Morning Annie, It will be 85 here in Lakeland today. Hope you survive the winter mess?
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Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 3:50 PM
Subject: Re: [DANIEL-L] DANIEL in Wayne Cty and Other Places
Del, Intrusions are always most welcome... and, I'm Annie with an ice storm
in northeast Oklahoma... sorry about the absence of a moniker... sometimes
ole ladies just get brain cramps before they finish something.
First, not to confuse anyone... My paternal DANIEL families had Henning
DANIEL and Hannah ASBURY from Georgia; and the information that I sent
yesterday was from my maternal DANIEL families... the ones connected to
"Gentleman Jack" DANIEL's sour mash bourbon whiskey from Lynchburg,
Tennessee. By the way, I've recently noticed that some in this line were
also known as DANIELS with the "S."
Cordell, Oklahoma is in Washita County... west of Oklahoma City. The
families I listed were in Sparks and Tecumseh (both near Shawnee) and nearby
Prague in Lincoln County, Oklahoma which are east of Oklahoma City. That's
not to say some in the family didn't venture, or roam, on over to Washita
County too. As far as I know the son William DANIEL who apparently stayed in
Lawrence County, Tennessee, has never been tracked. Some of his brother's
(Callaway) children moved on to Ellis and Taylor (Abilene) Counties in Texas
early on in their life. Others were in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and
In the past there have been several fables created about these DANIEL(S)
families starting back in about 1946, and getting the facts straight today
will be most difficult. And, as you know, once a "story" is placed on
published paper, it's pretty hard to get the facts out straight, especially
in this case, with the continued perpetuation of the "original story"
written, which was wrong.
Please understand, it is not my intention to provoke anyone, after all I'm
discussing my GG-Grandparents here, and most assuredly do not want to slur,
slander, or in any way harm their memory. I merely want history to be
correct, that is all. Not as said, perhaps, from three little ole ladies and
others, back even in the 1920s and later, wanting to hide certain facts. The
"story" they decided on covered the family's past very superiorly... how
could anyone say they had any roots of Indian ancestry if they had just
arrived on these shores during the Revolution?
The patriarch of this DANIEL family... was initially in what later became
LAWRENCE County, Tennessee... JOSEPH DANIEL (bc 1750 ~ 1814), his spouse,
Elizabeth CALLAWAY (1857 ~ 1853) and their children... who moved there via
(Granville) North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. They were in INDIAN
Territory Tennessee BEFORE the Chickasaws and Cherokees ceded by treaties...
and I don't believe they were squatters, i.e., people who settled on land
that they shouldn't.
In 1810-16, there was no Lawrence County, but the area was basically Indian
territory. Counties of southern parts of Hickman and Humphreys plus Giles
lay in the 1816 Chickasaw cession, an area previously ceded by treaties
between 1805-1807. However, the Cherokees were not satisfied because they
had received no compensation. This situation was not settled until between
1810-13, when whites were finally able to move there. By 1820, I believe you
see the same county lines as today, (of this particular area,) which of
course includes Lawrence.
Lawrence County was created October 21, 1817, by an act of the Tennessee
General Assembly, and from mostly Indian Territory as a result of the finally
settled treaties of 1816 with the Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians. A section
of Hickman County and a small portion of Giles County were included in its
boundaries also. Local "white" government wasn't established until 1818, or
about four years AFTER the death of Joseph DANIEL. I would think a good look
see into some of those Indian treaties might answer a lot of questions for
people today on these DANIEL families. Also, the records of Hickman and
Giles counties; not Lawrence, because there was no Lawrence during the
critical period of which I speak.
In the 1920s, Indians, part-Indians, and other minorities, were still being
murdered, treated, cheated and robbed, just as the Negro of the day. In
fact, as late as the 1940s there was a terrible situation that existed
regarding the Indians.
Christmas time 1943, the head man, Mr. PLECKER, of the Virginia Department of
Human Services, (later found to be a Nazi sympathizer) wrote an
inter-departmental letter regarding the "vermin" Indians and Melungeons and
how they should be labeled as "Colored" ~ this issue that PLECKER had with
the Indians hit the newspapers in about 1944 and feelings toward Indians and
other minorities continued forward with renewed enthusiasm. Look back to my
"fable" paragraph... 1946.
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