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CLAIMS FOR CITIZENSHIP in the CHEROKEE NATION



Subject: HUDDLESTON JOHN W. APPLIACTION FOR ENROLLMENT TO THE HONORABLE HENRY L.DAWES,FRANK C.ARMSTRONG, ALEXANDER S.McKENNON,THOS.B.CABANISS and ALEXANDER B.MONTGOMERY, UNITED STATES COMMISSIONERS authorized by an act of Congress of June 4 1896, to hear and determine Claims for Citizenship in the Cherokee Nation: Gentleman: The undersigned, your petitioner, John W.Huddleston for and on behalf of himself and heirs, this day makes their application to you for the purpose of being placed on the revised roll of the Cherokee Indians and of those entitled to share in the distribution of funds and allotments of land in Cherokee Nation, by virtue of their Cherokee Blood, and I herewith submit the, See proof, in W. J. Huddleston case in the enclosure in support of said claim and respectfully await the time when this application shall be heard and tried. Respectfully submitted. signed John W.Huddleston, Speegleville Tex. Emrollment of family, with relationship attached, as follows: Names: Age: Relationship: John W. Huddlestone 40 Claimant is the son of Alice C. Huddlestone 41 Felix G. Huddlestone who was Lula " 21 the son of Bill Huddlestone Ella " 15 and a full brother to Gracie " 13 Fleming Huddleston Thomas " 19 Fleming and Bill Dale " 17 Huddleston were the sons Harley " 11 of Benjamin Huddleston, Homer " 8 who was a Cherokee Indian Roy " 6 and lived in the old Cherokee Nation in Tenn. In witness of which I hereunto set my hand on this 4th day Sept 1896. signed John W. Huddlestone. Wagoner, I.T. Sept 4th 1896 Personally appeared before me, W.J. Watts, Notary Pulbic for the Northern Judicial District of the Indian Territory, John W. Huddleston, who after being duly sworn according to law, states that the facts set forth in the enclosed papers are to the best of his knowledge and belief, all true. signed W.J. Watts, Norary Public.
Subject: HUDDLESTON JOSEPH G To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory: Your petitioner Joseph G. Huddleston the undersigned, respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by Blood,and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory. That he derives his said Indian blood from Peggy or Margaret Welch his great grandmother who was a Cherokee Indian by blood, by direct lineal descent as follows: from Margaret or Peggy Welch married Ben E. Huddleston to their son Joseph S. Huddleston thence to his son Andrew J. Huddleston who was the father of this claimant Joseph G. Huddleston. The said Peggy Welch was a Cherokee Indian woman and a recoginzed member of the tribe. She married married Ben E. Huddleston in North Carolina their son Joseph S. Huddleston lived with the Cherokee Indains in Tennessee and Alabama as a member of the tribe previous to their migration to the west Your Petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, and prays that his claim may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all rights and privilges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians. My age is 46 years. My Post Office address Salem Ark. My family consists of the following Laura Lucinda 20 yrs, Alvin Green 18 yrs, Charles Waldren 12 yrs, Mollie Ada 7 yrs, James Forest 4 yrs. Witness my hand 22 day of Aug 1896. Signed Joseph G. Huddleston. State of Arkansas County of Fulton. Personall appeared before me, the undersigned authority, Joseph G.Huddleston to me known to be the petitioner in the above petition, who being by me first duly sworn, upon his oath says that he is the petitioner in the above petiton, that he has read or heard read, the said petiton and that the facts stated herein, are true, as he believes. Signed Joseph G. Huddleston. Subscribed and sworn before me at Salem Ark. This 22 day of Aug. A.D. 1896. A.M.Ellis J.P. My com. expires Oct. 30,1898.
