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 statement." 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.
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