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About William Harrison "Hack" Harrison Blevins
WILLIAM HARRISON (HACK)8 BLEVINS, d. 1925.
Notes for WILLIAM HARRISON (HACK) BLEVINS:
Spearheaded efforts to claim land and money in 1906/1907 (Guion Miller rolls). At one time, had 2,000 members. Name often appears in affidavits on Miller rolls. "The word 'Chief' in my application, means that I am chief of the White Top Band of Cherokee Indians, an organization of the principal Cherokee Indians living about White Top, and was perfected about ten years ago. We organized so as to demand our rights in a body. We thought we had not been getting them before. In 1896, we wanted to go to the Indian Territory, and organized for that purpose. When the band was first organized there were about 2175, I believe. They were all Sizemore descendants. No one else was allowed to become a member if it was known. I have read the Decree of the Supreme Court of the United States referred to in my application, and have it at home. My father, Armstrong Blevins, I do not think was a party
to the treaty of 1836 and 1846. I am putting my own interpretation on the decree."
The following is a shortened version of William H. Blevins court testimony
(note that William H. was the son of Armstrong Blevins, brother of Hester
Ann Blevins who married Andrew Pennington):
'I am 67 years of age. I live in Washington County, VA. I have lived in VA
about 15 years. I was born in Ashe County, NC and lived there until 15
years ago, with the exception of the time of the War, when I served in the
War on the side of the Confederacy. I claim through my father, Armstrong
Blevins, who lived and died in Ashe County, NC. I think he was born there.
He was the son of Lydia Blevins. Lydia Sizemore (Blevins) was a daughter of
Ned Sizemore, Sr. According to proof made before me in 1888 or 1896 as a
Justice of the Peace in Ashe County, NC, he was a full-blood Cherokee
Indian. As a boy, my father used to tell me that he was an Indian. I never
received anything from the Government on account of my Indian blood. My
father spoke of his uncles, Owen, George and Ned and his aunts Catherine
Hart, Sallie Osborne and his Aunt Sookey Stamper. I saw his Uncle George
Sizemore when I was probably ten years old and heard him preach. He was the
son of Old Ned Sizemore. He passed as a White man and Indian, and claimed
to be part Indian. He always told me that and his brothers and sisters were
related to the Cherokee Indians. I was not enrolled on the census of
Eastern Cherokee Indians in 1885 and never heard of it before. I have heard
my father and his brothers talk something about the enrollment of 1851.
They were afraid of enrollment - were afraid they would be carried to the
Territory and scattered on that account. I do no think my father was
enrolled in 1835, or any of the Sizemores that I know anything of. They
were afraid of enrollment. I do not know about the removal of the Cherokees
only what I have read and heard my father say. He was afraid that if he was
enrolled as late as 1851, he would be forced to go to the Territory. The
word 'Chief' on my application means that I am chief of the White Top Band
of Cherokee Indians, an organization of the principal Cherokee Indians
living about White Top and was perfected about ten years ago. We organized
so as to demand our rights in a body. In 1896, we wanted to go to the
Indian Territory and organized for that purpose. When the band was first
organized there were about 2175, I believe. They were all Sizemore
descendants. No one else was allowed to become a member.' Signed W. H.
Blevins, Marion, VA, April 11, 1908.
More About WILLIAM HARRISON (HACK) BLEVINS:
Burial: Davis Cemetery near Chilhowie in Smyth County, Virginia
Fact: Chief Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokees, Grayson Co., Va., aka "Stick People"
Birth: Dec. 27, 1840
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 17, 1925
Chief William Harrison Blevins, Chief of the Whitetop Band of Cherokee Indians. Husband of Nancy Jane Davis Blevins. Son of Armstrong Blevins and Catherine Hart Blevins.
Father of Margaret Alice Blevins Lewis, Mecie Blevins Powers, William Lundy Blevins, Ambrose (Little Doe) Blevins, John H Blevins, Rachel Lucinth Blevins Little, Wells Raymond Blevins, Arthur Blevins, Dora Blevins Brewer Means, Robert Franklin Blevins and Nannie Blevins Brewer.
William Lundy Blevins (1869 - 1958)*
Ambrose Blevins (1872 - 1957)*
Robert Franklin Blevins (1887 - 1948)*
Nancy Jane Davis Blevins (1844 - 1921)
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William Harrison "Hack" Blevins's Timeline
December 27, 1840
Ashe, North Carolina, United States
August 15, 1865
January 23, 1869
Ashe, North Carolina, United States
June 1, 1885
October 24, 1887
November 17, 1925
Chilhowie, Smythe, Virginia, United States
Davis Cemetery, Chihowie, Smythe, Virginia, United States