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    1. [CANADA-FREEDMEN] New to the Group
    2. Anita Wills
    3. Greetings Everyone, My name is Anita and I am new to this group. This is to introduce myself and my interest in Genealogy. Some of my ancestors took the Underground Railroad to Settlements, like Bruxton in Canada. The information I found has so far filled two books, Notes and Dcouments of Free Persons of Color, and Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of an African American Family. Both books detail my research and the Information I collected on my ancestors. My books are available through Amazon.com <http://amazon.com/>. I also have a radio show called, Anita Talks Genealogy, which airs on Blog Talk Radio. My show Airs Friday nights from 8:00-8:45 pm, (pst), every Friday. Anita Talks Genealogy <http://blogtalkradio.com/Anita-Wills> Another site I maintain is, the Minqua Site, which is about my Pennsylvania ancestors, who resided in the Welsh Mountains. Minqua <http://minqua.ning.com/> Prior to my researching our ancestors, the only information I had about our family history, came from my mother. She told me everything she knew, but she did not know everything. It was only by accident that I found the names of my ancestors and that they resided in Virginia. That was the one clue that set me off on a Journey that continues to this day. I connected to ancestors who were in the Revolutionary War, and ancestors who were Mulatto Servants to George Washington's Family, and to the Family of President James Monroe. For me finding these ancestors were like opening a can of worms, but it is my family's history. I like forward to sharing with everyone. Anita Wills

    08/11/2010 04:40:39
    1. [CANADA-FREEDMEN] African American Talks
    2. Marian Pierre-Louis
    3. At this year's New England Regional Genealogical Conference being held April 22-26, 2009 in Manchester, New Hampshire you will have the opportunity to hear many talks on African American research. Highlights include: Presenter - Talk Eric Smith - The Black Family During the Reconstruction Period 1865 - 1877; Eric Smith - Researching Genealogy Across the Color Line; Leona Martin - Discovering My Black Loyalist and Multicultural Canadian Ancestry; Helen Shaw - Black, White and In-Between: Racial Classification in the Federal Census; Marian Pierre-Louis - Poor, Black and Landless in New England (a case study of Ishmael Coffee); Marian Pierre-Louis - Early African American Communities in New England; and Eric Smith - The Great Migration: Goin' to the Promised Land - Chicago. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about African American Research. NERGC features over 50 genealogical experts and 100 informative lectures, workshops, the Ancestors Road Show, Librarians and Teachers Day and the popular Special Interest Groups. This year's national headline speakers are Megan Smolenyak, Thomas W. Jones, FASG and James L. Hansen, FASG. For more information or to register visit http://www.nergc.org/2009

    03/05/2009 08:23:54
    1. [CANADA-FREEDMEN] Colbert/Pace
    2. Heather Sole
    3. I'm trying to find out who was the first Colbert to settle in Nova Scotia and from where they came from, ie the Southern States. I know some Colbert/Pace's were Loyalists and some were Native Americans. Some were slaves and some were slave holders. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    05/10/2007 05:15:37
    1. Re: [CANADA-FREEDMEN] weeden surname
    2. Carol W Warren
    3. I am hoping that someone will have info about the WEELDON/WHILDEN/WILDEN/WEEDEN surname. I find that many w/the surname disappear after the 1870 census, and am hoping that they resettled in Canada. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has had the same experience.

    05/09/2007 05:36:43
    1. [CANADA-FREEDMEN] African American Genealogy Shows on Roots Television
    2. Roots Television
    3. Roots Television <http://www.rootstelevision.com/> is announcing a special "African Roots" lineup of programming. As the highlight of our lineup, we are presenting lectures from the recent AAHGS Conference in Salt Lake City, including lectures by Dr. Quintard Taylor, Howard Dodson, and other experts in African American genealogy. You will also be able to watch Dr. Eugene Foster discuss his groundbreaking DNA research into the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings story, and hear author Kate Clifford Larsen honor Harriet Tubman's legacy. And you won't want to miss Colette DeVerge and Tony Burroughs as they tell their stories and give expert advice in "African American Records," from the popular PBS series Ancestors. You can also click <http://www.rootstelevision.com/blogs/ogblog-contest070212.html> here to enter our Og Blog contest. The winners will receive autographed copies of Tony Burroughs' book Black Roots: A beginner's guide to tracing the African American family tree. You can view these and other programs for free, 24/7 at www.rootstelevision.com. We will be posting new programs daily so check back often! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me at sam@rootstelevision.com All the best, Sam Butterworth Programming Manager Roots Television

    02/22/2007 02:57:55
    1. Freedmen Project--MILLER APP.# 3932 Frank Keys, Brown, Page, Dotson, Warner, Ros
    2. Freedmen Project--MILLER APP.# 3932 Frank Keys, Brown, Page, Dotson, Warner, Ross, Rowe, Chuculate, PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least one a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application #--3932 Action Taken--REJECT Name of applicant--FRANK KEYS No. of children--2 Residence--REDLAND,OKLA. Reason---APPLICANT IS ENROLLED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION AS A CHEROKEE FREEDMEN # 3133. ANCESTERS DO NOT APPEAR ON ROLLS. FATHER WAS A SLAVE. MISC.TEST.P.3022 Add.page remarks;-- # 3932 OKLA FRANK KEYS SALLISAW 22770-1 CANNOT FIND ANY ANCESTORS ON THE ROLLS REDLAND/ FIELD OKLA. Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined. Question # 1)State full name: English name--FRANK KEYS Indian name--CHU-STOO #2)Residence--SEQUOYAH DIST. CHEROKEE NATION #3Town and Post Office--ROLAND #4)County--NORTHERN DISTRICT #5)State--INDIAN TERRITORY #6)Date and place of birth?--AGE 44, 14 MILE CREEK TAH-LE-QUAH DIST. #7)By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851,set forth each seperately:-- ON MY MOTHER JUNER BROWN ON MY GRANDMOTHER RACHEL BROWN, ON MY BROTHER GEORGE. SIE ON MY SISTERS RACHEL AND JUNER, OR SUCH OF THEM AS ARE FOUND TO BE EMIGRANT CHEROKEES. . #8)Are you married?--YES #9)Name and age of wife or husband---LEUVENA KEYS, AGE 24 #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name---ELI KEYS Indian name--UNKNOWN Mother- english name--JUNER BROWN Indian name---UNKNOWN Maiden name--JUNER PAGE #11)Where were they born? Father--ALSO UNKNOWN Mother--ALSO UNKNOWN #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father--ALSO UNKNOWN Mother--I AM INFORMED IN TAH-LE-QUAH DIST.CHER NAT. #13)Date of death of your father and mother: Father--ABOUT 1870 Mother--ABOUT 1880 Page 3) #14)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.--MOTHER WAS IN 1851 & 1875 #15)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name--ABBIE sis Born--BEFORE THE WAR Died--LIVING Name--RACHEL sis Born--UNKNOWN Died--UNKNOWN Name--JUNER sis Born--UNKNOWN Died--UNKNOWN Name--GEORGE bro Born--UNKNOWN Died--UNKNOWN Name--SIE Born--UNKNOWN Died--UNKNOWN Name--PERRY Born--NEXT TO ABBIE Died--LIVING #16)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side:-- TOM PAGE LUCINDA PAGE Mothers side:-- GRANDMOTHER WAS RACHEL BROWN GRANDFATHER UNKNOWN #17)Where were they born? OLD CHEROKEE NATION EAST AS FAR AS I KNOW #18)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?-- JUNER, MOTHER IN THE TAH LE QUAH-- CHER NAT. #19)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: English Name:--ABBIE Indian Name:-- Residence:-- English Name:--RACHEL Indian Name:-- Residence:-- English Name:--JUNER Indian Name:-- Residence:-- English Name:--GEORGE Indian Name:-- Residence:-- English Name:--SIE Indian Name:-- Residence:-- English Name:--PERRY Indian Name:-- Residence:-- #20)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits?--1875, 1880, 1883, 1886, 1894,& 1900 DAWES ROLL Page 4) #21)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835,---- Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.-- Note: Answers should be brief but explicit;"yes", "no". "unknown". etc.,may be used in casers where applicable. Read the questions carefully. ------------------------------------ Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature---FRANK HIS X MARK KEYS Witnesses: PINK TAYLOR READUS MOORE Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29TH day,of OCT,1906. Notary Public- signature; READUS MOORE My commission expires:APRIL 22ND, 1908 Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me JACK FOREMAN and ISAAC CROSSLIN, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with FRANK KEYS who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 30 years and 30 years, respectively, and know HIM to be the identical person HE represents- HIMSELF to be, and that the statements made by HIM are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HIS claim. Witnesses to mark--J H GIBSON EDMOND STAMP Signatures of witnesses--JACK HIS X MARK FOREMAN ISAAC HIS X MARK CROSSLIN Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 29TH day ofOCT,1906. Notary signature---READUS MOORE Notary commission expires---APRIL 22, 1908 NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc. .----------------- MY PERSONAL NOTE: Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. ADDITIONAL PAPERS WITH THIS APPLICATION ARE; --------------------------------------------- SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHILDREN Special Commissioner of the Court of Claims, 601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir, I hereby make application for such share as may be due my minor children of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress appoved June 30,1906, in accordance with the decree of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905, and May 28, 1906 in favor of the Eastern Cherokees, and I ask that this be made part of my original application No.3932 1) State your full name:--FRANK KEYS 2) Residence and Post Office:--REDLAND, CHEROKEE NATION INDIAN TERRY. 3) County:--CHEROKEE NATION 4) State:--INDIAN TERRITORY 5) Date and place of birth:--MARCH 26-1861, FORT GIBSON I.T. 6) Are you married?--YES 7) Name and age of wife or huband:--LUVENIA KEYS 8) To what tribe of Indians, if any, does he or she belong?--CHEROKEE 9) Names of all your children who were living on May 28, 1906: Name--CLARENCE KEYS Age--4 YRS. Born--OCT. 23-1902 Name--WATIE KEYS Age--2 YRS. Born--OCT.23-1905 10) Were you ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where, and with what tribe of Indians:---NONE REMARKS-- (Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I solemnly swear that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature--FRANK HIS X MARK KEYS Witness:-- J H PLANK GIDEON CREWS Subscribed and sworn to before me this 18TH day of MAY, 1907. Notary Signature--M G SLAUGHTER My Commission expires--MARCH, 1909. -------------------------------------------------------------- 2ND Letter Attached; Witness in Re; App. No. 22770-3932 Susie Dotson Frank Keys,-- being duly sworn, deposes and says: MY NAME IS FRANK KEYS. MY AGE IS 40 SOME YEARS.I LIVE IN SEQUOYAH COUNTY. WAS BORN ON 14 MILE CREEK. SUSIE DOTSON IS MY DAUGHTER. SHE GETS HER INDIAN BLOOD FROM ME.SHE WAS ENROLLED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION AS CHEROKEE FREEDMEN NO. 3134. I WAS ENROLLED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION AS CHEROKEE FREEDMEN. I WAS NEVER A SLAVE THAT I KNOW OF. I GOT THE STRIP MONEY. I GET MY BLOOD FROM MY MOTHER. I SUPPOSE MY FATHER WAS A SLAVE. MY MOTHER WAS A CHEROKEE WOMAN. MY MOTHER WAS PART COLORED TOO BUT HAD SOME INDIAN BLOOD. SHE WAS NEVER A SLAVE I HAVE BEEN TOLD.HER NAME WAS JULIA WARNER; SHE MARRIED WESLEY WARNER AFTER I WAS BORN. SHE DIED WHEN I WAS QUITE SMALL. SHE ONLY HAD 2 CHILDREN, AND COULD NOT HAVE BEEN VERY OLD. JUDGE KEYS TOLD ME THAT MY MOTHER, JULIA WAS ENROLLED IN 1851. I DON'T KNOW WHAT NAME SHE WENT BY IN 1851. I THINK HER NAME MAY HAVE BEEN ROSS, AS HER BROTHER AND UNCLE WERE NAMED ROSS. SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN BY THE NAME JULIA. PERRY ROSS IS MY UNCLE.ABBIE ROSS WAS MY MOTHERS SISTER. MY MOTHER GOT HER BLOOD FROM HER MOTHER, I THINK HER NAME WAS RACHEL BROWN AS MR. JIM KEYS KNEW HER NAME. I WAS MISTAKEN ABOUT MY MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME AS I NOW REMEMBER THAT IT WAS JULIA BROWN,AND BEFORE SHE WAS EVER MARRIED JUNIA PAGE. HAYWARD ROWE WAS MY MOTHERS OTHER SON.ABE KEYS IS MY HALF BROTHER. NOT THE SAME MOTHER. LUCINDA PAGE WAS MY GRANDMOTHER, AND TOM PAGE WAS MY GRANDFATHER, ON MY MOTHERS SIDE. ABBIE AND PERRY ROSS OR PERRY PAGE.I DON'T KNOW ANY FURTHER BACK. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER ANY OF THESE PEOPLE WERE SLAVES OR NOT. THEY NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH ANY OTHER TRIBE. Signature; FRANK X KEYS Subscribed and sworn to before me at Sallisaw, Oklahoma, this 18th day of September, 1908. Signed---A.S.Mamie Ass't to Special Commission of the Court of Claims. 3022 --------------------------------------------------------------- (Handwritten Note on same letter) 3932 1907 REDLAND IT DEAR SIR, I RECIEVED YOUR CARD AND I WAS GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU. I HAVE NO OTHER BESSEM ON HAND NOW AND SO I WILL CLOSE. FRANK KEYS AFFAIRS WASHINGTON DC ------------------------------------------------------------------ 3RD LETTER ATTACHED: COSB. Appl.#3927 SPECIAL COMMISSIONER OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS, EASTERN CHEROKEE ENROLLMENT 601 OURAY BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C. December 24, 1907 Ellis Chucalate Sallisaw Okla. Sir: Relative to your application for participation in the fund arising from the judgement of the Court of Claims in favor of the Eastern Cherokees, please state the names as carefully as possible under which you think you, your parents and grandparents were enrolled, as the names as given in your application do not appear upon the rolls of 1851. Very Respectfully, Guion Miller Special Commissioner. (Written in handwriting under this letter is as follows) HON GUION MILLER I THINK I MUST HAVE BEEN ENROLLED AS A-NA-LIE-SHI, CHUCKATES, OR CHUCULATE. AND PERHAPS, ONLY AR-NA-LEE-OKI OR ELLIS CHUCULATE. THE ... NAME MIGHT HAVE BEEN LET OFF. MY FATHERS NAME IS MOSES CHUCKULATE. MY MOTHERS NAME WAS AV-YU-KA. HER NAME AND THAT OF MY FATHER SHOULD APPEAR ON THE Page 2 1851 ROLL. AS THEY BOTH DREW IN THE PAYMENT OF 1851-1852. MY FATHERS FATHER WAS BENJAMIN CHUCKULATE. MY MOTHERS MOTHER WAS NAMED EIGLEQUAH, SHE WAS LIVING IN 1851 AND DREW MONEY. VERY RESPECTFULLY ELLIS CHUCULATE OR AR-NA-LEE-OKI TO HON GUION MILLER SPECIAL CLSAIMS WASHINGTON DC JAN 16/08 Letter stamped by: Court of Claims Eastern Cherokees Rec. Jan 20, 1908 No. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 4TH LETTER ATTACHED: COSB. Appl.#3932 SPECIAL COMMISSIONER OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS, EASTERN CHEROKEE ENROLLMENT 601 OURAY BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C. December 24, 1907 Frank Keys, Redland,Okla. Sir: Relative to your application for participation in the fund arising from the judgement of the Court of Claims in favor of the Eastern Cherokees, please state the names as carefully as possible under which you think you, your parents and grandparents were enrolled, as the names as given in your application do not appear upon the rolls of 1851. Very Respectfully, Guion Miller Special Commissioner. (Written as follows) I AM PAGE GRANFATH IM SENDY PAGE GRANPIT JUNER MY MOTHER CHB/ALS ------------------------------------------------------------- Letter # 5 Attached to application # 3932 General Claim Agency, John L.Springston Vian, Oklahoma Vian, Okla. July 24th,1909 The Honerable Clerk of the Court, Sir, On the emigrant roll reported for the appoval of the Court, I fail to find the name of one of my clients for whom I made claim for for emigrant shares---Frank Keys, of Redland Okla--application made Oct 26th,1906---formally--- Can and will the Court give me the status of the case as it now appears before the Court, supposedly for rejection, as I have no information in the case since filing same --- The case as presented to me appeared as valid for shares--as the applicant satisfied me that he was a blood descendent of one of the emigrant Cherokee Indian Class-- if his ancestors were found to be of the old settler or Western Cherokee Class, or he failed to connect with those on whom he based his claim, please advise me --& oblidge, Respectfully, John L. Springston Bright Star Freedmen Project August, 2005

