I posted this info on Daffron mailing list also under Dawes Commission with rootsweb. Thought someone here might like to see.
My grandmother told the story of her father John M. Daffron going to
Oklahoma to apply for Indian land. I found J.M. Daffron on Index and sent
for records. It was him. He states on application for enrollment:
"Son of E.W. Daffron, grandson of Rhody & Millie Daffron, great grandson of
Annie Gibbs of N.C. who was a cherokee by blood."
There are (2) signed sworn affidavit's, from Cherokee Nations Indian
Territory, both stating: personally acquainted with Anna Gibbs in the Old
Cherokee Nation North Carolina and that she the afore said Anna Gibbs was a
cherokee Indian by blood about 1/4 or 1/2 cherokee and her name aught to
appear on the rool of 1835."
Third sworn affidavit- Abner Decker from Texas - age 70:
"that he is will and personally acquainted with John M. Daffron of Murphy
Texas who is a son of E.W. Daffron and grandson of Rhody and Millie Daffron
and great grandson of Annie Gibbs of North Carolina who was a cherokee
indian by blood affiant makes this his sworn statement.."
A month later I was running a soundex and found John M. Doffron in the same
index. Looking at his original application, it looked like he was spelling
his name DOFFRON. So I sent for this one also. Was not my John M. Daffron but cousin.
Wow..64 pages. Combined with application of Mary A. Singleton daughter of
Phillip Daffron. In it was affidavit of Elhanon Daffron. It states:
"That he has known said Mary A. Singleton from the day of her birth or
about until her departure from said county. That she is the daughter of
Phillip Daffron, now deceased, that said Phillip Daffron was a son of
Daffron and that said Millie Daffron's maiden name was Mille Gibbs and that
said Millie was a daughter of Annie Gibbs, and that said Annie Gibbs
from the Cherokee Nation North Carolina to said county.
Affiavit also deposes and says that he is the uncle of said Mary A.
Singleton and that he is a brother of Phillip Daffron aforesaid, affiavt
sayth that he once asked his mother what race of people they were of and
that she refused to tell him and that afterwards affiavt' asked his grand
mother, Annie Gibbs the same question and that said Annie Gibbs told
that his affiavt's great grandfather was a scotchman and came to the
cherokee nation north carolina about the close of the revolutionary war,
married a cherokee woman and that said affiavt's grand father's name was
John Gibbs and that said John Gibbs had one brother by the name of Phillip
Gibbs, also, a brother by the name of Elhanon Gibbs."
(These are all handwritten and hard to read)
Another states "I am the ex chief of the North Carolina Cherokee Indians, I
know of my personal knowledge, that there is a gibbs family of cherokees
residing in the state of north carolina, and that there was a portion of
family emigrated west many years ago and since that time I have learned
they stoped in the state of kentucky and from information I am satisfied
Mary A Singleton is a descendent of the said of Gibbs family. Sworn to this
31st day of november 1885."
Other documents show following.
Mary Singleton was living on reservation in oklahoma since 1880 and trying
prove she was of cherokee blood. she was turned down. (her children &
Daffron were in suit with her.) But they are trying to prove on
through Millie Daffron. The Commission said...no Daffron's on 1835 roll.
duh..it would have been Gibbs not Daffron. she appeal to US Supreme Court.
Does not say if she won. (1988) I received 64 pages on her & john m. His
application was shorter. Marked rejected, but not copies of commission to
five civilized tribes decision.
I hope someone out there finds this as interesting as I did. Until now I
hadn't seen anything on Millie's family.
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