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Cherokee / Delaware - A Letter in Search of...Ketchum

Studio portrait. Washington, 1867. [sitting left to right] 1. James Ketchum. 2. James Connor. 3. John Connor. 4. Charles Journeycake. 5. Issac Journeycake. 6. John Sarcoxie, Sr. [standing right to left] 7. John Young. 8. Charles Armstrong. 9. Agent Pratt. 10. Henry Tiblow. 11. Black Beaver. 12. James McDaniel (Cherokee).

Below is a letter found in the Smithsonian records:

Letter of July 7, 1970. Gentlemen: I would appreciate knowing if your files have any photos of the following persons, either from Indiana 1790s to 1831, or from the Kansas-Missouri area 1831-1867, or from Oklahoma area 1867-1890. James Ketchum, Delaware name Kock-kock-quas, born 1819 in Indiana, son of chief Captain Ketchum, and a half-white woman whose mother was kidnapped from her home in Kentucky as a child. In later years the woman was called "Aunt Barbara" by the tribe. In 1831 the family moved to Kansas-Missouri area and James, his mother and grandmother and brother Charles served as interpreters for the missionaries of the Central Indian Mission, notably Rev. Learner Blackman Stateler. They joined the church, and the two boys later became Methodist ministers. In 1866 James was delegate to the treaty conference in Washington, D. C., whereby the Cherokee and Delaware were given citizenship and land-owning rights.

In 1867 with his wife and six children, he bought a brick farmhouse and land at the area of the site of the first town of Ketchum, Oklahoma, which was named after him and his wife, Elizabeth Connor, thought to be a sister of John Connor, noted Delaware leader. He died in either 1880 or 1890 at the farm, and was buried there. In the 1930s the graves were taken up and moved to the cemetary at the present town of Ketchum, and a dam and lake built at the farm and old town. In 1867, the members of his family included Hester Ann, Virginia A., Thomas S., Amanda, Cassandria, and James Ketchum Jr. There was also a Hamilton Connor living with the family, and Amelia Fairfield Ketchum, probably wife of James, Jr.

Charles Ketchum, brother of James, born December 1811 in Indiana, Methodist minister and interpreter, father of 5, died in 1860 in Missouri-Kansas area. Captain Ketchum born in the 1770s, died prior to 1858, buried at White Church, Wyandotte County, Kansas. At the foot of his grave was buried a Mr Isaac Mundy, 2/27/1858, a friend of the tribe. The Delaware chief lost two sons in 1848 and 1852, killed by the Sioux. He may have been Ketchum White Cloud, or Ketchum White Eagle, who was either a Delaware or Cherokee chief, era unknown, but this is merely conjecture so far. If you have any such information, I would appreciate having it, and information about obtaining copies of any photos that may exist. Thank you. I enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for your reply. Mrs Edith Ketchum.





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