Dawes Packet of Hattie Pruitt

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In 1902, Jane Ridley, daughter of Paul and Matilda Higginbotham Willis, granddaughter of Sanford and Jane Holley Higginbotham applied for identification as a Mississippi Choctaw, as did her children.

Hattie Ridley Pruitt, the oldest daughter, and third child of Jane Willis Ridley and W.M. Ridley, applied for the same rights as her mother Jane Ridley, and Hattie was also refused.

Family legend has always provided us with the story that Jane Holley Higginbotham was full-blooded Indian, taken in and raised by the Holley’s as their own.

More research will have to be done, I’m not giving up on the thought that this can be proven.  I just don’t think the family had the means, or ability at that time to prove their identity.

If you have anything to add to this, please contact me.  Would love to hear from you!

Here are the pages below for you to read, just click on the page number:

Page 01, Page 02, Page 03, Page 04, Page 05, Page 06, Page 07, Page 08, Page 09, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14

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  1. With Respect upon the related subject matters of our Historical Treaty Making Tribe CHOCTAW’

    Your Hattie Pruitt MCR-Card for the “IDENTIFICATION” as a Mississippi Choctaw
    Irregardless “R”efused,
    is the proof of your paticular(s) as a Choctaw Indian-“IDENTIFIED”-as a Mississippi Choctaw.

    the card for “IDENTIFICATION” of being a CHOCTAW – belonging to the tribe CHOCTAW

    Persons seeking enrollment into our tribe’
    weather ancestor of the cards-
    MCR-“Refused”, “Rejected”, still may or may not have been enrolled.

    by the card- CHOCTAW BY BLOOD-signed by LEGAL STENOGRAPHER-aprooved by,

    research the info provided below

    Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma
    ◾Report of Assistant Secretary Adams, dated April 22, 1912 Exhibits accompanying
    report, ◾(a) being draft of proposed law.

    Source Citation:
    United States Congress. Five Civilized Tribes In Oklahoma, Reports of the Department
    of the Interior and Evidentiary Papers in support of S. 7625, a Bill for the Relief of
    Certain Members of the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma, Sixty-second Congress,
    Third Session. Department of the Interior, United States. 1913.


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