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Re: Andrew Jackson Deen
Posted by: Sharon Lee (ID *****1305) Date: February 17, 2007 at 10:09:22
In Reply to: Re: Andrew Jackson Deen by Roy Fuller of 541

Hello, Roy,

Yes, the issue of Ransom L. Deens, father of Andrew Jackson (Culpepper) Deens is now resolved. Ransom is the son of Richard Dean, RS. Richard was born in 1760, served in the Revolution, and died in Muscogee Co, GA, in 1840. Ransom very likely "legitimized" Andrew Jackson Culpepper because Andrew's mother was possibly Native American and had given Andrew her name, via the matriarchy. On the same adoption list in Georgia is Isabell Emitene {Rogers} King, who became the wife of one of Ransom's nephews, Jephtha Clinton Dean. Jeptha Clinton was the son of Ransom's brother Elijah Dean. Elijah's and Ransom's sister Sally Dean Hightower had a daughter who married a Native American.

Georgia was a dangerous place for Native Americans at the time, and the adoption act provided a means of giving children some degree of protection. Later, when the situation became much worse, Jeptha Clinton and Isabell Dean had to see out and move their family from Muscogee, GA, to Texas (as told to me by one of their descendants). Although Indians had received land grants for service in the Revolutionary War, Georgia later passed and carried a law on the books until 1983 that no Native Americans could own land! It is shocking.

I have long suspicioned that the Deans who remained in Georgia through the 1840s changed the spelling of their name because I have read that "Deen/Deens" is a Cherokee spelling. How accurate that observation is, I don't know, but since Ransom went to Alabama Territory early (1820), I have speculated that he was not under the same pressures as his father and brother Elijah who remained in Georgia. Elijah was an officer in the Georgia Militia from 1812-1838, resigning by letter only at the time of the Indian Removal.

Anyway, I don't know what happened to Andrew Jackson Deens' mother, but his father Ransom L. took Andrew Jackson with him when he went to Alabama about 1820 (Ransom L. is on both the 1820 Georgia census and the 1820 Alabama census). Possibly the 1818 adoption occured after the death of Andrew's mother and as precursor to the move ro Alabama and the remarriage of Ransom. About 1819, supposedly in Alabama, Ransom married Sarah Ann Hawthorne and had nine more children. Please email me for the other children and their descendants, the information about which has been very kindly provided to me by various of their descendants and of Andrew Jackson Deens' descendants.

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