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LYNCH FAMILY PETITIONS

 
Dudley S. Lynch, b.1850, was the son of William Thomas Lynch & Nancy Hawkins of Halifax County, NC. He was married 3 times, the names of his wives were Mary Eliza Silver, Aleine Whitaker and Minnie Fox. In 1896, he headed a group of LYNCH Family members who sent in applications to the Dawes Commission for acceptance to the Cherokee Nation, and although all of them were Rejected, many of the family and their descendants went on to later form the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe in North Carolina.  These petitions provide a great deal of family information not previously known by many of the current-day descendants and it clarifies and consolidates the ancestry of all who are related in a way I had not thought would be possible. One of the things that is of note, is that by 1896, the name of their oldest known ancestor had become muddled with each person remembering only various parts of his name. The name was James Weaver, born about 1762, however, many called him James Lanier, or variant spellings of that and I do wonder if perhaps there was a LANIER in his own ancestry that may have contributed to the confusion of names? Whatever the case, there are quite a few surprises in these petitions for researchers, with some new information that could change what some may have thought previously, so I urge you to explore these records and use them in addition to your own research.

 

 

DUDLEY LYNCH, et. al. 1896 Dawes Application
 

Before the Honorables, HENRY L. DAWES, FRANK C. ARMSTRONG, A. S. McKENNON, T. B. CABANISS, and A. B. MONTGOMERY, Commissioners.

In the matter of application of DUDLEY LYNCH, et. al.
Nation's No. 3199

for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation.
Your respondent, S. H. MAYES, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, comes now and demurs the said application, and for the grounds thereof says:
1st. That this Commission has not jurisdiction over the parties or subject matter of this controversy, and no legal right, therefore, to hear and determine the same.
2nd. That the application does not state facts sufficient, if true, to show that the applicants are entitled to citizenship.
Respondent not waiving his aforesaid demurrer, but insisting upon the same for answer to said application, says that JAMES LONNEY through whom the petitioners claim to derive their right to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, is not now, and has not been a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, since the removal of said Nation, west to the Indian Territory as at present located and defined; that his name does not appear on any of the authenticated rolls of said Nation; that neither he nor any of his ancestors now reside, or ever have resided in the Cherokee Nation and Indian Territory, as citizens thereof.

Having fully answered, your respondent asks to be hence dismissed.

S. H. MAYES,Principal Chief Cherokee Nation.

By Hutchings, Hastings & Boudinot, Attorneys, John L. Adair, Executive Secretary, Cherokee Nation, having been first duly sworn states that the matters contained in the foregoing answer are true, to the best of his knowledge and belief.

JOHN L. ADAIR
Subscribed and sworn to before me this, the 26 day of Sept. 1896.

D. J. BELL, Notary Public
 

 

North Carolina, Franklin County

E. C. BARROW being duly sworn says that in Sept. 3, 1896 he saw a packaged registered at the P. O. in Louisburg, NC addressed to Hon. S. H. MAYES Chief of the Cherokee Tribe of Indians Tahlequah, Ind. Ter. that registry receipt No.__ received from the P.M. and attached hereto is a receipt for said package which contained copies of the applications of DOCK ANSTED and FRANCIS HEDGEPETH with the affidavit of JAS. J. KING, WM. STOKES in support thereof. The application of JAS. LYNCH with the affidavit of JAS. J. KING in support thereof. The application of DUDLEY, ALBERT, JAS. and JOE LYNCH with the affidavit of WM. SYKES in support of same. And the application of WM. BOONE with the affidavit of A. B. ALLEN, W. K. A. WILLIAMS, GEO. H. COOPER, E. P. ALLEN & W. J. NEAL in support thereof.

E. C. BARROW

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Sept. 3, 1896.
T. B. WILDER, NP


Applications of
DUDLEY LYNCH
ALBERT LYNCH
JAS. LYNCH
JOE LYNCH

 

  To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner DUDLEY LYNCH the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That he derives his Indian blood from his father THOS. LYNCH who was a son of JAS. LENNIER who was a Cherokee Indian by blood.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that his application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 47 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my wife MARY ELIZA and the following children
DOCTOR MARK aged 24
LOUISA L. aged 23
BALDY D. aged 21
LILLIE H. aged 18
NORMAN S. aged 15
LULA M. aged 13

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896
DUDLEY LYNCH


 

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner ALBERT LYNCH the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That he derives his Indian blood from his father CHARLES LYNCH who was a son of JAS. LENNIER who was a Cherokee Indian by blood.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that his application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 63 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my wife DOLLIE LYNCH and the following children
JACKSON aged 40
RANSOM aged 38
JOSEPH aged 37

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896
ALBERT LYNCH ("X" his mark)

 

  To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner JOE LYNCH the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That he derives his Indian blood from his father ALBERT LYNCH, a son of CHARLES LYNCH, son of JAMES LANNIER who was a Cherokee Indian by blood.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that his application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 37 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my wife LUCY LYNCH also of Cherokee Indian blood and the following children
LUCY aged 18
VIOLET aged 16
LEWIS aged 12
ADA aged 11
OLLIE aged 1/3 year

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896.
JOE LYNCH ("X" his mark)

 

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner JAMES LYNCH the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That he derives his Indian blood from CHARLES LYNCH who was his father and the son of JAMES LANNIER who was a Cherokee Indian by blood.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that his application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 67 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my wife MARY LYNCH and the following children
ALLISON aged 42
DOLLISON aged 39
TILMAN P. aged 36
MATHEW aged 24
WALTER aged 22
TEMPIE aged 21
WM. PAYTON aged 17

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896
JAMES LYNCH ("x" his mark)

 

  State of North Carolina
Halifax County

WILLIAM SYKES being sworn according to law states that he is a resident of Nash County and that he is 82 years of age and he is acquainted with JAMES LYNCH, ALBERT LYNCH and JACKSON LYNCH and their father CHARLES LYNCH and Mother TEMPIE LYNCH and their Father JAMES LENIER and the said JAMES LYNCH, ALBERT and JACKSON LYNCH was Grand sons of JAMES LENIER and JAMES LENNIER was a full blooded Cherokee Indian and was always said to be as far back as I have ever heard and DUDLEY LYNCH is the son of THOMAS LYNCH who was also a son of said JAMES LANIER.