    08/21/2005 03:37:03
    1. Freedmen-Project-MILLER APP.# 23790 Andrew Lynch, Clark, Martin, Kelly, Whitmere
    2. MILLER APP.# 23790 Andrew Lynch, Clark, Martin, Kelly, Whitmere, Battles, Smith,Downing Hi Everyone, PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least two a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application # 23790 Action --ADMIT Name of applicant--ANDREW LYNCH No. of children--2 Residence--BLUEJACKET,OK Reason-----NEPHEW OF # 879. MOTHER OF CLAIMANT ENROLLED IN 1851 BY DRENNEN,DIS.33. Handwritten Note: 23790 VINITA OKLA #879 SIR IN RELATION TO YOUR LETTER AS A EASTERN CHEROKEE I WAS ENROLLED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION MY ROLL NUMBER IS 84.28 AS A FREEMAN BUT JI ALL WASS ENROLLED AS A CHEROKEE AND MY WIFE THE SAME MARY DOWNING THE ..... OF C N E DOWNING A CHEROKEE BY BIRTH MY MOTHER CENDY LYNCH A CHEROKEE BY BIRTH YOURS RESPEATFULLY ANDREW LYNCH SR Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If you can not answer, so state. Question # 1) State full name:English name---ANDREW LYNCH Indian name- #2)Residence and Post Office---BLUEJACKET #3)County---CHEROKEE NATION #4)State---IND.TER #5)How old are you?---30YR Born:1877 #6)Where were you born?---CHEROKEE NATION #7)Are you married?---I AM A WIDOWER #8)Name and age of wife or husband--- #9)To what tribe of Indians do he or she belong?--- #10)Name all your children who were living on May 28, 1906, giving their ages. Name:--JOSEPHINE LYNCH Age:--9 Born:--1898 Name:--ROOSEVELT LYNCH Age:--4 Born:--1903 #11)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name---ALLEN LYNCH Indian name- Mother- english name---CYNTHIA LYNCH Indian name- Maiden name---CYNTHIA CLARK #12)Where were they born? Father---CHEROKEE NATION WEST Mother---CHEROKEE NATION WEST Page #3 #13)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father---SALINE DISTRICT,CHEROKEE NATION Mother---SALINE DISTRICT,CHEROKEE NATION #14)Date of death of your father and mother: Father---LIVING Mother---LIVING #15)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were. Answer--MOTHER ON ALL ROLLS MADE BY THE CHEROKEE SINCE HER BIRTH, CHEROKEE TRIBE #16)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name:---FLORENCE MARTIN Residence--BLUEJACKET IT Born---1868 Died--- Name:---EDWARD B. LYNCH Residence--VINITA IT Born---1871 Died--- Name:---BERT LYNCH Residence--BLUEJACKET IT Born---1874 Died-- Name:---MARY KELLY Residence--KETCHUM IT Born---1879 Died--- Name:---EARL LYNCH Residence--VINITA IT Born---1881 Died--- Name:---RUTH WHITIMERE Residence-- Born---1883 Died---KETCHUM IT Name:---EMINA O. LYNCH Residence-- Born---1891 Died---KETCHUM IT #17)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side: Mothers side: JOHN CLARK MARY CLARK #18)Where were they born? --CHEROKEE NATION EAST #19)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?--SALINE DISTRICT, CHEROKEE NATION WEST #20)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: Name:--EMILY BATTLES Residence:--VINITA IT Name:--CYNTHIA LYNCH Residence:--KETCHUM IT Name:--RUTH LYNCH Residence:--VINITA IT Name:--WILLIAM A. SMITH Residence:--CLEIRA IT Page 4 #21)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were,and with what tribe of Indians. ON ALL ROLLS MADE BY THE CHEROKEES SINCE MY BIRTH, CHEROKEE TRIBE #22)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835. Answer-- Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim. Answer-- Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature--ANDREW LYNCH Subscribed and sworn to before me this 31 day, of MAY, 1907. Notary Public- signature--JASPER S MARTIN My Commission expires:-- SEPT 15, 1907 Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me CALVIN GREGORY and JAMES MARTIN, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with ANDREW LYNCH who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known for 10 years and 20 years, respectively, and know HIM to be the identical person HE represents HIMSELF to be, and that the statements made by HIM are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in claim. Witnesses to mark--CALVIN GREGORY Signatures of witnesses--JAMES MARTIN Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 31 day of MAY, 1907 Notary signature--JASPER S. MARTIN Notary commission expires--SEPT 15, 1907 NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bright Star Freedmen Project August 2005

