Chinnubbee, Chief to the Chickasaw

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Chinnubbee, Chief to the Chickasaw

Death: 1819 (54-63)
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Brother of Taski Etoka Taskabucka, Chief to the Chickasaws; Sister of Chinnubbee, Chickasaw and Sister of Chinnubbee, Chickasaw

Managed by: Erin Ishimoticha
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About Chinnubbee, Chief to the Chickasaw


  The case of Chinnubbee vs Nicks, et al. (3 Porter, 362,) has been cited, and relied on by the plaintiffs in error. With the decision made in that case, we remain satisfied, -- believing the law to be there correctly laid down: but the Court do not attempt to settle, that the reserve has no legal title, but merely, that he is possessed of no such estate, as his widow could be endowed of.

Source: Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Alabama, 1838, <> Notes:

  6. The decisions of our court upon the treaty of 1832, necessarily settle the law in relation to the hereditable quality of the estate in the hands of the reserve. In Chinnubbee v. Nicks, 3 Porter, 366, the court define the title to be a defeasible fee, a qualified fee, and the decision is distinctly rested on the ground that Chinnubbee had made an appointment, and thereby defeated his wife’s right of dower, which otherwise would have been perfect at his death. In that case the court say that the President’s approval was no part of the contract of sale, and that it was merely an opinion of the President that the contract was good. Still, it was no contract without approval by the President. Chinnubbee died before the approval. If the land, on the death of Chinnubbee, escheated or reverted to the government, the President’s approval would have been more than a mere opinion; it would have been the only act, in relation to the sale, which could have been of any validity.
  The opinion in Chinnubbee v. Nicks is approved by Ladiga v. Rowland, 2 How. U. S. Rep.
  In Fipps v. McGehee, 5 Port. 432, the title is called an “inchoate legal title – the right of entry upon the land, and the right to resort to courts to assert the right. In Jones and Parsons’ heirs v. Inge and Murdis heirs, 5 Porter, 332, the court say, the right of the reserve was a legal estate vested in the Indian, and could be by him enforced in a court of law.” In this case, page 334. the case of Chinnubbee v. Nicks is approved and its meaning defined. The court did not decide that the reserve had no legal title.

Source: Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Alabama, 1853, Volume 21, <>

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