Subject: HUDDLESTON MARGARET E To The Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Cililized Tribes in the Indian Territory. Your petitioner Margaret Elizabeth Wainwright. nee Huddleston, undersigned, respectfully states that she is a Cherokee Indian by blood from Ben E. Huddleston her greatgrand father and Peggy Welch her greatgrand mother were Cherokee Indians by blood by dir t lineal descent as follows from Peggy Welch and Ben E Huddleston to their son Joseph S. Huddleston, thence to his son Andrew J. Huddleston who was the father of this claimant, Margaret Elizabeth Wainwright the said Peggy and Ben Huddleston were Cherokee Indians by blood and were so recognized and ved with the Indians in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama. Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of her application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, and prays that her claim may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commiss n and that she be adjudged to be a citizen of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians. My age is fifty nine years. y Post Office address is Salen Ark. My family consists of the following named persons. My husband Wm.Wainwright age 70 years, son W.E. Wainright age 31 years, daughter Mary L. age 23 years,daughter Matty L. age 26 years, daighter Guendolen age 16, son Sa P. age 24 years. Witness my hand this 10th day of August 1896. Signed Margaret Elizabeth Wainwright. Hubbard Garland Watts atty for applicant.
Subject: HUDDLESTON GEORGA A To The Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory. Your petitioner Georga Ann Moore nee Huddleston undersigned, respectfully states that she is a Cherokee by blood, and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation in the Indian Territory. That she derives her Indian blood from Peggy or Margaret elch her great grandmother who married Ben E. Huddleston her great grandfather who was a recoginzed Cherokee Indian by blood by direct lineal descent as follows, from Margaret or Peggy Welch married Ben E. Huddleston to their son Joseph S. Huddleston hence to hid son Andrew J. Huddleston who was the father to this claiment Georga Ann Moore. The said Peggy Welch was a Cherokee Indian woman and a recognized member of the tribe, she married Ben E. Huddleston in North Carolina and their son Joseph S. H dleston lived with the Cherokee Indians in Tennessee and Alabama as a member of the tribe previous to their migration to the West, claiment is married to John F. Moore. Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of her application for tizenship in the Cherokee Nation, and prays that her claim be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that she be adjudged to be a citizen of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaing to such cit enship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians. My age is fifty eight years. My Post Office address is Springdale Arkansaw. My family consists of the following named persons. My husband and children, as follows. John F. Moo age 64 years, Nora E. Moore age 12 years, William Freddie Moore age 7 years. Witness my hand this fifth day of September 1896. Georga Ann Moore. F.E. Wilson,J.P.
Subject: HUDDLESTON WILLIAM J TO THE HONORABLE HENRY L.DAVIS AND OTHER COMPOSING THE COMMISSION TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES. Your petitioner W.J. Huddleston would state and show from the proof submitted to the commission that he is a Cherokee by descent and by blood having been born in Hardin Co. State of Tennessee on the 25th day of Dec 1825. My fathers name was Fleming Huddleston. My mothers name was Susie Huddleston my father was a son of Benjamin Huddleston. That I now reside in Wise County Texas and have resided there 13 years. And he avers these facts can be established by proof to the satisfaction of the commission under such rules and regulations as it may prescribe. And he further avers that these facts being proved he is entitled to be ajudged under the laws of such Nation and the laws of Congress of the United States and the treaties of such Nation with the United States, a citizen of such Nation. With all the rights, privileges,and protection of Citizenships in such Nation. Wherefore he herewith respectfully submit to the consideration of the Honorable Commission such proof and on the hearing he be adjudged entitled to such citizenship and his name be placed upon the proper roll as a citizen of such Nation. Sigature W.J.Huddleston. State of Texas, County of Wise. Now on the 31st day of Augst.1896 personally appeared before me a J.P., for Precinct No.5 and a Notary Public for said county and state W.J.Huddleston who being duly sworn upon his oath states that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are correct and true. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 31st day of Aug.1896. Signed. J.S.Procter,J.P.Precinct No.5, and Notary Public for Wise County Texas. SEAL. Case NO. 3677.REJECTED. DAWES ROLL 1896.NATIONAL ARCHIVES,FORT WORTH,TEX.
