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Annie Whitener's Deposition

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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