25 April 1834 — Vehlins District Tejas
Chief John Blount was the first Apalachicola Chief to agree to move West after enactment of the 1830 Indian Removal. Sam Houston, an old firend of Blount from the Creek Wars, encouraged Blount to bring his people to Texas for a brighter future. Chief Blount and his Second Chief, Davy or Osia Hadjo (Crazy Crow) took Houston's advice and encouragement from President Andrew Jackson to sign the October 11, 1832, Blount Band of Apalachicola Creek Indian Removal Treaty. They were ready for a brighter future in Texas, but not for the surprises along the way.
Delays in getting all the Apalachicola students home from the Choctaw Academy in Blue Springs, Kentucky delayed Blount's removal until March 1834. Removal was orderly with each household packed into canoes in a tidy line paddling down the Apalachicola River to Port St Joe embarcation point. Several days of delays at Port St Joe resulted in excessive deaths and desrtions increased fears and stress among those awaiting passage to New Orleans. Finally, the reduced membership embarked on the steamship headed for the Port of New Orleans. An expected stop in New Orleans to receive treaty money did lift lagging spirits a bit.
The Ship's captain had been ordered to lay anchor out side the port as trouble was expected. Thus, Blount and Davy encamped the Band on an off shore Island where they met Indian Agent Wiley Thompson and Interpreter Stephen Richards and went to the Bank of New Orleans. After authorizing the payment of Treaty money with promises to make outstanding annuities payments on arrival in Texas, Thompson and Richards made hasty departure leaving Blount and Davy to negotiate for supplies in their limited English. With the money in hand and a Texas future on the horison, Blount and Davy left the bank happy men.
Without warning, both were immediately arrested by the New Orleans High Sherrif who served warramts based on false charges brought by Attorney, William Beaty, of Georgia on behalf of Cochrane, by Coa Thlocco. a former member of Davy's Town. The allegation was that Blount and Davy were absconding with treaty funds but proved to be a high level conspiracy to defraud Blount and Davy of their money. On April 7, 1834. Blount and Davy were put in jail with a bond set at well above the money in hand. To gain their freedom, Chief Blount made up the difference by giving over two of his Negros, Cujo and Bob who in their early thirties were more valueable than the total of bail set.
Penniless, without supplies and discouraged by loss of memebers, Blount and Davy mustered the courage of the small Band to cross the Louisiana Plackmines on foot and enter the Gateway of Texas. In late April perhaps even the first days of May fewer than forty Band members reached the the present day site of Onalaska, Texas at the East Fork of the Trinity River. The journey ended here permanently for for Chief Blount.
By. Mary Sixwomen Blount, Principle Chief