Subject: HUDDLESTON PETITION NO 1 Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah District. Affidavit. Personally appeared befor me, R.H.Dannenburg, Deputy Clerk Tahlequah Dist.C.N.Doc. Hawkins, who after being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and sayth: I am 86 years of age and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation,my post office address is Tahlequah, I.T. I was personally acquainted with Benjamin Huddleston back in the old Cherokee Nation, now Hardin Co., Tenn. He had one son by the name of Fleming Huddleston and they were both Cherokee Indians by blood and their rights cannot be disputed. Fleming Huddleston, is about one fourth Cherokee Indian. I would most repectfully ask that they be admitted to all the rights,privileges including lands and monies as other Cherokee, by virtues of their Cherokee blood, according to the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation. Henry Hawkins,his mark. Sworn and subscribed to before me. R.N. Dannenburg. Deputy Clerk, Tahlequah Dist. C.H. April 24 1894.
Subject: HUDDLESTON PETITION NO 2 Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah District. Personally appeared before me R.M. Dannenburg,Deputy Clerk Tahlequah, Dist., Cherokee Nation,Dugg Webber, who after being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and sayth, I am 83 years of age, a Cherokee Indian by blood and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. My post office is Tahlequah, I.T. I was personally acquainted with Benjamin Huddleston, back in the old Cherokee Nation, now Hardin Co. Tenn. He had one son by the name f Fleming Huddleston. They were both Cherokee Indians by blood, and was always recognized as such in the community in which they lived. I would most respectfully ask that they be admitted to all the rights and privileges,including lands and monies, as oth Cherokee, by virture of their Cherokee blood, according to the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation. Dugg Webber, his mark. Sworn and subscribed to before me. R.M.Dannenburg, Deputy Clerk. April 24,1894.
Subject: HUDDLESTON MARGARET E STATE OF ARKANSAW, SHARP COUNTY. I Margaret E.King being duely sworn according to law on her oath says,that she is personally acquainted with Margaret E. Wainwright who is an applicant for citzenship in the Cherokee Nation, that said applicant is part Cheorkee Indian by blood, that she derived her said Cherokee Indian blood from Andrew J.Huddleston, her father, who was to the best of my knowledge, one eighth Indian and Joseph S.Huddleston her grandfather, was one fourth Indian and Benjamin E. Huddleston who was one half Indian. I personally knew the said Andrew J Huddleston,Joseph S.Huddleston Benjamin E.Huddleston and they were part Cherokee Indian, by blood as well, as I knew them to be white, said affiant further states that said Margaret E. Wainwright was Srecognized as being part Cherokee Indian,by blood in the community in which she lives,that I have know said Margaret E. Wainwright for about thirty five years. That said Andrew J.Huddleston, Joseph S. Huddleston, and Benjamin E. Huddleston were recognized as being part Cherokee Indian by blood in the community in which they lived during their life time as follows, Andrew J Huddeston one eight, Joseph S. Huddleston as one fourth, and Benjamin E. Huddleston as one half, that I reside in Izard County, Arkansaw and am fifty eight years of age. That I am acquainted with Sam P. age 20, Lucy M. age 18, Guin 12 years who are all children of the said Margaret E. Wainwright. Margaret E .King, her mark. Witness, T.J. Davidson from and subscribed to before me this October first 1892. Signed, T.J.Davidson, J.P. Sharp Co Arkansaw.
Subject: HUDDLESTON M E STATE OF ARKANSAW Margaret E.King being duly sworn according to law on her oath says that she is personally acquainted with Joseph G. Huddleston. Who is an applicant for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation that said applicant is part Cherokee Indian by blood that he derived his said Cherokee Indian blood from his father Andrew J.Huddleston who was one eight Indian.I knew him to be part Cherokee Indian by blood as well as I knew him to be white, said applicant further states that said Joseph G.Huddleston was recognized as being part Cherokee Indian by blood by the community in which he lived, that said Joseph G. Huddleston has minor children to wit. Laura age 16 years, Alvin 14 years, Mary 3 years James 3 months. Margaret E. King. Her mark. Witness,T.J. Davidson sworn and subscribe to before me this Oct. first, 1892. T.J. Davidson J.P.
