Well, that interview with A.J. Berryhill is certainly perplexing.I can't imagine why he'd have any reason to lie about it, but the fact that he is so far off on the death date of Wilson Cordery calls into question his statements.
Jake says that Wilson died in 1893, and his mother died in 1894 near Braggs.Although he doesn't specifically say so, he gives the impression that they lived together as husband and wife until their deaths.
Wilson was on the roll of 1896 in Illinois District, along with his wife Nancy (but Nancy who?).Nancy Hall says that it is her that is on the 1896 roll.
Wilson testified before the Dawes commission on Aug. 21, 1900.His Post Office was Braggs.He says that he married Nancy Hall in 1863 and that they have lived together as husband and wife since then.
Nancy [Hall] Cordery testified before the Dawes Commission on October 17, 1902.Her Post Office was Braggs.She says that her and Wilson have been married "since peace was made" (which I believe means at the end of the Civil War).
The Dawes packet includes an affidavit testifying to the death of Wilson Cordery on December 25, 1905.
Louisa Anderson testified before the Dawes Commission on January 22, 1907 in the matter of the application for enrollment of her mother Nancy [Hall] Cordray by intermarriage.She states that her mother died "the day before last Christmas" [Dec. 24, 1906].She states that her mother and father Wilson Cordery were married before the war.
Charles Harris testified before the Dawes Commission on February 9, 1907 in the matter of the enrollment of Nancy [Hall)] Cordery by intermarriage.He said that he had known Nancy and Wilson Cordery since '72 or '73 and that they were married when he first met them, living "in the Bottoms, over near Gibson."He said that they had continued to live in the Cherokee Nation as husband and wife until the time of Wilson's death.
Thomas Cordray, born circa 1848 [son of Wilson and his first wife Nancy Miller] testified before the Dawes Commission on February 9, 1907 in the matter of the enrollment of Nancy [Hall] Cordery by intermarriage.As I mentioned before, he testified that Wilson and Nancy "commenced living together...in '62," and that they had continued to live together as husband and wife since then.
I don't know what to make of the statements of Jake Berryhill, but it definitely calls for further investigation.