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Re: Rigney-Huffman-Hackworth
Posted by: Shawn Vetter (ID *****7351) Date: January 10, 2003 at 11:19:06
In Reply to: Re: Rigney-Huffman-Hackworth by Shawn Vetter of 215

Subject: you might have already seen this
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 11:11:05 -0800

I found the following by accident yesterday at the Grants Pass
OR Public Library while searching for something else. Thought it might be of interest to
RIGNEY researchers.

CHEROKEE BY BLOOD, Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U.S. Court of Claims
1906-1910, Vol. 9,
Applications 23801-27800, Compiled by Jerry Wright Jordan,
Heritage Books, Inc., Page194:

25564. SARAH C. HILL and 2 children, Stevenson, Ala
Rejected. Applicant or ancestors were never enrolled. Does not appear that they were
living within the Cherokee Domain in 1835-6 and 1846 as recognized members of the tribe.
Does not appear that they ever lived with the indians. Mis. Test. P. 654 and 713.
MISC. TEST. P. 654. Appl. #29544-25564. Randolph A. Hackworth.
"My name is Randolph A. Hackworth. I live at Stevenson, Ala. I was born in 1847 in Jackson
County, Ala. I claim thro my father and his mother. My grandmother's maiden name was
ELIZABETH RIGNEY. I don't know the given names of her parents. (My Note: her parents were
John RIGNEY and
Catherine HUFFMAN). My father died in 1907. He was 84 years old when he died. He was born
in Tenn. I don't know
what County. It was the Eastern part. (My Note: his father
was Johnson C. HACKWORTH, son of Austin HACKWORTH
who was married to Elizabeth RIGNEY). He was recognized
as a white man. I never heard of his living with the Indian tribe.
He lived among them, hunted with them. When my father was born I think my parents (sic)
were living among the indians. My grandfather, Austin HACKWORTH was a white man, he
married my grandmother RIGNEY who was a quarteroon. I never heard whether she was living
among the Indians or white people when she was married. They lived with white people after
they were married. I never heard of my father taking any part in tribal matters. My father
was a voting man. I never heard of my father or grandmother getting any land or money on
acct. of their Indian blood. I never heard of them being enrolled with the Cherokees. I
never have been enrolled or gotten any money or land from the Govt. My father always
taught me that I had Cherokee blood in me. His mother showed it very much."
SIGNED: R. A. Hackworth, Scottsboro, Ala. 27 Jun 1908
Notation added at end of testimoney: "I concur in the above
SIGNED: J. C. Hackworth.
Handwritten note at end of testimony: "#25613 birth of affiant."
MISC. TEST. P. 713. Testimony in case of Randophh A.
Hackworth - #29544-25564 - App. #29544-25564. William Hayes.
"My name is William Hayes. I lives four miles south of Stevenson. I am 98 years old. I
know Randolph Hackworth. I knew his parents and grandparents. He claims his Indian blood
through his father and his grandmother ("grandfather" struck through). They came out of
the mountains from among the Indians. I knew Randolph Hackworth and Johnson Hackworth in
the Cherokee country. They were recognized as Cherokee Indians. They lived up there when I
first knew them. They mixed with the Cherokees. I do not know now whether Randolph
Hackworth and Johnson Hackworth left up there before my father did or afterward. They all
got away from there some time or other. He was a recognized member of the tribe. I never
heard about his taking part in any tribal matters. He never had much to say, was a very
quiet man. I never heard any thing about any of the family getting any money or land from
the Government on account of their Indian blood. They have been recognized as mixed
blooded Cherokees here.
"The HUFFMANS and RIGNEYS claim to be Cherokees. Nobody lived up there unless they had
Indian blood in them. I knew them up there when I was a small boy. I expect they were
members of the tribe, I do not know though."
SIGNED: William "X" Hays, Scottsboro, Ala., Jun 27 1908.
EXCEPTION CASE. 25564. Sarah C. Hill and 2 children,
Stevenson, Ala
Rejected. Total number of exceptions filed in this group -- 10.
Original recommendation renewed. Exceptions disclose no clerical error and set forth no
additional material facts.

Lynn Thomas

The arrogant, grandiosity gods of the Mental Health System,
blessed with omnipotent power and use of deadly force by the
state, grasp human victims in capricious hands and play with
their brains.

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