~~~My Great Grandma~~~
Nancy Fisher was born in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, the second child of Johnson Jr. and Darkie (Tadpole) Fisher. Before the age of two, Nancy became an original Dawes enrollee and received homestead and surplus land allotments. While still young, Nancy donated a piece of her allotted land for a country school.
When Nancy was only 21 months old, she lost her mother to complications of childbirth. Her father remarried, but after a few years, Nancy was sent to live with her maternal grandmother, Polly Vann Tadpole. At the age of 15, Nancy married Dick Carey who was also listed on the Final Dawes Roll.
Nancy and Dick lived on her allotment and had nine children, one girl and eight boys. Tragedy struck when Dick was killed by a hit and run driver in 1937. Nancy was left alone with 9 children to raise during the depression.
With the help of her three oldest children, Nancy tried to provide a meager living. While her only daughter watched the younger children, Nancy and her two oldest boys, Mike and Aaron, worked. While Nancy took in laundry for those in the community, the boys would help by bringing water and keeping the fire going. The boys also picked up odd jobs to earn extra money when they could.
Despite the fact she was a woman, Nancy did her best to protect her family. When one of her children was treated badly by a white man, Nancy took the man to court. Even though the outcome was not in her favor, she let people know she would not allow her children to be mistreated without a fight.
Eventually, her older boys went into the military during WWII and Nancy was forced to send the younger boys to an Indian boarding school because she couldn't support them on her own. Even though Nancy donated land for a school, she never learned to read and write. Because she wanted to keep in touch with her boys who were away at war, she had a local girl help her write letters to them.
After her boys returned home and had families, Nancy spent time with her grandchildren and enjoyed entertaining them and playing with them. In 1957, Nancy grew ill from heart disease. While on her deathbed, she said she saw her late husband, Dick. A few minutes later, she died.
Nancy was buried in the Fisher Cemetery along with many of her ancestors and descendants. She rests in an unmarked grave in a row that includes her husband and five of her sons.
"The end and the reward of toil is rest"
1890–1937 (m. 1916)