Hi Jim Thought you might be interest in this.The National Archieves in Washington D.C. just called me about the information I was asking for on the case of Sooter vs. The Cherokee Nation.Actually, I was surprised that they would call me on the telephone about this.
The gentleman that called me said he has checked every source available to him to find the actual file on this. He told me that they have a gap in the dates that were given im the pages that I do have.He did say that they do have a case with the same number, however it was not from the Talquala District and it did not have anything to do with the information that we are looking for.He said he checked every available source that he could find and there was nothing pertaining to this case in there records and he explained the differant time frames with me and said that many records that were in the time frames were missing. He said that they do not keep exibits on file excpt occasional written ones like the one that is given in the documents that I do have.
I know this is disappointing news to everyone that is interested in the information we do have.It was important enough for this gentleman to doa very through search for me and to call me about it.
I will say that I have sent about 10 letters out to differnt areas about this case. Hopefully, some of the other places might have it on file.Tho the gentleman I talked to said they should have had a file in Washington as well on anything pertaining to Native Americans.
As I get replys from these other places, I will be happy to let you know the results.So all is not lost.You never can tell where the records might show up.However, I am trying the avenues that I do know of.
Another avenue for this would be in the person records of descendents of the Sooter family.Perhaps one of them will have more information available as time goes on.
I just wanated you to know this source and the results. At least it will save time and will elimiate this place as a source for the reasons that I have stated.
Jim, I do hope you are reading what I post.The only thing I have to go by is the copies of the information that was sent to me and the pages are extremely hard to read.However, there is enough there to actually give a time frame and name.That is more than most people have after a couple of hundred years have gone by.So this does not lesson the value of the pages we do have.
I suppose the thing that puzzles me the most is what is John Ross who died almost 40 years before this suit was filed doing giving an affidavit to the Sooters involved in this claim.I would not think Jeremiah Fly would have been interested in proving that he was an Indian in the time frame he lived in.Most NA's that did not go to Ok. listed themselves as white.Those were dangerous days for people with mixed blood and Native Americans.That is probably one reason why the Fly's and Capps migrated to west Tenn. which was Chicksaw Indian Lands that the US decided was theirs.
So, we still have a mystery.Thought you would like to know this and probably others that are interested in this. Joyce