    08/12/2005 05:05:25
    1. FreedmenProject APP.# 7641 Amanda Deckman, Downing, Lynch, Morgan, Walton,
    2. Freedmen Project--MILLER APP.# 7641 Amanda Deckman, Downing, Lynch, Morgan, Walton,RattlingGourd PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least one a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application #--7641 Action Taken--ADMITTED Name of applicant--AMANDA DECKMAN No. of children--3 Residence--KETCHUM,OKLA. Reason---APPLICANT'S FATHER AND PATERNAL GRAND-PARENTS ENROLLED AT SAL.# 381 Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined. Question # 1)State full name: English name-AMANDA DECKMAN Indian name--NONE #2)Residence--KETCHUM #3Town and Post Office--KETCHUM #4)County--CHEROKEE NATION #5)State--INDIAN TERRITORY #6)Date and place of birth?--FEB 1ST 1877 IN CHEROKEE N. #7)By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851,set forth each seperately: WILLIAM E. DOWNING FATHER JOHNSON DOWNING GRANDFATHER JENNIE DOWNING GRANDMOTHER #8)Are you married?--YES #9)Name and age of wife or husband----JOHN DECKMAN 45 YEARS OLD #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name---WILLIAM E DOWNING Indian name-- Mother- english name--LOUTISHIA DOWNING Indian name--- Maiden name--LOUTISHIA RATTLINGGOURD #11)Where were they born? Father--IN OLD EASTERN RESERVATION Mother--CHEROKEE NATION #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father--IN THE EAST Mother--IN THE CHEROKEE NATION #13)Date of death of your father and mother: Father--APRIL 7TH 1902 Mother--SEPT.10TH 1900 Page 3) #14)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.--FATHER ON ALL CHEROKEE ROLLS SINCE AND INCLUDING THE ROLL OF 1851 #15)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. (1)Name--MARY JANE LYNCH Born--DEC 1ST 1870 Died--MAR 17TH 1906 (2)Name--THOMAS L DOWNING Born--MAY 14TH 1879 Died--NOV 27TH 1905 (3)Name--LOUSIA DOWNING Born--MARCH 6TH 1892 Died--FEB 13TH 1902 (9)Name--CORA DOWNING Born--MARCH 19TH 1894 Died-- (4)Name--AMANDA DECKMAN Born--FEB 1ST 1877 Died-- (8)Name--JOWEE DOWNING Born--MAR 28TH 1890 Died-- (5)Name--SOUSIE ANNA MORGAN Born--SEPT 1ST 1881 Died-- (10)Name--ASA DOWNING Born--APRIL 18TH 1897 Died-- (6)Name--JUDIE WALTON Born--FEB 6TH 1884 Died-- (7)Name--JOHNSON L DOWNING Born--NOV 26TH 1886 Died-- #16)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side:--JOHNSON DOWNING JENNIE DOWNING Mothers side:--LUNA RATTLINGGOURD UNKNOWN #17)Where were they born?--UNKNOWN #18)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?--THE DOWNINGS IN THE EAST THE OTHERS UNKNOWN #19)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: English Name:--DAN DOWNING Indian Name:-- Residence:--VINITA English Name:--JESSIE DOWNING Indian Name:-- Residence:--VINITA English Name:--JAMES DOWNING Indian Name:-- Residence:--VINITA English Name:--WILLIAM E DOWNING Indian Name:-- Residence:--KETCHUM #20)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits?--IN THE CHEROKEE NATION ON THE 1880 ROLL AND ANOTHER ROLL SINCE THAT DATE Page 4) #21)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835,---- Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.--WE HAVE NO FAMILY RECORD OF OUR ANCESTRY IS WHY I AM UNABLE TO GIVE SUCH INFORMATION ------------------------------------ Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature---AMANDA HER X MARK DECKMAN Subscribed and sworn to before me this 18TH day,of DEC,1906 . Notary Public- signature--JEFF D. SEXTON My commission expires:NOV.17TH, 1910 Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me JAMES WALTON and JUDIE WALTON,who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with AMANDA DECKMAN who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known for 15 years and 22 years, respectively, and know HER to be the identical person SHE represents- HERSELF to be, and that the statements made by HER are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HER claim. Witnesses to mark-- Signatures of witnesses--JAMES WALTON JUDIE WALTON Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 18TH day of DEC,1906. Notary signature---JEFF D. SEXTON Notary commission expires---NOV 17TH, 1910 NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc. .----------------- MY PERSONAL NOTE: Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. ADDITIONAL PAPERS WITH THIS APPLICATION ARE; ------------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHILDREN Special Commissioner of the Court of Claims, 601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir, I hereby make application for such share as may be due my minor children of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress appoved June 30,1906, in accordance with the decree of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905, and May 28, 1906 in favor of the Eastern Cherokees, and I ask that this be made part of my original application No.7641 1) State your full name:--AMANDA DECKMAN 2) Residence and Post Office:--KETCHUM 3) County:--CHEROKEE NATION 4) State:--INDIAN TERRITORY 5) Date and place of birth:--CHEROKEE NATION 6) Are you married?--YES 7) Name and age of wife or huband:--JOHN DECKMAN AGE 44 8) To what tribe of Indians, if any, does he or she belong?--NONE 9) Names of all your children who were living on May 28, 1906: Name--CHARLES W DECKMAN Age--TENN Born--JAN 15TH 1897 Name--JOSEPH A DECKMAN Age--FIVE Born--OCT 8TH 1902 Name--JOHN W DECKMAN Age-- Born--APRIL 26TH 1904 10) Were you ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where, and with what tribe of Indians:---CHEROKEES REMARKS-- (Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.)---------------- THEY HAVE BEEN ENROLLED WITH THE CHEROKEES AND HAVE FILED THEIR ALLOTMENTS I solemnly swear that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature--AMANDA HER X MARK DECKMAN Subscribed and sworn to before me this 22 day of MAY 1907. Notary Signature--JEFF D. SEXTON My Commission expires--OCT 17TH 1910 BrightStar FreedmenProject 2005 (mailto:WALTON-L@rootsweb.com)

    03/13/2005 12:27:08
    1. Freedmen Project- APP.# 20968 Mahala Lee, Taylor, Lise,
    2. Freedmen Project--MILLER APP.# 20968 PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least one a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application #--20968 Action Taken--REJECTED Name of applicant--MAHALEY LEE No. of children--NO Residence--BLOWHORN OKLA Reason---APPLICANT NOR ANY OF HER ANCESTORS NEVER ENROLLED-APPLICANT WAS A SLAVE MISC.TEST P.H81. Add. Note: BLOWHORN,LAMAR CO. ALA. No. 20968 FIELD Name- MAHALEY LEE With No.-- Remarks-- ANCESTORS NOR APPLICANT ON ANY ROLLS AWAITING REPLY TO LETTER 3/30,"08, Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined. Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If you can not answer, so state. Question # 1)State full name:MAHALEY LEE English name- Indian name- #2)Residence-- #3Town and Post Office--BLOWHORN #4)County--LAMAR #5)State--ALA. #6)Date and place of birth?--1812 {See note written by transcriber at the bottom of this application,reguarding question # 6, # 11, # 17.} #7)By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851,set forth each seperately:HEBY TAYLOR . #8)Are you married?--YES #9)Name and age of wife or husband----EMMOR LISE #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name---UNKNOWN Indian name-- Mother- english name--HEBY TAYLOR Indian name--- Maiden name-- #11)Where were they born? Father--UNKNOWN Mother-- {See note written by transcriber at the bottom of this application,reguarding question # 6, # 11, # 17.} #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father-- Mother-- #13)Date of death of your father and mother: Father--UNKNOWN Mother--1865 Page 3) #14)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.--NO #15)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name--MIKE TAYLOR Born--UNKNOWN Died-- Name-- Born-- Died-- #16)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side:UNKNOWN Mothers side:--UNKNOWN #17)Where were they born?--- Fathers side:-- Mother's side;-- {See note written by transcriber at the bottom of this application,reguarding question # 6, # 11, # 17.} #18)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?--UNKNOWN #19)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: English Name:--MIKE TAYLOR Indian Name:-- Residence:--UNKNOWN English Name:-- Indian Name:-- Residence:-- #20)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits?--NO Page 4) #21)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835,---- Remarks- Section (Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claims.)-- Note,--Answers should be brief but explicit; the words 'YES', 'NO', "unknown",etc.,may be used in cases where applicable. Read the questions carefully. ------------------------------------ Legal- Section-- I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature---MAHALEY HER X MARK LEE Subscribed and sworn to before me this -- day,of--- , . Notary Public- signature--ISHAM J. SMITH My commission expires: JAN 7, 1910 Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me L.A. SMITH and D.G.SMITH, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with MAHALEY LEE who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known for HER for 20 years and --- years, respectively, and know --- to be the identical person --- represents ------ to be, and that the statements made by HER are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HER claim. Witnesses to mark-- Signatures of witnesses-- G A.SMITH D G SMITH Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 31 day of JAN,1907. Notary signature---ISHAM SMITH Notary commission expires---JAN 7, 1910 NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc. .----------------- -------------------------------------------------------------- TRANSCRIBERS PERSONAL NOTE: Febuary 27, 2005 The slave's daughter states her mother was born in Georgia. The actual slave herself states "three different spellings" for the answer to the following question's. ques. # 6-- "name of the town she was born in", ques. # 11--"her mothers place of birth" ques. # 17--"grandparent's place of birth" This is were I am having the problem. This is the word I can't figure out : _ianiner _ianner _iainner I can't make out the first letter at all. And the word is written in three different places, and each is spelled different. I thought it may be Rainer, GA but each time the slave spells the word, there are two dot marks for the letter {i} in each one. Transcriber-Bright Star Freedmen Project 2005 ---------------------------------------------------------------- Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. ADDITIONAL PAPERS WITH THIS APPLICATION ARE; No.20968 Mandy Smith, being first duly sworn, deposes ans says: MY NAME IS MANDY SMITH AND I RESIDE AT BLOWHORN,ALA. I AM HERE TO TESTIFY FOR MY MOTHER, MAHALEY LEE,WHO DIED LAST FEBUARY. MY MOTHER WAS BORN IN GEORGIA AND BELONGED TO A WHITE FAMILY BY THE NAME OF LYLE, WHO LIVE IN ALABAMA.I WAS BORN BEFORE THE WAR AND ALSO BELONGED THE SAME WHITE FAMILY BY THE NAME OF LYLE. MY GRANDFATHER WAS A HALF INDIAN, WHOSE NAME WAS AMOC, AND HE WAS NEVER UNDER BONDAGE. THIS IS ALL I CAN STATE ABOUT THE MATTER. Test: M.L.Daley (Signed)-- MANDY HER X MARK SMITH Subscribed and sworn to before me at -infield,Ala.,this 1st day of July,1908. Assistant to Special Commissioner of the Court of Claims. reject. S.A.F. 481 ------------------------------------------------------- Bright Star Freedmen Project 2005

    02/27/2005 08:48:29
    1. How to interview older family members.
    2. This is some more great tips on how to interview an older relative. This was written by a friend of mine. Skydancer ____________________________________ Personal interviews can be one of the most rewarding aspects of family history research. Many clues to solving family history puzzles can be obtained in this manner. Consider a few preparatory tips for making the interview more successful. 1. Make an appointment, before you go and make sure they know you will be talking about family. This allows them to be thinking about the family. The recall process is often slower in the elderly. This will give time for them to have recalled some things before the interview. 2. Take pictures of family with you. Often times this will spark memories. 3. Take a tape recorder to use, but use it only with their permission. 4. Prepare a list of questions. Open ended questions that require more than yes or no answers are best. Ask about habits, traits, likes, dislikes of individuals. Examples -How did you, a small town girl from Alabama ever meet and marry a man from Philadelphia, PA? -I heard that Grandaddy had a temper. Do you know of any incidents that would verify this? -Did Uncle Mun have any kind of experiences as he preached that were particularly interesting to you? -What can you remember that shows what a good sense of humor Papa had. ? 5. Don’t jump from one time period to another. This can be confusing. Allow memories to flow naturally..., one leading to another. 6. Respect their being unwilling to talk about certain things. Memories can be an emotional thing and they may be reluctant at first to talk about them. At a later time, though, they may bring it up of their own accord. 7. If the persons seems to be tiring, end your interview. This can be physically exhausting as well as emotionally draining for them at times. 8. ALWAYS follow your initial interview with a follow-up visit a few days later. Often times elderly persons will continue to think about the interview, remembering things for some time. A follow-up visit can often yield much more information than the initial visit. Website- _http://www.Skydancerslodge.com/_ (http://www.skydancerslodge.com/)

    02/25/2005 10:14:01
    1. Lot's of Freedmen Records here!-- Check your names in all the 5 Civilized Tribes
    2. _NARA | ARC | Final Rolls Index_ (http://www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/arc_info/native_americans_final_rolls_index.html#describe) http://www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/arc_info/native_americans_fina l_rolls_index.html#describe Bright Star

    02/25/2005 10:01:21
    1. "Whispers from the Dust: The Freedmen Records- Pass this around please
    2. "Whispers from the Dust: The Freedmen Records and African American Family History" is the title of a seminar to be held at the monthly meeting of the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Virginia on Saturday, March 12, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at the Essex County Public Library, 117 North Church Lane (Rt. 17) in Tappahannock, Virginia. The seminar will be presented by Darrell Walden, Ph.D., a member of the Freedmen Project Team of the Central Virginia Family History Centers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The seminar will detail developments about the Freedmen records and their application to African-American genealogy. The preservation of the Freedmen's Bureau records (microfilming nearing completion) and the Freedman's Bank records (CD completed in 2001) will be discussed. There is no charge for the seminar. Free copies of the Freedman's Bank CD and other research aids will be made available to attendees. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. The Society's focus is genealogical research in the Middle Peninsula, especially the counties of Essex, Middlesex, King and Queen, and King William. However, anyone interested in African-American genealogy is invited to join. Dues are $12.00 per year for individuals and $30.00 for organizations, and may be paid at the meeting. Those who are unable to attend may send their checks made payable to Middle Peninsula AAGS to Thomas C. Harris, P.O. Box 572, Tappahannock, Virginia 22560. Persons who live at a distance are invited to join and, if they have not done so already, to submit the surnames that they are researching for a surnames data base that will be created. For further information, call Gloria Waller-Scott at (804) 758-5613 or Bessida White at (804) 321-1206 or e-mail cauthornewhite@cs.com.