Subject: HUDDLESTON JANE CUNNINGHAM STATE OF ARKANSAW, COUNTY OF SHARP. Jane S. Cunningham being duly sworn according to law, on her oath says that she is personally acquainted with Margaret E. Wainwright who is an applicant for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, that said applicant is part Cherokee Indian by blood that she rived her said Cherokee Indian blood from Andrew J.Huddleston, her father, who was one eighth Indian and Joseph S. Huddleston her grandfather was one fourth Indian and Benjamin E. Huddleston who was one half Indian. I personally knew Andrew J. Huddleston Joseph S. Huddleston and Benjamin E. Huddleston and knew they were part Cherokee Indian, by blood as well as I knew them to be white, said affiant further states that said Margaret E. Wainwright was recognized as being part Cherokee Indian, by blood in th community in which she lives, that I have known said Margaret E.Wainwright for fifty years or more. That said Andrew J. Huddleston, Joseph S. Huddleston and Benjamin E. Huddleston were recognized as being part Cherokee Indian by blood in the community i which they lived during their life time, lineal follows, Andrew J. Huddleston one eighth, Joseph S. Huddleston one fourth and Benjamin E. Huddleston as one half, that I reside in Izard County Arkansaw and am seventy two years old. That I am acquainted wit Margaret E. Wainwright, Mary L., and M.C., with Sam P. age 20, Lucy M. age 18, Guin age 12 who are children of the said Margaret E. Wainwright. Jane S. Cunningham, her mark. Witness, T.J.Davidson, sworn and subscribed to before me this Oct. first, 1892. T. Davidson J.P., Sharp Co., Ark. I T.J.Davidson a Justice of the Pease in and for the county of Sharp and State aforesaid do hereby certify that the above named affiant who subscribed to the above affidavit is entitled to full faith and credit in any cour in the United States. T.J.Davidson, J.P. Sharp Co., Arkansaw.
(I wish to thank Jim Northcutt for finding these wonderful petitions. He has proven that Joseph S, Fleming,and William G. is sons of Benjamin Huddleston,also, that Ben mar Margaret WELCH, and Bens, E.,when I put this line together I did not have one piece of proof!!! Now the problem is, who is the father of Benjamin E.Huddleston, 7 petitions says that Ben is the half blood Cherokee, 2 petitions says it is Margaret, 1 petition says it is both. When I put together the children of David and Salley Easley Huddleston, again I do not have proof, and I cautioned people that I did not have it. With 7 people saying Benjamin E. Huddleston is half blood Cherokee Indian, then he is not son of David and Salley Huddleston. For those who have accepted Ben as Davids son you need to make your correction.And start looking for Bens father. Margaret and William J. are children of Fleming, grand children of Ben. The rest are great grand children. John W. did not know that he was out of Joseph S., not William G. Thanks, Jim, for finding that, Fleming was son of Ben and Margaret Huddleston. ANNA) ANALYSIS BY: From: GRCK34A@prodigy.com (MR RELF L HUDDLESTON) To: Huddleston-L@rootsweb.com Subject: Indian application, Dawes commission FILENAME: PowWow1.TXT For: Posting on Huddleston-L-Request@rootsweb.com Subject: Data Analysis, Applications to Dawes Commission Fact: We have Case Files for 5 of our ancestral ken who submitted an application to the Dawes Commision and claiming a right to citizenship in the Cherokee Indian Nation by reason of Cherokee Blood. Applicants: 1: George Ann Moore, Case no. 1103, a Gr.Granddaughter of Benjamine, Granddaughter of Joseph, Daughter of Andrew. 2: Joseph G. Huddleston, Case no. 3015, a Gr. Grandson of Benjamine, Grandson of Joseph, Son of Andrew. 3: Margaret E. Wainright, Case no. 1370, a Gr. Granddaughter of Benjamine, Granddaughter of Joseph, Daughter of Andrew. 4: J. W. (John W.) Huddleston Case no. 4798, a Grandson of Bill, a full brother to Fleming, Son of Felix G. Huddleston. 