The Chickasaw – Part 7
Sipsee took hold of the horse carrying Hawk’s body and started the sorrowful procession deep into the forest. The Indian families followed their song of death floated into the wind that was shaking the leaves and bending small branches. They buried Hawk in the forest he loved.
Sipsee decided that she had to leave as quickly as possible, the logging cabin belonged to the Mill and they would want to hire another logger. The Mill owner brought her a small wagon and she loaded it with the few belongings that they would need. She gave horses to Hawks’ closest friends and hitched two of them up to the wagon. Placing Jane on the seat, she pulled herself onto the wagon; Sipsee never looked back. She took with her a letter of endorsement from the white woman that taught her English. The letter was to be given to the woman’s sister farther down in Alabama Territory. She promised Sipsee that she would find work there.
Sipsee arrived in the late evening and was welcomed by all to Chadwick Manor; Beatrice Chadwick-Alboin was the owner with her husband Axial a chosen individual by her parents. Sipsee was given a position serving the “Lady” of the house. The “Master” kept commenting on Sipsee’ beauty; the Lady of the house chastised him and he walked away. When she was given a tour of the house, where she could or could not go, Sipsee thought the house would hold ten families. Jane was also given a position; she would serve the only child they had, as would Sipsee in Jane’s absence.
After introductions to everyone in the house, Missus Chadwick called for the houseboy to show Sipsee where she and Jane would be living. Both mother and daughter quickly discovered that they were to live in the Negro quarters. Their lives and how they lived was not different than the slaves on Chadwick Manor other than they were free to come and go as they pleased.
Sipsee thought often that this life was in many ways worse than the ones her family would be living on western lands; this life was witness to pain and sorrow. Jane learned to live in a world free to practice the customs of her parents; she also learned the world of hate for both the Negro and the Indian people.
She would learn how to survive…
To be continued…
Authors Note: I have tried to construct the stories about the Chickasaws’ told by Ma (my Great Grandmother), Aunt Vina and my daddy so that I may create a written legacy to share the lives of my ancestors with my readers and the general public. Thank you for your support. EAJM
Storyteller – Jane Over-Town “Overton” 1848-1954 at the age of 106 her mind was Like a steel trap, she never forgot anything, It was her body that was ready for death; she lay down for an afternoon nap and woke only to say goodbye to the grandson she raised, my father.
Grandson – Roy C. Johnson
Granddaughter – Vina Evans-Quinn
Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree Great – Granddaughter
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