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Miller Application # 4202

Green Cetcher


Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Washington, D. C.


I hereby make application for such share as me 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.

1. State Full Name:

English Name: Green Cetcher

Indian Name: Cul-la-Ge-na De-ca-ne-ska

2. Residence: Flint Ind. Ter.

3. Town and Post Office:

4. County:

5. State:

6. Date and Place of Birth: Dec 25-1854. Cherokee Nation

7. By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more than one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim separately:

8. Are you married? Yes

9. Name and age of wife or husband: wife Lizzie Cetcher 60 years old.

10. Give names of your father and mother, and your mother’s name before marriage:

Father: English name - Ben Cetcher; Indian name - Gn Ana? De-ca-ne-ska

Mother: English name - Nancy Cetcher; Indian name - Nance De-ca-ne-ska; Maiden name - Nancey D????

11. Where were they born?

Father - In Georgia

Mother - In Georgia

12. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time

Father - Cherokee Nation Ind Ter

Mother - Cherokee Nation Ind Ter

13. Date of death of your father and mother?

Father - Dec 6, 1887

Mother - Sep 1st 1899

14. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where:

had been enrolled but can't tell where

15. Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and if not living, give date of death:

Green Cetcher born Dec 25-1854

Lennie Cetcher can't tell

Richard Cetcher can't tell

Tuck Cetcher can't tell

Benny Cetcher can't tell Dead

Charley Cetcher can't tell Dead

16. State English and Indian name of your grandparents on both father’s and mother’s side, if possible-


Jim Cetcher

Jennue? De-ca-ne-ska

Sallie Cetcher

White Woman

MOTHER’S SIDE: Can't tell

17. Where were they born? Both born in Georgia

18. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?

In Cherokee Nation Ind. Ter.

19. Give names of all their children, and residence, if living; if not living, give dates of deaths

(1) English name - Sizzie Cetcher Dead can't give dates; Indian name - Sicie De-ca-ne-ska'; Residence - Cherokee Nation Ind Ter

(2) English name - Charley Cetcher Dead; Indian name - Charle De-ca-ne-ska; Residence - Cherokee Nation Ind Ter

(3) English name - Dick Cetcher Dead; Indian name - Dickey De-ca-ne-ska; Residence - Cherokee Nation Ind Ter

(4) English name - Olly Cetcher Dead;

(5) English name - Ellis Cetcher; Indian name - Sulle De-ca-ne-ska; Residence - Cherokee Nation Ind Ter

(6) English name - Lennie Cetcher Dead; Indian name - ; Residence -

(7) English name - Mose Cetcher Dead; Indian names - ; Residence -

(8) English name - Becky Cetcher Living; Indian name - ; Residence -

(9) English name - John Cetcher Dead; Indian name - ; Residence -

(10) English name - Daicke?? Cetcher Dead; Indian name - ; Residence -

(11) Engligh name - Alley Cetcher Dead; Indian name - ; Residence -

Indian names of all of them are De-ca-ne-ska

20. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where - Yes at Tahlequah

21. To expedite identification, claimant should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their paternal and maternal ancestors back to 1835.

Can't give back any farther then I have except Great Grand Mother Katie Still her children names Barrow Hood Dick Hood Till Hood.


(Under this head the applicant may give additional information that he believes will assist in proving his claim).

will say that the cause of putting the other children names ????? side as you will see is we didn't have room as you can see and I don't know my GrandParents on Mothers side.

Note: Answers should be brief but explicit: the words ‘yes’ , ‘no’, and ‘unknown’ may be used in cases where applicable. Read the questions carefully.

I solemnly swear that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Signed: Green (his mark) Cetcher

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of Nov, 1906

Signed: S. E. Wickins

Notary Public



(The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses who are well acquainted with the applicant.)

Personally appeared before me Robt. Yates and Eliza Potter, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with , who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 12 years and 34 years, respectively, and know him to be the identical person 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 Signatures: Robt. Yates; Eliza A. Potter

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 26 day of Nov. 1906

S. E. Wilkins

notary public


December 7, 1907


Flint, Okla.

