CHEROKEE BY BLOOD APPLICATIONS Misc: test, P. 1450 to 1451. No. 3901-3839- Andrew Jackson York: My nmae is Andrew Jackson York and I reside at Clayton, Ga. I was born in Raburn Co. Ga. in 1849. I claim my relationship to the Cherokee Indians through my mother, Sarah Ann York, who is a quarter Cherokee Indian. My mothers maiden name was Sarah Ann Chastiain, and she cliams through both her mtoher and father. He her father name was William Chastian and her mother before marraige was Annie Mote, both them being half Cherokee blood Indians and they claim back of that both throughthe Mote family and the Chastian family. My mother was born in Burke Co. nc in 1820. My mother married to my father, John Benson York, who was a white man, about the year 1840. My mother is still living, but to feeble to come to testify, but she has given me the full information about the families history. My mother father, William Chastain, was born in Buncombe Co. NC. My mothers mother, Annie Chastian, whos maiden name was Annie Mote, was born in Cherokee Co. NC. My mother and her family from 1830 through 1840 lived in Oconee Co. SC. Ever since 1840 my mother has lived up to the present time in Raburn Co. Ga. I can rememebr my grandmother and grandfather Chastain coming to visit us often; they could both talk the Indian language and always told me they were Cherokee Indians. The name Chastain used to spell Chasteen and thename can be spelt Chastine. My mothers brothers and sisters were as follows. James Chastain, Eli Chastain, Van Chastain, Nancy Ann Chastain who married Mark Burrel, Bettie Chastain married Gipson,Jane Chastain married John Vinson, Judah Chastain married William chamberlain , Margaret Chastain married David Vinson, William Chastain, John Chastain. My mother had one Uncle on the Chastain side namely John Chastain. My mother also had one brother named Thomas Jefferson Chastain or Chasteen. My mother told me this morning that that her father William Chastain often told her he had been enrolled as a Cherokee Indian by the government and recognized by the Cherokee Tribe. My mother tell me that her father and the family were taken away with the tribe of Indians to the West; that they went as far as the Mississippi iver and returned to this country. My mothers tells me she remembers distinctly when Hester was through here making a roll and the reason she did not apply before was that she was uneducated and had no one to asist her or any member of her famil. The Motes were also recogized by the Indians. This is all I know about the family history. signed: Andrew J york, Clayton Ga. Jul II 1908. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Misc. test. P. 1452. No. 3901-3899- John W Crawford. My nmae is John W Crawford and I reise at Clayton Ga. I am 70 years of age and am I appearing as a witness for Andrew Jackson York and his connections. I have known Mr York ever since he was a small child and have known his mother and father all my life. I did not know Mrs York, who was Sarah Ann Chasteen, before marriage to Mr york. I have been told she had been raised in North Carolina.I knew her father William Chasteenand he was recognized as half blood Cherokee Indian. I remember the Indians visiting the Chasteens and Yorks and also the Indians visiting them. I heard Mr York and Mrs York speaking the Indian language and her folks also taught me the Indian language. I am not connected in any way with the York or Chasteen families. I have known Mrs. York`s brothers, William and Elijah and Jim Chasteen, who was nicknamed ``Indian JIM``. Old William Chasteen I do not remember ever going away from this part of the country; he always stayed at home. They have always lived in Raburn Co. Ga. where I have known them. They were always recognized as half Indian and associated with the whites. I do not know how Mr Chasteen spelt his name. This is all I know about the Chasteen family. I remember Old Hogeny Motes and he was a full blood Cherokee Indian. He could talk the Cherokee Indian language and was Indian in every aspect. I have always understood that Hogeny Mote was related to Mrs. York, either her Grandfather or Great Uncle. signed; John W. `X` Crawford, M L Daley witness to Mark, Clayton, Ga. Jul 11 1908. Mics. test; P. 1453. No. 40827-John M Chastain. My name is John M Chastainand I reside in at Blalock Ga. I was born in Jackson Co. NC. in 1851. My father was named John Chastain and he told me he was born in Tennessee, I do not know what section ofthe state. I do not know how much Indian he was, but he claimed that he wasadopted by the Cherokee Tribe of Indians. His father was named Abner Chastain. My father never told me whether any of the Chastains were Indians or not.My father serviced in the United States Army and helped drive the Cherokees from this country. He could speak both the indian and english languages, and servced an interpre-ter for the governemnt enrolling the Indians at Murphy NC. H ehad several sisters, namely Poly, rachel, Oney, Margaret and Nancy. He had several brothers, namely Aler, Abner, Edward cHatain. Some of my brothers were darker then others but that could have been caused by the sun. My first wife was Mary E York and she was related to the other Yorks how have appeared here today. She never claimed any indian on either side. Her maiden name was Mary E Campbell. Some of my unlces on the Chastain side are married and have children and the names that I remember are; George Washing Chastain, Elizabeth chastain, Laurie Chastain.I do not know if wether my grandfather Abner Chastain had any brothers. Our people have always spelt their name Chastain. James Chastain nicknamed ``Big Jim claimed my father as his uncle. signed; John M Chastain, Clayton Co. Ga.