Re: Nancy Hall Cordery I.T. 1863
Thank you so much for your information. To add to that, Nancy Hall Cordray says in her supplemental testimony to the Dawes Commission:
Q.You and your husband been living together since 1880?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Never been seperated?
A. Only when he goes off and stays among the children.
Q. Does he just go off and visit the children?
A. He's just old and childish. He gets vexed and goes off and gets vexed and comes back.
The the interviewer says: Living with you now?
And Nancy says: Yes, he was when I left home.
My grandmother knew Wilson. He lived on the Bayou in a house with her that still stands in Ft. Gibson -- the Adair House. She remembered him well and told me what she remembered -- he was very old, tall, 6'4", good looking, walked the Trail at 18. However, she told me on more than one occasion she had never met her grandmother -- couldn't even remember her name. Since Nancy turns out to have lived longer than Wilson, I find that rather odd.
Also, I know from looking at the allotment maps that Nancy'sland was up on Braggs MT. But, with the exception of my Aunt Ida who had land both on Bragg Mt. and in the bottoms, the rest of the family's allotments were in the Ft. Gibson bottoms.
My guess is that Wilson did what he darn well pleased and moved from one "wife" to the other for awhile and (then when he left Nancy Berryhill for good, she probably told her children that he had died.) That, frankly, sounds just like our family!
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