5: W. J. (William James) Huddleston Case no. 3677, a Grandson of Benjamine Huddleston, Gr. Grandson of Flemming Huddleston, Son of------ Huddleston Observations: 1: Case no. 1103, George Ann Moore states "That she derives her said Indian blood from Peggy or Margaret Welch her great grandmother who married Ben E. Huddleston her great Grandfather, who was a recogonized Cherokee Indian by blood, by direct lineal descent as follows: From Margaret of Peggy Welch married to Ben E. Huddleston to their son Joseph S. Huddleston thence to his son Andrew J. Huddleston who was the father of this claimant George Ann Moore. The Said Peggy Welch was a Cherokee Indian Woman and as a recogonized member of the tribe the married Ben E. Huddleston in North Carolina." NOTE: This is not a complete quote, but is exact and not taken out of context. It appears to me that Peggy or Margaret Welch is clearly identified as the person who had Indian Blood. No where in her application does it state the percentage of Indian Blood. 2: Case no. 3015, Joseph G. Huddleston states "That he derives his said Indian blood from Peggy of Margaret Welch his great grand Mother who married Ben E. Huddleston his great grand father, who was a Cherokee Indian by blood, by direct lineal descent as follows from Margaret or Peggy Welch married Ben E. Huddleston to their son Joseph S. Huddleston thence to his son Andrew J. Huddleston who was the father of this claimant Joseph G. Huddleston, the said Peggy Welch was a Cherokee Indiwn woman and recogonized member of the tribe. She married Ben E. Hudlleston in North Carolina." NOTE: This is not a complete quote, but is exact and not taken out of context. It appears to me that Peggy or Margaret Welch is clearly identified as the person who had Indian Blood. No where in his statement does it state the percentage of Indian Blood, however, in the 2 affadavits, one from Jane S. Cunningham and one from Margaret E. King they say that Andrew J. Huddleston was one eight Indian. Of the two persons submitting affadavits one is the sister of Willian James Huddleston , and only Daughter of Flemming and Susan Huddleston, she was b 1835, so was under 6 yrs old when her father died, and was still in Diapers when Her grandfather Benjamine Huddleston died. 3: Case no. 1370, Margaret E. Wainright states "She derives her said Indian blood from Ben E. Huddleston her great grand father & Peggy Welch her great grandmother, who (were or was? ) Cherokee Indian by blood. By direct lineal descent as follows from Peggy Welch & Ben E. Huddleston to their son Joseph S. Huddleston, thence to his son Andrew J. Huddleston who was the father of this claimant Margaret Elizabeth Wainright. The said Peggy & Ben Huddleston were Cherokee Indian by blood and were so recogonized and lived with the Indians in North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. NOTE: This is not a complete quote, but is exact and not taken out of context. This case seems to be poorly written and list source of Indian blood as Ben E. Huddleston and Peggy Welch. But, under direct lineal descent it list Peggy Welch ahead of Ben. This should be the beginning soucre for this line. So again i say that Peggy Welch is listed as the source of the Indian Blood. In the two affadavits submitted by Jane S. Cunningham and Margaret E. King it lists Andrew J. Huddleston as one eight Indian, Joseph S. Huddleston as one fourth and Benjamin E. Huddleston as one half Indian. I also note that both Jane S. Cunningham and Margaret E. Wainright signed their name with an X. They may or may not have known the contradictions indicated by what they were attesting to. The same "apparent errors" were not in the affadavits made for Josepg G. Huddleston in support of his claim. 4: Case no. 4798, J. W. (John W.) Huddleston states "That see W. J. Huddleston case in this enclosure" The enclosures are an application by William J. Huddleston bearing the case no 4798, Same as J. W. Huddleston Wm. J. states" GENTLEMEN: The undersigned, your petitioner, W. J. Huddleston for and on behalf of himself and heirs, this day makes this their application to you for the purpose of being placed on the revised roll of Cherokee Indians and of those entitled to share in the distri- bution of funds and allottments of land in the Cherokee Nation, by virtue of their Cherokee blood and I here- with submit the Affadavit of Henry Hawkins a Cherokee Citizen marker Exhibit "A" Affadavit of Dug Webber marked wxhibit "B" who is also a Cherokee Citizen of the Cherokee Nation." The affadavit of Henry Hawkins says he was personally acquainted with Benjamin Huddleston, back in the old Cherokee Nation, now Hardin Co. Tenn. He had one son by the name of Flemming Huddleston, and