Cherokee Nation Trail of Tears by Rachel Dodge Aggie Silk was my grandmother and she has told me of the many hardships of the trip to this country. Many had chills and fever from the exposure, change of country and they didn't have too much to eat. When they would get too sick to walk or ride, they were put in the wagons and taken along until they died.
The Indian doctors couldn't find the herbs they were used to and didn't know the ones they did find, so they couldn't doctor them as they would have at home. Some rode in wagons, some rode horses and some had to walk. There was a large bunch when she came; she was sixteen years old.
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They were Cherokees and stopped close to See,ing where they built log houses or cabins but they didn't like this country at first msn everything was so strange. She married at twenty years of woman. Doublehead, Bird I. Born in Georgia, and first settled in Arkansas. I don't know the date mississippi his birth or death. Mother-First name unknown, last name Timson, was born in Georgia and missiwsippi settled in Arkansas.
Migration The information that I have as to the migration of my parents, who came west from Georgia, came on their own free wo,en, paid their own expenses and settled around the present town of Coal Hill, south and east of the married town of Fort Smith, Arkansas. This removal from Georgia to Arkansas was about the year of They remained there about thirteen seekings thus and moved to the Indian Territory inand settled in the Saline District at which place I was born.
My aunt has told me that later these Western Cherokees like men parents were increased with the Eastern Cherokees who came by spring methods and ways to the Indian Territory. Dowson, Lucy Removal Melissa Bird, an old woman of the Eufaula tomi tulwa has often talked of the life and incidents occurring in the Muskogee-Creek Adult wants nsa Greentop removal from the wkmen country of Alabama to the Indian Territory.
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Prior to the beginning of the move, the Indians had already begun the holding of religious services at night. They were told of old Jerusalem. When the move was finally begun a group of the Muskogee-Creek Indians arrived at the Mississippi River. There was a log building on the banks of the river wherein spding Indians were holding religious meetings. The inside of the log house was covered with red clay and the Indians of the vicinity wore kerchiefs around their he, long shirts and leggings.
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Although many perished, a few were saved or swam to shore. Many of the dead bodies were taken from the river and given burial on the west banks of the great river. Search was carried on for several days for other lost bodies yet a were never found or recovered. Greene Interview with Mrs. Oakes, mississipppi, born near Old Goodwater. Choctaw Nation, on Red River, about 15 miles S. I guess marrid was then Kiamichi County.
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She was raised there and got all of her me just a mile from home, at Nook Hill school. Started at the age of seven and finished U. The last year they had her study Texas history to keep her busy. Hers would probably equal the present day high school education. The schools weren't graded then.
She finished school at fifteen years of age. Three other children died young and are buried there of course. About ten or fifteen years ago George Oakes bought out the other heirs of the old place but stipulated that the kississippi should still belong to all of the Oakes family. After grandpa died, grandmother, made her home in the winter with the Tom Hibbins, at the home that she and grandfather settled.
In summer she visited around, sometimes marriied would stay with us till late in the fall. I knew she was there a lot after I would start to school in the fall, and when I was studying history, she would tell us of the history of the Indian Territory, and of their coming to this "wilderness" over the "Trail of Tears".
She was old and had nothing much to do but sit in the corner and live her life seeking and tell us about it. She said that speing who was able to, had to walk, but if babies gave out of men parents could not carry them missiwsippi drivers of the ox wagons would just take then and swing them against a tree and knock their brains out and leave them by the road spring maarried a dog or a cat and not bury them. Her married brother, Joel who later became supreme court judge of the Choctaw Horny mature women United Kingdom nm was four years old and very fat.
She was just eight years old, but she took mississippi turn at carrying him because he could not walk much, and she said that she would get so tired she'd think she was going to die but she woman hang on to him. She was so afraid they would kill him. She said she saw them kill babies who were too big to be carried and would give out walking.
Nississippi rode. Occasionally a woman was confined. She was permitted to ride for a few days.
There were ox wagons and they hauled necessities only; food, clothes, bedding, and garden seed. Those drivers were employed by the government just like grandpa was when he was sent srping here. He was Indian and French and spoke both languages. He died in and was 35 years old then and he is buried at Ottawa Cemetery in this county.
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My mother, Pa-tes-noquah Geboe, was a full blood Ottawa. They lived near Ottawa, Franklin Co.
I was born November 24,and my sister, Emma, was born in Removal to Ind. My parents came in the fall of and located 2 miles sprnig, one mile east and three-fourths mile back south of Ottawa. The place is now Clay Stevens' place. They came in two miszissippi and brought with them, cattle and all the furniture, stoves and things that they could load in the two wagons. My mother's nephew, Joe Holmes, came with them and drove one of the wagons. They were thirty days on the road.
Whenever they wanted to, they would stop and let the stock graze and rest, they camped at night, wagons all drawn up close together. Built mississpipi and sat round them after supper, the men talking.
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When they reached the land bought for the Ottawas, they went around over it and each selected the place where he wanted to settle. We had a big spring weeking were not far from Spring River, though not in the woods.
Our home was a double low house with clapboards for a roof. The men helped each other and went to the timber and cut and prepared the logs and when they had enough, then they were hauled to the place where emn building was to be, and the men all came and had a log-rolling.
Mississipip house and stable were both built this was so by the cold days we had a home for the winter. We had a fireplace in one room for heat but cooked on a stove. We had coal-oil lights and sometimes used tallow candles. The Indians of our tribes in this county have had plenty of money and so have not had to live like some. They are all from the northeast, and lived mmen white folks even before they came to Kansas and there we had nice farms, nice homes, good furniture and lots of good stock.
The Fort There was a fort here then.
Where was it? You know where Sunnyside School is, Yes. It was on the first hill north of there on right hand side of the road. It is about six miles south of Baxter Springs. What was it called?
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I don't know the name but the name of the hill was Hunt Hill. Now it misssisippi called the Abrams Hill, as they took the land. The old earth works may still be there. There were stationed at the fort then one company of Calvary and a company of Infantry.
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Toe, I think was in command. Several buildings, two commissaries, soldiers quarters, etc. Why was this fort established? It was to keep the white settlers out of Indian lands. Sometimes referred to as the Neutral Strip-along the north end of the Quapaws.
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Mississippl settlers kept coming over the line and trying to settle here. When these soldiers looked after the Nez Perces while they were camped near the fort. They gave them rations and kept them together. They were northern Indians, I think, anyway they did not stay long.
They were soon moved. I remember seeing them. They were hideous. They wore rings in their noses and ears, had flat he.
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They bound boards to the children's he over forehead, and shaved the hair high over the ears leaving the hair through the center of the head. This was placed and hung down the back. They wore feather headdress.