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(Admitted. First cousin twice removed of # 859, Julia A. Bee nee Hilderbrand)

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-Sarah A. James

Indian Name-none

2. Residence- (Chieftain, crossed out) C/O Almira Stephens, Park Hill, Oklahoma

3.. County-Cherokee Nation

4.. State-Indian Territory

5.. How old are you? 24 years Born- July 29, 1886HoHo

6.. Where were you born?-Park Hill, Tahlequah District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

7.. Are you married: Yes

8.. Name and age of husband- William L. James, 30 years old

9.. To what tribe of Indians does he or she belong? She is Cherokee, he is white

10.. Name all your children who were living on May 28, 1906, giving their ages-

Jesse L. James 5 years b. February 3, 1902

Clara E. James 2 years b. March 15, 1905

11.. Give names of your father and mother, and your mother's name before marriage-

Father- English name-William H. Stephens (white); Indian name- "Ha-na-lee"

Mother- English name-Almira Stephens; Indian name- Co-chan-nee; Maiden name-Almira Catron

12.. Where were they born? Father-State of Georgia; Mother-Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

13.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Father-State of Georgia; Mother-not then yet born

14.. Date of death of your father and mother? Father-now living; Mother-now living

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

As Cherokees-Tahlequah District Cherokee Nation, subsistence money in 1875-80-83-86-90 and mother enrolled likewise for strip per capita 1894, and also for allotment of Cherokee Indian land about 1904, and received all of the same.

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

Elizabeth Hamilton; b. January 29, 1882; d. Survived (MA # 29190); 'Gah-naw' Park Hill, IT

Stephen Stephens; b. October 29, 1884; d. Survived (MA # 29188); 'Oo-squan-look' Park Hill, IT

Fannie Campbell; b. June 14, 1890; d. Survived (MA #29189); 'none' Park Hill, IT

Nancy J. Phillips; b. November 12, 1874; d. Survived (MA # 29191); 'Oo-kil-lee' Park Hill, IT

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

Father's Side

Simpson Stephens (white); no Indian name

Mahala Stephens (white); no Indian name

Mother's Side

Lafayette Catron; 'Oo-naw-states'

Nancy Catron; 'Nawn-cee'

18.. Where were they born? First named two in Georgia. other two in Old Cherokee Nation, East

19.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? First named two in Georgia, the other two in Tahlequah District, Cherokee Nation, IT on Caney Creek

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

1.. English name-William H. Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

2.. English name-John Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

3.. English name-Elijah Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

4.. English name-Simpson Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Dead

5.. English name-Mont Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Dead

6.. English name-John Catron (Cherokee) (MA# 1484); Indian name- ; Residence-Wauhillau, Indian Territory

7.. English name-Almira Stephens (Cherokee) (MA # 1485); Indian names- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

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

As Cherokee-Tahlequah District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Subsistence money of 1886 and 1890 and 'strip' per capita of 1894 also allotment of Cherokee Indian lands about 1900. All of which received.

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


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

My mother, Almira Stephens claims is No. 1485

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: Sarah A. James

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 11th day of July, 1907

Signed:Unreadable signature

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 Andrew J. Miller and Joseph R. Miller, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Sarah A. James, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known her for 15 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.

Witness to Mark Witnesses Signatures:

Andrew J. Miller

Joseph R. Miller

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 11th day of July, 1907

Signed: Unreadable signature

Notary Public

Grouped with MA # 1080-Elizabeth Catron nee Keys

*Transcriber notes:

Julia A. Bee nee Hilderbrand; b. July 20, 1852, Flint District, Indian Territory; m. Jasper N. 'Tuck' Bee; Dawes Roll # 30405, Census Card # 6834

Elizabeth Catron nee Keys; b. January 13, 1835, Tennessee; Drennen Roll 1851-Group # 36-Tahlequah District as Elizabeth Catron; Dawes Roll # 14764, Census Card # 6196; Miller Roll # 16180, app. # 1080 as Elizabeth Keys-71 yrs.-Cookson, OK; m. Thomas Holmes Carlile, July 19, 1853; m. Levi Rogers Keys, April 28, 1878

Sarah A. James nee Stephens; 1896 Census- # 2899-Tahlequah District as Sarah Stephens; Dawes Roll # 25290, Census Card # 6606 as Sarah James-Tahlequah District-Park Hill, IT

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2002


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