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Margaret Ferrill Dawes Application

The next in order of the above applications is that of Margaret Ferrill, et al., and the record therein shows that on April 12, 1901, the said Margaret Ferrill appeared before the Commission at Meridian, Mississippi and there made personal application for the identification of herself and her three minor children, Elda, Lemuel and Charley Ferrill as Mississippi Choctaws claiming to be descendants 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.”  The principal applicant claims descent from Captain John, an alleged full blood Choctaw, who married Julia Thompson, a Negro woman and who are the parents of this applicant.

The record in the case further shows that the principal applicant, Margaret Ferrill, and her three minor children for whom authorities as citizens 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 provisions of the act of Congress of June 10, 1896.

The evidence offered in the 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 1846 and has resided there all her life and is an one half blood Choctaw.  She attempts to trace her alleged Choctaw descent through her father to her grandmother Nancy, and she alleges that both her father and grandmother were full blood Choctaw Indians.  There is nothing in her statement which tends to show that any of her alleged Choctaw ancestors 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.

The next in order of the above application is that of Emma Hayes, et al., and the record therein shows that on April 12, 1901, the said Emma Hayes appeared before the Commission at Meridian, Mississippi, and there made personal application for the identification of herself and her six minor children, Minnie, Bamar, Ollie, Maggie, Lucy and Cicero Hayes, as Mississippi Choctaws, claiming to be descendants 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”.  The principal applicant claims descent from Margaret Ferrill, an alleged one half blood Choctaw, who married Washington Ferrill, and who are the parents of this applicant.

The record in this case further shows that the principal applicant, Emma Hayes, and her six minor children for whom application is made, have never been enrolled by the tribal authorities of the Choctaw Nation as citizens 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 has she 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 Stats. 321)

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 1867, and has resided there all her life and is an on quarter blood Choctaw.  She attempts to trace her alleged Choctaw descent from her mother, to her grandfather, who, she alleges, was a full blood Choctaw Indian named John, but nothing in her statement tends to show that any of her alleged Choctaw ancestors were 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 the article fourteen of the treaty of 1830.

The next in order of the above applications is that of Jack Ferrill, et al., and the record therein shows that on April 12, 1901, the said Jack Ferrill appeared before the Commission at Meridian, Indian Territory and there made personal application for the identification of himself and his two minor children, Marl Ella and George Ferrill, as Mississippi Choctaws, claiming to be descendants 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.”  The principal applicant claims descent from Margaret Ferrill, an alleged Choctaw woman, who married Wash Ferrill, a Negro, and who are the parents of this applicant.

The record in this case further shows that the principal applicant, Jack Ferrill, and his two minor children for whom application is made, have never been enrolled by the tribal authorities of the Choctaw Nation as citizens 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 Stats. 321)

The 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 1864 and that he has always resided in that state and is an one quarter blood Choctaw.  He attempts to trace his alleged: Choctaw descent from his father to his grandfather, who he alleges, was a full blood Choctaw named John.  There is nothing in 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 ever complied or attempted to comply with the provisions of article fourteen of the treaty of 1830.

 

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