    02/24/2005 10:15:23
    1. Freedmen Project-APP.# 23232 Lizzie Robinson, Brown, Little, Cobbell, Ross, Penn
    2. APP.# 23232 Lizzie Robinson, Brown, Little, Cobbell, Pennington, Ross,Munell,Martin Hi Everyone, PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least one a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application #23232 Action Taken--ADMITTED Name of applicant--LIZZIE ROBINSON No. of children-6 Residence--LENAPAH,OKLA Reason-----DAUGHTER OF #557 AND CLAIMS THRU SAME SOURCE. Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If you can not answer, so state. Question # 1) State full name:English name-LIZZIE ROBINSON Indian name- #2)Residence and Post Office-LENAPAH #3)County-CHEROKEE NATION #4)State-INDIAN TERRITORY #5)How old are you?-45 #6)Where were you born?-CHEROKEE NATION #7)Are you married?-YES #8)Name and age of wife or husband-JAKE ROBINSON #9)To what tribe of Indians do he or she belong?-NOT ANY #10)Name all your children who were living on May 28, 1906, giving their ages. Name--ARTHUR ROBINSON Age--28 Born--1879 Name--FRED ROBINSON Age--25 Born--1882 Name--ELNORA M.MUNELL Age--22 Born--1885 Name--LOLA ROBINSON Age--17 Born--1890 Name--FOLLIO ROBINSON Age--9 Born--1898 Name--DELLA ROBINSON Age--12 Born--1895 Name--HANNAH ROBINSON Age--7 Born--1900 Name--FE_EN ROBINSON Age--5 Born--1902 Name--OPEL ROBINSON Age--3 Born--1904 #11)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name: GEORGE H BROWN Indian name: Mother- english name:LAHALA BROWN Indian name: Maiden name:LAHALA MARTIN #12)Where were they born? Father-GEORGIA Mother-IND.TERR Page #3 #13)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father-IND.TERR Mother-IND.TERR #14)Date of death of your father and mother: Father-LIVING Mother-LIVING #15)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were. Answer--ON ALL CHEROKEE ROLL AT TALAQUAH TAKEN THEIR ALLOTMENT IN CHEROKE NATION #16)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name--SILAS BROWN Born-- Died-- Name--PEARL BROWN Born-- Died-- Name--MARY LITTLE Born-- Died-- Name--LIZZIE ROBINSON {name crossed out} Born-- Died-- Name--ANNA COBBELL Born-- Died-- Name--RACHELL PENNINGTON Born-- Died-- #17)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side: DONT KNOW Mothers side:RACHEL BROWN #18)Where were they born? MOTHER BORN IN GEORGIA #19)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? MOTHER IN GEORGIA #20)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: 1) PERRY ROSS 2) SILAS ROSS 3) SALLIE ROSS 4) ABBIE BROWN 5) JENNA BROWN 6) GEORGE H. BROWN Page 4 #21)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were,and with what tribe of Indians. Answer--ALL CHEROKEE ROLLS AT TAHLQUAH HAVE TAKEN MY ALLOTMENTS IN CHEROKEE NATION #22)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835. Answer-- Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim. Answer-- Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature-LIZZIE HER X MARK ROBINSON Witness to her mark: YEANNAH VARMER Subscribed and sworn to before me this 31st day,of MAY 1907. Notary Public-JOHN A KIDD Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me HANNAH VANN and LEE CORBIN, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with LIZZIE ROBINSON who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known HER for 27 years and 20 years, respectively, and know HER to be the identical person she represents HERSELF to be, and that the statements made by HER are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HER claim. Witnesses to mark- Signatures of witnesses-YEANNAH VARMER LEE CORBIN Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 31st day of May, 1907. Notary signature-JOHN A. KIDD Notary commission expires-NOV.19TH, 1908. NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------MY PERSONAL NOTE:Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. NOTE-- Bright Star Freedmen Project 2005

    02/21/2005 11:12:54
    1. Freedmen Project--MILLER APP.# 19011 Hayward Rowe, Brown, Ross, Rodgers, Taylor
    2. Freedmen Project--MILLER APP.# 19011 Hayward Rowe, Brown, Ross, Rodgers, Taylor, Mayfield PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least one a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application #--19011 Action Taken--ADMITTED Name of applicant--HAYWARD ROWE No. of children--5 Residence--TALALA,OKLA. Reason---NEPHEW OF #557 AND CLAIMS THRU SAME SOURCE Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined. Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If you can not answer, so state. Question # 1)State full name: English name-HAYWARD ROWE Indian name- #2)Residence--NEAR TALALA I.T. #3Town and Post Office--TALALA I.T. #4)County--4 RECORDING DISTRICT #5)State--INDIAN TERRITORY #6)Date and place of birth?--ON GRAND RIVER FEBY 28" 1859 NEAR TAHLEQUAN I.T. #7)By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851,set forth each seperately: FOR MY MOTHER JUNA BROWN AND MY 1,2 SISTER ABBIE SPUNA BOTH NOW DEAD. #8)Are you married?--YES #9)Name and age of wife or husband----LUCINDA ROWE NEE ROGERS AGED 41 YEARS #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name---DANIEL ROWE OR ROSS Indian name-- Mother- english name--JUNA ROWE Indian name--- Maiden name--JUNA BROWN #11)Where were they born? Father--ON GRAND RIVER I.T. NEAR TANLEQUAN Mother--ON GRAND RIVER & NEAR TANLEQUAN I.T. #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father--ON TUE SAID GRAND RIVER NEAR TANLEQUAN I.T. Mother--ON TUE SAID GRAND RIVER NEAR TANLEQUAN I.T. #13)Date of death of your father and mother: Father--IN 1887 Mother--IN 1885 Page 3) #14)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.--MY MOTHER WAS ENROLLED ON 1851 AND SUBSEQUENT ROLLS AND DREW GRASS HOPPER MONEY #15)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name--FRANK KEYS 1/2 BROTHER Born--1862 Died--LIVING NEAR REDLAND IT Name--ABBIE SPUN 1/2 SISTER Born--1865 Died--DIED IN 1872 #16)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side:JESS ROWE CELIA ROWE Mothers side:--RACHEL BROWN GRANDMOTHER STEPHEN TAYLOR GRANDFATHER #17)Where were they born? Fathers side:--PATERNAL GRAND PARENTS IN GEORGIA Mother's side;--MATERNAL GRAND PARENTS IN GEORGIA #18)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?-- PATERNAL GRAND PARENTS IN I.T. MATERNAL GRAND PARENTS NEAR TAHLEQUA I.T. #19)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: Note: NONE OF MY GRAND PARENTS WERE OF INDIAN DESCENT EXCEPT MY GRAND MOTHER RACHEL BROWN.AND THIS IS A LIST OF HER CHILDREN. English Name:--ABBIE BROWN LIVING IS NEAR 100 YEARS OLD Indian Name:-- Residence:--LENAPAN I.T. English Name:--GEORGE H BROWN LIVING Indian Name:-- Residence:--LENAPAN I.T. English Name:--CY BROWN DEAD DIED BEFORE THE WAR Indian Name:-- Residence:-- English Name:--SALLIE BROWN LIVING Indian Name:-- Residence:--IN CALIFORNIA POST OFFICE UNKNOWN English Name:--PERRY ROSS LIVING Indian Name:-- Residence:--CLAREMORE I.T. JUNA BROWN& MYMOTNER DIED IN 1885 #20)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits?-- AM A CHEROKEE FREEDMEN ALLOTTEE AND AM ON THE 1880 AUTNENTICATED ROLL AND OTHER ROLLS Page 4) #21)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835,---- MY GRAND MOTHER WAS RACHEL BROWN WHO LIVED IN 1835 --------------------------------- Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.-- MY UNCLE GEORGE H BROWN NOW LIVING AT LENAPAH I.T. IS ON THE REGULAR CHEROKEE ROLL OF 1880 AND IS A CHEROKEE ALLOTTEE. ------------------------------------ Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature---HAYWARD HIS X MARK ROWE Subscribed and sworn to before me this 21 day,of MARCH, 1907. Notary Public- signature--JOHN E. PUNKION My commission expires: DEC. 21, 1908 Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me J.G.LIPER and E.Y.BASS, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with HAYWARD ROWE who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known for 20 years and 15 years, respectively, and know HIM to be the identical person HE represents- HIMSELF to be, and that the statements made by HIM are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HIS claim. Witnesses to mark--J.G.LIPER E.Y.BASS Signatures of witnesses--J.G.LIPER E.Y.BASS Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 18TH day of MARCH,1917. Notary signature---JOHN E.PUNKION Notary commission expires---DEC 21,,1908 NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc. .----------------- MY PERSONAL NOTE: Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. ADDITIONAL PAPERS WITH THIS APPLICATION ARE; ------------------------------------------------------------------- SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHILDREN Special Commissioner of the Court of Claims, 601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir, I hereby make application for such share as may be due my minor children of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress appoved June 30,1906, in accordance with the decree of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905, and May 28, 1906 in favor of the Eastern Cherokees, and I ask that this be made part of my original application No.19011 1) State your full name:--HAYWARD ROWE 2) Residence and Post Office:--TALALA 3) County:--CHEROKEE NATION 4) State:--INDIAN TERRITORY 5) Date and place of birth:--NEAR TAHLEQUAH I.T. IN FEBY 1860 6) Are you married?--YES 7) Name and age of wife or huband:--LUCINDA ROWE AGED 40 8) To what tribe of Indians, if any, does he or she belong?--NONE 9) Names of all your children who were living on May 28, 1906: Name--PERRY ROWE Age--18 YEARS Born--OCT 1888 Name--LEWIS ROWE Age--15 YEARS Born--AUG 16 1891 Name--ALBERT ROWE Age--14 YEARS Born--APRIL 8 1893 Name--RACHEL ROWE Age--7 YEARS Born--FEBY 22 1900 Name--AGGIE ROWE Age--5 YEARS Born--FEBY 21 1902 10) Were you ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where, and with what tribe of Indians:---ALL ARE CHEROKEE ALLOTTEES REMARKS-- (Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I solemnly swear that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature--HAYWARD HIS X MARK ROWE Subscribed and sworn to before me this 15 day of JUNE 1907. Notary Signature--JOHN E. PUNKION My Commission expires--DEC 21, 1908 Other Signatures to mark are: JOHN PUNKION GEORGE MAYFIELD -------------------------------------------------------------- Add:Stamped Letter to the Court of Claims: SEPT 22, 1909 COFFEYS VILLE KANSAS SEPT. 19,1909 MR GUION MILLER SPECIAL COMMISSIONER SIR AS I AM THE DAUGHTER OF HAYWARD ROWE AND HAVE RECIEVED MY NOTICE TO THE EASTERN CHEROKEE ENROLLMENT AND MY PAPER HAVE NOT BEEN RECIEVED ANY AT ALL AND THEY SAY WE ALL HAVETO HAVE THEM BEFORE WE CAN DRAW THE MONEY AND I HAVE RECIEVED MINE KNOW WILL YOU BE SO PLEASE AS TO SEND PAPERS AND SISTERS AND BROTHERS NAMES HAYWARD ROWE PARRIE ROWE LOUIS ROWE ALBERT ROWE RACHEL ROWE AGGIE ROWE WHITCH PLEASE SEND TO MY A DRESS ELLA MAYFIELD 910 MINIS ODA ST. COFFEYS VILLE KAUS Bright Star Freedmen Project 2005

