The Chickasaw – Part 5
Hawk found a way to cross the Mississippi River into Northern Alabama. They made their home on the Eastern side of Alabama. They lived among a few Indians that were not forced to leave. Hawk knew that if they did not live like the “white man” they would be forced to leave or killed. Sipsee learned the language and would walk to the nearest settlement to work; they wanted to build a cabin. Sipsee knew that they must change with the times, Hawk kept to himself and his own dreams.
In 1848, Sipsee gave birth to a baby girl, the only child she and Hawk would ever have; she call her Jane and never gave her an Indian name. It was Sipsee’s way of trying to go with the coming change in their lives. This change did not mean that she would not teach her daughter to old customs just learn to survive. Both Sipsee and Hawk learn to survive in their own ways. He in the way of the land and playing the white man’s game to his advantage.
Once when Sipsee ventured into town and the general store’s proprietor ask her what was her name, she told him Sipsee. He asks for her last name, she said “Over-Town”; they had tribe names, but no last name. He misunderstood and called her Sipsee Overton. Sipsee decided when dealing with the white man she would use the name Overton; it stayed that and continues in the descendants today.
To be continued…
Resource – 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.
Granddaughter – Vina Evans-Quinn
Resource and Post Writer – Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree Great – granddaughter
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