Dancing Rabbit Creek Treaty

DANCING RABBIT CREEK

September 27, 1830

Where the southwest corner of Alabama, meets the south east corner of Mississippi, in the area of Tuscaloosa, there is a section of land called by the Choctaw, “A Place Where Rabbits Come to Dance.”

In 1830, under the insistence of Andy Jackson, a meeting was held in this area, between the Choctaw of the area, and the US Government.

The resulting treaty, now known as The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek,

was signed, September 27, 1830, ratified, February 24, 1831.

The document involved the transfer of millions of acres of land in Alabama, Mississippi, and Okalahoma,

 

While Jackson’s aim was to relocate the tribe from the entire states of Mississippi, and Alabama, and resettle the tribe in Okalahoma, provisions were made for those that wished to stay and become citizens of the US.

Under the treaty, those that wished to stay, along with other stipulations,

would be ceded 640 A per adult; provision for land also granted to others, children over ten, etc. Over the years, all this amounted to naught as most Choctaw were eventually forced to move anyway. Another historic tragedy.

 

June, 1836, enter Thomas WARE. You knew I’d get to Ware sooner or later. Stick with me, you’ll see.

Thomas  WARE entered  into a land purchase with Ohoyo Tom and her husband, Moses Tom, Choctaw, who are now US citizens by virtue of the treaty.

For the sum of $200 dollars, WARE purchased 100A from the Tom family.

This 100 A was cut from the acreage they received under the treaty.

Under this same Deed Book listing, was listed land transfers between Ohoyo Tom, Moses Tom, and Sally Tom.

 

The item concludes with the Notary statement that all parties to these transfers did appear before him and were duly sworn to the facts as stated.

Signed and sealed, Chris C Scott, Notary Public, July 6, 1836.

 

Strange thing, I noticed while reading this document, always, the wife was listed as head of the family. Ohoyo Tom and Moses Tom, her consort, again, her husband. I thought that unusual. However, the seating arrangements at the treaty gathering shows seven tribal elder females seated to the right of the Gov’t table. Interesting.

 

 

The site of the signing is now a National Park.

 

I am told, the Mississippi Choctaw operate casinos, and theme parks in the southeast.

 

Sumter County, Alabama Deed Book B, pp 133-134

 

My inquiring mind would like to know if any descendants of

Ohoyo, and her consort, Moses Tom, are still in the area.

Do the descendants of Thomas Ware still hold that property?

How did they sort out those that could stay, from those that could not?

 

RW

8/8/11


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