    02/12/2005 04:13:10
    1. Freedmen Project--Miller app # 17703-- Hartwell Houston and surnames below
    2. Freedmen Project--Miller app # 17703-- Hartwell Houston, Joynar,Brown,Allison,Thompson,Turtina,Davies, Russian, Joiner PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least one a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application #--17703 Action Taken--REJECT Name of applicant-- HARTWELL H. HOUSTON No. of children-- Residence--ROLAND, OKLA. Reason---APPLICANT BORN IN 1834 BUT DOES NOT APPEAR ON EITHER 35 OR 57 ROLL.NOT AN ANCESTOR THROUGH WHOM APPLICANT CLAIMS APPEARS ON ANY ROLL. THE ANCESTERS IT APPEARS WERE NOT PARTIES TO THE MONIES ON 35-36. APPLICANT WAS A SLAVE. MISC.LIST,P,2883 Second Note:OKLA.-FIELD #17703 HARWELL HOUSTON with #-SALLISAW Remarks-- 28725-6,31299 FIELDS, OKLA. UNABLE TO LOCATE ANCESTERS OF APPLICANT ON ROLL WITH ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY. ROLAND Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If you can not answer, so state. Question # 1)State full name: English name-HARTWELL H. HOUSTON Indian name- #2)Residence--ROLAND, INDIAN TERRITORY #3Town and Post Office--ROLAND, INDIAN TERRITORY #4)County--DISTRICT NUMBER ELEVEN #5)State--INDIAN TERRITORY #6)Date and place of birth?--ASHVILLA,NC-JUNE 23,1834 #7)By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851,set forth each seperately:JOHN BROWN OF HAMILTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE #8)Are you married?--YES #9)Name and age of wife or husband----NARCISSUS HOUSTON, AGE 63 #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name--- Indian name--ALMON JOYNAR Mother- english name--ANNA BROWN MARRIED ALMON JOYNAR Indian name--- Maiden name--ANNA BROWN #11)Where were they born? Father- NORTH CAROLINA Mother--NORTH CAROLINA #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father--TENNESSEE Mother--TENNESSEE #13)Date of death of your father and mother: Father--JULY 11,1880 Mother--NOV.21,1880 Page 3- #14)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.--I DO NOT KNOW, CANT ASCARTAIN #15)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name:ELLAN ALLISON dob:DON'T KNOW dod;DEC.24,1894 Name:PHILLIP JOYNAR dob:DON'T KNOW dod;DON'T KNOW Name:IASSC THOMPSON dob:DON'T KNOW dod;DON'T KNOW Name:ELIZABETH TURNTINA dob:DON'T KNOW dod;DON'T KNOW Name:WINNIE DAVIS dob:DON'T KNOW dod;DON'T KNOW Name:RUTHIE RUSSIAN dob:DON'T KNOW dod;DON'T KNOW #16)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side:--BILLY JOYNAR BATTIA JOYNAR Mothers side:--JOHN BROWN WINNIE BROWN #17)Where were they born? Fathers side:-- DON'T KNOW Mother's side;-- DON'T KNOW #18)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?--GRANDPARENTS ON MOTHER'S SIDE RESIDED AT LOOKOUT VALLEY,HAMILTON COUNTY, TENN. #19)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: English Name:-- ANNA BROWN, MY MOTHER & JAMIMA BROWN Indian Name:-- Residence:--DIED NOV. 21,1880 English Name:-- JAMIMA BROWN Indian Name:-- Residence:--DIED IN TENNESSEE, ABOUT 1846 English Name:-- ALFRED BROWN Indian Name:-- Residence:--DIED IN TENNESSEE ABOUT 1842--TO1846 English Name:--ABRAHAM, JOYNAR Indian Name:-- Residence:--DONT KNOW ANYTING ABOUT HIS DEATH English Name:--ALMOND JOYNAR Indian Name:-- Residence:--DIED IN BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE #20)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were,and with what tribe of Indians.---NO Page 4- #21)To expedite identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their paternal and maternal ancesters back to 1835.-----DON'T KNOW Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.---I SAW JOHN BROWN TWICE. BOTH TIMES HE OWNED ME AS BEING HIS GRANDCHILD.MY FATHER OFTEN WENT TO SEE HIM. THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM .HE WAS ON HIS WAY BACK FROM GETTING A PAYMENT IN THE INDIAN TERRITORY AT FT.GIBSON AND HE GAVE MY MOTHER MONEY. ------------------------------------ Legal- Section ) Note:Answers should be brief but explicit;the words "yes", "no","unknown" etc, may be used in cases where applicable. Read the questions carefully. I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature---HARTWELL H. HOUSTON Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28TH day,of FEBRUARY, 1917. Notary Public- signature-- W.H. DUUBLAJIES My commission expires: JULY 6, 1908 Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me W.H.JACOBS and J.M.WOOD, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with HARTWELL H. HOUSTON who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known HIM for 15 years and 24 years, respectively, and know HIM to be the identical person WHO represents HIMSELF to be, and that the statements made by HIM are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HIS claim. Witnesses to mark-BLANK Signatures of witnesses--W.H.JACOBS J.M.WOOD Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 28TH day of FEBUARY,1917. Notary signature---W.H. DUUBLAJIES Notary commission expires---JULY 6TH,1908 NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- BRIGHTSTAR'S PERSONAL NOTE:Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. ADDITIONAL PAPERS WITH THIS APPLICATION ARE; ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Add;Letter--#1 No.17703 Hartwell Houston, being duly sworn,deposes and says; MY NAME IS HARTWELL H. HOUSTON: MY POST-OFFICE IS ROLAND,OKLA.,BOX 32; I WAS BORN IN ASHEVILLE, N.C. IN 1834; I CLAIM RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHEROKEE INDIANS THROUGH MY MOTHER, WHOSE MAIDEN NAME WAS ANNA BROWN; HER NAME AFTER MARRIAGE ANNA JOINER; MY MOTHER WAS UNDER THE GUARDIANSHIP OF BETSY MOSS AND WHEN SHE DIED BETSY MOSS DIED AND WE WENT TO THE GUARDIANSHIP OF HER CHILDREN, AND I WENT TO M.F.NEIL; I WENT TO THE WAR FROM N.F.NEIL; WHEN I CAN FIRSTBMEMEMBER WAS LIVING IN BEDFORD CO.,TENN. I WAS THEN ABOUT FOUR YEARS OLD. I WAS HELD TO SERVICE UNTIL THE WAR BROKE OUT; MY MOTHER WAS A HALF-BLOOD INDIAN; SHE NEVER CAME TO THIS COUNTRY; I AM NOT ON THE FINAL ROLLS OF THE DAWES COMMISSION; JOHN BROWN WAS THE NAME OFMTHE INDIAN WHO WAS MY GRAND-FATHER AND MY GRAND-MOTHER WAS A NEGRO WOMAN. Signed; HARTWELL H. HOUSTON Subscribed and sworn to before me this 17th day of Sept.,1908 at Sallisaw, Okla. Signed-- Guion Miller Special Commissioner of Court of Claims 2883 ---------------------------------------------------------------- Add:Letter #2 MARCH 16TH, 1908 Page #1 ANSWER- I HAVE MADE THE SAME PROOF TO THE COMMISSION AS I HAVE MADE TO YOU BUT THEY FAILED I HAD EX CHIEF JOHN ROSS WHO KNEW ME ALL MY LIFE AND WHO MADE IN HIS AFFIDAVIT THAT BROWN OWNED X WINNIE CHILDREN AS HIS BY BLOOD I CLAIM MY CHEROKEE BY MOTHER MY FATHER BLOOD WAS CROSSED BY CREEK AND CHEROKEE I WAS SO INFORMED THE GUARDIAN OF MOTHER MRS BETSY MOSE HER OLDEST SON WAS A SOLDIER IN WAR OF 1812 & HAVING AN OFFICER BY THE WELL KNOWN SAMUEL HOUSTON HE WANTED MY NAME CALL THAT AND I GIVE THAT NAME WITH MY OTHER NAMES BY SOME MISTAKE BY THE ---i--- THAT ENROLL ME IN THE Page 2- ARMY WHEN I NOTICE HIM CALLING ME CORPL HOUSTON HE TOLD ME THE PAPERS HAD BEEN SENT TO WASHINGTON D.C. MY MOTHER SAID MR HENDERSON ENROLLED THEM BY NUMBER AND SHE WAS ONE OF THE HALF BREEDS I AFFILIATED WITH MY FATHER AS SON I FOUND A COUSIN OF THE CREEK NATION BY THE NAME OF BILLY JOYNER WHICH HE IS NOW DEAD HE TOLD ME ... PARENT,S CAME FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND HIS GRANDPARENTS NAMES THAT I KNOW THAT FATHER GIVE ME & HE CLAIMS ALMON AS HIS UNCE I KNOW NOT ANYTHING ABOUT BROWN,S PARENT,S.BUT THE JOHN BROWN GRAND FATHER WAS ENROLLED ON Page 3 THE 25TH DAY OF SEPT.1835 IN LOOKOUT VALLEY, HAMILTON COUNTY TENN.. I THINK HE DIED THERE, OR AT LEAST I HEARD THAT IN 1858. I SAW GRANDFATHER TWICE ABOUT MY 4 YEARS OLD. WHEN I WAS 17 OR 18 YEARS OF AGE HE HAD WITH HIM 2 SISTERS. SALLIE BROWN, I DONT REMEMBER THE OTHER NAME, I THINK NANCY WAS THE NAME SHE WAS CALLED IS MY REMEMBERANCE AS I WAS HELD UNDER GUARDIAN. I WAS NOT TREATED AS A SLAVE. I WAS TREATED WELL & NO OVERSEER, NO ONE EXCEPT SOLDIER SON WHO TAKEN MOTHER PLACE. MOTHER AND FATHER HAD NO GUARDIAN. MOTHER GUARDIAN WAS A WHITE LADY & SHE TAUGHT HER T..... AND WRITE & SHE TAUGHT ME WHAT SHE COULD UP TO MY 12 YEARS. Page 4 YOU ASK ME TO STATE WHY I HAD NEVER BEEN ON ANY CHEROKEE ROLL BEFORE THE WAR. WAS WITH THE INDIANS NOT VERY OFTEN AND THEN THEY WOULD COME TO SEE ME IS THEY HAD TO KEEP CLOST. THE FIRST DAWES COMMISSION THAT CAME DOWN HERE & GIVE THEM SOME THING NEAR THE SAME EVIDENCE I AM GIVING YOU, ADING EX CHIEF JOHN ROSS, THE WHITE INTER MARRIAGE, IF WE T... HAVE THE NEGRO BLOOD IN US,WOULD AND WILL DO ALL THAT THEY CAN AGAINST ME AND ALL OF THIS LINAGE. THERE IS A WHITE CITIZEN OF THE INDIAN LIVING IN THIS TOWN, TOLD ME IF I TOLDS THE COMMISSION I WAS A DEMOCRAT THEY WOULD HAVE PUT YOU ON THE ROLLS.I TOLD HIM I WOULD BE LEFT OFF. RESPECTIVFULLY YOURS, H.H. HOUSTON ------------------------------------------------------------- Add. Letter # 3 17703 F.S.T. ROLAND OKLA. MARCH 18TH,1908 MY DEAR ELBA C. KELLER, I THINK I HAVE SAID ALL THAT I CAN THINK AT PRESENT,IT HAS BEEN ALONG TIME SINCE THOSE THINGS HAPPEN. I GIVE THIS EVIDENCE TO THE COMMISSION AS NEAR AS I COULD WITHOUT ANY RECORD BUT THE HEART AND HEAD AND THEN THEY WOULD NOT LET MY NAME ON THE ROLLS AS MEMBER OF THIS NATION. BUT W. R. W. C. KEYS WAS ENROLLED ON THE SAME EVIDENCE OF HIS GRANDFATHER. HE'S SO WHITE I DON'T SEE HOW THE COMMISSIONERS CAN SEE ANY INDIAN ON HIM & CAN'T SEE IT ON ME,BUT THE INDIANS OFTEN STRANGERS MEET ME AND ASK ME, IS YOU CHEROKEE OR CHOCTAW. HARTWELL H. HOUSTON ROLAND, OKLA. ------------------------------------------------------------ ROLAND OKLA. JUNE 19TH 1909 Page No.1 HON COMMISSIONER MILLER, YOUR LETTER RECIEVED AND CAREFULLY READ. I CANNOT SEE THAT I CAN MAKE THE CASE ANY BETTER BY MAKING A NEW APPLICATION. THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS SENT ME A CARD NO. 17703, ACCEPTING THE APPLICATION. THEN I RECIEVED A LETTER TO HAVE MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN PUT ON THE ROLL. I SENT THIS TO LET THEM. THEN THEY COME TO MY HOME, WE WENT TO FORT SMITH ARK, MADE THEIR APPLICATIONS. MY SON P.H. HOUSTON WAS LIVING AT FOSTERVILLE, BEDFORD CO. TENN. AT THE. I HAD HIS APPLICATION MADE & SENT TO HIM WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO PUT HIS CHILDREN & SEND IT IN BY AUG 31TH 1907. HARTWELL H. HOUSTON ROLAND OKLA. Page No. 2 IF I UNDERSTAND THIS LETTER IF NOT EXCUSE ME PLEASE & LET ME HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN. PRINCE A. HOUSTON MARY F. HOUSTON LOUISA E. HOUSTON THIS IS THE NAMES ALL MY LEGITIMATE CHILDREN LIVING . I THINK THAT LAWSUIT, SO I SEE THAT I COULD EXCEPT OF THE OMITTED OR IMPROPERLY ....... ON THE ROLLS. I DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH LOUISA, LET A LAWYER HAVE HER CARD, AND SHE SAID THE LAWYER TOLD HER HE HAD LOST IT. SO I KNEW IF ANY ONE GOT ON THE ROLLS IMPROPERLY BY. I AM NOT IT FAULT & HOPE YOU WON'T PUT ON ME,I DID ALL RIGHT TO HAVE THE PAPERS SEN IN AUG 31, 1907. THEY WOULD THOSE THAT DONE GONE & SHOULD BE DEBARED Bright Star Freedmen Project 2005

