There are many Mhoon descendants who believe they are Cherokee and descend from my ancestor, Cherokee Sally Hughes, simply because their ancestor, William Green Mhoon, filed an 1896 application for Cherokee citizenship and said his father's mother was named Sally Hughes. The problem is, Cherokee Sally Hughes is not their ancestor and there is nothing to indicate they are Cherokee. Because the 1896 application was rejected, it is important to search for information that gives insight into the character of the Mhoon family.
There is a Fort Smith Criminal File from 1894 on two sons of William Green Mhoon. Though the case mainly focuses on George, it also included William.
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Do you remember that some people gave sworn testimonies for William Green Mhoon saying the family was known as Cherokee Indians? Funny they were only known as Cherokee Indians for that application in 1896, isn't it? The Mhoons weren't known as Cherokee Indians when George was on trial in 1894, two years before the application was made. (Remember in a previous post when I said the 1896 applications were thrown out due to widespread fraud and false testimony?)
What was William Green Mhoon's motive for filing an application in 1896? Land and money. His 1896 application clearly says this - "to be placed on the (unclear) Rolls of the Cherokee Tribe who are about to share in the distribution of funds and allotments..."
Stay tuned as we take this search in a different direction and continue to show why the Mhoon family does not descend from the Cherokee woman, Sally Hughes.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
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