WILLIAM SYKES

Sworn to and subscribed before me this day Aug. 1896.
MILES BOBBITT, JP

 


 

WM. BOONE's Application and Affidavits

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner WM. BOONE the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That he derives his Indian blood from his grandfather LEWIS BOONE who was the father of CAROLINE BOONE, who was the mother of petitioner. CAROLINE BOONE and DARCUS RICHARDSON were sisters and both were Cherokee Indians by blood.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that his application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 42 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my wife SALLIE ANN, and the following children

JAMES aged 18
ROBERT aged 17
IJAH aged 15
MARY aged 13
PERCY aged 11
CAROLINE aged 8
ELIAS aged 5
LUTHER aged 2 months

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896
WILLIAM BOONE ("X" his mark)

 

  North Carolina, Franklin County

A. B. ALLEN being sworn according to law says that he is well acquainted with WM. BOONE, that he has lived in the same neighborhood with said BOONE and he is known among his neighbors and is recognized as of Cherokee Indian blood and this affiant has always so believed. His personal appearance shows very decidedly that he is of Indian extraction.
He is of kin to the RICHARDSONs who are known to be of Cherokee blood.

H. B. ALLEN

The above statement is true- we live in this same section.
W. K. A. WILLIAMS
GEO. H. COOPER
E. P. ALLEN
W. J.WARD (?)

 

JAMES LYNCH
HARDY LYNCH
THOMAS LYNCH
JOHN SILVER
LUCY HEADGSPETH
BETTY LYNCH
PATTY LYNCH
EMILY EVINS

APPLICANTS

 

  (son of Moses Richardson & Nancy Lynch)

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner JAMES LYNCH the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That he derives his Indian blood from WEAVER LYNCH who was his grandfather and was a Cherokee Indian by blood.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that his application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 54 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my wife LELIA ANN and the following children
BETSY ANN 26
JOHN THOMAS 25
FED 21
DARKIS 20
JAMES 14
ARTHUR 13
SIDNEY 9
GEORGE 4
NANCY 24

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896
JAMES LYNCH ("X" his mark)

 

  State of North Carolina
Halifax County

JAMES J. KING being sworn according law states that he is a resident of Halifax County and that he is well acquainted with JAMES LYNCH and his ancestor NANCY LYNCH is the mother of JAMES LYNCH, THOMAS LYNCH, HARDY LYNCH, EMILY EVINS, BETTY LYNCH, PATTY LYNCH & LUCY HEADGSPETH and WEAVER LYNCH is the grandfather of the above named JAMES LYNCH and HARDY LYNCH, EMILY EVINS, BETTY LYNCH, THOS. LYNCH, PATTY LYNCH, LUCY HEDGSPETH and JOHN SILVER and the said WEAVER LYNCH was a pure Indian of the Cherokee tribe. His shape face and hair was the very image of the Indian tribe.

JAMES J. KING ("X" his mark)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 29th day Aug. 1896.
N. L. KEEN JP

 


APPLICATIONS of
DOCK ANSTED
FRANCES HEDGEPETH

(Reject)
 

  To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner DOCK ANSTED the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That he derives his Indian blood from KIZZIE EVANS who was his grandmother and who was a Cherokee Indian by blood.
Affiant is 1/4 blood Cherokee Indian.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of his application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that his application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that he be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 46 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my wife ELLIE and the following children

TOM aged 14
TEMPIE aged 12
SUSIE aged 4
OLLIE aged 1
CHARLIE aged 1

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896

DOCK ANSTED ("X" his mark)

 

(Note: from the EVANS Petitions, we learn that Kizzie Evans was the wife of Leven Evans. Dock Anstead was the son of Martha Anstead, daughter of Henry Anstead & Mary Jones; so from this petition, it is learned that Dock's father was a son of Leven & Kizzie Evans)

 

  (Frances Mills, dau/of Nathan Mills & Elizabeth Dales)


To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:

Your petitioner FRANCES HEDGEPETH the undersigned respectfully states that he is a Cherokee Indian by blood and asks to be enrolled as a member of the Cherokee Nation of Indians in the Indian Territory.
That she derives her Indian blood from SALLIE DALES who was her grandmother and who was a Cherokee Indian by blood her father was NATHAN MILLS also part Cherokee.
Your petitioner states the above facts as the lawful grounds of her application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and prays that her application may be fully investigated by your Honorable Commission and that she be adjudged to be a citizen in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 56 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC. My family consists of my husband STEPHEN HEDGEPETH and the following children

LUDY ANN 32 years old
SARAH 28 years old
DARKIS 26 years old
STEPHEN WINFIELD 24 years old
OCT. MAGALENE 18 years old

Witness my hand this Aug. 31, 1896
FRANCES HEDGEPETH ("X" her mark)

 

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