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RICHARDSON FAMILY DAWES APPLICATIONS

Part 1

 

Some of you probably already know this, but while doing my research, I have found that my family has many RICHARDSON Family connections in my ancestry, either through direct or by marriages through the many generations in the Warren and Halifax County areas. Recently, thanks to the generous help and contributions of Marty Richardson who sent copies of the Dawes Commission for some of the families who applied for membership in the Cherokee Nation in 1896, I have been able to fill in a lot of holes and cleared up some family relationships from the information included in those applications. There are actually several sets of petitions included in this collection; the records that follow are for a group who sent in applications in different packages for RICHARDSON, LYNCH and EVANS, but not limited to those surnames. In addition to the petitions, there was an extensive RICHARDSON FAMILY CHART included with their Applications, and while not entirely accurate about their oldest known ancestor, which incorrectly shows as John Richardson, where it should say Benjamin Richardson, it does provide much additional information not previously known through any of the records I had seen. For those who don't know, Benjamin Richardson's will and Revolutionary War Pension file contains the names of most of his children, and so one can tell by the CHART that those same names are the ones incorrectly listed as from John Richardson. Perhaps it was a confused remembrance of the name of the man who may have been Benjamin's father, after all, that has been something that has been elusive and controversial to researchers for many years. Indeed, the possibility of Benjamin's father being named "John" would be consistent when one sees from these records that was the name given to who appears to be Ben's oldest son, John Richardson. Some of the things these records reveal is the maiden names of Hardy Richardson's wife, Darcas (Boone); of Absalom Richardson's wife, Rhoda (Morgan); the name of the wife of Benjamin Richardson's son, James Richardson (Patty Nagany), as well as identifies their children; and much, much more about the family relationships with the SILVER, LYNCH, EVANS and DALES families, with some surprising revelations about the identities of several EVANS families. These following transcriptions are from the actual copies of the petitions, some of them I have added notes for clarification. While all of these were Rejected, most of the persons or their descendants, later went on to form the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe in North Carolina. More about the Tribe can be read starting here:

About the Haliwa-Saponi 

 

COFIELD RICHARDSON, et. al 1896 Dawes Applications

Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes
Vinita, Ind. Ter., 1896

See that you swear to your Petition.
Evidence of service of copies on the Chief or Governor may be secured as follows:
If convenient get his receipt to file with your papers. If you cannot do this, register to him, and have some disinterested person to make affidavit in form about as follows:

I, R. H. DAVIS, do solemnly swear that on the 5 day of September, 1896, I saw a package registered at the post office at Louisburg, NC, addressed to HON. S. H. MAYES, Governor or Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Ind. Ter., that registry receipt, No. 47, received from postmaster, hereto attached, is a receipt for said package, which contained true copies of the application of COFIELD & 25 of his Kinsmen and of the affidavits of JAS. J. KING, WM. STOKES, and A. B. ALLEN & W.K.A. WILLIAMS et.al. in support of same. Also genealogical list of the family.

R. H. DAVIS

Subscribed and sworn to before me, on this 5th day of Sept. 1896.
THOS. B. WILDER


Attach receipt to this affidavit and send with papers to the Commission at Vinita, Indian Territory. This takes the place of the former instructions, as we understand that packages are not promptly receipted for by the Chiefs and Governors.

 

  [Son of Gideon & Anna Richardson]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner COFIELD RICHARDSON 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 both his grandfathers JAMES & ABSALOM RICHARDSON who 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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 59 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of
my wife JANE and the following children:

JERRY (dead leaving a daughter ROXANNA who has 6 children)*
MANUEL married and with a family
COFIELD JR. also has a family
BEN aged 32
MARTHA aged 36
SUSAN aged 28
RICHARD aged 24
JACOB aged 22
SALLIE aged 18
MATTIE aged 15
DANIEL aged 12

Witness my hand this Aug 29, 1896.
COFIELD RICHARDSON ("X" his mark)
 


*Note by DW: Roxanna/Rosanna Silver was Jerry's wife, so apparently Cofield was calling her his daughter*

 

[Son of Cofield & Jane Richardson]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner MANUEL RICHARDSON 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 COFIELD RICHARDSON who is a son of GID & ANNIE RICHARDSON who 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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 34 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of my wife formerly SARAH HEDGEPETH, and six children.

