posted on July 27, 2010
John (Dutch) Spring Jr. is my grandfather. He is my mother Katherine Spring Chilton’s father.
My grandpa Spring is enrolled as a 5/8 Choctaw with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His father, John Spring Sr., is an Original Enrollee as well. And so is his mother Nancy McCoy. His grandparents are William M. Spring and Jane Leflore Spring. His parental great-grandparents are Christopher Columbus Spring and Susan Bohannon Spring.
My mother Katherine Spring Chilton’s CDIB (Certificate Degree of Indian Blood) shows her as 5/16 and I am registered as 5/32. We are proud of our Choctaw Indian heritage and many of John Spring Jr.s’ descendants are registered as well.
According to the Choctaw “original” enrollment, “The Dawes Commission”:
My grandfather John Spring Jr. #3861, 5/8 Choctaw.
His wife, my grandmother, Ruth Neveda Cooper Spring, classified as white.
My great-grandfather John Spring Sr. #3855, ½ Choctaw.
His wife, my great-grandmother Nancy McCoy Spring #3856 , ¾ Choctaw.
My great-great-grandfather William M. Spring #3854, ¼ Choctaw
His wife, my great-great-grandmother Jane Laflore Spring, ¾ Choctaw.
She died before being enrolled.