Saturday, January 28, 2012

Albert Blunt James 1877 - 1938 My Maternal Grandfather

Albert James with his Mom Tennessee, Dad Solon, and bothers and sisters.

My grandfather "Bert" died in 1938, 6 years before I was born. I never heard anyone talk about him. It was wonderful when my cousin Norman sent me this picture. He became a real person.

I have gleaned every bit of information I can about him, but it is still limited. What I have discovered:

He was born Sept 21, 1877 In the Delaware District,Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. His mother was Tennessee Almira Lane James, a Cherokee Indian, and his father David Solon James was White. He was one of 11 children, 3 of them dying when young. Of the children who lived to grow up, he had 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

In the Dawes Application which was made in July of 1900, he states he is 22 years old, is living in a house in Miami, OK.where he moved in 1899, a year ago when he got married. Before that he lived his entire life in the house with his parents in Miami. He says he is 1/32 Cherokee and his wife is Cherokee by blood. They had a baby daughter.He was the father of 14 children, 7 girls and 7 boys. Interestingly, of their first 7 children, 5 of them were girls. It did eventaully even out.

He was a jack of many trades:
Over the years Alfred "Bert" James had more than 1 occupation. After graduating from Cherokee Male Seminary on June 29, 1898 at 20 years old , he taught at Mitchell Springs School near Maysville, OK, the following year.

The 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 census all show his occupation as a farmer on a general farm.

The obituary of his wife Lucinda says she was the wife of a general contractor in one newspaper and in another newspaper obit says they owned real estate in Miami, OK, including the James and Arkansas buildings.

The obituary continues to say they left the Miami area during WWI to operate a poultry farm near Philadelphia.

They did live in East Berlin, Maryland before moving to Doyleston (near Philadelphia) Pennsylvania. He died in PA in 1938 where he is buried.

According to the census they always owned their home, even their first one, all mortgage free except for the house in Maryland. 

Index and Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedman of the Cherokee

Albert James and Family are on the top right. Albert shows his "Blood" as 1/32. His older brother on the list above him Lorenzo James shows his blood at 1/16. They just did not know. The Cherokees paid little attention to the percentage of Cherokee they were.

Dawes Roll Index to the Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory (Dawes) 1889-1914
Application of Albert Blunt James

Cherokee Eastern Roll or Guion Miller Index 1906

Albert and Family are on the left hand side of the page about 1/4 of the way down the page. It shows Albert as 28 in 1906 with a wife Lucinda and 5 children ages 7, 6, 4, 3, and 3 months

Cherokee Eastern Roll Application showing 5 children and his father David Solon James at White.

Eastern Cherokee Application Page 2 showing his Grandfather as White and that he didn't remember his first name (Garrett). It also shows they were born in Georgia..It lists brothers and sisters.

Last Page of the Application Showing his Great Grandfather as David M. Harlan 1804-1868.

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