Sizemore No. 1

George W. Rose, being first duly sworn, deposes and says:

I have heard the testimony of my brother given above, and it is substantially correct, so far as I know, but I would say since I lived in our family as a young boy and young man, I have had a better chance to know and hear of our Cherokee Indian ancestors than my brother -as he did not live in the Sizemore until after grandfather, Ned Sizemore, died. He died in the Fall of 1866. He lived and died in Webster County, W. Va. He went to Webster County from this country just before the War which was then Tazewell County, but now Wyomiing County. I have heard him talk about his Indian blood. He always said he was Cherokee Indian. I have seen his brother George Sizemore. He was a preacher, and I have heard him preach many a time. He died after the War. He was an old man. He looked like an Indian to me, and always claimed Indian blood.    I do not know whether George or Ned ever visited the Indians.    I always heard that George and Ned lived in Ashe County and Wilkes County, N. C., and came here from that section. but was born and raised in Wilkes County, N.C. My father was born and raised in Wilkes County, N.C. He claimed his Indian blood through his father Owen Hall, who also lived and died in Wilkes County, N.C. My father and I never received any money from the Government on account of our Indian blood. My father first told me that I had Indian blood. He said that my great grandmother was a daughter of Old Ned Sizemore. I do not remember her name. Neither my father nor my grand father ever lived with the Indians that I know, but always lived in Wilkes County, N.C.   They all had large families. My grandfather, Ned Sizemore, Jr. had a son Owen, who died in Lincoln County, W. Va. about six years ago. My great grand uncle, George Sizemore, had a son Owen who died in Wyoming County last Fall.

(Signed) GEO. W. ROSE

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13th day of April, 1908.

Assistant to Special Commissioner
U.S. Court of Claims      

[Transcribed from the microfilmed records at NARA by Betty Thomas Finger for the website,
Sizemore Family Cherokee Indian Records

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