If anyone can connect to this Bibgy family in Tn bef. 1800, please advise.
SURNAMES: Milles, Mills, McAfee, Tabor, Taber, Bigby, Foreman, Runnels, Walls, Cole, Eady, Mimy
1403. Miles S. Milles Tulsa, Okla
Rejected. It does not appear that the applicant or any ancestor was ever enrolled. It does not appear that they were living within the limits of the Cherokee domain in 1835-6 and 1846, or were recognized members of the tribe.
(Misc. Test. P.2537-2581)
Misc. Test. P. 2537. App. #1406. Martha Mills:
“ My name is Martha Mills. My age is 70 years. I live in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. I have live there about two years but have always lived in the Cherokee nation and was born in the nation near Dutchtown. I was enrolled by the Dawes Commission. Jim Bigby said he enrolled me. I never heard anything more about it. I did not get the strip or grass money. I tried to get it but they would not re-admit me any more. My father moved to Arkansas and I stayed with him [sic] until I married a half-breed Indian by the name of McAfee. They said I had waited too late. I have been in the Cherokee nation about 38 years. I lived in Arkansas when I was about 20 years old. I don’t remember but heard my mother and father talking about enrolling in 1851. My mother was Didemi Tabor, and she married a Chambers. My maiden name was Chambers. I have sisters: Luvisa Cole, Susannah Runnels and Sarah Walls, nee Chambers. There was Bob Tabor, John Tabor, and Henry Tabor, Russell Tabor, were my mother’s brothers. I do not know that they were enrolled. Mother’s mother was Susannah Bigby. She lived in Tennessee. Grandpa stole her and ran away and came to Arkansas. My great-grandmother’s name was either Eady or Mimy. My father was Grief Chambers. He lived in the west but came from Tennessee, and built on the line of Arkansas. He had three brothers but I do not know the names: Rubin and Hardy Chambers, and another which I cannot recall. He got his blood from his father. I do not know his father’s given name. My father was an Old settler and so was my grandfather. My father came into Arkansas long before he was married. My mother left Tennessee long before I was born. They have always been Cherokees. We all go back to the Bigby’s and Foreman’s. My grandmother was a party to the treaties of 1835-6 and 1846.” SIGNED Martha Mills, Claremore, Okla, Aug 2, 1908
MISC. TEST. P. 2581 No. 1406-1403 – Martha Mills:
“I am 70 years of age; was born in the Cherokee Nation West. I claim Cherokee Indian blood through my mother, Diadamay E. Chambers. I have never gotten any Indian money from the government. I do not know if my mother very got any Indian money. Ten years before the war I lived in Arkansas. I never heard about the Indians getting any money about that time. I am not a Cherokee alotee. My father was part Indian but do not know how much. I saw my grandfather Taber. He lived in Arkansas When I knew him. He moved to Arkansas from Tennessee. My father married Susanna Taber in Arkansas. She died when I was about 4 or 5 years of age. She was a tolerably old woman when she died. My grandmother was a full blood. My mother was born in Tennessee and went to Arkansas. My grandfather lived close to Old Charleston, Tenn. My mother always taught me I had Indian blood. My mother did not know the Indian language. She lived with the white people. My grandmother was buried in Arkansas not far from the Tennessee line.” SIGNED: Martha A. Mills, Tulsa, Okla., Sep 4, 1908
EXCEPTION CASE. Miles S. Mills. Rejected. Total number of exceptions filed in the group – 4. Original recommendation renewed. Applicant’s mother, #1406, in her exception states she was born in Arkansas in 1835. Applicant alleges in exception that his father, George Mills, has been enrolled under application #6608. This is not true. The George Mills who filed #6608 is a full blood born in 1841 and clearly entitled, while this applicant’s father, George W. or George S. Mills, was born in 1830 and is declared by claimant in his application to be a white man.
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