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 people.
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 years.
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 thirteen.
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.