaw Nation all her life. Above-named grandchildren were born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. The names of Ben Prockett and Jesse Powell, of Ardmore, Okla., are given as witnesses.

Present post-office address, Ardmore, Okla.

Nazile Barnes and Richard Barnes

From the sworn statement furnished counsel upon the 10th day of December, 1907, it appears that Nazile Barnes was 38 years of age, seven-eighths Choctaw Indian, the daughter of Pousan Yarby and Salina Yarby, and that Richard Barnes is the son of Nazile Barnes and is 15 years of age.

Nazile Barnes appeared before the Dawes Commission at Meridian, Miss., in 1901, and removed to the Indian Territory in January 1903. She was born at Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Present post-office address, Brock, Okla.

James Farve, Henry Farve, and Earnest Fayard

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on the 10th day of March 1908, it appears that James Farve is 29 years of age, is seven- eighths blood Choctaw Indian, and son of Jules Farve and Zabella Farve; that Henry Farve is the son of James Farve, and that Earnest Fayard, 10 years of age, is the nephew of James Farve and three-quarter Choctaw Indian.

James Farve appeared before the Dawes Commission at Meridian, Miss., and moved to the Indian Territory in 1902. He was born in Hancock County, Miss.

Present post-office address. Brock. Okla.

Charlie Farve and Andrew Farve

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on January 9, 1908, it appears that Charlie Farve is 38 years of age and three-quarters Choctaw Indian, the son of Tuson Farve and Salina Farve; that Andrew Farve is the son of Charlie Farve.

Charlie Farve was born at Bay St. Louis, Miss.; lived there until he came to the Indian Territory in 1903.

Arlina Farve and Forrest Farve, wife and son, respectively, of Charlie Farve, are upon the finally approved rolls of Mississippi Choctaws.

Annie Huff, Bennie Reed, Effie Reed. Pearley Reed, and Nareta Robins

From the sworn statement furnished counsel on the 21st day of March 1908, it appears that Annie Huff is 45 years of age, the daughter of John McGee, a full-blood Choctaw, and Nannie McGee, a full-blood Chickasaw; that John McGee was on the tribal rolls, and that John McGee, a half-brother of applicant, is enrolled and has his allotment; that Bennie Reed, Effie Reed, Pearley Reed, and Nareta Robins, nee Reed, are the children of Annie Huff, and that the father of said children was a full-blood Cherokee; that she attempted to make application at Atoka, through Allingston Telle, a Choctaw, who was connected some way with the Dawes Commission; that she was born about 4 miles east of Tishomingo, Ind. T., and has lived in the Chickasaw Nation all her life. She gives the names of Pollen Perry, Richmond Perry, of McAlester, Isom Styles, of Lewis, and Mary Vail, of Atoka, as witnesses. She states that at the time she attempted to make application at Atoka that she was blind, and that the said Allingston Telle told her to come back, but when she went back the commission was gone.

Albert Reece. Mack Reece, Annier Reece, Harry Reece, and Charlie Reece

From the sworn statement furnished counsel April 29, 1908, it appears that Albert Reece is 60 years of age and one-half Choctaw Indian; that his mother’s name was Lucy Frye; that Charlie Reece, 22 years of age, is the son of Albert Reece; that Mack Reece, 28 years of age, is the daughter of Albert Reece, and that Annier Reece is the wife of Albert Reece: that she is 56 years of age and three-quarters Choctaw Indian, the daughter of John Stocks and Susan Stocks, and that Harry Reece, age 18 years, is the son of Albert and Annier Reece.

The mother of Albert Reece, Lucy Frye, was the sister of William Frye, sheriff of Atoka County in 1884 and 1885. Albert Reece was born in the Choctaw Nation and has lived therein all his life: the other applicants herein were also born and raised in the Choctaw Nation. It appears that Albert Reece attempted to make application before the commission at McAlester, but the records of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes does not disclose such application.

Present post-office address, Alderson, Okla.

Jim Gowins, Nannie Gowins, Harry Gowins, Ellen Gowins, Hattie Gowins, Husie Gowins, Birder Gowins, James Gowins, Minnie Gowins, Francis Gowins, Roosevelt Gowins, and Maggie Gowins

From the sworn statement furnished counsel July 12, 1909, appears that Jim Gowins is 50 years of age, the son of Henry Gowins, a full-blood Choctaw Indian, and Francis Gowins, a full-blood Chickasaw Indian; that all of the other above-named persons are the children of the said Jim Gowins, ranging in age from 3 to18 years of age. Jim Gowins was born and raised in the Choctaw Nation and has lived therein all his life; all of his children were born in the Choctaw Nation. He gives the names of Moses and Peter Cristie, of Millerton, as witnesses.

Present point-office address of Jim Gowins is Millerton. Okla.


Alexander Dick, Zeno Dick, Leeper Dick

Muskogee, Okla., October H, 1910. Hon. W. C. Pollock,

Assistant Attorney General for the Department of the Interior, Muskogee, Okla.

Sir: We desire to call your special attention to the case of Alexander Dick and his two minor children, Zeno Dick and Leeper Dick. Alexander Dick states that he was advised “that the commission recognized only those who had been enrolled by the tribal authorities, and that therefore he made no application for enrollment.

His father, Martin Dick, his mother, Lucy Dick, and several of his brothers and sisters are on the finally approved rolls. His father and mother, brothers, and sisters are on the 1896 Choctaw census roll for Atoka County, but Alexander Dick’s name does not appear thereon.

The 1885 census roll of Atoka County shows Alexander Dick’s name opposite No. 783, and further shows that he was then 16 years of age. His father and mother also appear upon this roll. He was born at Boggy Depot, in the Choctaw Nation, and has lived all his life in the vicinity in which he was born. His present post-office address is Wapanucka, Okla.

We submit that this is an especially meritorious case and should be considered in the cases of incompetents.

Very respectfully.
(Signed) Ballinger & Lee


Sallie Jackson

Muskogee, Okla., October 25, 1910.

Hon. W. C. Pollock.

Sir: Supplementing the list of full-blood Choctaw Indians heretofore furnished you, I desire to direct your attention to the case of Sallie Jackson, a full-blood Choctaw woman, which we ask you to include with other cases heretofore submitted for your personal investigation. William Charles, Email Charles, and Wilson Jackson, sons of Sallie Jackson, have been enrolled as citizens by blood of the Choctaw Nation, their names appearing opposite Nos. 3142, 13573, and 3076, respectively. These last-named persons were admitted to citizenship in the Choctaw Nation by an act of the Choctaw council approved October 16, 1895, as Mississippi Choctaws.

As to Sallie Jackson, it appears that she was admitted by an act of the Choctaw council of October 22, 1897, which date, however, was after the authority of the Choctaw national council to admit persons to citizenship had expired. No application was made for her enrollment when applications were made for the enrollment of her sons, but some time in the latter part of December 1905, or the early part of January 1906, her son, Email Charles, appeared at the office of the Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes, at Muskogee. Ind. T., and attempted to make application for the enrollment of his mother, Sallie Jackson. The commissioner was then without authority to receive applications for enrollment, and no record was made of this case. The matter was reported to Mr. J. W. Howell, an assistant in the office of the Attorney General for the Department of the Interior, at the time of his visit to Muskogee in the fall of 1908. Sallie Jackson is a full-blood Choctaw woman and entitled to enrollment.

Respectfully,
(Signed) Ballinger & Lee.



MLA Source Citation:

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. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 18 September 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/half-indian-blood-and-incompetent.htm - Last updated on Oct 14th, 2012


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