In this application, she states that her mother Matilda, was 1/2 Choctaw and that her father Paul, was also 1/2 Choctaw, making herself also 1/2 Choctaw.
Family legend has always provided us with the story that Jane Holley Higginbotham was full-blooded Indian, taken in and raised by the Holley’s as their own.
I’m not really surprised that her application was denied. She didn’t have her ducks in a row, and I imagine in that day and time, it would not be easy to secure the records that she would have needed to prove this.
Do I think because they refused her application that she wasn’t 1/2 Choctaw? Absolutely not. I just think she didn’t have the means or the ability to prove it.
I would be interested to know what your opinion is after reading this packet. I have several questions after reading it, but one of the main ones is that they nearly always refer to the Holley’s in this report as Holla’s, and I was wondering if anyone else had knowledge of this name or think that this is an error??
I have added her report for your review, and I will be adding those of her children in the days to come. You can find the Dawes Packets from the menu above, or you can just follow this link: Dawes Packets
Hoping for some feed back on this one!