Polly <I>Boots</I> Smith

Polly Boots Smith

Death 1909 (aged 57–58)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 27485991 · View Source
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~~~My Great Great Grandma~~~

Polly Boots was born in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, the daughter of Boots and Lee-say (AKA Lizzie Scott). Polly married Hiram Smith and they were the parents of Sam, Tom, Ellen and Susie. Polly was also the mother of Joe McKay, Jim Pickup, Dick Carey and Jim Bean.

Polly lived most of her life in the Gideon area, near Hulbert, Oklahoma. Though she opposed the breaking up of Cherokee land and refused to make an application for the Dawes Roll, she was still listed on it as all the others who opposed it were. She was also listed on the Guion Miller roll.

Polly was a very traditional Cherokee and most likely was buried in one of the old Indian cemeteries near her home. At that time, many Indians marked their graves with rocks. Each family had a common rock so family members could more easily be identified in the burial ground. Because Polly's grave is not marked in the conventional American manner, it is unlikely the exact location of her grave will ever be known. This memorial page is an attempt to honor her memory and to ensure she is never forgotten.

**A special thank you to Thelma Gamblin for sponsoring Polly's memorial page.**

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