Jackson R. Dunzy. A
lifelong resident of the Creek Nation, Jackson R. Dunzy had as much
to do with the) early activities of the little City of Wetumka as any
other man. Through his mother he has citizenship in the Creek tribe
and has enjoyed a number of official honors and distinctions from his
It was Mr. Dunzy who
gave the name to both the old and new Town of Wetumka. He selected
the name as a Creole word meaning sounding water. He served as the
last postmaster of old Wetumka and moved the postoffice to the new
town and was the first to hold office there. When the railroad was
built the town was moved from its old location to a point a mile west
in order to be located on the railroad, and Mr. Dunzy has been
closely identified with its growth and prosperity for a number of
He was born in the
Creek Nation January 11, 1866, a son of Henry and Kogee (Barnett)
Dunzy. His father was a white man and a native of Illinois, having
come to the Creek Nation about 1861 as an employee of the United
States Government. He was an all around mechanic and not only did
much work for the people of the Creek Nation but by practical example
taught the Indians the skillful use of mechanical tools. Several
years after coming to the Creek Nation he was married about 1864 and
his wife was a Creek woman, though with some mixture of Scotch blood.
She died December 24, 1887, while the father passed away about 1900.
He was sixty-four years of age and his wife about fifty-five. Until
the last five years of his life the father followed his profession
actively. Of the two children, a daughter, Annie, died at the age of
Jackson R. Dunzy
acquired his early education in the neighborhood schools of the Creek
Nation, and from his father acquired an expert knowledge and
proficiency as a blacksmith, gunsmith and
all around mechanic. It was his chief work for eighteen years, but
since then he has been more or less active as a grocer merchant. Mr.
Dunzy and family have about 700 acres by allotment, and he looks
after the entire estate and has placed it under improvement and these
farm and ranch lands themselves constitute almost a competency.
Mr. Dunzy early
became prominent in tribal affairs. he was clerk of the Wewoka
District Court until statehood, and at the last tribal election was
made town king and still holds that post. In politics he is a
republican, and while a member of no church is a thorough Christian.
On July 24, 1884, he
was married in the Creek Nation to Miss Lucinda Long, who is a full
blood Creek, and a daughter of Capt. George Long. To their marriage
were born six children: Louis, Nathan, Joseph, Dallas, Velma and Ada.
Mr. Dunzey has also reared two girls besides his own children, and
their names are Celia Robinson and Mattie Stidham.