This is a research site to honor our ancestors and document our Southeast Mvskoke Creek relatives, especially Apalachicola area Native Americans and their descendants, including Jackson, Gadsden, Calhoun, and Leon Counties, Lake Iamonia, and other NW Florida, SE Alabama and SW Georgia areas, who did not travel to Oklahoma. We want to connect descendants and share the precious untold history of our ancestors who did everything within their power to survive and remain in their homeland. Our People’s suffering was not in vain for we are here to honor their memory.
Hattie Martin, aunt to my grandfather told him that her family had to hide in the swamp and eat bark & berries when the soldiers came through. On several occasions, heard my grandfather telling my sister “do you know you are related to a famous Indian”. Four of our 1800 ancestors are named Osceola.
See Francis Osceola Martin, my g.grandfather. His father, Francis Marion “Frank” (Hunt) Martin was killed in a ‘farming accident’ involving a cotton gin in 1880 (during the Jackson County War), when Francis Osceola Martin was only 1 year old. According to my grandfather’s recording, Frank Martin was sent to live with his aunt in Texas, until he graduated high school, and then came back to live at the Bird Plantation, which was burned to the ground when Sherman came through. We believe Frank Martin was thrown into the cotton gin to kill him because he was Indian, according to my grandfather.
These Mvskoke Creek ancestors are not recognized by the Creek Nation, simply because they did not travel to Oklahoma to get registered on the Dawes Rolls, but instead, hid and blended in, changed their name, married settlers, etc., in order to survive and remain in their homeland. These Native Americans who were recognized (see Gov’t historical documentation of the 1800’s), and enrolled in various tribes at one time, prior to the Dawes Rolls, were not added to the Dawes Rolls, because they had died prior to 1902 when the Dawes Rolls was completed, or as a result of staying in their homeland. An example is this correspondence.
This site is dedicated to help document and unite Upper Creeks, Poarch Creeks, and Southeastern Lower Mvskoke Creeks, whose ancestors did not travel to Oklahoma (to appear on the Dawes Rolls). We can now share the untold history of our ancestors, the stories that were handed to us through oral tradition. We hope to connect descendants to one another and begin to repair our families who were once torn apart in the Apalachicola, and reunite our people as one people.
You can upload photos and documents and tell your family’s history. This can be done through Post/Upload History. You can also post your comments on most website pages, including News/Blogs, and Discussions.
Members who not not complete their ‘profile’ to include a bit about their family ancestry, or what their interest is in the website, may have their account deleted.
Existing members can invite others that they trust to this site.
We encourage researchers to freely exchange resources to help us all remember our Mvskoke roots. Family stories, family research, historic documents, photos, and other such things that are not readily available anywhere else are welcomed, as are discussions of Brick Walls, differing views, and anything related to our Mvskoke ancestors. We will always be respectful of each others views.
No politics please. We are a research site.
As with all research, a researcher should always go to original records for the confirmation of data. Please advise of any inaccuracies found.
———————————————————————————–Note from Deb: My cousin and I have been trying for years to connect our “Glisson” line . Well, I found them. But they were listed as “Free Colored Persons” I’m thinking..we weren’t slaves.
Then I found this…direct from the government itself as how “Creeks” are to be listed. I think it may help others as it sure help my cousin and me and her 94 year old mother. Here goes:
1820 – Indians living off of reservations would have been recorded in the “free colored persons” categories. Other options were free whites, slaves and “all others except Indians not taxed.”
1830 – Indians living off of reservations and not “wild” would have been recorded in the “free colored persons” category. Other options were free whites and slaves.
Joseph Glisson is listed as “Free Colored Persons” category.
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