Sir: Relative to your application #4202 for share of the money appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians, you state that your father was BEN CATCHER, and your mother NANCY CATCHER, your grandfather on your father's side JIM CATCHER, and your grandmother SALLIE CATCHER. None of the names as you have given them appear upon the roll of 1851 under the Indian spelling you have given--that is, De-ca-ne-ska. Do you know why your father and mother were not enrolled in 1851? Why were your grandparents not enrolled in 1851? If they were enrolled, please give any information you may have at your command, in order that they may be traced upon the roll of 1851. In what district were your grandparents living in 1851, and was your mother married to your father in 1851? If so, where were they living at that time. If your mother was not married to your father in 1851, what was her maiden name and where was her place of residence? Was she a full-blood Indian, and give names of her father and mother. Give names of the children of your grandfather on your father's side. If any of them are living, please state where they are living, and whether or not they have filed applications as candidates for this fund. An early reply will be appreciated.

Very respectfully,

Special Commissions

#4202 1-27-1908

Flint, Okla.


Special Commissions of the Court of claims,

Eastern Cherokee enrollment

601 Ouray Building

Washinton D. C.

My Dear Sirs,

I received your letter of inquiry for information concerning my application relative to my share of the moneys appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee here in you will see all of my relation names and the others question you have asked relative to my claims???.drawn up and sworn to by a notary public. To these stated fax of the use are as near correct as my memory and recollection will or do afford me.

My father name was or he went by the name of BEN DE-CA-NE-SKA - now or his English name was Ben Catcher- or Ketcher - and my mother & my Fathers was not married in 1851 - Her maiden name was NANCY TUT - And my grandfathers an my Father side was - or went by the name BIG DE-CA-NE-SKA. and his English name was JIM CATCHER (or KETCHER) The reason my Father & Mother was not on rolls of 1851 in their original name they was not married to each other at that time - But they was enrolled at that date to be sure - They was at that time living in Tahlequah District - My aunt which her name is REBECKA DE-CA-NE-SKA: in the Indian spelling - and in English it is REBECKA CATCHER (or KETCHER) she is a younger sister to my Father: and she was not on the 1851 rolls at the same time my Father & Mother was: and she has proved her claims through all Oile?? And it is a personal knowledge too her that my Father & Mother was put on the 1851 rolls in the named I have given her above. My grandparent was living in Tahlequah Dist. at the time they was put on the 1851 rolls.

My mother maiden name was NANCY TUT: and she lived in Tahlequah Dist. & that was where she lived when she went on the 1851 rolls. My mother was a half blood Indian. Her mother was a white woman and I do not know her name. But her father was a full blood to the best of my knowledge and his English name was Hog Shotter Tut and his Indian name I do not know. (1) Father name BEN CATCHER (2) His or Father's sister LIZZIE CATCHER (3) Father's Brother CHARLIE CATCHER (4) Father's Broher DICK CATCHER (5) Father's sister OLLIE CATCHER (6) Father's brother ELLIS CATCHER (7) Father's brother MOSIS CATCHER: Father's sister LINNIE CATCHER (8) father sister REBECKA CATCHER: They are all dead. Father and all-except REBECKA CATCHER and she now lives in Tahlequah Dist. (9) JOHN CATCHER he is my Father's Brother too: But now dead: The Indian names which is spelt in the Indian spelling: are spelt above an other pages: Here is the names of Fathers children:

(1) GREEN CATCHER 2. AARON CATCHER 3. LINNIE CATCHER 4. DICK CATCHER These are the living children of my Father: The dead children of my Father is not on rolls: These names are my grandfather's mother name is KATTIE STILL: DARKIS STILL: ALLIE STILL, GEORGE STILL: These are my grandfather's half brother and sisters: My bothers and sisters herein named & specified has filed an application before the commission for their part or portion of the Cherokee fund which was appropriated for them & their application has gone through as far my knowledge & recollection serves me. Now I have given you all the information concerning my father - uncles-aunts. Brothers-sisters I know to give : and I have answered all of the question you have asked me concerning my application for the monies due me & all other Eastern Cherokee Indian set part by an appropriation for me: so if you will take all of these names to reference I have directed you too. I think & hope you will have no trouble in finding our names an the rolled of 1851: But if you have any father trouble in finding these names on the rolls of 1851: or any other information that you may want then? got please let me know & any time I will take pleasure at any time to assist you any father knowledge conserving my case that you might need.

Yours truly,

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2002


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