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  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Pat Cummins, Middle Tennessee (2004-08)
         descendant, Cherokee
  • Mark Cantrell, Middle Tennessee (2010-14)
         unknown tribal affiliation
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    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    other paths?

    f these 1483 are combined with the more than 300 known to have left the Deas party, we have 1700 or more who might have taken alternative paths. Of course these are "soft" numbers; record-keeping was surely not uppermost in the minds of anyone, and some of the numbers may overlap. But it is also possible that the true number is larger, not smaller. Either way, this evidence suggests a fairly large group of Cherokees unaccounted for by the record-keepers. And some of these may have been the ancestors of those whose family histories keep alive the memory of Cherokee origins despite their absence from the Dawes and Miller rolls.

    Please know that I offer these numbers in full awareness of their uncertainty and of the speculative nature of my inferences, and with the hope that they may be useful to others, and that I welcome comments and corrections.

    Ralph Jenkins

    Re: other paths?

    Dr. Ralph Jenkins claims, and it's probably true, to be a descendant of Madison Hawk, a relation of Chief John Walker's sister. The Madison Hawk, Return Meigs, and John Walker families married into my John Rice family in McMinn county, TN. They helped John Walker establish the county seat of Athens and established Riceville. The descendants of Madison Hawk applied to the Guion Miller Commission for Cherokee claims ca. 1908 and were denied. In my opinion, this is where Ralph jenkins' writings are coming from, his desire to counter the finding that his Hawk family was not accepted. Just like my Gardner Green family.

    Re: other paths?

    effectively there are remnants of those who did remain in the east. I seem to recall that duting the 1999 Constitutional Convention for CNO's new constitution the problem/fact came up.

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