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Re: Susie Bigby/Henry Walls/Jane Walls
Posted by: Joy Perry Date: February 28, 2000 at 05:56:36
In Reply to: Susie Bigby/Henry Walls/Jane Walls by Sue Prince of 194

"anyone descended from this Henry Walls through Susie can be assured of Cherokee lineage." One would think so, Sue, but Jane Walls's son Benjamin Franklin Payne tried to make a claim as a Cherokee, and was rejected. His test is recorded in v. 2 of CHEROKEE BY BLOOD. I'm inclined to think the rejection was an error, however. Jane Walls Payne had not participated in the Cherokee censuses in 1835 and 1851, because she perceived them as being ways to force her to move West, and evidently anyone not so registered was not accepted. Another possible explanation is that her mother was a member of another eastern tribe, not the Cherokee. Payne family legends said she was a "daughter of old Powhatan". Well maybe. Don't suppose we'll ever know.
Joy Perry


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