    02/03/2005 06:22:36
    1. Freedmen Project--Miller app # 22059---Katie Kerul, Vann, Webber
    2. Hi Everyone, PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION'S BY APPLICANT, ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least one a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application # 22059 Action Taken--REJECTED Name of applicant--KATIE KERUL No. of children-- Residence--DAWSON, OKLA Reason-----APPLICANT WAS A SLAVE "SEE LETTER" Remarks;---36309 REJECT-SLAVE "SEE LETTER" AWAITING REPLY TO LETTER Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS, 601 Ouray Building, Washington, D.C. Sir, I hereby make applicationfor such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the Court of Claims of May 18,1905, and May 28,1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined. Question # 1) State full name:English name-KATIE KERUL Indian name-KATIE VANN #2)Residence:DAWSON #3 Town and Post Office-DAWSON #4)County-WESTERN DISTRICT #5)State-INDIAN TERRITORY #6)Date and place of birth-ABOUT 1837, CHEROKEE NATION #7)By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim seperatly. Answer-HARRITT VANN WAS MY MOTHER. #8)Are you married?-WIDOW #9)Name and age of wife or husband-REDMAN KERUL DEAD, WAS OLDER THEN I AM #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers name before marriage: Father--English name:JOHN VANN Father-- Indian name: Mother--English name:HARRETT VANN Mother--Maiden name: #11)Where were they born? Father--GEORGIA Mother--GEORGIA #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Father--I DON'T KNOW Mother--CHEROKEE NATION, INDIAN TERRITORY #13)Date of death of your father and mother. Father-- Mother--FORT SCOTT, KANSAS ------------------------------------------------------------------- "BrightStars" Note: THERE IS ONLY TWO PAGES OF ORIGINAL APPLICATION HERE. THE NEXT PAGES ARE A NEW APPLICATION, WITH NEW ANSWERS. ------------------------------------------------------------------- SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS, 601 Ouray Building, Washington, D.C. Sir, I hereby make applicationfor such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the Court of Claims of May 18,1905, and May 28,1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined. Question # 1) State full name:English name-KATIE KERUL Indian name-KATIE VANN #2)Residence:DAWSON OKLA #3 Town and Post Office-DAWSON OKLA--WAS-- INDIAN TERRITORY #4)County-TULSA #5)State-OKLA #6)Date and place of birth- #7)By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim seperatly. Answer-I AN MY HUSBAND CHARLES VANN WAS SLAVES,AND MY GRANDPARENTS WAS SLAVES, AND WAS NEVER ENROLLED FOR LAND OR ANNUITIES, AND IT IS A FACT THAT NEGROES WAS PROPERTY, AND NOT ENTITLED ENROLLMENTS. #8)Are you married?-WAS #9)Name and age of wife or husband-YOU HAVE THIS #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers name before marriage: Father--English name: Father-- Indian name: Mother--English name: Mother--Maiden name: THE NAMES HERE IN MARRIAGE ARE STATED IN FORMER APPLICATION #11)Where were they born? YOU HAVE THIS ANSWER Father-- Mother-- #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Father--YOU HAVE ALL OF THIS Mother-- #13)Date of death of your father and mother. Father--YOU HAVE THIS Mother--& THIS #14)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.--DON'T KNOW #15)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages,and if not living, the date of death: SAM VANN Born: Died: JOE VANN Born: Died: HENRY VANN Born: Died: MARY VANN Born: Died: SUSAN VANN Born: Died: BETTISIE WEBBER Born: Died: #16)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible. Fathers side:--DON'T KNOW Mothers side:--DON'T KNOW #17)Where were they born? Fathers side:-- Mother's side;-- #18)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?--I THINK BOTH DIED IN 1851 #19)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: English Name: Indian Name:-- Residence: #20)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were,and with what tribe of Indians. Answer---1896 DRAW OF THE CHEROKEE STRIP PAYMENT. Page 4 #21)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835.Answer-- DO NOT KNOW ------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------- Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.Signature---KATIE (HER X MARK) KERUL Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30TH day,of MARCH, 1907. Notary Public- signature-- WM.QUERRY My commission expires: DEC 15, 1907 Affidavit) (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me ANTHONY HALLS and TRIXIE ROACH, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with ----- who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known for -- years and --- years, respectively, and know --- to be the identical person --- represents ---- to be, and that the statements made by --- are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in --- claim. Witnesses to mark-W.E STRICKLAND JOHN H. QUERRY Signatures of witnesses-- ANTHONY HALLS AND TRIXIE ROACH Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 30TH day of MARCH,1907. Notary signature---WM. QUERRY Notary commission expires---12-15-1907 NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- BrightStar Freedmen Project 2005

    01/30/2005 09:54:28
    1. Sickles/Suckles Surname
    2. There is a NEXUS Newsletter of the New England Historical Genealogical Society on sale on eBay, item #5527702000. The newsletter contains an article about the Suckles/Sickles/Suckills family. Below is a description of the article. I thought someone on this list might be interested. JO Featured Article: - "On Dembo's Trail: Black Ancestry on Prince Edward Island"by Diane Whitcomb; This is great genealogical information on the Sickles/Suckills/Suckles family Dembo Suckles b. 1762 "probably in western Africa." He came to Prince Edward Island in the mid-1780's as a slave of William Creed who later took Dembo to Providence, RI where Dembo later married and had 8 children all born in Prince Edward Island. The children's descendants are all listed with dates, places and sources! It is a 4 page article, double columns on 8 X 11 paper.

    10/16/2004 03:12:37
    1. Sickles/Suckles Surname
    2. There is a NEXUS Newsletter of the New England Historical Genealogical Society on sale on eBay, item #5527702000. The newsletter contains an article about the Suckles/Sickles/Suckills family. Below is a description of the article. I thought someone on this list might be interested. JO Featured Article: - "On Dembo's Trail: Black Ancestry on Prince Edward Island"by Diane Whitcomb; This is great genealogical information on the Sickles/Suckills/Suckles family Dembo Suckles b. 1762 "probably in western Africa." He came to Prince Edward Island in the mid-1780's as a slave of William Creed who later took Dembo to Providence, RI where Dembo later married and had 8 children all born in Prince Edward Island. The children's descendants are all listed with dates, places and sources! It is a 4 page article, double columns on 8 X 11 paper.

