The Slave Narrative Of Charley Moore
I am a Freedman citizen of the Choctaw Tribe, quarter blood Choctaw Indian and three quarter negro. I was born in what was called Gaines County when the Choctaw tribe had control in this country, later named Latimer County. I have been living in this county 63 years.
My father, Elias S. Brown, was born in this county about four miles west of what is now Clayton, Oklahoma. I do not remember his age. He died August 15, 1920.
He has told me he was a slave before the Civil War. He had told me that his master’s name was Manley Noably, an educated Choctaw, half Indian and half white blood.
My mother’s name is Peggy McKinney Brown. She is now living with me on a small farm. My mother tells me that she thinks she is now 120 years of age; that she was a slave and lived with her master in the Choctaw Nation and belonged to Jesse McKinney. She says this master was of one half Choctaw blood. She tells me that she was a young woman even before the Civil War started.
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