Court of Claims, Eastern Cherokee Indians
Cherokee County Courthouse, Murphy, NC, July 15, 1908
In re, App. No. 222
Annie Whitener, being first duly sworn, deposes and says:
I am 77 years of age; live in Cherokee County; was born in Lincoln County, NC. I first knew Annie Blythe on Valley River in this county. I was here the summer before the Indians left. I saw Annie Blythe before the Indians left. She was at Welch's. They said at that time she was mixed with the Indians and she looked like she might have been. I saw her several times and once at church. I heard her talk with my mother but I never talked with her myself. I do not believe I saw her after the Indians moved away, but I saw her the fall before they moved away. She died up there on the river. I heard that she died after the Indians left but I cannot say how long it was. I do not know where Annie Blythe came from and I do not know who her parents were. I think they said at that time that she had Cherokee Indian blood. I only know about this what I heard them talking about when I was a little child but she certainly had the appearance of having some Indian blood. I was staying up on Valley River near a place that is now known as Andrews. I heard her say when she was asked where she was going that I am going up to Morris's among my Indian kin. The Welch's were up there. I think Mrs. Welch was her daughter.
Annie Whitener (typed name)
Subscribed and sworn to before me this fifteenth day of July, 1908.
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