    10/15/2004 04:45:16
    1. [CANADA-FREEDMEN] MILLER APP.# 23231 Rachel Vann, Pennington, Corbin, Henderson, Brown, Martin, Li
    2. Hi Everyone, PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least two a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application # 23231 Action Taken- ADMITTED Name of applicant--RACHEL VANN No. of children--2 Residence--LENAPAH, OKLA. Reason---- DAUGHTER OF # 557 AND CLAIMS THROUGH SAME SOURCE Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If you can not answer, so state. Question # 1)State full name: English name---RACHEL VANN (nee PENNINGTON) Indian name- #2)Residence--LENAPAH and Post Office-- #3)County---CHEROKEE NATION #4)State--INDIAN TERRITORY #5)How old are you?--40 #6)Where were you born? --CHEROKEE NATION #7)Are you married?--YES #8)Name and age of wife or husband--JAMES N. VANN #9)To what tribe of Indians do he or she belong?--CHEROKEE FREEDMEN #10)Name all your children who were living on May 28, 1906, giving their ages. Name--FRACIS CORBIN Age--23 DOB-- Name--LOUELLA HENDERSON Age--21 DOB-- Name--MALISSA PENNINGTON Age--9 DOB-- Name--RACHEL PENNINGTON JR. Age--7 DOB-- #11)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name---GEORGE H. BROWN Indian name- Mother- english name---LAHALA BROWN Indian name- Maiden name-LAHALA MARTIN #12)Where were they born? Father- GEORGIA Mother- INDIAN TERRITORY Page #3 #13)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father-INDIAN TERRITORY Mother- INDIAN TERRITORY #14)Date of death of your father and mother: Father---LIVING Mother---LIVING #15)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.---AT TAHLEQUAH, ARE ON ALL CHEROKEE ROLLS ALLOTMONTS IN CHEROKEE NATION #16)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name--SILAS BROWN Born-- Died-- Name--MARY LITTLE Born-- Died-- Name--LIZZIE ROBINSON Born-- Died-- Name--ANNA COBBELL Born-- Died-- #17)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's side, and mother's side, if possible. fathers side---DON'T KNOW mothers side--- #18)Where were they born?---MOTHER IN GEORGIA #19)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?--MOTHER IN GEORGIA #20)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: English Name:----PERRY ROSS Indian Name:--- Residence:---- English Name--SILAS ROSS Indian Name:-- Residence:--- English Name:-- SALLIE ROSS Indian Name:-- Residence:--- English Name:----ABBIE ROSS Indian Name:--- Residence:---- English Name:----JENNA ROSS Indian Name:--- Residence:---- English Name:----GEORGE H. BROWN Indian Name:--- Residence:---- Page 4 #21)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were,and with what tribe of Indians. ANSWER;--CHEROKEE ROLL AT TAHLEQUAH, DRAWN IN ALL PAYMENTS OF CHEROKEES #22)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835.----- Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature- RACHEL VANN (nee PENNINGTON) Subscribed and sworn to before me this 31 day,of MAY, 1907. Notary Public- signature---JOHN A KIDD CommExp.-- NOV 19TH, 1908 Affidavit)-- (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me HANNAH VANN and WILLIAM J. ROSE, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with RACHEL VANN (nee PENNINGTON) who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known HER for 27 years and 15 years, respectively, and know HER to be the identical person SHE represents HERSELF to be, and that the statements made by HER are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HER claim. Witnesses to mark- Signatures of witnesses-HANNAH VANN WILLIAM J. ROSE Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 31 day of MAY, 1907. Notary signature---JOHN A KIDD Notary commission expires--- NOV. 19, 1908. NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------MY PERSONAL NOTE:Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. . Bright Star Freedmen Project MARCH 2003