Witness my hand this Aug 29, 1896.
MANUEL RICHARDSON ("X" his mark)

 

  [Daughter of Alfred & Eliza Silver-Richardson]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner BETSY RICHARDSON the undersigned respectfully states that she 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 her father ALFRED who was a son of HARDIE & DARKIS RICHARDSON who were Cherokee Indians by blood.
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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 45 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of (my husband is dead) the following children:

ISADORE aged 22
ANNIE aged 20
MARSHANA aged 16
GID aged 14
EXOM aged 10


Witness my hand this Aug 29, 1896.
BETSY RICHARDSON ("X" her mark)


*Several children then living, not mentioned in this document; husband was Gid Richardson*

 

 

[Husband of Tempie Ann Silver, dau/of Joseph Silver & Margaret Rudd]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner A.D. WILSON 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 grandmother NANCY BELMUNT who was a half blood Cherokee Indian and also his grandfather SILLUS WILSON who was also a 1/2 blood Indian. His wife TEMPIE SILVER is a great grandchild of HARDIE and DORCUS RICHARDSON.
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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 39 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of my wife TEMPIE SILVER WILSON and the following children:

D. Z. WILSON aged 2
L. F. WILSON aged 1

And affiants mother who is 1/4 Cherokee is a widow and this affiant has to support her and her four children

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896
A. D. WILSON

 

  [Illegitimate Son of Mason Richardson & Frances Richardson]


To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner CHARLES H. RICHARDSON 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 DARCUS RICHARDSON his grandmother 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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 31 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of my wife LOUSANA SILVER RICHARDSON and the following children:

NANCY aged 6
ROBERTA aged 4
ROXANNA aged 2
SAVANNA aged 1/2

Witness my hand this Aug. 31, 1896
CHAS. H. RICHARDSON ("X" his mark)

 

[Daughter of Rhease & Emily Richardson]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner BECKY RICHARDSON the undersigned respectfully states that she 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 HARDIE & DARCUS RICHARDSON her grandparents who were Cherokee Indians by blood. Her father and mother were REESE & EMILY.
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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 45 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of my husband JONES RICHARDSON and the following children:

VIRGINIA aged 29
ROSA aged 27
EMILY aged 25
TABBY aged 22
SOL JONES aged 21
LEASY aged 19
LINDA aged 16
ISRAEL aged 11
PRINCE aged 9
WILLIE aged 7

Witness my hand this Aug 31, 1896
BECKY RICHARDSON ("X" her mark)
 

 

  [Son of Rhease & Emily Richardson]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner WADE RICHARDSON 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 DARCUS RICHARDSON & HARDIE RICHARDSON his grandparents who 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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 57 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of my wife ELIZABETH and the following children:

EMILY JANE aged 30
MARY aged 28
RICHARD aged 27
AL aged 24
BERRY aged 12*
JUNNY aged 17
PLUMMER aged 14

Witness my hand this Aug. 31, 1896
WADE RICHARDSON ("X" his mark)


*Note: BERRY's age should say 22*

 

[son of Rhease & Emily Richardson]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner TOM SNAKE RICHARDSON 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 grandmother DARKIS or DARCUS RICHARDSON who was a Cherokee Indian by blood and his grandfather HARDIE RICHARDSON who was also of Cherokee blood. The list of the RICHARDSON family sent with this is correct.

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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 60 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of my wife ALICE and the following children:

RAS 35
MARTIN 29
MAY 33
MANDY 24
BOB 20
PHOEBE 18
LIZZIE 16
JOE VIC 14
SIDNEY 12
PEARLY 8
TOM CHRISTMAS 3
INFANT NOT NAMED 6 MOS.

Witness my hand this Aug. 31, 1896.
TOM SNAKE RICHARDSON ("X" his mark)

 

  [Son of Rhease & Emily Richardson]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner MILES RICHARDSON 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 grandmother DARCUS RICHARDSON and his grandfather HARDIE RICHARDSON who 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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship in accordance with the laws and treaties with said Nation of Indians.
My age is 50 years. My Post Office address is Louisburg, NC my family consists of my wife DORA and the following children:

LAURA aged 18
LENA aged 15
MATTIE aged 13
LOUVENIA aged 11
WILLIE aged 10
GRACIE aged 7
HATTIE aged 5
CASSIE aged 3
BARNIE aged 1

Witness my hand this Aug. 31, 1896.
MILES RICHARDSON ("x" his mark)

 

[son of Rix Richardson & Hixie Capps]

To the Honorable the Dawes Commission on Citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory:
Your petitioner FRANK RICHARDSON 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 JOHN RICHARDSON who was a Cherokee Indian by blood. The list of RICHARDSON families as laid down in the accompanying list is correct.
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 of said Cherokee Nation of Indians and entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such citizenship 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 wife EMILY RICHARDSON who has also made an application for citizenship and the children therein mentioned to wit:

RICKS 40
PATTIE 37
TEMPIE 26
NEWELL 21

Witness my hand this Aug. 31, 1896.
FRANK RICHARDSON ("x" his mark)

 

 

 

 

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