Richard Bark Foreman – My Cherokee Ancestor
To the Cherokee Committee under the Treaty of 1835
The undersigned is desirous of becoming a citizen of the United States, and respectfully solicits the Committee to grant him privileges of Citizenship.
Cherokee Agency East
February 26, 1838
Richard, or Bark Foreman (x mark)
J. E. Hetzel(?)
Bark Foreman has this day been recommended by the Committee as being fully competent to become a citizen of the U. States. He having exemplified his unwillingness to go to the West.
February 26, 1838
J. W. Bell
Precinct Pro Tem
Copy E 222
Cherokee Removal Record
My father never spoke of his Cherokee ancestry and if not for the fact that I discovered the stub of an allotment check from the Eastern Cherokee Nation in my mother’s effects, I would have never known. My dad was not one to talk about himself; he was interested in others and was actually a very social fella. He worked hard, he had a great sense of humor (albeit a little corny at times), loved his family, and was just My Dad.
Well, after I found the check stub, I began doing a little research about my father’s lineage. One fascinating fact after another began emerging, not the least of which was the Cherokee ancestry.
Richard Bark Foreman [OO-YA-LU-GI] (The Cherokee Physician), was my father’s g-g-g-g grandfather, born about 1779. His father, Scotsman John Anthony Foreman, was an Indian trader (born probably in Scotland whose family settled in Pennsylvania). His mother was a Cherokee of the Paint Clan: Susie Gourd “Kah-tah-yah” /Gourd (Rattling-gourd).
My ancestor’s family traveled “The Trail of Tears” from Georgia to Oklahoma, about which much has been written.
An interesting fact (to me – regarding my maternal lineage) is that one of the attorneys representing the Cherokee nation in the Treaty of 1835 and a subsequent law suit against the State of Georgia, was William Young Hansell, who is in my Sammon family. Thus, I see my mother and my father’s ‘link’ a hundred years before they met one another.
It was fate!
I corresponded with a Foreman researcher (distant cousin) who had a copy of Richard Bark Foreman’s book (written by James W. Mahoney as dictated/told by Richard Bark Foreman).
On the “photo blog” Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings is posted a copy of the frontispiece of the book.
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