Name: Rhoda Catherine Jones
Birth: ABT 1850 in Arkansas
Death: AFT 1910 in Near Fairland, Ok.
Received from Rhonda Mathis April 10, 2004
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
COMMISSION TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES,
FAIRLAND I. T. JULY 12, 1900.
In the matter of the application of Rhoda Smith et als., for enroll
ment as citizens of the Cherokee Nation, said Roda Smith being sworn by Co
mmissioner Needles, testified as follows.
Q What is your name? A Roda Smith.
Q How old are you? A 50 years old.
Q What is your postoffice address? A Fairland.
Q Where do you live? A Live down on the river here.
Q How long have you lived there? A Five years.
Q Where did you live before that? A A little further down the river.
Q How long have you lived in the Cherokee Nation? A 25 years.
Q Right along continuously? Never lived anywhere else? A Not since I ca
Arkansas here and was readmitted.
Q Are you Cherokee? A Yes.
Q You make application as a Cherokee by blood? A Yes.
Q Is your name upon the roll of 1880? A I reckon, I don't know.
Q What was your name in 1880? A Herly.
Q How many times have you been married? A Three times. Herley was my fi
You present here a certificate of admission to Cherokee citizenship i
ssued y the Commission on cn citizenship on the 30th day of June, 1888 sig
ned by J. D. Adair, Chairman on the Committee on citizenship xxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxx atttested by Cornell Rogers, secretary, and approved and endors
ed by the Principal Chief, J. D. Mayes, issued under the great seal of t
he Cherokee Nation for the following persons, one of whom is Catherine Hur
ley. Is that intended for you? A Yes.
Q Are you the identical person mentioned in this certificate as Catheri
ne Hurley? A Yes.
Q You have lived in the Nation ever since the issuance of this certificat
e? A Yes.
(1896 roll, Delaware District, page 526, number 2667.) There is a per
son on the
rolls of 1896 by the name of Roda Catherine Smith, is that intend
ed for you? A
I suppose sp.
Q You were known as Roda Catherine Smith? A Yes and sometimes ju
Q Are you married? A Not now.
Q you apply just for yourself? A Just for myself.
Certificate of citizenship being presented by Catherine Hurley, and R
Catherine Hurley, the applicant, being identified as the same identic
named in the certificate which has been descried in the testimony ju
st given, and
she having made satisfactory proof of her residence in the Cherokee N
provided by law, she is ordered placed upon the rolls now being prepa
re by this
Brown McDonald, being sworn by Commissioner Needles, says as
Stenographer to the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, he repor
ted in full
the testimony of the above named witness, and that the foregoi
ng is a full, true
and correct transcript of xx his notes.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 16th day of July, at Westvill
Territory, in the year A. D. 1900
Received April 3, 2004
HI BETTY, WAS LOOKING OVER YOUR INFO ON RHODA JONES. SHE WAS MARRIED TO BE
NJIMIN "BEN" HURLEY 1ST THEY HAD ONE DAU JANIE HURLEY (MARRIED MATHIS) S
HE MARRIED A UNKNOWN PRESTON 2ND HAD A SON ZAC PRESTON ( I HAVE NOT BEEN A
BLE TO FIND ANYTHING ON HIM) SHE WAS MARRIED JOHN J. SMITH 3RD. AS F
AR AS I KNOW THEY HAD NO CHILDREN. MONTI, JOHN N. AND ELIZA WHERE MARY JA
NE WHITES CHILDREN. NOT SURE IF THE JOHN Smith SHE(Mary Jane) WAS MARRI
ED TO IS THE ONE RHODA MARRIED OR NOT. RHODA ONLY MENTION 1 CHILD IN HER A
PPLICATION. I HAVE A COPY OF THIS. THIS INFO WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RHODA JON
ES GRANDDAU THELMA MYERS, WHO I MISS VERY MUCH, AND GREAT GRANDDAU. WAN
DA C. RHONDA MATHIS
1870 Carroll Co. AR Kings River TWnship
1860 Carroll Co. AR
1412 BLEVINS, Squire 56 m NC far
mer; can't read or write
1412 BLEVINS, Rhoda 54 f GA can
't read or write
1412 BLEVINS, Martin J 19 m AR far
1412 BLEVINS, Emily T 18 f AR
1412 BLEVINS, James K. P. 16 m AR
1412 BLEVINS, Eliza J 13 f AR
1412 JONES, Rhoda C 10 f AR
1605 16 HURLEY, Rebecca 55 f MO keepi
1606 16 HURLEY, Joseph 24 m MO jobber
1607 16 HURLEY, Benjamin 20 m MO jobber
1608 16 HURLEY, Solomon 17 m MO
1609 16 HURLEY, Simcom 14 m MO
1610 16 HURLEY, Sarah Ann 12 f MO
1611 16 HURLEY, Rhoda C 20 f AR
1612 16 HURLEY, Eliza 19 f AR
1613 16 HURLEY, Rebecca 4/12 f MO b. in J
1614 16 HURLEY, Almire 4/12 f MO b. in J
Catherine Smith is living with John Smith in 1890 Cherokee census. T
he 3 children Monte, Eliza, and
John N. are with her and John Smith. John may have been married to Mary W
hite and had these chidlren or Mary could have been married to his brothe
r. The 3 children are listed with Mary J. Sellers also. By looking at t
he 1900 census, I can see the 3 are children of Mary Jane White and not Ca
therine Jones Smith. I found Catherine in 1910, living with her daught
er Jane or Jansy Mathis and she is listed as Rhoda Smith born in AR. I gu
ess Rhoda Catherine Jones Hurley Smith only had one child Jane or Jansy w
ho married Andrew Mathis. The 3 smith children with her and John Smi
th in 1890 are related to him someway...but I do not know how.
