“Could make out some names on that list; Sad, so sad that some had perished. Go figure!”
I appreciate comments that come from readers because in most cases they make me think deeper about issues concerning the research of Indian Territory Freedmen. This is another case that I immediately took a different position regarding how "sad" the information on the document might be?
I take the view we are fortunate as Indian Territory researchers, to have documents like this so readily available. When I look at this document, I see other possibilities!
Because we know the enslaver we can utilize certain information to possibly identify the “slaves” on the emigration roll.
Using Jackson KEMP as an example, we may be able to utilize the Chickasaw Freedmen Dawes Roll and the 1860 Arkansas Slave Schedule to identify any of the thirty slaves associated with Jackson KEMP.
Figure 1 M234 Frame #134 Chickasaw Emigration Roll 1842
From the time of the removal; circa 1842 to the enumeration of the slave schedule in 1860, a time frame that would allow us to speculate about someone and their age at the time of the Dawes enrollment.
Fortunately, there are about thirty slaves enumerated on the 1860 slave census that fit the profile of people we want to identify. This should allow me to name some of these men and women approximately forty years later when they began to enroll as Chickasaw Freedmen.
Logically the first thing to deduce from the schedule is that a sizable portion of the individuals may have the surname of KEMP when they enroll as freedmen. The other aspect of this document may give us a clue to where these individuals eventually resided once they were emancipated in 1866.
We know there were only four counties at the time of the 1860 enumeration; Pickens, Panola, Tishomingo and Pontotoc. Tishomingo and Pickens were adjacent to Panola so again we may be able to infer that former slaves of Jackson KEMP may have settled somewhere nearby following their emancipation.
With this supporting documentation I feel fairly confident that once I began looking for Freedmen with the surname of KEMP who fit the age range and residency criterion, I would then be able to identify the men and women of Chickasaw emigration roll of the 1840’s.
The items I will look for are anyone who survived the Chickasaw Trail of Tears as a slave; they should be from the age of approximately forty six to ninety eight and reside in or near Panola County, Chickasaw Nation.
If you look at the 1860 Slave Schedule for Panola County there appears to be approximately six individuals owned by Jackson KEMP. We can speculate they were also enumerated on the Chickasaw emigration roll back in the 1840’s. One person in my opinion overwhelmingly fits the description, his name was Zack KEMP; Chickasaw Freedman # 1467.
At the tender age of 84 Zack KEMP would have been approximately 28 years old at the time of the Chickasaw removal to Indian Territory. This also means by 1860 Zack was somewhere between 45 – 50 years old. All I have to do now is see if there are any people on the 1860 Arkansas Slave Schedule that fit these parameters.
Clearly there are six individuals who meet the criterion of Zack KEMP; allowing me to say with some authority Zack KEMP was present when the Chickasaw’s settled in Indian Territory as a slave of Jackson KEMP.