they were both Cherokee Indians by blood and their rights cannot be disputed. Flemming Huddleston is about one-fourth Cherokee Indian. This affadavit was signed by an X. The affadavit of Dug Webber says he was personally acquainted with Benjamin Huddleston, back in the old Cherokee Nation, now Hardin Co. Tenn. He had one son by the name of Flemming Huddleston. They were both Cherokee Indians by blood, and was always recogonized as such in the community in which they lived. I would most respectfully ask that they be admitted to all the rights and priveleges, including lands and monies, as other Cherokees, by virtue of their Cherokee blood, according to the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation. This affadavit was signed by an X. Now J. W. Huddleston, gave his lineage as follows, Son of Felix G. Huddlestone who was the son of Bill Huddlestone and a full brother to Fleming Huddleston. Flemming and Bill were the sons of Benjamin Huddleston, who was a Cherokee Indian and lived in the old Cherokee Nation in Tenn. W. J. Huddleston gave his lineage as follows, son of --------Huddleston, and grandson of Benjamin Huddleston and great grandson of Fleming Huddleston who was a Cherokee Indian by blood. The list of children listed for W. J. shows two daughters with married name of Parker, this is an error and does not occur in the list given on his application case no.3677 which will be dealt with next. Among the support material used by J. W. is one sheet by W. J. that does not appear in case no. 3677 for W. J. On this one he states "That he is a Cherokee by descent and by blood having been born in Hardin County, State of Tennessee on the 25th. day of Dec 1825. My Father was Flemming Huddleston. My mothers name was Susie Huddleston my father was a son of Benjamin Huddleston. That I reside in Wise County Texas and have resided there for 13 years." This was signed 31st. Aug. 1896 in Wise Co. Texas You will note that J. W. Huddleston indicates Benjamin as his soucre of Indian blood, even though he relies solely on material for W.J's application to support his claim. And W. J. Huddleston indicates Flemming Huddleston as his source of Indian Blood. I see nothing in this case file no. 4798 to contradict the claims made by nos. 1,2.and 3. 5: Case no. 3677, W. J. (William James) Huddleston states "Gentlemen; The undersigned, your petitioner, W. J. Huddleston for an on behalf of himself and heirs, this day makes this their application to you for the purpose of being placed on the revised roll of Cherokee Indians, and those entitled to share in the distribution of funds and allottments of land in Cherokee Nation, by virtue of their Cherokee blood, and I herewith submit the affadavit of Henry Hawkins a Cherokee Citizen marked Exhibit "A" affadavit of Dug Webber Marked "B" who is also a Cherokee Citizen of the Cherokee Nation." W. J. lists his lineage as follows. W. J. Huddleston age 70. W. J. Huddsleston is the son of -----Huddleston, grandson of Benjamine Huddleston and a great grandson of Flemming Huddleston who was a Cherokee Indian by blood" He then list his family members and this one gives correct married names for the two daughters listed as married to Parker on the sheet used by J. W. on his application. However, in both instances there is one son not listed. Also the Sheet listing the Birth date and place and parentage of W. J. is not a part of this case file. Also a brief written by counsel for this application transcribes the name Benjamine as "Perrynam" and does transcribe some of the children's name incorrectly. These persons seem to have been poorly served by their legal representatives. This application is dated 3 July 1896 Again W. J. (William James) Huddleston list his source of Indian blood as Flemming Huddleston CONCLUSIONS: Nos. 1,2,3 & 4 are gr. grandchildren of Benjamin and Margaret Huddleston, and no. 5 is a grandchild. And he himself does not indicate whether the indian blood came from Margaret or Benjamine, in fact, he does not name his Grandmother. And since no. 4 relies on W. J. info the same applies to him. So, we are left with nos. 1.2 & 3, which in my opinion clearly show the source of Indian blood as coming from Margaret or "Peggy" Welch. If my analysis and conclusions are acceptable, then nothing in the case files cast any doubt on the lineage of