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    1. [CANADA-FREEDMEN] MILLER APP.# 557 George Hammer Brown, Wilcox, Ross, Taylor, Martin,
    2. PLEASE NOTE: The George Hammer Brown family would be a textbook case to show how the rolls work, how individuals can be traced through the years, and how one family can have brothers and sisters listed as Freedmen in some cases and as Cherokee in others. Hi Everyone, PLEASE NOTE ALL RESPONSES TO QUESTION ARE IN CAPS. Below are the questions asked on the Miller Applications I have sent you info on in the Freedmen Project work. I hope to get at least two a week submitted. For those of you who cannot afford these NARA applications, I would advise that after you confirm it is your line, that you send for the packet, for source proof. Remember geneology is nothing without documentation. Page 1) Application # 557 Action Taken-- ADMITTED Name of applicant--GEORGE HAMMER BROWN No. of children--X Residence--LENAPAH, OKLA. Reason----APPLICANT AND HIS BROTHERS & SISTERS ENROLLED ON DRENNEN ROLL, SALINE DISTRICT # 464-5 (see special report) NOTES ATTACHED INCLUDE: No.----#557 Name---GEORGE HAMMER BROWN With No.--- ALEX BROWN Remarks-- #558, 947, 32594,19011,25347 (Notify both applicants) #947 AND 32594 PERRY ROSS IS A CHEROKEE FREEDMEN Question--ARE OTHERS OF THIS GROUP EX-SLAVES? CLAIMS ALEXANDER BROWN AS A GREAT GRANDFATHER # 557--# 558 LENAPAH OK. (See SAL. 465) (See File, 353, 350) Page 2) SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington D.C. Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in favor of the eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If you can not answer, so state. Question # 1)State full name: English name---GEORGE HAMMER BROWN Indian name--HAVE NONE #2)Residence--LENAPAH #3)Town and Post Office--LENAPAH #4)County---CHEROKEE NATION #5)State---INDIAN TERRITORY #6)Date and place of birth?---IN 1839 IN GEORGIA #7) By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim seperatly:----FOR MYSELF, MY MOTHER RACHEL BROWN,MY GRANDMOTHER SUSIE WILCOX, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, SILAS AND SALLIE ROSS (OR BROWN) BOTH OF WHOM DIED WITHOUT DESCENT. MY AUNTS POLLY AND JANE WILCOX, BOTH OF WHOM DIED WITHOUT DESCENT. #8)Are you married?--YES #9)Name and age of wife or husband--MAHALA BROWN, AGE 57 YEARS #10)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before marriage. Father- english name-STEPHEN TAYLOR Indian name---HAD NONE Mother- english name---RACHEL BROWN Indian name---HAD NONE Maiden name---RACHEL BROWN #11)Where were they born? Father- IN CHEROKEE NATION EAST Mother- IN CHEROKEE NATION EAST #12)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time? Father-IN CHEROKEE NATION Mother- DIED IN SALINE DISTRICT ABOUT 1851 #13)Date of death of your father and mother: Father---SINCE THE CIVIL WAR Mother---ABOUT 1851 Page 3 #14)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were.---ON EMMIGRANT CHEROKEE PAYROLL IN SALINE DISTRICT IN 1851 #15)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible. Name--ABBIE BROWN # 558 DOB---LENAPAH, I.T. DOD--- Name--SILAS ROSS DOB--- DOD---DIED WITHOUT DESCENT Name--JUNO ROSS DOB--- DOD---DEAD Name--SALLIE ROSS DOB--- DOD---DIED WITHOUT DESCENT Name--PERRY ROSS DOB--- DOD---CLAREMORE, I.T. #16)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's side, and mother's side, if possible. fathers side--- mothers side---SUSIE BROWN, AFTERWARDS SUSIE WILCOX #17)Where were they born?---SUSIE BROWN WAS BORN IN CHEROKEE NATION EAST. #18)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?--SUSIE WILCOX LIVED IN SALINE DISTRICT. #19)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible: English Name:----RACHEL BROWN, MY MOTHER, DEAD Indian Name:--- Residence:---- English Name--POLLY WILCOX, DEAD WITHOUT DESCENT Indian Name:-- Residence:--- #20)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If so, state when and were,and with what tribe of Indians. ANSWER;----ON THE EMIGRANT ROLL OF 1851, ON CHEROKEE AUTHENTICATED ROLL OF 1880, AND AM A CHEROKEE ALLOTTEE. Page 4 #21)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835.-----MY GRANDFATHER ALEXANDER BROWN LIVED ON OOSTANOLLAH RIVER IN GEORGIA IN 1835. Remarks- Section) Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in providing his claim.------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Legal- Section ) I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Signature- GEORGE HAMMER (his x mark) BROWN Witnesses to mark-- G.W. PATCHETT W.H. ROWLEY Subscribed and sworn to before me this 22ND day,of SEPTEMBER, 1906. Notary Public- signature--W.E.TWICHELL CommExp.-- OCT. 4TH, 1909 Affidavit)-- (The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are well acquainted with the applicant.) Personally appeared before me J.H. SHUFELDT and S.A. BEEN, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with GEORGE HAM,MER BROWN who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known HIM for 21 years and 10 years, respectively, and know HIM to be the identical person HE represents HIMSELF to be, and that the statements made by HIM are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in HIS claim. Witnesses to mark- Signatures of witnesses---J.H. SHUFELDT S.A. BEAN Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 22ND day of SEPTEMBER, 1906. Notary signature---W.E. TWICHELL Notary commission expires---OCT, 24TH, 1909. NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary, etc.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------MY PERSONAL NOTE:Pages after that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have additional papers, others do not. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ----------------------------------------- ADDITIONAL PAPERS INCLUDED ARE AS FOLLOWS; #1 APP # 947 AND 32594 MISC. PERRY ROSS, BEING DULY SWORN, DEPOSES AND SAY'S: MY NAME IS PERRY ROSS. I AM ABOUT 59 YEARS OLD. I CLAIM CHEROKEE BLOOD THROUGH MY MOTHER. MY FATHER WAS COLORED AND A SLAVE. HER NAME WAS RACHEL BROWN, AND MY FATHER'S NAME WAS ROSS AFTER HIS OWNER. I WAS ENROLLED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION AS CHEROKEE FREEDMEN, CHEROKEE FREEDMEN # 2590. I GOT THE STRIP MONEY AND BREAD MONEY. I WAS NEVER A SLAVE. MY MOTHER WAS NEVER A SLAVE. THE DAWES ROLL ASKED ME WHICH ROLL I WANTED TO GO ON AND I WAS SCARED AND SAID FREEDMEN, AS THEY HAD TOLD ME I WOULD HAVE SOME TROUBLE GETTING ON THE OTHER ALTHOUGH MY MOTHER WAS A FULL BLOOD. SHE LIVED ON GRAND RIVER SALINE DISTRICT. SHE DIED IN THAT DISTRICT AND LIVED THERE AT THE TIME I WAS BORN. SHE HAS BEEN DEAD. SHE WAS ENROLLED IN 1851 IN SALINE DISTRICT, I THINK. I KNEW HER MOTHER. SHE GOT INDIAN BLOOD FROM BOTH PARENTS. HER MOTHER WENT BY THE NAME SUSIE WILCOX.. SHE LIVED IN THE TERRITORY;SHE CALLED ME HER GRANDSON. SHE WAS INDIAN. I CAN'T RECALL MY GRANDFATHER WILCOX. I NEVER JOINED ANY OTHER TRIBE OF INDIANS BUT ALWAYS WENT WITH THE CHEROKEES. I DON'T REMEMBER MY MOTHERS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. MY HALF BROTHERS ARE GEORGE H. BROWN AT LENAPAH, OR HAMMER BROWN. ABBIE BROWN IS MY HALF SISTER. SHE ALSO LIVES AT LENAPAH. HAMMER BROWN DID NOT TAKE THE FREEDMEN ROLL BUT HIS DAUGHTERS FOLLOWED THE MOTHER AND TOOK IT. MY OTHER RELATIVES ARE ALL DEAD. WE HAD THE SAME MOTHER. Signature Of Witness--- PERRY x ROSS HIS GRANDMOTHER WAS, SUSIE WILCOX, nee BROWN. SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF RACHEL BROWN, POLLY, JAMES, AND THOMPSON WILCOX. RACHEL BROWN WAS THE MOTHER OF PERRY. (ACCORDING TO MR. STARR ) SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO ME AT CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA, THIS 1ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 1908. A.S. MARINE ASST. to SPECIAL COMMISSIONER OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS 2513 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ----------------------------------- # 2 # 557 EXHIBIT A TO THE SPECIAL COMMISSIONER OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS EASTERN CHEROKEE ENROLLMENT 601 OURAY BUILDING WASHINGTON D.C. LENAPAH, OKLA. FEB. 29TH, 1908 DEAR SIR, REPLING TO YOUR LETTER OF THE 24TH 1908, I BEG TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING SWORN STATEMENT: MY MOTHER WAS A FULL BLOOD CHEROKEE INDIAN, AND MY FATHER WAS STEPHEN TAYLOR A NEGRO BELONGING TO TOM TAYLOR A CHEROKEE INDIAN. MY MOTHER DIED BEFORE THE MONEY WAS PAID OUT AT TAHLEQUAH, AND IT WAS PAID TO BRISE MARTIN'S WIDOW AND ABBY, MY SISTER. BRISE MARTIN WAS A CHEROKEE INDIAN. PERRY ROSS IS MY HALF BROTHER. WE HAD THE SAME MOTHER BUT DIFFERENT FATHERS. PERRY ROSS'S FATHER WAS JESSE ROSS, WHO BELONGED TO LEWIS ROSS A CHEROKEE INDIAN. JOHN BROWN WAS MY MOTHERS BROTHER A FULL BLOOD CHEROKEE INDIAN. EVANS, OSCAR, SUSSIC, AND PEGGY BROWN ALL CHILDREN OF THE SAID JOHN BROWN, ALL FULL BLOOD INDIANS AND ALL MY FIRST COUSINS. I CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WITH LIGE HICKS, GEORGE FIELDS, WHO WERE BOTH FULL BLOOD INDIANS AND ALSO MY MOTHER AND SISTER ABBIE FROM GEORGIA. I CANNOT REMEMBER ALEXANDER BROWN FOR THAT WAS BEFORE I WAS BORN. I WAS NEVER HELD AS A SLAVE., BY THE CHEROKEE INDIANS. I DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY TIMES MY MOTHER SUSSIC BROWN AND MY GRANDMOTHER WAS MARRIED. JUDGE BROWN, BETTER KNOWN AS JIM BROWN WAS JUDGE AT TAHLEQUAH. HE WAS MY MOTHERS UNCLE AND MY GREAT UNCLE. HE WAS A FULL BLOOD INDIAN. Signature-- GEORGE HAMMER (his x mark ) BROWN SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS 29TH, DAY OF FEBUARY, 1908. Witness to mark--- J.V. WATSON S.J. WYCHUFFY Notary Signature--- JOHN A. KIDD CommExp.--NOV. 19TH, 1908 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------- # 3 LENAPAH, I.T. OCT. 19,1906 THE HONERABLE SECRATARY OF INTERIOR, WASHINGTON, D.C. DEAR SIR, ABBIE BROWN HAS DRAWED THREE TIMES SINCE THE WAR. JOEL BRYANT DRAWED FOR HER TWICE, AND I DRAWED FOR HER ONCE SINCE THE WAR. JOEL BRYANT DRAW FOR HER AND CHANGED HER NAME TO ABBIE HICKS.THAT IS THE NAMED JOEL DRAWED FOR UNDER. YOU WILL FIND HER NAME ON THAT ......GRANT ROLL AND SHE DRAWED THE E......GRANT MONEY BEFORE THE WAR. SHE NEVER HAVE BEEN OUT THE TERRITORY IN HER LIFE. I HAD A LAWYER TO LOOK AFTER THIS THAT COST TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS. I WRITE FOR INFORMATION, WHAT I SHALL DO. THIS ABBIE BROWN IS MY SISTER AND IS ABOUT ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN YEARS OLD ON THE CHEROKEE ROLL. MY NAME IS ON THE CHEROKEE ROLL TOO. BOTH OF US DRAWED THE ANNUITY-MONEY BEFORE THE WAR. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU BY RETURN MAIL. VERY RESPECFULLY, GEO. H. BROWN ( CHEROKEE) LENAPAH, I.T. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ----------------------------------- # 4 #557 ET AL. IN RE APPLICATIONS OF GEORGE HAMMER BROWN, ABBIE BROWN, PERRY ROSS, AND THEIR DECENDENTS. GEORGE H. BROWN, ABBIE BROWN AND PERRY ROSS CLAIM THAT THEIR MOTHER WAS A FULL BLOOD CHEROKEE AND THEIR FATHERS (they had different fathers) WERE NEGROES AND SLAVES. THEY CLAIM THAT THEY WERE ENROLLED IN 1851 AND GEORGE HAMMER BROWN STATES THAT HIS MOTHER WAS DEAD AT THAT TIME, AND THAT BRISE MARTIN'S WIDOW DREW THE MONEY FOR THEM: THAT IS GEORGE, JUNO, AND PERRY. ABBIE BEING OLDER DREW FOR HERSELF. GEORGE HAMMER BROWN IS ENROLLED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION ON THE ROLL OF CHEROKEES BY BLOOD AT # 15967 AS 1/2 BLOOD. ABBIE'S NAME CANNOT BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE DAWES COMMISSION ROLLS UNDER THE NAME OF ABBIE BROWN. PERRY ROSS WAS ENROLLED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION ON THE FREEDMEN ROLL AT # 2590, AND HE GIVES HIS EXPLANATION OF THE FACT THAT HE WAS ENROLLED UPON THAT ROLL, THAT WHEN HE WAS ASKED BY THE DAWES COMMISSION ON WHICH ROLL HE WANTED TO GO, HE WAS SCARED AND SAID "FREEDMEN", "AS THEY HAD TOLD ME I WOULD HAVE SOME TROUBLE GETTING ON THE OTHER ALTHOUGH MY MOTHER WAS A FULL BLOOD" (see misc. test. page 2513 ) THE NAMES OF GEORGE , JUNO, AND PER-O APPEAR ON THE DRENNEN ROLLS, SALINE DISTRICT 464. ABIGAIL IN THE SAME DISTRICT # 465, AND IT APPEARS FROM THE ORIGINAL ROLL THAT SARAH MARTIN RECIEVED THE MONEY FOR THESE CHILDREN. THEY ALSO CLAIM THAT THEIR GRANDMOTHER, SUSAN WILCOX AND THEIR AUNT, POLLY WILCOX, WHO WAS NOT MARRIED, WERE ENROLLED IN 1851. THEIR NAMES APPEAR ON THE DRENNEN ROLL IN FLINT DISTRICT, GROUP # 353. GEORGE HAMMER BROWN STATES IN AFFIDAVIT THAT HIS MOTHER HAD A BROTHER BY THE NAME OF JOHN BROWN WHO WAS A FULL BLOOD CHEROKEE INDIAN. HE ALSO STATES THAT HE AND HIS MOTHER AND SISTER CAME FROM GA WITH "LIGE" HICKS AND GEORGE FIELDS. THE NAME JOHN BROWN APPEARS ON THE DRENNEN ROLL IN SALINE DISTRICT # 531 AND ELIJAH HICKS IS THE HEAD OF THE PRECEDING GROUP # 530. AS THESE APPLICANTS, ALTHOUGH THEIR FATHERS WERE NEGROES AND SLAVES, CLAIM THROUGH THEIR MOTHER A FULL BLOOD , AND AS THEY THEMSELVES ARE ENROLLED AS ABOVE STATED, THEY AND THERE DECENDANTS ARE CLEARLY ENTITLED AND SHOULD BE ADMITTED. SEE AFFIDAVIT OF GEORGE HAMMER BROWN OF FEBUARY 29TH, 1908,AND MARKED "EXHIBIT A ". ALSO SEE misc.test.,pages 2135, 2136, 2513. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ # 5 FEBUARY 24, 1908 GEORGE HAMMER BROWN, LENAPAH, OKLA. SIR, YOU HAVE ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE APPLICATION # 557, IN WHICH YOU STATE THAT YOU WERE BORN IN 1839 IN GEORGIA, AND THAT YOU CLAIM A SHARE OF THE MONEY APPROPRIATED FOR THE EASTERN CHEROKEE INDIANS BY RIGHT OF YOURSELF AS HAVING BEEN ENROLLED, AND BY RIGHT OF YOUR MOTHER, RACHEL BROWN. I BEG TO ADVISE THAT YOUR NAME DOES NOT APPEAR UPON THE ROLL OF 1851, NOR DOES THE NAME OF YOUR MOTHER APPEAR UPON SAID ROLL EITHER AS RACHEL BROWN OR RACHEL TAYLOR. PLEASE ADVISE THIS OFFICE WHETHER YOU ARE A FULL BLOOD CHEROKEE, OR WHETHER YOU ARE OF THE CHEROKEE AND WHITE RACE OR CHEROKEE AND NEGRO RACE. WERE YOU EVER HELD AS A SLAVE BY THE CHEROKEE INDIANS? WAS YOUR MOTHER A SLAVE OF THE CHEROKEE INDIANS? STATE EXACTLY THE RELATIONSHIP OF PERRY ROSS TO YOURSELF. I NOTICE THAT PERRY ROSS, WHO YOU STATE WAS ONE OF YOUR BROTHERS WAS ENROLLED AS A CHEROKEE FREEDMAN. UNDER THE HEAD OF THE REMARKS YOU STATED IN YOUR APPLICATION THAT YOUR GREAT GRANDFATHER, ALEXANDER BROWN, LIVED ON THE OOSTOONOLLA RIVER IN GEORGIA IN 1835. PLEASE INFORM THIS OFFICE HOW MANY CHILDREN THE SAID ALEXANDER PAGE 2 G.H.B. BROWN HAD, STATING WHETHER THEY WENT TO THE INDIAN TERRITORY IN 1835-37. IF THERE ARE ANY DECENDANTS OF THE SAID ALEXANDER BROWN NOW LIVING IN INDIAN TERRITORY, PLEASE GIVE THEIR NAMES ANS ADDRESSES. TO WHAT RACE OF PEOPLE DID YOUR FATHER, STEPHAN TAYLOR BELONG? HOW DID THE ROSS NAME BECOME ASSOCIATED WITH THAT OF BROWN,AS I NOTICE YOU STATE YOUR SISTER AND BROTHER WERE KNOWN AS SILAS AND SALLIE ROSS OR BROWN, BOTH OF WHOM DIED WITHOUT DECENT. HOW MANY TIMES WAS YOUR GRANDMOTHER, SUSIE BROWN, MARRIED? WHO WAS HER FIRST COUSIN? WHO WERE HER SECOND AND THIRD COUSINS, IF SHE HAD SECOND AND THIRD? ARE YOU RELATED TO THE DECENDENTS OF ALEXANDER BROWN WHO RESIDED IN MISSOURI, AND WHO CLAIMED THAT THERE ANCESTER, ALEXANDER BROWN, WAS ENROLLED IN 1835 AND EMIGRATED TO MISSOURI IN 1837. IS THIS THE ALEXANDER BROWN WHO YOU CLAIM IS YOUR GREAT GRANDFATHER? WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE WIFE OF YOUR GREAT GRANDFATHER, ALEXANDER BROWN? WAS SHE A FULL BLOOD INDIAN, AND ARE YOU THE DECENDANT OF SAID MARRIAGE, OR ARE YOU THE DECENDANT OF ALEXANDER BROWN AND A NEGRO WOMAN? PLEASE GIVE THE HISTORY OF YOUR FAMILY FULLY, TRACING FROM YOUR GREAT GRANDPARENT, ALEXANDER BROWN, DOWN TO YOURSELF. RESPECTFULLY, SPECIAL COMMISSIONER LBD/AIL Bright Star Freedmen Project March 2003

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