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Re: Persis Lovely of AR
Posted by: Donald Higgins (ID *****8888) Date: May 27, 2002 at 11:27:45
In Reply to: Re: Persis Lovely of AR by Sheila Martin of 352

Persis had no children of her own. In a letter to President Andrew Jackson, Jan. 9, 1830, she identified herself as "...a widow childless and lone in the world." (Territorial Papers of the United States, Vol XXI, pg 149)

She had, as you know, been given the privilege of being the sole Caucasian legally authorized to remain on what had been Cherokee lands, but the Treaty of 1828 left her with no provision for keeping her home. At the time of the above mentioned letter, she had moved into the abandoned home of a Presbyterian missionary who had moved west to the new location of Dwight Mission. In the letter she begged the President to be allowed to possess the house for life.

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