Benjamine Huddleston. FINAL NOTE: The fact that some of his descendants use the middle initial E. is not just cause to believe we are dealing with a different Benjamin, after all, in all the land records we have he is listed as Benjamine Huddlestone, and could not sign his name. So the E at the end of his names may or may not be of his choosing, and the e after Benjamin (e) may have actualy been intended as an initial or Mistaken as such at some later date. Submitted by Relf L. Huddleston, Gr. Grandson of W. J. (William James) Huddleston. Sally Easley who married David Huddleston,have her lineage back to Henry Easley 1630. No Indians. Margaret Welch who married Benjamin E.Huddleston,have her lineage back to William Welch 1680.No Indians.ANNA Relf, Nice work ... I agree with each of your points right down the line. A note regarding the name; It seems likely it was Benjamin Easley Huddleston, a son named after the Mother's family as was traditional, but a mistake on the initial by the person doing the writing on an early document and then repeated was probably where the Benjamine spelling came from. Jim Northcutt
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 08:07:31 PDT From: "Marvin Huddleston" Recently on this list it has been suggested that due to the recent case files stating Indian blood for Benjamin Huddleston and Margaret Welch, we should abandon the link between Ben and Daniel Huddleston, and find the father of Ben. But the commission to which these documents were filed rejected these requests, finding no evidence of the stated parties having ever been listed as members or citizens of the Cherokee Nation of Indians. The following is from the documents I received from the National Archives. "Before the Honorables. Henry L. Dawes, Frank C. Armstrong, A.S. McKennon, T.B. Cabaniss, and A.B. Montgomery, Commissioners. In the matter of application of George Ann Moore for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. Your respondent, S.H. Mayes, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, comes now and demurs the said application, and for the grounds thereof says: 1st. That this Commission has not jurisdiction over the parties or subject matter of this controversy, and no legal right, therefore, to hear and determine the same. 2nd. That the application does not state facts sufficient, if true, to show that the applicant is entitled to citizenship. Respondent not waiving his aforesaid demurrer, but insisting upon the same for answer to said application, says that Margaret Welch through whom the petitioner claims to derive a right to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, is not now, and has not been a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, since the removal of said nation, west to the Indian Territory as at present located and defined; that his name does not appear on any of the authenticated rolls of said Nation; that neither he nor any of his ancestors now reside, or ever have resided in the Cherokee Nation and Indian Territory, as citizens thereof. Having fully answered, your respondent asks to be hence dismissed. S.H. Mayes, Principal Chief Cherokee Nation. By Hutchings Hastings and Boud...(unreadable) Attorneys. John L. Adair, Executive Secretary, Cherokee Nation, having been first duly sworn, states that the matters contained in the foregoing answer are true, to the best of his knowledge and belief. John L. Adair Subscribed and sworn to before me this, the 25 day of September, 1896 D.L. Ball, Notary Public." From Case #3380 Also refer to case # 1361 for the same on Ben E. Huddleston From this I derive that Margaret Welch and Ben E. Huddleston were not regarded by the Dawes Commission as having any proof of the claims to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation of Indians. I have been researching the Cerokee Nation, and a few items seem possible. 1. That they may be found on the Intruder Rolls, and thus would not be Indian, but merely lived among them. 2. That they were of true Indian descent, but refused to participate in the Indian Census taken for various reasons. 3. That these were complete fabrications by their descendants. I think much research still needs to be done. At any rate, the case files are of great historical interest. Yours, Marvin

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