Sherlyn Greaves read the reenrollment statements and sent me these commen
ts in 2001.
Thomas Jones has 8 children:
Thomas Jones married Anna Hampton.
Andy Hampton had 3 children by his first wife (we can only account for W
m. C. and Mattie Jane. His first wife was ??? (maybe Marinda) Huckleb
y. His second wife was Lillie ARmstrong , and his 3rd wife was the wido
w, of Jack Jones (Martin Jackson Jones)Mary Susan Carpenter Jones. Andy H
ampton had 5 children previous to his marriage. (so one can see that we st
ill have one child missing, surely they died).
Emily Blevins was once the wife of Buck Hampton (this is Henderson as I fo
und the marriage in Boone Co. AR.) and their daughter is Alabama Hampto
n. (She is on the 1880 Boone Co. Census Ar. livng with ELizabeth Cary. E
lizabeth is her sister). Emily Blevins is a white woman.
Sarah Blaylock is the daughter of Martin Jones, son of James JOnes. Jam
es JOnes wife was Mary Standridge. She was a white woman. James Jon
es was living in Carroll Co. Ar. 15 years before he died. Betsy Jones w
as James Jones daughter. Betsy married Andy Hampton. he was a white man.
He had no family previous to his marriage to Betsy.
Polly married William White. He had no family before this marriag
e. He is dead.
Then Sherlyn says....Polly married Ben Hurley...but I think she is confus
ed and it should say Catherine married Ben Hurley. (Catherine would be Rh
oda Catherine JOnes, daughter of William Jones and Sarah Margaret Blevins
.) We know from payment given out that Catherine was then married to a Jo
hn J. Smith and had 3 chidlren. Montezuma Smith, John Smith and Eliza Smi
th. They are on the 1890 Indian Terr. census. Catherine Hurley has one ch
ild..Jansy. She is 15 or 16 and is married but they do not know who she m
arried. They say Catherine Hurley is about 40 years of age.
Then the notes say...Polly White's first husband was Jimmy Jones. (th
is is Mary Jane White, Polly white's daughter). He had no children previo
us to this marriage. Margaret JOnes is the daughtef of Polly White...s
he is a HALF SISTER to Josiah White (What does this mean? Is Josiah Whi
te not a child of Wm White?)
James E. White married a White woman. (He married Mary A. Hampton Frazier
). She had a family previous to this marriage: the oldest is Eli Frazie
r, then Susan, and Enoch Frazier. Then James E. White has 2 children by M
ary A. Frazier White: William and Josiah White. (they are with him in 18
90 I. T. Census).
Adeline Jones is the daughter of William Jones and granddaughter of Jam
es Jones. She married Josiah Herrod, a white man. She had no family prev
ious to this marriage. These are the children she names for Delema Adeli
ne Jones Herrod: Joseph, Elizabeth, and William. They are 21, 14, a
nd 16 respectfully.
Thomas JOnes is the son of Wm Jones and grandson of James Jones. He marri
ed Anna Hampton. She had no children previous to this marriage. THOMAS JO
NES IS A HALF BROTHER TO EMILY JONES. I KNEW THOMAS JONES' MOTHER SALL
Y. I DO NOT KNOW IF SHE HAD ANY CHILDREN BEFORE HER SECOND MARRIA
GE TO WILLIAM JONES. ( Sarah Margaret Blevins is Thomas Byrd Jones mothe
r. She is the daughter of Squire Blackie Blevins and Rhoda Standridge
). Thomas Byrd is listed as such on the 1850 census. Sarah and Thomas a
re living in Carroll Co. Ar. with Sq. and Rhoda. William Jones lives ne
xt door with his parents and two kids...Martin Jackson Jones and Delema Ad
eline Jones. Sarah is listed with the last name of Gregg or Grigg. She h
as not husband. Thomas is listed as her child. I personally do not beli
eve that Wm. Jones is his father...only my opinion. Betty)
Ruth Atchison is the granddaughter of William Jones. Daughter of Joseph He
rrod, a white man. Joseph Herod had not children living at the time of h
is marriage to Adeline Jones. (I think he had a child, Green, but that ch
ild died. As Green is iwth him 1860, Carroll Co. AR Census).
Ruth Atchison's brothers and sisters are: Joseph, Eliza, William, Isabel
l. Catherine Hurley is my brother William's daughter. She was once marri
ed to Ben Hurley. Hurley was a white man.
The 1888 reenrollment paper list these children together, they belong to M
ary Jane White, but perhaps the John Smith Rhoda marries is relat
ed to or the same man that Mary Jane was married to?
Right before these children they list Mary Jane White, who is a daught
er of Polly White, so I am unsure to whom these Smith Children belon
g. In 1890 I. Terr. Catherine 38 is a wife of John J. Smith and the 3 smi
th children are livng with them.
Father: William Jones b: 1826
Mother: Sarah M. Blevins b: 1830 in Tenn., Ala. or Mo.
Benjamin Hurley b: ABT 1850 in Taney County, Missouri
- Janie Hurley b: 1871 in Arkansas
John J. Smith b: 1840
in Indian Territory