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From: Dwight Ozment <>
Subject: [OZMENT] John OZMENT and James H. OZMENT
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 17:19:22 -0400
Hi,Eleanor and all !
I will give you what I have on Martha ARDENT, wife of James Henry OZMENT,
Sr., and other related.
I have a copy (of a copy) of an affadavit sworn to 11 June 1832, State of
Oklahoma, County of Okmulgee, by Laura Louan (Ozment) BURNS (a.k.a Leah
Louisa OZMENT, a.k.a. Leah Louisiana OZMENT, a.k.a. "Lou"), d/o John Jasper
and Margaret Elizabeth (Morgan) OZMENT. But let me back up......
A little more background here: My files show John Jasper OZMENT (b. 1798,
NC) as the s/o John Lafayette OZMENT (b.abt. 1798, NC) and Martha Frances
JACKSON (b. abt. 1775, prob. NC). John Jasper OZMENT was married twice
previously - to Anna Mae MORGAN (Margaret's sister) and Isabel(le)
MURCHISON. My files also reflect John Lafayette OZMENT was a son of James
Henry OZMENT, Sr. and Martha ARDENT/ARDEN (b. 1757-1760, NC).
This is where it gets a little confusing. I do not have William Anderson
OZMENT as another son of James Henry OZMENT, Sr., but have him as a son of
Samuel and Mary (unknown) OZMENT. Please correct me if I'm wrong or have
recycled another error.
I also show your Alfred (married Nancy Ann LANE) as another son of James
Henry OZMENT, Sr.
If any of our Ozment family researchers have additional/corrected info on
William Anderson OZMENT and his connection to James Henry OZMENT, Sr and/or
Samuel OZMENT, please help resolve this and other questions posed by Eleanor.
Back to the affadavit as excerpted: Laura Louan (Ozment) BURNS," ....the
deponent says that the said grand-parents (?) above mentioned (Margaret
Elizabeth Ozment MORGAN and Cora Ann FRAZIER, maternal grandmothers) are
to be found as some of the early Cherokee Indians who were routed from
North Carolina, to the country west of the Mississippi, and that their
numbers are to be found on old Cherokee rolls of the corresponding date,
and that she is a direct descendant of them, .....". The wording and
exclamation in parenthesis are mine. There is no reference in this
affadavit to Martha ARDENT/ARDEN, her paternal great-grandmother.
An appended note to this affadavit, written by Charles W. Johnson and
excerpted here, states as follows:
"This is a copy of an affadavit prepared on the above mentioned
date by Hue D. Miller, an attorney of Beggs, Oklahoma, The exact purpose
of this instrument is not known at this time. It evidently was prepared for
the purpose of establishing definite relationship and dependancy from some
member or members of the Cherokee tribe of Indians when they resided still
in the ancestral domain which is now North Carolina.
Copied February, 1940 from affadavit loaned by Pink Burns, of
Mounds, Okla. and his sister, Mrs. ada (Burns) McDaniel who was first
married to a man named Settle, her address is now Sand Springs, Okla,
General Delivery. CWJ"
A copy of the affadavit was submitted to me by Evelyn Johnson Thoes, d/o
Charles Warner Johnson (s/o Charles Edwin and Almedia Ozment Johnson) for
use in my Ozment family research. The original document is owned by Evelyn.
It is coincidental that Caroline Miller and I are presently researching
the western Cherokee records for a varified connection with the MORGAN
we have found that connection on two Cherokee Rolls. Keep tuned.
My files further reflect Martha ARDENT/ARDEN (the great-grandmother of Leah
Louisa Ozment BURNS) was the daughter of Unknown ARDENT/ARDEN, brother of
a "Chief Keota/Keoto". This information was provided by Arthur Jolley in a
letter and taped interview by Lamar White which I,m sure all of us have
read or heard before. One of our CA cousins advised he has seen an early
reference to a Chief Keota/Keoto in one of the north-central plains states.
Not confirmed, still researching. The "story" goes that Chief Keota/Keoto
had a daughter named Elizabeth "White Cloud" who married a William "Billy"
EDDINS/EDDINGS (I am sure our Eddins/Eddings kin can
expand/resolve/denounce this bit of their family history).This is a very
interesting theory since the Ozments and Eddins/Eddings are related by
Eleanor - I hope I have provided info that will help resolve some of your
questions. I will study the other questions some more and get back to you
if I find anything of value.
Then again, I may have totally confused the issue. I have said more than I
originally intended, but maybe I've stirred up the "think tank"and this may
lead to determining the true proginitor(s) of the OZMENT/OSMENT/OSMOND
Also, I too would like to see original Bible records (such as the Eula Mae
Harris family bible) and other documentation. As I've said before ( and I
know you all get tired of hearing it) let's ALL make an effort to
co-ordinate our research, do some serious fact-finding, help eliminate
those "recycled errors"--yes, I make them too-- and preserve the great
heritage we have to pass on to OUR descendants. 'nuff said.
Dwight Wesley Ozment 5:25 P.M. EDT Mon.