My g.g. grandfather on my mother's maternal side, William Riley Chrisman, purportedly also married a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. I have always been very much interested in doing some Indian research; however, because of limited time available, I have done no research into my purported Cherokee ancestry. Recently, at the Huntsville Public Library I did briefly check some of their Indian research sources displayed on the counter of their Genealogical Room and extracted names of many individuals with surnames that I am researching! One of the documents was an undated "Cherokee Messenger" published by The Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston entitled "So Your Grandmother was a Cherokee Princess?" If you have a FAX capability, I will be glad to FAX this document to you. Along with other discussion, the document discussed two different things related to "Finding Your Cherokee Ancestor." They were, quote: "I. Did your ancestor live in Oklahoma between 1893 and 1906? A. If yes, are they on the Dawes Rolls? (Microfiche M-1186, roll 1) 1. If not on the Dawes Rolls, are they on the Guion Miller general index (M-1104, roll)? a. If yes, follow references from Miller records on M-685 to Drennen or Chapman Rolls (M-685, Roll 12.) You can get a copy of someone's application by sending the application number to: National Archives(NNFJ), Washington DC 20408 b. If no, are they on the "Intruder" lists? (7RA-53 and 7RA-55) 1. If yes, they were not recognized as Cherokee citizens. 2. If no, check the 1896 Old Settler Payment Roll (T-985) a. If yes, check Old Settler Roll of 1851 (M-685, roll 12) 1. Check History of the Cherokee Indians, by Emmet Starr b. If no, your ancestor may be Cherokee but it is unlikely they are on any roll. 2. If yes, (they were listed on the Dawes Rolls) note their enrollment number and category and find their enrollment card on M-1186. 3. Then use the information on enrollment card to search earlier rolls such as 1896 Census (7RA-19) and 1880 Census (7RA-07) 4. Then check M-1301 for enrollment packet. 5. Is this a direct ancestor? 6. If yes, you are eligible for registration: Contact Cherokee Nation, Tribal Registrar, PO Box 948, Tahlequah OK 74465-0948. II. Did your ancestor reside in the North Carolina/Tennessee area? A. If yes, is their name on any roll in CHEROKEE ROOTS by Bob Blankenship? 1. If yes, contact the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, PO Box 455, Cherokee NC 28719 B. If no, are they on the Guion Miller general index (m-1104, roll)? 1. If yes, follow references from Miller records on M-685 to Drennen or Chapman Rolls (M-685, Roll 12.) 2. If no, are they on the "Intruder" lists? (7RA-53 and 7RA-55) a. If yes, they were not recognized as Cherokee citizens. b. If no, check the 1896 Old Settler Payment Roll (T-985) 1. If yes, check Old Settler Roll of 1851 (M-685, roll 12) a. Check History of the Cherokee Indians, by Emmet Starr 2. If no, your ancestor may be Cherokee but it is unlikely they are on any roll." I hope these details provided by this Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston helps in your research! If you want me to FAX the two page document to you, please send me your FAX number!
Also, my g.g.g. grandfather on my mother's paternal side was John Anthony Alexander (1772/1773)(NC). In the Washington County N. C. Alexander and Spruill Deeds on the Internet at http://c-23.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/nc/washington/dee...
(on page 8 of 11 pages) as entry G 818 1834 it shows land sold by him and his heirs to Hezekiah Lewis, on 20 Dec. 1834 (Reg. on 5 April 1837, Wit: ___ Lewis, Joshua Tarkenton). That deed named Anthony Alexander, Ephraim, William, Osters [believed to be Ostin or Austin], Valentine, Mary, Nancy, Penelope, and Rebecca Alexander. I would very much like to find a copy of that deed. Can you please give me an official contact in Washington County, NC (address and phone number) from which I can order this deed and two other related deeds listed therein? All of these Alexander individuals and their families, plus a Franklin -- living in a separate household with Mary -- were first shown in the 1850 Marshall County, Alabama Federal Census. Per a local newspaper clipping in possession of my cousin, John Anthony Alexander and his family came to Marshall County, Alabama in the mid 1800s to be with his son Ephraim Alexander (my g.g. grandfather). There were 4 Alexander Heads of Households here at that time: John Anthony Alexander (78)(NC), Ephraim (39)(NC), William (36)(SC), and Franklin (40)(NC). Since Franklin was not named in the referenced deed, he must have been the son of another Alexander family from NC.
Doris Cooley Edmonds